The complete works: A list of all my cruise articles for the Daily Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Metro, The Independent, Daily Star, World of Cruising, Cruise Trade News and Travel Trade Gazette

Press round-up

A collage of just a few of my stories

Articles are listed as most recent first. Where applicable, a link to an online article is given, which might be an edited version and published at a different date.

Daily and Sunday Telegraph

Exclusive: First look inside new Cunard ship Queen Anne (March 9, 2022)

1,000 Dream Trips: Snake River (January 13, 2022)

1,000 Dream Trips: Cargo ship across the Atlantic (January 13, 2022)

Best new cruise ships for 2022 (December 23, 2021)

Former QE2 captain and his son set up website detailing every voyage (December 22, 2021)

Ships look to sustainable technology (October 9, 2021)

International cruises are coming back – here’s how they will work (July 30, 2021; also in print on August 8, 2021)

Boris plans for royal yacht ‘look like a Fifties trawler’, says QM2 designer (June 20, 2021; Also in print on June 21)

Aboard the first cruise from Britain in 14 months – the maiden voyage of MSC Virtuosa (May 24, 2021)

My guide to the cruise year ahead (print and online, April 17, 2021)

Best river ships launching this year (print on March 20, 2021; online May 12, 2021)

The lost year of cruises – looking back on a devastating 12 months (March 11, 2021)

Cruising’s coming home: UK voyages on offer as lines scrap overseas sailings (March 4, 2021)

Wave of cruise bookings after Britons are finally given hope they can sail again (February 24, 2021)

How small ships are sailing to Alaska despite Canada’s cruise ban (February  8, 2021)

How MSC Cruises is facing the challenge of low-carbon cruising (January 28, 2021)

Best new cruise ships for 2021 (December 30, 2020)

First Caribbean cruise runs into a storm over face masks (November 11, 2020)

As one cruising door starts to open in the US, another seems to be closing in Europe – and we Britons are stuck in the middle (November 2, 2020)

Covid tests and champagne – the first international cruise to leave UK since lockdown (October 20, 2020)

Cruise lines end 2020 season over Scottish alcohol ban (October 13, 2020)

Spirit of Adventure greeted by sister ship on arrival in Britain (October 12, 2020)

The cruise lines that are already back and sailing (October 5, 2020)

The couple who felt safer on a Scottish cruise than going to a supermarket (September 17, 2020)

Majestic Line will now require face masks in public areas (September 16, 2020)

Where to sail in Britain now (August 23, 2020)

‘Demonisation’ of cruise meant one positive test cost millions of pounds (August 17, 2020)

My dream post-lockdown cruise to Alaska (July 12, 2020)

Where can Britons cruise, once restrictions are lifted? (July 10, 2020)

I draw the line at face masks, says cruise line boss who’s also an epidemiologist (July 3, 2020)

World’s biggest square rigger to sail from Britain (June 26, 2020)

Comment: Time to let the stranded crew fly home (June 24, 2020)

Norway launches first ocean cruise since pandemic lockdown (June 16, 2020)

As river cruises restart in Europe, is this the first ‘green shoot’ for a recovery of the multi-billion-pound industry? (June 1, 2020)

British woman stuck for six weeks on world’s biggest cruise ship asks for UK help to get home (May 1, 2020)

Coping with self-isolation on a small Scottish cruise boat (April 6, 2020)

How to get your cruise fix at home during lockdown (March 27, 2020)

On board the world’s empty cruise ships, where crew have moved into the best cabins (March 19, 2020)

What effect will coronavirus have on the cruise industry?  (February 27, 2020)

Review of American Song voyage along the Columbia river (February 22, 2020)

A hundred shades of grey for Scarlet Lady – Virgin Voyagers designer talks (February 15, 2020) –

How dream cruise turned into a coronavirus quarantine drama (February 11, 2020 – and updated daily)

The best small cruise ships to explore the wilds of Scotland (January 18, 2020)

Are these unspoilt islands America’s best-kept travel secret? (January 8, 2020)

Virgin Voyages piece for cruise preview of 2020 (December 28, 2019)

A visit to the home that inspired Little Women (December 26, 2019)

1,000 Dream Trips: Hebridean Princess

1,000 Dream Trips: Celestyal Cruises

1,000 Dream Trips: The Mekong

These quirky cruises could float your boat (August 17, 2019)

Amazing islands you can only visit on a cruise (June 15, 2019)

On The Radar: Hurtigruten’s new ship Roald Amundsen (January 19, 2019)

Holidays that could banish your preconceptions of cruising (December 29, 2018)

Everything we know so far about the world’s first hybrid ship (December 17, 2018)

Everything you need to know about Celebrity Edge (September 13, 2018)

Ten spectacular cruises for wine lovers (August 28, 2018)

