As a schoolboy I was fascinated by the Iron Curtain, later as a student exploring Europe by train, I crossed into East Germany at night. The surly border guards and brusque body searches in the wee small hours did little to promote tourism. But that was before the summer of 1990 by which time all […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Seabourn specialise in luxury cruises and their onboard activities are relaxing, invigorating, and fascinating. If you’re looking for a cruise where you can unwind your body but exercise your mind, then Seabourn should be your cruise line of choice. Here is just an example of the activities available on-board a Seabourn ship. Enjoy a game […]
There are some holidays that attract the same type of holidaymakers. Royal Caribbean and Universal Orlando Resort are two of them. Both are full of thrilling attractions that are perfect for all the family. But also boast facilities for younger members of the family and relaxing amenities for the parents when the children are occupied. […]
Luxury cruising and adventurous expeditions aren’t two phrases you would expect to see together – but Seabourn is changing that. Last week, Seabourn graced the world with the first rendered images of their two new purpose-built expedition ships. The first one will set sail in June 2021 and has been christened with the name Seabourn […]
Seabourn is a cruise line that expertly combines adventurous travel with impeccable luxury. Not only are their ships decked with style and opulence, but Seabourn ventures to some of the furthest corners of the earth. Here’s just an example of some of the most exotic ports you can discover with Seabourn Cruises.Seabourn Cruises.
1. New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the few places on earth that is a perfect combination of untouched natural landscapes and colourful cities. Auckland is its main cruise port and is one of the few cities to have a harbour on two different bodies of water. Then half an hour drive from the city there is an abundance of outdoor activities. Sail to a secluded island, trek through the rainforest, picnic on a volcano, sample wines at a vineyard, or explore a black sand beach.
2. French Polynesia
Bora Bora has long been noted for its stunning beauty and impeccable luxury. The atmosphere here is also incredibly friendly and laid-back. Where you can spend your day scuba diving in the intricate coral reef structures, then unwind at night by relaxing under some of the clearest skies in the world.
Seabourn offers a wide range of Mediterranean cruises to some of the world’s most popular ports. Somewhere that is a little different is Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world and considered sacred to more than a third of the world’s population. Aside from the ancient wonders – such as the Jewish Sacred Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – you can also enjoy scorching temperatures and dip your toes into the rejuvenating Dead Sea.
4. South Korea
Cruises through northern Asia are very popular, but not many include elusive South Korea in their itineraries. The city of Busan is the main cruise port, which is home to delightful urban scenery, and the Pusan International Film Festival – oh, and there are hot springs nearby.
If you’d like to witness an iceberg up close, then we recommend the Greenlandic town of Ilulissat, which is the Greenlandic word for ‘iceberg.’ The Jakobshavn Glacier is located not far away and drains 6.5% of the Greenland ice sheet and produces about 10% of all icebergs in the world. Despite that, people have lived there for 4,000 years and as you sail into the harbour you’ll be greeted by an array of colourful houses that are typical of the Greenlandic aesthetic.
The northern Canadian province of Nunavut is not a place many people can say they’ve explored. Seabourn stops in Akpatok Island, a remote uninhabited Arctic island located in Ungava Bay. It’s been named a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site thanks to the sheer number of thick-billed murres and Brunnich’s guillemots who breed here. It’s also an incredible place for spotting walrus, seals, polar bears and whales.
Known as the world’s final frontier, Alaska should be on everyone’s cruising bucket list. Bears, salmon, and eagles roam freely in large numbers, undisturbed glaciers shimmer during daylight hours, and the landscapes are dotted with rustic towns. Most Alaska cruises start off on the stunning Canadian city of Vancouver and stop off in the Alaskan capital Juneau, historic Sitka, authentic Haines, and the beautiful Seduction Point.
8. Tabuaeran (Fanning Island)
We’d forgive you if you haven’t heard of this Pacific Ocean Island. Lost in a vast ocean halfway between Hawaii and Tahiti, it is rarely visited by anyone, which is part of its appeal. It’s a place where you can spend your days relaxing on untouched beaches while sipping fresh coconut water and listening to incredible stories from the friendly locals.
Words cannot describe the incredible feeling of witnessing Antarctica in real life. This is nature in its rawest form, where seabirds, whales, seals and penguins outnumber humans, and glaciers dominate the skyline without even a speck of urbanisation.
When you cruise to Antarctica with Seabourn (either from South America or Patagonia) you’ll be treated to zodiac landings, digital photography workshops, complimentary Seabourn parka and backpack, and an onboard Expedition Team providing insight to all aspects of the experience.
10. World Cruise
Not technically a destination, but if you’re struggling to choose from the exciting range of destinations – a World Cruise is always an option. Itineraries vary and can include anywhere from South America, to Australia, to the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean!
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When you book a luxury cruise, you want the VIP treatment. Whether that be splurging on luxury spa treatments or booking yourself dinner in one of the speciality restaurants.
Today is the inaugural sailing of the MSC Bellissima . A sister ship to MSC Meraviglia, she boasts innovative technology, exciting entertainment, extensive dining options, and superb family facilities.The earliest itinerary available to book through Barrhead Travel is a 7-night Western Mediterranean cruise on the 26th of May. She’ll stop in Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille, before returning to Genoa. Prices start from £1,099pp and includes exclusive return flights from Glasgow with British Airways, transfers, and all-inclusive board.