Thursday, 31 January 2013

Un-Cruise Adventures Returns to Pacific Northwest

22-guest Safari Quest yacht gunkholes through Washington’s San Juan
and British Columbia’s Gulf Islands
Seattle, WA, January 28, 2013Un-Cruise Adventures’ newly renovated 22-guest yacht Safari Quest returns to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 with 19 Luxury Adventure departures set for spring and fall and a new itinerary sailing roundtrip Seattle. Known as a yachter’s paradise, Washington’s scenic San Juan Islands and British Columbia’s Gulf Islands are a favorite destination for boaters on leisurely explorations.
Weeklong Pacific Northwest Passage cruises depart roundtrip from Seattle, WA from March-May and  Areas visited include Harmony Islands, Princess Louisa Inlet, Jervis Inlet, Nanaimo, Gulf Islands and Victoria, BC; San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor, WA. Gunkholing is a term widely used in the Northwest to describe a style of boating among the islands—meandering from place to place seeking out isolated anchorages.
“The Safari Quest’s intimate size enables us to take full advantage of narrow passageways and scenic, remote bays in the Salish Sea,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “It is truly like being on your own private yacht, but better—you are relaxing and enjoying the scenery and activities.”
A highlight of the journey is extended time in Princess Louisa Inlet, a stunning fjord with mile high cliffs rising up from the water and Chatterbox Falls at the head of the inlet. The yacht anchors overnight with time to hike ashore and explore by kayak and skiff.
In Victoria, guests enjoy free time to explore downtown, visit the elegant Empress Hotel or Royal British Columbia Museum before traveling to the 55 acre Butchart Gardens for High Tea and a tour of its flower and foliage displays. The Harmony Islands and Buccaneer Bay beckon guests outside to explore via kayak and skiff. Though wildlife may be found anywhere, Jervis Inlet is a good place to look for orca whales, porpoise, seals and sea lions. In Friday Harbor, guests visit the Whale Museum and spend time wandering through the quaint town. A flexible itinerary enhances the gunkholing adventure with freedom to seek out wildlife and explore by sea and shore.
The Safari Quest will be fresh from a major refurbishment of interior spaces including the Captain staterooms on Bridge deck and a new hot tub on the Observation deck. A new bow camera streams underwater views of dolphins and other sea life to TVs in the lounge and staterooms. The upscale yacht has 11 staterooms, all with Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses, iPod docking station and flatscreen TV with DVD player. Unique among yachts, the Safari Quest’s four Captain staterooms feature sliding glass doors and French balconies. Other amenities include fitness equipment and a DVD/book library.
Adventure activities include nature walks, skiff excursions, wildlife searches, kayaking, paddle boarding, beachcombing and shoreside tours. Rates begin at US$3,995 per person based on double occupancy. The Luxury Adventure includes all meals, premium wine/beer/spirits, transfers and port fees and taxes. To book an Un-Cruise Adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or the company directly at 888-862-8881 or email  

