Category: Cruises & Boat Travel

Luxury for passengers of stricken Costa Allegra

Luxury for passengers of stricken Costa Allegra

Passengers from the stricken liner, Costa Allegra, left adrift in the Indian Ocean after a fire on board, are being shipped to the luxurious Desroches Island in the Seychelles, and to safety. Desroches Island has been chosen as a sanctuary for distressed passengers from the ship due to its ability to facilitate them comfortably. Desroches […]

More bad news for Costa Cruises - fire on board one of their ships

More bad news for Costa Cruises – fire on board one of their ships

There’s more bad news for Costa Cruises.  A fire has reportedly broken out on Costa Allegra – a vessel from the same fleet as the ill-fated Costa Concordia which sank last month.  Early indications are that the generators caught fire and that it took a few hours until the flames were extinguished. The ship is […]

Gourmet food on cruise ships

Gourmet food on cruise ships

There is a common misconception that you’ll leave a cruise ship at least 5lbs heavier than you were when you boarded, and although this isn’t necessarily true, there is a very good reason for it. Most cruise ships have at least 10 different dining options, some up to 20, and what with one of them […]

12 reasons to visit Hamilton Island, Australia in 2012

12 reasons to visit Hamilton Island, Australia in 2012

From prestigious events to world-class cultural encounters and fabulous natural attractions, here are 12 defining reasons to include Hamilton Island, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, in an Australian itinerary in 2012: JANUARY Visitors to Hamilton Island have over 60 activities to choose from including go-karting, bushwalking, scuba diving, parasailing, squash, tennis, fishing, sailing, […]

Do you think 11,000 euros is adequate compensation for Costa Concordia passengers?

Do you think 11,000 euros is adequate compensation for Costa Concordia passengers?

An agreement has been signed between Italian consumer groups and Costa Cruises, offering passengers of the sticken Costa Concordia a compensation deal of 11,000 euros (in addition to refunding medical and transport expenses, as well as the cost of the cruise). Codacons, however, is one consumer group that did not sign the agreement, and they are […]

What now for the cruise industry?

What now for the cruise industry?

It has been a terrible week for the cruise industry with a tragic loss of life after the Costa Concordia cruise ship (in service since 2006) ran aground shortly after leaving the Italian port of Civitavecchia.  11 people have already been confirmed dead and a further 24 are still missing.  A full investigation is underway […]

In profile: the island of Barbados

In profile: the island of Barbados

Thousands of visitors enter Barbados every year through Bridgetown Port, one of the island’s most recognisable landmarks and a visually impressive docking point that seems to beckon you in. With a number of restaurants, bars and duty-free shops located directly at the port you can begin your adventures almost immediately. It’s well documented that Barbados […]

The 3 most luxurious cruise routes for the super rich

The 3 most luxurious cruise routes for the super rich

We’re all aware that cruising is one way to have a sensational vacation. But there is cruising… and then there is luxury cruising. If you didn’t think six-star quality existed you’d be wrong, because the luxury that can be found on some of the highest end cruise ships have it ready and waiting for anyone […]

Royal Caribbean’s new shellphone ad

The following is a new ad from Royal Caribbean targeted at people who are new to cruising. What do you think? Do you love it or do you just find it too corny? Does it hit the mark or would you rather see more about the ships than hear people talking into a shell?

Aruba’s historical centre returning to its former glory

Aruba’s capital Oranjestad is in the process of urban renewal, with extensive work being done to restore the island’s historical centre to its former glory. Aruba was conquered by the Dutch in 1636 and this heritage can be seen everywhere on the island, particularly in Oranjestad, which is known for its pastel-coloured, gingerbread-house style architecture. […]

5 tips to take luxury to the next step on the French Riviera

5 tips to take luxury to the next step on the French Riviera

From the Monte Carlo casino to the five-star hotels on the Croisette, when it comes to luxury, the French Riviera has a lot to offer. Over 10 million tourists visit the Côte d’Azur for a holiday in the sun every year, but very few are lucky enough to experience the grandiose lifestyle that makes it […]

Star Clippers – where the age of sail meets state of the art modern day luxury cruising

Star Clippers – where the age of sail meets state of the art modern day luxury cruising

‘I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’ The words of John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever’ poem rang in my ears as I took in the splendid sight of the 134 metre long five masted […]

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2011 are in...

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 are in…

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. The awards appear in the November issue (on newsstands from 18th October 2011) and are derived from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey. This year, a record 28,876 readers […]

Northern Lights cruises

Northern Lights cruises

One area where cruises are really beginning to take off is in the number of ships voyaging up to view the stunning natural smorgasbord of the shimmering Northern Lights, and next year is proving particularly popular as NASA predicts 2012 to be the best year to view them. Northern Lights cruises usually run around February and March each year for […]

The theme of the day is racing

The theme of the day is racing

More than 100,000 fans will descend on Abu Dhabi on 1st January 2012 for the Volvo Ocean Race. The UAE capital becomes the first Arabian city to play host to the fleet when it arrives for the third leg of this thrilling round-the-world event. The Ocean Race is a test of sailing endurance, prowess and […]

5 must-see cruise port destinations

5 must-see cruise port destinations

There is no doubt about it, cruise holidays appeal to a much wider audience today than it has done in recent years. Some still hold preconceptions that it is an expensive form of travel, or that cruise ships have strict dress codes, but these are simply not true. Cruising is a fantastic method of seeing […]