Category Archives: Cruise Reviews
So the long, hot summer is truly over and winter is almost here. While some people will be planning their winter ski holidays and relishing the thought of crisp cold mornings and roaring log fires, those who hate the cold will be dreaming of their next summer holiday – which seems impossibly far away…..
Philip King loves cruise ship holidays. So much so he’s lost count of how many he’s been on “but I think I’ve done about 25”. The forty-something corporate executive explains he’s “always loved ships” and as a child loved going down to see the occasional cruise liner visiting Wellington in the 70s.
What’s the first thing you think of when you think about cruising along the Mississippi River in an old-time paddle steamer? For some it’s long lazy days watching the river and beautiful scenery go by with the sound of traditional jazz in the background. For others it’s Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn lazily [...]
I don’t know about anyone else but for me expedition cruising calls to mind a boat with just the bare essentials – bunk beds in small poky cabins, lino flooring and the smell of diesel everywhere. After all, if you’re going to explore remote parts of the world, you can’t do it in comfort right? [...]
When Mat Langlois was lucky enough to be taken on a guided tour around Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam he couldn’t get over the size of the cruise liner. “I was really quite stunned by how it big it was. I’ve seen cruise ships on television but until you’re standing right next to one you [...]
Last year we were busy planning our cruise holiday with Cruise Factor. The months quickly rolled on and before we knew it we were packing our bags and on our way to the airport for our flight. After boarding our flight to the UK it was time to relax as our holiday had finally begun. [...]
When Jo Speden toured Europe in a combi-van in her early 20s, little did she think that thirty years later she would be returning to Europe with a family in tow and this time on a luxury cruise ship. Jo and her husband Mike, who had never before visited Europe, decided to take their children [...]
The thought of cruising down the Mississippi in a paddlewheel steamboat conjures up long lazy days of drinking iced tea while reclining in a comfortable rattan chair in the balmy summer heat of Louisiana. Cole Porter’s evocative song, Summertime, plays in the background, while Mark Twain’s scallywag characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn wave lazily [...]
You’ve planned your trip to France and spent months in anticipation, waiting impatiently for the day you finally board the plane to Paris. After a 30-hour flight, you arrive in Paris, to be whisked instantly by your guide (no time to lose) around crowded museums and art galleries, waiting in lengthy queues because it is, [...]
Did you ever wonder about the logistics of taking a couple of thousand people on an eight-day cruise? Then read on.