Queen Mary 2 Captain Philpott’s Monthly Column

Looking Forward to Cruising Again!

Hello Again Everyone, Welcome to this Captain’s Blog written for you and The World’s Greatest Vacations by Captain Peter Philpott, retired Captain of Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Lines. When I retired from Queen Mary 2 and my sea-going career in late 2018, I could not possibly have imagined how, only a little over one […]

The most famous Cunard “Queens”

Hello Again Everyone, Welcome to this month’s Captain’s Blog by yours truly, Captain Peter Philpott, recently retired Captain of Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Line, the latest in a succession of famous Cunard “Queens”. The current Queen Mary 2 was designed by a team of British naval architects led by Stephen Payne and at the […]

More river cruising with Viva Cruises!

Hello again everyone, I do hope you enjoyed the Festive Season and had a lovely time seeing in the New Year and indeed, the new decade..! My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend Christmas with family and then to celebrate the New Year in Alicante, Spain which is one of our very favourite […]

River Cruising in France with Viva Cruises

Hello Again Everyone, As the Holiday Season rapidly approached, I was excited to know that I was about to experience my first ever river cruise and sure enough, my wife and I recently returned home having experienced a wonderful few days on the river Rhone in France with the up-and-coming new player in the river […]

Bath – and from sea water to fresh water…!

Hello Again Everyone, Well the festive holiday season is fast approaching once again and here in the UK the weather has already turned decidedly wet and wintery, although we have had no sign of any snow – yet…!! However with the shops and streets decorated for Christmas and our minds turning towards shopping for those […]

Inspired by Paul Gauguin Cruises!

Hello Again Everyone, Hopefully you will have read my previous two Blogs about my fabulous recent cruise in French Polynesia with Paul Gauguin Cruises. I’m sure you already know that Paul Gauguin was a famous French artist who spent his later years living and painting in French Polynesia and who is credited with “revolutionising portrait […]

Paul Gauguin Cruises – Polynesian Paradise!

Hello Everyone, I ended my last Blog for The World’s Greatest Vacations by promising you more about my recent amazing French Polynesian cruise experience onboard the ms Paul Gauguin of Paul Gauguin Cruises. Our 10 day voyage took us to some of the most beautiful islands in The Society Islands as well as the Tuamotus […]

Paul Gauguin Cruises and the beautiful French Polynesian Islands!

Hello Everyone, I mentioned at the end of last month’s blog that I was lucky enough to be cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises around the French Polynesian Islands and yes, I am still coming back down to earth after that amazing experience…!!!! Firstly, allow me to state for the record that Tahiti and the surrounding […]

On Board Queen Victoria to Norway and Iceland!

Hello again, everyone! This is Captain Peter Philpott returning with my monthly blog for The World’s Greatest Vacations and this month I’m delighted to be able to write about the very first cruise I have ever taken as a genuine guest on board ship, since my retirement as Captain of Cunard Lines’ “Queen Mary 2” […]

Alicante, Spain followed by the Queen Victoria!

Hello Everyone and welcome to my monthly Blog for the World’s Greatest Vacations! It’s been a busy month since I last wrote, when the WW2 Veterans were travelling on the Transatlantic Crossing on board Queen Mary 2. I have just returned from a fabulous trip to Alicante in Spain. Apart from being a beautiful city […]