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Highlights of Cunards Summer 2020 Season

13th September 2018

Many cruise fans would say that Cunard offer the essence of cruising, being one of the oldest and most traditional lines in the business. With years of experience under their belt, Cunard has explored destinations all over the world, and yet they still manage to please guests by bringing in something new with every season. Read on to find out about the highlights of Cunard’s summer 2020 season.

 

 

 

Extra Time in Port

 

One common remark among cruisers all over is that they don’t have enough time to explore some of the ports they visit. Understanding this, Cunard has resolved to offer guests a longer time in a number of ports on various itineraries. In summer 2020 there will be:

  • More evening departures (the ship will leave port at 9 pm or after)
  • In cities including Hamburg, Juneau, Malaga, and Boston to name a few, guests will have more time to see everything they want to. Whether this be taking in an extra museum, heading to a local restaurant to sample the best food in town, or spending time in a bierkeller with a pilsner or two.

     

     

  • More two-day calls in port
  • Cunard will also be including more overnight stays in port; enabling guests to see a city over two days including some of the nightlife should they wish to. This will be the case for Barcelona, Reykjavik, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, Singapore, and Quebec on some itineraries. This will mean guests can explore Hong Kong’s infamous Temple Street night market at ease, or take in an evening ballet or opera at the stunning Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

     

    More New York Round Trip Cruises

     

    New York is among the most popular cities to visit in the world and is home to many of the most recognisable landmarks. The city has long been an important port to Cunard; a cruise line known for their transatlantic crossings. In addition to these voyages, summer 2020 with Cunard will see more itineraries beginning and ending in New York, making it easier for cruisers to see more of the city. Simply add on a hotel stay at the start or end of your cruise, and have more time to see everything on your list.

     

     

     

    8 New Ports

     

    The upcoming season will also include no less than eight fabulous new ports for Cunard;

     

  • Ishigaki – a scenic Japanese island situated near to Taiwan
  • Jakarta – the vibrant Indonesian capital
  • Seward – an Alaskan haven of wildlife and forestry
  • Tokyo – Japan’s city of modernity and lights
  • Ringaskiddy – a pretty and historic Irish fishing village
  • Kushiro – a peaceful city found on Japan’s north island
  • Nordfjordeid – home to a magnificent glacier and authentic Viking history
  • Bornholm – this Danish island is both tranquil and rugged
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    Take a look at the range of summer 2020 Cunard cruises, and decide where you will discover in style next.


    What to Eat in Hong Kong

    17th October 2017

     

    Hong Kong is world-famous for its truly special and delicious food. As such a versatile place with influences from all over the globe, the chefs of the region have embraced the range of cultures that exist there, and the results are incredible. When it comes to what to eat in Hong Kong, there are undoubtedly far more things to try than you will have time for. In light of this, we have compiled a list of our favourites. If you will be embarking on a Hong Kong cruise, be sure not to miss these culinary treats.

     

    1. Dim Sum

    This is in fact thought to have originated in Northern China, but today it’s Hong Kong that is well-known for excellent dim sum. There are well over 100 different items that can be on a dim sum menu, but our favourites are the soft and fluffy steamed pork buns, and wonderfully flavoursome shrimp dumplings.

     

     

    2. Fish Balls

    These can be found in restaurants and at street food stalls, where they might be served in a soup or on skewers. They can be made with a variety of different fish, meats, and fish paste, and are often dipped or fried in a tasty curry sauce. You will develop a taste for these little delights after your very first bite, so be sure to try them in a few different places.

     

     

    3. Tai O Shrimp-paste

    Lantau Island is home to the quirky Tai O fishing village, whose sights and smells will certainly stay with you forever. With a fishing history of over 100 years, this area of Hong Kong still rightly prides itself on their well-known shrimp paste, and fresh and dried fish. Take time to peruse the markets, and try some amazing fresh street food.

     

     

    4. Congee

    While this is served all over China, the residents – and many visitors – of Hong Kong believe that their Cantonese congee sits high above the rest. It’s a rice porridge that can be served plain as a side dish, sweet as a dessert, or savoury as a meal in itself. The latter option usually includes vegetables and meats.

