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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Digital learning on Hapag-Lloyd expeditions

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Exclusive to three new expedition class ships: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises introduces an innovative tool for digital learning



· Study wall: 6 × 1.8 m (19.6 × 5.9 ft) touchscreen wall
· More than 250 articles on a range of disciplines
· The Ocean Academy: Study Seats and the interactive Study Poster aid innovative learning

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is introducing a new, user-friendly concept for digital learning never seen before on board an expedition ship – the study wall, which will be found on board the new HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration, and HANSEATIC spirit expedition ships. With innovative touch technology and an attractive design, the 6 × 1.8 m (19.6 × 5.9 ft) screen allows guests to research complex topics and background information about their cruise destinations. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been developing this concept for around two and a half years, in partnership with the Hamburg-based companies mgp ErlebnisRaumDesign GmbH and Intermediate Engineering GmbH.

Hamburg, XX February 2019 - More than 250 topics from the fields of oceanography, ethnography, and geology have been digitised for the study wall, together with regional information. Articles are divided into five categories such as “Seas and Oceans” and “Countries and People”. The content – provided by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, as well as scientists, experts and journalists – is displayed on the study wall in the form, for example, of articles, videos and biographies. The new, innovative study wall format allows guests to deepen their knowledge of the expedition cruise, whenever and however they wish.

Ocean Academy

The study wall is the heart of the Ocean Academy on Deck 8. Here guests can conduct individual studies and research to deepen their knowledge of the natural wonders they encounter on shore excursions and Zodiac rides. In addition to the study wall, the Ocean Academy has four Study Seats with swivel touchscreens where guests can explore for themselves the content of the study wall in more detail. The Ocean Academy also features the Study Poster, which provides clear visual explanations of selected scientific contexts, as well as a microscope area.

The new expedition class

On 13 April 2019, the HANSEATIC nature, the first of the three new expedition ships from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, will set sail on its maiden cruise. It will be followed by the HANSEATIC inspiration launching in October of the same year and the HANSEATIC spirit in 2021. The three small, first-class expedition ships featuring cutting-edge technology have the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6). They can each accommodate up to 230 guests – or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises. The almost identical ships raise the bar in the expedition cruise segment and feature numerous details that enhance the expedition experience even more. Retractable glass balconies on the Sun Deck give guests the feeling of hovering directly above the water; and also guests can stand on the foredeck to be closer to the action – even closer than the captain himself.

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Reservations: International guests, as well as travel agencies, can make use of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ free-of-charge phone numbers when requesting or booking a cruise. United Kingdom: 0800 0513 829, United States & Canada: 877 445 7447 or 800 334-2724, Belgium: 0800 79 421, the Netherlands: 0800 0220 459; all other countries, please call +49 40 30703070 (English-speaking hotline) – or - send an e-mail to salesteam@hl-cruises.com or visit www.hl-cruises.com/contact-services for local agents.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries, visit www.hl-cruises.com. All press releases and a picture gallery can be found at www.hl-cruises.com/press.



Galapagos flights included with Lindblad

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has made it easier than ever for travellers to visit the stunning natural oasis that is the Galápagos with the launch of an incredible fly free offer available until the 30th of June on select 2019 departures.

Free return economy airfares are included when travellers book select Galápagos itineraries aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander with Lindblad Expeditions. Trips start from $9,120* per person, twin share for 10 days. This offer is only valid on select departure dates between the 6th of July and 9th of November 2019; available departures dates can be found online.

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader, a team of expert naturalists, an undersea specialist, wellness specialist, and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Together, they provide guests with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

Guests will explore various islands in the Galápagos archipelago, renowned for their abundant wildlife with no fear of humans. Activities include snorkelling with sea turtles, penguins, and sea lions; and kayaking, paddle boarding and Zodiac cruises. Hike an enchanted terrain of lush green highlands to stark volcanic landscapes; pristine beaches to mangrove thickets; from arid terrain to black lava beaches adorned with emerald seagrasses.

Choosing to voyage the Galápagos with Lindblad Expeditions provides guests with an in-depth connection to the place unrivalled in the industry - its wildlife, its human population, its conservation - thanks to their 50+ years of experience and heritage in the region.

*Conditions apply & subject to availability.

For more information visit Adventure World Travel at adventureworld.com or call 1300 363 055


Ponant flight credit for South America

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Central America 2019 - 2020 special offer: $1,300 flight credit per person



A vibrant bridge between North and South America, Central America is significant for its vastly different cultures, wildlife and landscapes, its many unique locations recognised with UNESCO World Heritage status.

To visit Central America is to comprehend the mysteries of the Mayans, to explore wild coastlines and experience pristine natural parks, to trace the line of history by wandering through cities built by Spanish explorers, and discover the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal.

