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National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:20

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017)—Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Bojan took the winning photo after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behavior that he knew he had to capture. After waiting a day and night near the suspected location, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning at a spot a few minutes up the river. As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate. About five feet deep in a river supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.

On capturing the photo, Bojan said, “Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone; and Todd Kennedy of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Contestants submitted photographs in four categories – Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater – through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

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Leah Jereb

Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com

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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Westport Charter Icon Wabi Sabi Finds New Owner

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:00
Westport Charter Icon Wabi Sabi Finds New Owner One of the finest Westport yachts on the water, the 50-metre Wabi Sabi has been announced as sold by Burgess & Moran Yacht & Ship. Now sailing under the name ‘Hospitality’, this global voyager is effortlessly stylish and is set to return to the charter market in time for Christmas and New Year.

A testament to Westport construction, this Donald Starkey design is a five-star experience with an adventurous edge. Thanks to a transatlantic range of 4000 nautical miles and upgraded engineering, Wabi Sabi was designed to visit the most remote places in the world and maintain autonomy with minimal stops.

Hospitality is an apt new title for Wabi Sabi, as this is a yacht with a deceptive amount of space on board and completely updated interiors thanks to a major refit in 2016.

The external spaces allow guests to make the most of the backdrop while enjoying al fresco dining, cocktails or soaking up the sun on the higher levels and her interiors offer rest and relaxation in meticulously maintained comfort.

The interior decor is a more sophisticated view of life on board, with a layout that brings both friends and family together through expansive saloons, space for 18 guests in total and a dedicated Owner’s Deck.

This is a yacht which has spent time in Iceland, Scandinavia, Australia and beyond, so naturally, the interiors are a work of flawless engineering in terms of layout while the homely design adds a new dimension to the overall experience.

Showcased for sale at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Hospitality has become one of the latest success stories to emerge from America. Now, following its refit, sale and a new name, this yacht has firmly entered a new era thanks to an immediate turn-around and return to the charter market this Winter with Moran Yacht & Ship.

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Charter Focus: The Zen Appeal of Endeavour II

Super Yachts Charters - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00
Charter Focus: The Zen Appeal of Endeavour II A 50-metre vessel, showcasing the minimalist sophistication of the Orient with an elegant European flair, boasts a reputable partnership teaming builder Rossinavi with the edge of interior designer Achille Salvagni; the perfect recipe for a luxury home on the water. We step inside to explore the charter ready charm of the elegant Endeavour II.

By request of the client, Interior Designer Achille Salvagni, has created the masterpiece of a "light Japanese style” space, with a real ode to the ocean, paying homage to the very concept of seclusion at sea. “The original floor from Japan named Tatami is a surface that absorbs the noise” states Sara Maggi, Rossinavi Project Manager of Endeavour II, one that adds to the dampening stabilizer system by CMC Marine to create a sublime feeling of serenity on board.

The tranquil minimalism continues to the owners suite. Described as “very simple, very clean”  a harmony of soft creams, dusty grey accents and lashings of gold marrying together to create a haven of relaxation. Refreshed with bespoke Achille Salvagni pieces; splashes of punchy pinks and contemporary silhouettes, offers a chic comfort for both owner and charter guest alike.

However, it’s earthly elegance is best evoked by a unique choice of materials. Take the use of synthetic teak chosen to remain pristine and durable “In 20 years this teak will look exactly the same.” states Sara Maggi. The vessel also draped in luxurious Cremo Bello marble is described as a “delicate but a beautiful effect.”

The real perk? Is her owner’s suite, a seamless-flow balcony offering an unrivalled connection to the ocean. Expansive windows are the staple feature inviting prime panoramic views of the azure while welcoming in the pouring pleasure of natural light. A step into her luxurious suites, the theme of tranquillity continues, with 4 guest cabins, two twins and two doubles that evoke every inch the zen-stricken comfort one could desire after a day of adventure.

A charterer's dream, Endeavor II is topped off by a passionate and creative chef, who shares his thoughts of functionality meeting design- (even in the galley!) as well as the gastronomic delights on offer for charter guests. "Some chefs are limited to what they know” states Chef Nicholas Kennedy. “I was trained in French cuisine, but any world cuisine required or dietary requirements are welcomed. Anything for the client”  another impressive feature of the 50-metre charter spectacle tantalisingly alluring.

