Cruising News - Asia / Pacific.
It could be the world's most eco-friendly catamaran. The Plastiki is a catamaran whose deck, cabin, hulls holds, hatches and sails are made from repurposed plastic bottles held together with cashew nut glue. The boat's power comes from solar panels and windmills. Owner David de Rothschild plans to sail the boat from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. Feb 22, 2010
Cruise West Cruise West has added three additional Galpagos Island departures in 2011 for total of five voyages. Those who pay in full by April 30 can save up to USD600 per person. The cruises are operated by the 50-suite Galpagos Explorer II, a sister ship to the lineOs Spirit of Oceanus. The nine-night journey starts with a city tour of Quito, a welcome dinner at the Theatrum Restaurant & Wine Bar in the National Theater and two nights at the Hilton Colon Quito. Guests continue via plane to San Cristobal Island to board the Galpagos Explorer II for the next seven nights. Guests can add a fully guided, post-cruise five-night land tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu. One night is spent in Lima and two nights in Cusco to explore the markets and monuments of the Inca Fortress, Citadel of Ollantaytambo and the Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A scenic train ride goes to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, and two nights in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. Galpagos cruises depart March 14, March 21, Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Oct. 10, 2011. Prices begin at USD4,999 per person, double occupancy. For more information, call 800-689-1783 or visit www.cruisewest.com. Feb 25, 2010
Viking River Cruises Viking River Cruises is offering cruise-tours during the Shanghai World Expo 2010. In addition to select departures of the China cruise-tours, Viking is offering a two-night post-cruise land extension to the event, which takes place from May through October 2010. The extension is available for select departures of VikingOs ChinaOs Cultural Delights and Imperial Jewels of China itineraries. Additionally, Viking is offering a Spring Sale during Wave Season, which runs through March 1. Among the saleOs offerings are two-for-one international air for guests booking stateroom categories B or higher on the Imperial Jewels of China and Roof of the World itineraries; and international airfare at USD300 off per couple for all other stateroom categories on the Imperial Jewels of China and Roof of the World itineraries and all stateroom categories on the Yangtze Explorer and ChinaOs Cultural Delights itineraries. The offer code is O06PO and must be booked and paid in full by March 1, 2010. The offer is not applicable for any pre or post cruise extension. For more information, call 800-304-9616 or visit www.vikingrivercruises.com. Feb 23, 2010
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