Great booking incentive on a luxury voyage to Antarctica

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The polar travel specialists at Swoop are excited to announce late availability on their highly sought-after eight-day Antarctic adventures. What better way to spend Christmas and New Year than with a real-life white Christmas on board a luxury cruise journeying through the breath-taking wilderness of Antarctica.

Experience four full days on board the five-star luxury ship, Hebridean Sky, which has recently undergone a $10m refurbishment. Departing from Punta Arenas in Chile on 21st and 26th December 2017, these cruises incorporate short flights over the Drake Passage offering the perfect itinerary for those seeking a high level of comfort or who have limited time.

With just three cabins available for these prime holiday dates, this is a not to be missed opportunity to visit one of the world’s last remaining untouched landscapes, taking in the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Daily excursions by zodiac in the company of expert polar guides allow passengers to get up close and personal with the exceptional wildlife and stunning scenery. Expect giant penguin colonies, soaring sea birds and magnificent whale encounters; this will be one unforgettable Christmas.

The price from 21 – 28 December 2017, based on two sharing a deluxe cabin, is US $17,795pp. Prices from 26 December 2017 – 2 January 2018 range from $15,495pp in a Window Suite to $21,995pp in the Penthouse. These prices include airport transfers, two nights’ hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas, return domestic charter flights to Antarctica, full board and complimentary drinks with meals during the cruise, excursions and lectures.

As an additional booking incentive, Swoop is also offering two nights’ complimentary hotel accommodation in Santiago de Chile, private transfers, domestic flights and an air credit of $1000pp towards international flights. Leave the wet weather of the UK behind and experience a real life white Christmas with this unmissable Antarctic adventure.

For a detailed itinerary please visit: http://www.swoop-antarctica.com/cruises/flights/luxury-adventure

For more information on Swoop-Antarctica visit: www.swoop-antarctica.com

AdventureSmith Announces What’s New In Small Ship Cruising in Alaska for 2018

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There’s a lot of exciting news coming out of Alaska for the upcoming 2018 small ship cruise season. The experts at AdventureSmith Explorations have just announced the following. The 2018 expedition cruise season in Alaska will begin earlier than ever, an increased number of vessels will now be navigating Alaskan waters, there will be increased opportunities for exploring Glacier Bay National Park and more multi-sport options for active cruise adventures will be offered.

Longer Season & Savings
Historically small expedition vessels begin plying cruise routes in Alaska in mid-May; however next year the first Alaska sailing of the season is set for April 14, 2018, aboard Wilderness Adventurer’s new Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise route. (Note: for real early birds, some positioning cruises from Seattle will sail as early as April 7, 2018.) A major benefit of cruising in April will be opportunities to see more wildlife. Sightings usually differ from spring into summer as do cruise rates. In the spring, moose, wolves and bears with cubs are active along with these 2018 savings:

  • Select April and May cruises aboard the Wilderness & Safari small ship fleet are $400 off per couple when booked by Dec. 15, 2017.
  • Select May sailings of Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness offer free airfare when booked by Dec. 30, 2017.
  • Select April and May Treasures of the Inside Passage departures sailing from Seattle to Alaska offer free one-way airfare when booked by Dec 31, 2017.
  • Select May and June land-based trips on the Kenai Peninsula and/or exploring Denali National Park offer a per person savings of up to $650.

Expanded Small Ship Inventory
Helping to expand the overall Alaska small ship passenger capacity is the returning 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer which features a dance floor, full bar and a new complement of adventure equipment for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. There will also be more charter options with the addition of the 8-guest Golden Eagle and its Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise to the Alaska Charters inventory. These small ships join the popular 100-guest National Geographic Quest whose inaugural 2017 Alaska voyages sold out. Her sister ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Venture, is under construction and currently scheduled to sail Alaskan waters in 2018. AdventureSmith Explorations will release further news on the Venture as her cabins become available for booking.

More Ways to Explore Glacier Bay
New Glacier Bay National Park permit allocations opened the door for AdventureSmith Explorations and its partners to create for 2018 more itineraries exploring the park.

