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A BIT ABOUT ME

My name is Scott, General Manager at The Luxury Cruise Company based in Hove, Sussex, UK. We are a luxury cruise travel agency specialising in bespoke luxury cruise packages on the world's best yachts, liners and cruise ships. A fantastic team of cruise experts, who take care of all the needs and bookings for our VIPs, assists me.

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ALASKA IN NUMBERS WITH CELEBRITY CRUISES

19 November 2014

The majestic Alaskan wilderness is Mother Nature at her very best - from the magnificent Hubbard Glacier to the eccentric Ketchikan totem poles. Whatever you’ve travelled to the US east coast to see, Celebrity Cruises Alaska offer amazing and captivating experiences you’ll never forget.

Author: Scott Anderson

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES VOYAGER VIDEO

18 November 2014

New video of Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Author: Scott Anderson

OCEANIA CRUISES NEW LOOK NAUTICA REVEALED

19 August 2014

Oceania Cruises’ three R-Class ships, Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica have just completed a $50 million dollar transformation, the largest refurbishment programme in the company’s history.

Author: Scott Anderson

SILVER CLOUD SHIP VISIT IN DOVER

30 June 2014

Silversea cruises much-loved Silver Cloud called in to the Port of Dover recently and I was invited on board to have a look around. This was the first opportunity I had to see the ship since her recent refurbishment and I have to say she is looking better than ever.

Author: Scott Anderson

REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

20 June 2014

This morning I had breakfast in the Compass Rose with a wonderful choice of everything you could think of for breakfast - beautifully presented with impeccable service.

This is a sea day and there is a huge array of activities to choose from, or if you prefer you could just relax!

Author: Jacqui Ridler

REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

18 June 2014

Today I had a quick breakfast in Coffee Connections - here they have cereal, fruit, yoghurt and pastries. At 9am our tour departed - today it was the "Anne Frank Museum and City Tour". We had luxury coaches (that were not full, so plenty of space) and our guide spoke excellent English.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

17 June 2014

I decided to have breakfast in my suite this morning! My table was set and I had a very nice breakfast with hot English breakfast tea. At 11am I went Coffee Connections and the waiter Ifa remembered me from yesterday - he just said "take a seat" and he bought over a Latte - without me having to order to it!

Author: Jacqui Ridler

REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

15 June 2014

Check in was the smoothest I have ever experienced in Southampton, and although the suites weren’t ready until 2pm, I was able to sit in the lounges plus I had a choice of venues for lunch. I chose La Veranda and enjoyed a juicy grilled chicken with delicious French fries.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 7

13 June 2014

Our last full day on board saw a very early arrival into Martinique. As happens at every port we visited, the cruise director gave a brief overview of the port and suggestions for independent guests. I am sorry to say that the port of Fort de France was quite a disappointment. It is an industrial town without any prettiness. The streets are tatty and dirty.

Author: Janet Welsh

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 6

12 June 2014

What a beautiful island Isle de Saintes is. It is part of Guadalupe and governed by France. It is not big but large enough to have an airport for small planes.

Author: Scott Anderson

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 5

06 June 2014

This morning we anchored off the island of St Kitts. We had decided to take a ship’s tour ’Safari Island Drive’ and at 8am we were on the tender to Basseterre. The Royal Clipper was moored here just to let people taking tours ashore and was then moving around the island to South Friar’s Bay.

Author: Janet Welsh

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 4

05 June 2014

I was on deck this morning for our early morning arrival into Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. We had a short presentation from the Cruise Director and she confirmed that we would be able to enjoy the Captain Nemo Spa at the Beach today as well as sports activities with the sports team, a pareo tying demonstration on the beach - sarong to you and me - and there would be a Barbeque lunch on the beach for all guests.

Author: Janet Welsh

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 3

04 June 2014

This morning after a lovely breakfast we were on deck for our scheduled arrival in Cabrits, Dominica at 1030. Before our arrival there was an opportunity for any guests that wished to take photos of the ship in full sail to join a tender, two were lowered, which then motored around the ship allowing for spectacular photos to be taken. It was such a fantastic opportunity and well used by many of the guests.

Author: Janet Welsh

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 2

03 June 2014

I woke early and took a cup of tea from the self service station in the Piano Bar. This is available 24 hours a day and in the morning a Continental breakfast is provided and in the evening a late night snack. There is no opportunity to go hungry!

I took my tea and sat up on deck to enjoy the sailing. We were on our way to St Lucia and although the weather was a little cloudy it was still very warm.

Author: Janet Welsh

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN DAILY BLOG DAY 1

02 June 2014

Our arrival in Barbados with BA was a little earlier than scheduled and we soon disembarked and walked across the tarmac to the terminal. Fortunately it was not raining as there was no protection!

There was a long queue for immigration. Both BA and Virgin have flights from the UK arriving at about the same time so I think this can be a bit of a nightmare, but within 30 minutes we were through, had collected our luggage and went to find a taxi.

Author: Janet Welsh

VOYAGER SHIP INSPECTION IN PORTSMOUTH

02 June 2014

I was invited to look around Voyages of Discovery ship Voyager when she was docked in Portsmouth. I’ve not seen this ship before so I was interested to see how the All Leisure group had refurbished this older ship.

Author: Scott Anderson

INTRODUCING THE NEW SUITE CLASS FROM CELEBRITY CRUISES

29 May 2014

Starting in April of 2015, Celebrity Cruises will enhance their suite experience ...

Introducing the Suite Class, where everything Celebrity’s guests love about the suites is enhanced even more. It’s more exclusive, with more luxurious amenities and more extraordinary services.

Author: Scott Anderson

LE BOREAL SHIP VISIT AT TOWER BRIDGE

16 May 2014

Today we were invited on board Le Boreal, whilst she was moored next to HMS Belfast in London. The sun was shining and the ship looked very sleek indeed! Le Boreal is part of Compagnie Du Ponant, a French cruise company that operates three sister ships, Le Boreal, Le Austral, & Le Soleal, and a masted sailing ship called Le Ponant.

Author: Scott Anderson

SEADREAM SHIP VISIT AT TOWER BRIDGE

14 May 2014

SeaDream Yacht Club operates two identical yachts that accommodate just 100 guests in all inclusive luxury. Sailing in the Caribbean during the winter, they make their way across the Atlantic Ocean in spring, usually arriving in the Mediterranean. This year however SeaDream I will be sailing around Scandinavia and the Baltic, and was anchored in the Thames, adjacent to HMS Belfast.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 10 ACTIVITIES FOR CRUISERS IN HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA

02 May 2014

When Dorothy was trying to leave Oz, all she really had to do was click her ruby-encrusted heels together and murmur, "There’s no place like home." And for those of us who are rabid travelers - especially by cruise ship - we often forget that the familiarity of our own home city is exotically novel for those who come from afar. We are what are referred to in the vernacular as "Haligonians" - Londoners are from London, Haligonians are from Halifax - and we’d like to welcome you to our city with some exclusive insider’s intelligence.

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 8

28 April 2014

We woke early as the sun was up, and headed upstairs as we had been advised we would be sailing past the smallest inhabited river island in the world. As we reached the sun deck we could see it arriving in the distance, emerging through the early morning haze. The island is called Peacock Island, and on the top of it is a Shiva temple built in 1694, dedicated to the deity Umananda. The sun rise was beautiful, creating a lovely pink haze in the sky.

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 7

25 April 2014

Today was a relaxing day on the river, with no planned stops so we spent the day chilling out on the sun deck, taking in the sun and watching the river for the elusive Gangetic river dolphin. We spotted a few but they only break the surface to take in more air then disappear quickly. They have a long snout and pink bodies and are quite different from the sea dolphins that we are more familiar with.

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 6

24 April 2014

Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Gologhat and Nagaon districts in the state of Assam, India and is a World Heritage site. The park contains two-thirds of the world’s population of One Horned Rhinoceros, and the park also boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world. The park was first established as a Reserve Forest in 1905, promoted to a National Park in 1968 and finally declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The "Big 5" animals to see are..

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 5

23 April 2014

After breakfast at 8am we had a talk and presentation about tomorrow’s excursion to the Kaziranga National Park informing us what to expect and how the elephant safari would operate. We were also educated on the diversity of animals and bird life that is sustained by the Kaziranga National Park. The park is a designated World Heritage Site

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 4

17 April 2014

We woke early as the sun rises about 5am here and headed out on to the island before breakfast. In the distance Nina was taking a yoga class out on the sand, and had quite a crowd enjoying her stretching. Some of the crew were playing cricket (including the MD of the company, Sanjay Basu) We headed off exploring and went to the water’s edge, and touched the Brahmaputra River!

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 3

16 April 2014

After breakfast was served in the main lounge, we turned our chairs round to face the screen for today’s briefing. I really like this way of explaining about the culture and the day ahead; far better than doing it in the destination as it gives you more time when you are there to explore, rather than crowding round one person trying to listen.

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 2

15 April 2014

Up at 5:30am to shower and get ready for breakfast! Breakfast was a mixture of usual cereals, pastries, tea and coffee and a selection of hot dishes including hard boiled eggs, bacon and some Indians dishes that were spicy and very tasty. There was an egg station too for omelettes. Breakfast finished promptly at 7:15am making way for a talk about what we would be seeing that day. Chairs were pushed round to face a large flat-screen TV ready for the presentation.

Author: Scott Anderson

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE DAY 1

14 April 2014

On arriving and clearing customs at Dibrugarh airport we were warmly greeted by Shagzil, our tour director for the cruise, and Payal, our naturalist who would be sailing with us. They escorted us from the arrival area to a fleet of jeeps that would take us to the Nimati where we would board the ship.

Author: Scott Anderson

AMADANTE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 5

10 April 2014

This was our final stop and although we had to vacate the cabins by 9am we were able to stay on board until our airport transfer, so we could still have bar drinks, tea, coffee etc and there was also soup and sandwiches available; the Chef even made a gluten free sandwich just for me!

Author: Scott Anderson

AMADANTE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 4

10 April 2014

We sailed in the early hours of this morning so I woke to find the most beautiful landscape of the Rhine. The weather was warm sunny with a cloudless sky so I went on the sun deck and sat in a very comfortable soft chair and enjoyed the scenery, as the MS AmaDante went through a couple of locks - the engineering that goes into them is amazing!

Author: Jacqui Ridler

AMADANTE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 3

10 April 2014

This morning we woke to a beautiful sunny morning, so I had a walk around the top deck before breakfast. Today I decided to try an omelette from the egg station made to order - it certainly set me up for the day.

Author: Scott Anderson

AMADANTE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 2

09 April 2014

After an excellent night’s sleep on a very comfortable bed I made my way to the restaurant for breakfast and I must say it was a wonderful sight! AmaDante staff go to so much effort with every little detail and the breakfast spread did not disappoint.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CRUISE ON APT RIVER CRUISES

08 April 2014

Why should you cruise with APt River Cruises? Read our 10 reasons why!

Author: Scott Anderson

AMADANTE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 1

08 April 2014

My car arrived at 5am to pick me up and 2 ½ hours later I had arrived at London Heathrow and checked in for my Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. The seat had a good pitch and we had a smooth journey, and at Frankfurt Airport we were met by the APT representative, which was nice.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CRUISE ON REGENT SEVEN SEAS

18 March 2014

Why should you cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises? Read our 10 reasons why!

Author: Scott Anderson

BURGUNDY BY BARGE

13 March 2014

Inspired by celebrity chef Rick Stein, James Innes Williams savours his surroundings as he cruises through Burgundy with European Waterways.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 15 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO ON A CRUISE SHIP

28 February 2014

Here are our Top 15 things you should never ask or do on board a cruise ship!

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP CRUISE TERMINALS IN THE WORLD

28 January 2014

Each year, more than eighteen million people embark on an unforgettable cruise holiday in hundreds of embarkation ports around the world. Over the years, we have seen cruise terminals come and go, and nowadays, they come in all shapes and styles. Below are just a few of our personal favourite cruise terminals in the world today.

Author: Scott Anderson

SIR RANULPH FIENNES OPENS OUR NEW OFFICE

20 January 2014

I was incredibly excited to find out that ex SAS and veteran polar adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes would be our guest for the day and officially opening our new office on the banks of the Thames.

Author: Cathy Chesman

HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN MARY 2

10 January 2014

This year, the flagship of the Cunard Line fleet, Queen Mary 2 will celebrate her tenth birthday. Since her float-out ceremony, Queen Mary 2 has retained her title as the largest Cunard liner ever built and is arguably one of the most luxurious cruise liners afloat today.

Author: Scott Anderson

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF STAR CLIPPERS

19 December 2013

How many bottles of champagne were drunk on Star Clippers?

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 11

04 December 2013

Up early as we had a tour booked today. It was brisk and chilly at 8am, and we got to watch the sun rise over the horizon, bathing the city and river in golden light. We did not watch us arrive as it took place at 3am; however the captain had to make some tricky manoeuvres during the night. Apparently the lock is 31 metres wide and the ship is 28 metres, a tight squeeze!

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 10

03 December 2013

So we arrived into Gibraltar at 8am, and the sun was shining in an almost cloudless sky. After a bit of a lie in, we enjoyed breakfast at the Windows Cafe before walking into town to get some duty free fragrance and cigarettes. There was the option of taking a shuttle bus or local taxi for two Euros but it’s such a close walk there really is no point.

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 9

02 December 2013

So it’s another sea day, and what can you do on board Azamara Quest on a day at sea? Well if you love trivia and quizzes then this is the ship for you! On the days schedule are about seven different quizzes and trivia challenges! Plus other activities like :-

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 8

29 November 2013

As we had been here before we did not book a ships tour, so after a lie in we had a leisurely breakfast then headed out. The ship was docked right near the port entrance, so we decided to head out on foot to the City of Arts and Science, produced by world renowned and local architect Santiago Calatrava. This area contains six futuristic-looking venues and a variety of restaurants, and is built on the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia.

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 7

28 November 2013

After a lovely lie in we headed up to the buffet area for a quick breakfast before heading out to Barcelona. Today we walked to the Gothic Quarter, and headed to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral (not to be confused with La Sagrada Familia, the Gaudi built church).

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE DAY 6

27 November 2013

Azamara Quest docked at the World Trade Centre (East) promptly at 8am, however we had a lie in and took a late breakfast at the lido cafe. I opted for cereal and fruit today, instead of the usual full English. What is great about Azamara Club Cruises is that they actually have English bacon and black pudding! I don’t think I’ve been on any other ship that caters to their UK guests so well at breakfast, and to top it all, they even have Marmite!

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 5

25 November 2013

During the night the we experienced force nine winds, however in the morning these had dropped to 25 knots. The Captain informed us over the ships PA system that had we stayed at Trapani, we would now be experiencing 5 metre high swells and force 11 winds (force 12 is hurricane strength) so his plan to leave and circumnavigate the storm had paid off, well done Captain Carl Smith!

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 4

22 November 2013

Woke up and boy was it rough weather! Switched on the in-cabin TV and the view from the bridge showed wet and windy weather, and the Azamara Quest was pitching heavily in the swells. We headed up to the Windows Cafe for breakfast, and then Captain Carl Smith came over the ships PA system with a weather update..

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 3

21 November 2013

We are still tied up at Castellammare, and our tour today is "A Taste of Sorrento". After boarding our bus and being introduced to our bubbly guide Matilda, we headed off. We were lucky with the weather as it was dry and the sun was trying to come out, quite mild too. We drove back to Sorrento, along the same route we took yesterday...

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 2

20 November 2013

As we have two days here, we decided to head into Sorrento on the provided complimentary shuttle bus. We have a tour booked for the second day so were free to do as we pleased today. After a delicious breakfast of, of course, Eggs Benedict, we jumped on the first shuttle bus and after 40 minutes were in the centre of Sorrento.

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST ROME TO SEVILLE CRUISE DAY 1

19 November 2013

After a 45 minute transfer from Rome airport, we soon arrived at the port of Civitavecchia. It was quite busy with cruise ship, including Crystal Serenity, Silver spirit, Wind Star and an MSC mega ship. Azamara Quest looked very classy with her new blue hull, and our driver dropped us off at the bag drop area.

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR GUIDE TO GIBRALTAR

31 October 2013

Every cruise passenger seems to love Gibraltar. And It’s not hard to work out why. The 1,475ft monolith - one of the two ancient Pillars of Hercules guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean (the other is clearly visible in Morocco, on the other side of the Straits of Gibraltar) - might be attached by a stringy strip of land to the Spanish province of Andalusia, but it is as British as warm bitter beer and fish and chips (both of which are freely available on "the Rock").

Author: Robin Mead

DESTINATION PROFILE TROMSO NORWAY

21 October 2013

Home to the world’s most northernmost university and a population of 70,000, Tromso is known by many names, including Gateway to the Arctic and Paris of the North.

Author: Scott Anderson

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CRUISE

15 October 2013

Deciding that you want to go on a cruise for your annual holiday or vacation is a great choice - but with so many different cruise lines, cruise ships, destinations and on-board facilities, selecting the right cruise for you can be a bit daunting. Read our guide to help you choose the right cruise for you

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET THE CREW GUEST ENTERTAINER JIMMY CRICKET

08 October 2013

Today we are delighted to bring you another article that is part ofour popular "Meet the Crew" series. Meet Comedy Guest Entertainer Jimmy Cricket!

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR GUIDE TO MALAGA SPAIN

24 September 2013

Located along the world-famous Costa del Sol in southern Spain, not only is Malaga the perfect gateway to many Andalucian destinations, the city and the cruise port stands out as destinations within themselves.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET PIANIST BRUCE JOHNSON FROM CRYSTAL CRUISES

24 September 2013

Fondly known throughout the musical industry as "Bruce Almighty of the Keys", the superlative talents of Bruce Johnson have gained him an illustrious and successful career in both the classical and popular music industry.

Author: Scott Anderson

SILVERSEA AND THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

13 September 2013

Yesterday I was invited to the Royal Geographical Society in London by Silversea Cruises to listen to the launch of their new Expedition style ship - Silver Discoverer. This ship is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment as she is not a ’new build’ - she is currently named the Clipper Odyssey.

Author: Scott Anderson

PORT OR STARBOARD DOES IT REALLY MATTER

09 September 2013

When cruising, a lot of people have a preference for where they would like their stateroom or suite to be located. Forward, midship or aft, high or low and finally port or starboard. But what we are going to discuss today is "does it really matter?".

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 10 RIVER CRUISES

30 August 2013

So, you’ve decided that a river cruise is right for you and now want to settle on which of the world’s great waterways to explore; we round up the best and look at what you can expect along each of our top 10 river cruise recommendations.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CRYSTAL CRUISE DIRECTOR RICK SPATH

23 August 2013

Rick has been at sea for over 33 years and first became a Cruise Director in 1984. 2012 marked his eleventh world voyage, and he always enjoys travelling to all four corners of the globe.

Author: Scott Anderson

IS RIVER CRUISING RIGHT FOR YOU?

19 August 2013

There’s been a big boom in river cruising recently and it’s undoubtedly the fastest growing sector of the industry. With this in mind, we look at whether this type of slow travel is right for you. Although river cruising is very different from its equivalent ocean going holiday, there are a wealth of benefits associated with it.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 14 AND 15

14 August 2013

Day 14 At Sea So it’s our last full sea day, and ’formal dress’ tonight (called Black Tie Optional), only the second we have had on this cruise. The sun is shining so we are off to spend a day on the sun decks! The wonderful deck stewards kept us topped up with champagne, and we ate lunch around the Trident Pool area. Great food and great for people watching too!

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 13

13 August 2013

Day 13 Bergen. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, and a wonderful town for sightseeing with one of the most popular areas being the Bryggen waterfront area. The Bryggens Museum is constructed on the site where medieval Bergen thrived.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 12

12 August 2013

Day 12 Olden. Olden is a small village located at the inner end of the Nordfjord. The head of the fjord is characterised by varied and dramatic scenery, with peaceful valleys and neat farms lying in contrast to glaciers, waterfalls and majestic mountains. Olden is the gateway to the Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 11

09 August 2013

Day 11 Alesund We were hoping for some stunning weather for Alesund, however, it was not great - cold and rainy yet again! Our new best friends Larry and Martin were disembarking today so after a farewell breakfast we headed to the gangway for a quick look around the town with them.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 10

08 August 2013

Day 10 Leknes and Lofoten The Lofotens are a string of rocky cliffs, comprising of seven major islands, covering some 550 square miles of peaks, valleys, fjords and dramatic landscapes. We woke to the sound of our alarm clock and opened the curtains on our Penthouse Suite to reveal a lovely sunny day! So good to see after what has been fairly grey and dull weather so far on the cruise.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 9

06 August 2013

Day 9 Tromso. So we awoke and opened the curtains to reveal a very grey and drab day. No tours booked today so we jumped on the shuttle bus that dropped us off in the town centre. Tromso city is the largest city and urban area in Northern Norway, and the second largest city north of the Arctic Circle

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 8

06 August 2013

Day 8 Honningsvag, North Cape. So today we have arrived in Honningsvag, port for the North Cape and we have booked the Crystal Adventures tour to take us there. After a delicious Eggs Benedict breakfast, we disembarked at 9:15 and jumped on the tour bus.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 7

05 August 2013

Day 7 Murmansk. The city of Murmansk is the Arctic’s largest, with a population of about 300,000, and is the northernmost city in the world. The name Murmansk is said to come from the Saami word ’Murman’, which translates to "the edge of the earth".

Author: Scott Anderson

HOW TO TAKE GREAT CRUISE PICTURES

02 August 2013

So you’ve done the research, taken the plunge and booked the cruise of a lifetime somewhere spectacular. Now you’ll want to be able to capture the moments in order to relive what should be a great holiday. To help, we round up our top tips for taking great cruise photos.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 6

01 August 2013

Day 6 at sea en route to Murmansk. This morning we attended another lecture by Seth Shostak which was very interesting. As this finished at 12 noon, we headed back to Crystal Cove to view the grand gala buffet. This is a spectacular display of the chefs culinary creations, complete with ice sculptures and chocolate fountains.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 5

01 August 2013

Day 5 At sea, enroute to Murmansk, Russia Today’s weather was very overcast, with frequent rain showers, mist and heavy seas, so no one was out on the open decks! This cruise is a Crystal Cruises Wine and Food Festival theme cruise, and this morning celebrity chef Marc Cummings was holding a cooking demonstration in Crystal Cove.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 4

30 July 2013

Day 4 Hellesylt and Geiranger Very excited to be in the fjords today and woke up early to see the ship arrive into Hellesylt, our first port of call. We are dropping off pax that are participating in one of the tours at Hellesylt, and then Crystal Serenity is moving to Geiranger. In the Viking era, Hellesylt was an important Norwegian port, full of merchants sailing to the Baltic, England, France and other northern European destinations. Today it’s a very small, quant and charming village. The passengers boarded the tender for their 8-hour tours, taking them up into the mountains and then dropping them off at Geiranger, where they will meet the ship later.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP TEN FACTS ABOUT STAR CLIPPERS TALL SHIPS

30 July 2013

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from guests on board Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper:-

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 3

29 July 2013

Day 3 At Sea So today was our first sea day, and the cruise director Gary Hunter had planned a packed day of activity. The great thing is with Crystal Cruises there is so much to see and do, or alternatively you can choose to do nothing at all, and just relax with a book. Today’s highlights include:

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE CRUISE REVIEW DAY 2

26 July 2013

Day 2. Copenhagen So today the ship was still docked in Copenhagen, and again the weather was stunning. After a very good breakfast in the main dining room of Eggs Benedict, we headed out to explore. Having been here before, we had pretty much done most of the city, so this time headed over to the Kastelett area of Copenhagen, which was very near the ship.

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR GUIDE TO BERGEN

26 July 2013

Bergen is one of Norway’s most atmospheric cities. Attractive, with a smorgasbord of attractions to discover, some fine architecture, a wealth of art galleries and museums and a bustling harbour that harks back to the city’s nautical heritage, it’s an essential stepping stone on the way to the fjords.

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY NORTH CAPE AND BEYOND CRUISE REVIEW

26 July 2013

Day 1. Embarkation in Copenhagen Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen as the song goes, and indeed it was wonderful in the very warm summer sunshine. We arrived via Norwegian air from Gatwick (free Wi-Fi on the plane, very good!) and Crystal Serenity is docked overnight in the capital of Denmark. Embarkation took place on board the ship and was quick and easy, and as we were staying in a Penthouse, we were advised that our suite was ready straight away.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP FIVE FJORDS IN WESTERN NORWAY

19 July 2013

During the ice ages, vast glaciers gouged deep gorges into the landscape of western Norway, which duly flooded with sea water creating the natural wonders that are the modern day fjords. Readily accessible to visitors on cruise ships and often reached from the characterful, atmospheric ports of Ålesund and Bergen, these are some of the finest fjords anywhere in the world and can be astonishingly beautiful.

Author: Scott Anderson

DESTINATION PROFILE FLORENCE AND PISA

04 July 2013

Florence is a beautiful city located within the Tuscan region of Italy that is rich in heritage and culture. Few structures in the world rival the beauty and elegance of the Duomo, the grand Cathedral of Florence with a dome that dominates the skyline of the renaissance city. It is often referred to as one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Florence is also home to a number of architectural masterpieces by renowned architects including Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, many of which can be found at the Uffizi Gallery - which is one of the oldest and most significant museums of art in the western world.

Author: Scott Anderson

10 PERFECT PORTS OF CALL

28 June 2013

A wide variety of cruises stop at unique, exciting ports and we’ve rounded up a selection of the perfect ports to spend time in before weighing anchor for the next destination.

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR GUIDE TO SORRENTO, ITALY

20 June 2013

To the hurried tourist or superficial holidaymaker, Sorrento may appear to be like an average seaside tourist destination. Yet the centuries-old town, nestled among thick olive and orange trees has a long and interesting history.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET THE CREW ENTERTAINER STEVE STEVENS

17 June 2013

Meet guest entertainer Steve Stevens as part of our Meet The Crew series of interviews.

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST PHOTO TOUR

10 June 2013

The Azamara Quest has recently been refurbished with new carpets, upholstery and deck furniture. We love the new look, and are sure the guests will too!

Author: Scott Anderson

ROYAL PRINCESS FIRST LOOK

09 June 2013

Launched in June 2013, the new Royal Princess features a host of new and innovative features on the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet.Watch our "first look" photo slide show, featuring public rooms and outside decks.

