Wendy Wu Tours, the UK's number one Asia travel specialists, say cruise lovers are setting their sights on Asia. The Mekong, once seen as an adventurous destination for intrepid explorers, is now a serious contender to European rivers, including the Rhine and Danube. One of the best ways to explore life along the Mekong River is by ship and Wendy Wu Tours are set to shake up the Mekong River cruise market with the launch of their new, state-of-the-art, deluxe river cruise ship, Victoria Mekong. Billed as one of the most exciting and eagerly awaited cruise ship launches of 2019, Victoria Mekong takes river cruising to a new level adopting a stylish, contemporary design with an Asian twist. The ship makes its maiden voyage at the end of this year and will sail four group tours and two private tours through Vietnam and Cambodia.
State-of-the-art features on board include Victoria Mekong's signature cocktail pool and pool bar, contemporary Asia-themed bar and lounge with luxurious soft furnishings plus signature restaurant with locally-inspired menu showcasing native cuisine. The ship has 33 spacious deluxe cabins and two luxurious VIP suites, all with private balcony.
Aurora Expeditions, a world leader in polar voyaging, has responded to guest feedback by launching two new itineraries for its 2020/21 Arctic programme. Flexible in their approach to expeditionary voyaging and crafting itineraries that focus on the environment and wildlife, their customers have always been an intrinsic part of the voyaging experience.
In light of this commitment to their clientele, Aurora Expeditions asked for their help to decide which itineraries they would like included in the 2020/21 programme. Close to 1,000 people voted and chose the 'West Greenland Explorer' and 'Iceland Circumnavigation' as the top two itineraries to undertake with Aurora Expeditions on board new ship Greg Mortimer launching in October 2019.
“We asked our adventurous, well-travelled customer base which destinations they want to visit next, and we listened,” said Victoria Primrose, Head of Marketing and Product at Aurora Expeditions.
“Like the rest of the new 2020/21 programme, the 'West Greenland Explorer' and 'Iceland Circumnavigation' expeditions have been carefully curated to give passengers the opportunity to explore rugged and far-flung destinations. On these expeditions, passengers will have life-changing interactions and encounter dramatic landscapes; discovering some of the world's largest calving glaciers, ice fjords, black sand beaches, waterfalls and glacial lagoons."
For more information visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au
Argyll based cruise line Argyll Cruising has launched its 2020 itinerary, which sees the family-owned company build on its current formula of offering bespoke active cruises allowing guests more time to explore the area and less time sailing between locations.
All pics courtesy of Argyll Cruising (don't they just want to make you BE there?)
The new itinerary, available to book on Argyll Cruising’s website, incorporates history, culture , wildlife and onshore activities. A highlight is the return of the Corryvreckan to the Shiants cruise. This bucket list trip combines the incredible Corryvreckan, the world’s third largest whirlpool, with the tranquillity of Iona. En route sail past Skye's majestic black Cuillin mountains before heading to the Shiant Islands, home to a quarter of a million puffins in spring and summer.
Other highlights include spring and autumn Clyde coast trips taking in some of Scotland’s best-loved holiday hotspots, including the islands of Arran and Bute and holiday destinations Millport and Tarbert. Summer mini-cruises to Mull also return which include a visit to Fingal’s Cave on Staffa.
Shore Manager Jamie Duncan is delighted with the 2020 cruise itinerary saying: “As 2020 is VisitScotland's Year of Coast and Waters, it will be a big year for Scotland’s coastal communities with more people than ever flocking to the coast. As a small cruise company we wanted to offer something different, we’ve listened to guest’s feedback and come up with a cruise calendar which we believe will be hard to beat. The theme of each cruise reflects the best time to see each area. For example, we’ve chosen our Glorious Gardens cruises in spring and autumn and our wildlife cruises take place during optimal times to see incredible species in their natural environment.”
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