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Fulfill your Wanderlust in Iceland, Australia or the Antarctic

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Iceland – Land of the Vikings

There is so much adventure waiting for you in the "Land of Ice and Fire" with many mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and caves to explore. Amid the dramatic scenery, Iceland is also rich in Viking history. Along with its fascinating history, one of its most unrivaled treasures today is the Icelandic locals who are warm, friendly, and inviting! This very special 11-day voyage features a complete circumnavigation of the island with some of the world's most beautiful scenic cruising. From aboard the comfort of our ship we will experience the ever-changing landscape of floating icebergs and dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers. Possible animal sightings include puffins, seals, whales and dolphins. During this spectacular cruise, we will visit the top tourist destinations along with some lesser-known hidden gems that are only accessed by sea. Some of these wonders include:

  • The world famous Geyser area and the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall.

  • Incredible sights of Thingvellir National park and the hot spring of Nesjavellir.

  • Isafjordur, with jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains plunging into the sea and untouched vegetation.

  • An exciting variety of bird species including puffins, guillemots and gulls on the tiny island of Vigur.

  • Sightings of up to fifteen different species of whales, plus dolphins and many varieties of birds at skjálfandi bay. What an incredible sight!

  • The awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon featuring icebergs of all shapes and sizes tumbling and floating about in a spectacular show.

  • And so much more…

Our super yacht, the ms Ocean Diamond, is the ideal ship for expeditions in this region, with its ice-strengthened hull and stabilizers that significantly reduce roll. It's small enough to dock in remote ports while large enough to ensure all of our creature comforts are met. With a capacity of 210 guests, this smaller ship allows us to navigate a route of fjords and bays that larger vessels simply can’t manage.

Iceland’s breathtaking beauty continues to be a huge draw to travellers, and based on the popularity of our cruises last year, we expect this trend to continue. If Iceland is at the top of your bucket list, make sure to reserve your space early. Take advantage of our big savings of $900-$3000 per person if you book your cruise before February 28th, 2020. Also, get a cabin upgrade for twin cabins, or if you plan to take this trip solo, enjoy special single traveller savings! Contact our cruise specialist Mayrela Davis to book you spots today. Or call Craig Travel at 1-800-387-8890 for more information.

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Roundabout Downunder – Circumnavigate Australia onboard our Chairman’s Cruise

With all of the recent news about the devastating Australian bushfires, now may be the most important time to visit this fascinating country. If Australia has been on your bucket list for a while now, we encourage you to consider our incredible forty day Chairman’s Cruise around the entire continent this upcoming November, which is hosted by both David and Roslyn Craig. The couple share a deep love for Australia, as it is Roslyn’s home country, and the land where they first met. We start our journey with three wonderful nights in Sydney with its natural beauty, unspoilt beaches, and sparkling harbour. Once we embark our ship, we will be completely spoiled by the friendly staff and wonderful amenities on board the luxurious ms Maasdam. Spacious cabins, gourmet cuisine, and world-class service will make our time on board relaxing, lazy, busy, romantic; whatever we wish it to be without ever having to pack a bag until we are ready to head for home. For those of you who are concerned about Australia’s welfare, travelling here is actually one of the best ways to help with the bushfire recovery as your tourism dollars help support locals and their rehabilitation efforts.

As the world’s smallest continent and the sixth largest country, Australia is often called the “island continent”. It boasts a large variety of landscapes and biodiversity with the Australian outback being the most well known. This arid desert is central to the continent and makes up the largest amount of land, but the country is also host to lush tropical rainforests and vast mountain ranges. The flora and fauna of Australia is some of the most interesting and unique in the world. Due to its isolated nature, many of its creatures are endemic, which means they are only found living in Australia. The country is home to many well-known and beloved mammals, mainly the marsupials such as kangaroos, koalas and wombats, birds like emus and kookaburra, and the lesser-known monotremes like the platypus and echidna. It is also the driest inhabited continent, with an annual rainfall over the continental area of less than 500 mm. This inherent dryness is what contributed to the most recent wildfires, which is even more devastating when taking into consideration that there are more than 1,800 plants and animals on Australia’s threatened species list. We encourage those who are concerned about Australia’s welfare to consider this trip. Did you know that there are already green sprouts pushing through the ground in some of areas the fires have affected? The circle of life continues.

Some exciting stops along our cruise include:

  • The Great Barrier Reef: As the largest coral reef in the world, it spans over 2,300 km. The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Above the water are hundreds of coral cays and sun-soaked, white-sand islands, while the thousands of reef systems below water are home to a mosaic of marine creatures.

  • Perth: Despite being one of the most isolated capital cities in the world, Perth keeps up with the times and trends, but it often paves its own way when it comes to food, fashion and art. Perth was settled as a free colony by the Swan River Colonists, as opposed to the penal colonies that the country is known for. There are many historical sites to explore, from the Fremantle Prison and the Round House to the Fremantle Market Hall, where shoppers once arrived by horse and carriage. These sites now share the spotlight with art galleries, breweries and designer boutiques. With the Swan River at its heart and kilometers of Indian Ocean shoreline at its edge, Perth is an ideal city for a stroll, a bike ride or a sundowner on the water.

  • Kangaroo Island: This is Australia’s third-largest island, and is one that enchants visitors with its mellow rhythms, which seem to come from a much quieter and simpler time. Long roads run arrow-straight through the fields, scrub and dense gum forests of this spectacular unspoiled destination. It remains one of the best places to see Australian marsupials in the wild. Almost half the island remains bushland or national park, sheltering koalas, echidnas and a million or so tammar wallabies. As one of the hardest hit by the bushfires, Kangaroo Island is in need of the support it receives from tourism to help rebuild and rehabilitate the animals it strives to protect.

Many have suffered from the bushfires, and many are relying on tourism to earn their livelihood. By choosing Australia as your next big travel destination, you're helping locals rebuild their lives and recover their sense of strength. During our cruise, shopping locally helps small business owners, and visiting animal sanctuaries supports their conservation endeavors. While the generous donations that have come in from around the world have made a huge difference in rebuilding efforts, what is perhaps even more important is the chance for these Australian cities and towns to have visitors again. Your tourism dollars make a huge difference in the lives of those who rely on tourism to support themselves. Additionally, many locals can’t wait to host travellers again and use this as an opportunity to show how strong and resilient they are as individuals and as a community.

Australia beckons and warmly welcomes us for our Chairman’s Roundabout Downunder Cruise, and despite the recent bushfires, it remains a beautiful country filled with striking landscapes as diverse as the people who call it home. Book and deposit before February 28, 2020 and receive a $200 per person credit towards an exclusive Craig Travel shore excursion. Contact our Cruise Specialists today and inquire about this fantastic opportunity to explore this amazing continent with David and Roslyn.

Photo Courtesy of Eamonn Maguire on Unsplash.com

Antarctica - Discover the wildlife and history of the Antarctic Peninsula

For the first time in 2021, we are exploring this secluded part of the world aboard the Ocean Endeavour purposely built for accessing remote locations. Following time spent soaking in the atmosphere of the birthplace of the Tango, Buenos Aires, we fly to the most southern city in the Americas to set sail aboard the well-appointed ms Ocean Endeavour. We leave Ushuaia, and civilization, behind and head towards the hauntingly beautiful icy wilderness of Antarctica. The scenery is nothing but dramatic as we sail amongst immense ice carvings, majestic mountains shrouded in snow, calving glaciers and through ice-choked waterways. Discover the wildlife and history of the Antarctic Peninsula by Zodiac cruises, shore landings, hikes and kayaking.

A carefully designed on board program including presentations and workshops will allow you to develop your knowledge about Antarctica all the while you take in the incredible scenes provided by the glaciers passing by. Should you want to take advantage of your free time to relax, you are welcome to do so at the on board spa, hot tub or sauna, or at any of the lounges, which offer incomparable views. With several open spaces to relax in, the Compass Club is arguable the most comfortable with plush couches, endless coffee and cookies, a small library and large windows to watch the icebergs float by. Don’t worry about spending all of your time on the ship though! Twenty zodiacs will lead you to the most remarkable landing areas so you can get up close and personal with penguins and seals. If you are fortunate, you may even spot a whale or leopard seals! Besides the incredible experience of sailings past glaciers and waterfalls, colorful town visits and fascinating archeological ruins, the trip has a plethora of talks, lectures and entertainment scheduled from morning to night. The different guides and skilled scientists onboard host activities where you can learn a bit of the language from a local, a talk for birders or a lecture on glaciers. There are dozens of books, games and newspapers to read on board as well. The crew organizes card games, scavenger hunts and a triathlon. In fact, the Adventure Canada team comes up with so many creative options, there’s no way you’ll get bored during your trip.

Even though this incredible voyage to the White Continent is over a year away, February 21, 2020 is your last chance to save from $2,160 - $4,860 per person! Don’t wait any longer and contact one of our Cruise Specialists to ensure you are part of our next unforgettable exploration to the Antarctic. Call 1-800-387-8890.

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