Best Cruise Lines Add New Ports of Call
Discover first-time ports and exciting new cruise destinations
Looking for some new and exciting destinations for your next cruise? If you are searching for a unique cruise destination that rises above the “been there, done that” feel that some familiar ports can convey, we’ve got some exciting new maiden port calls for you to explore! Several of the best cruise lines are adding first-time port of calls to their itineraries in 2017 and 2018, with new excursions and activities for adventurous travelers to enjoy. Which of these maiden calls will become your new favorite destination?
Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth will be adding a maiden port call, San Pablo de Manta, Ecuador, in 2018. Located almost directly on the equator, Manta is a shining city on Ecuador’s Pacific shoreline that offers historic treasures and a beautiful beach perfect for water sports. A short drive to nearby Montecristi takes you to tour the factory where the iconic hats mistakenly known as “Panama” hats are created. Bringing home one of these handmade treasures will give you a unique talking point and souvenir you can really use!
Starting June 3, 2017, Holland America Line’s Prinsendam will be adding a new port call, Bantry Bay and the village of Glengarriff, to its 14 Days Europe Coastal/British Isles cruise, departing June 3. Located at the gateway to the Ring of Beara on one of Ireland’s southwestern peninsulas, Glengarriff is a charming village, filled with small shops, eateries, and the lilting sounds of live music. This port on the bucolic Beara peninsula is certain to become a most popular cruise destination for history buffs, with fabulous excursions that include a visit to Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage and traditional farm, the mystical ruins of an ancient sun calendar, and a whimsical interpretive sculpture garden. Nature lovers can enjoy fresh and saltwater swimming, miles of hiking and biking trails, and stunning panoramic views. Rates start at $1799.
In the Spring, MSC Cruises’ MSC Poesia will call for the first time at the city of Saranda, the southernmost city in Albania. Located nine miles off the Greek isle of Corfu, Saranda port is close to the ruins of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine city of Butrint. Visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site can view an ancient Roman amphitheater, lion’s gate, and an enormous Byzantine basilica, second only to Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. MSC is still adding expeditions to their Saranda port call, and expected trips include a Saranda city tour, tours of the Albanian countryside, and tours of the magnificent Stone City of Gjirokastra.
Princess Cruises introduces a new port of call in 2017 at Monterey, California for its 7 day sailings from Los Angeles and 10 day cruises from Vancouver (on multiple ships). This port offers something for everyone, with a diverse offering of excursions that includes the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf. History lovers will enjoy trips to the Old Spanish Mission and the Maritime Museum.
Looking for a truly exclusive port of call? Disney Cruise Line is adding Bonaire to its 2018 itinerary of Caribbean cruise ports of call – with a very unique twist. Disney Wonder will be stopping in the maiden port of Bonaire for only a single 7 days Caribbean –Eastern cruise, leaving January 28, 2018 from San Juan. Spend the day snorkeling or scuba diving amid the abundant marine life, or take the kids to visit the enormous flamingo flocks that call Bonaire home for a delightful Caribbean experience. Rates from $1274.
Whether you want to explore these new ports of call or visit your established favorites, CruiseExperts.com can help you find the perfect destinations for your next cruise vacation. Call our travel experts at CruiseExperts.com at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784). Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and join our InnerCircle for exclusive offers and cruise news you can use! Also, check out our new Resource Center, where you can receive expert knowledge from us before your next cruise or cruisetour!