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EDITOR’S LETTER What do you think are the essential ingredients for a perfect cruise holiday? Is it the ports of call, the ship, the food and entertainment, or a combination of factors? As voting opens for the Cruise International Awards 2013 (page 43), we’re giving you the chance to have your say about your favourite cruise lines – and there are some incredible prizes to be won. Cruising from the UK is becoming more and more popular, and on page 61 you’ll find our Cool Britannia guide to some exceptional itineraries available from British ports – from round our isles to the Amazon and beyond. Somewhere I’m longing to visit is Africa, so I was enthralled by Julie Peasgood’s adventures on a cruise to this magnificent region (page 52). And if you’re a parent who has never cruised before, our New to Cruise section is packed with tips on cruising with your family (page 19). 2013 is the year of new ship launches, and on page 33 we focus on three very different ships that are making waves. Oh yes, there’s something for everyone.

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Iceland’s awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a true natural wonder

FEATURES 28 HOLLYWOOD GODMOTHERS A look at four of the A-listers adding glamour to cruise launches

30 FRESH FROM THE SEA

Seafood and fish recipes from Michelin-starred chef Nobu

33 NEW SHIPS

Reviews and a preview of three of the most exciting ships to debut this year

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52 OUT OF AFRICA

Julie Peasgood is spellbound by a cruise to the great continent

57 CULTURE CLUB

Azamara’s new offering gives you the chance to experience something different

78 INTO THE BLUE

Venturing into Norway’s secret fjords

86 ONE FOR THE RIVER

Brilliant wine cruises from Bordeaux to the Douro

90 GOING DUTCH

A delightful cruise along the waterways of Holland

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COMPETITION 43 CRUISE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS Your chance to vote for your favourites – with fantastic prizes to be won

COOL BRITANNIA SPECIAL 61 CRUISES FROM THE UK

We put the spotlight on the astonishing range of no-fly cruises from Britain

62-65 ROUND UK & EIRE

From Liverpool and the stunning Scottish highlands to historical Cobh

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68-69 BALTIC

Depart British ports for some of the most exciting destinations in the world

70-71 MEDITERRANEAN

Enchanting itineraries starring the jewels of the Med, including Greece and Turkey

72-73 THE REST OF THE WORLD

From the UK to New York, the Caribbean, the Amazon, Asia and Australasia

75-76 PORTS AND HOTELS Your indispensible directory of UK ports and places to stay

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REGULARS 11 CRUISE NEWS

The Duchess of Cambridge is named godmother to Royal Princess, plus innovations on Quantum of the Seas

14 CRUISE STYLE

Our favourite colourful accessories and the best beauty buys for spring

© The Chelsea Magazine Company Ltd 2013. All rights reserved. Text and pictures are copyright restricted and must not be reproduced without permission of the publishers. The information in CRUISE INTERNATIONAL has been published in good faith and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. However, where appropriate, you are strongly advised to check prices, opening times, dates etc, before making final arrangements. All liability for loss, disappointment, negligence or damage caused by reliance on the information contained within this publication is hereby excluded. The opinions expressed by contributors to CRUISE INTERNATIONAL are not necessarily those of the publisher. For up to date travel advice, always check fco.gov.uk before you go.

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The latest health and wellbeing news to see you though your travels

83 RIVER CRUISE NEWS

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The arrival of MS Cyrano de Bergerac, Viking’s Chelsea garden, and another new ship for Uniworld

94 ASK THE EXPERTS

Your travel questions answered

97 YOUR CRUISE PHOTOS

We publish the best of your holiday snaps in our cruise gallery

98 CELEBRITY TRAVELS

We chat to Coast’s Neil Oliver about the places that inspire him

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SeljalandSfoSS, iceland

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located in the magnificent thórsmörk valley (named after thor), seljalandsfoss, which is 40m high, is one of the most famous and spectacular waterfalls in the world. at night, the waterfall and its surroundings are floodlit, adding to the eerie beauty. in summer, the valley is covered in wild flowers, while in winter, when snow is all around, there are ice crystals in the air. >> Turn to page 66 to read about cruises to Iceland


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P&O have launched their programme for 2014/15 including new fly-cruise holidays in the Med. Ventura will now offer summer sailings round Italy, from Venice to Savona, taking in Croatia, Greece and Montenegro, in addition to winter in the Caribbean. For more information, or to request a brochure, call P&O Cruises on 0843 374 0111 or visit pocruises.co.uk

ROYAL APPROVAL We were very excited to hear that the Duchess of Cambridge is going to be the godmother for Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess when she makes her debut in June. We’ll be bringing you all the news from the launch on cruise international.com

May Europa 2 + Avalon Expression June Royal Princess + Le Soléal

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VOTING OPENS FOR THE CRUISE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2013 Voting has opened for the Cruise International Awards 2013 – and everyone who votes has the opportunity to be entered into the prize draw. Prizes include a Caribbean holiday, luxury suitcase, designer watches, and a tablet.* Turn to page 43 for details of how to cast your vote.

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QUANTUM DESIGN LEAP Royal Caribbean has revealed the stunning new features on board Quantum of the Seas, which will start sailing in autumn 2014 – including a skydiving simulator, and the opportunity to hang 300ft above the ocean in the London Eyeinspired North Star pod. Other highlights include dodgems at sea (yes, really) and virtual balconies for inside staterooms, as well as studio staterooms for solo holidaymakers. The ship will also have staterooms with their own private corridor as well as inter-connecting doors to make cruising easier for families.

Holiday reads The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris By Jenny Colgan (Little, Brown, £7.99) Following an accident Anna heads across the Channel to work for a chocolatier in this delightful, funny romantic novel.

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Circle Line By Steffan Meyric Hughes (Summersdale, £8.99) In 2009, sailor and Londoner Steffan became the first person to sail and row around the city in a small boat. This is the story of his unique journey.

The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald (Picador, £7.99) As the new movie hits cinemas, it’s the perfect opportunity to remind yourself of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, a tragic love story set on Long Island in the Twenties.

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At Captain’s Choice, inspired moments – big and small – are everything. We have a proud tradition, stretching back 40 years, of innovation and fresh thinking which has set new standards in luxury travel. The tradition continues today as we lead the way with a matchless range of tours to exotic and remote destinations around the globe. On every tour, our customers come first in every way. By going the extra mile, and curating fresh wonders for them, our inspired moments in turn become yours.

With Captain’s Choice you travel on the finest transportation from start to finish. Superior scheduled airlines, the world’s finest trains and cruise ships, and even by privately chartered plane. When sightseeing, our vehicles are deliberately not filled to capacity to ensure ample room for comfort and personal space. We feature some of the world’s finest hotels, five star wherever possible and each one personally selected for its quality and proximity to key sights.

Our tours are fully inclusive, and our experienced escort team will be at you disposal throughout. We include much that others leave out; all travel, 5-star accommodation, sightseeing and guest speakers, special luggage handling and immigration arrangements, taxes, transfers, gratuities and a tour doctor for complete peace-of-mind. Our tour prices start from £3,520. To find out more, or request a brochure, please contact us today.

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6. > Powder scarf, £15 Brighten any outfit with this pretty scarf. powder-uk.co.uk 7. > Susan Posnick lipsticks, £18.50 each Gorgeous shades named after global cities. susanposnick.com

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r e f f O r e d Rea Ultra-chic and multifunctional, RedDog Design bags, loved by fashionistas including Dannii Minogue, will help keep everything in one place when you travel. From £22.95, reddogbags.com Use the unique code Cruise13 at the checkout to secure a 20% discount between 10 May and 10 July.

8. > Dinny Hall earrings, £75 Gold earrings. dinnyhall.com 9. > Les Senteurs Gourmandes, £22.50 Vanilla base blended with fruit essences. marksand spencer.com

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cruise Well

Every issue we bring you the latest health and wellbeing news words: natalie milner photos: © alila/cunard/photoalto sas/alamy

Island paradise

A new luxury cruise experience with Alila Purnama takes guests to their very own deserted beach on the Indonesian archipelago to experience a traditional Balinese massage. An on-board therapist performs the ancient healing therapy, which combines gentle stretching, long therapeutic strokes and skin rolling to leave you feeling truly relaxed. The traditional Phinisi boat offers ultra-modern accommodation for up to 10 guests, pampered by an experienced crew of 16. Alilahotels.com/purnama

Body, mind and spirit enjoy the morning rays of the south east asian sun with tai chi classes on board The Jahan, travel indochina’s most intimate, luxury river cruiser which has a series of voyages along mekong river. a moving form of yoga and meditation combined, tai chi animates the body and helps reduce stress, enhance immune function and develop strength, balance and posture.

Luscious locks Winner of the Best travel range at the Hair awards 2013 this march, the macadamia natural oil luxe travel set is a perfect concoction of rejuvenating treatments to help keep your hair looking glossy while you’re on board. the travel pouch includes a healing oil treatment, deep repair masque, oil infused comb, nourishing leave-in cream, moisturizing rinse and shampoo. available from macadamiahair.com and high street salons, £45.

treat your feet if like us you’re guilty of neglecting your feet, the new Healthy Feet programme on board the canyon ranch spa on cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is for you. sit back and relax in a zero gravity chair and choose from a range of therapeutic treatments, focusing on feet and the lower legs, and using botanical products by German company Gehwol. the 50 minute Foot rescue treatment is $100. For more info see cunard.co.uk

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Cruise lines are investing in bigger and better facilities and entertainment for all ages. Kids love the water parks, and parents like to chill while their little ones are looked after in free clubs. So how do you find the right cruise for your family? Cruise International Contributing Editor and mum-of-two Deborah Stone shares some top tips cru ise -i n t er nat iona l .com

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Budget and taste. Do you want a big, all-singing, all-dancing cruise ship, or a smaller, yacht-club experience? There are cruises to suit everyone – so it’s worth doing a bit of research to find the one that’s right for your family.

