{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade.

Page 1

FEATURING: WILDLIFE CRUISING FRED. OLSEN RIVER CRUISES EXPLORING JAPAN WITH AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES CRUISE FACTS

FEATURING EIGHT HOURS IN BREMEN & BREMERHAVEN 1 Cruising Magazine


Summer is upon us and we are in the midst of the variable weather that the UK delivers. For many of us this is often the time we look for either our late getaway holidays or to enthuse ideas for next years’ special time away. This latest addition of Cruising Magazine contains a plethora of inspirational holiday destinations and themes that will really ignite your thoughts in the places you wish to visit; the experiences you wish to have; and the cruise holiday that will fulfil your needs. Whether it be a desire to see animals in the wild whilst returning to the comfort of your cruise ship as opposed to a land safari, or maybe an immersive experience within just one country our aim is to inspire you as you turn the pages. We bring you words from two gentlemen at the forefront of cruising, the Managing Director of Azamara Club Cruises tells us about their country intensive departure to Japan in 2019. We also explore Fred. Olsen Cruises Lines’ new venture into river cruising with their Managing Director Mike Rodwell. As ever, we aim to deliver you the news and views from within the cruise holiday market, displaying recently launch itineraries in addition to special offers promotions. As a fully bonded and established agent in the UK, we are confident that with our experience and expertise we can find a holiday that best suits your wants and needs. Enjoy your summer edition of Cruising Magazine and we look forward to hearing from you.

06 Where the wild things are: Discover the world of wildlife cruising

16

17

Interview: Azamara Club Cruises Managing Director talks about their intensive Japan departures

Destination: Mechelen, Belgium with Fred.\ Holidays

18

24

The future of cruising.

Cruise facts

29

33

River of dreams: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Managing Director introduces Fred. Olsen River Cruises

Destination: Eight hours in Bremen & Bremerhaven.

If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for within this magazine, or if you would like a tailor-made holiday or cruise created just for you, please get in touch. For your peace of mind 09 44

ABTA No. J5035


CRUISING NEWS What's going on in the world of cruise INTRODUCING SYMPHONY OF THE SEASSM THE NEW SOUND OF ADVENTURE Symphony of the SeasSM will begin sailing in April 2018 across Europe before heading to the Caribbean later in the season. She will be packed full of exciting on board activities, entertainment and dining choices - showcasing the very best of what Royal Caribbean has to offer - as well as revolutionary new firsts at sea guaranteed to make your customers’ cruise holiday truly extraordinary.

CUNARD ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF QUEEN VICTORIA REFIT Cunard continues its commitment to offering guests unparalleled travel experiences with the announcement of Queen Victoria’s refit this past May. The revered ship was taken out of service on May 5, 2017 to undergo thoughtfully designed enhancements. Cunard is investing over £34 million in the refit which is being undertaken at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and was scheduled for completion on June 4, 2017.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Holland America Line has teamed up with America’s Test Kitchen to offer an enticing selection of live on board cooking shows and hands-on workshops where guests will learn foolproof techniques and user-friendly recipes for making delectable dishes with confidence. America’s Test Kitchen hosts will showcase a variety of 45-minute live cooking shows and 90-minute handson workshops, which range from learning to shape Asian dumplings to making the perfect pie crust.

SEABOURN OVATION – NOW ON SALE Scheduled to debut in the spring of 2018, Seabourn Ovation is shaping up to be as beautiful as her sister ship Seabourn Encore, which arrived in November 2016.

Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, the ship will feature modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance. Seabourn Ovation will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and will carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda. Seabourn Ovation’s maiden summer season will include Mediterranean highlights and some of Northern Europe’s most stunning scenery, as well as a number of calls into UK ports.

OCEANIA CRUISES INTRODUCES TEN NEW JOURNEYS TO CUBA

In addition to the sailings listed below, Oceania Cruises recently added six Journeys to Cuba aboard Insignia in the autumn of 2017 and added calls to Havana on four Regatta sailings in the spring and autumn of 2018. In total, Oceania Cruises offers a choice of 20 voyages to Cuba from autumn 2017 through autumn 2018.

FRED. OLSEN LAUNCHES NEW RIVER CRUISE SHIP Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched their new river cruise ship Brabant. She will sail 30 cruises from April 2018 with menus and tour programmes aimed primarily at the British market. Find out more with our interview with Managing Director Mike Rodwell on page 29.

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, has announced ten new Journeys to Cuba in 2018. Sailing round-trip from Port Miami, itineraries range in length from 7 to 10 days; all include calls in Havana and the storied destinations of Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Imbued with a profound sense of culture and history, Cuba overflows with opportunities for authentic encounters and unforgettable experiences. Cruising Magazine 3


SAVOUR THE WORLD

with the finest cuisine at sea

Oceania Cruises operates 6 ships from 684 to 1250 guests. Exciting and exotic worldwide itineraries are enhanced by extensive shore excursion choices and expert

4 Cruising Magazine

onboard lecturers. Fine dining – acclaimed as the “The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ ” – is served in a choice of open-seating restaurants including speciality dining at no extra charge. Living areas are sumptuous, almost all accommodations have a private veranda and butler service in all suites. Cuisine, comfort, service and outstanding value are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises’ Five-Star product and have positioned them as the choice for travellers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.

The O-Life Difference

• Airfare from London included on every voyage • Finest cuisine at sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, at no additional charge • Gourmet culinary program crafted by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin • Spectacular port-intensive itineraries featuring overnight visits and extended evening port stays • Elegant casual ambiance; tuxedos and gowns are never required


Includes:

Airfare & unlimited Internet plus choose one:

FREE FREE FREE

• The Culinary Centre – the first hands-on cooking school at sea • Acclaimed Canyon Ranch SpaClub® • Extraordinarily high staff-toguest ratio ensures exemplary personalized service • More than 80% of accommodations feature private verandas • Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks and speciality teas and coffees are all included

Bangkok to Mumbai

Shipboard Credit Shore Excursions Beverage Package

Miami to Miami

17 nights on board Nautica Departing: 11th April 2018

9 nights on board Riviera Departing: 3rd January 2018

Oceanview: £5,029pp was £7,549pp

Inside: £2,399pp was £4,329pp

Veranda: £6,029

Oceanview: £2,849pp was £4,639pp

pp

pp

was £7,549

Penthouse: £8,089pp was £7,549pp

Penthouse: £4,229pp was £6,289pp

Plus 3-day complimentary land stay available in either Bangkok or Mumbai

Plus $600 ship board credit or House Beverage Package or 3 complimentary shore excursions per person

Plus $1000 ship board credit or House Beverage Package or 5 complimentary shore excursions per person

Wifi and flights are included in all pricing. Regional flights and Business class upgrades available upon requests.

Cruising Magazine 5


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Cruising can open up a whole new world of experiences for intrepid travellers, and an experience that tops the list for many of us is getting up close and personal to wild or exotic animals in their natural habitats. We take a look at some of the cruise lines, large and small, that are famed for their wildlife-centric itineraries; taking passengers to far-flung corners of the world to live out their dreams.

CRUISE TO THE CRADLE OF LIFE Africa. A continent that is synonymous with wildlife and nature, and always front of mind when it comes to wild animal encounters. Whilst it's true that cruise lines are somewhat logistically-restricted in respect of the national parks they can visit - having to focus their itineraries around the location of cruise ports - this in no way means that you are stuck for choice! 6 Cruising Magazine

Perhaps the most popular, and practical, port of call for African safari cruises is Port Elizabeth - close to South Africa's third-largest national park 'Addo'. You can visit this malariafree region on a half-day excursion by 4x4 and go in search of the famous 'Big Five' (elephants, buffalo, rhino, lions, leopards). For those of you wishing to go a little further inland to visit another reserve, consider adding a pre or post safaripark stay when you book your cruise. River cruise fans will also be pleased to know that there is a way to experience Africa's wildlife at your leisure, with a cruise along the Chobe River with luxury operator AmaWaterways. Their boutique cruiser, the Zambezi Queen, enables you to spot elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, zebras and more all from the comfort of your balcony. Travel with... Silversea Cruises, AmaWaterways, Oceania Cruises,

TRACK TIGERS IN INDIA Tigers are beautiful, but elusive creatures. This is just one reason why seeing one in the wild is an honour that too few are able to experience. India is home to 70% of all tigers found in the world, so if you are yearning for a glimpse of our stripey friends at the top of the food chain, there is no better destination to head to. Far Horizons offer a wildlife-packed agenda as part of their sailings along the Brahmaputra River, which flows through India's bountiful Assam region. In addition to sighting wildlife from on board the ship, the M.V Mahabaahu, activities off the ship are aimed at providing an insight into the 'real India', with opportunities to explore the Kaziranga National Park for a spot of Tiger tracking. The Park boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. It is also home to


two-thirds of the world’s Great Onehorned rhinoceros as well as large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. You can also combine cruising with an India land-stay including visits to Ranthambore National Park, near Jaipur, with a selection of mainstream and specialist cruise lines. Travel with... Far Horizons of India, Azamara Club Cruises. APT Ganges Voyager, Noble Caledonia

P-P-PICK UP PENGUIN FEVER IN ANTARCTICA Far from an inhabitable environment, Antarctica is simply teaming with wildlife in the form of both birds and sea creatures, with perhaps its most famous inhabitants being the penguin. Travelling with an increasingly large selection of specialist expedition cruise lines along with more traditional luxury operators, penguinfans will be pleased to discover just how close you can get to gentoo, chinstrap, adelie penguins and more. Be sure to bring your camera as these friendly creatures aren't shy - they simply love to strut their stuff for visitors... well, you have gone all that way.

