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What's New? Luxury Cruise Highlights for 2023


2023 is set to be a very special year for the luxury cruise industry, with lots of exciting new ships, new brands and new experiences. Here are the ten things we are looking forward to most:

1. Explora Journeys

New luxury cruise line Explora Journeys is set to welcome the first 920 guest ship to its fleet in July 2023, with her Maiden Voyage scheduled to depart from Southampton on July 17th, sailing to the Norwegian Fjords and beyond. We can't wait to see the first magnificent ship in this fleet, offering true resort style with plenty of space and choices.

Explora Journeys - Explora I

2. Oceania Vista

The first new ship for Oceania Cruises in several years arrives in May, and she will be one to watch. Oceania's classic selling points of excellent food, port intensive itineraries and affordable prices will be distilled into this beautiful 1200 guest ship, taking Oceania to the next level.

Oceania Vista - Waves Grill

3. Emerald Sakara

The second luxury superyacht for Emerald, the 100 guest Emerald Sakara, currently under construction in Vietnam, is due to launch in August 2023 when she starts a series of cruises in the Mediterranean with a sold out inaugural journey from Athens through the Corinth Canal and onwards to Italy.

Emerald Azzura at sea

4. The 'new' Crystal Cruises

We are still awaiting the announcement of itineraries for the Crystal Cruises rebirth in its new guise under the ownership of Heritage. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are currently being refurbished in Trieste, and we expect a Mediterranean launch in summer 2023.

Crystal Cruises

5. Silver Nova

The first of Silversea's Nova class of ships, the 728 guest Silver Nova is going to be something very special. Not only will she step up a grade with an even more spacious iteration of the classic Silversea style, but also she will be Silversea's most environmentally friendly ship.

Silver Nova - Salt Kitchen Restaurant

6. Seven Seas Grandeur

Excitement is growing for the launch of Regent's sister to Explorer and Splendor, the magnificent 750 guest Seven Seas Grandeur, towards the end of the year. This stylish ship will feature the classic Regent benefits with supremely spacious suites and an extensive range of dining options.

Regent Seven Seas Grandeur - Compass Rose

7. Seabourn Pursuit

Seabourn's second purpose built expedition ship was originally due to join the fleet in October 2023 but will infact be delivered early and being sailing in August. On the 264 guest Seabourn Pursuit expect all the comfort and luxury of a classic Seabourn ship, combined with an outstanding expedition team and so many opportunities to explore and learn more about the natural world.

Seabourn Pursuit

8. Riverside Mozart

Luxury German hotel brand Seaside Collection has acquired the former Crystal Mozart which will sail as part of Riverside Luxury Cruises. This should do for river cruising what Ritz Carlton has done for ocean, by catching the attention of luxury hotel clients who had not realised there was a cruise product for them.

9. Scenic Eclipse II

A second 228 guest luxury expedition yacht from Scenic joins the fleet in the summer when Scenic Eclipse II sails to Iceland and Greenland on an exploration of the High Arctic. With lots of dining options and comfortable accommodation alongside great tools for exploration, Scenic offers a great expedition experience.

Scenic Eclipse I & II

10. AmaWaterways Seven River Journey

New for 2023 is a selection of unforgettable Seven River Journeys from AmaWaterways, the longest and most epic river cruises including seven rivers, fourteen countries and a range of AmaWaterways' distinctive exclusive experiences over 45 or 46 nights.

Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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