Cruise views: A raffish start in Raffles

Every now and again, and despite turning slightly green with envy because we won’t be going ourselves, we use this website to draw attention to a particularly attractive cruise. Price, destination, ship, itinerary – they all come into the reckoning. And we think we have found a lovely trip this autumn on Celebrity Solstice. It […]

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Cruise views: ‘Traditional British’ is back

It is good to read the glowing reviews of Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ newly-refurbished flagship, Magellan. It would have been all too easy to Americanise this 30-year-old vessel, but CMV have gone for what call “Traditional British Cruising” This “isn’t just cruising with British sensibilities in mind, it’s the atmosphere, the glamour, the ability […]

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Where have the holidaymakers gone?

Where have all the holidaymakers gone? We hear reports that Cornwall is “full” this summer, but visitors who had been promised record-breaking heat waves may well be feeling a trifle disappointed as the British weather takes on its usual grayish hue. Wise sunseekers, it seems, have not stayed at home but – ignoring the political […]

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Holiday sex, please. We’re British!

Who says we Brits are not romantic souls at heart? A new survey by shows that almost one third of British holidaymakers have enjoyed a romance or “romantic experience with a stranger” whilst travelling overseas. No surprise there, perhaps – nor in the revelation that nearly two-thirds of British holidaymakers feel happier when on […]

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Cruise views: Norovirus victory

Cruise lines will be sighing with relief at the news – reported by Travelmole – that Thomson Cruises have become the first in Britain to successfully defend a lawsuit by a group of passengers following a norovirus outbreak on board one of its ships. Lawyers for Thomson’s parent company, TUI UK, said the judgment was […]

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Cruise views: Fly anywhere for £299

Cruising in holiday hotspots like the South Pacific and the Caribbean looks set to get a boost from Silversea’s latest bright idea: return air fares for a fixed price of £299 wherever you are heading to join your fly-cruise. The offer is limited to customers living in the UK and is available on select voyages […]

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Cruise views: Fred’s fabulous brochure

One of the things that Fred Olsen Cruises do really well is brochures. Their latest book of Worldwide Cruises for 2016/2107 is a beautiful production, and reading it is like being turned loose in a sweetshop: what to choose first? They certainly make the most of their four-ship fleet, too. Departures from 10 UK ports; […]

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Going country

With Dolly Parton such a hit at the Glastonbury Festival last year, American country music has surely increased its fan base in the UK. One of our favourite tour operators, Bon Voyage ( have snapped up a handful of tickets for next year’s Country Music Association festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and – as the Bon […]

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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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