Passage to India: As river cruising grows in popularity new itineraries are regularly offered to world travellers. The latest from Pandaw River Expeditions is a 16-night Holy Ganges and Hooghly Rivers cruise in India on the 22-suite RV Rajmahal. It takes in the renowned ghats at Varanasi before sailing from Patna – with many landings en route – to Kolkata. Pre-or-post land extensions can include a day trip to the Taj Mahal from Delhi,

RV Rajmahal will sail on Pandaw Expedition cruises along the Genges and Hooghly rivers.
RV Rajmahal will sail Pandaw Expedition cruises along the Ganges and Hooghly rivers.

A frosty room: When the 4,200 passenger Norwegian Escape debuts in October she will have all the bells and whistles of today’s mega cruise ships, as well as a unique attraction – a snow room.  Located in the new cruise ship’s indulgent spa, the room will be a frosty 21 degrees F (equal to minus 6 degrees Celsius). has been told that such a cold temperature stimulates the body’s circulation and strengthens the immune system,

Viking option: Big on the European river scene, Viking makes an impact on ocean cruising in May when the new 930-passenger Viking Star debuts with maiden voyages in the Scandinavian and Baltic regions. With experienced cruisers in mind, the new ship’s itineraries focus on maximum time in port, often with late evening departures or overnight stays, so that guests can really enjoy the local nightlife,

Another Princess: Australia’s eastern coastline can barely keep track of the many cruise ships that are sailing there for the southern hemisphere’s “wave” season. The latest news is that Princess Cruises’ 3100-guest Emerald Princess will be in Australian waters for six months from November next year. Her arrival sees five of Princess’s 18-strong fleet cruising Down Under, which ranks this region as the cruise line’s biggest market outside the United States,



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