  • The new 8-day Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer spends three days exploring the park.
  • A new 15-day Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise between Seattle and Juneau (northbound in spring, southbound in fall) allocates one full day inside Glacier Bay. The selection of small ships for this cruise ranges from 36 to 88 guests.
  • The 8-guest Westward spends four days in the park on a special 10-day alternative itinerary round-trip from Juneau on May 19, 2018.
  • A new 11-day Alaska’s Frontier & Wilderness Quest itinerary aboard the 74-guest Chichagof Dream on June 3 and June 13, 2018, extends the classic Glacier Bay & Island Adventure journey to include two days in Glacier Bay and includes excursions north up the Lynn Canal to Skagway and down the Inside Passage south to Wrangell.
  • A new 18-day Great National Parks of Alaska journey by sea and land explores Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali national parks via the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and wilderness lodges. The first of the 13 departures is set for May 26, 2018, and the season’s final is Aug. 18, 2018.

More Multisport Options
Small ships have always been base camps for adventure, but AdventureSmith Explorations is reporting even more adventure options on board, and ashore, for the coming 2018 cruise season. A new 8-day Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers itinerary aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour or the 88-guest replica steamer S.S. Legacy includes river rafting and biking in Haines. The S.S. Legacy has been newly outfitted with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and skiffs. A new 9-day Alaska Yacht: Bears, Bergs & Bushwhacking aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest offers guests the included activities of flightseeing or charter fishing in Petersburg before they embark the ship.

For a full listing of all the various adventure options in Alaska, by sea and by land, see: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/alaska. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide including itineraries, availability and reservations, please call 1-877-620-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

Silversea Cruises is introducing a new 2018 Couture Collection

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Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is introducing a new 2018 Couture Collection, an exclusive series of ocean and land adventures custom-designed for the world’s most discerning travellers.  The inaugural 2018 Couture Collection is an inspired portfolio of nine pre- and post-cruise luxury land programmes of five to 11 days, offering authentic and immersive travel experiences in the most remote and untouched regions of the Earth.

Silversea’s own experience architects, drawing on the best itinerary expertise and global knowledge, have custom-crafted each element of the 2018 Couture Collection down to the smallest details. Silversea’s experts designed the inaugural collection with inspiration from Silversea guests; a survey of North American travellers explored guests’ “dream destinations” and most sought-after cultural experiences. 

The pre- and post-cruise Couture Collection includes exclusive amenities ranging from private helicopter service in Mongolia to vintage rail in India and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Prices average £27,500 per guest for each five- to eleven-day adventure, with the 11-day South Pole itinerary leading the collection starting at £62,500 per guest.    

The Couture Collection programmes are limited to small groups and include most meals, beverages and exclusive culinary events. Guests enjoy inclusive luxury accommodation at renowned boutique hotels, lodges and private tents specifically built for these experiences. Each bespoke adventure is fully escorted. Each programme provides a perfect extension to select Silversea cruises, creating an unrivaled luxury travel experience, deeper on land.

Conrad Combrink, VP Product Development Expeditions and Experiences hand crafted each of these expeditions under the watchful eye of Silversea’s Executive Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.

Following is a snapshot of the all-new Couture Collection programmes:

Rwanda & Serengeti: Walking in the Footsteps of Giants — Come face-to-face with the power and beauty that is Africa. Explore the lush rain forests of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park while looking for the majestic mountain gorilla in an exclusive two-day trekking experience. Go on a game drive seeking the Big Five from a custom 4×4 in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for its amazing annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. Eight days from £20,000; departures on Nov. 20 or 27; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Nov. 16 or 27.

White Desert & South Pole: Standing on the Bottom of the Earth — No place on Earth can compare to the vast white desert of Antarctica. Explore spectacular ice caves and tunnels. Climb a glacial island. Photograph a remarkable colony of emperor penguins at Atka Bay. Follow in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott and be among the privileged few who have reached the South Pole. Enjoy the comforts and luxury of a stay at Whichaway Camp. Fly in and out of Antarctica on a Gulfstream business jet. Eleven days from £62,500; departure on Jan. 2; combinable with Silver Spirit’s Dec. 18, 2017 voyage.

