Posted by: Expedition Cruises | February 3, 2012

Viking’s BIG Sale

Viking’s BIG Sale is nearly over –and now is the last chance for passengers to save up to £2,000 per couple.

The other big news of the day is the launch of an exciting new itinerary for 2013 on sale soon!: The Douro, Portugal’s River of Gold

This brand new itinerary is a wonderful opportunity to discover a new and different view of Portugal and Spain that we are sure travellers will love.

The Douro is one of Europe’s most enchanting and pristine rivers and is named ‘River of Gold’ for its striking quality of light. Winding its way through steeply terraced vineyards, rolling landscapes and pretty towns with colourful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries it takes you on a journey through charming villages where life has changed little over the centuries and where you can explore vibrant Porto, visit the medieval Spanish city of Salamanca, and enjoy a two-night hotel stay in Lisbon.

Along with an exciting new itinerary comes an exciting new ship. The Viking Douro was built specifically to sail this scenic river. Spacious and supremely comfortable with panoramic views, large staterooms with French balconies and 360 degree views from the public areas, guests can sit back and relax as they immerse themselves in the glorious scenery.

For further information and to make a reservation, please contact your Sea Travel Specialist on: mail@seatravelltd.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

Sea Travel Ltd
Company No: 7078009
5 Partridge Close
Custom House
London
E16 3TB
UK
Phone +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax +44 (0) 871 266 4641
Posted by: Expedition Cruises | February 3, 2012

Welcome aboard the HANSEATIC! Experience the Ultra Luxury Expedition Travel

High technology and compelling nature entwined in enchanted epxedition destinations.

If you choose to spend the summer in a beautiful country and let yourself be enchanted by the mysterious Japan. We also offer you the Expedition Knowledge inspired not only by exciting routes, but also by the high-profile expert program which will take you to experience the original and harsh nature of Kamchatka or Alaska. You will be taken into the spell of Stunning scenery and lots of amazing wildlife on Zodiac trips. Take advantage of our combined opportunities and ensure you get attractive travel benefits – no matter you choose to travel on your own or with a partner.
Welcome aboard the HANSEATIC!

For further information and to make a reservation, please contact your Sea Travel Specialist on: mail@seatravelltd.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

Sea Travel Ltd
Company No: 7078009
5 Partridge Close
Custom House
London
E16 3TB
UK
Phone +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax +44 (0) 871 266 4641
Posted by: Expedition Cruises | August 17, 2011

Scotland, Arctic & Russia 2012 Expedition Cruises

Greetings,

Specialists at Sea Travel Limited are happy to announce that 2012 Scotland, Arctic & Russia Expedition Cruises on board Aurora ships are now available for bookings. 

An exciting revisit to Wild Scotland & the Faroe Islands, discovering intriguing channels and hidden lochs, where the history is told in ancient stone, sea cliffs house raucous seabird colonies, and waters are patrolled by whales and dolphins. 

As it is Aurora’s 16th season in the European Arctic – Four voyages will encompass the very best of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland – home to the mighty polar bear, walrus and whales, active volcanoes, spectacular glaciers and deep fjords.

A return to the captivating Russian Coast- Brown bears, sea lions, otters, jagged peaks and Kamchatka’s snow capped volcanoes of the Russian Far East all give way to polar bears, walrus, pack ice, secret military life and World Heritage-listed islands of the Russian Arctic. A total of six voyages, including two NEW voyages make this the biggest Russian season yet!

For further information and to make a reservation, please contact your Sea Travel Specialist on: mail@seatravelltd.co.uk
We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

Sea Travel Ltd
  Company No: 7078009
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
 
Posted by: Expedition Cruises | July 5, 2011

Expedition Cruises – Papua New Guinea

The 2012 Papua New Guinea Cruises are now available! Please call our Sea Travel Expedition Experts on +44 203 371 9484 for prices and itineraries or if you have any questions or to make a booking.

On one of aurora’s expedition-style Papua New Guinea cruises, warriors brandish bows and arrows, clubs and sharp spears, then warmly welcome us into their village. We snorkel in clear tropical waters, floating gently above rich coral reefs alive with nudibranchs, reef sharks, batfish and rays. A dawn chorus alerts us to blue-eyed cockatoos, wagtails, perhaps an enormous blyth’s hornbill. Dark-eyed children study us cautiously, before breaking into thousand-watt smiles! Such are the delights of authentic experiences and holidays in Papua New Guinea.

Wild and mysterious, travel in Papua New Guinea will reveal a tropical paradise of rainforest, reef, volcanic islands and a thousand different cultures. Our expedition ship, Oceanic Discoverer, carries us into the vast Sepik river for tours into remote villages. Onshore, our guided Papua New Guinea tours allow us to explore the Bismark Archipelago and historic Rabaul with its world of wrecks and volcanoes. Papua New Guinea diving is some of the best in the world, and we discover diverse coral reefs, teeming with life. Not only do we offer diving in Papua New Guinea, but you may choose to swim and snorkel as well.

Papua New Guinea vacations offer the chance to marvel at spectacular costumes, enchanting sing-sings and admire some of the world’s most expressive primitive art. This is where our expert naturalists, historians and anthropologists, who know and love the region become a vital source of knowledge, helping us to understand and interpret this intriguing culture and ancient land. Aurora expeditions believes that a sensitive and sustainable approach to the way Papua New Guinea tourism integrates with villagers, who encounter very few outside visitors, is an essential element of our voyages.

Whether it be an onshore Papua New Guinea tour, or onboard our stunning ship, our expeditions allow you to discover the hidden east coast, sail through remote tranquil isles, visit active volcanic islands and explore pristine rainforests. This is Papua New Guinea travel, expedition-style, where our itinerary adjusts to tides, weather, and local customs. We consider flexibility the key to a rewarding Papua New Guinea vacation.

Contact us:

Sea Travel Ltd
  Company No: 7078009
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
   
Email  mail@seatravelltd.co.uk

Oceanwide Expeditions have announced that there will be a special 5 % discount on all new reservations on a selection of voyages for the next Antarctic 2011-12 season. The special offer can be booked in all cabin types and is valid for all reservations confirmed by 01 September 2011.

This Offer (5 % discount) applies to the following Antarctica 2011-12 voyages, all cabin types, including single cabins and special activity packages:

Voyage PLA 23

14-nights viyage to South Georgia
From/to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and including a return flight
from/to Santiago de Chile.
03 – 17 December 2011

Voyage PLA24

15-nights voyage to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula
17 December 2011 – 01 January 2012

Voyage PLA25

09-nights voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula
01 – 10 January 2012

Voyage PLA27A
10-nights voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula
28 January – 07 February 2012

 
Voyage PLA28
10-nights voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula
17 – 27 February 2012

 
Voyage PLA29
11-nights voyage to the Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula
Basecamp voyage, all outdoor activities included in the price.
27 February – 09 March 2012

Voyage PLA30
11-nights voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, including Polar Circle
09 – 20 March 2012

 
Voyage PLA31
09-nights voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula
20 – 29 March 2012

Please contact our reservation department on: mail@seatravelltd.co.uk
We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

Sea Travel Ltd
  Company No: 7078009
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
Posted by: Expedition Cruises | April 19, 2011

Arctic and North Atlantic Islands 2011

 Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and ad hoc decisions by the Expedition Leader to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Landings are always subject to weather, local site availabilities and environmental regulations (AECO). Official sailing plans and landing slots will be scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season. The final sailing plan will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. The implementation of the sailing plan is subject to the capability of the vessel and the discretion of the Master. Taking the exorbitant high fuel prices into account, it is agreed that Oceanwide Expeditions has the right to reduce the speed of the engines (incl. sailing on one engine) wherever possible, unless this affects the character of the intended voyage substantially and jeopardizes the safety of the vessel, its crew, staff and passengers.

