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Five Top Tips For Vegan Cruising

01 November 2017
Vegetables and fruits, world vegan day, vegan tips for cruising

Today is World Vegan Day, so we thought it’d be the perfect time to share our top tips for cruising as a vegan. If you thought veganism was little more than the latest hipster trend, think again. The number of vegans in the UK has increased almost 400% in the last ten years and more than 1% of the population is now known to adopt a purely plant-based diet. Eating out as a vegan has never been easier but what about holidaying? Cruises are renowned for offering an abundance of food at all hours of the day, but how much of it is suitable for vegans? If you follow our top tips for vegan cruising, quite a lot. Here’s how to cruise happy as a vegan. TIP 1: BE A CHOOSY CRUISER All cruise lines are not created equal when...
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In Alaska With Cunard: All Aboard The Rocky Mountaineer

27 October 2017
Rocky Mountaineer

Cunard will return to Alaska in 2019, with Queen Elizabeth becoming the cruise line’s first ship in the region for more than 20 years. Beginning with a voyage from Yokohama, Japan, on 5 May 2019, Queen Mary will sail to Alaska, where the youngest ship in the Cunard fleet will remain until the end of June. Thrilling Vancouver round-trip itineraries won’t only promise culture-crammed ports of call including Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, but also scenic cruising through the dramatic Inside Passageway. For many, a cruise to Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it only makes sense to want to make the most of your time in the Last Frontier. Cunard in Alaska will make it effortless for travellers to combine an Alaska cruise on Queen Elizabeth with one of travel’s most iconic journeys too. Described by National Geographic as ‘one...
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Azamara Pursuit’s Perfect Trio of Country Intensive Itineraries

25 October 2017
At the back of Seljalandsfoss waterfall - Iceland

Ever since Azamara Pursuit was announced, we have waited with baited breath for news on itineraries. Now revealed, they have exceeded all expectation. Azamara Pursuit will add 61 destinations to the Azamara Club Cruises repertoire, including 15 maiden calls. Guests will ‘stay longer and experience more’ with 48 late nights and 26 overnights stay across Azamara Pursuit’s inaugural season. Amongst Azamara Pursuit’s sailings are cruises that bring entire countries to life. These unique, carefully curated ‘country intensive’ itineraries will show you Iceland, Greece and South America like a local, with a little added Azamara sparkle. Rather than skim the surface on the well-trodden paths of popular ports, these country intensive itineraries will delve deeper into the authentic experiences each destination has to offer, turning you from a tourist to a traveller. We have selected a perfect trio of these country...
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Welcome To Nauplion, The Stunning Greek Destination You’ve Never Heard Of

20 October 2017
Aerial view of Nafplio city. Tourism travel location in Argolis,Greece

Celebrity Edge is coming to Europe in 2019 and the revolutionary new ship from Celebrity Cruises is about to introduce you to a brand-new port of call. In addition to the Italian port of Santa Margherita, gateway to the picturesque and ever-popular Portofino, Celebrity Edge will become the first ship in the fleet to sail to Nauplion, often dubbed the most romantic destination in Greece. If you’re looking for ancient ruins, white beaches and crowd-free tranquillity, you’ll find it all here in Italy’s Peloponnese. THE ANCIENT GREECE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN YET Nauplion, also known as Nafplio, sits in the heart of the Argolis region. The little-known seaport town is just a couple of hours from Athens but having served as the capital of modern Greece during the early 1800s, it has a history and culture all of its own. For...
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An Island Fling on Hebridean Princess: Part 4

19 October 2017
Highland Cow, Scotland

And so we come to the final instalment of our time on board Hebridean Princess. It’s almost a week since we disembarked and as any cruiser knows, it takes a little while to get used to life on dry land again. In the name of extending what was an incredible week on Scotland’s western coast, here’s one last look at how we spent our final few days on Hebridean Princess. Sundays in Shieldaig are silent. Or they were, until the Hebridean Princess lowered its RIB boat into the water, prompting the start of an hour or so of raucous laughter as Caz careered us around Loch Torridon. She did pause once, slowing to try and encourage a dolphin she had seen in the distance to follow us. After a rip-roaring detour, our speedboat transfer arrived on the shores of Shieldaig,...
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Venice: One City, Three Ways

