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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Summer Cruises in a Tall Ship

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If you are still wondering about what to do for a holiday this summer and you fancy a cruise with a difference, then consider one of the following adventures with Star Clippers.

They offer cruises in the Adriatic, around Italy and explore the islands of Greece. With the length of cruise varying from 4 to 12 nights there is plenty to tempt you. Perhaps consider one of the shorter trips if you have never cruised before or link it with a special event such as the Monaco Grand Prix. Prices include flights and transfers abroad – all you have to do is to enjoy being under sail, providing the wind blows, and visiting wonderful destinations. And you only have to unpack once.

 To discuss the options available then please get in touch:  tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

 

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Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Cruise The Columbia and Snake River, Western USA

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S.S Legacy – Courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

If you are planning to a trip to the West of the USA or Canada and would like to see this fascinating country from another perspective, then book your cruise aboard the S.S. Legacy.
This is 88 guest replica coastal steamer with period décor, modern facilities and an itinerary that will take you back through the history of the region. On board re-enactment teams help to bring the history to life and experts explain the scenes over the 7 day cruise.
Guided visits onshore to museums and forts and the towering Multnomah Falls ensure your days are filled with interests and a chance to visit (and taste) a Washington State winery.
Also included is a jetboat trip into Hells Canyon. This Heritage Adventure includes all meals, most drinks, the tours and hot tub, sauna and a complimentary massage.
Please get in touch to book your place on this historic cruise on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Cruise around Cuba for Valentine’s Day

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If you are looking to make next Valentine’s day something really special then we think we have something that should impress your partner. You could be strolling the streets of Havana on your way to a restaurant for a warm romantic dinner and then perhaps head on to sample the famous Havana nightlife.
Nor does it stop there; after 3 days exploring Havana, with its history, culture, archetecture and famous vehicles, you join the Star Flyer, one of Star Clippers wonderful fleet, and cruise the amazing Cuban coast. This is a first for cruising and doing it this way is to do it in a style that is unique to Star Clipper. The island’s coast is ideal for sailing, with many beautiful anchorages and uninhabited beaches for you to explore or just relax. All the while the facilities of the Star Flyer are to hand.
You will be sailing for 7 nights and visiting places like Cayo Blanco, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman before making your way back to Havana. Here you have another night in the same hotel, and a last chance to enjoy the Cuban culture, before you catch your flight back to the UK
All of this for £2399 per person which includes the flights.
You also have the option of extending your stay in Cuba at the end of the cruise in a 5 star hotel in Varadero for 4 nights, which will take the total cost to £3185 per person.
To be one of the first to sail the Cuba cruise (apart from various pirates and navies in the past), all you have to do is contact us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Cruise America’s New Vehicle One-Way Special

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LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Cruise America are pleased to introduce a new vehicle rental special in order to help transfer their new vehicle fleet purchases beginning in Spring 2014. The new vehicles will be rolling off production lines and shipping to their nearby Chicago station (Franklin Park, Illinois). They are now offering the following one-way specials to help facilitate relocating the new vehicles:

All departures shall be from our Chicago with the following starting dates:

Chicago to Seattle: C25 – Dept starting April 22, 2014 must arrive by May 21, 2014.

Chicago to Seattle: C30 – Dept starting April 22, 2014 must arrive by May 21, 2014.

If you would like more information on these fantastic limited offers, please call us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk but be quick the take up on these vehicles is a very popular.

Come aboard a Star Clipper Cruise…

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Star Clipper Cruises offer a new age of sail on authentic Tall Ships, where the traditions of the past are combined with the modern comforts and amenities of the present, perfect for cruising in casual elegance. Star Clipper itineraries range from the sun-kissed Mediterranean to the exotic Far East and the Caribbean so why not book to come aboard the Star Clipper, Star Flyer or the flagship Royal Clipper, the largest fully rigged sailing ship in the world today.

Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both 360 feet long and each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like travelling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined, as each ship offers pleasingly spacious accommodation and expansive teak decks with ample space for relaxing and play. In fact, you’ll find that these ships offer more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.
The Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yachts. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style.
A full 18,940 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment. Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger look-out “crow’s-nests”, thoughtfully furnished with comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all! Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a 3-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly-appointed dining room, where you’ll enjoy deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code. A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports and diving. The ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of the spa and health club, which features underwater glass portholes!
Should this style of cruise be for you and you would like more information then please contact us on 01323 446550 or e-mail us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Christmas in Sydney…and a Cruise

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Sydney for Christmas this year and have yet to decide how to see the festivities in, then the following should definitely be on your consideration list.

Adventure cruise specialists North Star Cruises are offering the ‘Sydney Rocks’ cruise 25th-29th December 2014 sailing Sydney – Hawksbury – Sydney.

Without doubt, the epicentre of excitement over the Christmas and New Year festive season is Sydney Harbour, and being outrageously spoilt aboard True North with your friends is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday! The Sydney Rocks voyage begins with a gourmet Christmas dinner harbour cruise, before waking on the water on Boxing Day for the start of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race! True North has the box seat as the fleet charges up the harbour toward the heads, and the excitement of the event is evident across the whole city. The cruise continues with a gentle two-day recovery at Maitland Bay and the beautiful Hawksbury estuary, with the opportunity for shore visits and a trip over the Blue Mountains escarpment in the ships helicopter.

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North Star Cruises’ ship, the True North, is 164 feet long with a seven foot draft. The ship was purpose-built to sail deep into the very heart of wilderness areas that larger ships simply cannot access. The True North features a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship’s lounge, an alfresco bar and a sports deck. The ship’s naturalist presents interpretative information on plasma screens and, an internet café enables convenient communication with the outside world.

The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Australian wines. Signature dining includes freshly caught barramundi – a revered sport fish possibly caught by guests, Angus or delicate Wagyu beef, or exquisite Australian lamb.

Places are very limited so give us a call to book your place for a Christmas to remember.

Tel: 01323 446550
Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Cruising the Panama Canal

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Picture courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

Picture courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

I know it seems a long way off yet but if you are starting to think about your 2017 holiday why not look at something unique – sailing through the Panama Canal on a ship that carries just 64 passengers.

During this seven night cruise you will start off in Panama City. From there you will have an amazing opportunity to experience the untouched Darién Jungle. You will explore the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot and travel down the Mogue River by motorised dugout canoe. Your expedition guide will be on hand to help you identify the many species of wildlife that live in the jungle.

Explore the flora and fauna of the mostly uninhabited Pearl Islands. At certain times of the year this is where you will be able to see dolphins and humpbacks so keep your eyes peeled.

At the Mira Flores Locks you will travel the 48 miles of the Panama Canal as you go between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. You will learn the history of this important waterway with a presentation from the Panama Canal Authority.

Take a step back in time as you walk among the battlements and canon of San Lorenzo Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Changres River is Panama’s largest river and was the used to transport the Incan gold in Colonial times. As you experience the river first hand by paddle board and kayak look out for the hundreds of birds and other wildlife that surround you.

Ever had the dream of being on a stunning white sand beach surrounded by nothing but palm trees then this will become a reality as you visit some of the 360 islands that make up Guna Yala. Experience daily life as you visit a village and spend time with the locals. Visit the market and buy a souvenir or a gift for friends and family.

This is a new cruise and with only 32 cabins don’t wait as it’s likely to sell quickly, call us today on 01313 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk for more information about your next bespoke tailor made adventure.

Un-Cruise Adventures

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Courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

Courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

Un-Cruise Adventures offers an alternative to traditional cruises by taking guests into areas inaccessible to large ships and on excursions that are exclusive, unconventional and unmatched.  Un-Cruise cruise Alaska, Central America, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Galápagos, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, and the Pacific Northwest.

Experience an adventure or river cruise… paddle a kayak. hike on a glacier, go eye-to-eye with wildlife, embrace the wilderness, travel back in time.

Adventure Cruises:- Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking, snorkelling, inflatable skiff excursions and cultural encounters top the agenda. Un-Cruise experiential cruise vacations are delivered from a variety of platforms and, depending on your choices, will accommodate from 22 to 84 like-minded guests. Un-Cruise provide the adventure, equipment, opportunities, fun, expert crew, expedition guides, and the vessel. The rest… is up to you.

River Cruises: – Travelling nearly 1,000 miles upriver and down, the generously inclusive river cruises provide the best value available on the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers. Included shore excursions, a complimentary massage, wellness program, spirits and beverages, on board historians, living history programs, visits to boutique wineries, exclusive one-on-one interactions with locals, port fees and taxes, no long lines or hours on a bus, and you’re never far from the riverbank. Travelling aboard the 88-guest replica turn-of-the-century steamer—a style of vessel that has been on these rivers for over 100 years—offers you the conveniences of today with the feel of yesteryear. Enjoy the old-world charm of the newly-refurbished: S.S. Legacy

Below are a few short videos of some warmer destinations to give you a glimpse of how wonderful and exciting going on an Un-Cruise adventure could be!! 

Mexico Activities: Vimeo- https://vimeo.com/135410897

Hawaii Activities: Vimeo- https://youtu.be/icso0T51pt8

Molokai Vimeo- https://vimeo.com/134357706

On the 26th & 27th September Experience Holidays will be at the Manchester Cruise Show along with Un-Cruise promoting their fantastic cruises.  As part of our support Un-Cruse have put together some exclusive offers just for us so we can save you £££.  If you would like more information on these exclusive offers please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk  

Please take a look at the Un-Cruise Adventures website for the full exciting details on – Un-Cruise Adventures  then contact us at Experience Holidays to book your very own Un-Cruise Adventure!

 

The North Pole and Polar Bears

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It is just over a hundred years since man first reached the North Pole and now you could follow suit. If you truly want to stand on the top of the world – then you can!

Truly one of the “Once in a lifetime” experiences.

Board a nuclear powered icebreaker in Murmansk, Russia to start this amazing journey and then head due north. Whale watching along the route is part of the excitement and landing on Franz Joseph Land will give you the chance of seeing polar bears and the other polar wildlife.

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In case that was not enough for you, there is a helicopter on board the ship to give you thrilling flights over the pack ice.

So if you ever dreamed of standing on top of the world, it is just a phone call or email away.

For more information please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Pictures Credited to Kirsten LeMar and John Weller – Natural Habitat Adventures

Bonus for single travellers with Oceania Cruises

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One of the emails in this mornings crop caught my eye.  Oceania Cruises are offering discounted single supplements on selected cruises, plus on board credit allowance.  If you are travelling as a single person and looking for some late opportunities, call us on 01323 446550

Ship                     Date                                 Supplement                               On-board Spend                                          
Marina 2nd May  50% $500
Marina 22nd May 50% $500
Riviera  26th May 50% $500
Marina 6th June 50% No obs 
Marina 18th June 50% $500
Regatta  27th July 50% No obs 
Rivera  3rd Nov 50% $500

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