Friday 14 June 2024

Aqua Expeditions: Banda Secrets

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A rich tapestry of history and culture, the Spice Islands beckon with aromas of nutmeg and clove. Today, it’s as if time has stood still across this remarkable region, where relics of colonial Dutch forts continue to decorate the pristine landscapes. Alongside their remarkable history – of conquests and spice wars – the Spice Islands present a tropical Eden with rugged volcanic peaks draped in landscapes of emerald rainforests. Off the coast, azure blue waters harbor the Marine Superhighway, aptly named given the wealth of marine life found here.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Raja Ampat and Spice Islands


New for 2025: Raja Ampat & the Spice Islands: An Inspiring Expedition by Geoffrey Kent

Abercrombie & Kent Founder and Chairman Emeritus Geoffrey Kent has had the pristine East Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat in his sights since he began planning his first Inspiring Expedition by Geoffrey Kent® 10 years ago. 

Thursday 13 June 2024

Windstar Cruises Reveals New Ship, Star Seeker, Will Bring Back Popular Routes of Alaska and Japan in 2026

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises revealed today it's planning to send its newest ship, Star Seeker, cruising to Alaska and Japan when it joins the fleet in 2026. Windstar last sailed in Alaska and Japan in 2023 before it redeployed Star Breeze to be the year-round ship in Tahiti. 

Wednesday 12 June 2024

PONANT taps Deb Corbett for CEO Asia Pacific

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PONANT has announced a number of changes to the Asia Pacific team, with Deb Corbett appointed to the position of CEO APAC. After seven years with PONANT and 30 years in the industry, Corbett is perfectly placed to take on the key role in the Asia Pacific region.

Deb Corbett will be ably assisted by the experienced PONANT management team, including Maxime Farrenq, who has been appointed COO; Julie Rogers, Director of Sales and whose sales portfolio has been extended to include Japan and Hong Kong; David Marionneau who has been appointed to the new role of Director of Maritime Operations; Charles Boutet, Director of Marketing & Communications; Mick Fogg, Director of Expedition & Destination Development; and Helene Delgado, Customer Engagement Director.

Monday 3 June 2024

Abercrombie & Kent Expands Luxury Expedition Cruises Portfolio for 2025

Set sail for adventure with new voyages to the Galapagos, Iceland and the Faroes

With interest in expedition cruising growing stronger than ever, Abercrombie & Kent has unveiled an enhanced 2025 Luxury Expedition Cruise portfolio, featuring a broader range of destinations and experiences. The company now offers 24 cruises across seven continents and 33 countries. Headlining the lineup is the new Ultimate Galápagos Expedition aboard the adventure yacht Theory from Ecoventura, which is now part of A&K Travel Group, as well as a new island-hopping adventure to explore the wilds of Iceland, the Faroes, Scotland's Shetland Islands and Isle of Skye.

Aranui Cruises Celebrates 40 Years of Adventure in the Marquesas [video]

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A special anniversary sailing || Milestone merchandise || The chance to win a cruise

Aranui Cruises has announced it will mark its 40th anniversary of cargo cruising this year with a series of celebrations culminating in a special birthday cruise in November.

Monday 27 May 2024

From on Board: Croc spotting in the Kimberley

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Veteran travel journalist and world traveller, Jeremy Bourke, makes his Kimberley debut in style aboard Scenic Eclipse II.

Crocodile or 'logodile'? That is the question on the lips – and the eyes – of everyone in our Zodiac as we focus our attention on a long, dark form floating in the waters of Porosus Creek, in Western Australia’s vast Kimberley region. Unless they’re going in for the kill, these apex predators don’t necessarily show themselves. However, they do like to get some sun on the mudflats in front of the mangroves. But the tide is rising this morning so it’s a race to get far enough up the creek – an odd designation for a body of water that would put most of Australia’s major rivers to shame – to maybe catch one or two napping.

Friday 24 May 2024

PONANT heading to French Polynesia

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Ponant will offer French Polynesia cruises onboard the 184-passenger Le Jacques Cartier from September 2026 to March 2027. The ship will offer a new 14-day cruise around the region, with details to be announced in due course.

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Deepak Chopra aboard SH Diana in New York as Swan Hellenic Announces Two New “Explore & Restore” Cruises in Brazil

Deepak Chopra aboard SH Diana in New York as Swan Hellenic Announces Two New "Explore & Restore" Cruises in Brazil

Swan Hellenic and Chopra respond to accelerating demand and sold-out cruises by launching two new exclusive "Explore & Restore" voyages set to sail the coast of Brazil.

Sunday 19 May 2024

Two dead five missing in Danube river boat collision

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A collision between a river cruise vessel and a private pleasure craft on the Danube River near the town of Verőce, near Budapest, has resulted in the confirmed deaths of two, while another five are listed as missing.

In a report published by ABC News, citing Hungarian public television station M1, it stated that the cruise boat, the 109m 110-passenger Heidelberg, did not stop after the collision and police are trying to determine if it was aware of the collision with the smaller pleasure boat.

The deadly accident comes five years after at least 27 people were killed in Budapest when the river cruise boat, Viking Sigyn, collided with a smaller tourist vessel, sinking it in seconds.

Image: Heidelberg cruising near Budapest in 2012 (Kereszturi Lászlóné photo - CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)