Tuesday 30 October 2012

HMS Bounty lost in Hurricane Sandy

HMS Bounty, a 180-foot (54.86 meters) tall ship, sinks beneath the waves after being hit by Hurricane Sandy (EPA)

The 180ft, three-mast vessel was about 160 miles west of the eye of hurricane when it went down, about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina.

It was a replica of the a British ship known for the mutiny that took place near Tahiti in 1789.

The replica was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" which starred Marlin Brando and has featured in other movies including "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," starring Johnny Depp.

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Sunday 28 October 2012

Matthew Flinders: The Man Who Mapped Australia

The exciting story of Matthew Flinders the man who named Australia and the first to chart its coastline.

Matthew Flinders is a towering figure in Australian history the first to chart our coastline and the leading champion for naming the country Australia. In 1801 he was made commander of the expedition of his life the first close circumnavigation of Terra Australis.

Famous for his meticulous charts and superb navigational skills, Flinders was a bloody good sailor. He battled treacherous conditions in a boat hardly seaworthy, faced the loss of a number of his crewmen and, following a shipwreck on a reef off the Queensland coast, navigated the ship s cutter over 1000 kilometres back to Sydney to get help.

Rob Mundle brings Matthew Flinders fascinating story to life from the heroism and drama of shipwreck, imprisonment and long voyages in appalling conditions, to the heartbreak of being separated from his beloved wife for most of their married life. This is a gripping adventure biography, in the style of BLIGH: MASTER MARINER.
About the Author

Rob Mundle is the bestselling author of BLIGH: MASTER MARINER and ten other books, and a journalist and competitive yachtsman whose own family heritage is with the sea, dating back to his great-great-grandfather who was the master of square riggers. Rob has reported on more than 30 Sydney to Hobart Races, covered seven America s Cup challenges (including Australia s historic 1983 win), four Olympics and numerous other major international events.

For more information visit: http://robmundle.com/

Previous Books:

Hachette Australia
November 2012
400 pages
Biography: general

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Saturday 27 October 2012

Last Amazon Cruises for SeaDream

SeaDream Yacht Club is getting the word out that with Asia replacing the Amazon in 2014, SeaDream II’s February and March 2013 Amazon voyages are the last it has scheduled to the region.

SeaDream president Bob Lepisto said the line’s maiden Amazon cruises this year were ‘extremely popular’ and due to demand, the company added more voyages in 2013.

These include sailings of seven to 20 days and unusual week-long round-trips from Iquitos, Peru, on the upper Amazon. Destinations include Leticia and Monkey Island, Colombia; Panelas, Jutai, Santo Antonio do Ica and Amatura, Brazil; and Pebas, Peru.

The two 20-night voyages between Bridgetown, Barbados, and Iquitos include calls at Devil's Island, French Guiana; Parintins, Manaus and Panelas, Brazil; Leticia and more.

Pre- and post-cruise land programs to Machu Picchu are available.


Australia's premier small ship specialist, The Small Ship Adventure Co has released its new 2012-2013 brochure featuring a spectacular array of luxury and deluxe small ship cruises and eco adventures to some of the world's most exotic locations in Asia, Oceania, Scandinavia, Europe, Alaska, Antarctica and North and South America.

Tailored exclusively for singles, couples, families and groups including private charters for special events and corporate gatherings, The Small Ship Adventure Co has incorporated 20 meticulously produced and diverse itineraries in conjunction with American Safari Cruises, InnerSea Discoveries and Zegrahm Expeditions - one of the world's most acclaimed small ship expeditions which brings together the natural wonders, unique cultures and one-of-a-kind experiences across seven continents.

"The Small Ship Adventure Co is thrilled to release in the Australasian marketplace one of the most unique and exciting cruise products designed exclusively for travellers who are looking for intimacy, luxury and incomparable eco-adventures in places where larger ships simply cannot venture," says Kylee Kay, Managing Director of Sydney-based, The Small Ship Adventure Co.

Adding to the small ship cruise adventures are the exciting water expeditions by Zodiac boats or kayaks to the quiet atolls, coves and rivers, diving and snorkelling amid thriving marine life as well as a host of land excursions that reveal the region's culture, heritage, exotic wildlife and flora and extraordinary panoramas.

"The all-inclusive programmes not only incorporates itinerary flexibility and untold eco-experiences in the world's most pristine locales but also showcases the finest small ships; each outfitted with beautifully-appointed cabins to suit any budget and a host of luxe amenities, scrumptious meals and an expert crew that includes naturalists / guides.

Available for travel from October 3, 2012 until December 31, 2013, the fully-commissionable programme is sold in Australian dollars with a price guarantee on all itineraries when booked and paid in full. For further information, please contact The Small Ship Adventure Co -

Telephone:  1300 650 481 (toll free) or 02 9213 0000
Email:  res@smallshipadventure.com
Website: www.smallshipadventure.com.

Friday 26 October 2012



-         All shore excursions are included -

Sea Cloud Cruises has released a brochure dedicated to its range of Caribbean and Central American voyages aboard the luxurious windjammers, Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II.

Between December 2012 and April 2013, the stylish yachts will sail the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, taking in the natural parks of Costa Rica and Panama, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cuba, the world's second largest coral reef in Belize, ancient Mayan treasures in Mexico and much more. Biologists, local guides and lecturers will reveal the secrets of the region to guests while they enjoy the highest level of comfort that a luxury sailing ship has to offer.

Fifteen cruises of 8 days/7 nights to 15 days/14 nights are available, with fares starting from AUD$2,250* per person, double occupancy, for an 8 days/7 nights round-trip voyage aboard the 64-guest Sea Cloud. Departing from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica on 3 January 2013, Sea Cloud will call at San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, and the Costa Rican highlights of Playas del Coco, Herradura, Quepos, and Islas Tortugas. All shore excursions are included in the cruise only rates offering excellent value.  Those with more available time can extend the cruise with a 4-day pre-cruise programme exploring Costa Rica.

Alternatively, a special combination fare of AUD$5,500* per person, double occupancy, is on offer for a 15 days/ 14 nights cruise aboard the 94-guest Sea Cloud II, departing Bridgetown, Barbados on 11 February 2012. Sea Cloud II will call at Port Elizabeth, Bequia; St George's, Grenada; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curaçao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Colón and Bocas del Toro in Panama, and finish in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. Along the way, guests will visit a turtle sanctuary, kayak through mangroves, snorkel in marine parks and enjoy a jungle safari boat trip on Lake Gatún.  All excursions are included in the cruise only rate, a saving of over AUD$500*.  Those seeking a shorter cruise can book seven night segments from 11-18 February or 18-25 February 2013.

Jackie Foggitt, Managing Director, Sea Cloud Cruises, commented: "We are seeing a growing interest in the Caribbean and Central America amongst Australian travellers looking for that elusive combination of spectacular rainforest and beach scenery, abundant wildlife and vibrant culture. And what better way to explore the area than on an romantic windjammer that can navigate small harbours and hidden anchoring points?"

Sea Cloud Cruises all inclusive fares include all meals, from early breakfast to the exquisite four-course dinner menu and five course gala dinners, and drinks including carefully selected wines and beers, and a welcoming bottle of Champagne in each cabin.

*Rates are at current exchange rate and also put subject to change

For more information please contact Sea Cloud Cruises on toll free 1300 583 572 (Australia) or info@seacloud.com or visit www.seacloud.com

New Melanesian Voyages for Heritage

In October 2013 Heritage Expeditions will lead two new voyages into the Melanesia region. Being lesser-known than other Pacific islands, much of the region has escaped aspects of modern development and high-turnover package tourism.

With opportunities to visit and explore isolated islands, these voyages are ideal for expedition travel – flexible travel programmes make the most of every opportunity. Sail into a world that few have ever experienced, idyllic islands and isolated villages where unique time-honoured traditions and elaborately costumed dancers welcome us into their world. Birders will find a high number of endemic species and a chance to sight ‘once in a lifetime’ species. As well as optional birding excursions on offer, the opportunities for diving and snorkelling are second to none, with an additional scuba diving programme available.

Our 14-Day Melanesia Discoverer departs on 11 October 2013 and explores islands of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

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Thursday 25 October 2012

Kimberley: Coast of Many Colours

Orion serves as a comfortable base for exploring the fascinating
Kimberley coast of northern Australia . Picture: Orion Expeditions

Judith Elen

LIKE, say, a Van Gogh painting, the rust-red cliffs and canyons of Western Australia's Kimberley coast, with their strange shapes and colours, need to be seen at first hand to be truly appreciated -- and, ideally, from the water. 
Vibrant sea greens frame the ancient orange-ochre of the land, and the expeditionary ship Orion forms a bridge. It's a cool way to be here. And there are turtles.

Orion Expedition Cruises' Kimberley itinerary moves between land and sea as easily as stepping into one of the ship's black rubber Zodiacs. It suits the timeless alliance of earth and water and gives passengers access to places difficult to reach. Sea breezes temper the heat of the sun and Orion is a cosseting base.

