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Visit Egypt on Seabourn's Luxury World Cruise 2022

2024 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons

Los angeles to athens | seabourn sojourn | departing january 11, 2024, 145 days | 72 ports | 28 countries | 20 overnight stays.

Contact your Travel Advisor or call Seabourn at 800-929-9391 or 206-626-8351 to reserve your suite.

EXTRAORDINARY HORIZONS

Day after day, tantalizing destinations rise before you. Your nimble white ship delivers you to dozens of marquee cities—Honolulu, Sydney, Manila, Taipei, Busan, Shanghai and Haifa. See fabled places you have dreamed of since childhood—the columned temples of Luxor in Egypt, remote Pago Pago and Sulawesi. Call at picturesque island harbors favored by international yachtsmen in Indonesia, the Philippine Archipelago and the breathtaking Maldives.

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES

Adventures ashore. Optional mid-voyage excursions await you in Australia, China, Vietnam, Egypt and Israel.Tours include World Heritage Sites on Moreton Island, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, luminescent caves in Puerto Princesa,Taiwan’s marble Taroko Gorge, Shureimon Gate on Okinawa and dozens more. Shopping with the Chef excursions explore local markets in Sydney, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket, Haifa and more.

EXTRAORDINARY AMENITIES & EVENTS

Enjoy regional wines and distinctive local cuisines by visiting guest chefs during your voyage. Indulge in a Caviar in the Surf beach party at Ko Kood. Learn to capture your impressions from our Artist in Residence and participate in ACBL Bridge classes and tournaments. Thrill to colorful local entertainment in Sihanoukville, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and an exclusive Evening at Ephesus event in Kuşadasi.

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What's Included

All full world cruise guests receive:.

  • Round-trip Business Class or First Class air
  • Gala Bon Voyage Dinner and Overnight Hotel Stay at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey prior to departure in Los Angeles
  • Three Exclusive World Cruise Events
  • Special President's Event
  • Special World Cruise Pillow Gifts

Book to Receive:

  • Private car transfers door-to-door between home and airport
  • Personal Valet® luggage shipping service home and ship in Los Angeles & Athens (Piraeus)
  • $4,000USD Shipboard Credit per suite ($2,000USD Shipboard Credit per person)
  • Unlimited laundry, dry cleaning and pressing on board
  • Visa package*
  • 50% Reduced Deposit^
  • 3% Early Bonus Savings (pay in full discount)

For Guests Booked In Penthouse And Premium Suites:

  • $6,000USD Shipboard Credit per Suite ($3,000USD Shipboard Credit per person)

Exclusively For Repeat World Cruise Guests:

  • 5% Repeat World Cruise Discount when booking the full World Cruise

*For USD and CAD markets ^For USD, CAD and AUD

Featured Experiences

Ventures by seabourn.

Guests kayaking in Neko Harbor, Antarctica, an area visited on an all-inclusive, luxury expedition Seabourn cruise.

Featured Ports

Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam

SAFAGA (LUXOR), EGYPT

MALÉ, MALDIVES

Featured world cruise overnights.

Seabourn World Cruise 2022 Ports Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii

The dazzling resorts along Waikiki’s crescent beach and the verdant peak of Diamond Head depict the iconic image of Polynesia for travelers worldwide. The city specializes in entertaining and edifying visitors with scintillating nightlife, world-class restaurants and a wealth of unique attractions including the Bishop Museum, the ornate Iolani Palace, Doris Duke’s enchanting Shangri-La museum of Islamic art and culture and the spectacular and moving Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Seabourn World Cruise 2022 Port Cairns

Cairns, Australia

Cairns is a sophisticated city flanked by forests and golden beaches. Just off the coast lies one of nature’s most extravagant displays – the massive, living Great Barrier Reef sprawling in multicolored splendor beneath the Coral Sea. Your two-day stay offers a chance to explore the Reef’s vast, subaquatic ecosystem, teeming with vividly colored tropical fishes, and the nearby, primeval Daintree Rainforest National Park, both of which are inscribed UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Seabourn World Cruise 2022 Port Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Sailing into Hong Kong, its skyline adorned with shining glass skyscrapers and rugged Victoria Peak, is one of the world’s most memorable maritime experiences. Aside from legendary shopping, tailoring and dining, the city offers unique sights including the Taoist Man Mo Temple, the walled Hakka town of Lai Chi Wo and the intriguing Temple Street Night Markets around Tin Hau Temple. Visit Lantau island’s impressive Big Buddha statue or try your luck in Macau’s dazzling casinos.

