Mid-North Island of New Zealand by Angela Galvin

We recently returned from a trip to the North Island of New Zealand with two of our adult children 18 and 22 and our three younger sons 16, 12 and 9. We based ourselves in Rotorua for two weeks and from there did day trips out and about. Rotorua is a Geothermal area bubbling mud […]

Hawaii

Aloha! This is of course the welcome you receive as soon as you set foot on the beautiful shores of Hawaii. Learn to say it quickly, as you will hear it constantly throughout your holiday in Hawaii, it has several meanings. The Hawaiian locals are some of the friendliest I have ever come across, their […]

Sneak Peak Aboard Crystal Symphony By Martyn Chapman

On 17 Jan I went onboard Crystal Cruises ship The Crystal Symphony, to look at her from the outside she is just another white cruise ship but when you get on board she looks like a 5-star cruising experience. This ship caters to around 900 passengers, so small by today’s cruise ship standards. The size […]

Princess Cruises – My Impressions and Criticisms by Martyn Chapman

By the time 7th November arrived I was looking forward to my cruise for some rest and relaxation. When I announced I was going on the cruise and Sun Princess, I think some people looked at me skeptically and thought was I going on the right boat with a young family as cruising definitely give […]

California’s Gold Coast with Tauck Tours by Joanne Harding-Smith (part 2)

So our tour started in San Francisco. Coincidentally the tour started on a crazy weekend where the population was nearly triple what is usually is. The America’s Cup was on, as was Fleet week (yes navy was in town, hellooo sailor), annual air show + there were two college playoffs so it was bedlam. Fun […]

California’s Gold Coast with Tauck Tours by Joanne Harding-Smith (part 1)

Last month I went to Santa Monica to attend our annual Owner/Manager conference and a few of us thought we’d extend and do the drive trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. However we spotted a Tauck tour that started in San Francisco and ended in LA and fitted in perfectly before the conference so […]

York by Alison Wilson

A northbound train journey of just under two hours had us arriving in York which sits on the junction of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. A short walk from the station and across the Ouse into the city centre. This city goes back to the Romans of 43AD and has been occupied by the Anglo […]

New Caledonia by Cassandra Trezise (part 2-final)

Noumea has numerous museums. Tjibaou is a must do to help appreciate the evolution of New Caledonia as well as the history and customs of the Indigenous Kanak people.Baie des Citrons is another spectacular area along the city beaches well worth exploring. A new development called the “Mirage” houses many outstanding restaurants with a huge […]

New Caledonia by Cassandra Trezise (part 1)

On August 8th I set off to New Caledonia. It had been 10 years since I was last in Noumea so I was very keen to see how it had evolved. We picked up a car at the airport from Thrifty for a mere $ 70 per day. The staff reminds us about the toll […]

Regent Voyager – My Impressions by Martyn Chapman

47,000 tons and 700 Guests Maximum On seeing the ship as you approach on the Wharf side you can clearly see that all cabins have balconies. On boarding the ship you are greeted by a lobby area of polished wood and just looking around you are given the impression of understated elegance. Our tour including […]