Travel with... Hurtigruten, Quark Expeditions, Princess Cruises, Poseidon Expeditions, Silversea, Seabourn

SPLASH WITH DOLPHINS IN THE CARIBBEAN Referred to as 'angels of the sea', dolphins are renowned for their inquisitiveness and friendliness, making them popular with children and adults alike. Swimming with dolphins has long held its place on 'must do' lists and encountering our gentle yet playful creatures is an experience you are unlikely to forget in hurry. With such a popular activity, it's important to note that swimming with dolphin excursions fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your place prior to departure. Princess Cruises' 'Dolphin Encounter' is an Animal Planet recommended excursion and takes place at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while both Carnival Cruises & Disney Cruise Line operate their dolphin experiences out of 'Dolphinaris', Cozumel. The latter also includes snorkelling with tropical fish, as well as ocean kayaking and paddle boarding for those feeling a little more active. Travel with... Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines

WITNESS ONE-OFA-KIND WILDLIFE IN THE GALAPAGOS No article on wildlife cruising is complete without mentioning the Galapagos. This remote part of the world, off the coast of Ecuador, is home to 1,900 unique species of wildlife! The interference of humans has been kept to an absolute minimum here in order to preserve the integrity of the archipelago's flora and fauna, making a Galapagos cruise an absolute must for nature lovers. You can snorkel, hike, swim, sea kayak, scuba dive and surf amidst land and marine iguanas, giant tortoise, finches, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, albatross and more as part of a Galapagos cruise excursion with a variety of specialist cruise lines. Travel with... Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, National Geographic Expeditions, G Adventures Cruising Magazine 7


A TRIP TO THE GALAPAGOS

Sailing on Celebrity Xpedition with Leon Hand Brand Training manager - Celebrity Cruises

I was lucky to be sent to experience the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises in order to be able to share my first-hand experience with customers and travel agent partners alike. I spent a week sailing on Celebrity Xpedition, which is a 100-berth mega-yacht. A luxurious home-from-home and the perfect base to explore the Galapagos Islands in-depth. What’s more, this trip is 100% all-inclusive, including all shore excursions, Wi-Fi, plus tours and transfers in Ecuador. Each day gives you a chance to discover 2 ports of call so it is an active schedule – certainly not a chill out or total relaxing holiday. Breakfast precedes the first port, and you normally disembark at around 9.30/10am on a high-tec Zodiac boat to explore one of the 13 islands that we visit. Each Zodiac takes 14 passengers so groups are small, and, of course, a qualified Galapagos National Park naturalist will guide you for the whole shore experience. Kitted out with your own wetsuit and snorkelling gear, all included in the price; there are plenty of chances to go snorkelling and spend time in the gorgeous waters of the Pacific, getting to know the bright and beautiful rare marine life, and if you are lucky one of the playful sea lions! A choice of mild or active excursions are offered on each port of call. Shore excursion lasts about 2 hours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a delicious lunch in the main restaurant or freshly barbecued chicken, steak or seafood on the Beagle Grill up on the main deck outside. Evening time on board is very relaxed. Every night at 6.30pm everyone,

gathers in the main lounge to get a full 20 minute brief on the next day. Displaying pictures of the wildlife of that island or port of call, full maps and routes for any walks or hikes, and lots if interesting info on the next island to visit to whet the appetite and excite your sense of adventure! I wasn’t disappointed when it came to being able to view all of my favourite animals close-up. Such as the bluefooted booby, the infamous marine iguana and the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises native to Santa Cruz Island, which is the most highly populated of the 5 inhabited islands in the Galapagos. (20,000 people live in its biggest town Puerto Ayora, which incidentally is where we feature the hotel and activity programme for our brand new 3 night post-cruise stay)

Galapagos & Ecuador xpedition

11 nights on board Celebrity Xpedition Departing: 2nd February 2018 From £5,429pp (cruise only)

Plus 2-night pre-cruise stay Plus 2 night post-cruise stay in Quito, Ecuador staying at the 5* JW Marriott hotel including a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city

Galapagos & Machu Picchu experience

16 nights on board Celebrity Xperience Departing: 6th February 2018 From £9,979pp (cruise only) Plus 2-night pre-cruise stay Plus 1 night post-cruise stay visiting Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru.


Tall Ship Cruises That Dreams Are Made Of... Jamaica to Barbados | 11 nights Departs UK 4th December 2018 aboard Royal Clipper Visiting: Montego Bay | Port Antonio | Santo Domingo Guatavia | Falmouth Harbor | Terre de Haut | Cabrits Marigot Bay | Soufriere | Kingstown | Admiralty | Bridgetown

STAR CLIPPERS

NEW SAILIN GS

Was £2,575pp Now £2,102pp* Cannes to Rome | 5 nights Taster Sailing Departs Uk 30th June 2018 aboard Star Flyer Visiting: Cannes | Portofino | Portoferraio | Corsica Beach Bastia (Old Town) | Porto Vecchio | Civitavecchia

Was £1,160pp Now £1,056pp* Prices includes Early Booking Discount and port charges

*Lead in fare is cruise only based on 2 adults sharing a category 6 cabin, full board cruise and includes port charges. Prices shown include 10% early booking discount when booked before 31st January 2018, and are combinable with repeat passenger discount of 5% and 5% saving off the second week sailing when booked as a back to back. All prices are correct at time of print, are subject to availability and/or change, and can be withdrawn at any time.

RECIPE

Galapagos' famous Ceviche Ceviche is perhaps the most famous of the Galapagos dishes, which is one or more types of fish or seafood covered with thinly sliced tomatoes, onions and with enough lime juice to fill a bowl. It’s eaten with a spoon, like a cold soup. Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 1 hour 30 minutes in lime juice

INGREDIENTS • 500g firm white fish fillets, such as haddock, halibut or pollack, skinned and thinly sliced • 150g cooked king prawns • juice 8 limes, plus extra wedges to serve • 1 red onion, sliced into rings • handful pitted green olives, finely chopped • 2-3 green chillies, finely chopped

• 2-3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped into 2cm pieces • bunch coriander, roughly chopped • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • good pinch caster sugar • tortilla chips, to serve

INSTRUCTIONS In a large bowl, combine the fish, lime juice and onion. The juice should completely cover the fish; if not, add more until it does. Cover with cling

film and refrigerate for 1 hr 30 mins. Remove the fish and onion from the lime juice (discard the juice) and place in a bowl. Stir in the prawns, olives, chillies, tomatoes, coriander and olive oil. Season generously with a pinch of salt and sugar. This can be made a couple of hours in advance and stored in the fridge. Serve with tortilla chips to scoop up the ceviche and enjoy with a glass of cold beer. Cruising Magazine 9


IT’S THE ‘WOW’ FACTOR THAT SETS US APART

Something the whole family will love Royal Caribbean give their guests an upgrade on ordinary, with onboard innovations like robotic waiters, sky diving at sea, world class dining and West End shows, not forgetting astonishingly spacious accommodation. These are the moments Where Extraordinary Happens. So, whether you’re a lounge lizard or an adrenalin junkie, their cruise holidays can cater to everyone’s idea of extraordinary. So please, take your time, and get ready to immerse yourself in their wonderful, colourful, playful world.

THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON BOARD OASIS OF THE SEAS® Whether you are looking for golden beaches or you want to take part in active adventures – no matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find it on board Oasis of the Seas® Thrilling activities, amazing destinations, fantastic entertainment and award-winning clubs for kids and teens make a holiday on board Oasis of the Seas® perfect for all the family.

THE WORLD IS WAITING Set sail for your dream holiday on board Freedom of the Seas®, visiting some of the most incredible destinations in Europe. And with a host of incredible features waiting for you on the ship - including sensational entertainment, thrilling activities and mouth-watering dining – the adventure starts as soon as you step on board. 10 Cruising Magazine

Western Caribbean

9 nights on board Oasis of the Seas® Departing: 11th November 2017 Fly/Cruise from: £999pp (Based on interior, Includes 1 nt pre hotel, 7 nt sailing, overnight flight and transfers)

Fly from London Gatwick or Manchester

Western Mediterranean

7 nights on board Freedom of the Seas® Departing: 24th September 2017 Fly/Cruise from: £899pp (Based on interior, Includes transfers)

Fly from London Gatwick

Northern European Cityscapes

7 nights on board Navigator of the Seas® Departing: 27th November 2017 Cruise only from: £749pp (Based on interior)

Departs Southampton

Taste of Ireland & France 5 nights on board Independence of the Seas® Departing: 28th May 2018 Cruise only from: £499pp (Based on interior)

Departs Southampton


Cruising Magazine 11


SAIL BEYOND YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Complimentary on board spending money Indulge in endless relaxation on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth. Whichever ship you choose you will be rewarded with a complete sense of space, time and freedom to do as you wish. Sail beyond your expectations and create experiences unique to you. Set foot into an uncrowded world where space is prominent and the pace is set by you. Time is yours to do as much or as little as you wish. Savour warm pastries from the bakery at breakfast, sit back in the theatre to a classic or contemporary film during a lazy afternoon, star gaze from the promenade deck at night – the choice is always yours. Travel to your favourite destinations or places you’ve yet to uncover. Whether in search of idyllic beaches basked in sunshine, quaint Riviera cafés, awe-inspiring mountainous scenery or the anticipation of arriving into a world-famous city by sea, your holiday should be all about you, on your terms. Queen Victoria returns to Southampton in June before residing in the Mediterranean, more elegant than ever. All guests will benefit from improved staterooms refreshed with new carpets, soft furnishings, flatscreen high-definition televisions and tea and coffee making facilities.

