American Safari Cruises joins adventure travel consortium

American Safari Cruises has joined Trusted Adventures, bringing to eight the number of owner-operated active travel companies in the adventure travel consortium. Headquartered at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, Wash., American Safari Cruises operates three luxury expedition yachts with itineraries that include wildlife searches, exploration by Zodiac rafts, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and, back onboard, fine dining. The company recently announced the addition of a new brand, InnerSea Discoveries, with a focus on moderately priced, Alaska Inside Passage itineraries …

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Hurtigruten offers discounts on several of its Antarctic cruises

Earnest Shackleton, whose exploration of Antarctica is considered one of history’s greatest survival stories, is the focus of Hurtigruten’s 19-day “Shackleton’s Antarctica,” one of five Antarctica adventure voyages offered at 10% to 20% off regular fares if booked by May 31, 2010. This amounts to a savings of $512 to $3,673 per person. For those who need a bit more time to plan, all but the 19-day sailings will be offered with a 10% reduction for bookings …

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NCL announces Legends in Concert aboard the Epic: Madonna, Elvis and Tina Turner

Get ready for some rock and roll! Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the first three “legends” to perform as part of the Legends in Concert show on Norwegian Epic will be three of the world’s best-known entertainers – Madonna, Elvis and Tina Turner. A staple on the Las Vegas’ center strip for over 25 years, Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live tribute shows and has assembled the greatest collection of live tribute artists …

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Oceania pairs with Wine Spectator for special wine events on the new Marina

When she debuts in January 2011, Oceania Cruises’ new Marina will feature La Reserve by Wine Spectator, where guests can learn about and sample fine wines selected by the connoisseurs at Wine Spectator magazine. This new wine-tasting center will be home to a series of educational seminars and tastings so guests can better appreciate the nuances of the varietals in the regions where Marina sails. Select evenings during each voyage, seven-course, gourmet tasting menus paired with fine …

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Nanaimo, B.C., suspends cruise ship terminal project

The cruise industry has been recovering steadily from the poor results of 2008 and 2009 and many at the recent SeaTrade convention were predicting more good news. So it was sad to see this item today: According to Cruise Industry News, the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors has suspended the $22-million floating cruise ship terminal project because, as of April 1 it had not received the federal environmental assessment permits required to proceed with tender and …

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Prices reduced on three expedition trips to Greenland and Iceland

Hurtigruten has announced pricing specials on three new Greenland & Iceland expedition cruises — sailings that combine the remote polar regions of the world’s largest island and its 5,000-year-old history (that includes Eric the Red and Fridtjof Nansen), with Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city of Iceland, and on the 14-day sailing, Eastern Canada. Each journey includes informative lectures, landings and shore excursions and offers the chance to get close to the culture, wildlife and communities of Greenland’s …

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Seven Seas Voyager receives accolades for the quality of its food and dining room service

The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager of Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been voted the cruise ship with the best food and dining room service by members of the prestigious World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society for the second year in a row. According to the society, when choosing a cruise, “the category of food is often at the top of everyone’s list of importance.” When voting, their members considered food taste, quality and presentation. Equally important …

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Star Clippers offers free air and $1,000 savings on sailings in the Med

Star Clippers is offering free air and $1,000 savings on seven 14-night sailings aboard Star Clipper and Star Flyer in the Mediterranean from May through September. Eligible for the promotion are two 14-night “Grand Mediterranean” voyages between Monte Carlo and Rhodes on the Star Flyer. Departing July 3 from Monte Carlo and Aug. 21 from Rhodes, the cruises call at less-visited destinations in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Sicily and Corsica. Fares begin at $3,285 per person, double, which …

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Seabourn offers 2-for-1 cruise fares on all voyages through fall 2011

The Yachts of Seabourn has opened its 2011-12 cruise season for sale with two-for-one cruise fares plus value-priced air add-ons on all Seabourn voyages through fall 2011. Cruise fares start at $3,250 per person, and round-trip, add-on airfares from 40 North American gateways begin at $499 for economy and $1,999 for business class. A complete 24-month listing of itineraries and fares is available at www.seabourn.com. “With the addition of Seabourn Sojourn this June, and Seabourn Quest in …

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Single supplement waived on the Paul Gauguin for seven sailings this spring

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, is waiving single supplement fees for seven sailings this spring. The offer is for stateroom categories B through F when booked by April 30. Eligible sail dates are April 6, Cook & Society Islands, 11 nights; April 17, Society Islands, seven nights; April 24, Society Islands, seven nights; May 8, Fiji Westbound, 13 nights; May 22, Fiji Eastbound, 15 nights; June 12, Society Islands, …

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