Seabourn World Cruise 2022 Port Bangkok

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

Laem Chabang is your gateway to Thailand’s capital, which rewards visitors with an endless flow of amazing sights and cheerful encounters. Treasures like the fairytale Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Emerald Buddha cluster side-by-side with mazelike malls, seductively fragrant food stalls and emporia of jewel-bright Thai silks. Pattaya beach resorts are closer by, with surprises including the Sanctuary of Truth, a temple constructed of elaborately hand-carved wood sculptures.

Seabourn World Cruise 2022 Port Singapore

The Merlion city-state blends Malay, Chinese and Indian heritage to create a hybrid culture unlike any other. The glittering towers of Marina Bay and the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay are your introduction to its marvels. Chinatown, Arab Street and the retail mecca of Orchard Road entice you to explore. Dine on anything from traditional Straits to haute cuisine, visit the Jurong Bird Park and enjoy a thrilling night safari in a unique nocturnal zoo.

Dec 10th 2023 – Feb 11th 2024

Ultimate Americas Cruise

36 Destinations, 64 Nights

December 2023

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas

Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas

Chichén Itzá, Cozumel, Mexico

Chichén Itzá, Cozumel, Mexico

Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad, Aruba

Willemstad, Curaçao

Willemstad, Curaçao

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

St. George's, Grenada

St. George's, Grenada

Devil's Island, French Guiana

Devil's Island, French Guiana

Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza, Brazil

Recife, Brazil

Recife, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

January 2024

Copacabana Beach, Brazil

Copacabana Beach, Brazil

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay

Iguazú Falls, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Iguazú Falls, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

Dalhan Bay, Paradise Bay, Elephant Island, Antarctica

Dalhan Bay, Paradise Bay, Elephant Island, Antarctica

Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn, Chile

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Punta Arenas, Chile

Straits of Magellan, Chile

Straits of Magellan, Chile

Fjords, Chile

Fjords, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

La Serena, Chile

La Serena, Chile

Arica, Chile

Arica, Chile

Pisco, Peru

Pisco, Peru

Machu Picchu, Lima, Peru

Machu Picchu, Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

February 2024

Manta, Ecuador

Manta, Ecuador

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada, Mexico

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Feb 11th 2024 - May 9th 2024

Ultimate Asia Pacific Cruise

40 Destinations, 87 nights

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Mo’orea, French Polynesia

Mo’orea, French Polynesia

Papeete, Tahiti French Polynesia

Papeete, Tahiti French Polynesia

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Airlie Beach, Australia

Airlie Beach, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Subic Bay, Philippines

Subic Bay, Philippines

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Taipei, Taiwan, China

Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, Japan

Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa, Japan

Busan, South Korea

Busan, South Korea

Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Great Wall of China, Beijing, China

Great Wall of China, Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki, Japan

Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Mt. Fuji, Japan

Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Singapore

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Taj Mahal, Cochin, India

The Taj Mahal, Cochin, India

Goa, India

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, UAE

May 9th 2024 - July 10th 2024

Ultimate Africa & Southern Europe

38 Destinations, 62 Nights

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mahe (Victoria), Seychelles

Mahe (Victoria), Seychelles

La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island, Seychelles

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar

Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis, Mauritius

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion Island

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion Island

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz, Namibia

Walvia Bay, Namibia

Walvia Bay, Namibia

Luanda, Angola

Luanda, Angola

Takoradi, Ghana

Takoradi, Ghana

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Corfu, Greece

Corfu, Greece

Bari, Italy

Bari, Italy

Ravenna (Venice), Italy

Ravenna (Venice), Italy

Trieste, Italy

Trieste, Italy

Koper, Slovenia

Koper, Slovenia

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kogar, Montenegro

Kogar, Montenegro

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

Sicily (Catania), Italy

Sicily (Catania), Italy

Naples / Capri, Italy

Naples / Capri, Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Florence / Pisa (Carrara), Italy

Florence / Pisa (Carrara), Italy

 Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Cannes, France

Cannes, France

Nice (Villefranche), France

Nice (Villefranche), France

Provence (Toulon), France

Provence (Toulon), France

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

July 10th 2024 - Sept 10th 2024

Ultimate Europe &

Beyond cruise.

