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Cruise Passenger takes a look at what’s new from the cruise lines.

The misty llama-populated heights of Machu Pichu; crocodiles in the Kimberley; dragons in Komodo; endangered primates in Borneo; herds of zebras, grazing elephants and African rivers teeming with exotic animals … The recently announced offerings from cruise lines are a delectable mix of relaxation, discovery and adventure.

And here are some of Cruise Passenger’s picks.

  • Australia’s own Orion Expedition Cruises has just released its 2013 Calendar of Sailings with itineraries for Orion. The compact and comfortable 100-guest ship will spend the year exploring Antarctica and New Zealand, navigating Melanesia, skirting the Kimberley, probing the jungles of Borneo and cruising the crystal waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

The March 6, 2013, Melanesia & Solomon Islands cruise, with visits to Utupua, Ngella and Marova Lagoon is particularly enticing.

For full details on Orion’s voyages in 2013 click here and request a brochure.

  • Celebrity Cruises 2012/2013 brochures cover a world of exploration with numerous itineraries in Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe. But the cruise line’s ‘Celebrity’s Exotics’ brochure has particular appeal. The range of South American cruises and tours featuring Chilean Fiords, Buenos Aires, Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley, Iguazu Falls are hard to resist.

A 14-night cruise from vibrant Buenos Aires, down and around Cape Horn then through the Chilean Fiords to Valparaiso, Chile, is a case in point.

To explore these itineraries and more, click here.

  • AMA waterways recently announced African cruises and safari tours taking passengers on journeys through cities, game reserves and the river systems of South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania. The cruise line’s three African cruise tours (Stars of Africa, African Sunsets and Golden Trails of Africa) all include four-night cruises on the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen, a ship designed specifically for safari river cruising, and 2 nights in Victoria Falls.

Most attractive of all is the 19-night Golden Trails of Africa, which combines the above with one night in Nairobi, eight nights at game reserves in Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti and one night in Johannesburg.

Click here for more details.

  • And Sea Cloud has a released a series of special programs from July to October 2012, including a fabulous selection of pre and post land programs to Prague on cruises aboard River Cloud II. The program is available on three separate cruises over July, August and September and includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the Prague Marriott Hotel, a visit to the Prague Castle and Nizbor Glass Factory, lunch and all transfers.

For more information, click here.