Pierre & Vacances opens its first two properties in the Balearic Islands this month. Located on the popular island of Mallorca, the two residences offer two boltholes on the east coast of the island best known for its beaches and caves.
Mallorca has been welcoming the rich and famous for generations, with regular visits from Claudia Schiffer to Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the King of Spain and Raphael Nadal.Mallorca is one of the most popular destinations for British families taking a summer holiday in Spain. Located 130 miles off the coast of Barcelona, there are regular direct regional flights from the UK. It is the largest island of the Balearic Islands and unusually for a Mediterranean island, amid its varied and breathtaking landscape, Mallorca is fertile and green. With soaring mountains in the west to beautiful vineyards and of course, wonderful golden sand beaches along its coast.
Residence Mallorca Vista Alegre
Newly opened, Pierre and Vacances has 42 new spacious and elegant apartments at the Mallorca Vista Alegre residence which feature one bedroom apartments, fully equipped, air conditioned apartments for 3 people. Just 500 meters from the sea with individual terraces, the open air pool is nestled between the five buildings.
Prices for a family break at Vista Alegrestart at £227 for 7 nights in 1 bedroom apartment with a/c that sleeps up to 3 on a self-catering basis see here: Vista Alegre This includes a special introductory offer of up to 25% which is valid on selected dates until the end of October. Contact Details: www.pierretvacances.co.u k or call 0870 0267 145
Porto Cristo has carved out a role as a friendly, family resort, taking advantage of a superb position at the end of a long, sheltered inlet. It’s a sweet little place, with a nice beach and a lovely blue-green sea. Porto Cristo is an old Mallorcan fishing village, surrounded by many beaches and creeks whose turquoise waters are perfect for sailing. The lively port boasts many water sports activities and is an ideal location to switch off – swim, sunbathe and dine at the terrace restaurants which are perfectly placed to catch the lunchtime sun. A great way to sample the eastern coastline is by boat, there are many glass bottom boat cruises that do trips to see stunning cliffs and rocks with beautiful clear blue seas. One of the most popular local sights is the Cuevas del Drach, the Dragon Caves with one of the largest underground caves in the world. For those in search of imitation pearls, Mallorca’s ‘second city’ of Manacor is just a 20 minute drive away where an industry thrives on this.
Residence Mallorca Portomar
Newly open on the 9th July 2014, the Pierre and Vacances Mallorca Portomar residence is just 50 metres from the sea and 500m from Cala Marçal, one of the quietest beaches in Portocolom. The new residence features 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for 3 to 6 people for a week or short break in Mallorca. The modern apartments are spacious and comfortable, all with air conditioning and a balcony and some have sea views. There’s a fully equipped gym, sparkling outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna on site.
Located on the east of the island, Portocolom is well-known for its natural environment and the crystal clear waters of its beaches and creeks. Cala Marcal is a blue flag rated beach that stretches 500m along the seafront to the south of the town. Portocolom boasts a wide range of leisure facilities and water sports activities. This fishing village, set inside a deep natural harbour, still has the feel of a small fishing port, with boats around the quay and pastel-coloured houses lining the Waterfront, each with its own landing-stage. The most popular beach of Portocolom is Cala Marcal which lies to the south of the marina and village. It is a blue flag beach with very soft sands and water that is fairly shallow and which gradually deepens. From Portocolom, the Natural Park of Mndrago or the pretty sandstone village of Santanyi is accessible by car.
Prices for a break at Residence Mallorca Portomar start at £256 for 7 nights in 1 bedroom apartment with a/c that sleeps up to 2 on a self-catering basis see here: Residence Mallorca Portomar
This includes a special introductory offer of up to 23% which is valid on selected dates until the end of October. Contact Details: www.pierretvacances.co.uk or call 0870 0267 145
Pierre & Vacances Created in 1967, the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group is the European leader in local tourism. It has built its growth on an original business model of synergies between its two businesses: property development and tourism. Today, with its six complementary tourism brands – Pierre & Vacances and its two Premium and Villages Clubslabels, Maeva, Center Parcs, Sunparks, Adagio and Adagio Access – the Group operates a tourism network of more than 51,000 apartments and homes, located in almost 300 sites in Europe. In 2011/2012, the Group welcomed 7.5 million European clients and generated turnover of €1.419bn.
Portuscale Cruises has released a 2 for 1 offer on its 45 Day Suez Sojourn cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Newcastle, Australia departing 4 January – 17 February 2015 with the first guest paying full fare and the companion only paying for port charges and fees! Hurry, this offer is valid until 5 September 2014 and will sell fast!
This bucket list cruise has it all; history, culture, archaeological marvels and gastronomic delights as guests experience ten countries over 45 Days. Explore the Mediterranean’s most ethnically diverse islands to some of North Africa’s oldest and sophisticated civilisations before South East Asia welcomes guests with its vibrant culture and people.
During days at sea take a dip in the pool, catch up on some reading in the library, attend presentations and lectures, contact family and friends in the internet centre or simply enjoy a drink or two with newfound friends in one of the five bars onboard. Dining will be a highlight where no dinner menu is repeated and the bread will arrive at tables freshly baked from the oven. The night doesn’t end there with evening performances to entertain all guests.
Cabins are comfortable and include a private ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, bar fridge, safe, flat screen TV and depending on the category chosen, it may also include a sofa and coffee table.
The 45 Day Suez Sojourn cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Newcastle, Australia starts at $7,098 (based on Cat 1 inside cabin) for the first guest and the 2nd guest only pays for port charges/fees of $848. That’s a saving of $6,249!
Click here, to download your copy of the Portuscale 2 For 1 Fares flyer.
For bookings or for more information, please contact us at
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The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the country’s grandest riverboat fleet, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website showcasing sailings through America’s heartland and the Pacific Northwest. Highlighting the American Queen and American Empress experience online, the website was designed with digital advertising partner, Fuseideas. The new webpage boasts a fresh look with more interactive components than ever before, allowing future guests and travel agents to seamlessly research and request their next river cruise.
“Fuseideas was pleased to partner with American Queen Steamboat Company to design and construct a modern website using advanced Content Management tools and technology to not only assist staff in updating itineraries and general site content, but also ensuring it serves a valuable marketing tool to grow their business.” shares Fuseideas CEO Dennis Franczak.
Of the many enhancements, users will most enjoy the improved search function with more query options and faster results. Voyage content includes expanded information on themes and special events. Vessel details are more comprehensive than ever, with new videos for the American Queen and American Empress highlighting the brand’s onboard hospitality and hop-on, hop-off shore excursions. Enhanced stateroom descriptions combine deck plans, images and other useful information neatly one page. Additionally, a list of special offers encourages users to take full advantage of value cruises and sign up for monthly newsletters. The Travel Agent section of the website has received an upgrade as well, with increased access to marketing materials and sales support.
American Queen Steamboat Company
The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the owner and operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and St. Paul. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with opulence and grandeur on the American Empress. The American Queen Steamboat Company is a proud supporter of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. For additional information and reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit www.AQSC.com or call a professional travel agent.
Fuseideas is an award-winning digital-centric advertising agency that integrates digital technology and analytics into its breakthrough creative campaigns. The agency focuses on four key markets: academia, travel and tourism, media / entertainment and retail. Headquartered in Boston and named one of the fastest-growing private companies in 2014 by Boston Business Journal, the company has additional offices in Portland, ME, and Prague. For more information, visit Fuseideas online: Facebook, Twitter, Blog.
Twelve-day sailings along Norwegian coast offer opportunity to see and learn about Northern Lights
Astronomy enthusiasts and adventurous travelers seeking a view of the Northern Lights will enjoy Hurtigruten’s new addition to their winter sailing lineup, the Astronomy Voyage. These 12-day sailings along the scenic Norwegian coast allow guests to join the Aurora Borealis watching sessions on the ship’s deck at night for possible views of the famous Northern Lights display, as well as visit the Northern Lights Planetarium in Tromsø to learn more about this phenomenon. Guest lecturers will also be on board to educate guests about the science and history behind the Northern Lights. Sailings in 2014 depart from Bergen on Sept. 25, Oct. 20 and Nov. 20, with fares starting at $2,579 per person, double. 2015 sailings, currently offered at early-booking rates starting at $2,584, depart on Jan. 7, Feb. 6 and 9, Oct. 6 and 9, Nov. 9 and Dec. 4. An additional 5% early booking incentive, good until Sept. 30, can be added to the current 25% discount for all 2015 voyages.
