Sunday, 23 December 2012

Falkland Islands Cruising

The Falkand Islands are suffering a bit from Argentinian nationalism at the moment.  However the islands offer an incredible cruise experience especially if you can work in South Georgia and Antarctica as well. Check out to get the full details.
 HurtigrutenNoble Caledonia, P&O  and  Seabourn  all have excellent  cruises here.

I'm now away until the second of January but in the meantime have a look at the New World of Cruising magazine and maybe take out  a subscription.   Apart from my articles it's well worth it!

Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to you all.


Saturday, 22 December 2012

Round off 2012 and book a cruise from just £61 per person per day

Discovery-led cruise line, Voyages of Discovery (, 0844 822 0820), is launching new ‘Saver Fares’ on the 27 December with savings of up to £250 per person on selected itineraries.
Saver Fares are ideal for customers looking for a good deal and are available on nine cruises within the Summer and Winter 2013-14 programmes. Saver Fares are limited in availability so guests are encouraged to book early to secure the best fare.

  • The 10-day Heritage of the British Isles cruise from £949 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin) – less than £95 per person, per day. Cruise departs from Portsmouth (UK) on 2 June 2013 and calls at Holyhead (UK), Belfast (Ireland), Oban (Scotland) and Port of Tyne (UK).
  • The 18-day Indian, Arabian and African Contrasts cruise from £1,149 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin) - less than £64 per person, per day Cruise departs from Mumbai (India)-overnight, and calls at Porbandar (India), Muscat (Oman)-overnight and Safaga (Egypt)-overnight. Price is based on a 21 March 2014 UK departure.
  • The 14-day Springtime European Voyager cruise from £849 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin) – less than £61 per person, per day. Cruise departs from Civitavecchia (Rome) and calls at San Remo (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Cartagena (Spain) and Leixoes (Portugal). Price is based on a 21 April 2014 UK departure.
Saver Fares, which coincide with the launch of the new year-round Voyages of Discovery brochure featuring both Summer 2013 and Winter 2013-14 brochure, provide fantastic value for money without the inclusive extras such as on board gratuities, car parking or coach transfers to the port. Customers can choose to book an outside or inside Saver Fare and their cabin number will be allocated close to the departure date. Saver Fares are payable in full at time of booking.
Recently refurbished and upgraded, Voyager boasts three restaurants offering a range of dining options, the new Scott’s Lounge – a classic piano bar serving cocktails into the evening, a ‘Lookout Lounge’ providing panoramic views from the front of the ship and a new terrace with all-weather awning allowing guests to dine al fresco. 87% of the cabins on board the ship are outside cabins, 30 of which have balconies.
Voyages of Discovery Saver Fares include return flights from the UK on fly cruises, all relevant overseas transfers, meals and entertainment and the Guest Speaker programme on board the ship.
For more information and to book call 0844 822 0820 or visit
Aurora Expeditions Launch their First Ever Polar Voyages Brochure for 2013-14
19 Dec 12
Aurora Expeditions launches its first ever Polar Voyages Brochure for 2013-14. In keeping with the company's continued efforts to be environmentally friendly, they have produced just one brochure encompassing all of their spectacular voyages to Antarctica and The European Arctic over the next eighteen months.

Available in ebook and printed format, the new brochure showcases some of the most spectacular Polar regions on earth; introducing readers to the concept of enriching travel through close encounters with wildlife, breathtaking scenery, informative talks and small group camaraderie (groups of 54 or less).

Aurora Expeditions voyages Polar voyages 2013 and 2014 are expected to fill fast, with Fly/Sail options to the Antarctic Peninsula already showing strong demand. Departing South America, these voyages have been designed to reduce sea time and increase time at the destination. The New Across the Arctic Circle voyages are also showing particularly strong demand, giving passengers the opportunity to sample the Scottish, Norwegian and Spitsbergen coasts over 14 days. With adventure levels to suit all tastes, exciting activities across the program include sea kayaking, camping, photography, climbing and polar scuba diving.

Aurora Expeditions, the pioneers of ship-based adventures, are committed to small, low-impact groups keen to experience the Polar Regions in many ways whether by walking, scuba diving, sea kayaking or sitting quietly and absorbing the surrounding magnificence.

The 2013-14 itineraries reflect this commitment. Voyages to The European Arctic start from AU$6,700 and to the Antarctic Peninsula from US$6,365.

Aurora Expeditions can also book your full travel arrangements: flights, hotel accommodation, tours and transfers, making them a one stop shop for your trip of lifetime.

Voyage prices include:
  • Ship accommodation. All public areas are open to passengers.
  • All meals on board ship.
  • All Zodiac and shore excursions from the ship
  • Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.
  • Medical services. There is a resident medical officer and well equippedclinic on board.
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.pre-departure information.

