Friday, 31 January 2014

Scottish wildlife guide for new Hebrides wildlife cruise

Innovative small-ship cruise company, The Majestic Line, has confirmed their partnership with one of the country’s top wildlife guides, providing an exciting land tour on their new 2014 Hebridean cruise, named ‘Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer’.

Owner, Andy Thoms, said: “We’re delighted to work with David Woodhouse, whose ground-breaking wildlife expeditions on the Island Of Mull have been delighting visitors for over thirty years. On our new ‘Wildlife Explorer’ cruise around this Hebridean wildlife paradise, we invite guests on a voyage of discovery, exploring the island’s rich and diverse natural world. The addition of this new day land tour to the cruise will give guests the maximum opportunity to encounter spectacular wildlife, thriving in the pristine island environment, all guided under the informed eye of our new wildlife expert.”

The Majestic Line’s new ‘Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer’ cruise is aimed at guests keen to discover the many extraordinary diverse and rare species that has made this island one of the premier hotspots for wildlife in the UK. The company’s crew of four have sailed these sheltered waters for many years and have first-hand experience of spotting incredible wildlife throughout the cruising season such as basking sharks, porpoises, Minke whales, otters, white-tailed and golden eagles.  Guests can soak up an abundance of wildlife in comfort and style aboard The Majestic Line’s mini cruise ships, enjoying exceptional hospitality against a stunning backdrop of mountains, remote white sandy beaches, and ancient castles.

Andy added: “Encountering a pod of dolphins as the vessel sails into a tranquil bay at the Island of Iona, sailing deep into spectacular Fingal’s Cave at Staffa or getting up close to colourful puffins at the beautiful Treshnish Islands, are unforgettable experiences for our guests. Adding a day land tour with David will ensure our guests are more likely to encounter a wider variety of Mull’s diverse wildlife, and learn where and how to find them. We’re confident our combined passion for this area of outstanding beauty, with the added bonus of David’s vast knowledge and experience, will provide guests with an enriching and inspiring insight into the wonderful wildlife of Mull.”   Mobile: +44 (0) 7748 360 148

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Hurtigruten’s new preview brochure for 2015/2016

New preview brochure includes more flight options and new itineraries for 2015
Hurtigruten’s new preview brochure for 2015/2016 showcases key Norwegian and Explorer voyages and includes more direct flight charters as well as a new coastal itinerary and ex-UK ‘Fjord Highlights’ Explorer Voyage.
Discounts of up to 25% are available on selected Coastal Voyage bookings made by 30 September 2014 and Explorer Voyages made by 30 June 2014.
Coastal Voyages
Voyage only prices start from £819 per person for the six day Classic Voyage South for departures from January to March 2015 on full board basis.  
A number of new regional flying options have been added to the programme with direct charters to Norway now offered from five new regional airports  - East Midlands, Cardiff, Newcastle, Dublin and Jersey. Additional charters have also been included from existing regional departure airports, with 69 planned in total for 2015.
Inclusive packages with direct flights start from £999 per person for a five day Arctic Highlights trip including direct flights from Gatwick on 16 March 2015 and voyage on half board basis departing from Tromso and sailing north to Kirkenes, then back to Tromso.
Classic Round Voyages from Bergen to Bergen start from £1,415 per person including the 12 day voyage and return flights.
The new eight-day ‘Arctic Explorer’ itinerary is ideal for those who want to spend as much time as possible within the Arctic Circle. The trip includes direct flights to Bodo from Gatwick or Manchester, northbound coastal voyage from Bodo up to Kirkenes and then southbound back to Svolvær, where guests will spend two nights before transferring back to Bodo for the flight home.
The ‘Arctic Explorer’ costs from £1,579 per person for the eight day trip on full board basis including voyage and two nights accommodation in a hotel, as well as a full day Lofoten sightseeing tour and entrance into the Bodo Air Force Museum.
Explorer Voyages
A one-off ‘Fjords Highlights’ has been added to the programme, departing from Dover on 1 May 2015. The 10 day trip on MS Fram sails over to Norway visiting some of the most beautiful fjords including Lysefjord, Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord before returning to Dover. Prices start from £1,949 per person on full board basis.
Kathryn Beadle, Managing Director commented “We are very excited about the new additions to the 2015 programme. There is already a strong demand for our direct flights from across the UK, so we are delighted to have an even larger network of regional flying in the pipeline.
“We are also very much looking forward to welcoming the MS Fram back to UK shores. The ship already has many fans in the UK, so we believe the new voyage will prove very popular”.
Prices are based on two sharing.