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A&K Long Cruises on the Nile

Long Cruises on the Nile reintroduced
After the recent resumption of Nile cruises between Cairo and Upper Egypt, luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) is pleased to announce that the small and exclusive cruise ship, Sanctuary Sun Boat III, last month won best long cruise award from Egypt's Ministry of Tourism at its World Tourism Day event in Cairo.

A&K reintroduced the long cruises between Cairo and Upper Egypt following the lifting of a 15-year ban on tourist traffic between the capital and Luxor by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism earlier in the year.

While the river highlights between the popular cities of Luxor and Aswan include a number of important temples, they are mostly from the Graeco-Roman era. Further north, in the area known as Middle Egypt, the sights are much older. One of the highlights of the newly opened stretch is Tel El Amarna, the capital of Egypt's heretic king Akhenaten and Nefertiti, which dates to 1353 BC. It was also the birthplace of Tutankhamun and when the boy king was crowned, he returned to Luxor with his treasure and Amarna was abandoned.

Another attraction is at Beni Hassan, where a collection of rock-cut tombs depict painted scenes of everyday life still in vivid colour. From a much more recent era are the two Coptic monasteries. The Red and White Monasteries get their names from the materials used to build them. Each is home to important sculptures and paintings from the 5th to 14th centuries.

Sanctuary Sun Boat III is a stylish and intimate vessel with a capacity of just 36 guests. Smaller than the average Nile cruiser, she exudes a style more exclusive club than cruise ship. Cabins are fully air-conditioned with panoramic windows and private bathrooms and the public areas are attractive and tastefully decorated. On deck there is plenty of space to soak up the river scenery plus a heated plunge pool.

A fully qualified Egyptologist conducts uniquely tailored sightseeing in small groups of no more than 15, avoiding site visits at busy times.

A&K's 15 day 'Egyptian Odyssey' includes the 10-night cruise between Cairo and Aswan on the Sanctuary Sun Boats III and IV with departures in April and June 2013.

Prices available on application.

To book your A&K itinerary today or to enquire further please contact Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800 or www.abercrombiekent.com.au

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Broaden your horizons on a Narrowboat holiday and save

Picture yourself gliding along Britain's tree-lined waterways in a traditional canal boat; cruise to Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon to soak up the atmosphere or see a play; visit the Roman city of Bath or the historical industrial centres of the Midland or the North. Or cruise the spectacular Llangollen Canal in North Wales, Britain's most scenic canal.

Sample a pint of traditional ale and a pub meal beside a canal; explore a museum or marvel at the engineering of the handmade lock systems that allowed boats to climb up and down those rolling green hills transporting goods for more than two centuries.

Narrowboat holidays are ideal for couples, families or groups – with comfortable cabins and shower/toilets - no experience or boat licence required. Self-drive boat hire is available from bases across England, Scotland and Wales for week-long, mid-week or long weekend periods.

Boating holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria offers a wide range of narrowboats from March to October each year.

There are early booking discounts of up to 20% off these charming narrowboat canal holidays for new reservations for 2013 made before 21 December 2012.  Book now!

Cost for week-long hire of 2-4 berth canal boat from $740 (normally $925) including hire fees, cooking facilities, linen and towels.

Conditions apply

The Active Holiday Company
PO Box 286, Bright, Victoria 3741, Australia
Tel (03) 57 501 441   Toll free 1800 331 582  Fax (03) 57 501020 
Email info@outdoortravel.com.au
Website:  http://www.outdoortravel.com.au/

Compagnie du Ponant Summer 2013 Brochure

Compagnie du Ponant has released their Summer 2013 Brochure featuring luxury cruises in The Great North, Canada, Mediterranean Northern Europe, The Baltic and Asia. Compagnie du Ponant offers travellers a unique and privileged cruise.

The new brochure celebrates the company's latest vessel, Le Soléal's inaugural season. Compagnie du Ponant's latest ship forms a warm and intimate atmosphere, refined design and contemporary decor inspired by the Yachting world. Le Soléal's maiden voyage begins with discovering Barcelona.

New itineraries in Asia begin in October 2013 aboard Le Soléal. For the first time, Le Soléal is calling at the Land of the Rising Sun, a country rich in contrasts, where the pace is set by the energy of its huge cities and the calm serenity of the gardens. From Tokyo to Osaka, the new beating heart of Japan, via Kyoto, the romantic, from sacred gardens to slumbering sanctuaries, secular temples to the delicate landscapes of Nara, Le Soléal offers cruises that are unique and captivating.

