Costa Rica & Panamá UnCruise Small Ship Adventures SAVE up to US$800 per couple

2019 Alaska Adventure Savings! UnCruise Small Ship Adventures SAVE up to US$400 per couple

SAVE 10% Book now and take advantage of early bird savings for the 2019/20 Ocean Endeavour season.

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  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departs: JUNE 30–JULY 10, & JULY 9–19, 2018
  • From Price: $4,245

Explore a mystical land shaped by fire and ice on this excursion to the ancient Viking stronghold of Iceland. Voyaging aboard the Ocean Endeavour, you’ll see Iceland at its best and most diverse. Marvel at the geological wonders of this island at the edge of the Arctic Circle, exploring its unforgettable culture, history, and people— from small fishing communities, to the ancient and modern capital, Reykjavík. First settled in 874 AD, Iceland today is the most sparsely populated country in Europe—yet it may also be the most dramatic. Volcanically and geologically active, Iceland is famed for its awe-inspiring lava fields, mountains, glaciers, and glacial rivers. Natural wonders and a stirring history await on Iceland’s rugged shores. Join us as we set sail in the wake of the sagas of old.

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  • Duration: 21 days
  • Departs: Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane: 16, 23; 30* Apr; 07, 14, 21* May; 04, 11, 18* Jun; 02, 09, 16*, 30 Jul; 06, 13* Aug; 03, 10* Sep 2019
  • From Price: $12,325

Experience the ultimate in Canada and Alaska on this incredible itinerary! Fly into Calgary, travel by coach to Banff and then along the magnificent Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Board the Rocky Mountaineer Rail for an unforgettable 2 day rail journey to Vancouver. End with a spectacular small ship cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage, travelling away from the crowds and to where the big ships can’t go.

Fly over Cape Horn and the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica quickly and in comfort. Visit the white continent for a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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  • Duration: 16 days
  • Departs: Sydney: 2, 11, 20# Nov; 10, 19 Dec 2018; 16, 25 Jan; 13 Feb; 5, 14, 23 Mar 2019
  • From Price: $11,025

Enjoy a brief stopover in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires before setting off on your Antarctic Expedition Cruise. “The Ushuaia” accommodates a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. The ice-strengthened polar vessel is equipped with inflatable landing craft ensuring superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline. Onboard is a specialist team of international expedition leaders and lecturers, all extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to the protection of the environment. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its’ amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. Enjoy your Antarctic Expedition on board The Ushuaia, originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration).

Our Emberá guide points to a flock of pelicans in a tight formation, skimming the water. Reaching the bank, a group from our guide’s village is there in welcome. In traditional brightlycolored sarongs and loincloths, their song gets all hands clapping in time. They gift us with our own jagua paint “tattoos,” similar to their own intricate body paint.

The dense canopy spreads wide with wild activity overhead. It’s a game to find howler monkeys or spider monkeys willing to pause their branch-to-branch acrobatics for a photo op. And like hide-and-go-seek, orchids spring up on random branches and mangrove roots. While the flowers’ hiding places are not all that disguised, the rare cotinga is giving a good chase.

After the ritual of honi, or “sharing breath,” the revered Hawaiian invites us into his Halawa Valley home with a smile and to talk story. Lore of the island and the legacy of Kahunas, growing taro and the ancient practice of making poi—it’s not long before I feel like part of his extended ohana. Hiking through the valley, I can feel the “mana”—the spiritual and life energy— of this place.