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The magazine dedicated to people who love to cruise THE INDIAN OCEAN

EXOTIC RIVERS OF THE WORLD

GUIDE TO GRATUITIES

Summer/Autumn 2016

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ADVENTURE CRUISING

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04 Welcome to your Summer/Autumn 2016 edition of Cruisin’ Magazine; jam-packed with fantastic ideas for your next cruise holiday. We take a close look at the stunning ports of call you can visit on an Indian Ocean cruise – an extremely popular part of the world right now; as well as some more ‘adventurous’ destinations including Cuba, Alaska and China. To compliment this, we feature a range of special offers on everpopular European and Mediterranean cruises from some of our favourite cruise lines; as well as give you an insight into river cruising across the globe. For those of you who are feeling a little nostalgic, we look back at cruising ‘across the decades’ to see just how much it has changed; and for anyone who is a little confused about gratuities, we have included a guide to help with your holiday budgeting. If you are looking for something a little bit different, or would like to discuss tailor-making a cruise holiday, perhaps adding in a city break or land stay before or after your cruise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Experience exotic islands, enchanting cultures and colourful views on an Indian Ocean cruise

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A world of adventure awaits from Cuba to Alaska, China to the Amazon and beyond

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You will need: 20cm/8in round cake tin A flat baking tray 1 litre pudding basin (20cm/8in diameter)

The Big Interview: We talk to Fay McCormack, general manager for Star Clippers UK as they celebrate 25 years of Tall Ship Cruising

Ingredients: Chocolate cake base 1 litre vanilla or chocolate ice cream 50g chocolate, broken into pieces 130g softened butter 125g caster sugar 2 free-range eggs 125g self-raising flour Meringue 3 free-range egg whites 200g caster sugar Pinch cream of tartar

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Exotic Rivers of the World: Have you heard of the Brahmaputra? If not, you soon will!

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Across the Decades: A nostalgic look at how much cruising has changed throughout the years

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Baked Alaska

70’s classic ‘Baked Alaska’ is experiencing a bit of a revival, and is a staple dessert on many a cruise ship menu. But if you can’t wait until your next holiday, here is an easy recipe that you can try at home to get a taste of the high life:

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Our Guide to Gratuities for those who are unsure of how much they should pay, when and how

• Remove the cake from the oven and turn the temperature up to 220C/425F/Gas 7 • Allow the cake to cool down in the tin for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool down fully. • For the meringue, in a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks when the whisk is removed. • Add half of the caster sugar and the cream of tartar and whisk until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed and the meringue is satiny and glossy. Fold in the remaining sugar with a metal spoon or spatula. • For the chocolate sauce, place the cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the chocolate and stir until just melted, then add the brandy (if using).

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• Set aside until ready to serve. • To assemble, once the cake has cooled, place it in the middle of a flat baking tray. • Take the ice cream out of the freezer. With the help of the cling film, remove the ice cream from the pudding bowl and place it upside down on the cake. • Quickly spoon over the meringue, spreading it thickly and in peaks over the ice cream and the sides of the cake right down to the baking tray. • Place in the centre of the hot oven for 3-4 minutes or until the meringue is set on the outside and golden in colour. • Serve immediately with the chocolate sauce.

Difference

Can you spot the 10 changes in this picture of Cunard’s new balcony staterooms onboard Queen Victoria?

For the chocolate sauce 200ml double cream 200g dark chocolate 1–2 tbsp rum or brandy (optional) Method • For the base, line the pudding basin with two layers of cling film, leaving enough hanging over the edge to cover the sides of the basin. • Place the ice cream in the basin and press down to get a smooth surface • Cover the top with the cling film and return it to the freezer. • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4, butter the sides of the cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. • Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Set aside. • In a large bowl cream the butter until soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating all the time. • Beat in the melted chocolate, then gently fold in the flour until combined. • Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25-30 mins

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Cruise News Multi-million pound refurbishment for QM2 Guests on board the newly ‘remastered’ Queen Mary 2 can look forward to an enhanced customer experience and new service concepts as well as an array of exciting transformations and bold new designs across the ship. All 172 Queens Grill & Princess Grill suites have been refitted, while 30 brand new Britannia Club Balcony staterooms and 15 brand new Single Ocean View staterooms have been added. 10 new kennels have also been added for our four legged friends and Kings Court transformed to offer 80 new lunch and 50 new dinner dishes. UK welcomes back Norwegian Jade Fans of Norwegian Cruise Line will be looking forward to May 2017 when Norwegian Jade starts sailing from Southampton after a six year absence from the cruise line. The 2,402-passenger ship will be totally refurbished and will sail seven-night Northern Europe cruises to Holland, Belgium and France, nine-night Norwegian Fjords and north Norway trips, as well as four-night mini-cruises to Hamburg.

to engage in activities such as canoeing, hiking and biking. The nine day voyage, launching next year, will also include the chance to explore ice caves and learn to waltz! Anyone for Sushi? Celebrity Cruises has taken the bold move of replacing its popular French café ‘Bistro on Five’ with ‘Sushi on Five’ – an authentic, casual, à-la-carte sushi restaurant which serves lunch and dinner with no cover charge. Freshly prepared items include the finest sashimi, hand-rolled sushi, and other Japanese favourites. The menu is created by Yoshikazu Okada, a fourth-generation sushi chef and has already been tested on board Celebrity Reflection and Millennium. The restaurant will be rolled out across the rest of the fleet throughout the remainder of 2016. More ships on the horizon for Royal Caribbean Cruises Hot on the heels of Harmony of the Seas – the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean has confirmed plans to build a fifth Oasis Class ship, to be delivered in the spring

of 2021. The fourth Oasis class ship will be launched in 2018. These are in addition to two more Edge-Class ships for Celebrity Cruises – set for launch in the autumn of 2021 and 2022. Celebrity have previously announced the launch of two Edge vessels, set to carry 2900 passengers, which are expected for delivery in 2018 and in 2020. New Exploration Ships for Hurtigruten Hurtigruten has ordered four brand new explorer ships to be designed by Rolls Royce. The ships will be customised for voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica and will also take passengers along the Norwegian coastline on the voyages Hurtigruten are most famous for. On board, passengers will be able to attend lectures from experts in the fields of history, zoology, botany and more as well as be given the opportunity to enjoy activities such as climbing, kayaking, and whale and eagle safaris. Set to hold 600 passengers, the ships are expected to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.

Boost for Solo Travellers Holland America Line’s new ship Koningsdam, launched in May this year, has added 12 single cabins in a bid to attract more single passengers. Cunard meanwhile, has also added 15 single staterooms as part of the Queen Mary 2 refurbishments; while boutique river cruise line Uniworld has waived its single supplement on several European 2016 cruises including the Enchanting Danube departing July 31, August 28 and November 6. Get Active on an Avalon river cruise Avalon Waterways have recently announced a new ‘active voyage’ along the Danube for those looking

Hurtigruten’s new exploration vessels will be ordered for the 2018/19 explorer season PHOTO: ®ROLLS-ROYCE

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The exotic delights of the

Indian Ocean

The third largest of the world’s oceans, the Indian Ocean marks the centre of a veritable melting pot of cultures, colours, food, people and places teeming with ancient traditions, vibrant modern metropolises, colonial history and stunning landscapes. With a destination for everyone, a cruise to this part of the world is sure to satisfy those yearning for exotic lands, breath-taking sites and insights into days gone by.

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Sri Lanka Stunning Sri Lanka is the perfect introduction to the Sub Indian continent. An island ruled by the sea, it offers palm-fringed beaches sheltering exotic rainforests, ancient relics and colonial towns. Its capital Colombo was once known as the ‘garden of the east’ and its rich history makes it a diverse and fascinating city to visit. Galle, in the south of the island, is home to one of Sri Lanka’s best preserved colonial towns, the ‘Fort’

– the old Dutch quarter lying at the heart of the city. While the lively beach resort of Welligama, lies 30 kms east of Galle and is famous for its stilt fishermen, as featured on our front cover. • Noble Caledona’s ‘Sri Lanka to the Seychelles’ voyage takes place over Christmas 2016 and calls into Galle, before heading to the Maldives and then onto the Seyschelles. Departs 22nd December 2016.


Madagascar Propelled into the limelight by the 2005 DreamWorks® film of the same name, Madagascar is famous for its vast array of flora and fauna; some of the planet’s rarest and most diverse creatures can be found here including over 100 species of lemur, 300 species of bird and over 250 species of amphibians, mostly frogs. A cruise to Madagascar will afford you time to not only experience the jungles of this huge island, but also its striking blue waters, incredible beaches and local cuisine. The strangely-named port town of Hell-Ville on Nosy Be island couldn’t be further from the visions its name suggests – witness pristine beaches, explore coral reefs, and visit its nature reserves for a true taste of the exotic.

Mumbai was formed between 1782 and the early 1990s when the British reclaimed the land and connected the islands together. Now known as the Gateway to India, this vibrant city is simply bursting at the seams – some might say an assault on all the senses yet a rite of passage for those seeking to immerse themselves into modern India. With many Indian Ocean cruises departing from Mumbai, it is the perfect destination to arrange a precruise stay so that you can take in all that it has to offer at your leisure. • Azamara Club Cruises’ sensational 20 night ‘Seychelles & Maldives’ voyage departs from Mumbai and includes over three days and three different islands in the Seychelles. Departs 22nd April 2017.

Nearby Ross Island can be reached by ferry in just a few minutes from the marine park. This picturesque island was once used as headquarters by the British, and for obvious reasons. • Seabourn’s 33 day Arabia, India & Orchid Isles sailing takes in fascinating destinations including Port Blair, Cochin, Mangalore and Colombo. Departs 5th December 2016. Mauritius Inhabited by Dutch settlers in 1635, the formally uninhabited colony of Mauritius promises its visitors endless views of blue seas, white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine. From its capital Port Louis, head south towards the striking Trou aux Cerfs crater, formed by a dormant volcano and the Grand Bassin.

• Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ sailing to the ‘Med, Zanzibar & Mauritius’ calls into Toamasina, Madagascar – the perfect place to visit for a typically Madagascan experience. Departs 14th October 2017. Seyschelles Your first view of the Seychelles will most likely be the stunning Port Victoria on Mahe, with a backdrop of mighty mountains and some of the bluest waters you will ever see. Mahe is the largest of the 115 island archipelago, with plenty to explore including the Botanical Gardens, cathedral and Government House. Its neighbour Praslin Island is the second largest and boasts an infectious laidback ambience that quickly engulfs its visitors. Here, you can explore the UNESCO listed Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve – one of only two places in the world where the rare ‘coco de mer’ palm grows naturally. • Voyages of Discovery’s 15 day ‘South Africa, Wonders & Wildlife’ takes in the tropical luxury of Mauritius as well as Port D’Ehola in Madagascar and spectacular Reunion Island. Departs 18th March 2017. Mumbai The glamourous home of ‘Bollywood’, Mumbai takes its name from the Goddess Mumba –guardian of the city and the personification of Mother Earth. Originally a string of seven islands, the current landscape of

Andaman Islands This tiny archipelago is comprised of no less than 572 islands including South Andaman Island, home to the capital Port Blair – a charming Indian town surrounded by mangrove forests. As a former penal colony, one of its main ‘attractions’ is the Cellular Jail – a former colonial prison, (now a memorial) which was home to exiled political prisoners during the struggle for India’s independence. You could also explore the 280 square kilometres of the Mahatma Ghandi Marine National Park by kayak or glass bottom boat; about half an hour away from Port Blair.

