Travelmarvel has launched its 2019 European cruises, announcing new destinations, hop-on hop-off touring options on city stays, plus refurbishments across its river ships, including two dining options (formal and informal) for both lunch and dinner. New coastal cruising expeditions, meanwhile, head to Iceland, the Scottish Isles, Baltic Sea and fiords of Norway on the chartered ships Ocean Diamond or Serenissima. The Iceland circumnavigation itinerary crosses the Arctic Circle and visits waterfalls, lava fields and massive ice-cave filled glaciers, while the Scotland cruise explores the Orkney Islands, Inner and Outer Hebrides and Loch Ness.
Phone 1300 196 420. See travelmarvel.com.au
Details have been released of the suites on Seabourn Ovation, set to launch in May. The new ship will feature 300 spacious, all-verandah oceanfront suites in a range of layouts and sizes. Wintergarden Suites will have large windows and glass doors, high-level finishes and furniture, all-marble bathrooms and decor featuring subtle nautical references. Premium Suites will have added amenities, including personalised service by the guest service manager, private car transfers on embarkation and disembarkation, and complimentary internet service. Suites will also feature some of the ship's 1600 artworks by nearly 120 artists.
Phone 13 24 02. See seabourn.com
Australian small-ship company Coral Expeditions has released cruises on its new expedition vessel Coral Adventurer. Its maiden voyage on April 24, 2019, will be one of a series of themed In the Trail of Tasman itineraries that retrace the explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was the first to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia in the 17th century. The 18-night cruise begins in Singapore and finishes in Darwin, and makes visits to the famous volcanic island Krakatoa as well as Komodo Island and Pulau Alor for snorkelling.
Phone 1800 079 545. See coralexpeditions.com
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Aranui Cruises is offering a romantic 13-day voyage around French Polynesia departing on Valentine's Day (February 14), 2019, on Aranui 5. Cruising roundtrip from Papeete, it calls at nine islands, including what is arguably one of the world's most romantic destinations, Bora Bora. You can also live out your fantasies in the Tuamotu atolls, with their white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Complimentary excursions include hikes, 4WD tours, local feasts and visits to archaeological sites. Aranui 5 features a restaurant, lounges and four bars, library, boutique, swimming pool, fitness room and spa.
Phone 03 9449 3778. See aranuicruises.com.au
NORTH AND SOUTH
Poseidon Expeditions is offering a variety of classic Antarctic Peninsula programs and three longer Antarctica voyages in 2019, beginning with the 23-day Antarctica Awakening cruise on Sea Spirit. It departs on October 20, 2019, from Ushuaia in Argentina and finishes in Montevideo in Uruguay, visiting Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Meanwhile, the company's other ship, 50 Years of Victory, is offering three departures in July 2019 in the Arctic on its signature Expedition to the Top of the World cruise to the North Pole, from Murmansk in Russia, before heading onwards to Franz Josef Land.