Hurtigruten partners with Queen Sonja Print Award: Young artists and royal art to decorate hybrid ships

When the world’s first hybrid powered expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen, embarks on her maiden voyage, every piece of art on board will be handpicked by HM Queen Sonja of Norway’s art foundation – the Queen Sonja Print Award. “The unique partnership we are gathered here today to celebrate, is the cooperation between Hurtigruten and The Queen Sonja Print Award. Hurtigruten strives to provide their guests with an unforgettable experience. Exquisite art to enjoy on the journey …

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National Geographic Quest departs on inaugural voyage

Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Quest, the line’s first new build in the history of the company, commenced her inaugural voyage July 29, 2017 as she set sail from Juneau.  The most state-of-the-art expedition ship designed and purpose-built in the US, she departed with very excited guests for an 8-day expedition exploring Southeast Alaska. Sven Lindblad, CEO and President of Lindblad Expeditions, commended the team on the achievement, “You all must feel a deep sense of pride and …

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Fathom unveils details on new Cuba onboard programming

Fathom announced additional onboard activities designed to enrich travelers’ cultural experience to Cuba aboard the MV Adonia. In addition to discovering an array of new onboard programming, travelers now have exclusive access to Cuban-made merchandise from a local design store, Clandestina, aboard the ship. “We have been listening to our travelers and creating new experiences onboard based on their feedback to facilitate rich immersion and to provide more robust insight into the culture and people of Cuba,” …

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Un-Cruise Adventures releases 2017 schedule of small ship adventure cruises

Un-Cruise Adventures has released its full deployment schedule for 2017, highlighted by a new Pure Panamá cruise as well as updated Galápagos Islands and Columbia River wine itineraries. Un-Cruise Adventures’ fleet of boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-88 guests on adventure and river cruises from one week to 21 nights in Alaska, British Columbia, coastal Washington, Columbia and Snake Rivers, Mexico, Hawaii, the Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama. Adventure activities, tours, and presentations are included. …

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Cruising the Arctic- The Northwest Passage and Greenland.

Special to AllThingsCruise By John and Sandra Nowlan ABOARD OCEAN ENDEAVOUR-We spotted polar bears on Day 3. Not just one or two but about a dozen of the magnificent, snow white beasts meandering solo along the edge of the treeless tundra. We were far north of the Arctic Circle on a two week Adventure Canada expedition cruise along the fabled route of the Northwest Passage. Our 160 fellow passengers on the ice strengthened Ocean Endeavour were mostly …

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Galapagos specialist announces new “safari” for 2016

INCA – International Nature and Cultural Adventures has created a new adventure in the Galápagos Islands for 2016.  INCA’s new 12-day Galápagos Safari features an intensive two days on Santa Cruz Island with a choice of eight adventures staying at the “Out-of-Africa”-style Galápagos Safari Camp.  Starting at $6,995, the adventure also includes INCA’s carefully-crafted eight-day itinerary aboard the 141-foot yacht Integrity, known as the “finest yacht” in the Islands and two nights in Quito, a UNESCO World …

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Day 7: Final day of Sea of Cortez cruise

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR—I had mixed feelings when the skyline of La Paz came into view this morning. It meant that our cruise in the isolated reaches of the Sea of Cortez was over, and we had one more day and night on board. It’s so easy to become attached to members of the crew—a wonderful group of talented and caring young people—and to new friends from far-flung places that we’d probably never see again. And our …

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Day 6: Rough seas lead to an unexpected stop at the lovely Ensenada Grande

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR—The plan for today was to anchor off Los Islotes (tiny islands off the tip of Isla Partida) and spend the morning with the California sea lion colony living there. The crew had told us the dark brown males can weigh up to 600 pounds, and do a lot of posturing–baring their teeth and looking threatening. The lighter-colored females, weighing about 200 pounds, feed at night and would be sleeping when we approached the …

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Day 5: We searched for whales, but for naught…maybe tomorrow!

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — The captain told us last night at dinner that he intended to begin cruising in the wee hours of the morning, looking for the giant fin/blue whales and deep-diving sperm whales that frequent the Sea of Cortez in early November. He also warned us that there was a weather front moving in, so the rocking of the ship might be a bit more extreme. Our cabin’s storage areas are secure and the …

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Day 4: Today’s destination in the Sea of Cortez was a surprise, and the captain did not disappoint

DAY 4: ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — Our destination this day was Captain’s Choice—a surprise for us passengers. Capt. Barrett did not disappoint. At sunrise we cruised into Honeymoon Cove on the uninhabited Isla Danzante, which translates to “Dancing Island.” No one seems to know why it’s called that, but we discovered that the setting and day’s activities were cause for joy. Like most of the islands in the Sea of Cortez, Isla Danzante has cliffs plunging …

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