BGTW's 50th Birthday

Just back from the British Guild of Travel Writer’s 50th Birthday celebration at The Battery, West Ferry, Canary Wharf.  Lovely evening, fun event but far too hot a venue for a summer’s evening and no outdoor access.  But great to see everyone and be inaugurated into the Guild at my first ever party!  The Elvis Presley act was excellent and the spanish paella and tapas were a fantastic choice.  A wonderful time was had by all.

Tianjin International Cruise Terminal China

The Tianjin International Cruise Terminal in China is the nautical gateway to Beijing.

The opening of the new cruise terminal is a major step forward in the growth of cruising in China.  Expansion includes among other things, adding two large cruise berths and 58 thousand square meters of space to the terminal to accommodate an additional 500 thousand passengers per year. The Port of Tianjin lies at the head of the Hai River about 26 nautical miles inland from the Bohai Gulf which connects to the Yellow Sea on China’s east coast. The port is about 160 kilometers southeast of Beijing.

Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe’s favorite cruise line, has inaugurated the new international cruise terminal in Tianjin with the first port call by the Costa Romantica (53,000 gross tonnage and total guest capacity of about 1700).

Le Boreal

After visiting Companie du Ponant’s Le Boreal, I am convinced that the odd colour is actually a stroke of French fashion genius.  Yes, the colour of the vessel is ‘Greige’ which was all the rage on the catwalks last spring.  Even Scarlet Johannsen has been seen at recent film premieres with the new neutral make-up.  Of course, there are other elegant and fashionable touches to the vessel.  A sea-shore (wind, surf, shells, sand) inspired design to the formal dining space includes greige and cream colours. There is an inviting spa, a gym with cardio machines next to large windows overlooking the sea and black and white retro photos through-out the ship with splashes of red in nearly everyone of them.  The cabins also have a touch of red added to the greige and creamy white decor.  Relaxing, yet inspiring.  Can’t wait to get on board for one of their Antartic adventures this winter.  Ahhhh….

Lynn's first blog

Heading out to Florida tomorrow to get a look at Oasis of the Seas.  Superlatives have been pinging around everywhere about this revolutionary ship.  At 200,000 GT, with 16 decks and holding over 6,000 bodies…she surpasses anything, in terms of size, that has gone before her.  I am looking forward to amazing culinary experiences, trying out the zipline, ice skating (yeah, I’m pretty good at that) and the surfrider.  A bit of sunshine and nice weather will be appreciated as well.  Bring on the sun!