12 Cruising Magazine

Exotic Cruises: Southampton to Freemantle

Exotic Cruises: Southampton to Rio de Janeiro

Oceanview Cunard Fare from £4,449pp

Oceanview Cunard Fare from £2,559pp

33 nights on board Queen Mary 2, M803A Departing: 10th January 2018

26 nights on board Queen Victoria V804A - post-refit Departing: 7th January 2018

based on EF grade

based on FC grade

Plus $320 total OBS money per outside cabin

Plus $640 total OBS money per outside cabin


IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

Embrace a holiday where the world revolves around you How do you like to be spoiled when you’re on holiday? By soft hands massaging your shoulders as you drift into a state of bliss? Or do you prefer to stretch out on a sun lounger while an ice-cold cocktail comes your way? Perhaps you relish the wow factor of a five-course Gala Dinner served by attentive waiters, or a live show so captivating it feels like a performance just for you? P&O Cruises put you at the centre of your holiday and give you the freedom to do as much or as little as you like. And with extra on-board spending money available on applicable Select Price holidays with an outside cabin, balcony or suite booked by 31 July 2017, you can indulge in even more of your favourite little luxuries. They’ll bring enchanting destinations right to you, so simply throwing open the curtains reveals an intriguing new view in every port. And when it comes to exploring, the exciting shore excursions they offer are led by expert local guides whose mission is to ensure you have the best experience possible. With so much choice, from little treats to big adventures, a P&O Cruises holiday is all about you.

Exotic fly cruise Southampton to San Francisco 25 nights on board Arcadia JSW Departing: 9th January 2018 Outside Select price from £3,199pp (Based on Arcadia JSW, NC grade)

Plus £700 OBS money per outside cabin Holiday nights and price includes flights

Classic Southern Hemisphere Journey Southampton - Sydney 45 nights on board Arcadia JSZ Departing: 9th January 2018

Outside Select price from £7,199pp (based on Arcadia JSZ, NC grade)

Plus £1000 OBS money per outside cabin Cruising Magazine 13


FREE UPGRADE TO BALCONY ON MSC

European Glamour with a perfectly British Twist

MSC Cruises is delighted to announce its momentous return to Southampton in 2018 with the stunning MSC Magnifica.

MSC Magnifica will offer guests the European glamour MSC Cruises are renowned for with some extra special home comforts including kettles in your cabin and your favourite brands of tea, draught beers, sauces & condiments and more. Not to mention their tailored entertainment options, including premier league football games, and other British favourites screened live in the sports bar.

Enjoy destination’s across Northern Europe as well as unbelievable cruises to the Mediterranean. Depart directly from Southampton, avoiding the hassle of flying, so you can unwind and start enjoying your holiday sooner than ever.

WHY MSC CRUISES? • Enjoy your cruise with the masters of the sea: over 300 years of seafaring experience • Unrivalled value for money • Fantastic engaging entertainment programme and team • 5 childrens clubs in partnership with Lego and Chicco, offering families a huge range of facilities. • Award winning Balinese Aurea Spa

Northern Europe

7 nights Departing: 15th October 2018 Visiting: Southampton, Le Harve (tours for Paris), Zeebrugge, Amsterdam (overnight), Hamburg, Southampton Fares from £599pp

Norwegian Fjords

10 nights Departing: 14th May 2018 Visiting: Southampton, Le Harve, Stavanger, Bergen, Olden, Alesund, Hamburg, Southampton Fares from £999pp

The Med & Northern Europe

14 Nights Departing: 30th April 2018 Visiting: Southampton, Le Harve, Leixoes, Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga, La Coruna, Amsterdam (overnight in port), Hamburg, Southampton Fares from £999pp

14 Cruising Magazine


© Shutterstock

EXPERIENCE THE WONDER

FREE voyage if the Aurora Borealis doesn’t occur on your 12-day voyage between October and March*

© Ørjan Bertelsen

© Trym Ivar Bergsmo

© Shutterstock

© Blick vom Hausberg

Fly direct from the UK to a voyage under Norway’s Northern Lights

Arctic Highlights

Classic Round Voyage

This entire short coastal voyage takes place within the Arctic Circle for an ideal chance to see Norway’s mesmerising Northern Lights and engage in some additional winter wonderland activities. Enjoy exclusive optional excursions in Tromsø after your voyage.

The defi nitive 12-day round voyage showing Norway’s beautiful coastline and culture. You’ll cross the Arctic Circle twice and spend seven days in the auroral zone, giving even more opportunities to view the magnificent Northern Lights. Includes Hurtigruten’s unique Northern Lights Promise.

5 or 6 days | Tromsø – Kirkenes – Tromsø

5 or 6-DAY ITINERARY INCLUDING FLIGHTS & HALF BOARD FROM

£849pp

FLY DIRECT FROM THE UK Bournemouth 5-day itinerary: 9 Mar 2018 Bristol 5-day itinerary: 26 Feb 2018 Dublin 6-day itinerary: 23 Feb 2018 East Midlands 5-day itinerary: 11 Mar 2018 London Gatwick 6-day itinerary: 21 Feb† & 6 Mar 2018 5-day itinerary: 19 Feb & 2 Mar 2018 Manchester 6-day itinerary: 13 Mar 2018, 5-day itinerary: 17, 28 Feb 2018 Norwich 6-day itinerary: 4 Mar 2018†

12 days | Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen

12-DAY VOYAGE

INCLUDING FLIGHTS & FULL BOARD FROM

£1,193pp

FLY DIRECT FROM THE UK Birmingham 1 Feb & 25 Mar 2018 Bournemouth 5 Nov 2017 & 21 Feb 2018 Bristol 25 Oct 2017 & 9 Feb 2018 Cardiff 4 March 2018 Glasgow 16 Nov 2017 & 20 Feb 2018 Leeds/Bradford 17 Mar 2018 London Gatwick 3 Oct 2017 & 30 Jan, 12 Feb, 6 & 15 Mar 2018 Manchester 14 Oct 2017 & 29 Jan, 10 & 23 Feb, 14 & 28 March 2018 Newcastle 3 Mar 2018

* Terms and conditions apply. † These departures have one night pre- and one night post-voyage in Tromsø.

CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER EXPLORER Cruising Magazine 15


GETTING INTENSIVE IN JAPAN

with Managing Director Richard Twynam WHY DID YOU CHOOSE JAPAN TO DO A COUNTRY INTENSIVE CRUISE?

In 2019, we’re cruising to Japan on an immersive country-intensive voyage. This unique itinerary, allows our guests the opportunity for in-depth exploration of one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful countries – Japan is on many guests’ bucket lists, being such an amazing country. With Japan, it’s that beguiling mix of rich history, contrasted by futuristic modern life. It’s the art, the food, the architecture, and the stunning natural landscape.

military government after emerging victorious in a battle between clans. Akita’s Kakunodate Samurai District is a well-preserved neighborhood in an otherwise youthful and modern city and showcases what Samurai life was like. Around 80 families once lived there, and some buildings in the district are centuries old. There are also museums to explore, artisan boutiques to shop at, and cafes to enjoy. In Takamatsu, history

16 Cruising Magazine

DO YOU FEEL THIS INTENSIVE CRUISE ITINERARY APPEALS MORE TO EXISTING CRUISERS LOOKING FOR NEW DESTINATIONS OR THE NEW-TO-CRUISE MARKET USED TO IMMERSIVE HOLIDAYS? Our past guests have already been extremely interested in this voyage, however, new-to-Azamara guests have also been attracted, due to the amazing opportunity to experience so much of Japan in just one voyage….it’s been extremely popular from the start!

WHAT WILL GUESTS EXPERIENCE AS PART OF THIS INTENSITY? On this voyage, our guests will delve into the country’s rich legacy of Samurai warriors, aristocratic families, and powerful emperors. Visiting the Kakunodate Samurai District in Akita is a must. Samurai, usually referred to as bushi, were the military nobility in Japan and the highest-ranking social class during the Edo Period (1603 to 1867). Their origins can be traced back to around 1192, when the shogun, or Supreme Military Commander, established a new

this is under wraps at present…. all we can say, is our guests will experience our bespoke cultural event and are sure to love it!

buffs should visit Tamamo Park to see the ruins of the 16th-century Takamatsu Castle and its impressive surviving walls, moats, and turrets.

YOU ARE RENOWNED FOR DOING AZAMAZING EVENINGS… WHAT WILL BE ON OFFER IN JAPAN? We will certainly offer our complimentary AzAmazing evening experience in Japan, however,

JAPAN ISN’T THE ONLY COUNTRY INTENSIVE CRUISE IS IT? We’ve listened to our guests’ feedback that more Country Intensive Voyages are just what they are looking for. Therefore, we are pleased to advise, we now have Country Intensive voyages for New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia & Greece, which are all proving to be very popular voyages!


OFF THE BEATEN TRACK With it becoming an increasingly popular port of call for many of the leading cruise lines, Antwerp boasts many fascinating points of interest such as the Antwerp Fashion Museum – MoMu, the Rubenshuis, the MAS museum as well as attractive architecture ranging from medieval buildings to contemporary. Only a short journey from Antwerp is the delightful city of Mechelen. This small, compact and cosy city was named one of the 10 European cities of the future by the Financial Times. This picturesque city is big on charm and history, thriving with quaint shops, car-free areas and pleasant little squares. The grace of centuriesold palaces and majestic churches appeals to everyone. There are no less than 336 listed buildings and monuments, including eight gothic and baroque churches from the 14th17th century. The Begijnhofkerk is especially unique, with its feminine art schemes and pastel colours.

THE LOCAL EXPERIENCE Referred to as the Moon Extinguishers (Maneblussers), locals inherited this name on the night of 27th/28th January 1687 when a none too sober tippler emerged from an inn on the Grote Markt and suddenly saw that the tower was on fire. Immediately raising the alarm, the whole city was thrown into confusion. Little had the brave citizens realised that the reddish, misty glow they were trying to extinguish was the moonlight. Of course, the people of Mechelen tried to keep the incident quiet, but the news soon spread abroad, earning the people of Mechelen the nickname they bear to this day.

Did you know?

THERE’S FREE WI-FI ALL ACROSS THE CITY.

