Silversea's newest flagship vessel, Silver Muse, arrives in Australia

NEW DAWN

Silversea's newest flagship vessel, Silver Muse, arrived in Darwin this week and will remain in our region until March 2020, its longest Australian deployment to date. We may well be seeing more of Silversea's luxury vessels in Australian waters over the next few years, with the company expanding rapidly. Silver Moon is due to launch next year, as is dedicated Galapagos Islands expedition ship Silver Origin. Other Silversea ships on the horizon include Silver Dawn, expected to sail out in September 2021 for a Mediterranean inaugural season, and two Evolution-class vessels.

Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com

FLOWER POWER

Botanica World Discoveries is offering a cruise from Osaka to Tokyo on Caledonian Sky that visits some of Japan's best gardens and shrines. The 12-day Cherry Blossoms, Culture & Sights itinerary departs on March 28, 2020, and can be extended to a 25-day Cherry Blossoms in Japan & Chinese Culture tour. Ports of call include Kobe, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, with excursions to famous Zen gardens in Kyoto and classical gardens in other destinations. The extended tour also visits notable Chinese gardens and includes a four-day cruise on the Yangtze River.

Phone 1300 305 202. See botanica.travel

ISLAND DEBUT

Coral Expeditions continues to expand its Australian-flagged fleet with the announcement of a fifth ship, the 120-passenger Coral Geographer. During its maiden season from January 6, 2021, the new ship will embark on a Small Islands of the Indian Ocean expedition series. The 25-night inaugural voyage from Singapore to the Seychelles will visit Sumatra, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while a 15-night second sailing from the Seychelles to Mauritius explores the remote coastline of northern Madagascar, Reunion Island and Aldabra Atoll. The ship arrives in Australian waters in late March 2021.

Phone 1800 079 545. See coralexpeditions.com

CELEBRITY SIGHTING

Latin America and polar travel specialist Chimu Adventures is hosting Jennifer Byrne and Andrew Denton aboard its Antarctica Untouched voyage, departing on November 22, 2020. The TV pair are frequent travellers to Antarctica and will share their experiences through lectures and discussions. The 11-day cruise departs from Ushuaia in Argentina, visits the Antarctic Peninsula, and will fundraise for the Mawson's Huts Foundation, a charity that preserves Australia's important Antarctica history. Passengers sail aboard Chimu's new vessel Ocean Endeavour, which carries fewer than 200 passengers, is accompanied by biologists, historians and geologists, and is double carbon offset.

Phone 1300 720 564. See chimuadventures.com

OUT OF AFRICA

Cruise Express has a new 18-night Icons of Africa package in November 2020 that begins with a three-night stay at Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and a two-night stay at Victoria Falls. Guests then board Azamara Journey in Cape Town for a 10-night, round-trip cruise along the South African coast, calling at Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London and Richards Bay, with optional shore tours to wildlife parks and Zulu villages. The cruise ends with a two-night on-board stay in Cape Town for a full-day tour to the Cape of Good Hope, and another to Table Mountain and the Winelands.

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Phone 1300 766 537. See cruiseexpress.com.au

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