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you need to choose your dream cruise
One of the highlights of this edition
includes a section on Polar Cruises
which showcases Cruise Clubs first-
hand encounters in the Polar regions.
So lets get packing, and make 2013
the year of cruising!
Kiran BhandariFounder, Cruise Club
WelcomeWelcome to Embark - Indias first
Cruise Planner, meant both for
seasoned cruise travellers and first
timers, thinking about taking a cruise
holiday in 2013!
Embark, 2013 Edition is a comprehen-
sive guide which simplifies the cruise
discovery process and gives you a
complete lowdown about where to
cruise, when to cruise and with which
cruise ship. From destination features
to proposed itineraries in these desti-
nations, to exciting new ship launches
around the world, we have all the help
Choosing the perfeCt Cruise03
new at sea57
Best at sea61
CeleBrations at sea65
tahiti &Bora Bora
south east asia29
australia & nZ09
many destinations, one vacation
Bepampered1 2 3
Imagine wandering the streets of
Barcelona, having lunch in France,
buying shoes in Italy and seeing the
Acropolis in Athens - all in one vaca-
tion! Cruise holidays are becoming an
increasingly popular choice for holiday-
makers simply because of the fact that
they offer many things that you cant
always get from a land-based holiday.
Fall asleep in one destination and
awake to a new horizon. When you go
on a cruise you only have to unpack
your bags one time. You may explore a
variety of world destinations, but you
only unpack and settle in once. Then
its time to relax and enjoy!
If you are looking at being pampered
you need to get onto a cruise! Many
cruises offer a dedicated hospitable
service to spoil you at all times. Many
major cruise lines offer luxury spa
services and rejuvenating treatments
to relax your body, mind and soul.
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Why cruIse Is the neW VacatIon
state of the art
are You Convinced yet?!4 5
Choose to cruise for value. One price
buys your luxurious accommodation,
cutting edge entertainment, tantaliz-
ing dining options, a floating resort
and much more.
2013 is a bumper year for new ship
launches. Be amongst the first to ex-
perience the state-of-the-art cruises!
See our section on new ships in 2013
on Page 59.
Let our cruise experts help you plan
your next cruise vacation. Whatever
your style of travel, well help deter-
mine the best options for you within
your price range. For assistance, call
our cruise hotline at +91 8408 99 1111.
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choosIng the perfect cruIseCruising is become more and more popular amongst Indian holidaymak-ers, and it is not without reason.
While in the early days, cruises tended to be most popular with the retired and the wealthy, over the years cruising has evolved into everymans holiday. The average age of cruise passengers is decreasing year after
year and cruise lines are re-tooling their on board products and offerings to appeal to even younger and more active Indian and Asian passengers.
There are cruises that are great for families with children, others that cater to couples, some that are perfect for active adventurers, and some that are low-key and cater to those who
just want to relax. While demograph-ics vary from ship to ship, there really are cruises for any kind of person who is looking to see the world and have a good time.
Which brings us to the dilemma how to choose your cruise? With so much choice, it become critical that you select the right ship.
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When it comes to cruising, you can
sail anywhere in the world. Options
range from Mediterranean to Caribbe-
an to the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, the
Black Sea, Western Europe, Alaska, or
the east coast of the USA and Canada.
If you dont fancy the Caribbean in
Winter, there are ships chasing the
Where do I want to go?
How much time do I have?
Whats my budget?
Is it important to have drinks and/or excursions included?
Choosing a Destination
sunshine in Central America, South
America, Asia, the Red Sea, the Gulf,
Australia and New Zealand and clos-
est to home, South East Asia from
Singapore. You can also cruise to
Antarctica or to the Arctic. And if
youve got three months to spare, you
can cruise around the world!
With choices abound, several factors
need to be considered while choosing
the destination. Factors such as time
of the year, duration of cruise, budget,
and activities you enjoy need to be
considered in selecting the right desti-
nation. This planner is a treasure trove
of information, and you are invited to
use it to make an informed choice.
in summary, consider the following questions to help you make the right choice
What type of people do I want as travelling companions?
Does it matter if there are children running around?
Do I want to dress up in the eve- nings or do I want a more casual style?
Which cabin to book inside, outside, balcony or suite?
What activities do i want on board?
Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Regent
Seven Seas and Yachts of Seabourn
are amongst the most luxurious cruise
lines, all-inclusive, which means
each ship has an open bar and a good
selection of wines included with din-
ner. Some of luxury cruise lines give
generous onboard spending credit,
so you can choose whether to pay off
your bar bill or, for example, use it on
Price is probably the biggest factor in
choosing a cruise and needless to say,
the price reflects the level of luxury
and the quality of dining onboard. But
dont just look at the price you pay up-
front rather, consider the total cost
of cruising! Excursions, beverages,
gratuities, shows, speciality dining
the pricing and inclusions vary from
cruise line to cruise line, and it can get
total Cost of Cruising
shore excursions or in the spa. Regent
Seven Seas even includes shore excur-
sions in the price, which can make a
Consider it all, and get in touch with
us if you need any help!
A lot of people assume big equals
mass market or overcrowded but this
simply isnt true the Queen Mary 2
is one of the biggest ships afloat but is
extremely elegant. Celebrity Cruises
three newest ships carry 2,850 pas-
sengers each, but like beautiful, con-
temporary boutique hotels. Princess
Cruises designs its ships so that there
are plenty of smaller, more intimate
spaces to hide away, drink and dine
Does style matter?
(including a gorgeous adults-only area
on deck, The Sanctuary). The onboard
lifestyle is more important than the
physical size of the ship.
Also, do think about whom youre go-
ing to be travelling with. Children, for
example, are an important considera-
tion. Big, modern ships have fantastic
facilities for children and teens, from
special family cabins to superb chil-
drens clubs (at no additional cost) and
everything from karaoke to computer
rooms, climbing walls, ice rinks and
kids-only excursions. Carnival, Royal
Caribbean, P&O Cruises, Princess,
Norwegian and Disney Cruise Line
are among the most popular options
for families. However, if you want a
child-free environment, pick a Luxury
cruise which appeals more to adults
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alaskaAlaska ranks as one of the premier cruise destinations in the
United States and was identified by Cruise Lines International
Association (CLIA) as the top destination for 2012.
Alaska offers spectacular sights, including ice glaciers, the Rocky
Mountains, and the remote wilderness. We also suggest you con-
sider taking a tour before or after your cruise to experience the
Denali National Park, the stunning Butchart Gardens, or the Rockies.
Your travel Buoy
shore exCursionsRafting trips, Helicopter Glacier tours,
Rock climbing, Snorkelling - you have
a wide range of shore excursions to
select from in Alaska.
rounD trip Inside Passage cruises usually begin
and end at the same port of call.
These cruises are usually 7 nights
and set sail from and return to Seattle
or Vancouver. The Inside Passage is
popular for spectacular scenery, abun-
dant wildlife, vivid Native cultures,
astounding history and exceptional
one Way An Alaska Glacier is a one way cruise
and does not repeat its route by doing
a U-turn back to the original depar-
ture port. These