Wednesday, 21 June 2017

CF Mekong Cruises discount offer

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March/April sailings discount the standard fares by 25 per cent

This six-day, five-night introductory cruise on the famous Mekong River aboard the intimate Toum Tiou 1 from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh and return has just gone on sale, slashing 25 per cent off regular prices.

Prices are available for sailings from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh from March 30 to April 4, 2018 or from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City from April 4 to 10, 2018. Price includes: Full board and accommodation, coffee, tea & drinking water. A French or English speaking guide. Visits mentioned in the program and entrance fees. Transport from departure port to arrival port. Port Fees and Wifi.

PRICES – PER PERSON IN USD

Upper cabin double or twin USD $1,676 Main cabin USD $1,614
Upper cabin single USD $1,391 Main cabin single USD $1,340

The TT1 has 10 cabins housing a maximum of 20 passengers.

The Phnom Penh journey includes a visit to Koh Chen, small village specializing in silver and copper smithing. They make ornamental items used in traditional ceremonies. The distant hills of Cambodia's old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas can be seen a few kilometers away from the dock.

Back to Phnom Penh on day 2 to clear Customs. Passengers are free to explore the city. A little further on, TT1 arrives at the Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar, then on day 3 onto Chau Doc which spans both banks of the Mekong. Visit some fish farms which have sprung up everywhere.

On day 4 take a short walking tour taking in some of the town's highlights then onto the markets along the river bank.

Local boats come alongside TT1 to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car, with a short panoramic tour of My Tho town on the way. Thoi Son Island by local boat is next then navigate the canal of Cho Gao and a farewell dinner. Day 6 arrive Ho Chi Minh city port 11 am – Customs formalities clearance. The TT1 calls at the same ports with similar activities on the reverse journey.

CF Mekong River Cruises' fleet is currently five ships. The colonial vessels weave into the local tapestry delicately, with the environment. They are comfortable, cosy and affordably luxurious. This is mirrored by the price. CFM offers more than a typical river cruise it includes exploring rustic villages, hidden cultures and joining in with the local customs.

CF Mekong River Cruises' ships are small enough to navigate otherwise inaccessible parts of the Mekong such as the magnificent Gao canal, an exotic gateway to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. There are no extended bus rides to traverse long stretches of the river inaccessible to bigger ships. Because of the smaller draughts, CF Mekong River Cruises is the only cruise line that offers true point-to-point cruising along the entire length of the lower Mekong and it never cancels scheduled cruises.

CF Mekong River Cruises is a wholly owned subsidiary of French company, Croisi Europe, one of Europe's oldest and most successful river cruise operations. The fleet was purchased by the company in 2014.

For reservations: reservations@cfmekong.com +855 23 21 60 70

For information Australia, New Zealand, contact John Boyd: email- JLBATI@OZEMAIL.COM.AU.


Myanmar savings on Cruiseco Explorer’s extended itinerary

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Unlock $2,000 savings on Cruiseco Explorer's extended Myanmar itinerary

Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is delighted to offer travellers a saving of over AUD$2,000* per person on a 17 night fly, cruise and stay holiday package. This unique tour includes return Economy airfares from Australia via Bangkok to Yangon, before travelling to Prome to set sail on a 14 night luxury river cruise on 14th September 2017. Guests will sail the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers to Schwegu, before culminating in Mandalay. This spectacular cruise allows guests to experience the enchanting wonders of Myanmar like never before.

Laura Clarke, Manager Special Projects & Group Sales, Cruiseco said:

"This sensational cruise features the only itinerary in the 2017/2018 season that enables guests to travel along the Irrawaddy River and includes exploring ports along the Chindwin River. Travellers will uncover beautiful architecture, friendly locals and the authentic history and culture of this largely undiscovered part of the world. Guests will sail between Yangon and Mandalay stopping in ports along the Chindwin and Upper Irrawaddy Rivers."

Highlights of this magical holiday experience include visits to: Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda featuring one of the largest Buddhist statues in Myanmar; a number of temples in Bagan such as Shwezigon, Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu; the Shwebadaung caves; the colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell's novel 'Burmese Days'; and Mandalay Hill with a summit 240m high. In addition travellers will sail through the grand walls of the Second Defile on the Irrawaddy.

Cruiseco Explorer is designed to accommodate only 56 guests, which will allow travellers to enjoy an intimate, spacious and luxurious river cruise. The cabins feature polished timber floors and French windows or private balconies, so guests will be able to relax and enjoy the impeccable scenery along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers.

"Accompanying guests on this magical holiday are specialist guides with a wealth of knowledge of this once forbidden land. Travellers will also be able to choose to enrich their holiday by adding on extension packages of three or four nights as part of our offerings" added Clarke.

Prices, start from AUD$5,999* per person, based on twin share for Main Deck Cabin. This offer includes a saving of AUD$2,100* per person and is valid for a limited time only.

Fares include: return economy airfares from Australia; luxury cruise aboard Cruiseco Explorer, including on board gratuities, soft drinks, local beers, wine, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary; deluxe hotel accommodation, one night at the Mandalay Hill Resort in Mandalay, and two nights at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon; extensive sightseeing with expert local guides; and all transfers.

To find out more or to make a booking, visit www.cruising.com.au or call (02) 9492 8520.

*Prices are subject to availability and change. Terms and conditions apply.

Friday, 16 June 2017

UnCruise 2018 Deployment

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UnCruise Adventures has launched its 2018 schedule of small ship cruises highlighted by a new itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, plus a fresh lineup of itineraries and an expanded selection of ships in Alaska, according to a company statement.

Of note, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy heads to Alaska from April through mid-August, then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from August through November.

Based in Seattle, Washington, the line operates eight adventure ships, plus a partner vessel in the Galápagos, carrying 22 to 88 guests in Alaska, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Galápagos, Costa Rica and Panamà.

“The Columbia & Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, and extending our style of adventure there is a natural fit,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “In order to make it an UnCruise, we need to slow down, take time to kayak, sightsee by skiff, and go hiking. We purposely build flexibility into our itineraries to make each day the best day possible.”

The S.S. Legacy will sail eight departures between Portland, Oregon and Lewiston, Idaho (or reverse) on a new weeklong "Rivers of Adventure" itinerary from mid-August to October. An included charter flight to/from Lewiston makes it roundtrip Portland, Oregon. With a new focus on adventure, river exploration includes a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, Deschutes River whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, skiff tours, swimming and a winery tour.

With the addition of the S.S. Legacy in Alaska, seven ships will sail 10 different cruise itineraries on 160 departures lasting one or two weeks from April through September. Homeports are Seattle, Washington; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Five of 10 itineraries are new in 2018 and seven include a visit of one, two or three days in Glacier Bay National Park. Haines, Alaska is a new port of call. The Safari Endeavour and S.S. Legacy sail two alternating itineraries between Juneau and Sitka providing more two-week sailings.

The 62-guest Safari Voyager will offer 28 departures one-way between Costa Rica and Panamá (or reverse) from January through April, June, August, and again from October through December.

In May, June, August and September, the Safari Voyager is scheduled for 12 "Pure Panamá" cruises roundtrip Panamá City. The cruises visit the Guna Yala (formerly San Blas) Islands, Chagres River, Pearl Islands and Darién Jungle. Highlights include a full transit of the Panamá Canal, meeting locals in an Embera village, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fort San Lorenzo.

From January through March and December, the Safari Endeavour sails 14 departures on a weeklong Baja’s Bounty itinerary roundtrip San José del Cabo with an included land tour to the ship in La Paz.

The La Pinta will sail five Galapagos departures on an 8-night Darwin’s Islands and Colonial Quito exploration with six nights on board the ship and two at Casa Gangotena Hotel.

The Safari Explorer is offering 22 departures on a Hawaiian Seascapes itinerary one-way between Moloka’i and The big Island of Hawai’i (or reverse) from January through March and November through December. The island hopping cruise visits Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i and the big island of Hawai’i.

In spring and fall, 10 departures on a weeklong "Explore! Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands" cruise sails from roundtrip Seattle exploring coastal Washington shores from South Hood Canal to the Olympic Peninsula and around the San Juan Islands. The Wilderness Discoverer will sail the itinerary in spring with the Safari Quest taking over in the fall. The Safari Quest also sails 10 departures on a weeklong British Columbia’s Yachters’ Paradise itinerary in spring and fall from Seattle.

One Ocean Expeditions marks Canada Day 150th Anniversary

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On Saturday 1st July thousands of people will be taking part in hundreds of events around the globe to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation.  Leading Canadian expedition cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), will be among those joining in the birthday celebrations in London's Trafalgar Square to commemorate the historic occasion.

The Canada Day party in the centre of London will feature live music, food, drinks and activities for all ages, with British-Canadian TV presenter, Dan Snow, taking the helm as Master of Ceremonies.

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) will be inviting partygoers to have souvenir photographs taken against a backdrop wall showing the Canadian Arctic complete with polar bear floating by on an ice floe, as well as giving away limited edition OOE Canada 150 t-shirts.

