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Description: Take your sweetie to Tahiti. Hot New Ships! The Cruise Diet.

Enc ore Cruises 20 13 The Cruise Magazine Take your sweetie to Tahiti Hot New Ships The Cruise Diet sea World the TM Ask Q Encore Q Only a small percentage of Canadians have ever been on a cruise. What would you say to someone considering it for the first time Cruising is a wonderful carefree holiday that offers just about everything. Of course all your meals are included and so is the entertainment as well as the many amenities on board. You will visit different places without having to pack and change hotels and you will enjoy relaxing days and hours at sea. Statistics show that once people take a cruise they repeat it many times. Q Are cruises a good choice for kids Not only are cruises good for kids of all ages they are in many ways the best holiday you can choose for the family. Many cruise lines cater to children and teens in a big way. There s something to keep them busy in a supervised setting all day and evening. This allows you to have time in the spa or the gym or having a romantic dinner while your kids are wonderfully occupied. And for your teens it s a safe environment where you can give them a little freedom Plus they will get to see several different destinations at once Q With so many new ships and different cruise lines how do you choose and book your cruise Q Is it true everyone gains weight on a cruise This is really where a travel agent is of great value. Q What about destinations There are so many now. What do you recommend Q What is the biggest trend in cruising today This is why people tend to take many cruises there are so o 4 many parts of the world you can see by cruise ship. All our destinations are wonderful in their own way it will depend on what interests you and the time of year Most Canadians begin with either a Caribbean cruise Alaska or a Mexican Riviera cruise because these are the closest regions. For the experienced cruiser we recommend something more exotic such as the Baltic Antarctic the South Pacific or South America. One of the growing trends is to celebrate special occasions. We see families friends and work associates cruising together to celebrate milestones. It s a perfect way to spend time together and also apart with so many activities to do on board the ship. This is best done through your agent so you don t have to get involved in everyone s plans. Travel agents have sailed on many different ships and been trained on the various features of the different cruise lines. Cruise lines vary in price size of ship amenities on board and itineraries. An agent can help you sort through the many choices available to you to find the perfect fit for the vacation you want. The more information you give your agent about yourselves the better he or she can select just the right cruise lines through Encore Cruises. Your agent can also ensure that your flights are booked and also add any pre or post-cruise stays that you might want to do while you are there. Well we d be lying if we said no But while the food on cruise ships is excellent and plentiful and you will eat more than you do at home there is ample opportunity to choose healthy options as well as to exercise at the gym on the track on deck and on shore Cruise ships have become very conscious of offering a wide selection and always include calorie wise solutions as well as vegetarian offerings. But hey you re on vacation so enjoy You can hit the gym when you get home. Amr Younes Encore Cruises VP What kind of traveller are you Quiz I will be travelling with 1 2 3 4 My spouse or significant other My spouse and our kids A friend or friends My romantic partner My favourite movie of the following 1 2 3 4 Breakfast at Tiffany s Parenthood Master & Commander Mutiny on the Bounty I want a cruise where I can have 1 2 3 4 Time with my spouse away from everything Time together as a family New adventures and see faraway places Romantic dinners sunsets spa time togetherness If I had the following choices mine would be 1 2 3 4 Chateaubriand A great burger Sushi Pad Thai SCORES & RECOMMENDATIONS On this vacation I will be celebrating 1 2 3 4 An anniversary or birthday Family time Me time Our engagement wedding or honeymoon If I could have any car I wanted it would be 1 2 3 4 Luxury sedan Large SUV Sports Car BMW If you scored from 1-10 You appreciate all good things and especially good value. We recommend you read the Suite Life article. If you scored from 10-18 Your heart belongs to your family. Check out A B Sea. If you scored from Right now I would rather be 1 2 3 4 Dancing with my partner Taking the family to a movie Rock climbing Planning my wedding When I travel the thing I appreciate most is 1 2 3 4 Great value Lots to do for the kids Getting outside my comfort zone Seeing truly exotic and unforgettable sights 18-26 You have a taste for adventure and like to get off the beaten path. We recommend the Antarctica article. If you scored from 26-32 You are a true romantic Be sure to read Take your Sweetie to Tahiti Q River cruising is growing in leaps and bounds why do you think that is Q What was your personal favourite cruise River cruising has become hugely popular especially with Baby Boomer adults who want to immerse themselves in first-class cuisine culture and scenery. More and more ships are being added to accommodate river cruising in Europe Russia Asia and Africa. One of the advantages of river cruising is that you are right there in the heart of the countryside and docking in the centre of towns and villages along the way. So you get a different perspective that you cannot get any other way. Probably the highlight after many wonderful cruises for me was the opportunity to sail on Paul Gauguin Cruises because of the South Seas setting and the onboard experience but there are several close runners up o 5 10 Things About Cruises Did you know Cruising is the fastest growing segment of tourism in the world. 1 The middle of the ship is where you will feel the least motion. 2 3 o 6 Only about 2% of North Americans have ever been on a cruise The first cruises were freighters that carried a few paying passengers on their voyages all around the world. It is still possible to book passage on some freighters. Modern cruise ships continue to outdo each other with unusual amenities. You can find skating rinks water slides rock climbing walls putting greens driving ranges paddle tennis and on and on. 5 When facing forward on a ship the left side is Port side and the right side is Starboard. 7 River cruise companies cannot build new ships fast enough to keep up with demand. Multiple new ships are deployed every year. Staterooms are compact but there s usually room for everything. Ideally bring suitcases or large totes that can easily fit under the bed frame (built for this purpose) during your cruise. The 70s TV show The Love Boat was responsible for promoting the idea of cruising to the mass market. 4 Steamship lines created what we know today to be the travel agent . Originally travel agents were ticket agents selling passage on steamships long before commercial aviation took off. Coming full circle travel agents now sell the vast majority of cruises. 9 8 6 10 Ask Encore Quiz What Kind Of Traveller Are You 10 Things About Cruises Crossword Hot New Ships for 2013 Disney Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrity Cruises Carnival Cruise Lines MSC Cruises Costa Cruises FAMILY CRUISING A B Sea - Puzzle Once Upon A Time The Coolest Slides At Sea Kids Clubs ARTICLES Hooked On Cruising The Med - by Jill Wykes The Cruise Diet The Caribbean Challenge The Oasis Class Golfing Around The World Take Your Sweetie To Tahiti Go With The Flow River Cruising Antarctica The Suite Life One Is Fun Single Traveller 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 7 8 11 12 16 13 14 17 18 15 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36 37 39 40 42 44 45 46 41 43 20 35 20 21 22-27 28 1. 38 ACROSS Another term for cabin Shirley Temple song ____ Lollipop ______ of Wight off the English coast A more relaxed cruise atmosphere Ft. __________ is a major cruise port Luxury type of accommodation DOWN 1 . Propelled by the wind 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 70s show about cruising Air ticket that brings you back Popular cruising region in Eastern Med A Baltic cruise port Spanish port 30-33 34-38 40-41 42-43 44-45 46-47 48-51 52-53 54-57 58 4. 6. 8. 9. 11. 1 2 . Weather ____ tells direction of wind 1 4 . Florida cruise hub 1 6 . Where grapes grow 1 7 . Cruise ship speed measurement 1 8 . Floating traffic sign for ships 1 9 . Cruise destination in Central America 2 1 . The ship s CEO 2 4 . Historic Turkish port 2 5 . The ship s staff 2 6 . Old term for ocean voyage 2 9 . Keeps ships from moving 3 0 . Location of many tropical islands 3 4 . Destination of many short cruises 3 8 . Most Southerly continent 4 0 . Opposite of West Southwest 4 2 . Served mid afternoon onboard 4 3 . Everyone s favourite type of shopping 4 4 . Island off coast of North Africa 1 0 . Non-ocean cruising 1 3 . Someone who shares your cabin 1 5 . Often crossed in repositioning cruises 1 6 . Most Romantic port 2 0 . Where you find Tahiti 2 2 . Opposite of starboard 2 3 . ________ folding demos 2 7 . Little known Caribbean island 2 8 . There are glaciers here 3 1 . Country on Adriatic Sea 3 2 . Why there s a lifeboat drill 3 3 . Sea off the coast of Greece 3 5 . Scottish isle 3 6 . Port in the Balearic Islands 3 7 . Former source of energy for ships 3 9 . Sailboat with twin hulls 4 1 . Often used after bride s new surname Encore Cruises is a division of Thomas Cook Canada Inc. 75 Eglinton Avenue E. Toronto ON M4P 3A4. For full terms and conditions see Encore Cruises Permis du Qu bec 702734 Ontario Permit 50012702 and 50010226 BC Permit 3597 4 5 . Japanese currency 4 6 . Term meaning of ships and boats Crossword Solution on page 58. o 7 HO T N E There are some fabulous new ships entering the scene and each one of them has unique new features and amenities promising lots of brand new and exciting experiences at sea We ve done a round-up of some of them here ....check out each one carefully to find the very best choice for your next cruise Be the first of your friends to sail on one of these amazing vessels... whether you are looking for fun family-friendly or sophisticated you will find the perfect ship right here 2013 New Ships S DISNEY CRUISE LINE There s a big wow factor onboard the latest addition to the Disney fleet the majestic Disney Fantasy. Building on the classic style of her sister ship the Disney Dream the Disney Fantasy is the fourth cruise liner in the expanding Disney Cruise Line fleet. The Disney Fantasy is a 130 000-ton vessel with 14 decks 1 250 staterooms and a capacity to accommodate 4 000 passengers comfortably along with the 1 450 cast and crew members who are there to serve and entertain every member of the family The cruise liner combines sleek style and convenient facilities with splashes of Disney magic. Year-round you and your family can embark on a once-in-alifetime cruise adventure aboard the Disney Fantasy. Staterooms are designed with families in mind offering ample space with most featuring split bathrooms a cruise industry first. If you have a young family you will know how handy this feature can be There are Youth Clubs for every age group with tons of interactive programs throughout the ship. And there are three pools one for families one for kids and one for adults only. Dining options abound and include elegant adults-only dining (don t worry the kids won t even miss you ) a gourmet main dining room and many themed restaurants. Entertainment is second-to-none (what else would you expect from Disney ). There are spectacular live musical shows firstrun movies in 3-D theatres and of course there are nightclubs and lounges with live music and dancing. In the interior design of the Disney Fantasy the Disney Imagineering is at work featuring decorative murals sparkling fixtures and furnishings original paintings statues and woodwork that lend to the Art Nouveau ambiance. Disney-themed venues --including youth clubs restaurants nightclubs and theatre spaces--take guests of all ages to magical places. The magnificent 3-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Fantasy is reminiscent of grand ocean liners of the Golden Age. The glamorous and graceful design includes a sweeping grand staircase towering fluted columns a grand piano and a gorgeous marble and stone inlay floor. The lobby s focal point a cascading chandelier of stained glass and crystal beads but the highlight of the atrium lobby is the statue of Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s Minnie is cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with steamer luggage at her side and she welcomes all who board the ship. Ship s Registry The Bahamas Disney DISNEY o 8 7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Western Caribbean Encore Cruises Magazine 2013 o 9 HoT N S E 2013 New Ships NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE Norwegian Cruise Line will introduce a major innovation in ship design The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place onboard its newest ship Norwegian Breakaway launching in April 2013. This brand new concept incorporates ocean views in a big way and will feature an oceanfront boardwalk lined with shops restaurants and bars combined with three expansive flowing decks of dining bars entertainment gaming and more. You ll enjoy al fresco dining while admiring the ocean. Located on Deck 8 The Waterfront is a revolutionary outdoor experience that adds a whole new dimension to the line s signature Freestyle Cruising by offering a number of seaside venues providing a sense of connection with the ocean. The hub of the ship is 678 Ocean Place a space that flows intertwines and connects three decks of daytime and nighttime amusements. There will be a total of 17 dining venues combined on both 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront along with 12 bars and lounges. Norwegian will also introduce a new dining concept on Norwegian Breakaway Ocean Blu the line s first ever all-seafood restaurant which will include a premium raw bar along with a separate sushi bar. The Waterfront will feature eight outdoor dining and lounging options and will also feature another first for Norwegian a gelato bar serving a selection of flavours. And due to the popularity of the noodle bar on Norwegian Epic Norwegian Breakaway will feature Shanghai s Noodle Bar the largest noodle bar at sea. And the accommodations onboard the Breakaway will not disappoint. Whether you re a solo traveller seeking a cozy studio a family that needs a spacious two-bedroom or a group looking for the convenience of connecting staterooms Norwegian Breakaway has what you need. Whichever accommodation you choose the comfort of your cruise will be greatly enhanced by the modern premium amenities and stylish architectural designs on this new ship. If you really want to treat yourself there s a special section called The Haven. Hidden away at the top of the ship is an exclusive place reserved for a privileged few. It is home to the most well-appointed and spacious accommodations you ll find aboard Norwegian Breakaway. The personalized experience begins from the moment you arrive - whether taking advantage of the 24-hour services of your certified butler or enjoying the privacy of The Haven Courtyard offering two levels of exclusive beach club ambiance and a private pool. They ve also recently added a retractable roof so the weather s always perfect. In addition guests of The Haven enjoy a private lounge and extras such as a private dining experience at The Haven Restaurant exclusive cocktail parties and gourmet treats. Countless pleasures await you at The Haven. 