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Welcome... CTN’s 2014 Oceans Cruise Preview, now in its fourth year and sporting a completely new look to help you increase your cruise sales. Cruising continues to go from strength to strength, with the number of British cruise passengers now topping the 1.7 million mark and more growth forecast going forward as more new ships launch. The new tonnage is amazing, with water slides, dodgem cars and multiple places to dine but wonderful as these new ships are, one of the prime reasons people choose to cruise is, still, the wonderful places they get to visit. Knowing about those places, the sights and ports, is vital, which is why this year’s bumper Preview looks in depth at the key ports your clients will be visiting. You also need the tools to advise clients – especially those who have not cruised before – about the basics of cruising. Why cruise from the UK, how to choose a cabin, which ships are great for families, are gratuities and drinks included. You’ll find answers to these questions and more on the following pages, plus useful tables pinpointing where in the world you’ll find the cruise lines and what each includes in the price. Finally I am delighted Clia UK & Ireland have lent their support to this year’s preview, which features an eight-page pull-out of the association’s upcoming events and activities. Hats off to Jane Archer and Sara Macefield for compiling this supplement, which will grow to greater things in future years. KEITH ELLIS Publisher/Managing Editor, Cruise Trade News Published by Cruiseworthy Media 10 Tadorne Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5TD, United Kingdom. Keith Ellis: Publisher/Managing Editor Tel: +44 (0) 1737 812411, Mob: 07802 256275 Trudy Redfern: Commercial Director Mob: 07766 426627 Jane Archer: Editor/Journalist Sara Macefield: Journalist Giles Ellis Creative: Design & Production Tel: +44 (0) 1444 480491 Material in this publication are the copyright of the title publisher and may not be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Prices were correct at the time of writing and can go up or down. Front cover illustration Thanks to Oceania Cruises for the front cover illustration taken from the 2013 edition of their brochure 'Explore the World', one of a series produced to mark the company's 10th anniversary.



Top 10 reasons to take a cruise 4-5, What’s new 6-7, Choosing cabins 8, What is luxury 11, Taking the kids 12-13, What to do on board 14, Dining out 16, Cruising from the UK 18-19, Cruise and stay 20-21, World cruising 22-23, World destination map 26-27, Mediterranean 28-34, Baltic 36-37, Round Britain 38, Northern Europe 40-41, Caribbean 43-48, Asia 49-52, South America 53-58, Alaska 60-61,Canada & New England 62-64, Australasia 65-66, Who goes where 68-69, What’s included 70-71, Cruise line Gallery 72-91

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The world is your oyster There really is no end to the places you can visit on a cruise, from the Greek Isles to the Pacific Ocean. You can take a voyage around the world, cruise the Mediterranean, Baltic or around Asia, go island-hopping in the Caribbean or sailing along the coasts of Canada and New England. Want something more exotic? There are thrilling cruises to Antarctica, the Arctic and through the Northwest Passage, wildlife safaris in the Galapagos and exciting voyages around the Kimberley in Australia. For more on destinations see p28-63.

It’s so easy Just check in, board your cruise ship, unpack your suitcase (which will have been delivered to your cabin or suite) and sit back and relax as your floating hotel brings each destination to you. It really is as easy as that. No need to endure multiple flights or pack and unpack as you island-hop around the Caribbean, tick off iconic cities in the Mediterranean or brush up on history and culture on a cruise around the Baltic.


Top 10 reasons Suite dreams With everything from inside cabins to luxurious suites that are as big as apartments, there is accommodation to suit every pocket on a cruise ship. On a budget? Check out the inside cabins. There’s no window but with so much happening on the ship you probably won’t spend too much time there anyway. Ready to splash out? There are cabins with balconies and suites with separate living and sleeping space. If money is no object, there are suites with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, private gyms, even grand pianos. A night to remember, p8.


Fun for families Still think that cruising is only for old people? Then prepare to be amazed. More than 1.5 million youngsters aged 17 and under go on cruises each year. Why? Because it’s such darn good fun and great value for money with so many activities included in the price. Choose a family-friendly ship and the kids could be learning to surf, scooting down hispeed water slides, zip-wiring or walking over tightropes. And then there are the kids’ and teen clubs, which have non-stop activities ranging from arts and crafts to pool parties and discos for youngsters aged three to 17 all with no charge. Family favourites, p12-13.




Suits you sir! Want to dress up? Or dress down? Whatever your fancy, there is a cruise to suit. Cunard and P&O Cruises are the ones to consider if you want to join the Downton crowd; think Norwegian Cruise Line if you want to leave the tux at home and go casual all the way. Most cruise lines are somewhere in between, with one or two formal nights per seven-night cruise but mostly a dark suit and tie will suffice for the men, with smart trousers, skirts or dresses for the ladies.


Get fit quick

It’s showtime!

Cruising is better known for the pounds you’re likely to put on than for getting into shape, but check in to one of the modern cruise ships and you’ll find large gyms equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, from treadmills and cycles to cross-trainers and weight training. Most cruise lines have yoga, Pilates and stretching classes (mostly at an extra cost); the newest ships, Celebrity Reflection and Carnival Magic among them, have TRX training, which uses suspension cords for a full body workout. Norwegian Breakaway has Flywheel high-intensity spinning classes and cardio boxing classes.

Song-and-dance productions in the theatre are the staple diet of most ships’ entertainment, although things are changing, with acrobatic and aerial acts inching their way into the songsfrom-the-shows routines, along with comedians and wacky acts such as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Blue Man Group. There are shows in the theatres most evenings on most ships, but also live bands and pianists in bars and lounges, sometimes even quizzes for those who want to test the little grey cells. On Princess Cruises’ ships, you can watch movies under the stars by the pool, popcorn and blankets (in case it’s chilly) provided.



to take a cruise Food for thought With lavish breakfasts, lunches and five-course dinners included in the price, you’ll never go hungry on a cruise. Help yourself in the selfservice or pop down to the dining room for waiter service. Fancy a change? All modern cruise ships have alternative restaurants (usually with a price attached) - everything from Italian tratorrias to Asian eateries and steakhouses – in some cases affiliated with celebrity chefs. On P&O Cruises, you can dine in a restaurant with menus devised by Michelin-starred chefs Marco Pierre White or Atul Kochhar; Crystal Cruises has an Asian restaurant created by sushi king Nobu Matsuhisa. Consuming issues, p16.


It’s such great value All cruise lines include breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room or self-service in the cruise price, as well as all entertainment. Some cruise lines additionally include gratuities, others include drinks, gratuities and speciality dining. Cruise with Hebridean Island Cruises and your shore excursions will be included; choose Regent Seven Seas Cruises and you can leave your wallet at home as flights, transfers, shore excursions, drinks, speciality dining, gratuities, even one night in a hotel precruise are covered by the fare. What’s included, p68-69.

A day at sea Ever wondered how to mix a cocktail? Or spot a good wine? Days at sea are the perfect time to discover a host of new skills, from ballroom dancing to wine-tasting and even napkin folding. Prefer to take it easy? You could spend the day with a good book or treat yourself to a few hours in the spa. Most have everything from massages, facials and acupuncture to manicures and pedicures. Cruise with Voyages to Antiquity or Swan Hellenic, or to the poles with Hurtigruten, and sea days will be filled with erudite lectures about the history, culture and wildlife of the places you’ll be visiting. Will I be bored?, p14.

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C’est Magnifica! MSC Cruises is offering four no-fly cruises from Southampton on MSC Magnifica next September and October. The seven-night voyages, which are in addition to the line’s summer season cruises on MSC Opera, will visit Zeebrugge, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Le Havre.

Tahiti revisited Regent Seven Seas Cruises is returning to the South Pacific after a gap of three years. Seven Seas Mariner sails from Los Angeles to Papeete on November 19 and departs on a cruise from Papeete to Auckland on December 17. In between there is an 11-night voyage around French Polynesia.

What’s on the Why don’t you Getaway? Look out for Norwegian Getaway, the next new ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, launching in January. It has water slides, a ropes course, Waterfront with sea-side restaurants and bars and the Broadway show Legally Blonde.

Birds of a feather Sightings of puffins, guillemots and Arctic terns are all promised on Hurtigruten’s debut cruise around Iceland on May 25. It’s on the exploration ship Fram and will be visiting fjords, glaciers, geysers and the only windmill in Iceland!

P&O’s Ventura into Venice P&O Cruises’ Ventura will be based in Venice between April and October, offering the line’s very first summer flycruises in the Med for those who want to jet off to the sun. Choose from one or two-week cruises from Venice and Savona.

Happy birthday from Cunard Cunard is celebrating Queen May 2’s 10th anniversary by bringing all three of its ships to Southampton on May 9. The birthday girl will then depart on the first of two celebratory crossings (from Southampton to New York on May 9 and New York to Southampton on May 16) when there will be special events and celebrations on board.



Z marks the spot Azamara Quest is offering a whale-watching cruise in the Sea of Cortez next January. During the 12-night voyage there’s also kayaking, snorkelling, a train ride through the Copper Canyon and a trip to the Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, where Don Diego de la Vega (El Zorro) is said to have been born.

Regal pose The 3,600-passenger Regal Princess launches in June with pool-side cabanas, a giant Movies under the Stars screen and loads of places to eat including the swanky Chef’s Table Lumiere. Feeling daring? A glass-bottomed SeaWalk extends 28 feet over the side of the ship.

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Flying high

A week on Celebrity

Bumper cars at sea and a skydiving simulator are the amazing new features on Royal Caribbean Internatiional’s next new ship, Quantum of the Seas. The bad news is you have to wait until November for the launch; the good news is its maiden cruise is from Southampton.

Short on time? Celebrity Cruises has sevennight cruises in the Mediterranean for the first time. There are one-week cruises from Civitavecchia to Barcelona, Barcelona to Venice, and Venice to Istanbul on Celebrity Equinox, and round-trip from Venice on Celebrity Silhouette.

Asian-bound Komodo dragons and Bali beaches beckon when South Pacific-based Paul Gauguin sails its first-ever voyage to Asia. The 14-night cruise, from Cairns to Singapore, departs on June 25, returning to Australia on August 4.



C R U I S E P R EVI EW | How to choose your cabin

A night to remember


he choice of cabins and suites aboard today’s cruise ships – and especially the mega-ships – is mightily confusing with numerous names and different cabin grades (up to 30 in some cases), so it is worth bearing in mind a simple fact: There are just four types of cabin. These are: • Inside – these are cheapest cabins, inside the ship no window or porthole. • Outside – these have a window or porthole but it won’t open. • Balcony – as the name suggests, these cabins have their own private verandas. • Suite – a suite correctly has separate sleeping and living areas (either different rooms or a curtain between the two) but some cruise lines use this moniker to mean a more spacious cabin. Another area of confusion for cruising newcomers is the term stateroom, which is simply a word all the cruise lines now use to describe a cabin. Don’t be fooled by the grand name. At the end of the day, it’s still a cabin. Cabins these days come with a whole range of fixtures and fittings as standard. You can certainly expect a TV, and sometimes a DVD, minibar or fridge, and hairdryer, and modern ships’ cabins have private safes. All have ensuite bathrooms with baths or showers (or sometimes both); the best cruise lines provide an unlimited supply of luxury toiletries. In short, it’s everything you would expect from a modern hotel room – and sometimes more.



So you’ve finally chosen your cruise; now you have to choose where you’re going to sleep.

Cabin prices are determined by their grade, of course, but also their location on the ship. Rooms on the lowest decks are the cheapest; those on the higher decks more expensive. You usually also pay a premium for a more central position (although the most expensive suites are sometimes at the very front and very back of the ship). Which you choose obviously depends on how much you want to spend; some people are happy with an inside cabin on the lower decks if it’s an affordable price, others would not consider a room without a balcony (especially if they have cruised once in a balcony cabin). But there are other things to consider. If you are susceptible to seasickness, pick a cabin on a lower deck in the middle of the ship as there will be less movement

if you hit rough weather. If you are sensitive to noise, avoid a room just below the lido deck, the gym or close to the engine room; if mobility is an issue, accommodation close to the lifts and restaurants (usually at the back) makes sense as it saves having to navigate long corridors. There are cabins and suites near the spa for those who want to pamper themselves but not walk too far (these often have direct access to the spa and come with a host of extra amenities). If you are travelling with children, you may want to pick a cabin close to the kids’ clubs and children’s facilities. Several cruise lines also have family cabins or “mini-suites” where children sleep on bunk beds that drop down from the ceiling or sofa-beds. In the suites, they might have their own room. Some ships have cabins with interconnecting doors so parents can have their privacy but still keep a watchful eye on their offspring. Most cabins are doubles or twins, but a few lines have single cabins, notably Voyages to Antiquity, Saga Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, Breakaway and Getaway have studio cabins for lone travellers that come with access to a private singles lounge. Use the deck plans on cruise lines’ websites or in their brochures to see the location and categories of the various cabins as this makes it much easier to pinpoint exactly where you want to be onboard.



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Only the best will do Have you ever dreamed of living the Champagne lifestyle? Fizz on tap, a butler to draw your baths and organise your parties? Then it’s time to book an ultra-luxury cruise and live the dream.


hile cruising generally is regarded as a luxurious holiday (have you noticed that any reference to cruise ships in the papers is always preceded by the word luxury?), it is a fact that all cruise ships were not born equal, with a select few at the top of the tree offering the ultimate in opulent living. We’re talking intimate small ships that hold anything from 50 passengers to just over 1,000, large cabins and suites, most with balconies, many serviced by a butler as well as a couple of room stewards, and lots of personal space, indoors and outside (rising early to put your towel on a lounger is not necessary on an ultra-luxury cruise). These cruise lines have open seating restaurants that allow you to sit where and with whom you want, increasingly stay longer in favourite ports so you have more time to enjoy places ashore and have abandoned

formal nights in favour of smart casual attire (but some have a formal optional evenings now and then for those who like to dress up). When it comes to service, think quietly efficient and friendly; when it comes to drinks, you’ll find barmen remember your favourite tipple but never assume what you would like. And by the way, most of the top-end cruise lines – the likes of Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Hebridean Island Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd - include drinks in the cost of the cruise (including Champagne) so you never have to worry whose turn it is to buy a round. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is the exception but at least you get a free minibar.

If it all sounds out of your reach financially, think again. This style of opulent living has become very affordable these days because the cruise lines have reduced prices while still incorporating so much in the cost, including gratuities and, with the odd exception, speciality dining. On Regent, almost everything is included so you can walk away at the end without a bill. Indeed, these lines are so affordable that the number of people taking an ultra-luxury cruise last year rose 30% - despite the country’s economic woes - according to industry body Clia UK & Ireland. You’ll find details of who includes what on p70-71. Below this six-star layer of cruise lines, there’s another division snapping at their heels. These premium small ship lines - Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Compagnie du Ponant - are less inclusive, but still offer the luxury of good service, open seating in the restaurant, quality dining (Oceania has a well-deserved reputation as the foodie cruise line) and a casual environment on mostly new ships. Azamara has it all bar the new ship, but makes up for that by offering the luxury of destination - shortening itineraries and staying late or overnight in many ports rather than rushing to get somewhere new each day.



