Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Update: M/S Expedition's Common Areas

While our construction team is hard at work onboard the ship getting everything put together we have come up with design pictures of the common areas so we can get a sense of what she will look like on completion.

One of the major pluses of the Expedition is the large amount of space onboard for our passengers. Both the dinning room and the Expedition Lounge can seat all passengers and staff comfortably and smaller more intimate areas such as our library and the Polar Bear Pub allow for a some quite time or a smaller gathering.

Expedition Lounge
The Expedition Lounge can accommodate all passengers onboard at one time. This multi use room will be the main gathering point for all briefings, recaps and lectures. The room has brand new AV facilities including wireless audio and 3 screens that presentations can be viewed from. In the evenings the room will host movies or live entertainment or be a quiet place to have a drink and take in the scenery through the panorama windows.

The Library is separated from the lounge by glass doors. This room is for quiet reading and will be stocked mostly with books based on the destinations that we are traveling to. There will be a number of games and novels here too for people to use while onboard. The room is located next door the the computer room that will have 3 machines for passengers to use for email.

Polar Bear Pub
Located in the aft and connected to the back deck, the Polar Bear Pub is our informal meeting area for passengers to enjoy a beverage or a snack while out on the back deck soaking in the scenery.

Dining Room
Our Dinning Room can accommodate all passengers and staff and will be where all meals are served. Surrounded by windows passengers will not miss a thing as they dine on international cuisine.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Azores Islands: Volcanoes & Wildlife

The maiden voyage of the M/S Expedition take place in the remote and tranquil Portuguese islands of the Azores.

The Azores are Europe’s best-kept secret: tranquil, verdant, diverse, beautiful and always welcoming. Even the most experienced traveller will be touched by the sapphire blue and emerald green lakes, fertile prairies, volcanic cones and craters, colorful flora, wildlife and UNESCO world heritage sites. The nine islands of the Azores enjoy year round mild temperatures and is peaceful with a population of 250, 000 inhabitants, for whom the words “stress” and “pollution” are not part of their vocabulary.

We will explore remote bird colonies by zodiac, take tours of the ancient cites and marvel at the geological phenomenon of these volcanic islands. Since they were first settled in the 15th century, each island has developed at a different speed, depending upon the quality of its harbour, terrain, crops, and its distance from the others. Today this is reflected in their diversity, each island offering its own individual character that makes the Azores such a varied entity.

Our expedition team is made up of a great variety of minds to give you a broad perspective of these islands their history, geology and wildlife. We are excited to have 2 local guides onboard with us for these trips to speak on the day to day life that the people lead in these islands.

This trip is ideal for those who enjoy dramatic scenery, stunning landscapes, volcanic cones and craters, love of wildlife, with a chance to spot whales and variety of birdlife.