Poseidon Expeditions has a 20-day Antarctic Awakening voyage on the newly refurbished Sea Spirit departing October 20, 2018, that visits the Falkland Islands, South Shetland Islands and the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. There are also plans to visit Point Wild on Elephant Island, where Earnest Shackleton and his men spent part of their historic odyssey. At this time of year, penguins and seabirds are returning to their breeding colonies and elephant seals are battling for dominance. The cruise begins in Puerto Madryn on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and finishes in Ushuaia, both in Argentina.
ON THE EDGE
Celebrity Cruises has expanded the inaugural season of Celebrity Edge, as the new ship will be completed ahead of schedule and enter service earlier than planned. The change will see Celebrity Edge offer two distinct seven-night maiden voyages in December 2018 on its alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, which can also be booked back to back. Celebrity is also offering four new Edge Preview Sailings. The three-night Bahamas cruises will also sail round-trip from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, departing on November 21, November 24, December 3 and December 6, 2018.
Phone 1800 754 500. See celebritycruises.com.au
SET SAIL IN CROATIA
If you've ever dreamed of sailing through the Croatian islands, then Abercrombie & Kent is offering luxury crewed motor yachts this year for flexible three, five or seven-day cruises that start and finish in Dubrovnik, and which could take in the Elaphiti archipelago, Mljet National Park and beautiful Korcula island. Longer itineraries include Hvar, the largely uninhabited Pakleni Islands and the wild island of Vis. Charters are available between June and September 2018, with vessels accommodating up to six guests. Rates include crew, fuel, Dubrovnik transfers, breakfast daily and marina fees and taxes.
Phone 1300 851 800. See abercrombiekent.com.au
SAIL AND RAIL
Christmas seems only just behind us, but is up ahead as well. If you care for a Christmas without silly-season obligations then Ecruising has a 22-night journey that starts with two nights in Singapore followed by a 16-night voyage on Azamara Quest from Singapore to Fremantle that visits Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Bali and Komodo in Indonesia, as well as Broome, Exmouth and Geraldton on the Western Australian coast. Following on overnight in Perth, it finishes with a four-day crossing of Australia on the Indian Pacific train. The journey departs on December 4, 2018.
Phone 1300 369 848. See ecruising.travel
HOT AND COLD
AdventureSmith Explorations has a new itinerary in Indonesia with departures in December 2018 and January 2019. The 10-day Jewels of Raja Ampat cruise visits the West Papua province of Raja Ampat – which comprises more than 1500 small islands famed for their beaches and coral reefs – aboard traditional sailing vessels the 24-guest Ombak Putih and 14-guest Katharina, with departures from Sorong. In contrast, a new five-day Patagonia Explorer cruise sails between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas on the new 210-guest Ventus Australis, visiting the mighty Condor Glacier and other icescapes, with departures in late 2018 and early 2019.