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Monday, 13 August 2018

Introducing Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises


"a dedicated niche adventure cruise program, operated by a local company with local experts offering insight into our unique culture, history and environment plus the opportunity to experience our amazing underwater world"




Honiara, Solomon Islands - Heralding a long-awaited return to dedicated Solomon Islands small ship cruise programs, newly-formed Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises (SIDC) has announced its plans to operate six adventure itineraries in 2018-2019.

Operating ex-Honiara and timed to dovetail with Solomon Airlines' Brisbane-Honiara services, SIDC has employed the 30-metre MV Taka to operate the six and seven-day cruises, each of which have been designed to highlight two of the South Pacific's truly unspoiled and culturally-rich regions - the Florida and Russell Islands archipelagos.

Passengers will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in both region's distinctive cultures and environments.

The cruise itineraries feature visits to remote villages along with plentiful opportunity to discover the region's amazing coral pastures and abundant marine life with daily dive and snorkel options.

Both areas are also rich in WWII history giving passengers insight into the infamous Guadalcanal campaign in 1942 via the many wrecked US and Japanese aircraft, warships and relics which literally litter the seabed.

Congratulating SIDC on its initiative, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa 'Jo' Tuamoto said the very nature of the Solomon Islands archipelago of 992 islands lent itself to dedicated small ship adventure itineraries.

"Lindblad Expeditions left a big hole when it decided to redeploy its small ship operation to the Galapagos two years ago," he said.

"And while we regularly welcome Expedition Cruises' vessels, these itineraries are always in conjunction with other destinations, such as Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, and passengers only get a very small taste of what we have to offer," he said.

"Having a dedicated niche adventure cruise program, operated by a local company with local experts and one that offers insight into our unique culture, history and environment plus the opportunity to experience our amazing underwater world is a huge build on our existing tourism product.

"Add to this, the amazing benefits our local people will accrue from this environmentally-oriented program are immeasurable.

"This product is long overdue and one that I see as being highly successful going forward."

Prices for an inaugural 24 August seven-day/six-night cruises lead-in at AUD2499* per person in quad share accommodation inclusive of all meals and all activities.

A daily per person AUD30.00 'kastom' fee applies. SCUBA diving gear is available to rent.

About the MV TAKA

Serviced by a 12-strong crew, the 30-metre MV Taka features six upper deck cabins all with ensuite facilities and six lower deck cabins in twin and quad configuration with shared bathrooms. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and come with reading lights, towels, bedding and charging stations.

*Conditions apply.

For more information visit http://sidcruises.com.au

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Lindblad Expeditions shores up relationship with National Geographic

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; the "Company" or "Lindblad"), a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, announced today that it has expanded its agreement with National Geographic Partners ("National Geographic") to include all of the Americas. 

The relationship between Lindblad and National Geographic, founded in 2004 and steeped in a shared interest in exploration, research, technology and conservation, includes co-selling, co-marketing and branding arrangements that run through 2025.  With the addition of the Canada and Latin America markets to the existing agreement covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Lindblad and National Geographic have further deepened their long-term strategic partnership and will collectively invest to further accelerate growth in these important geographies. 

The United States has long been the primary source market for Lindblad, and with the rapidly accelerating demand for authentic and immersive experiential travel the Company certainly expects significant domestic growth for years to come.  At the same time, many of the trends powering the increase in expedition travel in the United States are manifesting themselves globally as well, and deepening expansion into select international markets is a core part of Lindblad's growth strategy. 

The expanded collaboration with National Geographic provides an opportunity for Lindblad and National Geographic to leverage the strong brand position National Geographic holds in Canada and key Latin American markets, while at the same time building upon Lindblad's long-established leadership position in the United States expedition travel market.

Given the accelerating demand for high quality and authentic expedition travel and the expanded agreement with National Geographic, Lindblad's Board of Directors recently approved the build of an additional blue water vessel to explore the world's most unique and remote locations.  This state of the art vessel, which is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, will be the next step in the Company's fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture to the fleet in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in the first quarter of 2020.  

Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said "Lindblad has been a pioneer in expedition travel for fifty years.  By extending our successful partnership with National Geographic, energising new markets and expanding our fleet, we are taking the next steps in our long-term growth strategy.  Our experience and track record in delivering unparalleled experiences in the world's most amazing locations ideally positions us to capitalise on the explosive growth in high quality adventure travel."

"National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions have, over the past 14 years, found an extraordinary level of common cause. This manifests itself in knowing the importance of people exploring the world, building understanding and becoming more knowledgeable and energised citizens," says Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. "Our collaboration goes far beyond business, into education, conservation and storytelling through expedition travel.  We know collectively that our partnership's goal is to consistently grow the number of people who explore our world and that's why we're so excited to expand our partnership to include the Canadian and Latin American markets."

For more information visit au.expeditions.com  or visit Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,  Pinterest and LinkedIn.


Ponant partners with National Geographic Expeditions

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National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT announce an extensive long-term cruise partnership



• National Geographic and PONANT create a new strategic partnership to develop its Small Ship Expedition programme in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

• With significant shared experience in exploration and luxury travel,
National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT will create unique experiences on board a fleet of state of the art ships

Over 100 unique itineraries have been created by PONANT for National Geographic Expeditions, on sale from 8th August 2018


National Geographic Expeditions, the travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and PONANT, the world leader of luxury expedition cruises, have today announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of co-branded, luxury expedition cruises. With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions will offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

National Geographic Expeditions is the premium provider of travel experiences that embody the renowned National Geographic spirit of adventure, conservation and education. Offering unique access, experiences and expertise that only National Geographic can, the company also returns a portion of all proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.





PONANT is the world leader in luxury expedition cruising operating a state of the art fleet of 7 small ships, increasing to 12 by 2021, with the delivery of new Expedition class vessels and a luxury hybrid Icebreaker powered by LNG. The full fleet has been ‘clean ship’ certified and offers a number of leading-edge technologies to protect the environment, including recycling and reuse programmes, reduced exhaust emissions and sustainable purchasing practices. All efforts made by the luxury cruise operator are designed to respect the environment and marine life.

As part of the overall experience, PONANT will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from A$4730 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners commented “Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network. We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT added “We are thrilled and gratified that one of the greatest specialist media companies in the world has chosen PONANT to be their expedition cruise partner. This partnership brings together two highly respected global organisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability.

The new cruise experiences will be available to book from 8th August 2018. Discover the video and expedition cruises on PONANT website at au.ponant.com/national-geographic

Discover more on National Geographic Expeditions website at www.nationalgeographic.com.au/ponant

Dedicated Phone line: Australia: 1800 889 088 | New Zealand: +61 2 8311 0808

Dedicated Email: natgeo.au@ponant.com

Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.



The Worlds Most Interesting Islands with Lindblad Expeditions

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Lindblad Expeditions has launched its 2019 Galápagos brochure; with each trip offering a myriad of encounters with animals found nowhere else but the Galápagos' as well as exploring a region rich in natural treasures.

The dedicated brochure details six in-depth diverse itineraries through the Galápagos as well as explorations to Peru, tropical Andes and the Amazon.

One of the new expeditions to the market is the Wild Galápagos Escape, which is a shorter itinerary for 2019 and packs a ton of activities into one exhilarating week to discover the wonders and wildlife of this magical place, with departures on Saturday and Thursday.  Set aboard the newly refurbished 48-guest National Geographic Islander, the expedition features 5 days in the archipelago exploring the islands and multiple adventures each day on land and undersea.

Guests will enjoy the full Lindblad-National Geographic Galápagos cruise experience on these expeditions with tools to enhance the guests experience, such as a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, plus undersea video technology – with enough equipment to ensure all guests are able to go out on active adventures daily.

For families, Lindblad Expeditions allows children to have fun with cool activities in the Galápagos. Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, the program is designed to help kids and teens develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge of an explorer, undertaking activities while being guided by a National Geographic certified field educator.  

Also new for 2019, travellers can enjoy complimentary bar tab and Wifi on all 2019 departures on the National Geographic Islander or National Geographic Endeavour II.*

To coincide with the launch of the new brochure, travellers can receive $500 special savings offer, plus free return flights from Guayaquil to Galápagos – when booking before 31 October 2018.*

Agents can call the dedicated team on 1300 363 055 or order brochures at adventureworld.com.au/brochures

For more information visit au.expeditions.com

Monday, 30 July 2018

Social media hysteria clouds facts in Svalbard polar bear attack

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Social media activity generated by the recent polar bear attack in Svalbard has demonstrated a huge misunderstanding about the passive observation and conservation aims of small ship and expedition cruising in Arctic waters.

Roderick (Rod) Eime, a journalist specialising in adventure cruising who has travelled extensively in Arctic regions, would like to dispel some of this misinformation.

