LUXURY CRUISING TAKES GREAT STRIDES IN 2019

The year is set to be spectacular when it comes to new launches and new itineraries

PONANT BROADENS HORIZONS

The luxury expedition specialist, Ponant, continues to broaden its horizons in 2019 with the addition of two new ships and with nearly 40 new itineraries across the fleet. From March – December, the ships will chart new courses through destinations such as North America, Africa, Europe, Caribbean, The Arctic, and more. The Ponant Explorers fleet will double this year with the addition of Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville. Making their maiden voyage through the Baltic and Mediterranean, both ships will feature an innovative Blue Eye lounge – a multi-sensory space that allows guests to experience the subaquatic world through sight, sound, and feel. New itineraries include the Red Sea, North Africa & the Seychelles, Europe, Central America, and the Arctic.

SCENIC ECLIPSE PROMOTED AS “SIX-STAR LUXURY ON THE SEAS”

Slated as the “world’s first Discovery Ship” – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super), Scenic Eclipse, despite delays in construction, is continuing its fit-out at Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia, with delivery slated for Q1 2019. 114 all-veranda suites range insizefrom32sqmto250sqm with 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet. There are two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. Innovative zero-speed stabiliser fins are 50% larger than standard to provide even greater stability; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allows for stationary positioning without the use of an anchor.

“THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT” HEADS FOR NEW WATERS

Regent Seven Seas Explorer, described by the company as “the most luxurious cruise ship ever built”, is sailing to South America for the first time this year. After cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Northern Europe and Africa during her first two years, Seven Seas Explorer will visit picturesque ports in 10 South American countries January through March 2019 during five highly-anticipated voyages.

Seven Seas Explorer is an all-suite, all-balcony ship, offering accommodation for up to 750 guests. She features extravagantly designed theatres and lounges, a US$7-million art collection, and five lavish gourmet restaurants. The 375 suites range from the 307 square-foot Veranda Suite to the lavish 4,443 square-foot Regent Suite. Nearly 90 suites on the Seven Seas Explorer offer butler service. The Regent Suite, with a private in-suite spa with steam room, and a custom heated spa on a private balcony, offers a car and driver in every port.