Namibia & Rovos Rail — Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Namibia Desert at the award-winning Little Kulala Camp in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Go flightseeing over the Skeleton Coast. Marvel at Sesriem Canyon. Float above enchanting desert landscapes in a hot-air balloon. From Pretoria to Cape Town, journey in luxury aboard the iconic Rovos Rail, known as The Most Luxurious Train in the World. Savour the South African scenery from a carefully restored carriage that evokes the charms of a bygone era. Six days from £11,000; departures on Jan. 8 or Mar. 14; combinable with cruises on Silver Spirit (Jan. 15) or Silver Cloud (Mar. 21).

India: In the Path of Powerful Titans — Enjoy the luxury of private flights throughout India. Track tigers in Ranthambore wildlife reserve. Journey by vintage rail to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, where an elegant dinner includes stunning views of Mehrangarh, an impressive centuries-old fort. Witness the charms of the ancient city of Jaisalmer from the comfort of The Serai luxury camp. Explore majestic desert dunes on a jeep or camel safari, then sample delicacies at an elegant bush dinner. Six days from £30,000; departure on Oct. 23; combinable with Silver Muse’s Oct. 8 cruise.

Australia: Exploring the Unforgiving and Unforgettable Outback — Enjoy private air travel to and from Darwin to experience an authentic outback adventure at the Bullo River Station, a cattle ranch tucked in the northwest corner of Australia’s Northern Territory. Explore Aboriginal rock art galleries. Cruise up the spectacular Bullo River Gorge. Discover the amazing landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range. Swim in the jade-green natural rock pools of the Cascades. Five days from £25,500; departures on Jul. 23 or 29; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Jul. 19 or 29.

Iceland: Revealing the Legends of Fire and Ice — From thermal springs to glaciers, Iceland is a land of remarkable contrasts. Enjoy private helicopter travel to explore its most amazing wonders. Sip a champagne toast at the famous Godafoss Waterfall. During a stay at Deplar, a sheep farm turned luxury lodge, go kayaking, mountain biking, whale watching and more. Visit the bird-watching wonderland of Drangey Island. Lunch atop a glacier-capped volcano. Enter a man-made ice tunnel at Langjokull Glacier. Five days from £40,000; departures on Aug. 2 or 8; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on Jul. 27 or Aug. 8.

Tibet: Standing on the Rooftop of the World — Discover some of the most amazing and isolated places on Earth. Observe morning prayers at a Buddhist nunnery. Visit Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Witness a lively debate among monks at Sera Monastery. Unwind with a meditation class led by a monk. Picnic amid the stunning beauty of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Stroll through Norbulingka, the splendid former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. See the gigantic gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery. Five days from £11,000; departures on Oct. 7 or 14; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Sep. 28 or Oct. 14.

Mongolia: Echoes of Genghis Khan — Visit with one of the last remaining groups of reindeer herders, the Tsaatan community of Northern Mongolia. Marvel at the beauty of Lake Khuvsgul. Learn about the culture of the Kazakh people and witness their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles. At the Naadam Festival (Three Games of Men), observe an ancient spectacle of horse racing, archery and wrestling, valued as sports of strength, wisdom and courage. Six or seven days from £26,000; departures on May 2 or 10; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Apr. 25 or May 10.

Bolivia: A Short Walk onto Another Universe — Stay at the bottom of ice-capped Sajama, Bolivia’s highest peak. Explore volcanoes, hot springs and 3,000-year-old plants. Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, and stay in a unique luxury camp of geodesic dome tents. Discover the small village of Tahua, at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano, then hike to the cave of the Coquesa mummies and learn about their history. Relish stunning vistas on a drive through Los Flamencos nature reserve before indulging in the luxuries of the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa. Eight or ten days from £21,500; departures on Oct. 17 or 26; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on Oct. 15 or 26.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano di Clunières, Executive Chairman Silversea Cruises, was born in Rome, the son of the renowned entrepreneur and lawmaker Antonio Lefebvre de Clunieres di Balsorano. Lefebvre started his career working in family companies but moved swiftly to build his own companies. In 2001, he took control of Silversea Cruises, a family company and global leader in luxury cruising and became Executive Chairman.

He transformed Silversea from a cruise line with three vessels to the market leader with nine ships cruising to over 900 destinations worldwide. Further, he expanded the product range of the company by adding the Expedition fleet, quickly becoming leader in luxury expedition cruising as well. And today is adding the Couture Collection to expand our destination reach even further.