“While this event has had a tragic result for the polar bear it is by no means indicative of the operational procedures of any reputable adventure cruise company operating in the habitat of these majestic animals,” said Eime.

All ships operating in these waters with passengers keen to see polar bears in the wild must adhere to strict procedures before bringing guests ashore.

These guidelines are agreed upon by all operators and ratified by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) as well as legislation laid out in Svalbard Environmental Protection Act which expressly forbids disturbing wildlife of any kind.

The widely circulated image that sparked social media outrage.
 Picture: AFP/Gustav BuschSource:AFP

“While I was not a witness to this event, I know the cruise line (Hapag-Lloyd) as being one of the most experienced, thorough and conscientious in the industry. It would seem this animal was not sighted during the preliminary survey of the area quite possibly because it was resting behind an obstruction.

“Regulations – and common sense - state clearly that if a bear is sighted anywhere in the intended landing area or the perimeter, passengers do not go ashore. Period.”

Even then, guides armed with flare guns and rifles form a wide circle around the group who stay close together at all times keeping a constant vigil. Initial, unconfirmed reports suggest all correct preventative measures (firing of flare guns, warning shots etc) were carried out but failed to deter this particularly determined animal.

“From my experience, this is the first time a rifle has even been fired by cruise ship staff, let alone with fatal results.”

Three years ago a Czech man who visited the archipelago to watch a solar eclipse was attacked in his tent by a polar bear. The man suffered injuries to his face and arm.

The last fatal attack by a polar bear in Svalbard occurred in August 2011, when a British student was killed during a field trip.


A comprehensive report will be made to the Svalbard authorities and we should avoid jumping to ill-informed conclusions in the meantime.

More: AECO Statement

More: Frigg Jørgensen, Executive director, AECO Arctic Cruise Tourism and Polar bear encounters


Rod is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines on expedition cruising and has maintained a news blog devoted to expedition cruising for more than ten years – www.expeditioncruising.com and is available for comment on 0418 214028


Originally published as 'Expedition leader mauled by polar bear in Svalbard'




Friday, 20 July 2018

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Lindblad to build new polar expedition vessel for 2021

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the building of a new polar expedition ship. This state-of-the-art vessel, which is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in the first quarter of 2020. 

NG Endurance (above) is due in 2020. 

As demand for high quality and authentic expedition travel continues to accelerate, both through market expansion as well as from sustained investment in their marketing and sales infrastructure, Lindblad is committed to expanding capacity to provide a growing audience with the opportunity to explore the world’s most unique and remote locations.

This will be the fourth polar vessel in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, joining the National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, currently in operation, and the National Geographic Endurance, which is scheduled for delivery in early 2020. The new vessel will be designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on immersing our guests in these amazing geographies.

Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “We are extremely excited to announce the further expansion of our expedition fleet. This is the next step of our long-term growth strategy to capitalize on the expanding demand for high-quality adventure travel. By marrying additional capacity with a dedicated and growing loyal customer base and fifty years of experience, we will be able to build upon our proven track record of delivering unparalleled expeditions to the world’s most remarkable destinations.”

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Scenic Eclipse launch delayed until 2019

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Construction issues within the Uljanik shipyard in Croatia, suffering its own funding crisis, have caused the delay according to Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney. 

Scenic Eclipse float out 

The 228-guest "6-star" ship was originally to be delivered in August 2018 but has been delayed until at least January 2019.

Reports of distressed passengers have reached the media amid accusations of poor communication from Scenic.

“Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse Build Supervision Team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late August 2018 launch date,” said Mr Moroney in an official release from Scenic dated July 5.

“We have apologised to affected guests for the inconvenience caused and confirmed that Scenic will provide a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans.

“In addition, the Scenic team will work closely with guests to reschedule their trip at a suitable time, for travel within the next two years. Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage during this time a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise,” said Mr Moroney.

Scenic says it is contacting all guests and their travel agents affected by the delay as a matter of priority.





Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Silversea Expeditions to cross Northeast Passage in 2019

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Silversea Expeditions is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of its first crossing of the Northeast Passage – a remote and spectacular cruising route above the Arctic Circle. Few cruise ships have transited the passage, which follows the extreme coastlines of Asia and Europe and has long enjoyed a fabled reputation among seafarers.

