Cruise Whitsundays has moved their operations to their brand new $15m, state-of-the-art Maritime Terminal situated at the Port of Airlie. The new terminal features convenient airport style check-in, a large café with indoor and outdoor eating areas, a gift shop and comfortable seated waiting areas. The impressive terminal is a great arrival and departure point with all major ferry services and Cruise Whitsundays’ day tours to the islands, the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach departing from the new terminal.
The new shipping services were announced recently at the Pitcairn Islands Tourism launch in Sydney.
Making the announcement during the launch of Pitcairn Island as an emerging tourism destination for Australians, Richard Hankin, of Tropics Marketing who represents Pitcairn Islands Tourism in Australia, said, “The shipping service connecting Pitcairn to the outside world through French Polynesia is pivotal to the continued development of tourism to the island group.”
Located deep in the South Pacific, half way between New Zealand and Peru, Pitcairn Island remains one of the most remote and undiscovered destinations in the world. Home to the descendants of the HMAV Bounty mutineers since 1790, an array of endemic flora and fauna and surrounded by pristine seas, Pitcairn offers the visitor a unique holiday experience.
Shipping services are provided by Stoney Creek Shipping of New Zealand, who owns the 486-tonne cargo-passenger vessel, MV Claymore II. The quarterly service operates at least 8 round-trips per annum between Mangareva in French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island, allowing 4 or 11 day stays on the island. With increased demand for the service, there is potential to provide additional rotations each year.
Full details about travelling to Pitcairn Island and current sailing schedules available on the Pitcairn islands Tourism website visit www.visitpitcairn.pn or contact Tropics Marketing toll-free on 1300 713 132 and on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued by Tropics Marketing on behalf of Pitcairn Islands Tourism. 15 September 2014.
Book Star Clippers’ 2014 Holiday Sailings and Receive a $500 Onboard Credit, No Single Supplement and Extra PerksNovember 13, 2014 on 3:26 pm | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Sailing | Comments Off
Travelers looking to get away from the hectic holiday season this year can take advantage of perks on Star Clippers’ 2014 Christmas and New Year’s Caribbean cruises. In celebration of the season of giving, the tall ship cruise line is waiving single-supplement fees on select itineraries on Royal Clipper and Star Clipper.
In addition, two guests in the same cabin are eligible for complimentary champagne and sweet treats, as well as a $250 per person onboard credit or free massage, depending on the departure date.
“Star Clippers guests are like family, and there’s no better time to have a family celebration than at the holidays when it’s simply magical onboard,” said Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers. “With these special offers, we’re making a holiday under sail a more accessible option for travelers this season.”
The single supplement waiver is available on three itineraries: Royal Clipper’s and Star Clipper’s Christmas sailings, both departing Dec. 20; and Royal Clipper’s New Year’s sailing departing Dec. 27.
Guests sailing in double occupancy cabins are treated to other benefits including complimentary champagne and sweets on all three sailings; a $250 per person onboard credit on Royal Clipper’s and Star Clipper’s Dec. 20 Christmas sailings only; and a complimentary one-hour massage in the ships’ Captain Nemo Lounge and Spa on Royal Clipper’s Dec. 27 New Year’s sailing only.
Royal Clipper sails a seven-night Windward Islands Christmas cruise roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados, with calls at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; Cabrits and Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; a Christmas Eve call at Basseterre, St. Kitts; Christmas day at Terre de Haut, Iles des Saintes; and a call at Fort de France, Martinique.
To add to the festivities, renowned Austrian entertainer Peter Grimberg will be onboard Royal Clipper’s Christmas sailing, bringing his unique blend of pop music, jazz, rock and roll, and comedy. Grimberg, who will perform in English, tours his musical comedies throughout Germany and Austria.
Rates start at $1,932 per person, cruise-only for Royal Clipper’s Dec. 20 departure.
Star Clipper also sails a seven-night Leeward Islands roundtrip itinerary from St. Maarten departing Dec. 20. The ship calls at Charlestown, Nevis; Cabrits; Terre de Haut; Christmas eve at Deshaies, Guadeloupe; Christmas day at Falmouth Harbour; and Gustavia, St. Barts. Rates start at $1,872, per person, cruise-only.
Royal Clipper’s New Year’s itinerary explores the Grenadine Islands with a seven-night roundtrip sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados. Calls include St. George’s, Grenada; Tobago Cays, Grenadines; and New Year’s Eve at Bequia, St. Vincent. Guests can then start the New Year with a beach day at Fort de France, followed by a call at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. Rates start at $1,932 per person, cruise-only for the Dec. 27 cruise.
These offers are available for residents of the US, Canada, and Latin America. Other restrictions apply.
To request a brochure, call toll-free 800-442-0556 or email email@example.com . To make a reservation, contact a travel professional. For information, call Star Clippers at 800-442-0551 or visit www.starclippers.com to view a video about the line or take a virtual tour of Star Clippers’ tall ships.
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Bermuda will host the America’s Cup World Series, scheduled for Oct.16 to 18, 2015, according to the America’s Cup Event Authority. The event featuring top-ranked sailing teams competing in identical wing-sailed catamarans, will mark the first stage of events for teams vying to compete in the 35th version of the America’s Cup, the world’s preeminent sailing race.
Bermuda is currently vying with San Diego to host the America’s Cup final in 2017. A decision on the final venue is expected in early December. Hosting the America’s Cup final would be a significant coup for Bermuda tourism as the territory seeks to reverse a years-long decline in visitor arrivals.
The America’s Cup World Series will provide teams competing in the America’s Cup with the opportunity to earn points that carry forward into the next stage of the competition, according to event officials. The teams’ overall ranking following the America’s Cup World Series will determine the teams’ starting-point scores in the America’s Cup qualifiers beginning in 2017.
“The waters of Bermuda are ideal for racing, as anyone who has sailed here can attest,” said Michael Dunkley, Bermuda’s premier. “We’re very excited to have our island be a part of the next America’s Cup and to have an opportunity to showcase our maritime heritage and first class hospitality to the America’s Cup teams.”
Races will take place in Bermuda’s Great Sound. Race teams and a public race village will be based on the waterfront in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital.
“When we started to look at Bermuda as a potential venue for 2017, it quickly became apparent that it would be an ideal location for an America’s Cup World Series event,” said Harvey Schiller, commercial commissioner for the America’s Cup. “The island is renowned for its hospitality and its capabilities at putting together professional events. It’s a good fit for us.”
“There is an undeniable prestige to America’s Cup races, bringing discerning travelers from around the globe as well as a significant amount of global media attention,” said Bill Hanbury, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “We’re excited to have such a platform to showcase all that Bermuda has to offer the international sailing community.”
Bermuda is a longtime center for international sailing and serves as the finish port for the Newport-Bermuda race, which will celebrate its 50th edition in 2016. Another staple sailing event, the Bermuda Gold Cup, dates back to 1937 and is considered the world’s oldest one-design match racing event. Current America’s Cup skippers Ben Ainslie and Jimmy Spithill are past Bermuda Gold Cup winners, say organizers. Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com
Quads, Kitesurfing And Catamarans – Heritage The Villas’ New Family, Camera, Action Holiday In MauritiusOctober 31, 2014 on 5:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Mauritius, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off
Heritage The Villas, situated on the south coast of Mauritius, is introducing a new Family, Camera, Action Holiday, with the aim of bringing families together and encouraging them to get out into the wild outdoors. Recent research has shown that more than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour a day outside and the “cotton wool generation” are experiencing an indoor existence. On holiday at Heritage The Villas, families are encouraged to enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities from quad biking in the estate’s own nature reserve, to kitesurfing at the on-site water sports school, all within a safe environment.
Set within a 2,500 hectare ex-sugar plantation estate, known as the Domaine de Bel Ombre, each two to four bedroom villa has been designed with families in mind. There is plentiful space for the kids to run around, large outdoor verandas, private swimming pool, cots and kids’ beds, plus every mod con a family could wish for.
The Family, Camera, Action Holiday costs from £4,289 per family (four sharing) for seven nights on a B&B basis, and includes:
Holiday planning service
Quad biking or Fauna and Flora Discovery Tour with family photo-shoot
Family golfing lesson
Kitesurfing lesson or catamaran boat trip
Preparing for the trip has been made easy for parents with the holiday planning service – a checklist sent via email, asking what each family member would like to do on their holiday. The concierge will then tailor-make a suggested itinerary, resulting in a holiday that runs smoothly and pleases all the family.
Families can enjoy the Domaine’s stunning Frederica Nature Reserve with aquad biking adventure or fauna and flora 4×4 discovery adventure, to explore the native fauna and flora, such as wild deer. Additionally, a photographer will capture the families’ time at the reserve, and a DVD memento will be created for them as a souvenir to take home.
The whole family can have some fun with a family golfing lesson on the 18-hole, par 72 championship course of the Heritage Golf Club. There is also a 9-hole pitch and putt par 3 course – ideal for beginners and children.
A kitesurfing lesson at the Kite Globing Kitesurf School is also an option in the package, so parents and kids (age 8+) can enjoy learning a new skill together. Other water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling are also available at no additional cost. Another option, and possibly one of the highlights of the holiday, is the catamaran boat trip to Benitiers Island, where guests will be able to spot and swim with wild dolphins.
Families can opt to eat out at any one of 12 different restaurants across the Domaine de Bel Ombre, where all tastes are catered for and each restaurant offers a varied children’s menu.
Families can also enjoy traditional fishing in the River Citronniers which runs through the resort, picnics in the gardens of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre – a 19th century colonial style mansion, as well as a variety of active pursuits such as SCUBA diving trips, tennis lessons, sports tournaments and mountain biking.
During their stay, all guests have unrestricted access to Heritage Resort’s extensive leisure facilities which include two hotels – Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali, two world-class spas, the C Beach Club, fitness centres and Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. The resort also offers a kids club (age 2-11) and teens club (age 12+) with a diversified programme of activities.
For more information on Heritage The Villas, please visit: www.heritageresorts.mu/en
Luxury dive liveaboard, the Arenui, is in high demand every year. Our 2015-2016 cruises are now 75% fully booked and even 2017 has been selling well for 6 months. We only have a few dates in late 2017 available to charter, so we are opening up our 2018 dates very soon (end of November)!
As a special promotion – exclusively for operators visiting us at DEMA – we are offering priority booking for charter dates on our 2018 calendar, before we publish the schedule online for general bookings. If your clients are looking for outstanding dive sites, beautiful scenery, great weather, luxury cabins and delicious food, plus professional and enthusiastic dive guides supported by a top-rated crew, come visit us at DEMA to discuss the details for a 16-guest charter in Indonesia on our boutique vessel.
ABOUT THE DIVE DESTINATIONS
Raja Ampat: Enjoy stunning topside views as we cruise alongside limestone rock formations and take a surface-interval break to visit remote beach island villages. Dive into this soft-coral heaven in the far east of the Indonesian archipelago and fill your logbook with famous West Papua sites such as Boo Windows in Misool, Arborek Jetty and Dampier Straits. Expect plenty of wobbegong sharks but also rare finds like the epaulette “walking” shark. Look out for photogenic critters like the pygmy seahorse and bring your wide-angle lens for the popular and almost guaranteed manta-sightings at the cleaning station.
Komodo: This is a great itinerary for all kinds of muck diving, as the dive sites here are packed full of unbelievable critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, blue-ringed octopus, pipefish, scorpion leaf fish, coleman shrimp, boxer crabs, zebra crabs and of course the weird and wonderful nudibranchs (if lucky, the ridiculously cute Pikachu nudi)! Divers keen on coral reefs will also be amazed at the range of corals that Komodo has to offer – from soft to hard and in warm to temperate waters – while those seeking out schooling fish need look no further than the thrilling current dives of Gili Lawa Laut. If you’re also hoping for some pelagics and ocean giants then bring your wide-angle lens along too for the resident mantas and sharks, but keep a watch for passing dolphins, whales and the elusive mola-mola (sun fish).
Alor: Explore the hidden gems of Alor – one of the best kept secrets for diving in paradise. This area is famous for beautiful rhinopias but also plenty of pelagic action. This fascinating dive destination boasts stunning topside scenery and impressive volcanoes; plus a visit to the famous Pura Island villagers, who splash out of their wooden dugout canoes and dive underwater with home-made goggles fashioned from wood and glass bottles. Take time out of diving for some land excursions here; trekking through the park to find ‘Varanus Riungensis’ – another giant lizard, slightly smaller and brighter than its cousin on Komodo).
Maluku: Unlike other areas, with high populations and subsequent pressure from fishing, the Bandas’ relatively small human population has been a blessing for divers – offering a vibrant, healthy reef system with fish life in incredible numbers along with huge gorgonians and sponges and some truly monumental hard corals. Expect plenty of pelagics, widespread muck diving and unexplored coral gardens, as well as a rich colonial heritage on land. Dive Nusa Laut, which showcases the positive effects of a village taking care of its habitat, where the reef remains as unspoiled as it was hundreds of years ago and a favorite of many dive enthusiasts.
