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Azamara Club Cruise Line This new brand (in 2007) owned by Royal Caribbean provides a more luxurious touch than the companies other mass market ships. The vessals were originally the R6 and R7 of defunct renaiasance cruises and offer a refined small ship style with more expansive amenities and excellant alternative dining. In Europe for the summers, they visit Asia, the Caribbean and Panama Canal in winter, as well as offering several transatlantic voyages.

Carnival Cruise Line The worlds largest cruise line. Carnival's all modern fleet of 'fun Ships' offers extensive on board activities and lively evening entertainment, with generous sized cabins and good kids facilities and programes. popular cuisine,greatly improved in recent years, with menu's tailored to american tastes. Good alternative dining with their supper clubs on the 12 most recent ships, and casual 24 hour buffet options on all vessals. The older 8 fantasy class ships have been extensively upgraded with new pool facilities and other neat touches. In the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera year round, but now much further afield too, including panama canal, south america, hawaii, New England/ Canada sailings, plus selected summer cruises in the Mediterranean, Alaska, and Bermuda. Gratuities not included.

Celebrity Cruise Line One of the most refined of the mainstream brands, offering more choices for those willing to pay a little more. Standard accommmodation is bigger than most, ship decor is chic and the ambience cosmopolitan. Excellent spas, good entertainment and choice of facilities for children. Dining is good and the alternative restaurants on the Millenium and Solstice class ships are one of their strongest features. The new Soltice, equinox and Eclipse (2008, 09 and 10)enhance the lines excellent range of onboard facilities and style still further and have sparked a refit of the Millennium class vessels through 2010. In the Caribbean year round; Mexico.Panama, South America in winter; New England / Canada in the autumn; and summering in the Mediterranean,Northern Europe,Alaska and Bermuda. the small scale Xpedition operates exclusively in the Galapagos year round.Gratuities not included.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages This classic ship operator set sail in 2010 with two well known former ships, the original and highly popular Marco Polo, 9her self converted from classic russian liner alexandr Pushkin) of Orient lines and the former Cunard Countess of Cunard Lines, now refurbished and revived as Ocean Countess, sailing purely from 8 UK ports on a series of voyages year round to Northern Europe , the Canaries and Mediterranean, with longer cruises to the Caribbean, Amazon and Orinoco. Full British on board style, cuisine and entertainment with stylish alternative dining on the Marco Polo and good choice of public rooms, all with a more traditional feel. Marco Polo also boasts Zodiac inflatable boats for more expedition style shore excursions, notably in the Amazon.Gratuities added to onboard account.

Crystal Cruise Line At the forefront of deluxe boutique style cruising, which borders on resort with the modern feel of their ships, these outstanding mid size ships strike all the right notes and boast some of the best entertainment and cruise enhancement at sea. Spacious and well appointed, nearly all cabins and suites have full baths (as opposed to showers) and 66% have balconies. Serenity is a slightly more spacious version of the first design, but both feature excellent alternative dining, including a signature asian restaurant by Nobu Matsuhisa. A choice of world wide itineraries, most from 7 to 10 nights (but some up to 21 days) with winter favourites including the Panama Canal, Caribbean, Mexico and Asia plus Africa, South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, and extended summer seasons in Europe. Longer journeys include world cruises (on serenity) and transatlantic voyages. UK fly cruises include tax and gratuities which are otherwise known as extras.

Cunard Cruise Line Restoring the grand traditional of British luxury cruising, QM2 picked up the torch from illustrious predecessor QE2 (retired in 2008) with imaginative first class cuisine, a huge range of facilities and dining choice in the classic cunard style, not to mention a hefty measure of resort style glitz. Queen Victoria is a true ultra smart resort vessel but still with the gracious cunard hallmark, plus excellent dining and entertainment choice, and the new queen elizabeth should add still further to that in late 2010.Sailing much of the globe, with grand world cruises, transatlantic voyages and a full summer season to and from Southampton from 4 to 24 days.Gratuities not included.
Disney Cruise Line Though heavy on the Disney style, these ships are well equiped for all the family.All american, though quite sophisticated menus, served in three different dining rooms plus a chic adults only italian restaurant. Excellent service and entertainment, especially in the main theatre. Kids amenities, naturally, are superb, but so are the spa facilities and private coffee lounge for the grown ups. Choose 3,4,5 and 7 night cruises from Canaveral, to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, plus a full european summer season on the Disney Magic in 2010 and Alaska for the first time in 2011 along with a return to the Mexican Riviera in winter, early spring and autumn. Smart new 128,000 ton flagship Disney Dream joins the fleet in January 2011 to take up the Bahamas / Caribbean duties. Disneys private island ( on all caribbean cruises) is a real bonus.Gratuities not included.

Fred Olsen Cruise Line When Fred Olsen bought Black Watch (originally Royal Viking Star) in 1998, it took their operations to a new dimension, with more modern hardware ,facilities and style. They have since added the ex norwegian Dynasty (braemar) stars former sister Royal Viking Sky (Boudicca) and the Norwegian Crown (Balmoral). They all give the olsen fleet a touch of modern style as well as much expanded fly cruise options. All cruises feature good British orientated entertainment and bridge instructors, and many include gentleman hosts. The quality and choice of cuisine is above average, although alternative dining is not as varied.Ex UK cruises from Dover, Liverpool and Southampton as well as fly cruises in Europe and now much further afield, including Canada and New England, South America and West Africa, when packages include charter flights and tax.Gratuities not included.

Hapag Lloyd Cruise Line The most complete fleet of deluxe discovery cruises with selected dates on all four ships being dual language (german and english). Europa is one of the most sophisticated and technology advanced ships ever built and the most highly rated for creature comforts, service and cuisine.Hansatic and Bremen visit the likes of Antarctica, South America, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, Amazon, novia Scotia and even the North West passage. Superior menus for discerning palates. Single sitting dining on assigned tables. Sold as fly cruises virtually world wide accompanied throughout by expert guest naturalists and local guides. Zodiac excursions included. Gratuities included.

Holland America Cruise Line A drastically modernised fleet in recent years has given Holland America a real contemporary edsge, moving away from their rather traditional image. Large cabins and plush public rooms make for plenty of onboard choice, while they offer imaginative food from well selected international menus. The newest quartet of ships,westerdam, noordam, eurodam and neiw Amsterdam (2010) are positively packed with all their service enhancements, plus extra sophistication. Sailing further afield each year, they are in the Caribbean, panama Canal, South America Pacific, Asia, Mexico and Hawaii in the winter. In Europe, Canada/ New England, Alaska in summer. Packages are sold with tax shown seperately. Gratuities not included.

Hurtigruten Cruise Line This is not so much cruising as coastal voyaging on ships that double up as local ferries ( although the newest six ships are surprisingly stylish). The fleet comes in four styles, the millenium class trio with some lovely public rooms; the new ships sligtly smaller but still comfortable and the older duo rather more basic.FRAM adds a real expedition style to the portfolio, with higher spec cabins and public rooms. Cabins tend to be functional but there are plenty of places to watch the scenary go by. Operating year round to the North Cape plus seasonal voyages to Spitsbergen, greenland,the Baltic and Antarctica, this is soft adventure cruising with the bonus of the norther lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer. There is no tipping and very limited entertainment. Drink prices are steep but you may take your own.

MSC Cruise Line Owned by one of the worlds biggest shipping families, this traditional italian outfit has completely overhauled its fleet and image in recent years with two new series of purpose built vessals. The two new megaships Fantasia (2008) and Splendida (2009) took the ambitious Msc style into new territory with the kind of expansive facilities previously only seen on Royal Caribbean, Princess and Carnival cruise lines.While in 2010 Magnifica refined the Musica class trio with a slightly larger format and facilities. Mediterranean and North Europe based every summer and in the Caribbean, South Africa and South America in the winter, when they are also on sale to local markets. Some good repositioning voyages are also available. Gratuities not included.

Norwegian Cruise Line With the introduction of freestyle dining in 2000, NCL brought choice usually reserved only for the luxury customer into the realm of maibstream cruising. The fleet upgrade continued with seven new ships in six years and an even wider va5riety of itineraries, incuding year round in Hawaii. The debute of Norwegian epic (summer 2010) takes the NCL offering into the Mrga Ship realm prevously only covered by Royal Caribbean, with an astonishing variety of onboard amenities and a breathtaking array of big name entertainment, including blueman group and legends in concert. The lines entertainment options as a whole are sharp and lively, the public areas are bright and well planned and cuisine varies from standard to gourmet. Freestyle lets you choose what, where and when to eat, with a choice of many different restaurants each night. Operating in all the main cruise destinations, including year round in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, plus alaska, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada, New England, Northern Europe and South America. Gratuities not included.

Oceania Cruise Line This stylish brand took over three ships from the former renaissance Cruises in 2003, and re introduced them as more upmarket and intimate cruisers, with a relaxed informal ambience and absolutely top notch cuisine in fully open seating dining in four restaurants. Service is equally smooth and cabins feature new high quality fixtures and furnishings. While entertainment varies from the low key to the glamourous, with a series of enrichment programmes and guest lecturers. New ship Marina added an even more distictive and expansive edge to the Oceania style, with two more restaurants for their already gourmet quality selection. a canyon ranch spa club, the bom appetit culinary centre, and some truly lavish accommodations. In the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in the Summer, with winter seasons in the Caribbean, South Anerica, Asia and Africa. Gratuities not included. Children under 12 not allowed. More information

P and O Cruise Line The all British cruise line continues to offer a winning combination of slick style, quality entertainment and modern ships. Both the onboard activities and food pander expertlt to the UK palate and maintain an element of traditional cruise formality. Artemis ( the former Royal Princess) is a child free ship, and provides an additional element of classical style. The Ventura (2008) added a whole raft of noval facilities and even smarter resort style plus the option of open seating freedom dining in two of the three main restaurants ( and five alternative dining choices), which sister ship Azura (2010) as now added to. P $ o's vessels are based in southampton for most of the year, sailing extensively to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, with fly cruise winter operations to the Caribbean and South america plus three worl cruises in 2011. Gratuities not included.

Princess Cruise Line Princess now has personal choice dining fleet wide, which gives them excellent restaurant choice to go with the ultra smart facilities on all of their ships. The Grand Class vessels inroduced a new level of big ship sophistication 1999 and the larest 100,000 ton plus leviathans add still further to that excellent range of facilities, with features like movies under the stars, great alternative dining, the sanctuary area ( adults only, for quiet, on deck relaxation), and even 'street entertainment' Princess work especially hard at their onboard delivery, with many small scale creature comforts and services. In the Caribbean year round, they offer extensive summer itineraries to Europe and seasonal programmes to South America, Alaska, Mexican Riviera,Hawaii, Tahiti, Asia, Canada & New England, Australia and New Zealand, plus two contrasting world cruises on Dawn and Pacific Princess. Gratuities not included.

Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line Navigator heralded a new style of 6 star cruising in 1999, introducing all suite accommodation, nearly all with balconies. Fine dining with well selected gastronomic menus, open seating in the main dining room and bookings required for the three alternative restaurants.Mariner and Voyager added even more choice to the gracious, ultra chic facilities and styling, with inpeccable service. The Retro fitting of the Canyon Ranch spa club in all ships added further refinement in 2009 and a major fleet refurb in 2010 ensures their look and style remains contemporary. They cover a wide range of itineraries from Northern Europe and the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama,Alaska, Asia and Australia, indian Ocean and South America. While Voyager offers a stunning annual world cruise. Prices include in suite bars, wines with meals, tax and gratuities. UK deals in 2010 also include free flights and shore excursions.

Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line With a huge fleet of attractive modern ships, this brand is one of the best fot families with 5 main styles. While the 160,000 ton Freedom class ships incude surf pools, water parks and other facilities, the advent of 222,900 ton Oasis of the seas (2009) and sister ship allure of the seas (2010) adds a whole new dimension to their slick city at sea concept, with a futuristic array of features and amenities, incuding a unique neighbourhood concept of big open spaces like al fresco central park, the boardwalk (with its aqua theatre) and massive royal promenade (complete with floating bar). The dining choice is also among the best at sea for any of the resort style vessels.Royal Caribbean also provide flexiable dining in 2009 with their my choice option, providing pre booked dining in the main rooms from 6-9.30pm as well as the multiple alternatives. Operating in all the main destinations including Hawaii, Alaska, Northern europe, the Meditteranean, mexico, Australia & New Zealand, Canada & New England, South America, Dubai and the Middle East, Bermuda and year round in the Caribbean.a new UK specific fly cruise Mediterranean Programme, from Palma mallorca will debit in 2011 on Grandeur of the seas. Gratuities not included.

Saga Cruise Line The Holiday Company Primarily for the over 50s specialises in breathing elegant new life into older vessels like sage ruby and the heavily refurbished saga pearl II. Onboard style is low key but elegant with good lecture programmes and thoughtful, well organised shore excursions. Dining is good quality in one leisurly sitting, and there is always a buffet alternative. Both ships tour the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Greenland in summer while travelling further afield in the autumn and winter, to the Canaries, Caribbean and Africa, with a world cruise on Ruby. Stablemate Spirit of adventure is a slightly different proposition, sailing with a more small scale expedition orientated style and omboard programme around Europe, the Black Sea, and Middle East, plys africa in 2011, albeit still with high quality dining and service, and including tailornade shore excursions and wine with lunch and dinner. Gratuities are Included.

Sea Cloud Cruise Line Traditional Sail Cruising does not come more eye catching or genuine than this fleet of luxury tall ships. The original sea cload dates back to 1931 and has been beautifully and lovingly maintained and updated over the years. cabins range from large suites to small 2 berth cabins but all are beautifully furnished and well equiped. Onboard style is casual and relaxed with the emphasis on convivial so9cial gatherings and destination discussions. The new ( autumn 2010) Sea Cloud Hussar is the larhrst 3 masted ship in the world and boasts a range of mod cons like spa with sauna, steam bath, gym, library and lido bar and bistro. In the Caribbean in the winter and Mediterranean and Baltic in the summer, Sea cloud cruises is a german line but with fully bi-lingual voyages and continental cuisine. Gratuities are Included.