Mr. Lefebvre is a recognised leader of the global cruise Industry and has held key roles in CLIA (Cruise Line International Organisation), WTTC (World Tourism and Travel Council) and is a Member of WEF (World Economic Forum) and Aspen Institute. He is Chairman of the Monegasque Chamber of Shipping and was nominated Chevalier de L’Ordre de Saint Charles and Grimaldi by SAS Prince Albert.

Conrad Combrink: Vice President Strategic Development Expedition and Experiences is a native from Cape Town, South Africa. Within months of Silversea’s 2007 purchase of their first expedition ship, Conrad Combrink was given the responsibility for creating and coordinating many of the important aspects of the newly created Silversea Expeditions cruise programme.

Today he is in charge of developing and coordinating all Silversea Expedition itineraries, shore programmes, oversees expedition staff recruitment and regulatory compliance. Conrad also oversees all aspects of the development and delivery of the very unique Silversea Couture collection, and more recently all World Cruise and Grand voyage events and experiences.

Conrad spends a good amount of time each year travelling the globe in search for new and exciting destinations to bring to life for Silversea Expeditions and now Silversea Couture Collection.

A rich and very exciting career in the expedition cruise industry brought Conrad to Silversea. Conrad has an infectious passion for expedition travel and exploration that has taken him to all seven continents and some of the world’s most remote destinations including Antarctica, the South Pacific, Russia’s Far East, Alaska, North Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, Micronesia and Melanesia and most recently Bhutan, Nepal and Mongolia. Conrad holds a degree in tourism management.

Please visit www.silverseacouture.com for additional details on the 2018 Couture Collection.

UP TO €300 ON BOARD CREDIT WITH PONANT TO CELEBRATE CRUISE MONTH

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To celebrate Cruise Month this October, PONANT is offering passengers up to €300 of onboard credit per cabin (or €150 per person) to spend as they wish on their PONANT cruise. The offer applies to all bookings made during the month of October 2017. In addition, passengers who have booked during Cruise Month will find a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne in their cabin, as a special ‘Thank You’ from PONANT.

PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French cruise company. The fleet comprises of four luxury cruise yachts, Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, as well as a three-mast sailing vessel, Le Ponant. In 2018 and 2019, PONANT will welcome four brand new yachts with the launch of its brand new and innovative Explorers-class ships Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville et Le Dumont d’Urville. Named after famous French explorers, the ships each boast 88 cabins and 4 suites, every single one with a balcony. They will also feature the Blue Eye, the world’s first multi-sensory underwater lounge.

Passengers will be able to spend their credits in many ways, to pamper themselves in the Sothys Spas or treat themselves in the onboard shop which features many luxury brands. Credits can also be used on shore excursions.

To benefit from the offer, quote TOCLIA07 when booking*.

For more information or to book, please visit ponant.com – or call 0800 980 40 27

 *This offer does not work in conjunction with any other existing PONANT offers

 

MUNDY ADVENTURES LAUNCHES EXTRAORDINARY ‘THREE FOR TWO’ OFFER ON 15 NEW EXPEDITION CRUISE SHIPS

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Expedition cruise specialists Mundy Adventures are offering an incredible deal – book two maiden expedition voyages departing in 2018 or 2019 and get a third maiden voyage free!  For reservations call Mundy Adventures on 020 7399 7630 or visit www.mundyadventures.co.uk

Amazing things are happening in the world of expedition cruising, with an unprecedented boom in shipbuilding.  An incredible 15 new expedition ships are due to launch during 2018 and 2019, designed to travel way off the beaten track to remote destinations including Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic and the Russian Far East.

To celebrate this extraordinary embarrassment of riches, Mundy Adventures have launched a fantastic offer – book three maiden voyages on any of these 15 ships, and they will treat you to the cheapest, free of charge.

The new fleet of expedition ships feature a range of extraordinary technical innovations, as well as cool new design features and amazing toys for the most active of travellers.  Look out for more news from Mundy Adventures next month.

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK’s very first cruise specialist, with over 45 years’ experience in creating bespoke travel experiences for discerning travellers.