The curious art of launching a cruise ship (July 16, 2018)

Five luxury Caribbean experiences (June 11, 2018)

Child-free cruising in the Caribbean (May 16, 2018)

Where should I begin my Caribbean cruise? (May 11, 2018)

Daily Telegraph stories where I have been quoted

Cruise ships hit by coronavirus (August 5, 2020)

Hurtigruten cancels round-Britain cruises (August 3, 2020)

Memories of CMV (July 23, 2020)

Foreign Office confirms ban on round-Britain cruises (July 17, 2020)

Viking considers round-Britain cruises (June 4, 2020)

Love letters to cruise (April 17, 2020)

Blow to cruise industry as US bans voyages until July (April 10, 2020)

Will coronavirus break the cruise industry? (March 13, 2020)

Daily Telegraph sponsored content

Spirit of Discovery – the uncrowded cruise ship (August 30, 2019)

Join Jools Holland on Spirit of Discovery (August 30, 2019)

Five top restaurants on Spirit of Discovery (August 30, 2019)

Mail on Sunday

Cruise experts’ bucket-list destinations (Cruise supplement, September 8, 2019)

Mail Online

Hundreds of cruise dreams sunk as Freedom Day delayed (June 18, 2021)

How to take SIX British cruises with just a fortnight off work (April 29, 2021)

World cruise costing £38,000 a person sells out in one day (February 9, 2021)

Saga captain guides £300million new ship through lock with 20in to spare (October 14, 2020)

Daily and Sunday Mirror

Review of Wonder of the Seas (May 14, 2022)

Christening of MSC Virtuosa in Dubai (December 18, 2021; also online on December 20)

Guide to Seattle and its environs (October 22, 2021)

Ponant ship that reached the North Pole (October 9, 2021)

New Crystal Endeavor ship in the Thames (October 3, 2021)

Review of Golden Horizon (August 29, 2021; also online on August 30)

Celebrity Silhouette’s first UK summer 2021 voyage (July 31, 2021)

Review of Splendor of the Seas (June 19, 2021)

Review of MSC Virtuosa (May 29, 2021)

Inside Hurtigruten’s new ‘green’ ship (March 11, 2020)

My review of Scarlet Lady (February 29, 2020)

Branson brings Scarlet Lady to Dover (February 22, 2020)

Review of American Song voyage along the Columbia river (February 8, 2020)

First look at Celebrity Apex (January 30, 2020)

MSC Grandiosa christening (November 16, 2019)

Norwegian Encore inaugural (November 9, 2019)

AmaMora christening and review (August 17, 2019)

Inside new ship Scenic Eclipse (August 17, 2019)

Spirit of Discovery review (July 6, 2019)

Review of Oceania Insignia (June 22, 2019)

Fred Olsen brochure launch (March 16, 2019)

Bellissima review (March 9, 2019)

Bellissima preview (March 2, 2019)

Sneak peek at Virgin Voyages’ new ship (February 16, 2019)

Celebrity Edge review (December 8, 2018)

Norwegian Bliss and the port of Seattle (October 13, 2018)

Rocky Mountaineer (September 16, 2018)

Crystal Endeavour keel-laying (August 25, 2018)

Marella Explorer in the Med (July 22, 2018)

Virgin Voyages reveals name of new ship (July 21, 2018)

Crystal Ravel naming (July 14, 2018)

Independence of the Seas (May 19, 2018)

Celebrity Silhouette (May 5, 2018)

Norwegian Bliss in Germany (April 21, 2018)

Symphony of the Seas (March 31, 2018)

MSC Seaside report (December 2, 2017)

Daily Express

Review of Wonder of the Seas (May 14, 2022)

Christening of MSC Virtuosa in Dubai (December 18, 2021)

Guide to Seattle and its environs (October 22, 2021)

Ponant ship that reached the North Pole (October 9, 2021)

New Crystal Endeavor ship in the Thames (October 3, 2021)

Review of Splendor of the Seas (June 19, 2021)

Review of MSC Virtuosa (March 29, 2021)

Branson brings Scarlet Lady to Dover (February 22, 2020)

Celebrity Apex shipyard visit (February 2, 2020)

Review of American Song voyage along the Columbia river (February 1, 2020)

MSC Grandiosa christening (November 16, 2019)

Norwegian Encore debut (November 9, 2019)

AmaMora christening cruise (August 17, 2019)

Fred Olsen brochure launch (March 16, 2019)

Bellissima preview (March 2, 2019)

Celebrity Edge – take a Magic Carpet glide (December 8, 2018)

The Independent

How coronavirus will change cruising (October 19, 2020)

Daily Star

Bellissima review (March 10, 2019)

Sunday People

Review of MSC Virtuosa (March 30, 2021)

World of Cruising

Review of Wonder of the Seas (May 11, 2022)

Review of Celebrity Beyond preview cruise (April 26, 2022)

Eight-page guide to themed cruises (Issue 123, April/May 2022)

Nine-page guide to rail-and-sail holidays (Issue 122, February/March 2022)

Eight-page guide to expedition cruises (Issue 121, December/January 2022 – also online on April 7, 2022)

Annual directory of 58 ocean and expedition cruise lines (Issue 120, Cruise Planner 2022)

Nine-page guide to world cruises (Issue 119, November 2021 – also online on December 31, 2021)

How I became a cruise ship acrobat (October 8, 2021)

Review of Iona (August 23, 2021)

Small ship cruising from two-person ‘love boats’ to 1,000 passengers (May 31, 2021 – also in issue 116, May/June 2021)

50 things you wouldn’t expect to find on a cruise ship (March 13, 2021 – also in Issue 115, March/April 2021 )

The exciting new ships for 2021 (January 22, 2021 – also in Issue 115, March/April 2021)

Ultimate guide to no-fly cruises from Britain (Issue 113, October 2020)

A post-lockdown cruise on The Majestic Line (September 10, 2020 – also in Issue 114, January 2021)

Polar express – 17 of the coolest cruises (Issue 110, March 2020)

What are cruise lines doing to meet their environmental goals? (Issue 109, February 2020)

Review of American Song trip on Columbia and Snake rivers (Issue 108, January 2020)

Celestyal Crystal review of Greek islands cruise (Issue 106, November 2019)

Preview of 2020 expedition ships and itineraries (Issue 106, Expedition cruising guide, November 2019)

Hebridean Princess review (Issue 105, October 2019)

Hottest luxury destinations and new ships for 2020 (Issue 104, Luxury cruising guide, September 2019)

Riviera Travel cruise along the Rhône (Issue 102, June 2019)

AmaLea Romantic Danube (Issue 102, River Cruise Supplement June 2019)

Review of SeaDream I in the Caribbean (Issue 100, April 2019)

The Travel Report – Shore excursions (Issue 99, January 2019)

Viking cruise from New York to Montreal (Issue 99, January 2019)

The Travel Report – Environment (Issue 98, February 2019)

The Travel Report – Brave New World or Big Brother (Issue 97, January 2019)

The Ocean Directory of every cruise line and every ship (December 2018)

Rocky Mountaineer – the greatest railway (December 2018)

The Travel Report – Dress code (Issue 95, November 2018)

The Travel Report – Tipping (Issue 94, Sept/Oct 2018)

The Travel Report – How to get an upgrade (Issue 91, May 2018)

Spirit of Scotland review (Issue 88, February 2018)

MSC Seaside review (Issue 87, Dec/Jan 2017/18)

Ocean planner (December 2017)

(including cruises under £1,000 and new ships of 2018)

Guide to Adventure supplement (Issue 86, October 2017)

(including Adventures at the end of the Earth, Ride the rivers of adventure and Visit Antarctica)

Indochine II on the Mekong review (Issue 86, November 2017)

(Online only) Crystal Symphony reveals changes 

Guide to Luxury Cruising (Issue 85, September/October 2017)

(including Silversea v Star Clippers and Exciting new ships are on the horizon)

(Online only) Storm halts Indochine II naming in Cambodia 

Guide to River Cruising (May 2017)

(including Space and style on Europe’s rivers)

(Online only) P&O Cruises to base Oceana in Dubai in 2019

Cruise Trade News

Review of Wonder of the Seas (May 9, 2022)

AmaWaterways’ Jon Burrows talks about the future of shore excursions (April 26, 2021)

American Song on Columbia River review (February 2020)

Steel cut for Celebrity Beyond as Apex shows announced (January 2020)

Coolest expedition ships for 2020 and beyond (December 2019)

Virgin Voyages to offer child-friendly holidays (September 2018)

Guide to the Douro (April 2017)

Guide to the River Po (March 2017)

Guide to the Danube (January 2017)

Guide to the Mekong (2017)

Guide to French rivers (2017)

Travel Trade Gazette

First look at Seven Seas Splendor (February 4, 2020)


Review of Scarlet Lady (August 21, 2021)

Review of Iona (August 16, 2021)

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2020

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2019

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2018

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2017

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2016

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2015

Round-up of new cruise ships for 2014

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The Sun

Quoted in: Swingers cruise seeks Britons (November 9, 2016)

SixStar and Cruise118

Cruising the Med on Harmony of the Seas (November 9, 2021)

Back on board Celebrity Silhouette (July 20, 2021)


CMV Columbus review

Cruise 1st

My favourite ship

CruiseRadio interview

Scarlet Lady podcast


Cruising buoyed up on a new wave of optimism (September 8, 2021)

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