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Originally published: March/April 2017

Travelers reap the rewards as cruise lines try to stay one wave or river bend ahead of each other.

 

Food

Cooking classes have become extremely popular that many cruise lines have added culinary arts kitchens onboard. Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Foodies will relish new offerings as cruise lines refresh their menus and dining experiences: Princess Cruises craft beer and artisan chocolate. Regent Seven Seas create your own gourmet meals in a culinary arts kitchen on board. AmaWaterways ride a bicycle to Vienna for cake and coffee.

 

Entertainment

The Broadway hit Grease is performed aboard a Royal Caribbean sailing. Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Top-line Hollywood talent and bigger shows—both original and Broadway—will catch your eye: Royal Caribbean two musicals—a re-imagined Grease, and a comedy production, Columbus. Jay Leno performs when Carnival ships dock in Cozumel.

 

Stability

Hull innovations create better sailing conditions. Courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises

Cruise lines continue to upgrade their ship designs for better sailing conditions. Hull innovations, for example, offer a smoother ride at sea aboard Viking Ocean Cruises.

 

Destinations

Retro cars parked near Gran Teatro and el Capitolio in the center of La Havana, Cuba. © GettyiImages/Stockphoto/ArtMarie

Newer, more exotic ports could become your next favorite cruise line itinerary: Cuba cruises—from Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Fathom, and Azamara Club—with varying duration and pricing. AmaWaterways river cruises on the Irrawaddy in Myanmar and the Chobe in Africa.



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