Legend says that the water in the Bassin is connected to the Ganges in India, making it a pilgrimage site for Mauritian Hindus. In Port Louis itself you can experience an intoxicating mix of cultures including African, Indian, Oriental and European. Hunt for bargains at the heritage-protected central market or sample some of the local snacks on offer at its street stalls. • Cunard’s ‘Singapore to Cape Town’ 20 night voyage visits Sri Lanka, the Seychelles and Mauritius en route to South Africa. Departs 31st March 2017.

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A world of

Adventure awaits

From China to Cuba, Alaska or the Amazon, Wild Australia or the Americas; you can now explore a whole host of worldwide destinations from the comfort of your cruise ship, many of which have been designed with their location in mind, boasting features such as large viewing areas and decks, onboard experts and immersive shore excursions… China The mystical Far East isn’t as far away as you think. With a flycruise to China you will soon be within touching distance of famous landmarks including the Great Wall, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple and more ancient treasures from the country’s 10,000 years of civilisation. From cosmopolitan cities such as Hong Kong and Shanghai, to rural towns and villages or enchanting gorges along the Yangtze River, China’s sights and sounds are diverse and plentiful. If you would like to combine a stay in China with a Far East Cruise, let us know. Get there with… Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Wendy Wu, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, APT and more. Alaska Alaska is the perfect destination for adventure cruising with whales, grizzly bears, glaciers, hiking and kayaking opportunities galore. Sailing through the Inside Passage is one of life’s most thrilling adventures – shaped millions of years ago by the force of mighty glaciers, this passage bears witness to stunning island scenery and wildlife-rich fjords teaming with bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and more. Whilst you will

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set sail to a fixed itinerary it will be those unscheduled moments that create memories to last a lifetime, so be sure to bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled along the way! Why not extend your experience with a land stay in Alaska or British Colombia? Get there with… Silversea, Noble Caledonia, Holland America Line, Lindblad Expeditions & more. Amazon Amazonia or the ‘Amazon’ is the largest tropical rainforest and most diverse ecosystem on earth. The link between the health of the rainforest and the health of the planet as a whole is undisputed and it is a rare privilege to bear witness to the extraordinary sights and sounds that can be found here. A cruise to this part of the world will enable you to immerse yourself into the exotic wildlife, cultures and people of the rainforest. Your ship will take you to Amazonian cities such as Boca do Valeria and Manaus; the city at the heart of the Amazon. From here you will have many options to explore further on a canoe or riverboat excursion along the Rio Negro, to enable you to make the most of your Amazon experience. Cruising with a specialised Amazon river cruise company will enable you to explore even deeper into remote wild rainforest.

Get there with… Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises, Avalon Waterways, Cruise & Maritime, Amazon Nature Tours & more. Cuba Frozen in time since the socialist uprising of 1959, Cuba was once described as “the most beautiful land ever seen” by Columbus (1492) and today, that claim still holds true. Its wildlife-rich rainforests, mountains, waterfalls and pristine beaches are understandably one of the main reasons this island is such an attractive proposition for cruisers; yet the juxtaposition of sublime nature with the ramshackle and somewhat derelict Latin American buildings in its cities, colourful vintage cars and lively districts full of dancing locals, makes Cuba a truly unique experience. The irresistible sounds of Mamba and Salsa cast out their siren song over the ocean, beckoning ships from afar to visit Cuba’s shores, and with Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad being added to the itineraries of more and more cruise lines in 2016/17, there has never been a better time than now to experience Cuba. Get there with… Star Clippers, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Noble Calendonia & more. If you’ve been inspired by any of the above, get in touch with your cruise specialist to find out more.


Brahmaputra

River Cruises ...aboard

M.V. Mahabaahu Cruise through the North Eastern Regions of India and explore rich green lands of rolling hills, plains and dense forests. Wildlife lovers will delight in seeking out Assam’s “Big Four” including the great single horned rhino, elephants, wild buffaloes and tigers on safari...

STAR CLIPPERS

Colourful Cuba STAR CLIPPERS Stay & Sail

9 nights | Departs 5th January 2017 7 nights aboard Star Flyer Visiting: Cienfuegos, Grand Cayman, Cayo Largo, Punta Frances, Maria la Gorda, Havana

Price includes return flights from London, 2 nights pre cruise stay in Havana, a half day city walking tour, non UK transfers and port charges

From £2649pp

Bali Stay & Indonesia Sail

9 nights | Departs May-October 2017 7 nights aboard Star Clipper Visiting: Bali, Gili Kondo, Komodo National Park, Pink Beach, Satonda Island, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan, Gili Nanggu, Bali Price includes return flights from London, 2 nights pre cruise stay in Seminyak, a half day city tour, non UK transfers and port charges

From £2999pp

T&Cs: Lead in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a category 6 cabin, full board cruise. Economy flights from London, non UK transfers, hotel stay and port charges are included. All prices are correct at time of print and are subject to availability and/or change and can be withdrawn at any time.

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7 nights Amalfi Coast to Greece

IF YOU #LOVETRAVEL, YOU’LL LOVE AZAMARA’S REVITALISED ONBOARD GUEST EXPERIENCE

...aboard Azamara Journey® Departing: 22nd August 2016 Rome (Civitavecchia) | Sorrento | Giardini Naxos (Taormina) | Valletta | Siracusa | Katakolon | Nauplion | Athens (Piraeus)

With guest satisfaction feedback consistently averaging at nearly 100% and countless industry and peer recognitions from around the world, Azamara sets the bar for delivering a destination-immersive experience to all of their guests who #LoveTravel. And now, their two award-winning ships raise the bar even further.

Fares from: £1049pp

Azamara Journey® and Azamara Quest® have undergone major enhancements in early 2016, as they bring the organic essence of Destination Immersion® onboard. Evocative of the lands, rivers, and beaches of the places they visit, these extensive upgrades draw their inspiration from the four elements of nature:

14 nights European Capitals Voyage ...aboard Azamara Quest® Departing: 26th August 2016 Amsterdam (overnight) | At Sea | Copenhagen | Berlin (Warnemunde, overnight) | Oslo (overnight) | At Sea | Antwerp (overnight) | Honfleur (overnight) | St Peter Port | Southampton Fares from: £1850pp

3 nights Weekend Getaway Voyage ...aboard Azamara Journey® Departing: 19th August 2016 Rome (Civitavecchia) | St. Tropez | Santa Margarita | Rome (Civitavecchia) Fares from: £529pp

11 nights West Indies Hideaway Voyage ...aboard Azamara Quest® Departing: 4th January 2017 Miami | 2 Days At Sea | St. John, US Virgin Islands | Iles Des Saintes | Roseau | Charlestown | Gustavia | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | 2 days at sea | Miami Fares from: £1807pp

12 nights Azaleas & Bourbon Street Voyage ...aboard Azamara Quest® Departing: 21st March 2017 Miami | Key West | At Sea | Mobile | New Orleans (2 nights) | At Sea | Yucatan (Progreso) | Cozumel (overnight) | At Sea | Miami Fares from: £2690pp

16 nights Three Continents Crossing ...aboard Azamara Quest® Departing: 2nd April 2017 Miami | 7 Days At Sea | Ponta Delgada | 2 Days At Sea | Huelva | Gibraltar | Tangier | At Sea | Barcelona (overnight) Fares from: £1936pp

Earth – A muted colour palette of earth tones is incorporated throughout our ships to evoke a serene, elegant, and warm sense of home. Water – Azamara’s new spa suites feature rain showers with ocean views, double sinks, and outdoor Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the sea. Air – To freshly entice the senses, they have introduced new open-air venues and experiences. Fire – Sunrises and sunsets will be relished at the new outdoor Pool Grill & Bar, followed by dazzling nights in their completely revitalised entertainment areas. In addition, they have integrated a tasteful blend of contemporary and classic designs to create new venues and public spaces, implemented new technologies, and upgraded every stateroom and suite, in addition to their restaurants and new holistic Sanctum Spa. From bow to stern, there is no area that has gone untouched. And from shore to ship, we think you’ll #LoveTravel with the newly reimagined Azamara Club Cruises®.

AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES, MORE INCLUSIVE Always Included as complimentary on all voyages: • Select spirits, international beers, cocktails & wines throughout the day and evening! • Gratuities • Select bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees & teas • English butler service for suite guests • Self-service laundry • Shuttle service to & from port communities, where available • Concierge services for personal guidance & reservations • Complimentary AzAmazing EveningSM (except for transatlantics and voyages under 7 nights) Terms and Conditions: All prices based on two people sharing the lead in stateroom, subject to availability and change. Prices correct at time of print (Jun 16).

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7 nights Castles Along the Rhine ...aboard S.S. Antoinette or River Empress Departing Mar- Nov 2017 Basel to Amsterdam Save up to £1,200 per couple* Now from £1,649pp^

7 nights Enchanting Danube ...aboard S.S. Maria Theresa Budapest to Passau Departures Mar- Nov 2017 Save up to £1,200 per couple* Now from £1,649pp^

2017 European

River Cruises

out now!

Multi-award-winning river cruise line Uniworld is renowned for its outstanding service, offering indisputable luxury onboard. The Uniworld experience embodies style, comfort and sophistication, and guests will find gourmet dining venues, beautifully-appointed suites and staterooms and much more aboard a unique and elegant Uniworld river cruise ship. As the world’s only authentic boutique river cruise line, Uniworld is committed to delivering the highest standards of excellence in luxury river cruising. Uniworld’s truly all-inclusive European voyages provide guests with unsurpassed convenience, with everything included in the price:

• All meals on board – with a farm-totable culinary philosophy • Unlimited beverages on board • Personalised experiences – expertly planned shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts • Ship-wide Wi-Fi access

• In-suite butler service on all ships in Europe

• Wellness on the water - onboard fitness centre and Serenity River Spa™, complimentary bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for use onshore

• All scheduled airport transfers

• Entertainment & Signature Lectures

• New in 2017 – 24-hour room service • New in 2017 – concierge services

• All gratuities – onboard and onshore

7 nights Paris & Normandy ...aboard S.S. Joie de Vivre- NEW SHIP Paris to Paris Departures Apr- Nov 2017 Save up to £1,200 per couple* Now from £1,849pp^

7 nights Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux ...aboard River Royale Bordeaux to Bordeaux Departures Mar- Nov 2017 Save up to £1,100 per couple* Now from £1649pp^

9 nights Gems of Northern Italy ...aboard River Countess Milan to Venice Departures Mar- Nov 2017 Save up to £1,200 per couple* Now from £2,299pp^

7 nights Burgundy & Provence ...aboard S.S. Catherine Avignon to Lyon Departures Mar- Nov 2017 Cruisin’ Magazine 9 Save up to £1,200 per couple* Now from £1,899pp^

*Maximum saving per couple is based on a suite, twin share. ^Price is based on lowest fare departure date and includes early booking offer. Book by 31 Aug 2016.

