Monday, 19 February 2018

SeaDream Yacht Club in the Mediterranean


Make the Med's famous and tucked away your SseaDream

SEADREAM Yacht Club still has space on a sailing in May of this year that embraces a near-dozen ports both famous and quietly tucked away in the Mediterranean.

They include Motril that's the stepping-off point to the ancient Moorish city of Granada in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, three of Spain's famed Balearic Islands, and legendary Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera.

Sailing on May 2 of this year from Malaga that's on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, and one of the oldest cities in the world, the mega motor-cruiser SeaDream II that carries just 112 guests in 5-star luxury, will have eight days in ports famed for their white and gold beaches, ancient walled cities with their narrow streets and laneways,

And the chance to try out the local regional seafoods, pastries and wines and cheeses at restaurants and cafés in ports visited.

There will also be a full day at sea to indulge SeaDream's own renowned dining and services poolside, at the Top of the Yacht Bar or in a quiet corner by yourselves.

Prices for this unique sailing that's for an extended ten days rather than a week, start from US$6609pp twin share, including award-winning cuisine, premium drinks both with meals and at the no-charge bars, power and sail water-sports, use of the golf simulator and fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and even staff and crew gratuities.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Contours Travel’s Patagonia & Antarctica summer 2018/19 tour

#expeditioncruising .

Contours Travel – the longest-running Latin American tour operator in Australia – has launched its first, hosted cruise tour to Patagonia and Antarctica, with two departures slated for next summer.

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

New expedition cruise ship designs from Damen

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The cruise vessel is at home in polar regions or tropical waters. It has a highly fuel efficient diesel mechanical hybrid propulsion system and is 'battery ready' should an owner wish to incorporate a battery system for functions like peak shaving, supplementary power for manoeuvring or silent sailing.

The vessel would be built to comply with Polar Class 6 and have 30 days of autonomous cruising capability.

First unveiled in late 2016, the design was created in partnership with Expedition Voyage Consultants, which brings years of expedition operations expertise (one high-profile project was Crystal Cruises' inaugural Northwest Passage sailing in 2016) and the seasoned naval architecture firm Knud E. Hansen, whose designs have gone into the building of more than 700 ships.

The concept is for a roomy, 112-passenger vessel in the high-end, luxury segment. However, spaces could be optimized to increase the capacity to 140 passengers.

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Silversea Photo Academy for Antarctica


Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has introduced its new My Photo Academy on sailings to Antarctica aboard Silver Cloud, utilising the ship's new Photo Studio as a hub for the multifaceted enrichment program.

With a mesmerising landscape and amazing wildlife as the backdrop, guests will have the chance to elevate their photographic prowess by learning how to take and edit pictures like a professional whilst sailing on itineraries designed to maximise expedition time and provide opportunities for shooting great images.

"Our new photography program is a perfect fit for the immersive expeditions we offer in Antarctica," said Conrad Combrink, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences. "Voyaging to the bottom of the Earth is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, full of magical moments which we will help our guests to capture in beautiful images they will be proud to display in their home or office."

With both private and group lessons, guests can learn to master the art of digital photography through the Academy, which provides an array of specialty workshops for both beginners and professionals. Among the topics covered is an introduction to photography, social media, and the use of Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® software tools to edit images to get just the right look.


Unique to Silver Cloud, the Photo Studio -- designed and implemented in collaboration with Galardi Media Network, a Swiss company specialising in new technologies and multimedia -- is a vibrant space of creativity featuring state-of-the-art equipment for both MAC and PC users, including high-quality printers available for use on a fee basis for guests wishing to create postcards or take home frame-ready pictures, including panorama- and A2-size prints. A user-friendly, touch-screen interface makes it easy for guests to print their own photos.

