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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.

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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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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

 

 

Happy small-ship cruising! 🤩
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

NOTE

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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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

Bookings are made through the links back to the cruise agencies and are subject to availability. QuirkyCruise does not endorse or favor or guarantee one cruise deal over another, we are providing them as a service to our readers.

 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

Our partners at AdventureSmith Explorations are sharing these five small-ship cruise deals for voyages in Alaska, Galapagos, Antarctica, Baja California and Southeast Asia in 2018 & 2019. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to their website. For Galapagos travel tips from AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder Todd Smith, click here.

 

AdventureSmith Explorations

 

HAPPY SMALL-SHIP CRUISING! 🤩

 

Antarctic Latitudes Cruises — Save Up To 20% On Select 2019 Antarctic Expeditions

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

Special Offer: 20% off per person on select Antarctica cruises in February and March 2019; fares before discount starting at $9,995 per person.

Vessel: 114-passenger Hebridean Sky, built in 1991, refurbished in 2016; OR 112-passenger Island Sky, built in 1992, refurbished in 2017.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

Hebridean Sky

 

Wild Alaska — Complimentary Airfare on May 2019 Wild Alaska Escape Cruises

Cruise: 5-night active journey in Alaska’s Inside Passage between Sitka and Juneau.

Special Offer: Complimentary per person airfare between Sitka and Seattle on the May 25 & 30, 2019, departures of Wild Alaska Escape aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird; fares before discount starting at $4,290 per person.

Vessel: 62-passenger Sea Bird; built in 1982, refurbished in 2014.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

Sea Bird

 

Baja California Whale-Centric Cruises — $350 Air Credit on Jan 2019 Baja California “Among the Great Whales” Cruises

Cruise: 9-night wildlife-focused journey of Baja California round-trip from La Paz, Mexico.

Special Offer: $350 air credit per person when you book by December 31, 2018; fares before discount starting at $7,530 per person.

Vessel: 62-passenger Sea Bird, built in 1982, refurbished in 2014; OR 100-passenger Venture, built in 2018.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

Venture

 

Luxury Mekong River Cruises — Save Up To 30% On Select 2019 & 2020 Aqua Mekong River Cruises

Cruise: 3- 4- or 7-night Mekong River cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia between various points, including Tonle Sap Lake (Cambodia) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

Special Offer: Save up to 30% when you book select 2019 & 2020 Aqua Mekong River cruises departing between May 3 & August 13, 2019 and May 1 & August 6, 2020; fares before discount starting at $4,050 per person.

Vessel: 40-passenger Aqua Mekong.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

Aqua Mekong

 

Upscale Galapagos Cruises — Save Up To 40% On Select 2018 5- And 7-Day La Pinta Galapagos Cruises

Cruise: 4- or 6-night navigation of the Northern, Eastern, or Western Galapagos Islands.

Special Offer: Save up to 40% when you book your select 2018 5- or 7-day La Pinta Galapagos cruises; fares before discount starting at $4,344 per person. Must travel before Dec 31, 2018.

Vessel: 48-passenger La Pinta; refurbished in 2007.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

AdventureSmith Explorations Small Ship Cruise Offers

La Pinta

 

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TravelSmith Adventures Galapagos Offers

AdventureSmith Explorations Galapagos Offers

Our partners at AdventureSmith Explorations are sharing these five small-ship cruise deals for Galapagos cruises in 2018 & 2019. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website. For Galapagos travel tips from AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder Todd Smith, click here.

 

AdventureSmith Explorations

 

HAPPY SMALL-SHIP CRUISING! 🤩

 

Natural Paradise Galapagos Islands Cruise in 2018

Cruise: 3- to 7-night navigation of the northern, eastern, northeastern or western Galapagos Islands.

Special Offer: $1,000 off per person on select 2018 Natural Paradise Galapagos cruises in October, November & December 2018; fares before discount starting at $2,645 per person.

Vessel: 16-passenger Natural Paradise; built in 2016.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

TravelSmith Adventures Galapagos Offers

Save Up to $1,000 On Select 2018 Natural Paradise Galapagos Cruises.

 

Intimate Galapagos Islands Circumnavigation in 2018.

Cruise: 3- to 7-night navigation of the Galapagos Islands.

Special Offer: Save up to $1,000 per person when you book your October 1, 5, 12, 19, 26 or 29, 2018 Seaman Journey Galapagos cruise; fares before discount starting at $2,529 per person.