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Celebrating the Silver Years of

Star Clippers ‘Tall Ships That Dreams are Made Of’ is the strapline of tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers. Boasting a current fleet of three sailing vessels, Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer, the company’s unique cruising concept offers passengers an authentic sailing experience with all the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht.

Fay McCormack, Star Clippers UK

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Having celebrated their 25th birthday earlier this year, we speak to General Manager of Star Clippers UK, Fay McCormack, about what makes Star Clippers so special, and what passengers can look forward to in the exciting months and years to come…

Star Clippers have recently announced a much anticipated fourth addition to their fleet, the aptly named ‘Flying Clipper’ - what can you tell us about the new ship? Fay: We are very excited about the addition of Flying Clipper which will be the biggest and most ambitious of our fleet to date! Measuring 8770 tons GRT (gross register tonnage) and carrying up to 300 passengers, she will be a near replica of the dramatic France II – the largest square rig sailing ship ever built, making Flying Clipper the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat today. She is scheduled to sail


from 2017 and we will be announcing details of her first itineraries very soon… so watch this space! What kind of facilities can we expect to see on board? Fay: Those familiar with the rest of our fleet will be happy to see many of the same highlights on board including our popular Tropical Bar, cosy library and bowsprit net. In addition to this, she will boast three pools, a water sports platform in the stern, 34 balcony suites and open-seated restaurant. The new ship is not the only exciting announcement to come from Star Clippers over the last few months. You will also be sailing in Indonesian waters for the first time from May 2017. What can you tell us about these itineraries and how popular they have been so far? Fay: Interest has been really good so far. We have two itineraries on offer in Indonesia, eastbound and westbound, with each direction offering something really unique. I would describe the eastbound sailing as very ‘scenic’, more about the beaches and stunning views – it’s a trip that will really make passengers appreciate nature. A highlight of this 7 night eastbound voyage is Komodo National Park, where guests will have the opportunity to get close (but not too close!) to the infamous Komodo Dragon. The 7 night westbound sailing meanwhile, is perhaps best described as more ‘cultural’, offering an in-depth exploration of island hideaways such as Gili Nanggu and Carik, Lombok, as well as an opportunity to visit Mount Bromo; a striking active volcano situated in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. We also offer a selection of longer itineraries of 10-11 nights which will enable passengers to take in both Bromo and Komodo National Park; as well as back to back sailings of 14 nights for those who really can’t choose! Given the interest in the new Indonesia cruises as well as the popularity of your Cuba and Asia itineraries, would you say that these more ‘exotic’ destinations are giving traditional destinations a run for their money?

Fay: We have certainly noticed a growing trend towards the exotics. Our long haul destinations are most popular this year, particularly Thailand, Star Clippers’ Barbados itinerary and Cuba. These ‘soft adventure’ destinations are currently outperforming the Mediterranean. I do think it’s time for a new destination people are ready. That being said there will always be interest in the ‘iconic faithfuls’ - sailing out of Venice is always going to be popular and our Monaco Grand Prix and Historic GP always sell out fast and need to be booked in advance. Talking about Cuba – this is a ‘hot destination’ at the moment isn’t it? Fay: Yes. When it comes to Cuba people are keen to experience it as it is now – and are in a bit of a rush to visit before its unique essence and dynamics change as tourism grows. So now really is the time to visit. However there is a real issue with hotel availability in Cuba and this will impact how far in advance you need to book. People also want to see Havana and stay longer to explore – Star Clippers is helping to combat the hotel shortage by extending our Cuba sailings next year to include an extra overnight stay in Havana on the ship.

worried about being constantly entertained and like to be ‘on the water’, then what better way than on a genuine sailing experience? All of our cabins are extremely wellappointed with ensuite facilities and passengers also get access to the Bridge for an insight into how these magnificent ships sail – a rare privilege! If I could give one tip to new Star Clippers cruisers, it would be to book early – as small ships our capacity is filled quickly. Finally, can you sum up the SC experience in just three words? Fay: Ooh three words isn’t a lot! Can I have four? No. Fay: Ok, then I would have to go with… Memorable, Authentic, Experience!

Would you say that Star Clippers has a ‘typical’ passenger? Fay: At one time I would have said yes but we get passengers from all walks of life. They are, however, likeminded and prefer the smaller more intimate atmosphere on board compared to larger ocean-going ships. Onboard Star Clippers guests are not tied to dining times or formal dress codes; passengers are independent, active, keen to explore the ports of call and have a sense of adventure – wanting to visit exotic and unique destinations but with the provision of comfortable onboard facilities. Many have a keen interest in sailing as you would expect, but not all. When it comes to cruising ‘newbies’ would you recommend a product like Star Clippers? Fay: Yes absolutely. If you like small, intimate ships with no stiff formalities, want to visit wonderful places, aren’t Cruisin’ Magazine 11


Exotic rivers of the

World

Whilst Europe’s waterways will always be firm favourites for river cruise fans thanks to their close proximity to the UK and opportunities for ‘no-fly’ cruising; exotic rivers much further afield are experiencing a boom in popularity amongst wildlife fans and adventureseekers alike… Mississippi, USA Delve deep into America’s heartland with a cruise along the Mississippi river; home to charming scenery, fascinating wildlife and interesting culture. This is Mark Twain’s country, full of history waiting for you to absorb. Make your way along the border between Iowa and Illinois, and venture into Wisconsin and Minnesota on your travels. Mississippi river cruises are generally split into two halves – the 12 Cruisin’ Magazine

Upper Mississippi, which takes in Minneapolis, Davenport and St. Louis; and the Lower Mississippi which runs right through the heart of the American Deep South including New Orleans and Memphis. Follow in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, experience the Mississippi Delta Gospel and some traditional blues or try some traditional Gumbo, Cajun chicken and Jambalaya finished off with some pecan pie, as you travel down river on board a classic American Steamboat! Brahamaputra, India You may not have heard much about this river but you soon will! The mighty Brahamaputra runs from its source in southwest Tibet, through the Himalayas, across the Assam Basin and down towards Bangladesh, eventually meeting with the Ganges. Assam is perhaps best known for its

tea and silk of the same name, and has been labelled the ‘Serengeti of India’ thanks to its abundance of wildlife, yet this rich, green land of rolling hills, plains and forests is rarely visited by westerners. A cruise along the fabled Brahamaputra is a truly unique experience, with the Kaziranga National Park being the highlight – look out for rhino (Karizanga is home to the largest population of rhino in the world), buffalo, deer and vultures that inhabit this area, along with the beautiful Bengal tiger! The Chobe, Botswana Another fantastic option for wildlife lovers, the beautiful Chobe offers an abundance of opportunities to experience wildlife in its natural habitat. Chobe National Park is renowned for its large herds of buffalo and elephant, whilst you can


also encounter up to 15 different species of animal including lechwe, impala, leopard, hyena and monkeys up close and personal on a game drive. A typical river cruise along the Chobe may also include private boat safaris, visits to African villages and traditional Africa dinners. Many can also be combined with pre or post-cruise stays in Cape Town or Johannesburg, as well as with visits to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, and/or safari lodge stays in Kruger or the Serengeti.

pre or post cruise stay or tour. From Chengdu’s Pandas to Xian’s Warriors; the bright lights of Shanghai’s Bund, to the buzzing hutongs of Beijing; there is almost no end to the possibility of exploring more of China in depth.

Ask your Cruise Specialist for more details of exotic cruises along the rivers mentioned and for advice on how to experience them for yourself!

Irrawaddy Also known as the Ayeyarwady, the extraordinary Irrawaddy river flows 1348 miles into the Indian Ocean from its source amongst Himalayan glaciers. Framed by monasteries, stupas, pagodas and traditional villages, and frequented by local fishermen in their canoes, you will be forgiven for imagining that your river vessel has transported you back in time. Most trips will start from Yangon, yet more intrepid travellers may wish to travel upstream from Mandalay for a slightly more authentic experience. The World Heritage Site of Bagan, home to over 2000 monasteries, pagodas and temples, is perhaps the most impressive highlight – here you will marvel at the giant statues of Buddha and can climb the 777 steps of Mount Popa, the legendary home of animist nat spirits, for stunning views of the surrounding area. Yangtze See China from a different perspective. Away from the hustle and bustle of busy cities such as Hong Kong and Beijing, the Yangtze River winds its way through mountains, gorges and plains; bringing you fascinating insights into the remarkable history and culture of this impressive country. The dramatic Three Gorges offer photo opportunities galore – Qutang, Wu and Xiling each showcase their own unique characteristics, from sheer rock faces, to ethereal mists or dense vegetation perched perilously upon cliff edges. Whilst slow-paced and relaxing, a cruise along the Yangtze does not take long – 4 days is the norm, leaving plenty of time include a Cruisin’ Magazine 13


With legendary Master Chef Jacques PĂŠpin at the helm, the cuisine of Oceania Cruises is simply unrivalled at sea. Their superb gourmet restaurants cater to the most discerning palates and offer a remarkable array of choices, from Continental cuisine to authentic Italian to classic steakhouse fare. Every restaurant on board is complimentary and features open seating, so you may dine wherever and whenever suits your taste and schedule. Enjoy dinner for two or a gathering with newfound friends, knowing that the experience is certain to be extraordinary.

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Polo Grill | Marina, Riviera, Nautica, Insignia & Regatta With all the elements of a classic steakhouse, from filet mignon to New York strip, Polo Grill also has equally appealing options for seafood lovers, such as whole Maine lobster. Toscana | Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Insignia & Nautica Enjoy family recipes handed down through generations. Presented on elegant Versace china, each dish is a masterpiece that exemplifies the essence of Tuscany. Jacques | Marina & Riviera (*Serena) Luscious aromas waft from the gleaming rotisserie, where chicken, duck, pork rib and veal roasts slowly turn. Each dish is a classic, ingeniously interpreted by Master Chef Pépin. Red Ginger | Marina, Riviera & Sirena Red Ginger’s chefs have created contemporary interpretations of Asian classics. The culinary pleasures will delight your palate while the striking decor provides a feast for the eyes. *‘Jacques Bistro’ can be found in the Grand Dining Room at lunch times aboard Sirena. The ship also boasts ‘Tuscan Steak’ - a combination of Toscana and Polo Grill!

