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August 2022

Maximize Your Off-Ship Experience in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions!

Do you want to travel off the beaten path in the Polar Regions, or explore where there are no paths at all?

Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, offers the largest and most unique selection of off-ship Adventure Options in the industry, allowing you to enjoy one-of-a-kind off-ship experiences no one else can provide.

So, what kind of Explorer are you? Introducing new hiking and trekking options for guests traveling on Ultramarine, Quark Expeditions offers something for every type of traveler. Modern-day explorers will have the opportunity to walk alongside polar experts for a truly innovative and immersive experience.

Set Foot Where Few Ever Will, and Do What Few Ever Dream.

Quark Expeditions offers an array of adventure options. Each adventure option and off-ship experience has different levels of fitness, so you choose the outing that best suits you. Guests will have a truly immersive experience. Kayaking, for example, brings you closer to the water, whereas camping brings guests closer to nature and the land.

You can enjoy innovative off-ship activities others can’t offer you. Quark Expeditions is always innovating— they’re the first to even offer standup paddleboarding in Antarctica.

You’ll do more than just go flightseeing on Quark's Ultramarine helicopters. You’ll be able to choose from the largest selection of helicopter-supported activities in the Polar Regions!

Book between Aug 8 - 31 and enjoy amazing Expedia® Extras on select 2022-2023 Antartica departures:

  • Save up to 25% off Standard and Premium Cabins for select expeditions and departures.
  • Plus save an additional 5% savings with full payment within 30 days of booking on select voyages.
  • Enjoy a $150USD per person onboard cash credit on all sailings.

Explorers Wanted: Multiple Styles of Hiking Offered

“Setting foot where few humans have ever walked is part of the magic of exploring the Arctic and Antarctic,” said Alex McNeil, Director of Expedition Experience and Innovation for Quark Expeditions, which has been offering hiking opportunities in the Polar Regions since 1991. "Thanks to our game-changing new ship Ultramarine, we’ve expanded our adventure options to include multiple styles of hiking no one else offers.”

Hiking:
Guided hikes, which are offered at multiple levels from beginner to advanced, range from short jaunts to the top of lookouts or visits to see wildlife to longer walks of several kilometers over ice, rock, and snow. Hiking excursions may last from two to three hours with plenty of time for photographs of wildlife, learning moments from your experienced guides, or just time to stand back and admire the incredible polar surroundings.

Alpine Heli-trekking: Quark Expeditions’ expert guides will take guests on an active adventure high up in the Antarctic Peninsula. Intimate groups of adventurers will board one of Ultramarine's two twin-engine helicopters for a trekking excursion in an area only safely accessed by air. On land, during an invigorating walk or hike, guests will be rewarded with stunning views of remote ridgelines, glaciated terrain, and snow-topped peaks.

Venture Far Beyond the Ordinary with Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions goes where others simply can’t. Or won’t. Their expert guides’ abilities to read unknown terrain means where there’s a will, there’s a way—and that way could be by kayak, Zodiac boat, helicopter, or even hot air balloon. In an environment so unpredictable, it pays to have a few backup plans.

Quark doesn't just expect the unexpected, they embrace it.

About Ultramarine

The technologically-advanced Ultramarine, the newest addition to the Quark Expeditions fleet, is a game-changer in polar exploration. Equipped with two twin-engine Airbus 145 helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs and the largest portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, Ultramarine changes the way guests explore the Polar Regions. Other features include a spa, sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, fitness centre, yoga space, spacious rooms, and two restaurants plus a lounge and presentation theater. Ultramarine has been designed with advanced sustainability systems that help preserve the pristine Polar Regions for the next generation of explorers.

Your adventure to the Polar Regions awaits! Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your voyage to Antarctica and take advantage of our spectacular, limited-time offers!