Not included:
  • Air transport to and from the ship.
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.
  • Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.
  • Optional excursions not included in ship cruise itinerary.
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges, phone calls and optional end of voyage tips.
  • Credit card surcharge, if making your final payment by credit card.
  • Emergency evacuation charges.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Crystal Cruises to the Frozen lands

· Kobe to Vancouver (12th April) - a “Trans-Pacific/Alaska” crossing on Crystal Symphony featuring:
Ø Kobe, Japan overnight
Ø Rare visit to Petropavlosk, showcasing Russian Far East culture and natural bounties such as 68 active volcanoes
Ø Crystal’s only Alaskan cruise in 2013, with four calls including lesser-visited Dutch Harbor and Kodiak, plus Seward and Ketchikan
Ø “Ocean Views” theme featuring lively debate among world affairs experts about current issues.
· New York to Reyjkavik (23rd May) a rare spring “New England/Canada Trans-Atlantic” voyage on Crystal Symphony featuring seven ports and:
Ø Manhattan overnight
Ø Traditional New England ports including Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax and St John’s
Ø New overnight in Reykjavik
Ø “Wine and Food” theme with guest culinary experts and complimentary classes

For further information and reservations please call Crystal Cruises on 020 7399 7601 or visit

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Viking Bordeaux River Cruises.

Expanding its portfolio of itineraries Viking River Cruises has announced the launch of its first route along the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers in Southern France. Leading the way, the award-winning river cruise company will be one of the only cruise lines in the UK to offer the  itinerary, which is due to go on sale in 2013 and the first sailing will be in March 2014.
The eight-day cruise will begin and end in Bordeaux, giving passengers the opportunity to savour the city’s grand architecture, tempting cafes and superb museums. Visiting the stunning historical towns of Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne and Cadillac, the itinerary stops at three UNESCO  sites, including Blaye’s 17th Century Citadel and Saint-Emilion, and takes in the scenic landscapes as it sails along the rivers.

Aptly named the ‘Heart of Bordeaux’ the itinerary will also appeal to foodies, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the regions specialities such as oysters, truffles and cognac. Of course no trip to Bordeaux would be complete without sampling the region’s famed wines, with plenty of time built in to tour the wine country.

On board enrichment during the cruise has been designed with the assistance of local experts and will provide passengers with a deeper appreciation of the Aquitaine Valley. Guests can learn to make caneles, a caramalised custard pastry, begin or expand their appreciation of fine Bordeaux wines with the guidance of a master sommelier, and brush up on their conversational French with optional on board lessons.

Guests will be able to enjoy the cruise from the comfort of the Viking Foresti, marking the first time an award-winning Viking Longship will be deployed in France. Stylish and supremely comfortable the patented design has been specifically created to capitalise on scenic routes such as this one, with wraparound verandas providing 270-degree views and spacious all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace allowing guests to enjoy panoramic views from a relaxing and comfortable public space.

With an excursions package, on board meals and wine with lunch and dinner included in the price, this holiday – like all Viking river cruises – offers remarkable value.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Holland America - Alaska Cruises

Line to feature first-ever three-night Denali stay and “Sampler” tour options
Holland America Line has announced it will be expanding its Alaska CruiseTour programme in 2013, with notable additions including three new Triple Denali itineraries, four new short pre/post “Sampler” tours for guests with limited time and other enhancements to existing CruiseTours. Holland America Line has also redesigned four of its most popular tours to allow them to begin and end in Seattle.
Ranging in total length from 10 to 20 days and departing between May and September, all CruiseTours combine a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage Holland America Line cruise with in-depth overland tours. The CruiseTours are created to highlight the best of Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history. Six tours also feature Canada’s Yukon Territory with its Klondike Gold Rush heritage and pristine national parks such as Kluane National Park and Tombstone Park.
“As an industry leader in Alaska for the past 65 years, Holland America Line is adept at creating personalised holiday experiences that combine Alaska’s must-see highlights with its seldom-seen wonders,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programmes for Holland America Line. “Our CruiseTours are the perfect choice for guests looking for more in-depth exploration because they feature the wonders of Alaska by both land and sea.”
The three new Triple Denali itineraries feature three-night stays at the majestic Denali National Park. Denali CruiseTour options also include the industry’s first ever one-, two- and three-night stays at or inside the Park. There are also four new short pre/post “Sampler” tours created for guests with limited time looking to immerse themselves in some of Alaska's most stunning scenery.
Also new for the 2013 Alaska season, Holland America Line will be introducing another ship to the region. The ms Amsterdam will join ms Volendam and ms Zuiderdam on select CruiseTours during the seven-day Inside Passage itineraries sailing round-trip from Vancouver, Canada.
New tours
The new tours offered provide unique opportunities to explore Denali with an emphasis on flexibility, choice and convenience. Some options include a direct, same-day connection between Denali and the ship, and luxury travel aboard Holland America Line’s McKinley Explorer dome train.
Triple Direct to Denali CruiseTours D1
Holland America Line’s first-ever Triple Direct to Denali CruiseTour offers guests an unprecedented three-night stay at Denali. This CruiseTour features the Tundra Wilderness Tour and scenic cruising throughout the Gulf of Alaska. The Glacier Discovery itinerary sails from Vancouver to Anchorage, or vice versa. At Glacier Bay, guests can cruise the ice-studded fjords for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates. Additional ports of call include Haines or Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, a uniquely Alaskan port famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords. Fares for a 12-night cruisetour start at £1,195 per person excluding flights, based on two sharing and including a free upgrade from inside to ocean view stateroom. (fare based on 12 May 2013 departure). Fly/cruisetour arrangements and prices available on request.
Triple Denali Classic CruiseTour D4
This exclusive CruiseTour that only is offered by Holland America Line includes three nights and two full days in one of Alaska's top-attractions, the perfect choice for guests seeking a short pre- or post- cruise land extension. Guests will embark on a seven-day Glacier Discovery cruise and sightsee aboard the McKinley Explorer domed railcars. During this CruiseTour guest will enjoy unforgettable nights in Denali plus highlights in Anchorage and Fairbanks. On the second day at Denali, guest travel deep into Denali National Park during the Tundra Wilderness Tour. The tour, narrated by a naturalist, ventures 53 miles into the Park to the Toklat River. On the third day, guests can explore on their own, with a free day in Denali. Fares for a 13-night cruisetour start at £1,195 per person excluding flights, based on two sharing and including a free upgrade from inside to ocean view stateroom. (fare based on 12 May 2013 departure). Fly/cruisetour arrangements and prices available on request.
Sampler CruiseTours S1-S4
The Sampler Tour combines three-, four-, or seven-day cruises with one- and two-night land packages for guests seeking a short pre- or post-cruise land extension, just enough time for the essential Denali experience. During the Denali Sample Tour S1 guests will sail from Vancouver to Anchorage, or vice versa, and enjoy scenic cruising throughout Alaska's Inside Passage before calling at Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines or Skagway and Glacier Bay. Park Service Rangers narrate for a full eight hours as guests enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Glacier Bay. While at Denali, guests can spend the day exploring Denali National Park before boarding the McKinley Explorer train bound for Anchorage. Fares for a 10-night cruisetour start at £649 per person excluding flights, based on two sharing an inside stateroom. (fare based on 12 May 2013 departure). Fly/cruisetour arrangements and prices available on request.
Expedition CruiseTours E1-E3
Holland America Line’s Expedition CruiseTours E1-E3, ranging from 12 to 14 days, provide guests with adventurous wilderness experiences and intimate opportunities to view wildlife, including the Bears and Wilderness CruiseTour. These rugged CruiseTours feature a seven-day Glacier Discovery cruise and stays at quintessential Alaska destination Redoubt Bay Lodge near Lake Clark National Park, and Winterlake Lodge, located northwest of Anchorage along Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail. Additional Expedition CruiseTours highlight the best of the Kenai Peninsula and Denali backcountry. Fares for a 14-night cruisetour start at £2,097 per person excluding flights, based on two sharing and inside stateroom . (fare based on 19 May 2013 departure). Fly/cruisetour arrangements and prices available on request.
Convenient Roundtrip Seattle CruiseTours R1, R2, R4, R5
Holland America Line’s convenient round-trip Seattle CruiseTours offer guests four of the company’s most popular tour options with the ease of beginning and ending in Seattle, Wash. Air link between Seattle and Anchorage or Fairbanks, transfers and a Seattle hotel overnight are included in the CruiseTour options.
Roundtrip Seattle tours feature scenic cruising of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage combined with two or three nights in Denali, Fairbanks and, on the most extensive option, the Yukon as well. Fares for a 13-night cruisetour start at £1,299 per person excluding flights, based on two sharing and including a free upgrade from inside to ocean view stateroom . (fare based on 12 May 2013 departure). Fly/cruisetour arrangements and prices available on request.
Notable Enhancements to Existing CruiseTours
In 2013, Holland America Line's Dawson & Denali Plus CruiseTour Y4 will upgrade to a Triple Denali itinerary that includes a direct Explorer Coach connection between Dawson City and Fairbanks. Classic Denali CruiseTours D4-D7 will include the Alaska Railroad CruiseTrain between Seward and Anchorage, and tour concierges will be featured on the Yukon series Y1-Y6 and Denali Plus CruiseTours D8-D9. Additionally, the included Yukon River cruise on tours Y1-Y4 will operate as a round-trip excursion from Dawson aboard the nostalgic paddle-wheeler Klondike Spirit. Guests on these itineraries will travel by Explorer Coach between Tok and Dawson City on Alaska's famous Top of the World Highway.
Unique to the Holland America Line cruise experience, Alaska-inspired cuisine is featured throughout both cruise and land components. Additionally, knowledgeable interpreters, tour concierges and Alaska travel guides are present on most CruiseTours and Alaska sailings. At Glacier Bay National Park, National Park Rangers provide extensive commentary and guided programmes.