40 Destinations, 63 Nights

Barcelona, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca, Morocco

Agadir, Morocco

Agadir, Morocco

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

Vigo, Spain

Vigo, Spain

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

Cherbourg, France

Cherbourg, France

Paris (Le Havre), France

Paris (Le Havre), France

Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

Skagen, Denmark

Skagen, Denmark

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

August 2024

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Visby, Sweden

Visby, Sweden

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Ronne, Bornholm, Denmark

Ronne, Bornholm, Denmark

Kiel, Germany

Kiel, Germany

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Haugesund, Norway

Haugesund, Norway

Olden, Norway

Olden, Norway

Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway

Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Qaqortoq, Greenland

Qaqortoq, Greenland

Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk, Greenland

St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland

September 2024

New York, New York

New York, New York

Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda

Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda

Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas

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If you have a place on your bucket list, chances are, a cruise will get you there – provided the destination is along a coastline or inland waterway. Cruises cover the world, taking millions of passengers each year to regions such as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, the Mediterranean and even Antarctica. Cruising offers a tremendous value, with trips that include your lodging, meals and entertainment – all rolled into one. Some luxury cruise lines even offer fully inclusive vacations, which cover drinks and tours ashore. And best of all, cruising means seeing the world conveniently after unpacking only once.

Cruises also provide a wonderful option for families, with many ships offering things like waterslides, mini-golf courses and fun clubs for kids, tweens and teens. While most are free, nursery programs can cost extra. Planning is easy: Pick your destination and the right ship (and line) for your travel style. The cruise line makes it simple, offering packages to help you save on extras like alcohol, shore tours or even airfare.

Travelers say they choose to cruise because cruising often costs less per night when compared with land vacations at a hotel, where they'll have to book -- and pay for -- every extra.

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If you're a flexible traveler, you'll have a better chance of finding cheap cruises. Take a cruise that doesn't sail over the summer or holidays, when prices are highest. Book an inside cabin, or take your chances with a "guarantee cabin," ideal for passengers who aren't picky about their stateroom location but really want the lowest price available. Book cabins on lower decks, which often come with lower prices than those rooms on higher floors – that is staterooms over suites.

Cruise brands such as Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International offer rates that might drop as low as $75 per person per night -- and sometimes even lower.

If you want a real bargain, consider a transatlantic or repositioning cruise. These cruises are one-way or open-jaw trips, that start in one port and finish at another. You can score a deal sailing from Florida to Europe, for example, or even from New York to Florida. Just be aware, you'll probably have to pay a bit more for airfare to return.

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While being flexible date wise will always get you the best last-minute cruise deals, it's particularly helpful if you live near a cruise port and can quickly drive there. That way you'll probably be able to jump on those deals that might pop up just a week or two before the ship is scheduled to sail.

Or if you don't have flexibility with either departure dates or embarkation locations, be willing to compromise on exact destinations. This will allow you to find a wider range of last-minute deals traveling to locations in their off-season or so-called shoulder season.

Do plenty of research and know what your ideal cruise is and costs on average, so both are already on your radar. When you see it drop, pounce! (Many cruise lines update pricing several times per day, so preparation is crucial.)

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There's truly a cruise style and ship for everyone, and that has never been more the case than in 2024, as vessels continue to come in an array of sizes – from riverboats and expedition vessels to the largest-ever mega ships. And it's not an exaggeration to say some are loaded with so many activities that you couldn't possibly enjoy them all in a single sailing.

Families will find plenty of options and activities onboard big ships, which have transformed cruising, making the vessels as exciting as the destinations themselves. The Caribbean is always a great option for families, offering lots of sunshine, great beaches and culture. Alaska, famous for its incredible vistas and abundant wildlife, is also a solid family cruise option. Consider cruise brands such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and even Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line for a great multi-generational voyage.

