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6-18 Cruise News
We get a sneak peek at the new-look
Voyager of the Seas ahead of its arrival for
a cruise season down under; Cunard’s
Queens get ready to party; the hottest
trends; new and exciting ships and
destinations; and the rise and rise of
luxury small-ship voyages.
10-12 Quantum of the Seas review
From robot bartenders to a skydiving
simulator and bumper cars, there’s more
fun than you can poke a stick at on
Royal Caribbean’s new high-tech vessel,
as Sue Bryant discovers.
19-30 Readers’ Choice Awards
It’s that time of year again! The votes are
in, they’ve been counted and our 2014
winners are revealed. This is about the
best of the best in the cruise industry
voted for by the people who really count –
you, the passengers.
31-34 Azamara Quest review
Sally Macmillan joins an ‘AzAmazing’
cruise in the Black Sea and tells us what to
expect when the Quest comes to Australia
for the first time at the end of 2015.
35-57 River Cruise Guide
Call it the ripple effect. As more and
more of us discover the joy of river cruising,
we look at who’s doing what and where
they’re going – including some exotic new
destinations. African river safari, anyone?
Plus, we head to the Danube to review
Evergreen’s new ‘Star Ship’ Emerald Star.
59-83 Cruise Plus
Welcome to our exciting new section that’s
packed with anything and everything to do
with cruising, including the latest onboard
spa treatments; an inter view with the
celebrity chef who’ ll be heading up a
cookery school on P&O’s Britannia;
what to see and do in Istanbul; the latest
stylish luggage and must-have gadgets;
and why a river cruise knocks spots off
a hotel-based holiday in Myanmar.
65-73 Flights of Fancy
With the right airline ticket (and we’re
not necessarily talking first or business
class), your journey to your ship
can be much more than something
merely to be endured. We look at
how the airlines are wooing cruisers;
compare airline seats and sky lounges;
show you how to get the best deals;
and give tips on how to arrive feeling
healthy and ship-shape.
76-79 Aranui 3 review
Described as one of the world’s great
ocean voyages, the Aranui 3 passenger-
freighter journey to the far-flung
Marquesas Islands ticks all the boxes
for those looking for a soft adventure
with a difference.
84 15 Minutes with...
Anzac historian David Horner
85 Last Word
Charles Dickens’ cruise review
Cover: Girl in the water, Hamilton
Island. Photo: Colin Anderson
Bigger, better and even more comprehensive –
YOUR Readers’Choice Awards have produced some spectacular surprises.
There have been some interesting shifts from previous results.
P&O Cruises has clearly lifted its game and is back in the hearts of
Australian cruisers, winning an incredible five out of 12 awards.
Luxury brand Crystal Cruises vanquished multi-award-winners
Seabourn and Silversea.
Other notable winners include Scenic Tours, which has secured
its place as the Best River Cruise Line for the third consecutive year;
and travel agency BictonTravel, voted Best Individual Travel Agency
for the second year in a row.
Congratulations to all the winners. And a big thanks to all of our
readers who took the time and trouble to vote.
Cruise Passenger magazine has run its Readers’Choice awards for
many years now. But we have never had as many entries as we
received in 2014. Your response to an expanded range of awards
was nothing short of amazing.
Time and again, cruise lines have told us these are the awards
that matter – the accolades from the travelling public who
experience first-hand the service, food and ships on offer. Other
awards from industry peers are important, but they don’t carry the
same significance as praise from you, the paying passengers.
And this time the results in many categories were clear and
compelling, with the winners well out in front.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
How shipbuilders are opening up rivers that were
thought to be impenetrable to cruise vessels.
Across the world, as river cruising surges in
popularity, the search is on for new and more
Myanmar’s river ships have a micro-draught.
In Africa, new designs are allowing cruise safaris.
Even Europe, the oldest destination for river ships,
is turning to innovation.
France’s Loire River has breathtaking castles and
countryside, but parts of the river are too shallow for
normal river vessels. Now a new river ship, the
Loire Princesse, to be launched by CroisiEuropein
April,is set to change that by having paddles to
reduce the draught.
The debut of the 96-passenger LoirePrincesse
will mark the first time a cruise vessel with cabins
has travelled along the Loire, France’s longest river,
that passes through an abundance of UNESCO
World Heritage sites.
Everything for the sophisticated traveller
SPA & WELLNESS 76
FOOD & WINE 78
ARANUI 3 94
TRAVEL ACCESSORIES 98
And the winners are... the
most important awards
in Australian cruising –
those voted on by our
readers – are revealed in
our supplement starting
on Page 19
Our annual River Cruise
Guide takes you to the
aboard some of the most
luxurious ships. You’ll be
surprised at the variety.
It starts on Page 35
Introducing our new
section: Cruise Plus, filled
with exotic ships, fashion
and food. Fly in style with
our plane and airport
lounge guide. See Page 59
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