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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

APT Expands Kimberley Coast Cruising in 2017

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Australia’s leading domestic travel operator APT is expanding its Kimberley Coast Cruising in 2017, announcing the addition of a new ship to its cruise portfolio.

The new APT Kimberley Coast Cruising 2017 brochure offers the largest range of cruising to the region.

Available in travel agents from today, it features a choice of three cruises styles - luxury, expedition and boutique - across three different vessels. APT is also seeing a surge in popularity amongst those wishing to combine coastal cruising in the region and so is offering a range of cruise and 4WD Kimberley Wilderness Adventures so guests can explore the region from land and sea.

The latest addition to APT’s Kimberley cruise portfolio is a luxury cruise experience that showcases the highlights of the Kimberley aboard L’Austral.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New PONANT Kimberley ‘Time Capsule’ expeditions for 2017

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A very modern way to experience a very ancient place

“I am very excited about revisiting an old destination, in fact a very old destination,” enthuses award winning photographer and adventurer Mick Fogg, a veteran of 120 Kimberley expeditions. Mick will lead the experienced expedition team when specialist luxury and expedition cruise company PONANT explores Australia’s own Kimberley region in 2017 for the first time.

Four 10 night voyages between Darwin and Broome / Darwin Darwin are scheduled between July and September 2017.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

True North wins Best Australian Adventure Experience

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TRUE NORTH WINS EIGHTH GOLD LIST AWARD IN THREE YEARS

Best Australian Adventure Experience and Best Luxury Cruise Ship (Small)

North Star’s Charity Turner and Peter Trembath receive the company’s
Gold List awards from Luxury Travel’s Adam Davey.
The adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH has again won the coveted award for Best Australian Adventure Experience at Luxury Travel magazine’s annual Gold List Awards. The ship was also voted Best Luxury Cruise Ship (Small) and has now won an impressive eight Gold List awards in just 3 years.

Luxury Travel progressively announced award winners via their social media network on Wednesday
and then followed-up in the evening with a reception for all finalists at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel.

North Star Cruises Australia’s general manager, Peter Trembath, said the company’s long term loyalty to brand and, a culture of attention to detail and personal service was responsible for North Star’s consistent award-winning performance.

“There is a strong desire to ensure that every opportunity to engage the company is an opportunity to engage North Star’s original blend of adventure and luxury. And, the culture on-board the TRUE NORTH has always been about satisfying guest desire.”

Mr Trembath added “North Star has never shied away from introducing new opportunities for adventure and our proven recipe for going wild in style has always hit the mark with those who seek more than just a holiday.”

North Star’s success has meant that cabins on the TRUE NORTH were in constant demand however Mr Trembath explained that the determined adventurer could still secure a 2015 opportunity to experience life on-board the revered adventure-cruise ship.

“However, they will need to act quickly, remaining availability is disappearing fast!” 


FAST FACTS

 Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship, the TRUE NORTH is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to very-high quality off-ship experiences courtesy of the ship’s biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated expedition boats.

 Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a TRUE NORTH experience. The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar, an observation lounge and a dedicated sports deck.

 Daily activities include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship’s helicopter.

 Destinations include the Kimberley – a panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls; the still-wild coast of Western Australia featuring the intriguing Abrolhos Islands, world-famous Ningaloo Reef, fishing paradise at the Montebello Islands and, the pristine Rowley Shoals; the breathtaking islands of the Raja Ampat; the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay; the mighty Sepik River and the un-spoilt islands of Papua New Guinea; the rarely visited Louisiade Archipelago; beautiful Sydney Harbour and, a seafood safari around the delightful Eyre Peninsula.

Bookings: Contact North Star Cruises on 08 9192 1829 or email cruise@northstarcruises.com.au

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Broome experience package included with Kimberley Coast expeditons



Expedition cruising experts Aurora Expeditions are offering a FREE Broome Experience package to travellers who book on one of their 2015 Kimberley Coast expeditions before 28 February 2015.

Valued at $700 per couple, the package will allow passengers to experience the best of Broome before or after* their Kimberley Coast cruise, enjoying some of the small coastal town's favourite highlights. Unwind at Broome's most sought after hotel, Cable Beach Hotel and Spa, before enjoying world-famous Cable Beach, beer tasting at Matso's Brewery, pearl appreciation and more on a guided half-day town tour. Full buffet breakfast and airport transfers are also included.

The package is a relaxing experience to enjoy either before or after Aurora Expeditions' unique sailing adventure along the remote coastline of the Kimberley.  On board the 44-berth Coral Princess passengers will travel between Broome and Darwin (or vice versa) enjoying panorama views of the burnt red rock, endless horizons of wild bushlands and the illuminated turquoise waters of Australia's most rugged and remote coastline. Each day is spent exploring a different landing site, learning of the ancient indigenous culture and rock painting legends, appreciating native flora and keeping watch for wildlife, including wallabies, brown boobies and, of course, the mighty croc.

Led by renowned Kimberley adventurer, Mike Cusack, and his team of naturalist and historians, this Kimberley holiday is set to be the trip of a lifetime.

New for 2015, Aurora Expeditions are offering budding artists the chance to revel in complimentary art workshops delivered by renowned Australian historian and artist, Alasdair McGregor.

Aurora Expeditions Kimberley Coast cruises will depart Broome on 15 June and 6 July 2015, and Darwin on 26 June 2015. Prices start from AU$7,590 per person, twin share.

For more information contact Aurora Expeditions on +61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688, or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.

*Depending on route, Broome to Darwin or Darwin to Broome.


Kimberley cruises with Silversea - 12-day voyage



DISCOVER THE EXOTIC ISLES OF INDONESIA AND AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN COAST WITH SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS


Cruise across the Timor Sea to unlock the hidden treasures of Indonesia and Australia's North West with Silversea Expeditions 12 day voyage.

Departing from Benoa, Bali on 28 March 2015, Silver Discoverer embarks on an inspiring expedition through the mysterious islands of Indonesia.  Silver Discoverer stops at various islands including Sumba, where guests explore traditional villages and experience ancient rituals, and Komodo, home to the incredible Pink Beach, enabling guests to snorkel or dive with exotic sea life in their natural habitat.  The final port of call in Indonesia is Savu, where guests will experience a traditional welcome by villagers.

Beginning her journey to Australia's north western corner, Silver Discoverer crosses the Timor Sea, providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy a day of leisure, indulging in Silversea's tantalising cuisines and luxurious amenities. Arriving at Wyndham, the gateway to the mesmerising World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungle mountain range, guests enjoy an inclusive aerial flight over this stunning natural geological phenomenon, witnessing the unique earthy striped rock formations.

Continuing south for six days, Silver Discoverer's journey becomes a true expedition as the Captain navigates through the wild and wondrous Kimberley region. Guests have the opportunity to sight the astounding submerged world of the Montgomery Reef, encounter the ancient Aboriginal mythology and distinctive rock art paintings of Jar Island, explore the narrow weaving waterways hugged by untamed wilderness and stand amidst the breathtaking yet thunderous waterfalls at King George River and Falls. Silver Discoverer concludes her journey in Broome with guests disembarking on 9 April 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$11,250 in an Explorer Suite double occupancy.  Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com/expeditions

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Orion last Kimberley voyages

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This is the season to embark on the most active, in-depth, and fulfilling Kimberley expedition possible. Beginning in 2016 National Geographic Orion will head out to new destinations. (More on the exciting developments to come soon.) From Darwin in the north to Broome in the west, our expedition, experts, and ship are the best equipped to help you explore. National Geographic Orion's hospitality, amenities, and ambience will reward you daily. Also, you'll come home with the best photos of your life thanks to guidance from National Geographic photographers.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Partner Airfares included in Kimberley package



Book an Aurora Expeditions 'Kimberley Coast Package' before 31 October 2014 and your partner will fly free from any Australian capital city, a saving of $700 per couple.

The 15-day package features an Aurora Expeditions 11-day Kimberley Coast voyage between Broome and Darwin aboard 44-passenger Coral Princess, plus return airfares from your nearest Australian capital city, two nights' accommodation and a sightseeing tour in both Broome and Darwin, and airport and port transfers.

This great money-saving offer is available on all three of Aurora Expeditions' 2015 Kimberley Coast cruises departing during June and July 2015 – the best time to see the Kimberley's lush waterfalls in all their glory and the arrival time for mating and calving humpback whales.

Each expedition is led by Aurora Expeditions' long-standing expedition leader, Mike Cusack, the co-author of Our Year in the Wildness, the inspirational account of 12-months living off the land in a drought-stricken West Kimberley, with his wife, Susan.

Exclusive to Aurora Expeditions voyages, Mike offers expeditioners the opportunity to join him on a 10 kilometre trek back to the place where he and Susan spent the challenging year at the Kunmunya Mission. The rock-hopping journey takes you deep into the big and powerful landscape of the Kimberley.

The voyage also includes daily shore landings via a specially-designed landing craft, the Explorer, which delivers passengers directly from the ship's deck to shore. Each day you'll explore something new such as the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings on Bigge Island, Lacepede Islands' seabird rookeries, or a thrilling Zodiac ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls.

Our expert team, including naturalist and Kimberley specialists, will interpret your surroundings as you land ashore and through lively talks on board, whilst our on board crew will wine and dine you each evening as you sit back, relax, and enjoy the Kimberley landscape from the ship's deck and lounge.

Aurora Expeditions 'Kimberley Coast Package' starts in Broome on 13 June and 4 July 2015 or in Darwin on 24 June 2015. Price (pp, twin share) starts from $9,195 for the first person, the partner price starting at $8,495. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information contact Aurora Expeditions on +61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688, or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.