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THE NEXT GENERATION
OF EXPEDITION CRUISING
IT PAYS TO LEARN
Expedition cruising has grown beyond expectations, with more
cruise lines entering the sector, record numbers of expedition
ships on order and exciting new itineraries launching to parts of
the world only a privileged few ever see.
Recognising the importance of the sector, Clia UK & Ireland
has not only formed a new expedition working group but
organised its first-ever forum dedicated to expedition cruising.
In October it will also be hosting Luxury and Expedition Cruise
Showcases in Belfast, Manchester and Norwich.
It all adds up to one thing: A sector of the cruise industry that
agents ignore at their peril. There is a lot to learn but with lead
prices in their thousands of pounds, the rewards are high.
This year’s Expedition Cruise Diary is packed with information
about the cruise lines in this sector, their ships and the
destinations they visit, giving agents the tools to help them
inspire customers to get off the beaten track.
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Expedition cruising has been on the sidelines of the industry, considered
something for a small band of adventurous travellers prepared to rough it
in return for visiting out-of-the-way places, but things are changing fast as
more cruise lines enter the market with luxurious new ships.
An unprecedented 30 or more expedition ships are
being built over the next four years, offering grand
suites, butlers and upscale restaurants for those
venturing off the beaten path.
It doesn’t mean that expedition cruising is a
mainstream holiday choice yet – most people still
see a cruise as a time to relax in the sun rather than
be challenged by new experiences - but it has put
the sector under the spotlight as never before.
It means agents who want to grab a share
of the market need to get to grips with a whole
new style of cruising and destinations.
Expedition ships are small, holding anything
from 200 to 500 passengers. That is important
as it means they can navigate into little bays
and convey passengers ashore by tender quickly
and efficiently (there are no ports in many of the
places these ships visit).
Size is even more important in the polar regions.
In Antarctica, only ships with 500 passengers or
fewer are allowed to offer landings and then only
100 can be ashore at one time. Many cruise lines
limit passenger numbers to 200 and allow just an
hour ashore, ensuring a smooth landing operation
with the minimum waiting time.
In the Galapagos, ships are not allowed to
carry any more than 100 people and itineraries
are carefully planned so there is only ever one
vessel at each of the landing sites to ensure the
wildlife is not disturbed. »
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WHEN TO GO
• Antarctica cruises run in the austral summer, between
November and March, when much of the sea ice has
melted. In November the continent is at its most
pristine (but it will likely also be much colder); December
and January is the time to see the most plentiful
wildlife; mid-February to early March is the best time
to spot whales.
• Cruises to the Arctic (that’s Spitsbergen, Greenland, the
Northwest and Northeast Passage) run between June
and September. In June and July, the days are long as
the sun never sets.
• Galapagos cruises operate year-round. The hottest
weather is January to May, when it is most likely to rain.
June to December is dry and a bit cooler.
• The Amazon is warm and humid year-round (between
21˚C and 31˚C). High water season is December to May,
low water from June to November, but this is rainforest
so clients should expect precipitation anytime. Oceangoing
cruise ships are there in winter between December
• Cruise lines sail in the Kimberley in the dry season, April
to October, when temperatures average 30˚C. During the
wet, November to March, temperatures top 40˚C and
roads become impassable due to flooding.
A DIFFERENT WAY TO CRUISE
Expedition cruising is about as different to a traditional holiday at sea as is
For one thing, rather than cathedrals, museums and water parks, outings
mean visits to glaciers and waterfalls, fishing for piranha fish, tiptoeing
through basking iguanas, learning about penguins and whales or watching
out (literally) for polar bears.
For another, life on board is casual. Dress codes are almost unheard of
(jeans and t-shirts are more appropriate than dinner jackets and cocktail
dresses) and rather than production shows, there are lectures about the
environment and wildlife that passengers will encounter from teams of
biologists, geologists, historians, marine scientists and other experts.
There might be talks about whales and penguins on a cruise to
Antarctica, for instance, or about polar bears in Spitsbergen. In the Amazon
it’s all about rainforests, wildlife and birds.
These expedition teams also guide trips ashore (these are included in
the price, although there might be a charge for special activities such as
kayaking or camping in Antarctica) and host zodiac cruises up close to
glaciers, rainforests and wildlife.
None of this comes cheap. Cruises start at about £6,000 per person for a
week away excluding the air fare, which is another hefty expense as flights
are long haul to out of the way places. For the right client, it will be a small
price to pay for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With such high rewards at stake, agents must spend time learning about
the expedition sector and how to sell it.
As with everything it is vital to do plenty of research because the more
they know about the ships and itineraries, the more confident they will be
suggesting an expedition cruise to clients.
It will also help them conjure up the image of a truly memorable
experience, creating a feeling of awe for the customer, who hopefully won’t
be able to say no.
The type of client who might like an expedition cruise is wide, from
seasoned cruisers ready for something more daring than a well-scripted
two weeks sailing around the Med to clients who have never set foot on a
ship but are looking for the best way to see Antarctica and the Galapagos.
Customers who have previously been on an African safari or soft
adventure holiday are also likely candidates for an expedition cruise. It is
a fact that whereas on safari you may or may not see much wildlife, on a
cruise in Antarctica and Galapagos you just cannot miss seeing penguins,
birds and other animals.
Above all, it is important not to apologise for the price. Instead, sell the
value and the unique experiences that await on expedition cruises. »
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WHAT TO PACK
• Wellington boots and waterproof trousers are a must for
Antarctica as you invariably have to step into the sea to get from
the landing craft to the beach. Most cruise lines have boots for
hire, either for free or a small charge.
• Cruise ships might be in Antarctica in summer but it is still very
cold so passengers will also need warm jumpers, woolly hats,
scarves and gloves.
• The Arctic isn’t as chilly but it is still cold so warm clothes are
needed, as well as stout walking shoes and waterproof trousers for
• Most cruise lines provide complimentary parkas for passengers
sailing in the polar regions.
THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
The Mergui (pronounced mer-gwee) Archipelago is a scattering of
800 islands, many of them deserted, covered in dense rainforest and
ringed by sandy beaches, off the southern coast of Myanmar in the
Andaman Sea. Pandaw alone has seven and 10-night cruises here, on
the 24-passenger Andaman Explorer. Clients can expect to see monkeys
and tropical birds ashore, and whales and dolphins at sea. Pandaw’s
itinerary visits the nomadic Mokken people who live on the sea and
make a living catching fish and pearl diving.
GALAPAGOS AND KIMBERLEY
• These areas are tropical so light clothing, hats and sunscreen are
needed. Waterproof sandals are useful for wading ashore from
WHERE TO GO?
Antarctica is top of the list for adventure cruises. It’s a long way to travel
but visitors are rewarded with icebergs the size of houses, hundreds of
whales and millions of penguins. And of course they’ll have the privilege of
being among the few people who ever get the chance to set foot on the
most inhospitable continent in the world.
Once Antarctica is done, it’s time to swap penguins for polar bears
on a cruise to the Arctic. There’s lots of choice here, with cruises around
Spitsbergen, the nearest most vessels can get to the North Pole, and
voyages along the coast of Greenland and through the Northwest Passage,
the icy waterway between Greenland and Canada. A new must-do
itinerary, the Northeast Passage, takes passengers across the top of Russia
on a journey from Alaska to Norway.
Those who prefer warmer climes can get close to wildlife in the
Galapagos, where the animals have no fear of humans, and see gushing
waterfalls, coral reefs and crocodiles in the Kimberley.
There are tropical birds, piranha fish and jungle to explore on cruises
along the Amazon River in Brazil. On cruises through the Mergui
Archipelago off the west coast of Myanmar, passengers enter the realm of
the sea gypsies, with kayaking through mangroves and swimming in the
Travellers on all these cruises need an adventurous spirit as itineraries
are often more like guidelines, especially in the polar regions. Captains will
aim to visit all the places on the schedule but the actual route depends on
weather and wildlife. Wind, ice and fog will scupper landings in Antarctica;
in the Arctic, a prowling polar bear will halt plans for a walk ashore.
