Monday, March 26, 2018

Antarctic cruising with Peregrine

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Small ship expedition voyages: Antarctic Peninsula • South Georgia • Falkland Islands

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The far icy reaches of our planet are no longer out of reach. You can visit the rugged wilderness areas of Antarctica, The Falklands and South Georgia where sightings of seals, penguins and whales are daily occurrences, and majestic icebergs often form the backdrop for your adventure.

The Antarctic is an immense wilderness region, where we are at the mercy of the wind, the ocean and the ice – conditions that can change rapidly and dramatically. We cannot survive alone in these icy extremes, but Peregrine's state-of-the-art expedition ships and experienced captains will take you deep into the polar regions in comfort and safety.

Peregrine's expedition ships unlock a miraculous, forbidden world where animals have no fear of man; where the din of a hundred thousand penguins drowns conversation; and where whales show as much curiosity in the behaviour of humans as we do in theirs.

On all voyages your time off the ship will be optimised, as once in a lifetime experiences ensure you have the very best opportunities to explore and to get excellent value. Peregrine takes the time to get under the skin of a destination. Seeing the famous landmarks and wildlife is a must, but exploring it with a passionate expert on foot or finding a quiet spot on the ship to enjoy the majesty of the surrounds in solitude are moments that will leave a lasting impression.

All Peregrine polar adventures have world-leading expedition staff, ship captains and crew who draw on their experience from hundreds of voyages.

Peregrine aims to set the industry benchmarks for minimum environmental impact and the most stringent safety practices. Operating within these guidelines, Peregrine will guide your polar experience while, at the same time, allowing you the choice and flexibility to see the polar regions in your own style.

Using the expedition ships as floating bases, you can choose the style of voyage that suits you.

Embrace the Spirit of Adventure on a journey to the end of the earth



Thursday, March 22, 2018

PONANT Antarctic voyages 2019 - 2020 released today

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PONANT, has opened bookings for more than 22 departures to the Antarctic for the 2019-2020 season.

A selection of five itineraries to discover the White Continent, including 1 that is all new.

Between November 2019 and March 2020, PONANT has 22 cruises aboard 4 of its modern luxurious expedition ships: L'Austral, Le Boréal, Le Lyrial and Le Soléal; each voyage offering just 200 guests on each ship the opportunity to discover extraordinary landscapes and experience a unique adventure, sailing in the wake of the great explorers of these uninhabited lands.

A new season with several new offerings
In addition to established 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, an extension of the Andean Cordillera. These islands, more than 85% glaciated, 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 PONANT guests 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 limited-capacity vessels specially designed for expeditions, PONANT guests access the most remote parts of the globe in conditions offering unrivalled standards of comfort and service. These expedition cruises to the polar regions provide many opportunities for landings ashore from Zodiac® dinghies in the company of expert naturalist-guides, in order to get as close as possible to the unspoiled natural surroundings, always with the utmost respect for this precious environment.

 Photo credits: © PONANT Studio – Nathalie Michel © PONANT Studio – Lorraine Turci*

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.




5 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 an incredible setting: glaciers, icebergs, ice floes, mountain chains ... And encounter exceptional wildlife: whales, seals, penguins, fur seals, albatrosses and other seabirds.
  • Travel in the total comfort that is PONANT's hallmark: staterooms facing the sea, most equipped with a private balcony; gastronomic dinners elaborated by Ducasse Conseil and paired with a selection of wines...
  • Set off with total peace of mind thanks to the experience of the global leader in Antarctic cruises: a fleet of 4 ships designed and certified for extreme regions, 20 years of experience in the polar regions, and more than 100 expert naturalist-guides. 
  • Benefit from charter flights from/to Buenos Aires to/from Ushuaia, transfers, full board, open bar and minibar on board, all lectures and Zodiac® landings with an experienced team of naturalist- guides.

 
EMBLEMATIC AND BRAND-NEW ITINERARIES IN THE ANTARCTIC
VOYAGE EXAMPLES:

The Antarctic Peninsula
Emblematic Antarctica, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
11 days/10 nights, 12 departures possible starting from 24 November 2019. Prices from $13,150* in a Superior Stateroom

The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula
The Great Austral Loop, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
16 days/15 nights, 2 departures possible starting from 15 November 2019. Prices from $19,460* in a Prestige Suite on Deck 4
Beyond the Polar Circle, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
17 days/16 nights, 3 departures possible starting from 15 January 2020. Prices from $21,944* in a Superior Stateroom




NEW  The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Odyssey, from Montevideo to Ushuaia
21 days/22 nights, from 19 November to 9 December 2019. Prices from $19,410* in a Superior Stateroom

The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the British Overseas Territories
From Antarctica to Africa, from Montevideo to Cape Town 22 days/21 nights, from 25 February to 17 March 2020. Prices from $11,304* in a Superior Stateroom
 
*Starting price, per person, based on double occupancy, port taxes included. This is a promotional price - the Ponant Bonus, varies according to the number of places sold for each cruise. The Bonus is likely to reduce over time, and even diappear, according to availability, without prior notice.

