Shine a light on the new northern playground

By David Gerrie, February 25, 2016

What does it take to get a non-cruiser aboard a ship in the dead of winter? Offer a guaranteed view of the northern lights and you're half-way there. Hurtigruten, the Norwegian coastal steamer which crosses the Arctic Circle and follows the coastline all the way across the top of Sweden and Finland to the Russian border, offers the promise.


Classic Cruise Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes

By Liz Gill, November 22, 2012

The passengers on the Classic Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, are normally a self-controlled, restrained sort of group: mostly middle-aged, well-educated professional types, seeking culture and history and the natural world.


On board Marco Polo cruise ship with my mother

By Sharron Livingston, October 30, 2012

If there is one thing that sends me hurtling back to childhood it is travelling with my mother. But she needed a break, and a five-night cruise sailing from Tilbury (no stressful airports) to Amsterdam, Rouen and Antwerp, seemed to fit the bill. And I thought I would take the risk and tag along.


Polar Bear Safari expedition

May 3, 2012

Where: Spitsbergen, Arctic - home to the polar bears

Best For: Families with teens

When: August 2-9

How long: Eight days, seven nights

Why go: The Arctic will effectively be turned into a classroom.


Gone with the Wind

By Richard Burton, March 31, 2011

I'd been on board all of 50 minutes - and there I was doing the conga: like an aunt at a wedding, hands on the hips in front and filing out through doors and rocking along corridors.

We were all at it; more than a hundred of us jigging our way out on to the open deck to grab a muster moment under the lifeboats. It was a drill of course, not some welcome aboard ritual.


Explore your heritage - by boat

December 16, 2010

A new, one time only, Jewish Heritage river cruise is due to set sail next May. The boat will amble along the River Elbe visiting Berlin, Dresden and Prague.

These three cities are replete with Jewish history that dates back over a thousand years. Incidentally, the Jewish community in Berlin is the fastest growing in Europe, despite the Holocaust.

The on-board experience on the five star Peter Deilmann MV Frederick Chopin ship promises to be an intimate one as the ship only carries 79 guests in 41 staterooms.


How a cruise liner with sails blew me away

By Mitch Symons, December 10, 2009

As we were waiting to board, a man in a spiffing white uniform bounded up to us. He turned out to be the Captain. “I’m sorry for the queue” he said. There were just eight of us checking in at the time. And no, he wasn’t taking the mickey.

“Welcome to the Wind Surf,” he said. “I hope you have a wonderful cruise.”

We felt as if we were being ushered on to a private yacht and that feeling remained throughout our week-long voyage.


Norway: Midnight sun, but forget the midnight buffet

By Barbara Lantin, October 22, 2009

Any shipping line that brands a cruise “the world’s most beautiful voyage” is surely inviting contradiction. As a cruise virgin, I can neither verify nor refute the claim made by Hurtigruten for its round voyage up and down the Norwegian coast. But if there is a lovelier boat trip than this, I’d certainly like to hear about it.


Sailing: Welcome to nappy valley

By Daniel Finkelstein, April 2, 2009

I have to take it on the chin. If God decided to have another go with that flood thing, He wouldn’t pick me as Noah. I don’t think that it is so much because of my moral failings, which are many. It is more that he would correctly calculate that I would be rubbish at the helm of the Ark.

I’ve always admired Noah. All those hours at sea with the animals fighting like cats and dogs in the back.


Life is suite in a penthouse

By Richard Burton, March 5, 2009

It wasn’t the first time I’d sipped champagne mid-ocean, shaken hands with a captain or made small-talk with a diplomat in a ship’s ballroom. But it was the first time I’d stood there and applauded a complete stranger — just for being rich. Honestly. That’s what I did, mid-Adriatic, one balmy night somewhere off the Italian coast.

The stranger was a Japanese businessman who had just completed — wait for it — more than 250 cruises on the same liner.