C R U I S E P R EVI EW | Taking the kids

Family favourites How many family holidays take you to a different destination every day, and give you a choice of places to dine, fun-filled kids’ clubs and activities galore – and all for no extra cost?


t has to be cruising of course. In fact holidays at sea have become such a firm favourite with families that the latest statistics show around 1.5 million youngsters aged 17 and under go on a cruise each year, some 85,000 of them from the UK. Lots of cruise lines have caught on to this burgeoning market, offering special child prices and a host of fun activities on board. Italian line MSC Cruises even offers free sailings for the under-18s when they share a cabin with two adults



(but port taxes are payable). With so many cruise companies now departing from UK shores, family cruising is a doddle. You just drive to the ship and your holiday starts as soon as you step aboard. No bored or restless kids hanging around airports or annoying other passengers on flights. But cruising’s biggest strength is the wallto-wall childcare that caters for all ages, from tiny tots to world-weary teenagers, in nurseries, kids clubs and teen hangouts. Then there is the host of onboard attractions, ranging from climbing walls and

bowling alleys to ice-skating rinks and water slides, plus the chance to party or breakfast with the likes of Mickey Mouse and friends aboard Disney Cruise Line ships. Shrek and other DreamWorks characters are on several Royal Caribbean International vessels and Dora the Explorer and Nickelodeon characters sail on selected Norwegian Cruise Line ships. The resort-style ships have a wide choice of family-friendly accommodation, from family cabins with sofa beds or bunks that drop down from the ceiling to inter-connecting cabins and suites. There are water machines on deck or in the buffet restaurants where youngsters can help themselves to drinks for free (and some have free ice-cream). Fizzy drinks cost extra but most cruise lines sell soda cards, which is more cost-effective than buying as you go. Having decided that such a cruise is for you, the key is to choose a ship best suited to your children’s needs.

It’s an age thing Most lines take youngsters from six months upwards, though Disney Cruise Line takes tots aged from just three months. They are catered for in onboard nurseries, parent and baby play areas and with babysitting sessions, though these may carry a charge, especially late at night. Children are generally not accepted into kids’ clubs unaccompanied until they are two years or over. Even then they may need to be toilet trained; if that’s not the case, expect to be summoned when your child’s nappy needs changing. Some ships have water-themed play areas or toddler pools, children’s deck spaces attached to the kids clubs and special areas in the buffet restaurants for young diners. Children’s clubs are split into different age groups, roughly along the lines of two to five, six to eight, and nine to 12, offering an actionpacked programme of activities that includes pizza-making classes, ice-cream parties and sporting challenges. Teens are usually catered for by one group of 13 to 17-year-olds or split into two groups, with “tweens” aged between 12 and 14 and teens of 15-17-year-olds. They can enjoy adult-free areas in hangout zones with comfy sofas, plasma-screen TVs, video game consoles with the latest PlayStation games, and Wii gaming areas. Some lines leave teenagers to chill out and do their own thing, while others arrange activities such as dance classes, talent contests and parties. On some ships, teens can even enjoy their own spa treatments. While kids’ clubs are free of charge during sea days, some may not open on port days or may charge a fee if they do. Late evening sessions, which can run into the early hours, also carry a charge. While the larger mass-market ships offer the most comprehensive facilities, upmarket lines such as Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises also have their own youth programmes. And if your children are more gregarious, it might be worth considering one of Star Clippers’ tall ships, where youngsters (think eight years or older) can enjoy hauling up the sails and climbing the mast to the Crow’s Nest, along with visits to deserted beaches and kayaking trips.

Having fun at sea Don’t be afraid that you’ll be left twiddling your thumbs on sea days. Modern cruise ships are packed with facilities and activities. One of the most exciting trends has been the proliferation of onboard water parks. Disney’s two newest ships have an AquaDuck water coaster that weaves around the top deck and through the funnel; Norwegian Cruise Line has onboard water parks on its newer vessels; Carnival

Land ahoy On port days you can do as much or as little as you want to. Parents with very young children sometimes find it easier and more relaxing to stay on the ship and revel in having the decks and the pool almost to themselves. Some cruise lines let parents leave children in the kids’ clubs while they go ashore, but if you want to go together there are various family-friendly excursions including trips to water parks, bike rides or whale-watching trips. Some lines even offer special teenonly outings ashore for youngsters

introduced the first ropes course at sea. Royal Caribbean International's larger ships took deck activities to new levels with their climbing walls, FlowRider surf simulators, H2O water play zones and zip wire rides, though most ships have sports courts where youngsters can let off steam, as well as mini-golf courses and table tennis. Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and various others have giant on-deck movie screens where children can catch a film while playing in the pool.

wanting to shake off mum and dad. If you’re wondering where to go on your cruise, the Mediterranean is always a popular family choice due to the wealth of destinations. If you don’t want to sail from the UK, it is only a short flight to main European ports such as Barcelona and Venice. Further afield, the Caribbean offers a tropical alternative and more relaxed pace, but is suited more to older children due to the longer flight time of around nine hours. Alaska is a less obvious choice for kids, but great fun for older children thanks to adventurous activities such as bear-spotting and whale-watching, climbing glaciers or snowmobiling.



C R U I S E P R EVI EW | What to do on board

Will I be bored?


ith a programme of back-to-back activities and entertainment scheduled from 7am until the wee small hours on most ships, you never have time to be bored on a cruise. The days break down into two distinct types. On one hand there are port days, when the ship is moored or at anchor, and there are fewer daytime activities as most people go ashore for a few hours. And then there are sea days, when you can either relax and watch the ocean go by or run yourself ragged trying to squeeze in all the activities cruise lines lay on. It all starts early in the morning with exercise classes – yoga or Pilates maybe, or TRX training, the latest keep-fit craze. Once you’ve built up your strength with a spot of breakfast, the day starts in earnest. There’ll be line-dancing, ballroom dancing, bridge classes and lectures in the spa about how to detox, stay slim or the wonders of acupuncture. There are also spa treatments if you want to indulge in a little pampering, with massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures among a long list of options. Several lines have wine-tasting sessions or cookery demonstrations; on Oceania Cruises’



There are so many things to do on a cruise ship, your only problem will be finding time to fit them all in, says Jane Archer.

Marina and Riviera there are hands-on cookery classes (at extra cost; likewise the wine-tasting). You could pop along to the port talks, which highlight what to see and where to shop at the various places you’ll be visiting on the cruise, take in a classical concert, quiz or join a learn-to-use class on Photoshop or other computer programmes. Crystal Cruises has

language classes on many of its departures, especially in Italy, so you can learn a few useful phrases to use when you go ashore. On cultural cruise lines such as Voyages to Antiquity or Swan Hellenic, there’ll be the first of many scholarly lectures about the history, culture or archaeology of the places you are visiting. You’ll learn all about the Egyptian pharaohs on cruises through the Suez Canal, about the fighting in Gallipoli during the First World War on a voyage through the Dardanelles into the Black Sea. If you are cruising to the north or south poles with the likes of Hurtigruten or Lindblad, expect lots of lectures about whales, penguins, polar bears and the other wildlife you are likely to encounter. Come evening, the entertainment varies from production shows, cabaret acts, aerial acrobats and classical singers to live bands, karaoke and nightclubs, with the most choice on the big resort-style ships. It all goes on until everyone has gone to bed but on some ships you’ll find that is before midnight. After all, everyone has to be up bright and early because it all starts again the next day.

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C R U I S E P R EVI EW | Dinning out

Consuming issues It’s impossible to talk about cruising without also mentioning food, says Jane Archer.


o on any cruise ship and you can be eating morning, noon and night – an earlyrisers’ breakfast, main breakfast and then a cut-down version for the late arrivals. Before that’s even been cleared away, out comes lunch, which runs into afternoon tea and then before you know it, the dining room is open for dinner. It’s no wonder many people pile on the pounds during a holiday at sea. All cruise ships have a self-service buffet and waiter-service dining room – there are two or three on the bigger ships – that are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as poolside grills serving burgers, hotdogs and fries, and food consumed in these three venues (afternoon tea is usually in the buffet or dining room) is included in the cost of the cruise. But modern cruise ships also have speciality restaurants (the newest big ships will

have six or more) and Chef’s Table experiences that are more intimate, offer a more personal service and food that is cooked to order. Reservations are needed and they do cost extra – expect to pay anything from £5 to £60 or more per person. Steakhouses, Italian eateries and restaurants specialising in Mediterranean cuisine are the most popular alternative dining options, but there are also French bistros, Sushi bars, Asian outlets and more.

Celebrity Cruises newest ships, Silhouette and Reflection, have posh grills on the top decks where you can make pizzas and cook your own meat (but the chef will do it if you prefer to chat with your friends). Several Royal Caribbean ships have Izumi, an Asian

restaurant where you cook your meat on hot volcanic rocks brought to the table. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic and Breakaway have Moderno, a Brazilian steakhouse where hunks of meat on big skewers are sliced table-side. Green and red cards indicate when you have had enough or want more. Oceania Cruises' two newest ships have four speciality restaurants, all at no extra charge, with French Jacques and spicy Red Ginger among the choices. A few cruise lines link their speciality restaurants to celebrated chefs. Marco Pierre White devised the menus for the White Room on P&O Cruises’ Ventura and he has restaurants on five of the company’s other ships, while Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar has Indian and Asian restaurants on Azura and Ventura. Crystal Cruises’ two ships have a Japanese-style restaurant and sushi bar created by Nobu Matsuhisa and an Italian linked to Piero Selvaggio, while Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has a restaurant created by acclaimed US chef Todd English.

To share or not to share A few cruise ships still operate a traditional twositting dining system, where you are allocated a table and time to eat (early or late seating) in the evening, invariably sharing with other people chosen at random, but this is rapidly changing. Increasingly, cruise lines are offering openseating, where you can turn up to dine when you want and request a private table, or make a booking if you don’t want to risk having to wait for space. Several lines offer a mix of the two systems to cater for all preferences. On Royal Caribbean



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C R U I S E P R EVI EW | Cruising from the U K

Cool Britannia Forget airports and all that hanging around waiting for a flight. These days it’s cool to cruise from the UK.

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t’s so cool, in fact, that almost as many people sailed from a British port last year as took a flycruise. And the numbers are continuing to grow at such a pace that industry body Clia UK and Ireland predicts that in in a couple of years the split will be 50:50. Not bad considering just one-third of cruising Brits sailed from the UK in 2004.

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Why the change? Well for one thing it is so easy. You don’t have to hang around at airports or put up with flight delays, and there are no luggage restrictions. You just drive to the departure port, hand your bags over to the crew (who will deliver it to your cabin), check in and embark your ship. The holiday starts right away. Two hours after arriving, you’ll have found your cabin and be out exploring the ship and enjoying lunch or afternoon tea. A decade ago, if you wanted to sail from the UK, your choice was easy if a little dull - a very traditional, very British cruise with P&O Cruises, Fred Olsen or Cunard, which offers a formal Anglo-American style. Fast forward 10 years and

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there’s tons of choice as almost 20 lines have ships sailing from the UK, all of them offering a different cruising experience (see chart). There are the formal British voyages still, but also more casual American and European cruise lines, and companies offering cultural voyages, with erudite guest lecturers replacing the ubiquitous evening song, dance and comedy. There are large family-friendly floating resorts, classy ships, vessels for adults only, or which have grown-up appeal, and luxurious craft that include drinks and gratuities in the price. The choice of places to go is even greater. You can cruise from the UK to the Mediterranean, Aegean, Norwegian fjords, Baltic

and Canary Islands. There are itineraries that take you around Britain, around Ireland, to Iceland, Spitsbergen and Russia’s White Sea. And if time is on your side, there are also long voyages to the Caribbean, the Amazon and even around the world (see p24-25). Most no-fly cruises depart from Southampton, but Dover is a popular port and Portsmouth is growing. Recognising not everyone lives in the south, Cruise & Maritime, Fred Olsen and Thomson Cruises have departures from regional ports including Tilbury, Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenwich, Leith and Rosyth (for Edinburgh), Harwich, Hull, Bristol Avonmouth and Belfast.

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C R U I S E P R EVI EW | Cruise and stay

Staying places Tagging a few days ashore onto the start or end of a cruise is an easy way to extend your holiday and see more of the world before heading home. Sara Macefield reports.


here are all sorts of cruise-and-stay packages available, from a few nights in one of the world’s famed cities to a week in the Caribbean or a tour taking in India’s Golden Triangle. You can add a week at the theme parks in Florida to a cruise, or tag on a Caribbean beach break to a cruise departing from Los Angeles. One of the most popular options is to package a ride through the Canadian Rockies on the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer to a cruise in Alaska. And if time is on your side, you could chose a one-way cruise from Canada or the US



to the 49th state and stay a few nights in Alaska itself. The extra days spent ashore can open up a new range of experiences for you to savour. And if you’re a cruise virgin still not sure whether to take that first holiday at sea, it’s a perfect way to hedge your bets. You get to try a cruise without spending your entire holiday aboard a ship. The easiest cruise-and-stay destinations are close to established cruise embarkation and disembarkation ports and have a good range of hotels, varied local attractions and

comprehensive air links. Florida is a popular option thanks to its myriad attractions – the theme parks and beaches - and big ports offering cruises to the Caribbean. Between them, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral have the biggest and best selection of sailings to the Caribbean. In Europe, Barcelona probably leads the field as it is a major cruise departure port, has excellent air links with the UK and the city itself is a lively spot with history, culture, beaches, bars and restaurants, but there are plenty of

Rail and sail other cruise-and-stay hot spots around the Mediterranean. Venice, Athens and Istanbul are all popular departure ports, and all offer plenty to keep visitors enthralled for at least a couple of days. Rome is another top choice, with fabulous sights and shopping, and numerous cruises from the port of Civitavecchia, just 90 minutes away. In the Far East, cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore are exciting and exotic, full of attractions and major cruise hubs to boot. Cruise lines are also helping to build demand for cruise-and-stay holidays by featuring hotels on their websites and in brochures, making it easy to slot on a few nights to cruise bookings. Upmarket Regent Seven Seas Cruises has taken this a step further by including one-night hotel stays before each of its cruises, while on selected departures it also offers three-night land stays. Cultural cruise line Voyages to Antiquity usually includes a couple of days at the cities either end of its Mediterranean itineraries on the grounds that seeing the sights in, say, Athens, is all part of the cultural cruise experience it offers. However, Thomson Cruises is the leader when it comes to cruise-and-stay packages as it pulls in the buying power of its parent company, the tour operator Tui, to offer a huge range of hotels in and around cruise departure ports in Barbados, in the Caribbean, Palma de

Combining train journeys with river and ocean voyages has opened up a new world of imaginative adventures to a diverse range of destinations stretching from the Arctic Circle to the Americas and Australia. Such exciting combinations include riding the Trans-Andean railway through Ecuador before taking a cruise to the unspoilt Galapagos Islands or sailing across the Atlantic to New York and jumping on a train across America to the West Coast city of San Francisco. But you don’t have to travel great distances to enjoy trips that hark back to a golden age of travel. You can journey on the Venice SimplonOrient-Express to Venice to join a cruise or ride the Bergen Line across a 4,000 feet

Mallorca, Marmaris in Turkey, the Greek island of Corfu and Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The company’s cruise-and-stay holidays are then packaged with Tui flights and transfers to provide a complete and very easy holiday. Several cruise lines work with specialist cruise travel agencies or tour operators to offer packages or tailor-make them to your specific requirements. Others still offer cruise tours, linking a three or four day-tour in Australia to a cruise, for instance, or two or three nights visiting Machu Picchu to a cruise around South America. Princess Cruises has several cruisetours, as

high mountainous plateau known as the Roof of Norway between Oslo and Bergen and twin this with a Norwegian fjords cruise. Another thought is to twin a picturesque rail journey through the Scottish Highlands with a cruise to the Western Isles. There is also a more practical element to the rail-and-sail packages, namely that they are perfect for anyone who doesn’t like to fly. Eurostar services to the Continent link up with high-speed rail services to the South of France or Barcelona for Mediterranean cruises, and you can even start your no-fly cruise from the UK in style by taking the British Pullman, and enjoying a three-course lunch en route, from London to Dover or Southampton to board your ship. Rail-and-sail packages are offered by travel companies such as Titan Travel, Reader Offers, Great Rail Journeys and Journey Latin America.

does Titan Travel, which, for instance, combines a tour of China, visiting Beijing, Xian, to see the terracotta warriors, and Shanghai with a river cruise along the Yangtze. Specialist cruise agency Adore Cruises offers an Elvisthemed holiday that involves a three-night stay in Memphis and a rail trip to New Orleans for another three-night stay followed by a Caribbean cruise. Specialist cruise travel agent Reader Offers regularly puts together packages combining cruises from Venice with a night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express or an Alaska itinerary with a one-week coach and rail tour through the Canadian Rockies.



