This Week in Cruise: New in Expedition Cruise Ships

Penguins in Antarctica
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It’s been a busy week for expedition cruise ships. 

Silversea announced plans to open registration for its new Galapagos-bound ship, the Silver Origin, on July 16, 2019. Setting sail in July 2020, the all-suite, 100-guest ship will alternate two seven-night itineraries between Baltra and San Cristobal. Each suite will have a private veranda or Horizon Balcony, and, in a first for the cruise line, all of the Owner’s, Grand, and Royal suites will have an oceanview whirlpool bath and separate shower. 

Quark Expeditions announced additional details on its newest ship, the upcoming Ultramarine. The ship’s main restaurant will have access to a 360-degree wraparound deck, as well as its own wine tasting bar. The ship will also have a Panaorama Lounge and Bar, a lecture theater, a wellness center and a boutique selling cold-weather expedition gear. The new ship will sail the Antarctic for the 2020 – 2021 cruise season. 

Also in Antarctica will be the naming ceremony for Hurtigruten’s new hybrid-powered expedition ship, the Roald Amundsen, the cruise line announced this week. Hurtigruten says that the ship will be the first one ever named in Antarctica. The naming ceremony will take place this fall, with a chunk of ice standing in for the traditional bottle of champagne in honor of the ship’s explorer heritage, the cruise line said. 

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