Category Archives: Asia

Orion Expedition’s 2-for-1 Deal on Last Minute Sailings

Now is the time to experience a path less traveled in 2011 to New Zealand and sub-Antarctic Islands, the Gulf of Siam, and Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam expeditions.

Orion Expeditions is offering “2-for-1” Fares on select itineraries and sailing for travelers. Also, the Single Supplement for these sailing has been waived, making it a perfect opportunity for single travelers to “see the world.”

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Asia Rich with Wildlife Encounters via Small Ship Cruising

When you think of viewing wildlife onboard a ship, you may initially think of Alaska, with its bears feeding on spawning salmon, or humpback whales bubble-net feeding or breaching high up into the air. Maybe you think of the Galapgos Islands, with its unique wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Or maybe you think of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, considered by many of the Galapagos of the North.

Ever consider a small ship cruise to Asia?
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Where are the small ships on Christmas Day?

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. And a good movie and chinese food to those who celebrate Hanukkah

We have done some fun research as to where some of my favorite small ships are sailing on Christmas Day. To the best of my knowledge, every one of these ships were sold out, sailing at 100% occupancy. We have Christmas bookings for 2011 and 2011. It is not to early to start planning.

American Glory – Lake George, Ocala National Forest, Florida

American Safari Explorer- Kona Big Island, for Christmas 2011
American Safari Quest – whale watching, Baja

Cruceros Australis – Stella Australis – Punta Arenas – Chile
Cruceros Australis – Via Australis = Cape Horn – Argentina
Cruceros Australis – Mare Australlis – Patagonia – Argentina

I.E. Evolution – Espanola Islands, sea lions, Galapagos

Le Diamant – sailing Vietnam, South East Asia
Le Levant – sailing Trinidad
Le Ponet – sailing Persian Gulf

Lindblad Expeditions Salacia – sailing Egypt

National Geographic Endeavour – Santa Cruz Charles Darwin Station Galapagos
National Geographic Explorer – sailing Antarctica
National Geographic Islander – Seymour Island, Galapagos
National Geographic Sea Bird – day at sea whale watching, Baja
National Geographic Sea Lion – sailing Panama Canal Transit, Costa Rica

Paul Gauguin Cruises m/s Paul Gauguin—Moorea, Society Islands (French Polynesia)

Regent Seven Seas Navigator—sea day; from Cabo San Lucas to Zihuatanejo, Mexico

SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream I—Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream II—Coconut Grove, Nevis

Silversea Prince Albert II—South Georgia, Antarctica

Small ship lines help Cruise West passengers

If you were booked or thinking of booking Cruise West, we need to talk.
By now you should have applied for your refund through your credit card, travel insurance or USTOA.

My other small ship operators are reaching out to accommodate Cruise West passengers. There are a number of options depending on your destination. Some are similar to the Cruise West product, others different. This is where you need a small ship expert like Linda, Sunstone Tours to help you. Give us a call 888-815-5428

American Safari Cruises have offered reduced prices to passengers who were booked on Cruise West sailings that have been cancelled.

Orion Expedition Cruises to offer discounts for passengers booked on Cruise West this year and next.

InnerSea Discoveries, upcoming 2011 Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes and Columbia River seasons.

Lindblad Expeditions is offering varied discounts to Cruise West passengers.

American Cruise Line will honor the Cruise West price on their remaining Columbia Snake River 2010 sailings.

Cruise West Offering New Itineraries to Southeast Asia & Middle East

As part of the Voyages of the Great Explorers world cruises, the first “chapter” of Cruise West’s series of explorations takes passengers to new intriguing destinations in Asia & the Middle East.

