We love a luxuriate cruise. Get the look then book the cruise with our style and destination inspiration below, featuring cabin chic accessories. As travel plans can start to take shape with cool new river and ocean cruises, we have rounded up lots of lovely things to wear and apply. We’ve even included the hottest new cruise itineraries for 2021 for good measure.
Campbell Marson bespoke eyewear
Handcrafted luxury wooden eyewear. Imagine choosing your own lens and your own material AS STANDARD. These wearable pieces of art are all are handmade, hand finished and exquisitely British. They are sure to stand out on any river or ocean as each pair is unique. Their slick website allows you to choose your frame and lens which then appear so you can see exactly what the glasses will look like. This Rolls-Royce of the eyewear world also involves an 80-step manufacturing process to ensure quality and accuracy.
You can choose from a variety of exotic and sustainable woods such as Jet Black Pearl, Santos Rosewood or Smoked Eucalyptus paired with your preferred lenses, giving you the opportunity to design your very own optical masterpiece. The selection of wood species used in their frames spans the globe and Campbell Marson have the ability to access some of the rarest and most beautiful timbers on earth, all of which come from managed forests or with FSC certification. You can also create your very own custom shape in any wood species for a completely one off creation with your own finish and a vast selection of of precious metals and logos.
Perff Persuasion Jumpsuit
Cruise wear no longer means deck shoes and upturned collars. Perff Studio’s collection of sustainable activewear includes pieces for working out in but also athleisure items such as this zip-up jumpsuit with leather-look detail. Paired with trainers for the day, heels for the night, it’s a win-win outfit for all weathers. Available in black, sizes XS to L. Free shipping on all orders. Combine it with the Mindset gilet (we love Perff’s full-on names), the chic blend of practical and stylish, with a soft stand collar and deep pockets or layer it over a cashmere jumper for extra warmth.
Moncler Ecrins Jacket
Trends for A/W 2020 include the perennial puffer jacket, here to stay it seems and perfect for that cold-climate cruise. Moncler fuse fashion with expedition-worthy, high-performance apparel. Stand out from the crowd in their bright-red, goose down shell jacket with a high neck, drawstring hood and popper-fastening cuffs to keep out the cold. It’s also padded and quilted. Toasty. Available in sizes 36-42.
Miki Cap by Béton Ciré
Denim never goes out of fashion and, in fact, elevates this unisex Miki Cap by Béton Ciré, inspired by traditional Breton sailor hats. The epitome of coastal cool, its handmade from 100% recycled denim with a camel-leather adjustable strap, also available in sand and khaki. Hello sailor!
Polarised sunglasses are coated with a clever chemical that diminishes glare, stopping you squinting and helping to reduce the harmful effects of UV light. Out at sea, you need them to block glare from light reflecting off the surface of the water. Luckily, Prada make glamorous glasses with polarised gradient lenses like these, with a subtle hint of gold at the temple. Fashion Eyewear even has a virtual try on facility so you can see which colour and style suit your face. Available in tortoiseshell, brown and black.
£156 (was £222)
Empreinte Sun Fire Bikini
French swimwear brand Empreinte was created in 1946 and specialises in sizes C, D, E, F and G (perfectly explaining the wonderfully named stockist website, see below). Their Sun Fire collection fuses sexy styles with flamboyant colours that channel lazy days in the Mediterranean or Caribbean sun. The bandeau bikini top is underwired and padded for shaping and support, £85. Available in sizes S (10)-Large (14). Matching tie-sided deep bikini briefs £45. Available in sizes 1-16.
Tumi Bradner Backpack
The word rucksack brings to mind inter-railing students or hikers in the Lake District. In fact, the humble rucksack – or backpack as they call it across the pond – is so practical it should be revered rather than shunned. Naturally, premium luggage brand TUMI’s khaki version crafted from lightweight nylon and pebbled leather is streamlined and good looking as well as practical. Lined with a plethora of useful pockets including a padded one for up to 14-inch tablets or laptops, for travelling it can’t be beaten as an inflight-carry-on or a day bag for a cruise excursion.
£276 (was £395)
BEAUTY ON THE SEAS
Dwira Hemp Superfood Facial Oil
A relative baby in the beauty world, Dwira is a black-owned beauty brand blending Ghanaian wellness traditions and skincare rituals to create a niche set of products. The Hemp Superfood Facial Oil is thick and rich with an earthy smell and it soaks straight into your skin, rich in hemp, rosehip, moringa and baobab superfood oils, full of omega and antioxidants. At 15ml you can keep it in your pocket for dry patches all over, dehydrated lips, and spots of sunburn.
Subtle Energies Facial Blend
This exquisite facial oil made in Australia contains potent anti-ageing actives that restore youthful appearance to the skin, while its heavenly aroma balances the senses and uplifts the spirit. Use it under your usual moisturiser every morning and evening to keep your skin at its peak before, during and after your cruise.
