Now That Ponant Includes Paul Gauguin, Save Up To $2,400 Per Stateroom From Tahiti Next Month or in January or February 2020

A last-minute chance to cruise to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations this December or in January or Februaary 2020.

Whether you are travelling as a couple, on your own, or holidaying with family, you are going to fall in love with French Polynesia! These savings of up to $2,400 (per cabin) are in addition to a 50% fere reduction and included flights from Los Angeles

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This offer ends soon, book by December 31, 2019!

Take advantage of up to $2,400 savings on the following sailings:

Tahiti & the Society Islands | 7 night
Fares from $3,095 | December 7, 2019
Fares from $4,895 | December 21, 2019 & December 28, 2019
Fares from $3,895 | January 11, 2020
Fares from $4,595 | February 15, 2020 & February 22, 2020

Society Islands & Tahiti Iti | 7 nights
Fares from $3,095 | December 14, 2019
Fares from $3,895 | January 4, 2020
Fares from $4,595 | February 8, 2020 & February 29, 2020

Society Islands & Tuamotus | 10 nights
Fares from $5,295 | January 29, 2020

Cook Islands & Society Islands | 11 nights
Fares from $5,495 | January 18, 2020 & March 7, 2020

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE
  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles
  • Roundtrip airport/pier transfers
  • All shipboard meals in a choice of three venues, and 24-hour room service
  • Beverages, including beer and select wines and spirits
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining and bar staff
  • A day at Paul Gauguin’s private islet, Motu Mahana
  • Access to Paul Gauguin’s private beach in Bora Bora
  • Select watersports and use of snorkel gear

Call Culture Cruises at +44 (0)20 7666 1450 to book the Paul Gauguin or email info@culture-cruises.com for further information. Our main page is here.

 

The Launch of Culture Cruises … a new approach


Culture Cruises … more than just a cruise

Culture Cruises Limited is pleased to announce the arrival of a new company dealing exclusively with small ship cruising, river cruises and expedition voyages. The new firm will specialise in special interest cruises.

CULTURE CRUISES LIMITED

A new UK-based niche cruise marketing organisation opened last week when Culture Cruises Limited launched its website in London.

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The new company has been formed by Kevin Griffin and Suzy Cooper, two enthusiastic culture-loving travel entrepreneurs who aim to provide cruises with special interests: the sort of cruises that they would like to go on themselves. Their cruises will be designed for people who prefer to combine the superb relaxation of sea travel with interesting themes, fascinating lectures and superb shore visits.

This sense of purpose, in splendid combination with the unique R&R that a cruise can provide, makes the whole experience more exciting and rewarding for those who want more than just a cruise.”

The new company was formed as a joint venture in September 2018 and is managed by two directors, Kevin Griffin, and Suzy Cooper, its managing director.

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Among others, Culture Cruises is working with Ponant, who are expanding from five ships to a dozen, all newbuildings. Above is Le Lapérouse of 2018 (Photo credit Philip Plisson, Ponant)

Culture Cruises will offer cruises that are equally enjoyable for individuals, couples and groups, and the company will work with only a few carefully-selected cruise operators who provide elegant ships with extremely high standards, and exhilarating itineraries.

Kevin founded The Cruise People Ltd in London in 1992, when the UK cruise market was just beginning to grow (numbering only 229,000 then compared to more than 2 million now).

He was twice chairman of the Leading Cruise Agents of the UK and now holds a minority interest in a US river cruise project, whose vessel is presently operating under charter.

Suzy was a founder member and director of online travel agency Singular Travel, which she formed in 2004. Suzy has worked as an independent tour guide, tour manager for a wine tour operating company, as cabin crew for BOAC/British Airways and is also an Art Historian.

The Singular Travel website campaigned for and provided better deals for single travellers. Still championing that cause, Suzy has now formed Culture Cruises with Kevin in order to help single travellers pay fair prices and also to enjoy the company of like-minded folk … on special interest cruises.

On the river side, Culture Cruises will be working with Ama Waterways, whose AmaKristina is seen here (AmaKristina at Vilshofen on Danube in Germany)
On the river side, Culture Cruises is working with Ama Waterways, whose AmaKristina is seen here at Vilshofen, on the Danube in Germany

Kevin and Suzy describe themselves as “entrepreneurs with a mission.” Their ultimate goal at Culture Cruises is to differentiate themselves from the rest of the cruise market by introducing cruise tours that focus mainly on cultural themes: Art and Architecture and Food and Wine, as examples.

In order to create a reputation for quality and exclusivity, they have developed a small portfolio of selected partners that operate refined ships that carry only between 100 and 540 guests each. They have agreements with Ponant, Ama Waterways and One Ocean Expeditions and are also now working with Crystal River Cruises and Hurtigruten.

