Monday 31 August 2015

Murray Princess Loxton River Cruise 2015 Date Announced

Captain Cook Cruises has announced the dates for its popular seven nights Loxton to Mannum cruises onboard the small ship paddle-wheeler, PS Murray Princess.

The Loxton to Mannum cruise will depart Loxton at 4.30pm on Friday 4 December and disembark in Mannum at 9am on Friday 11 December, 2015.

This historic 339km voyage between Loxton to Mannum, South Australia only operates every two years and follows in the wake of great 19th century pioneers on a unique journey through three Locks.

"We are very excited to be able to operate this incredible cruise this year.  This cruise is always such a popular choice with guests as it really explores Australia's outback history from Loxton to Mannum and is a part of Australia not many people have seen or experienced." Explains Donna Gauci, General Manager, SeaLink South Australia.

The Loxton cruise visits Katarapko, Cobdogla Creek, Overland Corner, Old Distillery, Morgan, Sunnydale and Piggy Flat/Coolcha for overnight stops with shore excursions along the way.

Each day features exciting day trips including a visit to the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve - one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites, for a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history.

Guests will fall in love with the animals at a visit to a Native Wildlife Shelter and enjoy a fun and very interactive Australian Woolshed Show.

In many of the historic towns guests will be able to learn about the early settlers and their families on fascinating guided walks and visits to historic museums. Some townships even date back to the early 1800's.

There's a food and wine trail that enables tastings at a rustic cellar door and an Aussie-style campfire barbecue dinner to be enjoyed on the river bank.

Along with this once in a lifetime journey there's an abundance of nocturnal wildlife including kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises and many other species that may be spotted on the riverbanks.

Birdwatchers can view the prolific birdlife including pelicans, wrens and swans while all guests will delight in the breathtaking river scenery as they cruise past towering limestone cliffs, through picturesque gorges, sandbars and fascinating submerged forests.

The seven night Loxton to Mannum cruise is priced from $1888 per person twin share including accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, the Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship's facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers pre cruise from Adelaide to Loxton and post cruise Mannum to Adelaide.

For further information visit

For Further information and bookings please contact:

T: 1300 729 938 from within Australia or +61 9 8202 8697 from Overseas




Friday 28 August 2015

APT Celebrates Inaugural Voyage of the RV AmaDara on the Mekong

#expeditioncruising #rivercruising

Award-winning luxury travel operator APT today announced the expansion of its Asia river cruise fleet with the inaugural sailing of the new 124-passenger RV AmaDara along the Mekong River.

Welcoming the new rivership, APT Chief Marketing Officer Debra Fox said, "We are delighted to announce the addition of our latest ship, the AmaDara, to our fleet. Like our other Asian river cruise vessels, we've combined comfort and luxury with authentic local design and outstanding immersive sightseeing to ensure guests experience the very best of the region, both on and off the ship."

Joining sister ship the RV AmaLotus, the AmaDara features an innovative design, boasting 62 extra-spacious staterooms and luxury suites, as well as a new specialty restaurant. Each well-appointed stateroom includes a private 'Twin Balcony' comprising a French Balcony with a second full-sized step-out balcony. The ship's interior is reflective of elegant French colonial décor, while inspired by Southeast Asia with authentic Mekong artifacts and accents.

Guests sailing aboard AmaDara will enjoy an array of comfortable amenities including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a spa, a fitness centre and a refreshing sun deck with swimming pool.

The all inclusive lifestyle available to guests travelling on APT's Vietnam and Cambodia holidays also extends to the AmaDara. As well as a special Vietnamese welcome dinner designed by APT Asia Ambassador, celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, guests sailing on APT itineraries will enjoy inclusions such as all meals and beverages onboard, all flights within Asia, five star luxurious accommodation, an APT cruise or tour director, all sightseeing, transfers, airport taxes, port charges and tipping.

Travel agents can book clients to travel aboard the AmaDara as part of APT's 12-day Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights. Priced from just $4,395 per person, twin share, the trip commences with a two night stay at the five-star Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers in Ho Chi Minh City, from where guests can choose to learn about the battle of the Long Tan or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels before enjoying a special degustation dinner designed by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, complete with matching wines, at Xu Restaurant.

The journey also includes a seven night lower Mekong cruise to Siem Reap aboard the AmaDara. Highlights include a visit to Evergreen Island, a rickshaw ride around Tan Chau, a Buddhist blessing at the monastery in Oudong, and an ox-cart ride through rural villages. The trip concludes with a two night stay at the Hotel Sofitel Angkor in Siem Reap from where guests can experience a 'Champagne sunrise' at the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological and enjoy a special farewell dinner with traditional Apsara dance performance.

To find out more about APT's luxury tours and cruises to Vietnam and Cambodia, please call APT on 1300 196 420, visit or see your local travel agent.

Friday 21 August 2015

Explore the remote islands of Polynesia with Silversea Expeditions

Explore some of the most breathtaking islands of Polynesia as Silversea Expedition's luxurious Silver Discoverer sails from Papeete, Tahiti to Apia, Samoa Islands on a 14-day voyage.