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12 nights Radiant Rhythms ...aboard Insignia Departing: 7th November 2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina (Overnight) | Montevideo, Uruguay | Punta Del Este, Uruguay | Rio Grande, Brazil | Porto Belo, Brazil | Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil | Parati, Brazil | Ilha Grande, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Overnight) Fares from: £1848pp Plus exclusive benefits: $100 onboard credit & pre-paid gratuities

12 nights Sunny Celebrations^ ...aboard Riviera Departing: 22nd December 2016 Miami, United States | Nassau, Bahamas | St John’s, Antigua | Fort de France, Martinique | Bridgetown, Barbados | St. George’s, Grenada | Castries, Saint Lucia | Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Miami, United States Fares from: £3739pp Plus exclusive benefit: $150 onboard credit

15 nights Imperial Grandeur ...aboard Nautica Departing: 20th February 2017 Hong Kong, China | Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan | Okinawa (Naha), Japan | Kyoto (Kobe), Japan (Overnight) | Hiroshima, Japan | Nagasaki, Japan | Seoul (Incheon), South Korea | Dalian, China | Beijing (Tianjin), China | Shanghai, China (Overnight) Fares from: £3869pp Plus exclusive benefit: $400 onboard credit

12 nights Canals and Creations ...aboard Riviera Departing: 16th May 2017 Venice, Italy | Split, Croatia | Kotor, Montenegro | Valletta, Malta | Taormina (Sicily), Italy | Amalfi/Positano, Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Provence (Marseille), France | Barcelona, Spain Fares from: £2919pp Plus exclusive benefit: $300 onboard credit

11 nights Iberian Explorer ...aboard Riviera Departing: 5th July 2017 Lisbon, Portugal | Seville (Cadiz), Spain | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Ibiza, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Provence (Marseille), France | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portofino, Italy | Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Fares from: £2039pp Plus exclusive benefit: $100 onboard credit ^One night pre cruise hotel stay required at own expense.

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2 nights Western Europe (X623N) ...aboard Oriana (Adults only) Departing: 16 December 2016 From £229pp

12 nights Canary Islands (N635) ...aboard Ventura

9 reasons to choose

P&O Cruises

• More "This is the life" moments • We’ve got the world covered • A choice of eight stunning ships • We let the good times flow • You’re in good company • Designed for Britain • Great memories are on the menu • With age comes expertise • You’ll be amazed at how much is included

A P&O Cruises holiday is a great way to escape from everyday life and to explore many different destinations in one of the most relaxing ways imaginable. It offers you an extraordinary variety of activities and entertainment, plus exceptional restaurants and bars. And of course, if you simply want to escape, there’s plenty of opportunity to do absolutely nothing at all. There are itineraries ranging from 2 nights to over 100 that explore the four corners of the globe. Plus, when you book, you can choose between on board spending money or car parking, or coach transfers and a choice of cabin number!

†Select Prices shown are per person based on two adults sharing the lowest grade of cabin available within the applicable cabin type and are subject to availability. Fly-cruise prices include economy class flights from/to London and transfers.

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Departing: 17 Decmber 2016 From £1149pp

35 nights USA & Caribbean (E701) ...aboard Oceana Departing: 4 January 2017 From £2149pp

12 nights Norway & Northern Lights (X702) ...aboard Oriana (Adults only) Departing: 22 February 2017 From £949pp

7 nights Spain, France & Guernsey (B715) ...aboard Britannia Departing: 28 May 2017 From £669pp

14 nights Portugal, Spain & Italy (A721) ...aboard Azura Departing: 29 July 2017 From £1399pp


A holiday with Cunard is all about relaxation and making exactly what you want of your day. With that in mind you shouldn’t need to worry about paying for things like food and entertainment. As with an all inclusive holiday, your food is included in the price of your cruise, so you won’t have to fork out to enjoy dinner. You’ll also find that most activities and entertainment are included too. New Year Short Break (Q701) 29 December 2016 5 nights on board Queen Elizabeth From £999pp

Norwegian Fjords (M726) 13 July 2017 8 nights on board Queen Mary 2

Spain & Portugal (Q718) Iberia, Canaries & Madeira (Q730) 25 September 2017 13 nights on board Queen Elizabeth From £ 1149pp

12 May 2017 7 nights on board Queen Elizabeth From £849pp

Amsterdam & Bruges (V713) 4 June 2017

4 nights on board Queen Victoria From £399pp

From £ 1149pp

An Exotic Cruise is a perfect way to explore the world’s most stunning destinations in total luxury and comfort. In 2016 & 2017 you’ll find a selection of these cruises lasting between 5 to 59 nights! Southampton to Auckland (including Barbados, Rio de Janeiro, Easter Island & Bora Bora) 5 January 2017

59 nights on board Queen Victoria From £6449pp

Book now and receive your choice of On board Spending money, car parking or coach transfers plus your choice of stateroom number *Cunard Fares shown are per person based on two adults sharing and are subject to availability.

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Cruising across the

Decades

Back in the 1800s cruising for pleasure was a very new concept. Traditionally, ocean liners were used for transporting cargo and mail, and while many passengers signed up to join these journeys to experience ships that could go faster than any cargo ships before them, it wasn’t until 1844 that the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company (known today as P&O Cruises) launched the first ‘true’ leisure cruise, designed solely for pleasure, to the Mediterranean.

To accommodate the growing number of passengers on board, ocean liners began to introduce more and more amenities to enhance their level of comfort and transformed cruising into much more than simply getting from A to B – the journey itself started to become the destination with little luxuries such as lighting, more spacious decks, public areas and ‘entertainment’ in the form of shuffleboard, croquet and bowls to help passengers spend the time. Before the 1960s however, cruising was very much reserved for the rich and privileged. Throughout the early 1900s any migrants seeking travel to wealthier plains were famously relegated to awful conditions within ‘steerage’; squeezed into converted cargo spaces with extremely basic facilities and often separated from the first class by metal gates. Thankfully, with the evolution of the ocean liner came the replacement of steerage with much more accommodating third class cabins. Now, ‘Inside Cabins’ - the lowest cost cabins of today’s cruise ships are actually very comfortable options for those on a budget. Royal Caribbean International has even overcome the issue of inside cabins’ lack of windows with the introduction of their ‘virtual staterooms’. The Golden Age of Cruising After World War 1, which saw the RMS Lusitania, once the world’s largest passenger ship, sunk by a 18 Cruisin’ Magazine

German u-boat; the Great Depression; World War II, where many ocean liners including Queen Mary were commandeered as troopships; and finally the advent of the first commercial transatlantic flights in 1958; the passenger cruising industry saw massive decline, with many cruise lines losing tens of ships or going bankrupt. It was clear that a revival was needed. This marked the beginning of cruising as we know it. ‘Ocean Liners’ gave birth to ‘Cruise Ships’, fitted with more modern amenities, entertainment facilities and benefiting from an expansion of itineraries. Cruise holidays began to be marketed to the

general public as an alternative to traditional land-based holidays and looking back at some of the brochures and adverts that were published throughout the 60s and 70s, it’s clear to see why cruising experienced such a ‘boom’ – a boom that was to be heralded as the ‘Golden Age of Cruising’. With attention grabbing headlines such as ‘Tired or Bored’ or ‘To Sunshine & Gaiety’ and with prices starting from as low as £81, cruising suddenly became affordable for all. This is a trend that has continued today, with the cruise industry seeing a proliferation of ships, destinations and facilities that appeal to passengers from all walks of life.


With a larger selection of cabin categories, the addition of speciality restaurants, private spa facilities and upgrades to those who can afford it at a supplement, the modern cruise passenger can almost pick and choose their own holiday – tailoring it to their own interests and budgets. Formal Dining Cunard’s famous ‘Blue Riband’ Mauretania and its sister ship Lusitania first began the tradition of ‘dressing for dinner’ – with wellto-do passengers delighting in experiencing the lap of luxury at sea. It was the White Star Line (who later merged with Cunard) who truly put the ‘luxurious’ into cruising with the launch of their three Olympic-Class ships, including the ill-fated Titanic.

Whilst many may wish that prices could remain at the level of 1960s cruising, it is fair to say that the evolution of the cruise industry has been more positive than negative for those seeking to travel the world by sea. With more choice than ever before, those longing for the nostalgia of yesteryear can still find it, whilst those looking for a holiday with a difference can take advantage of the many niche cruise lines and ground-breaking facilities seen on modern ships. We would love to see your cruising photos from days gone by - feel free to send them in to your Cruisin’ Specialist or share them on our Facebook page!

Now, luxury cruise lines including Cunard, Seabourn and Silversea still advocate the spirit of dressing for dinner with at least one, or two on longer cruises, ‘formal nights’ whereby guests are encouraged to don their tops ‘n’ tails and enjoy the first class dining experience of their predecessors. The majority of these formal nights are now optional however, and most cruise ships offer alternative restaurants and casual dining options for those less inclined to live the high life. The advent of ‘freestyle cruising’ and open dining as opposed to set meal times, has further transformed onboard dining – with mixed opinions as to whether this is a positive, or negative change. Entertainment Onboard entertainment is perhaps one area of cruising that has seen the most radical changes; which is to be expected when looking at the rapid evolution of technology over the decades. While traditional deck games such as shuffleboard, croquet and lawn tennis can still be found on many long-established cruise lines; modern ships have surpassed the imaginations of many with the introduction of West End shows, computers and X-Boxes for the kids, rock climbing walls along with acrobatic shows and movie screenings.

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Escape this winter

with our exciting new Fly-Cruise itineraries...

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ exciting new itineraries include voyages to spectacular destinations such as the Indian Ocean, South Africa and two wonderful safari cruises in January. Our ships venture where most can’t so we can offer wonderful scenic cruises along French rivers and German waterways for example, as well as Scandinavia. And our smaller ships mean you disembark right in the heart of towns and cities like Copenhagen rather than having the hassle of getting a coach, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your visit.

