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New cruise voyages to entice travellers

As the cruise sector continues to rebound, major cruise lines have started to announce new and exciting voyages to entice clients. Here are three of the best…

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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, South American voyage

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has announced a South American and Antarctica grand voyage for 2023. The 78-night South American exploration offers the chance to sail the mountainous Chilean fjords and experience the rugged, icy coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Balmoral, one of the line’s smaller vessels, will set sail from Southampton on 5 January 2023 to circumnavigate South America and – for the first time in the company’s history – cruise to Antarctica. Balmoral’s size has allowed for the addition of ports including Havana in Cuba and Hamilton in Bermuda. 

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Silversea Cruises, Far East-West 65-destination voyage

Silversea Cruises has launched an exclusive pre-sale on its 2024 world cruise, entitled ‘Far East-West’. Created in response to a burgeoning demand for extended voyages, the 132-day journey was designed by Silversea’s destination experts to broaden the horizons of even the most well-heeled travellers, connecting many immersive experiences throughout the Pacific Ocean. In total, guests will visit 65 destinations across 14 countries, including 40 new ports for Silversea Cruises.

Hosted aboard the 388-guest Silver Shadow, the voyage will depart from San Francisco on 15 January 2024. Travellers will journey from east to west on a round-trip itinerary that will encompass most of the Pacific Rim, from Hawaii and remote Pacific isles, to Australia and New Zealand, through southeast Asia, China, Japan and the Russian Far East, and then back across the Pacific to Alaska, Canada and finally California.

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Cunard, Overseas Escapes

Cunard has announced that its fleet, comprising Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, will collectively embark on more than 40 voyages in 2021 and 2022.

The Overseas Escapes itineraries will range from two to 40-night sailings, visiting more than 49 destinations.

Queen Mary 2 will resume transatlantic crossings in November, before sailing new short breaks in western Europe followed by three winter sailings to and in the Caribbean.

Queen Elizabeth will be the first of the three ships to resume sailings, operating from Southampton on 13 August on British Isles itineraries, followed by voyages spanning western Europe, the Iberian coast and Atlantic islands.

The ship will then depart for Asia in late February, sailing through the Suez Canal to Dubai, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, where the ship will resume its scheduled programme in April.

In Europe, Queen Victoria will return to sailing in April 2022 with three new round-trip itineraries from Southampton. The sailings will take in 11 countries and include stops in destinations including Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn and Gdynia (Poland), as well as overnight calls in Amsterdam, Lisbon and St Petersburg.

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