Monday 31 October 2016

Ross Sea: The ultimate Antarctic odyssey

10 thousand and one reasons why you should explore the Ross Sea

A landmark deal reached in Hobart on Friday means that the Ross Sea in Antarctica, one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet, will become the world's largest protected marine park.

The Ross Sea covers more than 1.55 million square kilometres of ocean – an area nearly twice the size of NSW – and is home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, and fish.

And with World Expeditions offering massive savings of up to US$10,000 on its Ross Sea Explorer voyages to the Polar continent, this landmark deal means there are now ten thousand and one reasons why you should explore the Ross Sea in 2017.

One of World Expedition's most adventurous Antarctic itineraries, the 32-day Ross Sea Explorer voyage is a true voyage of discovery. The Ross Sea Explorer voyage follows the paths of the early explorers, offering a rare insight into the history of Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott's expeditions as well as abundant wildlife encounters including the magnificent King penguin colonies. It is a complete Antarctic odyssey.

World Expeditions has two Ross Sea Explorer departures on sale:

1. Ross Sea Explorer: 13 Jan - 15 Feb 2017 (departs Ushuaia, Argentina)

Quadruple Porthole: US$19,950 per person was US$25,700 - save US$5750
Twin porthole deck 3: US$22,490 per person was US$32,750 - save US$10,260
Twin porthole deck 4: US$25,700 per person was US$32,750 - save US$7050

2. Ross Sea Explorer: 15 Feb 2017 - 17 March 2017 (departs Bluff, New Zealand)

Quadruple Porthole: US$17,450 per person was US$25,700 - save US$8250
Triple porthole: US$17,450 per person was US$25,900 - save US$8450
Twin porthole deck 3: US$22,490 per person was US$32,750 - save US$10,260
Twin porthole deck 4: US$25,700 per person was US$32,750 - save US$7050

For further information go to or phone 1300 720 000.

Conditions apply: Berths are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  The deal is only available on these two departures, applies only to new bookings and expires when the last berth is sold.

Thursday 27 October 2016

Discounts on G Adventures’ Norway Expedition Cruises

#expeditioncruising .

Scandinavia just got a whole lot cheaper

G Adventures has launched discounts on all three of its Norway expedition cruises, offering 15 to 25 per cent off the once-in-a-lifetime adventures for Australian and New Zealand travellers.

The adventure operator is encouraging travellers to book early on the trips, which depart in May 2017 to secure their preferred itinerary, date and cabin category.

Adrian Piotto, Managing Director G Adventures Australia and New Zealand, says travelling Norway by ship is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to see the country.

“Norway has long been popular with travellers from New Zealand and Australia because of the natural wonders the country has to offer. It is a stunning part of the world, and perfectly fitted for expedition cruising. These new itineraries offer travellers even more ways to explore Norway and with the added discounts it’s a budget friendly way to tick off a bucket list destination,” he said.

On board the G Expedition, travellers have the benefit of seeing the fjords in comfort, with G Adventures’ team of expert expedition guides there to provide a greater understanding of the nature and wildlife in the area.

Agents and travellers must book by December 14 to take advantage of the discounts, with 25 per cent off Cruise the Norwegian Fjords – Tromsø to Bergen and 15 per cent off Scottish Highlands and Norwegian Fjords and Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears of Spitsbergen itineraries departing between May 11, 2017 and August 11, 2017.

For more information or to book a trip to any of the above destinations, call 1300 796 618 or visit

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Save up to US$10,000 on Ross Sea Explorer deal

World Expeditions deal: Up to 10 thousand reasons why you should go polar

For a limited time only, World Expeditions is offering massive savings of up to US$10,000 on its Ross Sea Explorer voyages to the Polar continent.

One of World Expedition's most adventurous Antarctic itineraries, the 32-day Ross Sea Explorer voyage is a true voyage of discovery. The Ross Sea Explorer voyage follows the paths of the early explorers, offering a rare insight into the history of Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott's expeditions as well as abundant wildlife encounters including the magnificent King penguin colonies. It is a complete Antarctic odyssey.

Lisa Bolton steps down as CEO of Aurora Expeditions

Lisa Bolton, stepping
down after eight years

In an email to industry colleagues back in September, Aurora Expeditions CEO, Lisa Bolton announced that she would step down from the position she has held since 2009.

"After eight intense and wonderful years, working with some of the finest and most adventurous people in the industry, I have made the hard decision to step down as CEO of Aurora Expeditions," wrote Bolton, "Business at Aurora Expeditions will continue to grow, thrive and push the boundaries of exploring the wild and remote parts of the planet.

"I have great faith in the future for Aurora Expeditions and remain a shareholder and active supporter of the business and the amazing team of people who work there. "

According to Bolton's LinkedIn account, she is now CEO of Oceanswims Australia.

25% Discount on Aurora Expeditions Photographer’s First Light Expedition


Departing on 19 November 2016, Aurora Expeditions is delighted to offer travellers the opportunity to join their Photographer’s First Light Expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia with amazing 25% savings.

