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Nadia Folic
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June 2024

Save up to 45% on Antarctica Expedition Cruises with HX*

Experience polar tranquility and sail among the 7th continent’s sublime icescapes with the world’s most trusted Antarctic tour operator, HX. Admire icebergs, sail past calving glaciers and huge ice floes, and enjoy the comfort of an HX ice class vessel. Go ashore on small boat cruises to experience Antarctica's charming wildlife.

Through June 30, 2024, you can save up to 45% on select HX Antarctica cruises.*

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Ready, Set, Sail!

Change the way you see the world. Nothing compares to an Antarctica expedition. For many, exploring this continent is a once-in-a-lifetime dream. To cross the Drake Passage and explore a place where wildlife reigns supreme is truly life-changing. That's why you'll want to do it with the experts. HX has been exploring Antarctica for over 20 years, and they do so in sustainable style, with a world-leading science program that helps the fragile ecosystems they explore.

Book select 2024 and 2025 HX Antarctica cruises by June 30, 2024 and save up to 45%.*

  • Book by June 30, 2024 and save up to 45% on select 2024-2025 Antarctica cruises*
  • Enjoy an all-inclusive experience from expert-led expeditions, access to HX’s industry-leading science program both on board and out in the wild, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and professional photographs

Meet the Locals

The seas and shores around Antarctica teem with wildlife. See colonies of penguins, pods of whales, and curious seals. On an HX Antarctica expedition, you'll marvel at pristine panoramas of snowy mountains, wind-sculpted icebergs, and mighty glaciers with the experts in Antarctic travel.

The krill-rich waters support abundant wildlife, from humpback whales and fur seals to albatrosses and penguins. An estimated 12 million penguins of varying species call the Antarctic Peninsula home.

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Explore Antarctica

An all-inclusive cruise to Antarctica with HX means entering explorer mode. You’ll join our experienced Expedition Team in small launches as HX go on shore and seek out wildlife.

Other activities include kayaking, snowshoeing, camping, and perhaps even a polar plunge for a real thrill!

HX goes beyond Antarctica, with South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and more included on many of our voyages.

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Enrich Your Mind

Your expert Expedition Team will deliver lectures on a range of topics, such as Antarctica’s geology, marine biology, history, and ornithology. These lectures and talks will be held in the ship’s industry-leading onboard Science Center, out on deck, ashore during landings, or when cruising in small boats (RIBs).

The ships' Science Center is a treasure trove of information on Antarctica and other destinations. Use advanced microscopes to analyze rock, soil, and water samples taken from the field, which are usually full of microscopic life for you to discover.

You can also choose to get involved in a variety of Citizen Science projects that document wildlife or other aspects of the environment. Some projects use photos you’ve taken to add to scientific research around the world. Engage with the natural world and contribute to important scientific research!

Mindful Adventures for Curious Travelers

Since 1896, HX has taken curious travelers to the planet’s furthest flung places on comfortable, classy journeys that focus on learning, science, and conservation. Immerse yourself in places that lure the curious traveler. Whether it’s spotting polar bears in the Arctic, watching marine iguanas bask on the Galápagos Islands, or getting up close to Antarctica's penguins in our stylish expedition ships, an HX expedition brings you closer to a world of wonder.

With onboard lectures and science centers, your Expedition Team will illuminate your mind with talks about history, culture, science, and art, ensuring you return home with a deep understanding and love of the places you explore.

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Change the way you see the world. Contact your Vacation Consultant to book your all-inclusive Antarctica expedition cruise and save up to 45% with HX!*

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*Terms and conditions: Up to 45% off: This offer is valid for new, individual bookings only, on select 2024 and 2025 departures, is capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time. Savings apply to the cruise portion of the package only, and displayed ‘from’ prices are per person based on double occupancy, in USD, and include taxes, fees, and port expenses. This offer is combinable with the Ambassador and Child offers. All expeditions are subject to availability at the time of booking. Other restrictions may apply. Offer is valid February 12-June 30, 2024.

5 Reasons to Explore Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions, the Leader in Polar Adventures, has taken guests on life-changing journeys to Antarctica for over 30 years. Guests choose Quark Expeditions because it’s known for having the best expedition team in the Polar Regions, and its fleet of small polar vessels—the most diverse in the industry—can go where larger ships simply can’t navigate. Quark Expeditions also offers the industry’s biggest portfolio of off-ship excursions—including helicopter-supported adventures—and enables you to customize your Antarctic experience by choosing how, when and which region they wish to explore. You can also expect superb on-board amenities.