Vessel: 16-passenger Seaman Journey; built in 2007, remodeled in 2016.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

TravelSmith Adventures Galapagos Offers

Save Up To $1,000 Per Person On Select October 2018 Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruises.

 

Galapagos Islands Luxury Trimaran Cruise in 2018.

Cruise: 3- or 4-night navigation of the Galapagos Islands.

Special Offer: Book your select 2018 Camila Galapagos cruise and save up to $700 per person; fares before discount starting at $3,245 per person.

Vessel: 16-passenger Camila; built in 2018.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

TravelSmith Adventures Galapagos Offers

Save Up To $700 On Select 2018 Camila Galapagos Cruises.

 

Galapagos Islands Luxury Catamaran Cruise in 2018.

Cruise: 3- to 7-night navigation of the Galapagos Islands.

Special Offer: Save up to $1,000 per person when you book select 2018 sailings of Petrel Galapagos cruises; fares before discount start at $3,245 per person.

Vessel: 16-passenger Petrel; built in 2015.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

TravelSmith Adventures Galapagos Offers

Save Up To $1,000 On Select 2018 Petrel Cruises.

 

Galapagos Islands Aboard the Coral I or Coral II in 2018 & 2019

Cruise: 3- or 4-night navigation of the eastern, western, central or southern Galapagos Islands.

Special Offer: Book your select 2018 or 2019 departure aboard the Galapagos Coral I or Coral II and receive free domestic airfare to/from Galapagos (a value of up to $449 per person) OR receive a free cabin upgrade (a value of up to $530 per person); fares before discount starting at $1,662 per person.

Vessel: 36-passenger Coral I or 20-passenger Coral II; both refurbished in 2016.

For more details or to book this offer, visit AdventureSmith Explorations.

TravelSmith Adventures Galapagos Offers

Free Local Air Or Cabin Upgrade On Select 2018-19 Galapagos Cruises.

 

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Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Check out these 5 special offers for Affordable River Cruising in Europe 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.

All rates are in Australian dollars and all are available to Australian passengers only.

 

Cruise Traveller

 

Happy small-ship cruising!

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Fabulous France

Cruise Package: 12-night cruise package departing 11 October, 2019, comprises a 7-night cruise including all excursions and meals, FREE drinks package, plus 5-night stay in Paris and more.

Ship:  140-passenger Lord Byron; built 2013.

Offer:  Enjoy return economy airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Marseille (via Paris) and return from Lyon, 5-night Paris stay with transfers/breakfast; FREE 1-day big bus Paris pass; full day tour from Paris to Bruges; transfer from Marseille airport to Avignon port; 7-night river cruise from Avignon to Lyon aboard ms Lord Byron to Burgundy & Provence and including all shore activities/meals plus BONUS FREE drinks package onboard river cruise, air/port taxes and all transfers throughout. Fares for a Twin Lower Deck with windows start at AUD $7,995 per person, and for a Single Lower Deck with windows, from AUD $10,195 per person.

Expires:  30 September, 2018, or until sold out/withdrawn.

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

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Lord Byron

Danube Delights

Cruise Package: 12-night cruise package departing 22 October, 2019, comprises a 7-night cruise including all excursions and meals, FREE drinks package, plus 5-night stay in Budapest and more.

Ship:  169-passenger Robert Burns; brand new built 2018.

Offer:  Enjoy round-trip economy airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Budapest including tax; 5-night Budapest hotel stay with breakfast/transfers; 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass for Budapest; full-day tour to Puszta horses with lunch; 7-night Blue Danube river cruise with the NEW ms Robert Burns round-trip from Budapest including all meals; plus a large range of included sightseeing and port taxes, port taxes. Fares for a single (French Balcony Middle Deck) cabin start at AUD $9,995 per person, and with a BONUS FREE onboard beverage package valued at AUD $199 per person.

Expires:  31 August, 2018, or until sold out/withdrawn.

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

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Beautiful Budapest


Swiss Stunner

Cruise Package: 12-night cruise package departing 30 April, 2019, comprises a 7-night cruise including all excursions and meals, FREE drinks package, plus 5 hotel nights and more.

Ship:  169-passenger Emily Bronte; new built 2017.

Offer:  Enjoy round-trip economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Cologne and from Zurich on return; 1-night Cologne hotel stay with transfers; 7-night Rhine cruise to Switzerland aboard Emily Bronte from Cologne to Basel; 3-night post-cruise hotel extension from Basel to Zurich including the famous Glacier Express train from Chur to Zermatt and transport; 1-night post tour hotel stay in Zurich; air/port taxes; plus BONUS FREE beverage package on cruise valued at $199 per person! Fares for a Twin Lower Deck with window start from AUD $7,695 per person and Single Middle Deck cabins with French balcony start at AUD $13,295 per person.

