Azamara Club Cruises has launched its early 2021 itineraries, during which it will be sailing across four continents, offering more late-night and overnight stays in port, and more cruises in South Africa and South America, including a Rio Carnival sailing on Azamara Quest. Newest ship Azamara Pursuit will debut in Australia and New Zealand. The company is also returning to Japan with new country-intensive voyages of 15 or 16 nights that visit 13 ports, including Tokyo, Aomori, Hakodate and Kobe, with a range of immersive excursions to showcase local culture.
Phone 1800 754 500. See azamaraclubcruises.com
Crystal Expedition Cruises has released 2021 itineraries for its luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor. Expedition voyages of between 10 and 28 nights will sail to Antarctica, Japan, the Russian Far East, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia and the Indian Ocean as well as Europe and South America, and will also tackle the redoubtable Northeast Passage. Voyages focus on biodiversity, active adventure and natural and cultural history, as well as providing opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, and helicopter and Zodiac tours, with abundant opportunities to observe wildlife and explore remote places.
Phone 1300 059 260. See crystalcruises.com
Silversea Cruises is sending three of its luxury expedition ships to Antarctica in 2020. Silver Cloud, Silver Explorer and Silver Wind – which is undergoing an extensive refurbishment in August 2020 – will offer 16 voyages from Ushuaia that range from 10 to 31 days. The cruises will take in the region's diverse wildlife, including sea-lions, seals, albatrosses and several species of penguin. A flexible itinerary will take advantage of favourable sea, weather and ice conditions, with possible destinations including the Tabrin Peninsula, Paulet and Cuverville Islands, Paradise Bay, the Wilhelm Archipelago, Port Foster and Whalers Bay.
Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com
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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' ship EUROPA 2 has announced its 2020-21 season, during which it will sail in the Mediterranean, western and northern Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and across the Indian Ocean to Africa. Some itineraries are themed on fashion, art, sport and music. The ship also has a season in Oceania, and will offer a new itinerary in Australia when it sails from Melbourne to Bali in January 2021, visiting Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Albany before turning northwards along the WA coast to Busselton in the Margaret River wine region, as well as Fremantle, Geraldton and Exmouth.
Phone 02 9977 7100. See hl-cruises.com
SeaDream Yacht Club is expanding its fleet for the first time since its founding in 2001 when new yacht SeaDream Innovation sets sail from September 2021. The ultra-luxury yacht will cruise to all seven continents in its first year, visiting over 200 ports in 49 countries and many of the world's most remote destinations, such as Svalbard, the Northwest Passage and Antarctica. Details are scant as yet, but the company says the 155-metre mega-yacht will have 110 suites, three marinas, generous outdoor spaces, five-star dining and a one-to-one guest to crew ratio.
Phone 1800 217 902. See seadream.com