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Paul Gauguin is an all inclusive cruise line and their Tahiti-based newly remodelled Paul Gauguin ship, a perfect fit with its tropical surroundings, is built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. Like the islands it visits, the onboard atmosphere is laid-back, while still maintaining high standards of luxury and romance. The ship features all oceanview cabins, mostly with balconies, three restaurants, including the French-Polynesian L'Etoile and La Veranda, and a watersports marina with windsurfers, kayaks, waterskiing, snorkeling and scuba equipment.

Paul Gauguin Cruises' second ship, Tere Moana, has two restaurants, a luxury spa, fitness center, onboard watersports marina,nightly live entertainment, and presentations by an onboard naturalist. Itinerary-wise, Tere Moana divides its time between the Caribbean and Central America (winter), and Europe (summer).

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Hurtigruten ships, also known as Norwegian Coastal Express, provide a comfy home while traveling to unique destinations including Norway, Antarctica, Greenland, and other regions of the Arctic. The trip has been described as the "World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage" with highlights including the Hanseatic League, city of Bergen, the Geiranger fjord (summer only), and the Lofoten Islands.

Itineraries allow passengers to view unmatched scenery, while also providing a wide selection of shore excursions that offer a first-hand experience of the culture and history of each destination. Each Hurtigruten ship has a different style that reflects different cultures through the art and décor onboard. However, every ship provides an intimate cruising experience with no more than 1,000 passengers on any ship. Hurtigruten ships offer a relaxing atmosphere above all, with panoramic viewing lounges on every vessel.

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Anyone who's ever fantasized about being an extra in the Scottish wedding scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral will simply love this little ship: Hebridean Princess epitomizes old fashioned British style at its very best. Carrying just 50 passengers and designed to resemble a country house at sea, Hebridean Princess is literally fit for a queen; Queen Elizabeth II has sailed on her, twice! The British monarch chartered the vessel in 2006 for a cruise to celebrate her 80th birthday, and again four years later.

Each all-inclusive cruise is carefully planned by highly experienced researchers, whose brief is to capture the cultural essence and historical significance of each port of call: Romantic castles, tranquil, spectacular lochs, wide open spaces and seldom-visited anchorages. A selection of "Footloose" cruises caters for most walking abilities with a range of guided walks in the hills and mountains, seashores and lochs, with the promise of a nip of whisky and a fine and hearty meal back on board.

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The Sea Explorer (formerly Corinthian II), Polar Latitudes sole vessel, is one of the original eight Renaissance ships which offers a classic yacht-like atmosphere and deluxe accommodations for expeditions to Antarctic. Sea Explorer accommodates all guests in 57 outside suites. Each suite has ocean views and is elegantly designed and include private balconies accessed via sliding glass doors.

Served by 70 seasoned officers and crew, Sea Explorer complies with the latest international safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational technology. Sea Explorer is ice-strengthened for voyages into Antarctic waters and is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore. In addition, Polar Latitudes is thrilled to introduce passengers to the serenity, beauty, and very personal experiences of kayaking and mountaineering in Antarctica.

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While the old saying might well be true, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, in this case you might be able to teach a new dog "old" tricks. At least that seems to be part of the idea behind Pearl Seas, a relatively new operation that covers well-traveled territory but in a significantly different fashion. The line's first ship, Pearl Mist, which debuts in June 2014, will sail well-known routes in the world of coastal/river/island cruising, with summer routes in Canada and the Maritimes, winter cruises in the Caribbean, and East Coast repositioning cruises in between. Despite the existence of a number of established competitors in each of the markets, the Pearl Seas has ambitious plans. Pearl Seas describes Pearl Mist as "luxury adventure," which translates to immersive itineraries that feature ports larger ships can't visit, large cabins and onboard experts.

One of the more interesting aspects of the ship experience with Pearl Seas is the combination of onboard lectures and discussions with shoreside trips and excursions on related topics, often led or hosted by the same person. So when a naturalist, botanist or historian talks about his field of interest one day at sea, he might actually show it to you the next day on land. Additionally, many of the excursions will feature what one might term "light adventure," with hiking, fishing or scuba as the focal point. Other trips will highlight local lore and crafts, music and food in an attempt to give passengers an opportunity to "touch" the locales they visit.

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Whoever said, "Everything old is new again," might very well have been talking about American Cruise Lines. Sailing exclusively along the Eastern seaboard of the United States and a handful of American rivers, American Cruise Line's ships are American built and American crewed. The emphasis is on comfortable exploration along sheltered, inland waterways and in the smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships. Itineraries are scheduled to be in port every day and alongside the dock at night. An onboard lecturer helps to provide a focus on the historical significance and natural beauty of reach region.

With the destination so much a part of each cruise, there is usually only a morning or afternoon sailing each day, otherwise the ship is tied up at the dock. Docking in the center of town means independent exploring is possible, allowing those who want the opportunity to wander off on their own, shop for antiques, have dinner ashore or simply get some exercise walking. Shore excursions are available for an additional small fee, with more than half usually taking the tour. Tours are scheduled for nearly every port, and they may be as simple as a two-hour town walk with a local historian or a bus tour to a museum or beauty spot.

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Australis cruises are specialized in navigating through the southernmost Chilean-Argentinan Patagonian channels, exploring the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel in 3, 4, and 7-night programs. Australis cruise Ships sail various different routes between the southern cities of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia. The voyage takes you past iridescent blue icebergs, immense glaciers and a breathtaking coastline teeming with wildlife including penguins and sea elephants. For an extra special trip combine with a visit to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.

There are daily excursions, lead by professional bilingual guides, walking trails, zodiac visits to glaciers and to Cape Horn National Park. There are also on-board lectures by the guides about the region's flora and fauna and many entertaining evening activities.

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Adventure Canada cruises provide a refreshing alternative within the expedition cruise industry by featuring staff who are local residents of the cruising area and hired for a single voyage. The company combines no-frills expeditions to some rarely visited Canadian Arctic regions with a strong emphasis on local culture, history, nature, wildlife and music (provided by multi-talented naturalists, geologists and historians). There is no formality onboard. The friendly, often folksy atmosphere trickles down from the top, and the company is about as non-corporate as you'll find in today's cruise industry.

A part of Adventure Canada's mission is to support local projects in the areas where they cruise. To help fund these efforts, each passenger is billed a separate Discovery Fee. The company goes out of its way to employ residents of local communities, be they Inuit or Newfoundlanders, to make presentations about their culture and arrange visits to local communities. Expect one or two shore trips by Zodiac each day, and accept that itineraries will be altered based on wildlife sightings, the changing weather and ice conditions.

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There is an Inuit belief that everything in nature is infused with the spirit of life. To that end, your trip to the Arctic should stimulate every sense while providing an experience which transcends more casual travel. Without sacrificing comfort or safety, Arctic Kingdom trips are one-of-a-kind, emotionally captivating adventure. All groups are intentionally kept small – just 4-12 people – which allows for direct and personal interaction with one of the most captivating places on earth.

Arctic Kingdom guides are local Inuit people who know the terrain and the animals, and their knowledge and secrets are part of every one of the trips. With the support of these local guides and the latest in equipment, these trips supply the maximum authenticity of experience, a higher probability of seeing the animals you came to see, and safety, comfort, and warmth. Arctic Kingdom also provides equipment and outfitting services for logistically demanding expeditions for tourism, companies, filmmakers and scientists. Arctic Kingdom has worked with National Geographic, BBC, NDR, OLN, Ushuaia/TF1 and on a multi-year cinema movie in progress and their expeditions have been rated as one of the “Top 25″ by Explore Magazine in Canada for three years in a row.

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Every Blount Small Ship adventure is a little different: A unique combination of passengers, crew ,and destination make for something truly magical! As a ship builder and inventor, Luther Blount often personally delivered new ships to a port. So when it was time for Blount Small Ship Adventures to begin cruising, many of the first destinations were the ports Luther loved the most. Today, Blount still cruises to unique destinations you won't visit on other small ships like Guatemala’s Rio Dulce, a shallow river bordered by rain forest and filled with amazing wildlife; cruising down the river you will see the traditional carved wooden canoes of the local fishermen and dramatic gorges and villages filled with thatched roofs and warm hearted residents ready to welcome you to their corner of this spectacular landscape.

Blount Small Ship adventure also helps you explore America's great waterways, like the Mississippi, Lake Champlain, and the Hudson River, even the Erie Canal, a waterway many thought couldn't be navigated by a cruise ship. Thanks to a retractable pilot house invented by Luther, Blount ships slip under the famous low bridges of the canal, past small towns and historic port villages, deep into the heart of America’s past or drop anchor in Canada’s Georgian Bay, near the North channel, and take stargazing to another level. Blount Small Ship adventure cruises have kayaks, snorkel equipment, and bikes available in case you want to explore a port. The shore excursions are always personal, unexpected, and rewarding. When you cruise with Blount, every day is filled with possibilities.

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Alaskan Dream Cruises operates cultural and wildlife-focused programs aboard their ships. The Sitka-based company focuses on exposing passengers to the "real Alaska" (One of the owners is part Tlingit). Everything from the beer to the bath products comes from local providers. As with most small expedition-style cruises, the ships are more bare bones than a typical cruise, with one lounge and prime real estate devoted to viewing the scenery.

The cruises strike a balance between outdoor adventures, port tours and wildlife sightings, and passengers are encouraged to unplug; none of the ships have TV or Wi-Fi onboard. Most passengers participate in daily shore excursions, accompanied by staff expedition leaders. Itineraries are considered fluid, and time spent onshore, often in small ports such as Kake and Petersburg where the large cruise ships can't or won't go, can vary depending on tides, wildlife and the tenor of the passengers.

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The benefits of the Voyager Club are offered complimentary to Renshaw Travel clients.

  • A shore event or on-board credit
  • An experienced on-board host to look after your interests
  • An on-board welcome cocktail reception
  • Camaraderie of like-minded Virtuoso clients
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Linda’s impressive cruising and travel experiences have taken her to the Northern Baltic regions, down-under to Australia and New Zealand, over to Tahiti, Mexico, through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. lsim@renshawtravel.com