Sunday, 20 August 2017

Four new polar expedition cruise ships on order

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Nordic Cruise Company is moving ahead with its plans to build a series of four expedition ultra luxury yachts, according to Ulf Henrick Wynnsdale, president and CEO.

The first ship will be delivered in May of 2020, Wynnsdale told Cruise Industry News. Three more 220-passenger vessels will follow from Spain’s MetalShips & Docks in 10-month intervals.

A significant amount of fundraising for the project is complete.

The four ships will be the first expedition ships that are LNG ready, with capacity to sail up to 36 hours on LNG while burning MGO the rest of the time. They will also be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, said Wynnsdale.

“We are not going to be the second best. We are going to be the best. I know we have tough competition, but competition is always good,” Wynnsdale said.

Concept to Now

Since an initial ship concept was released in January, the company went back to the drawing board, adding capacity, making the ships bigger at 16,500 tons and giving them a totally new exterior look, courtesy of Hareide Design, which drew up a new vessel stance and incorporated much more glass into the ship’s design.

“The GA we have now is probably the ninth or tenth version. It’s been changing. We are not going to jump into this and develop a ship that is not top of the line,” Wynnsdale said. “In January, we introduced the concept of an ultra luxury yacht with some expedition capabilities.”

Now, the vessel is an expedition ship, while retaining the mega yacht look. A sales plan is being formulated with David Morris International and the company plans to target the high-end of the U.S. source market. Multiple focus groups have been held across the U.S.

A hotel partner that will lend its name to the operation is still in the cards, Wynnsdale said.

“I am confident that with the expedition vessels entering the market, the demand is more for luxury andexploration, and the onboard experience is going to be just as important as the destination.”

Most staterooms will offer so-called infinity-style balconies. There will also be a top-deck observation lounge and large aft marina. Absent will be helicopters and submarines.


Being the first LNG-powered expedition ship, Nordic Cruise Company is on a mission to be green, also including fuel cells and battery power.

DNV GL has signed on as the class society. Wynnsdale said battery power would supplement two main engines during peak periods of demand, so a third would not have to kick in. The vessel will have four main engines.

Wynnsdale said that after a thorough review process, the company will construct the vessels at MetalShips & Docks in Spain, which has specialized in both mega yachts and offshore vessels. The yard and the shipowner have been talking for a full year. Wynnsdale added that there was little capacity for cruise-ship building in Norway and the Chinese yards he held talks with would have had challenges delivering a luxury product.

Since announcing its intent to enter the business in January, there has also been a slight branding adjustment – as Norwegian Cruise Company has become Nordic Cruise Company. The startup is also promising to be the “Ultra Luxury Green Expedition Cruise Line.”

Expect further branding changes before sales and marketing kick into high gear, with or without the addition of a hotel partner.

“We plan to stay far away from the word cruise ship,” Wynnsdale explained. “There are so many people that have a totally wrong picture of what cruising is all about. Expedition and voyages will sound much better.”

Intrepid and Chimu in joint partnership

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The Intrepid Group has announced a strategic partnership with Polar and Latin American specialist, Chimu Adventures.

Intrepid has taken a 50 per cent stake in the Australian-owned company to meet a growing demand for sustainable travel experiences from increasingly adventurous travellers.

The investment from the Intrepid Group will fuel further growth for both companies, enabling Chimu Adventures to quickly scale globally and the Intrepid Group’s to further expand its tailor-made product offering across the multi-brand business.

Motivated by potential growth opportunities and shared business values, together, the two companies will be one of the largest sellers of travel to Antarctica globally.

James Thornton, the Intrepid Group chief executive explains that a priority for the new joint venture partnership is to launch a range of charter cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

“This year we launched our first Adventure Cruise range and had a phenomenal response.

“We know there is a huge appetite for a more sustainable and experiential style of cruise so it is our intention to expand in to polar charters as part of this cooperation.”

This is the Intrepid group’s first investment since the company returned to independent ownership two years ago when the original founders of Intrepid Travel bought back the company after a shareholder split, in order to grow the market for sustainable experience-rich travel.

The Intrepid Group has seen record sales since the split from TUI, with sales up by 19 per cent across the group this year.

The deal includes a 50 per cent stake in Chimu Adventures, Get About Asia, and three sales offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.

In addition, the agreement will also include 50 per cent investment in Chimu’s three South American destination management companies, which will enable both companies to expand their global network of local destination management companies.

The addition of Chimu’s $30million business will add close to ten per cent of revenue to the Intrepid Group, which is already in excess of $300 million.

The Melbourne-based Intrepid Group, which employs 1,600 staff in 27 offices, is now one of the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences.

Chimu Adventures will remain independent of the multi-brand Intrepid Group under the new agreement, with co-founders Greg Carter and Chad Carey continuing to have complete autonomy to run the company where it will be business as usual.

“I am thrilled be partnering with the fantastic team at Intrepid Group, in order to grow the business that we started 13 years ago in a London apartment with a second hand laptop to a global level.

“We share many common ideas on sustainable travel and we believe it’s a perfect fit for both businesses,” said Greg Carter, Chimu Adventures co-founder

While the partnership is motivated by the potential growth opportunities for both Intrepid and Chimu and that the companies have many similarities including a network of local destination management companies, Thornton says it was shared values and culture that sealed the deal.

Friday, 18 August 2017

PONANT Latin America and Caribbean 2018-2019 cruises


PONANT announces Latin America & the Caribbean 2018 - 2019 Collection
- voyages to the lands of conquistadors, mojitos and cigars

Reflecting the growth of international interest in Latin America & the Caribbean as cruise destinations, French Luxury & Expedition cruise line PONANT has released an extensive range of voyages covering the period October 2018 - April 2019.

Featuring a range of 21 cruises (10 being designated Expedition Cruises) to 26 countries - exploring both east and west coasts of South America and the Caribbean - this new Collection is available as either a convenient e-brochure download at or as a printed brochure on request through travel agents or directly from PONANT.

No less than 26 listed UNESCO World Heritage sites and 5 major pre-Columbian era sites hint at the range of destinations to be had. From ancient Mayan and Inca civilisations, colonial cities, extraordinary jungles with colourful wildlife and massive waterfalls, to the Guiana space centre, monasteries, salsa and mojitos. Guests will discover a multitude of experiences from on board PONANT's modern and luxurious ships: Le Boréal, L'Austral & Le Soléal as well as the new-era Explorer Class ship, Le Champlain, and PONANT's classic three-masted yacht, Le Ponant.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences include expeditions along the great river arteries of South America, the Amazon and Orinoco, visiting a remote Warao Indian village, reliving the hell of Papillon on the French penal settlement on Devil's Island or sipping a mojito while listening to jazz in Havana.

Others will seek the thrill of rounding famed Cape Horn, cruising the Beagle Channel, crossing the Panama Canal or venturing deep into the pristine waters of Chilean fjords. Accompanied by a specialist lecturer to enhance the experience, the voyages provide opportunity to travel to the birthplace of ancient civilisations and view the archaeological enigma of the gigantic Nazca Lines, Mayan Tikal and Inca Machu Picchu.

Some voyages are designated Expeditions, taking advantage of the ships' compact size and manoeuvrability to probe hidden waterways, before launching Zodiac® expedition boats for adventurous close-up opportunities of local flora, fauna, and local tribes. Throughout Expedition cruises, an expedition team of naturalists will enhance the experience.

For those looking for the relaxed pace of longer voyages why not consider a Grand Voyage? There are three to select from: 49 nights Ushuaia to Miami exploring the west coast of South America and Central America, featuring a sparkling range of experiences from glaciers to rainforests; an extended 59 night version from Vancouver to Ushuaia along the west coast of North and South America, or an exciting 37 night Grand Voyage on the new ship Le Champlain from Brazil to the Caribbean and on to Panama … Manaus to Colon - an expedition and luxury voyage extraordinaire - with Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean.… Imagine a Creole Christmas dinner of lobster, pork and rum.

Find out more, enjoy French ambiance on the world's youngest fleet afloat 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.


Itineraries range from 7 to 16 nights, plus three Grand Voyages of up to 59 nights duration,

From A$7,720pp* for a 13-night cruise Chilean Fjords & Patagonia, Ushuaia to Valparaiso: 4th March 2019, Le Boréal. Twin share in Superior Stateroom

From A$9,930pp* for a 12-night cruise Natural Wonders of the Amazon, Manaus to Cayenne: 7th December 2018 and 29 March 2019, Le Champlain. Twin share in Deluxe Stateroom with private balcony

- From A$26,028 pp* for 37 night Grand Voyage Cruise Manaus to Colon: 7th December 2018, Le Champlain. Twin share in Prestige Stateroom, Deck 6 with private balcony

Pricing is yield managed and will increase as cabins are sold so it is recommended to book as early as possible.


Details of all PONANT Latin America and Caribbean Collection voyages, including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or email                                    
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Monday, 14 August 2017

True North listed in Chad Clark Certified 25

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The adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH has been recognized as one of the world’s top experiential travel offerings at the inaugural CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, a first-of-its-kind travel initiative that lists the world’s top 25 travel experiences.

The winners were announced at a gala interactive event at The Bellagio in Las Vegas on August 13.

Chad Clark
Chad Clark, principal and owner of Chad Clark Travel Ventures, is a travel industry expert and self-described “experience junkie” who has spent years seeking out top-of-the-line travel experiences. He aims to set the industry standard for luxury travel with the inauguration of the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, an elite list of the world’s most prestigious, authentic and unique travel experiences.

“We are humbled and overwhelmed by the immense number of submissions we received from travel providers across the globe,” said Clark. “And, it’s an honor and a thrill to unveil the very best in luxury travel – the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25. This initiative provides travel providers with an opportunity to have their premium experiences recognized and promoted in an innovative way, while simultaneously connecting travel advisors and ultimately travelers themselves, with exclusive, thoroughly vetted travel experiences that have an industry seal of approval.”


True North Adventure Cruises has won numerous awards for excellence including state and national tourism awards, export awards and numerous consumer awards.

Australia’s premier luxury adventure cruise ship, the TRUE NORTH is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to very-high quality off-ship experiences courtesy of the ship’s biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated adventure boats.

Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a TRUE NORTH experience. The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar, an observation lounge and a dedicated sports deck.

Daily activities include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship’s helicopter.

Destinations include the Kimberley – a panorama of rugged landscapes, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls; the still-wild coast of Western Australia featuring the intriguing Abrolhos Islands, world-famous Ningaloo Reef, fishing paradise at the Montebello Islands and, the pristine Rowley Shoals; some of Indonesia’s most stunning volcanic islands including Komodo – home to the largest lizard on the planet; the breathtaking islands of the Raja Ampat; the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay; the mighty Sepik River and the unspoiled islands of Papua New Guinea; beautiful Sydney Harbour and, a seafood safari around South Australia’s delightful Eyre Peninsula.

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Codename Vega: New expedition cruise ship concept

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It seems anyone with any ship- or boatbuilding expertise is having a go at expedition cruise ships.

This latest announcement from Sweden’s Bassoe Technology showcases at 'turn-key' concept developed in conjunction with China's Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard for a 147m, 240-passenger vessel, codename Vega.

According to the Swedes, "The vessel which features 100 spacious all balcony suites and staterooms for up to 240 passengers, is designed for worldwide operations in Polar Regions and tropical areas and complies with all requirements, environmental standards and other rules and regulations, including the new IMO POLAR Code."

Optional features include a helicopter hanger and landing pad, as well as submarine operations.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The starving polar bear: a symbol of global warming?

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When you go on an expedition cruise, you see mother nature in all her raw beauty. This is not a zoo or a circus. With the cute and adorable animals you cannot escape the very real hardships animals face every day in the wild. Sometimes it's the result of manmade hazards, sometimes it's just nature taking its normal course.

When Kerstin Langenberger posted this photo from Svalbard a couple of years back, many doomsayers were quick to point to global warming and the shrinking ice cap causing polar bears to starve because they can't use the sea ice to hunt seals as they normally would.

‘You have to be a little bit careful about drawing conclusions immediately," said Professor Iain Stirling of the University of Alberta, "[The bear] may be starving but it may just be old.

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen took this photo (below) of a polar bear in the same region. He remarked:

"These bears were so skinny, they appeared to have died of starvation, as in the absence of sea ice, they were not able to hunt seals. In all of my years of growing up in the Arctic and later, working as a biologist, I had never found a dead polar bear."

Have you sailed to Svalbard? What did you see?

