Cruise Options

I love exploring new areas as well as returning to places that I’ve really enjoyed. For the last 10 years, I’ve cruised annually with 15 to 25 of my clients joining me and this works really well. Everyone is very independent so we don’t operate as a group as such but I always introduce everyone to each other on the ship and arrange get togethers and a special event. There is great camaraderie and a number of people have got to know each other well over the years.

“We have always had only the best service from Jann and her team - from suggestions on which trip to do, to easy booking, information being sent regularly and support given . The trips with Jann have been very special as she takes extra care in looking after her group and organises special treats for everyone. She is a lovely person to be with. Warm, thoughtful and professional. All trips booked through her have been top quality and wonderful holidays.”
Martin and Maren Stallmann

I choose a cruise that is either on a new ship or to an interesting area and I promote these trips well in advance as early booking is essential; I currently have the following fabulous trips planned for 2022 and 2023:

21 August to 4 September 2022 - 14-day Legend of the Icelandic Sagas on the Seabourn Venture

Kirkjufell Iceland Dietermeyrl
Akureyi Iceland

Circle Iceland’s coastal Viking heritage on a round-trip from Reykjavik and sail deep into Greenland’s towering, colourful fjords to where shining glaciers flow from alpine ranges. Enjoy an amphitheatre of mountains that encircle the greater Reykjavik area, boasting a coastline indented with coves, peninsulas and islands.

Accompanied by Seabourn’s excellent expedition team on this circumnavigation of Iceland, you’ll also cruise the best of the East Coast of Greenland. Scoresby Sound is mind blowing plus this is the largest Fjord system, much bigger than the Norwegian and Chilean Fjords. This cruise will be on the newly launched Seabourn Venture with 264 guests.

21 November to 7 December 2022 - Indonesia: Komodo,
Papua & the Great Barrier Reef with Abercrombie & Kent

South Pacific Islands - pictures

Embark on a Luxury Expedition Cruise to explore the rich tribal traditions, tropical seascapes and natural wonders of the paradisiacal South Pacific.

I’m so excited about this trip to a beautiful, interesting area that I’ve always wanted to explore and the expedition team rate this as one of their favourite areas on the planet!
The fabulous itinerary includes off-the-beaten track islands and great reefs, plus showcases natural and cultural wonders of Bali, the Komodo National Park, the Alor archipelago, the Maluku Islands and Papua in Indonesia; as well as Australia’s Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

29 March to 11 April 2023 - Wonders of Japan cruise with Abercrombie & Kent

Fuji Mountain
Japan - Cherry Blossoms
Torii Gate

Experience stunning & ever-compelling Japan on a 13-night cruise with A&K’s renowned Expedition Team & enrichment specialists, exploring unique ports and enjoying included shore excursions, all from aboard exclusively chartered, all-balcony Le Soleal.

This will be my 4th time in Japan and it’s really beautiful and interesting with wonderful gardens and art. This cruise is on a small ship with 150 guests and we’ll be there in spring to see the cherry blossoms. We have a lot of interest in Japan.

31 May to 11 June 2023 - Inaugural Journey from Barcelona to Athens on the Explora I

Explora Journeys

I love cruising on a new ship and being on a brand-new cruise line, just takes everything to a whole new level. There is so much excitement after years of planning and it’s such a treat to be the first people to use everything onboard. I am SO excited about being on the maiden voyage for the Explora I and I do hope you’ll join me on 31 May 2023 as we cruise from Barcelona with stops in St. Tropez, Corsica, Rome, Kefalonia (Greece) and Istanbul before ending in Athens on 11 June.

27 October to 9 November 2023 - French Polynesia to
Easter Island Expedition with Abercrombie & Kent

French Polynesia to Easter Island

Embark on an adventurous expedition into the heart of French Polynesia and its unique history, spectacular marine environments and UNESCO-designated gems. Led by A&K’s celebrated Expedition Team, snorkel the sapphire waters of the Tuamotu Archipelago and experience the Pitcairn Islands and their shared legacy with the HMS Bounty. You’ll also trace Polynesian culture to its roots in magnificent Easter Island, which you explore for multiple days.

I’m excited about this trip to remote and rarely visited islands with unique histories, rare fauna & flora and pristine waters.

