Monday, 29 August 2016

‘Swallowed by the Sea’ explores Australia’s most famous shipwrecks


- includes photos and dive notes

Over the centuries, Australian waters have become the final resting place for many ships lost in raging storms, on jagged reefs, under enemy fire, or through human error. In the forthcoming book, Swallowed by the Sea (NLA Publishing $44.99, 1 October 2016), maritime archaeologist Graeme Henderson explores the most famous wrecks from across Australia, dating back to 1622 and as recent as 2010. Readers learn about the oldest known wreck in Australian waters, the Tryal, driven into sunken rocks by the inept Captain Brookes, and the loss of emigrant barque Cataraqui, which struck a reef off King Island in the middle of a stormy night, drowning more than 400 people.

Henderson sets the scene for each disaster, describing how the ship came to be in Australian waters, the people involved, the dramatic circumstances of the actual wrecking and the aftermath. He has also personally located and dived at many of the wrecks featured, and describes what it’s like to swim the length of the HMS Pandora wreck, to dive in heavy turbulence raising artillery pieces from the Batavia, and the eerie experience of viewing the undercut cliffs that witnessed the drowning of asylum seekers on SIEV 221.

Alongside historical paintings and photographs of the ships themselves, Graeme’s accounts include recent underwater photographs of the dive sites with recollections by members of the diving crew. From English and Dutch trading vessels in the seventeenth century to emigrant ships in the nineteenth century and the great warships of the Second World War, Swallowed by the Sea provides a fascinating insight into how each ship was wrecked and discovered, and what remains of the wrecks today.

Graeme Henderson AM is a maritime archaeologist, former museum director and the 2002 Western Australian Citizen of the Year. His discovery at age 16 of the wreck of the seventeenth-century Dutch East India Company vessel, Vergulde Draeck, sparked a life-long interest in shipwrecks. He went on to develop the colonial shipwrecks program at the Western Australian Museum, to contribute to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and to serve as director of the Western Australian Maritime Museum for 13 years. Graeme has published widely on individual shipwrecks and those found off the coast of Western Australia; this is his first book on shipwrecks that occurred Australia-wide.

Paperback | Oct 2016 | National Library of Australia | 9780642278944 | 240pp | 265x220mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$44.99, NZD$54.99 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces two new expedition vessels

#expeditioncruising .

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet grows. TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

New 5-star vessels announced for Hapag-Lloyd

Sebastian Ebel, member of the Executive Board of TUI Group in charge of Cruises: “The cruise business is one of the key elements of TUI’s growth strategy. Our ambitions are underpinned by our investment in the two new ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury and expedition cruise segments serve as world-class benchmarks.”

New 5-star vessels announced for Hapag-Lloyd

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: “The former director Albert Ballin invented the modern cruise concept 125 years ago. We are perfectly positioned in the luxury market with our cruise ships “EUROPA” and “EUROPA 2”. In this anniversary year, we are charting the course for the future. Already we operate successfully in our expedition segment, which offers growth potential for 5-star cruises. Our new-builds will help us to develop further the expedition segment and offer a modern interpretation. They will also serve to strengthen our leading position in this market, in particular at the international level.”

The two ships will be built at the Norwegian Vard shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited, a shareholding of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. The vessels will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology. With PC6, the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships, they will be able to cruise not only in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica but also in warm water destinations such as the Amazon. On-board Zodiacs will allow landings in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will also feature a water sports marina.

Further information on the newbuilds

  • 5-star expedition segment
  • One new-build to serve German-speaking markets (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • Other new-build to serve German-speaking markets and in addition Belgium, the UK, Netherlands and the US.
Identical ships, data for each ship:
  • GT 16,100
  • Length: 138 metres
  • Width: 22 metres
  • Draught: 5.4 metres
  • Passenger decks: 7
  • Cabins and suites: 120
  • Maximum passenger capacity: 240 persons
  • Crew: Up to 170 crew members
  • High ratio of balcony cabins
  • Restaurants: 3
  • Modern spa and fitness area
  • Interior design: Architecture firm Oceanarchitects
Reservations: Landmark Travel, phone (02)99 77 71 00, email

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries, visit

Discover Antarctica aboard Silver Explorer

#expeditioncruising .

Discover the ice-covered wonderland continent of Antarctica, on a 10-day voyage aboard Silver Explorer.  Departing Ushuaia, Argentina, on 26 February 2017, Silver Explorer journeys toward the Antarctic Peninsula, where guests will marvel at the incredible array of wildlife against the stunning backdrop of spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers.

