With the arrival of 2015, cruise lines are thinking about what's coming next. Most lines have released either full or partial itineraries for late 2015 through 2016, and avid planners are booking quickly to ensure space on their dream trips. Here's what's new for late 2015/early 2016.
- Azamara Cruise Lines
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruises
- Costa Cruises
- Crystal Cruises
- Cunard Cruises
- Disney Cruises
- Holland America Line
- MSC Cruises
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Oceania Cruise Line
- Princess Cruise Line
- Regent Seven Seas
- Royal Caribbean Cruises
- Seabourn Cruise Line
- Silversea Cruise LIne
- Windstar Cruise Line
Azamara Journey will spend the first part of 2015 in South America, with cruises embarking in Brazil and Buenos Aires before heading to Miami for some Costa Rica trips. The ship will then be based in Europe from April to November, sailing various itineraries in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Black Sea. December finds the ship back in Miami for cruises in the West Indies and Costa Rica.
In 2016, Journey will begin in Central America with Panama Canal and Costa Rica-intensive trips embarking out of Miami and Los Angeles. The ship will then be based in Europe from April to September, sailing various itineraries in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Black Sea. In October, the ship will transit to the Arabian Gulf for several voyages before heading to Southeast Asia. December finds the ship in Singapore.
Azamara Quest begins 2015 in Southeast Asia, with trips embarking in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali and Osaka, before heading to Turkey's Turquoise Coast in April. In July, the ship sails the British Isles and the Baltic Sea before heading to the western Mediterranean for the fall. Come November, the ship is back in Asia before ending the year at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Looking ahead to 2017, Azamara is adding four ports: Kaikoura, New Zealand; Mahe, Seychelles; Yucatan, Mexico and George Town, Grand Cayman. In winter and spring 2017, Quest will sail the West Indies, Panama Canal and Central America, Then, in the summer, the ship will move to the Mediterranean and Black Sea through fall 2017.
In winter and spring 2017, Journey will visit Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. The ship will then cruise Northern and Western Europe in the summer and fall seasons, with a few voyages in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Carnival has given more choices to cruisers out of Texas, with voyages planned between San Juan and Galveston on Triumph in 2015. Stops on the route include Bonaire -- a first for the line -- as well as Antigua, Grenada and Martinique. Freedom will also headed to Galveston in early 2015, to be joined by Carnival Liberty and Carnival Breeze in 2016.
Travelers who live in Baltimore and Norfolk are thrilled the line is returning with regular sailings from those ports. After undergoing refurbishment, Carnival Pride will resume yearlong departures from Baltimore, visiting the Eastern Caribbean, as well as Florida and the Bahamas.
Starting in May, Splendor will embark from Norfolk and sail to the Bahamas and Bermuda. That vessel also will sail from New York later in 2015, visiting the Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada and Florida before finishing the year in Miami. Carnival Fantasy will continue to sail to the Bahamas and Key West from Charleston.
On the West Coast, Carnival Miracle will be adding year-round cruises to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach, California, that include a return to Mazatlan. (Other ships for the line based in Long Beach include Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination.) After beginning the year homeporting out of Australia, Carnival Legend will go to Alaska out of Seattle, starting in May 2015. Both ships will also make cruises to Hawaii in 2015-2016. Carnival Spirit will stay in Australia, where it makes voyages to New Zealand and the South Pacific, for 2015.
San Juan will be a homeport for Carnival Liberty and Carnival Valor, starting in March 2015. Two ships will sail out of New Orleans in 2015, including Carnival Dream and Carnival Elation; Carnival Triumph will join the Big Easy contingent in 2016 while Elation will move to Jacksonville.
Still, Florida continues to be home for most of the fleet in 2015, with Carnival Breeze and Carnival Ecstasy in Miami, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral; Carnival Conquest from Fort Lauderdale; Carnival Paradise from Tampa; and Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville. The latter ship will move to San Juan in 2016.
Carnival Victory, which carries 2,758 passengers, will replace 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation in Port Canaveral on February 25, 2016, offering three and four-day cruises to the Bahamas. The ship will remain in there until October 2016, when its short voyages to the Bahamas will be taken over by Carnival Valor. That ship will undergo an extensive drydock in March 2016 to add the line's Fun Ship 2.0 features.
