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First look: Viking Cruise’s New Purpose-Built Polaris 

The newest ship to voyage the White Continent is Viking Cruise’s new Polaris. Built in 2022, this 666-foot length, 30,150 gross ton ship, specifically built for remote outposts is a Polar Class 6 ice ship. It was named in Amsterdam late last month, then repositioned via Madeira, Portugal. It arrived at Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, sometimes called, “the end of the world.” Here in late October, I embarked for Polaris’ inaugural voyage to Antarctica, courtesy of Viking Cruises. This voyage had the added panache of being the first ship of Antarctica’s season. 

Oh Wow! Silversea Snaps Up Endeavour

Today from Monaco, Silversea Cruises added the former Crystal Endeavour to its fleet. Renamed Silver Endeavour will enter service in November 2022, replacing Silver Explorer from the 2022/2023 Antarctica season—including the ship’s highly popular Antarctica Bridge sailings.

Cruise Galapagos Islands

First look: Ultra-Luxury In The Galapagos With Silversea’s Newest Grand Dame, Silver Origin

For those who enjoy the marvels of the natural world, few locales compare with Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. Happily, for those who wish to have this experience on an ultra-luxury, truly all-inclusive ship, Silversea’s newest expedition ship, the destination-specific Silver Origin is just the ticket. Julie L. Kessler reports from the Galapagos.

SeaDream Yacht Club Unveils New Images of Yacht Renovations

SeaDream Yacht Club recently announced a more than $10 million dramatic upgrade and renovation project for twin yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II. The project is now complete on board SeaDream II, and on March 26 SeaDream I goes into drydock for 54 days in Lisbon, Portugal to undergo identical renovations as SeaDream II. 

Our Readers Respond To, Is This The End Of Cruising As We Know It?

Not long after pressing the “publish” button for Is This The End Of Cruising As We Know It?, I received several comments from our readers. Some offered words of encouragement; others, words of caution. Let’s start with the words of caution from T.J. and Sherry.