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*Offer Terms and Conditions: Please refer to promo code ‘Expedia150’ to receive shipboard credit. No additional offer code needed for cabin price savings. To be eligible for +5% pay in full offer, guests will receive 5% additional savings on the voyage fare only after other combinable promotions are applied and if full payment is received no later than 30 days after the booking is confirmed. Full payment includes the voyage fare and any outstanding balances on the booking (air, hotels, transfers, Adventure Options, pre/post tours and insurance). Bookings made after the promotion period, if partial payments are made or if full payment is not received within 30 days of booking will not qualify for the savings. Brochure Terms & Conditions apply.

Exclusive Luxury and Expedition Offers with PONANT

Ponant's fleet of ultra-modern intimate vessels takes adventurers to all seven continents in luxury. With no more than 264 guests onboard (and most under 200) it's no wonder the French luxury expedition line is in high demand!

Whether you're in search of a yachting-style cruise to lesser known ports in the Mediterranean, or ready to check the white continent off your bucket list, you can do it in style with our exclusive offers onboard Ponant's chic fleet!

Wherever you explore next, do it stress free in comfort and luxury onboard the #1 Environmentally Friendly Cruise Line. All Ponant departures are fully inclusive of taxes and port fees, gratuities, all meals onboard, open bar, 24-hour room service, unlimited Wi-Fi, and more. 

Book Ponant sailings with Expedia Cruises from Aug 8 – Sep 8 and get amazing Expedia® Extras:

  • First time Ponant guests save $300 per person off cruise fare for their first Ponant booking!*
  • Receive up to $500 per stateroom onboard cash credit ($250 per person, max $500 per stateroom).*
  • Above offers are applicable on all Ponant sailings!*
  • These offers are combinable with other offers such as Ponant's No Single Supplement offer on select voyages.*

Warm up this Winter with $800 Air Credits from Ponant on Select Latin America Departures!

Experience the Caribbean on Ponant's luxury expedition yachts; snorkel in pristine waters, hike through tropical foliage, sip a cocktail on your private balcony, enjoy five-star meals dining on deck, and take a dip in the infinity pool. Or, venture even further south to the majestic mountains and glaciers of the Chilean Fjords and unforgettable Tierra del Fuego. 

Book by August 18, 2022 and save $800 per person with air credits on the following departures:

  • Dec 6, 2022 - Caribbean Sea and Maya Secrets of the Yucatan
  • Dec 16, 2022- Caribbean Sea and Maya Secrets of the Yucatan
  • Jan 1, 2023 -  Between the Caribbean and the Maya
  • March 2, 2023 - Exploring the Chilean Fjords
  • March 15, 2023 - Wild Nature between Argentina and the Falkland Islands

Travel Solo - Without the Supplement

One of Ponant's most-loved perks is the variety of departures offered with No Single Supplement. Traveling solo doesn't mean paying double with this boutique cruise line. Opt for the comfort of a single stateroom with private balcony and enjoy Ponant's all-inclusive luxury experience for the same price as sharing a room. Speak to your vacation consultant to help you secure a stateroom with no single supplement and exclusive Expedia Cruises offers!

Explore What Interests You Most

Every season, Ponant offers you the chance to combine your passions with your love for travel with a collection of themed cruises. Prestigious partners and special onboard lecturers enhance every aspect of your journey. These unique collaborations make music, art, food and wine, wellness, and more part of the cruising experience. 

Explore to Inspire Aboard the World’s Only Luxury Icebreaker

To sail to the far reaches of the Antarctic on board Le Commandant Charcot is to discover the richness of the planet's last remaining virgin territory or mythical worlds such as Adelie Land, or the Geographic North Pole. Drifting through the dreamlike scenery of the polar extremes, this luxury icebreaker transports you on unique exploratory voyages in complete safety and comfort. A journey aboard Le Commandant Charcot is certain to transform the way you view the world.

Meet the Incredible Wildlife of the Polar Regions!

In the middle of the Arctic Far North and on the edge of Antarctica, the legendary White Continent, our carefully crafted expeditions offer the promise of a unique polar itinerary expertly guided by Ponant's experienced Expedition team. Imagine the thrill of seeing seabirds swooping and diving from the ship's deck, feeling the breath of a humpback whale when you're taking an excursion on a Zodiac boat or the excitement of seeing a polar bear on the pack ice. You never know what you’ll encounter while you explore these wild and remote regions!