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14 nights The Caribbean with Panama & Venezuela (M1702) ...aboard Braemar Departing: 19th January 2017 Bridgetown, Barbados (overnight) | La Guaira (Caracas), Venezuela | Willemstad, Curacao | Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | Cristobal, Panama | Cartagena de Indias, Colombia | Oranjestad, Aruba | Kralendijk, Bonaire Fares from: £1199pp

33 nights Med, Zanzibar & Mauritius (D174) ...aboard Boudicca Departing: 14th October 2017 Liverpool, UK | Cadiz, Spain | Palma, Mallorca | Valletta, Malta | Iraklion, Crete | Cruising Suez Canal | Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt | Salalah, Oman | Zanzibar, Tanzania (overnight) | Mozambique Island, Mozambique | Toamasina, Madagascar | Port Reunion, Reunion Island | Port Louis, Maritus (overnight) Fares from: £2399pp

14 nights Islands of the Indian Ocean (D1725) ...aboard Boudicca Departing: 16th November 2017 Port Louis, Mauritiu | Praslin Island | Silhouette Island at Sunset | Victoria, Seychelles | Mamoudzou, Mayotte, Comoros Islands | Hell-Ville (Andoany), Nosy Be, Madagascar | Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar | Port Reunion, Reunion Island Louis, Mauritius Fares from: £2149pp

14 nights Cape Town Cruise Safari (D1801) ...aboard Boudicca Departing: 11th January 2018 Cape Town, South Africa | Port Elizabeth, South Africa | Richards Bay, South Africa | Durban, South Africa | Mossel Bay, South Africa | Cape Town, South Africa Fares from: £1549pp

10 nights German Waterways (M1709) ...aboard Braemar Departing: 18th April 2017 Southampton | Flensburg Fjord | Flensburg, Germany | Flensburg Fjord | Travemünde, Germany | Kiel Canal Transit | Hamburg, Germany | Cruising River Elbe | Cruising Weser River | Bremen, Germany | Cruising Weser River | Southampton Fares from: £1099pp

8 nights Cities & Waterways of Europe (L1706) ...aboard Balmoral Departing: 22nd April 2017 Dover, UK | Hamburg, Germany | River Elbe | North Sea Canal | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Western Scheldt River | Antwerp, Belgium | Dover, UK Fares from: £799pp

11 nights Swedish Waterways (L1711) ...aboard Balmoral Departing: 30th May 2017 Newcastle, UK | Lysekil, Sweden | Gullmarsfjorden | Farlevfjorden | Saltkallefjorden | Gullmarsfjorden | Helsingborg, Sweden | Karlskrona, Sweden | Stockholm Archipelago | Stockholm, Sweden | Stockholm Archipelago | Älgöfjorden | Hakefjorden & Brattöbadan | Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden | Havstensfjorden & Byfjorden | Gothenburg, Sweden | Newcastle, UK Fares from: £1299pp

11 nights Scandinavian Waterways & Capitals (L1722) ...aboard Balmoral Departing: 17th September 2017 Newcastle, UK | Copenhagen, Denmark | Stockholm Archipelago | Stockholm, Sweden | Stockholm Archipelago | Oslofjord | Oslo, Norway | Newcastle, UK Fares from: £1299pp

All advertised fares are based on two people sharing an inside cabin, unless otherwise stated. Subject to availability or change. Offers may be withdrawn at any time.

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13 nights Canaries & Azores ...aboard Celebrity Eclipse® Departing: 17th September 2016 Southampton | Ponta Delgada | Azores | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Tenerife, Canary Islands | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria | Lisbon, Portugal (overnight) | Southampton Fares from: £1149pp

11 nights Eastern Mediterranean ...aboard Celebrity Reflection® Departing: 10th October 2016 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | Santorini, Greece | Athens (Piraeus), Greece (overnight) | Mykonos, Greece | Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey | Bodrum, Turkey | Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece | Naples, Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Fares from: £1129pp

8 nights Norwegian Fjords ...aboard Celebrity Eclipse® Departing: 29th April 2017 Southampton | Bergen, Norway | Flam, Norway | Geiranger, Norway | Alesund, Norway | Stavanger, Norway | Southampton, England Fares from: £859pp

14 nights Scandinavia & Russia Cruise ...aboard Celebrity Eclipse® Departing: 21st May 2017 Southampton | Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium | Stockholm, Sweden | Muuga (Tallinn), Estonia | St. Petersburg, Russia (x2 overnights) | Warnemunde, Germany | Copenhagen, Denmark | Southampton Fares from: £1399pp

10 nights France, Italy & Adriatic ..aboard Celebrity Constellation® Departing: 26th May 2017 Barcelona, Spain | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Villefranche (Nice), France | Genoa, Italy | Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | At sea | Kotor, Montenegro | Zadar, Croatia | Venice, Italy (overnight) Fares from: £1429pp

*All advertised prices are in GBP, are per person and based on two people sharing the same inside stateroom. 1. This promotion applies to the first two adult guests making a new booking of an Oceanview stateroom and above between the 04th May 2016 and 31st August 2016 on selected 5 nights or longer sailings departing between June 2016 and April 2018. Bookings must be made at least 30 days prior to the sailing date to receive promotion benefits. 2. The promotion is not applicable to guarantee staterooms bookings in classes Z, Y, X, XC, XA and W. 3. The following benefits are available under this promotion: (i) For all eligible sailings booked during the promotion booking period, the first two adult guests making an Oceanview, Balcony, Concierge, AquaClass® & Suite booking, will receive a free Classic Drinks Package. See www.celebritycruises.co.uk for full details of included/excluded beverages and limitations. Please drink responsibly; and (ii) For eligible European sailings between 5 nights and 9 nights departing between June 2016 to November 2016 and April 2017 to November 2017 booked during the promotion booking period, the first two guests will additionally receive an on board credit of $50 per stateroom (being $25 per person) for Oceanview bookings, $200 per stateroom (being $100 per person) for Balcony & Concierge bookings and $250 per stateroom (being $125 per person) for AquaClass® & Suite bookings. (iii) For eligible European sailings of 10 nights or greater departing between June 2016 to November 2016 and April 2017 to November 2017 booked during the promotion booking period, the first two guests will additionally receive an on board credit of $100 per stateroom (being $50 per person) for Oceanview bookings, $400 per stateroom (being $200 per person) for Balcony & Concierge bookings and $500 per stateroom (being $250 per person) for Aqua & Suite bookings. (iv) For eligible sailings departing between June 2016 and April 2018 booked during the promotion booking period, the first two guests of an eligible AquaClass® or Suite class booking will additionally receive a free Wi Fi package.

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Trondheimsfjord – crossing the Arctic Circle on this magnificent round trip. Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise What better way to combine two of North America’s great wildernesses than taking an unforgettable rail ride through the Canadian Rockies, followed by a cruise to Alaska? Visit iconic sites at Whistler, Jasper National Park, Banff and Lake Louise before spending a night in bustling Vancouver. Embarking your cruise ship the next day, you will sail the famous Inside Passage to admire Alaska’s breath-taking coastlines, discover frontier towns and witness wildlife including humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, black bears and wolves in Glacier Bay National Park.

Rail & Sail

the best of both worlds... Whether you would like gain an insight into the ‘golden age of travel’, or simply want to combine the best of land and sea on a rail & sail holiday, the great news is that there are now plenty of options available across Europe and Worldwide to do just that. From ‘no-fly’ cruises along the rivers and waterways of Europe, to epic scenic adventures across the Americas and beyond, we give you just a few examples of trips that combine train travel with a river or ocean cruise. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Enter a world of romance and adventure aboard the Venice SimplonOrient-Express. Harking back to the dazzling yesteryear of the 1920s and ‘30s, this classic journey is sure to capture your imagination. Travelling from London to Venice (also possible in reverse), each moment is sure to become a treasured memory, from the vintage carriages and liveried stewards to the refined cuisine and fine wines. Combining this trip with 24 Cruisin’ Magazine

a luxury ocean cruise from the likes of Regent Seven Seas, will make your holiday even more special. Setting sail from Venice after your iconic train journey, you can visit such delights as Ravenna, Kotor, Taormina, Portofino and more. The Bergen Line Widely tipped as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, the Bergen line runs over 4000 ft above sea level between Oslo and Bergen, making it the highest railway line in Europe. Following the course of rivers and mountains (often seemingly ploughing straight through them), this tremendous feat of engineering treats passengers to stunning views of snowy plateaus, beautiful valleys, green hills and coastal headlands. Whilst it’s hard to follow such a scenic delight, many choose to extend their awe-inspiring trip through Norway on a classic Norwegian cruise with Hurtigruten. From Bergen, enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the country’s stunning fjords, including Nordfjord, Hjørundfjord, Trollfjord and

Paris and the river Seine Direct trains from Eurostar and the fantastic rail network available over on the continent makes a trip over to Europe a veritable breeze. Many river cruise lines such as AmaWaterways offer ‘rail and sail’ packages at great value and the ease of travel means you can start your holiday as soon as you set off! Why not take the train direct to Paris before embarking on a river cruise along the Seine where you will visit picturesque towns and cities along the way. These could include Giverny, for an excursion to Monet’s house and gardens; Caudebecen-caux – your base for a trip to Normandy’s beaches; and the port town of Rouen with its beautifully restored medieval quarter.


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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE OFFERS YOU A MORE FLEXIBLE CRUISING EXPERIENCE, SO YOU CAN CREATE THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER – THE ONE THAT’S JUST PERFECT FOR YOU Feel like acting like a kid again? Feel Free.

Feel like dining around the world anywhere you go? Feel Free.

With Norwegian Cruise Line, fun, action and amazing activities come pre-installed. So get the adrenaline flowing on the largest ropes course at sea, take the plunge at the Aqua Park, scale the climbing wall and get your game together on the sports court or at the bowling alley. OK, you can just watch if you want to.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships offer more dining choices than days of your cruise and you can dine where and when your fancy takes you. Enjoy grand Main Dining Rooms, expansive buffets and informal eateries, or savour authentic global cuisine in our speciality restaurants.

Feel like bringing the whole gang for the best family holiday ever? Feel Free. All ships are built for family fun and whatever your kids’ ages they’ll find the kind of activities and action they love. Play together, then turn ‘we’ time into ‘me’ time and while the kids enjoy our complimentary youth programmes you can escape to the spa or adult-only beach club.

Feel like revitalising your mind and body? Feel Free. On Norwegian Cruise Line everything is in place for you to indulge in ‘me’ time. Head for the Mandara Spa®, a haven of exceptional facilities and pampering treatments, work out in the gym, join a high-energy fitness class, go jogging high above the ocean and go home a brand new person.

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7 nights Western Mediterranean ...aboard Norwegian Epic Fly from London Departing: 4th September 2016 From £929pp

11 nights Glacier Bay ...aboard Norwegian Jewel Fly from Manchester Departing: 16th September 2016 From £1799pp Includes one night pre-cruise stay!

7 nights Western Mediterranean ...aboard Norwegian Epic Fly from London Departing: 23rd October 2016 From £969pp

11 nights Eastern Caribbean ...aboard Norwegian Jade Fly from London Departing: 14th January 2017 From £1499pp Includes one night pre-cruise stay!

All prices based on two people sharing a stateroom unless otherwise stated. Free at Sea offer is applicable to new bookings made between 1 June and 31 July 2016 for all sailings of 5+ night sailing with departure after 1 September 2016. Full Norwegian Cruise Line T&Cs apply.