IS EXPEDITION CRUISING FOR ME?
✔ Perfect for those with a sense of adventure keen to see places away from the tourist haunts.
More than 13 new
expedition ships are slated to
launch this year and next.
Aurora Expeditions, Scenic,
Crystal Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd
and Hurtigruten are all
building expedition ships
with ice-strengthened hulls
that can sail in polar regions.
Details can be found in the Antarctica and Arctic pages.
All offer levels of luxury previously unheard of on expedition ships but
Scenic and Crystal are going beyond lavish with yachts that offer butler
service for all and have helicopters and submarines to whisk passengers off
on adventures above and below the ocean.
Seabourn is launching its first-ever expedition vessels. Built to PC6
Polar Class standards, they will accommodate 264 passengers and carry
a 26-strong expedition team, two submarines, kayaks and Zodiacs. The
first ship, launching June 2021, will sail a short season in the Arctic before
relocating to Antarctica. The second vessel will be delivered May 2022.
French cruise line Ponant launched two warm-water explorer vessels in
2018 and has another four on the way. Le Bougainville and Le Dumontd’Urville
enter service in April and August this year, with Le Bellot and Le
Jacques Cartier following in 2020. All accommodate 184 passengers and
have a Blue Eye lounge in the hull from which passengers can peek out
into the ocean.
✔ Ideal for those who have cruised the Med, Caribbean and Baltic and want to do something different but not miss out on a few weeks at sea.
✔ A ball for baby boomers who missed out on a gap year and fancy some soft adventure without having to rough it.
✔ Spot on for those interested in seeing and learning about wildlife, nature and the environment.
✔ Brilliant for teenagers who do not need constant entertaining. It’s not a cheap holiday, but an experience they will never forget.
✖ The new generation of expedition ships might be more suitable for disabled passengers than the older vessels still in operation but getting
ashore will always be a problem. Ask the cruise line for advice before booking.
The Amazon rises in the Andes
Mountains and flows 4,000 miles
through nine countries in South
America before emptying into the
Atlantic. The river is so big that
ocean-going ships can sail nearly
650 miles upriver from the Atlantic
to Manaus, taking passengers on a
real getaway-from-it-all adventure.
They’ll trek through jungle that’s
home to sloths, howler monkeys and
colourful parrots, meet indigenous
people, maybe kayak along narrow
tributaries, and see piranha fish and
caiman (like an alligator) up close.
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TOP FIVE HIGHLIGHTS
• Watching the Montgomery Reef rise out of the water.
It’s an illusion of course. What’s really happening
is the tide is falling. Zodiacs get close to the water
cascading off it and green turtles hugging the base.
• A helicopter ride to the Mitchell Falls, where water
tumbles over four tiers some 80 metres high.
• A fast boat ride over the Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay.
The phenomenon is created by a break in the cliffs
through which millions of gallons of sea powers in and
out as the tide ebbs and flows.
• A boat ride down the Hunter River on the look out for
fearsome ‘salties’ – the Australian nickname for the
saltwater crocodiles that lurk in the mangroves.
• Discovering Aboriginal rock art depicting human
figures that is believed to be 50,000 years old.
The Kimberley is a remote area in Northern Australia that’s the size of
England but with a population of just over 40,000 people and a couple of
roads that become almost impassable in the wet, between November and
April, when up to 50 inches of rain falls.
WHO GOES WHERE
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• Read up on the cruise itineraries so you
can paint such an exciting picture of what
awaits that clients can’t resist booking.
• Don’t just offer this to your cruise
customers. A Kimberley cruise is perfect
for everyone seeking a holiday packed
with excitement and adventure.
• Australia is a long way to go for 10 nights
so package the cruise around a longer
stay. Some beach time in Broome, a few
days in Cairns to visit the Great Barrier
Reef and a couple of nights in Sydney
would be great additions.
• Break the price into a daily cost to show
what great value it is for such a once-ina-lifetime
Only a handful of cruise lines sail here, which is
a shame because it is a thrilling holiday offering
different and unique experiences every day that
travellers with a sense of adventure will love.
Many are a result of the region’s huge tidal
range (up to 12 metres, one of the largest on
the planet), which creates gushing rapids and
the bizarre phenomenon of a coral reef rising
out of the water. The aggressive saltwater
crocodiles that lurk beneath the waves, curtailing
swimming and meaning trips ashore are limited,
add to the excitement.
And then there is the fact that ships have
to anchor quite a way out from land in several
spots because much of the coast is still not fully
charted. The Kimberley is remote indeed, even by
Over the course of a week your clients will take
Zodiac cruises through a stunning sandstone gorge
that leads to the tumbling twin King George Falls,
see ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a fast
boat over the Horizontal Falls. A couple of lines
include flights over the Bungle Bungles - a range of
beehive-shaped sandstone structures some 250
metres high in the Purnululu National Park, a vast
wilderness almost the size of Luxembourg.
Cruises operate between Broome in Western
Australia, a town built up on the pearling industry
but these days most famous for its long sandy
Cable Beach, and the city of Darwin, which was
named after the British evolutionist although he
never actually went there.
Clients with time in the city at the start or end
of their cruise can visit the Kakadu National Park,
dive into the local street culture at Mindil Beach
Sunset Market (Thursday and Sunday evenings)
or visit an exhibition at the Museum and Art
Gallery of the Northern Territory that recreates the
night of Christmas Eve 1974 when the city was hit
by a devastating cyclone.
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Pandaw ✔ fredrivercruises.co.uk
Ponant ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ponant.com
Scenic ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ scenic.co.uk
Seabourn ✔ ✔ ✔ seabourn.com
Silversea Expeditions ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ silversea.com
WHO GOES THERE
Ship: Silver Discoverer – 5,218 tons, 116 passengers.
Itineraries: Ten-day cruises between Broome and
Darwin or vice-versa from April to June 2019 include a
flight over the Bungle Bungles and a Zodiac cruise to
the King George Falls.
Sample: From £7,600 per person for a 10-night cruise
from Darwin to Broome departing June 4 2019.
Ships: Le Lapérouse – 9,900 tons, 184 passengers.
Itineraries: Eleven-day cruises between Darwin and
Broome that visit the Lacepede Islands, home to colonies
of brown boobies, Australian penguins and countless
other birdlife, and Collier Bay to see the Montgomery Reef.
Sample: From €8,440 per person for a 10-night Iconic
Kimberley cruise from Darwin to Broome departing May 8
2020. Excludes flights.
Ships: Coral Expeditions I – 730 tons, 42 passengers.
Itineraries: Eleven-day voyages between Broome
and Darwin that include treks through the bush, a
Zodiac cruise through the Horizontal Falls and seek out
crocodiles in Prince Regent Nature Reserve.
Sample: From Aus$8,690 per person for an 11-day
Broome to Darwin cruise departing June 10 2019.
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Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most remote place on earth; a
frozen world almost 60 times the size of Britain during the austral summer
(our winter) that spends half the year in total darkness and is cut off from
civilisation by the Drake Passage - 1,000km of one of the most feared sea
crossings in the world.
But it’s also one of the most majestic places
on the planet, an other-worldly land that is
all the more captivating because its pristine
environment is one that man has always tried
but never quite managed to conquer, even with
the backing of 21st-century technology.
This is nature in the raw, where snow-capped
mountains give way to deep ice fjords, icebergs
are the size of six-storey buildings and so much
of the sea freezes in winter, creating a layer up to
two metres thick, that the continent effectively
doubles in size. »
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS
• Half-Moon Island. Only 2km long, but it has dramatic
rock formations, multi-coloured lichens and a large
population of chinstrap penguins. Whales are often
spotted patrolling the shores.
• Lemaire Channel. This narrow passage – just 1,600
metres at its widest point - is nicknamed Kodak Gap
because the scenery is stunning. Think steep cliffs,
mountain peaks, icebergs and a hangout for minke or
• Petermann Island. Accessed through the Lemaire
Channel, this is the home of gentoo and Adélie
• Paradise Harbour. An aptly-named bay surrounded by
glaciated mountains and ice cliffs that’s home to a
rookery of gentoo penguins.