The pristine conditions of springtime, with penguins courting and king penguins shuffling eggs under their feet, the spectacular sight of majestic albatross ‘dancing’ and fur and elephant seals giving birth are just some of the highlights of travelling at this time of year. Not to mention the glorious Antarctic midnight sun light; a photographer’s paradise.

After exploring and photographing South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, teeming with wildlife and home to the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, the expedition will pay homage to Shackleton’s epic final steps before visiting Grytviken’s whaling museum.

Crossing the Scotia Sea, take in the spectacles of seabirds, gigantic icebergs and great whales including blues, fin and sei before arriving at Elephant Island. Soak up the sights of penguin rookeries during nest-building and breeding, whales and seals, historic sites and the continent itself before crossing the Drake Passage to Puerto Williams.

As with all Aurora Expeditions, there will be on-board naturalists and historians. This particular expedition offers free photography workshops and lectures with a guest speaker from BirdLife Australia. And for the more adventurous there will be the opportunity to paddle sea kayaks gliding between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

Aurora Expedition’s 18-day Photographer’s First Light Expedition departs on 19 November 2016. From the discounted price of £9,080 per person (a saving of £3,030). Includes local flights, accommodation on the Polar Pioneer, all shore excursions and zodiac cruises.

(Aurora Expeditions)

Ski Antarctica With Chimu Adventures


Chimu Adventures, Australia’s most diverse Antarctica operator, today launched an exclusive new sail and ski expedition to the icy continent.

Exploring virgin summits and skiing untouched slopes, the new tour is set to be the adventure of a lifetime for thrill-seeking and highly skilled skiiers.

Chimu’s Chad Carey said guests will see the dazzling landscapes and unique wildlife at the end of the earth from skis, kayaks and the deck of the expedition yacht, Icebird.

“As Australia’s leading Antarctica Travel Specialist we’re excited to be launching Ski Antarctica to the Australian market,” said Carey.

“This new tour cements our position as having Australia’s most diverse range of Antarctic travel options.

“For the adventurous at heart, climbing a virgin summit is a breathtaking prospect. And to then attach your skis and be the first person to ski down from the summit is just exciting beyond words.”

The 28-day adventure on board the centrally-heated, high-tech expedition yacht, departs from Ushuaia in Argentina on November 19, 2017.

Lead by highly experienced skipper, mate and expedition leader, this epic adventure is priced at $35,205, and includes training, safety gear, use of satellite phones and email, accommodation in Ushuaia, skis, kayaks, sleds, mountaineering equipment and meals.

Click here for full itinerary:

AdventureSmith Explorations Reveals What’s New In Alaska Small Ship Cruising for 2017


Company Announces Programs with New 100-Passenger National Geographic Quest
Launching in June 2017 in Time for Alaska Cruise Season

Alaska continues to be one of the world’s hottest destinations for small ship cruising. Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmithExplorations has seen the growth firsthand and now recommends that plans need to be secured by early December 2016 to get the best choice of ships, cabins and itineraries for summer 2017.

“Last year the most popular high-season trips were sold out earlier than we had ever experienced. By January more than half of the summer departures were fully booked or had very limited availability,” said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmithExplorations (

This booking strategy should give early birds certain advantages while securing a cabin on a brand-new, 100-passenger expedition ship being introduced to Alaska next summer. This is Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Quest, set to launch June 26, 2017, on a Seattle-to-Sitka itinerary exploring the coast of British Columbia and into Alaska’s Inside Passage. The nature-intensive 15-day cruise starts at $9,390 per person double.

National Geographic Quest will then spend the summer exploring the coves and fjords between Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau and Petersburg on Lindblad’s classic Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness route, an eight-dayadventure also sailed by the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, with rates starting at $5,890 per person double.

National Geographic Quest will be the most modern and spacious expedition vessel cruising Alaskan waters. The ship features roomy (135 to 185-square feet), outside-facing cabins, 22 with small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. Eight cabins can be configured into four adjoining cabins for families. Some cabins can accommodate a third guest. The ship will be outfitted with a fleet of 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment and Zodiacs, all of which are geared to get guests out and into the wild, remote places being explored. Also aboard is state-of-the-art expedition technology, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), video microscope, and a hydrophone and bow-cam designed for immediate deployment to hear and film, for instance, humpback whale vocalizations and to view bow-riding dolphins.

Following the Alaska season, the ship will remain in the Pacific Northwest for a series of new voyages between Seattle and Vancouver, with stops in the San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alert Bay and more far-reaching stops in British Columbia’s channels and fjords. Beginning in December 2017, National Geographic Quest will reposition and operate voyages in Costa Rica and Panama before kicking off a series of new voyages in Belize and Guatemala starting in February 2018.

With the introduction of National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Bird will fly away to two new itineraries. Wild Alaska Escape is a six-day cruise designed to pair with a land trip that includes river rafting and biking options unique to a cruise program. The action takes place in wild, pristine Alaska for those with limited time but with an unlimited sense of adventure. Included are iconic wildlife, epic landscapes and the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan. In Haines, “Adventure Capital of Alaska,” guests have a three-hour bicycling trip around a stunning glacial lake, half-day hikes up a few of the region’s most dramatic mountains or, for the most fit, a trek up Mt. Riley. Others may choose to float down the Chilkat River through an area rich with native tradition and sporting the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world. In more remote stretches of the voyage come guided, point-to-point kayak trips with the ship as moving basecamp. Or, in expedition landing craft, guests may zip around sculpted icebergs or land on remote beaches for hikes in dense and dramatic Tongass National Forest. Rates begin at $4,290 per person, double. See:

Big Picture Alaska, an 11-day program crafted by National Geographic photographers, targets camera buffs. The trip spans the full north-south expanse of Alaska’s Inside Passage. The immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition takes Lindblad’s wildly popular week-long expedition and expands it, adding in the striking Misty Fiords at the lowest reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage and Haines, in the northernmost corner. It’s the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Guests raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, explore Glacier Bay National Park, search for humpback whales with time in a popular feeding area called Clarence Strait, kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage while shooting with the expertise of an industry-leading expedition photography team of Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors and National Geographic photographers. Rates begin at $8,990 per person, double. See:

AdventureSmith Explorations also notes new offerings in Prince William Sound thanks to the 12-guest Dream Catcher. The seven-day Prince William Sound Dream Catcher cruise is from $5,775 per person double. Getting up close and personal with icebergs and sea otters is just the beginning of the fun. There are set departures in addition to possibilities to charter this small ship. See:

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Hurtigruten names two new hybrid expedition vessels

#expeditioncruising .

New Hurtigruten hybrid explorer ships will revolutionise adventure travel at sea

Hybrid powered expedition ship, Roald Amundsen
The Norwegian exploration cruise line Hurtigruten has placed an order for two new hybrid powered expedition ships at Kleven Yards, due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, in addition to an option for two additional vessels.

These ground-breaking expedition ships will revolutionise adventure travel at sea. We are combining Hurtigruten’s more than 120-years know-how with cutting-edge technology and design, and a strong commitment to sustainability, to offer the modern-day adventure traveller unprecedented experiences, says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Hurtigruten has now decided to name the first two ships “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen” after the two most influential Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company itself first started offering adventure travels.

December 14th, it is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole; it has been 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland; and it is 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers, says Skjeldam.

The new ships are designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with the recognised Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino.

State-of-the-art Scandinavian design

With “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen”, Hurtigruten also sets a new standard with respect to interior design and on-board customer experience. The aura of the period of the great exploration expeditions is to be recreated within the framework of modernity, and prime quality and comfort.

The interior will mirror the breath-taking waters and landscapes in which the expedition ships will sail. It will be premium quality and stylish, yet unpretentious. Materials will be predominantly Norwegian and be inspired by nature, and guests will relish the distinguished environment created by the innovative use of granite, oak and birch, and wool, amongst other materials. All of which will be characterized by an innovative Scandinavian approach to interior design.

We don’t take guests cruising, we take them exploring. A suitable on-board environment and atmosphere is essential to broaden and deepen the immersive experience of nature a Hurtigruten exploration experience constitutes, says Skjeldam.

The ships will have large observation platforms on several decks for guests to get up-close to nature and wildlife. Six out of ten cabins will have their own balcony; two out of ten will be suites.

The vessels will have three restaurants with menus reflecting local flavours and destinations. A special pool deck will include infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars.

Sustainable and soundless sailings

The new Hurtigruten exploration ships “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen” will showcase the very latest in innovative environmentally friendly technology. New hybrid technology will make sailing with electric propulsion for 15-30 minutes a reality and substantially longer for ships to come. However, the total reduction in fuel consumption and hence CO2-emissions, is the main gain. The technology, in combination with the construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board, will reduce emissions from the ships by 20 percent.

Being able to sail employing solely electric propulsion is of great benefit for the environment – and also of our guests as it enhances the impact of experiencing nature. Imaging sailing perfectly silently along the ice edge in the Arctic or Antarctica, or along the banks of the Amazon. That is truly unique and exceptional, says Skjeldam.

2018 and 2019 itineraries for “Roald Amundsen” - Hurtigruten's first next-generation expedition ship - will be announced in November.

MV “Roald Amundsen” and MV “Fridtjof Nansen”
  • First of Hurtigruten’s new class of specially constructed exploration ships for voyages in polar waters.
  • Designed by Rolls Royce and are constructed by Kleven Yards.
  • Strengthened hulls for traversing ice
  • The ships will feature innovative Scandinavian designs, large observation platforms, infinity pools – and several other yet to be disclosed expedition features.
  • Number of passengers: 530
  • Number of cabins: 265
  • Dimensions (exterior): Length 140 meters, width 23,6 meters, height 29 meters
  • Depth: 5,3 meters
  • Adapted also for the service route along the Norwegian coast

    More information about the hybrid technology
  • Makes fully electric propulsion an option for shorter periods of time
  • New battery technology contributes to a significant reduction of CO2 from ships
  • New solutions will contribute to a 20 percent reduction of fuel consumption. In total, the two new ships will have a reduced CO2 emission of 6400 metric tons per year compared to traditional ships. In perspective, this is the same amount of yearly emissions created by 5540 new cars.

Friday 21 October 2016

Discover the Majesty of the Kimberley with Silversea

In the northwest corner of the world's smallest continent is a land of overwhelming vastness and stunning natural splendour. The ruggedness of its sun-scorched gorges and numerous cascading waterfalls perfectly capture the dual nature of this remote treasure, while its rich Aboriginal presence dates back 40,000 years.  Equal parts lush and raw, it is a place of both unforgiving terrain and unforgettable beauty.

The freshly refurbished Silver Discoverer is the perfect platform for exploring the Kimberley, with an expert team of guides and lecturers, 12 Zodiacs and a swimming pool.

Silversea Expeditions 10-day Kimberley voyages depart April to May 2017. Early Booking fares start from AU$10,575pp (Published fare starting from AU$11,750pp) – All-Inclusive voyage plus a complimentary flight over the Bungle Bungle Range.

Throughout the voyage, an expedition team, comprised of qualitied specialists, will guide guests through the untamed wildlife, explain Aboriginal rock art and recite the history of the landscape, providing an in depth understanding and experience of the Kimberley region.

As part of Silverseas' Early Booking Bonus offer, guest can save 10% on the published fair when booked and paid in full before 31 October 2016.

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; complimentary WiFi and all gratuities.

These voyages are 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

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Ponant presents its new 2017-2018 Winter cruises


Polynesia, Latin America, Japan, Antarctica, or even Oceania… Traditional and emblematic destinations, polar or tropical expeditions: Ponant has selected the most beautiful ports of call to ensure an unforgettable experience during Winter 2017-2018.

This new edition reveals for the first time the Ponant EXPLORERS. Innovative, designed for expeditions and easy to manoeuvre, these four new yachts – each boast 92 cabins only, the first two will join the fleet in 2018 and the other two in 2019 – are keeping with Ponant values, which once again chosen intimate and smaller-capacity… to go further, where others do not go.

To discover in this new Winter 2017-2018 edition: Ponant is joining forces with Ducasse Conseil, a catering centre of excellence run by Alain Ducasse.

Highlight of the brochure: mythical White Continent holds real fascination. To access the “sixth continent”, you will sail through the famous Drake Passage to reach the peninsula’s polar front, where time and space take on a new significance. Further on, South Georgia and its black-sand beaches play host to thousands of king penguins. The Falkland Islands, as for them, offers a stunning spectacle, as the last sanctuary of the elegant black-browed albatross is home to a fascinating range of protected wildlife. At sea, it’s the majestic humpback whales and imposing fin whales that will catch your eye.

“From Chile to the Antarctic Peninsula” – Punta Arenas (Chile) – Ushuaia (Argentina) on board The Boréal
– From the 17th to the 28th November 2017 – 12 days / 11 nights
– From €7,860 per person, port and security taxes included

“Historic Antarctica” – Montevideo (Uruguay) – Ushuaia (Argentina) on board The Lyrial
– From the 19th November to the 3rd December 2017 – 15 days / 14 nights
– From €7,560 per person, port and security taxes included

“Emblematic Antarctica” – Ushuaia (Argentina) – Ushuaia (Argentina)
– From the 28th November to the 8th December 2017–11days/10nights on board The Boréal
– From €8,960 per person, port and security taxes included
– From the 3rd to the 13th December 2017–11days/10nights on board TheLyrial
– From €8,170 per person, port and security taxes included


Saturday 15 October 2016

World's best expedition cruise lines

#expeditioncruising .

In recent years, urban fugitives have used the world’s growing fleet of modern expedition cruise vessels to set out and cross seas and oceans to unexplored lands in search of adventure. Such has been the surge in interest that great effort and expense has been employed to design a new breed of luxury ship to cater for the growing legions of travellers craving life’s big adventure. 

Read Full Story at Vacations & Travel

New expedition cruise ship design unveiled


Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its recently finished Expedition Cruise Vessel design, developed in partnership with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and Danish naval architect firm Knud E. Hansen.

From the outset of this project, Damen has collaborated with Expedition Voyage Consultants, a major name in the expedition cruise business that has led well over 500 expeditions, to create a fit-for-purpose vessel with safe and efficient operations embedded into its design.

Knud E. Hansen has also contributed significantly.

