Most of our business is that of helping people plan their own private land-based or cruise-based vacations. But we also lead several groups per year to various places in the world...both cruise AND land-based trips!
So that you don't have to go through all of our blog entries to find all of the upcoming trips we hope to escort, here is a summary of them.
If you have a few friends or family members who want to go to a specific part of the world, let us know and we will put a custom trip together for you!
Here is the summary of our upcoming escorted trips:
This photo of a Gentoo penguin family was taken by our owner Carl on one of his previous trips to Antarctica. In December of 2017 he hopes to lead another group on a luxury expedition trip to Antarctica, this time aboard the Silver Cloud from Silversea Cruises.
The itinerary on this sailing will be much different than those he previous led. He is very excited that this time the cruise will also visit South Georgia Island. This special place in the world is known for its king penguins and elephant seals. There are also stops in the Falkland Islands.
For further information about the itinerary on this 19-night cruise departing December 21, 2017 click on and download the PDF flier below and/or contact our office. There is absolutely nothing like Antarctica!
During a recent trip to Fiji, our owner had the privilege of staying at the Matangi Private Island Resort in Fiji. The island is owned by a family who has had the property in their family for several generations. From the time you step foot on the island you feel welcome...the "Bula" spirit of Fiji overwhelms you.
Even though our owner, who travels as a single, was surrounded by honeymoon couples, the staff made sure he felt at home and just as important as any other visitor.
As an avid diver and snorkeler, we found the coral reefs around Matangi to be spectacular. After taking the picture from a hike over Horseshoe Bay (above, left), our owner went snorkeling in these same waters. "I would have still been there if the staff hadn't told me that it was time to go back. I've been SCUBA diving all over the world and snorkeling in Horseshoe Bay was better than many SCUBA dives from my past journeys."
With just a handful of bures--ranging from ocean view to tree houses, the feeling is intimate and peaceful. The food is delicious and plentiful and the staff have hearts of gold. We at findacruisedeal.com want to help you plan your trip to Fiji, be it at Matangi Private Island Resort or any of the other beautiful properties we represent.
For more photos of Matangi Private Island Resort Click Here
Recently our owner had the pleasure of staying at the Namale Resort and Spa in Fiji. Despite the name of our agency, findacruisedeal.com, we are also specialists at planning LAND-based vacations. In fact we are South Pacific experts specializing in the islands of Tahiti, Hawaii and Fiji as well as Australia.
Perhaps the best way for us to tell you about the magnificence of the Namale Resort and Spa is through the photos we took during our stay. They can be found under the "Photo Album" tab on our website. To make it easy for you Click Here to open the slide show displaying photos from our stay at Namale.
The Namale resort is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Spread among lush tropical plants are various types of separate bungalows (called "bures" in Fiji). Each bure offers privacy and a unique view of the grounds and/or the ocean. The dining room overlooks a spectacular bay and the tide pools below. The spa is among the most beautiful we've seen with a great view of the blowhole from the various relaxation pools and treatment rooms.
For the active person there are many daily options offered by the activity staff. These events include snorkeling trips, nature walks, village visits and a variety of other outings. A huge plus of Namale over other resorts is the fact that they are "all-inclusive". Activities (with some exceptions such as SCUBA), meals, entertainment and beverages are all part of the price!
Like most resorts in Fiji, Namale is the perfect setting for honeymoon couples or those celebrating a special anniversary. The staff can arrange such activities as couples massages, a private breakfast overlooking the blowhole or a special private lunch at the base of their on-property waterfall.
Perhaps our favorite part of our stay at Namale is the people. It is our opinion that Fiji has the nicest people in the world. And the welcoming staff at Namale are the best of example of that "Bula" spirit that is such a crucial part of visiting these picturesque islands. Thank you, vinaka and Bula to my new friends at #namaleresort Well done!
Since returning from Antarctica in 2015, we have posted hundreds of photos of our spectacular trip. If you missed them, Click Here ... they can be viewed right here on our website.
Most ships that go to Antarctica are older "explorer" vessels. But with this trip, you get the expedition experience but will cruise in luxury aboard the Seabourn Quest, known by many as the best service at sea! It is truly the best of both worlds.
Because these trips sell out very early, we recommend that you hold the best cabins as soon as possible. The deposit is fully refundable. For more information about this cruise, the itinerary and the pricing, click on the icon below. It will open up a flyer that you can view and/or print out. Pricing may be different than that shown on the flyer...call me for the most up-to-date rates.
