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A Royal Ovation

Posted on Friday, 22 April 2016
A Royal Ovation

Our most experienced cruise consultant, Julie (with over forty years’ experience in the travel industry), and our apprentice, Chloe, recently spent a night onboard the latest cruise ship from Royal Caribbean , Ovation of the Seas . Here’s their impressions of this brand new mega-ship – from both a twenty-something and a young-at-heart perspective… Ovation is...


Star Clippers Announce Name of New Ship

Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2016
Star Clippers Announce Name of New Ship

Last year we revealed that Star Clippers announced a new ship to be launched in 2017, and today we can reveal further details, including its name. Flying Clipper will be the highly-anticipated fourth addition to the fleet, and will be the biggest and most ambitious of the Clipper fleet to date. Carrying 300 passengers and measuring 8770 tons GRT, and powered by 35 sails, she...


Regent's Swanky New Refurbishment

Posted on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Regent's Swanky New Refurbishment

Regent Seven Seas have just announced that they are to start a huge refurbishment programme across their entire fleet to justify them claiming to have “The world’s most luxurious cruise ships” . The entire process is estimated to cost $125 million and will take place over the next two years and it will commence at the end of March on Seven Seas Navigator , which...


Cunard Jazz Festivals 2016

Posted on Monday, 21 December 2015
Cunard Jazz Festivals 2016

It may be that you have already experienced the luxury and elegance of one of the Cunard vessels or maybe, it's something which has been considered and is on the to do list, but never yet quite happened.  Whichever it be, then for 2016, in addition to the traditional White Star Service , passengers now have the opportunity to combine their love of the sea with their love of music....


An exciting first look at Avalon Waterways’ new ships

Posted on Monday, 30 November 2015
An exciting first look at Avalon Waterways’ new ships

Next Spring, Avalon Waterways will launch two new river vessels: Avalon Imagery II and Avalon Passion . Rachel and Amy (and, of course, Bedford Bear) were recently very privileged to join a ship yard visit near Amsterdam where these vessels are currently under two different stages of construction. Both will have two decks of 200sq ft cabins with wall-to-wall windows which, when opened...


Sharon cruises the Danube with Tauck

Posted on Friday, 13 November 2015
Sharon cruises the Danube with Tauck

Sharon has recently returned from her Tauck Academy River Cruise along the Danube, during which she experienced the Tauck difference in river cruising, and also became a certified Tauck agent. Here's her diary... Day 1 - 2nd November 2015 I arrived at Budapest Airport just before midday and was met and transferred to the M.S. Treasures for my trip on the Danube, which was approximately...


Cruising the Danube with APT

Posted on Monday, 9 November 2015
Cruising the Danube with APT

I recently experienced a taster of APT’s Magnificent Europe river cruise along the Danube, between Vienna and Regensburg, aboard the Amaverde. This itinerary is part of APT’s ‘Royal Collection’ , a fifteen-day river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, and boasts a range of inclusive features such as home-to-airport transfers by private car, return scheduled...


Ooo la la! Tracey visits Scenic Gem in Paris

Posted on Friday, 16 October 2015
Ooo la la! Tracey visits Scenic Gem in Paris

Tracey recently visited Scenic's luxurious river ship built specially for the Seine, Scenic Gem, in Paris - for one day, she enjoyed a real taste for life on a Scenic river cruise, tucking into a delicious lunch and going on a walking tour round Paris. Here's what she thought:  Bonjour! It was an early start for me as I do enjoy my sleep. Fortunately, the train from Bedford...


A Visit to Anthem of The Seas

Posted on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
A Visit to Anthem of The Seas

Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean launched their brand new Quantum Class ship out of Southampton, the mega-liner Anthem of the Seas. I had never previously been on a Royal Caribbean ship, but I had seen Anthem recently at Southampton when it was sailing out the same day as I was on another mini-cruise. I was definitely curious to see for myself what Anthem was like onboard ! One of the...


A Guide to Cruise Food

Posted on Monday, 21 September 2015
A Guide to Cruise Food

One of my favourite things about cruising is the food. It’s not just that I don’t have to worry about cooking or planning what to eat, it’s also that cruise food is absolutely mouth-wateringly scrumptious! From breakfasts, lunch and dinners, afternoon teas, midnight buffets, 24hour room service, and some cafes or buffets open round-the-clock, you will certainly not go hungry...

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