16 October 2017
Gondola in colorful Venice, Italy

If your cruise to the Mediterranean takes you to Venice, these tours will take you off the beaten track and far away from the crowds. This is three new ways to see one city – the Venice edition. Venetian Rowing Lesson: Prova la voga Row Venice Between €85 and €130 depending on number of participants (1-4 people) A gondolier ride is top of the list of things to do in Venice but Row Venice has a new way for you to take to the water. As the only rowing school for tourists in one of the most popular ports in the Mediterranean, Row Venice promises an authentic approach to the Venetian art of rowing. Spend 90 minutes learning voga alla veneta in a traditional batelina rowing boat. The style of rowing is native to Venetians, developed centuries ago and still...
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An Island Fling On Hebridean Princess: Part 3

10 October 2017
Hebridean Princess

Saturday on Hebridean Princess started with a walk. It had to really, the ‘Flavours of Scotland’ cruise is proving as indulgent as its name suggests, calories sneaking into our cupboards and stitching our clothes tighter each night while we sailed. A walk was the only way to negate some of the damage and our seven miles along the coast of the Isle of Raasay certainly did the trick. Having taken the hardy boats Sanda and Shona to the pier, most of Hebridean Princess’s guests strolled up the hill to Raasay House. The 18th century clan mansion has impressive views across the loch and towards the Isle of Skye, but our trio had already made a plan to put our pretty lacklustre orienteering skills to good use and follow the map towards Eyre Point. It was a decent walk for the...
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An Island Fling on Hebridean Princess: Part 2

09 October 2017
Town Of Tobermory On The Isle Of Mull

Some may say that it is the little things that make us smile…rainbows, baby animals, cheese. Fortunately for me, all three factored into Thursday, my third day on Hebridean Princess. The morning began in Balamory, or rather Tobermory, although most know it as the former. The toy box town served as the setting for the children’s TV programme back in the early 2000s and hasn’t quite lived it down ever since. The sun was shining when we arrived but it barely mattered, as the paint box houses here could brighten even the most grey of Scottish skies. The harbour was very pretty but we were on the Isle of Mull for one very special reason; a private tour of the Isle of Mull Cheese Farm. Now, cheese. You either love it or, well, really love it. I love it and...
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An Island Fling on Hebridean Princess

04 October 2017
Hebridean Princess at sea

I’m on Hebridean Princess, Her Majesty the Queen’s ship of choice, spending a whole week eating and drinking my way around Scotland’s western isles on the ‘Flavours of Scotland’ itinerary. I know, I’m a lucky girl. Although, if it’s any consolation, the weather is quite grey. As far as Wednesdays go, it’s been a good one. A dolphin welcome started things off well, as they tend to, as did an early liquid lunch at the Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay. Then there was lunch – grilled mackerel, followed by a raspberry sponge pudding and crème anglaise, eaten in the Columba restaurant with Scottish islets passing by. With the day already a winner, oyster and honey tasting in the tiny village of Scalasaig, Colonsay (we’d done a hop-skip-and-jump to another island by now) proved to be the icing on...
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7 Free Things To Do In Amsterdam This Winter

03 October 2017
Night city view of Amsterdam, the Netherlands with Amstel river

Amsterdam is the mini cruise capital and it never looks better than it does in winter. If you’re planning a cruise to Amsterdam, give these seven free things to do a go whilst you’re there. GET ON BOARD Take the free Amsterdam public transport ferry from behind Centraal Station to the north of the city, enjoying some panoramic views of the Amsterdam waterfront along the way. SAMPLE SOME FREE FROMAGE What is a visit to Holland without sampling a cheese or two? De Reypenaer is Amsterdam’s best cheese shop and they are far from stingy with the free samples. If you do fancy splashing the cash, you can indulge in cheese and wine galore at in De Reypenaer’s Cheese Tasting Room. SEE A PICASSO WITHOUT PAYING A PENNY Amsterdam’s galleries and museums are some of the best in the world...
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