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Cruising for young(ish) people, by a first-timer

imageNatalie Paris boards a cruise for the first time, as part of a multi-generational family holiday in the Mediterranean.

We lined the upper deck, clinging to the railings and waving farewell to the shrinking tower of St Mark’s basilica. The chorus from Time to Say Goodbye blared cheesily from loudspeakers behind us. Below, on canal-side terraces, tourists squinted up from their Bellinis as all 93,330 tons of us slid by, rudely blotting out the sun. Our Mediterranean cruise had finally begun, with a showy sail along the Grand Canal in Venice. Even for this apprehensive first-timer, it was a pretty exciting moment.

In common with most independent people in their twenties or thirties, I wouldn’t have chosen a cruise for myself. Holidays for me are about the freedom to get out and explore. And once I’m out, I tend to want to stay out. Late. But this trip was not solely about me. Our party consisted of three generations of my boyfriend’s family, all avid cruisers. One was celebrating a significant birthday and so those of us unaccustomed to itineraries and fixed mealtimes had agreed to be open-minded. What the occasion required was easy sightseeing at a reasonable price, with plenty of opportunities for ballroom dancing. "We don’t have to spend every minute together," the cruising regulars assured us, "just don’t be late back or the ship will leave without you."

Skiing in Switzerland: Allison Pearson learns to cross-country ski in Pontresina

imageIf you don’t learn to ski in your youth, every year it gets harder to take the plunge, says Allison Pearson. But the self-proclaimed ‘scaredy-cat Mum’ found her ski legs in the Swiss resort of Pontresina.

To be honest, I was not the most promising candidate for midlife skiing lessons. “But, darling, you’re scared of heights and you hate falling over,” Himself pointed out when I suggested we spend last February half-term in Switzerland. He had a point, but I was not going to be deterred by anything as irritating as male common sense.

A friend had told me that the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina was heaven on earth. I was emerging from a rather tenacious depression and I hoped that skiing could clear my head. I craved the grandeur and the stillness of the mountains. I wanted that silver air in my lungs. I had visions of myself as Audrey Hepburn in Charade, swathed in sable and sipping a hot chocolate in a café on the glittering slopes waiting for Cary Grant. Clearly, I felt a powerful attraction towards the après part of après-ski. All I needed now was to figure out the ski part. And not fall over.

Princess Cruise Line

imageLose yourself like Gilligan on a Princess Cruise – featured on the hit show the Love Boat, Princess cruises have long been a trusted name in the cruise industry. With 15 ships and a bevy of exotic itineraries to peruse, on Princess Cruises you are only limited by your imagination.

Even if you don’t cruise for entertainment you will be impressed by the shows on the Caribbean Princess or any other vessel you choose to sail on. These large ships are accustomed to having to entertain large groups of discerning travelers so you might find yourself coming back just to hear that great singer from dinner last night again.

All outside cabins, many equipped with balconies greet you on the Regal Princess, a large vessel that can carry up to 1200 passengers. Unlike other large cruise ships, the Princess Cruise lines have fresh water pools, so you can enjoy a swim whether you’re out at sea or docked in a port.

What is the Best Travel Reward Credit Card?

imageThere are very few things as alluring as the great promise of free travel to exotic destinations. The world bank’s know this, and have long offered travel rewards to their average customers for receiving and using their credit cards.

In turn, savvy credit card users have learned how to exploit these offers to travel in comfort and style well beyond their means.
What to do with the points from the best travel reward credit card?

I was recently thinking about all the places that I would like to travel or visit but with mileage being so high and plane tickets being sky high I knew those dreams were just that! Then someone reminded me of my reward credit card points.

Heli Skiing An exciting sport


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History of Water Skiing

imageThe abstraction of baptize skiing dates aback to at atomic the mid-nineteenth aeon if a man from Sweden began the patenting process, but the abstraction never came to fruition. Very little is accustomed about the accurate ancestry of the sport, admitting the appellation can be begin in the Swedish concordance dating aback to 1921 – vattenskida, which translates to ski on a physique of water. Water Skiing

Telegraph Cruise Show 2012

imageTelegraph readers can claim two free tickets to next week’s event, which features talks and exhibitions on all aspects of cruise holidays. Britain’s biggest cruise show is returning to London Olympia later this month.

More than 100 exhibitors will attend, representing ocean-going cruise lines, expedition ships and river cruises, alongside consumer experts and members of cruise publications and specialist websites.

Travel deals to hawaii

imageTravel deals to hawaii. Have you ever just lately added a visit to Hawaii to your checklist of issues to do now or within the close to future? If so, you’re undoubtedly not alone; Hawaii is a well-liked vacation destination. As with many widespread vacation locations, it is not uncommon to seek out particular offers being supplied, special offers like travel packages.

Skiing Tips for Beginners

imageSkiing is one of the most exciting adventure sports. Although skiing over the pristine white snow peaks seems like an adventure you cannot wait to begin, you must need to know a few basic rules and tips before get started. Going through these tips will ensure that you are prepared for the task that lies ahead you.

Skiing Tips for Beginners

First let me answer your questions about the dress code and the skiing gear that you will need. While trying skiing for the first time it is always better to rent all the skiing gear rather than buying it. The skiing gear is quite expensive and hence you would want to make sure that you like the sport before you actually invest money in buying the equipment.

Western Caribbean Cruise Tips

imageA Western Caribbean Cruise is one of the most in-demand cruise itineraries among cruise vacationers, offering an assortment of exotic destinations while many different cruise companies offer routes that customers can choose from. A Western Caribbean cruise may consist of stops such as Central America countries like Panama or Costa Rica, Belize, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. Magnificent coasts, varied wild life and offshore reefs are just some of the many attractions included in a Western Caribbean cruise. But when embarking on a Western Caribbean cruise, a cruiser may want to keep in mind several useful tips that would ensure their trip is one for the books.

Make Traveling a Fun

imageTraveling is fun and this New Year is all about fun and discovery of fun loving and enchanting places all around the world. Ah ah! Before going to make your traveling plan, just have a look into these best travel tips that will definitely add convenience and ease during your traveling. Traveling without planning is boring and pitiless. A best traveler is he, who makes his traveling plans according to the travel tips.

Here are some of the world’s best travel tips for your assistance and ease before you are going to build your world tour plan.

Mount Snow Ski Resort

imageMount Snow Ski Resort is one of Vermont’s largest and most convenient. Located just off Route 100 near Wilmington, Mount Snow Vermont is easily accessible from any major East Coast cities. If you are a little farther a field, airports in Albany (New York) and Hartford (Connecticut) are just two hours away.

Mount Snow Ski Resort rises to 3,600 feet at its summit, so if there is snow in Vermont, there is snow at Mount Snow. For off months, Mount Snow Vermont has invested heavily in snowmaking equipment to allow for quality skiing in all but the worst winters.

Tips for Cruise Travel

imageAre you intending on going on a cruise? Well if this sounds your brand new, you possibly will not be sure what to prepare for. Having a few suggestions to give you a hand can be quite to your benefit. So, listed below are some important cruise travel guidelines to don’t forget when you go for a cruise.

Tip 1 – Receive a Map on the Ship – Cruise lines are huge. You won’t want to stray along with a map will surely be described as a huge assistance to you. Make sure you will have the map and take a bit to search it over making sure that it is possible to quicker travel the ship.

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7 Travel Tips to Help Business Travelers Stay Sharp!

imageBusiness Travel Tips

What does it take to travel on business, far from your comfort zone?  Flight delays, whirlwind business trips, lack of rest, no vacation time and a whole lot more. Clearly no finishing school in the world can prepare you to face these seemingly trivial travails of a trip.

A business trip offers a great chance to make a name for yourself as you represent the company. You can choose to stay sharp and come back a success, or pretend it’s a drunken vacation and break your career. If you choose the former, here are seven must-know tips for someone who wishes to be a pro business traveler:

Carnival Cruise Ship to Undergo Major Overhaul

imageCarnival Cruise Lines has announced plans for the Carnival Destiny cruise ship to undergo an extensive dry dock in early 2013.   The Destiny was launched in 1996 as the world’s largest cruise ship carrying 2,642 passengers and began the current era of the mega ships.  The dry dock will last for 49 days and cost $155 million, radically transforming her into the Carnival Sunshine.

The Carnival Sunshine will receive the full Carnival Funship 2.0 experience, an additional 182 cabins, and the expansion of 2 decks completely transforming the layout of the ship.  Carnival President and CEO released the following statement,

London in your lunch break: free National Gallery tour

imageAn hour-long guided tour of the National Gallery is about as culturally rich as a London lunch break can get – and it doesn’t cost a penny.

Take your lunch break at . . .

The National Gallery, on one of its wonderfully enlightening – and completely free – guided tours. Meet at the Sainsbury Wing (see below for times), where a guide will take you to three or four of the gallery’s most prized displays, giving a 15-minute cultural, technical and social backdrop to each.

How to save the United States

imageWould you like to know how to save the United States? The SS United States that is, the last remaining US-flagged transAtlantic superliner which has been pretty much just sitting around rusting at a Philadelphia pier since 1996, needs our help. An independent national non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting, revitalizing and promoting America’s flagship seen here parked in Philadelphia.

Skiing: learning to Alpine ski in Courchevel

imageLisa Grainger finds a brilliant tutor, a scenic setting – and champagne in the hot tub – smooth the path to success on skis in the French resort of Courchevel.

That I have skied only twice in my 47-year life is unsurprising, given the success of my first attempt in my thirties. Ten friends were renting a chalet in Utah with an outdoor Jacuzzi, and it sounded fun: parties, snow, whizzing down a mountain – what could go wrong? Answer: everything. Not only were all my friends serious skiers, who insisted they could teach me (never a good idea – it’s boring for them and you end up feeling like an uncoordinated clown on skates).

