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The 2017 Charter Fleet Insights

Super Yachts Charters - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:00
The 2017 Charter Fleet Insights With Winter charter season in full swing, we take a look at the top charter vessels this 2017 with the best insights of the year showcasing the best of watertoys, entertainment and interior sophistication.

The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis
A work of art in itself, the Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht is an example of style, grace and charter appeal. On the charter market with Hill Robinson, we take a look at the stand out features of the Belle Epoque-inspired 78-metre superyacht. Her deep blue hull and striking white superstructure offer an imposing first impression and her Reymond Langton exterior aesthetic softens the scale thanks to flowing lines and elegantly executed style, but it’s onboard where Amaryllis comes to life. 

The Revival of Aquila
Cakewalk is world renowned as the largest American-made superyacht since the 1930s; however, after her sale and subsequent refit, Cakewalk entered a new era as Aquila.  The elegance of Aquila runs deep in the DNA of the 85.60-metre superyacht, with expert construction by Derecktor, a striking, flowing style by Tim Heywood and, arguably, one of the finest interior updates on the refit market thanks to the award-winning work of British shipyard Pendennis.

Achieving Nirvana on Elysian
An almost literal translation of heaven, Elysian is a custom-built 60-metre (196'10"ft) motor yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen. For the most desired charter experience of unconfined freedom, connection to the outdoors an immersion into the heart of nature; Elysian, the winner of the International Superyacht Society Awards 2010 boasts a striking design from the outside in. From its sharp exterior by Donald Starkey to its luxe-living space by interior talents at Bannenberg & Rowell, this 2009 built 60m classic makes for the perfect escape with your guests as you charter the romatic shores of the Med or the picturesque oasis of the Caribbean.

Explore the World on Sherakhan
Sherakhan is one of those timeless yachts which embodies the very image of sophisticated exploration. Measuring 69.65-metres (228’6”ft), this classically styled expedition superyacht is now on the market and ready to explore the world in style. ith space for 26 guests in 13 cabins, not to mention 19 highly-skilled crew on hand, the ample space on board offers accommodation across a master cabin, eight doubles and four twins, staterooms have been designed to be extremely spacious and provide an appealing haven for guests

Escape to the Med on Moonlight II
The 91.40-metre (299’10”ft) superyacht Moonlight II entered the water in 2005 and has maintained her position as one of the most spectacular superyachts on the charter market thanks to a refit in 2015.  One of the largest yachts available for charter in the world, Alpha Marine's Moonlight II is perfectly positioned to take groups, families and friends across the ocean in a blend of style, comfort and excitement.

The Limitless Variety of Solandge
Solandge has made a name for itself in the world of luxury yacht charter since her launch in 2013, and for good reason. Drawing on the extensive design expertise of Espen Oeino to create a timeless exterior profile, the high-quality construction ethics of Lurssen Yachts works with the noteworthy style of interior collaboration Aileen Rodriguez and Dölker & Voges to create an iconic yacht and a great example of an adaptable luxury yachting lifestyle.

M/Y Solandge M/Y Aquila M/Y Amaryllis M/Y Elysian Explorer Sherakhan M/Y Moonlight II

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER GUEST EDITORS TO CELEBRATE 130 YEARS OF THE MAGAZINE

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:39
  • Twelve notable British figures will guest edit the UK issue of the much-loved magazine in 2018
  • World’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes edits the January issue
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Katie Piper, Dr Maria Balshaw CBE and Brian Cox to lead issues later in the year
  • The 2018 project will mark the 130th anniversary of the world’s most read magazine, National Geographic

(LONDON – December 15, 2017) – National Geographic today announces an ambitious new project, to create a unique Guest Editor programme exclusively for the UK National Geographic Magazine.

Working in collaboration with Global Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg and the editorial team, twelve notable British figures, each respected leaders in their fields, will explore topics of such as sustainability, technology, environmentalism and human ingenuity, working with National Geographic to use the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.

Beginning in January 2018, with the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an initial eight Guest Editors have been announced including Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Dr Maria Balshaw, Katie Piper and Brian Cox. Further announcements are due next year.

National Geographic is the most read magazine in the world, with the UK having the highest circulation for any edition, outside of North America. Each Guest Editor will curate and create a range of features for the UK magazine, along with exclusive content for NationalGeographic.co.uk.

We have entered an exciting new phase for National Geographic, building on our 129-year heritage, to allow us to go further in expanding our renowned storytelling capabilities and supporting the growth of the non-profit National Geographic Society”, said Susan Goldberg, Global Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Magazine. “This is the first time that we have had a Guest Editor project for any of our 35 editions around the world, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with some of Britain’s finest as we aim to empower our UK readers to navigate the world, providing authoritative, unbiased content that addresses today’s complex issues.

