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Stowaway Medias exclusive Expedition Cruise Diary

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March 2019<br />

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2019 | 2020 | 2021<br />





MEETS<br />



Celebrity Flora SM is the first ever ship of its kind to be designed and<br />

built specifically with the destination in mind – in this case, the<br />

stunning Galapagos islands. Aboard Celebrity Flora, your guests will<br />

be indulged with a seamlessly intuitive service and every creature<br />

comfort possible.<br />

• All-inclusive 7 night cruises sailing the inner and outer loops<br />

• Once-in-a-lifetime glamping experience on the top deck allowing<br />

guests to dine, drink, and even sleep under one of the most<br />

spectacular night skies in the world<br />

• Expert lecturers and naturalist guides, onboard and ashore<br />

LAUNCHING MAY 2019<br />



Above left: our Darwin Cabanas, for our oncein-a-lifetime<br />

glamping experience<br />

Left: Machu Picchu shore excursion<br />

Above: Sky Suite with Infinite Balcony




<strong>Expedition</strong> cruising has grown beyond expectations, with more<br />

cruise lines entering the sector, record numbers of expedition<br />

ships on order and exciting new itineraries launching to parts of<br />

the world only a privileged few ever see.<br />

Recognising the importance of the sector, Clia UK & Ireland<br />

has not only formed a new expedition working group but<br />

organised its first-ever forum dedicated to expedition cruising.<br />

In October it will also be hosting Luxury and <strong>Expedition</strong> <strong>Cruise</strong><br />

Showcases in Belfast, Manchester and Norwich.<br />

It all adds up to one thing: A sector of the cruise industry that<br />

agents ignore at their peril. There is a lot to learn but with lead<br />

prices in their thousands of pounds, the rewards are high.<br />

This year’s <strong>Expedition</strong> <strong>Cruise</strong> <strong>Diary</strong> is packed with information<br />

about the cruise lines in this sector, their ships and the<br />

destinations they visit, giving agents the tools to help them<br />

inspire customers to get off the beaten track.<br />


Keith Ellis,<br />

Publisher, Stowaway Media<br />



2019 is the year luxury travel is taken to<br />

extraordinary new levels. With Scenic Eclipse<br />

making her maiden voyage in August, the next<br />

generation of ocean cruising is on the horizon.<br />

Setting new standards in exploration, discovery<br />

and truly all-inclusive luxury.<br />

Scenic Eclipse is built for adventure. From the<br />

two on board helicopters, submarine and fleet<br />

of zodiacs and kayaks, to the exclusive Scenic<br />

Discovery excursions expertly curated by our<br />

Discovery Leaders, this ground-breaking Mega<br />

Yacht will take your customers to parts of the<br />

world that, until now, have been inaccessible to the<br />

ordinary traveller.<br />

Our Journey Designers have hand-crafted each<br />

itinerary for adventure-seekers looking for new<br />

and unique experiences in some of the world’s<br />

most awe-inspiring locations. Whether it’s the<br />

breathtakingly beautiful Polar regions or the<br />

paradise charms of the Caribbean, Scenic Eclipse<br />

will transport your customers in unrivalled 6-star<br />

luxury to incredible locations, where they can<br />

venture across land, over water and even under<br />

the ocean. For a travel experience like no other.<br />

Luxury suites<br />

Submarine excursions<br />


Return flights from UK airports<br />

Pre/post-cruise hotel stay<br />

Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation<br />

Butler service for every guest<br />

An almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio<br />

Choice of 10 on board dining experiences<br />

Unlimited complimentary beverages *<br />

Extensive choice of all-inclusive shore<br />

excursions<br />

Helicopter expeditions<br />

All-inclusive dining and beverages<br />

Scenic Enrich unique experiences<br />

Expert Discovery Team and local experts<br />

Zodiac, kayak, snorkel and snow-shoe<br />

adventures<br />

The freedom of our e-bikes<br />

Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and Pilates studio<br />

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools<br />

All tipping, transfers and taxes, on board<br />

and onshore<br />


Get in touch with your local Sales Manager at agencysales@scenic.co.uk<br />


<strong>Expedition</strong> cruising................................................................................... 6<br />

The Kimberley...........................................................................................13<br />

Antarctica...................................................................................................15<br />

The Arctic...................................................................................................30<br />

The Galapagos........................................................................................35<br />

The Russian Far East..............................................................................38<br />

Brochure rack............................................................................................40<br />


Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s.............................................................................17<br />

Scenic...........................................................................................................32<br />

Published by ..........................................Keith Ellis, Stowaway Media<br />

10 Tadorne Road, Tadworth KT20 5TD Surrey<br />

+44 (0)1737 81 2411, kmellis@btinternet.com<br />

Written and Edited by: ...................................................... Jane Archer<br />

Janearc@aol.com<br />

Creative...........................................Andrew Reeves, Oddsock Design<br />

Andrew@oddsockdesign.com<br />

Front cover image courtesy of Celebrity <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

StowawayMedia.com<br />

Terms and Conditions: *All drinks on board are included except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits. ^Helicopter and submarine activities are weather<br />

permitting, may incur additional costs and are subject to availability. Full terms and conditions can be found at scenic.co.uk. Scenic Tours Pty trading as Scenic. Registered: 05770868<br />

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<strong>Expedition</strong> cruising has been on the sidelines of the industry, considered<br />

something for a small band of adventurous travellers prepared to rough it<br />

in return for visiting out-of-the-way places, but things are changing fast as<br />

more cruise lines enter the market with luxurious new ships.<br />

An unprecedented 30 or more expedition ships are<br />

being built over the next four years, offering grand<br />

suites, butlers and upscale restaurants for those<br />

venturing off the beaten path.<br />

It doesn’t mean that expedition cruising is a<br />

mainstream holiday choice yet – most people still<br />

see a cruise as a time to relax in the sun rather than<br />

be challenged by new experiences - but it has put<br />

the sector under the spotlight as never before.<br />

It means agents who want to grab a share<br />

of the market need to get to grips with a whole<br />

new style of cruising and destinations.<br />


<strong>Expedition</strong> ships are small, holding anything<br />

from 200 to 500 passengers. That is important<br />

as it means they can navigate into little bays<br />

and convey passengers ashore by tender quickly<br />

and efficiently (there are no ports in many of the<br />

places these ships visit).<br />

Size is even more important in the polar regions.<br />

In Antarctica, only ships with 500 passengers or<br />

fewer are allowed to offer landings and then only<br />

100 can be ashore at one time. Many cruise lines<br />

limit passenger numbers to 200 and allow just an<br />

hour ashore, ensuring a smooth landing operation<br />

with the minimum waiting time.<br />

In the Galapagos, ships are not allowed to<br />

carry any more than 100 people and itineraries<br />

are carefully planned so there is only ever one<br />

vessel at each of the landing sites to ensure the<br />

wildlife is not disturbed. »<br />

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WHEN TO GO<br />

• Antarctica cruises run in the austral summer, between<br />

November and March, when much of the sea ice has<br />

melted. In November the continent is at its most<br />

pristine (but it will likely also be much colder); December<br />

and January is the time to see the most plentiful<br />

wildlife; mid-February to early March is the best time<br />

to spot whales.<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong>s to the Arctic (that’s Spitsbergen, Greenland, the<br />

Northwest and Northeast Passage) run between June<br />

and September. In June and July, the days are long as<br />

the sun never sets.<br />

• Galapagos cruises operate year-round. The hottest<br />

weather is January to May, when it is most likely to rain.<br />

June to December is dry and a bit cooler.<br />

• The Amazon is warm and humid year-round (between<br />

21˚C and 31˚C). High water season is December to May,<br />

low water from June to November, but this is rainforest<br />

so clients should expect precipitation anytime. Oceangoing<br />

cruise ships are there in winter between December<br />

and March.<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong> lines sail in the Kimberley in the dry season, April<br />

to October, when temperatures average 30˚C. During the<br />

wet, November to March, temperatures top 40˚C and<br />

roads become impassable due to flooding.<br />


<strong>Expedition</strong> cruising is about as different to a traditional holiday at sea as is<br />

possible.<br />

For one thing, rather than cathedrals, museums and water parks, outings<br />

mean visits to glaciers and waterfalls, fishing for piranha fish, tiptoeing<br />

through basking iguanas, learning about penguins and whales or watching<br />

out (literally) for polar bears.<br />

For another, life on board is casual. Dress codes are almost unheard of<br />

(jeans and t-shirts are more appropriate than dinner jackets and cocktail<br />

dresses) and rather than production shows, there are lectures about the<br />

environment and wildlife that passengers will encounter from teams of<br />

biologists, geologists, historians, marine scientists and other experts.<br />

There might be talks about whales and penguins on a cruise to<br />

Antarctica, for instance, or about polar bears in Spitsbergen. In the Amazon<br />

it’s all about rainforests, wildlife and birds.<br />

These expedition teams also guide trips ashore (these are included in<br />

the price, although there might be a charge for special activities such as<br />

kayaking or camping in Antarctica) and host zodiac cruises up close to<br />

glaciers, rainforests and wildlife.<br />

None of this comes cheap. <strong>Cruise</strong>s start at about £6,000 per person for a<br />

week away excluding the air fare, which is another hefty expense as flights<br />

are long haul to out of the way places. For the right client, it will be a small<br />

price to pay for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.<br />


With such high rewards at stake, agents must spend time learning about<br />

the expedition sector and how to sell it.<br />

As with everything it is vital to do plenty of research because the more<br />

they know about the ships and itineraries, the more confident they will be<br />

suggesting an expedition cruise to clients.<br />

It will also help them conjure up the image of a truly memorable<br />

experience, creating a feeling of awe for the customer, who hopefully won’t<br />

be able to say no.<br />

The type of client who might like an expedition cruise is wide, from<br />

seasoned cruisers ready for something more daring than a well-scripted<br />

two weeks sailing around the Med to clients who have never set foot on a<br />

ship but are looking for the best way to see Antarctica and the Galapagos.<br />

Customers who have previously been on an African safari or soft<br />

adventure holiday are also likely candidates for an expedition cruise. It is<br />

a fact that whereas on safari you may or may not see much wildlife, on a<br />

cruise in Antarctica and Galapagos you just cannot miss seeing penguins,<br />

birds and other animals.<br />

Above all, it is important not to apologise for the price. Instead, sell the<br />

value and the unique experiences that await on expedition cruises. »<br />



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With over 130 years of cumulative experience on the G <strong>Expedition</strong>, we’re passionate<br />

about helping travellers experience the beauty of our natural world. And as caretakers<br />

of the planet, we aim to have no more than a minor or transitory impact on the places<br />

we visit. That’s why we use environmentally-safe practices everywhere we go, and work<br />

with partners like the Albatross Task Force, Clean Seas, and the Ocean Health Fund.<br />

