Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Blue Water Blog

Read the latest small ship, luxury and river news and features from the experts.

July 2018

How to Stay in Shape on a River Cruise

Staying in shape and keeping fit whilst on a river cruise may seem like a challenging task!

Wild World

Cruise in style and comfort to remote corners of the world in search of exciting wildlife.

Game, Set and Cruise!

With Wimbledon well underway, our thoughts turn to strawberries and cream, and exciting tennis players from around the world. We’ve picked some of our favourite former Wimbledon champions and how you can explore their homelands by cruise.

June 2018

Best for Cruising

Discover six of our favourite reasons to cruise, then call our cruising specialists on 01756 706537 to secure your cabin today!

May 2018

Exploring Canada and the American East Coast on Fram

Our Cruising Specialist, Ann, recently enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Canada and the America East Coast on board Hurtigruten's expedition ship Fram. Read her exclusive review:

A Day Onboard Crystal Bach

Cruising Specialists, Fay, Jade and Sam, were lucky enough to be invited onboard Crystal Cruises' brand new river ship, Crystal Bach, when she docked in Amsterdam. Read their exclusive review:

December 2017

Exploring the Rhine at Christmas

Our Product and Marketing Manager, Kathryn, recently enjoyed a Christmas Markets River Rhine Cruise with AmaWaterways. Read her exclusive review:

Christmas Markets along the Rhine

One of our customers recently enjoyed her first river cruise, joining the luxurious AmaPrima on a Rhine Christmas Markets itinerary. Read her exclusive review.

Exploring the Scottish Isles in luxury on Hebridean Princess

Our Cruising Specialists, Karen and Fay, recently enjoyed a luxury, all-inclusive Scotland cruise on 50-passenger Hebridean Princess. Read their exclusive review.

November 2017

Exploring the Rhine on board Oscar Wilde

Our Cruising Specialist, Ann, recently enjoyed a cruise along the River Rhine on Riviera Travel’s stunning new ship, Oscar Wilde. Read her exclusive review.

September 2017

Brand New Joie de Vivre

Our Product and Marketing Coordinator, Kathryn, joined new ship SS Joie de Vivre in Paris. Read about this new boutique river cruise ship:

Blue Water Holidays releases Autumn 2017 brochure

We have just released our bumper Autumn 2017 brochure, featuring a selection of our inspiring small ship, river and luxury cruises, all with fantastic offers. There are exciting
new destinations as well as some of our all-time favourites to give you a real flavour of the world of cruising.

Exploring Scotland and the Faroe Islands

Sarah in our Sales Support team recently joined Cruise and Maritime's flagship, Columbus, for a Scotland and Faroe Islands cruise. Read her exclusive review.

Saga Sapphire Review

Our Cruising Specialist, Ann, recently travelled up to the port of Liverpool to see the newly refurbished Saga Sapphire. Read her exclusive review.

Oceania Insignia Review

Our Cruising Specialist, Sam, travelled up to the port of Civitavecchia, Rome to see the newly refurbished Oceania Insignia. Read her exclusive review.

August 2017

Amadeus Silver River Cruise Review

Our Marketing Executive, Laura, and Cruising Specialist, Jade, recently enjoyed a cruise along the beautiful River Rhine, courtesy of Amadeus River Cruises. Read their exclusive review.

2017 Yorkshire Cruise Show

Following last year’s success, the Yorkshire Cruise Show is returning to Ilkley on 26 September 2017. It will run from 2pm to 6.30pm at Ilkley’s Winter Garden, opposite the train station, with cruise line presentations being held in the Kings Hall.

Aegean Odyssey Review

Our Cruising Specialist, Karen, recently travelled to the port of Dublin to experience the Aegean Odyssey. Read her exclusive review.

July 2017

A Day Onboard Silver Explorer

Our Cruising Specialist, Ann, recently travelled up to the port of Edinburgh Leith to see the newly refurbished Silver Explorer. Read her exclusive review.

