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Seven Seas Mariner unveils 2020 world cruise

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ smallest ship, Seven Seas Mariner, will embark on a new 131-night world cruise in 2020. Departing San Francisco on January 24, the journey will visit 66 ports in 30 countries, with 13 overnight stays in key destinations such as Honolulu, Tahiti, Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai and Barcelona. Fares start from US$64,999 (about A$81,600) per person twin share, and include all meals and alcoholic beverages, shore excursions, WiFi, gratuities and transfers, plus free return first class flights.

Ritz-Carlton takes to the seas

Ritz-Carlton has announced it will launch a new line of ultra-luxe yachts in 2019, marking the first time the hotel brand has ventured onto the oceans. The company is calling the fleet ‘anti-cruise ships’, and is promising that they will revolutionise the cruising industry. The three 190-metre vessels will carry just 298 passengers and feature designs inspired by sleek super-yachts and luxury cars. Guests can look forward to enormous suites and bathrooms with double sinks, intimate dining spaces (and no buffets), a spa, and an open-air lounge for sun-soaking during the day and dancing at night. Bookings open in May 2018, although pricing is yet to be announced.

Small-scale luxury with Belmond Afloat

Carrying just eight passengers each, Belmond’s two new barges are the most exclusive way to explore France’s waterways. Belmond Lilas and Belmond Pivoine both have four ensuite cabins, a heated swimming pool and open decks decorated with plants. Lilas will sail through Alsace in the east of France and Pivoine will call the Champagne region home. The barges are available for exclusive use only and come with a full crew. All-inclusive fares start from €51,365 (about A$74,387) for a six-night cruise.

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