The 2013 Summer Brochure also includes new themed cruises in partnership with various companies to allow guests to experience golf, music, food, wine and beauty in a memorable way. The programs include talented experts, workshops and prestigious guests. Activities range from tasting sessions of fine wines and cookery workshops with some of the most famous French Michelin-starred chefs on a cruise between Andalucia, the Balearic Islands and the Costa Brava to the "Golf Special" in Italy, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

From the immaculate whiteness of the Arctic to the subtle perfumes of the Asian continent, Compagnie du Ponant's 2013 journeys abroad yachts with restricted capacity and carefully choreographed itineraries.



Tuesday 23 October 2012

Orion's Limited Offer - Inclusive Charter Flight

During March and April 2013, our award-winning expedition cruise ship Orion will again provide a very civilised and luxurious way to interact with the ancient and primitive cultures of near-neighbours Melanesia, Papua New Guinea and West Papua - exciting places untouched, or changed, by mainstream tourism.

All these itineraries seamlessly incorporate a charter flight direct to or from the ship in Cairns or Rabaul for boarding or disembarkation and FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY we are INCLUDING THE FLIGHT AT NO ADDITIONAL COST to you.

Normally the charter flight would cost $600 for guests taking advantage of this hassle free option (which by-passes Port Moresby and conveniently avoids connecting flights) and for a short time we are waiving the charge on all new bookings made before 30 November 2012.

These voyages provide exceptional cultural experiences, as well as amazing snorkelling and WWII history. They rank as favourites among our specialist Expedition Team members.

Orion's voyages provide modern day explorers with the opportunity to venture to places far from mainstream tourism, yet to do so in the company of like-minded fellow travellers, in comfort and safety and without sacrificing creature comforts.

Our Concierge can assist with flights, pre or post hotel accommodation and tours. Please notify our Reservations Team when you make your booking.

Melanie Bernstein
Loyalty Programmes Manager

* Offer for new bookings made by 30 November 2012. Fares are per person, twin share in Australian Dollars. Fares include best savings available. Savings are subject to availability and vary by category type and sailing date.

Coral Princess announces next installment in 'Victories in the Pacific' series

Australians on the Kokoda Track, 1942
Australia's pioneer of small-ship expedition cruising Coral Princess Cruises has announced details of the next installment in their popular Victories in the Pacific series, visiting the major World War II battlefields of the South Pacific. The 10-night 'New Guinea Campaign' expedition departs Port Moresby on 13 November 2013 aboard the company's state-of-the-art, 72 passenger small ship Oceanic Discoverer.

The itinerary, developed by Coral Princess in conjunction with Australia's foremost military historian and author Mat McLachlan, features a visit to Cape Gloucester on the island of New Britain, the first time an organised tour group has landed in this historically significant area. Another highlight is a day spent around the villages of Buna and Gona on the eastern end of the Kokoda Track, where Australian and US forces suffered major losses in a bloody 3-month battle with the Japanese Imperial Forces before eventually forcing the Japanese into retreat.

The expedition will be personally guided by McLachlan, who will share insights into the battles, along with countless tales of heroism of the young Australians who went to war, many of whom never returned. McLachlan will lead tours of the key battlegrounds of Milne Bay, Goodenough Island, Sanananda, Lae, Madang and Kimbe Bay. SCUBA divers will also have the opportunity to dive the bombed wreck of the Japanese supply ship Kotoku Maru.

The 'New Guinea Campaign' follows on from the company's successful 'Guadalcanal Campaign' expedition of March 2012, a highlight of which was the emotional return of US veteran Chuck Meacham to the island of Puruata, his first visit to the island since landing on the Japanese-controlled island in 1943.

Oceanic Discoverer

Prices for the 10-night 'Victories in the Pacific: The New Guinea Campaign' expedition aboard Oceanic Discoverer start at $9,090 per person in a Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom. The company is also offering a three night pre-cruise extension in Port Moresby, where participants will be able to join a service at the beautifully maintained Bomana War Cemetery on Remembrance Day and visit famed Owen's Corner on the western end of the Kokoda Track.

For further information and reservations contact Coral Princess Cruises on 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralprincess.com.au.

Silversea Names Second Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

Source Travel Pulse

Silversea Cruises has named its second small expedition ship Silver Galapagos. The vessel currently sails as the Galapagos Explorer II. The 2013 Galápagos program will open for sale in mid-November.

Silversea said the new name signals its intent to maintain “a consistent level of elegance throughout its fleet,” which will take effect after the all-suite, 100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013. In a related move, the hull of the Galapagos Explorer II has already been painted the same dark blue as Silver Explorer, the company’s other expedition ship.

