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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

World Expeditions Launches First Class Galapagos Experience

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Adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions, has launched an exclusive opportunity to experience the Galapagos wildlife with naturalist expert, Jaime Dominguez on the brand new, first-class yacht, Solaris.

Jaime is widely regarded as one of the best Galapagos guides, counting one-time world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, amongst his private clients. He holds the highest certification possible for a naturalist guide in the Galapagos and has been helping visitors make sense of the wonders (and weirdness!) of the archipelago’s unique fauna for more than three decades.

Jaime uses his exceptional photography to document and inspire those who have not yet been to this incredible ecosystem and his work has featured in publications such as the Charles Darwin Research Station Calendar. In addition, he assists as a volunteer guide for the Galapagos National Park and is involved in various educational programmes for the local communities.

While many consider the Galapagos a first-class destination at any time of the year, this cruise has been carefully timed to coincide with the start of the marine iguana mating season on Espanola Island, a colourful time when the marine iguanas change colours, displaying bright reds and greens in an attempt to attract mates.

Offering ample space to rest and relax (including sundeck, outside bar and lounge areas), the sleek Solaris accommodates only 16 passengers, allowing for a more personal and intimate experience.

All 11 cabins are spacious and air-conditioned, with first class private facilities and ocean views. Five cabins provide single beds, with no single supplement surcharge required for solo travellers.

The Galapagos archipelago represents a striking world of volcanic landscapes and fearless animals, and a cruise through this spectacular wildlife sanctuary on board Solaris promises to be an unforgettable experience.

World Expeditions recommends booking soon to avoid disappointment on this exclusive cruise. For more information and bookings, please call 1300 720 000 or visit

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Pinault donates AUD$158 million to rebuild fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral

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Most of us watched the morning news with dismay, seeing a burning inferno of that iconic symbol of the City of Lights, Notre-Dame.

While the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral was still burning, President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron committed to immediate rebuilding and refurbishment, and implementation of an international fundraising campaign.

Within hours, Fran├žois-Henri Pinault, chairman of the Kering Group and Chairman of Artemis - the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family (which includes the luxury cruise company PONANT as well as brands Gucci, Yves St Laurent and Alexander McQueen) - pledged 100 million Euros towards the rebuild.

Pinault is the chairman and CEO of the Kering group, which owns such brands as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. He is also president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

Coming from family funds this is, to my mind, a most extraordinary gesture.

No matter how deep one’s pockets may be, a wonderfully generous gift and, for me, a humbling reflection of just who is behind Ponant.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Silversea announces Silver Origin for Galapagos

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Italian whispered luxury combined with amazing expedition experience will redefine luxury in the destination.

Silversea unveils new details of Silver Origin, the cruise line’s first ever destination-specific ship, which will unlock deep travel experiences for guests in the Galapagos Islands from winter 2020. One of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever and designed entirely with these unique islands in mind, Silver Origin will combine Silversea’s local destination expertise with the cruise line’s trademark level of luxury to offer guests the ultimate destination experience.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Wild Earth Travel announces new voyage 'In the wake of Mawson'

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Wild Earth Travel is excited to announce they have a new itinerary following the legacy of late explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson, in the 2019-20 Southern Ocean season. Guests will voyage to one of the least visited coastlines in the world and will discover why East Antarctica held such a fascination for pioneering legendary explorer Mawson.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Major port upgrade for Broome

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The port of Broome is poised to become a cruise stop for major cruise lines following the announcement by the Western Australian Government that proposed dredging work will commence mid-2019

PONANT takes delivery of Le Bougainville on schedule

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PONANT, the world leader in luxury expeditions is pursuing its development strategy, welcoming into its fleet its eighth ship, Le Bougainville, the third in the PONANT EXPLORERS series of six new ships.

Le Bougainville, represents the embodiment of PONANT expertise.

Aqua Expeditions to go Coastal Cruising

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Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions is set to diversify its business operations and enter the coastal cruises market in the fourth quarter of 2019, after operating as a river cruise line for the past 12 years.