He’d travelled the world as a fearless Fleet Street reporter, but Andrew Alderson embarked on his first cruise with trepidation. Would Viking Sea win him over? When Alfred Hitchcock visited Zadar in 1964, he fell in love with the ancient Croatian port for three reasons: its maraschino liqueur, its stunning sunsets and its pretty girls.
A mosey down the Mississippi won’t get your heart pumping – but that’s exactly the point, says Eric Flounders
The shape of things to come The biggest ships launching in 2017 come from MSC Cruises, who debut two new designs, Meraviglia and Seaside, which carry 4,500 and 4,140 passengers respectively. First off the blocks, however, is the much smaller Seabourn Encore – heading for a christening ceremony in Singapore in January. Luxury rival Silver
A new ship – and for UK customers a new line – has appeared on Europe’s great waterways. With her distinct American accent, will River Voyager suit British tastes? It’s a glorious spring morning, the sun is warming the cobbled streets of Mainz, and the first leaves are budding on the banks of the Rhine.
Sun, sand, sea… and Santa. It may not be the traditional recipe, but a Caribbean cruise made the best family Christmas ever, as Louise Robinson reports. It was a simple choice: watching It’s A Wonderful Life while washing up and scraping sprouts into the compost bucket… or having a wonderful life while not lifting a
There are the “Haves” and there are the “Have-Yachts” – But thanks to luxury line Crystal, the merely wealthy can now holiday like the super-rich Bouncing across the waves at breakneck speed, I’m being sprayed with warm water at every turn. Powerboat-racing is sometimes described as like standing under a cold shower tearing up £50 notes,
A cruise should be a treasure trove of golden memories – especially for kids. But today’s youngsters are a demanding bunch, so have the cruise lines raised their game? Cruising might just be the perfect family vacation. It’s not only the safe, hassle-free environment that makes a holiday afloat so attractive (though that’s a big
Some people like their sailings short and sweet. But if you’ve got the cruising bug, how about a trip that really lets you stretch your sea legs? Thirty-five nights. Five weeks. Eight hundred and forty hours. However you stack it, P&O’s Caribbean and USA itinerary is a whopper. And while many cruisers would sign up without
Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship afloat, but does the reality match the hype? John Honeywell joined her inaugural voyage to find out. Launched by a princess in the world’s most glamorous city, Seven Seas Explorer made quite a splash. Built at a cost of £340 million to carry
1. The Hull You can’t miss the artwork that Miami artist David “Lebo” Le Batarde designed across the bow of the ship. Evocative of South Beach and the Caribbean, its main feature is a giant mermaid. 2. Aqua Park One of the finest aqua parks afloat, with five unique water-slides, including one that seems to
Take a fresh look at Thomson, says John Honeywell. Their latest ship might be just your cup of tea Cruising is a pretty cosmopolitan business these days, but sometimes we all crave home comforts. When you open your cabin door on Thomson’s TUI Discovery, you’ll find Yorkshire teabags from Taylors of Harrogate and a proper
Oceania doesn’t do loud – and the high-end cruise line’s latest launch is a subtle sensation, as Gary Buchanan reports On a fresh April evening in Barcelona, an elegantly dressed lady pulls the handle of a brass ship’s telegraph, achampagne bottle swings through the air and glass smashes on steel. With a flurry of confetti
Royal Caribbean and Carnival are going large – but whose ship will win the battle of the giants? John Honeywell puts them to the test. When it comes to 2016’s two newest ships in the mainstream market, size really matters. Carnival Vista is the biggest vessel ever to sail under the Carnival Cruise Lines’ flag,
The curtain is up on a new look for Princess Cruises – and if you’re a passenger with hidden talents, it could be time to find your voice… BY EILIDH MACASKILL One look at the onboard entertainment told me this would be no ordinary cruise. Plenty of ships can put on a show with up-and-coming talent,
Explore the Danube with Avalon Waterways and you’ll feel anything but blue, as Lynn Houghton reports Despite the soothing sound of Strauss, floating down from an upstairs window, our small group hovered nervously at the entrance to Vienna’s Eschenbach Palace. The reason? We were about to begin a waltzing lesson. A waltzing lesson in the
The dominant force on Europe’s rivers has just launched its second cruise ship – and it’s another winner, as John Honeywell reports It seems only minutes ago that I was tucking into freshly made heart-shaped waffles, topped with sour cream, zingy raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, and shavings of that weird brown caramelly concoction the Norwegians
As a cruise-crazy kid I am used to people thinking that I am odd but its people who have never been on a cruise that I think are really nuts! If you don’t want to experience visiting cool places around the world whilst enjoying spectacular entertainment, brill service and never-ending food then you need your
Exploring Emperor Charlemagne’s vision on a cruise through Europe aboard Amadeus Silver II – despite the problems caused by low water. Some people collect canals as part of their cruising bucket list. Great man-made waterways such as those in Panama, Suez and Cape Cod are regularly transited by a host of passenger ships. Other less
Cruising with Azamara has always been a pleasure – but ’re-imagined’ ships have taken the experience to a whole new level, as Sue Bryant reports Stepping on to the forward deck of Azamara Journey, I gasp in amazement. The entire space is bathed in candlelight, flickering against the velvety backdrop of the tropical night. Soft
A Caribbean family holiday on Carnival Breeze Modern cruise ships provide unrivalled facilities for families with young children, making them the perfect choice for over-stressed parents. Getting there is not always so straightforward. “Good luck”. I had lost count of how many times these two seemingly innocent words were muttered in the lead-up to the
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