Departing on 4 November 2015, Silver Discoverer sails to the spectacular island paradise of Bora Bora, world-renowned as one of the planet's most stunning destinations, with its emerald-green hills, ancient marae stone temples and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons, before cruising to the laid-back Cook Islands.  Porting at Aitutaki, Suwarrow Atoll and Manihiki, guests travel ashore by Zodiac to be greeted by local warriors, scout for breath-taking humpback whales and green turtles, encounter masked, brown and red-footed boobies in a protected National Park, and swim or snorkel around submerged lines of precious black pearls.
Silver Discoverer continues her journey to the islands of Kiribati, the world's largest marine reserve, soon to be completely submerged by the waters of the Pacific.  Here, guests can encounter the 153 species of bird and marine life that inhabit the island of Kanton, before cruising to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, a pristine UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This voyage concludes on the breathtaking shores of Apia, Samoa, where guests are treated to a traditional fire dance and a guided tour of the fascinating history and culture of this unique island nation.

Book this Silversea Expeditions voyage by 31 August 2015 and select a two-category suite upgrade or 50% savings on a second suite. 

Prices are per person starting from AU$16,750 in a View Suite based on double occupancy.  Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship; an outstanding expedition team of expert guides and lecturers; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

Thursday 20 August 2015

Un-Cruise new adventure in Panama


Un-Cruise Adventures has released a new brochure of small ship adventure cruises from November 2015 through April 2017, including a new itinerary in Panama. Other areas covered include Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Hawaii, Mexico, the Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica.

The printed brochure has increased to 100 pages and includes details on twenty cruise itineraries plus land tour extensions. Colorful photos and maps illustrate each trip, and ship deck plans provide an overview of the line’s fleet of boutique yachts and small ships carrying 22-88 guests.

A Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canals itinerary in 2017 sails roundtrip Panama City, Panama aboard the 64-guest Safari Voyager. Highlights include exclusive visits at Guna Yala Islands and Darién villages, explorations of historic Casco Antiguo and San Lorenzo Fort, wildlife viewing in the Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe, bird watching along the Chagres River and a full transit of the 48-mile long Panama Canal.

On the Pacific side of Panama, travelers hike into the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve in the Darién Jungle, spot wildlife on the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe and meet locals at an Emberá village. Guests also explore the Pearl Islands Archipelago, dotted with 90 islands and 130 islets, by kayak, paddle board, skiffs and snorkeling, while keeping eyes peeled for whales and dolphins.

In addition to the Panama Canal transit, guests tour Miraflores Locks and museum, travel to Casco Antiguo, the historic quarter of Panama City, and visit the Presidential Palace, National Theatre and Metropolitan Cathedral.

On the Atlantic side, two days are spent exploring Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) with time for water sports activities, swimming, relaxing on a picturesque beach and touring a local Kuna village. An exploration of the Chagres River is followed by a visit to San Lorenzo Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first sailing departs April 29, 2017, and weeklong cruises continue through September. Rates begin at $4,395 per person, double occupancy. All adventures and activities are included along with innovative meals, a massage, transfers and premium wine, beer and spirits.

In fall 2016, a weeklong adventure cruise begins exploring Costa Rica and also includes a full transit of the Panama Canal. The Safari Voyager will remain in Central America full-time to sail itineraries in Costa Rica and Panama.

Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic open for Arctic bookings


Arctic 2016 Now Open!

Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic opens bookings to one of the world’s most exhilarating destinations

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic the leaders in expedition travel, have released its much-anticipated 2016 Arctic program inviting adventure seekers to discover the many wonders of the Northwest Passage and North Pole.

From uncovering the Viking history of this polar region, hiking along the fascinating Scandinavian hamlets, to witnessing the extraordinary beauty and majesty of a polar bear in its natural environment, Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic offers guests an unrivalled experience allowing guests to follow in the footsteps of famed explorers and scientists.

Building on over 30 years of experience in Arctic exploration, the 2016 program comes complete with eight exhilarating expeditions of Norway, Svalbard, Iceland, Baffin Island and Greenland. Prices start from $6,240 per person - twin share, with itineraries ranging from 6-22 days, with departure available from May – September 2016.

A new addition to the Lindblad product range, Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic is a 13-day expedition that explores Greenland’s rugged fjords, enormous glaciers, and includes hikes of the wild islands that trace Canada’s north shores.

Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic is giving guests greater choice by offering a selection of pre and/or post-voyage extensions to enhance their Arctic experience. Travellers can personalise their holiday by immersing themselves in Iceland’s natural wonders, and explore this volcanic isle near the Arctic Circle, or discover the surreal Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle in Reykjavik.

Guests will be suitably prepared for polar exploration when travelling aboard the renowned premium National Geographic Explorer, which comes equipped with Zodiac landing crafts, kayaks and snorkelling gear. Her incredible features offer guests both the confidence to explore and the opportunity to go places no cruise ship has before.

For further information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s Arctic program, visit, or call 1300 361 012 (AU), 0800 444 462 (NZ), or + 2 9033 8700 (Asia/Intl).

Featured Brochure: Small Ship Adventure Company


This is quite possibly the most comprehensive small ship brochure anywhere.

Luxury & Value Small Ship Cruising Adventures & Experiences

Click now to receive this brochure for free
More than 100 pages of stunning adventure all around the world.

North America | Alaska | Columbia | Mexico | Hawaii | Polar Regions | Arctic | North West Passage | Anatarctic Peninsula | South Georgia | Falklands | South America | Amazon | Galapagos | Africa & Indian Ocean | Nile | Chobe River | Seychelles | Asia | Bali | Mekong | Myanmar | India | Yangtze | Europe | Adriatic | Greek Islands | Russia | European River & Canal Cruising | Oceania | Australia | New Zealand | Vanautu | Fiji | West Papua

The Small Ship Adventure Company offers truly memorable experiences for discerning travellers who value luxury, quality, and intimate up-close encounters. Experience destinations that large ships simply cannot reach. Tick nine countries off your list on one itinerary or sit back and enjoy the guaranteed unique adventures of exploring untamed shores and pristine beaches.