For more information call Hurtigruten on tel: 020 3582 6642 or visit

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Titan Launches New Series of Ocean and River Cruise Brochures for 2014


Titan (0800 988 5858,, the multi award-winning escorted tour operator, has launched a new series of both ocean and river cruise brochures for 2014. These include a new Escorted River Cruise brochure along with a new Cruise & Tour brochure and the third edition of its deluxe river cruise programme in exclusive partnership with Uniworld.

The third edition of the 2014 Uniworld brochure showcases some of the grandest and most scenic waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, aboard Uniworld’s fleet of exquisitely appointed floating boutique-style hotels.

On many of these itineraries that are some very significant savings at the moment, such as £2,050 off a 17-day ‘Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong’ tour departing on the 2 September 2014. The cruise now costs from £2,999 per person (if booked before 28 February 2014) and contrasts the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, with the tranquillity of the Angkor Temple Complex in Cambodia and an unforgettable 7-night cruise along the Mekong River. Cost includes flights, all meals onboard, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, 7-nights in hotels on a B&B basis, 7-night cruise, many excursions and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

The majority of vessels in the Uniworld fleet have been designed by Red Carnation Hotels and include original works of art, antiques and elegant furnishings. Each one has an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry and is now rated as a Six-Star experience with guaranteed river-view staterooms and exceptional award winning fine dining throughout.

A further enhancement to the VIP Home Departure Service for passengers travelling with Uniworld this year is the addition of friendly Titan airport representatives to assist in the check-in process.

Escorted River Cruise
Also out this month is the second edition of the escorted river cruise brochure. New for 2014 is the 8-day ‘Highlights of Belgium and the Netherlands’ cruise. This is a no-fly holiday and passengers travel in a comfortable coach to Cologne, via Eurotunnel, and then board the all-inclusive A-ROSA Viva. Highlights include Amsterdam with its romantic canals, the ‘diamond city’ of Antwerp and the charming medieval city of Bruges, famed for its architecture. With departure dates in June and September 2014, prices start from £1,545 per person and include coach travel with experienced drivers, 7-night cruise, 21 meals, all-inclusive drinks package onboard, a Titan onboard drinks party, many excursions and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

Cruise & Tour
The second edition of the 2014 Cruise & Tour Brochure is out at the end of January and combines the freedom of a journey by sea with all the excitement of a land based tour. Titan pioneered these innovative style holidays back in the 1990’s to deliver the best of both worlds and the popular concept has now developed into an exciting range of globetrotting tours from exotic adventures in far flung corners of the globe, as well as experiences much closer to home. 

New for this edition is a series of four tours that have been combined with a Fred. Olsen cruise, such as the 29-day ‘Great South American Odyssey’. Providing the perfect introduction to Latin America the cruise on board the Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch is combined with the rhythms of Rio, the majestic Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the spectacular glaciers of Chile. Departing in January 2015, prices start from £4,295 per person including flights, 6 nights in hotels, 20-night cruise, 67 meals, Titan on-board cocktail party, various excursions, and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

Also a first for Titan is the offer of the 14-day ‘Fred. Olsen’s Mystery Cruise’ for those wishing to indulge their adventurous spirit. Sailing from Tilbury on 15 November 2014 it will be visiting six fascinating ports in four countries and passengers will be given their itinerary on a day by day basis.  In addition, writer and broadcaster, Mei Trow, will join the cruise to give talks on ‘The Mysteries of the Sea’. Prices start from £1,125 per person and include the 14-night cruise on Black Watch, 38 meals, Titan on-board cocktail party, £100 per cabin on-board credit, various activities and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

A choice of six new cruise and tour options with Voyages to Antiquity are a further enhancement for 2014. These include two options in the Mediterranean and Adriatic as well as four further afield in the Far East. For those wishing to explore the legendary beauty of the Adriatic Sea the 13-day itinerary ‘Those Who Seek Paradise on Earth’ begins in Venice, and voyages south via the Croatian port of Split to Dubrovnik and the sites of ancient Greece, finishing in Athens. Departing on the 11 August 2014, prices start from £2,145 per person to include flights, 2 nights in hotel, 10-night cruise, all meals onboard the MV Aegean Odyssey, selected wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner, all on-board gratuities for restaurant and cabin staff, many excursions, a lecture programme with expert speakers, and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

Further afield passengers can join the MV Aegean as it journeys on a 22-day cruise of ‘Burma and the Malay Peninsula’. Rich in colonial treasures, the holiday takes in the capital, coast and hill country of Sri Lanka; the Indian port of Madras (Chennai), romantic Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma and the cultural melting pots of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore. Departing on the 4 January 2015, prices start from £3,995 per person to include flights, 4-nights in hotels, 15-night cruise, all onboard gratuities for restaurant and cabin staff, many excursions, a lecture programme with expert speakers, and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

  For details of all these cruise options or to book call Titan on 0800 988 5858 or visit

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Monday, 27 January 2014


Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, is offering a unique 10-night journey along the Mekong between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap onboard the 48-guest RV Indochine, one of the only ships to sail along the Cho Gao Canal between Saigon and My Tho. The itinerary is particularly exciting as CroisiEurope is the only river cruise operator whose guests can board and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City itself allowing them to truly immerse themselves in this fascinating destination.