Or on the smaller side, by comparison, river cruising remains a hot ticket item this year, with exciting routes that send eager guests down the Danube or Rhine rivers in Europe or to lesser-frequented locations, like the Mekong River in Cambodia or Vietnam, or soon the Magdalena River in Colombia. Popular river cruises embark in timeless cities like Amsterdam, Budapest and Lisbon. River cruise lines to consider encompass Viking, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Cruises, Tauck, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Riverside Luxury Cruises, as well as American Cruise Lines for a domestic alternative.

If you're an adventurer at heart, an expedition cruise might be best for you. These voyages, often onboard small ships (only a few hundred passengers tops), offer an intimate experience that brings passengers right up next to glaciers, whales, penguins and iguanas. Ships visit tiny spots all over the world – from pole to pole – including the Arctic, Alaska, Australia, Greenland, the Galapagos and, of course, Antarctica. Passengers will spend their time zodiacing, kayaking, hiking, biking and exploring with expert guides and knowledgeable naturalists. Expedition travelers love cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, UnCruise Adventures, Silversea, HX (formerly Hurtigruten Expeditions), Ponant and Quark Expeditions, as well as an ever-expanding list that now even extends to Seabourn and Viking.

But for the most decadent form of travel, luxury cruises offer all-inclusive experiences onboard small to median-sized ships (usually under a thousand passengers) with perks like butlers, high-end amenities and personalized, intuitive service, not to mention the finest dining at sea. Ships often feature luxury touches like marble and crystal decor, intimate spaces and beautiful spas. Because luxury ships tend to be on the smaller size, they can often reach off-the-beaten-path destinations bigger ships simply cannot access -- ports like St. Tropez or Guadeloupe. If you're looking for a luxury cruise, consider Crystal, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, Explora Journeys, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and upcoming Four Seasons Yachts.

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All Aboard! The Must-See New Cruise Ships of 2024

Posted: June 7, 2024 | Last updated: June 7, 2024

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Cruising has taken off in the last few years. It is the perfect way for couples or families to experience travel while having the whole thing planned for them. Now, with the viral 9-month cruise worldwide that has everyone captivated, more and more people want to see what cruising is all about.

I think what draws a lot of people to cruise ships is the community aspect of it. You are on a boat with a bunch of strangers who all have at least one common interest with you, which is a love of sailing. Cruises make traveling more fun and can even be more cost-effective than a land vacation.

If you are looking for the latest and greatest cruise ships coming out this year, I have you covered. I am going to tell you the top five new cruise ships in 2024 and what makes them better than the older models.

<p>First on the list is the Ilma. This boat is a luxury yacht, made by Ritz-Carlton. Its maiden voyage will be in the <a href="https://www.flannelsorflipflops.com/best-time-to-cruise-mediterranean/">Mediterranean</a> in late summer or early fall. It has over 200 suites, holds over 450 guests, and costs about $1,000 per night per person.</p><p>When the boat is anchored, you can use some of the ship’s water toys and swim in the Mediterranean. Not to mention that all the rooms on this ship will have a balcony with an ocean view. </p><p>The ship has an infinity pool, five restaurants, six bars, several lounges, and a spa. This ship is truly one of a kind and a sail on here will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.</p>

First on the list is the Ilma. This boat is a luxury yacht, made by Ritz-Carlton. Its maiden voyage will be in the Mediterranean in late summer or early fall. It has over 200 suites, holds over 450 guests, and costs about $1,000 per night per person.

When the boat is anchored, you can use some of the ship’s water toys and swim in the Mediterranean. Not to mention that all the rooms on this ship will have a balcony with an ocean view.

The ship has an infinity pool, five restaurants, six bars, several lounges, and a spa. This ship is truly one of a kind and a sail on here will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

<p>Royal Caribbean’s newest addition, Utopia of the Seas, is a paradise for cruisers. At over 1,000 feet long and 200 feet wide, this giant boat can hold up to 5,600 passengers. This giant boat will entertain you and the kids for days with its 3 water slides, 5 pools, 8 hot tubs, and a zipline. For the parents, there are 21 dining venues, 23 bars, and 2 casinos onboard.</p><p>With prices starting around $150 per night per person, this is a great way to see the Caribbean in a new way while enjoying the luxury of being on one of the best new ships in the world. This is the second-largest cruise ship in the world, so it’s basically like you are in a giant floating city that takes you to incredible places.</p>

4. Utopia of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s newest addition, Utopia of the Seas, is a paradise for cruisers. At over 1,000 feet long and 200 feet wide, this giant boat can hold up to 5,600 passengers. This giant boat will entertain you and the kids for days with its 3 water slides, 5 pools, 8 hot tubs, and a zipline. For the parents, there are 21 dining venues, 23 bars, and 2 casinos onboard.