The Small Ship Adventure Co's expert travel advisors know how to match your cruising desires and ambitions with carefully selected land packages. Whether it be a stopover destination, or a pre or post tour extension, let the experts help you make your dream a reality.

Polar expedition cruising with Silversea Expeditions - new brochure


Silversea Expeditions is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 'Explore the Polar Realms' brochure showcasing luxury expedition voyages to the wondrous Arctic, Antarctic and New Zealand Sub-Antarctic.  With 12 departures throughout 2016, guests can explore these awe-inspiring natural regions on a voyage of seven to 18 days aboard the intimate Silver Explorer or Silver Discoverer.

Karen Christensen, Silversea General Manager & Director Sales/Marketing Australasia, says;

"Silversea Expeditions offer world explorers an incredible way to witness the untouched natural wonders of the remote Arctic, Antarctic and NZ Sub Antarctic regions.  Our expedition voyages are meticulously designed to offer discerning guests access to the raw beauty and endemic wildlife of these remote wildernesses, while maintaining the truly superior quality, all-inclusive lifestyle that can be expected from any Silversea cruise."

"With Silversea's expert expedition team of naturalists, historians and geologists, plus a selection of Zodiac and shore excursions, guests can delve deeper into these remote and stunning regions. Silver Discoverer and Silver Explorer, which has been purposely built to navigate the icy waters of the artic, afford guests the opportunity to explore majestic frontiers and encounter incredible wildlife, before returning to their exquisite ocean-view suite with butler service.  The incredible shore excursions are matched only by the luxury onboard, which includes the warmth of a bubble bath or sauna, being greeted with a hot drink or meal when returning from remarkable adventures or lunch on deck surrounded by heaters with warm blankets to keep guests nice and cosy in the Artic."

Highlights of Silversea Expeditions Polar expedition voyages include: navigating the icy and rugged landscapes of Svalbard; spotting Southern elephant seals and King Penguins on the stunning shores of South Georgia; embarking on Zodiac excursions around magnificent glaciers; experiencing the enormity of Prince Christian Sound, strolling through the lush rata trees and giant ferns of Campbell Island; and, encountering the mighty polar bear in its natural habitat.  Photography excursions and professional lectures are also on offer for a range of interests including diving, birding and wildlife spotting. Onboard a Polar expedition voyage, guests may disembark the ship to board a Zodiac, cross icy waters and stroll across a huge iceberg, enjoy afternoon tea in the midst of giant ice fields, or even hike up ancient glaciers. The opportunities for adventure are astounding and endless.


V7618: Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland on 13 August 2016, Silver Explorer navigates through magnificent destinations such as the Denmark Strait, Skjoldungen Fjord and Prince Christian Sound on a 9-day voyage before concluding her journey in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.  Prices start from AU$9,250 per person, based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite

V7626: Sailing from Valparaiso, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina, guests aboard Silver Explorer can discover the many natural wonders of this region, from the Drake Channel to the White Continent over 18 days.  The voyage, which visits the Antarctic Peninsula, affords guests the opportunity to witness whales, seals, and Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins, all in their natural environment.  Prices start from AU$22,650 per person, based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite and include a one-way charter flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

V9601: Aboard the luxurious Silver Discoverer, guests can experience the striking panoramic beauty, rich Māori culture and myriad of rare wildlife of New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands as she sails from Dunedin to Lyttleton on this 16-day voyage.  This voyage also includes a rare opportunity for guests to experience Macquarie Island, Australia's Sub-Antarctic jewel, home to 72 bird species including the Southern Royal Albatross.  Prices start from AU$16,250 per person, based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite

Silversea 2016 ‘Explore the Polar Realms’ brochure
Explore the Polar Realms
Silversea Expeditions' fares include: up to one hours free WiFi per day; all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship; an outstanding expedition team of expert guides and lecturers; and all gratuities.

Copies of the new 2016 Silversea Expeditions ‘Explore the Polar Realms’ brochure are now available for order at For more information, contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Sail to four countries in 12 nights on a Grand Voyage with Star Clippers


Star Clippers is offering a twelve night Grand Voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona in 2016. Departing April 25th, the Star Flyer will carry 170 guests to eleven eclectic ports in the Mediterranean.

Highlights include:

Known as ‘the cup of silver,' an ancient port almost African in appearance, the streets of Cadiz are lined with palm trees and churches topped with dome-like cupolas. Return visitors to Cadiz talk fondly of the food being the freshest seafood in Spain. Try the plump oysters and tiny shrimp sold on the market’s outskirts with a crisp glass of sherry, crispy churros sprinkled with a pinch of salt, or share Spanish tapas in one of the many rowdy taverns.

Stroll the narrow shaded streets with an agua de coco (coconut water) and uncover Cartagena’s Roman remains, Modernist houses made by the pupils of Gaudi and military fortresses. Bathe in El Totumo, a mud bath with alleged healing powers. According to folklore, the volcano used to spew lava but was turned into mud by a local priest who believed it was the work of the Devil, and banished him by sprinkling holy water into it.

