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Norway’s tastiest traditions... In keeping with our Norwegian theme, we have selected two popular Norwegian dishes for you to try at home...

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Welcome to the first edition of Cruising Magazine for 2017.

Norwegian Meatballs Beef Stew (Lapskaus)

Featured Destination: Discover the beauty of Noway’s Fjords.

This issue features one of cruising fans’ most popular destinations, the Norwegian Fjords, along with some of the more unique ‘special interest’ cruises available in the market today. We also take a look at expedition cruises for the more intrepid travellers amongst you, and for those who like to start their holiday as soon as possible, we include a range of ‘ex-uk’ cruises departing from regional ports across the country. Another popular way to extend your cruise holiday is to add on a hotel stay or land tour before or after your cruise – take a look at page 29 for some inspiration as to the best ‘add-ons’ to some of our most popular destinations.

‘Mors Kjøttkaker’ are arguably the most traditional dish of Norway. On Norwegian Independence Day (17th May), many people serve them with a cabbage stew, mushed peas, boiled potatoes and gravy. It’s a healthy and hearty meal for all of the family.

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Ingredients: 2 eggs, lightly beaten

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5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 cups beef broth

• Wash and peel the vegetables, and cut them into bite-size cubes. • Bring the beef broth to a boil and add the carrots and the rutabaga, and cook for 15 minutes. After the vegetables have boiled, add the potatoes, and cook for a further 15 minutes. • Add the meat and onions, and season with salt and pepper then continue to cook until the stew thickens.

Dash cayenne pepper Dash white pepper Method • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion and seasonings. Let stand until crumbs absorb the milk. • Add meat and stir until well blended into 1 inch meatballs.

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• Dice beef and cover with water then let it simmer for one hour.

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2 teaspoons salt

1 pound ground pork

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• Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 220° until browned, about 18 minutes or until a thermometer reads 71°; drain and set aside.

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• For gravy, in a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour and brown lightly. Slowly add broth; cook and stir until smooth and thickened. Blend in the cream, cayenne and white pepper. Gently stir in meatballs; heat through but do not boil.

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Cruise News AMADEUS PROVENCE NEW SHIP FOR 2017!

ECO-CRUISING FOR HURTIGRUTEN’S NEW SHIPS

Launching in Spring 2017, the Amadeus Provence will feature a plunge pool on the sun deck – a first for Amadeus River Cruises which boasts a fleet of 11 award-winning vessels. With a passenger capacity of 140 passengers, the 110 metre-long ship will offer an intimate experience for like-minded travellers seeking to explore the Rhone and Saone valleys.

Hurtigruten’s two new expedition ships will cruise the polar regions using an environmentally-friendly dual-fuel system. Hurtigruten claim that the new technology, combined with the effective use of electricity on board will reduce carbon emissions by 20% and enable ships to sail silently into the fjords.

DOUBLE THE DELIGHT FOR MSC CRUISES MSC Cruises has announced that its new ship for 2017, MSC Meraviglia, will be followed by another ship from the same class in 2019. The MSC Bellissima will boast 2,244 cabins and will be able to accommodate 5,714 passengers who will be able to dine at one of many specialty restaurants including Kaito Sushi and the Butcher’s Cut steakhouse.

UK cruisers are looking forward to welcoming P&O Cruises’ Adonia back into the fold as she embarks on a series of ‘discovery itineraries’ from June 2017. The 700 passenger vessel, which enjoyed a brief spell in Cuba and the Dominican Republic under parent company Carnival’s ‘Fathom’ brand, will be visiting ports of call off the beaten track across Europe.

OCEANIA CRUISES TO OPERATE CRUISES TO CUBA IN 2017

MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE THE MISSISSIPPI For those of you wishing to explore the Deep South along the banks of the Mississippi, look out for the launch of the American Steamboat Company’s new ship, the American Duchess. Set to come into service in June this year, this boutique paddle steamer will cruise the Lower Mississippi River between the iconic destinations of Memphis and Old Orleans.

ADONIA RETURNS TO UK

ALBANIA PLACED ON THE CRUISE MAP BY MSC MSC Cruises has announced that they will be adding weekly calls to Saranda in Albania on voyages from Venice on board MSC Poesia in 2017. The itinerary will visit one port a day including Bari in Italy, Dubrovnik in Croatia, and Katakolon, Pireaus and Mykonos in Greece.

Premium cruise line Oceania has revealed its first three inaugural voyages from Miami to Cuba, starting March 2017. After receiving government approval, Oceania will be offering one 14-day cruise and two 10-day cruises, each taking in the colourful city of Havana. Guests will enjoy a wide choice of excursions within Havana , enabling them to enjoy the authentic Cuban experience including its music, people, art and culture.

NEW EXOTIC CLIMES FOR VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY Voyages of Discovery will be cruising to Cape Town in South Africa and the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka during Winter 2017/18. Voyager will take passengers on a 22 day cruise from Tenerife to Cape Town on 29th November 2017, visiting one of the most remote islands in the world, St Helena, where Napoleon was exiled in 1815. Amadeus Provence deck with featured plunge pool - Launching spring 2017

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Filled with a spectacular array of diverse and exotic destinations, your world awaits your discovery. There is simply no better way to explore it than aboard the elegant ships of Oceania Cruises. Their unique itineraries are wide-ranging, featuring the most fascinating destinations throughout the world. Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Sirena, Marina and Riviera are all intimate and luxurious, with each calling on the world’s most desirable ports, from historic cities and modern meccas to seaside villages and faraway islands.

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11 days on board Riviera Departing: 5th July 2017 Visiting: Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Cartagena, Ibiza, Barcelona, Provence, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Florence/Pisa/Tuscany, Rome Pre-paid gratuities worth up to £242 per person and $100 ship board credit included.

9 days on board Riviera Departing: 17th October 2017 Visiting: Monte Carlo, Portofino, Florence/ Pisa/Tuscany, Rome, Villefranche, Provence, Sete, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona Pre-paid gratuities and $150 ship board credit included.

Exclusive Additional Benefits: $800 ship board credit OR House beverage package OR 4 complimentary shore excursions.

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8 days on board Riviera Departing: 5th August 2017 Visiting: Athens, Santorini, Taormina, Amalfi/Positano, Rome, Florence/Pisa/ Tuscany, Portofino, Monte Carlo Pre-paid gratuities and $100 ship board credit included. Exclusive Additional Benefits: $600 ship board credit OR House beverage package OR 3 complimentary shore excursions Veranda stateroom from £2349pp

Iconic Coastlines 11 days on board Sirena Departing: 11th September 2017 Visiting: Venice (overnight), Zadar, Kotor, Corfu, Taormina, Sorrento, Rome, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Palamos, Barcelona Pre-paid gratuities and $50 ship board credit included. Exclusive Additional Benefits: $800 ship board credit OR house beverage package OR 4 complimentary shore excursions Oceanview stateroom from £3259pp

14 days on board Marina Departing: 7th November 2017 Visiting: Rome, Sorrento/Capri, Messina, Jerusalem (overnight), Limassol, Rhodes, Gythion, Valletta, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona Pre-paid gratuities and $150 ship board credit included. Exclusive Additional Benefits: $1000 ship board credit OR house beverage package OR 5 complimentary shore excursions. Oceanview stateroom from £2979pp

Mayan Mystique 10 days on board Riviera Departing: 12th December 2017 Visiting: Miami, George Town, Cozumel, Roatan, Santo Tomas, Belize, Costa Maya, Key West, Miami Pre-paid gratuities and $200 ship board credit included. Exclusive Additional Benefits: $600 ship board credit OR house beverage package OR 3 complimentary shore excursions. Oceanview stateroom from £2099pp

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Norway's Fjords

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Some of Mother Nature’s finest work can be seen amongst the Fjords and valleys of Norway. Formed during the last Ice Age by mighty glaciers that carved out the rock-faces and cliffs to form stunning lakes and inlets surrounded by majestic mountains; the Fjords are Norway’s number one attraction and for good reason. Exploring the Fjords by cruise ship is one of the best ways to experience these stunning natural phenomena up close and personal. Many can also be visited during excursions from cities such as Bergen, Olso and Tromso. We give you an overview of some of the country’s most jaw-dropping fjords and what you can look forward to when you get there.


GEIRANGERFJORD

TROLLFJORD

Surrounded by majestic peaks, lush green cliffs and thundering waterfalls, the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord is one of the more popular highlights of a Norwegian Fjords cruise. There are several ways to enjoy the fjords, aside from admiring them from the decks of a cruise ship, including: kayaking, rafting, hiking or cycling its spectacular surroundings.

Found between the Lofoten Islands and Vesteralen archipelago, the Trollfjord is one of the country’s most exotic fjords with an extremely narrow entrance and spectacularly steep mountain sides. Only the most compact of ships can traverse its narrow waters, and once you are through, keep your eyes peeled for the flocks of native Sea Eagles that roam the skies here.

