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CONTENTS


25 COVER STORY


AN ALASKAN ADVENTURE


America’s 49th state remains one of the most fascinating and varied cruise regions of them all, offering scenery that makes the eyes ache, wildlife straight out of a David Attenborough TV series and culture dating back hundreds of years. The history alone is riveting and vibrant, while the people are warm and friendly and every port of call offers a contrasting experience. And it can now be enjoyed in contrasting ways, too, from the impressive large ships of the likes of Princess Cruises and the small- scale, intimate style of the new Alaskan Dream Cruises. Same destination but two very different approaches, and we have captured the best of both for this edition’s cover story, a close-up-and-personal approach to this vast area but from the decks of two vastly different vessels. Get


ready for a journey with a difference as we take you on an Alaskan Adventure.


19 The Big Country Gary Buchanan enjoys the full Alaskan experience with Sea Princess


25 The Family Touch Yvonne Horn embarks on Admiralty Dream and discovers a new side to Alaska


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82 FEATURES


32 Viking Charm Peter Newall highlights the enduring charm of Fred. Olsen stalwart Black Watch


41 New Far-East Frontier Simon Venesss looks at the readily- developing new cruise frontier that is South Korea


63 Mother Russia Anna Selby takes an enchanting voyage through the heart of Russia by river


68 Winter Fashion Petsa Kaffens offers all the best looks for your cruise wardrobe this winter season


19 6 WORLD OF CRUISING I Winter 2011-12


77 Polar Bear Land Steve Newman discovers that a trip to Spitsbergen is all about the wildlife


SHIPS IN FOCUS


37 Passenger Perspective Trudi-Joy Levy takes the plunge with Azamara Quest and is delighted she did


50 Lost In A SeaDream Ben Lyons rates SeaDream the ideal way to enjoy the sybaritic Caribbean


55 Swan Hellenic Joe Thomas gets up to date with Minerva in her new home port of Portsmouth


61 Passenger Perspective Elgar and Patricia Williams thrive on a round-Britain voyage on Queen Victoria


72 Constellation Of Orion Susan Clayton embarks on the new Orion II for a Japanese adventure


82 The President’s Cruise Gary Buchanan finds out what Azamara’s President’s Voyage is all about


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