Tangier, the gateway to Africa and model for the film ’Casablanca’, has a nest of medieval alleyways to explore. Tour the medina (old quarter) and Kasbah (old fortress) and splurge at a typical bazaar. Feast on an authentic Moroccan lunch with couscous and tagine, and sample traditional mint tea at a tea bar. ‘The Cave of Hercules,’ long thought to be bottomless and to have sheltered Hercules overnight provides views of the Atlantic, and is the perfect excuse for a camel ride.

Unfinished gothic cathedrals, traditional balconied buildings and an 11th-century Gibralfaro castle on top of a hill - this is Malaga, Pablo Picasso’s birthplace. Relax at beachside bars, taverns and bistros and the Paseo del Parque along the harbour, shaded by palm trees and adorned with fountains and Roman sculptures. Unwind back onboard the ship in your deluxe suite serving as your own peaceful haven, or join other guests at the indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar for a drink and seafood buffet.

You feel like you are on your own private yacht aboard Star Clippers with its two swimming pools, 1760 square metres of open deck and hidden balconies on either side of the bow, you’re sure to find your own secret hideaway.

Star Clippers’ Grand Voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona starts from $3,659pp including taxes, grats and the applicable 35% early booking discount per person sharing a twin cabin, departing 25 April 2016.

For more details, call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit
For bookings and further details, see Star Clippers specialist Cruise Express

Monday 17 August 2015

Breaking News: A-ROSA Aqua in collision with freighter on Rhine in Germany. Reports of injuries.

Damage is clearly seen on A-Rosa Aqua (

Damage is clearly seen on A-Rosa Aqua (

A-Rosa Aqua

Reports are only just emerging of a collision between the A-Rosa Aqua and a Dutch-flagged freighter, Marjo-R, on the Rhine near Dusseldorf, Germany.

German news sources claim 11 passengers are injured, with three requiring evacuation to hospital.

At time of writing, there was no further details about the condition of any injured persons or likely interruption to cruises.

The German-flagged A-ROSA Aqua entered service in 2009 and carries a maximum of 204 guests. According to reports, the accident occurred at about 1000hrs with the Aqua carrying 170 passengers and 50 crew en route from Amsterdam to Basel.

Freighter Marjo-R in collision with A-Rosa Aqua (

Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers with Insider Journeys


Explore the Mighty Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers in Luxury Boutique Style for Less with Insider Journeys

Savings from $2,866 per couple

Deck of the Jahan
For the month of August, Insider Journeys is offering Mekong River cruise savings starting from $4,916* per couple for December departures aboard luxury boutique cruise vessels. Selected Burma cruises are also available for October departures at 30%^ off if booked before 31st August.

Experience a river cruise along one of Asia's major lifelines, the Mekong, combined with a few days exploring the bustling streets of exciting Saigon, visiting the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and discovering the temples of Angkor, all guided by an expert local guide.

Insider Journeys' Mekong packages start from $2,916 per person twin share cruising on Heritage Line's charming Jahan or Jayavarman through Cambodia and Vietnam for departures 3 Dec, 10 Dec and 17 December 2015.

The itinerary includes Saigon, Cai Be, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap Lake, and Siem Reap.

The Jahan and the Jayavarman cruise ships offer the features of a luxury boutique hotel in the form of a river cruise. All superior staterooms are situated on the main deck, with modern amenities and full-sized balconies enjoying river views. Attentive staff are on hand to take care of passengers' every need, ensuring a relaxed and luxurious experience cruising along the Mekong.

River view from a Jayavarman Superior Stateroom

With only 12 superior staterooms available on the Jahan and 14 on the Jayavarman per departure, this opportunity will not last.

The tour includes 4 nights hotel accommodation, 7 nights cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 11 dinners, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, join in touring, entrance fees, local English speaking guides, return transfers, tips and port charges. Prices inclusive of flights** are available, with departures from most Australian capital cities.

Enjoy sailing the magnificent Irrawaddy River onboard the new Anawrahta, due to be launched September 2015. With some of the largest cabins and highest crew-to-passenger ratios on the Irrawaddy, the Anawrahta offers a luxurious onboard experience for its fascinating itineraries along the Irrawaddy.

The Golden Land Voyage package includes 4 nights cruise accommodation in a deluxe cabin, breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, sightseeing with local English speaking guides and entrance fees, arrival and departure transfers, tips and port charges.

For more information and bookings, Insider Journeys' Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 362 777 or visit


* For sale until 31st August 2015

^ Burma price from $3,444 per person twin share

** Flight and airfare information is available upon request

Friday 14 August 2015

Luxury Small Ship Cruising Sale - Iceland, The Med, Northern Europe...

Combining Tauck's signature land sightseeing with
personalised small ship cruising

2016 Space Selling Fast - available dates:

Venice & The Dalmatian Coast on 28 August '16
Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice on 13, 20 and 27 July '16
St Petersburg & the Baltic on 6 & 13 June '16
Treasures of the Aegean on 10 & 31 August '16

Interested in other itineraries?

Contact us for a copy of Tauck's 2016 Small Ship Brochure
Phones open 9am on Monday

Call Sarah, Keryn or Val on 1300 857 437

Thursday 13 August 2015

Haimark launches on the Amazon


Fast-growing Haimark Ltd. will launch six-night river voyages on the Peruvian Amazon aboard the new 44-passenger RV Amazon Discovery starting Oct. 11.

