Wednesday, 30 April 2014

West Coast Scottish Cruises



The Glorious North West, departing 6 May 2014. Prices start from £2,495 per person for a seven-night cruise
The beauty of Scotland’s northwest is the stuff of legend and the ideal setting for an escape to nature and the sea. Cruise the extraordinary bird paradise of Handa and wonder at serene beaches on Harris and Skye’s ancient Dunvegan Castle on this voyage to the north and west.

Botanic Beauty of the West Coast, departing 13 May 2014. Prices start from £2,495 per person for a seven-night cruise
Experience the rich diversity of Scotland’s west coast gardens in the expert company of Maurice Wilkins, head gardener of the National Trust for Scotland’s Arduaine Garden. Visit some of the areas’ best kept secrets including Attadale in Wester Ross, Lip na Cloiche on Mull and Ardchattan Priory. Combine these with the more famous Dunvegan Castle and Inverewe Garden for a horticultural extravaganza.

Heritage of the Hebrides, departing 27 May 2014. Prices start from £2,995 per person for a seven-night cruise
Explore the history and heritage of this wild untamed land. There is evidence man has lived here for millennia with many ancient remains including Neolithic stone circles and burial cairns, early Christian settlements, ancient seats of Government, medieval castles, whisky distilleries and Victorian splendour, together with gardens bursting with colour, despite some rather inhospitable conditions.

For further information, visit www.hebridean.co.uk or call (01756) 704 700

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Swan Hellenic to take guests back to its roots in 2015


Swan Hellenic is celebrating 60 years of small ship discovery cruising this year and for 2015, Minerva will be taking guests on a journey through classical history and back to where it all began with a poignant return to her Greek roots. Other new itineraries include the lesser-visited Azores, along with a string of smaller towns along the Dalmatian coast, and visiting unusual ports of call right at the heart of historic towns as the ship heads to France to celebrate Bastille Day. To celebrate the launch of these new cruises, Swan Hellenic is offering an early booking offer of up to 10% discount for new customers to Swan when booked by 30 June 2013.
Exciting new itineraries for 2015 include:
‘The Sparkling Aegean’, a 15-day cruise offering relaxed exploration of the islands and landscapes that inspired Swan Hellenic’s early voyages. A journey through history, the cruise takes passengers to awe-inspiring monasteries, magnificent ruins, and Santorini’s caldera. Diverse islands including Skyros, Symi and Milos are also included in the itinerary. Prices start from £2,366* per person (a saving of £124 pp). Departs 16 September 2015.

For further information, visit www.swanhellenic.com/ 0844 417 1939

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Zegrahm Expeditions Wins National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime"

Zegrahm Expeditions Wins National Geographic Traveller's
"50 Tours of a Lifetime" for 2014 Voyage to Madagascar

Winning Itinerary Combines Breathtaking Scenery, Intriguing Wildlife, and Superb Snorkeling
Zegrahm Expeditions is honoured to have its November 28 – December 16, 2014 Voyage to Madagascar with Zanzibar, Comoros, Reunion & Mauritius itinerary named as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” 
  • Discovering the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar—photogenic lemurs, 32 species of reptiles, and over 100 species of birds.
  • Wandering a labyrinth of serpentine alleyways in Zanzibar’s Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—filled with the treasures of the East that established its fame: cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Snorkeling over some of East Africa’s healthiest reefs, teeming with colourful fish.
  • Exploring the interesting mélange of Arabic and French architecture and stunning natural beauty found in the Comoros.
This expedition is aboard the 100-guest Island Sky and is priced from $13,980 per person. For more information about Zegrahm or to make a reservation on an upcoming expedition, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1-800-628-8747.
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Sunday, 27 April 2014

AMAZON GOLF AND RIVER CRUISES



Even pro golfers from The Masters would need their wits about them to play these Amazon courses, where the hazards have more bite than the Augusta event. You can add a golf day to start or end these boutique river trips from Rainforest Cruises 


Golfing adventure – Iquitos, Peru
The par 33 nine-hole Amazon Golf Course near Iquitos in Peru will suit thrill-seeking travellers, with water traps filled with piranhas, caiman basking in bunkers and snakes slithering over fairways.  All players are issued with machetes when they take on this difficult adventure with narrow and challenging fairways. Prices start from $25 for 18 holes.