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Following the success of its European river cruise programme in the UK market, Avalon Waterways has launched a range of worldwide river and ocean itineraries to include the Mississippi, the Nile and the Galapagos.
Offering the same high standards of service, cuisine and luxurious onboard facilities as the European cruises, the new cruises will be bookable from the UK and packaged with return flights, a private home pick-up service and overseas airport transfers.
The newly featured Mississippi cruises, the 13 day ‘Music City to the Big Easy’ (from £3699pp) and the 12 day ‘Mississippi in the Fall’ (from £3429pp) are available on the American Queen, a classic style paddlewheel steam boat capturing the essence of the 19th century and offering a luxurious and stylish river cruise experience. With traditional plush décor, the ship offers spacious outside staterooms, modern facilities, a choice of dining options, regular showboat style entertainment in the Grand Saloon and includes shore excursions.
The ‘Music City to the Big Easy’ itinerary includes 2 nights in Nashville and 1 night in Memphis with guided sightseeing before cruising the Mississippi with visits to Helena, Vicksburg, Natchez, St Francisville, Baton Rouge, Housmas House and New Orleans.
Launching a range of three different itineraries on the Nile with departures available from January to December, Avalon Waterways features the 5 star MS Mayfair, one of the newest vessels on the Nile. The ship offers a range of facilities including pool and jacuzzi, spa with steam & sauna, fitness centre, mezzanine lounge and nightclub. The itineraries include the 9 day ‘Highlights of Egypt’ (from £2519pp); the 12 day ‘Pyramids, Lake Nasser & Nile Highlights’ featuring a four night Lake Nasser cruise on MS Kasr Ibrim (from £3529 pp) and 13 day ‘Egypt & the Nile in Depth’ with optional Lake Nasser cruise extension (from £3053pp). All itineraries are combined with overnight stays in Cairo with guided city sightseeing.
To meet demand for cruising in the Galapagos Islands, two new itineraries have been launched to sail aboard the Santa Cruz ship featured with first class facilities and 43 staterooms. The itineraries include the 11 day ‘Ecuador & the Galapagos’ (£3,965pp) with 2 nights in Quito, 2 nights on the Baltra Island as well as 4 nights cruising the Galapagos National Park before returning for an overnight stay in Quito. Also on sale is the 16 day ‘Discover the Galapagos & Peru’ (from £5249pp) including visits to Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito, and 4 nights cruising the Galapagos National Park. Both itineraries can be extended with a three night Amazon stay.
Karen Woods, Avalon Product Manager, commented: “Customers who have experienced the high level of service and facilities on an Avalon river cruise in Europe are now keen to travel further afield and experience the culture, history and natural wonders of worldwide destinations.”
She added: “Cruising the Mississippi aboard the American Queen will be a fantastic experience combining the traditional style of an American cruiser with all modern and luxurious facilities. Those wanting to combine Central America with a visit to the Galapagos Islands can enjoy spacious and well appointed staterooms, a high standard of cuisine as well as a sun deck, observation are for whale or dolphin watching and even a fitness area or sundeck.”

Tuesday, 29 January 2013


As the most important date in the Chinese calendar approaches Viking River Cruises, the award winning river cruise line, is offering even more to celebrate, with savings of up to £1,000 per person on its 2013 Imperial Jewels of China itinerary. Customers keen to experience the orient can take advantage of Viking River Cruises’ great discounts until 28th February.
There’s an added bonus for passengers that book between 9th– 16th February too, as they will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 fantastic Ken Hom Wok Sets to give them a taste of China ahead of their trip.
Imperial Jewels of China, from £2,395 (was £3,395pp)
Imperial Jewels of China is a 13 day cruise and tour itinerary from cosmopolitan Shanghai to Bejing’s Forbidden City, see the spectacular Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall plus sail the legendary Yangtze River on the deluxe Viking Emerald. This itinerary costs from £2,395 per person, travelling in an E grade cabin, based on two people sharing. The price includes return economy flights, all meals on board, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, 12 guided tours (visiting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites), a Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe revue and all port charges, airport taxes and transfers.

For further information about Viking River Cruises and reservations call 020 8780 7995 or visit

Monday, 28 January 2013

Galapagos Small-Ship Cruise Operator, Ecoventura.

Galapagos Small-Ship Cruise Operator, Ecoventura,
Helps Launch Study of Effects of Galapagos Marine Reserve

How do the experts know if a conservation project is fulfilling its goals?

This is the question posed by scientists of the Galapagos Science Center and the Galapagos community concerning the Galapagos Marine Reserve established in 1998 on a provisional basis because at the time there was a lack of scientific information on the local biodiversity.

Fourteen years later, a barometer of the reserve’s success is how well – or not – the sharks are doing.

Ecoventura (, that operates an environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition yachts in the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently volunteered one of its four yachts, The M/V Galapagos Sky, a live-aboard dive boat, to participate in the beginning phase of a shark conservation analysis that engaged the ship in late December and early January 2013. The goal moving forward is to gather data on the diversity, abundance and distribution of focal species. The data will help guide the design of a new zoning scheme for the reserve based on determinations of spatial extensions of key habitats for Galapagos’ flagship species, including sharks. Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) are top predators and keystone species in their ecosystems and therefore serve as sentinels for the general health of the ecosystem and its community.

About Ecoventura: Ecoventura is a family-owned company based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with sales offices in Quito and Miami. In operation since 1990, the cruise company transports 4,000+ passengers annually aboard its fleet of three expedition vessels; Eric, Flamingo and Letty, identical, superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts. The company also operates the M/V Galapagos Sky, a 16-passenger dedicated dive live-aboard offering 7-night weekly itineraries visiting the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin.

