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Monday, October 1, 2012

APT Moves New Ship to Kimberley

Source: Cruise Weekly

APT has added the 57-suite luxury expedition ship MS Caledonian Sky to its Kimberley Wilderness Adventures 2013 program.

The company bought a stake in Noble Caledonia (owners of Caledonian Sky) earlier in the year (CW 14 June) and have since been incorporating Noble Caledonia vessels into its various land touring and cruising options.

As such, Caledonian Sky will now join Oceanic Discoverer, Coral Princess and Kimberley Quest II in the APT Kimberley fleet, and will offer 11, 15 and 28-day programs in September 2013.

See for details.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kimberley coast 20% discount

Kimberley Quest, waiting for the tides at Horizontal Falls.
Oct-Nov 20% booking discount for 2013 Kimberley Coast cruising on the boutique Kimberley Quest

Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises has a 20 per cent discount for bookings made during October and November on four of its stunning Kimberley Coast cruises during the March-September season next year.

Cruising is on the luxury 18-passenger Kimberley Quest II, over a choice of 22 departures.

The discount price on the Broome-Broome 10-day Adventure Quest, for example, is from $7,920 per person, twin share (normally from $9,900).

The price includes daily serviced cabin with ensuite bathroom, all chef-prepared meals served on the shady stern deck or in the air-conditioned lounge, full use of the vessel, daily guided land and water excursions and hotel transfers.

Excursions to waterfalls (such as King Cascade), rock pool swimming, rock art, whale spotting, fishing (for lunch or dinner), the 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 from a sheltered deck. 

Contact: Tel  1300 156 035, or see

PSCC Director Lynne Ralston said exploration of the remote Kimberley coast can only be achieved by water. "Cruising along this staggeringly rugged and beautiful coast really delivers on the wow factor, and for bragging rights," she said. "And making the discovery on a boutique ship really enhances the sense of personal contact with an amazing 'bucket-list' part of the world."

The itinerary on the detailed 10-day cruise includes Cape Leveque, Buccaneer Archipelago, Dugong Bay, Talbot Bay, Surprise Falls, Secure Bay, Montgomery Reef, Sale River and Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Red Cone Creek, Camden and Harbour, Rothsay Water, Prince Regent River, King Cascade, Cathedral Falls, Hanover Bay, Booby Island, Heywood and Champagny Island.

The other 20% discount deal cruises are: 14-day Ultimate Quest from $10,644 per person (normally $13,305); 8-day Northern Quest and 8-day Southern Quest, both from $7,344 ($9,180).

A helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls and transfer light aircraft scenic flight between Broome and Mitchell Falls is incorporated in the eight day cruises. With the 14 day and 10 day cruises there is an additional cost which is arranged on-board.

Kimberley Quest II can be chartered exclusively for 16-18 guests (close friends, family or colleagues) and the itinerary can be tailored. The October-November discount would apply but pricing will vary with chosen or tailored itinerary.

Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises was established in 1995 by the Ralston family of Broome. The family continues to run the business today. In 2009 and 2010 the company won Tour Operator titles in the annual Western Australian Tourism Awards.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News from Broome and the Kimberley Coast

We don't know where the time goes, however everyone who has escaped with us to the Kimberley Coast this season has certainly made the most of it!

We've welcomed many groups of friends aboard this year for exclusive charters. It's always a particularly festive escape when friends book out the whole boat. With champagne and seafood barbeque picnics at hidden waterfalls, sunset drinks in fancy dress from red-rock peaks with spectacular views, cocktail parties on board, relaxing afternoons fishing, and bathing in the pristine waters of Silicone beach, our cruise photos in the gallery show some of the fun and festivities on board this year.

We introduced two new cruise itineraries to the schedule this year, including our 8 night Waterfall Safari directly after the end of the "Wet" Season, which was a sensational 9 days covering over 25 waterfalls between Broome and Wyndham. Next year's Waterfall Safari is already fully booked, however we have just released our 2014 cruise schedule and bookings are underway already for the following year!

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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Coral Princess Cruises releases Kimberley '2013 Waterfall Season' Savings

Australia's pioneer of small-ship expedition cruising Coral Princess Cruises celebrates its 30th anniversary year in 2013 and 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 five April 2013 departures aboard their state-of-the-art 72 passenger small ship Oceanic Discoverer or the fully-refurbished 35-metre catamaran Coral Princess.