When not in the bars drinking the local brew, locals enjoy the surroundings of Mechelen, including the Vrijbroekpark with its beautiful rose gardens and outdoor sports facilities.

SOME OF THE CITY’S LOCAL DELICACIES INCLUDE: • Mechelen Cuckoo – Mechelse koekoek (chicken) • The Golden Carolus Beer – Het Anker Brewery • Maneblussertjes - crunchy moon-shaped biscuits that are glazed or filled with chocolate

And with five UNESCO World Heritage sites, the former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands is like a large storehouse of treasures.

OTHER POPULAR ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE: • St Rumbold’s Tower – climb the tower with its 538 steps and be rewarded with views of the city from the sky walk - see Brussels and Antwerp on a clear day! You’ll also pass the huge carillon bells on your way up to the top. • De Wit Royal Tapestries Manufacturers – take a tour every Saturday at 10.30am without reservation • Het Anker Brewery • Palace of Margaret of Austria • Palace of Margaret of York • Hof Van Busleyden Musuem • Kazerne Dossin – Memorial Museum and Documentation Centre on the Holocaust & Human Rights

Cruising Magazine 17


THE FUTURE IS... INNOVATIVE! Innovation is often hailed as the key to longevity, and when it comes to the cruising industry this has never been more true. Far from the traditional cruise ships of old, the past few years have seen more and more ships introduce innovative new features (robotic bartenders anyone?) in a bid to keep their passengers entertained and to attract a new breed of travellers to life on the high seas. Whilst technological innovation is here to stay, this doesn't mean that we are destined for a future of gadgets and wizardry or ships with no soul, however. Innovation also means new on-board concepts, specialist experiences and themed cruises designed to appeal to all tastes. Here's a brief look at what we can look forward to over the next couple of years (tech and all!)...

CELEBRITY GIVE CRUISING THE EDGE We've been hearing a lot about 'Edge' over the last couple of years - a new concept from Celebrity Cruises designed to revolutionise 'Modern Luxury' for life. Hailed as one of the most innovative, exciting and 'transformation' ships ever designed, the 2918-passenger Celebrity Edge, due to launch in 2018, will feature a Rooftop Garden and 'Magic Carpet' platform capable of scaling four decks in between its chameleonlike role as (take a deep breath now) specialty restaurant, openair pool area, al fresco dining area and luxury embarkation station! When it comes to stateroom innovations, the new Edge Staterooms will offer an infinite balcony concept, which turns the whole room into a walkout veranda at the touch of a button, whilst their spacious 'Edge Villas' will treat guests to their own private terrace complete with inviting plunge pool.

18 Cruising Magazine


AMAMAGNA CHANGES THE GAME FOR RIVER CRUISING No it's not a river ship powered by volcanic matter, 'AmaMagna' is the name given to luxury river cruise operator AmaWaterways' new ship, set to launch in 2019. Representing a new concept for river cruise lines, this new double-width ship will not only help to fulfil increasing demand for river cruising but debuts a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine along with a water-sports platform offering zodiac boats, canoes and other recreational equipment - a first for river cruise lines. The AmaMagna will be sailing a selection of Danube itineraries which incorporate a number of adventures for food-lovers along with new wellness offerings.

boast a striking new interior and exterior design with new innovative features including an 'all weather entertainment space' in the form of a clear sky dome on the top deck, and glass walls across three decks designed to bring the 'inside-out'.

SYMPHONY IS MUSIC TO ADRENALINESEEKERS EARS Royal Caribbean International is currently building the world's biggest cruise ship - Symphony of the Seas - sailings on which are already available to book. Fourth in their record-breaking Oasis Class, Symphony will not only feature more staterooms than Harmony of the Seas, but a new selection of adrenaline-pumping activities both on board and off the ship.

Several of the same features from its predecessor Harmony will be found on board, including the 10-storey Ultimate Abyss waterslide and the Bionic Bar. Yet new innovations are still shrouded in secrecy! She’ll be sailing around the Mediterranean from Barcelona in Summer 2018, before heading to the new Royal Caribbean-built Port of Miami, dubbed the 'Crown of Miami'. The port is hailed as the USA's most innovative cruise port - its design looks like a giant when looked at from east or west, and a crown when viewed from the water! Ask your Cruising expert for information on how to book your next cruise aboard one of these innovative new ships.

HURTIGRUTEN'S ELECTRIC REVOLUTION The Norwegian Fjords are one of northern Europe's most beautiful and pristine destinations, so it makes sense for cruise lines to do as much as they can to preserve its natural assets. Norway specialist Hurtigruten is making the most of 'innovation' to ensure that they play their part in this with the launch of two new hybrid expedition ships. Using a new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology, Hurtigruten aim to reduce the fuel consumption by around 20% in addition to introducing fully electric propulsion on a passenger ship for the first time. Hurtigruten currently advocates for all ships to turn off their engines while sailing in and out of harbour cities, ban the use of heavy fuel oil and make it obligatory to connect to shore power in a bid to minimise their environmental footprint.

P&O CRUISES' INCREDIBLE HULK Following in the 'green theme', P&O's forthcoming new ship will not only be its largest yet (holding 1,553 passengers more than 'Britannia'), she will also be its greenest. Powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), a cleanburning fossil fuel, the ship is set to adhere new maritime rules on harmful emissions - minimising damage done to the marine environment. Designed exclusively for the British market, the ship is due to launch in 2020 and will also Cruising Magazine 19


Golden Triangle... & Brahmaputra river cruise October - December 2017 ~ January - April 2018 13 nights cruise & land 6 nights in 4* accommodation in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur 7 nights aboard the M.V Mahabaahu

From £3,699* Per Person

SAVE UP TO

£300† Per Person on selected sailings

*Lead in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a Superior cabin without balcony sailing 28.01.18. Price includes economy flights from London (regional flights available on request), non-UK transfers, hotels where indicated, transfers, port charges. 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. †£300pp saving is based on discount applied to the suite, applicable on selected 2017/18 cruises only, valid 6 months prior to departure.

Exclusive SAVE

£400pp† on selected departures

St. Petersburg to Moscow AVAILABLE IN REVERSE

May - September 2017 ~ May - September 2018 12 nights, spend 3 nights in St. Petersburg 6 night sailing visiting: St. Petersburg | Svirstroy| Kizhi Goritsy | Yaroslavl | Uglich | Moscow Spend 3 nights visiting Moscow

From £2,149* Per Person

*Lead-in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Cabin departing 13.09.17. Price includes economy flights from London (regional flights available on request), non UK transfers and port charges. 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 20 Cruising Magazine † only. £400pp saving is based on discount applied to the Owner’s Suite, applicable on selected 2017 sailings, valid until 31.07.17.


EXPLORE THE WORLD OVER In 2018, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are set to take you even further across the globe discovering exotic experiences, diverse cultures and wonderous landmarks. Flying straight to your destination, you will journey aboard the mid-sized but charming ships Braemar, Black Watch and Boudicca, your home from home. With each cabin comfortably appointed with tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and privatebathrooms you can adventure ashore safe in the knowledge that you’ll return to your home comforts. Go island hopping in the Indian Ocean starting from beautiful Mauritius; Safari in South Africa, or lounge on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar and the Seychelles. Sail down under from Australia, be amazed in Arabia or immerse yourself in India. Adventure on the Amazon, indulge in Polynesian paradise or kick back and relax on the beaches of the Caribbean. With all four corners of the globe covered with incredible itineraries, you will be spoilt for choice as to where your next adventure will take you.

Authentic India

14 nights on board Boudicca Departing: 04th October 2018 • Visit Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhi • Discover a mix of old and modern India in bustling Mumbai • Take an extended tour to the iconic Taj Mahal • Take in the diverse sights of two historic Keralan cities From £2699

pp

Indian Ocean Islands & Zanzibar

14 nights on board Boudicca Departing: 13th December 2018 • Tour the ‘Seven-Coloured Earth’ sand dunes in Mauritius • Relax on the powder-white sands of the Seychelles • Visit Moyenne Island to search for giant land tortoises • Discover the vibrant history and rich culture of Zanzibar From £3199pp

The Caribbean & Cuba

14 nights on board Braemar Departing: 04th January 2018 • Savour Grenda’s scenic coastline on a Rhum Runner boat • Ride on the St Kitts Scenic Railway • Enjoy a rafting experience along the Martha Brae River • Go in search of enchanting sea turtles From £1999pp

Australia & the Contrasts of Asia

30 nights on board Black Watch Departing: 05th January 2019 • Encounter the largest lizards on Earth on Komodo Island • Discover the diverse sights of Singapore • Explore breathtaking Phang Nga Bay • Journey from bustling Kochi to the iconic Taj Mahal From £4599pp To make even more of your time away, simply ask us about staying longer in these outstanding destinations.

Cruising Magazine 21


HOLLAND AMERICA LINE CLASSIC STYLE & ENRICHING JOURNEYS. Guests cruising with Holland America Line will enjoy stylish lounges adorned with fine art and antiques, alongside some surprising new innovations designed to enhance their onboard and worldwide destination experience. Take for example the newly refreshed ms Westerdam, which unveiled “Explorations Central” (EXC) in May 2017, a multifaceted experience that combines an array of indispensable travel resources with enrichment opportunities that make guests’ travel experience more engaging, vivid and meaningful. Located in a section of the Crow’s Nest, EXC features interactive maps, a “virtual” bridge, video walls and destination talks, plus extensive port guides, maps and so much more. Also on board ms Westerdam, a new partnership with the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam features reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous art, plus cultural activities led by Rijksmuseum personnel. New ms Koningsdam features the first ever wine-blending venue at sea, where guests learn to blend their own wine and enjoy it at dinner. Building on the company’s reputation for culinary excellence, ms Koningsdam also offers innovative alternative dining venues such as “Sel de Mer”, featuring freshly caught local seafood, a farm to table “Dine at the Culinary Arts Centre” experience and, in a nod to tradition, the Grand Dutch Café, with draught Heineken on tap! Fleet-wide, Holland America Line’s Culinary Council of celebrated chefs enhance menus in the Dining Room, the Pinnacle Grill and the Pan-Asian Tamarind with their signature dishes. An exclusive partnership with BBC Earth brings guests nearer to the natural world via ground-breaking “Frozen Planet” live concerts, films and activities, as well as themed special cruises. Entertainment ranges from high tech shows through to BB Kings All Star Blues band and the classical arrangements of the Lincoln Centre Stage; while new suite upgrades

feature thoughtful touches like lighted wardrobe rails, USB ports on headboards and bathroom night lights Holland America Line’s carefully crafted itineraries also feature long days ashore to discover Renaissance art, UNESCO world heritage sites and sun-drenched beaches plus overnight stays in iconic cities.

