Posted by: travelrat | April 22, 2010

River Cruise

In the morning, I’m off on my travels again, but I’m not going far. I’m cruising on the Gloucester and Sharpness canal and the River Severn on the Edward Elgar, as the guest of English Holiday Cruises. ( for the weekend. So, there won’t be a ‘Pic of the Week’ this week; the Trip Diary might be put back till Tuesday, depending on what time I get in on Sunday.

And, for the next few weeks, posts about the cruise will feature on my Friday dish.

English Holiday Cruises also offer longer cruises up the Severn. Now, England isn’t really the first country you think of when you say the words ‘river cruises’; rather, you think of the Rhine or the Nile. But, the Severn is our longest river … although we do have to share part of it with Wales … and, hopefully, my blog entries and tweets will make cruising on it more widely known about.

We’re just recovering from the effects of The Volcano … that is, Eyjafjallajökull, pronounced by the BBC as ‘The Icelandic Volcano’. The airspace is open again, and my daughter and her family are safely back home. They got caught in Italy, but the airline looked after them, and they were able to treat it as a few extra days’ holiday, despite the drive across Europe at the end.

Obviously, I have no River Cruise pictures yet, so here's one I did earlier.



  1. Glad your daughter and her family got back safely. That volcano has caused havoc.

    Enjoy your cruise!

  2. If you’re looking for a good river cruise, come across the pond and float down the Mississippi River. I’d start in Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain (also known an “America’s Hometown”).

    2010 marks the 175th anniversary of his birth,
    the 125th anniversary of Twain’s pinnacle work Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the 100th anniversary of his death.

    It could be a good time, you know! 🙂

    • It’s on the ‘bucket list’! So far, I’ve ‘done’ the Nile, the Rhine, the Gambia, the Murray and the Nepean rivers. I suppose the list should include the Amazon and the Orinoco … maybe it I ever write that best-seller …. ?

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