With the guidance of a professional photo manager, guests can learn and practice their photo-editing skills on such high-grade professional equipment as:

-       Six HP Envy 27-inch, all-in-one desktop computers
-       Six iMac 27-inch, all-in-one desktop computers
-       Four Loupedeck photo-editing consoles for Adobe Lightroom
-       Two DNP dye sublimation photo printers
-       Two Epson inkjet plotters
-       Custom workshop management software
-       Three Samsung 55-inch screens with 4K picture quality
-       One Samsung 65-inch screen with 4K picture quality

Additionally, guests can schedule a 20-minute, one-on-one appointment with a photo-editing expert to receive guidance on a host of topics, including:

-       Smart gear recommendations
-       Instruction on proper camera use
-       Camera menu options
-       Help with social media and posting: Facebook and Instagram

The intimate Silver Cloud accommodates just 200 guests in polar waters. A fleet of 16 Zodiacs provides unprecedented opportunities for up-close exploration, while 10 kayaks offer a truly personalised experience of nature in the polar realms. Twenty or more passionate and dedicated Expedition Team members are always at hand to share their considerable knowledge and insights. They give lectures in the multi-tiered Explorer Lounge, run workshops, lead Zodiac and kayak trips, and guide nature walks -- all of which is complimentary. Expedition voyages to Antarctica are offered from November through February.

For further details on Antarctica itineraries, please visit

Lindblad Expeditions Ventures To Russian Far East & Bering Sea

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic to venture into one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions on earth in 2019

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced a remarkable program of voyages for 2019 that will venture into the Russian Arctic, one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions on the planet.  The three itineraries will give a different glimpse into life in the remote Russian Far East & Bering Sea, where spectacular wildlife, an intriguing native culture, arresting mysteries, and world-class exploration history abound.

The human element is one of the richest aspects of visiting the Arctic, and this region is no exception. Communities of Siberian Yup'ik people still follow traditional methods of hunting seals and whales, while the coastal Koryak and Chukchi people of Russia have developed into incredible reindeer herders living off the land – and are a part of why few travelers leave this place unchanged.

Several of Lindblad's exemplary expedition team have spent time in the region, and were integral to the development of the expeditions. "I have visited the region since 2004 and immediately fell in love with its landscape, abundant wildlife, and charming people of many cultures.  Over several years of travel there, the wildlife never became commonplace for me – it was spectacular every time, "stated Jen Martin, Director of Field Staff and Expedition Development.

Itineraries include:

Across the Bering Sea: From Katmai to Kamchatka:  Covering more than 3,800 nautical miles, and nearly circumnavigating the Bering Sea, this is a wide-ranging voyage.  Spot coastal brown bears from Katmai National Park to the Kamchatka Peninsula, search for Steller's sea eagles along the scenically stunning Zhupanova River.  Be awed by the abundance and variety of marine mammals: Pacific walrus, northern fur seals, gray, humpback, and sperm whales, sea otters and Steller sea lions; and seabirds from the Aleutians to the Commander Islands including horned and tufted puffins, murres and rare whiskered auklets. Visit a Koryak village in northern Kamchatka, and Vitus Bering's gravesite in the Commander Islands. 22 days/21 nights, departs June 18 & July 21, 2019.   Rates begin at $25,850 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

Life & Legend on the Bering Sea: Life & Legend on the Bering Sea: Traverse the depth and breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins. Encounter the remote culture of Provideniya, "the Gateway to the Arctic," before exploring the Pribilof Islands, a naturalist's paradise sometimes referred to as "the Galápagos of the North" - with the largest breeding rookery of northern fur seals, comprising about half the world's population.  From those lively breeding grounds continue on to explore the dynamic history, culture, and natural wonders of the remote islands along Alaska's rugged coast, including Kodiak Island with the native culture and Alutiiq people.  Explore Katmai National Park, one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world – with opportunities to witness them digging for clams at low tide and fishing for salmon, and a unique petrified forest to round out this immersive expedition. 13 days/12 nights, departs July 9 & September 4, 2019.  Rates begin at $16,230 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island:  This fascinating exploration of the remote Siberian coastline promises rich culture and an astounding wealth of wildlife.  See gray whales in their northern feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. Meet indigenous artists known for their intricate walrus ivory carvings, take in dramatic bird cliffs teeming with puffins and guillemots, then forge farther north, well above the Arctic Circle to Wrangel Island Reserve. Spend several days in this pristine landscape that's home to the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens, the world's largest population of Pacific walrus, and an astonishing variety of plant life. And before this expedition comes to an end witness one more site few get to see—an ancient, mysterious display of whale bones and skulls erected on Yttygran Island.  Experience meaningful cultural exchanges across the entire breadth of Beringia.  13 days/12 nights, departs August 11 & 23, 2019.  Rates begin at $16,230 per person based on double occupancy.  

