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G Adventures to commemorate Captain Scott

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Marking 100 years since Captain Scott voyaged to the Antarctic, 2012 is the perfect year to take a G Adventures cruise aboard the M/S Expedition to celebrate one of the world’s greatest historic expeditions, the company said in a statement.

G Adventures is offering 10% discounts on a range of Antarctic expeditions for bold travellers looking to explore this region during the cruise season (November to March). Tours must be booked by 30 November 2011 for the 2012/13 Antarctic tours departing between 7 November 2012 and 9 March 2013.

For travellers who don’t want to wait, there are still places available on selected 2011/12 departures, including the Spirit of Shackleton tour. Suitable for history fans, the voyage focuses on the adventurers and legends formed out of the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’. The tour’s namesake, Sir Edmund Shackleton, was actually a third officer on Captain Scott’s first quest to Antarctica in 1901, making this journey a pilgrimage for travellers enticed to Antarctica by the dramatic history of its discovery.

The BBC’s current Frozen Planet series shines the spotlight brighter on the region, with Sir David Attenborough visiting the shack of Captain Robert Scott for the second time in 17 years, a place that still touches him today – "If ever there was a place that held the personality of the people that had lived in it, a century ago, this surely must be it"

“The anniversary of Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition and Frozen Planet will arouse interest among travellers wanting to travel to both the Antarctic and Arctic”, says G Adventures’ General Manager EMEA Michael Edwards. “We have also introduced new quad berth cabins on the M/S Expedition for the 2012 season to make cruising more affordable for travellers – particularly for large groups, families and sole travellers.”

Voyages of Discovery to offer champagne reception at Hermitage on two 2012 cruises

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Voyages of Discovery, the UK based destinational brand in the All Leisure group, will offer passengers of the 20,636 gross ton Discovery an evening at the Hermitage in St Petersburg on two cruises next summer.

“Cruises to the Baltic offer an inspiring and cultural alternative to the warmer climes of the Mediterranean. Overflowing with fine art, architecture and history it’s no surprise this destination is emerging as the new holiday hotspot. With a rapidly growing choice of sailings Voyages of Discovery make this part of Northern Europe hard to resist with amazing fares and now a free excursion to the world-renowned Hermitage in St Petersburg,” the company said in a statement.

“Now included in the price - lovers of the arts can spend a magical evening in St Petersburg at the Hermitage for a musical reception reminiscent of a performance during the reign of the Tsars. Whilst the museum is closed guests are invited to enjoy an in-depth guided tour, a champagne reception and an exclusive performance from the State Hermitage Orchestra concert – all courtesy of Voyages of Discovery.”

Hermitage - or Winter Palace - was the principal residence in St Petersburg of the Romanov tsars. This offer is available on the following cruises:

Baltic Icons – Cruise from £1,549 per person. Price includes 16-day voyage departing from Portsmouth (England) and calling at IJmuiden(Amsterdam, Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia) – overnight x 2, Helsinki (Finland), Warnemunde (Berlin, Germany) and transit through the Kiel canal before returning to Portsmouth (England). Price is based on 11 May 2012 departure.

Baltic Treasures – Cruise from £1,649 per person. Price includes 15-day voyage departing from Harwich (England) and calling at Kristiansand (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia) – overnight x 2, Gdynia (Poland), Szczecin (Poland), Sassnitz (Germany) and transit through the Kiel canal before returning to Harwich (England). Price is based on 28 June 2012 departure.

Princess introduces new cruisetour options in Europe

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Princess Cruises has added two new cruisetour options to its Europe lineup next year, offering passengers the opportunity to explore the splendor of the Swiss Alps and Lake Como or enjoy a cruise up the dramatic Rhine River. The new itineraries join the line's previously announced cruisetours, giving passengers a total of seven land/sea vacation choices for the 2012 season.

The 19-night Swiss Splendors and Lake Como cruisetour takes travelers through some of Europe's most stunning scenery including Alpine Switzerland and the lake district of Italy paired with a Mediterranean cruise. The 18-night Timeless Cities of the Rhine River cruisetour offers passengers a week-long cruise up the scenic Rhine River by riverboat combined with a Princess sailing to Scandinavia and Russia.

"Because Europe has so much to offer beyond the coastal ports, we know our passengers want to further explore the continent's many fascinating destinations," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Travelers want to make the most of their time, so we've made it easy for passengers to immerse themselves in some of the most amazing places in Europe."

Swiss Splendor and Lake Como -- The towering snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and the idyllic lake district of Italy highlight this seven-night journey from Zurich to Venice that takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Along the way travelers will enjoy stunning Interlaken and charming Lucerne, as well a stop in Old Berne (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and rail travel to the "top of Europe" -- Jungfraujoch. Lovely Lake Como stars in the Italian part of the tour, which also visits the area's enchanting gardens, villas and local villages. Travelers then head to Venice to board Ruby Princess for a 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruise.

Timeless Cities of the Rhine River -- After a successful test last season, this 18-night cruisetour joins Princess' European line-up with a river cruise on the storied Rhine River. The seven-night river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Avalon Felicity or Avalon Visionary sails by the castles and vineyards of one of Europe's greatest rivers, and includes guided excursions in Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Cologne. Passengers will also sail through the captivating Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered the river's most beautiful stretch. From Amsterdam passengers will fly to Copenhagen to complete the cruisetour with an 11-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise aboard Emerald Princess.

These tours join the line's other European cruisetour options: Europe's Imperial Treasures which visits the enchanting cities of Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin; Classic Italy, exploring the Eternal City of Rome, the Renaissance masterpiece of Florence and the stunning Tuscan countryside; Ring of Kerry, a chance to discover the beautiful landscapes and charming villages of Ireland; and Ancient Petra and the Dead Sea for travel through some of the most marveled-at wonders of the ancient world.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Balmoral detained for safety rule violations for two days in September

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’1988 built Balmoral was detained in Southampton for two days in September due to safety related deficiencies, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said in a statement.

“The vessel was detained in Southampton for 2 days because several track rollers of the starboard lifeboat davits were seized, the hours of rest records for the master, chief officer, chief engineer and senior first engineer were false for several days during September 2011, and the deficiencies identified were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code,” MCA said in a statement. MCA enforces maritime safety regulations in the UK and posts details of vessels detained for violations of these regulations on its website.

“Other deficiencies identified included; the crew showed a lack of knowledge and training in respect of the abandon ship drill in addition fire screen doors 402A I and 2409 in the laundry were not closing. The vessel was released from detention on 28/09/2011,” MCA said.

The ship’s classification society is Bureau Veritas and the recognized organization for ISM (International Ship Management) Code is Det Norske Veritas, MCA said.

TUI Cruises in €1,212 wedding package offer for those that marry on 12 December 2012

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TUI Cruises, the German premium market cruise operator, is offering a special wedding package for those that marry on 12 December – at a price of €1,212 per person.

The package, which includes a 112 minute spa programme, a bottle of champagne, box of chocolates and e.g. invitation to dine at the Surf & Turf specialty restaurant, will be available on Mein Schiff 1 on a 7 night Caribbean fly cruise that departs  14 December 2012 and on Mein Schiff 2 on a similar cruise out of Dubai that departs 16 December 2012.

The company is also preparing a present for those couples that marry on 11 November 2011. It also offers the option to have a wedding at sea as masters of the two Maltese flag vessels have the right to conduct marriage ceremonies while the shipa re in international waters, TUI Cruises said.

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