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Thursday, 21 June 2018

PONANT takes delivery of Le Lapérouse

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PONANT, the global leader in luxury expeditions and the only French cruise line, is pleased to announce the arrival of its new vessel, Le Lapérouse, the first of the six EXPLORERS-class ships.

On 15 June, as per the agreed construction schedule, PONANT successfully took delivery of Le Lapérouse, the brand-new vessel and the first of the six exceptional PONANT EXPLORERS series. Construction of the other five ships is currently underway. Le Lapérouse left the shipyard in Ålesund, Norway, on 16 June. The ship will reach Reykjavik in Iceland on 19 June for the start of her maiden cruise. The inauguration will take place on 10 July in Reykjavik.

“Le Lapérouse is a wonderful achievement for the company and the result of intensive teamwork with Vard and Fincantieri. From remarkable nautical performances to technical excellence and offering an extraordinary level of comfort, everything is in place for the PONANT EXPLORERS series to be a huge success,” says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Co-Founder of PONANT.

Of a smaller capacity with just 92 staterooms and suites all with a balcony or private terrace, the ship boasts an elegant design, a long sleek line, state-of-the-art technology and major innovations. Also designed to respect the environment, Le Lapérouse is the true symbol of a new generation of ships flying the French flag.

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


Aurora Expeditions announces farewell season of Polar Pioneer ahead of Greg Mortimer launch

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Book now to save up to $3,000 per person onboard final 2018/19 polar season


Aurora Expeditions, Australia's leading expedition cruising company, has announced the farewell season for its beloved expedition vessel the Polar Pioneer – which is set to make its final voyage in the 2018/19 Antarctic and the 2019 Arctic season.

The announcement comes as Aurora Expeditions prepares to enter a new chapter in its proud history with the launch of the new world-class expedition ship 'Greg Mortimer' and its inaugural 2019/2020 polar season.

Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, the small and nimble Polar Pioneer was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the polar regions. Since then, the 54-passenger ship has been instrumental in pioneering small group expedition travel to the heart of nature for thousands likeminded expeditioners.

Polar Pioneer has been a home away from home for Aurora's expedition team for many years, and of course the heart and soul of every expedition. A warm, safe, welcoming environment and refuge for expeditioners, the ship has also been the place where lifelong friendships have been forged, and even the occasional proposal!

Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions, said that the decision to farewell the Polar Pioneer was bittersweet but necessary as the company welcomes the future:

"For more than 25 years we've been driven by the passion to explore, and we've always chosen the best ships to do so. We are excited for our future and the launch of Greg Mortimer which, with its patented Ulstein X-Bow allowing for smoother, faster and more environmentally friendly sailings has been purpose built for adventure, and will redefine expedition cruising while continuing to provide the authentic, small group adventures that we are known for.

"However, we will never forget our humble origins, as it is those early days of audacious pioneering, of pushing the boundaries and taking expeditioners just a little outside their comfort zone that made Aurora Expeditions what it is today," he continued.

Halfpenny encourages travellers to get in quick as the final season for Polar Pioneer is expected to sell out fast.

For a limited time, travellers can save up to $3,000 per person when booking on Polar Pioneer's 2018/19 Antarctica or 2019 Arctic & 2019 Scotland departures.

For further details or to reserve the opportunity to farewell Polar Pioneer visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/farewell-polar-pioneer or call 1800 637688

New small ship for Svalbard

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Polar specialist, Swoop Arctic, is delighted to announce that there will be a new, small ship available this summer for passengers wishing to take a more comfortable, intimate expedition cruise around the Svalbard Archipelago.

Originally a Norwegian weather ship, M/V Polarfront (IMO: 7608708) has been completely renovated to the highest standards, and now offers accommodation for a maximum of 12 guests in nine double cabins, all with ensuite facilities.

Considered to be one of the finest small vessels operating in the Arctic, other features of Polarfront include a spacious lounge, library, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. There is also ample deck space for wildlife viewing, together with an easily accessible crow’s nest, ideal for taking panoramic shots of the glorious surroundings. Plus, at the end of a day of sightseeing, expedition landings and scouting for wildlife, the most delicious gourmet meals, prepared by a French chef, will be served in the dining room, accompanied by a large selection of fine wines.

In addition, comfort and sophistication combine with safety, stability and maneuverability, which will enable the ship to access inlets and fjords into which larger vessels would not be able to venture.

M/V Polarfront will operate out of Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen, gateway to the Norwegian High Arctic. Travellers flock to this breathtakingly scenic location, with its towering fjords, glaciers and snow-capped mountains, in search of polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes, puffins and whales.

The month of July, with its long days and warmer weather, is an ideal time to view the region’s plentiful wildlife.

Departure date: June 2018 (sold out) & 4-14 July 2019.

Prices from Euros 9950 per person for a 10-night cruise based on two passengers sharing a Polarfront Suite with an early booking incentive of Euros 500 per person for the first three suites booked. Accommodation and all meals on board are included, as well as non-alcoholic drinks and excursions on one of two mark V zodiac boats.

Comments Alex Mudd, General Manager, Polar Adventures, Swoop Arctic: “There is currently a limit to the choice of small vessels offering quality expedition cruising around Svalbard. The addition of the M/V Polarfront is, therefore, very welcome, particularly as it offers extremely high levels of customer service, courtesy of an experienced and knowledgeable team of Scandinavian staff and guides.”

For more information on expedition cruises to Svalbard, visit https://www.swoop-arctic.com or telephone 0117 369 0296

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Kimberley cruise from Christian Fellowship Tours

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Outback cruising with purpose

Towering waterfalls, rugged Outback landscapes, ancient Aboriginal art and abundant wildlife. Discover the remarkable Kimberley Coast on the Christian Fellowship Tours (CFT) cruise of the West Australia area in August.

Tour passengers will see the most recognisable natural and manmade attractions of the Kimberley Coast during 10 escorted, unforgettable days cruising between Darwin and Broome.

In the north, discover the majestic King George River with its towering 80m twin falls and the mysterious Bradshaw paintings of Bigge Island.

Explore the Mitchell plateau and cruise the Kimberley's ``big'' rivers before experiencing beautiful King Cascades, remarkable Montgomery Reef and the amazing natural phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls in the south.

With two landings most days by the unique ``Explore'' excursion vessel or inflatable zodiacs, passengers will have more opportunities to fully immerse in the spectacular setting.

Each evening, passengers will retire to comfortable accommodation with private facilities after dining together.

The tour will include a Christian tour leader throughout the entire trip, daily devotions and Sunday worship, a 10-day cruise, accommodation, most meals, airfare and transfers.

