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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Lindblad Expeditions free imaging conference NYC - Register now.

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FREE Imaging Conference in NYC — 4 days of photography!

Take your craft to the next level. 


Highlights include:
  • Presentations by Award-winning National Geographic photographers
  • Portfolio reviews, technique critiques and learning sessions
  • Tradeshow with top vendors sharing the latest imaging tech
  • Photo walk, sunset cruise, dinner & cocktail reception & much more!
Can't make it? The first two days sessions will be streamed online, but you'll have to be there in person for the rest. We expect considerable interest, so reserve your space now.

Expedition cruise industry addresses plastic waste

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Following pressure by concerned travellers, the industry is moving - albeit slowly - to address the issue of plastic waste.

Small ship cruise companies are at the forefront of this newly-waged "war on plastic".

Hurtigruten will remove everything from plastic straws and cups, coffee lids and plastic bags from all of its ships by July 2, 2018—and the company has the goal of becoming the world’s first plastic-free shipping company.

“At Hurtigruten, we have focused on the problem with plastic pollution for years,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “There is a lot of talk about the impact plastic has on our oceans. But it’s time to take action. By getting rid of single-use plastic on board all ships already by this summer, we will hopefully get others to follow. It is possible to act now, and the oceans do not deserve more hesitation.”

As part of its commitment to sustainable tourism, Peregrine Adventures, already a carbon-neutral travel company, recently announced it will ban all single-use plastics (such as straws, cups, and water bottles) onboard its adventure cruising charter trips, providing passengers with reusable cloth bags and refillable water bottles.

Back in 2009, Silversea Cruises installed water filtration systems onboard its ships and, now, suite attendants refill glass carafes in each stateroom with the filtered water instead of restocking with single-use plastic water bottles. The company estimates that it has eliminated the need for about 400,000 disposable water bottles per year.

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is taking an even more in-depth approach to ridding the oceans of harmful plastics. The organization has hired a seasoned polar tourism professional, Sarah Auffret, to combat marine plastic.

“Marine litter is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time,” said Frigg Jorgensen.

“An opportunity for the Arctic expedition cruise industry to involve presented itself when AECO received an invitation from Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, to join the Clean Seas Campaign,” Jorgensen added. “AECO highly supports UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign and will be taking actions to beat plastic pollution. Now, our commitment has been given additional momentum by the fact that we have been able to secure external funding to further develop our Clean Seas initiatives.”

Auffret has a background as a G Adventure expedition leader on cruises in Svalbard, East Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula and as base leader of Port Lockroy.

The Adventure Travel Trade Association is also committed to reducing plastic waste and is taking a leading role in reducing the use of single-use plastic water bottles within the adventure travel industry. The organization is currently collecting data, creating education, generating awareness and collaborating with industry partners to create solutions for this growing problem.

Sources include: Travel Pulse


One Ocean Expeditions to Costa Rica in 2019

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Expedition cruise specialist takes photography to the heart of its innovative Central America cruise programming

Expedition cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), recognised for its comprehensive educational programming, expands its photography program to non-polar destinations in spring 2019, starting with Costa Rica.

Home to 6% of the entire world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica is every photographer’s dream. OOE’s Photographer-in-Residence, Jeff Topham, compares the sheer volume of Costa Rica’s stunning backdrop of wildlife and nature to that of Antarctica.

Photography has always been a focus of OOE in all the destinations offered. On every departure, a photographer-in-residence is on board to assist guests and enhance their photographic skills, goals and overall cruise experience. They help capture the complexity of the landscapes, wildlife and natural beauty of sites in the best possible light.

Jeff Topham says “Photographically, Costa Rica is a dream location for amateur and professional photographers alike. It's comparable to Antarctica - except instead of all the ice, penguins and sub-zero temperatures, it has endless beaches, mystical rainforests, stunning sunsets, sunrises and wildlife that’s like something out of a zoology textbook. So truthfully, the idea of sailing and shooting there and joining One Ocean Expeditions’ team of experts in the comfort of the new RCGS Resolute, is just incredible! I’m thrilled to see the company venturing into amazing non-polar destinations. Their guests are in for a treat!”

The small Central American country has over 840 identified species of bird and more than a quarter of the country is protected national park land, making OOE’s 9-night voyage the perfect backdrop for a photography vacation. The itinerary features exotic rainforests, white sand beaches, tangled mangroves and coral reefs, as local guides showcase some of the world’s most diverse wildlife, from howler monkeys to scarlet macaws and endemic species not found anywhere else on earth.

RCGS Resolute will head to Central America in April 2019. The vessel provides the highest standard of expedition cruise accommodation to just 146 passengers, with an impressive staff to guest ratio of 1:4. Facilities include a wellness centre, yoga sessions, gymnasium and saltwater pool, plus panoramic outdoor viewing decks and an enhanced adventure concierge service, ensuring that every guest has the most personal, tailored experience possible. Guests have access to stand-up paddle boards, sea kayaks, snorkels and Zodiac excursions, plus the cruise specialist’s trademark guides who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every voyage.

Central America Adventure - Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (23 April – 2 May 2019) Prices start from US$3,995 in triple shared cabin and from US$5,295pp in twin cabin, both with en-suite.

For more information about One Ocean Expeditions: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com

For more information about the Central America Voyages: http://oneoceanexpeditions.com/central-america

Lindblad Patagonia Offer: Save $1000pp

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WHAT: Lindblad Expeditions is prompting travellers to continue their 2018 adventure with savings of $1,000 per person on the 18-day 17N Epic Patagonia: Fjords, Peaks and Forests itinerary. Travellers will also receive free selected charter flights and complimentary bar and gratuities.

