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The British Isles
Trinity House’s working ship, THV Patricia, services navigational buoys and offshore lighthouses along the English and Welsh coasts. A huge crane on deck belies the surprisingly luxurious accommodation. Visit the bridge, tour the engine room and go ashore with the crew.
Strand Voyages (020 7953 7607; strandtravelltd.co.uk) offers seven-night Patricia Voyages, sailing from and calling at various ports in England and Wales. From around £1,495 per person including meals.
The South Pacific
Explore the most remote archipelago in the world on board Aranui 3, a cargo-cum-passenger ship that delivers everything from brake pads to bulldozers to the Marquesas Islands.
The Cruise People (020 7723 2450; cruisepeople.co.uk) offers 14-night round trips on Aranui 3 from Papeete, with monthly departures year-round. From £3,125 per person including meals and excursions, but excluding flights.
West Coast Canada
British Columbia’s Inside Passage y plied by large cruise ships heading for Alaska. But there is a more intimate way– on board a 12-passenger tugboat, Prince Rupert.
Westwind Tugboat Adventures (tugboatcruise.com) offers six-night Inside Passage cruises from £2,666 per person, including meals and excursions but excluding flights.
Watch a nuclear-powered icebreaker negotiate its way through 10ft-thick ice fields during this 13-night Arctic adventure. After two nights in Helsinki followed by a flight to Murmansk, you will set sail for the North Pole on board the icebreaker 50 Years of Victory.
The 128-passenger ship has an indoor pool, sauna and gym and offers an insightful programme of Arctic-themed lectures.
Poseidon Expeditions (0870 068 9142; northpolevoyages.com) offers a 13-night Icebreaker Cruise, round trip from Helsinki, with departures in June and July 2014. From £15,855 per person including meals, excursions and two nights in Helsinki, but excluding flights.
Arblaster and Clarke (01730 263111; winetours.co.uk) offers a six-night Food and Wine of the Venetian Lagoon and Po River cruise, from £3,150 per person including transfers and meals but not flights.
Take a voyage on a container ship to Sydney.
Strand Voyages (020 7953 7607; strandtravelltd.co.uk) offers a 43-night voyage from London Tilbury to Sydney. From around £4,780 per person excluding return flight.
The 19th-century steamship MV Juno plies the waters of the 120-mile Göta Canal between Stockholm and Gothenburg.
eWaterways (0808 168 1458; ewaterways.co.uk) offers a four-day Classic Canal cruise from £1,175 per person full board but excluding flights.
The Indonesian Archipelago
See Komodo dragons in their natural habitat on the island of Komodo during a five-night cruise oon the custom-built, 100ft Amanikan, which resembles a spice trading vessel.
Aman Resorts (0800 2255 2626; amanresorts.com) offers a seven-night Komodo Expedition cruise from £9,193 per person including meals and dives.
Sleeping 10 people in five elegant but compact en-suite cabins, stylishly refitted Turkish gulet also has a chef who rustles up delicious antipasti and seafood dishes.
Peter Sommer Travels (01600 888220; petersommer.com) offers a seven-night Cruising the Amalfi Coast voyage, departing on September 14. From £3,595 per person including transfers, meals, excursions and guiding.
And from the Filofacts vaults …
teleg guide to river cruises march 2010
teleg guide to cruise companiesaugust 8 09
cruiseselect.co.uk – Fred Olsen
cruise1st.co.uk – royal caribbean
voyanacruise.com – bargains
specialise in putting passengers on cargo ships
does The Complete Guide To Cruising & Cruise Ships
seafarercruises.com is a specialist in small ship and yacht cruises
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