Powerful, pristine and distinguished by credible Italian craftsmanship, the 50-metre vessel’s 16-knot speed, cutting-edge water toys, and stylish interior showcases a dedication to perfection, and is now undoubtedly ready to take on the ocean. 

Endeavour II is available for charter with Ocean Independence, and we look forward to bringing you more from her promising career on the water.

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Charter Yacht Focus: The Revival of Aquila

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:00
Charter Yacht Focus: The Revival of Aquila Cakewalk is world renowned as the largest American-made superyacht since the 1930s; however, after her sale and subsequent refit, Cakewalk entered a new era as Aquila. Having been transformed into one of the finest charter yachts on the water today, we take a look at the new lease of life on board.

The elegance of Aquila runs deep in the DNA of the 85.60-metre superyacht, with expert construction by Derecktor, a striking, flowing style by Tim Heywood and, arguably, one of the finest interior updates on the refit market.

Outside, the four decks of Aquila offer a huge amount of external space for those stepping onto the teak to relax. The alfresco dining of the three aft decks and expansive sun deck (with new forward areas) are enhanced by countless additions such as a large Jacuzzi, dining areas, day bar and treatment room to compliment the chosen backdrop of the day. There is even a DJ booth, smoke machine, light show and space for plenty of guests for parties, showing the true ‘day and night’ versatility of the charter yacht.

This also applies to her vast beach club, offering open spaces and an arsenal of toys to turn the ocean on which the yacht sits, into an extension of life on board.

Moving indoors and the original interior was transformed from a traditional decor to an effortlessly cool, contemporary and stripped-back style. The 11.2-metre chandelier on board is just one of the notable design elements throughout the boat, which extends from sun deck to lower deck and showers Aquila’s chromes, colours and marble in an elegant light.

Other layouts and design features include a cosy cinema room and the incredible Owner’s deck. This giant space offers a private terrace spanning 60 square metres overlooking the bow, a hair salon, study and massage room to please any guest.

The exclusive members club feel carries through to the rest of the yacht, with wide and open saloons, gym, more massage rooms and ‘London Bar’; a part of the renewal project which enhances the charter appeal of one of the world’s finest refits even further.

Available for charter across the Bahamas & Caribbean this Winter through Burgess, Aquila is also a choice for the future summer months as she heads from her current position in the Americas to the traditional cruising grounds of the Mediterranean.

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Making the best of it

Booker Gliding - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:54
Saturday was the date for the second of Graham's aerobatics courses, unfortunately the weather gods hadn't heard, so there was only time for one flight before the front arrived and we put the kit away. We did however have an extensive discussion in the briefing room about how exactly it is that wings work, upside down as well as the right way up.

After the kit had been put away, Rob had the bright idea of cleaning the bus. Most of it looks better now, we need a longer ladder, or a longer broom.





Charter Focus: The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:00
Charter Focus: The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis A work of art in itself, the Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht Amaryllis is an example of style, grace and charter appeal. On the market with Hill Robinson, we take a look at the stand out features of the Belle Epoque-inspired 78-metre superyacht.

At first glance, the scale of the deep blue hull and striking white superstructure offer an imposing first impression; however, this gentle giant is a modern take on traditional yachting values. Her Reymond Langton exterior aesthetic softens the scale thanks to flowing lines and elegantly executed style, but it’s onboard where Amaryllis comes to life.

The exterior spaces are vast, and carry the first impression of size from the water all the way to the deck. Launched in 2011, this is one of the beamiest yachts in the Abeking & Rasmussen portfolio, and offers up an impressive amount of versatility for those looking to relax, dine and drink against their chosen charter backdrops; even offering a 5-metre pool with changing colours.

The 12 guests on board are accommodated in 6 cabins, including an owner’s deck with private terrace and a VIP on the main deck, staying on board is part of the comfort at hand. The gym and spa facilities on board are there to add a dimension of well-being, while the highly-skilled crew bring home the five-star comfort.

The Art Deco interior is another addition to the luxury levels on board, with opulent whites, woods and creams complimenting intricate detailing throughout. The giant saloon with plush seating areas feels as much a part of home as the lavish suites in which to retreat after a long day exploring the tender garage.

Often spotted in the UK and Northern Europe, her chosen Summer cruising grounds of the Caribbean and The Bahamas are a traditional choice, but a fitting backdrop for a superyacht filled with every aspect of the superyacht lifestyle.

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Media Alert: Yeti Legends are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows; Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:20

** MEDIA ALERT **

Yeti Legends Are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows

 Spokesperson Available 

 Purported to be a towering human-like figure covered in shaggy fur, the Yeti continues to excite dedicated believers still hoping for evidence that the mythical beast is real. Now, DNA analysis of multiple supposed Yeti samples—including hair, teeth, fur, and feces—shows that the stories are based on real animals roaming the high mountains. The results are the best evidence yet that the Yeti legend is rooted in black and brown bears. With this new study,  the team has been able to create a new family tree of vulnerable subspecies of Asian bears, which may prove useful in efforts to protect the animals.

 Learn more about what these findings mean by reading our full story here.

Nat Geo Expert Available for Interviews:

Science expert and editor, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Travel Unveils Annual Best of the World List

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:41
The 21 Best Places to Visit in 2018 According to National Geographic Traveler’s Editors

WASHINGTON  (Nov. 28, 2017) – Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed the 2018 Best of the World, its annual list of the 21 must-see destinations to visit in the year ahead. Traveler editors selected their top picks for places in three key categories- Cities, Culture, and Nature. The results are in the December/January 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

“The No. 1 question we get from our 9.6 million readers is, ‘Where should I go next?’ Our Best of the World list responds to that question with 21 timely destinations that make for a year of transformative travels,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “With 15 international editions, National Geographic Traveler has a global team of writers, photographers and travel experts who helped build our list and report on these stellar places. We looked for cities that bustle with new energy and intrigue; parklands that percolate with vitality and ecological protection; and communities rich in local character that offer opportunities for cultural engagement. Packed with surprise, humor and relevance, our list advances our National Geographic mission to explore, conserve and share unforgettable stories about the best of our world.”

The 2018 Best of the World destinations are:

CITIES

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Tbilisi, Georgia

CULTURE

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friesland, Netherlands
  • Harar, Ethiopia
  • Labrador, Canada
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Tétouan, Morocco
  • Vienna, Austria

NATURE

  • Albania
  • Jordan Trail, Jordan
  • Jujuy Province, Argentina
  • Madagascar
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Ruaha NP, Tanzania
  • Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

The digital hub includes an immersive visual experience along with an overview of the top highlights of each place on the list. Visitors can also dive deeper into three of the Best of the World destinations- Dublin, Oaxaca, and Oahu, through a selection of feature stories from the issue. National Geographic Travel will be hosting a Best of the World-themed Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. ET. Join the conversation with George Stone, @travelerstone, and #BestTrips2018.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 40 million.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

Press images are available here: https://foxgroup.box.com/s/fb14cbslwt4yyf2c6jj0s8lutek2ecn4

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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202-912-6703
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Breaking News: Nat Geo Exclusively Reveals the Age of Christ’s Alleged Tomb, Interviews & Visuals Avail

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:48

***National Geographic Breaking News***

EXCLUSIVE: Age of Jesus Christ’s Alleged Tomb Revealed

Ancient construction materials date to Roman times, suggesting the legacy of the original holy site has survived despite its destruction 1,000 years ago.

National Geographic Exclusively Reports 

Spokespeople and visuals available

Scientific tests provided exclusively to National Geographic have confirmed that the remains of a limestone cave enshrined within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem are remnants of a tomb, believed to be that of Jesus Christ, first located by the ancient Romans 1,700 years ago. The new dating results put the original construction of today’s tomb complex securely in the time of Constantine — A.D. 345.

The tomb was opened for the first time in centuries in October 2016, when the shrine that encloses the tomb, known as the Edicule, underwent a significant restoration by an interdisciplinary team from the National Technical University of Athens. Several samples of mortar from different locations within the Edicule were taken at that time for dating, and the results have been exclusively provided to National Geographic.

Until now, the earliest architectural evidence found in and around the tomb complex dated to the Crusader period, making it no older than 1,000 years. But now, scientists can confirm that it is indeed the site identified as the burial place of Christ 17 centuries ago. 

Read the full story HERE.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic’s archaeology expert, who has been exclusively reporting on the findings for National Geographic, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

In addition, National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence, Fredrik Hiebert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also featured on the cover of the December issue of National Geographic magazine and is the subject of an upcoming National Geographic documentary, “The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special,” premiering Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9/8c. In addition, the National Geographic Museum’s immersive, 3-D exhibition, ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,’ virtually transports visitors to this iconic site and is currently on display in Washington, DC through the fall of 2018.

 

Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus: anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Kelsey Taylor: kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

On the Market: The Best of American Build

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
On the Market: The Best of American Build As our focus shifts to the growth and activity of the modern American market, we take a look at the best of U.S. builds available for both sale and charter this Thanksgiving.

Aquila
The largest yacht built in modern day America, Aquila was formerly known as Derecktor’s Cakewalk and is today carving a new reputation on the water as one of the finest charter yachts available. A central listing with Burgess, Aquila was renewed in her entirety to emerge anew in 2016, gathering high-acclaim and a lot of attention on the market with it. The spacious interiors, ultra-stylish decor and ample accommodation for 12 guests are just the core of the wider Aquila experience on the water.

Katya
Delta Marine introduced Katya to the waters of Seattle in 2009, bringing a true charter machine to the water with understated modern style. Sleek and sporty in nature, with ample space and room for 12 on board, this 2009 superyacht offers guests everything a discerning charterer could desire; from cruising the Bahamas with a cocktail on the Sundeck, to relaxed and stately interiors to hideaway after a long day with the family.

Victoria del Mar
Space is the resounding theme running throughout this elegantly crafted and timeless charter yacht from Delta Marine. Up to 14 guests on board can make the most of the ample dining areas, huge saloons, al fresco dining and relaxation on the giant Sundeck. With a gym, bar and everything an idyllic cruise requires, Victoria Del Mar is deceptively sized for a 50-metre and a must-see for winter journeys in the Caribbean.

Skyfall
Available for both sale and charter with TWW Yachts and HMY, Skyfall is the ideal example of American yachting. Built for an American owner with a keen eye for both saleability and value, Skyfall was ahead of its time when it emerged from the Trinity Yachts shed in 2010 and stands as a timeless superyacht to this day. Large, fast and with a Bahamian friendly draft, this is a versatile vessel with luxury in droves.

Silver Lining
One of Christensen’s latest launches, Silver Lining is available for sale with IYC and on the charter market and captures the ideals of modern American yachting thanks to a 2017 launch and exemplary approach to both design and construction. Elegant, stripped-back style gives way to a unique Carol Williamson interior and ample space through for cruising with the family. Silver Lining is truly one of the finest contemporary American-built yachts on the water today.

Mia Elise II
The second Trinity Yachts launch on this list, Mia Elise II (ex Areti) is available for both sale and charter but stands out as a magnificent member of the wider American inventory for numerous reasons. Open space within, a 60-metre length with ample exterior areas and an interior maintained to perfection since launch in 2012. Her classical tri-deck style, understated elegance and timeless style are all factors that add to the 14 guest accommodation on board.

Boxer
You can’t find finer in the U.S. than Westport construction, and Galati has brought Boxer - the ideal reflection of the American Dream come true - to the market. Having just emerged from a comprehensive refit, the Westport-built superyacht Boxer is one of the understated must-sees on this list thanks to her expert construction, stripped-back style and lifestyle, engineered to perfection on board.

Aquila - The American Icon for Charter with Burgess The Delta-built charter machine Katya Charter yacht Victoria del Mar For Sale: Superyacht Skyfall For Sale: Christensen's superyacht Silver Lining

Fast learner

Booker Gliding - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:41
Today's sunshine brought out lots of members to enjoy the autumn colours, but Max Norfolk had more on his mind than sightseeing. Not long ago he bought one of the club's Flexi courses and today, after only 14 flights and an hour in the Falke, he did his first solo, and then for good measure followed it up with another.

Richard congratulates MaxMax sells fast cars for a living and races them for fun. He's looking forward to learning about cross country racing in a glider.

Adventures with kids: 11 best family adventure holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:00

Adventures with kids. There’s nothing quite like it. From camel trekking to conservation work and skiing to safari there are so many options. Lucky for you we’ve pulled together the 11 best family adventure holidays to give you some ideas. Adventures with kids The primary idea of adventure trips is to get everyone...

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Signs an Agreement with Ulstein Verft for Building of New Polar Vessel

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:45

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ULSTEIN VERFT FOR BUILDING OF NEW POLAR VESSEL

World’s Foremost Expedition Vessel Will Be the First Polar New Build in the
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2017 — Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world’s foremost expedition ship.

The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.

The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.  A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.  The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet.  It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels,” said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.

“The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company’s commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best,” added Lindblad

In keeping with the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ethos to connect guests with the environment being explored, the ship will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the shipWith 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible.   Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.  The ship’s complement of expedition tools for exploration will include kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, and more to be announced in the coming months.

The ship will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard.  The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments.   Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

“Our expedition cruises, operated through our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, have delivered remarkable experiences to our guests for the past 13 years,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “The expansion of the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet is truly terrific news, as it allows us to offer these unforgettable trips to even more travelers in the future. We look forward to joining our partner Lindblad Expeditions in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.”

“We are pleased to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting project.  Lindblad is an innovative company and a frontrunner in the exploration cruise industry. We look forward to turning this project into reality together with Lindblad and their partners,“ stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

About Ulstein Group  

ULSTEIN has 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In 2017, they celebrate their 100-year anniversary. Throughout a century they have created tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and ecommerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Lindblad Expeditions, USA: Patty Disken-Cahill, pattydc@expeditions.com, (212) 261-9081

National Geographic: Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

Waitrose Bank Balance Warning

Booker Gliding - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:57
BEWARE - Waitrose Thame has subbed out their car park to Britannia Parking. If you go over the 2 hour limit you will get a mugging with a bill for £40 (£70 if not paid immediately). Their signage is almost invisible (I have marked it with a yellow arrow) and when I complained they said 'tough shit, it is our policy'. Bandits.



My new policy is never to buy from Waitrose or John Lewis again.

National Geographic and Scenic Announce River Cruise Partnership

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:45

WASHINGTON and BOSTON (November 2, 2017)—National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic’s truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will enrich the experience through educational presentations and informal discussions throughout the trip. European cruises will also have a National Geographic photographer on board to share professional techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. On National Geographic River Cruises, guests will have a menu of rich, experiential excursions to choose from, ranging from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

“We are excited and proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic,” said Glen Moroney, chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. “We believe Scenic’s dedication to providing guests with the most exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience available is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic Expeditions is known.”

“Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows our travelers to reach spectacular parts of the world in a unique way. We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests.”

This partnership between Scenic and National Geographic River Cruises will offer numerous sailings in Europe: on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley—as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). Departures begin in 2018 and can be booked directly through National Geographic Expeditions natgeoexpeditions.com/rivercruises or Scenic www.scenicusa.com/nat-geo now.

National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with these new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, private jet trips, as well as a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; and two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or through Scenic: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com: or National Geographic: natgeoexpeditions.com; or phone 1-888-966-8687.

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Media Contacts and photo requests:

National Geographic:

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, 202.912.6703

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours:

Elliot Gillies, elliot@gilliesandzaiser.com, www.gilliesandzaiser.com, 212.724.7783

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SHORT IN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUSAN GOLDBERG

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 00:04

PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SHORT IN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUSAN GOLDBERG

McCartney debuts new documentary short for his ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign featuring Mary and Stella McCartney, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson

McCartney encourages everyone to become ‘meat moderators,’ discussing the impact that livestock agriculture is having on global climate change

McCartney confirms National Geographic behind the inspiration for the Beatles 1968 smash hit ‘Lady Madonna’  

(LONDON/WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 2nd, 2017) Paul McCartney, musician, activist and global icon, has joined National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, for an exclusive conversation, ahead of releasing a new documentary short in support of his campaign “Meat Free Monday,” which can be viewed at nationalgeographic.com.

Along with daughters and campaign co-founders Mary and Stella McCartney, the new documentary film, One Day a Week, also features Academy Award-winner Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee and EMMY-winner Woody Harrelson, as they narrate and share facts about the impact of livestock agriculture on climate change. The film is slated to be released Friday, November 3rd and will be available at 00.01 on Friday 3rd November on the Meat Free Monday YouTube page.

