Discover exceptional sites and secret ports so often inaccessible to large ships and visit destinations often not visited by other lines including Cuba and Libya! Compagnie Du Ponant offers chic cruising without the crowds; you will experience the comfort of a private cruise exclusive to 64 to 226 guests. Join us on Compagnie Du Ponant to enjoy the delights of a French-inspired cuisine with complementary wine in an intimate environment, a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared, and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board.
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Star Clippers three tall ships are for savvy sailors looking for a one-of-a-kind seafaring experience. Clear skies, blue seas and billowing white sails add up to a romantic fantasy voyage. There's a sense of adventure, too! though itineraries are mapped out in advance, the Captain follows the whim of the wind when it comes to the actual time you arrive in and depart from port. Flexibility and new experiences are what the Star Clipper fleet is all about.
Depending on the captain and the cruise director, informal classes in knot tying or celestial navigation may be on the daily program. Water sports are a major component of each cruise, with a from-the-ship program featuring complimentary snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and other water-based activities.
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Windstar's three ships, Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf, are masted sailing ships. The ships, technically known as motor-sail-yachts, carry 148 to 310 passengers and feature teak decks, rich wood interiors, light cuisine, extensive wine lists and attentive crew. The line's unique itineraries include ports of call both on and off the mainstream grid, as well as active adventures ashore.
On Windstar Cruises, dining aims to highlight the local cuisine of the regions visited, including the Mediterranean, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. The food is high quality, and extra attention is paid to those with special dietary needs. One of the most unique features available on all of Windstar's vessels is the water sports platform with its range of complimentary water sports. Available are swimming, snorkeling, windsailing, paddleboating and water-skiing. There are licensed instructors for scuba, as well.
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Offering what the company refers to as "a total yachting experience," Athens-based Variety Cruises is specialized in the niche market of small-ship Mediterranean cruising, with yachts ranging from four to 36 cabins. Recent years have seen the company expanding its itineraries to West Africa, the Seychelles and Central America (including a Panama Canal transit).
Boasting the ability to cruise into "off the beaten track" ports and locales, Variety Cruises provide passengers with an intimate experience unattainable on a larger ship. Most yachts also have watersports platforms for use in secluded coves or otherwise safe environments while the yacht is at anchor. In early 2009, Variety Cruises entered into a partnership with IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association), offering charter cruises to its members.
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From Latin America to Europe, explore hidden harbors, secluded islands, and exclusive ports of call with Tauck Small Ship Cruising. This line of cruises focuses on cultural exploration and natural history in must-see destinations or unusual locales that are off-the-beaten track. You’ll cruise with Tauck Directors and destination experts: naturalists, historians, ornithologists, or other specialists, who enhance your experience both on and off the ship. With all shore excursions included, you’ll enjoy truly inclusive value that is virtually unequaled.
Tauck's Small Ship Cruising travel adventures include guided sightseeing with local experts. You will also dine on regional cuisine on land at aboard ship that showcases specialties of the destination. The stories are endless, the memories are timeless and the connections priceless.
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