PONANT Launches a New Catamaran, Spirit of Ponant, to Set Sail this Summer

Courtesy PONANT: April 9, 2024 | PONANT announces the latest addition to its fleet: the 24-meter Spirit of Ponant, whose intimate size and seafaring spirit nod to the brand’s roots in small-ship sailing. Built in France, the six-stateroom catamaran will set sail in Corsica in July 2024 before heading to the Seychelles for winter 2024. The intimate vessel will be available as a private charter for week-long voyages as well as on a per-cabin basis on select …

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Swan Hellenic Announces Completion of Record-Breaking Antarctic Season with 90% occupancy, and Releases Details of 2025-2026 “Incredible Antarctica” Cruises

Ending its near sell-out Antarctic season with a 20-night voyage from Ushuaia to Cape Town, the cultural expedition cruise pioneer announces what’s in store for explorers of the “White Continent” in 2025-2026. COURTESY SWAN HELLENIC: March 25, 2024 – Today, the ice-class Swan Hellenic cruise ship SH Vega sailed into Cape Town from Ushuaia, bringing the cultural expedition cruise pioneer’s 2023-2024 Antarctic season to a close. And a very successful season it’s been. The figures speak for …

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Part I: Epicurean Expedition Cruises: Where Food Meets Exploration

Beyond the Ice: Wildly Diverse Expedition Cruise Experiences in Different Environments Expedition vessels, renowned for their icy adventures in the Arctic, now offer a spectrum of experiences throughout the year. These ships have diversified their offerings to include cultural cruises, epicurean expeditions and discovery cruises, providing a wide array of choices to cater to various interests. CruiseCompete is currently experiencing a remarkable surge in expedition requests, boasting an impressive 24.11% uptick in inquiries from its 1.5 million …

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Part III: North Pole Excursions Aboard Expedition Ships

Hurtigruten MS Polarlys

Expedition vessels, renowned for their thrilling adventures amidst the icy terrain of the Arctic, offer unparalleled experiences. Here, we offer you a glimpse into the extraordinary adventures awaiting you on expedition cruises to the North Pole (Arctic). North Pole (Arctic): Polar Bear Sightings: The Arctic is one of the few places where you can see polar bears in their natural habitat. Expedition cruises often include opportunities for polar bear sightings, especially around Svalbard, Norway, and the Canadian …

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Part IV: South Pole ~Expeditions to Antarctic via Expedition Ship 

Embark on an Antarctic Odyssey, Prepare to be Astonished Expedition cruises are unique experiences that showcase the diversity and adventure that await travelers on expeditions to the polar regions, whether exploring the North Pole or the South Pole. Expedition vessels, renowned for their icy adventures in the Arctic, now offer a spectrum of experiences throughout the year. Among them are a diverse array of cultural and discovery cruises designed to offer educational adventures showcasing historical/cultural, naturalist and …

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Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Celebrates Keel Laying for Luminara

COURTESY Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection: Saint-Nazaire, France – Wednesday, March 6, 2024 – The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated a significant milestone with the keel-laying ceremony for its third yacht, the Luminara. The traditional ceremony took place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. As per the tradition, the first modular block of Luminara was lowered into the building dock and symbolic coins were placed within the keel for good fortune. “Luminara represents the culmination of innovative …

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Holland America Line Visits All Seven Continents and Includes an Antarctic Experience on 2026 Grand World Voyage

Holland America Line Visits All Seven Continents and Includes an Antarctic Experience on 2026 Grand World Voyage 132-day Grand World Voyage on Volendam will call 47 ports in 39 countries COURTESY Holland America Line: Seattle, Wash., Feb. 26, 2024, — Holland America Line is set to sail one of its most ambitious Grand World Voyages in 2026. The meticulously planned 132-day cruise will span all seven continents, including a special four-day Antarctic Experience. Details were announced today …

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Unveiling Tahiti’s Allure With Variety Cruises, Aboard Panorama II

Guest post, credit Nicholas Kontis for story and photos  When travelers conjure images of French Polynesia, not surprisingly, the first island to come to mind is not Tahiti but the supermodel island of Bora Bora, with its luxurious hotels like the Four Seasons Bora Bora, complete with expensive, over-the-water bungalows and unblemished panoramic views of omnipresent Mount Otemanu.  I was excited to join a seven-night sailing through the Society Islands with Variety Cruises, a Greek small-ship cruise …

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Crystal ~Alaska: Voyages for the Lover of Pure Wilderness …

“To the lover of pure wildnerness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world” So wrote the 19th-century conservationist and author John Muir, who has a mountain and glacier named after him. It’s a wilderness that can only really be explored by sea or air. There are towns, of course, like the charismatic capital of Juneau, where the Red Dog Saloon displays the pistol left behind by Wyatt Earp, and Skagway, with its Gold …

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