For more information or to book, contact Holland America Line on or call 0843 374 2300

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Latest World of Cruising magazine

 The latest copy is out this weeeknd and there is a LOT for readers to enjoy, over and above the 8-page special on the Hawaiian islands  with Norwegian Cruise Line.

Just to start with, there is the annual Cruise Planner, a look at ALL the lines and ALL their ships, that has now become a cruise industry standard and is essential reading for anyone planning a cruise anytime soon. This year's version is up to a bumper 12 pages as there is more info than ever before to pack into this Planner.

For destination features, there is the Adriatic coast of Croatia and a trip to Bangkok, while there is also a distinctive journey along the Ganges in India with Assam Bengal Navigation Co. Our man Steve Newman takes a trip with The Majestic Line in Scotland and historian Peter Newall details the amazing Heritage Collection of P&O.

For those looking for some winter sun, we offer the blissful South Seas style of Paul Gauguin Cruises in and around Tahiti and we also have a special Passenger Perspective on the foodie cruise style of Oceania Cruises.

Click here to find out more and get the full details

Monday, 17 December 2012

Stay tuned to Hebridean TV

Stay tuned to Hebridean TV
Hebridean Island Cruises ( / 01756 704 704) is taking a significant new step in its trade strategy, with the launch of Hebridean TV. The latest venture from the world’s smallest luxury cruise ship, Hebridean Princess, will enable agents and customers to gain a fuller understanding of the brand’s individual cruise experience.
Agents can access footage of Hebridean’s on and off shore services including its excursion programme and fine dining experience on board. To help capture the ship’s unique country house feel, the new channel also highlights Hebridean Princess’s different features and types of accommodation, in addition to a series of passenger testimonials designed to help agents get to grips with the company’s offering.

Hebridean Island Cruises’s Chief Operating Officer, Ken Charleson said, “Hebridean TV is an innovative move for the group and presents a new medium to help agents sell our product effectively. We hope that each individual video will help bring to life the pages of our brochures and act as an invaluable tool when it comes to booking a cruise through the trade.”
For more information and to book visit or call 01756 704 704.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Adventures to Hawaiian Islands Beginning November 2013

InnerSea Discoveries’ Wilderness Explorer Brings Active Un-Cruise Adventures to Hawaiian Islands Beginning November 2013
Weeklong itineraries sail between Oahu
and Hawaii, the Big Island November 2013-April 2014
Seattle, WA, December 11, 2012 – Hawaii-bound vacationers looking to explore the islands next winter have a new, innovative option at hand with InnerSea Discoveries’ launch of AdventureBound Hawaii—a weeklong Active Adventure by expedition vessel. The multi-island Un-Cruise aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer includes adventure activities by sea and ashore for up-close explorations of sea life and four islands—Oahu, Maui, Lana’i and Hawaii, the Big Island.
From November 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail seven-night AdventureBound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka’ena Point State Park, Wai’anae Harbor, Maui, Molokini, Lana’i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising and searching for whales and dolphins in the wildlife-rich Humpback National Marine Sanctuary.
Cruise fares on the Wilderness Explorer start at US$2,495 per person based on double occupancy.
“This Active Adventure Un-Cruise among the islands is packed with value and provides vacationers with an active, up-close choice as an alternative to more traditional mass market options,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Unpack once and explore four islands with included tours and water sports activities awaiting you at your leisure.”
Guests may find themselves snorkeling with colorful fish, sea turtles, whale sharks and dolphins. Skiff tours explore the shoreline and seek out marine life. Kayaks and paddle boards await launch from the boat. A human-powered water craft quietly explores Hawaiian waters with up to eight paddlers. Search for marine life, go hiking on Oahu and Lana’i to see less visited areas of the islands, night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays and explore the historic town of Kailua on the Big Island. Off Maui, guests enjoy a snorkel at Molokini, a crescent shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater rich in sea life and then explore the historic town of Lahaina.
On board, expedition guides provide interpretation on excursions ashore and at sea. Innovative meals are served buffet style to accommodate a flexible schedule of adventure activities. A wellness program includes a sauna, fitness equipment, complimentary yoga on deck and massages for a fee. Cabins feature a flatscreen TV/DVD player, iPod dock and eco-friendly bath amenities. In the lounge, guests will find a selection of games and a library of books and DVDs.
For Luxury Adventures in the Hawaiian Islands, the line’s 36-guest Safari Explorer sails seven-night cruises between Hawaii, the Big Island and Lana’i with two days of activities on Moloka’i. Rates begin at US$4,995 per person.
To book an Un-Cruise Adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or email   

