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                 AutuMN 2009
     Spirit of Oceanus Vietnam Cruise West
      Small Ship Adventure Company p. 56

             Editor, Cruise Passenger
                  Sally Macmillan
      sally.macmillan@edgecustom.com.au

            Contributing Editor, Writer
               and Photographer
                  Roderick Eime

                       Publisher
                    Fergus Stoddart

                   Designers                                                            Welcome to the second edition of Cruise Passenger magazine’s
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                                                                                        Adventure Cruise Guide.
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            Renata Ficek, Sanchia Pegley
                                                                                               his year, more than ever, expedition cruising will be for the hardy and determined.
                    Advertising                                                                With cash-strapped American travellers dwindling from the ranks of adventure
                    Chris Waite                                                                cruisers, many operators will find the going tough and we may even see the demise
            Phone: +612 8962 2602                                                       of a few cruise lines.
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                                                                                            the flip side for committed adventurers is that small-ship and expedition cruise
          Advertising Coordinator                                                       companies are, just like their big-ship counterparts, offering exciting incentives for both
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                                                                                        strike. Australian-based companies offering fares in Australian dollars may be the best bet
                                                                                        and a good excuse to see some of our stunning coastline, which American and european
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              Distributed nationally by                                                 such as new Zealand, Papua new guinea, Fiji, tahiti, vanuatu and the mysterious solomon
                 Gordon and Gotch                                                       islands – countries often visited by the big ships, but being rediscovered by niche vessels
                                                                                        able to penetrate the narrow waterways and inlets. even cruises on our own doorstep,
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             Adventure Cruise Guide                                                     to places such as tasmania, are growing in popularity.
                  is published by                                                           the Kimberley has grown to become one of Australia’s most popular cruising
                                                                                        destinations. the region’s remoteness and unspoilt scenery attract visitors from all over
                                                                                        the country and the world. spectacular waterfalls such as the King george Falls and
                                                                                        curious phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls are only a small part of the lure of the
                                                                                        area. the region is resplendent in not only wildlife and birdlife but also in thousands of
                                                                                        years of Aboriginal tradition and culture.
                                                                                            For those wanting reconnect with nature learn about their own history, there are some
                                                                                        fascinating destinations. some highlights include the galapagos islands, the great Barrier
                                                                                        reef and the Amazon.
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                                                                                            the spirit of true discovery is still alive and well with more companies attempting
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       Commercial Director: Craig Hodges                                                Antarctic – as well as other cool places such as Alaska and the russian Far east.
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                                                                                        our fragile planet has never been more urgent. Adventure and expedition cruising aboard
                                                                                        low-impact vessels remains one of the most responsible and sustainable means for doing so.
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     Adventure Cruising: contents




04                                                   10
GoinG for the soft touch                             resPonsible cruisinG
It’s not all ice and thermal underwear – adventure   We take a look at what some cruise companies are
travel is only as tough as you want to make it.      doing to lessen their load on the Earth.


06                                                   12
a shore bet                                          footstePs
Five of the most popular and rewarding excursions    Meet two early pioneers of travel photography and
available on the world’s expedition fleet.           film, Frank Hurley and Hubert Wilkins.


08                                                   14
eXPanD Your horiZons                                 first-timers
A hallmark of expedition cruising is learning,       A quick checklist of things to consider when you’ve
discovery and enrichment.                            never taken an adventure cruise before.



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                                                                              Kimberley Cruise Centre .........................................39
                                                                              K2O Kimberley to Ocean .........................................40
                                                                              Matrix Cruises ...........................................................42
DirectorY                                                                     MyPlanet: Hurtigruten............................................43
                                                                              Nordic Travel .............................................................44
Adventure World ......................................................16      North Star Cruises Australia .................................45
Alaska Bound.............................................................18   One Tide Charters .....................................................46
Aurora Expeditions ..................................................20       Opal Shell Yacht Charters ......................................48
Blue Lagoon Cruises ................................................22        Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................50
Cannon Charters.......................................................24      Peregrine Adventures ..............................................52
Captain Cook Cruises ..............................................25         Ponant Cruises ..........................................................54
Coral Princess Cruises .............................................26        The Small Ship Adventure Company ..................56
The Great Escape Charter Company ...................29                        Star Clippers ..............................................................58
G.A.P Adventures ......................................................30     Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising .......................60
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ...............................................32         Tempo Holidays......................................................... 61
Helen Wong’s Tours .................................................34        Tucan Travel ...............................................................62
Heritage Expeditions ...............................................36        Tui Tai Expeditions Fiji Islands ..............................64
Island Escape Cruises ..............................................38        Windstar Cruises ......................................................66

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                                                                                              French Polynesia


                                                    MV Orion: all the luxuries of big ships




    GoinG
    for the
    soft
    touch
    Don’t be put off by all the
    talk about ‘roaring forties’,
    icebergs and thermal
    underwear – adventure
    cruising is only as tough
    as you want to make it.


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                                                                       AdVenture Cruising: soft touch

enjoy a soothing massage, Fiji style                      easter island’s largest stand of Moai, Ahu tongariki




                                                           A
                                                                    way from the blizzards and penguin colonies, adventure cruisers
                                                                    can often be subject to such perils as sunburn and hangovers.
                                                                    While the concept of true expedition cruising extends to itineraries
                                                           well away from the beaten path, there’s still plenty of adventure available
                                                           for those not wishing to follow in Mawson’s footsteps.
                                                               small ships usually cater to passenger numbers well below your typical
                                                           cruise ship. By today’s standards, cruise liners are accommodating anything
                                                           upwards of approximately 1,500 passengers, while the world’s largest cruise
                                                           vessels can offer more than 4,000 berths.
                                                               small expedition ships deliver a completely different experience for
                                                           travellers with vessels in this category rarely carrying more than 500
                                                           passengers. even then, some of the world’s best small-ship experiences are
                                                           only shared with 100 or fewer other cruisers. Apart from the unavoidable
                                                           crowds every time your ship docks, small ships can visit out-of-the-way
                                                           ports and islands where no mass tourism exists – often no tourism at all.
 true north passengers do it tough                             the south Pacific presents some of the greatest opportunities here,
                                                           especially in french Polynesia, fiji and Papua new Guinea. new and one-off
                                                           itineraries are occasionally offered to remote and seldom-visited islands as
                                                           part of wider voyages, some of which are even around-the-world odysseys.
                                                               Due to their size, small ships have been known to stop at such otherwise
                                                           difficult-to-access locations such as tristan de cunha, Lord howe island,
                                                           Bougainville, easter island, the Marquesas, saint helena and the enigmatic
                                                           Pitcairn island, which was home to the surviving Bounty mutineers.
                                                               While the utilitarian expedition vessels drawn from working fleets are
                                                           built tough for the rigours of polar journeys, other small ships can be more
                                                           relaxed, allocating space to familiar shipboard comforts such as swimming
                                                           pools, salons, boutiques, fine-dining restaurants and theatres with live
                                                           entertainment. essentially, you are enjoying the comforts and amenities
                                                           of a regular cruise ship visiting highly unusual destinations without the
new ireland visitors with Oceanic discoverer passengers    crush of thousands of passengers.
                                                               Bear in mind that one of the reasons why cruise lines favour big ships
                                                           is because of the economies of scale. You are extremely unlikely to find
                                                           small ship cabins for $100 per day, so be prepared for premium pricing.
                                                           the flip side is that often items and activities listed as extra or optional on
                                                           the big ships come included on the smaller ones. shore excursions are the
                                                           obvious example, while some up-scale vessels have an open bar.
                                                               those with a more purist mind to travel will relish the opportunity to
                                                           visit and interact with remote communities who are relatively unaffected
                                                           by globalisation. small ships leave smaller environmental footprints
                                                           and generally deliver enriching interaction for both visitors and hosts.
                                                           conservation of traditional lifestyles and culture is strongly encouraged
                                                           and carefully chosen goods such as medical supplies, tools and school
                                                           materials are given as gifts.


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     AdveNture CruisiNG: destinations




                                                    50 Years of victory




    a shore
    bet
    adventure cruising gives you the
    chance to get close to the action
    in some of the world’s most
    remote and pristine spots. here
    are five of the most rewarding
    expeditions available on the
    world’s expedition fleet.
                                                          Papua New Guinea

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                                                                                            AdveNture CruisiNG: GoinG ashore

                                                                                                      iguana in the Galapagos




                                                                                                     diving the Great Barrier reef




                                                                                Mawson’s Hut




G                                                                                3. extreme south
         etting off your expedition ship can often be more exciting than
         getting on. shore excursions to some of the world’s most isolated       one hundred years ago, during the so-called heroic age of exploration, men
         and fascinating locations are what attract passengers with a well-      endured unimaginable privations in order to explore antarctica. Many died,
developed sense of adventurew. often, your vessel is simply the means to         including the famous robert Falcon scott on his return voyage from the
experience the world.                                                            south Pole. now it’s possible to visit some of these carefully preserved and
   among the different excursions, there are the ‘must-do’s’ and the             restored timber huts. those of Mawson, shackleton and scott are all packed
aspirational adventures that gain maximum dinner party points. here are          with equipment and history that require careful attention to keep them from
just five of the most popular and rewarding excursions available on the          disappearing forever. Quark, aurora and orion all have itineraries that include
world’s expedition fleet.                                                        visits to these ‘shrines’.

1. top of the World                                                              4. the origin of species
ninety degrees north is about as far as you can go. the north Pole has to        the enchanted islands of the Galapagos have long held our imagination and
be the pinnacle in adventure cruising and it is available on the world’s most    been the subject of countless documentaries and television specials. to walk
powerful icebreaker, the brand new, nuclear-powered russian vessel 50 Let        the volcanic shores of these islands is to truly visit another world. the ghastly
Pobedy (meaning 50 years since victory). at the top, enjoy a barbecue on         iguanas, the majestic albatross and lumbering giant tortoises all conspire to
the ice and an obligatory dance around the pole. adventure associates and        create a scene from the Land that time Forgot. adventure associates and
Peregrine adventure tours can get you there.                                     Peregrine can help you.

2. secret Ceremonies                                                             5. beneath the Waves
Papua new Guinea is a land of magic and sorcery. Much of this is kept            not every excursion involves a beach, a jungle hike or an iceberg. below the surface
away from prying eyes, but the islands of the Kula trading ring in the           is a fascinating world full of wild and colourful life. all vessels offer snorkelling and
solomon sea occasionally burst into colourful celebration, particularly          several carry fully qualified Padi divemasters to guide you into neptune’s realm.
during the yam harvest. the dancing and ceremonies are eye-popping as            the Great barrier reef, Papua new Guinea, Fiji, the solomon islands and Vanuatu all
the most beautiful and eligible young men and women dance in a vivacious         offer exceptional diving opportunities that include not only the fascinating marine
routine. orion, aurora, north star Cruises and Coral Princess Cruises            environment, but also wrecks and artifacts from World War ii. Coral Princess Cruises,
all have PnG itineraries.                                                        north star Cruises and Captain Cook all offer onboard divemasters.




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                                                    expand your
                                                    horizons
                                                    expedition cruising is as much about activities
                                                    for the mind as well as the body.




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A
         hallmark of expedition cruising is learning, discovery and enrichment.
         expedition cruise companies excel in providing knowledgeable, expert
         lecturers and guides to help you extract maximum benefit from your new
environment, whether it’s the vivid nudibranchs hiding in the coral, a perplexing
cultural ritual or a historical overview of a tiny ice-locked island deep in the arctic.
    Many lecturers become minor celebrities on board and you can expect to
find authors, explorers, veterans, academics, scientists and media personalities
filed among the ranks. We speak to three prominent guides and lecturers who
regularly travel with cruise vessels around the globe.
    diminutive doctor nancy sullivan, a consultant anthropologist, has spent the
past 20 years living and working in papua new Guinea among the people she
has grown to love. nancy’s affection for the resilient, colourful and resourceful
Melanesian people is obvious in her animated presentations. she speaks in fluent
pidgin to the adults and children, and before long you’ll see her draped in infant
islanders transfixed by her alabaster skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.
    “tourism is good for papua new Guinea,” repeats nancy, almost as a mantra.
“it brings much-needed funds to remote communities, encourages them to
maintain a traditional lifestyle and prevents young men, in particular, from
having to work in cities where they are subject to many dangerous influences.”
    the affable Mick Fogg has a background in marine biology, zoology and                  CLOCKWise FrOM
chemistry, and a seemingly insatiable appetite for more knowledge and                        tOP LeFt: swim
research. despite his arsenal of academic qualifications, Mick has the gift of               with the mighty
communicating simply and clearly without condescension. he is a regular aboard                  whale shark;
MV orion, but has also guided and lectured aboard Coral princess vessels.                         Mick Fogg;
    “people [aboard expedition ships] are looking for a full experience behind their         nancy sullivan;
travels,” says Mick. “they want the whole story, not just another photo for their             Bob Headland.
album. they’re asking questions and filling in gaps in their own understanding                     OPPOsite:
and often sharing their knowledge – just don’t ask me about global warming!”               icebreaker, Kapitan
    robert (Bob) headland is a charming anachronism of a man. a specialist in                     Khlebnikov.
polar history from the august scott polar research institute at Cambridge, he’s
tall, bombastic and possesses a wit as sharp as the katabatic winds. But, you’ll
quickly find his haughty air is all theatre and he loves nothing more than to chat
about his vast wealth of polar experience over a whisky or three.
    in the true spirit of adventure, when the Quark expeditions-chartered icebreaker
Kapitan Khlebnikov attempted its farthest south by vessel, Bob led a second party
by zodiac, which furthered the record. “it took almost 100 years to break Fridtjof
nansen’s record, so i wanted to really drive it home. Magnificent seaman as
[nansen] was, i think it’s about time an englishman reclaimed that one!”

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                                                    Responsible
                                                    CRuising
                                                    the Cruise passenger adventure Cruise guide looks
                                                    at what some cruise companies are doing to lessen
                                                    their load on the earth and preserve what’s left.




