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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.

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.