Originally published: March/April 2017
Travelers reap the rewards as cruise lines try to stay one wave or river bend ahead of each other.
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.
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.
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.
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.