My Next Top Ten Bucket List of Trips

Lion in Field

In my life of travel I have visited the most incredible places across the globe, but it was not until I was asked to compile my Top Ten Bucket List of Trips (#TTCTopTen) that I realized I still have many more miles to travel!

I have always enjoyed the concept of a Bucket List. Now that our global team is beginning to post their Top Ten lists it provided a wonderful opportunity for me to update mine and begin to look forward to the next ten incredible places that I plan to travel to. With over 60 countries that our 30 award winning brands take our guests to every year I had a lot to choose from!

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Attending the Launch of the Uniworld S.S. Maria Theresa

I recently attended the launch of the masterpiece ‘S.S. Maria Theresa’. The Godmother of the ship is Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a direct descendant of Maria Theresa and the Great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Maria Theresa was the inspiration for the decoration of the ship, which is designed to feel like a Baroque castle and includes the painting of the ship’s namesake shown in the photo above. The Princess gave a wonderful speech and the Dom Perignon used to christen the ship broke on the 2nd attempt. I hope this is lucky!

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Selling South African Headlines, Regardless Of Ethics

Selling South African Headlines, Regardless Of Ethics

I was shocked, angry and deeply disappointed to read in the 22 February 2015 edition of a South African Sunday newspaper that attempted, utterly untruthfully, and irresponsibly, to link me and the rest of my family with the on going HSBC scandal. This is journalistic malpractice; there is no other way to describe it.

It is perhaps easier to start with the elements of the story which are true.  I am indeed 84 years old and my daughter, Vicki, does have a bank account in Geneva with HSBC.  That, sadly, is where the accuracy of the article stops.

A complete absence of fact has allowed for a gratuitous attack on a family whose financial and emotional commitment to the country of their birth is, I would suggest, second to none.

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