Friday, 31 August 2012

New One Brochure for Un-Cruise Adventures.


Travelers seeking Un-Cruise Adventures may now reach for one brochure detailing InnerSea Discoveries’ Active Adventures and American Safari Cruises’ Luxury and Heritage Adventures. The first combined Un-Cruise Adventures brochure begins arriving on doorsteps this week.
The 72-page brochure details Un-Cruise Adventures in Southeast Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, the Hawaiian Islands, Columbia and Snake Rivers, and Coastal Washington and British Columbia. Three styles of adventure cruises are available on four yachts and three expedition vessels carrying 22-88 guests. The brochure covers adventures from November 2012 through April 2014.
“With additional boats added to our fleet, we’ve been able to diversify our offerings,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We now have three different adventure styles—luxury, active and heritage—but as Un-Cruise Adventures, they share the common thread of an enriching adventure travel experience.”
Active Adventures
Active Adventure cruises focus on adventure activities outside such as trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding and skiff excursions. Activity levels vary from shore walks to all day hikes or kayaking excursions. Offered at a moderate price point, meals and activities are included. Massage, alcohol and port fees/taxes are extra.
Three expedition vessels—60 -guest Wilderness Adventurer, 76-guest Wilderness Explorer and Wilderness Discoverer—sail active adventure cruises in Southeast Alaska from May through September. The Wilderness Explorer will sail its first season in the Hawaiian Islands beginning November 2013 through April 2014.
Luxury Adventures
Luxury Adventure cruises are more inclusive and combine soft adventure activities with extra amenities and comforts on board. Voyages in five un-cruise destinations include all meals; premium brand spirits, fine wines and microbrews; activities and port fees/taxes. A massage is also included on the Safari Explorer and Safari Endeavour.
Three yachts—22-guest Safari Quest, 36-guest Safari Explorer and 86-guest Safari Endeavour—offer luxury adventure cruises. All three boats sail in Southeast Alaska from May through September. The Safari Endeavour sails in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés from November through April. The Safari Explorer sails in the Hawaiian Islands from November through April. The Safari Quest sails a Coastal Washington and British Columbia itinerary in spring and fall.
Heritage Adventures
History is brought to life on board and ashore on a Heritage Adventure cruise. Guest presenters, character reenactments and shore tours highlight history along the way and on board Legacy Leaders guide the journey. The Safari Legacy joins the fleet in mid-August 2013 for two 11-night Gold Rush Legacy cruises in Southeast Alaska. In fall and spring, the boat sails weeklong Legacy of Discovery cruises along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Cruise fare includes all meals; premium brand spirits, fine wines and microbrews; activities; one massage and port fees/taxes.
Yachts and expedition vessels can be booked as a private charter or by individual stateroom. To book an un-cruise adventure or to request additional information, contact InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or email sales@innerseadiscoveries.com. The new brochure is online, or please call to request a copy.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Latest river cruise offers from AmaWaterways, saving up to £500p



Autumn river cruise with £445pp savingAmaWaterways has a saving of £445pp off a 7 night autumn cruise from Lyon to Arles on board the luxury river cruiser, AmaDagio, cruising through legendary wine regions, producing wines such as Beaujolais and Cote du Rhone. The cruise departs on 4th October and costs from £1895pp, including wine tastings at local vintners, daily tours and excursions, wine with dinner, free use of on board bicycles, free wi-fi and all port taxes. 

Contact AmaWaterways freephone 0808 223 5009,www.amawaterways.co.uk

Cruise the Mekong, saving up to 500pp Experience the exotic villages, towns, markets and temples of the Mekong on a 7 night river cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. An 11 night departure on 12th November with a saving of 500pp, including a two night stay in Siem Reap, 7 night cruise, two overnight UK flights and transfers, now from 2399pp departing from the UK on 9th November. Contact AmaWaterways freephone 0808 223 5009,www.amawaterways.co.uk

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

River Cruises in China


One of the most memorable experiences in China is traveling the majestic Three Gorges by boat. Most visitors to China spend their time visiting the country's big cities, but for those who want a truly unique adventure, a Yangtze River Cruise through the Three Gorges can be an experience of a lifetime.


In addition to the natural scenery, there are many sights along the route of the Yangtze River. One of the most iconic destinations is the Shibao Pagoda, a 200-meter tall fortress built into the side of a cliff hanging over the river. Visitors also get the chance to visit the infamous Three Gorges Dam and sail through the ship locks.


