Funchal, Madeira

In the North Atlantic Ocean, the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is truly a world of its own. Towns and villages are hidden among towering sea cliffs and lush green hills in one of the most remarkable landscapes on Earth. In this guide, we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about these mysterious islands.

Hong Kong

When heading out on a World Cruise you may worry about how much you can realistically see of each country before getting back on board to continue your grand voyage. Whilst small tropical islands can be the perfect day stop travellers can often leave big cities feeling as though they have only scratched the surface.

Whilst Hong Kong can be perceived as a large and daunting destination, made up of multiply islands and districts, it is actually a great city to do on a 24 stop. With its modern and efficient MTR system it makes the perfect overnight stop on a world cruise. Keep reading to see my top highlights for those with 24 hours to spend in Hong Kong.

Best travel podcasts

Our desire to travel often comes from images we see online, adverts on the TV, books we read and also what we listen to. While music can stimulate feelings and emotions, podcasts can speak to your inner traveller and even have the power to influence where you book your next holiday.

Created by seasoned travellers who have definitely lived through the main travel-related concerns you have, podcasts are a brilliant resource that everyone should be listening to.

Whether you’re planning a short cruise or a year out from the rat-race, travel podcasts help to inspire and also answer your questions. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a trip or if you’re in need of something to listen to during your travels, our list of the top travel podcasts will cover every detail you need to know.

Stockholm

Sweden’s capital is an elegant, sophisticated and stunning city that can be enjoyed on a budget. Stockholm is one of the most stylish cities in Europe and is made up of individually distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own style and personality.

Spread across 14 islands, the city boasts cutting-edge museums, both independent and luxurious shopping, gorgeous natural beauty and stunning architecture. But this doesn’t have to come at a price, as Bruno from Geeky Explorer explains:

"Apart from a modern and edgy city, Stockholm is also one of the most expensive capitals of the world, but that doesn't mean you can't have a great time there for dirt cheap. In fact, you can have a great Nordic experience for free!"

Like with any city, there is much that you can enjoy without having to spend a penny. So to help you before your Baltic cruise holiday, we will guide you through the best free things to do in Stockholm.

Women's Cricket

England’s cricket team have won the Women’s Cricket World Cup.  England women 228 for 7, beat India women 219 by 9 runs.

A transformative World Cup for women’s cricket ended with the final it deserved. A nearly full house at Lord’s, a tense finish and every imaginable thrill and spill. It was Anya Shrubsole who stood tallest on a drizzly day in London.

24 Hours in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has more than 40 museums, countless gardens, spectacular architecture and so much more. So when you are taking a mini cruise or a short break, you might be worried that you aren’t going to be able to fit it all in.

But fear not. Amsterdam’s layout means that you can quite easily walk to many of the sights, or even just jump on a bike or the tram. So before you slip on a comfortable pair of shoes, check out this list of activities and attractions to enjoy during your 24 hours in Amsterdam. 

Currencies of the World

When Columbus departs on her world cruise in January 2018 she will visit 26 different countries over 121 nights, covering every continent except for Antarctica.

Going on a trip this long needs some serious planning, clothes for every climate, plenty of travel adapters for charging your electronic devices and of course the correct currencies  that you will need to take with you.

Don’t worry, we have you covered (on the currency front). We’ve put together a list of all the currencies you will need on Columbus’ 2018 world cruise.

Norway

Europe, in particular Scandinavian and Nordic countries, dominated the top ten of the World Happiness Report’s happiest countries. With the likes of Norway and Finland making the list, two destinations blessed with stunning natural beauty, it’s not hard to see why everyone is so happy.

Here we run through the top five happiest countries, all of which are sure to give you some serious wanderlust.

Best Burger In Iceland

A pretty big statement but the guys over at Must See in Iceland have been compiling a comprehensive list of the best burgers available in Iceland. They have been contacting hundreds of Icelandic locals asking for their opinions on the best burger joint on their small beautiful island. There are hundreds of restaurants in Iceland, many which offer unique and great tasting burgers, however they have chosen the real stand out restaurants where the burgers are mind blowing.

So, what does this mean for you? Well if your cruising to Iceland, whether you just be passing through or spending a few days around the island on an ‘Iceland & Northern Isles’ cruise, you’re now going to know when you need to pass on having lunch on the ship and head into town for something different.

Auckland

Everyone is different, with their own unique tastes and desires. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for something that is spicy or authentic, hearty or light, the only thing that counts is if it is delicious.

If you’re heading on a world cruise and are stepping onto land with a rumbling stomach then you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to eat in Auckland.