The Yachts of Seabourn Cruise Line Outstanding small deluxe ships, with the new due providing the latest benchmark for this style of vessel. seabourn has consistantly high service levels but the arrival of Odessey (2009) and Sojourn (2010)added even more distinction and cutting edge upmarket quality . The big refinements were the superb two deck health spa, even more lavish suites and four truly sumptuous dining choices, as well as a level of spaciousness and design sophiztication that are currently unequalled in the six star range. The original trio are genuine small grande hotels at seaq, with exceptional cuisine and service but more low key entertainments, as befits their boutique style. Their world wide winter programmes take in the Far East, India, Arabia, Africa, the Caribbean and South America, with summer spent extensively in Europe , plus grand voyages of 18-67 days and a 111 day World Cruise. Packaged with tax, flights and drinks. Gratuities included.

Seadream Yacht Club Just big enough to be ships, still small enough to be yachts these vessels offer luxury cruising for those who prefer a relaxed, refined enviroment. Exrensive refits gave both ships a completely fresh look, inside and on deck, where notable features include a new library, outside bar and cafe, and completely renovated accommodation, plus fabulous balinese dream bed loungers on deck. Fine dining is guaranteed and the service is among the very best.Winter is spent in the Caribbean, both vessels visit the Mediterranean and Canaries during the summer, with their first baltic cruises due in 2011. Sold cruise only, all fares include port tax, drinks and gratuities.

Silversea Cruise Line An all inclusive policy and high percentage of balconies plus fabulou accommodations and relaxedpublic rooms are the attraction here. Attention to detail is also first class along with their chic italian styling. Fine dining and a well chosen complimentary wine list , featuring open sitting in the main dining room and an alternative restaurant with bookings required. Between them the main 5 ships cover much of the globe, spending summer in europe and alasks, an autumn series in canada and new england,and winter in the Caribbean and Mexico, africa and the Indian Ocean, the far East and South pacific, south America. Their grand voyages feature cruises up to 91 days. New Vessel Silver Spirit has further refined their ethos, with more veranda cabins, dining choice and amenities including an ultra chic spa.Completely different is the adventuring style of Prince Albert II a purpose built expedition ship with a true luxury feel, visiting Antarctica, Europes atlantic seabord, the Norwegian arctic circle, nova scotia, costa rica and South America. Packaged with flights, tax and drinks. A unique personalised voyages scheme allows guests to select their own embarkation. disembarkation points and cruise duration, while the lines lifestyle enrichment programmes are among the very best. Gratuities included.

Star Clippers Cruise Line Wonderfully evocative vessels , propelled by the wind and visiting far flung corners and little seen ports. Comfortable if smallish accommodations, with well planned, thoughtful international menus for their single seating dining. Very low key entertainments, but gracious, friendly service and good water sports. The unique 5 masted Royal Clipper is a truly beautiful ship and provides slightly more onboard choice. All three clipper ships sail around the Mediterranean in the summer and Caribbean in the winter, with star flyer uniquely based in Costa Rica. Gratuities not included.

Marella Cruise Line The british holiday product offers excellent value with a variety of well maintained charter vessels. The revamped Thomson Spirit took their style to a new level, notably with the dining options and linda barker designed suites. In Europe each summer, the Canaries, Caribbean (including Cuba) and Red Sea in winter, they offer some imaginative 7 day Mediterranean fly cruises,( most of which can be combined back to back for 14 day voyages) from Mallorca, Marmaris (Turkey) and Corfu, with a range of cruise and stay options. Packaged with charter flights, tax and gratuities included.

Voyages to Antiquity The former Island Princess refreshed and refurbished, with excellent guest speakers and excursion programmes, this is the ideal choice for passengers who want to get the most out of some adventurous and thoughtful itineraries. Imaginative menus and informal dining add value to this well run product, as does a distinguished line up of guest speakers. A world wide traveller, she sails in summer around Norther Europee, the Mediterranean and Black Sea and North Africa. In winter, she sails to Asia, the Far East, South America and Africa, with Grand voyages up to 79 days. Gratuities included in the fare.

Windstar Cruise Line Although the perception is that this brand operates sailing ships, pulling ropes and scrubbing decks are not part of the daily agenda. Luxury is the by word on these chic, small vessels that feature pleasing, well chosen menus. relaxed, informal and with low key entertainment, they add friendly, efficient service, great watersports and good shore excursions, while there are some sophisticated touches in the cabins and recently expanded windspas. Sailing in the Caribbean and to central America (from costa Rica) in the winter and in the Mediterranean in the summer, these vessels have computer controlled sails as well as diesel motors. Gratuities not included.