But Utah is an alcohol-free state and the fragrant herbal cigarettes that my friends insisted would relax me turned me instead into a female Mr Bean: all bulging eyes and terror-stricken face, uncontrollably soaring down the slope before falling and chin-boarding all the way to the bottom, where I flapped helplessly on my stomach like a walrus in the snow. I had two twisted ankles and a grazed chin – not to mention a horribly bruised ego. There were tears. There were remonstrations. And I was never, ever going again.

Travellers ‘fleeced’ by hotel Wi-Fi charges

imageAround two thirds of hotels worldwide are still charging guests for Wi-Fi access – with rates as high as £8.50 per hour and £20 per day – research by Telegraph Travel has shown.

With a large number of bars, cafés, and even branches of McDonald’s and Starbucks now offering free Wi-Fi to customers, hotels are facing growing criticism over the high charges that many continue to impose.

Telegraph Travel analysed Wi-Fi charges at more than 30 different hotel chains, and at dozens of individual hotels, to uncover those that levy the highest fees and those that offer the service free of charge.

Out of more than 70 different hotel groups and individual properties contacted in the survey, just 24 do not impose Wi-Fi charges.

Luxury hotels in London were the worst offenders, with several charging £20 for 24-hour Wi-Fi access. These included Grosvenor House and the Firmdale Hotels group – which owns six upmarket properties in London, such as The Haymarket and Number Sixteen. At The Dorchester, the only option is a charge of £19.50 per day.

W Hotel charges guests at its Leicester Square property £5.95 an hour or £17 a day, while its Istanbul, Barcelona and Hong Kong hotels charge €15 (£12.50), €19 (£16) and HK$115 (£9.50) per day respectively, although free access is available in some public areas.

Hotels in the Holiday Inn chain charge guests up to £15 a day in Britain and up to €24 (£20) a day in Europe, although in the majority of its hotels in the United States, Wi-Fi access is complimentary.

The highest hourly rate uncovered was €10 (£8.50), a charge imposed by several Marriott hotels, including the A C Hotel in Florence and the J W Marriott in Cannes.

Towards the lower end of the market, Travelodge charges guests £5 an hour or £10 a day, while guests at Barceló Hotels must pay £6.50 an hour, or £15 a day.

TalkTalk, the internet service provider, estimated that the cost to a business, such as a hotel, of providing broadband, would range from £10 a month for a small property to £300 a month for a 100-room property, or £700 a month for a larger, 300-room property.

At the 195-room Dorchester, for example, where room rates start at around £300 a night, the monthly cost of providing Wi-Fi to the entire hotel is likely to be covered by two bookings, or around 30 people purchasing a day’s Wi-Fi access.

Not all of the capital’s luxury hotels levy such high charges. The Maybourne Group, which owns Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley, doesn’t charge for Wi-Fi access, and neither does 45 Park Lane, nor The Halkin, The Metropolitan or One Aldwych.

Among hotel chains offering free Wi-Fi are Best Western, Malmaison, De Vere, Radisson Edwardian, and Brittania. Premier Inns charge guests just £3 a day, and offer them 30 minutes’ free daily access.

A number of other hotels have adopted a dual policy, where guests can log on to a slower network free of charge or pay extra for high-speed access. The Langham, where the high-speed access costs £20 per day, and the Sofitel chain, where it costs £15, are two examples.

The falling cost of broadband services in recent years has highlighted the issue of high hotel charges for Wi-Fi access; travellers now increasingly expect the service to be including in their room rate.

At last year’s Abta Travel Convention, David Rowan, the editor of Wired UK, the technology magazine, called for travellers to boycott hotels that charge for Wi-Fi.

Skiing in Switzerland: Allison Pearson learns to cross-country ski in Pontresina

imageIf you don’t learn to ski in your youth, every year it gets harder to take the plunge, says Allison Pearson. But the self-proclaimed ‘scaredy-cat Mum’ found her ski legs in the Swiss resort of Pontresina.

To be honest, I was not the most promising candidate for midlife skiing lessons. “But, darling, you’re scared of heights and you hate falling over,” Himself pointed out when I suggested we spend last February half-term in Switzerland. He had a point, but I was not going to be deterred by anything as irritating as male common sense.

Swan Hellenic’s ship Minerva upgraded

imageMinerva, Swan Hellenic’s solitary cruise ship, which was saved from extinction by Telegraph readers, has returned to service after a three-month overhaul.

Passengers on board the 350-berth vessel can now expect refurbished en-suite bathrooms, a newly installed promenade deck, a lounge bar with 360 degree views, and an improved internet area.

The ship will be sailing in Europe this spring, offering cruises to the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Mediterranean cruise guide

imageMediterranean cruises are a wonderful way of taking in a number of fascinating sights with a minimum of hassle. Douglas Ward offers a complete guide to taking a Mediterranean cruise.

Mediterranean cruises can be rewarding in so many ways – culturally, educationally, visually, architecturally, and historically, as well as from a culinary viewpoint. The Mediterranean is the second most popular cruise region in the world, after the Caribbean. It is loosely divided into two cruising areas: the Western Mediterranean (typically including France, Spain, Portugal and Italy) and Eastern Mediterranean (countries east of Italy, such as Croatia, Greece and Turkey).

Skiing in Andermatt: the Swiss resort that is not a swizz


The little-known resort of Andermatt makes for great-value, laid-back skiing, says Yolanda Carslaw.

Andermatt might not look much from the road; bleak, with few trees, a shady summit above and a barracks standing guard. But if you venture on to its pretty streets, then An-der-Matt (“on the meadow”) is quaint and compact – and surprisingly good value for Switzerland. At an altitude of 1,444m between three mountain passes, it has inexpensive hotels and restaurants on an L-shaped main street, as well as 78 miles of quiet slopes – and down-to-earth locals and visitors.

Ski: avalanche accidents increase following record snow levels

imagePeter Hardy reports on how the best snow cover in a generation in the Alps has led to a major increase in the number of deaths and injuries caused by avalanches.

A week after Prince John Friso, 43, was seriously injured by an avalanche after skiing in Lech, Austria, much of the country is buried under the deepest snow in memory, with up to six metres at high altitude in the Tirol and Voralberg regions.

In the past week alone, three people have died and seven escaped uninjured in six separate incidents in the country, caused by the latest in a long string of avalanches. This compares to only three deaths in Austria last year, thought due to the exceptionally light snow cover last season.

The world’s best adventure cruises

imageFancy climbing a volcano, husky sledding or flying in a fighter jet? Wendy Gomersall picks the best adventure cruises for 2012.

Gone are the days when an excursion meant a gentle potter around a picturesque town centre or a scenic ride on a comfy coach. Nowadays, adventurous and unusual experiences you would never be able to enjoy at home are all part of what makes a cruise holiday so memorable.

Here’s a taster of the more “extreme” excursions on offer.

Offers Attractive Packages for Shimla Manali

imageIndia Summer can sometimes bear. Therefore, during the summer months there are long holiday in schools and universities and the heads of people in the mountain town for a refreshing and spend a few days into the holiday atmosphere of cool places. Of all the hill stations in India, Shimla and Manali are the most popular.  Now is the time you use the custom course work writing service for your job and start traveling.

21 Tips Your Pack for a Trip

image1. Security and Keeping Details Safe

Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets (if not the e type) in. Store this (in an email for e.g.) in your web based email account. You can also store the details of your emergency ‘lost card’ telephone numbers in your web based email account so you know who to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen. This way, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access your all important information. You can even email the details page of your passport to the embassy or consulate when applying for a new one.

Statue of Liberty – NYCStatue of Liberty, New York City.

imageLocated at the mouth of Hudson River, New York City became America’s main immigration entry point in the 18th century. The city was named the first capital of the United States in 1785. The first Congress met in Federal Hall on Wall Street and drafted the first Bill of Rights, as well as the Northwest Ordinance that same year.

The Northwest Ordinance was the first step in expanding the United States. George Washington was inaugurated in New York in 1789. A new street grid system was put in place in the early 1820s, which mapped all the streets on the island of Manhattan. The street grid divided the city in sections in order to accommodate the immigrants that were moving into the city in large numbers.

Alternatives to Mega Cruise Ship Tourism

imageCruises are one of the most popular and low-cost vacation options, allowing passengers to visit multiple locations while enjoying all the standard amenities of a luxury vacation. However, cruises also contribute a disproportionate amount of waste when compared with other means of travel. The U.K.-based Climate Care estimates that cruise ships emit more carbon dioxide than long-haul flights, and other studies have shown that cruise ships generate about 21,000 gallons of sewage a day, 170,000 gallons of grey water (waste water from laundry, showers, and dish cleaning), and other harmful wastes. Cruise ship passengers are also estimated to dispose of more trash daily than local residents.

A history of skiing in Mürren, Switzerland

imageDesperate to enjoy current skiing conditions in the Alps, Adam Ruck secures a last-minute deal to Mürren.

To arrive in the Swiss Alps at the tail end of a snowstorm seems like good timing, as long as your ski resort is accessible. A single traveller – me – separates himself from the Wengen-bound throng at Lauterbrunnen station, crosses the road with a smile of self-congratulation at having chosen the road less travelled, when a notice on the door of the Mürrenbahn stops him in his tracks. Geschlossen. Closed. It is time for a phone call to the Hotel Eiger.

Travel advice: best apps for planning a skiing holiday

imageDonald Strachan recommends the best travel apps for booking accommodation and more on a skiing break.

We’re planning a skiing and snowboarding holiday. Which apps would you recommend?

Donald Strachan, a specialist in new media and technology, replies

There’s a tailor-made app for just about every stage of the process, from booking accommodation and checking the weather, to mapping your resort and even improving your mogul skiing.

Briton missing from Mexico cruise ship

imageA search was under way today for a British passenger who apparently went overboard from the world’s biggest cruise ship in waters near Mexico.