Details available at https://au.ponant.com/explore-antarctic
 

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS

Details of all PONANT expeditions including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at au.ponant.com
 
Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or email reservations.aus@ponant.com for bookings.



Monday, November 13, 2017

CruiseAlong 2019 Sub Antarctic Islands expedition

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An exciting expedition to the remote Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia

Imagine wandering black volcanic sand beaches on Macquarie Island, mingling with 800,000 Royal Penguins totally unconcerned by your presence. As interested in you as you are in them. Or visiting Snares Island, boasting more birdlife than that found in the entire British Isles. This is a bird watcher's (and photographer's) nirvana!

Far flung these islands may be, yet far from barren. Often referred to as 'The Galapagos of the Southern Ocean' these UNESCO World Heritage Sub Antarctic Islands throb with life. Protected by their remoteness they are breeding grounds for vast colonies of penguins, home to pods of orcas, fur seals and sea lions. "Almost half the world's albatross and penguin species reside here in a pristine environment where tourism, frankly, does not exist" observes Mick Fogg who will be heading the Expedition Team in 2019.

Along with Macquarie Island and Fiordland National Park, the Sub Antarctic Islands represent the best of the world's natural heritage, rating alongside the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, Galapagos and Mount Everest - with far fewer visitors.

Lance Mumby, Owner Manager of CruiseAlong, announcing the sales opening for the one-off 2019 voyage added "Following the 2018 sell-out voyage, I am pleased to announce that in 2019 CruiseAlong will again provide the opportunity to visit these extraordinary Sub Antarctic Islands. CruiseAlong is offering a convenient all-inclusive 17 night expedition voyage that includes flights from Australia and overnight accommodation in addition to the voyage itself."

"Departing  Dunedin 22 February 2019, explore New Zealand's fiords and the Sub Antarctic Islands onboard PONANT's brand new purpose-built luxury expedition ship Le Laperouse. To be launched in mid 2018 this small ship, with just 92 suites and staterooms, all with balconies, will provide an exceptional 'base camp' for daily activities as we explore with the specialist expedition team."

"This is no expedition 'in extremis'" continues Lance. "Luxury and creature comforts abound onboard, including an infinity-edge swimming pool, spa, lecture theatre, boutique, open bar, 24 hour room service and a world-first underwater lounge with glass windows looking out to the marine environment. Underwater microphones will pick up the sounds of dolphins and whales talking …. Imagine, having a cocktail while listening to the marine world surrounding you and seeing fish just outside."

This expedition has been designed for those to whom the essence of travel means being rewarded with rare experiences. By Zodiac, land on remote, hard to reach areas, and to observe wildlife. Enjoy each day's adventures with family, friends and other like-minded curious travellers - with the stimulation of mixing with informed, passionate speakers and knowledgeable Expedition Team members.…. all the while travelling in luxury.

Enjoy French luxury and ambiance onboard one of the world's youngest and eco-responsible fleet of ships afloat, and experience the difference modern small ship luxury expedition cruising offers.

Sub Antarctic expedition overview: 16 nights CruiseAlong Sub Antarctic Islands voyage departs Dunedin, New Zealand, 22 February 2019 bound for the famous Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and then on to The Snares and Auckland Islands and Australia's own Macquarie Island. This expedition includes Campbell, Antipodes and Bounty Islands en-route returning to Dunedin.

PRICING example

Fares from $14,990 per person twin share in a Prestige stateroom Deck 4 with a Private Balcony for the 16 night voyage Dunedin / Dunedin 22 February 2019, Le Laperouse.

Fare includes return economy class flight from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Dunedin, private transfer airport to Distinction Dunedin Hotel, overnight accommodation, transfer to Le Laperouse, accommodation onboard, all meals on board, Open Bar, 24 hour room service, expedition parka, free boot hire, outings in Zodiacs with the expedition team, onboard presentations.

Please note: This is a limited offer.

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS

Contact Lance Mumby directly at Cruise Along Pty Ltd / lance@cruisealong.com.au or 1300 662 022  to request more information or assistance.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

AdventureSmith Explorations Adds Eight More “Wows” To Expedition Cruising in Antarctica


Name one continent that conjures up the most superlatives. For starters, think coldest, highest, windiest and driest continent on the planet. You’re spot on if Antarctica comes to mind!