The cruise starts with an overnight in Ho Chi Minh City and visits My Tho, Cai Be, Sa Dec, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Koh Chen, Kampong Tralach, Kampong Chhnang and Lake Tonle Sap before arriving into Siem Reap where guests will disembark and check into a hotel for two nights, giving them plenty of time to explore the ancient sites at Angkor. As the ship travels through diverse landscapes and vibrant towns, guests will enjoy a range of cultural delights such as a visit to Banteay Srei, the jewel in the crown of classic Khmer art, and the temple at Ta Prohm which dates back to 1186 and is dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman II.

The cruise takes place on the 48-guest RV Indochine, a colonial-style ship with wooden interiors, spacious and comfortable outside cabins, a panoramic restaurant, large living room, bar and sun deck.

In 2014, there are 17 departures in January, February, March, April, August, September, October, November and December and another 17 departures of the reverse itinerary in January, Feburary, March, April, July, August, September, October, November and December.

Prices start from approximately £1,475 person including eight nights on the RV Indochine, two nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap, all meals throughout the tour, some drinks onboard, all transfers, visits and excursions as listed in the itinerary, English-speaking Vietnamese and Cambodian guides for the visits to Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor, local guides throughout the cruise, a CroisiEurope tour leader throughout the cruise and tours, emergency and repatriation insurance and gratuities.

For reservations and further information call CroisiEurope on 020 8328 1281 or visit

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sail away on Turkey's Blue Coast

Relax and join a flotilla of wooden sailing boats on an all-inclusive Saga holiday

Unwind on an authentic gulet cruise, passing beautiful bays and golden beaches, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast this summer.
Travel in a flotilla of up to three boats where life on board is friendly and relaxing, with the captain and two crew taking care of guests.
The gulets, two-mast wooden sailing boats, have been refined for holidaymakers’ comfort providing eight ensuite cabins and air-conditioning. The former fishing or sponge diving boats each have a different character and décor to make the sailing experience a totally unique.
Mealtimes are a special experience on this all-inclusive holiday. Guests can tuck into local produce, in Turkish meze style, while dining on the deck overlooking the sea. A free bar is open from 9am to midnight, serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The round-trip from Marmaris via Ekincik Bay allows plenty of time to explore towns and villages or join walking tours. Of course, for those who would prefer to laze on the beaches, they will be spoilt for choice.
Previous passengers gave the overall holiday a 98% rating and a value for money rating of 99%.
Seven nights from £949 departing Gatwick from May to June and September and October
Price includes travel insurance and cancellation cover, return flights, full board, free bar open 15 hours a day, two excursions and a Saga tour manager

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Antarctic Whale watching with One Ocean Expeditions.

Join Dr Ari Friedlaender, One Ocean Expeditions’ Marine And Conservation Expert, onboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov 16 March 2014 voyage to discover how these magnificent animals behave in the icy waters of Antarctica
Specialists in small ship cruise adventures One Ocean Expeditions is offering a truly unique opportunity to join a 10-night Antarctic trip to study humpback, minke and killer whales, departing from Ushuaia on 16 March 2014.
Participants on this special departure will learn how to document whale numbers, help to conduct photo surveys, determine movement patterns of marine mammals and identify individual animals.  They will also be able to locate and document the behaviour of whales previously fitted with satellite tracking devices.
The Marine Mammals voyage will be accompanied by Dr Ari Friedlaender a Research Scientist at Duke University, who has been to the Antarctic nearly 20 times on scientific voyages.

Accommodation for the trip is on board the impressive ice-strengthened Akademik Sergey Vavilov, which has been designed for Polar research, with the comfort and safety of passengers its number one priority.
A separate bar and lounge area, a dining room in which exceptional meals are served, a library for quiet time, plus a theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna, and salt water plunge pool, are among the facilities on board this exceptional vessel.
The 10-night Marine Mammals Voyage includes all meals and accommodation plus Zodiac excursions and landings, ship transfers, foul weather gear and overnight camping.  Prices start from US$6290pp based on triple share, while twin accommodation begins at US$8590pp.  Suites range from US$10090pp to US$11190pp.
Dates: March 16-26  (Ushuaia/Ushuaia)
More Info: 0117 9658 333

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Cruise & Walk holidays to the Caribbean.