Continuing her journey through the Antarctic Peninsula, Silver Explorer discovers the Aitcho and South Shetland Islands. As you step off the Zodiac to explore the island, it is very likely you will be greeted by the locals…penguins! Penguin species here include Gentoo and Chinstrap. Other annual seabirds include the Southern Giant Petrels.

During its final days, Silver Explorer journeys its way through other regions of the Antarctic Peninsula, where guests are able to view the 745-meter-high ice-caped mountain of the Tabarin Peninsula, the penguin colony on Paulet Island, and the collapsed volcano of Whalers Bay. Silver Explorer­ concludes her journey, returning via Drake Passage, disembarking in Ushuaia, Argentina, 08 March 2017.

As part of Silversea's Early Booking Bonus offer, guests can save 10% on the published fare when booked and paid in full before 02 September 2016. Prices are per person based on double occupancy, in a View Suite:

·         Published fare starting from AU$18,150
·         Early Booking Bonus fare starting from AU$16,335

Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship; an outstanding expedition team of expert guides and lecturers; complimentary WiFi and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  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

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Planning a small ship cruise? Get our new storybook

#expeditioncruising .

Everyone knows that cruising is the hottest thing in travel right now. Everywhere we look, on TV, the web, the papers, it’s all about cruising.

But for many of us, the thought of cramming onto a massive ship with thousands of other passengers - and then trying to get off again - is the last thing we want to do on holidays. That’s where the delightful luxury of small ship cruising comes into it’s own.

Editorial by expert small ship journalists who tell you why they love to travel on adventure and expedition cruise vessels.

Read the full story and more in this beautiful storybook from Travel Associates

click to read online

Seeking young explorers. Enderby Trust applications now open.

#expeditioncruising .

Enderby Scholarship Background

Starting in 1830 the London based Enderby & Co outfitted vessels for commercial voyages of discovery, captains were expected to go above and beyond their normal duties in the services of discover & exploration. A series of remarkable voyages began with the 1830 departure of the Tula and the Lively, on this voyage Captain John Biscoe discovered land at 67ºS and named it Enderby Land. In 1838 John Balleny, sailing to the Southern Ocean on the Eliza Scott accompanied by the Sabrina discovered the Balleny Islands and Sabrina Land. A stalwart of Enderby & Co, Charles Enderby, was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society and in 1841 he was admitted to the Royal Society of London for his “promotion of geographical discovery in the Antarctic regions”.

Enderby Trust works in conjunction with New Zealand’s premier expedition travel company, Heritage Expeditions, to offer scholarship positions aboard expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica aboard the Spirit of Enderby.

Refer to for vessel and expedition itinerary information.

Enderby Trust was founded by the Russ Family knowing the opportunities for young people to visit these regions are limited but believing it is vitally important that young people experience this amazing region. The Trustee’s hope scholarship participants will share their experiences and enthusiasm with other people and grow the awareness of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Each expedition is accompanied by a team of naturalists and biologists to enhance the learning possibilities.

Application Process 

In less than four hundred words you must persuade the trustees why you should receive a scholarship and how the experience will benefit both you and the region. The trustees encourage creativity & passion, so let this shine through in your application. Applications can be submitted in the medium that best suits you! 

Applications should include: 1) Full name and Date of Birth (proof of age may be required) 2) Address including daytime and after hours telephone numbers 3) Scholarship applied for (Name and Departure Date) 4) Submission expressing interest within the Southern Ocean (see above). 5) Where you heard about the Enderby Trust Scholarship 6) Name and address of one referee 7) Declaration that you have sufficient funds to pay the contribution required. 

Submit applications to: 
The Trustees Enderby Trust 
P.O. Box 7218, 
Christchurch 8240 
New Zealand


Applicant Requirements:

Successful applicants for the scholarships are expected to make a contribution to the expedition cost. This equates to 30% of the advertised cost of the expedition, Enderby Trust contributes the remaining 70% plus applicable government landing fees. Successful applicants are required to submit a presentation in a mutually agreed style on a topic of their choice within three months of their travel. 

Recipients are reminded that a goal of the trust is too encourage greater interest in and understanding of the Southern Ocean, its landscapes, history and biological diversity. The submitted presentation should be in keeping with the aims and goals of the trust. 

Closing dates for applications: Monday 17th October 2016

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders


Atlas Obscura is the book to inspire wanderlust (and wonderlust). Beautifully bound in a red debossed case cover with gold foil, this compellingly written, scrupulously researched compendium is a must for the adventurous and curious. Filled with over 700 entries from around the world and embellished with rich colour illustrations, charts, photographs and maps, Atlas Obscura is an object as desirable as the places described within.