A wide variety of cruise companies are on offer, with many services such as shops, massages, and health spas. On board accommodations range from standard rooms to luxury suites. Meals are all buffet style featuring international cuisine. There will also be on board activities to enjoy such as morning Taichi, evening karaoke, and a crew talent show.

Yangtze River Cruises are now offered by the China Guide and can be combined with other Chinese cities. 

Please see www.thechinaguide.com for details or email book@thechinaguide.com to start planning your cruise today.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Star Clippers to Sail to Cuba


Tall ship specialist Star Clippers is to sail to Cuba in 2014 for the first time, offering a spectacular series of itineraries exploring the island in depth, visiting stunning beaches and anchorages, colonial towns and villages and with a pre- and post-cruise option to stay in historic Havana, famous for its cigars, nightlife, architecture and the legacy of Hemingway.
The Cuba programme will be offered on the 170-passenger Star Flyer, which will split the winter of 2013/14 between Costa Rica, where the ship has already operated two highly successful seasons, and the Caribbean. Star Flyer will sail four itineraries taking in Cuba, as follows:
· February 2, 2014: 14 nights, Costa Rica to Cuba via the Panama Canal, calling at Drake Bay and Golfito (Costa Rica); Isla Gamez, Isla Iguana and Balboa (Panama); San Andres and Providencia (Colombia); George Town and Little Cayman (Cayman Islands) and Casilda (Cuba). From £2,440 plus £245 port charges, cruise only.
· February 16 and 23 and March 2, 9 and 16, 2014: Seven nights Cuba and Cayman Islands, departing Cienfuegos and calling at Cayo Blanco; Casilda (for the historic town of Trinidad, rich with colonial architecture); Little Cayman and George Town, capital of Great Cayman; Cayo Largo (Cuba), Archipelago de los Canarreos; returning to Cienfuegos. From £1,185 plus £120 port charges, cruise only.
· March 23: Six nights round-trip from Cienfuegos, calling at Archipelago de los Canarreos; Punta Frances; Cayo Largo; Casilda; and Cayo Blanco, from £1,015 plus £105 port charges, cruise only.
· March 29, 2014: Cuba to St Maarten, departing Cienfuegos and calling at Montego Bay and Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); the British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg. From £1865pp plus £190 port charges, cruise only.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Caledonian Sky crusing in New Zealand and Australia


Those of you who have travelled on Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky no what a superb vessel she is. Now the company announce her sister ship Caledonian Sky will be luxury small ship crusing in New Zealand and Australia in January and February 2013.

If you are going to travel half way around the world, you need a good reason, and what better reason could you have than the desire to visit one of the most beautiful places on earth? New Zealand is a land of stunning landscape and warm people, which is why it is always high on travellers’ wish lists. With vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, often spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, a temperate climate and fascinating animal and plant life, New Zealand is a land of rare

A circumnavigation of the North Island, offers the unusual opportunity to visit the lesser known west coast of northern New Zealand. Call into the quaint city of New Plymouth, explore the Waipoua Kauri Forest, one of the largest remaining tracts of native forest in Northland, and discover the awe-inspiring scenery of the Bay of Islands. Visit the iconic cities of Auckland, Napier and Wellington and journey to the thermal springs at Rotorua, a myriad of gurgling mudpools, steaming ground and expansive vistas.

Although this cruise is not classified as expeditionary, on some days it will be necessary to use the Zodiac landing craft to access remote ports and land ashore.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Time Running Out to See Whale Sharks



A very rare 2 for 1 offer!
North Star Cruises has announced a very rare 2 for 1 offer. Buy one Adventures in Paradise cruise to Papua New Guinea and get one for free! Yep that’s right – treat yourself and bring along your best friend for absolutely free! Depending on your cabin choice – this offer could save you up to $17, 995!*
Papua New Guinea is made to measure when it comes to adventure-cruising and, the Australian crew of the TRUE NORTH are unsurpassed when it comes to pampering small group expeditions. This is a very unique opportunity to visit areas bigger ships cannot access and to encounter overwhelming hospitality and unchanged village life. Snorkel the most highly regarded coral reef in the world. Join our multiple expedition boats and explore mighty rivers deep into the jungle. Climb mountains in the comfort of the ship’s air-conditioned helicopter. Match wits with monster mackerel and then each night, return to your floating boutique hotel!
The 7 night Adventures in Paradise cruise departs November 24 and December 1 and includes return charter flights ex Cairns.
North Star doesn’t release offers like this very often – so don’t miss out!
For more information – contact your adventure partners at cruise@northstarcruises.com.au
*Nominated saving based on Explorer Class.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