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 $6,592.50 per person for Coral Princess Cruises past guests (25% off) and $7,471.50 for first time travellers (15% off) in a Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom. Special prices aboard Coral Princess start at $5,392.50 for past guests and $6,111.50 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 2013 departures and are available until 30 November 2012 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 2013 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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Orion Expedition Cruises releases 2013 season brochure

Orion Expedition Cruises has released its 2013 season brochure; 64 pages detailing 33 voyages with expeditions to 94 destinations onboard the highly acclaimed expedition ship that sets the standard for expedition cruising across the region, Orion.

Eight years of operational experience is reflected across the range of bespoke 5 to 20 night itineraries to carefully selected destinations - expeditions that include Borneo and Sulawesi, Australia's Kimberley coast, the Great Barrier Reef, the islands of Melanesia, New Zealand, the Forgotten Islands of Sunda, Antarctica and Papua New Guinea.

From Admiral Yamamoto's headquarters in Rabaul to historic explorer's huts in Antarctica, this expansive, full colour brochure, includes voyage summaries and typical cultural, historic and wildlife experiences encountered. Useful reference for potential expedition travellers seeking rewarding cultural interaction and intellectual stimulation unknown in mainstream cruising.

The relaxed luxury life onboard is exampled through Orion's range of accommodation options (including floor plans for Staterooms and Suites through to Owner's Suites) and facilities that include boutique, massage, spa, elevator and lounges – along with Serge Dansereau's award winning cuisine.

An electronic version of the Orion 2013 brochure can be downloaded from or a printed version mailed directly simply by contacting Orion Expedition Cruises: 61-2 9033 8777 (Sydney callers) 1300 361 012 (regional and interstate), emailing or through specialist expedition cruise travel agents.

Additional information:

Orion expedition voyage highlights for 2013
  • 16 February New Zealand Golf – includes Marlborough Sounds, Napier and the exclusive golf courses of Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs and Royal Wellington
  • 24 February: South Pacific Splendour – includes Bay of Islands and Norfolk Island
  • 6 March: Melanesian Discovery – includes Utupua, Ngella and Marovo Lagoon
  • 16 and 27 March: Papua New Guinea Cultural Highlights – includes Watam Village (Sepik River), Tufi and Kitava
  • 7 April: West Papua and Maluku – Includes Wewak, Urbanasi Island, Mapia Atoll and Raja Ampat
  • 18 April through to 5 September: Kimberley – includes Crocodile Creek, Hunter River, Raft Point, King George Falls and inclusive Bungle Bungle flight
  • 15 September: Kimberley with Spice – includes Ashmore Reef, West Timor, Sumba, Komodo and Badas Sumbawa
  • 29 September: Borneo Discovery – includes Camp Leakey, Borobudur and Sulawesi
  • 25 October and 18 November: Camp Leakey – Faces in the Forest (Borneo) – includes Camp Leakey, Kuching, Natuna Islands and Bako National Park
  • 3 & 21 January 2014: 18 night Mawson's Antarctica – includes sub Antarctic Islands
  • 8 February 2014: 20 night Scott & Shackleton's Antarctica – includes sub Antarctic Islands
Generous advance purchase options are available for those who act swiftly with lowest price savings guarantees of up to 40% off published prices. Savings vary by itinerary. Additional incentives are offered for back to back voyages.

For reservations, or to obtain more information 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:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Aurora Expeditions Launches Kimberley 2013 Program with New Voyages & Tours

Aurora Expeditions are offering three new 11-day voyages to the Kimberley Coast taking in the spectacular coast between Darwin and Broome and vice versa aboard the newly refurbished Coral Princess.

The three spectacular voyages will take passengers all the way along the top end, with a special new cultural stop at Wijingarra bard bard to meet the local artists. They will be welcomed by a smoking ceremony, followed by the opportunity to watch the experts at work and purchase some world class Aboriginal art.

Passengers will travel onboard Coral Princess, a 35-metre luxury catamaran for just 44 guests. Aurora Expeditions' most experienced expedition staff and crew will include expedition leader; Mike Cusack, Dr. Garry Darby; art historian, lecturer and author of aboriginal art as well as naturalist Chris Done, who lectures on the regions' plants, wildlife and geology.

Aurora Expeditions believe the only way to experience the remote Kimberley coast is by small ship; allowing passengers to discover gorges carved by rivers, tiny islands with abundant bird and marine life, thundering cascades, boab trees and ancient Aboriginal art.

Aurora Expeditions is renowned for travelling to wild and remote areas of the world, with the aim of creating lifelong ambassadors to the environment. They attract small groups of like-minded, enthusiastic people, passionate about the Kimberley's plants, wildlife and history.

Prices start from A$7190 per person twin share. A 10% earlybird offer is applicable for the first 10 bookings for each departure, made before 31 July 2012. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and to order your free Kimberley Coast 2013 brochure, visit or call +61 2 9252 1033.

About Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions is an Australian-owned adventure company specialising in expedition cruises to wild and remote places. Always travelling in small groups, Aurora Expeditions provide their travellers with the chance to have an intimate experience in these regions with their flexible, innovative itineraries. The aim of each voyage is to provide as many landings as possible, allowing passengers to experience the destination first hand. Each voyage is led by an expedition team of expert naturalists, geologists, historians, staff and crew who help to unlock the wonders of these special places. Deeply committed to education and preservation of the environment, Aurora Expeditions' philosophy is to respectfully visit wilderness areas in turn creating ambassadors for their protection.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Celebrate Your Kimberley Cruise With The Gift of Pearls

Whether you are celebrating a 50th birthday or a 30th anniversary this year, or just looking for an opportunity to spoil your loved one with a breathtaking cruise experience, this Kimberley Cruise deal is sure to impress. For a limited time, we are including a beautiful Willie Creek pearl pendant valued at over $2400, with Coral Princess Cruises* booked before 30 June 2012. Your exclusive gift is an 18k Yellow Gold Willie Creek Pearl Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl and Diamond pendant on an 18k Yellow Gold Omega necklace. This stunning piece will be available for collection prior to embarkation, the perfect accessory for a Kimberley Cruise of a lifetime.

Spring is a truly wonderful time of the year to discover the Kimberley. Not only is the weather near-perfect but you can experience Western Australia's annual Whale migration as the world's largest population of Humpback Whales make their way to the warm waters of the Kimberley. Nothing beats sunset on the deck as Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show of breaches, spy hops and tail slaps whilst you sip on bubbles and delight in freshly caught cuisine. Over 10 days you will explore the King George, Hunter and Prince Regent Rivers, the tidal phenomenon of Montgomery Reef, abundant wildlife, ancient Aboriginal rock art, unique flora and fauna and the spectacle of the Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay.

This exclusive Kimberley Cruise experience is 11 nights and includes:

•           A 10 night luxury cruise from Broome to Darwin or vice versa aboard Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer
•           All cabins feature en-suite bathrooms
•           All onboard meals
•           All off vessel excursions
•           BONUS gift worth $2420 - An exquisite Willie Creek Pearl Pendant
•           BONUS 1 nights' accommodation in Broome pre or post cruise

From $6,990* per person twin share aboard Coral Princess including a bonus night at Mercure Broome

From $8690* per person twin share aboard Oceanic Discoverer including a bonus night at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa PLUS also receive a bonus Dinner Experience at the Sunset Bar & Grill overlooking Cable Beach.

Coral Princess is a 35 metre Catamaran accommodating 48 guests and offering an intimate cruising experience with the onboard facilities you'd expect from a larger vessel. All accommodation is air-conditioned with private ensuites and all rooms are serviced daily

Onboard facilities include an air-conditioned dining room, two air-conditioned lounges, a sundeck and spa pool, wireless internet, reference library, phone and fax facilities, fully stocked cocktail bar and limited laundry facilities.

Oceanic Discoverer is 63 metres, accommodates a maximum of 72 guests and offers facilities you would expect from a larger cruise ship including 2 lounges, sundeck and spa pool, wireless internet and a specially designed excursion vessel with onboard toilet, as well as a fleet of zodiacs. Accommodation consist of just 36 spaciously appointed staterooms which all feature stylish ensuite bathrooms.

This offer is available for selected 2012 departure dates only.

Coral Princess:

Darwin to Broome – departing 31 August 2012
Broome to Darwin – departing 10 September 2012
Darwin to Broome – departing 21 September 2012
Broome to Darwin – departing 01 October 2012

Oceanic Discoverer:

Darwin to Broome – departing 07 September 2012
Broome to Darwin – departing 17 September 2012


•           Offer must be booked before 30 June 2012
•           Offer is limited to one pearl pendant per booking
•           Available for selected 2012 departures only
•           Prices based on per person twin share, subject to availability and subject to change

To book your 2012 Kimberley cruise of a lifetime, visit your local Travel Agent or call Broome & The Kimberley Holidays on 1300 245 565. More information is at our website

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pearler of an offer for Kimberley

For a limited time, Broome & The Kimberley Holidays are including a beautiful Willie Creek pearl pendant valued at over $2400, with selected Coral Princess Cruises booked before 31 July 2012. Your exclusive gift is an 18k Yellow Gold Willie Creek Pearl Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl and Diamond pendant on an 18k Yellow Gold Omega necklace.

Over 10 days you will explore the King George, Hunter and Prince Regent Rivers, the tidal phenomenon of Montgomery Reef, abundant wildlife, ancient Aboriginal rock art, unique flora and fauna and the spectacle of the Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay.