Friends are inclined to throw the odd envious glance when you let it slip that you are off on a cruise of the dreamy Caribbean, or Jewels of the Med, or a voyage through the phenomenal Nordic Fjords and onwards to spot polar bears and icebergs.
News of a mid-October jaunt around the coasts of Ireland and Scotland, however, invokes solicitous sympathy rather than envy, and is accompanied by warnings about squalls, storms and sea-sickness...
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