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Friday, 16 March 2018

Featured Brochure: Antarctica Small Ship Cruises with Peregrine Adventures

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Small ship expedition voyages: Antarctic Peninsula • South Georgia • Falkland Islands

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The far icy reaches of our planet are no longer out of reach. You can visit the rugged wilderness areas of Antarctica, The Falklands and South Georgia where sightings of seals, penguins and whales are daily occurrences, and majestic icebergs often form the backdrop for your adventure.

The Antarctic is an immense wilderness region, where we are at the mercy of the wind, the ocean and the ice – conditions that can change rapidly and dramatically. We cannot survive alone in these icy extremes, but Peregrine's state-of-the-art expedition ships and experienced captains will take you deep into the polar regions in comfort and safety.

Peregrine's expedition ships unlock a miraculous, forbidden world where animals have no fear of man; where the din of a hundred thousand penguins drowns conversation; and where whales show as much curiosity in the behaviour of humans as we do in theirs.

On all voyages your time off the ship will be optimised, as once in a lifetime experiences ensure you have the very best opportunities to explore and to get excellent value. Peregrine takes the time to get under the skin of a destination. Seeing the famous landmarks and wildlife is a must, but exploring it with a passionate expert on foot or finding a quiet spot on the ship to enjoy the majesty of the surrounds in solitude are moments that will leave a lasting impression.

All Peregrine polar adventures have world-leading expedition staff, ship captains and crew who draw on their experience from hundreds of voyages.

Peregrine aims to set the industry benchmarks for minimum environmental impact and the most stringent safety practices. Operating within these guidelines, Peregrine will guide your polar experience while, at the same time, allowing you the choice and flexibility to see the polar regions in your own style.

Using the expedition ships as floating bases, you can choose the style of voyage that suits you.

Embrace the Spirit of Adventure on a journey to the end of the earth

Saturday, 10 March 2018

'There will be pressures' warn expedition cruising experts

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Expedition cruising is enjoying a renaissance of sorts fueled in part by growing consumer interest in transformational and experiential vacations offered in far-flung 'bucket list' regions around the world.

The once sleepy port of Ushuaia is now one of the busiest.
Cruise ships of all sizes jostle for space before setting
out for the Antarctic Peninsula or South Georgia.
The looming threats of global warming and climate change on earth’s ecosystems are also spurring visitation to unspoiled and pristine regions that could potentially erode or disappear.

Read the full story at Seatrade Cruise News

Friday, 9 March 2018

Win a $10,000 Peregrine Adventure Cruise

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Peregrine Adventures and MiNDFOOD are offering one lucky MiNDFOOD reader an eight day cruise for two, valued over $10,000. Sailing Thailand's picturesque west coast Islands, aboard Peregrine's Panorama II, with return economy flights included.

Peregrine Adventures has just released an exciting new range of Asia Adventure cruises. Picture the same premium small ship cruises, except this time they're visiting some of Asia's best tropical islands and most exotic coastlines. The Panorama II will be your home on the seas for eight days as you take in some of the most spectacular islands off Thailand's west coast. The ship is equipped with 25 well-appointed cabins and a spacious upper deck.

The new eight-day round round-trip adventure takes you to stunning beaches and quaint villages on the less-visited isles of Similan, Ko Miang, Ko Surin Tai and Khao Lak. Each of the islands offer all the hallmarks of Thailand's idyllic south.

PONANT announces exclusive series of polar expeditions with Dr Jean-Louis Étienne


PONANT announces an exclusive collaboration with the sailor, mountaineer and explorer Jean-Louis Étienne, during unique cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands.

The only French shipowner to sail in the icy regions announces a collaboration with Jean-Louis Étienne, the first man to have reached the North Pole solo and to have made the longest crossing of Antarctica with a dog sled.

The PONANT expedition cruises with Jean-Louis Etienne will allow passengers to benefit from the combined expertise of PONANT and this great explorer on the subject of the ecosystems of the polar regions, notably through a number of conferences aboard ship.

Jean-Louis Etienne has always followed his dreams, forging new routes during expeditions that have become legendary. "I am delighted to work with PONANT and thrilled by the idea of sharing my passion for the Polar regions with guests. PONANT is renowned for its great expertise in polar expeditions, and we share a great respect for these fascinating regions as well as the pioneer spirit that typifies explorers and great sailors" said Jean-Louis Étienne.

 "Not only do we share a fascination for the polar regions, but PONANT also shares with Jean-Louis Etienne profound convictions about environmental issues as well as a certain vision of travel, inspired by so-far unexplored destinations," said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of PONANT.

In September 2013, the company notably achieved a successful crossing of the North West Passage, with Le Soléal becoming the first French civilian ship to sail this famous waterway.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Drone's eye view over Antarctica [watch]

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Filmed in 2014 by Ponant, the use of recreational drones by passengers is no longer allowed by the governing bodies of both Arctic and Antarctic tourism. But the vision is so beautiful, I'm glad we have this to share. Enjoy!

Two more expedition cruise ships for Ponant

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Two additional expedition ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series: Le Bellot and Le Surville

As PONANT celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the company announces an order for a further two additional ships in the PONANT EXPLORER series. The only French cruise ship owner is consolidating its position as the world leader of luxury expeditions with a fleet that will consist of 12 ships by 2021. 

The latest order has been placed for two additional sister-ships, delivery of which is scheduled for the first and second quarters of 2020. Like the four previous vessels, the construction of these two new ships will be entrusted to Norwegian shipyard Vard, part of Fincantieri Group. Combining moderate size (just 92 staterooms and suites, each with a balcony), refined design, cutting-edge technology and respect for the environment, they will comply with the international CLEANSHIP label (Bureau Veritas).

