Winter Holiday Bookings Still Available On AdventureSmith’s Small Ship Cruises



Winter Holiday Bookings Still Available On AdventureSmith’s Small Ship Cruises; May Include Air Transfers and $800 Cabin Discounts

Cabin space is still available for the winter 2017 holiday season on small-ship cruises to such coveted destinations as Antarctica, Baja California, Costa Rica, the Galapagos and Cuba, reports AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world.

Travelers who want to maximize opportunities for wildlife encounters on land and sea can still book passage on one of three Antarctica programs inclusive of air transfers across Drake Passage. This segment of a cruise normally consumes several days of at-sea-only travel both coming and going. Popular air cruises fly guests over the often-turbulent Drake Passage, turning a two-day crossing into two hours. Following are air cruise departures with space available as of mid August. For more information and specifics on all the various itineraries offered by AdventureSmith Explorations please see Antarctica cruises.

  • If booked before Aug. 31, 2017, clients receive a 20 percent discount on a mid-December departure Dec. 15-22 of Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake. Also available are Dec. 16-23 and Dec. 20-30 departures. This eight-day itinerary is from $9,495 per person double on the 132-passenger Ocean Adventurer or the 108-passenger Island Sky.
  • Antarctica Air Cruise offers three holiday departures still with availability: Dec. 16-23, Dec. 21-28 and Dec. 22-29. This cruise is eight days from $10,995 per person double on the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 71-guest Hebridean Sky XXI.
  • Polar Circle Air Cruise picks up the holiday slack with its Jan. 1-10, 2018, departure for 10 days from $14,495 per person double aboard the 72-guest Ocean Nova.
  • There is still ample space on a non-air cruise, the 11-day Antarctic Explorer expedition, an 11-day journey from $5,995 per person double, exclusive of the air cruise benefit. Four ships carrying from 132 to 199 passengers conduct this cruise.

Baja California and Costa Rica
Two very popular, close-to-home small ship cruise destinations as of late summer have good holiday cabin availability to accommodate families and groups. Some programs include special offers. Baja cruises in late December and early January coincide with the beginning of the peak season for viewing gray whales and for snorkeling with sea lions.

  • Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez has holiday availability on Dec. 14-22 and Dec. 22-Jan. 2 departures. This is a 12-day adventure from $5,250 per person double aboard the eight-guest yacht Westward.
  • Baja’s Bounty accommodates the holidays with departures Dec. 16-23, Dec. 23-30, Dec. 30-Jan. 6 and Jan. 6-13 The Dec. 16 and Jan. 6 programs come with a bonus of $800 off on cabins booked by Sept. 30, 2017. This cruise is over eight days from $2,995 per person double aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavor.

Friendly, tropical and easy-to-access, Costa Rica is a holiday destination primed for families. Small ships provide easy, inclusive access to rain and cloud forests, tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, waterfalls and beaches. Whale watching ramps up this time of year, with the season for humpback whales running January through March. Holiday cruise options include $800 off the cabin rate and free round trip from Miami on some trips if booked by Sept. 30, 2017.

  • Unveiled Wonders: Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec. 15-23 ($800 off cabin rate), Dec. 22-30, Dec. 29-Jan. 6 and Jan. 5-13. This is a nine-day program from $4,395 per person double aboard the 62-guest Safari Voyager.
  • Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec.16-23, Dec.23-30, Dec. 30-Jan 6 and Jan. 6-13, all with free round-trip airfare from Miami. For eight days from $5,990 per person double guests enjoy the hospitality of the brand-new 100-guest National Geographic Quest.
  • Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec. 30-Jan. 6 and Jan. 6-13 aboard the 34-guest Callisto for eight days from $2,790 per person double.

In addition, numerous Costa Rica lodge-based trips have availability. Please see AdventureSmith’s Costa Rica page for more trips.

Galapagos Islands
Although the Galapagos Islands offer sailings year-round, warmer water temperatures make the region highly sought-after come December for snorkeling and swimming. As AdventureSmith’s most popular holiday destination, it’s the first to sell out. However there’s still availability on the 16-guest Seaman Journey and Sea Star Journey sister ships for four days from $2,529 per person double; on the 90-guest Santa Cruz for five days from $3,388 per person double; on the 40-guest Isabela II for five days from $3,268 and on the 48-guest La Pinta for five days from $4,136 per person double.

The Cuba by Land & Sea Cruise aboard the 46-guest mega yacht Harmony V comes with the expert team at Lindblad-National Geographic. The 11-day trip is from $9,500 per person double.

Active vacationers might also want to consider a Peru trekking adventure that pairs day hikes with nights in remote lodges. Amazon cruises are also a warm-weather option for winter travel. While they sail year-round, December and January departures come with high water season, which typically runs from November through May. During this time rivers, creeks and lakes are more navigable, as the waters are some 23 feet higher. This brings passengers closer to the canopy and wildlife.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2017-2018 reservations, please call 900-728-2875 toll-free or visit

Save 40% with Fred Olsen


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched its new ‘Warmer Cruising’ campain offering guests up to 40% off a selection of 32 tempting cruises between October 2017 and March 2018, on bookings made up to 18th October 2017 inclusive. Durations vary from 46 nights to shorter breaks of three and five nights – the perfect ‘taster’ cruise for those taking a holiday at sea for the very first time.
Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Warmer Cruising’ promotion offers great-value Winter getaways to ‘Latin America & the Caribbean’, ‘Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands’, ‘Asia, Egypt & the Med.’, ‘The Canary Islands & Portugal’, ‘Europe’, ‘Scandinavia & the Baltic’, as well as an intriguing ‘Mystery Cruise’, from the convenient regional UK departure ports of Southampton, London Tilbury, Liverpool, Dover, Harwich and Rosyth (Edinburgh).

Variety Cruises – Seychelles offers


If it seems to you that the seasons are starting to turn, that summer is gone and autumn fast upon us, then there’s only one thing to do to avoid a winter of discontent – turn your thoughts to booking your New Year cruise. And what better place than the Seychelles? Not so much heaven actually, as paradise. Variety Cruises are declaring 2018 The Year of the Turtle and starting a petition for it to be added to the Chinese Horoscope.
10% early bird discount – less shelling out for your turtle
Book for any Seychelles cruise departing after December 1st, by November 30th, and you’ll qualify for a 10% early bird discount. And don’t forget – the earlier you book the cheaper your flights are likely to be.

Here’s the link

Scenic savings of up to £1,800 per couple


Scenic have launched their brand new Scenic Choice privileges, allowing guests to choose from a range of options to enhance their 2018 European River Cruise.
For a limited time only, you can enjoy exclusive access to a range of benefits, plus savings of up to £1,800 per couple, when booked before 30 September.
As well as savings of up to £1,800 per couple across any 2018 Europe river cruise, you can also choose from one of the following privileges: –
1. Private door-to-door chauffeur driven transfers
2. Luxury pre-holiday airport hotel stay with parking at up to 15 UK airports
3. Eurostar upgrade to Business Premier Class
4. Luxury on board Spa Package
Scenic’s signature all-inclusive approach means guests can leave their wallet at home. Included in the price of all Scenic Europe river cruises are return flights from a choice of up to 15 UK airports, or a NO FLY option on selected itineraries via Eurostar and first-class rail transfers, fine dining in a choice of restaurants, all beverages, a personal butler service, WI-FI, laundry, a flexible Scenic Enrich and Freechoice excursion programme as well as all tips, taxes and port charges. 

Aurora Expeditions, is celebrating World Photo Day


Polar adventure specialist, Aurora Expeditions, is celebrating World Photo Day on Saturday, 19 August 2017 with an array of spectacular savings of up to US$1,500 per person on their up-coming photography expeditions to Antarctica and the European Arctic.

Joined by world-renowned photographers, passengers will have the opportunity to learn new photography skills and handy tips whilst discovering the best of the polar regions on a small ship expedition. From one-on-one sessions and dedicated workshops to post-production techniques and more, Aurora Expeditions’ photography guides will assist photography enthusiasts of all levels in capturing the very best of Antarctica and the Arctic’s spectacular landscapes and wildlife.

In Shackleton’s Footsteps, with Scott Portelli – This voyage will follow in the tracks of one of world’s greatest Antarctic explorers. Accompanied by the inspirational and award-laden photographer Scott Portelli, guests will wander through vast penguin colonies, search the coastline for leopard seals and whales, push through pack ice in the Weddell Sea, where Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, finally succumbed to the deep, and walk the last leg of Shackleton’s South Georgia crossing. Departing Ushuaia, Argentina on 7 March 2018, the 18-voyage starts from US$14,300 per person, including FREE photography workshops with Scott Portelli.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to US$3,000 per couple when booked by 30 September 2017. Conditions apply.

Sub-Antarctic Safari, with Scott Portelli – Specially tailored for wildlife photography enthusiasts, this voyage allows for plenty of time to exploring and photographing the rarely-visited Falkland Islands and phenomenal wildlife of South Georgia. Accompanied by one of the masters of the wildlife photography, guests will visit the world’s largest black-browed albatross colony, capture throngs of king, Magellanic and rock hopper penguins, and revel in the incredible creatures of South Georgia and cross the Scotia Sea photographing seabirds and whales. Departing Santiago (or Punta Arenas), Chile on 24 March 2018, the 15-day voyage starts from US$10,900 per person, including FREE photography workshops with Scott Portelli.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to US$3,000 per couple when booked by 30 September 2017. Conditions apply.

Jewels of the Arctic, with Michael Baynes – Venture through the European Arctic’s majestic wilderness with a highly-experienced premier league polar photographer Michael Baynes. Photographers of all interests will be in paradise, with spellbinding sights such as the ethereal beauty of Scoresby Sund’s icebergs, the mighty polar bear, exquisite, lingering pink ‘midnight sun’ sunsets and the remote, colourful village of Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland for a taste of local history and culture. Departing Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen on 19 August 2018, the 14-day voyage starts from AU$8,900 per person, including FREE photography workshops with Michael Baynes.

SPECIAL OFFER: Receive a FREE 2-night European City stopover worth AU$690 per person when booking before 30 September 2017. Conditions apply.

In-depth Antarctica & South Georgia, with Peter Eastway – Join internationally-renowned photographer and Netflix series Tales By Light’s guest photographer Peter Eastway for the ultimate photography adventure, on this one-of-a-kind early season Antarctic adventure! Spectacular iceberg formations, early season light throwing ice-clad mountains into high relief, pristine landscapes clad in fresh snow and South Georgia’s wildlife oasis including some of the world’s largest king penguin colonies, as well as haul outs of fur and elephant seals and spectacular bird life, make for an unforgettable portfolio of classic Antarctic photographs. Departing Santiago (or Punta Arenas), Chile on 1 December 2018, the 18-day voyage starts from US$14,600 per person, including FREE photography workshops with Peter Eastway.

SPECIAL OFFER: Receive an early bird discount of 15% per person when booked by 30 September 2017. Conditions apply.


For bookings or more information on Aurora Expeditions’ photography program, visit, email or call 020 7978 4543.

Free polar photography handbook – Click here and download your complimentary copy of Aurora Expeditions’ polar photography handbook and find out all you need to know about polar photography.

Watch – Get a taste of the photography experience with Aurora Expeditions, click here to watch their short film about shooting in the polar regions.

Images – click here to download images.

Exciting St Hilda Sea Adventures Changes & 2017 Special Offers


2018 will bring some very exciting developments for St. Hilda Sea Adventures from May 2018 they are operating just three miles from Oban, the gateway to the Hebridean Islands.
Secondly, they have a wonderful new cruise ‘Scottish Castles and Sheltered Sea Lochs’.
Their latest interesting news for 2017 are theirr last minute special offers.
Due to a cancellation they now have just one double en-suite available for 2017 on the six night cruise ‘The Sounds of the Hebrides’. Departure date: Sat 9th Sept 2017.
Last minute booking: For the cruise ‘St Hilda for Skye and the Small Isles’ the company are now offering a 25% last minute discount. Just three spaces left. Departure date Mon 28th Aug 2017.

Silversea offers the luxury of choice with its Silver Select promotion on 2017 voyages


Silversea is once again offering its popular Silver Select promotion giving guests three ways to further enhance a variety of extraordinary voyages.

The Silver Select promotion offers the choice between a two-category suite upgrade, 50% savings on a second suite, or a $1,000 onboard credit per suite to use for shore excursions, spa treatments, speciality restaurants and more.

Silver Select is available on 25 captivating Silversea voyages around the world including destinations as diverse as Antarctica, the Americas and Africa, departing between now and 18th December 2017. Guests can select one of three options when booking by 31st August 2017.

This special promotion includes itineraries across the Silversea fleet with opportunities to sail on the cruise line’s new flagship Silver Muse which launched in April and Silver Cloud which is due to undergo extensive refurbishment this summer to be converted into an ice-class expedition ship.

Nature lovers can get off the beaten track and explore the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands on Silversea’s intimate 100-guest Silver Galapagos. Visit the huge colonies of seabirds on Genovesa island, spot the sea lions, reef sharks and colourful parrotfish while snorkelling and learn about the archipelago’s most famous animal, the Galapagos giant tortoise.

Fans of ancient history may prefer Silver Spirit’s cruise in November, taking in world-renowned archaeological sites in Italy and the Great Pyramids of Giza during a fascinating sailing from Rome to Dubai. The 540-guest ship preserves Silversea’s signature guest-to-crew ratio and spacious accommodations for a luxurious journey of discovery.

Participating voyages in the Silver Select promotion include:

  • Voyage 6718 – Southampton, England to Montreal, 16 Days, 12th September – 28th September 2017 onboard Silver Muse from £8,600 per person based on double occupancy.
  • Voyage 1720 – Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, 16 Days, 15th November – 1st December 2017 onboard Silver Cloud Expedition from £12,000 per person based on double occupancy.
  • Voyage 5732 – Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubai, 18 Days, 15th November – 3rd December 2017 onboard Silver Spirit from £5,300 per person based on double occupancy.
  • Voyage 8741 – Baltra, Galapagos to San Cristobal, 7 Days, 18th November – 25th November 2017 onboard Silver Galapagos from £5,700 per person based on double occupancy.

The Silver Select promotion is subject to availability. For further information and terms and conditions, please visit