A voyage along Norway’s coast

Yvonne Gordon takes a voyage on the Hurtigruten Coastal Express along the coast of Norway The boat moves close to the fjord wall and looking up, we catch a glimpse of a sea eagle circling high overhead. The giant bird of prey does two slow circles before swooping down to the water, plucking a fish…

Chartering a private superyacht in the South Pacific

A superyacht charter in the South Pacific has to be the ultimate in luxury, writes Yvonne Gordon Chartering a private yacht is a great way to explore islands, coves and bays while enjoying a relaxed, exclusive environment. Luxury travel company Black Diamond Lifestyle offers a fleet of fully-crewed private yachts for charter all over the…

New Wave – A Mediterranean Cruise

Gone are the blue rinse buffet grazers – life on the high seas is surprisingly liberating with a crop of new ships offering activities for young and old. Yvonne Gordon finds her sea legs on her first cruise… I’m standing under the ship that could be mistaken for a row of apartment blocks all joined together. It’s the Ruby Princess and…

Sailing in the Vega Islands, Norway

It’s a world of downy ducks and sailing for Yvonne Gordon in Norway’s Vega Islands. ‘This is the most difficult lane.’ Our skipper Emil is guiding us through a narrow channel between two long, flat islands. We’re sailing through the Hysvær islands, in the Vega Archipelago just below the Arctic Circle in Norway, on our…

Laze the Whitsunday away

Captain Cook’s famous islands are home to some of Australia’s whitest beaches, unspoilt coral reefs and peaceful sailing spots by Yvonne Gordon There are few opportunities in life to get to sail around tropical islands, snorkel coral reefs and walk the white sands of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and I feel lucky to…