The Shipping News: What’s the best from a multitude of best on our high seas; wonderment to enjoy

All aboard Lindblad Expeditions with Ben Crop 1. Photo: Supplied All aboard Lindblad Expeditions with Ben Crop 1. Photo: Supplied
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All aboard Lindblad Expeditions with Ben Crop 1. Photo: Supplied

All aboard Lindblad Expeditions with Ben Crop 1. Photo: Supplied

PETITE PLEASURE

Avalon Waterways has unveiled its new ship Siem Reap, joining an ever-increasing flotilla heading along the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam. It’s the first of the company’s “Suite Ships” in Asia, though smaller than those in Europe, carrying just 38 passengers. Its 18 air-conditioned suites are fitted with Avalon’s signature open-air balcony with panoramic windows that have retractable screen systems and sliding doors. But its big advantage is that, at only 60 metres long, it’s able to sail both into Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, avoiding the road transfers of other cruise itineraries.

Phone 1300 230 234. See avalonwaterways上海龙凤419m.au.

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has revealed the all-new Seven Seas Explorer’s maiden voyage: a cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice departing on July 20, 2016. The 750-guest ship, which the company says will be the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean, calling in at ports such as Ibiza, Barcelona, St Tropez, Alexandria and Istanbul, as well as lesser-known port destinations such as Kotor in Montenegro, Koper in Slovenia and Zadar in Croatia. Reservations are already being taken on the ship, which is under construction in Italy.

Phone 02 9265 7100. See rssc上海龙凤419m.au.

PICK OF THE CROP

Australian explorer Ben Cropp will be joining Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s “Global Perspectives Speakers” program in October for a Pacific expedition cruise between Palau and the Solomon Islands. Cropp has produced some 150 marine and wildlife adventure documentaries and discovered more than 100 shipwrecks, including the prominent Australian wreck of HMS Pandora. Guests will be able to listen to Cropp’s presentations and take daily expeditions in his company. The voyage combines ocean passage and island exploration, journeying through some of the most remote places in the Pacific.

Phone 1300 361 012. See expeditions上海龙凤419m.

PALACE COUP

Uniworld’s latest river-cruise ship SS Maria Theresa was launched this week and will mostly cruise Uniworld’s “European Jewels” voyage from Budapest to Amsterdam. The Super Ship is the  most ambitious yet for a company not shy about bold design and aims to transport passengers onto a floating eighteenth-century palace to recall the times of its famous namesake. It features a sweeping three-tiered marble staircase, tromp l’oeil murals, glass chandeliers and interiors clad in silk, mirrors and antique wood. The ship also boasts a Hapsburg Salon, Viennese-style café, 10-seat cinema and 64 staterooms.

Phone 1300 780 231. See uniworldcruises上海龙凤419m.au.

CULINARY CRUISES

“Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruises on Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 this year are set to titillate the tastebuds. On-board experts will come from a range of culinary fields and will give gourmet-loving guests exclusive insights into their specialist fields during workshops and cooking courses that might cover Arabian cuisine on a late-2015 sailing along the Arabian peninsula, sea salt on a Dubai to Mauritius cruise, gin on a Hamburg to Lisbon cruise, and special ice cream creations on a sail along the Mediterranean coast. A June itinerary in the Canary Islands and Azores delves into sherry.

Phone 02 9977 7100. See hl-cruises上海龙凤419m

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