What’s New in Luxury Cruising

Posted May 24th, 2017

The world of luxury cruising is in a state of constant evolution as cruise lines race to offer the newest and best of everything, from culinary experiences to onboard activities and offshore excursions. Below, we’ve compiled some of the top developments in the industry as of right now.

Image: Azamara Cruise Club

Azamara Cruise Club’s 2019 itineraries

The boutique cruise line has announced its 2019 line-up for cruises, including its first-ever voyages to Alaska. Stopping at 69 countries and a record 250 ports of call, 45 of which are maiden ports, Azamara is upping the ante and expanding its reach. Some of the maiden ports include Lorient in France, Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, Boracay Island in the Philippines and Stewart Island in New Zealand

The newly revealed collection of voyages also features 94 overnight stays and 145 late-night stays, as well as nine Special Events Voyages and nine Country Intensive Voyages. The Special Events Voyages include everything from festivals and the Monaco Grand Prix to special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, while the 11 Alaskan cruises span from 8-10 days and set sail between May and September 2019.

Silversea’s Silver Cloud revealed

In late March, Silversea peaked interest in the cruising industry when it released rendered images of the Silver Cloud’s interiors ahead of its conversion into an ice-class expedition ship later this year. The exciting images showcase some of the vessel’s future luxurious public spaces, including La Terrazza, the Panorama Lounge and the Venetian Lounge. As part of the refurbishment, the Silver Cloud will also have a newly created Observation Lounge and gym, and boast a reduced guest capacity of 260 passengers in non-polar regions and just 200 passengers in polar areas.

Viking Ocean Cruises to expand

Viking Ocean Cruises (sister company to Viking River Cruises) recently ordered the construction of two more cruise ships to arrive in 2021 and 2022. This is in addition to three ships that are already being made. All of the new vessels will act as sister ships to Viking Ocean Cruises’ existing vessels (the Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky) and will measure 47,800 tonnes, with a guest capacity of 930 passengers.

Image: SS Joie de Vivre by Uniworld

Uniworld’s latest addition sets sail

The newest member of the Uniworld River Cruises’ fleet, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, has set sail from Paris, ushering in a new era of elegance and refinement for the cruise line. Christened in Paris in March by Dame Joan Collins, the S.S. Joie de Vivre is Uniworld’s 13th European river ship and, at 125 metres, has been specially designed to be smaller in order to dock in the heart of Paris.

Seabourn returns to Alaska

Beginning in June 2017, Seabourn will be returning to Alaska for the first time in 15 years. As part of its Alaskan season, the cruise line is offering passengers the chance to extend their adventure with the four-day Denali Experience. This Seabourn Journey is a fully-guided overland adventure that features premium accommodation and culinary options, as well as flights over glaciers and a tour of the Denali National Park.

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