Gold Coast’s new entertainment hub

Gold Coast’s new entertainment hub

Fans pack Broadbeach boulevards for free blues and bluegrass        Australian celebrities have strutted their stuff on the Logies red carpet  – trophies and perfect teeth gleamed and dresses shimmered. The big annual event in Australian show business –...

Four Seasons Explorer – The Maldives

Four Seasons Explorer – The Maldives

Caroline’s Cabin Fever discovers a cruise that makes everyone feel like royalty – if only for three blissful days. There’s a speck in the Indian Ocean called Tasty Sand Island. I can’t quite believe I’m lying on its savoury white stuff,...

Feeling sick is the pits when you’re travelling

Feeling sick is the pits when you’re travelling

Have I been sick when travelling?  Yes, indeed.  If you have to be sick when on the road, it’s best to be snuggled into a warm bed in a nice hotel somewhere, just an arm’s length from the phone, the glass of water, the drugs and the TV remote control. But...

Expedition Cruising – small ships and huge adventures

Expedition Cruising – small ships and huge adventures

People ask: What’s it like on an expedition cruise? I love expedition cruising, especially the part where you jump into a Zodiac craft and zoom off to shore or head toward a pod of whales or a polar bear bobbing around in Arctic waters. While adventurous folk...

Derwent Pencils – nostalgia at our fingertips

Derwent Pencils – nostalgia at our fingertips

The thing I wanted most as a primary school student was a box of coloured pencils, specifically Derwent pencils, emblazoned with a picture of Britain’s beautiful Lake District. My wish came true and I duly cherished those Derwents for years. Nostalgia is a wonderful...

Is it worth buying an all-inclusive cruise?

Is it worth buying an all-inclusive cruise?

There’s plenty of perks on an all-inclusive cruise, plus a big price tag People often ask: It is worth buying an all-inclusive cruise or a cheaper one and pay as you go?   First things first. There’s quite a lot of misinformation about cruising. Recently...

Diamond Princess – Northern Asia

Diamond Princess – Northern Asia

Turning Japanese –  dare to bare in the bathhouse on Diamond Princess  Making promises over dinner and a few wines is OK but when it comes to agreeing to go naked in a Japanese bathhouse, it’s perhaps best to decide when totally sober. A couple of us thought...

Reefer madness – lazy days on the Great Barrier Reef

Reefer madness – lazy days on the Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions to the Reef – Endless days of snorkelling bliss, as long as you’re wearing a stinger suit The Great Barrier Reef stretches for 2300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and is, in fact, made up of 3000 individual reefs and 600...

Ocean Endeavour – Greenland & Canada

Ocean Endeavour – Greenland & Canada

Greenland has about 150km of roads and none of them link any two towns. However, it has dozens of fiords and hundreds of waterways, meaning almost everyone has a boat. So the best way for anyone to visit Greenland – which isn’t particularly green at all...

Lights, action, sequins – shipboard shows sizzle

Lights, action, sequins – shipboard shows sizzle

From Broadway razzmatazz to risque burlesque, cruise shows just keep getting better They say the show must go on and when it comes to entertainment on the high seas, it’s full steam ahead. A night out in the ship’s theatre has always been the mainstay of...

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