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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

PONANT releases Latin America & the Caribbean 2020 - 2021 luxury and expedition voyages

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PONANT has opened sales for the September 2020 to April 2021 Latin America & the Caribbean cruise season with the release of 36 departures, including 6 new itineraries, and a range of luxury and expedition voyages designed to reveal the cultures, geography, geology, history, rhythms and flavours of this extraordinary continent.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic new 2019/20 Galápagos brochure


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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has launched its 2019/20 Galápagos brochure offering explorers diverse itineraries through the Galápagos, as well as explorations to Peru, Tropical Andes and Colonial Quito.

In line with the 60th anniversary of Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions has been dedicating cruises to the magical archipelago for over 50 years, and guests can witness firsthand the importance of conservation on wildlife and flora in the region through their expert expedition team of naturalists. The Foundation was established on the centenary of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species.

BREAKING: One Ocean Expeditions loses two ships in surprise Russian recall

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It has been confirmed that leading Canadian expedition cruise company has had two of its three ships withdrawn suddenly by the Russian government agency which owns the vessels.

Ioffe and her sister, Vavilov have been suddenly recalled by their Russian owners. 

OOE says customers and resellers have been informed and they (OOE) are exploring legal options.

"Following the 2018-19 Antarctic season and before the start of the 2019 Arctic season, the vessel owners unexpectedly decided to return the vessels to Kaliningrad, Russia for purported repairs. This was not communicated to OOE in advance.

"The owners’ refusal to provide the vessels is a breach of their contract with OOE. OOE has done everything in its power to compel the owners to abide by their contractual obligations. As such, legal action has been commenced by OOE," wrote OOE MD, Andrew Prossin, in a letter to customers.

The two stalwart ships, Ioffe and Vavilov, have served the expedition market since the '90s.

A formal media statement from OOE management is expected shortly.







Monday, 20 May 2019

Six Reasons to Visit the Galapagos in the Fall


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Given the Galapagos is a hot spot for adventure, wildlife and cruise lovers, Quasar Expeditions, the pioneers of small yacht cruising in the region, has shared their top tips and reasons for visiting the islands in the fall.

Is Expedition Cruising the Next Big Travel Trend?

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Crystal Endeavor is just one of the many ships about to enter the expedition cruising market (supplied)

According to Travel Market Report’s “2019 Outlook on Expedition Cruising,” released this month, it is. This new survey of travel advisors apparently shows that expedition cruising may be the next big trend in travel.

Well, how about that?

If, like many of you, you've followed this blog for more than ten years, I know what your reaction will most likely be. But it seems that the penny is only now finally dropping with some travel advisors.

Admittedly, this sponsored survey was conducted among 660 North American advisors in February of this year and Americans (Canadians excluded) have been a little slower to embrace the true principles of expedition cruising when compared to UK, European and Australian travellers. Asian travellers are only just beginning to awaken to small ship cruising.

“With more cruise lines than ever getting into the expedition market, and more advisors saying that the main way they are generating new clients is through referrals, there are lots of opportunities for dedicated agents and active suppliers,” said Anne Marie Moebes, Travel Market Report’s publisher. “We hope that the research in this report will help the industry come together and push this growing market to new heights."

Nevertheless, the report makes for interesting reading, even if most of us knew this years ago.

Read full report at Travel Market Report


Sunday, 19 May 2019

Vintage Tugboat cruise in Alaska

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For those with a hankering to wake up to birdsong and the scents of the forest, there's a 10-day Inside Passage cruise for you: aboard the 107-year-old wooden coastal tugboat Swell.

Operated by veteran expedition company Maple Leaf Adventures, these trips for 12 guests at a time feature up-close experiences of whales and brown bears, walks through the rainforest, Zodiac-ing among icebergs and visits to natural hot springs

The crew are all local coastal people with stories to share.

Swell is a fully restored, 88-foot tugboat. It has six private cabins with en suite baths, a cosy salon, ample deck lounges, hot tub and an open wheelhouse. Exploration equipment includes shore boats, kayaks and a hydrophone for listening to whales.