Rubber Boots and Expedition Jackets

Onboard Plancius all passengers are entitled to use a pair of sturdy rubber boots for free. Sizes need to be pre ordered with Oceanwide reservation departments latest 8 weeks prior to departure. A voucher will be sent with final travel documents approximately 4 weeks prior to departure. Laying claims on equipment items without pre-order and voucher cannot be accepted when boarding the vessel. Boots will need to be returned to the expedition team at the end of the voyage. Rubber boots are of high quality, which keep your feet dry, warm and comfortable for all landings. Expedition jackets can also be pre-ordered for a special price. Terms and conditions can be found on the pre order form.

Shore Excursions and Zodiac Cruising

Guided shore excursions, walks and wildlife spotting and zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. We put our emphasis on active wildlife and nature experience.

Basecamp Plancius –

 Our activity base The ship becomes our base camp on selected dates. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts, in this instance a “coast to mountain” expedition. During designated “Basecamp Plancius” voyages the ship will be taken to carefully chosen places in the Arctic . The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities: mountaineers and hikers to climb mountain ranges, kayakers and zodiac passengers to explore near shores where the ship cannot go. Passengers who do not wish to become physically active will enjoy our zodiac excursions and follow the normal shore Program and land excursions (easy to moderate walks and hikes with focus on wildlife). We also offer photo workshops. All adventure activities are free of charge.

Bilingual voyages (B)

English is the ship’s language. Some German speaking expedition staff will be onboard for bilingual voyages (English – German). Welcome and safety briefings, announcements, daily briefings, and recaps will be provided in English and German. English and German lectures may vary in content. Simultaneous translations of lectures will not occur but a summary in the second language may be given at the end of a lecture. Guidance during activities ashore will depend on the group each passenger chooses according to their own physical ability. In the Arctic we aim to split into three groups: a hiking group on a strenuous walk, a medium-paced group with more time for photography etc., and a leisurely group. A German speaking staff member will not necessarily be available for each group. During Zodiac cruises, each boat’s driver/guide will not necessarily be bilingual.

Polar Diving (D)

Polar divers must be advanced and experienced in dry suit and cold water diving. We hope for 1-2 different dives per day parallel to all other activities. Diving depends on local ice and weather conditions. Dive masters and dive guides are responsible for safety during operation. Basic equipment is onboard (scuba tanks, compressors, weights and diving essentials. Divers bring their personal gear. For prices please refer to our Dates & Rates and more details please refer to the activity manual.

German Speaking (G)

Voyages marked with G are German speaking voyages

Hiking (H)

During hiking voyages (ATD12) we exceed our normal shore excursion walking Program. In general we plan to offer 3 possibilities to become active ashore. There will be easy, moderate and more demanding walks on offer in the vicinity of the landing sites. There are walks on offer which suit everyone’s capability. In the Arctic we aim at two hikes per day, each 2 – 3 hours long during morning and / or afternoon landings. Also we offer several full day walks (5 – 7 hrs) with packed lunch. The final decision on those hiking options will be met by the Expedition Leader on the day of the excursion. We recommend bringing a proper pair of hiking boots and gaiters. Hiking is free of charge, more details can be found in the activity manual and the day by day Programs.

Kayaking (K)

In general we plan to offer 4 kayak days at least. Basic kayak experience is required and physical fitness essential. Parallel to all other activities we are aiming at kayak excursions during morning and / or afternoon landings. The final decision on those excursions will be met by the Expedition Leader. Kayaks and neoprene wet suits will be provided. Kayakers will bring their personal gear. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. For prices please refer to our Dates & Rates and more details please refer to the activity manual.

Snowshoeing/hiking (S)

Especially on early departures at the beginning of the season there are still snow covered hills and mountains further afield. OnNorth Spitsbergenvoyages we are aiming at offering hiking excursions with snowshoes, which are easy to use and which don’t require any technical skills. With the use of snowshoes it is easy and safer to walk on snow surfaces. Snowshoes will be provided for everybody on board which fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with Oceanwide rubber boots. Snowshoe hiking is free of charge, more details in the activity manual and day by day Programs.