To reserve a cabin or private charter, or to receive a copy of Ecoventura’s 2013 catalog please call toll-free 1.800.633.7972, or e-mail To access current rates, schedules and itineraries log on to

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Springtime Yoga in the Mediterranean with Star Clippers

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is offering a springtime yoga and meditation-themed cruise on its flagship, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper, under the tuition of acclaimed expert Raphaella Rose.
Departing Lisbon on April 28, the seven-night voyage includes calls at Portimao, Tangier, Cartagena, Ibiza and Palma, ending in Barcelona. The yoga programme will include two daily sessions out on the ship’s sun-warmed teak decks under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – the ultimate relaxing environment for body and soul, enhanced by the fresh sea air and the spring sunshine.
Each class is open to all guests and suitable for all levels, with no prior experience required. All classes and lectures are optional and run alongside the ship’s regular activities.
For guests who want to follow a healthy or vegetarian diet during the sailing to complement their yoga practice, Star Clippers’ breakfast buffets feature an abundance of fresh, seasonal fruits, and guests can select from a variety of salads at lunchtime and vegetarian options at dinner.
Raphaella’s classes are suitable for all levels of experience. Her speciality is Ishta style yoga, a highly personalised form of yoga that embraces Hatha postures and Tantric and Ayurvedic philosophy. Tantra offers specific meditation techniques and tools to calm the mind, while Ayurveda with posture modification aims to rebalance the individual mentally and physically.
Australian-born but currently based in Barcelona, Raphaella has practiced yoga for 16 years and taught regular classes since 2005, in the USA, Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.
From £1,590, cruise-only, including full board, all yoga classes and all port taxes. To book, call 0845 200 6145 or visit

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Iceland Greenland with Lindblad, National Geographic

 Circumnavigation of Iceland: This is a rare opportunity to discover a riveting geography in its totality. This multi-faceted expedition creates a cohesive narrative of the amazing geological extremes. Cruise among magnificent icebergs in Jokulsarlon, and spend a day on the Arctic Circle spotting rich birdlife. Kayak into fjords and serene bays, and go hiking on spectacular and remote stretches of the coast.. Explore Europe’s largest ice cap, and discover the lava-sculpted landscapes of the Westman Islands. Soak in hot springs, and see boiling mud pots and the thundering Godafoss Waterfall. Go whale-watching on the shores of Iceland and its surrounding isles. Cap off the adventure with a soak in Reykjavik’s famous Blue Lagoon. Joining the voyage is Andrew Evans, National Geographic travel writer and author of the Bradt Travel Guide: Iceland. Departs July 10, 2013 for 10 days/8 nights on National Geographic Explorer, rates begin at $7,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

· Along the Viking Trail – From Iceland to Greenland: Follow in the wake of legendary explorers as you discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland. Explore Iceland’s western fjords by Zodiac; kayak among the magnificent icebergs of East Greenland; and hike amid charming northern hamlets. Along the way, get immersed in Nordic history on visits to fascinating Viking sites and settlements with our experts. Explore Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city, and discover the wild western coast of Iceland. Venture to two remarkable sites on the Viking Trail, settled by Erik the Red 500 years before Columbus. Joining the voyage is author and adventurer Tim Severin, one of the last traditional-style explorers. Departs July 18, 2013 for 12 days/10 nights. Rates begin at $9,620 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
  • Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic: Venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, where we will trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate the mouth of Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, spot polar bears on the pack ice, and watch for a wide variety of whales—from minke and killer whales to the rare narwhal. We will explore Uummannaq, site of Greenland’s impressive mummy find, and visit the historic Inuit village of Sermermiut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the wild islands that dot Canada’s northern shores. Joining the voyage is Henning Thing, Ph.D. in arctic wildlife ecology. The 17-day expedition departs July 27 and August 10, 2013. Rates begin at $16,160 per person based on double occupancy.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Hapag-Lloyd North West Passage.

In August 2013, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be offering a Northwest Passage itinerary on the only 5-star expedition vessel in the world, the MS HANSEATIC. The HANSEATIC’s cruise will be guaranteed bilingual, departing Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on August 16, 2013 for a 24-night voyage starting in Greenland and cruising north of the Arctic Circle and ending in Nome, Alaska on September 9. It is one of the most famous sea routes in the world and has been both a myth and challenge for centuries.

