Polar Pioneer

Trust the Zodiac

Visiting Antarctica is invariably described as a life-changing experience. Lynne Whiley heads there on a 10-day expedition and discovers why.

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Orion Expedition Cruise Ship

When nature is the star

Expedition cruising is taking off, with new vessels and journeys to tempt intrepid travellers, writes Louise Goldsbury.

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Liz Pope

Off to the Antarctic

Sydney's Liz Pope will spend the summer months at sea in Antarctica and South Georgia aboard the comfortable, ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer.

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Orion Cruise ship. Photograph by Orioncruises.com.au.    SHD TRAVEL SEPT 19 CRUISE SPECIAL REPORT AUSTRALIA CRUISING.

Be an in-betweener

If you love sea days rather than visiting a port every day, have time to take a cruise of 15 or more days and are looking for a bargain, a repositioning cruise could be just the thing.

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The pool on Lido deck on the way to New Caledonia onboard Pacific Dawn cruise ship, January 2008. Photograph by Ruth Duncan. SHD TRAVEL FEBRUARY 17 CRUISE.

Serving up more

To the uninitiated, cruising may appear a one-dimensional kind of holiday, floating on the seas somewhere exotic with many people, eating too much and sunbathing with a cocktail in hand.

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