Recently launched, MSC’s dazzling new mega-ship, MSC Seaside, has everything but the brass band playing on the prom – as Dave Monk reports For a ship with a lot of zip, look no further than MSC Seaside. The latest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet boasts the longest zipline at sea – a stomach-churning 425ft from
From record-breakers to square-riggers, what’s making waves this year? SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS It will be the latest to claim the title of world’s biggest cruise ship – but Symphony of the Seas won’t just be a slightly larger version of its older sisters Oasis, Allure and Harmony. New features on the Royal Caribbean debutant,
Superyachts aren’t for the likes of us, right? Wrong. You don’t need to be a billionaire to experience the lifestyle for a few precious days. “So,” I thought, as I soaked up the Adriatic sun from a rattan daybed, champagne in hand and swaddled in cloud-soft towels. “This is how the other half lives.” Or
A boom in adventure travel is being met with exciting launches from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Hurtigruten, Quark Expeditions, Scenic, Crystal, Ponant and Lindblad. Here’s how the new additions compare… Expedition cruising is booming, with many new ships on the way. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is building on its reputation for combining luxury and exploration by launching Hanseatic Inspiration
Somewhere on your favourite cruise ship, there’s one very special cabin for one very special passenger. It might even be you. No self-respecting cruise ship is built these days without an “owner’s suite”. For these truly palatial affairs, all the stops are pulled out, no expense is spared and every possible luxury is built in.
Elegant but full of interest, your Viking ship is a haven of the ﬁnest Scandinavian design. Where would you ﬁnd a brass compass, a starﬁsh and a rolled manuscript next to a hunting horn, a mythological carving and a vintage telegraph machine? With all these intriguing artefacts and more, the Explorers’ Lounge on each Viking
Tot up the extras and a Saga Cruise is a real bargain. Once guests have cast off with Saga Cruises for the ﬁrst time on a high seas adventure, they’re very likely to return. Indeed, 99 percent of passengers rate their cruise experience as good or excellent. I have sailed many times on both of
History, culture, fine food and a very relaxing onboard experience. Voyages to Antiquity operates a cruise experience quite unlike any other Aegean Odyssey had been in the port of Falmouth overnight. By the time I joined the ship her guests were already up and out on various included tours, leaving the ship empty and free
How does sailing on a traditional square rigger compare with a voyage on one of the latest luxury cruise ships? Dave Monk spent 11 days in the northern Cyclades, first on Star Flyer and then Silver Muse, to discover the differences. You couldn’t get two much more different ways of sailing round the Greek islands
Epic cruise to South Africa will be the ﬁnal voyage for a much-loved favourite that holds many memories. There will be much to celebrate in 2019 with the arrival of Saga Cruises’ ﬁrst new-build ship, Spirit of Discovery. But there will be sadness, too, as the much-loved Saga Pearl II sails off to a new
Just because you’re sailing along waterways doesn’t mean having to give up on those little touches like spas and butlers. River cruise lines are adding new features and bigger staterooms to ensure guests relax in comfort as they enjoy the sights. Despite their size, river ships can be every bit as opulent as their oceangoing
Whether sipping a cocktail and socialising to your heart’s content, dining in grand style and splendour or relaxing on your private balcony, Saga’s ﬁrst new-build ship will meet your every cruising wish… The countdown has begun for Saga Cruises’ brand new ship. Launching in summer 2019, Spirit of Discovery heralds a new era for the
Scenic Eclipse, Crystal Endeavor, and Seabourn Ovation join the luxury set, while Ponant will offer its passengers underwater lounges on four additions to its fleet. New ships, new ports of call and a voyage around the world in 180 days are on the horizon over the next two years. Megayachts Scenic Eclipse and Crystal Endeavor
Stylish, sophisticated and enlightening, a Viking cruise is unlike any other. Here’s why… It’s only natural to want more of what you love, and a cruise ship is one place where you’re entitled to expect it. So when Viking ventured out to sea, following its triumphant success on the world’s rivers, it started with a
Ten days on the Seine left river-cruise sceptic Mitchell Symons eager for more. Over the years my wife and I have been on at least 90 cruises and we’ve loved every one of them (well, almost every one). For me, the great attraction is life on board: the food, the entertainment, the activities. While for
Saga Pearl II goes into retirement in 2019 but for now, she is polished to the nines with new carpets and blinds, shiny woodwork and upgraded furniture on the outside Verandah Deck. She’s stylish and comfortable with a soft nautical feel to the decor in varying restful shades of blue and cream. The 400-passenger vessel
MSC’s new debutante is big, beautiful, and brimming with bright ideas. The Italian name translates as “wonder”, and MSC is proudly billing its new arrival as “the eighth wonder of the world.” At 171,598 gross tons, MSC Meraviglia is the biggest cruise ship launched this year, and the fourth largest in the world. She may
She may have lost her crown to newer rivals, but the former Sovereign of the Seas now offers a royal welcome for much less than a queen’s ransom. Spring had not sprung on the French Riviera. Café chairs stood in stacks, shops stayed shut and a chilly breeze whipped along the waterfront. Awaiting her first
MS Serenade 1 – exclusively chartered by Titan Travel – oﬀers a stylish but aﬀordable way to cruise Europe. Do you get what you pay for, asks John Honeywell. Pinkies extended, a party of ladies takes tea in the lounge. There are dainty sandwiches and fondant fancies, and as waitresses hover and a pianist gently tickles the
Viking’s new launch sets the highest standards – and it’s all done in unique Scandinavian style. After ten minutes roasting in the sauna, the ice-cold water shocks me to the core. But Nordic bathing is not for sissies, and I command my trembling legs to propel me back into the steam room for round two. Sounds a
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