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Our Top 5 Expedition Cruise Destinations

22nd March 2018

As more cruise lines are offering holidays to the world’s more remote destinations, visiting places you never thought you would is becoming increasingly easier. Whether you’re interested in meeting new people all over the globe, trying different foods, seeing some incredible wildlife, or gazing in awe at beautiful scenery, an expedition cruise can certainly deliver. Here are our top 5 expedition cruise destinations.

South America

 

 

From the busy streets of Rio and incredible steak in Argentina, to majestic Machu Picchu and Chile’s stunning fjords, those who opt for an expedition cruise in South America are in for some amazing experiences. Many cruise lines who travel to this part of the world offer some fantastic, bucket-list opportunities. These might include exploring part of the Amazon rainforest, dining with a local community, or experiencing the modern wonder that is the Panama Canal.

Antarctica

 

 

One of the world’s most remote areas, Antarctica is absolutely breath-taking. With an almost unnerving vastness, the sight of the environment alone is one that you will remember forever. Imagine sitting on the deck of your cruise ship while watching the passing glaciers, glass-like sea, and stunning wildlife that passes by. You could see penguins, whales, and huge sea lions, not to mention the many different species of birds. On exhilarating excursions led by guides it’s often possible to get up close and personal with this remarkable natural beauty. However, even when you're simply relaxing on the top deck, you'll have many opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife, thanks to these expertly designed Antarctica cruise ships.

Galapagos Islands

 

 

Known for its abundance of wildlife, more and more cruise lines are offering expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands. This Ecuadorean archipelago is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, many of which can’t be found anywhere else. Be sure to look out for the Galapagos penguin – the only penguin that lives in the Northern Hemisphere – as well as iguanas, giant tortoises, and the red or blue footed booby bird. This destination is certainly a must-see for anyone who appreciates wildlife.

Indian Ocean

 

 

A cruise in the Indian Ocean can transport you to what feels like an entirely different world. From the beautiful beaches and views found in Goa, and expansive golden sand dunes in Abu Dhabi, to the wonderful wildlife in Africa, this part of the world has something to interest everyone. Feel yourself become entirely immersed in the different cultures here, meeting some of the friendliest people, eating some of the most delicious food, and seeing some extraordinary natural sites.

Australia & New Zealand

 

 

In addition to the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, Australasia is home to plenty more fascinating locations. New Zealand’s breath-taking scenery can seem almost otherworldly, and the famous glow-worms are certainly a sight to behold. Discover some off-the-beaten-track spots in these gorgeous countries, and get to know more about the cultures and traditions that live on in many areas. An expedition cruise to this part of the world can bring all kinds of fantastic surprises.

 

Expedition Cruising with Silversea Cruises

 

One cruise line that is thoroughly devoted to destination immersion is Silversea Cruises. This luxury cruise line enables guests to really get to know the places they visit, by exploring a wide range of areas and providing some brilliant, enriching excursions.

 

 

Silversea Cruises’ Immersive Opportunities

With Silversea Cruises, you can relish in local hospitality while trying new cuisines, see a variety of cultural performances, and take part in some really special excursions. Look over the incredible and mysterious Nazca lines from a small plane, discover some amazing eco-systems in the rainforest, or buy some authentic Indian spices in Cochin’s pretty markets. These are just a few of the fantastic opportunities guests can make the most of on a Silversea Cruises expedition adventure.

Silversea Cruises’ Ships

Many Silversea Cruises ships venture to expedition destinations, giving guests ample choice with regards to where they visit, dates, and ship. Rest assured that all vessels can be relied upon to provide outstanding standards of luxury, with great service, dining, and onboard facilities. Enjoy delicious cuisine at The Restaurant, where you will find regional specialities as well as firm favourites, before learning more about a new culture or a fascinating piece of history at a lecture, or seeing a local performance onboard.

Browse through Silversea's expedition cruises on Silver Galapagos, Silver Explorer, and Silver Discoverer to see which fascinating destinations you could explore.


Exciting New Cruise Ships 2019

21st March 2018

Many exciting new ships are on the horizon in the cruising world, and we can’t wait to get onboard each and every one. Find out about some of the upcoming vessels that will be seen on shores all over the world by reading more about these new cruise ships 2019.

P&O Cruises: P&O Iona

 


The Nation’s favourite cruise line has released details of their upcoming vessel that is scheduled to grace the seas in 2020. The design has a brilliant focus on the sea, with plenty of opportunities to view the surrounding, gorgeous ocean scenery. Some of the best features onboard will be:

The Dome – an adaptable space that doubles up as a pool and a dining and entertainment venue, thanks to the retractable stage.

The Atrium – a spectacular area with an elegant, grand staircase, and extensive art gallery. This will be a centre of entertainment and socialising for all to enjoy.

The Lanai Deck – at half a mile long, guests can spend time here sunbathing, socialising, dining, and soaking up those beautiful views.

Sign up here to register for more information about P&O Iona.

MSC Cruises: MSC Seaview

 

 

June 2018 will see MSC Seaview make her inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean, where she will spend the season before across the Atlantic to South America. The design of the ship seeks to place the sea at the centre of the guests’ attention, with ample chance to admire the view. There are panoramic glass elevators, glass-floored walkways, and the brilliant Bridge of Sighs – a glass-bottomed bridge located at the aft of the ship, at 40 metres above the sea.

Other features onboard include MSC’s well-loved F1 simulators, a full-sized bowling alley, arcade games, a zip line, and 7 original West End style shows. As well as entertainment opportunities, there are a number of great places to dine. Butcher’s Cut for superb steak, Teppanyaki for a range of Asian cuisine, and Ocean Cay for creative seafood dishes are just a few of your choices.

Carnival Cruises: Carnival Panorama

 


This new Vista-class ship will be a sister to Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, and will boast a lot of the same fabulous onboard features;

  • The SkyRide – an elevated pedal-bike that enables riders to see a panoramic ocean view
  • WaterWorks Aqua Park – a family friendly water park with a range of slides and pools
  • Havana Cabana – a Cuban themed bar and pool area glowing with holiday atmosphere
  • Family Harbor – an enclosed area with family suites and a lounge
  • The ship will be able to accommodate up to 3,960 guests, and is due to grace shores in 2019. Carnival Panorama’s home port will be Long Beach, California, from where she will embark on sailings along the beautiful Mexican Riviera.

    Marella Cruises: Marella Explorer 2

     

     

    Marella Cruises’ latest addition has been superbly designed for its purpose as an adult-only ship. The prime social spot on Marella ships – The Veranda – is twice the size as on other ships, and will be the place for sunbathing, meeting fellow cruisers, and sipping on cocktails. Marella Explorer 2 will also boast the brilliant Champneys Spa onboard – a perfect venue for cruisers to relax and treat themselves to a little pampering.

    Cruisers can choose from destinations like Venice, Rome, Dubrovnik, Livorno, and Croatia among others; all fabulous places where it’s possible to indulge in delicious local food, learn about history and culture, or simply relax in a café by the water.

    Marella Explorer 2 will accommodate up to 1,814 guests, and 40% of its cabins will have balconies. This all-inclusive ship will surely provide many adults with the ideal holiday to escape and recharge.

    MSC Cruises: MSC Grandiosa

     

     

    MSC Grandiosa will debut in November of 2019, with a maiden season in the Mediterranean. Destinations including Valletta, Genoa, Barcelona, Rome, Palermo, and Marseille will all be featured on itineraries.

    Built to accommodate almost 6,300 passengers, it should come as no surprise to learn that MSC Grandiosa will be stock full of exciting and exhilarating things to do onboard. Some of our favourite features include:

  • 2 Exclusive Cirque du Soleil shows
  • A large, Mediterranean style promenade
  • L’Atelier – a new bar/lounge venue complete with dance floor and stage
  • 2 F1 Simulator cars
  • Guests will experience never a dull day on a cruise on this fantastic new ship, with these facilities paired with such memorable destinations.

    AS well as this blog on new cruise ships 2019, you can find more info on all new cruise ships coming out in future by checking out our up-to-date blog!


