HAL: Irish & Scottish Adventure

Cruise Lines take many forms: from the thrill-a-minute RCI mega-ships to the scandi-cool Viking luxury havens. Holland America Line is another brand with a very distinct identity. The clean lines and teak decks are nautical through and through, giving an elegance and timelessness to their ships. The tie-ins with Oprah and BBC Earth give aContinue reading “HAL: Irish & Scottish Adventure”

Grand Circle: Maritime Jewels of the British Isles and Ireland

Scotland lends itself to small-ship cruising. The rugged coastline, with long sea-lochs and remote islands, is a treasure trove of hidden gems … if your ship is small enough to weave between them. Ok, sometimes the weather is a bit wet and windy and, on those days in a small ship, you might just needContinue reading “Grand Circle: Maritime Jewels of the British Isles and Ireland”

Radar: Scotland cruise figures hit the high spots

According to recent figures, Scottish ports are on course to welcome a million cruise passengers annually years ahead of original expectations. 2018 has been a record season with 825 cruise ships bringing 794,577 passengers to destinations around the country. Cruise Scotland Chair, Rob Mason, said: “It’s been another remarkable cruise season, with the trend inContinue reading “Radar: Scotland cruise figures hit the high spots”

Viking Cruises: British Isles Explorer

The winds are favourable for Scotland’s cruise industry with a surge in cruise calls predicted over the next few years. After all, it’s an easy size to explore. For a small country there’s lots to see and do; from the vast swathes of rugged wilderness to the spectacular coastline, vibrant cities, fascinating history of warringContinue reading “Viking Cruises: British Isles Explorer”

Lindblad: Ancient Isles

If Stone Age ruins, an ancient abbey, volcanic caves, fishing villages, whales and seabird nesting sites sounds like your cup of tea … or pint of ale … then Lindblad’s Ancient Isles cruise might be just for you. Travelling from London to Bergen in May 2019, the cruise basks in the long summer light asContinue reading “Lindblad: Ancient Isles”