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Ages. Most cruise lines won’t take babies younger than six months (Disney and MSC Cruises take threemonth-olds) and toddlers usually have to be potty trained if you want to leave them alone in children’s clubs or use the pools.

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Kids’ clubs. If you want your children to enjoy kids’ clubs, make sure the cruise line you choose has an age group that suits them. A five or six-yearold may not want to be with toddlers, and 12-year-olds might prefer young teenagers to nine and ten-year-olds. Meanwhile, older teens will enjoy their own club room more than being shoved in with younger teens – and don’t forget that if you have two or more children they might want to be together. Or not…

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Being British. Travel is all about broadening the mind, but if your children are shy they may prefer a British cruise line with English-speaking kids’ club staff and children.

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Timing. If your children are at school you’ll want to take them away in the school holidays – this will give them the opportunity to make more friends while on board, but you’ll need to watch out for great deals.

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All childrens’ clubs on all lines are free, but there may be charges for specific activities.

Book a larger stateroom, or even a suite, so that you have plenty of room. Thomson Cruises has family cabins on all of its ships that accommodate two adults and two children, and the newly refurbished Thomson Dream has suites with balconies which now come with iPod docking stations and flat screen TVs – ideal for families.

“Take advantage of the free entertainment and try something new. Let each member of the family choose one activity that everyone must try. It’s a great way to have fresh and interesting experiences with your family – you may even discover a new common interest.”

ERICA DOUGLAS, MUM OF ONE AND BLOGGER AT LITTLEMUMMY.COM

Although lots of entertainment is free the bills soon rack up for tempting video games, gi shops and paid-for drinks and snacks on some ships. Set a daily limit (and if you’re giving them their own key cards, you may need to put a limit on their accounts). CRU ISE -I N T ER NAT IONA L .COM


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the big trend in family cruises right now is multi-generational holidays – even on luxury lines. “our cruises are perfect for a multi-generational holiday,” says uK managing Director andy magowan. “seaDream’s prices include use of water sports toys and all recreational facilities. every stateroom is equipped with the latest entertainment centres including iPod docking stations.”

Look out for family-friendly excursions. Try to avoid long coach journeys if it’s hot – you can join a ship’s trip to a beautiful beach or hire bicycles for a family tour. Keeping in touch with kids by mobile phone is very expensive from a ship and most walkie-talkies don’t work well. But some cruise lines have special phones for this purpose.

Before you book, check out what baby equipment is available to borrow. You can pre order nappies, baby food and milk formula on Disney cruises, for example, with freshly pureed vegetables available as well as buggies and nappy bins. Any ship with a children’s club should have cots and highchairs and most will warm bottles for you. Family-friendly ships will all have children’s menus with treats such as pizza and chips, spaghetti bolognese and bangers and mash. only top of the range luxury lines such as oceania, regent, seabourn and silversea don’t provide special meals. cru ise -i n t er nat iona l .com

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choose a cruise inclusive of gratuities or on board tips and you’ll save a small fortune. some cruise lines charge each passenger a daily gratuity rate – even children. some allow passengers to cancel the automatic charges and distribute their own tips, but this has to be done on the first day of the cruise.

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SAFETY ON BOARD BY LIZ JARVIS, EDITOR, CRUISE INTERNATIONAL ● Cruise

holidays are perfectly safe for families – but just like any holiday it’s important to not take silly risks. You wouldn’t leave a young child unattended in a swimming pool at a hotel, so why would you do it on a ship? There’s lots of freedom for older kids and teenagers – but they still need to understand that the same rules apply at sea as they do anywhere else.

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One size does not fit all, according to Andy Harmer, director of the Association of Cruise Experts. “Just because there are children in the party, don’t assume they will be interested in attending the many varied, and great, kids’ clubs. They might be happier in a wellstocked library, relaxing by the pool with their iPad or taking part in the many sports activities that can be found on board.”

If your child likes to learn, Princess Cruises have ‘edutainment’ Junior Enrichment lessons presented by the California Science Centre and cookery lessons in its Junior Chefs at Sea programme. Some cruise lines offer babysitting at night: Cunard and P&O cruise ships have free night nurseries, and there are charges for group babysitting on the following lines: Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, NCL, Princess, Regent and Royal Caribbean (from $5 to $25).

Teenagers’ clubs should have age appropriate entertainment. Royal Caribbean has a DJ Academy, teens travelling on Disney Dream get their own (very cool) pool, and Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam have a New York loft-style club – and hot tub parties.

cruises have a compulsory ‘muster’ drill before the ship departs, which tells you what to do in the event of an emergency, how to put on your life jacket, etc. It’s similar to an aeroplane safety demonstration – but more detailed, and because the layout of your ship will probably be unfamiliar to you, it’s really important to attend.

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clubs have very strict signing in/ out policies and parents will always be contacted in an emergency or if a child isn’t settling in or wants their mum or dad. Just like a land-based kids’ club, you have to fill in all medical details and information before they join. Staff are fully trained, and there is a high staff to child ratio, but like any childcare, make sure you’re happy.

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balconies do vary from ship to ship, and it’s worth checking these out before making a decision. If you’re travelling with toddlers you may want to consider booking a stateroom without a balcony, but all balcony doors are lockable.

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you’re on a big ship it can be confusing, so do take time to familiarise yourselves with the layout and look at your maps.

BECKY WIGGINS, MUM OF TWO AND BLOGGER AT ENGLISHMUM.COM

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“If you’ve got a teenage vampire, encourage them out into the sunlight by booking an adventure excursion on shore. No teen can resist the temptation of a jetski. And take time to check out the list of the next day’s activities that’s left in your stateroom every night – there’s all sorts for kids to take part in – from cupcake classes to belly flop competitions.”


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It’s one of the most fascinating Mum-of-two Tara Cain took her first cruise on continents in the world – and as Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas earlier this Julie Peasgood discovered, it’s easy year. Now, she says, she’s completely hooked to explore by ship

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Clockwise, from left: Labadee, Haiti; relaxing on the beach; rum punch; one of the instructors on the horse-riding excursion; local entertainment; kids’ pool area onboard

From the moment i took my first steps on to the huge 15-deck ship i was totally blown away by its size and grandeur. throughout the whole cruise, the ship remained spotless. and every member of staff we met – from the waiters and stateroom attendants to the captain himself, were friendly and helpful and had a smile on their face. my stateroom was spacious and comfortable, and to my delight i discovered that room service was included. every morning i could eat my granola and fruit on my balcony, watching the sea go by as i sipped my cup of tea in total peace. it really was idyllic. and it never felt as though there were thousands of people onboard. some were sipping cocktails, some were on loungers, some were using the amazing sports deck with its huge climbing wall and fabulous surf simulator, the Flowrider. i knew the facilities would be extensive, but the onboard gym was actually superior to the one i’m a member of back home and the spa was a real treat. my overriding impression was of quality. everything is so well looked after and looks brand new. i’ve stayed in five-star hotels that aren’t as pristine.

The fOOd one of my biggest concerns was that there wouldn’t be enough variety, but i was pleasantly surprised. on Liberty of the Seas the Windjammer self-service buffet restaurant is perfect for families, with a large variety of good basic food on offer. it gets rather busy at times, but the selection is impressive. and there are a host of other venues to choose from – everything from chop’s Grille to american-style diner Johnny rockets. the Windjammer and the main dining hall – which looks like something from the set of a movie it’s so grand – are both included in the price of your cruise, but you need to pay a supplement to eat at the specialty restaurants (starting at $3.95 per person).

The enTerTainmenT i thought the entertainment would be mediocre at best – but in fact, it was so good i’d happily pay to go and see it, from the ice-skating extravaganza to Saturday Night Fever. For a first-time cruiser, the quality and cru ise -i n t er nat iona l .com

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The Kids’ Clubs the kids’ clubs were perfectly pitched to each age group, with lots of daily activities for them to choose from. i was really impressed. the adventure ocean programme has won awards – and it’s very clear why. Kids can spend their time making kites, doing science experiments, sports, face painting, competitions or just chilling out together. older children have an impressive array of things to keep them busy – from Playstations and Wiis to arts and crafts and a disco. and difficult-to-please teenagers are catered for with their own ‘clubhouse’, and even a three-day DJ course if they want to learn a skill.

The shOre exCursiOns after docking in beautiful labadee, we boarded a small boat heading for a private island. there we sipped rum cocktails in hollowed-out coconuts, the waves lapping at our feet and beautiful scenery all around us. meanwhile a procession of little buggies emerged from the ship, bringing a huge barbecue for everyone to enjoy. Jerk chicken, bbq pork, salads, burgers, fruit, cakes, puddings – it really was an excellent feast. there were also lots of beach activities on offer, including the zip wire, snorkelling, jet skis and an entire aqua park. Plus the kids’ clubs. in Jamaica we experienced an amazing day-long excursion: horse riding in the sea followed by a trek up Dunns river Falls. it was an unforgettable experience.

fOr families the most important thing i’ve learned from my first cruise is that it is vital you do your research before you book and ensure you pick the class of ship which is right for you and your family. From the sports activities to the award-winning kids’ clubs, the Dreamworks parade, to the familyfriendly shows – there was something to keep all ages busy and happy. and what i really liked was that these programmes have been designed to encourage parents and kids to do things together and make the most of their time as a family on board the ship. i never thought i’d say this, but a cruise is a great family holiday.

