Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic partners with world renowned ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar to explore unique rhythms of its destinations

They say music is a window to the soul.  And at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, that goes for the soul of an entire culture, thanks to a series of music adventures on select itineraries that offer guests rare insight into the music and musical influences of some of the world’s most fascinating places. “I think most everyone is to some degree a music lover,” said Ralph Hammelbacher, Lindblad’s Vice President of Expedition Development. “Music and musical performances give …

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MSC Splendida, Day 6: Tunis

ABOARD THE MSC SPLENDIDA-To visit the most exotic country on our cruise -– Tunisia, North Africa – required that we give a “Visitors Embarking Card” and for the first time, show our passports, to the local port authorities as we left the ship this morning. Our tour choice: a historical and cultural look at the area, which began by driving through La Goulette, the fishing village where we docked. A lot of Italians and Maltese make their …

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Gorilla tracking expedition added to Crystal’s roster of overnight African adventures in 2014

Locking eyes with an almost-500 pound silverback mountain gorilla, with just a few feet of African forest standing in between, travelers participating in Crystal Cruises’ newest Overland Adventure may share a scene few on earth will ever see.  With just 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, and only a handful of active guests permitted on the excursion, Crystal’s new “Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience” is an ultimate bucket list trip.  The five-night journey is only available …

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Endangered black rhino conservation is newest “Boutique Adventure” on Crystal African Voyage

Flying in a helicopter high above South Africa’s lush Maputaland, one can’t help but marvel at the black rhino – classified as “critically endangered” – resting below.  Crystal Cruises’ newest Boutique Adventure promises an ultra-intimate and exclusive, hands-on “Rhino Conservation Experience” in Africa, with tales to tell afterward that could rival any Ernest Hemingway novel.  Offered with Crystal Serenity’s March 10 voyage from Singapore to Cape Town, the excursion makes guests a part of the vital local …

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Safari, anyone? Look to AmaWaterways in 2012.

In conjunction with its tenth anniversary in 2012, AmaWaterways will introduce a new destination to its cruise lineup- Africa.  The new safari cruise, “Afica Safaris and Wildlife Cruise” will include a four-night cruise aboard the elegant MS Zambezi Queen,  specifically designed for wildlife viewing on the Chobe River.  The ship will travel along its banks to view the plethora of wildlife on this beautiful continent, and professional guides will lead daily wildlife excursions, offering the opportunity to …

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