The MS Europa: The top-ranked cruise ship in the world

Douglas Ward loves the Hapag-Lloyd flagship, MS Europa. The man who writes the Berlitz cruise guides and who has been described as “the world’s foremost cruise expert,” consistently awards the ship a 5-star-plus ranking, making Europa the only cruise ship in the world with this distinction. My two cruises aboard the Europa were unlike any others I’d experienced. Both times, my guest and I arrived a half-day before sailing; both times we were taken to a local …

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Le Boréal: Small ship cruising, French-style

When I board a small ship, I sometimes feel like Donald Trump (but with better hair). Though I don’t own a yacht, on a small ship I know I’m about to have a yachting-style experience: a sophisticated, service-oriented voyage, the intimacy of a single-seating dining room, the quiet of a vessel that carries few or no small children, the luxury of private spaces in which to relax, the ease of arriving in port with no crowds rushing …

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Lillian Africano Bio

Lilllian Africano is cruise editor at JAX FAX, managing editor of Luxe Beat Magazine and the author of 16 books, including travel guides to New York and New Jersey and an award-winning business guide to the Middle East. Her articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Smithsonian (online), New York Magazine, the New York Post, Travel Weekly, ASTA Network Magazine and several inflight publications. Lillian is past president of the Society of American Travel Writers …

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