GETTING THERE Royal Caribbean offers a 4-night Western Caribbean cruise sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida from £288 per person, cruise only, calling at Cozumel, Mexico. Departs 12 December 2013 and incudes meals, entertainment and all relevant cruise taxes/ fees. For more information see royalcaribbean. co.uk or call 0844 493 4005.

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n day two of our fiveday Western caribbean cruise, i stood on the ocean view balcony watching the sea go by, and realized i had been hypnotized by cruising. i was on board the most amazing ship i had ever seen, and the night before i had experienced the most wonderful night’s sleep. Why had i never wanted to do this before? and as we approached our first port of call, labadee on the island of Haiti, with her lush, green hills spreading out before me and the glittering caribbean sea pulling me closer, i knew i was well and truly hooked. my preconceptions about cruising – that it would be too crowded, that i’d be bored being in such a confined space – were completely challenged.


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A-list Hollywood stars are lining up to name cruise ships – here are four of the most glamorous godmothers around...

Sharon Stone SHIP: AMAVIDA We were quite surprised (OK, very surprised) when we discovered the Basic Instinct actress was going to be naming Ama Waterways’ latest luxury vessel – but river cruising just got very glam indeed. Sharon was chosen to be a godmother for her humanitarian efforts, and “her beauty and grace”.

Sophia Loren SHIP: MSC PREZIOSA, AND THE REST OF THE FLEET The Oscar-winning star and Hollywood legend said at the launch of MSC Preziosa that “no one else is going to be an MSC godmother while I’m around.” She wasn’t kidding – she’s godmother to MSC’s entire fleet of cruise ships, and says that if she could go on any kind of holiday she would choose a cruise. 28

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Kristin Chenoweth SHIP: QUANTUM OF THE SEAS A huge star in the US, where she’s appeared in numerous stage shows and movies as well TV programmes including Glee, Kristin says she’s very excited to be godmother to Royal Caribbean’s new ship, which is expected to start sailing in October next year. “I’ve been lucky to play many roles and I am looking forward to this one,” she added. “I think the Royal Caribbean brand is the perfect match for me, especially with their history of providing exceptional entertainment experiences to their guests.”

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Andie MacDowell SHIP: QUEEN ISABEL The star of Four Weddings and Groundhog Day was chosen to be a godmother for her “timeless beauty and elegance” and said she was “deeply honoured” to christen Uniworld’s river cruise ship. CRU ISE -I N T ER NAT IONA L .COM

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Freshfrom the sea Celebrity chef Nobu will be offering intimate gourmet experiences on board Crystal Symphony this summer. Here he shares three of his favourite fish and seafood recipes

SASHIMI SALAD WITH MATSUHISA DRESSING SERVES Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 7 oz fresh tuna fillet (can be made with shrimp, lobster, crab, salmon or yellowtail as well) 5 tbsp plus 1 tsp Matsuhisa Dressing 2 oz assorted salad vegetables

METHOD ● Preheat a grill or broiler. Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper on the

tuna. Briefly sear the tuna until its surface turns white. Plunge the fillet into iced water to stop it cooking any further, then shake off the excess water. ● Pour the Matsuhisa Dressing into a serving dish. Arrange the salad vegetables in the centre of the dish. Cut the tuna into five to seven slices and place them around the vegetables in the centre.

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MATSUHISA DRESSING ¾ cup finely chopped onion 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp soy sauce 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp rice vinegar 2 tsp water ½ tsp granulated sugar Pinch sea salt ¼ tsp powdered mustard Pinch freshly ground black pepper 4 tsp grapeseed oil 4 tsp sesame oil ● Combine all the ingredients except the oils. When the salt is fully dissolved, it

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3 scallops ½ cucumber Coriander leaves Chilli paste Salt flakes 2 tsp freshly squeezed yuzu juice 1 tbsp and 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice l Extract the scallops from their shells, remove the innards,

beard, etc, and take off the frilly membrane. Although it depends upon their size, aim to cut each scallop across its depth into 3 slices. l Slice the cucumber into very thin discs and carefully arrange the slices in the middle of a serving plate. Surround the cucumber with the scallop slices. l On each scallop slice place some coriander leaves and a little dollop of chilli paste, then sprinkle it with salt flakes. l Make a yuzu lemon sauce by mixing the yuzu and lemon juices, and pour this around carefully.

Nobu’s Notes l Depending upon their size, scallops should be cut into

slices around ⅛ inch (3mm) thick. Arrange seven slices on the dish (see photo below). l Chilli paste will be easier to use if it is put in a piping bag or other dispenser.

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Nobu-style saikyo-miso sauce ½ cup sake ¾ cup mirin 2 cups white miso paste 1¼ cups granulated sugar

fish 4 black cod fillets, about 8 oz each l Bring sake and mirin to the boil in a medium

saucepan over a high heat. Boil for 20 seconds to evaporate the alcohol. l Reduce to a low heat and add the miso paste, mixing with a wooden spoon. When the miso has dissolved completely, increase to a high heat and add the sugar, stirring constantly cru ise -i n t er nat iona l .com

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to ensure the bottom of pan doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat once the sugar is fully dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Set aside ½ cup of sauce for serving the next day, use the rest as marinade. l Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Cover with saikyo-miso sauce, place in a glass dish or bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. l Preheat the broiler to high. l Lightly wipe off excess miso on the fillets, but do not rinse it off. Discard the marinade. Place the fish in a broiler pan and broil until the surface turns brown – for about two minutes. l Reduce the heat. l Move the fish to the centre of the oven and bake for ten to 15 minutes. l Plate up the fillets and add a few drops of reserved sauce to each plate. J u n e /J u ly 2013 |

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The latest addition to MSC Cruises’ fleet boasts state-of-the-art facilities for the whole family

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ith their sleek, scandinavian design, Viking cruises’ newest longships evoke a feeling of calm and elegance. the ships’ names are inspired by Viking Gods (Viking Atla,Viking Baldur, Viking Bragi, Viking Forseti, Viking Jarl, Viking Magni, Viking Skadi, Viking Rinda, Viking Tor and Viking Var), and all make fantastic use of light, featuring glass, backlit marble panels rising above a terazzo floor and a grand wooden staircase to create a beautiful, modern space. French balcony staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, while suites have their own veranda. the aquavit terrace is a lovely place to enjoy breakfast (which can be cooked to order – we recommend the pancakes) or lunch al fresco. the large sun deck has plenty of space to relax – or, should you fancy it, play a game of giant chess. the ships have quiet, environmentally-friendly hybrid engines, solar panels and there’s even an organic herb garden on the large sun deck.

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The debut of Royal Princess in June promises to be one of the most talked about ship launches this year. Not only is the Duchess of Cambridge going to be the ship’s godmother, but Royal Princess features some incredible, innovative features. Here we take a closer look at what will be on board

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hen Royal Princess debuts in June, the 3,600-passenger ship will attract attention for its many striking features, including a soaring atrium and the dramatic over-the-water SeaWalk. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; the dramatic over-the-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glassbottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio, broadcasting events including interactive culinary shows and live concerts; a pastry shop; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms. Here are a few innovations onboard Royal Princess that you may not have heard about yet - all designed to add something extra special to your cruise...

Largest coLLection of super tuscan wines at sea More than 20 choices of these headline-making wines from Tuscany will be available in Sabatini’s, the Italian speciality restaurant. The wines range from recognisable super Tuscans such as Masseto, Solaia or Tignanello to some lesser known vintages such as Castello del Terricio or Il Bruciato Bolgheri. Wines will be featured by the bottle and in a new Sabatini’s super Tuscan wine tasting event, where passengers can enjoy the rare opportunity to sample the wines accompanied by delicious small plates from the Tuscan inspired Italian restaurant.

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royal indulgence package new cabanas in the Sanctuary offer an array of exclusive treatments in an adults-only setting, with incredible ocean views. this exclusive experience will provide the ultimate in pampering with all-day spa treatments, plus gourmet food and beverage offerings.

Whisky flights at Wheelhouse Bar inspired by the growing popularity of whisky, the line’s signature Wheelhouse Bar, which offers live piano entertainment and drinks in a club-like ambiance, will feature a menu of three different whisky flights – each including three whiskies. passengers can choose from single malts, three “Glens” and other iconic whisky options, each featuring tasting notes.