“We’ve been on a number of adventures organized by Cruise Options and we have nothing but praise for their friendly efficient service and expertise.”
Graham and Jill Cox
“Cruise Options have been part of our travel lives for many years. We first got to know Jann and her crew at a presentation on Antarctica and subsequently had the most amazing trip to the Continent. Memories of that trip from the early stages of booking, inquiries, itinerary and travel documents were always handled with professionalism and a passion to please. We have booked and undertaken many cruises since and all handled by Cruise Options. Nothing is too much trouble and the staff at Cruise Options have always been excellent; extremely helpful and courteous. And the cherry on the top is the floral arrangement received on our return to South Africa to just say “thank you for booking with Cruise Options. We trust you enjoyed your cruise.” When deciding to cruise, it is always Cruise Options we think of first. Is there any other?!”
Barbara Wood and Hugh Brown
“Over the past several years, it has been a pleasure dealing with the excellent and knowledgeable staff at Cruise Options. We, unhesitatingly, recommend their agency to anyone wishing to enjoy the luxury of cruising on superb ships. We appreciate that they operate in the higher class of cruise ships on the market, a distinction we identify with totally. We wish them continued success for the future.”
Sam and Pat Abrahams
“We are always delighted to plan our travels with the Cruise Options team. Their professional and very personalised services make us feel like VIPs before we even leave home, and we are welcomed back like friends on return. Our thanks to you all.”
Ken and Stephanie Logan
”A Passion for Cruising” in our minds expresses exactly how all of you at Cruise Options feel about cruising and your passion rubs off on Ian and I. Nothing is ever too much trouble, your warm friendliness is catching and much appreciated, your attention to detail perfection and your enthusiasm exceptional. You are all so in tune with your clients and their personal needs and wishes, no easy task. We salute Jann and your team, it is because of you all that we are now passionate cruisers and will continue to use this incredible cruise company again and again God willing, and more importantly recommend you to all our friends who show an interest in cruising. Congratulations to Cruise Options for your “passion”.
Ian and Annzie Hancock
“We’ve used Cruise Options regularly over the years for “expedition” cruises on small ships with zodiacs to facilitate multiple shore excursions. Jann, the owner, has vast knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the reputable cruise lines, backed up by multiple personal evaluation cruises with those companies. On most of our cruises Jann has accompanied her guests and what a difference it makes! Being on the spot, she attends to little niggles that might arise and ensures, where practical, that all her guests receive “most favoured nation” status. Her back-up team in the office are on the ball and a pleasure to deal with. All in all, we cannot think of any reason to go anywhere else when planning a cruise to any destination.”
Ian and Karin MacLarty
“We love travel, and especially to places not frequented by the masses. We have used Cruise Options for over 10 years to help us organize 10+ trips to the Mediterranean, Middle East, Arctic, Antarctic, to name a few. They were all very professionally organized and included helpful tips and recommendations that you can only get when people of the agency have been there themselves. We enjoyed them all and the cruise over Christmas and New Year to the Antarctic especially was simply outstanding and unforgettable. We’d like to thank them for their friendly and professional assistance over the years, including birthday greetings. We look forward to our next two cruises booked to the Arctic and Greenland, and the Danube River.”
Ulrich and Vivienne Schmauke
“Love Cruise Options and would never dream of doing a trip without Jann and her team organizing it all, the girls are wonderful. So helpful, knowledgeable and their attention to detail is fabulous.”
Helen Boonzaier
“We have always had only the best service from Jann and her team - from suggestions on which trip to do, to easy booking, information being sent regularly and support given . The trips with Jann have been very special as she takes extra care in looking after her group and organises special treats for everyone. She is a lovely person to be with. Warm, thoughtful and professional. All trips booked through her have been top quality and wonderful holidays.”
Martin and Maren Stallmann
“If you REALLY want help, advice and top personal service when it comes to cruising (especially expedition cruising), as well as the merits and demerits of the various cruise lines, you probably won’t do better than tapping into the professional knowledge and experience of Jann and her team at Cruise Options.”
Denzil and Lydia Busse
“I have engaged with the CRUISE OPTIONS team since 2013, when I wanted to take our extended family to Antarctica. Many trips have followed since then to unexpected destinations - all of them being superb and unforgettable. Jann is company-agnostic, so she finds suitable options for YOU, the traveller. I appreciate this intuition and knowledge. Her team are flawless in their preparation and angelic in their patience with jangling traveller nerves. They truly are the perfect package.”
Andrea Rademeyer (Gevers)
“ Twenty years ago Jann Porter introduced us to the wonderful world of cruising. After 30 cruises I still enjoy everyone and thanks to Cruise Options everyone is special. My 2020 world cruise ended abruptly due to the corona virus. At very short notice – one day – we had to disembark in Perth and leave instantly or go into quarantine. Jann and her dedicated and helpful staff instantly arranged and paid for a flight for me. I was able to leave that same day and arrive safely in Cape Town where they had transport laid on for me to my home. They always travel that extra ‘sea’ mile with every passenger. I am always in good hands!”
Anne Marais
“Cruise Options have repeatedly provided us with a friendly, professional and exemplary service resulting in many first class experiences. We have travelled together with Jann as well as independently and her team have always had the knowledge and expertise to create many memorable holidays. Their attention to detail and hands on approach to each individual makes them the leaders in luxury cruise travel. We highly recommend Cruise Options and thank them for their past and ongoing service.”
Jim and Liz Volkwyn