For those who love small ship chic, all-inclusive Silversea Cruises deliver a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience with exceptional levels of comfort, service and fine food. Because their ships are smaller, they can access ports larger vessels can’t. They can even squeeze through narrow canals. Silversea also has a fleet of Expedition ships which operate in [...]Read More
Cunard’s Queens are terribly British. They have special appeal for traditional voyagers who love big ships and don’t mind formal dress when required. There are three categories of accommodation: Queens Grill, Princess Grill and Britannia class. These categories determine which restaurants you will dine at, and yes, it is the old class system and is [...]Read More
Visiting Europe by ship is a fascinating way to see the continent. Nothing beats cruising into Venice, sailing past Mt Vesuvius or gliding through a majestic fjord. Princess Cruises will have five ships in Europe in 2016 offering itineraries around the Mediterranean, the Baltic States and the Norwegian Fjords, as well as a sprinkling of [...]Read More
If you’re partial to a drop of wine, enjoy visiting cellar doors or just appreciate the beautiful scenery that wine-producing regions provide, there’s a cruise for you, with many ships offering an increasingly sophisticated wine experience. Here are five reasons to raise your glass.
1. River journeys
To explore wine country, nothing beats European [...]
As a cruise destination, Europe is hard to beat. A repository of riches, it has stylish cities, fabulous food and fashions, glittering palaces, cultural events and stunning scenery. Also, because of close proximity, you can visit several countries in a day, chalking up bucket-list cities with ease. And if your partner doesn’t want to leave [...]Read More
Been there, done that when it comes to river cruises in Europe? Welcome to the new frontier, because river cruising in Asia is booming, and next year will provide an ever-increasing choice of new ships and new itineraries. Here’s what to look out for on Asia’s four big rivers in 2016.
Mekong River, Vietnam-Cambodia
Stretching from Amsterdam to Basel, the remarkable Rhine is not only one of the longest and most important waterways in Europe, but also a top “bucket list” river cruise for many travellers. It is famous for many things; the dramatic Rhine Gorge, hillside vineyards, an impressive line-up of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the cities of [...]Read More
Small ship, adventure and expedition cruising are gaining enormous popularity with travellers who may have never before considered “edgy” travel to far-off places. Many first-time adventurers will have their debut experience in Antarctica, departing the southernmost port in the world, Ushuaia, at the bottom of Argentina. Once the domain of ice-encrusted explorers like Shackleton and [...]Read More
The rules of cruise ship luxury are about to be rewritten by Holland America Line as it announces exciting upgrades to the suites across its Signature-Class, Vista-Class and R-Class ships.
Forget The Block and House Rules – Holland America Line is showing what it takes to deliver a luxurious makeover. The line is investing a [...]
Few things are more confusing to cruisers than the gnarly question of tipping, and even experienced travellers find it difficult. Every cruise line has its own policy, so there’s no simple answer – but yes, you usually do need to tip. Here are some pointers when it comes to the when, who and how much.