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We have been selling small ship cruises since last century. And never have we had Alaska sold out so early. The 2017 season just started and you would be lucky to find an available cabin.
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Though Haida Gwaii, a spectacular archipelago off British Columbia, is known as the “islands at the edge of the world,” it is well within reach aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion—the only U.S. vessels permitted to visit these hallowed islands in over twenty years. In large part, we were initially permitted to visit Haida lands because of our commitment to artisans, evidenced by our Artisan Fund and its varied projects, currently financed by a percentage of sales from onboard Global Galleries. The Haida are legendary Pacific coast artists and artisans. And to see their works, most strikingly the totems created by master carvers, and to hear the stories woven into the very fibers of Haida regalia, is indeed a privilege. We will visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay, see a panoply of Haida art and crafts, even see artists
at work. But we will also experience the rare, spiritually satisfying adventure of exploring the coasts and landing on remote beaches to share the silence with silvered
sentinels—the weathered totems, carved lifetimes ago, that have kept watch on Haida lands since the first days.
When Lindblad Expedtions returns in May, the islands will be awakening from their winter slumber. Humpback whales will gorge on krill and the lush forests will warm, while still snow-clad mountains set the perfect context for this entrée into the life of the Haida.
As far as a booking period goes, we are pretty much done with 2015 and have set our sights on 2016 and further.
There will be a number of changes in the small ship market for 2016. All plus plus plus for the consumer with more choices, more ships, more destinations.
American Cruise Line will bring another paddlewheel ship over to the Columbia Snake River. Making a total of three paddlewheel ships sailing seven night itineraries, mostly round trip Portland. The ship will join the other American Cruise Line ship, Queen of the West, 120 passengers, a veteran of the Columbia River being renovated in 20011
They new entry ship is presently sailing as the Queen of the Mississippi up and down the Mississippi River. She wil be re-named when she is moved to the Columbia. We are open for name suggestions…I bet on Queen of the Columbia, Columbia Queen. She is a much newer ship with larger cabins and 90% balconies.
If you would like to be updated when the ship is moved and named, just give us your e-mail.
Officials from the ship’s owner, Poseidon Expeditions and Quark Expeditions met in Moscow and agreed to terms that will allow use of the vessel for polar tourism expeditions through at least 2018.
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Today mark’s the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is a “man-made” wonder, an engineering marvel that changed the way the world traveled and moved goods.
Travel + Leisure Magazine has released its 2014 World’s Best Awards and taking the top honor for small ship cruises was Paul Gauguin Cruises.
The luxury small ship cruise line, sailing the South Pacific aboard the Paul Gauguin, and Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America aboard m/v Tere Moana, moved up from 2013’s 7th place ranking.
Love the style of Un-Cruise Adventures in Alaska, Hawaii, Baja Mexico and the Pacific Northwest? Then stay tuned, as the Galapagos is in sight.
With an official announcement still pending, Un-Cruise Adventures added a Galapagos itinerary to their selections, sailing the 10 day, 9 night “Colonial Quito & Galápagos Islands” itinerary aboard the 48-guest yacht La Pinta, starting in 2016.
American Cruise Lines recently announced the successful launching of the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake
Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. The launching, which occurred on Sunday, went picture perfect. Immediately after being launched into the Wicomico River, tugboats skillfully nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.
This past Tuesday, the Pearl Mist boarded its first passengers, readying for Wednesday’s maiden voyage on a New England cruise.
Un-Cruise Adventure’s S.S.Legacy, the replica coastal steamer, will be re-positioned from Alaska to its new home on the Columbia River in 2015.
As river cruising continues to grow, cruise lines are adapting. The S.S. Legacy is scheduled for 34 departures on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers from April-November 2015. The line is also offering a savings on fall 2014 river cruises, with $400/couple savings offered for bookings made by June 20, 2014. The savings is applicable for river cruises departing August-November 2014.