The 30-year-old man was seen falling over the railings by another passenger on the Allure of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean International cruise line said.

He could also be seen falling over in footage from an on-board video camera.

The man went overboard as the ship was sailing to Cozumel, Mexico and the Mexican navy and coastguard are assisting in the search.

The Allure of the Seas left Fort Lauderdale in Florida on Sunday for a seven-night cruise. The ship can carry 5,400 passengers.

The man’s name has not been released.

Snow: fresh travel chaos looms as Britain hit by ‘freezing rain’ weather

imageA blanket of snow will spread across the Home Counties on Thursday night amid warnings of fresh travel chaos and freezing rain.

Forecasters warned up to four inches of snow will hit most of the south as two weather systems collide, with temperatures struggling to remain above freezing.

The Met Office issued a rare “freezing rain” warning for most of northern England and southern Scotland, prompting fears of more havoc on the country’s fragile transport networks.

A history of skiing in Mürren, Switzerland

imageDesperate to enjoy current skiing conditions in the Alps, Adam Ruck secures a last-minute deal to Mürren.

To arrive in the Swiss Alps at the tail end of a snowstorm seems like good timing, as long as your ski resort is accessible. A single traveller – me – separates himself from the Wengen-bound throng at Lauterbrunnen station, crosses the road with a smile of self-congratulation at having chosen the road less travelled, when a notice on the door of the Mürrenbahn stops him in his tracks. Geschlossen. Closed. It is time for a phone call to the Hotel Eiger.

Cruises: voodoo with Saga in Africa

imageIf you think you know what Saga stands for, a cruise with the company that takes in Togo, Benin, fetishes and voodoo might change your mind. It’s the perfect introduction to West Africa

There are two surprises about this cruise. One is where it went, and the other is the cruise line.

If you drew up a list of the countries you are least likely to visit on holiday, they would probably include most of those on this journey down the west coast of Africa. Benin, anybody? Togo? And if you had to think of a tour company to run such an intrepid voyage, Saga might not immediately come to mind. How wrong you would be – as I was – on both counts.

The Offer Attractive To Travelers

imageAmong their offerings of particular interest to the traveler are the mini-cruises, a proposal with all the advantages and comforts of a traditional cruise, but whose journey is shorter. These trips were called mini-cruises designed especially for people who can not afford to sail aboard a ship for so many days, whether for reasons of time or cost.

The Cruise xyo website you can find information and resources necessary to choose the trip that best suits your needs. Access to these will be very easy because the site has a search section that includes the typical classical search by region, shipping, ship, date, travel time and output port.

Mediterranean Luxury Cruises – The Time Of Your Life

imageWith three continents and more than a dozen countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea there is much to see and do here. A luxury Mediterranean cruise will see you visiting everything from romantic Islands to busy vibrant cities and towns.

Whether you take one of the smaller ships to a few of the smaller Islands or a luxury cruise liner around the Mediterranean you will not be disappointed. With countries such as France, Italy and the Greek Islands being in easy reach by sea you will be sure of a fun filled holiday that creates memories you will cherish forever  On a Mediterranean cruise you will be able to enjoy a vast multitude of different flavours, historical sights, cultures and cuisines and there will be something for even the fussiest guest on a Mediterranean cruise.

Skiing holiday advice: how to save money

imageNick Trend offers advice on where and when to get the most for your money this season.

As Peter Hardy points out in his report, it looks as though it will be a classic season for snow – most skiers will want to bag a week if they possibly can. But which week will offer the best prices, the best snow and the quietest pistes? I’ve talked to some leading ski operators and tried to predict how the rest of the season is likely to pan out, to offer a strategy for finding the best value.

Swiss Alps Adventure

imageA holiday with kids on the Swiss Alps evoked a lot of thoughts – excitement, apprehension (since it was to be their first experience with snow) and ultimately adventure with luxury.

Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) and Mount Titlis were really a sight to behold with the snow, the mountain ranges, the thin rarefied air, the snow mobiles and the expanse of white all around.

Travel Tips for Egypt

imageslam in Egypt is not a religion reserved for Fridays and holidays – it is a shaping factor in all aspects of daily life. As such, many social conventions stem from the teachings of the Koran, the Muslim holy book. People are enjoined by their religion to be courteous and hospitable and they expect similar respect from visitors. Shaking hands is the normal greeting but men should wait for a woman to offer her hand before assuming it is acceptable.

Cruising Tips

imageEvery year more and more people discover why cruises are the ideal vacation. A cruise ship is basically your giant buffet of wonderful experiences, with a wide selection of cuisines and cultures, activities in the sun and spas to pamper your every indulgence, destinations to exotic locales and a million ways to relax. You can do it all or do absolutely nothing – the choice is yours!

Chart Your Course! Pick the Cruise That’s Right for You
Your first choice is the most enjoyable, for it allows your mind to wander around the globe and back again, revisiting every destination your dreams have ever taken you to. Where in the world do you want to go and for how long?

Ski like it’s 1899 at ‘Belle Époque’ week, Switzerland

imageWhat was skiing like in its earliest days? Adrian Bridge gets some idea at ‘Belle Époque’ week in the Swiss resort of Kandersteg.

For one terrifying moment, I felt exactly as I did the first time I ever put on a pair of skis and faced down a mountain. Gulp! Where do I go from here?

My fear had a lot to do with what was on my feet: two extremely long pieces of wood with no finely honed edges, no firm bindings at the back and almost no flexibility.

These were the skis that those plucky pioneers of winter sports holidays – many of them British – would have been wearing when they first began exploring the Swiss Alps more than 100 years ago. And suddenly I had a whole lot more respect for what they had achieved.

21 Tips Your Pack for a Trip

image1. Security and Keeping Details Safe

Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets (if not the e type) in. Store this (in an email for e.g.) in your web based email account. You can also store the details of your emergency ‘lost card’ telephone numbers in your web based email account so you know who to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen. This way, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access your all important information. You can even email the details page of your passport to the embassy or consulate when applying for a new one.Also consider writing your home and destination address (and mobile number if you have one) on a self-adhesive sticky label to stick INSIDE your luggage in a visible place. If your luggage is lost and the baggage label has come off, at least the airline can still figure out whose luggage it is.

Ski Travel: A Piece of Dubai on LI

imageMost New Yorkers would probably file indoor ski mountains among “things we never knew we needed.” But if developers have their way, the NYC metro area will soon be home to not one, but two of these modern monstrosities.

The revamped New Jersey Meadowlands complex is set to open an indoor slope later this year near Giants Stadium. Now comes word that developers plan to bring another enclosed slope to Long Island.

A group of investors have proposed a $2 billion entertainment complex–that would also include an artificial lake, indoor water park and a winery–on a former defense facility now owned by the town of Riverhead.

Top 10 Cruises for Adventure Travel

Here are the top 10 Cruises for Adventure Travel
1. Nova Scotia and Labrador Tall Ships, Canada
Cruises of Nova Scotia and Labrador Tall Ships last up to a week, the excitement of the wind through the sails of the ships will add you with seafaring heritage of eastern Canada

2. San Juan Islands, Washington
When you travel with San Juan Islands cruise from Washington, you can skip from island to island. Breathtaking views of beautiful wilderness are offered by the classic wooden vessels. You can also get gourmet meals which matches the flavors of the Pacific Northwest.

3. Pirate Cruise, Grand Cayman Island
Pirate Cruise of Grand Cayman is the Caribbean cruise, this is perfect for young and old children. This is duplicate of 17th century Spanish boat, it offers firing cannons, planks to walk and sword fighting as well.

American Cruise Lines

imageAmerican Cruise Lines offers intimate local trips, primarily along the East Coast of the United States, and offers a unique experience of charming stops and entertainment that every passenger is sure to remember long after their journey has ended. Each American Cruise Line Ship runs a different route, and while the majority of the fleet operates along the eastern seaboard, there is one ship that has headed west to serve passengers in Oregon and Washington. American offers four different vessels, each with an interesting selection of ports of call, entertainment, and itineraries. Guests aboard any one of the cruises on American ships will find lasting ruminations of a delightful experience.

Marseille in France

imageSituated on the south coast of France, Marseille is the second largest city after Paris and is one of France’s major tourist’s destinations. With plenty of things to do and places to see, you will never get bored of this sunny city. With oceanic views over the Mediterranean ocean, plenty of picturesque architecture and famous eateries there is something to for everyone. With the Mediterranean Ocean on its doorstep, Marseille enjoys warm weather with temperatures ranging from 21 to 30 degrees during the summer months. There is nothing better than to relax in a coffee shop or bar, drinking a beer overlooking Vieux Port- the old port of Marseille – with the sun warming your cockles whilst admiring the range of small boats and yachts in the port.

Cunard to register ships in Bermuda

imageThe luxury cruise operator Cunard has confirmed that its ships will no longer be registered in Britain for the first time in its 171-year history.

Cunard’s vessels will instead be registered in Bermuda, enabling it to take advantage of the lucrative market for weddings at sea – ceremonies which are not recognised under British law.

This means the home port of Southampton, which is currently displayed on the stern of the company’s three ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, is likely to be replaced by Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda.

Ski St Anton: resort guide

imageSki St Anton: resort guide
Guide to St Anton ski resort, including practical information on hotels, restaurants and piste guide. Taken from ‘Where to Ski and Snowboard 2012’.

St Anton is the western extremity of the Tirol, at the foot of the road up to the Arlberg pass. It is at one end of a lift network that spreads across to St Christoph and over the pass to Stuben. These two tiny villages are described at the end of the chapter.

The resort is a long, sprawling place, almost a town rather than a village, with mainly traditional-style buildings, squeezed into a narrow valley – there is only just room for the town, the bypass road, the river and the railway. St Anton spreads down the valley, thinning out before broadening again to form the suburb of Nasserein.

