With 2013 already dragging inexorably into the long, leaden days of autumn, I’m increasingly starting to look ahead to some of the potential highlights of 2014. Here’s just a few of them for you to take a casual glance at.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE is inaugurating the brand new Norwegian Getaway in January and, after the debut of the New York themed Norwegian Breakaway in April, I’m intrigued to see how her South Beach inspired sibling will stack up.
The line is also introducing some really peachy rail/sail deals in Alaska next year, combining a three night rail safari on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer train to Denali National Park, with a seven night cruise on the beautiful Norwegian Sun, in many ways my favourite ship in the Norwegian fleet. With almost 24 hour daylight in summertime Alaska, I think this one will be unmissable.
A WEEKEND IN LONDON is something to be savoured at the legendary, lavishly refurbished Savoy. It’s the perfect base for catching a really good West End show, or a night out at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club up in Soho. Finish the night with late drinks in Cafe Boheme on Old Compton Street. And, if sobriety allows, head off to watch the sun rise over Waterloo Bridge. Marvellous stuff, methinks.
SILVERSEA celebrates twenty years of unbridled, elegant finesse in 2014. And debut ship Silver Cloud has just had a massive refurbishment that makes her look as good, if not better, than when new. There will be various celebratory voyages on all the ships in the Silversea fleet next year, but I can think of nothing better than a long, lazy Atlantic crossing on the original little pioneer of the fleet. Silversea plus sea days inevitably equals sublime. It would be really rude not to, I think.
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY offers authentic steam train and Pullman carriage journeys through eighteen miles of gorgeous, chocolate box pretty countryside between the villages of Grosmont and Pickering- Heartbeat country. It’s a unique adventure at any time of the year, and the experience of being on a steam hauled train is quite unforgettable. There are also special evening dinner trips that make a perfect break; ideal for a warm summer’s evening.
GREEK ISLANDS MINI CRUISE WITH LOUIS CRUISES I love these little three night slices of heaven; sailing from Athens for an evening in Mykonos, shopping in Kusadasi, and some serious people watching in Patmos and stunning Santorini. Go for the spring equinox sailing in March- there’s something totally magical about the play of light on water at that time of year. Plus, it’s warm, but not too hot and crowded. The ships are comfortable and welcoming, plus they are human in scale. Lovely stuff.
A DAY IN DELIGHTFUL DURHAM is always such a treat. Arguably the most beautiful city in England, every cobbled street and sidewalk is brimming with history, charm and character. The famous, eleventh century cathedral and castle form a perennial backdrop to this marvellous compact, city. Grab some lunch over at Cafe Rouge, or bag an outside table, a bottle of wine, and just watch the world go by. Nice indeed.
OK… those are just a few of the things I’m keenly anticipating to get me through the winter. More to the point; what are YOU going to be up to?