Welcome to the ‘Morning of the World’. Bali isn’t just incredibly beautiful: it’s also profoundly moving. Religion is part of the fabric of daily life. Every house is also a temple and several times a day elaborate offerings of food are presented to the gods. Listen to the haunting strains of gamelan music, dine on spicy Indonesian delicacies or an extensive rijstaffel, or shop for hand printed batik.
Authorities deny there is poverty. Suffice to say that those on the 90-minute coach ride from the airport to the marbled Oberoi Towers Hotel saw enough to vow never to complain again. We all agreed, however, that India was an intoxicating country worthy of greater exploration.
Don’t miss the day excursion to the backwaters of Alleppey – Venice of India – where the quality of life amid the rice fields is a sight to behold. The children, so eager to learn, do beg – but for pens and pencils instead of rupees. And the lunch will give you a taste of real India – with no ill effects.
Halong Bay (Vietnam)
Halong, literally “Descending dragon Bay”, is a true wonder of Vietnam and natural heritage site which is recognized by UNESCO. Around 3,000 limestone islets rise from the emerald waters, and no matter how many pictures, stories, and movies of Halong Bay you come across, you still need to see it with your own eyes.
Windstar Cruises has cancelled its scheduled cruises in Asia for autumn 2022 owing to continued uncertainty regarding ports reopening in the region. The move affects seven scheduled itineraries on Star Breeze, including a crossing of the Pacific from Alaska to Japan, two Grand Japan sailings, Island Hopping through Japan, Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines and Indonesia,
Asia cruise specialists Pandaw are celebrating after securing funding that will keep them afloat “after two years of hell”. The funding will see them through to September 2022, when they anticipate restarting operations on Asian waterways. Following the announcement last month that Pandaw would close due to lack of funds, as a result of Covid-19,
Pandaw has become a casualty of the COVID pandemic and been forced to cease its river cruise operations. Founded in 1995, Pandaw pioneered river expeditions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and India with its iconic boutique ships. Before the pandemic struck, it had enjoyed the support of a loyal following of travellers, high occupancy and
Scenic has unveiled a raft of offers across its 2022/23 portfolio of river cruises and expedition voyages for travellers looking to secure their preferred suite, itinerary and sailing date for less. The Scenic Wonder Savings Event offers savings of up to £2,500 across the river cruise collection and up to 20 per cent off ocean
Regent Seven Seas Cruises obviously set the pulses racing with the recent launch of its 2023-2024 Voyage Collection and the response was the largest booking day in the company’s 29-year history. The Regent fleet will sail 139 new voyages, with itineraries across Africa and Arabia, Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific, Canada
Book a 2022 river cruise with Emerald Waterways through Europe or Southeast Asia before 28 February to benefit from savings of up to £1,900 per couple and a free Premium Drinks Package. Plus, when booking a balcony suite and choosing to pay the holiday balance in full 12 months before departure, guests can save an
Silversea Cruises is offering up to 20 per cent Early Booking Bonus savings on selected voyages in 2021 and 2022 – doubling the customary savings available for being quick off the mark. The offer applies to new reservations booked and paid in full by February 28, 2021. On selected voyages setting sail in 2021, guests
Holland America Line is inviting travellers to return to their happy place with a “View & Verandah” upgrade event that includes SEVEN bonus perks. Guests who book a 2021 or 2022 cruise before 8 February will receive a stateroom upgrade, Signature Beverage Package, free one-night speciality dining, 10% off all shore excursions, 50% reduced deposits
The Queen Elizabeth will chart a wide range of three to 14-day voyages in 2021 taking her around Europe and Asia before concluding in Australia at the end of the 10-month season. For the first time Cunard will foray into scenic cruising with three- and four-night voyages around the British Isles, and there is also
Cruising may look a little unlikely for some time yet but Crystal is looking to a more certain future and offering for sale all of its 2023 cruises aboard Crystal Symphony. In all, the ship will sail 36 all-inclusive itineraries of six to 15 nights, with 23 sailings of 10 nights or less. There are