Author: Scott Anderson

DESTINATION PROFILE THE NORTH CAPE

29 May 2013

Many things have been said and written about the giant cliff that forms an uncompromising division between the continent and the open sea. For several centuries the North Cape was reserved for those on adventures and expeditions

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CAPTAIN CARL SMITH FROM AZAMARA CRUISES

20 May 2013

Born and bred on the Isle of Man, Captain Carl started his sea-going career more than 24 years ago with Shell Oil Tankers as a Deck Cadet. His apprenticeship lasted for three and a half years, consisted of four contracts at sea and two full years at South Tyneside College near Newcastle in England.

Author: Scott Anderson

VENICE TO CORFU ON OCEANIA RIVIERA DAY 5

17 May 2013

I took advantage of an early swim followed by a simple breakfast at the Waves Grill where they have an egg station to cook to order together with a selection of cereals, bread and fruit.

The ship was at anchor today so a short tender ride took us to the lovely walled city of Kotor.

Author: Janet Welsh

VENICE TO CORFU ON OCEANIA RIVIERA DAY 4

16 May 2013

This morning is our only "at sea" time as we dock at midday in Dubrovnik for a 12 hour visit.

We took the opportunity to enjoy breakfast in our stateroom and this was delivered promptly at the time requested - with a telephone call 10 minutes before to advise that it was on its way.

Author: Janet Welsh

VENICE TO CORFU ON OCEANIA RIVIERA DAY 3

15 May 2013

After another good nights sleep I woke refreshed and enjoyed breakfast on the outside terrace of the buffet restaurant. Either the ship is not too full or lots of guests had taken early transfers as there were no queues for the egg station!

Author: Janet Welsh

VENICE TO CORFU ON OCEANIA RIVIERA DAY 2

14 May 2013

We returned to the ship in time for a late lunch at Waves Grill where we tried the famous Kobe beef burger. It was melt in the mouth with a fantastic flavour

Author: Janet Welsh

VENICE TO CORFU ON OCEANIA RIVIERA DAY 1

13 May 2013

We arrived at the cruise terminal just before our suggested check in time of 1pm and we were on board within 15 minutes - excellent.

Author: Janet Welsh

WE HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR BEST CRUISE AGENT

10 May 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have been nominated in the ’Best Cruise Agent’ category in the 2013 Cruise International magazine reader’s awards.

Author: Scott Anderson

FIRST LOOK AT EUROPA 2

08 May 2013

I have just been on board Hapag Lloyd Cruises, new ship Europa 2 for a two day shakedown cruise. Read my review and enjoy my photos from the ship.

Author: Scott Anderson

SILVERSEA TOP 10 ENRICHMENT CRUISES FOR 2013

02 May 2013

Discover enrichment cruises with luxury cruise line Silversea

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET APT TOUR DIRECTOR ADELA

29 April 2013

As part of our popular "Meet the Crew" series, we are delighted to bring you the career history of Adela Trnkova, a Tour Director for APT.

Author: Scott Anderson

THE UNIQUE CRYSTAL CRUISES LOGO

26 April 2013

Today we are delighted to bring you the backstory of how Crystal Cruises went about creating the iconic logo which is now a trademark of their service, style and heritage.

Author: Scott Anderson

SILVERSEA LOOK BACK AT THEIR MILESTONES

23 April 2013

Ultra luxury cruise operator Silversea have been celebrating a year of milestones in the build up to the operator’s 20th anniversary in 2014. Today we would like to share with you just a handful of the milestones that they have celebrated since summer 2012.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CAPTAIN GLENN EDVARDSEN FROM CRYSTAL CRUISES

22 April 2013

As part of our popular "Meet the Crew" series, we are delighted to bring you the career history of Captain Glenn Edvardsen from Crystal Cruises.

Author: Scott Anderson

SPECIALTY DINING WITH OCEANIA CRUISES

19 April 2013

We are delighted to bring you the second article in our Food@Sea series. Today we invite you to discover what specialty dining options await with Oceania Cruises aboard Riviera.

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR GUIDE TO MARSEILLE

17 April 2013

Today we are delighted to share with you our short guide to the beautfiul city of Marseille, located along the French Riviera.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CRUISE DIRECTOR TONY FROM AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES

15 April 2013

As part of our popular Meet the Crew series, we are delighted to bring you the career history of Tony Markey, a Cruise Director from Azamara Club Cruises.

Author: Scott Anderson

SPECIALTY DINING WITH CELEBRITY CRUISES

11 April 2013

We are delighted to share with you the first article in our new, Food@Sea series. Today we invite you to read all about the culinary masterpieces that await you within a Specialty Restaurant aboard the luxurious Solstice Class vessels from Celebrity Cruises.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET GUEST ENTERTAINER PHILLIP HUBER

05 April 2013

As part of our popular Meet the Crew series, we are delighted to bring you the career history of Phillip Huber, an award-winning Marionette Artist and Guest Entertainer.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN HONG KONG

04 April 2013

Read all about some of the best things to see and do in Hong Kong.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET TIM CALLOBRE FROM CRYSTAL CRUISES

02 April 2013

In today’s Meet the Crew series, we introduce you to Tim Callobre, an award-winning Classical Guitarist, whom you will currently find working onboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

Author: Scott Anderson

CATHYS HURTIGRUTEN TRIP FROM TROMSO TO TRONDHEIM DAY 4

28 March 2013

Today we bring you the fourth and final instalment from Cathy’s recent voyage from Tromso to Trondheim with Hurtigruten.

Author: Cathy Chesman

CATHYS HURTIGRUTEN TRIP FROM TROMSO TO TRONDHEIM DAY 3

27 March 2013

Today we are delighted to bring you the third instalment of Cathy’s expedition from Tromso to Trondheim with Hurtigruten.

Author: Cathy Chesman

CATHYS HURTIGRUTEN TRIP FROM TROMSO TO TRONDHEIM DAY 2

26 March 2013

Today we bring you the second instalment from Cathy’s trip from Tromso to Trondheim with Hurtigruten.

Author: Cathy Chesman

CATHYS HURTIGRUTEN TRIP FROM TROMSO TO TRONDHEIM DAY 1

25 March 2013

Today we are delighted to bring you the first instalment from Cathy’s trip from Tromso to Trondheim with Hurtigruten.

Author: Cathy Chesman

MEET ANDREW SAMUEL CHIEF CONCIERGE FOR CRYSTAL CRUISES

25 March 2013

In today’s "Meet the Crew" series, we invite you to learn about Andrew Samuel and his career as Chief Conierge for Crystal Cruises.

Author: Scott Anderson

A GUIDE TO CADIZ

19 March 2013

Take a look at our informative guide on the historical port of Cadiz, gateway to the beautiful Andalusian capital city of Seville.

Author: Scott Anderson

DAILY CRUISE BLOG CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM WITH APT

13 March 2013

Lucy was lucky enough to explore Cambodia and Vietnam in February with APT and Travelmarvel aboard the MS La Marguerite. Have a read of her experience of sailing along the Mekong River and exploring the wonders of Cambodia and Vietnam.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AND AROUND SOUTHAMPTON

11 March 2013

If you are going on a cruise from Southampton it is a great idea to stay a few days pre or post cruise. There is a good choice of quality Hotels ranging from ones near the cruise port & town centre to country house hotels nearby. We can advise the best one for you.

Author: Scott Anderson

2012 UK CRUISE MARKET

07 March 2013

The PSA has released details of the 2012 Cruise Review of the UK cruise market, with some interesting results.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET JAVIER CORTES CONCIERGE FROM OCEANIA CRUISES

04 March 2013

As part of our "Meet the Crew" series, this week we are featuring the Executive Concierge of Oceania Cruises - Javier Cortes.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CRUISE DIRECTOR JAMIE LOGAN FROM REGENT SEVEN SEAS

25 February 2013

Jamie is a highly-energetic cruise director who loves to sail the world and give guests the cruise experience of a lifetime with luxury cruise line Regent. However the native of New Jersey never planned for a career at sea.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CHIEF ENGINEER GIUSEPPE FROM REGENT CRUISES

20 February 2013

As a Chief Engineer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Giuseppe’s job is quite literally to ensure that the ship is sailing smoothly. Not only is he responsible for the operation of the ships engines, but he also leads a crew of thirty-four with a lengthy list of job responsibilities which include air conditioning, plumbing, generators and many more. Learn more about his role here.


Author: Ben Montgomery

15 REASONS I LOVE TO CRUISE

18 February 2013

Take a look at this handy infographic created by MyTravelMoney.co.uk, that shows fifteen reasons why so many people love to cruise.

Author: Ben Montgomery

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE

18 February 2013

Recently named among one of the top cities in the U.S. by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, Seattle offers the best of both urban and outdoor experiences and provides the perfect point of departure for a cruise holiday. Read more about this fascinating city and have a look at our top ten things to see and do.

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR GUIDE TO BARCELONA

12 February 2013

Barcelona is becoming an ever popular cruise destination, not just because its one of the primary commercial shipping ports in the Mediterranean; the city is also renowned for its diverse culture and points of interest.

Author: Scott Anderson

MEET CAPTAIN LUCA MANZI OF OCEANIA CRUISES

11 February 2013

Have you ever wondered what is it like to become a Captain? Today we are delighted to share with you how Captain Manzi followed his dream to become a captain with Oceania Cruises.

Author: Ben Montgomery

MEET THE GODMOTHER OF OCEANIA RIVIERA, CAT CORA

07 February 2013

Since making television history in 2005 as the first and only female chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America; Cat Cora has become one of the largest names in the culinary industry today.

Author: Scott Anderson

FIVE REASONS TO TAKE A LUXURY CRUISE

28 January 2013

Luxury Cruising is one of the best travel experiences out there, allowing you to explore the world in comfort and style. So here are five reasons why we think you should take a luxury cruise in 2014.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP FIVE REASONS TO TAKE A RIVER CRUISE

24 January 2013

River Cruising is becoming ever so more popular and this year will be no different. That’s why we thought we would let you in on five reasons why we think you should take a river cruise.

Author: Scott Anderson

ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISE

21 January 2013

How much could an all inclusive cruise cost? Many people think that all-inclusive cruises will cost more than those that are not. However, the beauty of going all-inclusive is that everything is paid for up front, with no hidden extras once you get on board. These additional fees for dining, tours, drinks, wine, excursions, hotels, gratuities (to name but a few) can soon add up and end up actually costing more in the long run.

Author: Scott Anderson

MS AMALYRA RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

11 January 2013

After another very comfortable night onboard in Linz, this was to be our final day. With much regret, we were getting off the ship in Passau so this prevented us taking any of the excursions provided that day, which included full day tours of Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Our day was spent enjoying a very relaxed cruising day past some beautiful and very tranquil scenery - sadly some what obscured by the fog!

Author: Bert Hyett

MS AMALYRA RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

10 January 2013

After a very busy and highly enjoyable day in Vienna yesterday, we had spent the night cruising just 64 miles to the town of Melk in the Wachau, a UNESCO protected region of the Danube River. Much smaller than our previous host cities of Budapest & Vienna, Melk is a lovely little town which is dominated by the massive Benedictine Abbey.

Author: Bert Hyett

MS AMALYRA RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

09 January 2013

After another very comfortable night we arrived into Vienna at 08.15, having passed through the Slovakian capital, Bratislava during the night. Breakfast for me was a light affair this morning but the options were excellent. Our cruise manager, Maddie had arranged many excursions for today so we were split into small groups in order to get a taste of what was available. In our case, the ’taste’ was literal as we were going to be taking part in the ’Culinary Delight’ tour. This meant taking a guided coach tour

Author: Bert Hyett

MS AMALYRA RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

08 January 2013

After a very comfortable nights sleep, it was time to see what AMA provided as its breakfast offering. The answer -a really bountiful feast with over a dozen different types of bread with just as many pastries to match. In addition, 5 types of juice, several cereals and various cold platters - fruit, cheeses and meats. Smoked salmon seemed a very popular option (probably because it was near the sparkling wine!) there were also 10 hot options including a cooking station where eggs were cooked to order. Certainly something for everyone and the perfect start to the day.

Author: Bert Hyett

MS AMALYRA RIVER CRUISE BLOG

07 January 2013

Arrived at LHR T3 and decided to try the Priority Pass. There are two options - both right next to each other - Servisair and No 1 lounge. I opted for the No 1 lounge. Was rather shocked to see that they normally charge £35 for this!! Priority Pass is £15.

Author: Bert Hyett

SS ANTOINETTE - DAY 7

18 November 2012

Day 7 on the SS Antoinette Today is the last full day of our cruise, tomorrow we disembark in Amsterdam. I had another delicious breakfast and by now we have got to know several of the waiting staff who all work exceptionally hard to serve us. Boris is proving to be the favourite. He always has a ready smile and time to chat despite being very busy. Without exception every member of staff we meet on board says ’hello’ or asks about our day ashore. They all provide a fantastic standard of care.

Author: Janet Welsh

SS ANTOINETTE DAY 6

18 November 2012

Day 6 on the SS Antoinette We arrived early this morning in Koblenz, a lovely Medieval town where the two rivers Rhine and Moselle converge. Our guides were waiting as we left the SS Antoinette at 9am and again using the Quiet Vox we had a tour of the little narrow alleys and streets. There are whimsical statues and fountains throughout the old part of the town which add to the uniqueness of this place.

