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Cruise review: A not-so-merry Christmas

As experienced cruisers, James and Liya Dennison know a thing or two about life at sea. But, like many other couples with far-flung families, they decided to try out a Christmas and New Year cruise. They chose a holiday to the Canaries and Madeira on Fred. Olsen’s flagship Balmoral. Here are their impressions, as told […]

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Cruise review: Taking a shine to ‘Jewel’

For only their second cruise, Douglas Miller and his wife switched from P&O to Royal Caribbean International and headed for Italy and the Greek islands. Were they wise to make the change? Read Douglas’s report below and judge for yourselves. We cruised on Jewel of the Seas, a 90,000 ton ship, writes Douglas Miller. Our […]

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Cruise review: Ventura adventure

First time cruisers a year ago, Bob and Julie Bowles enjoyed it so much that they decided to try a Canaries trip on board P&O’s Ventura this autumn. They had a great time, even though they thought Ventura was overdue for a refurbishment. Here is their report. Boarding from Southampton couldn’t have been easier, very […]

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Dancing the night away on ‘Oriana’

More than two years ago, regular Fred Olsen cruiser John Fisher switched to P&O. He reported on that first P&O cruise – on Oriana – for this website at the time, and was happy to join her again for a long winter cruise. Was his enthusiasm undimmed? Read his report and decide for yourself. On […]

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Culture on the Danube

Back come our popular cruise reviews, and for the first time we are reporting on a river cruise. ‘Far from the madding crowd’ could be an apposite title for a river cruise on a luxury vessel named after the great British author Thomas Hardy, writes John Barr. When you add the romantic Blue Danube and […]

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