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Ocean and Expedition Cruising

Ocean cruising is an incredible way to explore many parts of the world. Unpack once, sail in luxury, and access the wonders of the destination with unparalleled ease. Your “floating hotel” can moor up right in the heart of your next destination city, allowing you to step off and start your experience right away.

9 Reasons to do an Ocean Cruise

#1 Access to unique parts of the world

While some crusie ships do tend to focus on well travelled routes, many will take you off the beaten track, or to places you might not otherwise go

#2 Removes all the hassles

The majority of costs associated with cruising are either automatically included or can be purchased in packs (a drinks package for instance). With your Luxury line cruises you are likely to have no additional costs at all as excursions, tipping and beverages are included.

The 24 hr concierge desks, room service, and healthy staff to guest ratios mean help is always right at your finger tips.

Excursions are well

 

#3 pack and unpack once

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#4 Catering to a wide variety of tastes

It is not always easy having everyone in your group on the same level for entertainemtn or interests (be it 2 or 22!), but an ocean cruise offers such a wide range of options that there really is something for everyone,

#5 Safety and Security

Because you will have one or more tour managers around with experience in the area they will have lots of local knowledge and be able to provide insights to keep you secure and safe. Should a problem occur they will also know the best way to solve it.

Because the ships have very little motion on the rivers it is very unlikely for you to experiecne seasickness.

Travelling with a group also offers the security of more more people looking out for each other.

#6 Rooms with a view

Even the best hotels in the world can only offer the same view from your room night after night, but on a river cruise your view changes constantly throughout your journey.

#7 incredible dining throughout the day

Cruise lines in the Luxury, Premium and Contemporary categories are sure to have many different dining options. From Buffet or Pizza bars to 5 course Michelin restaurants. The wide range on offer caters to all, and allows yoy to dine as per your mood or plans. There is also a lot of flexibility in where and when you dine on a ship.

#8 Price advantage

Your cruise experience is bundled into one cruise package. If you factor in: Entertainment, meals, beverages (when included), transport and accommodation there is great value to be had.

#9 Relaxing and stressfree

With few exceptions your river cruise experience can be said to have:

  • No Tipping
  • No worrying about logistics of how to get from point A to point B
  • No language barriers for essentials
  • No trying to find a good place to eat (local guides can recommend where to eat according to preferences when not on the ship)
  • No currency concerns as everything but shopping tends to be included

Cruising Regions of the World

There are many different areas where cruising takes place, from the tropics to the poles, and each area has it’s own appeal

Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is a fantastic place to cruise if you are looking to experience a lot of variety in a 7-14 day cruise. Most itienraries will start in Barcelona, Rome, Venice or Athens, and either return to the starting port or finishing in one of the others mentioned.

Popular cruise ports:

Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome), Venice, Dubrovnik, Santorini, Gibralter, Naples, Instanbul, Athens, Monte Carlo

Baltic

A Baltic cruise covers the northernmost regions in Europe. From Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Denmark to Russia and Estonia. This diversity ensures you’ll be treated to a treasure trove of culture and history along the way.

Popular cruise ports:

St Petersburg, Berlin (via Warnemunde), Tallinn, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Riga, Stockholm

Caribbean and Pacific North America

The Caribbean is the most populous cruise region. With tropical weather, a huge number of islands, rich colonial history, and innumerable beaches it offers a great deal for all cruise fans.

Between New York and Florida, and California and Seattle/Vancouver, there are also a range of cruise options which stop at significant cities and sites along the way.

Lastly there is the Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering feats, which connects the Caribbean with the Pacific Ocean. A popular itinerary would take you from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, down through the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and usually finishing up in either LA or San Diego.

South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia

 

Close to home but rich in experiences this region has a few year round cruise lines but the majority of options will be in the summer months.

Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are where the majority of cruise lines depart from, those there are a few out of Perth as well.

For first time cruise passengers might consider a seven day itinerary in the Whitsundays or even better yet French Polynesia (Tahiti) before taking on longer cruises.

 

Asia and the middle East

 

One of the great things about cruising in Asia is that you have a great wealth of history and contrast in a very small area, as most countries in Asia are small. Experiencing Thailand one day, Cambodia the next, then onto Vietnam the day after.

Other advantages of cruising this area is combining the security of the familiar (meals and room onboard) with the exotic onshore.

There is a big price advantage too, especially when sailing around Japan, as hotel prices can be really high, but your “floating hotel” doesn’t have to be.

 

Alaska and North/South Polar

Alaskan cruises offer some of the best wildlife experiences there are. Cruise up or down the Inside Passage, and into Glacier Bay. See Grizzly bears and Golden Eagles hunting, and whales breaching, and get that perfect photo. There are even some small ship “expedition style” cruises which focus on secluded inlets which may not be visited by another ship for weeks at a time, offering really unique experiences.

The Polar regions, about as remote as it gets, offers majestic contrast to our everyday. You can brave the crossing to Antartica like the explorers of old, or chose a fly in, cruise, fly out option. Visit the King Penguins and their vast colonies.

The North Pole/Arctic circle offers it’s own range of way to visit. From the Noerthwest passage above Canada, to the inlets of Greenland and a voyage to Svalbard.

Luxury cruise lines

These include the highest rated and awarded ships in the world. Often all-inclusive they take cuisine to another level offering the finest of dining experiences. This genre is characterised by exceptional service, large suites, mixed with unique and absorbing destinations that only smaller ships can reach. Generally catering for a smaller number of passengers, these boutique style ships offer you a more personalized and intimate experience.

