UnCruise Adventures new Rivers of Adventure itinerary

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With 15 years’ experience operating river cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest, UnCruise Adventures changes course to inject more outdoor adventures into the trip with a new Rivers of Adventure itinerary. The 86-guest S.S. Legacy is newly outfitted with adventure gear–kayaks, skiffs, paddle boards, custom boat launch—and an expedition team for eight departures beginning August 24, 2018.

Eight-night adventure cruises sail one-way between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington (and reverse) with one night hotel included in Portland. The ship passes through eight sets of locks and dams and diverse scenery from temperate rainforests to the rolling hills of the Palouse and high desert. The small ship adventure cruise line is offering a $250 per couple savings for guests booking their trip by May 31 for travel August through October 2018. Guests must mention promo code RASPRING18 to receive the savings.

Highlights of the itinerary include whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River, biking in the Columbia Gorge, hiking the Rowena Plateau, kayaking, swimming and a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon. Guests also tour the Bonneville Dam, Palouse Falls State Park and Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard. Expert guides share history of the Lewis and Clark journey, Nez Perce and the Oregon Trail.

Cruises start at $4,995 (before savings) and are inclusive featuring freshly-made, innovative meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise and wellness amenities such as complimentary massage. Port taxes and fees are additional. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel professional or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com

Veloso Tours – Expedition cruising in South America & Antarctica

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There are some amazing reviews of  Veloso Tours on the AITO website where 32 people out of 33 rated them as excellent.

https://www.aito.com/veloso-tours/reviews/1

An expedition cruise with Veloso tours offers a unique experience. Many of South America’s highlights – from the wildlife in the Galapagos and the vast Amazon Rainforest to Cape Horn and the glaciers of Patagonia – are truly best experienced on an expedition cruise. Visit Antarctica  or cruise down the Amazon on the Aria Amazon as you explore stunning wildlife and the diverse civilizations borne out of it.

So if you like handcrafted, bespoke personalised tours or small adventure cruises sit down grab a cup of coffee and have a look through their fascinating website.
https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/partner/184642

CRYSTAL YACHT EXPEDITION CRUISES LAUNCHES NEW ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS COLLECTION’ FOR 2019

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Crystal Esprit, the award-winning boutique yacht of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, will embark on a captivating new season of voyages through the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman and the Holy Land in October through December 2019. The seven- to 11-night sailings will cruise the Arabian Peninsula, with immersive exploration of the ancient wonders and physics-defying modern marvels in the region. Overnights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi showcase the thriving riches of modern UAE culture, while a double overnight in Aqaba, Jordan, allows for visits to the legendary Rose City of Petra and Wadi Rum.

New on the Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises roster of destinations are Doha, Qatar, where the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art and dramatic Sheikh Faisal Museum display the country’s fascinating heritage, and the excitement over the 2022 World Cup is already beginning to build; and Sokhna, Egypt, which offers Crystal guests a gateway to the remarkable pyramids of Giza, just 60 miles away from Cairo, and the soon-to-be-opened archaeological Grand Egyptian Museum.

The delightful resort town of Eilat, Israel is also featured, as well as Muscat, Oman, a quintessential icon of Arabian style and hospitality. The itineraries do not repeat and are easily combinable for comprehensive exploration of this profoundly intriguing region.

The 62-guest Crystal Esprit embarks on her new Arabian Nights Collection on 20th October 2019, with all-inclusive cruise only prices starting from £3,103 per person for a seven-night cruise round trip from Dubai.

For more information and reservations call Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises on 0207 399 7603 or visit www.crystalcruises.co.uk

 

Poseidon Expeditions New 13-Day Cruise Through British Isles Targets Birdwatchers and History Buffs Alike

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Poseidon Expeditions announces a new 13-day cruise, British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature, scheduled for May 22-June 3, 2019.

The cruise departs Plymouth on England’s southwest coast, sailing north on the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The route wraps around islands off of Scotland’s coast before concluding in Edinburgh. The intent is to explore a diversity of landscapes, wildlife and history that on most mainland visits to the UK are overlooked because accessing these islands is time-consuming. See: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/british-isles/british-isles-cruise/144/

This program is a first for Poseidon Expeditions. If booked by Nov. 1, 2018, guests receive discounts of up to 15 percent. A per person double, suite accommodation rate, with discount, is from $7,196; a per person triple rate, with discount, is $5,216. Guests travel on the recently refurbished 114-passenger Sea Spirit.

Leading a team of naturalist guides will be historian Huw Lewis-Jones. He holds a doctoral degree from Cambridge University and has served as Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum in London. Guests investigate a micro-climate (think palm trees) on the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall’s coast, moving on to puffin breeding grounds on the Skellig Islands just off of the Republic of Ireland. Here the trip becomes a feast for birdwatchers on the lookout for the northern gannet, European storm petrel, northern fulmar, Manx shearwater, black-legged kittiwake, common guillemot and razorbill. The rich waters around the islands are home to whales, dolphins and seals.

Snowdonia National Park in Wales offers some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in Britain where otters, water voles, wild ponies and rare birds such as dotterel and peregrine falcon thrive. Off of Northern Ireland’s coast is Rathlin Island, with one of Europe’s largest seabird colonies. At the West Light Seabird Centre atop a sea cliff are scenes of cavorting puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars.

Next up are Scotland’s Inner and Outer Hebrides including Iona, home of Iona Abbey, founded in 563 AD. On St. Kilda are vestiges of a population that evacuated in the 1900s because of isolation. Today hundreds of thousands of seabirds, two early types of sheep and over 130 species of flowering plants live here. The remote Flannan Islands reveal Leach’s petrel, minke and pilot whales, and several species of dolphin.

Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands, is a potpourri of centuries: a well-preserved 5000-year-old village site at Skara Brae, the ancient Ring of Brodgar within the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” and Saint Magnus Cathedral, built by 12th century Vikings.

Isle of Noss, far north in the Shetlands, displays towering sandstone cliffs weathered into horizontal ledges, perfect nesting sites for gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars.

Visitors flock to Fair Isle for the internationally renowned Fair Isle Bird Observatory, and for historic crofts, lighthouses and wildflowers. Seals are common to its bays. Bass Rock, a bastion of volcanic rock, hosts the world’s largest colony of northern gannets in the breeding season.

Sea Spirit guests enjoy the freshness of a brand-new $1 million refurbishment of all 55 guest suites (square footages up to 463) and public areas. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife. Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional kayaking and camping, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES BASECAMP CHANNEL ISLANDS

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 Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Basecamp Channel Islands, a wildness and wellness adventure in partnership with exhale Spa that will explore the seldom seen Channel Islands National Park. Part safari, part adult camp, the 5-day voyage will be set aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and will explore the alluring remoteness that has motivated people to protect these landscapes and surrounding ocean.

In keeping with Lindblad’s wellbeing programming launched in December 2017 in Baja, the active adventure is designed to blend the best of exploration, transformation, and restoration in extraordinary, revitalizing places.   And with acres of trails to walk or hike, sea caves to explore by kayak or paddleboard, undersea realms to enter, and landscapes and bird colonies to observe, the Channel Islands National Park is a spirit-lifting place to be.

Miles of ocean separate it from the Southern California mainland, and half of the park sits underwater. So being able to get there effortlessly, to move freely around the Islands leisurely and in genuine comfort – and to explore the land and undersea – is what makes this Channel Islands cruise unique. Of the 2,000 species of plants and animals within the vast National Park, one hundred forty-five exist nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, and many naturalists call them the ‘Galápagos’ of North America.

Basecamp Channel Islands will depart from the Port of Los Angeles and explore East Anacapa Island, home to Anacapa Lighthouse, the last major light station to be built on the west coast in 1912. Explore Santa Cruz, the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds – and more than 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Visit Rosa Island with Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world; and San Miguel Island with over 30,000 pinnipeds and up to five different species. On Santa Catalina Island, guests may spot the elusive Santa Cruz Island Fox found only on Catalina, or the impressive sight of the island’s largest, and definitely not endemic mammals—bison, with a free ranching afternoon to grab a bike and explore downtown Avalon, the island’s only incorporated city.

 

Rates begin at $2,490 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin for the 4-night voyages. Departures are October 17 & 24, 2018.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.

Expanded One Ocean Expeditions Canadian & Arctic 2019 Voyages

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Summer 2019 will see One Oceans Expedition’s new vessel, RCGS Resolute, embark on its inaugural northern voyages, taking guests to Canada’s East Coast and the Canadian Arctic & Greenland in style. The superior level of comfort and capability offered by RCGS Resolute means that guests will not only experience the highest standard of on board programming and expedition style cruising that OOE is best known for, but they can do so whilst enjoying exceedingly comfortable cabins on a vessel purpose built for passenger travel.

Beginning in July 2019 in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, RCGS Resolute will carry guests through Canada’s magnificent East Coast on OOE’s popular Fins & Fiddles voyages, to explore the colourful fishing ports, lively music, rich history and incredible wildlife of this spectacular region. Whilst on board, guests will have the opportunity to zodiac cruise, sea kayak, SUP, hike and cycle, whilst experiencing OOE’s 1:4 staff-to-guest ratio and unparalleled personalised attention.

RCGS Resolute will continue north during August and September 2019 to offer some of OOE’s most iconic itineraries including Labrador and Torngat Mountains National Park, followed by Canadian Arctic voyages to Baffin Island, Greenland and through the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay. With stability and style, RCGS Resolute offers guests the chance to experience the magic of these regions, along with unsurpassed access to its rugged coastline throughout these 10 and 12-night voyages.

Brand new for 2019, OOE is proud to announce the South Baffin Explorer – Art, Wildlife and Culture voyage. Sailing from Iqaluit on the 30 July 2019, this 10-night expedition not only offers the chance to explore the spectacular land and seascapes of the Canadian Arctic and encounter the outstanding bird and marine life of the region, it also takes the time to visit many of the indigenous art galleries which showcase the talents of these remote peoples, whose rich output is a major focus of this highly unique and engaging voyage.

For more information about One Ocean Expeditions: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com

Trinity House Lighthouse Sailings Cruises!

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The Trinity House flagship THV Patricia carries passengers as she completes her vital work around the coasts of England, Wales and the Channel Islands. This popular experience allows you to view her statutory duties maintaining navigational buoys and lightvessels, attending and refuelling offshore lighthouses and on occasion dealing with emergencies at sea.

Patricia has high quality accommodation for up to twelve people in six double-bedded cabins. Each is individually designed with en-suite bathrooms.

Here she is off Northumberland’s Farne Islands last week when went out to the Longstone Lighthouse on on of our boat trips.

You can find more about booking a cruise on here here.   https://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/