At the end of 2016, Carnival Magic will leave Galveston for Port Canaveral, offering week-long itineraries to the Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean. Before it arrives in Florida, Carnival Magic will reposition from Galveston with one of the line's special Carnival Journeys itineraries. These cruises are meant to be longer trips that feature less-visited ports for the line.
Carnival Sensation will move to Miami in February and offer four and five day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Celebrity continues its trend of expanding into exotic locations; new ports for 2015 include Haines, Alaska; Fredericia, Denmark; Beppu and Kanazawa, Japan; Vladivostok, Russia and Dublin Bay, Ireland, while Skagen, Denmark and Isafjordur, Iceland will be added in 2016, and in 2017, will have a ship homeporting in Abu Dhabi.
The line is also increasing the number of cities where it will stay overnight so passengers can experience more nightlife and local flavor (St. Petersburg, Russia, will have double overnights in 2016). In addition, sailings with "signature events" such as Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the British Open golf tournament and Cannes Film Festival have been added for 2016.
Celebrity Summit will continue to be the line's main vessel on the East Coast, offering trips to Bermuda during the summer and Canada/New England in fall 2015, and again in spring and summer 2016.
Five Celebrity ships will be in Europe during summer 2015 and 2016. Constellation will sail Eastern Mediterranean out of Venice, while Equinox and Reflection will also ply the region with embarkations in Athens, Istanbul, Rome and Barcelona. In northern Europe, Eclipse will cruise to the Canary Islands from Southampton and travel to the Baltic and Norwegian Fjords, joined by Silhouette, which will tour the British Isles in 2016.
Within the Caribbean, Eclipse will sail from Miami to the Southern Caribbean starting in late 2015. Reflection will also depart from Miami, visiting the Western or Eastern Caribbean. From Fort Lauderdale, cruisers can board Silhouette to the Western and Eastern Caribbean or Equinox to Panama and Central America. They can also take Constellation on short four- and five-night voyages or longer trips to more exotic islands like St. Barts. Finally, Summit visits the Southern Caribbean from San Juan. Also in the region, Infinity is adding Roatan and Costa Maya to its list of ports.
Infinity will spend most of late 2015 and early 2016 in South America, including a voyage that features an overnight in Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval and a trip to Antarctica. That ship will also sail the bulk of the line's Panama Canal itineraries.
For truly exotic voyages, Millennium will be deployed in Asia for much of 2015. Itineraries include round-trip Japan sailings and visiting Indonesia and Hong Kong from Singapore. Solstice will tackle trips in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, departing from Auckland, Sydney and Perth in 2015 through April 2016. And finally, Constellation will be based in Abu Dhabi from the end of 2016 into 2017 to offer Arabian Gulf itineraries.
Costa continues to offer slightly exotic sailings that appeal to those who want to give a European line a try. Two ships -- Costa neoRiviera and Costa Serena -- will sail in the Arabian Gulf, visiting ports in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Meanwhile, Classica will sail out of Port Louis in Mauritius on 14-night cruises that include stops in Madagascar and the Seychelles. Within South America, Favolosa will spend the first quarter of 2015 on six- and eight-night cruises departing from Santos, Brazil, while Pacifica will offer numerous sailings from Buenos Aires.
Costa Serena will head to Shanghai, joining Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica in the region. Back in its home waters of Europe, Diadema will sail seven-night cruises between Barcelona and Savona. Fascinosa will also sail from Savona on itineraries that hit Morocco, Spain and Portugal, as well as Marseille. Costa neoRomantica will make 12-night trips from Savona and Marseille.
Also in the Caribbean, Fortuna and Magica will be based out of Guadeloupe for seven- and 14-night itineraries that sail throughout the region into early 2016. Luminosa will spend the first part of 2015 in Miami, making 10-night trips to the Western and Eastern Caribbean before heading back to Savona for a world tour.
2015 marks a significant one for Cunard, as the line celebrates its 175th anniversary. Its three ships will visit 96 destinations in 35 countries, with seven maiden ports of call, including Oban in the Orkney Islands and the Cote d'Azur resort of St. Raphael.
Queen Mary 2 will continue to sail roundtrip from New York, with voyages to the Caribbean and New England/Canada planned, as well as transatlantic crossings. Queen Elizabeth will stay in Europe for much of its season, offering overnight stays in Monte Carlo, Amsterdam, Madeira, St. Petersburg, Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Liverpool and Venice.