Tauck Small Ship

 

Tauck Small Ship Cruising: 

The Joy of Traveling Small

It’s the little things that make a Tauck small ship cruise so personally rewarding… and such a memorable cruising experience. Like sailing on yachts and expedition vessels to ports where bigger ships can’t go… with fewer guests onboard, more intimate settings and more personalized service for you. And all-included experiences ashore that inspire with unique access to history, nature, culture and daily life. Creating more cherished memories than you ever thought possible.

We’ve been pioneers in travel since 1925 – and Tauck Small Ship Cruising combines 90+ years of award-winning travel expertise with personalized cruising and unique destination experiences. Our cruise journeys are carefully choreographed so you experience the best of land and sea, thoughtfully woven together to create a seamless trip from start to finish. Set sail on a fleet of handpicked ships designed to access ports the bigger ships just can’t. Whether you’re walking the top deck or strolling the cobblestone streets of a seaside town, how you see the world matters. Step onboard and experience small ship cruising as only Tauck can do it… and see the world like never before.

The Tauck Small Ship Cruising Experience

 

  • Our small ships are selected especially for cruising in the regions they sail to
  • Smaller ships hold fewer passengers; with just 40 to 264 guests aboard, our yachts and expeditionary vessels offer intimate, sophisticated cruising, more personal attention and thoughtful service, and more space per guest (Note: Guests may all be part of the Tauck group, or the cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests aboard as well)
  • Life aboard ship is easygoing and congenial… the pace is unhurried, the ambiance relaxed, dress is “smart casual” and comfortable… and getting to know your fellow cruisers – as well as your captain and crew – couldn’t be easier
  • You’ll enjoy an intimate atmosphere onboard… and without the crowds or lines you’d face with a larger vessel, it’s easy to get on and off your ship for our private shore excursions filled with exclusive experiences
  • Onboard water-view dining on our ships features indoor and outdoor open seating and freshly prepared meals
  • Aboard ship, enjoy a daily cocktail hour; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available throughout the day
  • Outside-facing staterooms for every Tauck guest on every ship ensure panoramic views from the privacy of your stateroom
  • Onboard experts who sail along with you bring a whole new dimension of discovery to your cruise
  • With our flexible, yacht-like cruising, you can often swim right off the ship’s stern; kayak or take a Zodiac ashore; or visit the bridge
  • Guided sightseeing with our local guides and experts on our all-included shore excursions lets you see the world through their experienced eyes
  • On our exclusive Earth Journeys cruises – created by Tauck and the natural history experts from BBC Earth – you’ll enjoy custom-made film vignettes, access to special field equipment “gadgets,” and educational touches you can’t get anywhere else

What’s Included:

  • Tauck’s signature land sightseeing on our private shore excursions offers you insights not available on your own –  for Tauck guests only
  • Inclusive cruise fare – no extra charges for meals or shore excursions
  • All gratuities to the Tauck Director, ship staff, drivers, local guides and local experts are included – Tauck handles the tipping for you
  • Hotel accommodations handpicked for location, service and style; airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Most meals, bar and restaurant beverages, including house wines and spirits, throughout the day aboard ship – waterside dining at its best!
  • Sightseeing with local experts and exclusive cultural entertainment events add an insider’s perspective
  • Port charges, all taxes, luggage handling and more, all included!

 

Silversea

 

 

 

At Silversea we believe that nothing can rival the wonder of our world. Our curious minds propel us not just to keep exploring our magnificent planet but mostly to experience it. Our mission is to unlock the most amazing experiences and destinations, and deliver them to you in superlative comfort and luxury.
We will never stop searching for the unique, the bold, the bizarre and the beautiful. You can be secure in the knowledge that the flame of our explorer spirit will never go out. Because at the end of the day, we are all travellers, itching with wanderlust, eager to discover what is still left out there.

Big enough for everything you need, yet small enough to remain personal. Our ships range in size from 50 to 304 suites to ensure each of our guests finds the perfect balance between choice and intimacy.

Awarded many times over, our itineraries are probably the best in the world. And when we say the world we really mean it. We will visit over 900 destinations between 2019 and 2020, so whether it is iconic cities or far flung shores, wherever you want to go, you can get there with Silversea

With a staff ratio of mostly 1:1 and a dedicated butler for every suite, our service remains the jewel in our crown. Devoted, discreet and experienced, these dedicated men and women are the key to turning your trip into a long-lasting memory.

Perhaps our most talked about distinction, our innovative gourmet excellence stands head and shoulders above the rest. From fine French cuisine and delicate Asian options to relaxed Italian family-style meals, our chef’s creativity knows no limits. And with 26 food choices in eight restaurants offered on Silver Muse alone, we know you will have your best gourmet experience at sea.

 

Scenic Eclipse

 

The Scenic Eclipse fleet sets the standard in ocean cruising in terms of technology, size and luxury. State-of-the-art safety features allow us to unlock destinations others can only dream of.

Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, only 200 in the Arctic and Antarctica, the Scenic Eclipse fleet takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.