C R U I S E P R EVI EW | Guide to world cruising

A world away

Setting sail

Imagine setting sail from the UK in January and returning only when spring is in the air. Then stop imagining and get yourself booked on a world cruise.


n January eight ships will set sail from Southampton, heading off on a voyage around the world - up to four months away from the British winter, ticking off exotic destinations such as South America, the South Pacific, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. As these ships – operated by Cunard, P&O Cruises and Fred Olsen - leave the UK, others are setting sail from the US and Germany, likewise heading off on epic voyages that take you over the Equator, across datelines and to almost every continent in the world. Ever been tempted? Then now’s the time check out CTN’s guide to world cruising.

to just relax with a good book or in the spa, or spend a few hours in the gym, exercising off all those snacks, teas and late-night bites. It’s easy enough to put on weight on a two-week cruise; even easier during four months at sea.

Long voyages If time and money prevent you from doing a world cruise, don’t despair. All cruise lines divide their world cruises into sectors, which can also be added together to create a cruise that suits you – maybe two weeks away, or a month or two. Several also have long voyages, for instance around Asia or South America. As these focus on a particular area, these tend to be more port-intensive.

Days at sea Unlike that most famous of circumnavigators, Phileas Fogg, you don’t have to do it all in 80 days. Most world cruises are 100 days or more, during which there will be days ashore but also a lot of time at sea. That might seem fairly obvious but it’s not always clear from the itineraries just how many sea days there are. Often you’ll be six or eight days without seeing land getting from one continent to another. During sea days, expect lectures, spa talks and other activities, but it’s also a great chance



An important consideration when deciding a cruise is whether to sail from the UK or from the US. Choose the former and you can take as much luggage as you want, but you’ll spend several days at sea before reaching the sunny weather. It can also be quite rough on the Bay of Biscay and Atlantic at that time of year. Fly to Florida or Los Angeles and you’ll hopefully set off on your cruise in nice weather, but you will have to comply with the airlines’ luggage restrictions or pay to take more bags. After choosing a cruise, packing is the most difficult task. You’ll need enough clothes to last four months, garments for warm, cold and wet weather, and posh clobber for formal evenings. Accessories are a wonderful way of recycling clothes that have been worn a couple of times and remember also that all ships have a laundry – a paid-for service or a DIY version. Also, why not replenish your wardrobe as you sail the world? Asia especially has some great designer bargains.

First-timers You don’t have to be an experienced cruiser to book a long voyage, but it’s wise to have done a few cruises as committing yourself to almost four months at sea if you don’t know whether you’ll enjoy the experience is a big leap of faith. To help take the guesswork out of it, book yourself two or three short cruises with a couple of different lines so you can find out if you like it, and also a favourite cruise style. There’s everything from the very British P&O Cruises to the American-style Seabourn and luxurious Crystal.

And so to bed If you are cruising the world, it’s worth splashing out on the biggest and best cabin you can

afford as it will be your home for several months. It doesn’t have to be a suite, although that would be ideal, but consider booking a balcony so you have somewhere to go for a spot of “me” time. The usual rules apply when picking your cabin’s location. Lower rooms in the middle of the ship are the most stable, those forward take the brunt of the movement if there is a heavy swell, cabins at the back can be rocky in high seas but have great views over the ship’s wake (and sometimes get bigger balconies).

How much? That’s an impossible question to answer. The important thing to know is that world cruising doesn’t have to cost the earth; conversely, you can spend a small fortune securing the best suite on a six-star line. At the time of going to press, a 104-day world cruise was on sale for £6,999 per person, which works out at less than £70 a day for full-board accommodation and entertainment. That’s probably the same as you’d spend at home when you factor in the heating, electric and other bills.

Crossing continents The era of jet travel may have made transatlantic voyages between the UK and the Americas virtually redundant, but there are still plenty of cruise ships plying this route, including scheduled crossings on Cunard’s ocean liner Queen Mary 2 and repositioning cruises on ships sailing across the Pond to spend summer in Europe. Queen Mary 2’s schedule of sevennight crossings between Southampton and New York operates between April and December. You can travel one way, but back-to-back crossings are also possible, where you sail to New York, spend a day shopping and sightseeing in the Big Apple, then hop back on board for a return journey to the UK. On board you can expect to be transported back to the so-called “Golden Age” of travel with formal dress code, gala banquets, afternoon tea served by whitegloved waiters and Cunard’s Insights lecture programme featuring guest speakers from the world of celebrity, the arts and science. While QM2’s crossings are seen as the ultimate way to travel across the Atlantic, they are not the only option. As cruises in

the Baltic and Mediterranean have become increasingly popular, US cruise companies have sent more and more ships to Europe in spring, each offering a transatlantic sailing to get here (and back in the autumn). There are cruises from US ports such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Boston, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Caribbean ports including Barbados and Puerto Rico, ending in the likes of Lisbon, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Venice and Barcelona as well as Southampton, Harwich or Dover. And of course come autumn, the journey is the other way around. You can choose between companies with large modern ships, such as Royal Caribbean International or Norwegian Cruise Line, and luxury lines including Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. You can also cross the Pond on one of the clipper-style yachts belonging to tall-ship specialist Star Clippers or the upscale mega-yachts of SeaDream Yacht Club. Some lines include extra ports along the way, Madeira maybe, or the Azores, to inject added interest into what is otherwise just numerous days at sea.



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C R U I S E P R EVI EW | World destination map

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hether you want beaches, cities, history or culture, the Mediterranean delivers. You can have an island-hopping cruise around the Greek Isles, tick off Rome, Venice, Florence, Athens, Istanbul and Barcelona on a city-break by sea, dip into Roman history at Pompeii and Ephesus, discover local mores on a voyage around Sicily, Italy or Northern Africa. Factor in the good weather and choice of ship, from floating resorts to sailing boats and luxury yachts, and it’s easy to see why the Brits flock to the Mediterranean for a cruise every summer. The main departure ports tend to be Venice, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Piraeus (for Athens), Monte Carlo and Barcelona as there are plenty of flights to these places from the UK, both with conventional and low-cost airlines. There are countess itineraries and ports in the Mediterranean, but generally cruises are seven or 10 nights and sail in either the Western Mediterranean, visiting places such as Ibiza, Naples and Marseilles, or Eastern Mediterranean, for Athens, Istanbul and Venice. Some itineraries span both sides of the sea and a few venture into the Black Sea, where Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta are favourite parts.

Barcelona In Catalonia, on the east coast of Spain, the port is the busiest in Europe so don’t be surprised to see at least five or ships tied up when you visit. Most have to dock a 10-minute shuttle bus ride from town (and some cruise lines will charge for this), but small ones can moor by the World Trade Centre – an enviable position as it’s at the bottom of La Rambla, the city’s famous main street, so you can walk into town. La Rambla is an attraction in itself for the cafés, portrait painters, living statues and pet shops that line the route from the monument to Christopher Columbus outside the port to the Placa de Catalunya. Other highlights in the city include the Gothic Quarter and Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familia. It’s easy to explore alone, but there are plenty of excursions, seeing the city by hop-on, hop-off bus, on a guided walking tour, even by bike. Cruise lines have Gaudi-themed excursions and trips to the Nou Camp football stadium.

Civitavecchia Never heard of it? That’s because it’s a small town that just happens to have the closest port to Rome. Unfortunately it’s not exactly handy for the city – expect either a two-hour transfer by coach or car, depending on traffic, or hop on a train. It takes about an hour, costs €9 return, and you can get off either at the Vatican or central station. All cruise lines have excursions into the city, either guided or an ‘on




your own’ tour, where they provide the transport and you have a free day to explore. There’s so much to see that a few hours really isn’t enough but put on your walking shoes and tick off the Vatican, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain. Just remember to throw a coin into the water to guarantee your return visit.

Dubrovnik Dubrovnik sprang to fame during the break up of the former Yugoslavia as pictures of the beautiful besieged walled city were broadcast around the world. Today it is one of the busiest ports in the Adriatic. It’s at the southern end of Croatia, close to the border with Montenegro. Small ships anchor just outside the old port and tender passengers ashore. Larger vessels use the main port, about 10 minutes by taxi or shuttle bus from the city. Once there you’ll discover a fabulous maze of narrow alleys and steep staircases surrounded by a huge wall that you can walk around (there is a charge) for fantastic views over the roof tops and out to sea. The shops have some unusual souvenirs and there are good cafés and restaurants.

Corfu The second-largest of the Greek Ionian Islands, Corfu is a top stop on cruises around the eastern Mediterranean between Venice and Piraeus. Ships dock about 20 minutes’ walk from the main town, also called Corfu (or Kerkira in Greek), which is a delightful maze of cobbled streets, alleys and souvenir shops selling handbags, olive oil, bangles, bracelets and tee-shirts galore. Look out also for the fish spas – you put your feet into a tank of water and tiny fish start nibble away at the dead skin. If the beach or an island tour appeal, it’s best to take the ship’s excursions as most are only in port for a few hours.

Gibraltar Essentially a very large rock at the southern end of the Iberian peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar ended up a British territory in 1713 and despite the best efforts of Spain, the UK has refused to give it back. Cruise ships call here because folk like to see this little piece of Britain in the Med - there’s a Marks & Spencer and other favourite high

street shops in the main street – and they are especially fond of the duty-free booze and cigarettes. If you are cruising back to the UK, with no flights to worry about, it’s a good chance to stock up. If you can drag yourself away from the shopping, visit inside the Rock, used as a arsenal during the Second World War, or take a trip to see the Barbary Apes.






Where east meets west, Istanbul is a city of minarets and domes that straddles the Bosphorus, guarding the entrance to the Black Sea. Cruise ships dock at Karaköy Yolcu Salona, a 20-minute walk from the Galata Bridge that leads into the heart of the city. The opulent Topkapi Palace is a favourite attraction but be prepared for long queues. Once that’s done, there’s plenty more to see including the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sophia, once a church, then a mosque, now a museum. You can even visit the old cisterns (used as a location for the 1963 James Bond movie From Russia with Love) or treat yourself to an authentic Turkish bath.

This is another port you may not have heard of as the town has little to attract tourists, but it is very popular with cruise lines as it the main gateway for cruise passengers visiting Florence and Pisa. The port is huge so you’ll need transport to get to the town or station. Some lines have free shuttle buses, others charge. Taxis, which are allowed into the port, might be cheaper, especially if there are several of you. Trains to Florence and back to the port are not frequent, so plan ahead if you would like to go in to town alone. Ship excursions are easier but a lot more expensive. Highlights include the Duomo (climb up the bell tower for great views over the city), the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, where there’s a copy of Michelangelo’s David. Art lovers should book ahead and get tickets to skip the queues for the Uffizi Gallery or

Kusadasi There are some nice beaches and a large bazaar where you can buy fake designer watches and handbags, but the real reason cruise ships visit this Turkish town is for excursions to the ancient city of Ephesus. It’s about 20 minutes drive from the port and was an ancient Greek city before the Romans moved in. You’ll see the ruins of temples, houses, baths, the theatre and the magnificent library, built in 117AD. Try to go early so there is no one blocking your first glimpse of the façade and take a guide to explain the history and what the buildings were.



Galleria dell’Accademia. Done the city? Take an excursion to the picturesque Cinque Terre villages.

Monaco Most cruise lines call it Monte Carlo, but this tiny Principality in the South of France is properly named Monaco. It’s famous for the Grand Prix every May, the high-rollers who grace its casino and its Royal Family, into which American actress Grace Kelly married in 1956. She died in a car crash in 1982. There is only one pier for cruise ships, so many have to anchor just outside the port and tender passengers ashore. From the port, a lift takes you through the car park to the old town and Royal Palace, or you can stroll around the harbour to the casino in Monte Carlo, on the eastern side of the principality. For a bird’s-eye view of the coast line, there are helicopter ride over the Riviera.

Mykonos A hippy hangout in the 60s, Mykonos is now a top port for cruise ships sailing through the Greek Islands. A small island, it’s in the Cyclades and covers an area of just 33 square miles. Ships either dock outside the main town and shuttle passengers in (it takes about five minutes, but coaches have to park outside the town so it’s another five-minute walk into the main square) or stay at anchor and tender folk directly into town. The only problem is that it is always windy so the journey can be quite uncomfortable. Mykonos Town is a delightful place, full of narrow streets, white-washed houses, boutiques and tavernas. If that doesn’t appeal, there are nice beaches (but don’t be surprised to encounter nude sunbathing and loud party music) or you can take a boat trip to nearby Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis, according to Greek mythology.




Naples Naples is in southern Italy, on the beautiful Amalfi coast. It’s a fascinating city, and very passenger friendly as ships dock in the centre of town, just five minutes’ walk from the city. Unfortunately, though, the main attractions are outside the city. Pompeii, the Roman city destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, and Herculaneum, which folk who have done both agree is better. Whichever you choose, a guided tour is best, to make sense of the ruins. If neither appeals, hop over to Capri, a favourite with the rich and famous, or Sorrento, a beautiful town famous for the lemons that make Limoncello. The ferry terminals for both trips are right by the port.


Black Sea Sevastopol Ships dock just outside the city for those who want to visit, but the main attraction is a tour to Balaklava, to see the battlefield where the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War – France, Britain and Turkey against Russia in 1853-56. Most tours also visit a once-secret nuclear submarine base in Balaklava and the Panorama Museum in Sevastopol, housing a 360-degree painting of a scene from the Crimean War.

Odessa The city was founded by Catherine the Great and is an unexpected treasure with wide tree-lined boulevards, elegant buildings in Classic, Renaissance and Asian style – a result of its cosmopolitan history. Ships dock just a few minutes from the Potemkin Steps, made famous in the Eisenstein film Battleship Potemkin about the 1905 mutiny by sailors on the eponymous ship, which lead into the city. Outside the city, there are tours into the catacombs beneath the city where resistance fighters lived during the Second World War.

Yalta Ships dock near the promenade of this popular Ukrainian seaside resort. The town’s name will be forever synonymous with the conference between Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt in February 1945, towards the end of the Second World War. It was held in the Livadia Palace, the summer home built by Nicholas II, the last Tzar of Russia, although he only stayed there four times. Tours also visit a palace 30 minutes outside Yalta built by Michael Vorontsov, once the richest man in Russia and owner of 800,000 serfs.



Another one you’ve probably not heard of, but if your ship is visiting Athens, this is where you’ll dock as the city itself is land-locked. Cruise ships dock at the east end of the port, about 25 minutes on foot from the station (but there is a bus if you don’t want the exercise), from where there is a regular and cheap train service - €1.40 (£1.26) each way - to Athens, some 12km away. Best of all, the announcements are in English. For the Acropolis, get off either at Monastiriki, Thision or Akropoli Stations. All three are also good for visiting the Acropolis Museum and Plaka, which is packed with souvenir shops and restaurants.




Santorini One of the most picturesque Greek island on account of its white-washed houses with blue windows and doors. Ships anchor in the caldera, created when a volcano erupted here in 1650BC, and tender passengers to the dock, from where there is a cable car to Fira, the main town, at the top of the cliff. You can also ride a donkey or walk up, but the former is not very pleasant and the latter is hard work. If you want exercise, cable car up and walk down. Top attractions include climbing to the volcano crater and a tour of the wineries, but exploring Fira and lunch ashore also makes for a lovely day out.

Venice Who can not have beard of Venice and dreamed of being serenaded by a gondolier as the sun goes down? If that does appeal, start saving because it’s a very expensive way to see this city built on water. Cruise ships dock in the port, from where there’s a people mover to the start of canal system or water taxis to St Mark’s Square. Some cruise lines provide free tickets, others charge you for the ride. The best way to see the city is to get a good map and explore alone, seeing St Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace, of course hopping on one of the water buses just to say you have tried it, and having lunch where the locals go. There are also tours to Murano and Burano Islands, respectively known for glass and lace.

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69. 34


Canary Islands The Canary Islands are part of Spain (officially the archipelago is called an autonomous community) yet closer to Africa than Europe, which means they have year-round sunshine and are a popular spot for summer holidays and also a dose of winter sun. Cruise ships visit mainly in the winter, spring and autumn, sailing mostly from the UK (although Fred Olsen and Thomson have ships based in Tenerife over winter and Norwegian Cruise Line has cruises from Barcelona) and hopping from one island to the other before returning home, often with a stop in Agadir en route.

Tenerife: Take a tour to Mount Teide, at 12,195ft the highest mountain in Spain, or head to Siam water park for fun with flumes. Gran Canaria: Favoured for its boisterous beach resorts but drive inland for old villages, pine forests and ancient painted caves. Lanzarote: Excursions go to fire mountain where geysers spurt and bracken bursts into flames without a match. Fuerteventura: A rather barren island famous for its beaches and el viento fuerte – a constant wind that makes this a top place for wind-surfing. La Palma: Visit the crater left when Teneguia volcano erupted in 1971.

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ith everything from opulent palaces to quirky churches and high-speed boat rides, it’s no wonder the Baltic has become a firm favourite on the cruising map•••

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The Baltic Sea is enclosed on three sides and surrounded by 11 countries – there’s Norway and Denmark guarding the entrance, as well as Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. With visits to St Petersburg, Berlin and medieval Tallinn among highlights, this is a cruise rich in history and culture, but don’t get the idea this is just a holiday for boffins. You’ll also likely spend time in Denmark, home to Tivoli Gardens fun park, visit Stockholm, where you can go on a highspeed rigid inflatable boat ride down the archipelago, and call at Helsinki, where you can cycle around the town. Cruises are anything from seven nights to two weeks, the longer ones visiting more countries, and almost all spend two or three days in St Petersburg because there is so much to see there. Most Baltic cruises depart from either Copenhagen or Stockholm, but a few leave from Amsterdam – all places with plenty of flights from the UK - and you can also cruise there from a British port. If that appeals, you will definitely need two weeks. Big ships have to go in through the Kattegat past Denmark but smaller vessels can use the Kiel Canal, a waterway built by Kaiser Willhelm between 1887 and 1895.

Copenhagen The busiest port in the Baltic, Copenhagen is on the east coast of Denmark. Ships dock at Free Port, from where there are trains and buses into the centre, or the Langelinie Pier, which is a good 15-minute walk for the centre of town. It’s a pleasant stroll (but there is a bus if you prefer not to walk) that will take you past the Little Mermaid statue, which is not only Copenhagen’s top attraction, but also it’s most disappointing one. Highlights more worthy of your time include a canal boat ride, Tivoli Gardens fun fair (although this really needs to be visited after dark), a Carlsberg Brewery tour and Strøget, the main shopping street. Head to Nyhavn at lunchtime for the best selection of bars and restaurants.

Gdynia This is the port for Gdansk, which is largely unknown but is a delightful city, rebuilt to its former 17th-century glory after being destroyed during the Second World War. The port is about 14 miles from the city and there are excursions or taxis, but it’s more fun – and cheaper - to take a taxi to the railway station and get the train. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Gdansk is a city for strolling, enjoying the laid-back vibe, living statues and stalls full of locally-made crafts. You can take a cruise boats from the old city quay to Westerplatte, where the Second World War began on September 1, 1939.



B ALTI C Helsinki The capital of Finland, Helsinki is a quirky city, very grand in places, where you can cycle, walk or take a variety of excursions. Ships dock at West Terminal, from where it’s a 10minute shuttle bus ride into the city (if your ship charges for this, look out for the bus that stops by the dock as it is much cheaper) or South Terminal, from where it’s a 10-minute walk to the city. Helsinki highlights include the Church in the Rock, the Uspensky Cathedral, built in 1868, when Finland was part of the Russian Empire, and the harbour market, where you’ll find quality handicrafts, and boat trips through the archipelago.


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The capital of Norway, the city is at the end of the Oslo fjord and as far north as Anchorage in Alaska. Ships tie up in the harbour, from where it is a 10-minute walk into town. Nearby Aker Brygge has lively cafes and restaurants. Top attractions are the Kon-Tiki Museum, housing the balsa wood raft on which Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to Polynesia, and the Fram Museum, built around the polar exploration ship used by Roald Amundsen (they are next to each other, and easily reached by boat from the harbour). Other highlights are the Gustav Vigeland sculptures in Frogner and Holmenkollen ski jump. A simulator lets you feel what it’s like to launch yourself off the top.

This is the jewel in the Baltic’s crown, the city built on marshland by Peter the Great in 1703. Ships dock at a dedicated cruise port, from where there are taxis or a shuttle bus to Primorskaya metro station (signs in the metro are now in Roman as well as Cyrillic letters). It takes about 20 minutes from the port to the station by bus and costs 25 rubles one way. If you plan to go ashore alone, you will need to get a visa before leaving the UK but this is not necessary on a ships’ tour. You can spend a fortune seeing the highlights in St Petersburg, but it’s worth it. Tours should include the Hermitage, housing the largest art collection in the world; Peterhof, Peter’s summer palace, a hydrofoil ride across the Gulf of Finland from the city; the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, about 40 minutes from St Petersburg; the Church of the Spilled Blood, built where Tzar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881; the Peter and Paul Fortress, where Nicholas II, the last tzar, and his family are buried; and the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered. As they stay overnight, most cruise lines offer excursions to the opera or ballet.

Warnemünde This is a lively seaside resort that also happens also be the closest cruise ships can get to Berlin. However, the transfer still takes about three hours each way whether you go by train or coach so staying in Warnemünde or visiting nearby Rostock might appeal more. Most ships moor right in Warnemünde so you can walk into town and trains to Rostock go from the nearby station. You can also cruise there down the Warnow River. Journey time is about one hour. A quick whizz around Berlin by coach will tick off the Brandeburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Holocaust memorial and Kurfurstendamm. Warnemünde has beach and bars. In Rostock, don’t miss the 13thcentury Marienkirche and its astrological clock, built in 1472 and still working today, the old town wall and Neuer Markt.

Stockholm The capital of Sweden, Stockholm was built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges and is one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltic. Most ships sail up to the city through an archipelago made up of 24,000 islands, docking in one of seven berths. If you’re unlucky enough to be on a ship anchored at Nynashamn in the Baltic Sea, it’s a one-hour train or coach journey to the city. Most visitors make a bee-line for the Vasa Museum, built around a 17th-century warship that sunk in Stockholm harbour on its maiden voyage, following up a couple of hours there with an under the bridges boat ride. For something more thrilling, take a 45mph RIB (rigid inflabale boat) through the archipelago (waterproofs are provided). Or get your chills in the ice bar at the Nordic Hotel. Warm capes and gloves are provided.

Tallinn The capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a sprawling city but visitors only go to see the medieval walled city less than 15 minutes’ walk from the port (there’s a shuttle bus for those who need a ride). It’s very small and always buzzing with folk exploring the alleys, cobbled streets or imbibing the local brew in the Town Hall Square. Highlights include Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Toomkirk, the oldest church in Estonia. Head to Müürivahe Street, along the town wall, for fun and colourful knitwear and nearby glassware shop.

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69.




orget the Med and Norwegian fjords; cruising around the UK has become the chic must-do holiday for Brits looking for a holiday close to home•••

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here are 12% more round-Britain cruises this year (2013) than in 2012, taking passengers to ports in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and another bumper selection is lined up for next year. Not only that, but the number of Britons choosing one of these cruises is on the rise. There were 16,000 in 2009 and 20,000 in 2012 and as more ships offer this as an option (Celebrity Infinity is new on the round-Britain route in 2013), you can be pretty sure the numbers will rise as well. These cruises are a good way to see more of Great Britain. Cities like Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh, pretty towns like St Peter Port in Guernsey or Falmouth in Cornwall, Scottish islands such as the Orkneys or Tobermory. They are also an easy – and cost-effective - way of seeing the country, without the hassle of traffic jams on motorways or the expense of hotels. As on all cruises, the fare covers accommodation and meals outside the speciality restaurants. And as you can use sterling for most of the holiday (you will need euros if you visit the Republic of Ireland), there are no foreign exchange commission charges either. Cruises operate mainly in spring and summer, when the days are getting longer and the weather should be at its best, but it’s so unpredictable that it’s impossible to recommend a good time to go.

Here are some of the key attractions in the mostvisited ports: Belfast: The Titanic Belfast museum, dedicated to that ill-fated ship which was built in the city, has nine galleries that tell the story from construction and launch to the sinking and the discovery of the wreck in 1985. The Giant’s Causeway is incredible and well worth the two-hour drive from the city.



Greenock: This is the port for Glasgow,

about 45 minutes away by coach or train. City sights include Cathedral Square, the medieval Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, or visit one of the whisky distilleries just outside town. Tours visit Loch Lomond (there are also seaplane rides over the water) or the imposing Inveraray Castle.

Liverpool: Fans of the Fab Four should make a bee-line for the Beatles Story; otherwise put the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Liverpool Cathedral on your must-do list. St Peter Port: This is the capital of

off sights including the cathedral, Dublin Castle and the National Museum, but come on. This is Ireland. The must-see sights are the Guinness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery.

Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, and a charming town with cobbled streets and a very pretty harbour. Stay in town to see Castle Cornet and Hauteville House, where Victor Hugo spent 14 years in exile, or shop. Outside town, there are island tours, museums dedicated to the German occupation between 1940-45, cliff walks and boat rides to the neighbouring small island of Herm.

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he scenery is the star on cruises in Northern Europe, with everything from Norway’s deep fjords to Spitsbergen’s barren landscapes and the chance of spotting a passing polar bear•••

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orthern Europe is a handy catch-all title for three countries – Norway, Iceland and Greenland, and also Spitsbergen, which is owned by Norway – in the same region where scenery, culture and wildlife is the big attraction rather than sightseeing and history. Norway, which is by far the most visited by cruise passengers, is a long, thin country, half below and half above the Arctic Circle. Its deep fjords, outdoor activities such as walking, fishing and whale-watching, and quirky way of life are the big attraction. Traditionally it’s been a summer cruise destination but increasingly ships are taking passengers there in winter to see the Northern Lights. At sea, away from the light pollution in town and cities, is the best place to see the solar activity, although there are never any guarantees. Iceland is just below the Arctic Circle and usually just a one-stop destination – Reykjavik, the capital, where a popular outing is to the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon – but a handful of lines are circumnavigating the island this year. Greenland is the largest island in the world and sits almost entirely above the Arctic Circle. About 80% of the land is covered by an ice sheet – the second-largest in the world (the Antarctica ice sheet is the biggest). Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, is well within the Arctic Circle and the nearest most cruise ships can get to the North Pole. Some traditional cruise ships visit these islands, but only for a couple of days. However, ships with ice-strengthened hulls will circumnavigate Spitsbergen or cruise through the giant icebergs that litter Greenland’s coast north of the Arctic Circle. Cruises to the Norwegian fjords depart from the UK, Amsterdam and Copenhagen and are anything from seven nights to two weeks or more. There are about 41 cruise ports along Norway’s coastline, which stretches some 1,300 nautical miles, but Bergen, Stavanger, Olden, Tromsø and Ålesund are the most popular. Hurtigruten offers 12-night cruises along the Norwegian coast on working ships. There are also cruises from the UK to the Arctic Circle but these tend to be two weeks or more, with several days at sea. Expedition cruise lines usually fly passengers into Spitsbergen and Greenland for one-week voyages.



Ålesund The town, at the entrance to the Geiranger fjord, was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, which has earned it the title most beautiful town in Norway. Cruise ships dock by the town so it’s easy to get off and walk ashore alone. Alternatively, there are guided walks of the Art Nouveau district and in search of the Yoogon Trolls on the buildings’ façades. If neither appeals, go to the top of Mount Aksia for view over the town and surrounding fjords.

Bergen The city is a favourite stop for most cruises to Norway for walks at the top of Mount Fløyen (it’s reached by a funicular ride), the aquarium and, if time allows, longer tours into the fjord region. Ships dock about 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of the town so it’s nice and easy to explore alone.

Geirangerfjord The fjord is on UNESCO’s list of Natural World Heritage Sites. There are three ports in the fjord. Geiranger is a tender port, but ships can also call at Hellesylt, where there is a new pier. Excursions are geared around the scenery, with trips to some of the fjord’s best



viewpoints. One of the favourites goes along Eagle Road (11 hairpin bends) to Eagle Bend for views of the fjord, mountains and Seven Sisters waterfall.

Kirkenes The end of the line for the Norwegian coast because next stop from here is in Russia. Excursions go to the border crossing and Pasvikdalen, home to the largest population of brown bears in Norway, and there are also quad bike rides to the border. In winter there are snowmobile safaris and husky-dog sledge rides.

Olden A tiny town with a population of just 800 people at the end of the Nordfjord that would be unremarkable except that it’s just a short drive from the dock to the Briksdal Glacier, one arm of the Jostedal Glacier, which is the largest glacier on the European mainland. It’s a steep hike to the glacier; at the top you can take a boat rides on the small lake and get close to the ice. There are also fast RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) rides on the Nordfjord and fishing excursions.

Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, is part of Norway. From Longyearbyen, the capital, it’s 1,338km to the North Pole and 2,313km to Oslo. Visiting cruise lines all call at Longyearbyen – small ships can dock but others have to tender passengers – and Ny-Ålesund and Magdalena Bay if weather conditions allow. They are all small places, interesting for their remoteness and harsh living rather than any sights. The real attraction is the wildlife - polar bears mainly, but also walruses, seals and maybe whales. Expedition-style cruise lines will attempt to circumnavigate the island and carry teams of naturalists and geologists to take folk on excursions ashore – once the area has been carefully checked for prowling bears.

Stavanger North Cape The North Cape is the northern-most point on the European mainland. Ships dock at Honningsvåg, from where it is a 30-minute drive to the cape. Once there, you’ll find a tourist centre and a 307-metre high cliff that plunges almost straight down into the sea.

Cruise ships dock right in the centre, an attractive little town where the main attraction is a boat ride into the Lysefjord to see the famous Pulpit Rock, which rises 604 metres above sea level, has a 600 square metre top and sheer drops on three sides.

Tromsø The city, which lies above the Arctic Circle, is another top stop for cruise ships, which dock close to the city centre. The Arctic Cathedral is a big attraction – cruise ships that stay overnight often offer midnight concerts there. Polaria, which is part Arctic aquarium and part exhibition hall dedicated to the Arctic, and the Polar Museum, dedicated to Polar exploration, are other popular attractions.

Trondheim This was Norway’s first capital, founded in 997 by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason. Cruise ships can dock near town, where the main attractions are the Nodaros Cathedral , built over the grave of King Olav, and Archbishop’s Palace. Harbour tours visit Monk’s Island, once an execution site now a popular recreation area.

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he Caribbean reigns supreme as the world’s top cruising spot on account of its welcoming tropical climate and thousands of picturesque islands scattered across azure seas•••

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he Caribbean has everything from large developed islands with duty-free shopping, glitzy hotels and buzzing tourist spots to tiny outposts whose very charm lies in their rustic simplicity and beautiful natural surroundings. You’ll find cruise ships of all sizes here, from the world’s largest to the smallest luxury yachts, each one offering a vastly-contrasting experience. Some are here year-round but most only spend winter in the islands, providing cruisers with a sunny holiday when the weather at home gets grey and cold. Most cruises depart from Florida ports such as Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but some also start from within the islands themselves, notably Barbados or Puerto Rico. Sailings range from short three-day trips to the Bahamas to two weeks or more, but the most common itineraries tend to be seven days, sailing either to the Eastern Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Barbados and Martinique), or the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica). Some also visit the Southern Caribbean, with calls at islands including Guadeloupe, Grenada and Tobago, while other sailings include a trip through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean.

Antigua Ships moor in the centre of the capital, St John’s, so it is easy to wander ashore to browse the shops in the modern Heritage Quay area or the more rustic Redcliffe Quay, where authentic Georgian buildings house cafés and boutiques. If you want to explore further, taxi drivers, who are also qualified tour guides, will take you to Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only working Georgian dockyard and the island’s most famous tourist site with restaurants and shops housed in the restored buildings. Antigua is famous for its beaches; one of the best-known, Dickenson Bay, is a 20-minute drive from the port.

Bahamas Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and the islands’ main cruise port, though some ships call at Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Passengers arriving in Nassau will step ashore at Prince George Wharf and walk through the Festival Place welcome centre with its local stalls and occasional live bands. Outside are lines of “surreys” offering horse and carriage rides around the capital, while just a few steps more bring you into Bay Street and its duty-free shops and famous Straw Market with its maze of stalls selling local handicrafts. A few streets away is the entertaining Pirates of Nassau museum, while the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre is a short taxi ride. If you fancy swimming with dolphins, book an excursion to Blue Lagoon Island. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |






Barbados is packed with attractions, from Harrison’s Cave, a subterranean complex of limestone tunnels and pools, to restored plantation houses such as Sunbury Plantation or St Nicholas Abbey. An island tour takes visitors to the top of Cherry Tree Hill, renowned for its fabulous views, and down on to the rugged east coast where Atlantic rollers sweep in. Cruise ships dock a 20-minute walk outside the capital, Bridgetown. It’s worth noting that local companies are not allowed to hawk for business at the terminal; they can only pick up, so if you want to arrange an independent tour it is best to do so in advance.

This island off the Mexican coast is a real tourist trap, but the rich surrounding waters also make it a prime location for scuba-diving excursions and boat trips. It is also wellplaced for full-day excursions to the mainland, to visit the important Mayan archaeological sites Chichen Itza or Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula. The main town on Cozumel is San Miguel, which is easily accessible from the island’s three cruise piers. However, the distance varies depending where your ship is moored. The closest pier is by the city, the furthest one about five miles away.

The so-called “Nature Isle”, Dominica is one of the Caribbean’s most unspoilt and undeveloped outposts able to cater for larger cruise ships. Most dock right in the capital, Roseau, though some smaller vessels call at the town of Portsmouth in the north. Wherever you come ashore there is no escaping the earthy feel of this cruise stop, where there are hiking tours through the lush rainforest to waterfalls or the island’s famous boiling lake. The Rainforest tram gives you birds-eye views across the mountain peaks and there are tours to Carib Territory, inhabited by one of the Caribbean’s few remaining tribes, or whalewatching tours.

British Virgin Islands Smaller cruise ships call at the less developed islands such as Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island or Virgin Gorda; the big ones dock at the main island of Tortola, a short walk from the capital Road Town. On disembarking you will be met by a cluster of local taxi drivers enthusiastically offering island tours. One of the most popular trips is to the beach at pretty Cane Garden Bay, though it can get very crowded if more than one ship is in and everyone else has the same idea. The best plan is to get on a smaller boat and explore other islands nearby. Virgin Gorda is a good choice. It is home to one of the BVI’s best-known spots, The Baths, a collection of huge rocks housing natural swimming pools and romantic hidden grottoes.



Grand Cayman Ships anchor outside the capital George Town and tender passengers ashore – the city is a short walk from the dock and has a good selection of tourist shops (though if there are several ships in, it can all get rather busy). The top attraction in Grand Cayman is Stingray City, a shallow sandbar where tame rays congregate and wait to be fed squid by tourists who arrive in small boats. It’s also a popular beach stop thanks to its beautiful waters and talcum powder beaches (Seven Mile Beach is the most famous), and you can snorkel or dive amid the colourful marine life. Helicopter rides give a bird’s eye view of the island and surrounding reefs.

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Jamaica Climbing Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios has to be the top attraction in Jamaica, but there are lots of alternatives if that doesn’t appeal. You can take a chairlift to the top of Mystic Mountain and ride down on a bobsleigh or glide through the tree tops on a canopy tour. If you want a taste of the island’s history, visit the restored – and reputedly haunted – plantation house Rose Hall, or take one of the gentle river-rafting trips that Jamaica is renowned for. The island (the third-biggest in the Caribbean) has three main ports along its north coast – at Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and the new harbour at Falmouth, which tends to cater for the larger American ships. If you’re docked in Ocho Rios or Falmouth, you’ll be right in town, but in Montego Bay the port is about three miles from downtown. Port Antonio in the east, an historic and picturesque town close to the Blue Mountains, attracts calls from smaller vessels.

Puerto Rico Cruise ships moor in the heart of the attractive colonial quarter of Old San Juan, so it’s easy to head ashore and delve into the historic Spanish roots of Puerto Rico’s capital. The maze of narrow streets are perfect for wandering and filled with boutiques, artisanal outlets selling local crafts, and atmospheric Latino bars and cafes. Be prepared through San Juan is a popular port and when a few ships are docked, the streets become full of cruise passengers! When you tire of shopping, nearby historic sites include the forts of El Morro and San Cristobel. The El Yunque rainforest is an hour’s drive away.

St Lucia St Kitts Ships moor at Port Zante cruise port, close to the island’s capital, Basseterre, so it is easy to wander ashore and explore alone, or pick up a tour from one of the waiting taxi drivers. Their prices drop the further away you walk from the port! The most popular excursion is probably the novel narrow-gauge sugar train, the St Kitts Scenic Railway, which bumps and rattles its way along a scenic circuit through the former sugar plantations that gave the island its wealth. History buffs should visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress, built more than 300 years ago when the island was under British rule and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, take the short boat ride to discover St Kitts’ sleepy and pretty sister island Nevis.



Most ships visiting this lush jungle-covered isle moor at the capital Castries in the north of the island, but smaller vessels also call at Soufrière or Marigot Bay in the south, and Rodney Bay or Pigeon Island in the north. Top attractions on the island include the world’s only drive-in volcano and Tet Paul botanic garden, where there are fabulous views of the island’s iconic twin pitons. Pigeon Island, connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway, is a popular spot for swimming and snuba diving (a cross between scuba and snorkelling). The island was once a pirate hangout and exmilitary base (the British built the 18th-century Fort Rodney at the top of the island to keep an eye on the French fleet in Martinique). Head to Rodney Bay for a lively resort and fun segway tours.




St Maarten/St Martin Most cruise ships dock in Phillipsburg in St Maarten (Dutch), but a few smaller ones call at St Martin (French). From the modern cruise dock in Phillipsburg it’s an easy walk into town, where you can laze on a white sand beach surrounded by bars and cafes or go explore the capital’s various souvenir shops, boutiques and casinos. There are snorkelling trips and motorbike tours. A popular excursion goes to the island’s French capital, Marigot, where, in the blink of an eye, the ambience changes from Dutch to Gallic with French-inspired shops and cafes.

St Thomas St Thomas is one of the Caribbean’s busiest cruise ports and is the ultimate tourist trap. There is no shortage of duty-free shopping both at the port and the capital Charlotte Amalie, about a 10-minute taxi ride away from the Havensight cruise port (but there is another dock at Crown Bay, which is a 30-minute walk from the town; of course there are plenty of taxis to take you). The marine park Coral World is one of the island’s best-known attractions while the St Thomas Skyride cable car offers the best views. However, as there are often several cruise ships moored at once, one of the best excursions is to jump on a smaller boat and head off on a snorkelling trip. Go in the morning to escape the worst of the crowds.


Private islands A number of cruise lines have acquired private islands or outposts where their ships spend a day during Caribbean sailings. These are typically tropical island escapes with all the luxury trimmings – white sand beaches, water play areas, bars, restaurants and even outdoor massage areas – where you can chillaxe on a sun-bed, go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters or try your hand at the numerous water sports on offer.

Here’s a snapshot of who owns what: Who goes where, see pages 68-69.

Labadee – a peninsula on Haiti, leased by Royal Caribbean Cruises and used by both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

CocoCay – an island in the Bahamas, leased by Royal Caribbean Cruises and used by both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.

Castaway Cay – a Bahamian island owned by Disney Cruise Line. Great Stirrup Cay – a Bahamian island owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. Half Moon Cay – a Bahamian island owned by Holland America Line, though its sister

company Carnival Cruise Lines sometimes calls there too. Princess Cays – at the tip of the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and used by Princess Cruises.




ith its ancient cultures and modern metropolises, Asia is perfect cruising territory, with itineraries that showcase the contrasts of these distant lands•••

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ruises in and around Asia are increasingly popular as more travellers discover an appetite for exotic cruises in the Far East and Orient, ticking of several countries on one holiday. The choice of itineraries in this region is immense, from popular two-week voyages between Hong Kong and Singapore that call at multiple ports in Vietnam to island-hopping adventures around the Indonesian islands. There are cruises along the coasts of Thailand and Malaysia, and around China, Japan and South Korea. Myanmar (Burma), until recently on the tourist black list, is now firmly on the cruising map since Aung San Suu Kyi was released from prison and the country held democratic elections. Most cruise ships are in the region in winter, between November and March. Many are based there for the season, some will be embarking and disembarking passengers during Asian sectors of their world cruises. It’s all made very easy by an excellent network of flights from the UK linking into hub cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai.

Bangkok, Thailand The top attraction in the Thai capital is the extravagant Grand Palace and the city’s oldest and largest Buddhist Temple, Wat Po. Take a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River or jump into one of the ubiquitous tuk-tuks for a novel city tour. The city is also a prime place for shopping for silks, handicrafts and fake designer goods. Beyond the city limits lies the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market, a 90-minute drive from Bangkok. Small ships arriving at Bangkok can dock at Klong Toey, close to the city centre. Larger ships have to use the commercial port at Laem Chebang, a two-and-a-half drive away.

Tianjin, China This is the port for Beijing, but a two-and-ahalf to three-hour drive from the city. The top attraction in the Chinese capital is the huge complex of palaces known as the Forbidden City, and next-door Tiananmen Square, scene of the student protests in 1989. Outside the city, excursions go to the Great Wall. The Badaling section is closest to the city but very touristy so try to pick a tour to the Huangyaguan section, which is the closest to the port and much quieter. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |


AS IA Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is probably best known for the Petronas Twin Towers (the viewing bridge offers views of the city, or try Kuala Lumpur Tower which has similar vistas, plus shops and a revolving restaurant). Ships dock at Port Klang, a cargo and cruise port 90 minutes away by road, where the main attraction is a nearby golf resort. In the city, visit the National Museum and the colonial Royal Selangor Club. The limestone Batu Caves, a few miles outside the city, are one of the most noted Hindu shrines outside India and inhabited by mischievous monkeys that lurk around the 272 steps leading up to the temple cave.

Shanghai, China

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hong Kong, China

There are three ports for Hanoi (which is landlocked). Halong Bay is a three-and-a-half hour drive away and famous for the beautiful limestone islands that dot the water. Haiphong is used by a few lines, but has no tourist facilities or attractions and the drive to Hanoi is up to three hours. Cai Lan is newer and closest to the capital, with journeys of around two-and-a-half hours. Highlights in the city include the mausoleum containing the embalmed body of former ruler and Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Literary fans should visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Chinese philosopher Confucius, while the city’s Gallic colonial roots are evident at the grandiose Presidential Palace, built for a former French governor.

Ships dock at Ocean Terminal in Victoria Harbour, slap bang in the centre of the city and close to the Star Ferry terminal. A second terminal on the site of the former runway of Kai Tak Airport is due to open this year (2013), but this will be further from Hong Kong’s main attractions and the ferry terminal. Top attractions in the city include the view from Victoria Peak, a harbour cruise or ride on the Star Ferry and shopping - Temple Street Night Market and Stanley Market are favourite places – and you should try to make time to try the local cuisine. There are also tours to Lantau island, where a monastery contains the world’s largest outdoor Buddha, and Macau, famous for its casinos.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam For those interested in Vietnam’s torrid history, the War Remnants Museum makes a fascinating stop, while the city’s colonial past is perfectly illustrated by the Central Post Office and French-inspired Notre Dame Cathedral. The best place for fake designer wear, lacquer boxes and other trinkets is the huge covered Ben Thanh Market. Head out of the city to creep through the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war and to see Mekong Delta with its floating markets. Small ships moor close to the city centre, on the Saigon River, 10 minutes from the centre (most cruise lines provide shuttle buses). Larger ships dock at Phu My, a two-and-a-half hour drive away.



Ships dock either at Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, close to downtown, the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal at Boashan or the Waigaoqiao Port Cruise Terminal, both a 30-minute drive from the city centre. The city is a pulsating neon-filled metropolis offering an intoxicating mix of ancient and modern. Take in the views from the restaurants and shops in the Pearl TV Tower or the 88-storey Jin Mao Tower. Other attractions include the Jade Buddha Temple and the Shanghai Museum. Yu Gardens has five acres of pagodas, pavilions and ponds while The Bund’s 19th-century mansions are a throwback to colonial times when it was the city’s financial centre.






Seoul, South Korea

Yangon, Myanmar

Shopping is a favourite pastime in the Lion City and primarily centred around the malls and markets in Orchard Road and the up-andcoming Marina Bay area on the waterfront. One of the newest attractions is the futuristic Gardens by the Bay botanical park with its “Skypark” straddled across three tower blocks. Take a river cruise through the old colonial areas of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, now full of trendy restaurants and bars, visit the Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo and be sure to stop at Raffles Hotel, to try a Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar. The city has two cruise ports, the newer Marina Bay Cruise Terminal, a few minutes from Marina Bay, and Singapore Cruise Centre, a 15-minute taxi ride away.

The South Korean capital is served by the port of Incheon, just over an hour’s drive away. Some stay in the port to see where US General MacArthur landed in 1950 after North Korea invaded the South, others head to Seoul, which has busy streets rubbing shoulders with traditional temples and peaceful gardens, but the top attraction has to be a tour to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, to visit the on-site museum, one of several tunnels dug to launch a surprise attack on Seoul and the Dora Observatory, for views across the border.

Ships visiting Yangon moor either at Thilawa Port, a one-hour drive away (free shuttle buses are often laid on) or Nanthida Jetty close to the centre of the city. Sightseeing centres around the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda, a sacred Buddhist shrine where devoted pilgrims come to pray amid the gold-domed stupas. The city is full of colonial buildings and colourful markets where you can browse for Burmese handicrafts. There are also day trips by air to Mandalay and the archaeological site of Bagan, filled with 1,000-year-old temples, and by car to Bago.

Tokyo, Japan

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69.


Despite its modern façade, there are many attractions that represent the Japanese capital’s dynastic past, notably the impressive Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine in the centre of Tokyo, and the Sensoji Temple built to honour the god Kannon. A more modern draw is the Tokyo Tower, taller than the Eiffel Tower, from where there are fabulous views across the city to Mount Fuji. You can get closer to Japan’s famous icon on tours to the Hakone National Park. Cruise ships dock in Yokohama; a subway station is just a five-minute walk from the terminal. Tokyo is a 60-minute drive away.


ruises that circumnavigate South America are increasingly popular because with so much to see, how do you decide which bit to do?

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outh America is vast continent separated from the north by the Panama Canal, a manmade waterway widely regarded as one of the modern wonders of the world. Cruise ships visit in winter, the South American summer, when the weather is at its best on the continent and the ice has receded in Antarctica, which a number of exploration-style vessels visit from Ushuaia, at the very tip of Argentina. Two-week cruises between Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and Valparaiso in Chile, the port for Santiago, are very popular as ships have to round Cape Horn, a sea route dreaded by sailors in the days of sail as it could take months for them to navigate. There are also cruises along the west coast that call at Cusco in Peru and Guayaquil in Ecuador, east coast itineraries that visit Montevideo in Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and voyage up the Amazon as far as Manaus. Increasingly popular, as it is such a good way to see South America, are two-month voyages that circumnavigate the continent (usually with a voyage up the Amazon) and include a day getting through the Panama Canal. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |


Buenos Aires, Argentina The city is known as the Paris of South America for its big boulevards, but the language is Spanish and around half the inhabitants are of Italian descent. This is an exciting city, with lively bars, the best steakhouses in the world and tango in the street in La Boca. The cruise terminal is on the Rio de la Plata and about half a mile from the city centre (although some might moor at one of the outlying docks, in which case there’ll be a shuttle into the centre). Top sights include Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried, and Plaza de Mayo and the pink palace, where she addressed the nation. An evening dinner and tango show is a must if you’re in the city overnight.