Trekking (T)
There are exciting and intensive Arctic ‘open air’ adventure: 3 days Trekking away from the ship from Raudfjord to Reindyrflya. During the 3 days ashore (2 nights camping on land) the group will be self supplied and will overnight in tents. Participants need to carry their own food and equipment in their rucksack weighing approx20 kg each. Special equipment will be supplied: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (alternative to tent), mattresses and polar sleeping bags to provide warmth and comfort during the night. 15 participants can take part in this trekking programme. Experienced expedition guides will accompany the group on shore. The actual Trekking and camping programme will depend on the prevailing weather conditions and local site and environmental regulations.  For prices please refer to our Dates & Rates and more details please refer to the activity manual or day by day programme.

Photo workshop (P)
On selected voyages and “Basecamp Plancius” voyages there are photo workshops for beginners and advanced photographers under the supervision of a photo expert on board. Everybody is welcome to participate, no previous experience required. The workshop group will be accompanied by the photo expert during activity ashore. The maximum participants per photo work shop is aimed at approximately 20 participants per outing per guide, so maximum attention can be paid to individuals. Participants with a  special interest in photography will bring their personal photo equipment. During cruise days everybody will be able to listen into photo lectures in order to learn more about objects, exposures and photo composition. The workshop does not intend to instruct on how to use specific camera models, but more to give an insight on better photo results by respecting basic rules of photography. Photographers can also take part in other activities of their choice. Photo workshops are free of charge. The photo workshop must be pre-booked with Sea Travel Limited’s reservation department prior to departure.

For more information, please contact Sea Travel Limited:

  Sea Travel Ltd
  Company No: 7078009
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
   
Email  mail@seatravelltd.co.uk
   
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Posted by: Expedition Cruises | April 14, 2011

In the Wake of Bering – In Search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

This expedition is as unique as the First Kamchatka Expedition of 1725 – 1730 which was led by Danish explorer Commander Vitus Bering on orders of Peter the Great. His orders were to travel overland to the Kamchatka Peninsula (from St Petersburg) and there build two ships and sail “north by northeast…… chart the coast and collect information”. It was an ambitious journey and a remarkable expedition. Bering set sail from Nizhnekamchatsk on the lower Kamchatka River, our expedition will depart from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy a city named in honour of Bering’s two ships which sailed from here for the second Kamchatka or Great Northern Expedition which he also led.

From here we will sail ‘north by north east’ to discover wildlife and a wilderness that few people have seen or experienced because of the region’s remoteness and the fact that it was a ‘closed area’ until the early 1990’s. It is a land of extremes and myriad environments including snow-capped active volcanoes, geothermal regions, vast forests, extensive tundra, uninhabited islands and rich oceans.

Every day we will search for the best wildlife experience, and there will be many, but we want to find one bird in particular – the extremely rare Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus).This bird is classified as ‘critically endangered’ and its only known breeding ground is in northern Kamchatka and Chukotka – the area that we will be visiting. Recent field studies suggest that the global population is much lower than previously thought, possibly fewer than 320 breeding pairs and declining.

For ifnormation on how to book, please contact:

Sea Travel Ltd
 
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
   
Email  mail@seatravelltd.co.uk
 

Posted by: Expedition Cruises | April 14, 2011

Across the Top of the World

“Near the top of the world in one of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the planet, lie two wild and undeveloped islands of great significance to the conservation of life on earth.” Dave Cline in Wrangel Island, a publication of the Beringia Conservation Project. Anchorage, Alaska 2001.

This unique journey not only includes the isolated Wrangel and Herald Islands but also a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey made possible only in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of the summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. Right on the border between Soviet Russia and the USA, the area was known as the Ice Curtain and today remains one of the last undiscovered wonders of the world.

We sail through the Bering Strait west along the north Siberian coastline before crossing the Longa Strait to Wrangel Island and there spend 4-5 days under the guidance of local Rangers on the Nature Reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age, this is a treasure trove of arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed there. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal as well as walrus, reindeer, Snow geese and other migratory species that nest here annually. Of equal importance is the ‘mammoth steppe’ vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch, nurturing over 400 plant species.