G Adventures upgrades Galapagos Fleet





G Adventures has one of the highest quality operations in the Galapagos and is upgrading its fleet for 2013 with the acquisition of three 16-passenger motor yachts, the Daphne ‘G3’, the San Jose ‘G5’, and the Queen of Galapagos, ‘G8’. The company will be adding additional vessels in the coming months as it makes room for further growth.
Jeff Russill, VP of Innovation, G Adventures, says the upgrades have been made to provide an improved customer experience and to future-proof the fleet ahead of further customer demand and new regulations.
“Our new vessels have larger and more comfortable public spaces and will be heavily focussed on the customer experience, offering the best wildlife viewing and the onboard service. Leading with service is one of our core values and these upgrades mean we can deliver on that promise and keep prices affordable.
“Additionally there have been, and will continue to be, changes made to Galapagos regulations, so we’re also ensuring the future viability of our fleet,” says Russill.
Each of the new vessels caters to a slightly different market; the G3 is the most affordable standard-level option, the G5 is a comfort-level vessel and the G8 provides an even more deluxe experience.
G Adventures will continue to use its Javier ‘G4’ comfort-level vessel, a firm customer favourite, meaning the fleet will be made up of four vessels in 2013.
G Adventures’ operation in the Galapagos is unique as the company only books customers on its own vessels. This means they travel with other G Adventures’ travellers and have a complete G Adventures experience. The company operates and staffs the vessels and employs its own naturalist guides, all of whom understand the G Adventures core values and our customers’ expectations.
Current vessels will maintain operations as per the normal G Adventures high quality service until the end of the year when the G3, G5 and G8 will take over operations.
Itineraries for the three new vessels include:
  • A six-day Voyage Galapagos – South Islands standard-level trip onboard the Daphne ‘G3’ is priced from £1,249pp from Quito return for departures from September to November 2012 and January to April 2013.
  • A seven-day Voyage Galapagos – South Islands comfort-level trip onboard the San Jose ‘G5’ is priced from £1,649pp from Quito return for departures from January 2013 year-round.
  • A 10-day Deluxe Galapagos – Northern Islands deluxe-level trip onboard the Queen of Galapagos ‘G8’ is priced from £2,599pp from Quito return for departures from January 2013 year-round.
For more information please call 0844 272 2040 or visit http://www.gadventures.com/marine/galapagos-island-cruises/

Friday, 24 August 2012

More Cruises to visit the Inner Hebrides








The innovative Argyll cruise company, The Majestic Line, is increasing its small boat cruises to the Inner Hebrides as a result of popular demand. Guests of The Majestic Line have shown a strong preference for this area of unspoilt natural beauty, rich in history, culture and wildlife and demand is continuing to grow.
Sales Manager, Marie Thomas believes that visitors have a romantic association with the Islands of the Inner Hebrides, “our cruises to the Islands of Mull and Skye are sold out before the season has even started and our Southern Hebrides cruise to Jura, Gigha and Colonsay also books out very early. We always try to respond to positively to our guests and so are more than happy to increase the number of our cruises to these iconic places for 2013.”
The family run company, now in its eighth operating season has so far escaped the effects of the economic downturn, despite being an exclusive holiday choice aimed at the higher end of the market.
Andy Thoms, Director said, “so far, we have been fortunate not to feel the effects of the recession, mainly due to a very loyal clientele. Word of mouth recommendation and repeat guests are at the heart of our success, with some guests cruising with us up to eight times.”
However, the company is very aware that times are getting tough in the tourism industry and is not complacent. They have recently streamlined the business to make savings to ensure no price increase for their cruises in 2013. This included moving the Sales Team from Edinburgh to join the Operations Team in Holy Loch Marina in Argyll which will allow closer communication with guests and support for the new cruises to the Inner Hebrides. The Majestic Line 2013 brochure is now available at www.themajesticline.co.uk