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Best Expedition Team

The Expedition Team, globally recognized as the best in the Polar Regions, is an elite group of well-trained specialists who are polar experts in various fields from glaciology and wildlife to sustainability and botany. They undergo rigorous training at Quark Academy, the only polar training institute of its kind in the industry. Some members of the Expedition Team have completed more than 300 polar expeditions throughout their careers. These team members are committed to ensuring you have the best expedition experience possible!

Looking for your next adventure?

  • Save up to 25% on select Antarctica 2024 & 2025 departures*
  • Enjoy $150 onboard credit per stateroom*

Diverse Fleet of Ships

Quark Expeditions’ fleet of small vessels—which accommodate 128 to 199 guests—can go where other ships can’t. This is the most diverse fleet of ships in the industry, each with its unique features and capabilities. The fleet at present includes: the technologically-advanced Ultramarine, which has two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, and superb onboard amenities, including a spa, and sauna with floor-to-ceiling rooms; the all-balcony suites World Explorer, much loved for its luxurious cabins and excellent spa services; and our oldest and smallest ship (carrying 128 guests), Ocean Adventurer, much-loved by guests and staff alike for its traditional marine decor and intimate ambiance.
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Biggest Portfolio of Off-ship Adventures

Quark Expeditions offers the biggest portfolio of off-ship adventures in the industry, including kayaking, hiking, bird-watching, photography excursions, stand-up paddle boarding, and the famous Polar Plunge. Guests on Ultramarine get to choose from the polar industry’s largest collection of helicopter-supported activities, including flightseeing and heli trekking.

Customize your Expedition

Quark Expeditions’ guests are encouraged to choose how, where, when and what to do during their polar expeditions. You have the ability to choose: which ship (with guest capacities ranging from 128 to 199 passengers); which specific Antarctic destination; which part of the season you want to travel (early, mid- or late-season); and, most of all, what you wish to do during your expedition of a lifetime. Do you want to be physically active (and choose alpine trekking or SUP boarding), or do you want to peacefully immerse yourself in your polar surroundings and choose guided photography walks suited to your particular tastes. You also get to choose a polar milestone you’d like to cross off your bucket list, whether it’s setting foot on the 7th Continent for the first time or crossing the Antarctic Circle. Ultimately, it’s all your choice!

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Superb on-board amenities:

Guests can enjoy beautiful cabins, spa treatments, saunas, delicious cuisine, FREE alcohol and Wi-Fi.* Amenities, of course, vary from ship to ship. For instance, guests love World Explorer because every cabin has its own balcony, and there’s an on-board spa to rejuvenate after a day exploring off-ship. In the case of a ship like Ultramarine, you can enjoy Tundra Spa with its organic products, and the sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows that enables guests to view icebergs and glaciers outside while they relax in comfort. Plus, each ship has various options of lounges, bars and restaurants. All cabins across the fleet deliver high on comfort—with many designed with heated washroom floors.


Quark Expeditions

As your local travel experts, we can help you plan the polar expedition of a lifetime in Antarctica 2024/2025. We’ll help you choose from Quark Expeditions’ portfolio of voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, the Falklands, Snow Hill and Chilean Patagonia.

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*Terms and Conditions: Quark Expeditions accepts payment in 5 currencies US dollars (US$), Australian Dollars (AU$), Euros (€) Pounds Sterling (£) and Canadian dollars (CAD$). The currency will be applied based on the location of the client. Once the initial deposit/payment has been paid, all subsequent fees/charges will be applied in the same currency. Quark Expeditions reserves the right to adjust prices based on exchange rates without notice. Deposits: To confirm reservations, a deposit of 25% (unless indicated otherwise at time of booking) of the net, discounted rate (minimum US$1000, AU$1300, £650, €880, CA$1280 per person) of the total invoice amount is required at time of booking. The deposit must be paid by major credit card, wire transfer, check or money order. For any bookings within 120 days of departure full payment is required. Deposit amounts may vary for special promotions and are subject to the promotion terms and conditions. Payments: Balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by major credit card, bank wire or check. Deposits and payments for pre-Expedition and post-Expedition services are specific to each item and are explained and communicated at time of purchase.

Star Clippers Names Grenada as its Newest Homeport

New ports and new itineraries detailed in just released 2024-2026 brochure.

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Star Clippers Now Embarking from Grenada

Miami, FL, March 2024 – Star Clippers is pleased to announce that Grenada will serve as its newest homeport for the fleet’s 166-guest clipper ship, Star Clipper, during several new Feb-March 2026 sailings. Working with the Grenada Tourism Authority, Star Clippers has also been able to add Grenada’s friendly – and beautiful – Carriacou and its Paradise Beach as one of the ports on the 10- and 11-night itineraries. Full details are available in the just released 2024-2026 Star Clippers Brochure.

