Double the Cruise Double the Fun down under

January 23, 2015 on 1:27 pm | In Australia, Cruise Boats, New South Wales, Northern, Pacific Islands, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



EXPERIENCE not one but two of Holland America Lines’ modern and spacious mid-sized vessels on a new 52-night double cruise package on board Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. Sail through the Caribbean, North America, Europe and the Mediterranean, now available with discounts of up to $6000 per person from cruise specialists ecruising.travel.

The itinerary begins on March 27, 2015 with two nights in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before boarding Eurodam and sailing to exotic ports in the Caribbean including Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, St. Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos. After a few days at sea, and a day in Ponta Delgada in Portugal, you will spend four days sailing around Spain visiting Seville, Malaga, Cartagena and Valencia.

Disembark your first cruise in Barcelona and spend a few days discovering the amazing architecture and vibrant culture of the city before embarking on your second cruise aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.

Spend the next 24-nights cruising through Europe and the Mediterranean with numerous port stops in France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey- including overnight port stays in Venice and Istanbul which allows you more time to explore these beautiful cities.

Priced from $10,079 per person twin share, the fly/cruise package includes return economy airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, 21-nights cruise accommodation on ms Eurodam and 24-night cruise accommodation on ms Nieuw Amsterdam, both with all main meals on board, two nights accommodation at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, three nights accommodation at the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona, two nights at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, a Barcelona City Sightseeing pass, transfers and port and government taxes.

Prices for passengers from Adelaide start from $10,229 and from Perth from $10,309 per person twin share. For sale until sold out but price may vary due to airfare component.

For more details contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out http://www.ecruising.travel/details.aspx?id=21906 or www.ecruising.travel

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Lindblad’s Orion Sets 2016 as a Year for Europe

January 21, 2015 on 10:06 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn the hotel business, the classic truism is “location, location, location.” In the business of expedition cruising, it might be “ship, ship, ship.”

Lindblad Expeditions, the operator of exotic ship-based expeditions, set the schedule for 2016 for its ship The National Geographic Orion, with the ship based in Europe for spring, summer and fall.

Orion normally spends its time in hyper-adventure destinations such as Antarctica, South Georgia, Australia’s Kimberley, Tahiti, Fiji, the Maldives and the Seychelles.

This year the old girl is going to take it easy in the Old World.

Orion’s Europe seasons will be broken into 22 one-week trips with explorations in Portugal, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, the Baltic Republics and Scandinavia.

And why? Is she getting tired of running to all ends of the earth?

No, but perhaps some of her most devoted passengers are.

According to Sven Lindblad, founder and president of Lindblad Expeditions, Orion’s loyal customers keep wanting to come back and spend more time on the ship, but they’ve been to most of its more exotic destinations.

“A ship like National Geographic Orion depends heavily on past guests,” said Lindblad, “and a vast majority of her past guests have been to the Kimberley and the South Pacific. We are committed to providing them the most compelling opportunities available on the Orion, and have listened to their feedback for new destinations,”

What’s exotic for one person may be familiar to another.

So next year it’s Orion in Europe.

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Give the Ultimate Valentine’s Gift with Uniworld’s “Ultimate France”‏

January 21, 2015 on 10:00 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Europe, France, Germany, Paris, Switzerland | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowValentine’s Day is the ultimate opportunity to spoil your sweetheart with an unforgettable journey to one of the most romantic countries in the world. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s new 22-day all-inclusive “ Ultimate France ” itinerary pairs art, culture, and gastronomy with a thorough exploration of each region’s unspoiled landscapes and illustrious cities, including the glittering “City of Love,” Paris, the perfect starting point for your romantic rendezvous. Revel in the undeniable allure of Paris and Normandy before heading south to Bordeaux’s land of noble wines and the sun-drenched Mediterranean delights of Burgundy and Provence. Feast on the finest flavors from each region, enjoy private local wine tastings, and walk in the footsteps of celebrated artists like Monet and Van Gogh while in Giverny, Honfleur, and Arles. From the decadent food to the breathtaking scenery, this journey represents the crème de la crème of luxurious French travel.

If 22 days is more than you can spare on your romantic respite, Uniworld offers a variety of additional river cruises rejoicing in France’s joie de vivre. Other all-inclusive France itineraries to consider are “Paris & Normandy,” “Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux,” “Burgundy & Provence,” “ A Portrait of Majestic France” and “ Grand France.”

All of Uniworld’s European offerings are truly all-inclusive, combining uncompromising luxury with remarkable value.

The fare includes: all scheduled airport transfers, elegantly appointed riverview staterooms, fully hosted shore excursions, unlimited onboard meals and beverages—including a rich selection of distinctive wines, craft and local beers, and spirits—and all gratuities both onboard and onshore. To add even greater value to your ultimate journey, couples can take advantage of Uniworld’s Early-Booking Savings of up to $800 when they book and deposit on or before January 30, 2015.

For more details, please visit uniworld.com. Join Uniworld’s social media community at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises using the hashtag #ExploreUniworld.

About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™—features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt—a total of 22 rivers in 29 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:

Luggage ProsListed among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for “World’s Best Service” in the River Cruise category
Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure’s “Top 20 River Ships,” with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)
Included on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for seven years (2008 – 2014)
Top 3 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top Ten Cruise Lines” (river & ocean)

Top 4 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for ‘Top Cruise Lines” (2014)

Named “Best Luxury River Cruise Line” by Cruise International (2012 – 2014)
Named “Best Culinary Cruise Line” by readers of SAVEUR (2014)

About The TreadRight Foundation
At Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to be active founder and supporter of TreadRight’s projects and work. Go to www.uniworld.com/giving-back to learn more.

TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that defines each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at www.TreadRight.org


Insight returns to Egypt

January 21, 2015 on 9:33 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cruise Boats, Egypt | Comments Off



10 Days from $2,435* per person | twin share

This enthralling journey of discovery begins in Cairo before traveling onto Giza where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, as explained by your Egyptologist Tour Director. Pass palm fringed villages as you continue the adventure south on a relaxing 5 day Nile cruise and take a motorboat to the Philae Island temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Celebrity Launches City Stay Packages

January 20, 2015 on 12:22 pm | In Cruise Boats | Comments Off



Celebrity Cruises is now offering pre- or post-cruise land packages in 16 cities that include three hotel nights, transfers and tours.

The package is available in nearly every city the company sails from, including Athens, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Sydney.

Celebrity said accommodations are in four-star, luxury hotels with breakfast included. Transfers are provided to and from the airport, hotel and the Celebrity cruise. The package also includes a full-day city highlights tour and lunch, as well as a half-day guided tour and a farewell dinner.

During the hotel stay, a dedicated Celebrity hospitality desk will be available to offer personalized advice and premium service.

What’s more, those who book the city stay package also get the “Classic Beverage Package,” which includes wine, beer and spirits, for two during the cruise. Others sharing the stateroom get complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and a 40-minute Internet package.

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Long, World Cruises Growing in Popularity

January 20, 2015 on 12:21 pm | In Cruise Boats | Comments Off



If you wanted your last cruise to last forever, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

A recent survey of 434 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) travel agents conducted late last year reveals that longer cruises are becoming more and more popular among travelers.

Thirty-seven percent of agents noted an increase in bookings for cruises lasting 14 to 100 days.

According to travel agents, the longer cruises appear to be most popular among retired and wealthy travelers who have more time to devote to travel.

The No. 1 advantage of a longer cruise is the ability to see numerous destinations on one trip without the stress and hassle of dealing with airports and packing luggage. The variety of intriguing itineraries certainly doesn’t hurt either.

In 2015, travelers will have a plethora of long or world cruises to choose from on some of the industry’s top cruise lines and ships.

A 14-day South America cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun and Silversea Cruises’ 115-day World Cruise 2015 to 30 different countries represent each end of the spectrum when it comes to longer cruises.

However Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises and Costa Cruises are CLIA members offering exciting itineraries for travelers eyeing an extended cruise in 2015-16.

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Silversea Includes Shore Excursions, Wi-Fi on Med Cruises

January 20, 2015 on 12:20 pm | In Cruise Boats, Mobile Apps | Comments Off



Silversea Cruises is becoming even more inclusive. The luxury line now will include shore excursions and Wi-Fi on every Mediterranean cruise in 2015.

“Our company is known for pioneering the concept of all-inclusive voyaging,” said Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas. “By including shore excursions and Wi-Fi in the cruise fare, we’re making the Silversea vacation experience more indulgent and relevant for today’s active luxury traveler.”

The new program, good on 52 Med voyages booked on or after Jan. 15, includes a Silver Shore Select excursion in every port of call, such as a tour of Ephesus from Kusadasi or the Acropolis in Athens.

This promotion also includes two hours of complimentary Wi-Fi per guest, per day, and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi for the line’s larger suites (Medallion and higher categories).

Of course, Silversea already includes many other amenities, such as select wines, champagnes, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks, as well as an in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences, butler service for all suites, in-suite dining and 24-hour dining service, lecture and enrichment programs, round-trip transportation into town in most ports; and onboard gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments).

While the Silver Shore Select excursions are now offered for free in the Med, guests may purchase other tours, including the more-immersive Silver Shore Collection tours, as well as Silver Shore Privato, which provides a private car and driver for independent exploring.

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Cunard Celebrating 175 Years With Special Events

January 20, 2015 on 12:10 pm | In Cruise Boats | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCunard, a legendary luxury British cruise line, is celebrating 175 years with plans to bring together its entire fleet for celebrations at two English ports, the Los Angeles Times reported.

To begin this notable year, Saturday saws fireworks and marching bands accompanying the departures of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth from Southampton as they began a world tour. Queen Victoria, the third ship in the fleet, will be joining her sisters for other celebrations later in 2015. Each ship will host Black, Red and Gold Balls, which are classic Cunard colors. Dinner and commemorative drinks will be served, and guest speakers include South African President F.W. de Klerk and actress Kim Novak.

Here’s what is planned for the rest of the year:

–A May 3 meetup of all three liners in their home port of Southampton, followed by what Cunard calls “a spectacular sail-away of the three queens.”

–“Three Queens, One Magnificent City” from May 24 to 26 will have the ships visiting Liverpool, formerly the location of Cunard’s headquarters. On May 25, there will be choreographed maneuvers of the fleet on the River Mersey. One million people are expected to attend the celebration.

–Cunard’s first transatlantic crossing will be recreated. Queen Mary 2 will sail from Liverpool to Boston on July 4, the same day that Britannia made the crossing all those years ago.

–Commemorating 100 years since the sinking of the Lusitania, a liner that was hit by a German torpedo off the coast of Ireland, there will be a Lusitania Remembered cruise from May 3 to 10 aboard the Queen Victoria. She will sail to Cobh, Ireland and salute the 1,100-plus passengers and crew that were lost. Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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Port Promotions Expanding for 2015

January 20, 2015 on 12:08 pm | In Cruise Boats | Comments Off



Home General 160 600Port Promotions is back in business and expanding its shore excursion options for 2015. Assets of the company, which filed for bankruptcy in September 2013, were purchased by Liquid Alaska Tours, a Juneau-based shore excursion operator.

“Port Promotions was once the leader in this industry and we recognized the value of the assets, even after their bankruptcy,” said Jeff Fanning, founder and president of Liquid Alaska Tours. “We’ve spent the months since then updating and improving the website and back-end systems, reinforcing relationships with the thousands of travel agents and service providers who have used Port Promotions over the years, and expanding the choice of excursions.”

The revitalized Port Promotions offers more than 1,000 excursions in nearly 200 ports.

It also sells multi-port packages and transfers to and from ports in most destinations. New excursions for 2015 include eco-adventures in St. Kitts and culinary tours in Victoria, B.C.

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“We’re delighted that we have re-contracted with many of the former company’s valued local operators, and are continually adding new partners and additional ports for 2015 and beyond,” Fanning said. “The website has been completely redone with a modern design, providing an unparalleled combination of features to agents and their clients. Just enter the cruise line, name of ship and departure date, and with one click, an array of excursions for each port will be instantly visible to suit every traveler.”

Company executives struggled with the decision to keep the name Port Promotions, but “ultimately decided that there was too much positive name recognition with the name to let it go,” Fanning said. “The first day we took over the website, orders were pouring in and we knew we made the correct decision.

“It wasn’t without its roadblocks. It took a lot of salesmanship to convince some of the operators overseas to work with the new owners of the bankrupt business,” he said. “Luckily, we were able to re-establish 95 percent of the tour operators and travel agents that had worked with Port Promotions.”

Port Promotions has adopted the customer service policies of Liquid Alaska Tours, including a guarantee that excursions will return to the cruise ships on time. Flights, meals and accommodations are included in the guarantee.

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties. If the ship is late arriving in port, guests should contact the tour operator by calling the local number on their voucher. As a general rule, operators will try to delay the tour departure time or provide a later departure, if possible.

Shore excursions are commissionable to travel agents. To begin selling Port Promotions, agents can register by clicking the “Travel Agent Partners” link on the home page; confirmation will be granted within two business days. Port Promotions can arrange a variety of excursions, from small, private tours to large, customized experiences.

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Pandaw Celebrates 20 Years with Discounted Cruises

January 20, 2015 on 11:58 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Cruise Boats, India, Laos, Vietnam | Comments Off





In order to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Pandaw River Expeditions is offering discounts on some of its cruises for those who book before Jan. 31. The savings are available on sailings on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in Myanmar; the Red River in Vietnam; the Mekong in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos; and the Brahmaputra, Ganges and Hooghly Rivers in India.

“A Pandaw river expedition is exceptional value for money as all meals, excursions, crew gratuities and local soft drinks, beer and spirits are included in the price on Pandaw-owned ships,” said Hugh Clayson, Pandaw’s Commercial Director. “Unlike many operators we often have no or low single supplements for solo travelers.”

Pandaw cruises strive to be relaxed and casual, which gives them a real point of distinction from the other cruise lines they compete with. The company began in 1995 when historian Paul Strachan and Roser Strachan began chartering Irrawaddy River ships to run cruises. In 1998, they purchased The Pandaw, a steamer built in their native Scotland, and sought to revive the spirit of the old Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, which operated on the river from 1865 until the Japanese conquest of Burma in 1942.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn 2003, Pandaw began running cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia on the Mekong. Today the company operates eight ships in Myanmar: RV Kalaw Pandaw – 20 cabins, RV Kindat Pandaw – 18 cabins, RV Katha Pandaw – 16 cabins, RV Pandaw 2 – 24 cabins, RV Indochina Pandaw –30 cabins, RV Orient Pandaw –30 cabins, RV Zawgyi Pandaw – six cabins, reaching Bhamo during the entire season and the RY Kalay Pandaw – five cabins, the only ship which can ply the Chindwin River during the entire season. The ships are replicas of colonial steamers used by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and fit perfectly to the country’s history.

On Oct. 27, Pandaw will sail the RV Rajmahal on the most sacred stream of all, the Ganges, on a 16-night cruise called The Holy Ganges and The Hooghly Rivers. The one-off itinerary will sail from Varanasi all the way to Kolkata. Along the way, passengers will visit the Dasaswamedh Ghat steps at sunset for the Varanasi Ganga Aarti rites and explore the city’s streets.

After a three-night land program, guests board the 22 cabin ship at Sujata Kuti. Passengers will explore locations along the river including Sikh temples and Buddhist monasteries. Pandaw guests will also visit the bridge at Mokameh before sailing onto the Rajmahal Hills.

As the ship enters the Hooghly River, excursions include such destinations as the Katra Mosque and Nashipara and Katgola Palaces. In Kalna, tri-shaws take guests to see some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as well as a fine Shiva temple before travelling onto the historic city of Kolkata.

The 22-suite RV Rajmahal features a crew to passenger ratio of 2 to 1, making the service standards extremely attentive. Pre and post- extensions are available in Delhi (including a day trip to the Taj Mahal) and Kolkata. The $5,100 per person double price available for booking through Jan. 31 represents a saving of 15 percent.

The price includes a two-night stay at the Taj Gateway Hotel, Varanasi, a one-night stay at Hotel Royal Residency in Bodh Goya and a 13-night full board cruise from Patna to Kolkata. Also included are airport transfers, excursions, crew gratuities and on board lectures.

On The Mekong and Irrawaddy

The 14-night Irrawaddy (Rangoon to Mandalay) is priced from $4,290, a 25 percent saving with no single supplement. The discounted price is only valid on the Aug. 2 departure aboard the Pandaw II. The seven-night Chindwin (Monywa to Homalin) cruise-only price of $2,975 represents a 15 percent saving on the Aug. 8 and 15 departures aboard Kalay Pandaw. The seven-night Mandalay Pagan Packet (Mandalay to Pagan) is priced cruise-only from only $950 with no single supplement on all departures from July 18 to Oct. 17 aboard the Kalaw Pandaw.

The seven-night Classic Mekong (Saigon to Siem Reap) is priced cruise-only from $1,942, a 25 percent saving and no single supplement on Oct. 4 and Dec. 5 and 12 aboard the Mekong Pandaw.

The 10-night Laos Mekong (Vientiane to Chiangrai )is priced cruise-only from $2,600, a 20 percent saving on the Dec. 11 departure aboard the Laos Mekong. The 10-night Mekong Unexplored (Saigon to Siem Reap) is priced cruise-only from $2,196, a 20 percent saving on the July 8 and 18 departures aboard the Mekong Pandaw.

The seven-night Mighty Brahmaputra (Guwahati to Jorhat) is priced cruise-only from $2,805, a 15 percent saving on selected departures from Jan. 31 to March 13, 2016 aboard the MV Mahabaahu.

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