Cities Could Disappear As Atlantis

imageBangkok, capital of Thailand, is another city that is sinking fast. This time the threat comes from Chao Phraya River, which flows into the Bay of Bangkok, about 48 km from the city.

Would suffice just 7 years to immerse Bangkok and beautiful temples that are World Heritage. According to a study conducted by scientist Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya Thai, global warming is always influencing the rise of the Chao Phraya, which we have seen to be the same reason that many cities could disappear in a few years. According Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya, the adverse global climate changes will cause a tsunami in the Gulf of Thailand still more severe than occurred in 2004.


imagenolvidableHoy experience in more and more people are choosing the alternative of a cruise for all the advantages it offers.

First of all the transportationfactor is already included. There are many good deals on cruises where you can visit more than one destination, such as for example a Mediterranean cruise where you have the opportunity to visit several islands during the time of travel of the route.

The cruises offer much flexibility in the number of travel days. There are cruises of 3 to 4 days and another 15 days. Everything will depend on the route and the number of destinations to visit. You can go as much as two weeks, 1 week or for a few days, for example in a long weekend, the choice is yours alone.

Travel Tips and Deals

imageHave you been postponing your own travel plans because of a smaller sized price range? With numerous low-cost possibilities today, traveling may be possible even if you might have a restricted budget. Whether you would like to travel abroad or inside your country, you can do so using the money you may have, simply by spending some time on investigation and organizing. Look at below mentioned ideas and get started preparing your finances travel adventure nowadays.

Select a Location and Finances

The very first factor to complete prior to strategy your budget should be to pick the destination you would like to go to plus the estimated spending budget you may budget for for it. Once you determine that, investigation regarding the position, the approximate charges for transport, overnight accommodation, rentals, food and also activities. Ultimately, take an inventory of issues that usually are absolutely essential and that you simply can perform with no through your travel and also prepare a final funds.

Oktoberfest Travel Tips

imageMunich is famous for its Bavarian Beer Halls, but from the 17th September- 3th October 2011, the city will brew up a storm for the annual Oktoberfest. This hop-mad festival draws thousands of people from all over the world, to quaff over 6 million litres of beer every year. Bavarian Beer is known as the best in the world, with tight regulations on keeping the brew ‘pure’ – just hops, water and barley. Oktoberfest isn’t just about the beer – from the Bavarian Beauties trussed up in traditional gear, to the live bands, delicious German food and huge funfair, it’s the atmosphere that draws the crowds year after year. Even if you aren’t into guzzling pints, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But the festival is huge – with around 20 tents in the main field alone, and a whole range of ‘fest etiquette’, from tipping to reserving a table, Oktoberfest can be a little overwhelming for first timers. So if you are planning on heading to Oktoberfest 2011, get the best of the beer fest with our handy Oktoberfest beer guide.

Freestyle Skiing Tricks

imageWhen you are snow skiing, it is natural for the daredevil in most of you to dream about performing those numerous stunts performed by ski experts and professionals. You probably know all about the basics of skiing after mastering the different skiing tips for beginners, and now you want to do something new, something more challenging. If you have learned the basics of how to freestyle ski, then you may attempt any of these freestyle skiing tricks presented here.

Tips For Single Cruise Ship Passengers of Any Age Group

imageCruising on a passenger liner is generally a matter of conversation among people today of any age. Singles of this 2nd decade of the new millennium, take points into their very own fingers and generally launch careers, or vacations — by on their own or along with other singles. Their goal could be to have fun, or meet other singles who are like-minded and really like to do the items they do, as well as to talk about new ideas and ideas. Due to the fact of the financial system these days, we all have to check out our finances and financial institution account and get great funds for whenever we obtain. Cruising is no exception, so we’ll provide up a handful of guidelines and assistance for booking your best cruise.

Where to Stay for the Best City Views in the World

imageMost people decide on a travel destination based on its restaurants, culture, weather, or sometimes price; but the hotel is often something generally overlooked, with most people concluding that they won’t be spending much time there. However, where you stay can make or break your trip, and if you’re in the market for treating yourself; check out these fabulously indulgent hotels with the most spectacular city views.

city views hotelsHong Kong is speedily becoming one of the most desirable tourist destinations with its high-fashion shops and growing business reputation, and it has some fantastic hotels to match.

City Base Apartments offer a luxurious stay in the heart of Hong Kong’s sights and attractions; but this is definitely a city which needs to be seen from above.

Travel Tips From Fellow Travelers

imageSo, I like researching the web and I figured I would do a post on unique and genuinely helpful travel tips I have found.

If you’re going camping and plan to build a fire, collect the lint from your dryer in a Ziploc bag to use as a starter. It weighs almost nothing, ignites right away, and saves you from having to gather kindling. Kim Senkler, Knoxville, Tenn.

The disposable shower caps in hotel bathrooms make great shoe covers. Just slip a cap over each shoe and you won’t have to worry about getting everything else in your suitcase dirty. Charlene Winges, Burlingame, Calif.

I found a fun use for change from foreign countries. Attach a piece of magnetic tape to the back of the coin, and voilà — instant fridge magnet! It makes for an inexpensive souvenir, and it always reminds me of good times. Joshua House, Pensacola, Fla.

Cruising Travel Tips For Beginners

imageMost of the cruising travel tips for beginners we see at revolve around ships etiquette, how to find the cheapest cruise deals and what to pack for a cruise. We see very little in the way of what the following article at talks about and while this may mean that it’s not that important, don’t be fooled, it’s very important for you to know this stuff.

Cruising tips for beginners such as how to avoid losing your bag during the baggage check-in and collection process; this is one of the most frustrating aspects of a cruise vacation, protecting yourself against injury, how to avoid problems on shore excursions and how to make the most of a ships port-of-call. These tips will help take the enjoyment experience to another level.

At the end of your cruise you will find that you luggage will be placed with many other peoples luggage and so we certainly recommend getting some distinctive tags or tape on your travel luggage or travel holdalls so that they are easily identifiable. There is nothing worse than at the end of your trip having to wait around searching through countless holdalls, handbags, briefcases, rucksacks and travel bags looking for your luggage for hours on end.

Respect The Sun

When you are out on the ocean it can feel quite mild with the cool ocean air running over you, however do not let this mislead the power of the sun and UV rays. One of the most common reasons people have to visit the cruise infirmary for treatment is due to sun burn and once burned it could be the end of you being able to sit outside in the direct sun light for the remainder of the trip.

The best advice is to take good factored sun cream with you that suits your skin type and apply regularly. Of course a lot depends on what cruise you are going on and at what time of year, as this will determine the sun strength. If unsure just ask the crew and they will be able to advise on the sun strength on your particular cruise voyage.

On The Streets

On the excursions to the shore of where ever your cruise ship docks you will find many street vendors approaching you who will be selling a lot of ‘questionable’ goods such as pirated CDs, fake bags, cigars etc. Many of these vendors are very persuasive and very skilled at getting you to hand over your money however be warned that many times the good will be flawed and you will have no way of getting your money back.

The best advice is to keep your wallet in your pocket and do not engage with them unless you really know the ‘score’ and are sure that the deal they are offering is legitimate. If you want to spend your money, do it with a local in their small shop as this way you know they are a legitimate store owner…..

Ideal for business travel in Mexico

imageAlways in all big business is known that their leaders should be traveling to various cities for the simple reason that they should make agreements with other businesses, visit branches or seek alternative suppliers.

To this should always find a way of travel per diem will go cheap. To achieve this may make reservations to various travel agents or airlines simply by Mexican – Mexican airline Aviacsa – Avianca flight.

Looking Aviacsa Airline is the largest in Mexico, the flight paths that offer more quality services make the best choice for travel throughout the Aztec nation.

Tips Travel Tours

imageFor those of you who frequently travel out of town to visit tourist attractions, both domestic and abroad, following Pine Adventure will share the tips for you, so you can comfortably and freely do without a great travel or thoughts that continue your burden.

Choosing Tourist Destinations

this is the first thing you should do. Without a clear destination, where possible you can vacation with ease. First identify the location and the resorts that interests you, look for lots of information about the sights you want to visit. Notice also about the culture and habits of residents in the vicinity so that you do not be surprised if there are habits that are out of your estimates.

Advice Before Making The First Cruise

imageFollowing the recommendations on cruises when you book you will be informed of the rules regarding clothing cruise, gratuities, meals and more. Except in the luxury cruises, the best clothing is casual with comfortable shoes. On the boat you walk a lot and there are many stairs.

When booking let you know if there is a dinner where the label is required. Do not take more than a suitcase, cabin space is not much and the boat has everything, gel, shampoo, etc. Do not forget your swimsuit, sunglasses and light clothing for excursions. The topless is not normally allowed, must be respected boat nomas.

A guide to finding cruise deals

imageEven today, when travel is becoming increasingly affordable, cruises are still somewhat surrounded by an air of luxury and unattainability. Magazine pictures of the rich and/or famous lounging on the decks of cruise ships sailing through aquamarine water with a tropical sun shining down on them often seem out of the league of the regular traveler, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you are not well-versed in deal finding, going on a cruise might seem a bit improbable to you, but luckily there are ways to get cruise tickets for cut-rate prices. Here is a short guide to finding cruise deals that are too irresistible to pass up.

Solo travel: top 5 awkward situations and how to avoid them

imageSolo traveling is empowering and can teach you how to rely on yourself in ways that you couldn’t before. It’s a way to enjoy your own company and to discover new things, not about your destinations but also about yourself. However, there are times when even a solo traveler wishes they had a companion, especially when a situation gets awkward. A bit of awkwardness every now and then is a natural part of traveling solo, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be avoided from time to time. So here are top 5 awkward situations and how to avoid them when traveling solo.

New York voted world’s best cruise port

imageNew York City has been voted the world’s best cruise port in a poll of British passengers.