With prices starting around $150 per night per person, this is a great way to see the Caribbean in a new way while enjoying the luxury of being on one of the best new ships in the world. This is the second-largest cruise ship in the world, so it’s basically like you are in a giant floating city that takes you to incredible places.

<p>Welcome to the newest magical place on earth! The Disney Treasure is the newest cruise to be joining the <a href="https://www.flannelsorflipflops.com/rainforest-room-disney-fantasy/">Disney Cruise</a> fleet. This cruise will also be sailing around the Caribbean, but only this time can you do it with all of your and your kid’s favorite Disney characters. Also, the legendary nightly entertainment will captivate you and make you feel like your life is a Disney movie. There are 3 themed restaurants onboard as well as other buffet options to make sure you never go hungry while you’re traveling.</p><p>This ship can hold up to 4,000 passengers, and its maiden voyage will be on Dec. 21, 2024. Some of the ship’s best attractions include AquaMouse, a water slide/rollercoaster, and the Haunted Mansion’s only themed bar on all the Disney cruise lines. There are also luxury cabins onboard with private bedrooms and a Tomorrow Tower Suite living room. This is a great cruise for Disney fans and lovers of the Caribbean.</p>

3. Disney Treasure

Welcome to the newest magical place on earth! The Disney Treasure is the newest cruise to be joining the Disney Cruise fleet. This cruise will also be sailing around the Caribbean, but only this time can you do it with all of your and your kid’s favorite Disney characters. Also, the legendary nightly entertainment will captivate you and make you feel like your life is a Disney movie. There are 3 themed restaurants onboard as well as other buffet options to make sure you never go hungry while you’re traveling.

This ship can hold up to 4,000 passengers, and its maiden voyage will be on Dec. 21, 2024. Some of the ship’s best attractions include AquaMouse, a water slide/rollercoaster, and the Haunted Mansion’s only themed bar on all the Disney cruise lines. There are also luxury cabins onboard with private bedrooms and a Tomorrow Tower Suite living room. This is a great cruise for Disney fans and lovers of the Caribbean.

<p>The Queen Anne is a Cunard World Voyages cruise that will take cruisers around the world. Some cruises are available for the summer of 2024, but the ship’s maiden world tour voyage will be in January 2025 in Germany. From there, it will sail to the UK, then to America, and then continue around the rest of the world. </p><p>This cruise tour of the world will be over 100 days long and costs $18,000 for the cheapest room for the full 111 days at sea. This comes out to be around $160 per person per night (not too bad). You can also book different legs of the cruise that start from 2 nights. </p><p>This cruise can fit about 3,000 guests and is a very modern-looking cruise ship known as a high-end luxury cruise. It doesn’t have all the slides and party atmosphere that come with some of the others on this list and is more about serenity and relaxation. </p><p>Some of the things to do on this ship are eat and drink at some of the fancy restaurants and bars, relax at the spa, or take a dip in one of the ship’s 2 pools. This cruise is a great option for people who like the finer things in life and are looking to treat themselves to a wonderful cruising experience.</p>

2. Queen Anne

The Queen Anne is a Cunard World Voyages cruise that will take cruisers around the world. Some cruises are available for the summer of 2024, but the ship’s maiden world tour voyage will be in January 2025 in Germany. From there, it will sail to the UK, then to America, and then continue around the rest of the world.

This cruise tour of the world will be over 100 days long and costs $18,000 for the cheapest room for the full 111 days at sea. This comes out to be around $160 per person per night (not too bad). You can also book different legs of the cruise that start from 2 nights. 

This cruise can fit about 3,000 guests and is a very modern-looking cruise ship known as a high-end luxury cruise. It doesn’t have all the slides and party atmosphere that come with some of the others on this list and is more about serenity and relaxation.

Some of the things to do on this ship are eat and drink at some of the fancy restaurants and bars, relax at the spa, or take a dip in one of the ship’s 2 pools. This cruise is a great option for people who like the finer things in life and are looking to treat themselves to a wonderful cruising experience.

<p>I feel like cruisers and non-cruisers alike have seen or heard about this amazing ship. The Icon of the Seas is another ship from the Royal Caribbean that sets sail on January 27th, 2024. This is the biggest cruise ship in the world, holding 5,610 passengers, has 20 decks, and is 1,200 feet long. It also has 7 pools, 9 hot tubs, and a record-breaking 6 water slides. There are also 20 dining options onboard with food from around the globe.</p><p>The average cost is about $300 per night per person, and the sail will be around the Caribbean at a 7-night minimum. This cruise literally looks like a floating party with all of its colorful slides and lights. The Aquadome is another major feature of this ship and has a giant waterfall that changes colors. For entertainment, there is an ice skating rink where you can watch professional ice skaters do some incredible moves. This cruise ship is going to be a hit with the whole family, so make sure to book a room before they sell out!</p>

1. Icon of the Seas

I feel like cruisers and non-cruisers alike have seen or heard about this amazing ship. The Icon of the Seas is another ship from the Royal Caribbean that sets sail on January 27th, 2024. This is the biggest cruise ship in the world, holding 5,610 passengers, has 20 decks, and is 1,200 feet long. It also has 7 pools, 9 hot tubs, and a record-breaking 6 water slides. There are also 20 dining options onboard with food from around the globe.

The average cost is about $300 per night per person, and the sail will be around the Caribbean at a 7-night minimum. This cruise literally looks like a floating party with all of its colorful slides and lights. The Aquadome is another major feature of this ship and has a giant waterfall that changes colors. For entertainment, there is an ice skating rink where you can watch professional ice skaters do some incredible moves. This cruise ship is going to be a hit with the whole family, so make sure to book a room before they sell out!

<p>A cruise on the Bosphorus Strait is an unforgettable experience, offering panoramic views of Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. The strait serves as a natural divide between the two continents, and a boat trip along its waters provides spectacular sights of historical palaces, fortresses, and bridges alongside the bustling waterfront life of the city. </p><p>Sunset cruises are particularly magical, with the city’s skyline illuminated against the twilight.</p>

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We checked out the 136-passenger Sea Cloud Spirit on a Mediterranean cruise. In this era of gargantuan ships, its elegant clipper design, wooden decks and relatively small size stands out.

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By Ceylan Yeğinsu

From the bridge of the three-masted windjammer, the Sea Cloud Spirit , the captain called out the words we’d all been waiting for.

“Let’s set the sails!” he cried, after turning off the engines, while maneuvering to maintain an optimum angle for his 18 deckhands to climb into the shrouds and unfurl the ship’s 44,132 square feet of sails by hand.

Like acrobats, the crew scurried up the masts to the upper topgallant sails that rose nearly 200 feet above us. The ship’s captain, Vukota Stojanovic, later insisted that none of it was for show. “Whenever there is an opportunity to sail, we sail,” he said.

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For the next hour, the crew hauled the ropes until the 28 sails were billowing in the wind, propelling the 452-foot-long ship — the world’s largest passenger sailing vessel on which the sails are raised by hand — toward its first port of call, Portofino, Italy.

At a time when cruise lines are packing their ever-more-gargantuan ships with water parks and basketball courts, the 136-passenger Sea Cloud Spirit, with its old-fashioned clipper design and wooden decks, stands out. It is the newest ship from the Hamburg-based Sea Cloud Cruises , and while it is the company’s biggest, Sea Cloud said it wanted to leave space for passengers to connect to the surrounding elements.

“Wherever you are on the ship, it feels like you are sitting on the water,” said Amelia Dominick, 71, a retired real estate agent from Cologne, Germany, who was on her third cruise onboard the Sea Cloud Spirit.

I had arrived for a four-night “taster sailing” from Nice, France, to the Ligurian region of Italy, designed to entice passengers to sign up for a longer cruise. Here’s what I found.

The ship and cabins

The Spirit has many comforts and luxuries, including a fitness center, library, hair salon and a spa with a Finnish sauna that overlooks the sea. The deck layouts are spacious, with nooks carved out for privacy and relaxation.

Sixty-nine spacious cabins have windows that open onto the sea. My room, a junior suite on the third deck, had two large arched windows, mahogany tables, a balcony and a comfortable couch and armchair. The marble bathroom was lavish, with a gold-plated sink and large jetted bathtub.

