Treasures of the Moselle from £699pp (Available by Air, Rail and Coach) Save up to £630pp!


The magical Moselle Valley is renowned for its scenic beauty and charming villages, and Shearings Holidays has a great last-minute deal, on-board the popular MPS Rotterdam, which allows you to experience the beautiful sights and villages that line the river.
Highlights include the medieval bridge of Koblenz, Reichsbury, Castle standing guard above Cochem, the historical architecture of BernKastel and the famous wine town of Zell
Departures available on 4th July by Coach or 5th July by air and rail
Price includes seven nights full-board cruise, welcome drink on arrival, services of Shearings cruise manager, two included excursions and return travel by coach, air or rail
Booking information: Phone 0844 209 7143 or visit

Holland America Line have two great Cruise Package Specials


Holland America Line have two great Cruise Package Specials.

Europe Air Offer
Book by 10 July and receive FREE round-trip air from London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Newcastle and free airport transfers to and from your ship. PLUS receive Ready Set Sail offers including prepaid gratuities and onboard spending money!

Flight+Cruise+Hotel Specials from £1,499 on select Caribbean sailings!
Book select Autumn & December 2017 Caribbean sailings and receive roundtrip air, a one-night hotel stay in Florida and FREE airport transfers. Offer ends 31/7/17.

Soak Up the Sunshine from Cadiz to Seville


Croisieurope have a superb offer on their “Portugal and Spain: From Lisbon to Seville” river cruise. LISBON – VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO (Portugal) – ALCOUTIM – EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA – CADIZ – SEVILLE . 8 days from £985pp.
It looks amazing exploring Moorish culture and so much more.

2-night extended stay in Lisbon
Visit the authentic Algarve region
Discover Portugal’s “City of Light”

Noble Caledonia charter 49 passenger sailing ship, Panorama II


Noble Caledonia have recently taken on charter of the 49 passenger sailing ship, Panorama II for multiple voyages in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic from May to October 2018. They are proving very popular and will be operated in a similar fashion to the Eleganza vessel with regards to the opportunities to dine ashore on some days independently.
Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015, the two-masted Panorama II is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched, ‘Free On Shore Spending Money & Added Benefits’


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched, ‘Free On Shore Spending Money & Added Benefits’, for new bookings made until 30th June 2017, on all 2018/19 cruises of seven nights and more, which depart from 3rd April 2018 onwards.
Guests will be given ‘Free On Shore Spending Money’ of €200 per room (or equivalent, depending on the currency), and they will be entitled to additional ‘added value’ benefits that change from week to week, enabling them to sample one of Fred. Olsen’s onboard services or enjoy one of the many fascinating shore tours available.

AdventureSmith Explorations Welcomes A New Small Ship to Its Cruise Portfolio –

Now Offering Three Ways to Explore the San Juan Islands

With a new expedition vessel sailing in Pacific Northwest waters, AdventureSmith Explorations now offers three routes to cruise the San Juan Islands by small ship. The international experts when it comes to arranging yacht and small expedition ship cruises, AdventureSmith nominates the San Juan archipelago as its top pick for autumn cruising this year. Its 408 miles of shoreline offer easy access to off ship activities in this up-and-coming foodie and wildlife lover’s hotspot.

The San Juan Islands are located just off Washington State’s coast north of Seattle and east of Victoria, British Columbia. Sailing among the 172 named islands of the San Juans, expect to meet pods of orcas feasting on salmon, playful seals and sea lions lounging on rocky islets, black bear and deer flourishing in deep evergreen forests, as well as royalty atop the trees, as the region hosts the highest concentration of bald eagles in the Lower 48. The San Juans are also dubbed the “Gourmet Archipelago” with culinary festivals, four shellfish farms, three vineyards, one brewery, one cidery/distillery, and seven tasting rooms featuring local and regional wines, micro beers and locally distilled spirits.