  • Award-winning Marco Polo biographer, historian and chronicler of exploration, Laurence Bergreen brings his keen knowledge of the region to Voyage 1: Singapore to Chennai – the inaugural voyage hosted by Chairman and Managing Director Dick West. In addition, esteemed Captain Reidulf Maalen will be at the helm. Guests will explore the cultural treasures, colonial history, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and lush tropical flora that Polo found in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and India. Intriguing ports include Malacca, Malaysia; Georgetown, Penang; Langkawi; Phuket and Kho Yao, Thailand; Similan Islands; Rangoon, Myanmar; Andaman Islands; and Chennai, India. The 16-night voyage departs March 5, 2010; prices start at $12,695 per person before savings.
  • Voyage 2: Chennai to Mumbai again features Cruise West’s own “Modern Day Explorer” Captain Reidulf Maalen whose love for the sea was born on the island of Tustna, Norway. Guests will be immersed in a cultural melting pot that vividly illustrates how trade with Europe influenced this intriguing region. Joining Maalen is author and photographer Doranne Jacobson, Ph.D, an India expert on social change and gender roles, who will present engaging lectures on these topics. Fascinating port calls include the former French community Pondicherry, Tuticorin, Trivandrum, Cochin, Mangalore and Marmagao, India; Galle, Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka; and Male, Maldives. The 16-night voyage departs March 20, 2010; prices start at $9,995 per person before savings.
  • Foreign policy specialist Stephen Dachi, PhD brings 30 years experience as former U.S. diplomat in South Asia, Central Europe and Latin America to Voyage 3: Mumbai to Muscat. This exciting voyage showcases fascinating ports including Bandar Abbas, Iran; Abu Dhabi, Sharjag, Dibba and ultra-modern Dubai, UAE; scenic cruising aboard a traditional dhow in the Musandam Peninsula; and a visit to the exotic desert landscapes of Sohar and Muscat Oman. Cruise West is including FREE round trip international airfare from four select U.S. Cities: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Houston (HOU) and New York (JFK) on the 14-night voyage that departs April 4, 2010 (a value of $1,300 per person). Prices start at $7,395 per person before savings.
  • Often called the father of modern adventure travel, Richard Bangs brings 30 years of experience as an explorer to Voyage 4: Muscat to Alexandria – the final voyage of Chapter 1. Noted for leading first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, Bangs co-directed the IMAX film, Mystery of the Nile, and co-authored the accompanying book. In addition, Jenifer Neils, Smithsonian Journeys lecturer, archaeologist, author, and Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History and Classics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will share her vast knowlwdge of the region.

    The 18-night voyage departing April 17, 2010, includes three Ultimate Explorers Experiences (full day tours in Petra, Luxor & Valley of the Kings and Cairo at the Pyramids and Sphinx) and is filled with ancient wonders, exotic scents, and even a modern-day miracle of engineering. In Oman, guests will visit the Salalah Frankincense Museum and the tomb of Job, sacred to all three Abrahamic faiths; stop in Eritrea, with its evocative Ottoman architecture; explore the tombs of the pharaohs in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings; the rose-hued ruins of Petra; before sailing from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal, the most direct water route between Asia and Europe. Prices start at $10,695 per person before savings. As an added bonus, Cruise West will include a three-night post-voyage land tour of Cairo (a value of $1,390 per person).

Book by Voyage or by Chapter

Prices per voyage include a pre-cruise hotel night. For maximum savings of 21 percent, book and pay in full by October 15, 2009. Guests who book more than one voyage will save an additional five percent. Rates for all four voyages of Chapter 1 start at $38,995. All prices are in US dollars.

Cruise West Offers Tempting 2009/2010 Holiday Sailings

Cruise West, one of the world’s leading providers of small-ship explorations will offer four holiday itineraries in 2009 and 2010. Sailing into the firecracker lavish spectacle of Sydney’s Harbor on New Year’s Eve; bidding farewell to 2009 in the wilds of Costa Rica; savoring a traditional Nochebuena Christmas Eve feast in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes; or satisfying all the senses in Vietnam on Thanksgiving.

