Hurtigruten Free Flights


I had a look at the Hurtigruten website this morning and boy have they upgraded it!
It’s full of offers about the Northern Lights, Antarctica, Greenland and Spitzbergen. There are also some fascinating cruises you can do as their ships relocate from the North and South Arctic Circles each year.
The Classic Voyage along the Norwegian coastline with free flights and their Northern Lights Promise are also available. Of course you could always go in the summer and see the Midnight Sun!



Avalon Waterways’ range of river cruises during autumn offer great value, and are the perfect time to visit Europe’s incredible cities and towns by river when the crowds have disappeared, and spectacular colours provide a perfect backdrop.

Avalon’s packaged river cruises for autumn departures are as low as £1,099pp, and include a private home pick-up service, return flights, full board cruise accommodation with wine served with meals, guided excursions, overseas transfers and on board gratuities.

8 day ‘Paris to Normandy’– priced from £1,099 per person based on a 26 September 2017 departure.  Highlights include city sightseeing in Paris and Rouen plus visits to Conflans, Vernon, and Les Andelys to see the famous Monet’s house and gardens.

11 day ‘Burgundy & Provence’ – priced from £1,699 per person based on a 28 October 2017 departure. Highlights include two nights at the Le Meridien Montparnasse in Paris before a seven night cruise followed by an overnight stay in Monte Carlo.   Highlights include Nice, Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Tain l’Hermitage, Lyon, Macon, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune and Paris.

13 day ‘Rhine & Moselle’ – priced from £1,999 per person based on a 24 October 2017 departure. Highlights include city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Cologne and Luxembourg and visits to Koblenz, Berkastel, Remich, Rudesheim and Heidelberg.

8 day ‘Charms of Holland & Belgium’ – priced from £1,199 per person based on 13 or 20 October 2017 departures.   Highlights include city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Kinderijk, Willemstad, Veere, Middleburg, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.


For the full range of discounted Avalon river cruises, ring Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1801 or visit

Two Adventures Just for Women in the Galapagos


A leading travel company that specializes in women-only expeditions has teamed up with female Ecuadorian, naturalist-trained guides for two itineraries that explore on land or from the sea the Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wild Women Expeditions ( offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. Its programs in the Galapagos epitomize for owner Jennifer Haddow the importance of being part of the solutions emerging in places where tourism, among other issues, places fragile infrastructure at risk.

“We run adventure programs with highest standards in ecotourism,” says Haddow. “This includes giving back to communities and investing in conservation. Wild Women Expeditions is an Ambassador of the Galapagos Conservancy, and supports the Charles Darwin Foundation whose research and program implementation affect how people both live and visit here in harmony with this environment.”

The land-based, Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure uses small water craft to explore the distinguishing features of some of the islands that reveal the pressures of a volcanic history that led to the formation of this archipelago. Guests hike to a volcano rim, kayak to beaches of docile sea lions, snorkel through fantasy worlds of colorful fish swarming a lava cone, and even while stand up paddle boarding bear witness to a bizarre birdlife that remains unafraid of humans, even after being the subjects of attention to throngs of curious passers-by. While hiking to the spot where Darwin’s HMS Beagle landed in 1835, the guide discusses Darwin’s theories and findings from his five-week exploration of the islands. On another day, a six-mile roundtrip hike leads up Sierra Negra, an active volcano with the second largest (6.5 mile span) caldera in the world where birdlife is abundant.

The per person, double rate is from $5,495 for this 10-day Multisport vacation with dates of Nov. 11-20, 2017, and Nov. 10-19, 2018. Included are domestic flights from Quito, Ecuador, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos and Quito return from Baltra, plus related airport transfers; national park and transit control taxes and documentation; three nights camping on Galapagos Islands; six nights double occupancy in hotels; ground transportation and private group transfer by motorized boats between islands; all meals from beginning of program to end including a dinner with a local fishing family; four days of sea kayaking and wildlife viewing; one-day hike of Volcan Sierra; all gear and equipment related to programs including kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkeling excursions; and the expertise of English-speaking naturalist guides; Alejandra Mosquera and Africa Berdonoes.

