Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
17th September 2013 :
Monday, 29 July 2013
For Small Ship Cruising Just Got Better
With New Trip Planning, Research, Reservation Features
The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, announces a newly re-launched and enhanced website that makes researching and booking destinations, departures and types of cruises and land programs both quicker and easier.
AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) currently represents over 80 percent of the expedition ships (carrying between 12 and 100 guests) in Alaska and its percentages are growing in Central and South America, Asia/Pacific, North America, polar regions and the Mediterranean.
“Visitors to our new website are noticing how easy it is to navigate through the pages and have commented on how accurate and detailed the information we provide is, often much more complete than even the ship’s own website,” noted Todd Smith, founder/director.
For example, for trip planning purposes, each trip has an arrival/departure note with advice on when and where to arrive so travelers can begin to plan flights. There’s a staff review of each ship from an AdventureSmith Explorations team member who has personally inspected or cruised aboard (in addition to the standard ship information with cabin descriptions, deck plans, photo images, etc.).
“Our new website provides the same level of trip and ship detail in a more digestible format (using tabs) so users are not overwhelmed by the amount of information available,” explained Smith. “The site is fully integrated into a new reservation system that will allow our experts to provide even more accurate and timely service and information to our clients.”
Other website enhancements include:
- Larger images and videos (when available) to bring each trip and ship to life.
- Route maps explaining the course and itinerary.
- Detailed pricing and cabin category descriptions for each departure date.
- Suggested tips directing users to other trips similar to the one they are looking at.
- Trip extension options for pre- or post-cruise add-ons.
- Easy to find accommodation descriptions.
- Travel Journals - Read trip reports from AdventureSmith experts and recent travelers to really understand what the trip experience is all about.
- A new travel agent area for agents to learn about AdventureSmith Explorations and the company’s style of travel. Agents can download an agent manual with commissions, policies and tips to help agents sell adventure cruises. Agents can also sign up to become a travel partner.
- A new media center with resources for travel writers and editors.
- Research Tools -- Adventure Cruise News Blog, Travel Journals from staff and travelers and Trip Reviews and Ratings, all connecting to trips, ships and other content to provide even more insight to users researching small ship cruises.
- Social media integration – Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Pinterest icons that allow users to share content and notify friends when they are shopping or have purchased a trip.
- Travel Planner – A section of the website dedicated to helping travelers research and prepare for all aspects of their journey including flights, travel insurance, health information, packing lists, passports and documents.
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Friday, 26 July 2013
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Abercrombie & Kent has just launched a new Pole to Pole brochure, detailing A&K’s inaugural expeditions to the Arctic which will complement the Antarctic voyages it has been undertaking for over a quarter of a century. In provides the facts, figures and inspiration to explore both poles with some of the most experienced luxury polar expeditionary teams in the world.
A&K polar voyages are the ultimate adventure, renowned for their luxury, environmental lightness of touch and world class guides. With 25 years’ experience in polar cruising, A&K brings the surreal magic of the ‘white continent’ and the Arctic within reach with four Antarctic cruises in winter 2014/2015 and two Arctic cruises in summer 2014.
Le Boreal is the most luxurious and environmentally friendly vessel plying these far flung oceans. Exclusively chartered for each A&K cruise, she carries just 199 passengers, well short of full capacity, to ensure every passenger enjoys a spacious cabin with outside balcony. Being within the Category 1 limit for all landing sites and shore excursions, passengers enjoy the maximum opportunity to explore the polar landscapes and observe the wildlife.
A&K polar guides are famed for their expertise, professional qualifications and infectious enthusiasm. They are leading authorities in their areas of speciality and include top ornithologists, marine biologists, naturalists and geologists. The guide-to-passenger ratio of 1 to 12 is unsurpassed, ensuring a fascinating personal insight into the heart of poles both on board and on shore.
