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The October 2021 cover of Cruise Adviser, featuring Scarlet Lady's eye-catching Razzle Dazzle restaurant

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Editor’s letter

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The September 2021 cover of Cruise Adviser, featuring a tranquil beach of Barbados

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The August 2021 cover of Cruise Adviser, featuring the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, which features in Game of Thrones

In this issue

Find out what's in the latest issue of Cruise Adviser

Editor’s letter

Plus, how to get in touch with the team

Cover

The July 2021 cover of Cruise Adviser, featuring the city lights of Singapore – a key destination on a number of epic cruises

Editor’s letter

Plus, how to get in touch with the team

Cover

The July 2021 cover of Cruise Adviser, featuring the city lights of Singapore – a key destination on a number of epic cruises

In this issue

Find out what's in the latest issue of Cruise Adviser

In this issue

Find out what's in the latest issue of Cruise Adviser

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Editor’s letter

Plus, how to get in touch with the team

Seven European cruises to look forward to in 2022

Paid partnership: It may sound like a cliche, but Riviera Travel really does have a cruise for everyone.

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Editor’s letter

There’s never been a better time to think about luxury

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The British cruise line introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks ready for a summer of staycations

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Editor’s letter

Buoyant month for cruise

Welcome to October’s fabulous issue of Cruise Adviser!

Inside you’ll find key news stories, such as MSC launching its first-ever Northern Europe winter itinerary and Oceania unveiling its 2023 Europe and North America programme.

It’s full steam ahead for the cruise industry this month! Read on to discover how guests are treated on board one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Splendor, and join Jane Archer as she enjoys a cruise to Greece with Azamara as it resumes service with a new owner.

Prepare to be wowed by Virgin Voyages’ showstopping Scarlet Lady – this month’s cover star – where we reveal some eye-popping facts about one of this year’s hottest ships. You can even take a peek around the ship with cruise bloggers Ben & David.

There’s also a video interview with Holland America Line’s Alaska expert Bill Fletcher who explains why the cool state should be at the top of everyone’s travel list.

Finally, don’t miss Jane Archer’s top tips on how to sell adventure cruises in Alaska, The Kimberley and Iceland.

Happy reading!

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Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Janine Kelso, editor
janine@wearewaterfront.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@wearewaterfront.com

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

Editor’s letter

Progress is being made

It feels like we’ve been on the road back to ‘normality’ for an eternity. It’s true that progress has been slow, and the industry continues to be frustrated by the government’s enforcement of infuriating, ever-changing, overly complicated and – because of testing requirements – expensive travel restrictions.

As Abta argues: “The UK is falling behind our European competitors and the opening up of international travel from the UK is progressing at a snail’s pace – making it extremely difficult for travel agents and tour operators to generate enough income to kickstart a recovery.”

That said, these monthly editor’s letters do help us realise that progress is being made. Since we last wrote to you, international cruise has been given the green light – ending the Foreign Office ban on cruise holidays that has been in place, in one way or another, since July 2020. That is something to celebrate, even in these difficult circumstances.

It also means, there’s plenty to tell you about. In this issue, you’ll find all the latest news – from the new itineraries being launched to the ships being floated out and the naming ceremonies – as well as new hires, incentives and our restarts document. We reveal five amazing spaces on Saga’s new ship Spirit of Adventure, consider how to sell cruises to solos and take a closer close at one of the great cruise ports of call: Dubrovnik.

We hope you enjoy reading.

Vote now

We’d like to celebrate the best cruise has to offer with our second Cruise 20 awards. We want you, our loyal readers, to pick your favourite cruise lines in 20 different categories, from the most environmentally friendly cruise line to the best pizza at sea, as well the best overall lines in both river and ocean. We’ll be announcing the winners in the September issue of Cruise Adviser. Click here to vote.

About

Get in touch

Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

Editor’s letter

Welcome to our 60th edition

Welcome to the latest Cruise Adviser – our 60th edition, coming almost seven years since our first publication. In it, we reveal the results of our Cruise 20 Awards – you’ve been voting in various categories, from the best overall lines to best kids’ clubs, food and more. See all the winners here.

As it’s September, we also have our traditional Caribbean focus, with Jane Archer considering how best to sell the destination. Jane also gets on board Silversea to experience SALT and Janine Kelso joins Tui River Cruises as it launches on the Rhine. We also revisit Seattle, one of our favourite ports of call, plus we have our list of cruise line restart dates, along with all the latest news and incentives.

We hope you enjoy reading and good luck selling.

