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American Empress wave season offers

Wave Season Deals.

By Anne Kalosh.

Now is a terrific time to plan a small-ship cruise. Wave season, January to March, is the annual peak booking period for the cruise lines, when they typically tout their best deals. Travelers can save on a range of quirky ocean, coastal, river and sailing vessels.

Here are some examples.

Wave Season Deals: Scenic

Scenic Discovery Yacht

Starting at the top, the sumptuous new six-star 228-passenger discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse, which debuted in 2019, is far from a bargain. Yet when Scenic says “all-inclusive,” that means the price covers everything. (Well, almost. Helicopter and submarine rides and spa treatments cost extra.)

All-suite accommodations, butler service, 10 dining experiences and an almost 1:1 staff to guest ratio are hallmarks of the head-turning Scenic Eclipse.

Wave Season Deals on Scenic Eclipse

Everything is included in the Scenic Eclipse pricing, apart from a few extras like helicopter rides. * Photo: Scenic

But if you’re splashing out on a six-star super-yacht, why not save on the flights? Discounts on business-class airfare and free economy-class air are available for bookings made now.

Select departures throughout 2020 and 2021 include reduced business-class fares of $995 and $1,995 and free economy air, or up to $2,500 savings in lieu of the flights.

For a 20-day Antarctica trip in late 2020, free business-class air saves $3,000 per person for the flight to Buenos Aires. Scenic Eclipse’s Nov 20 and Dec 8 sailings explore Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Early bird fare savings of up to $6,950 per person, double occupancy, are also available on some departures.

RELATED: Peter Knego’s Scenic Eclipse Review.

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Scenic Wave Season Deals

The Scenic Eclipse in Antarctica. * Photo: Scenic

Scenic Space-Ships

On the rivers, Scenic’s Space Ships — so named because of their spaciousness — have wave deals including free air or $1,000 per person savings on eight- to 10-day itineraries. Sailings of at least 11 days come with free premium economy air or $1,800 per person savings or $1,995 business-class airfares on select departures.

Standard balcony on Scenic Gem

Spacious standard balcony suite on the Scenic Gem. * Photo: Scenic

Door-to-door airport transfers are included for travelers booking cabins on the highest deck (Diamond) for sailings of at least 11 days. Those booking any cabin on a 15-day Jewels of Europe itinerary departing between July and October will receive free premium economy airfare and door-to-door airport transfers.

Going solo? Scenic is shaving 50 percent off the single supplement rate on quite a few 2020 departures.

Scenic’s website for booking details.

RELATED: 15 Reasons to do the Mekong River with Scenic … by Heidi Sarna.

Scenic Gem offers wave season deals

The spacious Scenic Gem. * Photo: Scenic

Wave Season Deals: AQSC & Victory

Rollin’ on the American Rivers

American Queen Steamboat Co.’s (AQSC) 245-passenger American Countess paddle-wheeler is set to debut on the Mississippi River in April. This fourth vessel in the AQSC fleet has four decks, including a sun deck, and 123 staterooms in four categories. Modern-design cabins, gourmet dining, included shore excursions and Broadway-caliber entertainment are hallmarks.

During wave season, travelers can save up to $2,500 per stateroom ($1,250 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

American Empress wave season offers

The pretty American Empress. * Photo: American Queen Steamboat Co

AQSC is adding new theme cruises in 2020, ranging from Pacific Northwest Wine Cruises aboard American Empress to the American River BBQ Challenge on American Countess, American Queen and American Duchess along the lower Mississippi. Special performances highlight the American Music Festival cruise on American Duchess, while exclusive bourbon tastings and lectures feature on the Bourbon to Blues cruises aboard American Countess and American Duchess.

Bookings made during wave season offer savings up to $2,500 per stateroom ($1,250 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

American Queen Steamboat Company’s website for booking details.

RELATED:Bill Forsstrum Talks about the Steamboat American Queen.

wave season offers for American Countess

The new American Countess’ modern cabins. * Rendering: American Queen Steamboat Co.

Victory is Yours

AQSC’s sister company, Victory Cruise Lines, fields a pair of twin coastal ships and, new in spring 2021, the Ocean Victory expedition vessel will debut in Alaska and British Columbia.

During 2020, the 202-passenger ships Victory I and Victory II will introduce new southern sailings to Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and the Southeastern United States. These are in addition to their northern sailings in the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes and New England.

During wave season, travelers can save up to $3,000 per stateroom ($1,500 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

Victory Cruise Lines website.

RELATED: Great Lakes Cruising Aboard a Replica Coastal Steamer … by Peter Knego

RELATED: American Queen Acquires Victory Cruise Lines … by Anne Kalosh

Victory I wave season deals

The traditional-style Victory I. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines

Wave Season Deals: UnCruise Adventures

Travelers planning an active trip have until Feb. 28 to save with UnCruise Adventures, whose small ships focus on nature and wildlife. Kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches are part of every UnCruise.

The line is offering up to $1,000 per couple on voyages to Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica & Panama, Belize & Guatemala, Colombia & Panama, and Hawaii. A suite deal gives groups savings on larger suites.

In Southeast Alaska, travelers can save up to $1,000 per couple on weeklong adventures aboard the 84-passenger Safari Endeavour and the 86-passenger Legacy when booking a commander cabin or higher category. Safari Endeavour sails from Juneau and Sitka and Legacy sails from Juneau and Ketchikan.

Savings up to $500 per couple on weeklong Alaska adventure cruises aboard the 76-passenger Wilderness Discoverer and 74-passenger Wilderness Explorer are available when booking a trailblazer cabin or higher category. Both ships sail from Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

wave deals for Wilderness Explorer in Alaska

Wilderness Explorer in Alaska. * Photo: UnCruise Adventures

RELATED: Alaska Cruise Adventures with UnCruise … by Judi Cohen.

RELATED:  Rivers of Adventure on the Columbia & Snake Rivers … by John Roberts

RELATED: The Pacific Northwest with UnCruise … by Ted Scull.

Hawaiian Islands & Latin America

Celebrating its first year of full-calendar Hawaii sailings, UnCruise is giving a discount of $700 per couple on weeklong cruises departing between March 7 and Sept. 5. The 36-passenger Safari Explorer yacht visits Hawai’i, Molokai, Lanai and Maui with included activities exploring land and sea. Cultural heritage is a key component in the islands; a full day is spent with locals on Molokai.

Safari Explorer is on sale during wave season

The Safari Explorer now sails Hawaii year-round. * Photo: UnCruise

The 66-passenger Safari Voyager sails adventure cruises in Latin America. Belize and Colombia itineraries are new in fall 2020. Travelers can save $800 per couple on seven-night Costa Rica & Panama, Belize & Guatemala, and Colombia & Panama cruises departing between April 20 and Dec. 5.

Savings of $1,000 per couple are offered on 10-night Costa Rica & Panama cruises embarking through March 29.

