Thursday, 28 February 2013

Hebridean Island Cruises returns to Norway in 2014

Hebridean Island Cruises ( / 01756 704 704), operator of the world’s smallest luxury cruise ship, Hebridean Princess, will be returning to Norway in 2014 for the first time in five years.
Hebridean Island Cruises will offer a total of three different itineraries in August 2014 sailing to some of Norway’s best known fjords including Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord, Ulvikfjord and Raunefjord. The decision follows a survey conducted amongst loyal guests asking for suggestions on cruising areas.
Hebridean Island Cruises will also extend its popular footloose walking programme to include Footloose in the Fjords, featuring a variety of walks in Balestrand, Laerdral, Fjaerland, as well as the unique opportunity to join a glacier walk in Sogndal.
Chief Operating Officer, Ken Charleson commented:
“We wanted our guests to be involved in developing the cruise programme for 2014 and beyond. We asked for ideas on where to sail outside of Hebridean Princess’ home waters of Scotland. After receiving an overwhelming number of responses Norway emerged as the clear favourite.
“We have carefully crafted a number of itineraries which reflect the true nature of a Hebridean cruise, offering guests the opportunity to visit distant, off the beaten track places and the chance to sail through a dramatic landscape, famous for its mountains, glaciers and fjords.”
For more information and to book visit or call 01756 704 704. 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

World of Cruising Magazine - Spring Issue

The finishing touches to the spring issue of World of Cruising, with some real treats in store for readers are nearly done. The Cover Story theme for this edition is Into Africa, as contributing editor Gary Buchanan puts together a special 'cruise-safari' experience through Southern Africa, taking a Silversea voyage around South Africa and Mozambique and then travelling inland to try a river-cruise aboard the luxurious Zambezi Queen (above).

It's a unique and wildlife-filled journey, capped off with a look at the pre- and post-cruise attractions of the port city of Cape Town, but that's only the start of an epic series of distinctive voyages in our latest edition.

From Southern Africa we head to Mexico's Sea of Cortes with American Safari Cruises as our adventure-cruise expert Steve Newman samples this unusual small-scale cruise style, and then it's off to South America with Holland America Line as another top writer, Yvonne Horn, takes readers on a typical voyage 'around the Horn.' Malta is also on our cruise radar, with an in-depth review of this wonderful Mediterranean hot-spot.

They also have the BIG ship stories, and they don't come much bigger this year than Norwegian Cruise Line's new Norwegian Breakaway, with Anthony Nicholas providing a full preview of this outstanding new-build, which is due to debut at the end of April. And then we have a special look at the onboard speciality restaurant of Todd English aboard Cunard's classic Queen Mary 2 and a historic cruising perspective by Peter Newall on the inimitable old-timer SS United States and the ongoing attempts to save her from an ignominious fate.
We also have a bonus for river-cruise fans, with three contrasting river journeys, on three different continents, highlighting all the delights of the deluxe Orient-Express cruiser Road to Mandalay in Myanmar; the European Waterways hotel barge Panache in the Netherlands; and the wonderful new Queen of the Mississippi of American Cruise Lines through the heartland of America.

Of course, our regular columnists are also well to the fore, with the award-winning style of Captain Greybeard (John Honeywell), The Cruise Guy (Stewart Chiron) and Cruise Radio (Doug Parker) adding their unique opinions and insight of the cruise world, alongside the essential World of Spas section, which takes a look at the gorgeous spa offerings of Morocco this time out.
With our regular News, Reader Letters and Passenger Perspective features, it all adds up to the best read on the best holiday choice from the best writers in the business. Be sure to have your subcription up to date - or join the growing band of happy readers - on this link.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Saga Gentle Adventure Cruising

I did get several of you asking about gentler adventure cruising so just for you I've put this on. But from now on it will be back to Zodiacs!

