Friday, 21 October 2016

Discover the Majesty of the Kimberley with Silversea

In the northwest corner of the world's smallest continent is a land of overwhelming vastness and stunning natural splendour. The ruggedness of its sun-scorched gorges and numerous cascading waterfalls perfectly capture the dual nature of this remote treasure, while its rich Aboriginal presence dates back 40,000 years.  Equal parts lush and raw, it is a place of both unforgiving terrain and unforgettable beauty.

The freshly refurbished Silver Discoverer is the perfect platform for exploring the Kimberley, with an expert team of guides and lecturers, 12 Zodiacs and a swimming pool.

Silversea Expeditions 10-day Kimberley voyages depart April to May 2017. Early Booking fares start from AU$10,575pp (Published fare starting from AU$11,750pp) – All-Inclusive voyage plus a complimentary flight over the Bungle Bungle Range.

Throughout the voyage, an expedition team, comprised of qualitied specialists, will guide guests through the untamed wildlife, explain Aboriginal rock art and recite the history of the landscape, providing an in depth understanding and experience of the Kimberley region.

As part of Silverseas' Early Booking Bonus offer, guest can save 10% on the published fair when booked and paid in full before 31 October 2016.

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.

These voyages are 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


Saturday, 15 October 2016

New expedition cruise ship design unveiled


Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its recently finished Expedition Cruise Vessel design, developed in partnership with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and Danish naval architect firm Knud E. Hansen.

From the outset of this project, Damen has collaborated with Expedition Voyage Consultants, a major name in the expedition cruise business that has led well over 500 expeditions, to create a fit-for-purpose vessel with safe and efficient operations embedded into its design.

Knud E. Hansen has also contributed significantly.

Damen Product Director Henk Grunstra says, "Bringing Knud E. Hansen onto the project team allowed us to benefit from their vast collective expertise in designing passenger ships- including the first ever expedition cruise ship. By combining Knud E Hansen's portfolio, including designs for more than 700 cruise vessels, and the 6,000-plus ships that Damen has built over the years, you have quite a team at your disposal."

The Damen Expedition Cruise Vessel has been designed for expedition operations in both remote polar and tropical regions.

"The vessel's Polar Class 6 compliance and 30 days autonomous cruising capability ensure she is globally capable and able to tackle challenging, far-reaching itineraries," says Mr. Grunstra. "Furthermore, the vessel's design is prepared to comply with SOLAS' Safe Return to Port requirements."

Because the capabilities of an expedition ship directly impact the quality of experience its passengers have, Damen concentrated not just on the onboard comforts but also the onboard logistics. This was furthered with the significant practical input from Expedition Voyage Consultants.

"Passengers will be able to see that this vessel was not only designed for the expedition industry, but also by the expedition industry," says Mr. Gunstra.

Damen developed design in collaboration with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd
and Danish naval architect firm Knud E. Hansen
A core philosophy of the design was to connect passengers to the environments in which the vessel will sail. Whether sailing adjacent to remote Pacific atolls or sliding past towering Antarctic icebergs, passengers will take in the views on multiple viewing platforms that extend over the side or past the bow, providing the most spectacular vantage point of any expedition ship. Perched on the ship's mast, a specially developed crow's nest will aid visibility in ice navigation as well as give passengers a panoramic view over the surrounding landscape.

With approximately 1,100 sq.m of public space and 2,500 sq.m of outside deck, the initial design provides sufficient space for 115 passengers and a 200 passenger design will be developed soon.

For the propulsion system, Damen has selected a diesel-mechanical hybrid configuration with IMO Tier III compliant (EPA tier 4 equivalent) medium speed engines. A PTI-PTO variable frequency drive will also be included, thus enabling efficient load distribution on the engines.

Designed to be "battery ready," the vessel could be equipped with an energy storage battery system capable of various functions such as peak- shaving, provision of supplementary power for manoeuvring or silent sailing operations and auxiliary generator UPS.

The vessel will have a service speed of 16 knots and a maximum speed of 18 knots.

"This hybrid propulsion technology is the most fuel efficient option available," says Mr. Grunstra. "In combination with the hull design and the effective use of electricity on board, we are expecting to reach fuel consumption and CO2 reductions of at least 20 percent."


Friday, 14 October 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Australia Day Celebrations on special Murray Princess Cruise

Celebrate historic Australia Day on a special four night Murray Princess Australia Day cruise and enjoy Australia Day festivities while discovering the real history of the outback. The four-night cruise departs Monday 23rd January, 2017.

The Australia Day cruise features the popular four-night itinerary combined with Australia Day fun and games including Two Up and thong throwing and a special Captain's Australia Day Buffet Dinner.

On-shore excursions include a guided walking tour of Swan Reach and a visit to the Swan Reach Museum.

Learn about Aboriginal history at the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve - one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites and enjoy a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.

Fall in love with the animals at a visit to a Native Wildlife Shelter and experience a fun and very Australian Woolshed Show.

Experience the excitement of cruising through Lock 1 at Blanchetown and enjoy some cellar door tasting and a tour of the vineyard at Burk Salter Boutique Winery.