Born and raised in Quito, Alejandra Mosquera started guiding in 2004 and now divides her time between guiding and parenting. See:

Africa Berdonoes grew up in the Galapgos islands, scuba diving since age12 and later becoming a Dive Master and guide. She once crossed the Pacific Ocean in a traditional Polynesian canoe, powered by wind and guided by stars. She holds an advanced degree in Protected Area Management. She believes the Galapagos can one day be an example of humans living in harmony with nature. See:

The cruise-based Galápagos Islands Eco-Yacht Adventure utilizes the M/V Eric a hybrid solar-powered vessel which incorporates some of the best conservation-focused technology in the world and sets the bar for environmental sensitivity for ships in the Galapagos.  In accordance with Galapagos National Park protocol, M/V Eric’s route ventures through the islands on routes proscribed to minimize environmental impact. Twenty privileged guests travel aboard this luxury yacht enroute to bold discovery and quiet revelation while walking stretches of land that serve as nesting sites for clusters of fearless, air-born creatures or snorkeling and swimming alongside a friendly sea lion or following the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hole or watching colorful crabs crawling along the shoreline. A visit to Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station) helps connect these experiential dots.

The per person, double rate for this eight-day Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2017, adventure on this solar-powered yacht is from $5,295. The rate includes roundtrip domestic flights from Quito to San Cristobal and related airport transfers; single, double or triple-berth accommodation for seven nights aboard M/V Eric; national park and transit control taxes and documentation; all meals aboard; complimentary use of wet suits and snorkeling gear and excursion and activities-related equipment such as sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards; guided hiking and Zodiac excursions; and the expertise of English-speaking naturalist guides; Malena Cruz and Gaby Espinoza.

Magdalena “Malena” Cruz enjoys sharing her knowledge of sea currents, geology and the marine reserve. She studied to be a Tourism Professional Guide at the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador. When not guiding, she manages her family’s hotel on San Cristobal. See:

Maria “Gaby” Espinoza holds degrees in science education from the University Estatal Guayaquil. Fluent in English and German, she became a naturalist guide in 1990. Conservation is her passion. See:

For more information on both itineraries please see: For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email or visit online at

Scenic launches 2018/19 luxury Southeast Asia river cruise brochure


Scenic has released its full brochure for 2018/19 Southeast Asia river cruising, jam-packed with exotic itineraries cruising down the iconic waterways of the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.

Across all of their 6 Southeast Asian itineraries, exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences will take guests to the cultural heart of Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Enjoy a private gala dinner in an Angkor temple, receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda or, experience a traditional lunch at the home of a local Intha family at Inle Lake. Scenic’s exclusive Enrich events complement a raft of included award winning Freechoice excursions.

New for 2018/19 is a 24-day cruise and tour which takes guests beyond the tourist trail as they visit the very best of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. As well as a new itinerary, Scenic has launch 3 new extensions giving guests the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Mai Chau Eco Lodge, the charming mountain town of Sapa or a train ride aboard the famous Eastern & Oriental Express.

Scenic’s signature all-inclusive approach means guests will experience true luxury whilst on board, with a choice of fine dining venues, the largest suites on the Mekong, all with private balcony, a butler service, complimentary drinks, exclusive and award winning excursions and all tipping, gratuities and porterage included in the price.

Scenic are rewarding guests for booking early onto their 2018/19 Southeast Asia cruises, with a free one-way Business Class Flight Upgrade offer when they book before 16th October 2017. Guests can book today by calling 0808 163 6823.

 The 2018/19 Southeast Asia River Cruising brochure is out now.


Treat a loved one to a half price cruise with Celebrity Cruises


Treat a loved one to a half price cruise with Celebrity Cruises

Treat a loved one to a perfect Mediterranean getaway with Celebrity Cruises (, 0800 441 4054) and pay just half price for their stay. A nine-night Greek Isle cruise in an Ocean View stateroom aboard Celebrity Constellation is £1,780 for the first guest, with the second guest paying just £890 and return flights from £390 per person. Both guests will each receive a free Classic Drinks Package worth $55 a day – that’s almost $1000 in added extras per stateroom.

Departing Venice and calling at Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Athens, Santorini, and Katakolon the nine-night great value cruise aboard the modern luxury ship is the perfect way to enjoy spectacular sunsets, romantic strolls and the finest food in a different destination almost every day.

Price includes half price accommodation for second guest, a free Classic Drinks Package for each guest worth $55 a day, including unlimited house wines, beers, spirits and cocktails, return flights from Heathrow airport, transfers and a nine-night cruise departing Venice (Italy) before visiting Dubrovnik (Croatia) for two days, Mykonos (Greece), Athens – Piraeus (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Katakolon (Greece) before returning to Venice for the flight home; meals and entertainment on-board the ship and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

Price is based on a 7 June 2018 departure.