According to the survey, the majority (57 per cent) of holidaymakers who favour cruises do so because of “the opportunity to visit a number of destinations in one trip”. The “all-inclusive nature of cruises” was an important factor to 36 per cent of respondents, and 17 per cent chose to take cruise holidays because of the on-board entertainment on offer.

The poll also asked British passengers which celebrities they would most like to see “walk the plank” during a cruise holiday. Katie Price, the glamour model, received the most votes, followed by coiffured pop twins Jedward, James Murdoch, Gordon Brown, Simon Cowell and Boris Johnson.

Five Travel Tips to China by Mel Lifshitz


1. Register Yourself – First thing first. This is a SOP for all travelers especially to those ones who often go abroad. Be sure to register at the local Shanghai embassy or consulate once you arrive.

2. Be a Law Abiding Citizen – As a traveler, you should uphold the traveler’s code of conduct and should not violet any laws in any countries. You must be sensitive to your surroundnings.

3. Photocopy Your Passport Details – You should always make a copy of your passport details, insurance policy, traveller cheques, and credit cards. This would save you in times of crisis like damaged passport or stolen bag and the like.

Belize Cruises

imageThere are a few different ways to get to Belize, and among them are the Belize cruises. Some 1 million people a year enjoy cruises to Belize, and a good amount of the country’s visitors take advantage of the smaller Belize cruises and sailing charters that operate within the country.

Generally, cruises to Belize will include other stops in the Caribbean and Central America, so you’ll have other exciting places to explore in addition to experiencing some of what Belize has to offer. It’s always a treat to pass through the Panama Canal. Once you pull into port at Belize, there will be no shortage of fun Belize cruise excursions to enjoy, from zip-line tours to trips to one of the Belize Mayan sites. Since most of the top cruise companies offer cruises to Belize, you should have little problem booking one, and should you be staying in Belize for an extended period of time, you might entertain the options for inner-country Belize cruises. A sunset dinner cruise is sure to add spice to that romantic getaway.

Mysterious Ukraine: top 5 travel destinations

imageEastern Europe is becoming a more and more popular tourist destination, and although the Balkans are now attracting a steady stream of tourists, there are parts of Europe that haven’t had yet a share in the limelight. Ukraine, the ‘borderland’ as its name says, is slowly shifting into something completely different, with improving economy and a more carefree attitude. Ukraine is a cultural and historical patchwork , whose Slavic heritage is peppered with Scythian gold stuffed into museums, cave monasteries, Byzantine murals and Tatar stories. There are countless reasons for visiting this country, and here’s a taste of what awaits you in mysterious Ukraine: top 5 travel destinations.

he best travel destinations in Uruguay

imageSouth America and ‘traveling’ in the same sentence rarely conjures up the name of Uruguay. This South American county is no on the major tourist circuits, the River of Colorful Birds (that’s what the country’s name means) is often called the South American equivalent of Switzerland, not because of how it looks, but how it works. Uruguay is one of the best kept secrets in South America, which has more to offer than it is given credit for. Pristine beaches and friendly cities aside, there’s a lot going on in Uruguay that can interest tourists from all over the world. To give you a taste of this amazing country, here are the best travel destinations in Uruguay.

Why Choose A European River Cruise Vacation?

imageAnyone that wants to take a luxury vacation, you should consider a European cruise.

If you are interested in traveling though Europe, one of the best ways to see the historic and magnificent sites throughout the continents is aboard a luxury cruise boat. Simply fly to your chosen departure destination, board the ship, unpack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable journey.

One of the most popular types of cruises is a European river cruise. Nearly all the major rivers of Europe have luxury cruise packages available. When cruising on one of these magnificent boats on the mighty rivers, travelers enjoy some of the most incredible scenery, not to mention history. When you take a river cruise, you can expect to visit a different city, town, or village every day.

Visiting the old city of Jerusalem


Jerusalem is one of those cities that, although strongly associated with spirituality, you don’t really need an ounce of spirituality to appreciate wholly. The Old City of Jerusalem is a melting pot of history both ancient and modern, of various cultures, and even different religious beliefs, a place where every little nook is heavy with the weight of centuries of history and human civilization. While Jerusalem on the whole is an exciting city with much to offer to its visitors, no visit to the holy city is complete without a thorough tour of the Old City, which has been the beating heart of the region for millennia. Here are some useful tips for visiting the old city of Jerusalem, to help you make the most of this exciting travel experience.

Factors to Consider when Planning a European Cruise

imageOnce you decide to take a European cruise, you will quickly find that planning the vacation is not an easy task.  There are many factors to consider when planning your dream vacation such as voyage lengths, price ranges, potential destinations, and the many different cruise lines.  This article will cover some of the factors you must think about to ensure you find the European cruise that meets your needs and desires, allowing you to enjoy a perfect vacation.

The first thing you have to think about is the time of year you will take your cruise.  If you have commitments or a work schedule that will limit when you can travel,

there may be a significant impact on selecting a destination.  You will have to decide when you can travel so you can research the European cruises that are best to take at that specific time of the year.

Beginner Snow Ski Tips

Learning to ski can be an exciting and challenging experience. recommends that beginner skiers take lessons to learn and practice ski techniques correctly.


Speak with a professional ski instructor about safety guidelines to ensure a knowledgeable and enjoyable ski experience. Wear the appropriate gear, and ski only on trails that are designed for your skill level. Remember that skiers in front of you always have the right of way.

Protective Clothing

Before hitting the slopes make sure you have the appropriate clothing and gear. Dress warmly and layer clothing underneath your ski jacket and snow pants. Fleece, thermals and turtlenecks make great layering pieces.

Fuel regulations send Antarctic cruise costs up

Anti-pollution rules will curb tourism to the continent and push up the cost the cruises, writes Caroline Shearing.


The cost of cruising to Antarctica is likely to rise next month with the introduction of new regulations that will compel ships visiting the region to use less polluting fuels.

From August 1, they will be banned from burning or carrying heavy fuel oil and must instead use marine gas oil, which is cleaner but considerably more expensive.

The change, which could cost large-scale tour operators several million pounds a season, has prompted some cruise lines to withdraw from the region, and visitor numbers are expected to fall to their lowest in almost a decade.

London A Beautiful MegaCity

London is a beautiful city and capital of United Kingdom. It offers vast world of old and new culture.


The world visitors count it as multicultural city. The capital is known for offering vast cultural diversity, finance, trade, politics, and fashion to the world. London has become one of the most preferable places for family holidays, leisure vacations, and honeymoon recently.

Whatever the reason we count for travelling London, a trip to this beautiful city considered as life time experience by holidaymakers. Your London tour will be a successful as will get to view world class museums, and monuments, parks embedded with natural beauties, and above all magnificent royal palaces and extremely beautiful churches.

What it means to travel green

The word ‘eco’ is bandied about so much, it’s difficult to tell what’s authentic and what’s not. So we’ve done the hard work for you, compiling a list of 75 outstanding green travel companies, selected by our team of experts


Nearly 40 years ago I took a three-day train ride from London to Istanbul, a bus from there to Bodrum, and ended up walking to the village of Gumusluk because there was no road. I spent the summer picking and eating peaches and fishing with the locals. Net result: minimum ecological damage, maximum cultural exchange, and a tad fewer octopuses in the Mediterranean. In today’s terms, this was as green as travel gets.

Now you can get to Gumusluk in a few hours and spend a month there without hearing a word of Turkish. The fish may come from Singapore, the hotels are owned by the British, the villas by the Dutch, and the yachts that call in are in the million-dollar bracket. The place has changed unimaginably in a generation and, as one of the village’s first tourists, I hold my hand up. Had I known then what I know now, should I have gone?

Ski resorts in strange places

Russia plans to build a series of ski resorts in the North Caucases, a beautiful but unstable region that is prone to violence from insurgents.


Here are some other strange places to find ski resorts:


The tiny African country, surrounded by South Africa, has one of the world’s most unlikely ski resorts. Operating from June to September the resort is perched on a mountain that does get some snow in the southern hemisphere’s winter, but mainly relies on snowmaking. About 3,000 tourists – mostly from South Africa, visit each year.

Cruise passengers take legal action over illness

More than 130 British holidaymakers are taking legal action against Fred Olsen after allegedly falling ill on board one of its ships.


The cruise line was this week accused of “repeatedly failing to protect the health of tourists” on the MV Boudicca following several outbreaks of sickness.

Irwin Mitchell, a British law firm that specialises in travel-related cases, is representing 138 people who claim they suffered severe gastric illness on the ship, which sails to the Canary Islands, Europe and west Africa, between 2009-2011. Some of those passengers have blamed poor hygiene.

Fred Olsen accepts that illness has occurred on the ship, but says the symptoms suffered by passengers were indicative of norovirus – a common cause of infectious gastroenteritis that it says is beyond its control.

5 travel scams to avoid

As travel is getting more and more popular, scams related to travel are also getting increasingly widespread. Even the most seasoned traveler can fall pray to a wily scammer, because just as travelers get creative when it comes to their trips, so do scammers and their attempts to leech some money off you.


Picking a naive tourist’s pockets is small fry compared to some rip-offs that have been heard of nowadays. So here are 5 travel scams to avoid in some of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
Orlando, USA

Unfortunately hotels around Disney World are not protected against identity theft, and some scammers deviously capitalized on tourists’ craving for pizza. Pizza menu were slipped under doors, guests would call and order, but their credit card numbers were not used to pay for pizza, but for identity theft. Of course, this kind of scam can happen anywhere, because scammers can rely on the fact that tourists (and often, locals too) don’t know that much about local businesses.