Book a round with Rainforest Cruises as part of a wildlife watching Peru Amazon cruise aboard the Selva Viva, with a four-day cruise that includes sightseeing excursions on a tiny skiff, sunset fishing for piranhas, a jungle trek and a bug hunt for tarantulas.

Save £60 per person on a May 21 departure, which now starts from £529 per person including meals and airport transfers. Book at www.rainforestcruises.com or call 020 8133 1907.

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Burma & the Malay Peninsula

                   
Cruise to mysterious Burma & the Malay Peninsula in January 2015
Cut off from the rest of the world for decades, Burma’s unique culture has been preserved; its incredible landscapes remain unspoilt, the golden temples and pagodas intact.
You’ll berth in the heart of Yangon for two nights. With good quality hotels in short supply, Aegean Odyssey offers the perfect base for your stay. Your voyage also takes you to Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Malaysia before disembarking in the dynamic city of Singapore for a 2-night hotel stay.

Prices start from £3,995* per person for this remarkable 21-day cruise-tour, departing January 4, 2015.

More info: 0845 437 9737 or 
www.voyagestoantiquity.com

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Thursday, 24 April 2014



Aurora Expeditions are offering future guests aboard their small ship expeditions all manner of complimentary inclusions. 

Aurora passengers currently enjoy all shore excursions, landing fees, gumboot hire and an educational program presented by expert guides as part of the voyage price; however to celebrate the launch of their Chilean gateway, Aurora have added numerous complimentary additions. These include a stylish new polar jacket to wear on the icy continent and take home after the trip and a hardback photo journal to remember the voyage through daily accounts and beautiful photographs, providing the perfect memento of their Antarctic experience.

Passengers joining expeditions via the nature haven of Puerto Williams will also enjoy a complimentary guided tour of the town; before taking in a spectacular scenic flight over the Beagle Channel and granite spires of the Dientes de Navarino Mountains as they make their way to or from Punta Arenas, Chile.

A selection of itineraries will maintain the traditional Antarctic gateway of Ushuaia as a departure or arrival port, allowing passengers to experience both sides of the Beagle Channel.

Aurora Expeditions group size of 54 remains one of the smallest in the region, and their team of experts collectively bring over 150 years of Antarctic expedition travel experience to provide passengers with a unique and personal adventure.

As the pioneers of many adventure activities in Antarctica, Aurora offer a range of activities including scuba diving, polar snorkelling, kayaking, photography, camping and ice climbing.

Free inclusions will also be offered throughout the newly launched 2015-16 Antarctic season click here for new voyage dates and prices. Prices for the 2014/15 Antarctic season start from US$7,100 per person based on a triple cabin for a 10 day cruise including one night’s accommodation in Punta Arenas.

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For more information email fiona@auroraexpeditions.com.au or call +61 (0) 2 9252 1033.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

AmaWaterways cruises Burma’s Irrawaddy for the first time in 2014



One of the world’s most secretive, mysterious and fascinating places, Burma, so long shut off from the rest of the world, has a unique, centuries-old culture and spectacular architectural wonders, including sacred structures gilded with gold leaf and encrusted with precious gems. For a full immersion of the country’s culture, while keeping a foothold in western creature comforts, luxury river cruise ship operator AmaWaterways  has built an all-suite 56-passenger river cruiser, the AmaPura, which launches on Burma’s Irrawaddy  river in November 2014, making daily stops with complimentary excursions and tours to optimise the Burma experience.

AmaWaterways’ Golden Treasures of Myanmar itinerary costs from £4999pp, including return UK flights from London, internal flights, two nights pre-cruise and one night post-cruise stay in Yangon, transfers to and from the ship, ten nights on board the ship, all tours, all meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, on-board entertainment including cultural shows and lectures, and port charges.

More info    www.amawaterways.co.uk   0808 223 5009


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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

LET’S ROCK IN THE LAND OF ICE & SNOW

Adventure Canada
 

LET’S ROCK IN THE LAND OF ICE & SNOW, FROM GREENLAND TO CANADA’S SECRET EAST COAST, LABRADOR

Adventure Canada’s notorious musical tradition will be even livelier during the Sept. 11th – 24th, 2014 voyage
 
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Juno-winner Tyler Yarema, Canadian-country singer Marshall Dane and Newfoundland and Labrador talents Daniel Payne, Jason Edmunds, Leander Baikie and Holly Hogan will join Adventure Canada's Greenland and Wild Labrador voyage, making this sailing as musical as they come.
On every Adventure Canada voyage music plays a leading role, especially those sailing the epic coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. The province has a strong musical heritage and lively kitchen parties, where musicians gather for impromptu jam sessions in the comfort of their kitchens, or in this case, the vessel Sea Adventurer’s lounge! Given the number of musical talents aboard the September 11 – 24th trip, this expedition is set to go down in the record books.
 
