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Exploring The Marvels Of The Marquesas On The Aranui 5

One hundred eighteen islands and atolls comprise French Polynesia with five distinct archipelagoes: the Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Austral, and Gambier islands, so choices abound. Going off the beaten path a bit offers up profound beauty that’s wedded to the indelible Polynesian spirit. Coupled with resplendent snorkeling, scuba diving, and cultural experiences makes travel here unforgettable.

Variety Cruise’s New French Polynesia Itinerary

The Greek family-owned Variety Cruises, known for its small sailing ships of less than 72-passengers that sails Greece, West Africa, and Mediterranean destinations, in January commenced with two new itineraries in French Polynesia. To this end, Variety brought over its 150-foot, two-masted motorized sailer, the 20-year-old Panorama II, from Greece to Tahiti’s capital, Papeete. This was accomplished not by sailing it there, but far more eco-friendly, it was shipped on a float-on, float-off, super yacht transport vessel. 

Luxury Antarctica Expedition With Seabourn

Loyal Seabourn customers will feel right at home on Seabourn Venture, while at the same time experiencing a fully fledged expedition. For those new to Seabourn and looking for a combination of an ultra-luxurious floating boutique hotel and a state-of-the-art expedition, Seabourn should definitely be on your list.

Viking Cruises Names Neptune, The Newest Member Of Viking’s Ocean Fleet

On January 8, 2023, in the Los Angeles World Cruise Center, Viking Cruises named it newest ship, the Neptune, immediately prior to its departure to Honolulu continuing its 138-day epic world voyage. Starting in Fort Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago, the world cruise will end in London in May after visiting 28 countries and 57 ports with overnight stays in 11 cities.

Polar Raid: Off The Ship In Greenland For Three Days In The Wild

Belgian writer and photographer Mike Louagie recounts a challenging adventure. In Greenland, he and a few others left the ship for two nights to pull sleds, camp and remain vigilant for polar bears. Several times it became so challenging that he thought of turning back. What pushed him onward?

First look: Viking Cruise’s New Purpose-Built Polaris 

The newest ship to voyage the White Continent is Viking Cruise’s new Polaris. Built in 2022, this 666-foot length, 30,150 gross ton ship, specifically built for remote outposts is a Polar Class 6 ice ship. It was named in Amsterdam late last month, then repositioned via Madeira, Portugal. It arrived at Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, sometimes called, “the end of the world.” Here in late October, I embarked for Polaris’ inaugural voyage to Antarctica, courtesy of Viking Cruises. This voyage had the added panache of being the first ship of Antarctica’s season.