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STERN’S VIEW


Long-time cruise-goer, author and World of Cruising contributor Steven Stern has published the latest edition of his essential cruise guide, just in time for Christmas stockings! Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation


2012 is a 736-page blockbuster that details everything you need to know about all the cruise ships on offer the world over, and how to choose the right one for YOU. Veteran seafarer Stern travels far and wide to keep the Guide up to date, and includes: • Vital statistics: the layout, physical details and history of each vessel • Onboard attractions: restaurants, shopping and recreation • Travel necessities: concierges, technology and medical facilities


• Ports of call: including how to make the most of an


eight-hour visit. Stern’s Star


Awards system also helps readers evaluate


quality and value as they plan their next cruise, with numerous photographs, actual ship menus and daily activity programmes to illustrate this comprehensive volume. Published by Pelican Publishing (www. pelicanpub.com), it costs $26.95 and is available from all good bookshops as well as online at www.amazon.com.


NORWEGIAN REWARDS LINE


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE has enhanced and re-named its guest loyalty programme Latitudes Rewards to better recognise the company’s valued loyal guests. Key changes include new ways to earn points, additional onboard recognition and benefits, and online account tracking. Current Latitudes members will automatically be enrolled in the new program and remain in the same tier or be upgraded to the appropriate higher tier, depending on the number of nights and stateroom categories sailed. NCL president and CEO Kevin Sheehan explained: “The satisfaction and loyalty of our guests is very important to us. Our new Latitudes Rewards


programme demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest levels of guest satisfaction while rewarding our loyal guests with enhanced benefits. We’re dedicated to making sure our guests have the best possible cruise experience and look forward to welcoming them back on board again and again.” The line has also announced it will


have a third ship in Alaska in summer 2013, with Norwegian Sun joining Jewel and Pearl in the region, marking the first time NCL has offered three vessels there since 2009. More info: in the UK, call 0845 201 8900 or www.ncl.co.uk; in the US, 1866 234 7350 or www.ncl.com.


PRINCESS UPDATES SABATINI’S


PRINCESS CRUISES signature Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s, has introduced an updated menu and new style of service, which is now available on board all ships featuring the popular eatery.


Known for its celebrated pastas, seafood and Italian specialties, Sabatini’s is now featuring an updated collection of Italian favourites and an a la carte experience giving diners more freedom of choice. Sabatini’s first debuted in 1998 on Grand Princess and quickly became a passenger favourite, now having been expanded to 13 ships in the fleet.


CRYSTAL CRUISES will offer Master Photographers to shoot guest portraits on 11 sailings in 2012. “The Master Collection” line-up consists of top-tier professional portrait photographers who are Fellows (highest certification possible) of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and the Master Photographers Association. More at www.crystalcruises.com.


LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS is offering an Alaska expedition that includes undersea exploration in 2012. The novel programme includes dive depths of 40-80ft on the Undersea Specialist, using strong lights and cameras to observe the undersea world. The trip will be accompanied by three naturalists, an expedition leader and a Lindblad-National Geographic-certified photo instructor. More at www.expeditions.com.


Cruise News IN BRIEF


OCEANIA CRUISES’ new Riviera will offer no less than10 dining venues when the 1,250-passenger ship launches next April. Continuing their policy of being “purposely built for epicureans,” she will offer Continental cuisine, as well as Asian fusion and American favourites. More at www.oceaniacruises.com.


Winter 2011-12 I WORLD OF CRUISING


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