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About Helen & Rich

Rich and Helen are full time travel writers and videographers, who focus almost exclusively on luxury and ultra luxury cruising. After documenting their extensive travel over the last two years, they retired from their professions in 2020 to concentrate on their travel aspirations and intend to make the most of their ‘empty nester’ status by cruising as often as possible and recording their experiences on their website and YouTube channel.


“We like to call our videography style ‘Experience Based Vlogging’”, explained Rich. “We like to stay behind the camera and give a first person perspective, always putting the ship and its itinerary front and centre stage, giving the viewer a real feel for what it’s like to experience the voyage for themselves. Each voyage tells a story and that’s something we’re keen to capture. It’s something we believe really helps potential guests make their minds up about which ships and voyages would be best for them.”

“We also try and make each story as cinematic and as pretty to look at as possible because with luxury cruising, it’s the details that matter and we believe they matter to the viewer too. Also, every second of video on our channel is our own material. We never use stock footage or third party clips. If we don’t experience it with our own eyes, it simply doesn’t go into the video. That way, everything you watch can be relied upon to be as authentic as experiencing it yourself. In fact, book the same voyage, and you CAN experience exactly that!”

Our Blog and Social Activity

“We also compliment our videos with full written blogs on our website, featuring some of our favourite pictures of each trip,” added Helen. “YouTube is our priority, but we have lots of brilliant social media outlets which add and enhance the overall experience and we use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to report live from wherever we are.”

“Additionally, something that’s really important is our Facebook group, The Luxury Cruise Society. This group is a friendly, welcome and knowledgeable place where luxury cruisers can share experiences, swap hints and tips, and help others make cruise decisions based on shared knowledge. We love the group and its members and it’s the only Facebook group in the world as far as we’re aware, that focusses just on luxury and ultra luxury cruising, covering all the luxury cruise lines under one roof.”

Joining the Panache Team

Rich and Helen are delighted to be part of the Panache Cruises setup too, as their philosophy for producing content of the highest standard with no compromises closely matches Panache’s own ideals for exceptional customer service.

“We’re very happy to be partnering with James and his team as ambassadors for Panache Cruises,” says Rich. “They’re an incredibly friendly bunch, and their attitude and commitment in providing their customers with the best, most worry free and complete service from beginning to end is something we admire.”

We just know you’ll enjoy Rich and Helen’s YouTube channel as much as us here at Panache Cruises so please subscribe. It can be found here -

For written reports, blogs and gorgeous pictures in a beautifully simple, ad free website, visit

Please be part of their growing family of luxury cruisers on Facebook too - simply search for The Luxury Cruise Society and click ‘join’.

Finally, we recommend you follow Rich and Helen on their other social media platforms too for daily updates and fabulous pictures:

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Windstar Wind Spirit

Dreams of Tahiti with Windstar

There’s no denying that getting to Tahiti from the UK is one of the longest journeys you could ever take, but is it worth it? Tahiti had been a bucket list destination for us for a long time and what better way to do it than on a magnificent tall ship sailing to all of the Society Islands on a week long cruise.

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Aurora Expeditions

Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions

Antarctica, the 7th and least-visited continent, is on many intrepid travellers' bucket list, ours included. Whenever we discussed it though the one thing that put us off was crossing the Drake Passage, so a voyage incorporating flying to Antarctica one way and sailing back seemed the perfect solution, giving us the opportunity to experience the Drake Passage without it affecting our outward journey.

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Sailing the Nile

Cruising the Nile in Luxury & Style

Never having been to Egypt before a Nile river cruise is one of those iconic bucket list cruises that we knew we wanted to do at some point and the Uniworld voyage seemed to offer us the best of both worlds with a pre and post cruise stay in Cairo sandwiching a cruise down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.

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Douro Valley

Exploring the Douro with Emerald & Scenic

Our journey to Porto had not been without its stresses, with confusion surrounding testing and Portuguese entry requirements, but thankfully the team at Panache had come up trumps giving us sound advice and double checking that we would arrive with all our paperwork in place. Despite the pre-travel concerns the actual travel to Porto was relatively easy and apart from a couple of checks at check-in and an extra form to show at passport control it really was no different to travel pre-pandemic.

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SALT Ashore

Silversea's SALT Programme Explained

Silversea’s Sea and Land Taste (S.A.L.T.) programme has been designed by Adam Sachs, former editor in chief of Saveur magazine, and aims to offer guests an immersive culinary experience which reflects the destination they are travelling to. Connecting travellers to the region they are sailing in by sourcing authentic ingredients which are then prepared with respect to tradition and tell the story of the area the food originates from. From market trips and special dinners in the S.A.L.T. restaurant, to cooking demonstrations with local guest chefs, S.A.L.T.

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Uniworld SS Bon Voyage

Bordeaux River Cruise with Uniworld

Arriving in the heart of Bordeaux we could see from the dockside that the SS Bon Voyage had a unique style, standing out from the other river ships with her bright blue, playfully designed top deck. Stepping aboard the first thing that struck us was the opulence and grandeur of the reception area, perfectly melding luxurious highly polished, glossy wood furnishings with local affectations, including two enormous ornate vases magnificently displaying the most gorgeous bunch of sunflowers ever and a large, vibrant wall mosaic depicting a typical French countryside.

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We’re very happy to be partnering with Helen & Richand as ambassadors for Panache Cruises. They’re an incredibly friendly bunch, and their attitude and commitment in providing their customers with the best, most worry free and complete service from beginning to end is something we admire.

Video Tours

Here's a selection of some Helen & Rich Chalu's fantastic video guides.
Emerald Cruises
Silversea Silver Moon
Tradewind Voyages