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A school of red-tailed butterfly fish in Thailand.

Krause, Johansen / Courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

A school of red-tailed butterfly fish in Thailand.

7 dream cruises touted by top travel magazines

Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR & Islands raved about these voyages

Nearly every month, millions of Americans thumb through the latest issues of Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Islands and other top travel magazines (though I'll bet the number of readers who get all of them is pretty small — I'm one!).

So we thought it would be a service to Cruiseable's readers to spotlight the cruises that these publications' editors have raved about in the past few months — and then let you decide if they're the kind of voyages you'd book. 

 Here, then, are 7 dream cruises touted by the top travel magazines.

Get close-up views of granite cliffs, remote islands and coral reefs on Star Clipper.
Courtesy of Star ClippersGet close-up views of granite cliffs, remote islands and coral reefs on Star Clipper.

Visit Thailand's islands on Star Clippers

Magazine's advice

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Islands magazine: “Star Clipper is returning to the Far East in December 2016. Not since 2010 has the 170-passenger sailing ship made Phuket, Thailand, its winter base. Two routes will be offered. The northbound itinerary visits Ko Surin National Park; the granite boulders and white beaches of Similan Islands National Park; the sleepy island of Ko Kradan; and the coves of Phang Nga Bay. Like the northern itinerary, the southern journey also stops at the Similan Islands and Phang Nga Bay, with the addition of Ko Butang and Ko Adang — both known for vibrant coral reefs. Seven-night sailings from $3,260 per person.“

Available itineraries

Interested in more info?

If you'd like more information about these voyages, about Star Clippers or about other cruises to Asia, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim your Instant Credit. 

 

Booby chicks allowed a stranger to approach in the Galápagos.
Christine Loomis / Special to CruiseableBooby chicks allowed a stranger to approach in the Galápagos.

Take that bucket-list cruise to the Galapagos

Magazine's advice

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Conde Nast Traveler points out that the “last chance to nab seats to the Galapagos during peak periods like the weeks around Christmas” is around now.”

Available itineraries

Interested in more info?

For more information about cruises to the Galapagos, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim a Cruiseable Instant Credit of $200 to $2,000, depending on the cruise line, date and stateroom category you choose.  

 

Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación in Málaga, Spain.
James Evans / Creative Commons BY-NDSanta Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación in Málaga, Spain.

Magazine's advice

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AFAR magazine: “For sunsets and vintage wine, opt for SeaDream's 112-person voyage from Cannes to Malaga."

Available itineraries

Interested in more info?

If you'd like more information about a SeaDream Yacht Club cruise or about other luxury cruises, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim your Instant Credit. 

 

Polar bears in the Arctic: See them on a special Northwest Passage sailing on Crystal Serenity.
Courtesy of Crystal CruisesPolar bears in the Arctic: See them on a special Northwest Passage sailing on Crystal Serenity.

See the Arctic while you can

Magazine's advice

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Conde Nast Traveler (June-July 2016 issue): “See the Arctic before it melts. You know it won't be there forever, and so does Crystal Cruises, whose Serenity starts sailing the Northwest Passage in August. The ship travels from Anchorage to Arctic fishing villages in Alaska, Canada and Greenland before docking in New York."

Available itineraries

  • Anchorage to New York on Crystal Serenity, August 16 to September 17, 2016, from $21,855 per person (limited availability, so hurry!), plus savings of $1,000 to $2,000 per stateroom with a Cruiseable Instant Credit. This is the first luxury ship ever to traverse the Northwest Passage, a mystical Pacific-Atlantic sea route far beyond the Arctic Circle.

Interested in more info?

For much more information about Crystal Cruises, Crystal Serenity, this itinerary (we have lots more info), select air or other luxury cruises, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim your Instant Credit. 

 

Hohenwerfen Castle near Werfen, Austria. Now that's what we call a castle!
Volker Preusser / Courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office Hohenwerfen Castle near Werfen, Austria. Now that's what we call a castle!

Disney river cruise in Central Europe

Magazine's advice

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Recommend magazine: “By now you’ve all heard that Adventures by Disney has partnered with AmaWaterways to provide an 8-day, family-focused river cruise on the Danube. The Central Europe trip provides a taste of what’s to come, as the river cruise visits Hohenwerfen Castle and Schonbrunn Palace, and explores Salzburg. It also includes a Wachau Valley bike excursion and archery at Devin Castle in Slovakia. Sailing dates start in July, and rates start at $4,100 for adults and $3,900 for children."

Available itineraries

  • 7 Night Danube River Cruise aboard AmaViola. Enjoy family river cruising to 8 unforgettable destinations in 4 countries on an all-inclusive adventure along the Danube River through the heart of Europe. Ports: Vilshofen, Passau, Germany; Linz, Melk, Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary, July to August 2016 and June to August 2017, from $4,649 per adult and $4,409 per child, plus savings of $500 to $2,000 per stateroom with a Cruiseable Instant Credit.
  • Several other itineraries available. 

Interested in more info?

For more information about Adventures by Disney river cruises on AmaWaterways ships or other family cruises, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim your Instant Credit. 

 

A monk looks out from an ancient compound at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Courtesy of AmaWaterwaysA monk looks out from an ancient compound at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

See Siem Reap along Cambodia's Mekong

Magazine's advice

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AARP the Magazine: “Stop at the port town of Siem Reap, near the tranquil 1,000-year-old Buddhist-temple complex of Angkor Wat. About 200 miles to the south is Phnom Penh, which was called the Pearl of Asia, thanks to its beautiful French-built city center. But its most awe-inspiring buildings predate that, including the graceful, gold-topped 19th-century Royal Palace.”

Available itineraries

Interested in more info?

For more information about river cruises to see Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim a Cruiseable Instant Credit of $300 to $2,000, depending on the cruise line and stateroom category you choose.  

Pichon Lalande (also known as Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande), a well-regarded winery near Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France.
BillBl / Creative Commons BYPichon Lalande, a well-regarded winery near Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France.

Wine tasting on a luxury river cruise in France

Publication's advice

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San Francisco Chronicle: “Go wine tasting in Bordeaux on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as part of AmaWaterways' cruises in the region, beginning summer 2016. The eight wine-themed voyages include a week aboard the 74-cabin AmaDolce, plus three nights in Paris and two in the Loire Valley."

Available itineraries

  • Taste of Bordeaux, from August to November 2016 and March to November 2017, with calls at Cadillac, Pauillac, Blaye and Bourg and ending in Libourne, from $3,899 plus savings of $200 to $500 per stateroom with a Cruiseable Instant Credit. 

Interested in more info?

If you'd like more information about an AmaWaterways cruise or about other river cruises, please contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or start to plan your cruise and claim your Instant Credit. 

JD Lasica
I'm co-founder, Editor and chief cat herder at Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.

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