To the back of Beyond, and the front, and all decks in between: Welcome on board Celebrity Cruises biggest ship as it launches from the UK!

ANOTHER one pops. Champagne cork that is. It’s a Saturday afternoon on board Beyond. I’ve taken up the invitation to celebrate with Celebrity Cruises as it launches its biggest cruise ship in the UK. This is the cruise news of the year and a sign the industry is flourishing once again. You might remember that cruising suffered severely after outbreaks of Covid on board liners early in the pandemic with passengers stuck on ships which couldn’t dock. When the travel industry shut down, this Ame

It’s time for Paris: Say cheese and wine!

Good afternoon. This is what happened in the world of travel this week: Friday 24th February 2022. We are live from Paris mon amis….here is a pic (above)! More coming… It’s baaack…!! By popular demand France is in the top five European countries where we intend to travel to in the next six months. To beat the crowds we’ve come early. Here in Paris there are already queues outside the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées is busy and the two-star hotels cost as much as a five star ones. But where els

Portugal's new landmark wine attraction has the WOW factor

Chocolate tastings, wine pairings, drinks at a “Pink Palace”: WOW. No, that’s what the sign on the door says. Welcome to Porto’s World of Wine, a new attraction on the banks of the Douro that celebrates the wine-making heritage of Portugal’s second city, its people and achievements. Opened last year, after five years of development and more than €100m of investment, it still feels like it has just been unwrapped. It has been spearheaded by the Fladgate Partnership, a company that owns some of

Travel Bulletin - Travel agents are the key to getting the travel industry back on track: LATA chairman

Travel agents are the key to getting the travel industry back on track: LATA chairman As the travel industry goes through one of the most challenging times, the LATA Expo moved online this year. The week-long conference that promotes travel and tourism in Latin America heard from tourism ministers, tour operators and travel experts. LATA chairman Colin Stewart said early on, that airport testing was the solution to restarting air travel but he also revealed the importance of the travel agent's

'Ugly lovely': Taking a rain check on Swansea this autumn

The sky blends into the sea and the rain slaps on to the sand as I start my holiday in Wales. This is the best sight in Swansea. There’s miles of seafront that looks out across the Bristol Channel. Apparently when the sun is shining you can see over to Ilfracombe in north Devon. It must be gorgeous. But with the low clouds and the wind driving the rain in all directions, I just shiver. I go to the hotel. This ancient city positioned on the south coast is Wales’ second largest after Cardiff.

What’s the cost of the UK variant of covid-19 to tourism?

WHEN UK scientists announced a new covid-19 strain that was up to 70% more contagious had been found in Kent in south-east England, it spread fear around the world. With the country already having one of the highest per capita covid-19 death rates in Europe, from the outside it was starting to look like “plague island”, the New York Times suggested.​ ​ Not surprisingly Britain’s reputation as a travel destination plummeted. Despite a national lockdown, the strain – now dubbed the UK variant – h

Travel Bulletin - First-look tour: Celebrity Cruises launches The Apex

Travel Bulletin features editor Natalie Chalk got a sneak peek at The Apex, Celebrity Cruises' first vessel to be launched in the UK in ten years. The billion-dollar liner was on show in a shipyard in Saint Nazaire. Measuring 1,004ft long with a cruising speed of 21.8 knots, it follows in the wake of Celebrity Edge, marking the second ship in the Edge Series. The brand has a history of pushing the envelope with technology and luxury and they’ve done it yet again. Inside, there’s a dazzling thr

Going wild in South Africa

It may not sound as if we’re heading out on a wild South African adventure but this is how our safari begins. We’re wrapped up all warm and cosy in a Land Cruiser while our guide, wearing nothing more than shorts and a T-shirt, turns and asks what we want to see. Lets go find some cats, we say. As the sun rises we bound off into Kruger National Park on a jeep convoy. Thousands of animals roam this vast space, an area roughly the size of Scotland. While the park is home to 147 species, the main

Cremant, a fizz from France, is about to burst the prosecco bubble

It’s the fabulous festive fizz from France that’s about to burst the prosecco bubble. Cremant, a French sparkling wine made the same way as champagne but selling at half the price, is being described by industry experts as ‘one of the best-kept secrets in wine’. But with word now getting out, sales are rising. Total exports of cremant to Britain have almost doubled in a year, making it an increasingly popular alternative to champagne and other sparkling wines for bubbly-loving Britons. In fac

Living in Lima

On my first day in Lima, I woke to the sound of beeping horns, droning engines and men shouting in the street below. From my window I could see swirls of thick black smog pumping out from the colourful old combis - mini-buses that were lining up to collect passengers. It was rush hour and there were dozens of these combis jamming the avenue, the drivers shouting over each other, encouraging passengers to get on their buses. I went to Lima a year ago to teach English in a British language instit