From nature to cultural encounters, and historic cities to ancient monuments, Scenic Eclipse is sure to feature a voyage that excites you

Onboard inclusions:

  • Spacious all-veranda suite accommodation
  • Personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio
  • Up to ten dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Spa Sanctuary & plunge pools
  • Gym, yoga & Pilates studio
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Expert Discovery Leaders on all cruises
  • Daily entertainment and discovery presentations
  • Complimentary self-service guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers, at your convenience

Onshore inclusions:

  • Comprehensive choice of shore excursions
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Expert local guides
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Kayak, snorkeling and snow shoeing adventures
  • The freedom of our e-bikes (electronically assisted bicycles)
  • Explore under the sea in our submarine*
  • Soar above and beyond by helicopter*
  • Take a scuba-dive*
  • Bottled water for all shore excursions
  • Chef-prepared picnics

 

Seabourn

 

 

Cruising on Seabourn is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed – elegant, yet casual – sumptuous, yet understated. From the first moment you step aboard, you will begin to appreciate the appeal of sailing with Seabourn. The warm smiles and chilled champagne that welcome you. And virtually everything is included, from the luxury of our all-suite accommodations to the complimentary fine wines and spirits served on board. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Our ships attract interesting people who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. They create a social ambiance and sense of camaraderie on board where conversation flows freely and no one ever has to reach for the tab. And our acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.

It’s not surprising that so many travelers choose Seabourn, and return, time and time again. This is The Seabourn Experience. This is the definition of traveling well.

The Seabourn Experience is the art of service perfected. It’s intimate ships with just 229 or 300 suites. It’s unique itineraries to must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot go. It’s spacious, all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views — many with verandas. It’s gourmet dining experiences that rival the finest restaurants anywhere. It’s fine wines poured at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship.

Compliments of Seabourn:

  • In-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
  • Complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship
  • All dining venues are complimentary
  • Gratuities are neither required nor expected

Cruising on Seabourn includes dozens of Seabourn Signature Delights®:

  • Intimate ships that carry 458 to 600 guests to places where larger ships cannot go
  • All-suite accommodations
  • Personalized service with nearly one staff member per guest
  • Casual, elegant indoor/outdoor dining venues
  • Evening Under the Stars® features sumptuous barbecue dinners or gala parties with live music and dancing on deck
  • Marina and complimentary watersports
  • Caviar in the Surf® during beach barbecues ashore
  • Seabourn Destinations℠ complimentary planning service for custom experiences ashore
  • Pure Pampering℠ bath drawn by your personal suite stewardess
  • Complimentary Massage Moments® on deck
  • Movies Under the Stars® with fresh popcorn
  • Seabourn’s Personal Shopper℠
  • Shopping with the Chef at local markets
  • Vintage Seabourn℠ premium wine package
  • Seabourn to a Tea℠ collection of rare estate teas
  • Personal Valet® luggage shipping service
Regent Seven Seas

 

THE REGENT EXPERIENCE

The Regent Experience has long been absolute in its inclusiveness, providing you with the most enriching and luxurious journey on the seven seas. Join us as we travel the world in search of the best life has to offer, with every luxury included, and discover a truly unrivalled experience.

IT’S ALL INCLUDED

Taking care of every detail so that you can fully experience and enjoy every moment is at the heart of our all-inclusiveness. Discover how everything from the exquisitely prepared cuisine to the included, unlimited shore excursions will create a truly unforgettable journey

 

WHO WE ARE

We’ve travelled the world for more than 25 years and are honoured to share our expertise and experience with you as we continue to explore the globe. Come aboard and allow us to create the perfect moments for the perfect trip, wherever you’re looking to go.

FREE UNLIMITED EXCURSIONS

Our oceans connect and move us. They offer life, colour and beauty while providing passage to the great wonders of our world in a way unlike any other. From music, history and the culinary arts, to wildlife and adventure, amazing memories await you in every destination, whatever your interest

 

 

Premium Ocean Cruising

Predominantly medium to large ships but with a more sophisticated style. Most cater for all ages and have great kids programmes, while others focus on the adult market. Cuisine tends to be of a finer quality, with more multi-course dinners, though buffet alternatives are available as well.

Viking

 

 

Everything we do at Viking is focused on making your time with us truly memorable — for all the right reasons.
Onboard service doesn’t just come with a smile, it comes with awardwinning credentials and years of experience. Our highly trained staff go out of their way to make you feel completely comfortable and create an easy-going, relaxed ambiance where nothing is too much trouble. They are one of the main reasons people choose to travel with Viking over other river cruise lines, again and again.

TO TRAVEL MEANS TO DISCOVER, LEARN AND GROW

At Viking, we believe travel should be more than just a trip — it should be a doorway to cultural insight and personal enrichment. That’s why our cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore and engage with your destination through its food, traditions, cultures and customs.

BEFORE you travel, we provide you with everything you need to prepare for your journey — from filmographies that inspire wanderlust, to informative and enlightening reading materials.

ASHORE, you might accompany your ship’s chef to a local produce market, step behind the scenes at a famous theatre company, tour a glassblower’s workshop, or view private collections and hidden vaults inside a world-class museum — the possibilities are endless.

ONBOARD activities are also designed for the thinking traveller who’s eager to learn. Viking offers informative lectures on history and art, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and restaurant menus inspired by local cuisines. We take every opportunity to bring your destination to life.

CONNECT with like-minded travellers onboard our ships. Each space has been designed to put you in touch with your surroundings and create a relaxed atmosphere where you can mingle with your fellow guests. By the end of your journey, our hope is that you will feel infinitely more connected — both to your destinations and to your newfound friends.

Azamara Club

Explore Further

UNPARALLELED ITINERARIES. IMMERSIVE CULTURES. AUTHENTIC SERVICE.

The initial layers of a city, including its people, buildings, and shops – can be seen by anyone, with each person having a similar view. Inspiration is found when one goes deeper – beyond the surface of a city. Explore the world within the world, while discovering more about yourself. With overnight stays and docking at smaller, less-traveled ports, Azamara Club Cruises invites you to step ashore as an insider and Explore Further.

IMMERSIVE CULTURES

Destination Immersion® experiences are only the beginning, and Azamara is excited to introduce the next level of immersive experiential travel.

