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Carnival Cruise Line Announces New 14-Day Alaskan Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line Announces New 14-Day Alaskan Cruise
Carnival  Miracle

Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday that the company would be offering its first-ever 14-day Alaskan adventure cruise in September 2017.

Launching from Long Beach, California, the Alaskan cruise will take place on the Carnival Miracle ship, and will make a stop at UNESCO World Heritage Site Glacier Bay, as well as Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever visit to Icy Strait Point.

The ship will depart for the journey on Sept. 2 and return Sept. 16.

In addition to stops at Glacier Bay and Icy Strait Point, the Carnival Miracle will also visit Alaskan ports in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, as well as a stop in Vancouver, British Columbia.

There will be a plethora of activities for passengers to enjoy at each port, including helicopter sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and even alpine lake snorkeling. On the ship, guests will be able to sample Alaskan cuisine and enjoy local entertainment.

“A Carnival Alaska cruise is like no other and with this exciting new 14-day Carnival Journeys adventure, combined with the wide variety of seven- and eight-day voyages, we’re offering guests an incredible array of opportunities to get an up close and personal look at this beautiful sailing region,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said in a statement.

Carnival Cruise Line will also be offering 38 seven- and eight-day Alaska voyages in 2017 and 2018 which will operate either round-trip from Seattle or from Vancouver to Seattle. The journeys will stops in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, as well as a full-day cruising Tracy Arm Fjord or Glacier Bay.

Silversea expedition ships to explore new destinations

By Tom Stieghorst
Silversea Cruises said its eight ships will visit a combined 845 destinations in 2016, with 107 new stops on 272 cruises.

Many of the new destinations will be visited by Silversea’s three expedition ships, which can go to very small ports not frequented by most cruise lines or by Silversea’s five luxury vessels.

Included among 88 inaugural calls on 95 expedition cruises are Gough Island, St. Helena; Lizard Island, Australia; Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles; Ko Phra Thong, Thailand; and South Cinque Island, Andaman Archipelago.

Silversea Discoverer will offer a new 17-day expedition to the Seychelles, Maldives, Mozambique, and Tanzania, with an inaugural visit to Aldabra, an raised coral atoll that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Silversea’s more traditional fleet will make 177 voyages, including a trio of 10-day cruises in South Africa aboard Silver Cloud. Among 19 new ports are Le Marin, Martinique; Shimizu, Japan; Rijeka and Rab Island, Croatia; and Bremerhaven, Germany.