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Clockwise, from left: Royal Princess at sea; the dining experience at Chef’s Table Lumiere: retreat to The Sanctuary; the Wheelhouse Bar, where you can enjoy whisky flights; Bellini’s bar; Sabatini’s wine tasting event offers the largest collection of super Tuscan wines at sea; the incredible SeaWalk

royal Bellini 50ml ciroc vodka 25ml galliano 100ml white peach puree 150ml French champagne

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the top-deck SeaView Bar will feature midday and sunset flair bartending shows where talented bartenders will entertain passengers with their bottle-tossing and mixing skills. meanwhile the new Bellini’s bar offers a prime location for watching the action in the piazza below, serving a variety of Bellini-inspired drinks, including the new signature royal Bellini. 8

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Largest geLato menu at sea Whether you prefer vanilla, chocolate, dulce de leche, or butter pecan, the charming new gelateria onboard Royal Princess will serve up the largest variety of creamy Italian-inspired gelato and ice cream creations at sea. Gelato will feature a menu of eight delicious flavours prepared by the ship’s pastry chef, plus more than 20 toppings and sauces, and specialty items such as designer sundaes, homemade waffle cones, creamy fruit smoothies, frosty shakes and sweet crepes.

tea tower with sommeLier and 250 bLends of tea tea lovers will revel in Royal Princess’s unique tea tower located in the ship’s central piazza, featuring a tea sommelier and a choice of 250 blends. Here passengers can enjoy pre-blended tea varieties or create their own custom flavours. the ship’s tea sommelier, an expert on tea blends, will host tea-tasting events and a new royal afternoon tea experience, inspired by some of the most famous tea spots in London.

Royal Princess will serve up the largest selection of Italian-inspired gelato and ice cream creations at sea

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Go online: the 2013 maiden season of Royal Princess will include cruises on the line’s signature grand mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the autumn. You can find out more about Royal Princess and watch videos at princess.com/royalprincess

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Over 20,000 of you voted for last year’s Cruise International Awards, and this year’s are going to be bigger and better. But we need your help – we want to know which cruise lines you think deserve special recognition this year. Overleaf you’ll find the categories you can vote for. Cast your vote online and you’ll have the chance to be entered into a fabulous prize draw, where you could win prizes including a holiday for two to the beautiful Caribbean island of St Kitts, a luxury suitcase, designer watches or a tablet*.

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Best cruise line l Best river cruise line l Best luxury cruise line l Best specialist cruise line l Best affordaBle cruise line l Best for families l Best innovation l Best for entertainment l Best onBoard restaurant l Best destination (europe) l Best destination (rest of World) l Best for WellBeing l Best for activities l Best cruise Blogger l Best cruise agent l

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THE WORLD’S BEST RIVER CRUISES Douro • Rhine • Moselle • Danube • Rhône • Seine • Garonne • Gironde • Dutch Waterways • Venice & Po • Volga • Mekong • Nile • Yangtze

THANK YOU! Titan and Uniworld were honoured to receive three prestigious accolades at last year’s Cruise International Awards, and we thank you so much for your votes. Voting for the 2013 awards is open now and we would be very grateful for support once again. Simply visit the Cruise International website to vote.


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A Caribbean island holiday for two The lucky winner of our grand prize and their guest will jet off with British Airways to the stunning island of St. Kitts, where you’ll enjoy a stay at the luxurious St. Kitts Marriott Resort, before transferring to the beautiful island of Nevis for a further four nights. With its white and black sand beaches, colourful culture, historical sights, exceptional restaurants and friendly hospitable people, St. Kitts has all the elements required for a relaxing getaway. Named after explorer Christopher Columbus it’s small – but perfectly formed. St. Kitts, a popular port of call on many cruises, has a history of colonial influence and there are some beautiful artefacts and architecture to discover. The most famous and most visited site is without a doubt Brimstone

Hill Fortress. Dating back to 1690, it’s the only man-made UNESCO listed World Heritage Site in the eastern Caribbean. Most of the island’s pleasures are outdoors. Horse riding and hiking are a great way to see the countryside, there’s an 18-hole golf course and diving is a big draw. The waters around St. Kitts and Nevis play host to some amazing reefs, shipwrecks and a wealth of colourful fish and coral. Unspoiled by mass tourism, yet welcoming and accommodating to all visitors, St. Kitts offers guests a truly authentic Caribbean experience. Following your stay on St. Kitts you’ll discover the enchanting island of Nevis, with its incredible wildlife and beaches.

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WONDERFUL WILDLIFE Nature lovers will be spoiled for choice in Alaska. You can see grizzly bears, polar bears, grey wolves, bald eagles, blue and humpback whales, orcas, lynx, moose, and hundreds of other rare and endangered species in their natural habitats.

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NEW ROUTES FROM THE UK Icelandair (icelandair.com) is launching a new route from Reykjavik to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, from 15 May 2013. It’s also increasing its services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, and Glasgow airports to the Icelandic capital, offering easy connections, and a faster and more economical way for Brits to travel to Alaska, shaving five hours off other routes. The flights are perfect for those interested in small ship cruising or adventure cruising from Anchorage. Whether you’re visiting Alaska on a cruise or flying there from the UK for a holiday, there has never been a better time to visit.

SPECTACULAR SCENERY Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other US states combined, and more than 17 of the 20 highest peaks in Alaska are found there. It also boasts half the world’s glaciers – it’s estimated that there are more than 100,000 glaciers in the state.

AMAZING ADVENTURES If you’re looking for a taste of adventure, Alaska has it all from the mild to the wild. Raft a world-class river, kayak, hike or bike a mountain trail. Take a fishing trip or join a sightseeing cruise.

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AFRICAN EXPLORER clouds are draping themselves over the the lip like a badly laid table cloth. On these days the locals actually call it Table Cloth Mountain. I was also eager to sample Cape Town’s renowned waterfront market, and so I made a beeline for the craft and curio markets at Victoria Wharf. They didn’t disappoint, offering traditional, South African hand-made treasures and hardly any souvenir-type tat. But the market is only the beginning. When you get under the skin of Cape Town you begin to realise what a truly amazing city it is. From the colonial magnificence of The Lord Nelson Hotel to the relaxed resort of Camps Bay, located a few miles out of town, where the wealthy and beautiful people hang out, it offers a winning combination of refinement and rugged charm. Sitting at the tip of Africa looking out to sea, it slowly dawns on you that the next stop is Antarctica, and those rolling waves of the Southern Ocean

of the ship’s excursions in Port Elizabeth – a trip to the Addo Elephant National Park, which contains over 300 elephants, not to mention the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. There were several opportunities to visit game reserves during the cruise, including overland trips, with accommodation provided, over a duration of several days. We chose an afternoon game drive as our first safari, and we boarded the Jeeps after scouring the onsite shop (I’m never one to miss a retail opportunity). I invested in a fiendishly good leather fly swat, but was devastated to learn they’d sold out of a sign saying ‘Priority Must Be Given To Dung Beetles.’ I’d have loved one for the loo at home. The safari was awe inspiring, and we were lucky enough to spot zebras, warthogs, antelopes, giant tortoises and even a lion sheltering from the sun. At first, it was just a slight rustling in the undergrowth. Instinctively, you turn

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to look, just as you would at home expecting to see the cat. Which is exactly what you do see – the biggest cat you’ve ever seen in your life. We’ve all seen lions at the zoo but in the wild, in their natural surroundings, they take your breath away. This is their territory you’re in now, not your own. With their sheer majesty, their supreme confidence, almost arrogance, you begin to wonder whether you're watching them or they're watching you. We were all unashamedly excited – and on top of this, we even got up close and personal with an elephant having afternoon tea. Our last African destination was Durban, the busiest port in South Africa. Like Port Elizabeth, this isn’t perhaps the best city to wander around independently, so we kept to the main tourist route (most big cities have a boardwalk area which is safe to walk along). The highlight was a four-hour visit to Phezulu, for a taste of Zulu culture. We saw a spirited display of traditional tribal dancing, complete with Zulu dress and a background of powerful drumming that would have enchanted even Craig Revel Horwood. Both my husband and I were enchanted by the whole experience. The colours, smells, and sounds of Africa will stay with us for a long time, and this cruise has definitely whetted our appetites for more.

Above from top: A lion in the undergrowth; Camps Bay beach; South African souvenirs; Julie and a familiar face

CAPE VERDE AND AFRICA CRUISE Julie visited Africa as part of a longer cruise, but a 14-night cruise with Fred. Olsen departing on 6 December 2013 from Tenerife, calling at Cape Verde, The Gambia and Senegal, starts from £1,339pp, based on two sharing, including flights. For more info call 0845 485 6602 or visit fredolsencruises.com

