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ADVENTURE GUIDE

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME, CHOOSE AN ADVENTURE CRUISE

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Welcome to the first edition of Cruise Passenger magazine’s Adventure Cruise Guide. he desire for adventure, discovery and exploration is a fundamental part of the human condition and adventure cruising strikes right at the heart of it. Anyone who has already been on one of these cruises will know how exhilarating they are. Whether it’s Australia’s remarkable Kimberley or superb Great Barrier Reef or the great Antarctic odyssey, adventure and expedition cruising is a travel niche all on its own. It’s true that many people attracted to the adventure ships would never consider cruising on any of the traditional big liners. They prefer the intimate, personal environment, the smaller numbers, the like-minded companions, the enrichment, wild destinations and experiences the big ships just don’t deliver. Because this rapidly growing travel sector is developing such a special following amongst committed adventurers, we’ve recognised it now deserves a dedicated supplement full of all the ships, exciting destinations and itineraries currently on offer. Please contact any of the listed operators in this magazine for more information or brochures on their fantastic journeys and you’ll see why so many people are drawn to this transformational travel experience.

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POPULAR ADVENTURE CRUISING DESTINATIONS

ADVENTURE CRUISING ACTIVITIES

From Antarctica to the Galapagos Islands, there are many amazing locations to discover – find out what each region has to offer.

From history and culture to wildlife viewing and photography, there are plenty of activities to suit your interests. We’ve highlighted some of the best.

08 SHIP SPOTTING There’s a range of sea-faring vessels sailing the earth’s seas. Here’s our guide to choosing the best vessel for your adventure.

35 & 39 GEAR & GADGETS Adventure cruising means you may need some special gear – here’s our pick of the best new products on the market.

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15 ADVENTURE CRUISING DIRECTORY Our listing of the major adventure cruise operators around the world that are particularly suitable for Australasians. Alaska Bound.............................................................16 Aranui ..........................................................................19 Aurora Expeditions ..................................................20 Bareboat Yachts........................................................21 Blue Lagoon Cruises ................................................22 Bora Bora Cruises .....................................................24 Broome and Kimberley Wilderness Cruises ......25 Coral Princess Cruises .............................................26 Cannon Charters.......................................................28 Haumana Cruises .....................................................29

Helen Wong’s Tours .................................................30 Heritage Expeditions ...............................................32 Island Escape Cruises ..............................................34 Matrix Ocean Adventures ......................................36 North Star Cruises....................................................38 Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................40 Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises .......................................42 Peregrine Adventures ..............................................44 Paul Gauguin .............................................................46 Ponant Cruises ..........................................................47 Scenic Tours ...............................................................48 Starflyer ......................................................................49 Starclippers ................................................................50 Voyages of Discovery...............................................52 Windstar Cruises ......................................................54 ADVENTURE CRUISE GUIDE 2008 03

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Polar bears in the Arctic

Zodiac explorers

POPULAR ADVENTURE CRUISING DESTINATIONS Many previously inaccessible locations in places as diverse as the Russian Far East, the Amazon, Alaska, New Zealand and The Kimberley have opened up with the growth of adventure cruising. With crafts ranging from icebreakers and clippers to luxury cruisers with Zodiacs to get closer to the action, you can take your cruise to a new level of adventure. 04 ADVENTURE CRUISE GUIDE 2008

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ADVENTURE CRUISING: DESTINATIONS Giant tortoise of the Galapagos Islands

Antarctic crested penguin

Antarctica This iconic wilderness at the end of the Earth is the epitome of the adventure destination. Sailing ‘off the map’ to areas only discovered within the last 100 years, makes Antarctica the must-do itinerary for all serious expedition cruisers. Expeditions to Antarctica take several forms. The simplest are short itineraries of perhaps a week to 10 days to the Antarctic Peninsula from Ushuaia at the very bottom of South America. More ambitious journeys will be by icebreaker, way below the Antarctic Circle to places like McMurdo Sound and Commonwealth Bay. These voyages generally leave from either Tasmania or New Zealand but entail more time at sea in potentially rough conditions.

The Arctic A perfect complement to your southerly expedition, a trip to the Arctic can be as simple as a cruise to Iceland or Greenland, or as heroic as a nuclear icebreaker to the North Pole itself. The current alarm among environmentalists about retreating glaciers and thinning ice pack has created some urgency to visit this region as they attempt to see the great polar bear in its diminishing natural environment. Glaciers too are calving at unprecedented rates. Apart from the North Pole, the great historic North-West Passage across the top of Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean is a true odyssey only a few will ever experience.

The Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin’s evolutionary playground is a great drawcard for those with a penchant for warmer climes. A short flight from Ecuador, most visitors will spend about a week cruising among the many islands in this unique archipelago. Following in the footsteps of the great David Attenborough, visitors will discover the crazy wildlife that makes this place so special. The sinister marine iguanas, the fierce land iguanas, the delightful giant tortoises and the many strange birds and plants make this place a naturalist’s wonder. Like so many delicate ecosystems, man’s influence is being felt here too. ADVENTURE CRUISE GUIDE 2008 05

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ADVENTURE CRUISING: DESTINATIONS Zodiacs off the Kimberley coast

Native dancers in Dobu, PNG

Fishing pursuits

Western Australia’s Kimberley The awe-inspiring, rugged and remote regions of the Kimberley are the perfect choice for expedition cruising in our region. Incredible rock formations, abundant birdlife, rich Aboriginal culture and weird natural phenomenon like the horizontal waterfalls attract thousands of visitors every year. Most cruise companies book out a year ahead, such is the popularity of this region. Recent oil and gas exploration in the region have tour and cruise operators very nervous and it is hoped their lobbying will prevent unmanaged development and limit impact of infrastructure.

Tasmania Consider the supremely relaxing Gordon River cruises that explore the incredible and remote UNESCO World Heritage areas of Western Tasmania. Currently no overnight products are available, yet day trips leave regularly from Strahan travelling through Macquarie Harbour, visiting intriguing Sarah Island and one of the last stands of Huon Pine. You might even see one of the incredibly rare yellow-bellied parrots.

Papua New Guinea Often the subject of adverse publicity, the sublime islands of the Bismarck and Solomon Seas exhibit none of the rough lawlessness found in some pockets on the mainland. Expedition cruise companies are falling over themselves to create itineraries in this region and the PNG Tourism authorities are extremely supportive of these initiatives. New Ireland, New Britain, the legendary Trobriands and the mighty Sepik River are the key destinations on most itineraries. The wild frontiers of PNG, so close by, perfectly fit the description of ‘transformational and experiential’ travel. Consider itineraries that cross into neighbouring Melanesia to extend and enhance your experience.

Canoeing on the Amazon

Melanesia Covering thousands of square kilometres, the many islands and nations of the South Pacific have attracted inquisitive cruisers for centuries. French, English and even Spanish pathfinders toured throughout Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Noumea and the Solomon Islands leaving a rich treasure trove of history and culture. More recent historical events have left war relics and wrecks throughout the north west of the region making it a mecca for scuba divers seeking sunken warships and aircraft. Small ship experiences in the region are some of the most enriching on the planet. Away from the tourist traps there are amazing natural and cultural experiences available, especially in emerging destinations in the eastern reaches of PNG, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Here villages have limited contact with westerners and volcanoes still spew smoke, ash and lava into the air.

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An Inuit family, Alaska

Amazon This huge river can accommodate cruise ships many hundreds of miles upstream. See the disappearing Amazon Basin jungles, visit remote native tribes and mourn the vanishing landscapes. Over 1800 bird, 250 mammal and 1500 fish species make the vast 6.2-million-square-kilometre basin a biodiversity smorgasbord for naturalists and birdwatchers. A range of remote river lodges in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil are a perfect add-on to any cruising itinerary.

Alaska The relatively brief vacation window in Alaska brings cruisers by the thousands as the megaliners ply the fabled Inside Passage between Anchorage and Vancouver. But most of these visitors, awed by the scenery as it drifts past, will never experience the up-close beauty of an extended shore excursion or a small ship exploration. Kayaking, salmon fishing, bear and bird watching are just some of the must-do activities in the wilderness regions of Alaska and are specialist options offered to adventure cruisers. The Inside Passage is dotted with villages and towns like Petersburg, Ketchikan and Sitka, which offer a mind-boggling range of experiences. Like so many Arctic destinations, global warming is having an impact here and the mighty glaciers of Prince William Sound and elsewhere are receding fast, creating an unforgettable, if saddening, spectacle.