Book before May 31, 2024 on select sailings to enjoy Star Clippers New Brochure Offer, and receive:

  • $500 onboard credit per cabin*
  • A complimentary bottle of champagne

“Although Star Clippers ships have been visiting Grenada on their many Caribbean itineraries for some years, when they saw the opportunity to homeport one of their ships there, they immediately set to work with the Grenada Tourism Authority to make it a reality,” offered Mikael Krafft, CEO & President of Star Clippers. “The Caribbean is an ideal region for us as the famous Caribbean winds are always there to power our clipper ships, and to be able to offer our guests more opportunities to experience the beauty and culture of Grenada opens up a host of new possibilities.”

Petra Roach, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority, said “The Pure Grenada and Star Clippers brands are aligned in prioritizing authentic experiences for our customers, designed to nourish and feed the soul. Nature treks, beautiful birdsong, delicious cuisine, local traditions and heritage all cascade into an enriching experience second to none. And with convenient direct airlift from the USA and Canada, and our starring role as the newest home port for Star Clipper, there’s never been a better time to visit our beautiful tri-island state.”

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4 New Caribbean Itineraries

Four new itineraries will utilize the new homeport of St. George’s, Grenada, with departures in February and March 2026, offering a who’s who of Southern Caribbean ports. Although each sailing calls on different ports, highlights include:

  • Tobago, known for its wide, sandy beaches and biodiverse tropical rainforest.
  • Tobago Cays, a collection of several uninhabited islands in the southern section of the Grenadines that offer some of the best beaches for swimming, tanning and snorkeling.
  • Bridgetown, Barbados capital city and famous for its British colonial architecture, 17th-century Garrison and horseracing track, Nidhe Israel Synagogue and its museum, and lots of shopping opportunities.
  • The aforementioned Paradise Beach in Carriacou, voted the Best Caribbean Beach in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2022.
  • The near 400-year-old town of Saint-Pierre, Martinique.
  • Soufrière, St. Lucia: famous for its twin volcanic spires, the Pitons, which rise majestically from the ocean - a jaw-dropping phenomenon that you must visit at least once in your life.

Discover the Caribbean Gem: St. George's

Grenada’s capital, St. George’s, is a vibrant Caribbean city known for its rich culture and history, as well as a wide variety of leisure activities. Positioned amidst lush botanical surroundings and crystal-clear waters, this coastal city offers a unique and unforgettable experience. St. George is a bustling town nestled in the midst of abundant natural beauty, situated near an ancient volcano. While it is a popular destination for tourists, it still maintains its charm as a hidden gem. Though it has seen recent development, the island has largely preserved its pristine natural environment.

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Reasons to Visit St. George's, Grenada:

  • Underwater Sculpture Park: Snorkel or scuba dive to discover the enchanting Underwater Sculpture Park. This unique exhibit has sculptures ranging from abstract creations to lifelike figures - while also benefiting the environment.
  • St. George’s Forts: Tourists flock to St. George's Fort for its rich historical significance, offering a captivating glimpse into the colonial past. The backdrop of scenic landscapes draws visitors seeking both cultural enrichment and breathtaking views.
  • The Carenage: This mesmerizing horseshoe-shaped inner harbor and anchorage, serves as the dynamic center of St. George's, providing guests with a captivating view of the everyday activities in this bustling Caribbean town.
  • The House of Chocolate: One of the sweetest destinations in all of St. George’s. Learn the history of chocolate making in Grenada, try some delicious samples, and stock up on some of the finest treats in the world.
  • Grand Anse Beach, Magazine Beach, and Morne Rouge Beach: Each beach in Grenada offers a unique and tranquil setting. Whether opting for the popular Grand Anse Beach or a more secluded, lesser-known spot, visitors are sure to find respite and serenity in any of these coastal retreats.
  • Grenada National Museum: Explore Grenada’s history by visiting the National Museum. First opened in 1976, it now has an eclectic collection of different items from several segments dedicated to the indigenous people to slavery, early technology, fishing, plantations, and so on. It even features a marble bath that once belonged to Josephine Bonaparte.

Star Clippers' Fleet

Star Clippers is regarded as a beacon of luxury and adventure on the seas, enchanting travelers with its unique combination of traditional sailing charm and modern amenities. With a fleet of majestic tall ships reminiscent of a bygone era of maritime romance, the company offers exceptional voyages to some of the world's most stunning destinations. Whether one is enticed by pristine beaches, cultural wonders, or the excitement of sailing under billowing sails, Star Clippers ensures an unforgettable journey that transcends the ordinary and inspires the spirit of exploration in all travelers. Set sail on a voyage with Star Clippers and journey towards a world of wonder and discovery.