Author: Janet Welsh

SS ANTOINETTE DAY 5

18 November 2012

Day 5 on the SS Antoinette For the first time this week there was not such an early start. There was an optional tour leaving at 8.30 for one hour in Rudesheim, but it was explained to us that the town would be very sleepy and non of the shops or cafes would be open this morning, with the exception of a Mechanical Instrument museum which was opening especially early for our group. I spoke to some guests that took the tour and they said it was well worth doing.

Author: Janet Welsh

ROBIN MEAD REPORTS ON TENERIFES PYRAMIDS

16 November 2012

Travel writer Robin Mead on the mystery of Tenerife’s ’pyramids’

We all know about the pyramids in Egypt, and their transatlantic cousins in Mexico. But did you realise that there are also six newly-discovered pyramids on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands?

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE DAY 4

15 November 2012

Day 4 on the SS Antoinette. This morning we woke up in Gemmersheim which I understand used to be an attractive village but has unfortunately seen better days. So we were taken by coach to the town of Speyer where we were given an excellent tour by the local guide. We were told that the weather today should again be warm and sunny but it was the opposite and bitterly cold.

Author: Janet Welsh

SS ANTOINETTE DAY 3

15 November 2012

Day 3 on the SS Antoinette Awoke early again this morning to find a thick early morning fog had descended and it was impossible to see anything from the window. I enjoyed breakfast in the main dining room. This room is so bright and cheery decorated in white and green with white trellis work and green glasswear on the table to compliment the colour scheme.

Author: Janet Welsh

SS ANTOINETTE DAY 2

14 November 2012

Day 2 on the SS Antoinette .We were awake early this morning as we had an early tour departure at 9am. Breakfast was served in the main dining room the Restaurant de Versailles. The tables were laid and we were served hot drinks of our choice. The food was available buffet style with a selection of cereals, fresh fruits, hot bacon and sausages with a chef ready to freshly prepare eggs to your requirement. There was also a large variety of bread styles, cold meats and cheese. All very tasty.

Author: Janet Welsh

SS ANTOINETTE DAY 1

14 November 2012

Day 1 on the SS Antoinette. I left Gatwick early in the morning in brilliant sunshine only to land just 1hr 15minutes later in Basle, Switzerland in the pouring rain, and it hasn’t stopped! We were met by the Titan/Uniworld airport representative as soon we we had passed through customs. She was very pleasant but had to tell us that we were not going to be able to join the SS Antoinette in Basle as the water level was too high for one of the bridges that the boat would usually have to pass under.

Author: Janet Welsh

SWAN HELLENIC CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

09 November 2012

I’m glad I have good sea legs as this morning I woke up to a Force 9 gale with 10 metre waves! Looking out of my port hole the sea looked very rough indeed, it was quite exciting. I threw on some clothes and headed up to breakfast to meet the rest of my group and get a better look outside.

Author: Cathy Chesman

SWAN HELLENIC CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

08 November 2012

This morning we woke up to a very wet and windy Livorno. I had pre booked a morning walking excursion of Lucca today so donned my sensible shoes and dug out my umbrella (the ship don’t provide these). I had a quick breakfast in the Veranda restaurant before being called to board the coach for Lucca.

Author: Cathy Chesman

SWAN HELLENIC CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

07 November 2012

I was up and out my cabin at 9 this morning to catch breakfast in the Swan Restaurant which closes at 9.30. For breakfast in the Swan Restaurant you can order hot food from the menu as well as help yourself to anything from the large selection of pastries, cereal, cheese, meats and fruit laid out on the large tables in the centre. This does works although generally onboard most other cruise lines, when having breakfast in the dining room you don’t serve yourself.

Author: Cathy Chesman

SWAN HELLENIC CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

06 November 2012

This morning I was up and out of the cabin nice and early to catch breakfast in the Veranda before disembarking for my excursions to the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. Swan Hellenic include a large amount of excursions on every cruise. These are all pre-bookable and can be worth over £500 per person on a 15 day cruise.

Author: Cathy Chesman

SWAN HELLENIC CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

05 November 2012

I was recently lucky enough to experience a few nights on board the newly refurbished 350 passenger MV Minerva. The ship belongs to British company Swan Hellenic who have more than 50 years’ experience in small ship discovery cruising. Here is my day by day blog, I hope you enjoy.

Author: Cathy Chesman

SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA CRUISE OCTOBER 2012

31 October 2012

When I arrived at Gatwick I was pleased to see Swan Hellenic staff, who welcomed me and directed me to the British Airways desks to drop my baggage off. Then we flew to Naples, and were greeted by more Swan Hellenic staff, who took over our baggage, and transferred us to the lovely Minerva, about a 15 minute journey by coach.

Author: Scott Anderson

WHAT MAKES SEABOURNS CARIBBEAN SO SPECIAL..

23 October 2012

Seabourn’s ships are ideal for cruising the uncommon Caribbean - those islands and harbours - well off the well-worn path - beloved of yachtsmen and savvy connoisseurs. Recapture the laid-back charm and timeless beauty that earned the sea its reputation. Discover the delicious differences that distinguish each island culture from its neighbours. Anchored off a sun-blessed beach or hidden cove, your Seabourn ship deploys its watersports Marina (featuring kayaks, wind surfs and more) to become your own private island for the day. You can also indulge in Seabourn’s signature "Champagne & Caviar in the Surf" barbecue on a picture-perfect beach, where guests will enjoy the ultimate of beach parties!

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SERENITY CRUISE SEPTEMBER 2012

22 October 2012

Arrived at Istanbul with the masses took around an hour to get through immigration and customs. However it was so worth it when we saw Crystal Serenity, she looked stunning against the backdrop of a cloudy and rainy night in Istanbul. Check in was quick and easy, we were taken to our cabin 10115 Deluxe Stateroom with Veranda. It was bright and airy had a large Queen sized bed and full bath and what I loved was the wardrobe space! Our cabin stewardess introduced herself over the week she couldn’t do enough for us.

Author: Alison Kent & John Albert

THE BEST WAYS TO SEA IN THE NEW YEAR AROUND THE WORLD

17 October 2012

The New Year is cause for great celebrations as people the world over ring out the old and ring in the new, with cities across the globe all celebrating in style with parties and huge fireworks displays. Some of the best displays can be seen in Madeira, Sydney, and Rio, and the best view is from a ship in the harbour.

Author: Scott Anderson

THREE DAYS ON BOARD REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

14 October 2012

Three days on board Regent Seven Seas Voyager. I was invited to spend three days on board the Regent Seven Seas Voyager, part of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet of the ultra luxury, all inclusive cruise ships. Here is my review...

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 10 CARIBBEAN DUTCH ANTILLIES

09 October 2012

The ABC Islands - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and are the western-most islands of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, and as such, avoid the hurricanes. They are situated just off the Venezuelan coast. Here is my Top Ten of things to see and do in the region.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

SEABOURN HEADING FOR ANTARCTICA IN 2013

06 October 2012

In a first for the luxury all-inclusive cruise line, Seabourn are sending their ship Seabourn Quest to Antarctica in winter 2013. The only continent not visited by Seabourn before, means that Seabourn really do sail to all seven continents of the world.

Author: Scott Anderson

EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES: OUR SURVEY RESULTS

02 October 2012

Today - September 26 - is the European Day of Languages. This annual event was launched in 2001 by the Council of Europe to encourage plurilingualism (the ability to speak two or more different languages), across the continent.

Author: Scott Anderson

ROBIN MEAD VISITS THE FLOWER FILLED ISLE OF MADEIRA

28 September 2012

History books say the flower-filled Atlantic island of Madeira was discovered around 600 years ago by the Portuguese explorer, Joan Zarco.

A rather more romantic story says that it was first visited by an eloping British couple, Robert Machim and Anne D’Arset, who ran away to sea when Anne’s father, a Bristol merchant, decided Robert was not good enough for her. A storm swept them 1,500 miles off course on to a beach in the south-east corner of the 50-mile-long island of Madeira.

Author: Robin Mead

RIVER CRUISING AS A DIALYSIS PATIENT

26 September 2012

Cruise on the MV Mozart from the perspective of a dialysis patient. The first thing to emphasise is that river cruising on the MV Mozart down the Danube is an extremely relaxing and pleasant way to spend a week. The food is very good indeed and while eating too much of it may be problematical for a renal patient, you can afford to treat yourself a bit; it’s only for a week!

Author: Martin Burley

A LOOK AT SILVER EXPLORER FROM SILVERSEA

24 September 2012

Silversea Cruises purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease.

Author: Scott Anderson

ITS A SUITE LIFE ON SILVERSEA

16 September 2012

When cruising on a luxury cruise ship, your accommodation is a vital part of your holiday. Many people like to take breakfast in their suite or choose in-suite dining in the evenings and even host small parties in the larger suites. When Silversea first launched the Silver Cloud, the ships featured lead-in suites called Vista Suites. These proved so popular they have been replicated on the other ships in the fleet.

Author: Scott Anderson

THE SPA ON SILVER SPRIT

10 September 2012

The spa on the Silver Sprit cruise ship is the largest of the Silversea fleet at 8,300 square feet. They offer a wide range of therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. The ceramic-tiled Thermal Suite is an exclusive spa area furnished with heated lounge chairs. With its connecting private Hammam (Turkish bath) Chamber, it serves as the setting for the Private Hammam Experience, one of several unique Silver Spirit treatments.

Author: Scott Anderson

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CARIBBEAN PORTS?

03 September 2012

Travel writer Robin Mead picks his favourite Caribbean ports of call. If you are planning a Caribbean cruise, it is worth checking to ensure that your ship calls at Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. The beaches alone are worth the trip. Better still, the island does not yet seem to be on the itineraries of the vast floating resorts that American cruise ships, in particular, have become.

Author: Robin Mead

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

30 August 2012

Jacqui Ridler has compiled her Top Ten of things to do and see when you are in St Petersburg, Russia. When on a cruise you can take the organised tours or why not obtain your own visa and venture out on your own and discover this amazing city?

Author: Scott Anderson

AFTERNOON TEA AND CRUISE PRESENTATION

23 August 2012

To celebrate National Cruise Week we are holding an afternoon tea with Star Clippers and AMA Waterways on Monday 17th September at The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. Starting at 2pm, there will be a talks and presentations by Star Clippers and AMA Waterways. Afternoon tea will then be served, consisting of a pot of loose leaf tea or coffee, dainty cakes and fancies, finger sandwiches, scones and a dollop of fresh clotted cream and strawberry preserve

Author: Scott Anderson

AMERICAN ADVENTURES MONTH

23 August 2012

August marks American Adventures Month, a period dedicated to the promotion of holidaying in the USA. Travellers are encouraged to use the month to plan a trip to see all that South, Central and/or North America has to offer, by any possible means. This could involve booking an excursion through an agent, or organising a road trip with a few close friends.

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 7

22 August 2012

Day 7 - Krems and Durnstein. Today we were in Krems, docked at Donaustation 33. We had no time to explore this town as we were on a tour to Durnstein. This village is famous for the castle, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Danube. Richard the Lionheart was held captive here in 1192, and was only released after the payment of a huge ransom

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 6

21 August 2012

Day 6 Vienna. Today we were in Vienna, and the ship is docked close to the city, at Handelskai, pier 8. It’s quite a busy port, with lots of river cruise ships in, and we were docked 3 deep at one point. This morning we had a city tour, which was mainly just a bus ride with all the sights along the ring road pointed out. We did stop at the amazing buildings of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Taking his inspiration from nature, these buildings are apartments offered by the council for local residents and are all different colours. Inside there are communal places for the residents to meet up and socialise. The building is designed with a grass roof

Author: Scott Anderson

DVD REVIEW THE THREE QUEENS

21 August 2012

The DVD opens with some very interesting history on Cunard, from its beginnings in 1839 as mail carrier, to the introduction of transatlantic travel, with the launch of Cunard’s first superliners, Mauritania and Lusitania in 1907, through to the introduction of Queen Mary, the War years and through to today’s modern ships , including the famous Queen Elizabeth II .

Author: Scott Anderson

EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

20 August 2012

September 26 marks the European Day of Languages, an annual event launched in 2001 that encourages plurilingualism (the ability to speak two or more different languages) in individuals living in Europe. A multitude of different events are organised across the continent by the Council of Europe for the occasion, including language classes, family activities, conferences and the airing of relevant television and radio programmes. It is hoped this will inspire greater numbers of both children and adults to learn a foreign European dialect now and in the future.

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 5

20 August 2012

Day 5 - Bratislava. At breakfast today there was baked beans! Hurrah, so a full English was had, albeit with bratwurst! Today we spent the morning on the river, enjoying the scenery as we made our to Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia and one of the most famous cities on the Danube.

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 4

16 August 2012

Day 4 - Budapest. We had not booked any of the optional tours today, and instead opted to discover Budapest by ourselves. Our ship, Dertour MOZART was docked near the Elizabeth Bridge, so we crossed that and headed over to the Buda side for a walk along the river bank. This gave us stunning views of the Parliament building and we were soon at the Chain Bridge. After crossing this we were now on the Pest side and looking back we had a great view of the renovated Royal Palace and other historical buildings high up on the hill. It has not been as hot as yesterday, thankfully, about 20 degrees with a nice breeze so much better for exploring the city!

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 3

15 August 2012

Day 3 Esztergom & Budapest. Today we have arrived in Esztergom, Hungary and are docked at Mahart pier 1. Our tour left just after breakfast, and whilst we were on the tour, the Dertour MOZART would leave and meet us in Budapest . Esztergom was the the ancient residence of Hungarian kings and the seat of the archbishop. King Stephen was born here around 970, and founded the cathedral in 1010

Author: Scott Anderson

NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY – CARE FREE CRUISING

15 August 2012

Today (15 August) is National Relaxation Day in the US, an event which encourages people to reduce their stress levels by making a conscious effort to relax, and take some personal ’time out’.