SOGNEFJORD The longest (and deepest) fjord in Norway boasts several ‘branches’ including the UNESCO-listed Naeroyfjord, surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, and the Lusterfjord, which has inspired artists with its unique beauty. The area around Sognefjord is renowned for its fresh pastures and abundance of fruit, berries and game, along with delicious goats cheese. Popular also with hikers, you can find no less than five fantastic national parks and valleys within the region where you can enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking and more.

HARDANGERFJORD The ‘Queen of the Fjords’, Hardangerfjord is the 3rd longest fjord in the world at 179km. The Hardanger region is synonymous with Norwegian folk culture and famed for some of the country’s most amazing hikes. It is also home to one of Norway’s most popular waterfalls, the Steinsdalsfodden, which is special in that you can walk behind it without getting wet, thanks to the overhanging cliff face that shelters its visitors.

THE ARCTIC CIRCLE In addition to visiting the country’s many fjords, you can also venture further north to Kirkenes and the Arctic Circle. Some specialist cruise operators will also take you up to Svalbard for a true ‘Arctic’ cruise where you can see whales, seals, arctic foxes, polar bears and more. With such a wide variety of cruise lines and ship types heading to Norway’s Fjords, from small expedition-style ships, to mainstream and luxury vessels there is a lot of choice out there. Whether you choose a taster cruise or 7 night sailing or something a little longer, a cruise is a fantastically affordable way to experience this stunning part of the world.

FJORD FACTS • The peak Norway season is June to August, however to avoid the crowds, consider May or September too – just remember to wrap up a little warmer! • Trolls feature heavily in Norwegian folklore and according to the tales, are turned to stone if they do not hide before the sun rises. One of the most beautiful fjords of Norway, Trollfjord, is said to be inhabited by a vast amount of trolls, as is Hardangerfjord. • Sognefjord was one of the most important Viking trading routes, connecting villages Sogn and Bergen, and enabling villagers to transport fish, berries and fruits to local markets. • Fjords were created through several ice ages. Formed by giant glacier tongues that subsequently shaped the landscape, a fjord can be described as a u-shaped undersea valley. • The Norwegian Fjord Horse, or Fjord Horse, is thought to be one of the world's oldest breed of horse.

LYSEFJORD Over in the Stavanger region, lies the Lysefjord, home to the ‘infamous’ Pulpit Rock, often referred to as the most spectacular viewpoint in the world. Soaring 2000ft above Lysefjord, Pulpit Rock can be reached via a 3 hour hike from Stavanger itself. Alternatively, you can experience Lysefjord from the water on a refreshing cruise where you can explore its idyllic islands, waterfalls and plentiful nature.

Recommended Cruise Lines for visiting the Norwegian Fjords: P&O Cruises Fred. Olsen Cruises Hurtigruten Celebrity Cruises Swan Hellenic Cruise & Maritime Pullmantur Cruises MSC Cruises

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WHAT ABOUT ST. PETERSHAGEN… ATHENICE… ROMELONA… OR MALTORINI… BARUBA… SAN COUVER? Feel Free. And if you’re thinking Norwegian Cruise Line is changing the global map, we’re not. It’s just our way of showing you how we connect Europe and the world. That’s beautiful places like the palaces of St. Petersburg and Copenhagen’s cobbled streets, Iceland’s volcanoes and Norway’s fjords, the antiquities of Athens and chic Nice, Ancient Rome and trend-setting Barcelona, such contrasting islands as Malta and Santorini… and so many more.

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Indonesia Stay & Sail Departs 28th June 2017 7 nights aboard Star Clipper Visiting: Bali, Gili Kondo, Komodo National Park, Pink Beach, Satonda Island, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan, Gili Nanggu, Bali

Culinary Delicacies

from around the globe The world is such an interesting place, not least thanks to the weird and wonderful gastronomic ‘delights’ that can be found within its towns and cities. From Italian quirks to Inuit feasts, we take a little look at some of the more unusual examples out there…

SNAKE WINE Found in a number of Asian countries, including Vietnam where it originated, this is said to contain a number of medicinal benefits, including a cure for hair-loss and a boosted libido! Generally made by fermenting a whole snake (usually venomous) within a bottle of rice wine, it is not dangerous as the snake poison is inactivated by the ethanol in the alcohol.

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CASU MARZ

WITCHETTY GRUB

A traditional Sardinian cheese milk made from Sheep, Casu Marz is famous for the live insect larvae it contains. Literally translated as ‘rotten cheese’ it is illegal to buy outside of Sardinia.

Fans of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ will no doubt have come across these little blighters already. A staple diet for Indigenous Australians, the Witchetty Grub is ‘bushmeat’ at its best. It can be eaten raw or lightly cooked, closely resembling scrambled egg.

KIVIAK A traditional Inuit Winter feast, Kiviak was created to avoid starvation throughout the long dark winter months in Greenland. Made from fermented birds sealed inside a seal carcass and left for several months, it may sound rather repugnant, but can be a lifesaver!

WASP CRACKERS A delicacy in Japan, these cookiestyle crackers, “Jibachi Senbe” apparently don’t taste as bad as they sound. Available to buy in the city of Nagano in the Chubu region of Japan, as well as on Amazon, they are said to pack a fierce punch, containing 81% protein – the highest percentage of any insect.

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7 nights on board Navigator of the Seas© Departing: 25 August 2017 Departs Southampton (roundtrip) Visiting: Paris/Normandy, Lisbon & Vigo Balcony Staterooms from 1st Guest - £1,500pp | 2nd Guest - £750pp

12 nights on board Navigator of the Seas© Departing: 14 June 2017 Departs Southampton (roundtrip) Visiting: Oslo, Copenhagen, Tallinn, St Petersburg (overnight), Helsinki & Bruges Balcony Staterooms from 1st Guest - £2450pp | 2nd Guest - £1225pp

7 nights on board Rhapsody of the Seas© Departing: 17 June 2017 Departs Venice (roundtrip) Visiting: Venice, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Santorini & Katakolon Balcony Staterooms from 1st Guest - £2260pp | 2nd Guest – £1130pp

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Come experience our extraordinary world for a little less in 2017. Buy one, all-inclusive cruise fare and, you’ll get another, for half the price. As well as having our best ever drinks package included in the price, you’ll also get 50% off the kid’s cruise fare too. Plus a reduced deposit of £25pp when you book by 6th March 2017. Terms and conditions apply. T&Cs: Promotion applicable to new bookings made until 06.03.17 on selected European sailings of 6+ nights departing between 01.04.17 & 31.10.17. Promotion is a saving of 50% from the full cruise fare of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th guests staying in the same stateroom. Promotion includes for the 1st and 2nd guests the Deluxe Beverage Package for adults or the Royal Refreshment Soda Package for persons under the applicable drinking age and includes selected individual beverage items up to $12 (retail value) available onboard. Bottles of wine are not included. Plus, sailings booked 57 days or more before you sail will obtain a reduced deposit of £25pp (not available on group bookings). Prices are cruise only. Exclusions & full T&C apply

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14 nights on board Independence of the Seas© Departing: 1 May 2017 Departs Southampton (roundtrip) Visiting: Gibraltar, Barcelona, Nice, Rome (Civitavecchia), Valencia, Malaga, Seville (Cadiz) Interior Staterooms from 1st Guest – £1500pp | 2nd Guest - £750pp

7 nights on board Jewel of the Seas© Departing: 25 June 2017 Departs Rome (Civitavecchia) (roundtrip) Visiting: Cannes/Monte Carlo, Ajaccio, Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, Cagliari, Sardinia Interior Staterooms from 1st Guest - £1400pp | 2nd Guest - £700pp

14 nights on board Independence of the Seas© Departing: 30 September 2017 Departs Southampton (roundtrip) Visiting: Gibraltar, Nice, Rome, Florence/ Pisa, Marseille, Malaga & Lisbon Balcony Staterooms from 1st Guest - £ 2550pp | 2nd Guest - £1275pp Cruising Magazine 11 11 Cruising Magazine


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Your Cruise Calendar Where to go and when Often half the problem when choosing where to go on your next cruise holiday is deciding what time of year to go and why. This is especially true if you have a particular reason for visiting such as wanting to witness natural phenomena, to seek out wildlife or simply to make the most of good weather.

JANUARY - FEBRUARY It’s hard to beat a journey to Antarctica in January, especially if seeing cute little penguin chicks is top of your list! Seabirds and seals are also very active this time of year, whilst moving on to February, you are most likely to see humpbacks, sperm whales and orca. Expedition cruises only sail between November and March and you will need to book well in advance!