Far East Discovery

14 nights on board ms Volendam Departing: 10th November 2017 Hong Kong, Halong Bay, Da Nang (Hue), Nha Trang, Phu My, Sihanoukville, Laem Chabang (Bangkok) (overnight onboard), Nathon (Koh Samui), Singapore Outside stateroom cruise only from: £1,789pp Outside stateroom fly/cruise from: £2,470pp

Southern Caribbean Wayfarer

11 nights on board ms Koningsdam Departing: 24th January 2018 Fort Lauderdale, Half Moon Cay, San Juan, St Johns, Bridgetown, Guadeloupe, St Thomas, Cap Cana (Punta Cana), Grand Turk, Fort Lauderdale Outside stateroom cruise only from: £1,499pp Outside stateroom fly/cruise (inc pre cruise hotel stay) from: £2,195pp


THE WORLD’S FINEST ULTRA-LUXURY CRUISE LINE

Cruising with Seabourn is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed … elegant, yet casual … sumptuous, yet understated. These intimate ships are the perfect blend of glamorous elegance, impeccable service, exquisite cuisine and highly personalised destination experiences, which have earned Seabourn some of the most coveted awards in travel.

INTRODUCING THE NEW SEABOURN ENCORE In December 2016, Seabourn welcomed the strikingly beautiful and innovative Seabourn Encore, crowning a fleet already regarded as the newest, most modern and most acclaimed in ultra-luxury cruising. A second sister-ship, Seabourn Ovation is due in spring 2018. In an ongoing quest to provide a world-class experience, Seabourn continues to create new partnerships. World-renowned chef Thomas Keller, culinary genius behind a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants has brought his award-winning “Grill by Thomas Keller” to Seabourn; while “An Evening with Sir Tim Rice” featuring the stories and music behind the shows debuted on Seabourn Encore in January.

To enhance the suite experience, Seabourn has worked with longterm partner Molton Brown to create Seabourn Signature Scents, complimentary bath amenities which are directly inspired by the ports and destinations visited by ships as they travel the globe. Seabourn’s exclusive partnership with UNESCO offers guests “behind the scenes” experiences at some of the world’s most unique places, while new expedition team “Ventures by Seabourn” tours by Kayak and Zodiac explore natural wonders up close in Northern Europe and Polar regions.

New Zealand and Australia

• Spacious, all-suite accommodations, most with verandas

16 nights on board Encore Departing: 6th Febuary 2018 Visiting: Auckland, Tauranga (Rotorua), Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura, Akaroa (Christchurch), Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Oban (Halfmoon Bay), Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney Verandah Suite cruise only from: £6,699pp Verandah Suite fly/cruise (inc pre cruise hotel stay) £7,741pp

• Gourmet dining experiences that rival the finest restaurants anywhere

Caribbean treasures

From the luxury of all-suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.

SEABOURN POINTS OF DIFFERENCE

• Intuitive, gracious service provided by a staff passionate about pleasing you • Complimentary welcome Champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences • Open bar throughout the ship, and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner • Tipping is neither required nor expected, service simply to delight

12 nights on board Odyssey Departing: 30th October 2017 Miami, Cap Cana (Punta Cana), Virgin Gorda, St. Johns, Carambola Beach, st Kitts and Nevis, Roseau, Gustavia, San Juan, Miami Ocean View Suite cruise only from: £4,499pp Ocean View Suite fly/cruise (inc pre cruise hotel stay) £5,127pp Cruising Magazine 23


SO FAR, 2017 IS CRUISING

Roundup of facts & figures from the cruise industry

There are many amazing reasons to take a cruise holiday, one of which is to be a part of a continued trend of growth. Last year, 1.9 million of us from the UK & Ireland took a cruise holiday with optimism that 2017 growth will push this number over the 2 million mark. This would represent a 50% increase in cruisers within just 10 years. Cruising was not the only holiday sector to grow last year, with an estimated 6% rise in the overall number of foreign holiday bookings and similar growth in package holiday sales. The potential for further increases in the cruise market remains substantial with the global industry currently committed to more than 70 new ships over the next 10 years. In 2017, there is every chance that the total number of UK passengers

24 Cruising Magazine

choosing to cruise from a UK port will top the million mark for the first time with more ships basing themselves in the UK & Ireland for part or all of the season. Most popular UK-UK destinations were in the Western Mediterranean last year, this was followed by Norway.

up with many new vessels containing ocean equivalent facilities. Whilst much growth has come in European river cruising, where the Rhine and Danube remain most popular, destinations in the Far East have seen continued increases as this part of the world becomes more accessible.

The Mediterranean is also the most popular choice for fly-cruisers, followed by the Caribbean. This is reflected by the number of ships and the variation of cruise companies operating in these areas.

It is heartening to see this continued growth in all areas of cruising and, although certain destinations remain the most popular, the world is opening further with more intensity and greater product diversity than we have ever seen.

Whilst ocean cruising remains firmly as the largest area of the cruise sector, river cruising is on the up and

There has never been a better time to cruise.


SILVERSEA IS A WORLD APART FROM ALL OTHER LUXURY CRUISE LINES Silversea is a world apart from all other luxury holidays, delivering the ultimate all-inclusive travel experience. Recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, Silversea offers large-ship amenities aboard its nine intimate, all-suite vessels with itineraries that encompass all seven continents. With never more than 596 international guests, Silversea provides an intimate luxury travel experience. With an accent on space and privacy, the atmosphere is one of unhurried elegance. Refreshingly, everything you could possibly ask for is included in your fare – exquisite à la carte dining in association with Relais & Châteaux; butler service for every suite, all onboard gratuities and even complimentary champagne, wines and spirits throughout the ship.

Whether it is an intimate dinner of traditional gourmet favourites or trendsetting exotic delicacies from around the globe, with a choice of up to eight dining options, every culinary moment will be one of innovative excellence. Silversea’s all-suite accommodations provide you with unrivalled luxury, and the highest space-to-guest ratio of any fleet. Every Suite offers an exceptional ocean-view with some of the highest space ratios at sea. It is this award winning consistency of ultra-luxury hospitality, all-inclusive service and international ambience that entices guests back again and again.

Montreal - New York

10 nights on board Silver Whisper Departing: 23rd October 2017 Vista suite from £4,400pp

New York - Bridgetown

10 nights on board Silver Whisper Departing: 2nd November 2017 Vista suite from £3,200pp

Buenos Aires - Bridgetown 19 nights on board Silver Muse Departing: 17th November 2017

Classic Veranda Suite from £9,400pp

Bridgetown roundtrip

18 nights on board Silver Whisper Departing: 18th November 2017 Vista suite from £4,900pp

Cruising Magazine 25


Proboscis monkeys

EXPLORE THE WORLD IN STYLE

Specially Created Holidays for Single Travellers

A river cruise is perhaps the most relaxing – and convenient – way to see the world. You can enjoy ever-changing landscapes en-route to a host of destinations and only have to unpack once.

THE JUST YOU VALUE Every Just You holiday offers great value for money and there are no hidden costs. Take a look at what’s included in the price. • A cabin of your own with no single supplement • All meals & drinks (excluding Champagne and selected wines & spirits) on board • Flights/European rail travel as applicable • Overseas transfers & other transportation

26 Cruising Magazine

RIVER CRUISES

All-Inclusive Spanish Experience

7 nights on board MS La Belle de Cadix Departing: 16th July 2017 From the comfort of your ship discover the many highlights of Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba and more. All your shore excursions are included on this relaxing cruise into the heart of Andalucia. From £1549pp

Cruising the Seine Valley & Paris

5 nights on board MS Botticelli Departing: 25th October 2017 Discover the picturesque ports, ruined abbeys, historic sights and natural heritage of the Seine valley along with the world-famous landmarks of Paris on this charming river cruise. From £1099pp

Mekong River Cruise

13 nights on board RV Mekong Pandaw Departing: 8th November 2017 The tapestry of life along the River Mekong is fascinating and varied. Discover the bustling Vietnam delta and tranquillity of Cambodia in this journey from the great monuments of Angkor to charming Phnom Penh and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. From £4699

pp

Burma's Irrawaddy Cruise

11 nights on board RV Kalaw Pandaw Departing 5th October 2017 Discover Yangon’s golden pagoda, the temples of Bagan and Burma’s former royal capitals. You’ll also soak up the spectacular scenery of the Irrawaddy River and experience everyday life in small towns and villages on this unforgettable cruise. From £3899pp

LAND TOURS

South African Sun & Safari

7 nights plus 2 nights in flight Departing: September 2017 - October 2018 From £1,885pp Including a room of your own with no single supplement Plus 21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

A Kenyan Safari: Kilimanjaro to Masai Mara

8 nights Departing: September 2017 - November 2018 From £2,699pp Including: 7 nights full board in a shared room in lodges of a good standard plus 1 night in flight

Wild Borneo

11 nights Departing: October 2017 - November 2018 From £2,999pp Including a room of your own with no single supplement Plus 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners


INCREDIBLE SUMMER SAVINGS

Book now and take advantage of our early booking offer Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ growth over the last 7 years has been remarkable and established them as Britain’s leading independent cruise line.