To learn more, visit planeterra.org/oceans or speak to your G Adventures Global<br />

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• Wellington boots and waterproof trousers are a must for<br />

Antarctica as you invariably have to step into the sea to get from<br />

the landing craft to the beach. Most cruise lines have boots for<br />

hire, either for free or a small charge.<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong> ships might be in Antarctica in summer but it is still very<br />

cold so passengers will also need warm jumpers, woolly hats,<br />

scarves and gloves.<br />

• The Arctic isn’t as chilly but it is still cold so warm clothes are<br />

needed, as well as stout walking shoes and waterproof trousers for<br />

trips ashore.<br />

• Most cruise lines provide complimentary parkas for passengers<br />

sailing in the polar regions.<br />


The Mergui (pronounced mer-gwee) Archipelago is a scattering of<br />

800 islands, many of them deserted, covered in dense rainforest and<br />

ringed by sandy beaches, off the southern coast of Myanmar in the<br />

Andaman Sea. Pandaw alone has seven and 10-night cruises here, on<br />

the 24-passenger Andaman Explorer. Clients can expect to see monkeys<br />

and tropical birds ashore, and whales and dolphins at sea. Pandaw’s<br />

itinerary visits the nomadic Mokken people who live on the sea and<br />

make a living catching fish and pearl diving.<br />


• These areas are tropical so light clothing, hats and sunscreen are<br />

needed. Waterproof sandals are useful for wading ashore from<br />

the Zodiacs.<br />

WHERE TO GO?<br />

Antarctica is top of the list for adventure cruises. It’s a long way to travel<br />

but visitors are rewarded with icebergs the size of houses, hundreds of<br />

whales and millions of penguins. And of course they’ll have the privilege of<br />

being among the few people who ever get the chance to set foot on the<br />

most inhospitable continent in the world.<br />

Once Antarctica is done, it’s time to swap penguins for polar bears<br />

on a cruise to the Arctic. There’s lots of choice here, with cruises around<br />

Spitsbergen, the nearest most vessels can get to the North Pole, and<br />

voyages along the coast of Greenland and through the Northwest Passage,<br />

the icy waterway between Greenland and Canada. A new must-do<br />

itinerary, the Northeast Passage, takes passengers across the top of Russia<br />

on a journey from Alaska to Norway.<br />

Those who prefer warmer climes can get close to wildlife in the<br />

Galapagos, where the animals have no fear of humans, and see gushing<br />

waterfalls, coral reefs and crocodiles in the Kimberley.<br />

There are tropical birds, piranha fish and jungle to explore on cruises<br />

along the Amazon River in Brazil. On cruises through the Mergui<br />

Archipelago off the west coast of Myanmar, passengers enter the realm of<br />

the sea gypsies, with kayaking through mangroves and swimming in the<br />

Andaman Sea.<br />

Travellers on all these cruises need an adventurous spirit as itineraries<br />

are often more like guidelines, especially in the polar regions. Captains will<br />

aim to visit all the places on the schedule but the actual route depends on<br />

weather and wildlife. Wind, ice and fog will scupper landings in Antarctica;<br />

in the Arctic, a prowling polar bear will halt plans for a walk ashore.<br />


✔ Perfect for those with a sense of adventure keen to see places away from the tourist haunts.<br />

WHAT’S NEW<br />

More than 13 new<br />

expedition ships are slated to<br />

launch this year and next.<br />

Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s, Scenic,<br />

Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s, Hapag-Lloyd<br />

and Hurtigruten are all<br />

building expedition ships<br />

with ice-strengthened hulls<br />

that can sail in polar regions.<br />

Details can be found in the Antarctica and Arctic pages.<br />

All offer levels of luxury previously unheard of on expedition ships but<br />

Scenic and Crystal are going beyond lavish with yachts that offer butler<br />

service for all and have helicopters and submarines to whisk passengers off<br />

on adventures above and below the ocean.<br />

Seabourn is launching its first-ever expedition vessels. Built to PC6<br />

Polar Class standards, they will accommodate 264 passengers and carry<br />

a 26-strong expedition team, two submarines, kayaks and Zodiacs. The<br />

first ship, launching June 2021, will sail a short season in the Arctic before<br />

relocating to Antarctica. The second vessel will be delivered May 2022.<br />

French cruise line Ponant launched two warm-water explorer vessels in<br />

2018 and has another four on the way. Le Bougainville and Le Dumontd’Urville<br />

enter service in April and August this year, with Le Bellot and Le<br />

Jacques Cartier following in 2020. All accommodate 184 passengers and<br />

have a Blue Eye lounge in the hull from which passengers can peek out<br />

into the ocean.<br />

✔ 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.<br />

✔ A ball for baby boomers who missed out on a gap year and fancy some soft adventure without having to rough it.<br />

✔ Spot on for those interested in seeing and learning about wildlife, nature and the environment.<br />

✔ Brilliant for teenagers who do not need constant entertaining. It’s not a cheap holiday, but an experience they will never forget.<br />

✖ The new generation of expedition ships might be more suitable for disabled passengers than the older vessels still in operation but getting<br />

ashore will always be a problem. Ask the cruise line for advice before booking.<br />


The Amazon rises in the Andes<br />

Mountains and flows 4,000 miles<br />

through nine countries in South<br />

America before emptying into the<br />

Atlantic. The river is so big that<br />

ocean-going ships can sail nearly<br />

650 miles upriver from the Atlantic<br />

to Manaus, taking passengers on a<br />

real getaway-from-it-all adventure.<br />

They’ll trek through jungle that’s<br />

home to sloths, howler monkeys and<br />

colourful parrots, meet indigenous<br />

people, maybe kayak along narrow<br />

tributaries, and see piranha fish and<br />

caiman (like an alligator) up close.<br />

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• Watching the Montgomery Reef rise out of the water.<br />

It’s an illusion of course. What’s really happening<br />

is the tide is falling. Zodiacs get close to the water<br />

cascading off it and green turtles hugging the base.<br />

• A helicopter ride to the Mitchell Falls, where water<br />

tumbles over four tiers some 80 metres high.<br />

• A fast boat ride over the Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay.<br />

The phenomenon is created by a break in the cliffs<br />

through which millions of gallons of sea powers in and<br />

out as the tide ebbs and flows.<br />

• A boat ride down the Hunter River on the look out for<br />

fearsome ‘salties’ – the Australian nickname for the<br />

saltwater crocodiles that lurk in the mangroves.<br />

• Discovering Aboriginal rock art depicting human<br />

figures that is believed to be 50,000 years old.<br />



The Kimberley is a remote area in Northern Australia that’s the size of<br />

England but with a population of just over 40,000 people and a couple of<br />

roads that become almost impassable in the wet, between November and<br />

April, when up to 50 inches of rain falls.<br />



Antarctica<br />

South Georgia<br />

Falkland Islands<br />

Spitsbergen<br />

Greenland<br />

Northwest Passage<br />

Northeast Passage<br />

Galapagos<br />

Kimberley<br />

Russian Far East<br />

Mergui Archipelago<br />


Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ auroraexpeditions.com.au<br />

Celebrity <strong>Cruise</strong>s ✔ celebritycruises.co.uk<br />

Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ crystalcruises.co.uk<br />

G Adventures ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ gadventures.co.uk<br />


• Read up on the cruise itineraries so you<br />

can paint such an exciting picture of what<br />

awaits that clients can’t resist booking.<br />

• Don’t just offer this to your cruise<br />

customers. A Kimberley cruise is perfect<br />

for everyone seeking a holiday packed<br />

with excitement and adventure.<br />

• Australia is a long way to go for 10 nights<br />

so package the cruise around a longer<br />

stay. Some beach time in Broome, a few<br />

days in Cairns to visit the Great Barrier<br />

Reef and a couple of nights in Sydney<br />

would be great additions.<br />

• Break the price into a daily cost to show<br />

what great value it is for such a once-ina-lifetime<br />

experience.<br />

Only a handful of cruise lines sail here, which is<br />

a shame because it is a thrilling holiday offering<br />

different and unique experiences every day that<br />

travellers with a sense of adventure will love.<br />

Many are a result of the region’s huge tidal<br />

range (up to 12 metres, one of the largest on<br />

the planet), which creates gushing rapids and<br />

the bizarre phenomenon of a coral reef rising<br />

out of the water. The aggressive saltwater<br />

crocodiles that lurk beneath the waves, curtailing<br />

swimming and meaning trips ashore are limited,<br />

add to the excitement.<br />

And then there is the fact that ships have<br />

to anchor quite a way out from land in several<br />

spots because much of the coast is still not fully<br />

charted. The Kimberley is remote indeed, even by<br />

Australian standards.<br />

Over the course of a week your clients will take<br />

Zodiac cruises through a stunning sandstone gorge<br />

that leads to the tumbling twin King George Falls,<br />

see ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a fast<br />

boat over the Horizontal Falls. A couple of lines<br />

include flights over the Bungle Bungles - a range of<br />

beehive-shaped sandstone structures some 250<br />

metres high in the Purnululu National Park, a vast<br />

wilderness almost the size of Luxembourg.<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong>s operate between Broome in Western<br />

Australia, a town built up on the pearling industry<br />

but these days most famous for its long sandy<br />

Cable Beach, and the city of Darwin, which was<br />

named after the British evolutionist although he<br />

never actually went there.<br />

Clients with time in the city at the start or end<br />

of their cruise can visit the Kakadu National Park,<br />

dive into the local street culture at Mindil Beach<br />

Sunset Market (Thursday and Sunday evenings)<br />

or visit an exhibition at the Museum and Art<br />

Gallery of the Northern Territory that recreates the<br />

night of Christmas Eve 1974 when the city was hit<br />

by a devastating cyclone.<br />

Hapag-Lloyd <strong>Cruise</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ hl-cruises.com<br />

Pandaw ✔ fredrivercruises.co.uk<br />

Ponant ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ponant.com<br />

Scenic ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ scenic.co.uk<br />

Seabourn ✔ ✔ ✔ seabourn.com<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ silversea.com<br />


Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Discoverer – 5,218 tons, 116 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Ten-day cruises between Broome and<br />

Darwin or vice-versa from April to June 2019 include a<br />

flight over the Bungle Bungles and a Zodiac cruise to<br />

the King George Falls.<br />

Sample: From £7,600 per person for a 10-night cruise<br />

from Darwin to Broome departing June 4 2019.<br />

Excludes flights.<br />

Ponant<br />

Ships: Le Lapérouse – 9,900 tons, 184 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Eleven-day cruises between Darwin and<br />

Broome that visit the Lacepede Islands, home to colonies<br />

of brown boobies, Australian penguins and countless<br />

other birdlife, and Collier Bay to see the Montgomery Reef.<br />

Sample: From €8,440 per person for a 10-night Iconic<br />

Kimberley cruise from Darwin to Broome departing May 8<br />

2020. Excludes flights.<br />

Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ships: Coral <strong>Expedition</strong>s I – 730 tons, 42 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Eleven-day voyages between Broome<br />

and Darwin that include treks through the bush, a<br />

Zodiac cruise through the Horizontal Falls and seek out<br />

crocodiles in Prince Regent Nature Reserve.<br />

Sample: From Aus$8,690 per person for an 11-day<br />

Broome to Darwin cruise departing June 10 2019.<br />

Excludes flights.<br />

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Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most remote place on earth; a<br />

frozen world almost 60 times the size of Britain during the austral summer<br />

(our winter) that spends half the year in total darkness and is cut off from<br />

civilisation by the Drake Passage - 1,000km of one of the most feared sea<br />

crossings in the world.<br />

Scenic ad<br />

But it’s also one of the most majestic places<br />

on the planet, an other-worldly land that is<br />

all the more captivating because its pristine<br />

environment is one that man has always tried<br />

but never quite managed to conquer, even with<br />

the backing of 21st-century technology.<br />

This is nature in the raw, where snow-capped<br />

mountains give way to deep ice fjords, icebergs<br />

are the size of six-storey buildings and so much<br />

of the sea freezes in winter, creating a layer up to<br />

two metres thick, that the continent effectively<br />

doubles in size. »<br />

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• Half-Moon Island. Only 2km long, but it has dramatic<br />

rock formations, multi-coloured lichens and a large<br />

population of chinstrap penguins. Whales are often<br />

spotted patrolling the shores.<br />

• Lemaire Channel. This narrow passage – just 1,600<br />

metres at its widest point - is nicknamed Kodak Gap<br />

because the scenery is stunning. Think steep cliffs,<br />

mountain peaks, icebergs and a hangout for minke or<br />

humpback whales.<br />

• Petermann Island. Accessed through the Lemaire<br />

Channel, this is the home of gentoo and Adélie<br />

penguin rookeries.<br />

• Paradise Harbour. An aptly-named bay surrounded by<br />

glaciated mountains and ice cliffs that’s home to a<br />

rookery of gentoo penguins.<br />

• Gerlache Strait. Get cameras at the ready because this<br />

is a likely spot to see humpback and minke whales,<br />

chinstrap penguins and leopard seals.<br />

• Elephant Island. The crew from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s<br />

failed expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole<br />

arrived here in 1916 and 21 of them then waited four<br />

months while their leader went to South Georgia for help.<br />

They lived under an upturned boat and survived on seal<br />

blubber. It is named for its colony of elephant seals.<br />

• Port Lockroy. The former British base at Port Lockroy<br />

is now curated by the UK Antarctica Heritage Trust.<br />

Visitors can look around huts preserved as they were in<br />

the 1940s and there is a shop for souvenir hunters.<br />




Climate: Antarctica is in the southern<br />

hemisphere, which means its seasons<br />

are the opposite of those in the UK. Our<br />

winter is summer in Antarctica, while our<br />

summer is winter at the South Pole.<br />

When to go: <strong>Cruise</strong>s operate from<br />

November to March, when there is less<br />

sea ice. Summer temperatures in the<br />

Antarctic Peninsula average 2˚C.<br />

Ice: When the sea ice freezes in winter,<br />

Antarctica doubles in size, covering<br />

13,829,800 square kilometres.<br />

Cold: The lowest temperature recorded<br />

in Antarctica was minus 129˚C, at Vostok<br />

Station on July 21 1983.<br />

Highest mountain: Mount Vinson,<br />

some 4,892 metres above sea level.<br />

Number of tourists: 51,707<br />

(International Association of Antarctica<br />

Tour Operators, winter 2017/18).<br />

But Antarctica is not just about scenery. Some<br />

45 species of birds live here, including albatrosses,<br />

petrels, skuas, gulls and, of course, penguins. Visitors<br />

quickly become experts in identifying the Adélies,<br />

chinstraps, gentoos and macaronis. Seeing them<br />

waddle awkwardly on land and then dive gracefully<br />

into the icy water is just magical.<br />

There are seals, fish and whales, including<br />

humpbacks and orcas. Plants can’t survive the cold,<br />

but lichens, mosses and algae have adapted to<br />

live in the freezing conditions. It’s tough out there<br />

for them though, so visitors are asked to avoid<br />

stepping on plant life when they go ashore.<br />

There was a time when only intrepid explorers,<br />

seal hunters and whalers went to Antarctica; now<br />

the hunters are banned and instead it is home to<br />

scientists from all over the world and a bucket-list<br />

destination for travellers keen to be among the few<br />

thousand people who set foot on the continent<br />

each year.<br />

A few big ships have sightseeing sailings in<br />

Antarctica, and it is possible to fly there and skip<br />

the Drake Passage crossing, but for the ultimate<br />

once-in-a-lifetime experience nothing beats an<br />

expedition cruise, braving the Drake (it’s not always<br />

rough!) and walking through colonies of penguins,<br />

going kayaking amid the growlers, cruising close<br />

to icebergs in inflatable Zodiacs, maybe even<br />

camping ashore. This is the stuff of adventurers,<br />

the place to come if clients want excitement, fun<br />

and to be at one with nature.<br />

Under the rules of the Antarctic Treaty, only ships<br />

with 500 or fewer passengers can offer landings<br />

and only 100 people are allowed on land at a time.<br />

Once ashore, they must stay in marked areas, try<br />

to walk in tracks made by the expedition team and<br />

keep 15 feet away from the penguins. Collecting<br />

stones or other souvenirs is strictly forbidden, as is<br />

dropping litter.<br />

Most Antarctic cruises operate round-trip from<br />

Ushuaia, the town on the southern-most tip of<br />

Argentina; a few alternatively depart from Punta<br />

Arenas in Chile. Itineraries are anything from<br />

10-night jaunts to the Antarctic Peninsula to 23-<br />

day voyages or longer that combine Antarctica with<br />

South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. » p25<br />

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Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands,<br />

Svalbard, Greenland, the Kimberley, the Galapagos<br />

Islands, the South Pacific, the Russian Far East, a<br />

spectacular wilderness closed to westerners for<br />

decades, where volcanoes smoulder, brown bears<br />

roam and numerous seabirds swarm.<br />

And still Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s keeps exploring,<br />

‘Silversea is the<br />

acknowledged<br />

leader in luxury and<br />

expedition cruising’<br />

Richard Fain,<br />

Chairman and CEO,<br />

Royal Caribbean <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

What an amazing few months it has been for Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s.<br />

On June 3 2018, 10 years to the day after stake in Silversea, dubbed a ‘crown jewel<br />

Silversea’s first expedition ship set sail and acknowledged leader in luxury and<br />

on its maiden voyage from London’s expedition cruising’ by Royal Caribbean<br />

Tower Bridge to Svalbard in the Arctic, Chairman and CEO Richard Fain.<br />

the company celebrated a decade of Within six weeks the deal was done<br />

exploring the world in all-inclusive and just three months later, Silversea<br />

luxury with a gala voyage from Tower signed a contract with Dutch shipyard<br />

Bridge to Dublin.<br />

De Hoop to build a new luxury<br />

In a neat piece of symmetry, the gala expedition ship, Silver Origin, to cruise<br />

was on Silver Cloud, Silversea’s first the Galapagos Islands.<br />

luxury ship when the company was<br />

Exciting doesn’t even get close<br />

founded in 1994 and the newest addition to describing Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s’<br />

to the expedition fleet, which it joined in itineraries, which visit the very ends<br />

2017 after a $40 million refit.<br />

of the earth, taking intrepid travellers<br />

Just two weeks later, Royal Caribbean to bucket-list destinations and remote<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong>s announced it was acquiring a 67% islands that few will even have heard of.<br />

much to the delight of past and new customers<br />

seeking excitement and adventure off the grid.<br />

New this year, an epic 25-day voyage through the<br />

Northeast Passage from Nome in Alaska to Tromso<br />

in Norway on Silver Explorer was snapped up so<br />

fast when it went on sale that it is being repeated in<br />

August 2020.<br />

This is a journey beyond thrilling, taking guests<br />

across the top of Russia, sailing through glistening ice<br />

and calling into islands where wildlife is king and few<br />

humans have ever set foot.<br />

With the help of an expert expedition team, they’ll<br />

be on the lookout for all manner of seabirds including<br />

cormorants, murres, kittiwakes, puffins and guillemots,<br />

as well as walruses, polar bears and reindeer. There’ll<br />

be intriguing stories of explorers who passed through<br />

these lands in centuries past, of the geology and<br />

history of this harsh terrain. And of course plenty of<br />

treasured memories to take home.<br />

<br />

‘We will continue<br />

to bring innovation<br />

to the world of<br />

expedition cruising’<br />

Silversea Chairman<br />

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio<br />

In summer 2020, Silver Origin will start<br />

sailing in the Galapagos Islands. Here’s what<br />

we know so far about the new ship.<br />

• Silver Origin is designed specifically to cruise the<br />

Galapagos. It is being built by Dutch shipyard De<br />

Hoop, is due to be delivered in Rotterdam in March<br />

2020 and will start cruising around the islands in<br />

summer 2020.<br />

• She will hold 100 guests – the maximum allowed in<br />

the Galapagos – and have 84 crew members as well as<br />

an expedition team to host talks on board and guide<br />

walks ashore.<br />

• She will have six inflatable Zodiacs for wet landings<br />

onto beaches and rocks, and also carry kayaks and<br />

snorkelling gear that can be borrowed for free.<br />

• She will have spacious all-suite, all-balcony<br />

accommodation and every guest will enjoy Silversea’s<br />

signature butler service.<br />

• She will have a new Stargazing Lounge, two<br />

restaurants, a plunge pool, and small spa, hairdresser<br />

and fitness centre.<br />




• All suites are oceanview and 80% have a<br />

private balcony<br />

• Butler service in every suite<br />

• Personalised service guaranteed with nearly<br />

one crew member for every guest<br />

• Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open<br />

seating dining<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong>s led by a highly-qualified expedition<br />

team of experts (marine biologists, ornithologists,<br />

historians and more)<br />

• Enrichment lectures on related topics enhance<br />

guests’ knowledge<br />

• Exclusive partnership with The Royal<br />

Geographical Society<br />

• Unlimited Wi-Fi for all guests<br />

• Alcoholic and soft drinks in suites and throughout<br />

the ship, including champagne, wines and spirits<br />

• Room service<br />

• On-board gratuities<br />

• Excursions and activities, with Zodiac cruising,<br />

hiking and kayaking on selected voyages<br />

• Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s Parka<br />

Due to local regulations, some services and selections are limited or not available on Silver Galapagos.<br />

0207 340 0700<br />

silversea.com,<br />

silverseaacademy.com or<br />

salesuk@silversea.com<br />

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IT IS…<br />

…a frozen continent surrounded by oceans with the South<br />

Pole at its centre.<br />

…the coldest, driest and windiest continent on earth.<br />

…in the southern hemisphere, which means its seasons are the<br />

opposite to those in the UK. Our winter is summer so that’s<br />

when the cruise ships visit.<br />

…rarely much above 2C, and that is in summer. In winter<br />

temperatures drop below -49C (as a guide, home freezers<br />

are about -15C).<br />

…covered in the world’s biggest and thickest ice sheet – it<br />

blankets 98% of the continent; the mean thickness is 2.16km.<br />

…home to 17 species of birds including albatrosses, petrels,<br />

skuas, shags and penguins.<br />

…home to 235 species of marine mammals including<br />

elephant, fur and leopard seals, baleen whales, toothed<br />

whales and orcas.<br />

IT IS…<br />

…an archipelago of volcanic islands some 600 miles off the<br />

coast of Ecuador in South America.<br />

…made up of 19 main islands and more than 215 rocks and<br />

islets.<br />

…famous as the place where visitors can get close to wildlife<br />

because the animals have no fear of humans.<br />

…credited with having inspired Charles Darwin’s book The<br />

Origin of Species when he visited in 1835.<br />

…the only place in the northern hemisphere where penguins<br />

live in their natural habitat.<br />

…home to the only lizards in the world that swim (marine<br />

iguanas) and the only cormorants that can’t fly.<br />

…on the equator, which means there is an equal 12 hours of<br />

daylight and 12 hours of night all year.<br />

…always good to go. December to May is warmer (highs of<br />

32˚C) and wetter. June to November is cooler (highs of<br />

26˚C) and dry.<br />



Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Santa<br />

Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana<br />

LOOK OUT FOR: <br />

Giant tortoises, marine iguanas, land<br />

iguanas, booby birds, pelicans, sea lions,<br />

penguins, albatrosses, frigate birds,<br />

flamingos<br />



Guest capacity: 240<br />

Crew capacity: 212<br />

Last refurbishment: 2017<br />

Total <strong>Expedition</strong> team members: Up to 28<br />

Number of Zodiacs: 18<br />

Kayak programme:<br />

Yes<br />


Guest capacity: 144<br />

Crew capacity: 118<br />

Last refurbishment: 2017<br />

Total <strong>Expedition</strong> team members: 12<br />

Number of Zodiacs: 12<br />

Kayak programme:<br />

No<br />



Guest capacity: 100<br />

Crew capacity: 75<br />

Last refurbishment: 2017<br />

Total <strong>Expedition</strong> team members: 8<br />

Number of Zodiacs: 7<br />

Kayak programme:<br />

Yes<br />


Replaces Silver Galapagos: 2020<br />

Guest capacity: 100<br />

Crew capacity: 84<br />

<strong>Expedition</strong> team members: TBC<br />

Number of Zodiacs: 6<br />

Kayak programme:<br />

Yes<br />

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Svalbard Northern Region<br />


Dynjandi<br />

Latrabjarg Cliffs<br />

Reykjavik<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong> Along<br />

Hornbjarg Cliffs<br />

Vigur Island<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong> Surtsey<br />

Akureyri<br />

St Kilda<br />

Iona<br />

Jan Mayen<br />

Vestmannaey Island<br />

Fort William<br />

Tromsø<br />

SECTOR 9<br />

Svalbard Southern Region<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong> Bear Island<br />

Skarsvåg<br />

Gverstappen<br />

Islands<br />

Cruising Along<br />

North Cape<br />

SECTOR 10<br />


18 days | June 16-July 3<br />

Voyage though Iberia, France,<br />

the UK and Iceland<br />


14 days | July 3-16<br />

Voyage through Iceland,<br />

Svalbard and Norway<br />



Pembroke<br />

Tresco<br />

St Mary's<br />

St Peter Port<br />

La Coruña<br />

Oporto (Leixões)<br />

Lisbon<br />

Portimao<br />

Sevilla<br />

London<br />

Honfleur<br />

Saint Malo<br />

Cagliari<br />

Bejaia<br />

EUROPE<br />

Sousse<br />

Porto Empedocle<br />


Nafpaktos Itea<br />

Ksamil Athens (Piraeus)<br />

Trapani<br />

Monemvasia<br />

Folegandros<br />

15 days | June 2-16<br />

Voyage through the Mediterranean<br />

Naxos<br />

Symi<br />

Rhodes<br />

SECTOR 8<br />

Suez Canal Transit<br />

Luxor (Safaga)<br />

SECTOR 7<br />

Muscat<br />

Sur<br />

Salalah<br />

Cochin<br />


Colombo<br />

Mormugao<br />


17 days | April 28-May 14<br />

Voyage through Indonesia<br />

and the Indian Ocean<br />


20 days | May<br />

ASIA14-June 2<br />

Voyage though the Middle East,<br />

Suez Canal and Greece<br />

Galle<br />

Belawan<br />

Bawemataluwo<br />

Padang<br />

Anak Krakatoa<br />

Ujung Kulon<br />

National Park<br />

SECTOR 6<br />

Anano<br />

Island<br />

Garove Island<br />

Singapore Bau-Bau<br />

Palopo, Pulau Tellang<br />

Sulawesi<br />

Rabaul<br />

Madang<br />

Samarang (Java)<br />

Hunter River Region<br />

Buccaneer<br />

Archipelago<br />

Region<br />

SECTOR 5<br />


23 days | April 6-28<br />

Voyage through the<br />

Kimberley and Indonesia<br />

Kupang<br />

Broome<br />

Kalabahi<br />

Thursday<br />

Island<br />

Darwin<br />

Cairns<br />

King George<br />

River Region<br />


Santa<br />

Ana<br />

Tami Islands<br />

Samarai<br />

and Kwato<br />

Champagne<br />

Beach<br />

Fergusson Island<br />

Dobu Island<br />

Nendo Island<br />

Pentecost<br />

Island<br />

Lautoka<br />


15 days | March 23-April 6<br />

Voyage through Vanuatu, the Solomon<br />

Islands and Papua New Guinea<br />

SECTOR 3<br />

Palmerston<br />

Island<br />

Somosono (Taveuni)<br />

Apia<br />

Aitutaki<br />

Rarotonga<br />

SECTOR 4<br />


13 days | March 11-23<br />

Voyage through the Cook<br />

Islands, Samoa and Fiji<br />

Moorea<br />

Bora Bora<br />

Rangiroa<br />

Atuona<br />

Fakarava<br />

Papeete<br />

Fatu Hiva<br />


Adamstown<br />

SECTOR 2<br />


Easter Island<br />


23 days | Feb 17 to March 11<br />

Voyage through Chile and<br />

French Polynesia<br />

Alexander Selkirk Island<br />

Robinson Crusoe Island<br />

Puerto Montt<br />

Castro<br />

Tortel<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong> English Narrows<br />

Niebla<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong> Chilean Fjords<br />

Valparaiso<br />

Ushuaia<br />


19 days | Jan 30-Feb 17<br />

Voyage to Antarctica and<br />

through the Chilean fjords<br />

SECTOR 1<br />

Antarctic Peninsula<br />

South Shetland Islands<br />

Antarctic Sound<br />


167<br />



IN DAYS<br />

30<br />




107<br />



10<br />






IT IS…<br />

…an area enclosed by a notional circle with the<br />

North Pole at its centre that crosses seven<br />

countries (Norway, Greenland, Russia, Canada,<br />

Alaska, Finland, Sweden) and passes through<br />

the Icelandic Island of Grimsby.<br />

…the place to cruise the Northwest Passage,<br />

the Arctic route between North America and<br />

Greenland discovered in 1906 by Norwegian<br />

explorer Roald Amundsen.<br />

…an average 3-12˚C in summer, falling to an<br />

average -34˚C in winter.<br />

…home to about four million people.<br />

…the place to spot polar bears. It’s also home to millions of<br />

seabirds, Arctic foxes and Svalbard Reindeer and walruses.<br />

…home to four species of whales and six species<br />

of seals.<br />

…blanketed by so much ice that if it were all to melt the sea<br />

levels would rise 23.6 feet.<br />



Guest capacity: 240<br />

Crew capacity: 212<br />

Last refurbishment: 2017<br />

<strong>Expedition</strong> team members: Up to 28<br />

Number of Zodiacs: 18<br />

Kayak programme:<br />

Yes<br />


Guest capacity: 144<br />

Crew capacity: 118<br />

Last refurbishment: 2017<br />

<strong>Expedition</strong> team members: 12<br />

Number of Zodiacs: 12<br />

Kayak programme:<br />

No<br />



A world cruise is always an adventure<br />

but imagine how amazing it would be<br />

to find one that veers away from the<br />

path well trod and instead calls into<br />

spectacular places where very few<br />

people ever set foot.<br />

Impossible? Not for Silversea<br />

<strong>Expedition</strong>s, which has launched the<br />

first-ever expedition world cruise.<br />

The 167-day Uncharted World Tour,<br />

on Silversea’s expedition ship Silver<br />

Cloud, sets sail on January 30 2021,<br />

and will take guests on a spectacular<br />

journey from Ushuaia in Argentina<br />

to Tromso in Norway by way of<br />

Antarctica, the Chilean fjords, the<br />

South Pacific, Papua New Guinea,<br />

Indonesia, the Mediterranean and<br />

Norwegian fjords. Ten shorter sectors are planned<br />

to go on sale nearer to the departure date.<br />

The list of calls en route reads like a who’s who<br />

of expedition favourites, but with more than a few<br />

exciting-sounding places that most people will<br />

likely never even have heard of.<br />

Weather permitting there’ll be a landing in<br />

the South Shetland Islands, a day to explore<br />

Chile’s colourful island capital of Castro, and an<br />

overnight stay in remote Easter Island, to see the<br />

extraordinary monumental statues carved more<br />

than 700 years ago by the Rapa Nui people.<br />

Guests will be island-hopping through Vanuatu<br />

and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, visit<br />

volcanic Rabaul in Papua New Guinea and seek out<br />

saltwater crocodiles as they cruise the Kimberley<br />

in Australia. They’ll see orang-utans in the wild in<br />

Indonesia, glaciers and polar bears in Svalbard and<br />

a myriad of seabirds in Norway’s Gjesvaerstappan<br />

Islands.<br />

They’ll be accompanied along the way by a<br />

brilliant line-up of guest speakers who are experts<br />

in everything from anthropology and archaeology<br />

to geology, garden design and history. They include<br />

Jo Ruxton, who produced the documentary A<br />

Plastic Ocean, Egyptologist Chris Naunton, and<br />

explorer Felicity Aton, the first and only woman to<br />

ski across Antarctica alone.<br />

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Many people had never heard of these islands until the<br />

Argentineans invaded in 1982. Now it is a popular add on to longer<br />

cruises to Antarctica.<br />

The main port and capital is Stanley, a small town where pubs and<br />

corner shops are the mainstay of the community. The island itself is<br />

like the Devon moors, wild and windswept but with penguins instead<br />

of ponies and signs that warn of minefields.<br />

Excursions visit colonies of gentoo and king penguin rookeries<br />

in Bluff Cove, and rockhoppers in Berkeley Sound. There are also<br />

battlefield tours and trips to working farms to learn about farming in<br />

this harsh terrain.<br />






Your clients can explore the unspoiled landscapes of<br />

Antarctica on an extraordinary voyage with all the comforts<br />

they love. Aided by a team of world-class experts,<br />

our ultra-luxury, all-inclusive ships are modern gems<br />

of design, excelling in both fine living and exploration.<br />

For more information or for reservations<br />

please call 0207 340 0700, visit silversea.com<br />

or email salesuk@silversea.com.<br />


• Antarctica cruises aren’t cheap but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is worth that<br />

one big splurge.<br />

• Clients wanting to set foot on Antarctica must choose a ship with no more than 500<br />

passengers and preferably just 100-200 to avoid long delays getting ashore.<br />

• If time allows, cruises that combine Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands offer the<br />

ultimate in expedition cruising.<br />

• Advise customers to expect the unexpected. This is a big adventure in a hostile climate and<br />

itineraries are wholly dependent on the weather.<br />

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South Georgia, famous as the place where the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton found help to<br />

rescue his failed mission to reach the South Pole in 1916, is some 800 miles south-east of the<br />

Falkland Islands and a popular stop for longer expedition cruises through the Southern Ocean.<br />

Just 100 miles long and 20 miles wide, the island was discovered by James Cook in 1775<br />

and for the next 200 years was the scene of mass slaughter as first the sealing and then the<br />

whaling industries moved in and wiped out entire populations of fur seals and cetaceans.<br />

These days cruise passengers come with far more peaceful intent – namely to see Shackleton’s<br />

grave in the small settlement of Grytviken, admire the picturesque Alps-like scenery and marvel<br />

at the abundance of wildlife.<br />

That includes huge populations of fur and elephant seals, which have returned to the island<br />

in the 50 years since the sealers and whalers left, millions of penguins and sea birds, and<br />

thousands of albatrosses.<br />

Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ships: Greg Mortimer (from November 2019) – 7,400 tons; 160 passengers (120 in<br />

the polar regions).<br />

Itineraries: Antarctica sailings operate round-trip from Ushuaia in Argentina and<br />

include 13-day voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula and longer trips that take in<br />

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.<br />

Sample: From US$10,500 per person for the maiden 12-day Spirit of Antarctica<br />

voyage round-trip from Ushuaia departing October 30 2019. Excludes flights.<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Cloud - 16,800 tons, 240 passengers; Silver Explorer - 6,072 tons, 144<br />

passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Sailings operate round-trip from Ushuaia in Argentina and range from<br />

10-day cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula to 15 and 18-day voyages combining<br />

Antarctica with the Falklands and/or South Georgia.<br />

Sample: From £11,970 per person for a 10-day cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula on<br />

Silver Cloud departing December 10 2019. Excludes flights.<br />

Ponant<br />

Ships: Le Lyrial - 10,992 tons, 244 passengers; Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal –<br />

10,944 tons, 264 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Sailings round-trip from Ushuaia in Argentina range from 10-night<br />

cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula to 21-day voyages combining the Falklands with<br />

South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and Antarctica.<br />

Sample: From €10,550 per person for a 10-night Emblematic Antarctica cruise on<br />

Le Soléal departing February 19 2020. Excludes flights.<br />

WHAT’S NEW<br />

• Australia’s Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s is launching new ship Greg<br />

Mortimer in November. Named after the company’s founder, the<br />

vessel has a revolutionary X-Bow, which pierces the waves instead<br />

of rising up and down on them, resulting in a more comfortable<br />

ride. The majority of cabins have a balcony, almost two-thirds<br />

can accommodate three people and it has two outdoor hydraulic<br />

viewing platforms from where passengers can get closer to the<br />

wildlife and landscape.<br />

• Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s’ new discovery yacht Crystal Endeavor is visiting<br />

Antarctica for the first time in 2021, but venturing to the<br />

eastern side of the continent, where few cruise ships go. The<br />

200-passenger vessel is built for luxury exploration. It will have<br />

all-suite, all-balcony accommodation serviced by butlers and<br />

six restaurants, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma, Italian<br />

Prego and the Waterside main dining room. The vessel will have<br />

a large spa, a two-storey solarium and carry two helicopters<br />

and a submarine.<br />

• Hapag-Lloyd <strong>Cruise</strong>s is launching new expedition ship Hanseatic<br />

Inspiration in October. The vessel will have three restaurants, a<br />

Grand Suite with a shower that transforms into a steam room,<br />

and glass viewing platforms that fold out of the ship’s hull and<br />

hover 15 metres above the ocean. This is an international ship<br />

with all cruises conducted in German and English.<br />

• Hurtigruten is launching the world’s first hybrid cruise ship in May.<br />

Called Roald Amundsen, it will operate mainly on Liquefied Natural<br />

Gas but be able to switch to electric power for short periods. The<br />

vessel, which makes its Antarctic debut in winter 2019/20, has an<br />

on-board science centre where passengers can interact with the<br />

expedition team and learn more about the places they are visiting.<br />

Sister ship Fridtjof Nansen launches in 2020.<br />

• Scenic’s discovery ship Scenic Eclipse is launching in August an makes<br />

its Antarctica debut in winter 2019/20. The vessel will have all-balcony<br />

suites, butler service for all, 10 places to eat and carry a helicopter and<br />

seven-man sub for exploring above and below the waves.<br />

Scenic<br />

Ships: Scenic Eclipse (launches August 2019) – 17,085 tons, 228 passengers (200<br />

in polar regions).<br />

Itineraries: Packages range from 16 to 23 days and pair cruises round-trip from<br />

Ushuaia with pre and post-cruise overnights in Buenos Aires. Voyages visit the<br />

Antarctic Peninsula and combine Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.<br />

Sample: From £12,705 per person for a 16-day Antarctica in Depth voyage<br />

departing March 5 2020. Includes flights<br />

Hapag-Lloyd <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ships: Hanseatic Inspiration (launches October 2019) – 15,650 tons, 230<br />

passengers (max 199 in Antarctica).<br />

Itineraries: <strong>Cruise</strong>s of from 12 to 18 days operate round-trip from Ushuaia to the<br />

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.<br />

Sample: From £11,723 per person for a 16-day voyage departing December 1<br />

2020. Excludes flights.<br />

G Adventures<br />

Ship: G <strong>Expedition</strong> – 6,334 tons, 134 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: <strong>Cruise</strong>s are from 11 to 22 days round-trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic<br />

Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.<br />

Sample: From £5,099 per person for a 13-day Antarctica Classic in Depth cruise<br />

departing November 11 2019, based on a triple-share cabin. Excludes flights.<br />

Seabourn<br />

Ship: Seabourn Quest – 32,000 tons, 458 passengers (max 430 in Antarctica).<br />

Itineraries: Offers 21-day cruises between Buenos Aires and San Antonio in Chile<br />

that include six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Longer 24-day voyages add<br />

the Falklands and South Georgia.<br />

Sample: From £8,499 per person for a 21-day Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia cruise<br />

from San Antonio to Buenos Aires departing November 28 2019. Excludes flights.<br />

Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Two 22-day voyages from Tasmania and New Zealand in January 2021<br />

spend eight days exploring Antarctica’s Ross Sea with visits to Adélie and Emperor<br />

penguin rookeries, and an ice-free desert.<br />

Sample: From £28,113 per person for a 22-day Antarctic Splendor cruise from<br />

Hobart to Christchurch departing January 6 2021. Excludes flights.<br />

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From the World’s Most Awarded Luxury <strong>Cruise</strong> Line comes the<br />

world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht,<br />

Crystal Endeavor. With a sleek design built to PC6 Polar Class<br />

specifications and anchor-free dynamic positioning technology,<br />

she is set to explore the farthest reaches of Earth, from the<br />

Russian Far East to the Antarctic and exotic, far-away lands in<br />

between.<br />

Debuting in 2020, we present 12 remarkable journeys comprising<br />

her inaugural season. In all-inclusive luxury hosted by an<br />

eminently experienced <strong>Expedition</strong> Team of 25, curated voyages<br />

of 12 to 22 nights explore the wilds of the Russian Far East, the<br />

coastal wonders of Japan, and the intriguing biodiversity of the<br />

Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. There are offshore<br />

Adventures in Australia and underwater explorations of the Great<br />

Barrier Reef, immersive explorations of Tasmania and the fjords<br />

of New Zealand, and expeditions to the Great White Continent.<br />

Chart a course for inspired discovery and join Crystal Endeavor<br />

for an adventure of a lifetime.<br />

CONTACT: 020 7399 7603<br />

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Expansive all-suite accommodations, among the largest in expedition cruising, with<br />

spacious bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes and high-tech in-suite amenities.<br />

Award-winning, Michelin-inspired cuisine served in multiple open-seating venues,<br />

including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only sea-going restaurants.<br />

Crystal’s acclaimed six-star service, with an industry-leading 1 to 1 staff per guest ratio.<br />

All gratuities and unlimited fine wines, champagnes and premium spirits.<br />

<strong>Expedition</strong> Team of 25 aboard every voyage to provide expert insight and host<br />

small-group explorations.<br />

Curated collection of Crystal <strong>Expedition</strong> Adventures ashore, including cultural and active<br />

experiences, exploration and landings by Zodiac, and Crystal Unexpected Adventures to<br />

capitalise on wildlife and wilderness opportunities.<br />

Complimentary water toys* including kayaks, snorkelling gear, stand-up paddle boards<br />

and more.<br />

Dedicated fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and instructor-led spinning<br />

classes, yoga, mat Pilates and more.<br />

* Use of optional submersible and complimentary marina equipment is based on each destination’s local rules and regulations<br />

and the discretion of the Captain due to weather, dockage / anchorage, location and sea conditions. Please ask for details.

ARCTIC<br />

ARCTIC<br />



The Arctic and Antarctica tend to be seen as one but are literally poles<br />

apart. Where Antarctica is a vast uninhabited continent at the bottom of<br />

the world, the Arctic is a notional area defined by an imaginary circle in the<br />

Northern Hemisphere with the North Pole at its centre.<br />

WHAT’S NEW<br />

• A Norwegian fine-dining restaurant<br />

called Lindstrøm and a Science Centre<br />

are to be added to Hurtigruten’s<br />

expedition ship Fram during a major<br />

renovation in 2020. During the<br />

refurbishment, the cabins, suites and<br />

observation lounge will be refurbished.<br />

The ship launched in 2007.<br />

• Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s has launched a<br />

new voyage exploring West Greenland.<br />

The 11-day cruise, on new ship Greg<br />

Mortimer, departs May 2020, and<br />

sails round-trip from Nuuk. Highlights<br />

include a day in Ilulissat, to see giant<br />

icebergs that have broken off the<br />

icecap, and a Zodiac cruise to the Eqip<br />

Sermia glacier. New 15 and 16-day<br />

cruises in July 2020 and 2021 take<br />

passengers to Franz Josef Land in<br />

search of polar bears, walruses, whales<br />

and seals.<br />

• Ponant has laid the keel for its first<br />

ice-breaker, Le Commandant Charcot.<br />

Launching in 2021, the vessel will hold<br />

270 passengers and operate mainly<br />

on Liquefied Natural Gas but be able<br />

to switch to electric propulsion for<br />

short periods. It will carry two<br />

helicopters and be capable of<br />

reaching the true North Pole.<br />

Radiating out, it encompasses Greenland,<br />

Svalbard, Norway, Russia and Canada, and<br />

numerous islands in the Labrador Sea, and is<br />

home to Inuit, Norwegians, Russians, Canadians<br />

and a host of other nationalities.<br />

It is less remote and hostile than the South Pole,<br />

allowing traditional cruise ships to visit Greenland<br />

and Spitsbergen and take passengers ashore. But<br />

for a real adventure in these frozen lands only an<br />

expedition ship with a hull that’s strong enough to<br />

break through ice will do.<br />

Although cruises depart in the summer months,<br />

when much of the ice has melted, ships heading to<br />

the northern reaches of the Arctic often have to sail<br />

through chunks of floating ice, which can damage<br />

the hulls of vessels not built to sail in frozen waters.<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong>rs can take their pick from four different<br />

adventures in this frozen wasteland – either sail the<br />

coast of Greenland, circumnavigate Spitsbergen,<br />

or embark on a voyage through the legendary<br />

Northwest Passage, a sea route between Arctic<br />

Canada and Greenland that was only properly<br />

discovered in 1903 and 1906, or through the<br />

Northeast Passage across the top of Russia.<br />


Legend has it that some 1,000 years ago Icelander<br />

Erik the Red was banished from his homeland<br />

for murder and happened upon a place that he<br />

then called Greenland in the hope it would attract<br />

other settlers to join him. He probably also wanted<br />

revenge on his fellow Icelanders, whose island<br />

sounded very inhospitable in comparison.<br />

These days Greenland is an autonomous<br />

country within the Kingdom of Denmark and<br />

not just the largest island in the world, but also<br />

one of the most inappropriately-named ones as<br />

about 80% of its land mass is covered by the only<br />

permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica.<br />

<strong>Expedition</strong> cruises sail up the west coast,<br />

venturing into Disko Bay, and calling at<br />

places with tongue-twisting names such as<br />

Qeqartarsuaq, Uummannaq, Sisimiut and<br />

Ilulissat, where small boat tours visit the mouth<br />

of the icefjord to see giant icebergs that have<br />

broken off the Jakobshaven Glacier and jostle to<br />

get into the open water.<br />


Some 2,313km from Oslo but owned by Norway,<br />

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard<br />

archipelago and the nearest most expedition<br />

ships can get to the North Pole, which is 1,338km<br />

away (currently only the Russian nuclear icebreaker<br />

50 Years of Victory, sold by Quark <strong>Expedition</strong>s, can<br />

get there).<br />

Spitsbergen cruises generally start in<br />

Longyearbyen and then attempt to circumnavigate<br />

the island, stopping at random places en route so<br />

passengers can go for walks ashore once the area<br />

has been scouted for prowling polar bears.<br />

The bears are the main attraction, but there<br />

is plenty of other wildlife to look out for including<br />

walruses, seals and whales.<br />

Trips ashore are hosted by armed teams of<br />

naturalists and geologists (polar bears are among<br />

the most dangerous animals on the planet) who<br />

also give talks about the wildlife, geography,<br />

climate and ice during sailing time.<br />


In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set out<br />

from Greenhithe in Kent to find the sea route<br />

between Greenland and Arctic Canada. One year<br />

later, after a last known stop on Beechey Island, he<br />

and all his men just vanished.<br />

We’ll probably never know exactly what<br />

happened to them, but a few years ago<br />

underwater vehicles operated by Akademik Sergey<br />

Vavilov, a ship used by Canadian expedition cruise<br />

line One Ocean <strong>Expedition</strong>s, located the wreck of<br />

Erebus, one of the two Franklin vessels. Two years<br />

later, the second ship, Terror, was located.<br />

It took another 65 years after the Franklin<br />

expedition before Norwegian explorer Roald<br />

Amundsen became the first man to navigate the<br />

entire Northwest Passage, which<br />

these days is a route high on the<br />

must-do list for those in search of the<br />

ultimate adventure.<br />

There is no one route through the myriad of<br />

channels and islands that dot the passage – some<br />

cruises go from Greenland to Canada, others to<br />

Nome in Alaska - but the best itineraries spend time<br />

exploring the icy landscapes.<br />

Many also call into Beechey Island, where, in<br />

1850, a rescue expedition found the graves of<br />

three of Franklin’s crew (it is thought they died from<br />

a combination of pneumonia, tuberculosis and<br />

lead poisoning from the cans their food was carried<br />

in), adding a glimpse of exploration history to the<br />

excitement of spotting whales, seals and polar<br />

bears, and getting up close to icebergs and into<br />

deep fjords.<br />


This is the latest buzz in Arctic cruising – a voyage<br />

from Alaska to Norway that takes passengers on an<br />

epic journey across the top of Russia, visiting frozen<br />

lands and islands that seabirds, polar bears and<br />

sea lions call home, and navigating waters where<br />

whales are known to linger.<br />

This is one for truly intrepid travellers keen to<br />

touch base with places where few have gone<br />

before, such as Cape Dezhnev, the eastern-most<br />

part of the Eurasian continent, Severnaya Zemlya,<br />

an ice-bound archipelago that was only charted<br />

100 years ago, and Wrangel Island, made a<br />

Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to its rich seam<br />

of mammals, birds and flora.<br />

As with all Arctic cruises, the actual route taken<br />

will depend on the sea ice and weather but if all<br />

goes to plan, passengers can expect plenty of trips<br />

ashore and Zodiac cruises, as well as instructive<br />

talks by the expedition experts<br />

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• Elements: A favourite for Italian dishes,<br />

steaks and seafood.<br />

• Chef’s Table: Private dégustation dining for<br />

just eight guests.<br />

• Koko’s: Enjoy Asian fusion dishes with a<br />

taste of Sake.<br />

• Sushi @ Koko’s: Casual dining Japanese<br />

style.<br />

• Teppanyaki @ Koko’s: Take a seat at the grill<br />

and enjoy the theatre as Scenic Eclipse’s<br />

chefs create dinner before your very eyes.<br />

• Lumière: Be our guest for the best French<br />

fine dining at sea.<br />

• Azure Bar & Café: Need to refuel. This is the<br />

place for all-day grazing.<br />

• Epicure: A hands-on cooking school where<br />

guests can hone their cooking skills.<br />

• Yacht Club: A poolside grill for al-fresco<br />

dining.<br />

• In-suite dining: A 24-hour menu is available<br />

for those who want some time out.<br />



There are just five months to go until the world’s first<br />

discovery yacht enters service, changing the face of<br />

expedition cruising forever.<br />

Scenic Eclipse is being built in Croatia by Scenic, the company that brought all-inclusive<br />

luxury to the rivers of Europe and Asia. Now they are bringing that same luxury to the<br />

oceans. The ship is so popular, even though it hasn’t launched yet, that a sister vessel is<br />

already on order and there is talk of more to come.<br />

Scenic Eclipse promises to exceed its high expectations. Holding just 228 guests (a<br />

maximum 200 in polar regions) in spacious all-suite and all-balcony accommodation,<br />

everyone gets a butler and a magnificent choice of places to eat, ranging from Asian<br />

cuisine at Koko’s to French fine dining in Lumière.<br />

And with all dining included in the price, along with alcoholic and soft drinks, gratuities,<br />

shore excursions and Wi-Fi, not to mention flights and transfers, guests can afford to enjoy<br />

everything this magnificent vessel offers.<br />

The Spa Sanctuary is superb, a huge zen-like space where guests can retreat after<br />

an exciting day ashore. The indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis and oceanview<br />

sauna are all just made for relaxing, while a team of highly trained masseurs is on<br />

hand to pamper and spoil.<br />

Keen to keep in shape while exploring the ends of the earth? The gym has the latest<br />

state-of-the-art keep fit equipment, and there are free yoga and Pilates classes in a<br />

dedicated studio.<br />

Scenic Eclipse will carry 12 inflatable Zodiacs for landings in the polar regions, as well<br />

as two helicopters and a seven-man sub so guests can explore above and below the<br />

waves. They can even go kayaking amidst the icebergs.<br />

A dedicated expedition team with experts in everything from marine biology to<br />

history will be on hand to lead trips ashore and also share their in-depth knowledge<br />

about the places being visited during on-board talks.<br />


Whether guests choose to go penguin-spotting in Antarctica or in search of polar bears<br />

beyond the Arctic Circle, they will be cruising in frozen regions once inaccessible to all<br />

but the most intrepid travellers.<br />

That’s where Scenic Eclipse’s discovery credentials kick in. She is being built<br />

to comply with the highest ice-class specification available, PC6 Polar Class, and<br />

makes use of all the latest technology to ensure the environment is cared for as well<br />

as her guests are.<br />

GPS dynamic positioning means she doesn’t have to anchor so there is no risk of<br />

damage to the ocean bed, while zero speed stabiliser fins, which also work when the<br />

ship is stationary, will vastly improve stability when she is sailing.<br />

It’s six-star luxury meets discovery as only Scenic knows how.<br />


Spitsbergen, Greenland, the elusive Northwest<br />

Passage, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland<br />

Islands. You name it, Scenic Eclipse is going<br />

there, taking guests to spectacular places that<br />

once were inaccessible to the ordinary traveller.<br />

Here is just a taste of what’s on offer.<br />


The scenery is the star on this cruise through<br />

the Chilean fjords. There are snow-capped<br />

mountains, deep valleys, a cruise close to the Pio<br />

XI Glacier, which is almost as big as the city of<br />

Santiago, and maybe even a chance to set foot<br />

on Cape Horn.<br />

22 days departing November 7 2019.<br />

From £12,065pp all-inclusive<br />


Six days discovering the Antarctic Peninsula,<br />

following a course dictated by ice and weather<br />

conditions, awaits on this cruise. There will be<br />

landings, Zodiac cruises, a chance to kayak<br />

around icebergs and plenty of penguin and<br />

whale sightings.<br />

16 days departing March 5 2020, including pre<br />

and post-cruise nights in Buenos Aires. From<br />

£12,705pp all-inclusive.<br />



A wondrous wildlife line-up including penguins,<br />

whales, elephant seals and seabirds awaits on<br />

this three-in-one cruise, which explores the<br />

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the<br />

Falkland Islands.<br />

23 days departing March 16 2020, including pre<br />

and post-cruise nights in Buenos Aires. From<br />

£19,385pp all-inclusive.<br />


Reservations: 0808 115 0463<br />

www.scenic.co.uk<br />


Discover the world’s largest island on an<br />

adventure cruise from Reykjavik in Iceland to<br />

Kangerlussuaq in Greenland that promises<br />

icebergs, deep fjords, whales, glaciers and<br />

Zodiac cruises, as well as kayaking amid the ice<br />

and hiking ashore.<br />

14 days departing August 3 2020. From<br />

£9,765pp all-inclusive.<br />

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• <strong>Cruise</strong>s depart in the summer months,<br />

when the ice has melted enough for<br />

ships to navigate around Spitsbergen.<br />

• Look out for cruise lines that offer<br />

kayaking from the ship – it’s great fun<br />

to paddle through the small icebergs,<br />

known as growlers.<br />

• Seals, whales, polar bears and the story<br />

of the ill-fated Franklin <strong>Expedition</strong> are<br />

among highlights for those cruising the<br />

Northwest Passage.<br />

• Put the price of a once-in-a-lifetime<br />

adventure against the actual cost of<br />

the cruise to show what value your<br />

clients are getting.<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Cloud - 16,800 tons, 240 passengers; Silver Explorer - 6,072 tons, 144<br />

passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Nine to 14-day cruises pair Spitsbergen with Tromso in Norway and/<br />

or Iceland, while 16-day Greenland voyages sail round-trip from Kangerlussuaq. A<br />

sold-out Northeast Passage cruise in August 2019 will be repeated in 2020.<br />

Sample: From £6,210 per person for a nine-day voyage from Longyearbyen in<br />

Spitsbergen to Tromso in Norway departing June 21 2020. Excludes flights<br />

Scenic<br />

Ships: Scenic Eclipse (launching August 2019) – 17,085 tons, 228 passengers<br />

(200 in polar regions).<br />

Itineraries: Voyages of between 11 and 24 nights explore the islands of<br />

Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. A 24-night voyage from Copenhagen in<br />

Denmark to Nome in Alaska crosses the Northwest Passage.<br />

Sample: From £11,695 per person for a 15-day Arctic Islands cruise from Oslo in<br />

Norway to Reykjavik in Iceland departing July 12 2020. Includes flights.<br />

Hapag-Lloyd <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ships: Hanseatic Inspiration (launching October 2019) – 15,650 tons, 230<br />

passengers.<br />

Itineraries: <strong>Cruise</strong>s ranging from 13 to 20 days take passengers through the<br />

Canadian Arctic, Baffin Bay and along the west coast of Greenland.<br />

Sample: From £12,075 per person for a 17-day Greenland expedition round-trip<br />

from Kangerlussuaq departing August 21 2020. Excludes flights.<br />

G Adventures<br />

Ship: G <strong>Expedition</strong> – 6,334 tons, 134 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Three eight to 15-day itineraries either circumnavigate Spitsbergen<br />

from Longyearbyen or focus on its west coast. A 15-night cruise in September<br />

2019 pairs Spitsbergen with Greenland and Iceland.<br />

Sample: From £4,349 per person for an eight-day Realm of the Polar Bear cruise<br />

round-trip from Longyearbyen departing July 24 2019. Excludes flights.<br />



Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: A 28-day voyage through the Northeast Passage links Anadyr in<br />

Russia with Tromso in Norway.<br />

Sample: From £36,731 per person for 28 days departing August 17 2021.<br />

Excludes flights.<br />

Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Polar Pioneer – 1,753 tons, 54 passengers; Greg Mortimer (launching<br />

November 2019) – 7,400 tons, 160 passengers (limited to 120 in polar regions).<br />

Itineraries: Voyages range from 11 to 25 days and explore Svalbard, Greenland<br />

and Franz Josef Land. A 25-day Arctic Complete voyage in August 2021 ticks off<br />

Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.<br />

Sample: From £4,800 per person for an 11-day Iceland, Jan Mayen and<br />

Svalbard voyage from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen departing June 12 2020.<br />

Excludes flights.<br />

Ponant<br />

Ships: Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal – 10,944 tons, 264 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: A range of seven to 16-night cruises in 2020 explore Greenland and<br />

Spitsbergen. A 22-night voyage in August 2020 takes passengers through the<br />

Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq to Nome in Alaska.<br />

Sample: From €6,580 per person for a seven-night Disco Bay and Inuit Villages<br />

cruise round-trip from Kangerlussuaq departing July 19 2020. Excludes flights.<br />


• Walking shoes and waterproof trousers<br />

• Warm jumpers, woolly hats, scarves and gloves<br />

• A rain and wind-proof coat<br />

• Cameras, iPhones, chargers and plenty of storage space for pictures<br />

Cruising the Galapagos Islands<br />

is one of the most amazing<br />

experiences imaginable – a way to<br />

combine a sea adventure with closeup<br />

encounters with some of the<br />

tamest and most fascinating wildlife<br />

on the planet.<br />

The islands, part of Ecuador but some 600 miles<br />

off the coast of South America, shot to fame in<br />

the 1850s, when Charles Darwin published his<br />

book The Origin of Species based on theories he<br />

developed on a visit to the Galapagos in 1835.<br />

He was on a five-year expedition to chart the<br />

southern half of South America’s coastline and<br />

went ashore hoping to find volcanoes. Instead he<br />

observed animals and birds that had adapted to<br />

the different island environments in which they<br />

lived. There were lizards that swam, cormorants<br />

that could not fly, finches with beaks that had<br />

evolved into different shapes depending whether<br />

their main food stuffs were fruits, seeds or insects,<br />

and giant tortoises with shells shaped to suit the<br />

vegetation they had to eat.<br />

Some 25,000 people live in the islands, attracted<br />

there by tourism, which is creeping up even though<br />

it is supposed to be limited to help preserve the<br />

fragile ecosystem.<br />

Many stay in hotels, and that is one way to visit<br />

the Galapagos, taking boat trips out to different<br />

islands each day. But a cruise that visits a couple of<br />

islands, beaches or bays every day is not only a far<br />

easier way to travel as you just get on board and<br />

unpack once, but far more rewarding.<br />

Ships of all sizes and quality sail around the<br />

archipelago, from small yachts to luxury craft,<br />

but none is allowed to hold more than 100<br />

passengers. Most will visit two islands a day<br />

during a seven-night cruise, each time taking folk<br />

ashore in small tenders or inflatable Zodiacs to<br />

see the wonderful wildlife (think dancing booby<br />

birds, playful sea lions and rather stately giant<br />

tortoises) which has no predators and therefore<br />

no fear of humans.<br />

Some days there might instead be a Zodiac<br />

cruise around a bay teeming with wildlife. Several<br />

times there will be a chance to swim or snorkel with<br />

the animals. Scuba diving can also be arranged but<br />

at an extra cost.<br />

There are several rules to know before a first trip<br />

ashore. Visitors can only set foot on the islands<br />

with a guide (all ships carry teams of Ecuadorian<br />

guides who have an intimate knowledge of the<br />

islands’ flora and fauna and are registered by the<br />

Galapagos National Park). Puerto Ayora in Santa<br />

Cruz is an exception. This is the biggest town in<br />

the islands and passengers are free to explore the<br />

souvenir shops after a trip to the Charles Darwin<br />

Research Centre.<br />

Visitors must also keep a distance from the<br />

animals, certainly never try to touch them,<br />

and move carefully and quietly so as not to<br />

scare them (on some landings they will find<br />

themselves tip-toeing over marine iguanas).<br />

Those who go snorkelling are not to touch plants<br />

or animals in the water. »<br />

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• A trip into the highlands on Santa Cruz to get up close to giant<br />

