It's now less than a year before Celebrity Eclipse sails into Melbourne as the newest Celebrity Cruises ship ever to homeport in Victoria. The ship arrives on December 23, 2020 from Singapore via Sydney and New Zealand, and will join sister ship Celebrity Solstice in sailing around Australia's east coast, New Zealand and the South Pacific during the company's biggest season in Australia. Among the itineraries is a 12-night Great Barrier Reef cruise departing on January 3, 2021, and a 14-night South Pacific cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu on February 6, 2021.
Phone 1800 754 500. See celebritycruises.com.au
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The American Queen Steamboat Company has a new seven-night cruise on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in the US that take guests behind the scenes of Kentucky's bourbon region to discover where bourbon comes from and how it is made, and to taste bourbon at distillery doors. The Bourbon and Blues river itinerary departs Louisville in Kentucky on July 5, 2020 aboard the brand-new paddlewheel riverboat American Countess. The seven-night cruise will also feature live blues performances, cooking demonstrations, special guest historians and several hop-on, hop-off shore excursions; and finishes in Memphis in Tennessee.
Phone 1800 507 777. See cruisetraveller.com.au
Aurora Expeditions has announced special guests for its Antarctic solar eclipse voyage in December 2021. Dr Ulyana Horodyskyj, a geologist, glaciologist, mountaineer and visiting professor of environmental science at Colorado College will join the cruise. Dr Horodyskyj was chosen as mission commander for an on-the-ground deep space mission with NASA and was a semifinalist for NASA's 2017 astronaut class. Further special guests will be announced soon. Passengers will see the spectacle of the full eclipse (only visible from Antarctica) on December 4, 2021 aboard the cruise company's recently-launched polar-class ship, Greg Mortimer. The 22-day cruise departs Ushuaia in Argentina and visits the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, South Georgia and the Falklands.
Phone 1800 637 688. See auroraexpeditions.com.au
Azamara is taking its fleet of ships to 41 maiden ports in 2020, starting with Bora Bora during its 15-night Tahiti & New Zealand Voyage and continuing with destinations such as Aberdeen on an 11-night Scotland Intensive Voyage, Husavik on a 13-night Iceland Intensive Voyage and Abidjan in the Ivory Coast on a 22-night Western Africa Journey. The company's 2020-21 sailings also feature 27 new itineraries, including a 14-night Black Sea Voyage from Athens in July 2021 that visits Ephesus, Bulgarian resort town Varna, Constanta in Romania and Odessa in Ukraine.
Phone 1800 754 500. See azamara.com
Ecruising is offering a 29-night Andalusia and Morocco cruise-tour this year. The journey begins on May 2, 2020 with two nights in Rome before guests embark on Azamara Pursuit for a 10-night voyage that visits Italy's Sorrento Peninsula; Menorca, Barcelona, Valencia and Cartagena in Spain; Gibraltar; and the Portuguese port of Portimao, before finishing in Lisbon. A 17-night tour of Andalusia and Morocco follows, taking in Andalusian highlights Cordoba, Caceres, Seville, Ronda and Granada, before crossing the Straits of Gibraltar for visits to Casablanca, Rabat and the old cities of Meknes and Fez.
Phone 1300 369 848. See ecruising.travel