CFT managing Jason Cronshaw, who will lead the tour, said: ``Exploring the remarkable Kimberley Coast by small ship helps you grasp the majesty of the landscape and the awesomeness of our Creator's handiwork by being amongst it.

``It's such a privilege to walk across the salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during World War II and visit secluded spots not many other people get to see.''

More than a leisure cruise, the Kimberley Coastal Cruise will be an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and landscapes of each location visited through onboard commentary, presentations and briefings.

Past travellers have come from varied backgrounds and churches, yet enjoyed the shared experience of travelling with like-minded people.

One said they appreciated the care and support they received on tour, while another enjoyed the bond they formed with fellow travellers.

``The drivers and tour leaders are always helpful especially for those who have physical or other issues or who travel alone.''

Others also commented that travelling with CFT was an excellent way for single people, especially women, to explore the world in a safe group where they could make new friends.

Travellers on the Kimberley Coastal Cruise tour will have the opportunity to worship together on board the ship on Sunday and take part in the daily devotions for which CFT has become renowned.

The Kimberley Coastal Cruise tour departs from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane on August 1 and returns August 14.

Bookings and information: christianfellowshiptours.com or 1300 635 358.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Royal Caribbean buys majority stake in Silversea Cruises

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PURCHASE OF 67 PERCENT STAKE WILL PROPEL THE GROWTH OF THE LEADING LUXURY AND EXPEDITION CRUISE BRAND

“CROWN JEWEL” PARTNERSHIP STRENGTHENS SILVERSEA FUTURE AND RCL BRAND LINEUP

Silversea leaders stay on to guide strategy; significant synergies expected

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL) and Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio today announced an agreement for RCL to acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises, bringing together two companies with bold, long-term visions for the cruise industry.

Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will acquire a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately $2 billion. The purchase price of the equity being acquired is approximately $1 billion. RCL plans to finance the purchase through debt. In addition, Lefebvre will qualify for an estimated contingent consideration of approximately 472,000 RCL shares, payable upon achievement of certain 2019-2020 performance metrics.

“Silversea is a crown jewel, and the acknowledged leader in luxury and expedition cruising, two key markets that are poised for growth,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Uniting our two companies presents an extraordinary opportunity to expand vacation options for guests and create revenue in strategic growth areas.”

Fain added: “We are proud to welcome aboard Manfredi Lefebvre, a visionary leader whose high standards and history of innovation we deeply respect. Manfredi will remain Executive Chairman of Silversea, continuing to lead its strategy long term.”

“This partnership will bolster the growth of this exceptional brand founded by my father," said Lefebvre. “I have always been kindred spirits with Richard and we share a vision of offering excellence and leadership to our guests. This new partnership gives Silversea the opportunity to accelerate the growth of the most successful luxury and expedition cruising brand in the world.” The strategic rationale for the partnership includes:
  • Driving long-term capacity growth in the burgeoning luxury and expedition segments at a much larger scale than what Silversea would achieve independently;
  • Diversifying Royal Caribbean's portfolio and increasing its expedition offerings by adding a premiere ultra-luxury brand;
  • Leveraging the global footprint of the combined companies to generate demand and increase vacation and destination options for the guests of both companies;
  • Realizing significant synergies related to global market access, supply chain, purchasing power and other economies of scale.
Lefebvre said he is confident that the significant investment stake he is retaining will sizably increase its value through the growth this long-term partnership will enable.

Lefebvre and Fain also confirmed that Silversea's CEO Roberto Martinoli will continue in his role, working with the existing Silversea management team.




Silversea, with its intimate, all-suite ships, full spectrum of global cruise offerings sailing to more than 1000 global destinations, and unique luxury expedition vessels, adds a pioneering ultra-luxury brand to RCL’s industry-leading brand lineup. RCL's largest brand, Royal Caribbean International, is a contemporary brand focused on adventure-seeking families, Celebrity Cruises is a premium brand providing a modern luxury experience to discerning global travelers, and Azamara Club Cruises is a destination immersive brand offering luxury voyages to unique ports. The company also operates the regional TUI Cruises and Pullmantur brands as part of long-term joint ventures.

The closing is expected to be completed later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Regarding 2018, Royal Caribbean reconfirmed its latest adjusted EPS guidance of $8.70 to $8.90 per share. This updated guidance does not include any potential impact from the transaction, although RCL does not expect the transaction to materially impact near-term adjusted earnings per share.

Operationally, the company’s forecast for the third and fourth quarters has remained unchanged, but increases in the market price of fuel and the strength of the dollar are expected to cost the company roughly 25 cents per share. Fortunately, strong close-in demand for core products and better than expected performance below the line is expected to drive improved results for the second quarter. These improved results are expected to completely offset the impact of the FX and fuel headwinds in the second half of the year, which allows the company to maintain its guidance for 2018.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

SeaDream Christmas cruise


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SeaDream Yacht Club has a week-long sailing in December of this year that not only embraces one of its most popular Caribbean itineraries, it also includes Christmas Day at one of the best marinas in the islands, and a same-day visit to another island that was owned by an 18th century pirate whose brother had a wooden leg – and consequently the reputed inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and its Long John Silver.

SeaDream II that has just 56 staterooms and a crew of 95 officers and crew, sails on December 20th from historic San Juan with its narrow 16th-century cobblestoned shopping streets, and has next day at St John Island that's a national park and "the most virgin of the Virgin Islands."

Another half dozen or so islands to follow include some with the finest beaches in the Caribbean and opportunities to use the yacht's watercraft, Marigot that's the region's most French in spirit with its cafés, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and Gustavia in the French West Indies that SeaDream calls "it's most treasured destination in the Caribbean."

And on Christmas Day morning there'll be Soper's Hole on Tortola Island for an optional 4WD safari or a swim with the dolphins, Norman Island on Christmas Day afternoon with its pirates and Treasure Island connections, Christmas Day night at Jost van Dyke Island, and Boxing Day still at Jost van Dyke with the opportunity for swimming, walking and a chance to try out its famed "Painkiller" at the legendary Soggy Dollar Bar.

Plus Christmas Day dining aboard SeaDream II will be a grand slap-up affair – last year, for example, featuring turkey and all the trimmings.

This year's sailing will end back in San Juan on December 27th; price starts from US$5091pp twin-share which includes SeaDream's award-winning cuisine, drinks with meals and from the bars, power and sail water-sports, use of SeaDream's onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and even crew gratuities.

To book see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com


[] SEADREAM II's guests on this year's Christmas sailing will enjoy days ashore at balmy Caribbean islands like this.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Oceanwide launches World’s First Polar Class 6 Cruise Vessel



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World’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise launched
today in Croatia (Photo credit: Oceanwide Expeditions)

The world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise vessel was successfully launched today at Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.

Brodosplit has been building the polar expedition cruise vessel M/V Hondius for Oceanwide Expeditions, and on Saturday it was launched into the sea at the shipyard in the Dalmatian city of Split.



(Photo credit: Oceanwide Expeditions)

The polar expedition cruise ship is 107.6 m long and 17.6 m wide. It has 85 high hotel standard cabins which will be able to accommodate 196 passengers and will be powered by two engines with a total output of 4200 kW. It will be able to reach speeds of 15 knots.

Planned for launch in March 2019, Hondius is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise vessel and features the latest green technology, meaning maximum impact for the consumer and minimal impact for Antarctica and the Arctic.

How the ship will look once the fitting is complete (Polar Expeditions Inc)

“Hondius is now in her element, the sea. She was successfully launched today at Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia in presence of Oceanwide’s shareholder and owner Wijnand van Gessel, COO Mark van der Hulst and colleagues of the ship’s operations team. She will now be berthed alongside to enter the next phase, the outfitting. We are all thrilled with how she looks and can’t wait to get her out for sea trials,” Oceanwide Expeditions said.


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Silversea celebrates 10 years in expedition cruising

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On 3 June, 2018, Silversea Expeditions proudly celebrated 10 years of luxurious expedition cruising, marking the occasion with a two-day gala voyage between London and Dublin. On this momentous day, the ultra-luxury Silver Cloud departed London’s Tower Bridge amid great elation to honour Silversea Expeditions’ very first voyage, which sailed under Tower Bridge for Svalbard a decade ago to the day.

In a nod to the company's continued focus on innovation, Silver Cloud, which was the first vessel in Silversea’s fleet and was reimagined as an elegant ice-class expedition ship in late 2017, crossed paths with Silver Spirit - Silversea’s recently lengthened and renovated ship - in Greenwich, London.

UnCruise Announces 2019 Alaska Cruise Schedule

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Spring cruising begins in early April

UnCruise Adventures released its schedule of Alaska cruises for 2019 and opens the Alaska cruise season earlier with its first adventure cruise departing on April 6. Seven small ships sail 142 departures on 11 itineraries with a new Alaska's Glacier Country itinerary sailing roundtrip from Juneau.

From April through September, boutique yachts and expedition ships sail adventure cruises lasting one to two weeks from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Ships carry 22 to 90 guests.

In spring 2019, UnCruise will feature 24 Alaska Awakening departures in April and May and will begin spring sailings the earliest in company history. Alaska Awakening highlights the benefits of spring and encourages visiting Southeast Alaska during the driest months of the year. On every Alaska Awakening departure, an Alaska Awakening Insider theme host will share their intimate knowledge of the land with guests.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Russia’s Ring of Fire - Kuril Islands - with World Expeditions

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New itinerary spends a week at the notoriously-difficult-to-reach Kuril Islands

On foot or by boat? One of the last unexplored places on Earth, Kamchatka promises the trip of a lifetime



The Russian Far East remains one of the last unexplored places on Earth – so if you are looking to leave the world behind, you can choose one of the following three trips that visit the remote Kuril Islands, one of the most difficult places to reach on Earth.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Motor Vs Sailing - How to Decide Which Yacht Is Right for You

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Sailing lore always romanticised travelling by sea with images of perfectly blue water, gentle winds, and nothing but possibilities ahead. Whether in film or literature, sailing is always depicted as man either confronting nature or being freed by it. In reality, though, all experiences are not the same, and the type of vessel you choose can definitely impact your adventures at sea.

Typically, when shopping for a yacht, you can choose from a motor or a sailing yacht. It’s important to be aware that one is not necessarily better than the other, but each has different features, advantages and uses. Choosing which type of vessel is best is going to be determined by personal choice, the type of journeys you are going to be embarking on and what you will be doing while on the water.

Continue reading below to learn more about the differences between motor and sailing so you can make the right decision for you.

Manoeuvrability

In terms of the way each vessel sails, your choice will depend largely on the function of the vessel. Many motor yachts for sale have at least one diesel engine that powers propellers and other onboard electronics. Because they are generated by engines, owners will feel the power of the vessel as it moves through the water. Additionally, a motor powered yacht will need fewer people to operate, meaning you don’t need to look for or hire a crew.

On the other hand, sailing yachts generally require an experienced crew to handle rigging, manning the sails and to work together to safely maneuver the boat through the water. When a crew is working together like a well-oiled machine, all pulling in the same direction, it’s a great feeling for all involved. And as these vessels tend to move through the water quietly, sailing tends to be a more relaxed and peaceful experience.

Navigation and Communication Systems

When it comes to navigation and communication systems, motor yachts have the jump on sailing yachts. Motor yachts have a panoramic 360o view, as opposed to sailing yachts where the view is obstructed by the rig, the mast and, of course, the sails.

Furthermore, even though you can mount lightweight antennas that work over longer distances with sailing yachts, motorised ones support larger dishes with reception over more expansive areas. However, to compensate, sailing yachts can be affixed with antennas that can be mounted higher, but choosing quality cable is important in terms of receiving a clear signal.

Purpose

Motor yachts have more space, in addition to onboard electronic features. For this reason, these vessels tend to be for people who want to hold events such as parties or charters. Additionally, motor yachts tend to be outfitted with more amenities and cabin space with some of them containing hot tubs and even discos!

Finally, because of their speed, they allow you to travel greater distances quicker than sailing yachts. Conversely, sailing yachts are smaller in terms of the amount of space available and are designed more for people who want to just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.

Budget

In terms of expense, it’s a mixed bag, as there are so many different variables to take into account. In addition to the cost of purchasing your boat, you need to give due consideration to other costs such as maintenance, insurance and mooring. Running costs like fuel will need to be taken into account with a motorised vessel also.

When it comes to sailing yachts, there are usually a lot more expenses you are likely to incur after the initial sale. Just like a motor vessel, you will have to pay for maintenance, insurance and berthing. However, with a sailing yacht, you need to put some money aside for rigging and sails to ensure that you are able to get from A to B efficiently and safely. This cost will vary greatly depending on the condition of the sails and the rig when you buy your boat, so it’s important to pay close attention to this when you’re shopping for a sailing yacht.

Making the Right Choice
Both options require a certain amount of consideration. Motor yachts might be more appropriate for those who desire the feeling of exhilaration of powering through any body of water. Conversely, for those who want to frolic on the sea while listening to the waves gently lap the boat, a sailing yacht might be sufficient. When looking for a yacht, your choice depends on what makes sailing your personal paradise and how you want to enjoy your time on the water going forward.