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays – the experts in guided walking adventures combining land and sea – have just launched their first programme of fly-Cruise & Walk holidays to the Caribbean.   These include: 

The Caribbean and Latin America 
A 16 night fly-Cruise & Walk to three islands in the Eastern Caribbean, three southern islands in the Dutch Antilles and three ports in Panama and Colombia.   The adventure begins with a flight to Barbados where one spends a night in a hotel and exploring the island before boarding Fred. Olsen’s Braemar which then sets sail for Castries, St Lucia, thence to the Spice Island of Grenada, famed for its production of nutmeg, mace, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.  Next port of call is Bonaire, the most easterly of the Netherlands Antilles and 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela followed by Aruba.

Full steam ahead for the mainland of Latin America calling at Colon in the Panama Canal which is close to the San Lorenzo National Park famed for its forests, mangroves and pastureland; Cartagena and Santa Maria, Colombia.   On the way back to Barbados for the flight home one visits another of the Dutch Antilles islands – Curacao.

Price from £2,850 per person – departs 25 January 2015.

Islands in the Caribbean
A 16 night fly-Cruise & Walk which begins in Barbados after a night on this exotic island one boards Fred. Olsen’s Braemar bound for Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and thence to Havana, Cuba for two days tantalising days.  Next is Grand Turk, in the Turks and Caicos Islands followed by St Kitts, St Maarten and Antigua (for two days) before returning to Barbados for the homeward flight.

Price from £2,590 per person – departs 8 February 2015.

All of the above prices include all meals, an exclusive welcome party on one evening and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on a sea day, guided walking tours, shore visits, sightseeing programmes, on-board entertainment and restaurant tips plus the services of a dedicated tour leader.

In a recent Which? report, Fred. Olsen Cruises achieved the second highest customer satisfaction rate of 86% primarily on the basis that it was ‘Well suited to people who wanted to avoid Ocean going giants and enjoy a more traditional cruising experience and atmosphere ’.
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

60-guest Wilderness Adventurer sails roundtrip Seattle

Whales, Trails and Ales: Un-Cruise Adventures’ Craft Beer Theme Cruise Explores Coastal Washington

60-guest Wilderness Adventurer sails roundtrip Seattle

Outdoor adventure and beer lovers unite for a one-week brouhaha on Un-Cruise Adventures’  craft beer theme cruise on its new itinerary, Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands. The 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer expedition vessel explores Washington’s Puget Sound and Salish Sea from South Hood Canal to Olympic National Park and the San Juan Islands. 

The craft beer theme cruise sails roundtrip Seattle departing May 3, 2014. The Active Adventure cruise includes all meals, beer tastings, transfers, adventure activities, hot tub, sauna and yoga on deck. Rates begin at $1,895 per person, double occupancy (before savings).  Travelers booked from January 1-February 28, 2014 save $100 per couple.

“Exploring the Puget Sound area by boat lets us access scenic areas for kayaking and hiking without traveling too far each day,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “Adding in craft beer tastings for those who are interested adds a little extra hoppiness to the week.”

The craft beer theme cruise features guest experts Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones, authorities on the Seattle craft beer scene and media partners for the Washington Beer Commission.  An exclusive WAVE ale, named after the boat’s nickname, brewed by the Jones’ with Schooner Exact Brewing Company will be on tap. Guests will enjoy nightly happy hour tastings of select craft beer from nearby breweries, presentations by the Jones’ and beer recommendations matching the evening’s dinner menu. A brewery tour and tasting will be offered at both Port Townsend Brewing and Island Hoppin Brewery on Orcas Island.   A Sucia Island beach bonfire on the last night sets the stage for a session on Beach Beers and the virtues of craft beer in aluminum cans.

Highlights of the itinerary include hiking in Olympic National Park, Mt. Constitution and Washington State Parks. Waterborne expeditions by kayaks, skiffs and paddle boards explore glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago. In Quilcene Bay, a local family hosts a home-grown oyster and clam tasting. Guests enjoy free time in scenic Friday Harbor and discover Native cultures in Port Townsend.

Travelers spend the week searching out and seeing marine life and seabirds up close. Gray whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and bald eagles are all found in the area.  A knowledgeable team of expedition guides leads excursions and provides interpretation along the way. Guests enjoy a full complement of adventure gear for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and skiff excursions.  A custom made kayak launch platform allows four kayaks at once to quickly and safely launch off a stable platform. 