Atlas Obscura is the ultimate compilation of the world’s best hidden marvels the Atlas Obscura community has unearthed. Carefully curated, every page of Atlas Obscura: An Explorers Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders paints a rich panorama of what a marvellously strange world we live in.

Entries include:
▪ A fire that’s been burning in the desert for 40 years
▪ A temple to the souls of insects that died for science
▪ A museum dedicated to art made from human hair
▪ Self-mummifying monks of Japan
▪ Pablo Escobar’s Hippos
▪ A bust of Lenin in Antarctica.

Every entry includes a detailed description and GPS coordinate; but some hidden wonders are so out of the way, so treacherously situated, or so deep beneath the surface, that few of even the most intrepid explorers will ever be able to visit. Readers will love to stumble across somewhere that they discovered and marvelled at, or explore a nearby hidden gem they never knew existed.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders is to experience wanderlust; amazing sights and unusual treasures behind every corner - if you just know where to look.

by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

French America Line sailing in Illinois and Arkansas rivers in 2017


French America Line—now scheduled to begin sailing this Oct. 1 instead of in late August as first announced—is adding itineraries along the rarely visited Illinois and Arkansas rivers in 2017. Bookings for next year have opened aboard the flagship Louisane.

All cruise-tours are commissionable to travel planners, and 2017 brochures are now available.

Offered from March 4, 2017, to January 6, 2018, the 48 five- to 14-day programs focus on regional food, music and culture on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red rivers in addition to the Illnois and Arkansas.

New 2017 destination ports include Chattanooga, Louisville and Pittsburgh, with pre-cruise, one-night deluxe hotel stays prior to embarkation included in the tariff.

Sixteen 2017 itineraries will offer the opportunity to spend the night on board prior to disembarkation in four ports: Louisville, Memphis, Natchez and St. Louis.

Pricing includes the pre-cruise hotel stay, free-flowing house wines, spirits, beers, artisanal coffees and teas, soft drinks, sparking and still water, and Traveler Collection guided shore excursions. The use of bicycles with helmets and maps for private explorations is included, too. Optional Curator Collection and pre- and post-cruise experiences are also available.

'Deep South' itineraries will sail the Lower Mississippi and rarely-visited Red River beginning March 4, departing from New Orleans and Memphis. A 'Southern Spirit' 10-day grand cruise-tour from New Orleans to Memphis is available in nine departures from March to December. Other programs include 'Plantation Celebration,' from Memphis to New Orleans; 'Red River Holiday,' round-trip New Orleans, including a December departure to see the Christmas lights; and 'Splendors of the South,' a six-day program round-trip New Orleans.

Other choices are 'Historic Currents,' an eight-day cruise-tour from Memphis to St. Louis, and 'Sounds of the River,' a five-day sampler round-trip Memphis.

'Mississippi Headwaters' itineraries sail the Ohio, Mississippi and rarely traveled Illinois River, departing from St. Louis, St. Paul and Chicago. 'Jewels of the Heartland,' 10 days, from St. Louis to St. Paul, has three departures. The Sept. 29 program begins in Chicago with an overnight and breakfast at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel and continues by private vintage Vista-Dome Streamliner train to St. Louis for embarkation aboard Louisiane.

'Midwestern Majesty,' an eight-day cruise-tour from St. Paul to St. Louis, has departures in July, September and October, while 'Marquette Explorer,' also eight days, travels between St. Louis and Chicago (with Ottawa, Illinois, used as the point for coach transfer to or from Chicago).

'River Crossroads' itineraries ply the Ohio and Mississippi rivers beginning at St. Louis, Louisville and Pittsburgh. They include 'Enchanting Passages,' a six-day tour from St. Louis to Louisville; 'American Adventure,' eight days, between Pittsburgh and Louisville; and 'Blue Grass Grandeur,' also eight days, from St. Louis to Louisville.

'River Pioneers' is a 14-day Collector's Cruise-Tour from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. The itinerary traces the path of New Orleans, the first steamboat on America's rivers known for its epic 1811-1812 voyage from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. The program starts Oct. 25.

'Wildnerness Rivers' itineraries chart the Tennessee and Cumberland, beginning in Louisville and Chattanooga. 'Appalachian Elegance,' from Louisville to Chattanooga, and 'Backroads of America,' from Chattanooga to Louisville, are each nine days.