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Thursday, 1 September 2022

Ponant’s Le Jacques Cartier and APT offer Europe small ship sailings

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New for 2023, luxury tour and cruise operator, APT announces two brand-new Small Ship Expedition Cruises in the Mediterranean aboard Ponant’s Le Jacques Cartier.

Monday, 29 August 2022

Heritage Expeditions resumes popular Sea Kayaking options

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Pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is delighted to announce the return of its popular sea kayaking programme on select Subantarctic, Indonesia and South Pacific voyages.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

UPDATED Island Escape leaves passengers wondering

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Island Escape in the Kimberley (Megan Rose/Facebook)

UPDATE: Island Escape arrested. All cruises cancelled.

Following a report in LATTE Luxury Travel Trade newsletter, it appears Island Escape Cruises has abandoned its Kimberley program and left passengers high and dry.

"Just received an email from Island Escapes advising us our Kimberley cruise ex Broome due to start tomorrow has been cancelled," writes one disappointed passenger on the cruise company's Facebook page. "Unable to contact anyone. No word on refund, not to mention flights from Sydney to Broome."

Attempts by both media and passengers to contact IEC have been met with silence. An automated response from IEC founder Peter Bissett reads simply: “I resigned from the company on 4 July 2022”.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Biggest ever program of overnight Murray River cruises launched

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  • New 2023-24 program offers biggest-ever schedule of overnight Murray River cruises
  • Longer, new-look itineraries up to 8 days and new shore experiences introduced
  • Save 15 per cent for couples. Solo surcharges halved – book by 30 September 2022
Murray River Paddlesteamers has launched its biggest-ever program of overnight cruises for 2023-24, with a new brochure showcasing, for the first time, an entire year of back-to-back cruises on the Murray and longer journeys in response to record-high demand for multi-day cruises on Australia’s longest and most famous river.

Monday, 15 August 2022

Older expedition ships falling foul of safety regulators. Vessels detained.

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It would seem the days of the trusty older vessels may be nearing the end. As maritime regulations tighten around safety, environmental concerns and maintenance, the ships of our past are slowly disappearing from expedition itineraries.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Refurbished Polar Pioneer Heads South To Antarctica

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Fresh from her maiden voyage to Svalbard with Secret Atlas following a major refurbishment project which focused on sustainability and upcycling, MV Polar Pioneer, the veteran ice-strengthened expedition vessel, is destined for further adventure on two wildlife and photography cruises, this time in the Southern Hemisphere; the first a 12-day Antarctica Cruise on 1st January 2024 Antarctica Explorer - 12 Day Wildlife & Photography Small Group Expedition (secretatlastravel.com), followed by a 15-day South Georgia itinerary on 24th February 2024, South Georgia Photo Tour - 15 Days of Exploration - Small Group Size (secretatlastravel.com).

On Board Expeditions: Luxury new vessel hits Tasmania’s waters

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On Board | Tasmanian Expedition Cruises will launch a new custom-designed luxury vessel, Odalisque III, at the end of 2022.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Kimberley and Central Australia adventure with Silversea

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Exclusive Savings on Ultra-Luxe Kimberley and Central Australia Adventure with Silversea in 2023
Save more than A$5000 per couple or more than A$12,000 for Solos
All-inclusive package - book by November 3, 2022
Free-spirited adventurers keen to explore Australia’s wildest wilderness but with the indulgent balm of luxury accommodation and a private butler along the way can enjoy exclusive savings on a new, ultra-luxe cruise and land tour package embracing the magnificent Kimberley, Central Australia and also Australia’s Top End.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Blessing of Lindblad's National Geographic Islander ll [video]

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Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism, Niels Olsen, Commends Lindblad Expeditions as a “Great Example of How to Use Tourism as a Vehicle for Conservation and Development”


Lindblad Expeditions celebrated the official blessing of the newest addition to their award-winning fleet, National Geographic Islander ll in Salinas, Ecuador this past weekend. Attendees included Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism, Niels Olsen, and Gustavo Manrique, Minister of the Environment, Water and Ecological Transition, industry colleagues, local partners, and members of Lindblad’s beloved crew. The 26-suite best-in-class expedition vessel will make her inaugural Galápagos voyage on August 19, 2022, for year-round expeditions in the islands.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

From on board Ponant's Le Laperouse in the Kimberley: Talbot Bay Rock Stars

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Home to the famed Horizontal Falls and described by legendary naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as one of the world's great natural wonders, Talbot Bay contains much more than just a curious cascade.

Saturday, 23 July 2022

From on board Ponant's Le Laperouse in the Kimberley: Croc spotting on the Hunter River

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The massive Hunter River, as well as the nearby Roe feeds into Prince Frederick Harbour along with inflow from numerous smaller creeks and rivulets. It’s an expedition cruise hotspot and today we’re here in the company of APT’s Caledonian Sky, running Zodiac tours into the wild heart of this remote region.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

NZ's Strannik Ocean Voyages selling fast

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Rodney Russ, owner and founder of Strannik Ocean Voyages writes:

"We have one twin-share cabin and one male berth* available on this departure.  To see and experience all of Fiordland’s fiords is a trip of a lifetime. There are 14 fiords, but one of them, Sutherland Sound, is only accessible by Zodiac, the remaining 13 create one of the greatest cruising grounds in the world.  It is wrong to think that just because they are all fiords they are all the same; every one of them is unique and different with their own story.  We invite you to experience and enjoy these 13 fiords. "

To view this offer and future sailings, see https://strannikoceanvoyages.com/expeditions/

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Heritage Expeditions Three New Island-hopping Cruises

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Exploring the Remote Tropical Islands of Asia and the South Pacific

Pioneering expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has announced three new island-hopping voyages exploring the remote tropical islands of Asia and the South Pacific aboard luxurious expedition flagship Heritage Adventurer.