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november 2013, from £2,000pp). and for the perfect combination of scottish and northern irish charm see their Gaelic Trilogy eight-night cruise (from oban, 5 august 2013, from £4,650pp). noble caledonia’s nine-night Islands on the Edge Cruise starts by exploring stromness, and calls at the remote scottish outpost of canna, known as the Garden of Hebrides (from aberdeen to Falmouth, 6 July 2013 from £2295pp, noble-caledonia.co.uk). For the flower lovers among us there’s the Britain & Ireland in Bloom 11-night cruise, visiting some of the finest gardens in england, ireland, scotland and Wales, (from Poole, to oban, 25 april 2014, from £4,295) and the Sailing to the Isles 10-night voyage combining lush gardens and country estates (from Dundee – with a night in edinburgh beforehand – to oban, 22 July 2014, from £5,695pp). you can explore coastal waters, estuaries and seabird life on noble caledonia’s 10-night Bird Quest cruise on the 84-passenger Ocean Nova, with their Zodiac landing craft enabling access to the most remote places. Ports of call include the Highlands, Portrush, Holy island, lundy and the isles of scilly (from Plymouth, to oban, 2 may 2014, from £2,995). magna carta offers Heart of the Highlands cruises on Lord of the Glens, with a seven-night cruise calling at the world-famous loch ness (from inverness, to oban, 10 september 2013, from £1,561pp, lordoftheglens.co.uk), and a longer 10-night voyage, which makes a complete transit of the caledonian canal (from Kyle of lochalsh, 26 august 2014, from £2,000pp). or, for a bit of added variety, regent seven seas cruises’ 10-night Celtic Charms voyage calls at edinburgh, invergordon, Kirkwall, Portree, Belfast, Dublin, milford Haven and st Peter Port in Guernsey, (from southampton, 2 september 2013, from £5,659pp, rssc.com). there are a number of cruises around the uK which can offer even more breadth, for example, both crystal cruises’ Castles and Kilts seven-night voyage (from Dover, 19 august 2013, from £2,934pp, crystalcruises.co.uk) and carnival’s 12-day cruise, (from Dover, 13 september 2013, from £833pp, carnival.co.uk) venture out to stavanger in norway, before setting off around the British isles; with carnival visiting edinburgh, invergordon, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and le Havre for Paris, and crystal focusing on newcastle, edinburgh, Douglas (isle of man) and Dublin. silversea adds France to their 10-night round Britain itinerary, calling at saint-malo and Honfleur, plus Geurnsey, as well as including the channel islands and skomer island (from Portsmouth, to Greenock, 16 may 2014, silversea.com). if you're looking for a short getaway Fred. olsen offer a two-night Liverpool Highlights round-trip from Belfast to liverpool on Boudicca (from Belfast, 15 october 2013, from £199pp, fredolsencruises.com) and their Dublin & Cork four-night cruise calling at cobh and Dublin (from liverpool, 26 august 2013, from £299pp). if you have adventure in mind, then look no further than Hebridean’s seven-night mystery cruise, the Hebridean Surprise, along the west coast of scotland, with each port of call a ‘captain’s choice’ a treasure trove of hidden destinations await you (from oban, 8 october 2013, from £2,890pp). 8 64

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rom the quaint waterways of Bruges to the volcanic landscapes of iceland, cities and winding countryside alike enchant and inspire. for those with a passion for fine wine, fred. olsen has this covered in their Wine Regions of Bordeaux and Rioja cruise, sailing aboard Braemar (from Dover, 4 october 2013, from £1,375pp), with tastings and lectures hosted by tV wine expert Jilly goolden. meanwhile celebrity cruises offer a 12-night Immersive Wine Cruise visiting Paris, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Vigo and Porto, (from harwich, 12 october 2013, from £782pp). When a short getaway is in order then look no further than a dash across the english channel. minicruises are a breath of fresh air and the south coast of england is the gateway to gems such as Bruges, Paris and hamburg. cunard have two Winter Getaway four-night cruises this year (from southampton, 26 november and 11 December 2013, from £459pp). meanwhile, royal caribbean has four-night minicruises this autumn; from the port of Zeebrugge you can explore the sights of Brussels, and Paris can be explored from le havre (from southampton, 26 october 2013, from £339pp, royalcaribbean.co.uk). later in the year, fred. olsen’s four-night minicruise goes to rouen and Zeebrugge (from Dover, 6 December 2013, from £399pp). or get away for new year with P&o cruises’ four-night Cruise Break, for chocolate heaven in Bruges and the leafy canals of amsterdam (from southampton, 29 December 2013, from £839pp, pocruises.co.uk). if you want to see more of northern europe, msc cruises’ Northern Europe 10-night cruise includes amsterdam and st Peter Port, but takes you as far as lisbon (from southampton, 14 september 2013, from £659pp, msccruises.co.uk). for something a bit different, fred. olsen have a seven-night D-Day anniversary cruise with tours round

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war memorials, D-Day museums and allied landing areas (from harwich, 1 June 2014, from £649pp). swap culture for nature with a voyage to the crystal clear waters of iceland, one of the richest marine habitats in the world, with rejuvinating geothermal pools and breathtaking waterfalls. thomson cruises visits akureyri, isafjord and reykjavik, via norway and the shetland islands, on its 13-night Fire & Ice voyage (from newcastle, 20 July 2013, from £1,100pp, thomson.co.uk/cruises). cruise & maritime’s 10-night Iceland and Northern Lights voyage includes the faroe islands, eskifjördur, isafjördur and reykjavik (from Bristol avon, 3 June 2014, from £3969pp). Why not travel further afield, via the mediterranean, with fred. olsen’s 28-night Undiscovered Adriatic cruise, including kotor (montenegro), Dubrovnik and hvar (croatia), koper (slovenia), (from Bristol avon, 17 may 2014, from £2,299pp). or absorb yourself in the land of the pyramids in their 30-night Red Sea cruise, with four egyptian ports of call (from southampton, 18 november 2013, from £2,499pp). the canary islands are easily reached from the uk, take fred. olsen’s 12-night cruise to Madeira & Canaries calling at leixoes, funchal (madiera), santa cruz, arrecife (lanzarote) and lisbon (from Belfast, 3 october 2013, from £949pp) or Princess cruises’ 12-night Canary Islands cruise (from southampton, 14 october 2013, from £799pp, princess.com). for some winter sun look to shearings’ 14-night Christmas & New Year cruise round the canaries with christmas Day at sea and new year’s eve in madeira and Portugal (from london tilbury, 22 December 2013, from £1,189pp, shearings.com), or cunard’s 10-night Iberian & Moroccan Highlights, (from southampton, 11 December 2013, from £819pp). 8

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14-night Baltic cruise (from Dover, 16 august 2014, from £6,399pp, seadream.com). norway’s awe-inspiring glaciers, steep mountainsides and fjords continue to captivate us. norway is easily accessible from the north of england and scotland, including two North Cape & Land of the Midnight Sun cruises: Voyages of Discovery's 13-night cruise which includes Hammerfest – the world's northernmost town – and a visit to the svartisen Glacier (from Hull, to newcastle, 23 July 2013, from £899pp); and cruise & maritime's 10-night cruise (from edinburgh leith, 2 august 2014, from £889pp). P&o sail from the south of the uK on Norwegian Fjords, (from southampton, 2 august 2013, from £859pp), as do shearings, with a 14-night Land of the Northern Lights on Marco Polo (from london tilbury, 6 october 2013, from £1,169pp). the norwegian city of Bergen has charming narrow streets complete with brightly-painted wooden houses, and is a port of call on many norwegian cruises – including celebrity's 10-night trip through norway also calling at oslo, stavanger Flam, alesund, Geiranger and olden on board Celebrity Infinity (from Harwich, 16 aug 2013, from £1,419pp) and cunard’s seven-night Norwegian Wonders Cruise (from southampton, 10 august 2013, from £889pp). For that wow factor, the 14-night Norway and Iceland cruise from Fred. olsen visits the awe-inspiring seljalandsfoss Waterfall from reykjavick before heading to norway, (from rosyth, 18 august 2013, from £1,399pp). 8

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ou can reach some of the world’s most stunning locations on a cruise ship from the uk, from new york to the caribbean and beyond. the world’s largest cruise ship, royal caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, will be in southampton for the first time next year, when you can join it to sail across the atlantic on a 12-night cruise (from southampton, 15 october 2014, with return flights back to london heathrow from £793pp). crystal's Voyage of the Vikings 14-night cruise sails to Boston (from Dover, 2 september 2013, from £3,935pp), but if you fancy a little detour before crossing the pond, carnival travels to new york via reykjavik, the hot springs in Qaqortoq (greenland) and st John’s (canada), (from Dover, return flights from new york, 25 september 2013, from £942pp). cunard have a selection of round-trip transatlantic crossings to new york on the Queen Mary 2, including a 14-night voyage (from southampton, 12 november 2013, from £1,579pp). While their Caribbean Celebration voyage takes you to new york before exploring the caribbean, (from southampton, 15 December 2013, from £3,029pp). yes, the caribbean can be reached from uk ports. see P&o's 24-night Caribbean & Azores cruise visiting Ponta Delgado, antigua, st kitts, Dominica, grenada, Barbados and horta (from southampton, 25 march 2014, from £1,849pp). meanwhile, cruise & maritime takes you from the thames, across the atlantic and down the amazon

river at santarem on their 42-night Amazon, West Indies & the Azores voyage (from london tilbury, 5 January 2014, from £2,699pp). fred. olsen also have a couple of tempting options: a 35-night Amazon Adventure & the Caribbean cruise (from southampton, 22 march 2014, from £2,999pp) and a 32-night West Indies Cruise with destinations including Barbados, st lucia and the Dominican republic, (from southampton, 11 november 2013, from £2,399pp). for an eclectic mix of destinations see Princess’ 38-day tour to singapore through europe, reaching as far as kuala lumpur, (from Dover, return flights from singapore, 7 september 2013, from £5,199pp). and if an australian summer tempts you, embark on fred. olsen’s 61-night cruise to sydney, via madiera, south america, easter island, tahiti, the cook islands and new Zealand, (from southampton, 14 January 2014, from £5,649pp w/o return flights). the ultimate cruise from the uk, perhaps, has to be a round the world voyage. P&o offer a 109-night World Circumnavigation Cruise (from southampton, 4 January 2014, from £9,129pp) while fred. olsen has a 104-night World Cruise – Myanmar, Japan & Hawaii Cruise (from southampton, 5 January 2014, from £6,999pp). cunard offers luxury round-trips from southampton, calling at 78 destinations on six continents, from mauritius to sydney, hong kong to Dubai – this is definitely the trip of a lifetime (from southampton, Queen Mary 2, 10 January 2014, from £12,229pp). Worth saving up for. 8 J u n e /J u ly 2013 |