Children will definitely want to meet OOE's giant polar bear mascot and maybe even have a temporary tattoo to mark their day out, while older visitors can challenge themselves with a general knowledge quiz.

Among the high profile Canadians attending the event in Trafalgar Square will be several veteran football and hockey league players who certainly know how to party!

The Government of Canada is celebrating the occasion with a number of activities around the capital.  The British North America Act of 1867 is currently on display in the Palace of Westminster and may be viewed by those who take a tour of Parliament.  A glorious display of Canada 150 tulips has been planted in the Embankment's Victoria Gardens and a generous donation has been made to assist with three projects in London, including the renovation of the Victoria Park Cenotaph.

For Brits looking to take their interest in Canada one step further, OOE offers a selection of extraordinary cruises showcasing Canada's heritage, culture, history, people and, of course, its stunning scenery and wildlife.

One such adventure cruise is the 10-night Canada East Coast – Fins & Fiddles trip, which takes in Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces.  Passengers visit small communities and remote-island fishing ports to witness first-hand the age-old Celtic traditions, music, cuisine and diverse culture of the region.

Prolific numbers of seabirds, as well as numerous seal and whale species and the fabled wild horses of Sable Island, are among the trip's highlights.  This Canadian Signature Experience departs on 5th and 21st July 2017 and 4th and 14th July 2018 and starts from $3195 per person.

For more information about Canada's 150th Anniversary you can follow OOE's social media channels. Facebook: @OneOceanExpeditions, Twitter: @OneOceanExp, Instagram: OneOceanExp as well as @Canada150 and #Canada150

For more information on One Ocean Expeditions' Canada's East Coast and Arctic cruises visit: www.oneoceanexpeditions.com

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Adventure Cruise Guide is back in print and online



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The realm of small ship, expedition and adventure cruising is moving into the most exciting chapter of its short history.

More intrepid travellers are seeking out exotic destinations in search of enrichment and life-changing experiences like never before. Cruise lines are launching an armada of state-of-the-art vessels to cater to this growing number of adventure seekers.

Led by cashed-up baby-boomers and well-heeled Gen Xers, these travellers are turning their back on the crowded ports and oversupply of the big white ships, attracted instead to your stunning itineraries and superior, fit-for-purpose shipboard amenities.

But as professionals in this arena, you know all this and have heard me say this over and over again.

After a short hiatus, I’m excited to announce the Adventure Cruise Guide is coming back in print and supported by a solid digital and social media presence that will reach into every nook and crevice of the media landscape.

In partnership with Big Splash Media, publishers of Australasia’s only dedicated cruise magazine, Cruise Passenger, our motivated team understand the nuances and specific characteristics of this very specialised genre of travel.




SEE PRESENTATION PDF

As you know, for nearly 20 years now, I have been sailing aboard your ships, talking to your guests and visiting the exquisite destinations you explore. This has given me a unique insight into this market and I’m delighted to find a publisher who shares that vision for responsible, ecologically sensitive travel to the world’s most special places.

But in order to make this a reality, we need your support. Please join me in bringing the wonders of expedition cruising to the travelling public and help make this a success.

Happy adventures,

Rod

The Adventure Cruise Magazine will be a stand-alone magazine that will have a distribution of over 20,000 copies. The magazine will be distributed to high net worth consumers as well as to CLIA agents, all of whom have a keen interest in adventure.


The magazine will cover everything from:
  • How to choose an adventure cruise
  • Ships, expedition guides and amenities
  • Destinations
  • Key adventure must-haves such as technology, apparel, accessories and more.

The Adventure Cruise Magazine and content will also be promoted via a dedicated digital channel as well as on radio, giving the adventure cruise industry an unprecedented voice.

In conjunction with this, we are offering specifically tailored marketing packages to maximise exposure and cut through, in a relevant environment to a highly engaged audience.

For further details, please contact:
Robert Ball
Commercial Director
Big Splash Media
Tel: +61 2 9251 2600
Email: robert@bigsplashmedia.com.au



Aurora Expeditions Antarctic Skiing & Snowshoeing

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Aurora Expeditions, the leaders in polar adventures, is expanding its portfolio of Antarctic activities for the 2017/18 season with the introduction of Ski Touring and Snowshoeing across the pristine landscapes of the White Continent.

Fuelled by a passion for thrilling new wilderness experiences, these unique skiing and snowshoeing activities will take intrepid travellers to sights of unimaginable beauty in the most exhilarating way possible.

