Let the adventures begin!
In these dreary February days we can all be forgiven for dreams of escape, and mine keep drifting towards the balmy tropical islands and warm green waters of the Indian Ocean – probably because I’ve been reading our top-ten guide on page 20 of this month’s issue.
Talking of dreams, ultra-luxury cruising has that “pinch me” quality about it – as you’ll discover on page 32, in our report on Seabourn Encore’s maiden voyage. Many of us are yet to make our own maiden voyage on Europe’s great rivers, but with fabulous scenery and rich history round every bend, the Danube is an obvious place to start.
Turn to page 44 for the (entirely printable) adventures of a river-cruise virgin – but if you’ve got your sea legs and you like to feel a salty tang in the breeze, join us on page 66 for a turn round the promenade deck (now making a welcome reappearance on many of the latest ships). Finally it’s all excitement here in the WOC office as we prepare for the 2017 Wave Awards. By the time you read this we will know who carried off the prizes at our glittering London ceremony – and we’ll tell you all about that in our next issue, out on March 16.