We have outlined some of the destinations you may like to consider for each month of the year below – this is not an exhaustive list of course and there is plenty of room for manouvere depending on what it is you would like to do when you get there.

spectacular tulip gardens in the worldfamous Keukenhof Gardens. Whilst the tulips are at their peak in mid-April, visiting slightly earlier will help you avoid most of the heaviest crowds. March is also a popular month to visit India and take part in the worldfamous Holi Festival – a colourful and very popular festival that both natives and tourists can get involved in. Here, you can celebrate amongst elephants and local families as Spring is welcomed all around you.

A trip to the Caribbean and South America at the turn of the year is a great way to kick off the next 12 months in style. Indeed from November-March you will enjoy warm temperatures allowing you to make the most of sightseeing and outdoor activities. Whilst the Caribbean can be very busy this time of year, you will have the benefit of LOTS of cruise lines to choose from as many of them will be positioned here for the season.

April is the perfect time to visit Japan whilst it is in full Cherry Blossom bloom. These world famous flowers line the streets as far as the eye can see – perfect for photographers who wish to capture this beautiful, natural sight. The weather too is lovely and warm without being too hot to bear, so you can fit in plenty of sightseeing in comfort.

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Summer crowds. Whether you choose to sail the Dalmatian Coast and visit destinations such as Dubrovnik and Kotor, or decide to take a tour to France’s wine regions; pleasant temperatures and stunning scenery await. Warmer sea temperatures are also sure to tempt you to try out a spot of kayaking or snorkeling, a great way to explore your destination from a different perspective.

JUNE Visiting the Amazon in Peru during ‘Low water season’, which starts in June and lasts through to November, will enable you to get off the beaten track and into the Jungle. The trails are accessible once the water retreats, mosquitoes are at their lowest levels and you are likely to spot a larger number of birds too. If monkeys are your thing however and you wish to experience some of the Amazon’s smaller canals and tributaries, high water season will offer you these opportunities – just be sure to bring your waterproofs as December to May is wetter and cooler during this season.


JULY

Most of Europe and the Mediterranean, including the Greek Islands should enjoy great weather during July – perfect if you are in the market for beaches and water-sports. Just watch out for the end of the month when schools break up and prices creep higher.

AUGUST If you are interested in whalewatching in Alaska you are most likely to spot them in August. However, be aware that early August is still within peak season so prices are higher, ships tend to be more crowded and, whilst mild, you could experience some rainy days. The Canaries Islands offer almost guaranteed sunshine during August, with many cruise lines offering ‘island hopping’ itineraries so that you can sample more than one of this archipelago’s delights. Book your cabin early however as availability will be limited the closer you get to summer due to the Canaries’ popularity.

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Warm temperatures and sunny skies make the summer months the ideal time to visit Northern Europe. The Baltic ports and Norwegian Fjords are stunning at this time of the year and, whilst likely to be a bit more expensive than at other times of the year, you can’t beat an afternoon out on deck or in a port-side café sipping a cool drink as you watch the spectacular scenery go by.

If you are considering a long-haul holiday at this time of year, it’s important to note that much of Asia and South East Asia do experience monsoons during ‘our’ summer months – as it is their ‘wet’ season. Over in North America too, hurricane season will commence from June to September.

SEPTEMBER Wildlife fans won’t go far wrong than visiting Kenya during September – just in time for the Wildebeest migration. Other safari destinations to consider at this time of the year include Chobe National Park in Botswana where herds of buffalo and elephant will start to appear. Alternatively in Namibia, you are likely to spot more wildlife congregating around water holes due to dry season. Several cruise lines including Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, MSC, Celebrity Cruises and Oceania Cruises offer the chance to combine a cruise with a safari. Whilst Canada enjoys its driest, warmest weathers in the summer, in addition to offering opportunities to spot bears and beluga whales, it really does come into its own throughout the Autumn months. Beautiful colourful foliage and fresh, crisp air are synonymous with this region throughout September and October. Be sure to pack an extra jumper towards the end of this season however as temperatures start to fall.

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER This time of year benefits from much lower rates if you are thinking of heading to Europe or the Med. Temperatures won’t be at their highest of course, but you will benefit from a little extra space and the ability to wander through some of Europe’s famous sites and fascinating museums at your own leisure. Further afield you will find a wider range of cruises to choose from if you wish to sail to Australia from late November onwards. The weather is typically best right up to March – perfect for taking in Sydney’s beaches and Harbour area, as well as exploring the exciting city of Perth. You can also get some great deals by sailing to the Caribbean early November when the hurricane season will be over and the crowds yet to emerge.

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Mini cruises to Germany’s Christmas Markets will offer you a fantastically festive break on the lead up to the Big Day – these may be the exception when it comes to the ability to find lower rates during Europe’s ‘low season’ – short break cruises are becoming increasingly popular so be sure to book in advance.. Looking at long haul destinations, a cruise to Australia in December means you can take in the iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks at Sydney Harbour, whilst a short hop away in New Zealand you can enjoy clear, sunny weather. Cruising Magazine 13


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What's included: • 12-day Classic Round Voyage • Full-board set-menu dining • Choice of cabin category • Choice of cabin number • Expedition suites available • Choice of preferred dining time • Complimentary tea and coffee • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Terms & Conditions: Offers apply to new bookings only. From prices quoted are in GBP and are per person, based on full occupancy of an unspecified inside two-berth cabin, on a full-board basis. Inclusive flights on the Select fare on the 12-day Classic Round Voyage between 1 April and 31 Dec 2017 are based on return economy flights from London and include all current taxes and charges. Regional departure airports available at a supplement. Single supplements may apply. Cabins and excursions are subject to availability. Hurtigruten operates a flexible pricing system and prices are capacity controlled, correct at time of booking. Not included: travel insurance, luggage handling, international flights (unless otherwise stated), optional excursions or gratuities. Flights booked with Hurtigruten are ATOL protected (ATOL 3584). All itineraries are subject to change due to local conditions. See website for full itineraries and full booking terms and conditions.

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For Oceanview and higher* Book before 31st March 2017* Journeys through the centuries, a paradise among island paradises, new adventures Down Under, and so much more is waiting for you with Azamara Club Cruises®.

Make your travel dreams a reality in 2017!

On board Azamara Journey® Departing: 14 June 2017 Lisbon | At Sea | St. Peter Port | Cherbourg, Honfleur (overnight) | Amsterdam (overnight) | Hamburg (overnight), AzAmazing EveningSM Event Amsterdam, Netherlands 20 Jun 2017 Organ Concert in Monnickendam and the ‘big church’ of Grote Kerk. Club Oceanview staterooms from: 1st Guest - £2309pp 2nd Guest - £1337pp

8-Night Venice & The Amalfi Coast On board Azamara Quest® Departing: 14 July 2017 Venice (3 overnights) | At Sea | Kotor | Corfu | Giardini Naxos (Taormina | Amalfi, Rome (Civitavecchia) Club Oceanview staterooms from: 1st Guest - £2399pp 2nd Guest - £1380pp

7-Night Monaco Yacht Show & Tuscany On board Azamara Journey® Departing: 25 September 2017 Barcelona | St. Tropez | Monte Carlo (overnight) | Nice | Santa Margherita | Portofino | Florence/Pisa (Livorno, overnight) | Rome (Civitavecchia) AzAmazing EveningSM Event – Monte Carlo, Monaco 27 Sep 2017 Les Farfadais at The Grimaldi Forum Experience a magical evening of stunning acrobatics in glamorous Monaco. Club Oceanview staterooms from: 1st Guest - £2363pp 2nd Guest - £1332pp

14-Night Thailand & Vietnam On board Azamara Journey® Departing: 9 December 2017 Singapore | At Sea | Ko Samui | Bangkok (Klong Toey, 2 overnights) | At Sea | Ho Chi Minh City (overnight) | At Sea | Hue (Danang) | Hanoi (Halong Bay, overnight) | At Sea | Hong Kong AzAmazing EveningSM Event – Klong Toey (Bangkok) 12 Dec 2017 Celebrate a Thai festival at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Ancient City of Bnagkok. Club Oceanview Staterooms from: 1st Guest - £4701pp 2nd Guest - £3021pp

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, cruise only, in GBP, and subject to availability. All rates, savings, offers and itineraries are subject to change without notice. BOGOHO: Offer applies to bookings created 12 December 2016 – 31 March 2017 (“Offer Period”). Offer applies to select sailings departing on or after June 9, 2017. Second Guest 50% Off (BOGOHO) Offer provides 50% off cruise fare of the second guest booked in the same stateroom as the first full fare paying guest. Offer applies to all stateroom categories; category availability varies by sailing. Offer may not be available on all categories on all sailings. BOGOHO Plus: Offer provides one Unlimited Internet package for guest booked in an oceanview or higher stateroom under BOGOHO Offer. Unlimited Internet package provides guest with unlimited internet minutes for use onboard; one device per package.

