One of this year's most highly-anticipated cruise ships and a world-first, Scenic Eclipse is finally ready to set sail on her maiden voyage. The discovery yacht boasts enriching activities both on and off the ship, alongside indulgent experiences of a luxurious standard. With 114 suites and space for up to 228 passengers, the ship is...

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The exterior of Hapag-Lloyd's Europa 2 as it sails through the ocean
Every detail on-board Hapag-Lloyd's MS Europa 2 has been meticulously planned. The vibe is a blend of casual elegance combined with state-of-the-art technology; catering to a sophisticated, international and cosmopolitan audience. At 40,000-tonnes, MS Europa 2 accommodates 500 luxury cruise passengers who are looked after by a crew of 370. With one of the highest passenger-to-crew...

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The balcony of an Owner's Suite on-board Azamara Journey
Azamara Journey is the sea-going equivalent of a boutique hotel: a manageable size, carrying just 686 passengers with cool, stylish décor and fabulous food. This is without a doubt a luxury cruise, sitting just below the Silverseas and Seabourns of the world and including pretty well everything, from alcoholic drinks to bottled water, a stocked...

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The Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship sailing through the sea around Miami

In the past few years cruise ship design has veered away from being a triumph of style over substance. Architects have had it with overzealous décor and overly self-conscious interiors, reflecting passengers’ desire for something more approachable though no less stylish. No ship has encapsulated this new ethos better than Celebrity Eclipse since her launch…

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Guest receiving a massage on a private deck on-board Seabourn Encore

The newest addition to Seabourn’s fleet, the sumptuous, 600-passenger Seabourn Encore is also the luxury line’s biggest, although still petite in cruising terms, at 40,340 tons. The all-inclusive ship has the feel of a luxurious private yacht, all curves, rich blues, gleaming mahogany and polished stainless steel. She is stylish and contemporary, effortlessly classy but…

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Sophisticated restaurant on Azamara Quest

We recently sent Beth Higson, Lee Dawkins, Andrew Freeman and Katherine Read of the Six Star Cruises team on-board a very special cruise ship: Azamara Quest. Azamara Cruises is famous for indulgent ships and enriching excursions, but did Quest live up to our team’s expectations? See for yourself… First impressions When we arrived in Monaco,…

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Seabourn Sojourn - Seabourn
Seabourn have four ships in service - the new Seabourn Encore has recently been launched to accompany the three vessels that were launched between 2009 and 2010. Six Star Cruises Managing Director, James Cole, attended the Christening of Seabourn Encore, and also enjoyed a tour of Seabourn Sojourn. Here, he shares his thoughts... I have...

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Are more people choosing all-inclusive cruises? Are they getting good value for money? And what exactly does all-inclusive mean anyway? We asked award-winning cruise journalist Gary Buchanan for his expert opinion... Luxury cruising has morphed from its function to explore the world in consummate comfort to an entirely new canvas of on-board lifestyle. An intrinsic...

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