Damen Product Director Henk Grunstra says, "Bringing Knud E. Hansen onto the project team allowed us to benefit from their vast collective expertise in designing passenger ships- including the first ever expedition cruise ship. By combining Knud E Hansen's portfolio, including designs for more than 700 cruise vessels, and the 6,000-plus ships that Damen has built over the years, you have quite a team at your disposal."

The Damen Expedition Cruise Vessel has been designed for expedition operations in both remote polar and tropical regions.

"The vessel's Polar Class 6 compliance and 30 days autonomous cruising capability ensure she is globally capable and able to tackle challenging, far-reaching itineraries," says Mr. Grunstra. "Furthermore, the vessel's design is prepared to comply with SOLAS' Safe Return to Port requirements."

Because the capabilities of an expedition ship directly impact the quality of experience its passengers have, Damen concentrated not just on the onboard comforts but also the onboard logistics. This was furthered with the significant practical input from Expedition Voyage Consultants.

"Passengers will be able to see that this vessel was not only designed for the expedition industry, but also by the expedition industry," says Mr. Gunstra.

Damen developed design in collaboration with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd
and Danish naval architect firm Knud E. Hansen
A core philosophy of the design was to connect passengers to the environments in which the vessel will sail. Whether sailing adjacent to remote Pacific atolls or sliding past towering Antarctic icebergs, passengers will take in the views on multiple viewing platforms that extend over the side or past the bow, providing the most spectacular vantage point of any expedition ship. Perched on the ship's mast, a specially developed crow's nest will aid visibility in ice navigation as well as give passengers a panoramic view over the surrounding landscape.

With approximately 1,100 sq.m of public space and 2,500 sq.m of outside deck, the initial design provides sufficient space for 115 passengers and a 200 passenger design will be developed soon.

For the propulsion system, Damen has selected a diesel-mechanical hybrid configuration with IMO Tier III compliant (EPA tier 4 equivalent) medium speed engines. A PTI-PTO variable frequency drive will also be included, thus enabling efficient load distribution on the engines.

Designed to be "battery ready," the vessel could be equipped with an energy storage battery system capable of various functions such as peak- shaving, provision of supplementary power for manoeuvring or silent sailing operations and auxiliary generator UPS.

The vessel will have a service speed of 16 knots and a maximum speed of 18 knots.

"This hybrid propulsion technology is the most fuel efficient option available," says Mr. Grunstra. "In combination with the hull design and the effective use of electricity on board, we are expecting to reach fuel consumption and CO2 reductions of at least 20 percent."


Friday 14 October 2016

Thursday 13 October 2016

Australia Day Celebrations on special Murray Princess Cruise

Celebrate historic Australia Day on a special four night Murray Princess Australia Day cruise and enjoy Australia Day festivities while discovering the real history of the outback. The four-night cruise departs Monday 23rd January, 2017.

The Australia Day cruise features the popular four-night itinerary combined with Australia Day fun and games including Two Up and thong throwing and a special Captain's Australia Day Buffet Dinner.

On-shore excursions include a guided walking tour of Swan Reach and a visit to the Swan Reach Museum.

Learn about Aboriginal history at the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve - one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites and enjoy a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.

Fall in love with the animals at a visit to a Native Wildlife Shelter and experience a fun and very Australian Woolshed Show.

Experience the excitement of cruising through Lock 1 at Blanchetown and enjoy some cellar door tasting and a tour of the vineyard at Burk Salter Boutique Winery.

Wildlife lovers can spot an abundance of nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank and birdwatchers can spend endless hours spotting a wide variety of river birds.

Plant life is also thriving and led by on-shore guides guests can enjoy nature walks, eco-tours and learn about the thriving ecology of the river.

Guests can sit back in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges and enjoy the amazing views as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests. They can even watch the working paddle wheel through a spectacular two-story glass window in the Paddlewheel Lounge.

Food on board the Murray Princess is a highlight of the cruise. Guests will enjoy a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening. There is a spectacular Captain's dinner and dance, a special Captain's Australia Day Buffet Dinner and even an Aussie-style campfire barbecue dinner and bush dance on the river bank.

The four night Australia Day cruise departs from Mannum at 4.30pm on Monday 23rd January, 2017 and Early Booking Saver fares start from only $1076 per person twin share.

Fares include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard free Wi-Fi, the Captain's Australia Day Buffet Dinner, live entertainment, use of ship's facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium with complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum.

For Further information and bookings please contact:

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



Tuesday 11 October 2016

Preview the four news ships by Ponant

Ponant, the only French-owned cruise line and the world leader in luxury expeditions, presents its new series of yachts, the PONANT EXPLORERS.

Four new yachts will soon be added to the Ponant fleet, confirming the cruise line’s position as the world leader in luxury expeditions. The first two will arrive in time for the Summer 2018 season and the other two for Summer 2019.

Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Kerguelen: the names of the 4 ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series pay tribute to great French explorers who set sail to discover new continents.

Deadly Oceans: in search of the deadliest sea creatures

#expeditioncruising .

