Water, Water Everywhere: New Boats and Cruising Itineraries

©2012 Ellen Barone / Ecoventura

From the Galápagos to Myanmar, these six cruises are the ones to book.

The Galápagos sees the arrival of two new ships this winter. Un-Cruise Adventures launches its first Galápagos itinerary, from Quito, on the 48-passenger La Pinta (rooms from $8,995; 888-862-8881; un-cruise.com), while Ecuador-based Ecoventura sails the ten-room MV Origin (rooms from $6,500; 800-633-7972; ecoventura.com), its most luxe megayacht yet, from San Cristóbal. (For where to stay en route to the Galápagos, see our top pick.)

In Indonesia, Mayo Island’s Amanwana debuted its second coastal cruiser, Amandira (rooms from $21,425; 800-477-9180; aman.com), which navigates the country’s Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat. The Indonesian phinisi is a 170-foot two-masted sailing ship handcrafted by the local Konjo tribe.

Abercrombie & Kent is introducing Iceland & Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings, a new 199-person Arctic cruise that will take place August 16 to 27 aboard Le Boreal (rooms from $11,995; 800-323-7308; abercrombiekent.com). The sailing is scheduled to coincide with the midnight sun, when the sun never sets in the Arctic.

Ponant, the only French luxury-yacht-style cruise line, has a unique New Zealand itinerary. Aboard Le Soléal (rooms from $9,770; 800-400-1082; en.ponant.com), passengers will leave Akoroa, near Christchurch, before ending at Milford Sound.

The Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, has a new second location...as river-cruise ship. The Strand Cruise (rooms from $1,780; thestrandcruise.com) will ply the Irrawaddy River with a better than one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, afternoon tea, and all the colonial class for which the hotel is known.