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A place where we step away from the offers and deals and itineraries for a moment, and take a look at the wider world of cruising. Here you will find tips, advice, cruising news, and a whole bunch of our favourite destinations, excursions, ships, and the best of our luxury cruise lines.

Want to know the Top 10 Activities on a Caribbean Cruise? The Best New Expedition Ships? How to Pack for a Luxury River Cruise? You will find the answers here, plus more!

Hurtigruten Photographer

Expeditions for Photography Lovers

One of the best things about Expedition Cruises is the number of opportunities to capture incredible photo and video memories to take home with you.

While there are plenty of destinations around the world which are naturally photogenic, there are actually specific cruises you can go on which are aimed at photographers - whether you're a complete beginner or have been snapping away for years.

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Oceania Insignia

Highlights of Oceania

I have a real passion for luxury travel and I enjoy crafting memorable holiday experiences for other discerning travellers. One of my favourite cruise lines is Oceania Cruises, I've travelled with them many times throughout the years so I thought I would share some of my favourite hints and tips for travelling with them today.

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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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Azamara Journey

A Memorable Journey with Azamara

It's safe to say that pretty much all of us at Panache have had an amazing summer getting back on board some of our preferred partners' brilliant ships - some of them brand new - and got that taste of post-pandemic cruising we have all been craving for so long. Last month, our lovely assistant Anita escaped our wet British autumn and enjoyed the last of the summer sun in Greece on board Azamara Journey. Here's what Anita had to say about her fantastic cruise with Azamara...

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When to visit Antarctica

Choosing the best time of year to visit Antarctica is vital when planning the trip of a lifetime. The South Pole may be cold, well, all year round - but believe it or not the weather and climate do vary in Antarctica and this should be taken into consideration before planning your expedition cruise.

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180 Degrees from Ordinary

At the end of September I was lucky enough to spend 10 amazing days with Windstar on board their Star Class ship, Star Legend, sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona. This was the first time I’d stepped on board a cruise ship of any kind since November 2019, so I was incredibly excited, but also curious as to how it would all look on board post-pandemic.

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Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse - World's First Discovery Yacht

As the waiter hovered beside me, pen poised, I scanned the menu for the umpteenth time. But no matter how delicious the Michelin-star-inspired dishes sounded – including sea-line-caught sea bass with truffled cauliflower and caviar served with smoked candy floss or crab and yuzo Tobiko Uramaki sushi, – I knew what she wanted for lunch wasn’t on there.

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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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Black Bear

Wonderful Wildlife of Alaska

Alaska is a destination for true explorers and wildlife enthusiasts. With immense glaciers, deep fjords and vast stretches of wilderness, its scenery alone never fails to impress visitors. But it is the wildlife that people really come to see...

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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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