7 Nights o 10 Bahamas Bermuda o 11 HoT N S E 2013 New Ships CELEBRITY CRUISES Celebrity introduced its stunning Solstice Class a few short years ago and these ships are a phenomenal success story that have amazed guests at every turn and have attracted large numbers of repeat cruisers. In November 2012 you ll have another spectacular choice for Solstice Class vacations--Celebrity ReflectionSM. This ship is the ultimate in updated luxury and is perfect for romantic celebrations special occasions or simply when you want to be indulged with a vacation that will leave you completely restored and renewed. Celebrity Reflection features many inspired additions. An added deck allows for an additional 72 staterooms and there s more seating in the main and specialty restaurants more sun loungers on the pool deck and more seats in theatre. If you love a cold beer you ll enjoy the new and enhanced Michael s Club where you ll find up to 50 international craft beers added to the fine whiskeys scotches and cognacs. Make yourself comfortable at the cozy wraparound bar at one of the high-top seating areas or in a lounge-style plush banquette. There s a lot to do at the Lawn Club too. For those who are passionate about having barbecuing you can savour delicious meals prepared in the interactive outdoor restaurant--The Lawn Club Grill. To connect with your creative side visit the Art Studio and get hands-on instruction in a painting class with a MasterArtist from the Art Center South Florida. Resident experts give lessons here in drawing painting beading drink mixology and cooking. The Lawn Club also features The Alcoves --cabana-style retreats for two to four guests. These havens make it easy to unwind with filtered sunlight and breathtaking ocean views by day and ambient lighting to create the perfect mood at night. la carte snacks and beverages arrive in picnic baskets . The Alcoves are even equipped with Wi-Fi just in case you want to reach out to the rest of the world. Accommodations on board Celebrity Reflection feature some incredible suites including the new Reflection Suite and Signatures Suites located in a small card-key private community of guests enjoying the sweet life. Suite guests are indulged with special benefits and an extended list of amenities including a European-style butler who s there to help ensure you never have to lift a finger while on vacation. The Reflection Suite is Celebrity s first two-bedroom suite featuring a cantilevered glass shower you have to see to believe. And as on the other Solstice Class ships you can choose the Penthouse Suites Royal Suites and the new spa-inspired and spacious AquaClass Suites. And there are a wide variety of choices among staterooms too. The spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms include complimentary access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room with priority seating in the exclusive restaurant Blu. Concierge Class staterooms are situated in the most desirable locations of the ship and feature surprising details that make a big difference. You ll enjoy fresh flower arrangements personalized stationery and complimentary shoeshine service just to name a few. Both stateroom categories feature spacious private verandas. Or select a Veranda Ocean View or Inside stateroom that are all designed so stunningly that they re rooms you ll want to escape to--not from. There really is something for everyone on board the new Celebrity Reflection. Additional fees apply 7 Nights 10 Nights 11 Nights 15 Nights 16 Nights o 12 Eastern Caribbean Eastern Mediterranean Transatlantic o 13 o N S E 2013 New Ships CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES Carnival Cruise Lines newest ship in the Dream class is the Carnival Breeze. And what a lovely ship she is Carnival Breeze offers many of the innovations featured on Carnival Dream as well as some new ones. This beautiful new ship truly caters to every age group and interest The Breeze features signature Dream-class elements including expansive facilities for children and teens a 23 750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa and The Lanai an outdoor promenade featuring cantilevered whirlpools that extend over the ship s sides. Other features include a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide a stunning indoor outdoor caf and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza as well as a wide range of staterooms including deluxe ocean views with two bathrooms some of which feature five berths and hold particular appeal for families. Then there s Sport Square an open-air recreation complex with a ropes course mini-golf and outdoor fitness area and a 270-square-foot poolside LED screen displaying movies and other programming. There are dedicated play areas for children tweens and teens as well as a two-level health and wellness centre. On board the Breeze Carnival is taking shipboard entertainment to an entirely new level. Working with leaders and industry experts from George Lopez and Hasbro to DJ IRIE and top Broadway producers Carnival will offer not only a larger variety of new high-calibre entertainment but also more interactive shows for guests to enjoy. You will be seriously entertained on the Carnival Breeze Carnival has partnered with EA SPORTS the leading sports video game brand in the world on an exciting new sports bar concept. Designed to be the ultimate hangout for sports fanatics guests can play their favourite EA SPORTS video games watch live sports on a massive video wall comprised of 16 different 46-inch big-screen displays and keep up with real-time sports scores 24 7 live on the ticker. Want to relax Shorts and flip flops are welcome at Carnival s two new fun and relaxed poolside destinations. Red Frog Rum Bar offers guests the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with a pool-side version of the popular Caribbean themed Red Frog Pub which debuted on the Carnival Magic. Just across the deck will be Blue Iguana Tequila Bar providing a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and specializing in delicious tequila-based frozen drinks and Mexican beers. Carnival is expanding on its wide array of dining options with exciting new venues that focus on free favourite foods that are highly popular among guests including burgers at Guy s Burger Joint and fresh Mexican cuisine at the new Blue Iguana Cantina. This complimentary poolside dining destination offers guests freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas they can make their own with a variety of salsas and toppings. o 14 Eastern Caribbean Southern Caribbean 6 8 Nights Nights o 15 HoT N S E 2013 New Ships MSC CRUISES The new MSC Divina named in honour of screen legend and MSC Cruises godmother Sophia Loren was christened in Marseille in May 2012. The MSC Divina has been modeled from her sister-ships MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia and she features some remarkable enhancements. Onboard the MSC Divina you will discover MSC Cruises pioneering new generation of cruise ships created together with the award-winning partner De Jorio Design International. On every vessel in the new fleet you ll find a unique and carefully crafted environment a floating vacation destination to rival the best resorts in the world. There s the gorgeous Infinity Pool in the aft of the ship with its beach zone adjoining the glass balustrade offering a unique view of the ship s wake fading into the sunset. And if you re travelling in the expanded MSC Yacht Club you can relax in style in the Top Sail Lounge. MSC Yacht Club is a private onboard club where guests enjoy many amenities and private areas of the ship in addition to all that the ship has to offer. And that is plenty Your cruise ship is your first and last destination each day. As well as a hotel spa sports club shopping centre and entertainment complex it is a place where you can enjoy a coffee break a quiet stroll or a romantic drink beneath the stars. MSC Divina offers 3 main restaurants. Each one with gourmet offerings thanks to the variety of dishes and the high quality of the foods from choice Italian meats scrupulously controlled to fresh fruit. Every product is fresh and carefully handled. Dishes range from traditional and tasty Mediterranean fare to the most refined international recipes. For lovers of spicy food there s the Sacramento Tex Mex Restaurant. Here you will find everything from Texas steaks to enchiladas fajitas to burritos and tacos guacamole to tortillas all accompanied by Mexican beer Tequila and Margaritas. On MSC Divina guests can choose from different bars inspired by different themes and offering an extensive wine and food selection. The drinks list of The Golden Jazz Bar is inspired by jazz music rare whiskies cognac aged grappa the best brands of vodka and gin and aged tequila. And looking for some entertainment MSC Cruises entertainment programs and facilities offered on board MSC Divina will include the state-of-the-art 1 600-seat Phanteon Theater a futuristic Disco and Casino Veneziano with over 10 000 square feet of casino gaming and Virtual World video games room. There are a variety of luxurious suites in the MSC Yacht Club area including the Royal Suite the Deluxe Suite The Executive Deluxe and the Family Suite. Suites offer tub bathrooms internet interactive TV and many amenities. Then there are well designed and comfortable Balcony staterooms Ocean View staterooms and Inside Staterooms to choose from. And of course with MSC kids under 11 travel free 7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Western Caribbean Mediterranean o 16 ... ... o 17 HoT N S E 2013 New Ships COSTA CRUISES The latest addition to the Costa Cruise Lines fleet is the Costa Fascinosa. And what a fine ship she is with the natural elegance of a work of art Costa Fascinosa is the rising star of the Costa fleet. Enriched with precious and sparkling materials the onboard environments are inspired by great historic films the protagonists who made them famous and the works that brought success to the most celebrated theatres in the world. Aboard Costa Fascinosa you will experience the greatest thrills of the big screen and the new adventure that is about to begin your next cruise brimming with wonderful atmospheres and authentic cinematic locations This ship is a must for film buffs The Atrium of Costa Fascinosa is a breathtaking sight. Warm and welcoming full of light and sumptuous decoration it immediately envelopes you in a welcoming embrace. Hundreds of sparkling diamonds illuminate your entry to Costa Fascinosa. They will mark the beginning of a fabulous adventure on the most glamorous ship in the fleet There are many wonderful features of the Fascinosa but among them is the fabulous and elegant Il Gattopardo Restaurant which was inspired by the memorable ballroom of Palazzo Gangi. At a table overlooking the sea you will enjoy dinner in good company or lunch with the family another lovely dining choice is the Gattopardo restaurant where every dish will make you feel at the centre of a sumptuous banquet. After dinner head for the spectacular theatre. There is a magical moment at the beginning of any show when the lights go down and you hold your breath waiting for the curtains to open this is repeated on Costa Fascinosa every evening and it s different every time You will not get bored A sister ship of the Costa Favolosa the Fascinosa has a total of 1 508 staterooms and can carry just over 3 000 guests. There are 594 balcony staterooms and 56 suites 12 with direct access to the spa. The ship has five Jacuzzis and four swimming pools two with retractable covers. There is a children s pool and a water slide. But you will also want to luxuriate in the Samsara Spa over 6 000 sq. m. on two levels with a gym baths treatment rooms a Turkish bath and a UV solarium. There is also a multi purpose sports court a casino and disco. And for those who like to play games a Grand Prix Simulator a Golf Simulator and a PlayStation World Area. FA o 18 SCINOSA Mediterranean and Greek Islands 7 Nights 8&9 South America Nights o 19 WE RE THE REASON THEY CALL IT A SEA OF POSSIBILITIES. Onboard Royal Caribbean International innovation and imagination rule supreme and never has it been truer than on our groundbreaking Oasis class ships. Each features seven incredible neighborhoods packed with first-at-sea experiences the oceanside AquaTheater Starbucks Broadway hit musicals Chicago and Hairspray 3D movie theater zip line designer shopping at Coach and GUESS stores and much more. There s something for everyone to discover on the most awe-inspiring ships the world has ever seen. Oasis & Allure of the Seas 7-NIGHT EASTERN WESTERN CARIBBEAN Sailing year-round from Ft. Lauderdale FL Certain restrictions apply. 