Queen Victoria will stick to the Mediterranean for seven-, 14- and 21-night trips from June to October, adding two embarkation ports: Istanbul and Trieste. Overnight stays include Venice, Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona and Monte Carlo.
Talk about planning ahead. Crystal not only has its full schedule for 2016 out, it's already releasing info about 2017.
Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are adding a significant number of new ports in 2016, with 27 maiden calls -- the most debuted in a single year. Inaugural ports include Arendal, Norway; Bandol, France; Catalina Island, California; Crotone, Italy; Hoonah, Alaska; Isla Margarita, Venezuela; Karlskrona, Sweden; Kavala, Greece; Kirkwell and Isle of Skye, UK; Nanaimo and Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Corinto and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Samana, Dominican Republic and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
About half of the ship's itineraries, 29, will be 10 days or less. For the first time, the line will run one four-night and two five-night cruises on the West Coast. There will also be a record number of two-night port stays in cities such as San Diego, Amsterdam, New Orleans, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Venice, London, Lisbon, Barcelona, Sydney and Melbourne.
Crystal Serenity has already made news by scheduling an industry-first voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage; the trip is already sold out. The line is returning to Alaska in 2016 for the first time in five years. Other new 2016 trips include a Hawaiian round trip from San Francisco, a San Diego round trip, a return to New Orleans after 10 years and a new route to Antarctica, departing from Buenos Aires.
In early 2017, Crystal Serenity will embark on a 94-day world cruise, focusing on South America. The voyage begins and ends in Miami and goes on six segments through Antarctica, the Amazon, and the Panama Canal. Crystal Symphony's grand cruise lasts for 99 days and sails round trip from Sydney, stopping in Bali, Singapore, Japan, Polynesia and the Philippines.
Other tidbits for 2017: 32 maiden calls and a record number of overnights. Among the new ports of call will be Maroantsetra, Madagascar; Iquique, Chile; Djupivogur, Iceland; and "off the beaten path" ports in Corsica, France and Italy. The line also will offer its first-ever South African holiday cruise.
In early 2016, Disney is adding two ports -- Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and Martinique -- and also returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for embarkation.
Wonder will spend January 2016 in the Southern Caribbean, sailing seven-night cruises from San Juan with stops in Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Antigua and St. Kitts.
HAL hasn't released its 2016 schedule yet, but it does have some noteworthy voyages throughout 2015. Rotterdam is undergoing a Canary Islands itinerary that includes an overnight call at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, while Zuiderdam will move from Alaska to the Mediterranean. The line also has four maiden calls in Europe for 2015, including Alta, Norway; Paamiut, Greeland; Igoumenitsa, Greece and Canakkale, Turkey.
Ryndam and Statendamwill be leaving the fleet and heading Down Under in late 2015 to join P&O Cruises Australia. Before it leaves HAL, however, Ryndam will do two round trip Northern Isles trip in summer 2015 departing from Harwich, with six calls in Iceland and three in Norway. It will then sail to Venice, with calls in Greece, Croatia and Montenegro.
MSC has released itineraries through early 2016, with voyages to several continents. In South America, Preziosa, Poesia and Lirica will be based in Brazil in early 2015, while Magnifica will be sailing from Buenos Aires. All four ships will head over to Europe in March 2015.
In Europe, Fantasia will take longer trips to the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, as well as the Canary Islands, while Splendida will focus on seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean. Armonia will be based in the Canary Islands. Orchestra will make regular seven-night cruises in the Arabian Gulf, while Opera will be based in South Africa, making trips to Namibia, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Within the Caribbean, Musica will make seven-night voyages departing from Guadeloupe, Martinique and La Romana. Divina will continue to woo North Americans with Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises out of Miami for part of 2015 but then will move the ship to Rome between May and October 2015. It will return to the Caribbean in November 2015 and stay there through April 2016, with new stops in Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and Bahamas; it will then go back to Europe for summer 2016.
For 2015-2016, Norwegian is returning to South America, sending a larger Jewel-class ship to the Mexican Riviera and adding Port Canaveral as a seasonal homeport.
Norwegian Escape joins the fleet in November 2015. It will offer seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailings from Miami, visiting Tortola, St. Thomas and Nassau. Getaway, also based in Miami, will sail the Western Caribbean, including Great Stirrup Cay, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
From New York, Breakaway will sail to the Bahamas and Florida, as well as the Southern Caribbean, stopping in San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Kitts. Gem will travel from NYC to the Eastern Caribbean.