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2018 CRUISES AVAILABLE NOW Europe • Alaska • Caribbean Canada & New England Leave every-day cares behind and allow us to attend to your every need, as we glide from one exciting destination to the next. Unwind with the people you love the most, in a place where your biggest worry is deciding which wonderful experience or signature dish to try first. Savour the feeling of rejuvenation that comes hand in hand with exciting new adventures, that await you all around the world. Come back with new memories to share - come back new, from a Princess cruise.

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FOOD & DINING EXPERIENCE Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended

14 nights on board Sapphire Princess Departing: 28th July 2018 SUMMER HOLIDAYS Visiting: Southampton, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Genoa , Marseille , Gibraltar, Southampton Inside stateroom from only £1699pp BALCONY stateroom from only £2299pp

Norwegian Fjords 7 nights on board Sapphire Princess Departing: 11th August 2018 SUMMER HOLIDAYS Visiting: Southampton, Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt , Geirangerfjord, Bergen, Southampton Inside stateroom from only £999pp BALCONY stateroom from only £1299pp

Midnight Sun 14 nights on board Sapphire Princess Departing: 18th August 2018 SUMMER HOLIDAYS Visiting: Southampton, Stavanger, Flaam, Hellesylt, Geirangerfjord, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Tromso, Lofoten Islands, Aalesund, Bergen, Southampton Inside stateroom from only £1699pp BALCONY stateroom from only £2299pp

^5% early booking deposit available until 28 Feb 2017 and applies to 2018 Europe, Alaska & Summer Caribbean cruises. ABTA and ATOL protected. Princess Cruises on board restaurants have been reviewed by 100 Good Housekeeping readers and awarded the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement. Cruising Magazine 17 17 Cruising Magazine


Special Interest Cruises

The adage ‘there is a cruise to suit everyone’ has never been more true than in recent years with an explosion of special interest cruises entering the market. Differing tastes, interests and hobbies identified in cruisers has enabled cruise lines to come up with some fantastically themed cruises to satisfy even the most niche. From Bridge and Jazz cruises, to the more established Wine and Music cruises, we take a look at just some of the diverse range of cruises on offer throughout 2017/18…

MUSIC CRUISES

ships. You can enjoy free daily yoga and meditation on deck, underneath thousands of square feet of billowing sails - the ultimate relaxation for body and soul, enhanced by the fresh sea air. Silversea also offer a selection of Wellness Expedition voyages designed to improve your wellbeing. Taking you to some of the most remote, untouched places in the world, you can enjoy a complete onboard programme of yoga and stretching classes, spa treatments and healthy daily menus.

PHOTOGRAPHY CRUISES

Cunard’s three Queens regularly host Big Band Balls for dance and music lovers around the world. You can enjoy music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie & Duke Ellington in the opulent surroundings of the Queens Room ballroom. For Opera fans, Cunard, MSC Cruises and Regent Seven Seas are amongst some of the cruise lines tying up their Mediterranean cruises with an overnight stay in Venice or Verona, enabling you to take in the Arena di Verona Opera Festival.

Many cruise lines, particularly those that venture into some of the world’s most exotic, far-flung corners of the world, now offer special photography workshops on board. Led by professional photographers, you can learn how to take the perfect picture, whether you wish to capture wildlife on camera, photograph magnificent landscapes or take a tricky nighttime shot. Expedition cruise lines offering expert-led photography sessions include Poseidon & Oceanwide.

WELLNESS CRUISES

BIRDS & WILDLIFE CRUISES

Star Clippers will be offering several ‘Yoga, Fitness & Pilates’ cruises throughout 2017 on board their three

Most Alaska cruises are fantastic for wildlife as you can imagine, and those that include stays in Denali National

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Park also offer the opportunity to see grizzly bears, Golden Eagles, Moose and more! Over in India’s Assam region too, you can enjoy a visit to Kaziranga National Park as part of a river cruise along the Brahmaputra and go in search of the magnificent Bengal Tiger. Expedition cruises to Antarctica with cruise lines such as Poseidon Expeditions will of course be geared towards wildlife watching – from sea birds to penguins and seals… your camera will never be out of your hands!

ART CRUISES Explore Art History with a variety of Smithsonian Journeys’ Art-Themed Cruises throughout 2017, including a trip to Holland and Belgium on board Amadeus Silver II. Avalon Waterways will also be promoting an ‘Art and Impressionists’ cruise in August 2017 where you can experience scenic Northern France and explore art museums on shore. On the oceans, Cunard are offering an Arts & Literary Tour cruise on board Queen Elizabeth in July, with famed actor Robert Powell as guest speaker.

SPORT & FITNESS CRUISES The idea of cruises being predominantly sedentary has all but gone out of the window in recent years, with the majority of cruise lines now offering a variety of sport and fitness options on board. From rock climbing and water-skiing to kayaking, golf and on board bicycles, each cruise line has something to offer all sporting enthusiasts whatever their interest. On board fitness centres now offer group classes in the form of popular pilates, yoga and spinning, whilst on shore, a number of cruise lines including Fred. Olsen Cruise Line offer walking or cycling excursions for you to explore the world and enjoy a little exercise at the same time. Contact your Cruising Specialist today to find out more about the range of themed cruises on offer today. If you have a particular interest and can’t see it featured on this page, please just ask and we will do our best to find the perfect cruise for you!

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Cruise Sale Free Drinks

Free Spending Money^

on almost every cruise*

In your destinations

Plus Free Door to Door Transfers^

*No Single Supplement on selected cruises & rooms+

Added value offers end 31st January 2017 latest

Captains in Cadiz See all four Fred. Olsen ships in the same port, on the same day! On 10th September 2018 all four of our ships will dock in the historic Spanish city of Cádiz to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Fred. Olsen's beginnings. There will be themed entertainment on board and on the quayside; specially crafted menus; performances from the ships’ Show Teams and local acts; and much more! Don’t miss the chance to join in the fun by booking one of the fantastic cruises below:

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The Flavour of Spain (M1822)

31 Aug 2018

14nts

Braemar

Southampton

£1799pp

Portuguese Explorer (W1819)

1 Sept 2018

14nts

Black Watch

Liverpool

£1749pp

Cities of Spain & Portugal (L1829)

2 Sep 2018

14nts

Balmoral

Newcastle

£1499pp

Island-Hopping to Suez (D1819)

5 Sep 2018

15nts

Boudicca

Dover

£1399pp

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Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers (L1707) 7 nights on board Balmoral Departing: 30 April 2017 Visiting: Dover, Bergen, Olden, (Cruising Nordfjord), (Cruising Hornelen), Flam, (Cruising Naeroyfjord), (Cruising Lysefjord), Dover Free Kr560pp on shore spending money when you book by 31 January 2017 Oceanview from £949pp

Sun, Sea, & Monaco GP (W1705) 16 nights on board Black Watch Departing: 19 May 2017 Visiting: Southampton, Malaga, Cartagena, Cannes, Nice (overnight), Barcelona, Gibraltar, Southampton Free €125pp on shore spending money when you book by 31 January 2017 Oceanview from £2149pp

A Caribbean Discovery (L1726) 32 nights on board Balmoral Departing: 29 October 2017 Visiting: Southampton, Lisbon, Funchal, Bridgetown (overnight), Cruising, Castries, St. George’s, Kingstown, Roseau, (Cruising by Montserrat at Sunrise). St John’s, Road Town, Basseterre, Ponta Delgada, El Ferrol, Southampton Free $200 on shore spending money when you book by 31 January 2017 Oceanview from £3799pp

Madagascar, Mozambique & South Africa (D1728) 14 nights on board Boudicca 28 December 2017 Visiting: Port Louis (overnight), Port Reunion, Toliara, Maputo, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town (x2 overnight) Oceanview from £2149pp

Thinking of travelling solo in 2017?

No single supplement on selected cruises and rooms when you book by 1st March 2017+

Cities & Waterways of Europe (L1706) 8 nights on board Balmoral Departing: 22 April 2017 Visiting: Dover, Hamburg (overnight), Cruising River Elbe, Cruising North Sea Canal, Amsterdam (overnight), Cruising Western Scheldt River, Antwerp (overnight), Dover Singles from £1399

Scenic Spain (L1708) 8 nights on board Balmoral Departing: 7 May 2017 Visiting: Dover, La Coruna, Gijon, Santander, Gexto (for Bilbao), Dover Singles from £1599

In Search of the Northern Lights (L1804) 14 nights on board Balmoral Departing: 10 March 2018 Visiting: Southampton, Trondheim, Cruising Torghatten, Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range, Crossing Arctic Circle, Tromso (overnight), Alta (overnight), Narvik, Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range, Cruising Torghatten, Cruising Rorvik, Andalsnes, Bergen, Southampton Singles from £2499

*Excludes sailings shorter than five nights, any part of 2017 Grand Voyages and departures after March 2018. March 2017 onwards. ^Selected cruises when booked by 31st January 2017. Free on shore spending money offer is combinable with Free Upgrade to All Inclusive offer and Solo Offers. Free on shore spending money offer is not combinable with free door to door transfer offer. Amount of spending money is dependent on cruise length. Free transfer offer is combinable with Free Upgrade to All Inclusive offer and Solo Offers. Free transfer offer is not combinable with Free on shore spending money offer. Mileage limits and conditions apply. +Solo offer is combinable with free on shore spending money offer and Free door to door transfer offer. Solo offer is not combinable with free upgrade to all inclusive. D1819 sailing requires return flight from Jordan - fly cruise fare available. Campaign pricing based on Freedom Fares; based on double occupancy of an interior cabin unless otherwise stated. Anchor Fares are not combinable with any elements of the Cruise Sale. These Terms and Conditions are in addition to Fred. Olsen’s standard Terms and Conditions. Please see our website for full details. Exclusions apply.

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THE WORLD IS OPEN. THE SALE IS ON. Come on in, to a world filled with possibilities. Where the bar is made of ice, and the top deck made of grass. Where you can immerse yourself in a new destination every day. Where ‘me time’ is all the time. And if you book an eligible Ocean View stateroom or above before 28 February 2017, on selected 2017/18 European and Abu Dhabi sailings, you’ll save up to £500 per stateroom, plus enjoy a free Classic Drinks Package*. Plus, 3rd and 4th guests will save up to £100pp and receive a Non-Alcoholic Drinks Package. *Terms and conditions apply.

Book an eligible Ocean View stateroom or by 28 February 2017, on selected European and Abu Dhabi 2017/18 sailings and you’ll save up to £500 per stateroom, plus enjoy a free Classic Drinks Package. Plus, 3rd and 4th guests will save up to £100 per person and receive a Non-Alcoholic Drinks Package. For eligible stateroom bookings made during the promotion period on (a) selected European sailings departing between April 2017 and October 2017 and (b) selected Abu Dhabi sailings departing between November 2017 and April 2018, the first two guests will receive a saving on the prevailing cruise fare price of £200 per stateroom (being £100 per person) for Oceanview & Balcony bookings, £400 per stateroom (being £200 per person) for Concierge & Aqua bookings and £500 per stateroom (being £250 per person) for Suite bookings. Each additional guest in the same stateroom will receive a complimentary non –alcoholic drinks package and a saving on the prevailing cruise fare price of £100 per person irrespective of stateroom class. Guarantee stateroom bookings in classes Z, Y, X, XC, XA & W are excluded. *The Classic Drinks Package includes beers up to $6 per serving, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs and frozen drinks up to $8 per serving, and wine-by-the-glass up to $9 per serving. Prices shown already include the campaign savings. All pricing correct at time of going to print (Dec 2016) and are subject to availability and change. Further terms and conditions apply.

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Italy & Spain Cruise

10 nights on board Celebrity Constellation® Departing: 2 May 2017 Itinerary: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | Naples, Italy | Catania, Sicily, Italy | Valletta, Malta | At Sea | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia, Spain | At Sea | Barcelona, Spain (overnight) Oceanview Staterooms from £1729pp

Italy & Greek Isles Cruise 10 nights on board Celebrity Reflection® Departing: 19 May 2017 Itinerary: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | Messina (Sicily), Italy | Valletta, Malta | At Sea | Mykonos, Greece | Rhodes, Greece | Santorini, Greece | Athens (Piraeus), Greece | At Sea | Naples, Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Oceanview Staterooms from £1959pp

Scandinavia & Russia Cruise 12 Nights on board Celebrity Silhouette® Departing: 6 July 2017 Itinerary: Stockholm, Sweden | Helsinki, Finland | St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight) | Muuga (Tallinn), Estonia | At Sea | Warnemunde, Germany | Copenhagen, Denmark (overnight) | At Sea | Oslo, Norway | At Sea | Amsterdam, Holland Oceanview Staterooms from £2339pp

Adriatic & Mediterranean Cruise 11 nights on board Celebrity Constellation® Departing: 7 September 2017 Itinerary: Venice, Italy | Ravenna, Italy | Dubrovnik, Croatia (overnight) | Kotor, Montenegro | At Sea | Catania, Sicily, Italy | At Sea | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Ibiza, Spain | Valencia, Spain | Barcelona, Spain Oceanview Staterooms from £1879pp

Spain, France, & Italy Cruise 10 nights on board Celebrity Constellation® Departing: 9 October 2017 Itinerary: Barcelona, Spain | Alicante, Spain | At Sea | Cadiz, Spain | Gibraltar, UK | At Sea | Sete, France | Marseille, France | Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy | Ajaccio, Corsica | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Oceanview Staterooms from £1539pp

Spain & Canaries Cruise 10 nights on board Celebrity Eclipse® Departing: 18 October 2017 Itinerary: Southampton, England | At Sea (overnight) | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal (overnight) | Tenerife, Canary Islands | Lanzarote, Canary Islands | At Sea | Vigo, Spain | At Sea | Southampton, England Oceanview Staterooms from £1449pp

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Expedition

“A journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, research or war” (Oxford Dictionary). When we talk about an expedition in the context of cruising, our purpose is very much that of exploration “A journey undertaken by a group and adventure –venturing of people with a particular purpose, bolding into parts of the world that are seldom visited by others. especially that of exploration, research

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or war” (Oxford Dictionary).

Highlights of your trip may include spotting whales, sea birds, seals and multiple species of penguin, sailing through the infamous Drake Passage and visiting the British overseas territory of The Falklands. Cruise lines visiting Antarctica: Poseidon, Quark Expeditions, Silversea, Oceanwide, Seabourn.

THE ARCTIC There is often a debate as to where the Arctic begins but the general belief is that anything further north than sixty six degrees is included. This encompasses the majority of Greenland, along with areas of Russia, Canada, Alaska, Norway, Sweden and Finland as well as the entire Svalbard archipelago.

When we talk about an expedition in the context of cruising, our purpose is very much that of exploration and adventure – venturing bolding into parts of the world that are seldom visited by others.

On your Arctic expedition there is a chance that you may encounter polar bears, reindeer, walruses, Arctic foxes and various species of bird, but no penguins. Penguins are found in the Antarctic and it is a common myth that they and polar bears ever encounter each other in the wild. Aside from the wildlife, there’s majestic frozen landscapes and thriving local communities to discover; making for a truly memorable trip. Cruise lines visiting the Arctic: Poseidon, Lindblad, G Adventures, Silversea, Quark Expeditions

Yet embarking on a thrilling expedition does not mean sacrificing all of your home comforts - this is 2017 after all. Many companies operating expedition cruises have worked hard to ensure that you are able to explore some of planet earth’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, indigenous cultures, and native wildlife in opulent surroundings. Those who would prefer a more ‘authentic’ expedition experience however are also well catered for, with ships such as the icebreaker ’50 Years of Victory’ and Hurtigruten’s earlier expedition ships offering adventurous cruises to the polar regions.

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the place has no permanent human inhabitants. Almost one hundred per cent of it is covered by ice that is over a metre thick on average. The only area not covered is the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Most Antarctica expeditions are concentrated on the western part of the continent, with the majority landing on the Peninsula, but most of them take in other destinations around it too. You will be able to explore parts of South America, as well as many of the islands in the South Atlantic Ocean and other seas that can be found in this part of the world. There is also the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle line of latitude; something that very few members of the public will ever get to do.

IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ICE Whilst the polar regions are certainly amongst the most popular destinations for expedition cruises, having been ‘unreachable’ for so many years, other exotic destinations also fall firmly into the expedition camp, including the Galapagos islands and the often overlooked west coast of Africa. The Galapagos Islands are a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise, with each island offering something unique in terms of species – from magnificent Frigatebirds to marine iguanas and the Galapagos Sea Lion. West Africa meanwhile is fantastic for an insight into unknown cultures, colonial history and of course wildlife. Cruise lines visiting the Galapagos/ West Africa: Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Expeditions, G Adventures.


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7 CONTINENTS, INFINITE POSSIBILITIES 'Sailing to over 800 destinations spanning all seven continents, Silversea takes you to more destinations than any other cruise line. Our small, luxury ships glide into secluded harbours where others cannot go. All-suite and spacious ocean-view accommodation comes with butler service. Beautifully appointed lounges and bars offer an elegant yet relaxed ambience. Fine dining; beverages including wines, beers and spirits; and onboard gratuities are always included.'