Saturday, 15 December 2012

13 New Small Ship Itineraries for 2013

AdventureSmith Explorations
Adds :

Reports Next Year’s Sales 20 Percent Ahead of Last Year

Tahoe City, CA, Dec. 11, 2012 – Small ship, expedition cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations reports that 13 new cruise itineraries have been added to its 2013 portfolio, which now represents more than 65 vessels operating worldwide

“Our top new trips have something for everyone, with familiar and easy destinations such as Alaska and Hawaii to exotic locales like the Arctic, Belize and the Adriatic Sea. Some of these trips are active with ample activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling while others offer easy wilderness or cultural cruising,” said Todd Smith, owner and founder. He noted that the new trips were added to support growing demand from past clients who have indicated their preferences for Alaska, Antarctica and Galapagos.

Smith, in late 2012 joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s top expert on expedition cruising.

“Three quarters of our clients this year were experiencing small ship cruises for the first time,” said Smith, adding that 2012 sales are up 30 percent over 2011 and that 2013 sales are already 20 percent ahead of this point last year.

Following is a sampling of five new itineraries some of which are currently offering booking specials.

Fabled Lands of the North
The increasingly popular Arctic thrills adventurers with sightings of polar bears, walrus and whales in Arctic Svalbard and Spitzbergen. While most Arctic trip itineraries focus on Svalbard and Iceland and depart from northern Europe, making them challenging for travelers in North America, Fabled Lands of the North begins in Ottawa and ends in Newfoundland, making it easier for North American travelers to explore the dazzling North. This itinerary explores the Canadian Arctic including Baffin Island and the Labrador Coast combined with the rugged west coast of Greenland. New bookings made by Dec. 31, 2012, can opt for complimentary charter airfare from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq (a value of $1,200 per person).

Alaska Unleashed
On the 36-passenger Wilderness Explorer guests spend significant time with the expedition team guiding them into some of Alaska’s most scenic and untouched places. Although the lower passenger counts make the price point higher, the additional activity, says Smith, “makes it all worth it.” Combine this with the company’s Alaska Ultimate Adventure for Alaska’s most extreme cruise tour. New bookings on any Alaska Unleashed 2013 departure receive a $100 per person shipboard credit through Jan. 11, 2013.

Belize Ancient Sites, Rain Forests and Coral Reefs
With the second largest barrier reef in the world, countless island cayes, accessible rivers and small ports Belize is perfectly suited for small ship cruises. Remote mainland ports allow access to ancient Maya temples, pristine rainforest teeming with wildlife and the diverse cultures of Belize. Guests booking departures from Miami, Atlanta, Houston or Dallas-Ft. Worth can fly free, round-trip economy to Belize City or receive up to a $500 air credit.

AdventureBound Hawaii
Hawaii is an active travel playground but traditional vacations miss the mark with crowded beaches and rushed activity tours. AdventureBound Hawaii offers an affordable and active small ship cruise experience for travelers seeking to experience traditional culture, meet locals, and discover a Hawaii most never know. All explorations include a slate of activities including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, and skiff tours with opportunities to go ashore for touring, hiking, or lose-your-cares beach time.

Adriatic Odyssey
The Adriatic Odyssey is an exciting new alternative to more traditional Mediterranean small ship cruises. By focusing solely on the eastern Adriatic this cruise offers a unique exploration of the lesser known and less crowded ports and historical sites. Guests who book a cruise departure by January 31, 2013 will receive a 50 percent discount for the second traveler. Solo travelers receive a discount on the single supplement (pay 25% supplement instead of the standard 50%).

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit or Email:

Friday, 14 December 2012

Save up to £300 with Swan Hellenic’s Saver Fares

Save up to £300 with Swan Hellenic’s Saver Fares
Book with Swan Hellenic ( / 0844 822 0679) before the 31 December 2012 and save up to £300 per person on selected cruises to destinations including Sri Lanka, Jordan, Italy, Norway and remote Spitsbergen.
The 15-day To Sri Lanka Shores cruise, available from £1,850 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin). Highlights include the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the remote Andaman Islands and the UNESCO heritage site Galle in Sri Lanka. The itinerary departs from Singapore and calls at Port Klang (Malaysia), Penang (Malaysia), Langkawi (Malaysia), Port Blair (Andaman Islands), Chennai (India), Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), Galle (Sri Lanka) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). Price is based on a 13 February 2013 departure.
The 15-day Above the Arctic Circle cruise, available from £2,895 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin) Includes a fascinating call to Spitsbergen where four unforgettable days will reveal immense glaciers, magnificent fjords and isolated communities. The itinerary departs from Portsmouth (UK) and calls at Florø (Norway), Bodø (Norway), Tromsø (Norway), Spitsbergen (Norway), Leknes, Lofoten Islands (Norway), Brønnøysund (Norway), Bergen (Norway) and Portsmouth (UK). Price is based on a 4 July 2013 UK departure.
Offers are also available on the following cruises: By Sea to Petra, Palaces and Gardens and Oslo and the Fjords.
Cabins will not be allocated at time of booking and Saver Fares cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Applies to bookings made before 31 December 2012 on selected 2013 cruises only.
Prices include relevant transfers, a tailor-made programme of shore excursions, talks by eminent Guest Speakers, meals and entertainment on board, all gratuities and all relevant cruise taxes/fees. *A supplement for some shore excursions may apply.
For more information and to book visit or call 0844 822 0679.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Romantic Seine with APT

The Romantic Seine
Eight Day Tour: Paris  -  Vernon  -  Giverny  -  Rouen  -  Pays d’Auge -   Les Andelys -   Conflans  -  Paris
Departs: 2 August 2013   Priced:  from £2,395

The Seine has been an important waterway since Roman times, with a place at the heart of the histories of French cities such as Paris, Rouen and Le Havre.  With APT’s eight-day ‘The Romantic Seine’ Platinum River Cruise you can experience the beauty of this gently flowing river in luxury, whilst taking the opportunity to explore some of the history along the way.  
The route is new for 2013 and highlights include the opportunities to see first-hand how the gardens at Giverny inspired Monet, to be moved by the atmosphere of Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred, to travel The Cider Route stopping at a Calvados distillery, and to absorb the beauty of the riverside town of Les Andelys with its ruins at Chateau Gaillard.  Starting and finishing in the heart of Paris, this river cruise takes in some of the most beautiful sights in France.
As with all APT Platinum River Cruises, you have the ‘Freedom of Choice’ promise, allowing you to tailor your cruise to suit you best and enabling all passengers to indulge their own individual sightseeing interests, at no extra cost.  Passengers will also find that the on-board experience is just as rewarding as the off-shore activities.   APT has been meeting the high standards of their guests for 85 years and this is reflected in the attention to detail.  All passengers on ‘The Romantic Seine’ Cruise can expect luxury accommodation, delicious meals, complimentary beverages, experienced tour staff and guides, sightseeing and excursions at no additional cost.  This new route provides travellers with the opportunity to explore France in the very finest manner and is an opportunity not to be missed.
For more information or to book your place on ‘The Romantic Seine’ ring [0845 304 5228], visit or see your local travel agent.

[1] Prices include return flights to/from the UK. Prices also include port charges, gratuities and sundries.  Supplements for solo travellers are available on application.    

[1] Prices include return flights to/from the UK. Prices also include port charges, gratuities and sundries.  Supplements for solo travellers are available on application.    

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Atlantic Island Odyssey

An exploration of the Shetland, Faroe and Hebridean Islands aboard the Corinithian.
24th July to 3rd August 2013
Come with Nobel Caldedonia and see nature in the raw. This expedition cruise will appeal to those who prefer their islands deserted, but with abundant bird and wildlife. You will journey along rugged coastlines and once inhabited islands aboard the 100-passenger Corinthian, venturing far north to the Outer Hebrides, Faroes, Orkneys and Shetlands. With  Zodiacs you shall be able to land on remote beaches and cruise close to shorelines and cliffs crowded with birdlife.
Leith – Stromness – Fair Isle, Mousa, Lerwick – Foula – Torshavn – Mykines – Suduroy – North Rona – St Kilda – Barra Islands - Oban
Special offer prices per person based on double occupancy start from £3200 for a Cat E Suite. Suites for sole use start from £5100.
Price includes 10 nights aboard Corinthian on full board, shore excursions, gratuities, transfers.
Visit for more information or call 020 7752 0000