The UK has always had and a strong affinity with National Geographic”, said Deborah Armstrong, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa. “From renowned conservationists such as Dr Jane Goodall, to the 200 active explorers we have working in the UK today, Brits have played an important part in our history. Our Guest Editor programme is the perfect way to commemorate our 130th year as we continue in our mission to encourage exploration and find new ways to better understand the world in which we live.

January Issue – Sir Ranulph Fiennes:

A man who likes to be first, former SAS soldier and pioneer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, conquers the previously unknown challenge of being guest editor for the January issue. Having spent the last 50 years exploring the planet, who better to launch this ambitious project than the “world’s greatest living explorer” (Guinness Book of World Records). He was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by surface; the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans and the early 1990s saw him complete the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent.

By way of introduction to the National Geographic readers, Fiennes’ editor’s letter talks about his relationship with the much-loved magazine and how the magazine was a great source of inspiration for him in his early life.

“As a child, growing up in South Africa, and later at school in England, I remember happily browsing through back issues. Now, at the age of 73, I wonder how much the articles I read back then sparked my young imagination; whether perhaps they inspired my later expeditions in any way.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer.

Despite being the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface (more people have been on the Moon) and to have visited almost every type of habitat in the world, Fiennes reveals that the polar expeditions have challenged him the most. He is therefore delighted to include an article documenting the Pristine Seas exploration of Nunavut, in northern Canada in the upcoming January issue. North of Greenland and Ellesmere Island, this is a place that has been named the Last Ice Area. Climate projections suggest that by 2040, summer sea ice will disappear from everywhere in the Arctic except here, making it an invaluable haven for wildlife that depends on the sea ice for survival – bowhead whales, seals, narwhals and polar bears.

In a fascinating and insightful interview feature, titled “Exploring the Unknown,” Fiennes reveals what he believes is the crowning achievement of his career; how he constantly craves new challenges and how he is planning yet another expedition!

National Geographic:

Across the full National Geographic media portfolio, the brand reaches millions of consumers of all ages across 172 countries each month.

With over 55 million readers, published in 35 language, National Geographic Magazine is the most read magazine in the world. Published by National Geographic Partners, the role of trusted long-form journalism is as important as ever, providing a spotlight for the important stories that define our time and matter most to a new generation. With each issue, National Geographic magazine strives to captivate millions of curious readers every month with world-class, award-winning photography and reporting that will inspire them to make informed decisions and drive positive change.

Furthering the knowledge and understanding of the world is the core purpose of National Geographic. With the very definition of entertainment with a purpose, National Geographic returns 27% of proceeds made to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. This unique partnership creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and exploration that inspires people to act, enlightens their perspective, and often provides the spark to new ideas and innovation.

***The January issue, guest edited by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will be available on shelves on 3rd Jan***

www.nationalgeographic.co.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Biographies (in alphabetical order):

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Maria Balshaw succeeded Sir Nicholas Serota as Director of Tate on 1 June 2017. Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Maria was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. Maria was also Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017. She is a board member of Arts Council England and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.

Lily Cole
Lily Cole spends her time on art and activism. As an advocate for socio political and environmental issues, Lily has employed technology, writing, filmmaking and public speaking as means to build awareness and encourage dialogue. Lily was awarded a First Class BA in History of Art from Cambridge University in 2011. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com: a technology company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. Lily is a patron of the EJF and has worked significantly with WWF. She writes often for national and international press. ‘Impossible Utopias’, originally is Lily’s first book. Lily has worked with notable photographers and artists from Steven Meisel to Gilliam Wearing. She was the youngest model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and was listed by French Vogue as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Lily began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre and The Old Vic theatre. Lily wrote and presented a six-part TV series on contemporary art for Sky Arts, shoots photography and has directed several short films.

Brian Cox
Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. He has worked primarily in the study of diffractive scattering at the H1 experiment at DESY in Hamburg, the D0 experiment at Fermilab, Chicago, and is currently a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN.  He was the co-spokesperson for the FP420 R&D project at CERN between 2004 and 2009. He is active in the public and political promotion of science, and is known to the public for his documentary work on BBC television. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2005 – 2013, is a Fellow of The Institute of Physics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and holds a British Association Honorary Fellowship. He received an OBE for services to science in 2010, the President’s Medal from the Institute of Physics in 2012 and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2012.

