One of the beauties of cruise holidays is the range of shore excursions most lines offer, a great choice if you are a first-time visitor to a vast global city or region. Having expert, local guides enriches the experience, but many seasoned travellers love to do their own thing, and in the case of small [...]Read More
Where do Australians most like to cruise? After the South Pacific and Australia, Europe is Australia’s third-most popular destination for ocean cruising. In 2014, according to Cruise Lines International Association, passenger numbers to the region soared by 21 per cent over the previous year.
So what’s hot in Europe for 2016? New ships always attract [...]
Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony perennially top reader surveys in prestigious publications as best at sea in the luxury, medium-size category. Two new vessels will debut in 2016: Crystal Esprit, a 62-passenger yacht, and Crystal Mozart – the company’s first venture into river cruising. Here is our pick of Crystal’s best ocean cruises for 2016.
It’s no surprise families with children love Disney Cruise Line for the Broadway-quality entertainment, awesome hang-out zones for littlies, tweens and teens, and plenty of fun opportunities to mingle with favourite characters on the way to the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean. But more cruisers without kids are also hopping onboard the Disney ships, drawn [...]Read More
After half a century of economic sanctions by the US, Cuba is gradually opening up to foreign visitors (although Americans still need special “people-to-people” visas to travel there). It is the largest island in the Caribbean and life for many of its 11 million inhabitants hasn’t changed much since the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s. [...]Read More
Sailing out of New York is one of the ultimate experiences for avid cruisers. Surrounded by famous landmarks and glittering skyscrapers – nothing compares to cruising past the majestic Statue of Liberty. Dozens of ships depart from the city every year, from family-friendly megaships to Cunard liners and boutique ultra-luxury vessels.
The key destinations visited [...]
For some cruisers, being aboard a ship passing through the great canals of the world is a gold-medal event. The Suez Canal and the Panama Canal are the big ones for serious cruisers. Perhaps the most famous of them all, the Panama Canal was responsible for cutting nearly 13,000km from the journey between New York [...]Read More
There are some good reasons why the Mediterranean is one of the busiest cruise regions in the world: it’s utterly beguiling, whether at sea or in port. You can be charmed time and again; with so many ports, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve cruised the region, there’s always something new to see and [...]Read More
Europe has long been the heartland of river cruising, but even people who have cruised the old continent before might be in for a surprise. Although Europe has the world’s busiest rivers for cruising, it’s still producing new cruise itineraries that entice repeat cruisers back for more. Here are eight of the best and latest.
No river cruise sticks exclusively to Germany, but Germany is certainly at the epicentre of river cruising, with more choices here than anywhere else. Here’s how you can enjoy its five magnificent waterways.
No cruise is confined just to the Danube River in Germany since, though it rises in Germany’s south, it [...]