Cruise views: Safety first in the Caribbean

The murder of a member of the crew of Norwegian Pearl last week, while the cruise ship was docked in the Caribbean island of Roatan, has produced an angry response from NCL, who have cancelled visits to the island by other ships in their fleet. But, perhaps surprisingly, other cruise lines are refusing to follow […]

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Time to get tough with aircraft louts

At last! Airlines are calling on governments worldwide to take tougher action against unruly passengers. We’ve been on several flights that have been turned into nightmares by violent or disruptive passengers. In fact, one of our favourite memories is of two New York cops boarding a departing flight at Kennedy airport and removing a drunken […]

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Honest Peter’s new take on Press releases

As you might imagine, at this time of year we are inundated with Press releases from companies wanting us to publicise their holiday villas. But none of them come close to the cheerfully honest chatter of Peter Horrocks, boss of upmarket villa letting company Villas du Monde. We’ve never met Peter, and have no special […]

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London hideaways to ‘Think’ about

If you need somewhere to stay while visiting London, and are put off by soaring hotel rates, you might….think Think. Think is a British-owned company based in London with 642 serviced apartments in its portfolio. Although it is planning to acquire apartments elsewhere in Britain, and is even eyeing opportunities elsewhere in Europe and in […]

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How two kings came to York

With the last of the Plantagenet kings very much in the news at the moment, thanks to the discovery of the remains of Richard III beneath a car park in Leicester, visitors to York can now discover how the much maligned monarch was linked to the city in a new visitor attraction opening at Monk […]

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Cruise views: A degree of ignorance?

We don’t know how often university professors go cruising, but we are surprised to catch sight of a report from Leeds Metropolitan University that criticises cruise lines for “ignoring their corporate social responsibility to their staff, the environment and the destinations they visit”. What nonsense! We’ve been on perhaps 100 cruises in the last dozen […]

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Hotel of the month: April

When we first visited the beautiful Elizabethan property known as Littlecote House, near Hungerford, Berkshire, it was owned by the entrepreneur Peter de Savary, who had made it his home. We thought it was wonderful then, and now that it is part of the Warner Leisure Hotels group we think it is even more wonderful. […]

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Cruise news: Fancy sinking a few beers on Titanic II?

The pottiest project in cruising at present is the plan by Australia’s Blue Star Line to build an exact replica of the ill-fated Titanic and use her for what we assume will be themed cruises. We think it is a morbid idea, but the project is well under way and Titanic II is expected to […]

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Cruise views: Richard Branson steps in

Two bits of Cruising news this week that could have far-reaching effects for the industry and passengers alike. First is that Richard Branson is to start his own Virgin cruise line. What’s more, he is doing it in style, by building two brand new ships for what he says will be “a very different kind […]

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Heading for America’s Deep South

Here’s a three-centre holiday that we really fancy, and which would make an ideal introduction to the American South. It begins with two nights in Memphis, takes in a week-long Mississippi river cruise on board the legendary paddle steamer American Queen, and ends up with two nights in the wonderful city of New Orleans. The […]

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