Great Barrier Reef Another threatened ecosystem, Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef has attracted millions of visitors over the years and continues to do so. Many operators offer introductory scuba dives and you’ll be quickly hooked on this sublime, mind-blowing activity. A vast range of vessels operate tours and itineraries ranging from a few hours to over a week. Extended journeys to the Cape York Peninsula perhaps best exemplify the true adventure possibilities as visits to remote islands are also possible. Be quick, the reef will never be as good as it is now.

Tahiti If Antarctica is the hard-edged, hero’s voyage then Tahiti is the soft, creamy-centred bon-bon of adventure cruising. Ever since the first reports

of a tropical wonderland with a mystical uninhibited lifestyle reached Europe, sailors were signing up for the voyage. No wonder Bligh’s crew mutinied. Finally persuaded to side with the French, Tahiti’s myth grew and continues today as a haven for relaxation, indulgence and hedonism. For some, this is adventure enough, with most satisfied to exert themselves with scuba-diving, hiking, kayaking and a remote, romantic Polynesian experience. Tahiti is actually the largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. Along with beautiful Bora Bora and Moorea, it soaks up the majority of the tourism trade. Look for itineraries to the Marquesas or Tuamotu Islands for a bit of unusual flair.

Russian Far East Several companies are experimenting with itineraries in the area immediately north of Japan through to the Bering Strait in Siberia. Characterised by isolated ecosystems and volcanic activity on the western perimeter of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, these voyages will always be exclusive. Characterised by bleak and featureless landscapes, these images can be deceptive. Rich marine biodiversity exists all along the coastline and up into the Arctic. A profusion of migratory birds brings birdwatchers from all over the world and sightings of whales (such as orcas and Arctic narwahls), walrus and the magnificent polar bear are features of this destination. Visits to any of the native villages will enthral travellers to the Chukchi province as you meet the hardy, resilient folk who still hunt and fish in the frigid waters.

New Zealand The brilliant scenery and harbours all around New Zealand are attracting adventure cruise companies with ambitious itineraries, including semi-circumnavigations, Milford and Doubtful Sound and Bay of Islands products. Big ships are travelling there in increasing numbers, revelling in the dramatic landscapes, but their rapid passages overlook the fascinating detail of the region that will only ever be revealed in an enriching shore excursion. Predictions are that this destination will continue to grow once the word is out. ADVENTURE CRUISE GUIDE 2008 07

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ADVENTURE CRUISING: DESTINATIONS

SHIP SPOTTING There is a range of seafaring vessels travelling into the wide blue yonder. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our guide to choosing the best vessel for your adventure.

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ADVENTURE CRUISING: SHIPS A mighty icebreaker

hen making a decision about your adventure or expedition cruise, do you consider the vessel or the itinerary? Experienced expeditioners will tell you the destination is the primary attraction, but many repeat adventurers will often stay with a favourite vessel or operator, gradually ticking off their list of itineraries. But if you are making a decision about your first adventure or expedition cruise, it is important that you understand the different features and limitations of the various classes of vessels.

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Their capability is limited because they cannot physically break thick ice, but they are still able to navigate a surprisingly dense pack. Their conventional hulls offer more ocean comfort and most have stabilisers. Helicopters are generally not carried on board.

Icebreaker The mighty icebreaker is, without doubt, the ultimate expedition vessel for the polar regions. Capable of smashing through thick sheets of pack ice, these vessels can travel to the most remote reaches of the planet, including the North Pole. Originally drawn from the Russian working fleet, these vessels have rudimentary facilities compared to the large liners, but their rough’n’ready character often enhances their appeal. Nevertheless, they are modern and sophisticated with state-of-art navigational aids. Cabins are straightforward and comfortable without being lavish and European chefs supply tasty, plentiful food. The downside of the icebreaker is the rounded hull, which makes rough open sea conditions pretty ‘exciting’. Northern itineraries are gentler, but be prepared if you are crossing the mighty Southern Ocean. Often equipped with helicopters for remote access, the icebreaker journey is the badge all true expeditioners aspire to.

Oceanographic vessel Similar to the icebreaker, the oceanographic vessel is another that typifies the spirit of adventure. Ranging from 1000 to about 6000 tonnes with passenger capacity of 50 to 80, these ice-strengthened, mainly Russian ships were purpose-built for the rigours of the Arctic and are sturdy and robust. Some even spent time as spy ships in the old USSR.

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Luxury and adventure combine in expedition ships

Expedition ship Slightly softer in expedition capacity than the rugged Russian workhorses, the expedition yacht is akin to a pocket cruise liner with an ice-rating and creature comforts similar to those found on the bigger ships. It is ideal for those who are used to the big ship experience but looking for a more active, intimate alternative.

Expect to find more luxurious cabins and restaurant-style dining with cocktail bars, boutiques and shiny fittings. Some vessels will provide the full range of expedition experience, while others may be less capable. More passengers will limit some shore excursion possibilities. Lengthy and ambitious itineraries can be attempted as most vessels in this class are fully ocean ready, with stabilisers. Passenger capacity is typically over 100 and may range as high as 300 or more with vessels as large as 10,000 tonnes.

Coastal expedition yacht Common in our waters and ideal for regions such as the Kimberley, Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea, these smaller, shallow-draft ships can navigate narrow waterways and rivers offering a slightly more adventurous experience. Still well-appointed with excellent cabin comfort and quality dining, these vessels are focused on the adventure experience with many features designed to deliver maximum enjoyment and comfort, such as easy-loading, walk-on tenders. Not ideally suited to open ocean cruising, they are usually limited to coastal, river and island itineraries with passenger capacity ranging from just 30 to about 100 and weighing in at less than 2000 tonnes.

Others The balance of expedition and adventure vessels falls into this mix of cute, motley craft with many converted private yachts, fishing boats and launches. These relatively tiny vessels may accommodate just a dozen or so passengers, yet can still offer unusually rich and rewarding experiences by virtue of their intimacy and almost negligible impact. You’ll find this kind of boat operating short itineraries in the New Zealand or Alaskan fiords or among the Arctic or tropical islands and rivers. Some will be exquisitely opulent and exclusive, while others are basic and rustic with a wide variety of adventure and leisure capability. Choose carefully to match your expectations. Orion’s naturalist cruise 10 ADVENTURE CRUISE GUIDE 2008

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ADVENTURE CRUISING ACTIVITIES The outstanding advantage of small ship expedition cruising is the small numbers aboard. Consequently activities can be planned using very little or even no infrastructure at all. Visits to native villages or shore excursions on remote islands can be conducted with relative ease and manageable impact.

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ADVENTURE CRUISING: ACTIVITIES

Here are just some of the exciting activities passengers can enjoy that would be difficult or even impossible to conduct with large ship numbers. Small groups of enthusiastic, like-minded travellers often find their own company as enriching as the excursions as they swap tales and experiences.

Wildlife Viewing

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It is common for adventure and expedition operators to employ nature and field guides to interpret the natural history of the visited regions. Birds, plants and animals are often a major attraction or even a primary drawcard for many itineraries. The magnificent polar bears of the Arctic and majestic emperor penguins of the south draw inquisitive travellers every year to some of the otherwise most inhospitable regions of the world. If you have a specific wildlife interest, such as birdwatching, you’ll find the adventure and expedition cruise market ideally suited to your passion.

Polar journeys such as Baffin Island in the Arctic or South Georgia in the sub-Antarctic abound with wildlife. Operators like Peregrine, Aurora and Adventure Associates excel in these trips. If you’re looking for a new challenge, consider the Galapagos Islands.

Marine iguanas on the Galapagos

Inuit totems like these can be found in Alaska and British Columbia

History and Culture

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Whether you are a dilettante or an academic, adventure cruise passengers often share a consuming interest in history and culture. Many itineraries are finely tuned to cater for these interests and include such topics as the war history of the Pacific islands, or enriching encounters with the inhabitants of remote islands of Melanesia. Many of the polar itineraries have expert lecturers on these topics and you’ll quickly find your knowledge of the most obscure and swashbuckling explorers and pioneers considerably enhanced. To set foot on some these impossible remote locations, such as Commonwealth Bay in the Antarctic, is a humbling, intoxicating experience.

Again the astounding Antarctic explorers win the history prize. If you can get to the Ross Sea or visit any of the historic huts then you’ve earned the badge. For culture, it’s hard to go past the colourful and exotic experiences of Papua new Guinea and Melanesia. See Orion Expedition Cruises, North Star or Coral Princess Cruises for PNG.