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                                                                                                    Adventure Cruising: Responsible




                                                                                                                                              Coral Princess ashore on
                                                                                                                                                the great Barrier reef




                                                                                                                                                giving back to remote
   inuit villagers in traditional costume, Chukotka Province, siberia                                                                                  villages in Png




S
       mall-ship, adventure and expedition cruise lines pride themselves              tourism and the preservation of Culture
       on environmental and social responsibility, but ethical travel goes            in a world increasingly driven by market economies and materialistic ideals,
       far beyond planting trees and writing cheques.                                 responsible tourism can help preserve endangered cultures.
                                                                                          We can all recall the paternalistic traits of last century: quaint, ‘island’
giving back                                                                           carvings from the pacific and tourist trap trinkets stamped ‘Made in China’,
an activity almost all adventure cruise operators embark on is delivering             all at the expense of the original cultures they portray.
much-needed supplies to the remote communities they visit.                                today, travellers are more discerning and critical of bogus souvenirs
    unfortunately, some island and isolated villages are beyond the end of            and fake artifacts. Fussy travellers are demanding genuine items, crafted by
the supply chain when it comes to educational, medical and staple supplies.           authentic artisans using traditional materials and methods. this intolerance
in papua new guinea, for example, school and first-aid supplies are often             for cheap copies is having a healthy impact on local industries that are
exhausted long before they reach their intended destination. Cruise lines play        producing valuable items such as paintings, sculptures and jewellery.
an important role in delivering books, stationery and simple medicines directly           dances and performances by native troupes are much sought after in
to these outlying communities.                                                        adventure cruise travel. authenticity is expected and in many places around
    to circumvent bureaucracy, passengers are asked to bring donations in their       the world indigenous peoples are reviving and maintaining waning practices
spare luggage. these are then pooled and delivered at pre-arranged locations          thanks to the demand from small-ship travellers.
during the cruise. it is often a source of great satisfaction for passengers to see       examples include the marginalised inuit cultures of siberia, america’s
their donations go to teachers and students who often have to share pencils           First nation people, the pacific islanders and the many cultures throughout
and textbooks as part of their daily routine. at first-aid posts, simple items such   south-east asia.
as paracetamol, disinfectant and fresh bandages are gratefully received.
    on a larger scale, orion expedition Cruises’ corporate and passenger support
is helping to rebuild a sepik village schoolhouse destroyed during a storm.               tips: some Australian flag-bearers with programs in place include:
    ask your cruise company about its aid projects and make sure you have                 Coral Princess Cruises, Aurora expeditions, Orion expedition Cruises
stocks to contribute.                                                                     and Captain Cook Cruises (Fiji).

Carbon offsets
emission offset programs are sometimes contentious and have come under                Remember:
criticism for ‘being seen to be green’ rather than delivering tangible results.       n	 never give money to beggars. it encourages reliance on handouts and
    Cruise companies, large and small, are contributing to these offset                  creates serious social disturbance in poorer communities.
programs, which usually involve reforestation, alternative energy programs            n	 don’t reward people who have performing animals and don’t buy
and carbon capture.                                                                      objects made from endangered species. see www.environment.gov.au
    More visible activities include installation of solar panels and wind turbine        for the Convention on international trade in endangered species of
generators, which galapagos operator, ecoventura, has embarked upon.                     Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

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Zodiac adventurers in Antarctica




                                                    s
                                                         howman Captain Frank Hurley and modest sir Hubert Wilkins both



    FolloWinG
                                                         shared a dream of documenting life in difficult and sometimes life-
                                                         threatening situations. the two men lived almost parallel lives and
                                                    today continue to be a source of inspiration for people’s own travels.




    in tHeir                                        Captain ‘Frank’ Hurley oBe
                                                    James Francis (Frank) Hurley was born in Glebe, sydney on october 15,
                                                    1885 and showed an early interest in photography, joining a local postcard



    FootstePs
                                                    company in 1905, a trade he would later fall back on.
                                                         Hurley joined the 1911 australasian antarctic expedition of douglas
                                                    Mawson as photographer and upon his return in 1914 set out again
                                                    with ernest shackleton on his now-legendary imperial trans-antarctic
                                                    expedition that became marooned in the ice of the Weddel sea. When the
    two australian pioneers of travel               survivors finally abandoned ship, Hurley fought with shackleton to retain
    photography and film continue to inspire        his precious glass plate negatives, arguing that they would be needed to
                                                    tell the story – should they survive or not. His famous documentary film
    artists and travellers today with their         south is the result.
    adventures and exploration of previously             Hurley was a showman who made full use of the available technology
    un-documented territories.                      and travelled widely to exhibit his films. some of his methods were
                                                    controversial, but nevertheless, he received critical acclaim and commercial
                                                    success for his adventurous exploits, including the sensational Pearls and

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savages filmed during his two extensive trips into Papua new Guinea in             CLOCKWise FrOM
primitive floatplanes between 1920 and 1923.                                             ABOve: Frank
     Hurley clashed with the new wave of daring filmmakers who saw him as       Hurley’s famous photo
old-fashioned and eccentric, but he continued to produce everything from         of ernest shackleton
government documentaries to landscapes. a self-styled loner, he retained the         setting out from
title of Captain to enhance his profile until he died in sydney in 1962.          elephant island; the
                                                                                          man himself;
                                                                                         Frank Hurley;
sir George Hubert Wilkins MC (and Bar)                                                       a Wilkins’
Born near adelaide in 1888, George Hubert Wilkins was the youngest of                      photograph.
a large pioneering rural family and, disheartened by the harsh farm life,
set out for sydney, then england, to find his fortune. By 1912, he was on the
front line, filming the Balkan War.
    From that moment on, Wilkins’ life was one of almost non-stop
adventure, exploration and discovery. after returning from a controversial
arctic expedition, he worked under Hurley in the trenches of World
War i, often photographing forward of enemy lines and having many
narrow escapes. australian Commander General sir John Monash described
him as the bravest man he had ever seen. Wilkins was awarded the Military
Cross and Bar.
    Wilkins returned to exploration and aviation, making numerous daring
and groundbreaking flights at both ends of the earth. He also spent
many months living with un-contacted tribes of aborigines while under
assignment from the British Museum. For this and his other work, he was
knighted by King George V in 1928.
    His collaboration with media magnate randolph Hearst led him to travel
around the world on the German airship Graf Zeppelin, attempt to take an
old Us submarine under the ice to the north Pole and make yet more trips
to the antarctic with his friend and benefactor, lincoln ellsworth.
    a man of enormous integrity and honour, Wilkins’ lack of fame was
described by one contemporary as a result of “his aggressive modesty”.
He died quietly and suddenly of heart failure in his hotel room in 1958
and his ashes were scattered at the north Pole by Us submariners as a
mark of respect.

    tips: Aurora expeditions, Quark and Hapag-Lloyd are famous for
    enriching historical cruises.


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           AdVEnTUrE CrUiSing: first-tiMers




Siberia




                                                                  n	 A small-ship adventure or expedition cruise is not a regular cruise.




                 My first
                                                                     Schedules can and often do change from day to day depending
                                                                     on weather and opportunities. You need to be a ‘go with the flow’
                                                                     sort of person with a natural curiosity about the world.
                                                                  n	 The standard advice is to choose a destination first, then select
                                                                     a ship that suits your taste and budget. Are you used to the finer



               adventure
                                                                     things like hotel-style cabins and silver service? Or are you happy
                                                                     as long as the bed is comfortable and clean and there’s plenty of
                                                                     food? Ask your travel agent lots of questions.
                                                                  n	 Once you’ve made your choice, pay attention to the suggested
                                                                     packing list. This has been refined after a lot of experience.
                    Going on your first expedition cruise need       For example, are gumboots and parka supplied? Take lots of UV
                       not be a daunting affair. Here’s a quick      protection, especially for the tropics: wide-brim hat, sunscreen,
                                                                     long sleeves and deck shoes.
                               checklist of things to consider.   n	 Choose camera equipment and accessories carefully. The new wave
                                                                     of compact digital cameras are very versatile, but often fragile and
                                                                     moisture sensitive. Even if you don’t intend to dive or snorkel,
                                                                     a waterproof housing or splash-resistant camera is sensible.
                                                                  n	 Small-ship travellers are often passionate or even expert about
                                                                     their destinations. Swot up on your destination’s history, ecology
                                                                     and culture so you can join the lively conversation and ask plenty
                                                                     of informed questions.

                                                                      Tip: Check with your doctor for any immunisations you might
                                                                      need before your trip or any medication you can take to help
                                                                      with potential tummy bugs and infections.


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your adventure starts here
Whether you’ve always dreamed of getting to the heart of Antarctica on an icebreaker or scuba-diving
off a remote Fijian island is more your style, expedition and adventure companies will satisfy your
desire for small-ship cruising. There is more choice of ships, destinations, itineraries and excursions
than ever before and the second annual Cruise Passenger Adventure Cruise Guide offers a collection
of experts who are dedicated to finding the right cruise for you. Dive right in!




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Adventure WOrLd
explore undiscovered waters with Adventure World’s top 10
cruise recommendations.


                                                                                                              Meet the inhabitants
Cruising opens up a world of possibilities, beyond        Montenegrin shoreline with its historical           of the Galapagos Islands
the traditional big ship ocean liners. if the casual      coastal towns, idyllic islands and stunning
nature of small-ship cruising to adventurous              natural beauty.
destinations appeals to you then let Adventure
World open your eyes to a range of unique              Asia
cruising options:                                      8. China’s Yangtze river is a must-see. the world’s
                                                           third-largest river has a wealth of cultural
South America                                              relics and ancient temples best viewed from the
1. discover the Amazon river onboard Mv                    comfort of a cruise ship.
   desafio. this three-masted sailing ship offers       9. Journey through the heart of indochina
   a fascinating cruise through the world’s last           from saigon to siem reap with one of our
   unexplored frontiers and evens allows you time          seven-night luxury Pandaw ships. these
   for some piranha fishing.                                replica colonial river steamers are small
2. the galapagos islands offer dramatic landscapes         enough to access the most remotes areas
   and ancient wildlife, located off the coast of          of the Mekong. A true adventure with
   ecuador. Mv santa Cruise is a must-do in                extraordinary levels of service.
   south America; with naturalist guides on board      10. step aboard a Kettuvallam houseboat as it
   you will gain an in-depth knowledge to these            meanders through the backwaters of Kerala
   historic islands.                                       in southern india. it is like stepping back in
3. gaze at massive icebergs around the Antarctic           history as these boats have been plying the
   Peninsula with g.A.P Adventures, offering over          inland waterways for centuries.
   10 great value Antarctic expeditions varying
   from 11 to 27 days on board the recently
   refurbished Ms expedition.

Alaska
4. see the real Alaska, cruising by small ship.
   Alaska, as it should be seen, is cruising
   through fjords, sailing so close to glaciers
   you can almost touch them. Cruise West
   has more than 60 years’ experience in
   providing the intimate, casual and personal
   experience.

Mediterranean and Egypt
5. Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie
   as you cruise along the nile river in luxury
   on board Oberoi Philae. this deluxe cruise
   offers comfort with the turn-of-the-century
   charm and is an idyllic way to discover the
   nile’s rich history.
6. greece offers a wonderful balance between
   conventional cruising and private yachting.
   Adventure World has a complete range to suit
   any style and budget.                                                                              An unforgettable journey through Alaska’s Inside Passage
7. explore the crystal-blue seas of the Adriatic
   sea by taking a relaxing vintage sailing
   ship along the dramatic Croatian and
                                                        Contact Adventure World on: 1300 363 055 www.adventureworld.com.au

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Up-close-and-personal experience                                     Adventure Cruising




Romantic experience through the backwaters of Kerala

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ALAsKA BOund
Unlock your cruise dreams in the last frontier and experience Alaska
on an intimate, small ship cruise.

Alaska Bound invites you on an up-close                   most discerning guest. Most vessels have inflatable
adventure into Alaska’s hidden waterways and              landing boats for up-close exploration of remote
wilderness only accessible on small ship cruises.         areas and shore landings.
in the company of like-minded travellers, you will            American Safari Cruises offer a new small
experience unique insights into the environment           ship yacht cruising experience in Alaska. Combining
and wildlife with trained naturalists. this is a cruise   elegant luxury yacht cruising in the pursuit of
where flexibility allows the captain to stop and let       adventure on vessels with only 12 or 36 passengers.
you view a pod of breaching whales just off the           superior staterooms, and exceptional service and
bow, unconstrained by schedule, bringing your             cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere where experiencing
lifetime dream of Alaska’s inside Passage to life.        Alaska’s true culture, wilderness and wildlife are a
     Choose from two small ship cruise experiences.       top priority. Charters are available for the perfect
     Cruise West’s fleet of 10 smaller ships carry         getaway for an extended family holiday.
only between 78 to 138 guests and have a relaxed              American safari Cruises’ all inclusive journey
style on board encouraging an easy interaction            is a handcrafted cruise experience, where your
between guests and crew. travel away from crowds          next stop is determined not by schedule but by
to the grandness of hidden fjords, secret coves,          wildlife and engaging opportunities with locals in                         Crossing the Gulf of Alaska
native villages and enchanting ports. the experience      small port communities. Luxury, onboard features
is designed to personally enrich with onboard             include an on-deck hot tub and exercise equipment,
naturalists and special local guests. An extensive
range of Alaska itineraries is available to suit the
                                                          first-class dining and wine, library, and an onboard
                                                          masseuse to help you relax.
                                                                                                                  FACT FILE
                                                                                                                  CRUISE LINE: Cruise West &
                                                                                                                  American Safari Cruises (ASC)
                                                                                                                  VESSELS: 10 Cruise West vessels &
                                                                                                                  ASC Safari Explorer, Safari Spirit
                                                                                                                  MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                                  Cruise West vessels 78-138 &
                                                                                                                  Safari Explorer: 36; Safari Spirit: 12;
                                                                                                                  TOTAL CREW: Safari Explorer: 16;
                                                                                                                  Safari Spirit: 6
                                                                                                                  MONTHS OF OPERATION: Alaska season:
                                                                                                                  May to September
                                                                                                                  SUITABLE FOR: All ages
                                                                                                                  OTHER ACTIVITIES: Both lines: Inflatable
                                                                                                                  craft, kayaks, all shore excursions included,
                                                                                                                  naturalist guides.
                                                                                                                  OTHER FACILITIES: American Safari
                                                                                                                  Cruises have all stateroom cabins with
                                                                                                                  private luxury facilities including TV/DVD,
                                                                                                                  on-deck hot tub, fitness facilities, wine
                                                                                                                  library, fine dining.
                                                                                                                  CONTACT: Cruise West & American Safari
                                                                                                                  Cruise preferred agents
                                                                                                                  VIC: Adventure Travel Company
                                                                                                                  1800 238 368
                                                                                                                  NSW: Cruiseabout Turramurra 1800 288 266
                                                                                                                  QLD: Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888
                                                                                                                  Alaska Bound 1300 650 481
                                                                          Spirit of Columbia in Glacier Bay       www.alaskabound.com.au


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Kayaking in Icy Straits                                    Adventure Cruising




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AurOrA eXPeditiOns
explore the world’s wildest and most remote destinations with Australia’s
original expedition cruise company.