About

Get in touch

Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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Editor’s letter

Sailing back to normality

Hello and welcome to the latest issue of Cruise Adviser. It’s been another important month on the road back to some sort of normality.

The Department for Transport has confirmed that it will allow cruise lines operating coastal cruises to operate at 50 per cent capacity – regardless of the total number of guests – upping it from a maximum of 1,000. The condition is that all guests must be double-vaccinated, prompting MSC Cruises to change its vaccination policy.

The Mediterranean line was the first to return, just as it was in 2020. It has since been joined by Viking and, more recently, P&O, Celebrity, Fred Olsen and Royal Caribbean. We continue to bring you all the latest news to help you keep track of this quickly changing landscape.

Our job isn’t just to provide news, but also to inspire you – and by extension your customers by reminding them what an incredible holiday cruise is. This month, we take a look at epic cruises – those from 20 to 100-plus nights – that take in destinations such as Singapore, French Polynesia and Australia.

Elsewhere, Jane Archer joins the newly refitted Celebrity Silhouette on a UK sailing, plus she also examines the best wellness options at sea in her How to Sell column – plus there’s plenty more. We hope you enjoy reading.

About

Get in touch

Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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Seven European cruises to look forward to in 2022

From the shores of the British Isles to the Croatian coast, Morocco and more – Riviera Travel will take you there


It may sound like a cliché, but Riviera Travel really does have a cruise for everyone. Outstanding hand-crafted itineraries, authentic experiences with knowledgeable local experts and honest pricing have kept passengers coming back for 37 years. With a focus on quality not quantity, and with all cruises outside the UK including flights or Eurostar and transfers, every detail is thoughtfully planned so guests can relax and explore at their own pace.

Cruise the Danube and stay on in Prague
Gliding along the serene river Danube, this 11-day holiday includes seven nights onboard and three nights exploring Prague, the ‘city of a hundred spires’, staying in a centrally-located hotel. Includes 10 visits and guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Dürnstein, Budapest and Bratislava, plus Esztergom Basilica and Melk Abbey. See more here.

Live the high life on a yacht cruise
Does your idea of holiday heaven start with a coffee and croissant on a pristine sun deck, followed by a dip in crystal-clear water and a visit to a local market? Then a Croatian yacht cruise should be on your list. With just 40 guests and a four guest to one crew ratio, you’ll stop off at historic cities and stunning islands while taking in the captivating coastline. See more here.

Set sail on a classic tall ship
Looking for a traditional sailing experience? Tall ship cruises on the 222-passenger Royal Clipper combine maritime traditions of the past with contemporary creature comforts. Being at sea on a tall ship is the ultimate romantic experience, with billowing sails whisking you to your destination. This authentic voyage will bring you closer to the ocean, while exploring some of the most beautiful ports along the Mediterranean coastline. See more here.

Discover the best of the British Isles – new for 2022
Boasting a stunning itinerary, this cruise includes 10 nights on the 190-passenger World Voyager. Sailing from Portsmouth to Scottish and Irish cities, you’ll tour ancient castles and striking coastline – you’ll also visit charming port towns and hear tales of years gone by. The cruise concludes with a stop in the Scilly Isles, where your guide will take you on a fascinating walk. See more here.

Experience north Europe’s historic waterways
Like the sound of medieval towns, striking architecture and diverse culture? Then you’ll love this eight-day cruise from Amsterdam to vibrant Cologne. Your five-star ship with its homely accommodation will transport you to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk, Bruges and Ghent, Antwerp and Arnhem. You’ll also enjoy eight visits and tours, including a trip to Floriade Expo, Europe’s only recurring horticultural expo, which only takes place every 10 years. See more here.

Cruising Atlantic Europe – new for 2022
Sailing from British soil, this 11-day cruise on the intimate World Voyager takes in Guernsey’s golden coast, the verdant winelands of Bordeaux, Spain’s Basque Country and the vibrant Portuguese cities of Porto and Lisbon. With daily visits and tours, you’ll travel deeper in these destinations, exploring manor houses and gardens and visiting medieval palaces – there’s also optional wine and port tastings in Bordeaux and Porto. See more here.

Uncover the gems of Morocco, Madeira and the Canaries – new for 2022
Want to discover superb architecture, remote mountain villages and other-worldly landscapes? This sun-soaked 10-night World Voyager cruise features guided sightseeing tours of Casablanca, Funchal, the south of Gran Canaria and La Gomera. Accompanied by expert tour guides, you’ll enjoy the Madeiran culture and sample its local wine and explore the volcanic terrain of La Gomera. This voyage really is one not to miss. See more here.

