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7-19 Cruise News
We look at the new ocean and river ships
launching this season; get ready to celebrate
as lines mark big anniversaries; say farewell
to Australian favourite Rhapsody of the
Seas; see what ’s new for solo cruisers; and
put the two most kid-friendly ships in the
region to the ultimate test.
30-35 Silver Discoverer review
Silversea’s newest ship, Silver Discoverer,
launched in 2014 and has just completed
her first season in the sub-Antarctic.
Roderick Eime sailed into the roaring
forties in style.
36-37 CLIA Australasia Awards
The industry has spoken. The Cruise Lines
Industry Association Australasia has
recognised outstanding achievements in
the cruise travel industry this year.
39-60 Asia: The Dragon Awakes
A record 2 million passengers will cruise
through Asia this year and the booming
industry shows no sign of slowing down.
Ocean or river, big ship or small, there’s
something here for every type of cruiser.
We look at the established ports, new
hotspots, and coming ship launches,
plus cruise on two of the best vessels
in the region: Sanctuary Ananda and
50-53 Rising Sun Shines
An island nation with 72 ports, Japan
is a dream destination for cruisers.
Kris Madden looks at the must-see
ports and some of the local ships where
passengers can immerse themselves in
61-78 Cruise Plus
Our Cruise Plus section is about much
more than just ships. We discover the
emerging river cruise destinations of
Cambodia and Kerala; give our verdict
on the distinctly Japanese ambience of
Diamond Princess; see what food river
cruises are serving up both on board
and on shore; and find the best hotels
close to popular cruise ports. We’ve also
got all the latest gadgets for the tech-
66-67 Shaking It Up
What’s a cruise without a cocktail? But
the onboard selection is no longer limited
to pina coladas and frozen margaritas.
We talk to four cruise ship bartenders
and get them to reveal their most
76-77 10 Surprising Ways
To Stay Shipshape
With all those trips to the buffet it can
be hard to stay in shape on board. But
you don’t have to be stuck inside the gym.
Cruise lines are coming up with new
and innovative ways to burn calories and
stretch your sea legs.
79 Port Report
80 15 Minutes with...
Conservationist Dr Birute Galdikas.
81 Last Word
The perils of cruising with your mother.
Cover: Love on the high seas
SHIP REVIEW: MSC ORCHESTRA
MSCOrchestra is a bit of an Italian stallion. She
is also a bit of a flag carrier. Despite the large
number of Australians who have cruised with
MSC, Orchestra is actually the first of the
well-known line’s shipsto visit Australian waters.
And you can’t miss her visit.
Carrying 3,000 passengers – including 1,000
Australians – Orchestra recently made the grand 33-day
voyage from Dubai via India and Southeast Asia, arriving
in Australia on March 17.
Throughout the voyage, MSC arranged poolside
parties for VIP guests along with fireworks, free-flowing
champagne, endless ship visitsandmore.
Cruise Passenger got a taste of what was to come on a
special cruise around the waters of the Arabian Gulf just
before the historic visit. Captain Giuseppe Maresca was
the host when the ship spent a day at sea on her journey
from Dubai to Khor Al Fakkan.
Japanese guests decked themselves out in traditional
kimonos, English ladies donned glittering sequinned
gowns and men scrubbed up well in dickie bowsand smart
Copious amounts of champagne,
cocktails andcanapes were served
to everyone at the ship’s five bars.
Passengers moved from one bar to the
next; each had its own music – from
an all-lady trio orchestra in the lobby
to Italian crooner Dean Martin’s love
songs at Savannah Bar.
The high point was a chance to be
photographed with the impeccably
It’s hard not to succumb to the charms of
a stylish Italian, as Teresa Ooi discovered
when she joined an MSC cruise ahead of
the line’s first foray down under.
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Asia isembracing cruising like never before.
The regionalmost rivalled Australia’s world-beating
growth last year. There are now more ships sailing
Asian waters than ever, and the region’s governments
are opening up ports and new destinationsto
accommodate the boom. Cruise Passenger’s team of
writersbring you the best of the new cruise destination
on Australia’s doorstep.
Everything for the sophisticated traveller
COCKTAILS AT SEA 78
THE CRITIC 82
RIVER SHIP DINING 84
LUGGAGE & TECH 86
BEST CRUISE HOTELS 88
INDIAN HOUSEBOAT 92
Our intrepid writers have
been cruising all over
the world and bring you
reviews of MSC Orchestra,
Seven Seas Mariner and
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Asia is set to become
the world’s largest cruise
market. As all eyes turn
East, our special report
tells you everything you
need to know.
It starts on Page 39
Our new Cruise Plus
section is back again with
everything you need to
know before you go: food,
wellness, ports, hotels and
gadgets. See Page 61
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