Azamara Announces New Explorations for 2022 and 2023
More Country-Intensive℠ Itineraries
In 2022 and 2023 destination-focused cruise line Azamara will offer over 80 new itineraries with more than 170 overnights and 300 late night stays. The brand is furthering its commitment to in-depth exploration by connecting guests to local life and culture.
“As the leader in Destination Immersion®, we are always enthusiastic about sharing our new deployment, this year it’s even more special as we have the opportunity to announce an extension of our country intensive voyages,” says Chief Operating Officer, Carol Cabezas. “When working on itineraries for 2022/2023, our goal was to invite new and returning guests to explore places they have never visited before or connect guests to a country they have travelled to before, but including ports that allow for a new experience.”
With over 275 ports of call in more than 70 countries, 26 ports will be in Greece, with two maiden ports Syros and Tinos. Azamara will also include favourites including voyages to the Black Sea and Egypt-Israel intensive voyages. Further south, Azamara will include South Africa Intensive voyages.
More information on Azamara’s 2022 & 2023 deployment at azamara.co.uk/2022
Azamara is an upmarket cruise line with three mid-sized ships sailing the seven continents. The ships can dock in smaller, less-visited places. Azamara’s commitment to creating immersive experiences for travellers to connect with local cultures allows guests to journey deeper with longer stays, more overnights and night touring. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities and beverages.
Sailings for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ second new ship Borealis went on sale today, 15 September. The inaugural programme features new 2021 itineraries sailing from Liverpool. This follows the launch of Bolette, another new ship for the cruise line, which went on sale last week.
Borealis’ first cruise will be a six-night Scottish Lochs & Isles sailing, departing Liverpool 23 April 2021. This will be followed by a five-night Irish Capitals & Scottish Scenery cruise before the ship sets sail to the Mediterranean, Norway and Iceland.
The ship will sail almost exclusively from Liverpool across the 2021 and 2022 programme taking on five new itineraries as well as existing itineraries for Black Watch which was retired from the fleet in August. Guests booking any Borealis’ sailing for 2021 or 2022 by 30 September 2020 will receive up to £100pp to spend on board.
Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“It is exciting to have both of our new ships on sale and to be able to showcase some incredible itineraries. In addition to taking on Black Watch’s sailings, Borealis will also take guests on a number of new cruises offering opportunities to witness the natural beauty of closer-to-home islands around the UK, seek out the Northern Lights, from where Borealis takes her name and recharge on a Spanish City Break in the run up to Christmas next year. Importantly, the new ships will still offer that Fred. Olsen experience our guests have come to know and love, with familiar venues and faces on board, but with a range of new facilities, too.
Liverpool City Council Head of City Assets, Angie Redhead said: "We are delighted that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has chosen Liverpool as the home port for new ship, Borealis. It is a wonderful show of commitment to our city and reinforces the already strong partnership we have with them.”
Highlights of Borealis’ inaugural cruise programme include:
Six-night S2107 Scottish Lochs & Isles cruise departing Liverpool on 23 April 2021. Prices from £599 pp.
Ports of call: Liverpool – Belfast – Cruising Loch Torridon – Cruising Loch Broom – Cruising Loch Eriboll – Lerwick, Shetland Islands – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – Liverpool
16-night S2126 In Search of Aurora Borealis cruise departing from Liverpool on 16 November 2021. Prices from £1,999 pp.
Ports of call: Liverpool – Belfast – Ålesund, Norway – Crossing the Arctic Circle – Tromsø, Norway – Alta, Norway – Hammerfest, Norway – Narvik, Norway – Trondheim, Norway – Liverpool
14-night S2129 Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks cruise, departing Liverpool on 21 December 2021. Prices from £2,299 pp.
Ports of call: Liverpool – Santa Cruz, Tenerife – Arrecife, Lanzarote – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria – Santa Cruz, La Palma – San Sebastian, La Gomera – Funchal, Madeira – Liverpool
Book online, call reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Mon - Fri 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.
Specialist small-ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions offers ‘Siberia’s Forgotten Coast’ tour which explores Kamchatka’s remote coastline and supports the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper. The company is delighted with the latest news that 22 healthy chicks have been released into the wild.
Heritage Expeditions Commercial Director & Expedition Leader Aaron Russ says, “Having supported conservation efforts for the spoon-billed sandpiper since 2011, we are thrilled to learn of this latest success, part of international efforts to help save this incredible wader from extinction.”
Of the 30 eggs collected from Arctic breeding grounds, 22 chicks were successfully reared in captivity before being released recently into their natural habitat of Meinypil'gyno, Russia.
The head of BirdsRussia, a Russian NGO committed to the Conservation and Study of Wild Birds, Dr Evgeny Syroechkovskiy, explains, “The birds are healthy. All 'wards' were provided with tags before release so they can be tracked along the migration routes, which began in early August. We followed them every day documenting who stayed, who has flown away and who is doing what. "
The international ‘head-starting’ project which aims to preserve and increase the bird population was launched nine years ago with the participation of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, British Royal Society for the Conservation of Birds and the International Spoon-Billed Sandpiper Task Force of the EAAFP and is supported by the Chukotka Government.
These iconic wading birds only breed in Chukotka and northern Kamchatka in the Far East of Russia, a remote, largely inaccessible region, making it difficult for researchers attempting to identify potential new breeding sites for the birds.
However Heritage Expeditions whose purpose-built expedition ships allow them to reach otherwise isolated and inaccessible locations, have been able to support SBS conservation efforts by providing transport for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force and BirdsRussia. This has enabled researchers to visit parts of the 4,500-kilometre coastline in search of breeding pairs and discover new breeding sites. The company has also delivered a new boat and quad bike to assist research and even transported spoon-billed sandpiper eggs and chicks bound for a conservation breeding facility.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force Coordinator Dr Christoph Zöckler describes the partnership with Heritage Expeditions as a ground breaking example for future cooperation in modern conservation. "Nature conservation urgently needs more collaboration with tourists to enhance their efforts to save the ailing biodiversity on this planet. Our relationship with Heritage Expeditions is a win-win situation for both and an outstanding example of an effective relationship between a conservation group and the business sector."
Passengers who join the 14-day Siberia’s Forgotten Coast expedition will not only be able to view spoon-billed sandpipers in Meinypil’gyno the main breeding area in Chukotka, they will also have the chance to play an active role in locating breeding areas in locations never before surveyed.
Every day of the expedition reveals the richness and diversity of wildlife species. Highlights include the Commander Islands where sea otters, a variety of whale species and a plethora of sea birds from red-face cormorants to whiskered auklets may be seen, as well as the Govena Peninsula and the largely unknown Chukotka Coast, both of which are home to brown bears.
Heritage Expeditions’ next Siberia’s Forgotten Coast voyage departs from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy on 22nd June 2021. Prices from US$7380pp based on a triple share cabin and includes all meals during the voyage and expedition shore excursions.
Further information on spoon-billed sandpipers, visit: https://trips.heritage-expeditions.com/spoon-billed-sandpiper-conservation/
For further information on Siberia’s Forgotten Coast voyage, please visit: https://www.heritage-expeditions.com/destinations/russian-far-east-travel/siberia-kamchatka-cruise/
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