The preferred way to experience a plethora of additional superlative experiences in this bucket list destination is to explore Antarctica in the intimate way that only a small ship can offer. That’s where small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com
) comes in. Their suggestions for layering in the “wows” add even more excitement to cruising the White Continent.

 
1) Stand-up Paddleboard in Antarctica: Sail on the 199-guest Ocean Endeavour to experience the calming, surreal feeling of standing and gliding on the water's surface among ice floes. This is the only expedition ship currently offering stand-up paddleboarding as an optional (added-cost) adventure activity. The sport of stand-up paddleboarding, a hybrid of surfing and kayaking, provides a very personal perspective of Antarctica as you stand solo on the stable surf-style board, propelling your way forward with a single, long oar. Guides take out small groups of 10 paddleboarders in good weather conditions on calm bays and harbors.

2) Go the Fastest: Choose the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, which clocks in at up to 18 knots, for the fastest Drake Passage crossing. Or opt for an air cruise, like the Antarctica Air Cruise or Antarctic Express, to shave off the days-long crossing with one-way or round-trip flights.

 
3) Scuba Dive in Antarctica: Sail aboard the 114-guest Plancius or the 116-guest Ortelius to experience Antarctica's underwater world of marine life: kelp walls, sea snails, crabs, sea butterflies, jellyfish, sea-hedgehogs, starfish, krill and giant isopods. Fur and leopard seals and penguins abound. Dive sites are varied and may include shallow ice diving and diving along a wall, and entering the water from a beach or from the zodiac. The maximum depth is around 20 meters (60 feet). Scuba diving incurs an added cost and is for experienced divers only who are familiar with cold water diving and dry suit diving (at least 20 dives).

4) Cruise on the Smallest Ship: The 72-guest Ocean Nova, measuring 240 feet in length, is the smallest ship that AdventureSmith Explorations books for its Antarctica trips. This modern, Danish-designed vessel offers the most intimate of Antarctic experiences aboard a nimble ship.

 
5) Skinny Ski Antarctica: The 199-guest Ocean Endeavour is the only expedition ship in AdventureSmith’s catalog offering cross-country skiing as an add-on activity. Antarctica's pristine snow makes it the perfect place to Nordic ski, with penguins providing the soundtrack. Cross-country skiing is only available on select Antarctic voyages at the beginning of the season.

6) Travel with Famed Explorers and Scientists: National Geographic The White Continent and National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands expeditions offer an extensive Global Perspectives program, with scientists, artists, historians, explorers and other influentials joining their Antarctic voyages as expert guest speakers. Sailing with you are the likes of Peter Hillary, the son of Everest's Sir Edmund Hillary; archaeologist Lee Berger, one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"; Frances Ulmer, the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission; and Joe MacInnis, the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole.

 
7) Pitch a Tent in Antarctica: Imagine the ultimate quiet of a night spent sleeping outdoors in Antarctica. The exposure, the remoteness, the occasional penguin passing by your tent. Sleeping out in the elements in Antarctica calls to the more adventurous. Wildlife camping on the 7th Continent is synonymous with more intimate encounters. Many expedition ships offer this add-on to your journey. Look for options aboard Expedition (132 guests), Plancius (114 guests), Ortelius (116 guests), Sea Adventurer (117 guests), Ocean Endeavour (199 guests), Ocean Diamond (189 guests) and Hebridean Sky (114 guests).

8) Ride in a Whirlybird: See Antarctica as few do: from the sky on the Weddell Sea Emperor Penguin Voyage. This expedition uses helicopters for more than just the pretty view; three days are allotted to visit remote Emperor penguin rookeries via helicopter for a fascinating once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 
Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations, said, “Antarctica has been ‘discovered’ by mainstream travelers and is on many ‘must-do’ vacation lists. The short season matched with limited departures aboard small ships mean most cruises sail at full capacity. We suggest that travelers book nine to 12 months in advance for the best selection of cruises, cabins and activities. This also helps ensure the best price.”

The urgency to travel here now is underscored by environmental threats in addition to global warming: overfishing, invasive species, pollution, exploitation of minerals, oil and gas and even threats from too much tourism.

 
“People hear reports of declining penguin populations and icebergs the size of Rhode Island breaking off and feel a sense of urgency to see Antarctica now, before it becomes spoiled. It is our hope that industry and humanity will come together to address these issues and Antarctic conservation will take hold to prevent further degradation of the polar environment,” he continued. “It is our hope that by responsibly sending travelers to experience Antarctica in person we will create an army of advocates for its protection and the larger environmental issues that affect Antarctica and the entire planet.”

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s leading expert on small ship expeditions. 


