Veloso Tours ‘Expedition Cruising in South America’ brochure

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Veloso Tours, is pleased to announce the launch of their comprehensive ‘Expedition Cruising in South America’ brochure. With 18 years of experience operating to Latin America, Veloso Tours offers an unparalleled level of expertise and knowledge to ensure your holiday is a truly memorable and authentic experience. Veloso Tours will create the perfect cruise and tour itinerary that meets your exact requirements.

Their comprehensive brochure showcases the best expedition cruising available in South America, including: a wide choice of cruises in the Galapagos Islands to suit every need and budget; the best Amazon River Cruises including the luxurious Aria Amazon (see picture) sailing the Amazon in Peru; coastal cruises exploring the awe-inspiring Chilean fjords, glaciers and Cape Horn; and a trip of a lifetime cruising to Antarctica.

Don’t miss out. Call Veloso Tours on 0208 762 0616 or visit their website www.veloso.com

Silversea will celebrate 10 years of Luxury Expedition Cruising in June 2018

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Silversea will celebrate 10 years of Luxury Expedition Cruising in June 2018. Since becoming the world’s first luxury cruise line to launch a range of expedition voyages in 2008, Silversea has paved the way in this fast-growing and unique sector of the cruise market with pioneering itineraries, expert expedition teams and a fleet of deluxe, intimate ships.

The latest destination to be announced by Silversea is the Philippines; here, guests will have a chance to snorkel with whale sharks, visit rice terraces, and explore the country’s beautiful landscape in a jeep. Guests of Silversea can expect plenty of new, unique destinations to come.    Silversea Expeditions offers guests a comfortable, intimate and convivial on-board lifestyle where they can feel at home as they explore secluded realms. They will enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited free Wi-Fi.

Expeditions available to the Galapagos Islands include:
8830 – Baltra to San Cristobal (28/07/18 for 7 days) from £5,200
8839 – San Cristobal to Baltra (29/09/18 for 7 days) from £5,500
8846 – Baltra to San Cristobal (17/11/18 for 7 days) from £6,900

Expeditions available to Antarctica begin and conclude in Ushuaia:
1826 – 22/11/18 for 10 days from £10,200
1828 – 12/12/18 for 10 days from £9,800
7825 – 17/12/18 for 18 days from £19,600

Find out more information about the Explorer’s Collection: https://www.silversea.com/explorer-collection.html

One Ocean Expeditions remote destinations in 2019.

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Best known for its small-ship expedition cruises in the polar regions, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) has announced that it will be venturing in to yet more of the world’s remote destinations in 2019. The announcement comes in the wake of the expansion of the company’s fleet in this, its 10th anniversary year, to include RCGS Resolute, a purpose-built expedition vessel ideally suited for exploring these remote and historically rich regions.

 

First RCGS Resolute Non-Polar Expedition Heads to Chilean Fjords, 31 March – 13 April 2019

 

Central America Adventure – Costa Rica & the Panama Canal, 23 April – 2 May 2019 

Central America Explorer – Panama to Mexico, 2 – 11 May 2019

Scotland, the Faroe Islands & Iceland12 – 23 June 2019, Edinburgh to Reykjavik

RCGS Resolute provides the highest standard of expedition cruise accommodation to just 146 passengers, with an impressive staff to guest ratio of 1:4. Facilities include a wellness centre, yoga sessions, gymnasium and saltwater pool, plus panoramic outdoor viewing decks and an enhanced adventure concierge service, ensuring that every guest has the most personal, tailored experience possible. Guests have access to stand-up paddle boards, sea kayaks, snorkels and zodiac excursions, plus the cruise specialist’s trademark guides who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every voyage.

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

SCENIC ECLIPSE REVEALS NEW DESTINATION VOYAGES FOR 6 STAR FLEET

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Scenic has launched its 2019/2020 season for Scenic Eclipse with a new brochure release featuring exciting NEW destinations and itineraries for the expanded Scenic Eclipse fleet, including

  • 21-day voyage across the indomitable Northwest Passage. PLUS new itineraries navigating the eastern coast of Canada and the USA, a voyage through the White Sea, and an unforgettable journey through the Chilean Fjords and around Cape Horn
  • 26 new itineraries added to the voyage calendar – the 2019/20 season will see Scenic’s fleet of innovative 6-star luxury Discovery Yachts cruise to all corners of the globe
  • NEW Ultimate Cruises – ranging from 18 to 33 day options these cruises are longer than the average voyage and allow guests time to really discover a region PLUS all Ultimate Cruise bookings come with the option of a FREE 20-minute helicopter or submarine excursion

Also, NEW for the 2019/20 season, all cruises now come with a pre-departure hotel night included as standard, so guests can arrive in their departure city and relax in a local luxury hotel before boarding Scenic Eclipse and beginning their adventure the following day.

