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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.

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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, Fran├žois-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.