Second Hurtigruten newbuild delayed

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The debut of the Fridtjof Nansen, the second new expedition cruise ship from Hurtigruten, has been pushed back, a representative of the cruise line tells Travel Agent. The change in schedule is due to the delay of the ship’s sibling vessel, the Roald Amundsen, which the expedition cruise line reported back in February.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Ponant returns to Cuba

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Ponant has announced its return to Cuba for a second season with a sailing scheduled to run from January 25 to February 3, 2019.



Guests who book early can save up to 30 percent resulting in fares that start at $7,980 per person and include airfare from Miami as well as two pre-cruise nights in Havana at a hotel.

Monday, 28 May 2018

PONANT's Le Laperouse successfully completes sea trials

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Le Lapérouse, the first ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, runs through her first sea trials successfully in Norway this month while the construction of the other five expedition vessels in the latest-generation series is under way.

On 18 May, Le Lapérouse, the first ship in the new PONANT EXPLORERS series, successfully conducted her sea trials at the Vard Shipyard in Ålesund, a subsidiary of Fincantieri, a world leader in cruise ship construction. The tests, part of the last stage of construction, is also the first opportunity to reveal the new ship and enjoy the elegant lines of PONANT's latest-generation series.

"These sea trials are a real success for the company. Remarkable nautical performances, technical excellence, a high standard of comfort, everything is in place for the PONANT EXPLORERS series to be a real triumph" says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of PONANT.

The first cruises on board Le Lapérouse start from Iceland in June 2018. The ship will then cruise the Mediterranean, then head via the Indian Ocean and Asia to Australia for her first season of expedition voyages to New Zealand's Sub Antarctic Islands (February 2019), Melanesia and Australia's Kimberley region (May to August 2019).

The construction of the five other ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series is well under way. The steel-cutting ceremony for the 5th and 6th vessels, Le Bellot and Le Surville, scheduled for delivery in 2020, took place on 4 April in Romania. More recently, Le Champlain reached Norway on 27 April to complete the final phases of her construction. The inaugural cruise will take place on 25 October in Honfleur, France.

The construction of Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d' Urville progresses on the Vard shipyard in Tulcea in Romania; the ships are scheduled for delivery in 2019.

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Pandaw India river cruise debut




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Pandaw has announced the launch of an India river expedition that will take guests on an epic journey along The Lower Ganges, aboard the stately, "Orient Pandaw".

The seven-night, "The Lower Ganges" sailing from Kolkata to Farraka and vice versa, will debut on 23 December 2018 and will offer weekly departures until the end of April 2019. It will re-commence in July 2019 through to April 2020.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Lindblad Expeditions free imaging conference NYC - Register now.

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FREE Imaging Conference in NYC — 4 days of photography!

Take your craft to the next level. 


Highlights include:
  • Presentations by Award-winning National Geographic photographers
  • Portfolio reviews, technique critiques and learning sessions
  • Tradeshow with top vendors sharing the latest imaging tech
  • Photo walk, sunset cruise, dinner & cocktail reception & much more!
Can't make it? The first two days sessions will be streamed online, but you'll have to be there in person for the rest. We expect considerable interest, so reserve your space now.

Expedition cruise industry addresses plastic waste

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Following pressure by concerned travellers, the industry is moving - albeit slowly - to address the issue of plastic waste.

Small ship cruise companies are at the forefront of this newly-waged "war on plastic".

Hurtigruten will remove everything from plastic straws and cups, coffee lids and plastic bags from all of its ships by July 2, 2018—and the company has the goal of becoming the world’s first plastic-free shipping company.

“At Hurtigruten, we have focused on the problem with plastic pollution for years,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “There is a lot of talk about the impact plastic has on our oceans. But it’s time to take action. By getting rid of single-use plastic on board all ships already by this summer, we will hopefully get others to follow. It is possible to act now, and the oceans do not deserve more hesitation.”

As part of its commitment to sustainable tourism, Peregrine Adventures, already a carbon-neutral travel company, recently announced it will ban all single-use plastics (such as straws, cups, and water bottles) onboard its adventure cruising charter trips, providing passengers with reusable cloth bags and refillable water bottles.

Back in 2009, Silversea Cruises installed water filtration systems onboard its ships and, now, suite attendants refill glass carafes in each stateroom with the filtered water instead of restocking with single-use plastic water bottles. The company estimates that it has eliminated the need for about 400,000 disposable water bottles per year.

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is taking an even more in-depth approach to ridding the oceans of harmful plastics. The organization has hired a seasoned polar tourism professional, Sarah Auffret, to combat marine plastic.

“Marine litter is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time,” said Frigg Jorgensen.

“An opportunity for the Arctic expedition cruise industry to involve presented itself when AECO received an invitation from Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, to join the Clean Seas Campaign,” Jorgensen added. “AECO highly supports UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign and will be taking actions to beat plastic pollution. Now, our commitment has been given additional momentum by the fact that we have been able to secure external funding to further develop our Clean Seas initiatives.”

Auffret has a background as a G Adventure expedition leader on cruises in Svalbard, East Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula and as base leader of Port Lockroy.

The Adventure Travel Trade Association is also committed to reducing plastic waste and is taking a leading role in reducing the use of single-use plastic water bottles within the adventure travel industry. The organization is currently collecting data, creating education, generating awareness and collaborating with industry partners to create solutions for this growing problem.

Sources include: Travel Pulse


One Ocean Expeditions to Costa Rica in 2019

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Expedition cruise specialist takes photography to the heart of its innovative Central America cruise programming

Expedition cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), recognised for its comprehensive educational programming, expands its photography program to non-polar destinations in spring 2019, starting with Costa Rica.

Home to 6% of the entire world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica is every photographer’s dream. OOE’s Photographer-in-Residence, Jeff Topham, compares the sheer volume of Costa Rica’s stunning backdrop of wildlife and nature to that of Antarctica.

Photography has always been a focus of OOE in all the destinations offered. On every departure, a photographer-in-residence is on board to assist guests and enhance their photographic skills, goals and overall cruise experience. They help capture the complexity of the landscapes, wildlife and natural beauty of sites in the best possible light.

Jeff Topham says “Photographically, Costa Rica is a dream location for amateur and professional photographers alike. It's comparable to Antarctica - except instead of all the ice, penguins and sub-zero temperatures, it has endless beaches, mystical rainforests, stunning sunsets, sunrises and wildlife that’s like something out of a zoology textbook. So truthfully, the idea of sailing and shooting there and joining One Ocean Expeditions’ team of experts in the comfort of the new RCGS Resolute, is just incredible! I’m thrilled to see the company venturing into amazing non-polar destinations. Their guests are in for a treat!”

The small Central American country has over 840 identified species of bird and more than a quarter of the country is protected national park land, making OOE’s 9-night voyage the perfect backdrop for a photography vacation. The itinerary features exotic rainforests, white sand beaches, tangled mangroves and coral reefs, as local guides showcase some of the world’s most diverse wildlife, from howler monkeys to scarlet macaws and endemic species not found anywhere else on earth.

RCGS Resolute will head to Central America in April 2019. The vessel provides the highest standard of expedition cruise accommodation to just 146 passengers, with an impressive staff to guest ratio of 1:4. Facilities include a wellness centre, yoga sessions, gymnasium and saltwater pool, plus panoramic outdoor viewing decks and an enhanced adventure concierge service, ensuring that every guest has the most personal, tailored experience possible. Guests have access to stand-up paddle boards, sea kayaks, snorkels and Zodiac excursions, plus the cruise specialist’s trademark guides who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every voyage.

Central America Adventure - Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (23 April – 2 May 2019) Prices start from US$3,995 in triple shared cabin and from US$5,295pp in twin cabin, both with en-suite.

For more information about One Ocean Expeditions: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com

For more information about the Central America Voyages: http://oneoceanexpeditions.com/central-america

Lindblad Patagonia Offer: Save $1000pp

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WHAT: Lindblad Expeditions is prompting travellers to continue their 2018 adventure with savings of $1,000 per person on the 18-day 17N Epic Patagonia: Fjords, Peaks and Forests itinerary. Travellers will also receive free selected charter flights and complimentary bar and gratuities.

Patagonia is the essence of wilderness due to its remoteness and maze of channels and islands. From the “land of fire,” Tierra del Fuego, to the jagged spires of Torres del Paine National Park, experience Patagonia at close range aboard National Geographic Explorer.

INCLUSIONS: One-night hotel accommodation, sixteen nights cruising aboard the National Geographic Explorer, meals as indicated, excursions, services of LindbladExpeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff, expert guides, use of kayaks, entrance fees, port charges and service taxes.

PRICE: Now $23,220 per person.

WHEN: For departure date 7 October 2018 for bookings made until 31 July 2018.

WHERE: For full terms and conditions, please visit www.adventureworld.com or call 1300 363 055.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Adventure World Travel's first dedicated Ocean Expeditions brochure.


Experts in tailor-made holidays, Adventure World Travel, has launched its first dedicated Ocean Expeditions 2018-19 brochure.

The brochure features Adventure World's handpicked selection of the best ocean expeditions from magnificent tall ship experiences with Star Clippers, to magical wildlife encounters with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic venturing through Alaska, the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos and Patagonia.

A highlight in the collection is the 22-day Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands expedition with Lindblad, where travellers can take advantage of the daylight exploring the Antarctic Peninsula or spend four days observing the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia Island, discovering The Falklands and its albatross colony.

Over in Hawaii, travellers can explore wildlife-rich waters on a seven-night journey with UnCruise Adventures. The island chain of Hawaii forms the largest marine sanctuary in the world, and travellers can spend exhilarating days of kayaking and watching humpback whales in their natural habitat.

The expeditions invite visitors to experience first-hand some of the most remote and beautiful pockets of the world with the added bonus of five-star comfort, exquisite cuisine, plus the chance to enjoy up-close-and-personal wildlife experiences which larger ships simply can't deliver.

Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel Managing Director commented: "It was only a matter of time before we released a brochure dedicated to our ocean expeditions collection. We know travel agents love presenting their clients with the opportunity to explore some of the world's most extraordinary destinations and pristine coastlines from our fleet of expeditions ships, and our first-ever Ocean Expeditions brochure does exactly that."

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



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Huge savings on Intrepid sailings: Galapagos and Zanzibar



Intrepid Travel is offering up to 40 per cent off select sailing trips to the Galapagos Islands if travellers book before 15 June 2018, and up to 30 per cent off Zanzibar sailing trips booked before 31 July 2018.

Famed for its wildlife, the seven day Galapagos Northern Islands adventure was $4,209 and is now $2,589 per adult in a twin share room for the 14 and 28 June 2018 departures. There are also discounts on itineraries departing from July to September. Travellers will learn about the island's history at the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre, wander through the Opuntia Forest and visit seabird rookeries on Genovesa. They'll also snorkel amongst turtles and diamond stingrays off Darwin Beach, inspect the unique flora of Bahia Sullivan and stroll along Isla Rabida's rust-coloured sands.

The ten day Ultimate Galapagos Central Islands departing on 12 June 2018 was $6,689 and is now $4,077 per adult in a lower deck twin bunk room. This trip combines off-the-beaten track gems with iconic sights like the Pinnacle Rock. Travellers will enjoy minimal contact with other travellers as they traverse the remote west coast of Isabela on a small Panga boat, and venture to the far-west Fernandino, home of the highest density of marine iguanas.

For those with less time, the 19 June departure Galapagos at a Glance Southern Islands was $3,479 and is now $2,151 per adult in a lower deck twin bunk room. Travellers will spy pink flamingos wading through the lagoons of Punta Cormorant, snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil's Crown and watch albatross take off along Punta Suarez.

Three June departures of the seven day Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure were $2,265 and are now $1,586 per adult in a twin share room. The adventure explores some of the 40 islands which make up the Zanzibar archipelago, with guests enjoying visits to local fishing villages, snorkelling among coral reefs and hiking through the Ngezi Rainforest. Travellers can choose to relax on deck, dive into crystal-clear waters, cast a line overboard and savour a BBQ dinner of freshly caught fish while watching a magnificent sunset. Late June and July departures are also on sale starting from $1,649.

Intrepid sailing trips include all meals onboard, tea, coffee, water, beach towels and snorkelling equipment. As part of Intrepid's commitment to responsible travel practices, all trips are carbon offset and staff live and work in local areas, meaning they benefit from each trip.

For more information visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au

Monday, 14 May 2018

Galapagos Islands cruising: local flights included

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To celebrate the expansion of their Galapagos Islands cruising portfolio, Australia's Expedition Cruise Specialists is offering free return flights from the South American mainland to the Islands on selected 2018/19 cruising expeditions.

The flights, valued at up to USD $498 per person, are available on five and seven day sailings aboard three of the finest vessels cruising the archipelago, Metropolitan Touring's 90-passenger Santa Cruz II, the intimate yacht La Pinta and the 40-passenger Isabela II.

Travellers can take advantage of the free economy-class flights from either Ecuador's capital Quito or Guayaquil when they book before 30 June 2018, on cruises departing before 28 February 2019 (excludes Christmas and New Year cruise dates).

