Middle East: Due to high demand, Royal Caribbean is sailing out of Dubai weekly through March, and the Yachts of Seabourn and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth are also calling on the Vegas of the Middle East. Highlights in the region include reef diving in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt, and the beaches of Aqaba, Jordan.
Eastern Baltic: The North Sea has long been a popular route, but lines are setting a new course farther east. Yachts of Seabourn passengers can enjoy excursions on the cobblestoned streets of Riga, Latvia, and Klaipėda, Lithuania.
West Africa: Lindblad Expeditions (2011) and Princess Cruises (2012) are set to launch new itineraries along the West African coast, and Crystal Cruises returns to the region this year after a decade. Highlights include stops in French-influenced Dakar, Senegal, and a visit to the magnificent dunes near Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Southeast Asia: Lines are venturing to farther-flung corners of Indonesia and Malaysia. From exploring ancient rain forests in Sarawak to snorkeling in Alor, adventure is the key word here: on Orion, “wet” landings (Zodiacs ferry you ashore) are as common as dry ones.