New Year, new cruise! We rounded up a dozen fresh ways to set sail in 2017, from debut ships to newly launched itineraries. Here are 12 new places to cruise in 2017.
1. La Paz, Mexico
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator heads south on a new, sun-soaked 11-day, round-trip-from-Los Angeles itinerary that sails along Mexico’s western coast. Departure: December 29; from $5,499.
Passengers visiting Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Harvest Caye private port of call in Belize can tour the butterfly garden or rent one of 15 pool cabanas. See it on a seven-day, round-trip voyage from Miami on the 3,963-passenger Norwegian Getaway. Departures: Multiple dates, January 8, 2017 through April 1, 2018; from $499
3. Havana, Cuba
Viking Ocean Cruises joins the Cuba cruise boom with an eight-day, round-trip voyage from Miami on the 930-passenger Viking Sun, which stops in Havana, Cozumel, Belize, and Key West. Departures: Multiple dates, November 17 through December 8; from $2,649.
Panama’s Pearl Islands and a transit of the Panama Canal are highlights of UnCruise Adventures’ new nine-day, Panama City-to-Colón sailing on the 62-passenger Safari Voyager. Departures: Multiple dates, May 5 through October 27; from $3,795.
River cruise line Uniworld’s fleet is no stranger to Paris, but this spring the new 128-passenger Joie de Vivre will say “bonjour” on eight-day, round-trip voyages from Paris, cruising along the Seine. Departures: Multiple dates, April 2 through November 5; from $3,449.
6. Valencia, Spain
Virtuoso Voyages, the program that offers exclusive benefits and perks for Virtuoso cruisers, has added new Oceania Cruises sailings for 2017, including a 12-day, Barcelona-to-Rome journey on the 684-passenger Sirena, with a VIP walking tour, horchata tasting, and beachside paella lunch in Valencia, Spain. Departure: August 18; from $4,199.
Admire the Irish countryside just outside of Glengarriff, a new port of call for Holland America, on a 14-day, round-trip sailing from Amsterdam aboard the 835-passenger Prinsendam. Departure: June 3; from $3,899.
Explore the remote corners of Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island, Canada, on Quark Expeditions’ new 18-day, Reykjavík-to-Ottawa cruise through the Arctic Circle on the recently renovated 132-passenger Sea Adventurer. Departure: August 28; from $8,995.
AmaWaterways’ 13-day, round-trip voyage from Johannesburg includes four days on Botswana’s Chobe River aboard the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen, plus a visit to Victoria Falls and a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Departures: Multiple dates, March 12 through November 19; from $11,695.
As part of Silversea’s 16-day, Colombo-to-Kolkata voyage, the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer becomes the first cruise ship to call on Bangladesh, with excursions to The Sundarbans mangrove forest and Maheshkhali Island. Departure: February 11; from $17,150.
The 170-passenger Star Clipper points its bow to Indonesia for the first time in 2017, during Star Clippers’ eight-day, round-trip sailing from Bali. Departures: Multiple dates, May 20 through October 7; from $1,325.
12. Kimberley, Australia
The rivers, savannahs, and saltwater crocodiles of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region are the stars of Ponant’s new 11-day, Darwin-to-Broome voyage aboard the 264-passenger L’Austral. Departure: July 23; from $7,290.
Out of these 12 new places to cruise in 2017, which would you pick?
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