THE SUITE LIFE
Details have emerged of Regent Seven Seas Cruises' forthcoming ship Seven Seas Splendor, which sails on its inaugural 14-night transatlantic journey from Barcelona to Miami in February 2020. The luxury all-suite, all-balcony ship will have 375 suites for 750 guests, of which nearly 90 suites will have butler service. The regent suite will accommodate up to six guests and includes a private spa with sauna and solarium, three walk-in wardrobes and a private dining room, and offers its occupants unlimited spa services in-suite, a personal butler, and a private car and driver in every port.
Phone 1300 455 200. See rssc.com.au
Aqua Expeditions has launched new honeymoon and anniversary cruise experiences for the same price as regular departures on the river-cruise company's Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon. The romantic-minded will be greeted with a heart-shaped chocolate cake or chocolate truffles, handwritten note and a bottle of champagne, and find the bed in their suite sprinkled with flower petals. There's also a special turndown service on the first night and a complimentary couples' massage in cabin. Passengers on Aqua Mekong will also enjoy a private movie screening and private dinner on the ship's upper deck.
Phone 1300 124 204. See aquaexpeditions.com
WHALE OF A TIME
Lava fields, waterfalls, whales and glaciers are among the highlights of a new expedition-cruise package from Adventure Canada and Cruise Traveller to Iceland. The nine-night Iceland Circumnavigation itinerary, round-trip from Reykjavik on the 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour, takes in the spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its fjords, lava flows and volcano; Grimsey Island to see its million seabirds; Husavik, the whale capital of Iceland; and the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, home to the youthful Eldfell volcano, formed in 1973. The cruise departs on July 4, 2019. Book before September 20, 2018, to benefit from early-bird offers.
Phone 1800 507 777. See cruisetraveller.com.au
Growing demand from the solo-travel market has prompted river-cruise company Riviera Travel to increase the number of cruises it is offering for solo travellers in 2019, with all cabins free of single supplements. The four European river-cruise itineraries with newly added departures reserved exclusively for solo travellers are a seven-night Douro River cruise in Portugal departing on March 31, 2019, a seven-night cruise in the south of France departing Lyon on October 31, 2019, and two seven-night cruises round-trip from Budapest on the Danube River, with departures on April 1 and October 28, 2019.
If you want to catch the final days of the Mediterranean summer sailing season, then Crystal Cruises has a seven-day itinerary on Crystal Serenity along the French and Italian coasts, departing Civitavecchia (Rome) on September 23, 2018. The Riviera Reverie cruise visits the island of Elba, Florence, and the Italian village of La Spezia for excursions to the Cinque Terre. It also overnights in Monte Carlo, providing passengers with plenty of time to explore Monaco, and visits St Tropez, the glamorous French seaside getaway of the rich and famous, before concluding in Marseille.
Phone 02 8074 6500. See crystalcruises.com