European Beauties Along the Rhine River

Europe is a continent full of rich culture, history, architectural wonders, and plenty of cities and towns of interest. What make towns and cities just that much more interesting is the natural flow of a beautiful, serene, and at the same time mighty river that snakes its way through them. The Rhine River is just…

Review: Wicked Diving – 6 day Liveaboard Similan & Surin Islands

The Similan and Surin Islands rank among the top 50 dive sites in the world and no wonder! The water is invitingly warm, crystal clear, with great visibility and the wildlife underwater is stunning. From macro stuff like nudibranches and blue dragons to the huge pelagics like visiting whale sharks and giant mantas, the Similans and Surins have it…

Review: Paloma Cruise Halong Bay

REVIEW: PALOMA CRUISE A cruise on Halong Bay is a highlight of any trip to Hanoi. The area is an UNESCO listed heritage site and is deservedly popular with visitors. Dramatic limestone karsts rise and fall in calm turqouise waters. In the early morning, mist obscures the distant islands and the imagination sees fantastical shapes…

DIY: Statue of Liberty cruise vs Staten Island ferry

The Lady Liberty is one of New York City’s top sights and each year hundreds flock to see her. The best way to visit is via a Statue of Liberty cruise, run by Circle Line Cruises. The cruise takes you to Liberty Island itself, where you can get off and explore the Statue for $29….

Stockholm Syndrome: 3 days in the Swedish capital

Stockholm is spread out on 14 islands, a peaceful, beautiful city of graceful architecture and calm waterways. We visited for three days in early spring, as the snow and ice were just beginning to thaw, and the Swedish capital was waking up to sun and blue skies. We booked a room via AirBnB at Carina’s…

Choosing a Whitsunday Cruise

The Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 white sand beaches are strung out like a necklace in the Coral Sea. The islands top many dream destination lists, and with good reason. There are stretches of empty, glittering beaches, clear warm waters, great diving and snorkelling, and isolated national parks. Some visitors decide to set up base…

Packing for a Galapagos cruise: The Essentials

The best way to see the Galapagos is on a cruise which takes in a few of the different islands in the area. There are different cruise options – luxury, mid or budget, but whichever cruise you decide to go for, there are a few essential items you will need. Seasick pills Even if you…

Cruising down the Great River: The Nile, Egypt

We are back in Aswan by noon and head out to the docks, where our cruise ship awaits. We will spend the next two days sailing up the river Nile, towards Luxor. Hightailing it up to the sundeck, I watch the light change and the sand dunes of Aswan pass by. There are verdant farms…