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HOLIDAY on the new Carnival Breeze


Family fun & fabulous food Pacifi c Ocean America South


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DERREN


BROWN The mystery man on ships, fans and mind reading


Psst! Want to know a secret? We pick the


BLACK SEA This year’s hottest


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We visit this issue


On Board On board


8 HOT SPOT The beautiful Danube shines in a spectacular sunrise in our favourite image this issue


››Preview: Disney Fantasy


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isney’s ‘imagineers’, the creative brains behind the ship, have taken into account that Fantasy will be sailing week-long cruises, so one of the fi rst changes you’ll


notice is the new ship’s pool and sun decks have been adapted for more sunbeds and splash pools, as well as shade and cabanas.


Up at the bow on Deck 13 a giant dome, the main purpose of which is to receive TV transmissions, doubles as Satellite Falls, a calm circular pool with a tiled bench in the centre and surrounded by a rainfall curtain. A new splash pool nearby has an enchanting bubble fountain fi lled with a fi ne mist. Naturally, the children have not been forgotten. Aft of the second funnel is AquaLab, a play area where they can splash around to their hearts’ content, pretending to plug leaky pipes and imagining they are controlling the fl ow of water in the Aqua Duck water coaster which circles the deck. In the central lobby, Minnie stands at the foot of a sweeping staircase greeting every passenger by name as they board the ship. New to Fantasy, and occupying space on the


atrium’s upper level used for meeting rooms on Dream, is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, full of fancy dress costumes for potential princesses (one day a week it’s transformed into a hoard of tricorn hats, bandanas and eye patches for Pirate Night). Uniquely, Disney ships feature “rotational dining” using three separate restaurants, each with


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Apart from Dumbo, and a greeting from Minnie Mouse, you might expect Disney Fantasy to be a twin to Disney Dream. You’d be wrong, writes John Honeywell


distinctly different decor and themes. On Fantasy, the Versailles-inspired Enchanted Garden is virtually identical to the same room aboard Dream. Animator’s Palate looks the same, with its giant pencils and brushes, and huge plasma screens, but as well as an interactive show featuring Crush from Finding Nemo, the new version incorporates diners’ own cartoon fi gures from sketch pads and crayons on each table. The creations are taken away and ingeniously incorporated into the movies, dancing alongside Mickey Mouse and the gang. Each contributor gets their name in the credits, and the original artworks are delivered to cabins later. Adults also get their own play area too – on Disney Dream it’s called “The District,” on Fantasy it has become Europa and there have been some changes here too. The popular Skyline Lounge has been expanded; Dream’s American sports bar has been replaced by an Irish-themed pub O’Gills, and the Champagne Bar is now called Ooh La La and is decked out like a velvet-lined boudoir. Passenger accommodation is virtually unchanged – the magic portholes which were a popular innovation on Dream’s inside cabins now boast an extended cast of surprise characters who pop up on the screens which also display a live view of the sea outside. As always, Disney’s attention to detail is unmatched. Fantasy will be a superb addition to Disney’s cruise fl eet, now four strong.


Main Disney’s Karl Holz celebrates with Minnie Mouse and Bernard Meyer of shipbuilders Meyer Werft at the offi cial fl oat out in Pappenburg, Germany Top Disney Fantasy plaque Middle Fireworks at the fl oat out Bottom Animator’s Palate


11 WHAT’S HOT Enjoying the suite life, Lloyd Webber link-up, best of


the web, Titanic memorial cruise, competition winner – plus all the latest cruise news and gossip


››Fact file Length 1,115 feet Number of decks 14 Gross tonnage 129,690 Cabins 1,250 Beam 122 feet


Passengers 2,500 (double occupancy), 4,000 (all beds)


Crew 1,458


14 DISNEY FANTASY Disney debuts Fantasy – and we get the low down on


Read the full review and see more images online


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17 CARNIVAL BREEZE Exclusive preview of Carnival’s latest fun ship, which


promises to be the most exciting yet


20 FIVE OF THE BEST – SPAS The ultimate guide to on-board pampering plus our


choice of the best lotions and potions


27 DERREN BROWN The country’s most famous illusionist on his excitable


fans and why he loves performing on board Features 20 6


32 AND SPONGEBOB CAME TOO On board Norwegian Epic with 1,200 kids, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer


38 FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Sample Cava in Spain and make pizza in Naples on


board a fantastic foodie cruise round the Med | APRIL/MAY 2012


the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the AquaLab and the adults’ play area too


44 P&O’S 175TH ANNIVERSARY A look back at the highlights of 175 years of the UK’s


most popular cruise line


49 BLACK SEA James Bond-style secret submarine bases and where


East meets West – it’s no wonder the Black Sea is this year’s ‘must visit’ destination


55 GETTING HITCHED ON BOARD We have all the info on getting married at sea – plus the


most magical places to enjoy your honeymoon


61 SETTLING IN For the fi rst timer, a big cruise ship can be a daunting


prospect – here are our top ten tips for making the most of your fi rst day


Destination guides


64 SINGAPORE A new cruise terminal and a vibrant atmosphere make Singapore an increasingly popular cruise stop


68 BUSAN Korea’s vibrant port city has everything from glorious


beaches to karaoke River cruising


67 RIVER CRUISE NEWS Viking adds the Douro, AMA gets ghostly, and Orient-Express is all about the kids this summer


68 A RHINE ROMANCE Jessica Tooze is seduced by Uniworld’s Castles along


the Rhine river cruise aboard Antoinette CRUISE-INTERNATIONAL.COM San Juan Caribbean Sea


PHOTOS: DISNEY CRUISE LINE


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