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Friday, December 23, 2011

Coral Princess Cruises extends Kimberley 'Waterfall Season" Savings

Special offer for Single Travellers

Australia's pioneer of small-ship expedition cruising Coral Princess Cruises has extended their Kimberley 'Waterfall Season" special offers to new bookings made until 31 March 2012 or until sold out. The discounts, between 15 and 25 per cent off normal prices on their 10-night Kimberley Coast expeditions, are valid on April 2012 departures aboard their state-of-the-art 72 passenger small ship Oceanic Discoverer or the intimate 35 metre catamaran Coral Princess. Single Travellers can also take advantage of great savings, with the bane of the single traveller – the dreaded single supplement – waived on April 2012 departures aboard Oceanic Discoverer.

The Kimberley wilderness of Western Australia is three times larger than England with a population of just 30 000. Coral Princess's voyages between Darwin and Broome cruise through some of the planet's oldest and most awe-inspiring scenery and landscapes. Exploring the Kimberley Coast in April, immediately following the 'wet season', affords guests the unique opportunity to experience the region's spectacular waterfalls in their full grandeur. From the towering 80-metre King George Falls, four-tiered Mitchell Falls and the iconic King Cascades to the amazing natural phenomenon of Horizontal Falls and lesser-known highlights such as swimming beneath beautiful Ruby Falls, Coral Princess's Kimberley itinerary includes all of the icons of this spectacular coast in unrivalled style and total comfort.

Waterfall Season prices for the 10-night Kimberley cruise aboard Oceanic Discoverer start at $6,517.50 per person for Coral Princess Cruises past guests (25% off) and $7,386.50 for first time travellers (15% off) in a Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom. Special prices aboard Coral Princess start at $5,242.50 for past guests and $5,941.50 for first time travellers in a Cabin category room. The reduced prices include all meals, lectures and services of the all-Australian expedition staff and excursions aboard a fleet of zodiacs and the unique 'Xplorer' excursion tender.

Coral Princess Cruises pioneered small-ship expedition cruising on the Kimberley Coast in 1996 and has 34 departures scheduled across the 2012 season, which runs between April and October. As a 100% Australian-owned, flagged and staffed operation, Coral Princess guests avoid the need to transit an international port as part of their Kimberley itinerary, a guideline applying to foreign owned and flagged operators in the region. With a minimum of two landings most days Coral Princess guests will enjoy the opportunity to see more of the Kimberley and make the most of every minute of their expedition.

For further information and reservations contact Coral Princess Cruises on 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralprincess.com.au.

Monday, October 10, 2011

North Star Cruises: True North


North Star Cruises was the first permanent and is now the longest established charter cruise operator to cover the vast wilderness of the far north of Western Australia. Owner Craig Howson has been leading exploration, diving and fishing cruises in the region since 1987.

The company specialises in live-aboard wilderness cruises along 2000 kilometres of Kimberley coastline and coral atoll cruises at the Rowley Shoals - three atolls perched on the edge of Australia's continental shelf, 300 kilometres west of Broome.

Now based in Broome, the company commenced operations in Fremantle, Western Australia, in June 1985, placing an order for a 15 metre launch, North Star surveyed to carry 6 passengers and 2 crew for overnight charters and 14 passengers and 2 crew for day charters.

In April 1987, Craig Howson decided to seek work in Broome. There, he began day fishing and diving charters with demand soon growing for longer cruises. His company initiated the first live-aboard charters along the Kimberley coast and to the Rowley Shoals. In the 1987 season, Craig chartered three ‘True North Wilderness Cruises’ and three ‘True North Coral Atoll Cruises’ dive trips.

Market demand for North Star trips soon increased, so in April 1991 North Star IV was launched… and in September 1993, a new 70-foot luxurious vessel, True North, was launched to accommodate 14 passengers (10 comfortably) and 3 crew for overnight charters and 22 passengers and 3 crew for day charters. In 1998, to meet market demands for increased occupancy, comfort and further exploration, another vessel was launched.

However the companies most recent vessel, launched on Thursday 25th November 2004, is by far the most impressive.


The ship, again called True North, was built by Image Marine, a division of Austal Ships, builders of Greg Norman's Aussie Rules. At a cost of $12 million, she represents the largest single investment in Western Australia's marine tourism industry and is now yours to enjoy.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ICCA Extols Small Ship Cruising

ICCA GM, Brett Jardine
Within the cruise industry we all knowthere are many different types of cruiseholidays but are you getting this messagethrough to your clients.

Consumers thrive on making a purchasethat offers great value.The words ‘cruising’ and ‘great value’ gohand in hand but it is important to note thatvalue does not come down to price alone.

For some, a large ship experience at alower price point is good value, for others asmall ship cruise experience at a higherprice point is good value.

How do you determine where your clientfits – QUALIFY them!Small ship “cruise passengers” tend todream of visiting more off the beaten trackdestinations and look for a fulfillingexperience at such places.

How many clients have you offered acruise holiday to, only to be told “no thanks,a cruise is not for me”?I’ll bet most of these people only considera cruise to be a large ship with thousands ofpeople and really have no idea of (a) what alarge ship experience really can offer or (b)that there are other possibilities such as asmall ship experience that will in fact meettheir holiday expectations in every respect.In many areas small ship cruising providesa very different experience from whatclients expect of a cruise holiday.

A few of the following points may helpyou to define such an experience withclients in the future.Smaller more intimate ships; focus on thedestination rather than the ship; potentiallyflexible itineraries; fewer but like-mindedpassengers; more personal experience(with other guests and crew); usuallyinformal (morelikely casual ratherthan glamour) andin most casessingle open seatdining.

I’m sure you canfind plenty ofclients that will seesome value in anoption like this!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Orion Kimberley - 2012 - book now and save up to 25%

Eons-old indigenous rock art, vast horizons, humpback whales, waterfalls, a flight over the Bungle Bungles, a specialist expedition team, luxurious surroundings and unobtrusive service – what more could you ask for on an Orion Kimberley voyage?

How about a 15% to 25% reduction on 2012 season fares? 10 night Kimberley fares, usually from $9,100, start from $6,825 per person twin share if you book before 30 November 2011.

Visit in April and May, following the annual 'Big Wet', to see the waterfalls at their most powerful. Late July and August is prime time to see some of the world's largest population of migrating Humpback whales as they return from Antarctic feeding grounds to rest and calve.

Enjoy Kimberley coast highlights including outstanding examples of pre-history Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art. Land on remote islands and beaches, explore vast gorges, climb to the plateau next to the highest waterfall in the Kimberley, King George Falls, and venture up the Hunter River in search of saltwater crocodiles to photograph.

PLUS, exclusive to Orion Expedition Cruises, enjoy a 2 hour Bungle Bungle Ranges flight-seeing excursion at no additional charge!

The Kimberley, so ancient much of it pre-dates the existence of fossils, is recognised as one of the world's environmental wonders. This rare and pristine wilderness area, worthy of the highest levels of conservation and protection, has recently been nominated for World Heritage listing.

These voyages are the perfect introduction to expedition cruising. Adventure, excitement and dramatic sea and landscapes combine with outstanding levels of service, cuisine and comfort that only Orion can provide.

Select from 16 ten night Orion Kimberley Expedition voyages between mid April and September 2012: Darwin/Broome and v.v. including King George River and Falls, Vansittart Bay, Hunter River (for Mitchell Falls), Montgomery Reef and Raft Point, Talbot Bay/Horizontal Waterfalls, Crocodile Creek, Nares Point – refer to specific itineraries for details.

Fares: Depending on the Kimberley voyage selected 2012 season fares start from $6,825  per person twin share – reflecting applicable 25% discount if booked before 30 November 2011 - for an ocean view Category B Stateroom including all meals, lectures, inclusive shore expeditions, Bungle Bungle flight (or alternate Ord River excursion), gratuities and port fees.

Regular air connections provide convenient embarkation and disembarkation in Darwin or Broome.
 
Further information on Orion Expedition Cruises can be obtained by visiting the website www.orionexpeditions.com


For reservations or to obtain a brochure call Orion Expedition Cruises: 61-2 9033 8777 (Sydney callers) 1300 361 012 (regional and interstate) / 0800 444 462 (New Zealand) or see your travel agent. Email: info@orionexpeditions.com


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays: NEW 2012 Kimberley Snapshot Exclusive

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays are pleased to release a unique NEW Kimberley Cruise package offer for the 2012 Kimberley Waterfall Season.

Your holiday begins at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa in a Villa; totally luxurious and private with your own butler service and plunge pool. Join the True North cruising the pristine Kimberley coast from Broome to Wyndham. Highlights include King George Falls, the Hunter River, Prince Regent River, Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Waterfalls. Arrive into Kununurra, the heart of the East Kimberley, the perfect base to explore the region including the Bungle Bungles.

This unique 10 night package includes:
·         2 night's accommodation in a Villa at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
·         BONUS in the Villas – breakfast daily, private airport transfers, afternoon canapés & butler service
·         Lunch & Beer Tasting Experience at Matso's Broome Brewery
·         7 night Kimberley Snapshot Cruise, Broome to Wyndham with True North
·         All onboard meals, transfers, scheduled tender excursions
·         BONUS night at Pinctada Kimberley Grande in Kununurra
10 nights from $9, 979* per person

Cruising the Kimberley coast in comfort

James Shrimpton AAP

The 120-tonne coastal cruiser Kimberley Quest II is not much bigger than one of 18 lifeboats aboard the world's largest passenger ship, the 252,282-tonne Allure of the Seas.

But we'd bet that the 25-metre-long KQ2's 18 passengers (maximum) sailing the Kimberley coast of Western Australia would have at least as good a time - in a different way - as the 6,300 or so aboard her 360m-long "big sister" plying the western Caribbean.

No crowded lounges, restaurants and swimming pools here, no stage shows, no casinos, no bingo and no long queues to go ashore - no making new friends the first day out then never seeing them again.

KQ2's voyages between Broome and Wyndham include expeditions by custom-built tenders and on bush tracks into the Kimberley Coast wilderness, a colourful and historic area of craggy rocks, waterfalls, exotic birds and animal life - and ancient rock art.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Rowley Shoals - the "bucket list" dive experience


Greetings from sunny Broome! We hope this finds you well and enjoying a great year so far, and a lovely start to Spring.


We're already beginning to wind up our wilderness adventure cruises along the Kimberley Coast for the season and before we know it we'll be heading west again, to visit the breathtaking underwater jewel of the Kimberley, the Rowley Shoals.

In Sydney during the Australian Tourism Exchange this year we heard from many international diving tour organisers who all agreed the Rowley Shoals is a dream destination for diving fanatics worldwide. It continues to be highly protected by the Department of Environment and Conservation, and as there are only a few tour operators allowed access to the Rowley Shoals, it is a highly sought after dive destination.

These three coral atolls lying west of Broome are home to a mesmerizing 688 species of fish and 233 varieties of coral. With visibility between 40-60 metres, warm tropical waters, and variety of dive environments including sheer walls, caves, lagoons, drift channels and spectacular coral gardens, the Rowley Shoals are a true paradise for snorkelers and divers alike.

The short season runs between the end of October and the start of December each year, and we have 3 dive and snorkel adventures in our 2011 season schedule.
Special Last-Minute offer on remaining availability

As we are now just 5 weeks away from our Rowley Shoals season starting, we have released our special last-minute offers on all remaining availability.

The offer includes 30% off the full fare price of both Horizon View Staterooms and Panoramic View Staterooms, and a nights stay at Broome's new 5 star The Pinctada Resort post-cruise.

The 5 night dive and snorkel adventure is now reduced to $2, 885 per person twin share in a Horizon View Stateroom, and the 7 night dive and snorkel adventure is now reduced to $3, 990 per person in a Horizon View Stateroom.

Please email us or call us on 08 9193 5983 for more information or to make a booking.

Specially scheduled dive & snorkel adventure... bring the kids!


This year The Great Escape Charter Company welcomes all children to the Rowley Shoals for a specially scheduled family dive and snorkel adventure.

In addition to the stunning sites for children to snorkel at, a swag of other fun activities are planned for children including skurfing, boat bombies, fishing, and visiting the stunning white sands of Bedwell Island. You can be sure there will be plenty of additional entertainment onboard from the fun and friendly crew, and on-screen entertainment with kids movies in the evening. After that the adults get the run of the boat!

Call us on (08) 9193 5983 to make a reservation, or email us for more information and prices.

New Website: www.greatescape.net.au


Monday, September 12, 2011

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays: NEW 2012 Kimberley Cruising offer

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays, specialist wholesale travel company, are thrilled to present an exclusive NEW package offer cruising with Kimberley Quest II in 2012.

Kimberley Quest II is a boutique vessel specializing in unique wilderness expeditions along the vast coastline of the Kimberley between Broome and Wyndham. Accommodating just 18 passengers, Kimberley Quest II can get closer to the waterfalls and attractions that big cruise ships cannot, allowing guests a more intimate experience with wildlife and the breathtaking natural surroundings.

Book your Kimberley Cruise before 31 January 2012 and receive 20% Savings! 