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What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your next getaway with Star Clippers and take advantage of New Brochure Offer today!

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*Terms and conditions: APR are per person, double occupancy in U.S. Dollars, time sensitive and maybe withdrawn at any time without notice. Air travel/flights can be arranged from select US gateways at an additional cost. Other air restrictions apply. Contact Star Clippers for further details. The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary due to wind, weather and local conditions. Star Clippers cannot be held responsible should any folklore show or yoga activity should change or be canceled due to weather, local conditions or due to unforeseen circumstances. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

Plan, Save and Sail!

Secure your 2025 getaway and pay only the reduced deposit* today. Receive up to 50% off of your deposit when you book one of Celestyal's 3-, 4- or 7-night sailings to the Adriatic or Greek islands. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Contact your Vacation Consultant to find out more.

Celestyal

The Celestyal Experience

With no more than 1,260 guests, their ships, the Celestyal Journey and Celestyal Discovery, provide guests with a genuine and highly personalized experience. Indulge in culinary creations at one of their world-class restaurants, seek relaxation at their Sozo Spa, relish in the abundant entertainment onboard; whatever you choose, their ships have something to offer everyone. Their accommodations focus on luxury and comfort and are designed to provide a ‘home from home’ experience. Whether you choose from a cozy interior cabin, a spacious balcony cabin with a view or one of their lavish Grand Dream Suites, both ships offer a range of accommodations to suit every preference, guaranteeing a restful and rejuvenating stay.

Book select 2025 sailings onboard Celestyal, and enjoy the following:

Receive up to 50% off of deposits on select sailings in 2025.*

Your choice of fare packages:

The Celestyal Experience

  • Onboard dining
  • Select drinks with meals
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • US$85 Shore Excursion Discount*
  • Port Charges & Gratuities

The Celestyal Plus+ Experience

  • Onboard dining + 25% discount on Specialty Dining*
  • Sky High Drinks Package
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • US$170 Shore Excursion Discount*
  • Port Charges & Gratuities
  • Wifi Access - 1hr per person, per day

Heavenly Adriatic

7 Nights from $649 per person.*
Departure Dates 2025: Apr 5
Athens | Kefalonia | Dubrovnik | Kotor | Bari | Corfu | Katakolo | Athens

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Idyllic Aegean

7 Nights from $919 per person.*
Departure Dates 2025: Aug 2
Athens | Thessaloniki | Kusadasi | Crete | Santorini | Mykonos | Milos | Athens

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Iconic Aegean

4 Nights from $419 per person.*
Departure Dates 2025: Mar 24, 31 / Nov 3, 10, 17
Athens | Mykonos | Kusadasi I Patmos | Rhodes | Santorini

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Celestyal's Promise

Freedom to adjust your sailing date up to 90 days before scheduled departure.
Freedom to cancel your cruise with no fees up to 90 days prior to departure.
Low booking deposit from only US$300.*
Book now and pay later. No need to pay until 60 days before your departure.

What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your next getaway onboard Celestyal and take advantage of this reduced deposit offer!

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*Low Deposit Offer applies to full, standard deposits only and shall not further reduce already reduced or discounted deposits. Cruises in which final payment is required are not eligible for this Offer. All prices are per-person, based on a double occupancy of the stateroom and are quoted United States Dolars (US$-USD). Experience fares include accommodation on board in the booked category, on-board dining and complimentary select drinks and beverages during food service hours, all port and service charges and entertainment program on board. Moreover a $85 discount for pre-booked shore excursions is included. Booking window is March 15th, 2024 to June 30th, 2024 for the selected cruises. Offer is valid for new, individual bookings. It is not valid for groups and cannot be held as group block. Reduced rate space is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time with, or without notice. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to add, change or modify reduced rate conditions at any time, without notification. Celestyal’s Deposit and Cancellation standard policies apply based on the booking/sailing date. Celestyal reserves the right to correct any incorrect information due to a human error, typographical error, or technical error. In the event of any discrepancies between the rates stated herein and the rates displayed in the Reservation System, the rates provided by the Reservation System shall prevail and be deemed as the correct and binding rates for all purpose. Other restrictions may apply. The general terms and conditions of Celestyal apply.

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*Expedia Extras offers are per stateroom (unless otherwise stated) on select sailings, based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, are not combinable with any other offer, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. For full terms and conditions, click the specific Expedia Extra offer or contact your Expedia Cruises Vacation Consultant.

Prices are per traveller, available within last 24 hours and valid for US and Canadian residents only. Taxes, fees, and port expenses are included. Fuel supplement may apply. Savings advertised and Expedia Extras are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings. Availability & prices can change frequently, please continue with the booking to check latest availability & prices.

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