Cruise Croatia’s Captivating Islands
· Discover natural beauty, historic towns and national parks on exclusive small ships
· Save up to £100 if booked by 28 February 2013

Take an unforgettable cruise to Croatia this spring on ships carrying a maximum of 43 passengers. Experience sparkling blue seas, islands covered in fragrant fauna, vibrant cities and towns rich in ancient history and architecture.

Save up to £100 per person* on Saga’s Dalmatian Island Explorer cruise
Departs 20 April and 27 April 2013 for 7 nights’ full board from £849 per person
After a short flight from London, passengers arrive in Dubrovnik, cruising north to the peaceful island of Sipan. Next stop is Mljet’s national park, carpeted by forests and vineyards. The ship sails on to the island of Brac, where passengers can visit Pucisca, famous for stone that has been quarried to build cathedrals and palaces over the centuries. Hvar Island’s beautiful coastline will impress before visits to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Split and Dubrovnik. Sail on to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, before disembarking.
Catering for 30 passengers, MV Emanuel offers a friendly and relaxed style of cruising and is ideal for reaching smaller ports. Passengers will enjoy an 'off-the-beaten-track' view of Croatia.
Save up to £100 per person* on Saga’s Adriatic Coastal Explorer cruise
Departs 25 April 2013 for 7 nights’ full board from £899 per person
Fly to Split from London and board the MV Amorena in Trogir, which boasts fine 19th century architecture. Set sail for Skradin, an ancient town near Krka National Park, home to roaring waterfalls and a huge biodiversity of plants, birds and mammals. Cruise to Sibenik, a naturally protected harbour before visiting rocky islands in Kornati National Park and two UNESCO listed towns in central Dalmatia. Return to the Roman town of Split.
MV Amorena accommodates up 43 people. Passengers can meet new people and make friends, plus be assured of a warm welcome from the friendly crew.
With so many extras included in the price of a Saga holiday, travellers can explore Europe and the Mediterranean for much less than might be expected. All holidays include return flights, airport transfers, travel insurance and cancellation cover, airport taxes, fees and charges, plus all accommodation and meals as specified.
For information or to book a Saga Holiday please call
0800 056 6099 or visit

Monday, 25 February 2013

Aurora Launches the Ultimate Trek and Cruise Expedition with 25% Discount

To launch their new Trek/Cruise Expedition, Aurora Expeditions are offering 25% discount on their new package to Patagonia and Antarctica*. The ultimate expedition covers the very best of land and sea alongside world-class guides; trekking the spectacular world renowned parks of Patagonia followed by a small ship cruise to Antarctica.
Commencing in El Calafate, Argentina, these guided trips will allow a small group of travellers to trek through the awesome Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous 3000m spires of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, and into Torres del Paine National Park. Walking at your own pace, the treks are led by a guide and expert naturalist who will provide insights into the region and the wildlife that inhabit the stunning surroundings. Overnight accommodation is provided in a selection of hand-picked lodges.
After an exploration of Patagonia, guests can enjoy a couple of day’s well-deserved rest and relaxation before embarking on the expedition cruise of a lifetime to Antarctica aboard small ship Polar Pioneer. For maximum comfort voyages are fly/sail allowing guests to sail one way to the icy continent and fly the other. Guests will discover the Antarctic Peninsula in its prime as springtime showcases pristine scenery and bustling wildlife in preparation for mating season.
Prices start from US$9,160 (Triple share cabin) and depart on the following dates:
  • 21 Day Patagonia Trek/A Taste of Antarctica Voyage (1 – 21st December 2013)
  • 20 Day Patagonia Trek/Christmas in Antarctica Voyage (10 – 29th December 2013)
*Discount valid when trek and cruise are booked at the same time. Not valid with any other offer. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Galapagos Small Ship Cruise Operator, Ecoventura
Names Most Popular Luxury Land Extensions

MIAMI, FL, Feb. 18, 2013 – Ecoventura ( that operates an environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition yachts in the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, suggests pre and post cruise luxury land extensions that can be combined with a seven-night Galapagos voyage throughout the year. See:

Land extensions in tandem with a cruise include the coastal city of Guayaquil, nine nights from $4,440 per person double; the Andean capital of Quito with Otavalo and Cotopaxi, 12 nights from $5,530 per person double; Sacha Rainforest Lodge, 14 nights from $6,030 per person double; and Cuzco and Machu Picchu in Peru, 14 nights from $6,277 per person double. Prices include both the cruise and the land extension.

Guayaquil has several new faces including Malecon 2000, a two-mile riverside complex and pier; Las Penas, a neighborhood of 400-year-old houses converted into art galleries and cafes; Parque Historico, a recreation site of the early 20th century including a zoo and the upscale Plaza Lago in the suburb of Samborondon with shops and theater. Cruise guests lodge at Oro Verde, the city’s only five star locally owned and operated hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World and the first to be certified by Smart Voyager.

Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a preserved Spanish colonial city with cobblestone streets and gilded churches as well as a modern city and financial center with high rises and shopping malls. In the past decade nearly $500 million was invested in the historical downtown area with the monasteries of San Francisco, Santo Domingo and La Compania, classic examples of Baroque architecture. There is a foodie revolution under way in Quito with tempting new restaurants opening, hot on the heels of their neighboring country Peru.

Plaza Foch is the new hip area for trendy bars and restaurants. A gondola-style Teleferico offers a panoramic ride to the top of a 12,943-foot summit. The Guayasamin Museum displays art from Ecuador's most well-known living artist. Visits outside of Quito will appeal to nature lovers at Cotopaxi National Park; for indigenous cultures and handicrafts there is the Otavalo Indian market, the largest in South America. Ecoventura guests lodge at the luxury boutique Hotel Le Parc Quito that opened in 2007.

Amazon rainforest - for the ultimate wildlife experience many cruise guests combine Galapagos with a lodge in the jungle. Sacha Lodge in Coca is a 30-minute flight from Quito. In groups of no more than six per guide, guests can walk high along a 900-foot canopy, climb a 135-foot observation tower, visit a butterfly farm, canoe down river to the Yasuni Clay lick to witness dozens of parrots, toucans and monkeys, fish for Piranha, swim in the lake, fly through the rainforest on a zip-line, take night walks and more. While in Quito guests lodge at Mansion del Angel, a mansion built at the turn of the last century by a tobacco tycoon.

Ecoventura offers two extensions to Peru including a six-night program with the Casa Andina Private Collection hotels and the Inkaterra Pueblo and a seven-night five-star extension with the Westin and Libertador Luxury Hotels and Sumaq Hotel. The highlights of the trip are Machu Picchu ruins, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

However, for those with limited hours and time only for a cruise, Ecoventura reports that a cruise can be accomplished with only two, and sometimes just one, forced overnights coming and going from the ship. With current flight schedules guests can return home the last evening the cruise ends.

Ecoventura spokesperson Doris Welsh advises that the Feb. 20, 2013, planned opening of Quito's new airport, Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Tababela, about 20km east of Quito, will make Quito more accessible by accommodating more flights from an increased number of destinations. Travel time from the airport into Quito will range from 45 minutes or more in rush hour. However, because hotels in Quito will no longer offer complimentary airport shuttle service, travel time and transfer expense will increase. Ecoventura recommends that their passengers travel via the coastal city of Guayaquil for short or one night stays to avoid the hassle, at least until the highways are finished and hotels closer to the airport open, anticipated in about a year.

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 identical, 20-passenger first-class motor yachts, Eric, Flamingo and Letty, and the 16-passenger luxury dive live-aboard the MV Galapagos Sky. Departures are every Sunday from San Cristobal offering two unique seven-night itineraries.

