Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 54
To celebrate this year's Alaska cruising season,
Lindblad Expeditions debuted the 100-passenger
National Geographic Quest, the first expedition
ship made entirely in the U.S. Passengers on Quest
sailings can sally forth to explore tiny islets and
gaze at glaciers in any of eight expedition crafts or
24 two-person kayaks; spy on the ocean's smallest
organisms through a video microscope; and turn
out a pro-quality photo set at one of the imageediting stations. On board, a "live local" ethos
prevails. The ship's market stocks woven baskets
from Panama, handmade jewelry from Alaska, and
more items sourced from artisans along the ship's
route. The kitchen presents menu items made with
local fare (Dungeness crab in Alaska, for instance),
and the bar showcases spirits that tie into the ship's
itinerary. After an inaugural Alaska season, the
Quest heads to Central America for the winter and
several eight-day, Panama City-to-San José, Costa
Rica, voyages. Departures: Multiple dates, December
2, 2017, through January 27, 2018; from $5,990.
Previews of coming
1. Ponant's marine-inspired Blue Eye lounge. 2. Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen. 3. The
Roald Amundsen pool deck. 4. Staterooms on Lindblad's National Geographic Quest.
South Beach at Sea
Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess emerged from its summer break with
a brand-new look. While in dry dock recently, the 670-passenger ship
underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that revamped the atrium
space and added new mini-suites, restaurant spaces, and a sleek, South
Beach-inspired pool area. Check out the refreshed vessel in the Caribbean this winter on a 14-day, round-trip-from-Fort Lauderdale itinerary that includes calls on Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Barbados, and other
islands. Departure: December 22; from $2,499.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
When it heads to
Antarctica next October,
Hurtigruten's 500passenger Roald
Amundsen will be the
cruise ship, reducing
the voyage's typical fuel
consumption and carbon
dioxide emissions by 20
percent. The maiden
journey is sold out, but
explorers can hop on
other 18-day, round-tripfrom-Santiago sailings.
dates, November 9, 2018,
through December 27,
2018; from $10,511.
Up next for Ponant: Le
and Le Champlain, 184-passenger
ships that arrive next
summer with cruising's
first underwater lounges.
Watch for sea life through
portholes in the futuristic
lounge - named Blue
Eye - on Le Lapérouse's
eight-day, round-tripfrom-Reykjavík sailing.
Departure: June 19, 2018;