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 2

15 August 2012

We woke up quite early so cancelled our wake up call and after showering went up on deck to watch us coming in to Melk. It was a grey and foggy morning and we could see Melk Abbey rising out of the mist. Breakfast was good and hearty, with a nice selection of meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, muesli and an egg station. A number of varieties of sausage were also available

Author: Scott Anderson

MOZART DANUBE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 1

14 August 2012

We arrived at Munich airport and then took the bus 635 to Freising, where we then caught the 11:48 train to Passau, due to arrive at 13:37, all for 27.50 Euros (for two) as part of the Bayern ticket. The train was modern and very quiet, however due to a large party of school kids travelling meant we had to stand the whole way! The scenery was mainly flat, a few traditional villages, and lots of fields filled with solar panels! It was hot and muggy and thunderstorms are predicted for later.

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN ISTANBUL

13 August 2012

Jacqui Ridler from The Luxury Cruise Company has compiled her ’Top Ten of things to do and see in Istanbul’. So if you are visiting the city as a port of call on a longer cruise, or staying there a few days before you after your voyage, then check out Jacqui’s list for inspiration.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

5 TOP LUXURY CRUISES FOR MARINE LIFE LOVERS

08 August 2012

This year sees National Marine Week (which is actually a fortnight long) occur between 28 July and 12 August. This annual event sees The Wildlife Trusts across the UK celebrate the amazing sea creatures and plants which inhabit our shores, of which – impressively – there are more than 10,000 species.

Author: Scott Anderson

AMABELLA EUROPE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 6

02 August 2012

Join guest blogger Simon Clifford on his few days onboard APT River Cruises AmaBella. The final day of the cruise. It’s been a great trip through Germany and Austria, I actually didn’t think it was possible to squeeze so much history and culture into one trip. Our final excursion was to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Melk Abbey.

Author: Simon Clifford

AMABELLA EUROPE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 5

02 August 2012

Join guest blogger Simon Clifford on his few days onboard APT River Cruises AmaBella. We docked in Passau this morning. Today was our only full day excursion, with a choice of either the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov or the ’Sound of Music’ Tour in Salzburg. I had been to Cesky so headed to Salzburg instead. Now I must say musicals are not my thing and I’d never even seen the ’Sound of Music’, but it was still a very enjoyable tour and only loosely based on the film, as most of it was shot at Pinewood!

Author: Simon Clifford

AMABELLA EUROPE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 4

01 August 2012

Join guest blogger Simon Clifford on his few days onboard APT River Cruises AmaBella. Another busy day ahead today. Our first trip was a real boys day out, as we were headed of the Audi Museum in Ingostadt. Here 100 years of automotive history is laid out over four floors, starting with company’s first car in 1899 right though to the modal of the 2036 ’car’, used in the sci-fi movie IRobot

Author: Simon Clifford

AMABELLA EUROPE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 3

31 July 2012

Join guest blogger Simon Clifford on his few days onboard APT River Cruises AmaBella.

Author: Simon Clifford

AMABELLA EUROPE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 2

31 July 2012

Join guest blogger Simon Clifford on his few days onboard APT River Cruises AmaBella. This morning was spent cruising the last section of the Main River. In the main lounge we were introduced to a guest lecturer from the University in Nuremburg. Who gave a talk on the European Union, a fascinating overview of its history, how it works and the current difficulties it’s going through today, all relevant and very interesting especially for the Australians onboard.

Author: Simon Clifford

AMABELLA EUROPE RIVER CRUISE REVIEW DAY 1

29 July 2012

Join guest blogger Simon Clifford on his few days onboard APT River Cruises AmaBella.

Arrived onboard the Amabella, first impressions are that it’s a great ship, bigger than I thought with good sized cabins. We had a Category P Cabin, with a balcony set into the cabin, perfect if you want some privacy.

Author: Simon Clifford

TAKE A CRUISE FROM ST PANCRAS TRAIN STATION

27 July 2012

Everyone’s favourite cruising destination has to be the Mediterranean. Fly cruises to the Med are increasingly popular, with Majorca about to join the impressive list of departure points like Athens, Venice, Genoa and Barcelona.

Author: Robin Mead

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 10

22 July 2012

Today is a sea day and I ended up getting up fairly early around 0730, taking a stroll around the ship and then going to a presentation about the Construction of the Celebrity Solstice. This presentation, part of the Celebrity Life Activities was hosted by none other than Staff Captain Tasos and then followed with a Q&A with Captain Costas.

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 8 AND 9

22 July 2012

Yesterday we were in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My parents and I went for a stroll through St Marks Square and the quaint little streets pausing in a few shops along the way. It was very hot and humid so after four hours of exploring we went back to the ship prior to sailing at 1400

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 7

17 July 2012

Today Celebrity Solstice was anchored in Kotor, Montenegro. Well, let me just tell you that this port of call was amazing. Picture endless rolling hills, lush greenery and blue skies = the perfect hideaway. Nestled along Europe’s southernmost fjord, the Boka Kotorska, Kotor in Montenegro is rich in history after being ruled by many different empires until declaring independence less than a decade ago

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

16 July 2012

This morning I awoke very early at 0500 to witness us sail through the Messina Straight on our course to Kotor, Montenegro, which is where we arrive tomorrow morning. It was a beautiful setting as the sun was just rising as we quietly sailed past the infamous volcano Mount Etna, which was smoldering. We also saw some dolphins swimming along with the ship, which was a memorable sight.

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

16 July 2012

Today I was in Naples, Italy, day 5 of my cruise onboard Celebrity Solstice. After visiting this place many times before, today my parents and I took the fast jet ferry over to Capri where we spent a few hours wandering around this beautiful Italian island.

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

13 July 2012

Today we were in Civitavecchia, the port for Rome along with the Celebrity Equinox, Oceania Riviera, Seabourn Quest and MSC Splendida, in total adding up to over 8000 passengers!

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

13 July 2012

This morning I awoke fairly early and once I was ready, went for a walk around the open decks as we awaited clearance from the authorities in Livorno. It was a warm, sunny morning with a light, and very much needed breeze.

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

12 July 2012

Today I awoke shortly after 8am and after I got ready, my parents and I headed up to the Oceanview Cafe on board Celebrity Solstice for breakfast, which again was very good and there was an array of hot and cold options, fresh fruit and so much more. From our table by the window, we had a great view of sailing into Villefranche, Nice.

Author: Ben Montgomery

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

11 July 2012

This morning was a very early start as I was booked on a very early flight from London Gatwick to Barcelona. After deciding to stay in an airport hotel over-night, I awoke at 3am, got ready and caught a taxi to the South Terminal.

Author: Ben Montgomery

OUR TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

09 July 2012
Our Top Ten things to do in Reykjavik, Iceland. Our consultant Jacqui Ridler has just come back from a cruise that called at Reykjavik - here are her Top Ten of things to do.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

ROBIN MEAD FEELS NO PAIN IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

06 July 2012

It is called "The Painkiller", and as it contains liberal quantities of rum this is a drink that undoubtedly lives up to its name - provided that you do not over-indulge.

Author: Robin Mead

ROBIN MEAD DISCOVERS A CANARY ISLANDS ODDITY

22 June 2012

The small, volcanic island of La Gomera, just off the coast of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is a hard place on which to get about. Precipitous hills are separated from one another by deep valleys that can take an age to cross. If you lived there and wanted to contact your neighbour, in the days before telephones let alone more modern forms of electronic communication, you’d have to....er....whistle for it. Literally.

Author: Robin Mead

CRUISE SHIP BACKSTAGE TOURS ARE THEY GOOD OR BAD?

18 June 2012

A number of cruise lines are offering ‘backstage’ tours to the passengers, allowing them to see into all the areas they are not usually allowed to venture. Both Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises offer these tours for inquisitive guests - allowing them to pry into the life "below decks".

Author: Scott Anderson

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA ON A CRUISE

14 June 2012

You have arrived in Barcelona on your luxury cruise ship and you may only have a day there - how do you make the most of your time? Barcelona is a vibrant buzzing city with plenty of options of things to do and see. Here are our Top Ten of some of the best things we like to do when we visit - what are your suggestions?

Author: Scott Anderson

INTERVIEW WITH CRUISE AUTHOR DOUGLAS WARD

08 June 2012

Are you all at sea when it comes to choosing a cruise? Does trying to select the right departure port, destination, cruise ship, or on-board accommodation leave you feeling more exhausted than dancing a sailor’s hornpipe? Then you need to consult the man they call ’Mr Cruising’: author Douglas Ward.

Author: Robin Mead

TRAVEL WRITER ROBIN MEAD GOES ON A BLACK SEA CRUISE

01 June 2012

The shoulders of the man who bears responsibility for the deaths of millions of people and the enslavement of millions more, are reassuringly narrow. He sits at his desk with his hands gripping the arms of his chair, as if trying to explain himself. Even though he is seated, it cannot hide the fact that, for a man who had such a big impact on the modern world, Josef Stalin was surprisingly small.

Author: Robin Mead

LUXURY CRUISES IN NUMBERS

28 May 2012

Luxury Cruises in numbers

The size of today’s luxury cruise ships means that they are more like towns rather than ships - more akin to floating resorts, with the worlds largest cruise ships taking 6,300 passengers and crew. On board these floating leviathans there are shopping malls, zip lines, aqua parks, water coasters, carousels, surf simulators, rock climbing walls and more - not to mention grand theatres and incredible west-end style shows.

Author: Scott Anderson

AFTERNOON TEA WITH VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY

24 May 2012

It was a warm and sunny day yesterday in Eastbourne - perfect weather to be on the coast, and a great day for our VIP Afternoon Tea event held with Voyages to Antiquity. We were at the Langham Hotel, right on the seafront, and welcomed 30 guests to hear a talk and presentation by Clive Howard from Voyages to Antiquity

Author: Scott Anderson

TRAVEL WRITER ROBIN MEAD CRUISES TO CUBA

18 May 2012

What a shame that American cruise ships continue with their spiteful boycotting of Havana as a cruise port of call. Not only is the Cuban capital a wonderful, friendly city, which seems to be full of music, but the harbour is one of the world’s most beautiful in which to arrive

Author: Robin Mead

OCEANIA CRUISES RIVIERA MAKES HER DEBUT

16 May 2012
Oceania Cruises christened their new cruise ship Riviera, during a money-cant-buy, VIP gala ceremony in Barcelona. The ship’s godmother, Chef Cat Cora named the ship, with a blessing by Deacon Ricardo Rodriguez-Martos. Chef Cat Cora is a renowned restaurateur, humanitarian, author and TV presenter.

Author: Scott Anderson

LUXURY CRUISE FAIR 2012

15 May 2012

Author: Scott Anderson

OCEANIA CRUISES RIVIERA A FIRST LOOK

14 May 2012

Here I am onboard the brand new luxury cruise ship for Oceania Cruises - the MS Riviera. I am onboard for a short cruise, followed by the naming ceremony, which will take place in Barcelona on May 11, 2012. Oceania Cruises new ship Riviera

Author: Scott Anderson

SILVER EXPLORER EXPEDITION CRUISE

04 May 2012

I arrived at Gatwick in the early hours of a very wet and rather chilly morning for a horribly early Easyjet flight at 0725 hours to Tenerife. I was on my way to board a short cruise on the luxury Silversea Expedition ship - the "Silver Explorer". I was excited to have this rare opportunity to sail on a ship which claims to be "The Worlds Most Luxurious Expedition Ship." Opportunities of this kind dont arrise often as this vessel often books out many months if not years in advance particularly for the Polar voyages for which it is so renowned

Author: Alison Nicolle

CRUISING COMPLAINTS

04 May 2012

Travel writer Robin Mead gets a few cruising complaints off his chest...

Author: Scott Anderson

ASK A SILLY QUESTION...

27 April 2012

Cruise writer Robin Mead finds that fellow passengers say the funniest things...

If you spot your cruise ship captain on deck, or meet him at the "Welcome" cocktail party, forgive him if you make a quick quip and his smile seems a little forced. "There is always someone who asks

Author: Robin Mead

SPOOKY GOINGS ON IN BARBADOS

20 April 2012

Travel writer and author Dr Robin Mead begins a new "Talking Point" column of Cruising news and views and an occasional Friday feature. He starts with a very strange story from Barbados.

Cruising to Barbados? Then you might like to spare a moment to investigate an island mystery.

Author: Dr Robin Mead

100 TITANIC FACTS AND FIGURES

10 April 2012

The Titanic is probably the most famous ship in the world, declared "unsinkable" prior to her maiden voyage, and billed as the largest ship in the world for its time. She sailed 10th April 1912, 100 years ago today. Here are 100 Titanic facts and figures...

Author: Scott Anderson

AZAMARA QUEST FIRE FROM PASSENGER PERSPECTIVE

02 April 2012

We have received this from one of our guests on board Azamara Quest about the fire that broke out in the engine room. It seems that Azamara Club Cruises have handled this very well indeed, all credit to the crew and captain.

