Wild Earth Travel

Wild Earth Travel is more a travel organization rather than a cruise company. Wild Earth Travel is founded by expedition leaders who followed their hearts and have a worldwide network of various cruise companies. These specialists have been following their passion for more than 30 years, creating the most beautiful expeditions in the furthest corners of the world. They know from first hand and foremost what itineraries are worth to visit. Apart from interesting destinations, they know where the routes and colonies are located of many animal species. Their experience gives them a unique position within the world of small-scale cruises and especially those of expeditions. These cruises are recommended for adventure travellers who are interested in nature and related cultures.
Do you like a cruise on a small ship, where you can expect a lot of personal attention? This is the right place where you can find a cruise that suits you best!
With Wild Earth Travel you can visit the wild habitat with its special species, all over the world. The highly selected partners of Wild Earth Travel with their professional crew and their local expertise offer you an enormous range of choices. And all expeditions are done under the guidance of experienced guides and specialists. You can choose from small sailing boats and catamarans up to various sorts of motor yachts. They have quite a range of expedition ships and small luxury ships up to imposing icebreakers. All equipped with comfortable and often luxury accommodations, intimacy, and comfort guaranteed. With Wild Earth Travel adventure and experience seem infinite. Go for it!
Through the years a huge supply of expedition and small cruise ships has been formed. The ships vary in size from 2 up to 300 passengers. No long rows for the buffets or excursions. Just have a good old-fashioned exploration of a destination with a small group of interested travellers. Most of the ships have all kinds of amenities to guarantee you a pleasant stay. Small ships, which are designed to reach special and remote places, will guarantee you an amazing experience!
Wild Earth Travel provides you with a cruise or expedition not only to enjoy but also to see and experience. In addition to all the relaxation, your trip is also worth learning!

Small Ships, Big Adventures

Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Luxury Expedition
Silver Explorer
01.10.2020
14.10.2020
13
Northern Europe, North America, Reykjavik to Halifax: Canada & Greenland Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 9,900
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Travelroute
Day 1

Reykjavík

Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation's nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island's population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt. Esja (pronounced eh-shyuh), with its ever-changing hues, Reykjavík presents a colorful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colors and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs. In contrast to the almost treeless countryside, Reykjavík has many tall, native birches, rowans, and willows, as well as imported aspen, pines, and spruces.Reykjavík's name comes from the Icelandic words for smoke, reykur, and bay, vík.

Day 2

Day at sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3

Skoldungen

Located on Greenland’s relatively rarely visited rugged east coast, Skoldungen Fjord has enchanting scenery with towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. At the top of the fjord one can easily see the retreating state of the Thrym Glacier. The U-shaped fjord offers spectacular scenery and as an extra perk, it is not uncommon to see whales in the fjord.

Day 4

Cruise Prins Christian Sound & Aapilattoq (Kujalleq)

Connecting the Denmark Strait with Davis Strait, Prins Christian Sound offers a protected course from southeastern to southwestern Greenland, and is one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features. The water is generally placid and the crisp scent of ice fills the air. On either side of the Sound, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides. Depending on weather conditions, icebergs that glitter in the sun may be constant companions during the passage. Aapilattoq is a small settlement near the western end of Prins Christian Sund in southwestern Greenland. In the local Greenlandic language the name means, "sea anemone". This small village of 130 inhabitants, hidden behind a prominent rock, offers a good insight into the life of Greenlandic Inuit. A stroll through the village will reveal a small school and a church, along with the likely possibility of seeing a polar bear skin drying in the wind behind a local dwelling. People have lived off the land in the area around Aapilattoq since the 19th century.

Day 5

Nanortalik (Kujalleq) & Uunartoq Island

Nanortalik lies in a scenic area surrounded by steep mountainsides and is Greenland’s tenth-largest and most southerly town with less than 1500 inhabitants. The town’s name means the “place of polar bears”, which refers to the polar bears that used to be seen floating offshore on summer’s ice floes. Nanortalik has an excellent open-air museum that gives a broad picture of the region from Inuit times to today. Part of the exhibition is a summer hunting camp, where Inuit in traditional clothing describe aspects of their ancestor’s customs and lifestyle. Uunartoq is a small island in South Greenland a short distance east of what once was considered the largest settlement in Greenland. The island has hot springs that were renowned as far back as the days of the Norse for their healing effects. Three naturally heated streams have been channeled to flow into a knee-deep and stone-lined pool. While one unwinds by soaking in the steaming waters, one can watch icebergs that either clog the fjord to the north or come floating by.

Day 6

Qaqortoq (Julianehaab) & Hvalsey

The largest town in southern Greenland, Qaqortoq has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Upon arrival in this charming southern Greenland enclave, it's easy to see why. Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the fjord system around the city, offering breath-taking panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, deep, blue sea, Lake Tasersuag, icebergs in the bay, and pastoral backcountry. Northeast of Qaqortoq and at the end of a fjord, Hvalsey is one of the best examples of South Greenland’s many scattered ruins from the Norse period. Today the area is used for sheep-grazing, but until the 15th century the settlement at Hvalsey, and specifically Hvalsey’s church, played an important part. Christianity had spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually had reached remote Greenland, where it established itself in the country in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period.

Day 7

Day at sea

Day 8

Day at sea

Day 9

St. Anthony (Newfoundland)

Day 10

Woody Point (Newfoundland)

Acclaimed for its unearthly landscape, Woody Point is probably as close to Mars as you will ever get in this lifetime. Situated on the west coast of the island, the Tablelands behind Woody Point in the Gros Morne National Park are composed of peridotite — like much of the surface of Mars — and NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, plus others are studying this unique land form searching for insights into possible bacterial life on the red planet.

Day 11

Day at sea

Day 12

Baddeck

Baddeck is the most highly developed tourist center in Cape Breton. Situated at the start of the famous Cabot Trail, the town of 1,064 inhabitants enjoys an international reputation as a fine resort. Baddeck has long been associated with the great inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who built a home here in 1885; it is still owned by his family. While traveling by steamer through the Bras d’Or Lakes, Bell was captivated by the region’s scenic beauty.

Day 13

Louisbourg (Nova Scotia)

Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, is a thriving seaport located on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island. French settlers first arrived in Louisbourg in 1713, using the island as a base for their lucrative cod fishery. Soon, the town became one of the busiest harbours in North America and an important trading outpost and military hub. They named it Louisbourg, in honour of King Louis XIV. The fortress was built to defend against the threat of a British invasion. After two major attacks, the fortress was destroyed in the 1760’s.

Day 14

Halifax (Nova Scotia)

Surrounded by natural treasures and glorious seascapes, Halifax is an attractive and vibrant hub with noteworthy historic and modern architecture, great dining and shopping, and a lively nightlife and festival scene. The old city manages to feel both hip and historic. Previous generations had the foresight to preserve the cultural and architectural integrity of the city, yet students from five local universities keep it lively and current.

Please Note: expedition highlights and itinerary listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Overview

Reykjavik to Halifax: Canada & Greenland Expedition Cruise

Lined with picturesque fishing villages, dramatic fjords and mountains, and sweeping sea vistas framed by a rocky coastline, the route of the Norse is exceptional. Experience the beauty of the fjords, the majesty of the marine wildlife not to mention the incomparable scenery and learn a life lesson provided by Mother Nature. Zodiac trips and expert leaders make this voyage a fully immersive experience.
Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland
Skjoldungen on Greenland’s east coast offers a spectacular ship’s cruise and (weather permitting) a Zodiac cruise to approach Thrym Glacier. Whales are often seen at the entrance to Skjoldungen.
Prince Christian Sund, Greenland
The ship’s cruise through one of Greenland’s most dramatic natural features, the waterway connecting the east and west coast of Greenland, will take several hours and will go past stark, steep mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.
Uunartoq Island, Greenland
Enjoy the opportunity to relax in hot springs and watch icebergs go by.
Qaqortoq, Greenland
Stroll through the picturesque harbour town of Qaqortoq, its colourful houses painted in bright primary shades. The modest Qaqortoq Museum houses a superb collection of Inuit artefacts associated with hunting and fishing, and a collection of contemporary artwork. The town is also famous for the open-air exhibition “Stone and Man”.
Hvalsey, Greenland
At Hvalsey you will find Greenland’s best preserved ruins of a Norse church dating back to the 1300s.
Woody Point, Newfoundland, Canada
Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both exceptional natural scenery and distinctive geological history. Gros Morne National Park provides some of our planet’s great geology lessons. Step on the earth’s mantle and experience the harsh landform – the Tablelands – that gave the park its World Heritage status. Learn about the park and Newfoundland’s geology, plant and animal life, marine story and human history at Gros Morne’s Discovery Centre, the primary interpretation centre.
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada
With special permission, we land our Zodiacs directly at the Fortress of Louisbourg, the crown jewel of Canada’s national park service. In the early 1700s, the port of Louisbourg was established by the French, who made extensive fortifications. The fortress was all but destroyed after several battles for control between the French and the British, with the British finally winning out. Today, mounds of grass-covered stone from original foundation walls have been painstakingly transformed to their former 18th-century splendour. The largest historical reconstruction in the nation’s history is now a Canadian National Historic Site.