2012 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Ships registry The Bahamas. 12027102 A B SEA The artist forgot to draw 10 details in the picture to the right. Can you find them o 22 ...there was a family named Lepage and they lived in a medium sized town in Canada. They were a very happy family but like many families they had had their share of hardships along the way. Little Marc Lepage had been very sick for a long while and had spent a lot of time in the children s hospital. This meant that they had not been able to spend much time together as a family and they had not been on a vacation in over three years. Marc s mother Solange spent a lot of time sleeping at the hospital with Marc. His father Norman had to work hard to support the family and stay home to look after Marc s sister Elyse who was in Grade 9. Marc was in Grade 2 when he became sick so he couldn t go to school very much. When he was feeling ok he had lessons at home and he was a very good student. His favourite subject was Geography. Marc loved maps and stories about far away places. Marc told his parents what he wanted more than anything when he grew up was to see the world and travel a lot. Then one day not long before Christmas Marc s doctor Dr. Jivanjee told Marc s parents that he had good news. Marc was going to be fine he was cured Everyone was so happy Solange & Norman hugged Dr. Jee and then hugged Marc for so long he could hardly breathe They told Elyse when they got home from school and everyone hugged again. That night at dinner they all agreed they had to do something special to celebrate Marc s getting better. I know said Elyse. Marc loves geography and he wants to travel....let s take him on a cruise That way he can visit several places in one trip Norman and Solange thought this was a great idea and they promised to talk to their travel agent the very next day about which was the best one to pick. Marc didn t know what to say he was so excited and happy Soon the cruise was booked they would go while Elyse was on school break. They found out that cruise lines had something for every age group on board the ships and Norman and Solange were looking forward to also having some time alone together after such a difficult time. Marc was thrilled to hear that he would be visiting Florida for the first time before they boarded their ship and sailed to so many Once upon a time... different islands. Marc got out his globe that he got for Christmas and a map of the Caribbean. He drew a line of the ship s route on his map. And he spent hours looking at the website of the cruise line and seeing all the things there were for him to do at the ports of call. Mom Dad Look we can go swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman And we can climb this waterfall in Jamaica And we can go snorkelling in Cozumel its part of Mexico And Marc wanted to plan his time on board the ship too. Wow Mom look at this amazing waterslide...I m going to spend all my time in the pool he said. And at night I m going to play video games in the special kids club...look at all the cool games they have Marc s sister Elyse was pleased to find out that there was a special club for her age group. Thank goodness she said rolling her eyes. I will be able to hang out with kids my own age and not be with a bunch of little kids..... and I can stay up late in the disco after you guys go to bed We will see about that young lady said Norman. But for sure you will have a great time I promise. He and Solange had been told by the travel agent that cruising was great for families because there was something for every age group and this allowed everyone to have fun and have some space from each other but also to come together at meal times and whenever they wanted. Norman and Solange were so happy to be able to do this as the family had not been able to go on vacation for a long time. This will be the best vacation ever Solange said. And we can relax and visit the spa and maybe have a romantic dinner for two along the way. Finally the day came for them to go on their cruise. They had spent ages packing all their summer clothes. Marc couldn t wait to go on an airplane his first time. Before they left for the airport he told his parents Mom & Dad thank you so much for taking us on this cruise....I m so happy . And he wondered why this made both his parents cry a little. Parents were funny that way they could cry when they were sad but they could also cry when they were happy. And so off went the Lepage family on their first cruise adventure o 23 23 THE COOLEST This week our intrepid hero must face... ...The Onboard the Norwegian Epic you can suit up and splash down at the first ever Aqua Park at sea. Choose from two pools five hot tubs kid s pool three multi-story water slides including the 200-foot Epic Plunge the only tube slide at sea. If you re looking for an exhilarating plummet down the fastest waterslide at sea join us onboard the newest Norwegian ship the Norwegian Breakaway. You will be able to take your pick of five multi-story water slides two swimming pools and four hot tubs at the Aqua Park. It s more water than ever before and the ocean views are spectacular too PLUNGE o 24 SLIDES AT SEA WATER WORKS Wanna splish and splash the day away Head on over to WaterWorks our very own onboard waterpark. First up there s the Twister Waterslide designed to make other waterslides jealous. It s four decks high and 300 feet of spiraling awesomeness and the largest on any cruise ship. (For real.) Then there s the 82-foot-long side-by-side racing slides that are the centerpieces of shallow splash pools with multiple fountains and water sprays. Green Thunder delights adventurous cruisers with a nearly-100 ft. sheer drop while Drainpipe ends your slide experience with one major swirl of a finish. PowerDrencher on the other hand takes fun dumping seriously -- imagine a 300-gallon bucket of water raining down on you. And this isn t just kids stuff -- the young at heart are encouraged to zoom and splash too Ship s registry The Bahamas Panama and Malta o 25 Ride the waves at supersonic speed FLOWRIDER FlowRider Lessons Only Royal Caribbean gives you the chance to discover the thrill of surfing while cruising at sea. You don t need lessons to try out their FlowRider surf simulator but sessions with instructors are a great way to get more time on the water so you can master the basics perfect your form or pick up a few fun tricks. Try it out on the Freedom Class of ships and Oasis and Allure of the Seas. Save time and sign your Onboard Activities Waivers online up to 3 days prior to your sail date. As you complete your reservation you will be able to sign waivers for yourself and any minors travelling with you. Please Note Pre-reservations for FlowRider lessons are only available for Allure of the Seas Oasis of the Seas Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. o 26 Ship s Registry The Bahamas Disney. Walt Disney Imagineering Concept Art AQUADUCK AquaDuck is a thrilling water coaster whose entrance is on Deck 12 Aft aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. In a cruise industry first guests are propelled at high speeds through an acrylic tube on a breathtaking journey up down around and off the side of the ship through the Forward Funnel and--following a mammoth drop--into a lazy river. AquaDuck affords breathtaking views of the ocean and ship below--that is if you re brave enough to keep your eyes open during this exciting ride It also offers a bird s-eye view of the exciting new pools available to families kids and adults. Fun Facts & Tips The AquaDuck water coaster boasts a thrilling 4-deck drop and safely carries Guests over the side of the ship and back. AquaDuck is the first water coaster on a Disney Cruise Line ship--or for that matter any cruise ship--setting the standard for height length and excitement. o 27 Kids Cruiselinesthesedaysgoallouttoamuse entertainand takecareofchildrenofallages frombabiestoteenagers. Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced Splash Academy and Entourage. This is a newly redesigned complimentary kids and teens program. Splash Academy and Entourage are currently available on several NCL ships and the program is being rolled out to all NCL ships during 2012 13. Splash Academy is specifically designed to engage active and creative kids ages 6 months 12 years old. For Teens NCL has introduced Entourage for teens ages 13-17 where teens play sports take part in a theatre or fashion workshop and enjoy interactive pool parties. There are 20 interactive sports around the ship that have been developed with King s Camps to encourage teamwork bonding and confidence building. Family-owned MSC Cruises offers affordable family vacations as kids 11 and younger cruise free on MSC. And MSC offers a complimentary kids program filled with dedicated entertainment and activities for children over 3 years old in the Children s Center where MSC s kid s club leaders organize lots of great activities shows and games such as treasure hunts a mini-Olympics painting courses dancing arts and crafts. And MSC knows that kids love pasta and pizza as well as hamburgers hot dogs and delicious pastries and desserts so their menus always include kid-friendly items. Over at Celebrity Cruises the Celebrity Youth program includes Toddler Time (under 3) where parents and toddlers interact and play with suitable toys for this age group. The Fun Factory for ages 3-11 is filled with the latest gaming technology and the hottest titles. At X-Club Celebrity offers the ultimate hangout place for teens featuring social activities the newest gaming consoles and titles sports activities even teens-only late night dances. Costa Cruises features the Costa Kids Program for children 3 to 17. Costa offers pizza parties pirate treasure hunts face painting and even Italian lessons. Ciao There s also a karaoke contest for kids kid s bingo and a talent show on each cruise. And of course there are sports on board. In the evening kids on board Costa ships will have fun at themed dinners just for them where they dine with other young cruisers. Clubs Of course Disney Cruises was the first company to put children at the centre of the experience. And while Disney may still lead in child entertainment other cruise lines have come up with some very innovative programs and have teamed up with various companies to enhance the experience for kids onboard. And remember while your kids are having all this fun you ll have time for some togetherness romantic dinners and relaxing at the spa Here s a brief roundup of the cruise lines we recommend for family cruising With Disney Cruise Line imaginative play with Disney-themed entertainment is designed to keep your child having fun. From toddlers to teens children of every age will find something to love at Disney s themed youth clubs with their broad range of activities games and surprises. Your kids will come face to face with classic Disney Characters see Broadway-calibre musical live shows and first-run Disney movies in Disney Digital 3-D. Carnival Cruise Lines offers a huge range of youth programs on board for families of all sizes. For the young ones -- between 2 and 11-- there s Camp Carnival where toddlers listen to story time decorate T-shirts and take part in talent shows. Meanwhile juniors finger paint or enjoy a puppet show. There s spin art volcano-making and foosball for the older kids. Twelve to14-year-olds graduate to Circle C a place for video games late-night movies and swim parties under the stars. Then it s on to Club O2 for teens 15 to 17. Here they ll find dance parties sports and even special shore excursions. Royal Caribbean has introduced the Adventure Ocean youth program and the all-new DreamWorks Experience for children. Young cruisers will enjoy fun activities with characters from the DreamWorks Animation movies including Alex Shrek Fiona and more. The Royal Babies program (ages 6-18 months) offers interactive classes featuring activities developed by Fisher-Price . Royal Caribbean s Adventure Ocean youth programs are divided into three age groups so everyone has activities geared to them that are both fun and educational. And Royal Caribbean has created teen only spots on board where this age group can hang out with each other for games sports and parties. o 28 Europe 2013 9Days 12Days 14Days Baltic Wonders & St. Petersburg British Isles Mediterranean Norway & Western Europe Western Mediterranean ApriltoOctober FromBarcelona Venice London All references to Carnival Cruise Lines are 2012 Carnival Cruise Lines. All rights reserved. Ships Registry The Bahamas Panama and Malta. Hooked on Cruising the By Jill Wykes Editor C r uise & Travel Lifestyles Magazine Med What I love about the Mediterranean most of all is the normally calm waters. The first time I ever went on a Mediterranean cruise it was with my two sons who were 14 and 16 at the time. They had never been to Europe other than to England where their grandparents lived and I thought this might be a good way to give them a taste of Europe as well as an adventure on the ship. And what better way to introduce them to the very cradle of civilization where so much of our history was made and where our languages come from. On one short Mediterranean cruise you can learn about the Romans and the Greeks and see what they built. It really is the centre of the world And although as a travel writer I had been to Europe many times I had never had the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean regions and certainly not by ship. Our itinerary sounded dreamy to me Barcelona Palma de