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Gamechangers: Cruises

Gamechangers: Cruises

Cruises are back, and they’re reimagining the seafaring experience for 2023. Whether you want to experience an ultra-luxury vessel, explore tricky-to-access locations, or invest in an eco-friendly voyage, our winners show just how cool cruising can be.


Courtesy of PONANT

With its smaller-scale ships capable of docking in private ports and unique itineraries to some of the world’s most secluded coastlines, PONANT endeavors to go beyond the usual tourist routes. Critically, it offers this unique access without disrupting fragile natural ecosystems or local communities. As one of the world’s most impact-conscious cruise lines, PONANT is committed to reusing and reducing waste products (including carbon), supporting scientific research, and funding marine conservation projects around the world. Peruse PONANT’s collection of far-flung itineraries and discover a seafaring adventure you can feel good about, including nine brand-new trips highlighting Japan’s national parks, UNESCO spots, and bustling coastal cities.


Courtesy of Windstar

When it comes to providing a more intimate and personalized cruising experience, Windstar sets the bar. Its fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships takes guests to lesser-visited destinations in over 60 countries, allowing them to uncover authentic travel experiences you simply won’t find on your average cruise vacation. After a day of exploring, Windstar’s dedicated hospitality teams welcome guests back with private yacht-style service and amenities, from a spa and swimming pool to gourmet meals created in partnership with the James Beard Foundation.


With a vast archipelago comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has so much to offer beyond Bali. Book a spot aboard the Celestia – a new seven-suite, hand-built phinisi yacht – and venture to some of the country’s most breathtaking destinations, including the Komodo National Park, the Spice Islands, and Raja Ampat – home to the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Owned by an Indonesian brother and sister duo, Celestia aims to give guests a true cultural immersion, including exceptional food courtesy of award-winning Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa (formerly of Blue Hill Stone Barns in New York), whose culinary creations fuse classical French cooking techniques with Southeast Asian flavors.


Courtesy of Seabourn

As a pioneer of ultra-luxury cruising, Seabourn provides a hospitality experience akin to some of the world’s top five-star resorts. Take a trip aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, a 458-passenger ship, and you’ll enjoy the highest ratio of space per guest in the cruise industry, including elegantly designed rooms with private balconies, perfect for a quiet morning coffee or breezy sundowner. New itineraries launching in 2024 include Greenland and Iceland, Antarctica, the South Pacific, and Seaborne’s first-ever visit to Kimberley Australia, a remote Northwestern region of the country known for its wild and beautiful coastline.

*Featured image courtesy of Celestia

Off the grid - at the end of the world, where dunes collide into the Atlantic Ocean. 📍 Sandwich Harbor / Namibia

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Escape to the rugged beauty of Calhau das Achadas da Cruz, where Madeira`s wild heart beats in harmony with the Atlantic`s endless blue. Nestled in the remote northwest, this gem in Porto Moniz is a world away from the everyday.

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Nothing beats spring in the English countryside.

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Swim with killer whales, camp with friends, and cool off in a river surrounded by the beauty of Baja, California. 🇲🇽

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This surreal store in Chengdu, China, which includes over 80,000 books, is lined with images of books on the upper shelves so it would appear that they stretch from floor to ceiling.

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Patagonia is pretty much the most magical place on Earth.

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inspired by Space exploration’s seminal era, as it sits in quiet solitude surrounded by pitted rock format, Echo Camp in Antarctica gives you as close as you can get to feeling off the planet without leaving Earth.

It`s the newest luxury adventure experience from White Desert where you can enjoy fine dining, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and for the adventurers learn life saving techniques.

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Welcome to the new @thewhitelotus hotel @fskohsamui 🌴 The resort offers stunning views, beautiful beaches, and upscale amenities, which align with the high-end and exotic backdrop often sought after by TV producers. Will you be tuning in to the new season?

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Dreaming of traveling to warmer destinations like Lucky Bay in Western Australia.

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Discover the allure of Pidurangala Rock, a captivating geological marvel adjacent to Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Embark on a scenic hike that unveils panoramic vistas of Sigiriya Rock, lush forests, and distant mountains. Explore a historic cave temple at the base and catch the magic of sunrise or sunset from the summit.

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Located in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh in India, Kardang Village offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes and its 12th century monastery that holds cultural and historical significance in the region.

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Picture this: kicking back in a waterfall in Akureyri, Iceland. Laugafell is the spot – where the warm meets the cool. It`s a chill time with nature`s own spa. Keep an eye out for dolphins jumping in the ocean!

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Considered as a modern alpine village, Avoriaz is a popular spot for skiers and families. The village is one of the largest stations within Les Portes du Soleil which is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

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