Last summer I traveled with a group of friends to Svalbard, Norway in search of polar bears. We went to my favorite spot where I have always been able to find bears roaming around on sea ice throughout the summer. On this occasion, however, we didn't find any sea ice and we never found any bears alive. We did find two dead bears in this location and other groups found more dead bears. These bears were so skinny, they appeared to have died of starvation, as in the absence of sea ice, they were not able to hunt seals. In all of my years of growing up in the Arctic and later, working as a biologist, I had never found a dead polar bear. It is now becoming much more common. Through @sea_legacy and @natgeo we will continue to shine a light on our changing planet to convince the unconvinced. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to learn more about the effects of climate change. #polarbear #nature #wildlife #arctic #seaice @thephotosociety
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A moment with Nicolas Dubreuil, Ponant's polar expedition leader

#expeditioncruising .'s editor, Roderick Eime, caught up with Ponant’s Polar Expedition Leader, Nicolas Dubreuil, on a whirlwind visit to Sydney.

“You have two lives,” Nicolas reminds me, “the second life begins when you realise you only have one.”

At that instant, I knew I was speaking with a man whose code reflected not only my own but that of thousands of expedition cruise converts.

Dubreuil is like no Parisian I’ve ever met. This wild-haired PhD in computer science threw away a perfectly good academic career to spend his time on the polar ice cap and now lives in a tiny hut in the wilderness of Greenland.

His first expedition was from Vancouver to Anchorage at the age of 17. Since then, he has been spending more than eight months each year near the poles, having travelled across by kayak, on skis, on a sleigh, on foot and under water. From Alaska to South Georgia, via Nunavut, Spitsbergen, Siberia, Iceland, the Antarctic Peninsula and Greenland, he accompanies and guides expeditions for athletes, scientists and film crews. Nicolas has been a Ponant expedition leader, guide and ethnologist for 12 years and has been sailing across the polar regions for over 20 years.

“I became tired of leading these ego-driven explorers who wanted to stand like a hero at the North Pole. ‘Here I am am all alone on the ice cap’ they would say to the camera as the film crew and I stood back making tea.

“So it was with a bit of a surprise when I joined Ponant as an expedition guide after all that 12 years ago. I was sure it was a mistake when they showed me this comfortable cabin with Tv and shower and everything. All I had for the gala dinner was my t-shirt and parka.”

As delighted as he was to be aboard Ponant, Nicolas wasn’t always a fan of tourism in places like Antarctica.

“At first I was against this kind of tourism in polar regions, but Ponant has helped change my mind. At the beginning I knew nothing of Ponant and this ‘expedition cruising’ thing. But it is clear to me now that Ponant has the [pauses] esprit, the spirit of adventure that is so important.

“Some remote places we visit have seen less people than the moon. That’s amazing. And I can bring my parents! And the luxury is in the crew and the facilities on board. You don’t have to camp in a windy tent to experience these locations.”

And you certainly don’t have to be Nicolas Dubreuil to appreciate the wonders of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Details of all PONANT voyages including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or email to request more information or assistance.

Silversea Expedition cruises new leadership training academy

Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has established a new leadership training academy aimed at recruiting and developing high-quality talent from across the globe to join its expedition teams. Every Silversea expedition voyage features expedition teams, which include some of the world's most knowledgeable and experienced specialists in the areas of wildlife, biology, anthropology, geology, history, and more. These expedition experts provide activities designed to ensure an enriching experience for guests, offering lectures, workshops, Zodiac® trips and nature walks.

The multiphase recruitment and training initiative begins with remote skills development through webinar sessions focusing on various aspects of working as a Silversea Expedition guide including life at sea and guest relations. Practical experience will deal with the fundamentals of boat handling, first aid, and safety at sea courses and certification. Recruits participating in the program will be invited to train for approximately six weeks aboard the newly refurbished Silver Cloud when the ship joins the expedition fleet in mid-November 2017 for her first season in Antarctica.

Aboard Silver Cloud, core competencies will be further developed through intensive hands-on training. Attention will also be given to cross training in various academic disciplines, environmental and ecological knowledge, sustainability protocols and cultural sensitivity. In addition, further skills will be developed, including  Zodiac® handling, practical field first aid, and "how to guide" training. Trainees will be provided with the unique opportunity to learn from experienced expedition staff as well as additional educators that will be travelling on board the vessel.

After completing a tiered system of increasing responsibility, successful individuals will have the opportunity to work the balance of the Antarctic season as members of the expedition team and, ultimately, on expedition voyages to other regions of the world.

"Our new leadership training academy underscores our commitment to exploring the world with the absolute best team of hand-picked experts to guide and enlighten our guests on expeditions," said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Vice President of Expedition planning and strategic development.

"The goal is to attract candidates who are knowledgeable and passionate, and prepare them for an exciting career working aboard an Expedition ship that will take them to amazing places where they will guide our guests in understanding the local history, culture and wildlife."

Individuals interested in the program may contact Silversea's Manager of Expedition product support, Kit van Wagner, at

Expedition cruise lines winners in luxury cruise awards

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Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine unveils the Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards winners

Australia’s first awards dedicated solely to luxury cruising

The Cruise Issue of Signature Luxury Travel & Style is out now, with over 50 pages dedicated to cruising, including the 2017 Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards.

Travel’s fastest growing sector in Australia is cruising, with a growth rate of 21 per cent in the past year alone, according to the latest report from Cruise Lines International Association Australasia. Last year, one in 19 Australians – 1.28 million of us – went on an ocean cruise, the highest per-capita rate in the world. As we become more seasoned cruisers, more of us – across all age groups – are seeking the best ships and the most inspiring itineraries.

To meet demand, there are more cruise lines, more destinations and more itineraries than ever before catering for discerning travellers, from polar expeditions to Caribbean island-hopping. It’s these five-star experiences that we honour in Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s 2017 Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards, Australia’s only accolades dedicated solely to luxury cruise offerings. These unique awards provide a definitive guide for those seeking the best cruising has to offer.

Judging these awards were 10 leading Australian and New Zealand luxury travel advisors that were highly recommended as having the best knowledge of the cruise industry and an understanding both from personal and client experiences.

We called on their expertise to vote across seven categories covering ocean, river and expedition cruising. Our judges ranked their selections for each sub-category (including cabins, service, cuisine, shore excursions, value, itineraries and embarkation process, plus expedition team for the two expedition categories), which we then converted to points to determine the overall winners.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Lindblad exhale Wellbeing partnership

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic today announced a wellbeing partnership with leading lifestyle brand, exhale, that will kick off with a series of three- and four-day voyages designed to deliver the joyful rigor of a Lindblad expedition with the transformative wellbeing experiences exhale is famous for.