The elegant interior design is inspired by the original Sea Cloud, built in 1931 for Marjorie Merriweather Post, the American heiress of the General Foods Corporation, with glossy wooden panels and gold trimmings. The Sea Cloud was the largest private sailing yacht in the world before Post handed it over to the U.S. Navy for use as a weather-reporting vessel during World War II. The four-mast, 64-passenger ship has since been restored to its former glory and will sail across the Aegean and Adriatic this summer.

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The experience felt authentic — even before the sails were set — with a detailed safety drill. On most cruises, the drill entails a safety video and signing in at an assembly point. But here, passengers put on their life jackets and walked through emergency scenarios that included rationing food supplies and fishing from the lifeboat.

Each day, the sails were set, even during heavy rain and wind speeds over 30 knots. Guests wanting to participate in the rigging are usually invited to do so, but the weather conditions made it too risky for this sailing.

“It was amazing to watch the work go into putting the sails up and down and to experience the wind power pulling the ship so fast without the engines,” said Malte Rahnenfuehrer, a 50-year-old psychologist from Zurich, who was traveling with his partner and two children.

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The captain

It is rare for cruise passengers to see the ship’s captain after the initial welcome drinks or gala dinner. But Capt. Vukota Stojanovic was omnipresent throughout the cruise, from setting sails to lifeguarding to mingling with guests.

Originally from Montenegro, Captain Stojanovic piloted container ships for years. When he was asked to consider helming the original Sea Cloud nearly 10 years ago, he hesitated because he had no experience sailing. Even after he learned the ropes — and there are 340 ropes (known as running rigging) on the vessel — he was unsure. “I grew to love the sailings, the boats, the crew the lifestyle, but I still felt I belonged on container ships,” he said. “It would be a big adjustment, especially because I would have to shave every day,” he joked.

Eventually, he accepted the opportunity and worked tirelessly to learn how to sail and operate the ship. Today, he keeps an “open bridge” policy, allowing passengers to visit the control room, even when he is wrestling with the wind.

“The crew and the passengers are all part of the experience, and I like to meet people and receive their feedback,” Captain Stojanovic said.

Environment

Sea Cloud Cruises aspires to take a “gentle” approach, using wind power to drive its ships wherever possible, even if that means changing course for optimal weather conditions. When sailing is not possible, the Spirit has two diesel-electric engines that run on low-sulfur marine diesel fuel. The company is also working with ports that have shore power capabilities to plug into the local electric power.

Onboard, there is an emphasis on reusable bottles and paper straws, and crew members separate solid waste to be compacted and removed when in port.

Excursions and Activities

We made stops in Portofino, San Remo, Italy, and St.-Tropez, France, anchoring offshore and getting to land by tender — a contrast to the big cruise ships with their loud horns and thick plumes of exhaust spewing from their funnels.

For passengers wanting to take a dip (there is no pool), the crew marked an area in the water with floats and an inflatable slide. The water was frigid, but many passengers took the plunge from the swimming deck. Guests could also take “Zodiac Safaris” around the ship to get views of the vessel from the water.

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Excursions ranged from food and wine tours to e-biking and beach trips. In Portofino, passengers were free to explore the sights independently, including the Castello Brown Fortress and the lighthouse on Punta del Capo rock. There was ample time to eat meals on shore as the ship did not depart until 11 p.m. Over the summer, the Sea Cloud Spirit will sail to Spain, Portugal, France and the Azores, among other destinations. On Nov. 11, she will depart for St. Maarten in the Caribbean for the winter.

Wherever the vessel goes, said Mirell Reyes, president of Sea Cloud Cruise for North America, the company tries to “stay away from the crowds and ports where big cruise ships spit out 6,000 passengers.”

Summer prices, which include food and beverages, range from $3,995 for a four-night sailing in a superior cabin to $9,420 for a veranda suite. Seven-night sailings cost between $6,995 and $16,495.

Follow New York Times Travel on Instagram and sign up for our weekly Travel Dispatch newsletter to get expert tips on traveling smarter and inspiration for your next vacation. Dreaming up a future getaway or just armchair traveling? Check out our 52 Places to Go in 2024 .

