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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

True North Adventure Cruises begins amended 2020 sailing schedule

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Following a Covid-19 enforced shutdown, True North has resumed full-time operations, departing Broome on July 4 with a boatload of excited West Australians.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Hurtigruten's 2021/22 expedition brochure is out

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Dive into Polar and beyond, Hurtigruten’s new 2021/2022 expedition cruise brochure, and discover the world’s spectacular coastlines with the leader in sustainable exploration travel.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Hurtigruten’s Limited Time “Freedom Flash Sale”

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 Offers Travelers up to 50% Off July 1 – 8, 2020 Only

WHAT: This Fourth of July, Hurtigruten, the world leader in expedition travel for more than 126 years, is giving travelers the Freedom to explore with the Freedom Flash Sale offering discounts of up to 50% on select 2020 and 2021 itineraries.* Whether navigating Norway’s majestic fjords, spotting penguin colonies in Antarctica, whale watching in Alaska, or exploring the ancient archaeological sites of South and Central America, travelers can get their vacation plans back on track with this special, limited-time offer.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Aranaui to resume cruising as French Polynesia opens borders

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You might have seen the news that French Polynesia is reopening its borders to international tourists on July 15, 2020, as long as certain conditions are met:

Cruise lines have also been given the green light to resume cruising and Aranui Cruises is set to recommence passenger services on July 18, with some enhanced health and hygiene measures.

With some uncertainty around who will be able to travel to French Polynesia in the coming months, Aranui is kickstarting passenger operations with a locals’ cruise.

As a mixed passenger-freighter vessel, Aranui 5 is one of the few ships that continued sailing during the pandemic, carrying on with its essential service of cargo delivery to one of the most remote island groups in the world – the Marquesas Islands.

Located nearly 5000 kilometres from the nearest continental land mass (Mexico’s west coast) and 1400km northeast of Tahiti, French Polynesia’s northernmost archipelago is no stranger to isolation and for more than 60 years an Aranui vessel has acted as a vital lifeline connecting the people of the Marquesas with the outside world.

While Aranui’s crew unloads cargo at the six inhabited islands of Hiva Oa, Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva, passengers usually disembark and explore the places that once lured artist Paul Gauguin, novelists Robert Louis Stevenson and Herman Melville, and musician Jacques Brel, to their volcanic shores.

Since the pandemic grounded flights, closed borders and stopped cruise operations around the world, Aranui 5 has been unable to take passengers on its usual 13-day roundtrip voyage from Papeete to the Marquesas, but this hasn’t stopped the ship making its epic 3000km delivery run to ensure the island communities weren’t completely cut off from the world.

After returning in late January from a dry dock at Sydney's Garden Island, Aranui 5 has made its usual calls to the Marquesas, with the only sign of a pandemic that the frequency of visits extended slightly to monthly and the load has been lighter than usual as communities, which rely heavily on tourism, feel the economic pinch of COVID-19.

To ensure the health and safety of the remote island communities, the 30-strong Polynesian crew wear masks and gloves when handling the cargo, practice social distancing while onboard the ship and locals are encouraged to pick up their cargo at staggered times throughout the day.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Special ‘Welcome Back’ Murray Princess Cruise

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South Australia’s much loved majestic paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess, is back cruising the Murray River with a unique and one-off, very special seven-night ‘Welcome Back’ cruise from Renmark to Mannum departing Tuesday 23 June 2020.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Quark launches Ultramarine

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Quark Expeditions, the leader in Polar Adventure Travel, celebrates a major milestone with the launch of Ultramarine during a traditional ceremony at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Silversea Cruises prepares to take delivery of new ship Silver Origin

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PONANT looks to the future, with news of the innovative polar exploration ship:Le Commandant-Charcot

Demonstrating great resilience and ingenuity, the De Hoop Shipyard overcame unprecedented challenges during the construction of Silver Origin.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Le Commandant-Charcot - the first hybrid electric ship to run on LNG

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“Despite cruising being on pause for the moment, at PONANT we have been busy behind the scenes as we continue with the next and final stages in the construction of Le Commandant-Charcot, our future high-polar exploration ship” reports Monique Ponfoort, PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Hurtigruten’s onboard credit bonus on Original Coastal Voyages

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Receive between AU$200 and AU$500 per person

Book (or rebook) an Original Coastal Voyage and receive between AU$200 and AU$500 onboard credit to spend onboard as you wish!

“This onboard credit offer is extraordinary value for guests sailing with us on our Coastal Voyages,” says Damian Perry, Managing Director Hurtigruten Asia-Pacific.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Sneak Peak Tour of National Geographic Endurance

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This month, National Geographic Endurance would have been proudly welcoming guests aboard inaugural voyages in the Arctic and beyond. But her grand entrance had to be postponed.