Forgotten Islands: For a new itinerary why not visit this little known and under explored, remote area of Indonesia? The Forgotten Islands are part of a remote archipelago in the south-east corner of the Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara). These trips are for true explorers and those divers seeking out something new and unusual, as we take you from one secret paradise to another. Expect plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals, but also fantastic opportunities for pelagic sightings and schools of larger fish such as barracuda and mackerel, as well as the chance to meet an enigmatic whale shark or elusive hammerhead.
The Arenui is a magnificent Phinisi (traditional Indonesian wooden sailing vessel) and a work-of-art in itself. She was built using 70% recycled wood and has been designed to give guests a real taste of local culture, with handicrafts and décor from around the Indonesian provinces.
She is operated by one of the finest crews in Indonesia, with 3 Indonesian divemasters plus 4 highly experienced western cruise directors and a further 18 well-trained crew members from captains and engineers to masseurs and chefs.
The Arenui is a truly boutique liveaboard experience. Unwind in exceptionally spacious cabins, relax with professional massage and spa treatments and enjoy the view from the fabulous sky deck. Arenui believes that, even when sailing around remote islands, there’s no reason to forgo fine dining so our talented chefs offer sumptuous buffets but also daily a-la-carte menus. After all, a relaxing meal prepared with care and style is the best way to remain full of energy for the next dive!
Join the Arenui to dive Indonesia – the world’s no. 1 spot for biodiversity! Enjoy small groups with only 16 guests per cruise, so 4 per dive group. Your only challenge is which destination to choose! We explore the best dive sites of Komodo and Alor, Maluku and Raja Ampat, plus an exciting new destination – the Forgotten Islands?
Experience the beauty and hospitality of Indonesia with the Arenui.
British Columbia – based Maple Leaf Adventures is adding a new ship to its fleet for 2015; Swell is an 88 foot classic wooden tug boat which has been beautifully restored to offer boutique expedition cruises along the dramatic BC and Alaska coast. Build itn 1912 , Swell worked the coast for 92 year as one of the most beloved large tugs and recently underwent a $3.5 million refit to offer guest accommodation.
Responding to the growing global demand for enriching multi – day journeys aboard small ships, Maple Leaf Adventures has begun selling 2015 packages aboard Swell. No more than 10 passengers at a time will explore the coasts wild fjords and archipelagos with resident experts as guides and crew. These boutique expeditions are very personalized trips.
The introduction of Swell extends the ability to takes this live aboard adventures to people who seek more privacy and space than those trips typically offer. Guests will have unparalleled access to the bears, whales, glaciers, nature and culture of :
The Great Bear Rain Forest
Canada and Alaska’s Inside Passage
Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands)
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Vancouver Island
Swell has five private staterooms – each with its own private ensuite – plus a salon, two deck lounges and a hot tub. All cabins open onto a covered promenade and have natural light and opening windows with views to sea and landscape. Kayaks, rigid – hull inflatable boats, hydrophone and other gear ensure that Swell, as well as the Maple Leaf continue to offer these remote access trips with the spirit of discovery that the company is known for. For more information please go to www.MapleLeafAdventures.com and go to the Swell ship page from there.
Starting with a minimum five day, four night package, trips aboard Swell range from Cdn $1925 to Cdn$8000 per person ex. Interntational flights and include all gourmet meals, snacks and beverages , shore excursions, expert local guides , interpretation on natural and cultural history; photography tips, wildlife viewing, taking part in local and nautical customs, wild food foraging, special access permits to off limits areas, and the friendship and camaraderie that develop from full days exploring the natural world together.
British Columbia’s leading sailing operator, Outer Shores Expeditions, unveils its 2015 Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Photography Tour. Budding shutterbugs with a passion for travel and discovery will once again have the opportunity to learn insider tips and tricks to capturing the beautiful Pacific Coast from expert wildlife and landscape photographer James Thompson.
“The Pacific Rim is a photographer’s dream, especially in early spring when both land and sea are teeming with wildlife, like gray whales, orcas, salmon and black bears,” says Russell Markel, Outer Shores Expeditions President and Captain. “James truly understands how to best capture this beautiful region and the wildlife that call it home.”
“Partnering with Outer Shores allows me to combine my fascination with the interconnectedness of nature with my love of outdoor adventure,” says Thompson. “The opportunity to expose burgeoning photographers to the many ecosystems of Pacific Rim National Park is quite special, and I cannot wait to board the Passing Cloud again in 2015.”
Throughout the expedition from April 21st to 25th, 2015, James Thompson will be on hand to answer guest questions and provide one-on-one coaching on how to overcome technical challenges and develop new approaches to photographing the natural beauty of the B.C. coast.
Thompson is a talented and skilful addition to the Outer Shores team, having refined his craft at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and trained with nature photography legends Art Wolfe and Franz Lanting.
Win a James Thompson Print
To celebrate the launch of their brand new video, Outer Shores Expeditions is hosting a ‘Share to Win’ Facebook Giveaway from now until October 21st, 2014. One lucky fan will win an exclusive framed print from James Thompson Photography.
For details on how to win, visit the Outer Shores Expeditions
About Passing Cloud
Passing Cloud is a classic, 70′ schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose. Built in Victoria, BC, in 1974, Passing Cloud has a rich history on the BC Coast, renowned for her elegant design, exceptional accommodation, robust construction, and remarkable sailing abilities.
Designed to sail around the world, Passing Cloud is an ideal vessel for small-group natural and cultural history expeditions throughout the BC Coast. Among her many features are Passing Cloud’s classic West coast wheelhouse, four private staterooms and gorgeous main salon.
About Outer Shores Expeditions
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions small groups of 6 to 8 guests explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and traveling aboard the 70′ classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. President and Captain Russell Markel holds a PhD in marine biology and is dedicated to hosting guests from around the world while fostering stewardship and supporting conservation-based research in the areas where Outer Shores travels.
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (October 21, 2014) The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 – 8. You can enter the race via the link below at Regatta Guru;
The Notice of Race is available via the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta website at this link;
Photo by Bob Greiser / Outside Images
The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event’s 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season so watch this space for more information!
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.
For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.
35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, March 5 – 8, 2015.
Active holiday specialist, Neilson, has teamed up with youth charity, UK Sailing Academy (UKSA), to offer promising seafarers the exceptional chance to pursue a career out on the ocean waves with funded qualifications leading directly to a role overseas as a sailing, windsurfing or yachting instructor. Successful applicants will undertake a three-four month course with guaranteed employment overseas with Neilson upon qualification. Neilson will be contributing at least 70% of the course costs for 68 prospective candidates each year, for the next three years, with a total investment of over £700,000.
The two courses on offer are the ‘Watersports Instructor Training’ which leads to a qualification to teach both windsurfing and dinghy sailing, and ‘Professional Yachtmaster’ which leads to a career as a yacht skipper and trainer.
The ‘Watersports Instructor’ qualification would usually cost candidates £3,650 to complete. Neilson and UKSA however will be funding £2,650 of the total course cost, with the remaining £1,000 to be paid by the candidate themselves. Those successful will be qualified to teach dinghy sailing and windsurfing with the promise of a position as a Neilson instructor at one of the company’s Beachclubs with locations across Turkey and Greece.
The ‘Professional Yachtmaster’ is a 13 week course which will enable those with a passion for sailing but perhaps not the financial means to gain the required qualification the chance to join Neilson as a trainer or skipper across it’s yachting holidays programme in the Med. The course usually costs £6,995 but Neilson will be funding at least 72% of this investment for 20 successful applicants each year.
Applicants must be aged over 18 to apply and must demonstrate a willingness to learn and a passion to deliver top quality watersports instruction at Neilson resorts, however no prior experience is necessary. Neilson will consider requests for greater financial support based on individual needs which can be discussed with Neilson at the four selection days taking place at the company’s Brighton HQ on October 27, 28, 29 and 30.
With a shortage of qualified watersports instructors to meet the demands of activity holidays, this is not only the perfect opportunity to secure the right people for the job whilst removing the financial barriers but also to help support both young people setting out on their career path or for those looking for a change of direction.
Richard Bowden Doyle, chairman at Neilson comments: “Each year Neilson recruits over 1,000 staff to work overseas at our fantastic Beachclubs in Turkey and Greece, however we are aware that the costs of qualifying can often be a barrier to people wanting to apply.
“This new scheme will allow us to work with even more talented people, giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill and secure guaranteed employment for two years post-qualification. We would encourage anyone interested in a career on the water to join us at our selection days at the end of October to chat through the opportunities on offer.”
Those interested in attending an assessment day can apply via the UKSA website: http://uksa.org/professional-training/watersports/watersports-instructor-training-neilson-funding/ or by calling Neilson’s dedicated course advisors at the UKSA on 01983 203038.
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