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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.