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Just how useful are travel reviews?

July 6th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 12

I recently had the chance to sample Norwegian Cruise Lines’ latest ship Epic. I’ve just been reading through a fairly mixed bag of reviews of the ship – some saying it couldn’t be better, others quoting specific bad experiences and personal niggles. It’s made me wonder: how useful are travel reviews and do they say more about us than the hotel/ship/airline we’ve reviewed?

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View from the Sha Wellness Clinic | pic Sha Wellness Clinic

Can a wellness clinic make me a new man?

July 6th, 2010 in European travel by Terry Lee 2

Hands up if you’ve been to my home town – the Midlands’ gem of Nuneaton? If you had you’d know you’re unlikely to find many men open to alternative therapies. When I was invited to the Sha Wellness Clinic, in Valencia, I felt I was a long way from home! The term wellness clinic suggested hallways thick with the smell of disinfectant, medical types in white coats and dormitory beds where lights out was by 9.30pm.

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Yes, the rhino is bigger than a saloon car

Savour a safari

July 5th, 2010 in African travel by Terry Lee 1

If you’re in South Africa for the World Cup then you’ll clearly have football on your mind. But with its wild landscape within reach it would be a pity not to take in a safari. Indelibly etched on my memory is the country’s wildlife and in particular my first ever safari. From Bushwillow, a lodge set in a reserve near Hluhluwe Umfolozi in KwaZulu Natal, we had daily encounters with the wildlife that surrounded our accommodation.

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The Blue Man Group on Norwegian Epic | pic Ken Howard

Entertainment on an Epic scale

July 4th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 2

With today being American Independence Day its fitting New York’s Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are hosted by Epic, the new ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines. Entertainment is an intrinsic part of cruising and though it can amount to a few cheesy line dancing sessions it’s generally good – very good. But now Norwegian Epic is taking on-board entertainment to another level.

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Our 4x4 on the Sierra Cortina

Costa conquered: the road trip that changed my view of Spain’s east coast

July 4th, 2010 in European travel by Terry Lee 2

Don’t Stop Believing blared from the stereo. It was fittingly the original by Journey rather than the Glee cover, for this was a 4-Wheel-Drive into Spain’s hinterland and the wind was blowing through what’s left of my hair. On a Jeep safari you need good road music, happily our driver Richie, knew his job.

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Could singletons meeting in The Studio's Living Room turn Epic into the Loveboat?

Epic’s solo Studios could change the face of cruising

July 2nd, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 0

There was a time when cruising was the domain of the newlywed and nearly dead. But Norwegian Cruise Line seems intent on changing cruising demographics with Epic, their latest ship being christened in New York this afternoon. NCL has done something daring in cruising – introducing 128 staterooms for solo travellers with no single supplement.

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Spectators await the start as the cars line up

Confessions of an F1 virgin

June 30th, 2010 in European travel by Terry Lee 7

I’m a sports fan and love football and the World Cup, but I confess the F1 has never really sparked my interest. I used to live just seven miles from Silverstone and didn’t attend once. So when I was invited to the European Grand Prix I was amused. I couldn’t be bothered to nip up the road to see it but I’d happily fly all the way to Valencia to catch theirs. Still I’m delighted I did.

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All aboard Norwegian Epic | pic NCL

All aboard Norwegian Epic for a whistlestop tour

June 30th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 1

I recently hopped aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Epic for a nosey round ahead of the ship’s official naming ceremony in New York. The UK launch has been followed up by a fully-booked sailing to the city where Epic will host the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event before heading to its homeport of Miami on July 7 for it’s launch.

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The spa suites were my favourite staterooms and come with direct spa access.

Norwegian Epic staterooms big on style and space

June 25th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 7

I’ve finally made it aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ (NCL) latest ship Epic for the European launch and I have to say I’m way more impressed than I thought I’d be. Strangely enough Epic isn’t about size, although it is NCL’s largest ship, but about delivering great design and cool venues in grand style.

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Follow our travels

June 22nd, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 0

It’s an exciting week in travel. Tomorrow a new cruise ship, Norwegian Epic is being launched from Southampton, while Valencia Tourist Board is holding its first ever trip for bloggers. What’s best of all is we’re going to be attending both of these events to bring you all the latest travel news, features and a lil bit of inspiration.

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