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The news of the cruise world has never been so rich as at the beginning of the year 2022 and above all is reinventing itself to minimize its impact on the environment… It’s official, the historic center of Venice will no longer be threatened by the approach of large ocean liners. In 2026, ships emitting CO2 will no longer have access to the sumptuous Norwegian fjords. Touché is not sunk: many companies are developing less polluting technologies and making their passengers aware of respect for nature. Ponant in the lead, which even before the launch of the revolutionary “Commandant Charcot”, the first hybrid cruise ship (electric and liquefied natural gas), was already working on all fronts: smoke filtering system, engines adapted to the Navy Diesel Oil (MDO), shoal detection sonar to avoid harmful anchoring, reduced noise footprint to preserve cetaceans… hybrid drive. And then there is the alternative of these small boats with their crazy charm, the promise of gentle sailing at a slow pace… Enough to satisfy all the thirsts of the open sea!

2022 cruise special: 14 sea crossings

The Australs, in the very south of French Polynesia. Composed of five islands (Rurutu, Tubuaï, Raïvavae, Rimatara and Rapa), this little-known archipelago embodies an original Polynesia, off the beaten track. Lionel Governor

Between new giants of the seas with ever crazier facilities and intimate ships with 5-star services, cruising has fun, relaxes, feasts, explores. Head for the waters of French Polynesia, the Azores archipelago, the icebergs of Greenland or the beaches of the Maldives!

River cruises: the most beautiful routes from the Nile to the Amazon

“La Flâneuse du Nil” travels up the pharaonic river for an intimate and sensory approach to Egypt. Manuel Zublena

Crossing West Bengal along the Ganges in India, discovering quintas typical villages and villages perched along the Douro in Portugal, finding yourself face to face with elephants on the Kwando River in Botswana… These small boats with incredible charm, promise of gentle navigation at a slow pace, offer new destinations and revisited routes. Our favorites.

Egypt, Jordan: the cruise leaves for the Red Sea

Aboard “The Beauty of the Adriatic”, in one week, you can discover major sites from Hurghada in Egypt. Alexandre Sattler/CroisiEurope

Winter is undoubtedly the best season to travel to the Red Sea. First cruise company to have dared, eleven years ago, these mythical waters of the Middle East, CroisiEurope, specialist in rivers and canals, returns to navigate there with an original itinerary, crossing borders, and exceptional stopovers .

We tested a cruise aboard the Celebrity Apex Cruises

With its 306 m long and 39 m wide, the “Celebrity Apex Cruises” can embark 4238 people including 1320 crew members. Celebrity Cruises/Press Photo

This high-end cruise liner commissioned in 2020 is the second ship in the “Edge” class. Ultramodern and avant-garde, it criss-crosses the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean in winter. the Celebrity Apex seduces all those who have traveled on board. Literally captivated by the layout of the boat and they also salute the extreme kindness of the crew and emphasize that even if the price is a little more expensive than those of the competition, the services offered are well worth the expense.

Cruise to Antarctica, discovering the largest icebergs on the planet

An extreme, fragile and pure nature that this hybrid-powered vessel carefully explores. Stanislas Fautré / Le FIgaro Magazine

Here we are in the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, a huge expanse of frozen water of more than 2 million square kilometers, particularly rich in underwater life and rarely visited by ships. For her first sailing season, Commander Charcot keeps its promises. Made for the polar worlds, this exceptional ship traces its course where others cannot venture.

More than 9 months and 65 countries: here is the longest cruise in the world

The “Serenade of the Seas” will take nearly 2,500 passengers on the longest cruise in history. Royal Caribbean International

In 2023, the Serenade of the Seas will cross six continents with stopovers in 150 destinations. The Pyramids of Giza, Macchu Picchu in Peru, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia…all in one trip.


Cruise of the editorial staff of Le Figaro in the Mediterranean

The editor’s cruise Figaro in Mediterranean. F Travels

Le Figaro invites you to embark on the Mediterranean for its Editorial Cruise, from September 25 to October 2, 2022, from €4,450.


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