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Ocean cruising from North America may be on hold temporarily, but plenty of enticing new itineraries are being unveiled for both domestic and international cruise travel in the near future.
Here are highlights from the latest round of plans and announcements.
AzamaraPremium line Azamara is seeing strong demand following the announcement of its 2022 and 2023 deployments, which include over 80 new itineraries, more than 170 overnight stays and 300 late-night visits. Altogether, the sailings encompass over 275 ports in more than 70 countries, and includes an impressive 26 destinations in Greece, with maiden calls in Syros and Tinos.
Carnival Cruise LineWhile awaiting the launch of its highly anticipated new Mardi Gras, slated for February 2021, Carnival Cruise Line is already planning for a sister ship, Carnival Celebration, coming in November 2022 — just in time for the brand’s 50th anniversary.
Reservations are now open for Celebration’s initial itineraries, set to include an inaugural 14-day transatlantic crossing from Southampton to Miami, followed by weeklong roundtrips from its Miami homeport to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Celestyal CruisesCelestyal Cruises is awaiting the scheduled arrival of its new Celestyal Experience in March 2021, when the ship will depart on the seven-night Three Continents itinerary to Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol). Other planned sailings for Celestyal Experience include the seven-night Idyllic Aegean, visiting the Greek destinations of Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi in April, and the weeklong Eclectic Aegean itinerary later in the season, cruising from Thessaloniki as a new embarkation port.
Next year and 2022 will also feature new three- and four-night Iconic Discovery itineraries to the Greek islands Syros and Santorini on Celestyal Olympia, as well as the Steps of St Paul sailing and additional Three Continents, Idyllic Aegean and Eclectic Aegean cruises on Celestyal Crystal.
CrystalFor the moment, Crystal is primarily focused on showcasing what’s ahead for its Crystal Esprit luxury yacht in 2023 and early 2024. From April to October of 2023, the 62-guest vessel will sail the Corinth Canal, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and the Adriatic and the French and Italian Rivieras. In November and December, Esprit will traverse the Holy Land and the Middle East. The yacht will head to the Seychelles from January to March in both 2023 and 2024.
Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line is also looking well into the future with its newly unveiled itineraries for 2022. On the docket are a return to Hawaii for a pair of 10-night cruises to and from Vancouver, Canada, aboard Disney Wonder. The ship will also offer sailings from San Diego to Baja, Mexico, plus departures from Galveston and New Orleans. Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic will continue to cruise from Florida to the western and eastern Caribbean.
The new Disney Wish, which has been delayed due to pandemic-related pauses at the shipyard, is now slated to come online in summer 2022.
Norwegian Cruise LineAs for Norwegian Cruise Line, sailings for winter 2022/2023 are already on the calendar, including a number of 12-day, destination-intensive Extraordinary Journeys on Norwegian Jewel through the Panama Canal from San Diego, Los Angeles and Colon, Panama. Norwegian Getaway will sail a 13-day Extraordinary Journey from Southampton to debut stops in Porto, Portugal, and Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.
Also set to explore the Panama Canal are Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Joy, while the Caribbean — home to the line’s private island destination of Harvest Caye — will welcome ships including Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Sky.
What’s more, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Jewel will head to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and San Diego.
Holland America LineAs Holland America Line plans for 2021, the line is preparing a total of five ships in Europe and six in Alaska.
The newly launched Rotterdam is slated to sail roundtrip from Amsterdam to the Baltic, Norway, Iceland and the British Isles. Rotterdam’s sister ship, Nieuw Statendam, will also showcase Northern Europe, as well as the Mediterranean from Civitavecchia (Rome). Westerdam and Zuiderdam will also cruise the Mediterranean, while Zaandam will embark on a particularly extensive 35-day voyage roundtrip from Boston to ports in the U.S., Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
The line’s next summer in Alaska will extensively feature Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Volendam. New routes will include the weeklong Glacier Discovery Northbound and Glacier Discovery Southbound itineraries between Whittier and Vancouver, and the brand’s signature Land+Sea Journeys will return in full force.
Princess CruisesExciting news for the West Coast comes by way of Princess Cruises, which will offer its first-ever California and Mexican Riviera summer season from Los Angeles next year. Itineraries will range from four to 14 days in length, sailing aboard Crown Princess to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, as well as Ensenada, San Francisco (late-night stay), San Diego (late-night stay), Catalina Island and Monterey. The line will even offer two-week Alaska cruises from Sen Pedro, visiting Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka.
Later in 2021 and into 2022, Princess will sail five ships in Australia and New Zealand — Royal Princess, Emerald Princess, Sapphire Princess, Coral Princess and Pacific Princess — on departures ranging from two to 36 days. The line’s 2022 world cruise will also be based out of Australia, taking place on Coral Princess and departing for 43 destinations in 27 countries on six continents across 107 days.
Regent Seven Seas CruisesCurrently celebrating single-day and world cruise record bookings, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is also prepping for its 2022/2023 collection of luxury voyages, made up of nearly 150 sailings, including 17 maiden calls, 105 overnights and more than 350 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the line’s five ships: Seven Seas Splendor, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator.
Highlights of the scheduled offerings include the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean aboard Splendor; the 73-night Grand Spice Route Quest and 61-night Grand Asia Exploration on Explorer; the 65-night Circle South America itinerary on Mariner; the 94-night Grand Arctic Adventure route on Navigator; and shorter jaunts to the Baltic and Mediterranean onboard Voyager before exotic journeys to Africa and South America.
Royal Caribbean InternationalRoyal Caribbean International is modifying its summer cruises for 2021. New on the list are four- and five-night European voyages from Barcelona on the Adventure of the Seas, and seven-night sailings from Copenhagen and Stockholm on the Jewel of the Seas. Updated Caribbean departures from San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as Miami and Tampa, Florida, are also scheduled aboard the Brilliance of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Vision of the Seas.
Also recently announced: Royal Caribbean’s winter redeployments for 2021 into 2022. Fresh options in the Caribbean include planned departures on the Allure of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Explorer of the Seas from Puerto Rico and Freedom of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas from Miami. Meanwhile, Ovation of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will explore Australia and New Zealand.
Seabourn Cruise LineSeabourn Cruise Line is anticipating many adventures for 2021 and 2022, including the luxury brand’s 2022 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons. Next year, Alaska and British Columbia will be showcased on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises aboard Seabourn Odyssey. Weeklong Inside Passage routes can be combined into two-week, back-to-back sailings without any port repetition.
The line will also return to Egypt on Seabourn Ovation in spring 2022, while Seabourn Sojourn will sail to 72 destinations in 28 countries on five continents during its 145-day world cruise in 2022.
Star ClippersStar Clippers’ unique fleet of sailing ships plans to return to the Mediterranean in 2022. The Star Clipper itself will finish in Thailand at the end of 2021 before heading to the Mediterranean to join up with Royal Clipper and Star Flyer, marking the first time since 2016 that all three vessels will be together there. On its way, Star Clipper will transit from Egypt through the Suez Canal. Once in the Mediterranean, itineraries will include the weeklong Yachtman’s Paradise between Istanbul and Athens in addition to roundtrips from Rome and Cannes.
Windstar CruisesAmong Windstar Cruises upcoming itineraries is the new seven-day Scenic Alaska route in 2021, featuring Skagway as a first for the line, as well as Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound, making a maiden call in Valdez. Meanwhile, a new Iceland to Montreal itinerary will feature Greenland and scenic fjord cruising. And fresh along the west coast for next year will be two new routes with San Diego embarkation: Baja Blue Water & Treasures on the Sea of Cortez and California Coastline Dreamin’.