Patagonia is the essence of wilderness due to its remoteness and maze of channels and islands. From the “land of fire,” Tierra del Fuego, to the jagged spires of Torres del Paine National Park, experience Patagonia at close range aboard National Geographic Explorer.

INCLUSIONS: One-night hotel accommodation, sixteen nights cruising aboard the National Geographic Explorer, meals as indicated, excursions, services of LindbladExpeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff, expert guides, use of kayaks, entrance fees, port charges and service taxes.

PRICE: Now $23,220 per person.

WHEN: For departure date 7 October 2018 for bookings made until 31 July 2018.

WHERE: For full terms and conditions, please visit www.adventureworld.com or call 1300 363 055.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Adventure World Travel's first dedicated Ocean Expeditions brochure.


Experts in tailor-made holidays, Adventure World Travel, has launched its first dedicated Ocean Expeditions 2018-19 brochure.

The brochure features Adventure World's handpicked selection of the best ocean expeditions from magnificent tall ship experiences with Star Clippers, to magical wildlife encounters with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic venturing through Alaska, the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos and Patagonia.

A highlight in the collection is the 22-day Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands expedition with Lindblad, where travellers can take advantage of the daylight exploring the Antarctic Peninsula or spend four days observing the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia Island, discovering The Falklands and its albatross colony.

Over in Hawaii, travellers can explore wildlife-rich waters on a seven-night journey with UnCruise Adventures. The island chain of Hawaii forms the largest marine sanctuary in the world, and travellers can spend exhilarating days of kayaking and watching humpback whales in their natural habitat.

The expeditions invite visitors to experience first-hand some of the most remote and beautiful pockets of the world with the added bonus of five-star comfort, exquisite cuisine, plus the chance to enjoy up-close-and-personal wildlife experiences which larger ships simply can't deliver.

Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel Managing Director commented: "It was only a matter of time before we released a brochure dedicated to our ocean expeditions collection. We know travel agents love presenting their clients with the opportunity to explore some of the world's most extraordinary destinations and pristine coastlines from our fleet of expeditions ships, and our first-ever Ocean Expeditions brochure does exactly that."

For more information visit Adventure World Travel at adventureworld.com or call 1300 363 055.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Huge savings on Intrepid sailings: Galapagos and Zanzibar



Intrepid Travel is offering up to 40 per cent off select sailing trips to the Galapagos Islands if travellers book before 15 June 2018, and up to 30 per cent off Zanzibar sailing trips booked before 31 July 2018.

Famed for its wildlife, the seven day Galapagos Northern Islands adventure was $4,209 and is now $2,589 per adult in a twin share room for the 14 and 28 June 2018 departures. There are also discounts on itineraries departing from July to September. Travellers will learn about the island's history at the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre, wander through the Opuntia Forest and visit seabird rookeries on Genovesa. They'll also snorkel amongst turtles and diamond stingrays off Darwin Beach, inspect the unique flora of Bahia Sullivan and stroll along Isla Rabida's rust-coloured sands.

The ten day Ultimate Galapagos Central Islands departing on 12 June 2018 was $6,689 and is now $4,077 per adult in a lower deck twin bunk room. This trip combines off-the-beaten track gems with iconic sights like the Pinnacle Rock. Travellers will enjoy minimal contact with other travellers as they traverse the remote west coast of Isabela on a small Panga boat, and venture to the far-west Fernandino, home of the highest density of marine iguanas.

For those with less time, the 19 June departure Galapagos at a Glance Southern Islands was $3,479 and is now $2,151 per adult in a lower deck twin bunk room. Travellers will spy pink flamingos wading through the lagoons of Punta Cormorant, snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil's Crown and watch albatross take off along Punta Suarez.

Three June departures of the seven day Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure were $2,265 and are now $1,586 per adult in a twin share room. The adventure explores some of the 40 islands which make up the Zanzibar archipelago, with guests enjoying visits to local fishing villages, snorkelling among coral reefs and hiking through the Ngezi Rainforest. Travellers can choose to relax on deck, dive into crystal-clear waters, cast a line overboard and savour a BBQ dinner of freshly caught fish while watching a magnificent sunset. Late June and July departures are also on sale starting from $1,649.

Intrepid sailing trips include all meals onboard, tea, coffee, water, beach towels and snorkelling equipment. As part of Intrepid's commitment to responsible travel practices, all trips are carbon offset and staff live and work in local areas, meaning they benefit from each trip.

For more information visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au

Monday, 14 May 2018

Galapagos Islands cruising: local flights included

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To celebrate the expansion of their Galapagos Islands cruising portfolio, Australia's Expedition Cruise Specialists is offering free return flights from the South American mainland to the Islands on selected 2018/19 cruising expeditions.

The flights, valued at up to USD $498 per person, are available on five and seven day sailings aboard three of the finest vessels cruising the archipelago, Metropolitan Touring's 90-passenger Santa Cruz II, the intimate yacht La Pinta and the 40-passenger Isabela II.

Travellers can take advantage of the free economy-class flights from either Ecuador's capital Quito or Guayaquil when they book before 30 June 2018, on cruises departing before 28 February 2019 (excludes Christmas and New Year cruise dates).

According to Andrew Castles, General Manager at Expedition Cruise Specialists, the Galapagos Islands rank among the world's most extraordinary wildlife destinations and are 'quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for expedition cruisers'.

Highlights of the expedition cruises include the opportunity for travellers to get up close and personal with wildlife including giant turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas and flamingos. There's hikes ashore across stark volcanic landscapes with local naturalist guides and adventure activities including kayaking, snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours.

Cruises depart weekly, year-round with prices for five-day voyages aboard the Isabela II starting at USD$3,322 per person, twin share.

For bookings and more information visit www.expeditioncruisespecialists.com or call 1800 90 20 80 to speak to a Galapagos Islands travel planner.