Windstar Cruises has announced 152 departures on cruises in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2019 and 2020, which range from between seven and 56 days and include new ports in Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Among options is a 2020 "Grand Caribbean Adventure" aboard Wind Surf, which is a nearly two-month cruise on one of the world's largest tall ships. Star Legend sails a seven-day "Fishing for the Sea of Cortez'' journey from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta and a "Southern Mexico" itinerary from San Diego to Puerto Caldera.
Phone 1300 749 875. See windstar.com.au
SEE THE BALTIC
Oceania Cruises is running a series of 18 Baltic journeys of between seven and 20 days aboard three of its mid-sized ships in 2019. Among them is a seven-day "Baltic Marvels" cruise between Stockholm to Copenhagen with departures in July and September, visiting Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Berlin; a fortnight-long "Opulent Reflections" cruise from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in September with an extended overnight stay in St Petersburg; and a 20-day "Vikings & Royals" journey round-trip from Southampton in August that visits Scotland, Iceland, Greenland and Ireland.
Phone 1300 355 200. See oceaniacruises.com
VARIATIONS ON A THEME
Themed cruises are on the rise, and Crystal Cruises has unveiled a whole roster of themed sailings over the next three years. The "Experiences of Discovery" voyages will present enhanced programs in specialised subjects, with guest lecturers and instructors involved in interactive sessions on board, and shore excursions that further enhance the theme. Among the cruise themes are wine and food, big band and ballroom dancing, jazz and cabaret, magic, film and theatre, and politics and world affairs. Guests can also board cruises that focus on golf and on health and wellness.
Phone 1300 059 260. See crystalcruises.com
Poseidon Expeditions has added another Arctic cruise in September 2019, which replicates its existing round-trip cruise from Iceland to East Greenland, timed when the northern latitudes are dark enough for excellent sightings of the aurora borealis. The 11-night "Arctic Sights and Northern Lights" cruises depart on September 6 and 15 on the 54-cabin ship Sea Spirit and include a pre-cruise night in Reykjavik. The cruise crosses the Denmark Strait and Arctic Circle to Scoresby Sound in East Greenland, the largest and longest fjord system in the world, which offers some of cruising's most spectacular scenery.
Riviera Travel has added three more cruises to the five previously announced for solo travellers in Europe in 2019, with all cabins free of single supplements. The new solo-only itineraries are a seven-night cruise from Cologne along the Rhine River departing October 21, 2019, a seven-night cruise from Budapest along the Danube River departing November 4, 2019, and a seven- night cruise from Porto along the Douro River in Portugal that sails on November 8, 2019. Although British-based, Riviera Travel has only recently entered the Australian market, it operates 12 luxury river-cruise ships in Europe and is Britain's biggest river-cruise company.