Read full report

Two Newbuilds planned for Lindblad



by Theresa Norton Masek

Lindblad Expeditions Inc. plans to place orders for two small coastal vessels in the third quarter with delivery expected in 2017 and 2018.

“These new vessels, which will be 100-passenger, U.S.-flagged ships, will allow us to capitalize on the strong demand for our expeditions with routes similar to existing ones where demand is in excess of our capacity,” President and CEO Sven-Olof Lindblad said. “We are also reviewing a variety of acquisition opportunities that we believe would be accretive to our planned expansion. Given our strong capital position and the fragmented nature of our industry, we are well positioned to act as a platform to facilitate consolidation.”

The news was disclosed in a press release announcing second-quarter results for the company, which became public in July upon completing a merger with Capitol Acquisition Corp. II. Capitol changed its name to Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc. and now trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the new symbols LIND and LINDW.
Sven-Olof Lindblad

Lindblad said adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $12 million, a 9.1 percent increase from $11 million in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $26.3 million for the first half of 2015, a 4.8 percent increase over the same period last year.

Sven-Olof Lindblad said the 9.1 percent increase was achieved despite a “slight decrease” in ticket revenues due to softer demand for Africa and Indian Ocean voyages.

“During the summer of 2016, the Orion will be redeployed to Europe as part of our already planned integration of the Orion acquisition into our fleet,” he said. Lindblad bought Orion Expedition Cruises in March 2013 and integrated the ship into its fleet a year later.

Ian Rogers, Lindblad’s CFO and COO, said bookings for 2016 are slightly ahead of where they were at this time last year.

“Although it is too early to provide a detailed picture for 2016, bookings remain strong with 43 percent of ticket revenue for the 2016 financial year on the books, as at June 30, 2015, compared with 40 percent in 2014 for the 2015 financial year,” he said.

Lindblad also announced it appointed Bernard W. Aronson as an independent director. The founding partner of ACON Investments LLC, a middle-market private equity group, Aronson previously served as a director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. from 1993 until 2015.

He also serves as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Process, serves or has served during the past five years as a director of Kate Spade Inc., Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chroma Oil and Gas LP, Sequitur Energy, ACON Franchise Holdings, Mariner Energy and Northern Tier Energy. He serves on several non-profit boards including The Nature Conservancy Maryland/D.C. chapter, The Amazon Conservation Team, and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Wednesday 12 August 2015

APT Hebridean Sky Deal


Sourced from CruiseCritic AU Deals

Expedition Cruising Deal

APT's Hebridean Sky

The deal: Set sail around the British Isles and Ireland for 11 nights on the freshly refurbished Hebridean Sky. This expedition journeys from Oban, Scotland to Portsmouth, London with stops at the Channel Isles and Scilly Islands off the Cornish coast. Sightseeing highlights include the chance to see Atlantic puffins, take a Zodiac cruise around Scotland's Shiant Islands and visit the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Fares start at AU$12,590 per person, twin-share for a window stateroom

Why we like it: Book before 31 October 2015 and your companion will receive free return flights to the UK.

The catch: The free airfare deal locks you into flying with either Singapore Airlines or Emirates, two high-end carriers, which could make that second ticket rather expensive.

Book here: APT Luxury Cruising and Touring

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

Monday 10 August 2015

Cuba sailing tour and cruise


Star Flyer pic.jpg

See Cuba before it catches up to the 21st Century 

Including flights, tour and cruise - Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean

Signs that time-warped Cuba may soon catch up to the 21st century have prompted Cruise Express to release a new hosted cruise tour to the island of Chevrolets, salsa bars, giant cigars and street music.

The 19-night tour next March will feature a Caribbean cruise from Cuba aboard the luxury tall ship, Star Flyer, as well as visits to iconic Aztec and Mayan pyramids and temples in Mexico.

Departing Australia on March 1, 2016, the itinerary begins with two nights in Mexico City where guests will visit the nearby Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan - ‘Place of the Gods’- where magnificent, stepped pyramids were built more than 2000 years ago. A flight to Cuba’s World Heritage-listed capital, Havana, follows for a three-night stay to explore the old city’s culture-soaked streets and colonial plazas filled with music. Also included is a full day tour to Viñales to discover Cuba’s world-famous coffee and tobacco plantations.

From Cienfuegos, on Cuba’s southern coast, guests will then board the 170-passenger, four-masted barquentine, Star Flyer, for a 10-night Caribbean cruise. They will visit Cuban towns such as historic Trinidad as well as picture-postcard destinations in the Cayman Islands, home to white sands and swaying palms.

Marrying the traditions of the past with the luxuries of modern-day cruising, Star Flyer takes passengers back to the grand age of sail. Boasting expansive, teak decks and 3300 square metres of billowing sail, the sailing vessel also features two pools, gourmet cuisine and first class service.

Back in Havana, passengers will disembark Star Flyer and fly to Cancun in Mexico for a two night stay. Included is a visit to the famous, 3000-year-old Mayan temples at Chichén Itzá on the Yucatan Peninsula. After time to relax in the resort city of Cancun, guests will fly back to Australia via Dallas.

Including return flights from Australia with Qantas, four nights in Mexico, three nights in Havana, the 10-night cruise and extensive sightseeing, the package is available from $11,490 per person, twin-share, or $14,490 for solo travellers.

For more details, call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit
For bookings and further details, see Star Clippers specialist Cruise Express

Friday 7 August 2015

Darren Jew to join North Star Cruises Archipelago Adventure


If strolling on tropical islands, snorkelling in pristine tropical waters and, revelling in the comfort of a floating boutique hotel sounds like the perfect short break – then don’t miss the TRUE NORTH’S Archipelago Adventure!

This 5-night sojourn around PNG’s rarely visited Louisiade Archipelago departs Cairns via private jet on the 13th of December and this year guests can also look forward to receiving expert tips from award-winning underwater photographer Darren Jew.

Darren Jew (Canon)

Darren’s work has been published in magazines, newspapers and books around the world whilst the Louisiades features some of the best snorkelling and diving in Paua New Guinea. The opportunity to receive advice and tips from a highly-regarded underwater photographer in such stunning circumstance is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.

Highlights include snorkelling over WWII wrecks, swimming with manta rays, drifting amidst huge schools of trevally and, being inspired by postcard-perfect islands fringed with sparkling beaches and palm trees.

True North - PNG - North Star Cruises


Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship, the TRUE NORTH is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to very-high quality off-ship experiences courtesy of the ship’s biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated expedition boats.

Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a TRUE NORTH experience. The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar, an observation lounge and a dedicated sports deck.

Daily activities include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship’s helicopter.

Destinations include the Kimberley – a panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls; the still-wild coast of Western Australia featuring the intriguing Abrolhos Islands, world-famous Ningaloo Reef, fishing paradise at the Montebello Islands and, the pristine Rowley Shoals; the breathtaking islands of the Raja Ampat; the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay; the mighty Sepik River and the un-spoilt islands of Papua New Guinea; the rarely visited Louisiade Archipelago; beautiful Sydney Harbour and, a seafood safari around the delightful Eyre Peninsular!

Bookings: Contact North Star Cruises on 08 9192 1829 or email

Explore New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic wilderness with Silversea Expeditions


Enjoy ancient elfin forests, trek across the crater of New Zealand's only active volcano and view rare, endemic wildlife found on New Zealand's remote and rugged sub-Antarctic islands, with an unforgettable 14-day expedition voyage from Auckland to Dunedin, aboard Silver Discoverer.

Departing from Auckland on 20 December 2015, Silver Discoverer ports at White Island, home to New Zealand's only active volcano, where guests have the opportunity to experience hissing fumaroles and volcanic bombs. Silver Discoverer then makes her way to Napier, renowned for its impeccable Art Deco architecture and the world's largest mainland Gannet Colony. A gorgeous day at sea carries Silver Discoverer to Chatham Island, where guests can relax on deserted beaches, explore moody landscapes and discover unique plant and bird life.

Continuing her voyage, Silver Discoverer sails through New Zealand's UNESCO World Heritage recognised Sub-Antarctic Islands including: Pitt Island; Bounty Island; Enderby Island; and The Snares. Here, guests can explore, via Zodiac, tours on land and at sea that reveal in the region's remarkable natural beauty, awe-inspiring geography, and abundant wildlife including rare sea lions and eight species of penguins such as the rare Yellow-eyed penguin. The islands offer a bounty of volcanic and glaciated geography including cave-riddled basalt cliffs, pristine sugar-sand beaches, wind-and-water-chiselled monolithic rock formations and windswept grassy headlands. Snap a portrait of huge elephant seals lolling about on the beach or witness the incredible flight forays of young albatross and the graceful soar of their elders. Marvel at endemic birdlife that includes the world's rarest cormorant, the Bounty Island Shag, the Snares Black Tomtit, and the auk-like Diving Petrel. This voyage then concludes in Dunedin, the South Island's second largest city, with guests disembarking 3 January 2016.

Book this Silversea Expeditions voyage by 31 August 2015 and select a two-category suite upgrade or 50% savings on a second suite.

Prices are per person starting from AU$15,650 in an Explorer Suite based on double occupancy. Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship; an outstanding expedition team of expert guides and lecturers; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

Follow Silversea on Twitter, Facebook and the Silversea Blog.

Thursday 6 August 2015

American Cruise Lines Doubles Capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers


American Cruise Lines announced today the Queen of the Mississippi (to be renamed) will join the Queen of the West in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

This three-year-old vessel, with all oversized staterooms and private balconies, will more than double the capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The line’s brand new riverboat America will replace the Queen of the Mississippi on the Mississippi River in early 2016.

The repositioning of this riverboat to the Pacific Northwest and the introduction of the new 185-passenger paddlewheeler America to the Mississippi River will enable American Cruise Lines to meet the high demands for cruising on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and provide more capacity on the Mississippi River system.

This new Columbia River paddlewheeler features the largest, most well-appointed staterooms on the river with large sliding glass doors opening to private balconies. The glass-enclosed dining room comfortably accommodates all guests in one seating and seven spacious lounges throughout the ship offer areas for entertainment, relaxation and conversation. While on board the guests learn about the Pacific Northwest history and culture, while enjoying the finest in personalized service.

The new paddlewheeler the America is scheduled to be launched this week in Salisbury, MD, and will be moved to its East Outfitting Basin for completion of the upper decks and final outfitting. A new the Queen of the Mississippi is also under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. These new riverboats for American Cruise Lines will be the finest Mississippi paddlewheelers ever built, introducing features never before seen on a riverboat.

True North in PNG's remote Louisiade Archipelago


Archipelago a go go

An almost forgotten chain of islands off the coast of PNG holds a wealth of wonders for those who care to make the journey, writes Roderick Eime

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Pandaw Launches Emergency Appeal: Floods in Burma


Unprecedented levels of monsoon rainfall have led to massive flooding in Burma leaving whole regions under water. Many thousands of village people are now homeless and have lost livestock and food supplies.

