Style: May 03, 2019

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The world’s insatiable appetite for cruising shows no sign of losing steam any time soon.

With ever more routes and ships, there’s likely something that will float your boat.

Words Gaynor Stanley

RIVER

When it comes to river cruising, Viking continues to expand

and dominate industry awards, sweeping Cruise Critic’s 2019

Cruisers’ Choice Awards with 11 First Place Wins – including

the new ‘Best for River Cruises’ category.

Founded with four ships in Russia in 1997, today it has 78

with Viking welcoming seven more additions to its river fleet

just in March. Of the seven ships, six are Viking Longships –

Viking Einar, Viking Sigrun, Viking Sigyn, Viking Tir, Viking Ullur and

Viking Vali – which will be deployed on Viking’s most popular

itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. The seventh

new ship – Viking Helgrim – was inspired by the Longship’s

design and built specifically for the Douro River, bringing the

company’s total number of sister ships in Portugal to four.

LUXURY

There’s a new fleet on the high seas and it’s a stunner.

Polar expedition leader PONANT, the only cruise line

flying the French flag, has begun introducing the super

luxurious Explorers ships to expand its destinations to

tropical and subtropical destinations, including New

Zealand and the South Pacific. One of the first three,

Le Lapérouse, above, has just finished her first season in

New Zealand waters. Each small yet perfectly formed

ship combines a limited guest capacity, sleek design,

cutting-edge technology, respect for the environment and

the service you’d expect from a luxury hotel. Some of

next season’s New Zealand voyages are already booked

out but a 14-night expedition cruise in conjunction with

National Geographic sailing February 2-16 to Fiordland

and the Sub Antarctic Islands (cruising Dunedin/Lyttelton)

still has some exceptionally comfortable cabins available.

And, if the Galapagos Islands are on your bucket list, mark

29 May in your calendar as that’s the date bookings open

for Silverseas’ new Silver Origin 100-passenger, all-suite,

all-inclusive ship launching in June 2020.

Celebrity Cruises will base a luxury cruise ship in

Melbourne for the first time during the 2020/21 season.

The 2850 passenger Celebrity Eclipse debuts fresh from

a multi-million dollar refit, which will include interiors by

famous UK interior designer Kelly Hoppen.

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