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands Most people had never heard of the islands until the Argentineans invaded in 1982. Now it is a highlight for British cruisers sailing around the bottom of South America (although in the past couple of years the Argentinean Government has tried to stop ships going there by banning them from Argentinean ports if they have been to Port Stanley). Ships have to anchor in the bay and tender passengers into Stanley, which is much like Britain a few decades ago, complete with red phone boxes, post boxes, pubs and corner shops. The island itself is like Dartmoor, wild and windswept but with penguins instead of ponies and signs that warn of minefields. There are excursions to see Gentoo and King penguins at Bluff Cove and a Rockhopper penguin colony at Berkeley Sound, tours of the battlefields and visits to working farms to discover what it is like to farm in this harsh terrain.




Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio is the host of the 2016 Olympics and one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup, so it’s in demand right now, but it has been a favourite on South American cruise itineraries for many years and some lines manage to time a visit so you’re in town for Carnaval. Ships dock at Pier Maua, walking distance from downtown Rio and about 20 minutes by taxi from Copacabana beach, surely the most famous stretch of sand in the world along with the city’s Ipanema Beach. Both are worth a visit, but don’t miss a trip to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for views across the city. A cog railway goes up Corcovada; the Christ the Redeemer statue is at the top.

Montevideo, Uruguay Exit the port, cross the Ramba Franklin D. Roosevelt and you’re into the old town (Ciudad Vieja), founded in the 18th century by Spain. The gateway is all that remains of the wall that once protected the town. Plaza Independencia marks the point where Old Town meets the newer downtown. The city is small, with nice restaurants and shops if you’re hanging around town, but there are tours to the upscale beach resort of Punta Del Este or a working estancia (ranch), where you can be a cowboy (gaucho) for a day.

Valparaiso, Chile Cruise ship dock at Muelle Prat, which is within easy walking distance of the town, but although it’s a picturesque place (it’s a UNESCO Heritage Site) there is little reason to linger when the capital of Chile is just 90 minutes down the road. Plaza de Armas is the historical centre of Santiago, laid out in 1541 and boasting fine Spanish colonial-style buildings and the grand Metropolitan Cathedral (built in 1745 after four others were either burnt down or destroyed by earthquakes). Highlights include the funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a view of the city and the Andes, and wine tasting at Concha y Toro winery. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |


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Antarctica Antarctica is the most remote place on earth; a frozen world more than 50 times the size of the UK that spends half the year in total darkness. It’s the coldest and windiest place on earth, some 1,000km from Ushuaia across the notorious Drake Passage. You can either take a 10-day cruise from Ushuaia to the White Continent, spend a few days sailing around the Antarctic Peninsula and then return to Ushuaia (it takes up to two days to cross the Drake), or a longer voyage that also visits South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Cruise lines with big ships have sightseeing voyages but if you want to set foot on the continent you need to choose a small expedition vessel with no more than 500 passengers. However, as only 100 are allowed ashore at a time, the fewer passengers the better, especially as ships carrying a maximum 200 people have access to more landing sites. Landings are made by inflatable Zodiacs so a degree of mobility is a must. Be aware also that landings, like itineraries, vary depending on the weather and ice conditions. Rather than cityscapes and ancient monuments, Antarctica is all about nature and wildlife, seeing penguins, whales and icebergs that are as big as houses.

Highlights include: • Sailing inside the caldera on Deception Island. • Scenic cruising through Lemaire Channel. • Sailing through Iceberg Alley. • Spotting whales while cruising through the Gerlache Strait. • The glaciated mountains and ice-cliffs around Paradise Bay. • Elephant Island, where 21 of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s crew lived for four months in 1916, sheltered under an upturned boat and living on seal blubber, while their leader sailed to South Georgia for help.

Callao, Peru This is the port for Lima, which is about seven miles distant. There are taxis into the capital (travel time is 30-45 minutes depending on traffic; be sure to agree a price before setting off) but your ship is very likely to have a shuttle service as well. Top sights in Lima include Plaza Mayor and the surrounding cathedral, archbishop’s palace and city hall, the nearby San Franciscan Monastery and Church and the Gold Museum, which contains priceless artefacts from pre-Columbian Peru. Some lines might also have overnight land tours to Cusco and Machu Picchu that rejoin the ship at a different port. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |


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The city calls itself the town at the end of the world for good reason. Head south from here and next stop is Antarctica. Ships dock in the centre of town, which has a Maritime Museum in what was once the prison (the town started as a penal colony) and a display dedicated to Antarctica, but otherwise is worth skipping for tours to Tierra del Fuego National Park or catamaran cruises through the Beagle Channel in search of wildlife.

Manaus A cruise is the best way to experience the Galapagos, an archipelago of some 21 islands about 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador that’s famed for its wildlife, which has no fear of humans, and the role the animals played in helping Charles Darwin formulate his theories on evolution. The islands are reached by air from Quito or Guayaquil. Flying time is 90 minutes from Guayaquil. Planes land on Baltra Island and you will most likely be transferred to your ship by tender. Cruise ships sailing in the Galapagos National Park have to be small – 100 is the maximum number of passengers allowed and most only hold a few dozen – and visit a couple of islands each day so you can go ashore on walks with park naturalists. As landings are made by inflatable Zodiacs or dinghies, often stepping into water or onto rocks, you need a good degree of mobility. You also need a sense of adventure as the islands are undeveloped, with uneven dusty paths. Each island has distinct wildlife.

Highlights include: • Blue-footed Boobie birds • Marine and land iguanas • Sea lions • Giant tortoises • Frigate birds • Darwin’s finches



This is the end of the line for most cruise ship sailing up the Amazon. Ships tie up to a floating dock next to the city, which has a very grand opera house built when the city was rich from rubber, but the best trips are away from the city. A Meeting the Waters tour visits the spot where the muddy waters of the Rio Solimões meet the black water of the Rio Negro but do not mix because of differences in water temperature and flow rates, and there are piranha fishing expeditions and jungle hikes. If you’re in town overnight, join a late-night expedition in search of caiman (an Amazonian alligator).

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69.

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ear-watching, whale-watching and helicopter rides to glaciers are just some of the activities that await on a cruise to Alaska•••

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laska is that huge place to the north-west of Canada, not even joined to the USA although it is the 49th state of the union. It was bought from Russia for 1867 and admitted into the union in 1959. This is a land where everything is big except the population – some 640,000 people in a state that’s twice the size of Texas and one-fifth the size of the Lower 48’, as the locals refer to the rest of the US. Cruising here is one big adventure. You might be zip-wiring through the tree canopies one day and whale-watching the next, getting a bird’s eye view of the scenery on a flightseeing excursion or walking on glaciers. You can watch lumberjack shows and grab a drink at saucy saloons that recall the days of the Gold Rush. Excursions are expensive whether you buy through the ship or organise your own trips, but it would be criminal to come all this way and not do some of the activities on offer. Cruises operate between May and September, and are generally seven or 10 nights, sailing either round-trip from Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco or one-way, from Vancouver to Whittier or Seward or vice-versa. Choose the latter and you can add a few nights in Alaska to the start or end of the cruise. Several cruise lines also package the Alaska cruises with a pre-cruise journey through the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Most cruises call at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, and a few also visit Sitka, Prince Rupert and Victoria in British Columbia. Most also offer scenic cruising close to the glaciers.



Ketchikan This is a city of salmon, lumberjacks and totem poles, where it rains so much the precipitation is a tourist attraction called liquid sunshine. Ships dock on the edge of town so it’s easy to wander alone, but an excursion will be more exciting. Maybe kayaking in search of bald eagles or a cruise or float plane ride along Misty Fjords? There are walking tours in a local rainforest wildlife sanctuary to see bears, seals, deer and eagles, fishing trips, zipwiring, jeep and canoe safaris, even a lumberjack show.

Juneau Juneau is famous as the only state capital in the USA that cannot be reached by road. Cruise ships dock close to downtown, just a five minutes from the Red Dog Saloon, an unashamedly touristy hot spot, but great fun, with swinging doors, sawdust floors and a honky-tonk pianist. It is really the only place worth seeing in the city; for the rest of your time in port be sure to book an excursion. Options range from helicopter rides to the Mendenhall Glacier and whale-watching to a safari in search of brown bears. There’s zip-wiring, white-water rafting, seaplane rides over the Juneau icefield, dogsledding and hiking through the Tongass National Forest.


Glaciers There are around 100,000 glaciers in Alaska. Here are the four you are most likely to visit on a cruise:

Margerie Glacier There are 16 tidewater glaciers (meaning they flow into the sea) in Glacier Bay National Park (so-called because was a mass of ice in some 270 years ago), but Margerie Glacier is the highlight. It’s about one mile long and extends to a depth of about 21 miles.

Sawyer Glaciers The twin Sawyer Glaciers (North and South) are at the head of the Tracy Arm fjord, which itself is a highlight. It’s 30 miles long, 1,200 feet at its deepest point and twists and turns its way past the surrounded high mountains and waterfalls. The glacier is half a mile wide and the water here is about 600 feet deep.

College Fjord Glaciers Skagway Skagway owes its existence to the prospectors who passed through, heading for the Chilkoot Trail that led to the Yukon in search of gold. You can walk part of the trail on an excursion (you’ll do an easy couple of miles; the whole thing is 33 miles and so punishing, especially in winter, that many of the prospectors died on the way). Cruise ships dock right by the town but the only reason to hang around is the saucy Red Onion Saloon, where you can take a tour of the former brothel upstairs. Excursion options include horse-riding, dog-sledding, zip-wiring and rock-climbing. You can also take a coach ride to the Yukon along the Klondike Highway, peaking at 3,290 feet above sea level, or ride the narrow-gauge railroad built in 1898, during the gold rush, along the White Pass.

The 20-mile fjord has the highest density of tidewater glaciers in Alaska. It was discovered in 1899 by an expedition funded by the Ivy League colleges so all the glaciers were named in their honour – the ones on the north after the women’s colleges, the ones on the south after the men’s. Harvard Glacier, at the head, is 1.5 miles wide and about 225 feet high.

Hubbard Glacier This is the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska, extending some 76 miles from its source in the Yukon. The cliff face, where it meets the sea, is more than six miles wide and 300 to 400 feet high above the water, with another 300 feet below the sea.

Sitka Founded by Russian fur traders as New Archangel in 1799, and once the capital of Alaska, the town is an eclectic mix of Russian, Tlingit and American cultures. Small ships can dock in Sitka but larger vessels anchor in the sound and tender passengers ashore. There are tours around town that visit St Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Russian Bishop’s House, or trips to native folklore

shows. If neither appeals, you can visit the Raptor Centre, which cares for injured bald eagles and other birds, join a cruise in search of sea otters or go hiking in the rainforest. There are also thrilling high-speed boat rides in Sitka Sound or more sedate sea kayaking trips.

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |



all foliage is the main selling point, but there is more to a cruise along the Eastern Seaboard than autumn colours•••

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n cruise terms, the Eastern Seaboard refers to the stretch of coast from New York north past Boston and as far as Halifax in Nova Scotia, but many itineraries also navigate down the St Lawrence River, visiting Montréal and/or Québec. These three cities are among key attractions on these cruises, but there’s lots more to attract, with Newport. Portland and Bar Harbor in the US and St John, Québec and Montréal among favourite ports of call. Most cruises are either seven or 10 nights, and operate in September and October for the famed fall foliage (although Holland America has itineraries from May, which have the benefit of missing the cruise ship crowds) but the history and culture in what were the former American colonies combined with the excitement of the big cities are also good reasons to come. Choose a one-week cruise and you’re looking at itineraries round-trip from either New York, Boston, Montréal or Québec, or between Boston and Québec. The longer cruises go one way between New York and Quebec or Montreal.

New York If you are sailing from or back to New York, you should add a few days in the city to see highlights such as Times Square, Central Park and the view from the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock. You can travel around town on the subway or an open-top bus, or for something a bit different, a new Citi Bike scheme opened this year (think Boris Bikes in the Big Apple). Ships either sail from Manhattan, which is handy for Times Square and Central Park, or Brooklyn, which is at the bottom of the island. Neither has good public transport so you will need taxi transfers to the ports.



Boston Ships dock in Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, which is a rather pleasant 20-minute walk along the harbour from the city (but ships will have shuttles or you can take buses SL2 or SL3). Once in the city, make a beeline for the Old State House Museum, where the US Proclamation of Independence was read out in 1776, to find out all about the Boston Tea Party and the American revolution. The Museum is one stop on the Freedom Trail, as is Faneuil Hall, where the doctrine ‘no taxation without representation’ was born. The meeting room is on the first floor; downstairs is packed with restaurants, bars and street performers. Cheers Bar is a big attraction (even though the one that draws the crowds isn’t the real one); likewise the New England Aquarium.


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Newport, Rhode Island

Québec City, Canada

Cruise ship dock outside the harbour and tender passengers ashore. Once on dry land, the harbour front has restaurants, bars and shops and it’s pleasant to stroll the leafy streets admiring the colonial-style mansion houses (a few are open to the public; see for details) or along the well-maintained Cliff Walk. This is where John F Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 and the place is immaculate, like something out of the Stepford Wives. A tour of the Touro Synagogue, the oldest still standing one in the US, tells how Jews fleeing persecution in Europe and South America found acceptance in Newport in the 1600s.

With its pavement cafés, baguettes, bicycles and a certain je ne c’est quoi that only the French have, this is a little piece of North America that will always be Gallic. Ships dock at La Vieux Port; from there walk or take the funicular to the Haute Ville, or Upper Town, with its citadel, narrow streets and restaurants. The Plains of Abraham, outside the city walls, are where the British beat the French for control of North America in 1759. For a day out, the Montmorency Falls, 30 metres higher than Niagara, and rural Ile d’Orleans are favourites.

St John, New Brunswick This town is so sleepy that three cars at a road junction constitutes a traffic jam, but it has one claim to fame – twice-daily the sea level in the Bay of Fundy, at the mouth of the St John River, rises and falls 28 feet. That’s incredible enough, but here’s the thing. At low tide, water from the St John River rushes through a narrow gorge into the bay, creating wild rapids (a jet boat ride on them is huge fun but you get soaked); as the sea in the bay rises, the waters are pushed upstream and the river runs in reverse. They are called the Reversing Rapids. The rapids are a drive from the terminal; the town itself, with shops and restaurants, is by the dock.

Portland, Maine Portland is famed for its lobster (the crustacean is the headline act in restaurants and features on souvenirs and jewellery items) but there are other attractions – a narrow gauge diesel (and sometimes steam) train along Casco Bay, a narrated trolley tour around town, trips to the exclusive coastal village of Kennebunkport. Ships dock on the edge of the Old Port, an easy walk into town for the restaurants and shops.

Bar Harbor, Maine Cute sums up Bar Harbor, a quaint fishing village where lobster is king and you can take boat tours out to see pots being raised and maybe spot a few basking seals. Ships anchor in Frenchman Bay and tender passengers into the centre of the village, from where there are buses and a trolley tour to Arcadia National Park, the main attraction. There are also kayaking tours around the harbour and trips to the local brewery houses.



Montréal, Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia Ships are usually greeted with Scottish pipers in honour of the city’s past as they dock in the harbour (but you might end up in the container terminal on a busy day, in which case a shuttle into the city is provided). It’s close to the Maritime Museum, which has an exhibition about the ill-fated Titanic (three ships from the city were sent to aid the stricken ship; they brought back 1,520 bodies) and also the Halifax Explosion of 1917, when a munitions ship blew up, flattening parts of the city and killing 2,000 people. You can learn the story on a Harbor Duck Tour. Peggy’s Cove, a fishing village 30 minutes’ drive from the city, is a favourite excursion.