The HANSEATIC premiered the Northwest Passage for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in 1994. Since then both Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ships, the HANSEATIC and the BREMEN have successfully cruised through the Northwest Passage a total of twelve times. In summer 2009, for the first time in Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ history, both ships met in the Northwest Passage, travelling in opposite directions.
The legendary passage for the HANSEATIC starts in Greenland and crosses Disko Bay, where guests can observe the bizarrely -shaped icebergs. The ship will then cross the Canadian Arctic, the heart of the Northwest Passage. Thanks to its shallow draught, the HANSEATIC is able to sail close to the Canadian Arctic coast, giving guests box seats on the outer decks for viewing the rugged and icy panoramas of the shores. Guests will be thrilled to encounter caribou, polar bears, musk oxen, bald eagles, and whales, while taking full advantage of the many Zodiac landings to explore the impressive glacial coasts along the route.

Other planned highlights (weather permitting): a visit to a former whaling base on Herschel Island; a landing in Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, including a visit to the wreck of the "Maud," in which Roald Amundsen conquered the Northwest Passage; zodiac landings in Peel Sound, the Franklin Strait and Larsen Sound; and a stop in Barrow, Alaska, the most northern city in the world.
The voyage-only fares lead-in at £13,210 per person, based on double occupancy for an outside cabin. For more information, visit

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Set Sail on an Arctic Adventure with Swan Hellenic

Venture to the lands of Norway and the island of Spitsbergen with Swan Hellenic ( on the Above the Arctic Circle cruise, from £2,895 per person (Saver Fare based on two people sharing an inside cabin).
During the 21-day cruise passengers can visit the UNESCO listed Vega Archipelago, attend a Grieg piano recital and discover the history of Arctic explorers from the past at the Tromsø Museum. Passengers will also get to experience four unforgettable days in remote Spitsbergen, exploring dramatic landscapes and visiting Longyearbyen, one of the world’s most northerly towns.
The Above the Arctic Circle cruise 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.
Saver Fares with reductions of up to £300 per person are also available on the following cruises: Palaces and Gardens, Oslo and the Fjords and By Sea to Petra .
Cabins will not be allocated at time of booking and Saver Fares are limited in availability and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Prices include flights, 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.
For more information and to book visit or call 0843 316 1715. Follow Swan Hellenic on twitter - @Swanhellenic and like us on Facebook

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Celebrate 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Voyages of Discovery
The highlight of the horticultural calendar, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, celebrates its centenary year in 2013 and Voyages of Discovery ( / 0843 221 8499) is inviting passengers to be part of the festivities on the British Isles and the Chelsea Flower Show cruise, available from £1,299 per person (based on two people sharing).
The 12-day cruise is in partnership with the RHS features a full selection of shore excursions to some of the UK's finest gardens including La Seigneurie Gardens (St Peters Port, Guernsey), the Eden Project (Fowley) and the grounds of Cawdor Castle (Invergordon).
The highlight of the cruise will undoubtedly be the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where green fingered passengers can explore a wide range of spectacular gardens – including 16 show gardens – and a range of floral exhibits.
NADFAS Guest Speaker, Joanne Kidd (Lecturer in Creative Studies, Design and the Historical Background to Plant Materials and Gardens) will also share her knowledge and passion for all things green with passengers on board the cruise.
British Isles and the Chelsea Flower Show departs from Portsmouth (UK) and calls at St Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands), Fowey (UK), Waterford (Ireland), Dublin (Ireland), Kirkwall (UK), Invergordon (UK), Greenwich (UK), Dover (UK) and Portsmouth (UK).
Price is based on a 14 May 2013 UK departure and includes transfers, all on board gratuities, service charges and port/airport taxes, a comprehensive Guest Speaker programme and all meals and entertainment on board.
All Voyages of Discovery shore excursions are now also bookable online – visit for further information.
For more information and to book call 0843 221 8499, visit, Facebook or follow Voyages of Discovery on Twitter - @Voyagediscovery and view online at

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Adventure smith Explorations

Small ship, expedition cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations announces a stellar lineup of academicians, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, travel writers and professional photographers as experts in residence for upcoming cruises as far-flung as Antarctica and Borneo.

“Choosing a cruise with a guest expert adds a level of fascination and learning beyond what you’d find on an ordinary cruise,” explains Todd Smith, AdventureSmith founder and director. “These professionals can offer a deeper understanding of a particular topic or add a global perspective to the regional experience. An important part of travel is gaining a deeper awareness and understanding of a destination and small ship cruises with onboard experts can help accomplish this.” Smith suggests booking one of these special departures well in advance as they sell out quickly:

Antarctic Explorer: Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Robert Falcon Scott) will be guest lecturers aboard the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond Feb.9-19, 2013 from Ushuaia, Argentina.

Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard: Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles will travel aboard the 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer June 21-July 1, 2013. He is the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, which won him a Pulitzer Prize as well as Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize. He is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund/USA and Conservation International.

National Geographic The White Continent: Ed Larson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Empire of Ice, travels aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Antarctica Feb. 5, 2013 and Feb. 5, 2014 . A Pepperdine University professor, his latest book was published in May 2011, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science. He places the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context in this terrific new history, much enlivened by his own Antarctic travels.

Ancient Sites, Rain Forests & Coral Reefs: Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. joins guests on the 138-passenger Yorktown Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2013 for a tour of the natural and archaeological wonders of Belize and Guatemala. On a Feb. 2-9 departure she will be joined by Sandra Brooke, director of Coral Conservation at the Marine Conservation Institute. For the Feb. 16-23 departure the guest speakers are Stephen Whittington, director of the Museum of Anthropology and adjunct associate professor at wake Foerst University, and Susan Perkins, an associate curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Baja’s Bounty: Ellen Barone joins a March 16, 2013 departure aboard the 86-passenger Safari Endeavour. She is nationally recognized travel writer and photographer. Giovanni Malagrino shares insights on a March 30, 2013 departure. He is a full professor in the Marine Biology Department at University of Baja California Sur, La Paz and devotes his time to Coastal Zone Management.

Hawaiian Seascapes: Peter West Carey, a Seattle-based professional photographer, is aboard the 36-passenger Safari Explorer for a cruise beginning April 6, 2013. Patient and resourceful with a wide range of brands, equipment and techniques, he loves to help others learn first-hand how to bring back stunning images that tell the true story of the exciting journey they have experienced.

Alaska Unleashed: Amy Gulick is aboard the 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer for a June 8, 2013 departure. She is an award-winning nature photographer and writer, and a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Joe Upton is aboard for an Aug. 10, 2013 sailing and will share his experience as an author. His many books and illustrated maps, including Journey’s Through the Inside Passage and The Coastal Companion, have shared the wonder of The North with Alaska visitors since 1993. In 2009 Upton teamed up with Alaska commercial fisherman and filmmaker Dan Kowalski to produce The Alaska Story Project, a collection of videos about places up and down the Alaska and BC coasts.

Camp Leakey Borneo will feature Dr. Birute Galdikas on board the 100-passenger Orion II for the October 25, 2013 departure. Scientist, conservationist, educator: for almost four decades Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, and is today the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012 it joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 13th Annual Travel Specialists List. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit or Email:
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Monday, 21 January 2013

Latest river cruise offers from AmaWaterways, saving up to £450pp

Cruise through Europe’s tulip fields, saving £400
AmaWaterways’ week long `Tulip Time’ cruises reveal the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in springtime, sailing past colourful tulip carpets, through green countryside dotted with world-famous windmills and visiting the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent. Departing on 25th March, 1st, 8th, 12th and 23rd April 2013, the luxury Tulip Time cruise costs from £1199 per person, saving £400pp, including return UK flights, transfers, all meals, including wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, daily hosted excursions, free use of on-board bicycles and free wi-fi. Contact AmaWaterways on freephone 0808 223 5009,

Luxury Provence river cruise, saving £324pp
Departing on 12th April 2013 AmaWaterways has a week long luxury river cruise through Provence, embarking in Arles, the setting for many of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, and cruising to Lyon through Provence’s legendary wine regions. The cruise costs from £1795pp, saving £324pp, including return UK flights, transfers, all meals, including wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, daily hosted excursions, free use of on-board bicycles and free wi-fi. Departures also on 28th June and 26th July 2013.
Contact AmaWaterways on freephone 0808 223 5009,

Portugal’s Enticing Douro, saving £450pp
The Douro is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers, with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. AmaWaterways’ 7 night `Enticing Douro’ luxury river cruise departs on 26th March 2013 and offers a round trip from Porto, making daily port calls along the route to picturesque towns and villages and places of interest, enabling guests to immerse themselves in local culture and traditions. The week long sailing costs from £1395 per person, saving £450pp, including return UK flights, transfers, all meals, including wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, daily hosted excursions, free use of on-board bicycles and free wi-fi.
Contact AmaWaterways on freephone 0808 223 5009,

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Quark's Spitsbergen Cruises

Quark have two expedition programmes that journey around Spitsbergen, the largest island within the Svalbard archipelago. Zodiac landings involve leaving the shelter of the main ship and using small landing craft to get up close to the coastline and animals with polar experts. 

