Cruises are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ holiday, they are tailored and specialised to have differing features, creating an interesting plethora of choice for every type of person.
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Antarctica – the vast, untouched, white wonderland where humpback whales trail alongside the hull, penguins waddle through the snowy mist, and sparkling icebergs float overhead. Liners such as Viking Cruises offer you the chance to explore the wilderness whilst enjoying all the luxuries of a large ship. Hurtigruten’s ships are smaller and more agile, taking you up close to usually inaccessible, icy locations, hidden wildlife spots and historic sites.
Guests venturing out on Seaborne Alaska Cruises this year will be joined by an incredible, specialist expedition team of historians, marine biologists, wildlife researchers, whale experts, photographers, divers and kayakers.
And, those looking for a thrill closer to home will find it on board at Royal Caribbean. Welcome to the very first simulated skydiving experience at sea; a 23-foot, indoor, vertical wind tunnel that creates the feeling of freefall using powerful fans.
Nature loving, eco-warriors will find themselves at home at Royal Caribbean’s new PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Five Star Dive Centers, where they can become certified scuba divers during their voyage. With their new paperwork and underwater breathing techniques, it’s possible to explore all the hottest dive sites in the tropical ports of St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands, Belize and Cozumel.
Norwegian Cruise Line is also hosting an ocean conservation-themed cruise in October 2017. Heading out on a topical, Eastern Caribbean itinerary, travellers will discover everything from shark tracking to ancient coral reefs.
So you’re a music fan, a lover of arts and antiques, a literary bookworm, a true movie buff? Fred Olsen Cruises will have something to float your boat and keep you busy during your days at sea, with their fantastic Arts Club themed cruises.
Oceania's Marina and Riviera are packed with original works of art. There is a truly unique Artist Loft where artists-in-residence offer courses and step-by-step instruction for the creative traveller.
Viking Cruises are also introducing a historical and cultural education element specific to each voyage. Each destination will be brought to life as curious travellers delve deep into the local culture and way of life at every destination. Enjoy expert tours and excursions to world-renowned museums, performing arts venues, historic neighbourhoods and culinary hot spots, as well as language lessons and hands-on workshops on board.
P&O is returning to the seas with its Strictly Come Dancing themed-cruises. Stars from the 2016 show will take the floor for a series of performances and dance lessons. Guests will even have the chance to audition for the dance competition, with finalists performing in the theatre in front of judges from the show.
Crystal Cruises has also just introduced “Crystal on Broadway,” an exclusive new partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. Expect bright lights, show-stopping performances and star-studded, “meet cutes” at every turn.
Norwegian Cruise Line has just upped the fun-level this year with its maze of tandem waterslides and water cannons, free-fall slides and loop-the-loop chutes. It’s also home to the longest zip liner at sea, as well as a three-storey rope course with “planks” extended over the side of the ship! But what’s topping the charts is the new entertainment experience, Escape The Big Top. An escape room with a twist, guests must put their critical thinking skills to the test in a physical adventure game to solve challenges and beat the clock.
Cunard Line's 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week is returning to the Queen Mary 2, as it sets sail from Southampton to New York in August 2017. The headline designer for this year's voyage is Julien MacDonald, who will be joined by fashion icon Iris Apfel for a fantabulous series of Q&A sessions, fashion predictions, catwalk shows, glamorous dinners and exclusive unveilings.
Things are hotting up at sea with the new MSC Seaside set to launch in December 2017 – a stunning cruise ship inspired by a beach condo concept, designed specifically for sun worshippers. The ‘floating beach condo’ prioritises its outdoor spaces like no other cruise ship before, which travellers will appreciate on its sun-kissed voyage from Miami to the Caribbean. Inside you’ll find glass catwalks, cabins with balconies, a 360-degree open-air promenade, al fresco dining and a multi-storey, interactive water park.
For those looking for a more traditional experience at sea, Saga offer a range of elegant cruises exclusively for over 50s. These sophisticated ships are filled with like-minded people, all enjoying similar tastes in food, entertainment and conversation, painting a picture reminiscent of the golden age of cruise travel. The most traditional way to cruise, with a set time to dine and formal evenings, complete with dinner jacket and evening gown splendour.
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