By Jane Wooldridge
December 15, 2015
Courtesy of Silversea Cruises

For the Naturalist

Rare albatross species, the planet’s largest land crab, World War II sites, and the traditional stone money of Palau highlight Silversea’s June 11 sailing through the dramatic cones of the Pacific Ring of Fire from Koror, Palau, to Hakodate, Japan. Bragging rights like this are hard to come by. 14 nights from $9,950.

For the Family

Disney’s July 13 cruise through craggy northern fjords takes in the Stone-Age and medieval sites of Norway, Iceland, and Scotland’s Orkney Islands, with options to go sea angling, take tea at a baronial castle, and hop a polar flight for bird-watching on a remote Arctic Circle island. 12 nights from $3,096.

For the News Junkie

Retired CBS news anchor Dan Rather shares his insights on current affairs on Seabourn’s March 21 sailing from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. After Rather’s three-day visit, the ship steams south along the Pacific coast of Central America before transiting the Panama Canal. 20 nights from $9,999.

For the Historian

Ancient Petra, Oman’s Grand Mosque, and Jerusalem’s sacred Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sites are all on Azamara’s May 1 Dubai- to-Athens trip. It in- cludes passage through the Suez Canal and over- nights in Muscat, Oman; Aqaba, Jordan; and Haifa, Israel. 16 nights from $3,450.

For the Explorer

Crystal Cruises’ August 16 sailing from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York City through the Northwest Passage includes golfing on the tundra at the northern- most nine-hole course in Canada’s Northwest Territories and kayaking amid the icebergs in Greenland. 32 nights from $45,510.