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
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Saturday, 23 February 2013


As the snow slowly melts away, the sun ventures back above the horizon and the days get longer, the Norwegians celebrate the return of spring. Thanks to a new special offer from Hurtigruten, it is now possible to save up to £766 on selected departures this Spring. Guests wishing to travel for less can do so on various dates between 15 April and 4 June on the 12-day ‘Classic Round Voyage’, 11-day ‘Norwegian Discovery Voyage’, seven-day ’Classic Voyage North’ and six-day ‘Classic Voyage South’. The offer is valid when booking an unspecified inside or outside cabin, which will be allocated on arrival.
As part of Hurtigruten’s ‘Arctic Awakening’ onboard programme, shore excursions take guests closer to the marine life, migratory birds and coastal animals and allow them to experience the Norwegian spring awakening first-hand. For example from 1 May, why not try a ‘Kayaking in Tromsø’ excursion where participants paddle along the coast surrounded by an impressive mountain landscape. Other excursions include a trip to the largest seabird colony in Scandinavia on the bird island of Runde and to the national park on the Varanger peninsula, which is home to an overwhelming number of different species of birds.
The theme of the activities on board is ‘Secrets of the Sea’ and guests will get the opportunity to learn different skills, such as how to shell prawns and fillet fish, all under the guidance of local fishermen who come on board especially for this purpose.
Classic Round Voyage - £1423pp (Saving up to £766pp) – Priced to include a 12-day voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and back on a full board basis. Flights are extra. Based on two sharing an unspecified inside cabin on selected dates between 15 April and 4 June. Book before March 31st.
Classic Voyage North - £990pp (Saving up to £533pp) – This price includes a seven-day voyage from Bergen in the South to Kirkenes by the Russian border, on a full board basis. Flights are extra. Based on two sharing an unspecified inside cabin on selected dates between 15 April and 4 June. Book before March 31st.
Classic Voyage South - £839pp (Saving up to £450pp) – This price includes a six-day voyage from Kirkenes by the Russian border to Bergen in the south, on a full board basis. Flights are extra. Based on two sharing an unspecified inside cabin on selected dates between 15 April and 4 June. Book before March 31st.
For more information call Hurtigruten – 0844 448 7601

Friday, 22 February 2013

Save up to £430 on a last minute cruise to the Amazon and Caribbean with Voyages of Discovery

Bag yourself a bargain with Voyages of Discovery and save yourself up to £430 per person* on the Amazonian and Caribbean Explorer cruise, now available from £2,199 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin).
Highlights of the cruise include a close up look at Iles du Salut/Devil’s Island, a glimpse of Amazonian life and an overnight stay in Montego Bay.
The Amazonian and Caribbean Explorer cruise departs from Manaus (Brazil) and calls at Parintins (Brazil), Alter do Chao (Brazil), Macapa (Brazil), Iles du Salut/Devil’s Island (French Guiana), Trinidad (Trinidad), La Guaira (Venezuela), Aruba (Venezuela) and Montego Bay (Jamaica) - overnight. Price is based on a 24 March 2013 departure.
Fares include return flights from the UK, overseas transfers, all meals, entertainment, the guest speaker programme on board the ship and all on board gratuities. Cabin number may not be allocated at time of booking.
For more information and to book call 0843 221 8499, visit, Facebook or follow Voyages of Discovery on Twitter-@Voyagediscovery and view online at
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Welcome to North Star Cruises' latest Adventure Cruise Update
* Last chance to join the Kimberley Islands!
* Last chance to win a weekend for two at Saffire!