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Shorter summer voyages with more overnight calls highlight Crystal Cruises’ Baltic, Scandinavian and British Isles cruise collection. Beginning 8th June onboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, three new seven-night itineraries and five 10-night luxury cruises will take guests to some of the region’s most beautiful, culturally significant cities and landscapes in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Russia and the UK. Crystal’s Northern Europe cruises also offer a more than 25% increase in local overnights, with double the nights in Copenhagen alone.
While Crystal has traditionally offered 11- and 12-night Baltic itineraries, the new, carefully-crafted voyages offer abundant port time to delve into each destination’s distinct charm. Several overnight stays allow travellers to immerse themselves in the sights, smells and sounds of each destination, with nearly all the voyages offering overnights at the cruise’s start and end, and/or mid-cruise, including two nights in St Petersburg.
Expanded destination options also add more choice for travellers in Scandinavia and Britain. Two new seven-night UK cruises sail to and from Dublin for the first time, and a new seven-night London-Copenhagen sailing marks the line’s return to Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Helsingborg for the first time in several years.
Not all of Crystal’s Northern European itineraries are 10 nights or under. A 15-night North Cape voyage makes a maiden call to Loen and a rare visit to Olden, Norway. North Cape and back-to-back Scandinavia/Russia cruises can be combined for further exploration, ease and luxury. Additionally, three Crystal Symphony cruises sail through Reykjavíc, expanding Crystal’s Northern European presence beyond the Baltic.
Enhancing guests’ experience of the destinations, Crystal’s acclaimed land programmes for the 2013 Northern Europe season feature hundreds of uniquely crafted shore-side experiences, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites and elegant evening performances to hands-on culinary instruction and adventurous exploration of the area’s natural wonders.
Through 31st December, all-inclusive “Book Now” cruise fares for the Northern Europe voyages begin at £2,262 per person including flights (based on a seven-night cruise from Dover to Copenhagen departing 8th June).
Crystal’s passion for creating exceptional itineraries and exclusive, eye-opening shore-side experiences that connect guests to the world and to each other has earned the company top accolades for more than two decades.
For further information and reservations please call Crystal Cruises on 020 7399 7601 or visit

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Singles save up to £500 on Star Clippers’ 2013 Art Afloat voyages

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is offering savings of up to £500 per person for solo travellers booking a double cabin (for single occupancy) on a choice of two escorted art-themed cruises in the Mediterranean in 2013. Guests on the two sailings can enjoy art tuition and the company of like-minded aspiring artists in some of the most beautiful settings of the Mediterranean: the French and Italian Rivieras in April or the coast of Croatia in September.

A cruise on Star Clippers’ graceful tall ships is the perfect holiday for single travellers, due to the friendly, relaxed atmosphere on board. The al fresco Tropical Bar is the perfect place to chat to fellow guests while watching the scenery drift by. Meals are informal, with open seating and the opportunity to sit with other guests, so nobody has to dine alone unless they want to.
On the Art Afloat voyages, the group will have the opportunity to attend daily workshops and spend time sketching and painting ashore together, creating an ideal environment for spending time with people with a shared interest.
Each cruise is escorted by Suffolk-born Richard Nichols, a successful artist who specialises in seascapes and coastal scenes. Richard will run workshops covering everything from sketching to watercolours, aimed at all levels of experience and helping artists to capture the dazzling turquoise of the sea along the Croatian coast, the texture of a cream sail filled with wind, or the ochres and terracottas of the houses lining the chic little bay of Portofino.
Included in the cruise price is a special lightweight artist’s backpack that converts into a seat for sitting and sketching on location. The backpack contains sketchbooks, paper, watercolours, brushes and pencils, so guests do not need to supply any equipment.
The ‘Art Afloat’ cruises are:
Monaco round-trip on Star Clipper, seven nights, departing April 27, 2013 and calling at Calvi, Bonifacio, Costa Smeralda, Portoferraio, Lerici and Santa Margarita (for Portofino). From £2,199 per person including flights to Nice, transfers, full board on the ship, sole occupancy of a double cabin, all art equipment, daily tuition and welcome cocktail party. Saving: £170 per person.
Venice round-trip on Royal Clipper, eight nights, departing September 27, 2013 and calling at Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Rovinj and Piran, with a night in Venice before the cruise. From £2,399 per person including flights to Venice, transfers, one night’s B&B accommodation in Venice, full board on the ship, sole occupancy of a double cabin, all art equipment, daily tuition and welcome cocktail party. Saving: £500 per person.
To book, tel. 0845 200 6145 or visit

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Latest data released by the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) indicates that the Islands are on track for a successful year with increased visitor numbers and a significant rise in the average spend per trip.

According to the latest edition of ‘Falklands Forecast’, figures released from the second quarter (April to June) 2012 show a surge in arrivals year on year, with a positive outlook for the remainder of the year and looking ahead to 2015. Tourist arrivals from the UK grew considerably by 32% to 1,007 in Q2 compared to the same period last year, although the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War provided a major stimulus for the period.

Inbound tourist arrivals to the Falkland Islands are expected to increase by 14.6% this year to just over 7,600 (overnight, excluding cruise arrivals), whilst tourist expenditure is expected to rise by over 21% to £6.3 million.

Looking ahead, over 8,000 tourist arrivals are predicted for 2015, 4,500 of which are expected to come from the UK.

