European Waterways' L'Impressionniste barge holiday starts or ends at Escommes

A Canal Barge Holiday in Burgundy on European Waterways’ L’Impressionniste

It was decadent and felt slightly ridiculous but it had to be done. After all, when else would I have the chance to sip Kir Royale in a hot tub on a luxury barge slowly making its way through Burgundy? As I sat in the warm bubbles sipping bubbles and crème de cassis from theRead More

Anthony Uniworld SS Antoinette Cruise Director

Anthony Banks, Uniworld SS Antoinette Cruise Director: Ten Questions

One of the things I love about river cruising is not just the places you see and things you do, but the people you meet. On my Rhine river cruise on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette I met some lovely people from all around the world, and a man who helped to make our cruise one toRead More

Luxury cruising down the Rhine River on Uniworld's SS Antoinette

The Romance of a Rhine River Cruise with Uniworld’s SS Antoinette

As one of the most popular European rivers to holiday on, the Rhine has its fair share of river cruise ships. Which means there are times when ships need to tie up next to one another so passengers can pass through or over another ship to reach the riverbank. At these times it’s hard notRead More

Castle Island, Lough Key, Ireland on a LeBoat holiday

Beginner’s Self Drive Le Boat Holiday in Ireland 

“This is like a scene out of Disney’s Jungle Cruise!” Captain Zac was right. As we gently cruised along a narrow stretch of inky water surrounded by lush vegetation that was so very very green it almost looked fake, it did feel like we were on a Disney ride. Or perhaps in a Disney film.Read More

Star Flyer tall ship in the Med

Star Flyer Tall Ship Tales – Luxury Sailing with Star Clippers 

“Oh wow, look at that one! Who owns that?!” My friend Scott and I had finished walking part of the Cinque Terre and were relaxing in Portofino when we saw it: a huge white sailing ship with wind-filled white sails, cutting through the blue water. It looked like something out of a painting or storybook,Read More

Explorer of the Seas in Sydney Harbour, image courtesy Royal Caribbean

How to Spend Sea Days on Explorer of the Seas

Last weekend cruising history was made as Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas became the biggest cruise ship ever to be based in Australia and was greeted by her twin sister Voyager of the Seas in Sydney Harbour for the big moment. Around 10,000 passengers and crew were onboard the two big ships as theyRead More

Beautiful crystal blue iceberg in Antarctica

Antarctica Cruise on the Akademik Ioffe with One Ocean Expeditions

I’ve always said that I wanted to see Antarctica with my own eyes, but as I sat on a frozen rock a few metres away from a colony of penguins I realised I had it all wrong. I wasn’t just seeing. I was feeling the snowflakes on my own skin as I watched them alightRead More

Antarctica on Akademik Ioffe icebreaker with One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctica’s Beautiful Cold Light of Day: a One Ocean experience

When you dream of doing something your entire life there is a danger you could be disappointed if that fantasy becomes a reality. Perhaps it won’t be as big, as impressive, as incredible as you’d always imagined it would be. Having recently returned from Antarctica I now know that I was never going to haveRead More

Paradise Peak on Halong Bay, image courtesy of Paradise Cruises

Why You Need (at least) Two Nights on a Halong Bay Cruise

Spending a night on Vietnam’s Halong Bay is on many a travel wish list, but after experiencing it for myself I’ve realized there’s a slight problem with that idea. One night on a Halong Bay cruise may be lovely, but when you finally make it to this natural wonder you should really stay for atRead More

Voyager of the Seas in Sydney Harbour

Fighting Cruise Curves – Five Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship

Anyone who has been on a cruise knows how it goes. Your usual eating habits go on a holiday of their own and suddenly a big breakfast followed by a three or more course lunch and dinner every day seems like a fine idea. With maybe a little ice cream or afternoon tea to helpRead More