Last chance to join the Kimberley Islands!
Have you previously experienced our Kimberley Gorges cruise?
Then 2013 is a ‘must-do’ year for completing your exploration of the Kimberley coast. This year will be the last year that North Star offers the ‘split-cruise’ option in the Kimberley and, your Kimberley adventures will not be complete until you have discovered the breathtaking coast between the Hunter River and sunny Broome!
If you haven’t seen the mighty Prince Regent, mesmerising Montgomery Reef or the famed Horizontal Waterfalls – contact our sales team now!
Or, if you are yet to start your exploration of the Kimberley coast – ask our sales team to reserve a cabin on a Kimberley Snapshot – this popular faster-pace cruise takes in the entire Kimberley coast between Broome and Wyndham.
Whichever cruise you prefer – make sure you don’t miss out – all 2013 departures are selling fast!
To see complete itineraries - just click on the following link
To reserve your cabin contact our sales team at or phone
(08) 91921 829.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Alaska Small Ship Cruise and Lodge Pairings
Extend Remote Wilderness Adventures from Sea to Land

 Pairing wilderness lodges with small ship cruises is a specialty of Todd Smith, small ship cruise expert and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations that represents expedition cruising worldwide and virtually all small ship adventure cruises that ply Alaskan waters.

Smith has compiled a list of favorite wilderness lodges matched to specific cruises to meet a growing demand for pre-or post-trip extensions to extend the Alaska experience. His team handles the multitude of logistical details that can involve lodge access by sea planes only.

Bear Track Inn, says Smith, “is the finest lodge in the quirky town of Gustavus, with a log cabin design, incredible activities and scrumptious meals.” It is paired with Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise because the cruise company and lodge are both locally owned and operated, making this one of the most authentic cruise tours in Alaska. The setting is Glacier Bay National Park.

Winterlake Lodge near the western edge of the Alaska Range is accessible only by float plane to an adjacent mile-long lake home to nesting loons and swans. It is paired with Discoverers Glacier Country Cruise because both expose guests, said Smith, “to pristine wilderness combined with exquisite cuisine and luxury accommodations.”

Kantishna Roadhouse dates to the early 1900s deep inside Denali National Park. The main lodge serving 32 cabins boasts a hand-crafted bar and Smoky Joe's Saloon. Set on Moose Creek, this is a base for exploring the Kantishna Valley with views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range from nearby Wonder Lake. The roadhouse is the focus of Denali Backcountry Explorer and can be paired with any Alaska small ship cruise. Deigned to depart on any day this independent tour includes two nights in Anchorage, three nights at the Kantishna Roadhouse and the Alaska Railroad.

Kenai Riverside Lodge and Kenai Backcountry Lodge are paired to maximize travel time on the Kenai Peninsula. Smith suggests first visiting Riverside Lodge, a world-class fishing lodge and home base for adventures to Seward, the Exit Glacier, Coopers Landing or even Homer. He recommends that guests then raft down the Kenai River to the Kenai Backcountry Lodge to experience the hospitality of this historic and ecologically managed log lodge surrounded by a million acres of designated wilderness. These family-friendly accommodations can be paired with any Alaskan Family Cruise

Brooks Lodge symbolizes brown bears eating leaping salmon in the heart of Katmai National Park. This can be paired with Active Inside Passage Cruise that also specializes in bear viewing as well as glaciers, whales and extraordinary wilderness.

Camp Denali’s history is intertwined with the preservation of Denali National Park. Because of its history of conservation and dedication to education, this lodge is paired Camp Denali with Lindblad Expedition’s Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness, whose partnership with National Geographic shares these qualities.

Windham Bay Lodge is a former fishing lodge only accessible by boat from Juneau offering access to Tracy Arm Fjord, Admiralty Island and the Pack Creek Bear Viewing, whale watching in Frederick Sound and the Tlingit community of Kake. Lodge and cruise packages combine three nights at Windham Bay with four nights aboard the Alaskan Dream Cruises beginning in Juneau and ending in Sitka.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit or Email:

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Star Clippers History

Guest lecturer on Star Clippers’ summer voyages to bring history and archaeology alive

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is delighted to announce a series of lectures on Mediterranean history that will take place on two Cyclades voyages on the 170-passenger Star Clipper this summer.

