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Extreme cruising ... experience the destinations that other travel can’t reach

From the remote Northwest Passage to the stunning volcanic archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, ocean and river cruises call at some of the world’s least visited and most unexpected destinations.

Passengers can explore these untamed shores through the huge choice of excursions provided by cruise lines, including encounters with rare wildlife, and adventurous activities such as kayaking, arctic expeditions, hiking and deep sea diving.

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Exploring the narrow waterways of the the Amazon should be on every traveller’s must-do list

Leave the conventional holiday behind and discover some of the world’s best kept secrets on a cruise with a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member line.

The Amazon River – Hapag-Lloyd
The Amazon is said to be the powerful and majestic heart of South America and its narrow and winding waterways should be on every traveller’s must-see list. MS Hanseatic travels the river’s 4,000km-long passage from the mouth in Belem, Brazil, to Iquitos in Peru and back. The 16-day itinerary passes through the Breves Channels in the Amazon Delta, where the main attraction is the natural paradise surrounding the vessel. Passengers can spend the day on the white sandy beach of Alter do Chao relaxing to the bird song from the from the dense jungle nearby. Departing 10 April 2016, prices start at £6,859 per person including charter flight from Lima to Iquitos, cruise only.
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Galápagos Outer Loop – Celebrity Cruises
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to the beautiful Galápagos Islands, one of the world’s most untouched destinations. Get up-close and personal with inhabitants including marine iguanas, albatrosses and giant Galápagos tortoises and learn about the islands’ unique biodiversity from naturalist guides.
A seven-night voyage on board Celebrity Xpedition costs from £4,554 per person including return flights from London Heathrow, transfers, two night pre-cruise accommodation, one night post cruise accommodation based on two people sharing an inside stateroom on 31 August 2017 departure.
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Cruising the Galápagos Islands with naturalists – Tauck
Tauck also offers an expeditionary style yacht cruise for six nights on the Isabela II, suitable for the adventurous traveller. The ship’s expert naturalists will guide passengers on excursions with custom-made on-tour film vignettes and field equipment comprising thermal imaging cameras to view the creatures living in the underwater tidal pools. 2016 prices from £3,995 plus on-tour air transfers for nine days, excluding flights.
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St Helena – Royal Mail ships
Take the last opportunity to journey to one of the world’s most inaccessible destinations, the South Atlantic island of St Helena, before the airport opens in February 2016. One of the world’s last remaining Royal Mail ships is currently the only way of travelling to the island which boasts stunning scenery and a variety of wildlife including bottle-nose dolphins. Halcyon Collections offers a 23-night Last Great Adventure from £3,995 per person sharing including return airfare from London to Cape Town and voyage on the RMS St Helena.
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The Northwest Passage – Ponant
Marvel at the vast Arctic landscape of ice floes, blue glaciers and mountain ranges from the ship’s deck. Ponant’s L’Austral cruises through secluded areas from Greenland to Alaska along the Top of the World in August 2016.  The 22-night expedition sets sail on 16 August 2016, from £10,050 flights included.
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The Northwest Passage – Crystal Cruises
Take in a bird’s eye view of the landscape on a scenic helicopter tour as part of Crystal’s Wilderness Adventures as the Crystal Serenity travels from Alaska to New York City. Passengers venture on an arctic safari to see polar bears roaming the icy wasteland, and seal and walrus colonies gathering on large floating ice caps from the sky. Crystal’s first voyage through the Northwest Passage boards begins 16 August, 2016 for 32 nights. All-inclusive cruise only fares start at £15,430 per person, double occupancy.
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The Inside Passage and Pacific Northwest – Princess Cruises
From Vancouver to Anchorage in Alaska, cruise the waters of America’s 49th state. Ports of call include College Fjord, home to the world’s largest collection of tidewater glaciers, and Glacier Bay National Park, where park rangers board the vessel and share their knowledge of surrounding nature.
The seven-night cruise runs between 11 May and 10 September, 2016, with prices from £510 per person based on two people sharing an interior stateroom. Fares include all accommodation, main meals, 24 room service and on-board entertainment.
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Cape Horn and Antarctica – Hurtigruten
See the sights of the Chilean Fjords, Straits of Magellan and Cape Horn before venturing to Antarctica on the MS Midnatsol. For a once in a lifetime experience, kayak and snorkel in the pristine waters to get up close with the underwater creations including arctic penguins, whales and dolphins. From September 2016 to April 2017, the Midnatsol will cruise the 15-day itinerary from Cape Horn to Antarctica sailing 21 January, 3 and 16 February, 2017 from £3,535.
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