As if these are not a compelling enough reasons to visit, PONANT is offering a $1,300pp credit towards the cost of flights when the cruise is booked before 31 March 2019.

By booking early, guests can also enjoy the best PONANT Bonus discount available, with savings of up to 30%.

7, 10 and 13 night cruises feature a range of evocative destinations including the Great Blue Hole in Belize, Antigua, Granada, Honduras, Guatemala, the often overlooked Mayan ruins in El Salvador and the exotic bird life of Costa Rica. …… while travelling in refined comfort aboard one of PONANT’s latest-generation small luxury expedition ships.

31 exceptional itineraries, many featuring PONANT’s new Explorer ships Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville, along with sister-ships L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, explore coastlines and islands with an emphasis on cultural discoveries and encounters with local populations.

Highlights

  • 31 Central America cruises during 2019 and 2020 to select from
  • Cultural interaction with local and indigenous populations.
  • Multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Major pre-Columbian era sites.
  • “Cleanship” certified ships that are respectful of the environment

On Expedition cruises, an expert expedition team of Naturalists selected for their areas of expertise
Further information on these PONANT Central America voyages is now available on line at https://au.ponant.com/discover-central-america

On board one of the world’s youngest fleet afloat, enjoy French ambiance and experience the difference small ship cruising offers. Venture where large ships simply cannot, with a dash of French panache that is PONANT’s indelible signature.

PRICING / ITINERARY EXAMPLES:

Itineraries range from 7 to 13 nights.

National Parks and Panama Canal Departs 23rd December 2019. 7 nights in a Deluxe Stateroom aboard Le Dumont-D’Urville from A$4,420pp* less A$1,300 flight credit per person
Treasures of Central America: Departs 1st April 2020. 13 nights in a Superior Stateroom aboard Le Boreal from A$8,270 pp* less A$1,300 flight credit per person

Pricing provided is the Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian dollars, based on a double occupancy including port taxes and is yield managed, subject to availability and will increase as cabins are sold so it is recommended to book as early as possible.


INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS

Details of all PONANT Central America 2019 to 2020 voyages, including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights, are available at https://au.ponant.com/discover-central-america

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 767 018, or email reservations.aus@ponant.com.

Further information available on the website: https://au.ponant.com


Monday, 18 February 2019

True North Adventure Cruises introduces all-new Kimberley itinerary in 32nd season

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Pioneer adventure cruise operator, True North Adventure Cruises, prepares for its 32nd season in the Kimberley region of Australia's North West

The Kimberley Coast is renowned for its wilderness qualities, stunning scenery, vibrant indigenous culture and some of the best fishing action anywhere.

The company first offered adventure cruises along the Kimberley coast in 1987 and has since won numerous awards and accolades.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Shipyard issues continue to plague Scenic, but there is good news

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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced that the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht™, is being amended to 15 August 2019.

“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience these delays to the launch of Scenic Eclipse have caused our guests. As a company, we have done everything possible to complete the ship within the time limits that were set previously, but a series of events that are outside our control have put us in a position where we must delay,” stated a company spokesperson.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Expeditions to South Georgia with One Ocean

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One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), a world leader in expedition cruising, continues to evolve the exploration, study and education of the polar regions, including the sub-Antarctic region of South Georgia. A destination that profoundly touches travellers, it is known as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and the greatest show on earth because of its sheer beauty and staggering abundance of wildlife.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Pandaw adds ship to India

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With the safe arrival of the KATHA PANDAW in Kolkata last week by tug tow from Burma, Pandaw are delighted to announce a third vessel will go out to India this month – being the eighteen cabin KINDAT PANDAW, that will join her identical sister the KALAW also sailing out this month.

As many departures have sold out now, on both the seven-night Lower Ganges, from Kolkata to Farakka, plied by the KALAW, and the fourteen night ‘Upper Ganges’ from Kolkata to Varanasi, on the KATHA, the KINDAT will be used to provide additional departures on either.

The KINDAT, like her sister ships, belong to Pandaw’s unique ultra-shallow draft K-class. These were pioneered by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1880s as the shallowest draft vessels of such a size on the planet, which they remain so today. This means that year-round they can sail all the way up to Varanasi and beyond. Being only twin-decked, they can also get under low bridges!

In 2020 Pandaw will expand operations to include the mighty Brahmaputra River and again with such shallow draft vessels can go far further than any other vessels operating on the river. The company plans to offer river expeditions as far up stream as Dibrugarh.

Pandaw founder Paul Strachan comments, “India is the jewel in the crown for river cruising, there are no other rivers in the world where there is such a magnificent combination of cultural treasures and majestic beauty; there is no other country where river cruising offers the ultimate travel solution to see all in tranquility and comfort”.