After a full day of adventure, guests may enjoy a soak in the hot tub. Yoga classes take place on deck each morning. The vessel has fitness equipment, a resource/DVD library and massage is available for a fee.  An underwater camera mounted on the ship’s bow streams video from the underwater world to flatscreen televisions in all guest rooms and the lounge.  Healthy and hearty meals feature fresh ingredients including locally sourced produce and seafood.

Charters and group incentives are available. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or Un-Cruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or  

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

One Ocean Arctic Expedition

One Ocean Expeditions is offering an exciting opportunity to travel through Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage on a special cruise to mark the 70th anniversary of the first ever single season transit of the legendary route.
Travelling in comfort on board the ice-strengthened Akademik Ioffe between Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit, the celebratory 12-night voyage departs 25th August 2014 to retrace the deep-sea route followed by the RCMP St Roch in 1944 under the command of Staff Sergeant Henry Larsen.
On board for the occasion will be Larsen’s granddaughter, Doreen Larsen Riedel who, together with passengers and crew, will have the opportunity to enjoy anniversary celebrations, interact with remote communities, visit historic locations such as atmospheric Beechey Island, where the Franklin expedition over-wintered before disappearing forever, and witness spectacular scenery and wildlife.
The first ever transit of Canada’s Northwest Passage was between 1903-1906 under the command of the great Roald Amundsen of Norway. 
The feat was not repeated until 1940-42 when the RCMP St Roch completed a West to East transit of the passage.  In 1944, Larsen undertook an East to West transit in the same season, marking the first ever single season crossing of the Northwest Passage and making the St Roch the first vessel to complete the route in both directions. 
Following in the wake of those courageous men, today’s travelers will enjoy a much more comfortable experience.  All One Ocean Expeditions’ voyages include on board accommodation, all meals, use of onboard expedition rubber boots, wet weather gear, shore excursions and landings, as well as educational presentations, expedition guides, naturalist staff, hospitality staff, an ER trained doctor, guided hikes/walks, complimentary tea and coffee, expert photography workshops and access to a multimedia room and download stations.
During the voyage, there will be a real chance of seeing pods of beluga or bowhead whales, rafts of ringed, harp or bearded seals and herds of walrus, all against a fabulous backdrop of stunning Arctic fjords, cliffs and glaciers.
Stopping off at remote local communities, rich in culture and tradition, such as Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, will allow passengers to see both the modern and ancient aspects of the Inuit culture, and perhaps to purchase carvings, jewellery and other crafts available from local Inuit artisans.
Facilities on board the ship include a bar and lounge, a library and media room, plus a theatre-style presentation room, gift-shop and wellness centre with massage, sauna and hot tub, as well as a dining room serving sumptuous meals throughout the voyage.
Prices start from US$9095 per person sharing a twin cabin on a full board basis including excursions (flights extra). 

For more information please visit

Monday, 20 January 2014

Fred Olsen' Amazon Adventure

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 35-night D1405 ‘Amazon River & the Beaches of the Caribbean’ cruise, departing from Southampton on Boudicca on 22nd March 2014, is the perfect getaway for any wildlife enthusiast looking to experience something ‘a bit different’ on their holiday. Boudicca’s Amazon adventure will take guests far up the Amazon River, deep into the heart of the rainforest, teeming with exotic flora and fauna. It will also visit some of the world’s finest islands in the Caribbean, including Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica, offering beautiful beaches and the chance for some welcome relaxation in the sun.

Very few cruise lines are able to offer guests this sort of in-depth Amazon experience. Because Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca is a smaller-sized ship, she can take guests further up the Amazon River, where the people, culture and colourful wildlife never fail to inspire.

This unique cruise offers a great combination of exploration and relaxation, with the exotic sights and sounds of the Amazon, coupled with the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean. Boudicca will call at the three Amazon ports of Santarém, Manaus and Parintins, set deep in the tropical rainforest. ‘Amazonia’ covers over seven million square kilometres throughout South America, and if it were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world. It has been described as the ‘Lungs of our Planet’, because it is responsible for producing more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen.

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For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014


or up to £6,000 savings per full boat charter price
On a selection of Spring 2014, six-night departures in the appealing French cruise areas of Burgundy, the Canal du Midi and Gascony, luxury hotel barge operator European Waterways is currently offering special savings of up to £600 per person and up to £6,000 on full boat charter prices. These offers are applicable to bookings made by February 14, 2014.
Pricing includes: local transfers, gourmet meals, fine wines, open bar, escorted excursions and use of barge facilities, for example an on-deck spa pool and bicycles. Just some of these Spring 2014 voyages - with special offers applying - include:
BURGUNDY:  aboard the 12-passenger La Belle Epoque
Burgundy boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The Burgundy Canal winds its way in smooth curves through the heart of renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets.
Special Offer: £600 Off per Person sharing a cabin – departing March 30 and April 6, 2014. Offer price £2,490 per person (normal price £3,090). Also £6,000 off the full 12 people charter price on any April 2014 departure. Offer price from £28,800 (normal price £34,800).

