Cruise lines have been putting their current downtime to good use, planning new additions to favorite itineraries and creating inventive new ones. Here’s a sample of planned itineraries that really caught our attention. But this is just a very small sample; to learn about more new itineraries, talk with your professional travel advisor. There are so many cruises to choose from, with new itineraries for 2021 and 2022 constantly being announced.
In 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line’s refurbished Norwegian Star will venture to new territory for this cruise line – the Antarctic. The 15-day version of NCL’s Antarctic cruise will sail roundtrip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with stops in Uruguay, the Falkland Islands, Chile, and Antarctica’s Elephant Island and Deception Island. The islands are home to elephant seals, penguins and a variety of protected sea birds. Deception Island is actually the rim of an active volcano, which accounts for the black sand beach along Whaler’s Bay.
Windstar Cruises will offer a different type of Caribbean experience on its “Caribbean Yachtsman” cruise, sailing on the Wind Surf. The 8-day, roundtrip itinerary from St. Maarten sails from one island paradise to another, including Antigua; Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands; and chic, French-accented St. Bart’s. Some port calls extend into evening, setting the scene for sunset sailaways and cocktails under the stars. You’ll even stay overnight at Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda.
Scheduled to launch in December 2021, Seabourn’s new Seabourn Venture is a luxury expedition vessel designed to accommodate 264 passengers – and two custom-built, fully functional submarines. During early 2022, the new ship will sail a series of “Winter in Norway” voyages between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Norway’s North Cape. In addition to sparkling winter scenery, you can go dogsledding, snowshoeing, snorkeling with whales, kayaking, overnight camping – and under the water in those amazing submarines.
Viking River Cruises built the Viking Ra specifically to navigate Egypt’s mighty Nile; it accommodates up to 52 guests in spacious, 291-square-foot suites, all with picture windows or sliding glass doors. The “Pharaohs and Pyramids” itinerary starts with three days and nights in Cairo, with excursions to the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramids and more. Then, you’ll fly to Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens before sailing on to the temples and markets of Dendera, Esna, Aswan and Edfu. Onboard Egyptologists will share in-depth Egyptian history along the way.