Mallorca Rome Florence and Genoa. I still remember us visiting the Colosseum the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain in Rome and of course on to the Vatican where we encountered hundreds of youth groups who were visiting from around the world. In Florence we saw the famous statue of David and the fabulous Duomo then we enjoyed a pizza lunch in the square and then it was on to shop in the markets where we all found bargains. We wandered the Ramblas in Barcelona stopping at the many stalls eating street food and looking for souvenirs. We took a taxi to see the incredible Sagrada Familia a stunning example of the unique architecture of Gaudi and then we hung out on the spectacular waterfront developed for the Olympic Games. In Palma we wandered the old streets and managed to escape to a beach for the afternoon - this turned out to be a momentous occasion for us all. For one son it introduced him to fine multi-course dining...he went on to become a chef spending a summer training in Mallorca at a Michelin 2 Star restaurant. For my older son it whetted his appetite for Europe and when he finished university he took off with two friends and his backpack for a whirlwind tour of Western and Eastern Europe. As for me I am hooked on cruising the Med The Mediterranean itself touches on many countries in Europe North Africa and the Middle East. It leads to the Adriatic Sea which borders on the Eastern coast of Italy and the Baltic peninsula. It also leads to the Aegean Sea surrounding Greece and its magical islands. And of course you can sail all the way to the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul Turkey and beyond. Since that first cruise I have been on several more cruises in the region and each one called at new and different ports than the previous ones. That is the beauty of this region there are so many different itineraries to choose from featuring different combinations of countries to visit. I find there are still many places I plan to see in the future. The Western Med Cruises are often the cruises of choice for first-time cruisers in Europe and can range from 7 to 10 or 12 days. These itineraries will usually begin in Barcelona or in Rome and visit the ports of France Spain Italy and perhaps one in North Africa. Ships on this route can also call at the islands of Sicily Sardinia or Corsica too. All of these places are absolutely steeped in history. I remember on one cruise calling at Naples and taking the tour of Pompeii. Wow It is incredible how you can understand the lifestyle of those ancient people by seeing the frozen-in-time ruins of their city. I ve since read several novels and books about Pompeii and the time when it was covered and destroyed by hot lava overflowing from Mt. Vesuvius. A cruise in this region is pretty much guaranteed to spark your interest in one or many things for the future. Of course on a cruise you cannot possibly see everything you will not have time. But I found that if I planned well I could see an awful lot in one day and I like to think of cruises as an exploration for future vacation choices. If I like somewhere well enough and want to see more then I will return and spend time there later on. What I love about the Mediterranean most of all is the normally calm waters if you travel between May and October and the wonderful contrasts of scenery from the mountains and hovering cliffs of the French Riviera and Italy s Cinque Terre to the golden sands and buildings of Malta. A cruise in this region is pretty much guaranteed to spark your interest in one or many things for the future. o 31 I think this is why I love it so much... life is relaxed. There is no rush here. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves with simple pleasures. And then there s the food This region is the go-to playground of the rich and famous. Everywhere you go you will see fantastic yachts moored in the harbours belonging to mysterious but very wealthy people. It s easy to see why. Wherever you go whether its Monaco Barcelona Rome Florence or the picturesque clifftop village of Taormina in doesn t matter the Mediterranean lifestyle is the same. Sipping espresso or caf au lait in outdoor caf s having lunch of salad and tuna perhaps pasta or pizza with incredibly fresh ingredients accompanied by the best wines at affordable prices dinner al fresco too.... nothing is has an ambience all its own. I think this is why I love it so is relaxed. There is no rush here. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves with simple pleasures. And then there s the food Every time I go to the Mediterranean region I come home vowing to eat that way for the rest of my life. Fresh ingredients olive oil cheeses fresh bread fish tomatoes salads wonderful wines and the best coffee anywhere Of course once I m home the North American bad habits and fast food creep back in. But I have changed the way I eat over my lifetime considerably and I attribute part of this to my visits to the Mediterranean. I have only touched on the Western cruises. Of course there are so many more to choose from. The Eastern Med Cruises may depart from Rome Venice Athens or Istanbul. These are often for a longer duration from 10 to 14 days. These cruises have a slightly more exotic appeal. If you choose a cruise that departs from Venice you will likely visit the historic port of Dubrovnik in Croatia. It is a walled city and so charming Your cruise might also stop at Montenegro or Slovenia. And then it is on to Athens that wonderful ancient city with its fabulous new museum of civilization and ancient buildings. I love Athens I like to wander the Plaka district and find a caf for a Horiatiki salad a glass of wine and perhaps some baklava for a treat There are many tours from Athens to the surrounding areas and of Athens itself. Then it will be off to a Greek island or two perhaps the magical and spectacular Santorini or it may be Mykonos the whitewashed island of idyllic pleasures. The waters of the Greek islands afford spectacular scenery as there are so many islands large and small. The waters are calm and full of sailboats and shipping of all kinds. Greece is a seafaring nation after all. And then it is northwards up to Istanbul and possibly other Turkish ports such as Kusadasi a lovely seaside town where you can take tours to the magnificent Ephesus the remains of the ancient civilization. Istanbul itself is magnificent. What a place Sitting at the crossroads of West and East this city is named in all the history books. Formerly Constantinople the city is home to the gorgeous Blue Mosque as well as the most vast and incredible underground bazaar. Perhaps you will buy a carpet or a silk or cashmere pashmina a leather jacket or purse. It is all here. When you are in need of a break you can try Bubble Tea and some excellent Turkish pastries or Turkish Delight. Depending on which cruise line you choose many ships spend two days in Istanbul because there is so much to see. The approach into Istanbul is fantastic as the channel of the Dardenelles is narrow so there is a lot to look at along the way. And when you come into Istanbul itself you can see the cupolas of the mosques and depending on the time of day you can hear the melodic call to prayer when you are in port. Make the most of your time here your ship will offer comprehensive tours and of course free time at the bazaar. One of the most memorable ports I ve been to on a Med cruise was Malta.....I was completely surprised at the contrast to Europe and the other countries. Sailing into Malta you see a large walled port made from the local stone and all of it has a yellow golden hue reminiscent of desert sands. When the sun is shining on it it is quite spectacular and exotic. Malta has a fascinating history and an island tour will ensure you get the whole story. There will be plenty of time to then relax at an outdoor caf (clearly this is a theme ) and enjoy a strong coffee or a beer before you return to the ship. Since my first cruise with my boys the options for cruising in the Mediterranean region have increased in leaps and bounds. Many many cruise lines now sail in the region each summer. You will have your choice of ships larger and smaller and depending on who is travelling with you be sure to select a ship that caters to your preferences. It is a great way to introduce your children to Europe when they are old enough to be interested in some of the history and sights of this region. Many cruise lines cater to tweens and teens and they will have a wonderful time and meet many new friends from around the world. The wonderful thing about exploring the countries of the Mediterranean region by ship rather than by coach or car is that you unpack when you get on board and you come back each night to your comfortable stateroom.....or suite.... if you are treating yourself I cannot think of a better holiday and I hope to do it many more times. Jill o 33 Cruis e T he D i et Diet S o you are going on a cruise. You ve probably heard about the vast amounts of food served on cruise ships right Well everything you have heard is true and more The truth is that your cruise diet will be a gastronomical experience there s no question about it. But because there s so much good food and so much choice on cruise ships these days there is no reason why you cannot stick to whatever diet regime you are on if you really want to...or find foods that meet just about every dietary requirement. Or you can be like most people and decide that your diet comes later and you are just going to enjoy all of the wonderful food that you are going to find on your cruise prepared by some of the best chefs anywhere. Besides a couple of circles on the walking track should burn that dinner off right You will have sumptuous buffets and food stations always available and numerous specialty restaurants to choose from featuring cuisines of the world prepared by some of the world s best chefs...Asian Mexican Italian Japanese Steakhouse burger joints outdoor grills Espresso bars and on and on. And of course cruise ships have always featured an incredible array of choices in their main dining rooms with wonderful variety and some of the finest continental cuisine you will find anywhere. And in the dining rooms you have the pleasure of dining with others and that s a great way to see all the items on the menu Then of course there s the wine pairings...a wandering sommelier will come to your table and offer advice on which is the best wine to have with your choice of entr e. Breakfast alone is a feast Multiple food stations where you will find everything you can imagine having for breakfast. There s the waffle and pancake station. The omelet station the buffet of eggs bacon sausages beans home fries. Then there s the fresh fruit section with yogurts and cottage cheese the bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon the cold cuts cheese and breads and of course the coffee teas juices and cereals. Lunch can be had poolside grab a burger some fries nachos with cheese & salsa or a hot dog. Or go to the buffet where there s everything you could want. Wonderful salad bars a pasta station hot meats and fish vegetables desserts fruits soups cheeses breads. You will always find something great to have...the thoughest part is choosing We can safely say that whatever cruise ship you choose whatever itinerary you select you will not be disappointed with the culinary experiences you are going to have. There s nothing quite like the array of choices that you will find on board on any other type of vacation. There just isn t o 34 Culina r y C l a s s e s T Holland America s new Culinary Arts Center Program will have you cooking up a storm he Culinary Arts Center program presented by Food & Wine magazine is a groud-breaking program that integrates the love for fine food and wine with a unique and entertaining experience. Immerse yourself in the unique traditions and tastes of the ports of call you will visit. Sample fine wines from around the world or learn to make a new gourmet dish in a hands-on cooking class taught by Holland America s own Master Chefs or by special invited culinary guests. As part of Holland America s innovative new program you will find various amenities and facilities on board. There s a theatre-style venue with a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen multiple large plasma video screens so you don t miss the fine details (or you can watch the broadcast from the comfort of your own stateroom). You will find wine and cheese experts hosting special wine tastings and food pairing seminars. The program also features special guest chefs wine experts and leading cookbook authors who appear in the pages of Food & Wine magazine. And there will be book signings Q&A sessions and best of all market tours in selected ports of call. Ranging from seasonal cuisine to fruit and vegetable art the flavourful and fun classes invite guests to discover the fine art of cuisine and entertaining while they enjoy the many benefits of cruising. Itinerary themed cooking demonstrations focus on the ship s sailing region and bring local flavours on board. When in Alaska the program offers Flavors of the Northwest and Fresh Ketch. Guests sailing on Caribbean itineraries may learn how to make jerk chicken or shrimp scampi while those on Mediterranean cruises could prepare pasta with chorizo sauce or a warm crostini with classic caponata and mozzarella. And if you also want to learn how to mix up that Mai Tai or or Black Martini the Holland America Line beverage team together with the Culinary Arts Center offers a Signature Cocktail program where guests can learn how to prepare world-class drinks from one of the ship s bartenders. Wine tastings hosted by the Cellar Master and Party Planner are also available on every cruise. To complete the culinary experience the Culinary Arts Center features demonstrations on the Fine Art of Flower Arranging Ice Carving Cake Decorating Plate Presentation and Garnishing Easy Entertaining and more. All hosted by the onboard Party Planner and demonstrated by our Holland America Line culinary experts florists and carvers. Kids can also get in on the fun The HAL Kids Culinary Workshops offer children of all ages a fun and unique learning experience. Kids will learn basic cooking techniques kitchen safety new ingredients and how to follow recipe instructions. Aside from the fun involved cooking encourages kids to think about numbers and measuring cleanliness safety and time management. The Kids Culinary Workshops are geared toward two age groups ages three to seven and ages eight and up. Teenagers 15 and up may participate in the adult classes. 250 ml 200 ml 150 ml 100 ml 50 ml 00 ml o 35 Qsine U Definitely the coolest restaurant afloat your menu comes on an iPad notes and e-mail their favourite wine selections right from the restaurant You have never been to any restaurant quite like this. Van Staden created Qsine to give guests something they have never experienced before on land or sea and we think you ll agree he has accomplished just that when you experience it for yourself Leave your preconceived notions behind. Dig in and try new things. It s time your palate got a wake-up call. The iPad menus are fun interactive and full of surprises. You ll find unexpected twists on familiar favourites different textures tastes and presentations pleasing all the senses at once Qsine is available on the following Celebrity ships Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Infinity Celebrity SilhouetteSM Celebrity Summit Celebrity Millennium Celebrity ReflectionSM. It is best to book ahead and you can do this up to 4 days prior to your sailing. Within 4 days you will have to wait and book onboard. The cost is 40 per person Dress Code Smart Casual Food Style Global and Qsine is only open for dinner. What might you expect to find on the menu Here s just a sampling Spring Rolls served in springs Soupe & Souffle Sushi Lollipops Painter s Mignon Disco Shrimp Persian Kabob Slider Party Meatball Trilogy Crunchy Munchies and Lobster Escargot....oh and there s Popcorn Shrimp niquely unordinary Qsine is the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad . How cool is that At Celebrity Cruises Qsine you will have a food-as-theatre dining experience. Celebrity invites its guests to awaken their inner foodie on a culinary journey. Your parents used to tell you that you shouldn t play with your food. But it is quite the contrary at Qsine the novel restaurant introduced on Celebrity Cruises stylish Celebrity Eclipse last year. The award-winning venue has met with such phenomenal response that Celebrity plans to add it to Celebrity Infinity during the ship s revitalization designed to complement the already awardwinning Millennium Class ships style and design with some of the most popular venues on the line s widely praised Solstice Class ships. Qsine is designed to enthral our guests through a uniquely unordinary approach to food elevating the dining experience to a performance art says Celebrity s Vice President of Culinary Operations Jacques Van Staden. We ve been absolutely thrilled with the response to Qsine from our guests on Celebrity Eclipse and look forward to offering the same engaging experience when Celebrity Infinity presents the venue as well. Van Staden says the only serious thing in Qsine is the food such as a vertical selection of savory tapas and mezze served individually in custom-made frames a trio of chilled soups delivered shot-style and spring rolls served in springs all of which are described in detail on the iPad-housed menu and wine list which offers a full scan of wine labels an interactive cocktail menu and the ability for guests to enter tasting o 36 Spacious Elegant Ships Gracious Award-Winning Service Worldwide Itineraries Extensive Activities and Enrichment Programs Sophisticated Five-Star Dining timeless history and culture surround you Long sunny days in Greece. Romantic evenings in Italy. Historic wonders from the holy lands to the Black Sea. This is Holland America Line s Mediterranean. Enchanting itineraries filled with diverse sights and extended or overnight visits make this your chance to not only experience Europe but to treasure it. Contact your travel advisor today. Ships Registry The Netherlands. Remy I Disney wants to give you the ultimate date night Remy s gourmet menu was created by Chef Arnaud Lallement from l Assiette Champenoise -- a Michelin 2-star restaurant just outside Reims France -- and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert s at Walt Disney World Resort. It just doesn t get much better than that Once dinner is booked and you are on board you are invited to meet with a sommelier in Remy s wine room to pre-select your wines for the evening. And for an even more memorable dining experience Remy offers the Gusteau Room where you can enjoy a unique multi-course menu while interacting with the head chef. Or there s the Wine Room where you can dine in a luxurious glass-walled room with marble flooring amid more than 900 bottles of Old and New World wines. Reservations are required and can be made online or on board the ship. An additional charge of 75 per person is required to dine at Remy in addition to alcoholic beverages. And not surprisingly a dress code is enforced during dinner. Men will want to pack a jacket and dress pants and ladies will want a cocktail or evening dress or pant suit. And since you may want to extend your evening without the family while they are being well-entertained elsewhere on the ship there is an adults-only lounge Meridian near Remy where you can enjoy a cocktail before dinner or a liqueur afterwards. Whoever said Disney Cruises were all about kids t s decided You re taking the kids on a Disney Cruise and everyone is excited. And you have resigned yourself to eating kid-friendly food the whole time. Well think again. Disney Cruise Line s Adult Exclusive restaurants are very romantic havens that cater exclusively to adults looking for the finest in dining with a refined atmosphere. Disney knows that you need some time away from the kids and they have gone out of their way to create a gourmet experience for your special night out. Disney s creation is the upscale restaurant Remy an intimate restaurant located on Deck 12 (aft) aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy exclusively for adults no exceptions Remy takes its name from the tiny French star of the hit Disney Pixar film Ratatouille. Serving French-inspired cuisine Remy also features spectacular ocean views -- the perfect setting for a romantic evening where it s just the two of you Dining at Remy is like being transported to an authentic finedining restaurant in France. The dining room is softly lit and designed in Art Nouveau d cor. But you are not here for the d cor nor the fine amenities china and glassware. You are here for the wonderful creations of the chef. Begin with a complimentary chilled Champagne cocktail. Dinner is comprised of multiple courses. And for an extra charge Remy offers a stellar wine list in addition to a wine pairing option. Elegant touches include a tableside trolley for international cheeses decanting stations for wines and an after-dinner coffee service. o 38 As to Disney artwork logos and properties Disney. Ships Registry The Bahamas. Why rush an experience like this ASIA SOUTH AMERICA WEST INDIES WESTERN EUROPE SCANDINAVIA & THE BALTICS BRITISH ISLES FRENCH & ITALIAN RIVIERA GREEK ISLES THE ADRIATIC HOLY LAND Geiranger Fjord Norway longer stays. more overnights. night touring. Great travel experiences deserve more time which is why more than 50% of 2013 Azamara Club Cruises port visits include a late night or overnight stay. You can explore at your leisure by day and still be in port after dark to enjoy local dining and entertainment. Plus you ll enjoy Azamara s renowned service hospitality and many inclusive amenities on every voyage Gratuities for housekeeping dining and bar staff Bottled water soft drinks specialty coffees and teas Boutique wines with lunch and dinner English butler service for suite guests Complimentary self-service laundry Shuttle service to and from ports where available Onboard concierge services for personalized guidance and reservations Azamara Club Cruises is a Proud Member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Family of Cruise Lines. 2012 Azamara Club Cruises. Ships Registry Malta. Contact your Travel Professional or visit DestinationImmersion The Caribbean Challenge There are many choices facing you when you select a cruise but one of the most important ones is the itinerary. In the Caribbean you have two main choices Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean. (There s also Southern Caribbean if you are departing from San Juan Puerto Rico.) You may not think there s much difference but you d be mistaken. A 7-day cruise on a Western or Eastern itinerary will determine both your departure port options and also how many ports of call you are likely to visit. It will also determine whether you will be visiting Mexico and Central America or strictly the Bahamas and Caribbean islands. Miami Fort Lauderdale EAST o 40 St. Maarten San Juan EASTERN CARIBBEAN Farther south there are the U.S. Virgin islands St. Thomas and St. John famous for great duty free shopping including jewellery perfumes leather goods and crystal. Still in the U.S. protectorates there s San Juan Puerto Rico where you can practice your Spanish tour the island or shop till you drop. Other Leeward Islands you may visit include are St. Maarten St. Martin which is half Dutch half French. You will feel as if you ve entered France in St. Martin and Holland in St. Maarten... great beaches restaurants shopping and scenery. In the Turks & Caicos Islands ships call at Grand Turk and you don t want to miss a day at one of the gorgeous beaches here. You may also visit the lovely island of Antigua a quaint formerly British island visit English Harbour and Nelson s Dockyard and see some of the spectacular yachts tied up there. And speaking of yachts one of the largest bare boat sailing fleets in the world can be found in Tortola part of the British Virgin Islands where there is also amazing diving snorkelling and some great pubs. an Eastern Caribbean itinerary you could departing O nOrleans. TheFt. Lauderdale New ports ofbecall will be from Miami York Baltimore or New average number of 3 to 4. Your cruise will typically be slightly more expensive than a cruise to the Western Caribbean and you will often have one more day at sea due to distances involved. This allows you more time on board to explore and enjoy all that your ship has to offer. On an Eastern Caribbean itinerary there are many different islands you may visit depending on the ship the length of your cruise and which cruise line you select. Many itineraries will include the Bahamas where you may visit Nassau with its famous Straw Market casinos and beautiful Paradise Island. Or you might call at Freeport where you can visit the casino or the white sand beaches or go shopping for duty free and local items. Depending on the direction you are heading your ship may also call at Florida s most southerly point Key West. Here you will find fun shops a great selection of bars and restaurants and colourful homes and buildings in this unique part of Florida. Miami Fort Lauderdale Cozumel Costa Maya Belize Montego Bay WESTERN CARIBBEAN WEST o 41 I f you have chosen a Western Caribbean itinerary you may still be sailing from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale but you could also be sailing from Tampa or New Orleans. Three popular Mexican ports of call await you Cozumel Cancun and Costa Maya. Cozumel is blessed with a fabulous reef which is perfect for snorkelling. There are lovely hotels and beaches and of course there s the town itself with endless shopping opportunities for Mexican silver pottery and liquors. And there are great restaurants where you can sample a margarita and some fajitas Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are great places to visit... you can arrange to swim with dolphins or take in the upscale shopping and restaurants in Cancun. Playa Del Carmen is a favourite town that not only has a great beach but many fabulous restaurants and bars as well. There s also golf and tours to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Tulum. Costa Maya is a cruise port close to the border with Belize offering Mexican artefact shops and Mexican restaurants and bars. From here you can also take tours inland. In Belize you will stop at Belize City a typical Central American town which you can explore by mini train or on foot. Find local restaurants and bars in town or there are also snorkelling tours or trips to wonderful beaches. In Costa Rica ships call at Puerto Limon where you can take a tour to the rainforest or to the Tortuguero Canals or take a canopy or helicopter tour. Another stop in this region is Isla Roatan one of the Bay Islands of Honduras. Here there s Gumbalimba Park where you can see the fabulous Macaw parrots and monkeys. Another popular spot is Tabayana Beach where there s water sports equipment for rent and lounge chairs plus food and drinks. Rounding out the choices on the Western routes there s Jamaica and Grand Cayman. In Jamaica you can head to the beach visit famous Dunn s River Falls or shop for local wares and try some jerk chicken or peas and rice. Grand Cayman is an upscale island that is not only home to over 600 banks it also features a lovely town full of tasty restaurants and great shopping. Not to be missed is the amazing boat tour to Stingray City The Oasis Class EASTERN & WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISES A s Royal Caribbean International points out on its website and in all its advertising materials No one knows the Caribbean better than we do after all it is our middle name. Well believe it Royal Caribbean has many years of experience perfecting the Caribbean cruise experience. And the cruise line has invested considerably in developing some of the largest ships afloat without sacrificing customer comforts or