CANAL DU MIDI: aboard the 8-passenger Enchante; or 6-passenger Clair de Lune
Life in this region of southern France is slow-paced and calm, as is the relaxing atmosphere aboard these barges as they glide along the Canal du Midi, one of Europe’s prettiest canals, which in 1996 was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Special Offer: £3,600 Off the full 8 people charter price aboard Enchante on April 6, April 27 and May 4, 2014 departures – ideal for groups of family or friends. Offer price £28,400 (normal price £32,000)

Special Offer: £600 Off per person sharing a cabin – aboard Clair de Lune departure April 13, 2014. Offer price £2,590 per person (normal price £3,190). Also £3,000 off the full 6 people charter price on April 6 And April 20 2014 departures. Offer price from £15,000 (normal price £18,000).

GASCONY: aboard the ever-popular 8-passenger, Dutch Clipper barge Rosa
On a cruise through Gascony along the Canal de Garonne, passengers will have the opportunity to visit medieval , fortified ‘bastides’ such as Valence d’Agen; pass picturesque villages and quaint farms; and learn of and taste some of the region’s wonderful local products.
Special Offer: £3,600 Off the full 8 people charter price on April 20 and 27 departures. Offer price from £15,100 (normal price from £18,700)

All bookings with the special offer applying are ‘subject to availability’ and are based on 2 people sharing a cabin.
For all 2014 Special Offers Visit Link:
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Full details:                Tel: +44(0) 1753 598555

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Special Springtime offers on exclusive Scottish small-ship cruises

Celebrate the birth of Spring on the West Coast of Scotland with three new tempting special offers from the award-winning Majestic Line small ship cruises.
Three different 6-night itineraries are on offer at a 10% discount exploring the idyllic Argyll and Hebridean landscape, rich in history, wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
The Majestic Line’s cruising season opens on April 5th with a grand one-way 6-night tour of Argyll and the Hebrides.  Cruise from the magnificent Firth of Clyde around the dramatic Mull of Kintyre to the Islands of the Hebrides stopping over at Gigha, Jura and other remote island anchorages enroute to Oban.
Their new wildlife cruise, ‘Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer’, leaves Oban on 19th April, with front row seats to some incredible animal, marine and birdlife in stunning settings with the opportunity to spot otters, dolphins and porpoises in idyllic inlets, white-tailed and golden eagles circling above ancient oak forests and puffins nesting on remote islands.
Finally, for guests looking for dramatic Scottish castles, ancient abbeys and prehistoric rock formations, the ‘Around Mull: Inlets and Islands’ cruise on 19th April is the perfect choice. This area is steeped in history and legend with stopovers at the imposing Duart Castle, ancient seat of the Clan Maclean, the holy abbey at Iona and iconic Fingal’s Cave at Staffa.
The month of April has consistently been one of The Majestic Line’s best cruising months. High levels of sunshine, longer days and a landscape reborn with abundant springtime flora and fauna, is an inviting prospect for many guests looking for a special maritime adventure.   

Guests can savour the scenery and exceptional hospitality onboard the company’s stylishly restored wooden fishing vessels, with a gourmet menu rich in local speciality produce and an experienced crew who have sailed these waters for many years.

Mobile: +44 (0) 7748 360 148

Friday, 17 January 2014

More Alaska cruises explore Glacier Bay National Park in 2015

Un-Cruise Adventures Releases 2015 Deployment
For Small Ship Adventure Cruises in Alaska

More Alaska cruises explore Glacier Bay National Park in 2015
Trip planning starts earlier this year with Un-Cruise Adventures’ release of its small ship adventure cruise schedule for Southeast Alaska in 2015.  Seven vessels carrying 22-88 guests offer 115 total departures from April through September. Adventure activities, culture, history, wildlife and remote wilderness star on ten itineraries ranging from one to three weeks duration.

Alaska-bound travelers with popular Glacier Bay National Park on their wish list have more opportunities to experience the park on a small ship adventure in 2015. The line’s newly released 2015 deployment shows 87 out of 115 departures visit Glacier Bay for one or more days of in-depth exploration, most including off-boat adventures of hiking and kayaking.