Norwegian is adding a new destination in Belize with Harvest Caye. Ships that will sail there include Star out of Tampa, Dawn out of New Orleans and Jade from Houston. The Mexican Riviera will continue its comeback, with both Jewel and Sun visiting, starting in October 2015.
Coming to Port Canaveral, Spirit will alternate between Western and Eastern Caribbean. Sun moves down to South America for the first time since 2010, adding voyages between Santiago and Buenos Aires.
In happy news for European cruisers, Epic will be based in Barcelona from late November 2015 through April 2016, sailing to the Canary Islands, Morocco and the Western Mediterranean. It will also do a handful of sailings out of Southampton.
Oceania's ships in 2015 seem to travel the globe, never staying in one place too long.
Marina starts out the year with round-trip cruises from Papeete, Tahiti, with some stops in Australia and New Zealand. In March, the ship heads to Lima, Peru, before traveling through the Panama Canal en route to New York. It will also visit Canada before heading to London. Most of the vessel's summer stops will be in the British Isles, as well as the Baltic Sea. Fall finds the vessel in the Mediterranean before sailing to Cape Town. It finishes the year in Rio de Janeiro.
Riveria is one of the line's main ships in the Caribbean, with 10-day voyages in early 2015 out of Miami. In March, the ship heads to Barcelona for European voyages that extend in the Western Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean. In November, the ship returns to Miami for Caribbean sailings.
Regatta stays primarily in the Americas, beginning the year in Miami with sailings into South America in the Amazon and Buenos Aires. Caribbean cruises are notable for stops in Havana. In April, the ship goes through the Panama Canal for a full summer season in Alaska. Fall finds the ship on the East Coast, with sailings into Canada before returning to Miami at the end of October.
Nautica and Insignia make world tours in 2015. The former essentially traverses the eastern hemisphere starting in Cape Town in January before going to Asia, back to Europe, up to the British Isles, over to the Baltic Sea, down to Rome and stopping in Dubai before returning to South Africa at the end of October.
In 2016, Oceania's ships will visit 12 new ports, including Boracay Island, Philippines; Cooktown, Eden, Newcastle, and Norfolk Island, Australia; Gisborne, New Zealand; Jamestown, Saint Helena; Jeju, South Korea; Luderitz, Namibia; Raroia, French Polynesia; Sanya, China and Shimizu, Japan.
Regatta will sail South American in 2016, while Insignia will embark on a world cruise from Barbados in January. Nautica will base eight itineraries in South Africa and Asia, while Marina will be in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand after starting the year in South America. Riviera will continue to anchor the Caribbean.
The line's newest ship, Sirena -- formerly Ocean Princess -- will enter the fleet in April 2016, debuting in Mediterranean next year with a series of 10- to 14-night itineraries that include the line's maiden call to Gaeta, Italy. Other new ports of call for the line in 2016 will include stops in Triestre, Italy; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; and Catalina Island in California..
Princess continues its expansive program in Alaska, with seven ships based there in summer 2015. Ruby Princess is the latest addition, sailing along with Crown Princess from Seattle. The line's popular "Voyage of the Glacier" itinerary, which runs from Vancouver to Anchorage, will be offered by four ships, including Pacific Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess and Coral Princess. Golden Princess will head to Alaska from San Francisco. Numerous cruisetour offerings are also available.
Princess will also continue to grow in Europe, with its newest ships -- Regal Princess and Royal Princess -- deployed in Copenhagen and Southampton, respectively, for Baltic and British Isles cruises. Caribbean Princess will also be based out of Southampton for Northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries, while smaller Ocean Princess will sail routes that include Iceland, Norway and the Baltic Sea. In the Mediterranean, Island Princess sails in Europe for the first time on the Venice-to-Barcelona route, and Emerald Princess will traverse the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Aegean and Black seas.
For its 2015-2016 winter itineraries, Regent Seven Seas is continuing its all-inclusive reputation with complimentary three-night land stays pre- and post-cruise for passengers on Mediterranean, Asia and Alaska sailings who are booked in a concierge suite or higher. New ports of call for the line include Boracay Island, Philippines; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Khasab, Oman; Santa Marta, Colombia; Isla Margarita, Venezuela; Jeju, South Korea; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe and Shimizu, Japan.
