These debut itineraries belong on your 2019 resolutions list.
Filmmakers from BBC Earth will join Tauck for a ten-day, round-trip-from-Oslo Arctic Circle land and sea tour on Ponant’s 234-passenger Le Boréal. Planet Earth-style Zodiac adventures off Spitsbergen’s coast to look for polar bears and arctic foxes precede lectures and documentary viewings back on board. Departure: June 24.
For its second year on the Seine, U by Uniworld is updating itineraries on The B. The 120-passenger ship’s eight-day, round-trip-from-Paris sailings now begin and end in the City of Light on weekends. (Saturday night in the Marais? Oui, s’il vous plaît!) Additional stops include Vernon, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux, and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Departures: Multiple dates, April 21 through October 20.
It’s been 20 years, but the Queen Elizabeth is heading back to Alaska, with a new look too. (Cunard’s 2,081-passenger ship debuted refreshed staterooms, outdoor spaces, and spa facilities late last year.) The 11-day, round-trip-from-Vancouver, British Columbia, sailings include a jaunt through the Inside Passage, onboard lectures, and optional rail tours with Rocky Mountaineer before or after the cruise. Departures: Multiple dates, May 21 through June 30.
Windstar Cruises’ eight-day, Colón, Panama-to-San Juan, Puerto Rico, voyage on the 212-passenger Star Legend promises a deep dive into some of the oldest settlements in Central America and the Caribbean. Immersive shore excursions will have passengers visiting indigenous Guna people in Panama’s San Blas Islands and sampling coffee in Cartagena, Colombia. Departures: October 26 and November 20.
It feels as though everyone wants in on the Cuba cruising boom, and Seabourn joins the club beginning in November when the 452-passenger Seabourn Sojourn circumnavigates the country on a series of 11-, 12-, and 14-day sailings. Get a head start on 2020 New Year’s celebrations with a 14-day, San Juan, Puerto Rico-to-Miami holiday cruise, which includes overnights in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Departure: December 21.