Aurora expeditions is one of the world’s most               High Arctic: see first-hand the iconic symbols   Playing in the pack-ice of the High Arctic
experienced expedition cruising companies. Aurora      of the Arctic – polar bears, musk oxen, inuit
aims to take adventurous souls to regions that         villages, explorers’ camps, spectacular fjords and
inspire them and create lifelong ambassadors for       so much more aboard the 54-passenger, expedition
the preservation and protection of these places.       ship Polar Pioneer.
    under the guidance of experienced leaders               Antarctica: Boasting 19 years’ experience
who have a great respect for natural and cultural      taking people to Antarctica, Aurora expeditions
environments, Aurora expeditions continues to          encourages you to step outside your comfort zone
approach expedition travel as a catalyst for making    and rekindle an excitement for life. small groups
a difference in one’s life, and in the world. Aurora   allow you the maximum time ashore and with
limits the number of voyages and travellers it takes   plans to make two to three landings per day.
to the world’s remote destinations and believes             Papua new guinea: under the guidance of
that the lasting impact should be on the traveller     experienced leaders who have a great respect
– not the environment.                                 and knowledge of the natural and cultural
    russian Far east: taking in the unexplored         environments, these voyages showcase the
realms of the Kuril islands, Kamchatka, the Bering     country’s natural diversity.
strait and Wrangel island, these expeditions reveal         Kimberley Coast: departing from Broome,
a land of fire-spitting volcanoes cloaked in ice,       you have the opportunity to explore an
valleys full of ancient reindeer herders and brown     intricate maze of coral reefs, rocky islands and
bears, and coastlines alive with sea lions, otters     mangrove-fringed rivers in one of the most
and birds.                                             exotic wilderness areas.
                                                                                                              FACt FiLe
                                                                                                              LINE: Aurora expeditions
                                                                                                              VESSELS: Marina svetaeva, Polar Pioneer
                                                                                                              STAR RATING: 3 star
                                                                                                              TONNAGE: Marina svetaeva: 4,575;
                                                                                                              Polar Pioneer: 2,140
                                                                                                              MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                              Marina svetaeva: 100; Polar Pioneer: 54
                                                                                                              TOTAL CREW: Marina svetaeva: 41;
                                                                                                              Polar Pioneer: 22
                                                                                                              ENTERED SERVICE: Marina svetaeva –
                                                                                                              1989, Polar Pioneer – 1985
                                                                                                              MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                              OTHER FACILITIES: Comfortable and
                                                                                                              spacious private and shared cabins, large
                                                                                                              viewing deck and an open bridge – vessels
                                                                                                              are equipped with Zodiacs and, in some
                                                                                                              destinations, helicopters
                                                                                                              SUITABLE FOR: Anyone with a sense of
                                                                                                              adventure who is mobile enough to get
                                                                                                              up and down a set of stairs
                                                                                                              REGIONS OPERATE IN: russian Far east,
                                                                                                              Papua new guinea, Kimberley Coast, High
                                                                                                              Arctic and Antarctica
                                                                                                              CONTACT: 1800 637 688 free call
                                                                                                              within Australia, email auroraex@
                                                                                                              auroraexpeditions.com.au or visit
  Surreal kayaking among Antarctic ice and wildlife                                                           www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

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Orcas hunt in the ice-choked waters of the Ross Sea beneath Mt Erebus                                 Adventure Cruising




Walking below Fussa volcano in the Kuril Islands, Russian Far East      A warm Papua New Guinean welcome




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BLue LAgOOn Cruises
Discover a little more culture and history in Fiji with Blue Lagoon Cruises.
Historical and cultural dateline cruises are a fascinating way to experience
the diversity of the Pacific.
departing the Fijian cruise company’s home port        outrigger canoes to ferry passengers ashore for
of Lautoka on May 18, August 17 and november           a traditional welcome.
9, the cruises offer a unique opportunity to see           the cruise also includes a walking tour of
the largely uncharted and seldom-visited reaches       Levuka and a guided tour of taveuni, including the
comprising Fiji’s remote north-eastern tip.            Bouma eco Park and waterfall.
    Blue Lagoon Cruises’ 60-metre flagship Mv Fiji          Blue Lagoon Cruises will again offer ‘early bird’
Princess is in fact one of the very few commercial     rates on the three remaining Historical & Cultural
vessels to have visited the region in recent years.    dateline Cruises it has scheduled for 2009.
    the seven-day itinerary includes Kioa island,          Prices for the cruises start from Aud3089 per
home to some 300 Polynesian elice islanders            person twin share.
who migrated into the region in the 1940s.                 However, all bookings for any of the three
    the cruise will also visit the 4,000 Micronesian   departures received prior to May 17, 2009 will
Banabans who have inhabited rabi island since 1946.    qualify for the 30 per cent discount – a saving
    A highlight of the cruise is a greeting by         of $927 per person.
Kioa islanders, resplendent in traditional war             For more information please visit
dress, paddling out to Mv Fiji Princess in             www.bluelagooncruises.com




                                                                                                               FACt FiLe
                                                                                                               LINE: Blue Lagoon Cruises
                                                                                                               VESSELS: Mv Mystique Princess,
                                                                                                               Mv Fiji Princess
                                                                                                               STAR RATING: 4 star
                                                                                                               TONNAGE: Mv Mystique Princess:
                                                                                                               1,533 tons; Mv Fiji Princess: 1,228 tons
                                                                                                               MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                               Mv Mystique Princess: 72;
                                                                                                               Mv Fiji Princess: 70
                                                                                                               TOTAL CREW: 26
                                                                                                               ENTERED SERVICE: Mv Mystique Princess:
                                                                                                               1996, Mv Fiji Princess: 2004
                                                                                                               MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                               OTHER FACILITIES: Pool, laundry, spa, bars
                                                                                                               SUITABLE FOR: Adventure, history and
                                                                                                               culture cruising
                                                                                                               REGIONS OPERATE IN: Fiji – Yasawa and
                                                                                                               northern Fijian islands
                                                                                                               CONTACT: For cruise reservations telephone
                                                                                                               Blue Lagoon Cruises in Lautoka, Fiji, on
                                                                                                               +679 666 1622, facsimile +679 666 4098
                                                                                                               or via email on reservations@blc.com.fj

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CANNON CHARTERS
Leave civilisation behind and join the Cannon Charters team on
a thrilling fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Award-winning Cannon Charters specialises in           sunsets. A maximum of eight guests with a crew           Heading back from a day of scenic fishing
extended mothership fishing adventures around the       of six ensures your every need is catered to.
spectacular coast of Australia’s Top End and has won   All meals on board are included and prepared
the Northern Territory Brolga Award for Excellence     by our chef.
in 2007 and 2008.                                          You will spend your days casting for an impressive
    Trips to Bathurst Island, the West Coast and       array of species, including barramundi, threadfin, blue
the Kimberley Region combine fantastic fishing          salmon, jewfish, trevally, golden snapper, mangrove
opportunities with amazing scenery few people get      jack, queenfish, fingermark and more. The native
to experience, as these remote locations are mostly    flora and fauna is abundant making for wonderful
only accessible by boat.                               photo opportunities. The fishing equipment supplied
    MV Cannon was purpose built with ensuite cabins,   includes four 4.65-metre Quintrex sportfishing boats,
air-conditioning and a fantastic deck for relaxing     GPS, colour depth sounders, plotters, and Shimano
at the end of the day and watching the spectacular     and Loomis fishing tackle.


 MV Cannon




 Catch and release
                                                                                                                  FACT FILE
                                                                                                                  COMPANY: Cannon Charters
                                                                                                                  VESSELS: MV Cannon
                                                                                                                  TOTAL CREW: 6 (captain, chef and 4
                                                                                                                  professional guides)
                                                                                                                  ENTERED SERVICE: 2003
                                                                                                                  MONTHS OF OPERATION: March to
                                                                                                                  December
                                                                                                                  SUITABLE FOR: Fishing and adventure
                                                                                                                  lovers, small groups, couples, corporate.
                                                                                                                  REGIONS OPERATE IN: Northern Territory
                                                                                                                  and the Kimberley
                                                                                                                  CONTACT: Toll Free 1 300 661 216
                                                                                                                  email mvcannon@cannoncharters.com.au
                                                        Catch and release                                         www.cannoncharters.com.au


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SAILING SAFARIS
Experience the spirit of a sailing safari in Fiji on board
Captain Cook Cruises.

Rediscover adventure while discovering the beauty       environment and maintain an authentic Fijian
of Fiji’s Mamanuca and Southern Yasawa Islands          experience. The island itself offers guests their
with Captain Cook Cruises’ three- and four-night        own slice of private paradise – sunset swims,
Sailing Safaris onboard Spirit of the Pacific, a 108-    snorkelling over stunning coral gardens off the
foot topsail schooner.                                  beach, swimming with the local manta rays, night-
     Experience a new adventure every day – swim,       fishing tours, kayaking around the island or lazing
snorkel, trek overland, visit islands and traditional   between the hammock and lagoon. Nightly Fijian
villages, go fishing, laze on deck or gain a few tips    ‘lovo’ feasts and entertainment are also part of the
on tall-ship sailing.                                   island fun.
     Each evening guests return to the tropical             Accommodation features twin-share
base camp, Barefoot Lodge, on the beautiful and         waterfront bures built and thatched in traditional
secluded Drawaqa Island, for an authentic Fijian        style by local villagers.
overnight stay.                                             Sailing Safaris depart from Denarau Marina
     The lodge has a low-impact policy so, where        Nadi at 9am on Monday (three-day/two-night) and
possible, its aim is to preserve the natural            Thursday (four-day/three-night).




                                                                                                               Snorkelling off Drawaqa Island


                                                                                                                 FACT FILE
                                                                                                                 LINE: Captain Cook Cruises
                                                                                                                 VESSELS: SV Spirit of the Pacific
                                                                                                                 TONNAGE: 99
                                                                                                                 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 44
                                                                                                                 TOTAL CREW: 14
                                                                                                                 ENTERED SERVICE: 1997 in Fiji
                                                                                                                 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                                 SUITABLE FOR: All (min age 12 years)
                                                                                                                 REGIONS OPERATE IN: Fiji Yasawa Islands
                                                                                                                 CONTACT: Aust +61 2 9206 1111;
                                                                                                                 Fiji +679 670 1823


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COrAL PrinCess Cruises
Visit Australia and the South Pacific with the Australian-owned pioneers
of luxury small-ship cruising.

Having pioneered the concept of luxury small-           naturalists and experts who interpret the natural,
ship cruising on the great Barrier reef and along       cultural and historical highlights of the region. in
Western Australia’s spectacular Kimberley Coast,        true expedition style, itineraries may vary to take
multi-award-winning Coral Princess Cruises              maximum advantage of opportunities to visit local
continues to deliver innovative itineraries in          villages and attractions.
Australia and the south Pacific’s most exotic                 Coral Princess Cruises is currently sailing
cruising destinations. After commencing operations      to emerging destinations such as Papua new
on the great Barrier reef this proudly Australian,      guinea and the Melanesian archipelagos of the
family-owned company has forged a reputation as         solomon islands, vanuatu and new Caledonia. new
one of the world’s leading small-ship cruise lines.     Zealand’s stunning northern coastline and Bay
    Coral Princess Cruises operates a fleet of three     of islands feature in a summer cruising schedule
ecotourism-accredited, state-of-the-art small           each year. Closer to home, the company is the
ships, Coral Princess, Coral Princess ii and the        pioneer and acknowledged leader in Kimberley
63-metre flagship Oceanic discoverer. each ship is       cruising, introducing guests to the rugged scenery
designed to provide all the comfort and facilities      and ancient landscapes of Australia’s last great
of larger cruise ships, yet small enough to enable      frontier. An unforgettable 11-night ‘Across the
access to reef and island sites inaccessible to other   top of Australia’ itinerary takes in the tiwi islands,
vessels. Cruising with a unique, purpose-built          Arnhem Land, Cape York and the great Barrier
excursion vessel Xplorer – providing unrivalled         reef. Back where it all began, year-round three-,
comfort on expedition excursions – a fleet of            four- and seven-night cruises introduce the very
inflatable Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat, guests       best of the great Barrier reef and tropical islands
can intimately explore the regions, guided by           in total comfort and unmatched style.

                                                                                                                 Coral Princess at one of our
                                                                                                                 exclusive Great Barrier Reef moorings


                                                                                                                  FACT FILE
                                                                                                                  COMPANY: Coral Princess Cruises
                                                                                                                  LINE: Coral Princess Cruises
                                                                                                                  VESSELS: Oceanic Discoverer, Coral
                                                                                                                  Princess, Coral Princess II
                                                                                                                  TONNAGE: Oceanic Discoverer: 1,800t;
                                                                                                                  Coral Princess: 780t; Coral Princess II: 780t
                                                                                                                  MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                                  Oceanic Discoverer: 72; Coral Princess: 50;
                                                                                                                  Coral Princess II: 44
                                                                                                                  TOTAL CREW: Oceanic Discoverer: up to
                                                                                                                  25; Coral Princess: 12; Coral Princess II:12
                                                                                                                  OTHER FACILITIES: Sundeck and spa
                                                                                                                  pool, dining room, 2 cocktail bars, lounge,
                                                                                                                  reference library, gift shop, open bridge,
                                                                                                                  dive shop (selected itineraries)
                                                                                                                  CONTACT: For more information
                                                                                                                  freecall 1800 079 545
                                                                                                                  Visit www.coralprincess.com.au or
                                                                                                                  email cruise@coralprincess.com.au
  Oceanic Discoverer at Raft Point in the Kimberley                                                               Or see your travel agent.


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Oceanic Discoverer and Xplorer at a remote beach in Papua New Guinea


                                                                                           Meeting the locals in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea




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THE GREAT ESCAPE
Experience your luxury wilderness adventure in the Kimberley with The Great
Escape Charter Company.

A little over two thousand kilometres north              with a choice of eco-based expeditions such as
of Perth, Western Australia, lies the largely            bush walking, fishing, mud crabbing and viewing
undiscovered, ancient Kimberley coast and pristine       magnificent waterfalls but they also indulge
Rowley Shoals. As one of the original Kimberley          passengers with five-star cuisine using fresh
cruise operators, The Great Escape Charter               Kimberley flavours.
Company explores both of these remote, isolated              The underwater jewel of the Kimberley is the
and truly awesome destinations in Australia’s            Rowley Shoals. Divers and snorkellers can swim in
North West, guaranteed to quench the thirst of the       pristine tropical waters amongst giant clams, huge
most discerning adventurer.                              potato cod, shy hammerheads and sail fish.
    MV Great Escape was custom-built to explore              All seven executive staterooms feature well-
the Kimberley waters, offering a diverse range of        appointed ensuites and the foredeck spa takes the
four-, seven- or 13-night itineraries for a privileged   heat out of the day. New for 2009, MV Great Escape
14 passengers. Referred to as a ‘once in a lifetime’     now boasts an onboard chopper to give guests the
experience, these cruises not only present guests        option of thrilling scenic heli-flights.


