Cruise views: Christmas goodies start here

Rather than being alone at Christmas, or sitting at home complaining about the TV schedules and the cold, we rather fancy the idea of a Far Eastern cruise followed by Christmas in a luxury hotel on the sun-kissed island of Bali. And it becomes even more tempting when we learn that such a dream can […]

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The National Trust and your trusty friend

A growing number of both self-catering holiday homes and hotels – including some members of the Pride of Britain hotel group – are now designating themselves as being dog-friendly. Holidaying with their pet is a “must” for many families, including ours! So we are delighted to see that the conservation-conscious National Trust now list more […]

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Flying back to the Roaring Twenties

Oh, to be in Bexhill on Sea on July 18. The East Sussex seaside resort will be reverting to the Roaring Twenties for the day – with a whole range of entertaining events being staged along the Edwardian seafront and inside the wonderfully art deco De La Warr Pavilion. A free air show, a parade […]

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Cruise views: In search of Scotland’s wildlife

Scotland’s islands and sea lochs are perfect cruising grounds, with any number of beauty spots and fantastic wildlife awaiting discovery. But opportunities to explore this exciting corner of the world have traditionally been either rare or prohibitively expensive. Large cruise ships, usually on ‘Round Britain” itineraries, give only a quick glimpse of all that there […]

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Cruise views: A fitting tribute

Whatever you may think of Cunard – who like to believe that their three giant cruise ships are the pride of the British merchant fleet but who insist upon using US dollars as shipboard currency – they do have some very nice ideas and do some very nice things. Their liner Queen Victoria, en route […]

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Cruise views: Boost for photographers

Having wondered aloud what the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) was doing for British cruise operators, let alone passengers, it is good to learn that they have now linked up with a well-known wildlife photographer, Christine Shepard, to help cruise passengers make the most of the exceptional photo opportunities during their journey. Some cruise lines […]

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Festivals don’t come cheap

Thinking of heading to Glastonbury for the festival in June? The mud and the portable toilets have never appealed to us, although we appreciate the musical appeal. Now it turns out that British festival fans looking to make their money go farther would be better off heading elsewhere. Glastonbury is one of the world’s most […]

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Cruise views: A new look for shore excursions

We once had a supremely silly complaint from someone who had been on a trip with Celebrity Cruises: there had not been enough celebrities on board! But, celebrities or not, passengers will surely be celebrating as the shipping line unveils an imaginative new programme of shore excursions. It is about time that someone took a […]

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Hotel news: The Grove takes top title

 The Pride of Britain title of “Hotel of the Year 2015” has been awarded to The Grove, Narberth – a painstakingly restored property in Pembrokeshire. Pride of Britain – a consortium of49 privately-owned independent British hotels – say the award was made because of The Grove’s “outstanding hospitality”. We’d love to tell you more, but […]

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Hotel news: Linking up for a luxury getaway

More hotels should do this. Two lovely properties in northern England, the Feversham Arms Hotel in Helmsley and Seaham Hall near Durham, have joined forces to offer guests a luxury driving experience getaway. The four-day driving tour package provides the perfect opportunity to experience the very best of what the North has to offer. Charles […]

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