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Star Ships: New sciences cruises offer pristine cosmic views

October 30, 2015

From www.space.com via Scoop.it:

A new line of science-themed cruises lets passengers stargaze from the open ocean, a unique location far away from city lights.

Princes Cruises and Discovery Channel have created a line of science-themed cruises called "Discovery at Sea." The excursions feature activities like diving with sharks, spending time with exotic wildlife, looking at auroras and stargazing.

Viewing the night sky from a location far away from city lights can be a magical experience, but it usually requires traveling to very remote locations (which, for some people, is part of the fun). But stargazing on a cruise ship is unique, because the vessel can travel to locations completely devoid of light pollution, and yet viewers are never more than a few steps away from the ship's accommodations

Walter Christen's insight:

I have always enjoyed looking up on a cruise ship to see the stars. If you can get to a upper level on the ship where there are no lights above you, the views are amazing. Princess Cruises has the right idea to offer guided tours of the heavens.

Although I do not think a telescope would work (the ship is moving), a pair of binoculars could come in handy.

 

The Northern Lights put on a majestic display for guests aboard Hurtigruten’s Vesteralen during a cruise along Norway’s coast from Bergen to Kirkenes.

Norway coast cruise offers a lot to do

October 11, 2015

From www.dallasnews.com via Scoop.it:

The dining room doors swing open and passengers swarm to the Arctic Buffet, an elegant send-off for those leaving the ship next morning. On offer is the bounty of the north, from reindeer in cream sauce to fresh Greenland halibut, and tables of desserts from cheesecake to cloudberries and cream.

I’m set to dig in when the public-address system interrupts the meal. The captain, we’re told, has spotted the northern lights. After five cloudy nights on our winter voyage, the celebrated aurora borealis that lured passengers to Norway in the dead of winter has finally made an appearance.

What to do? Feast on a gourmet spread or partake in a celestial wonder?

I take a bite of smoked sea trout, and make my choice. Dinner can wait. I head to the windswept deck.

Walter Christen's insight:

It is one of my dreams to see and photograph the northern lights. Preferably on a cruise ship. A cruise of Norway aboard Hurtigruten is on my list of cruises to plan. The shore excursions sound like they would be fun and educational and varied enough for people of differing physical abilities.

 

 

Silver Cloud moves to Silversea's expedition fleet

September 24, 2015

From www.luxurytraveladvisor.com via Scoop.it:

Silversea Cruises has announced the line will move Silver Cloud to its luxury expedition fleet in November 2017. 

Destined mostly for polar waters, the ship that launched the cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017.

Walter Christen's insight:

Silversea Cruises will upgrade the Silver Cloud to Ice class so that it can be used for Arctic cruises. Although the ship can hold 260 passengers, it will be limited to 200 when doing arctic cruises.

Silversea currently has three all-suite expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos. The Silver Cloud will be a welcome addition to these luxury expedition cruises.

 

 

Fall foliage on the Saint Lawrence River.

New England's best fall foliage cruise deals

September 19, 2015

From experience.usatoday.com via Scoop.it:

Mother Nature will do one of her best shows in late September and early October, with cruise ships providing views of coastal New England and Canada during the colorful fall foliage display. You'll visit prime leaf-peeping destinations such as Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine and the narrow channels of Quebec's St. Lawrence Seaway, where you'll see colorful leaves on both sides.

Walter Christen's insight:

Living in Florida, but originally from the New York, I sometimes do miss the Fall and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. These cruises would be wonderful to experience this time of year and some really nice ports of call.

Cruise ships mentioned included

Crystal Cruises: Crystal Symphony

Seabourn Cruise Line: Seabourn Quest

Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Gem,

Holland America LineVeendam and Maasdam

Princess Cruises: Regal Princess,

Oceania Cruises: Regatta

Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2,

Royal Caribbean: Brilliance of the Seas

 

The 278-passenger Fram, the smallest, newest ship in Hurtigruten's fleet, sails past the small island of Uummannaq on the west coast of Greenland.

Cruising to adventure in the land of ice and polar bears

September 11, 2015

From www.usatoday.com via Scoop.it:

Standing at the bow of one of expedition cruising's hardiest ships as it crunches northward through a carpet of ice, Cecilia Donnelly is almost giggly with excitement. And who can blame her.

The steel-reinforced Fram has just arrived at the edge of the Arctic ice cap, and for the moment, at least, the 67-year-old retiree from Riverside, Calif., can lay claim to being one of the northernmost travelers in the world.

"This is fantastic!" Donnelly gushes as the 318-passenger Fram smashes into a car-length ice chunk, sending a shudder through the vessel. "In all my dreams, I never thought I would make it to the edge of the North Pole."

Fantastic, indeed. And an increasingly sought after experience. A growing number of adventurous travelers are signing up for expedition cruises to the realm of ice and polar bears at the top of the planet, prompting expedition cruise operators to offer an ever larger array of Arctic itineraries.

Walter Christen's insight:

A cruise to the arctic region is on my bucket list.  This article about Hurtigruten's 7 day circumnavigation of Spitsbergen aboard the Fram really piqued my interest. 

 

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

August 28, 2015
 

The Blue Lagoon :: Iceland :: wanna swim?

A photo posted by Micah Wright (@wrightontheroad) on


Seven unmissable dive sites in the Cayman Islands

August 24, 2015

From www.lonelyplanet.com via Scoop.it:

Locals will tell you the Cayman Islands offer the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Given the triumvirate of islands boasts a unique dive site for every single day of the year – and this isn’t just marketing speak – it’s easy to believe them.

Already a go-to destination for stingray spotting and dramatic drop-offs, this British Overseas Territory also offers some superb wreck dives within a pirate’s ahoy from the shore. The Caymans’ vibrant reefs are also something of a success story. With the Caribbean thought to have lost a staggering 80 percent of its coral in recent years, largely due to the effects of global warming, a 2013 study found Cayman coral health had bounced back to levels not seen since 1999.

While every diver has their favourites, we’ve scoped out seven of our own top spots to strap on a tank and dive in.

 

Walter Christen's insight:

If you are into scuba and/or snorkel this list from Lonely Planet gives you a real good idea of the places you may want to visit in the Cayman Islands.

I have been to the Cayman Islands quite a few times and the destination is one of my favorites in the Caribbean. I love to go snorkeling and bring my own gear (fins/mask/snorkel) with me.

I was last in Grand Cayman this past January aboard the Celebrity Cruise Lines Constellation.  I did a snorkel tour there aboard a catamaran and visited the USS Kittiwake which was placed on the north side of Seven Mile Beach.  The captain of the catamaran tour was a free diver and took my GoPro down with him into the center of the ship.  Fantastic video and memories I will not forget. 

 

A stone sculpture at Angkor Wat — a United Nations World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world — seen during a G Adventures expedition of Cambodia.

Lonely Planet name their top 20 ultimate travel destinations

August 23, 2015

From awol.com.au via Scoop.it:

Travel bible Lonely Planet has revealed its Ultimate Travelist in a new book, ranking the top 500 sights in the world as chosen by their expert travel correspondents – y’know, the people who actually write those books you desperately reach for in each new city you visit. The definitive list offers many of the expected “must visit” spots spliced in with a few hidden gems.

The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia were the “undisputed champion” to take the crown, beating out our own Great Barrier Reef in second place and Peru’s Machu Picchu in third.

Along with our famed reef, Australia took out two other spots in the top 20. The Twelve Apostles on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road took out 12th place and – in perhaps a surprising entry –  Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art took out spot number 20. Lonely Planet says that MONA is “sexy, provocative, disturbing and deeply engaging. Don’t miss it!”

Walter Christen's insight:

If you are looking to create a bucket list the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist would be a great starting point.  Not all, but many are accessible via shore excursions on cruise ships.

 

Silversea Arctic tips: 9 questions you should ask before exploring the Arctic on Silver Explorer

August 19, 2015

From www.tipsfortravellers.com via Scoop.it:

The biggest regret I have about my trip on board Silversea’s Silver Explorer to the Arctic was that I did not have it at the top of my bucket list years ago. Over the course of ten days I discovered that I had missed out on an incredible adventure, and experience, that could have thrilled me ages ago. While indulging in the pampering, good food and service on board, each day was a revelation about the majesty, beauty and fascination of nature in this isolated part of the world. I saw, heard and felt vast glaciers calve off huge chunks of ice. Chuckled as perky Atlantic Puffins peered back as we explored their remote nesting spot and felt my heart lift as lumbering polar bears sniffed at us before going about their business of seeking out food. This is an incredible trip, and one that I want to help anyone thinking about doing it to get the most out of. This is the aim of the following nine questions I believe travelers should ask with my answers and tips on heading to the Arctic.

Walter Christen's insight:

A truly excellent article about what to expect on a cruise on Silversea's Sliver Explorer to the Arctic. Gary Bembridge gives a fantastic account of his cruise and information on what to expect, what you will see and what to take along with you.

A cruise to the Arctic circle is one of my goals. This article has me pushing it up on the priority list.

 

Silver Galapagos carries 100 passengers, and every suite has an ocean view.

Get ready to sail with the Grand Expeditions of Silversea

August 13, 2015

From www.travelandtourworld.com via Scoop.it:

Luxury expedition cruise line Silversea is thrilled to announce the launch of Grand Expeditions. Sailing from October 2015, Silversea has created five epic, once-in-a-lifetime combined voyages, each offering guests a unique experience from sea, to land, to sea again.

Ranging from 18 to 34 days, the Grand Expeditions will begin with an expedition cruise in the Galapágos Islands, before connecting to a land adventure, and finally ending with a further expedition cruise exploring the coast of Central America, South America, or Antarctica.

The all-inclusive Grand Expeditions package is orchestrated by Silversea and incorporates cruise fares for Silver Galapagos and Silver Explorer at 20% off the individual published rate. Also featured in the package are hotel accommodation, land tours, return air travelbetween Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, intra-tour air travel and ground transportation, as well as charter flights to Ushuaia, if applicable.

Walter Christen's insight:

Silverseas Grand Expeditions sailings are a very interesting concept, combining two different cruising itineraries with a overland adventure tour in the middle.  Using both their Silver Galapagos and Silver Explorer ships, these 5 different expeditions look to be exciting adventures appealing to both adventure and luxury cruisers.

 

Are you brave enough? 10 cruises for adventure

July 22, 2015

From experience.usatoday.com via Scoop.it:

Some adventure travel types may scoff at the idea of getting on a cruise ship, thinking of it as being too conventional. They should get over that. There are places in the world that are best seen and experienced on water, including little-visited emerging destinations. Check out our picks for the 10 best adventure cruises.

Walter Christen's insight:

For the dedicated adventure traveler, this list would be a good start.  Out of the 10 on this list I have been to two of them.  Alaska on Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas and Hawaii although that was not via a cruise ship.  A few of these are on by bucket list like the Arctic and Australia.

 Here is the list:

 

A brown bear in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

How to maximize your animal viewing on an Alaskan cruise

July 21, 2015

From www.foxnews.com via Scoop.it:

Even vacations have goals: On a Caribbean cruise, you want to see beaches. On a European cruise, you want to see museums and historic sites.

Those are easy goals to achieve. But many travelers booking their first Alaskan cruise want to see wildlife, and they wonder how hard it is to ensure they will. After all, beaches, museums and ruins stay put, but whales and bears tend to move around.

So how hard is it? According to cruise experts, it isn’t hard at all.

Walter Christen's insight:

I can attest to the fact that you would be hard pressed to not see wildlife on an Alaska cruise.

I took our family on an Alaska Cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas a few years back.  When in Juneau, I did a photography tour that included whale watching.  Seals, Whales, Eagles, and one bear were all seen on the tour.  The tour operator was very knowledgeable about where we would see the most and also very helpful in giving hints and tricks to capture the moments with your camera.

Another memorable moment was when we had completed our ports of call and were heading back to Vancouver.  While eating dinner, a pod of whales were very close to the side of the ship. What a way to end a fantastic journey.

Alaska was one of the most beautiful places I have been.  The scenery and wildlife were amazing.  This is one destination I do plan on doing again, although I think next time I will extend the trip to also go to Denali.

See what the Cruiseable team has for travel guides in Alaska ports.

https://cruiseable.com/travel-guides#alaska