In particular Sagaing and Magwe Divisions near the Pandaw Charity operational base at Pagan are severely affected and the island villages where Pandaw operates Clinics are now under water. As yet the human toll is not known but can only increase with the further risk of disease.

To help support the relief effort to remote villages, Pandaw will dispatch the ship KALAY PANDAW next week laden with 100 tons of rice and a full medical team from the Pandaw Clinics. The KALAY with a draft if only 2.5 foot will be able to penetrate inland areas to deliver food and medical aid.

Purser Ko Win Hlaing, who masterminded the Pandaw Charity Cyclone Nargis relief operation in 2007, will once again assume command. He masterminded the Pandaw Family Box, containing life essentials, and will work on reviving this again. As with Nargis Pandaw have the ships, team and generous supporters to be able to be first in and last out.

Fortunately the Pandaw Charity has a good reserve fund and is able to fund the initial supply of food and medication. The Pandaw charity can move fast but we will need all the help we can get.

To donate, please visit and click through to our online donation page.

Thanks for helping the people of Burma.

The Pandaw Charity registered in Scotland number SC 043379

About the Pandaw Charity
The Pandaw Charity was established following Cyclone Nargis in 2008 when the Pandaw ships, converted to floating hospitals, and their crews saved so many lives. Since then over twelve schools have been built and the UK-registered charity operates seven Pandaw Clinics in middle Burma which provide an average of 5,000 free treatments a month with a full time team of twenty medics, paramedics and pharmacists. This is entirely sponsored by donations from Pandaw passengers and a profit share from Pandaw River Expeditions.

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Epic South America expedition voyage


A leisurely expedition voyage along the west coast of South America in a boutique-size ship is the perfect way to explore some of that continent’s greatest sites and attractions.

A new cruise offering from Cruise Traveller, lasting over five weeks and including round-trip airfares from Australia, heads north along the full length of the South American continent, from Ushuaia in Argentina’s deep south to tropical Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. 
MS Expedition
Called ‘Grand South America Discovery’, this is the adventure of a lifetime – complete with a three-day trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Throughout this 39-night, fly-cruise-tour-and-and stay holiday, you’ll travel in comfort aboard G Expedition, a fast, safe, spacious ship, completely refurbished in 2009. G Expedition delivers an intimate small-ship cruising experience with all meals aboard included and large common areas and observation decks providing panoramic views.

Visit Isla de la Plata, off Ecuador’s coast, with wildlife to match the Galapagos, but without the crowds and high prices. Explore fjords by Zodiac, see calving glaciers, visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley before heading north to the wilds of the Darien Jungle, once considered impenetrable. Relax on white sand beaches, transit the Panama Canal and wander through little townships, wineries and local markets.

Constructed to sturdy Ice Class 1B standards for service in sea ice, G Expedition carries no more than 134 passengers. Its compact size (105 metres long by 18 metres wide) – suits South American cruising perfectly.

If you’re used to bigger ships, note that there are no ‘inside cabins’ on this cruise. Cabins consist of twin-size berths and face the ocean through a window or porthole, depending on deck. Suites have one queen-size bed.

Cruise Traveller’s ‘Grand South America Discovery’ departs Australia on 20 March 2016 with a flight to Buenos Aires. It costs from A$25,399, per person twin share, if booked by 18 September 2015 – which represents a saving of 20 percent (or A$5600) over the regular price.

The expedition voyage includes a night in a hotel in gracious Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango. There’s another night ashore in Cartagena, a Caribbean gem on South American shores. Here in 1741, Spanish Admiral Don Blas de Lezo, with only one eye, one leg and one hand, successfully defended the city against British attack.

Another night is spent in Ushuaia, a city so far south it’s nicknamed Fin del Mundo (the End of the World). You’ll stay two nights in a hotel in Peru’s El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley of the Incas) and another night in the Inca capital of Cusco. Flights from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Trujillo are included.

Other inclusions on ‘Grand South America Discovery’:

  • An excursion to spectacular Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chilean Patagonia, from Puerto Natales;
  • A visit to the Simpson River National Reserve visit in Chile’s Chacabuco;
  • Choice of excursions in Punta Arenas, southern Chile, and Ancud in the Chilean island province of Isla de Chiloe;
  • In Peru, a city tour of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital.
  • Tour of Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru.
  • Choice of four excursions in Colombia’s beautiful Bahia Solano.

G Expedition offers several large public areas to enjoy during sea crossings and between land excursions. All cabins are equipped with private ensuite facilities. Fine dining aboard includes international cuisine served in one sitting – and the large aft deck is equipped with barbecue facilities. Toast the cruise in the Polar Bear Pub, enjoy a sauna or keep in touch via the internet in the computer room.

The cruise rounds off in some of the world’s most fabulous tropical regions. The San Blas Islands of Panama are 378 Islands in the Caribbean Sea, only 49 of which are inhabited. After a day there, spend the next day in Capurgana , a fabulous beach destination on Colombia’s remote Gulf of Urabá ,

Disembarking in Cartagena, you will have seen and experienced a great deal of South America. Reflect on it all over an aromatic Colombian coffee before jetting back to Australia.

For more information, contact:

Cruise Traveller, Boutique Voyage and Cruise Specialists
Freecall 1800 507 777 or (07) 5575 8094.