Dr Renate Scheiper, a qualified archaeologist and expert in the Mediterranean region, will be on board Star Clipper on August 17 and August 24 to give talks to guests in both English and German. Her lectures will be specific to the ports to which the four-masted clipper ship will be sailing, bringing each destination alive.
Subjects on the August 17 departure, which sails to Rhodes, Bodrum, the Dalyan River, Santorini and Hydra include archaeology, medieval history, mythology and the legend of Atlantis. From £1,435pp including full board on the ship, all lectures and port taxes; flights extra.
On the August 24 departure, which calls at Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Patmos, Amorgos, Mykonos and Monemvasia, Dr Scheiper will discuss the history of Ephesus; St John the Apostle and the monastery on Patmos; and the temples of Delos. From £1,435pp including full board on the ship, all lectures and port taxes; flights extra.
As well as Dr Scheiper’s historical lectures, Star Clippers will be offering yoga and culinary-themed cruises this summer in the Mediterranean and the Baltic.
To book, call 0845 200 6145 or visit  

Monday, 18 February 2013

‘Land of the Penguins’

Captured by BBC1’s Spy In The Huddle documentary that started last night following penguins and their incredible journeys? Want to see penguins for yourself in Antarctica? A voyage with Hurtigruten to the planet’s last untouched continent allows just that as it is home to millions of penguins. There are landings at penguin colonies and the chance to get up close and personal with these interesting creatures. A 10 day ‘Land of the Penguins’ voyage on 4 or 13 January 2014 costs from £4089pp including nine night’s full board on MS Fram, return flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, transfers and landings. International flights and hotels in Buenos Aires are extra and packages cost from £1692pp.

For more information call Hurtigruten – 0844 448 7601

Sunday, 17 February 2013


Staff Includes: Expert Naturalists, Lecturers, Award-Winning Photographers

Luxury cruise line Seabourn has contracted some of the world’s most experienced expedition staff to guide the line’s “Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia” cruises aboard Seabourn Quest, during the cruise line’s inaugural Antarctic season of 2013 and 2014.

Example itineraries include:

24-Day Holiday Antarctica, Patagonia & South Georgia Island departing 11th December 2013:
· 24-day cruise on Seabourn Quest from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires
· Itinerary: Valparaiso, Chile – Puerto Montt, Chile – Puerto Chacabuco, Chile – Ushuaia, Argentina – Cruising Cape Horn, Drake Passage and Southern Ocean – Antarctic Experience* - Grytviken, South Georgia – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prices start from £13,699 per person for fly/cruise, based on two people sharing a suite, fully inclusive of all tips and gratuities, fine dining, open bars and fully stocked mini bar.
21-Day Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia departing 25th January 2014:
· 21-day cruise on Seabourn Quest from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires
· Itinerary: Valparaiso, Chile – Puerto Montt, Chile – Puerto Chacabuco, Chile – Ushuaia, Argentina – Cruising Cape Horn, Drake Passage and Southern Ocean – Antarctic Experience* - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prices start from £12,299 per person for fly/cruise, based on two people sharing a suite, fully inclusive of all tips and gratuities, fine dining, open bars and fully stocked mini bar.
*The Antarctic Experience provides guests with exclusive activities based on real-time reports of wildlife weather and ice conditions. Such experiences include Zodiac landings and expeditions to Antarctic locations, digital photography workshops and opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and on shore.
Expedition Leader Robin West is a veteran of over 40 Antarctic voyages. He and his staff will plan and coordinate the five days spent on the Antarctic Continent, plotting opportunities for wildlife sightings from the ship and choosing from numerous available sites for Zodiac landings.
West says, “Antarctica is a place like no other. Taking guests to see two-mile-long tabular icebergs, thousands of penguins, leopard seals and blue whales — the largest animals to have ever lived on the planet — it is a place that makes you realize just how insignificant we are and at the same time makes you feel bigger than life itself. Saying all of that,” he continued, “Antarctica cannot be put into words — it has to be experienced to be understood.”
Beginning 20th November 2013, Seabourn Quest will sail on a series of four 21 to 24 day voyages between Valparaíso, (Santiago) Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
They all include days exploring the Chilean coast and fjords, Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, Cape Horn, the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, Montevideo and five days of cruising and landings on the Antarctic Continent in uncompromised Seabourn luxury.
To meet the members of Seabourn Quest’s Antarctic expedition team, click here.
For additional information contact UK Reservations 0843 373 2000 or visit