Wildlife lovers can spot an abundance of nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank and birdwatchers can spend endless hours spotting a wide variety of river birds.

Plant life is also thriving and led by on-shore guides guests can enjoy nature walks, eco-tours and learn about the thriving ecology of the river.

Guests can sit back in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges and enjoy the amazing views as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests. They can even watch the working paddle wheel through a spectacular two-story glass window in the Paddlewheel Lounge.

Food on board the Murray Princess is a highlight of the cruise. Guests will enjoy a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening. There is a spectacular Captain's dinner and dance, a special Captain's Australia Day Buffet Dinner and even an Aussie-style campfire barbecue dinner and bush dance on the river bank.

The four night Australia Day cruise departs from Mannum at 4.30pm on Monday 23rd January, 2017 and Early Booking Saver fares start from only $1076 per person twin share.

Fares include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard free Wi-Fi, the Captain's Australia Day Buffet Dinner, live entertainment, use of ship's facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium with complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum.

For Further information and bookings please contact:

T: 1300 729 938 from within Australia or +61 9 8202 8697 from Overseas



Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Preview the four news ships by Ponant

Ponant, the only French-owned cruise line and the world leader in luxury expeditions, presents its new series of yachts, the PONANT EXPLORERS.

Four new yachts will soon be added to the Ponant fleet, confirming the cruise line’s position as the world leader in luxury expeditions. The first two will arrive in time for the Summer 2018 season and the other two for Summer 2019.

Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Kerguelen: the names of the 4 ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series pay tribute to great French explorers who set sail to discover new continents.

Great Barrier Reef - ‘cruise and stay’ package from Coral Expeditions


Coral Expeditions is offering a fantastic ‘cruise and stay’ package for all Great Barrier Reef cruises during October, November and December. Guests can enjoy 3,4 or 7 nights on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, experiencing tropical private beach escapes, superb snorkelling and diving, guided rainforest walks, along with exclusive moorings well beyond the day-tripping public and access to pristine and colourful coral gardens, as well as two complimentary nights at the luxurious Reef House in picturesque Palm Cove. All sailings depart from and return to Cairns, and are on board the Coral Expeditions 2 which has a maximum of just 44 guests and includes an on board marine biologist, SCUBA instructor and expedition guide.

The price includes; cruise accommodation, all meals on the cruise, select soft drinks, access to islands and national parks, snorkelling equipment, welcome/farewell drinks and all excursions listed in the itinerary as well as two nights’ accommodation in Palm Cove with daily drinks and canapes, and pre and post cruise transfers. The deal is valid for all October, November and December 2016 departures (excluding 23 December to 05 January 2017) and is subject to availability.

Costs: Pay from $1,596 per person. The offer expires by 23rd December 2016 and is for new bookings only

More details info: 1800 079 545

Monday, 10 October 2016

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with Coral Expeditions


Get the best seat in the house

Hobart Waterfront - Credit to Tourism Tasmania
- Photo by Richard Eastwood
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was originally planned as a cruise and there’s no denying the best seat in the house during this race is on a cruise ship itself! Coral Expeditions offer a seven night adventure around Tasmania throughout November and February, so hop on board the Boxing Day departure to ensure some prime ‘arm chair viewing’ of hundreds of yachts!

Whilst the Coral Expeditions cruise sets a very difference pace to the elite sailors darting across the Tasman Sea, the adventure, dramatic scenery and exploration of Tasmania’s coast is strikingly similar.

Guests can get under Tasmania’s pristine skin and behind the scenes with a variety of excursions offered including; Cheese and Oyster tasting tours, hiking along the famed South Coast Track, kayaking at the picturesque Adventure Bay, wine tasting, walks to the iconic Wineglass Bay lookout, encounters with the famed Tasmania Devils and a behind the scenes tour at Port Arthur.

Like the Yacht Race, this expedition is all about navigating new waters, carving out new routes in nature’s playground and enjoying a unique Tasmanian experience. Top coastal spots that leisurely Coral Cruisers’ can enjoy include:

Port Davey ‘the Narrows’ – an exploration of this pristine wilderness (normally only accessible by seven-day hike or light aircraft)
  • Bruny Island – Kayak or swim amongst fur seals
  • Freycinet National Park – hike to Wineglass bay
  • Maria Island – spot native wildlife and explore rugged coastline
  • Tasmania National Park – seals, dolphins and albatross sightings

Coral Expeditions guests will also be able to navigate the web of waterways threading inland across southern Tasmania as well as out-of-the-way places on the nifty excursion vessels, kayaks and inflatable Zodiacs and Explorer.

For food lovers and winos, you can’t enjoy a better pairing than a visit to Taste Tasmania followed by a Cruise, giving you the opportunity to meet the producers both at home and away. The food and wine highlights on the Cruise include:
  • Tasmania Cheeses & Bruny Island Oysters
  • Grandvewe Cheese Tasting
  • Bruny Island wine tasting
Like each Yacht Race no two Tasmanian cruises are the same, rather than stick to a prescribed schedule the Coral team varies the itinerary to take advantage of the weather conditions and explore the most remote and untouched parts of Tasmania.

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