Monday, 26 November 2012
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Saturday, 24 November 2012
OK I wouldn't normally post this on here but the destination kind of made me think it may interest some of you.
Known for its ingenuity in global adventure, Crystal Cruises is offering an exclusive new dinner experience this December on the “Hobbiton” set used for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and new prequel film. The unique shore-side opportunity will debut just days after The Hobbit opens worldwide when Crystal Symphony calls in Tauranga during a New Zealand/Australia holiday cruise beginning 20th December. The Crystal Adventure will also be offered on a 29th January voyage through the region.
The 20th December voyage - which also offers gourmet holiday cuisine, festive décor, a Master Photographer capturing memories and a complimentary New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Sydney Harbour - overnights in Auckland before sailing through Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch, Dunedin, Sydney (double overnight), Melbourne (overnight) and Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds. All-inclusive “Book Now” fares for the 16-night Christmas/New Year’s sailing start from £7,600 per person.
Friday, 23 November 2012
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Ever wonder what it’s like to camp in an expedition tent on the frozen landscapes of Antarctica? Dreamed of following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott and sleeping on the ice? This winter, Hurtigruten has made possible with an extraordinary new excursion that allows guests on its Antarctica voyages to pitch tents and spend a night like no other.
The excursion is for the true adventure seekers who want to indulge their spirit of discovery. In a small group of no more than 15, guests leave the ship behind and are taken ashore where they will set up camp and spend the night, equipped with outdoor equipment specially tailored to the region, including warm winter sleeping bags and expedition tents. Each tent sleeps two people, making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience for couples and friends alike.
The excursion was developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute in order to guarantee the safety of the guests and the protection of the sensitive local environment. All guests will receive a full briefing before going ashore for the night and all the necessary equipment for the excursion is provided on board Hurtigruten’s expedition ship MS Fram. Two members of the MS Fram expedition team will escort the group.
After spending the night on the white continent, the group will head back to the ship for a leisurely breakfast. The exact location and day of the camping adventure during the voyage will be determined by the local expedition team depending on the weather and land conditions.
This excursion can only be booked on board during an Antarctica voyage and costs from £330pp.
CLASSIC EXPEDITION VOYAGE – FROM £3295pp – explore the planet’s last untouched continent on one of the most advanced expedition ships ever build, MS Fram. Voyage through the Drakes Passage escorted by albatrosses and storm petrels before arriving at the magical white landscapes of Antarctica. This voyage is during Antarctica’s summer with its incredible wildlife including seals penguins and whales. This 10-day voyage includes full board on the ship, local charter flights to Ushuaia and lectures. Flights packages from the UK to Buenos Aires are extra and cost from £1392pp including return flights, transfers and two night’s b/b accommodation in Buenos Aires pre and post voyage. Departs Ushuaia February 13 2013.
A voyage on 22 November 2013 as per above costs from £3898pp and flight packages from £1692pp
For more information call Hurtigruten – 0844 448 7601 www.hurtigruten.co.uk
Monday, 19 November 2012
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
North Star’s popular West Coast Explorer is about to become
even more popular!
Featuring the intriguing Abrolhos
Islands, the world-famous Ningaloo Reef and fishing paradise at the marvellous
Montebello Island – the West Coaster
never fails to impress. But in 2013 this ever-green saunter along the
still-wild coast of Western Australia will impress even more - with the addition
of a complimentary flight from Dampier back to Perth! Book before Monday
19 November to receive this offer.
Guests will embark the mighty TRUE
NORTH in cosmopolitan Fremantle and the traditional ‘welcome-aboard’ cocktail
will likely be framed in one of The West’s fiery summer sunsets! An introduction
to the ship’s renowned crew is followed by the first of many inspired dining
experiences and then it’s an overnight steam to the Abrolhos.
The following day reveals one of WA’s
most-desirable aquatic playgrounds. The Abrolhos Islands are well-known as the
home of the state’s lucrative rock lobster fishery however they also attract
aquatic adventurers who revel in stories of ship-wreck and murderous mutiny. An
opportunity to snorkel the 1629 wreck of the Batavia is definitely one of the cruise
highlights and accounts of the wreck’s hapless survivors never fail to intrigue.
But the islands are also a naturalist’s delight and the fishers on-board will
have every chance of catching one of the finest eating fish in the ocean - the
highly regarded Westralian jewfish!
When the TRUE NORTH moves back into
the coast – it’s all-ashore for an exhilarating climb to the top of Steep Point
and the frequent-cruisers will be well-versed in using the ship’s helicopter to
secure unique perspective.
Nearby, the waters surrounding Dirk
Hartog Island reliably produce close encounters with manta ray and gentle
Imagine swimming amidst clouds of
colourful fish set against pristine corals. Imagine all in knee-deep water just
metres from the brilliant white sands of a squeaky clean beach. Imagine Ningaloo
The Montes are truly a North Star
favourite. Mouth-watering whiting and feisty mud-crabs will definitely be on the
menu. North Star ‘picnics’ are always a ‘big-hit’ and the Montes present as yet
another unique setting. Opportunities for diving and relaxed snorkelling also
Packed with variety and highlights every
day – this once-a-year cruise needs to be on everyone’s bucket-list! And now
with the added convenience of a complimentary Qantas flight back to sunny
The West Coast Explorer departs Fremantle on
March 7. For more information - see the
complete itinerary at http://www.northstarcruises.com.au/documents/WestCoastExplorer.pdf or contact
your adventure partners at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 12 November 2012
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Antarctic Season 2012/2013 commences on 11 November: Expedition Advice and Itinerary Highlights
Sunday, 11 November 2012