Every ship improves on the design of the last and strives to provide a better onboard experience for guests. For luxury cruise lines, the evolution has led to ships with all-veranda suites (because who doesn’t like their own private outdoor space), a move away from a main restaurant towards more variety in dining venues, and improved common areas that ensure the ships feel spacious and uncrowded. Read this blog post to learn about a few ships that have or will launch in 2023 and how they are evolving the luxury cruising experience.
This weeks blog is a recap of our summer trip to Paris & Berlin, with a sample of what these great cities have to offer. I also highlight the challenges created by the high renewal times for passports.
Mediterranean ocean cruises are one of the most popular cruise options for both experienced cruisers and new cruisers alike. These cruises are popular because they visit many beautiful European ports, can visit multiple countries even on shorter 7-9 day itineraries, and generally start and end in major European cities making flights to/from the cruise easy and allowing pre/post cruise stays in these fascinating cities.
Learn about a recent client trip to Spain & Portugal and what it’s like to work with us to plan a bespoke vacation.
For those new to cruising, a river cruise can be a great option for a first cruise. They are also a great option for travelers worried about motion sickness, as the ship movement of river ships is almost undetectable by guests. While river cruises do not cover the same distances as ocean cruises, they do allow travelers to immerse themselves in the regions of travel and enjoy the scenery as the ships slowly travel up or down stream.
A cruise is one of the best ways to see the Galapagos Islands. Read my review of our family trip on Silversea’s Silver Origin and our experience in the Galapagos.
While Caribbean cruises are almost synonymous with the mainstream cruise lines and their mega ships, the luxury cruise lines also offer options with 5-star service, cuisine, and experiences. Find out why a luxury Caribbean cruise is a great alternative to a luxury resort in the Caribbean or Mexico.
By David Barclay | June 14, 2023 2023 is setting new records for travel to Europe and eclipsing the incredible travel demand of 2022. The most popular places to visit in Europe are more crowded, have low availability of accommodations, drivers, and guides. And as expected from basic economics, with higher demand comes higher prices. …
World Cruises are bucket list itineraries that take guests on a world exploring adventure for 4+ months. Deciding to book a World Cruise is not a spur of the moment decision, it can take years of planning (and saving) to ensure the right cruise is selected.
The second week of a two-week journey to Turkey, spent exploring Turkey by sea. Learn about the Turkish gulet we chartered and our adventures sailing around the Aegean Sea and the Turkish Coast.
Australia and New Zealand are two incredible countries and should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Learn why a cruise can be a great way to explore these two countries.
The first week of a two-week journey to Turkey, focused on exploring Turkey by land. Learn about Istanbul, the city where Europe meets Asia, and Cappadocia, where ancient cave cities and unique geological formations abound.
Expedition cruising is increasing in popularity and appealing to both new and younger cruisers. Learn more about where you can go & what you can see on an expedition cruise.
Castle Hot Springs is an exceptional boutique luxury resort located in the desert outside of Phoenix, AZ.
Read our review from a recent 4-night stay at this unique property.
Within the luxury cruise world, the “small ship” sub-segment is gaining in popularity. These ships carry fewer than 350 passengers, delivering a more intimate on board experience but still delivering an exquisite luxury vacation.
Learn how cruising has changed since COVID-19 upended the industry and why it is safer and more enjoyable to cruise now than before the pandemic.
From its breathtaking scenery to its incredible wildlife, the Alaska and British Columbia coastline is worthy of being on everyone’s bucket list.
This weeks blog is a recap of our trip to Spain. I cover a fairly common travel issue (flight delays) and how our family overcame our challenges. I also provide highlights of our time in Barcelona and Seville. I hope it provides some ideas for your future family vacations.
One of the new entrants to the luxury cruise world, learn why you should consider this new luxury cruise line for your next vacation!
A luxury cruise is more than just an ordinary cruise experience. Luxury cruise ships are 5-star resorts on the sea, that can take you on global safaris and allow you to explore every region of the world. Read more about why a luxury cruise might be right for you.
Expedition cruises take you to hard to reach locations that can either only be reached by or are best explored by ship. And one of the most well known places for an expedition cruise is the Galapagos Islands archipelago.
When children travel, I suggest they keep a travel log or other method for documenting their travel. For a recent trip to Europe, my son decided to document his trip through a travel blog post. Read on to view travel through the eyes of a 13 year old!
Interest in luxury cruising is growing rapidly and this growth has attracted the attention of well-known players in the travel industry. Read about three new entrants to the luxury cruise segment that are bringing their own unique offerings to the seas.
Unsure if you should use a travel advisor to assist with planning your leisure travel? Curious about the value that a trusted travel advisor can bring to the table? Read my Top 8 reasons why you should use a travel advisor to assist with your next vacation.
Have you ever dreamed of chartering your own private yacht but thought that was only for the rich and famous? That’s not the case in Turkey, where you can charter a fully crewed luxury sailing vessel for the same per person cost as other moderate luxury vacation options.
International travel is complicated and rules are changing all of the time. COVID was just the latest challenge we faced, but even as COVID related restrictions abate, new complications to travel have arisen. Learn about some of the newest challenges to travel and ways to overcome them so they don’t spoil your next vacation.
Although many travelers don’t think they would like cruising, I disagree. The perception that cruising only involves mega ships filled with thousands of passengers or that it is only for older/retired travelers does not reflect today’s cruising options. From ultra-luxury ships which rival 5-star resorts on land, to expedition voyages to the farthest regions of the globe, to river cruises down some of the world’s most famous waterways, and everything in between, there is a perfect cruising experience for everyone.
In today’s blog I provide an overview of cruising and why anyone can find a perfect vacation option on a cruise ship.
Thank you for reading my inaugural blog post as I launch Barclay & Company Travel. You may be curious why I left a successful career in the corporate world to strike out on my own and launch a business in an industry I have not worked in previously.
If so, please read on for the story of the birth of Barclay & Company Travel.