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


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. 

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.