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Friday, 19 October 2018

SeaLink's new superyacht for Sydney Harbour

 

SeaLink Travel Group today announced the purchase of the luxurious superyacht, "AUSPRO". She will join the Captain Cook Cruises fleet on Sydney Harbour in mid-November as a deluxe 'premium-end' charter and private cruising vessel.

Building upon Captain Cook Cruises' legendary focus on service, "AUSPRO" will deliver an extraordinary new level of luxury and sophistication. With her own full-time Captain and beautiful classic interior, "AUSPRO" is ideal for high-end corporate entertaining, five-star private functions, intimate weddings or celebrations and extravagant overnight getaways.

Responding to the recent growth of the superyacht charter industry on Sydney Harbour, Jeff Ellison, CEO and Managing Director of SeaLink Travel Group, said this is a direction SeaLink is excited to take as it increases focus on attracting elite clientele locally and internationally.  

"This is part of our three-year growth strategy for Sydney Harbour.  We have listened to our key trade partners, and they have asked us to deliver a boutique, intimate experience for their five-star guests."

Ellison continued: "Our goal is to strive for consistent improvement. This is the first of many new initiatives planned for SeaLink/Captain Cook Cruises in the coming months."

Built by leading Italian superyacht manufacturing company Azimut, "AUSPRO" is a 30m motor yacht fitted with a Gyro Stabiliser for super smooth harbour sailing and has a range capable of offering extended overnight trips. The lavish superyacht can accommodate 45 guests for a VIP function or eight overnight guests and features two staterooms and two cabins.

The master stateroom has a queen size bed, private lounge and two ensuites, one with a spa bath. The other guest rooms accommodate a further six people, with a large queen size stateroom and two additional twin cabins, all with ensuites.

The stylish saloon is finished in gloss mahogany and teak curved timbers, Italian cream leather upholstery and a padded ceiling with plush carpets. Extra detail in lighting and audiovisual enhances the luxurious ambiance. The galley is modern and stylish with European appliances and the flybridge has a fully equipped wet bar, glass fridges, BBQ and LCD TV.

Crew accommodation is for four crew plus a captain's cabin with a ship's office that allows for a liveaboard captain.

Captain Cook Cruises is currently upgrading AUSPRO with galley enhancements and a new exterior paint finish.  

For further information and bookings visit: www.superyacht.captaincook.com.au

 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Sneak Preview On Board: Ponant Le Champlain

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Ponant Le Champlain tied up at Olden, Norway as guests kayak in the fjord (RE)

Expedition Cruising editor, Roderick Eime, was delighted to be invited to inspect the brand new and second of the new class of expedition vessel from Ponant, Le Champlain, on a 3-day shakedown cruise in Norway.

As you've read here already, these new ships are slightly smaller than the Le Boreal Class of which four have already launched. Six of these are planned with two already launched and carrying their first passengers.

Retractable marina will make Zodiac boarding a breeze (RE)
Compared to their older and larger siblings, the new 128m 'Explorer' class carries just 184 passengers in 92 twin occupancy cabins and suites as opposed to 142m and 264 pax. All the superior trimmings and amenities Ponant guests are familiar with can be found aboard the Explorer fleet which is designed to operate on tropical and warmer climate expeditions.

Even the sauna is stylish! (RE)
More details here soon. Come back to read updates.

An earlier artist rendering showing stern marina deck and pool (Ponant)
Meanwhile, the construction of Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d' Urville progresses on the Vard shipyard in Tulcea in Romania; the ships are scheduled for delivery in 2019.

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

One Ocean Expeditions New Vessel, RCGS Resolute



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Leading expedition cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is proud to officially welcome to its fleet the vessel 'RCGS Resolute'. To celebrate her first sailing under the One Ocean Expeditions' banner the company is hosting a grand recommission event at the Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia on October 16th, 2018. With the fleet expansion comes an increased number of sailings to Canada's East Coast and Antarctica as well as the introduction of new non-polar destinations in Spring 2019.

