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Monday, 30 December 2019

Island Escape Cruises signs contract for newbuild expedition vessel

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New Zealand-based boutique expedition cruise company, Island Escape Cruises (IEC), has announced it has signed a contract yesterday, 29 December 2019, to build a 56m, 32-passenger vessel designed by VARD of Norway. It is not clear if construction will also take place at VARD shipyards. Delivery in April 2021 is anticipated.

"With a helipad, tenders, eco-friendly propulsion, stabilisers and fabulous interior styling, she is going to set a new level for NZ and South Pacific cruising," said Island Escape Cruises' director Peter Bisset in a Facebook announcement. "[this ship is] Great for our market and already she has excellent forward business."

More details will be released in 2020.

Island Escape Cruises original vessel, Island Passage, was sold to Canadian-based, Maple Leaf Adventures, in 2018 at which time IEC was expecting to replace that vessel with a newbuild, "Windward Passage", for service as of December 2018.


Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Grab the last place and save $1000 on World Expeditions' Galapagos Experience

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Adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions, has one space left on its exclusive opportunity to experience the Galapagos wildlife with naturalist expert, Jaime Dominguez on the brand new, first class yacht, Solaris.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Melanesia reveals its secrets to filmmaker

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Filmmaker Neil Nightingale has worked and travelled throughout Melanesia for the last 30 years but this voyage with Heritage Expeditions took him to remote locations even he had not visited before.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Lindblad Expeditions new Antarctica and Patagonia itinerary



Lindblad Expeditions, has announced Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords, an exhilarating 18-day expedition that will navigate the Antarctica Peninsula, southern Patagonia and the Chilean fjords – all in a single epic journey.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Steel Cutting of m/v Janssonius Officially Begins


As announced last July, Oceanwide Expeditions has ordered a new built Polar Class 6 ship: M/v Janssonius. She will have the same passenger capacity as Hondius (174), a nearly identical size and design, and will be a Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened vessel equivalent to a 1A super ice-class ship.

Completely on schedule, the Steel Cutting Ceremony took place in Split's Brodosplit shipyard, which marks the beginning of the construction of the vessel.



Janssonius´ completion is scheduled for 2021 and as of November 2021, our new polar vessel will be cruising the crystalline waters of the polar regions, delivering dozens of wildlife-loving and adventure-seeking passengers to the most iconic locations in the Arctic and Antarctica.

The first trip planned for Janssonius will be a spectacular voyage to South Georgia, departing on 05 November 2021. The full list of dates and rates of the vessel will follow shortly.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

New 2020 Dates for Upper Murraylands Cruise

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Captain Cook Cruises has released the 2020 departure dates for the much loved seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise, onboard Paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Coral Expeditions and Australian Geographic grow expedition partnership

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  • Four new expedition voyages announced
  • New Portraits of Australia Exhibitions and Talking Australia podcast series
  • Adventurer of the Year Awards and AG Presents Speakers Roadshow

Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering expedition cruise line, and Australian Geographic have extended their successful partnership with new activity planned through to 2022.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Ultimate Antarctic exploration aboard PONANT’s new polar exploration vessel

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PONANT, a cruise line committed for some 30 years to responsible tourism in the polar regions, reveals all new itineraries aboard its new hybrid electric polar exploration vessel propelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It is the world’s first limited-capacity cruise ship to be propelled by LNG. For 2021-2022, its inaugural season in Antarctica, Le Commandant Charcot is offering a unique sailing experience to the White Continent. The ship’s eco-friendly design featuring the very latest technology marks a new chapter in the history of responsible tourism.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Sea Cloud Spirit - First Brochure

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Offering Exciting Itineraries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Central America

