Strolling Cuba’s Cienfuegos, buying art, listening to music, watching children dance, making repairs with Duck Tape

Cienfuegos, Cuba-On our last day on the south coast of Cuba, my wife Fran Golden and I set out on a long walk, sandwiched by two outstanding musical programs arranged by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic — a religious and classical Cuban performance by the Cantores de Cienfuegos choir, and a classic children’s show, Cucarachita Martina. Our full afternoon walk, from the center square, Marti Park, to the yacht club harbor, was in search of conversation and a souvenir. We …

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Cruise Adventures Along the Coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Special to AllThingsCruise.com By John and Sandra Nowlan. Even the naturalists were astonished. Directly in front of the ship, at least 50 humpback whales were thrashing in the water and blowing salt spray as they herded, chased and consumed schools of capelin close to shore off the north-east coast of Newfoundland. Acadia University biologist Mark Mallory said it was the biggest concentration of whales he’d ever seen and agreed with the cruise leader that it was a …

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Fathoming the impacts of do-gooder cruises to the Caribbean

New cruise line Fathom will sail weekly from Miami to the Dominican Republic or Cuba Considering the hard labor required to pour concrete over dirt floors in rural Dominican Republic houses or to haul heavy bags for reforesting the hills, I will make other choices if I book an “impact tourism” week on the new Fathom cruise line. Volunteering to make a difference during vacation appeals to my better nature, but I don’t want to work that …

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Explore Europe with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Europe 2.0, a series of 22 weeks of carefully curated, perfectly paced one week itineraries with distinct advantages over Europe by any other means.  The notion is to slow down, not cover huge distances, with itineraries that have been designed for guests to experience each destination more actively, insightfully, exclusively and effortlessly. Europe 2.0 combines the best of independent travel with having someone thoughtfully handle the logistics and ensure unanticipated delights. Lindblad’s …

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Un-Cruise Adventures releases 2016 schedule of Alaska adventure cruises

Un-Cruise Adventures unveils its schedule of Alaska adventure cruises for 2016 with six small ships sailing 113 departures on seven itineraries. Two new cruise itineraries—Exploring Muir’s Wilderness and Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier—sail roundtrip from Juneau. Six boutique yachts and small ships—Safari Quest, Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer—carry 22-84 guests on adventure cruises lasting one week to 12 days from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. Itineraries may be combined …

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Iceland circumnavigation trip brings adventure to cruising in 2015

Offering cruises to Iceland and Greenland, Iceland ProCruises sets sail in June 2015 as the first Icelandic owned expedition cruise line. The company is pleased to announce their Iceland Circumnavigation trip and itinerary. Iceland ProCruises takes guests to Iceland aboard the 224 passenger super yacht Ocean Diamond to discover the natural beauty of Europe’s last great adventure.  Although a new company, Iceland ProCruises is a subsidiary of Iceland ProTravel – a leading DMC in Iceland.   Owners Gudmundur …

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Lindblad Expeditions -National Geographic announce 2014 itineraries on the new National Geographic Orion

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced their 2014 itineraries on the new 102-guest National Geographic Orion. The expeditions have been carefully developed to feature a blend of undersea (for snorkelers and divers) and terrestrial natural history highlights, along with diverse and fascinating culture, history and anthropology. The latest addition to the Lindblad fleet, National Geographic Orion will be newly equipped with a full roster of exploration tools including kayaks, a state-of the-art ROV (remote operated vehicle reaching depths …

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises launches its 2014/2015 international expedition cruises brochure

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces the arrival of their 2014-2015 expeditions brochure, offering eleven itineraries operated in English and German. The small and beautifully appointed expedition ships, MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN will be traveling to Siberia, the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangle Island, Antarctica, the Chilean Fjords, Cape Verde, the Amazon, Alaska, and the Northwest Passage in 2014-2015. The HANSEATIC, the world’s only 5-star expedition ship and the BREMEN, a 4-star plus expedition ship, were built to provide intensive …

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Silversea Expeditions introduces new Galapagos cruise and land packages

Silversea Expeditions is offering travelers the opportunity to take advantage of special cruise and land packages for its 2013 Galapagos program. Eight new shorter Silver Galapagos voyages of just 3 and 4 days have been combined with pre- and post-cruise South America land adventures to create a collection of enticing vacation packages of 8, 10 or 11 days. “These new cruise and land packages are convenient options for the luxury traveler who wants to experience a Galápagos …

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Pandaw’s new ship will sail on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers from July 2013

Most people know that I am a fan of small ships, particularly in exotic places where smaller vessels make in-depth exploration possible. So it is nice to know that Pandaw River Cruises is continuing to offer new options to its customers in Asia. The Sagaing Pandaw was launched in Vietnam last January and is currently plyi ng the Mekong as the Saigon Pandaw. She will transfer to Burma next year to meet increasing demand for quality river …

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