"Introducing RCGS Resolute to our fleet in her home port of Sydney, Nova Scotia is an important moment for One Ocean Expeditions, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and our partners," says Andrew Prossin, Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions and Cape Breton native. "A ship recommissioning is a unique ceremony that places a vessel in active service. It is a joyous occasion that we are honoured to host on Canada's East Coast and my home."

"As One Ocean Expeditions' exclusive marine partner in education, environmental science, and exploration, it's an honour to name one of our vessels with a RCGS pre-fix for the first time," adds Catherine Lawton, OOE's General Manager. "In partnering with Royal Canadian Geographical Society, our guests have the exclusive opportunity to learn from and interact with RCGS Fellows including world-renowned scientists, educators, researchers, naturalists, marine biologists, artists, historians and photographers on board. We look forward to welcoming RCGS Resolute to our fleet along with our friends, partners and supporters."

Notable guests at the October 16th event will be Commissioner of Nunavut, The Honourable Nellie T. Kusugak, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, Navy Captain Guillaume Lefrance (CD), The Honourable Rodger Cuzner (MP), Michael MacDonald (MP), Cape Breton's Mayor Cecil Clarke and John Geiger, CEO of RCGS.

Says John Geiger, "This day represents a great moment in the history of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. RCGS Resolute is a platform not only for expeditionary travel but for science and education."

Special appearances also include performances by Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and the 29 Sydney Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron with Commanding Officer Major Dodie Hanna (CD). The ship will be blessed by Reverend Canon Donald J Lawton (CD) at the ceremony, and the onboard VIP celebration will conclude with an exclusive performance by popular local band and one of the nation's favourites, the Barra MacNeils, to mark this momentous occasion.

Designed for exploration and for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well-appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. The ship offers an array of premiere amenities aligning with OOE's unique small ship programming, educational opportunities and numerous activities tailored to guests' individual interests. This new addition joins OOE's One Ocean Navigator / Akademik Ioffe and One Ocean Navigator/ Akademik Sergey Vavilov, both carrying less than 100 passengers. While RCGS Resolute hosts 146 passengers, she has the capacity to host and operate an increased number of programs simultaneously, ensuring the same small group comfort and intimacy found on all OOE vessels.

RCGS Resolute's inaugural voyage will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina on November 16th, 2018, on the "Antarctica - Off the Beaten Track'" voyage. From November to March she will explore Antarctica and South Georgia before heading north to the Chilean Fjords in April 2019. From there she heads to Costa Rica and Panama, through the Panama Canal and onwards to the North Atlantic, commencing voyages through Scotland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She will also host OOE's inaugural Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition before starting her first season in the Canadian High Arctic.

For more information on OOE's expedition cruise vessels: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/vessels

For more information on OOE's Arctic cruise destinations and itineraries: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/arctic

For more information on OOE's Antarctic destinations and itineraries: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/antarctica

Friday, 12 October 2018

Three Nights Free on 7-night Captain Cook Fiji cruises

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Book any seven-night Fiji cruise and receive three nights free with small ship experts, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji's 'Three Nights Free Sail'. Offering savings of up to AUD$2100 per person this deal is on sale until 9 November 2018 with travel valid until 31 March 2019.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji's seven-night itineraries include the seven-night Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands cruise which departs every Tuesday and Saturday and the seven-night 4 Cultures Discovery or Colonial Discovery cruises which depart one a month on alternate months.

The seven-night Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca cruise discovers the beauty of the Southern and Northern Yasawa Island group and cruises through the spectacular passage from Yaqeta Island to the Yasawa's northern reaches. The cruise visits the islands of Waya, Naviti and Viwa, the private island of Tivua, the Sawa-l-Lau limestone caves and the blue lagoon and Mononki – the island where Tom Hank's movie Castaway was filmed.

