Adventure * Expedition * Small Ship * River Cruises * Luxury * Boutique


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.

With just 32 cabins, the exclusive Sanctuary Nile Adventurer offers an intimate yet truly magnificent setting for an Egyptian adventure. Says Adel Fathy, the ship's Boat Manager, "I am prouder than ever to welcome guests on board to experience our warm hospitality and exquisite ambience on the quintessential Nile adventure. After 27 years, I still feel a thrill when we glide past an ancient temple at sunset."

Decorated in a contemporary style, the elegant new Sanctuary Nile Adventurer design combines modern Egyptian culture with 7,000 years of heritage. From the moment guests step onboard, the Nile Adventurer feels bright and inviting, from the gleaming teak of the sundeck to the hushed elegance of the new spa. After trips ashore to visit sacred sites with expert Egyptologists, relax with refreshing cocktails in a private cabana or cool off in the perfectly glorious pool as the sun sets behind yet another picture-perfect temple.

Inside, the look is all stylish sophistication, with opulent fabrics and refined lighting that evoke Egypt's 'golden hour'. Lovingly crafted Caravanserai lamps with ornate cut-outs cast a patterned glow and a serene colour scheme – a blend of azure and warm sandstone with hints of softly burnished gold and bronze , cool blues and aquamarines, carefully selected antiques –enhance the ship's sense of assured ambience.

Stretch out as the landscape glides past in cinematic colour in elegant new-look cabins and suites. Each one is a haven of sophistication, with distinctive touches and tasteful fabrics, patterned rugs, tiles and textiles, plus five-star amenities, while dramatic new feature walls and headboards with embedded lighting add a touch of glamour. Each Standard and Deluxe cabin features brass pendant lamps, a plush headboard and a private bath, while two Junior Suites offer spacious retreats, each complete with a new 'floating' vanity and a private dining space. The palatial Presidential Suites feature spectacular views from huge windows, their own private balconies plus refined living areas, while their new king-sized four-poster beds are the epitome of sumptuous indulgence.

The ship's restaurant has also undergone a complete transformation, featuring a central display – all the better to showcase the cuisine of its award-winning chefs. Warmth abounds throughout the interior, with burnished bronze tones, the soft glow of hammered copper, delicately patterned tiles inlaid in the walnut floor, and carefully selected antiques. Guests even have a chance to participate in an Egyptian cooking lesson, all the better to recreate delicious dishes once they're back at home.

The communal lounge now features intricately patterned wall tiles, a dramatic bar, tasteful new fabrics and rugs, and once again, the warm glow of soft lighting, while internal pillars are decorated in silver to catch the light dancing across the surface – as it does on the river outside.

For those looking for a little extra serenity, there are also plenty of cosy nooks on board Sanctuary Nile Adventurer. A tranquil, comfortable library leads into a brand new spa, where a floating four-poster awaits, along with a soothing massage or an indulgent treatment. Or guests can simply relax on the vast sun deck and absorb the epic scenery passing by.

Venturing ashore, visit ancient sites and temples, including the striking Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor, with its perfectly preserved hieroglyphics, accompanied by an expert Egyptologist, who will enrich the experience with their knowledge and passion. Itineraries also include tours of both the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, as well as the Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika, the Temple of Khnum, the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus. Guests can even take a memorable ride on a white-sailed felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boat synonymous with the Nile.

Follow excursions to archaeological sites on shore with a refreshing cocktail in a private cabana or cool off in the glorious pool. And for the virtuous, there will even be a brand new open-air gym.

The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer offers 4-night cruises between Aswan and Luxor, operating both upstream (south) and downstream (and north). In 2020, 4-night cruises onboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer start from USD1,307 per person twin share including accommodation, all meals, mineral water, tea and coffee served during meal-times, all sightseeing, guiding and entrance fees.

So, don't miss out – book now for your chance to experience genuine 5-star luxury on one of the world's most timeless rivers.

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Sunday, 13 October 2019

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


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


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.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Wild Earth Travel 2020 Brochures

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This brochure is a showcase of Wild Earth Travel's range of small ship cruising, featuring voyages to some of the most remote destinations on the planet. Fancy a trip to the top of the world - the Arctic Circle? Or how about a cruise through the Amazon Jungle? Or maybe history is your passion and a trip through the Baltic regions of Scandinavia or Scotland is what you dream of?

Here at Wild Earth Travel, we are passionate about finding the ultimate cruise for you. Our brochure is a starting point of inspiration, but contact us for more options and to find your perfect cruise! 

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Canadian expedition cruise season ends on a high note

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Canada’s premiere expedition cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), continues to perform as an outstanding leader of expedition voyages following a successful 2019 Arctic season. Guests were captivated by the abundance of wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes and poignant visits to historical sites and remote Inuit communities.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Silversea Expeditions Northeast Passage crossing

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For the first time in the cruise line’s history, Silversea’s guests recently crossed the iconic Northeast Passage. Between 10 August and 5 September 2019, travellers journeyed 5,019 Nautical Miles between Nome and Tromsø, calling at 27 incredible destinations across three countries. They travelled aboard Silver Explorer in superlative comfort, retracing the route taken by famous explorers of yesteryear. Among the voyage’s numerous highlights were various sightings of Polar Bears with their cubs, and other rare wildlife encounters; two passages through the Arctic sea ice, accompanied by an icebreaker; a unique culinary experience on the remote Ostrov Isachenko; and a polar plunge above 80°N latitude.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Microcruising the Adriatic with G Adventures

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From on board: S/Y Baltra

The grandeur of historic Kotor Bay rivals Cape Town (in my opinion) [RE]

If expedition cruising is a sub-set of cruising (I know, that is a whole other discussion) then it follows that 'microcruising' must be a subset of expedition cruising.

Take a 52-foot French-built monohull sailing yacht, add eight adventurous souls looking to explore  the glorious Dalmatian Coast in the pleasant, shoulder season of September.