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Spring 2018 • 13

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Spring 2018

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TRAVEL NEWS

Get ready for an exciting year of adventure with

new cruise ships and new tours to discover.

By Karen Leiva

NEW ADVENTURE EXPEDITION VESSEL

Australis, the only cruise operator to sail the Chilean fjords,

has launched a new ship,

Ventus Australis

, for 2018. This

expedition vessel will get passengers up close with massive

glaciers, penguins and the remote lands of Patagonia.

Everything about the new state-of-the-art

Ventus Australis

was designed to navigate the narrow fjords and channels,

while keeping conservation front and centre. Ask your travel

specialist about itineraries for four, five and seven nights.

AROUND THE WORLD

In 2019, Silversea’s

Silver Whisper

will embark on a 132-day

journey visiting 31 countries and stopping at 52 ports

along the way in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For this

incredible around-the-world voyage, Silversea has invited

nine writers aboard. The writers will write short stories

inspired by the regions they visit, culminating in a published

anthology. Writers already confirmed include: Paul Theroux,

winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and famed

travel writer, Pico Iyer.

DISCOVERING THE “NEW” EUROPE

The Balkans is the “new” Europe when it comes to

vacationing, and no one knows the charms of this

undiscovered region more than the Globus family of brands.

For 2018, Globus has added two tours: the 11-day Croatian

and the 17-day Best of the Balkans which has an optional

three-night Greek cruise at the end. And its value-brand

sister company Cosmos is chiming in with a new Venice,

Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro 11-day tour. Each includes

the services of an expert Tour Director, transportation in

comfortable Wi-Fi-equipped coaches and tons of local

experiences. Your travel agent has all the details, including

current sales and early booking bonus opportunities.

SOLO EXPLORERS

Solo cruising just got much easier thanks to

AmaWaterways’ new

Solo Traveller Promotion

. Ask your

travel specialist about this program enabling single

passengers to join more than 145 departures without

having to pay extra fees for a single supplement. The

promotion includes 24 Wine Cruises and other itineraries

through Europe and Asia. “There’s something liberating

about travelling on your own, as it gives you the

opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a new culture and

meet new people, in many cases making lifelong friends,”

said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of

AmaWaterways. We couldn’t agree more!

NEW ROUTES THROUGH SPAIN

Also new in 2018, Trafalgar has introduced two new Spain

itineraries. The all new Great Iberian Cities nine-day tour will

take guests on a journey from Spain to Portugal with stops in

Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Lisbon. Guided tours include

visits to the famed Prado Museum in Spain and the magnificent

UNESCO-listed Hieronymites Monastery in Portugal.

The Madrid Explorer is a six-day tour focusing on cuisine

and culture.

HOT TRENDS FOR 2018

Leading adventure travel company, G Adventures

released its top 10 destinations for 2018 which include

emerging travel destinations such as Colombia,

Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Oman and Bolivia. There are also

some oldies-but-goodies making a comeback, including

Morocco and Egypt (for the anticipated opening of the

Grand Egyptian Museum). Not surprisingly given Nelson

Mandela’s upcoming centenary birthdate, South Africa

also made the list. The only European destination is

Portugal, finally getting its due recognition for great

food and sites to see. Hawaii is also on the list, noted for

its efforts in sustainable tourism.

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