Why floating in a winter wonderland could be the best way to spend the holiday. By David Fiske Classic storybooks colourfully paint Christmas as a tale of the perfect family unwrapping gifts, feasting on a grand banquet and celebrating the birth of Christ. Sadly the reality can be somewhat different. Families get tangled in petty
It was touch and go whether the twin christening of Emerald Waterways’ newest starships – Sun and Dawn – would take place in Budapest as planned on 21 August. Not because of a delay in delivery from the Dutch shipyard, but as a result of the dangerously low water levels of the River Danube. After
The success of a cruise can depend as much on fellow passengers as on the ship or the destination. During a river cruise along the Seine, the American guests turned out to be something of a disappointment. For some curious reason, I was reminded of the punning phrase “Those who jump off a bridge in
During a turnaround in Dover, we step aboard a shrine to all things Disney – and discover it’s not just for the kids. Boarding Disney Magic is just like stepping into the pages of a classic Disney fairy tale, where I am instantaneously transported into a world where Mickey Mouse and his friends are brought
William David sets out to follow the sun. He might have missed the moment of totality, but the ship did not disappoint. The chance to view a total eclipse of the sun does not happen very often. Nor does an opportunity to travel on the world’s oldest cruise ship. So when both came along at
It’s the ambition of every river cruise operator to find new waterways, and to whisk passengers away from the well-travelled paths of the Rhine, the Danube, the Douro, the Mekong, and the Mississippi. Trouble is, nobody is building new rivers – nor are they likely to. So the solution has to be to build vessels
Bridget McGrouther takes an out-of-this-world voyage on Scenic’s latest space ship. A space ship seems an odd term for something that doesn’t leave our atmosphere and is not a UFO. Yet this is the description Scenic used for their latest river ship – the all-new, all-singing and all-dancing Scenic Jasper. It was in Amsterdam rather
For the favoured few, a world cruise can become a habit as addictive as Class A drugs. For most of us, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime dream that might – just might – be within reach after winning the Lottery, or reaching retirement. A change in pension legislation this year actually makes it a more manageable prospect.
She might be small – by today’s standards – but Viking Star is almost perfectly formed. John Honeywell takes a look at the first ocean ship from the company that revolutionised river cruising. It’s two generations or more since Hollywood paired a one-eyed Kirk Douglas and a bearded Tony Curtis as Viking half-brothers competing for
David Fiske grasped a rare opportunity to enjoy a couple of child-free nights on board Anthem of the Seas with the aim of finding out what families can expect. For one summer only, Independence of the Seas has made way for her newer, younger sister, Anthem of the Seas. Families will love SeaPlex® and children
When World of Cruising launched a competition last year to find new writing talent among student journalists who had never been on a cruise, little did we know that we might end up with a winner who is looking to make a career at sea. But that’s the prospect now facing Katy Howard, from Southampton
Laura-Jane Parker tests Royal Caribbean’s new super-ship to the limit. There I was, wind in my hair, eyes glistening, chin up, staring out from the aft of Anthem of the Seas. It was a beautiful spring morning in Southampton and I had roughly 48 hours to explore a brand-new ship, so I was excited. But
Gary Buchanan eats his way round Oceania’s flagship and discovers how and why the cruise line spends more on its culinary offering than any other operator. It is undoubtedly an audacious claim, but during a recent journey aboard the 1,250-passenger Riviera, I became convinced this is a cruise line which is unswerving in its policy
Passengers were prepared to pay top dollar and book a year or more ahead just to get the chance to be first on board… and editor John Honeywell was fortunate enough to be able to join them for part of the journey. Britannia’s maiden voyage to the Mediterranean left Southampton just four days after the
Novelist Milly Johnson discovers an inspirational Britannia, and imagines an atrium encounter with Hercule Poirot. The first word to pass through my brain when I saw the Britannia from the outside was simply, “WOW!” But there were no initial words for the inside because I was left speechless, and for anyone who knows me, that
This summer, Southampton is the battleground for a fierce fight between two of the most eagerly-anticipated cruise ships in recent years: P&O Cruises’ Britannia and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas. Britannia has already united its troops (otherwise known as the Food Heroes) and taken the fight to the fore, setting the precedent with a regal naming
The adage that “if you play big you can win big” has never been truer than at a cruise ship casino, especially at those catering for high rollers prepared to stake a small fortune. Place your bets now to earn cruise rewards. Small-time punters playing the penny slot machines can find themselves rubbing shoulders with professional
How will Seabourn’s former ships fare now they have been bought by Windstar? Yvonne Horn turned back the clock to find out during a cruise from Istanbul to Athens aboard Star Pride. When I stepped aboard Windstar’s Wind Spirit for the first time 16 years ago, it was the start of an itinerary that remains
It’s all becoming Crystal clear As Gilly Pickup discovers, there’s a Celestyal future ahead for the ship that was Louis Cruises’ flagship. Approaching Santorini from what Homer described as the ‘wine dark sea’ is never less than spectacular. The bay that surrounds the island is the world’s largest volcanic crater, created 3,500 years ago by
Quantum of the Seas Changes Everything … and why sister ship Anthem of the Seas threatens to crush the opposition when she starts sailing from the UK There’s more to Quantum of the Seas than the first-of-a-kind sky-diving simulator and dodgem cars at sea – not to mention the gimmicks such as robot bartenders and
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