A&K polar expeditions exceed all environmental protocols of operation; Le Boreal is at the cutting edge of green practices and technology such as a computerised dynamic positioning system that eliminates the need to drop anchor in fragile marine reserves. Nothing, however, detracts from the legendary A&K service which permeates from start to finish and renders any one of our polar cruises an unforgettable opportunity to observe the last great wildernesses on the planet.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Rare Gathering of 1,000 Macaws in Amazon
This Fall with Wild Planet Adventures
This wildlife adventure targets a September-October phenomenon in the Peruvian Amazon that brings upwards of 1,000 birds at a time to the world’s largest macaw and parrot clay lick at the Tambopata National Reserve. “It’s also the peak of the dry season in the Galapagos, which means penguins and sea lions are at their most active, fur seals are mating and Giant tortoises are laying their eggs, said Cohen. “At the same time, there are dramatically fewer tourists at Machu Picchu, and the world’s largest macaw and parrot clay lick in the Amazon is at its peak with five species of macaws and 15 species of parrots and parakeets transforming the clay into a shifting kaleidoscope of pulsing blues, greens, reds and yellows. The fall Galapagos / Peru combination is truly one of nature’s greatest events, and a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife adventure for any lover of wildlife.”
Wild Planet is offering discounts of up to 15 percent off select Galapagos Ultimate Wildlife Cruises when combined with Peru. While the Galapagos is well known as one of the world’s premier wildlife viewing destinations, many people don’t know that the #1 park in the world for biodiversity is Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, with an astounding 200 species of mammals. The combination of Peru and the Galapagos is the perfect showcase for Wild Planet Adventure’s wildlife expertise, with exclusive activities such as floating silently downriver at dawn to see jaguar on a “Jaguar Kayak Float“ and exclusive excursions to see pygmy marmoset, the worlds smallest –and cutest– primate.
Discounts on 8-day/7-night cruises in the Galapagos on environmentally friendly, first class 20-passenger yachts are available Aug 25-Sept 1, Sept 22-29, Sept 29- Oct 6, Oct 6-13, Oct 13-20, Oct 27-Nov 3, and Nov 3-10 with savings of up to $682 per person, double. The cruise can be before or after a Peru Ultimate Wildlife 13-Day Adventure that combines the best of Peru: the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu, and up to two Amazonian biosphere reserves, Tambopata and Manu, where Wild Planet’s guests can experience more wildlife sightings than guests of other tour companies because of their exclusive wildlife activities.
About Wild Planet Adventures
The expert wildlife guides of Wild Planet Adventures go the extra mile to explore remote wildlife habitat and study wildlife patterns in destinations not often accessible to the general public. Thanks to the company’s comprehensive itineraries that balance diverse and complex ecosystems and habitats, guests enjoy wildlife and game viewing that is carefully aligned with animals’ seasonal, daily and nocturnal migrations.
Following a philosophy that interacting with nature has the power to transform lives, tours are conducted in Africa, Belize, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is recognized by top publications in the travel industry for its itineraries that combine intimate encounters with wildlife and local culture.
For a more information and a complimentary 2013 catalog call toll-free 1.800.990.4376, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/.
Friday, 19 July 2013
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
|After recently announcing details on ports of call never before offered by a
cruise-line or tour company in a single sailing, Cuba Cruise is excited to
reveal their diverse shore excursions highlighting the magic of Cuba.|
“We are excited to share Cuba’s vibrant lifestyle, lush biodiversity and varied landscape with our guests,” said Cuba Cruise President Dugald Wells. “From rainforest hikes and historic castle tours to scuba diving with sea turtles, we’ve hand-picked a collection of incredible excursions to suit a range of interests.”
Guests can join the 7-night cruise at either Havana or Montego Bay with a lead-in price of only
$586 CAD. Cuba Cruise features Canadian imported cuisine as well as local specialties, and explores diverse ports including Santiago, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth. The 480-stateroom boutique cruise ship Louis Cristal allows access into Cuba’s remote areas.
Many of the sites have never been accessible on a single itinerary without complicated and uncomfortable travel between locations. Cuba Cruise makes it simple, comfortable and a whole lot of fun to see all of Cuba’s most magnificent offerings on one comprehensive trip.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Since launching in 1993, explora has opened the remotest parts of South America to the world. Through constant innovation and as part of their quest to bring the very best of the region to visitors, explora Patagonia has now partnered with Cruceros Australis, a fellow pioneer in the area, to offer extraordinary nine-day trips across the southernmost corners of the planet.