June 2017

Melodies of the Rhine on Royal Crown

Our Cruising Specialist, Ann, recently enjoyed an all-inclusive Rhine river cruise on board the Royal Crown. Read her exclusive review.

May 2017

Stepping Onboard Midnatsol

Our Cruising Specialist, Jade and Marketing Executive, Margaret, were lucky enough to be invited onboard Hurtigruten's refurbished expedition ship Midnatsol when she docked in Edinburgh Leith.

April 2017

Brand New Spring 2017 Brochure

Blue Water Holidays has released the Spring 2017 brochure, featuring a selection of our top river, small ship and luxury cruises for 2017 and 2018, all with fantastic offers.

March 2017

Secrets of the Irrawaddy

Our Marketing Executive, Laura, recently enjoyed a Pandaw river cruise along the Irrawaddy exploring the highlights of untouched Burma. Read her exclusive review.

February 2017

The Polar Night in Spitsbergen

Our Product and Marketing Coordinator, Kathryn recently enjoyed a trip exploring Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten in the winter. Read her exclusive review.

January 2017

The World's Most Beautiful Voyage with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten has been sailing Norway’s breathtaking coast every day for 123 years and they are as much a part of the stunning landscapes as the ancient fjords themselves. The journey along the Norwegian coastline has been labelled by Lonely Planet as 'The World's Most Beautiful Voyage'.

December 2016

Saga Ocean Cruises join the Blue Water team

We are delighted to introduce you to Saga Ocean Cruises - new to the Blue Water Holidays cruise collection. Saga have been creating holidays for the over 50s for many years and 99% of Saga travellers rate their holiday 'excellent' or 'good'.

November 2016

Burma - A Golden land

Our Managing Director, Juliet, recently enjoyed a premium cruise tour through the heart of untouched Burma. Read her exclusive review!

October 2016

Yorkshire Cruise Show

Would you like to know more about cruising? Then the Yorkshire Cruise Show will provide all the information and inspiration you need!

Blue Water Holidays Launches Autumn 2016 Brochure

Blue Water Holidays has released the Autumn 2016 edition of its River, Small Ship and Luxury Cruise Brochure, which features a superb selection of itineraries all with fantastic offers.

September 2016

Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise and Tour - A Personal Perspective

Our Cruise Specialist Sam recently enjoyed a Travelmarvel by APT tour through Vietnam and Cambodia. Read her exclusive review.

August 2016

Blue Water Holidays Launches Sailaway Magazine

We have just launched the first issue of our brand new and exclusive magazine, Sailaway. The 28-page magazine features cruise news, exclusive reviews and fascinating destination pieces, plus there is the chance to win a camera worth £279 in our photo competition.

July 2016

Cruising the Mediterranean on Aegean Odyssey - Exclusive Review

Our Sales Team Leader, Joanne, spent a few days on board the stylish Aegean Odyssey, cruising from the beautiful city of Barcelona to historic Malaga.

June 2016

Blue Water Holidays releases exclusive Ponant brochure

Blue Water Holidays has released its brochure showcasing the unique cruises and superb ships of Ponant, exclusively packaged with flights and transfers. Sailing with Ponant is a chance to experience an intimate and refined cruise with discreet yet attentive service in a distinctively French atmosphere.

May 2016

Hurtigruten launches new expeditions

In 2002, Hurtigruten launched its first expeditions to Antarctica, shortly followed by Greenland. In 2017, Hurtigruten is expanding its voyage collection further by exploring new, exciting destinations on its fleet of purpose-built expediton ships.

Star Clippers set to explore Indonesia

Star Clippers have just launched their fantastic range of Summer 2017 cruises on authentic tall ships Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper. As well as the popular cruises around the Greek Islands and Turkish Coast, there are some exciting new additions.

April 2016

Cruise and Maritime unveils new flagship and itineraries

2017 will be another exciting year for Cruise & Maritime Voyages with the addition of the impressive Columbus to the expanding fleet of five traditional cruise liners. Columbus will become the proud new flagship of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet and will debut in June 2017, lining up alongside Magellan, Marco Polo, Astoria and Astor.