12 New Places to Cruise in 2017

New Year, new cruise! We rounded up a dozen fresh ways to set sail in 2017, from debut ships to newly launched itineraries. Here are 12 new places to cruise in 2017.


Setting sail on the Seine – a solid New Year’s resolution if you ask us. (Photo: Andrey Krav/Getty Images)

1. La Paz, Mexico
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator heads south on a new, sun-soaked 11-day, round-trip-from-Los Angeles itinerary that sails along Mexico’s western coast. Departure: December 29; from $5,499.

2. Belize
Passengers visiting Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Harvest Caye private port of call in Belize can tour the butterfly garden or rent one of 15 pool cabanas. See it on a seven-day, round-trip voyage from Miami on the 3,963-passenger Norwegian Getaway. Departures: Multiple dates, January 8, 2017 through April 1, 2018; from $499

3. Havana, Cuba
Viking Ocean Cruises joins the Cuba cruise boom with an eight-day, round-trip voyage from Miami on the 930-passenger Viking Sun, which stops in Havana, Cozumel, Belize, and Key West. Departures: Multiple dates, November 17 through December 8; from $2,649.

4. Panama
Panama’s Pearl Islands and a transit of the Panama Canal are highlights of UnCruise Adventures’ new nine-day, Panama City-to-Colón sailing on the 62-passenger Safari Voyager. Departures: Multiple dates, May 5 through October 27; from $3,795.


A cathedral in Panama’s Pearl Islands. (Photo: Magali Zaguirre/Getty Images)

5. Paris
River cruise line Uniworld’s fleet is no stranger to Paris, but this spring the new 128-passenger Joie de Vivre will say “bonjour” on eight-day, round-trip voyages from Paris, cruising along the Seine. Departures: Multiple dates, April 2 through November 5; from $3,449.

6. Valencia, Spain
Virtuoso Voyages, the program that offers exclusive benefits and perks for Virtuoso cruisers, has added new Oceania Cruises sailings for 2017, including a 12-day, Barcelona-to-Rome journey on the 684-passenger Sirena, with a VIP walking tour, horchata tasting, and beachside paella lunch in Valencia, Spain. Departure: August 18; from $4,199.

7. Ireland
Admire the Irish countryside just outside of Glengarriff, a new port of call for Holland America, on a 14-day, round-trip sailing from Amsterdam aboard the 835-passenger Prinsendam. Departure: June 3; from $3,899.

8. Iceland
Explore the remote corners of Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island, Canada, on Quark Expeditions’ new 18-day, Reykjavík-to-Ottawa cruise through the Arctic Circle on the recently renovated 132-passenger Sea Adventurer. Departure: August 28; from $8,995.


Kayaking with Quark near Baffin Island, Canada.

9. Botswana
AmaWaterways’ 13-day, round-trip voyage from Johannesburg includes four days on Botswana’s Chobe River aboard the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen, plus a visit to Victoria Falls and a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Departures: Multiple dates, March 12 through November 19; from $11,695.

10. Bangladesh
As part of Silversea’s 16-day, Colombo-to-Kolkata voyage, the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer becomes the first cruise ship to call on Bangladesh, with excursions to The Sundarbans mangrove forest and Maheshkhali Island. Departure: February 11; from $17,150.

11. Bali
The 170-passenger Star Clipper points its bow to Indonesia for the first time in 2017, during Star Clippers’ eight-day, round-trip sailing from Bali. Departures: Multiple dates, May 20 through October 7; from $1,325.

12. Kimberley, Australia
The rivers, savannahs, and saltwater crocodiles of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region are the stars of Ponant’s new 11-day, Darwin-to-Broome voyage aboard the 264-passenger L’Austral. Departure: July 23; from $7,290.*

Australia’s picturesque Kimberley region. (Photo: John Crux/Getty Images)

Australia’s picturesque Kimberley region. (Photo: John Crux/Getty Images)

Out of these 12 new places to cruise in 2017, which would you pick?

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*Text is adapted from: virtuoso.com

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