Sea Cloud Cruises is happy to announce the arrival of the first brochure for their new build and third tall ship, the Sea Cloud Spirit. Potential guests can book sailings from August 2020-April 2021. She will take to the high seas on August 29 for her maiden voyage from Lisbon to Rome. The Sea Cloud Spirit will spend late summer/early fall in the Mediterranean, and then make her way to the Caribbean with a legendary Atlantic crossing in November 2020. She will then spend winter 2021 in the Caribbean, Central America and Florida/Bahamas.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Zegrahm Expeditions Launches NEW 2021 Small-Ship Voyages Collection

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After more than 1,600 expeditions with 63,000 explorers in 136 countries, Zegrahm Expeditions celebrates learnings from 30 years of fierce exploration in its recently released catalogue
 
In celebration of three decades crafting innovative and industry-leading itineraries, Zegrahm Expeditions – the transformational and educational travel company – has released its latest catalogue, the 2021 Small Ship Voyages Collection. Each departure in this new collection shares the same integrity, sense of wonder and passion Zegrahm has come to be lauded for, now with exciting new stops including Bissagos Islands on the West Coast of Africa, and the company’s return to the rugged remote west coast of Ireland. 
Regardless of where guests choose to sail, they can expect to be accompanied by a stellar team of expedition staff comprised of marine biologists, ornithologists, anthropologists, naturalists and historians, most with decades of experience under their belts. As well, 99% of Zegrahm’s voyages have a one to one staff to guest ratio.
Zegrahm’s latest catalogue pens a legacy of industry firsts. Pioneers in expedition travel, Zegrahm has taken inquisitive explorers to the globe’s furthest corners, playing an essential role in defining the ever-evolving future of expedition travel. In 1994, they were the first expedition company to voyage to the Weddell Sea to view emperor penguins and Franz Joseph Land to see polar bears. In 1997, they launched Zegrahm Space Voyages, offering cosmonaut training, and a year later, created the DeepSea Voyages division, using submersibles to explore the ocean depths. At 12:15am, January 1, 2000 Zegrahm travelers were the first people on earth to witness the dawn of the new millennium in Antarctica’s Ross Sea; in 2004, Zegrahm were the first to journey by icebreaker from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the North Pole, and in 2011 they circumnavigated Sumatra, something no expedition company had done before.