The world’s oceans are filled with an array of venomous and toxic marine critters, not to mention a whole host of apex carnivores.They continue to fascinate us with their magnificent appearance and behaviour, no matter how dangerous or shocking. Within the pages of Deadly Oceans you can join ace divers and wildlife photographers Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown as they tour the world in search of the deadliest sea creatures.

They are not only looking at the marine life that is specifically a danger to humans, but also those predators with amazing adaptations that make them supreme hunters, marveling at predators that conceal themselves, perfectly camouflaged to their surroundings, waiting to strike, sometimes at mind-boggling speeds. Taking a look at creatures from beneath the surface that have developed toxins to prevent them becoming prey, and finally focusing on the organism that poses the greatest threat, not only to all marine life in our seas and oceans, but also to the planet itself.

Deadly Oceans is illustrated with hundreds of stunning images, chapters cover everything from jellyfish to sea snakes, and cone shells to crocodiles and, of course, a whole range of sharks while the most deadlyspecies of them all may or may not come as a surprise.

About the Authors

Nick and Caroline are both aware winning underwater photographers and have been diving together since 1995. Their scuba adventures have taken them to locations all around the world, but they also still love diving in their native British waters. Caroline has a BSc (Hons) in biology and an MSc in Animal behavior. Nick has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology, a DipEd in teaching and is a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society. Caroline and Nick are both conversation driven and are involved in several charities that strive to protect our oceans.


Great Barrier Reef - ‘cruise and stay’ package from Coral Expeditions


Coral Expeditions is offering a fantastic ‘cruise and stay’ package for all Great Barrier Reef cruises during October, November and December. Guests can enjoy 3,4 or 7 nights on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, experiencing tropical private beach escapes, superb snorkelling and diving, guided rainforest walks, along with exclusive moorings well beyond the day-tripping public and access to pristine and colourful coral gardens, as well as two complimentary nights at the luxurious Reef House in picturesque Palm Cove. All sailings depart from and return to Cairns, and are on board the Coral Expeditions 2 which has a maximum of just 44 guests and includes an on board marine biologist, SCUBA instructor and expedition guide.

The price includes; cruise accommodation, all meals on the cruise, select soft drinks, access to islands and national parks, snorkelling equipment, welcome/farewell drinks and all excursions listed in the itinerary as well as two nights’ accommodation in Palm Cove with daily drinks and canapes, and pre and post cruise transfers. The deal is valid for all October, November and December 2016 departures (excluding 23 December to 05 January 2017) and is subject to availability.

Costs: Pay from $1,596 per person. The offer expires by 23rd December 2016 and is for new bookings only

More details info: 1800 079 545

Monday 10 October 2016

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with Coral Expeditions


Get the best seat in the house

Hobart Waterfront - Credit to Tourism Tasmania
- Photo by Richard Eastwood
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was originally planned as a cruise and there’s no denying the best seat in the house during this race is on a cruise ship itself! Coral Expeditions offer a seven night adventure around Tasmania throughout November and February, so hop on board the Boxing Day departure to ensure some prime ‘arm chair viewing’ of hundreds of yachts!

Whilst the Coral Expeditions cruise sets a very difference pace to the elite sailors darting across the Tasman Sea, the adventure, dramatic scenery and exploration of Tasmania’s coast is strikingly similar.

Guests can get under Tasmania’s pristine skin and behind the scenes with a variety of excursions offered including; Cheese and Oyster tasting tours, hiking along the famed South Coast Track, kayaking at the picturesque Adventure Bay, wine tasting, walks to the iconic Wineglass Bay lookout, encounters with the famed Tasmania Devils and a behind the scenes tour at Port Arthur.

Like the Yacht Race, this expedition is all about navigating new waters, carving out new routes in nature’s playground and enjoying a unique Tasmanian experience. Top coastal spots that leisurely Coral Cruisers’ can enjoy include:

Port Davey ‘the Narrows’ – an exploration of this pristine wilderness (normally only accessible by seven-day hike or light aircraft)
  • Bruny Island – Kayak or swim amongst fur seals
  • Freycinet National Park – hike to Wineglass bay
  • Maria Island – spot native wildlife and explore rugged coastline
  • Tasmania National Park – seals, dolphins and albatross sightings

Coral Expeditions guests will also be able to navigate the web of waterways threading inland across southern Tasmania as well as out-of-the-way places on the nifty excursion vessels, kayaks and inflatable Zodiacs and Explorer.

For food lovers and winos, you can’t enjoy a better pairing than a visit to Taste Tasmania followed by a Cruise, giving you the opportunity to meet the producers both at home and away. The food and wine highlights on the Cruise include:
  • Tasmania Cheeses & Bruny Island Oysters
  • Grandvewe Cheese Tasting
  • Bruny Island wine tasting
Like each Yacht Race no two Tasmanian cruises are the same, rather than stick to a prescribed schedule the Coral team varies the itinerary to take advantage of the weather conditions and explore the most remote and untouched parts of Tasmania.

