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Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Swan Hellenic Diana to launch, Vega continues to sail while Minerva dispute unresolved. [updated]

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The revived expedition cruising brand Swan Hellenic is celebrating the forthcoming launch of the newbuild, Diana, with the naming ceremony of its third expedition ship to take place in Amsterdam on 4 May 2023.

Saturday, 25 February 2023

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Cruises the Lau and Kadavu Island Groups

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Travellers can explore some of the most remote locations on the planet with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji on their Lau and Kadavu Islands Discovery Cruise. The cruise line is well known for its exciting adventures exploring the beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups and they have expanded their product offering to incorporate a remote region rarely visited by tourists. The Lau and Kadavu Island group is situated in the far eastern end of Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of 57 islands, of which only 30 are inhabited by Fijian villages, with no public transport, or bustling industries to be found; it’s simply home to Fiji’s breathtaking wildlife and scenic views.

Friday, 24 February 2023

Witness the Wonder of Polar Bears in Churchill

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On International Polar Bear Day, Natural Habitat Adventures Sheds Light on the Urgency of Conservation Amidst Declining Numbers

Newest Figures Show Population Diminishing, but Bear Viewing Remains Strong

With International Polar Bear Day coming up on Feb. 27, Natural Habitat Adventures is drawing attention to the King of the Arctic’s plight in a warming world.

Thursday, 23 February 2023

Seabourn Announces 2024-2025 Expedition Voyages

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The South Pacific, Arctic, Antarctica, including First Itineraries To The Kimberley, Australia In 2024

 Seabourn ultra-luxury voyages and expedition travel, has unveiled a program of new exciting expedition voyages for summer 2024 and winter/spring 2025 on its two new purpose-built expedition vessels, Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit. Both ships will explore remote corners of the globe, from the South Pacific and Antarctica to the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland and more. The program also includes the line's first visit to the Kimberley region in northern Australia, where Seabourn Pursuit will travel between June and August 2024.

Thursday, 16 February 2023

Viking Expedition Team Publishes First Scientific Paper from Inaugural Antarctic Season

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Viking today announced its Viking Expedition Team has published the company's first scientific paper, following observations of the rarely encountered scyphozoan Stygiomedusa gigantea, commonly known as the giant phantom jellyfish. The encounters took place during submersible dives in the coastal waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in early 2022. Despite reaching up to 30 feet (10 meters) in length, only 126 encounters with the giant phantom jellyfish have ever been recorded since the species was first described in 1910. During Viking's inaugural season in Antarctica in 2022, direct observations of the giant phantom jellyfish were made three times from submersibles deployed from Viking's expedition vessel, the Viking Octantis, and documented through stills and video photography.

Thursday, 9 February 2023

Halong Bay Unveils Its Most Lavish Day Cruise Ever



Ambassador Cruise is heralding the dawn of a new day in cruising Halong Bay, with the launch of a day cruise on a new vessel with restaurants and bars, an outdoor jacuzzi and a striking glass bridge.

The five-star line behind the UNESCO World Heritage site's most sublime cruise experiences will begin the day-long 'Ambassador Day Cruise II' tours on February 10 this year.

Cuban Time Machine

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Words and pictures: Roderick Eime

“Date un toque,” says Benito in his boisterous and charismatic style as he pours us both a shot of his homemade rum. “Kill the rat!” - which I take to mean 'hair of the dog' or similar.

Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Can you fly to Antarctica?

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When Antarctica21 began its operation in 2003, our guests flew to Antarctica in a 50-passenger De Haviland Dash-7 aircraft.

New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands: Galapagos of the South

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Wildlife rules the roost on the subantarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand

Words and pictures Roderick Eime

Like a chorus line of overweight, bad-mannered beer drinkers, they gather to recite the only lyrics they know. Cavernous mouths agape and bulbous heads akilter, it’s a strangely musical sound despite the random, belching monotone each can only manage.

Thursday, 2 February 2023

Getting Lost in Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions

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Get aboard the most famous brand in expedition cruising for an expert and intimate examination of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Words and Pictures by Roderick Eime

Howson to join True North II on maiden voyage

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The TRUE NORTH II is scheduled to depart Fremantle on March 28 and this maiden voyage will feature one of True North’s most desired itineraries – the West Coast Explorer.

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Ponant Podcast: “Explore to Inspire”

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Podcast: “Explore to Inspire”

For PONANT’s podcast: “Explore to Inspire”, with one click, listeners can embark on an odyssey to discover the most fabulous tales of voyages, emotions and once in a lifetime experience of guests, crew and world-renowned experts invited aboard by the company.

“Explore to Inspire” is a full-immersion format that takes the listener “live” on board PONANT ships. Last summer, the company recorded testimonials, experiences and soundscapes which were then narrated with voiceovers by actors. The first episode invites listeners aboard Le Lap√©rouse with PONANT video maker Elie to discover the traditions of the Asmat people of New Guinea. Another episode tells a touching and fascinating narration of the encounter PONANT guest Marguerite had with emperor penguins in the Antarctic. These are just a few of the many inspiring stories offered through “Explore to Inspire”.

Available in French and English, this new PONANT communication tool has the potential to reach thousands of existing and potential customers all over the world.

The “Explore to Inspire” podcast is available on major listening platforms (Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music…).

Listen to the podcast.