• Gerlache Strait. Get cameras at the ready because this
is a likely spot to see humpback and minke whales,
chinstrap penguins and leopard seals.
• Elephant Island. The crew from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s
failed expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole
arrived here in 1916 and 21 of them then waited four
months while their leader went to South Georgia for help.
They lived under an upturned boat and survived on seal
blubber. It is named for its colony of elephant seals.
• Port Lockroy. The former British base at Port Lockroy
is now curated by the UK Antarctica Heritage Trust.
Visitors can look around huts preserved as they were in
the 1940s and there is a shop for souvenir hunters.
A WORLD LESS VISITED
Climate: Antarctica is in the southern
hemisphere, which means its seasons
are the opposite of those in the UK. Our
winter is summer in Antarctica, while our
summer is winter at the South Pole.
When to go: Cruises operate from
November to March, when there is less
sea ice. Summer temperatures in the
Antarctic Peninsula average 2˚C.
Ice: When the sea ice freezes in winter,
Antarctica doubles in size, covering
13,829,800 square kilometres.
Cold: The lowest temperature recorded
in Antarctica was minus 129˚C, at Vostok
Station on July 21 1983.
Highest mountain: Mount Vinson,
some 4,892 metres above sea level.
Number of tourists: 51,707
(International Association of Antarctica
Tour Operators, winter 2017/18).
But Antarctica is not just about scenery. Some
45 species of birds live here, including albatrosses,
petrels, skuas, gulls and, of course, penguins. Visitors
quickly become experts in identifying the Adélies,
chinstraps, gentoos and macaronis. Seeing them
waddle awkwardly on land and then dive gracefully
into the icy water is just magical.
There are seals, fish and whales, including
humpbacks and orcas. Plants can’t survive the cold,
but lichens, mosses and algae have adapted to
live in the freezing conditions. It’s tough out there
for them though, so visitors are asked to avoid
stepping on plant life when they go ashore.
There was a time when only intrepid explorers,
seal hunters and whalers went to Antarctica; now
the hunters are banned and instead it is home to
scientists from all over the world and a bucket-list
destination for travellers keen to be among the few
thousand people who set foot on the continent
A few big ships have sightseeing sailings in
Antarctica, and it is possible to fly there and skip
the Drake Passage crossing, but for the ultimate
once-in-a-lifetime experience nothing beats an
expedition cruise, braving the Drake (it’s not always
rough!) and walking through colonies of penguins,
going kayaking amid the growlers, cruising close
to icebergs in inflatable Zodiacs, maybe even
camping ashore. This is the stuff of adventurers,
the place to come if clients want excitement, fun
and to be at one with nature.
Under the rules of the Antarctic Treaty, only ships
with 500 or fewer passengers can offer landings
and only 100 people are allowed on land at a time.
Once ashore, they must stay in marked areas, try
to walk in tracks made by the expedition team and
keep 15 feet away from the penguins. Collecting
stones or other souvenirs is strictly forbidden, as is
Most Antarctic cruises operate round-trip from
Ushuaia, the town on the southern-most tip of
Argentina; a few alternatively depart from Punta
Arenas in Chile. Itineraries are anything from
10-night jaunts to the Antarctic Peninsula to 23-
day voyages or longer that combine Antarctica with
South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. » p25
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS
Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands,
Svalbard, Greenland, the Kimberley, the Galapagos
Islands, the South Pacific, the Russian Far East, a
spectacular wilderness closed to westerners for
decades, where volcanoes smoulder, brown bears
roam and numerous seabirds swarm.
And still Silversea Expeditions keeps exploring,
‘Silversea is the
leader in luxury and
Chairman and CEO,
Royal Caribbean Cruises
What an amazing few months it has been for Silversea Expeditions.
On June 3 2018, 10 years to the day after stake in Silversea, dubbed a ‘crown jewel
Silversea’s first expedition ship set sail and acknowledged leader in luxury and
on its maiden voyage from London’s expedition cruising’ by Royal Caribbean
Tower Bridge to Svalbard in the Arctic, Chairman and CEO Richard Fain.
the company celebrated a decade of Within six weeks the deal was done
exploring the world in all-inclusive and just three months later, Silversea
luxury with a gala voyage from Tower signed a contract with Dutch shipyard
Bridge to Dublin.
De Hoop to build a new luxury
In a neat piece of symmetry, the gala expedition ship, Silver Origin, to cruise
was on Silver Cloud, Silversea’s first the Galapagos Islands.
luxury ship when the company was
Exciting doesn’t even get close
founded in 1994 and the newest addition to describing Silversea Expeditions’
to the expedition fleet, which it joined in itineraries, which visit the very ends
2017 after a $40 million refit.
of the earth, taking intrepid travellers
Just two weeks later, Royal Caribbean to bucket-list destinations and remote
Cruises announced it was acquiring a 67% islands that few will even have heard of.
much to the delight of past and new customers
seeking excitement and adventure off the grid.
New this year, an epic 25-day voyage through the
Northeast Passage from Nome in Alaska to Tromso
in Norway on Silver Explorer was snapped up so
fast when it went on sale that it is being repeated in
This is a journey beyond thrilling, taking guests
across the top of Russia, sailing through glistening ice
and calling into islands where wildlife is king and few
humans have ever set foot.
With the help of an expert expedition team, they’ll
be on the lookout for all manner of seabirds including
cormorants, murres, kittiwakes, puffins and guillemots,
as well as walruses, polar bears and reindeer. There’ll
be intriguing stories of explorers who passed through
these lands in centuries past, of the geology and
history of this harsh terrain. And of course plenty of
treasured memories to take home.
‘We will continue
to bring innovation
to the world of
Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio
In summer 2020, Silver Origin will start
sailing in the Galapagos Islands. Here’s what
we know so far about the new ship.
• Silver Origin is designed specifically to cruise the
Galapagos. It is being built by Dutch shipyard De
Hoop, is due to be delivered in Rotterdam in March
2020 and will start cruising around the islands in
• She will hold 100 guests – the maximum allowed in
the Galapagos – and have 84 crew members as well as
an expedition team to host talks on board and guide
• She will have six inflatable Zodiacs for wet landings
onto beaches and rocks, and also carry kayaks and
snorkelling gear that can be borrowed for free.
• She will have spacious all-suite, all-balcony
accommodation and every guest will enjoy Silversea’s
signature butler service.
• She will have a new Stargazing Lounge, two
restaurants, a plunge pool, and small spa, hairdresser
and fitness centre.
WHY SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS?
ALL THIS IS INCLUDED
• All suites are oceanview and 80% have a
• Butler service in every suite
• Personalised service guaranteed with nearly
one crew member for every guest
• Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open
• Cruises led by a highly-qualified expedition
team of experts (marine biologists, ornithologists,
historians and more)
• Enrichment lectures on related topics enhance
• Exclusive partnership with The Royal
• Unlimited Wi-Fi for all guests
• Alcoholic and soft drinks in suites and throughout
the ship, including champagne, wines and spirits
• Room service
• On-board gratuities
• Excursions and activities, with Zodiac cruising,
hiking and kayaking on selected voyages
• Silversea Expeditions Parka
Due to local regulations, some services and selections are limited or not available on Silver Galapagos.
0207 340 0700
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS
…a frozen continent surrounded by oceans with the South
Pole at its centre.
…the coldest, driest and windiest continent on earth.
…in the southern hemisphere, which means its seasons are the
opposite to those in the UK. Our winter is summer so that’s
when the cruise ships visit.
…rarely much above 2C, and that is in summer. In winter
temperatures drop below -49C (as a guide, home freezers
are about -15C).
…covered in the world’s biggest and thickest ice sheet – it
blankets 98% of the continent; the mean thickness is 2.16km.
…home to 17 species of birds including albatrosses, petrels,
skuas, shags and penguins.
…home to 235 species of marine mammals including
elephant, fur and leopard seals, baleen whales, toothed
whales and orcas.
…an archipelago of volcanic islands some 600 miles off the
coast of Ecuador in South America.
…made up of 19 main islands and more than 215 rocks and
…famous as the place where visitors can get close to wildlife
because the animals have no fear of humans.
…credited with having inspired Charles Darwin’s book The
Origin of Species when he visited in 1835.
…the only place in the northern hemisphere where penguins
live in their natural habitat.
…home to the only lizards in the world that swim (marine
iguanas) and the only cormorants that can’t fly.
…on the equator, which means there is an equal 12 hours of
daylight and 12 hours of night all year.
…always good to go. December to May is warmer (highs of
32˚C) and wetter. June to November is cooler (highs of
26˚C) and dry.
IN A NUTSHELL
Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Santa
Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana
LOOK OUT FOR:
Giant tortoises, marine iguanas, land
iguanas, booby birds, pelicans, sea lions,
penguins, albatrosses, frigate birds,
SILVERSEA IN ANTARCTICA
Guest capacity: 240
Crew capacity: 212
Last refurbishment: 2017
Total Expedition team members: Up to 28
Number of Zodiacs: 18
Guest capacity: 144
Crew capacity: 118
Last refurbishment: 2017
Total Expedition team members: 12
Number of Zodiacs: 12
SILVERSEA IN THE GALAPAGOS
Guest capacity: 100
Crew capacity: 75
Last refurbishment: 2017
Total Expedition team members: 8
Number of Zodiacs: 7
Replaces Silver Galapagos: 2020
Guest capacity: 100
Crew capacity: 84
Expedition team members: TBC
Number of Zodiacs: 6
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Svalbard Northern Region
Svalbard Southern Region
Cruise Bear Island
LISBON TO REYKJAVIK
18 days | June 16-July 3
Voyage though Iberia, France,
the UK and Iceland
REYKJAVIK TO TROMSO
14 days | July 3-16
Voyage through Iceland,
Svalbard and Norway
BROUGHT TO YOU BY SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS
St Peter Port
PIRAEUS (ATHENS) TO LISBON AFRICA
Ksamil Athens (Piraeus)
15 days | June 2-16
Voyage through the Mediterranean
Suez Canal Transit
SINGAPORE TO COCHIN
17 days | April 28-May 14
Voyage through Indonesia
and the Indian Ocean
COCHIN TO PIRAEUS (ATHENS)
20 days | May
Voyage though the Middle East,
Suez Canal and Greece
Palopo, Pulau Tellang
Hunter River Region
CAIRNS TO SINGAPORE
23 days | April 6-28
Voyage through the
Kimberley and Indonesia
LAUTOKA TO CAIRNS
15 days | March 23-April 6
Voyage through Vanuatu, the Solomon
Islands and Papua New Guinea
PAPEETE TO LAUTOKA
13 days | March 11-23
Voyage through the Cook
Islands, Samoa and Fiji
VALPARAISO TO PAPEETE
23 days | Feb 17 to March 11
Voyage through Chile and
Alexander Selkirk Island
Robinson Crusoe Island
Cruise English Narrows
Cruise Chilean Fjords
USHUAIA TO VALPARAISO
19 days | Jan 30-Feb 17
Voyage to Antarctica and
through the Chilean fjords
South Shetland Islands
SILVERSEA’S UNCHARTED WORLD TOUR IN NUMBERS
OF THE CRUISE
OF PORT CALLS
…an area enclosed by a notional circle with the
North Pole at its centre that crosses seven
countries (Norway, Greenland, Russia, Canada,
Alaska, Finland, Sweden) and passes through
the Icelandic Island of Grimsby.
…the place to cruise the Northwest Passage,
the Arctic route between North America and
Greenland discovered in 1906 by Norwegian
explorer Roald Amundsen.
…an average 3-12˚C in summer, falling to an
average -34˚C in winter.
…home to about four million people.
…the place to spot polar bears. It’s also home to millions of
seabirds, Arctic foxes and Svalbard Reindeer and walruses.
…home to four species of whales and six species
…blanketed by so much ice that if it were all to melt the sea
levels would rise 23.6 feet.
SILVERSEA IN THE ARCTIC
Guest capacity: 240
Crew capacity: 212
Last refurbishment: 2017
Expedition team members: Up to 28
Number of Zodiacs: 18
Guest capacity: 144
Crew capacity: 118
Last refurbishment: 2017
Expedition team members: 12
Number of Zodiacs: 12
THE FIRST EVER
EXPEDITION WORLD CRUISE
A world cruise is always an adventure
but imagine how amazing it would be
to find one that veers away from the
path well trod and instead calls into
spectacular places where very few
people ever set foot.
Impossible? Not for Silversea
Expeditions, which has launched the
first-ever expedition world cruise.
The 167-day Uncharted World Tour,
on Silversea’s expedition ship Silver
Cloud, sets sail on January 30 2021,
and will take guests on a spectacular
journey from Ushuaia in Argentina
to Tromso in Norway by way of
Antarctica, the Chilean fjords, the
South Pacific, Papua New Guinea,
Indonesia, the Mediterranean and
Norwegian fjords. Ten shorter sectors are planned
to go on sale nearer to the departure date.
The list of calls en route reads like a who’s who
of expedition favourites, but with more than a few
exciting-sounding places that most people will
likely never even have heard of.
Weather permitting there’ll be a landing in
the South Shetland Islands, a day to explore
Chile’s colourful island capital of Castro, and an
overnight stay in remote Easter Island, to see the
extraordinary monumental statues carved more
than 700 years ago by the Rapa Nui people.
Guests will be island-hopping through Vanuatu
and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, visit
volcanic Rabaul in Papua New Guinea and seek out
saltwater crocodiles as they cruise the Kimberley
in Australia. They’ll see orang-utans in the wild in
Indonesia, glaciers and polar bears in Svalbard and
a myriad of seabirds in Norway’s Gjesvaerstappan
They’ll be accompanied along the way by a
brilliant line-up of guest speakers who are experts
in everything from anthropology and archaeology
to geology, garden design and history. They include
Jo Ruxton, who produced the documentary A
Plastic Ocean, Egyptologist Chris Naunton, and
explorer Felicity Aton, the first and only woman to
ski across Antarctica alone.
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THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
Many people had never heard of these islands until the
Argentineans invaded in 1982. Now it is a popular add on to longer
cruises to Antarctica.
The main port and capital is Stanley, a small town where pubs and
corner shops are the mainstay of the community. The island itself is
like the Devon moors, wild and windswept but with penguins instead
of ponies and signs that warn of minefields.
Excursions visit colonies of gentoo and king penguin rookeries
in Bluff Cove, and rockhoppers in Berkeley Sound. There are also
battlefield tours and trips to working farms to learn about farming in
this harsh terrain.
LET US TAKE YOU CLOSER
TO THE AUTHENTIC BEAUTY OF THE
Your clients can explore the unspoiled landscapes of
Antarctica on an extraordinary voyage with all the comforts
they love. Aided by a team of world-class experts,
our ultra-luxury, all-inclusive ships are modern gems
of design, excelling in both fine living and exploration.
For more information or for reservations
please call 0207 340 0700, visit silversea.com
or email email@example.com.
• Antarctica cruises aren’t cheap but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is worth that
one big splurge.
• Clients wanting to set foot on Antarctica must choose a ship with no more than 500
passengers and preferably just 100-200 to avoid long delays getting ashore.
• If time allows, cruises that combine Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands offer the
ultimate in expedition cruising.
• Advise customers to expect the unexpected. This is a big adventure in a hostile climate and
itineraries are wholly dependent on the weather.
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WHO GOES THERE
South Georgia, famous as the place where the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton found help to
rescue his failed mission to reach the South Pole in 1916, is some 800 miles south-east of the
Falkland Islands and a popular stop for longer expedition cruises through the Southern Ocean.
Just 100 miles long and 20 miles wide, the island was discovered by James Cook in 1775
and for the next 200 years was the scene of mass slaughter as first the sealing and then the
whaling industries moved in and wiped out entire populations of fur seals and cetaceans.
These days cruise passengers come with far more peaceful intent – namely to see Shackleton’s
grave in the small settlement of Grytviken, admire the picturesque Alps-like scenery and marvel
at the abundance of wildlife.
That includes huge populations of fur and elephant seals, which have returned to the island
in the 50 years since the sealers and whalers left, millions of penguins and sea birds, and
thousands of albatrosses.
Ships: Greg Mortimer (from November 2019) – 7,400 tons; 160 passengers (120 in
the polar regions).
Itineraries: Antarctica sailings operate round-trip from Ushuaia in Argentina and
include 13-day voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula and longer trips that take in
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Sample: From US$10,500 per person for the maiden 12-day Spirit of Antarctica
voyage round-trip from Ushuaia departing October 30 2019. Excludes flights.
Ship: Silver Cloud - 16,800 tons, 240 passengers; Silver Explorer - 6,072 tons, 144
Itineraries: Sailings operate round-trip from Ushuaia in Argentina and range from
10-day cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula to 15 and 18-day voyages combining
Antarctica with the Falklands and/or South Georgia.
Sample: From £11,970 per person for a 10-day cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula on
Silver Cloud departing December 10 2019. Excludes flights.
Ships: Le Lyrial - 10,992 tons, 244 passengers; Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal –
10,944 tons, 264 passengers.
Itineraries: Sailings round-trip from Ushuaia in Argentina range from 10-night
cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula to 21-day voyages combining the Falklands with
South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and Antarctica.
Sample: From €10,550 per person for a 10-night Emblematic Antarctica cruise on
Le Soléal departing February 19 2020. Excludes flights.
• Australia’s Aurora Expeditions is launching new ship Greg
Mortimer in November. Named after the company’s founder, the
vessel has a revolutionary X-Bow, which pierces the waves instead
of rising up and down on them, resulting in a more comfortable
ride. The majority of cabins have a balcony, almost two-thirds
can accommodate three people and it has two outdoor hydraulic
viewing platforms from where passengers can get closer to the
wildlife and landscape.
• Crystal Cruises’ new discovery yacht Crystal Endeavor is visiting
Antarctica for the first time in 2021, but venturing to the
eastern side of the continent, where few cruise ships go. The
200-passenger vessel is built for luxury exploration. It will have
all-suite, all-balcony accommodation serviced by butlers and
six restaurants, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma, Italian
Prego and the Waterside main dining room. The vessel will have
a large spa, a two-storey solarium and carry two helicopters
and a submarine.
• Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is launching new expedition ship Hanseatic
Inspiration in October. The vessel will have three restaurants, a
Grand Suite with a shower that transforms into a steam room,
and glass viewing platforms that fold out of the ship’s hull and
hover 15 metres above the ocean. This is an international ship
with all cruises conducted in German and English.
• Hurtigruten is launching the world’s first hybrid cruise ship in May.
Called Roald Amundsen, it will operate mainly on Liquefied Natural
Gas but be able to switch to electric power for short periods. The
vessel, which makes its Antarctic debut in winter 2019/20, has an
on-board science centre where passengers can interact with the
expedition team and learn more about the places they are visiting.
Sister ship Fridtjof Nansen launches in 2020.
• Scenic’s discovery ship Scenic Eclipse is launching in August an makes
its Antarctica debut in winter 2019/20. The vessel will have all-balcony
suites, butler service for all, 10 places to eat and carry a helicopter and
seven-man sub for exploring above and below the waves.
Ships: Scenic Eclipse (launches August 2019) – 17,085 tons, 228 passengers (200
in polar regions).
Itineraries: Packages range from 16 to 23 days and pair cruises round-trip from
Ushuaia with pre and post-cruise overnights in Buenos Aires. Voyages visit the
Antarctic Peninsula and combine Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Sample: From £12,705 per person for a 16-day Antarctica in Depth voyage
departing March 5 2020. Includes flights
Ships: Hanseatic Inspiration (launches October 2019) – 15,650 tons, 230
passengers (max 199 in Antarctica).
Itineraries: Cruises of from 12 to 18 days operate round-trip from Ushuaia to the
Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Sample: From £11,723 per person for a 16-day voyage departing December 1
2020. Excludes flights.
Ship: G Expedition – 6,334 tons, 134 passengers.
Itineraries: Cruises are from 11 to 22 days round-trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic
Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Sample: From £5,099 per person for a 13-day Antarctica Classic in Depth cruise
departing November 11 2019, based on a triple-share cabin. Excludes flights.
Ship: Seabourn Quest – 32,000 tons, 458 passengers (max 430 in Antarctica).
Itineraries: Offers 21-day cruises between Buenos Aires and San Antonio in Chile
that include six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Longer 24-day voyages add
the Falklands and South Georgia.
Sample: From £8,499 per person for a 21-day Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia cruise
from San Antonio to Buenos Aires departing November 28 2019. Excludes flights.
Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200 passengers.
Itineraries: Two 22-day voyages from Tasmania and New Zealand in January 2021
spend eight days exploring Antarctica’s Ross Sea with visits to Adélie and Emperor
penguin rookeries, and an ice-free desert.
Sample: From £28,113 per person for a 22-day Antarctic Splendor cruise from
Hobart to Christchurch departing January 6 2021. Excludes flights.
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WHERE L UXU R Y RO AMS FREELY
INAUGURAL SEASON | AUGUST 2020–JANUA RY 2021
THE WORLD’S PREMIER LUXURY
From the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line comes the
world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht,
Crystal Endeavor. With a sleek design built to PC6 Polar Class
specifications and anchor-free dynamic positioning technology,
she is set to explore the farthest reaches of Earth, from the
Russian Far East to the Antarctic and exotic, far-away lands in
Debuting in 2020, we present 12 remarkable journeys comprising
her inaugural season. In all-inclusive luxury hosted by an
eminently experienced Expedition Team of 25, curated voyages
of 12 to 22 nights explore the wilds of the Russian Far East, the
coastal wonders of Japan, and the intriguing biodiversity of the
Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. There are offshore
Adventures in Australia and underwater explorations of the Great
Barrier Reef, immersive explorations of Tasmania and the fjords
of New Zealand, and expeditions to the Great White Continent.
Chart a course for inspired discovery and join Crystal Endeavor
for an adventure of a lifetime.
CONTACT: 020 7399 7603
ALL-INCLUSIVE SIGNATURE HALLMARKS
Expansive all-suite accommodations, among the largest in expedition cruising, with
spacious bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes and high-tech in-suite amenities.
Award-winning, Michelin-inspired cuisine served in multiple open-seating venues,
including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only sea-going restaurants.
Crystal’s acclaimed six-star service, with an industry-leading 1 to 1 staff per guest ratio.
All gratuities and unlimited fine wines, champagnes and premium spirits.
Expedition Team of 25 aboard every voyage to provide expert insight and host
Curated collection of Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore, including cultural and active
experiences, exploration and landings by Zodiac, and Crystal Unexpected Adventures to
capitalise on wildlife and wilderness opportunities.
Complimentary water toys* including kayaks, snorkelling gear, stand-up paddle boards
Dedicated fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and instructor-led spinning
classes, yoga, mat Pilates and more.
* Use of optional submersible and complimentary marina equipment is based on each destination’s local rules and regulations
and the discretion of the Captain due to weather, dockage / anchorage, location and sea conditions. Please ask for details.
The Arctic and Antarctica tend to be seen as one but are literally poles
apart. Where Antarctica is a vast uninhabited continent at the bottom of
the world, the Arctic is a notional area defined by an imaginary circle in the
Northern Hemisphere with the North Pole at its centre.
• A Norwegian fine-dining restaurant
called Lindstrøm and a Science Centre
are to be added to Hurtigruten’s
expedition ship Fram during a major
renovation in 2020. During the
refurbishment, the cabins, suites and
observation lounge will be refurbished.
The ship launched in 2007.
• Aurora Expeditions has launched a
new voyage exploring West Greenland.
The 11-day cruise, on new ship Greg
Mortimer, departs May 2020, and
sails round-trip from Nuuk. Highlights
include a day in Ilulissat, to see giant
icebergs that have broken off the
icecap, and a Zodiac cruise to the Eqip
Sermia glacier. New 15 and 16-day
cruises in July 2020 and 2021 take
passengers to Franz Josef Land in
search of polar bears, walruses, whales
• Ponant has laid the keel for its first
ice-breaker, Le Commandant Charcot.
Launching in 2021, the vessel will hold
270 passengers and operate mainly
on Liquefied Natural Gas but be able
to switch to electric propulsion for
short periods. It will carry two
helicopters and be capable of
reaching the true North Pole.
Radiating out, it encompasses Greenland,
Svalbard, Norway, Russia and Canada, and
numerous islands in the Labrador Sea, and is
home to Inuit, Norwegians, Russians, Canadians
and a host of other nationalities.
It is less remote and hostile than the South Pole,
allowing traditional cruise ships to visit Greenland
and Spitsbergen and take passengers ashore. But
for a real adventure in these frozen lands only an
expedition ship with a hull that’s strong enough to
break through ice will do.
Although cruises depart in the summer months,
when much of the ice has melted, ships heading to
the northern reaches of the Arctic often have to sail
through chunks of floating ice, which can damage
the hulls of vessels not built to sail in frozen waters.
Cruisers can take their pick from four different
adventures in this frozen wasteland – either sail the
coast of Greenland, circumnavigate Spitsbergen,
or embark on a voyage through the legendary
Northwest Passage, a sea route between Arctic
Canada and Greenland that was only properly
discovered in 1903 and 1906, or through the
Northeast Passage across the top of Russia.
Legend has it that some 1,000 years ago Icelander
Erik the Red was banished from his homeland
for murder and happened upon a place that he
then called Greenland in the hope it would attract
other settlers to join him. He probably also wanted
revenge on his fellow Icelanders, whose island
sounded very inhospitable in comparison.
These days Greenland is an autonomous
country within the Kingdom of Denmark and
not just the largest island in the world, but also
one of the most inappropriately-named ones as
about 80% of its land mass is covered by the only
permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica.
Expedition cruises sail up the west coast,
venturing into Disko Bay, and calling at
places with tongue-twisting names such as
Qeqartarsuaq, Uummannaq, Sisimiut and
Ilulissat, where small boat tours visit the mouth
of the icefjord to see giant icebergs that have
broken off the Jakobshaven Glacier and jostle to
get into the open water.
Some 2,313km from Oslo but owned by Norway,
Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard
archipelago and the nearest most expedition
ships can get to the North Pole, which is 1,338km
away (currently only the Russian nuclear icebreaker
50 Years of Victory, sold by Quark Expeditions, can
Spitsbergen cruises generally start in
Longyearbyen and then attempt to circumnavigate
the island, stopping at random places en route so
passengers can go for walks ashore once the area
has been scouted for prowling polar bears.
The bears are the main attraction, but there
is plenty of other wildlife to look out for including
walruses, seals and whales.
Trips ashore are hosted by armed teams of
naturalists and geologists (polar bears are among
the most dangerous animals on the planet) who
also give talks about the wildlife, geography,
climate and ice during sailing time.
In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set out
from Greenhithe in Kent to find the sea route
between Greenland and Arctic Canada. One year
later, after a last known stop on Beechey Island, he
and all his men just vanished.
We’ll probably never know exactly what
happened to them, but a few years ago
underwater vehicles operated by Akademik Sergey
Vavilov, a ship used by Canadian expedition cruise
line One Ocean Expeditions, located the wreck of
Erebus, one of the two Franklin vessels. Two years
later, the second ship, Terror, was located.
It took another 65 years after the Franklin
expedition before Norwegian explorer Roald
Amundsen became the first man to navigate the
entire Northwest Passage, which
these days is a route high on the
must-do list for those in search of the
There is no one route through the myriad of
channels and islands that dot the passage – some
cruises go from Greenland to Canada, others to
Nome in Alaska - but the best itineraries spend time
exploring the icy landscapes.
Many also call into Beechey Island, where, in
1850, a rescue expedition found the graves of
three of Franklin’s crew (it is thought they died from
a combination of pneumonia, tuberculosis and
lead poisoning from the cans their food was carried
in), adding a glimpse of exploration history to the
excitement of spotting whales, seals and polar
bears, and getting up close to icebergs and into
This is the latest buzz in Arctic cruising – a voyage
from Alaska to Norway that takes passengers on an
epic journey across the top of Russia, visiting frozen
lands and islands that seabirds, polar bears and
sea lions call home, and navigating waters where
whales are known to linger.
This is one for truly intrepid travellers keen to
touch base with places where few have gone
before, such as Cape Dezhnev, the eastern-most
part of the Eurasian continent, Severnaya Zemlya,
an ice-bound archipelago that was only charted
100 years ago, and Wrangel Island, made a
Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to its rich seam
of mammals, birds and flora.
As with all Arctic cruises, the actual route taken
will depend on the sea ice and weather but if all
goes to plan, passengers can expect plenty of trips
ashore and Zodiac cruises, as well as instructive
talks by the expedition experts
during sailing time. » p34
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY SCENIC
10 DINING EXPERIENCES
• Elements: A favourite for Italian dishes,
steaks and seafood.
• Chef’s Table: Private dégustation dining for
just eight guests.
• Koko’s: Enjoy Asian fusion dishes with a
taste of Sake.
• Sushi @ Koko’s: Casual dining Japanese
• Teppanyaki @ Koko’s: Take a seat at the grill
and enjoy the theatre as Scenic Eclipse’s
chefs create dinner before your very eyes.
• Lumière: Be our guest for the best French
fine dining at sea.
• Azure Bar & Café: Need to refuel. This is the
place for all-day grazing.
• Epicure: A hands-on cooking school where
guests can hone their cooking skills.
• Yacht Club: A poolside grill for al-fresco
• In-suite dining: A 24-hour menu is available
for those who want some time out.
SIX-STAR VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY WITH
There are just five months to go until the world’s first
discovery yacht enters service, changing the face of
expedition cruising forever.
Scenic Eclipse is being built in Croatia by Scenic, the company that brought all-inclusive
luxury to the rivers of Europe and Asia. Now they are bringing that same luxury to the
oceans. The ship is so popular, even though it hasn’t launched yet, that a sister vessel is
already on order and there is talk of more to come.
Scenic Eclipse promises to exceed its high expectations. Holding just 228 guests (a
maximum 200 in polar regions) in spacious all-suite and all-balcony accommodation,
everyone gets a butler and a magnificent choice of places to eat, ranging from Asian
cuisine at Koko’s to French fine dining in Lumière.
And with all dining included in the price, along with alcoholic and soft drinks, gratuities,
shore excursions and Wi-Fi, not to mention flights and transfers, guests can afford to enjoy
everything this magnificent vessel offers.
The Spa Sanctuary is superb, a huge zen-like space where guests can retreat after
an exciting day ashore. The indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis and oceanview
sauna are all just made for relaxing, while a team of highly trained masseurs is on
hand to pamper and spoil.
Keen to keep in shape while exploring the ends of the earth? The gym has the latest
state-of-the-art keep fit equipment, and there are free yoga and Pilates classes in a
Scenic Eclipse will carry 12 inflatable Zodiacs for landings in the polar regions, as well
as two helicopters and a seven-man sub so guests can explore above and below the
waves. They can even go kayaking amidst the icebergs.
A dedicated expedition team with experts in everything from marine biology to
history will be on hand to lead trips ashore and also share their in-depth knowledge
about the places being visited during on-board talks.
ACCESS ALL AREAS
Whether guests choose to go penguin-spotting in Antarctica or in search of polar bears
beyond the Arctic Circle, they will be cruising in frozen regions once inaccessible to all
but the most intrepid travellers.
That’s where Scenic Eclipse’s discovery credentials kick in. She is being built
to comply with the highest ice-class specification available, PC6 Polar Class, and
makes use of all the latest technology to ensure the environment is cared for as well
as her guests are.
GPS dynamic positioning means she doesn’t have to anchor so there is no risk of
damage to the ocean bed, while zero speed stabiliser fins, which also work when the
ship is stationary, will vastly improve stability when she is sailing.
It’s six-star luxury meets discovery as only Scenic knows how.
CRUISING OFF THE GRID
Spitsbergen, Greenland, the elusive Northwest
Passage, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland
Islands. You name it, Scenic Eclipse is going
there, taking guests to spectacular places that
once were inaccessible to the ordinary traveller.
Here is just a taste of what’s on offer.
CHILEAN FJORDS AND CAPE HORN
The scenery is the star on this cruise through
the Chilean fjords. There are snow-capped
mountains, deep valleys, a cruise close to the Pio
XI Glacier, which is almost as big as the city of
Santiago, and maybe even a chance to set foot
on Cape Horn.
22 days departing November 7 2019.
From £12,065pp all-inclusive
ANTARCTICA IN DEPTH
Six days discovering the Antarctic Peninsula,
following a course dictated by ice and weather
conditions, awaits on this cruise. There will be
landings, Zodiac cruises, a chance to kayak
around icebergs and plenty of penguin and
16 days departing March 5 2020, including pre
and post-cruise nights in Buenos Aires. From
ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA
AND FALKLAND ISLANDS
A wondrous wildlife line-up including penguins,
whales, elephant seals and seabirds awaits on
this three-in-one cruise, which explores the
Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the
23 days departing March 16 2020, including pre
and post-cruise nights in Buenos Aires. From
Reservations: 0808 115 0463
ICELAND & GREENLAND EXPLORER
Discover the world’s largest island on an
adventure cruise from Reykjavik in Iceland to
Kangerlussuaq in Greenland that promises
icebergs, deep fjords, whales, glaciers and
Zodiac cruises, as well as kayaking amid the ice
and hiking ashore.
14 days departing August 3 2020. From
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WHO GOES THERE
• Cruises depart in the summer months,
when the ice has melted enough for
ships to navigate around Spitsbergen.
• Look out for cruise lines that offer
kayaking from the ship – it’s great fun
to paddle through the small icebergs,
known as growlers.
• Seals, whales, polar bears and the story
of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition are
among highlights for those cruising the
• Put the price of a once-in-a-lifetime
adventure against the actual cost of
the cruise to show what value your
clients are getting.
Ship: Silver Cloud - 16,800 tons, 240 passengers; Silver Explorer - 6,072 tons, 144
Itineraries: Nine to 14-day cruises pair Spitsbergen with Tromso in Norway and/
or Iceland, while 16-day Greenland voyages sail round-trip from Kangerlussuaq. A
sold-out Northeast Passage cruise in August 2019 will be repeated in 2020.
Sample: From £6,210 per person for a nine-day voyage from Longyearbyen in
Spitsbergen to Tromso in Norway departing June 21 2020. Excludes flights
Ships: Scenic Eclipse (launching August 2019) – 17,085 tons, 228 passengers
(200 in polar regions).
Itineraries: Voyages of between 11 and 24 nights explore the islands of
Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. A 24-night voyage from Copenhagen in
Denmark to Nome in Alaska crosses the Northwest Passage.
Sample: From £11,695 per person for a 15-day Arctic Islands cruise from Oslo in
Norway to Reykjavik in Iceland departing July 12 2020. Includes flights.
Ships: Hanseatic Inspiration (launching October 2019) – 15,650 tons, 230
Itineraries: Cruises ranging from 13 to 20 days take passengers through the
Canadian Arctic, Baffin Bay and along the west coast of Greenland.
Sample: From £12,075 per person for a 17-day Greenland expedition round-trip
from Kangerlussuaq departing August 21 2020. Excludes flights.
Ship: G Expedition – 6,334 tons, 134 passengers.
Itineraries: Three eight to 15-day itineraries either circumnavigate Spitsbergen
from Longyearbyen or focus on its west coast. A 15-night cruise in September
2019 pairs Spitsbergen with Greenland and Iceland.
Sample: From £4,349 per person for an eight-day Realm of the Polar Bear cruise
round-trip from Longyearbyen departing July 24 2019. Excludes flights.
Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200 passengers.
Itineraries: A 28-day voyage through the Northeast Passage links Anadyr in
Russia with Tromso in Norway.
Sample: From £36,731 per person for 28 days departing August 17 2021.
Ship: Polar Pioneer – 1,753 tons, 54 passengers; Greg Mortimer (launching
November 2019) – 7,400 tons, 160 passengers (limited to 120 in polar regions).
Itineraries: Voyages range from 11 to 25 days and explore Svalbard, Greenland
and Franz Josef Land. A 25-day Arctic Complete voyage in August 2021 ticks off
Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.
Sample: From £4,800 per person for an 11-day Iceland, Jan Mayen and
Svalbard voyage from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen departing June 12 2020.
Ships: Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal – 10,944 tons, 264 passengers.
Itineraries: A range of seven to 16-night cruises in 2020 explore Greenland and
Spitsbergen. A 22-night voyage in August 2020 takes passengers through the
Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq to Nome in Alaska.
Sample: From €6,580 per person for a seven-night Disco Bay and Inuit Villages
cruise round-trip from Kangerlussuaq departing July 19 2020. Excludes flights.
WHAT TO PACK
• Walking shoes and waterproof trousers
• Warm jumpers, woolly hats, scarves and gloves
• A rain and wind-proof coat
• Cameras, iPhones, chargers and plenty of storage space for pictures
Cruising the Galapagos Islands
is one of the most amazing
experiences imaginable – a way to
combine a sea adventure with closeup
encounters with some of the
tamest and most fascinating wildlife
on the planet.
The islands, part of Ecuador but some 600 miles
off the coast of South America, shot to fame in
the 1850s, when Charles Darwin published his
book The Origin of Species based on theories he
developed on a visit to the Galapagos in 1835.
He was on a five-year expedition to chart the
southern half of South America’s coastline and
went ashore hoping to find volcanoes. Instead he
observed animals and birds that had adapted to
the different island environments in which they
lived. There were lizards that swam, cormorants
that could not fly, finches with beaks that had
evolved into different shapes depending whether
their main food stuffs were fruits, seeds or insects,
and giant tortoises with shells shaped to suit the
vegetation they had to eat.
Some 25,000 people live in the islands, attracted
there by tourism, which is creeping up even though
it is supposed to be limited to help preserve the
Many stay in hotels, and that is one way to visit
the Galapagos, taking boat trips out to different
islands each day. But a cruise that visits a couple of
islands, beaches or bays every day is not only a far
easier way to travel as you just get on board and
unpack once, but far more rewarding.
Ships of all sizes and quality sail around the
archipelago, from small yachts to luxury craft,
but none is allowed to hold more than 100
passengers. Most will visit two islands a day
during a seven-night cruise, each time taking folk
ashore in small tenders or inflatable Zodiacs to
see the wonderful wildlife (think dancing booby
birds, playful sea lions and rather stately giant
tortoises) which has no predators and therefore
no fear of humans.
Some days there might instead be a Zodiac
cruise around a bay teeming with wildlife. Several
times there will be a chance to swim or snorkel with
the animals. Scuba diving can also be arranged but
at an extra cost.
There are several rules to know before a first trip
ashore. Visitors can only set foot on the islands
with a guide (all ships carry teams of Ecuadorian
guides who have an intimate knowledge of the
islands’ flora and fauna and are registered by the
Galapagos National Park). Puerto Ayora in Santa
Cruz is an exception. This is the biggest town in
the islands and passengers are free to explore the
souvenir shops after a trip to the Charles Darwin
Visitors must also keep a distance from the
animals, certainly never try to touch them,
and move carefully and quietly so as not to
scare them (on some landings they will find
themselves tip-toeing over marine iguanas).