The Zegrahm field staff and program managers are constantly looking for ways to improve existing trips and make them even more comprehensive, by visiting new locations as they become available or finding different ways to access remote ports of call. The newest collection includes seven expeditions spanning the earth’s far reaches, including Tracing the West Coast of Africa, discovering the Mediterranean’s Mosaic, exploring Wild Ireland and Scotland, a Polar Bear Quest in SvalbardCircumnavigating the Black Sea, and a journey through the Crossroads of Empires from Cyprus to Jordan. These one-of-a-kind voyages give travelers the rare chance to explore destinations nearly impossible to reach on one’s own.          
“We at Zegrahm are always looking for ways to explore destinations in a new way – beyond the obvious. We’ve had the privilege of exploring the planet and sharing some of the most unique and remote corners of the globe for three decades,” said Jon Nicholson, Director of Planning and Product. “And still today we sit with the atlas open, studying, and learning more about the destinations that keep bringing us back, constantly adapting and exploring new opportunities. Our new 2021 Expeditions collection embodies our explorer’s heart, our sustainable mind and our thirst to share our beautiful planet with others in unique, memorable ways.”
Every voyage is a mix of the best experiences each location has to offer, from seeking wondrous wildlife to cultural embraces, fascinating natural history and inspiring landscapes combined with premium accommodation, service and dining. All voyages are led by experienced expedition teams including company founders and top experts in fields ranging from anthropology to ornithology. All vessels selected come from the best fleets in the world, and have a maximum passenger count of 160. Underwater lounges, private-balcony suites, alfresco dining and Zodiac fleets are among amenities travelers adore.
As part of their commitment to sustainability, for each 2021 Small Ships Voyages brochure produced, Zegrahm will donate $1 USD to the non-profit organization Oceana towards protecting and restoring our oceans and the creatures that call it home.
Zegrahm’s Next Generation of Small Ship Voyages, 2021:
Sail with Zegrahm cofounder Mike Messick to discover West Africa’s unique blend of nature and culture on the all-suite, newly refurbished Caledonian Sky. The Tracing the West Coast of Africa voyage makes landfall at nine distinct countries: Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal. Bird-lovers will rejoice during visits to Príncipe’s Northern Tip, home to several species of endemic birds including the Príncipe kingfisher, sunbird and endangered speirops; São Tomé, where the eponymous green pigeon resides; and Gambia’s Abuko Nature Reserve, home to more than 290 species of birds including African paradise flycatchers, palm nut vultures and little greenbuls. In Ghana’s Kakum National Park, walk above the rainforest canopy on one of the world’s highest and longest suspended rope walkways. Let the expert team of conservation biologists, ornithologists and archeologists guide you through the Bissagos Archipelago off the coast of Guinea-Bissau to find rare, saltwater-adapted hippos, African manatees, crocodiles and five species of marine turtles, and learn about the unique matriarchal traditions of the Bijagos people.      
17 days, February 8 – 24, 2021
From $16,990 USD pp
Vessel: 100-guest Caledonian Sky
Relax aboard the elegant, newly built Le Champlain, featuring innovative and environmentally friendly equipment, an underwater lounge area, ocean views and private balconies in every suite. Visit a total of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites through this five-country exploration of the Mediterranean’s lesser explored coasts, such as Tunisia’s El-Jem and Carthage. This historically rich itinerary takes you to opulent Byzantine churches and outstanding Islamic mosques and three of Algeria’s most impressive Roman sites; Tipasa on the seacoast near Algiers, Djémila, its forums, archways and temples comprising some of North Africa’s finest Roman ruins, and stately Hippo Regius at Annaba, a center of early Christianity.
15 days, April 19 – May 3, 2021
From $14,990 USD pp
Vessel: 160-guest Le Champlain
Raise a pint in one of the many tiny traditional villages along the western coast of Ireland during this exploration from Dublin to Belfast. Join Brent Stephenson, an ornithologist and wildlife photographer (his photo was on the cover of the January issue of National Geographic!) to photograph some of Wild Ireland’s most striking scenery including the Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark. This expedition showcases The Emerald Isle’s more famous sites like the Giant’s Causeway – where some 40,000 hexagonal columns descend into the sea – and lesser-known but equally captivating monuments like Ballinskelligs Priory, Dún Aengus Fort, and the heritage village at Glencolmcille. 
8 days, May 29 – June 7, 2021
From $6,990 USD pp
Vessel: 130-guest Greg Mortimer 
Photographer: Brent Stephenson
Brent Stephenson also heads up this seabird-rich expedition to Wild Scotland’s far flung islands including the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetlands. Don your rainslicker and binoculars to travel by Zodiac in search of puffins, gannets, guillemots and kittiwakes, many of which will be tending to downy chicks at this time of year. Back on dry land, explore a handful of Scotland’s ancient architectural wonders like Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12th-century Iona Abbey and St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Nearby, visit the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, all important Neolithic monuments.
9 days, June 4 – 12, 2021
From $6,990 USD pp
Vessel: 130-guest Greg Mortimer
Photographer: Rick Price
Operated by Zegrahm’s sister-company Quark Expeditions aboard the 120-guest ice-strengthened Ocean Adventurer, Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest is a deep dive into this Arctic wildlife haven. Search for the Svalbard archipelago’s legendary wildlife: seals, walrus, whales, Arctic foxes, reindeer and the ultimate goal: polar bears. The dramatic landscapes of chiseled fiords, sparkling and immense glaciers, and thick, rolling tundra painted with purple saxifrage and moss campion at this time of year will inspire photographic gems, as will the long summer days of nearly continuous daylight. 
13 days, June 23 – July 5, 2021
From $7,940 USD pp
Vessel: 120-guest Ocean Adventurer
Zegrahm was one of the first to operate expedition cruises to this immensely fascinating region which is making regular appearances in where to travel next lists owing to the rich history, architecture, mountain ranges and pronounced culture. The Circumnavigation of the Black Sea voyage provides ample time to explore the diversity of Turkey, from the World Heritage Site of Safranbolu to Amasya, former capital of the kingdom of Pontus during the third century BC. In Trabzon catch your breath as you view the 13th and 14th-century Byzantine Sumela Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliff face. In Batumi, Georgia toast to good fortune while sampling Georgian wine – only now enjoying global recognition despite wine being invented here – and fantastical folk performances of traditional music and dance. You’ll see Stalin’s dacha in Sochi, Russia and in Odessa, Ukraine ascend the Potemkin Steps to explore cobblestone streets lined with shady plane trees. While cruising the Danube River Delta the on-board team of ornithologists and marine biologists will guide you through the wetland habitat, looking for the more than 200 bird species including pygmy cormorants, purple herons, white-tailed eagles and Dalmatian pelicans.
15 days, July 18 – 31, 2021
From $12,990 USD pp
Vessel: 160-guest Le Bougainville 
Follow in the wake of the last millennia of cultures who traded, conquered and settled in these fabled lands. As a guest on the Crossroads of Empires voyage, see first-hand the art, architecture and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean, legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. On this voyage, travelers will discover seven UNESCO heritage sites, each representing peaks of ancient civilizations. Wander through the ruins of Cyprus’ Kourion, set on high bluff overlooking the azure blue of the Mediterranean. In Israel, step foot through arguably the world’s most important historic sites including the Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, Acre and Jerusalem. En route to Egypt, the Caledonian Sky will transit through the 101-mile-long Suez Canal, which severs the African and Asian continents. During your overnight excursion to Luxor, the site of the ancient city of Thebes, visit the Temple of Karnak and the Avenue of the Sphinx. Where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez, don your mask for a day of snorkeling above the bright coral reefs near the coastal town of Sharm el Sheikh. The expedition ends in Jordan where you can channel your inner T.E. Lawrence and venture through Wadi Rum, the intensely dramatic valley featured in Lawrence of Arabia. 
14 days, October 22 – November 4, 2021
From $11,990 USD pp
Vessel: 100-guest Caledonian Sky
To download your copy of the 2021 Small Ship Voyages catalogue, click here. For more information about Zegrahm’s small ship voyages, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1-866-327-9140.