Prices

Northern Europe & British Isles (2824) 15 days on board Silver Wind Departing: 17 Jul 2018 Visiting: London (Tower Bridge), Day at Sea, Haugesund, Flåm, Ålesund, Bronnoysund, Svolvaer, Tromsø, Honningsvåg (Nordkapp), Cruising Along North Cape, Hammerfest, Reine (Lofotel Islands), Day at Sea, Molde, Bergen, Day at Sea, London (Tower Bridge) From £8350pp

Mediterranean (1711) 10 days on board Silver Cloud Departing: 19 May 2017 Visiting: Piraeus (Athens), Kusadasi, Mykonos, Corinth Canal Transit, Itea, Zakinthos, Taormina, Sorrento, Civitavecchia (Rome), Portovenere (Cinqueterre), Livorno (overnight), Monte Carlo Monaco From £3450pp inc London return flights

Alaska (3722) 7 days on board Silver Shadow Departing: 10 Aug 2017 Visiting: Seward (Anchorage), Cruise Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Cruise Inside Passage and Vancouver From £5249pp inc London return flights & hotel. Includes complimentary 4 hour train transfer from Anchorage to Seward

Galapagos Islands Expedition (8734A) 7 days on board Silver Galapagos Departing: 30 Sep 2017 Visiting: San Cristobal, Roca Leon Dormido, Bartolome, Playa Espumilla, Punta Vicente Roca, Punta Espinoza, Caleta Tagus, Bahia Elizabeth, Post Office, Islote Campéon, Punta Cormorant, Cerro Dragon, Las Blachas, Santa Cruz, Los Gemelos, Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora, Baltra, Ecuador From £6249pp inc London return flights

All prices based on two people sharing the lead in cabin, subject to availability & change. Full operator T&Cs apply.

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The Choice is all yours

Holiday your way with extra on-board spending money for outside cabins balconies and suites on every cruise Welcome to your holiday. A holiday where the possibilities stretch before you as far as the horizon. Where each and every day brings new adventures and exciting discoveries, and the promise of indulgent pampering and blissful relaxation. A holiday where your evenings are filled with laughter, sparkling conversation and fine dining. A holiday where the choices are all yours.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to tailor your holiday just the way you like it? With extra on-board spending money now available on absolutely every Select Price cruise when you book an outside cabin, balcony or suite by 28 February 2017, you can splash out on added luxuries and really holiday your way. "Choose P&O Cruises, and the possibilities are almost endless.”

†Select Prices shown are per person based on two adults sharing the lowest available grade outside cabin and are subject to availability. Fly-cruise prices include economy class flights from/to London and transfers. *Book an applicable Select Price holiday and receive on-board spending money to spend during your cruise holiday in the onboard shops, bars, photo and art galleries, and on internet packages, restaurants, spa and shore excursions booked on board The amount shown is per cabin based on two people sharing the lowest grade of cabin available within the applicable cabin type, and varies by cabin and cruise duration (maximum amount for the Mediterranean (other regions available) of £150 per cabin based upon a 7 night cruise, E706A, NC grade). Applicable to new Select Price bookings made before 28 February 2017 on selected cabin grades on applicable departures between January 2017 and October 2018 and is inclusive of the P&O Cruises Select Price benefits.

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Central Mediterranean 7 nights on board Oceana Departing: 27th April 2017 From £799pp £150 free on board spending money!

Norwegian Fjords 7 nights on board Azura Departing: 7 May 2017 From £799pp £200 free on board spending money!

Portugal & Spain 12 nights on board Ventura Departing: 9 December 2017 From £699pp £200 free on board spending money!

Belgium Short Break 4 nights on board Oceana Departing: 23 March 2018 From £299pp £60 free on board spending money!


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when you book by 30 April 2017* Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ smaller to mid-sized cruise liners offer a leisurely and ‘home from home’ style of cruising. Accessible to more ports of call than larger resort style ships, you can enjoy a range of varies and interesting itineraries…

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Land of the Northern Lights (G805) 12 nights on board Magellan Departing: 4th March 2018 Sail from London Tilbury Visiting: Amsterdam, Torshavn, Reykjavik (2 full days), Lerwick, & Kirkwall From £809pp Save up to 50%

Canary Islands & Madeira (G806) 15 nights on board Magellan Departing: 16th March 2018 Sail from London Tilbury Visiting: Amsterdam, Gibraltar, Arrecife, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal & Lisbon From £1019pp Save up to 50%

Easter Getaway & River Seine (G807) 7 nights on board Magellan Departing: 31st March 2018 Sail from London Tilbury Visiting: Amsterdam. St. Mary’s (Isles of Scilly), St. Peter Port, Cruising River Seine, Rouen & Honfleur Save up to 50% From £479pp

Majestic Fjordland (P804)

*Book by 30th April 2017 to qualify for savings. 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.

10 nights on board Marco Polo 6th May 2018 Sail from Bristol Avonmouth Visiting: Bergen, Olden, Cruising Nordfjord, Geiranger, Cruising Geirangerfjord, Flam, Cruising Sognefjord & Stavanger Save up to 50% From £719pp

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St. Petersburg to Moscow (or in reverse) 12 night cruise & land stay

Embark upon a journey through the ages from St. Petersburg to Moscow as you visit quaint hamlets and traditional Russian villages along the way… Departures: May-October 2017

St. Petersburg, Svir River, Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Moscow • Spend 3 nights in St. Petersburg in a 5* centrally located hotel • Followed by a 6 night sailing along the Volga river • Spend 3 nights in Russia’s capital Moscow in a 5* centrally located hotel

From £2399pp Price based on 30.08.17 departure

Bhutan & the Mighty Brahmaputra Unlock the secrets of the mysterious and magical Bhutan – one of the last Shangra-las of the world. Known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon, this Himalayan holyland mixes Buddhist traditions with new-found modernity like nowhere else on earth and now you can experience it for yourself.

7 night land tour & 7 night river cruise on board MV Mahabaahu Departures: January - April 2017 & October 2017 - April 2018 Highlights include:

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Home-hosted lunch

Boat & Jeep Safari

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Kaziranga National Park

From £4599pp Price based on 19.03.17 departure

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Cruise & Stay The right way

The huge variety of ports of call available to cruisers has given rise to a fantastic amount of options to extend your holiday with a pre or post-cruise land stay. From adding on an overnight hotel before or after your cruise for that extra bit of comfort and convenience, to combining a cruise with a fullblown land tour, beach break or city stay, we take a look at just some of the itineraries that are just perfect for a land extension in order to make the most of all that is on offer…

ALASKA CRUISE & CANADA TOUR An awe-inspiring Alaskan cruise is an experience that is hard to beat. Yet to make your trip even more memorable, consider extending it with a Rocky Mountain adventure, or venturing into Denali National Park. Perfect for adventure lovers, an excursion into Denali generally involves a spectacular railroad ride, and a stay within the park itself will provide opportunities to get up close to wildlife as well as take part in some thrilling adventure activities including rafting or helicopter sightseeing. The Canadian Rockies on the other hand will take you from

Vancouver, through stunning scenery to beautiful locations including Jasper National Park, Banff and Lake Louise Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, NCL and Holland America Line are some of the cruise lines that offer fantastic Alaska cruise & stay itineraries.

INDIA RIVER CRUISE & BHUTAN A sailing down (or up) the Brahmaputra river in India’s Assam region will show you a side of India that many will have never seen. A popular region for wildlife lovers, thanks to the abundance of birds (over 850 species), fresh water dolphins, elephants, one-horned rhino and wild buffalo that can be found in this part of the world, a trip to Assam can also be combined with a land tour to India’s cities. For something really special, consider a land tour of Bhutan, also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Here you can unlock the secrets of this Himalayan holyland and visit sacred temples, fortresses, local markets and more. Far Horizons of India offer a number of land extensions as part of their Brahmaputra river cruise itinerary.

EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE & CITY BREAK Many river cruises begin and end in different port of calls, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to deciding how to extend your cruise with a city stay. Cities such as Amsterdam and Budapest have so much to offer in terms of magnificent architecture, an abundance of culture, fine cuisine and friendly locals. Docking at a river cruise port also means that from the moment you step off the ship, you are only minutes away from all of the highlights of the city, with no lengthy transfers required before you can embark on that all important sightseeing and shopping! APT Cruises offer large variety of cruises combined with land tours, alternatively why not create your own extension following a European cruise with AmaWaterways, Amadeus River Cruises, Uniworld and more. If you would like to know what land options are available to you on your chosen cruise, or if you would like a cruise and stay holiday tailored just for you - ask your Cruising Specialist today. Cruising Magazine 29


Rhine – Moselle – Danube – Main – Rhône – Seine – Douro – Mekong - Ganges

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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

8 days from only £1,199pp Selected departures from Apr - Oct 2017 NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT OFFER ON SELECTED APRIL 2017 DATES!*

8 days from only £1,199pp Selected departures from May - Oct 2017

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.