Silversea said the Silver Galapagos will be the only luxury expedition ship exploring the Galápagos archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Silver Galapagos is offering two new seven-day itineraries, both departing Baltra Island on Saturdays, beginning in late September 2013. One option explores the western, southern and eastern islands, including Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal, and Santa Cruz. The other option visits the northeast, central and southeast islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal, Española, and Plazas Sur.

The cruises will offer complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an expedition team certified by the Galápagos National Park Service. Guests can expect to view iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches. The program also offers opportunities to swim and snorkel, hike through mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, explore natural lava tunnels, watch for wild flamingos (in season), read cave inscriptions from the 1800s, and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

The Silver Galapagos will feature butler service, complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and all gratuities.

Cruceros Australis Sets Four Whale-Focused Cruises

Cruceros Australis is offering four whale-themed cruises in Patagonia in early 2013 to mark the 30th anniversary of the vote to end whaling. The four-night expedition cruises include programs that incorporate the observation of humpback whales in the Strait of Magellan. The Stella Australis will host the first departure on Jan. 12.

The Via Australis will operate the Feb. 4, Feb. 20 and March 8 departures. The trip includes shore excursions, onboard entertainment, all meals, an open bar and Chilean and Argentinean wines. Rates start at $1,989 for these departures.

Monday 22 October 2012

Travel with A&K to Antarctica

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has released its 2013-14 Antarctica brochure.

The company is again chartering the sophisticated 199-passenger MV 'Le Boreal' for three departures throughout the season, with a dedicated Climate Change Mission Trip to the Antarctic Peninsula and two other trips, which also incorporate South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Expert naturalist guides accompany guests on Zodiac excursions and conduct educational and informative briefings on board.

Early Bird Discounts are available for bookings made by 28 February 2013.

To book your A&K itinerary today or to enquire further please contact Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800 or www.abercrombiekent.com.au

Sunday 21 October 2012

Two-for-One to the Falklands and Antarctic Peninsula

For the remaining berths on voyage PLA21, a 20-days voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula aboard m/v Plancius from 03 till 22 November 2012

Oceanwide Expeditions
Bellamypark 9
4381 CG Vlissingen, the Netherlands

T: +31 (0) 118 410 410
F: +31 (0) 118 410 417
E: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com

Monday 15 October 2012

50 Degrees North offers independent Greenland voyages in new Summer Brochure

Travel operator and Nordic specialist 50 Degrees North has just released its ‘Midnight Sun & Summer Holidays’ brochure, with a new range of independent tours and voyages in Greenland. This 90-page brochure is the most exciting and comprehensive brochure for the Nordic, Russian & Arctic regions found here in the Australian market and brings new life to Scandinavian, Greenland and Northern European travel options.

New for 2013 are the independent voyages and itineraries for Greenland. With our local knowledge and passion, we have created the Icebergs and Whales of Greenland, an 8 day tour of Greenland, which lets you experience a modern Greenlandic town north of the Polar Circle, the unique Disko Bay and the wildlife in the area. See majestic icebergs float in the fiord right outside the town and experience at close range the impressive glacier of Eqi. This tour is designed and executed by 50 Degrees North, run from mid June to late August, priced at AUD$3270 per person, $1190 single supplement.

The West Greenland Coastal Voyage allows you to travel like the locals do, boarding the coastal ferry travelling south from Ilulissat. You stop at several towns along the way to Narsaq, a great way to mingle with the locals. Seafaring plays a very important role in the Greenlandic infrastructure and a cruise along the West Coast of Greenland is a fabulous way of experiencing this beautiful and varied region. Designed and run by 50 Degrees North, this coastal voyage offers you a unique way to see the ‘real’ Greenland. The 12-day voyage runs between June and late August, priced at AUD$5300 per person, $3300 single supplement.

In addition, the new Summer Brochure contains a number of other new Greenland trekking and cruising options.

Visit www.fiftydegreesnorth.com for more information, or to get a free copy e-mail: info@fiftydegreesnorth.com

Saturday 13 October 2012

For Sale: Tu Moana

Australian-built, French-flagged luxury adventure ship with room for 78 guests. Details

Wednesday 10 October 2012

MS BREMEN: Overhauled and ready for more adventure

Fit for the Next Expeditions: Shipyard Stay MS BREMEN

· Successful conclusion of the shipyard stay
· Completely new exterior coating
· Next cruise starting on 15 October in Lisbon

Following a 19-day shipyard stay, MS BREMEN left Hamburg’s long-established shipyard Blohm + Voss on October 10th. With routine works, she was overhauled for the coming season. In addition, repair works were successfully carried out on the propeller of the expedition ship. Starting out from Hamburg, the BREMEN will set course for Lisbon where the next cruise starts on October 15th. In the middle of November, she will be headed for the Antarctic ice for the first time this season.

During the shipyard stay, 20 tonnes of paint were meticulously stripped from the exterior of the BREMEN in order to provide the expedition ship with a fresh TBT-free underwater coating. A mere 2 tonnes of paint were required for this purpose. Now, the BREMEN can once again smoothly glide through the frequently very sensitive cruising areas – and thanks to the weight loss, she will consume less fuel than previously.

Furthermore, 800 square meters / more than 8600 square feet of new carpet were laid and new curtains were put up in the public areas. The galley was renovated comprehensively and equipped with new technical devices to also meet the culinary expectations of the guests in the future.

The next cruise will take the BREMEN from Lisbon to Tenerife exploring the Azores as well as Madeira from 15.10. until 28.10.2012.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings or brochure requests, please look for your nearest sales agent in your country at www.hl-cruises.com, link “Contact & Services”.

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Discover the Pacific Northwest Passage On 'Safari Legacy'

American Safari Cruises has released its "Legacy of Discovery" small-ship travel experience in the U.S.A.'s Pacific Northwest interior aboard the 88 passenger vessel, Safari Legacy in conjunction with Australia’s premier small ship specialist, The Small Ship Adventure Co.

The perfect adventure getaway for couples and families, the 8 day / 7 night, small-ship adventure cruise journeys along the rugged Snake and Columbia Rivers in Oregon and Washington, bringing together panoramic scenery, wildlife encounters, historic landmarks, Washington's wine country and the natural history of the American West.

Departing from Portland, Oregon (return) aboard Safari Legacy, guests first explore the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Multnomah Falls in a kayak or skiff, past the forested and rocky riverbanks and towering pinnacles of basalt that once guided the explorers, Lewis and Clark on their epic journey. Beyond the rugged wilderness trails at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, guests then enjoy the ultimate thrill aboard a jet boat to Hells Canyon, which slices through North America's deepest river gorge and past 7,000 year old Indian petroglyphs. Back on land there are treks along the Oregon Trail as well as a number of visits to region's historic pioneer forts including Fort Clatsop, Fort Walla Walla and the Whitman Mission and Bonneville Dam, an engineering feat which helped tame the mighty Columbia River.

Complementing the Pacific Northwest experience is a private tour to a Washington winery along with a visit Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre, Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Maritime Museum in enchanting Astoria, one of the region's quaintest cities brimming with grand Victorian bed and breakfast establishments, antique stores, cafes and maritime heritage.

For details, contact Ultimate Cruising www.ultimatecruising.com on 1300 662 943

Corinthian II Chartered to Polar Latitudes

Corinthian II to be renamed Sea Explorer

source: www.cruiseindustrynews.com

After eight years on charter to Travel Dynamics, the Corinthian II will be redelivered March 2013, according to vessel management company ISP.

ISP said the 114-passenger ex-Renaissance ship will be renamed Sea Explorer and has been chartered to Polar Latitudes for winter seasons in 2013, 2014 and 2015, along with further options.

Polar Latitudes has stated that the “Sea Explorer perfectly fits our vision for Polar Latitudes and our programs, as well as the evolving expectations of Antarctic travelers”.

For the summer season 2013 the ship is chartered to Albatros Travel in Copenhagen. The vessel was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2004 and 2010 accommodates 114 passengers and offers a classic expedition atmosphere and luxury accommodations. The vessel has 57 outside suites, each affording sea views and elegantly appointed with a sitting area, TV, mini-refrigerator, safe and other amenities. Several suites include private balconies accessed via sliding glass doors.

Friday 5 October 2012


SeaDream Yacht Club announces its Asia debut scheduled for late 2013

Prompted by demand from its very loyal Club members, SeaDream Yacht Club has just released full details on its plans to sail a series of voyages in Asia and Northern Australia beginning in late 2013. The line reports that one of its twin mega-yachts, SeaDream II will sail to Asia after completing her 2013 Mediterranean season. Sure to be a unique voyage, the "Passage to the Far East" will depart Athens, Greece in October 2013 and includes a transit of the Suez Canal, excursions to Egypt's fascinating archeological sites (accompanied by Egyptologist) and visits some intriguing ports before arriving in Mumbai, India. The yacht then sets sail for Singapore via Colombo and Phuket offering 18 unique voyages in the region: 7-15 days in duration with opportunities to combine voyages for a longer holiday.  