Thursday, 5 December 2019

Coral Expeditions launches all-new outer Great Barrier Reef program

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  • New-to-the-reef vessel with Cairns departures from June 2021
  • Yacht-like Coral Discoverer to journey beyond to remote northern reefs and islands
  • Cruises focus on marine wildlife encounters and Indigenous connections
Australia’s pioneer of expedition cruising, Coral Expeditions, has launched a completely re-imagined program of Great Barrier Reef expeditions from June 2021.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Peregrine releases sail away sale with up to 30% off

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The sale includes select Antarctica 20/21 Voyages and 2020 Adventure Cruises

Peregrine is offering up to 30% off* Antarctica Voyages and Adventure Cruises.

From 29th November to 8th December, travellers can book onto a Peregrine Adventure Cruise and select Antarctica Voyages, and save up to 30% off.

Examples of some of the sales on offer include:

Save $2,569 on Peregrine’s Best of Antarctica departing 4th November 2020:

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Photographic Expeditions See Norwegian Arctic in The Best Light

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Late season voyages to Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic offer ideal light conditions in which novice and expert photographers alike may capture images of the unusual icy landscapes and captivating wildlife.  Specialist polar tour operator Swoop (tel:  0117 369 0296; https://www.swoop-arctic.com) is offering two 10-day, small-ship expeditions to the Svalbard archipelago during September 2020 to take advantage of the amazing light.  Both trips are for just 12 guests each and both are accompanied by special photographic guides.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Life as an Arctic Expedition Leader

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For anyone who has ever been on an expedition cruise or group tour, we’ve all wondered what life would be like as an expedition leader or trip manager. From the outside looking in, it looks like a dream job. You get paid to take travellers to some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful locations and experience the many diverse cultures within them. However, what goes on behind the scenes? What is life truly like as an expedition leader?

Matthew ‘MJ’ Swan has been an expedition leader for Arctic voyages operator, Adventure Canada, for nearly eight years, taking travellers on expedition cruises throughout Canada and the Arctic. MJ is also the Business Development Director for Adventure Canada, which his father founded in 1987.

MJ’s love for travel stemmed from his wilderness-loving family, working with the company since he was 15 years old. Becoming an expedition leader was in his DNA.

“I was brought up in a travelling family with a deep passion for nature. It made sense to me to explore the world with like-minded travellers, and to be someone that guests could look to as an expedition leader given my existing experience on ships, with Adventure Canada,” said MJ.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announce a new Panama and Colombia itinerary.


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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Panama & Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast, an exhilarating 8-day expedition that will navigate the South American coast, from Cartagena to Panama City, to explore the region’s astonishing trove of natural and cultural treasures.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Hull and ice test for new Seabourn Venture


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Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is marking another key milestone in the construction of its new expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, with the completion of ice model testing for the ship’s PC-6 rated hull.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Two new ships for Ponant brand, Paul Gaugin, in 2022


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Fincantieri has signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction and design of two new-generation luxury expedition cruise vessels for Ponant, a subsidiary of Artemis Group (holding company of the Pinault family).

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Lonely Planet Embarks on 60 Unforgettable Water Trips with Amazing Boat Journeys

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Includes three in Australia

From salt breezes to river safaris, Lonely Planet has left no hull unturned to collect 60 of the world's greatest water adventures for the publication of Amazing Boat Journeys this month.

Following the success of Lonely Planet's best-selling Amazing Train Journeys last year, Amazing Boat Journeys features accounts of 60 of the world's most unforgettable voyages over water, accompanied by beautiful photographs and practical details to assist travellers in planning their own memorable trips.

With a Foreword by round-the-world Australian sailor Jessica Watson, Amazing Boat Journeys celebrates a slower, more romantic and rewarding way of travelling — from sailing the Nile by felucca and cruising the Canadian Arctic, to reaching the Pitcairn Islands by cargo ship and exploring Halong Bay in Vietnam.

Sydney’s Manly Ferry, Kimberley Coast Cruise, and Sailing Ningaloo Reef are the Australian boat journeys featured.

The book's other top journeys include:

·         Felucca Nile Journey (Egypt)
·         Cape Town Fishing Vessel (South Africa)
·         Mississippi Paddle Steamer (USA)
·         Amazon Exploration (Peru)
·         The Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)
·         Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (Chile)
·         Halong Bay (Vietnam)
·         Kerala Backwaters (India)
·         Mekong River (Vietnam and Cambodia)
·         Yangtze River (China)
·         Cigarette Boat on the Tonlé Sap (Cambodia)
·         Dalmatian Coast (Croatia)
·         Aran Islands Pilgrimage (Ireland)
·         Aegean Islands (Greece)
·         Blue Cruise (Turkey)
·         Hurtigruten Fjords (Norway)
·         Baltic Sea Crossing (Finland to Sweden)
·         Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
·         Cook Strait Ferry (New Zealand)
·         Coastal New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)
·         Marine Mammals Expedition (Antarctica)

LONELY PLANET: AMAZING BOAT JOURNEYS

Published: November 2019

ISBN: 9781788681308 / Dimensions: 240mm x 185mm / Format: 304pp, hardcover

Price: AU$39.99


Wednesday, 20 November 2019

New expedition cruise brand to launch in 2021

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Scylla will launch a new expedition cruise brand, VIVA Cruises Expeditions, in summer 2021 with the SeaVenture sailing to Northern Europe and the Arctic.

The Switzerland-based vessel management company owns and operates more than 30 riverboats for various brands, and has its own river brand in VIVA Cruises.

Earlier this year, the company purchased the Bremen from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. It will take delivery of the 155-guest ship in 2021.

Scylla will then operate it under the VIVA brand for the summer season, before a winter charter sees the ship sail for Polar Latitudes in Antarctica as the SeaEscape.


Saturday, 16 November 2019

Scuba Divers Take the Plunge from Luxury Yachts in Burma

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New Sail & Dive Initiative allows divers to explore the Mergui Archipelago in style

Burma Boating is set to launch monthly cruises around the Mergui Archipelago, combining two of the most sought-after activities in these pristine waters – yachting and scuba diving.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

PONANT Offers Over 80 Cruises With Scuba Diving Options

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Ideal For Divers Who Like To Cruise Or Cruisers Who Like To Dive



 PONANT offers the opportunity to dive in some of the most remarkable underwater sites around the world, all the while enjoying the luxury and trappings of modern small ship cruising with a French touch.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Crystal Expedition Cruises Unveils 2022 Deployment for Crystal Endeavor

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From Arctic adventures to 3 days in Seville… new polar expeditions, African immersions, river explorations and South American west coast highlight the collection of global journeys




With a focus on true expeditions to the world’s farthest corners, Crystal Expedition Cruises announces a preview of the complete deployment for the Polar Class-6 expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor. Crystal Endeavor’s 2022 collection of all-inclusive itineraries will be available for booking on 14 November.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

AdventureSmith Explorations Offers 2021 Solar Eclipse Viewing On Seven Antarctic Cruises

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On Dec. 4, 2021, there will be a total eclipse of the sun in Antarctica, a region most can only dream about.
 
However, the international expert in small ship expedition cruising, Adventure Smith Explorations, announces limited availability for voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula to witness this phenomenon that will only be seen in the south polar region.
 
Vessels accommodating from 102 to 170 passengers are uniquely appointed to maneuver the ice-bound waters of Antarctica for positioning in the center of the moon shadow during the eclipse.
 
Itineraries of 20 to 24 days will utilize in-depth technology to find the best possible viewing area, hoping to ensure an unobscured sun.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

New tall ship for Sea Cloud

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  • Small luxury ship with balcony suites, a spa, fine and casual dining
  • Unique sailing experience, visiting smaller lesser-known ports

In summer 2020, Sea Cloud Cruises’ third tall ship will be taking to the seas. Just this week she passed her first round of seaworthiness tests. “Since the tests were successful and the shipyard is running on time, the new ship’s maiden voyage is on track for August 29, 2020,” said CEO Daniel Schaefer. Just like its sister ships the Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II, the Sea Cloud Spirit combines a genuine passion for sailing with the atmosphere of a private yacht.  The 453 square feet three-masted sailing ship can accommodate up to 136 guests and, like its two sister ships, occupies a special niche within the expanding cruise market, offering a casual elegance sailing experience.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Ponant continues to grow

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Ponant will continue its growth in 2020 with two new ships, Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier.

The French cruise line has also announced a new partnership with the Musée du Louvre for two of its 2020 sailings, as well as 50 new itineraries visiting destinations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Monday, 4 November 2019

PONANT releases two new cruise collections

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PONANT releases two new cruise collections for adventurous travellers:

2020-2021 Caribbean & Latin America and Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf & Polynesia voyages

The Caribbean & Latin America 2020-2021 Collection:

This collection represents a wish-list of 38 tempting voyages, departing between September 2020 and April 2021, that include evocative destinations such as the Caribbean, Belize, Grenadines, Martinique and Guatemala as well as exploration in the Sea of Cortez, Chilean fjords and the Amazon River.

“Calypso, salsa, cassava, macaws and caiman ….. let PONANT introduce you to the world of the Caribbean and Latin America,” says Monique Ponfoort, Vice President Asia Pacific for PONANT. “Across 38 exceptional voyages, many featuring our new Explorer ships Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville, explore coastlines and islands from Miami to Cape Horn, with an emphasis on cultural discoveries and intimate encounters with local populations.”

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Aurora Expeditions christens their new ship ‘Greg Mortimer’

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The first passenger ship utilising the Ulstein X-Bow®



Aurora Expeditions, a world leader in expeditions to the polar regions, today celebrated the christening of their highly anticipated and innovative ship, the Greg Mortimer.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

One Ocean Expeditions 'restructuring' [updated]

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UPDATE: If you or your client(s) are directly affected, a Facebook page has been set up here

A mysterious, non-commital statement issued by One Ocean Expeditions today would indicate an interruption to service on the eve of the 2019/20 Antarctic season.

The statement below by MD Andrew Prossin says the company is "restructuring" in the aftermath of the loss of its two Russian-flagged vessels earlier this year.

The Canadian company's remaining vessel, RCGS Resolute, was last tracked in the port of Buenos Aires where it had sailed from about a week ago. The reason for the sudden return to port is not clear, but one source close to the company indicated a medical emergency required a crew member be disembarked urgently. This cannot be confirmed and attempts to contact the company directly have been unsuccessful. CBC, meanwhile reports "One Ocean Expeditions has been ordered by an Argentinian federal judge to stay in the port of Buenos Aires due to a 'significant debt'."

UPDATED: As of 24 Nov, RGSC Resolute is still moored in Rio 


A news item posted in the local Squamish Chief would indicate the office is closed and the lights are out.

Another news item posted on the national CBC news site cites claims by staff members about late payments.

"None of us knew for years why we just constantly had issues with not being paid," said bartender and guide Ian Peck, who was eventually paid for his work.

Another former staff member, Caro St. John, says she is still owed $6,400 USD and wonders if she will ever see her money.

"We're the ones who make the experience on the boats above and beyond. And then to not pay them and not communicate with them I think is very poor management," she is quoted as saying in the article.

The company statement, meanwhile, does not include information about passenger bookings, refunds or impacts to staff members.

We will attempt to bring you updates on this situation as they come to hand.






Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Pre-registration for 2021/2022 voyages on the Greg Mortimer opened

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Agents can register their clients for priority on Antarctic and Northbound voyages



Aurora Expeditions, leading expedition cruising and home-grown polar exploration specialist, has today announced the pre-registration has opened for their new 2021/2022 Antarctic and 2022 Northbound voyages onboard the Greg Mortimer and her yet-to-be-named sister ship.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Seabourn Announces World-Class Expedition Team

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(c) Ralph Grizzle / AvidCruiser


It will soon be the height of the spring and summer travel season in the southern hemisphere, and Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is ready for adventure with a world-class and very experienced expedition team assembled to lead all expeditions through the wilds of Antarctica and Patagonia from Seabourn Quest.

Monday, 28 October 2019

What's New in Expedition Cruising for 2020

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AdventureSmith Explorations Showcases Belize, Mediterranean and Arctic
Among 12 New 2020 Itineraries
 
Responding to remarkable growth in expedition cruising, AdventureSmith Explorations announces for 2020 a heady combo of 12 new itineraries and five new ships to its growing portfolio of roughly 300 small expedition ships and wilderness lodges.

This international leader in small expedition ship cruising helped pioneer wilderness and cultural travel by small ship in 2003. Its booked passenger count has grown some 150 percent annually since then. New itineraries entice both repeat and new clients.

Here are 2020 season details on new programs and ships in a multitude of adventurous cruising hot spots.

