Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Incase Compass Collection - designed with simplicity in mind

The latest range of protective, stylish luggage launched from Incase.
 
The creator of design solutions cantered on protection and mobility, brings you its Compass Collection designed with simplicity in mind. The lightweight, professional range is perfect for those who require protection without the hardships of lugging around bulky alternatives. The Compass Collection offers a faux fur padded compartment, perfect for storing your laptop and quick access pockets for other accessories. 
 
 
Incase Compass Brief 15" (Deep Red)
Incase Compass Backpack (Black)
Incase Compass Duffel (Navy)
 
 
Five different pieces of luggage make up the Compass Collection, all available in Black, Navy, Deep Red and Bronze. The collection is available at Rushfaster and Culture Kings.
 
  • Compass Backpack - $129.95
  • Compass Duffel - $99.95
  • Compass Messenger - $99.95
  • Compass Brief 13" - $79.95
  • Compass Brief 15" - $79.95
 





Monday, 13 November 2017

OOE's 10th Anniversary Circumnavigation of Canada Voyage



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Canadian polar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is celebrating its 10th Birthday with the launch of an extraordinary Circumnavigation of Canada, showcasing the nation as it has never been seen before. The tailored cruise allows intrepid travelers to explore Canada's most iconic locations by sea, air and rail, over the course of 57 spectacular days.

Canada's Circumnavigation itinerary offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover the world's second largest country from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific Oceans on board the expedition cruise vessel, Akademik loffe. It also gives passengers the chance to witness the nation's majestic landscapes on board Via Rail's popular train journey travelling across Canada. To complement the experience, OOE's guests will also take in the vibrant cities of Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal en route.

"Exploring Canada from coast to coast is a dream for many Canadians and overseas visitors alike. OOE is offering the chance to become immersed in a truly special travel experience, which will take our guests to the very core of our country's splendour and culture", says Andrew Prossin, One Ocean Expeditions' founder and Managing Director.

This epic OOE voyage combines four consecutive OOE cruises covering close to 60% of Canada's coastline, with the first - Labrador and Torgat Explorer - departing from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, on 24 July, and travelling northbound to Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The journey continues with the Baffin Island-Jewel of the High Arctic voyage, taking in deep fjords, soaring mountains, immense glacial systems and spectacular wildlife – sometimes even polar bears – en route to Resolute, one of Canada's most northerly outposts.

The High Arctic Explorer cruise then travels through one of the last remaining pristine wilderness regions in the world, followed by the historically-charged Pathways to Franklin itinerary, taking in the Northwest Passage and ending on 1 September in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

Each voyage has distinctive characteristics. Visits to National Parks, UNESCO and historic sites, remote fishing and Inuit communities are some of the trip's highlights. In addition to witnessing abundant wildlife over the course of the voyage, guests are treated to daily educational seminars and lectures given by experts in marine science, geology, history, photography, as well as being offered a selection of soft adventure excursions such as zodiac cruises, sea kayaking, hiking and visiting local villages.

Following the cruise, guests fly from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton and on to Vancouver where they board Via Rail's new Prestige Class Service, travelling across the Canadian Rockies to Jasper, with an overnight stay at the quintessential Canadian Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

The iconic rail journey leads across the plains and rolling hills to Toronto and an overnight at the Fairmont Royal York. Guests embark on the final leg of the journey in Via Rail's business class service to Montreal and lodge at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth for the voyage's final night before returning to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the completion of the circumnavigation on 17 September.

The 57-day voyage is tailored exclusively for two guests and delivered in an all-inclusive package that will, without doubt, be an enriching experience, leaving long lasting memories. Prices start from US$55,000 per person.

OOE's commitment to education and exploration of Canada is at the forefront of its 10th Anniversary endeavour. To celebrate further One Ocean Expeditions is not only increasing its fleet with the recent acquisition of the RCGS Resolute, a 146-passenger luxury expedition cruise ship, but will also be introducing a series of new voyages to non-polar destinations in Central America and Europe, starting in spring 2019.

For a detailed itinerary of the Circumnavigation of Canada, please visit: http://bit.ly/2zaNhSb

For more information on One Ocean Expeditions' voyages visit: http://bit.ly/2z7P6

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Lindblad to build 'world's foremost expedition vessel'




LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ULSTEIN VERFT FOR BUILDING OF NEW POLAR VESSEL

World's Foremost Expedition Vessel Will Be the First Polar New Build in the
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2017 --- Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; "Lindblad", the "Company"), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world's foremost expedition ship.

The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.

The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact. A core feature is Ulstein's signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions. The ship's expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.

"We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet. It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels," said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.

"The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company's commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best," added Lindblad

In keeping with the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ethos to connect guests with the environment being explored, the ship will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the ship. With 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new "observation wings," the surrounding environs will always be accessible. Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination. The ship's complement of expedition tools for exploration will include kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, and more to be announced in the coming months.

The ship will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard. The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments. Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

"Our expedition cruises, operated through our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, have delivered remarkable experiences to our guests for the past 13 years," said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. "The expansion of the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet is truly terrific news, as it allows us to offer these unforgettable trips to even more travelers in the future. We look forward to joining our partner Lindblad Expeditions in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet."

"We are pleased to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting project. Lindblad is an innovative company and a frontrunner in the exploration cruise industry. We look forward to turning this project into reality together with Lindblad and their partners," stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.

For more information visit us at www.expeditions.com.

For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

[watch] Incredible Arctic Odyssey aboard a classic three-masted schooner.

#expeditioncruising .



UPDATE: Special Offer. Partner flies free for a limited time. (made AFTER 30th October and BEFORE 30th November) See details

Relive the glory days of exploration and discovery under sail with this exceptional journey aboard a classic gaff-rigged, three-masted, topsail schooner.

In July next year, the magnificent 56m, 33-berth Rembrandt van Rijn sets sail from Svalbard en route to Greenland over 18 days, with plenty of time to absorb the splendour of the Arctic at the best time of year.



“Our voyage is timed to experience the best of the Arctic, polar bears on Svalbard, hopefully the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) plus the option to experience sled dog mushing on an Icelandic glacier,” says tour leader and award-winning photographer, Ron Hunter of Quest Tours.

"The spectacular Arctic lightshow is on an 11-year cycle and we're about to close this cycle for another decade, so it could be the best chance for many of us to witness this incredible natural phenomenon."


Please don't delay. At time of writing, just ten places were left for this once-in-a-lifetime voyage along the Viking route across the North Atlantic.



While wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed, it is expected to see polar bears, walrus, icebergs, glaciers, seals, muskox, reindeer, orcas, beluga, Inuit culture, birdlife and whales.



Visits to ports include Oslo, Flam, Bergen with fjord train and boat tours, Longyearbyen, Ittoqqortoormiit and Constable Pynt.

Dates: 21st July - 18th August 2018

Duration: 29 days, inc 18 nights onboard "Rembrandt van Rijn" + 8 days Oslo, Flam, Bergen, Longyearbyen, Reykjavik.

Ticket cost is A$13,490 plus airfares (approx. $1,900)

For details including a fully structured itinerary, contact:

Ron or Gabby or the Quest Tours team

P: (02) 6554 7478 M: 0409 466 958 (Ron) E: info@questtours.com.au

Or visit the web page at: http://questtours.com.au/arctic.html

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New guidelines for observing Arctic wildlife

#expeditioncruising . #aeco #arctic



The guidelines advise travelers how to act around animals like walrus, seals, reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and cetaceans (whales and porpoises). It is mandatory for all AECO members to follow the guidelines.

'The Arctic is a captivating destination for animal-lovers and birders. AECO’s wildlife guidelines explain how to observe and photograph wildlife without disturbing it,' the association's executive director Frigg Jørgensen said.

The guidelines translate expert knowledge about animal behavior into practical know-how that can be used in the field. For example, if a person is walking along a beach and suddenly an Arctic tern attacks, what they do?

The guidelines explain the bird is probably trying to protect a nearby nest so the person should retreat, moving away in the direction he or she came from. If they hold up a hand or their hat, the bird will aim for that instead of the person's head.

The guidelines also contain information about animal behavior, recommended distances from different species, polar bear and walrus safety and how to position a ship or a group of tourists to avoid alarming the animals.