Maple Leaf Adventures say the 10- and 11-day trips offer a slow-travel way to experience the grandeur of the Alaskan wilderness.

Departures are from Sitka or Petersburg. Prices start at $10,495 per person.

www.MapleLeafAdventures.com


Friday, 17 May 2019

SunStone sells Silver Discoverer to CroisiEurope, puts Sea Spirit on market.

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The international fleet management company, Florida-based SunStone Ships, has sold Silver Discoverer to French river cruise company CroisiEurope – and has announced that two further vessels are for sale or charter.

Silver Discoverer will sail as La Belle Des Oceans with French line, CroisiEurope

Sunstone has been known recently as the builder of the revolutionary ULSTEIN X-BOW® ship design for Lindblad, Aurora and Victory Cruises among others.

Former Hapag-Lloyd BREMEN under charter to Polar Latitudes as MS Seascape

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Swiss shipbuilder, Scylla, is the latest operator to enter the booming expedition cruise market having announced its acquisition of BREMEN from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in January.

The Swiss company will take delivery of the expedition vessel in May of 2021 following the delivery of H-L's third Hanseatic-class ship, the Hanseatic Spirit.

Scylla owns 31 river ships, with most chartered to various tour operators including Tauck, and is now looking to make the transition to the ocean market. It seems likely that Scylla will in turn charter this vessel to another current operator, further expanding the inventory for expedition cruising.

ExpeditionCruising.com learns the vessel will concentrate on the Antarctic Peninsula with established operator, Polar Latitudes, under a long-term charter.

"The MS Bremen is perfect for that. Our nautical and technical expertise also comes into play here. What's more, we can offer our existing customers new options in Scylla quality and expand our customer base," said Arno Reitsma, CEO of Scylla.

"Although the Bremen is a very special ship in our fleet and has been very close to our hearts for more than 25 years, we want to focus on three modern expedition ships with the latest environmental technology in the expedition arena," said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Get aboard for Norway’s Orca Highway

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Only a few places remain on Norway’s Orca Highway, an exciting 10-night single departure trip, which includes a week on board the small, 12-passenger expedition yacht, R/V Kinfish, in the company of Tashi Tenzing, raconteur, three-time Everest mountaineer and grandson of the first Sherpa to successfully reach that summit.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Enjoy hot Small Ship Cruises in Cool Summer Northern Climes with AdventureSmith

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With four points on the compass to choose from, what’s the preferred direction for summer cruises?
 
“Go north,” says Todd Smith, founder/owner of AdventureSmith Explorations. This is the company that has put the advantages and pleasures of small ship cruising on the map.


 


Along with birds and whales that migrate seasonally north, so do many itineraries in the diverse AdventureSmith Explorations portfolio.
 
Cooler, northern destinations with longer daylight hours can be experienced via expedition cruises or land-based adventure lodges in the remote Arctic and Canada, in historic Northern Europe and on tried-and-true, nature-filled Alaska expeditions.
 
The natural world that explodes over short but powerful summers in these regions is, in Smith’s words, “mind boggling.”


 
“From on-water and shoreline perspectives, our guests can imbibe more of the natural world in one week than most people do in a lifetime. Our small ship itineraries avoid the mass tourism ports-of-call experience associated with typical cruising,” Smith said. Instead his company’s north-bound itineraries rekindle curiosity with active time off-ship exploring… 
  • Dramatic scenery with mountains, oceans, wildflowers, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls;
  • Beluga and caribou migrations in Northern Canada;
  • Birds on islands such as the Faroe Islands;
  • Ancient cultures such as the Vikings and ancient Scots, the Inuit and Tlingit and the ways of the maritime world in seaside towns and fishing villages;
  • Iceland’s unique geothermal activity and formations;
  • Norway’s fjords and waterfalls;
  • Polar bears, wildflowers and history of the Arctic;
  • Living glaciers and brown bears in Alaska
Following are six examples of northern itineraries that have availability for the 2019 season. Fleets of small expedition ships assigned to these northern destinations offer various capacities and styles of travel which all can be explained by AdventureSmith trip advisors. Rates are per person, double occupancy.
 
