The thorny issue of visas

The thorny issue of visas

One of the many inconveniences that intrepid travelers must occasionally contend with, is that of obtaining visas to enter certain countries. Some countries — like the USA for example — make the process quite straight forward if you’re lucky enough to be part of their visa waiver programme known as ESTA as all you need … Continued


Does familiarity breed contempt?*

It is a phrase that we’re all well acquainted with and although strictly speaking it is supposed to refer to a person rather than a thing, it has become common practice in recent times to denote the lack of respect that we attribute to persons, places or things when they become so familiar to us … Continued


Is Barcelona the perfect short break city destination?

I have been to Barcelona on four or five occasions over the past few years but each one was a flying visit — either joining a cruise ship departing the Catalan capital or disembarking from one! I was therefore determined to finally set aside two whole days so that I could take time to experience … Continued


The best cruise ship in the world

It’s very easy to become blasé in our industry as we have the privilege of getting invited aboard loads of new ship builds so we always see them in their newest and shiniest state when they have the cruise equivalent of that ‘new car’ smell and everything is just perfect. I recently had the immense … Continued


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