Category Archives: World Cruises

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

Cruise West’s World Cruise Blog

Can’t join the travelers aboard Cruise West’s Spirit of Oceanus sailing around the world? No worries, just follow their blog.

Follow Cruise West’s Voyages of the Great Explorers blog and view daily stories and observations from guests, the Captain and crew. Cruise West invited guests to become bloggers on each of the 24 voyages associated with the world voyage. Encouraged by a free camera and Internet time, the line has had a good response from willing guests.

View the Cruise West’s Voyages of the Great Explorers blog…

Cruise West & Smithsonian Enterprises Partner Select World Voyages

The Voyages of the Great Explorers – the Cruise West yearlong world cruise that launches in March 2010 — will feature lectures and presentations by noted travel experts from the Smithsonian Journeys on select segments of the epic world voyage.

Cruise West and Smithsonian Journeys will develop the lecture series for 10 of the 24 distinct itineraries of the yearlong cruise highlighting such exotic locales as Singapore, Rome, Alexandria, Istanbul and Mumbai. Smithsonian Journeys experts will lead in-depth discussions and presentations on each region’s rich history and culture.

The Voyages of the Great Explorers is a collection of distinct voyages that reflects the exploits of the legendary seafarers. Booked separately or as a complete journey, each segment offers historical insights into the sea commanders who first made history along the same routes.

View details of these world voyages…

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 Executives to Lead Segments of World Cruise

Underscoring the significance of Cruise West’s series of journeys that combine to form the worldwide exploration concept, Voyages of the Great Explorers, the West family, long recognized as pioneers in small-ship explorations, will host Voyages 1, 10 and 24. In addition, 25-year cruise veteran, President and CEO Dietmar Wertanzl will lead Voyage 13. Guests can anticipate notable hosted special events in addition to the already included excursions. Guests can save as much as 32 percent by booking and paying in full by August 28, 2009, or save up to 21 percent from August 29 – October 15, 2009. Read the rest of this entry

Cruise West’s Voyages of the Great Explorers Brochure Now Available

As we reported recently in a past post, Cruise West recently announced “Voyages of the Great Explorers,” a series of itineraries that will circumnavigate the world starting March 6, 2010.

Cruise West has just published the brochure for this series. And Sunstone Tours & Cruises would love to provide this brochure to you. Visit our dedicated website, for more information on obtaining your copy of the brochure.

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

Cruise West Spirit of Oceanus to Sail the World

Name the Explorers Contest


Be the first to name the six explorers correctly and win a free Cruise West Bear, compliments of Sunstone Tours & Cruises. Submit your guess via the comments at the bottom of this post.

I was at Cruise West Seattle offices last week and got a taste of what it takes to put together a series of itineraries of this magnitude. Two graphic designers working 24/7 on the 62 page brochure. I saw a number of different brochure covers that were under consideration. I gave my vote, we will see what they decide on.

So details are still in the works, however, Cruise West is working on a series of itineraries making up a world cruise for its flagship, the Spirit of Oceanus.

The brochure is to be divided in chapters, each chapter divided by six explorers and the area of the world they each sailed.

The present plan is….being tweaked by the hour until it is perfect.

  • 24 voyages
  • 242 ports of call /destinations
  • 59 countries
  • 76 UNESCO world heritage sites
  • 14 seas and oceans

Stay tuned. We’ll announce more details as they become available. Keep in mind anything I tell you now maybe be old news by tomorrow and facts will be different. Still a work in progress. But a very very exciting work in progress.