This week is your roughly bi-annual reminder that J5Travel has a cruise expert on board, the wonderful Kanise, and a nudge to point out the fact that luxury cruising is enjoying a very strong growth phase, both in client interest and the number of ships entering service. Ritz-Carlton Yachts are now sailing and they will be followed in the coming years by Four Seasons, Aman and Orient Express, to complement the already established luxury cruise lines.
Our sister site worldcruiseadvisors.com has grown significantly in the last year, and we also have now added Grand Voyages, which in layman's terms are cruises of over 30 days in length but under the length of a world cruise, which is considered to be longer than 90 days all the way up to Royal Caribbean's incredible 275 day cruise.
This week I want to highlight 5 Grand Voyages that are specific (more or less) to a Continent. It is of course impossible to summarize journeys such as these with a paragraph and a couple of photos, so please just check out the link above if you wish to see more details.
Top 5 - Grand Voyages, One Continent at at Time
1. Europe (above)
Silversea Silver Moon
Lisbon to Athens, Oct 6 - Dec 10, 2023
Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Black Sea for 65 nights.
52 ports and 16 countries
As well as being a beautiful boutique cruise line, Silversea include everything, yes everything...door to door!
- Private Executive Transfers
- International Flights - Business Class
- Airport Transfers
- Pre cruise hotel
- On board - food and beverages, Butler Service, Shore Excursions
Highlights: three whole weeks in the Eastern Mediterranean, including a magical visit to the Holy Land and overnight stays in Alexandria and Nazareth, as well as a special visit to Jerusalem (below), the first for any Grand Voyage.
Regent Seven Seas Explorer
Tokyo to Sydney, Oct 18 - Dec 21, 2024
Grand Asia Exploration for 63 nights
Destinations: Tokyo, Shimizu, Kobe, Naha/Okinawa, Ishigaki, Keelung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore (above), Amphoe Ko Samui, Laem Chabang, Amphoe Ko Samui, Ho Chi Minh City, Kota Kinabalu, Muara, Semarang, Surabaya, Benoa, Gili Mas, Komodo (below), Darwin, Cooktown, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Newcastle/Australia, Sydney/Australia
3. The Americas & Antarctica (above)
Roundtrip Miami, Jan 4 - Mar 24, 2024
Grand Americas, Amazon & Antarctica for 79 nights
From Panama to Antarctica — this voyage around South America encompasses Inca ruins, great world cities, colonial splendors and breathtaking natural wonders.
A highlight: Make the most of your day in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo (below), winding through the quaint Ciudad Vieja (Old City) while discovering its vibrant art scene and diverse cultural influences.
4. Arctic and More (above)
Regent Seven Seas Mariner (below)
New York to Barcelona, Jun 2 - Aug 5, 2024
Grand Arctic Adventure for 83-Nights
New York City, Martha's Vineyard, Boston, Portland/Maine, Bar Harbor, Saint John/New Brunswick, Halifax, Sydney/Nova Scotia, Corner Brook, Nuuk, Paamiut, Qaqortoq, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Heimaey Island, Eskifjordur, Torshavn, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Killybegs, Douglas, Dun Laoghaire, Liverpool, Holyhead, Waterford/Ireland, Weymouth, Saint Malo, Southampton, Honfleur, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Aarhus, Helsingborg, Warnemunde, Gdynia, Klaipeda, Visby, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Copenhagen, Lysekil, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Olden, Kristiansund, Trondheim, Hammerfest, Honningsvag, Tromso, Leknes, Alesund, Lerwick, Invergordon, IJmuiden, Amsterdam, Zeebrugge, Saint Peter Port, Bordeaux, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Ferrol, Porto, Lisbon, Cadiz, Barcelona
5. Africa & Arabia (above)
Silversea Silver Spirit
Cape Town to Athens, Jan 27 - Mar 9, 2024
Grand Africa and Arabia for 62-Nights
Discover the true spirit of Africa and Arabia with Silversea's first-ever Grand Voyage off the coast of this majestic continent. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the very first place to welcome human civilisation, as you explore the contrasts between new and old in the large cities and small towns of countries like Mozambique and South Africa. You’ll get to experience the many diverse cultures of Africa up close, including the mystical shamanistic ceremonies of the Sangoma spiritual healers in Durban and the healing trance dance rituals of the San of the Kalahari. From the incredible variety of wildlife in the Seychelles and Madagascar (below), to the vast breathtaking landscapes of the Namibian and Saharan deserts, Africa will captivate your imagination and stir your soul.
If you are ready to embark on your very own grand voyage adventure let us know by clicking the button below to get in touch with our crusie specialist.
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