Aurora Expeditions set to explore Latin America, Caribbean Coast and East Coast Canada with new expedition ship ‘Greg Mortimer’

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Aurora Expeditions set to explore Latin America, Caribbean Coast and East Coast Canada with new world-class expedition ship 'Greg Mortimer':

Book now to save up to 25% on new global itineraries

Aurora Expeditions, Australia's leading expedition cruising company, continues to reinvent itself having today launched expeditions to all-new destinations including Latin America, Caribbean Coast, Iceland, Greenland and East Coast Canada.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Adventure Canada Kicks Off 2019/2020 Expeditions

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2019/2020 voyages include NEW Atlantic Canada Explorer and Costa Rica to Panama



Canada’s leading small-ship expedition operator Adventure Canada is thrilled to unveil its 2019/2020 Expeditions brochure, boasting two seasons of brand new adventures and remarkable signature journeys.

Whether one dreams of cruising a distant fjord, visiting the belugas of Lancaster Sound, wandering among Scottish castles, or gazing up at the Northern Lights; whether tracing new coastlines or embarking on award-winning Arctic journeys—including the Northwest Passage, Canada’s eastern Arctic regions, and Greenland—Adventure Canada’s new lineup has something for everyone.

Ship-based tours aren’t the only trips on offer, either. Adventure Canada is proud to present a wide range of small-scale land-based tours, ranging from a canoe trip in the Northwest Territories to a Tanzania safari … and even a trip to the North Pole!

NEW trips complementing the 2019/2020 seasons include:

Costa Rica & Panama | March 15 - March 26, 2019
A Night at 89 Degrees North | April 15 - April 20, 2019
Atlantic Canada Explorer | June 15 - June 26, 2020

“Our 2019 and 2020 Expeditions brochure highlights remarkably special places to us, including a mix of old favourites and exciting new destinations to explore,” says Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada CEO. “Our travellers are continuously seeking new horizons, new experiences, new ideas, and new friends. Our upcoming adventures are certainly going to take them there.”

For more than thirty years, Adventure Canada has brought explorers to local communities, wildlife habitats, natural wonders, and the Earth’s great wild spaces alongside recognized experts, bestselling authors, visionary artists, knowledgeable historians, inspiring musicians, and a top-notch expedition team.

To book aboard a 2019/2020 expedition, call 1-800-363-7566 or visit www.adventurecanada.com.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Peregrine Adventures’ first custom-built expedition vessel in Galapagos #expeditioncruising

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Peregrine Adventures’ first custom-built expedition vessel has begun cruising the Galapagos as part of the company’s burgeoning small-ship Adventure Cruising program which has grown 35 per cent year to date.

One of the newest and most sustainable ships operating in the Galapagos, Grand Queen Beatriz, named after the matriarch of the Galapagueno family who built and own the vessel, departed on her maiden voyage from Puerto Baquerizo Morena in San Cristobal on Saturday July 1.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Win a 15-day Vietnam Expedition Cruise with Peregrine #expeditioncruising

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Experience the joys of small-ship cruising on this exciting journey along the beautiful coastline of Vietnam – from Hanoi in the north, to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. 

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

New experiences for Silversea guests

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480 Nautical Miles from the Pole and a Swim with Whale Sharks near the Equator

Demonstrating the broad range of experiences on offer, Silversea Expeditions recently unlocked two standout travel experiences in vastly different marine environments: guests on Silver Discoverer were able to swim with basking whale sharks in the warm waters of Cenderawasih Bay, Western Papua while guests on Silver Cloud reached a remarkable 82 degrees north amid icy conditions.

Close to the equator on Sunday, 1 July, Silversea’s Silver Discoverer detoured from its planned route between Cairns and Darwin to facilitate a rare interaction with wildlife: with care and respect for the animals, guests enjoyed the opportunity to snorkel with a school of whale sharks. Silversea’s Expedition Team launched the ship’s tenders in order to reach the sharks, following Expedition Leader Dominic Del Rosario’s decision to change the ship’s itinerary after hearing of the opportunity. Flexibility has become a key characteristic of Silversea Expeditions’ voyages; adapting itineraries often enables guests to enjoy such extraordinary experiences as swimming with whale sharks. The breathtaking animals were inquisitive and swam close to Silversea’s guests.

In striking contrast, on Monday, 25 June, Silversea’s Silver Cloud reached her highest ever latitude. The most spacious and comfortable expedition ship afloat reached within approximately 480 nautical miles from the North Pole, to the great delight of the cruise line’s guests who gathered at the ship’s bow. The significant moment occurred on the second day of a 12-night voyage between Longyearbyen and Kristiansund, Norway. In foggy conditions and icy waters, and with a light wind of 0-10 knots, the ice class crossover ship reached the Arctic Ice Edge in the Arctic Ocean. The ship’s exact coordinates were recorded at 82° 55.5’ N, 017° 45.7’ E.

