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Tahiti, Croatia, Cambodia & More: The Newest Cruise Ship Itineraries
Halong Bay (Photo:Jimmy Tran/Shutterstock)

Tahiti, Croatia, Cambodia & More: The Newest Cruise Ship Itineraries

Tahiti, Croatia, Cambodia & More: The Newest Cruise Ship Itineraries
Halong Bay (Photo:Jimmy Tran/Shutterstock)

October 10, 2019

Brittany Chrusciel
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(3 p.m. EDT) -- Exciting new ship itineraries roll in on a near-daily basis, and can outline cruises sailing years from now. We're here to round up the latest cruise destinations so you can plan the ultimate voyage, whether it's later this year or in 2022. (Learn more about when to book a cruise for the best price.)

Our most recent itinerary roundup compiled sailings departing in summer 2020 and beyond. Itineraries include Norwegian Joy in the Caribbean; the maiden Mediterranean season of Celebrity Apex; and Carnival's summer season in Alaska, sailing from San Francisco.

For even more cruise ideas, check out the following ports and destinations that have been announced this year so far.

Tahiti & Hawaiian Islands

Tahiti (Papeete) (Photo:sarayuth3390/Shutterstock)

  • In 2020, Princess Cruises will return to Tahiti for the first time in five years. A handful of 10-day sailings aboard Pacific Princess will depart in October and November of next year. The cruises will sail roundtrip from Tahiti (Papeete) with an overnight in Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional ports include Huahine, Rangiroa and Moorea. For those with time to spare, a 19- or 29-day "Hawaii & Tahiti Grand Adventure" cruise departs Vancouver September 16, 2020; a 25- or 35-day "Tahiti, South America & Panama Canal Crossing" voyage departs Tahiti on November 14 or 24, 2020.

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  • UnCruise Adventures will sail summer cruises to Hawaii for the first time this July and August. The 36-passenger Safari Explorer regularly sails the islands and this summer will sail weeklong cruises roundtrip from Molokai calling on Lanai, the Big Island of Hawaii and the waters off West Maui. Sailings include kayaking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, wildlife-scouting, skiff excursions and cultural heritage experiences.

Croatia's Coast

Dubrovnik (Photo: Shutterstock)

  • Emerald Waterways, primarily a river cruise line, ventured into the world of ocean cruising this April with a series of sold-out Dalmatian Coast voyages in Croatia. The line has announced they are returning in 2020 two new, 36-passenger yacht charters:the MS Swallow, launching this year, and the MS Lastavica, which is set for its inaugural season in 2020. The eight-day "Pearls of North Dalmatia" cruise sails roundtrip from Trogir, while "Islands of Dalmatia" sails Trogir to Dubrovnik. A 16-day cruisetour called "Discover Croatia and the Islands of Dalmatia" adds three days in the historic coastal town of Opatija; two days in Lake Bled, Slovenia; two days in Zagreb, Croatia's capital city; and concludes with two days in Budapest.

European River Sailings: Holland & Beyond

Amsterdam (Photo: Yasonya/Shutterstock.com)

  • If you're looking to make time to stop and smell the flowers, consider Avalon Waterways' five Tulip Time itineraries, including three new routes for 2020. In addition to two established eight-day tulip cruises, you can now try an eight-day "Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium" sailing, an eight-day "Tulip Time Highlights" cruiseor a 15-day "Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium" cruise. Most of these itineraries begin or end in Brussels and Amsterdam. Avalon is making it easier to customize land tours before or after your cruise for extended time in either location.
  • Viking River Cruises is also building out its tulip cruise collection, starting this year. Debuting in spring 2019, a 10-day "Holland & Belgium"itinerary sails between Amsterdam and Antwerp, visiting new ports of call for Viking: Rotterdam, Maastricht and Nijmegen. Also, in commemoration of World War II and D-Day, Viking is offering a new 11-day "Paris & D-Day 75th Anniversary" cruisetour, with two special departures that coincide with the June 6, 2019 anniversary. Passengers will travel from London to Portsmouth before boarding their ship in Paris and sailing through Normandy, where they'll visit D-Day landing sites.  

