Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Hello everyone and just a few lines to thank you for all your support during the year. Steve has to go in to “Dry dock for refurbishment” over the holiday period and will be back in service on January 2nd.
However there are loads of goodies already lined up amongst which is a stunning safari/wildlife river cruise in East Africa from AMA Waterways, and new cruises in Antarctica and The Galapagos.
In the meantime there are a few free copies of World of Cruising magazine on offer through the Cruiseline’s Facebook page: All you have to do is ‘like’ the Facebook page and then send your postal address to and they’ll send one out in the post to you. Hurry whilst stocks last!
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Kakyaking at Both Ends of the Planet and Between with Aurora

Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh any adventurer’s soul. From the icy waters of Antarctica and the European Arctic, to the remote, forgotten shores of Russia, and the tropical fjords of Papua New Guinea, Aurora Expeditions’ kayaking journeys bring you up close to a maze of wildlife and nature.

Exploring the fascinating, wildlife-rich waters of our world’s most untouched continent – Antarctica - is an experience hard to beat. We glide silently past ice floes topped with sleeping seals and pondering penguins. Seabirds soar above us, while curious leopard seals and agile Adele penguins play around our small crafts as we paddle the pristine bays and hidden channels. Cracking ice falls from glaciers and small waves rock our kayaks gently as we sit patiently to witness a whale blow.

Paddling the subantarctic islands of South Georgia is a rare privilege and a wildlife lover’s dream. Kayak amongst thousands of breeding king penguins, and lively fur seals. We journey deep into glacial bays as black-browed and wandering albatross, prions, terns and petrels soar overhead, and elephant seals loll on beaches watched over by multitudes of macaroni and rock hopper penguins.

The icy waters of Greenland and Spitsbergen are a maze of massive sculpted icebergs, ice-choked fjords and sheltered bays. As we paddle the pack ice we keep watch for polar bears, walrus, whales and narwhale. We float beneath souring sea stacks filled with nesting seabirds, and on land we spot wildlife such as musk oxen, reindeer and Arctic fox.

From gazing at sea-life through crystal-clear waters, to paddling among uninhabited tropical islands, sea kayaking around Papua New Guinea is an unparalleled experience. Discover hidden waterways and the quiet of this tropical paradise. We come face-to-face and paddle with locals who live daily on the water with paddle in hand.

All Aurora Expeditions kayaking expeditions are led by experienced guides. Paddling in small groups of no more than 12 provides us with the opportunity to gain intimate access to beautiful coastlines in some of the world's most remote destinations. Kayaking prices are not included in the voyage price and start from US$850 in Antarctica, AU$995 in the European Arctic, US$995 in Russia and AU$995 in Papua New Guinea.

Prices include use of kayaks and paddles, dry suites and guide. Intermediate experience is required. Advice on gaining kayaking experience can be provided for you to practice your techniques prior to your voyage.

For more information or to order a brochure visit, email

Thursday, 22 December 2011

8 berth River Cruising in Belgium.

Who are we? Maurits & Olga, owners and hosts from 1 barge, an old-timer  built in 1924 and converted in 1999 to pamper a maximum of 8 passengers.

 Where? On all the navigable inland waters of Belgium. In one day we  cover about 60 kilometres. This is a real distance for bike lovers! The  others have a lot of variation on one day. Not a single dull moment. And  Belgium has a lot to offer, even for the spoilt tourist.
 How long? Tours between weekends and 10 days, but most common is a week
 tour, 8days/7 nights. We started in 1999 and since then have had over 1,500 guests  from 12 different countries who have enjoyed our tours.

It might help that we are both experienced captains, from seagoing merchant marine ships!, speak 4 languages, love to cook and hospitality in general. A bit over  qualified, but we love our lives and let our guests join in.
For more information visit

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

In today’s travel world, savings never goes out of season. And, with its equatorial temperatures and year-round wildlife, neither does the Galápagos experience. New for 2012, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is offering lower seasonal rates to those who travel during less traditional vacation periods.
The beauty of this special opportunity lies in the true year-round appeal of one of the world’s most magical destinations. Galápagos is a place defined by its consistency, a place where the sun rises and sets at the same time, and where the temperatures stay in the same range, each and every day of the year. The only reason for labels such as “peak” and “off-peak” is the fact that more people travel at peak periods because of traditional vacation times.
Now with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, by traveling in the Prime season of January through early March, the only Galápagos fluctuation you will experience comes where you want it most…in your pocketbook, making it even more attractive to visit Galápagos.
The new Galápagos Prime season rates begin at $4,750 per person for a 10-day voyage on the 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour, and start at $5,450 per person on the 48-passenger National Geographic Islander (based on double occupancy in a Category 1 cabin). Both are expedition ships equipped with cool tools for exploration, and add yet another layer of discovery with kayaks and Zodiacs that carry you even closer to worlds of pure natural wonder.
And to make travel to Galápagos even more affordable, book an expedition before March 31, 2012 and receive complimentary roundtrip air on select 2012 departures from either New York or Miami to Galápagos or upgrade to business class on the New York/Guayaquil flights for only $500 round-trip. This offer is limited to new bookings only and subject to availability.

For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's Adventure cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Alaskan Cruise with Grand American Adventures

Alaskan Adventure Cruise (15 days from £2,249pp land only / £3,469pp incl. flights) This icy adventure takes travellers to the heart of the Alaskan Inside Passage in a way that only small group adventures can. Passengers aboard the wilderness vessel can travel on two differing routes between Juneau and Ketchikan or go back-to-back for a full fortnight's experience. Highlights include kayaking amongst icebergs, hiking through wilderness and standing atop the mile-wide Baird Glacier.

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Monday, 19 December 2011

Gems of Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands with Floriade via Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld have announced first details of their Gems of Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands with Floriade Cruise.  Floriade, the World Horticultural Expo is held every ten years in Venlo, The Netherlands, runs from 5 April until 7 October 2012 and is where visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the world’s most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees and fruit and vegetables, with countless exciting, innovative and educational attractions and activities.

As part of the Cruise Uniworld's Luxury River Cruise visits Cologne  where guests can enjoy a guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town, you’ll see Romanesque churches, the Renaissance City Hall, Medieval houses, and UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral—one of the tallest Gothic buildings in the world. Guests can also enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating Roman-Germanic Museum, including the beautiful Dionysus mosaic.

Afterwards, mingle with the locals at a tavern and join in an exclusive tasting of Kölsch, the popular local brew served in test tube-like glasses. Stop off at the quaint village of Königswinter, which lies at the foot of the Siebengebirge. Guests will experience an exclusive visit to Castle Drachenfels, which boasts a stunning panoramic view of the Rhine Valley. Brussels highlights include a local expert city tour, exclusive chocolate demonstration, and tasting at Planet Chocolate Factory; Antwerp, enjoy a local tour, followed by an afternoon at leisure to allow guests explore Antwerp’s fine shopping and museum collections, an exclusive Belgian brewery and beer tasting; walking tour of Maastrict; full day at Venlo for Floriade;

For more info and booking details, check out

Friday, 16 December 2011

A voyage along the coasts of Chile, Peru & Ecuador to Costa Rica aboard Island Sky

Explore the Natural World with Noble Caledonia

You begin your Pacific coastal odyssey in Puerto Montt and as we continue along the coast towards Peru, our cruise will be dominated by the ever present Andes. The voyage takes us along the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current that is a haven for an amazing concentration of seabirds, marine mammals and wildlife. We visit the historic Chilean port of Valparaiso, the Humboldt Penguin Nature Resrve, the Chilean coastal town of Arica, Isla Ballestas and Lima.

You continue north along the coast of Peru visiting Trujillo, famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture and Chan Chan, a pre-Columbian site (Chimu culture) and the largest adobe city in the world. En-route to Ecuador we hope to make a landing on Lobos de Afuera a tiny island off the Peruvian coast, famous for its abundant marine and birdlife.

