Botanic World Tours


Botanica World Discoveries fully charters small ships to create botanically-themed river and sea cruises. For over 16 years the company has offered travellers boutique discovery holidays that grant access to highly acclaimed private gardens, exclusive international flower shows and world-renowned botanical occurrences, while also showcasing history, culture and gourmet experiences in luxurious style.

 Across 40 carefully-crafted international river and sea cruises, Botanica hosts tours across Europe (UK, Italy, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia), Asia (Japan, China & Singapore), North America (Canada and USA), plus Australia & New Zealand. The tours are truly unique as guests travel on small, chartered ships with like-minded people while learning from garden owners, botanical guides and celebrity guest lecturers, such as Monty Don, Dr Toby Musgrave and Simon Rickard.


Australian Botanical Discovery Gardens, Plants, Homesteads & Sights (Tour code: BTUKAU16)

For the first time in 2018, travellers will discover unique Australian plants, private gardens including one created by a Chelsea Flower Show ‘Best in Show’ winner, homesteads, as well as iconic Aussie sights. Starting in Perth guests will travel the Swan River in Fremantle, before exploring by land Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and Opera House, as well as the tropical Cairns of the Karunda Highlands. A 16-day trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the spectacular World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, the exploration of Daintree Rainforest, urban sprawl of Melbourne or the sights of indigenous flora at Grampians National Park.

British Isles Castles, Gardens, History & Birdlife Cruise (Tour code: BTBNC11)

London to Edinburgh. Eleven-Days on an exclusive small ship. History, gardens, castles, birdlife and stunning scenery all combine with personalised small ship cruising and the adventure of zodiac landings, allowing you the unique opportunity to explore the coastline of the British Isles, where larger ships can’t go.

US Mansions & Gardens of the Hudson River & Canadian Lakes Cruise in Fall (BTUS19R)

Nineteen or fifteen-days, including a fourteen-night cruise through the rivers, lakes and fjords of the northwest, travelling from Montreal to New York as the autumn season paints a picturesque backdrop. Discover beautiful gardens and incredible wildlife along Canada’s St Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers through the Erie Canal and down the Hudson River.

Cherry Blossoms in Japan & South Korea Cruise (BTJP12)

Twelve Days including a ten-night exclusive small ship cruise with a Botanical Guide. Venture along the historic shores of Japan and South Korea, exploring ancient castles, peaceful Japanese gardens and opulent temples. In the first flourish of spring, you will enjoy bursts of colour from magnificent cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

Special offers from Noble Caledonia


Well if you’ve got half an hour or so free sometime today do go and look at the Special Offers page on Noble Caledonia’s website.
Great offers, fascinating destinations and stunning photography.
The vessels they feature generally accommodate between 50 and 150 passengers and offer itineraries for the genuine traveller. They offer something out of the ordinary compared to most cruises because for them the itinerary is the most important element of a cruise, something which has been lost over the last few decades due to the development of newer, larger vessels which can only dock in large ports.

Aurora Expeditions’ 2017 Arctic Cruise Deals:


Book One Expedition, Receive 50% Off Second Expedition

Aurora Expeditions are offering exclusive savings of up to $5,000 per person across their range of small ship expeditions to Spitsbergen, Norway and Scotland. Travellers who book on selected expeditions departing this June and July will receive 50% OFF a second departure or can opt for a range of other last minute savings.

When travellers book Aurora Expeditions’ 11-day Wild Scotland or Spitsbergen Odyssey expeditions, they’ll gain access to a 50% discount on the 14-day ‘Across the Arctic Circle’ voyage as well as the opportunity to complete the ultimate northern adventure! By combining two of these unique expeditions, travellers will experience three distinct destinations – Scotland’s remote north isles and Neolithic history, Norway’s dramatic fjords and fishing villages, and the dramatic glaciers and exquisite wildlife of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago.

The back-to-back expeditions depart in June and July 2017 and price, including the 50% discount on the second departure, starts from $10,450 for a 24-day cruise.

Alternatively, those looking for a shorter option can enjoy savings on remaining cabins across a number of departures:

Spitsbergen Odyssey – Save over $695 per person!
SAVE 10% on the 11-day Spitsbergen Odyssey and take your best shot at seeing polar bears, walrus, reindeer and Arctic fox as you attempt to circumnavigate the remote archipelago of Svalbard. Sailing into pack ice near 80 degrees north, you’ll enter a polar wonderland like no other. Only limited berths remaining, so be quick! The expeditions depart 6-16 July 2017 and 16-26 July 2017 and starts from $6,995 per person (excluding discount).

Wild Scotland – Save over $1,125 per person!
SAVE 15% on the 11-day Wild Scotland expedition to experience the remote and rarely-visited Scottish coastline featuring World-Heritage-listed sites such as St Kilda, a visit to an Iron Age broch accompanied by Aurora Expeditions’ historian and Europe’s largest seabird colonies such as puffins, guillemots and fulmars. The expedition departs 13 June 2017 and starts from $7,500 per person (excluding discount).

Across the Arctic Circle – Save over $1,600 per person!
SAVE 20% on the 14-day Arctic Circle adventure across three different and distinctively diverse regions. From Scotland to Norway and onto the icy realm of Spitsbergen, enjoy stories of Viking conquests and Neolithic tails and watch as the scenery changes before your very eyes from vivid green pastures to soaring grey cliffs and crisp blue ice. The expedition departs 23 June 2017 and starts from $8,000 per person (excluding discount).

All Aurora Expeditions’ Spitsbergen, Norway and Scotland cruises include accommodation and meals aboard 54-passenger Polar Pioneer, daily shore excursions and on-board lectures and talks by Aurora Expedition’s team of historians, naturalists and polar experts. Each passenger also receives a custom-designed 2-in-1 polar expedition jacket and a printed memento photo book.

For more information about Aurora Expeditions 2017 last chance Arctic offers, visit, email or call 1300 061 490.

MSC – Cruise Deals page


I have been looking at the MSC Cruises site this morning and discovered they have a page dedicated entirely  to Cruise Deals.
I was impressed by what was on offer and the destinations involved.

The company sails in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean throughout the year, and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Northern Europe, the French Antilles, South America, South Africa, the Canary Islands and The United Arab Emirates.

New sailing trips to Montenegro and Indonesia launched


G Adventures has announced a ‘first-of-its-kind’ sailing trip around the Montenegrin coastline, as well as a brand new sailing trip in Indonesia; starting on the well-known holiday island of Bali, then sailing through the more serene and secluded Gili Islands. . The two new trips bring the number of sailing destinations offered by the leading small group adventure operator to seven, with Montenegro and Indonesia joining the British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Greece and Thailand in G Adventures’ sailing portfolio.

The new boat in Montenegro takes eight travellers and is led by a dedicated skipper and a CEO (chief experience officer) who offers local knowledge and insight. The larger catamaran in Indonesia carries 12 travellers, a skipper, CEO, and also has a cook to whip up locally-flavoured dishes on board.

The new trips are as follows:

  • An eight-day Montenegro Sailing trip, starting and ending in Dubrovnik, is priced from £869pp*. Travellers will witness dramatic scenery and impressive Balkan landscapes as they move south along the Dalmatian coast, checking out an ancient fishing village, UNESCO World Heritage site, and the area’s most beautiful beaches for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. Those looking to dance should save some energy for Budva, which is known as the regional capital of nightlife. Departs weekly from May 27 to August 19, 2017.
  • A seven-day Sailing Indonesia trip, starting and ending in Bali, is priced from £1,099pp. Travellers will sail the beautiful coastlines of Bali and Lombok enjoying the vistas from the deck of a catamaran. This seven-day sailing adventure introduces travellers to the fabulous Gili Islands in a weeklong immersion of snorkelling excursions, kayaking tours, beachfront bars, and yoga sessions. Departs weekly from July 09 to November 19, 2017.

For more information or to book, please call 0344 272 2040 or visit

Outer Shores Expeditions, partnership with Sierra Club BC




Spring expeditions give guests the privilege of experiencing the Great Bear Rainforest and learning about the extraordinary efforts being made to protect it

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Outer Shores Expeditions, providing true wilderness and cultural experiences by sail on Canada’s Pacific Coast, are proud to announce a partnership with Sierra Club BC for a pair of expedition sailings this spring that highlight the extraordinary efforts being made to ensure this spectacular and vital part of the planet remain protected.

The new partnership creates an opportunity for guests sailing aboard Outer Shores’ 70-foot classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud to experience the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest while learning more about the organization so instrumental in protecting it: Sierra Club BC.

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Sierra Club BC was instrumental in bringing together multiple organizations to guarantee the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest

In 2016, following decades of protest, negotiations and planning, Sierra Club BC played a pivotal role in helping to bring together environmental organizations, provincial and First Nations governments, and the forest industry to sign the ground-breaking Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, which guaranteed 85 per cent (3.1 million hectares) of the remote region’s coastal temperate rainforest is now permanently off-limits to industrial logging. Today, the agreements represent one of the most comprehensive conservation and forest management achievements on earth and are being looked at as a model for future conservation efforts around the world.

Guests aboard Passing Cloud for Outer Shores’ May 22 to 29 and May 30 to June 6 Islands, Otters, Bears, and Ancient Forests expedition sailings will have the privilege of experiencing first-hand what makes the region so exceptional and what efforts have been made to safeguard it going forward.

Though Outer Shores had planned on one Sierra Club-featured expedition in 2017, due to popular demand – the May 30 to June 6 expedition is now nearly sold out – Captain Russell Markel and the Outer Shores crew decided to make the May 22 to 29 sailing a Sierra Club BC featured expedition as well.

Jens Wieting, a forest and climate campaigner with Sierra Club BC, will join the Outer Shores crew onboard Passing Cloud for the May 30 to June 6 expedition, presenting on his work in developing and implementing the protection agreements.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining Outer Shores Expeditions on board Passing Cloud for an adventure in the wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest and once again experience the natural and cultural richness of the region’s First Nations territories,” says Wieting. “This will be my first visit to the region since the announcement of the full implementation of the agreements and I am looking forward to sharing with my fellow passengers the story of how this monumental accord was achieved.” Small image

The 8-day Great Bear Rainforest – Islands, Otters, Bears, and Ancient Forests expeditions explore the natural richness of the region’s First Nations territories.

Partial proceeds from the featured expeditions will go to Sierra Club BC, helping to defend nature, combat climate change, and educate young people about environmental issues.

For more information on Outer Shores Expeditions, please visit the new look, or call 1-855-714-7233.


Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests’ bar tab and crew gratuities


Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced that starting April 2017, guests’ bar tab and crew gratuities will be complimentary on all departures of National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, effectively creating inclusive pricing.

With no extra charges for activities and excursions – from city explorations at the beginning and end of the expedition, to Zodiac, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, or hiking explorations; expert lectures and presentations; all meals; equipment; photo instruction; wellness classes; group flight transfers – the new policy insures inclusive pricing on both ships on every voyage.