Seabourn’s New Expedition Team
Seabourn reports it has assembled an expedition group for its 2014-2015 “Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia” voyages aboard Seabourn Quest beginning November 2014. The 17-person team will bring their knowledge of the “White Continent” and expedition travel to ensure guests have a top-notch experience on the four 21- to 24-day voyages. Guests will get up close to the region every day with complimentary Zodiac landings in select Antarctic locations, digital photography coaching, and opportunities for wildlife sightings from the ship and on the shore. The cruises will also host guest speakers as part of the line’s Seabourn Conversations enrichment and entertainment program. The expedition team consists of naturalists, scientists, cultural and historical experts and other lecturers who will share their knowledge of Antarctica.
Viking announces new ships for 2015
Viking River Cruises ordered 12 new river vessels for 2015; 10 additional Viking Longships and two vessels for the Elbe River. Next year will also see the launch of two new itineraries highlighting the Rhine River. The announcement comes directly on the heels of Viking’s christening of 18 vessels across four countries in five days and will bring the company’s total fleet size to 64 river vessels in 2015. Note: The 10 new Viking Longships will have the all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terraces with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors.
Silversea Details World Cruise 2016
Silversea Cruises has opened the books on its World Cruise 2016, a 115-day trip sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, departing January 5, 2016. This exploration will be hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, enabling travelers to journey across six continents and visit 51 destinations in 31 countries, with 13 multi-day port calls. Named “Venetian World Odyssey 2016,” the voyage will follow a westward path from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific.
Crystal Cruises sails Bali
Four new Crystal Cruises itineraries will include Bali as a destination both on land and at sea in fall 2014 and early winter 2015. Complementing local overnights aboard Crystal Symphony include native dancers, an Emmy award-winning Bali anthropologist/filmmaker and a traditional chef. Each new 12- to 14-day itinerary also calls in several other Indonesian ports while sailing between Bali and Singapore, and includes visits to Australia and Southeast Asia, depending on the cruise.