Odyssey returns in 2023, after a summer based here in 2022. Cruisers have a choice of seven- to nine-night cruises from Rome to Naples; Greek islands cruises and Turkey, as well as 12-night Holy Land sailings, including a stop in Limassol, Cyprus; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; and Jerusalem, Israel.
With cruise restrictions finally beginning to lift in Australia, Royal Caribbean International has announced the deployments of three ships to the South Pacific region for the 2023-2024 summer season down under. Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, and Enchantment of the Seas will all offer a range of itineraries and special cruise options for eager travelers to enjoy.
The news of deploying three ships to Australia for 2023-2024 comes just after Royal Caribbean International canceled the 2022-2023 sailings in the region for Radiance of the Seas. That ship will instead spend the upcoming Australia summer season sailing in North America, offering cruises from New Orleans and Galveston.
Tampa favorite Rhapsody of the Seas will sail four and five night sailings to Cozumel, Mexico and George Town, Grand Cayman in the spring and early fall. In the heart of summer, vacationers can opt for seven night adventures visiting Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Small-ship lines focus itineraries on typically four to five Croatian ports, and are the best way to skirt the crowds and slip into harbors and small villages. They'll show you more of Croatia than the megas could ever hope to. The best include SeaDream Yacht Club (www.seadreamyachtclub.com), whose 110-passenger ultra-luxe yachts are heaven on earth with free-flowing champagne and fun diversions like ski jets and mountain bikes (carried aboard and complimentary). Star Clippers' (www.starclippers.com) 227-passenger Royal Clipper is a lovely fully-rigged square-sail clipper, while Windstar's (www.windstarcruises.com) fleet includes the 308-passenger five-masted Wind Surf, a modern-style yacht with electronically operated sails. Slightly larger, ultra-luxe lines hitting Croatia this summer include all-inclusive Silversea (www.silverseacruises.com) and Seabourn (www.seabourn.com), plus Radisson (www.rssc.com) and Crystal (www.crystal.com), who offer a similarly elegant onboard vibe on their somewhat larger ships. The biggest, mostly 2,000-plus mega-ship lines visiting the Croatian coast this year -- typically just Dubrovnik -- include Royal Caribbean (www.royalcaribbean.com), Celebrity (www.celebritycruises.com), Holland America (www.hollandamerica.com), Princess (www.princesscruises.com), and Cunard (www.cunard.com). 781b155fdc