Expires:  30 October, 2018, or until sold out/withdrawn.

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

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Emily Bronte

 

Portugal Perfection

Cruise Package: 17-night cruise package departing 10 June, 2019, comprises a 7-night cruise including all excursions and meals and FREE drinks package, plus 10 hotel nights and more.

Ship:  126-passenger Douro Elegance; new built 2017.

Offer: Enjoy round-trip economy class from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Lisbon and from Porto on return; 1-night Lisbon stay with breakfast/transfer; 8-night small group “Discover Portugal” tour (18 guests max) from Lisbon to Porto with accommodation and some meals plus most touring and entrance fees; 1-night Porto stay with transfer to port; 7-night Douro River cruise aboard ms Douro Elegance round-trip from Porto with all meals and shore activities included; air/port taxes; plus free BONUS drinks package on board the river cruise. Fares for Twin Lower Deck cabins with window start at AUD $11,295 per person and Single Middle Deck cabins with full size window start at AUD $18,365 per person.

Expires:  30 November, 2018, or until sold out/withdrawn.

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

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Douro Elegance

The Eastern European Explorer

Cruise Package: 25-night cruise package departing 7 September, 2019, comprises a 14-night cruise including all excursions and meals and FREE drinks package, plus 11 hotel nights and more.

Ship:  169-passenger Thomas Hardy; new built 2017.

Offer: Enjoy round-trip economy class from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth and from Prague on return including taxes; 1-night Budapest hotel stay with transfers/breakfast; 14-night “Budapest to Black Sea” river cruise aboard Thomas Hardy round-trip from Budapest including most meals (1 lunch is not included on day 6) and many shore activities; BONUS shipboard drinks package (valued at $389 per person); 1-night Budapest hotel stay with breakfast/transfers; 8-night small group escorted tour from Budapest to Prague with accomodation, transport and some meals; 1-night Prague hotel stay with breakfast/transfers; and air/port taxes. Fares for Twin Lower Deck cabins with window start at AUD $14,795 per person and Single Middle Deck cabins with French balcony start at AUD $25,595 per person.

Expires:  30 November, 2018, or until sold out/withdrawn.

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

Affordable River Cruising in Europe

Thomas Hardy

 

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

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

Our partners at The Small Cruise Ship Collection (SCSC) are sharing these five small-ship cruise deals for adventures in 2018 & 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! 🤩

 

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

The Dalmatia.

Croatia Northern Pearls, from Split to Opatija in 2018

Cruise: 7 nights along coast of Croatia from the top to the bottom.

Special Offer: Two-for-one for 11 August, 2018 departure; fares before discount start at £995 per person.

Vessel: 40-passenger MV Dalmatia.

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

 

 

 

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

The Expedition.

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Islands in 2018

Cruise: 21-night Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Islands cruise from Montevideo, Uruguay to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Special Offer: 25% off list price for 23 October, 2018 departure; fares before discount start at £7,979 per person.

Vessel: 140-passenger MS Expedition; refurbished in 2009.

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

 

 

 

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

Ortelius.

Falkland Islands Exclusive in 2018

Cruise: 9-night Falkland Islands cruise from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Special Offer: 35% off list price for 29 October, 2018 departure; fares before discount from £4,312 per person.

Vessel:  106-passenger MV Ortelius expedition vessel; built 1989.

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

 

 

 

Ocean Diamond. Copyright CIP.

Iceland Circumnavigation 2019

Cruise: 9-night Iceland circumnavigation round-trip from Reykjavik.

Special Offer: 20% Early Booking Discount for regular departures throughout May, June and July 2019; fares before discount from £2,199 to £9,599 per person depending on cabin category.

Vessel: 224-passenger MV Ocean Diamond expedition cruise ship; built 1974 & refurbished in 2012.

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

 

 

 

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

Princess Aloha.

Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Cruise in 2018

Cruise: 7-night Croatia cruise round-trip from Dubrovnik.

Special Offer: 20% off special offer for Oct 7, 2018 departure; fares before discount start at £855 per person.

Vessel:  36-passenger MS Princess Aloha coastal vessel; built in 2013.

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

 

 

NOTE

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 and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

 

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By Ted Scull.