     

     

    5. Chinese Barbecue

    Known in Cantonese as siu mei, this choice of food in Hong Kong is a true favourite among locals and tourists alike. Barbecued pork and goose are the most common, and these are usually coated in a tasty, sticky sauce before being cooked. Like most foods here, there are plenty of different varieties to choose from, in restaurants and from market stalls.

     

     

    6. Fried Rice

    One of the most common dishes found in Hong Kong, fried rice is a favourite among many due to its quick and easy preparation, and wide variety of flavours and ingredients. Vegetarians and those with allergies can more often than not count on fried rice as a wholesome mealtime option, as it is gluten free, and can be served with or without meat, egg, vegetables, and soy sauce to name a few.

     

     

    These are just six of our favourites among all kinds of Hong Kong food, but of course there are so many other new things for you to taste. Before heading out on your Hong Kong cruise, try to research the different places you want to see, and things to do, in order to make the most of your time in this fantastic part of the world.


    Hong Kong – Things to Know Before You Go

    22nd September 2016

    Updated September 2017

    So you’ve booked your Hong Kong cruise, and you’re almost ready to witness the beautiful skyline, vibrant community, and adventurous cuisine of this incredible destination. But there are a few things you should know before you embark on your exploration of this fascinating place.

    Getting Around

    You’ll find that there are many ways you can get around Hong Kong and its surrounding areas, depending on where exactly you’d like to visit.

    MTR – Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway has been a quick and efficient way to quickly travel around Hong Kong since 1979. It is open from around 6am until 1am, and with over 80 stations and 60 rail stops, it is likely that you’ll be able to get wherever you want, whenever you want.

    Air – If you’re looking to get to some of the other major cities in China, air travel could be the best option for you - Hong Kong is one of the best connected airports in the world.

    Train - It is also possible to travel to and from Mainland China via China Railway's Kowloon station - also known as Hung Hom Station. Passengers can take day and/or night trains from here to destinations such as Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

    Ferry – You will see a number of ferries in and around Victoria Harbour, in particular the famous Star Ferry that makes the crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island around every ten minutes each day. Other ferries can take you to surrounding islands including Lamma and Lantau.

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    Safety Precautions

    A great number of British nationals visit Hong Kong every year, and almost all trips go completely trouble free. Having said this, there are always things you need to look out for;. While crime rates in Hong Kong are relatively low, be aware that there is always the possibility of pick-pocketing. Personal possessions and valuable goods are best kept in hotel safes, or left in another secure place, however be sure to keep hold of your passports and credit cards at all times just in case of an emergency. Consider purchasing a money belt to keep these in, which can discreetly be worn on your person while you are out and about.

    Visas

    If you are a British Citizen, it is possible to visit Hong Kong without the need of a Visa, assuming your stay is for less than 6 months. If you wish to visit mainland China however, a tourist visa must be obtained. These are available for single, double, or multiple entries - check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for up-to-date information.

    Budgeting

    For food and drink, you can expect to spend around HK$ 100-200 per person for a meal, and maybe another HK$ 150 for drinks. Hong Kong is not the cheapest destination, however it is possible to spend less if you spend some time looking for eateries. Dining with the locals in the infamous Temple Street Market, Kowloon, is a particularly wallet-friendly option!

    Currency

    The standard currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), which is exchanged at the rate of around 7.80 HKD to 1 USD. Of course rates can fluctuate so be sure to check before getting your money exchanged. Denominations include $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000. 

    If you’re looking to explore outside of Hong Kong, it’s important to note that the general currency of China is the Renminbi (RMB), the main unit of which is yuan, followed by Jiao and fen. One Yuan equals 10 Jiao and one Jiao is equal to 10 fen. 

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    Time Zone

    The whole of China is set at GMT/UTC + eight hours, without the observation of daylight saving time.

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    Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong

    23rd August 2016

    Updated September 2017

    Best known for its spectacular skyline, Hong Kong has many other surprises up its sleeve. With Chinese traditions, colonial roots, and stylish modern culture all entwined in this sparkling island metropolis, there really is so much to see and do - it’s no wonder we include Hong Kong at the beginning and end of many of our asia cruises.

    Lantau Island

    Home to the Big Buddha and the beautiful Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island is a haven of attractions; catch the Ngong Ping 360 Cables Car for a birds-eye view of the island, hike the trails that lead up to the scenic Sunset Peak, and walk along the golden sands of Cheung Sha Beach; Hong Kong’s longest beach. In the centre of the island find the Tian Tan Buddha - or Big Buddha as it's more typically known. The magnificent bronze spectacle stands a whopping 34 metres high, and faces north to watch over the People's Republic of China.

     

    Star Ferry

    If there is one thing you should do in Hong Kong, it’s taking the Star Ferry between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. The route provides a great viewpoint of the city’s famous skyline and Victoria Harbour. At night, catch the ferry around 8pm for a great view of Tsim Sha Tsui's daily Symphony of Lights spectacle.

    Old Town Central 

    Immerse yourself in authentic Hong Kong culture in Old Town Central, where old traditions and evidence of British colonialism meet exciting modern innovations and attitudes. Residents and visitors to this vibrant area will attest to its infectious, energetic atmosphere, which is no doubt the reason behind its popularity. Spend at least an afternoon exploring the boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and galleries, and discover all sorts of surprises.

    Victoria Peak

    From the top of Victoria Peak you can see Hong Hong’s striking skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour, and all the way across to the green hills of the New Territories. Ride the Peak Tram, a unique experience in itself, up to The Peak, and if you're feeling energetic you can walk a scenic route up to a higher point, for the optimum view of the city.

     

    Temple Street Night Market

    Once the sun sets in Hong Kong, the traders are out in full force with their spectacular array of handmade goods, antiques, and delicious street food, with opera singers and fortune tellers keeping the crowds entertained. The market is one of Hong Kong’s most popular street bazaars, located in the heart of Kowloon rather than Hong Kong Island itself.

    Man Mo Temple

    Close to Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island is Man Mo Temple. Built in 1847 this Taoist temple was designed to pay homage to the Gods of Literature (Man) and War (Mo), and sits in a larger complex which houses other Buddhist and Taoist places of worship. The temple is known for incense coils which hang off the walls and ceilings, and its stunning decoration.

    Junk Cruise

    The Junk boats of Hong Kong have become a representation of the old traditional values that is still evident today in this now cosmopolitan metropolis. Originally used by fishermen, the striking red sails stand out from the backdrops of the modern city skyline. Make sure to take a Junk cruise to properly admire the spectacular setting of Victoria Harbour.

     

    Clock Tower

    The Clock Tower is an iconic structure in Hong Kong, originally erected as part of the Kowloon to Canton Railway. The beautiful red brick and granite tower is now preserved as a Declared Monument, and serves as a poignant landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through to begin their new lives in Hong Kong.

    Lamma Island

    Called home by a wealth of multinational expats, Lamma Island has a unique atmosphere different to any other in Hong Kong. It is calm, friendly, easy to explore, and because of its small size and helpful community you can feel confident that taking a wrong turn here will only enhance your experience of the island. Chill out in one of the book cafes or pretty seafood restaurants, or walk one of the trails for some beautiful views of beaches, forestry, and pretty hillside homes. Simply hop on a ferry from Hong Kong's Central Pier to get here.

    Tai O Fishing Village

    This small and unique area is maybe quite unexpected after seeing the rest of Hong Kong. Situated in the Northwest corner of Lantau Island, Tai O is full of pretty homes which are held up above the water on stilts, in which the Tanka community have lived for generations. Explore the winding streets and fishing markets, where you can pick up a range of treats such as the popular shrimp paste - a potent sauce used to flavour all sorts of dishes.

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    8 Great Food Markets Around The World

    24th February 2015

    Whether you hope to try a rare local delicacy for the first time or you’re looking to bag a bargain of delicious fresh produce, you are guaranteed to find what you need and more at a food market. Foodies will be drawn in by the irresistible exotic aromas before being wowed by rows of colourful, vibrant and enticing market stalls. Here is where you will find the heart of any local community busy, bustling and ready for a brand new day. Put your phrase book to good use and practice your new found language skills whilst getting some authentic recipe tips from the local street chefs and stall holders.

    Your next favourite dish could be just around the corner, so be adventurous and get a real taste of your surroundings with our handpicked eight great food markets below.