  Great Escape




                                                                                                                FACT FILE
                                                                                                                LINE: The Great Escape Charter Company
                                                                                                                VESSELS: MV Great Escape
                                                                                                                MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 14
                                                                                                                TOTAL CREW: 5
                                                                                                                ENTERED SERVICE: 2006
                                                                                                                MONTHS OF OPERATION: March
                                                                                                                to December
                                                                                                                OTHER FACILITIES: Air-conditioning and
                                                                                                                individually climate-controlled cabins;
                                                                                                                ensuite; flat-screen television, DVD player
                                                                                                                and bar fridge in each cabins. Large lounge
                                                                                                                area with full entertainment system;
                                                                                                                dedicated dining room; spa on front deck;
                                                                                                                onboard washing machine and dryer;
                                                                                                                onboard helicopter (new for 2009).
                                                                                                                SUITABLE FOR: Activity-based, expedition
                                                                                                                Kimberley cruises and dive charters as well
                                                                                                                as exclusive charters
                                                                                                                REGIONS OPERATE IN: Kimberley /
                                                                                                                Rowley Shoals
                                                                                                                CONTACT: Liz Hatherley:
                                                                                                                +61 8 9193 5983 or 0400 994 776



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g.A.P Adventures
Antarctica, the Arctic, galapagos islands – experience these amazing
destinations and many more with g.A.P Adventures.

g.A.P Adventures invites you to experience some         travels north to the Arctic – the realm of the polar   Balconies on Superior Galapagos vessel
of the world’s most breathtaking destinations           bear. Highlights include ice-covered fjords with
aboard two brand new vessels – Ms expedition            breathtaking mountain scenery, and spending time
and g.A.P Adventurer vi.                                searching for polar bears, seals and reindeer.
    Antarctica: Aboard g.A.P Adventures’                     Galapagos Islands: Cruise the galapagos in
thoroughly refitted vessel, Ms expedition, travellers    style aboard g.A.P Adventurer vi, the newest and
will enjoy outstanding facilities while exploring the   most comfortable in g.A.P Adventures’ fleet of
world’s last great wilderness. Antarctica has some      six galapagos vessels. Amenities such as hydro-
of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring       massage spa, dining room, bar, and private ensuite
scenery, which travellers will encounter during         facilities, offer a superior level of comfort and
twice-daily Zodiac excursions (weather permitting).     a little added luxury for those travelling to this
Keep an eye out for gentoo, chinstrap and adelie        fascinating region.
penguins, leopard seals and orca, humpback and               shore excursions allow travellers to search
minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.              for marine iguanas, masked and blue-footed
    travellers’ experiences will also be enhanced       boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and, of course,
by g.A.P’s 10-member expedition team, which             giant land tortoises.
includes experts in marine and avian biology,                impact on the environment is minimised by
history and geology.                                    a maximum group size of 16 travellers. to enhance
    g.A.P Adventures’ 20-day ‘spirit of shackleton’     wildlife experiences, all trips are accompanied by
journey also visits south georgia and the Falkland      a Level iii bilingual naturalist guide certified by
islands, major highlights of which include
king penguins and the history of shackleton’s
                                                        the galapagos national Park Authority.
                                                             Other interesting g.A.P marine adventures          FACt FiLe
remarkable journey.                                     include Brazil tall ship sailing, Amazon adventure      LINE: g.A.P Adventures
    Arctic: From May to september, Ms expedition        cruising and Maldives dhoni sailing.                    VESSELS: Ms expedition,
                                                                                                                g.A.P Adventurer vi
                                                                                                                MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                                Ms expedition: 120; g.A.P Adventurer vi: 16
                                                                                                                ENTERED SERVICE:
                                                                                                                MS Expedition: fully refurbished 2008/09;
                                                                                                                G.A.P Adventurer VI: 2008
                                                                                                                MONTHS OF OPERATION: Ms expedition:
                                                                                                                november to March in the Antarctic, June
                                                                                                                to september in the Arctic;
                                                                                                                g.A.P Adventurer vi: year round
                                                                                                                OTHER FACILITIES: Ms expedition:
                                                                                                                360° observation deck, fitness centre/sauna,
                                                                                                                expedition lounge, library, pub, medical
                                                                                                                clinic, gift shop, large aft deck with BBQ,
                                                                                                                Zodiacs, 10-person expedition team;
                                                                                                                g.A.P Adventurer VI : hydro-massage spa,
                                                                                                                spacious outside decks for relaxing, dining
                                                                                                                room, bar, Level iii bilingual naturalist guide,
                                                                                                                Cruise director
                                                                                                                SUITABLE FOR: Adventure travellers
                                                                                                                REGIONS OPERATE IN: Ms expedition:
                                                                                                                Antarctic, Arctic, uK; g.A.P Adventurer vi :
                                                                                                                galapagos islands
                                                                                                                CONTACT: 1300 796 618 or
 Get up close to icebergs and wildlife on Zodiacs                                                               www.gapadventures.com

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King penguins, South Georgia   Wildlife watching in the Galapagos




Polar bears in the Arctic

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HAPAg-LLOYd
Go far off the beaten track – in complete comfort.

encounter exotic, fascinating worlds where you      rating. Ms Hanseatic is the only expedition ship
can ask a thousand questions but silently stand     awarded five stars. Both ships have alternatively
in awe. Welcome to our world.                       been sailing the entire north West Passage
    travelling to remote regions does not           from greenland to Alaska every year since the
mean that you have to compromise. Compare           mid-1990s and will attempt a double crossing
capabilities, comfort and costs and you may be      in August 2009.
surprised. Our two ships carry the highest ice          retrace the paths of the great explorers on
ratings for passenger ships and are equipped with   semi-circumnavigations of Antarctica, by sailing
highly effective stabilisers.                       4,900 kilometres on the Amazon from Bélem to
    All cabins afford an outside view with a        iquitos or by cruising the gambia river. explore
minimum of 18 square metres and private             exciting destinations like Kamchatka, spitsbergen,
facilities. Add gourmet food, excellent service,    Aleutians, greenland, Canadian Arctic, Micronesia,
world-class lecturers and guides plus enough        indian Ocean, Africa, the south Pacific and (almost)
Zodiacs for all passengers at the same time and     anywhere in between.
you see why Hapag-Lloyd has been setting the            We make you feel right at home in strange
standards for other cruise lines since 1849.        places so you can experience unique, fascinating
    the Berlitz Complete guide to Cruising and      journeys packed with great moments – and always
Cruise ships 2009 gives Ms Bremen a four-star       in comfort. Welcome on board.


                                                                                         Antarctica




                                                                                                             FACT FILE
                                                                                                             COMPANY: Landmark Travel
                                                                                                             LINE: Hapag-Lloyd Expedition Cruises
                                                                                                             VESSELS: MS Bremen, MS Hanseatic
                                                                                                             STAR RATING: MS Bremen: 4;
                                                                                                             MS Hanseatic: 5
                                                                                                             TONNAGE: MS Bremen: 6,752;
                                                                                                             MS Hanseatic: 8,378
                                                                                                             MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                             MS Bremen:164; MS Hanseatic: 184
                                                                                                             TOTAL CREW: MS Bremen: 94;
                                                                                                             MS Hanseatic: 122
                                                                                                             ENTERED SERVICE: MS Bremen: 1990; MS
                                                                                                             Hanseatic: 1993; both refurbished 2008
                                                                                                             MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                             OTHER FACILITIES: Pool, sauna,
                                                                                                             gym, laundry
                                                                                                             SUITABLE FOR: Singles, couples of all
                                                                                                             ages (children must be school age for
                                                                                                             remote areas)
                                                                                                             REGIONS OPERATE IN: Arctic, Antarctic,
                                                                                                             Kamchatka, Amazon and Gambia Rivers,
                                                                                                             and (almost) anywhere in between
                                                                                                             CONTACT: 1300 136 846


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                                                                        MS Hanseatic in her element




                                  Close encounters with a piranha




           Exploring the Amazon

Standard cabin on MS Hanseatic




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HeLen WOng’s tOurs
The vast Yangtze River offers the experience of a lifetime and one that
Helen Wong’s Tours and Victoria Cruises is in the best position to provide.

Construction of the massive three gorges dam           history and culture, tai Chi lessons, painting,
and the widening of the Yangtze through its rising     calligraphy sessions and demonstrations and
water level has added another dimension to the         a full range of facilities including a business
Yangtze river cruise experience. it’s estimated that   centre, bar, fitness centre and health clinic as
flooding will reach its maximum in 2009, with the       well as live entertainment.
resulting higher waters allowing vessels to reach          Passengers can choose from a nine-day
previously inaccessible parts of the river system      ‘Yangtze downstream’ cruise that includes
for exciting new sightseeing opportunities.            sightseeing excursions ashore, strolling the streets
    Meanwhile, the sheer height of the mountain        of quaint rural towns, browsing village shops,
peaks and cliffs – from several hundred to 1,000       exploring ancient temples and experiencing up
metres – through the three gorges of Qutang,           close the many points of cultural, historical and
Wu and Xiling continues to provide travellers with     commercial interest unique to the Yangtze regions.
an unforgettable cruise along one of the world’s           the ‘shanghai to shangri-la’ 22-day itinerary
greatest natural wonders.                              includes an extended cruise from shanghai to
    Helen Wong’s tours has developed a number          Chongqing, with the opportunity to see some of
of exciting and varied itineraries based around this   China’s premier sites, cities and towering scenery
mighty river. All schedules include cruising aboard    in relaxing comfort.
victoria Cruises, which offers multilingual Western        ‘splendid Yangtze’ is a 25-day tour that
cruise directors and trained local staff.              starts with cosmopolitan flair. A kaleidoscope of
    Outside cabins have picture windows, lower         beautiful gardens, waterways and scenic beauty
berths and private bathrooms. dining includes          follows as guests meet the minority nationalities
fine Chinese cuisine with Western selections.           of Yunnan and learn the historical significance of
there are onboard lectures focusing on the local       Xian and Beijing.


  The Lesser Three Gorges off the Yangtze River
                                                                                                                FACT FILE
                                                                                                                CRUISE LINE: Victoria Cruises
                                                                                                                VESSELS: 8
                                                                                                                STAR RATING: 5
                                                                                                                TONNAGE: Between 2,428-8,000
                                                                                                                MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                                Between 130-378
                                                                                                                TOTAL CREW: 180
                                                                                                                ENTERED SERVICE: From 1994-2009
                                                                                                                MONTHS OF OPERATION: March
                                                                                                                to November
                                                                                                                OTHER FACILITIES: Multi-lingual cruise
                                                                                                                directors, private balconies (most ships),
                                                                                                                fully air-conditioned, business centre,
                                                                                                                fitness area, internet access, gift shop,
                                                                                                                beauty salon
                                                                                                                SUITABLE FOR: All ages
                                                                                                                REGIONS OPERATE IN:
                                                                                                                Yangtze River, China
                                                                                                                CONTACT: Helen Wong’s Tours for Yangtze
                                                                                                                River and China Packages. 1300 788 328
                                                                                                                or www.helenwongstours.com


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HeritAge expeditions
After four years of careful planning, Heritage Expeditions ran its first
and very successful series of Russian Far East cruises in 2007.

A long association with the russian Far east and       and ‘unique’ are woefully inadequate when
chartering the russian-registered vessel prof          describing the experiences that are enjoyed on
                      nderby
Khromov (spirit of enderby) was integral to helping    these journeys.
Heritage expeditions obtain all the necessary              A maximum of 48 passengers and a choice of
permits to plan a unique series of cruises through     realistic itineraries ensure guests will spend quality
the waters around the Kuril islands, Kamchatka,        time ashore in environments of the best available
the Koryiak and Chukhotka regions.                     natural and cultural history.
    despite the fact that this region dominates the        there are a number of destinations and
north pacific, very few people in a tourist capacity   departure dates to choose from. new Zealand or
have had the opportunity to do more than visit         russian-based staff can prepare all your travel
its major cities. Because of the area’s strategic      arrangements including flights, accommodation
importance during the Cold War, it was declared a      and any pre- and post-tours. invitation letters and
‘closed area’ to Westerners for decades. even today,   expert advice on visas are also available.
some restrictions remain in place with special             Heritage expeditions is Australasia’s leading
permits required for particular places.                expedition travel organiser, with annual
    the expeditions offered by Heritage are only       expeditions to the sub-Antarctic islands of new
possible by ship. All of the itineraries combine       Zealand and Macquarie island, east Antarctica
a rich mixture of the abundant local culture.          – including Mawson’s Hut – the ross sea and
superlatives such as ‘amazing’, ‘spectacular’          Western pacific.


                                                         royal penguins at sandy bay, macquarie island




                                                                                                                  faCt fiLe
                                                                                                                  Cruise Line: Heritage Expeditions
                                                                                                                  VesseL: Spirit of Enderby
                                                                                                                  (Prof Khromov)
                                                                                                                  star rating: Not rated
                                                                                                                  tonnage: 2,183
                                                                                                                  max. passenger CapaCity: 50
                                                                                                                  entered serViCe: 1984 (refurbished
                                                                                                                  in 2004)
                                                                                                                  months of operation: November
                                                                                                                  to September
                                                                                                                  other faCiLities: Ice-strengthened ship
                                                                                                                  capable of speeds up to 12 knots. Zodiacs
                                                                                                                  and two specially designed hovercraft
                                                                                                                  suitabLe for: All adults/ages (not
                                                                                                                  recommended for children under 6)
                                                                                                                  regions operate in: Russian Far East,
                                                                                                                  Southern Ocean, Pacific Ocean
                                                                                                                  ContaCt: Toll-free Australia:
                                                                                                                  1800 143 585, +64 3 365 3500
                                                                                                                  www.heritage-expeditions.com


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   get really close to the penguins on spirit of enderby




     a pod of walrus viewed from the spirit of enderby




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isLAnd esCAPe Cruises
Escape to the islands of Vanuatu, and experience the region’s picture-
postcard scenery, traditions and wildlife in the lap of luxury.

vanuatu is a group of some 83 islands scattered         accommodation, all onboard chef-prepared
over a beautiful corner of the south Pacific            meals, wine with dinner, juices, water, exclusive
Ocean. Land-diving on Pentecost, the mystique           shore excursions, snorkel equipment, kayaks and
of Ambryn, santo’s glorious beaches, shipwrecks,        small-boat exploration, onboard expedition leader,
jungle, traditional villages … the magical islands of   fishing equipment and guides. A full bar service is
vanuatu have it all.                                    available onboard.
    island escape Cruises offers first-class                     sland
                                                            the island Passage has accommodation for
excursions led by expert guides who travel              just 22 guests. the 10 spacious ensuite cabins are
with you to uncover the mysteries of the                fitted with dvd, audio, tv and air-conditioning
region’s wildlife with guided walks, kayaking,          and most open to the outer deck.
fishing, small-boat exploration and island tours.           We operate in the dry season, from early May
Or you may choose to relax with a good book             through to early October. daily temperatures
from the library or laze on a steamer chair in          average about 25ºC–28ºC (77ºF-82ºF.
the sun. You decide...                                      We offer two individual five-night cruises that
    island escape Cruises includes luxury               can be combined into a 10-night cruise.


