Travel: The 2023 Cruise Itineraries to Book Before They Sell Out

Shore excursions: What new cruisers need to know

  Shore excursions: What new cruisers need to know The fun of a cruise is equal parts what you do on board and what you do on shore. Cruise lines offer a full schedule of shore excursions to help you make the most of your time in port. However, the process of choosing and booking tours can be overwhelming for new cruisers. I’ve taken …I’ve taken shore excursions around the world, both ship-run and independent, and spent many days in port wandering on my own. Allow me to take you through the basics of cruise shore excursions, so you can learn to have the most fun no matter what your budget is.

Cruising is a mode of travel where it pays to plan ahead. In fact, it's not uncommon for enthusiastic cruisers to book voyages a year or two in advance. It also means that the most interesting itineraries on the best ships sell out fast and well before they shove off—and that now is prime time to start planning cruises for 2023. Here are the most exciting cruise itineraries to book for next year.

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Canary Islands and Dakar with Hurtigruten

On this 15-day voyage, which departs in October 2023, expedition line Hurtigruten promises travelers will “discover majestic volcanoes, diverse habitats, stunning coastal scenery, and cultural highlights.”

Canada's most incredible views will amaze you

  Canada's most incredible views will amaze you Canada packs in an outrageous amount of beauty. From sleek skyscrapers peeking from city skylines to crystalline lakes and crisp, snow-topped peaks, it's home to some of the most diverse and downright gorgeous landscapes in the world. Which, of course, means wonderful views galore. From the mountains to the sea and everything in between, these are Canada's most jaw-dropping views.

Beginning in Lisbon, Portugal, the itinerary calls upon the lush Madeira Islands, with several stops in the volcanic Canary Islands, before ending in Dakar, Senegal, where travelers will be whisked away on a guided tour of the capital city before flying home.

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A cabin on board Uniworld's S.S Joie de Vivre © Uniworld A cabin on board Uniworld's S.S Joie de Vivre

An ‘Ultimate France’ cruise with Uniworld

Sail three of France’s most scenic rivers—the Rhone, Seine, and Gargonne—in one ultimate trip with this in-depth, 22-day Uniworld cruise through the best of France. Travelers will be immersed in the country’s charming villages throughout its most popular regions, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, Paris, and Normandy. Transfers to the different rivers will be made via the TGV bullet train, one of the fastest trains in the world. Along with vineyards and city tours, cruise passengers will have access to landmarks like Giverny, home to Monet’s studio, the Palace of Versailles, and Normandy’s beaches where the D-Day landings took place.

15 ways that cruising newbies waste money on their first cruise

  15 ways that cruising newbies waste money on their first cruise Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers. I can still remember my first rookie mistake on a cruise. It came about 15 minutes after I stepped on board a ship for the first time. I had worked my way up to the Lido Deck to take in the …I can still remember my first rookie mistake on a cruise. It came about 15 minutes after I stepped on board a ship for the first time.

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Lower Alaska's highlights with Princess Cruises

With Alaska cruises bouncing back this year, sailings through the Last Frontier have been booking up quickly. So if a voyage through Alaska is on your list for 2023, you’ll want to lock it in now. Consider this five-day, family-friendly option from West Coast-based Princess. Sailing round-trip from Vancouver, the itinerary heads to Juneau, where travelers can partake in shore activities like an Alaskan salmon bake, sea kayaking, or tours of the Mendenhall Glacier. The next stop is Ketchikan, where highlights include Misty Fjords National Monument and the Alaska Rainforest Reserve, home to seals, bald eagles, and black bears.

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The Middle East with Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises’ latest vessel is so boutique and intimate that it’s more accurately described as a yacht. Accommodating just 100 guests, the luxe Emerald Azzura will debut in 2023 out of a new cruise terminal in Qatar. Itineraries will set out from Doha, on seven-night, eight-day voyages that stop at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Zighy Bay, Oman; and Dubai.

How can I get Wi-Fi on a cruise for free?

  How can I get Wi-Fi on a cruise for free? If you want to cruise while staying connected, you usually must fork over some serious cash for onboard Wi-Fi access. How much are we talking? If you’re a family of four with two teens addicted to their cell phones, it would cost $380 to get Royal Caribbean’s cheapest Wi-Fi package on four devices on a …How much are we talking? If you’re a family of four with two teens addicted to their cell phones, it would cost $380 to get Royal Caribbean’s cheapest Wi-Fi package on four devices on a weeklong cruise if you book in advance; prices onboard are 20% higher.

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Repositioning itineraries with Virgin Voyages

Resilient Lady, the yet-to-debut ship from adults-only line Virgin Voyages, is scheduled to be repositioned next year in Australia. On its way Down Under, the ship will be offering three unique itineraries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the South Pacific. The first repositioning voyage will sail in October 2023 out of Athens with stops in Santorini and Rhodes in Greece, through the Suez Canal to Port Said (Cairo) and Safaga in Egypt and on to Dubai. Other offerings include Dubai to Singapore by way of Mumbai, Phuket, and Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore to Sydney with calls in Bali, as well as Cairns and Queensland in Australia.

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Regent Seven Seas will sail from New York to Barcelona in 2023 © Stephen Beaudet, courtesy Regent Regent Seven Seas will sail from New York to Barcelona in 2023

Grand voyages with Regent Seven Seas

If a more in-depth cruise is more your style, look no further than Regent’s grand voyages, which are months-long itineraries that explore entire regions of the world. In 2023, we have our eye on the Grand Arctic Adventure, a 78-night voyage from New York to Barcelona with a dreamy list of ports. The itinerary starts by weaving its way along the coasts of Massachusetts, Maine, and Nova Scotia, Canada, then on to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Scotland, Portugal, and Spain.

21 tips and tricks that will make your first cruise go smoothly

  21 tips and tricks that will make your first cruise go smoothly Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers. Cruising is easy. Or so cruisers will tell you. For starters, you only have to unpack once, even as you travel from place to place. You also don’t have to go hunting for a restaurant every night. There usually are a …Cruising is easy. Or so cruisers will tell you.

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Morocco and a circumnavigation of Sicily with Ponant

Small ship expedition line Ponant recently announced its lineup for 2023 cruises in collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys. The voyages bring experts in history and culture on board for lectures and to guide guests through onshore excursions. For instance, a voyage from Morocco to Spain offers stops in Casablanca, Tangier, and Granada, interweaved with talks by Alia Kate, North African international relations expert and founder of Kantara, a fair-trade design business specializing in Moroccan rugs woven by women’s weaving cooperatives, as well as Rafael Chacon, an art historian who has walked the Camino de Santiago twice. Another itinerary, a circumnavigation of Sicily, takes passengers to Greek ruins in Agrigento and Byzantine-Arab mosaics in Palermo; guests are joined by archeologist Albert Leonard, who has directed excavations at sites around the Mediterranean.

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A beginners guide to picking a cruise line .
So you think you want to take a cruise? First, let me just say that you’ll likely love it. I’ve been cruising for more than 25 years, on just about every line that’s out there, and I can tell you it’s a wonderful way to travel. It’s not for everyone, of course. There are plenty …First, let me just say that you’ll likely love it. I’ve been cruising for more than 25 years, on just about every line that’s out there, and I can tell you it’s a wonderful way to travel.

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