July 19, 2013

Huge news: Regent Seven Seas Cruises is building a new uber-luxe ship, the 738-passenger Seven Seas Explorer (hitting the high seas in summer 2016). Specific details have yet to be released, but one thing is certain: the all-suite, all balconied cabins will range in size from 300 to 1,500 square feet; there’s going to be an outpost of Canyon Ranch spa on board; and the art collection will be worthy of the Met.

Also making waves this week?

Oceania Cruises is offering its first world cruise in 2015, and will stop at 89 ports, including Cape Town and Shanghai. Given all the inclusions, the price tag—from $39,999 per person for the 180-day trip—actually seems like a huge steal.

Crystal Cruises just rolled out a connoisseur beer menu on their European ships (craft brews will include Scotland’s Ola Dubh 12, aged in oak whiskey casks, and Belgium’s Trappist-made Rochefort Trappistes 10).

Another boon for the industry: rumors are flying that Brangelina might just hold their wedding on a cruise ship—just more proof that cruising makes an ideal getaway for large, luxury-minded families.

Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

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