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Musicians will perform near-nightly live concerts and inspire casual jam sessions throughout the voyage. Past passengers have described the on-board experience as having front-row seats to exclusive performances, every night.
“The province’s musical heritage is so prominent that sailing along Labrador’s coast wouldn’t be complete without a boatload of musicians,” says Adventure Canada’s Vice President, Cedar Swan.
 

Adventure Canada developed the concept of an “Arts Float” along the coast of Labrador in 2009, with musicians, authors, painters, sculptors and other artists on-board as special guests. Approaching its 6th year, the annual arts program is in full swing.
This fall’s mix of musicians is nothing if not eclectic. Port Credit, Ontario’s Marshall Dane plays a blend of country and rock, the outstanding piano player Tyler Yarema (also from Port Credit, where Adventure Canada is headquartered) ranges from blues to reggae to pop, and Daniel Payne comes from a long line of Newfoundland traditional accordion and fiddle players. Singers Holly Hogan, Jason Edmunds and The Flummies band-member Leander Baikie – all hailing from Newfoundland and Labrador -- will bring authenticity to Adventure Canada’s on-board kitchen party style jam sessions.
 

Passengers are invited to join in the fun by picking up an instrument or toe tapping along with the talent aboard. The energy of a good old fashion Newfoundland and Labrador sing-along, with fiddle, accordion, guitar and piano performances breaking out in the ship’s communal areas throughout the voyage could have even the least musically inclined folks breaking into song.
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About the Greenland and Wild Labrador Expedition

The expedition begins with two days along the spectacular coast of Greenland with its dramatic fiords, calving glaciers, and charming communities. Across the Davis Strait, the Inuit territory of Nunavik, Quebec, beckons, followed by Nunatsiavut, homeland of the Labrador Inuit. Community visits here are eye-opening and inspiring.
Torngat Mountains National Park contains eastern Canada’s highest peaks. Along Labrador’s shore lie the ghost settlement of Hebron, founded in 1831, and the contemporary community of Nain. Tracing the route of Leif the Lucky, we arrive in Newfoundland at L’Anse aux Meadows, the first known European settlement in the New World.
 
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A kitchen party awaits us in Conche, and Fogo Island is one of the traditional Four Corners of the Earth. Our adventure ends in St. John’s, North America’s oldest city, with its legendary cultural attractions.
Rates for the 2014 Greenland and Wild Labrador trip start at $4,595 USD. For more information, or to book call 1.800.363.7566 or visit www.adventurecanada.com.
 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Hurtigruten 30% less when booking!



Whether you are planning to chase the infamous Northern Lights on a husky sledge over the frozen snow, or go kayaking under the Midnight Sun, holidaymakers who book early will pay up to 30% less when booking a coastal voyage with Hurtigruten for 2015 (compared to equivalent 2014 early booking prices).

You can now join a six day ‘Voyage South’ from Kirkenes to Bergen on full board basis for £763 per person, departing in April 2015.

Flight inclusive packages start from £876 per person for a five day ‘Taste of the Arctic’ package including a voyage from Tromso to Bergen on half board basis, return international flights and transfers. The price is valid on a selection of dates in January, February, March, November and December 2015.

A variety of UK departure airports are available along with charter flights from 12 regional departure points.   More info: 020 3582 6642 or visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Orbital Travel Expands Its Nile Cruise Fleet



Orbital Travel has added the 5* MS Royal Esadora to its Nile cruise programme. 

The Royal Esadora was launched in March 2006 and completely renovated in 2009. This modern, stylish Nile cruiser offers funky surroundings and guestrooms with contemporary spacious interiors. Facilities include a large sundeck with bar, large swimming pool and Jacuzzi. There are two restaurants on board, one being a buffet style with international cuisine, and the other being slightly smaller offering an à la carte menu. Royal Esadora has 62 cabins with 4 suites with large picture windows and Juliet balconies from which to admire the unfolding scenery and views of the river Nile.
  