Meat Free Monday encourages people to not eat meat at least one day a week with the hope that if enough people do it and the idea spreads, it will make a difference” said McCartney. “My film, One Day a Week, aims to raise awareness of this important issue and show people that if we all join together in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and even improve people’s health

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella in 2009, ‘Meat Free Monday’ is a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week.

Through the interview, McCartney discusses his personal choices in becoming a vegetarian and why he’s now advocating for “meat moderators”: people who reduce their consumption of meat intake as part of their weekly food routine.

“I support a lot of causes, but this particular one is personal for me because it is how I live,” said McCartney. “Through this campaign, I can say to people, ‘Just try it,’ and show people that it can actually be quite fun when you look at what you do, what you eat, how you live and think, ‘Is this what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life or would it be kind of interesting to try making a change?’”

Goldberg said, “At National Geographic, we’ve been illuminating the world for the last 129 years — first in words and pictures, and now across our digital platforms, with information that’s on the side of science, on the side of facts and on the side of the planet. Within our yellow border, we’re creating a portal for the planet’s curious people, giving those with an insatiable quest for knowledge the information that allows them to make informed decisions and affect positive change. We are thrilled that Paul chose National Geographic to bring his message about environmental sustainability to a global audience.”

During the conversation, available for viewing now at nationalgeographic.com, Paul also discussed the inspiration behind the 1968 Beatles hit, “Lady Madonna.” An article titled “American Special Forces in Action in Viet Nam,” from a 1965 issue of National Geographic magazine, featured a photo by Howard Sochurek of a woman surrounded by three small children, one of them nursing. The photo ultimately served as the inspiration for the song.

I love National Geographic and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s sort of always there, that yellow frame and you know exactly what it is and you know you’re gonna get great photos and great stories about the world,” said McCartney. “One particular issue, I saw in the ’60s, had a woman…and she looked very proud and she had a baby … I saw that as a kind of Madonna thing, mother and child…… You know, sometimes you see pictures of mothers and you go, ‘She’s a good mother.’ You could just tell there’s a bond and it just affected me, that photo. So I was inspired to write ‘Lady Madonna,’ my song, from that photo.”

Goldberg’s interview with McCartney will be released to the 396 million followers across all digital and social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and online, with a print interview to follow in the new year. National Geographic magazine has 55 million readers, in 30 languages, with the full National Geographic media portfolio reaching over 760 million consumers every month.

The full interview with Paul McCartney can be seen at www.NationalGeographic.com with the brand new documentary short to be released at 00.01 on Friday 3rd November.

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Notes To Editors

Assets for Media: Click HERE for access to clips for broadcast, images and transcripts from the interview.  All materials used must credit National Geographic and Meat Free Monday

 

Picture Caption

Caption: National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg meets Paul McCartney in an exclusive conversation about his new film ‘One Day a Week’, part of his ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign

Copy Right: National Geographic

 

Twitter accounts

National Geographic – @SusanBGoldberg @NatGeo

Paul McCartney – @PaulMcCartney @MeatFreeMonday #OneDayAWeek

 

Campaign statics

  • It can take 2,350 litres of fresh water – that’s about 30 bathtubs! – to produce just one beef burger.
  • An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle
  • A third of all cereal crops, and more than 95 per cent of soy, is turned into feed for farmed animals.
  • Almost a third of all land on Earth is used for livestock production

 

For further information:

National Geographic

Daniel Maynard – National Geographic, Europe & Africa

Daniel.Maynard@fox.com

+44 (0)7971 058864

Courtney Rowe – National Geographic

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

+1 202 919 2810

Anna Kukelhaus – National Geographic

Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com

+1 202 912 6724

 

For Paul McCartney/Meat Free Monday campaign

Stuart Bell – DawBell

stuart.bell@dawbell.com

+ 44 7931 501 495

Suzanne Barnard – Meat Free Monday

press@meatfreemondays.com

+ 44 7854 115 799

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Latest Addition: Flying Charter's Elegant Il Cigno

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:00
Latest Addition: Flying Charter's Elegant Il Cigno Flying Charter is glad to introduce its new C.A Il Cigno, a vessel with classic elegance and charm for a Mediterranean charter. We take a closer look the Nicolini vessel's features having benefitted from a welcomed refit; style stamped by Jonathan Reed with 43-metres for be enjoyed.