convenience. Not to mention providing so much more in the way of onboard features and activities. There is one class of Royal Caribbean ships that truly stands apart from the rest though and that s the Oasis class ships. These magnificent ships are truly something not to be missed. You will never have another cruise experience quite like it and as these ships sail the Caribbean year round offering both Western and Eastern itineraries there is lots of opportunity to do it There are currently two Oasis class ships to choose from. You can select the ship that revolutionized cruising - Oasis of the Seas - with its groundbreaking design or you can experience the Allure of the Seas the newest ship in Royal Caribbean s incredible Oasis class fleet. This is a world where innovation rules. It s as if Royal Caribbean told their designers... Create something spectacular something that has never been seen before let your imagination run wild Well they did and the result is the fabulous Oasis class ships. Some have likened these ships to cities afloat and they are not far off. Each ship features seven neighborhoods all offering experiences never before seen at sea. There s the Oceanside AquaTheater there s even a Starbucks the first ever afloat Of course there is a state-of-the-art 18 000 sq. ft casino and the bona fide Broadway hit musicals Chicago and Hairspray as well as a 3D movie theater. There s a zip line over the ship and fantastic designer shopping at Coach and GUESS stores - really there truly is something for everyone on these awe-inspiring ships. In fact with so much to offer these ships become destinations unto themselves But let s not forget that they are sailing in the warm Caribbean waters and offer a myriad of wonderful excursions and opportunities to make great memories and share some unforgettable experiences. There are countless adventures within reach on any given day - from getting up close and personal with stingrays in Grand Cayman and exploring the El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico to discovering the wonders of Christoffel National Park in Cura ao and looking back in time at the Mayan ruins in Cozumel. You can hike up Jamaica s famed Dunn s River falls or enjoy an exhilarating mountain bike ride through Costa Rica s jungles or even go horseback riding on the beach. Oh and there s so much more... you can dive 800 feet below sea level in a research submarine. Or you can discover the inhabitants of a coral reef on a glass-bottomed boat. Perhaps you d prefer to commune with ancient civilizations by climbing mysterious Mayan pyramids or if you are adventurous try parasailing over the cruise line s private Bahamian island CocoCaySM or visit Labadee one of Royal Caribbean s exclusive and private destinations. If it is adventure you are looking for the Oasis Class ships do not disappoint There are two FlowRider surf simulators two rockclimbing walls each 43 feet high a full-sized basketball court an ice-skating rink a mini-golf course and a hand-carved carousel. Are you impressed yet You will be Have you ever thought about how perfect cruising is for kids of all ages There is so much to do they will never get bored. And for your teens and pre teens you can allow them a little freedom knowing they are well taken care of and amused by the endless amenities offered onboard just for them o 42 The Oasis class ships are probably best of all for that family vacation. Royal Caribbean has gone all out to ensure there s something for kids of all ages. First of all there is the DreamWorks Experience including character dining parades and meet & greets with favourite characters from Shrek Madagascar Kung Fu Panda and more. There s the complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program there s a Royal Babies & TotsSM Nursery and Royal Babies and Royal Tots programming featuring specially designed Fisher Price activities. There s a Teen lounge area and disco an H2O Zone kids water park a 3D movie theatre family-friendly activities including games contests enrichment classes and lectures and last but by no means least a zip line nine decks in the air and 82 feet across Wow And we haven t even mentioned the culinary choices yet Cruising is famous for its wonderful array of food experiences and there s no shortage here as you can imagine There s the Main Dining Room with complimentary multi-course dining for breakfast lunch and dinner and there are 13 more complimentary options including Park Caf Windjammer Caf Boardwalk Dog House and room service . There s casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets Cupcake Cupboard and others. There are specialty restaurants where for one low cover charge you can choose any items off the menu from appetizer to dessert -- including 150 Central Park Chops Grille steakhouse Giovanni s Table Italian restaurant and Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. But if la carte more your style there s Izumi Asian cuisine for sushi bar selections and Vintages wine bar for an array of tempting tapas. Trust us you won t go hungry and you ll never run out of options for something new You have great choices of itinerary for both the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas . There s the 7-night Western Caribbean cruise available on both ships and calls at Fort Lauderdale Florida Labadee Haiti Falmouth Jamaica Cozumel Mexico Fort Lauderdale Florida. Or there s the 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise also available on both ships that calls at Fort Lauderdale Florida Nassau Bahamas Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas Philipsburg St. Maarten Fort Lauderdale Florida. o 43 ing world around the o 44 GOLFING ON A CRUISE OH YES YOU CAN know golfers feel you probably THE WORLD AZAMARA W etaking how you inprecludes about golf asAndfavourite gamethink GOLF AROUND has stepped it up a WITHand extended its a cruise playing your on vacation right Well fact golf is offered an excursion by many Azamara Club Cruises notch of the cruise lines just about anywhere you go. But don t take your clubs everything will be taken care of as part of your golf excursion. port stays so you can play 18 holes and still have time for drinks afterwards. How s that sound Having partnered with PerryGolf an international luxury golf vacations company Azamara will take you to the most spectacular courses in 14 of the world s most memorable ports of call. Azamara s 2012 13 collection offers eight special golf voyages sailing for Southeast Asia the British Isles the Mediterranean Scandinavia and the Netherlands. You ll play the marquee clubs in every destination ranging from Ireland s famous Portmarnock to the fabulous Mission Hills Resort near Hong Kong with 12 courses built by the biggest names in the business from Nicklaus and Faldo to Els and Dye. Azamara s golf packages include a hotel stay green fees and starting times for six rounds of golf including shared golf cart (certain golf courses also include a caddie excluding gratuity). There will be a full -time PerryGolf for Azamara Club Cruises accompanying you throughout the pre-voyage and voyage. Of course you will receive all transfers to and from the scheduled golf courses in luxury air-conditioned transport as well as access to the practice range and golf balls where available. In addition there will be Welcome & Farewell Cocktail parties with hors d ouvres Golfers Social onboard after each round of golf (where scheduling permits) and even a casual tournament format with awards with golf tee prizes for all participants For these cruises you should ideally bring your own clubs. All golf bag handling between ship and golf courses is included as well as club storage while onboard ship in a secure location. And all gratuities for all personnel including starters bag personnel etc. are also included. Standard beverage package onboard Azamara Club Cruises for the duration of your onboard experience which includes standard liquors domestic (US) beers cocktails frozen cocktails & daily wine pouring. And to top if all off there will be selected special events onboard for non-golfers such as Spa Experience Culinary Classes and wine tasting events (you don t want your spouse or family members to feel neglected ) Really this is the ultimate golf at sea experience not to be missed for serious golfers Whether you are on an Alaska Cruise or sailing in the Caribbean or you are in European waters golf is never very far away. And you will find some stunning locations and remarkable settings for golf courses. Play a round of golf with unusual obstacles like cocoa palms a natural lagoon the tundra or coral bunkers. Whether you choose a championship course or one with stunning views you won t be disappointed. THE CARIBBEAN SPECTACULAR COURSES The Caribbean region boasts many fine golf courses and you will most definitely want to take advantage of some of them. Take a break from your cruise and practice your swing on some of the most dramatic courses created to incorporate the tropical scenery dramatic geography and the ocean. Royal Caribbean Norwegian Caribbean and Celebrity all offer golf excursions and at unforgettable locations - take for example Atlantis Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island in the Bahamas available from Royal Caribbean. In Bermuda a golfer s paradise there are three excellent courses where you can play as a non member Belmont Hills Golf Club the beautiful Port Royal Golf Course with its staggering ocean views ranked one of the world s best public courses by Golf Digest and Riddell s Bay Golf & Country Club which having opened in 1922 is the island s oldest golf course. Here the golf experience is quintessentially private and Bermudian - meaning proper Bermuda-length shorts and shirts with a collar are mandatory here. With so many options it really comes down to where your ship is headed. Did you know you can play golf in Honduras Yes you can at the Black Pearl Golf Course on Roatan. In Mexico you can play at the Cozumel Country Club. And great coursesawait in the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Lucia Jamaica Antigua and of course Barbados where you can play the magnificent Barbados Golf Club. First let s begin with Alaska not a place that jumps to your mind when thinking of golf yet Royal Caribbean International offers golf during your Alaska cruise while you stop in Skagway at The Valley of the Eagles Golf Course (doesn t the name alone conjure up visions of dramatic scenery and wildlife ). The Valley of the Eagles Golf course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. To get there you take a catamaran ride from Skagway to Haines and upon arrival you may find it hard to concentrate on your game Abundant wildlife complements the mountain scenery with frequent sightings of spawning salmon bald eagles moose waterfowl mink otters wolves and songbirds. Several viewing stations are equipped with binoculars distributed throughout the course to maximize your opportunities to get up and close with the wildlife and witness the incredible mountain and river views. After your game you ll take the fast ferry back to Skagway and your cruise ship ALASK A GOLFING IN THE WILDERNESS o 45 Take Your Swe The Ultimate In Romance At Sea occasion C ruising with that special person is always romantic. But when you have a once-in-a -lifetimeof Tahiti to celebrate or commemorate there awaits the most romantic place on earth...the gentle seas and French Polynesia. Whether it s a wedding a honeymoon a special anniversary or you want to renew your vows this is the most romantic place on earth to do it. And what better way to embrace this magical region than to sail among its exotic islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises. The m s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia visiting small ports that larger ships can t reach. The longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific the m s Paul Gauguin has won many awards most recently being named one of the Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in 2012 by readers of Cond Nast Traveler magazine. She may be smaller than some other ocean liners but she is big on five-star service comfort and luxury. Respectful of the region m s Paul Gauguin offers an extension of the informal relaxing environment of the islands. Spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies) an onboard watersports marina a choice of three open-seating dining venues and an extensive spa are among the facilities and amenities on board. And the delightful Gauguines --local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff entertainers and storytellers--complete the experience immersing you in the wonders of this region. Do you o 46 Bora Bora Taha a Tetiaora Huahine Raiatea Moorea Tahiti Papeete etie to Tahiti The perfect venue for the ultimate romantic wedding a new law just recently passed makes it possible for American and Canadian nationals to get married on these islands followed by an intimate reception on board the ship. For more information on the rules and regulations and a free destination wedding guide please visit weddings. What s more if your friends and family are looking for gift ideas with Paul Gauguin Cruises Gift Registries you can help them out (and yourself ) by creating a wish list of gifts ranging from shore excursions to dining and spa options. There are so many wonderful itineraries to choose from for your Paul Gauguin cruise that it s hard to know where to start. The classic 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands itinerary is a great choice and perfect for those seeking an authentic Polynesian experience. There are also 10- & 11-night cruises to the Society Islands and Tuamotus and the Cook & Society Islands. Visit such exotic places as Bora Bora Moorea Papeete and Rarotonga. There are also 12- 13- & 14-night cruises to Fiji and the Marquesas Tuamotus & Society Islands. And Paul Gauguin Cruises also offers wonderful off-the-beaten track itineraries in Europe the Caribbean and Latin America on the m v Tere Moana. Whatever