PONANT’s Arctic Expeditions Now On Sale

By Staff Writer

Guests are now able to book their cruises for PONANT’s Arctic 2021 tour on polar exploration vessel Le Commandant-Charcot. The hybrid electric ship will be the first to bring guests to the geographic North Pole at 90 degrees latitude north.

Continuing to the eastern coast of Greenland, the Northwest Passage, the Ross Sea, the Charcot and Peter I islands, the revolutionary vessel will treat guests to brand new itineraries in regions usually inaccessible to classically-designed ships. Innovative routing software makes it possible for Le Commandant-Charcot to slip through the naturally-created channels in the ice, while the ship’s powerful engines allow it to free itself, if necessary, from denser sea ice.

It has additionally been designed to minimise its environmental impact and will also host a scientific research laboratory to study the ecosystems and the biodiversity of these polar settings. This PONANT addition is the first exploration vessel to surpass the ecological standards set out by international regulations.

Itineraries include the “In the Wake of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot” Expedition, which commences in Le Havre, France for a 14-night voyage through the Alftanes Peninsular in Iceland, the ice floes of Greenland and more; the “Geographic North Pole” Expedition which goes from Reykjavik, Iceland to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen and follows the direction of the North Pole; and the “Discovering the Northeast Greenland National Park” Expedition, a trek in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, that traces the nordic landscape for 13 days starting in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Additional itineraries, pricing and sales for PONANT’s Arctic 2021 tour are open now.



First-Ever Expedition World Cruise On Sale

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Travellers can now book their spots for Silversea’s Uncharted World Tour 2021. Spanning 107 destinations in 30 countries, the ocean endeavour will set sail on Silversea’s Silver Cloud ship from Ushuaia, Argentina on 30 January 2021, and is the first-ever expedition world cruise. The 167 day-long expedition will cover a total of 39,000 nautical miles and offer a range of immersive travel experiences along the way.

“The Expedition World Cruise 2021 has been specially crafted to unlock the world’s most amazing deep travel experiences for our guests,” said Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President Expeditions and Destination Experiences.

In Antarctica, guests will witness incredible landscapes and rare wildlife species, while in the South Pacific, they will meet the descendants of the famous Bounty Mutineers on Pitcairn, after spending two days on Easter Island. The journey continues in the French Polynesia, with Bora Bora and Aitutaki’s lagoon, followed by on-water exploration of Australia’s Kimberley region. The stops continue throughout Malaysia’s Borneo, Egypt — including a sail through the iconic Suez Canal — Greece, Albania, Tunisia, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. The lengthy trip concludes with some of Northern Europe’s most remarkable destinations, featuring Iceland, Svalbard and Norway’s North Cape and more.

Silversea’s 70-member expedition team, Artist in Residence Antony Smith and 20-plus guest speakers will join the voyage, offering workshops, lectures and accompanying shore excursions. Guests include Felicity Aston MBE — explorer, scientist, speaker and author; Tim Severin, explorer and gold medalist of the Royal Geographical and Scottish Geographical Societies; and Jo Ruxton, co-founder of the Plastic Oceans Foundation.

A number of exclusive events will additionally enhance the voyage, allowing guests to gain access and insight into the fascinating cultures across various destinations. The cruise will start off with a special bon voyage reception on the rooftop of Palacio Concha, a grand mansion in Chile’s Santiago. Later special occasions include privileged access to Robert Louis Stevenson’s former home in Apia, Samoa Islands, for a private dinner; a night at the illustrious China Club, where guests will enjoy a private dinner on the 52nd floor of Singapore’s Capital Tower and a bespoke banquet on the walkway of London’s most famous landmark, the Tower Bridge. Concluding the world cruise, a Viking farewell will offer an authentic culinary experience in Iceland’s Kjarnaskogur Forest.

Silver Cloud’s two-bedroom owner’s suite costs AU$704,000 per person for the duration of the 167-day voyage while the ship’s vista suites begin at AU$138,000 per person. As part of the voyage’s all-inclusive pricing, world-cruising guests will each receive complimentary expedition gear delivered directly to their suites. The kit will include a commemorative World Cruise Polar exploration parka, a waterproof backpack, and various other items of clothing and accessories.

See here for more details and inclusions.


Crystal Expedition Cruises Releases 2021 Voyages

Crystal Expedition Cruises
Crystal Expedition Cruises

Complete with itinerary information and voyage highlights, Crystal Expedition has revealed the full 2021 roster for its premiere yacht, the Crystal Endeavour. The 25 voyages range from ten to 28 nights, with explorations internationally throughout Antarctica, Japan, the Russian Far East, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Norway, the United Kingdom, Western Europe, South America, among others. Some of the trips will also be venturing through the Northeast Passage, where only select vessels are granted permission to travel.

“Crystal Endeavour is made for this kind of exploration and is capable of taking travellers farther than they imagined, while they enjoy Crystal’s signature luxuries and service that welcome them ‘home,’” said Karen Christensen, Crystal Expedition’s senior vice president and managing director for Australasia.

Every voyage on the ship will have a focus on the biodiversity, active adventure and natural and cultural history of its destinations, with expert expedition guides onboard to assist. The roster allows travellers to choose from more extreme and rarely-visited places, such as New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic islands, Christmas Island and the Aleutian Islands west of Alaska, as well as more popular Khlong Toei in Bangkok, downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Edinburgh’s port of Leith, Scotland.

Dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites will be stopped at across the 25 different trips, including Japan’s Shiretoko National Park, Vietnam’s Imperial City of Hue, New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park and Australia’s Turquoise Bay and Ningaloo Reef. Many passengers will also have the opportunity to observe wildlife when visiting locations such as the Aleutian Isles, Tasmania, Indonesia, the Northeast Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula.

The 200-guest Crystal Endeavour boasts public spaces, butler-serviced guest rooms, a full-service Crystal Life Salon and Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and expedition-specific offerings, such as mud rooms and a helicopter lounge. Onboard dining includes Michelin-inspired dining options like Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, one of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s few sea-going restaurants; Prego, which will serve Northern Italian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine; and Waterside, the yacht’s international main dining venue.

The complete roster of Crystal Endeavour’s 2021 itineraries and voyage highlights can be viewed here.