The Base Camp Baja voyages will explore Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida, among the most spectacular regions within the Sea of Cortez, aboard the 30-cabin National Geographic Sea Bird. There will be seven Base Camp Baja departures, beginning in December 2017 and extending through January 2018.

“The Sea of Cortez is among the most peaceful corners of the world. I can think of no better place to realize the mindfulness that exhale offers,” said Sven Lindblad, CEO and President, Lindblad Expeditions. “In exhale we found a partner who values the strength of guest programming, is passionate about providing a world class experience, and whose caliber of teachers aligns with our renowned expedition team. The itinerary we developed offers a mix of exploration and restorative exercise, in a setting where one might not see another human being other than their shipmates for the duration of these voyages.”

National Geographic Seabird will serve as a floating base camp with the revitalizing solitude of nature as the platform. The Sea of Cortez is famed for its pristine beauty, a wide-open region of sea, bays and beaches. Guests can customize each day of the journey as they wish: they can snorkel among sea lions and through schools of colorful reef fish, explore the coastline by kayak and stand-up paddleboard, challenge body and mind through exhale wellbeing programs, and enjoy evenings with beachside bonfires and barbecues. They can hike for miles over black lava and pink volcanic ash and spend hours photographing arroyos, cacti and birdlife alongside a Lindblad-National Geographic photography instructor.

Through the partnership with exhale, guests can indulge in healthy exhale-branded activities and wellbeing programs led by an exhale fitness teacher, spa therapist or an exhale-trained Lindblad Wellness specialist. Guests can transform through Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes as well as exhale Power Yoga classes on deck, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) yoga, transformational mindfulness hikes, and assisted stretching. Hour-long neck and shoulder massages will be offered prior to evening cocktails, while exhale Chill Yoga classes will be offered in the evening, alongside group guided meditation.

“It is a joy to partner with a like-minded team to bring wellbeing aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, and inspire transformation on a Lindblad “floating base camp” in the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of the Sea of Cortez,” writes Annbeth Eschbach, exhale CEO and President. “There is no better vision or perfect dream.”

Beyond the daily slate of activities, the exhale experience will be integrated throughout the journey, to include delectable and healthy food options, to spa therapies and in-room products.

Rates begin at $1,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin for the 3-night voyage, and $2,650 for the 4-night voyage – both include free bar tab.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel agent.

About exhale

At exhale we believe that transformation begins from the inside out. Since 2003, through a balanced combination of results-oriented spa therapies (massages, facials, acupuncture, nails, waxing) and high-quality fitness classes (barre, cardio, yoga, HIIT), we’ve provided the answer to a stronger, healthier, better version of you.

Enter one of our 26 inspiring, yet relaxing boutiques and follow your breath, which both invigorates and calms, connecting mind and body — paving the way to positive change.


One Ocean Expeditions to employ HANSEATIC as RCGS Resolute from 2018

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Just announced, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) will take over Hapag-Lloyd's top-rated expedition ship, HANSEATIC, for polar expeditions from November 2018 after the luxury German line takes delivery of the first of their newbuild vessels.

Named after the HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy Arctic exploration vessel, as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, RCGS Resolute will arrive in Canada in November 2018 for its inaugural OOE polar voyage.


.. and from November 2018, as RCGS Resolute

Built in Rauma, Finland, the same ship yard as OOE's current vessels, Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov, RCGS Resolute will offer modern stabilisation and unsurpassed ice classification (Lloyds 1AS) compliant with the new Polar Code.

OOE press release:

Canada’s very own leader in global polar exploration, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is proud to announce the expansion of its operations and its expedition cruise fleet with the addition of RCGS Resolute.

“We have been looking for just the right vessel to expand our shipboard operations. For the last two years we have experienced exponential growth and have seasons which have sold out across the breadth of our departures, in both Antarctica, the High Arctic and the East Coast of Canada” says Andrew Prossin, Managing Director of OOE.

Named after the HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy Arctic exploration vessel, as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, RCGS Resolute will arrive in Canada in November 2018 for its inaugural OOE polar voyage. RCGS Resolute also carries the name of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), since OOE and RCGS are exclusive education, environmental science, and expedition partners in Canada’s north. This longstanding partnership works to the benefit of OOE’s guests, who have the opportunity to learn from and interact with world-renowned educators, researchers, naturalists, marine biologists, artists, historians and photographers.

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With an unsurpassed ice classification, a proven track record for stability and safety, large indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and exceptional manoeuvrability, RCGS Resolute is ideally equipped to guide guests through the world’s most pristine regions, further expanding OOE’s expertise in exploration and discovery. RCGS Resolute will carry a maximum of 146 passengers in unparalleled comfort, with an array of luxury amenities, educational opportunities and activities tailored to guests’ particular interests, and individual, personalised service. Full vessel specifications are attached.

The expansion of OOE’s fleet and programming will also result in an expansion of its Canadian-based operations in Squamish, British Columbia. Growing quickly, and in advance of this expansion OOE has increased its full time employees by 25% in the last number of months.

The announcement of RCGS’s arrival was made in Sydney, NS where Cape Breton-born Andrew Prossin, OOE founder and CEO, recently announced that OOE will be using the new Sydney pier to refuel and provision its ships before embarking on voyages North. “With the building of a second berth in Sydney Harbour, I see no reason why Sydney can’t be Canada’s Arctic gateway,” said Prossin, who currently spends $5-6 million per year provisioning his ships in Halifax. Prossin also noted that Sydney has historically been on the direct route north for explorers seeking to reach the North Pole, and that the telegram announcing Robert E. Peary’s successful visit to the North Pole was sent from Sydney in 1909.

As the only cruise operator to start and end voyages in Cape Breton, OOE is proud of the contributions it makes to the local economy. Prossin affirmed that with increased cruise traffic to the Arctic, the prospects for economic growth and generational job creation both in Sydney and in the Canadian Arctic present incredible opportunities for Canada.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

National Geographic Quest Departs on Inaugural Voyage


Photo credit: Ian Strachan/Lindblad Expeditions 

Welcomes Her First Guests As She Sets Sail From Juneau

Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Quest, the line's first new build in the history of the company, commenced her inaugural voyage yesterday as she set sail from Juneau. The most state-of-the-art expedition ship designed and purpose-built in the US, she departed with very excited guests for an 8-day expedition exploring Southeast Alaska.

Sven Lindblad, CEO and President of Lindblad Expeditions, commended the team on the achievement, "You all must feel a deep sense of pride and accomplishment, you have all worked tirelessly to make this possible, and are a part of history having played an important role in the building and launch of the most sophisticated and beautiful ship built in the US in decades."

The 100-guest National Geographic Quest will operate on the popular "Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness" expedition through August 26, and will finish off the Alaska season with a "Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia" departure on September 2, 2017.

The ship will then remain in the Pacific Northwest for a series of new voyages between Seattle and Vancouver, with stops in the San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alert Bay, and more far reaching stops in British Columbia's channels and fjords. Beginning in December 2017, she will reposition and operate expeditions in Costa Rica and Panama before kicking off a series of new voyages in Belize and Guatemala starting in February, 2018.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Silver Explorer heading to west coast of the Americas


In 2018 Silversea Expeditions' Silver Explorer will debut a unique collection of voyages through the Americas, tracing a path north from Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world, all the way up the Pacific coastline to the multicultural vibrant hub of Vancouver.

Each of the seven new expedition voyages will offer unique opportunities for discovery and adventure in destinations overflowing with ancient history, stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife. Led by a team of experienced expedition specialists, many with advanced degrees in their fields, guests will enjoy enriching, immersive explorations designed to expand their global perspective.

"These new and exciting expeditions offer the modern-day traveller a chance to rediscover the naturally stunning and historically interesting west coast of the Americas," said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Vice President of Expedition Planning and Strategic Development. "Each unique expedition will offer a wide variety of exploration activities -- from discovering rich marine ecosystems by Zodiac, cruising historically important rivers or exploring volcanoes, to hiking in rainforests, discovering prolific wildlife and savouring incredible cuisine. Our selection of expeditions along the west coast of these two great continents are designed to impress, and will leave even the most intrepid traveller longing for more."

Highlights of each unique and memorable adventure include:

Ushuaia to Valparaiso, 14 Days, February 25 - March 11 (Voyage 7804)

Travelling from the "End of the World" to the "Jewel of the Pacific," guests will discover a remarkable medley of landscapes: from the steep streets and jumbled buildings of Ushuaia, to the expansive lakes, glaciers, mountains and fjords of Patagonia.

Valparaiso to Callao (Lima), 10 Days, March 11 - 21 (Voyage 7805)

Discovering the very best of South America, guests will marvel at some of world's most spectacular scenery on this 10 day voyage. A complimentary excursion will fly guests high above the mysterious Nazca Lines, while local boat excursions to the Ballestas Islands will provide the opportunity to spot cormorants, blue-footed boobies, terns, pelicans and Humboldt penguins.

Callao (Lima) to Fuerte Amador (Panama City), 14 Days, March 21 - April 4 (Voyage 7806)

Four new destinations are waiting to be explored on this brand new voyage: Puerto Quepos, renowned for its varied fauna; Golfo Dulce, often referred to as Costa Rica's wonderland of biodiversity; Isla de Coiba, Panama's prison turned paradise island; and Panama City, Central America's cultural hub and cosmopolitan capital. A river adventure through Panama's legendary Darién Jungle will also reveal one of the world's most diverse ecosystems.

Fuerte Amador (Panama City) to Puerto Quetzal, 12 Days, April 4 - 16 (Voyage 7807)

Travelling along the Pacific coast of Central America, exceptional nature, fascinating history and remote communities will be encountered. Guests will delve deep into mysterious jungles full of exotic plants, rare wildlife and indigenous people rarely seen by the outside world. Guests will discover the splendid colonial architecture of Nicaragua and the serene coasts of El Salvador on this true voyage of wonder.

Mazatlán to San Diego, 11 Days, April 21- May 2 (Voyage 7808)

The Sea of Cortez is home to UNESCO protected biospheres which include a wealth of marine mammals including whales, dolphins and sea lions. This narrow sea is fringed by remote islands, vast canyons and deep arroyos where explorers will encounter endemic iguanas, songbirds and jackrabbits. The rugged rocky coastlines are covered with a variety of cacti and succulents and are rich with seabirds, including the charismatic blue-footed booby.

San Diego to Vancouver, 11 Days, May 2 - 13 (Voyage 7809)

This journey is rich in Americana – travelling up the West coast to Monterey, guests will encounter the inspirational coastline of Big Sur before heading to San Francisco with her iconic bridge and fabled bohemia. Guests will explore stunning national parks and have the opportunity to hike along Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier as well as visiting small and truly authentic towns in the Pacific Northwest, experiencing life as it used to be.

Vancouver to San Francisco, 9 Days, May 13 - 22 (Voyage 7810)

With the towering redwoods of Eureka overhead and flanked by the fertile wooded hillsides of Astoria, this American odyssey is a west coast adventure that is truly awe-inspiring. Two new destinations of Anacortes and Cypress Island offer exceptional whale watching opportunities, while the quiet sophistication of Olympia and Mount Rainer offer soaring views and a picturesque landscape.

Silver Explorer offers a comfortable, intimate and convivial onboard lifestyle where guests can feel at home as they explore secluded realms. On board highlights include ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, personalised butler service, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and at least one hour of free Wi-Fi per guest every day.


Book by August 31st and enjoy free economy class air roundtrip or get AU$3,000 savings per suite* on select voyages for Business Class flights booked through Silversea.

*Applicable only for double occupancy suites. Single-occupancy suites will receive savings of AU$1,500. Click here for more information.

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia), or visit

Friday, 21 July 2017

Quark adds World Explorer [updated]

#expeditioncruising .

Artist rendering (Quark)

Quark has added World Explorer, a luxury vessel (ed: currently under construction) to its fleet of expedition cruise ships, continuing to bring a modern and comfortable cruise experience to Antarctica. This new addition to the Quark Expeditions fleet is an all-suite, all-balcony vessel and will embark on ten voyages during the upcoming season.

The ship has six suite options for 176 guests, all with luxury private bathrooms, incredible exterior views and private balconies. Guests can enjoy an outdoor running track, a dedicated spa area with an outdoor heated pool, a gym and a sauna, as well as gourmet meals and drinks. A glass domed observation lounge and ample deck space allow for stunning views across the polar landscape and its wildlife.