    Snorkelling off the side deck                                                                              FACt FiLe
                                                                                                               Company: island escape
                                                                                                               Line: island Passage Cruises
                                                                                                               VeSSeL: the island Passage
                                                                                                               Star rating: 4
                                                                                                               tonnage: 496
                                                                                                               CruiSe type: small ship adventures
                                                                                                               maX paSSenger CapaCity: 22
                                                                                                               totaL CreW: 8
                                                                                                               montHS oF operation: May to Oct,
                                                                                                               vanuatu; nov to dec, Marlborough sounds,
                                                                                                               nZ; dec to April, Hauraki gulf, Auckland, nZ
                                                                                                               SuitaBLe For: Cruises, expeditions and
                                                                                                               Charters – all ages
                                                                                                               otHer FaCiLitieS: en-suite cabins, all
                                                                                                               cabins fitted with dvd, audio, tv and
                                                                                                               air con. Onboard chef, exclusive shore
                                                                                                               excursions, snorkel equipment, kayaks and
                                                                                                               fishing equipment.
                                                                                                               regionS operate in: vanuatu,
                                                                                                               Marlborough sounds nZ, Haruaki gulf nZ
                                                                                                               ContaCt: directions Marketing
                                                                                                               70 gooraway drive, Castle Hill,
                                                                                                               nsW 2154, Australia +61 2 894 2550,
                                                                                                               614 14 996 896
                                                                                                               email gerry.directionsmarketing
                                                                                                               @bigpond.com
                                                                                                               or island escape Cruises (vanuatu) Limited
                                                                                                               www.islandescape.co.nz



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KIMBERLEY CRUISE CENTRE
Discover the magnificent Kimberley coast with the area’s
cruise specialists.


The Kimberley Cruise Centre is the place to book      excursions. Find yourself calm-water cruising
your Kimberley cruise in north-western Australia.     through bays and tributaries and showering
Family owned and operated for more than 10            underneath waterfalls such as King Cascade or
years, we are the leading provider of Kimberley       the King George Falls. This is adventure cruising
cruises and will ensure that you are presented        at its best.
with the best available cruise options to suit your       Everyday in the Kimberley presents new
budget and needs.                                     opportunities as the area has one of the world’s
   Adventure into the heart of WA’s Kimberley         largest tidal ranges (up to 11 metres). No two
region – the set for outback scenes in Baz            cruises are exactly the same and all are fully
Luhrmann’s Australia movie. You too can               inclusive. You will be cared for by knowledgeable
experience the rugged beauty of the Kimberley         crew and a chef who is sure to tempt with a
coastline. Explore 1,000 islands, magnificent          succulent feast of the day’s catch.
gorges, amazing wildlife, huge waterfalls and             Cruise vessels include: Kimberley Quest II,
Aboriginal rock art. Most vessels have shallow        MV Great Escape, True North, MV Orion, Coral
drafts for accessing rivers and inlets. Each is       Princess, Oceanic Discoverer, Matrix and many
equipped with expedition tenders for shore            more. Have you seen the Kimberley?


  Scenic views over King George Falls




                                                                                                             FACT FILE
                                                                                                             COMPANY: Kimberley Cruise Centre
                                                                                                             VESSELS: True North, Kimberley Quest II,
                                                                                                             Matrix, MV Great Escape, Coral Princess,
                                                                                                             Oceanic Discoverer, MV Orion, Lady M,
                                                                                                             K2O, Kimberley Odyssey II, C-Quest,
                                                                                                             MV Diversity II, Aussie Warrior, Discovery
                                                                                                             One, Kimberley Explorer, MV King Tide
                                                                                                             and Utopia
                                                                                                             STAR RATING: From 2- to 5-star small-
                                                                                                             ship adventure cruises.
                                                                                                             MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 6-106 guests
                                                                                                             MONTHS OF OPERATION:
                                                                                                             March to October
                                                                                                             REGIONS OPERATE IN: The Kimberley
                                                                                                             region, north-western Australia
                                                                                                             CONTACT: Reservations or enquiries
                                                                                                             Freecall within Australia1800 677 830
                                                                                                             or +61 2 9527 3630
                                                                                                             Website www.kimberleycruises.com
                                                                                                             Email info@kimberleycruises.com


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Kimberley to oCeAn Cruises




                                                                                                                                        Authorized
Cruise into a land that time forgot.
Dive into the pristine blue of an ancient aquatic wonderland…

Welcome to Kimberley to ocean, your luxury            experience the scenery of the King george and the
Kimberley cruise specialist.                          Hunter rivers, bathe in one of the many freshwater
    located along the far north coast of Western      swimming holes while allowing the cascading
Australia lies a wilderness of extraordinary rugged   waterfalls to ease those muscles or try your luck at
beauty and adventure ready to be explored in          catching one the Kimberley’s prized barramundi.
comfort and style.                                        As a PAdi dive boat operator, K2o can
    A new generation of discerning travellers is      guarantee an unforgettable experience at the
finding that luxury small boat cruising delivers a     rowley shoals, which is widely becoming one
style of experience that is unparalleled. With mv     of the top dive locations in the world. located
K2o’s experienced crew of five and a maximum           200 nautical miles off the coast of broome,
of only 12 guests, they invite you on an intimate     this pristine marine park is simply breathtaking.
Kimberley cruise of a lifetime on board the well      there are many kinds of dives from drift, to
appointed 22-metre K2o.                               caves, to 100-metre walls. you will also have the
    itineraries range from eight-, 10- or 14-day      opportunity to explore the shoals by torchlight
Kimberley expeditions, fishing safaris, rowley         in search of the illusive mandarin fish, which
shoals dive discovery adventures and include          has recently been spotted at one of our secret
destinations known only to our team.                  locations inside one of the lagoons. Whether you
    Feel the power of the Kimberley tides at the      are an experienced diver or just looking for a
Horizontal Falls in one of our three expedition       relaxing break close to nature, the rowley shoals
tenders, cruise up the mirror-still berkeley river,   is an experience not to be missed.




                                                                                                              FACT FILE
                                                                                                              COMPANY: K2O – Kimberley To Ocean
                                                                                                              VESSELS: MV K2O including 3 expedition
                                                                                                              tenders
                                                                                                              TONNAGE: 60
                                                                                                              MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 12
                                                                                                              TOTAL CREW: 5
                                                                                                              ENTERED SERVICE: 2005
                                                                                                              MONTHS OF OPERATION: March to
                                                                                                              November
                                                                                                              OTHER FACILITIES: Scenic helicopter and
                                                                                                              light aircraft flights
                                                                                                              SUITABLE FOR: Singles, couples or
                                                                                                              exclusive charter groups
                                                                                                              REGIONS OPERATE IN: Australia’s north-
                                                                                                              west – Kimberley Coast and Rowley Shoals
                                                                                                              CONTACT: Rachel Smith – Cruise
                                                                                                              Coordinator 1800 210 318
                                                                                                              cruise@kimberleycruise.com.au
  MV K2O guests at King Cascades                                                                              www.kimberleycruise.com.au

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                                                                         King Cascades after the Kimberley ‘Wet’


MV K2O cruising the King George River




                                        Divers resurfacing at the Rowley Shoals



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INTIMATE CRUISING
Be pampered while you adventure along the
Kimberley coast.


Matrix was designed and constructed to             to a vessel that is well-equipped and elegantly
guarantee the comfort and convenience of           appointed with all that you need.
Kimberley adventurers who enjoy a little               The chef prepares a personalised range of
pampering with their adventures. This intimate     mouth-watering meals, even the catch of the day.
catamaran was built to not only ensure your        Meanwhile, the stewardess will always be ready
absolute comfort but also to give you the full     with your favourite cocktail (or have her create
benefit of your exceptional surroundings.           one especially for you) or the best selection of
    Six- and 12-day cruises depart from Broome     Australian wines for you to enjoy at the bar –
and Wyndham and wind up and down this one-         or in the spa.
of-a-kind coastline.                                   Book Matrix for yourself and your partner to
    Daily activities such as hiking, fishing,       enjoy the company of new, like-minded couples,
admiring natural wonders and visiting areas        or book the entire vessel for you and your friends
of historical significance will leave you happily   to experience the adventure of a lifetime in the
exhausted and grateful to be able to come back     ruggedness of the Kimberley.




                                                                                                          FACT FILE
                                                                                                          LINE: Matrix Cruises
                                                                                                          VESSELS: Matrix
                                                                                                          TONNAGE: 65
                                                                                                          MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 12
                                                                                                          TOTAL CREW: 5
                                                                                                          ENTERED SERVICE: 2004
                                                                                                          OTHER FACILITIES: Ensuites in all cabins,
                                                                                                          spa, barbecue, bar, lounges
                                                                                                          SUITABLE FOR: Ideal for adventurers who
                                                                                                          like a little luxury
                                                                                                          REGIONS OPERATE IN: Kimberley
                                                                                                          CONTACT: 08 9437 1777,
                                                                                                          visit www.matrixcruises.com or
                                                                                                          email info@matrixcruises.com

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MYPLANET: HURTIGRUTEN
From spectacular fjord cruising to the Antarctic Peninsula,
Hurtigurten will take you there.

MyPlanet Australia is celebrating 30 years of       in the world, with its breathtaking scenery of
excellence in specialised cruising. Covering all    coastal fjords. This cruise departs daily from Bergen
styles and preferences for ship-based travel, we    travelling to far north Kirkenes and back south
offer cruising on vessels from small boutique       to Bergen for an 11-night voyage with a range
river boats, to expedition polar vessels. Our       of sailing vessels to choose from. The voyage takes
cruise destinations for the Northern Hemisphere     in the spectacular scenery and visits tiny settlements
include spectacular Norway, charming Sweden,        along the way – passengers enjoy a slow-paced
evocative Russia, Baltic and Eastern Europe,        voyage accompanied by an array of stimulating
icebound Greenland, and the Arctic. In the south,   cultural experiences.
our cruises include expeditions to the Antarctic,       Hurtigruten’s Antarctic vessel, MS Fram,
South Georgia and Falkland Islands with a range     provides a mid-range superior level of Antarctic
of South American land-touring options and sea      expedition cruising departing from Argentina.
adventures from Australia and New Zealand to        Crossing the Drake Passage and meandering
the sub Antarctic and Antarctic mainland.           through the channels of the Antarctic Peninsula,
    The Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage is     the voyages showcase the icy wilderness and a
our signature cruise as the most beautiful voyage   plethora of marine and bird life along the way.




                                                                                                                                                         COPYRIGHT: HURTIGRUTEN
                                                                                                             Petermann Islands


                                                                                                               FACT FILE
                                                                                                               LINE: Hurtigruten
                                                                                                               VESSELS: MS Fram
                                                                                                               STAR RATING: Superior expedition
                                                                                                               TONNAGE: 12,700
                                                                                                               MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 318
                                                                                                               TOTAL CREW: 70
                                                                                                               ENTERED SERVICE: 2007
                                                                                                               MONTHS OF OPERATION: June to
                                                                                                               September in the Arctic; November
                                                                                                               to March in the Antarctic
                                                                                                               SUITABLE FOR: Mature traveller,
                                                                                                               adventurous
                                                                                                               REGIONS OPERATE IN: Antarctica,
                                                                                                               the Arctic
                                                                                                               CONTACT: 1800 221 712 or visit
 A very common sight                                                                                           www.myplanetaustralia.com.au


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NORDIC TRAVEL
Cruise to the top of the world on a North Pole expedition cruise aboard one
of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful ships.

The world has no four corners here. The south                     stations. Tiny Arctic flowers and mosses contrast
is all around you and any wind is southern. The                   with mighty mountains and glaciers.
stars and sun never rise or set, instead they move                    The icebreaker 50 Years of Victory is one of
around you with the Earth’s rotation.                             the most powerful and sophisticated ships in the
     Enjoy a barbecue at the top of the world and,                World. Designed as a working ship for ploughing
for those who dare, take a Polar plunge as part of                Russia’s northern sea routes, it can crash
the celebrations.                                                 through the thickest and heaviest ice, combining
     En route to the geographic North Pole, you’ll come           its advanced technology while still providing
across walrus, seals and bird rookeries. Curious polar            comfortable passenger accommodation.
bears may approach the ship to examine it closely,                    For almost 30 years, Nordic Travel has been
standing on their rear paws, for a better look at you.            dedicated to showing guests the beauty, nature,
It’s a vice versa zoo, with animals studying humans.              culture and history of Scandinavia, Iceland,
     Experience sightseeing and shore landings by                 Greenland, Russia and the High Arctic.
helicopter to explore abandoned scientific research                    Join us for the adventure of a lifetime.




                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Yaroslav
                                                                                                                       Curious polar bears



                                                                                                                         FACT FILE
                                                                                                                         COMPANY: Nordic Travel
                                                                                                                         VESSELS: 50 Years of Victory
                                                                                                                         STAR RATING: Ice class LL1
                                                                                                                         TONNAGE: 25,000
                                                                                                                         MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY:
                                                                                                                         128 guests in 64 outside cabins
                                                                                                                         TOTAL CREW: 140 crew and
                                                                                                                         13 expedition staff
                                                                                                                         ENTERED SERVICE: 2007/2008
                                                                                                                         MONTHS OF OPERATION: June to August
                                                                                                                         OTHER FACILITIES: Working icebreaker
                                                                                                                         with heated salt water pool, sauna, gym,
                                                                                                                         elevator, observation areas, helicopter for
                                                                                                                         sightseeing and ice navigation – bridge is
                                                                                                                         open to guests at all times during voyage
                                                                                                                         SUITABLE FOR: Guests wanting soft
                                                                                                                         adventure to a unique destination, those
 Photo: Christine Reinke-Kunze




                                                                                                                         passionate about Polar regions and
                                                                                                                         exploration, nature enthusiasts
                                                                                                                         REGIONS OPERATE IN: North Pole,
                                                                                                                         Russian High Arctic
                                                                                                                         CONTACT: +61 2 9968 1783
                                                                                        Barbecue at the North Pole       Email info@nordictravel.com.au


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GO WILD IN STYLE!
Explore your country and its closest neighbours with
North Star Cruises.