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Mekong and Rhone Savings



Autumn river cruise with £445pp savingAmaWaterways has a saving of £445pp off a 7 night autumn cruise from Lyon to Arles on board the luxury river cruiser, AmaDagio, cruising through legendary wine regions, producing wines such as Beaujolais and Cote du Rhone. The cruise departs on 4th October and includes wine tastings at local vintners, daily tours and excursions, wine with dinner, free use of on board bicycles, free wi-fi and all port taxes. Contact AmaWaterways freephone 0808 223 5009,www.amawaterways.co.uk
Cruise the Mekong, saving up to 500pp Experience the exotic villages, towns, markets and temples of the Mekong on a 7 night river cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. An 11 night departure on 12th November with a saving of 500pp, including a two night stay in Siem Reap, 7 night cruise, two overnight UK flights and transfers, now from 2399pp departing from the UK on 9th November. Contact AmaWaterways freephone 0808 223 5009,www.amawaterways.co.uk

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Christmas Voyage onboard new ship Voyager



Be one of the first to sail on board Voyages of Discovery’s (www.voyagesofdiscovery.com / 0844 822 0820) new ship, mv Voyager, after it joins the fleet in December.
Head to the Caribbean and celebrate Christmas on board mv Voyager’s Caribbean Gems cruise from £1,999 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin). Guests will get up close to the highest waterfall in the world - Angel Falls, learn about the rum heritage of Barbados and visit Montserrat – the ‘modern day Pompeii’ which was preserved by a volcano eruption in 1995.
The 17-day Caribbean Gems itinerary departs from Barbados (British West Indies) and calls at St. Lucia (British West Indies), Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe), Montserrat (Montserrat), Grenada (British West Indies), Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago), Margarita Island (Venezuela), La Guaira (Venezuela), Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Montego Bay (Jamaica). Price is based on a 20 December 2012 UK departure.
Alternatively, raise a glass to the New Year on board the 21-day A Tapestry of Central America cruise from £2,859 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin). Guests can discover the ancient Maya and Aztec civilisations of Central America, before enjoying a transit of the Panama Canal.
The A Tapestry of Central America itinerary departs from Montego Bay (Jamaica) - overnight before calling at Progreso (Mexico), Belize City (Belize), Puerto Cortes (Honduras), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Cartagena (Colombia), San Blas Islands (Panama), Balboa (Panama) and Manta (Ecuador). Price is based on a 4 January 2013 UK departure.
Mv Voyager will join the Voyages of Discovery fleet along sister ship, mv Discovery, in December 2012. Key additions to mv Voyager include a new piano bar – Scott’s Lounge, a new speciality restaurant, a ‘look-out’ lounge and an al fresco dining terrace with all-weather awning.
Prices for both cruises include return flights from a major UK airport, relevant transfers, all on board gratuities, service charges and port/airport taxes, a comprehensive Guest Speaker programme and all meals and entertainment on board. All Voyages of Discovery shore excursions are now also bookable online – visit www.voyagesofdiscovery.com for further information.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

HURTIGRUTEN GUESTS RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A DOUBLE CELEBRATION IN TROMSØ


Guests on board two of Hurtigruten’s ships can enjoy a double celebration this New Year as both MS Trollfjjord and MS Midnatsol dock together in Tromsø to ring in 2013. The sister ships will unite under a firework-filled sky while guests are treated to a special banquet, dancing and champagne toast. In addition, those sailing over Christmas can expect a truly Norwegian affair with traditional food, music and dancing asthey journey along Norway’s spectacular coast.
There are many highlights for guests travelling over the Christmas period including a number of festive activities on board, wintry shore excursions and a brand new multi-vision show about the fascinating NorthernLights. With the solar activity at a maximum, guests can enjoy this captivating show and learn a little about this amazing natural phenomenon before hopefully seeing them for real.
Guests and crew join together to decorate the ship and the Christmas tree with decorations made on board, learn and sing Norwegian carols and decorate gingerbread houses. Traditional Norwegian Christmas food is served, including ‘Julekake’, a sweet Christmas bread with rasins, candied lemon peel, nuts and cardamom and ‘Julegrot’, a Christmas porridge. A full Christmas buffet is served in the restaurant.
On Christmas Eve, all Hurtigruten ships will moor in their respective destination ports for 24 hours. Guests are invited to attend Christmas mass at the local churches before coming back on board to celebrate with fellow guests and crew members and ‘Julenissen’, the Norwegian Father Christmas, will pay a visit.
Those wanting to not only enjoy the festive atmosphere on board, but also experience a true Norwegian winter on shore, should join a special excursion to Camp Tamok. Equipped with warm winter clothes, participants can then take off for a winter safari through the Arctic from Finnsnes to Tromsø on dog sledges, snowmobiles and reindeer sledges.
Christmas In Norway In Search Of The Northern Lights – From 946pp – Enjoy a traditional Norwegian Christmas on a Classic Voyage North departing from Bergen in the south and sailing up to Kirkenes by the Russian border. The eight-day voyage (normally seven-day) costs from £946pp and includes full board on the ship.Based on two sharing. Flights are extra.
Christmas With New Year in Tromsø – From £1363pp Depart Bergen with MS Trollfjord on December 23 to enjoy both Christmas on board and New Year spent in Tromsø, alongside sister ship MS Trollfjord. Prices for this 13 (normally 12) day Classic Round voyage start from £1363pp including full board on the ship. Based on two sharing. Flights are extra.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Set your sights on Skye this Autumn



This autumn join Hebridean Island Cruises’ (www.hebridean.co.uk / 01756 704 704) small luxury cruise ship, Hebridean Princess on The Small Isles and Skye cruise where wildlife, oysters and historic castles await.
Explore each of the four islands that make up the Small Isles, the Isles of Eigg, Muck, Canna and Rum all with individual character and history. Add in several ports of call on the second largest Hebridean Island, the Isle of Skye along with some of the most scenic cruising anywhere and this is the prefect autumn getaway.
The Small Isles and Skye cruise starts from £3,410 per person, departs from Oban (Scotland) and calls at Eigg and Canna, Skye, Uig and Portree, Plockton, Inverie, Rum and Muck and finishes in Oban. Price is based on a 9th October 2012 departure.
Prices includes transfers between Glasgow and the ship or free parking in Oban, all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, shore excursions and gratuities and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.
For more information and to book visit www.hebridean.co.uk or call 01756 704 704.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Egypt’s Summer Special from £1,395pp– Saving up to £550pp


Egypt’s Summer Special from £1,395pp– Saving up to £550pp
11 day Egypt’s Summer Special itinerary with Bales Worldwide, including scheduled flights and accommodation and sightseeing encompassing Giza, Nile cruise on board Movenpick Royal Lily or Movenpick Royal Lotus (3 nights), Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor, Red Sea, El Gouna (5 nights). Trip includes English-speaking guide during the cruise and in Cairo, private air conditioned vehicle for transfers, a sightseeing itinerary (including entrance fees), and modern first class hotels throughout. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling and sharing on a mixed board basis. Price includes all applicable UK and overseas airport taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on selected departures in August 2012.

The Nostalgic Nile from £1,845pp – Saving up to £450pp
Eight day The Nostalgic Nile itinerary with Bales Worldwide, including scheduled flights and accommodation on a traditional ‘dahabiyya’. Trip includes English-speaking guides on board who will also take care of tipping, private air conditioned vehicle for transfers, a sightseeing itinerary (including entrance fees), and exclusive ‘dahabiyya’ cruise. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling on a mixed board basis (including seven breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners). Price includes all applicable UK and overseas airport taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on departures on 08 Sep 2012. 

Saturday, 18 August 2012

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES ON THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER


World’s Ultimate Expedition Ship Marks Fifth Anniversary
NEW YORK, NY, August 2012 – Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will mark the fifth anniversary in 2013 of its flagship, National Geographic Explorer, with five new itineraries that will put you in the explorer’s seat and connect you to incredible places, cultures, and people around the world. The expeditions have been designed to provide one-of-a-kind moments, whether you’re spotting the legendary pink dolphins of the Orinoco, encountering the Inuit people who thrive at the Arctic’s edge, or meeting former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, during our expedition in the Baltics. All expeditions are set aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a 148 guest state-of-the-art expedition ship.
The new 2013 itineraries include:
· Epic South America - Jungle Rivers, Rain Forests & the Colonial Coast: One of the most ambitious expeditions Lindblad has ever offered, the journey will begin in Trinidad ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina visiting eight countries – with special experiences added to the expedition over the next 14 months. You’ll have the rare opportunity to explore three legendary rivers—the Orinoco, Amazon and Essequibo—and experience the region’s exuberant cultures. We will voyage the diverse coastlines and visit colonial towns such as Ilhéus and Parati, vibrant cities including Montevideo and Buenos Aires, and spend two full days in exhilarating Rio de Janeiro. Among the journey’s myriad facets: unique riverine and rain forest habitats, virgin beaches, and special access to Fernando de Noronha to explore and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. A special focus on the region’s varied musical styles and cultural heritage will be woven into the voyage. To give you the best of what this region has to offer, our carefully planned itinerary includes flexibility—to take advantage of the unexpected wonders sure to occur in this exciting part of the world. The 38-day epic adventure departs September 18, 2013. Rates begin at $34,730 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin. http://www.expeditions.com/Itineraries45.asp?Expedition=805&Destination=324

