Cruising is a mode of travel where it pays to plan ahead. In fact, it’s not uncommon for keen cruisers to book voyages a year or two in advance. It also means the most exciting itineraries on top ships sell out fast and long before they sail, and now is the perfect time to start planning cruises for 2023. Here are the most exciting cruise itineraries book for next year.
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Canary Islands and Dakar with Hurtigruten
During the 15-day trip, which departs in October 2023, the Hurtigruten Expedition Line promises travelers to “discover majestic volcanoes, diverse habitats, stunning coastal scenery and cultural highlights.”
Beginning in Lisbon, Portugal, the itinerary calls upon the lush islands of Madeira, with several stops in the volcanic Canary Islands, before ending in Dakar, Senegal, where travelers will be taken on a guided tour of the capital before returning home.
An “Ultimate France” cruise with Uniworld
Sail three of France’s most scenic rivers – the Rhône, Seine and Gargonne – on the ultimate journey with this in-depth 22-day Uniworld cruise through the best of France. Travelers will be immersed in the country’s charming villages in its most popular regions, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, Paris and Normandy. Transfers to the different rivers will be via the TGV, one of the fastest trains in the world. Along with wineries and city tours, cruise passengers will have access to sites such as Giverny, home to Monet’s studio, the Palace of Versailles, and the beaches of Normandy where the landings took place.
Lower Alaska Highlights with Princess Cruises
With the rebound in Alaskan cruises this year, crossings to the last frontier have quickly booked up. So if a trip through Alaska is on your list for 2023, you’ll want to lock it down now. Consider this family-friendly five-day option from West Coast-based Princess. Sailing round-trip from Vancouver, the route heads to Juneau, where travelers can partake in shore-based activities like an Alaskan salmon bake, sea kayaking, or tours of the Mendenhall Glacier. Next stop is Ketchikan, where highlights include Misty Fjords National Monument and the Alaska Rainforest Preserve, home to seals, bald eagles and black bears.
The Middle East with Emerald Cruises
Emerald Cruises’ latest ship is so boutique and intimate that it’s more accurately described as a yacht. Able to accommodate only 100 guests, the luxury Azzura Emerald will debut in 2023 from a new cruise terminal in Qatar. Itineraries will depart from Doha, for seven-night, eight-day trips that will stop at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Zighy Bay, Oman; and Dubai.
Repositioning itineraries with Virgin Voyages
resilient lady, the ship that has yet to debut the Virgin Voyages adults-only line, is set to reposition to Australia next year. On her way Down Under, the ship will offer three unique itineraries across Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. The first repositioning voyage will depart from Athens in October 2023 with stops in Santorini and Rhodes in Greece, via the Suez Canal to Port Said (Cairo) and Safaga in Egypt and on to Dubai. Other offers include Dubai to Singapore via Mumbai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore to Sydney with stops in Bali, as well as Cairns and Queensland in Australia.
Great Voyages with Regent Seven Seas
If more in-depth cruising is more your style, look no further than Regent’s Grand Voyages, which are multi-month itineraries that explore entire regions of the world. In 2023, we have our eye on the Grand Arctic Adventure, a 78-night trip from New York to Barcelona with a list of dream ports. The route begins by winding its way along the coasts of Massachusetts, Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada, then to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden. , Finland, Norway, Estonia, Scotland, Portugal and Spain.
Morocco and the tour of Sicily with Ponant
Small ship expedition line Ponant recently announced its lineup for 2023 cruises in conjunction with Smithsonian Journeys. Voyages bring historical and cultural experts on board for lectures and to guide guests on shore excursions. For example, a trip from Morocco to Spain offers stops in Casablanca, Tangier and Granada, interspersed with interventions by Alia Kate, an expert in North African international relations and founder of Kantara, a fair design company specializing in Moroccan rugs woven by women. cooperatives, as well as Rafael Chacon, an art historian who has walked the Camino de Santiago twice. Another route, a circumnavigation of Sicily, takes passengers to the Greek ruins of Agrigento and the Byzantine-Arabic mosaics of Palermo; guests are joined by archaeologist Albert Leonard, who has led excavations at sites around the Mediterranean.