CMV aims to offer a more traditional and leisurely style of cruising aboard their ships, Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Astor and Astoria, where the emphasis is very much on providing attentive service within a friendly ‘homefrom-home’ experience. Their small to mid-size ships are accessible to more ports of call than the larger ships, enabling them to offer some truly destination immersive itineraries on adults-only sailings. CMV’s summer cruises to the Norwegian fjords, Baltic Cities, British Isles and Iceland remain as popular as ever. And in the winter, the Canary Islands & Madeira, Amazon & West Indies and spectacular Land of the Northern Lights may tempt you to escape. An offer of exploration voyages to the North Cape, White Sea & Murmansk, Canada in the Fall, and Hidden Baltic Treasures on board Marco Polo alongside some unique sailings to the Grand Scottish Lochs, Glens, Islands & Ireland on board Astoria. In 2018, Astoria, the smallest ship of the fleet at just 550 passengers, will offer nine selected itineraries departing from either Poole or Portsmouth on the South Coast taking in itineraries such as Grand British Isles Discovery, Majestic Fjordland and European Rivers, Canals & Cities.

Majestic Fjordland

Baltic Cities & St Petersburg

Twin Ocean View Guarantee (OG) Prices from £1639pp

13 nights on board Columbus (C813) Departs: Saturday, 11th August 2018 London Tilbury - Copenhagen Warnemunde - Tallinn - St. Petersburg (overnight) - Helsinki - Stockholm Aarhus - London Tilbury. Twin Inner from (Cat 1) Prices from £1979pp Twin Ocean View from (Cat 6) Prices from £2729pp

Capture the beauty of Norway’s fjords 8 Nights on board Magellan (G810) Departing: Thursday, 26th April 2018 Visiting: London Tilbury - Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Eidfjord - cruising Hardangerfjord - Flåm - cruising Sognefjord - Olden - cruising Nordfjord Bergen - London Tilbury. Twin Inner Guarantee (IG) Prices from £1179pp

British Isles & Cities Discovery

Scenic and historic splendour 10 Nights on board Columbus (C817) Departs: Tuesday, 25th September 2018 London Tilbury - Rotterdam (Netherlands) - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) - Portree (Isle of Skye)+ - Belfast (N Ireland) - Dublin (Ireland) - Cobh for Cork (Ireland) Honfleur (France) - London Tilbury. Twin Inner from (Cat 1) Prices from £1489pp

Multi-Generational cruise A treasure trove of architecture and art

‘Cruise & Maritime Voyages are offered for sale in the UK by South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd trading as Cruise & Maritime Voyages. ABTA V9945. Gratuities at £5 per person per night debited to your on board account. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a twin cabin, subject to availability. Offers are applicable to new bookings and can be withdrawn at anytime.

Twin Ocean View from (Cat 6) Prices from £2049pp Cruising Magazine 27


RIVER OF DREAMS, TALKING FRED. OLSEN RIVER CRUISES

with Managing Director Mike Rodwell WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO EXPAND INTO THE RIVER CRUISE MARKET?

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ move into river cruising is a natural extension to what we offer as a brand: ‘closer’ cruising, incorporating some of the very best scenic sailing, combined with a relaxed British style, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on board. In recent years, we have found that the river cruises that we operate across our ocean-going fleet are amongst our most popular. We have also discovered that our current ocean guests are interested in taking a river cruise with us, and we therefore believe that there is an appetite for the unique kind of river cruise experience that we are offering. Backed by the reliability of the Fred. Olsen brand and underpinned by our industry-leading ‘Enjoyment Promise’, we are confident that there will be high demand for our style of river cruising – and early sales are very encouraging. 28 Cruising Magazine

WHAT IS THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE GOING TO BE ON BOARD? Our river cruise boat, Brabant, accommodates just 156 guests, which means that holidaymakers will be able to experience a welcoming country house hotel atmosphere on board, with an intimate ‘home-from-home’ feel. As the majority of our river cruise guests will be British – in keeping with our ocean cruises – we will be offering a quintessentially British experience on board. Guests can expect to feel right at home on Brabant, with English spoken throughout and all transactions conducted in Pounds Sterling. The British taste will also be reflected in the cuisine, customer service and shore tours on offer. Built in 2006, 110-metre-long Brabant is a classic and comfortable river cruise boat, with bright and spacious public areas, stylish cherry wood interiors combined with contemporary colours, well-equipped bedrooms, and ample deck space, from which to enjoy the superb views. With just four decks – Haydn Deck 1, Strauss Deck 2, Mozart Deck 3 and Sun Deck 4 – and fewer

than 80 rooms and suites, staffed by 40 crew members, Brabant has the ‘closer’ feel that Fred. Olsen’s guests know and love.

HOW WILL THIS EXPERIENCE DIFFER FROM YOUR OCEAN SHIPS? Whilst we will continue to offer the same high levels of service and quality that we do across our oceangoing fleet, Brabant is clearly a much smaller vessel, meaning that guests will be able to benefit from an even more intimate experience on board. On our river cruises, we will be offering one-seating dinner, no assigned tables and a smart casual dress code, which differs from our ocean product. Wi-Fi will also be included. Also, as the focus is purely upon ‘European’ river cruises, rather than exploring worldwide destinations, the ports of call are much closer to home for British guests. All in all, we feel that our river cruise product will give guests a much wider choice of holiday options with Fred. Olsen, and it is likely that our repeat guests will look to take a mix of ocean and river cruises throughout the year with us.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME BRABANT? We are very proud of our many decades of cruise expertise and rich sailing heritage, and the name Brabant harks back to Fred. Olsen’s historic passenger ship of the same name from the 1920s. The names of all of our ocean cruise ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – start with a ‘B’, so it also made sense for our river cruise boat to follow suit.

WHAT TYPE OF CUSTOMER DO YOU THINK BRABANT WILL MAINLY APPEAL TO? We know that the majority of our guests will be British, and that they are likely to be over-50, in line with our ocean cruise customers. Brabant’s guests will be looking for a smaller-ship river cruise experience, with the ‘home from home’ ambience and ‘Britishness’ that they expect from the Fred. Olsen brand – even to the extent of English mustard and Marmite being available on board! We are expecting a high number of our existing ocean guests to book our Brabant cruises, as well as a significant percentage of ‘newto-river-cruise’ and ‘new-to-Fred.’ customers, and we will be actively targeting both of these markets. We anticipate that Brabant will attract guests who are keen to experience scenic cruising and getting ‘right to the heart’ of the destinations, with everything just a short distance away. Shore excursions will reflect the fact that the British like to take the opportunity to explore a destination more thoroughly, and we will also be offering comprehensive tips and advice to those guests who wish to discover the destination independently. As Brabant will be offering European fly-cruise sailings, with durations generally shorter than those of our ocean itineraries – of between five and 25 nights – these itineraries will appeal to those wishing to take a cruise holiday closer to home. And with the majority of our river cruises being of only seven nights, this is the ideal duration for those who are working, with limited annual leave.

DO YOU THINK BRABANT COULD BE THE FIRST OF MANY IN THE RIVER SECTOR AND IF SO, HOW

MIGHT THIS EFFECT YOUR FUTURE INVESTMENT IN OCEAN CRUISING? Brabant and our ocean fleet are two entirely separate operations, and our investment in our river product will not impact upon our ongoing commitment to our ocean fleet. We are currently undertaking an extensive programme of upgrades and refurbishment for our ocean ships; Black Watch was the first to benefit at the end of 2016, and Balmoral and Braemar will follow at the end of this year, with Boudicca being completed in Spring 2018.

larger river boats cannot, such as sailing the Moselle to Bernkastel – the most scenic part of the journey – with only smaller river boats being able to moor and turn at the beautiful medieval town of Bernkastel-Kues. Similarly, the stunning city of Strasbourg is only accessible to smaller river boats, whereas the larger vessels have to moor in Kehl, on the German side of the Rhine. Fred. Olsen River Cruises’ Brabant programme will run from 5th April to 3rd November 2018.

There is potential for us to expand our river cruise product in the coming years, if this is what our customers demand, and we have chartered Brabant for two cruise seasons, so we are confident that this is a long-term venture for us….but who knows what the future will bring?

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THE ITINERARIES THAT YOU DID? Our river itineraries build upon all the elements for which Fred. Olsen is renowned: ‘closer’, scenic cruise experiences; ‘hidden gem’ destinations; and helping our guests to see and discover more ashore. So, just like our ocean cruises, we have put together a range of carefully-crafted itineraries – with exciting destinations and differing durations – to ensure that our guests are able to get the most out of their Fred. Olsen river cruise experience. Examples of river cruises on board Brabant for 2018 include: Düsseldorf, Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Düsseldorf to Nuremberg, Germany; Nuremberg to Budapest, Hungary; Budapest to Hirsova (Bucharest), Romania; Düsseldorf to Basel, Switzerland; and Hirsova (Bucharest) to Düsseldorf. Our river cruise itineraries have something for everyone, from sailing the breath-taking Danube, to enjoying a ‘taster’ cruise to Amsterdam when the tulips are in full bloom. Importantly, we have also incorporated a large amount of scenic cruising in daylight hours, so that our guests can make the most of the spectacular scenery on offer at the best time of the day. One of the key ‘USPs’ of a Fred. Olsen river cruise is that Brabant can offer destination experiences that the other

Europe’s Scenic Rivers

23 nights on board Brabant Departing: 11th October 2018 Including: Free Wi-Fi on board Comfortable en-suite accommodation Gourmet dining including breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks Free tea & coffee on board Welcome Dinner & Gala evening Juliette Balcony - Strauss from £4,299pp Juliette Balcony - Suite from £5,539pp

River Danube & City Discovery

8 nights on board Brabant Departing: 23rd May 2018 Including: Free W-iFi on board Comfortable en-suite accommodation Gourmet dining including breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks Free tea & coffee on board Welcome Dinner & Gala evening Standard room from £1599pp Juliette Balcony - Strauss from £1,799pp Cruising Magazine 29


EUROPE’S FINEST RIVER CRUISES Riviera Travel River Cruises go from strength to strength. They are now the UK market leaders in European river cruises, carrying more British guests than any of their competitors. In February, they were the only river cruise operator to be awarded Which? Magazine’s prestigious ‘Recommended Provider’ status in their annual Cruise Survey, and in May, Riviera Travel were awarded ‘Which? Travel Brand of the Year.’ 2017 sees the launch of 4 brand new five-star state-of-the-art river cruise ships and 2 exciting new itineraries. Riviera Travel have an unrivalled quality to value ratio which ensures customers come back to Riviera year after year.

The Riviera Travel Difference

• Five-star value. World class river cruises include everything you need, including excursions • Hand-picked details. Every aspect of your escorted tour or cruise is personally considered by Riviera’s travel specialists. • Fair pricing policy. Guaranteeing there are no hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts. • Personal attention. Riviera care about their customers, so you get personal attention every step of the way.

Cruise the Heart of Europe

14 nights Departing: July to October 2017 and May to October 2018 This fifteen-day cruise takes you on an amazing journey from Cologne in the heart of the Rhine valley to Vienna and finally Budapest on the banks of the Danube. Your floating accommodation will be one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the inland waterways of Europe. From only £1,899pp

30 Cruising Magazine

Burgundy, River Rhône & Provence

7 nights on-board the 5-Star MS Lord Byron and MS Swiss Corona. Selected departures: July to October 2017 – On certain dates in April 2017 and April to October 2018 From the lush green vineyards of Burgundy to the sun-kissed hills of Provence and the wild ruggedness of the Ardeche gorges to the medieval allure of Avignon - on this truly enthralling cruise every day is full of fascination. From only £1,199pp

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

7 nights Departures September and October 2017 and April to October 2018 Welcome aboard your first class river cruise ship, your luxury, floating hotel for the next seven nights. From the exceptional full-board cuisine to the luxurious cabins and suites, you will very soon relax as we journey south from Cologne through the Rhine Valley to magnificent Switzerland. From only £1,199pp

Rhine & Moselle

7 nights Departing: October 2017 and from May to October 2018 This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe’s most picturesque rivers. Your floating accommodation for your tour is one of the most luxurious vessels navigating these delightful rivers. From only £1,199pp

Budapest to the Black Sea Gems of Eastern Europe

(NEW for 2018) 15 days Departing: April to September 2018 Discover extraordinary scenery and the architectural and cultural heritage of towns and cities that are steeped in history and tradition, once beyond the iron curtain. Among the gems we visit are Kolcsa, Belgrade, Pleven, Bucharest, Constanta, Rousse, Belogradchik and Budapest. From only £2,299pp


Cruising Magazine 31


WELCOME ABOARD THE G EXPEDITION

Big ship, big continent, and even bigger adventures The Arctic. A land of perpetual winter. A barren hinterland of vast icefields beneath staggering glaciers and rocky peaks. The midnight sun beating down on the cool blue water. It’s a landscape that demands dedication and rewards with beauty and awe – one that has dared man to explore its depths for centuries. And with the G Expedition, now it’s your turn.

A WORLD OF GOOD The G Expedition is G Adventures’ polar expedition ship, designed to bring you even closer to places that will stay with you forever. For over 25 years, G Adventures has been a global leader in small-group tours, connecting travellers to the world’s greatest destinations in ways they simply couldn’t achieve on their own. Every one of their adventures has been designed to deliver must-do highlights, spontaneous situations, personal freedom, and under-theradar encounters with local people. And when you travel with G Adventures, you get so much more than the adventure of a lifetime. You become part of a worldwide social enterprise that supports small local businesses and helps the communities you will visit to help themselves.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE ARCTIC The G Expedition not only steers you to the ends of the Earth in comfort and care, it does so with a highly-skilled team of onboard experts and fleet of Zodiac boats, there to bring you closer than ever to the otherworldly wildlife and haunting beauty of the Arctic. G Adventure’s Arctic expedition season runs from June to September, much of which sees a never-setting sun – great for taking in views

from the ship’s deck. A birder and wildlife enthusiast’s paradise, you’ll get plenty of chances to see polar bears, walruses, reindeer, whales, dolphins, puffins, and more. After all, what’s a trip to the ends of the Earth without some rare sightings? Daily excursions get you off the ship to explore foreign waters and shores. Our fleet of Zodiac boats, included exclusive parka, and complimentary waterproof boots get you ashore quickly and comfortably. And for an even closer look, opt for Arctic kayaking so you can paddle right up to the floe edge. On-board experts are there to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the Arctic. Their team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine

biologists, and naturalists. And with one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests, you’re sure to always learn something. Attend an on-board lecture or info session to get prepared before heading to shore.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Come join an extraordinary adventure (at an unreasonably reasonable price). You’ll return home a different person than when you left. G Adventures can’t wait to show you the world. To book, see back page for contact details.


GOING ASHORE...

Eight hours in Bremen & Bremerhaven 5 MOST POPULAR ATTRACTIONS 1. Bremen Town Hall - Historical gem from 1409 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of enthralling myths and legends and is still a place where old-established traditions are upheld. In the underlying Ratskeller the largest collection of German wines worldwide can be found.

2. Bremen Town Musicians - To the west of the town hall stands the most famous representation of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales. Every year almost 40 million people visit this statue the donkey's front legs are shinier than the rest of the statue, as rubbing them is thought to bring good luck.

3. Havenwelten Bremerhaven - Located on the River Weser waterfront, this tourism complex offers globally unique attractions such as the German Emigration Center, the Climate House 8° East, the German Maritime Museum, the Zoo at the Sea and much more.

4. Shop Window Fishery Harbour Bremerhaven - The „mile“ in the historic part of Bremerhaven`s Fishery Harbour with restaurants, cafés, bistros, pubs, maritime shops, the Fischbahnhof, the Sea Fish Cooking Studio, the Expedition Northern Seas and many other attractions.

5. Bremen: Innovative technology up close - Discover what makes Mercedes-Benz cars so remarkable and see for yourself how a Mercedes is built during a tour of the largest production site in Bremen and experience space travel at close hand! Bremen is one of Europe's leading centres for space travel waiting to be discovered!

PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIONS With the ErlebnisCARD Bremen, you can comfortably use all buses and trains (public transport) in Bremen and Bremen-Nord free of charge. In addition, up to 50% discount is granted to numerous Bremen cultural and entertainment programs. Train connections to Bremerhaven travel every hour and take 30 minutes. Tickets available at the main train station. Day ticket for 2 adults 25,30€

SECRETS & TIPS Bremerhaven - a beautiful panoramic view over Bremerhaven, the River Weser, the overseas harbour and the surrounding landscape can be caught from the top of the Atlantic Hotel SAIL City lookout platform. Bremen - Just a few minutes walk from the old town, lies the most colourful and vibrant district of Bremen: The "Viertel" district. This is where cosy cafés, international restaurants and iconic pubs meet, as do chic boutiques, trashy second-hand shops and the city's last Aunt-Emma shop.

LOCAL DELICACIES Bremerhaven - The freshest fish can be found in Bremerhaven. Enjoy a delicious fish roll in hand on the New Harbour on board the restaurant ship "Klipfisch" or enjoy a cooking show with dinner/lunch in the Sea Fish Cooking Studio. Bremen - Bremen's local beers are world-known, i.e. Becks Beer: The brewery tour offers a fascinating insight into the art of beer brewing with a wealth of information on the brewery itself and its wellknown brand and the newly opened Union Brewery, specialising in craft beers which are 100% handmade and bottled in Bremen.

German Waterways & Bremen Beer Festival 9 nights on board Balmoral Departing: 19th October 2018 Newcastle - Bremen (overnight) Cruising Weser River - Hamburg Kiel - Warnemünde - Kiel Canal Transit - Newcastle

Includes £65 per cabin on board Spend Inside From £969pp Outside From £1,165pp Balcony From £1,939pp Cruising Magazine 33


Discover unforgettable river cruises on the most beautiful European waterways

Enjoy the unparalleled destination expertise and fully immersive cultural experiences offered only by Amadeus River Cruises. Discover the very best of Europe’s waterways in comfort and style aboard the award-winning Amadeus ships. Personalise your trip with flexible and enriching shore excursions - with Amadeus River Cruises the possibilities are endless.

New Ship FOR 2018

AMADEUS QUEEN The AMADEUS Queen, the 15th river cruise ship of the Austrian ship operator, will tour the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers as well as Dutch and Belgian waterways from spring 2018. A new on-board highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather. In the evenings, this area may also be used cinema showings.

TULIP SERENADE Amsterdam round-trip April 2018 - 7 nights Visiting: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Middelburg, Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam

FROM £1,199pp* 1,200 MILES ON THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE Vienna to Budpest (or in reverse) July & October 2018 - 9 nights Visiting: Vienna, Bratislava, Esztergom, Budapest, Mohacs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Iron Gates, Svistov, Giurgiu, Danube Delta, St. George, Fetesti, Bucharest

FROM £1,889pp*

BOOK NO

save

15% ON 2018 CRUISES

*Lead in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a C4 grade cabin departing 11.04.18 Tulips, 02.07.18 Danube. Price includes economy (estimated) flights from London (regional flights/rail available on request), transfers and port charges. 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. ^Prices include 15% Early Booking Discount.

