Cruise views: A bulbfields brightener

Cruising offers pop up at the oddest times, but a new river cruise deal has caught us by surprise. The Dutch bulbfields are spectacular in Springtime, and one might expect visiting them in season to be expensive. But AmaWaterways have just sliced a massive £975 per person off the price of a seven-night round trip […]

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Win yourself a free holiday on new website

How do you choose a self-catering cottage holiday when there are so many alternatives? What sort of property would suit you best? Where should it be? And what do you want to do when you are there? We try to identify some of the best choices on this website, and with good reason: we enjoy […]

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Spring flight bargains

Why does anyone ever pay through the nose for air travel when there are so many seasonal deals available? And yes, those deals are available even during the spring and summer season. So this May, for example, you can head for a hot time in sun-drenched Thailand with www.cheapoair.co.uk for as little as £435 per […]

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Cruise views: Mystery of the missing money

Two readers who booked, and paid for, a Mediterranean cruise with Costa Cruises last October were left wondering where their money was after Costa cancelled the cruise – due to take place this February – last November. Our readers were offered an alternative but shorter cruise at the same price. They declined and asked for […]

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Cruise views: Silversea offers free wi-fi

Another nail in the coffin for those greedy cruise lines who charge passengers exorbitant prices for internet access? We hope so! Silversea Cruises’ new programme includes both some special shore excursions and wi-fi access in the cruise price. This trend-setting deal is applicable only to the line’s 52 Mediterranean cruises this year. But we suspect […]

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Churchill Exhibition gets a boost

It is 50 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill, and there are suitable commemorative events at his birthplace, Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire. Visitors to Blenheim’s popular Churchill Exhibition during February will find new photographs and extracts from his diaries. Blenheim and its extensive grounds are always worth visiting, and besides the Churchill connection […]

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Where to go….and when it is cheapest

Tour operators have a lot of fun at this time of year, drawing up lists of “travel trends” for the coming months. Unsurprisingly, they often predict that holidaymakers will be rushing to the very places where they happen to run holidays. This year, travel site momondo.co.uk has gone one better and had the bright idea […]

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Rail link to boost Helsinki Airport

Good news from Finland. Helsinki airport has long been one of the nicest in Europe to use, but arriving passengers could only get into the city centre by car or bus. All that will change this summer, when the Ring Rail Line opens. The new rail line will provide an easy connection between the airport […]

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Cruise views: Teeing up for the Open

We can’t claim to be golfing fans. In fact, we rather subscribe to the view that the game spoils a good walk! But we do keep an eye open for imaginative cruises, and we think golfers and golfing enthusiasts alike will enjoy sailing on Celebrity Silhouette’s recently-announced cruise timed to coincide with the British Open […]

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Happy news about ‘happy hour’

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” according to a popular saying. But what happens in Las Vegas in the hospitality or entertainment industries doesn’t stay there at all. It is almost always innovative, and as such is snapped up all over the world. Here’s hoping that happens with the latest bright idea from the […]

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