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.

Rhine Cruise To Switzerland – Extension 4 day Glacier Express Extension from £599pp Selected departures from Apr - Sept 2017 On selected departures you may choose to extend your holiday with our three night tour staying in hotels in Chur & Zermatt, travelling on the Glacier Express & seeing probably the most iconic peak in Switzerland – The Matterhorn.

*On certain dates in April 2017 (on MS Lord Byron (Burgandy, Rhone & Provence) and MS Thomas Hardy (The Blue Danube)) we are offering standard cabins on the Middle and Upper decks for Sole Occupancy WITHOUT a Sole Occupancy Supplements! Subject to availability. All prices based on two people sharing the lead in cabin on the lead in date – subject to availability and changes, offers may be withdrawn at any time. Full operator T&Cs apply.

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The Riviera Travel Difference • Five–star value. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, including most excursions. • Hand-picked details. Every aspect of your escorted tour or cruise is personally considered by our travel specialists. • Fair pricing policy. We guarantee there are no hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts. • Personal attention. We care about our customers, so you get personal attention every step of the way.

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg 8 days from only £1,299pp Selected departures from May - Oct 2017 A luxurious river cruise to Heidelberg and Strasbourg, enjoying escorted tours to the magnificent cathedral city of Cologne and the beautiful Alsatian town of Colmar, these cultural centres are matched equally by the natural splendour of the meandering Rhine Valley.

The Blue Danube - Vienna, Budapest & Salzburg 8 days from only £1,199pp Selected departures from Apr - Oct 2017 NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT OFFER ON SELECTED APRIL 2017 DATES!* Unwind on our magical river cruise and enjoy an escorted tour to imperial Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. See Bratislava, Esztergom, Melk, Salzburg and unforgettable Vienna along the course of Eastern Europe’s mightiest river.

The Blue Danube – Extension 4 day Budapest Extension from £399pp Selected departures from Apr - Oct 2017 On selected departures you may choose to extend your holiday with our three night tour staying in Budapest, the magnificent, dynamic capital and ‘Pearl of the Danube’.

Medieval Germany – the Main to the Danube 8 days from only £1,199pp Selected departures from May - Oct 2017 Fall for the undeniable charms of medieval Germany with its wealth of picturesque towns and villages.

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Everything you wanted, nothing you expected Synonymous with elegance, luxury and its renowned White Star Service, Cunard sets the standard by which all others are judged. Cunard's three Queens continually sail the world, visiting some of the most exciting destinations – visiting historic cities, awesome natural scenery and fascinating ports… Upgrade your expectations Book by 28 February 2017 and receive a stateroom upgrade* Mediterranean Highlights (Q728)

Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing (M728)

Sweep around the Mediterranean for 14 nights. Behold Seville's fiery soul, Barcelona's quirky spirit and Cannes' sophistication. Discover Rome's countless treasures, clifftop Sorrento near Naples, and local Sardinian cheese and wine, before you return via Gibraltar.

Step aboard in New York for the unique experience of a Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing to Southampton. You'll have seven nights to appreciate her famed sophistication and dazzling entertainment, with six full days to be as active, as sociable or as relaxed as you wish.

25 August 2017 14 nights on board Queen Elizabeth

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Southampton, Cadiz, Barcelona, Cannes, Civitavecchia, Naples, Cagliari, Gibraltar, Southampton

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Balcony staterooms from £2,299pp

Balcony staterooms from £1,299pp Receive $70 on board spending money^

Receive $110 on board spending money^ Cunard Fares shown are per person based on two adults sharing and are subject to availability. Book a Cunard holiday before 28 February 2017 and the fare for your stateroom will be the same as that of a stateroom at least one type lower (e.g. book a Balcony for the same fare as an Inside or Oceanview). Applicable to new Cunard Fare bookings, on selected stateroom grades and departures. ^Complimentary benefit of on board spending money applicable to Cunard Fare only. On board spending money is per stateroom. All offers and pricing subject to availability and change.

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Cruising from the UK

If you are not keen on flying, can’t bear the thought of airport queues, shuttle buses and lengthy transfers or simply can’t wait to start your chosen holiday as soon as you can, then cruising from the UK is the perfect choice. Enabling you to embark on an adventure from your doorstop, an ‘exuk’ cruise, as they say in the industry, also means that you are not restricted by airport luggage allowances so can pack all of your home comforts without fear of charges, and even bring an extra suitcase for all those souvenirs you are bound to pick up along the way. Hassle-free and great value for money, you now have so much choice when it comes to your departure point, with cruise lines such as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offering sailings from no less than 10 regional UK ports, including Southampton, Dover, Tilbury, Newcastle, Bristol (Avonmouth), Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We take a look at just some of the regions of the world you can visit on a cruise departing from the UK in 2017 and 2018 - from Europe to the Caribbean and beyond…

CARIBBEAN When considering a cruise around the Caribbean you could be forgiven for assuming that you need to get on a plane, however, there are plenty of opportunities to reach the stunning islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and more by sea. Departing from Southampton on 21st March 2018, P&O Cruises’ Aurora will

take you to Portugal, the Caribbean and Azores on a 25 night cruise. Visiting Madeira, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Martinique, Tobago & Barbados, your itinerary also includes 16 days at sea throughout the voyage for you to make the most of Aurora’s onboard facilities. Cruise & Maritime Voyages meanwhile, offer a Caribbean cruise departing from Bristol, which also takes in Cuba and Central America, visiting ports such as St. Johns, Georgetown, Nassau, Havana and Ocho Rios on a 35 night sailing departing 28th February 2017.

FRANCE AND THE CHANNEL ISLANDS Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ smaller ships are able to reach ports that larger vessels often can’t. This means that you are able to sail right into the mouth of the River Seine on cruises such as their ‘Springtime Gardens & River Seine Experience’ voyage, departing on 26th April 2017 from Bristol (Avonmouth). This is a great opportunity to visit Rouen as part of an ocean cruise and will also take you to some of the beautiful gardens in places such as Honfleur and St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly. If you are looking for a mini cruise, Cunard offer a lovely little short break to Guernsey on board Queen Elizabeth, departing 28th September 2018.

MEDITERRANEAN Most ex-UK cruises to the Mediterranean will involve an initial day at sea before reaching the North West

coast of Spain. From there, you can reach Barcelona in a couple of days where you will be perfectly placed to explore some of the Mediterranean’s most popular ports. These include Civitavecchia (Rome), Monte Carlo, La Spezia, Gibraltar and more. Cunard’s luxurious Queen Elizabeth offers one such cruise, departing from Southampton on 27th May 2017 - their 14 night ‘Iberia Cruise’. Royal Caribbean’s popular Independence of the Seas® and Navigator of the Seas® offer several cruises departing from the UK and taking you to destinations including Lisbon, Malaga, Nice, Valencia and Seville. These all depart from Southampton, however similar cruises to Mediterranean ports can be taken from Liverpool for example, including Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Glitz & Glamour of the French Riviera’, departing 6th September 2017 and taking you to Lisbon, Barcelona, Nice, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Mahon & Cadiz.

NORWEGIAN FJORDS An increasingly popular cruise region (see pgs 6-7 for more), the Norwegian Fjords can be reached in just under two days via cruise ship. The breathtaking scenery found in this part of the world will have you picking your jaw up off the floor and will leave you with many memories to recount once you return. Princess Cruises’ ‘Norway & Fjords Cruise’ departing from Dover on 27th June 2017, visits popular destinations including Bergen, Geiranger and Tromso, whilst also giving you the opportunity to venture into the Arctic in Russia and the island of Spitsbergen, home to the majestic polar bear. Travelling at this time of year will mean you avoid sub-zero temperatures and will get to experience the glorious Midnight Sun. Newcastle is a great starting point for Northern Europe or Baltic cruises also. Both Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Cruise & Maritime Voyages sail to the Fjords from Newcastle, as well as offering alternative cruises few from Tilbury, Bristol and even Dundee (CMV). Ask your Cruising Specialist for more information and inspiration on cruises departing from a port near you.

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RHINE, MAIN & MOSELLE – DANUBE – RHONE & SAONE – SEINE – DUTCH & BELGIAN WATERWAYS

River Cruises – More than just a holiday Included within your cruise: • Generous outside cabins, French Balcony and windows across the entire outer side of the cabin • Gourmet dining, including a breakfast buffet, multi-course lunch and dinner with menu choices, afternoon tea and a midnight snack. • Quality red and white wines from the best wine regions of Europe, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board

• Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner • Welcome cocktail, welcome dinner and captain’s gala dinner. • Stimulating and enriching onboard programmes, including fascinating talks, cooking demonstrations and music by our on board musicians. • Complimentary use of on board bicycles • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees

All prices based on two people sharing a cabin. Subject to availability and change. Pricing based on 02.11.17 (Classic Rhine), 23.04.17 (Danube Rhapsody), 12.10.17 (Treasures of Burgundy & Provence). Operator T&Cs apply.

