Following a trail around the twin sinkholes of Los Gemelos on Santa Cruz Island, my naturalist guide, Blanca, explains how native scalesia forest was attacked by brambles, suffocating the broccoli-like trees endemic to this biologically sensitive archipelago. And then there were the feral goats, she continues, as we peer into a crater almost 700 metres deep, where the animals once resided. They too wreaked havoc on the delicate landscape. Yet when they disappeared, one of their food sources, blackberries, flourished. In a scenario akin to the 'Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly', it's just one of the many unfortunate chain reactions caused by disrupting nature, a problem the Galapagos Islands know only too well. Unwittingly or not, invasive species were introduced to this far-flung Ecuadorian archipelago, 600 miles off the west coast of South America, by humans, who - some might argue - were the most damaging addition of them all. It's a dichotomy environmentally-conscious visitors to … [Read more...] about Can human beings and animals live happily ever after on the Galapagos?
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This is one of the most anticipated and indulgent holidays you’ll ever take, so naturally expectations are high. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as champagne picnics on uninhabited islands, diving with whale sharks and staying in over-water villas with their own chef tend have long lured happy couples. But now action and adventure are a top priority for newlyweds who have already taken sun, sea and sand holidays together numerous times – anything from gorilla encounters in Uganda to tandem skydiving in New Zealand. And twin-centre honeymoons – city and spa, safari and sand – are also very popular. Some things never go out of honeymoon style, though: a big bed, amazing views, fantastic food and top-notch service. Over-water villas Baros, Maldives 30 wooden water villas line a crescent boardwalk in the lagoon, and these are furnished with large four-poster beds and private sunbathing decks with daybed and loungers. It’s also home to Lighthouse, one of … [Read more...] about The world’s 50 best honeymoon hotels and destinations
Silversea’s Silver Whisper set sail on the ‘Tale of Tales,’ the cruise line’s enriched World Cruise 2019. Following extensive refurbishments and after a hugely successful pre-voyage event, the enhanced ship welcomed World Cruisers aboard in San Francisco for the start of the 133-day voyage, including author Pico Iyer—the first of nine creatives who will enrich the World Cruise 2019 for Silversea’s guests. During the ship’s dry dock period, which lasted from December 1 until December 19, Silver Whisper underwent a large-scale renovation—completed in line with the Musification strategy that is inspiring the enhancement of Silversea’s fleet. The initial refurbishment plans of Silver Whisper were revised and augmented following the launch of Project Invictus, Silversea Cruise’s long-term plan to enrich and enlarge its fleet. With the comfort of guests in mind - namely, world cruising guests on the Tale of Tales - all public areas … [Read more...] about THE TALE OF TALES: SILVERSEA’S SILVER WHISPER SETS SAIL ON WORLD CRUISE 2019
Change is the only constant in the cruise industry, with plenty of new, innovative – expect everything from roller coasters to go-kart tracks and exclusive Cirque du Soleil at sea shows – ships preparing to set sail in 2019. Here we take a closer look at the coolest new cruise ships for 2019. Scenic Eclipse (Scenic) The launch of Scenic Eclipse, the highly anticipated ‘discovery yacht’ and a contender for the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, has been a long time coming. The ship, due to launch at the end of August 2018, will now be unveiled in April 2019. We suspect the wait will prove worth it. Described as the world’s ‘first six star cruise liner’, every one of the 114 suites on board Scenic Eclipse – the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic – will have a private veranda and lounge area. There will be 10 dining options on board, a spacious spa, indoor pool and a discovery fleet, which will include Zodiacs, kayaks, … [Read more...] about The 16 most spectacular cruise ships setting sail in 2019
Honeymoons are all about newlyweds celebrating the start of their new life together in marriage, while enjoying some well-deserved downtime after months of hectic wedding planning. But where to go to mark the milestone moment? There are so many romantic honeymoon destinations in the world, it's difficult to go wrong. But for British royals, there is one honeymoon choice that seemed to be cursed for the newlyweds, with ALL of the marriages subsequently ending in divorce. Yikes. Four royal couples opted for a honeymoon at sea, onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia; Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Unfortunately, every single one of these marriages ended in divorce. In fact, all of the royal couples who chose different honeymoon destinations are still together today. Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones were the first royal couple to use the Royal Yacht for … [Read more...] about British royals’ cursed honeymoon that saw all the marriages ended in divorce