 

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Editor’s letter

Welcome to the Cruise Adviser luxury special

What is luxury? According to Amanda Norey, head of marketing and distribution at Tradewind Voyages, it is “exceptional service and dining, elegant cabins with sea views plus every element of your voyage taken care of by a well-trained and welcoming crew”. If all these elements come together, she argues, all the customer needs to do is enjoy.

We asked a number of high-end cruise lines what they consider luxury to be. Each came back with a different answer, but the same signifiers featured across the board. There are many different elements, but we believe that the four pillars of the luxury experience are: elegant interiors, exclusive experiences, exceptional service and an abundance of space.

The Scandi modernism of Viking may be totally different to the grandeur of Regent, but the results are the same: guests enjoy their surroundings, feel relaxed and taken care of. In the age of Covid-19, that’s more important than ever. Truly, what is more luxurious than the ability to unwind fully?

Data released by cruise.co.uk found that demand for extended sailings had increased by 10 per cent this year compared to 2019. It revealed that clients are bookings voyages of three weeks and over to destinations across the world, often with hotel stays and tours either side of the sailing, allowing guests to make the most of their time away. We’re seeing this trend across travel – after a year or two without, customers are planning a special, all-out holiday next year or in 2023, often taking the whole family with them.

It means there’s never been a better time to think about luxury – which is why we’ve produced this special issue. In it, we round up the most exciting new ships, best luxurious experiences and fanciest suites  – plus, Jane Archer shares her walk-through guide. We hope you enjoy reading, and good luck selling.

About

Get in touch

Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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The British Isles like you’ve never seen it before

 

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks ready for summer of immersive staycations


Setting sail again after the longest pause in the history of the cruise industry is reason enough to get excited, but to resume with not just one, but two new ships among the fleet makes for an even bigger milestone. And that’s exactly the case for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks this July.

Welcome Back

The new ships will offer a number of sailings as part of Fred Olsen’s Welcome Back programme this summer, designed to celebrate the very best of the British Isles and its spectacular scenery.

Borealis will be the first to set sail, with a three-night ‘no port’ Maiden Voyage departing Liverpool on July 5, followed by Bolette’s three-night Maiden Voyage from Dover on August 16.

Both ships will sail around the British Isles with no stops, taking in the stunning scenery of the Scilly Isles, the Scottish coast and landmarks such as Fingal’s Cave and Duart Castle. Then, later into July and August, itineraries will begin offering ports of call, to destinations such as Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Supporting marine conservation

Guests on board all ‘no port’ scenic sailings will also be joined by experts from marine wildlife charity ORCA. The charity’s team of Cruise Conservationists will spend their days out on deck, helping guests to spot, identify and record data about the marine wildlife they see, as well as holding lectures and Q&A sessions on board.

During the summer months, British waters bring opportunities to spot common Risso’s, and bottlenose dolphins, as well as harbour porpoises and minke whales, with rarer visitors including the humpback whale.

Adding those Fred Olsen touches

Bolette and Borealis bring a number of new facilities to the fleet, including grand, two-tiered restaurants and theatres, large spas, all-weather pools with retractable roofs and presentation theatres perfect for culinary demonstrations.

“We chose these ships because we knew they would fit seamlessly into the Fred Olsen fleet,” said head of sales, Geoff Ridgeon. “Each carrying less than 1,400 guests, they allow us to continue to offer the small ship experience for which we are renowned, while also allowing us to offer something new.

“Of course, we wanted to put our own stamp on them both, and the team on board have been working exceptionally hard on our refit programme since they joined the rest of the fleet in Rosyth last summer. New carpets have been laid, bathrooms have been replaced and wallpaper has been hung. We have even had part of the ship dedicated to upholstering and soft furnishings.

“We really can’t wait to welcome our guests on board so they can explore for themselves – new ships, new venues, new designs, but the same Fred Olsen experience that our guests know and love. And of course, they wouldn’t be Fred Olsen ships without our famous doodle carpets!”

Win a case of wine

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering agents the chance to earn a free case of wine from Virgin Wines. To qualify, all agents need to do is make three bookings by June 30 for any 2021 departures, and register the bookings via the line’s online Travel Agent Centre.

“We know how challenging it has been for agents through the pandemic,” said Geoff Ridgeon. “This is our way of saying a little thank you for recommending Fred Olsen, and for all their support over the past 15 months and beyond.”

For more details on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the new ships or the incentive with Virgin Wines, visit fredolsencruises.com/agent

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