** We are scheduled to escort a group on this voyage. However a minimum number of people are required so there is a chance we may not get to go.
Earlier this summer I returned from my tenth trip to Alaska. This time I had about 20 findacruisedeal.com clients with me. As a result of my frequent trips to Alaska and my 20 years in the cruise business I've gained a great deal of knowledge about this destination.
I'm hoping this Alaska tip on my blog will help our current and future clients as they plan their own first, second or multiple trip to this great state! I always tell people that if they can only go on one cruise in their lifetime, Alaska is the place to go. I never get tired of this destination.
I remind our readers in this and every tip... You do NOT save money by booking your Alaska cruise direct with the cruise line. Please call us to let us help you plan the Alaska cruise that is best for your situation. We always try to find the best possible deal for our clients...and you will likely receive added benefits you would NOT get booking direct!
What are the itinerary options for an Alaska cruise? While there are cruise lines that offer unique itineraries, more than 90% of Alaska cruises are either:
a) Round trip from Seattle
b) One way between Vancouver and Anchorage (Northbound or Southbound)
And, more than 90% of Alaska cruises are 7 nights in duration. (Again, there are other options.) For example, one cruise line offers 10-night cruises from San Francisco.
So many people choose the round trip Seattle option because of the convenience of a round trip flight within the Continental USA. But should you choose the itinerary strictly because of the convenience of the flights? I much prefer the northbound or southbound cruises to the round trip cruises.
Add-on Land Packages: For those sailing round trip from Seattle or Vancouver we can add on a pre or post-cruise land package to Whistler, Jasper and/or Banff, Canada! For those doing a one-way cruise between Anchorage and Vancouver, we can add a 3-7 night pre or post-cruise land package with such destinations as Denali National Park, the Yukon, Fairbanks and many other stops in the interior of Alaska.
Cruise Line Options: There are many different cruise line companies that sail to Alaska...from the most budget of lines to the top-of-the-line luxury lines. One of the benefits of working with an agency like findacruisedeal.com is that we help you select the correct cruise line for your situation and budget.
For a complete list of Alaska cruise itinerary options contact our office. We already have a record number of clients booked for 2016!
We hope to escort this cruise that will depart Dubai and cruise through the Suez Canal before we visit the Holy Land and continue on to Monte Carlo. This is a great cruise for those who have been to most parts of the world but have yet to say they've cruised the Suez Canal. It is also a great trip for those who have not seen the Holy Land or, perhaps, have always wanted to go to Dubai.
This 20-night voyage, departing May 5, 2016, is aboard the luxurious Seabourn Sojourn...in our opinion, the perfect-size ship with just 450 passengers. This is an all-suite vessel where wine, spirits and gratuities are all included in the cruise fare!
For further information, please click on the PDF flyer below. Current prices and a day-by-day itinerary are shown here. We hope you'll join us on this incredible voyage!
Over the past few years, Carl Dreizler, owner of findacruisedeal.com has had the pleasure of cruising aboard the Paul Gauguin several times. He usually tries to schedule his cruises during one of those where Jean-Michel Cousteau is a featured speaker.
The PDF fliers below can be opened and printed. They show the next several cruises that will feature Mr. Cousteau. We hope to escort one or two of them! (NOTE: The June 1, 2016 cruise is one where we hope to gather some of our past clients and celebrate the 20th year for findacruisedeal.com We hope you'll join us!)
These particular voyages are great for those who love the ocean and for those who enjoy SCUBA diving. Because we believe so much in what Ocean Futures Society does to promote a clean ocean environment, our agency will make a donation to Mr. Cousteau's non-profit organization when anyone books their cruise through findacruisedeal.com.
Here are the upcoming 2015 and 2016 Paul Gauguin Cruises featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau:
The photos seen on this post were some I took on our last voyage to Antarctica. It was one of my favorite trips. On that trip I was on a luxury cruise ship but we were not able to get off the vessel to explore Antarctica.
"Next time I go to Antarctica" I said, "I'm going on an explorer ship so I can do landings and more scenic photography." As it ends up, I'm hoping to do something better! With the Seabourn Quest you get the best of both worlds! Aboard the Quest, for six days, you will have Zodiac landings and touring...yet rather than being on a 30-year-old explorer vessel, you will be sailing on a top-of-the-line luxury cruise ship!
Seabourn is offering this incredible cruise itinerary several times this coming winter (summer in Southern hemisphere). We hope to escort the January 13, 2015 sailing. Contact us for more details and current pricing.
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