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Monday, 26 January 2015

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Orion Kimberley Swan song - 2015 last expedition

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This is the season to embark on the most active, in-depth, and fulfilling Kimberley expedition possible. Beginning in 2016 National Geographic Orion will head out to new destinations. (More on the exciting developments to come soon.) From Darwin in the north to Broome in the west, our expedition, experts, and ship are the best equipped to help you explore. National Geographic Orion's hospitality, amenities, and ambience will reward you daily. Also, you'll come home with the best photos of your life thanks to guidance from National Geographic photographers.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Kimberely Quest - last minute availability


A superior cabin on the 14 Day Ultimate Quest, 19th May - 2nd June, has just become available.

It is an opportunity not to be missed! Please contact the team if you are interested in booking this cabin, it will not last long.

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Lindblad ship upgrades

National Geographic Sea Lion (R Eime)
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has updated the interiors on its twin 62-passenger adventure cruise ships. Areas overhauled included all passenger rooms, the lounge and bar, dining room, spa and public spaces on both National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

On Board Silver Discoverer: Scenes around Napier NZ


Napier was destroyed in an earthquake and fire in 1931 with great loss of life.
The city was subsequently rebuilt entirely in art deco leaving a wonderful legacy.
Silver Discoverer stopped for a refuel and shore excursion en route to Wellington, leaving us to explore the fascinating architecture and themed stores.

Variety Cruises six new cruise programs in 2015 and 2016


Variety Cruises, represented in New Zealand by Discover the World, has released details on new cruise itineraries in the Red Sea, the Greek Isles & Turkey, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Archipelago and in Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands.

New 2015 – 2016 Cruise Programs

Greece & Turkey

Aegean Mosaic cruise on the 72-passenger Mega-Yacht Variety Voyager.

The 7-night/8-day cruise program departing from Istanbul, Turkey to Athens, Greece or reverse, will discover cosmopolitan Santorini and Mykonos and the off-the beaten track Greek Islands of Patmos and Samos, all the way to the fabled Greco-roman cities of Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. As for our intimate shore excursions and life on board, we are offering six optional excursions, but we still left time for three swim stops off the swimming platform of the M/Y Variety Voyager, or at remote beaches of the most amazing locations in the Aegean Sea. Sailing dates: August & October 2015 | July – August 2016


The Canary Islands Discovery on the 49-passenger Motor Yacht Harmony V

The 7-night/ 8-day cruise program offers dual embarkation, departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or from South Tenerife. Guests will explore Gran Canaria, cosmopolitan Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Palma or Isla Bonita. The beauty of Fuerteventura and the small and quaint island of la Gomera will enchant the guest’s senses. Exotic colours everywhere, as all the islands are volcanic, green lush flora and turquoise seas, all awaiting to be discovered during the best period to visit the 10-island archipelago. Sailing dates: December 2015 – March 2016

The Red Sea
Two new cruise itineraries in the Red Sea will debut in 2016 on the 42-passenger Motor yacht Harmony G. The Kings and Pharaohs cruise from Suez, Egypt to Aqaba, Jordan or reverse and the Splendours of the Red Sea roundtrip cruise from Hurghada, Egypt, two equally fascinating 6-night/7-day cruises will showcase the history and cultural diversity of Egypt and Jordan and the underwater treasures of the Red Sea. Some of the highlights include Luxor, the ancient land of gods and Pharaohs and home to the Valley of the Kings, and the Karnak and Luxor temples, St. Catherine’s Monastery atop Mt. Sinai. Sailing dates: January – March 2016.

Cape Verde Archipelago
The Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago cruise on the 49-passenger Motor Yacht Harmony V Is a 7-night/ 8-day island hopping cruise program unravelling the intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and welcoming locals. Being blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the archipelago offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills and jungles to explore, to volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. Sailing date: 18 November 2015

Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands

The 9-night/10-day itinerary on the 44-passenger Motor Yacht Pegasus will show North West Madagascar in a way no land tour or cruise has done so before: The Madagascar mainland portion of the itinerary includes the magnificent Diego Suarez Bay, the Ankarana Park and Amber Mountain. The itinerary also includes a island hopping portion reaching the most beautiful islands in the Mozambique channel such as Hara, Mitsio, Komba, Sakatia, Iranji and last but not least Nosy Be. The program embarks from Nosy Be or from Diego Suarez and there will be a Madagascar Specialist Guide onboard. Sailing Dates: July 2015

For bookings, brochures or more information, please contact Discover the World on 1800 OCEANS or email

About Variety Cruises
Variety Cruises is one the leading yacht cruise lines worldwide, owning and operating a fleet of 11 Mega Yachts, Motor Yachts and Sail assisted Motor vessels, offering travellers a variety of total yachting experience. Since 1967, Variety Cruises small ships and experiential cruise itineraries embrace each destination by visiting cosmopolitan port of call or unspoilt secluded destinations in a private and relaxed environment.

Variety’s intimate ships, which carry just 44-72 guests, dock so close to where guests want to be, they simply step ashore and are amongst all the action. This means, no queues to access tenders and a flexible cruise schedule which allows guests freedom to fully enjoy each port at their own pace.

Variety Cruises cruise destinations include: Greece, the Greek Islands & Turkey, the Red Sea, the Seychelles, Madagascar and Mozambique Channel Islands, Costa Rica and the Panama, Cuba, the Cape Verde Archipelago and the Canary Islands.

Win a Trip to the Arctic as Aurora Expeditions’ Official Arctic Photographer


Aurora Expeditions, the experts in expedition cruising, has launched a new Facebook photography competition to find their next ‘Official Arctic Photographer’ to capture the majestic scenery, amazing wildlife and candid experiences of the High Arctic.

The competition is open to anyone who loves capturing unforgettable travel moments, from professional photographers, awesome amateurs or those who simply love taking a great holiday snapshot.

The lucky winner will be named the ‘Official Arctic Photographer’ and will travel on board Aurora Expeditions’ ‘Across the Arctic Circle’ expedition in June this year. From Scotland to Spitsbergen the winner will enjoy amazing sights like giant icebergs, magnificent fjords, ancient relics and wildlife such as whales, walrus and polar bears, with unlimited opportunities to snap until their heart’s content on this unforgettable 14-day adventure.

Entrants are asked to ‘like’ the Aurora Expeditions’ Facebook page ( and submit their best travel photo via the Facebook competition tab to go into the running to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Arctic, including the expedition cruise, return economy airfares and accommodation, worth over $10,000!

Entrants are also asked to submit in 50 words or less why they should be chosen as Aurora Expeditions’ Official Arctic Photographer.

Entries will require 20 votes to make it through to the final judging stage, where Aurora Expeditions’ panel of expert travel and photography judges will choose the final winner.

To enter simply:
1. Visit to access the competition
2. Upload your best travel photo
3. In 50 words or less, share why you should be Aurora Expeditions’ Official Arctic Photographer
4. Share your entry with your friends and encourage them to vote for you!

The competition runs from 20/01/15-15/03/15 inclusive, with the winner to be advised before 28/03/15.

For full competition details visit Aurora Expeditions’ Facebook page

For more information on Aurora Expeditions’ range of Arctic adventures