Ingredients like mogra and ashwagandha stimulate cell renewal, promoting collagen and elastin production whilst Indian rose deeply hydrates the skin.
DS & Durga Eau de Parfum
Some combinations are perfect – cheddar and mango pickle-topped cheese biscuits, for one. Another is the heady creative collaboration between Brooklyn writer and musician turned self-taught perfumer D.S, and architect and branding guru, Durga. Fragrance as an art form was born.
One sniff of DS & Durga’s Italian Citrus Eau de Parfum does indeed transport you to an Italian lakeside villa (possibly somewhere along the lines of George Clooney’s Lake Como pad) on a balmy summer’s day. A fresh yet warm cologne with lemon, blood orange and green mandarin in a portable 50ml bottle (or go large with 100ml for £220).
Legology Air Lite contouring leg cream
Get your pins ready for lounging on deck with Legology’s Air Lite travel-sized contouring leg cream. Fragranced with Capri Crush after the Italian Riviera where founder and beauty expert ed Kate Shapland happened on the idea for an appealing cream to improve the look of legs. Not only that, it also makes legs feel lighter and more energised, in turn helping keep avoid cellulite. The yum-smelling cream tingles as you massage it from toe to thigh; an experience that genuinely lifts your mood.
Olverum dry body oil
Absorbing almost instantly, this therapeutic dry oil mist is enriched with Alaria esculenta extract, which is known to boost the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid, preserving skin’s firmness and elasticity. It smells rather yummy and combines over 30 essential and cold-pressed botanical oils to leave your skin ready for cruising and feeling moisturised, smooth, and supple.
The first Mediterranean sailing for six-star discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse will be the Incredible Iberian Discovery sailing from Lisbon along the Atlantic coast past and into the Mediterranean en route to Barcelona next year. The nine-day itinerary calls at Portimão, Seville, Tangier, Málaga, Cartagena and Soller de Mallorca. Highlights include a kayaking expedition around the ancient rock formations in the Algarve, an equestrian flamenco show at one of the oldest bullrings in Seville, a camel tour of Tangier and a cycling through Natural Calblanque Natural Park.
Eight nights from £5,173 pp full board departing 11 April 2021 including all relevant discounts, return flights, transfers, personal butler, exclusive experiences, tailored activities, complimentary beverages, expert local guides, all tipping and gratuities.
Emerald Destiny has added three-nights in Istanbul to its nine-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe river cruise next year, which glides from Budapest, Kalocsa (Hungary), Osijek (Croatia), Belgrade, Golubac, Donji Milanovac (Serbia), Vidin, Rousse, Veliko Tarnovo & Abranasi (Bulgaria), Giurgiu, and Bucharest (Romania). We welcome this idea of spending more time in ports. Highlights of the Istanbul stay include tours of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Spice Market and a Bosphorus cruise.
Eight nights from £2,170 pp full board departing 4 October 2021, including relevant discounts, return flights, transfers, all tipping and gratuities, selected drinks, excursions and experiences.
Booking before 31 July 2020 for a £1,000 saving per couple, premium drinks package (unlimited), and flexible Deposit Protection Plan. New bookings paid in full by 31 October 2020 reap an additional Early Payment Discount of £250 per couple.
Swiss-owned newcomer to the European river cruise scene, VIVA Cruises offer a variety of jaunts along the region’s most famous water ways. The seven-night maiden voyage of VIVA ONE, the first ship built for VIVA Cruises with hybrid technology to reduce CO² consumption and emissions will be Danube Highlights, passing through the scenic capitals of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna, revealing old coronation sites, castle palaces and elegant cafés. Just 95 light-filled cabins and suites are decked out in a pale palette enlivened with touches of blue and green, floor-to-ceiling balcony windows, Rituals amenities and Nespresso® machines.
From €1395pp full board departing 26 June 2021 including all drinks, snacks and tips, excluding flights.
After so long without travel, the chance to witness the total solar eclipse over Antarctica on 4 December 2021, the only continent to avoid the Covid-19 virus thus far, will be tempting for fans of expedition cruises and unspoiled nature.
Swoop Antarctica’s expeditions aboard m/v Plancius begin and end in Ushuaia, Argentina, plotting a course via the Falkland Islands or Las Malvinas and South Georgia before heading towards the frozen landscapes of Antarctica. Passengers will spot several species of albatross, which follow the ships on route to the Falklands, as well as petrels, shearwaters, dolphins and penguins. A former oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, the Plancius is a modernised expedition ship with panoramic windows in the observation lounge, and modernised cabins with streamed films.
The 19-nights from €13,350 pp departing 23 November 2021 including all meals, snacks, tea and coffee, zodiac shore excursions, a programme of lectures by noted naturalists and the services of an experienced expedition team.
By Jo Fernandez-Corugedo
Feature image courtesy of Scenic.