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The world’s best adventure cruises

imageFancy climbing a volcano, husky sledding or flying in a fighter jet? Wendy Gomersall picks the best adventure cruises for 2012.

Gone are the days when an excursion meant a gentle potter around a picturesque town centre or a scenic ride on a comfy coach. Nowadays, adventurous and unusual experiences you would never be able to enjoy at home are all part of what makes a cruise holiday so memorable.

Here’s a taster of the more “extreme” excursions on offer.

Alternatives to Mega Cruise Ship Tourism

imageCruises are one of the most popular and low-cost vacation options, allowing passengers to visit multiple locations while enjoying all the standard amenities of a luxury vacation. However, cruises also contribute a disproportionate amount of waste when compared with other means of travel. The U.K.-based Climate Care estimates that cruise ships emit more carbon dioxide than long-haul flights, and other studies have shown that cruise ships generate about 21,000 gallons of sewage a day, 170,000 gallons of grey water (waste water from laundry, showers, and dish cleaning), and other harmful wastes. Cruise ship passengers are also estimated to dispose of more trash daily than local residents.

Fuel regulations send Antarctic cruise costs up

Anti-pollution rules will curb tourism to the continent and push up the cost the cruises, writes Caroline Shearing.

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The cost of cruising to Antarctica is likely to rise next month with the introduction of new regulations that will compel ships visiting the region to use less polluting fuels.

From August 1, they will be banned from burning or carrying heavy fuel oil and must instead use marine gas oil, which is cleaner but considerably more expensive.

The change, which could cost large-scale tour operators several million pounds a season, has prompted some cruise lines to withdraw from the region, and visitor numbers are expected to fall to their lowest in almost a decade.

Travel advice: ‘We don’t want to change hotels’

Gill Charlton assists a couple offered ‘alternative’ accommodation; and advises on seeing the Yangtze river and hand luggage limits.

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In January, my wife and I booked a package holiday with Flexibletrips to the Marina Luz Hotel in C’an Pastilla, Majorca, departing on September 6. The booking was made through our local Thomas Cook travel agency.

In early April we paid the outstanding balance for the holiday. It was not until April 30 that my wife received a call from Thomas Cook to say that “for contractual reasons” we could no longer stay at the Marina Luz Hotel.

We were offered an alternative, but we do not want to stay anywhere else. This was to be our 11th visit to the hotel, which is the reason we go to Majorca.

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