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WINTER HOLIDAY CABINS BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

Cabin space is still available for the winter 2017 holiday season on small-ship cruises to such coveted destinations as Antarctica, Baja California, Costa Rica, the Galapagos and Cuba, reports AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world.

Antarctica
Travelers who want to maximize opportunities for wildlife encounters on land and sea can still book passage on one of three Antarctica programs inclusive of air transfers across Drake Passage. This segment of a cruise normally consumes several days of at-sea-only travel both coming and going. Popular air cruises fly guests over the often-turbulent Drake Passage, turning a two-day crossing into two hours. Following are air cruise departures with space available as of mid August. For more information and specifics on all the various itineraries offered by AdventureSmith Explorations please see Antarctica cruises.

  • If booked before Aug. 31, 2017, clients receive a 20 percent discount on a mid-December departure Dec. 15-22 of Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake. Also available are Dec. 16-23and Dec. 20-30 departures. This eight-day itinerary is from $9,495 per person double on the 132-passenger Ocean Adventurer or the 108-passenger Island Sky.
  • Antarctica Air Cruise offers three holiday departures still with availability: Dec. 16-23Dec. 21-28 and Dec. 22-29. This cruise is eight days from $10,995 per person double on the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 71-guest Hebridean Sky XXI.
  • Polar Circle Air Cruise picks up the holiday slack with its Jan. 1-10, 2018, departure for 10 days from $14,495 per person double aboard the 72-guest Ocean Nova.
  • There is still ample space on a non-air cruise, the 11-day Antarctic Explorer expedition, an 11-day journey from $5,995 per person double, exclusive of the air cruise benefit. Four ships carrying from 132 to 199 passengers conduct this cruise.

Baja California and Costa Rica
Two very popular, close-to-home small ship cruise destinations as of late summer have good holiday cabin availability to accommodate families and groups. Some programs include special offers. Baja cruises in late December and early January coincide with the beginning of the peak season for viewing gray whales and for snorkeling with sea lions.

  • Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez has holiday availability on Dec. 14-22and Dec. 22Jan. 2 departures. This is a 12-day adventure from $5,250 per person double aboard the eight-guest yacht Westward.
  • Baja’s Bounty accommodates the holidays with departures Dec. 16-23Dec. 23-30Dec. 30Jan. 6 and Jan. 6-13 The Dec. 16 and Jan. 6 programs come with a bonus of $800 off on cabins booked by Sept. 30, 2017. This cruise is over eight days from $2,995 per person double aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavor.

Friendly, tropical and easy-to-access, Costa Rica is a holiday destination primed for families. Small ships provide easy, inclusive access to rain and cloud forests, tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, waterfalls and beaches. Whale watching ramps up this time of year, with the season for humpback whales running January through March. Holiday cruise options include $800 off the cabin rate and free round trip from Miami on some trips if booked by Sept. 30, 2017.

  • Unveiled Wonders: Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec. 15-23 ($800 off cabin rate), Dec. 22-30Dec. 29Jan. 6 and Jan. 5-13. This is a nine-day program from $4,395 per person double aboard the 62-guest Safari Voyager.
  • Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec.16-23Dec.23-30Dec. 30Jan 6 and Jan. 6-13, all with free round-trip airfare from Miami. For eight days from $5,990 per person double guests enjoy the hospitality of the brand-new 100-guest National Geographic Quest.
  • Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec. 30Jan. 6 and Jan. 6-13 aboard the 34-guest Callisto for eight days from $2,790 per person double.

In addition, numerous Costa Rica lodge-based trips have availability. Please see AdventureSmith’s Costa Rica page for more trips.

Galapagos Islands
Although the Galapagos Islandsoffer sailings year-round, warmer water temperatures make the region highly sought-after come December for snorkeling and swimming. As AdventureSmith’s most popular holiday destination, it’s the first to sell out. However there’s still availability on the 16-guest Seaman Journey and Sea Star Journey sister ships for four days from $2,529 per person double; on the 90-guest Santa Cruz for five days from $3,388 per person double; on the 40-guest Isabela II for five days from $3,268 and on the 48-guest La Pinta for five days from $4,136 per person double.

Cuba
The Cuba by Land & Sea Cruise aboard the 46-guest mega yacht Harmony V comes with the expert team at Lindblad-National Geographic. The 11-day trip is from $9,500 per person double.

Active vacationers might also want to consider a Peru trekking adventure that pairs day hikes with nights in remote lodges. Amazon cruises are also a warm-weather option for winter travel. While they sail year-round, December and January departures come with high water season, which typically runs from November through May. During this time rivers, creeks and lakes are more navigable, as the waters are some 23 feet higher. This brings passengers closer to the canopy and wildlife.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2017-2018 reservations, please call 900-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations – Think Outside the Boat!
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler‘s prestigious World’s Top Travel Specialists List as the leading expert on small ship expeditions.

POSEIDON EXPEDITION SAVINGS

 Polar cruise expert Poseidon Expeditions , a leading name in the expedition cruise industry, adds seasonal offers to its small-ship explorations of Antarctica, where ice covers 98 percent of the continent’s surface and which is inhabited with fewer than 150 people living permanently on its 5,400,000 square miles.

Working from a base of $9,195 per person, double, for a 250-square-foot Main Deck Suite, savings of $2,000 per person are available for all double-occupancy categories for two 12-day/11-night Antarctic Peninsula voyages: Nov.24-Dec.5and Dec. 4-15, 2017. These savings are also in effect for the Dec.14-25, 2017 departure, with rates starting at $10,195 per person.

Guests looking for a longer adventure that dips below the Antarctic Circle can also save $2,000 per person on the 14-day/13-night Wildest Antarctic voyage, where rates start at just $11,995 per person, double.

Aboard the M/V Sea Spirit, guests depart the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, Argentina. These expeditions of the Antarctic Peninsula – Best of Antarctica maximize shipboard life while experiencing Drake Passage both coming and going, as guests watch the antics of bird and marine life – Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross, for example – and enjoy the excitement of crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Snow- and glacier-covered peaks loom above protected bays and narrow channels. Icebergs complete a portrait of incomparable beauty, home to a variety of whale and sea species. The region is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities.

The first sighting of land are the South Shetland Islands, the northernmost islands in Antarctica, a wild and beautiful island chain of abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. After moving south the vast Gerlache Strait reveals sheltered bays and accessible wildlife (feeding whales, seals on ice floes and bustling penguin colonies). Then comes “Kodak Gap” in the Lemaire Channel where iceberg-strewn waters compel shutterbugs to take their last pictures before disembarking.

Rates includes airport and ship transfers, a hotel overnight before embarkation, shipboard accommodation aboard the Sea Spirit, all meals on board, a 24-hour tea and coffee station, all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions). leadership throughout the voyage by an  experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team, branded Poseidon Expeditions parka, rubber boots for shore landings to be used during the cruise, welcome and farewell cocktails, all port fees, pre-departure materials and a digital Voyage Log.

For more details please the complete 2017-18 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at www.poseidonexpeditions.com. An 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, individuals and agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555.

In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions
With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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