Cruise ships that combine travel with luxury accommodation are the new top choice for holidaymakers… Palatial boats offering Mediterranean, European, Caribbean or Transatlantic Cruises bring together entertainment and comfort in one place.
Allure Of The Seas
How would you like to watch world-famous Broadway musicals such as Chicago, enjoy an acrobatics show in ‘Aqua Theater’, or sip a coffee in the cafes of Central Park while sailing the seas? Allure of the Seas, the largest of Royal Caribbean’s ships, offers you all of these possibilities and more. The 362-metre ship has 2706 luxury rooms, 1956 of which have a private balcony, and offers cruises of the Western and Eastern Caribbean. In 2015 the enormous cruise ship will also begin European cruises, visiting Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Rome andNaples. Book your place well in advance!
Queen Mary 2
When the topic at hand is cruises, the Queen Mary 2 is one of the cult ships that come to mind. Built by Cunard Line, the ship was given its name by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. The Queen Mary 2 has a 3D cinema, a magnificent planetarium and a theatre, as well as a huge sports hall and spa. At 345 meters, the length of this ship is greater than the height of Europe’s one of the tallest buildings, the Shard in London, which stands at 310 meters. The Queen Mary 2 has 1310 luxury cabins, 955 of which have private balconies and 30 of which are designed for disabled passengers. As well as cruises of the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean, the ship also offers transatlantic cruises from Southampton to New York.
Built by Costa Cruises in 2004, the Costa Magica offers a real taste of Italy in its suites, communal areas and restaurant decor. The floors of the ship carry the name of many Italian artists, from Michelangelo to Caravaggio, and the ship also displays over 5500 works of art, both originals and reproductions. The 1372-capacity Urbino Theatre stages high quality plays while the ship’s other entertainment areas include the Grado Disco and Salento Grand Bar. With 1358 rooms, 4 restaurants and 11 lounge-bar areas, the Costa Magica will berth in the ports of Izmir and Istanbul many times during 2014.
The brand new Royal Princess was launched in June 2013 by Princess Cruises. With its 1780 rooms, a ‘Sea Walk’ walkway that allows you to discover the full majesty of the sea below your feet, open-air cinema under the stars and an award-winning spa centre, this ship offers you an unforgettable holiday. The Royal Princess also has real palm-trees around its Vegas-style tropical pool, illuminated fountains and an island that transforms into a club at night. Among the Royal Princess’ top cruises is its Scandinavia and Russia round trip from Copenhagen, which runs from May to August.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship the Norwegian Breakaway takes you to the tropics, where you can built pink sandcastles in Bermuda, discover the Southern Caribbean or the Bahamas and swim with dolphins in Florida… You can also brighten up your evenings with Broadway shows such as ‘Rock of Ages’, ‘Burn the Floor’ and ‘Cirque Dreams’. The Norwegian Breakaway, which won Cruise Critic’s ‘Best New Ship’ award, offers you 29 different restaurants and bars in its promenade known as The Waterfront. Three new fish restaurants of famous chef Geoffrey Zakarian, steak restaurants for meat lovers and Italian ice- cream parlors for those with a sweet tooth can all be found on the same deck.