In Ecuador you will land at Manta for a day in the Machalilla National Park a protected coastal haven for over 200 species of birds and wildlife. There will also be time to explore Manta, founded by the conquistadors in 1535. Leaving the South American mainland we head out into the Pacific bound for the remote Coco Island. This Galapagos in miniature will be the highlight of the trip for many, its very remote location has left it untouched by tourism.

Our next landfall will be the Central American nation of Costa Rica and for the next three days we will immerse ourselves in the rich wildlife both above and below the water, enjoying the fantastic rain forests, flora and butterflies. It is an untouched magical area of exceptional beauty with all manner of hues, which only nature can deliver. For those who may find it difficult to pull themselves away from the beauty of Costa Rica Noble Caledonia are offering a post-cruise optional trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

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Down Under savings with Voyages of Discovery

Save up to £1370pp. 12 Snap up a great deal on Voyages of Discovery’s recently reduced South East Asia and Australia cruise.

A remarkable melting pot of Asian and Latin cultures thick with history and flavour, Manila promises an exciting start to a voyage inviting you to meet the ‘Wild Man of Borneo’ and immerse yourself in local life on charming Indonesian islands. ‘Tamed’ territory, Darwin is an eclectic blend – modern city, Asian village and frontier town.

‘Untamed’ Australia comes in the rich rainforests and underwater riches of the Great Barrier Reef. Sample life on the Gold Coast with its miles of glorious beaches, or stroll along with some of the Hunter Valley’s finest wines before sailing into the ‘Harbour City’ – its twin icons Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge stealing the limelight.

With an itinerary carefully crafted to get the most out of each port of call and bring to life destinations with renowned Guest Speakers and excursions, a cruise with Voyages of Discovery is a cruise you’ll never forget. South East Asia & Australia - save up to 37% and get away on a 20-night cruise from as little as £1699 per person (Based on two people sharing an inside guarantee cabin). Price includes return flights from London, transfers and a 21-day voyage departing from Manila (Philippines) – overnight and calling at Sandakan (Borneo, Malaysia), Bitung (Indonesia), Ambon (Indonesia), Darwin (Australia), Port Douglas (Australia), Brisbane (Australia) and Newcastle (Australia) before arriving at Sydney (Australia) - overnight.

Price is based on 21st January 2012 departure. Prices includes return flights from the UK, meals, entertainment and gratuities on board and all relevant cruise taxes/fees, plus onboard lectures from a team of renowned Guest Speakers.

For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's adventure cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Transatlantic crossing aboard Star Clippers

A transatlantic crossing on a Tall Ship is the fondest dream of anyone who loves sailing. But unless you know how to chart a course by celestial navigation or scramble up a tall mast, your chances of realizing that dream were nil, until Star Clippers.

Aboard Royal Clipper, Star Clipper or Star Flyer, you can know the thrill of traversing a great ocean under sail, without any skills or effort on your part. Imagine long lazy days at sea. The time-out-of-mind sensation of watching the water slip under the bow, of gazing at a horizon that is 360 degrees wide, of feeling the steadying power of sails as they capture the energy of the wind and thrust your ship through the vast expanse of ocean. In all the world, there is no experience as wonderfully renewing and invigorating. Make this your year for the ultimate in sailing. A Transatlantic crossing aboard Star Clippers.

Apr 7, 2012 - Royal Clipper Eastbound
Apr 14, 2012 - Star Flyer Eastbound
Oct 20, 2012 - Star Flyer Westbound
Oct 20, 2012 - Star Clipper Westbound
Oct 27, 2012 - Royal Clipper Westbound

For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's luxury adventure cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

One Week To The New Edition!

The Winter edition of World of Cruising magazine goes to the printers this week and should be back on Monday (Dec 19) for distribution to all our subscribers - just in time for a good Christmas read!

The latest issue is absolutely packed with the exotic and the desirable; long-distance cruising and closer-to-home varieties; winter ideas and festive touches. It journeys from Japan to Alaska and the Caribbean to the Med. And all in the inimitable style and high-quality design you have come to expect from Europe's leading cruise publication.

