With popular TV show The Cruise back on our screens, Sally Howard talks to the captain who has become one of its latest stars
The number of travellers using public transport to get to key London airports has fallen between 2012 and 2016, according to a new report. The data, from transport consumer group London TravelWatch, shows that more people now either drive or get a taxi to catch a flight from Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports. The report, Way to go: Improving public transport access to London’s airports, shows that the share of passengers using public transport to get to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports has fallen from 41 per cent, 44 per cent and 33 per cent respectively in 2012 to 39.1 per cent, 43.6 per cent and 31.4 per cent respectively four years later.
From the gram-worthy tiles in Porto to the chic Yves Saint Laurent garden, these are the bluest spots across the globe to add to your bucket list.
Queen of the Plate, Paris of the South, Tangopolis: the nicknames reveal why Buenos Aires doesn't disappoint. A beguiling conflation of European historic outpost and contemporary Latin American sprawl, BA – as expats call it – was once the capital of one of the world's wealthiest nations. Its French and Italianate buildings, graceful plazas and cultural life are the envy of most Old World cities. Thirteen million people live in Greater BA, its suburbs fanning out into the surrounding pampas.
In case you haven’t noticed, it is a fairly horrible time to be a budget airline. The final discovery as I trawled through the details of the deal: Virgin Atlantic has been a “bona-fide potential offeror” for Flybe for a couple of months.
Special snow-busting trains will be deployed across the UK in a bid to minimise disruption for travellers during the cold weather. Arctic temperatures are set to sweep the country this weekend, which usually means widespread transport chaos. Network Rail will operate a winter fleet, complete with trains fitted with snowploughs able to clear eight inches of snow, as well as hot air blowers, steam jets, brushes, scrapers and anti-freeze to clear snow and ice from the train tracks.
You could probably argue that the mind of the architect has never dreamed up a style of building quite as romantic as the Gothic fortress. There is something about its points and precision - sharp turrets pointing towards the heavens, a room at the top perfect for a trapped princess or a fairytale character in some curious peril - that sings across the centuries. What, after all, is the Cinderella Castle - the fibreglass fantasy which adorns Disney theme parks across the planet - but a modern evocation of this grand design?
The most important festival in the Chinese cultural calendar means that in mainland China alone, a mind-boggling three billion trips are made in the planet’s largest annual human migration. Here are eight (a lucky number seen everywhere at New Year) places to experience and celebrate the arrival of the year of the pig in true local style. There are few better places to welcome in Chinese New Year than Hong Kong.
Walk along Queen Victoria Street, just around the corner from St Paul’s Cathedral, and you will see a chalkboard in the middle of the pavement. It doesn’t say something zany like ‘Sex sells! Unfortunately we sell coffee’ or ‘It’ll rain now I’ve put this board out’.
A.A. Milne observed the adventures his son, Christopher Robin, had with his toys in the woods by their home in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, gaining inspiration for the beloved Winnie the Pooh books. To mark the renowned author's birthday (also known as Winnie the Pooh Day), we explore this corner of south-east England.
Low-slung Vientiane hugs the middle Mekong and is the growing capital of landlocked Laos. Originally known as the City of Sandalwood, it’s a quirky mix of beautiful Buddhist temples, Communist monuments, smart French colonial villas (plus a raft of neglected ones), cosmopolitan cafés, and an excellent foodie scene. It’s an essential visit for cruise passengers looking to understand this Southeast Asian nation.
It’s time to flee the winter chill and get roasting on a beautiful Caribbean escape. Pick an island and set your dial to chillout mode.
You may not know Louisville, Kentucky. Two years after his death, the heavyweight boxer and humanitarian is to be celebrated through the name of the local Louisville Muhammad Ali International airport. Almost every US airport seems to be named after someone, though usually a local worthy like the 1930s New York police chief Fiorello La Guardia rather than a global statesman like John F Kennedy.
The hand-written sign leaning against the old stone wall that protects Norfolk Island’s historic former Legislative Assembly building declares: “Norfolk Island under siege!!!”
A passenger jumped from the 11th floor of the world’s largest cruise ship in an attempt to go viral on Instagram. American Nick Naydev, 27, jumped 30 metres from the 1,120-foot-long Royal Caribbean ship while friends filmed the stunt. The Symphony of the Seas ship was docked in Nassau, Bahamas, at the time.
In mid-afternoon at the South Rim, it was hard to believe that Americans once had to be encouraged to visit the Grand Canyon. Daytrippers, fresh off the train after a two-hour journey from Williams, pouted at the end of selfie sticks; hikers sweated the last yards up the Bright Angel Trail; diners in the El Tovar Hotel gazed through the windows over the crumbs of their club sandwiches; and browsers in the gift shop dithered over the Grand Canyon thirstystone coasters, the Grand Canyon prickly pear taffy, and the beige cotton Grand Canyon National Park bandana, complete with topographic map of the Colorado River, that carver of the chasm.
Staying safe when skiing or snowboarding in the mountains is crucial – an important part of that is being aware of the risk of avalanche where you are, being prepared when heading off piste, and knowing what to do should an avalanche happen.
Five hundred years ago, on May 2 1519 in Amboise, in the Loire Valley, Leonardo da Vinci died. There is a romantic legend that he breathed his last in the arms of his 24-year-old patron, François I. In fact, the French king was at least a day’s ride away at the time. Leonardo probably died in the bedroom of his grace and favour château Clos Lucé, before burial in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert in the grounds of the royal Château d’Amboise.
Los Angeles has long been looked down on by its East Coast counterparts, but now that the rest of world has caught up with California’s green juice and wellness obsession, the city is having something of a moment. No longer deemed a cultural wasteland, LA is bursting with new art galleries and museums, a flourishing fashion scene and some of the most talked about restaurants in America.
An insider's guide into the top palace hotels in India, including the best for royal residences, opulent interiors, romantic settings, extravagant architecture, extensive lawned gardens and refined Indian cuisine, in locations including Rajasthan, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Udaipur.
Europe’s biggest budget airline has warned investors that its profits will be around €100m (£88m) lower than expected for the financial year that ends in March 2019. Ryanair operates a “price passive/load factor active” strategy, which means it will cut fares to whatever level is necessary to fill its planes – currently at a load factor of around 95 per cent. It has been selling seats from the UK for as little as £9.99, which means it takes an instant loss as it is required to pay £13 in air passenger duty.
Skellig Michael would need to cut visitor numbers by a third to meet Unesco recommendations, according to new figures. The monastic island 12km off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland attracted 16,792 tourists in 2018 – 5,692 more than the 11,000 advised by the world heritage organisation. Unesco has listed Skellig Michael as a World Heritage Site since 1996, but the heritage arm of the United Nations has strict stipulations if destinations want to hang onto their status.
A passenger flying from Russia from Bangkok had to be restrained with tape and belts when he refused to stop drinking. The man, flying on S7 flight 582 to the Russian city of Novosibirsk, had to be restrained by fellow passengers when the cabin crew were unable to subdue the 26-year-old. Later in the flight, a cabin crew member noticed him drinking alcohol and asked him to stop, the airline said.