Out of This World

The wildlife-rich subantarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand are among the many highlights of Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s 35-day ‘Epic Antarctica’ itinerary.

Out of This World
1 AN EPIC VOYAGE

The wildlife-rich subantarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand are among the many highlights of Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s 35-day ‘Epic Antarctica’ itinerary. The voyage will be among the first for the company’s first polar new-build, the 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance, and takes guests to the Ross Sea ice shelf and the world’s largest colony of Adélie penguins. The first of two departures sails from Ushuaia on 28 December 2020 bound for Dunedin, with a reverse voyage departing on 28 January 2021. au.expeditions.com

2 THE HYBRID FUTURE

Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen heralds a new era of hybridpowered expedition cruising. For the first time in history, cutting-edge green technology will propel travellers to far-flung destinations across Antarctica, Alaska, the Northwest Passage and the Americas. The new ship – named for Norway’s legendary explorer and first man to the South Pole – combines Amundsen’s passion for discovery with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of exploration experience, ensuring a sustainable experience. hurtigruten.com

3 THE VIEW FROM ABOVE

Polar landscapes are awe-inspiring from on board a boutique expedition ship, but they’re even more wondrous when viewed from the sky. Quark Expeditions’ new technologically advanced ship Ultramarine will not only carry 20 Zodiacs but also two twin-engine helicopters. These machines invite adventurers to take in the breathtaking views for a completely different perspective. Passengers on Ultramarine will experience the remarkable aerial panoramas on a 15-minute flightseeing excursion included in the cost of their voyage. quarkexpeditions.com

4 VENTURE INTO EXPEDITIONS

Seabourn is set to welcome its first purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, in June 2021. The state-of-the-art vessel is designed to withstand polar extremes with a PC6 rating, and invites guests closer to the natural world with a fleet of kayaks, 24 Zodiacs and two custom submarines. Each ship will feature 132 verandah suites and relaxed guest areas. Like the cruise line’s luxury ships, Seabourn Venture will also include popular programs such as Spa & Wellness with Dr Andrew Weil and Seabourn Conversations, providing guests with expert insight into the history, ecology and culture of the places they visit. seabourn.com

5 A POLAR PIONEER

Explore the poles in unprecedented style aboard the first luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot. Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions’ landmark vessel is also the world’s first electric hybrid powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) designed for polar exploration. The 135-stateroom vessel is named for another French polar pioneer, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, and gives guests a chance to follow in his wake, albeit with Ponant’s signature ‘French touch’ and sophisticated amenities. With her PC2 Polar Class hull, Le Commandant Charcot will offer a range of exclusive, intense itineraries in seas where other ships cannot go, starting with North Pole journeys in April/September 2021. au.ponant.com

6 A WILD ESCAPE

Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast is one of the world’s most striking destinations, and it is best seen by yacht. The Great Escape Charter Company has been exploring this region for 20 years and has refined the adventure aboard its newly refurbished 26-metre catamaran. With only 14 guests, but three expedition tenders and a dedicated helicopter on deck, this is no ordinary cruise. There are no set itineraries, meaning each day is yours to create, whether you choose to go hiking, fishing or touring by air. greatescapecruises.com.au

7 A WORLD OF EXPEDITIONS

Expect back-to-back-to-back adventure and discovery on the world’s first-ever expedition world cruise, ‘The Uncharted World Tour’. Silversea’s 254-passenger ice-class vessel, Silver Cloud, sets sail on 30 January 2021 from Ushuaia, Chile, arriving in Tromsø, Norway on 16 July. Over 167 days, travellers will call at 107 of the most fascinating destinations in 30 countries, six of which are all-new ports of call for the cruise line: Naxos, Folegrandos and Nafpaktos, Greece; Ksamil, Albania; Béjaïa, Algeria; and Fort William, Scotland. silversea.com

8 MARQUESAS MARVELS

Cast in the Pacific Ocean nearly 5,000 kilometres from the nearest continental landmass, the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia is a destination for the adventurous. Aranui Cruises’ 126-metre mixed cargo and passenger vessel, Aranui 5, acts as a lifeline between the islands and the rest of Tahiti, delivering vital supplies while guests experience the Marquesas’ volcanic shores. The 13-day cruise departs Papeete regularly and visits nine French Polynesian islands. aranuicruises.com.au

9 AN INSPIRATIONAL NEW VOYAGE

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will launch the second of its three structurally identical expedition ships in October. Like her sister HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration is a small and manoeuvrable 230-guest vessel, designed to explore the world from the Amazon to the Arctic. Her cutting-edge technology and PC6 ice class rating are complemented by a sophisticated onboard experience. Watch whales swimming below while standing on one of two extendible glass balconies; go snorkelling from the marina; relax with a massage at the spa; and explore Japanese and Peruvian cuisines at The Nikkei specialty restaurant. Following her launch, HANSEATIC inspiration will cross the Atlantic for a voyage down the coast of South America, before undertaking a series of polar adventures that will take passengers to Antarctica. hl-cruises.com

10 POLE TO POLE

Experience the world’s polar extremes with two of Abercrombie & Kent’s exclusive voyages, both led by an award-winning expedition team. Heading south on 16 January 2020, ‘Antarctic Discovery: Palmer’s Bicentennial Expedition’ commemorates the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica with a 15-day round-trip voyage from Argentina aboard Le Lyrial. Then, during the long days of the midnight sun, A&K will venture north for a 15-day voyage, ‘Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear’, from Norway to Greenland and Iceland, departing 31 July.