If you have one or two kids who you feel are ready for an eye-opening cruise travel experience but are hesitant because of the high cost of four fares, have a gander at this deal.

Pandaw, the pioneer in Asian river travel, is offering two-for-one-cabin deals on select 2018 and 2019 one-week adventures along the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam, the Irrawaddy and Chindwin in Myanmar (Burma), and India’s Ganges River.

Parents pay full fare for their cabin, and one or two children between the ages of 5 and 18 travel in a second cabin for free. If you do not have two children within the age parameters, maybe your daughter or son has a friend to bring along.

Fares include daily excursions; onboard guide; local beer, spirits and soft drinks; cultural performances; and bikes to explore the countryside, nearby temples and villages.

Family cruising is a great way to introduce children to Asia. * Photo: Pandaw

Asian travel brings to life the importance of understanding what makes very different cultures tick, with some people struggling to make a better life and others already there. You as parents will be able to determine if this type of exposure is something you think your offspring, with a positive and understanding outlook, could handle and benefit from.

They may see children their age being highly creative with a musical instrument or in dance, or when you visit a village, seeing kids their age living in a house much smaller than their home or laboring at tasks that adults normally perform where you come from.

To prepare children for an Asia cruise, you might look for some videos online that would expose your kids to what they are apt to see and experience in Asia. Encourage them to understand that people can seem both different and the same, throughout the world.

Fares include daily excursions; onboard guide; local beer, spirits and soft drinks; cultural performances; and bikes to explore the countryside, nearby temples and villages.

Western and local Asian choices at meal time. * Photo: Pandaw Cruises

While the cruises will offer western as well as local foods, it’s a great opportunity to expose children to the ingredients and flavors of Asia.

In port, excursions involve rides in small skiffs, walks through villages and cities, bicycling in some ports, and maybe a pick-up game of soccer or volleyball in some ports.

Fares include daily excursions; onboard guide; local beer, spirits and soft drinks; cultural performances; and bikes to explore the countryside, nearby temples and villages.

Getting to and from shore is part of the adventure. * Photo: Pandaw Cruises

Most of the free-second-cabin offers conveniently take place during the summer holidays in July and August.

Per person minimum fares for the grownups start at from $1,611 USD to $1,840 USD for the Myanmar* and Cambodia/Vietnam cruises. Fares include daily excursions; onboard guide; local beer, spirits and soft drinks; cultural performances; and bikes to explore the countryside, nearby temples and villages.

*Note that Myanmar’s Chindwin river cruise begins much higher at $3,307 USD.

 

The Classic Mekong River Between Cambodia & Vietnam

 

Pandaw Family Cruise Deals in Asia

 

 

The Mandalay Pagan Packet on the Irrawaddy River

 

Pandaw Family Cruise Deals in Asia

 

 

The Chindwin River in Burma

Pandaw Family Cruise Deals in Asia

 

The Lower Ganges in India

 

Pandaw Family Cruise Deals in Asia

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Our partners at The Small Cruise Ship Collection (SCSC) are sharing these five small-ship Croatia cruise deals for summer 2018. 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.

 

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Happy small-ship Croatia cruising!

 

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

The Esperanza

Cruise: 7-Night Luxury Croatia Cruise, Split to Dubrovnik; 12 August, 2018.

Deal: £200 off per passenger; fares before discount start at £1499 per person.

Vessel: 38-passenger Esperanza or similar, launched 2016.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection for more details about this cruise.

 

 

 

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

Arca Fiumana

Cruise: 7-Night Luxury Croatia Cruise, Dubrovnik to Split; 21 July, 2018.

Deal: £100 off per passenger; fares before discount start at £1345 per person.

Vessel: 38-passenger Arca Fiumana, launched in 2017.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection for more details about this cruise.

 

 

 

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

Arca Fiumana

Cruise: 7-Night Luxury Croatia Cruise, Split to Dubrovnik; 28 July, 2018.

Deal: 10% off per passenger; fares before discount start at £1345 per person.

Vessel: 38-passenger Arca Fiumana, launched in 2017.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection for more details about this cruise.

 

 

 

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

Adriatic Queen

Cruise: 7-Night Central Croatia and Islands Cruise; 21, 28 July & 11, 18 August.

Deal: 20% off per passenger; fares before discount start at £1405 per person.

Vessel: 30-passenger Adriatic Queen, renovated in 2017.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection for more details about this cruise.

