These Cold-climate Luxury Cruises Will Make You Forget About the Caribbean
Silversea operates the newly refurbished, 254-passenger Silver Cloud Expedition, which runs 10- to 18-night sailings to Antarctica. With four restaurants and suites with marble bathrooms, this larger vessel lets travelers visit these inhospitable places in true luxury. (From $9,360 to $27,990 per person, all-inclusive.)
In response to a 118 percent increase in U.S. bookings for polar cruises between 2017 and 2018, Peregrine Adventures has created five additional itineraries. There’s a six-day journey that explores the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen, in Norway, and two different 17-day Northwest Passage crossings. (From $3,495 to $12,190 per person.)
In 2019, Hurtigruten will introduce the 530-passenger Roald Amundsen, a first-of-its-kind, hybrid-powered ship that runs on both natural gas and batteries, which will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20 percent. The Norwegian company operates more than 30 cold-weather expedition voyages, including new itineraries to the Northwest Passage (24-day sailings from $22,610 per person) and Russia’s uninhabited Franz Josef Land (15-day sailings from $11,310).
Iceland’s popularity only continues to grow, and one of the best (and least appreciated) ways to see the waterfall, glacier, and fjord-filled island is from a ship. Windstar Cruises is running seven day, round-trip Reykjavik sailings that take in the colorful, charming town of Seydisfjordur; rural Heimaey Island, famous for its volcanic eruption in 1973; and the natural wonders of Snæfellsjokull National Park. (From $5,099 per person.)
“In Search of the Northern Lights,” a new itinerary from Viking, debuts in January; it is perfectly timed to the winter season, which offers the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis. On this 13-day voyage leaving from London, you will experience beautiful Norwegian ports such as Stavangar, Bodø, and Tromsø. Beyond witnessing the lights, activities include glacier treks, dog-sledding, and visits with the Sami, the indigenous people of Lapland. (From $4,999 per person.)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
For those who truly want to tick every cold climate destination off their bucket list, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has an incredible 91-night voyage aboard the Seven Seas Navigator, leaving Jun 15, 2020, from New York City. The ship will visit Iceland, Greenland, and the British Isles before journeying north to Norway and Finland. Russia is also on the itinerary: iconic cities like St. Petersburg as well as the northernmost cities of Murmansk and Archangel. (From $43,999 per person.)