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness is aboard a National Geographic expedition ship. Their three-ship fleet assigned to this region offers a variety of cruising styles for 62 or 100 passengers. The eight-day rate is from $5,990.
 
Glacier Bay & Island Adventurefocuses on Alaska’s nature, history and First Nations culture. The eight-day rate is from $4,795 on four ships carrying from 40 to 76 guests.
 
Alaska Fjords & Glaciersexplores the length of the Southeast Alaska panhandle from Ketchikan to Juneau. Guests have a choice of five ships ranging from 22 to 90 guests. The eight-day rate is from $3,795.
 
Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers & Wildlife of Svalbard utilizes kayaks and hiking trails along the fjords of Norway’s Spitsbergen Island. Three ships accommodate from 78 to 176 guests. The rate for nine days is from $5,395.
 
North Pole: Top of the World carries guests as far North as North gets on a 124-guest icebreaker designated by Russia as an Arktika-class icebreaker. The 13-day rate is from $29,995.
 
Around Spitsbergen discovers iconic Arctic wildlife including polar bears in the Svalbard Archipelago. A fleet of four small ships (including the 20-guest Noorderlicht, a two-masted schooner) carries up to 174 guests. The 10-day rate is from $5,000.
Because of the high demand for Alaska cruises, AdventureSmithExplorations is already taking reservations for 2020 programs. However there are still options for this upcoming summer. To help clients select small ships and/or itineraries that best fit their interests, Smith’s team has prepared 6 Insider Tips to Travel Alaska in the Best Way.
 
For details on 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.
 
About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Truckee, CA, near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith first joined the ranks of Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious world’s Top Travel Specialists list as the leading expert on small ship expeditions.



Monday, 13 May 2019

Coral Expeditions new vessel Coral Adventurer arrives in Australian waters

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Yesterday pioneering Australian cruise line Coral Expeditions welcomed its new flagship Coral Adventurer into home waters for the first time.

The state-of-the-art expedition ship arrived into Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin after completing her 18-day maiden voyage ‘In the Trail of Tasman’, retracing the historic explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman around the Indonesian archipelago from Singapore.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

New luxury expedition vessel, Magellan Explorer, due to begin service 2019

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Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019. Magellan Explorer has capacity for 100 passengers in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.

The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching

Length: 90.7 m - 298 ft.

Passenger Capacity: 100 (only 69 passengers for Air-Cruise operations)

More information about the Magellan Explorer


Aqua Expeditions New Fleet Additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera [video]

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Aqua Blu to sail three key coastal destinations in East Indonesia

Aqua Nera to redefine Amazon luxury river cruise with nature-inspired design

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions officially announces two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.

Monday, 6 May 2019

SeaDream Yacht Club New Luxury Yacht, SeaDream Innovation

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The 2021 inaugural season is now accepting bookings from past SeaDream guests. Reservations for new guests will open April 17.SeaDream Yacht Club is pleased to announce a new era in luxury yachting. For the first time since its founding in 2001, SeaDream is expanding its fleet with SeaDream Innovation, a new, revolutionary yacht, which will introduce the concept of “Global Yachting.” Commencing sailing in September 2021, the ultra-luxury yacht will sail to all seven continents in its first year, visiting over 200 ports in 49 countries. Guests will explore the world’s most remote and unique destinations, including Svalbard, the Northwest Passage, Antarctica, the fjords of Norway, Japan, New Zealand, the Fiji Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Plastic trash in the Arctic: AECO explains

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Continuing its work with cruise operators to tackle plastic aboard ships and remote Arctic locations, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators issued new guidelines for visitors.

These guidelines suggest passengers prepare before their trip to ensure they take reusable items. During the trip important measures such as avoiding disposable items and responsibly disposing of waste are recommended.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Coral Expeditions launches Coral Adventurer, setting new benchmark in Australian expedition cruising

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Cutting edge design reflects 34 years of company know-how

Last night, Coral Expeditions celebrated the official launch of its fourth and largest expedition ship, Coral Adventurer.

Coral Expeditions’ senior management, key stakeholders and global media guests joined on board to officiate the christening of the newest addition to Coral Expeditions’ Australian fleet of expedition ships. Mrs Quek Peck Lim was named godmother of the new vessel and blessed her launch.

Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Endurance Arrives in Norway




MAJOR MILESTONE SET FOR LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS AS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDURANCE ARRIVES AT ULSTEIN VERFT IN NORWAY

Today marked a major milestone for Lindblad Expeditions as the hull of National Geographic Endurance, the world's most advanced polar expedition ship and the first polar build in the history of Lindblad Expeditions, arrived in Ulsteinvik, Norway after traveling nearly six days from Gydnia, Poland where construction of the main hull steel work was completed. The ship arrived under tow with 100% of structure steel and major foundation work having been competed at Crist S.A.

The ship currently has all bow thruster and major HVAC equipment installed. The main engines, generators, stabilizers, cranes and other essential equipment will be installed in dry dock at Ulstein Shipyard, along with the completed piping, electrical and hotel outfitting.

The last two steel blocks on the housetop which make up the ships masts will be erected later in the construction stage as air space becomes available at Ulstein Shipayrd. The ship is scheduled to be delivered at the end of January 2020.

Lindblad recently announced an agreement with Ulstein on the design and construction of a second polar vessel, due for delivery in 2021.

www.expeditions.com


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

World Expeditions Launches First Class Galapagos Experience

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Adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions, has launched an exclusive opportunity to experience the Galapagos wildlife with naturalist expert, Jaime Dominguez on the brand new, first-class yacht, Solaris.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Pinault donates AUD$158 million to rebuild fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral

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Most of us watched the morning news with dismay, seeing a burning inferno of that iconic symbol of the City of Lights, Notre-Dame.

While the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral was still burning, President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron committed to immediate rebuilding and refurbishment, and implementation of an international fundraising campaign.

Within hours, François-Henri Pinault, chairman of the Kering Group and Chairman of Artemis - the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family (which includes the luxury cruise company PONANT as well as brands Gucci, Yves St Laurent and Alexander McQueen) - pledged 100 million Euros towards the rebuild.

Pinault is the chairman and CEO of the Kering group, which owns such brands as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. He is also president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

Coming from family funds this is, to my mind, a most extraordinary gesture.

No matter how deep one’s pockets may be, a wonderfully generous gift and, for me, a humbling reflection of just who is behind Ponant.


Thursday, 11 April 2019

Silversea announces Silver Origin for Galapagos


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Italian whispered luxury combined with amazing expedition experience will redefine luxury in the destination.



Silversea unveils new details of Silver Origin, the cruise line’s first ever destination-specific ship, which will unlock deep travel experiences for guests in the Galapagos Islands from winter 2020. One of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever and designed entirely with these unique islands in mind, Silver Origin will combine Silversea’s local destination expertise with the cruise line’s trademark level of luxury to offer guests the ultimate destination experience.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Wild Earth Travel announces new voyage 'In the wake of Mawson'

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Wild Earth Travel is excited to announce they have a new itinerary following the legacy of late explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson, in the 2019-20 Southern Ocean season. Guests will voyage to one of the least visited coastlines in the world and will discover why East Antarctica held such a fascination for pioneering legendary explorer Mawson.


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Major port upgrade for Broome

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The port of Broome is poised to become a cruise stop for major cruise lines following the announcement by the Western Australian Government that proposed dredging work will commence mid-2019

PONANT takes delivery of Le Bougainville on schedule

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PONANT, the world leader in luxury expeditions is pursuing its development strategy, welcoming into its fleet its eighth ship, Le Bougainville, the third in the PONANT EXPLORERS series of six new ships.

Le Bougainville, represents the embodiment of PONANT expertise.

Aqua Expeditions to go Coastal Cruising

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Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions is set to diversify its business operations and enter the coastal cruises market in the fourth quarter of 2019, after operating as a river cruise line for the past 12 years.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Lindblad's Ultimate Antarctic Immersion

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced the addition of an Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands departure. The new voyage will depart on November 19, 2019. One of the most incredible expeditions offered by Lindblad—their three 2019/2020 departures are nearly sold out—they have re-routed the 102-guest National Geographic Orion for a fourth departure. Since it is late in the season, Lindblad is offering guests a special booking incentive of free round-trip airfare from Miami/Santiago to join the expedition.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Orangutans at Camp Leakey with Silversea

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Discover Central Borneo’s eminent orangutan sanctuary, Camp Leakey, with Silversea Cruises during two expedition voyages departing on 24 June 2019 and 9 July 2019. On board, guests will be joined by guest lecturer Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, a renowned primatologist, internationally recognised for her studies and work with the orangutans of Borneo, in their natural habitat.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Aqua Expeditions discounted Summer Rates for Aqua Mekong ‘Green Season’ Cruises

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Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced a special Summer Rates offer aboard award-winning Aqua Mekong expedition river cruises in 2019 and 2020, taking travellers on a grand journey of Cambodia and Vietnam on one of the world’s legendary waterways, the Mekong river.

Fly Free offer to Alaska offer with Lindblad


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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has excitedly launched a Fly Free offer to Alaska, making this stunning wilderness area more accessible than ever to Australian explorers.

Travellers receive free return economy airfares from Australia to Seattle, Alaska when booking Lindblad’s Treasures of the Inside Passage 14-day itinerary departing either the 6th or 12th of May 2019.

Lindblad Alaska
This itinerary will leave guests spellbound as they travel between Seattle and Sitka along the Inside Passage, enjoying the wildlife-rich channels of Canada’s British Columbia, the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Alaska and the abundant natural beauty of all locations visited; which include the San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, Misty Fjords, Frederick Sound, the Inian Islands, and by special permit, a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park. In addition, guests will discover the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay.

Guests will explore the vast and pristine natural wilderness that is Alaska onboard Lindblad’s first new builds in the line’s history, the 50 cabin National Geographic Venture or the National Geographic Quest.

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader, a team of expert naturalists, an undersea specialist, wellness specialist, and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Together, they provide guests with a greater understanding and appreciation for these exceptional places.

Choosing to voyage Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions provides guests with an in-depth connection which is unrivalled in the industry thanks to their 30 plus years of experience and heritage in the region.

*Conditions apply & subject to availability.

For more information visit Adventure World at adventureworld.com or call 1300 363 055

For more information on Lindblad Expeditions visit www.expeditions.com or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.




Antarctica with Silversea Cruises and Silver Wind

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Silversea Cruises is offering guests the opportunity to discover the heart-stopping landscape of Antarctica aboard three of its luxurious expedition vessels in 2020. Silver Wind, Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer will offer a number of unforgettable voyages, ranging from 10 to 31 days, with all-inclusive fly/cruise package fares starting from AU$14,940 per person including Early Booking Bonus and based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite. Guests can also take advantage of Silversea’s Antarctica all-inclusive offer.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Silversea Sub-Antarctic voyages

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Explore fascinating scenery and wildlife on the trip of a lifetime

King penguins at Macquarie Island (R Eime)

Silversea Cruises is offering guests incredible savings on four exclusive new sub-Antarctic voyages, departing from Dunedin between December 2020 and February 2021. Guests can enjoy included roundtrip economy airfares or reduced Business Class airfares; complimentary transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and one night pre cruise accommodation. Bookings made before 30 April 2019 will also receive a 10% saving off the total fare, as part of Silversea’s Early Booking Bonus offer.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

PONANT showcases French gastronomy on the seven seas


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PONANT, the leading luxury cruise operator is taking part in the "Goût de France/Good France" event, the fifth edition of which will take place on 21 March 2019. On this occasion, the company will be celebrating French gastronomy, which takes a starring role aboard its ships.

Monday, 18 March 2019

One Ocean Expeditions Active Discovery Program

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One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), a world leader in small-ship expedition cruising, stretches its sails to warmer climates with its inaugural Active Discovery programmes. Sailing to South and Central America; Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, as well as Canada’s East Coast, OOE’s new Active Discovery itineraries, provide the perfect blend of small-group activities, wildlife viewing, relaxation, rich culture and history.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Now on sale: Silversea’s Groundbreaking Expedition World Cruise 2021

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From today, the general sale of Silversea’s groundbreaking Expedition World Cruise 2021 will be open. Unlocking an incredible selection of deep travel experiences in 107 of the world’s most amazing destinations, the Expedition World Cruise 2021—or the Uncharted World Tour—has been curated to take guests closer to the authentic beauty of the world in ultimate comfort like never before.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Seabourn expedition vessel revealed

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Seabourn's new vessel will be named 'Seabourn Venture'
Seabourn has released new details on what guests can expect from its two new luxury expedition ships. The cruise line signed a letter of intent with shipbuilders T. Mariotti and Damen in July, marking the brand’s first entry into the expedition cruise market.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Coral Adventurer completes successful sea trials

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Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise company, has announced the successful and on-time completion of the first sea trials of its new world expedition ship Coral Adventurer. 



A team of 12 senior marine and management staff from Coral Expeditions’ Cairns headquarters joined representatives from the shipyard and various systems manufacturers to put the vessel through her paces amidst rough sea conditions. True to her design intent, she demonstrated impressive stability and sea-keeping characteristics.

The Coral Adventurer will be the fourth ship in Coral Expeditions’ fleet of Australian flagged ships, all purpose-built for expedition-style cruising.

Coral Expeditions Executive Director Paul Chacko says: “The Coral Expeditions team, led by Group GM Mark Fifield, has worked closely with the shipyard to ensure the vessel meets our requirements for extended expeditions in remote areas. We have drawn on three decades of building and operating our own ships to ensure we get it right.

“While we could have easily justified a bigger ship, we restricted her to 120 passengers, which we feel is the limit for a true expedition experience. With this successful build behind us, the company is poised to further develop its new-build program to cater for growing demand for expedition cruising.”

Following final touches, including the installation of a collection of Australian art and photographs, the Coral Adventurer will begin her sold-out maiden voyage from Singapore to Darwin on April 24th.



Also tested during the sea trials were the proprietary dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders, a trademark feature of all Coral Expedition ships. Quickly deployed via a complex hydraulic mechanism, the Xplorers can whisk all 120 passengers and the accompanying expedition team off to a remote beach or a village pier in open comfort. The high-tech Coral Adventurer also carries eight zodiacs and sufficient kayaks for guest enjoyment, ensuring that quality of expedition experience and time ashore remain the company’s unique selling point in the market.


Hurtigruten's Finnmarken to become a premium expedition ship

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Hurtigruten reports that it is planning an extensive renovation project that will transform the MS Finnmarken into a premium expedition cruise ship. The refurb is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, after which the ship will sail itineraries along the Norwegian coastline.

The project will renovate all of the ship’s cabins and suites using natural Scandinavian materials, such as granite, oak, birch and wool. On deck eight aft, in the current gym and sauna area, Hurtigruten will add five large suites with large panoramic windows.

The revamp will also add four new restaurants, including Restaurant Aune, the cruise line’s new, Scandinavian-themed main restaurant concept for expedition cruises. Also new will be Restaurant Lindstrøm, a specialty restaurant named after the favourite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes, and Fredheim, named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard. Finally, deck eight will receive a new outdoor grill venue.




The cruise line will add its signature Science Center, an “edutainment” area that will also serve as the onboard headquarters for the ship’s expedition team, on deck four, while a new, larger wellness area – including a lounge, treatment rooms, gym and panoramic sauna – will be added on deck seven.

The outdoor pool area will be fully refurbished, the shop expanded, and the ship's car deck will be replaced by the launching area for Hurtigruten explorer boats (ribs) and other expedition equipment.

The ship’s art collection will be preserved during the renovations, Hurtigruten said.

Read more at Sea Trade




Monday, 4 March 2019

Christmas in July Magic on the Murray Princess



Experience the magic of a winter Christmas and soak up the splendour of the Mighty Murray on Captain Cook Cruises three, four and seven-night Christmas in July cruises on-board paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess. Book more than thirty days in advance and save up to 15% on Christmas Cruise fares.

New Small-Ship Cruises to Rarely-Visited Russian Arctic

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Two new trips to the Russian Arctic from specialist cruise operator, Swoop-Arctic (tel: 0117 369 0296), are helping to open up this rugged, isolated region to travellers wishing to experience its pristine landscapes and teeming wildlife in comfort.



Both the 22-day Russian High Arctic Island Explorer (22nd July 2020; prices from £12,183pp triple share) and the 26-day Russia’s Northern Shores expedition (22nd August 2020, from £22,860pp based on two sharing an Adventurer Suite) feature Novaya Zemlya, the rarely-visited and largest Eurasian Arctic archipelago, with its massive extinct volcanoes, jagged ice cliffs and imposing glaciers.

Due to extreme weather conditions, the window for travel is restricted to July, August and September, so very few people get the chance to experience the rocky coastlines, epic bird cliffs, remote islands and flourishing wildlife in the region, and booking in advance is essential.

Ships travelling to the Russian Arctic and Russian Far East are built to withstand the thick ice floes they will encounter. While previously this has been at the expense of comfort on board, now a new breed of vessel combining strength with luxury is helping to expand the cruise options available and opening up the area to a different sector of the travel market.

Alex Mudd, Commercial Director at Swoop-Arctic, comments: “Previously, the Russian Arctic as a destination has been overshadowed by Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic. However, the current growth in expedition options, with new ships combining comfort and small numbers, is resulting in it becoming more accessible. We anticipate that these astounding expeditions will be of particular interest to pioneering travellers looking for something new and unique to explore.”

Russia’s Northern Shores (Nome to Tromso) - On board the all-suite Silver Explorer, passengers travel in the footsteps of historic explorers, Nansen and Amundsen, on board the most luxurious vessel to navigate Russian Arctic waters, complete with butler service, free-flowing champagne and outstanding cuisine, courtesy of Relais & Chateaux.

Wildlife viewing opportunities abound during this expedition, with the chance to see a plethora of birdlife on Kolyuchin Island – pelagic cormorants, thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, horned and tufted puffins to name a few; walrus, musk ox and polar bears may be sighted on Wrangel Island, while grey, bowhead and beluga whales swim in the surrounding waters.

With 25 planned landings – weather and conditions permitting – passengers can expect to visit former Soviet military ports, meteorological stations, welcoming indigenous Chukchi and Inuit communities, pristine tundra landscapes, stunning fjords and glacial archipelagos, conservation areas and wildlife hotspots. https://www.swoop-arctic.com/cruises/russia/northern-shores.




Russian High Arctic Island Explorer (Helsinki to Helsinki) – The four-star Sea Adventurer is a spacious high ice class (1A) ship offering comfortable accommodation for up to 134 passengers. Its superior stability and vast outside decks for wildlife viewing make it ideal for travel in to the Russian High Arctic.

A highlight of this expedition cruise, which begins and ends in Helsinki and includes return private charter flights to Murmansk, is Novaya Zemlya or New Land, the third largest wilderness area in Europe.

Comprising two main islands separated by the Matochkin Strait, it offers pure, Arctic beauty at its very best. The archipelago is set between the Kara Sea and the Barents Sea and was once an important military site during the Cold War years, as well as a historic hunting ground, dating back to the 11th century.

Today, fascinating flora and fauna, including rich bird life, lemmings, ptarmigan, Arctic foxes, seals, walrus, and polar bears may all be spotted here.

https://www.swoop-arctic.com/cruises/russia/high-arctic-explorer

Swoop Arctic’s cruises include full-board accommodation during the voyage, all on shore and zodiac excursions, educational lectures by expert polar guides and a complimentary parka.

For further information on expedition cruising in the Russian Arctic visit: https://www.swoop-arctic.com/cruises/russia

For enquiries please call: 0117 369 0696.

Friday, 1 March 2019

New boutique vessel for Alaska

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Small ship operator, Alaskan Dream Cruises, has added a new vessel, Kruzof Explorer, to its fleet.

Named after the 18th Century Russian Admiral Kruse, the former Bering Sea crab boat is one of the toughest constructed vessels in this class and provides the niche operator with a useful addition to its fleet of five other vessels ranging from 10 to 74 passengers.

Alaskan Dream Cruises, was established in 1970 when Bob and Betty Allen, and their five children, restored a ruined boat that became the St. Michael- the first in a long line of Allen Marine tour vessels named after saints of the family’s Russian Orthodox faith.

The 39m, 12-passenger vessel carries a high-speed Zodiac, kayaks, and paddleboards and will operate such itineraries as the 9-night Remote Wilderness Expedition.

More: www.alaskandreamcruises.com


Peregrine Adventures new expeditions to Antarctica

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  • Peregrine will double carbon offsets on all of it Antarctica expeditions
  • Lowest lead in prices starting at $7090, making Antarctica accessible for all
  • Wellness comes to the fore with frozen yoga that turns Bikram on its head

Peregrine Adventures today launched new expeditions to Antarctica that will benefit both travellers and the environment.

Peregrine Adventures’ Antarctica Expeditions aboard the Ocean Endeavour will continue the company’s focus on sustainable and experiential style of cruising.

Lindblad signs off on second newbuild polar expedition ship

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad,” the “Company”), a global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build a new polar vessel, expanding the line’s National Geographic polar fleet to four ships.

This state-of-the-art vessel will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launches of new builds National Geographic Questin July 2017, National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the scheduled delivery of National Geographic Endurance in Q1 2020.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Digital learning on Hapag-Lloyd expeditions

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Exclusive to three new expedition class ships: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises introduces an innovative tool for digital learning



· Study wall: 6 × 1.8 m (19.6 × 5.9 ft) touchscreen wall
· More than 250 articles on a range of disciplines
· The Ocean Academy: Study Seats and the interactive Study Poster aid innovative learning

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is introducing a new, user-friendly concept for digital learning never seen before on board an expedition ship – the study wall, which will be found on board the new HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration, and HANSEATIC spirit expedition ships. With innovative touch technology and an attractive design, the 6 × 1.8 m (19.6 × 5.9 ft) screen allows guests to research complex topics and background information about their cruise destinations. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been developing this concept for around two and a half years, in partnership with the Hamburg-based companies mgp ErlebnisRaumDesign GmbH and Intermediate Engineering GmbH.

Galapagos flights included with Lindblad

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has made it easier than ever for travellers to visit the stunning natural oasis that is the Galápagos with the launch of an incredible fly free offer available until the 30th of June on select 2019 departures.

Free return economy airfares are included when travellers book select Galápagos itineraries aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander with Lindblad Expeditions. Trips start from $9,120* per person, twin share for 10 days. This offer is only valid on select departure dates between the 6th of July and 9th of November 2019; available departures dates can be found online.

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader, a team of expert naturalists, an undersea specialist, wellness specialist, and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Together, they provide guests with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

Guests will explore various islands in the Galápagos archipelago, renowned for their abundant wildlife with no fear of humans. Activities include snorkelling with sea turtles, penguins, and sea lions; and kayaking, paddle boarding and Zodiac cruises. Hike an enchanted terrain of lush green highlands to stark volcanic landscapes; pristine beaches to mangrove thickets; from arid terrain to black lava beaches adorned with emerald seagrasses.

Choosing to voyage the Galápagos with Lindblad Expeditions provides guests with an in-depth connection to the place unrivalled in the industry - its wildlife, its human population, its conservation - thanks to their 50+ years of experience and heritage in the region.

*Conditions apply & subject to availability.

For more information visit Adventure World Travel at adventureworld.com or call 1300 363 055


Ponant flight credit for South America

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Central America 2019 - 2020 special offer: $1,300 flight credit per person



A vibrant bridge between North and South America, Central America is significant for its vastly different cultures, wildlife and landscapes, its many unique locations recognised with UNESCO World Heritage status.

To visit Central America is to comprehend the mysteries of the Mayans, to explore wild coastlines and experience pristine natural parks, to trace the line of history by wandering through cities built by Spanish explorers, and discover the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal.

As if these are not a compelling enough reasons to visit, PONANT is offering a $1,300pp credit towards the cost of flights when the cruise is booked before 31 March 2019.