Top 5 things to do in Iceland

imageIceland is a queer fish, an island country in the middle of the Atlantic that’s still considered to be part of Europe, and one whose name couldn’t be more misleading. Iceland is nowhere near a piece of South Pole like ice sheet, and only a very little part of the island is covered in ice. The rest of it is lush and verdant and has a surprisingly mild climate, with vast desolate landscapes that are absolutely stunning. Iceland is a great country for all sorts of activities, indoors and outdoors, and if you don’t mind quiet places with not much population, you will instantly fall in love with this otherworldly island. So here are the top 5 things to do in Iceland, for those who decide to visit it.

Ask Tom: Live Q&A

Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall was online today answering your travel queries.


Click comments to ask a question for next time A fortnight ago Tom was inundated with questions on where to go this September, so he’ll be giving more advice and suggestions on the subject this time around. He’ll also be giving updates on the current travel situation in Greece and Egypt before moving on to answer whatever questions you throw at him.

Tom will get to as many as he can in an hour, but due to the volume of questions, he may not be able to answer all of them in the live blog. Unanswered questions will be considered for future Ask Tom blog posts.

Transatlantic cruises: The Queen and I

Even after more than 150 crossings, Douglas Ward feels a thrill of anticipation as he boards the Queen Mary 2 for a voyage to New York. But can the largest ocean liner ever built match the style and glamour of its majestic predecessor?


It was July 1965 when I boarded the original Queen Elizabeth as the fresh-faced leader of a jazz band for my first transatlantic crossing. Some 46 years may have passed, but as my wife and I drove to Southampton’s Ocean Terminal last month for my 157th crossing, I still felt the same thrill at the prospect of embarking on an ocean liner – and sailing in grand style. The journey may now be a more leisurely seven nights rather than the five of yesteryear to save on fuel, but the voyage from the Old World to the New remains special.

Travel tips for group travel

When more than three or our people are traveling together, coming up with a schedule and a list of things to see that will make everyone happy can be problematic, because no two people are the same, and what one traveler finds interesting another traveler might ind utterly boring.


And when you have to travel in a large group of people, what seemed like a fun idea at the beginning can turn into a few long days of endless discussions about whether shopping is better then going to a museum, whether settling in a pub is setter than exploring a city and so on. So if you want to make sure that all diverging interests are given consideration and nobody’s preferences are (too) neglected, here are some travel tips for group travel.

Food and wine: guide to good eating abroad

Heading to the Continent on holiday? You are probably looking forward to some delicious food. But how do you find it? Andrew Purvis has some tips.


Eating well is one of the great pleasures of travel. Often, it is emotive and sensuous – the thing we remember most about a holiday: a delicious breakfast of fresh cornetto and cappuccino in Tuscany; a fragrant lunch of red tomatoes, chalk-white cheese, black olives, cucumber and a boiled egg on a sunny terrace in Bodrum; the briny indulgence of ozone-fresh fruits de mer eaten at a beachfront table in Nice with the setting sun in your eyes, salt in the air and a chilled glass in your hand. We like to feel that we are relishing a cuisine which is rooted into a different landscape, climate and tradition.

Cruise Travel Agents

imageTo find a good travel agent is as much as difficult as finding a good doctor or other professional. If you are un experienced, don’t have enough knowledge, you are on outing for the 1st time or if you don’t have enough time to find the best cruise then getting a best cruise travel agent is must.To book a cruise travel agent is not an easy task to perform, it is just like a finding a specialist heart surgeon having a lot of experience for your heart problem. There are many cruise-travel agencies providing specialist travel agents, but the travel agents should have these qualities.

Tips for RV travel

imageRVs, or recreational vehicles, are not the most glamorous way to travel, but they have more than enough advantages to make up for it. RVs allow you to bring your home with you on your holiday. The good things about it? Think of all the things that you normally couldn’t have fit into a suitcase, and besides, you get to sleep on your own pillow. All you have to pay for is the gas and the food, and for the rest you are free to go wherever the map takes you. And if you are new to this, here are some tips for RV travel.

Top 10 most beautiful castles in the world

imageTraveling is never boring, and there are few people who don’t have fond memories of holidays spent roaming the globe, exploring a city or country where they’ve never been before. Experiencing something new and exciting is the essence of travel, and a successful trip is usually a trip that teaches something about a place or the people living there. So if you are willing to expand your horizons while traveling, here’s a list of the ultimate top 10 travel experiences that you shouldn’t miss in your life!

The best travel apps

A good smartphone app can be a traveller’s best friend. Francisca Kellett looks at some of the best travel apps on the market.


Smartphones have been to the Noughties what the internet was to the Nineties – nothing short of revolutionary. If you don’t already have one, you soon will. And with a smartphone comes its innovative add-ons – apps, or applications.

Ten billion apps have been downloaded in the past three years. There are 17,000 travel apps on the market, and 160 million app-compatible devices are owned worldwide – iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and tablet devices such as the iPad.

Spain holiday savings: how to cut costs

Annie Bennett continues our series with advice on how to cut costs on a Spanish holiday.


I had lunch under the trees in one of Madrid’s most historic squares today. A big bowl of gazpacho, followed by strips of tender Ibérico ham with a salad, then chocolate ice cream. That little lot, along with a glass of chilled white wine, and an iced coffee, came to €13 (£11.50).

The set lunch, menú del dia, has always been a great bargain in Spain, but never more so than now, when prices generally have risen and both locals and visitors are feeling the pinch. Here are some more ideas on how to save money this summer.

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country

Lisa Grainger gets a surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches.


Within five minutes of arrival I knew Georgia was unlike any other place I had visited. On the London-Tbilisi flight, there had been only a handful of passengers, and one I had been watching with particular interest.

A dead ringer for Rasputin – tall, dressed in black and exotically handsome, with a grey bushy beard and hair bundled into a bun – he had bounded up to the plane door as soon as the wheels touched down, a little Harrods bag clutched aloft, like a Wise Man arriving to give Jesus gold.

Travel money saving tips for your summer holiday

This is the second in a series of three posts offering advice to holidaymakers heading off on holiday this summer. In this post I have added some useful tips that will save you money in the hope that you will spend less time worrying about money, and more time enjoying your holiday.


I have also included the answers to two questions that I am asked a lot; how much spending money should I take on holiday? Where are the best places to exchange currency? I explain how you can still enjoy expensive destinations like Venice, by changing your spending behaviour while on holiday.

Here is my list of travel money saving tips.

Stick to a daily budget

Before I travel I look at what I want to do. I look at the cost for entrance to tourist attractions that I want to visit. I research what public transport ticket options I can purchase and how much it will cost to get around. Then add in the cost of food, drink, and money for gifts etc.

Thinking about long term travel

Today’s post is not a rant, you’ll be surprised. I am in need of some guidance. For as long as I can remember I have loved the thought of traveling for a year or two, I mean, life is short, and there’s so much to explore out there.


Live the comfortable life

I’m 37, have been employed since leaving school, I enjoy what I do, but, I am concerned that life is just flying by. I love the comfortable lifestyle, the bills are paid, I get to travel a few times a year, and I live in a nice flat etc.

Crew member missing after jumping into English Channel

A cruise ship crew member is missing after jumping from the vessel into the English channel, a travel company confirmed today.
The ship, owned by Celebrity Cruises, was eight miles north of Cherbourg, France, when the incident happened.

Crew immediately turned the vessel around and headed back towards the spot where their colleague had jumped. They alerted the French coastguard but no trace of the man was found in an overnight search.

Emergency workers called off the search and rescue mission this morning.

A spokeswoman for Celebrity Cruises said: ”Celebrity Cruises’ Care Team is providing support to the crew member’s family, as well as his friends and colleagues onboard, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Tower Bridge: a towering boy’s toy

When it comes to courage and quick thinking, you have to hand it to Albert Gunton. In December 1952, the driver of the number 78 bus was trundling across Tower Bridge when he realised that it was being raised to allow a ship to pass on the Thames below.

imageFaced with the prospect of his double-decker toppling into the river, the terrified Albert hit the accelerator and shot across the widening gap between the bridge’s two halves before landing safely on the other side. This 3ft leap resulted in minor injuries for 12 of the 20 passengers, a £10 bravery award for Albert and, most likely, the dismissal of whoever forgot to give the warning signal.

It’s quite a story and I can only hope there will be no similar dramas as I prepare for a truly thrilling experience. To celebrate the completion of major restoration works on the bridge, the City of London Corporation is launching a competition with what anyone who ever owned a Meccano set will regard as a wonderful prize.

The winner gets to press the buttons which raise the bridge and, as I have been boasting endlessly to anyone who will listen, I have been invited to try this out for myself.

Rome: the best readers’ tips

From restaurant advice to obscure museums, the best of our readers’ tips for Rome.
imageIn response to your call for tips for visitors to Rome: try Galleria Colonna an art gallery and palace off Piazza Venezia, away from the normal tourist trail; it opens only on Saturday mornings. A visit is like stepping back in time. The gallery is adorned with ornate framed paintings, gold and gilt furnishings, sculpted ceilings, frescoes, wall hangings and more. It’s privately owned and not widely advertised, but the lack of tourists and the quiet opulence make it seem like a privilege to visit.

For a memorable eating experience try lunch, perhaps on a Sunday when the sun is shining, at Cecilia Metella on the old Appian Way (Appia Antica), just out of the centre of Rome, opposite the Catacombs of San Sebastiano.

Short-Stay Trips to London city

imageLondon is a sprawling metropolis of the world’s most famous museums, monuments and historical buildings, a cultural capital with everything from bohemian districts to modern art enclaves. But with the exorbitant prices, most travellers don’t spend more than a few days in London.

Nice, France: a cultural city guide

imagePaul Wade offers an essential cultural guide to Nice, a magical city on the French Riviera whose appeal lies in its reality.
When it comes to culture in France, only Paris boasts more museums and galleries; and, in Nice, all but one of the 20 are free. Topping the bill is the Musée Matisse. Rather than a collection of greatest hits, this follows the artist’s development, from his first dull oil of 1890 to the dramatic sketches for a chapel some 60 years later.