Saturday, 16 February 2013


Offering Up to 20% Off Cabin Bookings and Up to 25% Off Whole-Barge Charters
on Selected Spring Cruises in Holland and France
In Spring-time, blossoming flowers adorn the landscapes of Europe and the sun shines brightly above its picturesque canals and waterways. It’s an ideal time for a hotel barge cruise, and to mark the launch of its 2013 season, European Waterways – Europe’s largest luxury hotel barging company – is making it an extra “special” occasion for travellers, with excellent savings on select cruises in Holland, Burgundy and Southern France.
Panache “Springs” Into 2013 With Tulip Cruises in Holland:
The twelve-passenger hotel barge Panache, new to the European Waterways’ fleet in 2012, made a successful debut in Holland with its inaugural “Tulip Cruises” last Spring and Panache will again be cruising during prime flower season this Spring. With European Waterways offering 20% off per cabin and 20% off whole-barge charters on selected departures during March, April and May (book by February 28), Panache is sure to be popular with again.
“Holland is a flower-lover’s paradise during the Spring, with tulip fields in bloom the quintessential symbol of the country,” said Banks. “The vivid colours really are a sight to behold.”
Holland cruises on Panache feature a tour of the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, filled with over seven million flowering bulbs. Other highlights include a tour of Gouda, Holland’s cheese centre, and a visit to the historic canal city of Delft to see the world famous tableware being hand-made and painted.
Panache 6-night all-inclusive ‘Tulip’ cruises start from £2,390pp including the 20% discount.

A Bouquet of Offerings on the Canal du Midi:
The 330-year-old Canal du Midi runs along the Mediterranean shore of Southern France before meandering inland with magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains and the rolling Minervois vineyards. Life on the canal is slow-paced and quiet, with lush green trees lining the banks and sunlight drenching the French countryside decorated with almond blossoms.
European Waterways offer a range of itineraries on their hotel barges in this picturesque region. This Spring, they are offering 10% off cabin bookings and whole-barge charters on selected March and April departures on two vessels, Anjodi and Clair de Lune )book by April 30), as well as 25% off selected April and May departures on the elegant Enchanté (book by February 28).
Among the highlights, travellers will visit the medieval hilltop village of Minerve with spectacular views from its 12th century Cathar fort; enjoy tours of Narbonne, with its colourful indoor market and the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne. Each itinerary will also include private tours and tastings at renowned Minervois vineyards.
Canal du Midi 6-night all-inclusive cruises start from £2,385pp, including discount
A Burgundy Spring:
Burgundy is famous for some of Europe’s finest wines and cuisine, prettiest canals and charming medieval villages rich in history. Come Spring, the backdrop features cherry blossoms and lilacs, forested hills and rows of growing grape vines. And with European Waterways offering 10% off cabin bookings and whole-barge charters in March and April (book by April 30) aboard the 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre, now is the ideal time to think about drifting slowly along the Canal du Nivernais, admiring the scenery from the sun-deck, or walking the quiet tow paths.
A Burgundy cruise on the charming L’Art de Vivre presents a varied itinerary, including a private winery tour and tasting in Chablis. Other excursions include the riverside town of Auxerre, famous for its Gothic Cathedral, to Noyers-sur-Serein, recognized as one of France’s ‘100 Most Beautiful Villages’ and to spectacular Vezelay with its hilltop Romanesque basilica.
Burgundy 6-night all-inclusive cruises aboard L’Art de Vivre cost from £2,295pp, including discount
Cabin specials are based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
Based on double occupancy, all fares include: include: accommodation in air-conditioned, en- suite cabins, all gourmet meals on board, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted shore excursions, local transfers and the use of all barge facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.