duration and magical itinerary you choose your Paul Gauguin cruise will be an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. I do o 47 River cruising Cruising in general is the fastest growing vacation trend but river cruising is growing even faster. The completion of the MainDanube Canal which joins Bamberg in Bavaria with Kelheim on the Danube enabled river ships to offer much longer voyages travelling from the North Sea to the Black Sea and many places in between. t s easy to understand why... just picture yourself gently floating along the picturesque rivers and canals through the very heart of Europe. Now picture yourself stopping in beautiful old towns and cities to explore at your leisure or take one of the escorted tours to get the most out of your time there. Imagine visiting wineries and galleries and museums and watching the bucolic countryside slowly pass by as you drift along. What s more you will spend all of this time in deluxe surroundings with spacious staterooms and luxury bedding this is travelling in comfort with no packing and unpacking along the way. And in case you are the type who doesn t like to feel disconnected (although that s exactly what many are seeking on vacation) there s WIFI Worried you won t stay fit Don t. There are plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle as well. After all you are not at sea the river and canal paths are just steps away as are the towns and villages. But river cruising doesn t stop at Europe... there s Asia and Africa to and the industry is rapidly looking to add more of the world s rivers and waterways to develop new destinations and itineraries. Encore Cruises features AmaWaterways and Avalon Waterways both award-winning river cruise lines with state-of-the-art ships that offer every comfort. These experienced companies will ensure you the ultimate in river cruise experiences. And they both feature many different choices of itineraries throughout Europe and beyond. Europe s rivers a m lange of history culture and cuisine One of the most famous European rivers throughout history is the mighty Danube. Running from Germany to the Black Sea the Danube winds it way through the heart of Central and Eastern Europe. The Danube is not only Europe s second longest river--much longer than the Rhine or the Rhone--but it takes the visitor through 10 different countries. Imagine the variety in food architecture and history that awaits you among these European countries Europe You can travel on many itineraries along the route from Germany s Black Forest through Austria Slovakia Hungary Croatia Serbia Romania Bulgaria Moldova and Ukraine before finally arriving at the Black Sea. Just think of the incredible experiences that await Not only will you get a real in-depth look at the countryside but you ll also become immersed in the history culture and excitement of some of the world s great cities - Vienna Prague and Bupadest to name a few. The Danube offers the ability to discover a wide range of new cultures as you venture into Eastern Europe. Steeped in history the Danube cruises are for music lovers and art lovers in particular. This is cultural immersion at its best The magnificent Rhine & Mosel Rivers The spectacular Rhine River has been a favourite for river cruising from its earliest days. As it winds through Germany s castle-dotted hillsides rocky gorges and picturesque villages the Rhine is the essence of romance. Beginning in the Swiss Alps the Rhine winds its way through Europe including a stop is the always-exciting city of Amsterdam. Fortresses and castles along the Rhine speak to its historic importance. Vineyards along the river produce world-renowned vintages. You ll find lots of riverside caf s and restaurants pairing local wines with fresh local cuisine. The scenery is spectacular. o 48 A cruise on the Rhine is for romantics epicures nature enthusiasts and wine lovers. It appeals to food and wine connoisseurs but also to all who appreciate its incredible scenic beauty. There are also very popular itineraries that feature the Rhine and the Mosel rivers. Flowing through France Luxembourg and Germany the Mosel River is known for its picturesque medieval architecture and excellent white wines. The Mosel meanders from village to village offering views of castles and fortresses. The Mosel wine region is Germany s third largest in terms of production but is the leading region in terms of international prestige. The region s best recognized wines produced here are Riesling Elbling M ller-Thurgau Kerner and Auxerrois. A Mosel River cruise is a must for anyone with an appreciation for wine. This is a very relaxing route (or maybe it s just the effect of the wine ). Next year in Provence anyone And now to France and the m a g n i f i c e n t R h ne River that winds its way from the mountains of Switzerland through the heartland of France before eventually flowing into the Mediterranean Sea. Sail alongside fields of lavender the rolling hills of Provence see castles and ancient cities. The Rh ne offers the perfect combination of natural and cultural wonders so you can see the sights as well as experience the wonderful wines and cuisine of the regions. The river takes you past the highly-regarded vineyards of Burgundy & Proven e. The art and architecture of the towns along the riverbanks reflects a blend of Celtic Roman Greek and French historical influences. Visit historic Avignon and Arles. A cruise along the Rh ne River is perfect for travellers who delight in French cuisine and wines. Some of the villages you will visit sound like a wine list at an expensive restaurant Here the theme is the good life and relaxation. Southern France has a time zone all its own... soon you let go of your stresses and worries. Heading East and Further East For those seeking a more exotic cruise that takes you deep into Eastern Europe and all the way to the Black Sea consider a cruise that begins in Vienna renowned for its music and architecture and then transfer to fabulous Budapest to start your Danube voyage. You ll see Hungary s vine-clad slopes of Pecs before departing to cruise the boundary between Serbia and Croatia. You ll go through the narrow gorges of the Iron Gates that divide Europe s Balkan and Carpathian mountains. Then you ll sail along the Romanian-Bulgarian border to Bucharest the capital of Romania. There are options to continue to the Black Sea or fly to Istanbul after your cruise. And for a truly unique and unusual voyage AmaWaterways offers a fabulous river cruise through the heartland of Russia and its waterways. Explore bustling and excitement-packed Moscow visit Red Square then cruise north and visit the Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl. Continue along the Volga-Baltic Waterways and through Europe s two largest lakes Onega and Ladoga to St. Petersburg truly one of the world s most beautiful cities spread over 101 islands and 66 canals. Here you will visit the famous Hermitage Museum and see the palaces of the Russian Tsars. o 49 River Cruising Vietnam Cambodia For something truly exotic you can take a once in a lifetime trip river cruising in Southeast Asia along the Mekong. These itineraries offer a combination of a cruise on the Mekong with flights and overland visits to other important parts of this region. Cruising the mekong Avalon Waterways provides another option that allows you to travel from China to Vietname as the Mekong flows through six countries China Myanmar (Burma) Thailand Laos Cambodia and Vietnam. Home to roughly 1 000 species of fish 20 000 plant species and hundreds of bird reptile and mammal species the Mekong is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world--second only to the Amazon River. You will see daily life along the river as you pass traditional villages see the dramatic sunsets and learn about the activities history and cultures along this amazing river. The Mekong offers an opportunity for you to discover new cultures and experience a different way of life. You will see and visit ancient temples and modern palaces traditional villages and bustling Asian cities. The river will introduce you to new languages traditions and lifestyles as well as incredible scenery and memories that will last a lifetime.. At the end of a Mekong cruise you will have an in-depth appreciation of this fascinating region and its history. For those of us who can remember the Vietnam War this voyage will have particular meaning. This is a chance to visit places that were front page news during the Sixties. Where modern history was made and where the people have now rebounded and resumed their lives. The mighty Mekong River threads through this region and sustains it. Providing a vital link for all the communities along its banks the Mekong has sustained communities and a way of life for centuries. And cruising along the Mekong is the very best way imaginable to see things you might not otherwise see to really experience the region With AmaWaterways you can visit both Cambodia and Vietnam. Your journey begins in Vietnam s capital Hanoi followed by an excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay. Then you will take a short flight to Siem Reap Cambodia the gateway of the ancient Khmer empire. Spend three days touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now its time to embark your Mekong cruise on Tonle Sap Lake and visit rural villages historic pagodas floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. You will overnight in Phnom Phen capital of Cambodia before ending up in lively Ho Chi Minh City where you will have plenty of time to explore during a two-night stay. o 50 River Cruising Africa The owners of AmaWaterways travelled to Africa in 2011 and fell in love with the country. As a result the river cruise company is now offering trips to Africa that include a river cruise on the Chobe River on board the Zambezi Queen A safari with a twist Africa has an allure all its own. From its rivers and exotic wildlife sweeping plains incredible craters and towering mountain peaks the continent s natural beauty and incomparable diversity beckons the explorer in each of us. The Chobe River supports a vast array of African game plant and bird life including one of the greatest concentrations of elephants on the continent. Showcasing herds of zebras grazing elephants and many other exotic animal species AmaWaterways African safari river cruises explore the continent s most renowned locations including South Africa Botswana Kenya and Tanzania. This is a safari holiday with a twist not only will you visit the major cities and sites but you will have a unique chance to glide right through the heart of the country. You can choose which itinerary interests you the most. AmaWaterways African cruises include the 16-day Stars of Africa the 16-day African Sunsets and the 19-day Golden Trails of Africa. The tours bring the various cities to life and also feature morning and afternoon game drives beach picnics and local wine tours. You will visit local museums such as the Huguenot Museum or the Ngorongoro Archaeological Museum and also discover the sights and sounds of tribal dancing and visits to local villages. Experimental excursions such as tiger fishing tours of Victoria Falls and evening sky presentations are also offered. And the Zambezi Queen offers every comfort... a quiet oasis in this dramatic and spectacular continent. o 51 IF you find yourself falling a little into the been there done that category when it comes to cruises or if you are looking for a true adventure holiday with some friends or your partner then consider the largely unexplored and totally unspoiled continent of Antarctica This will be no ordinary holiday This will be no ordinary cruise Leave the penguin suit at home you are going to see the real thing And bring your fleece jackets and binoculars you will be on an expedition just like the early explorers you ve only read about in the history books. You will visit the continent in summer when you can readily see all of its wildlife including seals penguins and whales Antarctica is the planet s last untouched continent and you can now experience it from one of the most advanced expedition ships ever built with Hurtigruten the Norwegian cruise company. And what a fantastichistory this company has. When you read it you will have no trouble putting your trust in them to take you on such a rare expedition. For more than 115 years Hurtigruten has been part of the rugged coastal areas of Norway. With a great deal of experience in polar areas the company has become an international travel company with a unique product. Over a hundred years ago when a seasoned Norwegian sea captain called Richard With proposed a regular steam ship service to link northern and southern Norway many saw it as unrealistic. Originally intended as a weekly daylight service from Trondheim to Hammerfest delivering mail cargo and passengers this audacious mariner then proposed to extend the service to travel both day and night winter and summer. His intention was to sail through waters that at this juncture had still not been mapped through a landscape that for centuries had only been accessible from the sea. REAL PENGUINS... For 90 years the Coastal Express became the most important communication link between the north and south and it is from these pioneering voyages that the Hurtigruten tradition stems. It is this heritage and experience that marks out Hurtigruten as one of the most professional and proficient expedition voyage operations anywhere. The latter years of the 20th century saw Hurtigruten s role change as cars became more popular and the ship s original remit changed. New ships were built with passenger comfort in mind with more cabins and panoramic lounges being included to accommodate a new kind of traveller. A new generation of ships was built between 1993 and 2007 ensuring that today the company has a fleet of custom-designed vessels capable of safely negotiating not only the rugged coastal waters of Norway and the Arctic but also the remote lands of Spitsbergen and Greenland