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The Strand Cruise - Mynamar - Special offer

Launched in December 2015, The Strand Cruise is a 28-cabin luxury cruise ship plying the waters of Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River operating three- and four-night itineraries between the ancient cities of Bagan and Mandalay.  December offers perfect warm and dry sightseeing weather and is considered by many to be the perfect time to visit Myanmar.  As an added incentive during this time, The Strand Cruise has launched a new offer for passengers travelling on selected departures in December 2016 which features special value-added inclusions on top of its existing seasonal promotion of 30% off published rates, including a complimentary stay at the newly renovated Strand Yangon.

Passengers booking a cabin on a single or double occupancy basis for a three-night cruise between Mandalay and Bagan departing 2nd 9th or 16th December 2016, or for a four-night cruise between Bagan and Mandalay departing 19th December 2016, will be eligible for rates at 30% off published high season rates.  Furthermore, passengers travelling on cruises departing 9th, 12th, 16th and 19th will receive the following value-added inclusions:

·         one night in a Superior Suite at the newly refurbished Strand Yangon pre- or post-cruise

·         complimentary return transfers between The Strand Yangon and Yangon airport

·         return domestic flights between Yangon and point of embarkation/disembarkation of The Strand Cruise

A three-night voyage on The Strand Cruise between Mandalay and Bagan in December is priced from US$2,268/approx. A$2984 (usually US$3,240 before seasonal promotion applied) per person based on double occupancy.  Rates for a four-night cruise between Bagan and Mandalay in December is priced from US$2,514.40/approx. A$3308 (usually US$3,592) per person based on double occupancy.  Rates include all inclusions as described in the promotion, as well as all excursions and activities as published in the set itinerary, three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation, soft drinks & local beer, house wine during meals, port charges, English speaking guides (alternative language guides can be provided on request subject to availability) and satellite WI-FI in all cabins and public areas.  Note that passengers travelling on 12th December will be eligible for the added value promotion but not the 30% discount.

Further details can be found at

About The Strand Cruise

A reinvention of the legendary style of its sister property, The Strand Yangon, the new 28-cabin Strand Cruise ship is enhanced with latest technology such as individually controlled air conditioning and WI-FI from satellite communication.  The Strand Cruise is a genuine luxury cruise experience with access to many private moorings close to landmarks along the river. A highlight of the itinerary is an exclusive mooring overnight at Ava on the journey from Bagan to Mandalay, allowing passengers access the beautiful temple of Maha Aungmye Bonzan after the crowds have departed in the evening until the following morning.  The Strand Cruise is also the only operator on the river to offer visits to the iconic U-Bein bridge on both north- and south-bound itineraries.


Friday 7 October 2016

SeaDream scores top spots with Berlitz

SEADREAM Yacht Club's SeaDream I and SeaDream II have been awarded  the top two Boutique Passenger Vessel placings in the prestigious 2017 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships – the so-called "bible of world cruising." 

The Guide is researched and written by Douglas Ward who, with more than 1,100 cruises behind him, is considered the world's top authority on cruising and cruise ships. For each year's edition, Mr Ward takes into account hundreds of separate items based on personal cruises, and portside visits and re-visits to ships during the year.

Mr Ward scored SeaDream I a total of 1,754 points out of a possible 2000 points in his year 2017 Guide that's just been published, and SeaDream II a total 1,750 points, and noted the SeaDream twins' reputations for being "beautiful, intimate and with excellent food."

President of SeaDream Yacht Club, Bob Lepisto said the company was honoured and delighted to once again be so highly distinguished in the world-renowned Berlitz Guide.

"We thank Mr Ward and his publishers," Mr Lepisto said. "And I add my own thanks to our colleagues at sea, and those in our offices around the world who have all contributed to our continued success."

SeaDream I and SeaDream II each carries a maximum of just 112 guests in 56 staterooms, served by 95 crew. Included in sailings aboard the mega motor-cruisers are wines with lunches and dinners, premium drinks from the open bars, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore expeditions, an onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, and port charges and taxes

For more information about SeaDream I and II, see travel agents or go to

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Pandaw’s China landing heralds a new era on the Mekong


Pandaw River Expeditions has become the first Western operator to reach China's Yunnan Province via the Mekong River, when the RV Champa Pandaw moored yesterday at Guanlei.

The Champa Pandaw, which has 14 teak-finished staterooms, was specially built to withstand the strong currents and challenging navigational conditions of the Upper Mekong and deliver Southeast Asia's first ever "four country" river expedition.

Running from Oct-April, Pandaw's 14-night cruise The Mekong: from Laos to China operates upstream and downstream between the Lao capital Vientiane and Jinghong in China, via moorings in Thailand and Burma.