The six PONANT EXPLORERS fleet will be fitted with a world first: the “Blue Eye”. This multi-sensorial underwater lounge, a major innovation, will allow passengers to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes in the form of a cetaceous eye, looking out on to the seabed, non-intrusive underwater lighting, and hydrophones integrated into the keel that retransmits the natural symphony of the deep water, as well as Body Listening sofas, offering a unique sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Ten Top Expedition Cruise Destinations

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by Andrew Castles, GM Expedition Cruise Specialists

A journey to the Top of the World featuring the North Pole is one of the world's greatest expedition cruises.

And in a major coup for Australia's tourism industry, Kimberley cruising in Western Australia runs a close second in the list of the 10 most highly rated expedition cruises worldwide.

The world's Top 10 was announced by the leading experts in this exclusive field, Expedition Cruise Specialists. General Manager Andrew Castles revealed the rankings which were based on each destination's “wow factor”, affording traveller's unique life experiences.

There were some unexpected destinations in the rankings including Kiribati and Iceland. Surprise omissions include the much-touted Amazon and Africa which is still developing as a cruise destination.


For generations of explorers and adventurers, a journey to the Arctic and the North Pole has been the ultimate expedition. Mr Castles said: “Pristine landscapes, bountiful wildlife, indigenous tribes, polar bears and natural phenomena give the Arctic a unique appeal and make it the world's best expedition destination.” Getting to the North Pole is difficult, but the world's most powerful icebreaker, the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory, makes it possible.

2. THE KIMBERLEY COAST The sheer scale and awesome beauty of the Kimberley has to be seen to be believed. Every visitor to this stunning region returns home a changed person. Mr Castles is one such person and he admits to a being a long term fan of the region. “Kimberley cruising aboard Coral Discoverer or True North takes you through the daunting canyons, waterfalls and untouched wilderness of Australia's north west wonderland and has to be experienced to appreciate how amazing it really is.”

3. ANTARCTICA Our southern neighbour offers the unique combination of amazing wildlife and awesome landscapes frozen in time. According to Mr Castles there are many ways to see experience the region, but one unique adventure is the Base Camp Ortelius expedition. “Designed for Antarctic exploration the Ortelius acts as a floating base camp while anchored for several days in specific locations. You can explore by kayak and zodiac on the water or go hiking in snowshoes and even mountaineering. There is nothing quite like it.”

4. ALASKA Glaciers, ice covered mountains, frontier towns and pristine waters make Alaska one of the most sought after destinations on earth. Mr Castles said it was a very popular region, but aboard a ship like the new National Geographic Quest you can get far away from the normal cruise routes. “This type of cruise is not just a sightseeing trip, it is a full on journey for people who enjoy hiking and physical activities. You immerse yourself in a world of fjords, ancient villages and stunning forests.”

5. PAPUA NEW GUINEA It is the people decorated in their traditional dress, dancing and singing with great joy and happiness that make Papua New Guinea such an inspiring place to visit. Cruising through unspoilt islands and visiting remote villages is an unforgettable experience. Mr Castles said: “Papua New Guinea is one of the world's last great frontiers. You will experience magical and rarely-visited islands aboard small ships such as the luxury Coral Discoverer and enjoy a voyage rich in culture, history and natural beauty. Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon and guests will discover magnificent scenery ranging from colourful coral atolls to volcanic mountains, pristine waterways and mighty rivers.”

6. GALÀPAGOS ISLANDS Every lover of wildlife, sea life and unique experiences rates the Galápagos Islands right at the top of their list of places to visit. “It is a region offering many expedition experiences from smaller catamaran ships like Ocean Spray and Sea Star Journey through to Lindblad Expeditions' impressive National Geographic Endeavour II. Whichever way you see it, you will be mesmerised by the experience.”

7. CANADA'S NORTH WEST PASSAGE Seen as the “impossible” sea journey for generations, modern specially designed ice-rated ships have made the daunting North West passage accessible. Mr Castles said the Akademik Ioffe offers a crossing to Greenland that is one of “life's great trips”. “On the way explore the remote Northwest Passage and the stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline before crossing to Greenland. Wildlife is a major drawcard of this 13-day expedition, venture through the home of the polar bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus.”

8. INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO Our near neighbour is a surprise inclusion, but beyond the tourist hordes of Bali lies a region full of friendly people, unknown islands and crystal clear lagoons teeming with life. You will immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, cruising through a panorama of islands and encountering new wonders on a daily basis. For example, a 7-day voyage of discovery aboard the 24-passenger Ombak Putih offers a cross-section of remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, tribal rituals, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons.”

9. ICELAND AND NORTHERN LIGHTS Iceland is the new wonder destination for expedition travellers. Mr Castles said this one off expedition combined the unforgettable waterways of the region with the fjords of Greenland, remote settlements and the chance to experience the famed northern lights. ”There is nothing else quite like it,” he said.

10. KIRIBATI'S SOUTHERN LINE ISLANDS Way out in the Pacific is a remote region which is virtually unknown to most adventurers. However Mr Castles said the “wonders of this amazing paradise were both above and below the water.” Aboard National Geographic Orion you will discover that the notion of tropical paradise is alive and well - as are some of the world's best dive and snorkel sites. The expedition explores from Rangiroa's sparkling lagoon to the verdant peaks of Tahiti's neighbor, Moorea. This voyage maximises your time in some of the most vibrant undersea sites in the world. Plus, there's time to stroll pristine beaches, kayak peaceful coves, and experience true Polynesian hospitality.