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new venue
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an Oceania

New Itineraries
Oh, those Northern Lights...always a lure for
cruisers who've been there, done that, and
Viking Ocean ( is
delivering with a new ocean cruise itinerary
that allows guests the rare opportunity
to explore the far north during Norway's
winter-peak time for those majestic
illuminations that slash across the night sky.
Come January 2019, the 13-day In Search
of the Northern Lights itinerary will begin
sailing between London and Bergen on the
930-passenger Viking Sky.
AmaWaterways ( is
delivering on the exotic with new Mekong
itineraries for 2018 aboard the 124-passenger
AmaDara. One option is the Charms of the
Mekong-Upstream from Ho Chi Minh City
to Siem Reap, which includes a 7-night
cruise and then guests have the option of
adding on pre- and post-cruise land stays in
the bookend cities, as well as extra nights in
Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The Riches of the
Mekong follows the same concept, but it sails
downstream. AmaWaterways is also debuting
its first wine-themed cruise in Asia for a
March 26, 2018 sailing featuring the Sbragia
Family Vineyards from the California Dry
Creek Valley with lectures and tastings.
Emerald Waterways (emeraldwaterways.
com) has its eyes set on expansion in Europe
with a new 2018 itinerary, the 8-day The
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Charms of Holland & Belgium, which explores
the history and culture of these two countries
and sails roundtrip from Amsterdam. It's set
for two departures, July and September, and
if guests book in full by Oct. 31, 2017, they'll
get a $400 savings per couple.
For clients who want to combine far-flung
destinations with European getaways, Regent
Seven Seas Cruises ( has unveiled
details about its new World Cruise aboard
the Seven Seas Mariner. The 131-night
Navigate the World cruise departs Jan. 24,
2020 roundtrip from San Francisco and sails
to the South Pacific, the Med, the Arabian
Peninsula, the Caribbean and Central
America. All in all, it's 30 countries on
six continents, with visits to 36 UNESCO
World Heritage sites.

museum and features reproductions of some
of the institution's most famous masterpieces.
Also debuting are new entertainment options
at Music Walk, as well as a new look for
America's Test Kitchen.
MSC Cruises (, too,
is upping the ante by adding 19 new shore
excursions to its range of tours in the Med,
including five of which are exclusive to the
MSC Meraviglia. They include touring Italy's
largest aquarium in Genoa, with a behindthe-scenes look at marine laboratories,
plankton farming and jellyfish not usually
accessible to the public; and experiencing
Italy like a local in Naples, with sightseeing
complemented by coffee, pastry and pizza.
There are also new foodie and family tours in
Pompeii, Barcelona, Messina, and Malta.

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And Then There was Paradise...

Holland America Line's Westerdam
( is looking freshened up
after her time in dry dock. She's now sporting
renovated public spaces, and two firsts for the
fleet: the Rijksmuseum at Sea, and EXC. The
latter is an Explorations Central hub that
offers destination immersion with interactive
screens, an EXC team, EXC tours, and
EXC destination guides. The new museum
at sea space, meanwhile, was created from
a partnership with the famed Netherlands

All eyes are on Celebrity Edge
(, the cruise line's first
new ship in six years set to debut in late 2018.
Its newest addition is the new Eden concept,
a venue that changes throughout the day
and was created with a sensory experience in
mind. There are outward-facing spaces that
invite the ocean in, and its three levels are
connected by a winding, multi-deck pathway.
In the morning, the space is laid-back and
ideal for yoga, or coffee and a croissant. The

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