2014 cruises to whet your appetite

JENNIFER ENNION
Last updated 14:06 29/11/2013
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If it's been far too long between sea shanties and shuffleboard, then book your place on one of these new cruise ship itineraries setting sail in 2014.   

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB

SeaDream is expanding its choice of destinations with mega-yacht experiences in the Baltic for the 2014 northern summer.

SeaDream I will visit Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Oslo and the Norwegian fjords, among other ports.

The seven- to 14-day voyages will be from June through to August.

SeaDream Yacht Club will also visit Papua New Guinea and the islands of South-East Asia for the first time in 2014.

Details: The seven-day Stockholm return cruise aboard SeaDream I, departing June 21, 2014, starts from US$4124 (NZ$5070) per person twin share (seadream.com).        

SILVERSEA

In August 2014, Silversea's luxury expedition vessel Silver Explorer will embark on a new voyage for adventurers - a 23-day jaunt through the Northwest Passage.

Follow in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen as you navigate the famed shipping route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Canadian Arctic.

Stops include remote Greenlandic towns, Canada's Devon, Prince Leopold and Beechey islands, and the Alaskan port of Nome.

Details: All-inclusive cruise-only fares start from $42,171 per person, double occupancy (silversea.com).          

SEABOURN

Luxury cruise line Seabourn is launching its new Extended Explorations program in 2014.

The program allows travellers to link itineraries on Seabourn's boutique ships.

Voyages range in length from 28 days to 116 days, with the latter being an exploration of Africa and South-East Asia on Seabourn Sojourn.

The new 116-day itinerary departs Barcelona on November 19, 2014, and takes in Morocco, the Canary Islands, Namibia, Mauritius, Madagascar, the Maldives and Myanmar.

Details: The mammoth Africa/Asia jaunt is priced from $62,962 per person double occupancy (seabourn.com).

CUNARD

Cunard's 2014 program features a range of new itineraries, including Mediterranean cruises on the Queen Elizabeth.

The program starts in the northern spring and also features a twist to Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic crossings.

The Queen Elizabeth's first full season in the Mediterranean will include departures from Venice, Rome and Athens from June to November 2014.

Queen Mary 2 will also embark on 18 crossings between Southampton and New York next year, including new eight-night crossings.

Some will include a call into Halifax, while there'll also be two Birthday Crossings on May 9 and May 16 to celebrate the flagship liner's 10th anniversary.

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Details: The new eight-night Transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2, which includes stopping in Halifax, is priced from $1164 per person double occupancy (cunard.com).     

AVALON

Luxury river cruise specialist Avalon Waterways is celebrating its 10th anniversary by heading to the mighty Amazon for the first time in 2014.

The boutique 45-metre Amazon explorer Aria will set off on an 11-day Peruvian adventure.

Guests will search for rare pink dolphins, and visit indigenous communities and the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve, while other highlights include Cusco and Machu Picchu.

The itinerary launches in February, and continues each month thereafter.

Details: All-inclusive prices for The Inca Empire To The Peruvian Amazon cruise start from $7,000 (avalonwaterways.com.au).      

ARANUI

Tahiti's freighter cruise line, Aranui, will make its first scheduled calls to Bora Bora next year.

Aranui 3 made a special stop this year to celebrate the line's 10th anniversary, and because it was so popular with passengers, Bora Bora has been officially added as a destination to two itineraries in 2014.

The ship is best known for its 14-day cruises to French Polynesia's Marquesas and the Tuamotus, but passengers will also visit the Society Islands on the April 17 and December 25 departures.

P&O CRUISES WORLD CRUISING

Step aboard the first P&O Cruises World Cruising ship to be based in the Mediterranean throughout the northern summer next year.

The elegant Ventura will sail on a series of seven- and 14-night cruises to ports in the Med between late March and October.

You'll be able to join, for example, a 14-night trip to Spain, Italy and Croatia, stopping in ports such as Palma in Spain, Toulon in France, Monte Carlo, Venice in Italy and Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Details: Fares for a balcony cabin start from $1847 per person twin share (pocruises.com).       

P&O CRUISES

For the first time next year, P&O Cruises will operate its dedicated roundtrip cruises to Papua New Guinea from Sydney.

The company has previously departed from Brisbane, but will sail on its inaugural departure from Sydney on September 1, 2014, with an 11-night voyage on Pacific Pearl.

The itinerary will include a range of destinations in PNG, such as Alotau, Kiriwina and Doini Island.

Details: Fares for the Sydney departure start from $1063 per person quad share (pocruises.com.).      

WINDSTAR CRUISES

Windstar Cruises will make its debut in South-East Asia and Arabia next year.

The line's new 212-passenger power yacht, Star Pride, will set out on five exclusive itineraries that highlight small ship ports throughout Asia, the Middle East and India.

Star Pride will launch in May, with the inaugural South-East Asia and Arabia season to begin on October 30.

Voyages will include the 18-day Athens to Dubai, the 15-day Dubai to Singapore, two 10-day Singapore returns and a 14-day Singapore to Hong Kong.

Details: Cruise-only prices for the 18-day Wonders of Arabia journey, departing October 30, 2014, start at US$5799 (NZ$7,146) per person double occupancy (traveltheworld.com.).       

All fares listed are subject to availability and conditions.

- AAP

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