According to Andrew Castles, General Manager at Expedition Cruise Specialists, the Galapagos Islands rank among the world's most extraordinary wildlife destinations and are 'quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for expedition cruisers'.

Highlights of the expedition cruises include the opportunity for travellers to get up close and personal with wildlife including giant turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas and flamingos. There's hikes ashore across stark volcanic landscapes with local naturalist guides and adventure activities including kayaking, snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours.

Cruises depart weekly, year-round with prices for five-day voyages aboard the Isabela II starting at USD$3,322 per person, twin share.

For bookings and more information visit www.expeditioncruisespecialists.com or call 1800 90 20 80 to speak to a Galapagos Islands travel planner.

 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

New Antarctic Cruise to Witness 2021 Solar Eclipse

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Witness the 2021 Solar Eclipse in Antarctica


Eclipse Travel has announced a unique opportunity to experience the 2021 solar eclipse whilst taking in the stunning sights of Antarctica aboard the Akademik Ioffe. The eclipse will occur on Saturday December 4, making landfall on Antarctica directly south of South America. This twenty-day voyage departs from Ushuaia, Argentina on 23 November 2021, with prices starting at USD $16,795 per person triple share, including a credit of USD $1,000 to spend with Eclipse Travel.

  • The Akademik Ioffe is a purpose-built scientific research ship – with less than 100 passengers.
  • The most stable ship in polar waters – perfect for eclipse observation in the open waters 100 miles east of the South Orkney Islands.
  • Comprehensive itinerary including South Georgia and Antarctica.
  • Voyage available exclusively through Eclipse Travel.

Prior to the eclipse, the itinerary will explore the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and the remote island of South Georgia, both home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. Passengers can expect to see penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds and beaches covered in fur seals and elephant seals.



The path of totality for the eclipse lies near the South Orkney Islands, where the vessel will be carefully positioned to provide the maximum possible exposure to the eclipse for viewing from large observation decks.

The journey continues south to Antarctica passing icebergs of all shapes and sizes, with shore excursions accompanied by naturalists, marine biologists, ornithologists and a resident photography professional.

Places strictly limited, twin cabins from USD $19,195 per person and suites from USD $25,095 per person. Limited sea kayaking places available from USD $795 per person.

Eclipse Travel also has a few remaining places available on Chile and Argentina 2019 solar eclipse tours, as well as Chile 2020. Director Tim Farquhar is available for interview or comment on increasing popularity of solar eclipse tours.

Phone: 1300 575 752. See eclipsetravel.com.au

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Island Passage sold to Canadian Maple Leaf Adventures

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Victoria-based ecotourism company Maple Leaf Adventures is adding a third ship to its fleet for 2018.


Designed specifically for expedition cruises, the new 138-foot (42m) catamaran (renamed Cascadia) provides luxury accommodations for up to 22 guests, while being able to travel to the wildest, natural places on the West Coast. The vessel’s small size and small guest numbers provide a human-scale experience that respects the carrying capacity of coastal inlets and communities.

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Editors Note: EC can confirm this vessel to be the former 'Island Passage' of NZ-based expedition cruise line, Island Escape Cruises, whose owner, Peter Bisset, has begun a newbuild project 'Windward Passage' due for delivery in May 2019.

Source: Facebook / Island Escape Cruises

Friday, 11 May 2018

Third new expedition ship for Hapag-Lloyd

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been given approval to order a third expedition cruise ship by parent company TUI Group.

The newbuild will be a sister to the 230-passenger, ice-class ships Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration, which will both be delivered by Norwegian shipyard Vard in 2019. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will soon launch the planning and negotiation process for the vessel, which will be delivered in 2021.

"Thanks to its experience, competence and high-quality standards, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers great potential to attract new international customer groups and deliver stronger growth in the expedition cruise segment," said Fritz Joussen, TUI Group CEO, speaking at its annual Investors' Day onboard TUI Cruises' recently delivered Mein Schiff 1 in Hamburg, Germany on 8 May.

TUI Group opted to order the newbuild following strong growth by all three of its cruise brands. TUI Cruises grew its average passenger occupancy rate from 99.7% in 2016 to 98.9% in 2017, while Marella Cruises recorded steady 99.6% occupancy rates and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises saw its occupancy rate increase from 73.8% to 76.4%. All three brands will welcome new ships between 2018 and 2023.

"Forecasts for cruising are excellent," said Joussen. "German and European holidaymakers are beginning to embrace this way to travel. Due to demographic change, traditional target groups are growing. At the same time, sea voyages are becoming increasingly popular among families and younger people. The convergence of these two very promising trends will further accelerate growth over the next five to 10 years. And we are only at the beginning of this trend."

Source: Cruise and Ferry

Monday, 7 May 2018

New “Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour” for Murray Princess Guests

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SeaLink Travel Group has launched an exciting new “Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour” in Adelaide's famous wine region. The tour will be available to guests holidaying aboard the Murray Princess and is complimentary for all passengers on the seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife cruise and will be offered as an optional extra on the three-night Discovery and four-night Outback Heritage cruises.

The Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour features commentary by a SeaLink expert driver and explores the famous Barossa, Australia's richest and best-known winemaking region.

Departing from Mannum, the tour stops at Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre for morning tea and wine tasting, before visiting Maggie Beer's Farm Shop. Here, learn about Maggie and her story, as well as the history behind the Farm. Enjoy a short cooking demonstration and taste a range of her produce, including new products that are in development.

Lunch is a two-course gourmet feast at Lambert Estate. Take in the magnificent views from the deck of the vineyard while feasting on a shared platter incorporating fresh seasonal regional produce.



The tours final stop is the stunningly beautiful Chateau Barossa, which houses one of Australia's most significant collections of 19th Century porcelain. Explore the gallery or rose garden or engage in some more wine tasting before heading back to Mannum through the scenic towns of Williamstown and Mt Pleasant.

On arrival at Mannum, seven-night cruise guests will reboard the Murray Princess and three or four-night cruise guests will transfer to a luxury coach for their journey back to Adelaide.

The Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour is complimentary for seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife cruise guests and is part of the cruise itinerary.

The optional Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour is $161 per person when added to the three-night Discovery cruise or four-night Outback Heritage cruise. The tour departs Mannum, post cruise, every Monday and Friday at 9.30am and returns to Adelaide at 5.30pm.

Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares for the Murray Princess three-nights Discovery cruise start from AU$820.00 per person, twin share. EBS fares for the four-nights Outback Heritage Cruise start from AU$1122.00 per person, twin share and EBS fares for the seven-nights Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise start from AU$1683.00 per person, twin share.

For further information and to book a Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour visit: www.murrayprincess.com.au

Friday, 4 May 2018

Sven Lindblad: expedition travel demand is 'unprecedented'

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Sven-Olof Lindblad - 'Every human being now has the capacity to be a communicator,' and people have a 'burning hunger ... to explore and share'

'Demand and interest in expedition travel is unprecedented,' the venerable Sven-Olof Lindblad of Lindblad Expeditions said Thursday as his company reported a strong first quarter profit and outlook.

A burning hunger to explore and share

'People are becoming more and more aware that the environment matters,' so there's an intellectual interest in this type of travel, he said. Thanks to handheld devices and social media, 'every human being now has the capacity to be a communicator,' and people have a 'burning hunger ... to explore and share.'

With everyone now in 'storyteller' mode, what could be more compelling than sharing the wonder of destinations like Antarctica and the Arctic?

Plus, family travel is on the rise, exposing new generations to new horizons.

'So there are many compelling reasons expedition travel is growing as it is,' Lindblad said.

Lindblad Expeditions, he added, has the advantage that it's not following a trend since the company has driven this segment for decades. (Lindblad's father Lars-Eric is credited with pioneering the expedition travel category in the 1960s.)

The focus continues to be providing 'authentic, meaningful and responsible access' to the world's incredible places.
Supply booming, but growth is on a small base

Expedition cruising is one of the strongest trends in the travel industry, but its growth is on a small base, Lindblad said in response to an analyst's question about supply growth—a concern for investors across the cruise spectrum.

As Lindblad sees it, supply growth and 'more noise' about expedition travel is good: 'It gets people jazzed.'

Lindblad Expeditions is participating in the building boom, having introduced coastal ship National Geographic Questlast year, with sister National Geographic Venture to follow in the fourth quarter and a bluewater newbuild, the high-ice-class National Geographic Endurance, to come in early 2020.

- Anne Kalosh - US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

World Expeditions' Exclusive Antarctic Voyage with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

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Adventure travel company, World Expeditions, has launched an exclusive charter aboard the M/V Ortelius to the Antarctic Peninsula to be escorted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in November 2019.

As well as incredible wildlife encounters for which Antarctica is so well known, this is a rare opportunity for curious minds to venture to one of Earth's most fascinating and remote corners, in the company of Dr Karl, who has been described as an answer waiting for a question.

The unique, 12-day cruise will bring plenty of opportunities to learn about the Antarctic from Dr Karl and from the expert crew of lecturers and to see abundant wildlife including Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags, leopard seals and a vast array of seabirds. There's also a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales in the sheltered bays and steep glaciers that characterise the shoreline.

As well as shore excursions on the ship's fleet of zodiacs, the voyage will also provide optional activities to explore the area by kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing and climbing, all of which are included in the trip cost - on a first-in, first served basis.

For those feeling adventurous, there'll be an option to camp on the ice and, while on board, free photographic workshops will help guests capture the natural beauty of this ice-bound land to best effect.

Dr Karl is no newcomer to the frozen continent, having travelled there in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and this will be his first time crossing from South America.

"I'm excited to explore parts of the Antarctic I haven't yet visited," Dr Karl said, "and I'm hoping to arrange a citizen science project, collecting data that will be useful for scientists."

"I was amazed on my previous visits to see my first iceberg and seeing hints of blue ice," Dr Karl says.  "It took me a long time to work out why some ice was blue, why some was white and why some was green."

"To understand the reason for the different colours, you would need to learn a little bit about atoms," he says.

As with all previous World Expeditions trips escorted by Dr Karl, places are expected to sell quickly on this exclusive, 12-day voyage, which is timed for optimal weather and wildlife conditions.  The Antarctic Cruise with Dr Karl departs Ushuaia on 24 November, 2019, with berths starting at US$7,950 per person.

For more information or to book, visit https://worldexpeditions.com or call 1300 720 000.

  

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

IAATO reports latest Antarctic visitor figures

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The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) reported its visitor numbers for the 2017-2018 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

IAATO has been monitoring, analyzing and reporting trends since 1991 as part of its commitment to ‘leave only footprints’ through the effective self-management of its activities.

The upward trend in visitor numbers recorded since 2011/2012 continued in 2017-2018. The majority, 41,996, of visitors travelled by sea to Antarctica on vessels offering excursions ashore, representing a 16% increase compared to the previous year. Of these, 3,408 flew to the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Peninsula where they immediately boarded a vessel for onward travel.

This sector, known as air/cruise, has increased (6%) compared to the previous season. In addition, 9,131 visitors experienced Antarctica on one of four cruise-only vessels that do not make landings, an increase of 22% since 2016-2017.

580 visitors flew to field camps in Antarctica’s interior with IAATO land operators. Overall, the total number of Antarctic visitors in 2017-2018 was 51,707, an increase of 17% compared to the previous season. All visitor activities follow strict codes of conduct developed by IAATO and through the Antarctic Treaty System.

Terry Shaller of Ponant and Chair of the IAATO Executive Committee said, “Antarctica receives relatively few visitors compared to other destinations. The number of tourists who set foot on the continent this past year (42,576) is less than half the number of spectators at the Super Bowl. We are, however, mindful that the unique qualities of Antarctica require stringent safeguards. Our proven success in responsible visitor management is the result of forward planning based on deep understanding of the industry. This helps us fine tune our strategies to protect the precious places we visit while enabling people to have an enriching wilderness experience.”

Overall American visitors remained the most numerous, accounting for 33% of the total number, the same proportion as the previous year. Chinese visitors were the second most numerous, accounting for 16% of all visitors and increasing by 4 percentage points compared to 2016-2017. Australian, German and British visitors were the next most enthusiastic visitor nationalities, accounting for 11%, 7% and 7% respectively.

IAATO’s Executive Director, Dr. Damon Stanwell-Smith, added, “Visiting Antarctica is a privilege that comes with a responsibility to leave it pristine. The growth reported by IAATO mirrors a global upward trend in visiting remote places. Increasing evidence shows that these travelers want to tread lightly on the places they visit. IAATO operators are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to operate responsibly and deliver strong conservation messages to their guests who we hope will return home as ambassadors for its preservation.”

IAATO will present its latest figures at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Buenos Aires, 13-18 May 2018, to facilitate discussions on effectively managing human activity in Antarctica.


Windstar Cruises Return to Asia



Windstar Cruises' second season for the 212-passenger Star Legend in Asia kicks off in the northern Autumn of 2018 after the vessel's inaugural Alaska season in the upcoming Summer months.

The return to Asia for Windstar in 2018/19 will bring four new cruises, as well as the recurrence of four of the company's most popular cruises from its 2017/18 season sailing in the region for a total of 27 sailings.