· A Circumnavigation of Iceland: This is a rare opportunity to discover a riveting geography in its totality. This multi-faceted expedition creates a cohesive narrative of the amazing geological extremes. Cruise among magnificent icebergs in Jokulsarlon, and spend a day on the Arctic Circle spotting rich birdlife. Kayak into fjords and serene bays, and go hiking on spectacular and remote stretches of the coast.. Explore Europe’s largest ice cap, and discover the lava-sculpted landscapes of the Westman Islands. Soak in hot springs, and see boiling mud pots and the thundering Godafoss Waterfall. Go whale-watching on the shores of Iceland and its surrounding isles. Cap off the adventure with a soak in Reykjavik’s famous Blue Lagoon. Joining the voyage is Andrew Evans, National Geographic travel writer and author of the Bradt Travel Guide: Iceland. Departs July 10, 2013 for 10 days/8 nights, rates begin at $7,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin. http://www.expeditions.com/Itineraries45.asp?Expedition=794&Destination=333

· Along the Viking Trail – From Iceland to Greenland: Follow in the wake of legendary explorers as you discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland. Explore Iceland’s western fjords by Zodiac; kayak among the magnificent icebergs of East Greenland; and hike amid charming northern hamlets. Along the way, get immersed in Nordic history on visits to fascinating Viking sites and settlements with our experts. Explore Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city, and discover the wild western coast of Iceland. Venture to two remarkable sites on the Viking Trail, settled by Erik the Red 500 years before Columbus. Joining the voyage is author and adventurer Tim Severin, one of the last traditional style explorers. Departs July 18, 2013 for 12 days/10 nights. Rates begin at $9,620 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin. http://www.expeditions.com/Itineraries45.asp?Expedition=793&Destination=333

· Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic: Venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, where we will trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate the mouth of Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, spot polar bears on the pack ice, and watch for a wide variety of whales—from minke and killer whales to the rare narwhal. We will explore Uummannaq, site of Greenland’s impressive mummy find, and visit the historic Inuit village of Sermermiut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the wild islands that dot Canada’s northern shores. Joining the voyage is Henning Thing, Ph.D. in arctic wildlife ecology. The 17-day expedition departs July 27 and August 10, 2013. Rates begin at $16,160 per person based on double occupancy. http://www.expeditions.com/Itineraries45.asp?Expedition=792&Destination=333

· A Circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea: Discover the nine countries united by the Baltic Sea, encountering fascinating cultures and histories. Meet former President Lech Walesa in his hometown of Gdansk, Poland. Stroll through the medieval Old Towns of Lübeck, Riga, and Tallinn, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; visit the great maritime capital of Stockholm; and explore the tiny islands along the Finnish and Swedish coasts by kayak or on nature walks. View one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Hermitage Museum, explore St. Petersburg’s imperial treasures, including the palace of Catherine the First. Departs on May 10, 2013 for 16 days/14 nights. Rates begin at $13,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin. http://www.expeditions.com/Itineraries45.asp?Expedition=802&Destination=292
For more information or to book your Lindblad Expeditions experience today, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION or call your travel agent.