Highlights

Discover Skjoldungen Fjord, Prince Christian Sund, Uunartoq Island, Qaqortoq, Hvalsey, Woody Point, Louisbourg • Retrace the route taken by the Norse and see the remains of Norse manors and churches in Greenland • Visit a small village in Southwest Greenland to see how the actual Inuit live • See the outstanding pieces of Inuit art of the open-air “Man and Stone” exhibition in Qaqortoq • Wildlife Watch List: Humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales and orcas, Seabirds of note: Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, Great Shearwater, Great Skua, Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Common Guillemot and Brünnich’s Guillemot, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull

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Ship information

Silver Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 metres

Passenger Capacity: 144

Crew Capacity: 118

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2018

Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.

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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Coral Expeditions II
05.10.2020
09.10.2020
4
Australia and NZ, Great Barrier Reef - 5 Days Cruise
Fare from € 1,650
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cairns

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm. Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet.

Day 2

Cooktown and Lizard Island

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

Day 3

Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

Day 4

Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

Day 5

Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef – 5 Days Cruise

Our 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.
For guests wanting to spend as much time as possible discovering the reefs of the Tropical North, whilst still enjoying time ashore, this itinerary offers you plenty of time to come face to face with the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights

The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours • Informative presentations and educational documentaries • History and cultures of the region and early explorers • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

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Ship information

Coral Expeditions II

Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran
Length: 35 metres
Passenger Capacity: 42
Crew Capacity: 12
Built: 1996 refurbished in 2015
Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in our region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.
The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars over the Great Barrier Reef.
Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment.
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Booking
Small Yacht Cruise
Lord of the Glens
08.10.2020
13.10.2020
5
Northern Europe, Spring and Autumn in the Highlands
Fare from € 1,350
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Travelroute
Day 1

Inverness

Embark in Inverness at 4pm. Evening Captain’s welcome reception & dinner. Moor Inverness overnight

Day 2

Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

Sail in the morning via the first man-made section of the Caledonian Canal into Loch Dochfour, before reaching Loch Ness. The 21 mile transit of Loch Ness provides for a brief photo opportunity by pausing in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching Fort Augustus. The afternoon is free to explore Fort Augustus where everything is close to hand. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.

Day 3

Loch Oich, Loch Lochy & Banavie

The ‘Lord of the Glens’ is elevated from the shores of Loch Ness with the assistance of six inter-connected locks than run through the centre of Fort Augustus, before entering the stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue. Later continue into Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and finally to Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself. The afternoon is reserved for a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct returning to the vessel via the Commando Memorial. Moor Banavie overnight.

Day 4

Tobermory

Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of ‘Neptune’s Staircase’ the ‘Lord of the Glens’ is lowered to sea level at Corpach and then it is out to sea for a passage along the sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull before reaching Tobermory. Tobermory is best explored on foot and there is plenty of time in the afternoon to visit the famed gaily painted waterfront. Moor Tobermory overnight.

Day 5

Craignure & Oban

The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle. Later sail to Oban, followed by an afternoon walk to include a Whisky Distillery & Mcaig’s Folly. Evening Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Moor Oban overnight.

Day 6

Oban

Disembark after breakfast and drive to Inverness.

Please Note: timings and schedule are subject to weather conditions and tide.

Overview

Spring and Autumn in the Highlands

Nothing to clutter the view, just hauntingly beautiful Scottish Highland scenes brought effortlessly to your panoramic window, this together with excellent cuisine and deluxe State Cabin accommodations provides for a truly unique travel experience. This five night voyage on board the deluxe ‘Lord of the Glens’ encompasses the main highlights of a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, including a transit of the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal.
The voyage commences at Inverness and continues via Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and onto beautiful Loch Oich, the highest point of the canal, before reaching Loch Lochy and finally to Corpach (Fort William) which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis and the gateway to the sea. At Corpach there is time to take the famed ‘West Highland Line’ train to Glenfinnan (Viaduct) returning to ‘Lord of the Glens’ via the Glenfinnan Monument.
At Corpach the ‘Lord of the Glens’ passes through the sea lock and enters the serenely beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and then it is onto the Sound of Mull, and to the gaily painted waterfront at Tobermory. The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Isle of Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle before reaching the ‘gateway of the isles’ at Oban.
Included: Full board, excursions as indicated in the itinerary, all port dues and taxes, transfer from/to Inverness at pre-determined times.
Not Included: soft and alcoholic beverages and gratuities.

Highlights

Stop in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle • Explore Fort Augustus • Enjoy a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct • Discover Tobermory • Visit Duart Castle

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Ship information

Lord of the Glens

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 46 metres

Passenger Capacity: 54

Built: 1985 Reconstructed & Renovated since 2000

Until recently, size-limiting locks prevented travellers from seeing the Highlands from the remarkable vantage point of the inland waterway that links Scotland's most famous lochs. Now, with the style of a classic luxury yacht, the 48-guest Lord of the Glens journeys through this spectacular countryside in spectacular style.

The moment you step aboard the Lord of the Glens you are surrounded by the rich mahogany finishes of the reception area and lobby. The ship is magnificently appointed and brings to mind that one is in a stately country manor rather than a five-star ship.

Cabins: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable and spacious with wonderful outside views. Most cabins have large picture windows (four have two large portholes). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, satellite television, music system, hairdryer, telephone, safety deposit box, bathrobes and toiletries.

Public Areas: With all round teak decks, hardwood finished interiors and fine fabrics, the Lord of the Glens offers a stylish and relaxing ambience. The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard shop, and the small library and cozy bar are a refuge for the more solitary.

Meals: Served in the elegant single-seating Dining Room. Chefs create healthy, delicious cuisine served by an attentive staff.

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Booking
Luxury Expedition
Island Sky
09.10.2020
31.10.2020
22
Pacific and Oceania, Passage to Easter Island
Fare from € 13,550
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Travelroute
Day 1

London to Tahiti, French Polynesia

Fly by scheduled indirect flight.

Day 2

Tahiti

Arrive today and transfer to the Intercontinental Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay. The remainder of the evening is free to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.

Day 3

Tahiti

After breakfast in the hotel, we will enjoy a morning excursion including a visit to the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands. After lunch at a local restaurant we will transfer to the MS Island Sky.

Day 4

Rangiroa

As one of the world’s largest coral atolls, Rangiroa has a magnificent lagoon surrounded by small islets or motus, stretching as far as the eye can see. Today, a variety of activities await. There will be a chance to tour a black pearl farm, enjoy free time in the enchanting local village of Avatoru or enjoy a snorkel or swim. After lunch on board we spend a relaxing afternoon at sea.

Day 5

At Sea

Relax on board as we make our way to the Marquesas Islands.

Day 6

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

After a morning at sea we arrive in the Marquesas Islands, far removed from the rest of the South Pacific in everything from language and culture to geology. Our afternoon will be spent on Nuka Hiva, the largest of the islands and the island group’s economic capital. Today we will immerse ourselves in local culture and geography. Traditional Marquesan dancers welcome us to their village. We will visit the archaeological centres at Kamuihei and Hikoku’a and see the temples, petroglyphs and tiki. Meanwhile a series of island walks will investigate the nature of the island whilst there will also be a chance to swim from the beaches.

Day 7

Hiva Oa

At first light we arrive at volcanic Hiva Oa. We will anchor off Atohuna where if we are lucky we may find manta rays before heading ashore. Our morning will be dedicated to Gauguin, the iconic artist of the South Pacific. We will visit his museum and make a pilgrimage to his final resting place, soaking up the landscape that inspired him to leave it all behind and go native. This afternoon we reposition the ship to Puamau and visit the Oipona me’ae temple, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in French Polynesia and home to the eight foot tall Tiki Takali. On our return to the ship you may wish to enjoy a swim from the beach.

Day 8

Fatu Hiva

With a landscape of spectacular pinnacles towering over the cobalt Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva is one of the most floral and pristine islands. Villagers will perform their traditional dances and demonstrate their handicrafts of wood carvings and tapa making. Afterwards our expedition team will run a series of nature walks either climbing to the view point, searching for birds with our ornithologist or a nature walk to the waterfall. Meanwhile a snorkel platform will be set up for those who wish to swim.

Day 9

Pukapuka, Tuamotus Islands

After a morning cruising, this afternoon we visit Pukapuka. To honour their guests, the islanders proudly decorate their tidy village with green palm fronds and flowers, and welcome us with a fragrant flower lei and entrancing dances. Sample traditional coconut treats and watch a demonstration of how copra (the dried meat of the coconut) is prepared for its various uses. Travel to the centre of the island past coconut plantations to swim in the turquoise waters of the inner lagoon.

Day 10

Pukarua

Located on the outer fringes of French Polynesia, Pukarua faces thousands of miles of open ocean. Onshore, its small population lives in a spirit of cooperation and friendship, living largely on coconuts and the bounty of the sea. As we visit this small community, we will be enthusiastically greeted with genuine friendliness and lively music. Arriving after lunch we will have the chance to walk through the village or enjoy a swim in the lagoon.

Day 11

Expedition Day

As we make our way across the Pacific we will pass by the Acteon Group of islands. These remote uninhabited atols were named after the HMS Acteon who sighted the islands in 1837. Landing on the islands is very weather dependent but we hope to spend time on or around one of the islands home to several bird species including the Tuamotu sandpiper and increasingly rare Polynesian ground dove. We may also have the chance for a deep water snorkel.

Day 12

Mangareva, Gambier Islands

Mountainous Mangareva is capital of the Gambier group of islands and home to the remarkable St Michael’s Cathedral with a stunning mother-of-pearl altar. On a full day call, we will have the chance to join an island nature walk, take a hike up the 440 metre Mount Duff, named after the first European vessel to visit the island in 1797, or to simply wander around the small village. If weather permits we may also set up a snorkelling platform on the surrounding coral reef.

Day 13

Pitcairn Islands

We have factored a day and a half around Pitcairn Island. If weather permits we will sail to Oeno Atol, an important bird area due to the colony of 12,500 pairs of Murphy’s petrel that nest here alongside sooty tern and brown noddy. We then have a full day on the island of Pitcairn, famous as the final destination of the Bounty in the late 18th century. Meet the Anglo-Tahitian descendants of the mutineers of the Bounty, who arrived here 200 years ago and see the ship’s anchor outside the courthouse. We will have time to explore this inspiring island setting and visit with islanders who display memorable stamps and handicrafts. We will have a Pitcairn welcome in the Town Hall before exploring the capital of Adamstown. We will set up a number of walks with our expedition staff to explore the islands highlights. Please note that access to the Pitcairn Islands is very weather dependent.

Day 14

Pitcairn Islands

Day 15

Henderson Island

We arrive at Henderson Island over breakfast and will look for a suitable landing place. This upraised former coral atoll has fascinating eroded rock formations, with giant blowholes flinging up tremendous sea spray. Very rare birds inhabit the island, including the Henderson island rail and Stephen’s lori. Numerous underwater ravines and crevices support a great diversity of fish whilst on walks on the island or along the beach we will come across coconut crabs. Return to the ship and spend the afternoon at sea.

Day 16

Ducie Island

This morning we will experience expedition cruising at its finest as we hope to land on one of nature’s wildlife sanctuaries. A remote coral atoll with good snorkelling and birding, Ducie Island is so remote that no threats to its native wildlife exist, and it is one of the rare places in the world where wildlife is relatively unaffected by man’s presence. Our expedition team will lead a series of walks on the island. Return to the ship for lunch as we sail this afternoon and start our journey to Easter Island.

Day 17

At Sea

We have two days to spend relaxing on deck or to perhaps join the lectures from our experts on board.

Day 18

At Sea

Day 19

Easter Island, Chile

We anchor off Easter Island and have a day and a half scheduled for Easter Island to explore the highlights. Arriving in the afternoon we explore Rano Kau, the second oldest volcano on the island. Its huge caledera (one and a half kilometres at its base) contains one of the island’s three fresh water lakes. From the look-out at the rim of Rano Kau we continue on to the ceremonial village of Orongo, best known for the birdman cult ceremonies. The site was restored in 1974 and within the village you will see 47 restored houses. Continue to Ahu Tahai, another restored ceremonial site and one of the oldest, dating back to the 6th century. On a full day tour we will view many of the different areas where moais (statues) can be found. We will see the volcano of Rano Raraku, the site where 95% of all moais were carved and today you will find nearly 400 statues in various stages of completion. A hike to the top of the volcano’s crater will not only reveal many statues but also a beautiful fresh water lake. We continue our exploration of the island with Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial site in Polynesia restored in 1996 and Ahu Akivi where we find seven maoi built around 1460 BC and which face out to sea. Lunch will be a specially arranged barbecue on Anakena beach, home of Easter Island’s ancient paramount chiefs and one of the prettiest coves in the South Pacific

Day 20

Easter Island, Chile

Day 21

Easter Island to Santiago

Disembark by Zodiac and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Santiago. On arrival transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day and evening are free for independent exploration.

Day 22

Santiago to London

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for the scheduled flight to London.

Day 23

London

Arrive this afternoon.

Overview

Passage to Easter Island

Join us in paradise on a leisurely passage through the South Seas to an area long associated with Captain Cook, Captain Bligh and the Bounty, and Gauguin. We can promise you an unforgettable voyage to a corner of the world which has lured adventurers and romantics alike ever since Magellan first sailed to these waters in 1521. During our expedition we will explore four island groups; the Tuamotus, Marquesas, Gambier and Pitcairn Islands.
We will embark the MS Island Sky in Tahiti and set sail for our exploration of the South Pacific’s islands and atolls. From coral reefs teeming with life to powerful legends that shaped history, each island is unique, each culture distinct. On the more remote islands, villages are still composed of thatched houses, set amongst the shade of the breadfruit and coconut trees. Many islands are important nesting grounds for seabirds and sea turtles and the lagoons everywhere are breeding grounds for countless species of fish. Our expedition ends on Easter Island, which, lying some 2300 miles off the coast of Chile is blessed with an extraordinary collection of remarkable archaeological sites which we will explore.
With our fleet of Zodiac landing craft we will explore inlets, bird sanctuaries and land in otherwise inaccessible places accompanied by an expert expedition team including naturalists, marine biologists and ornithologists who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm during forays ashore and whilst on board.

Including return flight from London!

Highlights

Combine the culture of Easter Island, the history of Pitcairn Island and the remote natural wonders of the islands that dot the ocean providing refuge for indigenous birds and sea creatures or the beauty of the Marquesas that so inspired Paul Gaugin. • Our journey covers over 3000 nautical miles and many of the places we visit can only be accessed by small groups with the use of the ship’s nimble Zodiacs meaning that once we have landed on a remote beach, we will be the only guests ashore.

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Ship information

Island Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 91 meters
Passenger Capacity: 118
Crew Capacity: 70
Built / Refurbished: 1992 / 2017
The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.
Your Suite On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a minifridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Refillable water bottles, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds. The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additional benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry.
Your Space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms on board the MS Hebridean Sky include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. In addition to the Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library which is well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads. A collection of games and devices to access the internet via the ship’s satellite can also be found in the library. Access to the ship’s satellite Wi-Fi via your own device is complimentary on board (signal strength varies depending on location and demand). The Dining Room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board. Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Whilst heaters and blankets make dining al fresco comfortable in cooler climates. Further to this, on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. You will also find a clinic and Doctor on board and a lift that serves all decks. Additionally there is a small hairdressers with appointments made on request.
Your Dining It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our Sky vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions. With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well-stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapés take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido Deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice. In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like-minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose. The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.
For Your Comfort The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.
Life Onboard If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels. When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship. The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.
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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Pearl Mist
13.10.2020
20.10.2020
7
North America, Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors
Fare from € 4.350
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Travelroute
Day 1

Portland, ME

Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coast. Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historic and architectural treasures with a rich nautical heritage which has been preserved for centuries. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

Day 2

Rockland, ME

Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. A lively town, Rockland has a vibrant art culture and thriving lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland's unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland which features an eclectic collection of art galleries, or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

Day 3

Eastport, ME / Campobello Island, NB

An island located between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, Eastport is a scenic and largely undiscovered treasure with a population of less than 2,000. Though small in size, Eastport has the deepest port on the East Coast and was once the center of the Atlantic Seaboard sardine-canning industry. Today, Eastport is home to an eclectic creative community of artists, writers, and filmmakers who live and work there. Continue on to Campobello Island, a scenic island off the Coast of Maine, located in New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing at this enchanting island retreat, known for its breathtaking views and unspoiled natural beauty.

Day 4

St. Andrews, NB

Also known as “St. Andrews by-the-Sea,” Saint Andrews is one of the oldest towns in the Canadian Maritimes and is recognized as a National Historic District. Stroll along the streets of this charming seaside town, steeped in turn-of-the-century charm. Admire the beautiful period homes and historic sites such as the Algonquin Hotel, a War of 1812 Blockhouse, and the Charlotte County Courthouse. Visit the picturesque downtown area and peruse the unique art galleries and boutiques which offer locally handcrafted products.

Day 5

St. John, NB

St. John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Here, the urban beauty of this historic city complements the natural splendor of the world famous-bay. Spend time at the Saint John City Market, the oldest continuing farmers’ market in North America with rafters that resemble the inverted hull of a ship. Market Square on the waterfront features fine restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. View the famous Reversing Rapids as the tides of the Bay of Fundy force the waters to reverse their flow at the mouth of the St. John River.

Day 6

Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan Island is a Canadian island and the largest in the Bay of Fundy. Rich in maritime history, the island features vintage lighthouses, working fishing villages, and herring weirs. Enjoy time whale-watching, as the waters around the Grand Manan Island are feeding grounds and nurseries for a number of whale species, including finback, humpback whales, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whale. Also a haven for bird watchers, the island features over 240 species of birds that make the island their home.

Day 7

Bar Harbor, ME

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has enchanted visitors throughout history with its incredible natural beauty as well as its vibrant downtown village. Its majestic mountains and stunning seascapes have long inspired artists and writers and beckoned many others who come for reflection, relaxation, or outdoor exploration. In the early 20th century, wealthy visionaries donated the area now known as Acadia National Park, recognized for its breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife.

Day 8

Portland, ME

Disembarkation. After a refreshing and relaxing week of cruising Maine’s coast and Bay of Fundy, explore the city of Portland. This charming area is located in the heart of Casco Bay and offers something for everyone. Visit one of Portland’s many museums and art galleries or peruse the specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.

Overview

Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors

Announcing the brand new Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors cruise. This incredible 7-night, round-trip itinerary sails up the Maine coast to the famous Bay of Fundy, one of the natural wonders of the world. Start this amazing journey in Portland, a charming seaport town with a rich maritime history and picturesque waterfront. Explore Campobello Island, the summer retreat for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family for over 50 years. Led by our local expert guides, travel to the scenic shores of Rockland, stroll along the charming turn-of-the-century streets of St. Andrews, and enjoy the best whale watching on Grand Manan Island. As you cruise through the Bay of Fundy, you will be captivated by the dramatic cliffs, sculptured islands, and rock columns carved into its coastline. With the highest tides on earth and the rarest whales in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a place like none other. Return to Maine and explore the natural beauty of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor.
Along the way, enjoy our award-winning enrichment programs and delectable, regionally inspired cuisine.

Highlights

Visit the famous Farnsworth Art Museum and explore the museum’s permanent collection entitled, “Maine in America,” which showcases area artists • Enjoy the day on this tour through Eastport and listen to your local guides as they share their knowledge about the area’s unique history • Explore the island where Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing • Stroll along the beautiful St. Andrew’s waterfront and embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime whale watching adventure • Travel to the shores of the Bay of Fundy and explore the picturesque fishing village of St. Martins

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Ship information

Pearl Mist

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 105 m

Passenger Capacity: 210

Crew Capacity: 70

Built: 2014

The Pearl Mist difference is felt as soon as you step on the ship. With 6 decks, the ship is the perfect size to provide an exceptional luxury experience without feeling overwhelmed. Our open sun decks give you plenty to do between ports, whether you’re admiring the view from one of our lounge chairs, enjoying the evening’s musical entertainment, or having a drink with friends under the sun shade. The ship is also equipped with viewing balconies, a library, a fitness area, a spacious glass-enclosed dining room, and an elevator to all stateroom decks.

Enjoy the spectacular scenery from your own private balcony. The exceptionally large and gracefully appointed staterooms aboard the Pearl Mist surround you with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The ship has been designed with a room for every preference, from our cozy private paradises to our massive luxury suites. Every stateroom is fully-stocked with everything you’d need to relax in your home away from home, with plenty of extras as well.

Points of Distinction:

Just 210 guests. Fully stabilized for comfortable coastal cruising. Large staterooms and suites with private balconies. Six lounges, each with a unique feel. Elevator to all stateroom decks. Exquisite cuisine with a regional flair. Open seating dining room accommodates all guests together. Personalized service tailored to your tastes. Wireless Internet throughout the ship.

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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Coral Expeditions II
19.10.2020
23.10.2020
4
Australia and NZ, Great Barrier Reef - 5 Days Cruise
Fare from € 1,650
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cairns

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm. Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet.

Day 2

Cooktown and Lizard Island

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

Day 3

Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

Day 4

Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

Day 5

Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef – 5 Days Cruise

Our 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.
For guests wanting to spend as much time as possible discovering the reefs of the Tropical North, whilst still enjoying time ashore, this itinerary offers you plenty of time to come face to face with the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights

The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours • Informative presentations and educational documentaries • History and cultures of the region and early explorers • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

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Coral Expeditions II

Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran
Length: 35 metres
Passenger Capacity: 42
Crew Capacity: 12
Built: 1996 refurbished in 2015
Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in our region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.
The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars over the Great Barrier Reef.
Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment.
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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Pearl Mist
20.10.2020
27.10.2020
7
North America, Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors
Fare from € 4.350
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Travelroute
Day 1

Portland, ME

Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coast. Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historic and architectural treasures with a rich nautical heritage which has been preserved for centuries. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

Day 2

Rockland, ME

Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. A lively town, Rockland has a vibrant art culture and thriving lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland's unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland which features an eclectic collection of art galleries, or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

Day 3

Eastport, ME / Campobello Island, NB

An island located between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, Eastport is a scenic and largely undiscovered treasure with a population of less than 2,000. Though small in size, Eastport has the deepest port on the East Coast and was once the center of the Atlantic Seaboard sardine-canning industry. Today, Eastport is home to an eclectic creative community of artists, writers, and filmmakers who live and work there. Continue on to Campobello Island, a scenic island off the Coast of Maine, located in New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing at this enchanting island retreat, known for its breathtaking views and unspoiled natural beauty.

Day 4

St. Andrews, NB

Also known as “St. Andrews by-the-Sea,” Saint Andrews is one of the oldest towns in the Canadian Maritimes and is recognized as a National Historic District. Stroll along the streets of this charming seaside town, steeped in turn-of-the-century charm. Admire the beautiful period homes and historic sites such as the Algonquin Hotel, a War of 1812 Blockhouse, and the Charlotte County Courthouse. Visit the picturesque downtown area and peruse the unique art galleries and boutiques which offer locally handcrafted products.

Day 5

St. John, NB

St. John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Here, the urban beauty of this historic city complements the natural splendor of the world famous-bay. Spend time at the Saint John City Market, the oldest continuing farmers’ market in North America with rafters that resemble the inverted hull of a ship. Market Square on the waterfront features fine restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. View the famous Reversing Rapids as the tides of the Bay of Fundy force the waters to reverse their flow at the mouth of the St. John River.

Day 6

Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan Island is a Canadian island and the largest in the Bay of Fundy. Rich in maritime history, the island features vintage lighthouses, working fishing villages, and herring weirs. Enjoy time whale-watching, as the waters around the Grand Manan Island are feeding grounds and nurseries for a number of whale species, including finback, humpback whales, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whale. Also a haven for bird watchers, the island features over 240 species of birds that make the island their home.

Day 7

Bar Harbor, ME

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has enchanted visitors throughout history with its incredible natural beauty as well as its vibrant downtown village. Its majestic mountains and stunning seascapes have long inspired artists and writers and beckoned many others who come for reflection, relaxation, or outdoor exploration. In the early 20th century, wealthy visionaries donated the area now known as Acadia National Park, recognized for its breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife.

Day 8

Portland, ME

Disembarkation. After a refreshing and relaxing week of cruising Maine’s coast and Bay of Fundy, explore the city of Portland. This charming area is located in the heart of Casco Bay and offers something for everyone. Visit one of Portland’s many museums and art galleries or peruse the specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.

Overview

Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors

Announcing the brand new Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors cruise. This incredible 7-night, round-trip itinerary sails up the Maine coast to the famous Bay of Fundy, one of the natural wonders of the world. Start this amazing journey in Portland, a charming seaport town with a rich maritime history and picturesque waterfront. Explore Campobello Island, the summer retreat for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family for over 50 years. Led by our local expert guides, travel to the scenic shores of Rockland, stroll along the charming turn-of-the-century streets of St. Andrews, and enjoy the best whale watching on Grand Manan Island. As you cruise through the Bay of Fundy, you will be captivated by the dramatic cliffs, sculptured islands, and rock columns carved into its coastline. With the highest tides on earth and the rarest whales in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a place like none other. Return to Maine and explore the natural beauty of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor.
Along the way, enjoy our award-winning enrichment programs and delectable, regionally inspired cuisine.

Highlights

Visit the famous Farnsworth Art Museum and explore the museum’s permanent collection entitled, “Maine in America,” which showcases area artists • Enjoy the day on this tour through Eastport and listen to your local guides as they share their knowledge about the area’s unique history • Explore the island where Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing • Stroll along the beautiful St. Andrew’s waterfront and embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime whale watching adventure • Travel to the shores of the Bay of Fundy and explore the picturesque fishing village of St. Martins

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Ship information

Pearl Mist

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 105 m

Passenger Capacity: 210

Crew Capacity: 70

Built: 2014

The Pearl Mist difference is felt as soon as you step on the ship. With 6 decks, the ship is the perfect size to provide an exceptional luxury experience without feeling overwhelmed. Our open sun decks give you plenty to do between ports, whether you’re admiring the view from one of our lounge chairs, enjoying the evening’s musical entertainment, or having a drink with friends under the sun shade. The ship is also equipped with viewing balconies, a library, a fitness area, a spacious glass-enclosed dining room, and an elevator to all stateroom decks.

Enjoy the spectacular scenery from your own private balcony. The exceptionally large and gracefully appointed staterooms aboard the Pearl Mist surround you with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The ship has been designed with a room for every preference, from our cozy private paradises to our massive luxury suites. Every stateroom is fully-stocked with everything you’d need to relax in your home away from home, with plenty of extras as well.

Points of Distinction:

Just 210 guests. Fully stabilized for comfortable coastal cruising. Large staterooms and suites with private balconies. Six lounges, each with a unique feel. Elevator to all stateroom decks. Exquisite cuisine with a regional flair. Open seating dining room accommodates all guests together. Personalized service tailored to your tastes. Wireless Internet throughout the ship.

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Booking
Luxury Expedition
Silver Explorer
31.10.2020
08.11.2020
8
Latin America, Colon to Guayaquil: Central America Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 4,410
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Travelroute
Day 1

Colón

The provincial capital of Colón, beside the canal's Atlantic entrance, is named for the Spanish-language surname of Christopher Columbus, though the Americans called it Aspinwall in the 19th century. It was once a prosperous city, as the architecture of its older buildings attests, but it spent the second half of the 20th century in steady decay.

Day 2

Colón

Day 3

Panama Canal transit

The Panama Canal bisects the country just to the west of Panama City, which enjoys excellent views of the monumental waterway. Between the canal and the rain forest that covers its islands, banks, and adjacent national parks, there is enough to see and do to fill several days. Central Panama stretches out from the canal across three provinces and into two oceans to comprise everything from the mountains of the Cordillera Central to the west, to the Caribbean coral reefs and colonial fortresses in the north, to the beaches of the Pearl Islands in the Bahía de Panamá (Bay of Panama) in the south.

Day 4

Darien Jungle

The remote Darien Jungle has one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. It is also one of the world’s top ten birding sites, with the colourful Crimson-collared Tanager, Chestnut-fronted Macaws, and Snow-bellied Hummingbirds found here. Mammals include tapirs and Black-headed Spider Monkeys. In this roadless stretch of forest, rivers provide the best access. Visitors to the Darien Jungle are rare with fewer than 1,000 tourists visiting each year.

Day 5

Bahía Solano (Choco) & Utria National Park (Nuqui Harbour)

Bahía Solano is located in splendid isolation; connected to the outside world by a single, small local airport. Tucked inside a bay, the small Columbian town is lined by the Pacific Ocean on one side and thick, impenetrable jungle flush with waterfalls on the other. The majority of the 10,000 residents work in local industries, which are predominantly fishing, agriculture and eco-tourism.

Day 6

Utria National Park (Nuqui Harbour)

Sitting on Colombia’s Pacific coast is the lush tract of Utría National Park. From coral reefs and mangroves in the marine realm, to tropical rainforest and rocky beaches where sea turtles come to lay their eggs, few places in the world encompass the diversity of Utría’s ecosystems. The forest here offers a choice of trails to explore. In addition to a wealth of wildlife, the park boasts several species of impressive timber trees, notably the area’s beloved Cohiba tree and the Oquendo tree, which are used in the creation of local art and handicrafts.

Day 7

Gorgona Island

Isla Gorgona is a beautiful tropical island and a national park. Packed with lush green rainforest, palm trees and beaches full of black volcanic rocks, this little island off the Colombian coast was used by Pizarro and his thirteen followers before they eventually went south to inspect and later conquer Peru. The island is named after its plentiful supply of snakes, which might have been one of the reasons to utilize the island until the 1980s as a prison. Today only limited amounts of visitors are allowed ashore to explore the prison ruins, hike in the rainforest or snorkel.

Day 8

Isla de la Plata

Isla de la Plata translates to ‘Island of Silver’, and the name was derived from the legend of swashbuckling pirate Sir Francis Drake’s buried silver treasure. The popular legend states that in the 16th century, hundreds of tons of silver and gold were never fully recovered and are still hidden on the island. The island was privately owned until 1979, when it was declared part of Ecuador’s Machalilla National Park. Best known for its fauna, which is amazingly similar to that of the Galapagos Islands, Isla de la Plata is a delightful place for birding, photography and long nature walks.

Day 9

Machala

Several National Sanctuaries and Ecological Reserves found near Machala boast sun-drenched beaches and mangrove forests. Pelicans, frigatebirds, and egrets nest nearby as Blue-footed Boobies dive for fish further out to sea. Whales and dolphins can occasionally be seen in the vicinity. Machala, with a population of approximately 250,000 inhabitants, is moreover known for traditional Latin American foods from shrimp ceviche to fried bananas. In fact, bananas feature heavily in the culture as the city is also known as the “Capital of the Banana.

Day 10

Guayaquil

The second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, this is a little city with a big heart. A sea port first and foremost, the city’s personality has been founded on that, and all the better it is for it too. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical destination. Once not even considered by the travel books as a potential destination in its own right, the city has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few years.

Please Note: expedition highlights and itinerary listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Overview

Colon to Guayaquil: Central America Expedition Cruise

The Darien has an almost mythical quality to it — an enigmatic land full of exotic plants, rare wildlife, and indigenous people, unburdened by modern life. After an exciting Panama Canal transit, set sail to discover this formidable wilderness. Yet even the Darien pales in comparison with Utria National Park; accompanied by our experts, spend two full days exploring its beauty and mystery.

Highlights

Discover Panama Canal, Darien Jungle, Utria National Park, Gorgona Island, Machala, Isla de la Plata • Visit the Emberá of the Darien Jungle • Wildlife Watch List: Toucans, Black-necked Stilt , Cattle and Great Egrets, Turkey and Black Vulture, Tropical Kingbird, Lemon-rumped, Blue-grey, White-shouldered, Beryl-spangled and Palm Tanager, Rufous-tailed and Violet-bellied Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Rufous Motmot, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Ornate, Boat-billed and Olive-striped Flycatcher, White-bearded Manakin, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, Brown, Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds

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Ship information

Silver Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 metres

Passenger Capacity: 144

Crew Capacity: 118

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2018

Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.

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Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Coral Adventurer
07.11.2020
05.01.2021
59
Australia & NZ, 35th Anniversary Circumnavigation of Australia - 60 Days
Fare from € 24.700
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Travelroute
Day 1

Darwin

Day 2

Koolama Bay

Day 3

Careening Bay

Day 4

Cygnet Bay

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Depuch Island

Day 7

Tryal Rocks & Montebello Islands

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Dirk Hartog Island

Day 10

Denham

Day 11

HMAS Sydney & HSK Kormoran sites

Day 12

Houtman Abrolhos

Day 13

Houtman Abrolhos

Day 14

Fremantle

Day 15

Fremantle & Busselton

Day 16

Augusta - Cape Leeuwin Winery

Day 17

Albany

Day 18

Archipelago of the Recherche

Day 19

Archipelago of the Recherche

Day 20

At Sea

Day 21

At Sea & Head of Bight

Day 22

At Sea

Day 23

Whyalla

Day 24

Port Adelaide

Day 25

Port Adelaide & Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

Day 26

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island & Encounter Bay

Day 27

Port Fairy

Day 28

Port Fairy, 12 Apostles & Half Moon Bay

Day 29

Half Moon Bay

Day 30

King Island

Day 31

At sea

Day 32

Hobart

Day 33

Hobart & North Bay

Day 34

Shoal Bay & Darlington, Maria Island

Day 35

Georgetown

Day 36

Preservation Island

Day 37

Boydtown, Twofold Bay

Day 38

Eden, Twofold Bay

Day 39

Botany Bay & Post Hacking

Day 40

Sidney

Day 41

Sidney & Broken Bay

Day 42

At sea

Day 43

Tangalooma

Day 44

Hervey Bay / Fraser Island

Day 45

Seventeen-Seventy (1770)

Day 46

Percey Islands

Day 47

Great Barrier Reef & Islands

Day 48

Great Barrier Reef & Islands

Day 49

Cairns - Uluru

Day 50

Cairns & Endeavour Reef

Day 51

Cooktown

Day 52

Restoration Island

Day 53

Thursday Island & Cape York

Day 54

Possession Island & Booby Island

Day 55

Cullen Point & Pennefather River

Day 56

Cape Keerweer

Day 57

Cape Arnhem

Day 58

Wessel Islands

Day 59

At sea

Day 60

Darwin

Please note: Our expedition itinerary covers remote regions and some variation in the daily schedule may occur as the Captain and Expedition Team respond to local conditions in order to ensure the best guest experience.

Overview

35th Anniversary Circumnavigation of Australia – 60 Days

Sailing aboard the Coral Adventurer, our voyage will commence from Darwin on the 7th of November 2020 and undertake a full circumnavigation of the Australian Coastline over 60 days (59 nights) returning on 5th January 2021. This is a once in a lifetime and never to be repeated expedition of discovery and we would love for you to join us. With only 60 staterooms available for this voyage, this is an intimate and personal journey of discovery. Senior Master Gary Wilson, has designed a voyage that will be a celebration of history, culture, nature and Australian Maritime history.
With our unique Xplorer tenders, explore hard-to-reach locations of historic significance or natural beauty. Visit famous places and share stories of historic maritime events that shaped our nation from ancient times to early explorers and more modern wartime. Be immersed in the arts and cultures of the people and communities of Australia on your travels. Whether it be coastal walks, snorkelling the reef, sharing amazing wildlife encounters or just taking in the scenery, you will enjoy a unique perspective of the greatest coastline in the world.
Our experienced Expedition Team, along with guest lecturers and special guests, accompany and guide our voyage. Their commentary and skill at story telling will immerse you in the culture, history and nature of the Australian coastline.
Highlights

Included in your circumnavigation cruise are three special events: Winemaker’s Dinner at Leeuwin Estate winery, Margaret River, Western Australia • Sail on the historic square rigger James Craig on Sydney Harbour • Christmas Dinner under the stars at Uluru – with private jet transfers

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Ship information
Coral Adventurer
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship
Length: 93.4 meters
Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms)
Built: 2017
Our brand new ship is built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising – Coral Expeditions is proud to invite you to experience the Coral Adventurer.
Bigger is not better
At a time when cruise ships get larger and glitzier, we remain stubbornly compact and intimate. Our ships are designed to take you to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships.  We want you to have the luxury of space, dine with whom you please, or find your quiet corner on deck.  So we have limited the Coral Adventurer to 60 spacious cabins.  This preserves the intimate atmosphere we are known for without sacrificing the stability and comfort of a true ocean going vessel.
Built for discovery
The Coral Adventurer features our trademark dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders cradled on a hydraulic platform slung off the back of the ship, enabling our guests to go ashore in comfort and ease.  The shallow draft of the ship enables us to go closer to shore than larger ships. Together with our renowned expedition team, our new ship will offer the most advanced expedition capabilities of any small ship afloat.
Built for comfort
With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship.  She features promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe our chefs whip up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients.
Built for personal service
The Coral Adventurer will continue our proud tradition of Australian flagged vessels with friendly and professional Australian crew.  Our onboard atmosphere remains refreshingly informal and intimate.  Take your seat at our bridge lounge, chat with the captain at your leisure or accompany our chefs on a market tour.
Food and wine features
Single seating dining area with communal ‘wine table’ finished with Australian stone; serving buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners • Showcase galley visible to guests for fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian produce • Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks with 180 degree views • Curated wine cellar featuring modestly priced boutique wines for daily drinking and exceptional vintage Australian reds.
Guest comfort
All outside guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony • Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion • Gym equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills • Passenger elevator • Wi-Fi available in all guest areas
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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Coral Expeditions II
09.11.2020
13.11.2020
4
Australia and NZ, Great Barrier Reef - 5 Days Cruise
Fare from € 1,650
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cairns

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm. Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet.

Day 2

Cooktown and Lizard Island

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

Day 3

Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

Day 4

Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

Day 5

Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef – 5 Days Cruise

Our 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.
For guests wanting to spend as much time as possible discovering the reefs of the Tropical North, whilst still enjoying time ashore, this itinerary offers you plenty of time to come face to face with the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights

The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours • Informative presentations and educational documentaries • History and cultures of the region and early explorers • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

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Coral Expeditions II

Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran
Length: 35 metres
Passenger Capacity: 42
Crew Capacity: 12
Built: 1996 refurbished in 2015
Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in our region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.
The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars over the Great Barrier Reef.
Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment.
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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Serenissima
10.11.2020
20.11.2020
10
Africa, Passage through the Canary Islands
Fare from € 3.850
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Travelroute
Day 1

London to Tenerife, Canary Islands

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Serenissima and enjoy welcome dinner and drinks as we moor overnight.

Day 2

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

This morning will be dedicated to gardens. We will start with a visit to the Jardin Botanico that was founded in 1788 by Charles III of Spain. The purpose of the gardens was to create an area where the plants, shrubs and flowers brought back from the New World could acclimatise to Spanish soil. Many of the plants are the original specimens brought back for the opening of the gardens including the centre piece, an enormous South American fig tree. In contrast to the Botanical Gardens we will then explore the Sitio Litre Garden which boasts a luscious orchid collection. After lunch on board we will drive inland, along the base of the mountain range through beautiful pine forests to the Parque Nacional del Teide. The area was declared a National Park in 1954 and includes 14 species of plant found nowhere else in the world. Geologically the park is fascinating; of the many different types of volcanic formations examples of more than 80% can be found here. Alternatively there will be a full day tour to Mount Teide on offer for those who wish to enjoy a challenging hike, accompanied by a local guide, through this spectacular landscape.

Day 3

Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera

La Gomera is a paradise of natural beauty with lush valley and awe-inspiring cliffs dotted with charming white washed villages and gives the impression of being lost in a time warp. On a full day tour we will explore the island including Garajonay National Park, home to the world’s only surviving laurel forest and visit the villages of Hermiqua, Agulo and Las Rosas before making our way to a local restaurant for lunch. Before returning to the ship we will experience a demonstration of Silbo Gomero, the island’s unique whistling language, and visit the magnificent rock formations of Agando. Alternatively, you may wish to join a guided morning trek through the Garajonay National Park commencing in the village of El Cedro which offers some interesting examples of Canarias architecture. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure for individual exploration.

Day 4

Puerto de la Estaca, El Hierro

Probably the least known of the Canary Islands, and once considered to be the end of the world, El Hierro is unique and utterly captivating. On our morning island tour it will be impossible not to be entranced by the island’s slow pace and simple style; by its craggy coast, where waves hurl themselves against lava sculpted rock faces; by the pretty farmland and flower meadows of the interior; by the eerily beautiful juniper groves and by the desolate volcanic badlands that stretch out like moonscapes in the south. We will also have the opportunity to sample some of El Hierro’s excellent wine and visit the lizard house where the island’s unique giant lizards are bred; near extinction they are protected by international law. Alternatively, opt for the La Llania hiking excursion which will take us through primeval forests, along ancient cisterns and mythical witches dance floors to El Hierro’s top viewing point affording spectacular views of the western parts of the island. This afternoon will be at leisure allowing for time to wander around the local harbour.

Day 5

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Arrive over lunch in La Palma which is known by locals as the ‘Beautiful Island’, and it is easy to see why. It is a simply stunning, peaceful and most importantly un-spoilt destination that has deservedly been declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve. This afternoon drive inland to the beautiful village of El Paso and visit the Silk Museum. This is the only place in Europe where the 500-year-old tradition and processes have been preserved. From here we will continue onto the Caldera de Taburiente, a massive depression eight kilometres wide which scientists agree was a majestically tall volcanic mountain that collapsed on itself. Explore on foot and whilst all may seem stoic and still, the forces of erosion are hard at work and some geologists estimate that it will finally disappear in just 5000 years. Alternatively, for those who would prefer a more energetic excursion there will be a guided trek on offer through the El Pilar area; see remains of volcanic eruptions, the magnificent views of the Valley of Aridane and the crater wall that surrounds the Taburiente National Park.

Day 6

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrive in the early afternoon in Arrecife, a pleasant town with a modern seafront and colourful gardens. A volcanic island designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes were shaped by an explosive past, but today the dazzling white salt flats of Janubio, the rugged terrain of Fire Mountain and an array of unspoilt fishing villages scattered around the coast combine to make it a hugely successful tourist destination. Following lunch on board we will experience the world of Cesar Manrique, celebrated painter, landscape conservationist and one of Lanzarote’s best-known citizens, who left an indelible imprint on the island. Cross the northeastern part of the island to Jardin del Cactus, an unusual botanical garden where many species of cacti have been carefully arranged in a natural setting by Manrique himself. Then visit Manrique’s former home, designed by Manrique and which combines his interest in traditional local architecture with his concerns about environmental protection.

Day 7

At Sea

Spend the day at sea as we sail to Madeira.

Day 8

Porto Santo, Madeira

Today we arrive in Porto Santo. Although one of the islands constituting the archipelago of Madeira, Porto Santo and Madeira could not be more different. Whilst lush green predominates Madeira, Porto Santo is arid and the southern coast is bordered by a nine kilometres long beach of golden sand. Our morning tour will introduce us to the island and will include some beautiful vistas, a tasting of Porto Santo wine and a visit to t he Christopher Columbus museum, where he once lived. After lunch on board perhaps enjoy some time on the beach, explore the local town or the more active may join a hike to the summit of Pico do Castelo offering spectacular views of the island.

Day 9

Funchal, Madeira

We have two days on Madeira and will offer a choice of excursions including a visit to Monte, a charming village high in the hills overlooking Funchal. We will reach Monte by cable car experiencing wonderful views along the way and visit the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. This garden collection has been enriched with plants from all over the world and about 100,000 plant species have been planted. The garden also features a collection of cycads (encephalartos) which, because of their age, are considered living fossils. We will also plan a visit to the Botanical Gardens. Situated in the grounds of a former private house, the gardens are host to a profusion of plants and flowers, from all parts of the world, which thrive in the island’s temperate climate. The active may wish to join a Levada walk. Levada are irrigation channels that were created by the Portuguese settlers in the 19th century, who painstakingly carved them out of the rock by hand. Designed to carry fresh water from the north to the drier southern regions of the island, they helped to create many of the lush landscapes that can be seen today. The walk will follow the course of ‘levadas’ for over three miles, seeing the verdant plants, mountain views and green farmland that cover Madeira. We will also dine ashore at a traditional restaurant and enjoy a performance by a local folklore group.

Day 10

Funchal, Madeira

Day 11

Madeira to London

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Overview

Passage through the Canary Islands

Here is a perfect voyage for those looking for some winter warmth and who enjoy small ship cruising and discovering somewhere new each day. Join us aboard the MS Serenissima and explore some of the lesser known Canary Islands, an Atlantic archipelago which consists of seven main islands that are formed from the tips of a vast volcanic mountain range that lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean and we will visit La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma where we can enjoy nature at its very best. These volcanic islands impress with their unique flora and fauna and boast rugged, rocky landscapes, evergreen cloud forests, metre-high ferns and bizarre-looking dragon trees.
Our itinerary has been carefully designed so that we can fully explore the dramatic beauty and cultural vibrancy of these captivating and varied islands, each one having a distinct culture and landscape and on most days there will be a choice of excursion depending on your interest or how active you wish to be. Our small ship is the ideal way to make the most of the region and with the MS Serenissima as our base, we can reach the smaller islands which are inaccessible to the larger ships, the ideal way to make the most of the region. The weather should be delightful allowing us the chance to fully appreciate the diverse and intriguing topography, lunar like landscapes, verdant pine forests and stunning national parks. After our exploration of the islands, there is a relaxing day at sea as we make our way to the archipelago of Madeira where we discover the beautiful island of Porto Santo and finally spend two days on the ‘floating garden in the Atlantic’, the island of Madeira.

Highlights

An island hopping voyage between Tenerife & Madeira aboard the MS Serenissima.

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Ship information

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship
Length: 87 metres
Passenger Capacity: 95

Crew Capacity: 52
Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013 / 2018
We are delighted to have had the MS Serenissima on long term charter since 2013. There are so few ships of her generation still cruising and the fact that she is is a great testament to her owners who invest considerable sums to keep her in top form. In December 2018, the vessel once again undergone a significant refurbishment after which she nowadays accommodate a maximum of just 95 guests.
MS Serenissima is a charming vessel and one of her best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During a major refit the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.
The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible. The European Captain, Officers, Expedition Staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

Contact
Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Serenissima
20.11.2020
30.11.2020
10
Africa, Passage through the Canary Islands
Fare from € 3.850
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Travelroute
Day 1

London to Funchal, Madeira

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Serenissima and enjoy welcome dinner and drinks as we moor overnight.

Day 2

Madeira

We have two days on Madeira and will offer a choice of excursions including a visit to Monte, a charming village high in the hills overlooking Funchal. We will reach Monte by cable car experiencing wonderful views along the way and visit the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. This garden collection has been enriched with plants from all over the world and about 100,000 plant species have been planted. The garden also features a collection of cycads (encephalartos) which, because of their age, are considered living fossils. We will also plan a visit to the Botanical Gardens. Situated in the grounds of a former private house, the gardens are host to a profusion of plants and flowers, from all parts of the world, which thrive in the island’s temperate climate. The active may wish to join a Levada walk. Levada are irrigation channels that were created by the Portuguese settlers in the 19th century, who painstakingly carved them out of the rock by hand. Designed to carry fresh water from the north to the drier southern regions of the island, they helped to create many of the lush landscapes that can be seen today. The walk will follow the course of ‘levadas’ for over three miles, seeing the verdant plants, mountain views and green farmland that cover Madeira. We will also dine ashore at a traditional restaurant and enjoy a performance by a local folklore group.

Day 3

Madeira

Day 4

Porto Santo

Today we arrive in Porto Santo. Although one of the islands constituting the archipelago of Madeira, Porto Santo and Madeira could not be more different. Whilst lush green predominates Madeira, Porto Santo is arid and the southern coast is bordered by a nine kilometre long beach of golden sand. Our morning tour will introduce us to the island and will include some beautiful vistas, a tasting of Porto Santo wine and a visit to the Christopher Columbus museum, where he once lived. After lunch on board perhaps enjoy some time on the beach, explore the local town or the more active may join a hike to the summit of Pico do Castelo offering spectacular views of the island.

Day 5

At Sea

Spend the day at sea as we sail to Lanzarote.

Day 6

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Arrive this morning in Arrecife, a pleasant town with a modern seafront and colourful gardens. A volcanic island designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes were shaped by an explosive past but today the dazzling white salt flats of Janubio, the rugged terrain of Fire Mountain and an array of unspoilt fishing villages scattered around the coast combine to make it a hugely successful tourist destination. This morning experience the world of Cesar Manrique, celebrated painter, landscape conservationist and one of Lanzarote’s best-known citizens, who left an indelible imprint on the island. Cross the northeastern part of the island to Jardin del Cactus, an unusual botanical garden where many species of cacti have been carefully arranged in a natural setting by Manrique himself. Then visit Manrique’s former home, designed by Manrique and which combines his interest in traditional local architecture with his concerns about environmental protection. Set sail this afternoon.

Day 7

La Palma

La Palma is known by locals as the ‘Beautiful Island’, and it is easy to see why. It is a simply stunning, peaceful and most importantly un-spoilt destination that has deservedly been declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve. This afternoon drive inland to the beautiful village of El Paso and visit the Silk Museum. This is the only place in Europe where the 500-year-old tradition and processes have been preserved. From here we will continue onto the Caldera de Taburiente, a massive depression eight kilometre wide, scientists agree that this was a majestically tall volcanic mountain that collapsed on itself. Explore on foot and whilst all may seem stoic and still, the forces of erosion are hard at work and some geologists estimate that it will finally disappear in just 5,000 years. Alternatively, for those who would prefer a more energetic excursion there will be a guided trek on offer through the El Pilar area; see remains of volcanic eruptions, the magnificent views of the Valley of Aridane and the crater wall that surrounds the Taburiente National Park.

Day 8

El Hierro

Probably the least known of the Canary Islands, and once considered to be the end of the world, El Hierro is unique and utterly captivating. On our morning island tour it will be impossible not to be entranced by the island’s slow pace and simple style; by its craggy coast, where waves hurl themselves against lava sculpted rock faces; by the pretty farmland and flower meadows of the interior; by the eerily beautiful juniper groves and by the desolate volcanic badlands that stretch out like moonscapes in the south. We will also have the opportunity to sample some of El Hierro’s excellent wine and visit the lizard house where the island’s unique giant lizards are bred; near extinction they are protected by international law. Alternatively, opt for the La Llania hiking excursion which will take us through primeval forests, along ancient cisterns and mythical witches dance floors to El Hierro’s top viewing point affording spectacular views of the western parts of the island. This afternoon will be at leisure to relax on the ship or wander around the local harbour.

Day 9

La Gomera

La Gomera is a paradise of natural beauty with lush valley and awe- inspiring cliffs dotted with charming white washed villages and gives the impression of being lost in a time warp. On a full day tour we will explore the island including Garajonay National Park, home to the world’s only surviving laurel forest and visit the villages of Hermiqua, Agulo and Las Rosas before making our way to a local restaurant for lunch. Before returning to the ship experience a demonstration of Silbo Gomero, the island’s unique whistling language, and visit the magnificent rock formations of Agando. Alternatively, you may wish to join a guided morning trek through the Garajonay National Park commencing in the village of El Cedro which offers some interesting examples of Canarias architecture. Return to the ship for lunch and the afternoon will be at leisure for individual exploration.

Day 10

Tenerife

This morning will be dedicated to gardens. We will start with a visit to the Jardin Botanico that was founded in 1788 by Charles III of Spain. The purpose of the gardens was to create an area where the plants, shrubs and flowers brought back from the New World could acclimatise to Spanish soil. Many of the plants are the original specimens brought back for the opening of the gardens including the centre piece, an enormous South American fig tree. In contrast to the Botanical Gardens we will then explore the Sitio Litre Garden which boasts a luscious orchid collection. After lunch on board we will drive inland, along the base of the mountain range through beautiful pine forests to the Parque Nacional del Teide. The area was declared a National Park in 1954 and includes 14 species of plant found nowhere else in the world. Geologically the park is fascinating; of the many different types of volcanic formations examples of more than 80% can be found here. Alternatively there will be a full day tour to Mount Teide on offer for the active who wish to enjoy a challenging hike, accompanied by a local guide, through this spectacular landscape.

Day 11

Tenerife to London

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Overview

Passage through the Canary Islands

Here is a perfect voyage for those looking for some winter warmth and who enjoy small ship cruising and discovering somewhere new each day. Join us aboard the MS Serenissima and explore some of the lesser known Canary Islands, an Atlantic archipelago which consists of seven main islands that are formed from the tips of a vast volcanic mountain range that lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean and we will visit La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma where we can enjoy nature at its very best. These volcanic islands impress with their unique flora and fauna and boast rugged, rocky landscapes, evergreen cloud forests, metre-high ferns and bizarre-looking dragon trees.
Our itinerary has been carefully designed so that we can fully explore the dramatic beauty and cultural vibrancy of these captivating and varied islands, each one having a distinct culture and landscape and on most days there will be a choice of excursion depending on your interest or how active you wish to be. Our small ship is the ideal way to make the most of the region and with the MS Serenissima as our base, we can reach the smaller islands which are inaccessible to the larger ships, the ideal way to make the most of the region. The weather should be delightful allowing us the chance to fully appreciate the diverse and intriguing topography, lunar like landscapes, verdant pine forests and stunning national parks. After our exploration of the islands, there is a relaxing day at sea as we make our way to the archipelago of Madeira where we discover the beautiful island of Porto Santo and finally spend two days on the ‘floating garden in the Atlantic’, the island of Madeira.

Highlights

An island hopping voyage between Tenerife & Madeira aboard the MS Serenissima.

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Ship information

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship
Length: 87 metres
Passenger Capacity: 95

Crew Capacity: 52
Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013 / 2018
We are delighted to have had the MS Serenissima on long term charter since 2013. There are so few ships of her generation still cruising and the fact that she is is a great testament to her owners who invest considerable sums to keep her in top form. In December 2018, the vessel once again undergone a significant refurbishment after which she nowadays accommodate a maximum of just 95 guests.
MS Serenissima is a charming vessel and one of her best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During a major refit the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.
The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible. The European Captain, Officers, Expedition Staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

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