The cruise is the latest in a long line of pioneering river expeditions from the company which, since its foundation in 1995 has led the way on high-end experiential cruising on the rivers of Asia. Champa Pandaw is the latest edition to Pandaw's growing fleet of unique,  colonial-era ships. Built and finished to the highest levels of engineering and craftsmanship 17 of the ships currently ply Asia's waterways,  including the Irrawaddy, the Chindwin and the Mekong rivers.  

Paul Strachan, Pandaw's founder said:  "It has been a long-held dream of ours to offer travellers the chance to journey on a Pandaw ship on the Upper Mekong all the way to China, so today marks a major milestone in our history".

"We have faced many challenges developing this new and exciting route into Yunnan Province and I would thank all our team and partners for their part overcoming the difficulties to make it happen.

"Exploring the Upper Mekong on a four country river expedition from Laos to Thailand, Burma to China is a fascinating and unforgettable off the beaten track adventure, and passengers make the trip knowing that they entering exciting new territory."

Tony Deng, Managing Director on China Kindness Tour, Kunming, Pandaw's partner in China said:  "The arrival of the Champa Pandaw marks the beginning of a new era on Mekong River, and its an honour to be playing a part. We are very pleased to be partnering with a company of Pandaw's reputation on the Mekong in China. We see this as an important way of opening up Yunnan Province, which is, to high-end experiential tourism "

"Bigger than the entire country of the Netherlands or  Denmark, with a population of 45 million, Yunnan Province has so much to offer the traveller, from glorious mountain scenery, fabled cities such as Lijiang, Dali and Zhongdian, also known as 'Shangri-La'. It is also home to over 50 ethnic minorities".

Pandaws' four-country river expedition allows passengers to enjoy discovering charming villages and experience stunning scenery amidst pristine jungle. Highlights include the Golden Triangle, spectacular defiles, the Tat Kuang Si waterfall, and the very emerald green waters of the Mekong in China's Yunnan province. The journey includes overnight stops in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Chiang Saen and Jinghong.

Built in a specially created shipyard on the Burmese Mekong, using a methodology and design based on Pandaw's unparalleled knowledge of local riverine conditions, the Champa Pandaw was designed with ultra-low draft and extra powerful engines generating 1400 horsepower, almost twice the power of other ships in the Pandaw fleet.

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One Ocean Expeditions launches Brand New Loyalty Program

One Ocean Expeditions has always recognized the importance of loyal clients who choose to travel with them time and again.  Now a brand new loyalty program from the expedition cruise operator is expected to strengthen further relationships with past clients by doubling the existing automatic rebooking incentive to 10% and combining it with a selection of additional offers from three categories:  Booking, Travel and Personal.  

In addition to receiving a 10% discount on the cost of a voyage, repeat passengers may also choose one benefit from each of the following three categories.

'Booking' offers an upgrade or 50% off sole use of a cabin or 50% off charter flights where applicable.

The 'Travel' category includes a private transfer to the value of $150 (applicable in Ottawa, Edmonton, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires and Ushuaia), or a complimentary hotel before or after the voyage, or a travel credit of $150 to assist with meals etc en route to or from the vessel.

Lastly, the 'Personal' category provides a choice from a Shipboard Bar Credit of $100, or a personalised Welcome Basket or a OneClub Outer Jacket, complete with special OneClub embroidered crest.

Managing Director, Andrew Prossin, comments:  "Over the years we have offered an automatic 5% rebooking incentive to all past OOE clients when booking their next voyages with us.  We are at a point when we would like to extend that offering to honour our past clients and so we are delighted to announce this new loyalty program in their favour."

For more information on One Ocean Expeditions' cruises, visit:

Monday 3 October 2016

Western Australia's beautiful Kimberley [video]

#expeditioncruising #kimberleybucketlist .

Enjoy these stunning views of the Kimberley viewed from a drone. [Source: The Australian]

Saturday 1 October 2016

Cruising the Marquesas in the new Aranui 5

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SeaDream's taste of the Mediterranean's good life


IF you'll be in the USA come early next January and know you'll have a few spare days up your sleeve, fill them in with an unforgettable 4-day start to 2017 aboard the world's highest-rated boutique motor-cruiser, SeaDream I on a big-discounted round-trip sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados in the Caribbean.

Departing on January 3, the price of this 4-day sailing has been slashed from US$4624pp twin-share to just US$2223pp twin-share.

You'll visit the uninhabited Tobago Cays with their green turtles and coral reefs (and doubtless recognise where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed,) Union Island dubbed "the Tahiti of the West Indies," Port Elizabeth that's home to the famed "Mac's Lobster Pizza," and tiny Mayreau where crew will host SeaDream's exclusive Champagne and Caviar Splash in a picture-perfect secluded bay…

Included will be wines with lunches and dinners, premium drinks from the open bars, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore expeditions, a no-charge onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, and port charges and taxes.

For full details see travel agents or visit; SeaDream I carries a maximum of just 112 guests served by 95 crew.

[] The unique Champagne and Caviar Splash will be a feature of SeaDream I's 4-day Caribbean sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados next January.

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