The voyages are set aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion, a state-of-the-art expedition ship, designed to safely explore the remote regions of the planet. A modern, elegant ship, her stylish setting features a dramatic, window-lined main lounge and library where the expedition community gathers for cocktails and Recap, and expansive outdoor spaces.  Everywhere you turn as you cruise, you'll find panoramic windows that connect you with the wild world you're exploring. She is equipped with a full complement of cool tools to explore the environment, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore the undersea.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.

Main pic:  Bennett Goldberg (Lindblad Expeditions)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Peregrine Adventures goes Adventure Cruising in South East Asia


Peregrine Adventures is celebrating the launch of its Adventure Cruising range in South East Asia with a Golden Ticket Incentive

Following the success of its first season of small-ship cruising in Europe, Peregrine Adventures has expanded its Adventure Cruising range into South East Asia, offering a new style of cruise in the region.

With five itineraries designed for environmentally-conscious travellers and more mindful explorers, the carbon-neutral travel company will take small ships of 50 or less travellers to places large cruise ships can't access in South East Asia from Thailand and Malaysia to Vietnam and the islands of Indonesia.

Filippos Venetopoulos, Peregrine's Adventure Cruising Brand Manager, says that the new South East Asia range has been launched in response to demand from environmentally-conscious travellers.

"Traditionally cruising has all been about life onboard a big ship, but our style of Adventure Cruising is about the destination. It's a completely new way to cruise in Vietnam and other parts of Asia because it's about immersing yourself in a place, learning about the culture, visiting spectacular natural environments and enjoying fresh local food both onboard and onshore."

Having launched adventure cruises in 2017 for the first time, Peregrine Adventures saw incredible success with its first charter itinerary in Croatia, with 94% capacity overall on the pilot year's seven departures. With this latest launch of adventure cruising tours in Asia, the company will now offer ten charter itineraries across Europe and Asia with 40 scheduled departures.

The new tours, some of which are combinable and can be travelled in reverse, include 

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising  (8 days): Starting in Hanoi, visit Halong Bay, historic Hue, and the important war sites of Vinh Moc and Khe Sanh, as well as the largely unknown natural paradise of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. From AUD $3,360 per person twin share.

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising  (8 days): Dropping anchor in Hoi An, Nha Trang, Quy Nonh, Phan Tiet and more, travellers encounter centuries-old Cham architecture, age-old arts and crafts, and bays brimming with tropical fish and coral. From $3,595 AUD per person twin share.  

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam (15 days) Combining the North and South Vietnam Coastal Cruising trips, travellers onboard this Vietnam adventure can observe laughing yoga at Halong Bay and visit Vinh Moc, where complex tunnels housed locals during the local Vietnam-America war.  In the former imperial capital of Hue, passengers will enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local pagoda. Unlike any conventional cruise, Peregrine travellers will be able to sail around the tiny Ly Son Island and take a road trip to Bac Truc, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia. Departures start in April 2019 with prices from $6,895 AUD per person twin share.  

Cruising the Thai Islands ex-Phuket (8 days) Dine with locals, explore jungle and boulder-studded shorelines and swim and snorkel in the Andaman Sea while visiting The Simian Islands, Ko Miang Ko Surin Tai and Khao Lak, which all offer the hallmarks of Thailand's idyllic south without the glitz and bustle of mainland Phuket. Priced from $3,720 AUD per person twin share, departures start in December 2018.

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia – Penang to Phuket This eight-day adventure includes a tour of Penang's old town with a local guide and Langkawi's Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.  At Ko Tarutao National Marine Park, travellers will enjoy swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. In Ao Nang, a vibrant beachside town, travellers can dine on home cooked Thai food with a local family. Also whilst in Ao Nang, the group have the option to take a longtail boat to Railay Beach and get a Thai massage. Priced from $3,695 AUD per person twin share, departures start in December 2018.