New to AdventureSmith Exploration’s cruise portfolio in the San Juans is Exploring British Columbia & the San Juan Islands, eight days aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest. This brand-new, purpose-built expedition vessel launches later this month, but the ship’s popularity has all of her summer 2017 sailings in Alaska already sold out. “This fall is your chance to be among the first aboard this world-class basecamp for adventure,” according to AdventureSmith Explorations Founder and Director Todd Smith (

National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels. Her twin expedition craft landing platform allows guests to get on and off the ship quickly to maximize time for wildlife sightings. Created with a shallow draft, National Geographic Quest draws only nine feet of water allowing her to sail into places where much larger ships cannot go. And unlike other vessels sailing in the Pacific Northwest, National Geographic Quest features a guide complement that includes a historian, a geologist/naturalist, a wellness specialist and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor.

Departures are from Vancouver, BC, and Seattle. Two days are spent exploring the San Juan Islands by expedition landing craft, kayak, paddleboard and hiking trail, with a special stop at picturesque Friday Harbor to visit the Whale Museum and local shops. This itinerary further stands out, according to Smith, as it features Vancouver as an embarkation/disembarkation point, a bonus as travelers can explore this world-class Canadian city before or after their wilderness adventure. The per person double rate is from $4,990.

British Columbia Yachter’s Paradise offers eight days aboard the intimate, luxurious 22-guest Safari Quest, with a day spent exploring the San Juan Islands. Guests sail round trip from Seattle, mostly visiting wilderness locations, but also with a mix of culture thanks to stops in Friday Harbor and Victoria, with time set aside to take High Tea at the elegant Empress Hotel. Located on San Juan Island, the largest island in the archipelago, Friday Harbor hosts travelers for a morning town tour before guests embark to keep watch for the orca pods that frequent these waters. The per person double rate is from $3,695.

Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands is eight days aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer and offers the most time and flexibility exploring the San Juan Islands. Guests will spend at least three days in this famed archipelago, stopping at Lopez Island, San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Sucia Island, among others. Guests cruise to and from Seattle, exploring this city’s waterfront before sailing through the San Juans, dropping anchor here and there for kayaking and hiking. A highlight is Sucia Island’s 564-acre Marine State Park, considered the crown jewel of Washington’s marine park system. This horseshoe-shaped island is accessible only by watercraft and boasts a population of just 4 residents. The per person double rate is from $2,095.

A full complement of AdventureSmith Explorations’ adventures in the Pacific Northwest can be seen online at For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit

National Maritime Museum – One Ocean Expeditions


a major new exhibition, ‘Death In The Ice’, due to open at the National Maritime Museum 14 July, will explore further the still unsolved puzzle of Franklin’s fatal last journey.  Showcasing the magnificent Canadian Arctic, the exhibition will also display finds from HMS Erebus for the first time since their recovery.

OOE, which played a significant role in the discovery of the ship, operates a number of expedition cruises following in the footsteps of pioneering explorers.  Among them is Pathways to Franklin, scheduled to depart on 23 August 2018, which focuses on the history of Arctic exploration and the early quest for the Northwest Passage.

Navigating through the same waters as HMS Erebus, the10-day itinerary begins in Resolute, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle.  Thankfully, unlike the ships of the 19th century, One Ocean Navigator is an ice-strengthened cruise vessel.  Not only is it far more robust than its predecessors, it also boasts many home comforts from welcome and comfortable cabins to a sauna, hot tub and three meals a day plus afternoon tea.

Highlights of the expedition include a visit to Prince Leopold Island, one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in Canada, where several hundred thousand birds nest.

Crossing Lancaster Sound to Baffin Island is also truly memorable.  Dubbed the wildlife ‘super highway’ for its abundant wildlife sightings, there is a high chance of spotting seals, whales and narwhal en route and, along the northern coast of Baffin Island, the mighty polar bear.

For many passengers, however, the history of the region provides the greatest draw and the most poignant impressions are those made on the windswept terrain of Beechey Island, where Franklin and his men spent their last relatively comfortable winter in 1845/6, amid the barren, frozen landscape.

Prices for the nine-night voyage start from US $6795pp based on triple share, up to US $12,995pp based on two sharing the One Ocean suite.  Return charter flights from Edmonton are available at a cost of $1995.  Airport transfers, accommodation and meals onboard, outdoor gear, zodiac boat excursions, guided hiking trips, visits to wildlife colonies and educational presentations from experts in their field are all included.

For more information on One Ocean Expeditions’ Arctic 2018 cruises visit: