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Cruise International

Cruise International Planner 2017

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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1 min.
editor’s letter

It’s time to start planning your best holiday ever. The experts here at Cruise International have put together the Cruise Planner 2017 to help you plan an unforgettable cruise adventure. From the hottest destinations to the coolest new ships, plus the lowdown on ocean and river cruise lines, you’ll find everything you need to choose and book the holiday of a lifetime. You could be visiting the palaces of St Petersburg, seeing spectacular ancient ruins in Asia, wine tasting in the Mediterranean or chillaxing in the Caribbean. And the best thing about a cruise is that you only need to pack and unpack once, but you’ll wake up to a different view nearly every day. We’ve made the Cruise Planner incredibly simple to use. You can either start with the destinations (page…

1 min.
seattle, washington

Located on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, close to national parks including Mount Rainier and the verdant forests of Washington State, a visit to the ‘Emerald City’ will make you feel as though you’re experiencing several different holidays in one. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to try the local seafood, explore the rich heritage in the museums, go shopping or play golf. It’s little wonder it has been the setting for countless movies and TV shows including Sleepless in Seattle, Frasier and Grey’s Anatomy. Although it was founded in 1851 by American pioneers, it is thought that Indian tribes settled here from around 4,000 years ago. Today Seattle is the gateway for Alaska cruises and a hotbed for start-ups and tech innovation, with a glittering…

1 min.
cruise style

ZESTY TOTE Yellow is a big fashion trend right now, and this bag is perfect for sightseeing (£430, follifollie.co.uk). COOL LIPS With a modern matte finish Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys lipsticks are a must-have (available from Tom Ford Travel Retail Locations worldwide). HAWAII GLAM We love these over-sized lightweight shades with polarised lenses (£175, ukmauijim.com). STEP UP A pair of pretty sandals in coral, this season’s hottest colour, will add instant panache to any outfit (£75, dunelondon.com). SOFT TOUCH Delicately scented, Jo Malone’s Geranium & Walnut hand cream absorbs quickly leaving skin wonderfully moisturised (available from Travel Retail locations worldwide). SKIN WONDER Smooth away fine lines and wrinkles and make skin look instantly firmer and more lifted with this fantastic repair milk (available from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Travel Retail Locations worldwide). GET SET GLOW Get ready for your cruise holiday close-up with…

1 min.
ask the experts

Q My husband and I are completely new to cruising. How do we choose a stateroom or cabin? A It might look as though there are a confusing number of cabin categories when you book a cruise, but there are generally only four types of stateroom on any ship. These are inside or outside, balcony and suites, and the choice is dependent on your budget and personal priorities. Do you envisage private time spent reading and relaxing on your balcony – or is there so much to do on board that you don’t see yourselves requiring much time in your cabin? If it’s the latter, inside staterooms are usually the smallest and most reasonably priced. They have no outside window, although there’s now a trend for ‘virtual views’, with varying images…

2 min.
the insider

At the start of each year it is customary to reflect on another record-breaking 12 months in the number of Brits taking a cruise; indeed in 2017, 24 million people from around the world are expected to take a cruise holiday. Much of this is because the cruise industry continues to invest in increasingly eco-friendly ships, new onboard features and new destinations all the time, firmly placing the customer at the centre of everything that the cruise lines do. One of the results of all of that development and investment is a huge increase in the choices now available to holidaymakers. From small ships to those carrying up to 6,000 passengers; from Alaska to Australasia; from James Martin to Jamie Oliver – cruising really does offer something for everyone. And this has…

5 min.

VIKING OCEAN CRUISES The cool company with trendy Scandinavian-inspired ships doubles its fleet in 2017 to four. Viking Sky arrives in the Med in February and Viking Sun in November. The latter debuts with a new itinerary, Central American Shores & Cuba – a cruise from Miami, before heading off on Viking’s first world cruise, from Miami to London, which lasts 141 days. Viking Sea launched last spring, while debut ship Viking Star arrived the year before. All have the same sleek, pale, sexy style as Viking’s award-winning river Longships. Even the dining room has a similarly cosy feel. Almost everything’s included in the fare – speciality restaurants, wine with dinner, room service, wifi and excursions. 020 8780 8700; vikingcruises.co.uk CUNARD LINE Queen Mary 2, fresh from an extravagant 2016 redesign, continues to ply…