Main Dining Room - Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Nieuw Statendam is Holland America Line’s second Pinnacle-class ship, similar to its sister, Koningsdam, but with a few modifications. Built in Venice, launched in December 2018 and named in February 2019 by godmother Oprah Winfrey, the 2,666-passenger ship is aimed, the line claims, at ‘modern explorers, food lovers and music lovers’. This sums it up...

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Celebrity Edge - Cruise Ship The new Celebrity Edge is without doubt the most talked-about ship of 2018 in cruising circles, and for good reason. As well as being packed with high-tech features that have never been seen before at sea, Edge is exceptionally beautiful, epitomising Celebrity’s quest to embody ‘modern luxury’. Edge is a big ship, with a capacity...

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People relaxing in the stunning winter garden area on-board Queen Victoria at sunset Fresh out of the shipyard following a £34m refit in spring 2017, Cunard’s Queen Victoria is looking stunning, sporting redesigned staterooms and suites, a beautiful new restaurant, new bars and a vast expanse of enlarged teak deck. Yet the ship retains a real traditional elegance with a plush Victoriana theme throughout – glittering chandeliers, a...

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The main pool area on-board MSC Meraviglia in the sunshine Like its legendary godmother Sophia Loren, MSC Meraviglia is full of show-stopping style that gives more than a nod to her Italian heritage. Christened in a firework-filled celebration in May at the Channel port of Le Havre, which was celebrating its 500th anniversary, MSC’s new flagship is no shrinking violet. I loved the bold, blingy designs...

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A guest whizzing down a waterslide on-board Disney Dream Disney Dream is more floating wonderland than cruise ship; a sea-going version of Disney’s famous theme parks filled to the funnels with enchanting touches. But while pixie dust has been liberally sprinkled throughout, Disney must be applauded for not going overboard. The nautical decor is surprisingly tasteful, and while this is the ultimate family-friendly cruise...

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