Check out some great holiday inspiration from our well travelled writers .....


Azamara Journey moored at the City Terminal looked welcoming. Was this to be the start of a good day? Read on......

Alan Fairfax
on the Journey


Oriana looked resplendent berthed at the Mayflower Terminal with the sun shining on her

Alan Fairfax
is on traditional Oriana


This was my first visit to a Saga ship. What a surprise. Why? Read on…………………………

Alan Fairfax
trys a Saga ship


This was supposed to be a cruise with a difference and it really was, read on .......

Alan Fairfax
cruises the Lochs

MSC Opera

As I stood in the departure lounge of Southampton’s Mayflower Terminal the rain was pouring down making everything look very dismal, can the same be said of Opera?

Alan Fairfax
visits the Opera

Queen Victoria

The Queen Victoria was built in Italy and entered service in December 2007 after being christened by the Duchess of Cornwall ....

Alan Fairfax
is in Southampton

There’s nothing Midi about
this cruise

In a time of self-catering Malcolm Bassett-Smith goes one better – self-indulgence. We join him on Rosa, a Dutch barge in French waters.

Holland America's Ryndam

Having visited Ryndam last year I couldn’t resist another visit .....
Alan Fairfax tours this beautiful classic ship

Alan Fairfax

Queen Elizabeth

1964, I was standing on the dockside looking up at the hull and superstructure of a beautiful ocean liner at Southampton .....

Alan Fairfax steps on board

  Grand Harbour

Looking for a short break away, our travel editor visited Southampton incorporating a luxurious and relaxing hotel stay.

David Powell

Alan Fairfax
cruises to Israel

Alan Fairfax
reviews Boudicca