Multi-award-winning North Star Cruises Australia         All cruises are designed to allow passengers
conducts adventure cruises all around the            the opportunity to ‘experience the destination’
Australian coastline and in the stunning waters      – daily activities include scenic walks, helicopter
of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Sea.             flights, fishing, snorkelling, culture, picnics,
    All cruises are activity based and specifically   nature, diving, exploring and much more.
designed for the most discerning adventurer.             True North features the ultimate in
Our guests consistently remark, “That’s the best     comfort and style. Cabins are spacious and
holiday I have ever had.”                            feature modern décor, large ensuites, satellite
                                                     telephones and in-cabin entertainment. Fine
Cruise options include:                              dining is also featured on board True North.
• ‘Coral Atoll’ cruises to the Rowley Shoals –           Passenger numbers are limited and a young
   the world’s last great underwater wilderness;     and enthusiastic Australian crew provides
• The ‘Kimberley Wilderness Cruise’ – a 6- or        personalised service. Multiple expedition vessels
   13-night panorama of rugged mountains,            take guests away in small groups to experience
   spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls;       wilderness up close and the luxury of numerous
• The ‘Adventures in Paradise’ cruise – an           tenders also means that everybody on board
   opportunity to explore untamed Papua New          gets to do what they want, when they want.
   Guinea in absolute comfort.                       To add yet another dimension to adventure,
                                                     True North features an onboard helicopter.




                                                                                                             FACT FILE
                                                                                                             LINE: North Star Cruises Australia
                                                                                                             VESSELS: True North
                                                                                                             TONNAGE: 750
                                                                                                             MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 36
                                                                                                             TOTAL CREW: 20
                                                                                                             ENTERED SERVICE: 2005
                                                                                                             MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                             OTHER FACILITIES: 6 expedition
                                                                                                             boats, helicopter
                                                                                                             SUITABLE FOR: Adventure cruising
                                                                                                             REGIONS OPERATE IN: West coast,
                                                                                                             Kimberley, Rowley Shoals, West Papua,
                                                                                                             Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands,
                                                                                                             Louisiades, Sydney and Adelaide.
                                                                                                             CONTACT: Peter Trembath, General
                                                                                                             Manager 08 91921 829
                                                                                                             Fax: 08 91921 830
                                                                                                             cruise@northstarcruises.com.au
                                                                                                             www.northstarcruises.com.au

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One tide CHArters
An experience that will touch your soul and awaken your senses

Join One tide Charters on a unique beach-camping          By day, you will spend your time cruising the
eco-adventure visiting remote wilderness areas of     islands and coastline, stopping off to explore,
the Kimberley’s Buccaneer Archipelago. Cruises are    swim, fish or just gaze in wonder. At night you will
an authentic Australian wilderness experience with    sleep under a million stars on either a secluded
an emphasis on physically exploring the Buccaneer     beach with a roaring fire or you can roll out your
Archipelago’s vast and rugged coastline               swag on board Kimberley explorer – the choice is
    Your vessel, Kimberley explorer, is a new,        yours. All camping gear is provided and cruises are
15-metre aluminium catamaran that has been            fully catered.
purpose built for adventure cruising around the           Highlights can include the Prince regent river,
Kimberley coast. With a cruising speed of 20 knots    sale river, Montgomery reef and the Horizontal
and long-range fuel tanks, time spent exploring the   Waterfalls, as well as ample time to incorporate land
coastline is maximised, ensuring passengers get       excursions, and time to relax on secluded beaches.
the most out of their time.                               Activities can include: fishing; swimming;
    the vessel features an air-conditioned galley;    sightseeing and exploring; mud crabbing; oystering;
male and female showers and toilets; well             beach walking; bathing in fresh water rock pools;
appointed kitchen facilities; 1,100 litres of fresh   bush and reef walking; and observing the amazing
water and desalinator, large shaded deck areas,       birdlife, wildlife and marine life of the spectacular
ample room on the fore and aft decks as well          Buccaneer Archipelago.
as the flybridge – beach camping while cruising            Beach camping cruises range from five to 12
the Kimberley coast has just become a whole lot       days. the Buccaneer Archipelago is one of those         Indigenous Rock Art
more appealing.                                       magical places that will stay with you forever.


                                                                                                               FACT FILE
                                                                                                               COMPANY: One Tide Charters
                                                                                                               VESSELS: Kimberley Explorer is a
                                                                                                               purpose built 15-metre aluminium
                                                                                                               catamaran
                                                                                                               TONNAGE: 20 tonne
                                                                                                               MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 12
                                                                                                               TOTAL CREW: 3
                                                                                                               MONTHS OF OPERATION: April to
                                                                                                               October
                                                                                                               OTHER FACILITIES: Male and female
                                                                                                               showers and toilets, 1,100 freshwater
                                                                                                               and desalinator, air-conditioned galley,
                                                                                                               large shaded deck areas, berthing
                                                                                                               capacity for 8 passengers.
                                                                                                               SUITABLE FOR: Travellers who still have
                                                                                                               a spark in their lives and a sense of
                                                                                                               adventure. A reasonable level of fitness
                                                                                                               is required.
                                                                                                               REGIONS OPERATE IN: Kimberley
                                                                                                               Region of Western Australia
                                                                                                               CONTACT: One Tide Charters +61 (0)8
                                                                                                               9193 1358 onetide@wn.com.au
 Spectacular views of King Cascade Falls                                                                       www.onetide.com


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Camp Creek camp site




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OPAL sHeLL
YACHt CHArters
Have a real Kimberley Adventure on an intimate yacht.

An Opal shell Kimberley coast cruise is all about you   the modern amenities provide for your safety,
and your special holiday. tell us where and when        comfort and enjoyment.
you want to discover the magic and mysteries of the         Low guest numbers ensures personalised
Kimberley by choosing from our selection of cruises     service and a very exclusive experience in this
or creating your own private charter.                   magnificent wilderness – only eight people or less
    Opal shell cruises are designed for a relaxing      to share the natural swimming pools, rock art sites,
‘great outdoors’ holiday where you can become a         beaches and Opal shell’s own special fishing places.
part of this ancient land and absorb all its beauty.    On an Opal shell cruise you will spend quality time
Activities are tailored for all ages and levels of      exploring deep into the heart of the Kimberley.
fitness and guests are encouraged to participate             Your hosts, ron and Barbara Chester, are both
in dinghy excursions and bush walks. All cruises        pioneers of the coast and passionate about ‘their’
are professionally crewed so sailing or boating         Kimberley. Knowledgeable in local and maritime
experience is not required.                             history, flora, fauna and great rock art enthusiasts,
    Opal shell is a 62-foot ketch-rigged motor          they will ensure that your cruise is informative as
sailing yacht, which is fully equipped for wilderness   well as fun and adventurous, and strive to make                                    Strickland Beach
cruising, very stable and comfortably appointed.        every cruise the best holiday you could wish for.
the interior of mahogany, polished brass, plush             Opal shell has operated within the natural
upholstery and red carpet throughout complement         boundaries of the Kimberley wilderness since 1982
her classic lines and give a rich old-world charm.      – the original eco-tour.                                FACT FILE
                                                                                                                 COMPANY: Opal Shell Yacht Charters
                                                                                                                 LINE: Private
                                                                                                                 VESSEL: Opal Shell
                                                                                                                 STAR RATING: not rated
                                                                                                                 TONNAGE: 40
                                                                                                                 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 4 to 6
                                                                                                                 TOTAL CREW: 2
                                                                                                                 ENTERED SERVICE: 1982
                                                                                                                 MONTHS OF OPERATION: May to
                                                                                                                 September, Kimberley
                                                                                                                 OTHER FACILITIES: Opal Shell is a fully
                                                                                                                 licensed fishing and eco-tour operator,
                                                                                                                 two expedition dinghies with fast
                                                                                                                 outboards, expert fishing and bushwalking
                                                                                                                 guides, quality fishing equipment, satellite
                                                                                                                 communications, extensive reference
                                                                                                                 library and entertainment centre, fully
                                                                                                                 catered with fabulous fresh food
                                                                                                                 SUITABLE FOR: Wilderness cruises
                                                                                                                 REGIONS OPERATE IN: Kimberley,
                                                                                                                 Arnhem Land, Far North Queensland
                                                                                                                 CONTACT: Ron and Barbara Chester
                                                                                                                 0412 701 111
                                                                                                                 www.kimberleycoastcruises.com
                                                                                                                 opalshell@opalshell.com.au
  Casuarina Creek

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                                                                Crocodile Creek


Hunter River   Edeline Island




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                OriOn eXPeditiOn Cruises
                    Explore the rugged Antarctic terrain from the comfort of a five-star,
                    luxury cruise ship.


                     these days it’s getting harder and harder to find       expedition base. this is one of the most exclusive
                     true adventure. But drop into conversation that        places on earth – more people have stood atop
                     you’re heading to Antarctica and you’re likely to      Mt everest than walked inside the historic huts.
                     be met with a barrage of excited questions. visiting   Orion’s Antarctic expedition leaders, don and
                     Antarctica remains a journey of epic proportions       Margie Mcintyre form part of a select number of
                     that is truly the experience of a lifetime.            people authorised to conduct visits inside Mawson’s
                         Orion is a five-star expedition cruise ship that    huts. they are assisted by a group of international
                     offers sublime luxury and a sense of privilege.        Antarctic specialists who are only too willing to
                     With 106 guests cared for by 75 experienced crew,      share their knowledge.
                     there’s quite simply no better way to take to the          Orion is now offering two unique voyages to
                     southern Ocean. Her size, ice-strengthened hull        the sub-Antarctic islands. the cruises feature a
                     and retractable stabilisers all provide for optimal    chance to see extraordinary wildlife found on World
                     comfort and allow for manoeuvring close to shore;      Heritage Macquarie, Campbell, Auckland and snares
                     a necessity for scenic Zodiac cruising.                islands and the wilderness new Zealand’s fjordlands.
                         You’ll have the chance to explore the World        spectacular scenery combined with abundant bird
                     Heritage-listed, sub-Antarctic islands as well as      and marine life creates island adventures for nature
                     crossing the Antarctic Circle to venture beyond        lovers and photographers alike.
                     60 degrees south into the Commonwealth Bay                 Orion’s Antarctica and new Zealand & sub-
                     and ross sea region. For many, the highlight of        Antarctic islands departures are in dec 2009/Jan
                     a Commonwealth Bay expedition is a visit to Cape       2010. For more information call 1300 361 012, visit
                     denison: sir douglas Mawson’s historic 1911            www.orionexpeditions.com or see your travel agent.

                           Orion Zodiacs viewing adelie penguins up close
                                                                                                                                    FACT FILE
                                                                                                                                    LINE: Orion Expedition Cruises
                                                                                                                                    VESSELS: MV Orion
                                                                                                                                    STAR RATING: 5 star
                                                                                                                                    TONNAGE: 4,000
                                                                                                                                    MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 106
                                                                                                                                    TOTAL CREW: 75
                                                                                                                                    ENTERED SERVICE: 2003
                                                                                                                                    MONTHS OF OPERATION: 48
                                                                                                                                    OTHER FACILITIES: Lecture theatre, library,
                                                                                                                                    spa, sauna, hair and beauty salon, boutique,
                                                                                                                                    gymnasium, outdoor café, constellation
                                                                                                                                    restaurant, observation lounge
                                                                                                                                    SUITABLE FOR: Travellers who prefer
                                                                                                                                    their journey to be one of discovery and
                                                                                                                                    enrichment – most guests can best be
                                                                                                                                    described as inquisitive, adventurous in
                                                                                                                                    spirit and young of mind
                                                                                                                                    REGIONS OPERATE IN: The Kimberley,
PHOTOGRAPHY: KEN DUNCAN




                                                                                                                                    Papua New Guinea, South-East Asia, New
                                                                                                                                    Zealand & sub-Antarctic Islands
                                                                                                                                    and Antarctica
                                                                                                                                    CONTACT: Call 1300 361 012, visit
                                                                                                                                    www.orionexpeditions.com or see your travel
                                                                                                                                    agent for more details

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Mawson’s Huts




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Peregrine Adventures
Discover the wilderness and wildlife of Antarctica, the High Arctic and
the Galapagos Islands with the leaders in small group adventure travel.
The Galapagos                                          Mariner and Peregrine voyager, which are fast,
discover your spirit of adventure on a seven- or       quiet, stable and manoeuvrable. they carry small
10-day galapagos expedition voyage. explore one        groups of no more than 110 passengers and expert
of the world’s greatest marine reserves in a small     leaders with hundreds of polar voyages between
group of 16 or fewer like-minded travellers, and       them. go on frequent shore and Zodiac inflatable
with an expert english-speaking naturalist.            boat excursions, enjoy an onboard education
    using the eight-cabin Peregrine endeavour as       program and open bridge access.
your base, spend as much time as possible cruising         Antarctica is a magical world of giant
the wildlife-rich waterways by Zodiac inflatable        icebergs, glimmering mountains and icy plains.
boat, and exploring the enchanted isles on foot.       in the Falklands black-browed albatross raise
see animal species in their natural habitats,          their chicks and in south georgia king penguins
including giant galapagos tortoises, blue-footed       and elephant seals line the shores. discover
and masked boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea
lions, fur seals, whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
                                                       wildlife populations in their natural sanctuaries
                                                       while learning about the fascinating history of         FACT FILE
    You can also combine a voyage with a small         the region.                                             ANTARCTICA & THE HIGH ARCTIC
group tour on mainland Latin America such as the           Among Peregrine’s Canadian and scandinavian         VESSELS: Peregrine Mariner & Peregrine
13-day ‘ecuador and galapagos explorer’, which         High Arctic adventures is the 10- or 11-night           Voyager, working Russian ice-strengthened
will also take you to the lush equatorial jungles      spitsbergen explorer, which ventures north of 80        research vessels.
of the Amazon Basin, or 15-day ‘galapagos with         degrees, high above the Arctic Circle, as far as the    STAR RATING: N/A
Cusco & the sacred valley’ to experience the           ice and weather permit, encountering polar bears        TONNAGE: 6,450
sacred valley and Machu Picchu in Peru.                along the way.                                          MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 110
                                                           sea kayaking, hiking, camping in Antarctica,        TOTAL CREW: 53
Antarctica and the High Arctic                         visiting the remote communities of the Arctic and       ENTERED SERVICE: 1989
Peregrine is the polar experts because of its state-   photography are just some of the other activities       MONTHS OF OPERATION: November
of-the-art working research vessels – the Peregrine    on these once-in-a-lifetime voyages.                    to March in the Antarctic and June to
                                                                                                               September in the High Arctic.
                                                                                                               OTHER FACILITIES: Sundeck, sauna,
                                                                                                               plunge pool, gymnasium, library, bar and
                                                                                                               lounge, gift shop, physician, open bridge
                                                                                                               access, presentation theatre.
                                                                                                               CABINS: All cabins have an outside view
                                                                                                               and are comfortable with shared,
                                                                                                               semi-private and private facilities on
                                                                                                               different decks

