Forget the stereotype of a cruise ship the size of a shopping mall with a hull full of pensioners. Cruising has been taken to a new level, with exciting excursions and destinations tailor-made to deliver experiences beyond the ordinary.

These days, luxury cruises are designed to take you on the journey of your dreams aboard the most glamorous ships at sea. Cruising has become the travel choice for holidaymakers looking for something unique. We’re showcasing three magnificent, totally different types of cruises to show you what you’re missing out on.

Antarctic Adventure

Forget the stereotype of a cruise ship the size of a shopping mall with a hull full of pensioners. Cruising has been taken to a new level, with exciting excursions and

Picture yourself stepping ashore to explore the most beautiful and interesting sites on the Antarctic continent and islands.

Seabourn, one of Cruises International’s most luxurious options, offers her guests a range of experiences available to Antarctic visitors, including opportunities to view different species of penguins, seals and whales; visit sites of historical and geological interest; gain first-hand insights into regional scientific research; see a variety of ice features and enjoy scenic cruising of spectacular waterways and passages.

Cruising on the magnificent Seabourn is unlike any form of travel. The experience is luxurious and sumptuous, yet relaxed and understated.This cruise lands in a different location each day over five days in Antarctica. The schedule on each cruise varies, and is dependent on weather and ice conditions. Book your cabin at www.seabourn.com.

Pit Stop at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix

If fast cars, mingling with F1 enthusiasts, dinner in Italy and a cruise along the western French Riviera to Cannes and onto Monte Carlo sounds appealing – this is definitely for you.

This cruise is combined with the glamour and excitement of the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix, offering guests a VIP experience during this famous Formula One event. This is yachting life at its pinnacle!


This Grand Prix of Monaco themed cruise on the Star Pride, a power yacht, will give its guests the opportunity to experience the world’s most legendary racing event in May 2014. With only 212 guests, you’ll feel like it’s your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. Each spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view — making it a welcome retreat from the excitement of the racetrack.

This voyage is hosted by former ESPN Formula 1pit reporter John Bisignano and includes a special Grand Prix-themed cocktail reception and dinner; grandstand seats for the qualifying race and the final; private cocktail reception and dinner at Hotel de Paris; and a commemorative Grand Prix gift package.

You will experience the fantastic cuisine, incredible sightseeing and endless delights of Rome, shop in exclusive boutiques and enjoy the sun-soaked sidewalk cafes in Cannes. You will mingle with and enjoy the race with world-renowned Grand Prix aficionados in Monte Carlo, Monaco and after that, wind down while enjoying the exceptional island and sea views of Portofino.

This seven-day Grand Prix of Monaco voyage sails round-trip from Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy on 21 May 2014, and visits Portoferraio, Portofino and Portovenere, Italy; Cannes, France; and Monte Carlo, Monaco. This is without a doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity! Find out more at www.windstarcruises.com.

Magic on the Black Sea

The Black Sea is one of cruising’s best kept secrets and is a perfect contrast to the increasingly overcrowded and commercial Mediterranean. It offers every bit as much history and culture, alongside fabulous beaches and sophisticated cities, many of which are rich with stunning baroque buildings. You can look forward to a wide variety of experiences on a Black Sea cruise – one day soaking up the sun on the honey-sanded beaches of Varna in Bulgaria, the next exploring the cobbled medieval streets of nearby Nessebur.There are beaches in most ports, but the majority of visitors are more concerned with the fascinating culture.

The Black Sea is bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia and Romania. Its geographic high points include the Caucasus Mountains to the East and the generally sunny Crimean coast. A definite highlight of the Black Sea Odyssey cruise includes a visit to Istanbul, where Europe and Asia meet and mingle.A seven-day culturally enriching cruise to the Black Sea will open your eyes to a totally different way of exploring the world.

Why we love cruises

Apart from the extraordinary experiences on offer, a luxury cruise offers the benefits of onboard and onshore activities, no worry about directions or constant unpacking and repacking and best of all, most days you wake up in an amazing new place refreshed and ready to explore and experience new things.

For more information, reservations or cruise options, contact your travel professional, or visit www.cruises.co.za