What is also great about these cruises to Spitsbergen are the opportunities to get to grips with wildlife photography and filming. You can capture amazing shots of polar bears, walrus, whales and seals. On board experts are on hand to help spot the animals as well as advise on photography of these wonderful creatures. A photographic journal is also produced by Quark over the course of the journey and given to travellers on a DVD upon return.

The Spitsbergen Explorer is the classic Arctic adventure taking in colonies of sea birds and Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes as well as the animals already mentioned as the ship sets sail from Longyearbyen exploring the coastline north and south. As well as the sights the sounds are something to behold and something that doesn’t often spring to mind, particularly that of the walrus, as well as wildflowers that bloom in the summer months unexpectedly. The slightly longer Spitsbergen Circumnavigation programme circles the whole of this remarkable island and with continuous light prevailing in the summertime wildlife can be viewed whenever adventurers are awake.

Two departures (14th June and 24th June 2013) are available for the Spitsbergen Explorer with prices starting at £3,170 per person based on accommodation in a triple cabin. The expedition lasts 11 days touring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Spitsbergen and includes accommodation on the very comfortable Sea Spirit, all meals and snacks, Zodiac landings, expert presentations and guiding, photographic journal and transfers. Similarly the Spitsbergen Circumnavigation includes the above but lasts 13 days with prices starting at £4,120 per person based on accommodation in a triple cabin. Departures for the Spitsbergen Circumnavigation are 4th July and 16th July 2013.

For more information please visit or call 0808 120 2333

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Celebrate India Day and book a cruise to Asia this January

Celebrate India’s independence on India Day (26 January) and book a cruise to Asia from £2,019 per person with Voyages of Discovery ( / 0844 822 0820).
Passengers on board the 17-day Tales of India and Arabia cruise will be able to visit the birthplace of Ghandi in Porbandar (India) and explore the UNESCO listed Elephanta Caves near to the colourful city of Mumbai (India) before sailing to Sri Lanka.
Tales of India and Arabia departs from Dubai (UAE)-overnight x2, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Khasab (Oman), Porbandar (India), Mumbai (India) - overnight, Marmagao (India), Cochin (India) - overnight, Tuticorin (India) and Colombo (Sri Lanka) – overnight.
Price is based on a 3 December 2013 UK departure and includes return flights from a major UK airport, all overseas transfers, all on board gratuities, service charges and port/airport taxes, a comprehensive Guest Speaker programme and all meals and entertainment on board.
All Voyages of Discovery shore excursions are now also bookable online – visit for further information.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

'Blue Cruise'. Turkey’s coastline

Blue Cruise
Enjoy a relaxing holiday aboard a gulet, a traditional wooden sailing boat, otherwise known as a Mavi Yolculuk or 'Blue Cruise'. Much of Turkey’s coastline is only accessible by boat, making sailing the ideal way to explore this secret beauty, stopping off at your leisure to explore a historic site or visit a charming village. The tale of the gulet began in Bodrum, with the book Mavi Yolculuk, in which the author Cevat Sakir Kabaagac described his idyllic 'blue cruise' voyage around the coast of Bodrum with the local sponge fishermen.
Gulets have since evolved from traditional fishing and cargo vessels into their present form, perfect for a relaxing holiday away from the crowds; most vessels have large sunbathing decks, dining area and cabins below – most also have motors as well as sails. Gulets can be fully chartered by a group or are sold on a cabin basis by tour operators – style and comfort can vary greatly according to price. Most gulets also travel a specific route on the Aegean or Mediterranean coastlines, taking in the azure waters, a multitude of isolated bays and tiny islands. For those who prefer less time at sea, day trips can be arranged from any resort, either by booking through your operator, local agency or visiting the local harbour first thing in the morning.
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