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah is Britain’s greatest-ever distance runner and is a multiple Olympic, World and European Champion, with 10 World and Olympic gold medals to his name. Mo’s achievements are a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia. He arrived in London at the age of 8, speaking very little English, and grew up in West London. He began running at school when spotted by his PE Teacher, who saw potential in the young pupil – although Mo initially wanted to become a player for Arsenal football club! Following a successful junior career, he won his first double European Championship medals in 2010, followed by his first World Championship gold medal in 2011. He subsequently shot to fame at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he won double Olympic gold – competing in the 5k and 10k – something he would later go on to repeat in at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. In August 2017, Mo bid goodbye to major track championships in front of his home crowd at the London Stadium, where he was the only British athlete to win individual medals, securing a gold medal for the 10,000m and a silver medal for the 5,000m. He is now moving his focus onto marathon running, and will compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018. Mo is a dedicated family man and, after several years living in the US, he is returning to live in London with his wife Tania and their four children Rhianna, Aisha, Amani and Hussein.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation,3½ months after a massive heart attack. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie. He has written 23 books, Cold came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014, Heat October 2015 and his latest book Fear in 2016.

Susan Goldberg
Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888. Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender and the magazine received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling and graphics. In 2016, National Geographic magazine won a National Magazine Award for best website; in 2015, it won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.

Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine; in 2017, Washingtonian again selected Goldberg, naming her among the most powerful women in Washington across professions.

Dame Ellen MacArthur
Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education, business and government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation has published seminal reports featuring analysis by McKinsey & Company on the economic opportunities associated with this regenerative approach, and in 2016 and 2017 the Foundation launched two systemic initiatives to transform the plastics and textiles industries to adopt circular economy principles. Dame Ellen acted as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Meta-Council on the circular economy until 2016, and sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi is an Emmy Award winning British actress as well as a campaigner and philanthropist. Best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East which won a BAFTA for Best Film. She then went onto star in the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated international hit Bend It Like Beckham. She appeared in John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardener, which was nominated for 10 BAFTAS and won an Oscar and went on to work alongside Angelina Jolie in the gut wrenching A Mighty Heart.  Archie then went on to star in the BAFTA winning Netflix/BBC series The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson as well as Shetland.  She recently starred on the American TV hit Blindspot and in the International blockbuster earthquake movie San Andreas opposite Dwayne Johnson. The New Year will see Archie lead the highly anticipated 6 part drama Next Of Kin on ITV.

Archie is the Rotary Global Ambassador for the We Are This Close Campaign to eradicate polio in partnership with UNICEF and The Gates Foundation. At the United Nations, she has spoken about her experiences of Polio victims in Mumbai where she lived as a child. Archie fronted the Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, which eventually brought about several policy changes in support for victims of violence. She also participated in The Women of the World Summit in New York and London and was a guest speaker at the Harvard University prestigious Artist in Residence Program.

Katie Piper

Katie Piper is a best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner. Katie made the decision to share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’ which was watched by over 3.5million viewers and nominated for Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010. In 2009 she set up a charity The Katie Piper Foundation to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities. Simon Cowell supported Katie by becoming the patron and remains actively involved to date. The charity’s vision is a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well-being.In addition to her charity commitments, Katie also presents a number of TV shows which are shown on C4 in the UK and in a number of countries around the world.  Katie has also written five books, two autobiographies ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Beautiful Ever After’, an affirmations book called ‘Start Your Day With Katie’ , a self help booked called ‘Things Get Better’ and her most recent book, published in December 2016,  ‘Confidence: The Secret’. This quickly became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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Antigua Yacht Meeting: The World's Charter Showcase

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00
Antigua Yacht Meeting: The World's Charter Showcase As the yachting calendar goes, the past few months have taken us around the world in Yacht Shows. But from the dust settling over MYS to the bustle of FLIBS, there’s nothing quite like the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. With a certain Caribbean edge, the world’s biggest annual charter show gave us sun, sea and probably the most exciting showcase of yachts available on the charter market today.

Boasting the luscious green backdrop of Antigua’s national parks, both English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour join together each year to provide a platform for brokers to not only exhibit but also visit a wide range of yachts on the charter market.

From sailing giants such as Hemisphere to the recently refitted Nero, we spent the week hopping from yacht to yacht and taking in the best of Caribbean charter.

While each and every participant rolled out their red carpet; Flag's tropically-dressed crew hosted a dock-side barbeque, Lucky Lady, a 7-Course Broker Lunch, and Trending, the party of the week, we spoke to the show Chariman, Paul Deeth, about the history of the meeting, “In 1961 was the first ever Antigua Charter Yacht Show, and ever since then it’s been our 56th year and we’ve had a charter show ever December since then!”

