Cruise Roundup


Seabourn Pride will sail year-round in Asia in 2010.


Seabourn’s Newborn

If you love Seabourn Odyssey, it’s safe to say you’ll feel the same affinity for sister ship Seabourn Sojourn, debuting June 6 of next year in Greenwich, England. And, what an unusual maiden voyage: the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Scotland, Norway and Amsterdam. The ship spends its first summer in the Baltic/Russia and the Norwegian Fjords. Meanwhile, Seabourn is making a big investment in Asia, deploying Seabourn Pride in the region year-round. After spending the winter sailing Thailand and Vietnam itineraries, the ship begins cruises of China, Korea and Japan in the spring.


Grand Time With Silversea


Silversea has unveiled 17 specially tailored Grand Voyages for 2010. The collection offers extended voyages from 30 to 91 days featuring visits to must-see traditional ports, as well as more off-the-beaten path destinations. Of special note is Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage, a 91-day extended journey designed to introduce the line’s newest ship, debuting this month. Departing Fort Lauderdale on January 21, the ship will set a southward course to Rio, sail around Cape Horn and through the Chilean fjords before heading to the Mexican Riviera. Highlighting the Grand Voyages are savings incentives and, for voyages of 50 or more consecutive days, complimentary Business Class air upgrades.



Seven Seas Voyager in Nice. Regent is adopting a new dress code for 2010.


Regent Dresses Down


The days of high style on the high seas may be going bon voyage. At least at Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The line has revised its dress code “as a result of guest feedback convincingly in favor of a less formal policy,” Regent says. Hereto, daytime dress code will include shorts, warm-up suits, jeans and sneakers in all public areas. Note: Bare feet only on the Pool Deck and bathing suits, while acceptable at the Pool Bar and Grill, are not considered appropriate in any indoor venue. In the evening, guests will have two dress codes to choose from: Elegant Casual and Formal Optional (cruises of 15 nights or less will be Elegant Casual for the duration; cruises of 16 nights or more will have two Formal Optional nights). Elegant Casual, you ask? Think skirt or slacks with blouse or sweater for women; slacks and collard shirt for men. Formal Optional, meanwhile, means gowns or cocktail dresses for ladies and dinner jackets or suit and tie for gentlemen.


Adrenaline Rush: Crystal Adventures


Boy, Crystal Cruises has some amazing adventures in store for guests of its 2010 World Cruise. We could stop with cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa. But we won’t. How about paragliding over the Spanish countryside, riding atop an elephant in Africa or racing in a Caterham sports car in Bahrain? They are among the 400 Crystal Adventures available to guests on the 108-day cruise, which departs Miami on January 10 aboard Crystal Serenity. A near 100 of the adventures are brand new. In addition to new African safaris and dozens of Crystal Overland Adventures, other highlights include: exploring Iran’s ancient Persepolis, hiking Mount Akhun in the Russian resort city of Sochi and a helicopter ride above Durban’s mountainous landscape. For the less adventuresome, there’s a bounty of culinary excursions, such as visiting a villa in Catania for a Sicilian cooking lesson. Prego!



Driving a Caterham is one of the new Crystal Adventures.



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