This new collection of excursions and activities from independent, local tour operators will take you deeper into the heart of local life with exclusive events and activities, all focused around immersing you in the arts, culture, history, and natural beauty of your destinations.

Learn to make mozzarella by hand at the home of an Italian family. Golf the world’s most acclaimed courses. Embark on an overnight desert adventure. Savor a feast for the senses at exotic markets with one of Azamara’s chefs. These land programs bring you personalized and authentic experiences to let you explore, dine, play, and live like a local.

UNPARALLELED DESTINATIONS

So much to do. So much time to do it.

We give you more time in ports and overnight stays than other cruise lines, so you can spend more time immersed in the culture, cuisine, scenery, and people of your destinations.

We also take you to ports where larger ships won’t fit, such as the heart of Venice, Amalfi, and Crete, or even to the doorstep of Bangkok (while other large cruise lines dock a few hours away). More time to explore? It’s the Azamara difference.

AUTHENTIC SERVICE

Experience the world’s wonders from your boutique hotel at sea. After a day or night spent immersed in your destinations, you’ll have a club-like ship to come back to.

So much more than just a way to get from port to port, we’ve crafted an onboard experience akin to a stay in the world’s most exclusive hotels. Our ships—Azamara Journey®, Azamara Quest®, and soon Azamara PursuitSM—have been completely redesigned to exude modern elegance and bring inspiration from the world onboard.

Comfortable and never crowded, you’ll love the feeling of community emphasized by our attentive and genuinely friendly staff. With a host of unmatched inclusive amenities, the only finger you’ll have to lift will be to make a menu selection.

Oceania

The Oceania Cruises Experience

Each of our voyages is an invitation to discover your next travel story and reignite your passions. Experience faraway places that you have always dreamed of. Encounter new ways of looking at the world and travel to the far corners of the globe. Savor your experience with imaginative insider tours that immerse you in the heart of the destination’s culinary and cultural traditions.

Thousands of reasons – one passion. There are as many reasons to travel as there are travelers in this world. It’s your turn to embrace your passion for travel with Oceania Cruises.

The Finest Cuisine At Sea™

Our chefs share in your quest for finding the best food around the world – for us, cuisine is not only an art form, it’s an exploration and expression of a culture, a connection that continues on long after the meal has ended.

The Art of Extended
World Travel

If you’re drawn to off-the-beaten-path locales and spending weeks or even months discovering a region in depth, our World Cruises are the perfect answer to your wanderlust.

Our 2019 World Cruisers are waiting for you on our dedicated World Cruiser Facebook group

Intimate & Luxurious Ships

You can sail to the far corners of the globe on our intimate and luxurious ships, but you’ll always feel like you’re coming home to family. Our personalized service means our staff and crew attend to your every request with a smile. From the moment you step on board, you’ll feel cared for and cared about because our dedication to service comes from the heart.

Holland America

 

We were born to voyage. For nearly 145 years, we’ve been introducing guests to new places and new cultures, and we’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of travel. We’ve seen how it opens minds, builds connections and fosters an appreciation of the shared humanity that unites us the world over. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience. Because travel is more than an itinerary, it has the power to change us and our world, journey by journey. This is why we sail.

 

Carefully Crafted Journeys

Balance. Depth. Authenticity. These are the elements we bring to more than 500 itineraries, stopping in 100 countries, the world over. Our Explorations Central (EXC™) program adds meaning and context, making your journey an even richer experience.

Spacious, Mid-Sized Ships

Holland America Line holds true to the timeless elegance of ocean travel. From the moment you step aboard one of our spacious, mid-sized ships, you’ll feel the difference. Classic nautical lines. Beautiful appointments. Warm, hospitable service.

Immersive Culinary Journeys

Under the guidance of our Culinary Council® of chefs, fine dining at the Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, Canaletto, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and in our Dining Room is truly memorable. Hone your culinary skills at America’s Test Kitchen’s shows and workshops.

Exclusive Onboard Activities

Through exciting new partnerships with America’s Test Kitchen; O, The Oprah Magazine; BBC Earth Experiences; Digital Workshop powered by Windows; Explorations Central (EXC™) programs and live entertainment, you can continue exploring on board.

Celebrity

Celebrity Cruises exists because we believe in opening up the world. We know that travel makes us better—every one of us. We’re here to help vacationers understand the value of travel. Our cruises encourage people to sail beyond their own borders and expand their horizons. Our iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, the mark of contemporary spaces that are at once coolly sophisticated and warmly inviting.

Where the culinary experience is influenced by global cuisines and designed by our Michelin-starred chef.

Where our staff provides seamless and intuitive service that’s both personal and unobtrusive.

Where everything is designed to provide unparalleled luxury cruise vacations for travelers of every age. Our thirteen award-winning ships offer unique experiences in more than 300 destinations on all seven continents.

We’re Celebrity Cruises, and the world is open.

Contemporary

Generally a large ship genre with resort style and WOW factor. These cruise lines have a broad market appeal, are well priced and cater for all ages with great kids clubs, casual ambience and mainstream destinations.

Princess

 

An entire world of service, conducted just for you.

There is a hypnotic rhythm onboard our ships, with all departments working harmoniously together to ensure you have your dream holiday. As our perfect moment, is when you have yours. With the longest running customer service program at sea, the C.R.U.I.S.E. program, we go the extra mile to ensure your every wish is met. Explore our newest and largest member of the Princess Cruises’ Australia fleet, Majestic Princess as we take you from Chef’s Table Lumiere, the Hollywood Pool and our unique SeaWalk. Every moment is expertly crafted with our passionate crew members, ensuring you come back new®.