Artist rendering (Quark)
An independent industry source has suggested to that the build is taking place at a yard at Viana do Castelo (possibly WestSEA) for Douro Azul and associated company Mystic Cruises, with Quark entering into an exclusive charter deal for 10 voyages in the forthcoming season. The design is reportedly by Spanish company Oliver Design, based on a modified version of an earlier design.

Quark were approached for comment, but have yet to respond.

Ship Specifications:

Staff and Crew: 125
Guests: 176
Length: 126 meters
Breadth: 19 meters
Draft: 4.7 meters
Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric
Ice Class: 1B
Cruising Speed: 16 knots in open water
Registration: Portugal
Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed

Full details [PDF]


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Aurora Expeditions Marks 25 Years of Antarctic Exploration

Australia's first and only owned and operated small ship expedition company, Aurora Expeditions, is celebrating 25 years since its first expedition to Antarctica later this year.

2017 marks a quarter of a century since Aurora Expeditions first took a small group of intrepid adventurers on a breathtaking expedition to the icy continent back in 1992. Since that inaugural adventure, the company has operated over 200 expeditions to Antarctica, offering everyday travellers the chance to discover the continent's remote wilderness and walk in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest explorers.

To mark the momentous occasion, the company has launched a special '25 Year Anniversary' expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia to pay homage to Aurora Expeditions' founders, Greg and Margaret Mortimer, as well as the long list of Antarctic explorers and adventurers that came before, and after, them.

Over 18 days, travellers will sail from South America onboard the intimate, 54-passenger Polar Pioneer and explore the Antarctic Peninsula, landing ashore daily to walk amidst the snow-capped peaks and shorelines teeming with wildlife. In the magnificent wildlife paradise of South Georgia, travellers can expect to witness colonies of 500,000 king penguins, feisty fur seals and the wandering albatross – one of the largest seabirds on the planet.

Travellers on the '25 Year Anniversary' expedition will also receive a series of exclusive added extras such as a special onboard anniversary dinner, a limited-edition anniversary explorer patch, and commemorative book highlighting photographs and stories of Aurora from the past 25 years.

The expedition will be led by one of Aurora Expeditions' original expedition leaders, Dr Gary Miller, who has been travelling and leading expeditions to Antarctica for over 30 years. Gary will be joined by a top-notch team including naturalist, historian and polar specialists.

The '25 Year Anniversary' expedition to Antarctica & South Georgia will depart Ushuaia, Argentina on 27 December 2017, and finish in Santiago, Chile on 13 January 2017.


Aurora Expeditions have created a special '25 Year Anniversary' package offer for anyone wanting to join this exclusive expedition. The package is a fully-inclusive festive experience, featuring return international airfares to South America, a Christmas stopover in Buenos Areas including a Christmas Day tango show and dinner, and the 18-day anniversary expedition to Antarctica & South Georgia.

The 24-day package departs 23 December 2017 and starts from AU$24,900 per person, twin share.

For more information on Aurora Expeditions' '25 Year Anniversary' expedition or package offer call 1300 061 490, email or visit

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Christmas cruise with SeaDream to the Caribbean

IF you'll be in the United States or Canada in November of this year and have a few spare days up your sleeve, think about ducking down to the Caribbean and treating yourself to your best Christmas present ever – five days onboard the world's highest-rated boutique motor cruiser, SeaDream I at just a touch over one-third of the brochured price.

Beginning now from only US$2,279pp twin share compared with the brochured US$7,180pp lowest price, you'll sail from Marigot on St Martin in the French West Indies on November 20th, have an overnight onboard in Gustavia also in the FWI, and then enjoy balmy Caribbean days ashore at Sandy Ground in the British West Indies, South Friars Bay on St Kitts, Charlestown on Nevis, and back to Marigot.

With no more than 110 other guests indulged 5-star by 95 officers and crew, your hugely discounted price will include SeaDream's award-winning cuisine, premium wines, spirits and other drinks with meals and at the no-charge bars, power and sail water-sports, use of the golf simulator and fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and even staff and crew gratuities.

If this sounds like your best-ever early Christmas present, see your favourite travel agent or visit

ADDITIONAL PORT INFORMATION: MARIGOT is possibly the most French in spirit of all cities in the French West Indies, with colonial homes sitting side-by-side with cafés, bistros, pastry shops and boutiques that offer the latest in European designer fashions and jewellery – and better still, at both duty- and tax-free prices.

GUSTAVIA is perhaps SeaDream's "most treasured" destinations in the Caribbean, with exceptional beaches, restaurants, shopping and places to explore with SeaDream's free onboard loan bikes.

SANDY GROUND is the place to swim with the dolphins or bike ride around the island, while SOUTH FRIAR'S BAY offers swimming, snorkelling, body surfing or breasting the many beach bars and restaurants.

CHARLESTOWN is a favourite with regular SeaDreamers with its land tours and restaurants and bars.

[] SEADREAM slips through the idyllic islands of the Caribbean.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Windstar Cruises Launches Star Collector Voyages

#expeditioncruising .

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages.

In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once, guests also get to take advantage of travelling light for these epic journeys, as all Star Collector Voyages include free daily laundry service.

Star Collector Voyages combine some of Windstar’s most popular itineraries for a longer exploration of the region and feature overnights in port (like Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, for example), allowing guests to make the most of their trips.

“With dozens of sailings to choose from, and more to be announced for Europe 2018, we are thrilled to now offer an extensive collection of longer voyages designed for the person who wants to sail longer, get closer, and discover the world of Windstar 180 degrees from ordinary,” said Windstar President John Delaney.

Guests can cruise through multiple regions and cross the Atlantic on unforgettable journeys that cover numerous parts of the world on one of eight Star Collector Voyages:

Arabia & Ancient Spice Routes - Athens to Singapore - 34 Days: Embark from Athens on an odyssey of contrasts and retrace some of the oldest known sea routes in the world, experiencing the cuisine, culture, and landmarks of Egypt, Jordan, Oman, UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia.

The Grandeur of Southeast Asia - Singapore to Bangkok (or reverse) - 28 Days: Set sail on a journey of memorable contrasts to sample elegant cuisines and explore breathtaking UNESCO settings in Malaysia, Brunei, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. (There are two sail dates on this itinerary.)

Sailing Among Dragons: China & Japan - Singapore to Beijing (Tianjin) - 28 Days: Wander through ancient temples and cosmopolitan cities in this diverging adventure of old and new in Vietnam, China, and Japan.

