Oh The Places We’ll Go
With smaller ships gaining access to ports inaccessible to bigger vessels, luxury cruise itineraries are diverse.
Azamara Club Cruises’ mid-sized Journey and Quest vessels both sail right into the Klong Toei district of Bangkok, leaving larger vessels out at sea, and Uniworld’s S.S. Joie de Vivre was designed to be smaller especially so that it can dock in the centre of Paris.
Luxury cruise lines continue to push the boundaries, offering ever more exotic and adventurous itineraries. Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer offers an incredible Argentina to Antarctica trip, stopping off at the Falkland Islands and Elephant Island. Cruises from Sydney, Australia visit Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Pacific islands of Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia. New Seabourn Encore offers a fascinating 16-day itinerary sailing north from Sydney, taking in the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland Coast before docking in Bali.
River cruising allows guests to explore the very heart of destinations and Uniworld’s Ganges Voyager II travels from New Delhi to stops including Agra for the Taj Mahal. AmaWaterways offers specialist wine cruises sailing the Seine, Rhone, Danube, Rhine and Douro, including vineyard visits and tastings, and expert talks.
Imaginative excursions and destination immersion are important parts of the luxury cruise experience. Many cruise lines, including AmaWaterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea and Uniworld offer a truly inclusive cruise, meaning all excursions are included in the price. “Our guests really want to immerse themselves into the destinations we visit – there is a real thirst for knowledge and insight,” says Lynn Narraway, MD of Seabourn.
“So we are very proud to be in partnership with UNESCO, which means enhanced content on tours of UNESCO sites including the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as tours of Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona.”
If group tours aren’t your thing, AmaWaterways’ AmaViola has a fleet of bicycles on board to allow you to explore your destination on your own, while guests booking the Regent Suite on Seven Seas Explorer have exclusive use of a personal car and guide.