Touching on the success of this year’s show, he made light of the fewer yachts in attendance by addressing that sometimes less is more; especially where intimacy is involved. Paul continued, “We had slightly less yachts this year; 65 yachts… but it’s worked out very well because we had over 300 charter brokers and the feedback has been really positive, the yachts really felt like they’d seen a lot of brokers and the brokers felt they seen all the yachts.”

Further where quality was high, it was safe to say brokers were also happy with the standard, despite the small drop in numbers which Paul put down to the tragic events of Hurricane Irma.

Nevertheless, Antigua still boasts an unrivalled location for this show, with its Caribbean situation and natural harbours’ reigning supreme. This alone keeps exhibitors bringing the best of charter back year on year. Listing the island’s hosting skills Paul expands, “You’ve got Falmouth and English Harbour and you really can’t beat them as far as natural harbours to tie up in.”

He develops, “Also, the location of Antigua is in the center of the Caribbean, and traditionally yachts could base here and if they had a charter in the north or the south it wasn’t far to go. So it’s hard to beat!”

So with the 56th successful show up Antigua’s sleeve, we look forward to bringing you content from across the week and hearing reports of the show’s charter successes in the New Year. 

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Charter Yacht Focus: Superyacht Martha Ann

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00
Charter Yacht Focus: Superyacht Martha Ann The 70.10-metre charter powerhouse Martha Ann is a blank page for guests stepping on board, with a world of diverse experiences on offer and a busy schedule across one of the greatest cruising grounds in the world, the Caribbean. We take a look at just some of the reasons to venture out across the blue on board this Winter.

Lürrsen’s construction is world-renowned as an exercise in precision and skill across the largest yachts on the water, and Martha Ann is just one of many examples of this. An ocean-going giant with huge onboard spaces, this is an opportunity for 12 guests to explore the Caribbean on a timeless superyacht with relaxation and adventure at its core.

Once on board, the daunting profile becomes a home with expansive decks with a 12.8-metre beam providing cavernous interiors and open areas to gather both family and friends. Martha Ann is a five-star experience, with ample chance to enjoy breakfast on the aft deck, all the way to cocktails in the swim-up bar and dinner on the sundeck as the light hangs low over your chosen Caribbean backdrop.

Moving inside and Francois Zuretti’s style becomes just as part of the first impression as the looming, sleek and stylish profile of the yacht itself. Martha Ann was brought to life with classic appeal, with gold accents adorning seamless woodwork with marble flooring and onyx countertops creating an atmosphere of sophistication throughout.

While the large Martha Ann offers endless lifestyle elements on board - such as cinema rooms, jacuzzis, pools, gym and split-level Master Suite with private observation deck - the cruising opportunity across the Caribbean is engineered to work with the environment to enhance time on board.

The wealth of tenders and toys means guests can venture to nearby islands in style, break waves with jetskis and dive to the depths with SeaBobs, scuba gear and more. The huge beach club - mixed with the open sun deck - is the ideal space for sun-worshippers and guests looking to relax by the water.

Available for charter with IYC, this is one of the most reputable charter yachts across the huge fleet in the tropics this winter and easily makes our Caribbean Charter Special series for the myriad elements on board. Stay tuned for more top picks as the Antigua Charter Show reaches its peak this week.

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National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:20

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017)—Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Bojan took the winning photo after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behavior that he knew he had to capture. After waiting a day and night near the suspected location, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning at a spot a few minutes up the river. As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate. About five feet deep in a river supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.

On capturing the photo, Bojan said, “Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone; and Todd Kennedy of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Contestants submitted photographs in four categories – Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater – through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

CONTACT:

Leah Jereb

Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com

+1 (202) 912 6716

 

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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Westport Charter Icon Wabi Sabi Finds New Owner

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:00
Westport Charter Icon Wabi Sabi Finds New Owner One of the finest Westport yachts on the water, the 50-metre Wabi Sabi has been announced as sold by Burgess & Moran Yacht & Ship. Now sailing under the name ‘Hospitality’, this global voyager is effortlessly stylish and is set to return to the charter market in time for Christmas and New Year.

A testament to Westport construction, this Donald Starkey design is a five-star experience with an adventurous edge. Thanks to a transatlantic range of 4000 nautical miles and upgraded engineering, Wabi Sabi was designed to visit the most remote places in the world and maintain autonomy with minimal stops.

Hospitality is an apt new title for Wabi Sabi, as this is a yacht with a deceptive amount of space on board and completely updated interiors thanks to a major refit in 2016.

The external spaces allow guests to make the most of the backdrop while enjoying al fresco dining, cocktails or soaking up the sun on the higher levels and her interiors offer rest and relaxation in meticulously maintained comfort.