                                                                                                               GALAPAGOS
                                                                                                               VESSELS: Peregrine Endeavour
                                                                                                               STAR RATING: First Class (Ecuador/
                                                                                                               Galapagos Rating)
                                                                                                               TONNAGE: N/A
                                                                                                               MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 16
                                                                                                               TOTAL CREW: 9
                                                                                                               ENTERED SERVICE: 2003
                                                                                                               MONTHS OF OPERATION: All
                                                                                                               OTHER FACILITIES: Comfortable lounge,
                                                                                                               dining area, sundeck and 2 motor boats.
                                                                                                               CABINS: 8 well-appointed air-conditioned
                                                                                                               cabins (no bunk beds).
                                                                                                               CONTACT: 1300 352 625
                                                                                                               www.peregrineadventures.com

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POnAnt Cruises
Experience the joy and luxury of cruising on board one
of Ponant Cruises’ stunning ships.

defined by nautical tradition and elegance, Ponant       air-conditioned cabins with full ocean views.
Cruises was founded in 1988 to offer guests an              A limited number of passengers, comfortable
intimate and extremely comfortable cruising             cabins, beautifully decorated and convivial public
experience on its fleet of three diverse vessels.        areas create a warm ambience where you will
    Ponant Cruises’ flagship, Le Ponant, is an           live some magical moments. With panoramic
88-metre, three-masted luxury sailing yacht             sea views, all cabins boast a mixture of luxurious
offering 32 external cabins that are fully              fittings and a gentle harmony of colours. in each
equipped with flat screen televisions. With only         restaurant, it is a point of honour with Ponant to
64 passengers, Le Ponant provides an intimate           offer a refined and varied menu. For the length of
atmosphere onboard each cruise.                         your voyage, an experienced and attentive crew
    the elegant, 100-metre Le Levant delivers a         watch over your wellbeing
private yacht experience unlike any other. All 45           discover exceptional sites, inaccessible to large
outside cabins have ocean views while everything
on board is devoted to the personal wellbeing of its
                                                        ships, and enjoy, in private, a privileged show.
                                                        Combining originality and splendour, the most
                                                                                                                    FACT FILE
guests – from direct ocean access to sun-drenched       beautiful coastlines and countryside become your
decks and pristine pools.                               secret home. On board, lecturers and naturalists            CRUISE LINE: Ponant Cruises
    the biggest of all three ships is the 8,282 tonne   passionate about their subjects give a further              VESSEL: Le Ponant, Le Levant, Le Diamant
Le diamant, which was built with exploration            dimension to the sights you will enjoy.                     STAR RATING: 5 Star
and comfort in mind. As one of the few ships still          Ponant Cruises currently offers itineraries to such     TONNAGE: Le Ponant: 1,443;
able to conduct shore excursions in Antarctic and       exotic destinations as the red sea, Persian gulf, indian    Le Levant: 3,504; Le Diamant: 8,282
sub-Antarctic waters, Le diamant features 113           Ocean, Antarctica, Caribbean and south America.             MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: Le Ponant:
                                                                                                                    64; Le Levant: 90; Le Diamant: 226
                                                                                                                    TOTAL CREW: Le Ponant: 32; Le Levant:
                                                                      The luxuriously appointed Le Ponant           55; Le Diamant: 120
                                                                                                                    ENTERED SERVICE: Le Ponant: 1991;
                                                                                                                    Le Levant: 1998
                                                                                                                    MONTHS OF OPERATION:
                                                                                                                    Le Ponant: March – December;
                                                                                                                    Le Levant: March, April, July, August, October;
                                                                                                                    Le Diamant: January – September, December
                                                                                                                    OTHER FACILITIES: Le Ponant: panoramic
                                                                                                                    restaurant, gastronomic restaurant, main
                                                                                                                    lounge, terrace lounge
                                                                                                                    Le Levant: panoramic restaurant, gastronomic
                                                                                                                    restaurant, main lounge, library, hairdresser,
                                                                                                                    sauna, sports room, pool, shop
                                                                                                                    Le Diamant: restaurant l’Escapade and Le Grill
                                                                                                                    and Le Club lounges, library, sundeck with
                                                                                                                    pool, promenade around observation deck,
                                                                                                                    fitness room, hairdresser, massage room
                                                                                                                    SUITABLE FOR: All ages
                                                                                                                    REGIONS OPERATE IN: Northern Europe
                                                                                                                    and Greenland, Iberian Peninsula,
                                                                                                                    South and Central America, Antarctica,
                                                                                                                    Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, Red Sea
                                                                                                                    and Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean
                                                                                                                    CONTACT: 1300 857 437
                                                                                                                    ttwmail@traveltheworld.com.au
                                                                                                                    www.traveltheworld.com.au


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                          sMALL sHiP Adventure
                          COMPAnY
                               The way a true adventure cruise experience should be, up-close and personal.

                             the small ship Adventure Company, the small-ship             Choose from an extensive range of international
                             cruise specialists, is passionate about the unique      destinations including grand Asia, Japan and
                             cruise experience only offered by such cruises.         vietnam, the enchanted islands of the galapagos,
                             At the small ship Adventure Company, we believe         Mexico’s remarkable sea of Cortes with its abundant
                             that smaller is better because it means up-close and    plant and marine life, the history of europe’s danube
                             isn’t that what your adventure cruise experience        river from vienna to Bucharest or new in 2010
                             should be? With expert crew and flexible itineraries     cruise the vast, icy waters of Antarctica. Cruise
                             allowing for maximum wildlife viewing, you can          West’s 20-day Antarctica cruise itinerary gives you
                             forget about everything except a relaxed cruise         time to fully explore this region, from the Falkland
                             experience with like-minded travellers.                 islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. Cruise on board
                                 Cruise West has been the world leader in small      the elegant 114-guest Corinthian ii, one of the finest
                             ship cruising for 30 years. Join a Cruise West cruise   expedition cruise ships in Antarctica.
                             and discover special ecological and culturally               Worldwide destinations include: Asia (Japan
                             protected areas with a small number fellow              – vietnam), the galapagos, european rivers,
                             passengers. eliminate the hassles of touring by         Antarctica, Mexico sea of Cortes, Panama Canal and
                             land in destinations such as Asia and europe and        Costa rica, Columbia and snake rivers, California
                             see secret coves and secluded villages inaccessible     Wine Country, British Columbia and Alaska.
                             to most travellers whilst still experiencing all the         early booking incentives are available for
                             excitement of big cities.                               all destinations.


                                                                                                Cruise West Flagship Spirit of Oceanus       Walking with Giant Tortoises in the Galapagos




                                                                                                                                              FACT FILE
                                                                                                                                              CRUISE LINE: Cruise West
                                                                                                                                              VESSEL: 12 vessels
                                                                                                                                              DESTINATIONS: Asia, Europe, Mexico’s
                                                                                                                                              Sea of Cortes, Antarctica, Panama Canal &
                                                                                                                                              Costa Rica, Galapagos, Columbia & Snake
                                                                                                                                              Rivers, British Columbia & Alaska
                                                                                                                                              MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 78–148
                                                                                                                                              MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                                                              OTHER FACILITIES: Inflatable landing
                                                                                                                                              craft, shore excursion at every port, private
                                                                                                                                              cabin facilities, expert crew and naturalist
                                                                                                                                              presentations.
                                                                                                                                              SUITABLE FOR: All ages
                                                                                                                                              BOOKINGS: Early booking savings
PHOTOGRAPHY: JULIE SMITH/CRUISE WEST




                                                                                                                                              available on all cruises.
                                                                                                                                              CONTACT: Call Cruise West preferred agent
                                                                                                                                              VIC: Adventure Travel Company
                                                                                                                                              1800 238 368
                                                                                                                                              NSW: Cruiseabout Turramurra 1800 288 266
                                                                                                                                              QLD: Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888
                                                                                                                                              Small Ship Adventure Company
                                                                                                                                              1300 650 481


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Kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes   The Galapagos’ distinctive blue-footed booby




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CLAssY CLiPPers
Adventure cruising is in a class of its own aboard Star Clippers’ three
luxury clipper ships as they follow the sun to some of the most exotic
ports in the world.
Year-round, the fleet’s 134-metre flagship royal           to blend the true romance and traditions of the
Clipper and sister ships star Flyer and star Clipper     age of sail with the luxury, personal service and
carry adventure enthusiasts in style to stunning         space-age cruising technologies of a private yacht.
destinations. some of these include cruises around           in each of the three ships, passengers are
the Caribbean, the French and italian rivieras, the      pampered in an intimate, yet casual atmosphere,
greek isles, a string of historic Croatian ports from    offering meals designed by a leading French
venice to rome, and from Phuket to pristine islands      Michelin chef, a cocktail lounge and tinkling
in the Andaman sea and Malaysian waters. since           piano, a tropical bar on deck, and a quiet escape
moving to a permanent base in tahiti a few months        in the timber-lined edwardian-style library. Cabins
ago, star Flyer operates seven-, 10- and 11-night        feature a marble-lined bathroom, television with
cruises around the fabled islands of French Polynesia.   in-house video, direct-dial telephone and beds that
    in the 1900s, sailors on the legendary clipper       can be converted from singles to queen-size.
ships lived a tough, spartan existence as these              On deck, amid a wondrous backdrop of
greyhounds of the seas raced around the globe            billowing sails, stays, lines and ropes there are two
with their precious cargos, often emerging from          swimming pools – and more space per passenger
storms with their sails in tatters and crew clinging     than in conventional superliners. Passengers are
to the rigging.                                          offered the chance to haul on ropes to set the sail
    today, the three magnificent replica clippers –       in the traditional manner and climb a mast to the
a dream come true for star Clippers’ owner and           crow’s nest where a bottle of champagne awaits.
famed swedish yachtsman Mikael Krafft – manage           Of course.


  A climbing mast to the Crows Nest
                                                                                                                                       Star Flyer in full flight



                                                                                                                  FACT FILE
                                                                                                                  COMPANY: Star Clippers
                                                                                                                  LINE: Star Clippers
                                                                                                                  VESSELS: Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and
                                                                                                                  Star Flyer
                                                                                                                  STAR RATING: 4+ star
                                                                                                                  TONNAGE: Star Flyer/Star Clipper: 3,035;
                                                                                                                  Royal Clipper: 5,000
                                                                                                                  MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: Star Flyer/
                                                                                                                  Star Clipper: 170; Royal Clipper: 227
                                                                                                                  TOTAL CREW: Star Flyer/Star Clipper: 70;
                                                                                                                  Royal Clipper: 106
                                                                                                                  ENTERED SERVICE: Star Flyer, 1991; Star
                                                                                                                  Clipper, 1992; Royal Clipper, 2000
                                                                                                                  MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                                  REGIONS OPERATE IN: Caribbean,
                                                                                                                  Far East, French Polynesia, Eastern
                                                                                                                  Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean,
                                                                                                                  and Indian and Atlantic Ocean Crossings
                                                                                                                  CONTACT: 1300 362 599,
                                                                                                                  www.starclippers.com,
                                                                                                                  sales@creativecruising.com.au


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                                                     Marine platform – Royal Clipper


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SWAN HELLENIC DISCOVERY CRUISING
Enjoy intimate cruising to destinations around the world on the
well-appointed Minerva.

In 1954, WK and RK Swan organised a cruise to            the informal conversations that follow them,
Greece; four eminent classicists and archaeologists      bring each destination to life before passengers
accompanied the cruise as guest speakers and,            even disembark for their exciting excursions.
with a program of excursions ashore, the concept             The country-house styled interior of the ship
of cultural cruising was born. Swan Hellenic             – upgraded in 2008 – includes panelled rooms,
Cruises now offers discovery cruises all around          deep, buttoned leather sofas, subtle lighting
the world, from Antarctica to Zanzibar. Our ship,        and carefully chosen fabrics. Although Minerva
Minerva, is small enough to transit the Kiel and         is a small ship, there are two dining venues
Corinth canals, and berth in small, out-of-the-          each offering open seating dining, a large and
way ports to access special sites of historic or         comprehensive onboard library, two elegant bars,
cultural interest. Each cruise itinerary is a unique     a lounge, cinema, swimming pool, beauty salon,
travel experience offering a program of inclusive,       gym and card room. A spacious teak Promenade
tailor-made shore excursions and is accompanied          Deck invites you to stroll under the stars, while
by experienced Swan Hellenic staff, including those      generous deck space around the pool offers you
who have planned your cruise.                            the opportunity to dine alfresco.
    Traditionally, three or four guest speakers travel       Generations of loyal Swan Hellenic passengers
on each cruise. Hand-picked for their knowledge          return year after year to enjoy our unique brand of
and passion relative to the itinerary, their talks and   award-winning discovery cruising.


   Minerva taken from a Zodiac




                                                                                                                FACT FILE
                                                                                                                COMPANY: Swan Hellenic
                                                                                                                LINE: All Leisure Holidays Ltd
                                                                                                                VESSELS: Minerva
                                                                                                                STAR RATING: 4 star
                                                                                                                TONNAGE: 12,500
                                                                                                                MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 320
                                                                                                                TOTAL CREW: 160
                                                                                                                ENTERED SERVICE: 1996
                                                                                                                MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                                OTHER FACILITIES: Small swimming
                                                                                                                pool, gym, promenade deck
                                                                                                                REGIONS OPERATE IN: Baltic, Norway,
                                                                                                                Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa
                                                                                                                and the Red Sea, and Antarctica
                                                                                                                CONTACT: +61 2 9959 1380
                                                                                                                Fax: 02 9959 4543
                                                                                                                www.swanhellenic.com.au


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TEMPO HOLIDAYS
Sit back and relax on the sundeck of a gulet and cruise Greece and
Turkey’s southern coastal waters where ancient harbours, small coves,
deserted beaches and idyllic bays await.
Charter a cabin on a gulet and choose between           snorkelling, before moving on to another bay
seven-night itineraries in the Gulf of Fethiye,         or harbour for the night.
or the Greek Islands Experience visiting islands            Capacities range from eight to 16 passengers in
such as Kos, Symi and Rhodes. Your companions           double cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Bed linen
will be small groups of travellers from around the      and towels are supplied, however passengers should
world. Your crew will include a professional captain,   bring their own beach towels. Expansive decks
deckhand and chef. For the independent traveller,       covered by sun awnings are ideal for sun baking or
charter your own vessel and take some friends           dining alfresco. Drinks are purchased at bar prices,
on a voyage of discovery.                               and snorkelling gear and sun mattresses are provided.
    Gulets are Turkish wooden sailing vessels built         Because the cruise groups are small and
to traditional designs favoured by fishermen for         personal, you are able to explore the stunning bays
centuries. These days, most are also motorised for      and beaches, and visit local villages and towns to
greater flexibility. Vessels follow set itineraries –    experience the local way of life, as well as enjoy
anchoring in one bay for lunch, swimming and            snorkelling and swimming in peaceful coves.