The seven nights 4 Cultures Discovery cruise circumnavigates Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island and visits four distinctive Fijian cultures including Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijians and Indians. The cruise visits the islands of Kioa, Rabi, Labasa Town, Kia Island and the world's third longest barrier reef, "The Great Sea Reef".

Scheduled departure dates for 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise include 1 January, 7 May, 2 July and 3 September 2019 and 7 Jan 2020.

Captain Cook Cruises seven nights Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of 'standing' on the 180th Meridian, the natural dateline. The cruise also visits the recent Heritage listed old capital of Levuka on the islands of Ovalau, Taveuni, the garden island and Savusavu, a town of hot springs and Pearl farms.

2019 and 2020 departure dates for the Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise include 5 February, 2 April, 4 June, 1O October 2019 and 4 February 2020.

All cruises are aboard newly refurbished small ship, MV Reef Endeavour, which explores parts of Fiji larger ships cannot get to. Visiting remote villages, churches and schools and partake in traditional village sevusevu ceremonies and Meke and Lovo feasts.

Experience the underwater world with daily swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling off picturesque islands and in beautiful lagoons. Go glass bottom boating or try mind blowing scuba diving operated by Viti Water Sports, a PADI5 Star Dive Centre Dive with two dives offered daily and always in different locations.

On-board be pampered at the ships Senikai Day Spa, relax on the sun deck by the jacuzzi or pool, work out in the mini-gym, play a game in the lounge or grab a cocktail at the pool bar and watch the breathtaking scenery pass by.

Enjoy mouthwatering cuisine including buffet breakfasts, alfresco lunches, casual barbecues and table d'hote dinners. All food is prepared on board from fresh local and imported produce.

A complimentary Kids Club is available for children 5 -9 years where children can make new friends, have lots of fun and learn about and experience the Fijian culture. Kids Club operates between 9.00am and 12noon, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and from 6.00pm and 9.00pm.

The 'Three Nights Free' cruise sale is valid on all room categories including "A" Tabua Suites, "B" and "C" Ocean Staterooms and "D" Porthole Cabins and on sale until 9 November 2018 with travel valid until 31 March 2019.

Prices for the 'Three nights Free Sail' for all seven-night cruises start from AUD$2045 per adult twin share, normally AUD$3395 per adult twin share and AUD$640 per child (5-17 years) sharing with an adult, normally AUD$1065 per child sharing with an adult.

All fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, onboard entertainment, kids club (5-9 yrs), onboard Wi-Fi, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship's facilities including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.

For further information and bookings visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com or contact your local travel agent.

For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises on T: +61 9126 8160 or from within Australia: 1300 To Fiji (86 3454), Email: fiji@captaincookcruisesfiji.com or visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Ponant Cruise with 2019 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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A rare opportunity - Join PONANT’s latest small luxury expedition cruise ship Le Laperouse, for a seven-night voyage Sydney to Hobart, with pole-position viewing as the 2019 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race competitors clear Sydney Heads.



Board the ship for an early start on Boxing Day 2019, then leave the Harbour to be perfectly positioned off Sydney Heads, in the thick of the action when the maxi yachts round the mark and battle it out for the honour of clearing the Heads first.



Then enjoy cruising down the NSW coast, breaking the voyage to visit Trousers Point on Flinders Islands and iconic Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, before joining the racing yacht fleet at Constitution Dock right in the heart of Hobart in time for presentations, New Year’s Eve fireworks and partying.

Monique Ponfoort, PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific: “This really is a special way to mark the start of the 75th Anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race. You will be well positioned offshore to view the first maxi-yachts exit the heads, and then slip down the coast enjoying all the luxuries, service and comfort onboard that the racing crews can only dream about. Join us onboard!”

The voyage departs Sydney 26 December 2019 / 7 nights and includes three nights at dock in Hobart - your perfect ‘floating hotel’ location for yachting and partying enthusiasts.

From $5,5400 pp twin share in a Prestige Stateroom on Deck 6.

Background on Le Laperouse: The first of six Explorer Class small luxury expedition ships being constructed for PONANT, progressively joining the fleet in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Launched in 2018 the environmentally-friendly Le Laperouse has just 92 spacious staterooms and suites, all with private balcony, an infinity edge swimming pool, world-first underwater multi-sensory lounge with large glass windows below the water line, movable marina, and a fleet of 10 Zodiacs. You will want for nothing - choice of dining options, Sothys spa, sauna, Hermes toiletries and fine linens, 24-hour room service, Open Bar, fine cuisine, intuitive service - all imbued with French ambiance.

Chic, stylish and intimate, this is small ship cruising at its best.

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS

Details of all PONANT voyages including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at https://au.ponant.com

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or email reservations.aus@ponant.com to request more information or assistance.


Monday, 1 October 2018

Lindblad new polar expedition cruise vessel interior renderings and itineraries

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Sven Lindblad, CEO & President of Lindblad Expeditions, unveiled the world’s most advanced polar expedition ship– the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance - at a live video conference today. He was joined by key members of the line’s shipbuilding and expedition team including Trey Byus, Chief Expedition Officer (CXO); Nikolaos Doulis, Senior VP of Marine Builds, and Captain Leif Skog, VP of Nautical. The panel of experts discussed the ship’s innovative design and development, unveiled interior renderings, and the inaugural Arctic itineraries following her early 2020 delivery.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Silversea Expeditions under the Northern Lights

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Guests on a recent Silversea Expeditions voyage were treated to one of nature's most stunning phenomena: the aurora borealis, or northern lights.  This awe-inspiring display of otherworldly green lights dancing across the night's sky came into view as Silver Cloud sailed off the southwest coast of Greenland on 4 September 2018.  The sighting was representative of Silversea's commitment to unlocking deep travel experiences for guests.

For Silver Cloud's guests, who gathered on the ship's top deck to witness the lights, it was a spellbinding finale to a day spent exploring Qeqertarsuaq, a small town on scenic Disko Island.  They had hiked through scenic trails to reach cascading waterfalls and a bay of glistening icebergs.  Enriching guests' immersion into the authentic beauty of Mother Nature, the sight of the northern lights – which are formed by electrons interacting with gases in the magnetosphere - offered a truly unforgettable memory.

"It's a real privilege for us to enable travellers to unlock such thrilling experiences as witnessing the northern lights," says Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. "Using our expert knowledge and our collective experience, we create the ideal conditions for our guests to enjoy remarkable travel experiences across the world; we're delighted that on this occasion Silver Cloud was in the right place at the right time for our guests to witness a once-in-a-lifetime display.  Moments like these are what traveling deeper is all about."

In 2018, Silversea Expeditions celebrates its 10thanniversary of luxury expedition cruising. Over the past decade, the cruise line has specialised in taking travellers closer to the authentic beauty of the world, unlocking deep travel experiences in ultimate comfort with its fleet of intimate ships. Silversea sails to over 900 destinations across the world, taking guests closer to fascinating cultures and beautiful landscapes.  Silver Cloud will return to Greenland on several expeditions in 2019, including voyages departing from Kangerlussuaq on 26 August and 11 September – during the optimal time period for spotting the northern lights.



Hosting just 254 guests, the luxurious Silver Cloud carries a fleet of 16 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks, providing the opportunity for guests to connect deeper with a destination from the water. Depending on the region, between 20 and 22 Expedition Team members are always on hand to share their considerable knowledge and insights with guests.  They provide lectures in the multi-tiered Explorer Lounge, run workshops, lead Zodiac and kayak trips, and guide nature walks -- all of which is complimentary.

Aboard Silversea's ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, and the personalized service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests' preferences; an in-suite 24-hour dining service; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, location permitting.

Browse Silversea's range of luxurious expedition cruises: https://www.silversea.com/luxury-expeditions-cruises.html