▪ Crystal Cruises is kicking up its river cruises. The line announced Monday that the first cruise by its new arm, Crystal River Cruises, will be in July 2016 on the Danube, a year earlier than anticipated, and that the line will have five luxury river yachts, three more than it had previously announced. The first cruises will be made by the MS Mozart, a wide, 160-passenger vessel that Crystal bought and is sending to dry dock for an extensive makeover. It will be renamed the Crystal Mozart. Crystal also ordered four all-suite yachts from the German shipyard Lloyd Werft, to be delivered in summer 2017. Two 110-passenger yachts will cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers; one 84-passenger yacht will cruise the Seine River, and a second 84-passenger vessel will cruise the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and the Gironde Estuary.
▪ Carnival Cruise Line, which announced earlier that it would base a ship in China year-round, said last week that it would commit two ships to China — Carnival Miracle (2,124 passengers) beginning in spring 2017 and Carnival Splendor (3,006 passengers) in spring 2018. Reservations for the Carnival Miracle will open in 2016. Details: www.carnival.com.
▪ For the first time in 17 years, Seabourn will return to Alaska in 2017. The luxury line will offer four itineraries of 11 to 25 days, sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seward, Alaska. Cruises will be aboard the Seabourn Sojourn, a 450-passenger ship that launched in 2010. The 604-passenger Seabourn Encore, which launches in December 2016 and will be the line’s largest ship, will replace the Seabourn Sojourn in Europe.
▪ Silversea Cruises has announced more details about its newest and largest ship, the 596-passenger Silver Muse, set to debut in spring 2017. The ship will have more of certain categories of suites than Silversea’s other ships and also will offer more dining venues, including one by Relais & Châteaux. Details: www.silvermuse.info.
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