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CRUISE PLANNER COVER STORY


HAPAG LLOYD CRUISES Ship


Bremen


Hanseatic Columbus Europa


Rating Type 4*


6* 4*


SR Dining Tonnage P / C


Adventure 41.10 One 6,750 Adventure 45.50 One 8,400


6*-Plus Boutique 170/94 184/122


Adventure 36.30 One 14,903 410/170 70.09 Open 28,600 408/264


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 technologically- advanced ships ever built – and the most highly-rated for creature comforts, service and cuisine. Columbus is a more basic but still stylish offering, cruising to northern Europe in the summer and Mediterranean and Far East at other times of the year. Hanseatic and Bremen visit the likes of Antarctica, S America, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Passage. Superior menus for discerning palates. Single sitting dining with assigned tables on Columbus, Hanseatic and Bremen. Sold as fly-cruises, virtully world-wide accompanied throughout by expert guest naturalists and local guides. Zodiac excursions included. Gratuities included. www.hl-cruises.com


HEBRIDEAN ISLAND CRUISES Ship


Rating Type Hebridean Princess 5*-Plus Boutique SR


afield each year, they are in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, Pacific, Asia, Mexico and Hawaii in the winter, in Europe, Alaska and Canada/New England in summer/autumn. Packages are sold with tax shown separately. Gratuities not included.


www.hollandamerica.com


HURTIGRUTEN Ship


Nordstjernen Vesterålen


New ships - Richard With, Kong Harald, Nordlys, Polarlys, Nordkapp, Nordnorge


Millennium class - Trollfjord, Finnmarken, Midnatsol Fram


3*


Rating Type 3*


SR


Dining Tonnage P / C


Adventure 19.23 Open 2,193 Adventure 12.77 Open 6,261


114/40 318/60


3*-Plus Adventure 24.48 Open 12,000 490/85


4*


Adventure 22.25 Open 15,000 674/98 4*-Plus Adventure 38.71 Open 12,700 328/150 Dining Tonnage P / C 44.00 Open 2,200 50/38


This old-fashioned but ultra-stylish little adventurer takes just a handful of passengers in supreme comfort around the islands and Highlands of Scotland (notably the Hebrides), plus Northern Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Skye and trips to France and the Channel Islands. First class cuisine draws on fresh local ingredients, while their country house ambience is both relaxed and relaxing – as befitting their occasional royal customers (Her Majesty, The Queen, chartered the Princess in summer 2010). Gratuities included. Hebridean will also be river-cruise operators from Spring 2012, with the fully refurbished 80-passenger Royal Crown offering 7-day voyages on the Rhine and Danube in classically luxurious style. www.hebridean.co.uk


HOLLAND AMERICA LINE Ship


Prinsendam


Maasdam, Statendam, Ryndam, Veendam Rotterdam


Zuiderdam, Oosterdam


Nieuw Amsterdam


Rating Type 5*


5*


Volendam, Zaandam 5* Amsterdam


5* 5*


Westerdam, Noordam 5* Eurodam


5* 5*


Boutique 4*-Plus Resort


Resort Resort Resort Resort


Resort Resort Resort


This is something different in the cruise world; not so much cruising as coastal voyaging and exploring on ships that double up as local ferries and cargo vessels (although the newest quartet are surprisingly chic and stylish). The fleet comes in four styles – the Millennium-class trio, which all boast lovely public rooms; the six New Ships, slightly smaller but still comfortable; and the older duo, which are more basic. Fram adds a purpose-built expedition-style to the portfolio and is geared more for cruising, with higher-spec cabins and public rooms. Cabins tend to be functional, but there are plenty of places to watch the scenery float by. Operating year-round to the North Cape, plus a handful of seasonal voyages to Spitsbergen, Greenland, western Europe, the Baltic and Antarctica, plus long ‘Pole to Pole’ voyages, this is ‘soft’ adventure cruising with the bonus of the Northern Lights in winter and Midnight Sun in summer. There are numerous stops en route (some at odd hours of the night) as the ships deliver cargo and passengers throughout Norway. Excellent lunch buffets, but evening dining is more restricted. Alternative dining is limited to a small café. There is no tipping, and limited entertainment but shore excursions are increasingly imaginative. Drinks prices are steep but you may take your own. www.hurtigruten.com/co.uk


SR Dining Tonnage P / C


47.85 Two 38,000 793/428 44.35 Two 55,800 1258/557


45.10 Two 59,652 1316/593 42.87 Two 61,396 1432/607 44.20 Two 61,000 1380/647 44.37 Two 82,000 1848/800


43.05 Two 82,500 1916/800 40.87 Two 86,273 2104/929 41.16 Two 86,700 2106/929


A sleek, modern fleet gives Holland America a real contemporary edge, moving away from their rather traditional image (although they maintain a slightly more formal onboard style). Large cabins and plush public rooms make for plenty of choice, while they offer imaginative food from well selected international menus. A tie-up with luxury New York-based Le Cirque restaurants added still further to the fleet’s Pinnacle Grill alternative dining in 2011. World voyager Prinsendam is the ex-Seabourn Sun, and hence the odd one out, while the Maasdam series also have weaker alternative dining. From Rotterdam on, HAL added greater alternatives, and newest quartet Westerdam, Noordam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam (2006-10) are positively packed with all their recent service enhancements, plus extra sophistication. Sailing further


LOUIS CRUISES Ship


Calypso


Orient Queen Coral


Louis Cristal Louis Majesty


3* 3* 4*


Rating Type 3*


SR


Classic Classic Classic Resort


4*-Plus Resort


Dining Tonnage P / C


15.08 Two 11,162 740/290 16.10 Two 15,781 980/355 15.44 Two 14,194 919/365 21.34 Two 25,611 1200/450 22.70 Two 40,876 1800/596


This collection of former classic vessels (and slightly newer ones) had been one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets but now Louis Cruises are well known for their series of well-priced year- round voyages out of Greece, south France and Italy, ranging throughout the Med, the Atlantic Isles and North Africa, from 3-10 days. The all-Greek onboard ambience is unfailingly friendly, while the passenger mix reflects a European flavour. The Med-inspired cuisine and entertainment are decent without being startling but the accent is more on port-intensive itineraries than onboard creature comforts (although the Spas and nightlife are surprisingly stylish for older ships). Orient Queen was the former Starward, Majesty previously the chic Norwegian Majesty, Coral the ex- Sunward II and Cristal the former Leeward, all of NCL. The Majesty also adds a dimension of big-ship sophistication to Louis’ small-ship mix. Gratuities not included. www.louiscruises.com


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