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4 nights Departing: 23rd April 2017 Visiting: Ghent, Antwerp, Kinderdijk, Utrecht & Amsterdam One off 'taster cruise' in Springtime From £749pp

Classical Rhine 7 nights Departing: March-November 2017 Visiting: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn & Amsterdam From £999pp

Danube Rhapsody 7 nights Departing: April-November 2017 Visiting: Passau, Melk, Emmersdorf, Vienna, Budapest, Esztergom, Bratislava, Linz, Passau From £1199pp

Treasures of Burgundy & Provence – NEW for 2017! 7 nights Departing: June-October 2017 Visiting: Lyon, Macon, Chalon-sur-Saone, Tournus, Avignon, Arles, Viviers, Le Pouzin & Lyon From £1699pp

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In Search of Aurora Borealis 17 days on board Minerva Departing: 23 March 2017 Portsmouth, at sea, Stavanger, at sea, Kristiansund, at sea, Tromso, Alta, Leknes, at sea, Bergen, at sea, Portsmouth From £2,485pp OFFER: Save up to £2,700 per couple. Plus 0% single supplement on selected outside and balcony cabins.

Summer Gardens and Castles of Britain and France 12 days on board Minerva Departing: 15 July 2017 Portsmouth, St Malo, Falmouth, at sea, Dublin, Liverpool, Douglas, Fishguard, at sea, St Peter Port, Honfleur, Portsmouth From £2,310pp OFFER: Save up to £2,700 per couple. Plus 0% single supplement on selected outside and balcony cabins.

Spices of India 16 days on board Minerva Departing: 20 Nov 2017 Dubai, Khasab, at sea, Porbandar, Mumbai, at sea, Marmagao, at sea, Cochin, Tuticorin, Colombo From £2,695pp OFFER: Save up to £3,000 per couple.

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Prices are cruise only based on double occupancy of the lead in cabin. Savings included in the price listed. All offers subject to availability and change and can be withdrawn at any time. Full operator T&Cs apply.

15 days on board Minerva Departing: 4 Jan 2018 Singapore, at sea, Ho Chi Minh, at sea, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, at sea, Halong Bay, at sea, Hong Kong From £3,395 OFFER: Save up to £3,200 per couple. Cruising Magazine 35


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Icelandic Insights

5 days Departing: 31 May 2017 Visiting: Portsmouth, Port of Tyne, Torshavn, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykavik, Heimaey, Liverpool, Portsmouth from £2,119pp - Save up to £800 per couple!

Colours of Madeira & the Azores 16 days Departing: 25 June 2017 Visiting: Portsmouth, Guernsey, La Coruna, Praia de Vitoria, Horta, Ponta Delgada, Funchal, Lisbon, Portsmouth from £1,799pp - Save up to £800 per couple!

Highlights of Tyrrhenian & Adriatic Seas 15 days Departing: 4 August 2017 Visiting: Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), Porto Vecchio, Cagliari, Syracuse, Sarande, Split, Venice, Trieste from £1,959pp - Save up to £1,500 per couple!

When you choose to cruise with Voyages of Discovery you are choosing to discover the world your way and setting sail on the adventure of a lifetime. Journey to incredible destinations all over the world, from exotic and tropical shores to ancient and historic ports. Wherever you go, 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.

Greek Island Meze 12 days Departing: 31 August 2017 Visiting: Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos, Milos, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Kos, Kusadasi, Lesvos, Tinos, Piraeus (Athens) from £1,749pp - Save up to £1,500 per couple!

Yuletide in South Africa 15 days Departing: 20 December 2017 Visiting: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban, Cape Town Now from £2,539pp - Save up to £2,000 per couple!

Discover the Mal D’Afrique 15 days Departing: 3 January 2018 Visiting: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Richards Bay, Port D’Ehoala, Pointe des Galets, Port Louis Now from £2,429pp - Save up to £1,200 per couple! 36 Cruising Magazine

Prices are cruise only based on double occupancy of the lead in cabin. Savings included in the price listed. All offers subject to availability and change and can be withdrawn at any time. Full operator T&Cs apply.


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7 nights on board Seven Seas Mariner

Departing: 19th July 2017 Visiting: Anchorage, Cruising Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Cruising Inside Passage, Vancouver From £5489pp

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10 nights on board Seven Seas Mariner Departing: 12th December 2017 Visiting: Miami, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Roatan, Harvest Caye, George Town, Miami From £3499pp

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12 nights on board Seven Seas Voyager Departing: 5th December 2017 Visiting: Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok (overnight), Ho Chi Minh City (overnight), Nha Trang, Sanya, Hong Kong (overnight) From £9189pp

Timeless Spain

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7 nights on board Seven Seas Explorer Departing: 28th October 2017 Visiting: Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Ajaccio, Cagliari, Mahon, Cartagena, Valencia, Barcelona From £3529pp (H Grade)

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These Islands will leave you dazzled. Step aboard Horizon for 7 nights across the Greek Islands. Visiting Mykonos, where you will find picturesque settings mixed with vibrant bars, Marmaris and Patmos, as well as the mesmerising Santorini - the island born as a result of vast volcanic activity and one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. You will truly experience an array of stunning sights along the way. From flavourful foods to vibrant bars, gorgeous architecture to scenic beaches, it’s safe to say your cruise to the Greek Islands will be packed full of colour.

ABOARD HORIZON 7 NIGHT ITINERARY • Piraeus (Athens), Greece • Mykonos, Greece • At Sea • Marmaris, Turkey • Patmos, Greece • Santorini, Greece • Piraeus (Athens), Greece

DEPARTURE DATES 2017 • May 21, 28 • June 4, 11, 18 • July 9, 16 • August 6, 13 • September 3, 10, 17, 24

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit one of Mykonos' many beaches. Into quiet beaches? Visit Psarou or Platys Gialos. Or maybe you prefer lively beaches? Paradise and Super Paradise beaches will be the ones for you. • The Turkish town of Marmaris has a lot to offer visitors, with a vast array of beaches, bars, restaurants and a busy bazaar. This is a vibrant and bustling town and if you fancy doing something more traditional, you can have a Turkish bath. • Patmos claims one of the holiest spots in Christendom: the Grotto of the Revelation. Exiled from Ephesus in 95 A.D., St. John retired to Patmos spending 18 months in a cave. There he received the visions that resulted in Revelation, the last Book of the New Testament. You can still view the saint's Grotto and climb the path to the 11th-century monastery of St. John the Theologian today.

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Norway’s tastiest traditions... In keeping with our Norwegian theme, we have selected two popular Norwegian dishes for you to try at home...

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Welcome to the first edition of Cruising Magazine for 2017.

Norwegian Meatballs Beef Stew (Lapskaus)

Featured Destination: Discover the beauty of Noway’s Fjords.

This issue features one of cruising fans’ most popular destinations, the Norwegian Fjords, along with some of the more unique ‘special interest’ cruises available in the market today. We also take a look at expedition cruises for the more intrepid travellers amongst you, and for those who like to start their holiday as soon as possible, we include a range of ‘ex-uk’ cruises departing from regional ports across the country. Another popular way to extend your cruise holiday is to add on a hotel stay or land tour before or after your cruise – take a look at page 29 for some inspiration as to the best ‘add-ons’ to some of our most popular destinations.

‘Mors Kjøttkaker’ are arguably the most traditional dish of Norway. On Norwegian Independence Day (17th May), many people serve them with a cabbage stew, mushed peas, boiled potatoes and gravy. It’s a healthy and hearty meal for all of the family.

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5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 cups beef broth

• Wash and peel the vegetables, and cut them into bite-size cubes. • Bring the beef broth to a boil and add the carrots and the rutabaga, and cook for 15 minutes. After the vegetables have boiled, add the potatoes, and cook for a further 15 minutes. • Add the meat and onions, and season with salt and pepper then continue to cook until the stew thickens.

Dash cayenne pepper Dash white pepper Method • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion and seasonings. Let stand until crumbs absorb the milk. • Add meat and stir until well blended into 1 inch meatballs.

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1 pound ground pork

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2 pounds lean ground beef

If you’re not too sure where you would like to cruise next, or would like to know the best destinations to visit at certain times of the year, turn to pages 12-13 for your ‘where to go and when’ Cruise Calendar.

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• Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 220° until browned, about 18 minutes or until a thermometer reads 71°; drain and set aside.

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• For gravy, in a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour and brown lightly. Slowly add broth; cook and stir until smooth and thickened. Blend in the cream, cayenne and white pepper. Gently stir in meatballs; heat through but do not boil.

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