Atlantic islands cruise just right, said Fred

February 15, 2016

Browsing through the Fred Olsen brochure I was intrigued to read of “Fred’s enjoyment promise” – an offer made to new guests. My interest was captured, and when I saw the cruise itinerary on the good ship Balmoral, including visits to the islands of the Azores, Cape Verdes, Canaries and Madeira, it was easy to book.


Meandering along the Mekong

December 14, 2015

Ever wondered what silk worms taste like? Karen Bowerman broadens her palette on a cruise along the Mekong, through Vietnam and Cambodia My guide, Zdee, shakes a tiny ball close to my ear. “Hear that rattle?” he says, with excitement. “She’s still alive!” ’She’ is a silk worm.


A taste for the Baltic high seas

September 21, 2015

A startlingly tart apple crumble is my traditionally British dessert, as I sail towards Scandinavia and Russia with one of the UK's most venerable old cruise lines.


Going with the flow on the Rhine

July 16, 2014

Fine art, gorgeous gardens and extravagant meals are in order for first-time river cruiser Albertina Lloyd on a trip along the Rhine to Amsterdam.


Northern exposure

July 2, 2014

It is difficult to select highlights from a recent cruise in the Hebrides, which were nearly all provided by Mother Nature, but two stand out