Cruise views: Come to the party – at a price

Now here’s what looks like a good idea. The ever-admirable Saga have teamed up with four major cruise lines – MSC, Celebrity, Azmara Club and Fred Olsen ­– to sell their cruises as well as their own. The four newcomers to Saga’s world have the pick of their 2015/16 offerings detailed in a tempting new […]

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Island escape package

We love the Isle of Wight but, despite the best efforts of the ferries, getting there is a bit of a drag. You have got to book your accommodation, book the ferry, plan your activities on the island….you might almost make life easier by staying at home. So a warm welcome to this offer from […]

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Cruise views: High praise for MSC

We reported recently that MSC was one of the cruise lines we receive the most complaints about, so it is a pleasure to share the experiences of John and Beryl, a couple just back from an eight-night Mediterranean fly-cruise from Venice on MSC Armonia. They absolutely loved the ship’s Italian atmosphere, found the food ”excellent”, […]

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Secrets of the summer sarnie

The Earl of Sandwich, who invented the snack that carries his name back in 1762, would be proud. Not only are sandwiches a staple food item these days, with a multi-million pound industry dedicated to providing the ready-made version, but there is even a website for sarnie lovers everywhere: It’s run by the British […]

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Iced watermelon, sir? Or shall I polish your sunglasses?

The place to be in a heat-wave is surely The Club Hotel & Spa in Jersey, They’ve just appointed a ‘Sunshine Butler’ to make sure that guests lounging by the pool don’t have to put themselves out at all. The ‘Sunshine Butler’ will offer sunbathers sun-cream in various strengths and wield refreshing iced towels. Drinks? […]

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From a romantic river cruise to a Hunny sandwich

How about a picnic with a difference? The lively Pride of Britain hotel consortium have come up with some brilliant ideas for a summer outing to remember. At Dartmoor’s Bovey Castle, for example, a summer picnic boat can be hired on the beautiful River Dart for a romantic champagne lunch, private family outing or even […]

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Cruise views: Has UK market peaked?

Now this is not something that the cruise industry has been shouting from the rooftops, but according to the ever-informative “Weekly Cruise Newsletter” produced by The Cruise People (, cruise sales in Britain have flattened out. This will be alarming news to the cruise lines that are already committed to basing some of their largest […]

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‘Palace’ honour for Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Less than four years after its opening, the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, has been awarded the coveted “Palace” status, enabling it to join the prestigious circle of Parisian “Palaces”. Palace status is designed to award official recognition to the finest 5-star hotels with exceptional qualities embodying French standards of excellence and enhancing the image of France […]

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Forget football – we’re best at breakfasts

If you have ever wondered exactly what Quality in Tourism ( does, here’s a clue. A recent QiT survey covering the countries taking part in the World Cup finals in Brazil found that England, followed by the US, scored highest for delivering a quality hospitality experience. England was also top of the scoreboard when it […]

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Eastbourne goes all ‘Downton Abbey’

Fans of TV’s Downton Abbey – like us! – need not wait for the next series for a spot of posh living. The UK’s busiest bandstand and Britain’s only five-star seaside hotel have joined forces to offer a spectacular ‘Downton break’ next month. The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, is already known affectionately in some circles as […]

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