The interior decor is a more sophisticated view of life on board, with a layout that brings both friends and family together through expansive saloons, space for 18 guests in total and a dedicated Owner’s Deck.

This is a yacht which has spent time in Iceland, Scandinavia, Australia and beyond, so naturally, the interiors are a work of flawless engineering in terms of layout while the homely design adds a new dimension to the overall experience.

Showcased for sale at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Hospitality has become one of the latest success stories to emerge from America. Now, following its refit, sale and a new name, this yacht has firmly entered a new era thanks to an immediate turn-around and return to the charter market this Winter with Moran Yacht & Ship.

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Charter Focus: The Zen Appeal of Endeavour II

Super Yachts Charters - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00
Charter Focus: The Zen Appeal of Endeavour II A 50-metre vessel, showcasing the minimalist sophistication of the Orient with an elegant European flair, boasts a reputable partnership teaming builder Rossinavi with the edge of interior designer Achille Salvagni; the perfect recipe for a luxury home on the water. We step inside to explore the charter ready charm of the elegant Endeavour II.

By request of the client, Interior Designer Achille Salvagni, has created the masterpiece of a "light Japanese style” space, with a real ode to the ocean, paying homage to the very concept of seclusion at sea. “The original floor from Japan named Tatami is a surface that absorbs the noise” states Sara Maggi, Rossinavi Project Manager of Endeavour II, one that adds to the dampening stabilizer system by CMC Marine to create a sublime feeling of serenity on board.

The tranquil minimalism continues to the owners suite. Described as “very simple, very clean”  a harmony of soft creams, dusty grey accents and lashings of gold marrying together to create a haven of relaxation. Refreshed with bespoke Achille Salvagni pieces; splashes of punchy pinks and contemporary silhouettes, offers a chic comfort for both owner and charter guest alike.

However, it’s earthly elegance is best evoked by a unique choice of materials. Take the use of synthetic teak chosen to remain pristine and durable “In 20 years this teak will look exactly the same.” states Sara Maggi. The vessel also draped in luxurious Cremo Bello marble is described as a “delicate but a beautiful effect.”

The real perk? Is her owner’s suite, a seamless-flow balcony offering an unrivalled connection to the ocean. Expansive windows are the staple feature inviting prime panoramic views of the azure while welcoming in the pouring pleasure of natural light. A step into her luxurious suites, the theme of tranquillity continues, with 4 guest cabins, two twins and two doubles that evoke every inch the zen-stricken comfort one could desire after a day of adventure.

A charterer's dream, Endeavor II is topped off by a passionate and creative chef, who shares his thoughts of functionality meeting design- (even in the galley!) as well as the gastronomic delights on offer for charter guests. "Some chefs are limited to what they know” states Chef Nicholas Kennedy. “I was trained in French cuisine, but any world cuisine required or dietary requirements are welcomed. Anything for the client”  another impressive feature of the 50-metre charter spectacle tantalisingly alluring.

Powerful, pristine and distinguished by credible Italian craftsmanship, the 50-metre vessel’s 16-knot speed, cutting-edge water toys, and stylish interior showcases a dedication to perfection, and is now undoubtedly ready to take on the ocean. 

Endeavour II is available for charter with Ocean Independence, and we look forward to bringing you more from her promising career on the water.

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Charter Yacht Focus: The Revival of Aquila

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:00
Charter Yacht Focus: The Revival of Aquila Cakewalk is world renowned as the largest American-made superyacht since the 1930s; however, after her sale and subsequent refit, Cakewalk entered a new era as Aquila. Having been transformed into one of the finest charter yachts on the water today, we take a look at the new lease of life on board.

The elegance of Aquila runs deep in the DNA of the 85.60-metre superyacht, with expert construction by Derecktor, a striking, flowing style by Tim Heywood and, arguably, one of the finest interior updates on the refit market.

Outside, the four decks of Aquila offer a huge amount of external space for those stepping onto the teak to relax. The alfresco dining of the three aft decks and expansive sun deck (with new forward areas) are enhanced by countless additions such as a large Jacuzzi, dining areas, day bar and treatment room to compliment the chosen backdrop of the day. There is even a DJ booth, smoke machine, light show and space for plenty of guests for parties, showing the true ‘day and night’ versatility of the charter yacht.

This also applies to her vast beach club, offering open spaces and an arsenal of toys to turn the ocean on which the yacht sits, into an extension of life on board.

Moving indoors and the original interior was transformed from a traditional decor to an effortlessly cool, contemporary and stripped-back style. The 11.2-metre chandelier on board is just one of the notable design elements throughout the boat, which extends from sun deck to lower deck and showers Aquila’s chromes, colours and marble in an elegant light.

