Cruise views: Good news…or is it?

Costa Cruises have ordered two new 180,000-ton seagoing giants that will be environmentally friendly and powered by the world’s cleanest fossil fuel: liquefied natural gas. That’s the good news. Rather less exciting is the announcement that the Finnish-built ships will carry up to 6,600 passengers each, which will make them the world’s largest cruise ships […]

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Cruise views: Mammoth world cruise is back

We uttered cries of amazement when Oceania Cruises announced their first ever six-month world cruise, but it proved so popular that Oceania are scheduling another from January to July 2017. Their luxurious mid-size ship Insignia will set sail from Miami early in 2017 and the trip – entitled “Around the World in 180 Days” – […]

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…and lunch comes free

We are big admirers of Warner Leisure Hotels – probably because a stay at one of their adults-only hotels is a bit like cruising without the sea or the inside cabins. We’ve stayed at Littlecote, which we think is wonderful, but note exciting new developments at Corton Coastal Village, in Suffolk, and Bodelwyddan Castle in […]

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Cruise views: Can you still cruise for £50 a day?

How much does a cruise cost per day? It seems to be a bit of a theme at present, with Fred Olsen Cruises’ ubiquitous TV advertising pointing out that you can cruise with them for only £69 per day (although we wouldn’t count on getting the best cabin for that). But dig among the brochures, […]

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Budget airline clamps down on yobs

Budget flights should not mean boozy flights, and www.jet2.com obviously mean it when they say they will show zero tolerance towards disruptive behaviour. A man in a party of 14 on board a Leeds/Bradford to Alicante flight, whose alleged actions caused the aircraft to be diverted to Toulouse, is getting the book thrown at him. […]

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Cruise Views: An autumn bargain

We don’t usually write much about Azmara Club Cruises, on the grounds that we can’t afford them! But if you fancy swanning around the western Mediterranean in style this autumn there’s a marvellous offer from www.cruise.co.uk at the moment: a 10-night trip from Monte Carlo to Barcelona on “Azmara Journey” for less than £1,000. What […]

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The ‘free’ Channel crossing that wasn’t

You might think that what with Eurostar, Eurotunnel, and a myriad of car and passenger ferries, getting across the 28 miles of English Channel that separate us from France would be a doddle. Strikes in Calais, and the queues of lorries lining up on the M20 from time to time, demonstrate that this is far […]

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Spending boost as Vietnam targets European market

While other countries continue to erect barriers which may be intended to keep out terrorists, but which actually deter tourists, Vietnam has stopped requiring visas for UK passport holders. The waiver, which applies to single-entry stays of up to 15 days, will also apply to French, German, Spanish and Italian nationals and will last for […]

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Cruise views: Special deal for solo travellers

Solo travellers often get a rough deal when it comes to booking a holiday – especially if they want to go cruising. Single cabins are often pokey, expensive, or in short supply. And if you choose to share a twin cabin with a stranger….well, we could could tell you some real horror stories about that. […]

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Bargain breaks in Saga’s mini-brochure

If we keep writing about Saga, it is for no other reason than our belief that they market a great product – whether it is a cruise or any other kind of holiday in which you are interested. They also come up with some great ideas. The latest bright idea is a mini-brochure (visit www.saga.co.uk/choice) […]

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