Category: Cruises & Boat Travel

The unspoilt nature of Isola Maddalena

A few miles north of the Italian island Sardinia is Isola Maddalena, the largest island of La Maddalena Archipelago National Park. The beaches (especially Cala Corsara) and sea in this protected region are considered to be the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean, and the nature is still perfectly unspoilt. Isola Maddalena can only be […]

Crystal Cruises continues to pull in the praise

Crystal Cruises continues to pull in the praise

The ships of Crystal Cruises have once again earned top honours from the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, who named the ultra-luxury vessels the best large ships in the world. Of 90 worldwide ships, Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony were voted #1 and #2 with overall scores of 93.0 and 92.4, respectively. Crystal […]

Sail with chocolatier Fran Bigelow of Fran's Chocolates

Sail with chocolatier Fran Bigelow of Fran’s Chocolates

Windstar Cruises is offering guests the opportunity to learn the secrets behind creating extraordinary chocolates from master chocolatier Fran Bigelow aboard Wind Surf‘s Rome to Rome sailing on 2nd May 2010.  Bigelow is considered one of the best chocolatiers in the country and has been credited for sparking the artisan chocolate renaissance in America. Fran’s […]

Silver Spirit's inaugural world cruise 2011

Silver Spirit’s inaugural world cruise 2011

In 2011, for the very first time, Silversea‘s new Silver Spirit will embark on a full World Cruise traversing both hemispheres.  This grandest of voyages, appropriately themed “Spirit of Discovery”, begins in Los Angeles on 19th January 2011, when Silver Spirit is set to welcome no more than 540 privileged guests for a 119-day odyssey […]

Interview with David Sutcliffe of Traveltalk

Interview with David Sutcliffe of Traveltalk

A ‘skateboard/punk rocker’ in his youth, David Sutcliffe is now one of three partners who run a small travel agency in Harrogate, England called Traveltalk. Specialising in luxury, tailor-made and adventure travel, Traveltalk was created 25 years ago by David’s colleague, Christine Thompson. After much hard work establishing the company in the area they developed […]

Europe's biggest sailing event

Europe’s biggest sailing event

Brace yourself for Europe’s biggest sailing event! Tomorrow, more than two thousand sails meet in the Gulf of Trieste for the Barcolana sail race. The 16 mile nautical route is an annual event and the only regatta in the world to set a single start line for so many yachts.

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas arrives in San Diego

Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas arrives in San Diego

Royal Caribbean International‘s Radiance of the Seas arrived in San Diego this week to offer West Coast vacationers more options for a memorable Mexican Riviera cruise. She will embark on a total of 29 Mexican Riviera cruises from San Diego, ranging from 4- to 12-night itineraries. In addition, there will be a 13-night Ultimate Alaska […]

A map showing cruise ships around the world

A map showing cruise ships around the world

Here’s an interesting site I recently stumbled upon: Marine Traffic.  It shows the locations of large vessels at sea around the world, on a Google Map.  Different types of boat are colour coded for ease of recognition.  Look out for the blue icons and you can identify moving and anchored passenger ships (ferries, cruise ships, […]

Roman Abramovich’s latest toy: M/Y Eclipse

Roman Abramovich‘s latest toy is the luxury yacht M/Y Eclipse. Constructed by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, it is 170 metres long which makes it the world’s longest yacht, 11 metres longer than Sheikh Mohammed‘s. She comes with two helipads, two swimming pools, 11 guest cabins, three launch boats and a mini-submarine, and requires a […]

Maria Callas Experience on Christina O

Maria Callas Experience on Christina O

The legendary Christina O superyacht  – the epitome of the jet set of the 60s and 70s – is to launch an exclusive ‘Maria Callas Experience’ for the 2010 season. Previously owned by Aristotle Onassis the Christina O played host to some of the most iconic personalities of the twentieth century – Marilyn Monroe, Maria […]

Dining options on Silversea's new Silver Spirit

Dining options on Silversea’s new Silver Spirit

On 23rd December, 2009 the world’s newest ultra-luxury, all-suite ship, Silver Spirit, will take to the seas on her maiden “Holiday Spirit” voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon.  The 540-guest ship is to offer a multitude of dining experiences as detailed below: The Restaurant Situated midship on Deck 4, The Restaurant features sumptuous culinary fare in […]

Oasis of the Seas – a shopper’s paradise!

Delivering the very best in overall guest experiences is the central motivator behind the design of Royal Caribbean International‘s newest ship, Oasis of the Seas.  You can learn more about the ship in this video: When she debuts in December 2009, the most cutting-edge amenities and activities ever seen at sea will be complemented with […]

Chobe safari aboard new luxury boat

The Zambezi Quee is a ‘luxury houseboat safari’ that will cruise along the Chobe river between Namibia and Botswana, just a few kilometres from where four countries meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Wildlife viewing is done from the Zambezi Queen itself and from her three high-speed aluminium launch boats. There are also two fibreglass […]

Unique experience on Halong Bay

Unique experience on Halong Bay

Halong Cruise‘s new Halong Violet junk will be launched next month. With just 6 immaculately decorated cabins, including 4 suites, with king sized beds, Jacuzzis, private balconies and personal butler service, the Halong Violet will provide a unique experience on Halong Bay. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, Halong Bay’s karst islands […]

Re-discover Scotland from the water

Re-discover Scotland from the water

Louise of Granton is a superb luxury motor yacht, available for day hire, and providing the ultimate marine charter experience. The high-spec interiors are made of cherry wood and accompanied by leather fittings and all the modcons such as satellite phones, the latest audiovisual equipment and more.   The 50-foot vessel weighs 25 tons and […]

The Jayavarman from Heritage Lines

The Jayavarman from Heritage Lines

Founded in 2008, Heritage Lines will launch their luxury boutique cruise boat, the Jayavarman next month. Inspired by the golden age of cruise liners, the Jayavarman marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochinese architecture to perfection. There are 27 expansive staterooms and junior suites spread over the 4 decks with floor to ceiling panoramic […]