Other layouts and design features include a cosy cinema room and the incredible Owner’s deck. This giant space offers a private terrace spanning 60 square metres overlooking the bow, a hair salon, study and massage room to please any guest.

The exclusive members club feel carries through to the rest of the yacht, with wide and open saloons, gym, more massage rooms and ‘London Bar’; a part of the renewal project which enhances the charter appeal of one of the world’s finest refits even further.

Available for charter across the Bahamas & Caribbean this Winter through Burgess, Aquila is also a choice for the future summer months as she heads from her current position in the Americas to the traditional cruising grounds of the Mediterranean.

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Making the best of it

Booker Gliding - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:54
Saturday was the date for the second of Graham's aerobatics courses, unfortunately the weather gods hadn't heard, so there was only time for one flight before the front arrived and we put the kit away. We did however have an extensive discussion in the briefing room about how exactly it is that wings work, upside down as well as the right way up.

After the kit had been put away, Rob had the bright idea of cleaning the bus. Most of it looks better now, we need a longer ladder, or a longer broom.





Charter Focus: The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:00
Charter Focus: The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis A work of art in itself, the Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht Amaryllis is an example of style, grace and charter appeal. On the market with Hill Robinson, we take a look at the stand out features of the Belle Epoque-inspired 78-metre superyacht.

At first glance, the scale of the deep blue hull and striking white superstructure offer an imposing first impression; however, this gentle giant is a modern take on traditional yachting values. Her Reymond Langton exterior aesthetic softens the scale thanks to flowing lines and elegantly executed style, but it’s onboard where Amaryllis comes to life.

The exterior spaces are vast, and carry the first impression of size from the water all the way to the deck. Launched in 2011, this is one of the beamiest yachts in the Abeking & Rasmussen portfolio, and offers up an impressive amount of versatility for those looking to relax, dine and drink against their chosen charter backdrops; even offering a 5-metre pool with changing colours.

The 12 guests on board are accommodated in 6 cabins, including an owner’s deck with private terrace and a VIP on the main deck, staying on board is part of the comfort at hand. The gym and spa facilities on board are there to add a dimension of well-being, while the highly-skilled crew bring home the five-star comfort.

The Art Deco interior is another addition to the luxury levels on board, with opulent whites, woods and creams complimenting intricate detailing throughout. The giant saloon with plush seating areas feels as much a part of home as the lavish suites in which to retreat after a long day exploring the tender garage.

Often spotted in the UK and Northern Europe, her chosen Summer cruising grounds of the Caribbean and The Bahamas are a traditional choice, but a fitting backdrop for a superyacht filled with every aspect of the superyacht lifestyle.

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Media Alert: Yeti Legends are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows; Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:20

** MEDIA ALERT **

Yeti Legends Are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows

 Spokesperson Available 

 Purported to be a towering human-like figure covered in shaggy fur, the Yeti continues to excite dedicated believers still hoping for evidence that the mythical beast is real. Now, DNA analysis of multiple supposed Yeti samples—including hair, teeth, fur, and feces—shows that the stories are based on real animals roaming the high mountains. The results are the best evidence yet that the Yeti legend is rooted in black and brown bears. With this new study,  the team has been able to create a new family tree of vulnerable subspecies of Asian bears, which may prove useful in efforts to protect the animals.

 Learn more about what these findings mean by reading our full story here.

Nat Geo Expert Available for Interviews:

Science expert and editor, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Travel Unveils Annual Best of the World List

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:41
The 21 Best Places to Visit in 2018 According to National Geographic Traveler’s Editors

WASHINGTON  (Nov. 28, 2017) – Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed the 2018 Best of the World, its annual list of the 21 must-see destinations to visit in the year ahead. Traveler editors selected their top picks for places in three key categories- Cities, Culture, and Nature. The results are in the December/January 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

“The No. 1 question we get from our 9.6 million readers is, ‘Where should I go next?’ Our Best of the World list responds to that question with 21 timely destinations that make for a year of transformative travels,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “With 15 international editions, National Geographic Traveler has a global team of writers, photographers and travel experts who helped build our list and report on these stellar places. We looked for cities that bustle with new energy and intrigue; parklands that percolate with vitality and ecological protection; and communities rich in local character that offer opportunities for cultural engagement. Packed with surprise, humor and relevance, our list advances our National Geographic mission to explore, conserve and share unforgettable stories about the best of our world.”

