Meeting new people and sharing an unforgettable experience. Spotting a whale breaching and fin slapping in the deep blue sea. Re-telling stories to family and friends over wine and food on the return from your trip. These are experiences that make a holiday meaningful.
Iceland is without a doubt one of the most iconic destinations to travel to. The 'land of fire and ice' deserves its name, as the power of nature on this tiny - but mighty - island draws millions of tourists each year to marvel at its rugged beauty.
Ponant’s fleet of luxury, small ship vessels draw an international client base. Guests from the US, Australia, Europe and of course, their home country of France are to be found on every voyage. Le Lyrial was launched in 2015 and has an ice classification (1C) hull, which enables her to sail in both the Polar regions. Her 6 decks and shallow draft of just 15ft, mean that she is able to navigate into much smaller ports than many other vessels – making her a perfect expedition style, luxury cruiser.
"In April 2019, I was fortunate enough to travel to Canada to experience the wonders of the Rocky Mountaineer with their 'First Passage to the West' itinerary. This is a fantastic train experience from Vancouver that is often partnered with an Alaskan cruise.
The anticipation of getting up close to nature in its most raw form is immense. The mind buzzes with a hundred questions of ‘what will I see’, ‘what should I pack’, ‘what will the weather be like’, ‘do I take every camera I have ever owned to get the shot’, ‘how do I get into a Zodiac’… Well, here are a few pointers to get you started.
After the nightmare that has been the Covid pandemic, we are all ready to get back out there and travel.
I don’t think it’s just me thinking that now, after not being on a holiday in well over a year, instead of booking a regular holiday, why not book something epic? If we have learned anything from this ongoing situation, it’s that we cannot sit and wait for things to happen. No longer will I say “maybe I’ll go there one day” – no, I’m going to just book it!
Year on year luxury expedition cruising has grown exponentially and over the next decade it is set to become a forerunner in the industry, especially in light of the pandemic and a growing demand for long-haul, ‘bucket list’ trips.
When ships set sail again, it's likely that cruisers will want to book life-changing voyages offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It's expected that regions like the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Galapagos Islands will become the next expedition hotspots, and we can see why.
Home to eight national parks and 20 of the highest mountains in the U.S.A., Alaska is arguably the most epic state. But when you visit Alaska, somehow epic just doesn’t seem to cut it. If you long to explore places with natural wonders that leave you feeling insignificant in their presence, then you should opt for luxury Alaska cruises.