All set for an ex­cit­ing sum­mer

Cruise Passenger - - PUBLISHER’S LETTER - Pe­ter Lynch Pub­lisher, Cruise Pas­sen­ger

Wel­come to one of our favourite edi­tions – our sum­mer ex­trav­a­ganza. In­side, you’ll find the best of next year’s ships and des­ti­na­tions, the re­sults of our big­gest-ever Read­ers’ Choice Awards, and re­views of the ships and lines Aus­tralians love.

The com­ing year prom­ises ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tions that will im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of pas­sen­gers. Tech­nolo­gies such as Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medal­lion and Royal Caribbean’s Sea Beyond will mean al­most ev­ery crew mem­ber will know at a glance what guests like best.

In­deed, with sen­sors in the fab­ric of the ship, even the ves­sel is there to serve, turn­ing on lights and air con­di­tion­ing as your ap­proach your cabin and sig­nalling to staff where you are.

All of this is just the tip of the ice­berg. Celebrity Edge, with its mov­ing plat­form that trans­forms into dif­fer­ent venues at dif­fer­ent times of the day is demon­strat­ing how far the art of ship­build­ing has come.

MSC is promis­ing to trans­form its fleet with new mega-lin­ers that will make it Royal Caribbean’s ma­jor ri­val, while Re­gent, Ocea­nia, Sil­versea and Po­nant are ex­pand­ing the lux­ury mid- and small-ship cat­e­gory.

We also re­view one of our new favourites. Pere­grine, part of the In­trepid group, has ex­panded its fleet of small ships car­ry­ing a max­i­mum of 50 pas­sen­gers, which can take you around the glo­ri­ous lo­ca­tions of Europe like a bil­lion­aire aboard your own yacht.

Fi­nally, we thank all our read­ers for a mag­nif­i­cent turnout of al­most 10,000 vot­ers in our Read­ers’ Choice poll – our big­gest turnout ever.

We know the cruise lines read this poll more than any other, be­cause it comes from you. Your votes help shape the in­dus­try of the fu­ture – a con­tri­bu­tion that will last well into the fu­ture.

Smooth sail­ing!

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