The Astronomy Voyages runs round trip between the UNESCO-listed harbor city of Bergen to the Arctic city of Kirkenes and back to Bergen. During the voyage, guests will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Art Nouveau city of Ålesund; the royal city of Trondheim; the legendary Lofoten Islands; Tromsø, the capital of Arctic Norway; Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town; and Kirkenes, located just a few miles from the Russian border.
In addition to a litany of optional excursions, all guests will visit the Science Center of Northern Norway’s Northern Lights Planetarium. Norway’s largest planetarium, it features the world’s first all-dome, 360-degree theater showing screenings of “Experience the Aurora,” a planetarium movie about the Northern Lights. The film features footage taken over seven months of winter sky watching, hundreds of thousands photographs and hundreds of hours under the spell of the Aurora.
Guests will learn more about the science behind the Aurora Borealis through a series of onboard lectures conducted by acclaimed astronomy scholars and experts Dr. John Mason and Ian Ridpath. Four to five lectures per sailing allow guests to learn about this phenomenon as well as to share their enthusiasm for astronomy with fellow travelers. Dr. Mason and Mr. Ridpath will also be on deck in the evening to point out the wonders of the night sky, give photographic tips about how best to capture the light show and answer questions. Guests can sign up to be awoken during the night should the crew spot the lights.
Optional land excursions include a visit to Atlanterhavsparken, one of Northern Europe’s largest salt-water aquariums; a polar history walk including a tour of the Polar Museum; a trek to the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent; a Viking feast complete with homemade mead; and the chance to go reindeer sledging, the traditional Sámi way of transport through the Arctic landscape.
Hurtigruten sails to the most remote of destinations – including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen – as well as year round along Norway’s coast and Europe in the spring and fall. The company’s fleet of intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.
Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten’s visitor-friendly website, www.hurtigruten.us; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145. To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835.
The new Maritime Terminal at the Port of Airlie will have a new tenant when Cruise Whitsundays opens its office there on Sept. 6. The new $15 million terminal opened in February this year. The terminal includes airport-style check-in and baggage conveyor belts, a large café with indoor and outdoor eating areas, a gift shop and comfortable seated waiting areas.
“This is a truly impressive welcoming statement for tourists to the area, and an excellent base for launching day cruises and resort connections from the mainland,” said Cruise Whitsundays’ Chief Executive Officer Nick Hortle. The new terminal replaces Abell Point Marina arrivals/departures with Port of Airlie. Port of Airlie is an easy walk to most Airlie Beach hotels.
Cruise Whitsundays operates a range of day cruises and island resort connections as well as customized activities for the conference, incentive and weddings market. Cruises visit the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and islands. ‘Resort Connections’ provide services between island resorts to and from the mainland and airports.
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Sailing School In Australia’s Whitsunday Islands
If you want to learn how to sail, you might try the Sunsail Whitsunday Sailing School in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands. Courses range in length from one day to 10 days and cost between $100 and $2,500. The Whitsundays are 74 idyllic islands off the Queensland Coast.
The Whitsundays are home to some of Australia’s finest resorts including Hayman Island, qalia and others. Known for the gentleness of their winds and waters, the Whitsundays are ideal for novice sailors. The Whitsundays provide sheltered seas, fantastic sailing conditions and superb beaches. Operators like Sunsail offer basic courses in sailing.
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LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCE
2015-2016 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES SPEAKERS
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced their guest speakers in their Global Perspectives Program aboard the National Geographic Explorer for the 2015/2016 season. Drawn from the top tiers of journalism, science, and world affairs to add relevant insights, the Global Perspectives Speakers have been chosen to share the expedition experience as active participants and fellow travelers, which allows guests to hear them in the context of their lounge talks, and to spend time with them throughout the voyage while cruising in a Zodiac, on a hike, or during dinner.
Depending on the expedition, guests can explore with a National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence; a scientist doing research in the region they are voyaging, an author, a foreign dignitary, or even a former head of state. A partial listing of the special guests include:
· Jared Diamond: A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jared is the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, which won him a Pulitzer Prize as well as Britain’s 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize. Antarctica, February 14, 2015
· Barry Lopez: Best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, he has authored 14 books of fiction and nonfiction. Among his other books are About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, a finalist for the National Book Award. Arctic Svalbard, June 8, 2015
· Alasdair McGregor: Writer and historian, he wrote the definitive biography of the renowned expedition photographer/adventurer on Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Frank Hurley: A Photographer’s Life. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 7, 2015; Antarctica, November 27, 2015.
· César Gaviria: Former President of Columbia, César Gaviria is known throughout Latin America as an advocate of democracy, staunch supporter of regional integration, and defender of human rights. An engaging and insightful speaker, President Gaviria will return to the National Geographic Explorer to welcome guests to his country and introduce them to the economic and political climate of Latin America. Coastal Treasures from the Panama Canal to Peru, September 27, 2015.
· Captain Alfred S. McLaren: Capt. McLaren has explored beneath the Arctic ice on numerous expeditions, the last as commander of his own sub. After retiring from the Navy in 1981, he earned a Ph.D. in polar studies and focused his research on the Arctic’s role in climate change. President of the American Polar Society and Honorary Director and President Emeritus of the Explorers Club, in 2012 he received The Explorers Club’s highest honor, The Explorers Club Medal. Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard, May 19, 2015.
· Edward J. Larson: Pepperdine University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Edward Larson’s latest book, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science, places the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context, much enlivened by his own Antarctic travels. Antarctica, January 7 & 17, 2015.
· Gil Grosvenor: Grosvenor serves as Chairman Emeritus of the National Geographic Society’s board of trustees and its Education Foundation, as well as an Honorary Director of the Explorers Club. He retired in 1996, as President of the Society—the fifth generation of his family to serve in that position. Canadian Maritimes, September 11, 2015.
· Dr. Joe MacInnis: Dr. Joe MacInnis is the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole. He led ten research expeditions under the Arctic Ocean to develop the systems and techniques to make scientific surveys beneath the polar ice cap. His teams built the first undersea polar station and discovered the world’s northernmost known shipwreck. Antarctica, January 6, 2016.
· Peter Hillary: Peter is the son of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mount Everest along with Tenzing Norgay. Peter has climbed the highest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest and established a new overland route to the South Pole.. Antarctica, February 6, 2015; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, February 16, 2015.
· Fen Montaigne: Journalist and author of Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctica, Fen has long studied the impact of rapid warming. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker and others. Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, June 22, 2015.
· David Doubilet: Acclaimed leading underwater photographer David Doubilet has produced more than 70 stories for National Geographic magazine. In 2010 he was part of the Elysium Project, a team of explorers who followed in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, from the Weddell Sea to South Georgia, documenting the current state of this last pristine wilderness. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, February 15, 2016.
For more information or to book your Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyage, visit http://www.expeditions.com/destinations/antarctica/celebrating-the-centennial/ , call 1-800-EXPEDITION or your travel agent.
Galápagos Luxury Yacht INTEGRITY
Launches New Website and Newsletter
Two new tools to help sell your next Galápagos luxury charter
Easy to navigate and filled with compelling images, the new website IntegrityGalapagos.com offers detailed specifications, a comprehensive list of accommodations and amenities, detailed itineraries and departure dates for 2015 and 2016.
An introductory video along with dozens of color photos showcase the well lit public spaces, spacious staterooms, numerous activities, naturalist guides and spectacular sights. Site visitors can learn about Integrity’s active stabilizers and onboard green systems, unique to Integrity among yachts of her size in the Galápagos.
Integrity CURRENTS newsletter will bring informative and timely stories, updates and news concerning the yacht and the Galápagos Islands.
Discover the site now at www.integritygalapagos.com
Condor Ferries bought a state-of-the-art high speed ferry to operate between the UK and the Channel Islands.
The Austal 102 will come into service in spring 2015 and ‘will secure the future of high speed ferry services for the Islands’.
“This represents £50m of investment in our Islands and it will enable us to improve reliability, increase capacity, and give our guests a much greater level of comfort,” said CEO James Fulford.
Condor has also confirmed that it has agreed with Poole Harbour Commissioners that the 102 will be based in Poole from spring 2015.
“We recognise that this is disappointing news for Weymouth,” said Fulford.
“However, given the need for berth improvements and an Environmental Impact Assessment, Weymouth is not currently in a position to accommodate the 102.”
Condor will continue to operate Condor Vitesse from Weymouth until spring 2015, when it will introduce the 102.
Help Travelers Discover More of Europe
Scenic Cruises, the award-winning operator of all-inclusive luxury river cruises in Europe, has announced exciting additions to their 2015 Europe River Cruising program including the introduction of new immersion-based experiences, a new destination and the addition of two new next generation Scenic ‘Space-Ships’.
Scenic FreeChoice land excursions are always included in the sailing and feature a diverse selection of immersion-based activities in key cities and regions that allow guests to explore at their own pace. In 2015, Scenic will offer 35 brand new excursions that will open up the stories behind the rivers in novel and exciting ways. The ‘Shop with a Chef’ excursions takes guests on a guided visit to local food markets in Vienna, Strasbourg or Belgrade to shop for and taste the best ingredients the region has to offer. That evening, the ingredients purchased will be transformed into a dish to be served in the Crystal Dining Room. In Duisburg, Germany, guests can tour the World Heritage listed Zollverein Coal Mine (formerly the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe), which has developed into a lively location with a reputation for arts and culture. More active travelers will like the cycling tour from Breisach, Germany to the pretty village of Colmar, France.
In addition to the new land excursions, Scenic Cruises welcomes the Scenic Opal and Scenic Jasper ‘Space-Ships’ to the fleet. Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, both new ships will boast the largest suites on the rivers with the ultimate in private balcony accommodation—the Royal Panorama Suites. The 474-square-foot luxury suites feature a separate bedroom and the popular state-of-the-art Scenic ‘Sun Lounge,’ which can convert the outdoor balcony into an all-weather room with the push of a button. Both ships also feature a new vitality pool on the Sun Deck, which has a plunge pool on one side and a jet pool on the other.
A new 12-day Bordeaux River Cruise is highlighted by an itinerary featuring the famous wineries and Gothic architecture of World Heritage Listed Bordeaux in France. With no overnight sailing, the leisurely cruise on board one of the luxury ‘Space-Ships’ docks in Cadillac, Libourne, Blaye Pauillac and Bordeaux, where guests have plenty of time to soak up the charm of these riverside hamlets. With three itineraries now showcasing the Seine, the south of France and Bordeaux, Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ are the only ones in France with full-size private outdoor balcony suites.
Also new for 2015 are an array of options for guests to connect their luxury river cruise to some of Europe’s most majestic train routes. The Black Forest Steam Train takes guests on a 40-minute nostalgic journey from Kandern to Haltigen through the scenic Kander Valley while the Great Continental Train takes in the gorgeous countryside vistas between Vienna and Bratislava. On several of the French sailings, the use of the country’s TGV means high-speed, first-class connections between Paris and Amsterdam, Bordeaux or Dijon.
Scenic Sundowners is a brand new cultural experience for 2015, designed to immerse guests into the cultural traditions of Europe. Guests enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception to toast the days’ end at some of Europe’s most picturesque locations including Austria’s Wachau Valley and France’s Tournon Castle.
Scenic Cruises has the newest fleet of ships to sail the European rivers and the Scenic Cruises signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included. From personalized service with a 3:1 guest to staff ratio, unlimited beverages,- including premium wines and spirits, all meals, and personal butler service, to all excursions, events and entertainment; from Wi-Fi and airport transfers to all tipping and gratuities on board and ashore. On-board river highlights and on-shore experiences are made exceptional by the included Scenic Tailormade handheld GPS guided tour system provided to every guest.
Scenic Tours, parent of Scenic Cruises, offers award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and elsewhere. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via trael agents; the company’s visitor-friendly website, www.sceniccruises.com ; phone (844)788-7985; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.
Late December can be one of the most difficult times to find space for a Galapagos cruise.
If you’ve been thinking about your options for the end of the year holidays, we still have a few exclusive spaces available aboard the Beagle, a first class schooner-style yacht.
The Beagle accommodates a maximum of 14 passengers, ensuring an intimate experience with excellent personalized service.
The cruise runs December 23-30, and as always there are great options for pre and post trip extensions in Ecuador if you have more time.
Click here for more information on the Beagle, or chat with a Destination Specialist about your plans by calling (800)342-1796 or by replying to this email.
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