Category Archives: Caribbean

m/v Tere Moana to Join Paul Gauguin Cruises Fleet in December 2012

Moana

Late in 2011, Paul Gauguin Cruises announced the acquisition of its second luxury ship, the m/v Tere Moana. The ship will enter service for Paul Gauguin Cruises in December 2012 after a multifaceted renovation, and be renamed The Moana.

The Moana will accommodate just 90 guests in 45 staterooms and will reflect the high standard of quality and service already established for the cruise line by the m/s Paul Gauguin.

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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 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

$2000 off a Caribbean Cruise?

The tall-masted Sea Cloud II sailing the Caribbean

In a tall ship, you feel being on the ocean differently. To view Sea Cloud II under sail, check out this three-minute video.

You heard right. Until July 31, save up to $2000 per person on select Lindblad Expeditions Caribbean sailings aboard the luxurious, tall-masted vessel Sea Cloud II. For details, view the individual itineraries below.

This is one of the unique situations in small ship cruising where the ship is part of the draw. If you’ve dreamed of traveling on a tall ship, sailing gently through warm tropical waters, here’s your opportunity. The Sea Cloud II is an exhilarating journey back to the golden age of sail. She flies 26 sails — nearly 30,000 square feet of canvas — hoisted the old fashioned way, by hand. She is the world’s largest and most luxurious square-rigged tall ship available for passenger travel, carrying only 86 guests.

  • Caribbean ClassicAs featured in National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime, this 15 day, 14 night sailing visits destinations such as Barbados, Dominica, Prickly Pear Cay, Anguilla, Jost Van Dyke & Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, St. Barts, St. Kitt’s & St. Lucia before wrapping up your voyage in he Grenadines.
    Save $2,000 per person off the voyage rates for the Dec. 19, 2008 & Feb. 13, 2009 sailings when you book by July 31, 2008.
  • Sailing the Caribbean – Sail the trade winds on this 8 day, 7 night itinerary, which features Dominica, Isles des Saintes, Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia, Bequia, the Grenadines and Tobago Cays before disembarking in Barbados.
    Save $1,500 per person off the voyage rates when you book the Dec. 5 or 12, 2008 sailings OR save $1,000 per person off the voyage rates when you book the Jan. 2, 9, 30 or Feb. 6, 2009 sailings by July 31, 2008

Caribbean Cruises – Expedition Style

The sailing ship Sea Cloud II sailing in the Caribbean

Discover the Caribbean under Full Sail

Lindblad Expeditions has just announced their 2008/2009 Caribbean cruise itineraries aboard the luxurious, three-masted sailing ship Sea Cloud II.

EARLY BOOKING BONUS: Book by June 30, 2008 and save $1,000 per person off the voyage rates.

Caribbean Classic
On this 15-day voyage, the Sea Cloud II sails the natural features of the Caribbean and visits colonial towns, historic forts and botanical gardens. You’ll learn about reef ecology, as we snorkel among colorful corals and tropical fish. And, you’ll discover a surprising mosaic. French, Dutch, English and Spaniards traded these islands as pawns and left their persisting imprints in a diversity of historic culture and architecture. During your time aboard, we will help to illuminate and navigate these cultures, both historic and contemporary.

Sailing the Caribbean
On this 8-day voyage, the Sea Cloud II sails the natural features of the Caribbean and visits colonial towns, historic forts and botanical gardens. You’ll learn about reef ecology, as we snorkel among colorful corals and tropical fish. And, you’ll discover a surprising mosaic. French, Dutch, English and Spaniards traded these islands as pawns and left their persisting imprints in a diversity of historic culture and architecture. During your time aboard, we will help to illuminate and navigate these cultures, both historic and contemporary.

View all of our Caribbean offers at Sunstonetours.com or call toll-free at 1-888-815-5428.

Cruise Review: The Caribbean aboard Royal Clipper

We’ve just added a brief review on the Royal Clipper, on a sailing in the Caribbean.

Excerpt:

except for a rough first and last night (rough seas) it was terrific!

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New Ships (small) for 2008

The 2008 small ship cruise season brings some new and refurbished ships to us cruisers. Below are the ships, along with background information and associated itineraries.

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer

Formerly the Hurtigruten (Norwegian Coastal Cruises) Lyngen and built in 1982, the ice-class polar expedition vessel was obtained by Lindblad Expeditions in October 2007 and renamed the National Geographic Explorer. It is currently undergoing an extensive renovation to become a state-of-the-art vessel. Renovations include gutting out all public & cabin areas.

Note: This ship should not be confused with Lindblad Travel’s first ship, the Lindblad Explorer, which was commissioned in 1969 by Lars-Eric Lindblad, as the world’s first purpose-built expedition ship, which sank in the Antarctic in November 2007.

Features will include:

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