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Epic Total Solar Eclipse on a Cruise to Antarctica

Here’s a bucket list trip that doesn’t come around often.  If you want to take a once in a lifetime adventure, read on…

Back in 2003 Quark Expeditions became the first and only operator to successfully lead a Total Solar Eclipse sailing to the 7th continent, Antarctica.

The next total solar eclipse in Antarctica will be happening on December 4, 2021.  Quark will have 2 scheduled expeditions to witness this rare occurrence.

They’ll have world-renowned Eclipse experts like Mr. Eclipse Fred Espenak, Babak Tafreshi, and David Baron onboard to host talks and presentations.

One voyage includes the Antarctic Peninsula and wildlife-rich South Georgia, while the second also travels to the remote Falkland Islands. Both journeys highlight the wonders of an Antarctic expedition: towering icebergs, glaciers, whales, penguin rookeries, walruses, seals and other iconic wildlife, as well as visits to significant historic sites.

There will be several cruise and tour operators that will be offering Total Solar Eclipse expeditions.  Feel free to contact me to discuss what option is best for you.  And don’t forget to sign up for updates below.

 

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Iceland Travel & Photography Adventure with Contiki

A photography journey with 2 professional photographers, exploring the best of Iceland’s natural beauty

Calling all travelers 35 and under.  Contiki launched a new itinerary called Iceland Photography Workshop and it’s hosted by 2 photographers:
– Jeremiah Davis (Instagram @ThatOneBlondKid)
– Jacob Riglin (Instagram @Jacob)

They both have huge following on Instagram.  Check out their Instagram accounts!

Contiki has hand picked Iceland’s most unique natural beauty for this Iceland workshop trip.  A week of travelling, teaching, creating, and collaborating.  With on-site tips for camera settings and angles, and real-world practice.  Whether your style is travel, portraits, music, brands, or drones, Jeremiah and Jacob have you covered with both photo and video.

The itinerary is 6 days from Reykjavik round trip.

Arrive on day one and meet the group, tour guides, along with Jacob & Jeremiah.

Day 2 – Explore the Icelandic wild in the Golden Circle. You’ll shoot the turquoise water ravines and the erupting geothermal geysers with Jacob and Jeremiah by your side. In the evening, eat dinner and gather for workshop sessions on Photoshop, and video editing.

Day 3 – Travel from Vik to Skaftafell to see more natural wonders. Vast pavements of volcanic rock await, as do rivers and glaciers. Finally, capture the canyon and volcano of Eldgjá, then finish up the day with workshop sessions on Lightroom and Drone piloting.

Day 4 – Travel from Skaftafell to Selfoss.  See the best of the south shore, exploring iconic black beaches and magnificent waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may see pony-sized wild horses with teal blue eyes.

Day 5 – Travel from Selfoss back to Reykjavik.  Capture one of the most memorable Icelandic locations: The Blue Lagoon. Spend a few hours at the naturally warm blue pool. After that, we’ll finish the trip with one final workshop session on business development, leaving you with the tools and inspiration to make content your career.

Day 6 – Say goodbye to the new friends you make and head back home – or you can look to extend your trip in Iceland or elsewhere.

If you love travel and photography, or just want to visit Iceland, this is an amazing trip!

Contiki is a tour company exclusively for 18-35 year old.  They offer budget, adventure, and many different types of travel.  If you’re under 35, this is a great way to travel and meet new people.  My very first ever tour was with Contiki to Italy, and i absolutely loved it.  It was great meeting new friends and it was the start of my love for travel!

If you have any questions on this or anything else travel, please call me anytime at 305-814-8184!

Adventure river cruise in the U.S. with Uncruise

Uncruise is a small ship adventure company started in 1996.  They sail in Alaska, Galapagos, Hawaii, Latin America, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest.  And if you’re feeling a river cruise, they’ve got one right here in the US – Columbia & Snake Rivers.
The Columbia & Snake rivers is the recreational mecca of the rivers.  For the adventurer, you can explore by kayak, raft, skiff, swim or a hike.
This cruise is not a sit on the sideline cruise.  You’re in the middle of it all.  Each day the great outdoors calls:  Coulees (pronounced coolees) and canyons, evergreen forests, and dramatic basalt (busalts) cliffs.  You can explore the rivers’ trails by foot or by bike, and along the shore by kayak and raft.  Or you can opt to focus on wine, craft beer, and culinary touring and tasting at vineyards, wineries, breweries, and cideries. The areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers are like California’s Sonoma Valley winemaking region.  It is a blossoming wine region and the quality of wine is astounding!  There are new award-winning wineries opening all the time.
Plus, get a dose of history and geology.  Follow the path of Lewis and Clark from desert to rainforest.