Terms and conditions

Applicable for those booking their first maiden voyage before 31st December 2017. Should a maiden voyage be full at the time of enquiry then the offer will be applicable to sailings within the first 3 months of launch. The cost of the FREE cruise will be credited once the third cruise has been taken.  The refund will apply to the cheapest of the free cruises booked.  The refund will cover the cruise cost only.  The refund does not apply to extras, flights, hotel stays, transfers, upgrades or onboard expenses.

Applicable to maiden voyages on the following ships:

Lindblad Expeditions                                      National Geographic Venture (2018)

Ponant                                                                        Le Lapérouse (2018)

Hurtigruten                                                                Roald Amundsen (2018)

Scenic                                                                          Scenic Eclipse (2018)

Ponant                                                                        Le Champlain (2018)

Quark Expeditions                                          World Explorer (2018/19)

Lindblad Expeditions                                      Name TBA (2019)

Oceanwide Expeditions                                 Hondius (2019)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises                                       Hanseatic Nature (2019)

Ponant                                                                        Le Bougainville (2019)

Hurtigruten                                                                Fridtjof Nansen (2019)

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises        Crystal Endeavor (2019)

Aurora Expeditions                                        Name TBA (2019)

Ponant                                                                        Le Dumant d’Urville (2019)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises                                       Hanseatic Inspiration (2019)

 

For reservations call Mundy Adventures on 020 7399 7630 or visit www.mundyadventures.co.uk

Play Canada’s Top Golf Courses on Fiddles & Stick Cruise

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Canada’s leading expedition cruise specialist One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is introducing a new golf and cruise voyage featuring six different courses around the Maritime Provinces for travellers wishing to enjoy the ultimate golf experience.  In between courses, wildlife and photography excursions have been created to explore the wonders of Canada’s East Coast, including mystical Sable Island and its wild horses.

Canada’s East Coast Golf Expedition: Fiddles and Sticks begins and ends in Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, a region which is fast becoming a premiere golf destination, attracting players from around the globe.  Golfers joining the voyage have the opportunity to play North America’s most talked about courses including, Cabot Links – also known as Canada’s most authentic and demanding of all seaside courses.

The voyage will also visit Prince Edward Island (PEI), one of the most picturesque of the three Maritime Provinces and also the smallest in both land and population.  From the air, PEI appears to be one giant golf course with its rolling greens, sand and water traps, which create an ideal terrain to house over 25 courses.  A stunningly beautiful destination to explore, PEI has something for golfers and non-golfers alike, from the sheer variety of courses in close proximity to each other, to the glorious beaches and fascinating island communities.

Les Isle-de-la-Madeleine is Quebec’s most culturally diverse destination.  Some guests choose to experience the breathtaking scenery from a zodiac, sea kayak or standup paddle board, while others opt for a land-based sightseeing option such as a guided bike excursion.  Bike tours take cyclists along gentle rolling hills to discover small, colourful villages where they meet local people, learn about their Celtic, Acadian and Mi’kmaq heritage and listen to their charming Madelinois accents.

Throughout the journey, OOE’s guests may play golf, participate in daily zodiac and wildlife viewing excursions, take guided hikes and make visits to coastal villages, all of which are included in the price of the voyage.

They also have the option of attending educational seminars given by special guest speakers and expert staff in various fields ranging from marine biology, geology and history, to photography and visual arts.  Guests savour Atlantic lobster and local seafood, dance and laugh with local fiddle players and animated storytellers, for which the Province is famous.

Before heading back to Louisbourg, Cape Breton guests experience a day excursion to the mystical Sable Island, Nova Scotia – one of the trip’s many highlights.  The island is home to the infamous wild horses as well as diverse flora, rare bird colonies and hundreds of shipwrecks – a reminder of the ill-fated journeys of many early European settlers.

To celebrate the inaugural “Fiddles and Sticks” Golf Expedition Cruise, 27 June – 4 July 2018, OOE is offering a limited time booking incentive of US$750 per person.  Prices start at US$2645 based on a triple-share cabin and include early booking incentive, green fees, accommodation and meals onboard as well as daily excursions.

For more information on Canada’s East Coast cruises visit: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/canadas-east-coast