Become one with the waves during a sea-based vacation on one of these four cruises.
Alaska’s Great Spectacles
Humpbacks breaching. Bears fishing. Seals diving. Glaciers calving. Experience Alaska—from the supreme comfort of a Silver Shadow cruise ship, providing a feast for the senses, both onboard and offshore. Treat yourself this summer to a personal butler and 24-hour in-suite dining, while gazing at diamond-blue icebergs floating on a glassy bay. Explore a remote, untouched Alaska on an expedition that takes you deep through the Inside Passage. Add on an optional pre/post land program at Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, and tour the surrounding 4 million-acre wildlife refuge. According to CEO Roberto Martinoli, Silversea doesn’t believe that bigger is better. “Refined and understated elegance” is the motto; silversea.com.
An Explorer’s Dream
Sail with the renowned environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau aboard three luxury Crystal Cruises voyages. The son of ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau will join select voyages aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity this spring and fall, and an expedition sailing on the boutique yacht, Crystal Esprit. While on board, Cousteau will enlighten guests with lectures, and interactive and engaging presentations discussing his father’s legend, his own legacy and a glimpse of his newest film, which features images captured by Cousteau for the first time in his 60-plus years of diving. Crystal Serenity’s May 24 “Hawaiian Havens” sails the warm regions of the Pacific Ocean; the Oct. 27 “Amazon Escape” explores the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Old Bahama Channel; Crystal Esprit’s Nov. 19 “West Indies” voyage sails round-trip from Marigot Bay through the Caribbean; crystalcruises.com.
A Five-Star French Affair
Discover the treasures of the sea aboard luxurious yachts that combine exceptional itineraries in a five-star, French-style environment. Le Ponant excursions include attentive service, exquisite gastronomy and overall sophistication. The company has partnered with Christie’s for an eight-day “Masterpieces in the Adriatic” cruise (June 20 to 27) from Venice to Athens. Dedicated to exploring the world of art, the sailing will offer special lecturers, including a presentation by Brook A. Hazelton, president of Christie’s America. Guests will discover Palazzo Grassi—an art museum that houses one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world—and experience the 57th annual Venice Biennale; ponant.com.
A Taste of Cuba
Sail to Cuba on one of Oceania Cruises’ six new journeys aboard the Insignia along with 684 other guests. Indulge in the Finest Cuisine at Sea in four gourmet restaurants, with choices of continental specialties or the bold and vibrant tastes of Cuba, featuring a wide array of authentic dishes that were born from generations-old family recipes. Experts will lecture on Cuban history, art and music. The “OLife Choice Promotional Fare” is available for all Cuba sailings, and includes airfare and the choice of either six free shore excursions, a free beverage package or $600-worth of shipboard credit; oceaniacruises.com.
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