Monday, 4 July 2022

Pitcairn Island's Passenger Service Resumes

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Pitcairn’s supply ship MV Silver Supporter. Credit: Andrew Randall

Following Pitcairn's border reopening in March 2022, and remaining COVID-19 free, the remote island group is pleased to announce its regular passenger shipping link with French Polynesia will resume from July 5th 2022.

Friday, 1 July 2022

Oakley eye protection tested in remote Australian waters

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When Oakley sent me a pair of superb Clifden prescription sunglasses for trialling on my motorcycle, I was thrilled. These are lightweight, tough, super comfortable and come standard with protective rubber side guards, nose bridge and crystal clear PRIZM lenses.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Coral Expeditions Launches Small Islands of Japan & the Philippines Series

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The four intrepid new expeditions added in 2023 will explore the rarely visited remote Southern islands of Japan & the Philippines

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Scenic Eclipse II scheduled to enter service in April 2023

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Scenic Group has unveiled a new timelapse video showcasing the build of its second ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, which is scheduled to enter service in April 2023. The video provides an overview of the progress to date, including the innovation and technology involved to build this a state-of-the-art yacht.

Friday, 17 June 2022

PONANT Kimberley Experience on board Le Ponant for 2023

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PONANT is set to take luxury expeditions to another level, opening sales for their highly anticipated 2023  inaugural Kimberley sailing expedition programme onboard the company’s iconic three-masted sailing yacht  Le Ponant

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Crystal Endeavor acquired by Silversea

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Defunct Asian cruise line, Crystal, part of the Genting Group and its collapse, has seen its former vessels dispersed to rival fleets including the much-anticipated Crystal Endeavor.

Thursday, 26 May 2022

PONANT welcomes Le Soléal in Darwin for inaugural Kimberley expedition season

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Following the successful restart of PONANT's highly anticipated Kimberley expedition season in April 2022, PONANT is thrilled to announce yesterday's arrival of expedition ship Le Soléal into Darwin, Northern Territory.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Coral Expeditions Releases 'An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna'

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Australia's pioneering expedition cruise line sets course for remote Wallis and Futuna Islands for inaugural exploration

 
On 16 December 2022, Coral Adventurer will cast off from Cairns on an epic journey of discovery to the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna, located 2,000 nautical miles into the South Pacific. With no fixed itinerary, the 21-night voyage sailing from Cairns to Auckland is a true blue-water expedition for only the most intrepid of explorers.

Thursday, 28 April 2022

PONANT's Le Lapérouse in Darwin ahead of Kimberley season

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With operations resuming 28 April 2022, the monumental moment comes as Le Lapérouse anticipates setting sail for PONANT's highly anticipated Kimberley 2022 season, operating between Darwin and Broome.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Discover Indonesia's Hidden Islands

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Teeming Wildlife With Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers


Specialist conservation cruise operator Heritage Expeditions’ Indonesian Explorer voyage is expected to be an even more thrilling adventure following some adjustments and exciting additions to the 2022 itinerary, such as Komodo National Park and the amazing world biosphere reserve of Wakatobi National Park.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Heritage Expeditions Releases 2023-24 Southern Ocean Season

 aboard Heritage Adventurer.




Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has released its 2023-24 Southern Ocean Season adding some exciting destinations to its iconic voyages.

Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the 2023-24 season proudly continues Heritage Expeditions' tradition of exceptional, personalised adventures sharing unforgettable, intimate explorations of some of the world's best-kept secrets, cultural encounters and wilderness and wildlife hotspots.

"Our new Southern Ocean Season sees us exploring the island paradise of the South Pacific, down to the wild and remote Subantarctic Islands, returning to the heart of Antarctica, the Ross Sea, and the coastlines and islands of New Zealand aboard our luxurious expedition flagship Heritage Adventurer," he said.

Among the new destinations were Komodo National Park, land of the Komodo Dragon, and Jacques Cousteau's "underwater nirvana" Wakatobi National Park joining the tropical paradise of Raja Ampat and Whale Sharks of Kwatisore Bay on an 18-day voyage Indonesian Explorer from Bali to Madang.

"These itinerary revisions turn what was already an unforgettable voyage into a real Indonesia bucket list adventure."

And with New Zealand's borders about to open up to the world again, small-ship expedition cruising was the perfect way to experience parts of the country still unexplored by many New Zealanders with the Kiwi family-owned and operated company, said Aaron.

"We have more than 35 years experience exploring New Zealand's coastlines and islands and our immersive wilderness expeditions are created to share parts of New Zealand many visitors, and New Zealanders alike, rarely get the chance to experience."

Heritage Expeditions 2023-24 Southern Ocean Season is now on sale.










Tuesday, 1 February 2022

PS Murray Princess: History repeats on memorable river cruise

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A leisurely cruise along the River Murray is a history lesson afloat


At more than 2500 kilometres, it’s up there with the Nile and Amazon and has sustained human habitation for around 40,000 years. Its catchment spans three states and provides water and irrigation to more than a million households, growing fruit, grain and vegetables to feed the nation.