Author: Scott Anderson

MS MOZART CHRISTENING CEREMONY ON THE DANUBE

01 April 2012

The ms Mozart, originally sailing under the Peter Deilmann umbrella, has recently be refitted and refurbished and is now available again to the UK market sailing with Dertour, offering Danube river cruises. The ms Mozart is the widest ship on the river Danube, and cannot cruise on any other river as she was specifically designed for this river.

Author: Scott Anderson

VIKING LONGSHIPS CHRISTENING CEREMONY - PART 2

22 March 2012

The celebration started with a drinks reception in the main hall of the Amsterdam cruise terminal. The area had been deck out with drapes, crystal chandeliers and white tables. For nibbles there were plates of local cheeses and then waiters served hot snacks

Author: Scott Anderson

VIKING LONGSHIPS CHRISTENING CEREMONY

21 March 2012

Today I am in Amsterdam for the christening ceremony of the new Viking Longships. Viking River Cruises has flown in four godmothers to perform the christening, and the godmother of the Viking Odin is Joanna Lumley. I have already caught a glimpse of her when she arrived this morning, and she looked fabulous - absolutely fabulous! See our Facebook page for a photo.

Author: Scott Anderson

WHAT TO WEAR AROUND THE POOL ON YOUR UPCOMING CRUISE

19 March 2012

Planning a luxury cruise vacation with family, friends or your romantic partner? You better be prepared! You’ll need to pack all the essentials to make the most out of your cruise experience

Author: Susan Bodack

UK CRUISE STATS 2011

12 March 2012

The Passenger Shipping Association have released their latest figures from their findings on the 2011 UK cruise passenger stats - and it makes positive reading indeed.

Author: Scott Anderson

OUR FOLLOW FRIDAY PEOPLE ON TWITTER

24 February 2012

Here are the people and tweeters we like to follow

Author: Scott Anderson

READERS CHOICE CRUISE AWARDS READER BEWARE

20 February 2012

So the winners have been announced for the UK Cruise Critics 2012 Readers Choice Awards. Some surprising results indeed. Lets take a look.

Author: Scott Anderson

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A CRUISE

09 February 2012

Top 15 Ways to Lose Weight on a Cruise

One of the many pleasures when taking a cruise is of course the food and dining experiences. You can eat 24 hours a day, starting with breakfast, followed by morning snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and ending with late night snacks! Plus many ships nowadays have a 24-hour buffet area or other bars/cafes serving bites to eat.

Author: Scott Anderson

SILVERSEA LAND AT ELEPHANT ISLAND

31 January 2012

The first Silversea guests landed on Elephant Island yesterday. For me it was the first time in 10 years of coming to Antarctica. The Silver Explorer guests managed to come ashore in the exact same place where Sir Ernest Shackleton stepped ashore nearly 100 years ago and left his men for just over 4 months

Author: Scott Anderson

AMALEGRO DANUBE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

29 January 2012

Another day and after the late evening of dancing and drinking onboard Amalegro, I decided to have a little lie in. Breakfast starts at 6.30 for early risers, but continues until 9.30am (full breakfast) or 10.30 (pastries, drinks etc). I decided to give it a miss as we were having an early lunch that day (11.30am). In the lounge area there’s plenty of biscuit’s and pastries with hot & cold drinks, which are re-stocked throughout the day (late night snacks from 10.30pm). You would never go hungry, even if you did miss a meal!

Author: Nicola Michael

AMALEGRO DANUBE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

27 January 2012

After a good nights sleep, I awoke to no noise or rocking! River cruising really is smooth sailing. I went down to breakfast, which is taken in the restaurant and what a breakfast it was. A full selection of hot and cold buffet style delights and the chef

Author: Nicola Michael

AMALEGRO DANUBE RIVER CRUISE DAY 1

26 January 2012

Well... First day to join the Amawaterways river cruise ship and the fog in London kept us in London for a little longer than we hoped. However, once on our way, the wind helped push us there and we arrived earlier than expected. On arrival into Munich our guide and driver was there to greet us and directed us to our (have to say) luxury coach.

Author: Nicola Michael

TOP TEN CRUISE PORTS OF CALL

09 January 2012

What are your favourite ports of call to sail into? I asked some of the team here at The Luxury Cruise Company to come up with their current Top Ten cruise ports of call - do you agree? What are your favourites and why?

Author: Scott Anderson

CRUISING WITH A GLUTEN FREE DIET FOR COELIACS

29 December 2011

Travelling with a special diet can sometimes be a challenge but not on a cruise. Meals are tailor made to your own requirements, whatever your allergy or intolerance, and on some cruises it is possible to get Kosher and Halal meals.

Author: Jacqui Ridler

CRUISE LINES ON TWITTER

22 December 2011

Do you follow your favourite cruise line on twitter? It is a great way of keeping up-to-date on the latest cruise news and behind-the-scenes information and other tidbits that you might not get to hear about otherwise! You can also tweet them direct too

Author: Scott Anderson

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN CRUISE BLOG DAY 5 AND SUMMARY

11 December 2011

Today Royal Clipper arrived in the French island of Martinique. It was grey and overcast as we looked out over the industrial dock where Royal Clipper was situated. Most guests seem to have taken a tour and to be very honest, in hindsight

Author: Scott Anderson

DAY 6 CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 BLOG

09 December 2011

We again enjoyed breakfast in our cabin and I then went to the lecture about the story of the musical My Fair Lady. The lecturer was very well informed and had some very amusing stories to accompany his slides and films. I was pleased to see a large number of guests at this presentation.

Author: Scott Anderson

DAY 5 CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 BLOG

09 December 2011

A light breakfast of fruit and muesli was enjoyed in our room and as it was so lovely and sunny we then went up to the outdoor pool and actually swam and enjoyed the very warm jacuzzi. Had to quickly wrap up once we were out of the water but it seemed really incredible to be mid atlantic, middle of November and enjoying such warm sunny weather at the back of Queen Mary 2.

Author: Scott Anderson

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

09 December 2011

WOW - what a brilliant day today has been. Firstly the weather has been stunning, virtually not a cloud in the sky - secondly Royal Clipper is in Iles Des Saintes

Author: Scott Anderson

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

08 December 2011

I woke up really early (5am!) and looked out my porthole and saw the sun rising over Nevis - so as I was awake I quickly showered and headed up to the open decks of Royal Clipper. It was wonderful to be outside, with the warm Caribbean breezes, local birds flying in the ships slipstream

Author: Scott Anderson

STAR CLIPPERS CRUISES THE MAN BEHIND THE DREAM

08 December 2011

When owner and president Mikael Krafft founded Star Clippers Cruises in 1990, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of reviving the golden age of tall ships for new generations of travellers and adventurers to enjoy.

Author: Scott Anderson

DAY 4 CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 BLOG

08 December 2011

As we only had one night in New York moving our clocks back five hours and now changing them forward an hour every night is really affecting me. So we had a lazy start this morning and had breakfast delivered to our stateroom. It arrived at exactly the time requested and everything ordered was very fresh and hot - how do they do it?

Author: Scott Anderson

DAY 3 CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 BLOG

08 December 2011

Last night was the first of five nights that our clocks were moved forward one hour to allow us to arrive back into the UK at the correct time. A bit of a struggle as this seemed to make a late night even later but does avoid the dreaded ’jet lag’ by the time we arrive back in Southampton.

Author: Scott Anderson

DAY 2 CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 BLOG

08 December 2011

Woke early after a disturbed sleep. Mattress was rather lumpy so I asked the stateroom attendant if she could do something about it, which I am pleased to say she did and I slept very well for the rest of the voyage.

Author: Scott Anderson

ROYAL CLIPPER CARIBBEAN CRUISE BLOG DAY 1 AND 2

07 December 2011

We flew with BA to Barbados, as we had 1 night pre-cruise before we embarked, and our first night in the Caribbean was spent at The Colony Club

Author: Scott Anderson

DAY 1 CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 BLOG

30 November 2011

We started our holiday with an overnight stay in New York. As usual one night wasn’t really long enough but we had visited this wonderful city many times before so we just had time to visit the Memorial at Ground Zero and do some shopping, before it was time to make our way to Brooklyn to board the Queen Mary 2.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 7

21 November 2011

Today we arrived in Amsterdam and enjoyed the scenery as we cruised into the city, spotting windmills and lots of farms as we slowly made our way along the river.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

21 November 2011

This morning we docked at Cologne at 6am, under grey skies. After a filling breakfast we joined the 90-minute walking tour of the city.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

18 November 2011

Today we were still in Koblenz, and had a full day tour planned. Due to the low water, instead of sailing to Rudesheim, we would be going there by coach. But first we had a short 20 min drive to visit Marksburg Castle, one of the best preserved castles on th Rhine and one we saw yesterday on our Rhine Gorge cruise.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

18 November 2011

Today we awoke to thick fog – very disappointing seeing as today we were heading along the Rhine Gorge – the highlight of the cruise. However after breakfast the fog had lifted and the sun emerged – shining its warm autumnal glow on the river bank.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

16 November 2011

Today we had a 2-for-the-price-of-1 day – combining Strasbourg in the morning and Speyer in the afternoon.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

16 November 2011

This morning we were in Breisach, Germany, and the tour left at 9am to follow the Alsatian Wine Route. This route winds its way from north to south for 170 kms, below the wooded foothills of the Vosges. The tour went on to Colmar, one of the best-preserved towns in the region, and used to have flourishing wine trade.

Author: Scott Anderson

SS ANTOINETTE RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

14 November 2011

Our flight was just over an hour from Gatwick to Basel, and after making sure we left the airport on the Swiss side, we were greeted by a Uniworld representative and were soon on the bus for the short 15 minute transfer to the ship.

Author: Scott Anderson

SEABOURN QUEST MINI CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

09 November 2011

Shame about the weather. We awoke to cloudy skies and choppy seas, but it was still quite warm, and many people were relaxing on deck, with extra blankets for cover. We decided to take breakfast in our suite, and two waiters

Author: Scott Anderson

SEABOURN QUEST MINI CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

08 November 2011

This weeks cruise blog is by Tessa and Lisa, Cruise Consultants from our parent company WEXAS. They enjoyed a short 3-day sampler trip on Seabourn Quest. Seabourn Quest Day 2 - Gythion, Greece

Author: Scott Anderson

SEABOURN QUEST MINI CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

07 November 2011

This weeks cruise blog is by Tessa and Lisa, Cruise Consultants from our parent company WEXAS. They enjoyed a short 3-day sampler trip on Seabourn Quest.

Author: Scott Anderson

LUXURY TRAVEL FAIR 2011

07 November 2011

We have just finished exhibiting for four-days at The Luxury Travel Fair at Olympia. I have to say that it was not as busy as it has been in previous years - maybe this is a result of the economy or just the media spouting doom and gloom all the time

Author: Scott Anderson

SORRENTO SUNSET ON SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

27 October 2011

Sorrento Sunset - The crew of Seven Seas Voyager excelled themselves last month during Regent Seven Seas Cruises ’Jewels of Italy’ voyage when they hosted the popular ’BBQ Under the Stars’ evening.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 10

21 October 2011

Day 10 -Arrival in Bali. We arrive at Benoa port in Bali at sunrise and opt to sit & watch the docking from the balcony of Orion II. The early morning light prompts a thought that somehow the best time on a cruise ship is the moment of arrival each port, with the promise of adventure ahead

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 9

20 October 2011

Day 9 - At sea. I wasn’t really looking forward to the relatively long passage at sea between Makassar and Bali - around 36 hours - but I needn’t have worried. Not only is the sea calm and weather beautiful but there is a varied lecture programme onboard Orion II between meals.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISE BLOG DAY 8

19 October 2011

Day 8 - Makassar - Makassar is Indonesia’s 5th city, known for a while as Ujung Pandang, and has been a major trading centre for centuries. Another functional port but like Pare Pare and Balikpapan before it, the police and officials are remarkably friendly.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 7

18 October 2011

Day 7 - Tana Toraja

At breakfast we hear that we will indeed be able to attend one of the funerals in the afternoon, which is really exciting.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 6

17 October 2011

Day 6 - Tana Toraja

We set off early for the gruelling 5 hour coach journey to Tana Toraja (Tana meaning ’land’, thus, land of the Toraja people). The Toraja inhabit the central highlands of Sulawesi.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 5

16 October 2011

Day 5 LampukoWetlands and Rumpa Village

Overnight we cross the Wallace line and wake up with Sulawesi off to starboard. The Wallace Line is a boundary that separates the Eco zones of Asia and Wallace and is named after the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, a contemporary of Darwin

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 4

14 October 2011

Day 4 - Samboja and Balikpapan

A 5am start for a full-day excursion today. After dropping us off at the mouth of the river, the Orion II continues to Balikpapan where we will re-join her later in the afternoon. The zodiacs take us two miles to shore and then up the Samboja River to visit two major wildlife conservation projects in East Kalimantan.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 3

13 October 2011

Day 3 of our Orion Expedition Cruise - Sangatta River

A relatively leisurely day today, with no activities in the morning while we sail on to our afternoon excursion on the Sangatta River.

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ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 2

12 October 2011

Day 2 of our Orion Expedition Cruises blog - Pulau Kakaban

Being the first cruise to operate this route in this relatively remote location inevitably brings a few challenges. To quote Captain Frank Allica ’expedition cruising doesn’t run on rails’ and a degree of flexibility is inevitably required when it comes to timetabling.

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ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES BLOG DAY 1

11 October 2011

This weeks Cruise Blog is by our guest blogger Dave Warne. Dave is the Commercial Director for WEXAS, our parent company, and this was his first cruise experience.