and the southern oceans off Antarctica. The fantastic Antarctica voyage will take you through the Drake Passage escorted by albatrosses and storm petrels before arriving at the magical white landscape. o 52 W The first couple of days will be spent in the Drake Passage named after Sir Francis Drake. This stretch of water between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula has numerous myths and legends connected to it. The extraordinary seaworthiness of MS Fram ensures you a safe and comfortable passage and you can join the educational lectures en route. Once the ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water and perhaps the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. Words simply cannot describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent. The ice wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica as well as the route. Every voyage is unique and the experienced crew will make all voyages an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage. Then you will return through the Drake Passage to return to Ushuaia and then to Buenos Aires taking with you memories for a lifetime o N 66 33 S OUTH POLE ...NOT PENGUIN SUITS DON T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA You will fly to Buenos Aires and if you ve never been you will want to spend a few days in this fabulous city of Evita fame. On the first day of your cruise your flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning which gives you a few hours for leisure in Ushuaia the southernmost town in the world before your voyage departs from the Island of Tierra del Fuego in the afternoon. After the included excursion to Ushuaia National Park you ll head back on board the MS Fram ready for the 5pm departure. Named after the ship used by famous Norwegian Explorer Fridtjof Nansen the 400-passenger MS Fram is a purpose built 12 700-ton vessel that incorporates practical and traditional design. Onboard all Hurtigruten ships the d cor includes original artwork and beautifully appointed interiors inspired by the Arctic and Greenland regions. There is a main reception area a glass-enclosed observation salon and excellent leisure facilities including a gym sauna and heated Jacuzzis. Items of the original Fram will also be displayed throughout the vessel linking the present MS Fram with the rich history of its illustrious past. o 53 Royal Caribbean International Royal Loft Suite The MSC Yacht Club is an exclusive ship within a ship section that offers the ultimate in luxury privacy and personal service. With its exclusive private club ambiance the MSC Yacht Club features sumptuous suites located on the prestigious foredecks affording guests breathtaking views along with exclusive roundthe-clock butler service a separate concierge reception private lounge and swimming pool and privileged access to the huge variety of sports and leisure facilities entertainment shops restaurants bars and music and dance venues standard to MSC s flagships. Royal Caribbean International features what it calls an Enhanced Program for Suite Guests . While all guests on every Royal Caribbean cruise vacation enjoy a high-level of friendly and engaging service aboard some of the world s most innovative cruise ships guests booked in a Suite (excluding Junior Suites) enjoy even more amenities and personalized service which all comes together for an exceptional vacation experience from start to finish With a focus on distinctive and personalized service Suite guests (those who stay in the Royal Suite Royal Family Suite Presidential Family Suite Owner s Suite or the Oasis Class suites Royal Loft Suite Sky Loft Suite AquaTheater Suite and Crown Loft Suite to name a few) experience Royal Caribbean s world-renowned Gold Anchor Service. This includes of course those nice little extras such as priority check-in complimentary Concierge Club service (on select ships) reserved prime seating in the main theatre priority tender tickets Okay so you have been on several cruises you love cruising and now you are looking to upgrade the experience. You aren t necessarily looking for outright luxury but definitely something that is upscale and tasteful... a cut above if you will. Well good news this is all too easy to do There are plenty of luxurious options out there on some of the best cruise lines in the business all of which offer itineraries that span the globe. MSC Cruises is one such cruise line. Offering sailings in the Caribbean South America Transatlantic the Mediterranean Northern Europe and new this year the Red Sea MSC Cruises features the MSC Yacht Club on its three flagships MSC Fantasia MSC Splendida and MSC Divina which was inaugurated last year with much fanfare. o 54 f h MORETHANJUSTALUXURYCRUISEEXPERIENCE 3-BEDROOMVILLA Hidden away at the top of the ship is an exclusive enclave with our most luxurious well-appointed and spacious accommodations. Not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer you ll enjoy the personal service of a 24-hour butler and concierge throughout your entire stay. On top of that complete privacy and tranquility are just steps away on a private sundeck reserved exclusively for guests of The Haven. It s like having your own ship within a ship all of which makes for a vacation you ll never forget. Available exclusively on Norwegian Epic Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Gem Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Pearl and our two new ships Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway coming in 2013 and 2014 respectively. All references to Norwegian Cruise Line are 2012 NCL Corporation Ltd. All rights reserved. Ships Registry The Bahamas and United States of America MSC Yacht Club on select cruises VIP pool deck seating full breakfast lunch and dinner dining room menus available for in-room dining private breakfast and lunch seating in specialty restaurant s on the line s Voyager and Freedom Class ships and so much more For an experience that is truly one-of-a-kind though be sure to choose a suite aboard one of Royal Caribbean s Oasis Class ships. Not only are these some of the most awe-inspiring ships sailing the seas these days the suites they offer are nothing short of spectacular. Take the Sky Loft Suites contemporary urban lofts spread over two floors with private balconies indoor and outdoor dining areas and panoramic views. Or the Aqua Theater Suites that overlook the grandest entertainment amphitheatre at sea with two spacious bedrooms two baths wrap-around balconies and more. Or the Presidential Family Suite with its four bedrooms and four bathrooms private balcony and living area with a sofa bed it can accommodate up to 14 of your closest friends or family. Talk about a memorable group getaway Celebrity Cruises also offers truly suite experiences at sea. Known for its rich pampering services Celebrity offers high quality grand style and attentive service to every guest that steps aboard its ships suite guests though have their vacations transformed into completely indulgent vacation experiences. Along with enjoying a host of special privileges there is also an extensive list of extended amenities when you are one of Celebrity s suite guests including European-style butler service. Imagine... a person to help you unpack and pack to make your spa appointments your dinner reservations your shore excursions... the list goes on. You ll be surprised how quickly you get used to having someone on-call to do your bidding This is indulgence at its absolute best. And then there s The Haven Norwegian Cruise Lines answer to luxury living this exclusive enclave is a hideaway tucked away at the top of the ship and offers the most upscale wellappointed and spacious accommodations imaginable. Available exclusively on the Norwegian Epic Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Gem Norwegian Jade Norwegian Pearl and new Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway here in The Haven not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer but you ll also enjoy the personalized service of a 24-hour butler and concierge throughout your entire stay. On top of that you ll have access to The Haven Courtyard area with its private pool sundeck hot tub and fitness area enjoy priority embarkation and disembarkation priority tenders to shore and for Garden Villa guests complimentary limo service from the pier to the airport and that s just to start So with all of this choice available it s time to indulge and experience just how sweet the Suite Life can be o 56 NEW FOR 2013 NEW FOR 2013 NEW FOR 2012 NEW FOR 2012 Paris to Normandy Enticing Douro Wine Cruises African Safaris & Cruise THE LUXURY OF RIVER CRUISING WITH AMAWATERWAYS At AMAWATERWAYS we re proud of the points of distinction that allow us to deliver the most elegant and premium river cruise experience. From an attentive staff and award-winning cuisine to enriching theme cruises and exceptional onboard amenities an AMAWATERWAYS river cruise is not just a vacation it s a collection of unforgettable memories. PREMIUM RIVER CRUISE EXPERIENCE State-of-the-Art ships with up to 164 guests Luxurious staterooms with French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies Complimentary Hollywood movies in-room high-speed Internet & ship-wide Wi-Fi Fine dining with free- owing wine beer & soft drinks Guest lecturers & nightly onboard entertainment Complimentary small group shore excursions with personal headsets Complimentary bicycles & guided bike tours Services of a professional Cruise Manager Premium River Cruise Experience applies to most ships please ask for details. CST 2065452-40 One Ice Bar Norwegian Epic is fun want to go a cruise but too busy or they or have new love S o youjust bought aonhouse aretheyall youra friends areinterest they want to travel with. Or you a free spirit and like to travel solo and not have to deal with anyone else s wishes You want to be free to meet people do your own thing and take the excursions you want to take. Either way you are travelling on your own and looking for a holiday that won t cost you a huge premium just because you are doing it solo. Historically single travellers had to either find a friend or be willing to share with a stranger or pay a much higher price to have their own stateroom. That s because staterooms and hotel rooms are often based on what is knowns as twin occupancy and that cuts the price of the room in half. If you want to book one of those staterooms on your own guess what You will pay at least an 80% premium or more on most ships. Well Norwegian Cruise Line has come up with an innovative solution that avoids the dreaded single supplement. You can expect to pay slightly more than the lowest twin rate but this is still a bargain and the best deal afloat for single cruisers. Catering to the single traveller Norwegian Cruise Line has outdone itself with its singles Studio Club concept. The new Studio accommodations and the Studio Lounges on board the Norwegian Epic and the Norwegian Breakaway (to be launched in 2013) are a first in cruising and address an often overlooked market segment the single traveler. If you are looking to cruise alone then you want to consider sailing either of these two ships. You will have the opportunity to experience all of the features that the Studios & Studio Lounge has to offer. Designed with solo travellers in mind guests of these staterooms enjoy exclusive access to the Studio Lounge a two-storey shared private lounge that boasts a bar comfy seating a 50-inch flat screen TV WiFi and a video jukebox. And this is in addition to all of the other facilities dining options and activities offers on the ship. Very cool And when it s time for a little down time escape to your Studio located in a key access section of the ship with a window view to the corridor your desk and flat screen TV. Your Studio is about 100 sq. ft. but very cleverly designed to maximize every inch of space. It is your very own ultra hip little pad Finally since this is Norwegian Cruise Line that you are sailing on the cruise line that invented Freestyle Cruising you ve got a wide range of dining options all included in your cruise price and all available on your schedule. No early and late sittings sittings no rushing back from shore to grab a quick shower and make it in time for dinner. The freedom continues with entertainment for everybody. From Broadway shows to adults-only clubs where you can dance til dawn. And you can leave your black tie or cocktail dress at home if you want to... or not. On Norwegian Cruise Line you can choose what you want to do every minute of the day. Now that s a vacation Single 1 Traveller Single Studio Norwegian Breakaway o 58 Crossword Solution [ Across ] 1. Stateroom 4. Goodship 6. Isle 8. Freestyle 9. Lauderdale 11. Suite 12. Vane 14. Miami 16. Vine 17. Knot 18. Buoy 19. Panama 21. Captain 24. Istanbul 25. Crew 26. Passage 29. Anchor 30. Caribbean Sea 34. Bahamas 38. Antarctica 40. ENE 42. Tea 44. Malta 45. Yen 46. Nautical [ Down ] 1. Sail 2. The Love Boat 3. Return 4. Greek Islands 5. Helsinki 7. Barcelona 10. River 13. Roommate 15. Atlantic 16. Venice 20. South Pacific 22. Port 23. Napkin 27. Saba 28. Alaska 31. Albania 32. Safety 33. Aegean 35. Skye 36. Palma 37. Steam 39. Cat 41. Nee LOVE LIKE A VENETIAN SURF LIKE A HAWAIIAN FEEL LIKE A MILLION PARTY LIKE A BRAZILIAN CRUISE LIKE A NORWEGIAN W elcome to the most magical fairy tale of all Yours All sorts of dreams are about to come true. at s what a Disney Cruise Line vacation is all about making magic happen for everyone who sails while bringing you the special kind of enchantment that only Disney can create. Imagine blasting along the first-ever water coaster at sea aboard Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream. Strolling the shore of our private island and discovering its magical new additions. Sharing time with some of your favourite Disney Characters. And on most voyages thrilling fireworks as you sail at night. ese are just a few of the wonderful moments that only happen on a Disney cruise. Ships Registry e Bahamas Disney