Culture cruises first booking was a Northwest Passage transit with One Ocean Expeditions (The 146-berth RCGS Resolute)
Culture Cruises’ first booking was a Northwest Passage transit with One Ocean Expeditions (left, One Ocean’s 146-berth RCGS Resolute)

Culture Cruises has opened as a niche cruise agent, and although its programme has been kept under wraps until now, it has already made its first booking, a transit of the Northwest Passage with One Ocean Expeditions in August.

Now operating as agents for Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL) holders, by 2020-21, the new company’s owners intend to turn the it into a fully-fledged tour operator, with its own programmes, lecturers, tour guides, etc. The company is already researching and recruiting suitable lecturers and guides.

Culture Cruises’ new website has just opened and can be found at www.culture-cruises.com while a dedicated blog is being developed at www.culture-cruises.blog.  Or feel free to Email us at info@culture-cruises.com.

For more information please call Kevin Griffin on 020 7660 1450 or 07842 576270

A Ponant World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic, m.v. Le Durmont d’Urville – August 5-13, 2020

Critical & Timely Conversations: A World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic  
Sail on an extraordinary journey aboard Ponant’S 5-star Le Dumont d’Urville along the Baltic Sea, with some of today’s most relevant thinkers and policy makers engaging in discussions about world affairs. They’ll visit the historic cities that ring Baltic shores, including two full days in St Petersburg—arguably the most magnificent city on the Baltic, where virtually the entire city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Le Dumont d’Urville Baltic cruise   Email Culture Cruises for detail mailto:info@culture-cruises.com
Prestigious Guests
Admiral James Stavridis – Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

Bill Burns – Former US Ambassador to Moscow, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Robin Wright – Contributing writer, New Yorker magazine, Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Learn more about our esteemed guests here
Please contact Culture Cruises for further details at +44 (0)20 7660 1450

Icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot – Norwegian Cruise Line And TUI Cruises Each Order Two Ships, All From Fincantieri

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 16th July 2018

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Ponant’s icebreaker is to be named Le Commandant Charcot

Last week saw the christening of Ponant’s latest expedition ship Le Lapérouse in Reyjkjavik, along with the announcement that the line’s new Polar Class 2 icebreaker would be called Le Commandant Charcot. Also announced were two more ships of the “Leonardo” class for Norwegian Cruise Line and two ships of a new class for TUI Cruises, all to be built by Fincantieri.

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National Geographic Endurance – SkySea Golden Era To Go To Marella – UK Christening For MSC Bellissima

The Cruise Examiner for 26th March 2018

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Lindblad Expeditions’ Polar 5 vessel National Geographic Endurance will carry 126 passengers

Last week, at the keel-laying of Lindblad Expeditions’ new 12,300-ton 126-berth expedition ship, it was announced that she would be named National Geographic Endurance, after Shackleton’s vessel. She could prove to be the first of three such Polar 5 sister ships, higher-rated than any expedition ship other than Ponant’s planned Polar 2 icebreaker. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean has decided to close its SkySea joint ventuire with China’s CTrip and their SkySea Golden Era will be transferred to TUI’s UK affiliate Marella Cruises as Marella Explorer 2. Finally, MSC has announced that it will christen its 4,500-berth MSC Bellissima in Southampton on March 2, 2019.

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Viking Orders Six Ocean Ships – Ponant Orders Two More Explorers – Star Order To Go To Dream Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 12th March 2018

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The 930-berth Viking Sky at Montreal, one of what will eventually be a class of sixteen ships.

Eight more cruise ships were ordered last week, bringing the total now on order to 100 according to Seatrade Cruise News. Viking Cruises ordered six 930-berth ocean-going cruise ships from Fincantieri for delivery between 2024 and 2027. In addition, Ponant ordered two more of its 184-berth “Explorer” class expedition ships for delivery in 2020. And Genting Hong Kong meanwhile announced the move of its first “Global” class cruise ship order from Star Cruises to its more upmarket Dream Cruises brand.

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Ponant Orders A Polar Icebreaker – Magellan Goes To Mexico – Carnival Australia Hits 1 Million Passengers

 

The Cruise Examiner for 25th December 2017

Image result for ponant icEBREAKERLast week Ponant announced its latest order, in this case for a 30,000-ton 270-berth Polar Class 2 icebreaker (above) capable of taking passengers to the geographic  North Pole. Elsewhere, Cruise & Maritime Voyages is sending its 1,250-berth Magellan to Mexico for the winter of 2019 and Carnival Australia’s seven brands have carried a million passengers this year.

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