Ceylan Yeginsu is a travel reporter for The Times who frequently writes about the cruise industry and Europe, where she is based. More about Ceylan Yeğinsu

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Travel plans in disarray as P&O Cruises retires iconic Pacific Explorer

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For Jane Newson, taking a cruise every year has been her chance to see the world when other options were too expensive. 

For months, she's been saving for a much-anticipated trip next year from Auckland to Tonga aboard the P&O Pacific Explorer.

She would be joined by her partner and some of her closest friends, including two who are nearing their 80th birthdays.

"It is lovely to be away for a week and not to have to do any of the things you do at home," she said.

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"[These trips] offer a fantastic opportunity for people to cruise that don't have high incomes."

But on Tuesday, Ms Newson received an email advising her cruise had been cancelled, hours after P&O announced it was retiring the Explorer and folding operations into its parent company Carnival Cruises .

"It's a shame, such a shame, and we are all so disappointed, especially because there was six of us going," she said.

Social media has also been flooded with comments from disillusioned cruise ship passengers who had planned to take trips onboard the Pacific Explorer next year, while others have lamented the loss of the brand after 90 years on the water.

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For Caitlin Dennis, the iconic cruise company shaped her life.

She took her first cruise onboard a P&O ship when she was 16 and would later go on to work on several cruise ship companies as a dancer and singer.

"It's a really sad loss to the industry and to the wider public," Ms Dennis said.

"That first cruise inspired me to go and seek out a career on a ship and I know a lot of other entertainers that work on that ship are going to be devastated about it."

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A sign of things to come

The Pacific Explorer, which travels through Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and is known affectionately as "Dora" among the cruise community, will be retired on March 2 next year.

P&O's larger cruise ships, the Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure will be rebranded and transferred to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet, along with their workforces.

P&O Cruises Australia issued its surprise notice to customers on Tuesday.

"As a result, all itineraries on Pacific Explorer scheduled to sail after 2nd March 2025 are being cancelled," it said.

"If you are booked on one of these itineraries you will be contacted by guest services in the coming days with refund details.

"We are all immensely proud of P&O Cruises Australia's 90-year heritage of dedicated operations in the region, and Carnival Cruise Line are honoured to carry forward its storied legacy and continue to deliver the same onboard experiences and itineraries."

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Carnival CEO Josh Weinstein said in a statement that the decision to retire the Explorer was made due to the South Pacific's "small population" as well as "significantly higher operating and regulatory costs".

The senior lecturer in tourism management at the University of South Australia, Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, said the cruise ship industry appeared to be moving away from the smaller cruise liners of 2,000 passengers.

This year the world's biggest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, was launched by Royal Caribbean International. It can take 7,600 passengers, almost four times the capacity of the Pacific Explorer.

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"The major cruise companies are all moving towards 'mega-ships' so this could be the end of cruise companies like P&O that have a national character and serve a particular market," Professor Higgins-Desbiolles said.

"They are decommissioning and part of the reasoning is the environmental consciousness of passengers. They want to be more environmentally responsive to changing technology."

She said the cruise industry was also still recovering from the global pandemic, with high operating costs and port fees impacting on their bottom line.

Close up of P&O cruise ship Pacific Explorer as it enters Sydney Harbour with a banner 'we're home' on it.

The Explorer brought in tens of thousands of tourists to several Australian towns, including Airlie Beach and Cairns, on day trips.

Professor Higgins-Desbiolles said there will be fears about the effect on local economies.

A big white cruise ship several stories high approaches the wharf in Cairns

"Some of the regional destinations will be wondering how the change in itinerary will impact on them and we won't know that straight away," she said.

"Places like Cairns, Airlie Beach and Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln could all be affected."

Queensland Tourism Minister Michael Healy said he was "surprised" by Tuesday's announcement and there may be "some impact" on coastal communities, where the Pacific Explorer docks.

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"I have had correspondence from the company talking about strategic alignment and I look forward to investigating that," Mr Healy said.

A spokeswoman for Carnival Australia told the ABC no-one from the company was available for an interview but did say "thousands" of passengers would receive refunds for cancelled Pacific Explorer trips.

Customers who had cruises booked on the Explorer after March 2 2025 have the option of a refund or credit for Carnival with extra onboard spending money.

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