Marking the release of the new itineraries, Scenic is offering a range of special offers available for a limited time only, including

  • Early Bird Fares*
  • Free Private Door to Door Chauffeur Transfers**
    Book and pay for any Scenic Eclipse cruise before 31 October 2018 and enjoy an Early Payment Discount of up to £500 per person***

Scenic has also introduced new summer departures of its popular Antarctica in Depth cruise, as well as an additional departure for its Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands itinerary.

In the Americas, Scenic Eclipse will have three new cruises to discover the Canadian maritimes and the east coast of the USA. Scenic is also pleased to announce the return of its popular cruises to Cuba, the Caribbean and down the coastline of South America, which include a transit of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal.

 A popular destination with cruisers, Scenic is also offering an expanded range of Mediterranean itineraries, which will be followed by a selection of unique Baltic voyages to discover the culture, history and diversity of the eight nations bordering the Baltic Sea.

The new Scenic Eclipse 2019/2020 brochure is available at https://www.scenic.co.uk/ocean-cruise/scenic-eclipse-2018-2019-collection

G Adventures releases early booking incentive for 2019 polar tours.

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G Adventures has released an early booking incentive for 2019 polar tours. Targeting travellers looking to visit the polar realms, the early booking option offers savings up to 15% on departures when booked before 7th May 2018. Set to run across select Norway and Arctic Expedition departures, the offer will run in tandem with 2018 pricing, allowing travellers the potential to save up to £900 on select tours.

Save up to 15% on Norway Expeditions:

 Cruise the Norwegian Fjords in Depth – Tromsø to Bergen

11 days Tromsø to Bergen

Ideal for those big on adventure but short on time, this 11-day tour takes travellers on a journey along the magical coastline of the Norwegian Sea. Here, they will experience close up encounters with glaciers and fjordscapes aboard the G Expedition. Ticking off some of Norway’s most picturesque sites, travellers will learn more about the region’s ancient history and incredible nature.

Expedition departure date: 20th May 2019

Price: £3,952 per person based on category 3 twin cabin

Saving: £697

Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords – Edinburgh to Tromsø

14 days, Edinburgh to Tromsø

For those with a little more time, this 14-day journey provides the opportunity to go deeper into the otherworldly fjords of Norway. Travelling on the G Expedition from Scotland, across the Norwegian Sea, travellers will tick off UNESCO heritage sites such as the Standing Stones of Stennes and the mystical Ring of Brodgar, visit archaeological sites, witness the curious clash of cultures in the Shetland Islands and marvel at the stunning forests and waterfalls that line the fjords.

Expedition departure date: 7th May 2019

Price: From £4,632 per person based on category 3 twin cabin
Saving: £817

Save up to 10% on Arctic Expeditions:

Realm of the Polar Bear

8 days, Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen

As part of the Jane Goodall Collection, this eight-day Arctic tour takes travellers to the land we only dare to explore a few months a year for close-up encounters with icebergs, glaciers and some of the region’s most hard-to-spot wildlife. Exploring not only on board, but also on zodiacs and foot, accompanied by G Adventures’ experts, travellers can spot lounging seals, grazing reindeer, colonies of birds and, if they’re lucky, the infamous polar bear.

Expedition departure date: 13th and 20th June 2019, 7th, 14th, 24th and 31st July 2019

Price: £3,599 per person based on category 3 twin cabin

Saving: £400

www.gadventures.co.uk.

PONANT opens bookings for 2019 – 2020 Antarctic Cruises

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PONANT, the only French-owned cruise line offers expedition cruises to the polar regionsand has opened bookings for more than 22 departures to the Antarctic for the 2019-2020 Winter season, last week. The programme shows a selection of five different itineraries to discover the White Continent, including one brand new one.

From November 2019 to March 2020, during summer in the Southern Hemisphere, PONANT will be offering 22 cruises aboard four luxurious ships: L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Lyrial and Le Soléal. The cruise line offers passengers the opportunity to discover extraordinary landscapes and experience a unique adventure in these uninhabited lands, sailing in the wake of the great explorers.

What’s new this season:

In addition to emblematic itineraries, PONANT is drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the polar regions to introduce wonderful new offerings for this new season:

  • On The Antarctic Odyssey, a brand-new itinerary, Le Lyrial  will be sailing to the South Orkney Islands, a resurgence of the Andean Cordillera. The islands are more than 85% glaciated and are home to leopard seals and numerous penguin species.
  • For this new season it is not just one but three expeditions that will be taking passengers beyond the polar circle, at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’ South.
  • For increased convenience and peace of mind, a new premium package is available for all cruises departing from Ushuaia. It includes an overnight stay in the luxurious Arakur Resort, as well as an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Responsible luxury expeditions:

Aboard superb small-capacity vessels specially designed for expeditions, PONANT guests are able to access the most remote parts of the globe in unrivalled comfort and service. The expedition cruises to the polar regions provide many opportunities for landings in Zodiac® dinghies with expert naturalist-guides, in order to get as close as possible to the unspoiled natural surroundings, always with the utmost respect for the environment.