Windstar has increased departures for popular Japan cruises timed with its famous cherry blossom season and spectacular fall foliage. New Asia itineraries include a comprehensive exploration of greater China; an Asian 'pop culture' journey from Tokyo to South Korea and Beijing; a Thailand and Malaysia cruise big on beaches and big cities; and a new itinerary discovering Indonesia, including magical Bali.

Silversea's Signature Land Program Collection: Nine new experiences



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Enabling guests to travel deeper, Silversea unveils an exciting new collection of land programmes in nine breathtaking destinations around the world, named the Signature Land Programme Collection. Preserving Silversea's hallmark of luxurious adventure and born from the success of the cruise line's momentous Couture Collection, the Signature Land Programmes will unlock some of the world's most spectacular experiences from September 2018.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Lindblad Expeditions Announces Basecamp Channel Islands


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5-Day Wildness & Wellness Getaways in Partnership with exhale Spa

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Basecamp Channel Islands, a wildness and wellness adventure in partnership with exhale Spa that will explore the seldom seen Channel Islands National Park. Part safari, part adult camp, the 5-day voyage will be set aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and will explore the alluring remoteness that has motivated people to protect these landscapes and surrounding ocean.

In keeping with Lindblad's wellbeing programming launched in December 2017 in Baja, the active adventure is designed to blend the best of exploration, transformation, and restoration in extraordinary, revitalizing places.   And with acres of trails to walk or hike, sea caves to explore by kayak or paddleboard, undersea realms to enter, and landscapes and bird colonies to observe, the Channel Islands National Park is a spirit-lifting place to be.

Miles of ocean separate it from the Southern California mainland, and half of the park sits underwater. So being able to get there effortlessly, to move freely around the Islands leisurely and in genuine comfort - and to explore the land and undersea - is what makes this Channel Islands cruise unique. Of the 2,000 species of plants and animals within the vast National Park, one hundred forty-five exist nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, and many naturalists call them the 'Galápagos' of North America.




Basecamp Channel Islands will depart from the Port of Los Angeles and explore East Anacapa Island, home to Anacapa Lighthouse, the last major light station to be built on the west coast in 1912. Explore Santa Cruz, the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds – and more than 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Visit Rosa Island with Torrey Pines, considered one of the world's rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world; and San Miguel Island with over 30,000 pinnipeds and up to five different species. On Santa Catalina Island, guests may spot the elusive Santa Cruz Island Fox found only on Catalina, or the impressive sight of the island's largest, and definitely not endemic mammals—bison, with a free ranching afternoon to grab a bike and explore downtown Avalon, the island's only incorporated city.

Woven throughout the Basecamp Channel Islands adventure will be the transformative wellbeing experiences exhale is famous for. Guests can indulge in healthy activities led by an exhale fitness teacher, spa therapist or an exhale-trained Lindblad Wellness specialist including exhale Barre + Cardio, Beach Boot Camp, and Power Yoga classes on deck, as well as stand up paddleboard yoga, transformational mindfulness hikes, and assisted stretching. Neck and shoulder massages will be offered prior to evening cocktails, and Chill Yoga classes offered in the evening, alongside group guided meditation.

There are many trails covering the islands offering the opportunity for leisurely walking, birding, or working with your certified photo instructor to capture the natural beauty, or for a strenuous hike for a real workout.  Grab a kayak to explore the shoreline, participate in talks, wildlife sightings, drawing or plein-air painting, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more.

Guests will also benefit from exhale's nutritionally savvy snacks, juices, and menu options, and from Lindblad Expedition's longstanding commitment to locally and sustainably-caught seafood, locally-sourced produce—and food that rewards.

Rates begin at $2,490 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin for the 4-night voyages. Departures are October 17 & 24, 2018.

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


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Win a luxury PONANT expedition to Antarctica

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Win a luxury PONANT expedition to Antarctica via Argentina, valued at $47,000. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Antarctica in ultimate luxury, including an 11-day small ship expedition cruise with French-inspired cuisine accompanied by exceptional wines, and regular Zodiac® land outings. This incredible prize package from PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions will even have you dining in one of the world’s top 50 restaurants in Argentina.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Bring a friend to Fiji for half price with Captain Cook Cruises

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CCC Fiji - 'Friend & Family Fare 50% Off Sail'

Bring friends or family for half the price but have double the fun on all three, four, seven and eleven-night cruises with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji's, 'Friend & Family Fare 50% Off Sail'. Every second person cruises for half price and solo travellers receive a 25% discount.  The sale is valid for travel from 1 May 2018 and on sale until 30 June 2018.

All cruises are aboard the 130-passenger, fully accommodated and newly refurbished small ship, MV Reef Endeavour, equipped with a hydraulic platform to make getting on and off the ship easy.

Offering a truly heart-warming cultural experience, visit remote Fijian villages and schools, interact and play with local children, experience a Fijian church service and a traditional village Sevusevu ceremony, Meke and Lovo feast.  

As well as being immersed in Fijian culture there is plenty of time for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling over coral reefs, relaxing on white sandy beaches, swimming in crystal clear waters, and learning about marine life on a glass bottom boat ride.




Have the extra thrill of experiencing this spectacular underwater world with mind blowing scuba diving operated by Viti Water Sports, a PADI5 Star Dive Centre Dive onboard Reef Endeavour. Two or three dives are offered most days and always in different locations.

On board be pampered at the ship's Senikai Day Spa, also featuring a KIDZPA menu, laze by the pool  or jacuzzi, play a board game or watch a movie in the lounge, or simply relax on the open top deck and watch the breathtaking scenery go by.

A Complimentary Captain's Kid's Club is available for children 5-9 years and operates between 9.00am and 12noon, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

Dining is another vital ingredient of these amazing cruises. Whether it is an alfresco luncheon, a casual barbecue or table d'hote dinner, all food is prepared on board from fresh local and imported produce and a full kids menu is available.

Captain Cook Cruises offers a range of accommodation from Tabua Suites and Ocean Staterooms to family Porthole cabins that sleep four to inter-connecting Ocean family staterooms.

'Friend or Family Fare 50% Off Sail' rates start from AUD$1535 per person, twin share for the first adult and AUD$767.50 per person, twin share for the second adult and for families children start from AUD$480 per child, for the first child sharing with an adult and AUD$240 per child for the second child sharing with an adult in a Porthole Cabin on a three-night Mamanuca and Southern Yasawa Islands cruise.

All fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, on board entertainment, kids club (5-9 yrs), onboard Wi-Fi at anchor, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship's facilities including a swimming pool, spa, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.

For further information and bookings visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com .