14 June 2019More for 2021
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has booked me for three more cruises to interesting waters in the second half of 2021, but, as these have not yet been advertised, I have been asked to keep details confidential. Briefly, in June 2021, I will be returning to Canada and Greenland on a cruise ending in Iceland. In November 2021, I will be exploring the Indian Ocean and the coast of South Africa once more, followed in November/December by a cruise revisiting my favourite ports in South Africa and Namibia. Check back for full details as soon as details of these cruises are released.
I have kept time free for other possible cruise options, perhaps including a leg of another company's World Cruise which might take me back to an island that I am extremely keen to revisit...
11 April 2019Return to Svalbard
It is getting much more difficult to visit the Svalbard Archipelago, north of Norway, because cruise ships carrying heavy fuel oil are only allowed into the capital of Longyearbyen and the surrounding fjord of Isfjorden. For most ships that effectively means just one port of call, but Saga Cruises have come up with the clever idea for 2020 of visiting the 'ghost town' of Pyramiden and the former Soviet mining base of Barentsburg, which also lie beside Isfjorden, as well as the capital. That was too good an opportunity for us to miss, and we look forward to working with Saga again, after too long a break, on their new ship Spirit of Discovery.
The cruise, appropriately called ARCTIC EXPEDITION, sails from Dover on July 7th 2020, with stops in Stavanger and a welcome overnight to enjoy the 'Midnight Sun' in Tromsø, before the three Svalbard visits. We then return, via Mo i Rana and Bergen, to Dover on July 23rd. There's more information on my Cruise Bookings page.