For more information/reservations, visit or contact European Waterways:

Friday, 15 February 2013

Tauck’s “Treasures of Southeast Asia” Cruise

To Sail Aboard New Luxury Ship, Le Soléal
11-Day Cruise Is Combined With Land-Based
Explorations of Both Hong Kong and Singapore
 Tauck has announced a new 16-day land and sea exploration of Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore centered around an 11-day cruise aboard the new luxury small ship, Le Soléal. Scheduled to launch this summer in Italy, the 466-foot ship has a capacity of 264 passengers and it will also be featured on selected 2013 sailings of Tauck’s cruise exploration of Iceland.
Tauck’s new “Treasures of Southeast Asia” itinerary will kick-off with an included two-night exploration of Hong Kong featuring accommodations at the Kowloon Shangri-La and guided sightseeing, and it will conclude with a two-night stay in Singapore (also with in-depth guided sightseeing) and accommodations at the Marina Bay Sands.
Between their stays in Hong Kong and Singapore, Tauck guests will spend 11 days cruising aboard Le Soléal with ports of call including Hai Phong, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Throughout their journey, Tauck guests will enjoy a wide array of unique experiences highlighting the history and culture of Southeast Asia, beginning with a dim sum culinary experience, market visits and other activities in Hong Kong.
In Vietnam, guests will travel on a day trip to explore Hanoi, sail on Ha Long Bay aboard a traditional junk, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son. Guests will also tour the Cao Dai Temple in Da Nang, experience daily life at a Vietnamese school and a local farmer’s home, and explore historic, sprawling Ho Chi Minh City. Tauck’s guests will also learn about Singapore’s rich multiculturalism during tours of its Chinatown, Little India and Little Arabia neighborhoods, and explore its history during a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Tauck’s “Treasures of Southeast Asia” journey is priced from $9,990 per person (double occupancy, plus air), with southbound departures scheduled for October 28th and November 19th, and a reverse-itinerary, northbound departure slated for November 8th. Each departure is virtually all-inclusive, with all shore excursions, gratuities, port charges, airport transfers, luggage handling, onboard alcoholic drinks and much more built into the price.
The “Treasures of Southeast Asia” itinerary is the latest collaboration between Tauck and Compagnie Du Ponant, the French small ship cruise line that owns Le Soléal and a number of other ships featured on Tauck’s ocean cruises, including Le Soléal’s sister ships L’Austral and Le Boréal, as well as the 60-passenger Le Ponant. Tauck is Compagnie Du Ponant’s largest single customer, and Kiki Tauck Mahar, wife of Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, is serving as the official godmother to Le Soléal.
Like L’Austral and Le Boréal, Le Soléal combines elegance and eco-friendly technologies with the highest standards for quality in design, décor and amenities. The ships each feature six decks (all served by elevator) that include a chic main dining room serving French and international cuisine, a casual grill restaurant, three lounges offering bars and entertainment, a state-of-the-art theater for lectures and entertainment, fitness and beauty facilities, a medical center and multiple observation areas.
Suites ranging from 301 to 398 sq. ft. and state rooms (ranging from 200 to 210 sq. ft.) all provide ocean views, with 95% of all accommodations featuring private balconies. Among other amenities, suites and staterooms also feature either two twin beds that can convert to a king-sized bed (or a sofa converting into a queen-size bed), individually-controlled air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels and video on demand, iPod docking station, electronic safe, minibar, and more.
Le Soléal and its sister ships have also been designed with the latest technologies to ensure minimal impact to the environment. For example, the ship features a navigational positioning system that protects the sea bed by eliminating the need to drop anchor, wastewater and solid waste processing systems, and a detection system to help avoid collisions with whales and other cetaceans.
Those interested in more information on Tauck’s small ship cruises may contact their local travel professional, visit, or call 1 800 468 2825.