The 2018 Best of the World destinations are:

CITIES

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Tbilisi, Georgia

CULTURE

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friesland, Netherlands
  • Harar, Ethiopia
  • Labrador, Canada
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Tétouan, Morocco
  • Vienna, Austria

NATURE

  • Albania
  • Jordan Trail, Jordan
  • Jujuy Province, Argentina
  • Madagascar
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Ruaha NP, Tanzania
  • Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

The digital hub includes an immersive visual experience along with an overview of the top highlights of each place on the list. Visitors can also dive deeper into three of the Best of the World destinations- Dublin, Oaxaca, and Oahu, through a selection of feature stories from the issue. National Geographic Travel will be hosting a Best of the World-themed Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. ET. Join the conversation with George Stone, @travelerstone, and #BestTrips2018.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 40 million.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Breaking News: Nat Geo Exclusively Reveals the Age of Christ’s Alleged Tomb, Interviews & Visuals Avail

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:48

***National Geographic Breaking News***

EXCLUSIVE: Age of Jesus Christ’s Alleged Tomb Revealed

Ancient construction materials date to Roman times, suggesting the legacy of the original holy site has survived despite its destruction 1,000 years ago.

National Geographic Exclusively Reports 

Spokespeople and visuals available

Scientific tests provided exclusively to National Geographic have confirmed that the remains of a limestone cave enshrined within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem are remnants of a tomb, believed to be that of Jesus Christ, first located by the ancient Romans 1,700 years ago. The new dating results put the original construction of today’s tomb complex securely in the time of Constantine — A.D. 345.

The tomb was opened for the first time in centuries in October 2016, when the shrine that encloses the tomb, known as the Edicule, underwent a significant restoration by an interdisciplinary team from the National Technical University of Athens. Several samples of mortar from different locations within the Edicule were taken at that time for dating, and the results have been exclusively provided to National Geographic.

Until now, the earliest architectural evidence found in and around the tomb complex dated to the Crusader period, making it no older than 1,000 years. But now, scientists can confirm that it is indeed the site identified as the burial place of Christ 17 centuries ago. 

Read the full story HERE.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic’s archaeology expert, who has been exclusively reporting on the findings for National Geographic, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

In addition, National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence, Fredrik Hiebert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also featured on the cover of the December issue of National Geographic magazine and is the subject of an upcoming National Geographic documentary, “The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special,” premiering Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9/8c. In addition, the National Geographic Museum’s immersive, 3-D exhibition, ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,’ virtually transports visitors to this iconic site and is currently on display in Washington, DC through the fall of 2018.

 

Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus: anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Kelsey Taylor: kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

On the Market: The Best of American Build

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
On the Market: The Best of American Build As our focus shifts to the growth and activity of the modern American market, we take a look at the best of U.S. builds available for both sale and charter this Thanksgiving.

Aquila
The largest yacht built in modern day America, Aquila was formerly known as Derecktor’s Cakewalk and is today carving a new reputation on the water as one of the finest charter yachts available. A central listing with Burgess, Aquila was renewed in her entirety to emerge anew in 2016, gathering high-acclaim and a lot of attention on the market with it. The spacious interiors, ultra-stylish decor and ample accommodation for 12 guests are just the core of the wider Aquila experience on the water.

Katya
Delta Marine introduced Katya to the waters of Seattle in 2009, bringing a true charter machine to the water with understated modern style. Sleek and sporty in nature, with ample space and room for 12 on board, this 2009 superyacht offers guests everything a discerning charterer could desire; from cruising the Bahamas with a cocktail on the Sundeck, to relaxed and stately interiors to hideaway after a long day with the family.

Victoria del Mar
Space is the resounding theme running throughout this elegantly crafted and timeless charter yacht from Delta Marine. Up to 14 guests on board can make the most of the ample dining areas, huge saloons, al fresco dining and relaxation on the giant Sundeck. With a gym, bar and everything an idyllic cruise requires, Victoria Del Mar is deceptively sized for a 50-metre and a must-see for winter journeys in the Caribbean.

Skyfall
Available for both sale and charter with TWW Yachts and HMY, Skyfall is the ideal example of American yachting. Built for an American owner with a keen eye for both saleability and value, Skyfall was ahead of its time when it emerged from the Trinity Yachts shed in 2010 and stands as a timeless superyacht to this day. Large, fast and with a Bahamian friendly draft, this is a versatile vessel with luxury in droves.

Silver Lining
One of Christensen’s latest launches, Silver Lining is available for sale with IYC and on the charter market and captures the ideals of modern American yachting thanks to a 2017 launch and exemplary approach to both design and construction. Elegant, stripped-back style gives way to a unique Carol Williamson interior and ample space through for cruising with the family. Silver Lining is truly one of the finest contemporary American-built yachts on the water today.