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Cram more into your

Baggage

with our top tips

Whilst it is worth noting that cruise lines do not impose any baggage restrictions, those seeking holidays in the Caribbean will most likely need to catch a flight before boarding their ship. Whatever your baggage restrictions may be, we run through a range of tips that will allow you to carry every item you could possibly need… and much more. Check the weight of the empty suitcase Different airlines will have different restrictions on the amount of luggage you can take, but a great place to start in losing those vital kilograms is the bag itself. Heavier suitcases can weigh in excess of 5kg, whilst the lightest are around 3.5kg. 26 Cruisin’ Magazine

Place heavy items just above the wheels This will result in lesser likelihood of lighter or more fragile items becoming damaged in transit. It will also prevent your luggage from becoming top heavy. Turn clothes inside out If you’ve ever turned up to your destination and unpacked only to discover a mysterious stain on your clothes – it pays to think ahead. Turn your lighter coloured clothes inside out and wrap shoes in disposable shower caps to limit the possibility of any stains. Make use of empty spaces Speaking of shoes, they will take up a lot of space in your luggage. Try to make full use of this by placing cosmetic bottles or other loose items inside them. Vacuum packs One guaranteed way of getting more into your luggage is to place certain clothing items in vacuum packs. Instead of endlessly trying to roll or fold to save space, put your clothes inside the sealed bag and squeeze the air out.

Hide money It pays to be safe and, whilst you will probably want to split your currency between your hold and hand luggage, you might want to take extra precautions. For your hold luggage, why not store cash in an empty cosmetics bottle? Do the same for your hand luggage by putting rolled notes in a lip balm container. Pack essentials in hand luggage Be wary that hold luggage is often opened for inspection and it is also more likely to go missing than hand luggage. With this in mind, don’t put anything you would be devastated to lose in your hold luggage and carry anything you will definitely need with you at all times. Plan your outfits in advance Planning your packing in advance will give you time to co-ordinate your outfits. Pick a pair of trousers or skirt for example that you can wear with a number of tops, and choose your accessories carefully. And don’t forget, there are laundry facilities on board most ships so you can wear items more than once!


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5 nights Christmas Markets & Shopping ...aboard Magellan Departing: 11th Dec 2016 London Tilbury, UK | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Hamburg, Germany | Antwerp, Belgium | London Tilbury, UK From £569pp

6 nights Majestic Fjordland ...aboard Columbus Departing: 14th Jun 2017 London Tilbury, UK | Hardangerfjord | Eidfjord, Norway | Bergen, Norway | Flam, Norway | Sognefjord | London Tilbury, UK From £869pp

12 nights Baltic Cities & St Petersburg ...aboard Marco Polo Departing: 29th Jun 2017 Hull, UK | Copenhagen, Denmark (Overnight) | Tallinn, Estonia | St. Petersburg, Russia (Overnight) | Helsinki, Finland | Nynashamn, Sweden | Transit Kiel Canal, Germany | Hull, UK From £1789pp

35 nights Grand Cuba, Mexico & Caribbean ...aboard Marco Polo Departing: 28th Feb 2017 Bristol, Avonmouth UK | St John’s, Antigua | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | La Romana, Dominican Republic | Ocho Rios, Jamaica | *Georgetown, Cayman Islands | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico | *Maria La Gorda, Cuba | Havana, Cuba (Overnight) | Hamilton, Bermuda | Horta, Azores | Bristol, Avonmouth UK From £4399pp

7 nights Summer Gardens & River Seine Experience ...aboard Magellan Departing: 8th Jul 2017 Liverpool, UK | Honfleur, France | Rouen, France (Overnight ) | *St Peter Port, Guernsey | *St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly | Dublin, Ireland | Liverpool, UK From £1119pp

12 nights Iceland & Northern Isles ...aboard Magellan Departing: 22nd July 2017 Dundee, Scotland | Torshavn, Faroes | Seydisfjordur, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | *Isafjordur, Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland | *Lerwick, Shetland Isles | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Newcastle, UK From £1739pp

Cruise & Maritime Voyages specialise in providing no fly cruising holidays aboard smaller to mid-sized ships with a traditional British cruise experience. We believe these vessels offer a more leisurely and friendly ‘home from home’ style of cruising and maritime experience combining attentive and friendly service with stylish entertainment, delicious cuisine, daytime activities, and guest speaker and craft programmes on most sailings. These smaller to mid-sized cruise liners are accessible to more ports of call than larger resort-style ships, offering more varied and interesting

itineraries. The emphasis is very much on attaining high levels of customer satisfaction and we strive to ensure that our passengers return home with many fond memories and will cruise with us again and again. Cruise and Maritime also present a series of wonderful river cruises in association with our sister company TransOcean Kreuzfahrten. These Signature River Cruises operate on an international basis and offer intimate premium cruising for the more discerning.

*Prices based on double occupancy of a Twin Inner cabin

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Discover the Mekong on a luxurious river cruise AmaWaterways takes pride in designing itineraries that venture beyond the ordinary and provide a tantalizing mix of must-see sights and hidden gems. Our Vietnam, Cambodia & the riches of the Mekong cruise features authentic cultural encounters, enticing excursions and expert guides well versed in Asian religions, architecture and history. Experience the Mekong from the comfort of the elegant AmaDara.

Look what’s included: • Return overnight flights departing from UK

• 2 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Siem Reap (with breakfast) • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation on board AmaDara in an outside an outside stateroom - most with balconies • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise including house wine with every lunch and dinner on board • Inclusive local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during your cruise • Life enriching tours and daily excursions • On board special highlights including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment

SAVE

£500pp*

ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISING Cruisin’ Greek Isles

Prices

...aboard Zenith Departing May to September 2017 Piraeus, Greece | At Sea | Marmaris, Turkey | Patmos, Greece | Mykonos, Greece | Santorini, Greece | Piraeus, Greece Cruise Only from: £549pp

Croatian Coast ...aboard Zenith Departing June to August 2017 (also operates in reverse) Piraeus, Greece | At Sea | Corfu, Greece | Kotor, Montenegro | Dubrovnik, Serbia | Zadar, Croatia | Venice, Italy | Trieste, Italy Cruise Only from: £599pp

RELAX WITH YOUR DRINKS INCLUDED ON PULLMANTUR CRUISES

11 nights cruise & land stay now from £2499pp* 17 night option available - call for details

*Lead in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a category C cabin departing 24th March 2017 (Early booking discount expires 31st July 2016). Price includes overnight flights from London, non UK transfers, hotel stay and port charges. Free flights on selected departure dates. All prices are correct at time of print and are subject to availability and/or change and can be withdrawn at any time. Offers advertised applicable for new bookings only

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Prices are based on 21/05/17 and 25/06/17 departures, prices are subject to availability/change. Cruise Accommodation, drinks and port taxes included in the price featured. Full operator terms and conditions apply.


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7 nights Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ...aboard various vessels Departing: May - October 2016 & 2017 Cologne, Germany | Koblenz, Germany | Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim, Germany | Speyer, Germany | Strasbourg, France | Breisach & Black Forest, Germany | Lucerne & Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

River Cruises designed for the

British market BOOK EARLY, YOU WILL NEVER SEE ONE OF OUR RIVER CRUISES CHEAPER ALL OUR SAILINGS INCLUDE: • Return direct flights & transfers • Full board on the ship • All guided excursions • The services of the Riviera Travel cruise team

Fares from: £1199pp

7 nights The Blue Danube ...aboard various vessels Departing: May - October 2016 & 2017 Budapest, Hungary | Esztergom, Hungary | Bratislava, Slovakia | Dürnstein & Melk, Austria | Salzburg, Austria | Vienna, Austria | Budapest, Hungary Fares from: £999pp

7 nights Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence ...aboard various vessels Departing: April - October 2016 & 2017 Lyon, France | Chalon & Beaune, France | Vienne & Tournon, France | Ardèche Gorges, France | Arles & Pont Du Gard, France | Avignon, France Fares from: £1099pp

14 Night Cruise the Heart of Europe ...aboard Azamara Quest® Departing: April - October 2016 & 2017 Cologne, Germany | Koblenz & Boppard, Germany | Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim, Germany | Mainz, Germay | Miltenberg & Wertheim, Germany | Würzburg, Germany | Bamberg, Germany | Nuremberg, Germany | Regensburg, Germany | Passau, Germany | Melk, Austria | Vienna, Austria | Bratislava, Slovakia | Budapest, Hungary Fares from: £1499pp

7 Night The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca ..aboard MS Douro Elegance & Ms Douro Serenity Departing: April - October 2017 Oporto, Portugal | Mateus Palace, Portugal | Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal | Salamanca, Spain | Lamego, Portugal | Peso Da Regua & Alpendurada, Portugal | Oporto, Portugal Fares from: £1299pp

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WHERE EX TR AORDINARY HAPPENS

GRAB Welcome to the world of Royal Caribbean®, where what’s ordinary is anything but, and the everyday is spectacular. 260 worldwide destinations. A world of extraordinary adventures. The hardest part is choosing where to go…

GRAB AN INCREDIBLE LAST MINUTE SUMMER HOLIDAY —  BOOK NOW! Grab yourself an extraordinary Royal Caribbean 2016 holiday at simply great prices, like a 7-night cruise to Greece and Croatia from only £737pp. But be quick, with prices this good and a range of itineraries, they won’t be around for long!

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7 Nights France & Spain

7 Nights Greece & Croatia

7 Nights Western Mediterranean

...aboard Navigator of the Seas® Departing: 21st August 2016 Itinerary: Southampton - England, Vigo - Spain, Gijon, Bilbao - Spain, Le Havre (Paris) - France, Southampton - England

...aboard Vision of the Seas® Departing: 17th September 2016 Itinerary: Venice - Italy, Dubrovnik Croatia, Kusadasi (Ephesus) - Turkey, Santorini - Greece, Katakolon - Greece, Venice - Italy

...aboard Harmony of the Seas® Departing: 25th September 2016 Itinerary: Barcelona - Spain, Palma De Mallorca - Spain, Marseille - France, Florence/Pisa, Rome (Civitavecchia) - Italy,

From £799pp

From £737pp

Naples - Italy, Barcelona - Spain From £799pp

*Pricing is based on cruise only fares per person based on two people sharing an interior stateroom unless otherwise stated. Subject to availability and change. Grab & Go prices valid for selected sailing’s from 3rd May 2016 to 30th September 2016

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GO! WELCOME HOME INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS® The UK’s favourite ship is coming back to Southampton in 2016/17 with a host of amazing features and sailing to incredible destinations across the world – from Europe to the Caribbean.

Looking for next

Summer?

11 Nights Spain & Canaries

15 Nights Caribbean Transatlantic

8 Nights | Norwegian Escapes

...aboard Independence of the Seas® Departing: 2nd October 2016 Itinerary: Southampton - England, Vigo Spain, Lisbon - Portugal, Las Palmas - Gran Canaria, Tenerife - Canary Islands, Funchal (Madeira) - Portugal, La Coruna - Spain, Southampton - England From £879pp

...aboard Independence of the Seas® Departing: 30th October 2016 Itinerary: Southampton - England, Philipsburg - St. Maarten, Basseterre - St. Kitts, Charlotte Amalie - St. Thomas, San Juan - Puerto Rico, Labadee - Hispaniola, Fort Lauderdale – Florida From £799pp

...aboard Independence of the Seas® Departing: 29th June 2017 Itinerary: Southampton - England, Stavanger - Norway, Oslo - Norway, Oslo - Norway, Copenhagen Denmark, Skagen - Denmark, Southampton - England From £928pp

Ask your Cruisin’ Specialist for the latest promotions available from Royal Caribbean! Cruisin’ Magazine 31


Guide to

Gratuities

If you’re a first time cruiser, or even if you’re not, the subject of tipping is often one of the most debated amongst passengers. How much should you tip? Do you have to tip? Who do you tip and when? The fact of the matter is that tipping ‘etiquette’ can vary dramatically from cruise line to cruise line, but if you don’t anticipate the amount of gratuities you could pay out, you may find your cruise budget has expanded beyond your initial expectations.

It’s worth noting that tips are not mandatory, however they are an accepted way in which you can express your thanks to the crew, including stewards, waiters, housekeeping and many more ‘behind the scenes’ staff who often go unseen. Traditionally, tips were made by inserting the appropriate amount of money into an envelope and handing them to the crew member in question. Nowadays however, gratuities are generally added to your onboard account automatically to make things easier and are split between the relevant staff members. Most cruise lines now also allow you to pre-pay your gratuities at the time of booking in order for you to budget accordingly and avoid any paperwork at the end of your cruise. Many luxury and boutique cruise lines, such as Azamara, Silversea, or Seabourn for example, include tips within the overall cruise fare and do not have tipping policies in place; for the more mainstream cruise lines however, we have put together a guide as to the daily amount ‘recommended’ by each of them to enable you to budget in advance:

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Gratuities for all guests aged 12 and over = £4 per person per day

Cruise and Maritime Voyages Guests on board Magellan, Marco Polo and Astoria = £5 per person per day (£4 for cruises of 16+ days duration) Guests on board Astor = Gratuities already included in cruise fare

P&O Cruises Gratuities for all guests aged 12 and over = £5.50pp per day *pre-payment of tips is not possible with P&O Cruises.

Oceania Cruises Standard gratuities for stateroom guests = $15 per person per day Additional amount for Penthouse Suites and above = $7 per person per day

Celebrity Cruises Standard gratuities for Stateroom guests = $13.50pp per day Concierge and Aqua Class staterooms = $14 per person per day

Royal Caribbean International

Suite Class staterooms = $17 per person

Standard gratuities for Stateroom or Junior Suite guests = $13.50pp per day

per day. All of the above amounts are added automatically to your onboard account. However in light of all tips being voluntary and at the discretion of guests, the amounts can be adjusted at the Guest Services desks before the end of your cruise.

For guests staying in a Grand Suite or above = $16.50pp per day

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If you have any questions regarding tips on your chosen cruise line, or would like to know how you can pre-pay your gratuities, please ask your cruise specialist.


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14 nights Serene Islands

...aboard Seven Seas Explorer Departing: Dec 04 2016 Miami, United States | Oranjestad, Aruba | Bonaire (Kralendijk), Netherlands | St. George’s, Grenada | Bridgetown, Barbados | Fort De France, Martinique| Basseterre, St. Kitts | Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe | Gustavia, St. Barts | Miami, United States Fares from: £5739pp

10 nights Caribbean Dawn ...aboard Seven Seas Explorer Departing: Dec 18 2016 Miami, United States | Grand Turks, Turks & Caicos Islands | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Philipsburg, St Marten | Gustavia, St. Barts | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | Cayo Levantado, Dominican Rebublic | Nassau, Bahamas | Miami, United States Fares from: £5269pp

15 nights Empires of Asia ...aboard Seven Seas Voyager Departing: Feb 20 2017 Singapore, Singapore | Ho Chi Minh City, (Saigon), Vietnam | Muara, Brunei | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Boracay Island, Philippines | Manila, Philippines | Kaohsiung, Taiwan | Keelung, Taiwan | Hong Kong, China Fares from: £6889pp

11 nights Casa Rosada to Copacabana ...aboard Seven Seas Mariner Departing: Feb 25 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Punta Del Este, Uruguay | Rio Grande, Brazil | Porto Belo, Brazil | Santos, Brazil | Ilha Grande, Brazil | Parati, Brazil | Bùzios, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Fares from: £6019pp

7 nights Vita Bella ..aboard Seven Seas Explorer Departing: Apr 19 2017 Venice, Italy | Urbino (Ancona), Italy | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Kotor, Montenegro | Corfu, Greece | Taormina (Sicily), Italy | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Fares from: £3379pp

Luxury

The Most inclusive

Experience™

It’s all Included • Return Flights & Transfers • Unlimited Shore Excursions • Unlimited WIFI • All Fine Dining including Speciality restaurants • All beverages including champagne and branded spirits • All gratuities & Service charges *Terms and conditions apply. Free WiFi applies to all cruises featured. Prices based on two people sharing the lead in grade H unless otherwise stated, subject to availability and change.

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Stimulating, informative, relaxing, sociable - just some of the words Swan Hellenic passengers have used when describing their cruise experience. A cruise aboard Minerva is like nothing else, with meticulous attention to the finest details and with a quality and charm that is simply unique…

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15 days A Portrait of Portugal and Spain Departing: 16 August 2016 Portsmouth, England | Vigo, Spain | Oporto, Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal | Cadiz, Spain | Gibraltar | Cartagena, Spain | Mahon, Menorca | Barcelona, Spain (Overnight) Highlights: • Visit culture-rich Vigo, reputedly the burial place of St James • Admire the Baroque and Romanesque architecture through UNESCO-listed Oporto • Discover Granada’s Moorish past, including UNESCO-listed Alhambra Palace From £1399pp Offer: Saver fares now available!

13 days Mediterranean Mosaic Departing: 12 September 2016 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Naples, Italy | Lipari, Italy | Cruise Past Stromboli | Messina, Sicily | Syracuse, Sicily | Valletta, Malta | Sarande, Albania | Brindisi, Italy | Dubrovnik, Croatia Highlights: • Witness the fascinating treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum

• Ascend the slopes of Mount Etna • Discover the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Butrint in Albania • Enjoy an overnight stay in the fortified port of Valletta. From £1599pp Offer: Saver fares now available!

13 days Italian Overture Departing: 9 December 2016 Venice, Italy | Ravenna, Italy | Kotor, Montenegro | Brindisi, italy | Naples, Italy | Liverno (Pisa/Florence), Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Highlights: • Discover Ravenna, a glittering showcase of Byzantine art and culture • Wander the ancient cobbled streets of Kotor • Uncover the fascinating treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum • Enjoy an overnight stay in Livorno, gateway to Florence and Pisa From £1985pp Offer: Complimentary cabin upgrade!

14 days A Maritime History of Iberia Departing: 12 Febuary 2017 Tenerife, Spain | Gibraltar | Cadiz, Spain | Seville, Spain | Lisbon, Portugal | La Coruna, Spain | Portsmouth, England Highlights: • Visit Jerez, renowned throughout the world for its sherry and Moorish Alcazar • Admire the Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon’s lavish Manueline masterpiece • Find the tomb of St James the apostle. From £1745pp Offer: Complimentary cabin upgrade!

12 days Summer Gardens & Castles of Britain & France Departing: 15 July 2017 Portsmouth, England | St Malo, France | Falmouth, England | Dublin, Ireland | Liverpool, England | Douglas, Isle of Man | Fishguard, Wales | St Peter Posrt, Guernsey | Honfleur, France | Portsmouth, England Highlights: • Explore the UNESCO-listed island commune of Mont St Michel • Entrance to the RHS Flower Show • Visit the gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet From £2285pp Offer: Complimentary cabin upgrade!

All prices based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated . Subject to availability and change. Book by 31st August 2016 to benefit from savings.

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When you choose to cruise with Voyages of Discovery you are choosing to discover the world your way and set sail on the adventure of a lifetime. Wherever you go, their small ship Voyager takes you to the heart of your destination in comfort and stays in port longer so you can explore not only the iconic sites but also the off-the-beaten-track treasures…

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15 nights Beyond Ceylon

14 nights Greek & Turkish Delight

Departing: 22nd November 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka | Galle, Sri Lanka | Chennai, India | Port Blair, India | Phuket, Thailand | Langkawi, Malaysia | Port Kelang, Malaysia | Singapore

Departing: 26th September 2016 Piraeus, Greece | Thessaloniki, Greece | Kavala, Greece | Istanbul, Turkey | Canakkale, Turkey | Dikili, Turkey | Cesme, Turkey | Kos, Greece | Santorini, Greece | Gythion, Greece | Piraeus, Greece

Highlights: • Admire the Dutch colonial town of Galle, a UNESCO-listed site • Experience local life in Chennai • Embrace traditional Thai culture in Phuket • Visit traditional Georgetown in Penang • Explore Kuala Lumpur Fares from: £1,703pp OFFER: 20% off standard fare bookingsSave up to £822pp

Highlights: • Overnight in port to explore Istanbul • Explore the legendary city of Troy • Magnificent archaeological sites of Pergamum and Ephesus • Wonder at the natural beauty of the Greek Isles • Extended stay in Piraeus Fares from: £1299pp OFFER: Saver fares now available

15 nights Riches of the Orient

!

Departing: 4th January 2017 Port Kelang, Malaysia | Muara, Brunei | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Bangkok, Thailand | Kuantan, Malaysia | Singapore

14 nights Tales of Turkey & A Grecian Escapade

Highlights: • Admire the spectacular Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei • Discover Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital which lies on the Mekong River • Experience Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant bustling capital • Multi-cultural Kuantan – a maiden call for Voyages Fares from: £1759pp OFFER: 20% off standard fare bookingsSave up to £862pp

Highlights: • The awe-inspiring, UNESCO-listed Meteora Monasteries • Pergamum’s historic Asklepion • An overnight stay in Kusadasi, with time to visit ancient Ephesus • Two new ports of call for Voyager - picturesque Lesvos and Kas • Bodrum with its imposing castle built by the Knights of St Johns Fares from: £999pp OFFER: Saver fares now available!

Departing: 9th October 2016 Greece | Turkey | Cyprus

All prices based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated . Subject to availability and change. Book by 31st August 2016 to benefit from savings.