Belize and Latin AmericaAdventureSmith Explorations is especially excited about a new itinerary, Belize & Guatemala Wonders – Rivers, Reefs & Cultures, that its own team helped develop. This eight-day cruise explores in-depth the less visited sections of the Belizean Barrier Reef, a 200-mile long UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Guests snorkel amongst the stunning coral communities surrounding the Smithsonian Marine Field Station at Carrie Bow Caye, a virtual living laboratory for one of Earth’s most fascinating ecosystems.  Closer to land, guests are also introduced to more of Central America’s less know gems, such as the mangrove and savannah habitats of Payne’s Creek National Park, home to the West Indian manatee and the endangered yellow-headed parrot.

Bookings made by Nov. 20, 2019, come with a savings of $400 off the per person double rate from $4,545. The 66-passenger Safari Voyager is equipped with an EZ Dock kayak launch system, an underwater bow camera, and a constellation of the finest equipment for personal marine exploration.

Another well-rounded cruise is the Colombia & Panama–Coral, Jungles, Canal, also new, which offers a $400 early bird booking discount on a per person double rate from $4,895 for eight days aboard 66-guest Safari Voyager.

MediterraneanThree different seas are the focus for 12 days aboard the 58-passenger Sea Cloud while exploring Mediterranean Gems: Sailing from Dubrovnik to Naples. This beauty of a vessel replete with masts and billowing sails departs on the Adriatic from the Game of Thrones city, Dubrovnik, through the Strait of Otranto that divides Italy’s boot from Albania. Ports rife with history await as the sailing ship plies the Mediterranean bound for the Strait of Messina that separates Sicily from Italy, with stops at Hellenic ruins in Siracusa (Ortygia) and Taormina. Later, on the Tyrhennian Sea, guests explore Stromboli, home of one of Italy’s most active volcanoes. Eruptions of a cultural sort follow as history foments in Agropoli, Paestum and Pompeii, with time enough to enjoy the beauties of Amalfi. The per person double rate is from $13,330. Departures in 2020 are May 22 and Sept. 17.

AlaskaPeople short on time can partake of a new six-day Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan cruise through the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska aboard 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion. The per person double rate is from $4,420. Multiple departures in 2020 are in May, June, July and August.

AntarcticaGuests may choose to go big in Antarctica with National Geographic Epic Antarctica that sails over 35 days between Argentina and New Zealand aboard 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance. The per person double rate is from $48,800.

ArcticNew epic Arctic cruise itineraries embrace Greenland, Russia and Canada. For details please see:

  • Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya, 16-22 days aboard the 132-guest, recently restored Ocean Adventurer, from $9,995 per person double;
  • Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts & Disko Bay, 15 days aboard the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, from $8,495 per person double;
BajaBaja cruise options expand with a new six-day focus on the Pacific gray whales of Baja on The Whales of Magdalena Bay aboard 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion. Per person double rates are from $3,740.

Northern EuropeGuests explore nine countries along the Baltic Sea on Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea, a new 16-day Northern Europe cruise aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Per person double rates are from $17,330.

New ShipsAdventureSmith Explorations’ founder/owner Todd Smith says 20 years ago he could only dream about the capabilities and technology of the new ships being folded into his company’s 2020 portfolio. “These new ships will push the boundaries of adventure, comfort and sustainable technology while exploring the world’s wild places.” 
  • Indonesia: 30-guest Aqua Blu has been newly refurbished for delivering seven- and 12-night itineraries through Indonesia’s Golden Triangle.
  • Galapagos: 18-guest Conservation lives up to its name with offset carbon emissions, biodegradable amenities and no single-use plastics while plying the waters of one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems.
  • Amazon: 40-guest riverboat, Aqua Nera, sets new standards of luxury in Amazon River cruising on the Peruvian Amazon. Think outdoor cinema, a screening room, pool table, plunge pools and spa treatment rooms.
  • Polar (Antarctica & Arctic): 200-guest Ultramarine offers specialized exploration tools (helicopters and helipads for flightseeing and heli-skiing), cutting-edge safety measures and the ability to cruise for 70 days sets this one apart. 
For details on these and all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit the company website.