Karl Cushing finds the ideal luxury cruise to suit every interest
The intellectual one
Regent Seven Seas’ Explorer has a 12-night cruise from Reykjavik to Copenhagen in August. A tie-in with the Smithsonian Institution, a programme led by botanist Michael Scott, is backed by innovative excursions in ports from the Faroes and Shetlands to Norway and Sweden. From £9,139pp in a Veranda Suite.
A sailing safari
Seadream’s ‘Sea. Sky. Safari.’ collaboration with TCS World Travel, in May 2017, starts with a cruise from Barcelona to Cannes before switching to a private Boeing 757 to explore Africa, from Cape Town to Marrakech, including gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Botswana’s Okavango Delta. From £86,000pp.
For footie fans
Azamara Club Cruises’ 12-night Baltic & World Cup Voyage from London-Stockholm, departing 17 June 2018, takes in Amsterdam, Helsinki and Copenhagen, and navigates the Kiel Canal. A highlight is catching a 2018 World Cup game in Saint Petersburg. From £3,683pp for a Club Interior Stateroom.
Russia’s untamed east
Hapag-Lloyd’s 26-day Expedition Kamchatka on MS Bremen, departing Otaru, Japan in June, promises ‘magic moments at the world’s edge’, from volcanic landscapes to spotting orcas and taking in Kamchatka and the Kuril and Aleutian Islands en route to Nome. From £11,233pp, including flights. hl-cruises.com
The South America one
Silversea’s 22-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Callao aboard Silver Muse, from £8,550pp cruise-only, departing 16 February 2018, features ports such as Punta Del Este, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia in Argentina; and Puerto Montt and Valparaiso in Chile, before hitting Peru, where guests can explore a pisco distillery.