The line expects to launch its new luxury ship, Seven Seas Explorer, in summer 2016. The 750-passenger ship's maiden voyage will sail from Monte Carlo to Venice and then spend the rest of the year in Europe, visiting familiar ports and new ones such as Sanary-sur-Mer (France), Portimao (Portugal), Agadir (Morocco) and Catania (Sicily).
Seven Seas Mariner will spend the latter part of 2015 in Cape Town for round-trip voyages leaving from South Africa. It finishes the year en route to Rio de Janeiro, where it will run South America voyages to Patagonia and the Amazon. In April 2016, it will sail the Caribbean before heading through the Panama Canal and north to Alaska. After that, it will complete a San Francisco to New York voyage, followed by fall foliage cruises in New England and Canada. The ship ends 2016 in the Caribbean and the Amazon.
Seven Seas Voyager begins 2016 in Asia, with overnight calls in Rangoon, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka and Hanoi. The ship repositions to the Mediterranean, making stops in Oman, Egypt and Israel. In summer 2016, the ship makes the fleet's first Irish Sea/Bay of Biscay cruise, followed by a fjord cruise through Iceland, Scandinavia and Greenland. The ship will reposition to Asia in November 2016 with a 23-night cruise that travels through Dubai.
Seven Seas Navigator anchors the line's North America presence, with numerous Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises from Miami from winter 2015 and into 2016. In April, the ship repositions to the Mediterranean and sail the French, Italian, and Spanish Rivieras.
Royal Caribbean made news when it announced its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, would homeport in Shanghai, starting in May 2015. There, it will join fleetmates Mariner of the Seas, which sails from Singapore, and Voyager of the Seas, which attracts the Australian market.
Also in Australia in 2015 are Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, which will be replaced in the 2015-16 summer season by larger Explorer of the Seas. The latter ship will be refurbished in April 2015 with the line's signature FlowRider, new restaurants and other bells and whistles. In addition, Legend of the Seas will move to Brisbane for a five-month season spanning 2015 and 2016.
In the summer, Radiance of the Seas will move to Alaska, where it will be joined by Jewel of the Seas. Before it reaches the Northwest, Jewel of the Seas will make a Panama Canal voyage from San Juan. Legend of the Seas will continue to make regular Canal transits for the line.
Royal Caribbean has committed to South America for 2015, basing Splendour of the Seas in Santos from January through April. That ship will also visit Dubai in December, following Rhapsody of the Seas' return to the Arabian Gulf in the spring.
As always, Royal will sail year-round to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from various homeports: Miami (Majesty of the Seas), Fort Lauderdale (Allure of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Independence of the Seas), Galveston (Navigator of the Seas), Port Canaveral (Enchantment of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas), New Orleans (Serenade of the Seas), Tampa (Vision of the Seas) and San Juan (Adventure of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas). New ship Anthem of the Seas will sail from New Jersey for the winter 2015-16 season.
East Coast residents are particularly excited to get regular Bahamas and Bermuda sailings from Baltimore on Grandeur of the Seas. Liberty of the Seas will replace Quantum of the Seas from Cape Liberty; the ship will make trips to Bermuda and sail the Canada/New England route.
Before it heads to New Jersey, Anthem of the Seas will spend summer 2015 in Europe, homeporting in Southampton, where Explorer of the Seas will also spend time. Brilliance of the Seas will also see some time in England, based in Harwich. Vision of the Seas will do Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, starting in April. Splendour of the Seas will handle a variety of itineraries from Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Venice. Rhapsody of the Seas will conduct several cruises from Istanbul and Rome, while Allure of the Seas -- still the world's largest cruise ship until Harmony of the Seas arrives in 2016 -- will make regular trips from Barcelona to Rome.
Speaking of Harmony of the Seas, the Oasis-class ship will spend the start of summer 2016 sailing from Barcelona and Rome, visiting ports such as Palma (Mallorca), Florence and Naples; it will then return to Fort Lauderdale, where it will homeport for winter 2016/2017. Other ships heading to Europe in 2016 include Independence, which will sail from Southampton to Europe and the Mediterranean; Navigator of the Seas, which will sail Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary Island itineraries from the UK; Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas..
