Lower Alaska Highlights with Princess Cruises
With the rebound in Alaskan cruises this year, crossings to the last frontier have quickly booked up. So if a trip through Alaska is on your list for 2023, you’ll want to lock it down now. Consider this family-friendly five-day option from West Coast-based Princess. Round-trip sailing from Vancouver, the route heads to Juneau, where travelers can partake in shore-based activities like an Alaskan salmon bake, sea kayaking, or tours of the Mendenhall Glacier. Next stop is Ketchikan, where highlights include Misty Fjords National Monument and the Alaska Rainforest Preserve, home to seals, bald eagles and black bears.
The Middle East with Emerald Cruises
Emerald Cruises’ latest ship is so boutique and intimate that it’s more accurately described as a yacht. Able to accommodate only 100 guests, the luxury Emerald Azzurra will debut in 2023 from a new cruise terminal in Qatar. Itineraries will depart from Doha, for seven-night, eight-day trips that will stop at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Zighy Bay, Oman; and dubai.
Repositioning itineraries with Virgin Voyages
resilient ladythe ship still in its infancy of the adult-only line Virgin trips, should be repositioned next year in Australia. On her way Down Under, the ship will offer three unique itineraries across Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. The first repositioning trip will depart in October 2023 from Athens with stops in Santorini and Rhodes in Greece, through the Suez Canal to Port Said (Cairo) and Safaga in Egypt and on to Dubai. Other offers include Dubai to Singapore via Mumbai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore to Sydney with calls in balias well as Cairns and Queensland in Australia.
Great Voyages with Regent Seven Seas
If more in-depth cruising is more your style, look no further than Regent’s Grand Voyages, which are multi-month itineraries that explore entire regions of the world. In 2023, we have our eye on the Grand Arctic Adventure, a 78-night voyage from New York to Barcelona with a list of dream ports. The route begins by winding its way along the coasts of Massachusetts, Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada, then to GreenlandIceland, Faroe Islands, Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Scotland, Portugal and Spain.
Morocco and the tour of Sicily with Ponant
Small ship expedition line Ponant recently announced its lineup for 2023 cruises in conjunction with Smithsonian Journeys. Voyages bring historical and cultural experts on board for lectures and to guide guests on shore excursions. For example, a trip from Morocco to Spain offers stopovers in Casablanca, Tangier and Granada, interspersed with interventions by Alia Kate, North African expert in international relations and founder of kantara, a fair trade design company specializing in Moroccan rugs woven by women’s weaving cooperatives, as well as Rafael Chacon, an art historian who has walked the Camino de Santiago twice. Another route, a circumnavigation of Sicily, takes passengers to the Greek ruins of Agrigento and the Byzantine-Arabic mosaics of Palermo; guests are joined by archaeologist Albert Leonard, who has led excavations at sites around the Mediterranean.
First published in CNT US.