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...

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...

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...

Norwegian Star – On board to welcome the new Millennium

I WAS one of the first people to celebrate the dawn of the new Millennium and one of the few still standing seven hours later when the sun rose over the International Date Line on January 1, 2000. I was aboard the Norwegian Star with 750 other passengers who had...

Star Flyer – my favourite cruise

IT’S six o’clock on a languid afternoon in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. The sails of the tall ship Star Flyer are unfurled in the breeze. Volunteers eagerly step forward to help hoist them up the four masts while the rest of us watch sipping our cocktails. Then the strains...

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