Scheduled to stay in Asia until April 2014, itineraries are varied and include ports in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), East Timor, Northern Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and China. "Whether you crave the peace and tranquility of undiscovered beaches and islands, or the exhilarating energy and buzz of vibrant cities, SeaDream's Asia offers something for everyone" said SeaDream's President, Bob Lepisto. Adding, "SeaDream's yachting itineraries include some unique ports such as the little-visited islands of the Burmese Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea and Sanya, on Hainan Island in China."

Each voyage offers exciting and unique ports of call. Highlights include:

·      Overnight, 2-day stay in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), site of The Shwedagon Pagoda. Optional full day excursions by air to Mandalay and Bagan; a valley covered with 2,000 pagodas and temples.
·      Yachting the beautiful Langkawi Archipelago of Malaysia.
·      Visiting "the beach" (made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "The Beach") on the Phi Phi Islands of Thailand.
·      Diving the vibrant underwater paradise of Thailand's, Similan Islands National Park.
·      Playing great golf in Malaysia, Phuket and at the Andaman Club, a five star golf resort & casino on Thahtay Kyun Island, Burma.
·      Spending New Year's Eve in Patong Bay, Phuket, Thailand. A night of fireworks and thousands of floating, candlelit paper "magic lanterns".
·      Exploring the world heritage site of Halong Bay, Vietnam; one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
·      Seeing giant monitor lizards on Komodo Island.
·      From Singapore, pre & post voyage overland packages to Cambodia including Angkor Wat.
·      From Singapore, a pre & post voyage overland package to Borobudur (UNESCO site) and Yogyakarta, site of the Prambanan Temple.

SeaDream first shared the news with their enthusiastic past guests and their travel agents, allowing their Club members to be the first to reserve space, on what are expected to be highly sought after voyages. Visit www.seadream.com for full details.

Just released, the 2013 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, announced that the 112-guest mega yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II have again achieved the top two ratings in the 'Boutique Ships' category (50 – 250 passengers). SeaDream's itineraries include the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Amazon and Asia. For full details see travel agents or visit www.SeaDream.com

Thursday 4 October 2012

Adventurer to be renamed

Source: Cruise Weekly

FROM 11 Oct 2012 Clipper Adventurer, operated by Quark Expeditions and owned by International Shipping Partners, will be renamed Sea Adventurer.

As such, from 11 Oct all Quark Expeditions marketing material related to the 2013/14 season will relate to the ship as Sea Adventurer.

“This is a name change only and will in no way effect any element of service or amenity in relation to any Quark voyage,” Quark said in a statement.

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Leading Polar Explorer Børge Ousland joins Oceanwide Expeditions on epic South Georgia ski crossing

In 2010, Oceanwide Expeditions´ first international ski team successfully completed their self supplied ski crossing of South Georgia following the footsteps of Shackleton, Crean and Worsley along the historical route across the glaciated interior of the remote South Georgia island from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. Since then Oceanwide Expeditions has become a main operator to offer skiing expeditions across South Georgia.

Leading Polar Explorer Børge Ousland from Norway joins Oceanwide Expeditions on epic South Georgia ski crossing embedded in the end of season voyage onboard ice strengthened vessel m/v Ortelius (OTL28, Exclusive South Georgia, 20 March - 06 April 2013 (18 days), Ushuaia – Montevideo) . This is an expedition for real explorers! Apply now to become a member of the expedition team to traverse the island of South Georgia on a self supplied ski trek hauling pulkas (sledges) with personal and shared equipment (food, stoves, fuel) across mountainous terrain from the South to North coast. The skiers will cover a total distance of 40 – 50 km retracing sections of the historic Shackleton route from 1916. The expedition will be guided by leading polar explorer , expedition leader, author and speaker Børge Ousland , whi initiated expeditions to both the South and North Poles and solo crossings of both the Antarctic and the Arctic from coasts to coasts. Last year Børge and skipper Thorleif Thorleifsson in the "Northern Passage", a 31 foot sailing trimaran made of fibreglass with a ten horse power outboard as only engine, became the first ever to circumnavigate the North Pole in one season. While planning new outings to remote places, Børge Ousland makes his living giving lectures, writing books (9 so far) and contributing to films from the wilderness. He is one of the few speakers represented by National Geographic Speakers Bureau; a part of the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.

