Bon voyage Fancy trying a cruise? From luxury liners to intimate river boats, Malcolm Ginsberg offers tips for first-timers
cruise agent. And, conveniently, you can spend two weeks abroad without changing money from sterling. Your ship docks, you join a tour, or just take a walk, and then return.
If you are a regular to the US, Cunard – which has been operating the Atlantic since 1840 – has a Queen Mary 2 programme between Southampton and New York that allows you to travel by air in one direction and by sea in the other. Price-wise, it is much the same as flying on a premium ticket. This year, there are 11 passages in each direction.