The Best of China, Korea & Japan - Hong Kong to Tokyo (Yokohama) - 28 Days: An ideal choice for adventurous travellers seeking an array of excursion options, this journey from China to South Korea and Japan grants access to more than 17 exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Crossing to the Caribbean Saints - Lisbon to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) - 21 Days: Rekindle the romance of a classic ocean voyage with this transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal to tropical Bridgetown, Barbados. Once in the Caribbean, set a course among the southern island havens and highlights, with stops at some of the best beaches in the world, ending in St. Maarten.

Classic Caribbean Havens & Harbors - Philipsburg (St. Maarten) to Colón (Panama) - 14 Days: Cruise the southernmost and warmest waters of the Caribbean, stopping off in sun-drenched Aruba and exploring the untouched natural splendours in Colombia and Panama.

Caribbean Beaches & Costa Rican Cloudforests – Bridgetown (Barbados) to Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) - 14 Days: With time in the Southern Caribbean Islands, the charming remote white beaches and quaint village markets then give way to tropical jungles, the Panama Canal, and the Pacific Ocean, ending in Costa Rica.

Caribbean Explorations - Philipsburg to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) - 14 Days: Skip the usual Caribbean cruise stops and discover the small harbours, overlooked havens, and most remote secrets among the Leeward Islands, with the lesser-known charms of Barbuda, Soper’s Hole in Tortola, Gustavia in St. Barthélemy, St. Lucia’s Pigeon Island, and much more. (There are 14 sail dates on this itinerary.)

Bookings to be directed to your Travel Agent or Windstar Australia on 1300 749 875

Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly-announced Alaska, Canada, New England, Asia and Arabia.

The boutique cruise ships are known for an intimate private yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbours. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1242 passenger berths.

All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant yacht travel. The all-suite Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodation; while sailing ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surf serves 310 guests. The small ships cruise to quaint and popular ports in nearly 60 nations worldwide.

Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Coral Expeditions maritime themed Sydney to Hobart itinerary

#expeditioncruising .

Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise operator, launches a unique Sydney to Hobart maritime themed itinerary which sets sail with the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

This new itinerary will launch Coral Expeditions’ third season in Tasmania, and for the first time sees the Coral Discoverer, which underwent a significant refurbishment at the end of 2016, carry passengers across the channel from the Australian mainland to Tasmania.

Not only will guests get to enjoy the spectacle of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race at the start of the sailing, they will cruise alongside the yachts as they race along the scenic east coast, and arrive in to Hobart in time to witness the winners’ celebrations.

This maritime themed voyage welcomes Guest Lecturer John Longley on-board, who will give guests the insider perspective on the Yacht Race. Having participated in this prestigious race four times John has plenty of experiences to share.

John is an endless source of knowledge when it comes to ocean sailing, having also competed in five Americas Cups, three Admirals Cups, the Transatlantic race and many others. He also has many interesting stories to share on ship building as he was the Project Manager for the construction of the Endeavour replica. This ship is now on show at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, after John sailed around in the world in it.

As well as giving a series of lecturers John will join the expedition team in leading excursions to maritime attractions such as the Killer Whale Museum in Eden, the Davidson Whaling Station in Ben Boyd National Park, Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration and a visit to the Hobart Race Village for presentations.

The cruise will conclude with a New Year’s celebration to remember as Coral Expeditions’ guests will have a prime position overlooking the Derwent river for a spectacular fireworks display. Stepping off the ship the excitement continues as Coral Expeditions is offering guests a special promotion for the Taste of Tasmania festival, Tasmania’s iconic epicurean event, which runs from 28th December 2017 to the 3rd January 2018.

The itinerary also includes; cruising the scenic coastline from Jervis Bay to Twofold Bay, exploring Ben Boyd National Park, visiting the picturesque Maria Island, also home to the Darlington Settlement which is steeped in convict history, and taking to the dramatic sea cliffs of Tasmania’s east coast on the Fluted Cape Walk at Adventure Bay. The regular excursions are carried out on the Zodiacs and Explorer Tender which can be easily accessed from the main deck, and with a small group of guests on-board there are no queues or waiting around.

In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to weather conditions, ensuring that guests see the best parts of Australia’s south-east coast and Tasmania in the best possible conditions. This allows for an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies.

On-board the Coral Discoverer, which holds up to 72 passengers, guests can expect spacious cabins, the Bridge Deck Staterooms having private balconies, contemporary communal areas such as the sun deck and stylish Xplorer bar, modern Australian cuisine made with fresh local produce, and an expert all Australian crew.

Coral Expeditions’ Sydney to Hobart, itinerary departs on 26th December 2017 and finishes in Hobart on 1stJanuary 2018. Prices start from $4,180 per person.

To find out more, email, call +61 7 4040 9999 or visit

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Voyages to Antiquity Cuba and Jamaica 2018

#expeditioncruising .

Voyages to Antiquity has unveiled four new 13-14 day extended cruise-tours in Cuba and Jamaica as part of its 2018 program of sailings.

The classic liner, Aegean Odyssey, was built in Romania in 1973.
She was last overhauled and refitted in 2010.

The all-inclusive five-day land tour of Jamaica is added to the seven-day Highlights of Cuba sailing and includes visits to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Dunn’s River Falls, Port Antonio and the island’s capital, Kingston.

Guests will stay in five-star accommodation during the land tour, all meals and sightseeing excursions are included.

The seven-day highlights of Cuba sailing allow guests to visit Havana, Cienfuegos, Casilda and Santiago de Cuba on-board the cultural cruise line’s ship, Aegean Odyssey.

Guests will be joined on board by a Caribbean historian and archaeologist, the former ambassador to Cuba and a renowned author as part of the cruise lines’ carefully curated program of insightful guest speakers allowing guests to get under the skin of the cultural, historical and natural treasures of each port of call.

Further extended cruise-tours in Cuba and Jamaica depart on January 15th, February 23rd and February 26th next year.

Join SeaDream in Spain next May thru October


SEADREAM Yacht Club has responded to growing interest by regular guests to see more of Spain in 2018, with a program of ten captivating sailings to mainland ports and off-shore islands between next  May and October.

The twin mega motor-cruisers SeaDream I and SeaDream II will sail these five, seven, ten and eleven-day voyages out of Malaga and Barcelona, as well as Nice in France and Lisbon in Portugal, with daily ports of call that are some of Spain's most enticing.

