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Hurtigruten’s new expedition ships are preparing to cruise from Pole to Pole

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Hurtigruten’s new expedition ships are preparing to cruise from Pole to Pole

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Hurtigruten has some adventurous plans for the first of its new expedition ships, launching in 2018. In its maiden season the Roald Amundsen, currently under construction, will be heading for the Chilean fjords, Falkland Islands, and Antarctica. The new Hurtigruten programme also includes a large number of new itineraries and destinations – ranging from exotic jungles to frozen landscapes. Fram will lead expedition sailings in the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast of the United States, visiting eight countries along the coast of Central America. Ports of call  include the San Blas Islands, Fort San Lorenzo, Boscas del Toro, Puerto […]

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What Might We Expect from Virgin Voyages Come 2020

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What Might We Expect from Virgin Voyages Come 2020

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By 2020, there will be another cruise line for travelers to consider spending their vacation days on in the form of Virgin Voyages. Originally dubbed Virgin Cruises, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson recently announced the new moniker as a departure from traditional cruising.

So, just what might that look like in four years’ time?

After all, very little in the way of details has yet to be released beyond specifications for a fleet of three 110,000-ton, 2,800-guest ships being built by Italian Fincantieri though 2022. The only latest information we have is that the line will partner with clean energy system Climeon Ocean.

READ MORE: Virgin Group Announces Launch of New Cruise Line

To start, a visit to Virgin Voyages’ website before the name change brought up a form asking for suggestions, which was a welcome sign of a line dedicated to travelers’ desires. While the call for submissions has since expired, the displayed description retains the values:

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Cruise As Far Away As You Can

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Cruise As Far Away As You Can

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As I sit on my laptop, looking at the overbooked remains of a planned trip to Santiago, Chile, I am feeling a sense of wanderlust, a longing for an adventure far away. For many years, I chased this feeling with weekend trips to Tokyo, London, and Shanghai. But in recent years, most of my long haul travel has been for cruises, a mode of transportation I never really considered when planning an international trip. For me, I’ve grown up in aviation, so anything overseas was automatically assigned to a widebody from Newark. Cruises were for the Caribbean, I thought. Looking back, wow, was I wrong.

Over the years, I’ve cruised plenty of times, across various lines, but mainly to the Caribbean. But more recently, my cruises have taken me across the Atlantic to northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and eastern Europe. For the longest time, I honestly never considered cruising to be anything more than a tropical vacation under the sun, yet, and especially in the last year, I’ve come to know cruising in a whole different light. Cruising is always said to be a global vacation, something that can take us to every continent in comfort and convenience. But how many of us actually believe that? When we go to book a cruise, do we subconsciously decide on a typical eastern Caribbean itinerary? Maybe it’s just me, but maybe it’s you too, but I think sometimes we forget just how global cruising truly is.

Exploring the incredible Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul.

Exploring the incredible Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul.

While I have cruised the Mediterranean before in my younger years, the idea of cruising through Europe didn’t really click with me until my Empires of the Mediterranean sailing aboard Viking Cruises’ Viking Star. Sailing from Istanbul to Venice, I’d have the chance to explore Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy – an impressive itinerary in it’s own right. Looking back, I remember the excitement that filled me, the visions of exploring Europe via a beautiful cruise ship. It was something I hadn’t truly considered before, but looking back, it’s something I wish I had considered earlier. In fact, many of my fellow guests aboard that Viking sailing hadn’t cruised in Europe before and we’re excited to experience a new region of the world by cruise ship. I found it interesting that so many dedicated cruisers hadn’t ventured outside of the Caribbean before. And who knows for what reasons, for I can’t judge. It could be everything from Europe cruises typically being more expensive, fear of traveling far away from the comforts of home, lack of interest, etc. Leaving the reasoning behind, I was excited to see so many loyal cruisers trying something new. It made me truly consider the world of cruising possibilities.

And it really is a world of possibilities – you can cruise to literally every continent on this planet. From major cities such as Hong Kong, Miami, Amsterdam, Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, Los Angeles, you name it – there’s a cruise there. Through rivers in the jungles of South America, rivers in the valleys of Europe, rivers in the plains of China – there’s a cruise there. Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, South Pacific, Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South China Sea – there’s a cruise there. Cruising is everywhere, therefore, we can go anywhere.

Sailing through tiny towns along the rivers of Europe.

Sailing through tiny towns along the rivers of Europe.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash any region of cruising. I’m not here to tear down those who prefer cruising in one region over another. I’m only here to remind us that there is so much out there to be discovered and that cruising is the perfect way for us to discover more and feed our need for adventure. I never want to discourage a cruiser from taking a cruise, but maybe I’m asking you to challenge yourself when it comes time to plan your next cruise. There is so much to be seen, so much to be enjoyed, and we can’t live our entire lives in just one spot. I truly think you’ll be amazed at what is waiting over the horizon to be discovered. Sometimes, it just takes a little curiosity to send you on the greatest trip of your life. That has been exactly my experience. Each time I push myself further outside my travel comfort zone, I discover an entirely new and amazing world. I’ve been truly blessed with my recent cruise experiences and only hope that the idea of going beyond what we know leads many others to feel the same wanderlust I’m feeling this afternoon. To quote Jan Levinson-Gould from The Office, “There are always a million reasons not to do something.” So, next time it comes to book a cruise, find the one reason to shake it up and do something new. Find a reason to start a new adventure. A reason to discover. Cruise as far as you can and never stop.

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Beyond the Port – A Day in Corfu, Greece

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Beyond the Port – A Day in Corfu, Greece

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A Day in Corfu, Greece – explore the Old Town on your own. The second largest Ionian Greek Island, Corfu is as beautiful and serene a Greek Island as you can imagine.  With mountains as a backdrop, a panoramic drive around the island lends breath-taking views to each turn.  Castles are as common as ancient […]

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