'The goal of expedition cruising is to bring passengers close to nature, and it is important that we are responsible visitors. Our members have decades of experience in Arctic cruise tourism, and spotting birds and animals is often the highlight of the voyage. These wildlife guidelines are a way of systematizing the best practices of our members when it comes to responsible and considerate wildlife observations,' Jørgensen said.

The guidelines were developed with the support of the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund, and are available here.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and National Geographic announce river cruise partnership

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National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic's truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic's 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will enrich the experience through educational presentations and informal discussions throughout the trip. European cruises will also have a National Geographic photographer on board to share professional techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. On National Geographic River Cruises, guests will have a menu of rich, experiential excursions to choose from, ranging from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

"We are excited and proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic," said Glen Moroney, chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. "We believe Scenic's dedication to providing guests with the most exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience available is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic Expeditions is known."

"Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world," said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. "Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows our travelers to reach spectacular parts of the world in a unique way. We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests."

This partnership between Scenic and National Geographic River Cruises will offer numerous sailings in Europe: on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France's Bordeaux region and Portugal's Douro Valley—as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). Departures begin in 2018 and can be booked directly through National Geographic Expeditions natgeoexpeditions.com/rivercruises or Scenic www.scenicusa.com/nat-geo now.

National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with these new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, private jet trips, as well as a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world's most fascinating destinations; and two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Emerald Waterways' seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, while Scenic's 15 ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or through Scenic: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com: or National Geographic: natgeoexpeditions.com; or phone 1-888-966-8687.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Silversea's Silver Cloud: first glimpse as she joins expedition cruise fleet

#expeditioncruising . #silversea



Following a multi-million dollar refurbishment, Silver Cloud’s transformation into an ice-class vessel is nearly complete, soon to be unveiled as the most luxurious expedition ship in the market. Destined largely for the Arctic and Antarctic, Silver Cloud can now proudly join Silversea Cruises’ exclusive expedition fleet. Silver Cloud’s new strengthened ice-class hull was on display as she left Malta on 28 October 2017, bound for South America, where she will commence her official inaugural voyage on 15 November 2017 from Buenos Aires.

Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises, said, “As the first ship to launch Silversea Cruises’ fleet in 1994, Silver Cloud holds a special place in our history. Silver Cloud’s new hull provides the combined strength and maneuverability required to explore polar waters and will allow her to navigate through ice floes and pack. She will also offer new standards in luxury, style and comfort and some of the largest suites available in expedition cruising. It is astonishing that, since launching the cruise line more than twenty years ago, not only does Silver Cloud preserve the hallmark of Silversea’s acclaimed service and luxury, she will once again raise the benchmark in cruising.”

“With a guest capacity of just 200 in polar-regions and 254 in non-polar regions, guests on-board Silver Cloud will enjoy the highest levels of personalised and attentive service with a one to one staff to guest ratio. The limited capacity will also allow our guests to disembark at the same time to fully explore each region,” added Wilson.

Silver Cloud has an unprecedented set of expedition features and technical interventions to allow navigation in polar-regions, including.

· New navigational equipment including state-of-the-art Sonar and Thermal Imaging equipment to increase visibility over the ice during navigation;

· A system to navigate at slow speed to allow for more precise maneuvering in the presence of ice;

Silver Cloud will have 22 expedition team members in polar-regions and 19 in non-polar regions, offering more than 1 expedition staff to every 10 guests. Guest will benefit from:

· Company-first Polar Sea Kayaking Programme: complimentary dedicated kayak guides, guided by three experts, which allow guests to explore closer than ever before;

· Complimentary, fully-escorted shore programmes, including Zodiac exploration in some of the most remote destinations;
· 16 Zodiacs on board, Silversea’s largest Zodiac fleet;
· The Explorer Lounge, one of the most advanced lecture rooms in the industry, with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment with unobstructed views to three large screens;
· Briefings and destination lectures delivered daily in the Explorer Lounge, broadcast live and recorded for in-suite playback;
· A bespoke Photo Studio to allow guests to edit and print their images with assistance and training from the professional Studio Manager; and

Watch Silver Cloud sail as an expedition vessel for the first time.

For further information on Silver Cloud, please visit - https://www.silversea.com/ships/silver-cloud-expedition.html

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 0800 701 427(New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com