Seabourn starts out 2015 with a solid presence in the Caribbean. Seabourn Spirit will make seven- and 14-night roundtrips from St. Maarten and Barbados, while Seabourn Legend sails the southern Caribbean route.
Seabourn Sojourn starts 2015 by journeying from Cape Town to Singapore, where it will make several cruises throughout Asia, including stops in Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. From Singapore, it will depart to the Mediterranean, where it will primarily cruise the western route. In the latter part of the year, it will return to Asia with a voyage that includes three days in Yangon. Holiday 2015 includes Christmas Day in Angkor Wat, Cambodia and New Year's Day in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Seabourn Odyssey will also spend significant time in Singapore in 2015, making round-trip voyages to Indonesia. The vessel then heads to the Eastern Mediterranean, where it sails through the region and Black Sea until October, when it goes to Fort Lauderdale for four 12-day voyages in the Caribbean. Following a holiday Panama Canal cruise, Odyssey will begin 2016 with a 77-day voyage to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.
Seabourn Quest will make Antarctica trips in January before heading north from Buenos Aires to the Amazon. After a stop in Fort Lauderdale, the ship heads to Barcelona and Rome, with the Baltic Sea as its eventual destination. Throughout summer 2015, the ship will sail Baltic and Norwegian itineraries before going to Quebec in late August, stopping at Greenland on the way. The ship will then return to South America for late 2015, early 2016.
When it debuts in 2017, Seabourn Encore will make nine maiden calls to Australia ports, following a naming ceremony in Singapore and its inaugural voyage, a 10-day cruise to Bali.
The luxury line continues to develop maiden calls for its loyal customers, both on its five oceangoing ships and its three expedition ships, with 21 new ports added for the classic fleet and 50 new destinations for the smaller ships. for 2015
Inaugural calls for the ocean fleet include Huelva, San Antonio (Ibiza) and Alcudia (Mallorca), Spain; Rethymnon (Crete) and Igoumenitsa, Greece; Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy; and Amasra, Turkey in Europe. In Asia and the Pacific, new ports include Haikou, China; Hambantota, Sri Lanka; Bintulu, Malaysia; Savusavu, Fiji; Lifou Island, New Caledonia; and the Philippines' Bohol Island, Boracay Island, Busuanga Island and Hundred Islands. Africa and the Indian Ocean offer inaugural visits to Luanda, Angola and Mahajanga, Madagascar. In North America, first-time calls include Norfolk, Virginia; Morehead City, North Carolina; and Falmouth, Jamaica.
Silver Discoverer will be visiting Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia on its 2015 voyages, including the Kimberley Coast. After a year's absence, Silver Explorer is heading back to the west coast of Africa, as well as Antarctica, South and Central America, the British Isles, Northern Canada, Greenland and Arctic Norway. Silver Galapagos will again operate year-round voyages out of the Galapagos Islands. Silver Shadow will once again completely circle the South American continent.
Beginning in January 2016, Silver Whisper will embark on a 114-night world cruise, departing Fort Lauderdale for Venice. Thirteen of the 51 stops will last more than one day. Other 2016 marathon cruises include a 65-night voyage on Silver Spirit that starts in Fort Lauderdale and rounds the horn of South America.
In 2015, Windstar is adding seven new itineraries, including a first-time visit to Reykjavik, Iceland. One of the line's newest yachts, Star Legend, will sail six-night cruises through Northern Europe, departing England and visiting the Kiel Canal between the North and Baltic Sea, and also head up to Norway and the Arctic.
Wind Surf and Star Legend will make 10-day Baltic sailings that have overnights in St. Petersburg. Wind Surf will also sail Norwegian fjords and visit many of Scandinavia's capitals before heading south to Lisbon, Portugal; it also will make a special stop in Amsterdam to take part in the world's largest sailing parade (Sail Amsterdam).
Summer finds Star Legend and Star Breeze -- also one of Windstar's newer yachts -- in Spain and Portugal on eight-night trips along the Spanish coast. Those ships, along with Wind Star, will also sail throughout the Med, with itineraries stopping at the French Riviera, Italy, Croatia, the Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey.
After undergoing a renovation to its 73 cabins, Wind Spirit will return to Tahiti in May 2015, where it will begin sailing from Papeete year-round. The cruise visits Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea, Huahine and Bora Bora.
Star Pride will be based in Asia for the first half of 2015, moving to the eastern Med for the rest of the year.
--by Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor