April route roundup: cruise lines are adding sailings

Cruise lines are constantly tweaking their schedules. Sometimes it's just the addition of a single port to a long-established itinerary. Other times it's the rollout of an all-new route. 
Here, some of the more notable new itinerary announcements from the past few weeks.

Cunard is heading to Alaska ...
The storied Cunard Line in 2019 will offer something it hasn't offered in more than two decades: a voyage to Alaska.
The 27-night sailing on the Queen Elizabeth will kick off May 5, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan and include stops in Aomori and Sapporo, Japan before the ship crosses the Pacific to Alaska for more than half a dozen calls.
Port stops in Alaska will include Kodiak, Anchorage, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. The 2,092-passenger vessel also will call in Victoria, B.C. before the voyage ends in Vancouver, B.C.
The voyage will mark the first time one of Cunard's three current ships has traveled to the 49th state. Fares start at $4,409 per person, based on double occupancy.
... and around the world, too
Cunard also is planning another around-the-world cruise that will include stops at more than 30 ports on six continents.
The 107-night voyage on the 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria will begin on Jan. 10, 2019 in Southampton, England and end in the same port on April 27, 2019.
The Queen Victoria will follow a westerly route around the globe that starts with a trans-Atlantic sailing to Bermuda and Fort Lauderdale before stops in the Caribbean. From there, a transit through the Panama Canal will take the ship to the West Coast of Mexico and San Francisco before it crosses the Pacific to Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.
Additional calls will explore parts of Asia including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam as well as Sri Lanka and the Seychelles. Following visits to South Africa and Namibia, the ship will head north to the Canary Islands before returning to Southampton.
Cunard pioneered the concept of around-the-world voyages nearly a century ago and has offered dozens of the trips over the years. Fares start at $17,579 per person, based on double occupancy.

New York to Russia and back  
Luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises plans an epic, 89-night voyage from New York to Russia and back that will include rare stops in the far-north Russian cities of Murmansk and Archangel.
The Grand Arctic Splendors voyage, as it's being called, will take place on Regent's recently renovated Seven Seas Navigator — one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships.
The trip will start June 21, 2018 with a transit up the East Coast to Canada. From there, Navigator will sail northeastward across the Atlantic to Greenland and Iceland before making nearly a dozen stops in the British Isles. Stops in Belgium and The Netherlands also are on the schedule before the vessel enters the Baltic Sea for visits to Sweden, Finland and its first port in Russia, St. Petersburg.

Emerging from the Baltic, Navigator will sail up the coast of Norway to the Arctic Circle and White Sea before stopping at Murmansk and Archangel — two of Russia’s northernmost cities. Navigator will return to New York via a more southerly route, arriving back in the Big Apple on Sept. 18, 2018. Fares start at $39,999 per person.

Disney does Britain ...
Disney Cruise Line in 2018 will operate a short voyage around the British Isles — a first for the line.
The seven-night sailing on the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic will kick off Sept. 2, 2018 in Dover, England and feature stops in Cork and Dublin, Ireland; Greenock, Scotland; and Liverpool, England. The Cork stop will be a first for Disney Magic.
Disney has offered British Isles cruises since 2016 but until now the sailings have been longer, 12-night trips.
... and more Mediterranean
Disney in 2018 also will operate its first one-way voyages between Barcelona and Civitavecchia, Italy (the port for Rome). Disney Magic will sail a one-way trip from Barcelona to Civitavecchia starting on June 16, 2018 that includes stops in Marseilles and Villefranche, France; and Genoa, Livorno and Naples, Italy. It'll be followed by a one-way trip from Civitavecchia to Barcelona that includes stops in Naples, Livorno and Genoa, Italy; and Cannes and Marseilles, France.
Disney Magic also will sail a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary out of Barcelona in 2018 that includes a call at Genoa — a first for the line.

Carnival goes long 
Cruise giant Carnival plans a 2018 voyage from the Los Angeles area to Alaska and back — a rarity at the line.
The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor will depart Long Beach, Calif. on Sept. 8, 2018 on a 14-night, round-trip sailing that feature stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Sitka in Alaska as well as Victoria, B.C.
The trip also will include a day of cruising along Alaska's Hubbard Glacier and one of Carnival's first visits to Icy Strait Point, a hub for whale watching and other outdoor activities.
The voyage will allow Southern Californians to cruise to The Last Frontier without first flying to Seattle or Vancouver, the traditional starting points for Alaska cruises.
The sailing will be the second of its kind at Carnival. As previously announced, the line will offer its first voyage from the Los Angeles area to Alaska and back later this year.
The trips are among a number of longer voyages the line has been rolling out as part of its new Carnival Journeys program.

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