Hurtigruten Around the UK

Hurtigruten has long been in the forefront of ecological travel and in addition to a policy of no plastics on board where possible the MS Friedtjof Nansen operates with a cutting-edge hybrid engine system that consists of large battery packs with extra electric power that allows the engines to function at optimal levels: this in turn lowers fuel usage and CO2 emissions substantially.

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Cruising: The Verdict.

In my last post I wondered if cruising was all it’s cracked up to me.  Well, I have now returned from a my Caribbean cruise and have reached a verdict.  No, it’s not. Mind you, I went with my viewpoint on the subject of cruising already half-formed.  My interaction with regular cruisers had not always been…

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Is Cruising all It’s Cracked up to Be?

Now that Christmas is over I can finally turn my thoughts to holidays again.  I am lucky to live on an island where the summer months are delightful, the waters are warm (usually) and sailing, swimming, and surfing are all popular pastimes, so I usually creep away somewhere warmer during the winter. This year, for…

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Luxury Cruising on Burgundy’s Canals

Burgundy is famous for great wines and cheeses but those not exported are a special treat best sampled while cruising in luxury through France on board a canal barge. Cruising on the barges of European Waterways definitely falls into the category of luxury, if luxury can be defined as having large air-conditioned bedroom suites (unusual on barging…

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