T&L 100: Must-Sea Cruises | 2000
Our pick of the best trips for the new century
(06) A luxury "un-cruise" in the Greek islands
Who hasn't dreamt of sailing the Greek islands on a private yacht?Classical Cruises has scheduled eight-day trips aboard the three-masted Panorama. Guests enjoy plenty of elbowroom in two comfortable lounges and on wide teakdecks; all 22 staterooms, smartly outfitted in wood and marble, have ocean views. During the day, you'll explore lesser-known spots in the islands—ruins of ancient cities, 17th-century monastery gardens, pine forests, and fresco-lined caves. Or just go snorkel and windsurf. Evenings are spent lingering over excellent Mediterranean dinners and listening to scholarly lectures about the next day's sights. Don't forget to pack sunscreen and your best Jackie O. head scarf. Departures are set for April and May (800/252-7745 or 212/794-3200; www.classicalcruises.com; from $4,995 per person). —Kimberly Robinson
New ships of 2000
(07) Princess Cruise Lines (800/774-6237) launches the Ocean Princess in Florida next month to sail the southern Caribbean, just in time for Valentine's Day.
(08) Holland America's latest, the Zaandam, will begin seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises in April (877/724-5425).
(09) Celebrity's Millenniumwill debut in Europe this June (800/437-3111).
(10) Carnival's new 2,758-passengerVictory travels from New York to Canada in August (800/227-6482).
(11) TheSilver Shadow, Silversea's new liner, departs September 15 on its maiden voyage, from Rome to Lisbon (800/774-9996).
(12) Voyager of the Seas
All aboard the world's largest cruise ship
At last, here's a cruise for people who just can't sit still. The world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's 142,000-ton Voyager of the Seas, is now sailing the western Caribbean. This is ship-as-entertainment; it even has a television studio where passengers can watch game shows being taped. Athletic types can do almost anything they can think of—rock climb, swim, ice-skate, perfect their golf swing, shoot hoops, blade on an in-line track. Others can shop, sunbathe, or get a facial at the largest spa on water. The nightlife is operatic in theme and scope. After eating at the Carmen, La Bohème, or Magic Flute dining room,take in a show at the 1,300-seat La Scala theater. The ship has eight other restaurants, nine clubs, and a casino. A Mardi Gras-themed street fair on the Royal Promenade goes 24 hours a day. The Voyager departs weekly; cruises are priced from $1,199 per person. Book through a travel agent (locate one at www.rccl.com). —Kimberly Robinson
(13) under the sea
Luxury and submarine are two words that don't usually go together—until autumn 2002, that is, when the 286-foot Poseidon is launched in the Caribbean Sea. Seventy-two passengers will embark on a two-day cruise, staying overnight on the ocean floor in spacious, not at all claustrophobic staterooms, and dining on meals prepared by a top chef. With a cozy lounge/dining room, a staff of 40, and a support ship on the surface, the experience just might rival a ride on theOrient Express for comfort and style. But thanks to the Poseidon's fish feeders and eight-foot observation portholes, you'll never forget you're underwater. The sub will visit a different ocean each year. Welcome to the octopus's garden (561/234-4499; starting at $4,000 per person).