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IN MY VIEW


Here’s to 2012!


Good grief, is it December already? It seems like only last week we were discussing this summer’s latest crop of new cruise arrivals and basking in the warm glow of some Mediterranean voyages. But that’s how the time flies in this business that we like to call the wide world of cruising – there is always something new and exciting around the corner, and the ever-arriving (it seems) stream of new ships makes the months just melt away. Well, now we are firmly into another winter but we do have


some warmth to go with the cooler temperatures we find here in Europe at this time of year. In fact, we have a positive heatwave as we journey to the Caribbean in the company of blissful SeaDream Yacht Club and enjoy champagne in the surf. Yes, seriously. We also journey to Japan for an exclusive look at the newest ship of Orion Expedition Cruises. And there is more exotica on a journey through the heart of Russia on the latest refurbished river cruiser of Uniworld Cruises, as well as a voyage a bit closer to home with the up-to-date adventures of Swan Hellenic out of Portsmouth. But it wouldn’t be the winter without at least a couple of visits to colder climes, and we have a really special look at two highly contrasting options on this front. Svalbard is Norway’s most northerly outpost, the last stop before the North Pole, and our intrepid adventure-cruise aficionado Steve Newman heads around the amazing island of Spitsbergen in the company of area specialists Hurtigruten. And, while it is nowhere near as cold (especially in their


NEXT EDITION The Transatlantic Story


As the world prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy, we take a look of some of the classic features that still celebrate the best of traditional cruising, notably in the Atlantic. Vaunted writer Gary Buchanan details what a transatlantic


cruise really is all about while cruise historian Peter Newall charts the White Star Line story and Anthony Nicholas turns back the clock with a voyage aboard the charming old-timer Princess Daphne. We also have arguably the world’s ‘oldest’ cruise, the Gota Canal voyage in Sweden. From there, we branch out on a typical worldwide tour to highlight the very best of modern-day cruising, including a sumptuous look at the chic style of L’Austral of Ponant Cruises, the sail-cruising of Star Clippers and a luxury hotel-barge in Burgundy. We feature more small-scale charm in the company of


Blount Small Ships on the Hudson River in America and a journey to the Far East with Orion Expedition Cruises.


4 WORLD OF CRUISING I Winter 2011-12


Our luxury cruise focus falls on the six-star style of Silversea Cruises while we will also detail all the forthcoming new ships for another exciting year. On top of all our regular features and columnists, it is just 10 good reasons why you need to make sure you have your copy safely ordered!


summer cruise season), Alaska remains a very special destination in its own right, and we head there for our Cover Story in this edition, with two variations on the typical cruise in this region. Another standout feature for this issue is our annual Cruise


Planner, the essential – and unrivalled – comprehensive look at all the cruise lines and their ships, with our exclusive ratings system. Of course, there are all our regular features, from the superb


World of Spas to Captain Greybeard, The Admiral, the Aft View and much, much more. So let me wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year as you set sail with us once more…


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