For cruise passengers, 2019 is shaping up to be a particularly exciting year. Not only are ships returning to places that have been perceived as politically sensitive in recent years, but they're also heading on increasingly remote voyages, to places that feel like the ends of the Earth. Here, the seafaring trips to prioritize in 2019. Cuba Havana has been drawing hundreds of thousands of mass-market cruisers since restrictions on U.S. travel were eased in 2016. This year luxury lines join the party, offering deeper experiences and spending more time in ports than the larger ships. SeaDream Yacht Club — known for its casual atmosphere and extreme pampering from the crew — heads to Cuba this month with the 112-passenger SeaDream II, sailing between Havana and the French-founded city of Cienfuegos. Among its port calls is Isla de la Juventud, Cuba's second-largest island, where you can snorkel among sponges and corals in the Punta Frances Marine National Park before returning … [Read more...] about There’s so much more to cruising in 2019 than the Caribbean
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Change is the only constant in the cruise industry, with plenty of new, innovative – expect everything from roller coasters to go-kart tracks and exclusive Cirque du Soleil at sea shows – ships preparing to set sail in 2019. Here we take a closer look at the coolest new cruise ships for 2019. Scenic Eclipse (Scenic) The launch of Scenic Eclipse, the highly anticipated ‘discovery yacht’ and a contender for the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, has been a long time coming. The ship, due to launch at the end of August 2018, will now be unveiled in April 2019. We suspect the wait will prove worth it. Described as the world’s ‘first six star cruise liner’, every one of the 114 suites on board Scenic Eclipse – the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic – will have a private veranda and lounge area. There will be 10 dining options on board, a spacious spa, indoor pool and a discovery fleet, which will include Zodiacs, kayaks, … [Read more...] about The 16 most spectacular cruise ships setting sail in 2019
Workers laid the keel for PONANT’s new hybrid electric polar exploration ship Le Commandant Charcot last month. The French-owned cruise company hopes to make itself a model of responsible tourism by incorporating the latest innovations in environmental protection while building Le Commandant Charcot. Shipbuilders laid the keel for Le Commandant Charcot at the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania on December 14, 2018. The occasion came about a year after PONANT first announced its order in December 2017 and a month after the ship’s traditional steel cutting ceremony in November 2018. PONANT expects Le Commandant Charcot to become the first exploration vessel to surpass the ecological standards set out in international regulations. The ship will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), reducing its emissions. Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel market brings … [Read more...] about PONANT Finishes Laying Le Commandant Charcot’s Keel
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Luxury Comes to Expedition Cruising Supported by Update New small ships built for adventure are also offering a full range of amenities, from saunas and fine dining to solariums and luxury suites. ByElaine Glusac Dec. 28, 2018 When it launches in spring 2020, the 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance from Lindblad Expeditions will have amenities on par with a luxury vessel, including two restaurants, a glass-walled yoga studio, an infinity Jacuzzi facing the stern and two saunas with panoramic windows so heat-bathers won’t miss the passing scenery. Such features aren’t uncommon on larger ships, but they may be the first to sail in northeast Greenland and along the Northeast Passage from Norway across Russia. Generally associated with small ships bound for remote locales, expedition … [Read more...] about Luxury Comes to Expedition Cruising
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Want a Different Way to Ring in the New Year? Visit Antarctica. Supported by Trending Forget Times Square. A growing number of travelers are choosing to celebrate the New Year in one of the most remote, beautiful places on Earth. ByAlyson Krueger Dec. 19, 2018 While his friends and family will be back home in Durham, N.H., on New Year’s Eve — at parties, restaurants or at home watching the ball drop — Chuck Ward will be surrounded by glaciers, crystal clear water and Gentoo penguins. That’s because Mr. Ward, a real estate contractor, will be marking the end of one year and the beginning of another in Antarctica. Mr. Ward and his wife are sailing on Le Boréal, a cruise ship owned by Ponant, a French cruise line that prides itself on intimate ships and in-depth trips to the … [Read more...] about Want a Different Way to Ring in the New Year? Visit Antarctica.