New Cruise Itineraries to Spice Up the New Year

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Each new year brings new opportunities—especially for cruisers. To help get in the spirit and give your clients something to look forward to, we’ve come up with a short list of 10 new ships and itineraries to take your clients from here to there and back again.

Blount Small Ship Adventures Known for providing personalized experiences up and down the Mississippi River, Blount Small Ship Adventures is featuring three new routes for 2012. The 96-passenger ships will now make 8-, 9- and 12-day voyages, introducing guests to the small bluegrass towns of Tennessee and the Cajun feel of New Orleans. For more information, call (800) 556-7450 or visit blountsmallshipadventures.com.

Variety Cruises A boutique yacht cruise line based in Greece, Variety Cruises has already debuted its first of five new itineraries for 2012. The Rivers of West Africa tour takes travelers along the Gambia River for eight days, while four more itineraries set to begin periodically throughout the year will explore the Mediterranean, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Rates for The Rivers of West Africa start at $1,791 pp dbl. For more information, visit varietycruises.com.

Maple Leaf Adventures Recognized by National Geographic and Frommers for exploring remote coasts while enabling exceptional wildlife viewing, Maple Leaf Adventures provides 5- to 12-day cruises for up to eight people aboard its 92-ft. yacht, the Maple Leaf. This year’s lineup includes destinations along the British Columbia Coast such as the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii and Queen Charlotte Islands, and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Additionally, the Maple Leaf makes excursions to parts of Alaska as well. For detailed tour options and pricing information, call (888) 599-5323 or visit mapleleafadventures.com.

European Waterways With 7-day cruises visiting Belgium, Holland, Alsace-Lorraine, Champagne, Paris and Northern France, European Waterways‘ newest addition to its fleet of 20 is the 12-passenger Panache hotel barge. Cruise options include an opportunity to visit Floriade 2012, the World Horticultural Expo taking place in the Netherlands once every 10 years. Rates start at $4,690 pp dbl. For more information, call (877) 879-8808 or visit gobarging.com.

Kompas Holidays International Currently offering 29 year-round escorted tours throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, Kompas Holidays International now invites your clients to explore the Adriatic Sea with its new, 7-day 2012 cruise itineraries: the Islands of Kvarner and Northern Dalmatia, Monuments of Central and Southern Dalmatia, and From the Zadar Archipelago to the Island of Vis. Additional cruise destinations include Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia. Rates start at $563 pp dbl. For more information, visit kompas.net.

MSC Cruises New for 2012, the MSC Divina joins the MSC fleet in May with itineraries touring the Mediterranean. Eleven other ships in the fleet visit a range of regions, with destinations in North and South America, Africa and Europe, ranging from two days up to a 24-day option. Clients who book their cruises at least 120 days in advance can also receive free room upgrades, and MSC has discounts available for group space as well. For detailed tour options and pricing information, call (800) 666-9333 or visit msccruisesagent.com.

Windstar Cruises Beginning November 2012 through March 2013, Windstar is offering five 7-day itineraries—three in the Caribbean and two in Costa Rica—along with a potential savings of up to $900 pp when booked by Feb. 24, 2012. Caribbean cruise options present a wide range of destinations available to visit, including Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tortola, Antigua and many more. Costa Rica roundtrip itineraries visit seven cities within the country, while Costa Rica-Panama itineraries make three stops in Costa Rica and four in Panama. For more information, call (800) 258-7245 or visit windstarcruises.com.

Holland America Holland America’s MS Volendam heads for Asia on Dec. 22, 2012, where it will sail two different 14-day voyages with ports of call in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia and Japan. While in the area, the Volendam will cruise between Hong Kong and Singapore on the Far East Explorer Voyages, and between Hong Kong and Kobe on the China and Japan Discovery Voyage. On April 15, 2013, the Volendam will turn its destination for Canada on a 17-day Trans-Pacific Repositioning Voyage, arriving just in time for the start of the Alaska sailing season. Rates start at $1,899 pp dbl for 14-day cruises or $1,999 pp dbl for 17-day cruise. For more information, call (800) 724-5425 or visit hollandamerica.com.