Friday, 17 August 2012

The Ottoman Empire and Ancient Greece



Join Voyages of Discovery’s (www.voyagesofdiscovery.com / 0844 822 0820) mv Discovery for a cultural Mediterranean voyage from £1,399 per person.
Guests onboard the Adriatic and Aegean Odyssey cruise can explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town (Croatia) before heading to the contrasting sheer mountains and picturesque villages of Kotor (Montenegro). Katakolon (Greece) – the gateway to ancient Greece – is ideal for history enthusiasts followed by a visit to the birthplace of civilisation – Athens - as the ship calls into Piraeus (Greece). Passengers will be accompanied by experienced historian, Brigadier Mike Shaw, and Anthropologist Anne-Marie Harrison, to bring the destinations to life.
The Adriatic and Aegean Odyssey departs from Dubrovnik (Croatia) and calls at Pula (Croatia), Venice (Italy), Koper (Slovenia), Hvar (Croatia), Kotor (Montenegro), Durres (Albania), Itea (Greece), Katakolon (Greece), Piraeus (Greece), Canakkale (Turkey) and Istanbul (Turkey)-overnight. Price is based on a 5 October 2012 UK departure.
Price includes flights from a major UK airport, transfers, all onboard gratuities, service charges and port/airport taxes, a comprehensive Guest Speaker programme and all meals and entertainment on-board. All Voyages of Discovery shore excursions are now also bookable online – visit www.voyagesofdiscovery.com for further information.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES OFFERS TWO FESTIVE VOYAGES IN 2012




Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is offering two seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyages providing the perfect way to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Both sailings include free flights between Los Angles and Papeete.
On the m/s Paul Gauguin’s 22nd December voyage, guests can enjoy a “White Christmas” on French Polynesia’s white-sand beaches, or they can ring in the New Year on the South Seas in style during the 29th December sailing.
Both Tahiti & the Society Islands holiday voyages cruise round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, visiting Raiatea and Taha’a, and overnighting in Bora Bora and Moorea. A highlight of each voyage is a visit to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha’a, to enjoy an expansive barbecue with full-service bar, snorkeling, water-sports, and activities such as learning the art of cracking a coconut. Paul Gauguin Cruises also offers the opportunity to relax at its exclusive, private white-sand beach in Bora Bora, with bar service, volleyball, swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Programme is available on both sailings and introduces young travellers (aged 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia. The programme provides hands-on, interactive experiences of marine and island ecosystems with participants exploring coral reefs, hiking rainforest trails and visiting marae (ancient Polynesian temples) as well as learning how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated and how volcanic islands become coral atolls. The programme is available for a fee of $299 per child and parents have an option to join their children on eco-excursions and other activities onboard and ashore.
Prices for both voyages start from £4,239 per person including return scheduled flights, overseas transfers, one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Los Angeles and accommodation in an ocean view stateroom with all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages and gratuities.
For further information and reservations call 020 7434 0089 or visit www.pgcruises.com

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Wilderness Adventurer expedition vessel ready for outdoor enthusiasts



To satisfy outdoor adventure cravings in the remote wilderness of Southeast Alaska, InnerSea Discoveries dedicates the Wilderness Adventurer to three Alaska Unleashed departures in summer 2013. The itinerary promises longer and more exhilarating hiking and kayaking adventures in daily small-group excursions.
 Sailing between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska and reverse, weeklong un-cruise adventures depart on June 8, July 13 and August 10, 2013. A regional expert sails aboard each cruise to share knowledge of the area’s ecology, history and culture.
With the expedition vessel’s capacity reduced from 60 to 36 guests, adventure activities get kicked up into high gear. The line recommends that guests choosing this departure regularly engage in physical activity equal to a 25 mile bike ride or 5 mile run/hike.
Areas explored include Misty Fjords National Monument, Revillagigedo Island, Behm Canal, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Frederick Sound, Stephen’s Passage, Windham Bay, Fords Terror Wilderness and Tracy Arm.
Excursions are included and led by expedition guides. Guests can choose to be as active as they wish each day with activities such as kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Skiff excursions will explore shoreline and seek out wildlife. Whale watching and up close encounters with wildlife are highlights of each trip.

