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Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina

By Jacqui Ridler

The Oceania Marina is a comfortable mid size, sophisticated, elegant and beautiful upper premium ship with special touches everywhere. She has a country club casual ambiance and a personalized service that makes you feel like an individual. There is over £4 million in art work on board plus an enchanting chandelier in the atrium that cost around £1.5 million. She is 65,000 tons and holds1, 200 passengers. Oceania cruises tag line is "your ......Read more

Alaskan Cruise Review

Alaskan Cruise Review

By Ian Warren

  My wife and I wanted to go on a special cruise to celebrate our 50th birthdays, and decided on Celebrity Cruises in Alaska. What a great start to the trip when BA upgraded us to World Traveller Plus for our flight to Seattle.  ......Read more

Crystal Serenity’s ‘Spanish Serenade’ Cruise

Crystal Serenity’s ‘Spanish Serenade’ Cruise

By Brendan O'Connor

This was our third Crystal cruise , or second onboard the Serenity , and we wondered if it match our previous great experiences , however , I am pleased to report that it surpassed them ! Being on the ship was like visiting an old friend with so many familiar and friendly crew who always made us feel very welcome and special. Since our last cruise, Crystal ......Read more

Nile Odyssey 10th – 17th January 2011

Nile Odyssey 10th – 17th January 2011

By Ian Warren

Monday – Luxor We arrived in Luxor airport late afternoon and were met in the arrivals hall by a rep from Longwood. He directed us to the bank booths where we needed to buy our entry visa. These cost $15 each but we paid with a £10 note each. We then waited for our luggage, before we were led to a small mini bus. All the cases were stacked on the roof and the chaps who put them up there gave us our first experience of being asked for tips ......Read more

Breathtaking Norway

Breathtaking Norway

By Julie McIntyre

I was very privileged to go on an educational trip to Norway with Hurtigruten who operate a fleet of ships up and down the coast. My outbound flights were with Scandinavian Airlines via Oslo to Tromso. Word of warning: ensure you have longer than an hour in Oslo as I found this a very tight turnaround and having to recollect ......Read more

A Once In A lifetime Trip

A Once In A lifetime Trip

By Peter Ruck

Having made a pretty comfortable crossing of Drakes Passage with just a mild  Force 4 wind, we arrived early at the Antarctic Peninsular and were able to take our first zodiac landing on this remote and formidable White Continent. Over the next 5 days we were treated to incredibly blue skies, clean air and some amazing sights. Little Adele penguins ‘stealing’ each other’s nesting stones, some with eggs and others with hatchlings. Comical Chin straps waddling or ......Read more

AMA Waterways Cruise Blog

AMA Waterways Cruise Blog

By Leanna Kelly

  The Blue Danube Discovery and Jewish Heritage cruise joined in Passau, South East Germany. Passau is a beautiful town in lower Bavaria, the town is also known as also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or "City of Three Rivers," because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. I joined the cruise half way through the itinerary at Passau, the cruise had previously begun in Budapest, some passengers have taken the option ......Read more

“The Magic Of Moselle”

“The Magic Of Moselle”

By Karen Kearlsey, MPS Rotterdam, Shearings

A colleague and I were given the opportunity to take a river cruise to Germany, sailing down the Rhine and Moselle. I didn’t know much about river cruises – or what to expect. Here’s how we got on... We travelled by coach down to Dover, then on via ferry to Calais, then on to our overnight hotel in northern France. Here we enjoyed our first of many pleasant three-course meals, with time to get to know our fellow passengers. We had a lovely evening, but decided it ......Read more

Classic Nile Cruise With Shearings Holidays

Classic Nile Cruise With Shearings Holidays

By Carol Sims

The Nile is the longest river in the world, running through ten countries and most closely associated with Egypt. I was lucky enough to experience a Shearings Classic Nile Cruise, which captures the essence of ancient civilisations, temples and tombs whilst staying on a luxurious ship, the Viking Princess. There were so many highlights I don’t have room to talk about them all! Here are some of my personal favourites... The direct flight from Manchester with Monarch ......Read more

Ocean Adventures in the Galapagos Islands

Ocean Adventures in the Galapagos Islands

By Edwina Lonsdale

Everyone has a place they dream of visiting. For many years mine was the Galapagos Islands, and when at last I got the opportunity to visit, it really was a dream come true. The ideal way to explore the islands is of course by sea. The only vessels permitted in the Galapagos are those with Ecuadorian registry, and they fall under the auspices of the National Park whose responsibility is to conserve and preserve this unique UNESCO World Heritage ......Read more