Cruise News & Trends: Plan Your Trip Accordingly

Five things to know before booking your next voyage at sea.

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North America Revisited

Responding to a demand for sailings in Alaska and Canada, luxury lines are increasingly staying closer to home. This year, Viking Ocean Cruises adds two Canadian routes, including the “Eastern Seaboard Explorer” (from $5,800; 866-984-5464; in October, which sails the St. Lawrence River. And Crystal Cruises will trace the Northwest Passage (from $21,855; 888-722-0021; from Anchorage to New York. Alaska is so popular that Seabourn—which hasn’t sailed the region since 2002— will launch nine cruises there next summer (from $8,000; 866-755-5619; In 2017, Celebrity Cruises will add “The Great National Parks Expedition” (from $2,240; 888-245-4254;, visiting Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks.