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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Windstar's 51-Day Grand Mediterranean Cruise Aboard World’s Largest Sailing Ship


1 Amazing Ship, 2 Magical Months, 5 Tall Masts, 11 Timeless Countries, 42 Intriguing Ports, 51 Incredible Days, 201 Attentive Crew, 153 Delicious Meals, 310 Adventurous Travellers

Guests on Windstar's 51-day Grand Mediterranean adventure will embark the 310-passenger MSY Wind Surf on 7 July 2019 in Europe's westernmost port of Lisbon, Portugal, prepared for an epic journey visiting the best ports in central Europe sailing across the culturally-rich Mediterranean, one of the world's most beautiful seas.

An equal match, the majestic Wind Surf is the world's largest sailing ship at 14,745 gross tonnes, 188 metres in length with 2497 square metres of crisp new sails soaring 67 metres skyward.

The ship will traverse the vast inland ocean during the cruise high-season on a comprehensive Mediterranean voyage. The cruise will call at popular ports and hidden harbours in Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Malta and Italy, sailing to the farther reaches of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey, and then doubling back for more cultural immersion and travel delights in Monaco and France before landing in Barcelona on 27 August 2019; eight weeks of a once-in-a-lifetime discovery spanning nearly 9500 nautical miles.

"We believe that no one goes further to get our guests closer to the destinations where we sail. An incredible cruise like our 51-day Grand Mediterranean cruise on a sailing ship is exactly what people who love to travel live for," said Windstar President, John Delaney.

"Our beautiful Wind Surf is recognised around the world. Guests will be totally immersed in the region sailing on her for two months, with more than 40 ports of call to share authentic experiences and adventures with loved ones while laughing with locals. Not one day will be like the next, and that is the magic of cruising with Windstar — we're 180 degrees from ordinary, no matter where we sail. This Grand Mediterranean journey represents the best of the best chock-full of culture, cuisine and camaraderie."

Travellers aboard Wind Surf will be immersed in the romance of travel by sea and sail, cruising into major cosmopolitan cities such as Rome and Athens and gliding into impossibly quaint harbours to mirror the towering town spires of coastal gems like Sanary-sur-Mer, France and Rovinj, Croatia. Windstar's curated collection of shore excursions provides cruisers with hundreds of choices that span the spectrum from docent-led tours to Picasso's Museum in Málaga to ocean kayaking in Palma de Mallorca or pesto-making lessons in Portofino.

The ship's Captain will introduce present-day explorers to Windstar's unique Open Bridge, sharing nautical charts and marine weather reports, a novel concept, only for those on cruise ships of a certain size and stature. The ship's innovative Water Sports Platform gives new meaning to a view from the water; when anchored cruisers can dive into the Mediterranean to play with complimentary water toys, stand-up paddle boards and water skis.

The 51-day sailing is a marquis cruise; part of Windstar's popular Star Collectors Voyages that combine shorter sailings and includes a free Laundry Package for each stateroom and suite throughout the cruise - a real benefit on a long sailing. The two-month Grand Mediterranean cruise on Wind Surf encompasses six cruise itineraries varying from seven to 10 days in length that are linked together to create this blockbuster journey across the Mediterranean.

Kicking off with the 8-day Spanish Symphony from Lisbon to Barcelona, regional styles and influences of culture and flavours overlap as Andalusian tastes transform into Riviera glamour followed by Italian chic, serene Greece and colourful Turkey.

Key regions visited on the impressive tour of the Mediterranean include the French and Italian Rivieras, the islands of Spain, and the islands and coastal ports of the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. The 10 countries visited over the course of the northern summer's ultimate itinerary include Portugal, the British Territory of Gibraltar, France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Greece and Turkey. The mix of 42 ports is evenly distributed based on country size and offers a thoughtful balance of large port cities that have it all and small towns brimming with personality.

In 2019, Wind Surf will offer a total of 44 cruises visiting European ports from April through November including the epic Grand Mediterranean voyage, with all itineraries now open for reservations.

Bookings to be directed to your travel agent or Windstar Australia on 1300 749 875 or

Barents Observer: Cruise tourists are about to break the ice

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Expedition travel companies build fleets of adventure ships which are able to make it deep into ice-covered Arctic waters.

"We are thrilled to announce the name of our new polar ship: National Geographic Endurance, said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, in a keel laying ceremony in Gdynia, Poland, this week.

Kara Weller to head Discovery Team for Scenic Eclipse.

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Scenic has announced the appointment of Kara Weller as Head Discovery Team Leader for Scenic Eclipse.

A qualified biologist, Ms Weller holds a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Wildlife Biology and has spent the past 20 years, educating cruise passengers on the many highlights of Antarctica and the Arctic. Kara has extensive experience working as an expedition leader, naturalist lecturer and Zodiac driver on more than 150 cruises. She joins the Scenic Eclipse team from Silversea Expeditions.

On board Scenic Eclipse, Kara will be responsible for managing the 16 member Discovery Team, facilitating Zodiac and kayak excursions, guiding onshore explorations and hosting onboard lectures on the Antarctic and Arctic regions. She will be assisted by a group of highly experienced naturalists, including a marine biologist, glaciologist, historian, ornithologist and geologist, as well as a fisheries and underwater expert, dedicated kayaking guides and Zodiac drivers.

Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney said he was delighted to welcome someone with Kara’s extensive experience and passion for the polar regions, to the Scenic Eclipse team.

“The Antarctic and Arctic regions are a key focus for Scenic Eclipse and will be a highlight for our guests, so it is vital that our Discovery team have the knowledge, dedication and passion to share with guests during their time on board. Kara embodies all the attributes we are looking for and I have no doubt she will be a real asset to the team.”

Kara said she was looking forward to stepping foot on board Scenic Eclipse when it debuts on 31 August. “Scenic Eclipse is the most incredible looking ship I have ever seen. I have worked on 15 to 20 different expedition ships in the polar regions and this is by far the most amazing ship that's going to be down there,” she said.

With more than 20 years’ experience in Antarctica, Kara said there was no better way to experience the region than by a custom built discovery yacht. “The best way to see Antarctica is by cruise because you want to be able to get around to more than just one spot. You want to see penguins, you want to see a few different bits of the landscape, not just one area. It's an amazing way to see Antarctica, and the region is spectacular beyond belief,” she said.

Kara said she believed travel was an important way for people to educate themselves about the planet we live on. “You need to go to a place to see it and smell it and touch it and absorb the sounds in order to understand it and so to care about it. The polar regions are to me the most precious places on our earth and I want people to care about them as much as I do and to fight to protect them.”

Discover the South Pacific with Last Minute Savings from Silversea

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Silversea Cruises is delighted to offer guests last minute savings aboard Silver Discoverer to uncover the authentic beauty and adventure of North Queensland and the Pacific Islands. Two voyages of 15 or 17 days will explore an array of tropical locations including Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. When booking before 15 May 2018, guests will receive a one-category upgrade and US$1,000 onboard credit per suite on selected voyages. For those guests booking before 31 March, a range of fantastic air offers are also available.*

Intrepid explorers and curious adventurers will be in awe of the deeply immersive onshore experiences as they journey through the South Pacific. Guests will travel on board Silver Discoverer, the epitome of expedition sailing, featuring all ocean view suites, butler service, 12 Zodiac®s and a highly qualified and passionate expedition team. Each sailing features captivating shore excursions lead by expert guides and lecturers, enabling guests to truly understand and experience the culture and history of the ports visited.

Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises said:

“Silversea is a pioneer of luxury expedition voyages and we will be celebrating 10 years of Expedition cruising this year. With these incredible last-minute savings and air offers, we are offering inquisitive travellers the exclusive opportunity to explore the highlights of Northern Queensland and exotic islands of the Pacific. We invite guests to go deeper in each destination they visit and the bespoke itineraries include a range of sensational onshore experiences, new destinations, diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. We encourage guests to move quickly to secure their place as these voyages only have a very limited availability.”

Featured Voyages*:

V9813: Guests will depart Port Vila, Vanuatu on 07 June, 2018 on a 15-day voyage to Cairns. Highlights of this voyage include: witnessing Pentecost men dive head first from a platform onto the bare earth in celebration of the Yam harvest in Vanuatu; swimming and snorkelling in a small uplifted coral platform in Aniwa Vanuatu; and the Rum Distillery Experience in Bundaberg, Australia. Cruise fares start from AUD$18,100 per person, based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite. Guests booking by 31 March 2018, will enjoy reduced airfares in Business Class or Free Economy Class Air Roundtrip; pre and post hotel and; transfers on selected voyages. Single Supplement fares are also available on this voyage.

V9814: Departing Cairns on 22 June 2018, guests will enjoy a 17-day voyage to Darwin. Highlights include: exploring the Kwapurina Fjord in Kafure by canoe; a forest walk in Tuam, Papua New Guinea; discovering Cenderawasih Marine Park in Auri Islands, Indonesia and snorkelling in Triton Bay, Indonesia known for its marine biodiversity. Cruise fares start from AUD$21,000 per person, based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite. Guests booking by 31 March 2018 will enjoy Business Class Air Upgrade for just AUD$1,395 or Free Economy Class Air roundtrip on selected voyages.


Last Minute Savings: Guests booking before 15 May, 2018 will receive a one-category suite upgrade and an onboard credit of US$1,000 per suite on selected voyages.

Expedition All Inclusive: Guests booking before 31 March, 2018 will receive: reduced airfares in Business Class or free Economy Class Air Roundtrip; free pre and post hotel and; free transfers** on selected voyages.

Single Supplement: Solo travellers can enjoy single Supplement fares starting at only 25% on selected voyages.

Kimberley Air: Guests booking before 31 March, 2018 will receive Roundtrip Economy Class Air or can upgrade to Business Class for just AUD$1,395 per person on selected voyages.

*Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

**Free transfers available only for guests utilising Silversea air offer

Friday, 16 March 2018

Featured Brochure: Antarctica Small Ship Cruises with Peregrine Adventures

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Small ship expedition voyages: Antarctic Peninsula • South Georgia • Falkland Islands

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The far icy reaches of our planet are no longer out of reach. You can visit the rugged wilderness areas of Antarctica, The Falklands and South Georgia where sightings of seals, penguins and whales are daily occurrences, and majestic icebergs often form the backdrop for your adventure.

The Antarctic is an immense wilderness region, where we are at the mercy of the wind, the ocean and the ice – conditions that can change rapidly and dramatically. We cannot survive alone in these icy extremes, but Peregrine's state-of-the-art expedition ships and experienced captains will take you deep into the polar regions in comfort and safety.

Peregrine's expedition ships unlock a miraculous, forbidden world where animals have no fear of man; where the din of a hundred thousand penguins drowns conversation; and where whales show as much curiosity in the behaviour of humans as we do in theirs.

On all voyages your time off the ship will be optimised, as once in a lifetime experiences ensure you have the very best opportunities to explore and to get excellent value. Peregrine takes the time to get under the skin of a destination. Seeing the famous landmarks and wildlife is a must, but exploring it with a passionate expert on foot or finding a quiet spot on the ship to enjoy the majesty of the surrounds in solitude are moments that will leave a lasting impression.

All Peregrine polar adventures have world-leading expedition staff, ship captains and crew who draw on their experience from hundreds of voyages.

Peregrine aims to set the industry benchmarks for minimum environmental impact and the most stringent safety practices. Operating within these guidelines, Peregrine will guide your polar experience while, at the same time, allowing you the choice and flexibility to see the polar regions in your own style.

Using the expedition ships as floating bases, you can choose the style of voyage that suits you.

Embrace the Spirit of Adventure on a journey to the end of the earth

Saturday, 10 March 2018

'There will be pressures' warn expedition cruising experts

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Expedition cruising is enjoying a renaissance of sorts fueled in part by growing consumer interest in transformational and experiential vacations offered in far-flung 'bucket list' regions around the world.

The once sleepy port of Ushuaia is now one of the busiest.
Cruise ships of all sizes jostle for space before setting
out for the Antarctic Peninsula or South Georgia.
The looming threats of global warming and climate change on earth’s ecosystems are also spurring visitation to unspoiled and pristine regions that could potentially erode or disappear.

Read the full story at Seatrade Cruise News

Friday, 9 March 2018

Win a $10,000 Peregrine Adventure Cruise

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Peregrine Adventures and MiNDFOOD are offering one lucky MiNDFOOD reader an eight day cruise for two, valued over $10,000. Sailing Thailand's picturesque west coast Islands, aboard Peregrine's Panorama II, with return economy flights included.

Peregrine Adventures has just released an exciting new range of Asia Adventure cruises. Picture the same premium small ship cruises, except this time they're visiting some of Asia's best tropical islands and most exotic coastlines. The Panorama II will be your home on the seas for eight days as you take in some of the most spectacular islands off Thailand's west coast. The ship is equipped with 25 well-appointed cabins and a spacious upper deck.

The new eight-day round round-trip adventure takes you to stunning beaches and quaint villages on the less-visited isles of Similan, Ko Miang, Ko Surin Tai and Khao Lak. Each of the islands offer all the hallmarks of Thailand's idyllic south.