This EXCLUSIVE offer also includes:

·         Return flights to Broome with Virgin Australia

·         2 night's accommodation in a Garden View Studio Room at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa including full cooked breakfast

·         7 night/8 day Kimberley  Southern Adventure Quest cruise aboard Kimberley Quest II

·         BONUS lunch experience for 2 at Matso's Broome Brewery overlooking Roebuck Bay

$7518pp* ex Perth
$7778pp* ex Adelaide
$7818pp* ex Melbourne & Sydney
$7856pp* ex Brisbane
* Must be booked before 31 January 2012

20% savings are also available on Kimberley Quest's 14 Day and 10 Day itineraries and prices are available on application.

www.broomekimberley.com.au

2010 Finalist - Best Wholesaler Australian Product, AFTA Awards


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Coral Princess Cruises releases Kimberley 'Waterfall Season" Savings

Australia's pioneer of small-ship expedition cruising Coral Princess Cruises is offering 'Waterfall Season" specials of between 15 and 25 per cent off normal prices on their 10-night Kimberley Coast expeditions. The savings are valid on April 2012 departures aboard their state-of-the-art 72 passenger small ship Oceanic Discoverer or the intimate 35 metre catamaran Coral Princess.  The release of the special coincides with the launch of Coral Princess's new 2012/13 Kimberley and Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition cruise brochure.
The Kimberley wilderness of Western Australia is three times larger than England with a population of just 30 000. Coral Princess's voyages between Darwin and Broome cruise through one of the planet's oldest and most awe-inspiring scenery and landscapes. Exploring the Kimberley Coast in April, immediately following the 'wet season', affords guests the unique opportunity to experience the region's spectacular waterfalls in their full grandeur. From the towering 80-metre King George Falls, four-tiered Mitchell Falls and the iconic King Cascades to the amazing natural phenomenon of Horizontal Falls and lesser-known highlights such as swimming beneath beautiful Ruby Falls, Coral Princess's Kimberley itinerary includes all of the icons of this spectacular coast in unrivalled style and total comfort.
Oceanic Discoverer
Waterfall Season prices for the 10-night Kimberley cruise aboard Oceanic Discoverer start at $6,517.50 per person for Coral Princess Cruises past guests (25% off) and $7,386.50 for first time travellers (15% off) in a Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom. Special prices aboard Coral Princess start at $5,242.50 for past guests and $5,941.50 for first time travellers in a Cabin category room. The reduced prices include all meals, lectures and services of the all-Australian expedition staff and excursions aboard a fleet of zodiacs and the unique 'Xplorer' excursion tender. The discounts apply to all new bookings on April 2012 departures and are available until 31 December 2011 or until sold out.  
Coral Princess Cruises pioneered small-ship expedition cruising on the Kimberley Coast in 1996 and has 34 departures scheduled across the 2012 season, which runs between April and October. As a 100% Australian-owned, flagged and staffed operation, Coral Princess guests avoid the need to transit an international port as part of their Kimberley itinerary, a guideline applying to foreign owned and flagged operators in the region. With a minimum of two landings most days Coral Princess guests will enjoy the opportunity to see more of the Kimberley and make the most of every minute of their expedition.
For further information and reservations contact Coral Princess Cruises on 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralprincess.com.au.
  

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wilderness cruising faces change

Two of the world’s most pristine cruising regions have this week been subject to significant changes. AUSTRALIA’S Kimberley and Ecuador’s Galapagos are in the midst of transformations that may have an impact on cruise tourism. Yesterday’s heritage-listing of WA’s West Kimberley region (TD 30 Aug) has been hailed as a breakthrough for domestic tourism, but it is not yet known how it will effect activities of passenger ships.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke said the ruling would protect almost 20 million hectares of land including extensive stretches of the coast. But environment groups have questioned why the site of a huge gas development at James Price Point has been largely excluded. Meanwhile, in the Galapagos National Park, new rules are set to ban cruise ships from visiting most islands more than once in a 14-day period. Effective from 01 Feb 2012, the regulations directly involve 50 cruise companies that operate in the Galapagos.

But tour operators hope the restrictions will improve passengers’ experience as they may often be on board the only ship at some ecologically sensitive sites. The new rules will also open up wildlife-rich areas such as Tagus Cove, which was closed several years ago to vessels with more than 40 pax. Snorkelling, kayaking and boat rides will also be regulated, with activities assigned to specific sites and times to avoid overlapping by cruise lines.

www.cruiseweekly.com.au

Kimberley coast 2012 cruise 20% discount

Cruising the coast of the heritage-listed Kimberley

Kimberley Quest adds 10-day cruise next year and releases 20% earlybird deals

A 10-day Adventure Quest cruise has been added to boutique Kimberley Quest's program of six, eight and 14-day cruises along northern West Australia's rugged Kimberley coastline next year.

Releasing the 2012 itineraries for Kimberley Quest this week, Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises also announced 20 per cent discount earlybird deals for new bookings made between September 1 and January 31, on 8, 10 and 14-day cruises in 2012.

The deal on the new cruise, for example, means the price is from $7200 per person instead of from $9000.

Director, Lynne Ralston said that in recent years Kimberley Quest II skippers had discovered several secret spots that could be easily accessed by the stylish 18-passenger Kimberley Quest for a 10-day Broome-Broome trip.

"We can explore many untouched places that we rarely have the opportunity to visit," she said. "While we have been operating cruises along the coast for 18 years we're still learning her secrets."

The price includes cabin with ensuite, all chef-prepared meals served on the shady stern deck or in the air-conditioned lounge, full use of the vessel (that includes the spa pool on the forward deck) and guided land and water excursions.

Departures are August 21 and August 30.

The itinerary includes Cape Leveque, Buccaneer Archipelago, Dugong Bay, Yampi Sound, Talbot Bay, Montgomery Reef, Sale River, Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Camden Harbour, Rothsway Water, Prince Regent River, Cathedral Falls and King Cascade, Camp Creek and Hanover Bay, Heywood, Champagny Island and Adele Island.

Kimberley Quest II offers four cabin styles, all with ensuite facilities.

Twenty-five departures -- listed as "expeditions" by PSCC -- across six itineraries are scheduled for 2012 in a season running from March 27 to October 8.

Two of three eight-day fishing expeditions are booked out.

Lead-in full fare prices are from $6,200 per person, twin share for the six-day Captains Quest, from $8345 for both the eight-day Northern Quest and Southern Quest, from $7.200 for the six-day Fishing Expedition and from $12, 095 for the 14-day Ultimate Quest.

The 14-day itinerary is cruising between Broome and Wyndham, the Southern Quest is between Broome and Mitchell Plateau, the Northern Quest is between Mitchell Plateau and Wyndham and the Captains Quest is between Mitchell River and Hunter River.  The Fishing trip is between Hunter River and Broome.

Prices for cruises featuring Mitchell Plateau include a helicopter flight as well as light aircraft transfers to/from Broome.

Contact: tel 08 9193 6131, email cruise@kimberleyquest.com.au or visit www.kimberleyquest.com.au.


Heritage listing for Kimberley

Source: traveldaily.com.au


Pic: Kimberley Quest

FEDERAL Environment Minister Tony Burke has today announced the heritage listing of Western Australia’s West Kimberley Region, with the move hailed as a significant breakthrough for domestic tourism in Australia. About 19 million hectares is covered by the decision, including the coastline of the Dampier Peninsula from Cape Leveque to Cambridge Gulf, the Kimberley Plateau and the Fitzroy River.

Burke said the region “belongs on a list of the places which define Australia,” while Tourism Australia md Andrew McEvoy said the “terrific news” would “add to the credentials of the Kimberley as a must-visit destination”. Intrepid Travel has been keen for the listing, with the operator’s Kimberley business mgr, Jelena Mitrovic, telling TD this morning she was thrilled at the decision.

