From Year-Round Sailings, to Whisky, and Africa Circumnavigation: These new Cruise Ships are Vacation Destinations in Their Own Rights

Seabourn, one of the leaders in ultra-luxury voyages and expedition travel, launches its first-ever “Grand Africa Voyage.” Departing November 30, 2024, Seabourn Sojourn will circumnavigate the continent and sail more than 17,000 miles during a 90-day roundtrip adventure from Barcelona, Spain. The journey will offer a world of experiences for guests, visiting 44 marquee and off-the-beaten path ports and cities throughout 26 countries, with six overnight stays on the itinerary.

The only ultra-luxury ship to sail around the entire continent, Seabourn Sojourn will visit a blend of historically profound destinations on its Grand Africa Voyage. Highlights include Alexandria, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; luscious, tropical paradises such as the Seychelles and Bom Bom Island; lands with breathtaking, diverse landscapes and wildlife such as Kenya, Madagascar and Zanzibar; and culturally rich destinations such as Cape Town, Morocco and Mozambique. In addition to renowned destinations, guests can discover Africa’s lesser-known gems such as Luanda, the “Paris” of Africa, and Cape Verde, the “Gateway to the West.”

Guests can explore Africa’s natural beauty via safari, hikes, scuba, snorkeling and other enriching cultural experiences, such as a visit to a camel milk farm, botanical gardens, living archaeological museums, and more. In addition, several optional multi-day Seabourn Journeys will be available at various destinations, offering in-depth opportunities to explore treasured sites on land that cannot be accessed on single-day excursions from the ship, including a gorilla sanctuary, Victoria Falls and more.

Guests who book the full 90-day Grand Africa Voyage will receive a value-packed menu of complimentary benefits and amenities, including: Gala Bon Voyage dinner & overnight hotel stay at Hotel Majestic prior to departure in Barcelona, An exclusive Grand Cruise event in Cape Town, Special Grand Cruise pillow gifts, Roundtrip business-class air, $2,000USD Shipboard Credit per oceanview and veranda suite ($1,000USD shipboard credit per person, $3,000USD Shipboard Credit per Penthouse and premium suite ($1,500USD shipboard credit per person), Private car transfers door-to-door between home and airport, Personal Valet® luggage shipping service between home and ship in Barcelona, Unlimited laundry, dry cleaning and pressing on board, Visa package (U.S. citizens only).


@Oceania Cruises Marks 20th Anniversary and the Launch of New Ship, Vista, with an Exclusive 20-Year-Old Small-Batch Cask of Whisky from Chapter 7

Oceania Cruises Marks 20th Anniversary and the Launch of New Ship, Vista, with an Exclusive 20-Year-Old Small-Batch Cask of Whisky from Chapter 7

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, is delighted to partner with multi-award-winning whisky brand Chapter 7 on the creation of an exclusive 20-year-old small-batch cask of whisky to celebrate the launch of its stunning new ship, Vista, and the brand’s 20th anniversary.

Just 304 bottles of the whisky will be drawn and will be available for purchase by guests sailing on board Vista during her inaugural season this summer. This exciting partnership comes as part of a long-term collaboration with Oceania Cruises and cruise retail market leader Harding+.

The 1,200-guest luxury ship caters to inquisitive travelers, food and wine connoisseurs and affluent individuals, and Harding+’s quaternity model of working balances the cruise ship profile with guest needs, brand fit and insights, as well as Harding+ retail knowledge.

@MSC Meraviglia entering New York Harbor

MSC Meraviglia: She’s big and innovative, she offers something for everyone, and now she’s more accessible than ever for guests in and around New York

New York City becomes MSC Cruises’ third homeport in the U.S., marking the first time the line will offer year-round sailings from the Northeast.

MSC Cruises—the world’s third-largest and fastest growing cruise line—arrived in New York City last week when MSC Meraviglia docked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The modern and glamorous megaship will sail from the Big Apple to The Bahamas and Florida, Canada and New England, and Bermuda. Itineraries will be available year-round, resulting in a sizeable and ongoing economic impact to the region and confirming MSC Cruises’ commitment to the New York cruise market.

MSC Meraviglia is one of the world’s biggest ships, with a long list of activities and amenities to match. She is known as “The Ship for All Seasons” thanks to expansive indoor and outdoor public spaces and a pool deck with a roof that opens and closes depending on the weather. MSC Cruises is deploying the ship to New York as part of an ongoing pledge to bring its largest, most modern ships to the U.S. market as it continues to grow in the region. New York City joins Miami and Port Canaveral on the cruise line’s roster of North American homeports.

Itineraries from New York on MSC Meraviglia include:

The Bahamas and Florida – Tropical 7- to 11-night sailings with a selection of destinations including Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Bermuda – Starting in August, guests can enjoy 5- and 6-night sailings to Kings Wharf in Bermuda, with several days in port to explore the beauty of the island.
Canada and New England – Just in time for the fall, MSC Meraviglia will offer 10- and 11-night itineraries calling at Newport, Boston and Portland in the U.S and Saint John, Halifax, Charlottetown, and Sydney in Canada.