Immersive Destinations

Choosing a cruise line that allows you to experience the most at every stop along the way is priority one. Discover what makes each port unique through the insights of local experts and crew members who sail with us to over 380 destinations. Embark on adventure with exclusive Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ shore excursions, and enjoy late night departures and overnight stays with More Ashore.

Made From Scratch Cuisine

Dine on fresh regional cuisine that adds another dimension to your cruise experience of the places you travel. Savor sauces made from scratch, breads baked fresh 24-7, and homemade ice cream created every day. Delight your taste buds, and feed your soul.

Engaging Entertainment

Fill your days and nights with enriching programs. Original productions from award-winning talent. Activities based on hit Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ TV shows. Destination-themed offerings. Make the most of every moment at sea.

Norwegian

Imagine cruising just the way you want it: with no schedule to follow but your own. That is the freedom Norwegian Cruise Line provides in all our itineraries. Indulge your taste buds at one of our wide-ranging dining options, or perhaps you would prefer a dinner and a show combination? Relax at some of the most spacious and modern staterooms in the cruise industry before venturing out to experience the shore excursion of your choice.

Savour a three-course meal and a great bottle of wine. Or grab a burger hot off the grill. Dress up. Dress down. Sit down with friends or make new ones. Thanks to the flexibility of no fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating, you have the freedom to enjoy more dining options than days of your cruise.

Bask in the bright lights of Broadway with performances like Rock of Ages or Tony Award®-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. Or watch in awe as world-class acrobats and aerialist twirl through the air in Cirque Dreams. Spend every day discovering award-winning entertainment that’s beyond anything at sea.

With some of the newest ships in the industry, Norwegian Cruise Line currently boasts the youngest fleet among major North American cruise lines. Thanks to a wide range of revolutionary features, in addition to a number of new spaces and interactive experiences meant to excite and inspire, you’re guaranteed a holiday like no other.

Carnival

 

 

Truly a resort style cruise experience, carnival cruise line ships are designed with the whole family in mind, with activities, attractions, bars, restaurants, and lots of entertainment

Popular onboard activities:

  • Skyride
  • Spa
  • Sky Zone
  • WaterWorks
  • Serenity Adults Only Retreat
  • Casino

 

 

Royal Caribbean

After 40 years of cruising, Royal Caribbean has learned a thing or two about innovation at sea. There’s only one rule: Anything is possible. We push the limits of the imagination for a holiday that exceeds every expectation. The holiday you deserve. We call it the Royal AdvantageSM – our promise to give the most innovative ships, exciting worldwide destinations and best personalised service to each and every guest.

With hundreds of destinations in 72 countries on 6 continents to choose from, all you have to do is choose a spot and go. While you sail, enjoy first-at-sea experiences on our innovative ships such as the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing walls, a zip line, an ice-skating rink, AquaTheater shows and the Boardwalk® merry-go-round. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, enjoying a gourmet meal in the dining room, relaxing with a massage in the spa or taking a break in your room, you will be wowed by our Gold Anchor Service®.

 

P & O South Pacific

 

With unique cruises and onboard experiences designed for modern Kiwis, it’s no wonder that P&O Cruises is one of New Zealand’s favourite cruise lines. Take the stress and hidden costs out of your holiday with fares that include main meals, entertainment, activities, accommodation and access to world-class destinations. We’ve got it all covered.

We have been sailing the region for more than 85 years and, today, sail from home ports in Australia and New Zealand to destinations in both countries, Asia and the South Pacific including New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

In 2017, we saw the debut of our flagship Pacific Explorer and celebrated her first anniversary with the fleet last year. Last year, we announced that Pacific Adventure would be joining the fleet in 2020 with another Grand Class ship coming in 2021.

 

MSC

 

 

 

EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE

Expedition cruise lines are all about opening up destinations and giving passengers a comfortable but authentic experience of some of the world’s barely accessible wilderness locations.

Lindblad Expeditions

A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is arguably the most exhilarating overseas adventure experience a person can have. Nothing else comes close to approximating its authenticity and all-five-senses engagement. We offer you the world’s ultimate, authentic expedition experience: Discover the planet’s most remarkable places, accompanied by experts able to illuminate all you see, and with cool tools  to use to explore up close and personally.

In 1966 Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first-ever citizen-explorer expedition to Antarctica, inventing the category of expedition travel. We celebrate his legacy of conservation and exploration.

Regarded as the father of ecotourism, Lars-Eric was literally the first travel company owner to take travelers where only scientists had gone—the first to take citizen explorers to many destinations, including Antarctica and Galápagos, in 1966 and 1967, respectively.

By believing that educated people who saw things with their own eyes would be a potent force for the preservation of the places they visited, he made his notions a powerful force for the good of conservation and restoration projects worldwide.

Lars-Eric was a real—as well as symbolic—father, and since 1979 his son, Sven-Olof Lindblad, has expanded his legacy by providing transformative travel experiences in the world’s most remarkable places.

Renowned expedition teams & a National Geographic alliance
The quality of our veteran staff is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, since 2004 when Sven Lindblad forged an unprecedented alliance with National Geographic, our guests have enjoyed an unparalleled opportunity: to travel with the finest expedition teams in the travel industry, plus National Geographic expedition explorers, photographers, writers, scientists, and other experts in diverse fields. There simply is no better team anywhere, and no other experience comparable to the quality of insight, engagement and sheer good times our expeditions offer.

UnCruise Adventures

Our definition of Un-ness: Breaking away from the masses. Challenge. Freely used to release, exemplify, or intensify a force or quality. To engage, connect, and explore unique places, oneself, and with others on a most uncommon adventure.

Small ships, BIG adventures

Welcome aboard. After a crew member gives you a quick tour of your cabin, take a stroll around the ship and head to the lounge for a glass of bubbly and to meet your shipmates. Then you’re off on an all-out active experience, thanks to our uncompromising commitment to going places and doing things others can’t. Small ships—hosting 90 guests, tops—fulfill unimpeded excitement about truly getting in the wild with a few nature-leaning souls.

No matter how you travel—with a companion, family, solo, or in a group—connection, place, and adventure are at the heart of your exploration. Uncover hidden treasures, meet locals (the human, feathered, and wild-and-woolly ones), and learn while having fun. Change the way you see the world.

Backstage pass
Small group travel—from the ship itself to groups of a dozen or so afield—puts you in on the action (not watching from afar), with AHA! and “I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that” moments around every corner.

Expert guides
Seriously—they’re aces. Our guides have vast and deep experience, plus an impressive collection of advanced degrees in curiosity-peaking subjects from whales to fungi to geology. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

Home away from home
Boats are comfortable, welcoming, and unique in style and personality. All are adventure-ready for gearing up, kicking back, and mixing and mingling.

Adventure for all
Kayak or paddle board. Snorkel or skiff. Beach stroll, hike, or mountain goat climb. There are plenty of options and equipment for everyone to join in the fun.

Active as you like it
Do as much or as little as you like. On top of the daily activities, ease into the day with sunrise stretches on the top deck. There’s exercise equipment at the ready, anytime. Or just watch the landscape go by.

Fresh, hand-crafted cuisine
You didn’t know it would be this good. Chefs (including pastry chefs) impress meal after meal with locally sourced ingredients, swoon-worthy desserts, and baked-on-board breads.

Cheers to that!
An astounding array of beverage options, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic (signature cocktails every night!), mean you’re never far from a toast. And it’s all included.

Zero hidden costs
What most defines your trip is included in the fare—excursions, adventure equipment, transfers, and baggage handling. Put your wallet away (until it’s time to recognize your topnotch crew).

Accommodating … and then some
Dietary restrictions? Special occasion? Need a little extra help on a hike? It’s our business to make sure your adventure not only matches your needs and expectations, but surpasses them. Just ask and we’ll do our best!

The ineffable spirit of adventure
We’re all in the same boat. Crew and guests alike, wide-eyed with wonder and childlike curiosity—and it shows. The excitement. Laughs. Collective energy. Then hug it out at the end of your adventure.

 

 

Peregrine Adventure Cruises

A premium cruise without the premium crowds.

Adventure Cruising combines the real-life experiences of our tried and tested small-group trips with the added comfort of a well-appointed leisure cruise. But instead of shuffle board and onboard casinos, we’re all about taking you to the smaller ports (the one’s the bigger ships just can’t get to) and really taking you into the heart of the destination. It might be skipping along the unexplored western fjords of Iceland, stopping in at Cycladic ports for grilled octopus and fresh olives, or dropping anchor for a swim at a secluded archipelago off Thailand’s west coast. Small, intimate, comfortable and local-led – this is cruising at its finest.

 

G ADventures MArine

 

The Marine program covers all aspects of ship-borne travel, from nature-focused adventures in the Galápagos and the polar regions to sailing trips in Thailand, the Maldives, and Europe. Get to the places you’d otherwise miss and get closer to the things that make them worth visiting than you ever dreamed possible.  

The poles of the Earth, the wonders of the Galápagos, the mysteries of the Amazon, out-of-the-way Greek islands and other great places are best (and sometimes only) accessed by boat. Marine trips get you there aboard small ships, exclusive yachts, and catamarans.

Various Expedition

Expedition style cruising is a broad topic, but takes in more adventure destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and Madagascar.

Similar to the Polar section, these cruises tend to have unique vessels of varying standard.

More About the Galapagos:

Located off the coast of South America, the Galapagos Islands have some of the most diverse wildlife in the world making it a paradise for diving, bird watching and all nature lovers. Small ship Galapagos Island Tours will give you the opportunity to watch giant Galapagos tortoises and Blue Footed Boobiesin the morning and snorkel with sea lions and marine iguana’s in the afternoon. Book a Galapagos Cruise around the famous archipelago and experience an unrivalled wildlife-viewing adventure which you will never forget.

 

Various Polar

Antarctic:

Antarctica is often considered the ultimate travel destination for Australians and there are few ways better than Antarctica Cruises to check this off your must-do holiday list. Many consider Antarctic Tours as exploring the last frontier and Antarctica Travel as the penultimate in travel experiences.

Travel to the end of the Earth and explore the vast wilderness of the great white continent on one of our many incredible Antarctica Travel Expeditions. Travellers are invited to join us on a small ship luxury Antarctica cruise as we explore the planet’s most remote continent with its unspoilt, awe-inspiring scenery and incredible wildlife encounters.

Antarctica is the fifth largest, the coldest and the driest continent on Earth. Antarctica Tours not only offer travellers the amazing opportunity to observe the abundance of wildlife it has to offer from the comfort of their expedition vessel, but also to gain inspirational insights from a dedicated and knowledgeable crew who spend their working lives traversing the icy ends of the globe. This is truly the very height of exciting travel and adventure holidays. Add the great, white continent to your travel itinerary and see for yourself what the most remote destination on the planet can offer you.