“This puts the Kimberley alongside other Australian icons such as the Great Barrier Reef in terms of marketing to international travellers,” she said. “It’s a major step in protecting and boosting tourism in the region,” she added. The Kimberley is already part of Tourism Australia’s National Landscapes program.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

North Star Continues to Celebrate

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After enjoying yet another successful season in the Kimberley, North Star Cruises, operators of the adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH, are getting ready to sail east to Papua New Guinea. The company not only offers luxury adventure-cruises all around the Australian coastline but also in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and this year celebrates 25 years as one of Australia's most-loved tour operators.

Guests disembarking from the TRUE NORTH consistently respond with "that's the best holiday I have ever had!" 

Those fortunate enough to secure a cabin on the PNG cruises, aptly named Adventures in Paradise, can look forward to a long list of daily activities including snorkelling over ditched WWII tanks, SCUBA diving and fantastic game fishing.  Guests can also enjoy treks into the jungle and opportunities to explore the beautiful fiords of Tufi. There are exhilarating helicopter flights including a visit to the Kokoda Track and flights over Rabaul's active volcano and, strolls on the uninhabited Lusancay Islands.   There are also plenty of opportunities for guests to experience village life and local culture. The warmth and friendliness of the villagers is often overwhelming. The cruise also includes return flights from Cairns in a private charter plane - saving valuable time for more adventure!

Over the past 25 years North Star has become revered as a provider of unique holiday experiences. Not bad for a small company that is 100% Australian owned and, a real pat on the back for a young Aussie crew who have developed an equally revered reputation for service and attention to detail.

Adventures In Paradise Cruising Schedule

Adventures In Paradise 1

Cairns / Alotau - Kavieng / Cairns

From 29 October 2011 To 05 November 2011: Hurry - only a few cabins left!


Adventures In Paradise 2

Cairns / Kavieng - Alotau / Cairns

From 26 November 2011 To 03 December 2011: Cabins Available


Adventures In Paradise 3

Cairns / Alotau - Kavieng / Cairns

From 03 December 2011 To 10 December 2011: Cabins Available


Adventures In Paradise Extended

Cairns / Kavieng - Louisiades - Alotau / Cairns

From 10 December 2011 To 19 December 2011: Cabins Available


For more information on the TRUE NORTH see www.northstarcruises.com.au  


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kimberley Quest II: Introducing our 10 Day Adventure Quest

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10 Day 'Adventure Quest' - NEW for 2012

Meeting popular demand, the Kimberley Quest team are excited to announce the release of our new 10 Day cruise which will commence next year.

Offering a totally different Kimberley experience, the 10 Day 'Adventure Quest' delves into parts of the Southern Kimberley to explore many untouched places and well kept 'secret spots' that we rarely have the opportunity to visit.

Take an adventure like no other; join us on this uninterrupted Broome to Broome cruise to explore many waterways and inlets, visit pristine beaches, experience idyllic fishing opportunities and venture to untouched areas along the Kimberley coastline.

10 Day Adventure Quest: Broome - Broome

21 August - 30 September
30 August - 8 September

Prices start from $9,000 per person

For further details on our NEW Adventure Quest cruise, please contact our office on:

P. 1300 156 035 or (08) 9193 6131
E. cruise@kimberleyquest.com.au
W. www.kimberleyquest.com.au

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

News from Broome and the Kimberley Coast


Hello from sunny Broome, and welcome to our mid-season news from the magnificent Kimberley Coast.

Blessed with beautiful blue skies and balmy 28 degree days, the streets of Broome are bustling with tourists flocking to explore the pristine wilderness on our doorstep, and to escape the winter blues.

Being peak season it's also a busy time for The Great Escape Charter Company; we've seen our first round of 13 night Kimberley Classic Adventures come and go and made some wonderful new friends along the way. Two groups booked the whole boat and each had a festive 2 weeks from Wyndham to Broome; what a way to reunite with friends!

Our first round of 7 night Southern Kimberley Experiences have passed and Skipper Scotty, a favourite with guests, returned to join the crew, and guide guests through the land he is so passionate and knowledgeable about.

Now we return to the full 13 night cruises and while conditions are perfect, the waterfalls are still flowing along the entire coastline, thanks to the amazing Wet Season we had at the start of the year. The whales are also appearing as they move up the West Coast of Oz heading for Camden Harbour, a prime area for whale mating and breeding.

Help Save the Kimberley Coast


Those of you who have had the opportunity to experience the incredibly pristine wilderness of the Kimberley Coast will understand the importance of preserving and protecting this precious region for now, and for future generations.

The region is under threat of a proposed liquid gas processing plant development at James Price Point near Broome, and now is an important time to voice concerns about destroying this vital wilderness. To find out more you can read about what is happening here and if you would like to send a letter in protest you can visit this page on the Save the Kimberley website.

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The Great Escape Charter Company is one of the original Kimberley Charter boat operators, exploring the Kimberley coast and Rowley Shoals for over 10 years.

Click to see our Cruise DVD or our Dive DVD Or call to find out more: 08 9193 5983

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Coral Princess releases Spring Specials of up to 25% on selected expeditions.


Australia and the South Pacific’s pioneer of small-ship expedition cruising Coral Princess Cruises is offering Spring Specials of between 15 and 25 per cent on September, October & November 2011 departures of their Kimberley Coast, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia expeditions aboard the state-of-art, 72 passenger small ship Oceanic Discoverer.

The Kimberley wilderness of Western Australia is three times larger than England with a population of just 30 000. Coral Princess’s 10-night voyages before Darwin and Broome cruise through one of the planet’s oldest and most awe-inspiring sea and landscapes. Rivers carve their way through ancient, eroded mountains that were once the height of the Himalaya, dropping in champagne waterfalls such as the 80-metre King George Falls. Excursions ashore visit rock art galleries where Bradshaw (Gwion) paintings - the world’s oldest known art - record a human history stretching back 50,000 years.

Exploring the Kimberley Coast in September and October affords guests the unique opportunity to experience the region’s annual whale migration. The cruise also explores the 800-odd islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, including an exhilarating Zodiac ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls, where the largest tides in the southern hemisphere force their way between rocky cliffs in a formidable display of the forces of nature.

Spring Special prices for the 10-night Kimberley cruise start at $6,337.50 per person aboard Oceanic Discoverer for departures on 30 September & 10 October 2011 and $7,182.50 per person on 9 & 19 September 2011 departures. The reduced prices include all meals, lectures and services of expedition staff on board and excursions.

Discovering Papua New Guinea and Melanesia by small ship offers even the most well travelled expeditioner the opportunity for new and unique experiences. During the 12-night Papua New Guinea expedition between Cairns and Rabaul, guests will enjoy the opportunity to come face to face with villagers in their traditional communities, experience the largest area of rainforest outside of the Amazon and snorkel over some of the world’s most pristine coral reef systems. Throughout the 15-night Melanesia itinerary from Cairns to Noumea, guests will explore Papua New Guinea, the rarely visited Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, travelling well beyond the reach of larger cruise ships to enjoy authentic experiences and the opportunity to interact with the South Pacific’s most exotic people and scenic locations.

Coral Princess Cruises is offering 15% discounts on these 12-night Papua New Guinea and 15-night Melanesia expeditions aboard Oceanic Discoverer departing on 3, 15 & 28 November 2011. The 12-night PNG itinerary is priced from $7,522.50 per person and the 15-night Melanesia itinerary is priced from $9,520 per person.

As part of the Spring Special, single travellers will be able to avoid the dreaded “single supplement” when they join Coral Princess Cruises in the Kimberley, Papua New Guinea or Melanesia on selected dates, a saving of up to $6,325.

The discounts apply to all new bookings on selected departures and are available until 10 October 2011 or until sold out.

For further information and reservations contact Coral Princess Cruises on 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralprincess.com.au.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kimberley Cruise offers - FLY FREE

For two special departures in August and September 2011, Broome & The Kimberley Holidays are offering FREE return flights from most capital cities to join Orion on a spectacular expedition cruise of the Kimberley coast between Darwin and Broome.

Few travellers are fortunate to experience the majesty of the untamed Kimberley in all its splendor, especially late in the Kimberley cruising season when most of the waterfalls have ceased to a trickle. However this year is proving to be the exception.

Mr Bernard Whewell, Managing Director of specialist travel company, Broome & The Kimberley Holidays says, " a Kimberley Cruise is a holiday experience like no other. With the recent unseasonal rain in our region, passengers booking an end of season cruise are more likely to see spectacular scenery and waterfalls in flow, which is unusual at this time of year."

"This year, we have worked closely with our local cruise partners to negotiate offers representing great value for our clients, to experience one of life's great adventures" he says.

"We have partnered with Orion Expedition Cruises to offer our clients FREE FLIGHTS from any Australian capital city to join Orion in either Broome or Darwin. The cruise highlights include the Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay, the tidal phenomenon at Montgomery Reef, and the plunging waterfalls at King George Falls, to name a few."

10 Night cruises start from $8190* per person twin share in a Category B cabin on board Orion and includes our FREE FLIGHT offer. *Conditions apply. Available for immediate sale for travel on specific departures, 24 August 2011 ex Broome to Darwin & , 03 September 2011 ex Darwin toBroome.

Reservations contacts: 1300 245 565 or reservations@broomekimberley.com

For more information visit www.broomekimberley.com.au

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kimberley Quest II - SAVE 30% on 2011 Cruises

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If you've always wanted to cruise the Kimberley, but needed a fantastic offer to seal the deal, this is the offer for you!

There's nothing like leaving the everyday behind and surrendering to the peaceful isolation of one of the world's last unique wilderness areas, the Kimberley coast. Spending blissful days exploring a land of extraordinary contrast and colour; rich in history, unforgettable ancient art sites and breathtaking scenery is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kimberley Quest II is a luxury small vessel specializing in unique wilderness expeditions along the vast coastline of the Kimberley between Broome and Wyndham.     Accommodating   just 18 passengers, Kimberley Quest II can get closer to the waterfalls and attractions that big cruise ships cannot, allowing guests a more intimate experience with wildlife and the breathtaking natural surroundings.

Ultimate  Kimberley  expeditions  begin  from  the  historic  Pearl  settlement  of  Broome;  either departing onboard Kimberley Quest II for their 7 day journey north, or by light aircraft which fly's guests to meet the vessel in a secluded bay near the Mitchell Plateau for their 7 day journey back to Broome.

A typical day onboard the Kimberley Quest is spent waking early to the sounds of nature and water cascading over striking rock formations before embarking on a morning excursion. From scenic tender rides, fishing, discovering rock art, bush walking, bird watching and nature viewing, guests can do as little or as much as they like.

The crew is on hand to assist and convey their knowledge of local history, identifying flora and fauna, assisting with catching that prized barramundi and sharing their rock art discoveries. With one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, every day presents a new challenge and opportunity. 

A soak in the onboard spa is a perfect way to relax after an adventurous morning exploring this awe-inspiring region.  Each blissful day ends with nibbles and drinks on the bow watching as the sun sinks below the Indian Ocean.

Broome  &  The  Kimberley  Holidays  are  pleased  to  present  an  exclusive  NEW  package  offer. Kimberley Quest II is taking 30% off all remaining "Southern Quest Fly/Cruise" itineraries for the 2011 season. That's a saving of up to $4490 per couple.  But wait, there's more..

This EXCLUSIVE package also includes:

•           2 night's accommodation in a Hotel Room at Oaks Broome with the option to upgrade to Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
•           7 nights 'Southern Quest Cruise/Fly' Broome to Mitchell falls or v.v onboard the Kimberley Quest II.
•           FREE dining experience at Sunset Bar & Grill overlooking stunning Cable beach at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
•           Return airfares from most major capital cities

To book an exclusive 2011 Kimberley cruise onboard the Kimberley Quest, visit your local Travel Agent or call Broome & The Kimberley Holidays on 1300 245 565. More information is at our website www.broomekimberley.com.au

Price may vary according to flight availability.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays: NEW Kimberley Cruising package offer!

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays have partnered with Kimberley Quest II and are pleased to present an exclusive NEW package offer. Kimberley Quest II is taking 30% off all remaining "Southern Quest Fly/Cruise" itineraries for the 2011 season.  That's a saving of up to $4490 per couple.  But wait, there's more..

This EXCLUSIVE package also includes:

·         2 night's accommodation in a Hotel Room at Oaks Broome with the option to upgrade to Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
·         7 nights 'Southern Quest Cruise/Fly' Broome to Mitchell falls or v.v onboard the Kimberley Quest II.
·         FREE dining experience at Sunset Bar & Grill overlooking stunning Cable beach at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
·         Return airfares from most major capital cities.

The Product

Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises, Kimberley Quest II, is a luxury small vessel specializing in wilderness expeditions along the vast coastline of the Kimberley between Broome and Wyndham for just 18 passengers. As a small vessel operator they specialise in small groups, providing comfortable surroundings and intimate experiences that will be remembered forever. The Kimberley Quest II has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline in comfort and style. Carrying three excursion tenders, days are filled with a myriad of activities, exploring the waterways with your very own local guide who has extensive knowledge of the Kimberley region.

There is a choice of 9 cabins from deluxe twin, double, superior and the exclusive flybridge. All cabins feature private ensuites, individual air-conditioning, viewing windows, mini-refrigerators and are serviced daily.

The Details

·         Package is valid on all 7 Day Southern Quest cruises for the remaining 2011 season only (July – September).
·         Offer subject to availability.
·         Prices start from $6642* ex Perth, $6922* ex Melbourne & Brisbane, and $6882* ex Sydney.
·         *Conditions apply.

 www.broomekimberley.com.au


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Orion releases 2012 Expedition Cruise brochure

Orion Expedition Cruises releases 2012 season brochure - an expansive brochure of year-round voyages for expedition cruise ships Orion and Orion II, featuring itineraries for 69 voyages to 17 countries and 174 destinations stretching from Antarctica to the Russian Far East.

Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand, the Inland Sea of Japan, Russian Far East, China and Micronesia are included in Orion II's itineraries; while Australia's Kimberley coast, Arnhem Land, Great Barrier Reef, the Spice Islands, Antarctica and Papua New Guinea feature in Orion's range of expeditions.

2012 voyage highlights:

New sailings feature the islands of Micronesia and themed voyages to Japan with Art of Japan and Culinary Voyage of Japan itineraries. China is included for the first time with expeditions that includes the Yangtze Delta (Kobe to Shanghai) and Shanghai to Tawau (Yangtze, Taiwan, Philippines), while a visit to Java includes the long lost temples of Borobudur.
  • 16 Kimberley Expeditions, all with inclusive Bungle Bungle flight-seeing
  • Orion's inaugural New Zealand Bay of Islands Voyage of Discovery
  • Orion II's Voyage of Discovery to the islands of Micronesia
  • 7 voyages to Japan reveal fine art, cuisine and ancient cultures
  • Russian Far East expeditions include rarely visited Cold War hot spots
  • 15 Borneo voyages with various itineraries circumnavigate the island
  • 3 Vietnam Explorer voyages each explore 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 6 Papua New Guinea expeditions reveal untouched cultures
  • A visit to Java includes the 8th century Buddhist temples of Borobudur
  • 2 inaugural voyages that include China and a trip up the Yangtze River
  • 3 Antarctic voyages to Commonwealth Bay (Mawson's Hut) and the Ross Sea (Scott and Shackleton's huts)
  • 2 voyages to Thailand and Cambodia, include the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City and the  temples of Angkor Wat
www.orionexpeditions.com

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Want to do something now to help Save The Kimberley?

Hello Save The Kimberley supporters,
People often ask us what they can do to help in the campaign to stop inappropriate industrialisation of the Kimberley. The threat of an LNG processing precinct is at our doorstep, and quite a lot is happening in the campaign locally and nationally, so please keep updated by reading the 'latest news' page of our website and find us also on Facebook. To support Save The Kimberley financially visit our donations page.
We write to you today to tell you something simple and important that you can do from your own home if only you have a little time to spare.  A letter writing campaign has been launched in Broome to let our environment minister know that many of us have concerns about the gas and we need him to address these concerns. Environment Minister Tony Burke is expected to make his final decision on the cultural and environmental assessment for the project sometime later this year, so the more voices he hears, the better. Politicians tell us that letter writing is an extremely effective way to get politicians to listen, so please take the time to write a letter for the Kimberley.


Federal environment minister Tony Burke
Below is part of a letter writing guide from Environs Kimberley. You can see the whole thing at:
http://www.environskimberley.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-04-29-Letter-writing-flier.pdf
We would like to thank E.K. for making this information available to pass on to you.
For greatest effectiveness, please pass this on to any friends, family, or co-workers who might be sympathetic.
Warm regards,
The Save the Kimberley committee

Do you want to help in the fight against a gas hub on the Kimberley coast?
WRITE A LETTER TODAY!
Individual letters to politicians CAN make a real impact – it's well worth your time to send a letter, and to encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do so too. Letter writing is one of the best ways we have to make ourselves heard directly by decision makers!
Letter writing is a tried and true part of the political process – let's make use of it.
Federal Environment Minister Burke needs to hear from the community that we don't want this gas plant to go ahead, and that we consider HIM responsible for making sure it doesn't!
Here are some tips to write a powerful letter:
MAKE IT SHORT AND SNAPPY. i.e. try to get it on to one page.  Your letter doesn't have to be wordy, or spout lots of science facts or figures to be taken seriously.  Write your letter in your own words, with a simple summary of your main concerns.
INTRODUCE YOURSELF. e.g. …I've lived in Broome for xx years/I've visited Broome xx times… I am a small business owner/work in the tourism industry/am a teacher/nurse/doctor…
SAY WHY BROOME AND THE KIMBERLEY MATTERS TO YOU.  e.g. Broome/Kimberley is a very special place to me because:
…it's one of the few places in the world that hasn't been industrialized.
…very strong sense of place/community
…it's culturally diverse and tolerant.
…the Kimberley is one of the last large, intact natural areas in the world…

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR CONCERNS.
Let the Minister know why you don't want the Kimberley industrialised, and what most concerns you about the proposed gas hub:
e.g…that the WA government is forcing the project on the community.
…I'm concerned about air pollution.
…I'm worried about what this will mean for my local community.
…I don't want Broome to become just another WA  mining town/the Kimberley to become another Pilbara.
TELL THE MINISTER YOU CONSIDER HIM RESPONSIBLE.
Make it clear that you consider the Minister has a responsibility to show leadership and protect the Kimberley's environment (i.e. decisions shouldn't just be made at the state level)
e.g. … Minister Burke, I understand that you have the final say on whether the gas proposal for James Price Point will go ahead.  You must not let this happen.
AT THE END, ASK A QUESTION SO THAT THE MINISTER HAS TO RESPOND TO YOUR LETTER.
e.g … Minister Burke, please tell me what action you plan to take to ensure that the Kimberley, one of the world's great natural areas, is protected? I look forward to your response.
SEND YOUR LETTER VIA THE POST, NOT EMAIL.

Address your letter to the Honorable Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.
The correct salutation to Minister Burke is Dear Minister (i.e. not Dear Mr. Burke or Dear Tony)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Ocean Magazine - Ocean Cruising - Issue 37

Open publication Mentioned: Kimberley Cruising, Hanse Explorer, Heritage Expeditions, Wrangell Island, Silhouette Cruises Seychelles, Orion, AdventureSmith, Alaska, Oceanwide, Japan, Borneo

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kimberley Quest Cruise Deal



Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises offers "summer sail" 15% discount for Kimberley coast adventures

Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises has launched what it is calling a Summer Sail for its Kimberley coast cruises on the boutique Kimberley Quest II, just weeks before the start of winter.

PSCC is offering a 15 per cent discount on remaining cabins for the seven-day Southern Quest package operating between Mitchell Plateau and Broome over the winter-spring June-September 2011 season.

The deal means the price of the seven-day cruise is from $7093 per person twin share (normally from $8345) which includes cabin with ensuite, all chef-prepared meals served on the shady stern deck or in the air-conditioned lounge, full use of the vessel and guided land and water excursions, scenic light aircraft Broome-Mitchell Plateau flight and helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls in the transfer to the 18-passenger Kimberley Quest II.

Excursions to waterfalls (like King Cascade), rock pools, rock art, whale spotting, fishing and scenic tender excursions to the likes of must-see Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef are on the itinerary.

Cruising between destinations, there is plenty of time to take in the view from the spa on the forward deck or find a shady spot to read.

Contact: Tel 08 9193 6131, or see www.kimberleyquest.com.au

Why the Summer Sail tag?

Comment from Director, Lynne Ralston: "We have applied the summer tag because of summer-like weather the northern part of the continent experiences during this season. We'll be experiencing temperatures in the low to mid thirties and hopefully it will persuade chilling southerners to see this spectacular 'wow' piece of Australia in the most accommodating weather."


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Exclusive deals to the Kimberley Coast, European Arctic & the Russian Coast!

Please note: These offers are only available to Aurora newsletter subscribers, so please contact Mael on the address below to join Aurora

Dear Expeditioner,

This month's newsletter is jam packed with great deals on a variety of Aurora Expeditions' voyages for this year!

Save 10% with last minute deals to the Kimberley Coast. We can bundle up a great European Arctic package saving you up to AUD$1000! Or check out our special offers on our Russian Coast voyages.

And remember, with the Australian dollar at an all new high, you will never get to our destinations at a better price – so book and pay for your trip-of-a-lifetime today!

Happy reading!

Mael Ressos
Sales Consultant – Aurora Expeditions
+61 2 9252 1033 or info@auroraexpeditions.com.au

In this issue

Escape to the Kimberley Coast & SAVE 10%
Complete Arctic Package - SAVE up to $1000!
10% to 15% off the Russian Arctic & Far East
Book direct & receive 25% off travel insurance
Coming soon to Sydney - the Ice Bear Project


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

From polar ice cap to the tropics - Orion Expeditions releases 2012 voyage itineraries

Orion Expedition Cruises has released an expanded range of path less travelled itineraries for 2012. Incorporating the first full year of voyages for Orion II, as well as Orion, these expeditions - well off the marine superhighway - include rarely visited destinations from polar ice cap to the tropics.
          
In addition to existing itineraries Orion takes a fresh look at New Zealand with new Pure New Zealand and Bay of Islands voyages.

Orion II's new sailings feature the islands of Micronesia and additional voyages to Japan with Art of Japan and Culinary Voyage of Japan itineraries. China is included for the first time with expeditions that includes the Yangtze Delta (Kobe to Shanghai) and Shanghai to Tawau (Yangtze, Taiwan, Philippines), while an inaugural visit to Java includes the temples of Borobudur.

2012 will see the two purpose-built expedition cruise ships undertake 69 voyages to 17 countries and 174 destinations stretching from Antarctica to the Russian Far East including Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, the Inland Sea of Japan, Korea, China and Micronesia (onboard Orion II). Australia's Kimberley coast, Arnhem Land, Great Barrier Reef, the Spice Islands, New Zealand, the Sub Antarctic islands and Papua New Guinea feature in Orion's range of expeditions.

The complete 2012 Calendar of Sailings is now available through travel agents or by contacting Orion Expedition Cruises direct on 1300 361 012 (Australia) or 0800 444 462 (New Zealand).

The website www.orionexpeditions.com also features details of the new voyages ahead of the pending release of the 2012 brochure in a few weeks.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jerry Hall Cruises The Kimberley Coast on The True North

Well known actress and model, Jerry Hall was on board Australia's own luxury adventure cruise, The True North last week where she and her partner enjoyed a one-week Kimberley cruise.

"The Kimberley is one of the last true wildernesses: it has not been spoilt by tourism or pollution and the best way to explore this ancient region is by cruising along its coast. For someone like me there is no better ship than the TRUE NORTH. It is a small luxury liner with just 18 cabins – serving delicious gourmet food and wine with a staff of 20 young, attractive and extremely efficient crew members. It is a top class operation whether you enjoy hiking through wilderness with their biologists, admiring the plants and birds or fishing for giant barramundi. Cruising along the Kimberley coast on the TRUE NORTH is the trip of a lifetime," said Jerry Hall.

Ms Hall is travelling with her partner, Perth millionaire Warwick Hensley, who is on assignment for the London Times. She will report on her travels when she returns home and the likely front-page exposure will hopefully be a major bonus for all tourism operators in the Kimberley.

The appeal of this gleaming adventure-platform complete with helicopter and multiple expedition boats was always bound to attract the attention of discerning overseas travelers and, according to North Star Cruises' general manager, Peter Trembath, the tide has begun to turn.

"In the past year we have attracted strong attention from both North America and Europe. And this interest is all the more pleasing when you consider that we are still up against uncertain world economics and adverse exchange rates. The reputation of the TRUE NORTH is so strong; we are managing to buck the negative trends," said Peter Trembath.

Offering activity-based itineraries all around the Australian coastline and adjacent to the remote jungles of West Papua and Papua New Guinea, the TRUE NORTH has become a firm favourite with Australia's travelling elite. Even today, most of the guests onboard the TRUE NORTH are well-qualified Australian adventurers lapping-up the personal attention of the ship's enthusiastic and also very Australian crew.

Over 25 years the adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH has developed one of Australia's most revered holiday reputations.  The multi-award winning adventure-cruise ship, True North, allows discerning guests to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world's most exclusive hotels.

Monday, March 28, 2011

SPECIAL GUESTS JOIN TRUE NORTH IN 2011

North Star Cruises Australia is pleased to announce that some very special guests are scheduled to embark on the adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH during 2011 for part of the 'extraordinary people in extraordinary places' campaign.  Special guests to be announced for the first phase of the campaign include pioneers from the arts and entertainment industry with many more to be announced later in the year. 

Jacinda Bayne
To kick off the campaign, guests will enjoy the company and insight of Jacinda Bayne who is a much-lauded landscape artist and recent winner of the Mandjar Art Award. Jacinda will surely be in awe of the 'waterfall season' when she joins a Kimberley Ultimate cruise in early April and guests will have unique opportunity to see Jacinda bring this spectacular landscape to canvas.

Multi-award winning art teacher, Mark Norval is fast establishing himself as a TRUE NORTH favourite. Mark's relaxed and informal lessons were very popular with guests when he completed a 2010 Kimberley cruise and the inspirational Kimberley will again be 'centre of piece' when Mark rejoins the TRUE NORTH in late April.

Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie will be a real treat for guests embarking on the TRUE NORTH in May. At 22 years of age Sarah is already a pianist, vocalist and composer of remarkable flare and technique. Sarah has performed at some of Australia's highest profile jazz events and alongside headliners such as James Morrison and Michael Buble. Sarah's performances in the ship's lounge are bound to compliment an already impressive stage.

True North also welcomes Linda Klarfeld who is one of Australia's most accomplished bronze sculptors. Her works can be seen in many venues from places of worship to sporting halls of fame. However, when Linda joins a Kimberley cruise in August it will be the first time that she has taken her art to sea. Linda will offer guests opportunity to 'try their hand' at sculpting and some may even be fortunate enough to have their Kimberley experience immortalised in a very different form indeed!

Phil Ceberano and Russell Robertson
True North is thrilled to welcome back one of Australia's most talented guitarists, Phil Ceberano.  Phil has previously impressed True North guests with his entertaining performances – both on and off the stage when he embarked on an 'Ultimate Kimberley' cruise in April 2010. This time Phil teams up with good mate and former AFL Star, Russell Robertson. Phil and Russell met during the filming of the TV show 'It Takes Two' where Russell was runner-up performing with Phil's sister the fabulous, Kate Ceberano.  The pair went on to record Russell's debut album 'Higher' with Phil producing and performing.  Phil & Russell perform around Australia for many one-off VIP events. No doubt we have a couple of characters on our hands and the entertainment is bound to extend well beyond the ship's lounge!

For more information visit http://www.northstarcruises.com.au

Sunday, March 20, 2011

RECORD BREAKING WET SEASON FOR THE KIMBERLEY

The crew of the adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH is sailing into the ultimate Kimberley waterfall season. The Kimberley has enjoyed a record breaking wet season with Kuri Bay recording 1395 millimetres in a month, the highest monthly rainfall recorded in Western Australia. Crew-members aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH have confirmed that the ‘waterfall season’ is living up to its name. Anyone who has travelled aboard the TRUE NORTH during the waterfall season will tell you there’s nothing better than seeing the Kimberley coast in all its glory.

The period immediately following the wet season presents the best opportunity to see iconic features such as Kings Cascade, Mitchell Falls and the King George Falls at their thundering best. The whole region is transformed by rivers in flood, towering waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. Billabongs are swollen, immense wetlands are alive with birdlife and the barramundi will be biting!

Guests on the TRUE NORTH enjoy unique daily experiences including helicopter flights to remote and otherwise inaccessible locations.

This year’s ‘waterfall season’ kicked-off on the 12th March. This is always one of the most popular times of the year and the remaining cabins won’t last long. For up to date availability, please click on the following link: http://www.northstarcruises.com.au/sailingschedule.asp?Date=2011 or email North Star Cruises at cruise@northstarcruises.com.au

The multi-award winning adventure-cruise ship, True North, allows discerning guests to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels.

Lavish features include:

* A sundeck, forward observation lounge, ship’s lounge, alfresco bar, internet café, plasma screens with interpretive information, lower deck dining room with large panoramic windows, and fine dining.
* All cabins feature enhanced décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones.
* Multiple expedition boats (6) allow passengers greater opportunity to do “what they want, when they want”.
* To add another dimension to adventure – most cruise options feature an onboard helicopter.
* The purpose built True North is able to explore the upper reaches of shallow river systems.
* Adventure-cruises are conducted all around the Australian coastline and in the stunning waters of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Welcome to the Wet Season!


We hope you've enjoyed a great start to 2011, and we look forward to keeping you informed of all the fun and action taking place across the Kimberley during the new season now just upon us.

If you ask any long-time Broome or Kimberley local how this year’s Wet Season is faring, you will hear a resounding "it's been amazing!”

After one of the biggest Wet Season's on record, it promises to be an impressive year in the Kimberley and we are excited about what we'll discover on our Kimberley Classic Adventures beginning next Saturday.

From December onwards we have had constant heavy rain on most days, amidst some of the most spectacular storms. It has bucketed down in the streets of Broome, and the heavens have opened onto the Kimberley Coastline, with Kuri Bay receiving an incredible recorded 1300 mm! While sadly the East has suffered terrible flooding, over here in the North West we have welcomed the wet conditions, for to us it brings the intense power and action to our countless magical waterfalls, making the Kimberley Coast one of the most astounding and majestic places on earth.

Renowned professional Kimberley photographer Yane Sotiroski, had the very good fortune of viewing the coastline by helicopter recently, and came back with some stunning snaps taken from the air. You can view the gallery here. Yane has lived in Broome since the age of 5, experiencing a lot of Wet Seasons over the years, and on reflection Yane says "this year I'd have to say is one of the best. This truly is a beautiful part of the world. I think this year the Cascades, Mitchell Falls and the mighty King George will be flowing well into the Dry Season." Have a look at Kings Cascades thundering down in this very short video taken from the chopper. Taken from a phone camera!

Yane will be travelling on the 13 night Kimberley Classic Adventure departing April 2nd and welcomes budding photographers to join him for an unsurpassed photographic experience in the Kimberley due to the sensational conditions. Yane will be available for on-site photographic workshopping and advice. To view Yane's photographic work visit www.yane.com.au

For anyone considering cruising the Kimberley Coast, with time to travel this year, you would be absolutely mad not to take advantage of this year's phenomenal Wet Season follow-on.

If you're keen to join in this experience we have just 3 Horizon View Staterooms remaining on the 2nd April 2011 departure (the 2nd cruise for the season), and only 2 Horizon View Staterooms remaining on the 30th April departure for our 13 night Kimberley Classic Adventures. Email us or phone 08 9193 5983 for more information.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

AdventureSmith Explorations Expands Australian Cruise Itineraries

Thanks to Fleet of Three Small Expedition Vessels

Cruise broker AdventureSmith Explorations, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, announces re-configured Australia cruise itineraries made possible by a fleet of three small ships carrying only 46 (Coral Princess), 50 (Coral Princess II) and 72 (Oceanic Discover) passengers. Their sizes mean that the ships can maneuver hard-to-reach points of interest such as the Great Barrier Reef that larger vessels can't.


For example, an 8-day Great Barrier Reef small ship cruise aboard Coral Princess is the "most popular and most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef cruise available in Australia," combining the lore of discoverer Captain Cook with the intrigue of the reef itself. Guests rub elbows with marine biologists and snorkel and dive nearly at whim. Rates are from AUD$2,883 per person double, representing "one of the best values in cruise vacations to be found anywhere in the world," according to AdventureSmith Explorations. Departures from Townsville and Cairns are weekly year-round. For details please see:

http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/324

"Smaller boats mean more activity for guests," said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations. "It is a lot easier to get 46 snorkeling-bound passengers onto the reef than it is to get 100 there. Plus Coral Princess has more experience as a dive/snorkel operator, having pioneered reef cruising in the region."

Small ship cruising in Australia is up according to Smith and 2011 is promising to be a banner year.

"According to Tourism Australia, it continues to be one of the hottest destinations in the world with 2010 visitors increasing by 6% over 2009. One of the hottest trends seen, Australia small ship cruise business has increased an impressive 30% each year for the past two years. Tourism Australia anticipates an even larger increase in 2011," said Smith.

Smith said that the fleet makes available "Explorer," an awning-draped aluminum excursion vessel used for landings and extensive exploration of King George Falls and secluded rivers.

Another cruise adventure accesses the Kimberley, a region on the northwest side of Australia bordering the Indian Ocean. An 11-day cruise is from AUD$6,950 per person double. The cruise aboard Coral Princess II or Oceanic Discoverer begins from the frontier towns of either Darwin or Broome and makes extensive use of "Explorer" on forays along the Outback. For details please see:

http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/337

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.

The company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of "The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth" and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious "World Savers Award."

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: travel@AdventureSmithExplorations.com or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.