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Directory Booking a cruise from the UK? Here’s our handy mini guide to British ports and hotels ABERDEEN Aberdeen offers just a few no-fly cruises but you can head to the Scottish Islands, Ireland and as far south as the Scilly Isles from here. cruisescotland.com Stay at: Hilton Treetops Hotel (hilton.com); Aberdeen Douglas Hotel (aberdeendouglas.com)

BELFAST Cruises from Northern Ireland’s capital range from a trip to Liverpool across the Irish Sea to much further afield, such as Scandinavia and the Atlantic Islands. belfast-harbour.co.uk Stay at: Park Inn by Radisson (parkinn.co.uk/ hotel-belfast); Ten Square Hotel (tensquare. co.uk); Malmaison Belfast (malmaison.com)

BRISTOL AVONMOUTH Within easy reach of the South West, South Wales and the Midlands, cruises span Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and the West Indies. cruisesfrombristol.co.uk Stay at: The Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel (marriott.co.uk); The Bristol Hotel (doylecollection.com); Arnos Manor Hotel (forestdalehotels.com)

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The second busiest UK cruise port, with destinations far and wide, from the Norwegian Fjords to the Mediterranean – and you can even take a transatlantic crossing from here. doverport.co.uk Stay at: Ramada Dover (ramadadover.co.uk)

DUNDEE Located in between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, north of the Firth of Tay, Dundee is easily accessible from St Andrews or Perth. You can do a round-trip from here exploring the Scottish Islands including the Isle of Lewis, Isle of Skye and Gigha Island. angusanddundee.co.uk Stay at: Apex Quay Hotel & Spa (apexhotels.co.uk)

EDINBURGH (LEITH) Whether you are departing for Baltic, Norwegian, Icelandic or UK destinations, Edinburgh Leith is a handy port, situated next to the popular attraction The Royal Yacht Britannia. You can spend an evening 

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Directory in scotland’s vibrant city before travelling just 10 minutes to the port. cruiseedinburgh.com Stay at: Radisson Blue Hotel, Edinburgh (radissonblu.co.uk); Malmaison, Edinburgh (malmaison.com); The George Hotel (principal-hayley.com)

Edinburgh (rosyth) travel beneath the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge, the forth Bridge, when departing from rosyth port – edinburgh’s second cruise port north of the city. it’s a gateway to norway, russia, spain and france. cruiseedinburgh.com in the firth of clyde, this is a perfectly positioned 35-minute drive from glasgow – the heart of scotland’s rail and road network. cruises range from short voyages to liverpool via Dublin, to scandinavian capitals. cruisescotland.com Stay at: Port and Harbour Hotel (portharbourhotel.co.uk); The Spinnaker Hotel (spinnakerhotel.co.uk)

harwich easily accessible from the east of england with harwich international station outside the terminal and trains taking 80 minutes from liverpool street. harwich.co.uk Stay at: The Pier Hotel & Restaurant (milsomhotels.com)

hull you can reach norway and scandinavia easily from here, as well as taking minicruises to the netherlands on P&o ferries. Stay at: The Mecure Hull Royal Hotel (hotelshull.co.uk); Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club (cavecastlehotel.com)

invErgordon this small village in the beautiful highlands is home to a port that can dock several large liners simultaneously. enjoy a spot of golf, sailing or walking before you set sail for the scottish islands. cruisescotland.com Stay at: The Kincraig Castle Hotel (kincraigcastle-hotel.co.uk)

invErnEss a destination in itself, so leave plenty of time to explore the old town and inverness castle

the day before you set sail and take a detour via loch ness en route. there is easy access from the a9 and cruises travel round the highlands. cruisescotland.com Stay at: Glenmoriston Townhouse House Hotel (glenmoristontownhouse.com)

livErpool the home of the Beatles offers cruises to the atlantic islands, northern europe, the mediterranean and even the norwegian fjords – with space for the largest cruise liners. cruise-liverpool.com Stay at: Crown Plaza (cpliverpool.com)

london tilbury it’s 22 miles downriver from tower Bridge and has easy access to northern europe, scandinavia and south america. londoncruiseterminal.com Stay at: Orsett Hall (orsetthall.co.uk); Hilton Dartford Bridge (hilton.com)

nEwcastlE newcastle – or Port of tyne – is a metro hop from the city centre and growing in importance. it’s perfectly placed for cruises to scandinavia. cruise-newcastle.co.uk Stay at: Hotel du Vin (hotelduvin.com)

oban the seafood capital of scotland, oban has panoramic views of mountains, lochs and surrounding islands. accessible from the a816 from the south and the a85 from the north, oban is remote, but well worth the visit. cruisescotland.com Stay at: Oban Bay Hotel & Spa (crerarhotels.com)

plymouth the city of Plymouth has been occupied since the stone age, when people settled on the banks of the Plym estuary. it was the development of shipbuilding in the 13th century that led to Plymouth’s status as a world-renowned port. Stay at: Boringdon Hall (boringdonhall.co.uk); Langdon Court (langdoncourt.com)

poolE look to Poole for cruises around the British isles and channel islands. rail links run to Poole from all major cities including london Waterloo, edinburgh, york, Birmingham, manchester and southampton. Stay at: Hotel du Vin (hotelduvin.com); The Sandbanks (sandbankshotel.co.uk)

portsmouth this is a popular port for cruising from the uk including voyages to the mediterranean, northern europe and around the British isles. portsmouth-port.co.uk Stay at: Park House (parkhousehotel.com); The Hilton Portsmouth (hilton.com)

southampton Dubbed the cruise capital of the uk, southampton has four cruise terminals with a host of cruise lines taking you to all sorts of destinations: from warm mediterranean climes, Baltic cities and northern europe, to as far afield as america and australia. discoversouthampton.co.uk Stay at: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel (dolphin-southampton.com); Lainston House (lainstonhouse.com)

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rom the moment the MS Richard With cruises into the navy crystal waters of the Hjørundfjord – a 22-mile long fjord that slices through the sunnmøre alps – the ship is so perfectly at home in its magnificent alpine surroundings that it bobs about like a child’s paper yacht on a boating lake. Park yourself on one of the ship’s seven decks and let the coastline float by – real life doesn’t get prettier than this. Between the mountains, glaciers and the fjords is a hidden norway aching to be discovered: fishing villages, farm settlements and barely accessible inlets tucked away along its west coast. so after a delightful morning cruise in the Hjørundfjord it’s time for our first stop. a small boat ferries passengers to land for lunch at the historic Hotel union Øye – a luxury hotel for aristocrats and royalty since 1891 and a celebrity favourite today. try pancakes and ‘geitost’ – a caramelized goat’s cheese like a slab of peanut butter, and just as sweet. with its fleet of 11 iconic ships, Hurtigruten has made it possible to visit every nook and cranny of this coastline, from Bergen to Kirkenes, in the pampered confines of its working ships. For most settlements Hurtigruten is the only lifeline, with a 120-year history as a postal, delivery and Between the transport service. they even have a prison cell on board mountains, – but it’s only for those who glaciers and don’t pay their bar bill. and the joy of a cruise fjords, a hidden like this, is that you can Norway is aching design your own itinerary to be discovered: – you can choose whether you hop on and off, do a fishing villages, cruise or go all the farms and inlets five-day way to the last port. tucked away on the MS Richard With, named after the cruise line’s its west coast founder, makes room for 634-passengers, but with a restaurant, bar, cafés, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and viewing decks, the voyage never feels crowded once cruisers disperse around the ship. and don’t be alarmed if you hear the ship’s horn in the early hours – it just means it has docked in one of the 35-ports it serves, 365-daysa-year, in all weather. it adds to the experience when you are tucked up in your comfy cabin watching the liquorice coloured sea, waiting for sunrise. expect to be pampered like a five-star guest and fed like a Viking (bring elasticated clothing). glorious, 8 bountiful norwegian feasts; there’s so much fresh


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By the next morning, between Nesna and Ornes, the ship crosses the Arctic Circle, the must-have tick on everyone’s wish list, symbolized by a globe on a small, floating islet and plentiful produce, that it’s difficult to not feel like a marauder as you devour the buffet. salmon, potato salads, meats – hot, cold, roasted; relishes, garnishes, baked breads, pastries; butters, creams, sauces, pastas, smoked delights, every type of fish from salt cod to herring, vegetables, fruit and dessert options. it’s heaven on a never-ending plate. But you can walk it off around the beautiful art nouveau city of Ålesund, the main shipping town in the sunnamøre alps region and the prettiest city in norway. once largely built of wood, the city was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1904. some of the wooden houses still remain and can be seen along the waterfront. to this day its architecture remains protected by the european art nouveau network, which the city is a part of. and if you don’t fancy walking – grab a bicycle. they’re everywhere, neatly lined up around town like modern art installations. and then another walking tour, this time in trondheim, the third oldest city in norway, founded in aD 997 by Viking King olav tryggvason – st olav, the patron saint of norway. the 11th century nidaros cathedral was built on his grave and is scandinavia’s largest medieval building. the city tour guides speak such excellent english that it’s impossible to tell they are norwegian. they say english shows and films are never dubbed, which helps them perfect the accent. By the next morning, between nesna and ornes, the ship crosses the arctic circle, the must-have tick on everyone’s wish list, symbolized by a globe on a small, floating islet. each passenger gets a certificate, but not before neptune (a man in a wig), and the captain

propel ice cubes down passengers’ backs in an arctic crossing ceremony held up on deck before landing for the next adventure. if you are travelling between autumn and early april, don’t be surprised if you see the famous northern lights once you have crossed the arctic circle and arrived in tromsø. the ship also docks in Bodø for a bone-shaking riB boat thrash across the strongest tidal waves in the world, in saltstraumen, known for its ferocious whirlpools that can span 35-feet and are too dangerous for boats to cross. Dressed in yellow safety gear and goggles, it’s a two-hour thrill ride. this isn’t just a cruise – it’s an indulgence. But as with all good things, let’s just keep it to ourselves.