It will be at these that SeaDream's guests will have the option of diving into the waters of some of Spain's finest beaches at places like Alicante and Marbella, to explore historic Roman ruins at Cartagena and some of the region's oldest cities such as Cadiz, and shop at luxury boutiques in Barcelona.

And by contrast stroll quiet and tucked-away villages on Ibiza or Mallorca (also known as Majorca) in the Balearic Islands, and experience the Mediterranean's outstanding dining and wining throughout, while catching first-hand how Europe's rich and famous enjoy summer holidaying at places like Puerto Banus with their exotic cars and million dollar boats along the town's beaches and waterfronts…

Prices for all sailings include SeaDream's award-winning 5-star cuisine, premium wines, spirits and other drinks with meals and at the no-charge bars, power and sail water-sports, use of the golf simulator and fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and even staff and crew gratuities.

Starting from US$3504pp twin-share for the 5-day sailing from Barcelona to Malaga on October 8 2018, they range up to US$7470pp twin-share for 11-days sailing Nice to Barcelona on July 21 2018.

SeaDream I and SeaDream II each carries a maximum 112 guests served by 95 officers and crew; for full details see travel agents, or visit

Photo caption:

[] THE SeaDream 'twins' tucked into port in Nice harbour; they'll sail four voyages into or out of Nice in 2018 as part of a 10-sailing program to Spanish ports between May and October next year. (supplied)

L’Austral’s circumnavigation of Australia. Offer.

#expeditioncruising #ponant

Unbelievable savings aboard L'Austral's adventure around Australia

Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is pleased to offer discerning travellers an exclusive 'buy one get the second half price' offer aboard L'Austral, one of Australia's only luxurious circumnavigation voyages.  Departing Sydney Harbour on 25th January 2018, guests can choose to explore our nation in depth with the full 40 night circumnavigation.  Alternatively, travellers also have the choice of two shorter voyages; 14 nights from Sydney to Fremantle or 26 nights from Fremantle to Sydney.

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

"This exceptional cruise has been specifically designed by Cruiseco and Ponant to capture the true Australia, by inviting guests to go off the beaten track and visit some of our nations more secluded ports.  Aboard L'Austral, travellers will sail in comfort with only 123 cabins available, whilst enjoying the breathtaking landscapes and sceneries.  We would encourage all guests who would like to discover the wonders of Australia to secure their places now, as with this new offer cabins will disappear quickly."

Highlights of this holiday experience include visiting;

  • Wineglass Bay, Tasmania for a guided walk to the lookout;
  • Port Campbell, Victoria where guests can explore the 12 Apostles via various optional excursions;
  • Port Lincoln, South Australia for a stroll around the beautiful township or take advantage of one of the optional adventurous excursions;
  • Turquoise Bay, Western Australia known as one of Western Australia's best beaches guests can swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters;
  • Yirrkala, Northern Territory where guests will enjoy a Welcome to Country ceremony, traditional demonstrations and visit to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Gallery to meet the artists; and
  • Lizard Island, Queensland located on the Great Barrier Reef guests can enjoy 24 white sandy beaches and coral reefs through swimming, snorkelling or guided walks.

As a feature of the itinerary, guests can expect to be accompanied by a specialist expedition crew including experts in the fields of botany, marine biology, history and photography to offer insights into the culture, heritage and landscapes of each port.

"Our optional overland excursions enable guests to amplify their Australian experience.  Travellers will discover local regions, indulge in food and wine and are guaranteed to learn about the cities and towns for an unforgettable holiday," added Clarke.

Prices for the 40 night circumnavigation departing 25th January 2018, start from AUD$29,900* for the first passenger, and AUD$14,950* for the second passenger, based on twin share or double occupancy in a Deluxe Stateroom.

Prices for the 14 night Sydney to Fremantle cruise, departing 25th January 2018, start from AUD$11,630* for the first passenger, and AUD$5,815* for the second passenger, based on twin share or double occupancy in a Deluxe Stateroom.

Prices for the 26 night Fremantle to Sydney cruise departing on 8th February 2018, starts from AUD$19,435* for the first passenger and AUD$9,718* for the second passenger, based on twin share or double occupancy in a Deluxe Stateroom.

Fares include: all meals onboard, including 24-hour room service; beverages – house wines, beers, sparkling wine, non-premium spirits; and a specialist expedition crew, and zodiac tours.

For additional itinerary options or to book whilst cabins are still available, visit or call (02) 9492 8520.

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

Monday, 10 July 2017

Ocean Atlantic renovated for Antarctic Cruising Season

Australians have more reasons than ever to get excited about the upcoming Antarctic cruising season with one of Antarctica's most iconic expedition cruise ships, the Ocean Atlantic*, revealing a brand new look after recently undergoing a full-scale refurbishment.

On top of featuring a range of brand new cabins, the overhaul included the transformation of all cabins, designed to provide guests with comfortable and stylish surroundings when cruising Antarctic waters.

Also renovated were the ship's common areas such as the restaurant, Veranda bar, and the lecture hall.

A relatively small ship with a capacity of 195 passengers, the Ocean Atlantic allows travellers to sail close to the shore and access narrow inlets enabling travellers to see the most untouched corners of the White Continent. As an ice-class vessel, the ship is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica.

"We're so pleased to see one of our favourite Antarctica vessels bring guest experience to new heights" said Greg Carter, co-founder of Polar Specialist Chimu Adventures.

"Cruising the glacier landscapes of this ultimate bucket list destination is an already largely inspiring experience in itself but these new improvements will really add that additional amount extra spark."

Super Early Bird Discounts of up to 35% can currently be enjoyed when booking Chimu's 10-day Discover Antarctica (now from AU$ 8,075* twin) on board the Ocean Atlantic. An exclusive Chimu charter, this voyage takes in the best of wildlife and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula whilst being joined by special guest Campbell Remess, the 13-year old charitable teddybearmaker from Tasmania who has made a name for himself for his acts of kindness, making teddy bears every day and gifting them to sick and needy children across the globe.

For more information, visit

Chimu Adventures
Suite 101 / 308 Pacific Highway
Crows Nest, NSW, 2065
Ph: (02) 9458 1213

* Editor's note: Ocean Atlantic (IMO 8325432) was built in Poland in 1986 as a 140m 12800GT Roll On / Roll Off passenger ferry christened Konstantin Chernenko. 2017 marks her full conversion to expedition duties. Bureau Veritas: Ice Class 1B