Southeast Asia

Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Photo: Lena Serditova/Shutterstock) (Photo:Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shutterstock)

  • Star Clippers, a cruise line of tall ships, is adding Cambodia to its Southeast Asia itineraries in 2020. These 10- and 11-night sailings will vary port of calls on the Thai, Malay and Indonesian archipelagos. The 170-passenger Star Clipper (ship) will begin calling on Cambodia during a newly launched 11-night round trip itinerary out of Ko Samui, Thailand in April 2020. A similar 10-day version of this itinerary will also visit Cambodia as well as several new Thai ports of call including Ko Wua Ta Lap, a National Marine Park. An optional, two-day excursion to visit the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap will also be available.
  • Emerald Waterways' newest ship, Emerald Harmony, will continue to sail the Mekong River in 2020/2021. With only 84 guests, Emerald Harmony was built to allow access to the center of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, meaning passengers can disembark in the center of the city. Four unique itineraries include the eight-day "Majestic Mekong" cruise between Prek'kdam and Ho Chi Minh City; a 13-day "Majestic Mekong Discovery" sailing between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap (with time on land to explore Angkor Wat); the 17-day "Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia" cruisetour adds stops in Hanoi and Halong Bay in the north; and the 21-day "Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia" land-and-river voyage includes stops at Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue and Siem Reap.
  • Scenic Cruises will continue to sail the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia, and the Irrawaddy River through Myanmar, in 2020 and 2021. Itineraries range from 11 to 31 days on what the line claims to be the only river ships to meet European safety standards in Southeast Asia: the 68-passenger Scenic Spirit on the Mekong and the 44-guest Scenic Aura on the Irrawaddy.

Galapagos

Galapagos (Photo: FOTOGRIN/Shutterstock)

  • Celebrity Cruises has sailed the exotic Galapagos for 15 years, and will continue to do so with two ships in the region by 2021. The 100-passenger mega-yacht Celebrity Xpedition was completely refurbished in September 2018. The all-suite, 100-passenger Celebrity Flora is a new-build and will be one of the most energy-efficient ships of its size in the Galapagos Islands when it debuts in 2021. The ship will offer a new tendering system, a Galapagos glamping experience and more. Both ships offer a selection of 10-, 11-, and 16-night packages featuring either pre- or post-cruise expeditions and including one of two seven-night Inner or Outer Loop Itineraries, both sailing from Baltra, Ecuador.

Antarctica

World Explorer (Image: Quark Expeditions)

  • Quark Expeditions has explored the Antarctic region for three decades, and offers seven unique itineraries through the remote sub-Antarctic in 2020/2021. Itineraries include the Falklands (Islas Malvinas) and South Georgia. Quark's ships -- the Ocean Adventurer and Ocean Diamond -- carry about 200 passengers apiece. The World Explorer is a 176-passenger, all-suite new-build with a glass-domed observation lounge.
  • Acclaimed adventure travel company, the Intrepid Group, has revealed all-new Antarctica expedition cruises that will take place onboard the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavor, operated by Intrepid brand Peregrine Adventures and offered in partnership with polar tour operator Chimu Adventures. Itinerary highlights include the Antarctic Peninsula; crossings through the Drake Passage and famed Beagle Channel accompanied by expert-led, educational enrichment programs that focus on the continent's history, geology and biology; the Falkland Islands; and South Georgia, known as the "Galapagos of the South." Itineraries that coincide with Christmas and New Year's Eve also will feature special themed celebrations.

New World Cruises

Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

  • Cunard Line has announced its 2020/2021 world cruise itineraries -- called "Oceans of Discovery" -- that span the fleet. The line will call on a total of 94 destinations across 38 countries. Full voyages range from 39 nights on Queen Elizabeth to 112 nights on Queen Victoria or 113 nights on Queen Mary 2. Four maiden calls are scheduled for Lyttleton and New Plymouth, New Zealand; Hualien, Taiwan; and Miyakojima, Japan. Partial cruises or segments are available.
  • Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity will sail a single, 116-night circumnavigation in 2022 called "Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic." The sailing will call on 32 countries, 50 ports, make nine overnights and 55 UNESCO sites, and is made up of eight individual segments of 12 to 19 nights, each available for individual booking. These segments include Central America, South Pacific/Polynesia, New Zeeland/Australia, Indonesia and Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Holy Land, Baltic Sea, and a transatlantic route including Cartagena, Spain and the Azores.

North America

Cabo San Lucas (Photo:Sorin Colac/Shutterstock)

Holland America Line has announced its 2020 itineraries across Canada/New England and the Mexican Riviera.

  • Holland America's Amsterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdamwill sail more than 40 cruises to coastal Canadian and New England towns between April and October 2020. Cruisers can select from among 10 diverse itineraries ranging from six to 14 days and departing from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Montreal and Quebec City. The cruises will feature calls at some of the region's most iconic destinations, including Canada's Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax, as well as Bar Harbor, Maine.
  • Cruisers looking to sail Holland America in the Mexican Riviera will have 20 cruises and three ships to choose from between October 2019 and April 2020. A series of weeklong itineraries will be offered aboard Oosterdam and Eurodam; additionally, Maasdam will expand its EXC In-Depth Voyages to Mexico in 2020. Most sailings depart sail roundtrip from San Diego. Each itinerary will feature three Mexican ports of call, including Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and an overnight in Puerto Vallarta. Maasdam sailings include seven Mexican ports around the Sea of Cortez like La Paz and Loreto, as well as tons of enrichment programming and activities based on the itinerary.

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