                                                                                                                 FACT FILE
                                                                                                                 COMPANY: Contact Turkey Yachting
                                                                                                                 and Travel
                                                                                                                 LINE: Gulets (shared & private),
                                                                                                                 Bareboat Yachts
                                                                                                                 VESSELS: Turkish Gulets
                                                                                                                 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 8 to 16
                                                                                                                 TOTAL CREW: 3 to 4
                                                                                                                 MONTHS OF OPERATION: April to October
                                                                                                                 OTHER FACILITIES: Dining area and
                                                                                                                 bar, sundeck
                                                                                                                 SUITABLE FOR: Shared charters or private
                                                                                                                 charters, all ages
                                                                                                                 REGIONS OPERATE IN: Turkey and Greece
                                                                                                                 CONTACT: Tempo Holidays 1300 558 987
                                                                                                                 www.tempoholidays.com


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tuCAn trAveL
Travel to far away places and experience exotic wildlife with
Tucan Travel expedition cruises.

tucan travel has been the specialist in Antarctic     provided habitat for the various wildlife colonies
and Latin American travel for 23 years. Our           in this spectacular region of Chile and Argentina.
expedition cruises are perfect for adventure
travellers of all ages who are looking for a way to   Amazon
experience remote areas of the world in comfort
                                                      What better way to visit this region than on
and style. they offer you the chance to delve deep
                                                      the waterways that created it? Join MY tucano
into rainforests or extreme polar environments.
                                                      cruising west from Manaus deep into the
    if you’re interested in walking across diverse
                                                      rainforest. visit remote communities, walk the
and fascinating landscapes, witnessing amazing
                                                      riverbank and savour the sounds of the river.
wildlife, lectures by knowledgeable naturalist
guides and meeting local people, tucan’s                                                                     Ushuaia, Antarctica
expedition cruises are for you. Combine your          Antarctic and Arctic
cruise with our range of touring options to           Choosing vessels selected to suit each particular
make your journey even more of an adventure.          region visited in our Polar program, we offer           FACT FILE
                                                      a fleet of ice-strengthened expedition vessels
the galapagos                                         servicing 21 journeys. in Antarctica, we offer          COMPANY: Tucan Travel
                                                      itineraries as diverse as travelling to the Weddell     VESSEL: MY Tucano, Australis,
Few regions on earth offer such intimate                                                                      MV Antarctic Dream, ice-strengthened
                                                      sea in search of the emperor penguins, a 10-day
experiences with wildlife as the galapagos                                                                    expedition vessels, fleet of Galapagos
                                                      classic adventure to the tip of the Antarctic
islands. swim with sea lions, forage with marine                                                              motorboats
                                                      peninsular with its abundant wildlife and ice
iguanas and spread your wings with the birdlife                                                               MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 13–112
                                                      formations and an 18-day adventure to the
while guided by our ecuadorian naturalists.                                                                   MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                      100,000-strong colony of king penguins on
                                                      south georgia. in the Arctic, our emphasis is on        REGIONS OPERATE IN: Amazon,
Patagonia                                             the cultures of the peoples we visit and walking        Galapagos, Patagonia, Antarctica, Arctic
Cruise the waterways that have created glacier        among the spectacular scenery that abounds in           CONTACT: 1300 769 249 or
Alley, carved out the mountain ranges and             greenland, spitsbergen and iceland.                     www.tucantravel.com




  MV Australis, Patagonia


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Playful penguins, Antarctica




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tui tAi eXPeditiOns
Experience Fiji with the premier cruise ship in the South Pacific.


tui tai is the only luxury-adventure ship operating           voted one of the Best travel Companies
in the Pacific cultural triangle. it provides guests      on earth by national geographic, tui tai
with a remarkable look at three distinct cultures        expeditions now offers a truly all-inclusive service.
that history and circumstance have put together          every mixed drink, glass of wine or beer, every
within a nearby triangle of islands. in addition         meal, all scuba diving (even dive courses, for
to visiting islands where indigenous Fijians live,       beginners and advanced courses), snorkelling,
tui tai sails to islands where Polynesians and           kayaking, waterfall visits, mountain biking, yoga,
Micronesians were relocated after World War ii,          guided hikes, fishing, village visits with traditional
and where the villagers live in their historically       ceremonies and authentic song and dances,
natural ways. Only the Pacific Cultural triangle          onboard talks about Fijian history and marine
offers adventurers a chance to experience such           biology, spa treatments, laundry – everything. it’s
strikingly different cultures and histories during       all included with no additional cost.
a one-week visit.                                             starting in natewa Bay (the largest bay in the
    this trip of a lifetime is an event-filled pleasure   south Pacific) on Fiji’s vanua Levu island, tui tai
ride through a tropical paradise. With so much           then sails to the islands of Kioa, rabi, taveuni,
to see, it is a must to savour the talented work of      the ringgold Atolls and also stopping in many
the onboard professional photographers, who will         beautiful bays and choice relaxation points.
accompany you on land and beneath the waves on                Five- and seven-night stays are available,
all your activities, capturing your memories before      and each offers many remarkable and noteworthy
they have even formed.                                   experiences.


                                                                                                                 FACT FILE
                                                                                                                 LINE: Tui Tai Expeditions
                                                                                                                 VESSELS: Tui Tai
                                                                                                                 TONNAGE: 550
                                                                                                                 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 72
                                                                                                                 TOTAL CREW: 18
                                                                                                                 ENTERED SERVICE: 1980
                                                                                                                 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                                 OTHER FACILITIES: Each cabin has an en
                                                                                                                 suite shower, toilet, sink, hair dryer, air
                                                                                                                 conditioning unit. The communal lounge
                                                                                                                 has a fully stocked bar with sofas, reading
                                                                                                                 material, a computer, snacks, hot drinks
                                                                                                                 and spring water. A Rejuvenation Spa. The
                                                                                                                 sun deck is perfect for laying back and
                                                                                                                 watching the sun sets, the stars, or the
                                                                                                                 landscape pass.
                                                                                                                 SUITABLE FOR: Ages 8 to 80. If you can
                                                                                                                 swim and ride a bike you can do it all
                                                                                                                 REGIONS OPERATE IN: Fiji’s Northern
                                                                                                                 Islands
                                                                                                                 CONTACT: Call +679 885 3032,
                                                                                                                 email morika@tuitai.com or visit
                                                                                                                 www.tuitai.com




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WindstAr Cruises
Intimacy and casual cruising are the marks of a cruise
with Windstar Cruises.

the privileged feeling of sailing on your own private    decks – quite unusual for small ships. With more
yacht; the romance of being at sea under sail; the       than 10,000 square feet of open deck space on
exclusivity of visiting rarely accessed ports of call;   Wind star and Wind spirit, and more than 22,000
the unobtrusive graciousness of a friendly staff:        square feet on Wind surf, guests will find plenty of
it all adds up to a casually elegant, award-winning
vacation that is truly 180 degrees from ordinary.
                                                         hidden nooks for private moments, giving them a
                                                         feeling of being on their own private verandah.
                                                                                                                FACT FILE
     A leader in defining the small ship luxury               Windstar is well known for travelling off the
cruise experience for the last 20 years, Windstar        beaten path on itineraries from the Mediterranean,     CRUISE LINE: Windstar Cruises
Cruises has won the allegiance of a new generation       Amalfi Coast and greek isles to the Aegean sea,         VESSELS: Wind Surf, Wind Spirit and
of contemporary travellers who appreciate the            the Caribbean and Costa rica. the upscale line sails   Wind Star
line’s casual attire, alternative dining venues,         into the exotic locales and hidden harbours that       STAR RATING: 5 Star
rich mix of shore excursions, complimentary water        larger ships simply cannot access – magical and        TONNAGE: Wind Surf: 14,745; Wind Spirit
sports program, progressive spa facilities, and          mysterious places such as Capri, italy; Portimão,      and Wind Star: 5,350
luxurious accommodations.                                Portugal; or Bequia, grenadines.                       MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY:
     Windstar pioneered the concept of ‘casual               every day aboard Windstar brings the promise       Wind Surf: 312 guests; Wind Spirit and
elegance’ in luxury cruising with a classic resort       of new cultures and horizons to explore. in 2009/10,   Wind Star: 148 guests
environment. guests appreciate the understated           Windstar ships will sail itineraries throughout the    TOTAL CREW: Wind Surf: 190; Wind Spirit
attitude and relaxed feeling found on board              Mediterranean, greek isles, Caribbean, Costa rica,     and Wind Star: 90
Windstar’s luxury ships. ships have wide-open, teak      and the Panama Canal.                                  ENTERED SERVICE: Wind Spirit: 1988;
                                                                                                                Wind Star: 1986; Wind Surf: built in 1990
                                                                                                                as Club Med I, acquired in 1998
                                                                                     Monte Carlo by night       MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round
                                                                                                                OTHER FACILITIES: Wind Surf: Wind Surf
                                                                                                                Lounge, casino, the Yacht Club, Compass
                                                                                                                Rose Bar, Pool Bar, Terrace Bar, water
                                                                                                                sports platform (aft), two saltwater Pools,
                                                                                                                2 hot tubs, WindSpa, fitness centre,
                                                                                                                open bridge, Nautilus Centre meeting
                                                                                                                room, Degrees, the Restaurant, reception,
                                                                                                                Signature shop and photo gallery.
                                                                                                                Wind Spirit and Wind Star: Skylight Main
                                                                                                                Lounge, the Restaurant, piano/pool bar,
                                                                                                                DVD/CD and book library, water sports
                                                                                                                platform (aft), saltwater pool, hot tub,
                                                                                                                fitness centre and sauna, casino, verandah
                                                                                                                café, reception and a bridge visitors policy

                                                                                                                Water Sports: Complimentary water-skiing,
                                                                                                                windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, ski-tubing
                                                                                                                and snorkel gear. Scuba diving is available
                                                                                                                for a fee
                                                                                                                SUITABLE FOR: Young-minded couples or
                                                                                                                singles, relaxed dress code, chic setting
                                                                                                                REGIONS OPERATE IN: Caribbean, Europe,
                                                                                                                Greek Isles, Transatlantic, Costa Rica,
                                                                                                                Panama Canal
                                                                                                                CONTACT: 1300 857 437
                                                                                                                ttwmail@traveltheworld.com.au
                                                                                                                www.traveltheworld.com.au


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INDEx   WHErE TO GO, WHO CAN TAKE YOu THErE AND WHErE TO FIND THEM

        Alaska and Canada                                                                                                    Europe, Egypt and Mediterranean
        Adventure World ................................................................................... 16               Adventure World ................................................................................... 16
        Alaska Bound .......................................................................................... 18           G.A.P Adventures .................................................................................. 30
        Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56                                 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 54
                                                                                                                             Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56
        Antarctica                                                                                                           Star Clippers ............................................................................................58
        Adventure World ................................................................................... 16               Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising ................................................. 60
        Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20                 Tempo Holidays ..................................................................................... 61
        G.A.P Adventures .................................................................................. 30               Windstar Cruises ................................................................................... 66
        Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ........................................................................... 32
        Heritage Expeditions ........................................................................... 36                  Fiji
        MyPlanet: Hurtigruten ....................................................................... 43                     Blue Lagoon Cruises ............................................................................ 22
        Orion Expedition Cruises ................................................................... 50                      Captain Cook Cruises .......................................................................... 25
        Peregrine Adventures .......................................................................... 52                   Tui Tai Expeditions Fiji Islands ......................................................... 64
        Ponant Cruises ....................................................................................... 54
        Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56                                 New Zealand
        Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising ................................................. 60                                Coral Princess Cruises ......................................................................... 26
        Tucan ..........................................................................................................62   Island Escape Cruises .......................................................................... 38
                                                                                                                             Orion Expedition Cruises ................................................................... 50
        Arctic
        Aurora Expeditions ............................................................................... 20                Papua New Guinea and Melanesia
        G.A.P Adventures .................................................................................. 30               Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20
        Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ........................................................................... 32                   Coral Princess Cruises ......................................................................... 26
        MyPlanet: Hurtigruten ....................................................................... 43                     North Star Cruises ................................................................................ 45
        Nordic Travel ........................................................................................... 44         Orion Expedition Cruises ................................................................... 50
        Peregrine Adventures .......................................................................... 52
        Tucan ........................................................................................................ 62    Russian Far East
                                                                                                                             Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20
        Australia, Great Barrier Reef and                                                                                    Heritage Expeditions ........................................................................... 36
        Whitsundays
        Coral Princess Cruises ......................................................................... 26                  South America, Patagonia and
        Opal Shell Yacht Charters ..................................................................48                       Galapagos Islands
                                                                                                                             Tucan ..........................................................................................................62
        Australia, Broome and Kimberley region                                                                               G.A.P Adventures .................................................................................. 30
        Aurora Expeditions ............................................................................... 20                Peregrine Adventures .......................................................................... 52
        Cannon Charters ................................................................................... 24               Ponant Cruises ....................................................................................... 54
        Coral Princess Cruises ......................................................................... 26                  Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56
        The Great Escape Charter Company ............................................. 29                                    Windstar Cruises .................................................................................. 66
        Kimberley Cruise Centre .................................................................... 39
        K2O Kimberley to Ocean .................................................................... 40                       Southeast Asia
        Matrix Cruises ........................................................................................ 42           Adventure World ................................................................................... 16
        Opal Shell Yacht Charters ..................................................................48                       Orion Expedition Cruises ................................................................... 50
        One Tide Charters ................................................................................. 46               Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56
        North Star Cruises ................................................................................ 45
        Orion Expedition Cruises ................................................................... 50                      Tahiti and French Polynesia
                                                                                                                             Star Clippers ............................................................................................58
        Caribbean and Mexico
        Ponant Cruises ....................................................................................... 54            Transatlantic
        Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56                                 Windstar Cruises ................................................................................... 66
        Star Clippers ............................................................................................58
        Windstar Cruises ................................................................................... 66              Vanuatu
                                                                                                                             Coral Princess Cruises ......................................................................... 26
        China and Tibet                                                                                                      Island Escape Cruises ......................................................................... 38
        Adventure World ................................................................................... 16
        Helen Wong’s Tours ............................................................................. 34
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PHOTO: TrAvELALASKA
                 FINALLY TRAVEL CLOTHING
               THAT IS HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL
                         AND LOOKS GOOD


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