Another piece of France in North America, Montréal is a safe, friendly city with Parisianstyle boulevards and a charming old town that’s in easy walking distance from the port and has historic buildings (the city dates back to the first settlers in 1642, when it was called Ville-Marie), museums, pavement cafés and street entertainers for you to enjoy. Highlights include the Place d’Armes, Place Jacques-Cartier and Notre-Dame Basilica, tours of the Olympic Stadium, the Parc du Mont-Royal and the underground shopping malls. If you’re there at night, Viator ( has a ghost tour that delves into Montréal’s gruesome history of villains and witchcraft.

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69.


ungee jumping, scuba diving, cuddly koalas and exotic coral islands. It has to be a cruise in Australasia•••

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ruising in Australasia means everything from voyages that nip in and out of Australian ports to itineraries that take in New Zealand and cruises around exotic South Pacific islands such as Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji. Cruises in this vast region can be anything from a nine-night itinerary cruise around the Kimberley in Northern Australia, to a couple of weeks taking in the highlights of Australia and New Zealand. There are also voyages of a month or more sailing around the continent of Australia. A few cruise lines are based in Australia year-round, but others either position ships in the region for the Antipodean summer (the UK’s winter), with Sydney a favourite port, or visit as part of a world cruise, when port calls might include Fremantle (for Perth), Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney where most ships will stay at least one night.

Auckland, New Zealand This modern city, the former capital of New Zealand, sits between the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, which makes it ideally located for cruises to the Bay of Islands. Ships dock at Princes Wharf, in the main waterfront area, which has cafés and shops. The city’s main attraction is the Sky Tower, rising to more than 1,000 feet; you can admire the fabulous views or, if you’re feeling daring, leap off on a bungee jump to plummet more than 600 feet! Outside the city limits, take a trip into the wine-growing region or a full-day trip to the thermal wonders of Rotorua with its collection of geysers and geothermal springs.

Brisbane, Australia Cruise ships tend to call here on their way to or from Asia or the South Pacific and moor either at the city’s cruise terminal at Portside Wharf or the freight terminal. From both locations, it is a taxi ride or shuttle bus journey into the city. Alternatively, from the wharf, hop on the fast ferries that ply the Brisbane River, which flows past one of Brisbane’s main attractions – the South Bank Parklands, built for the World Expo in 1988. For some animal magic, visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see these cuddly creatures at close quarters or visit the zoo established by naturalist Steve Irwin. For some beach time, spend the day on the sands at Surfer’s Paradise, a 90-minute drive away. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW | CTN |



Bora Bora, French Polynesia The South Pacific offers a remote idyllic escape and this ultimate island retreat, with lush tropical peaks and surrounded by bright turquoise waters, boasts a classic desert island feel, albeit an upmarket one. Cruise ships generally moor in Pofai Bay near the island’s main settlement Vaitape, and take passengers ashore by tender. One of the most popular excursions is an island tour in a truck or a bumpy 4x4 adventure. Alternatively, the clear, calm waters of the lagoon lend themselves to glass-bottom boat rides, snorkelling trips and even helmet dives. Just don’t miss enjoying refreshments at the island’s celebrity watering hole, Bloody Mary’s.

Sydney, Australia Sailing into the world’s largest and most iconic harbour, under its famous bridge and past the distinctive Sydney Opera House, is an unforgettable experience and an attraction in itself. Harbour cruises showcase the city’s different neighbourhoods, while the harbour bridge climb is an exhilarating way to get the best views. Take in a concert at the Sydney Opera House, stride out along the sands of Bondi Beach or Manley, the epitome of Aussie outdoor life, or join a walking tour of The Rocks, the city’s historic heart, filled with shops and restaurants. Beyond the city limits, take a trip to the scenic Blue Mountains and get a taste of the Outback at a traditional sheep station. Ships dock either at Circular Quay, the hub of the capital’s transport links on land and water, or Barangaroo in Darling Harbour, which is a 20-minute walk from the business district. Some ships also moor in the harbour, and bring passengers into Darling Harbour by tender. Taxis are available from there.

Yorkey’s Knob, Australia The quaintly-named Yorkey’s Knob is the gateway to Cairns, which itself is the gateway to one of Australia’s most famous attractions the Great Barrier Reef. A new cruise terminal will welcome you ashore and this is about a 20-minute walk from the city’s tourist sights, though there are taxis if you prefer a ride. While day trips to the Great Barrier Reef are arguably the top draw, you can also take the two-hour drive to Daintree National Park or jump on the Kuranda Scenic Railway that trundles through the rainforest to the village of Kuranda, where the Skyrail gondola sweeps you over the treetops.

Papeete, Tahiti

Fremantle, Australia

Wellington, New Zealand

Sitting at the mouth of the Swan River is the attractive, easy-going town of Fremantle, gateway to Perth, 12 miles or so further up the river and one of the world’s most remote cities. If you’re in town for just a day, you’ll have to choose between exploring Fremantle or Perth as it isn’t really possible to do both. Fremantle is more convenient and there are free shuttle buses into the town where attractions include Fremantle Prison and the Western Australian Maritime Museum. If you want to visit Perth, you can take a city tour and finish with a boat ride back to Fremantle, or head to one of the city’s beaches to relax. Attractions outside the city include the Yanchep National Park and mysterious limestone pillars in the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park.



Many cruises through the South Pacific start and end here; ships dock on the waterfront in the city, which is a busy place with a very French feel. The city’s covered market is a colourful draw while the Museum of Tahiti and the Gauguin museum, which recounts the artist Paul Gauguin’s life and works, are worth visiting. But those in search of the island’s Polynesian culture and natural beauty should leave Papeete to explore Tahiti’s rugged east coast and the lagoons in the west. There are also 4x4 jeep safaris and hikes in the rainforest.

Melbourne, Australia Atmospheric and cosmopolitan, Melbourne is a captivating hub that is easy to get around, helped by its quirky and efficient tram system that also links the port with the city. The tram stop is just a few minutes walk from the cruise pier and it takes 20 minutes into town, or you can take a taxi. If you want to stay close to the city, take a cruise along the Yarra River or visit the Federation Square entertainment complex and open-air Queen Victoria Market. Further afield, you can ride the Puffing Billy steam train; relive the region’s gold rush era at the outdoor interactive museum at Sovereign Hill; or go deep into the pretty countryside of the Yarra Valley to sample the local wineries.

New Zealand’s capital is perfect for exploring on foot and is within reach of both cruise moorings - Aotea Quay, where larger ships dock, is a 20-minute walk away while Queens Wharf in the centre of the city. Buses and taxis are plentiful. For the best views take the cable car from Lambton Quay to Kelburn and for the best insight into the country’s history visit the impressive national museum, Te Papa. The capital’s botanic garden and nautical museum are popular draws; for Hobbit fans a Lord of the Rings tour takes you to key locations used in the film. Explore the surrounding landscape on a trip into the adjacent wine country and visit a nearby fur seal colony.

* Who goes where, see pages 68-69.









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The fleet Carnival Sunshine 102,853 tons, 3,006 passengers. Carnival Splendor 113,300 tons, 3,734 passengers. Carnival Breeze, Carnival Magic 130,000 tons, 3,690 passengers Carnival Dream 128,000 tons, 3,646 passengers. Carnival Freedom, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Valor, Carnival Glory, Carnival Conquest 110,000 tons, 2,984-3,756 passengers Carnival Miracle, Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride, Carnival Spirit 88,500 tons, 2,124 passengers Carnival Victory, Carnival Victory 101,509 tons, 2,758 passengers Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy 70,367 tons, 2,052-2,056 passengers

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(on selected ships) • WaterWorks aqua park with water slides and other family attractions. • SportSquare open-air recreation complex with a ropes course, mini-golf and outdoor fitness area. • The RedFrog Pub for tasty island-inspired snacks and drinks, including its own private label beer. • Family-style Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival’s captains to the table. • Guy’s! Burger Joint • Blue Iguana Cantina • HASBRO the Game Show

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Cruise style Whether you want a holiday for just you and your partner, or for your whole family, you won’t find more to do or see than on a Carnival cruise. With some of the largest cruise ships in the world, we carry a bigger cargo of fun. A Carnival cruise can be whatever you want it to be: a romantic city escape, a relaxing beach break, an adventure/sports holiday or a mixture of all of those. We can promise you more fun for your money. We’ve all sorts of activities to keep everyone happy, plus kids’ clubs for different age groups, and exciting excursions too.



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• Rotational Dining- Experience 3 different restaurants- and your waiters stay with you. • Adult-only speciality restaurants. • Our Children’s clubs have the longest operating hours at sea (up to midnight). • Extensive kids and teens areas, plus babysitting for the tiny tots. • Stylish adult-only bars and nightclubs. • Character meet-and-greet sessions. • 20% larger staterooms than many other Cruise Lines. Space for up to four/five people and separate bathroom and toilet areas. • The AquaDuck – the first water coaster at sea. • Unlimited ice cream/soft drinks (from the ice cream and soft drinks stations on deck). • AquaDunk among new features to be added to Disney Magic during an autumn refit.

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Juliet Holden Email: Tel: 020 8222 1073 Lindsay Dixon Email: Tel: 07824 868 655 Stephanie Frost Email: Tel: 07825 027 771

With their grand classic liner look and fun Mickey ears on the funnels, the Disney ships are guaranteed to make an entrance at whichever port they are visiting. Inside, they have variously gone for an Art Deco or Art Noveau look but with clever touches of Disney woven into the design. Naturally the ships are all about Disney, with character meet-andgreet sessions onboard, Disney-themed shows in the theatre, Disney films on the TV and in the cinema. There are extensive areas for kids and teens, but also for parents, with an adult-only pool, bars and lounges and even a nightclub on the two big ships.

Reservations Tel: 0800 028 3179



Family | G AL L E RY

The fleet Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway (launching spring 2014) 144,000 tons, 4,000 passengers. Norwegian Epic 155,873 tons, 4,100 passengers. Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl 93,530 tons, 2,382 passengers. Norwegian Jade 93,558tons, 2,388 passengers. Norwegian Jewel 93,502 tons, 2,374 passengers. Pride of America 80,439 tons, 2,138 passengers. Norwegian Dawn 92,250 tons, 2,338 passengers. Norwegian Star 91,740 tons, 2,346 passengers. Norwegian Sun 78,309 tons, 1,936 passengers. Norwegian Spirit 75,338 tons, 2,000 passengers. Norwegian Sky 77104 tons, 2,002 passengers.

Contact details Partnership relations Email: Tel: 0845 201 8900

Key features

Cruise style Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand of Freestyle Cruising is all about giving guests as much choice and freedom on board as possible. This extends to dining, accommodation, entertainment and relaxation. The fleet of 13 ships, including Norwegian Getaway, which will be launching in January 2014, travel to destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada and New England, and Hawaii. In 2014, four Norwegian Cruise Line ships will sail in Europe.

• Freestyle dining, with a choice of up to 29 on-board restaurants without set sitting times. • Choices of cuisine including Teppanyaki, French, American Steakhouse and Italian. • Exclusive villa-style accommodation. • Incredible entertainment options including Broadway shows Rock of Ages and Legally Blonde.



GAL L E RY | Family

The fleet

Key features

Quantum of the Seas (autumn 2014), Anthem of the Seas (spring 2015) 167,800 tons, 4152 passengers Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas 225,282 tons, 6,318-6,360 passengers. Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas 154,407 tons, 4,375 passengers. Adventure of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas 142,000 tons, 3,835 passengers. Brilliance of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas 90,090 tons, 2,139-2,502 passengers. Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas 74,077-73,397 tons, 2,767 passengers. Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Vision of the Seas 63,130-81,500 tons, 2,074-2,730 passengers.

• Award-winning entertainment including Chicago: The Musical (Allure of the Seas), Hairspray (Oasis of the Seas), and Saturday Night Fever: The Musical (Liberty of the Seas) • The DreamWorks Experience on Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas featuring characters from the films Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. • DreamWorks activities and shows include Let You Entertain Me in the AquaTheatre, the How to Train Your Dragon ice-skating show. • DreamWorks Animation parade in the Royal Promenade and character breakfasts. • Activities include rock-climbing walls, iceskating rinks, mini-golf, running tracks, surf simulators, sports courts, scuba-diving pools and much, much more.

Contact details Chanchal Dass Email: Reservations Tel: 0844 493 6000



Cruise style Royal Caribbean International has three ships sailing from the UK including Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas sailing from Southampton. We suit families, couples and singles aged in their 30s to 50s who are looking for affordable, value-for-money holidays that offer fun and relaxation. Next year we welcome our newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, which is sailing in Europe for the first time. The Royal Caribbean International fleet includes the world's largest and most innovative cruise ships, with 40% more space than any other ship afloat and featuring activities such as rock-climbing, surfing, zip-wiring and ice-skating. With an ongoing $300 million revitalised programme, now there is even more to look forward too.

Big ship luxur y | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Celebrity Reflection 126,000 tons, 3,046 passengers. Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse 122,000 tons, 2,850 passengers. Celebrity Silhouette 122,400 tons, 2,886 passengers. Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity 90,940 tons, 2,158 passengers (Infinity = 2,170 passengers). Celebrity Century 71,545 tons, 1,814 passengers. Celebrity Xpedition 2,842 tons, 96 passengers.

• Half-acre real-grass lawn (Solstice-class). • Celebrity iLounge Apple Authorised Reseller (all ships excluding Celebrity Xpedition). • Qsine novel restaurant with iPad menus (Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Summit). • AquaSpa by Elemis paired with AquaClass staterooms (all Millennium & Solstice Class ships) • The Porch snack bar, the Alcoves cabanas, the Lawn Club Grill, the Art Studio and tree house-like retreat the Hideaway (Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection only).

Cruise style Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning cruisers, offering modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring on-board programmes, and world-class cuisine.

Contact details Jennifer Vieira Email: Tel: 0845 456 0523 | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW |


GAL L E RY | B i g ship luxur y

The fleet Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam 86,000 tons, 2,104/6 passengers. Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Noordam 82,000 tons, 1,916 passengers. Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Volendam, Zaandam, Statendam, Maasdam, Veendam, Ryndam 56,000-63,000 tons, 1,260-1,432 passengers. Prinsendam 38,000 tons, 835 passengers.

Contact details Rebecca Skipp Business Development Manager North & Scotland Email: Vikki Courtman Business Development Manager Midlands Email: Dani Scannella Business Development Manager South Email: Sales Tel: 0844 338 8604 Reservations Tel: 0844 338 8600



Cruise style Holland America ships are mid-size, and classic in design, with a European ambience and Dutch or British officers and Indonesian and Filipino staff who are renowned for their warm, intuitive service. HAL is one of the few Premium cruise lines, offering a combination of quality and value for money that appeals to discerning travellers. It has been awarded Best Overall Value by the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society for 20 consecutive years.

Key features • Enrichment programmes include the Culinary Arts Centre cookery demonstrations and complimentary Digital workshops at sea. • Public areas adorned with precious art and antiques. • Traditional wraparound teak decks for strolling. • Worldwide itineraries visit Asia, South America, Australasia and Alaska. There are nofly cruises and Grand Voyages. • Full days ashore and many overnights in key cities like Venice, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Big ship luxur y | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Royal Princess, Regal Princess (launching June 2014) 141,000 tons, 3,560 passengers. Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Emerald Princess, Ruby Princess 113,000 tons 3,080 passengers. Grand Princess, Golden Princess, Star Princess 109,000 tons, 2,590 passengers. Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess 116,000 tons, 2,670 passengers. Island Princess, Coral Princess 92,000 tons, 1,970 passengers. Sea Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess 77,000 tons, 1,990 passengers. Ocean Princess, Pacific Princess 30,200 tons, 680 passengers.

• The Consummate Host: Warm, welcoming service from Princess’s friendly and gracious crew. • Affordable balconies: Every Princess ship offers a large selection of affordable balcony staterooms. • Movies under the Stars: Princess’ poolside cinema screen with films, sports, concerts and games • The Sanctuary: A signature outdoor haven just for adults. • Flexible dining options: Choose between the flexibility of dining at a time to suit you, whether with new friends or at a romantic table for two, or the camaraderie of eating at the same table at the same time each evening. • Freshest cuisine: Freshly-prepared meals made from scratch every day, often from locally-sourced products.

