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
The spectacular five-masted sailing ship Royal Clipper turns heads wherever she goes. By Anthony Nicholas The crowd on deck stood in hushed, awed wonder as the first sails began to descend like ghostly, off-white theatre curtains. One after another, 42 of them unfurled from the skeletal steel crossbeams that framed the five towering masts of
Gary Buchanan runs a critical eye over S.S. Maria Theresa, the latest addition to Uniworld’s cruise fleet, and finds a stately schloss afloat on Europe’s great rivers For a river cruise company that defies convention, Uniworld’s newest vessel is a true aristocrat. Renowned for their fleet of boutique boats that boast opulent exuberance, the company
FIRST THERE WAS OASIS OF THE Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship when launched in 2009. Capable of carrying as many as 6,360 passengers, plus 2,164 crew, she brought a revolutionary new design – balcony cabins looking into the middle of the ship and its Central Park and Boardwalk areas. One year later, along came
It’s not all about Mickey Mouse and the kids – this cruise to the Bahamas has something for every member of the family. I’m standing on the deck of a cruise ship, watching the best part of 4,000 passengers dressed in swashbuckling finery, cavorting around the pool deck, cheering and shouting as Jack Sparrow thwarts
Political unrest has almost destroyed Egypt’s tourist industry, but Nile cruises remain popular and largely unaffected Anthony Nicholas took a memorable trip to the Land of the Pharaohs. The Nile at sunset. A felucca arcs soundlessly across the blood red river, the sail canted at a crazy angle. The doleful wail of the evening call
Tall ship Star Flyer evokes the era of Onedin Line and Cutty Sark, but is not short of modern-day comforts. By Gary Buchanan As a young man living on the Fife coast in the 1970s, The Onedin line was the highlight of my Sunday night television viewing. Inspired by the power of Khachaturian’s emotive music
There’s been a MURDER! A cruise holiday is not always about the ship or the destination – there’s plenty of entertainment to be had on board, and it’s all the more enjoyable when the passengers don’t just sit back and watch, but actually get involved. We travelled on a crime-themed cruise aboard Saga Sapphire. By
Grass skirts and smiles on a cruise with a difference. Passengers share their ship with cargo, and they are a curiosity to the islanders in the Marquesas. By FRAN GOLDEN Four days into the voyage, in the tiny village of Hakahau on the island of Ua-Pou, passengers on the Aranui 3 watched as a crane
Jeannine Williamson enjoyed the taste of life on Flora, cruising along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. “If it’s good for your soul it can’t be bad for you,” says wine producer Erben Dillinger as he raises another glass of Riesling and invites us to join him in a tasting that quickly dispels any stereotypical views
Into the rainforest to swim with pink dolphins and catch piranha fish, and go on expeditions to meet macaws and monkeys and dance with the local shaman. At the point where three rivers intersect, we swam in the Amazon: a river that accounts for 20 per cent of all the fresh water in the world.
Chef Eddy Barretto has moved from supervising 9,000 meals a day on the biggest cruise ships in the world to catering for just 160 passengers on one of Windstar’s luxury motor yachts. Star Legend was built in 1990 and designed by Peter Yran and Bjorn Storbraataen, whose prolific Oslo-based design group has produced 30 headline
Do the best things come in small packages? A New Year mini-cruise on P&O’s Ventura was the perfect chance to find out. By Gary Buchanan Short cruises can be the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of cruising and old salts would argue that getting the first cruise right can mean either a lifelong addiction
A cruise along the canals of northern France on board the boutique hotel barge Panache reveals a poetic and pensive panorama. Oscar Wilde’s quip “Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial” sets the tone for a cruise aboard hotel barge Panache. The blend of indolence and fulfilment I enjoyed was gratifying for the psyche, while the
Exploring out-of-the-way ports in Sicily and Sardinia on board Ponant’s delightful boutique ship, Le Lyrial – and learning something new about how to navigate… My television viewing last month was enlivened by an ITV series called Gino’s Italian Escape, featuring the rascally chef Gino D’Acampo touring the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Food and travel
There’s no shortage of facilities for families on Norwegian’s newest ship. A younger crowd will flock to Norwegian Escape this winter to experience this new premium vessel, especially if theline can successfully capitalise on Pitbull’s association as the ship’s Godfather. The ship may be short on ground-breaking gimmicks but instead there is a real emphasis
Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship is its biggest yet. But is it the best? With hull artwork featuring giant marine life – including sailfish, stingrays, turtles and a whale shark – Norwegian Escape is an impressive sight, especially in the sunshine of Miami and the Caribbean. There’s been a steady progression in the design of
How the excesses of Farcus-designed fun ship Holiday have been toned down to suit a more mature British clientèle. By Anthony Nicholas There was something incongruous about the sight of the familiar Carnival whale tale funnel, looming against the dawn fastness of a silent Norwegian fjord. Only the chugging of a small motorboat disturbed a moment
It’s no real surprise to find Rhys Hunt on a cruise ship; his mother, Louise, was chosen to be the madrina for P&O Cruises’ Britannia. She smashed a bottle of Prosecco against the vessel’s hull when it was floated out of dry-dock, more than a year before The Queen followed her example at the ship’s
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