Above, left to right: Fresh seafood; Ålesund; glass window at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim; on board MS Richard With Below: The Northern Lights over Tromsø

GETTING THERE A seven-day voyage from Bergen to Kirknes with Hurtigruten starts at £936pp, based on two people sharing, and includes full-board. Flights are extra and can be booked via Hurtigruten. For more information visit hurtigruten.co.uk

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staterooms and suites for all guests. all suites and staterooms on the top deck feature full open-air private balconies, which can be converted to enclosed balconies, while staterooms on the middle deck will feature French balconies. the new ship will be sailing the Burgundy & Provence itinerary in 2014, replacing the River Royale, which will be sailing the new Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux itinerary. this journey sails the picturesque Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers of France, taking in the historic and cultural sites that are dotted along their banks and putting a focus on the gastronomy and wine of the region. meanwhile, SS Antoinette will be joined by River Queen on the Castles Along the Rhine itinerary. as we reported last issue, uniworld will become the only all inclusive deluxe boutique river cruise line in 2014, including unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on board (except the most premium fine wines and spirits), all on board and shore excursion gratuities and a host of other extras, from

complimentary internet and wifi to bottled water replenished in room daily. the 2014 Preview brochure features special early-booking offers on nine key itineraries, including a saving of £500pp on the Imperial Waterways of Russia cruise holiday. Previous travellers on any titan holiday are entitled to a further £50pp discount if they book by 30 June 2013, and previous travellers with uniworld can take advantage of double river Heritage club discounts, ranging from £200pp to £350pp if they book by 31 may 2013. For more details about uniworld cruises, or to book, call titan on 0800 988 5867 or visit titantravel.co.uk J u n e /J u ly 2013 |

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One for the Vineyards pour down the valley sides as cruise ships pass through some of Europe’s top wine regions, with itineraries that allow you to toast the finest names and vintages. Nick Dalton raises a glass to the best DELIGHTS OF BORDEAUX Bordeaux is the holy grail of wine regions, home to Saint-Émilion and the surrounding sun-drenched slopes that produce more great wines than Oz Clarke has had hot dinners. The Gironde, splitting into the Dordogne and the Garonne, slips through the chalky hills like a knife through foie gras with cruises offering all manner of winery tours and tasting options, as well as the balmy warmth that you can only find in southwestern France. Viking’s new-for-2014 Heart of Bordeaux cruise starts from the ancient city of the same name and includes several tours as well as on board education. There’s a day trip through the Medoc and Margaux wine regions, stopping to sample several wines, a tour of Saint-Émilion, and an excursion to Sauternes to see how the famed dessert wines are made and then, of course, sample them. At an extra cost you can visit Cognac, brandy’s historic home. Viking Forseti, launched in March, is one of the new longships featuring the Aquavit Terrace at the front, perfect for sipping a glass of rich red as the shimmering scenery passes by and the sun goes down. The Culture Curriculum programme features sampling of local wines, in classes led by a guest master sommelier, and lessons on how to pair wine with food. The 8-day Heart of Bordeaux cruise from Viking River Cruises departs regularly from 22 March 2014, and costs from £1,095pp including flights, transfers, excursions and wine with meals. Call 0808 252 3711 or visit vikingrivercruises.co.uk

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A port every dAy Portugal’s river Douro is one of the big new cruise destinations, a delightfully languid journey from the coast right across the country, through a steep valley with vines growing on stone terraces. the cruise starts at Porto, and features port from start to finish. soon after departing there’s a call at cais de Gaia, a picturesque riverside community, where most of the world’s port is stored and aged in ancient cellars – one of which you visit. in Portugal’s heartland is Pinhão, hub of the port-making area, with a visit to a producer to learn about the 400-year-old history of port and the process involved – and tastings. there are dinners at the family-owned winery Quinta da avessada and at the vintage House Hotel, a converted 18th-century wine quinta overlooking the river, as well as tours of Porto, Guimarães (Portugal’s early capital), the Baroque mateus Palace (pictured on the mateus rosé bottle) and the medieval spanish city of salamanca. the ship is boutique line uniworld’s Queen Isabel, new for 2013 – and the complimentary wine with dinner includes port. the 8-day, a Week on the river Douro cruise from titan, in partnership with uniworld, departs regularly until november and costs from £1,899pp, including flights, excursions, transfers and home pick-up/ dropoff service, see titantravel.co.uk or call 0800 988 5863.

FlAvour oF the month november is vino month at amaWaterways with a total of 15 in celebration of Wine cruises across central europe. all of the cruises have guest experts – some of them including winemakers from california – for lectures and tastings. a pair of cruises on the seine feature Preston mohr, an american wine expert living in Paris (9 november) and Jean-marc and Kristi espinasse (8 november) of Domaine rouge-Bleu, a boutique winery in the rhône. the cruises, from Paris to rouen and back, start with a wine toast and feature five on-board tastings (one of them champagne), several lectures, a visit to a winery and the Paris Wine museum, with its 9th century vaulted cellars, and a taste of normandy tour (where you can try local cider and calvados). Gourmet food on board AmaLegro includes a chaîne des rôtisseurs dinner with wine pairing and a captain’s gala dinner. and if you were in the mood for some exercise, the ship even has complimentary bicycles. amaWaterways’ 10-day Paris and the sparkling seine cruise departs on 1 november and 8 november 2013, and costs from £1,778pp, including excursions and wine with meals but not flights or transfers. visit amawaterways.co.uk or call 0808 223 5009.

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cruising with napoleon travel through the rhône wine region in pomp and splendour on board a tiny ship (only 12 passengers) going by the name of Napoleon. the weekly cruise runs alternately between arles and tain l’Hermitage, after meeting in Paris for a tGv train ride south. a highlight is a châteauneuf-du-Pape tasting, although a visit to a truffle farm comes close in epicurean hedonism. the cruise starts with a champagne reception, there’s olive oil tasting in an 18th century centre in st rémy, lunch at a quaint Provençal restaurant and a visit to a winery near tain l’Hermitage. Napoleon, somewhere between luxury hotel and country inn, has fine French food accompanied by regional wines. in avignon, the ship moors by the city gate and there’s the chance to visit roman ruins in arles and orange – but the itinerary is so flexible that other calls are likely. the 7-day Provence rhône cruise from eWaterways departs weekly from april to early october, and costs from £3,650pp, all-inclusive, including the train from Paris, transfers and excursions. visit ewaterways.co.uk or call 0808 168 1458. Clockwise, from left: Parisian wine merchants; The Pont d’Avignon over the Rhône and the Palais des Papes Below: Reichsburg Cochem in the Mosel Valley

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avalon the wine regions in the heart of europe have a character all their own, with steep and castle-topped hills and timbered towns lining the route. avalon has a number of cruises in different regions with a wine focus; this one follows the moselle wine route from luxembourg deep into Germany. the best sight of the riesling grape is when passing reichsburg castle, perched on a vine-covered hill. at rüdesheim there is a tasting at Breuer’s rüdesheimer schoss, a hotel and wine restaurant with its own vineyard, a tour of the wine museum and tasting at Bernkastel, an ancient market town surrounded by Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. Avalon Luminary, launched in 2010, is smaller than many river ships, carrying only 138 guests. it makes it a more intimate setting for the wine lectures and tastings as well as a food and wine pairing dinner, with choices made by the master of Wine. the cruise is seven nights, with two nights in a Paris hotel (with a tasting at a winery) before taking a high-speed tGv to remich in luxembourg for the ship. the 10-day Paris, moselle & the rhine cruise with avalon departs on 25 october 2013, and costs from £2,229pp, including flights, transfers, excursions, wine with dinner and home pick-up/drop-off service. visit avaloncruises.co.uk or call 0800 115 2757. cru ise -i n t er nat iona l .com