Across the Wallace Line aboard Orion II

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OCEANIA MARINA CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

07 October 2011

Zakynthos, also Zante as it is often referred to in English and Italian, is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. It covers an area of 410 km sq, or 158 sq miles, and has been inhabited from the Neolithic age. The most famous landmark of the island is the Navagio beach.

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OCEANIA MARINA CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

06 October 2011

Today’s business session was over by 11am, so I had time to get some sunbathing in and try out the Jacuzzi round the pool deck. All in the name of research of course! Lunch today was again in Waves Grill and today I tried the surf n turf, which is a lobster tail on a fillet mignon served with parmesan dusted fries/chips.

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OCEANIA MARINA CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

05 October 2011

Today we are anchored at Santorini, Greece. Santorini, officially Thera, are islands that are the remains of a volcanic caldera located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 miles) southeast from the Greek mainland. It is the largest island of a small circular archipelago that bears the same name.

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OCEANIA MARINA CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

04 October 2011

So this morning we had more business sessions, but before that of course I needed a good breakfast! So today was the day to put Oceania Marina to the Eggs Benedict Test. It’s my benchmark breakfast test that I do so love doing! So we all ordered the Eggs Benedict on our table. Once it arrived it looked great, however I have to honestly say that I have had better. Sorry Marina!

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OCEANIA MARINA CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

03 October 2011

We are onboard as part of an international sales symposium at sea. There are about 50 agents and general sales agents from all over the world here on Marina, and this morning we had business sessions in the Horizon Lounge. No time to get off and see Delos – will have to leave that for another time!

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OCEANIA MARINA CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

02 October 2011

We landed at Athens airport after a bit of a bumpy flight and were met by the local Oceania representative, who escorted us to the transfer bus. After what seems a long transfer - it was only about 30 mins, we arrived at a very busy Piraeus harbour.

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CRUISE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2011

15 September 2011

The first Cruise International magazine awards were held last night at the Soho Hotel, London. Anyone who’s anyone in the cruise industry was there and Nick Hewer from The Apprentice presented the evening.

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SPORTING EVENTS SHOWN ON CRUISES – TURN ON OR TURN OFF

14 September 2011

Cunard Line will ensure that sports fans do not miss out on the Rugby World Cup during cruises over the coming weeks, with matches set to be screened on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth

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LE CHAMPAGNE ONBOARD SILVER CLOUD

26 August 2011

Last night Silversea Cruises MV Silver Cloud was at Tower Bridge in London. I was lucky to be invited onboard for a meeting with Steve Odell, the new Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. I was part of a small group of the UK’s top agents, and once onboard Silver Cloud we had some welcome

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FAMILY AND GROUP CRUISING

24 August 2011

Have you ever taken a holiday as a family group cruise or with members of your club or association? Group cruising is getting more and more popular

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TAUCK RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

13 August 2011

So after another delicious breakfast onboard it was back to the TAUCK coaches for our 90 min journey to the Kröller-Müller Museum, which is located in The

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TAUCK RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

12 August 2011

Breakfast was taken in the dining room – a buffet spread that was very extensive; cereals, cold meats, cheeses, breads, cakes, pastries,

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TAUCK RIVER CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

11 August 2011

After a very short flight to Cologne airport from Gatwick we collected our cases and made our way to the airport exit. There was a man holding a large sign with TAUCK written on it

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SILVERSEA PRESENTATION IN GUILDFORD

09 August 2011

Have you heard of Silversea Cruises? They are an ultra-luxury all-inclusive cruise line that has a fleet of 7 ships - Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow and the new Silver Spirit.

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 7

06 August 2011

Trieste, Italy

So after our late night last night we didn’t wake up until 10am! Hey that’s what holidays are all about right? By the time we had showered we had missed breakfast so went up to the Mosaic Café for a Cappuccino and

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

05 August 2011

Korcula, Croatia

The service at breakfast today on Azamara Quest

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

04 August 2011

Azamara Quest docked at 7am at the port of Dubrovnik, and we enjoyed breakfast in the main dining room (yup - Eggs Benedict again - so predictable!). There were two other ships in port today

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

03 August 2011

Yesterday the captain mentioned that Azamara Quest would be sailing past the beautiful small islands of ’St George’ and the ’Lady of the Rock’ at about 7am, just before we dock in Kotor.

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

02 August 2011

Today Azamara Quest is docked in Split, Croatia. Split is the largest and most important city of Croatia’s Split-Dalmatia County and the country’s second largest city. It is a Mediterranean

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

01 August 2011

This morning we decided to have breakfast in the Discoveries Restaurant and ordered my favourite - Eggs Benedict. Did Azamara Quest pass the EB test?

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AZAMARA QUEST CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

31 July 2011

I have never arrived the day before embarking a cruise ship, I have never been luckily enough to afford the time, however on this trip and due to some rather costly flights, necessity won out and so we arrived in Venice yesterday. After jumping on the

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CROATIA ON AZAMARA QUEST

28 July 2011

I am looking forward to taking my annual holiday - on Azamara Quest! I sampled this delightful cruise line last year

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SIX CRUISE SHIPS AT SOUTHAMPTON

13 July 2011

On Saturday the 16th July, an amazing SIX cruise ships will be docking at Southampton for the day. This is only the second time in

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CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT ON A CRUISE?

04 July 2011

I don’t know about you, but part of my enjoyment (well actually a BIG part of my enjoyment) is the amazing cuisine onboard today’s luxury cruise ships. The thing is, I always find it so hard to resist the tempting food

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 7

20 June 2011

Today we decided to take the opportunity to explore the Amalfi Coast. One of our party was a very enthusiastic aficionado of this part of Italy and encouraged a number of us to join her on an expedition.

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

19 June 2011

This morning three of the ship’s officers attended our meeting giving us the opportunity to question them about the behind the scenes operation of running a cruise ship

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

18 June 2011

I was woken this morning by a lot of rocking and rolling in the stateroom as we sailed beside the coast of Sicily. The sea was

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

17 June 2011

I had another lovely breakfast on the balcony before joining my colleagues for a three-hour business meeting to discuss our impressions of the wonderful Azamara Journey.

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

16 June 2011

I was woken far too early this morning by the in room alarm clock at 6.30. This had also happened yesterday morning and

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

15 June 2011

I woke early after a very comfortable night’s sleep and took the opportunity to fully appreciate my stateroom onboard Azamara Journey.

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AZAMARA JOURNEY CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

14 June 2011

Early but quick check in at the BA desk at Gatwick North Terminal as British Airways day staff start at 5am and all check in desks were open...

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SEABOURN QUEST BLOG DAY 3

08 June 2011

Last night whilst we were enjoying some pre-dinner drinks, the captain made a surprise announcement. He said that there was a cruise ship approaching for a special meeting

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SEABOURN QUEST BLOG DAY 2

08 June 2011

This morning we were woken by our pre-set wake up call on the interactive TV, a nice soft tone rather than a shrill alarm. After showering it was off to The Restaurant

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SEABOURN QUEST BLOG DAY 1

07 June 2011

The Seabourn Quest was docked in Monte Carlo and as we arrived from the airport, her white hull was gleaming in the bright Mediterranean sunshine

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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND WIN WINE

01 June 2011

Come and join us on Facebook on our brand new page! Simply like our new page and win some wine..

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WINE ON THE RHINE

31 May 2011

Jilly Goolden is set to host a wine tasting cruise onboard AmaWaterways. I can’t think of a better host to join this luxury river cruise

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ON THE RADIO – THE LUXURY CRUISE COMPANY

29 May 2011

Jacqui is on the radio....

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VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY

29 May 2011

I have just returned from a 4-night sampler cruise on Aegean Odyssey - read the cruise review here - Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review.

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VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY

20 May 2011

I will be experiencing a fairly new cruise line on Sunday 22nd - Voyages to Antiquity. This new cruise line has been in operation for one year, and they offer...

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PENNYHILL PARK LUXURY CRUISE FAIR

20 May 2011

We had a wonderful event on Sunday 15th May at Pennyhill Park in Surrey. It was well attended by our VIP’s and visitor numbers were...

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UK CRUISE CONVENTION – DAY 1 – COLUMBUS DAY

03 May 2011

The 5th annual UK cruise convention got off to a great start with the first day dedicated to ACE Ambassadors - these are ACE members who have achieved over 600 points by training, ship visits and through cruise educational visits. The events for today took place onboard Fred. Olsens cruise ship Balmoral.

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 11

29 April 2011

A very Good Morning on a beautiful day here aboard Queen Elizabeth.

Well today is our final day at sea and it is also the Royal Wedding! Here on Queen Elizabeth, the only thing that is missing from the celebrations is the...

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 10

28 April 2011

Today we were in the port of Vigo in Spain.
We embarked the local pilot at 0815 and were allowed ashore from 0900

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 9

27 April 2011

To finish off yesterday, I ended up having a Coke in McDonald’s in Funchal before buying a couple of souvenirs before heading back to the ship. I also did end up at the...

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 8

26 April 2011

Today I am in the beautiful port of Funchal in Madeira. We arrived at 0830 this morning and will depart shortly after 1030pm this evening for Vigo, Spain a distance of approximately 800 nautical miles

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 7

25 April 2011

Good Afternoon!
Firstly to finish off last night at the show...
I was picked to go up on stage with the dancers!
It was hilarious and I loved every second of it.

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 6

24 April 2011

A Very Happy Easter to all!

After last nights Easter Egg hunt around the ship, which took us about an hour and a half walking around the ship, I won!

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 5

23 April 2011

Good Afternoon and Happy St George’s Day to our English Guests! This morning I went on a private tour of the...

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 4

22 April 2011

Well I can tell that I have been enjoying the cruise so far... I didn’t wake up till 8am and I was supposed to be up at 6.30 to watch us sail under...

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 3

21 April 2011

A new update from our junior cruise blogger Ben onboard Queen Elizabeth

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THE NAME GAME FOR SILVERSEA

21 April 2011

Silversea are renaming one of their ships - but what other names can there be for their vessels?

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 2

20 April 2011

Our Junior cruise blogger has updated us today on last nights evening onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

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CUNARD QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG DAY 1

19 April 2011

Ben Montgomery, our junior cruise blogger, today embarked Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

Join us as we share in his stories and observations on his cruise to the Canary Islands and back.

Well today has been rather busy...

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QUEEN ELIZABETH CRUISE BLOG

17 April 2011

Friend of The Luxury Cruise Company - Ben Montgomery - will be embarking on the latest luxury cruise liner from Cunard, Queen Elizabeth, on 19th April, and he is going to be...

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THE LUXURY CRUISE FAIR BACK FOR 2011

14 April 2011

After last years very successful luxury cruise fair - we have decided to repeat it again for this year. We had such good feedback from our VIP’s saying how enjoyable and informative it was we just had to do it again!

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CRYSTAL CRUISES TO GO ALL INCLUSIVE

30 March 2011

Crystal Cruises have just announced that they will now be offering an all-inclusive cruise product starting in 2012. This is fantastic news and comes on the back of their..

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THE MED STILL PROVES POPULAR FOR UK CRUISERS

16 March 2011

Latest figures from the PSA show that some 1.62 million cruises were taken in 2010 by Brits - that’s amazing and still the highest in the world next to our American cousins. But what is the most popular destination do you think?

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THE WINNER OF CRUISE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2010

04 March 2011

The Winner of Cruise Photographer of the Year 2010 has been announced...

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OUR RELIANCE ON THE INTERNET AT LAND AND SEA

24 February 2011

Today we arrived in the office and our Internet connection was down. This is usually rectified by a quick re-boot of the router and all is well - however today this didn’t remedy it and after a call to the IT team, it seems the problem was a lot more serious than that...

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EGYPT RE OPENS FOR NILE CRUISES

23 February 2011

Great news this week - the Foreign Office here in the UK has amended its travel advice for Egypt - "We no longer advise against all but essential travel to Cairo (all four governorates, including Giza), Alexandria, and Suez. There are no restrictions in this travel advice on travel to Egypt."

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DO YOU GET OFF IN EVERY PORT?

16 February 2011

When you book a cruise are you looking at how may ports of call you can squeeze into your cruise - or do you prefer the days at sea? Many experienced cruisers like to choose a cruise that has many sea days, like repositioning ...

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RECENT SHIP LAUNCHES CREATE SURGE OF INTEREST

01 February 2011

Recent ship launches have created a surge of interest in the cruise market. Disney Dream was launched a few weeks ago, featuring the worlds first water coaster at sea, and the ship has won rave reviews from passengers and critics alike

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EGYPT UPDATE

31 January 2011

For all our VIP’s travelling with us to Egypt - read full information here

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THE TRUE VALUE OF AN ALL INCLUSIVE LUXURY CRUISE

07 January 2011

We received this ’Caribbean cruise cost comparison’ sent to us from our friends at Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

This demonstrates the added value that the all-inclusive luxury cruise lines can offer. When you add up all the "hidden extras" that you end up paying for on most other non all-inclusive lines, it can end up costing you more.

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2011 HOT CRUISE DESTINATIONS

05 January 2011

We often get asked where are the next hot cruise destinations, well judging from our VIP’s recent enquiries and bookings, the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and the Nile, Black Sea, and Scandinavia are all the top destinations for 2011.