 

 

 

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

M/S Eden

Cruise: 7-Night Adriatic Cruise Round-trip from Dubrovnik; 21, 28 July & 18 August.

Deal: 20% off per passenger; fares before discount start at £905 per person.

Vessel: 40-passenger MS Eden.

Visit The Small Cruise Ship Collection for more details about this cruise.

 

 

NOTE

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 and some fares may include shore excursions and some or all beverages.

 

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Take a look at these small-ship cruise promotions offered by Cruise Planners® and see what floats your boat. This month’s Cruise Planners deals are for river cruises in Europe on lines including Uniworld, Viking, Avalon and Crystal.

Cruise Planners was founded in 1994 by Michelle Fee along with two travel industry veterans in Coral Springs, FL. When Michelle started Cruise Planners, she was a travel agent and a young mother with a passion for travel and the drive to succeed. More than two decades later, Cruise Planners has grown into the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network with more than 1,800+ franchise owners. Cruise Planners relationship with American Express Travel translates into special pricing and perks associated with the American Express card. For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website.

 

Cruise Planners Deals (March 8, 2018)

Happy small-ship cruising!

 

 

2018 Crystal River Cruises in Europe

Cruise Planners Deals (March 24, 2018)

Crystal Ravel

Cruise: 14- & 16-Night Europe River Cruises.

Deal: Up to $2,000 savings per couple on select 2018 sailings. Offer valid through June 10, 2018.

Ships: Crystal River Cruises fleet.

Visit Cruise Planners for more details or to book this cruise.

 

 

2019 Viking River Cruises in Europe

Cruise Planners Deals (March 24, 2018)

Viking Longship Heimdal

Cruise: 7-Night Europe River Cruises.

Deal: 2-for-1 cruises, plus airfare from $399 per person on 2019 sailings. Offer valid through June 30, 2018.

Ship: Viking River Cruises fleet.

Visit Cruise Planners for more details or to book this cruise.

 

 

2018 Uniworld Boutique River Cruises in Europe

Cruise Planners Deals (May 26, 2018)

River Countess.

Cruise: 7- & 9-Night Europe River Cruises.

Deal: Save up to $1,000 per person on select 2018 sailings. Offer valid through May 31, 2018.

Ship: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise fleet.

Visit Cruise Planners for more details or to book this cruise.

 

 

2019 Avalon Waterways River Cruises in Europe

Cruise Planners Deals (May 26, 2018)

Avalon Vista.

Cruise: 7-Night Europe River Cruises.

Deal: Save $2,000 per couple on select 2019 Europe River sailings. Offer valid through June 5, 2018.

Ship: Avalon Waterways fleet.

Visit Cruise Planners for more details or to book this cruise.

 

 

Note: Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Cruise Planners, 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 Deals (May 24, 2018)

Enjoy browsing these 3 curated small-ship cruise promotions in Southeast Asia and Australia from the folks at Cruise Traveller, an Australia-based small-ship expert. The cruise deals range from free airfare to complimentary hotel nights.  For more details or to book, click on the links to go to the agency’s website. Click here for more info about Cruise TravellerAll rates are in Australian dollars and all are available to Australian passengers only.

 

Cruise Traveller

 

Happy small-ship cruising!

 

Small-Ship Cruise Deals in Southeast Asia & Australia
Very Vietnam, 16-night Cruise/Hotel Package

Cruise: 13 nights along the coast from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City, plus 3 hotels nights, departing May 7, 2019.

Offer:  Free 2-night post-cruise hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Fares include total of 3 hotel nights, transfer to/from ship, most shore activities, most meals, and port taxes. Fares start from AUD $7,240 per person.

Offer Expires: September 30, 2018 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Ship: 48-passenger Panorama II (Peregrine Adventures); built 2004, refurbished 2015.

Cruise Traveller Deals (May 24, 2018)

The 48-passenger Panorama.

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

 

The Crown of the Kimberley, 13-night Air/Cruise/Hotel Package

Cruise: 10-night expedition cruise from Darwin to Broome, Australia, plus 3 hotels nights, departing June 30, 2019.

Offer:  Free round-trip economy airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth to Darwin and from Broome. Fares open bar, Zodiac excursions, transfers and a total of 3 hotel nights. Fares start from AUD $14,995 per person.

Offer Expires: June 30, 2018 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Ship: Brand new 180-passenger Le Laperouse (Ponant); built 2018.

Cruise Traveller Deals (May 24, 2018)

Le Laperouse (Ponant)

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

 

Indonesia Delight, 10-Night Cruise/Hotel Package

Cruise: 7-night tall ship cruise, plus 3 hotel nights in Nusa Dua, Bali; departing September 5, 2018.

Offer:  Free round-trip economy airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth to Denpasar, Bali. Fares include water sports and tips on board, plus 3 hotel nights with breakfast and transfers, plus air/port taxes. Fares start from AUD $3,595 per person.

Offer Expires: May 30, 2018 (or until sold out/withdrawn).

Ship: 170-passenger Star Clipper (Star Clippers); built 1992, refurbished 2012.

Cruise Traveller Deals (May 24, 2018)

Star Clipper

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

 

 

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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Victory Cruise Lines is sharing a collection of small-ship cruise deals for pampered adventures to the Great Lakes, French Canada, New England, Cuba & the Yucatan Peninsula.  Founded just two years ago with the 202-passenger VICTORY I, Victory Cruise Lines is a dynamic little company with some cool stuff in the pipeline. In July, the line is launching a second ship identical to the first, the 202-passenger VICTORY II, and also introducing new itineraries to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula. To learn more about Victory Cruise Lines, read a QuirkyCruise Q&A with CEO Hans Lagerweij and the Victory review on QuirkyCruise.com.

For more details or to book any of the following offers, click on the links to go directly to the Victory Cruise Lines website.  Note fares are in USD and include drinks (house wine, beer, soft drinks and non-premium alcohol) and a shore excursions program in every port.

 

2-For-1 Savings

French Canada & the Great Lakes aboard the new VICTORY II in 2018 & 2019.

Cruise: 9 nights between Montreal and Detroit.

Deal:

  • Two-for-one fares start at $3,100 per person double occupancy on July 27, 2018 sailing.
  • Two-for-one fares start at $6,389 per person double occupancy for July 12 & 19, 2019 sailings.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory II.

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

 

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

The Victory II. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines


2-For-1 Savings

French Canada & the Saint Lawrence Seaway aboard VICTORY II in 2018.

Cruise: 10 nights between Halifax and Detroit.

Deal: Two-for-one fares start at $3,445 per person double occupancy on Aug 5, 15 & 25, 2018 sailings.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory II.

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

 

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines


2-For-1 Savings

North Atlantic & Coastal New England aboard VICTORY II in 2018.

Cruise: 7 nights between Boston and Halifax.

Deal: Two-for-one fares start at $2,413 per person double occupancy on Sept 5, 12, 19 & 26; & Oct 3 & 10, 2018 sailings.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory II.

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

 

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

Lovely Boston. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines

 

Early Booking Savings

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Cruise & Land Safari in 2018 & 2019.

Cruise: 11 nights between Miami and Campeche (including 2-night hotel stay in Campeche).

Deal:

  • Book by June 30, 2018 and save $1,000 per person.
  • Fares after discount start at $3,499 per person for Jan 4, 12 & 23; March 25; April 5, 12, 23 & 30, 2019 sailings.
  • Fares after discount start at $3,999 per person for Jan 30; Feb 10, 17 & 28; March 7 & 18, 2019 sailings.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory I.

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

 

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins on the Yucatan cruise. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines

 

Early Booking Savings

Cuba Circumnavigation Cruises in 2019.

Cruise: 14 nights round-trip from Miami.

Deal:

Book by June 30, 2018 and save $1,000 per person.
Fares after discount start at $6,999 per person for sailings departing Jan 29; Feb 15; March 1 & 15, 2019.
Fares after discount start at $5,999 per person for sailings departing March 29 & April 15, 2019.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory I.

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

 

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

Cuba’s Cienfuegos. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines

 

No Single Supplement

Great Lakes Discovery Cruise in 2018.

Cruise: 9 nights between Toronto and Chicago.

Deal: No single supplement on June 3, 2018, sailing; per person fares start at $6,199 per person.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory I.

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

 

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

The Toronto skyline. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines.

 

No Single Supplement

Canadian Maritime & French Canada Cruise in 2018

Cruise: 10 nights between Toronto and Portland, Maine

Deal: No single supplement on May 15, 2018, sailing; per person fares start at $4,890 per person.

Ship:  202-passenger Victory I

Visit Victory Cruise Lines for more information or to book this offer.

Victory Cruise Lines Deals

The Victory I under way. * Photo: Victory Cruise Lines

Note

Deals are generated by, and the responsibility of, Victory Cruise Lines 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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