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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.