Book between 1 September and 14 November 2017 to take advantage of a host of offers from Celebrity Cruises on selected 2017/18 cruise holidays including half price offers for second guests, savings of up to £900 and free Classic Drinks Packages.

For more information or to book, call 0800 441 4054, visit  or talk to your travel agent

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launches new ‘Free All-Inclusive for 2018’ promotion



Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be launching a ‘Free All-Inclusive for 2018’ promotion on all new bookings made between 6th September and 18th October 2017 inclusive, on 50 selected sailings in 2018. This complimentary drinks package gives Fred. Olsen guests the chance to take advantage of a wide range of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks on board, all day, every day, all within the cruise price!

Examples of the 2018 itineraries applicable for Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Free All-Inclusive for 2018’ promotion are as follows:

Black Watch’s eight-night W1807 ‘Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers’ cruise (adult-only), ex Liverpool on 26th April 2018. Prices start from £899 per person.

Capture classic Norwegian scenery as ‘Black Watch’ sails to a collection of wonderful destinations in the stunning fjordland: from the quaint, remote villages of Flåm and Olden, to the historic city of Bergen. Take in dramatic valleys, glistening glaciers and cascading waterfalls, tucked away within breathtaking, size-restricted waterways, such as the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord.

For further information: See ‘Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers’

 – Braemar’s eight-night M1812 ‘Scenic Fjords & Waterfalls of Norway’ cruise, ex Southampton on 16th May 2018. Prices start from £949 per person.

 Uncover a plethora of scenic delights and inspirational experiences, as ‘Braemar’ diverts from the well-travelled coastal routes into spectacular, size-restricted waterways, charming fjord villages and vibrant cities. Highlights include scenic cruising of UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord and the Karmsund Strait, and calls into historic Bergen, idyllic Flåm – for the chance to ride the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway – and picturesque Olden. 

 For further information: See ‘Scenic Fjords & Waterfalls of Norway’

Balmoral’s nine-night L1814 ‘German Waterways’ cruise, ex Edinburgh (Rosyth) on 31st May 2018. Prices start from £1,099 per person.

Join ‘Balmoral’ and discover a host of delights on a cultural German jaunt, combining calls into four enticing destinations and daytime scenic cruising of picturesque, size-restricted waterways. Sandwiched between extended stays in Bremen and historic Hamburg are chances to explore the fascinating maritime history of Kiel; bask in the seasonal warmth of Warnemünde; and enjoy stunning views as the ship sails along the Kiel Canal, the Weser River and the River Elbe. 

For further information: See ‘German Waterways’

Boudicca’s seven-night D1813 ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’ cruise, ex Dover on 13th July 2018.

Prices start from £999 per person.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view, as ‘Boudicca’ glides into the scenic fjords of Norway on this memorable Summer getaway. Experience stunning Hardangerfjord, size-restricted Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord; as well as Jøsenfjord and Erfjord, which feature on a Fred. Olsen itinerary for the first time. Ashore, there is much to see and do during calls to Rosendal, Flåm and Bergen. 

 For further information: See ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’

All prices listed are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.

Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Free All-Inclusive for 2018’ promotion has been introduced to support the release of two new promotional brochures: ‘Balmoral from the north’, showcasing a great choice of sailings from Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth) in 2018; and ‘Discover the Norwegian Fjords’, highlighting a range of attractive scenic sailings to Fred. Olsen’s historic homeland, of varying durations, next year.

 For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm), or see an ABTA travel agent.

Variety Cruises adds three new yachts to Cuba Cruises


Variety Cruises have deployed a third vessel to Cuba this winter. So you now have an incredible choice of how you journey around this beautiful and historic island.
Hidden from tourists for many years Cuba’s recent rapprochement with the USA means the floodgates have opened for mass package travel – which most experts think may spoil the island’s amazing natural beauty, unique social history and (currently) primitive charm and culture within a few short seasons.
You could of course fly there and see it on a road trip – but given Cuba’s road network and internal transport system a cruise around the coast is far and away the best option to see as much as possible in a short 7-day visit that reaches the part most tourists never get to see.

Stop imagining it, call  0208 324 3117 and make it reality and book your Cuban cruise!