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NOVEMBER PHOTO WINNER

31 December 2010

Congratulations to our winner of the November round of Cruise Photographer of the Year. The image with the most votes can be viewed here - >November Cruise Photo Winner. This great image received

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THE GOLD LIST 2011 OF CRUISE LINES

30 December 2010

The Gold list 2011 of Cruise Lines, as voted for my the readers of Condé Nast Traveler

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WHATS THIS WAVE SEASON ALL ABOUT

29 December 2010

Some of our readers and followers will have heard of the term "Wave Season" being mentioned around the Internet and on blogs. But just what is it? Well in the trade the Wave season is what cruise lines call the peak booking months of January and February. These have always been traditionally the time when

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CELEBRITY CRUISES ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW SHIPS

09 December 2010

In a webcast broadcast yesterday Celebrity Cruises CEO Dan Hanrahan announced some new innovations and developments for its next two ships in the Solstice class - Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection.

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CRUISE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – NOVEMBER UPDATE

01 December 2010

October winner and November Top Ten finalists

It was another great month of photos that were submitted to our photo competition for Cruise Photographer of the Year. We had some super entries and the theme for November was Cruise Destinations

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2011 CRUISE PLANNER

01 December 2010

Cruise International, the new cruise magazine, has produced a 2011 cruise planner which is available in WH Smith, Waitrose and other good newsagents. The magazine has been going for a few years now and they have recently...

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CRUISE PHOTO COMPETITION

23 November 2010

Just a quick update - we have had some really great photos loaded to our flickr page for the theme of Cruise Destinations. Take a look here at our photo competition flickr page

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PHOTO COMPETITION UPDATE; OCTOBER ROUNDS

17 November 2010

Well we are just over half way thru the month and we have had some great entries for last months photo competition. Get voting on your favourite photo

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A CRUISE FOR EVERYONE, MAKE SURE ITS THE RIGHT ONE

17 November 2010

A recent CNN article puts cruising down - they have not tried luxury cruising obviously yet...

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LUXURY TRAVEL FAIR 2010

09 November 2010

It was great to see so many cruisers attend the Luxury Travel Fair this year. We really enjoyed chatting to you all - and there is a growing interest in the luxury cruise market too which is great.

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SEPTEMBER CRUISE PHOTOGRAPHER WINNER

01 November 2010

We have our winner for the September round of the Cruise Photographer of the Year competition. The image with the most votes and comments was titled...

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LUXURY TRAVEL FAIR

01 November 2010

Would you like free tickets to the Luxury Travel Fair held at Olympia from 4th to 7th November?

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NEW AZAMARA QUEST VIDEO ONLINE

31 October 2010

I have posted a new video - a montage of images taken on my recent 4-day trip on Azamara Quest - one of two sister ships from Azamara Club Cruises.

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AZAMARA QUEST SAMPLER TRIP

30 October 2010

Azamara Cruises re-branded itself in April 2010 as an upmarket boutique cruise line called Azamara Club Cruises. Their new CEO, cruise veteran Larry Pimentel, took over the company and before he took the job he

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TOP 10 CRUISE SHIPS IN THE WORLD

22 October 2010

The Top 10 cruise ships in the world - as rated by Berlitz - do you agree?

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NAMING CEREMONY

12 October 2010

It was a glorious sunny day on 11th October at Southampton as the specially invited guests made their way to the seating area, set up in front of Cunards new Queen Elizabeth. Whilst we took our seats it was great to spot our famous

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NAMING CEREMONY WITH JANET WELSH

11 October 2010

Its been an exciting few days at the White Star office - Janet has been down to see Cunard’s new Queen Elizabeth cruise ship over the weekend, and today I have been invited to the naming ceremony

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DANUBE RIVER CRUISES

08 October 2010

As the toxic sludge from the aluminium processing plant makes its way into the Danube, we have been advised that the luxury river cruise operators have not yet had to cancel or alter any cruises.

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THE CRUISE SHOW AT BIRMINGHAM NEC

07 October 2010

Come and visit us at the Birmingham CRUISE show - held at the NEC on 16th and 17th October. We will be on stand on C 16 along with Sonesta Nile Cruises - stop by and say hello.

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THE LUXURY CRUISE COMPANY UPCOMING EVENTS

05 October 2010

We will be at the CRUISE show on 16th and 17th October at Birmingham NEC and the Luxury Travel Show at Olympia in London from 4th to 7th November. More.....

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VOTING OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER PHOTO COMP

04 October 2010

The first month of our Cruise Photographer of the Year has got off to a flying start and we have some really great entries for the September round. There are some excellent photographers out there taking some really imaginative cruise photos and the standard has been set high for the rest of the competition.

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SILVERSEA NEW WEBSITE

29 September 2010

Silversea has revamped its website! Gone is the all white rather minimal look and it has been replaced with flashy animations and dreamy images of seascapes and ships, taken by photographer Dana Neibert

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CRUISE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

28 September 2010

The Luxury Cruise Company are please to announce the launch of their brand new photo competition - where you can win $200 onboard credit vouchers, cases of wine and an amazing cruise on Cunard’s new Queen Elizabeth ship

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NATIONAL CRUISE WEEK

21 September 2010

National Cruise Week launched on Sunday 19 September and with range of cruise deals and special offers, and The Luxury Cruise Company is joining thousands of travel agencies the length and breadth of Britain to push the boat out

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WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY IN BARCELONA

14 September 2010

When you only have one day in...Barcelona

Barcelona is a great port city and very popular for Mediterranean cruises starting or ending there, as well as a port-of-call for longer voyages. But what to do, where to go and what should you see when you only have one day in Barcelona?

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CRUISING FROM THE UK

23 August 2010

Joining your cruise from one of the popular UK ports is getting more and more popular - in 2009 over 594,000 Brits embarked a cruise ship sailing from a UKport - and this fact is backed up by more cruise lines positioning ships out of the UK - and by building new ships too for the UK market.

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CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRITY ECLIPSE SHIP VISIT

29 July 2010

We escorted 14 of our The Luxury Cruise Company VIP’s around the beautiful Celebrity Eclipse on a recent ship visit we arranged for them.

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EUROPEAN WATERWAYS REVIEW

28 July 2010

Our very own James Innes Williams has recently taken a trip with European Waterways on their luxury hotel barge La Belle Epoque - read his review.

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TOP 10 FREQUENTLY ASK CRUISE QUESTIONS

21 July 2010

If you are new to cruise or confused by all the different cruise lines and cruise ships, then read our Top 10 Frequently Ask Cruise Questions and hopefully we can help you.

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UK CRUISE CONVENTION AND CELEBRITY ECLIPSE

27 June 2010

Just back from the UK’s 4th ACE Cruise Convention at Southampton. Four days of ship visits, networking and conferencing, chaired by that stalwart of British travel - Judith Chalmers (who was so charming and lovely!).

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SEABOURN SOJOURN NAMING CEREMONY

08 June 2010

On Friday 4th June, The Yachts of Seabourn invited me to embark the new Seabourn Sojourn for her official naming celebration. Once onboard there was plenty of time to explore this beautiful yacht like ship, a sister ship to Seabourn Odyssey.

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SUMMER LUXURY CRUISE FAIR

28 May 2010

The Luxury Cruise Company are holding their first Summer Luxury Cruise Fair at the prestigious Pennyhill Park Hotel on Sunday 18th July. It will start at 10am and visitors will have the opportunity to meet 19 luxury river and cruise lines.

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SILVERSEA SILVER WHISPER CRUISES FROM DRY DOCK

28 May 2010

Silversea cruises Silver Whisper emerged from dry dock recently, with newly refurbished suites and public areas. View the photos here including images of Veranda Suites, Owners Suites, the restaurant, spa and more.

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WINDSTAR EVENT AT PENNYHILL PARK

26 May 2010

Last week we held our very successful event at Pennyhill Park with Windstar Cruises. Marnie Whipple, International Sales Manager flew over from Seattle to host the evening, and we all enjoyed her presentation and lively question and answer session too

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL SYMPHONY CRUISE BLOG

26 May 2010

Upon arrival at Changi airport we made out way to passport control and baggage reclaim, and our bags soon appeared. We went through customs and then out into the arrival hall, and there was someone from Tour East holding a sign with my name on for our private tour.

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MS EUROPA 2010 CLASSICAL MUSIC CRUISE

28 April 2010

Plans are already under way for two 2010 classical music cruises on board MS Europa following the success of the Stella Maris classical music and singing competition on that ship this autumn.

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CRYSTAL CRUISES INTRODUCE OPEN DINING BY RESERVATION

13 April 2010

Crystal Cruises have announced a new dining concept onboard its two ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity called Open Dining by Reservation.

Author: Scott Anderson

THE FUTURE OF NOROVIRUS FREE CRUISING?

13 April 2010

Mention cruising and most people think of the romance of the Caribbean, river cruises in Europe, sailing the Nile or the once in a lifetime experience of a world cruise

Author: Scott Anderson

DUBAI TO OPEN NEW CRUISE TERMINAL

09 March 2010

Dubai’s department of tourism has unveiled details of a new cruise terminal. The new building will be located in the emirate’s Port Rashid complex, and is due to be inaugurated in February 2010.

Author: Scott Anderson

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES LAUNCH ORION II

09 March 2010

Sarina Bratton, founder and managing director of Orion Expedition Cruises invited an audience of the UK’s top cruise specialists to annouce Orion’s plans for 2011 - including the addition of a new ship for the company, and of course The Luxury Cruise Company were there.

Author: Scott Anderson

CREATE A SCULPTURE FOR CUNARD CRUISES

03 January 2010

Cunard have announced that the sculpture that is to appear onboard the line’s new Queen Elizabeth is to be designed by an amateur artist, rather than a commissioned piece from a professional.

Author: Scott Anderson

CELEBRITY EQUINOX ARRIVES IN UK

02 January 2010

Celebrity Cruises newest cruise ship, Celebrity Equinox, arrived in Southampton yesterday for a 2 week programme of events aimed at the travel industry and public.

Author: Scott Anderson

MINERVA AND CRYSTAL SYMPHONY WEEKEND

01 January 2010

I’m back after some time off – North Wales and Snowdonia, which was lovely – great scenery and real nice people too.

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CUNARDS QUEEN MARY 2 SPA NOMINATION

01 January 2010

The Canyon Ranch Spa onboard Cunard’s magnificent Queen Mary 2 has been nominated for an award by the readers of SpaFinder.

Author: Scott Anderson

FIRST REVIEW OF SILVERSEAS SILVER SPIRIT

01 January 2010

The Luxury Cruise Company MD, Steve Allen, is onboard the new Silversea ship Silver Spirit - read his updates from this brand new luxury cruise ship.

Author: Scott Anderson

NILE RIVER CRUISING ON MS NILE PREMIUM

18 November 2009

We embarked the MS Nile Premium at 12 noon and were welcomed by the hotel manager with a welcome drink and our keys.

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CRYSTAL CRUISES VOTED THE BEST CRUISE LINE IN 2009

21 October 2009

Crystal Cruises has once again been voted the “Worlds Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” – for a record 16th year. The esteemed readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine (U.S. version) have once again awarded Crystal Cruises a top score of 92.7.

Author: Scott Anderson

AMAWATERWAYS LUXURY RIVER CRUISING

08 October 2009

Hello - found these great videos on AMA Waterways - 5-star luxury river cruises. Have a quick look and see the service and quality onboard the luxury river cruise lines.

Author: Scott Anderson

GO BARGING WITH EUROPEAN WATERWAYS

08 October 2009

Today we had a day out of the office as we were invited to view one of European Waterways hotel barges – the Magna Carta. Docked handily outside a pub on the Thames at Windsor, we boarded the boat for a tour and presentation.

Author: Scott Anderson

LUXURY EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISING

28 September 2009

River cruising is growing in popularity – gone are the days of 3-star old boats plying the Danube, Rhine or Mosselle, staffed by surly crew and serving questionable goulash for every meal!

Author: Scott Anderson

CRYSTAL CRUISES REDUCE PRICES FOR 2010

22 September 2009

Crystal Cruises have announced today a re-look at their 2010 prices and have reduced them – see the article here - 2010 pricing

Author: Scott Anderson

CELEBRITY HOT GLASS SHOW VIDEO

21 September 2009

Found this video about the Hot Glass Show on Celebrity Solstice Class of ships - looks fun!

Author: Scott Anderson

SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA

21 August 2009

On Saturday I drove down in the lovely sunshine to view Swan Hellenic’s MV Minerva. As I came over the hill there were only two ships in Dover that day – Oceania Cruises Regatta and MV Minerva.

Author: Scott Anderson

CELEBRITY EQUINOX GLASS AND GRASS AND GREAT!

29 July 2009

Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to have a look around the brand new Celebrity Equinox - the latest cruise ship to be launched in Southampton and in fact the only one this year. Sister ship to the Celebrity Solstice, Equinox is an elegant lady and beautifully decorated.

Author: Scott Anderson

QE2 TO SAIL TO CAPE TOWN

21 July 2009

Found out that the world famous liner - QE2 - is to set sail from Dubai and will be berthed at Cape Town for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Author: Scott Anderson

MS EUROPA VIDEO

20 July 2009

Celebrating the launch of the new Hapag Lloyd cruise ship, MS Europa. Please see a short video on its ships facilities & style.

Author: Scott Anderson

ONBOARD THE MS EUROPA

16 July 2009

On Tuesday we were very lucky to be invited to view Hapag-Lloyds MS Europa when she was anchored off Cowes.

Author: Scott Anderson


 

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