New Adventure Cruise Company Launched

InnerSea Discoveries + American Safari Cruises Unveils New Company Name: Un-Cruise Adventures
Name change consolidates line’s adventure styles
Marking another milestone in its 16 year evolution, adventure cruise line InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises has officially changed its name to Un-Cruise Adventures. The line operates seven boats carrying 22-88 guests in Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia and Snake Rivers and Coastal Washington and British Columbia.
“We’ve experienced phenomenal growth and success over the last four years,” said Dan Blanchard, principal and CEO. “What began as yacht cruising under the American Safari Cruises name has now expanded to include more styles of Un-Cruise Adventures, and this name change reflects that growth.”
The company has three yachts offering Luxury Adventures—22-guest Safari Quest, 36-guest Safari Explorer and 86-guest Safari Endeavour—an inclusive, upscale experience along with adventure activities. The 88-guest Safari Legacy, a replica Victorian steamer, debuts in August 2013 and will offer inclusive Heritage Adventures focusing on Living History aboard and ashore through presentations and tours. Three expedition vessels—60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer and 76-guest Wilderness Explorer—offer Active Adventures for those desiring more outdoor explorations at a lower price point. Charter Adventures are also offered on all boats.
“Un-Cruise Adventures reflects the distinct nature of our small group travel by boat,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Luxury of Experience really speaks to what Un-Cruise Adventures is all about. With a cap of 88 guests, we are able to experience more of the destinations through a wide range of activities – kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and hiking under our Luxury and Active Adventures or reenacting history with Heritage Adventures.”
New in 2013
In 2013, the 88-guest Safari Legacy begins operating in Alaska and then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in fall and spring. It debuts Heritage Adventures—a new style of Un-Cruise Adventure with a focus on Living History aboard and ashore. In November 2013, the Wilderness Explorer will begin sailing Active Adventures in the Hawaiian Islands between Oahu and Hawaii, the Big Island. And three Alaska Unleashed departures are scheduled for the Wilderness Adventurer in Alaska for adventurers desiring an amped up week of high adventure.
Moving forward, all company materials will change to reflect the new name of Un-Cruise Adventures. The company’s website URL will change to  

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Yoga in Costa Rica and Nicaragua,

Tall ship specialist Star Clippers is offering guests a new opportunity to enjoy free daily yoga and meditation on board a yoga-themed cruise on the tall ship Star Flyer along the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, departing February 24, 2013.
Under the direction of yoga teacher Melanie Camp, the yoga programme will include two daily sessions out on the ship’s sun-warmed teak decks under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – the ultimate relaxing environment for body and soul, enhanced by the fresh sea air and the lush, tropical scenery.
Each class is open to all guests and suitable for all levels, with no prior experience required. All classes and lectures are optional and run alongside the ship’s regular activities.
For guests who want to follow a healthy or vegetarian diet during the sailing to complement their yoga practice, Star Clippers’ breakfast buffets feature an abundance of fresh, seasonal fruits, and guests can select from a variety of salads at lunchtime and vegetarian options at dinner.
Melanie Camp brings many years of teaching experience to Star Clippers, having earned her certification in the Barkan Method and her Yoga for Seniors and Yoga Therapy certification at Duke University Integrative Medicine. She teaches in Fort Lauderdale and has conducted yoga retreats in locations as diverse as Utah, Peru and Morocco. Melanie is also is the author of Artful Yoga, a book of yoga tips featuring her original oil paintings.
The cruise departs Puerto Caldera on February 24 and calls at San Juan del Sur; Playa del Coco; Santa Rosa National Park; Samara; Puerto Carrillo; the National Reserve of Curu; and Isla Tortuga. From £1,250 per person, excluding flights. To book, call 0845 200 6145 or visit  

Monday, 14 January 2013

Be inspired by Attenborough with an African Adventure

Take holiday inspiration from Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC documentary, Africa, and embark on a cruise to the equator with Voyages of Discovery ( / 0844 822 0820).
Join the 17-day African and Arabian Adventure cruise, from £1,219 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin) and discover Djibouti, known as the ‘Horn of Africa’. Passengers will be able to visit Lake Assal (Djibouti) – Africa’s lowest geographical point – with its pure salt beaches and ‘salt caravans’ which members of the Afar tribe carry across the desert on camels.
Price is based on a 18 November 2013 UK departure and includes return flights from a major UK airport, transfers, all on board gratuities, service charges and port/airport taxes, a comprehensive Guest Speaker programme and all meals and entertainment on board.
All Voyages of Discovery shore excursions are now also bookable online – visit for further information.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

