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When to visit Antarctica

Choosing the best time of year to visit Antarctica is vital when planning the trip of a lifetime. The South Pole may be cold, well, all year round - but believe it or not the weather and climate do vary in Antarctica and this should be taken into consideration before planning your expedition cruise.

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Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse - World's First Discovery Yacht

As the waiter hovered beside me, pen poised, I scanned the menu for the umpteenth time. But no matter how delicious the Michelin-star-inspired dishes sounded – including sea-line-caught sea bass with truffled cauliflower and caviar served with smoked candy floss or crab and yuzo Tobiko Uramaki sushi, – I knew what she wanted for lunch wasn’t on there.

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Black Bear

Wonderful Wildlife of Alaska

Alaska is a destination for true explorers and wildlife enthusiasts. With immense glaciers, deep fjords and vast stretches of wilderness, its scenery alone never fails to impress visitors. But it is the wildlife that people really come to see...

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Skellig Islands, Ireland

Expedition Close to Home

Recently, we have seen an exponential rise in cruise bookings and we couldn’t be more excited. Almost every member of our team at Panache Cruises has been lucky enough to step on board a cruise ship in the past few months and experience the thrill of cruising again post-pandemic.

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An Archipelago Time Forgot

I am so excited to share that in just a few months' time I will be lucky enough to fly half way around the world and set foot on islands which are remote, untouched, and mysterious. Very few tourists visit this stunning destination and that is thanks to the exceptional work put in by charities and conservation organisations to protect the natural environment and delicate ecosystems throughout the archipelago.

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Day to Day Expedition to Greenland, by an Expedition Guide

People often talk about their lives in terms of before Greenland and their life after Greenland. Such a profound impact it has, that most people end up returning to the largest island in the world, often several times. Aurora Expeditions does their Greenland voyages a bit differently to others.

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Jonny in the Galapagos

Explore the Galapagos with Celebrity

The Galapagos Islands. One of the most naturally beautiful and pristine regions on Earth. Famed for its abundance of fascinating wildlife, including the Giant Tortoise, the Blue-Footed Booby, Marine Iguanas, and Galapagos Penguins.

Celebrity Cruises' Jonny Peat ventured to the Galapagos on an exciting expedition and has kindly written about his personal experiences, as well as about why Celebrity Cruises are the best cruise operator in the Galapagos.

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Brand New Seabourn Venture!

Seabourn Venture will now be sailing on their inaugural itinerary from the UK! Sailing from 10th April 2022, the very first expedition cruise will be around the picturesque British Isles. Stroll through Tresco’s subtropical Abbey Gardens, explore Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature – and sample a “wee dram” at one of Islay’s whisky distilleries. Take a Zodiac cruise to Staffa Island with its otherworldly Fingal’s Cave, view Iona’s 6th-century abbey ruins, and visit vast seabird colonies on Lunga – aka, “Puffin island” – and Copinsay.

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Ponant, Antarctica

Ponant: Caring for the Planet

One area of luxury cruising which is gaining more and more international attention, growth, and funding is sustainability. "How can a cruise be sustainable?" you may ask. Well, each year, more cruise lines are looking to develop new ways of cruising which are more environmentally friendly. After all, cruising is a fantastic way to feel at one with nature and the ocean, so why not try to do this as gently and sustainably as possible?

PONANT is one such cruise line constantly looking to better their methods of sustainable cruising.

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Aurora Expeditions in Antarctica

Why visit Antarctica? Jos Dewing, Aurora Expeditions

When I first began my career in travel, I was working with two heritage cruise lines that both operated their winter seasons in Antarctica. And I became completely fascinated by the place. In fact, obsessed would be a more accurate description.

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