August Cruise Ship Itinerary Roundup

August 3, 2017
Norwegian Jewel in port, with mountain landscape in the background

(2:50 p.m. EDT) -- With new itineraries released by cruise lines all the time, we'll keep you up to date with the latest sailings on offer -- wrapped up in one monthly roundup.

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Norwegian Jewel to Return to Alaska

Following its 2017-2018 season in Asia and Australia, Norwegian Jewel will reposition to Alaska for summer 2018 to replace Norwegian Sun, which will begin homeporting in Port Canaveral to offer alcohol-inclusive sailings to the Bahamas and Cuba in April 2018. Norwegian Jewel will join Norwegian Pearl and new ship Norwegian Bliss as one of three Alaska ships; it will initially sail to The 49th State from Seattle before moving to its Vancouver homeport.


Scenic Releases 2018-2019 Southeast Asia Program

Scenic has released river cruises in Southeast Asia for 2018 and 2019, and has a new itinerary. The 11-night "Luxury Mekong and Temples Discovery" cruise departs from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and ends with three days in Siem Reap, Cambodia (plenty of time to tour Angkor Wat). Passengers who book by August 30, 2017, will receive free flights on Mekong sailings of 13 days or longer, as well as on 14-day and 18-day Myanmar itineraries.


Riviera Travel Launches New Danube Itinerary

Riviera Travel has a new itinerary for 2018 called Budapest to the Black Sea. The cruise leaves from Budapest and sails on the Danube River through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, ending in Constanta. The cruises will take place on one of the line's three new ships, Robert Burns, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde.


Emerald Waterways Reveals Christmas Markets 2018 Itineraries

Emerald Waterways has announced its Christmas Markets itineraries for 2018. The line will offer a 15-day cruise leaving on December 4 that sails from Amsterdam to Budapest. The line also plans to have shorter, eight-night sailings between Budapest and Nuremberg, as well as Munich to Budapest.


Silver Explorer to Offer New America Voyages

Silversea Expeditions' Silver Explorer will offer a series of seven new voyages in 2018. Ranging from nine to 14-day sailings, the first voyage starts in Ushuaia, Chile, with the ship working its way up the Pacific coast through the various new sailings, to reach Vancouver, Canada. New itineraries include the 14-day Ushuaia to Valparaiso voyage, departing February 25, that takes in Patagonia's stunning glaciers, mountains and fjords. The final sailing of Silver Explorer's new America voyages is the nine-day Vancouver to San Francisco itinerary, departing May 13.


Hurtigruten Release Two New Sailings for 2017 and 2018

Hurtigruten has launched two further itineraries for 2017 and 2018, including the 17-day "Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica" voyage onboard MS Midnatsol. Departing October 22, 2018, the one-off sailing will take in Antarctica, Patagonia, the Falklands and South America. A regular new six-day sailing, "In Search of the Northern Lights," will operate from Bergen to Tromso, Norway (and vice versa), from November 2017 through March 2018, on a mix of the line's six Norway-based ships.


Holland America Line Expands Panama Canal Offerings for 2017/2018

Holland America Line has announced that it will dedicate eight ships and 19 cruises to the fall 2017/ spring 2018 Panama Canal season. Amsterdam, Eurodam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Zaandam will make 19 Panama Canal transits between the Atlantic and the Pacific from September 2017 through May 2018. Passengers have the choice of five departure cities: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, San Francisco and Vancouver. Countries visited on ports of call might include Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua, as well as Half Moon Cay, the line's private island in the Bahamas.

Zuiderdam will offer 16 partial-transit Panama Canal itineraries paired with Southern Caribbean ports, in addition to full transits. Partial sailings of 10 or 11 days call on ports such as the ABC Islands, Grand Cayman and Panama. Holland America's Panama Canal transits range from 14 to 23 days, and start at $1,199 per person.

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor; Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor; Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K. and Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor