Experience the magic of the Murray River on board Proud Mary in July and August for HALF PRICE!



Indulge in Proud Mary’s superb, newly refurbished river view cabins, and discover the Murray River’s ecosystem at its best.

The award-winning Proud Mary caters for a maximum of only 36 passengers. Our river cruises provides the ideal environment for passengers to explore, experience, indulge and discover.

The well appointed bar, lounge and dining area provides the perfect location for indulging in the culinary delights of the resident chef, while viewing the passing Australian scenery.

This July and August, discover why our Murray River ranks with the Mississippi, Nile and Amazon for sheer beauty and diversity…. for HALF PRICE!

  • Newly refurbished river view ensuite cabins
  • All meals prepared by resident chef
  • Daily nature based shore excursion
  • Six experienced crew to cater for your every need
  • On board commentary     www.proudmary.com.au


PONANT sales for Winter 2019-2020 are now open


For Winter 2019-2020, in addition to the Antarctic itineraries that are already on sale, PONANT is opening bookings on May 24 with more than 100 departures and 27 brand-new itineraries. The only French-owned cruise line propose to its passengers new destinations like Mexico, the red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Nearly 100 departures and 32 expeditions cruises

From the pre-Columbian civilisations of the Yucatan to the most important sites of the Ancient World in the Red Sea, via the nature reserve of the Aldabra Atoll, for Winter 2019-2020 PONANT is offering nearly 100 departures in Oceania, the Indian Ocean and Asia plus the Caribbean and Latin America.

The company is doubling the number of tropical expeditions thanks to the arrival of the first four PONANT EXPLORERS: Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville. These ships have just 92 staterooms and are at the cutting edge of technology with innovative equipment for protecting the environment. In addition, these vessels will be fitted with a world first – the Blue Eye, an underwater multi-sensory lounge that allows passengers to observe the underwater world at first hand.

Brand-new itineraries at the heart of the Indian Ocean

For Winter 2019-2020, PONANT is offering a selection of 15 tropical expedition cruises, led by an experienced team of naturalist-guides.

Passengers will discover the Seychelles: visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Vallée de Mai nature reserve on Praslin Island, and Aldabra, the largest raised atoll in the world, discovering the Aride Island nature reserve, 73 hectares of colourful vegetation and more than one million birds, or the red lands of the granitic Curious Island, with the possibility of diving and snorkelling. For the very first time, thanks to a new itinerary, passengers will also have the possibility of visiting the other Vanilla Islands: Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mauritius, the Comoro Islands, and Mayotte.  ponant.com

UnCruise Adventures Announces 2019 Alaska Cruise Schedule


UnCruise Adventures released its schedule of Alaska cruises for 2019 and opens the Alaska cruise season earlier with its first adventure cruise departing on April 6. Seven small ships sail 142 departures on 11 itineraries with a new Alaska’s Glacier Country itinerary sailing roundtrip from Juneau.

From April through September, boutique yachts and expedition ships sail adventure cruises lasting one to two weeks from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Ships carry 22 to 90 guests.

In spring 2019, UnCruise will feature 24 Alaska Awakening departures in April and May and will begin spring sailings the earliest in company history. Alaska Awakening highlights the benefits of spring and encourages visiting Southeast Alaska during the driest months of the year. On every Alaska Awakening departure, an Alaska Awakening Insider theme host will share their intimate knowledge of the land with guests.

Every Alaska cruise includes adventure activities in remote wilderness—hiking, bushwhacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching. With few port calls and flexible itineraries, travelers spend the week exploring remote wilderness and searching for wildlife. Knowledgeable expedition guides lead tours and provide interpretation along the way.


New hosted departures for 2018 with Aqua Expeditions



Aqua Expeditions continues to the lead the way for eco-conscious, luxury river cruising with a difference. Its programme of 2018 hosted departures onboard the Aria Amazon offers guests a true immersion into the rich culture and traditions surrounding the Amazon, whilst highlighting the importance of preserving these regions and their communities.

Guests can explore the flavours of the Amazon with consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino; learn all about conservation from one of the best in the field, Jean-Michel Cousteau; or join founder Francesco Galli Zugaro in a discovery of his favourite spots and the birth of Aqua Expeditions. www.aquaexpeditions.com

Australis launches on-board photography expeditions for February 2019


The expedition cruise operator, Australis, will hold exclusive photography expeditions in February 2019 with award winning photographer Nori Jemil. Specialising in photographing extreme landscapes and wildlife in polar regions and Patagonia, Jemil will hold an on-board seminar and workshops as well as providing practical photography advice on excursions on two four-night itineraries: 17 February 2019 – Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and 21 February Ushuaia to Punta Arenas.  Prices for a four night cruise start from £1,720pp. Book with australis.com. This trip can be booked through travel agents and tour operators.



Friday June 8 is World Oceans Day – the global event that celebrates and honours the world’s oceans that are critical to our survival. World Oceans Day encourages people to learn about the myriad diverse habitats of our oceans and the creatures that live in them, inspiring participants to take a greater role in helping protect them. This year’s focus is ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’.

Boutique tour operator Magnetic North Travel is a firm believer that holidays have the power to transform people through developing their knowledge and experience of nature. The company’s philosophy is based on the Norwegian idea of ‘Friluftsliv’, translated literally as ‘free air living’ that inspires people to value their outdoor life through learning from traditions and seeking enjoyment in nature. In honour of World Oceans Day, Magnetic North Travel’s team of travel experts have selected their favourite eco-friendly marine wildlife tours and accommodation options in Scandinavia, the Nordics and Canada, the company’s areas of speciality.



This weekend summer expedition allows holidaymakers to discover Spitsbergen’s vast fjords, untouched mountains and unique wildlife from the deck of the romantic, three-masted wooden schooner, S/V Linden. While exploring Svalbard’s remote fjords and glaciers, guests get the chance to spot polar bears, walrus, Arctic fox and ivory gulls, as well as beluga whales. The trip includes two nights’ accommodation aboard S/V Linden and one in Basecamp Hotel, a chic accommodation inspired by Svalbard’s trappers’ legacy and decorated with driftwood, seal skins, artefacts and old photographs.
Details: Two nights’ full board on S/V Linden and one night’s B&B in Basecamp Hotel is from £1,395 per person, including tours and transfers. International flights are not included
See https://www.magneticnorthtravel.com/tour/details/Wildlife-Weekend-Expedition-Cruise-Svalbard-Spitsbergen-Linden-Schooner


Situated in the remote First Nations fishing village of Klemtu, British Columbia, Spirit Bear lodge is in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Nestled in a calm archipelago of islands and protected from the wild Pacific, the lodge offers access to wildlife including grizzly bears, humpback whales, spawning salmon, wolves, cougars and the elusive spirit bear. The lodge is a community-based ecotourism venture owned and operated by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations people that have lived in the area for generations.
Details: Four nights’ full board is from £2,995 per person, including activities such as bear spotting, and flights from Vancouver. International flights are not included



The coast of West Sweden is dotted with islands and skerries that cry out to be explored during the heady days of midsummer. The Weather Islands (also known as the Väderöarna) are home to an idyllic retreat standing alone on a granite rock island called Storö – a perfect base for outdoor adventures at sea. Explore the sunniest corner of Sweden on this kayaking trip that allows guests to paddle along the rose-hued rocky islets and watch seals sunbathe on the smooth rocks. In the evenings relax watching the sunset with some of the most amazing seafood and perhaps a sauna and a refreshing dip in the sea.
Details: One night’s B&B in Gothenburg and two nights’ half-board in the Weather Islands is from £990 per person, including kayaking equipment and two packed lunches. International flights are not included
See https://www.magneticnorthtravel.com/tour/details/weather-islands-summer-kayaking-holiday-in-west-sweden


The Great Bear Rainforest also provides the setting for this luxury cabin holiday in British Columbia. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife, including black bears, grizzly bears, whales, salmon and wolves. Tucked away at the edge of a coastal inlet within the protected rainforest area, Nimmo Bay Resort offers a luxurious retreat with access to unlimited nature and lush wilderness. From arrival by boat plane to departure day, the resort staff offer an end-to-end service, tailoring wilderness adventures to guests’ exact requirements. This holiday includes a daily menu of activities to choose from, as well as the chance to indulge in wellness options and enjoy five-star cuisine.
Details: Four nights’ all-inclusive is from £3,990 per person, including yoga classes, kayaking, boat tours, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, snorkelling, whale watching, bear watching and flights from Vancouver. International flights are not included
See https://www.magneticnorthtravel.com/tour/details/wildlife-holiday-at-nimmo-bay-resort-bc-canada


All Magnetic North Travel holidays include a 24/7 emergency line, concierge service and access to a personalised travel app containing documents as well as bespoke recommendations.
To book call 01664 400 103 or see

UnCruise Adventures new Rivers of Adventure itinerary



Picture – UnCruise Adventures

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