British Travel Awards – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

British Travel Awards – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Imagine our disgust. There we were enjoying our usual breakfast of a hard-boiled egg and kippers (for him) and a croissant with Harrods marmalade (her), when up popped a message in our Inbox marked ‘British Travel Awards Winners!’ We thought a little gentle information would help the digestion, but what we saw was enough to […]

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Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Expansion Plans

This week, Simon and Susan Veness take a look at what Ponant’s recent acquisition of Paul Gauguin Cruises means for those looking to cruise the South Pacific and French Polynesia in the future. This is one of those stories that starts, “In the beginning,” because there is a distinct origination point to this particular tale, […]

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10 Reasons To Take A Disney Cruise

By Simon & Susan Veness Stop us if you’ve heard this before – Disney Cruise Line offers a tremendous sea-going experience, and not just for families. It is the kind of statement that still takes people by surprise, even though the Disney company has been a maritime concern since 1998, and their current four-ship fleet […]

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The Delights of a Christmas Cruise

The Delights of a Christmas Cruise!

It’s undoubtedly a thought that has crossed everyone’s minds – wouldn’t Christmas be great if you didn’t have to do all that faffing around with cooking, cleaning and decorating; without, you know, all the hassle? Well, we are here this week to tell you there is one sure-fire way to enjoy all the festivities without […]

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The Cruise Difference Then and Now

The Cruise Difference – Now & Then

Here we go again. There we were, in the snug bar of The Bloated Goat, and that hoary old chestnut reared its ugly visage once more. “But why go on a cruise and get stuck on a boat with hundreds of people you don’t know – and probably don’t like – and have no way to […]

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Best Places To Celebrate Halloween On A Cruise

Best Places To Celebrate Halloween On A Cruise!

When it comes to maritime celebrations, there are plenty to choose from. The obvious one to highlight is the famous Crossing The Line ceremony for passengers on any ship passing across the equator. Equally, Christmas is a great time to be at sea, with every vessel breaking out its festive finery for a truly nautical […]

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Cruise Gratuities – What Are They & How Do They Work

Cruise Gratuities – What Are They & How Do They Work?

If there is one subject that has caused the cruise world most angst and recrimination in recent years, it is the G-word (or the T-word, if you prefer ‘tips’ to ‘gratuities’). This thorny issue rears its head periodically as it does the rounds on social media, and, occasionally, in the national press. At face value […]

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Top Ten reasons to cruise with Seabourn

10 Reasons To Cruise With Seabourn

By Simon & Susan Veness Back in 1987, a group of Norwegian investors decided that the future of cruising was small – as in small ships. Headed by visionary industrialist Atle Brynestad, they conjured up the recipe for a deluxe new cruise brand that made its debut a year later. Their first ship was the […]

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10 New Cruise Ships For 2020

By Simon & Susan Veness Here at Veness Towers, we like to look ahead as much as possible, partly because looking back gives us a crick in the neck but also because we hate to see how much of the year has already passed (especially as the Christmas adverts are already on TV). It’s a […]

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