Mia Elise II
The second Trinity Yachts launch on this list, Mia Elise II (ex Areti) is available for both sale and charter but stands out as a magnificent member of the wider American inventory for numerous reasons. Open space within, a 60-metre length with ample exterior areas and an interior maintained to perfection since launch in 2012. Her classical tri-deck style, understated elegance and timeless style are all factors that add to the 14 guest accommodation on board.

Boxer
You can’t find finer in the U.S. than Westport construction, and Galati has brought Boxer - the ideal reflection of the American Dream come true - to the market. Having just emerged from a comprehensive refit, the Westport-built superyacht Boxer is one of the understated must-sees on this list thanks to her expert construction, stripped-back style and lifestyle, engineered to perfection on board.

Aquila - The American Icon for Charter with Burgess The Delta-built charter machine Katya Charter yacht Victoria del Mar For Sale: Superyacht Skyfall For Sale: Christensen's superyacht Silver Lining

Fast learner

Booker Gliding - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:41
Today's sunshine brought out lots of members to enjoy the autumn colours, but Max Norfolk had more on his mind than sightseeing. Not long ago he bought one of the club's Flexi courses and today, after only 14 flights and an hour in the Falke, he did his first solo, and then for good measure followed it up with another.

Richard congratulates MaxMax sells fast cars for a living and races them for fun. He's looking forward to learning about cross country racing in a glider.

Adventures with kids: 11 best family adventure holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:00

Adventures with kids. There’s nothing quite like it. From camel trekking to conservation work and skiing to safari there are so many options. Lucky for you we’ve pulled together the 11 best family adventure holidays to give you some ideas. Adventures with kids The primary idea of adventure trips is to get everyone...

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Signs an Agreement with Ulstein Verft for Building of New Polar Vessel

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:45

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ULSTEIN VERFT FOR BUILDING OF NEW POLAR VESSEL

World’s Foremost Expedition Vessel Will Be the First Polar New Build in the
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2017 — Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world’s foremost expedition ship.

The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.

The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.  A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.  The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet.  It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels,” said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.

“The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company’s commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best,” added Lindblad

In keeping with the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ethos to connect guests with the environment being explored, the ship will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the shipWith 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible.   Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.  The ship’s complement of expedition tools for exploration will include kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, and more to be announced in the coming months.

The ship will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard.  The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments.   Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

“Our expedition cruises, operated through our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, have delivered remarkable experiences to our guests for the past 13 years,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “The expansion of the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet is truly terrific news, as it allows us to offer these unforgettable trips to even more travelers in the future. We look forward to joining our partner Lindblad Expeditions in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.”

“We are pleased to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting project.  Lindblad is an innovative company and a frontrunner in the exploration cruise industry. We look forward to turning this project into reality together with Lindblad and their partners,“ stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

About Ulstein Group  

ULSTEIN has 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In 2017, they celebrate their 100-year anniversary. Throughout a century they have created tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and ecommerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Lindblad Expeditions, USA: Patty Disken-Cahill, pattydc@expeditions.com, (212) 261-9081

National Geographic: Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

Waitrose Bank Balance Warning

Booker Gliding - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:57
BEWARE - Waitrose Thame has subbed out their car park to Britannia Parking. If you go over the 2 hour limit you will get a mugging with a bill for £40 (£70 if not paid immediately). Their signage is almost invisible (I have marked it with a yellow arrow) and when I complained they said 'tough shit, it is our policy'. Bandits.



My new policy is never to buy from Waitrose or John Lewis again.

National Geographic and Scenic Announce River Cruise Partnership

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:45

WASHINGTON and BOSTON (November 2, 2017)—National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic’s truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will enrich the experience through educational presentations and informal discussions throughout the trip. European cruises will also have a National Geographic photographer on board to share professional techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. On National Geographic River Cruises, guests will have a menu of rich, experiential excursions to choose from, ranging from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

“We are excited and proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic,” said Glen Moroney, chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. “We believe Scenic’s dedication to providing guests with the most exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience available is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic Expeditions is known.”

“Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows our travelers to reach spectacular parts of the world in a unique way. We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests.”

This partnership between Scenic and National Geographic River Cruises will offer numerous sailings in Europe: on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley—as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). Departures begin in 2018 and can be booked directly through National Geographic Expeditions natgeoexpeditions.com/rivercruises or Scenic www.scenicusa.com/nat-geo now.

National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with these new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, private jet trips, as well as a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; and two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or through Scenic: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com: or National Geographic: natgeoexpeditions.com; or phone 1-888-966-8687.

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National Geographic:

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, 202.912.6703

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours:

Elliot Gillies, elliot@gilliesandzaiser.com, www.gilliesandzaiser.com, 212.724.7783

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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