Changing hands from Britain, America, Canada and Russia the islands’ human histories are not without interest either and our expert expedition team will take time to give lectures and background to the landscape we move through and the encounters we enjoy. We will undertake numerous landings during our voyage, look for whales, visit huge bird colonies, walrus haul-outs and native villages and will take every opportunity to discover the region’s rich biodiversity. NOTE: You can join this expedition either in Anadyr (see ‘Getting to and from the Russian Far East’) or you can join in Nome, Alaska. Those starting in Nome will fly by a Heritage Expeditions charter flight to Anadyr where you will join the ship and the expedition members who have travelled direct to Anadyr.

For more information on how to book, please contact:

Sea Travel Ltd
   
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
   
Email  mail@seatravelltd.co.uk
 
Posted by: Expedition Cruises | April 14, 2011

Jewel Of the Russian Far East

The eastern seaboard of Russia dominates the North Pacific but few have experienced its severe beauty. Choked by ice in the winter and barely accessible by dirt road, this is one of the last undiscovered regions of the globe; its isolation protecting its wilderness and wildlife.

During the Cold War the region was closed to foreigners – even Russians had to get special permission to travel here; nowadays political relations have thawed but the territory remains unreachable for most. Many people migrated from the unforgiving climate, State-subsidised transport has collapsed and there is no money to replace the ageing fleet of aircraft and ships that serve the area. Heritage Expeditions offers you a rare chance to see this sweeping domain and to be part of a programme that actively supports its conservation and gives funds and logistical support to the people who live and work there.

The voyage begins in Anadyrskiy Bay and follows routes ploughed by 18th century explorers, across the lower reaches of the Bering Sea before heading along the wild Koryak coastline. We traverse the deep ocean trench off the coasts of the Kuril Islands, where whales come to feed in the rich waters and finally finish our journey almost at the tip of northern Japan.

The expedition encounters vast Russian tundra; barren lands peopled by nomadic reindeer hunters and remote islands populated by thousands of seabirds. Heading south we witness the snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka; flooded caldera teeming with birdlife; abandoned gulags and Cold War bases and subarctic forests in autumn splendour.  Along the way we will land on black sand beaches and glacial lagoons to see up-close the natural habitats of walrus, sealions, penguins and puffins. We may even have the fortune to see the rare and beautiful Steller’s Sea Eagle or the giant Kamchatka Brown Bear. Our expert guides give insight to the region’s flora and fauna and to the human history of the area: from ancient Chukchi hunters to Vitus Bering’s Great Northern Expeditions.

For further information on how to book, please contact:

Sea Travel Ltd
   
  5 Partridge Close
  Custom House
  London
  E16 3TB
  UK
   
Phone  +44 (0) 203 371 9484
Fax  +44 (0) 871 266 4641
   
Email  mail@seatravelltd.co.uk
Posted by: Expedition Cruises | April 8, 2011

The Exceptional Merchant Ship CMA CGM Christophe Colomb

In 1492, the Italian navigator and Explorer Christopher Columbus discovered  America. Five hundred years later, travelers get the chance to explore and discover the world by travelling on board the giant CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, the flagship of the Group’s fleet.

Each year, more than 600 travelers – people who love the sea and the adventure – come aboard the Group’s container ships for an unforgettable experience and a different type of tourism. On a CMA CGM cruise, travelers can find genuine escape, experiencing life aboard a large merchant vessel, sharing the daily routine of the crew, marking the journey from port to port, crossing the oceans with eyes and mind wide open. Unlike conventional cruise ships, container vessels accept a very limited number of passengers to keep the experience authentic. And because the Group services so many shipping lines, travelers can choose their own destinations and trip length which is another advantage over typical cruises.

With two spacious cabins of 30 sqm with a balcony and high-end passenger amenities, CMA CGM Christophe Colomb is the world’s largest passenger vessel. At 365 m, she is 4 m longer than the spectacular Oasis of the Seas, which has 2,700 cabins on 16 decks. With record capacity of 13,800 TEU, the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb is the first in a series of eight vessels to be named after great explorers: Marco Polo, Vasco de Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Corte Real, La Pérouse, Magellan and Zheng Hé – famous names that promise new adventures…

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