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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Scenic Eclipse inaugural sailing delayed again

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In a statement released today, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced that the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, has been amended to 13 April 2019.

Still image from construction video dated October 2018 (Scenic)

Due to the continuing financial issues at Uljanik shipyard and the resultant strike by specialist engine and systems commissioning workers, this part of the ship's completion has been delayed.

Scenic has been in constant contact with the shipyard, workers representatives and the Government to ensure the completion of the ship as soon as possible. Due to those efforts, more than 600 workers are still on board each weekday. The progress on the ship’s interiors and other areas of the final build stage have seen far less impact from the industrial action, and continue to progress at good pace.

The specialist commissioning team returned to work progressively last week however it will not be possible to catch up the six weeks’ time lost due to strikes in this area. Scenic acknowledges the regrettable impact this has on guests and understands their disappointment at this change in sailing date.

Scenic has committed to providing guests 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, Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.

Scenic has established a dedicated phone number for guests and has begun reaching out to all guests and travel agents to provide details on the process of refunding, and offering an opportunity to apply the 25% discount to other voyages.


Monday, 12 November 2018

PONANT 180-page Oct 2019 - April 2020 cruise brochure


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From the Antarctic to Latin America, the Eastern Mediterranean to Oceania…..

There are compelling reasons to obtain a copy of this new 180-page brochure featuring over 100 voyages – small ship cruises and luxury expeditions - that include perennial favourites as well as a number of immersive new and off-the-beaten-track itineraries.



This brochure also includes a range of tropical and polar expeditions developed in conjunction with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

New ships AND new destinations, a wealth of options: Itineraries range from 7 nights to Grand Voyages up to 73 nights, all offering PONANT's hallmark comfort and style aboard the youngest and ecologically responsible fleet of small luxury expedition ships in the world - including four new Explorer ships. Or, for those who enjoy a traditional sailing yacht, the classic three-masted Le Ponant is an elegant option for exploring the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Whether it be the icy vastness and overwhelming concentrations of wildlife in Antarctica, intimate encounters with Papuan, Polynesian or Maori people, scuba diving in the Indian Ocean or visiting the archaeological wonders of Petra in Jordan, this must-read PONANT brochure provides the stimulus to start planning your next voyage.

Travel with the polar experts, PONANT: 4 luxury expedition small ships operating in the Antarctic - Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal and Le Lyrial
A range of pre and post cruise options to extend your holiday
Small ships offer access to remote destinations that larger ships simply cannot reach.
Memorable experiences in the company of a small number of like-minded guests.

For 2019/2020 highlights for modern day luxury and expedition cruisers include:
  • Greece to Egypt and the Red Sea - from the pyramids of Giza to Lawrence of Arabia's famed Wadi Rum desert 
  • (New) Discover the Levant - including Jerusalem and Masada 
  • (New) Sail on Le Ponant to visit fascinating UNESCO sites in Malta and Sicily 
  • Hawaii, French Polynesia, Easter Island the Solomons - Pacific Ocean cruising par excellence 
  • Witness the start of the iconic Rolex 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race and join the yachts in Hobart for the festivities 
  • With 25 polar voyages, the opportunity to spend Christmas or New Year in the Antarctic 
  • Explore New Zealand's fiordlands
  • Experience the natural wonders and cultural diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • Scuba dive in Micronesia's Chuuk lagoon, graveyard with over 60 WWII wrecks 
  • Enjoy the lesser visited Caribbean and Bijagos islands of the Atlantic Ocean 
  • In the Indian Ocean, visit Aldabra lagoon, the largest coral atoll in the world 
This 180 page October 2019 - April 2020 brochure is available now directly through PONANT or travel agents, OR a convenient e-brochure download is available at: https://fr.calameo.com/read/0001324232d362dea66fe

Additional Information:

Some voyages currently have a 30% Ponant Bonus available however fares are yield managed and savings reduce according to the number of staterooms sold.

Pricing examples:

(NEW) MAYA TREASURE OF THE YUCATAN / Puerto Morelos to Puerto Morelos onboard
Le Champlain: 6 departures between November 2019 and January 2020 - 7 nights from $3,990 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with balcony

(NEW) BETWEEN VIETNAM AND THE MALACCA STRAIT / Ho Chi Minh to Singapore onboard Le Laperouse: 16 November 2019 - 9 nights from $6,240 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with balcony

(NEW) THE SEYCHELLES AND ALDABRA ATOLL / Mahe to Mahe onboard Le Bougainville: 4 departures between December 2019 and April 2020 - 12 nights from $8,760 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with balcony

FROM FIJI TO MICRONESIA with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / Lautoka to Guam onboard Le Soléal: 1 April 2020 - 15 nights from $12,130 pp* in a Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 with balcony

*Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian Dollars, based on a double occupancy. Price includes port taxes, yield managed, correct at time of writing – 12/11/2018. Refer to https://au.ponant.com for further T & Cs.

