Many small ships to choose from
Looking for another small ship? Here are some new and updated vessels.
Launched last summer and built specifically for cruising European river ways in the Danube, Rhine and Main, the eco-friendly Legend features 98 roomy staterooms with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. Info: www.vikingrivercruises.com
Catering to 540 passengers in modern suites with verandas and Jacuzzis, the just-launched Silver Spirit (Silverseas’ largest vessel to date) also includes six restaurants and an 8,300-square-foot spa. Info: www.silversea.com.
The 332-guest Paul Gauguin, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment, embarks on 38 South Pacific expeditions this year. Info: www.pgcruises.com
Seven Seas Navigator
Sailing to Alaska, Bermuda, Australia and the Caribbean, the just-refurbished vessel accommodates 490 guests in all-ocean-view suites. It also features a Canyon Ranch SpaClub and three gourmet restaurants. Info: www.rssc.com
The newly renamed Ocean Princess, which accommodates guests in 334 cabins, is introducing a series of seven-day “Interlude” itineraries throughout Europe. Off-the-beaten path ports include Itea and Cephalonia in the Greek Isles and Bergen in Norway. Info: www.princess.com
Sea Cloud Hussar
Aboard the three-mast, 28-sail Sea Cloud Hussar, which launches this fall and heads to the Red Sea, Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, 136 guests will enjoy lavish 1930s-era decor. Info: www.seacloud.com