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Cruise West Offers Epic Year-Long Global Adventure

Voyages of the Great Explorers

Ground Breaking Journey Will Visit 242 Ports, 59 Countries on 24 Voyages

Marco Polo; Odysseus; Leif Eriksson; Christopher Columbus; James Cook; Ferdinand Magellan — history’s great sea explorers have inspired an epic global voyage destined to become the most memorable cruise of a lifetime.

These legendary adventurers whose travels shaped much of the known and the new world set the theme for Cruise West’s Voyages of the Great Explorers — a 335-day circumnavigation of the world. Departing Singapore on March 6, 2010, Cruise West’s flagship, the 120-guest, all-suite Spirit of Oceanus will sail westward, following the sun, to return to Singapore on February 3, 2011. Read the rest of this entry

Spirit of Oceanus to Leave Alaska

Cruise West’s Spirit of Oceanus is the line’s most spacious and luxurious ship.  Each suite offers spacious closets, a large marble bathroom, sitting area and television.  Two lounges, an outside bistro and an open-seating dining room provide a casual atmosphere for guests to interact with one another, the crew, Exploration Leaders and guest speakers.  Seven suite categories are offered onboard, including 14 suites with private balconies and one elegantly appointed and spacious Owner’s Suite located on the ship’s Sun Deck.

Cruise West’s Spirit of Oceanus is the line’s most spacious and luxurious ship. Each suite offers spacious closets, a large marble bathroom, sitting area and television. Two lounges, an outside bistro and an open-seating dining room provide a casual atmosphere for guests to interact with one another, the crew, Exploration Leaders and guest speakers. Seven suite categories are offered onboard, including 14 suites with private balconies and one elegantly appointed and spacious Owner’s Suite located on the ship’s Sun Deck.

Another ship is leaving Alaskan waters and headed to other destinations.

Cruise West’s Spirit of Oceanus will change course in 2010, leaving the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage up through to the Bering Sea. That means 2009 is the last chance to visit regions that no other cruise company offers.

In preparation for this change, Cruise West is pleased to offer a final opportunity to take part in several voyages of distinction to Japan, Grand Asia, Vietnam and Alaska in 2009. Book and pay in full and save from $600 to $1,100/cabin depending on itinerary. Read the rest of this entry

Largest Savings Ever on Small Ship Cruises

This time of year, the small ship cruise lines offer several early bird discounts on cruises for 2009. This year, with the current state of the economy, there are even more incentives to offer to small ship adventurists.

Sunstone Tours & Cruises is pleased to offer unbelievable savings to many regions of the world; Alaska, Asia, Central America, Columbia River and Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. But you must act fast; these discounts are for a limited time, some expiring the first few weeks of December.

So act now, to obtain the largest discount ever on small ship adventures, by visiting Sunstone Tours & Cruises today!

Cruise West Returns to Vietnam in 2009

Small ship cruise line Cruise West recently announced that it would be reintroducing its Vietnam itinerary in 2009.

Back by popular demand, Cruise Wests’ Vietnam voyage will give travelers the chance to experience Asian destinations such as Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hue while discovering Vietnam’s architecture, art, and ancient shrines. Along the way, guests will sample traditional Vietnamese cuisine, enjoy beautiful dance, martial arts and colorful puppet theater.

Guests will sail aboard Cruise West’s flagship and most luxurious vessel, the 120-guest Spirit of Oceanus. The ship hosts just 120 guests in comfortable outside suites, each with a picture window or porthole. The 15 suites on the Sun and Sports Decks feature private teak balconies, the first in our fleet. Other cabin amenities unique to the Spirit of Oceanusinclude a walk-in closet or wardrobe, a large marble bathroom, and a lounge area. Each suite also features an in-room safe and satellite telephone access.

The 12-day journey will depart on November 21, 2009, and tour some 1,600 mostly uninhabited islands and islets along the Gulf of Tonkin. Other highlights include the Cham Museum, a special private performance of traditional martial arts in Qui Nhon and UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay.

View details on this Vietnam itinerary…