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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Cruise views: Silversea go for free wi-fi

It’s only one small battle won in the war against sky-high internet charges on most cruise ships, but Silversea have announced that as from next January free wi-fi will be available to every guest in their ships’ suites and public spaces. This will apply on all cruises – including expedition cruises. As regional president Steve […]

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Cruise views: Northern Lights promise

The most spectacular, and perhaps the most enjoyable, cruise in the world is handily close to our own shores: the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Every day, without fail, one of the tough little ships in the Hurtigruten fleet sets sail from the south-western port of Bergen and heads for the port of Kirkenes, in the far […]

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Britain’s great ‘airport run’ tip-off

  The ability of the British tourist industry to shoot itself in the foot never ceases to amaze. National tourist boards lack both cash and imagination, with the once-superb Scottish Tourist Board – now rebranded as VisitScotland – especially proving to be but a shadow of its former self. Regional tourist boards are under-funded, under-staffed, […]

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Cruise views: A Far East adventure

Saga’s link-up with a quartet of other cruise lines has produced some wonderful holidays, and the latest is a 19-night escorted “Far East Discovery” tour scheduled for January and March next year. Customers will fly to Singapore, and spend three nights there sightseeing and shopping before boarding Holland America Line’s “MS Volendam” for a gentle […]

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Holidays and the big-spending Brits

If you had some spare cash, would you be fitting a new kitchen, heading for the clothes shops, or buying a new car? Chances are, it would be none of these. The travel research site www.momondo.co.uk, which is always coming up with facts and figures of interest both to the travel trade and to travellers […]

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