Longing to see nature in the raw, away from the tourist hordes? One of the top trends in recent years has been small-ship expedition cruising, especially to the poles and the Galapagos. And with the likes of Crystal, Seabourn and Viking all lining up stunning new ice-class ships for 2020 and 2021, there’s never been a better time to book – so don’t miss our 36-page annual guide to expedition cruising, free inside this issue.
Ahead of the curve is German line Hapag-Lloyd, which launches its eagerly awaited new expedition ship this autumn. Our reporter Sue Bryant was one of the first journalists to step aboard Hanseatic Inspiration, and she was suitably wowed – see page 76 for her verdict.
If warmer climes are more your style, turn to page 64 for Heidi Fuller-Love’s in-depth look at the best cruises to South America (with Strictly in full flow, I’d love to be in Buenos Aires to see the tango professionals strut their stuff for real).
But cruising doesn’t have to be about exotic destinations. I’ve just returned from three fantastic nights at the amazing 80s Throwback Festival aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, where I got to re-live my teenage years to a live soundtrack from UB40, Sister Sledge and Tony Hadley. How much fun was that? You can read my report on page 80 – but suffice to say, I returned to the office with my hair still crimped.
Just like people, no two cruises are the same – but whichever kind of voyage takes your fancy, we’re here to help you make the right choice. Enjoy this issue and happy cruising.