Do you dream of being on a five-star expedition and observing the amazing animals that inhabit the polar regions? Make your dream a reality and relax in the stylish décor of Ponant's luxurious, environmentally friendly ships.

What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your next unforgettable vacation with Ponant and take advantage of our exclusive offers!

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European Elegance Introduced to the Oceans of the World

New luxury cruise line Explora Journeys combines centuries-old seafaring experience with superlative European refinement to introduce a bold new vision for luxury ocean travel.

This is a story that starts in 1940s Sorrento with a Neapolitan ferry captain, Gianluigi Aponte, who, together with the Swiss sweetheart he met when she was a passenger on one of his crossings, went on to create MSC, a global shipping operation and the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company. Now this Swiss-Italian seafaring family are fulfilling their life-long dream and launching Explora Journeys, an exquisite, modern luxury cruise experience like no other.

Welcome to Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys is set to transform ocean travel through a synergy of the most elegant ships and the most immersive itineraries that allow guests to discover further, travel deeper, and linger a little longer at each destination. These are enriching holidays for the curious, cosmopolitan traveler who wants to create connections that last long beyond the cruise itself.

Book any 7-night or longer Journey in any suite category between August 8 - 31, 2022 and enjoy the following Expedia® Extras:*

  • Receive €300 Journey Experience Credit per suite

Elegant European Design

Designed in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht specialists and harnessing cutting-edge maritime technology, the first ship in the Explora Journeys fleet, EXPLORA I, sets sail in 2023, with five more to follow by 2028. European elegance permeates every detail, while the 461 suites, penthouses, and residences - each with sweeping ocean views through their floor-to-ceiling windows and private sun terraces - offer guests comfortable homes at sea, with unrivalled space and privacy. More than 27,000 sq ft of outdoor space includes three swimming pools and 64 private cabanas, whilst an indoor pool with a retractable glass roof, and 9,700 sq ft for the spa and fitness studios ensure guests can do as much (or as little) as they like. The nine on-board culinary experiences promise something for every palate and provide the perfect scene for long, languorous lunches and vibrant evenings. All this is supported by an industry-leading guest to host ratio of 1.25 to 1, allowing for an intuitive, effortless, and culturally intelligent service style that makes for the perfect hosts onboard.

Exciting Journeys Await

On sailings between 7 and 44 nights long, guests will venture both on and off the beaten path, with the Inaugural Journeys Collection covering the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland and Greenland, USA and Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Whether it’s treading the cobbled streets of Europe’s hallowed capitals and exploring the ancient Acropolis in Athens; navigating the crystalline cool of the Norwegian fjords and sailing in the shadows of Svalbard’s soaring cliffs; or savouring French chic in Saint Barths, lolling beneath Hawaiian waterfalls and soaking up the sun-kissed shores of Brazil’s buzzing Buzios, Explora Journeys promises exclusive access that goes far beyond the classic luxury cruise experience.

What's Included

Explora Journeys' perfect hosts will welcome guests to a refined and generous all-inclusive journey. From the welcome bottle of champagne in your suite to the unlimited beverages, fine wines and premium spirits, and soft drinks served anytime - you will be spoilt for choice with multiple diverse culinary experiences to discover, as well as in-suite dining, included. If you are looking for the ultimate in relaxation, make use of the spa thermal area and fitness centre, or you may choose to join the wellbeing and fitness programs both onboard and at destination.* Plus, there is complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the ship to keep you connected, should you wish.

Sailing form May 2023

The Explora Journeys team look forward to welcoming guests from May 2023, either on EXPLORA I’s maiden journey from Barcelona to Athens, or on one of the other Inaugural Journeys.

Contact your Expedia Cruises Vacation Consultant today to start planning your dream voyage onboard Explora Journeys.

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*Exclusive benefit of 150€ Journey Experience Credit per person regardless of the Suite category on all deposited bookings made between August 8 – 31, 2022. The Journey Experience Credit just applies for the 1st and 2nd guest of the Suite. Only one Journey Experience Credit is granted by Single occupancy. The Journey Experience Credit is combinable with: Journey Together. The max. combinability with other brand offers is 600€/Suite (Ocean Terrace Suites to Penthouses) and 1000€/Suite (Residences). The exclusive benefit is valid on all 7+ night journeys. The Journey Experience Credit can be used for pre-booked Destination Experiences in addition to any incidental onboard purchases during the Journey and is auto applied to the guest booking at the time the reservation is made based on the agency’s affiliation.

The Recently Reimagined m/s Paul Gauguin wins #1 Award!

Discerning travelers have once again voted Paul Gauguin Cruises as the #1 Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards. This honor is a testament to the genuine hospitality and authentic experiences provided by the officers, staff, and crew aboard the intimate, 330-guest m/s Paul Gauguin.

Contemporary Tropical Elegance

The beloved ship boasts an ambience of carefree, all-inclusive luxury setting the stage for immersive journeys throughout Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific.

Sail With Confidence
Booking your next voyage with peace of mind is the ultimate luxury, therefore, we are pleased to extend our Covid-19 Protection until further notice. Should you be impacted by Covid-19 within 30 days of your cruise departure, you may reschedule your cruise onboard m/s Paul Gauguin.

Book between August 8 - 31, 2022 on select 2023 sailings and enjoy the following Expedia® Extras:

  • $100 per person onboard cash credit.*


 Recently reimagined

The m/s Paul Gauguin underwent renovations at a dry dock in Singapore in February 2021. The vision: elegant Polynesian bespoke style visualized through a chic, modern lens. This new décor enriches our guests’ experience while sailing through the multi-hued blue lagoons of Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. A palette incorporating shades of blue, taupe, green, and pearl complements warm wood finishes, woven textiles, Polynesian motifs, and stylish gold accents.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Guests will be happy that complimentary Wi-Fi has been added to an already extensive list of all-inclusive luxuries they enjoy on a holiday in the South Pacific aboard The Gauguin.

Protecting the Ecosystems

Paul Gauguin Cruises also has eliminated the use of heavy fuel oil by using a much cleaner fuel. The Gauguin’s most recent environmental upgrades follow this path and includes water treatment and consumption optimization along with energy-saving initiatives.

Highlights

Enjoy an all-inclusive experience with onboard gratuities included as well as select wines and spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages. Water-sports marina with complimentary kayaking, wind surfing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling equipment is offered in most destinations.

Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your next getaway onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises and take advantage of our spectacular, limited-time offers!

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*Expedia Exclusive Stateroom offers are for new bookings, and restrictions may apply. Prices vary by departure and may not be combinable with other offers or promotions. Offers are subject to change without notice. The amenity of $100 shipboard credit is per person, per stateroom. Other restrictions may apply. Ships’ Registry: Wallis and Futuna. Kindly contact your Expedia Travel Consultant should you have any questions.

Bring a Mate - Buy One, Get One Half Off with Hurtigruten

There’s nothing like traveling with your best mate. Making memories, discovering new wonders, and spending time together. Now you and your mate can save big while exploring the Galápagos Islands or Alaska on a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise.

The Galápagos Islands - Nature's Greatest Showcase

Synonymous with Charles Darwin, the Galápagos Islands harbor rich biodiversity and an array of habitats. You'll explore the islands that Darwin visited and closely observe the endemic wildlife that influenced his discoveries — including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s iconic finches.

Carrying only 90 guests, MS Santa Cruz II is equipped with everything you need to bring you closer to nature. Kayak on glassy waters, snorkel with amazing marine life, hike through diverse habitats, and even observe coral reefs from a glass-bottom boat. Guided by an entirely local Expedition Team, all activities are included.

After a full day of active exploration, enjoy a drink in the Panorama lounge before enjoying a delicious meal in the Beagle restaurant. Share stories with new friends in the Expedition lounge or simply relax in the hot tub before settling into your comfortable cabin, recharging for the next day’s adventures.

As the world’s largest expedition cruise line, Hurtigruten understands the great responsibility that comes with exploring the Galápagos Islands fragile and pristine beauty. Hurtigruten's Expedition Team will guide you on all landings, and ensure the smallest footprint is left behind.

Book now to access amazing Expedia® Extras*:

  • Receive €180 per person onboard cash credit when you book any 2022 - 2024 sailings between August 8 - 31, 2022.*
  • Receive a second fare half off when you book a Hurtigruten Expeditions Galápagos Islands or Alaska full fare cruise by October 31, 2022.* This offer is for Galápagos Islands departures Aug 2022 – Mar 2024 and Alaska departures in 2023.

Alaska - The Call of the Wild

You'll visit Alaska as a modern-day explorer, not as a tourist. Since 1893, active exploration, with an emphasis on science, education, and sustainability, has been at the heart of the Hurtigruten experience.

Hurtigruten's Expedition Team of experts guide activities both on board and ashore, and share their vast knowledge of Alaska in illuminating lectures. You’ll want to take part in the activities Hurtigruten offers to fully immerse yourself in Alaska. View biological and geological samples through a microscope in Hurtigruten's state-of-the-art Science Center or contribute to a Citizen Science research project.

On the water, venture out in an explorer boat or kayak on glassy waters to view breathtaking scenery and to spot sea otters, Stellar sea lions, Dall's porpoises, and humpback whales.

On shore, hike through magnificent forests gazing into the sky or high up in trees to see bald eagles, snowy owls, and gyrfalcons, and keep your eyes open to see brown bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep. Visit remote communities to socialize with Alaska’s indigenous peoples and learn their unique cultures.

As the world’s largest expedition cruise line, Hurtigruten understands the great responsibility that comes with exploring Alaska’s fragile and pristine beauty. You’ll sail aboard MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first, and only hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship in Alaska. You’ll savor cuisine from locally sourced businesses, supporting the communities Hurtigruten visits, and promoting more sustainable eating. And you won’t find single-use plastics anywhere on the ship.

So, bring a mate on your next adventure! Contact your Expedia Cruises Vacation Consultant today for offer details and expert advice on cruising to Alaska and the Galápagos Islands.

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Expedia Exclusive €180 per person onboard credit on any 2022 – 2024 sailing when booked between August 8 – 31, 2022. Combinable with all other promotions. *Offer includes 50% reduced fare for the second and fourth guest booked in the same cabin as the first and third full fare guests. Offer applies to the cruise portion of the package only, double occupancy, including taxes, fees, and port expenses. Offer applies to all Hurtigruten Expeditions Alaska itineraries departing in 2023 and all Hurtigruten Expeditions Galápagos itineraries on the MS Santa Cruz II departing from August 2022 through March 2024. Valid for new, individual bookings, is capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time. Prices are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Hurtigruten. Fares are in USD. This offer is only combinable with the Ambassador offer. All expeditions are subject to availability at the time of booking. Other restrictions may apply. Offer is valid July 7 – October 31, 2022.

Terms & Conditions

*Expedia Extras offers are per stateroom (unless otherwise stated) on select sailings, based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, are not combinable with any other offer, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. For full terms and conditions, click the specific Expedia Extra offer or contact your Expedia Cruises Vacation Consultant.

Prices are per person (based on 2 passengers in the same stateroom), cruise only in CAD dollars. Airfare, transfers, taxes, fees and port expenses are additional (unless otherwise stated). Prices vary by ship, stateroom type and sailing date. Prices and offers are subject to availability and change without notice, and are capacity controlled. Fuel supplement may apply. Expedia Cruises is not responsible for errors that may occur due to the transfer of information from selected third parties, technical error, or human error.

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