SEE THE WORLD
Crystal Cruises has announced deployments for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in 2021, with 68 all-inclusive voyages sailing to 238 destinations in 53 countries and visiting 175 World Heritage sites. Among them are four voyages around the British Isles, departing or arriving in Dublin, with the chance to experience the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh; six voyages in south-east Asia; and cruises to China, Japan and the Holy Land. The ships will also visit the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and make transcontinental voyages between Asia and Africa across the Indian Ocean.
Phone 1300 059 260. See crystalcruises.com
SPOILT FOR CHOICE
Oceania Cruises has unveiled its new 2020-21 "Tropics & Exotics" collection of 85 cruises, of which 69 are entirely new, visiting Asia and Africa, South America, and Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Among new ports of call are Bali, Mooloolaba in Queensland and Port Lincoln in South Australia. There are 31 new voyages to the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico, and several transoceanic journeys. Two-dozen cruises visit latest hotspot Cuba, most featuring overnights in Havana as well as visiting lesser-known ports such as Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
Phone 1300 355 200. See oceaniacruises.com
Cruise Express has released a second escorted winter cruise-tour to Norway in March 2020 which, for the first time, has add-on options in Russia and Iceland. The new "March to the Northern Lights" tour features a six-day Hurtigruten cruise to the Norwegian fiords that includes a stay in Oslo, a train ride on the scenic Flam Railway and the chance each night to witness the Northern Lights. There is also a land visit to Arctic town Kirkenes which includes a husky sled ride and stay in a snow hotel. The tour departs Australia on March 8, 2020.
Phone 1300 766 537. See cruiseexpress.com.au
VARIATION ON A THEME
Avalon Waterways has more special-interest cruises in 2020 than ever, with itineraries designed to please photographers, culinary and wine connoisseurs, history buffs and nature enthusiasts. Among them are four beer-themed cruises and 16 Christmas market cruises. Several of the itineraries are brand new, including three culinary-experience cruises in France in March, a "Reflections of the Seine" photography cruise in May, and wine cruise on the Danube in April and October 2020. A series of remembrance cruises visit significant sites of either World War One or World War Two in France, Belgium and Holland.
Phone 1300 230 234. See avalonwaterways.com.au
STATE OF ORIGIN
Silversea has revealed details of Silver Origin, its first destination-specific ship, set to launch in the Galapagos Islands in 2020. The 100-passenger, all-suite ship will feature eight suite categories all with butler service and balconies, an Observation Lounge and Explorer Lounge for daily briefings and lectures from the ship's Expedition Team, and two dining venues, namely a main restaurant and grill. The environmentally friendly cruise ship will have freshwater purification systems, an advanced waste-water treatment system, high standards of energy efficiency and an expedition team certified by the National Park of the Galapagos.
Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com