Category: Cruises & Boat Travel

Azimut Yachts leading the way

Azimut Yachts leading the way

It seems that the Italians are leading the way in the luxury yachting world.   And Azimut Yachts is a case in point. This company manufactures boats with generously proportioned windows enabling those on board to view almost to water level. Their boats also tend to have bold designs, often with a retractable roof on […]

Mustang Sally superyacht

Mustang Sally superyacht

With more than just a hint of the  ‘bigger is better’ mentality, the New Orleans  company Trinity Yachts have constructed the Mustang Sally, a luxury superyacht measuring almost 50 metres in length. With its aluminium hull, three decks and over 1,440 square metres of living boats, this boat is capable of accommodating 10 guests plus […]

Holidays for Couples Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Holidays for Couples Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The Australian magazine Holidays for Couples has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006. Here’s a summary of the gold award winners: Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia: Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Indonesia Best Hotel/Resort Indian Ocean: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives Ihuru, Maldives Best Hotel/Resort Pacific Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & […]

Crown Princess is given OK to sail

Crown Princess is given OK to sail

The Crown Princess which experienced problems earlier this week when it suddenly listed 16 to 18 degrees, has been given clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and British flag authorities to sail. A revised seven-day sailing that will call in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos and Bermuda, and not in […]

The $100 million Maltese Falcon

The $100 million Maltese Falcon

The 87.5 metre long Maltese Falcon, which set sail from Italy on Friday, is a $100 million yacht from venture capitalist Tom Perkins. With three masts towering  57 metres  above the deck, all of which can rotate to maximize speed and aerodynamics (a concept called the DynaRig), this amazing boat can stake a claim to […]

Dozens hurt on Crown Princess

Dozens hurt on Crown Princess

It’s not proving to be a good week for Princess Cruises. Having just completed a nine-day Western Caribbean cruise, the Crown Princess  experienced a steering problem yesterday whilst heading out of Port Canaveral, Florida, throwing both passengers and crew to the deck.   The ship went on its maiden voyage only last month. More than […]

London gets solar-powered ferry

London gets solar-powered ferry

Hailed as the most technologically advanced passenger boat in the UK, the Serpentine Solar Shuttle made its first journey on a lake in Hyde Park yesterday. The boat cost $421,000 to build, is made entirely of stainless steel and carry 42 passengers at a leisurely speed of 8 kms (5 miles) per hour. With Britain […]

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure have announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   There’s an awful lot more detail than I can do justice to with one blog entry, so here’s a very quick summary. World’s Best Hotel 1 Singita Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa   97.56 2 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan […]

118 WallyPower superyacht

118 WallyPower superyacht

The spacious 118 WallyPower is a high-performance superyacht from the Italian company, Wally. This distinctive-looking boat can sleep 6 guests (plus a crew of 6)  and has the ability to cruise at speeds of up to 60 knots, not only in flat seas but also in choppier conditions, thanks to a deep V at the […]

A year of island hopping: March

A year of island hopping: March

This is post three  of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For March, the following are recommended: Benguerra, Mozambique: Benguerra Lodge Bermuda: Fairmont Southampston Dominica Maldives: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island and […]

The world's biggest floating spa

The world’s biggest floating spa

Stretching more than 2100 square metres, the biggest spa sanctuary at sea is now afloat following the debut on  Sunday of Costa Cruises‘ giant Costa Concordia. The enormous Samsara Spa wellness centre is located on what is the  largest cruise ship based in Europe. The ship was christened at the weekend by Eva Herzigova; and […]

Celebrities descend on Paris

Celebrities descend on Paris

Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake have been spotted in the French capital, at the exclusive Faubourg Sofitel Demeure hotel. The three were seen leaving the hotel and enjoying an excursion on the River Seine on a bateau-mouche, the name given to cruise boats on the river.

Underwater "flights" with Deep Flight

Underwater “flights” with Deep Flight

Now here’s something a bit different. Graham Hawkes  is arguably one of the deepest thinkers in the world as he’s the  engineer behind Deep Flight from Hawkes Ocean Technologies. Without going too much into the details (see the site for more information!), his vessels are different to conventional submersibles in the way that they control […]

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

With just one aircraft – a five-passenger Cessna Turbo Stationair – Loch Lomond Seaplanes provides Britain’s only commercial seaplane service. In addition to lunch excursions, charter services and business trips, Loch Lomond Seaplanes can also offer the opportunity to get married by a Church of Scotland minister whilst soaring above the spectacular Highlands of Scotland. […]

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica – the latest and most luxurious addition to the MSC Cruises fleet – had a christening ceremony in Venice last week. This spectacular new ship is also the largest in the fleet and can therefore afford to offer spacious staterooms and expansive deck space. The ship’s inaugural 7-night voyage is  from Italy to […]

Quadski - the world's first high speed amphibian quadbike

Quadski – the world’s first high speed amphibian quadbike

Gibbs Technologies Ltd, the world’s only High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology specialist,  has unveiled a prototype of the first commercially viable high-speed amphibian Quadbike/All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) – Quadski. The Quadski will allow you to have fun driving on land one minute and then head straight into the sea or a river the next.