AmaWaterways introduces two new ships and four new itineraries

Award winning luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways is introducing four new itineraries in France and Portugal for 2013, cruising the Seine for the first time and returning to the Douro after an absence of nearly two years. The line offers a total of 25 cruise itineraries across Europe, Africa, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and is increasing its fleet to fifteen luxury river cruisers with the debut of the brand new AmaPrima in April 2013 on the Danube and the Rhine and the AmaVida which debuts on the Douro in March 2013.
The new 164-guest, luxury river cruiser AmaPrima is a sister ship to the innovative new ship AmaCerto (which debuted in April 2012) and incorporates the most advanced river cruise ship design with spacious staterooms, most featuring exclusive twin balconies, a heated swimming pool, multiple fine dining venues, a complimentary Internet and Infotainment system with 42” flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and free use of on board bicycles. (Pictured, the twin balconied staterooms of the AmaCerto)
The new 108-guest luxury AmaVida will cruise Europe’s Douro River Valley and features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. feet. Guests will enjoy fine gourmet dining with free-flowing local wines, in addition to a casual al fresco dining option. The AmaVida also features a sun deck swimming pool; fitness centre and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42” flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.
“The overall quality of river cruising is changing,” said AmaWaterways Founder Rudi Schreiner. “AmaWaterways continues to lead the industry by adding two new ships that feature spacious cabins, gourmet fine dining and unforgettable tour excursions that immerse travellers in the local culture and history.”
New cruises in PortugalThe new AmaVida will cruise two new itineraries on the Douro in 2013, from March through to November:
`The Enticing Douro’: AmaWaterways returns to Portugal with the most luxurious and innovative river cruiser on the Douro River Valley, the new AmaVida, cruising from March to November 2013. The cruise is offered as 7 nights, cruise only, or as a 10 night land-cruise holiday. Guests taking the 10 night `Enticing Douro’ land & cruise itinerary will spend three nights discovering Lisbon with 5* hotel accommodation (b&b), and cruise to Porto, Régua, Barc d’Alva, Vega Terrón, Pinhão and Bitetos. The itinerary will include complimentary excursions to the countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region; Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a Castelo Rodrigo tour; Palacio de Mateus palace tours and the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery.
The week long cruise costs from £1466 per person, including all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary wi-fi and the ten night land-cruise stay from £1945pp.
`Port Wine & Flamenco’ – This 7 night luxury cruise on board the new AmaVida meanders along the Douro between the Spanish border town of Vega Terrón and the northern capital of Portugal, Porto and operates from April to October 2013. Guests will visit the small town of Pinhão, known as the wine lovers Mecca, then venture to the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes; the former Roman village of Bitetos and its 11th-century Alpendurade Monastery and the northern capital of Portugal, Porto.
The week long cruise costs from £1831 per person, including all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary wi-fi.
New cruises on the Seine
AmaWaterways will introduce Seine cruises for the first time in 2013, commencing in March 2013, with two new itineraries, a 7 night cruise of the Seine, and a combined 14 night cruise of the Seine and th e Rhone, as follows:
`Paris & Normandy’ AmaWaterways’ new seven-night Seine River cruise aboard the AmaLegro visits the enchanting riverside towns and cities of Vernon, Rouen, Les Andelys and Conflans before arriving in France’s capital, Paris. Excursions include the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years; tours of the artists’ haven of Honfleur; a stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy and an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches.
The week long cruise costs from £1654 per person, including all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary wi-fi and free use of on board bicycles.
`Jewels of France’This new cruise combines two itineraries, AmaWaterways’ seven-night Rhone River cruise and the seven-night Seine River cruise, showcasing some of France’s most charming cities. Embarking in Arles, guests will board the AmaDagio to cruise the through France’s legendary wine regions. Excursions include wine tastings; exploring Roman ruins at Pont du Gard & Uzes and visits to the Renaissance palace in Grignan. Disembarking in Lyon, France, passengers will travel to Paris aboard the high-speed TGV train to join a seven-night Seine River cruise aboard the AmaLegro through historic northern France. Passengers will visit charming villages, harbours, the Normandy Beaches and the impressive Château Gaillard before returning to Paris.
The two week long cruise costs from £3370 per person, including all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary wi-fi and free use of on board bicycles.
The AmaLegro and AmaDagio feature luxurious cruise accommodations with spacious staterooms, most with French balconies. Other amenities include a massage and beauty salon; complimentary Internet and Infotainment System with music library and Hollywood movies.
Special highlights include lectures, themed dinners, cooking demonstrations and onboard music performances. For guests wishing to explore the serene paths along the rivers, AmaWaterways offers a fleet of bicycles onboard.
For more information about AmaWaterways’ luxury river cruises contact AmaWaterways on freephone 0808 223 5009,