Spring 2018 • 13
12 • Vacations
Get ready for an exciting year of adventure with
new cruise ships and new tours to discover.
By Karen Leiva
NEW ADVENTURE EXPEDITION VESSEL
Australis, the only cruise operator to sail the Chilean fjords,
has launched a new ship,
, for 2018. This
expedition vessel will get passengers up close with massive
glaciers, penguins and the remote lands of Patagonia.
Everything about the new state-of-the-art
was designed to navigate the narrow fjords and channels,
while keeping conservation front and centre. Ask your travel
specialist about itineraries for four, five and seven nights.
AROUND THE WORLD
In 2019, Silversea’s
will embark on a 132-day
journey visiting 31 countries and stopping at 52 ports
along the way in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For this
incredible around-the-world voyage, Silversea has invited
nine writers aboard. The writers will write short stories
inspired by the regions they visit, culminating in a published
anthology. Writers already confirmed include: Paul Theroux,
winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and famed
travel writer, Pico Iyer.
DISCOVERING THE “NEW” EUROPE
The Balkans is the “new” Europe when it comes to
vacationing, and no one knows the charms of this
undiscovered region more than the Globus family of brands.
For 2018, Globus has added two tours: the 11-day Croatian
and the 17-day Best of the Balkans which has an optional
three-night Greek cruise at the end. And its value-brand
sister company Cosmos is chiming in with a new Venice,
Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro 11-day tour. Each includes
the services of an expert Tour Director, transportation in
comfortable Wi-Fi-equipped coaches and tons of local
experiences. Your travel agent has all the details, including
current sales and early booking bonus opportunities.
Solo cruising just got much easier thanks to
Solo Traveller Promotion
. Ask your
travel specialist about this program enabling single
passengers to join more than 145 departures without
having to pay extra fees for a single supplement. The
promotion includes 24 Wine Cruises and other itineraries
through Europe and Asia. “There’s something liberating
about travelling on your own, as it gives you the
opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a new culture and
meet new people, in many cases making lifelong friends,”
said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of
AmaWaterways. We couldn’t agree more!
NEW ROUTES THROUGH SPAIN
Also new in 2018, Trafalgar has introduced two new Spain
itineraries. The all new Great Iberian Cities nine-day tour will
take guests on a journey from Spain to Portugal with stops in
Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Lisbon. Guided tours include
visits to the famed Prado Museum in Spain and the magnificent
UNESCO-listed Hieronymites Monastery in Portugal.
The Madrid Explorer is a six-day tour focusing on cuisine
HOT TRENDS FOR 2018
Leading adventure travel company, G Adventures
released its top 10 destinations for 2018 which include
emerging travel destinations such as Colombia,
Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Oman and Bolivia. There are also
some oldies-but-goodies making a comeback, including
Morocco and Egypt (for the anticipated opening of the
Grand Egyptian Museum). Not surprisingly given Nelson
Mandela’s upcoming centenary birthdate, South Africa
also made the list. The only European destination is
Portugal, finally getting its due recognition for great
food and sites to see. Hawaii is also on the list, noted for
its efforts in sustainable tourism.
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