“We’ve developed our itineraries based on years of experience sailing in remote areas of Alaska,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “You will see the beauty and awe inspiring, raw nature that makes Alaska a must-see, must-explore destination.”

Travelers may choose an Active, Luxury or Heritage Adventure. Active Adventures aboard expedition vessels—60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer,  76-guest Wilderness Discoverer—focus on adventure activities in remote wilderness.  Luxury Adventures aboard yachts—22-guest Safari Quest, 36-guest Safari Explorer, 86-guest Safari Endeavour—include adventure activities along with upscale amenities and more inclusions on board. Heritage Adventures aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer, focus on living history with crew in period costume and sail port-to-port with shoreside tours included such as Skagway’s famed White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.

Enter the heyday of the Klondike Gold Rush on the S.S. Legacy sailing weeklong Alaska’s Golden History adventures between Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska (and reverse).  History comes alive through presentations and skits on board and included tours to points of historical interest. Ports visited include Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka and Skagway. Whales, wildlife and wilderness are highlighted on a full day spent inside Glacier Bay National Park along with a day’s exploration in Icy Strait and Chichagof Island.

A weeklong Discoverers’ Glacier Country itinerary roundtrip Juneau, Alaska spends two days inside Glacier Bay National Park and explores around Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Baranof Island, Frederick Sound, Stephen’s Passage, Ford’s Terror and Endicott Arm. The Luxury Adventure cruise is offered on three upscale yachts—Safari Quest, Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour.  The inclusive cruise includes all premium wine, beer and spirits; a massage; transfers; taxes and fees; and all adventure activities from the yacht.  Rates begin at $4,195 per person, double occupancy.

The popularity of the Northern Passages & Glacier Bay itinerary between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska (and reverse) spurred the line to add more departures for 36 total in 2015. Two days are spent inside Glacier Bay National Park. Other areas explored include Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Baranof Island, Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows. The Active Adventure is available on the Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer.  Rates begin at $2,095 per person, double occupancy.

The Inner Reaches Eastern Coves itinerary sails from Juneau to Ketchikan, Alaska and explores Tracy Arm Wilderness, Frederick Sound, Thomas Bay, a half-day port call in Wrangell, Behm Canal and Misty Fjords National Monument. The Active Adventure is offered on all three expedition vessels.  Rates begin at $1,895 per person, double occupancy.  Four departures are offered on Luxury Adventure yachts Safari Endeavour and Safari Explorer. Rates begin at $3,895 per person, double occupancy.

The Inner Reaches Western Coves itinerary sails from Ketchikan to Juneau, Alaska and explores El Capitan Passage and Cave, Chatham Strait, Frederick Sound, a half-day port call in Klawock, Stephen’s Passage, Endicott Arm, Ford’s Terror and Dawes Glacier. The Active Adventure is offered on two expedition vessels—Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer. Rates begin at $2,395 per person, double occupancy.

With an increase in the number of travelers combining itineraries to create two or three week adventures, the line reorganized its schedule to make it more convenient. Travelers may now stay on board the Wilderness Explorer or Wilderness Discoverer for the duration and experience  up to three different itineraries—Northern Passages & Glacier Bay, Eastern Coves, Western Coves—making an Ultimate or Ultra Adventure.    

In spring and fall, a 12-night Famed Passages of Discovery itinerary sails between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse) on six departures. Rates begin at $2,895 per person, double occupancy.  And an 11-night Gold Rush Legacy cruise sails from Seattle to Juneau (and reverse) aboard the S.S. Legacy. Rates begin at $6,395 per person, double occupancy.

Active and Luxury Adventures include adventure activities: kayaking, hiking, skiff excursions and paddle boarding. Heritage Adventures include shoreside tours. Fresh, innovative cuisine is served on all vessels.   Select theme cruise dates are available for photography and marine biology interests. Kids in Nature departures cater to families with children younger than 13 years. Charters and group incentives are available. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or Un-Cruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or  

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Discover the best of the Rhine from just £1149