34 Cruising Magazine

W


TRULY MOVING TRAIN JOURNEYS An Alaskan cruise features on many people’s bucket list and Vancouver is perfectly situated to begin or end an adventure to The Last Frontier. With the city’s cruise terminal recognised as one of the most passenger friendly in North America, it is no wonder 900,000 passengers choose to sail to or from the port each year. But Vancouver is not all that Western Canada has to offer. Journeying along rail routes steeped in history from the Gold Rush era is the Rocky Mountaineer, recently voted the Best Luxury Rail Service. Taking you through the heart of the Canadian Rockies and past some of the most spectacular scenery Mother Nature has to offer, Rocky Mountaineer allows you to carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain. As you travel along any one of the four different rail routes, your attentive train hosts will ensure no wildlife sighting goes unseen. They will also enhance your trip by indulging you in myths, legends and local history as each picturesque scene glides past your window– Canadians are great storytellers after all. Whilst you sit back and take in the awe-inspiring mountain ranges, the onboard executive chefs will delight your taste buds with gourmet, locally sourced food, fine wines and beers brewed within this captivating part of the world. At the end of your day’s journey, you can be assured of a comfortable hotel room – no sleeper bunks here. And with your luggage all taken care of by the dedicated team, it just leaves you to decide just how you wish to spend your evening. This year, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday with free entry to a plethora of national parks and celebrations galore. There has never been a better time to visit Canada!

GoldLeaf Service dining

WANT A SILVER-LINED ADVENTURE? • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows • Regionally inspired meals created by a team of award-winning chefs • Gourmet meals plated to your preference and serviced at your seat • Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks • Complimentary baggage delivery to your hotel

Wetern Explorer

7 Nights 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Visiting: Vancouver - Kamloops - Jasper Lake Louise - Banff - Calgary (or reverse) Including: 7 nights hotel stay, free transfers, National Park pass, 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches, 7 tours & excursions From £1919pp

GOLDLEAF SERVICE MEANS YOU’LL ENJOY THE BEST OF THE BEST • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • Hot gourmet 3-course breakfast lunch & dinner, served in the lower level private dining room. • A custom designed bi-level dome coach, with panoramic windows. • An exclusive outdoor viewing platform • Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks • Complimentary baggage delivery to your hotel

Canadian Rockies Adventures

7 Nights - 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf service Visiting: Vancouver - Kamloops Lake Louise - Banff - Calgary (or reverse) Including: 7 nights hotel stay, free transfers, National Park pass, 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches, 7 tours & excursions From £1979pp Cruising Magazine 35


EXPERIENCE AWARD WINNING STYLE

On an Emerald Waterways river cruise Emerald Waterways is Europe’s newest and most stylish river cruise line with a fleet of innovative Star-Ships bringing the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of Europe’s rivers. Take a dip in the heated on-board pool then watch it transform into a cinema as evening arrives. Spend your days exploring ashore then rest your head in your spacious, contemporary suite. Enjoy delicious authentic dining then digest the day’s experiences over a drink with new friends. Even better, award-winning Exceptional Emerald Value means all of this is included in the price of your cruise. Plus, with complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, an excursion in almost every port and even all tipping worth up to £440 per couple included, exploring Europe’s magical rivers with Emerald Waterways may cost less than you think.

Danube Delights

7 nights April to December 2018 Nuremberg to Budapest Cruise from £1,170pp Save up to £1,250 per couple*- plus enjoy unlimited FREE drinks throughout your cruise^.

Secrets of the Douro 7 nights April to December 2018 Porto to Porto Cruise from £1,370pp Save up to £750 per couple*- plus enjoy unlimited FREE drinks throughout your cruise^.

Best River Line for Value

Terms and Conditions: All of our holidays are subject to availability. Supplements apply for single travellers, upgraded cabins and other departure dates. Savings and the Premium Drinks Package^ is available for new bookings only made between 1st June and 30th June 2017 and is not available on our Asia river cruises or hotel stays, Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar are not included, no cash equivalent available. *All prices and savings include an Early Payment Discount of £125 per person, only valid when full payment is made at the time of booking. We reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time.Flights are subject to availability and may incur a supplement.

DISCOVER A WORLD OF LUXURY

The most inclusive river cruises in Europe Scenic offer the most inclusive river cruises in Europe, going to the Nth Degree to provide exclusive and authentic experiences, combined with award-winning excursions, to take you deep into the heart of every destination you visit.

After setting themselves the task of building the best river cruise ships for European waters, we have speciallycommissioned their state-of the-art Space-Ships to set the standard. And their design philosophy is not just about using the finest materials to create the most opulent interiors, they have purposefully limited the number of suites to create space and offer a more luxurious on board experience.

TRAVEL AWARDS 2016

WINNER

Bordeaux Affair

7 nights Departing: April to October 2018 Bordeaux to Bordeaux Cruise from £2,120pp Save up to £1,250 per couple*- plus free private door-to-door transfers^

Highlights of the Rhine 7 nights Departing: April to October Amsterdam to Basel Cruise from £2,020pp Save up to £1,250 per couple*- plus free private door-to-door transfers^

All this, as well as uncompromising signature all-inclusive service, confirms that Scenic really is the only way to cruise the incredible rivers of Europe. Terms and Conditions: On new 2018 bookings made between 16 May and 14 July 2017. *Savings of up to £1,250 per couple includes a £125 Early Payment Discount per person which you’ll receive if the balance is paid in full before 31 October 2017. ^Mileage restrictions apply. Offers can be withdrawn at any time.


LUXURY SUMMER SALE: UP TO 30% OFF

on selected Mediterranean cruises Pay for your cruise and don’t spend a penny on board. Regent Seven Seas Cruises® is the most inclusive, ultra-luxury cruise experience at sea. As well as free flights and transfers, on board guests want for nothing – fine dining, premium wines, spirits, and free unlimited shore excursions in almost every port of call where their fleet of four, all-suite ships – with a fifth being launched in 2020 - sail to every corner of the globe. This includes Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific Islands, Africa, South America, Cuba and more.

Flamenco and Paella

10 nights on board Seven Seas Voyager® Departing: 1st August 2017 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona From £4430pp Plus up to 58 Free shore Excursions Concierge suite plus 1 free night pre cruise hotel in Rome £5140pp Penthouse Suites plus Free Business class flights £5894pp

Italian Renaissance

7 nights on board Seven Seas Voyager® Departing: 12 September 2017 Barcelona to Rome From £3929pp Plus up to 36 Free shore Excursions Concierge suite plus 1 free night pre cruise hotel in Barcelona £4789pp Penthouse Suite plus Free Business class flights £5499pp

Tropical Essence

10 Nights on board Seven Seas Explorer® Departing: 9th Feb 2018 Miami to Miami From £5039pp Plus up to 41 Free shore Excursions Concierge suite plus 1 free night pre cruise hotel in Miami £5649pp Penthouse Suite £6799pp Plus $400 on board spend per suite Cruising Magazine 37


All Inclusive

Cruising WE INCLUDE:

• Ship accommodation

• All meals in non-speciality restaurants • Onboard bars and lounges Agadir

• All non-alcoholic beverages* • Alcoholic beverages including some premium brands*

Lanzarote

• Kids’ Activities

Fuerteventura

La Palma

• Live music

• Most onboard entertainment Tenerife

• Gymnasium

Gran Canaria

• Library • Disco • Poolside entertainment • Port charges *Restrictions and exclusions apply – please ask for details

6 NIGHT CANARY ISLANDS & MOROCCO Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Tenerife, Canary Islands Cruising Agadir, Morocco Lanzarote, Canary Islands Fuerteventura, Canary Las Palmas, Canary Islands Tenerife, Canary Islands

Departure Dates ▼ 08

£359

PP

4 NIGHT CANARY ISLANDS • Day 1

Tenerife, Canary Islands

• Day 2

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

• Day 3

Fuerteventura, Canary

• Day 4

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

• Day 5

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Departure Dates

• Private overseas transfers • Pre and/or post cruise hotel stays

• Day 1

Tenerife, Canary Islands

• Day 2

La Palma, Canary Islands

• Day 3

Cruising

• Day 4

Agadir, Morocco

• Day 5

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

• Day 6

Fuerteventura, Canary

• Day 7

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

• Day 8

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Departure Dates NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

▼ 26

▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ 03 10 21 28 NEW YEAR CRUISE CHRISTMAS CRUISE

DECEMBER

JANUARY

JANUARY

▼ 17

▼ 01

▼ ▼ ▼ 14 21 28

FROM ONLY

38 Cruising Magazine

• Flights direct from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

7 NIGHT CANARY ISLANDS & MOROCCO

JANUARY

FROM ONLY

WE CAN ALSO ARRANGE:

£229PP

FEBRUARY

MARCH

▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ 04 11 18 25 04 11 18

FROM ONLY

£349PP

Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a cabin, subject to availability and change. Full operator terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.fred.travel/about-fred/terms-conditions


Explore Mechelen No-fly rail journey What’s Included: • Return rail from London • 3 night 4* accommodation

from £299pp If you are looking for an alternative date, extra nights or have a different European holiday in mind, simply call now for your tailor-made holiday. Price is based on departing 4th August 2017 staying at a 4* hotel, is subject to availability and change.

Rail Holidays – UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Christmas Markets – Castles, Lakes & Mountains

COFFEE BREAK

Spot the difference

Spot the 7 differences from Celebrity’s Edge Stateroom.

Sudoku

Cruising Magazine 39


All prices are per person based on two adults sharing the lead in cabin grade unless otherwise stated. Prices correct at time of print (June 2017), and are subject to availability and change. Full operator terms and conditions apply and offers can be changed/withdrawn at any time. E&OE.

40 Cruising Magazine

for your peace of mind 09 44

ABTA No. J5035

Profile for Fred. Olsen Travel

GoCruise - Cruising Magazine July 2017  

GoCruise - Cruising Magazine July 2017  

Profile for fotpdfs