A Classic “Made in Italy”
Built in 1986 by the Italian shipyard Nicolini, Il Cigno, available for Charter with Flying Charter, boasts a sophisticated refit revamping her classic living space into a quintessentially Italian masterpiece. The ideal charter vessel to explore the Westernshores of the Med with freedom and comfort, she is lead by a doting crew of 8, with a traditional exterior combining clean sharp lines with an elegant stature.

The Sentiment of Space
The charming corners of Il Cigno paint the perfect picture for any charter adventure. Interior styling by Jonathan Reed marries warm oaks with punchy oranges, offering ahome-from-home comfort for family and friends to reside. Immerse in the large main salon with sophisticated dining area, benefitting from an on-board entertainment system perfect for hosting guests in its ample space.

Accommodating up to 12 guests in comfort, the full beam master suite on the main deck boasts a personal office and en-suite, while the lower deck features four guest cabins with two doubles and two twins, offering the perfect place for tranquility before adventure calls. Her skylounge can also be easily converted into an additional double cabin with private bathroom, accommodating in total up to 12 guests, and showcasing another charming corner of Il Cigno to enjoy.

On-Deck Delight
The upper deck of Il Cigno captures a charter escape at its best. Its al fresco dining spot, ideal for long family lunches or romance under the stars, is just one way of enjoying warm Mediterranean evenings with guests. The other? A sun basking afternoon on deck, with a shaded aft deck for a welcomed reprieve before approaching your next sun drenched destination.

Ready, Set, Sea!
Family fueled adventures begin on Il Cigno. With tenders and toys on-board, everything from Wave-Runners to Sea-Kayaks offer laid back exploration for endless fun on the water.  Il Cigno offers rendez-vous diving where hedonistic days are best enjoyed on the ocean, transcending your charter escape into blissful enjoyment and seclusion into the azure. 

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Breaking: Nat Geo & Gallup Announce 25 Happiest Cities in the U.S., Interviews & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:42

** MEDIA ALERT **

National Geographic, New York Times Best-Selling Author Dan Buettner and Gallup Announce The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States

 Boulder, CO tops the list

 Spokespeople, Images and Exclusive Map Available for Press

National Geographic, Gallup and New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner have announced The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States based on The National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index. The Index was specifically developed to measure a population’s happiness based on 15 metrics including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. Boulder, Colorado tops the list with walkability, access to nature and sense of community as contributing factors to its residents’ happiness.

Buettner mentions, “if you want to get happy, don’t try and change your belief system. Change your environment.” In National Geographic’s November cover story and newly-published The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner reveals the world’s happiest places (Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore) and explains environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to the overall happiness in these geographic regions. Pulling from years of experience studying the world’s most-thriving populations, Buettner, National Geographic and Gallup developed a methodology for measuring where Americans are living their happiest lives.

The full list of the 25 Happiest Cities, in order by National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index score, is below, and the full story is available here.

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
  3. Charlottesville, VA
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  7. Provo-Orem, UT
  8. Bridgeport-Stamford, CT
  9. Barnstable Town, MA
  10. Anchorage, AK
  11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL
  12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
  13. Salinas, CA
  14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  15. Urban Honolulu, HI
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  23. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  24. Portland-South Portland, ME
  25. Austin-Round Rock, TX

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Spokespeople

Visual Assets

Photos and an exclusive map of The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States are available here along with the mandatory usage requirements. Please inquire for available b-roll.

For all our Blue Zones of Happiness content including news announcement, magazine story, and book information, visit natgeo.com/questforhappiness.

Media Contacts

**Press inquiries for Dan Buettner, please contact Ann Day, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202)912-6712.

**Press inquiries for George Stone, please contact Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202)912-6703 or Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202)912-6762.

 

 

National Geographic Magazine, November 2017

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:48
Click here for PDF

For press inquiries, please contact: Anna Kukelhaus at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com and Leah Jereb at leah.jereb@natgeo.com.


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