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Monday, 16 April 2018

Lindblad Expeditions new Antarctic Brochure

Lindblad Expeditions has launched its 2018-20 Antarctica brochure; inviting guests to explore Antarctica during the Year of the Bird.

The dedicated brochure details three in-depth diverse itineraries discovering the regions of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.

Guests aboard the 23 October 2018 South Georgia and the Falklands expedition, will enjoy a birding experience of a lifetime – sharing the adventure with renowned international bird expert, David Sibley. While other 2018 select Antarctic departures will also be enriched by the presence of the Year of the Bird, with veteran naturalists who will illuminate experiences with Lindblad guests

Explorations in the Antarctic are onboard genuine expedition ships, the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion – uniquely equipped to facilitate unparalleled bases for discovery whilst providing state of the art features for an excellent experience.

With 50 years of experience, guests can explore the world's last great wilderness in the company of top naturalists whilst exploring on Lindblad Expeditions' 12-day Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent itinerary or the 22-day Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands voyage to have the opportunity to trace the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton fateful journey aboard Endurance.

Agents can call the dedicated team on 1300 363 055 or order brochures at adventureworld.com.au/brochures

For more information visit au.expeditions.com


 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Fiji: Cyclone Keni update

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Bula,

Tropical Cyclone Keni update for all Captain Cook Cruises departures.

Tivua Island Day, Lazy Lunch and Sunset Dinner Cruises

We have cancelled all Tivua Island Day, Lazy Lunch and Sunset Dinner cruises for today and tomorrow - 9 and 10 April 2018.

We are offering a full refund or cancellation fee free amendments for all passengers booked for these two dates and, if further cancellations are required, will also offer the same conditions.

Reef Endeavour Discovery Cruises

Reef Endeavour is currently in safe anchorage off the south coast of Vanua Levu on an extended Colonial Discovery itinerary. All passengers and crew are safe aboard and it is likely her return to Port Denarau will be delayed until Wednesday 11 April or, possibly, the morning of 12 April.

All passengers due to board on 10 April are being offered a full refund or fee free amendments to a future cruise date. The Northern Yasawa cruise, due to depart on 10 April, is rescheduled to 12 April on a revised, shortened itinerary.

Fiji office is likely to be closed from midday today but our Sydney office is fully operational should you require further information.

Our thoughts are with the residents of the Western division who are likely to experience more flooding in the coming days.

Thanks for your support.

Jackie Haworth-Charlton

Executive Director

Captain Cook Cruises

Monday, 26 March 2018

Tourism first: Adventure meets Luxury on the Amazon


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Delfin Amazon Cruises has been officially named the only cruise operator in the world to be admitted into the luxury hospitality collection, Relais & Chateaux.

Known for its strict admission standards, members of the exclusive group must offer luxurious facilities and haute cuisine as well as unique accommodation such as castles or manor houses.

Delfin has been connecting guests with the immense biodiversity of the rainforest, since its first cruise into Peru’s Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in 2006.



On board Delfin, guests see the flora and fauna of the forest through floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy oversized suites (some with their own plunge pools) and dine on exotic Peruvian cuisine inspired by the produce of the region.

Beyond the comforts on board, guests also experience this remote wilderness through jungle trekking, kayaking and visits to small riverbank communities.



“It is a true privilege to join Relais & Chateaux, a collection built on the strict admission standards, impeccable hospitality and refined luxury,” said Aldo Macchiavello, Delfin managing director.

“We are also proud to be recognized for our commitment to upholding the delicate balance at play in our pristine Amazon wilderness through our partnerships with native communities and efforts in environmental sustainability.”

Mr Macchiavello said guests of Delfin experience the ultimate juxtaposition where raw natural beauty meets seamless service, sophistication and style.

“In between skirting along the river banks in search of wildlife, trail walking through the lush rainforest or admiring Pink River Dolphins, guests will be endlessly delighted by the elegant comforts back on board,” Mr Macchiavello said.

Delfin Amazon Cruises is the pioneer luxury river cruise operator in the Upper Peruvian Amazon.

Each vessel within their fleet (Delfin I, Delfin II and Delfin III) is a floating indulgence which
navigates one of the largest protected flooded forests in the world.

This Peruvian owned and operated cruise company is devoted to personalised boutique travel, ensuring that guests are immersed in an authentic Amazon experience.

More: www.delfinamazoncruises.com

Saturday, 24 March 2018

New ship for APT’s Croatia Cruising 2019


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Australia’s most awarded luxury cruise and tour operator, APT, today released its Small Ship Croatia Cruising itineraries, setting sail in 2019 along the Adriatic Coast aboard the brand new small ship, MV Queen Eleganza.

In partnership with Noble Caledonia, APT will be chartering the brand-new purpose-built, yacht-style, small ship along the famed coastline. With only 18 passenger cabins, the MV Queen Eleganza will allow exploration of hidden gems that other larger ships cannot access. Thanks to the small group of only 34 guests on board, the ship creates a relaxed, resort-style atmosphere, allowing plenty of access to the ships swimming platform and sun decks. All itineraries offered are exclusive to APT and the hand-picked small excursions have been tailor-made to get the most out of the magnificent coastline.

Sail away on a nine-day Croatian Island Discovery, starting at $6,495pp, twin share, including a SuperDeal saving of up to $1,000 per couple.

Visit the spectacular waterfalls of Krka National Park; Explore Vis island which has been closed off to tourism until 1989 and has retained its charm; be transported back in time as you visit the UNESCO-listed village of Radošić with its fully restored stone houses.

Daytime sailing ensures guest capture the beauty of the coastline, while the ship docks in port every evening to experience Croatian hospitality and nightlife first-hand once the crowds on larger vessels have departed. The brand-new build paired with APT service is the number one way to experience Croatia in 2019.

To find out more about APT’s Small Ship program and Croatia in 2019 call APT on 1300 196 420, visit www.aptouring.com.au or contact your local travel agent.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

New Small Ship Itineraries for 2019 from Tauck

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The Joy of Travelling Small

It’s the little things that make a Tauck small ship cruise so personally rewarding… and such a memorable cruising experience. Like sailing on yachts and expedition vessels to ports where bigger ships can’t go... with fewer guests onboard, more intimate settings and more personalised service for you. And all-included experiences ashore that inspire with unique access to history, nature, culture and daily life. Creating more cherished memories than you ever thought possible.

Our 2019 Small Ship itineraries are now open for sale and available to view online. These fill up fast so don't wait, book now to secure your preferred departure date and cabin of choice.

Go beyond the ordinary on our cruise ship tours around the globe...17 Tauck small ship itineraries aboard our hand-picked small luxury cruise ships, including some of the world's finest yachts and expeditionary vessels!
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PONANT Antarctic voyages 2019 - 2020 released today

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PONANT, has opened bookings for more than 22 departures to the Antarctic for the 2019-2020 season.

A selection of five itineraries to discover the White Continent, including 1 that is all new.

Between November 2019 and March 2020, PONANT has 22 cruises aboard 4 of its modern luxurious expedition ships: L'Austral, Le Boréal, Le Lyrial and Le Soléal; each voyage offering just 200 guests on each ship the opportunity to discover extraordinary landscapes and experience a unique adventure, sailing in the wake of the great explorers of these uninhabited lands.

A new season with several new offerings
In addition to established emblematic itineraries, PONANT is drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the polar regions to introduce wonderful new offerings for this new season:

  • On The Antarctic Odyssey, a brand-new itinerary, Le Lyrial will be sailing to the South Orkney Islands, an extension of the Andean Cordillera. These islands, more than 85% glaciated, are home to leopard seals and numerous penguin species.
  • For this new season it is not just one but three expeditions that will be taking PONANT guests beyond the polar circle, at latitude 66° 33' 39'' South.
  • For increased convenience and peace of mind, a new premium package is available for all cruises departing from Ushuaia. It includes an overnight stay in the luxurious Arakur Resort, as well as an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. 


Responsible luxury expeditions
Aboard superb limited-capacity vessels specially designed for expeditions, PONANT guests access the most remote parts of the globe in conditions offering unrivalled standards of comfort and service. These expedition cruises to the polar regions provide many opportunities for landings ashore from Zodiac® dinghies in the company of expert naturalist-guides, in order to get as close as possible to the unspoiled natural surroundings, always with the utmost respect for this precious environment.

 Photo credits: © PONANT Studio – Nathalie Michel © PONANT Studio – Lorraine Turci*

With more than 20 years' experience in these remote regions, PONANT considers environment protection to be one of its highest priorities. The cruise line carefully considers its itineraries, educates passengers and crew, and is an executive member of the IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). The mission of the IAATO is to promote responsible tourism in the Antarctic.




5 reasons to sail to the Antarctic aboard a PONANT ship

  • Experience a unique adventure in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great explorers of these uninhabited lands.
  • Discover exceptional landscapes in an incredible setting: glaciers, icebergs, ice floes, mountain chains ... And encounter exceptional wildlife: whales, seals, penguins, fur seals, albatrosses and other seabirds.
  • Travel in the total comfort that is PONANT's hallmark: staterooms facing the sea, most equipped with a private balcony; gastronomic dinners elaborated by Ducasse Conseil and paired with a selection of wines...
  • Set off with total peace of mind thanks to the experience of the global leader in Antarctic cruises: a fleet of 4 ships designed and certified for extreme regions, 20 years of experience in the polar regions, and more than 100 expert naturalist-guides. 
  • Benefit from charter flights from/to Buenos Aires to/from Ushuaia, transfers, full board, open bar and minibar on board, all lectures and Zodiac® landings with an experienced team of naturalist- guides.

 
EMBLEMATIC AND BRAND-NEW ITINERARIES IN THE ANTARCTIC
VOYAGE EXAMPLES:

The Antarctic Peninsula
Emblematic Antarctica, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
11 days/10 nights, 12 departures possible starting from 24 November 2019. Prices from $13,150* in a Superior Stateroom

The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula
The Great Austral Loop, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
16 days/15 nights, 2 departures possible starting from 15 November 2019. Prices from $19,460* in a Prestige Suite on Deck 4
Beyond the Polar Circle, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
17 days/16 nights, 3 departures possible starting from 15 January 2020. Prices from $21,944* in a Superior Stateroom




NEW  The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Odyssey, from Montevideo to Ushuaia
21 days/22 nights, from 19 November to 9 December 2019. Prices from $19,410* in a Superior Stateroom

The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the British Overseas Territories
From Antarctica to Africa, from Montevideo to Cape Town 22 days/21 nights, from 25 February to 17 March 2020. Prices from $11,304* in a Superior Stateroom
 
*Starting price, per person, based on double occupancy, port taxes included. This is a promotional price - the Ponant Bonus, varies according to the number of places sold for each cruise. The Bonus is likely to reduce over time, and even diappear, according to availability, without prior notice.

Details available at https://au.ponant.com/explore-antarctic
 

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS

Details of all PONANT expeditions including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at 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 for bookings.



Wednesday, 21 March 2018

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

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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 reservations@windstar.com.au