Our cover story is a unique close-up look at Alaska, through the twin perspectives of Princess Cruises and the new Alaskan Dream Cruises, with some fabulous photography and brilliant story-telling. Then we take a Viking voyage in the company of Fred. Olsen Cruises and head to the FarEast to look at the growing cruise destination of South Korea.

Need some winter sunshine? Go straight to out feature on Caribbean voyaging with SeaDream Yacht Club, a real tropical tonic. Or how about another look at the Asian Far East, this time with Orion Expedition Cruises and their first ever visit to Japan?

Back on home ground, we have a feature-length look at Swan Hellenic's Minerva from her new home base of Portsmouth (and just prior to her big winter re-fit), and then head north again for a look at the Norwegian Arctic of Hurtigruten in the region of Spitsbergen, truly one of cruising's great adventure frontiers.

For river cruising, we head to Russia and a unique journey from Moscow to St Petersburg with Uniworld, while we add a touch of pure luxury aboard Azamara Club Cruises and their unique President's Cruise. We also fofer two Passenger Perspective pieces, looking at Azamara and Cunard's Queen Victoria.

All the regular features are, of course, firmly front and centre, from the inimitable blogging style of Captain Greybeard and the inimitable Admiral, to the Aft View section, the expert Fashion pages, the essential World of Spas section, Readers Letters and the essential Cruise Planner, the annual review of ALL the ships with ALL the lines, so you can sit and plan your next voyage in perfect style.

It is all here, capped off by the best writers on the subject, from Gary Buchanan and Yvonne Horn to cruise historian Peter Newall and adventure cruiser Steve Newman.

As ever, World of Cruising is subscription-only, so, to be sure of your copy, make sure you visit the subscription page -

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Hurtigruten's one off to Morocco, Spain, Portugal and Eastern Baltic.

Have you ever wanted to sail along the coast of France, or call at Agadir in Morocco onboard a ship with a relaxed and informal atmosphere? Hurtigruten is offering guests the chance to do just that when it takes its unique sailing experience outside of its traditional destinations on a host of special European voyages.
The one-off sailings onboard Hurtigruten’s expedition ship, MS Fram, will take place during the spring and autumn and will incorporate some of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
With six voyages to choose from, the schedule will include the south western coasts of Portugal, Spain and France, the eastern Baltic coastline and St Petersburg and will extend to the far north of Europe to Scotland, Iceland and Greenland. There is also a spring voyage around Norway’s fjord area for those who would like to see a little more of this beautiful landscape.

For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's luxury cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Monday, 12 December 2011

To St Kilda with Noble Caledonia

The St Kilda archipelago is one of those places that are close enough to visit for a birding trip but far enough away to put you off the idea. It is also lashed by some of the fiercest Atlantic storms please don’t be put off and do make an effort sometime to go there. Now Noble Caledonia include a visit here as part of their amazing birdwatching cruise along the length of the west coast of Britain.
It’s not the easiest place to get to but it is such an incredible experience and as always depending when you go will get you some great birds. 210 species have been recorded here and you get the most amazing experience even before you get there with the three giant stacks, one of them the island of Boreray, that house the world’s largest gannet colony and you’ll hear and smell the birds from some distance away.

It was a Great Skua that gave us our first drama after having passed through the two stacks when one pounced on a surfacing gannet forcing it to regurgitate the fish it had just swallowed beneath the waves. The gannet just lay on water as if it had been frozen in fright which now on reflection I guess it had.
St Kilda has the largest colony of Fulmars in the British Isles and also the tallest sea stacks and has an estimated population of a million seabirds on its incredible cliffs.  If that isn’t enough at 1400ft, Conachair boasts the highest sea cliffs in Britain but be prepared to be dive bombed by great Skuas if you trying to get to the top of here!
Because of its position St Kilda is used as stop over for species migrating to Iceland and Greenland such as northern wheatears. Each year, in spring and in autumn, the islands are visited by an ever-growing list of migrants and vagrants. Some are on their regular route to and from those northerly breeding grounds, whilst others are blown off course with some 21 American species now being recorded with five or more records for Baird’s sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and American Golden Plover.
You can now visit the world's largest Gannet Colony on the sea stacks of St Kilda (Above)  with Noble Caledonia or other birding islands on their Hebrides, Orkney's and Shetlands birding cruises. For more info' and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's adventure cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Las Palmas to Buenos Aires: Trans-atlantic crossing 10% off

Save up to 10% and be part of something completely different. This main leg of Hurtigruten's Fram repositioning odyssey sees it leave Las Palmas in the Canary Islands on day one; reappearing on Buenos Aires’ horizon 19 days later. During this incredible crossing the emphasis is truly on relaxation and enjoying the feeling of being surrounded by the ocean.

The voyage starts in Gran Canaria, the third largest of the Canary Islands. Its nickname, the “Miniature Continent” stems from the number of different climates and variety of landscapes that can be found. The island itself is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Most of the tourists who visit go to the southern part of the island which is sunnier and drier than the north. Before the ship sets sail in the evening, we recommend you take time to acquaint yourself with the charming city of Las Palmas and its surroundings.

As you begin your Trans-Atlantic, cross-hemispheric voyage you’ll be forgiven for wondering if you are the only passenger. To start with you’ll notice that the ship’s staff are no longer in uniform and that the atmosphere is one of informality and relaxation. You can spend your time out on deck enjoying the sunshine (hopefully!) and the sight of the ocean stretching to the horizon in all directions, you could take time catch up on any books you’ve been meaning to read or perhaps relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi.

During the voyage’s quieter days, any signs of wildlife will be big news and will be announced over the ship’s PA system. These sightings are likely to include birds such as storm petrels, masked boobies and other species native to these areas.

Whilst Hurtigruten assure you that the friendly crew are as professional and courteous as always, the days and evenings are a time for celebration and fun. You are encouraged to join your fellow passengers and crew out on deck for the famous Equator Baptism! At other times, the head-chef is known to throw legendary impromptu barbecues on deck 7 for all to enjoy. The ship is also likely to stage its own fun version of the Olympic Games with table-tennis, table-football and even air-rifle shooting on the list of events.

During your time in Buenos Aires we recommend you enjoy its rich culture from the streets to the dance halls. The fact that it is the home of the tango should tell you all that you need to know about its people! Shopaholics are sure to find numerous distractions among its streets and markets whilst naturalists are urged to explore the fascinating Tigre River Delta. Treat yourself with an unforgettable voyage

For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's luxury cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Falkland Islands set for a Great 2012

A Royal visit, the 30th anniversary and popular BBC series Frozen Planet will put the Falklands firmly on many intrepid travellers' wish lists for 2012.

Commemorate the 30th anniversary since the '82 British Argentine conflict with a 12 day trip to the Falkland Islands. Discover the battlefields in Port Howard, Pebble Island, Stanley, San Carlos, Goose Green and Darwin. Highlights include: attending the ceremony for Liberation Day, capturing sightings of aircraft wreckage, visiting museums and paying tribute to veterans at the British & Argentine War cemeteries.

 Why not explore four of the archipelago's outer islands: Sea Lion, Bleaker, and Carcass plus a boat trip to West Point Island to see the black-browed albatross?  Or Sea Lion Island as it boasts a wealth of wildlife from sea lions and pods of whales to magnificent bird life  or enjoy a day trip to Volunteer Point home to most accessible king penguin colony in the world?
Carcass Island boasts astounding wildlife from gentoo and Magellanic penguins to gulls, geese and elephant seals. Free of cats and mice, small bird species such as the Cobb's Wren can flourish. While New Island is home to rockhopper penguin rookeries, black -browed albatross and blue -eyed Shags. The cruise also stops in South Georgia and Antarctica, terminating back in Ushuaia

You might even want to combine your trip to the Falkland Islands with a visit to Patagonia to unite awe inspiring glaciers and icebergs in Chile and Argentina and the amazing Alps of South Georgia.

For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's adventure cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Japan's Seto Inland Sea

The Seto Inland Sea separates the island of Shikoku from Honshu and contains some 3,000 smaller islands. This area has outstanding birdwatching and some of the most famous and amazing temples and traditional Gardens in Japan.

