Coral Expeditions has released three new Indian Ocean itineraries as part of the maiden voyage series of new ship Coral Geographer in early 2021. The 17-night "Small Islands at the Edge of Africa" cruise takes in Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania, while a 19-night "Navigating the Indian Ocean" itinerary sails from Zanzibar to Fremantle on a classic ocean passage. The third itinerary, "Island Outposts of Australia's West Coast", is a 27-night expedition from Fremantle to Darwin that visits remote Australian territories including the Abrolhos Islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef.
Phone 1800 079 545; see coralexpeditions.com
Latitude 33 is offering a 20-night "Venture to the North" expeditionary journey in Iceland and Greenland in August 2021 that incorporates a 14-night cruise on the new, ultra-luxury Seabourn Venture, plus stays in five-star accommodation in London and Iceland. The cruise starts in Reykjavik and visits Iceland's Westman archipelago, the vast ice-covered expanses of Greenland's Sermilik Fjord and Umivik Bay, the dwarf forests of Skjoldungen Fjord and scenic Prince Christian Sound in Greenland's south. There are also visits to remote communities, Viking archaeological sites and the city of Nuuk, Greenland's capital.
Phone 1300 636 848; see latitude33.travel
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled its April 2021 to May 2022 season, which features 146 voyages and 27 new ports of call (including Port Arthur in Tasmania), access to 350 World Heritage sites, and a record 116 overnight stays. Seven Seas Splendor visits northern Europe and the Baltic for the first time, and Seven Seas Explorer makes a maiden appearance in Alaska. There's a return to the Black Sea for the first time since 2014, and a greater emphasis on Asia, with 10 voyages sailing the region and offering multiple in-port overnights.
Phone 1300 455 200; see rssc.com.au
Viking Cruises has announced that its seventh ocean vessel Viking Venus will join its fleet in early 2021. The newest 930-guest ship will spend its maiden season sailing Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Viking cruises are notable for being aimed at travellers with an interest in history, art, music and cuisine, with shore itineraries that take in local life (such as chef-led market visits or afternoon tea with local residents), include farm and factory visits, and also provide privileged access to destinations such as the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg or the Churchill War Rooms in London.
Phone 13 87 47; see vikingcruises.com.au
Ponant has seen growing demand for Kimberley expeditions, and is increasing the number of departures in 2021, offering more travel dates and an expanded range of itineraries. Twelve voyages are now scheduled, mostly 10-night expedition cruises, but with an additional three 12- or 13-night expeditions in conjunction with National Geographic, featuring new itineraries. Highlights include King George Falls, the Lacepede Islands, Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef and Mitchell Falls. The voyages between Darwin and Broome (or the reverse) run between April and September 2021 on new expedition ships Le Lapérouse and Le Bellot.
Phone 1300 737 178; see au.ponant.com