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World’s biggest cruise ship to sail in Europe – Royal’s Allure for the Med

The biggest cruise ship in the world will be making Europe its home for the first time during summer 2015. Allure of the Seas, allegedly two inches longer than sister ship Oasis of the Seas, will be operating seven-night cruises in the Mediterranean from May until October. It also coincides with the deployment of brand-new ship Anthem of the Seas from Southampton, starting in spring next year. Long-anticipated - ever since Allure was launched in 2010 Royal Caribbean bosses have refused to rule out deployment outside American waters - the move follows a brief season of European cruises for Oasis [...]

By | 2015-04-10T14:23:52+00:00 5 February 2014|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

The Blog From The Sea of Cortez: Languid in La Paz and Mazatlán

It's been an ambition for some years to visit the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California. I have heard tales and seen pictures and video of the teeming wildlife in its near-tropical waters where whales come to mate and give birth, where dolphins play in their thousands, and where rays fly like underwater aircraft. Inspired by John Steinbeck and his 1940 expedition to the region, chronicled in The Log From The Sea Of Cortez (no, it's not about a piece of wood, as I first imagined many years ago), I am here this week on a 12-day cruise aboard [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 3 February 2014|Cruise Destinations|0 Comments

Opera’s farewell aria for UK cruises

MSC Cruises have finally confirmed that they will have no ships operating from UK ports in 2015. When I contacted the company before Christmas to comment on a report I had received that MSC Opera and MSC Magnifica would not be sailing from Southampton, the official reaction was: "We have no plans to implement any changes to our ex-UK cruises." Well, it seems plans have changed. Today's official statement focuses on the fact that the line's "Renaissance Programme" to redevelop and extend its Lirica-class ships means the vessels will spend a combined 38 weeks in dry dock, and that MSC [...]

By | 2014-01-27T11:02:42+00:00 27 January 2014|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News|0 Comments

Bristol fashion for Boudicca

A second cruise line will be sailing out of Avonmouth Docks, this summer, following the lead set last year by Cruise & Maritime Voyages' mv Discovery. Fred Olsen's Boudicca will be setting out from the Bristol Channel on cruises to the Canaries, the Adriatic, and Iceland and Norway. Welcoming the move, James Stangroom, Business Development Manager at The Bristol Port Company, said: "As the Bristol Cruise Terminal enters its second season of operation, we are looking forward to welcoming Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines," adding that the terminal had a successful thanks to its easy access off the M5 motorway, convenient [...]

By | 2014-01-10T08:14:48+00:00 10 January 2014|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News|0 Comments

I could visit Shwedagon 8 days a week and still find something new

When the Beatles sang Eight Days A Week, they took their inspiration for the title from a punishing work schedule; they should have visited Burma (Myanmar) where, according to the Buddhist calendar, there actually are eight days in every week. True, two of them are Wednesday, which is divided into separate 12-hour days in order to tally with the eight planets that form such an important part of the religion and its beliefs. But eight there are, and nowhere are they more apparent than at the simply magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the largest, richest, and most sacred of all the Buddhist [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 30 December 2013|Cruise Destinations|0 Comments

Roasting gently in the sun: This is how to spend Christmas at sea

Christmas on a cruise - despite my extensive travels, this is a first for me, and there must be many frequent cruisers who have never spent the Festive Season at sea. So what's it been like on Voyage of Discovery's mv Voyager? For a start, three days at sea in the Bay of Bengal, steaming from Chennai to Yangon (Rangoon) have been totally relaxing. No turkey to stuff, no vegetables to peel, no presents to wrap. All those tasks normally associated with Christmas Eve are either being taken care of by someone else, or have already been dealt with. Some [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 27 December 2013|Cruise Destinations, Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

Voyager passengers find plenty to beef about on their day in Madras

Visiting India is not a spur-of-the-moment thing. You have to plan in advance. To start with, visas must be sorted out beforehand, and every passenger on board mv Voyager had obtained pictures of the peculiar size and shape required by Indian authorities and paid £100 and more for the requisite piece of paper to be stuck inside their passports. Filling in the forms is easier these days because they can be completed online, but they still require all sorts of unnecessary information such as spouse's mother's maiden name, and a gazetteer of countries visited in recent years. In my case, [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 24 December 2013|Cruise Destinations|0 Comments

Braving a tour by tuk-tuk

Tucked up in the back of a tuk-tuk is a great way to explore a new city. And then again it isn't. I'm spending Christmas and the New Year on board Voyages of Discovery's mv Voyager, and I will be making a welcome return to the city of Yangon, or Rangoon, in Myanmar (or Burma). We left behind a chilly London and flew overnight from Heathrow to Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the ship was spending two nights. Fully refreshed by the second day, we left Voyager temporarily to take a gentle stroll around the Fort district just beyond the port [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 24 December 2013|Cruise Destinations|0 Comments

Cruise passengers return to the Nile

Updated advice from the Foreign Office has allowed travel company Discover Egypt to resume cruises on the Nile. More than 50 British passengers are on board for a seven-night cruise which departed on Monday, the company's first for five months. Fares are as low as £799 per person including flights from London and Manchester and up to 10 guided excursions in Egypt. There are no single supplements and add-ons include a visit to the Pyramids for £60, an additional week in a Luxor hotel from £149, or at a Red Sea resort for £299. Sales director Philip Breckner said: "There [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 5 December 2013|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News|0 Comments