    What's Onboard Crystal Cruises' Expedition Ship

    14th March 2018

    Crystal Cruises is renowned for its fabulous range of luxury cruise holidays, and so we are all very excited about the upcoming addition to its fleet; the luxury expedition ship – Crystal Endeavor.

     

     

    Combining signature spaciousness and stylish comfortable interiors with a sense of adventure, Crystal Endeavor is sure to impress all guests who step onboard. After days out exploring demanding destinations such as the Arctic and Antarctica, those returning to the luxury, all-suite ship will be feeling refreshed and relaxed soon after.

     

     

    Crystal Endeavor will boast many of the same public spaces, bars, and dining venues that Crystal Cruises’ guests will know and love from other Crystal Cruises ships, as well as some new and innovative spaces.

    Some of our favourites include:

    Umi Uma

    A restaurant serving sushi and other Asian creations, courtesy of the infamous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

     

     

    Palm Court

    This elegantly designed venue is a favourite for afternoon tea, evening entertainment, and enriching presentations.

     

    2-storey solarium

    This area is wonderfully bright and airy, and sheltered by a large glass dome. It’s superb for relaxing during the day, and doubles up as the Silk Kitchen and Bar on some itineraries.

     

    Library

    Decorated in plush, rich-coloured furnishings and dark woods, the library is a wonderful room to simply relax and read a book. It’s also sometimes used for enriching presentations.

     

     

    With a real focus on supplying ample space for each and every guest, Crystal Endeavor is unsurprisingly the largest expedition ship at sea at 19,800 GRT and boasting 100 suites. Every area onboard has been designed in a sleek and stylish manner, which enables guests to quickly feel welcomed and comfortable.

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    Welcome Onboard Symphony of the Seas

    6th March 2018

    With the debut cruise of Royal Caribbean’s latest ship just around the corner, we decided to take a closer look at some of the wowing features and facilities onboard the largest cruise ship in the world; Symphony of the Seas.

     

     

    At 362 metres long, and designed to carry a total of 7,865 passengers and crew, it’s almost inevitable that Symphony of the Seas is stock full of all sorts of fun things to do, exciting things to watch, and a range of places to eat.

     

     

    Brand New Royal Caribbean Features

     

    Symphony of the Seas boasts some fantastic firsts for Royal Caribbean, here are some or our favourite innovations:

    The Accommodation

    Not only does this vibrant and fresh cruise ship boast some brilliant entertainment, activities, and cuisine options, but plenty of thought has also gone into the accommodation. The Ultimate Family Suite has all your family could need, from comfy bean bags and funky décor, to the foosball table and big screen TV.

    Laser Tag

    This activity is so much fun for friends and family, and indeed is a fantastic way to meet fellow cruisers. Unite as one or go head to head in a battle between robots and aliens, in which only one team can win. Laser tag is suitable for both adults and young cruisers.

     

     

    Playmaker’s Sports Bar & Arcade

    Spanning the entire length of the boardwalk, this new sports bar is the perfect getaway for any sports fans. It boasts 30 TV screens showcasing a range of popular sports, a bar serving a great selection of beers and favourite snacks like wings and burgers, and classic arcade games including Ms Pac-Man.

     

    Returning Features

     

    Returning on Symphony of the Seas are some of our favourite Royal Caribbean features, as seen on Quantam and Oasis class ships.

    The Bionic Bar

    This extraordinary venue will keep all guests amused and captivated, as they watch robots create their perfect cocktail. Order your own creation, or a classic cocktail, from a state-of-the-art computer tablet and prepare to be amazed.

     

    The Aquatheatre

    Professional performers will leave all members of the audience astonished by their skills in synchronised swimming and high-diving. The whole family can enjoy the production of Hiro in which acrobats showcase some incredible choreography combining lights, water, music, and of course their incredible physical abilities.

    Izumi

    Any lover of Asian food will certainly want to dine at this Japanese restaurant at least once during their cruise. With sleek and stunning Japanese décor, and a menu full of beautiful sushi, sashimi, and more, an evening meal at Izumi will be one to remember – not least because of the hot rock cooking right next to your table.

    Splashaway Bay

    Adults are bound to envy this adventurous, kids-only waterpark, which is also seen on Harmony of the Seas. Parents can enjoy some chill-time while safe in the knowledge that their little ones are meeting new friends and having great fun playing with the climbing frame, drench bucket, and several water cannons.

     

     

    Take a look at our selection of Symphony of the Seas sailings and discover this exciting new Royal Caribbean ship for yourselves.


    Cruising for Wine Lovers

    7th February 2018

    Cruising and wine are two interests that make a perfect pairing. Not only can most cruise lines transport you to notable wine districts all over the world, but many also bring wine tastings, presentations, and experiences onboard as well. If you consider yourself something of a connoisseur, or even just enjoy a simple glass every now and then but would like to learn more, there are a number of destinations and types of cruises that could be right for you.

    European Cruises

    When it comes to European wines there are an incredible number of places worth exploring. Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Portugal are generally the most popular, but just about every country produces their own blend – not forgetting the UK. Try a punchy local Rioja in southern Spain on a Mediterranean cruise, or a classic Riesling on the Rhine on a German river cruise; wine lovers will not be disappointed in Europe– especially with most cruise lines offering various wine-themed excursions.

     

     

    Celebrity Cruises

    This popular cruise line has partnered up with Channel 5’s The Wine Show, to bring guests some extra special wine-related experiences. Presenters Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer have put together a series of recommended excursions – including vineyard tours and tastings across Europe. They will also often appear onboard to host talks and tastings on the ship. Celebrity Cruises also boast an enviable collection of rare wines at sea, and an expert team of sommeliers.

     

    Australasia Cruises

    Although Australian wine came pretty late into the game considering the history of wine in other regions, its popularity has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. In fact it is now the fourth biggest exporter of wine in the world. There are wine regions all over the vast country, including around Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the Adelaide Hills alone there are around 50 different wineries, and you’ll find cruise excursions taking you to tastings in several of these, with a delicious gourmet lunch included too.

     

     

    Cunard: Queen Mary 2

    Cunard offer a unique cruising opportunity onboard QM2, in that guests can earn themselves a Level 1 or 2 Award in Wines; a recognised qualification in the wine industry. These are gained by spending time learning about oenology with the help of sommeliers, and renowned global winemakers who are brought onboard. You can expect tutored wine tastings, production workshops, fine wine seminars, and more. Port lovers will be especially delighted with the impressive array of 46 vintage ports in the Carinthia Lounge.

    California Cruises

    Around 90% of North American wine is produced in the sunny state of California – another popular cruise destination. A number of round-the-world, America, and even Caribbean cruises include stops in California, and ports like San Francisco are a great place to spend a few extra days on a cruise and stay holiday. Visit the glorious wine regions of Sonoma and Napa Valley for some brilliant wine experiences, either on an excursion or individually. Horse-riding here is a very special and memorable way to explore the vineyards.

     

     

    APT River Cruises

    For those who seek a cruise spent truly immersed in oenology, APT River Cruises’ Wine Series is a fabulous option. The line has collaborated with the winemakers of Australia’s First Families of Wine, in order to provide some wonderful wine-themed experiences on their selection of Wine Series cruises. Wine ambassadors will be onboard to host each river cruise, on which they will give talks about traditional wine-making in Europe, and of course wine tastings and meals with paired wines. These cruises take place in the wine regions of Europe, and include visits to various vineyards.

    South Africa Cruises

    A cruise in Africa is a fantastic and exhilarating opportunity to experience some of the most wonderful and unique aspects of our world. As well as new scenery, food, and of course culture, if your cruise includes a stop in South Africa, you’re in for a treat where wine is concerned as well. With 17th century European settlers came wine-making, and so viticulture here is in fact older than you might expect. Many cruise lines offer some brilliant wine-themed excursions, including tastings, tours of famous wine estates, and of course the chance to buy some exquisite bottles.

     

     

    Please remember to drink responsibily when enjoying wine or other alcoholic beverages.


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