Specialty Cruises Cater to Different Interests

In the world of high-end cruises, sailing to exotic destinations is a given. The latest trend focuses on unique itineraries aboard smaller, boutique ships. On the 208-passenger Seabourn Pride, which sails to Scandinavia and Russia, guests toast with icy champagne as they're transferred to a wooden boat, then a private plane, to try their hands at lassoing reindeer in Lapland (from $7,176; seabourn.com). Film and fast-car aficionados can take in a few screenings at France's Cannes Film Festival before boarding Windstar Cruises' 312-person ship. Then they sail along the French Riviera, and sit trackside at the Formula One time trials and finals (from $3,499; windstar cruises.com). New for '09 is Abercrombie & Kent's 116-passenger Clipper Odyssey, which sails through the Pacific theater of World War II and includes dives among wrecks like the USS President Coolidge, as well as glass-bottomed boats for peeking at the wreckage without getting wet (from $8,495; akodyssey.com).