When Mark Twain cruised among Hawaii’s islands in 1866, he described them as the “loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean”. The reporter, who would become one of the world’s most celebrated authors, was travelling aboard a coal-powered steamer. These days, you can follow in Twain’s wake surrounded by comfort and luxury.
Europe is the heartland of river cruising, and more cruises than ever are exploring its passing castles, vineyards, venerable villages and contemporary cities. As European river cruises become more popular, here are seven great ways to traverse the old continent.
APT’s 15-day Magnificent Europe
Amsterdam to Budapest is Europe’s top river-cruise route, taking you [...]
Theme nights on cruise ships have been updated for the modern era with many mirroring what is happening in super clubs around the world. From Mexican fiestas to Gatsby-themed get-togethers, the new dress codes put the emphasis on inclusivity. Here are five of the best themed nights on cruise lines around the world.
Good news for those with a love of fine good, great wine, glorious countryside and towns packed with history: France has seen a huge increase in the choice of river-cruise itineraries over the past few years. You can now explore six waterways in three very different regions. Here are our top five river cruises in [...]Read More
Cruise ships are a fixture on the horizon in the Caribbean – the region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (including the West Indies) and the surrounding coasts. And while empty stretches of white sandy beaches and verdant rainforests can be found in many temperate zones around the world, it’s the rich and colourful [...]Read More
Alaska is on most travellers’ bucket lists and cruising is the best way to take in its vast, magnificent wilderness areas. Most major cruise lines sail two main itineraries: seven-night round-trip voyages from Vancouver or Seattle through the spectacular Inside Passage, and seven-night one-way voyages through the Gulf of Alaska that sail from Vancouver or [...]Read More
The choice and quality of cruises on offer gets better and better with every passing year. Upgraded facilities, new innovations and fresh locations see customers enjoying their oceanic journeys more than ever before. Here are a few reasons to be excited about cruising in 2016.
The expanded range of activities available on cruises [...]
Australians love to cruise – more than a million Aussies took one last year. If you’re not yet among the converts, consider these seven reasons a cruise is the best kind of holiday.
1. Simplify your packing
Moving from hotel to hotel is stressful. When you’re on the move, you’re bound to leave things behind [...]
Taking a river cruise on the historic waterways of South-East Asia and India is becoming increasingly popular among travellers who like to mix a sense of adventure with well-organised trips and top-quality shipboard accommodation. You don’t have to fly for 24 hours to get there – a big plus for Aussies – and while more [...]Read More
When cruise lines advertise themselves as “all-inclusive” it pays to take a close look at what actually is included in the fare, as there is a world of difference between what is covered by budget, premium and ultra-luxury lines. What does “all-inclusive” mean? Let’s find out.
Certainly, all cruises include meals, snacks, accommodation, entertainment and [...]