     

    Borough Market – London

    Let your nose lead the way as you explore the aromatic alleys and endless rows of tasty delights on offer in London’s famous Borough Market. One of the oldest food markets in London, market traders have held a presence next to Borough high street from as early as the 13th century. Grab a slice of history along with the quality British and international produce including delicious fish, game, cheese, freshly baked goods and much more. With quality and diversity as Borough’s core market values, you know your taste buds are in for a treat. The market is mostly undercover so whatever the weather it’s ideal for a lunchtime stroll. Great for British pork pies and yummy apple sauce.

     

     

    Rialto Markets – Venice

    The food markets of Rialto in Venice have been present since first settlement as far back as the 9th century. Despite some slight relocation due to the noisy and pungent fish market upsetting the local bankers, the trading of local and international produce from this spot remains an important chapter in Venetian history. The stunning stone Rialto Bridge aids traders and locals whilst making an essential viewing and photo spot for tourists. Great for fresh seafood and affordable souvenirs.

     

     

    La Ciotat – Provence, France

    France is renowned for its unmatched regional cuisine and the locals for their habitual trips to the local farmers markets. Food with the French means you will be spoilt for choice with the tempting selections of local cheeses, wines, baked goods and so on. With so many fabulous French markets to choose from it’s almost impossible to rank one above the rest, but a weekend trip to the quaint coastal port of La Ciotat in Provence is guaranteed not to disappoint. Enjoy the Sunday morning fare on offer at the large farmer and artisan market of Vieux Port before relaxing amid the scenic Mediterranean views and lunching on the beach. Great for stuffed vegetables and paella. A 45 minute drive north sees you in Aix-en-Provence where attractive markets are in abundance.

     

    Union Square Greenmarket - New York City

    Every Saturday Union Square Park comes to life with up to 140 regional market stalls selling fresh farm produce, delicious fish and tempting baked goods alongside meats, jams, pickles, cider and even fresh cut flowers. Experience the unique buzz of New York City life whilst trying some tasty street food and enjoying several live cooking demonstrations, all whilst perfecting your convincing New Yorker accent. Great for fresh pickled produce and live demos.

     

     

    La Central de Abasto – Mexico City

    La Central de Abasto literally translates to the central supply, and there is probably no better way of describing one of the biggest wholesale markets in the world. A visually arresting array of produce is piled high and categorised by type. Stiff competition between traders results in rows of fantastic displays as they try to out-do each other to grab the punters attention. You may need a local guide to avoid getting swallowed by mountains of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, sugarcane, flowers and much more. Great for everything, they have it all! Note: Taking photos is forbidden without proof of permission which plain clothed security guards will request.

     

    Mercado de San Telmo – Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Head here for the great atmosphere and pure insight of day to day local life in Buenos Aires. The market is indoors and housed by a large building supported (inside) by an impressive wrought iron structure. Don’t forget to look up and admire the notable original ceiling which dates back to the late 17th century. Friendly merchants supply locals and tourists with a wealth of fresh fruit, veg, meat and baked goods plus antiques and artisan crafts. Great for coffee, churros (doughnuts) and souvenirs.

     

     

    Jalan Alor (Food Street) - Kuala Lumpur

    Jalan Alor Food Street is the place to be if you are looking for a budget evening meal with a side order of a buzzing and lively local atmosphere. As the sun sets on Food Street, an electric ambience lights the way as cafes, restaurants and market vendors merge into one and claim their spot of real estate in this aromatic foodie fusion. Stroll the length of the street to see the full selection of cheap Chinese, Thai and Malay cuisine before settling on your dinner destination, and stand firm with pushy hawkers trying to tempt you before you’ve seen it all. Great for noodles and value for money.

     

    Kowloon City Wet Market– Hong Kong

    Kowloon City is a must for any foodie fans visiting China’s kinetic south coast. Choose from a myriad of fresh meats, vivid vegetables from regional farms and live seafood literally fresh off the boat. An abundance of quality Asian cuisine from stall vendors and speciality stores make this a go-to destination in Hong Kong for a delicious and quick daytime snack, or purchasing fresh ingredients for a home cooked evening meal. Explore three floors of endless tasty Chinese and Thai treats and get your fix at the cooked food centre when hunger strikes. Great for curried dishes of varying spice levels.

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