Indonesian Island Cruise  Visit a selection of remote and seldom visited islands beyond Bali, like the tiny twin paradises of Saringi and Karamat, the incredible crater lake of Satonda, unspoiled Banta, Komodo dragon-filled Rinca, and forest-clad Moyo. Priced from $3,695 AUDper person twin share, departures start in July 2019.  

All charter trips are accompanied by Peregrine Adventures' local leaders and include onboard kayaks, all transfers and excursions, as well as most meals.

In 2018, Peregrine Adventure Cruises has banned single-use plastics onboard and passengers will be given reusable water bottles and bags to reduce waste. Peregrine will continue to carbon offset all trips through a range of renewable energy projects.

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Peregrine's Golden Ticket incentive

To celebrate the launch of Asia Adventure Cruising, Peregrine Adventures is running an incentive that will see one lucky agent from Australia win a place on the new Thailand & Malaysia cruise.  Agents need to complete the new Asia Adventure Cruising training module, then look through their brochure to see if they're one of the lucky golden ticket holders. For more information, agents can contact their Intrepid Group BDM or email:

Sunday, 4 February 2018

[watch] Scenic Announces Double Eclipse for 2020

#expeditioncruising .

Following the extraordinary global interest in Scenic’s soon-to-launch Scenic Eclipse, the company has announced its flagship will be joined by a sister ship, Scenic Eclipse II.

Scenic Eclipse II will further strengthen Scenic’s position as the leading innovator in the cruise industry, setting an unparalleled benchmark in design, luxury and technology.

Launching in 2020, Scenic Eclipse II will embark on her maiden voyage from Athens to Lisbon, before the debut sailing season, which will include the European and Russian Arctic, a region of diverse wildlife and habitat, well suited to discovery by Scenic’s fleet of 6-star luxury meets expedition ships.

Itineraries will include remote and long sought-after destinations including Russia’s White Sea, a real treat for the explorers at heart, and a luxurious voyage that will more than satisfy those who long to experience the delights of an untamed territory; the Northwest Passage, which represents the pinnacle of Polar exploration; Southern Greenland, rarely visited with wilderness that offers some of the most spectacular and un-spoilt scenery anywhere on earth; and Alaska to Russia across the Bering Sea, to experience the stark beauty that this remote region has to offer.

Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney said the expansion of Scenic’s ocean cruise fleet was a natural progression for the company and one he was very excited about.

“Since we first announced our foray into ocean cruising we have had unprecedented interest in Scenic Eclipse, from guests keen to experience our unique blend of 6-star luxury meets expedition cruising,” Mr Moroney said.

“The debut of Scenic Eclipse II will not only allow us to expand our offering and pioneer new destinations, such as the Russian Arctic, it will also allow us to continue our passion for innovation in design and innovation in handcrafted itineraries, which we are confident will appeal to a wide variety of guests. Itineraries for the ship’s debut season will be released in April 2018,” he said.

Building will commence next year in Pula, Croatia, where Scenic Eclipse is currently under construction. Scenic Eclipse II will be of similar design, including 114 all-verandah suites, nine restaurants, eight lounges and bars, a luxurious Spa Sanctuary, separate fitness areas and indoor, outdoor and plunge pools, as well as a marina deck, helicopters and a submarine. A video of Scenic Eclipse II is below.

The Scenic Eclipse fleet will be built to comply with the new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Polar Code requirements, as well as to the highest international safety standards. Utilising state-of-the-art technology and a host of safety features, including innovative zero-speed stabiliser fins that are than 50 per cent larger for even greater stability, the ship will have a rating of Ice Class 1A (Polar Class 6), the highest of any luxury vessel, which will ensure the safest navigation through polar waters. The ship will also feature special “Safe Return to Port” capabilities, guaranteeing essential systems remain operational in the unlikely case of an incident.

On 31 January 2018, Scenic Eclipse celebrated its float out from the shipyard and with the exterior construction almost complete, the ship is ready to begin the fit out process. Scenic Eclipse is on target for its debut on 31 August 2018. A time-lapse video of the build and float out is below.

For more information or to pre-register for the new brochure, call Scenic on 138 128 or visit