The Blue Danube

By |2018-08-30T23:12:13+00:00August 30th, 2018|Cruising, Europe|

From the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania, the Danube flows and meanders “sparkling blue”, through fabulous European cities and countryside – farms, vineyards, and little villages. The Danube took me from Budapest in Hungary, to Nuremberg in Germany, and through other countries on the way, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, [...]

Moods and Memories of the Queen Mary 2!

By |2017-06-12T14:24:40+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Cruising|

All Aboard the QM2 - and share my journey on the Ocean Blue! Are you ... in the mood? ..for romance and adventure? Let me tell you how, on Cunard's fabulous Queen Mary 2.. please read on! I'm in the mood... for Dancing Learn to Ballroom Dance, or watch a show with all the Tangos and the Cha Cha [...]

Cruising – as it used to be

By |2017-06-12T14:24:44+00:00July 18th, 2014|Cruising|

Hapag-Lloyd took me away from it all on their newest luxury cruise ship Europa 2. The ship is beautiful, elegant, hushed and upscale. Works of art, and ornaments at every turn. Being of German origin you can imagine – the ship is run with precision and every detail is absolutely perfect. We sailed from Southampton, an easy seamless [...]

Two Cruises with a Difference

By |2017-06-12T14:24:53+00:00June 12th, 2013|Cruising|

  I have cruised the Caribbean on several occasions, but our voyage this year, on the Royal Clipper, was undoubtedly the most impressive. Modelled on the German clipper ship Preussen, the recently built Royal Clipper boasts five masts and 42 sails and is a magnificent sight under full sail. She is luxuriously fitted with small, comfortable cabins and elegant [...]

All I Ask is a Tall Ship and a Star to Steer her by…

By |2017-06-12T14:24:54+00:00June 12th, 2013|Cruising|

by Richard Cutler, Hallmark Travel's cruise consultant A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit the world's largest sailing ship while she was anchored close to Tower Bridge. This was not a museum piece, however, but the brand new Royal Clipper on her way from the Dutch shipyard where she was built, to Monaco, before sailing across [...]

Up Close, Personal, Small and Intimate – That’s Fred. Olsen!

By |2017-06-12T14:24:54+00:00June 12th, 2013|Cruising|

Size is everything, and bigger is not always better especially in the Cruise World - the race is on for the largest cruise ship at sea, floating hotels have become floating resorts. Fred. Olsen is one company bucking the trend with three ships from their fleet of four, carrying fewer than 1000 passengers.  Let the super liners, gaudy [...]

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Choosing your Cruise (video clip)

By |2017-06-12T14:24:54+00:00June 12th, 2013|Cruising|

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of visiting three very different cruise ships (and being royally entertained on two of them!) prior to their inaugural cruises. 'HEBRIDEAN SPIRIT' is small at only 4,200 tons and typically accommodates only 70 passengers. It does so, however, in luxurious comfort with fabulous cuisine and unstinting standards of care and attention, visiting many [...]