The mistake that led to a new wine on the Rhine

  Our freewheeling descent from Schloss Vollrads was sweeter than the late-harvest Riesling, for which the fairy-tale castle and Germany’s Rheingau region is famous. The ascent by bicycle turned out to be much steeper than it had first appeared when we spotted the 13th century winery’s onion-dome towers glinting in the distance. But the short…

Introducing Hurtigruten’s new ship Fridtjof Nansen

More than a century after Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland, Hurtigruten is celebrating his polar endeavours with a second hybrid expedition ship named after him – and what a beauty she is. A near identical twin to sister ship Roald Amundsen, the stylishly-designed ship offers adventurous itineraries and expertly-led expeditions.  Last month the…

Britain’s wonderful waterways – see my VisitBritain articles

Check out my cruising and shore leave articles in VisitBritain’s waterways guide. From themed small-ship expeditions around Scotland’s islands to round-Britain cruises with butler service, it’s all there. Jump aboard, it’s time to set sail. Plus a round-up of the top attractions, castles and cathedrals near key cruise ports that shouldn’t be missed in Southampton,…