How four landlubbers sailed into the unknown

For Tom Mead and Steph Holden, the sea has not always been a safe place. But they still booked a flotilla sailing trip, based on the Greek island of Paxos, with tour operators Sailing Holidays. Here is their report. For a couple whose previous sailing experience extended to narrowly avoiding crashing a pedalo into a […]

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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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Sailing away from the sea?

With cruise lines already ordering the ships that will come into service up to a decade from now, it is interesting to consider how they will change cruising, writes Robin Mead. The experts at www.cruisenation.com are forecasting lots more LED screens and virtual reality, greater automation and – rather more encouragingly – improved waste disposal […]

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Revealed: Britain’s secret Tube disaster

Britain’s worst Tube disaster was at London’s Bethnal Green station in 1943, when 173 people died. But it remained a secret; the story was hushed up at the time in order to keep up wartime morale. Our contributor Sandra Brind’s grandmother and cousin died in the incident; her mother and aunt were among the survivors. […]

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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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Doing it right on the Isle of Wight

Our contributor Sandra Brind was so enthusiastic about her much overdue return to Madeira (described elsewhere on this website) that we sent her to another island: the Isle of Wight. Here is her action-filled report.  The only problem with spending a holiday on the Isle of Wight is getting there, writes Sandra Brind. The ferry […]

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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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Going back to Paradise

When former ‘Times’ journalist Sandra Brind was a teenager, she went on an ‘educational’ school cruise on board a converted hospital ship – and hated it. She endured a cabin crowded with bunk beds, ran into a Force 9 gale in the Bay of Biscay, and ended up in the care of the ship’s doctor. […]

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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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A matter of National DisTrust

I’ve been lucky enough to travel much of the world, but one place that always feels like home is Wicken Fen. If you don’t know of it, it is a patch of Cambridgeshire countryside that has been allowed to return to the state it was in before the Fens were drained. As a result, it […]

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