S.S. Bon Voyage

Cycling slowly through the sleepy village of Pauillac I was captivated by the quaint golden stone buildings that have been weathered by time. This is the heart of the Médoc region of France where mosaics of ripening vines stretch as far as the eye can see. Nestled within these vineyards are extraordinary châteaux, the most […]

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Celebrity Flora in the Galapagos Islands

There’s a noticeable trend in cruising towards experiential travel and nowhere is this more apparent that the boom in sailings around the amazing natural laboratory of biodiversity that is the Galápagos Islands. Cruise lines are building new ships especially for the unique requirements of this eclectic destination. Earlier this year I visited Celebrity Cruises’ remarkable […]

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AmaMora on the Rhine

The quaint town of Lahnstein, in the Rhine Gorge, was the setting for the christening of the latest AmaWaterways vessel in July. The imposing Stolzenfels Castle provided a suitably atmospheric backdrop for this dockside ceremony.  In attendance was the Mayor of Lahnstein as well as the co-founders of the company – Rudi Schreiner and Kristin […]

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First Time Cruisers

From being a holiday for well-bred golden oldies, cruising has become the holiday of choice for almost two million Brits. This is a holiday option that’s gone from hip-replacement to hip in less than twenty years. At last holidaymakers have shrugged off their preconceptions that cruising is only for the privileged few who dress up […]

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Yangtze in Focus

The Yangtze river is the third longest river in the world after the Nile and Amazon. At 3,553 miles long it rises in the frozen glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau and disgorges into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It stretches through China‘s most enchanting historic and cultural treasures; and has been an important lifeline […]

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Cruises for Foodies

For many people, sea cruises are a long day’s journey into dinner, undoubtedly the main event of the day. As mealtimes roll relentlessly past, the captain has the good grace to deliver a number of countries to the side of the ship. Emphasising the ‘fine’ in fine dining, the cuisine on cruise ships has pushed […]

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Irrawaddy in Focus

The broad, meandering Irrawaddy was immortalised in Kipling’s poem of 1890 as ‘The Road to Mandalay’. The writer travelled through Burma in 1889 and was enchanted by the shimmering golden pagodas, misty rice paddies, and the gentle, charming people. It is these same qualities that make Myanmar so special today; a country that imprints itself […]

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Exploring Alaska from a cruise ship

Scottish naturalist John Muir made the first of his three trips to Alaska’s Panhandle in 1879. Alaska may be America’s ‘Last Frontier’, but when it comes to untamed natural beauty its first without equals. A cruise isn’t just the best way to experience the rugged landscape of America’s 49th state; it’s practically the only way. […]

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