To receive a copy of this PONANT brochure, or for more information please contact your Travel Agent or PONANT directly in Australia: 1300 737 178 or in New Zealand: 0800 767 018, or email reservations.aus@ponant.com

Further information available on the website: https://au.ponant.com

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Another expedition cruise ship launch delayed


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World Explorer expedition cruise newbuild delayed to summer 2019

World Explorer had been expected to operate on charter to
Quark during the current Antarctica season RENDERING: WestSea Viana Shipyard

The 176-passenger World Explorer, expected from Portugal's WestSea Viana Shipyard this month, is now set to arrive in summer 2019.


The 9,300gt ship, being built for Portugal's Mystic Cruises, a division of Mário Ferreira's Mystic Invest, had been scheduled to operate on charter to Quark Expeditions during the current Antarctica season and then for Mystic subsidiary Nicko Cruises of Germany.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Victory Cruise Lines orders new Infinity-class expedition vessel

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SunStone Ships has declared option number two at CMHI shipyard after signing a long-term charter contract with Victory Cruise Line for the Infinity-class vessel, with a total of three newbuilds now under construction at the Chinese yard.

The other two are Aurora's Greg Mortimer and Lindblad's National Geographic Endurance

The newbuild will be named Ocean Victory and delivered in March 2021 and technically managed by Cruise Management International, Miami. Hotel operations will be handled by CMI Leisure, Miami.


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Aranui Cruises to More of French Polynesia in 2020 - and save

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Aranui Cruises has launched its 2020 program with savings of up to $1900 per couple on select cruises.

The cruise line is discounting Aranui 5’s first two voyages of the year, departing on February 6 and 22, 2020, with ocean view staterooms starting from $6030* per person twin share (savings of $1200 per couple) and royal suites available from $8970* (savings of $1900 per couple).

A senior’s discount is also available for guests aged over 60 on the September 10, 2020, departure with similar savings on offer across all cabin categories.

Aranui Cruises’ 125-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel Aranui 5 is one of the few remaining cargo cruise experiences in the world and in 2020, the ship will offer 20 scheduled cruises around French Polynesia, mostly consisting of its regular 13-day roundtrip voyage from Papeete to Hiva Oa, Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, and Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas; Bora Bora in the Society Islands; and Rangiroa and Fakarava in the Tuamotus.

While guests disembark and enjoy a range of complimentary guided excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, local feasts and visits to archaeological sites, Aranui’s Polynesian crew unload cargo, with the vessel acting as a lifeline to the remote island ports it visits.

Aranui Cruises Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said the cruise line has been offering a unique cargo-passenger experience for more than 30 years and was proud to take international visitors to some of the most beautiful and remote corners of French Polynesia.

“Our regular roundtrip voyage to the Marquesas and Tuamotus is still the best way to access some of the most culturally-rich islands in French Polynesia, all while enjoying an authentic Polynesian experience onboard our special cargo cruise ship Aranui 5,” Mr Wong said.

“To celebrate the launch of our 2020 program, we’re offering a few discounted cruises to pack even more value into our already great value cruise fare, which includes more than $2000 worth of guided shore excursions, a weekly laundry service, three meals per day, complimentary French wine with onboard lunches and dinners, and calls to nine Tahitian islands including a fabulous picnic on a secluded island in Bora Bora’s blue lagoon.”

Mr Wong said the 2020 program would also feature an encore cruise to Pitcairn Island but it was expected to sell out quickly.

There are no cruises in January 2020 as Aranui 5 will be in dry dock.

Aranui 5 features a restaurant, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a boutique, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa and four bars including the popular Sky bar.

For more information visit www.aranuicruises.com.au or call +613 9449 3778

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. Discounted cruises are available until sold out.


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Sailing Adventure in the Seychelles

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Island-hopping in style with Exodus Travels

One of the world's most beautiful and isolated archipelagos has been re-discovered.

The world's only mid-ocean islands of granite formation

The Seychelles archipelago is often mentioned in the same breath as the lost Garden of Eden. Green-covered atolls lapped by warm crystal-clear waters, with pristine beaches, rare flora and fauna that have been cocooned in isolation for millions of years make up a surprisingly diverse destination of striking natural beauty.

In a sailing adventure that is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, a traditional schooner is used to explore the Seychelles' main islands. Each day on board allows travellers to explore isolates bays and coves, nature reserves, snorkel through marine parks and take awe in the colourful, protected habitats of rare endemic birdlife.

Nine days from $4,095. For only one more week, Exodus Travels are giving everyone who books  $250 off per person.

To book, head to www.exodustravels.com or speak to your travel agent.