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Thursday, 31 October 2019

One Ocean Expeditions 'restructuring' [updated]

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UPDATE: If you or your client(s) are directly affected, a Facebook page has been set up here

A mysterious, non-commital statement issued by One Ocean Expeditions today would indicate an interruption to service on the eve of the 2019/20 Antarctic season.

The statement below by MD Andrew Prossin says the company is "restructuring" in the aftermath of the loss of its two Russian-flagged vessels earlier this year.

The Canadian company's remaining vessel, RCGS Resolute, was last tracked in the port of Buenos Aires where it had sailed from about a week ago. The reason for the sudden return to port is not clear, but one source close to the company indicated a medical emergency required a crew member be disembarked urgently. This cannot be confirmed and attempts to contact the company directly have been unsuccessful.



A news item posted in the local Squamish Chief would indicate the office is closed and the lights are out.

Another news item posted on the national CBC news site cites claims by staff members about late payments.

"None of us knew for years why we just constantly had issues with not being paid," said bartender and guide Ian Peck, who was eventually paid for his work.

Another former staff member, Caro St. John, says she is still owed $6,400 USD and wonders if she will ever see her money.

"We're the ones who make the experience on the boats above and beyond. And then to not pay them and not communicate with them I think is very poor management," she is quoted as saying in the article.

The company statement, meanwhile, does not include information about passenger bookings, refunds or impacts to staff members.

We will attempt to bring you updates on this situation as they come to hand.






Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Pre-registration for 2021/2022 voyages on the Greg Mortimer opened

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Agents can register their clients for priority on Antarctic and Northbound voyages



Aurora Expeditions, leading expedition cruising and home-grown polar exploration specialist, has today announced the pre-registration has opened for their new 2021/2022 Antarctic and 2022 Northbound voyages onboard the Greg Mortimer and her yet-to-be-named sister ship.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Seabourn Announces World-Class Expedition Team

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It will soon be the height of the spring and summer travel season in the southern hemisphere, and Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is ready for adventure with a world-class and very experienced expedition team assembled to lead all expeditions through the wilds of Antarctica and Patagonia from Seabourn Quest.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Wrangel Island: Polar Bear heaven.

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Neil Nightingale and Karen Bass have been making wildlife films around the world for more than 30 years. But there are locations so remote and so rich in wildlife that still surprise them. Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic is one of those.

Polar bears are intensely curious animals (Neil Nightingale)

The swimming polar bear sensed our presence from quite a distance away. Immediately, he turned and paddled towards us. Climbing onto a patch of ice resting against the ship, head turning this way and that, nose lifted to smell, he gave us a long and searching look.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Expedition cruising route for US/Canada Great Lakes proposal

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The new 'Inside Passage' route on Lake Superior's North Shore MAP: Great Lakes Cruising Coalition

Over the past two years, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition has been investigating the potential for expedition-style ships to sail inside the North Shore Archipelago, a series of islands adjacent to the shoreline. From time to time, several of these inside passages have been used for merchant shipping, but their potential for expedition-style cruising has only recently been recognized, offering a totally new product to the growing Great Lakes cruise trade.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ponant adds new ship and extra voyages for Kimberley for 2021

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Monique Ponfoort, PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific, announced an increased commitment for the company in the 2021 Kimberley season, saying “To meet the growing interest in and demand for our Kimberley expeditions, we are increasing the number of departures in 2021 to provide more choice of travel dates and an expanded range of itineraries.”

Monday, 14 October 2019

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer resumes 4-day Nile sailings


The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer has long been regarded as one of the best boutique ships on the Nile, nominated by National Geographic as one of its 'journeys of a lifetime'. And now that 'journey' is about to become even more memorable, with the ship recommencing its luxurious 4-day sailings along this epic river following a dramatic makeover unveiled late last month.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Galapagos 60th: Free Air, Solo Premium Waived, Guest Speakers...



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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions has announced a series of promotions and activities in keeping with their 50+ year legacy dedicated to conservation and the people of Galapagos.

Keel laying of Lindblad Expeditions' second polar newbuild, National Geographic Endurance

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, and Ulstein Group, Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer, celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad's second polar new build at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. The occasion also served as the official naming ceremony of the vessel.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Visit New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands for a Genuine Wilderness Experience



Small-ship cruise company, Heritage Expeditions, offers a selection of responsible travel options for travellers wishing to explore the Subantarctic islands, including a special partnership voyage with New Zealand's Department of Conservation, where tourism is restricted to protect the richness and diversity of the flora and fauna and to ensure a genuine wilderness experience for small groups of visitors.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Hapag-Lloyd to cut heavy fuel oil


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Low-pollutant marine gas oil will be used by all ships in the fleet from 2020

· This voluntary commitment far exceeds the minimum statutory requirements
· Emissions are to be cut by around 80 %
· Significantly lower levels of soot and particulates

UnCruise Adventures New Belize and Guatemala Adventure Cruise Itinerary


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Further expanding into Latin America, UnCruise Adventures has unveiled its newest small ship adventure cruise itinerary: Belize & Guatemala Wonders – Rivers, Reefs & Cultures. Six departures between October and December 2020 sail roundtrip Belize City on the 66-guest Safari Voyager. A special offer saves couples up to $800 on cruise fare.