Prices for a 7 night cruise lead in at £659 per person on Full Board and £719 per person on All Inclusive. The cruise includes 7 nights’ accommodation (upper/middle deck cabin), flights, transfers and 12 excursions escorted by a qualified Egyptologist.

Orbital Travel also offers four other 5 star Nile Cruisers including the MS Monica, the Domina Prestige, the HS Nile Vision and the MS Mayfair.

More info:  0333 123 7147  www.orbitaltravel.co.uk

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Friday, 18 April 2014

AmaWaterways unveils 2014 Africa Safaris & Wildlife cruise programme


 AmaWaterways has released details of its new 2014 Africa Safaris & Wildlife cruise programme. With the boutique river cruiser, Zambezi Queen, as the central element of each itinerary, there are three combinations taking in eastern and southern Africa:Stars of South Africa, Rivers & Rails of Africa and Golden Trails of East Africa. AmaWaterways is the only river cruise company operating in Africa to offer both river and land-based safari programmes.

Each itinerary includes a four-night stay on the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen, which sails the Chobe River, a waterway forming the border between Botswana and Namibia, and two nights at Victoria Falls. Chic and contemporary, the Zambezi Queen offers deluxe accommodation, fine dining and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, making it an excellent vantage point for game viewing, with hippos and elephants clearly visible from the ship. The four days include game viewing in the Chobe National Park by safari vehicle and by private boat, a perfect opportunity to spot elephant, gazelle, hippo and crocodile at the water’s edge. There’s also a visit to a local village and dinner ashore in a traditional African boma.

Extensions to the cruise include Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Kruger Park on the 13-night Stars of South Africa itinerary; and Cape Town, Johannesburg and the luxury Rovos Rail train on the 12-night Rivers and Rails of Africa tour. Golden Trails of East Africa takes in Johannesburg as well as camps in Kenya and Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, an adventure of 15 nights.

From £6,247 pp for Stars of South Africa, departing March 14th, 2014, ground arrangements only, including all sightseeing, accommodation and most meals. Flights and visa fees extra,

More info:  0808 223 5009, www.amawaterways.co.uk

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Trans Atlantic Crossing Under sail with Yoga!


Tall ship specialist Star Clippers  is offering guests free daily yoga and meditation classes on three cruises in 2014: the spring and autumn 2014 transatlantic crossing of the line’s flagship, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper, and a Balearics voyage on Star Flyer from Palma departing August 2.
Qualified yoga teacher Christel Vollmer, back on board by popular demand, will be on the two crossings, holding the daily sessions of Astanga yoga, also known as power yoga, on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. Christel will also deliver lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.
For those who want to follow a healthy or vegetarian diet during any of these cruises, Star Clippers’ usual sumptuous breakfast buffets, piled with fresh, seasonal fruits, and magnificent arrays of salads at lunchtime will be available, as well as vegetarian choices at dinner.
The yoga cruises are as follows:
  • Royal Clipper with Christel Vollmer, 16 nights from Barbados to Malaga, departing April 12 and arriving April 28, from £1,420 (flights extra).
  • Royal Clipper with Christel Vollmer, 16 nights Lisbon to Barbados, departing November 6, from £1,540 for 16 nights; (flights extra).
  • Star Flyer with Raphaella Rose, seven nights round-trip Palma, departing August 2, from £1,470 (flights extra).

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Steppes Travel Gulf of Baja




Baja California Private Charter
90 feet of beautiful mahogany and billowing sails, Besame Mucho  is the epitome of elegant luxury and will take passengers through the crystal waters of the Sea of Cortez that sits between the east coast of Baja California and mainland Mexico.
With private crew and chef, Besame Mucho is beautifully decked out with 6 double cabins and all the mod cons you would expect from a modern yacht…
Spend days in search of whales and dolphins, moor at remote beaches inaccessible from land, and snorkel with the playful sea lions circling the yacht.  And for the more adventurous there are kayaks to hunt for exotic birdlife in the mangroves and fishing rods to catch that evening's dinner!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Zegrahm Expeditions Offers New Option for Exploring Antarctica


 Zegrahm Expeditions is pleased to offer a new way to explore the Great White Continent in 2015 with a 14-day adventure that focuses solely on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each year, the company offers its signature 22-day Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands expedition that typically sells out quickly, but Zegrahm has heard from guests that an exploration focusing exclusively on the Peninsula would be a great addition to their polar product offerings.

Highlights of this expedition include:
  • Spending five full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Cruising through Lemaire Channel, a supremely scenic strait where orca and humpback whales are frequently found.
  • Exploring by Zodiac or kayak to discover dramatic shorelines and glittering icebergs.
  • Stepping ashore on remote beaches to witness colonies of chinstrap, gentoo, and Adelie penguins.
  • Boarding Zodiacs to search for leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals hauled out on ice floes.
  • Photographing a variety of subjects, from mighty glaciers descending from lofty peaks and ocean-sculpted icebergs, to an endless array of wildlife.

This expedition is aboard the 100-guest Sea Spirit from February 21 – March 6, 2015 and is priced from $11,980 per person. 

More info:  www.zegrahm.com or call 1-800-628-8747.


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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Centennial of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition.


 Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is bringing to life one of the most storied expeditions in modern history with special activities, amenities and events celebrating the Centennial of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition.

Guests aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion on the 2014-2015 voyages to Antarctica will be led by a remarkable expedition team, who will shed new light on the storied exploits of Shackleton and his men on their ill-fated attempt to traverse the continent by foot, and the examples of leadership and survival that continue to be taught throughout the world today.  And, since expedition photography is an integral part of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic DNA, the season will be dedicated to Shackleton’s expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, whose remarkable images have helped everyone from amateurs to experts in the effort to piece together the ultimate expedition adventure.

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent:  14 days/11 nights aboard National Geographic Explorer. Rates begin at $12,350 per person in a category 1 cabin based on double occupancy. Departures are Nov. 28; Dec. 8, 18, 28, 2014; Jan. 7, 17, 27; Feb. 6, 2015.

Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands:  24 days/21 nights aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion. Rates begin at $21,360 per person in a category 1 cabin based on double occupancy. Departures on the National Geographic Explorer:  Nov. 8, 2014; Feb. 16, 2015; on the  National Geographic Orion Dec. 26, 2014; Jan. 25 & Feb. 14, 2014.
For more information or to book your Antarctica experience today, visit http://www.expeditions.com/destinations/antarctica/celebrating-the-centennial/ , call 1-800-EXPEDITION or your travel agent.


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Saturday, 12 April 2014

World of Cruising Magazine

 
Spring has well and truly sprung, so the thoughts of cruise fanatics turn inevitably to where they are going to head to on their next trip. Luckily, the latest issue of World of Cruising is packed full of inspiration.
Our cover story lifts the lid on Uniworld, one of the best kept secrets in the world of river cruising - available through Titan in the UK. Then we’re off following in the footsteps of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall no less to the exotic Indian region of Kerala, on board the exclusive Oberoi Vrinda.
There are reports from Miami where Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway will be based for Caribbean jaunts. Gary Buchanan enjoys life in the slow lane aboard a European Waterways hotel barge. Meanwhile our adventure specialist Steve Newman rounds up the latest Arctic cruises for those who are looking for the experience of a lifetime.
And there’s much more. We count down to the launch of the Regal Princess with our New Ship Review, take a look at the top 10 big-ship stage shows that you won’t want to miss, and sample Azamara’s amazing cuisine.
On top of our usual in-depth reports and reviews, you can enjoy our essential World of Spas section, and columnists like Captain GreybeardCruise Radio and Cruise Guy to go with newcomers like Andy Harmer (the director of CLIA, the voice of the cruise industry in the UK) and cruise consultants Silver Travel Advisor.
So what are you waiting for? Stop wishing and start planning your next trip.
Click on this link to launch the interactive online version of the magazine.

One Ocean Expeditions, has introduced a unique “Off the beaten track” program




Leading small ship Polar expedition cruise company, One Ocean Expeditions, has introduced a unique “Off the beaten track” program to its Arctic voyages, with early bird booking discounts available. Sailing from June 2014, these Polar cruises will include full day sea kayaking excursions, snowshoeing and enhanced photography workshops – a first above the Arctic Circle.
Recognised for their exceptional customer service and environmental values, One Ocean Expeditions constantly strives to innovate in order to deliver world explorers with new and exciting opportunities to feed their appetite for adventure and get closer to nature. These new Arctic adventure programs have been created in conjunction with leading snow sports and photographic experts to give travellers a truly incredible perspective on this magnificent landscape.