Norwegian Fjords

For most people, when looking to find an autumn or spring holiday destination it can be quite difficult to sway yourself away from the alluring thought of warmer climes and look to seek out a new adventure. Most city breaks these days can make even the hardiest traveller feel claustrophobic squeezing down streets packed with tourists. Sometimes it is good to just get away and take a trip where you can switch off from the world and take a step back into nature. With all the trappings of modern life sometimes it’s difficult, even in retirement, to seek out new adventure and rediscover the simplest pleasures in life. The Norwegian fjord’s offer travellers a chance to see a different type of natural beauty that doesn’t involve sun, sea and sangria.

Amsterdam Canal

For those among us who are new to cruising, the thought of an extended cruise, could leave you anxious. Jumping straight onto a cruise that is for over forty nights and journeys to the depths of South America or Canada can leave you with many questions and worries. Whilst most people these days have experienced trips abroad that entail the drama of modern travel, including flights, airports, transfers, hotels, etc, which when trying to plan can culminate in an almighty headache. Cruising allows for the stress to be removed as the cruise line takes all the responsibility and hassle from planning your perfect trip.

Modern cruising allows passengers to pick their theme or destination and then provides a full itinerary and schedule based on that selection. It takes the stress of multi-destination trips from travel, accommodation to visas and finding restaurants and harks back to the heyday of the travel agencies where the passenger need only to describe their perfect trip and the agent would produce it.

Angella Rippon names Columbus

Angela Rippon CBE became godmother to Cruise & Maritime Voyages latest addition to the fleet, Columbus, after she named the ship on Thursday 8th June at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. TV personality Angela is currently presenting Rip Off Britain, How To Stay Young, Health: Truth or Scare and Holding Back the Years.  Before the naming ceremony she took time out to answer some of the questions we are sure many of our friends in the media would like to ask.

Choosing somewhere to go for a bite to eat on holiday can be frustrating. Suggestion after suggestion is made and rejected as quickly, before you settle for your regular go-to choice. This situation becomes even more exasperating when you’re in a new city.

Sydney Harbour

Are you taking a world cruise and looking for places to dine in Sydney so you can avoid that tedious argument? Then you’re in luck. We have compiled a list of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney covering the broad spectrum of diverse delights on offer.

St. Petersburg White Nights Festival

When the winter snow and cold finally departs from St. Petersburg in early May, many locals begin to look forward to the warmth of summer that finally returns to the shores of the Neva. From late May to early July the nights in St. Petersburg are bright with the ‘White Nights’, with the brightest period normally lasting from 11 June to 2 July every year. St. Petersburg is actually the world’s most northerly city, with a population of over one million people. Due to being so far north the sun, when setting, does not go under the horizon deep enough for the sky to move out of early dusk and into night. This leaves the sky a bright colour all night from 11.30pm onwards until sunrise which gives you the beautiful white colour after which the White Night Festival is named after.

Columbus

With our new ship Columbus nearly ready to start her inaugral cruise with us, we thought it might be a good idea to test your knowledge of our new ship. Think you already know Columbus inside and out? Now its time to prove it.

food pun

#NationalVegetarianWeek is in full swing and is a great way for you to get stuck in and try out a different way of living. The week is an annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. Whilst some may see becoming vegetarian as an easy transition into a cruelty-free lifestyle more people than ever in Britain are beginning to take up Veganism to eliminate animal-cruelty in their whole day-to-day lifestyles. Adopting Veganism is not something to be taken lightly and involves changes which can affect choices including where, who and what companies to travel/holiday with.

Millennium Stadium

As many people know this summer Cardiff will be hosting one of the world’s largest sporting events, the UEFA Champions League Finals. On 1st June the women’s finals will be held at the Cardiff City Stadium and on 3rd June the men’s finals at the National Stadium of Wales. It is touted as being one of the biggest sporting events to ever be held in Wales and the single-biggest sporting event in the World in 2017.

Havana, Cuba

With the house prepped for a long absence and all the packing done, I took a taxi to Bristol Avonmouth port and less than an hour later, I was in my Ocean View cabin on Pacific Deck 7 aboard the elegant and iconic cruise ship Marco Polo. Being a Diamond member of the CMV Columbus Club, I was welcomed in my cabin with a bottle of champagne, canapes, fruit, flowers and a welcome card. Facilities within the cabin were just as welcoming; a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities were also great additions. Now we were all ready to head for faraway places including Jamaica, Belize, Mexico, Cuba and Bermuda.

Canadian maple syrup

From decadent poutine to caribou stew, Canadian cuisine is not afraid to be bold. Using their bounty of local ingredients and inspiration from recipes throughout the ages, Canadians have developed some of the tastiest dishes in the world.

Named by Forbes as one of the world’s friendliest countries, Canada has a welcoming feel and an immediate cosiness that is represented in much of its food.