In Mexico’s wildlife-rich Sea of Cortés, travelers can save $700 per couple for sailings departing through April 4 when booking a commander cabin or higher category. The 84-passenger Safari Endeavour explores the marine-life rich waters of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on weeklong adventures round-trip from San Jose del Cabo. Activities include snorkeling with sea lions, desert hikes and remote beach explorations, a mule ride with local rancheros, and close-up encounters with gray whales and calves at Magdalena Bay during calving season.

Suite Deal

Families and other groups booking four or more cabins aboard the Legacy, Safari Voyager or Safari Endeavour on select 2020 Latin America or Alaska adventure cruises can save 50 percent on a larger suite as the fourth cabin. Suites provide a private gathering and party space for small groups. Travelers can save 50 percent on the 600-square-foot owner’s suite aboard Legacy and Safari Voyager or a commodore suite on Safari Endeavour.

UnCruise Adventures website for booking info.

Safari Voyager deals

Kayaking is a big part of the UnCruise experience. * Photo: UnCruise

Wave Season Deals: Star Clippers

Here’s your chance to save on a tall-ship adventure with Star Clippers. The line’s “Choose Your Wave” offers apply to 2020 and 2021 sailings in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia.

Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels. Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities. Each carries 170 passengers. The 227-passenger Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-mast, full-rigged sailing ship in service today.

All three vessels have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining and convivial tropical bars on deck.

wave season deals on Royal Clipper

The lovely Royal Clipper off the coast of Sromboli, Italy. * Photo: Star Clippers

The “Choose Your Wave” special lets travelers pick the deal that bests suits them. The choices are a $200 on-board credit per person, a one-cabin category upgrade or a complimentary massage and bottle of champagne in cabin plus prepaid gratuities.

This offer is good for any 2020 or 2021 sailing in the Caribbean and select 2021 Mediterranean cruises. Travelers booking any 2020 or 2021 Southeast Asia sailing can choose two of the wave options. Travel must be booked by Feb. 29.

RELATED: Star Clippers Thailand Cruise Rocks … by Heidi Sarna

RELATED: Royal Clipper Med Cruise with a Newbie … by Christina Colon

Star Clippers website for booking info.

Star Clippers deals

Climbing the masts is part of the fun on a Star Clippers cruise. * Photo: Star Clippers

Wave Season Deals: Drifting along the Danube

The Danube River winds through 10 countries, carving a historic path that unites fairytale villages, capital cities, castles and forested slopes for picture-perfect landscapes as far as the eye can see.

Given the exceptional diversity in food, architecture, culture and history, it’s no surprise that nearly 50 percent of Avalon Waterways travelers chose the Danube for their European vacation in 2019.

Avalon provides nearly 30 Danube itineraries that range from four to 27 days, one of the biggest varieties of any line. Another distinction: “Short and Suite” getaways of four and six days. These are priced starting at $874 and provide time-starved travelers and first-time river cruisers the chance to test river cruise waters.

For a limited time, travelers can extend select Danube vacations in Budapest or Prague for free, a value of up to $759. Bookings must be made by March 9 for travel through Dec. 30.

Avalon Waterways website for booking info.

Avalon waterways wave season discounts

Avalon offers nearly 30 Danube itineraries of different combinations. * Photo: Avalon Waterways

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special offer for a grand victoria barge cruise

Special Offer

Fans of QuirkyCruise.com can avail of an exclusive special offer to reap a 20% discount off full-charter 6-night luxury barge cruises aboard the 6-passenger Grand Victoria in Burgundy, France.

To take advantage of the 20% discount, book before Jan 1, 2020, with code QC2020.

Click here or call toll-free 866-251-4553 and make sure you mention code QC2020.

Luxury Barge Cruises

What’s a Barge Cruise Exactly?

Intimate and leisurely barge cruises are a great wait to stop and smell the roses, as you inch along the canals and rivers of central France. Relax on deck with a glass of champagne, a crisp white or a refreshing cocktail as you gaze upon the gorgeous pastoral landscape, from bucolic villages to castle ruins, lush forests, farmland and vineyards.

special offer for a grand victoria barge cruise

The lovely sun deck of the 6-passenger Grand Victoria. * Photo: Grand Victoria Cruises

Foodies and cheese lovers will be in heaven aboard the Grand Victoria, where the chef curates a mouthwatering fromage plate each day, from creamy Camembert and Comté to a classic Bleu d’Auvergne. Meanwhile, elegant meals incorporate the region’s freshest produce, seafood and meats.

special offer on cruises with cheese plates

The ubiquitous cheese platter aboard the Grand Victoria! * Photo: Grand Victoria Cruises

Of course, the elegant interior of the Grand Victoria is another reason to consider a barge cruise for your next holidays with friends or family. Like a stylish boutique hotel, the Grand Victoria is très chic.

With just six guests along for the ride, a barge cruise on the Grand Victoria is an intimate and erudite holiday, yet one that’s also supremely relaxing and casual. After all, it’s “your boat” for the week!

Special offer on barge cruises that include wine

Enjoy fine wines and champagne aboard the elegant Grand Victoria. * Photo: Peter Barnes

Finally, of course, the places you visit daily on a barge cruise in Burgundy are rich in history and charm.

For instance, Château de Rully is a stunning sight to behold. The fortified castle dates back to the 12th century and in more recent times has been transformed into an important wine estate known for its Chardonnays.

Seeing Chateau Rully on a barge cruise

The stately and historic Chateau Rully. * Photo: Peter Barnes

Read about a recent Grand Victoria barge cruise in Burgundy, France, from QuirkyCruise writer Christina Colon and photographer Peter Barnes.

Special Offer Terms & Conditions

Exclusive for QuirkyCruise.com readers, enjoy 20% off full-boat charters of the 6-passenger Grand Victoria when booked before Jan 1, 2020. Mention Special Offer Code QC2020.

Included
  • 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
  • Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
  • All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
  • All wines with lunches and dinners
  • Open Bar
  • All escorted shore excursions
  • Use of bicycles
What’s Not Included
  • Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Suggested minimum 7% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent Euros

Contact Grand Victoria Cruises and mention Special Offer Code QC2020 to avail of 20% off full barge charters booked before Jan 1, 2020. 

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Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on Robert Burns cruises

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers

Have a look at these special small-ship cruise offers that include free or greatly discounted airfare to/from Australia from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

Click here for more info about Cruise Traveller.

Cruises below are available to Australian passengers only.

Happy small-ship cruising!

 

Cruise Traveller

 

Gems of Europe in 2019: Hungary, Serbia, Romania & Bulgaria

Cruise Package: 15-night River Cruise & Hotel package, round-trip from Budapest on selected departures in September 2019.

Ship: 169-passenger Robert Burns; built in 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • Transfers throughout from arrival in Budapest to last day in Budapest.
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Budapest with breakfast.
  • 14-night river cruise aboard ms Robert Burns round-trip from Budapest includes: Most shipboard main meals (except for lunch in Bucharest on day 6); services of a Riviera travel cruise director; complimentary onboard tea and coffee; complimentary onboard wi-fi; and port taxes.
  • A range of included shore excursions includes the Kalocsa cathedral; a scenic drive into the “Puszta” to watch a performance by skilled horsemen; a tour of historic Belgrade to see the magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress; cruising through the Iron Gates Gorge and through the Djerdap locks; and much more.
  • BONUS free onboard drinks package: Valued at $389 per person, it includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu — served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship.
  • AIRFARE ADD-ON to Europe! Return economy airfare available from just $995 per person additional.

➢➢Fares for twin share Emerald (lower deck) stateroom with window from $6,255 AUD per person.*

Expires: Valid to 30 June 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on Robert Burns cruises

Robert Burns.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on the Robert Burns River boat

Robert Burns itinerary.

Cobblestones of Europe in 2019: Germany, Austria & Hungary

Cruise Package: 15-night River Cruise & Hotel package, from Cologne to Budapest on selected departures in August 2019.

Ship: 169-passenger Thomas Hardy; built 2017.

Offer Includes:

  • One-way transfer from Cologne airport to hotel.
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Cologne with breakfast.
  • One-way transfer from Cologne hotel to port.
  • 14-night river cruise from Cologne to Budapest aboard ms Thomas Hardy including: All meals; complimentary onboard tea & coffee; five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides; free onboard Wi-Fi; services of a Riviera Cruises cruise director and tour manager; and port charges.
  • Visits, shore tours and sites include the stunning scenery of the Rhine Gorge, Main and Danube; guided tour of 2,000 year-old Koblenz; stops in picturesque Boppard, Rudesheim, Mainz and Passau; Melk Abbey and Regensburg; guided tours of baroque Wurzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest; walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg; tour of Nurember; and more.
  • BONUS Free Onboard Drinks Package: Valued at $389 per person, this package includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu — served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship.
  • One-way transfer from port to airport in Budapest.
  • ADD ON AIRFARE to/from Europe; return economy-class airfare available from just $995 per person.

➢➢Fares for Twin share Emerald (lower deck) stateroom with window from $6,200 AUD*.

Expires: Valid to 30 June 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on the Thomas Hardy out of Budapest

Thomas Hardy.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on Thomas Hardy itinerary

Thomas Hardy itinerary.

The Galapagos Islands in 2019

Cruise Package: 9-night Fly, Expedition Cruise & Hotel package round-trip from Guayaquil, Ecuador, on selected departures from August to December 2019.

Ship: 96-passenger Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour II; refurbished in 2016.

Offer Includes:

  • FREE return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Guayaquil (Ecuador), including tax.
  • 1-night pre-cruise accommodation in Guayaquil at the Hotel Hilton Colon with breakfast.
  • Transfers to and from hotel and ship or airport.
  • Charter flight from Guayaquil to the Galapagos.
  • 7-night expedition cruise aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II ship to the Galapagos Islands including: All shipboard meals and non-alcoholic beverages; bar tab; and WiFi**; sightseeing & entrance fees along with special access permits, park fees, port taxes; all shore excursions, zodiac & kayak explorations; snorkeling (including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkels; and lectures and presentations onboard ship.
  • Charter flight from Galapagos to Guayaquil.
  • 1-night post-cruise accommodation in Guayaquil at the Hotel Hilton Colon with breakfast.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 1 Ocean View Upper Deck for $9,120 AUD pp; Twin Cat 3 Ocean View Lounge Deck for $11,990 AUD pp.*

Expires: Valid until 31 July 19 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on the Nat Geo Endeavour in the Galapagos

Lindblad’s Nat Geo Endeavour II.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on Galapagos itinerary shown in map

Galapagos Islands itinerary.

Rhine River & Germany Christmas Markets in 2019

Cruise Package: 9-night Fly, River Cruise & Hotel stay, from Basel to Amsterdam, departs 9 December 2019.

Ship: 106-passenger Crystal Bach; built 2017.

Offer Includes:

  • FREE  return economy class airfare ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Basel and ex Amsterdam on return includes tax.
  • All transfers throughout.
  • 1-nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Basel with breakfast.
  • 7-night river cruise aboard Crystal Bach from Basel to Amsterdam including: Farm-to-table dining; unlimited fine wines/champagnes/premium spirits and beers included onboard; 24-hour room service; all shipboard and shoreside gratuities included whilst cruising; European butler service for every suite on cruise; unlimited wi-fi and internet access onboard; free self-service laundry on ship; and a selection of complimentary shore activities.
  • 1-night accommodation at a 5-star hotel in Amsterdam.

➢➢Fares for Twin share Cat S4 Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony/Window from AUD $6,450 pp (save $4,285 pp); twin share Cat S2 Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony/Window from AUD $7,625 pp (save $4,295 pp).

Expires: 30 June 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on Crystal Bach river cruise.

Crystal Bach

 

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers on the Crystal Bach.

Crystal Bach itinerary.

Atlantic Canada plus Churchill in 2019

Cruise Package: 22-night Fly, Expedition Cruise & Hotel stay from St Johns to Vancouver; departs 28 September 2019.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; refurbished 2014.

Offer Includes:

  • FREE Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to St John’s, Newfoundland (via Montreal on way over) and ex Vancouver on return.
  • Domestic Canadian airfares as required by the itinerary.
  • All transfers throughout from arrival in St John’s to final day in Vancouver.
  • Pre-Cruise hotel accommodation in: Montreal (3 nights) & St John’s (1 night).
  • 10-night Newfoundland Circumnavigation expedition cruise round-trip from St John’s includes: complimentary expedition Parka (yours to keep); complimentary use of gumboots (loan onboard); onboard educational presentations, interactive workshops and evening entertainment; documentary and film programming; sightseeing including museum entries, park accesses; access to pristine wilderness areas; Zodiac tours and cruises; local performances; and port taxes.
  • Post-Cruise hotel accommodation in Toronto (2 nights).
  • 4-night “Churchill Town & Tundra Adventurer” package round-trip from Winnipeg includes 2 nights accommodation in Winnipeg (1 night pre and 1 night post Churchill) at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel; return economy class airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill; 2 nights accommodation in Churchill; and 2-nights hotel in Vancouver.

➢➢Fares for Twin share Cat 3 interior from AUD $16,695*pp; Twin share Cat 6 Ocean View from AUD $20,395*pp (save $5,820 pp).

Expires: 30 June 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers aboard Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour.

Free & Discounted Airfare Offers aboard Ocean Endeavour.

Ocean Endeavour itinerary.

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Traveller, and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

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Small Ship Cruise Collection's Powell Ettinger

The Small Cruise Ship Collection’s Powell Ettinger

QuirkyCruise’s Heidi Sarna had an e-chat with Powell Ettinger, co-founder and managing director of The Small Cruise Ship Collection (SCSC), a travel agency specializing exclusively in the small-ship niche. Powell shares why he’s so passionate about this cozy corner of the travel world.

Small Ship Cruise Collection's Powell Ettinger

 

Q: What size ships does Small Cruise Ship Collection specialize in?

Powell Ettinger: Specialising in small ships worldwide, the largest vessels we work with carry around 260 passengers, and the smallest carries 8, but most carry 40-100.  Our cruises are more about the destinations than the vessels, more “travel by boat.” We don’t sell European river cruises offered by many large companies; it’s a different market to the small vessels we work with. Most of our passengers hate the idea of traditional cruising.

