Cruise ‘Round

SEVEN GREAT SPRING CRUISE ITIN­ER­AR­IES

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SWith spring break on your mind, you may first imag­ine cruises to the Caribbean, but truth is there is a wide va­ri­ety of voy­ages to em­bark on through­out the sea­son. Some are more trop­i­cal aboard the new­est ships and oth­ers are more re­mote or in colder tem­per­a­tures to es­cape the heat. Let’s take a look at some of the best of­fer­ings.

CITIES OF AN­TIQ­UITY & THE HOLY LAND VIK­ING OCEAN CRUISES

There may only be one de­par­ture sched­uled in 2017 with avail­abil­ity that is be­com­ing more limited, but if you can book the 15-day Cities of An­tiq­uity & the Holy Land sail­ing with Vik­ing Ocean Cruises, you will be in for a treat come March 11. The line’s new­est ship, the Vik­ing Star, will be headed from Rome to other ports in Italy and Greece in ad­di­tion to the gems of Jerusalem and Haifa in Is­rael and Li­mas­sol, Cyprus. Re­li­gious travelers will surely ap­pre­ci­ate the cultural en­coun­ters to be had ashore, with in­cluded tours no less.

SEAT­TLE YUKON+DENALI HOLLAND AMER­ICA LINE

In or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence the most of Alaska, Holland Amer­ica Line’s 12-day Seat­tle Yukon+Denali land and sea jour­ney will be a great op­tion. This in­stance will even board the pre­mium brand’s sec­ond new­est ship, the Nieuw Am­s­ter­dam. Be­sides call­ing on pop­u­lar ports-of-call like Sk­ag­way and Ketchikan and vis­it­ing Glacier Bay via sea, the shore­side por­tion will fea­ture An­chor­age, Fair­banks, Daw­son City, White­horse, and, of course, two days in Denali Na­tional Park. Trans­porta­tion will also in­clude the McKin­ley Ex­plorer and White Pass & Yukon Route trains.

SOUTH­ERN CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

For those seek­ing a warm-weather es­cape aboard one of the cruise in­dus­try’s lat­est ships, Carnival Cruise Line will be able to take you aboard the Carnival Vista for 8 days to the South­ern Caribbean from Mi­ami, Florida. Go­ing a bit beyond the usual East­ern and West­ern Caribbean ports will be stops at Grand Turk be­fore La Ro­mana, Cu­ra­cao, and Aruba. The longer-than-a-week cruise will also show­case three glo­ri­ous days at sea for ut­ter re­lax­ation at the spa, fun in the IMAX Theatre or sus­pended cy­cling ad­ven­tures along the SkyRide.

WEST­ERN CARIBBEAN ROYAL CARIBBEAN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

The Caribbean re­cently wel­comed the largest cruise ship in the world with Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional’s Har­mony of the Seas home-port­ing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and you too will be able to en­joy the ship on an itin­er­ary such as the line’s 7-night West­ern Caribbean route. Cozumel, Mex­ico and Fal­mouth Ja­maica will be on the sched­ule but so will be the brand’s pri­vate re­sort at Labadee, Haiti. Plus, three sea days scat­tered in be­tween will al­low plenty of time to ex­pe­ri­ence all the new ship has to of­fer, from the thrilling Ul­ti­mate Abyss slide to a live per­for­mance of “Grease.”

GALA­PA­GOS SIL­VERSEA EX­PE­DI­TIONS

For those truly look­ing to de­part from the beaten path, an ad­ven­ture cruise may be call­ing you in the form of Sil­versea Ex­pe­di­tions’ 7-day Gala­pa­gos itin­er­ar­ies. The Sil­ver Gala­pa­gos will take guests to see all the unique is­lands are known for: the same sorts of sea lions, birds, tor­toises and more that fas­ci­nated Charles Dar­win. These jour­neys will take you, bask­ing in lux­ury, to Ecuado­rian trea­sures rang­ing

from Bar­tolome and Playa Espumilla to Wiz­ard Hill and Los Geme­los.

CUBA CULTURAL VOY­AGE PEARL SEAS CRUISES

If you’re look­ing to go to Cuba this spring, you’re in luck be­cause no cruise line has yet been granted ap­proval to sail there roundtrip from the United States beyond May 2017, un­til which time Pearl Seas Cruises is of­fer­ing the most en­tic­ing 10-night itin­er­ary from Florida. Not only will the in­ti­mate Pearl Mist make stops for Ha­vana; Cien­fue­gos and San­ti­ago de Cuba; it will also head out for Trinidad; Isla de la Ju­ven­tud; El Co­bre, San­ti­ago and Par­que Ba­conao, San­ti­ago. This just may be the per­fect time to book be­cause it is not known for cer­tain if per­mis­sion will be given beyond.

NORTH­ERN & WEST­ERN AUS­TRALIA PRINCESS CRUISES

For another jour­ney much far­ther away, Princess Cruises will de­ploy its Dawn Princess down un­der for its North­ern & West­ern Aus­tralia Ex­plorer voy­age. The ex­ten­sive 17-day bi­coastal voy­age will show­case a wide swatch of is­land ports in ad­di­tion to a bonus stop at Alotau, Pa­pua New Guinea. Aus­tralian high­lights be­tween Syd­ney and Fre­man­tle will be Bris­bane, Cairns, Dar­win, Broome and Ger­ald­ton, plus scenic cruis­ing of the Kim­ber­ley Coast.

One note: this is for guests who ap­pre­ci­ate sea days be­cause nine are in­cluded.

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