April / May issue now on sale!


The April / May issue of Cruise International is now on sale. Packed with 50 of the best Mediterranean cruises to book now, plus the ultimate guide to luxury cruising - it is your must-read cruising magazine this spring. … [Read more...]

A guide to buying the right cruise insurance

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Promotion Set sail with total peace of mind with this guide to buying the right cruise insurance by Onestop4 Planning your cruise is an exciting time, with a wealth of itineraries and new ports becoming available all the time. Cruising is a perfect way to see a lot of places in one trip, each port different to the next, and each country with different cultures, climate and opportunities. It’s easy to be totally carried away with the excitement … [Read more...]

Ultimate guide to luxury cruising

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Want a butler catering to your every desire, a spacious stateroom, the finest cuisine and a boutique hotel vibe? Here’s everything you need to know to choose, book and plan that exclusive escape If you thought luxury cruising was beyond your reach, think again. Not only can it offer superb value for money, with lots of inclusivity within the price, but it’s also an incredibly relaxed way to explore the world. “Luxury cruising continues … [Read more...]

Tips for first time cruisers

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If you’ve never been on a cruising holiday, you’re in for a treat. A luxurious and novel way to see the world, cruise ships take the stress out of travelling while ensuring you get to several different countries during your trip. From exotic journeys to more compact itineraries closer to home, there are hundreds of options available to help you shape the perfect getaway. When booking your first cruise, it’s important to consider a few factors … [Read more...]

Things to know before you cruise

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A cruise is one of the most exciting holidays you’ll ever experience, but if you’re new to it all it can be difficult to know what to expect while you’re on board, particularly when it comes to the potential minefields of dress code, dining and tipping. Dress codes • Dress codes are important on a cruise holiday, but don’t let this panic you into buying lots of things you’re never likely to wear again. Cruise lines do differ a lot … [Read more...]

Which cruise line is right for you?

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Trying to find the right cruise line for your first cruise? Whatever your taste there’s a holiday for you Dining on a cruise Allocated tables are available on most cruise ships, with the larger ships having two sittings: “early” at about 6.30pm and “late” at about 8.30pm. Some people like this, but for those who don’t many cruise lines also offer flexible “anytime” dining in a section of their main restaurant. You can also eat … [Read more...]

Win a cruise on Star Flyer

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You and a guest could be sailing around the Mediterranean on an iconic tall ship courtesy of Star Clippers Imagine sailing to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Med on board a stunning tall ship. Cruise International has teamed up with Star Clippers to offer one lucky reader and their guest the chance to win a seven-night cruise holiday. The three ships in the Star Clippers fleet are some of the most head-turning vessels afloat … [Read more...]

Home comforts with celebrity chef James Martin


P&O Cruises Food Hero James Martin is one of the UK's best-loved celebrity chefs. Here he shares two of his favourite new recipes       SCOTCH EGG WITH HOMEMADE VEGETABLE CRISPS SERVES 4 You have to be very careful and work delicately when moulding, as you don’t want to break the creamy egg. Once cooked, the eggs inside these are lovely and soft-boiled. INGREDIENTS 6 medium eggs 400g Lincolnshire sausages, skin … [Read more...]

Top 10 tips on cruise tipping etiquette

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Different cruise lines’ gratuity and tipping policies can be rather confusing. Nobody likes to feel stung when reviewing their bill at the end of an incredible holiday, so read our advice on cruise tipping etiquette and things should become clearer… Check your cruise line’s gratuity policy before you book. Some cruise lines, such as Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea, include all gratuities in the cruise price, … [Read more...]

Top ten tips on what to wear on a cruise

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The thought of packing for a cruise can be daunting, but our tips can help you build a capsule wardrobe fit for any voyage On a cruise you’ll see your fellow guests every day, so try to create the illusion of having packed a huge wardrobe by taking items of clothing that can be worn in different ways – trousers, skirts and jackets in cream, navy and black are extremely versatile that can be jazzed up with statement t-shirts. Stella fitted … [Read more...]