Those who go snorkelling are not to touch plants
or animals in the water. »
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TOP SIX HIGHLIGHTS
• A trip into the highlands on Santa Cruz to get up close to giant
tortoises. These were almost wiped out in the 1800s as passing
sailors took them to eat but numbers are increasing thanks to
painstaking breeding programmes.
• Zodiac boat rides around small bays and through dense
mangroves to get a glimpse of penguins, pelicans and flightless
• The fish stall in Puerto Ayora, the capital, where sea lions and
pelicans sit at the feet of the sellers, hoping a tasty morsel might
come their way.
• Selected cruises either circumnavigate Kicker Rock, aka Roca Leon
Dormino (sleeping lion), or get close on Zodiacs so passengers can
get a good view of all the birdlife that lives here.
• A wooden barrel on Floreana Island that has served as a mail box
since 1793, where passengers on passing ships leave postcards for
others to collect and deliver.
• The finches that are said to have inspired Charles Darwin because
they have developed different-shaped beaks depending on their
GOOD TO KNOW
• As there are no ports in the Galapagos, the only way on and off ships – even
on embarkation and disembarkation day – is by inflatable Zodiac, often
landing onto sand or rocks, so your clients need a good degree of mobility.
• There is time to go snorkelling with sea turtles, penguins and sea lions on
most days. Snorkels, masks and flippers can usually be borrowed for free.
• Ships come in all sizes from tiny yachts that hold just 16 passengers to
luxury vessels that accommodate 100 people in suites with balconies.
• Clients can charter the small yachts that sail here for a milestone birthday or
anniversary. It’s certainly unique and guaranteed to be a holiday they will
• Celebrity Cruises is launching new ship Celebrity Flora in the Galapagos
in May. The vessel, which has been specially-designed to sail around the
islands, will hold 100 passengers in all-suite accommodation and have
stylish lounges with floor-to-ceiling windows from which to enjoy the views.
Technically, it will have dynamic positioning, which allows the vessel to hold
its position without using an anchor.
• Silversea is building a new expedition ship to cruise the Galapagos. Silver
Origin will hold 100 passengers in all-suite all-balcony accommodation. It
will carry fleets of Zodiacs and kayaks and enter service in summer 2020.
• Avalon Waterways is offering two 16-day holidays pairing a five-day cruise
in the Galapagos with a tour taking in Lima, Machu Picchu and Quito. The
cruise is on the 16-passenger Treasure of the Galapagos. Departures are July
21 and November 10, with prices from £7,628 per person including flights.
Location: In the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador
in South America.
Number of islands: 20 islands and 42 islets.
Capital: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island. Puerto Ayora
on Santa Cruz Island is the biggest town.
When to go: The islands are on the Equator so there is always 12 hours
of daylight and 12 hours of night. The temperature averages from 26C
to 31C. The hottest weather is January to May, when it is also most
likely to rain. June to December is dry and a bit cooler. Cruises operate
Getting there: Flights operate from Quito in Ecuador and stop at
Guayaquil to pick up passengers before continuing to the islands.
Planes land either at Baltra or San Cristóbal islands. Flight time is just
over two hours.
Wildlife specials: The only lizards that swim, cormorants that can’t fly,
the only penguins in the Northern Hemisphere in their natural habitat,
the only colony of red-footed booby birds in the world.
WHO GOES THERE
Ship: Silver Galapagos – 4,077 tons, 100 passengers.
Itineraries: Seven-night cruises operate from Baltra
to San Cristóbal and vice-versa, calling at a couple
of islands and bays most days. Among highlights,
passengers can climb to th e top of volcanic Bartolomé
for views across the islands, join Zodiac cruises around
small bays and see flamingos at Punta Cormorant on
Sample: From £5,400 per person for a sevennight
cruise from Baltra to San Cristóbal departing
September 7 2019. Includes domestic flights from
Ecuador to the Galapagos. International flights extra.
Ships: Celebrity Flora – 5,739 tons, 100 passengers
(launching May 2019); Celebrity Xpedition – 2,842
tons, 100 passengers.
Itineraries: Seven-night cruises operate round-trip
from Baltra and visit two islands or coves each day
where passengers can either go ashore or swim and
snorkel. Exceptionally, they stay a day anchored off
Puerto Ayora so passengers can see the giant tortoises
in the wild and shop.
Sample: From £8,289 for a 10-night holiday pairing
three nights in Quito with a seven-night cruise on
Celebrity Flora departing September 22 2019. Includes
international and domestic flights.
Ships: Monserrat - 20 passengers; Yolita, Estrella del
Mar, Xavier III, Eden - 16 passengers.
Itineraries: Cruises range from seven and 14 nights
and loop around favourite islands including Santa Cruz,
Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Espanola and Santiago.
Sample: From £5,319 per person for a 17-night
Complete Galapagos holiday departing June 13
2020 that pairs a 14-night cruise from Baltra with two
nights in Quito. Price includes flights from Quito to the
Galapagos. International flights extra.
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RUSSIAN FAR EAST
THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST
Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula lies some 4,200
miles due east of Moscow – that’s more than
eight hours by air – and is so remote that even
today there are no roads or railways in or out
so the only way to visit is by ship or air.
• It’s likely most clients will know
nothing about the Russian Far East.
Take time to learn where in the world
it is and the attractions so you can sell
• Don’t worry about the price. Your
clients would not be asking if they could
not afford to go.
• Sell the Kamchatka Peninsula and its
neighbouring islands to clients with
a sense of adventure and interest in
seeing nature and wildlife in the raw.
• Cruise ships navigating these remote
shores will mostly anchor off the coast
and take passengers ashore by Zodiac
so your clients need to be able to climb
in and out of the boats.
The peninsula is 780 miles long, spends most
of the year covered in snow and ice, and is one
of the highlights of an expedition voyage to the
Russian Far East. It is home to 160 volcanoes,
29 of which are still active, thousands of brown
bears, spotted seals and half the world’s Steller
sea eagle population.
The surrounding islands, also part of Russia,
are teeming with seabirds including puffins,
kittiwakes, cormorants and gulls, as well as
seals, sea lions and otters, while the surrounding
waters are a favourite hangout for whales.
All in all, it’s no wonder expedition cruise lines
have come exploring this region of late.
Danish explorer Vitus Bering helped map the
region during the 1700s, naming Petropavlovsk,
the only major city, after his two ships, St Peter
and St Paul.
After the Second World War, the Soviets
declared it a military zone and closed the
region to both foreigners and Russians, and
it stayed that way until the Soviet Union
collapsed in 1990.
An unintended but happy consequence
of the ban was that the scenery and wildlife
were protected, making this a fabulous port of
call for cruisers looking for a seriously exciting
WHO GOES THERE
Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200
Itineraries: A voyage from Otaru in Japan to Seward
in Alaska visits the Kamchatka Peninsula, and takes
passengers on a wildlife quest through the Russian Far
East and America’s Aleutian Islands.
Sample: From $17,449 per person for 19 nights
departing June 12 2021. Excludes flights.
Ship: Silver Explorer – 6,072 tons, 144 passengers.
Itineraries: Voyages ranging from 12 to 18 days will
be exploring the Kamchatka Peninsula and islands in
the Russian Far East in 2020.
Sample: From £11,700 per person for an 18-day
Russian Far East cruise round-trip from Otaru in Japan
departing June 18 2020. Excludes flights.
Ships: Le Soléal – 10,944 tons, 264 passengers.
Itineraries: Two options are available in summer
2020 - a 15-day voyage from Otaru in Japan to
Petropavlovsk and a 13-day sailing from Petropavlovsk
to Juneau in Alaska. Both cruises are in partnership
with National Geographic Expeditions.
Sample: From €9,450 per person for a 15-day Sea of
Okhotsk voyage from Otaru to Petropavlovsk departing
June 26 2020.
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