Miyajima island (above) is a complete Buddhist shrine and no trees are allowed to be cut down there which encourages bird life. Its main attraction is the famous Gate which at high tide is surrounded by the sea but what grabbed our attention were the Black Eared Kites soaring above and perched on it.

You can visit Hiroshima with its museum and peace park which will really move you or if you're into Manga walk around Kurayoshi and match the streets with the scenes from the book. Why not visit Naoshima Island with its fabulous displays scattered all over the island, superb art museum and giant pumpkins on the shore.

For more information about visiting this part of Japan follow this link to Britain's Asian cruise specialists The Cruise Line

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


*Free Air on Select May & June Departures*
 For the past three decades, Lindblad Expeditions has used its nimble, intimate ships, outstanding expedition team and vast experience and connections in the region to unlock the magic of Alaska like no other cruise line can. Now they are adding a brand new dimension that will literally take travelers deeper into the Alaska experience than they have ever gone before.
Welcome to the ultimate Alaska expedition, a thrilling Alaskan adventure and exploration that will give guests a truly comprehensive window into the sights, sounds and creatures found on majestic glaciers, old-growth forests and now, for the first time - under the sea.
In keeping with their reputation for and history of Alaskan trailblazing, the new undersea program will commemorate Lindblad’s 30th year exploring in Alaska by sharing a part of the region they have never shared with guests before. Featured on each Alaska expedition, the Undersea Specialist will dive to depths of 40-80 feet, employing strong lights and an HD camera to capture the secret world that lurks just beneath where passengers are sailing. These discoveries will be shared in special presentations that showcase the entire breadth of the ocean’s intricate and interconnected food chains, from the tiniest organisms on the sea floor to giant octopi, to hulking sea lions to the whales that passengers see majestically breaching the surface or regularly hear vocalizing over the ship’s PA thanks to a state-of-the-art deployable hydrophone.
The addition of an Undersea Specialist to a remarkable Expedition Team that features three Naturalists, an Expedition Leader and a Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor to help guests capture the remarkable sights in true National Geographic style, further enhances the most robust expedition team working in Alaska.
Lindblad Expeditions’ Alaska program includes the 8-day Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness and 12-day Alaska, British Columbia and San Juan Islands itineraries from May through September, 2012 on the National Geographic Sea Bird and the National Geographic Sea Lion. It begins with the ships themselves, intimate vessels that hold 62-guests and easily find passage into areas no other ships can travel. Add in a variety of special kayak and Zodiac excursions that take you even deeper into the wild Alaska at its very wildest, including up-close-and-personal encounters with sea lions, soaring eagles and feeding humpback whales. The guests enjoy special privileges to Tongass National Forest under a Forest Service Special Use Permit, and the expertise of a Tlingit Interpreter aboard in Glacier Bay National Park to add more layers to the intriguing landscape.
Book Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness by March 31, 2012 and receive free roundtrip air between Seattle and Alaska on select May and June departures. Rates for Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness begin at $5,990 per person based on double occupancy for a Category 1 cabin, and $7,690 for Alaska, British Columbia and San Juan Islands.
For more info and booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's adventure cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Capture the Med - new photo-cruise with Star Clippers

In conjunction with cruise retailer WeCruise, tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is offering a themed photography cruise from Athens to Venice on the 170-passenger Star Clipper in 2012, taking in some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and photogenic locations.
With photography classes and expeditions ashore escorted by award-winning photojournalist Philip Dunn (pictured), the voyage includes calls at Mykonos, Santorini, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar and Venice – a grand finale for which participants will be encouraged to get up at dawn to photograph the ship gliding across the Lagoon and along the Giudecca Canal.
Philip has 40 years’ experience as a professional photographer and has worked for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, the BBC, and many of the UK’s other top newspapers and magazines. He also runs his own photographic holidays.
During the voyage, there will be numerous opportunities to learn from Philip in hands-on workshops all about photographing the ship and crew in action, as well as the destinations. Participants will be invited to climb the masts for a bird’s-eye view of the ship from the Crow’s Nest, and step into the bowsprit nets for a unique perspective on the ship cutting through the blue water.
The 12 night holiday costs from £2820 per person, including return flights from Heathrow, a night post-cruise in Venice, transfers, daily photographic workshops, a welcome party and an 11 night sailing on Star Clipper from Athens to Venice, with all meals, departing July 14. To book, call 0844 3340812.