Discover the best of the Rhine from just £1149
We are delighted to offer the popular River ship the MS Serenade I for 2014.
River cruising has never been so popular and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing more relaxing than sunbathing on the Sun deck with your favourite tipple whilst some of Europe’s most stunning scenery unfolds right in front of you. With 2 fantastic itineraries discovering the natural beauty of the River Rhine and her charming towns and villages, we are sure that you will enjoy our care free River cruises.
The MS Serenade I is comfortable and stylish, with some of the largest cabin accommodation for any river cruise ship. The ship accommodates a maximum of 136 passengers and with 34 crew to look after you, you are sure to enjoy a friendly atmosphere and attentive service on board our cruises.
Our carefully planned optional excursions are designed to maximise your time ashore , or should you wish to make your own discoveries the MS Serenade crew are always on hand to offer useful and helpful advice.
We offer great value from £1149 for an 8 day cruise, including all meals and flights from the UK. Prefer not to fly? We also offer rail travel options to join your river cruise.
See us at the London Boat Show - coinciding with the Telegraph  Cruise Show 10-12 January at London’s Excel Centre – Stand C138, entrance S2
For more details, dates and prices click hereFor reservations call: 0208 324 3117
Image House, Station Road, London N17 9LR
Tel: +44 208 324 3117
Fax: +44 208 324 3119

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

New And Unique In 2014: Douro River Cruise On The Royal Barge

Sail aboard Her Majesty’s royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, as it cruises along the ‘River of Gold’ through the vineyards and historic towns of Portugal’s northern valleys.

This unique cultural cruise is new for 2014 from ACE Cultural Tours. The Spirit of Chartwell was recently refurbished to host Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip during the Diamond Jubilee pageant along the River Thames in 2012. Now based in Portugal, the royal barge is spacious and sumptuous, fully equipped with a restaurant, piano bar, and observation deck.

Every cultural tour from ACE is led by an expert Tour Director who is not only a specialist in their field, but a convivial host. We are joined along the Douro by Martin Symington, of the famous Portuguese family that owns the Graham’s Port Lodge business. The cruise includes an exclusive tour and tasting at Graham’s Port Lodge, a vintage port wine celebration one evening on board ship, and a private visit to the Factory House (Association of Port Wine Shippers) in Oporto.

Our excursions include the UNESCO World Heritage city of Salamanca, the mediaeval hill-top town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, and the pilgrimage town of Lamego.

Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge, October 18–25, 2014.
Cost of £2420 per person includes return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin, full board with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee, sparkling wine with breakfast, shore excursions & admissions, music recitals, crew gratuities.

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Monday, 13 January 2014


Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, in conjunction with Fred. Olsen Cruises, is offering no single cabin supplements on a number of selected Cruise & Walk holidays for bookings between now and 28 February 2014.

For these five sailings only, single clients can book either a D grade (outside twin) or a B grade (superior outside twin) for sole use with no single supplement.  Clients who have already booked single cabins for these dates / sailings have been offered a reduction in the price of their holiday.

IBERIA AND FRANCE –  12 nights on board Braemar walking and sightseeing Europe’s Atlantic   coastlines and countryside, embracing Oporto (Portugal); La Coruna (Spain); Aviles (Spain); Santander (Spain); Getxo (for Bilbao, Spain) and Bordeaux (France).    
Price for 12 nights  from £1,250 per person departing on 20 May 2014  and

IBERIA AND FRANCE – 11 nights on board Black Watch walking and sightseeing Europe’s Atlantic coastlines and countryside embracing La Coruña and Vigo (Spain); Oporto and Lisbon (Portugal) and Honfleur (France)
Price for 11 nights from £1,150 per person departing on 28 September 2014.

FJORDS OF NORWAY – 10 nights on board Black Watch amid some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, highlights include Eidjfjord, Bergen, Flåm, Skjolden, Olden and Alesund, Norway.  
Price from £1,269 per person departing on 31 July 2014.

BALTIC DISCOVERY – 13 nights on board Black Watch walking and sightseeing in Oslo  (Sweden); Copenhagen (Denmark); Helsinki (Finland); St Petersburg (Russia) and Stockholm (Sweden)
Price from £1,699 per person departing 10 August 2014 from Rosyth Port.

SAILING TOWARDS THE TROPICS 16 nights on board Boudicca walking and sightseeing in Praia da Vitoria (Terceria, Azores); Vila do Porto (Santa Maria, Azores); Funchal (Madeira); Santa Cruz (Tenerife); Las Palmas (Gran Canaria); Tangier (Morocco) and Cadiz (Spain) 
Price from £1,420 per person departing 24 November 2014 from Liverpool

All of the above prices include all meals, an exclusive welcome party on one evening and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on a sea day, walking tours, shore visits, sightseeing programmes, on-board entertainment and restaurant tips plus the services of a dedicated tour leader.

In a recent Which? report, Fred. Olsen Cruises achieved the second highest customer satisfaction rate of 86% primarily on the basis that it was ‘Well suited to people who wanted to avoid Ocean going giants and enjoy a more traditional cruising experience and atmosphere ’.
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Blog next posting

Hello everyone

Due to ill health I'll not be posting again until 13th January.

Hope to see you then!

Best wishes for 2014


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