Antarctic Ski Touring will offer the experienced and the bold an incredible opportunity to ski near-virgin glacial slopes, traverse remote areas to iceberg-studded bays rarely seen by human eyes, gaze at penguin rookeries and breaching whales in hard to access locations, or even follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia. Snow conditions are unpredictable whilst terrain varies from gentle slopes to crevassed glaciers and alpine bowls, often including areas where no man (or woman) has ever skied before.

Travelling in small groups with highly experienced mountain ski guides, expeditioners will learn lifelong mountaineering and ski touring skills such as ice axe and crampon use, roped glacier travel, avalanche procedures and emergency shelter construction. Antarctic ski touring is undoubtedly challenging, but for those with appropriate experience, it’s also an adrenalin-pumping high for those with a lionhearted spirit of adventure.

A gentler option physically, but no less rewarding in terms of the experience or the awe-inspiring sights on offer, is the ancient, practical and simple sport of Snowshoeing. The most efficient way to travel across the snow, it’s straightforward to learn and far easier than walking in boots. After just half an hour’s training by Aurora Expedition’s expert guides some of the most pristine and uplifting scenery on the globe comes within easy reach. Expeditions to spectacular vantage points last for up to three hours, so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary and, as with ski touring, the aim is for six excursions or more per voyage, depending on weather and landing sites.



The two new activities are available on selected 2017/18 itineraries, including the In-depth South Georgia & Antarctica and Spirit of Antarctica expeditions departing 27 November 2017 and 16 December 2017, respectively. Expedition fares starts from US$8,900 per person, with ski touring starting from an additional US$900 per person and snowshoeing from an additional US$250 per person.

To celebrate the launch of these two new activities, Aurora Expeditions has also released their brand new Active Antarctica Guide, featuring detailed information on their entire range of optional Antarctic activities such as polar snorkelling and diving, sea kayaking, camping and mountaineering.

The new Antarctica Activity Guide is available to download free at: auroraexpeditions.com.au/antarctic-activity-guide



For more information on Aurora Expeditions new Ski Touring and Snowshoeing activities, contact Aurora Expeditions on +61 2 9252 1033, info@auroraexpeditions.com.au or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

Mekong Photography Cruise with Aqua Expeditions

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Aqua Expeditions, one of the world's leading luxury river cruise companies, is giving guests the opportunity to 'capture the moment' on an exclusive 4-night Photography Cruise along the magnificent Mekong River in December 2017 being presented by talented fine art and architectural photographer and videographer, Francisco Marin.



When Aqua Expeditions founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro, met Francisco and viewed his breathtaking images, Francesco immediately saw the mission of Aqua Expeditions unfolding in a visual story: sharing with guests some of the world's most remote communities; captivating landscapes; and immersing travellers in history, culture and nature.

A successful commercial photographer and teacher, Francisco Marin has been practicing his craft in Asia for more than 10 years and is currently an instructor with the renowned photography school, Leica Akademie, in Singapore. A native of Mexico, Francisco is an artistic photographer who specialises in capturing architectural and interior design for real estate developers and editorial customers. He is currently represented by Aflote Inc.



During this exclusive departure, guests will travel alongside Francisco as he shares his tips and techniques to creating visual stories; join hands-on outdoor photography workshops and learn to capture the most dramatic moments such as Buddhist temples, floating Khmer villages and fragrant riverside markets; and join interactive evening Q&A sessions with the photographer and likeminded travellers, during which they can ask questions about composition, lighting, technical enhancements and photography challenges over a drink at the bar.

Rates for the 4-night Photography Cruise from Phnom Penh to Cambodia 8 – 12 December 2017 commence from USD5140 per person, based on double occupancy.

For more information and bookings on this cruise, please visit www.aquaexpeditions.com or contact Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or reservations@aquaexpeditions.com.au

Watch Francisco in action in Cambodia as he captures the spirit of the villagers of Southeast Asia in the following video: Photography Cruise On Board the Aqua Mekong 2017

Learn more about Aqua Expeditions Photography Cruise on the Aqua Mekong.

Aqua Expeditions was the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru and on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, founded Aqua Expeditions to cater to discerning, adventure travellers seeking to explore remote and culturally important destinations for luxury voyages on the world's greatest rivers.

Aqua Expeditions' 16-suite Aria Amazon vessel entered service in 2011, a creation of Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig and featuring floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck and the haute Peruvian cuisine of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. In October 2014,

In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions expanded to Indochina with the launch of the Aqua Mekong with 20 design suites, sailing the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam.

www.aquaexpeditions.com.au