To contact Star Clippers, tel. 0845 200 6145 or visit

Friday, 2 December 2011

UK author and film producer, Peter Crawford, will be guest lecturer on board the Aranui 3’s two-week voyage to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, departing from Tahiti on 4 February 2012.

Peter, who spent three years travelling through the Polynesian islands, researching his book ‘Nomads of the Wind’ and producing an epic five-hour, award-winning television series for the BBC, has a special passion for the Marquesas Islands, which he enjoys sharing with other travellers.
During the 14-night voyage on board Aranui, Peter will entertain passengers with extracts from his films and pictures from his book. He captivates audiences with descriptions in English and French of how he and his film crew ‘turned back the clock’ to recreate the remarkable Polynesian voyages of discovery. Passengers gain a real insight into the unique island way of life that flourished long before the arrival of Europeans who came to Polynesia in the wake of Captain Cook.

The most remote archipelago in the world, the French Polynesian Marquesas Islands are best known for their wild beauty, cultural heritage and welcoming people.

The custom-built, state-of-the-art Aranui 3 is the only ship to sail the 2,200 mile round trip from Papeete to all six inhabited islands in the Marquesas. Departing every three weeks, all year round, it acts as a lifeline to inhabitants, delivering everything from beer to bulldozers and cement to sugar to the isolated islands.

Described as ‘the freighter to paradise’, the cargo carrier doubles as a passenger ship, providing comfortable accommodation in 86 fully air-conditioned cabins, including 10 large suites with balconies. Two lounges, a large dining room serving French and Polynesian cuisine, a swimming pool and gymnasium, plus a full programme of lectures on Marquesan history, culture and art are also part of the experience. English is spoken on board and all presentations are given in both English and French.

At each South Pacific island destination, passengers are taken ashore by wooden whaleboat or barge and welcomed by locals with flower garlands, dancing and music. Four-wheel drive jeep safaris take participants through spectacular mountain scenery to explore mysterious, unspoiled jungles and to experience the fascinating and individual culture of each of the islands.Visitors to the Marquesas witness pearl farmers harvesting rare black pearls from giant oysters. They travel through the mountain spires of Ua Pou, described by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1880 as ‘volcanic needles like the pinnacles of some ornate church’. They marvel at the restored Me'ae Te Iipona in Puamau, one of the most significant ancient temples in French Polynesia, famous for the largest stone tiki in the region after the mysterious figures on Easter Island.
Prices for the February 2012 departure start from £3100 (Euros 3511) per person sharing a standard twin bedded outside cabin with private facilities including all meals with wine, all land-based sightseeing excursions and taxes.
Flights to/from Papeete, Tahiti are not included in these prices. Air France and Air Tahiti Nui fly to Papeete (via Paris and Los Angeles), with prices from around £1750 pp return.
For further information visit

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Connect with Alaska

Shaped by massive glaciers over millions of years, the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska (also known as the Alaska Panhandle) reveals wildlife-rich fjords and spectacular scenery. The Tongass National Forest—the largest in the US—is 16.8 million acres and consumes the majority of area. Other features include Glacier Bay National Park; Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands; and Misty Fjords National Monument.

Recognized as a biosphere reserve since 1986, in 1992 the 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, 15,000-foot mountains rise straight out of the ocean and massive glaciers flow across the landscape, covering thousands of square miles. Explore this unforgettable “natural laboratory” where receding glaciers reveal a landscape that has been covered with ice for tens of thousands of years.

The vessels of InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises carry 12 to 86 guests and show you an Alaska the big ships can’t—up narrow passages and into secluded fjords; discovering cultures and learning Tlingit history; embracing the wilderness and playing outside along Alaska’s rugged coastlines. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, and exploring by skiff on their 7 to 21-night Alaska adventures.

For more information visit this link for adventure cruise specialists The Cruise Line.