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country

imageLisa Grainger gets a surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches.

Within five minutes of arrival I knew Georgia was unlike any other place I had visited. On the London-Tbilisi flight, there had been only a handful of passengers, and one I had been watching with particular interest.

A dead ringer for Rasputin – tall, dressed in black and exotically handsome, with a grey bushy beard and hair bundled into a bun – he had bounded up to the plane door as soon as the wheels touched down, a little Harrods bag clutched aloft, like a Wise Man arriving to give Jesus gold.

Cruising on Seabourn Odyssey

Graham Boynton thought cruising wasn’t for him. That was until he took a trip with his family on Seabourn Odyssey from Istanbul to Athens.

There are some things in life that one should avoid confessing to when in serious company. For example, in the mid-Seventies it was social suicide to admit liking Abba’s music, as it is today with Sir Cliff Richard’s canon; equally, to claim a secret fondness for the novels of Barbara Cartland or the paintings of Vladimir Tretchikoff remains cultural death.

All aboard for the Telegraph Cruise Show

imageCruising is more popular than ever – and our travel show can help you find a trip that suits your tastes and budget.

If you are thinking of taking a cruise this year – and nearly 1.8 million Britons are likely to do so – then you should benefit from a trip to the The Telegraph Cruise Show, which takes place at Olympia in London this weekend.

P&O Cruises Grand Event: exclusive deals for Telegraph Travel readers

imageP&O Cruises will be celebrating its 175th anniversary with a series of heritage-themed cruises.
All seven ships in the P & O fleet will dock together for the first time next summer to mark the company’s 175th anniversary.

The vessels will meet in Southampton on July 3 2012, before embarking on seven different itineraries. Each cruise will be heritage-themed – with special entertainment, artwork and guest speakers – and will include an anniversary dinner.

A prize draw will also take place on board each ship, with seven passengers winning a place on a P&O world cruise in 2013.

Tickets are still available for five of the seven anniversary cruises, visiting the Canaries on board Azura, Iceland on board Arcadia, the Baltic on board Aurora, or the Mediterranean on board Ventura or Adonia.

Travel: Head to Nashville for a welcome with a real old southern twang

It’s mid-morning in downtown Nashville and two of us are peering at a map when a big old Chevrolet pulls up at the kerb.

“Hey there sir, good mornin’ ma’am,” says the driver. “Are you lost? Can we help you?”
imageThe voice comes from a twinklyeyed grandpa with his smiling wife sitting alongside. Who are they? What do they want? Is this a scam?

Shame on me for the thought. No indeed. This is Nashville, Tennessee. It calls itself the friendliest city in the USA and we’ve just had a demonstration… two senior citizens pulling over in their car to help a pair of meandering strangers.

You get southern warmth in its purest form here. Not just “have a nice day” but helpfulness and hospitality on an epic scale.

Nashville also calls itself Music City USA and as a tourist it helps a lot if you like country music.

Note the name, by the way. There’s country and there’s western swing but there’s no such thing as “country and western”. So don’t show yourself up by calling it that at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest popular music museum in the world.

Crew member missing after jumping into English Channel

A cruise ship crew member is missing after jumping from the vessel into the English channel, a travel company confirmed today.

imageThe 31-year-old Filipino man was seen on CCTV climbing over a railing and jumping from the Celebrity Eclipse at around 10.15pm last night.

The ship, owned by Celebrity Cruises, was eight miles north of Cherbourg, France, when the incident happened.

Crew immediately turned the vessel around and headed back towards the spot where their colleague had jumped. They alerted the French coastguard but no trace of the man was found in an overnight search.

Emergency workers called off the search and rescue mission this morning.

Cultural city breaks: Great art, kept all to yourself

How do you avoid the ever-growing crowds that pack the big European museums? Nick Trend suggests some ways to make the experience more positive.

imageOn a packed London tube train I was contorting my neck, trying to see through the crowd and check which station we had arrived at. The experience reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I remembered – it was visiting the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms in the Vatican Museums.

The same feeling of half-suffocated, frustrated claustrophobia had overwhelmed me a few years ago as I shuffled along with the tide of tourists, waiting for a gap to open so that I could steal a glimpse of Raphael’s frescoes, or find an unencumbered vantage point from which to view Michelangelo’s ceiling. When God created Adam, he surely didn’t imagine quite so many of his progeny crammed into one place at the same time.

Barcelona, Spain: a cultural city guide

Lucinda Baring offers an essential cultural guide to Barcelona, the capital – and crown jewel – of Catalonia.

imageLike George Orwell before me, I don’t find it hard to pay homage to Catalonia. The landscape of the north-eastern Spanish region moves from the mountains of the Pyrenees to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava and on to Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital and glittering crown jewel.

Described as “the flower among the beautiful cities of the world” by Cervantes in Don Quixote, Barcelona has since been championed and immortalised by many – in the literature of Laurie Lee and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, by the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and more recently in the music by Freddie Mercury.

The 40-something ski bum: Why heavy ski gear needn’t be a burden

Is there any easy way to carry bulky luggage to the Alps? James Bedding offers tips on travelling to Switzerland with skis, snowboards – and other outsize items.


Given the trouble Laurel and Hardy had carrying a piano in ‘The Music Box’ (see footage here), you might think twice about attempting to bring one across Europe and up a vertical mile to a ski resort. Perhaps travelling with a traditional upright piano – an instrument that in Stan and Ollie’s hands turned into a weapon of mass destruction – would be ambitious. But what about carrying a modern digital piano?

It can be done, as I found out recently. Heaving the piano onto the luggage rack of Eurostar may have been a challenge, but wheeling it through the streets of Paris was a breeze, and gliding on the TGV through France and on Swiss trains surprisingly hassle-free.

Single for the season: High Five in the sunshine at Verbier

Gabriella Le Breton finds Verbier in a mellow mood, with sun loungers proving just as popular as the chairlifts.

imageWhere this week?

In the enduringly popular Swiss resort of Verbier – known for its vibrant nightlife, expensive nightclubs (namely Coco and Farm Club) and celebrity fans (James Blunt even has a chairlift named after him). Oh, and its superb skiing, spread across four valleys.

Why now?

There’s invariably some kind of event taking place in Verbier and this week is no exception. I arrived in time for last weekend’s 12th annual Verbier High Five by Carlsberg competition (a highly entertaining one-day competition for professional and amateur skiers) as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of the Farm Club.

Alpine refuges: high times in the Italian mountains

Clare Mann tours Italy’s isolated – and occasionally very cold – mountain refuges.


Why would you want to sleep in a refuge in winter?” asked Brigitte, a friend from Chamonix. “In the summer, when I go mountaineering, is bad enough. You won’t sleep a wink at the altitudes. There are horrible smells and noises, and everyone drinks to blot out the experience.”

This didn’t bode well, as we were to spend three nights in the Aosta Valley from Cervinia to Alagna, then four nights in the Dolomites, staying in mountain refuges around Cortina. From Turin we took a taxi to Cervinia. There, my husband, Edward, and I met Poldo from Guide Monterosa, who had touring skis, boots and rucksacks waiting for us at the ski lift.

The 40-something ski bum: breakneck speeds and world record attempts

As Verbier’s season ends, James Bedding finds the British Speed Ski Team’s goal over the summer is simple – to get faster.

imageYou don’t really want to fall when you are skiing at 100mph, as Al Machell discovered last week. He caught an edge as he skied down a glacier, cartwheeled across the snow, and slid to a halt a couple of hundred metres later. Somewhere along the way, one of his skis splintered like matchwood, and he dislocated his left shoulder.

The spectators watched in silence as a paramedic skied over to the figure slumped on the snow. He checked Machell over, popped his shoulder back in its socket, and helped him to his feet. A couple of minutes later, the 30-year-old IT consultant from Watford was back among his friends, showing off his shattered ski, and nursing a wheat beer to dull the pain in his shoulder.

Dublin city break: an insider’s guide

In the latest of our series of destination guides, Geoff Wallis offers tips on how to make the most of Dublin as the city gears up for St Patrick’s Day.


Why go?

The Irish economy may be a bit of a dampener, but Dubliners will doubtless ensure that March 17 is marked in the usual fashion. In the city of black pints and polished prose, there is no party quite like the one for St Patrick’s Day.

If you can’t make it then (and accommodation will be filling up), there are plenty of excuses at any time of year for a parade of your own, whether you’re intent on exploring those famously numerous bars, the influence of the city on Joyce, Swift and Behan, or the chic stores of Grafton Street.

Barcelona, Spain: a cultural city guide

Lucinda Baring offers an essential cultural guide to Barcelona, the capital – and crown jewel – of Catalonia.

imageLike George Orwell before me, I don’t find it hard to pay homage to Catalonia. The landscape of the north-eastern Spanish region moves from the mountains of the Pyrenees to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava and on to Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital and glittering crown jewel.

Travel advice: ‘We don’t want to change hotels’

Gill Charlton assists a couple offered ‘alternative’ accommodation; and advises on seeing the Yangtze river and hand luggage limits.


In January, my wife and I booked a package holiday with Flexibletrips to the Marina Luz Hotel in C’an Pastilla, Majorca, departing on September 6. The booking was made through our local Thomas Cook travel agency.

In early April we paid the outstanding balance for the holiday. It was not until April 30 that my wife received a call from Thomas Cook to say that “for contractual reasons” we could no longer stay at the Marina Luz Hotel.

We were offered an alternative, but we do not want to stay anywhere else. This was to be our 11th visit to the hotel, which is the reason we go to Majorca.

UK travellers shun foreign holidays

Business travel hit by sharpest decline as visits abroad fell by 15% in 2009,with many Britons opting for UK-based ‘staycation’ Was it plummeting business budgets or, as the local tourism industry would have us believe, a wave of nostalgia for retro seaside holidays?

imageOfficial figures have confirmed the picture of what many referred to as the “staycation” trend in 2009, as visits abroad fell at a record pace last year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the 15% drop from the year before to 58.6m was the biggest drop since records began in the 1970s.

The main driver in the sharp drop was a fall in business trips, which fell by almost a quarter – while holiday trips declined by 15%. In the other direction, business trips into the UK fell by a fifth, overshadowing a rise in holiday visitors and leaving overall visits by overseas residents down 6.3% to 29.9m.

Business traveller’s diary

When burnout hits, even the most robust business traveller needs an emergency pitstop. Frequent flyer Max Levene shares tips on his favourite city for beating the blues, Chicago


There comes a moment in every frequent traveller’s year when tiredness, introspection and self-doubt sneak through one’s usually powerful armour.
Your humble diarist hit the tiredness wall at the end of last week.

The sun may have been shining outside the office, but inside I was suffering from a cold shiver. Could I cope with yet another trip to Heathrow the next day? Did I have the heart to produce yet another thought-filled PowerPoint presentation? Could I muster any excitement for yet another lonely hotel room (however beautiful the décor)? And was I in any fit mental state for yet another corporate dinner?

Rome city break: an insider’s guide

Lee Marshall introduces his comprehensive guide to Rome. Browse the links below to see his pick of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.
Why go?

Because it’s been around for almost 3,000 years and yet carries all that weight of history with la dolce vita lightness of heart. And because this is a city that combines the intimacy and human scale of a village with the cultural draws of a European metropolis.

In Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand next to – or lie beneath – Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains.

US to hold details of British air passengers for 15 years

British airline passengers flying to the United States face having their personal information, including addresses, phone numbers and credit card details, stored for 15 years under under a proposed agreement between the US and the European Union.

imageDetails of millions of travellers from Europe, including addresses, phone numbers and credit card information, would be kept for the extended period by the US Department of Homeland Security, which also wants airlines to furnish the data up to 96 hours ahead of scheduled flight departures.

Airlines must currently provide passenger name record (PNR) information 72 hours before departure, allowing US Customs to match the data against existing terrorist watch lists and criminal and immigration databases.

The 15-year storage limit for the data was proposed in a draft agreement between the US and the EU.

Disney Dream ship review : Disney Cruise

Jane Archer reviews Disney’s latest ship, Disney Dream and finds something for everyone, including an aquatic roller-coaster.

Only Disney would christen a ship by emptying on to it a giant bottle of dreams collected by Captain Mickey. OK, it was air to you and me, but Disney is all about suspending belief, accepting the magic. If you can’t do that, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, named last week in Port Canaveral, is not the ship for you.

It’s the first ship Disney has launched for more than a decade, and 50 per cent bigger than its other two vessels, so there has been room to expand the areas for children, for teenagers and for “adults only”.

The best cruise deals on offer

This is the time of year when cruise companies unveil many deals and special offers. Sara Macefield highlights some of the best.
This time of year is traditionally when cruise companis bring out some of their most tempting offers. Known as the “wave” period, it runs during December and January and is marked by discounted prices and other benefits, including cabin upgrades, free port parking and complimentary drinks.

With more ships to fill than ever before in 2011, competition is fierce. Here’s a selection of some of the best deals. Prices are per person and include flights unless otherwise stated.

Customers booking a winter 2012 cruise with Thomson (0871 231 3235; by January 31 can enjoy free drinks as part of the company’s £1 million “Great Bar Giveaway”. Thomson Spirit will be based at Limassol, Cyprus, in March and April, 2012, offering one-week eastern Mediterranean voyages visiting Alanya in Turkey, Alexandria and Port Said in Egypt, and Ashdod in Israel. Prices start at £799 and include a free, all-inclusive upgrade.

Experience Carnival Cruises’ newest “fun ship” Carnival Magic, which launches in May and promises, among other things, corkscrew waterslides, an aqua park, mini golf and a seaside theatre. Carnival (0845 351 0556; offers a 12-night fly-cruise from Barcelona with calls including Marseilles, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Venice (where it spends a night) and Messina in Sicily. Prices start at £1,209, with departures on May 22.

Cruise specialist agency, The Cruise Village (01253 341014; is offering a Royal Caribbean International cruise from Palma aboard Grandeur of the Seas from £381, though this excludes flights. The one-week sailing on May 22 visits Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga and Gibraltar before returning to Palma.

Spend autumn in the eastern Mediterranean aboard Seabourn Quest, the newest ship of upmarket line Seabourn (0845 070 0500;, due to launch in June. A seven-night Turkish Delights and Greek Isles sailing from Istanbul to Athens, starts at £2,149 and includes a suite upgrade. The cruise departs on October 10 with calls at Dikili and Kusadasi in Turkey, plus the Greek islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos and Mylos.

Cultural cruise line Voyages to Antiquity (0845 437 9737; has axed supplements for single travellers on its “Sicily is the Key to Everything” sailing from Athens to Rome on May 20.

The cruise calls at ports in Italy, Malta and Sicily and costs from £2,250. Discounts of up to £1,000 are offered for couples. Also included are tours, wine with dinner and gratuities.

Hurtigruten (0844 448 7601; is offering free cabin upgrades on bookings for selected voyages made by March 31. An 11-day Pearls of the Baltic Sea sailing departs on April 25 from Oslo, calling at Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Gudhjem before returning to Oslo. It costs from £2,511 cruise-only.

Noble Caledonia (020 7752 0000; is offering savings of up to £500 on a Baltic Renaissance cruise booked by February 28. The 14-night sailing on Island Sky departs on August 9 from Stockholm and finishes in Leith. Ports of call include Helsinki, St Petersburg (where it spends three days), Gdansk and Copenhagen. Prices now start at £3,895.

Enjoy a break in Dubai and travel back to the UK amid the grandeur of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 on this 21-night package from Reader Offers (0845 458 8909; The cruise departs on March 29 and includes four nights in the emirate followed by a 16-night sailing through the Arabian Sea and Red Sea into the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

Ports of call include Sharm el Sheikh, Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Prices start at £2,399 and include flight; hotel stay and breakfast; upgrade from inside cabin to balcony stateroom; and $300 on-board credit for customers booking Princess or Queen’s Grill suites.

Explore Vietnam on a nine-day voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore with Silversea Cruises (0844 770 9030; Highlights include the outcrops of Ha Long Bay and an overnight stop in Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh. Other calls include Haiphong (for Hanoi), Chan May (for Da Nang) and Nha Trang. Prices for the Silver Shadow voyage start at £4,223, including drinks and gratuities. A $1,000 on-board spending credit per suite is also included, along with a free shore excursion in Ha Long Bay.

P & O Cruises (0845 678 0014; has slashed £1,100 off the price of its 72-night sailing to Alaska – the first time the line has cruised in the region in nearly 40 years. It departs from Southampton on April 12 and includes two transits of the Panama Canal, with calls in the Caribbean, Mexico, the US west coast and Alaska. Prices start at £6,399 and adults receive an on-board credit of £250.

Across-the-board savings of up to 20 per cent are being offered by tall-ship line Star Clippers (0845 200 6145; on bookings for Mediterranean sailings made by January 31. Customers looking at Caribbean and Central America cruises need to book by April 30.

A saving of £177 is offered on a six-night Caribbean pre-Christmas cruise on Star Clipper, departing from St Maarten on December 17. The itinerary includes Nevis or Saba (depending on the wind); Iles des Saintes in the French Caribbean; Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; and St Barts. Prices start at £708, excluding flights and port charges.

Windstar Cruises (020 7292 2369; has reduced the price of one of its Caribbean voyages by more than £650. A round-trip cruise from Barbados on March 13, calling at St Kitts, St Martin, St Barts, Iles des Saintes and St Lucia now starts at £2,485.

AmaWaterways (0808 223 5009; has waived its 50 per cent single traveller supplement on four seven-night “Tulip Time” sailings of the Dutch and Belgian waterways with stops including Antwerp and Ghent. Prices now start at £1,095 based on two people sharing, or £1,376 for single travellers, departing on March 28. Other departures are April 1, 8 and 25.

Avalon Waterways (0800 668 1865; has reductions of up to £900 per couple on some river cruises. Save £450 per person on a Danube cruise to the Black Sea, which departs from Vienna for Oltenita (for Bucharest) and includes stops in Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria. Prices start at £1,705, departing on March 30 or April 9.

Savings of up to £3,200 per couple are offered by Titan HiTours Elegant River Cruises (0800 988 5858; on the 15-day “Imperial Capitals of Europe”, which visits seven countries. The trip starts with three days in Istanbul before passengers fly to Bucharest to join the River Princess at Giurgiu for the Danube sailing. Stops include Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade. The cruise, leaving on April 16, costs from £2,499 if booked by January 31.

Discounts of up to £500 are offered on various sailings by Viking River Cruises (020 8780 7900; www.vikingriver An eight-day Rhine Discovery sailing from Amsterdam to Basel is down from £1,395 to £895 and includes wine with dinner, six escorted tours and a programme of talks and demonstrations. There are weekly sailings between May and October, but bookings must be made by January 31.

What to avoid

Some ex-UK cruises finish at an overseas port, so think ahead to arrange transfers accordingly (or ask your cruise line or travel agent to). Don’t fall into the trap of leaving your car at a UK port and returning to an airport miles away.

Beware the Bay of Biscay – especially in the winter, when conditions here and in the English Channel and North Sea can be enough to turn the strongest stomach.

Don’t confine your cruise departures to Southampton. While this is the UK’s premier cruise port, there are regular sailings from around Britain, including Dover, Tilbury, Hull, Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenock and even central London at Tower Bridge.

If you’re cruising between the UK and the Mediterranean, remember that the first and last two days of the voyage will be spent at sea – and the weather won’t necessarily be good. So make sure you pick a ship with enough facilities to keep you entertained, especially if travelling with children.

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