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The shops here sell organic groceries and desirable wake up and look out of the French windows to knick-knacks that are only possible to resist because of see the sun glancing off the sea. It’s going to be a the prices. Like most of euro-land everything is more wonderful day… Hang on a minute, when I went expensive here than in Britain and not for the first time to bed I was on a river cruise, sailing through the Netherlands past tall townhouses, flat fields and distant I’m glad to be on a holiday that includes all my meals (with complimentary wine at dinner), daily sightseeing windmills. But now there’s nothing but water outside trips and – the clincher – regular access to proper tea. and, although it’s very calm, it’s definitely sea. And I We have some free time to explore the museum in can see seagulls. the grand old town hall, or Stadhuis, built in 1737. Racing up to the Sky Deck, I discover that on the There is also a tourist information centre here, but other side of our luxury river ship there is land. We’re there’s no such thing as a free tourist map in the sailing through the IJsselmeer, which was once the inNetherlands where even the municipal museums have land sea known as Zuiderzee but has been the largest an entrance fee. freshwater lake in Western Europe since a major dam So I’m pleased to regroup with the others for our cut it off from the North Sea in the 1930s. included guided tour of the small Edam cheese museum. The breeze on the open deck still smells as fresh as Edam cheese is made all over the ocean though, and as we dock the country but it’s named after the at Volendam there’s no mistaking We peek into the town because it was sold in Edam’s the jaunty seaside feel of the pretty exquisitely neat Kaasmarkt after being weighed at the little yachting town, with a row of traditional Dutch-gabled buildings gardens of the grand Kaaswaag, from the late 1700s. We return to Volendam where the along the promenade and a few old homes once owned streets are now full of happy dayfishing boats moored near a threeby the wealthy trippers busy buying souvenir clogs mast ship. and enjoying the sunshine, and I’m At 9am the 170 or so passengers merchants during ready for lunch back on the ship. on board Avalon Imagery have the the Netherlands’ Although I try to stick to salads place to ourselves and, like every Golden Age, back in for lunch on Avalon Imagery it is other Dutch town we see on the trip, hard to resist the carvery in the hot the narrow streets are spotless and the 17th century buffet section. However, I’m glad I the neat brick-built buildings are still have an appetite when it comes to brightened by pots of pretty flowers. the evening meal: four courses including dishes such as Our included excursion today takes us to nearby Atlantic perch with chilli-scented tagliatelle, wok-fried Edam, a tiny historic town that looks far too small to be the home of one of the world’s most famous cheeses. chicken with honey-ginger-garlic sauce and crêpe with sautéed chanterelles. We certainly can’t drive through its narrow streets, An open-seating policy means I can sit with different so the coach drops us near a path that follows a canal people at every meal, and afternoon tea is served in and we peek into the exquisitely neat gardens of the the main lounge, where the armchairs and sofas are grand homes once owned by wealthy merchants during arranged in sociable groups. Also, there are often the Netherlands’ Golden Age, back in the 17th century. regional treats such a freshly-made suikerbrood – or This neighbourhood, Damplein, is so old that many sugar bread. of the historic houses are leaning over and an ancient Free tea and coffee is always available, as is brick-built bridge straddles the 16th century dam at the complimentary WiFi access, and when I just want to  end of the canal.


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get away from everybody i can lounge on my hotelstandard bed and watch the world through the fulllength windows of my pleasantly spacious cabin. it’s such a friendly ship, though, that i’ve taken to sitting with a group of american friends for a glass of wine on the sky Deck in the last of the sunshine before getting ready for dinner. we all bring snacks such as Dutch Gouda cheese with mustard seeds (my favourite), and pretzels or crisps to share. my eight-day tulip time cruise dips into Belgium with excursions to the glorious medieval towns of antwerp and Ghent, but the highlight is a day at the Keukenhof Gardens with its rivers of tulips and swathes of narcissi, Daffodils and hyacinths. the gardens close in late may, though, which signals the opportunity for river cruise operators to take advantage of the netherlands’ watery superhighway, the rhine, to explore Germany, luxemburg, switzerland and France. avalon waterways’ 13-day rhine & moselle cruise leaving from amsterdam, for instance, visits Volendam and edam but then heads off down to cologne, Germany’s unesco-listed cathedral town, and then to smaller medieval river towns in some of europe’s best wine territory. this includes the half-timbered village of Bernkastel where the nearby vineyards produce Bernkasteler Doctor – which is considered the greatest | j u n e /j u ly 2013

riesling wine ever made. the cruise takes you through the outstanding rhine Gorge on the way to strasbourg in France, known for its massive cathedral, before arriving at the swiss city of Basel for the flight home from Zurich. these are all very Germanic towns, which makes the netherlands’ section of the rhine all the more fascinating. From my window seat on the flight home i can see that the netherlands is mostly under water – whether inland seas, lakes, rivers or canals – and it occurs to me that this is a country that was made for river cruising. especially if you like a chunk of Gouda with mustard seeds to nibble with your pre-dinner wine.

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My partner and I are planning our wedding. How easy is it to get married on a cruise?

A. Getting married on a cruise ship is very easy and I think must be one of the most stress free and affordable ways of tying the knot. It’s also the ideal way to combine a wedding and honeymoon and offers a very memorable location to say “I do”. A number of cruise lines offer weddings at sea, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. On some cruise ships it is the Captain who conducts the ceremony. Couples wishing to marry at sea have a great choice of wedding destinations – from the Mediterranean and Scandinavia to Canada, the Caribbean and the Far East. Cruise lines offer a wedding coordinator who arranges everything from the pampering in the spa, the hairdressers, make-up and manicure to the flowers, reception and wedding cake. The ships have dedicated wedding venues and are able to accommodate small and larger size wedding parties. Weddings generally take place on itineraries lasting a minimum of seven days. What a fantastic way to enjoy the cruise holiday experience and to celebrate a partnership. Andy Harmer

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Andy Harmer is Director of the Association of Cruise Experts and CLIA UK and Ireland

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Julie Peasgood is a TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

Liz Jarvis is a well-known travel expert and the Editor of Cruise International

Deborah Stone is an awardwinning cruise writer and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

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I really enjoy cruises, but I suffer from terrible seasickness. Do you have any tips to help with this?

A. You have my every sympathy, because there’s nothing worse than looking forward to your holiday at sea only to end up seeing the ship’s doctor for an injection. The good news is there are some things you can do to try to prevent it. For a start, where possible, choose an outside stateroom located in the middle section of the ship, and on a deck that’s not too high. It’s also best to take medication with

you that you know you can tolerate – it may be worth visiting your GP before you go. If you do start to feel sick, lie down or go out on deck, and eat dry toast or crackers. It’s important not to get dehydrated, too, so take little sips of water frequently. You can also try sucking on citrus sweets or ginger pastilles – and I’ve heard that some people recommend green apples. Deborah Stone

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We are trying to book a seven-night cruise around the Hawaiian Islands, but most of the cruises we can find are for longer. Can you tell us why? A. I envy you going to Hawaii, because it really is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and a very popular cruise destination. But unfortunately, the Jones Act, which is designed to protect American citizens and commerce – and also affects Alaskan and Canadian cruises – restricts the carriage of goods or passengers between the United States to US-built and flagged ships. For that reason, most cruise lines must include at least one non-US port in every

cruise, which can lengthen the cruise. Before you book your US cruise, it’s always worth checking with your travel agent that your plans won’t breach the Jones Act in any possible way, because if it does, you could be denied the right to board your ship. Liz Jarvis

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I love the idea of a very luxurious cruise, but my husband and I really like to be very relaxed on holiday – he doesn’t want to dress up in black tie and I don’t want to wear long evening gowns. Which luxury cruises would you recommend?

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A. On an increasing number of cruises, the trend is to dispense with black tie in the evenings and to adopt a much more relaxed, smart/casual dress code – so you’re in luck. Probably the most luxurious, mainstream cruise line with a firm ‘no formal nights’ policy is Oceania Cruises (oceaniacruises. com). ‘Country club casual’ is the order of the day, and night, meaning sports jackets, polo shirts, sweaters and chinos for men (no ties required) and skirts, dresses or trousers for women. You needn’t pack your evening gown on Regent Seven Seas cruises (rssc.com) either, as formal nights are optional here, and the overall look is mainly ‘elegant casual’. River cruises also tend to be bling-free zones. For Welcome Dinners on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises (uniworld.com), for example, ladies can wear a cocktail dress if they wish to and it’s a collared shirt for men, but no black tie is required. Leaving more room in your suitcase for souvenirs. Julie Peasgood CRU ISE -I N T ER NAT IONA L .COM

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I used to think cruises were all about big ocean liners. So when I was asked to give a talk on Viking River Cruises this year, it opened my eyes to another way of exploring the world – along its rivers. When I was young we spent time on a little boat on the Norfolk Broads, and it reminded me of that. The great thing about cruising a river is the ever-changing tableau of towns drifting by.

i love spending time on boats – something i inherited from my dad. the two of used to go to the west coast of scotland, like oban and the isle of skye. We’d fish for crabs off hard walls and sometimes take out a little fishing boat. there’s also a real indefinable magic about the orkney islands. the unusual landscape will surprise you and every 10 minutes is a different climate experience. When the sun shines on orkney it’s unlike anywhere else on earth.

Elie, a little village in Scotland, is woven into the fabric of our family history. Out of all of the places I’ve visited in my life, I’d choose to be there. It’s like a sanctuary. We walk along the sand dunes, go rock pooling, fly kites; it’s idyllic. in 2011 a small group of us sailed in a 50 foot yacht from Port stanley in the Falkland islands to south orkney, north of antarctica, for The Last Explorers (BBc scotland). We were following in the footsteps of scottish explorer William speirs Bruce – Britain’s premier polar explorer at the turn of the 20th century. We sailed for a month, at times tackling force eight winds and watching for icebergs at night. it will be hard to top the extremity of that experience.

When filming Coast I spent five days sailing along the Norwegian coastline. The Lofoten Islands in the north are a mystical, otherworldly place – you feel like you are in a forgotten land. On numerous occasions I have travelled to the Arctic Circle but I am yet to witness the Northern Lights. I hope to see them some day.

If you’re in Sydney, go to Wolfies restaurant in Circular Quay – the classic spot in the heart of the city where you can see both the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. We sat right down on the waterfront and the seafood was fantastic – particularly the Barramundi.

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i have just come back from filming Coast Australia and i was able to take my family out there for six weeks. We explored Perth, melbourne and sydney, but the stand out experience was in Darwin – famous for its salt water crocodiles. the kids have grown up watching Jurassic Park and when they saw a 20-year-old crocodile it was a dinosaur as far as they were concerned. the climate was nearly 100% humidity. We will always remember Darwin as being a total assault on the senses.


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