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Cruise International

Cruise International April - May 2016

Cruise International is the leading cruise magazine, dedicated to helping both the cruise holiday enthusiast and first-timers alike to enjoy the best that cruising has to offer. Every issue is packed with fascinating features and glorious photographs of exotic destinations, romantic ports and secret hideaways. It is also full of useful information about life on board, plus expert advice on which ship to choose and the best time to travel. Whether you’ve cruised before or are planning the holiday of a lifetime, Cruise International tells you all you need to know.

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editor’s letter

Asia is one of the most diverse and intriguing regions in the world, and a cruise is quite simply the best way to get a taste of everything it has to offer. Not only can you become immersed in different cultures on one trip, but cruising also cuts out a lot (not all) of the red tape involved in travelling to places such as China, Japan, Vietnam, India and Cambodia. Turn to page 89 to begin your Asian cruise adventure. The Mediterranean continues to be one of our most popular cruise destinations, and in our Top 50 Hot Med Cruises (page 62) you’ll find itineraries to inspire you and also take you to more unusual ports of call. Of course if you are considering a Med cruise you may also want to…

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hot spot

CAPRI, ITALY Located in the vivid azure waters of the Gulf of Naples, the island of Capri is a haven of verdant flora and fauna, known for attracting the rich and famous. The first recorded tourist to visit here was the French antiques dealer Jean-Jacques Bouchard in the 17th century, and his diary remains an important source of information about the island. Sweden’s Queen Victoria is also known to have stayed on Capri, as did British artist John Singer Sargent, who produced paintings inspired by its unspoiled scenery. The mystical Blue Grotto – a sea cave found on the island’s north coast – is configured in such a way that sunlight shines through seawater, resulting in dazzling cobalt blue illuminations, a spectacle described in Mark Twain’s travel book The Innocents Abroad. >>Turn…

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celebs battle on britannia

P&O Cruises’Britannia is the setting for a new cookery show on UKTV’s W channel. In episode one of Battlechefs – the first ever floating cookery contest – celebrities including Olympian Greg Rutherford, choreographer Jason Gardiner, actress Debra Stephenson, musician Alex James and comedian Jenny Eclair visit Vigo in Spain and learn to cook octopus. Food Hero Marco Pierre White judges their cooking skills as they command Britannia’ cookery club during a cruise to the Med while trying to impress the ship’s Captain and guests. In episode two, actors Keith Duffy and John Partridge set sail with former JLS band member JB Gill, fashion expert Susannah Constantine and The X Factor winner Sam Bailey. Hour-long screenings of the show are aired each weekday at 7pm and repeated the following day at 9am and 2pm…

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disney cruise line announces two new ships

Disney Cruise Line has announced plans to build two additional cruise ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023. Each new ship will be slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms. While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures. More details about the Disney Cruise Line fleet expansion, including onboard offerings and itineraries, will be announced at a later date (disneycruise.disney.go.com).…

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star clippers to sail in indonesian waters

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers will be sailing in Indonesian waters for the first time in 2017. The company is offering a choice of 19 departures between 6 May and 14 October 2017 on board Star Clipper. Seven-, 10-, 11- and 14-night sailings include Bali round trips, and from Bali to Singapore and in reverse. Highlights of the six new itineraries in Indonesian waters include: the opportunity to view Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest living species of lizard that live on Indonesia’s islands; a visit to the village of Wera to see traditional Indonesian sailing ships, or pinisi, being made and sailed; and an optional excursion to Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java. A seven-night Bali round trip on board Star Clipper starts from £1,325pp (plus port charges of £135pp) and…

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msc cruises’2017/18 brochure showcases new ships

New-build ships MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside have made their debut in MSC Cruises’ 2017/18 cruise programme. Launching in May 2017, MSC Meraviglia will sail in the western Caribbean, while MSC Seaside, to be launched in November 2017, will navigate the Caribbean from Miami. A number of Caribbean itineraries on a selection of MSC Cruises ships also feature the new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the cruise line’s purpose-built resort island in the Bahamas, which is scheduled to open in time for MSC Seaside’ inaugural season. Plus, guests booking any cruise featured in the 2017/18 programme before 30 June 2016 can take advantage of price reductions of up to £300pp (msccruises.co.uk).…