Cruise Roundup

Green and sustainable tourism are two hot topics we are definitely onboard with and, apparently, so is Crystal Cruises.

The luxury cruise line has just embarked on a new initiative, committing to using only sustainable seafood on its menus (just as succulent, and the only guilt will come with the calories!).

With guidance from both governmental and non-governmental conservation organizations and fisheries, Crystal will favor suppliers that minimize the impact on local wildlife and ecosystems. The policy is effective immediately.

In 2011, be one of the first to circle Australia as Silversea sets out on its first-ever voyage around the island continent.Silver Shadow

Silver Shadow (pictured) will sail a 30-day Sydney-to-Sydney voyage from January 19 to February 18. The 382-guest ship will call in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania).

We hear the new must-try spa experience is aboard Seabourn Sojourn, which debuted on June 6 in London and is the newest ship in the Seabourn Cruises fleet.

Top Treatment: The Kneipp Walk provides holistic, water-therapy treatment (fitting for yacht travel) and healing remedies designed to enhance circulation.

Other amenities in the 11,400-square-foot spa include cocoon recliners, an herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation. There is also an outdoor, cabana-style relaxation area.

As if Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 25-night “Indian Ocean Odyssey” cruise departing November 8 on Seven Seas Mariner is not enough, the line is offering, as an added bonus, the chance for guests to receive a free African safari or Taj Mahal land tour or, in lieu of the excursions, $2,000 in savings if they book by September 30.  

For a limited time, guests who reserve their cruise by the September date can enjoy a complimentary three-night, mid-cruise land tour or three-night extension. Both escorted land tours include luxury hotel accommodations, all transfers, meals, wines and spirits.

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