There are 2 itineraries:

Rivers of Adventure – 7 night cruise from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington (or you can do the reverse).  
INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
  • River rafting trip
  • Hike, kayak, swim, and skiff at: Palouse Falls State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, and Ft. Clatsop, a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Multnomah Falls walk and visit
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Bike (or shuttle) and wine outing in Hood River Valley
  • Rowena Overlook hikes at Tom McCall Nature Preserve
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member
  • Narration by natural and cultural history guides
Rivers of Wine & Culinary – 7 night cruise from Portland round trip.
INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Onboard sommelier (sumulyay) and farm to table culinary demos
  • Winery tours in Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Willamette Valley
  • Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge
  • Wine, craft brews, kombucha, and cider tastings
  • Wine-pairing lunch and cooking demo at Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
  • Food and beverage demo with a local chef in Astoria
  • Local culinary delights at historic Gesa Power House Theater
  • Rodin sculptures, European paintings, Native artifacts, and Northwest art at the Maryhill Museum
How will you be getting from point A to point B?  On the S.S. Legacy which is a 90 passenger replica of an early 20th century coastal steam ship with a Victorian look and feel.  If is a wonderful ship!
Uncruise also has some fantastic theme cruises set for 2020.
There’s an Insiders theme cruise, here you’ll be taken behind the scenes with people who live and breathe in the places you explore.
If you love birds, there are Birding cruises, with birding experts on board.
And if you have a love of photography as I do, there are some great photography cruises with the pros .
Uncruise is all about small ships, BIG adventures.  Their small ships are intimate with no more than 90 guests on any itinerary.  Guides have vast and deep experience, plus an impressive collection of advanced degrees in curiosity peaking subjects from whales to fungi to geology.
If you have any questions on Uncruise, or anything else, please feel free to reach out to us 7 days a week.

Experience land tours on this new ALL ELECTRIC vessel!

Hurtigruten will introduce a new all electric vessel for excursions for next spring, 2020.  The MS Bard is a battery powered catamarans custom-built for Polar water exploration.

The catamaran will operate daily excursions on batteries for up to 10 hours from her home-port Longyearbyen – on the Arctic island of Svalbard.  The MS Bard is just about 80 feet long and can accommodate up to 140 guests traveling along the Norwegian coast.

This is great news for the cruising industry!  Hurtigruten is taking the lead in sustainable travel and they are huge advocates of stricter rules and regulations on the entire cruise industry.  Go Hurtigruten!

Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Arctic Canada, and Antarctica.

If you have any questions about Hurtigruten or would like to discuss itineraries, please feel free to call 305-814-8184 or send us an email here!


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The Ultimate Adventure – Silversea announces Expedition World Cruise for 2021

Silversea has added a second world cruise to their 2021 schedule.  But this 2nd one is no ordinary world cruise.   

It is the “The Uncharted World”, and it’s the first-ever expedition world cruise sailing from Antarctica to the Arctic.  The 167 voyage starts in Ushuaia, Argentina and sails northbound to Tromso, Norway on July 16 visiting 107 ports in 30 countries.  

Sail on the Silver Cloud, the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising.  Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. With 18-brand new Zodiacs and a pole to pole expedition itinerary, Silver Cloud really does break the ice between expedition and luxury.  

Some of the highlights of this unforgettable cruise: 

  • Antarctica 
  • Chilean Fjords 
  • Easter Island 
  • French Polynesian Islands including Papeete, Bora Bora, the Cook Islands 
  • Fiji and other South Pacific islands 
  • Oceania, including Papua New Guinea 
  • Kimberly coast in Australia 
  • Indonesia 
  • Singaport 
  • Sri Lanka and Cochin 
  • India 
  • Greek Islands 
  • Portugal 
  • Iceland 

“Building on our already remarkable World Cruise offering, Silversea will become the first ever cruise line to launch an Expedition World Cruise in 2021,” Silversea Cruises CEO Roberto Martinoli said. “This momentous voyage is the result of 10 years of experience and industry-leading knowledge—qualities which enable us to unlock remarkable travel experiences for our guests and have contributed to our reputation as the industry leader.” 

What’s Included: 

Luxurious benefits that ensure you travel in comfort and that add an array of enriching cultural events make this voyage-of-a-lifetime an even more extraordinary experience.  

  • Business Class Air*  
  • Charter Flight from Santiago de Ushuaia  
  • Bon Voyage reception and Overnight accommodation (pre-voyage)  
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to pier and private transfer post cruise from pier to airport  
  • $2,000 Onboard Spending Credit (per guest)  
  • Exclusive World Cruise Events  
  • All Excursions  
  • Special Commemorative Expedition Gear Gifts  
  • Laundry Service  
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi**  
  • Medical Services  
  • Visa Package***  

*Available from selected gateways/countries. Non-use air credit available for other countries  
**Limited internet access in Antarctica  
***For USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only 

Reservations for both World Cruise and the Expedition World Cruise open in March and will be in high demand.  To learn more and to get on a wait list, please call us at 305-814-8184 or email us here.

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