Cruise passenger arrivals are forecast to remain unchanged for the 2012/13 season, totalling around 35,000 day visitors, with a total expenditure of over £1.8 million, up 3% on 2011. The tide is set to turn with the number of cruise passenger arrivals predicted to rise to over 40,000 by 2014/15.

Overall visitor arrivals in 2012 by inbound overnight tourists, cruise passengers and domestic tourists are expected to total over 57,000, spending over £9.3 million.

For further information on the Falklands Islands, please visit

Friday, 7 December 2012

Take a hike with Voyages of Discovery


Footloose and fancy free – take a hike with Voyages of Discovery

Celtic Treasures  - 9-day cruise departing 25 May 2013, prices from £1,099 per person

Itinerary: Cruise from £1,099 per person.  The cruise departs from Portsmouth (UK) and calling at Foynes (Ireland), Killybegs (Ireland), Portrush (Northern Island), Dublin (Ireland), Cobh (Ireland) and St Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK)  before returning to Portsmouth (UK). Price is based on a 25 May 2013 UK departure.

Description: Famed for its themed cruises, the discovery cruise line offers unique guided ‘Footloose programmes’ where passengers can experience off-the-beaten-track’ routes in a number of inspiring and rarely visited locations – which only small ships such as mv Voyager can access. Keen walkers can join the ship’s experienced ‘Footloose’ walking guides to discover some of Ireland’s most picturesque landscapes including Glenveagh National Park, the rugged Causeway Coastline and Antrim’s Glens. The final port of call – St Peter’s Port (Guernsey) will also give passengers the opportunity to explore its cobbled streets, mammoth cliffs and hidden coves.

What’s included: Price includes transfers (where applicable), all on board gratuities, service charges and port taxes, a comprehensive Guest Speaker programme and all meals and entertainment on board. In addition, Voyages of Discovery has also introduced a new complimentary chauffeur service to the airport or port of departure for every guest choosing a higher grade cabin on Summer 2013 bookings*.

For more information and to book call 0844 822 0820 or visit . To reserve excursions visit

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Orion Expedition Cruises’ voyage to Papua New Guinea.

Orion Expedition Cruises’ voyage to Papua New Guinea. The 11-night itinerary onboard the award-winning expedition cruise ship Orion has two departures next year on 16th and 27th March 2013 and provides a very civilised and luxurious way to explore the coast and islands of Papua New Guinea. The itineraries commence and conclude in Cairns, Queensland, seamlessly incorporating a charter flight direct to or from the ship in Rabaul for boarding or disembarkation.
Discover the photographer-within or anthropologist-within as you explore this land of over 800 languages and a diversity of largely self-contained cultures that will challenge the imagination. Until relatively recently Papua New Guinea was still perceived as an isolated world of head-hunters; a land of mythology, sorcery and witchcraft.
Bypassing the main towns, as Orion does, many villagers have only been exposed to the modern world through the workings of missionaries and occasional traders. Yet step ashore with members of Orion’s specialist expedition team and you will be greeted with broad smiles and warm welcomes from gentle villagers – an eye opening introduction to a way of life far removed from our Western world.
On these Orion voyages encounter primitive tribal cultures (and perhaps purchase superb indigenous artwork and carvings), see unique flora and fauna and enjoy snorkelling and fishing in warm indigo and cobalt blue waters, home to some the world’s most prolific marine and coral life.
In Rabaul, volcanic Mount Tavurvur grumbles, expelling smoke, gases, ash and volcanic rocks from deep within the earth. Here Admiral Yamamoto directed much of the Japanese Pacific campaign and the detritus of World War II lies scattered for your examination. Tufi’s villages are situated within a picturesque series of jungle clad volcanic fjords, tribal cultures unchanged for centuries; while the colonial town of Madang conjures scenes of a Conrad or Hemmingway sitting in a cane chair well positioned to catch the afternoon breeze, sipping pink gin.
Orion’s voyages to Papua New Guinea provide modern day explorers with the opportunity to venture to places far from mainstream tourism, yet to do so in the company of like-minded fellow travellers, in comfort and safety and without sacrificing creature comforts.
Orion’s 11-night Papua New Guinea Cultural Highlights voyage has departures on 16th and 27th March 2013. On these voyages, Orion travels between Rabaul and Cairns and visits Sepik River & Watam Village, Madang, Tami Islands, Tufi, Kitava, Samarai and Kwato Island and Alotau. Book before 30th November and save £1,750 per person with prices from £5,635 per person including 11 nights onboard Orion, all meals, entertainment and educational programmes, use of the ship’s sporting equipment and facilities, Zodiac excursions, port and handling charges, tender transfers, government fees and taxes and free charter flight between Rabaul and Cairns. After 30th November, prices from £6,995 per person.
For further information and reservations call 020 7399 7620 or visi