tortoises. These were almost wiped out in the 1800s as passing<br />

sailors took them to eat but numbers are increasing thanks to<br />

painstaking breeding programmes.<br />

• Zodiac boat rides around small bays and through dense<br />

mangroves to get a glimpse of penguins, pelicans and flightless<br />

cormorants.<br />

• The fish stall in Puerto Ayora, the capital, where sea lions and<br />

pelicans sit at the feet of the sellers, hoping a tasty morsel might<br />

come their way.<br />

• Selected cruises either circumnavigate Kicker Rock, aka Roca Leon<br />

Dormino (sleeping lion), or get close on Zodiacs so passengers can<br />

get a good view of all the birdlife that lives here.<br />

• A wooden barrel on Floreana Island that has served as a mail box<br />

since 1793, where passengers on passing ships leave postcards for<br />

others to collect and deliver.<br />

• The finches that are said to have inspired Charles Darwin because<br />

they have developed different-shaped beaks depending on their<br />

primary foodstuff.<br />


• As there are no ports in the Galapagos, the only way on and off ships – even<br />

on embarkation and disembarkation day – is by inflatable Zodiac, often<br />

landing onto sand or rocks, so your clients need a good degree of mobility.<br />

• There is time to go snorkelling with sea turtles, penguins and sea lions on<br />

most days. Snorkels, masks and flippers can usually be borrowed for free.<br />

• Ships come in all sizes from tiny yachts that hold just 16 passengers to<br />

luxury vessels that accommodate 100 people in suites with balconies.<br />

• Clients can charter the small yachts that sail here for a milestone birthday or<br />

anniversary. It’s certainly unique and guaranteed to be a holiday they will<br />

never forget.<br />

WHAT’S NEW<br />

• Celebrity <strong>Cruise</strong>s is launching new ship Celebrity Flora in the Galapagos<br />

in May. The vessel, which has been specially-designed to sail around the<br />

islands, will hold 100 passengers in all-suite accommodation and have<br />

stylish lounges with floor-to-ceiling windows from which to enjoy the views.<br />

Technically, it will have dynamic positioning, which allows the vessel to hold<br />

its position without using an anchor.<br />

• Silversea is building a new expedition ship to cruise the Galapagos. Silver<br />

Origin will hold 100 passengers in all-suite all-balcony accommodation. It<br />

will carry fleets of Zodiacs and kayaks and enter service in summer 2020.<br />

• Avalon Waterways is offering two 16-day holidays pairing a five-day cruise<br />

in the Galapagos with a tour taking in Lima, Machu Picchu and Quito. The<br />

cruise is on the 16-passenger Treasure of the Galapagos. Departures are July<br />

21 and November 10, with prices from £7,628 per person including flights.<br />


Location: In the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador<br />

in South America.<br />

Number of islands: 20 islands and 42 islets.<br />

Capital: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island. Puerto Ayora<br />

on Santa Cruz Island is the biggest town.<br />

When to go: The islands are on the Equator so there is always 12 hours<br />

of daylight and 12 hours of night. The temperature averages from 26C<br />

to 31C. The hottest weather is January to May, when it is also most<br />

likely to rain. June to December is dry and a bit cooler. <strong>Cruise</strong>s operate<br />

year-round.<br />

Getting there: Flights operate from Quito in Ecuador and stop at<br />

Guayaquil to pick up passengers before continuing to the islands.<br />

Planes land either at Baltra or San Cristóbal islands. Flight time is just<br />

over two hours.<br />

Wildlife specials: The only lizards that swim, cormorants that can’t fly,<br />

the only penguins in the Northern Hemisphere in their natural habitat,<br />

the only colony of red-footed booby birds in the world.<br />


Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Galapagos – 4,077 tons, 100 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Seven-night cruises operate from Baltra<br />

to San Cristóbal and vice-versa, calling at a couple<br />

of islands and bays most days. Among highlights,<br />

passengers can climb to th e top of volcanic Bartolomé<br />

for views across the islands, join Zodiac cruises around<br />

small bays and see flamingos at Punta Cormorant on<br />

Floreana.<br />

Sample: From £5,400 per person for a sevennight<br />

cruise from Baltra to San Cristóbal departing<br />

September 7 2019. Includes domestic flights from<br />

Ecuador to the Galapagos. International flights extra.<br />

Celebrity <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ships: Celebrity Flora – 5,739 tons, 100 passengers<br />

(launching May 2019); Celebrity Xpedition – 2,842<br />

tons, 100 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Seven-night cruises operate round-trip<br />

from Baltra and visit two islands or coves each day<br />

where passengers can either go ashore or swim and<br />

snorkel. Exceptionally, they stay a day anchored off<br />

Puerto Ayora so passengers can see the giant tortoises<br />

in the wild and shop.<br />

Sample: From £8,289 for a 10-night holiday pairing<br />

three nights in Quito with a seven-night cruise on<br />

Celebrity Flora departing September 22 2019. Includes<br />

international and domestic flights.<br />

G Adventures<br />

Ships: Monserrat - 20 passengers; Yolita, Estrella del<br />

Mar, Xavier III, Eden - 16 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: <strong>Cruise</strong>s range from seven and 14 nights<br />

and loop around favourite islands including Santa Cruz,<br />

Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Espanola and Santiago.<br />

Sample: From £5,319 per person for a 17-night<br />

Complete Galapagos holiday departing June 13<br />

2020 that pairs a 14-night cruise from Baltra with two<br />

nights in Quito. Price includes flights from Quito to the<br />

Galapagos. International flights extra.<br />

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Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula lies some 4,200<br />

miles due east of Moscow – that’s more than<br />

eight hours by air – and is so remote that even<br />

today there are no roads or railways in or out<br />

so the only way to visit is by ship or air.<br />


• It’s likely most clients will know<br />

nothing about the Russian Far East.<br />

Take time to learn where in the world<br />

it is and the attractions so you can sell<br />

with confidence.<br />

• Don’t worry about the price. Your<br />

clients would not be asking if they could<br />

not afford to go.<br />

• Sell the Kamchatka Peninsula and its<br />

neighbouring islands to clients with<br />

a sense of adventure and interest in<br />

seeing nature and wildlife in the raw.<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong> ships navigating these remote<br />

shores will mostly anchor off the coast<br />

and take passengers ashore by Zodiac<br />

so your clients need to be able to climb<br />

in and out of the boats.<br />

The peninsula is 780 miles long, spends most<br />

of the year covered in snow and ice, and is one<br />

of the highlights of an expedition voyage to the<br />

Russian Far East. It is home to 160 volcanoes,<br />

29 of which are still active, thousands of brown<br />

bears, spotted seals and half the world’s Steller<br />

sea eagle population.<br />

The surrounding islands, also part of Russia,<br />

are teeming with seabirds including puffins,<br />

kittiwakes, cormorants and gulls, as well as<br />

seals, sea lions and otters, while the surrounding<br />

waters are a favourite hangout for whales.<br />

All in all, it’s no wonder expedition cruise lines<br />

have come exploring this region of late.<br />

Danish explorer Vitus Bering helped map the<br />

region during the 1700s, naming Petropavlovsk,<br />

the only major city, after his two ships, St Peter<br />

and St Paul.<br />

After the Second World War, the Soviets<br />

declared it a military zone and closed the<br />

region to both foreigners and Russians, and<br />

it stayed that way until the Soviet Union<br />

collapsed in 1990.<br />

An unintended but happy consequence<br />

of the ban was that the scenery and wildlife<br />

were protected, making this a fabulous port of<br />

call for cruisers looking for a seriously exciting<br />

once-in-a-lifetime adventure.<br />


Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200<br />

passengers.<br />

Itineraries: A voyage from Otaru in Japan to Seward<br />

in Alaska visits the Kamchatka Peninsula, and takes<br />

passengers on a wildlife quest through the Russian Far<br />

East and America’s Aleutian Islands.<br />

Sample: From $17,449 per person for 19 nights<br />

departing June 12 2021. Excludes flights.<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Explorer – 6,072 tons, 144 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Voyages ranging from 12 to 18 days will<br />

be exploring the Kamchatka Peninsula and islands in<br />

the Russian Far East in 2020.<br />

Sample: From £11,700 per person for an 18-day<br />

Russian Far East cruise round-trip from Otaru in Japan<br />

departing June 18 2020. Excludes flights.<br />

Ponant<br />

Ships: Le Soléal – 10,944 tons, 264 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Two options are available in summer<br />

2020 - a 15-day voyage from Otaru in Japan to<br />

Petropavlovsk and a 13-day sailing from Petropavlovsk<br />

to Juneau in Alaska. Both cruises are in partnership<br />

with National Geographic <strong>Expedition</strong>s.<br />

Sample: From €9,450 per person for a 15-day Sea of<br />

Okhotsk voyage from Otaru to Petropavlovsk departing<br />

June 26 2020.<br />

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