Since being converted to an ice-class expedition ship in November 2017, Silver Cloud best represents the union of adventure cruising and ultimate comfort that characterises Silversea Expeditions. She has unlocked many of the world’s most remote destinations for guests as Silversea Expeditions’ flagship. Today, her guest approval ratings are among the highest of Silversea’s entire fleet of nine - soon to be 11 - ultra-luxury ships. Silver Cloud offers large, luxurious suites; four fine dining options; a heated swimming pool; 16 zodiacs; 10 kayaks; and the highest space-to-guest and crew-to-guest ratios in expedition cruising. She will spend the summer months cruising in northern Europe, the Arctic, Greenland and Canada. Later in 2018, she will cruise in Antarctica.

“Silversea Expeditions is working hard to push the boundaries of exploration,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s SVP Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences. “Our goal is to deliver exceptional travel experiences to our guests in ultimate luxury; the unparalleled knowledge of our Expedition Team enables us to do exactly this. These two rare encounters exemplify the breadth of unforgettable, bucket-list experiences that are on offer.”

View future Silversea Expeditions voyages: https://www.silversea.com/luxury-expeditions-cruises.html

For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

UnCruise Announces 2019 Cruise Schedule #expeditioncruising



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Longer explorations planned in Costa Rica and Panamá




New 10- and 12-night cruises in Costa Rica and Panamá highlight what's new in UnCruise Adventures' 2019 schedule of adventure cruises. Based in Seattle, Washington, the line operates eight adventure ships, plus a partner vessel in the Galápagos, carrying 22-90 guests in Alaska, coastal Washington, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Mexico's Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Galápagos, Costa Rica and Panamá.

Small ships decked out with adventure gear take travelers deeper into the destination: kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions, hiking, bushwhacking, biking, snorkeling and rafting.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Keel-laying of Greg Mortimer in Shanghai

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Expedition Cruising sent our special correspondent to Shanghai to see this engineering marvel for himself.

By Barry Matheson

Seasickness. It’s the bain of every seafarer, but Sydney-based Aurora Expeditions believes its new expedition ship, currently under construction in China will greatly reduce seasickness.

The ship, named the Greg Mortimer, after the company’s co-founder, will have what is called an X-Bow (pron: cross bow) that is said to accept anything the sea can throw at it.

I was able to inspect this revolutionary concept at a colourful keel-laying ceremony for the vessel staged by the Chinese at a giant shipyard in Nantong on the mouth of the Yangtze River, a 2-hour drive from Shanghai.

Keel laying of Greg Mortimer in Shanghai (BM)

Designed by the Norwegian Ulstein Group, the inverted X-Bow is shaped somewhat like a submarine’s bow that keeps ships more stable in rough seas.

“Instead of the vessel rising on the waves and then dropping with tremendous force, the X-Bow slices through the waves”, says Aurora Expeditions’ General Manager, Robert Halfpenny.

“Less slamming forces means more comfort for our passengers and crew and it’ll also help to reduce seasickness”, Halfpenny said.

“Another plus is that it uses less fuel to get through the waves, helping to save energy, and there’s very little spray so the deck remains relatively dry behind it. It takes very little water on deck to start being a hazard,” he said.

Although it won’t begin its inaugural passenger voyage until October next year, Aurora Expeditions says there’s so much interest in the new ship, its first sailing is already sixty percent full.

The company is seeing a surge in bookings and it believes

“Up until now, expeditioners have had to sail in old Russian research ships that were very Spartan, but the new Greg Mortimer is state-of-the-art with ensuite bathrooms, big balconies, TV, twin and double beds and daily cabin service”, says Halfpenny.

It has just the one dining room serving delicious courses at each meal including house wines, beer and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks.

Observation lounge

There’s an observation lounge that offers 180-degree views so you don’t miss out on wildlife and wilderness passing by, and viewing platforms perfect for watching polar bears, whales, or the ship pushing through pack ice.

Its 15 Zodiacs will take passengers on more frequent and longer landings, and how’s this? There’s no climbing up and down gangways, boarding the Zodiacs will be at sea-level making it much easier to transfer to and from the ship.

There’ll also be a team of expedition specialists, each hand-picked for their expertise – naturalists, historians, scientists and complimentary access to a doctor and medical clinic.