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Explore the

Galapagos

with the ultimate, all-inclusive travel experience… Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos archipelago is inaccessible to most, yet this isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands. Many travellers visit museums, yet very few will set foot on this unique living museum of natural history. Situated in stunning Ecuador, The Galapágos Islands are home to an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colourful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches. Explorers are truly spoilt by the plethora of rare, exotic and fascinating species that call these islands home. Luxurious small ship cruise line Silversea offers weekly seven-day voyages through the Galápagos Islands aboard the all-inclusive Silver Galapagos. Experience paradise as old as time itself and immerse yourself in exhilarating explorations from the moment you step aboard, from complimentary Zodiac tours, snorkelling and kayaking to nature hikes led by naturalist experts and certified guides. 36 Cruisin’ Magazine 36 Cruisin’ Magazine

Follow in Darwin’s footsteps English naturalist Charles Darwin visited the Galápagos Islands in 1835 to study and uncover the remarkable wonders of this remote archipelago. After decades of research he proposed his Theory of Evolution which explains that the species from the mainland had reached the Galápagos Islands, and then changed, adapting to their new environment.

is committed to offering superlative service and an exceptional on-board experience, with large-ship amenities aboard intimate, beautifully appointed vessels. And even in exotic isles such as the Galapagos, the hallmarks of Silversea remain, from the pampering attentions of their butlers to gourmet cuisine and complimentary wines and spirits throughout the ship. It’s the evolution of all-inclusive.

In an exclusive partnership, Silversea Expeditions and The Royal Geographical Society have joined forces to share knowledge, collated from centuries of scientific exploration, with guests onboard Silver Galapagos. The Society is custodian to a collection of over two million items, including maps, photographs, books, journals, manuscripts and iconic artefacts dating back to 1472. Using the society’s Galápagos-related items, Silversea are able to present Darwin’s day-to-day work in this fascinating archipelago.

With unique itineraries, including expeditions to some of the most remote places on earth, Silversea reaches all seven continents and sails to more destinations than any other cruise line. And now, to complement the current fleet of five classic ships and three expedition vessels, Silversea has announced the construction of its brand new flagship, Silver Muse, which will set sail in April 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship, with just 286 suites and a maximum capacity of 596 guests, will make its maiden voyage from Monte Carlo to Nice at the start of an exciting 2017 season.

A world apart Silversea is a world apart from other luxury holidays, delivering the ultimate all-inclusive travel experience. Owned and operated by one family, Silversea

Contact your Cruisin’ Specialist for inclusive air and land package fares with Silversea Cruises and Silversea Expeditions


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12 nights Greek & Turkish Isles ...aboard Koningsdam Departing: 30th September 2016 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | At Sea | Katakolon (Olympia), Greece | Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Istanbul, Turkey | Cruising the Dardanelles | Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey | Rhodes, Greece | Iraklion (Crete), Greece | At Sea | Naples (Pompeii), Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Fares from: £899pp

12 night Mediterranean Rivieras ...aboard Oosterdam Departing: 22nd October 2016 Barcelona, Spain | At Sea | Cadiz (Seville), Spain |Gibraltar (British Territory) | Malaga, Spain | Alicante, Spain | Palma de Mallorca, Spain | At Sea | Toulon, France | Calvi, Corsica, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Fares from £799pp

14 night China & Japan ...aboard Volendam Departing: 28th February 2017 Hong Kong, China | At Sea | Shanghai, China (overnight) | At Sea | Xingana (Beijing), China (overnight)| At Sea | Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea | Nagasaki, Japan | Kagoshima, Japan | At Sea | Yokohama, Japan Fares from £1,299pp

Explore the world &

its Countless Wonders... ...all in luxurious comfort with Holland America Line. Whether you choose to trace the route of Far East traders; discover the heights of Incan culture; explore the mysteries of the South Pacific or the welcome of the Mediterranean islands; you can revel in spacious cruise ship rooms, breathe in expansive views and relax in easy elegance.

All prices are cruise only based on two people sharing a stateroom unless otherwise stated. Offers are subject to availability and change and may be withdrawn at any time.

14 night Australia & New Zealand ...aboard Noordam Departing: 8th November 2016 Auckland, New Zealand | Taurango (Rotorua), New Zealand | Napier, New Zealand | Wellington, New Zealand | Picton, New Zealand | Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand | Port Chalmers (Dunedin) | Cruising Fjordland National Park | At Sea | Burnie, Tasmania, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | At Sea | Eden, New South Wales, Australia | Sydney, Australia Fares from £1,079

14 night South America Passage ...aboard Zaandam Departing: 6th December 2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina (overnight) | Montevideo, Uruguay | At Sea | Stanley / Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas | Strait of Magellan | Punta Arenas, Chile | Cockburn Channel | Beagle Channel | Glacier Alley | Ushuaia, Argentina |Scenic Cruising Cape Horn| Canal Sarmiento | Chilean Fjords | Puerto Montt, Chile | At Sea | Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile Fares from £1,099pp

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7 nights Adriatic & Greek Isles ...aboard Seabourn Odyssey Departing: 13th August 2016 Venice, Italy | Primosten, Croatia | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), Greece | Nydri, Nisos Lefkada, Greece | Katakolon (Olympia), Greece | Monemvasia, Greece | Piraeus (Athens), Greece Fares from £1,799pp

9 nights New England & Canada’s Maritimes ...aboard Seabourn Quest Departing: 11th October 2016 Boston, Massachusetts, US | Bar Harbor, Maine, US | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | At Sea | Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island, Canada | Gaspe, Quebec, Canada | Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada | Saguenay, Quebec, Canada | Scenic cruising Saguenay Fjord | Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (overnight) | Montreal, Quebec, Canada Fares from £3,299pp

The Seabourn • Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites • Unique itineraries to must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot go • Spacious, all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views — most with verandas • Award-winning staff driven only by their sincere desire to please, and with a smile that comes from the heart.

Difference

• Tipping is neither required nor expected – service simply to delight you • All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish • Open bars throughout the ship, and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner. • Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences

15 nights Holy Land & Arabian Gems ...aboard Seabourn Encore Departing: 4th December 2016 Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece | At Sea | Haifa (Tel Aviv), Israel | Enter Suez Canal at Port Said | Transit the Suez Canal | At Sea | Aqaba (for Petra), Jordan | At Sea | Muscat, Oman | At Sea | Dubai, UAE Fares from £3,449pp

13 nights China & Philippine Archipelago ...aboard Seabourn Sojourn Departing: 21st January 2017 Hong Kong, China (overnight) | Xiamen, China | At Sea | Hundred Islands, Philippines | Manila, Philippines (overnight) | Boracay, Philippines | Coron, Philippines | Puerto Princesa, Philippines | At Sea | Kota Kinabalu, Sabahlaem, Malaysia | At Sea | Singapore Fares from £3,679pp

14 nights Exotic Caribbean In-Depth ...aboard Seabourn Odyssey Departing: 4th March 2017 Bridgetown, Barbados | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St Vincent and the Grenadines | Roseau, Dominica | Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy | Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis | Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands | Philipsburg, Sint Maarten | Carambola Beach, Saint Kitts and Nevis | Road Bar, Anguilla | St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda | Terre-de-Haut, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe | Fort de France, Martinique | Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines | Bridgetown, Barbados Fares from £4,499pp

All prices are cruise only based on two people sharing a stateroom unless otherwise stated. Offers are subject to availability and change and may be withdrawn at any time.

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04 Welcome to your Summer/Autumn 2016 edition of Cruisin’ Magazine; jam-packed with fantastic ideas for your next cruise holiday. We take a close look at the stunning ports of call you can visit on an Indian Ocean cruise – an extremely popular part of the world right now; as well as some more ‘adventurous’ destinations including Cuba, Alaska and China. To compliment this, we feature a range of special offers on everpopular European and Mediterranean cruises from some of our favourite cruise lines; as well as give you an insight into river cruising across the globe. For those of you who are feeling a little nostalgic, we look back at cruising ‘across the decades’ to see just how much it has changed; and for anyone who is a little confused about gratuities, we have included a guide to help with your holiday budgeting. If you are looking for something a little bit different, or would like to discuss tailor-making a cruise holiday, perhaps adding in a city break or land stay before or after your cruise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Fred.\ Holidays

Experience exotic islands, enchanting cultures and colourful views on an Indian Ocean cruise

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A world of adventure awaits from Cuba to Alaska, China to the Amazon and beyond

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You will need: 20cm/8in round cake tin A flat baking tray 1 litre pudding basin (20cm/8in diameter)

The Big Interview: We talk to Fay McCormack, general manager for Star Clippers UK as they celebrate 25 years of Tall Ship Cruising

Ingredients: Chocolate cake base 1 litre vanilla or chocolate ice cream 50g chocolate, broken into pieces 130g softened butter 125g caster sugar 2 free-range eggs 125g self-raising flour Meringue 3 free-range egg whites 200g caster sugar Pinch cream of tartar

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Exotic Rivers of the World: Have you heard of the Brahmaputra? If not, you soon will!

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Across the Decades: A nostalgic look at how much cruising has changed throughout the years

Fred.\ Cruises

Worldwide ocean cruising including all mainstream and niche cruise lines

Fred.\ River Cruises

Fred.\ Expeditions

Taking you further into the heart of a destination, including the Arctic and Antarctica

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70’s classic ‘Baked Alaska’ is experiencing a bit of a revival, and is a staple dessert on many a cruise ship menu. But if you can’t wait until your next holiday, here is an easy recipe that you can try at home to get a taste of the high life:

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Our Guide to Gratuities for those who are unsure of how much they should pay, when and how

• Remove the cake from the oven and turn the temperature up to 220C/425F/Gas 7 • Allow the cake to cool down in the tin for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool down fully. • For the meringue, in a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks when the whisk is removed. • Add half of the caster sugar and the cream of tartar and whisk until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed and the meringue is satiny and glossy. Fold in the remaining sugar with a metal spoon or spatula. • For the chocolate sauce, place the cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the chocolate and stir until just melted, then add the brandy (if using).

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• Set aside until ready to serve. • To assemble, once the cake has cooled, place it in the middle of a flat baking tray. • Take the ice cream out of the freezer. With the help of the cling film, remove the ice cream from the pudding bowl and place it upside down on the cake. • Quickly spoon over the meringue, spreading it thickly and in peaks over the ice cream and the sides of the cake right down to the baking tray. • Place in the centre of the hot oven for 3-4 minutes or until the meringue is set on the outside and golden in colour. • Serve immediately with the chocolate sauce.

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For the chocolate sauce 200ml double cream 200g dark chocolate 1–2 tbsp rum or brandy (optional) Method • For the base, line the pudding basin with two layers of cling film, leaving enough hanging over the edge to cover the sides of the basin. • Place the ice cream in the basin and press down to get a smooth surface • Cover the top with the cling film and return it to the freezer. • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4, butter the sides of the cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. • Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Set aside. • In a large bowl cream the butter until soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating all the time. • Beat in the melted chocolate, then gently fold in the flour until combined. • Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25-30 mins

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GUIDE TO GRATUITIES

Summer/Autumn 2016

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