Where to Cruise in 2014 & 2015

Victoria Cruises
Victoria Cruises sails on China’s Yangtze River.

As cruise lines begin announcing specials for 2014 and their latest itineraries for 2015, we’ve pinpointed a few options for your clients, ranging from river and small ship cruising to the larger options on the market.

This year, Victoria Cruises celebrates 20 years of sailing on China’s Yangtze River and will offer a new excursion along the Goddess Stream tributary.

“Much has changed on the Yangtze River in the last 20 years, including the completion of the Three Gorges Dam project, which raised water level on the river allowing for an improved sailing experience with access to new excursions,” says Larry Greenman, manager of public relations and customer service for Victoria Cruises. “But while some things change, others stay the same and Victoria Cruises remains the finest guide for Western passengers interested in exploring the Yangtze River in five-star elegance.”

On the Grand Yangtze Discovery cruise, passengers can opt for the 8-night upstream or 6-night downstream trip, which include sightseeing east of Tichang with visits to Jiuhuashan (Mountain of Nine Lotuses) and Nanjing, which includes the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.

Rates start at $1,610 pp dbl. For more information, visit victoriacruises.com.

Pearl Seas Cruises
Pearl Seas Cruises’ Pearl Mist.

Small Ship Cruising
Pearl Seas Cruises’ new 210-passenger Pearl Mist will set sail in the Caribbean in spring 2015 on a series of 7-, 10- and 11-night Caribbean itineraries, running from February to May 2015.

Your clients can cruise to the Bahamas, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and Martinique. One of the new itineraries, the 10-night Grand Caribbean-St. Martin voyage, visits St. Martin, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, St. Croix, Nevis, St. Kitts, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Barts and Saba.

“As the New Year and the completion of the Pearl Mist draw closer, we’re getting increasingly excited to introduce the world to Pearl Seas Cruises,” says Timothy Beebe, v.p. of Pearl Seas Cruises. “Complete with new Caribbean sailings, we believe the line’s unique itineraries and Luxury Adventure concept will appeal to many and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard.”

Call for rates. For more information, call (800) 983-7462 or visit pearlseascruises.com.

 Norwegian Getaway
NCL’s Norwegian Getaway.

Large Ship Cruising
For fans of larger cruise ships, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will be sailing to Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean during its 2015 summer and year-round cruises. In summer-2015, NCL will offer four ships in Europe, including Norwegian Spirit, which will sail the 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyage departing from Barcelona or Venice and visiting Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Turkey.

NCL will also offer year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami on Norwegian Getaway, as well as 7- and 8-day Bahamas and Florida trips on Norwegian Gem from New York City three ships in Alaska. Passengers can also sail to Hawaii on the recently enhanced Pride of America on 7-day cruises departing from Honolulu and Canada and New England trips on Norwegian Dawn or Norwegian Gem.

For more information, call (866) 234-7350 or visit ncl.com.