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refurbishment in late 2011 was due to add more balcony cabins, a new observation lounge, internet lounge and promenade deck, plus heavy makeovers for existing public rooms and cabins/ Sailing to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Black Sea in summer, from their home port of Portsmouth, and voyaging in more adventurous style to the Middle East, Red Sea, India and the Far East in winter, including Grand Voyages of 27-44 days. Gratuities and some excursions included. www.swanhellenic.com


THOMSON CRUISES Ship


Island Escape


Thomson Spirit, Celebration


Thomson Destiny Thomson Dream


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 lecturers. Worldwide travellers, they sail in summer around northern Europe and the Med, plus the Black Sea and North Africa. In winter, they visit India, the Far East, South America, the Caribbean and Africa, with Grand Voyages up to 96 days. Gratuities included in the fare. www.voyagesofdiscovery.com


Rating Type 3*-Plus Resort 4*


4* 4*


SR Resort


Resort Resort


Dining Tonnage P / C


25.08 Open 40,132 1600/612 28.00 Open 33,930 1254/520


25.92 Open 37,584 1450/540 36.52 Open 55,000 1506/600


Aimed squarely at the British package holiday market and offering excellent value, the ships – and accommodations – vary quite widely as they are all well-maintained charter vessels. Modest choice of casual alternative dining, but the revamped Spirit took their style to a new level, notably with the dining options and Linda Barker-designed suites. Children’s clubs are well run and make for highly family-friendly cruises, with kids choices in all dining options. The open-dining policy is imaginative and entertainment is well geared for UK tastes. In Europe each summer, the Canaries, Caribbean and Red Sea in winter, they offer some imaginative ex-UK cruises, including from Harwich and Newcastle as well as Southampton. Thomson dramatically increased their fleet in 2005 by adding Thomson Celebration (formerly the Noordam of Holland America) as a sister to Spirit (ex-Nieuw Amsterdam) and the revamped Thomson Destiny (formerly the Sunbird of MyTravel). Island Escape was taken over from the former Island Cruises operation between First Choice and Royal Caribbean in 2009, while Thomson Dream (the ex-Costa Europa) joined in 2010 to give them their biggest vessel – and most advanced range of onboard facilities – to date, with five dining options and generous open deck space. Packaged with charter flights and all taxes and gratuities included. www.thomson.co.uk/cruise.html


VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY Ship


Discovery Voyager


Rating Type 4* 4*


VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY Ship


Aegean Odyssey


Rating Type 4*


Classic


SR


Dining Tonnage P / C 28.91 Open 11,563 380/200


With the demise of Orient Lines, but a growing demand for more traditional and thoughtful cruising, Gerry Herrod – creator of Orient in the 1990s – came up with another distinctive operation that fills a void for this educational style of voyaging. The former 1970s-built Aegean I, she underwent a major refurbishment to add a new spa, gym and beauty salon; a library; 81 enlarged cabins, 42 with balconies; and 16 cabins for solo travellers. Premium cabins come in Concierge class, with enhanced amenities and priority services. Entertainment is relatively low-key but high quality, with historian Lord Norwich pioneering a series of lecture programmes and guest speakers that highlight the history and culture of the areas the ship travels. Emphasis is also on high-quality cuisine, with a choice of venues, and dinner including wine. Shore excursions and gratuities are also included. Core cruise areas remain the Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic, plus the Red Sea and Middle East (all Apr- Nov only), with grand voyages up to 30 days. www.voyagestoantiquity.com


WINDSTAR CRUISES Ship


Wind Spirit, Star Wind Surf


Rating Type 5* 5*


SR


Boutique Boutique


Dining Tonnage P / C 38.50 Open 5,703 150/91 47.20 Open 14,745 310/163 SR Dining Tonnage P / C


Adventure 28.91 Two 20,186 698/325 Adventure 27.46 Two 15,271 556/215


This distinguished, destination-intensive line becomes a two-ship operation in November 2012 with the arrival of the MV Voyager (formerly the Alexander von Humbolt) alongside the existing vessel. Discovery is the former Island Princess, fully refreshed and refurbished and the onboard style is all about excellent guest speakers and excursion programmes – the ideal choice for


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 (although weak alternative dining). 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 summer, these vessels have computer controlled sails as well as diesel motors. Gratuities not included. www.windstarcruises.com


ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS Ship


Clipper Adventurer Clipper Odyssey


Rating Type 4*


SR


Dining Tonnage P / C Adventure 39.67 Open 4,364 4*-Plus Adventure 47.43 Open 5,218


110/79 110/73


This owner-operator of genuine adventurous vessels features a series of world-wide eco-friendly tours and expeditions focusing on the North-West Passage, Antarctica, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, plus the Mediterranean and even round-Britain voyages. They short-term charter some vessels (notably in the Indian Ocean and to the Galapagos) and have long-term charters on two contrasting but high-quality ships in Adventurer and Odyssey. Both offer adventure cruising of a highly personal and small-scale nature, with a fleet of Zodiac landing boats, but Odyssey is the more sophisticated and luxury-orientated vessel, with gourmet dining and more lavishly appointed cabins. Natural history, photography, bird-watching, diving and hiking are all part of the Zegrahm style, so onboard entertainments are limited to lectures and dining. Gratuities not included. www.zeco.com


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