Small Cruise Ship Collection's Powell Ettinger

Small Cruise Ship Collection’s Powell Ettinger

Q: Why small ships?

Powell Ettinger: At The Small Cruise Ship Collection, we only sell small-ship cruises as we feel they have many advantages.

  • Responsible Travel. Small-ship cruises tend to be much more responsible than larger vessels. They provide income to many small communities around the world. The idea is to get the passengers ashore as much as possible to let them experience local culture and food, rather than keep them on board to make money from them.
  • Nooks and Crannies. Small ships can reach the parts larger ships cannot. Whether this is a bay full of penguins in Antarctica, a small village in Papua New Guinea, a pristine reef in Fiji or a known polar bear haunt, larger ships can’t access these nooks.
  • Docking. In many ports, for instance in Croatia, only small vessels are allowed to dock; larger ships must anchor off shore.
  • Small Villages.  If you are visiting a small village in Cuba, the Greek Islands or Papua New Guinea, the locals will welcome a visit from 40-50 people, but 600? 3,000? Just not feasible.
  • Queues. What are they?
  • More Personable. On a small ship, you will get to know the passengers, the crew and the captain usually too.

RELATED: QuirkyCruise’s Take on “Big Ships Small Ships”

Q: Why did you get into the business of selling small-ship cruises?

Powell Ettinger: I have worked in the travel industry for 25 years, specialising in responsible travel to off-the-beaten-track destinations. I’ve trekked and sailed all over the world, from Morocco, Nepal, Iceland, Peru and Ethiopia, to the Greek isles, fjords of Chile, and the Amazon River.  I’ve never been on a traditional big-ship cruise and wouldn’t want to. Small-ship “cruises” are the best, and often the only, way to see most of the places we visit.

Small Ship Cruise Collection's Powell Ettinger

The cozy Delfin II on the Amazon. * Photo: Delfin Amazon Cruises

Q:  What can you and your team offer travelers?

Powell Ettinger:  We offer huge choice in the specialist small-ships market. Because we only sell small-ship cruises, our team has a vast knowledge of the market and we always offer honest opinions — if we don’t think a particular trip is right for someone we will tell them.

Q: How has the small-ship business changed in past 10-20 years?

Powell Ettinger: It has grown substantially and has become a “thing” in its own right, rather than just a few luxury and expedition ships in Polar Regions.

Q:  What are the joys and the challenges of the small-ship cruise niche?

Powell Ettinger: The joy is the feedback we get from our passengers, and also from the people we work with worldwide who appreciate the jobs we provide in their communities without disrupting their environments.

The main challenges are that the ships are small, so capacity is limited. Also, many people (mistakenly) confuse small-ship cruises with mainstream cruising, and so won’t even consider them. Another challenge is I don’t have enough time to do all the small ship cruises that I want to do!

Q: Do you have a couple of favorite small-ship cruise experiences?

Powell Ettinger:  Too many. The grandeur of Antarctica, the amazing white icebergs off Greenland on a beautiful sunny day, the whales of Alaska, the harbour restaurants of Croatia, seeing a polar bear with her cubs, the people of New Guinea, exploring the Amazon…

White on white, seeing a polar bear from the ship in the Arctic.

White on white, seeing a polar bear from the ship in the Arctic. * Photo: Ted Scull

Q: How do you reconcile traveling in delicate regions affected by climate change?

Powell Ettinger: The amount of emissions created by our travel to the Polar Regions is a minute fraction of the world’s output, and even a minute fraction of our own footprint. Ships are getting greener, but there is no such thing as a completely green cruise. However, it is important that some people do visit, and in fact many people that do are so moved by their experience they go home and change their lifestyles — swap their diesel car for an electric car, and change their lifestyle in general.

Additionally, in the Arctic there are many small communities who derive an income from the few tourists that do visit, and it helps them preserve their unique culture and way of life.

 

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small-ship Croatia cruise offers

Small-Ship Croatia Cruise Offers

Our partners at The Small Cruise Ship Collection (SCSC) are sharing these small-ship Croatia cruise offers for summer 2019. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website. For more info about SCSC and its co-founder, click here.  Note SCSC fares are in British pounds.

 

Small Ship Cruise Collection's Powell Ettinger

 

 

Happy small-ship cruising! 🤩

 

Venice, Kotor Bay & Dubrovnik Luxury Sailing Cruise in Summer 2019

Cruise: 7 nights, from Venice to Dubrovnik; June 1 & June 15 2019 departures.

Offer: 40% off special offer; before discount fares start at £2205 +£86 port fees.

Vessel:  36-passenger SV Klara.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection website to book.

SV Klara

 

Luxury Croatia Cruise in Summer 2019

Cruise: 7 nights, round-trip from Split, Croatia; June 22 & June 29 2019 departures.

Offer: 25% off special offer;  before discount fares start at £1305 per person.

Vessel: 40-passenger MV President; built in 2011.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection website to book.

small-ship Croatia cruise offers

MV President

 

Another Luxury Croatia Cruise in Summer 2019

Cruise: 7 nights, from Split to Dubrovnik; June 8 & August 31 2019 departures.

Offer: £150-250 off per person special offer; fares before discount start at £1435 per person.

Vessel: 40-passenger MV Diamond.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection website to book.

small-ship Croatia cruise offers

MV Diamond

 

And One More Luxury Croatia Cruise in Summer 2019

Cruise: 7 nights; round-trip from Split; June 8 2019 departure.

Offer: 25% off special offer; fare before discount start at £1345 per person.

Vessel: 40-passenger MV New Star; built in 2018.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection website to book.

small-ship Croatia cruise offers

MV New Star

 

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Solo Cruiser Offers

Solo Cruise Offers on Riviera River Cruises

 

Have a look at these special small-ship cruise offers for solo travelers from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

Click here for more info about Cruise Traveller.

Also check our QuirkyCruise’s recent article on the “Best Europe River Cruise Lines for Solos” … Riviera is on the list of course!

Cruises below are available to Australian passengers only.

Happy small-ship cruising!

 

Cruise Traveller

 

 

Solo Cruise Offers

 

France for Solos in 2020: Burgundy, The River Rhone & Provence

Cruise Package: 7-night river cruise from Avignon to Lyon, departures from April to October 2020.

Ship: Riviera’s 140-passenger MS Lord Byron; built in 2013.

Offer Includes:

  • 7-night river cruise aboard MS Lord Byron between Avignon and Lyon
  • All shipboard main meals
  • All shore excursions
  • Complimentary wi-fi and onboard tea & coffee

➢➢Fares for solo occupancy of an Emerald (lower deck) cabin with window from $2,859 AUD per person (no single supplement; based on 16 Apr 20 departure).

Expires: valid until sold out/withdrawn — limited availability on each cruise.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Solo Cruiser Offers

Lord Byron

Solo Cruiser Offers

France for Solos in 2020: Burgundy, The River Rhone & Provence


Germany & Austria for Solos in 2020: Vienna, Bohemia & the Danube

Cruise Package: 7-night river cruise round-trip from Vienna; departures July – September 2020.