Contact details Princess Cruises account managers Email: Tel: 0845 355 3335

Cruise style What does it mean to sail with the Consummate Host? You'll be right at home without a care in the world as the warm, welcoming service of the staff and crew anticipates your every need. The Princess Cruises’ ships offer everything you could need, from comfortable elegant surroundings and a wide variety of freshly-prepared cuisine, to activities and entertainment for any age, style or mood. And with Princess you can explore so many places, like the chic cities and historic sights of the Mediterranean, the breathtaking wilderness of Alaska, and exotic destinations around the globe. Princess offers over 330 ports of call on more than 130 itineraries.

Reservations Tel: 0843 373 0333 | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW |


GAL L E RY | S m all ship luxur y/bout ique

The fleet

Key features

Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest. 30,277 tons, 694 passengers.

• One complimentary, exclusive and bespoke AzAmazing Evenings event on every voyage (except transatlantics) • Complimentary select spirits, international beers, cocktails and boutique wines. • Complimentary bottled water, speciality coffees and teas. • Included gratuities and free shuttle buses at selected ports • English-style butler service for suite passengers. • Destination-rich itineraries with late-night departures and overnight stays on all voyages.

Cruise style

Contact details Elise Vickers Email: Tel: 0845 456 0523



Azamara Club Cruises presents a more intimate, exclusive onboard experience, while allowing access to the less-travelled ports of call that experienced travellers want to visit and offering guests inspired destinations and immersive, enriching experiences.

Small ship luxur y/boutique | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal, 10,944 tons, 264 passengers. Le Ponant 1,443 tons, 64 passengers.

• A special ambiance reigns on board, that privileged feeling of being on your own yacht. • A highly professional and discreet service. • In partnership with SOTHYS, the onboard spa invites guests to enjoy moments of total relaxation in the hands of experts. • Nature puts on a spectacular show, Compagnie du Ponant is committed to respecting it and giving guests a front row seat. • Legendary landscapes and breath-taking settings in six continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and, from 2014, Oceania.

Contact details Daniela Wagner Email: Tel: 0800 980 4027

Cruise style Established in 1988, Compagnie du Ponant, the only French cruise line, is an integral part of France’s great maritime tradition. The fleet is comprised of four French-flagged ships, each with their own personality, symbolizing the art of traveling by sea as conceived by Compagnie du Ponant. In the interest of raising awareness and discovering more about our world, Compagnie du Ponant regularly welcomes world-renowned experts aboard. We offer legendary destinations and secret harbours only accessible to small ships; refined dining where haute cuisine is served in an intimate environment; and unforgettable moments of relaxation, discovery and emotion aboard elegant cruise yachts. This ambiance is Compagnie du Ponant’s hallmark and promise to all those who love cruising.



GAL L E RY | S m all ship luxur y/bout ique

The fleet

Key features

Europa 2 42,830 tons, 516 passengers. Europa 28,890 tons, 408 passengers. Hanseatic 8,378 tons, 184 passengers. Bremen 6,752 tons, 164 passengers.

Europa 2 • Veranda Suites with balconies including 16 Spa Suites • Seven family suites with separate rooms for parents and children connected by a door and shared balcony. • Eight restaurants included in the cruise price. • Miele cooking school. • Two-storey-theatre for production and light shows. Europa • Four restaurants at no extra charge including the only "resident" gourmet restaurant at sea by German Michelin-starred chef Dieter Müller. • Four spa suites. • Butler service on penthouse deck. Bremen/Hanseatic • Small expedition ships designed for remote destinations. • On-board lectures and Zodiac landings. • Highest ice-class for passenger vessels (E4).

Contact details Mike Flanagan Tel: +44 79 21 223176 Email: Email: Reservations Tel: +49 40 3001 4580 B2B Portal:



Cruise style German cruise line offering international cruises with announcements in English and dedicated English-speaking excursions. On Europa 2 all cruises are dual language. Europa 2, the modern, lifestyle-oriented sister ship of the Europa, sets new standards in luxury, catering to a sophisticated, international, and cosmopolitan target group. Europa offers luxury with a high passenger space ratio, Hanseatic and Bremen are ice-class expedition ships that cruise through polar waters and exotic regions such as the South Seas and the Amazon.

Small ship luxur y/boutique | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Hebridean Princess 2,112 tons, 50 passengers.

• Refined service and comfort of a floating country house hotel. • Personalised service with a maximum of 50 passengers. • The perfect size to access the remotest islands, lochs and bays. • Ultra all-inclusive experience. • Congenial atmosphere.

Contact details

Cruise style

Sarah Weetman Group Trade Marketing Manager Tel: 01858 588170 Email: Julie Franklin Group National Account Manager Tel: 01858 588299 Email: Colin Wilson Group Sales Director Tel: 01858 588126 Email:

A luxury small ship experience, Hebridean Princess offers a unique ‘country house’ cruising experience. Complete with inglenook fireplace and peaceful corners, Hebridean Princess sails to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Norway. As a small ship, she can access islands, lochs and bays beyond the reach of larger vessels and, with a crew-to-guest ratio of almost one-to-one, guests receive the ultimate personalised luxury experience. New for 2014, Hebridean Princess will be returning to Norway after almost five years.

Reservations Tel: 01756 704 700



GAL L E RY | S m all ship luxur y/bout ique

The fleet

Key features

Nautica, Regatta and Insignia 30,277 tons, 684 passengers. Marina and Riviera 66,084 tons, 1,250 passengers.

• Free airfare fly-cruise programme. * Finest cuisine at sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge. • Complimentary soft drinks, bottled water and speciality teas & coffees • Port-intensive itineraries featuring overnight visits and extended evening port stays. • Country club-casual ambiance; tuxedos and gowns are never required. • Butler service in all suites. • Extraordinarily high staff-to-guest ratio ensures exemplary personalised service. • Youngest fleet in premium-class cruising, with 85% of accommodations featuring private balconies. • Best value in upscale cruising.

Contact details Sales and Marketing Support: Kate Gibbs/Leah Kellett

Sales/commercial: Alex Farquharson (North). Louise Craddock (South). Lisa Clarkson (National Accounts). Email: Reservations Tel: 0845 505 1920



Cruise style Oceania Cruises epitomises luxury cruising, combining exciting and exotic worldwide itineraries, the finest cuisine at sea, exceptional personalised service and a casually elegant onboard lifestyle to provide truly exceptional value.

Small ship luxur y/boutique | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Seabourn Pride (until April 2014), Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Spirit 10,000 tons, 208 passengers. Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest 32,000 tons, 450 passengers.

• Small, friendly ships with affluent and likeminded passengers. • Signature shore experiences such as an evening at Ephesus in Turkey and “caviar in the surf”. • Drop-down marina on all ships with kayaking, sailing, banana boats and other equipment available on calm days at anchor. • Alcoholic and soft drinks, gratuities and speciality dining included in the price.

Contact details Rebecca Skipp Business development manager North & Scotland Email: Vikki Courtman Business development manager Midlands Email: Dani Scannella Business development manager South Email: Sales Tel: 0844 338 8690

Cruise style Seabourn provides the perfect blend of glamorous elegance, impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Intuitive, personalised service is a way of life, provided by carefully selected crew who are passionate and dedicated to delivering a perfect experience, from greeting passengers by name and remembering their favourite cocktail, to thoughtful, personal gestures – such as a Massage Moment or serving a refreshing sorbet on deck. From the luxury of all-suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits throughout and a policy of no tipping required or expected, Seabourn exemplifies the art of travelling well.

Reservations Tel: 0844 338 8686 | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW |


GAL L E RY | S m all ship luxur y/bout ique

The fleet

Key features

SeaDream I, SeaDream II 4260 tons, 112 passengers.

• The only passenger vessels with à la carte restaurants both indoors and ‘al fresco’ that can accommodate every passenger at one time, with open seating. • Late-nighting in key ports allows passengers to enjoy more of their day ashore and enjoy the port facilities into the night. • Thai Spa: the only brand at sea to own its own spa and be members of the Thai Spa Association. • Balinese Dream Beds are the perfect place to sunbathe, read a book, gaze out to sea, enjoy the breezes or take a well-deserved nap during the day and sleep under the stars. • Star-lit movies on the pool deck

Contact details Graham Andrew Sales Director, UK Corporate & Incentive (Charters) Sales Tel: 07884 187766 Email: Jenny Wright Sales Director, London & Southern England Tel: 07766 230565 Email: Rebecca Lott Sales Director, Northern England & Scotland Tel: 07790 038244 Email: Reservations Tel: 0800 783 1373



Cruise style Innovative SeaDream Yacht Club has brought a refreshing sea change to the world of ultraluxury holidays at sea, being completely different from any and every other cruise product. The expression ‘Yacht Club’ is not a sentiment about size, it is a statement about the unstructured lifestyle aboard the small, ultra-deluxe ships. Chic and stylish, SeaDream I and II are the ultimate hybrid of deluxe private motor yacht and luxury boutique spa. The elegant informality of the yachts sits comfortably with state-of-the art facilities, discreet, personal service from 95 crew and world-class cuisine.

Small ship luxur y/boutique | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Variety Voyager 72 passengers. Harmony V, Galileo, Panorama, Panorama II 50 passengers. Harmony G, Pegasus 44 passengers.

• A fleet of well-appointed mega yachts that rarely hold more than 60 passengers. • As close as it gets to a fully-catered cruise on a millionaire’s private yacht. • Excellent service, great food, exciting 'smallis-beautiful' itineraries. • Regular stops to swim off the ships’ rear swimming platforms in secluded coves.

Contact details Seafarer Cruising & Sailing Holidays (UK GSA) Email: Tel: 0208 324 3117

Cruise style A relaxed, informal but sophisticated voyage for discerning travellers who want a boutique experience on chic vessels that can get into the smaller, more picturesque and traditional islands and harbours that the big liners simply cannot reach. These cruises are designed for those looking for an informal yet exclusive cruise experience.

Reservations Tel: 0208 324 3114 | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW |


GAL L E RY | C ul tural

The fleet

Key features

Minerva 12,449 tons, 350 passengers.

• Renowned guest speaker programme. • Home-from-home experience. • A choice of shore excursions in every major port included in the cruise fare. • Sophisticated dining and evening entertainment. • The perfect size to visit ports around the world often inaccessible to larger cruise ships.

Contact details

Cruise style

Sarah Weetman Group Trade Marketing Manager Tel: 01858 588170 Email: Julie Franklin Group National Account Manager Tel: 01858 588299 Email: Colin Wilson Group Sales Director Tel: 01858 588126 Email:

A Swan Hellenic cruise itinerary is a carefully thought out travel experience, teasing out the stories that lie behind each destination. A small ship, offering a personal and luxurious cruising experience, Swan Hellenic’s cruises include world-class guest speakers, a tailor-made shore excursion programme and a selection of engaging on-board activities. Between January 2013 and April 2014, Minerva will visit five continents and over 200 ports. Next year is Swan Hellenic’s Diamond Anniversary and to mark 60 years of cruising, it is offering a 15day ‘Swan’s Hellenic Celebration’ cruise that follows the route of the first itinerary, in August 1954, when just 128 passengers travelled with four classical history experts around the Greek islands.

Reservations Tel: 0844 488 1046



Classic British | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Marco Polo (adults only) 22,080 tons, 800 passengers. Discovery 20,186 tons, 700 passengers. Astor 21,000 tons, 600 passengers

• A more traditional style British cruising experience. • Smaller ships accessible to more ports of call. • A friendly and attentive standard of service. • Sterling is the on-board currency on Marco Polo and Discovery, so no need to worry about changing money. • A choice of eight UK departure ports – London Tilbury, Edinburgh Leith and Rosyth, Bristol Avonmouth, Newcastle, Glasgow Greenock, Liverpool and Hull.

Contact details Lisa Jacobs: Head of Retail Sales Tel: 0844 414 6140 Email: Wayne Beard: Business Development Manager Northern England & Scotland Tel: 07780 220 286 Email: Nicky Graham: Business Development Manager Southern England & Wales Tel: 07803 891 776 Email: Agency sales: 0844 414 6140 Reservations Tel: 0844 414 6161

Cruise style Cruise & Maritime Voyages recognises that many British cruisers still prefer the more traditional cruising experience aboard smaller classic-style ships. Marco Polo, Discovery and Astor fit into this exclusive category and offer a more leisurely and friendly ‘home-from-home’ style of cruising, and can also access a wider choice of interesting and remote ports of call. Offering a programme of scenic cruising holidays from a choice of eight UK ports, CMV visits the Land of the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun, Norwegian fjords, British Isles, Baltic cities and Russia, Iceland and the Northern Isles, Madeira and the Canaries, and the Amazon and West Indies. New are premium voyages to Australia and South Africa aboard the stylish Astor. | 2014 | CRUISE PREVIEW |


GAL L E RY | C l assic British

The fleet

Key features

Saga Sapphire 37,301 tons, 720 passengers. Saga Pearl II 18, 591 tons, 490 passengers.

• Titan's VIP Home Departure Service.® • For the over-50s only so clients are sure of cruising with like-minded people. • Small, friendly ships that visit a diverse selection of destinations. • All meals are open sitting so you can sit with friends or meet new people. • All UK and overseas port taxes, fees and charges are included, likewise tourist visas, if required for British citizens resident in the UK. • No fuel supplements or surcharges guaranteed. • All on-board gratuities and service charges. • A welcome cocktail party and Captain's dinner. • Daily afternoon tea and unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues.

Cruise style Contact details Edwina Coppock Agency Sales Manager Email: Email: Agency sales: 0800 988 5166 Reservations Tel: 0800 988 5867



Aboard Saga’s ship, everything is taken care of, so passengers can relax and enjoy their cruise. The new Saga Cruises brochure is available to the trade only and showcases a selection of wonderful 2014 journeys aboard the Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II, taking in destinations as diverse as the icy Arctic and the sun-drenched Mediterranean, the Holy Land and our very own British Isles. Booking through Titan, clients can enjoy early-bird discounts and Titan’s renowned door–to-door VIP transfer service on every cruise.

Classic British | G AL L E RY

The fleet

Key features

Voyager 15,271 tons, 540 passengers.

• Accompanied by experts to bring each destination to life. • Carefully selected shore excursion programme. • Off-the-beaten track destinations. • Warm and welcoming ship with a convivial atmosphere. • Excellent value for money.

Contact details Sarah Weetman Group Trade Marketing Manager Tel: 01858 588170 Email: Julie Franklin Group National Account Manager Tel: 01858 588299 Email: Colin Wilson Group Sales Director Tel: 01858 588126 Email: Reservations Tel: 0844 488 0868

Cruise style Visiting a range of fascinating destinations around the globe, at the heart of each Voyages of Discovery cruise is the renowned shore excursion and guest speakers programme. Drawn from academia, the military, the Diplomatic Service and the arts, guest speakers are carefully selected for their in-depth knowledge, understanding and passion for their subjects, and really help to bring each destination to life. New for 2014, a number of itineraries have been planned to appeal to those who love the great outdoors and music. Partnership cruises with the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society take in fascinating historical buildings and horticulture.




FREESTYLE CRUISING HIGHLIGHTS: • Up to 29 dining choices • Up to 22 bars and lounges • World-class headline acts • Accommodation to suit all tastes • Luxurious spas & oceanview gyms • Youth & teen programmes • Exclusive family entertainment with NickelodeonTM*

THOUSANDS OF CHOICES, ALL OF THEM RIGHT. Order the new Freestyle Cruising 2014/15 brochure now at



NCL freestyle cruising

| CRUISE TRADE NEWS | ISSUE 33 | JANUARY 2012 *NickelodeonTM entertainment features on selected ships only. ©2013 NCL Corporation LTD Ship’s Registry: Bahamas and United States of America. 4417.09.13


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