Coral Expeditions releases two new voyages

CORAL GROWTH

Coral Expeditions has released two new voyages aboard Coral Discoverer to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. An 11-night Cairns to Honiara cruise departs on October 16, 2019 with highlights including visits to historic World War II wrecks and significant sites such as Guadalcanal, Marovo Lagoon and the volcanic hot springs and mud lakes of Savo Island. The second 11-night cruise sails from Honiara to Port Vila on October 27, 2019, with snorkelling and diving in marine reserves and the sunken SS President Coolidge, plus an excursion to the active volcano on Tanna Island.

Phone 1800 079 545. See coralexpeditions.com

ARCTIC ADVENTURE

Australian adventure cruise company Aurora Expeditions has launched a new 11-day Arctic itinerary from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen on its new expedition ship Greg Mortimer. The new itinerary, departing on June 12, 2020, sails within 965 kilometres of the North Pole and takes guests through Iceland's Westfjords, to Norway's seldom-visited Jan Mayen Island – the world's northernmost active volcanic destination – and to Svalbard's northwest coast. Guests can take Zodiac excursions past dramatic bird cliffs and glacier-filled fiords, study unique volcanic geology, hike across Arctic tundra landscapes, and kayak through pack ice. Book before December 31, 2018 for early-bird discounts.

Phone 1800 637 688. See auroraexpeditions.com.au

SOUTH AMERICAN BEAUTY

Latitude 33 is hosting a 32-night Tropical Wonderland to Peaks & Fjords journey in South America, departing on  November 17, 2019. Guests will stay in hotels in Chile, Ecuador and Peru before embarking on an 18-night cruise along the continent's Pacific and southern coastlines on Hapag-Lloyd's new vessel Hanseatic Inspiration, which will launch just a month earlier. The cruise sails between Lima in Peru and Ushuaia in Argentina, with visits to ports such as Valparaiso and Puerto Montt, and wilderness destinations including the Chilean fjords and Torres del Paine National Park.

Phone 1300 636 848. See latitude33.travel

MEDITERRANEAN MEANDER

Scenic's new ocean ship Scenic Eclipse is exploring the Mediterranean in 2020, with smaller ports, late-night departures and all-inclusive shore excursions set to be a key part of the experience aboard the luxury small ship. Highlights include itineraries along the coastlines of Spain, Portugal, the Italian Riviera, Croatia's Dalmatian coastline and the Greek Islands. Among the itineraries is a Discover Portugal & Spain cruise in April 2020 from Lisbon to Barcelona that visits ports such as Gibraltar and Seville, with the ship able to sail up the Guadalquivir River to stay overnight in the Spanish city.

Phone 13 81 28. See scenic.com.au

EXTENDED PLEASURES

If you're after a long cruise rather than a short jaunt, then Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a series of Grand Voyages ranging in length from 52 to 91 nights, and including extended and overnight stays in some ports. Every Grand Voyage includes unlimited free shore excursions and bespoke shore-side experiences in select ports, and all involve on-board enrichment programs from leading experts on each cruise region. Among the voyages is a Grand Circle South America in 2019, and in the 2020-21 cruise season a Grand Arctic Discovery and Grand Asia Exploration.

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Phone 1300 455 200. See rssc.com.au

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