The Antarctica Cruise season runs from November to March each year – with the months of November and March generally having the cheaper cruises, and December to mid-February being the peak season. Each month really offers its unique advantages. Cruises depart from South America or New Zealand. The voyage from South America is the more affordable and popular departure option having considerably less sea days, but the New Zealand option offers an opportunity to see the sub-Antarctic islands crossing the Ross Sea and witness the amazing King and Emperor Penguins.

 

Arctic:

Join us on one of our many Arctic tours and Polar Cruises. From the deck of our Arctic Cruises, the vast wilderness that surrounds you with Arctic travel will astound you with its stunning beauty and wildlife, and its harsh, uncompromising seascape. Peppered with giant icebergs and some of the clearest, most brutally beautiful water you will ever traverse, it is from the decks of our selection of Arctic Cruises that you will experience Mother Earth at her most spectacular at the very top of the world.

Depending on which route that you ultimately choose, the Arctic has something to offer for everyone. Whether it’s wild Polar Bears and their playful seafaring prey you’re looking for, or natural coastlines and the chance to snap landscape photographs like no others, there is a cruise tailored for you.

You’ll be amazed at the raw size and pure nature of Iceland and Greenland. Witness sheer cliffs and be treated to an adventure of a lifetime following the warm currents of the Gulf Stream through to Spitsbergen, Svalbard where Arctic nature comes to life. Norway’s fjords and the vast glaciers along the coast will reveal remote fishing villages and ancient Viking culture. Voyage the mythical waters and explore the rich natural landscape that served to ignite ancient imaginations and birthed some of the most enduring and exciting sagas and history of the world.

For something truly spectacular, cruise towards the North Pole on an icebreaker or gaze in awe at the Northern Lights. There is plenty of variety to choose from within our range of Arctic Expeditions. Grasp a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and choose an expedition cruise through the North West Passage and up into the vast tundras of Russia. Whether you go for an adventurous Arctic cruise or choose from one of our luxury Arctic cruises, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable journey

 

SPECIALTY AND SAILING

“Specialty” category cruise lines are generally smaller, more regional sailings, often with a strong local flavour. There is some cross over with adventure cruising and the destination is as important as the ship itself. All tend to have their own unique style.

Sailing ships combining the comfort of a cruise ship with the exhilaration and romance of a yacht.

Hurtigruten

At Hurtigruten we give you the opportunity to travel with meaning. Building on our explorer heritage dating back to 1893, our explorations are grounded in the likings of people who value learning and personal growth over luxury. We are world leader in sustainable explorer travels in Polar Regions. We offer unique experiences and impart knowledge in a way that leaves the smallest environmental footprint possible.

Our unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet consisting of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enables us to offer you unique nature-based experiences at remote corners of the world.

DID YOU KNOW..?

1. Our ships are filled with Expedition Teams!

Whether you are sailing with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast or other remote destinations around the world, you will be accompanied by an expert Expedition Team. They are your hosts on board and ashore, and will provide lectures in subjects such as geography, history, wildlife and more.

2. We have a Northern Lights guarantee.

100%. That’s how sure we are that the spectacular Northern Lights will make an appearance on your 12-day Hurtigruten voyage. We even back it up with a special promise to you. If they do not appear on your voyage, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE, so your Hurtigruten experience will be one with zero regrets.

3. Hurtigruten is not your normal cruise operator.

When you sail with Hurtigruten, you are on an expedition with likeminded adventurers who value personal growth and exploring over luxury. You won’t find waterslides, casinos or any sort of dress code. However, you will find a casual and relaxed atmosphere, great food, and all the quality equipment you need to explore new destinations.

4. We are adding two new ships to our fleet in 2019.

Modern, hybrid, and inspired by our Scandinavian heritage – In 2019 we welcomed MS Roald Amundsen to our fleet. In 2020 she will be joined by MS Fridtjof Nansen Named after two of Norway’s most famous explorers, these state of the art ships will follow suit and explore some of the most remote destinations in the world. 

5. Committed to sustainable travel.

We operate in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes. This is a responsibility we take seriously, which is why we educate our guests on how to reduce our environmental footprint. Read more about our efforts to minimize the impact, our use of local food along the Norwegian coast, research and knowledge in polar waters, and much more in “Leaving a Smaller Footprint”

Captain Cook Cruises

  • WE CREATE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES YOU’LL NEVER FORGET

    Set sail on a range of small-ship discovery cruises, day tours and restaurant cruises with Captain Cook Fiji – and make it a holiday to remember.

    From the volcanic Yasawa Islands, to the remote Northern Islands, we can take you to some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world.

    You’ll visit places rarely seen by tourists, away from the hustle and bustle so you can truly relax and enjoy what Fiji has to offer. You’ll take part in cultural activities and immerse yourself in the traditional Fijian way of life, then return to the luxury and elegance of our modern vessels.

  • WE’RE PROUD OF OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

    Winner of Fiji Visitors Bureau BEST CRUISE LINE & the Fiji Tourism Awards BEST FIJI EXPERIENCE in 2014.

    You can feel confident in your decision to book with Captain Cook Fiji as we’ve consistently offered unique, high-quality and affordable experiences for visitors.

    Over the years we’ve been honoured to host some of the world’s most prestigious events and dignitaries on our fleet of vessels. And even though our cruises are attended by VIPs from all over the world, we offer packages that will fit into any holiday budget.

  • OUR AIM IS TO OFFER THE BEST CRUISES IN FIJI

    Captain Cook Cruises strives to be the market leader and premier small ship cruise line in Australia and the Pacific.

    We believe in excellence in service, and strive to provide the best range of options for our customers. We’ve designed some fantastic day, night and extended cruise packages so you can relax and enjoy time on our fleet of impeccable ships and be looked after by our friendly crew.

  • IMPROVING CHILD HEALTH IN FIJI WITH CURE KIDS

    Cure Kids Fiji is working to improve the health of the children of Fiji through research and evidence-based child health programmes.

    Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is a proud partner of of Cure Kids Fiji and applies $1 per room per night to your stay as a donation to this worthy cause. 100% of this donation goes directly to Cure Kids Fiji and helps saves thousands of lives.

 

Blue LAgoon FIJI

 

THE BLUE LAGOON DIFFERENCES

100% Fijian crew, 1000% Fijian Experience

Adults only cruise (limited family departures available)

True small ship cruise (only 34 cabins)

Our own private beach

Aranui 5 Freighter Cruises

An Aranui 5 Cruise is something quite unique in the South Pacific and reminiscent of the non-timetable trips taken in days gone by travellers “hitching a ride” on an old copra boat as it did the rounds of far-flung islands picking up copra (dried coconut flesh) and dropping off supplies at remote communities.  On an Aranui Cruise you can still experience something of this wonderful atmosphere while travelling in the air-conditioned comfort of a modern purpose-built cargo-passenger ship on a schedule you can rely on to depart and return to Papeete as planned. In some of the remote places you visit on Aranui, this ship is the only regular means of travel and freight services they have.

On Aranui 5 there will only be around 260 passengers on board and on any typical voyage they will be real ‘travellers” from all over the world, so expect many interesting conversations, especially at meal times on board, where you will share tables of up to eight people. Breakfast is buffet style as is lunch; however, many lunches are spent ashore at local restaurants or markets.  You will enjoy the French-inspired food at dinners on the ship.  House wine is included with lunch and dinners on board and although premium wines are available at additional cost, most people will find the house wine very pleasant.

Partaking in the port and historical lectures on board helps one understand something of the places you will visit before you get there and certainly adds to the whole experience.  Of course, there are fun things to participate in too such as Tamure dance classes and Polynesian concerts etc.  The facilities on board also add to the enjoyment of the trip; such things as captioned French movies, a gym, library, swimming pool and even a coin-operated laundry.

The ports of call are naturally stunning.  After a couple of ports, you really get into the groove and feel the cares of everyday life melting away.  Many of the shore excursions are included in the cruise cost and there are sometimes optional activities such as game fishing etc which you pay for. Enjoy church visits, local markets and local sights in these remote naturally beautiful islands.  It is also interesting to watch the sometimes tricky berthing of the ship and the cargo handling.  At some stops, the ship doesn’t berth but just anchors off and passengers and cargo are moved by launch and barges.  This adds something to the whole experience too.

Aranui Cruises now include Bora Bora as the last stop on its itinerary. Entering the Bora Bora Lagoon by sea is a special treat and enjoying a day in Bora Bora is yet another highlight of this splendid cruise experience. Another new option is their twice-yearly trip which takes in remote Pitcairn Island.  On these voyages, Aranui 5 follows a different itinerary taking in Magareva, Adamstown Pitcairn Island, Aukena, Rapa and Raivavae (Pitcairn voyages do not include Bora Bora). These voyages are always very sought after and sell out quickly, so we advise you to book really early.

How to sum up the Aranui Cruise?  “Delightfully different” is a term that springs to mind. You will spend a delightful 13 days on a modern cargo-passenger ship on which you will enjoy the company of some very interesting fellow cruisers while you visit some of the Pacific’s most stunningly beautiful natural surroundings and remote communities.

Windstar

Any cruise ship lets you see the world.  Windstar brings it close enough so you can fully live it. See, hear, smell, taste and feel what it’s like to sail on a lovely ship into a small port, explore a hidden beach, see Moroccan goats standing in trees, taste a spicy Norwegian Bacalao stew and altogether lose yourself in a strange and wondrous culture. Our elegant, 148 – 310-guest cruise ships open up captivating new worlds and leave indelible, lifetime memories.

Windstar’s small cruise ships and personalized approach bring you closer to each destination and every port, so you can see the world from new perspectives. Share intimate moments away from the crowds, and immerse yourself in local, exotic cultures, all on a  cruise ship where surprise and delight are constant companions.

And of course, part of the Windstar magic is our incredible personal service. Enjoy undivided attention from a crew who delights in remembering your name and preferences. Both gracious hosts and ambassadors, they delight in surprising you in discrete ways – satisfying your sweet tooth with an extra chocolate on your pillow or sharing the location of a favorite seaside café.

This is 180 degrees from ordinary, where all your senses are indulged and your sense of wonder is awakened.

ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME, ALL AROUND THE WORLD

You’re jet setting all over the world, but the best part is coming back to the comfort of a well-appointed private space.  A place to unwind and rest, to reflect on the day’s adventures. From the plush leather headboard to the fine Egyptian linens and marble bathroom. Enjoy the thoughtfully designed spaces, with more room for storage than you’ve ever imagined finding on a ship, and the luxurious touches just for your pleasure, like L’Occitane en Provence® bath products.

Everything is made to order for your enjoyment. Soft lighting. Beautiful artwork. Soothing, seascape color schemes. Every stateroom, every suite has been redesigned to Windstar’s exacting standards and matchless style. Go ahead and slip into your cozy robe and comfy slippers and surrender to the mesmerizing ocean view.  There’s so much more awaiting you tomorrow.

Le Ponant

Discover the treasures of the land by sea on board luxurious yachts that are built on an intimate, human scale. French crew, expertise, attentive service, gastronomy: set sail in a five-star environment and enjoy a travel experience that is simultaneously authentic and sophisticated.