Cruiseday Tuesday – Birthday celebrations

Cruises are cruelly tagged as for the ‘overfed, newly wed and nearly dead.’ Which is an outdated view of life on the high seas, if ever it was really true in the first place. Cruises are popular, of course, with our senior surfers who will gladly return time after time. While they are great as […]

Cruiseday Tuesday – the naked truth

I was a more attractive proposition than the previous candidate for the spare room in the girls’ Belfast home – I promised to keep my clothes on. The guy before me was a naturist. The thing is that naturism depends on everybody being in on it, Now there is every type of cruise on the […]

Hungry and Thursday – playing with your food

We’re all told from an early age not to play with our food… but heck, that’s half the fun. Doesn’t it make your flesh crawl when you see some foodie snob at work? Pursing their lips, noses upturned, inspecting their food like Hamlet does Yoric. It’s food, there to be eaten and, if you’re lucky, […]

Cruiseday Tuesday – the Greek islands

There are 6,000 to pick from… so there’s no disgrace if someone mentions their Greek island which, of course, you’ve never heard of. We all know the well-known ones, Corfu, where 25 years ago next week Mrs M embarked on her life of joy (or marriage), Crete, Rhodes… I’ll throw in Kythera (keith-erra) which is […]

Surfing the seas in Barcelona

Only one man walks on water in Barcelona. He’s everywhere – in every shop window, on the backs of every family of tourists. Or parading his skills before 100,000 worshippers at the cathedral of football, the Camp Nou. Only on the day I visited the Spanish city, he’s not. The ubiquitous Lionel Messi is back […]

Cruiseday Tuesday – Transatlantic

My three Irish uncles had tried Glasgow but swapped it for New York (each to their own). Glasgow had, in fact, rivalled New York as a shelter for immigrants in the 19th Century. And especially Italians who had mistaken it for America’s biggest city when the ship stopped for refuelling on it’s way there. It […]

Cruiseday Tuesday: Bahamian Rhapsody

Cruiseday Tuesday: Bahamian Rhapsody — Read on When Serena Williams called me from the Bahamas… it’s Cruiseday Tuesday with your Travel Editor of the Year.

Cruiseday Tuesday: Bahamian Rhapsody

It’s not every day you get a call from Serena Williams. My mid-afternoon slumber was disturbed when Serena phoned me from the Bahamas a couple of years ago. Such is the life of an international globetrotting Travel Editor! This Serena though was not the tennis superstar as she acknowledges in her emails after her name […]

Cruiseday Tuesday: Rhine country

Cruiseday Tuesday: Rhine country — Read on River of dreams… sail away with your Travel Editor of the Year and Cruiseday Tuesday. Uniworld River Cruises in Rhineland, Royal Caribbean’s special allure and Princess Cruises and the Canaries.

Cruiseday Tuesday: Rhine country

Cramped up in a booze bus to the Munich Beerfest in a tailback of traffic it certainly looked like those river cruise ships were certainly a more relaxed Germany holiday. I’ve found as the years have glided by that Uniworld River Cruises are the way to amble along the river. I was particularly taken on […]