A passion for the remote and in-depth exploration of the region are two values that explora and Cruceros Australis share. Nestled in the shadow of the imposing Paine Massif, explora Patagonia has been a refuge and base for aspirational travellers since its opening; for over 15 years Cruceros Australis has sailed the waters of the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, introducing travellers to the unspoiled lands of Chilean-Argentinean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
Commenting on the partnership that launches today, explora's CEO, Jesús Parrilla said: "Over the years we have realised that a significant number of travellers visiting South America, as well as tour operators and travel agencies, saw explora and Cruceros Australis as perfect combination offering unique landscape, operational excellence and extraordinary travel experience."
The trips can start from Chile, exploring the peaks, glaciers, lakes and rich flora and fauna of Torres del Paine National Park. They then continue onto Ushuaia, Argentina's southernmost city on Tierra del Fuego and starting point for an unforgettable journey by sea through mythical Cape Horn. Boats then lead passengers onto Wulaia and Ainsworth bays, Tucker Islets, the Alberto de Agostini National Park, home to stunning glaciers, and Magdalena Island located in the Strait of Magellan, home to large colonies of Magellanic penguins. For those who prefer to start the trip by sea, it can also be done in reverse. Parrilla adds; "Our goal here has been to unify itineraries and help travellers maximise their time in the region."
For further information on this once in a lifetime adventure by land and sea, dates and rates, please visit: www.australis.com/explora/patagonia-por-mar-y-tierra-en.html or call +562 2395 2800.
Monday, 15 July 2013
AdventureSmith Explorations Recommends
Five Small-Ship Cruises for Amateur Ornithologists
“Small ship cruises are able to access remote locations where larger vessels can’t go, safely and comfortably. As such they are the perfect platform for bird enthusiasts to view species that may otherwise be difficult to reach,” notes AdventureSmith Explorations director and founder Todd Smith, himself an avid birder.
For best viewing, he suggests, cruise when the birds are most prolific. In Alaska bird watching is best in spring (May 15-June 15) and after Aug. 15 to see migrations. Hundreds of bird species migrate to Alaska’s arctic each summer, crossing over Alaska’s inside passage. Glacier Bay National Park is a hotbed for birders with cute puffins and the rare Kittlitz’s Murrelet. Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise spends several days inside Glacier Bay and guests can get off the ship.
While guests on any Galapagos Islands Cruise will view many species, bird enthusiasts will appreciate the experts from National Geographic aboard the Endeavour and Islander. There are 56 native bird species in the Galapagos, with 80 percent found only here. Thirteen species of Darwin’s Finches are notoriously hard to identify but can be found throughout the archipelago. Choose an itinerary with Espanola Island during the breeding season of May-November to view the Waved Albatross with its seven-foot wingspan.
Delfin Amazon Cruises brings guests to minimally 100 birds. Colorful Macaws and Toucans get the most attention but serious birders delight in finding local species such as Antbirds and Hoatzin’s during excursions into small tributaries and lakes that increase chances of viewing a variety of species. Travel during the high water season of December-May for the best chance to see a variety of birds.
Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula reveals many species of penguin, such as Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo. For a greater diversity of penguins, including King penguins, and the chance to witness huge colonies of up to a million birds, select an Antarctic cruise that includes South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. The Antarctic cruise season is short and penguins mate, nest and rear their young from November to February. Travel in the early season of November and December to view courtship behavior, nesting and eggs. January and February are best to view newly hatched chicks and adolescents entering the water.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most exotic locations for viewing birds aboard a small ship. The diversity of species rivals anywhere on earth and bird watching is combined with authentic cultural interaction and incredible snorkeling. The region is particularly famous for endemic species such as the Raggiana and Blue Birds of Paradise and rare find including the Fire Maned Bowerbird. Most trips are scheduled during the dry season in October and November.
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: travel@AdventureSmithExplorations.com.