Four new itineraries to take adventurous cruisers farther than they’ve been before.
Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand
Unspoiled and rich with wildlife, these protected isles south of the main islands are becoming a destination unto themselves. On a seven-night sailing with Heritage Expeditions (from $4,300 per person), expect to see multiple species of albatross and penguins, including the royal penguin, whose only known breeding spot is Macquarie Island.
Silversea will become the first luxury line ever to visit the country when its Silver Discoverer pulls in to Moheshkhali Island on February 22. The 16-day voyage (from $17,150 per person, all-inclusive) also showcases Sri Lanka and India, but the three-day stint in Bangladesh includes excursions to the Sundarbans mangrove forest—home to 350 Bengal tigers—and Charaputia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Haida Gwaii, Canada
Few ships are authorized to visit this remote group of islands in northern British Columbia, often called “Canada’s Galápagos.” Maple Leaf Adventures offers eight-night cruises (from $4,912 per person) on either a 92-foot schooner or a restored tugboat, giving passengers plenty of time to explore the archipelago’s rain forests and cultural sites.
Isla de los Estados, Argentina
Until 2015, the only visitors to this ecological reserve off Tierra del Fuego were scientists and naval personnel. Now a select few cruise companies, including Quixote Expeditions (10 nights from $3,900 per person), have permission to explore the island, home to Argentina’s only fjords and the setting that inspired Jules Verne’s “The Lighthouse at the End of the World.”