Enhanced photography offers keen amateurs the opportunity to learn alongside leading polar professionals, such as Daisy Gilardini. Over and above One Ocean Expeditions regular on board photographer in residence, this enhanced photography experience offers more time to each passenger through both on-board and onshore workshops, focusing on following the prime light conditions in this incredible landscape.

For further information please visit www.oneoceanexpeditions.com 

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Falkland Islands Circumnavigation, 11 – 17 February 2015





 Falkland Islands Circumnavigation, 11 – 17 February 2015
Steppes Travel is proud to be one of the few tour operators offering a circumnavigation of the Falklands.  Needless to say, the Southern Ocean can be a hostile place and sailing a small expedition yacht in these unpredictable waters is not for everyone.  However, this voyage is the embodiment of 'travel beyond the ordinary', adrenaline adventure and the chance to see some truly wild and spectacular places.
The small expedition yacht carries a maximum of 7 passengers and 2 crew and with its size comes the advantage of accessing the archipelago's most remote and rugged areas that bigger ships and land based tours cannot.

There will also be plenty of time to explore the Falklands on foot, accessing landing sites by an aluminium hulled inflatable tender.  Here there is an abundance of wildlife such as Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, Rockhopper penguins and the world's largest colony of Black Browed Albatrosses, and the chance to visit the poignant war memorials and historic battlefields of the Falklands War.   
More info    www.steppestravel.co.uk / 0843 778 9926
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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Quark Free Arctic Trip!




Well here's a good one we posted yesterday on Time Spent at Sea  for our World of Cruising readers!


Quark is giving away a free expedition to the Arctic! 

They've also created a pretty nifty interactive Guide to the Arctic. Please do take a look at it, it can be found here: ARCTIC GUIDE. They hope this alone is worth taking a look at. To win, all you need to do is enter their ridiculously easy competition. Entry is via the Guide to the Arctic, it's worth a go!



More info:0808 120 2333   www.quarkexpeditions.com 

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Seven-day Bali-Komodo-Flores Cruise


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Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com has engaged two ocean-going beauties for its new Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise.
 
From now through mid-September, the nearly weekly departures of this seven-day cruise alternate between Katharina, a 14-guest, traditional Indonesian “Phinisi”, an elegant and speedy yacht built in 1995 of iron wood, and the 28-guest Ombak Putih, a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from Iron wood by Buginese ship builders . Her keel was laid in Batulicin Kalimantan in 1995, and she became operational in 1997.
 
Katharina’s overall length is 40 meters. All cabins offer necessary amenities including private bathrooms, individually controlled AC and storage space including a safe. This vessel is manned by an all-Indonesian crew of 12 and a captain.
 
The Ombak Putih at 42 meters long offers 12 comfortable cabins. With approximately 400 square meters of public space divided over two main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space in abundance, allowing for privacy and serene relaxing. The cabins offer private bathroom, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning and ample storage space including safety deposit box. Fourteen dedicated crew members coming from all regions of the archipelago assist the captain.

Included in the per person (double occupancy) seven day rate from $2,380 are accommodations, all meals aboard the ship, transfers in Flores, non-alcoholic beverages, limited laundry service, guided shore excursions, and use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes.
 
Although cruises aboard these vessels aren’t recommended for under age four, the ships are child friendly. The side railings are adjusted to a higher level than normal for traditional Buginese schooners. Children under 12 years are charged just 25 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with their parents. Children above 12 will be charged 50 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin.
 
Optional but always-inclusive activities include trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming and nature exploration. Other activities may include beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board). Although scuba diving is not offered on board, with advance notice arrangement can be made through local dive shops.
 
Few areas in Asia can match the cultural and natural diversity found in the Lesser Sunda Islands: towering active volcanoes, jungle-clad mountain ranges and dry savannah lowlands, all teeming with wildlife. The itinerary visits quiet coastal villages, megalithic cultures, colorful markets and a world of kaleidoscopic beauty underwater. Guests over seven days will possibly spot the famous Komodo dragon, snorkel in a pristine coral reef, make a wish at the stunning salt-water lake in Satonda and explore some of Indonesia's most beautiful deserted beaches.
 
Indonesia's Eastern islands are a tourism frontier with over 17,000 islands in the middle of the coral triangle where 70 percent of all marine species in the world are inhabitants.
 
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 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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