Late bookings are the bane of the travel industry in general and cruise lines in particular. Nobody can blame customers for hanging on until the last minute, in the hope of picking up a holiday bargain, but having to cut prices to the bone and remain unsure whether they will sell the remaining seats, […]
We wonder whether it might be considered bad form to keep a bottle opener in your pocket. But how about if it also served as ruler, screwdriver, spanner, letter opener, cell phone stand, box opener and can opener? And was only the size of a credit card? We think you’d be tempted. We don’t review […]
Growing numbers of holidaymakers are choosing solitary cottage stays this summer, according to statistics published by holidaycottages.co.uk., the property lettings providers. Why the increase? “With the rise in ‘mindfulness’ and digital detoxes as ways to combat the ever increasing buzz and stress of everyday life, it should come as no surprise that growing numbers of […]
Some passengers have now been on so many cruises that shore excursions hold little attraction for them: they’ve done all the ones they fancy. And that’s a problem for cruise lines, because shore excursions are major money-spinners. But Celebrity Cruises have had the bright idea of organising “Signature Event Sailings”, a series of exclusive cruises […]
Last-minute holiday cancellations are always upsetting for people – particularly if the cancellation is for medical reasons. But it is important to remember that the cancellation is a nuisance to the holiday company too – whether they be a hotel, a holiday cottage, an airline….or a cruise line. They may be lucky and resell the […]
You’ve heard of Murder Mystery hotel weekends, now here comes a similarly-themed cruise. And it sounds like something straight out of a James Bond novel. Apparently Fred Olsen senior, chairman of the cruise company that bears his name, and the Duchess of Northumberland have discovered that they share a bizarre interest in – of all […]
A surprising growth area for the cruise industry is….honeymoons. Several cruise lines are now offering a range of special honeymoon packages to help couples get married life off to a memorable start. So our thanks to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for highlighting some of the best cruise experiences for honeymooners – strange […]
Many people suffer considerable culture shock upon arriving in India – we were once on a plane that arrived in Bombay and, after a quick peep out of the window, two passengers refused to get off and demanded to be taken back home. Even without such setbacks, the country’s regular tourist trails are well-trodden, and […]
It is high summer, and you fancy afternoon tea. Cucumber sandwiches, perhaps, followed by scones with cream and strawberry jam and all rounded off with a nice cup of Earl Gray tea. Well, we’re sure Jersey’s Club Hotel and Spa (www.theclubjersey.com) will oblige, but they also have a seasonal ‘Summertime Afternoon Iced-Tea’ on offer, complete […]
It has to be one of the top country house hotels in Europe, and the Relais et Chateaux has recognised it as such by awarding it membership. It is Amberley Castle, a unique luxury hotel in the village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex. Privately owned by Andrew […]
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If you want an expert view of travel, or the travel industry, then why not ask award-winning writer Robin Mead? He became a full-time travel writer 40 years ago, after working as a journalist and editorial executive on several of London's Fleet Street newspapers, and is now a recognised authority on all aspects of travel.
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