Monday 3 August 2015

G Adventures Marks Silver Anniversary with Galapagos Package


GALÁPAGOS turtle.jpg

Twenty five years since one of the world’s leading tour companies, G Adventures, selected Ecuador as the destination for its first-ever tour in 1990, the company is offering a special cruise package to Ecuador’s famous Galapagos Islands, voted by readers of a major American magazine recently as the most beautiful islands on Earth.

The seven-day package will see guests cruise for four nights onboard the ‘Queen of Galapagos’, a yacht with nine luxury cabins all with private views, as they discover the unique wildlife which the archipelago is famous for. A highlight will be a visit to the island of Floreana, where G Adventures has partnered with locals in a new initiative under its Planterra Foundation to offer low impact, community-based ecotourism. Since 2012, G Adventures has helped islanders establish a community tour operation to manage tourism on the island – the first time an entire island has organised around community tourism in the Galapagos. The initiative aims to offer employment to young locals, minimise environmental impact and see residents take control of their island and manage tourist activities.

The Galápagos Islands were made famous by Charles Darwin when he visited in 1835. His observations of the endemic wildlife and the way they had adapted eventually formed the basis for his groundbreaking ‘Theory of Natural Selection’. Since then the Galapagos Islands have proved a popular attraction, with readers of the glossy US magazine, Travel + Leisure, recently voting them as ‘the most beautiful islands in the world’. Ecuador is becoming a popular holiday destination as Australians widen their horizons, with more than 12,000 Australians travelling to Ecuador in 2013, a 44% increase on 2009.

Galapagos - seal - G Adventures.jpg
Galapagos Seals

Guests on the cruise will board the ship at Puerto Ayora after flying from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, on the mainland. A visit to the island of Floreana will include guided nature walks, an excursion to a lava cave and a stop at Post Office Bay – where 18th century whalers left letters for passing ships to deliver to their loved ones, a tradition continued by Galapagos visitors today. Guests can spend the afternoon snorkelling at an underwater volcanic cone, where they can spot tropical fish and sea turtles.

The yacht will then travel to Española, home to several sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and the endemic Espanola mockingbird. In addition to spotting wildlife, guests can learn about the island’s geological history and swim in the clear blue waters. Guests will also visit the island of San Cristobal, known for the spectacular Kicker Rock which rises 140m from the sea, and its diverse wildlife, including flamingoes and marine iguanas. Guests will return to Quito the following day.

The seven-day package includes four nights aboard the Queen of Galapagos, two nights’ hotel stay in Quito, flights to and from the islands, snorkelling equipment, six breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners and all landings, excursions and transportation. The package costs from A$3599 per-person, twin-share and is available for departures throughout 2015 and 2016. For more information, visit or call 1300 853 325.

For information on Ecuador visit the consumer site –

Travel trade site:

Sunday 2 August 2015

Luxury Barge Cruises in Europe


Book a last minute getaway and take advantage of substantial savings on August and October 2015 departures on luxury hotel barge cruises in Europe, including onboard the deluxe 20-passenger La Bella Vita in Venice and the Po Valley.

True to her name, La Bella Vita cruises through landscapes that offer stunning glimpses of the beautiful life. Cruise along breath taking Venetian canals, past famous monuments and colourful eye-catching buildings. Explore the Doge's Palace one day then visit Chioggia's bustling fish market the next. The arts, architecture and history of this captivating region have been influenced by many cultures over the centuries – Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and Renaissance – allowing for many wondrous excursions. Cruise on the Canal of Orphans past lagoon islands with ancient monasteries and tiny churches, taste renowned vintages at the Bagnol Estate with its Renaissance gardens and visit 14th Century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies. The final destination of Mantua, home of poets and artists, with its neo-classical and baroque architecture, is a perfect ending to a magical cruising adventure.

Hotel barges offer charming, bespoke accommodation for a select group of 4 to 20 passengers cruising on the calm canals and rivers of Europe. These all-inclusive luxury hotel barge cruises include gourmet meals prepared by an experienced on-board chef, a selection of regional wines and cheeses with lunch and dinner and an "open bar". There are bicycles for guests' use and we include guided shore excursions by minibus on most days. You will be pampered by our cruise hosts, and on-board facilities such as a spa, Jacuzzi or exercise room are available for your use.

Boating and cruising holiday specialists Outdoor Travel Pty Ltd, based in Bright, Victoria are offering substantial savings on cabins and selected charters for new bookings made by 17th August 2015 on GO BARGING - EUROPEAN WATERWAYS HOLIDAYS.

Savings are also available along the sun-dappled Canal du Midi in the South of France, the wine-making and gourmet regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux, or aboard La Bella Vita on the Veneto:

For a free copy of the brochure or to make a reservation contact Outdoor Travel on toll free 1800 331 582 or email

Saturday 1 August 2015

Antarctica and South Georgia with Aurora Expeditions


Antarctica & South Georgia with Aurora Expeditions from Aurora Expeditions on Vimeo.
Travel with Aurora Expeditions on board Polar Pioneer to Antarctica and South Georgia and discover a world of mesmerising icebergs, snowy mountain tops, sparkling glaciers and unique wildlife. Visit

How rough does it get in the Drake Passage? [video]


One of the most often asked questions about travel to Antarctica is "How rough does it get in the Drake Passage?"

Some days, it will be like sailing the 'Drake Lake'. Others days, well, take a look at this video.