Ship: 169-passenger Thomas Hardy; built 2017.

Offer Includes:

  • 7-night river cruise aboard the Riviera’s MS Thomas from Vienna Return
  • All shipboard meals
  • All shore excursions
  • Complimentary wi-fi and onboard tea & coffee

➢➢FARES for solo occupancy of an Emerald (lower deck) cabin with window from $3,199* AUD per person.

Expires: valid until sold out/withdrawn – limited space on each cruise.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Solo Cruiser Offers

Thomas Hardy

Solo Cruiser Offers

Germany & Austria for Solos in 2020: Vienna, Bohemia & the Danube


Danube River for Solos Only in 2020

Cruise Package: 7-night SOLOS ONLY river cruise round-trip from Budapest; departures in March and November 2020.

Ship: 169-passenger Riviera’s MS Robert Burns; built in 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • 7-night river cruise aboard MS Robert Burns round-trip from Budapest on an ALL SOLO TRAVELLER departure
  • All shipboard main meals
  • All shore excursions
  • Complimentary wi-fi and onboard tea & coffee

➢➢FARES for solo occupancy of an Emerald (lower deck) cabin with window from $2,749 AUD per person; solo occupancy of a Ruby (middle deck) cabin with French Balcony from $3,549 AUD per person: solo occupancy of Diamond (upper deck) cabin with French Balcony from $3,779 AUD per person (no single supplement, based on 30 March 2020 departure).

Expires: valid until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Rob

Robert Burns

Solo Cruiser Offers

Danube River for Solos Only in 2020


Rhine River for SOLOS ONLY in 2020: Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

Cruise Package: 7-night river cruise round-trip from Cologne return, departs 31 October 2020.

Ship: 169-passenger MS Oscar Wilde; built 2017.

Offer Includes:

  • 7-night river cruise aboard MS Oscar Wilde round-trip from Cologne on an ALL SOLO TRAVELLER departure
  • All shipboard main meals
  • All shore excursions
  • Complimentary wi-fi and onboard tea & coffee

➢➢FARES for solo occupancy of an Emerald (lower deck) cabin with window from $3,249 AUD per person; solo occupancy of a Ruby (middle deck) cabin with French Balcony from $4,049 AUD per person; solo occupancy of Diamond (upper deck) cabin with French Balcony from $4,279 AUD per person (no single supplement on any category).

Expires: valid until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Oscar Wilde

Solo Cruiser Offers

Rhine River for SOLOS ONLY in 2020: Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg


Portugal for SOLOS ONLY in 2020: Douro, Porto & Salamanca River

Cruise Package: 7-night river cruise round-trip from Porto; departures November 2020.

Ship: 126-passenger Douro Splendour; built 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • 7-night river cruise aboard MS Douro Splendour (or sister ship Douro Elegance) round-trip from Porto on an ALL SOLO TRAVELLER departure
  • All shipboard main meals
  • All shore excursions
  • Complimentary wi-fi and onboard tea & coffee

➢➢FARES for solo occupancy of a Lower deck cabin with window from $3,709 AUD per person; solo occupancy of a Middle deck cabin with floor to ceiling window from $4,399 AUD per person; solo occupancy of an Upper deck cabin with floor to ceiling window from $4,739 AUD per person (no single supplement on any category).

Expires: until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Solo Cruiser Offers

Douro Splendour

Portugal for SOLOS ONLY in 2020: Douro, Porto & Salamanca River

 

 

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Traveller, and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

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Cruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

Cruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

Check out these special small-ship cruise offers on itineraries around the world from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

Click here for more info about Cruise Traveller.

Cruises below are available to Australian passengers only.

Happy small-ship cruising!

 

Cruise Traveller

 

 

Around-the-World on Small Ships

An Australian Adventure in 2019 – Free Upgrade offer

Cruise Package: 10-night Australian east coast cruise from Cairns to Sydney plus 3 hotel nights in Port Douglas; departs 13 December 2019.

Ship: 184-passenger Ponant’s Le Laperouse; built in 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • One-way economy air from Sydney to Cairns with transfer to Port Douglas.
  • 3-night Port Douglas resort stay with breakfast and transfers.
  • FREE full-day tour to Kuranda from Port Douglas.
  • 10-night cruise aboard Le Laperouse from Cairns to Sydney including all shipboard meals, open bar and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin Deluxe Balcony from $7,995 AUD per person; Twin Prestige Balcony on Deck 4 from $7,995 AUD per person (free upgrade offer); and Single Prestige Balcony on Deck 4 from $11,995 AUD per person.

Expires: 13 April 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

 Cruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

 

Christmas Markets in Style in 2019

Cruise Package: 7-night luxury Rhine River Christmas Markets cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, plus 2 hotel nights (one Basel and one Amsterdam); departs 9 Dec 2019.

Ship: 106-passenger Crystal Bach; built 2017.

Offer Includes:

  • FREE round-trip economy-class airfares from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Basel and back from Amsterdam on return.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Basel with breakfast with transfers.
  • 7-night Christmas Markets river cruise aboard the Crystal Bach from Basel to Amsterdam including all shipboard meals, beverages, tips and port taxes.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Amsterdam with transfers.

➢➢Fares for Twin S4 Petite Suite from $7,960 AUD per person (was $10,735); and Twin S2 Deluxe Suite from $9,150 AUD per person (was $11,920).

Expires: 30 April 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

ruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

Rhine River Christmas market cruise! * Photo: Crystal Cruises

 

Wild India in 2020

Cruise Package: 7-night Brahmaputra India river cruise plus 12-night hotel/safari nights, from Delhi to Kolkata; departs 13 January 2020.

Ship: 46-passenger MV Mahabaahu; built in 2011.

Offer Includes:

  • Return economy class airfares from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne to Delhi and ex Kolkata on return.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Delhi, India with transfers/breakfast.
  • 9-nights at safari lodges in India (3 each at Bandhavgarh NP, Kanha NP & Pench NP) with all meals and game drives each day.
  • 2-night hotel stay in Kolkata, India with transfers/breakfast & sightseeing.
  • Airfares within India Kolkata to Jorhat (with transfer to Neamati Ghat) and Guwahati to Kolkata.
  • 7-night Brahmaputra River cruise aboard the MV Mahabaahu from Neamati Ghat to Guwahati including all shipboard meals, some beverages, all shore excursions and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin Superior Riverview from $12,565 AUD per person (was $13,015); Twin Superior Balcony from $13,095 AUD per person (was $13,620); and Single Superior Riverview from $22,655 AUD (was $23,505).

Expires: 30 Jun 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Cruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

Mahabahuu.

 

An Antarctic Expedition – Plus Iguazu Falls in South America in 2020

Cruise Package: 10-night Antarctic expedition cruise plus 6-night hotel stay from Buenos Aires return; departs 27 Nov 2020.

Ship: 264-passenger L’Austral, built in 2011.

Offer Includes:

  • Return economy class airfares from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2-night hotel stay in Buenos Aires (one pre and one post cruise) with transfers/breakfast.
  • Round-trip charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.
  • 10-night Antarctica expedition cruise aboard L’Austral round-trip from Ushuaia including all shipboard meals, open bar, all shore excursions/zodiac trips and port taxes.
  • Round-trip airfare between Buenos Aires and Iguazu.
  • 2-night hotel stay at Iguazu Falls with breakfast/transfer and tour to Argentine side of the falls.
  • 2-night hotel stay in Buenos Aires post Iguazu with FREE dinner and tango show on final night plus breakfast/transfers.

➢➢Fares for Twin Deluxe Balcony from $19,795 AUD per person (was $25,160); Twin Prestige Balcony on Deck 4 from $21,145 AUD per person (was $27,070); and Single Deluxe Balcony from $24,995 AUD (was $44,755).

Expires: 31 Jul 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Cruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

L’Austral

 

Thailand Under Sail in 2019 & 2020

Cruise Package: 7-night tall ship sailing cruise plus 3-night hotel stay from Phuket, Thailand return; departures Oct 19, 2019 to March 20, 2020.

Ship: 170-passenger Star Clipper; built in 1993.

Offer Includes:

  • FREE 3-night hotel stay in Phuket, Thailand.
  • FREE transfer from hotel to port on embarkation day.
  • 7-night Northern or Southern Thailand cruise aboard Star Clipper round-trip from Phuket, Thailand including all shipboard meals and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin Interior Cat 6 cabin from $2,735 AUD per person; Twin Ocean View Cat 4 cabin from $3,175 AUD per person; and Single Cat 6 interior from $3,925 AUD.

Expires: Until sold out/withdrawn.

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. 

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Cruise Traveller Around-the-World Offers

Exotic Thailand itinerary.

 

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Traveller, and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

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Fly-Free from Australia Cruise Offers

Fly-Free from Australia Cruise Offers

Check out these special small-ship cruise offers that include free economy round-trip airfare from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

Click here for more info about Cruise Traveller.

Cruises below are available to Australian passengers only.

 

Cruise Traveller

 

Happy small-ship cruising!

Galapagos Greats: LINDBLAD & THE GALAPAGOS Islands

Cruise Package: 7-night Galapagos cruise adventure plus 2 hotel nights, round-trip from Guayaquil; selected departures August to November 2019.

Ship: 96-passenger Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour II; built in 2006 and refurbished in 2016.

Fly-Free from Australia Cruise Offers

National Geographic Endeavour II.

Offer Includes:

  • Free return economy class airfare between Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and Guayaquil.
  • 2-night (1 pre and 1 post) hotel stay in Guayaquil with breakfast and transfer to charter flight.
  • Free round-trip charter flights between Guayaquil and the Galapagos.
  • 7-night cruise aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II round-trip from the Galapagos including all shipboard meals, open bar (some top shelf beverages not included) plus Zodiac shore excursions and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 1 Ocean View Upper Deck cabins from $9,120 AUD per person; Twin Cat 3 Ocean View Lounge Deck cabins from $11,990 AUD per person; and Single 2S Ocean View Upper Deck cabins from $13,620 AUD per person.

Expires: 31 July 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.  

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Fly-Free from Australia Cruise Offers

A map of the Galápagos Islands. * Map: Cruise Traveller

 

Shamrock Express: ADVENTURE CANADA & IRELAND

Cruise Package: 11-night Ireland expedition cruise plus 1 hotel night; round-trip from Dublin, departs 9 June 2019.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; built in 1982 and last refitted in 2016.

"Adventure Canada" Specials

Ocean Endeavor. * Photo: Adventure Canada

Offer Includes:

  • Free round-trip economy class airfare between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth and Dublin.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Dublin with breakfast with transfers.
  • 11-night expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Endeavour round-trip from Dublin, Ireland including all shipboard meals, plus Zodiac shore excursions and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 4 Ocean View cabins from $12,545 AUD per person (was $16,790); Twin Cat 6 Ocean View cabins from $15,160 AUD per person (was $19,790); and Single Cat 4 Ocean View cabins from $14,760 AUD per person (was $24,330).

Expires: 15 April 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.  

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Ireland cruise. * Map: Cruise Traveller

 

The King Penguin Parade: PONANT & THE SUB-ANTARCTICS

Cruise Package: 14-night Sub-Antarctic expedition cruise plus 2 hotel nights, from Dunedin to Lyttelton, departs 1 Feb 2020.

Ship: 184-passenger Le Laperouse; built in 2018.

quirky-cruise-cruise-traveller-deals-june-18-2018-stern-of-le-laperouse

The stern of Le Laperouse. * Rendering: Ponant

Offer Includes:

  • Free round-trip economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Dunedin and out of Christchurch on return.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Dunedin, New Zealand with transfers.
  • 14-night expedition cruise aboard the Le Laperouse from Dunedin to Lyttelton including all shipboard meals, open bar, plus Zodiac shore excursions and port taxes.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Christchurch, New Zealand with transfers.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat DEL Deluxe Balcony from $17,675 AUD per person (was $21,055); Twin Cat PR4 Prestige Balcony from $19,545 AUD per person (was $23,360).

Expires: 31 March 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.  

* Offer available to Australian guests only.

Fly-Free from Australia Cruise Offers

New Zealand and the SubAntarctic region. * Map: Cruise Traveller

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Traveller, and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

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Montenegro, Antarctica, Iceland & Seychelles Special Offers

Montenegro, Antarctica, Iceland & Seychelles Special Offers

Our partners at The Small Cruise Ship Collection (SCSC) are sharing these small-ship cruise deals for adventures in 2019 to Montenegro, Antarctica, Iceland and the Seychelles. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website. For more info about SCSC and its co-founder, click here.  Note SCSC fares are in British pounds.

 

Small Ship Cruise Collection's Powell Ettinger

 

 

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Antarctic Discoverer  in 2019

Cruise: 11-night Antarctic cruise round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina.

Special Offer: 25% off remaining cabins for the March 11, 2019, departure. Fares for twin cabins before discount start at £7,623 per person.

Vessel:  114-passenger Plancius; built in 1976 & refurbished in 2009.

For more details or to book this offer, visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection.

Plancius

Iceland in 2019

Cruise: 6-night Northern Lights cruise round-trip from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Special Offer: 20% off for early bookings. Fares before discount start at £2,299 per person for cruises departing September 16 & 22, 2019.

Vessel:  210-passenger Ocean Diamond; built in 1974 & refurbished in 2012.

For more details or to book this offer, visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection.

Montenegro Special Offers

Ocean Diamond


Montenegro by Cruise and Bicycle  in 2019

Cruise: 7-night Montenegro cruise round-trip from Kotor that includes daily bicycle rides of 16 to 37 kilometres. Cycle during the day to explore Montenegro with time for relaxing swimming and sunbathing, and enjoy dining in port (and sleep on board your “floating hotel” at night).

Special Offer: 10% off for early-bird bookings; fares before discount starting at £1,125 per person for weekly departures May through October.

Vessel: 12-passenger Adatepe, a ketch-style gulet (2-masted sail boat); built in 2006 & refurbished in 2016.

For more details or to book this offer, visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection.

Montenegro Special Offers

Adatepe

Kotor Bay and Montenegro Gulet Cruise in 2019

Cruise: 7 nights round-trip from Tivat (in southwest Montenegro, in the Bay of Kotor), including breakfast, lunch and 2 dinners on board (the rest of the dinners on shore at passengers’ choice and expense).

Special Offer: 10% off for early-bird bookings; fares before discount start at £905 per person for weekly departures May to October in 2019.

Vessel: 12-passenger Sadri Usta; a gulet (sailing ship) built in 2005 & refurbished in 2017.

For more details or to book this offer, visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection.

Montenegro, Antarctica, Iceland & Seychelles Special Offers

Sadri Usta

Seychelles Cruise in 2019

Cruise: 8-day Seychelles cruise round-trip from Mahe (Victoria), Seychelles.

Special Offer: 25% off selected departures until March 2019. Starting fares before discount are £1,845 per person.

Vessel: The 49-passenger MV Pegasus; built in 1992 & refurbished in 1997.

For more details or to book this offer; visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection.

Montenegro, Antarctica, Iceland & Seychelles Special Offers

Pegasus

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Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, The Small Cruise Ship Collection and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person in British Pounds and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

 

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Ponant's Le Laperouse

Ponant’s Le Laperouse

Check out these special offers featuring expeditions aboard Ponant’s Le Laperouse from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

Click here for more info about Cruise Traveller.

 

Cruises below are available to Australian passengers only.

 

Cruise Traveller

 

Happy small-ship cruising!

Ponant’s Le Laperouse

Australian Adventure in 2019

Cruise Package: 10-night Australia cruise adventure + 3 hotel nights, from Sydney to Cairns, departs December 13, 2019.

Ship: 184-passenger Le Laperouse; built 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • Free one-way economy-class airfare from Sydney to Cairns including tax with a full service airline including 20kg of luggage.
  • 3-night hotel stay at the Sheraton Mirage Hotel (or similar) in Port Douglas with daily breakfast,  full-day tour to Kuranda and transfers.
  • 10-night cruise aboard the Le Laperouse from Cairns to Sydney including all shipboard meals, open bar, entertainment and events, 24-hour room service, plus Zodiac shore excursions, and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony cabins from $7,995 AUD per person (was $9,240 AUD); Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony cabins from $8,445 AUD per person (was $10,380 AUD); and Single PR4 Prestige Balcony cabins from $11,995 AUD per person (was $18,185 AUD).

Expires: 12 February, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.   * Offer available to Australian guests only.

Ponant's Le Laperouse

Cruise Traveller’s Australia Adventure. * Photo: Cruise Travellers

 

The King Penguin Parade in 2020

Cruise Package: 14-night New Zealand & Sub Antarctic cruise adventure + 2 hotel nights, from Dunedin to Lyttelton, departs February 1, 2020.

Ship: 184-passenger Le Laperouse; built 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • Free return economy-class airfare from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney to Dunedin and then back from Christchurch including tax.
  • 2-night hotel stay (1-night pre-cruise in Dunedin and 1-night post-cruise hotel in Christchurch); includes transfers.
  • 14-night “Fjordland & The Sub Antarctic Islands” expedition cruise aboard the new Le Laperouse from Dunedin to Lyttelton including:  including all shipboard meals, open bar, entertainment and events, 24-hour room service, plus Zodiac shore excursions, port taxes, and free expedition parka and boots rental.

➢➢Fares for Twin DEL Deluxe Balcony from $17,675 AUD per person (only 4 at this price) (was $21,055); fares for Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony from $19,545 AUD per person (only 4 at this price) (was $23,360); fares for Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony from $20,415 per person AUD (only 3 at this price) (was $24,420).

** SORRY all singles sold-out on this Fly Free offer **

Expires: 31 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.   * Offer available to Australian guests only.

Ponant's Le Laperouse

The Sub Antarctic. * Photo: Nath Michel for Cruise Traveller

 

The Dreamtime Diaries in 2019

Cruise Package: 20-night Australia cruise adventure + 1 hotel night, from Darwin to Sydney, departs December 5, 2019.

Ship: 184-passenger Le Laperouse; built 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • Free one-way economy-class airfare from Sydney to Darwin, including tax.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Darwin with breakfast, includes transfers.
  • 20-night expedition cruise aboard the new Le Laperouse from Darwin to Sydney including all shipboard meals, open bar, entertainment and events, 24-hour room service, plus some Zodiac shore excursions, and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony from $13,695 AUD per person (was $17,745); fares for Single PR4 Prestige Balcony from $18,445 AUD per person (was $34,160 AUD per person).

Expires: 31 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.  Offer available to Australian guests only.

Ponant's Le Laperouse

Photo: Ponant

 

Kimberley Delights in 2020

Cruise Package: 10-night Kimberley expedition + 3 hotel nights, from Darwin to Broome, departs August 14, 2020.

Ship: 184-passenger Le Laperouse; built 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • Free return economy-class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Darwin and out of Broome, including tax.
  • 2-nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Darwin with breakfast, includes transfers; 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Broome with breakfast and transfers.
  • 10-night Kimberley expedition cruise aboard the new Le Laperouse from Darwin to Broome including all shipboard meals, open bar, entertainment and events, 24-hour room service, plus Zodiac shore excursions, and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony cabins from $14,435 AUD per person (4 only at this price) (was $16,910); and fares for Single PR5 Prestige Balcony cabins from $20,775 AUD per person (2 only at this price) ($32,575 per person).

Expires: 31 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.   * Offer available to Australian guests only.

Crocodile. * Photo: Mick Fogg for Ponant

 

Outback Rails to Dragons Tails in 2019

Cruise Package: 11-night cruise adventure + 2 train cabin nights + 1 hotel night, from Darwin to Benoa (Bali), departs August 28, 2019.

Ship: 184-passenger Le Laperouse; built 2018.

Offer Includes:

  • 2-night “The Ghan” train journey from Adelaide to Darwin in a Gold Twin or Gold Single cabin featuring: For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day | For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. There are power outlets in cabin; in-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available; all-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant; all-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages; all-inclusive off-train excursions and short stops in Katherine, Alice Springs and Marla.
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Darwin with breakfast and transfers.
  • 11-night expedition cruise aboard the new Le Laperouse from Darwin to Benoa (Bali) including all shipboard meals, open bar, entertainment and events, 24-hour room service, plus Zodiac shore excursions, and port taxes.

➢➢Fares for Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony cabins from $13,895 AUD per person; fares for Twin DS3 Deluxe Suites from $18,295 AUD per person; fares for Single PR6 Prestige Balcony cabins from $22,595 AUD per person.

Expires: 30 April, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.   * Offer available to Australian guests only.

Ponant’s Le Laperouse. * Photo: Ponant

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Traveller, and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

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Hello, welcome to QuirkyCruise.com’s deals column!

Here are some enticing small ship cruise offers curated by a handful of well-respected travel companies, agencies and tour operators that specialize in selling small-ship cruises, including:

 

Grand Victoria: The Queen of Burgundy

Luxury Barge Cruises

 

The Small Cruise Ship Collection

Small Ship Cruise Collection's Powell Ettinger

 

Cruise Traveller

Cruise Traveller

 

eWaterways

eWaterways

 

AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations
 

 

 

Happy small-ship cruising!

 

Special Offers

Grand Victoria “The Queen of Burgundy” Barge
20% off full-barge charters when booked by Jan 2, 2020; mention code QC2020

special offer for a grand victoria barge cruise

The lovely sun deck of the 6-passenger Grand Victoria. * Photo: Grand Victoria Cruises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Small Cruise Ship Collection (posted May 16, 2019)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted April 25, 2019)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted April 3, 2019)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted March 3, 2019)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection (posted Jan 27, 2019)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted Jan 18, 2019)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted Dec 12, 2018 )

The Small Cruise Ship Collection (posted Nov 23, 2018)

AdventureSmith Explorations (posted Oct 29, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection (posted Oct 13, 2018)

AdventureSmith Explorations (posted Sept 30, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted Sept 27, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection (posted Sept 14, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted Aug 20, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted July 20, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection Deals (posted July 14, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted June 18, 2018)

eWaterways Deals (posted June 8, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection Deals (posted June 1, 2018)

Cruise Planners Deals (posted May 26, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted May 24, 2018)

Cruise Planners Deals (posted April 20, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted April 14, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection Deals (posted April 8, 2018)

Cruise Planners Deals (posted March 24, 2018)

Cruise Traveller Deals (posted March 16, 2018)

eWaterways Deals (posted March 9, 2018)

Cruise Planners Deals (posted March 8, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection Deals (posted March 2, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection Deals (posted Feb 16, 2018)

eWaterways Deals (posted Feb 9, 2018)

The Small Cruise Ship Collection Deals (posted Feb 6, 2018)

 

 

Note

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"Adventure Canada" Specials

Canada, Iceland, Ireland & Greenland Offers with “Adventure Canada”

Check out these special offers for Adventure Canada expeditions from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

Click here for more info about Cruise Traveller.

Cruises below are available to Australian passengers only.

 

Cruise Traveller

 

Happy small-ship cruising!

Into the Northwest Passage in 2020

Cruise Package: 16-night Northwest Passage cruise + 2 hotel nights, from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Kugluktuk, Canada, departs 22 August, 2020.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; built 1982 & refurbished in 2015.

Offer Includes:

  • Free 1-night accommodation in Toronto pre-cruise with transfer from hotel to charter flight.
  • One-way charter flight in economy class from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
  • 16-night Expedition Cruise INTO THE NORTH WEST PASSAGE aboard Ocean Endeavour from Kangerlussuaq to Kugluktuk including all shipboard meals and snacks, all excursions, onboard educational program, complimentary expedition parka (yours to keep) and gumboots (loan onboard), plus port taxes, “Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person,” one-way charter flight from Kugluktuk to Calgary, and a bonus FREE 1-night post-cruise hotel in Calgary with transfer from charter flight to hotel on arrival.

➢➢Fares for a Twin Cat 3 Interior start from USD $15,830 per person (savings of USD $1,460 per person); Single solo Cat 3 cabin starts at USD $17,290 per person.

Expires: 19 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.   * Offer available to Australian guests only.

"Adventure Canada" Specials

Polar bear. * Photo: Andrew Stewart for Adventure Canada

Iceland Circumnavigation in 2019

Cruise Package: 9-night Iceland cruise + 1 hotel night, round-trip from Reykjavik, Iceland, departs 5 July, 2019.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; built 1982 & refurbished in 2015.

Offer Includes:

  • 1-night pre-cruise accommodation in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Transfer from hotel to port on embarkation day.
  • 9-night “Iceland Circumnavigation” expedition cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour round-trip from Reykjavik includes all shipboard meals and snacks, all excursions, onboard educational program, complimentary expedition parka (yours to keep) and gumboots (loan onboard), plus port taxes, and more.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 3 Interior cabins start from USD $5,860 per person (savings of USD $1,035 per person); Single solo Cat 3 cabins from USD $6,895 per person.

Expires: 19 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.   * Offer available to Australian guests only.

"Adventure Canada" Specials

Iceland. * Photo: Michelle Valberg for Adventure Canada

 

Greenland & Wild Labrador in 2020

Cruise Package: 14-night expedition cruise + 1 hotel night, from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to St. John’s, Canada, departs 23 September, 2020.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; built 1982 & refurbished in 2015.

Offer Includes:

  • Free 1-night accommodation in Toronto pre-cruise including transfer to charter flight.
  • One-way charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
  • 14-night expedition GREENLAND & WILD LABRADOR cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to St John’s, Canada, including all shipboard meals and snacks, all excursions, onboard educational program, complimentary expedition parka (yours to keep) and gumboots (loan onboard), plus port taxes, “Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person,” and more.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 3 Interior cabins from USD $9,750 per person (savings of USD $940 per person); single solo Cat 3 cabin from USD $10,690 per person.

Expires: 19 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.  * Offer available to Australian guests only.

"Adventure Canada" Specials

Greenlandic girl. * Photo: MIchelle Valberg for Adventure Canada

 

Ireland Circumnavigation in 2019

Cruise Package: 11-night Ireland cruise + 1 hotel night, round-trip from Dublin, Ireland, departs 9 June, 2019.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; built 1982 & refurbished in 2015.

Offer Includes:

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel in Dublin.
  • Transfer from hotel to port on embarkation day.
  • 11 night “Ireland Circumnavigation” expedition cruise on Ocean Endeavour round-trip from Dublin includes all shipboard meals and snacks, all excursions, onboard educational program, complimentary expedition parka (yours to keep) and gumboots (loan onboard), plus port taxes, and more.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 3 Interior cabins from USD $7,050 per person (savings of USD $1,245 per person); Single solo Cat 3 cabins from USD $8,295 per person.

Expires: 19 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise. Offer available to Australian guests only.

Ocean Endeavor. * Photo: Adventure Canada

 

Scotland Slowly in 2019

Cruise Package: 11-night Scotland cruise + 1 hotel night, from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Scotland, departs 21 June, 2019.

Ship: 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour; built 1982 & refurbished in 2015.

Offer Includes:

  • 1-nights pre-cruise accommodation in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Transfer from hotel to port on embarkation day.
  • 10 night “Scotland Slowly” expedition cruise on Ocean Endeavour from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Scotland, includes all shipboard meals and snacks, all excursions, onboard educational presentations, complimentary expedition parka (yours to keep) and gumboots (loan onboard), plus port taxes, and more.

➢➢Fares for Twin Cat 3 Interior cabins from USD $6,625 per person (savings of USD $1,170 per person); Single solo Cat 3 cabins from USD $7,795 per person.

Expires: 19 January, 2019 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Visit the Cruise Traveller site for more info or to book this cruise.Offer available to Australian guests only.

"Adventure Canada" Specials

Scotland. Andrew Stewart for Adventure Canada

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Traveller, and are based on availability and are subject to change. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. All rates are per person and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

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