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

World Expeditions Ultimate Antarctic adventure - offer

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Ultimate Antarctic adventure

World Expeditions is offering massive savings of up to US $7,050 per person (twin porthole) on its epic 32-day journey into the very heart of Antarctica.

Book before 3 August 2016 and save US $5,750 (quadruple porthole), US $5,950 (triple porthole) or US $7,050 (twin porthole). The offer is available for a limited time on trips departing on 13 January or 15 February 2017.

Following the path of the early explorers, this ultimate Antarctic adventure involves abundant wildlife encounters, whale sightings and a visit to the Ross Island research stations. It is one of World Expeditions' most adventurous and comprehensive itineraries.

Priced from US $19,950 per person (quad/triple porthole) to $25,700 (twin porthole). On sale until 3 August, 2016

Ph 1300 720 000. See www.worldexpeditions.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style on the Ultimate 'Flight-Seeing' Trip to Antarctica



Take off on the ultimate New Year's Eve adventure this year aboard Antarctica Flights' specially chartered Qantas 747 to one of the world's most difficult to reach destinations.

Antarctica Flights has announced bookings are now open for its unique all inclusive trip, which gives guests the opportunity to take in the vast expanse and breathtaking beauty of this frozen wilderness in just one day.

Only accessible to Australians, this special day flight over the pristine white landscape of the Earth's southernmost continent takes in the icebergs, coastal cliffs, glaciers and spectacular mountain ranges for which Antarctica is renowned.

Quality celebratory drinks plus dinner and a live on board jazz band add to the once in a lifetime excitement of the New Years Eve “Midnight Sun” flight, while expert Antarctic expeditioners are also on board to talk about the polar environment and life on the ground.

For 21 years, Antarctica Flights has taken more than 45,000 travellers on 125 flights across the Antarctic and, according to Phil Asker, Founder and Director of Antarctica Flights, the New Years Eve flight continues to attract the most interest:

“People are always looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate the New Year. Here in Australia, our close proximity means that we can actually fly to Antarctica and back in just one day. It's a once-in a lifetime experience. And what a phenomenal experience it is. Guests tell us that there is something quite special about being one of the first people in the world to welcome the New Year in daylight.

“Unlike cruises, there are no long sailing times, the cost is not prohibitive and because you are viewing Antarctica by air you get to experience its full majesty and gain an appreciation for its size. It's a great feeling to know that through our Antarctica Flights we enable more people to fulfil what is often a lifelong dream, to see this stunning continent in all its glory.”

Antarctica Flights' New Year's Eve itinerary takes approximately four hours to reach the South Magnetic Pole, descending over spectacular sea ice and icebergs and crossing the Antarctic coast near the French research base at Dumont d'Urville.

From there the aircraft flies over magnificent glaciers and ice fields before continuing to Cape Hudson and Cape Washington and the astounding Trans Antarctic Range.

Up to 19 different routes are available to take advantage of the clearest weather conditions of the day, ensuring the best possible views of the Antarctic landscape.

The 2015/16 Antarctica Flight program comprises three departures:
  • 31 December 2015 - Melbourne;
  • 7 February 2016 - Sydney; and
  • 14 February 2016 - Melbourne
There is also a flight on sale for Australia Day 2017 from Perth.

Prices begin at $1,199 for Economy Class Centre and range to $7,999 for Ice Class.

See www.antarcticaflights.com.au for further information or call Antarctica Flights on 1300 633 449.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Antarctic Cruises with Silversea Expeditions

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Venture into Antarctica with Silversea Expeditions

Explore the seldom-seen continent of Antarctica aboard Silversea Expedition's luxurious vessel, Silver Explorer, as she navigates through an array of spectacular natural wonders from sculpted icebergs and calving glaciers to native wildlife on a 10-day roundtrip voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina.

Departing on 12 December 2015, Silver Explorer cruises through the legendary Drake Passage before continuing her breathtaking adventure through the Antarctic Peninsula, where guests can expect to be in awe of the natural beauty.  Guests can watch as seabirds glide through the air currents, seals sunbathe on slow-moving ice floes and humpback and orca whales breach the surface.  With Silversea Expeditions all shore and Zodiac excursions are included enabling guests to step ashore Antarctica's vast white wilderness, walk amongst a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps visit scientific research stations.  All of these activities are guided by an expert expedition team of naturalists, ecologists and biologists.

If weather conditions permit, itineraries comprise of a number of Antarctic islands including: Aitcho Island, home to Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins; Paradise Island, renowned for its stunning scenery and Petermann Island, a geological masterpiece.  Silver Explorer then returns to Ushuaia with guests disembarking 22 December 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$15,110 in a View Suite based on double occupancy.  Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship; an outstanding expedition team of expert guides and lecturers; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com/expeditions.