 

With more than 20 years’ experience in these remote regions, PONANT considers environment protection to be one of its highest priorities. The cruise line carefully considers its itineraries, educates passengers and crew, and is an executive member of the IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). The mission of the IAATO is to promote responsible tourism in the Antarctic.

 

Five reasons to sail to the Antarctic aboard a PONANT ship:

  • Experience a unique adventure in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great explorers of these uninhabited lands.
  • Discover exceptional landscapes in incredible settings: glaciers, icebergs, ice floes, mountain chains … And encounter exceptional wildlife: whales, seals, penguins, fur seals, albatrosses and other seabirds.
  • Travel in total comfort: staterooms facing the sea, most of them with a private balcony; gourmet dinners created by Ducasse Conseil and paired with a selection of fine wines…
  • Set off in total peace of mind on board a fleet of four ships designed and certified for extreme regions, a company that has 20 years of experience in the polar regions, and more than 100 expert naturalist-guides.
  • Benefit from an all-inclusive price: flights to/from Buenos Aires selected by PONANT, transfers, full board, open bar and minibar on board, all lectures and Zodiac® landings with an experienced team of naturalist-guides.

For more information or to book, visit www.ponant.com or call 0800 980 4027

 

Galápagos – Lindblad Expeditions – brand-new, shorter itineraries.  

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Galápagos is a bucket list destination for many travelers, but not everyone has the luxury of time to commit to an extended voyage. Now for the first time in Lindblad Expeditions’ 50+ years of bringing citizen explorers there, they are offering brand-new, shorter itineraries.

The new Wild Galápagos Escape packs a ton of activities into one exhilarating week to discover the wonders and wildlife of this magical place, with departures on Saturday and Thursday.  Set aboard the newly refurbished 48-guest National Geographic Islander, the expedition features 5 days in the archipelago exploring the islands, with one night pre-voyage in Guayaquil, and the option of another night post voyage at no additional charge. With multiple adventures each day on land and undersea—including options for walks and hikes, kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling—guests will enjoy the full Lindblad-National Geographic Galápagos cruise experience on these shorter expeditions with five days exploring the archipelago.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, will join the first two Wild Galápagos Escape voyages as special guest speaker.  Named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet,” Sylvia is former chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and founder of SEAlliance, which partnered with National Geographic on Mission Blue to further global initiatives aimed at restoring health and productivity to the ocean. She will join the November 24 and 29, 2018 voyages.

The other departures for Wild Galápagos Escape include April 27; May 2, 11, 16; August 31; September 5, 14, 19, and October 31, 2019.  Rates begin at $5,450 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabins.

Guests can also experience the best of Galápagos and Machu Picchu in nine action-packed days on Lindblad’s new Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape. Starting in Lima on a Saturday night, stay two nights in the Sacred Valley, enjoy fabled Machu Picchu and see Cusco, imperial capital of the Inca. Journey to Galápagos for a five-day voyage aboard National Geographic Islander, with multiple adventures every day on land and undersea—returning home on Sunday. Departures are December 1, 2018; May 4 & 18, September 7 & 14, November 2, 2019. Rates begin at $6,250 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.  

Lindblad is providing complimentary roundtrip charter flights from Ecuador to Galápagos for guests that book Wild Galápagos Escape or Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape on the above noted departures.

Other Galápagos news for 2018 & 2019:

  • Hotel del Parque:  Guests booked on National Geographic Islander will stay at the Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil, an elegant boutique hotel set along the banks of the Río Daule.  Housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens, it is a fitting retreat to an expedition aboard the yacht-scaled National Geographic Islander. Guests can enjoy after-hours access to the Parque’s botanical and zoological exhibits; the Museo del Cacao y del Chocolate; the cobble streets lined with colorful, historic buildings; and the verdant grounds, where the chatter of macaws and spider monkeys replace the sounds of a busy port city. With just 44 beautifully appointed rooms, two courtyards, a 19th-century chapel, and a gourmet café facing the river, this serene tropical refuge will elevate guests’ Galápagos experience.
  • Free Round Trip Air:  Lindblad is offering free roundtrip air from Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador for guests traveling aboard National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II on select departures on the longer 10-day expeditions through Dec. 2018.  Guests can also opt for an upgrade to Business Class for $500 on Miami/Guayaquil flights on select departures. Both offers are subject to availability and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions.
  • Complimentary Bar Tab and WiFi time: New for 2019 aboard any Lindblad voyage in Galápagos, guests will receive complimentary bar (excluding certain premium brands) and an hour of free Wifi a day per person.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com