The ski traverse involves elements of ski mountaineering, glacier travel and winter camping. In general, participants must be physically conditioned and experienced in order to participate in strenuous exercise in alpine environments with sometime extreme weather. In addition, ski trekkers must be familiar with skiing and crevasse rescue techniques that can be learned in Alpine Introductory Courses. The ski team will aim for reunion with the ship at Stromness Bay to rejoin the rest of the ship's passengers and enjoy the latter part of the South Georgia cruise itinerary.

The voyage is an exciting "once in a lifetime" expedition not only for the tough adventurer. The voyage is also available for non skiers who want to book „cruise only" (with landings, hikes and zodiac excursions). The sea explorers (cruise only) will explore the Northern shorelines of the Island, while at the same time the ski explorers will attempt to traverse the Island.


Tuesday 2 October 2012

APT Moves New Ship to Kimberley

Source: Cruise Weekly

APT has added the 57-suite luxury expedition ship MS Caledonian Sky to its Kimberley Wilderness Adventures 2013 program.

The company bought a stake in Noble Caledonia (owners of Caledonian Sky) earlier in the year (CW 14 June) and have since been incorporating Noble Caledonia vessels into its various land touring and cruising options.

As such, Caledonian Sky will now join Oceanic Discoverer, Coral Princess and Kimberley Quest II in the APT Kimberley fleet, and will offer 11, 15 and 28-day programs in September 2013.

See kimberleywilderness.com.au for details.

Falkland Islands 2012/13 cruise ship season brings new luxury visitors

MY Sherakhan
Luxury superyacht MY Sherakhan, is one of four vessels new to the Falkland Islands visiting in the 2012/13 season beginning next month. More often spotted in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, she also ventures further afield to Patagonia, Antarctica, French Polynesia, Asia, and Panama.

Regatta (Prestige Cruises) Ocean Diamond (Quark) and Arcadia (P&O) will also pay inaugural visits.

The season will begin gently with the first vessel, Ushuaia arriving in Stanley on October 6, carrying 84 passengers and returning on October 20.

Two of the smaller class of vessels Polar Pioneer and Ocean Nova will also visit later in the month, with the far larger Costa Romantica planning to drop anchor in the Islands on October 27.

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Monday 1 October 2012

Rare and Deep Discounts on Antarctic Cruises

AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, reports unprecedented deep discounts in cruises to Antarctica this coming season.

“One of the main factors may be that travel bookings slow down as a U.S. Presidential election approaches,” speculates Todd Smith, AdventureSmith founder and director. Smith explains that August through November is prime booking season for Antarctica small ship expeditions.

“Every four years there seems to be excess cruise capacity to Antarctica and consequently ship owners provide deep discounts, but this year seems special and a great opportunity for adventurous travelers seeking to check off a bucket list vacation to the bottom of the planet.”

He attributes this to “people being reluctant to make big purchases prior to an election due to any perceived uncertainty about the future. The trend is not nearly as pronounced in other lower ticket travel destinations. We noticed this trend in 2000, 2004 and it was especially pronounced in the 2008 election cycle and economic downturn.”

Following are programs discounted up to 30 percent and others offering significant charter air savings. Small cruise vessels that ply these southern waters vary in capacity from 110 to 189 passengers.

At a 30 percent discount, Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise is geared toward the traveler interested in actively exploring away from the ship for enhanced adventures (kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, mountaineering, scuba diving and photography workshops). Departure dates are Nov. 22-Dec. 3 and Dec. 3-13, 2012. The per person (double) rate before the discount begins at $8,050.

The Antarctica Peninsula with South Shetlands Cruise comes with a 30 percent discount aboard a research vessel that gets up close and personal with the land of snow and ice. Departure dates are Dec. 3-13, 2012, and Dec. 23-Jan. 1, 2012/13. The per person (double) rate before the discount is from $8,050. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/169

Mawson’s Antarctica offers a discount of up to 15 percent (or no single supplement). Beginning and ending in New Zealand, this 19-day expedition commands sightings of elephant seals to wandering Albatross of Antarctica. Departure dates are Dec. 20-Jan 7, 2013, and Jan. 7-25, 2013. The person (double) rate before the discount is from $17,430. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/276

Antarctica Air Cruise is a whale photo safari that comes with a $1,500 per person air credit for a Dec. 7-13 departure. The per person (double) rate is from $10,800. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/173

National Geographic the White Continent is a journey with Lindblad Expeditions that comes with a $1,400 air credit or a $700 air credit and two complimentary days in Buenos Aires. This has the finest naturalist program of all Antarctic cruises. Departures are Nov. 27-Dec. 10 and Dec. 7-20, 2012. The per person (double) rate is from $11,740. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/68

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775.
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