Best of 2017

Posted January 13th, 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re looking ahead to all the fun and exciting developments set to make cruising even bigger and better in 2017. From new ports and itineraries to new ships and features, we’ve compiled just some of the highlights that are going to cause a splash. 

Best New Itinerary for Lovers of Food

Setting sail from Lisbon, Silversea’s Atlantic Europe’s Epicurean Journey promises to delight passengers’ tastebuds from start to finish. Part of the cruise line’s Culinary Expedition Voyages, this itinerary features stops in Portugal, Spain, France and Guernsey. Over 11 glorious days, guests can feast on fresh oysters, croissants, fine wines, cheese and more. They will be joined on board by food and wine experts and have the chance to partake in a comprehensive culinary demonstration program.

Best New Ship for Warmer Climates

Specifically designed for warm regions, the MSC Seaside is the ‘ship that follows the sun’ and will feature one of the highest ratios of outdoor space in the cruise industry. Homeported in Miami and launching in December 2017, this beautiful vessel will sail the Caribbean for its first year. A remarkable waterfront promenade wraps around the entire ship, allowing passengers to shop, eat, drink and sunbathe in the fresh air. The MSC Seaside will also be the first ship to offer slide boarding technology.

Best New Guest Speaker

Already known for its winning Seabourn Conversations program, Seabourn is partnering with famed lyricist Tim Rice to provide ‘An Evening With Tim Rice’ on the Seabourn Encore’s maiden voyage through southeast Asia in 2017. Seabourn Singers will bring Tim’s classic hits to life, while the great man himself will share fascinating anecdotes and insight into what it’s like to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

Best New Port Addition

From May 2017, P&O will be making its first voyages to the glorious Kimberley region. Cruises will dock at Kuri Bay, a remote coastal bay situated north of Broome. Once here, passengers can embark on walking tours through the wild and untouched landscapes of the Kimberley, enjoy a scenic flight and gaze in wonder at the bright turquoise colour of the bay and its red rock cliffs, or visit the Paspaley pearl farm.

Best New Ship for Exploration

Decked out in a range of exploratory tools, the National Geographic Quest will take passengers on a voyage of discovery and adventure. In addition to two loading stations, the ship will boast eight 19-foot-long expedition landing crafts, allowing guests to disembark and embark rapidly. The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) on board will be able to sink 1,000 feet under the sea, treating passengers to spectacular views of aquatic life. The National Geographic Quest will also carry 24 two-person kayaks, an underwater camera, video microscope, hydrophone, electronic charts, snorkelling gear and wetsuits.

Best New Lecture Series

Debuting on 2017 voyages, Paul Gauguin’s Wildlife Discovery Series allows guests to be entertained, informed and fascinated by the world’s leading scientists, oceanographers and conservationists who will share their expertise and research. This new lecture series is a result of the cruise line’s partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Best New Cruise Line Expansion

Crystal Cruises is continuing to push the envelope and is taking luxury to the next level with the introduction of Crystal AirCruises in 2017. Exploring the world on a Boeing 777, up to 84 passengers can travel in luxury and style on a range of exciting itineraries.


What are your cruise plans for 2017? Want to enjoy another unforgettable year of travel? Give us a call on 1300 954 661 today. We can help you book the perfect cruise and take care of your flights, accommodation and travel insurance. 


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