“We will take small groups to the heart nature and with its modern ice-strengthened hull, the ship has the ability to explore places that larger ships can’t reach,” says Robert Halfpenny.

An 11-day Svalbard Odyssey is priced from $8,200pp in an Aurora Stateroom departing 12/6/2020. Svalbard is a Norweigan Archipleago situated midway between continental Norway and the North Pole and is considered the best entry point for an Artic safari and polar bear sightings, or a 14-day Jewels of the Arctic cruise from $10,500pp in an Aurora Stateroom departing 26/7/2020.

Contact Aurora Expeditions 1800 637 688

auroraexpeditions.com.au

About Greg Mortimer


In 1988, Greg Mortimer hatched an audacious plan to sail to Antarctica and attempt Mount Minto, the highest unclimbed peak in the Admiralty Ranges. He had already become the first Australian to reach the summits of Mount Everest, K2 and Annapurna 11, without using supplementary oxygen. Returning triumphant, he and his future wife, Margaret founded Aurora Expeditions. In 1992 he went off on his first expedition cruise to Antarctica, often landing where few, if any, had been before. Limiting group numbers, expedition cruising was born and today his company is one of the world’s leading polar specialists.


The writer travelled to Shanghai as a guest of Aurora Expeditions.

Lindblad's inaugural voyages for newest ship National Geographic Venture.


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EXPLORE THE WESTERN COASTAL REGIONS FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO LA PAZ



Join Sven Lindblad On the First Voyage

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced the inaugural voyages for the newest addition to their fleet, National Geographic Venture, sister ship of National Geographic Quest. Slated for delivery in October, the 50-cabin coastal vessel is the second new build for the line, and has been designed with decades of expedition experience.

Following a series of launch celebrations in San Francisco, National Geographic Venture will depart on two new and unique inaugural itineraries that explore the Pacific coast, giving guests a privileged perspective on the region — before she begins her seasons in Baja, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

The first inaugural voyage, Coastal California By Sea, flips the California script as National Geographic Venture explores the beauty and the seldom-seen highlights of its coast and islands — joined by Sven Lindblad, CEO & Founder of Lindblad Expeditions. Departing San Francisco on December 2, 2018, the 5-night ‘left coast’ journey connects Northern and Southern CA, from the Golden Gate to Santa Catalina Island. Rates begin at $4,750 per person based on double occupancy.



The second inaugural voyage, From Southern California To Baja: Sailing The Pacific Coast will depart December 7, 2018. Guests will experience the splendid and surprising diversity of the Pacific coast as the Venture travels from Los Angeles to La Paz, Mexico on a 12-night adventure. Discover the region’s world-renowned food and wine, including a private lunch at a boutique vineyard in the Valle de Guadalupe. Snorkel in the vibrant undersea universe of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, teeming with marine life. Meet the residents of Isla Natividad, an incredibly successful coop within the Vizcaino Biosphere, and learn the inspiring story of their sustainable fishing practices. Hang out with naturalists as they scour the horizon for migrating whales and nesting birds to share with you. Rates begin at $11,400 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.


A platform for pure discovery, the new National Geographic Venture is the perfect base for exploring. The lounge is a moving window on the world outside, the bow the perfect place for photography with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Zodiacs are dropped to get close to marine mammals and the shoreline, and the captain will change course to keep the ship among a pod of dolphins. Kayak past nesting birds and dramatic coasts, or just enjoy the silence and pleasure of a leisurely paddle. Snorkel with sea lions and see schools of baitfish and colorful reef fish. Take a long hike with the wellness specialist if you crave exercise, or choose a short, slower walk with time for a naturalist to share the local medicinal uses of each plant you see. Stay aboard and read, or enjoy a massage from a wellness specialist. The ship will also feature the B&H photo gear loaner program, where guests can try the latest lenses, camera bodies and binoculars aboard ship.

Agents can call the dedicated team on 1300 363 055 or order brochures at adventureworld.com.au/brochures

For more information visit au.expeditions.com 

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

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Five New Purpose-Built Expedition Ships For Upcoming Antarctica Cruise Seasons

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A baby boom of new polar cruise vessels anticipates a growing interest in exploring Antarctica for many years to come. For the upcoming 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, AdventureSmith Explorations, the world’s leading purveyor of small and expedition ship cruises, has added to its portfolio five new purpose-built vessels that will cruise Antarctica.

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.