Cruise Journals

Journeys across the 70 per cent of the globe that is immersed in water.

Setting Sail in Abel Tasman National Park

This January, whilst New Zealand was being attacked by unseasonable wild storms, four intrepid travellers decided to take to the sea. Fortunately, the voyage was along the north coast of the…

Journey Across the Top of the World

With a plodding movement that’s lumbering and elegant all at once, the polar bear traces its way down a finger of partially submerged land, its nose in the air, the late afternoon light…

The Pacific’s Last Frontier: Papua New Guinea

With a cheer from the crowd surrounding a hut nearly buried in palm fronds — a precaution against the prying eyes of the village's women — the dragon charges drunkenly into the sunlight…

History of a Legend: Cruising the Philippines

In June 2017, the most travelled ship of the Royal Caribbean fleet changes her name and starts a new life. On a trip from Hong Kong to Singapore, Michael Hooper discovers what makes a…

Dalliance with the Danube: Cruising Eastern Europe

The sun was setting in a golden blaze over the Danube as the MS Beethoven slipped smoothly into the Gabcikovo Lock in

Beyond Cancun: Isla Holbox and Rio Lagartos

Here at Destinations, we’re conscious that places aren’t experienced in isolation: it’s about the journey, too. In the second of a four-part series exploring Mexico’s…

SeaDream : Odyssey of the Gods

Over millennia, fire and fumes have belched destruction from the navel of the Earth, while her boundless sea has nurtured but also inundated cities of elegance and luxury. To walk among the…

Cruising New Zealand

Even after 20 years in the Royal Navy, my father would get seasick if someone swirled the ice in a cocktail glass. If the acorn does not fall far from the tree, my career choice as a cruise…

South Island, New Zealand: A Night in the Sound

There are few places in the world that remain unscathed by man. Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, is one of them. Still, serene and inaccessible by road, it is no wonder the majestic fiords are…

Antarctica: The Coldest Continent

With steam billowing from my mouth and snow up to my knees, I summit the small hill on the largest of Antarctica's Aitcho Islands to a round of gurgling applause from the local gentoo…

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