SONG AND SAIL
Star Clippers has launched a seven-night ''Mamma Mia'' cruise on Star Flyer departing on several dates in May and June 2019 that explores Greek islands such as Skiathos and Skopelos where the first Mamma Mia! movie was shot. Movie locations include the old harbour at Skiathos, Kastani Beach on Skopelos, and Agios Ioannis Prodomos Monastery, one of the island's most beautiful landmarks and location of the wedding scene. The eastern Mediterranean sailing also takes guests to Athens, sleepy Turkish beach town Dikili, and Myrina on the Greek island of Limnos.
Phone 1300 295 161. See starclippers.com
MORE IN STORE
Azamara Club Cruises has announced its 2020 itineraries, which include new destinations for the company, such as South Africa, French Polynesia and Hawaii, plus a return to Australia and New Zealand. Azamara Quest embarks on a ''World Journey'' from Cape Town to Southampton. With a total of 92 cruises on its three ships, the itineraries offer 41 maiden ports, 303 late-night and 170 overnight port stays and 40 country-intensive voyages, where guests can explore numerous ports in single countries such as Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and South Africa.
Phone 1800 754 500. See azamaraclubcruises.com
FAR AND WIDE
Luxury French cruise company Ponant has released a comprehensive range of 100 cruise departures for its nine ships between April and November 2019, ranging from short seven-night getaways to a 57-night ''Grand Voyage''. They span the world from the Arctic to Asia, Latin America to the Mediterranean, with expedition-style cruises exploring destinations such as Indonesia's Spice Islands, New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands, the Northwest Passage and Greenland. Le Laperouse has an inaugural season of nine expeditions in the Kimberley. Also coming up are themed scuba-diving, music, wine and gastronomic cruises.
Phone 1300 737 178. See ponant.com
World Expeditions is offering an exclusive Antarctic voyage with popular science commentator and television presenter Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. The 12-day cruise provides ample opportunity to learn about the Antarctic from Dr Karl and expert lecturers, and to see abundant wildlife including penguins, whales, leopard seals and a vast array of seabirds. There will also be Zodiac, snowshoeing and kayaking excursions and a chance to camp on the ice. The ''Antarctic Cruise with Dr Karl'' aboard MV Ortelius departs Ushuaia in Argentina on 24 November 2019 and visits the Antarctic Peninsula.
Phone 1300 720 000. See worldexpeditions.com
Silversea Cruises has unveiled its classic (non-expedition) itineraries for 2019-20, comprising 89 voyages to 900 destinations. Among them is a four-month program – the longest season to date – in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific between November 2019 and March 2020, a circumnavigation of South America, a world cruise aboard Silver Whisper, and increased capacity in Asia, including a duet of Silver Spirit voyages with multi-day stopovers in Myanmar. Ten inaugural calls will be made in ports as Timaru in New Zealand, Dravuni Island in Fiji and Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands.
Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com