Azamara Club Cruises has a series of Grand Voyages in 2019-20 consisting of back-to-back cruises that allow a more thorough exploration of various cruise regions. A special 42-day Triple Tour in May 2020 allows guests to sail on all three Azamara ships in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and Russia. Other sailings include a 35-night voyage between Alaska and Asia in late July 2019, and a 42-night Ancient Worlds Up Close voyage in August 2019, which visits eight destinations in Greece, continues to Turkey, Cyprus and Israel, and then sails the Adriatic to conclude in Venice.
Phone 1800 754 500. See azamaraclubcruises.com
Oceania Cruises has rolled out a series of Alaska cruises this year and next, with sailings from San Francisco, Seattle, Seward or Vancouver that blend big-name destinations with more off-the-beaten-path ports such as Haines, Kodiak, Prince Rupert, Wrangell and Nanaimo, which are inaccessible to larger ships. Among its Alaskan experiences are an exploration of Mendenhall Glacier by helicopter and on foot, an excursion on a crabbing trawler off Ketchikan, kayaking in Icy Strait Point, and Russian teatime in Kodiak. The Alaskan cruises, aboard the recently refurbished Regatta, have departures June to August 2019 and May to September 2020.
Phone 1300 355 200. See oceaniacruises.com
Seabourn has announced two wellness cruises in partnership with mindful-living expert Dr Andrew Weil, which include lectures, discussions and classes by wellness experts, with information on how guests can improve their mental and physical health. The Route to Ancient Wellness itinerary on Seabourn Ovation sails on November 13, 2019, from Athens to Dubai, visiting Greece, Israel, the Suez Canal, Jordan and the Arabian Peninsula. The Wellness in the South Pacific cruise on Seabourn Encore departs Auckland on February 21, 2020, and visits New Zealand ports, Melbourne, Phillip Island and Eden before finishing in Sydney.
Phone 13 24 02. See seabourn.com
Abercrombie & Kent has announced a Wonders of Japan small-ship cruise in 2020 aboard exclusively chartered ship Le Soléal. Highlights include Osaka, culture-rich ancient capital Kyoto, former royal capital Gyeongju in South Korea, Hiroshima and several famous gardens, markets and castles. The journey also takes in medieval trading post Karatsu, the arts centre of Kanazawa and the rice paddies of Sado Island. The cruise departs on June 13, 2020, and will be accompanied by A&K's expeditionary team of historical, cultural and scientific experts. On-board lectures will feature Japanese history, art, gardens, nature and culinary traditions.
Phone 1300 851 800. See abercrombiekent.com.au
SHORT AND SWEET
River-cruise company Avalon Waterways has introduced three shorter itineraries for 2020 aimed at those wanting to test the river-cruise waters, or who have limited travel time. The itineraries are a five-day Taste of the Rhine journey between Amsterdam and Mainz, a six-day Heart of Germany cruise between Mainz and Nuremberg, and a four-day Taste of the Danube, which brings guests from Vienna to Budapest, with visits to Bratislava in Slovakia and Melk and Dürnstein in Austria. Guests can add land extensions, tours and independent holiday packages.
Phone 1300 230 234. See avalonwaterways.com.au