CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Sea lions, Baja California; Scenic Eclipse; tulips in the Netherlands; artist’s impression of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis PICTURES: Shutterstock; Roger Pimenta

finally make it happen. Holland America’s new, epic 35-day voyage takes in the best of the ocean’s far-flung islands, including Honolulu, Kiritimati (a habitat for up to six million birds), Bora Bora and Papeete, plus a slew of rarely visited Polynesian spots including the legendary Marquesas. Diving, canoeing, 4x4 drives, visits to local farms and snorkelling with blacktip sharks are among the activities guests can expect as they hop between volcanic landscapes and shores plucked straight from paradise, crossing the equator and the International Date Line on a journey to remember. Book it: From £4,090 for an Inside Cabin, departing round-trip from San Diego on February 18, 2023 (cruise-only).

BEST FOR . . . GREEN-FINGERED GURUS What: Floriade and the Delights of the Dutch Waterways With: Titan Travel Why: Closer to home, there’s plenty more to get excited about – not least Floriade, the once-a-decade horticultural expo taking place next April to October in the Netherlands. Titan Travel is running a special eight-day cruise to coincide with the start of this flower fiesta, taking guests to check out its vibrant displays, horticultural workshops and sustainability talks before heading on to Amsterdam, Hoorn, Rotterdam and Arnhem to get beneath the skin of this oft-underrated country. Book it: From £1,499, including VIP door-to-door travel service with Eurotunnel or ferry crossings, departing April 13, 2022.

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fast fact

ast fact Celebrity Cruises will

reveal recently renovated Celebrity Silhouette on a host of Europe sailings from Southampton

from April 2022, while Celebrity Apex makes its debut in the Med this summer

BEST FOR . . . ROUND-THE-WORLD EXPLORERS What: Around the World in 80 Days With: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Why: Lines have reported off-the-scale demand for round-the-world itineraries – Oceania Cruises’ 180-day sailing sold out in less than a day when it went on sale in January – showing just how much appetite there is for big-ticket adventures. Fred Olsen is among those running world voyages in 2023; its 80-day trip on board Borealis is designed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne’s iconic book and will take inspiration from Phileas Fogg’s journey through Egypt, India, Hong Kong, Japan and San Francisco. Other key stops include Lisbon, Singapore, Vietnam, Shanghai, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and St Kitts, with a call at Egyptian port town Safaga to mark the 100th anniversary of the reopening of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and a stop in Japan to take in cherry blossom season. Book it: From £9,999 round-trip from Southampton, departing February 23, 2023.

BEST FOR . . . MUSIC LOVERS What: America’s Great River With: Viking River Cruises Why: Viking is making its Mississippi debut in 2022 with a brand-new ship (aptly named Viking Mississippi), offering a series of itineraries. They include an eight-day Mississippi Holiday Season sailing from New Orleans to Memphis in December, to coincide with the Christmas festivities; and an eight-day America’s Heartland voyage taking in the Upper Mississippi from Missouri to Minnesota


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