On Alaska Unleashed adventures, guests can enjoy more extended excursions such as kayaking into the furthest reaches of Misty Fjords, hiking Cascade Creek trail to Swan Lake in Thomas Bay and the spectacular multi-sport adventure of Patterson Lake—11-mile roundtrip trek with 6 miles of kayaking to and from the face of Patterson Glacier.
Shipboard amenities include complimentary on-deck yoga classes, hot tub, fitness equipment and a large resource and DVD library. Especially for the Unleashed adventures, a professional masseuse offers each guest a complimentary massage during the week to ease sore muscles and promote relaxation. An underwater camera mounted on the ship’s bow streams video from the underwater world to flatscreen televisions in all guest rooms and the lounge. Healthy and hearty meals feature fresh ingredients including locally caught Alaskan seafood. A 2-1 guest to crew ratio for these three departures ensures attentive service and extra guide staff.
Cruise fares start at US$5,995 per person based on double occupancy. Cruise rates include transfers and all activities except optional excursions. Port fees of US$175 per person per week, spirits and gratuities are extra. To book an un-cruise or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or sales@innerseadiscoveries.com.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Caribbean Under sail with Lindblad Expeditions


 For well traveled explorers who want to discover the Caribbean by sea there is not a ship afloat that can match the Sea Cloud’s ambience, illustrious history or the experience she offers. New for 2013 Lindblad Expeditions will introduce three 8 day/7 night departures through the Lesser Antilles on this legendary vessel, on February 28, March 7 and March 14, 2013.
The world’s most elegant square-rigged tall ship carries just 58 guests. The Sea Cloud flies 30 sails, hoisted the old-fashioned way — by hand. This romantic tall ship was built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Offering an incomparable mix of sophistication, fine service and informality, it is the epitome of barefoot elegance.
The week-long voyage will explore the “Nature Island” of Dominica, the French-infused cultures of Iles des Saintes, the renowned landscapes of St. Lucia, and the idyllic Grenadines. As the Sea Cloud visits colonial towns, historic forts and botanical gardens, guests will discover a surprising mosaic of French, Dutch, English and Spanish, who all left an indelible imprint on the historic culture and architecture. For those interested in the undersea, there will be several opportunities to learn about reef ecology, and to snorkel among colorful corals and tropical fish in the marine reserve of the Tobago Cays and the idyllic Grenadines.
During the voyage, Lindblad – National Geographic’s exemplary staff will illuminate and navigate these cultures, both historic and contemporary, through the expertise of veteran expedition leader Tom O’Brien; Naturalist Albert Montaudon, a biologist by training, conservationist by passion and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor; and historian Thomas Heffernan, an expert on Caribbean history and languages. Also joining on the March 14th voyage is Kenny Broad, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and an environmental anthropologist who dives in some of the world’s most challenging underwater caves on scientific missions.
Guests embark and disembark the Sea Cloud in Barbados. Rates begin at $6,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin. For more information or to book your Lindblad Expeditions experience today, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION or call your travel agent.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Now Even Easier to See the Northern Lights



With demand for the Northern Lights so strong, Hurtigruten has made it even easier for people around the UK to search for them this winter with more direct flights to Norway than ever before. The winter just gone saw some incredible Northern Lights sightings and this winter is expected to see similar solar activity,fuelling excitement from customers eager to catch a glimpse. Overall priceslead in at just £744pp for a five-night ‘Voyage South’.
A total of 41 direct flight departures are being offered this winter, with the introduction of 10 new dates from October to December, the first time Hurtigruten has committed to them for this period. The flight-inclusive packages are available on two itineraries, the ‘Arctic Highlights Voyage’ from Tromsø to Kirkenes and back and the ‘Classic Round Voyage’ from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. In addition, new flights from Bristol and Belfast have been added, as well as a brand new five-day ‘Taste of the Arctic’ itinerary from Tromsø to Bergen departing on various dates between January and March. Prices start from £1080pp including flights from London.
Arctic Highlights Voyage from £949pp - A five-day ‘Arctic Highlights Voyage’ from Tromsø to Kirkenes and back departs on various dates from November to March with direct flights from Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester. An extended six-day stay is also available. Prices are from £949pp, based on two sharing and includeflights and half-board on the ship.
Taste of the Arctic Voyage from £1088pp – A five-day ‘Taste of the Arctic’ voyage from Bergen to Tromsø and vice-versa has been introduced on various dates between January and March and October and December with direct flights from London.Prices start from £1080pp and are based on two sharing. Includes flights, transfers and half-board on the ship.
Classic Round Voyage – From £1,299pp – Direct flights to Bergenfrom Manchester (8 November), Bristol (19 November), Gatwick (30 November) and Edinburgh (11 December) for the 12-day Classic Round Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Priced from £1,299pp to include flights. Based on two sharing.
For more information call Hurtigruten – 0844 448 7601 www.hurtigruten.co.uk