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Australia’s Kimberley coast is gaining reknown for it’s awe inspiring landscape

There will be plenty of opportunities to disembark your ship for an invigorating hike, paddle or leisurely stroll amongst the beautiful scenery you’ve come to enjoy. Some cruise operators will carry kayaks or canoes and a serene paddle in the early hours on a mirror-still lake or river is a fantastic experience. Hiking can be as challenging as an icy crossing of South Georgia on foot or a stroll in the noisy jungle of the Amazon or New Guinea. These close encounters with nature with a dash of exercise are a perfect complement to your cruise experience.

If the blockbuster mountains and fjords of New Zealand impress you, then you must visit the Kimberley. The word is out and the world is on its way. See North Star Cruises, Orion Expedition Cruises and Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises.

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Hiking, Walking and Kayaking

To be immersed in overwhelmingly beautiful natural surroundings is something that has been described by writers and poets throughout the ages. Some find such exposure overpowering and even quasireligious. You’ll find plenty of glorious vistas on your adventure cruise, especially in regions like our own Kimberley or the wilds of Alaska. Even the desolate landscapes of Antarctica and Siberia have their own allure, leaving many forever transformed by the experience. It will make you even more determined to preserve these natural wonders and respect the beauty of our world.

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Dramatic Scenery

Serious contenders should consider the Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia while casual strollers can express themselves almost anywhere. Aurora Expeditions are renowned for going on foot.

Serious amateur and professional photographers are drawn to adventure cruising like the proverbial moths. The colourful natives, exotic locations, and wild scenery keep them occupied for hours. Polar journeys inevitably attract their fair share of snappers, but almost everybody has a go regardless of their equipment and expertise. Adventure cruising can be tough on equipment, so be prepared with waterproof bags and padding. Be sure to keep your gear away from salt water - it’s a killer, I know - so travel in zodiacs with your kit well wrapped. Although, a few drops of rainwater won’t hurt.

Even though some of the polar operators offer ice diving, it’s the Great Barrier Reef that’s the accessible underwater gem. Coral Princess Cruises do this superbly. For a change of scenery, experienced divers should consider North Star’s Rowley Shoals adventure.

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Photography

An easy and effortless activity on many tropical vessels, snorkelling is a great way to view the magnificent coral and fish inhabiting our precious reefs and waterways. Some operators will carry a divemaster able to introduce you to the exciting sport of SCUBA diving. Providing you meet minimum health requirements and do not suffer from things like epilepsy or diabetes, you need no experience to dive with a qualified professional. Even so, most colourful sealife is close to the surface and easily accessible to snorkellers of all ages and abilities. Some polar operators even offer ice diving for experienced divers.

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Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

The Kimberley and New Zealand for scenery and, of course, the Antarctic for penguins, seals and even whales. The wonderful Melanesians are great subjects and polar bears are the northern prize. Peregrine, Aurora and Adventure Associates will have the best options.

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE We’ve assembled a stellar cast of adventure travel operators and cruise lines. This blockbuster line-up of expedition and adventure businesses will satisfy your desire for small ship cruising whether you are looking for that hard-edged heroic voyage or just somewhere away from the tourist crush on a splendid, intimate vessel. There’s an enormous wealth of experience in the following pages. Many of these companies will be able to assist you with flights, accommodation and exciting land touring extensions as well as guide you toward a vessel that matches your desires. Take the next step and visit some of these experts.

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ADVENTURE CRUISING

ALASKA BOUND Alaska Bound presents Cruise West, small ship adventures with an up-close and personal style of Alaskan cruising. Cruise West takes passengers on a unique exploration of Alaska’s most remote and spectacular locations in a distinctive, one-ofa-kind style. Each voyage offers memorable insights and rare experiences. From the whales of the Inside Passage to the seal and bird rookeries of the Aleutians, you’ll leave the crowds behind to visit hidden fjords, secret coves, native villages and enchanting ports. The fleet of nine small ships carry between 78-138 guests. The relaxed

style encourages an easy interaction between guests and crew. The experience is designed to personally enrich, with onboard naturalists and special local guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Some vessels have inflatable landing boats for up-close exploration of remote areas and shore landings. Other destinations include British Columbia, Mexico, the South Pacific, Japan, Grand Asia, Costa Rica and Panama, America’s Ring of Fire and the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Exploring the crystal waters of Alaska

Meet some marine wildlife

FACT FILE COMPANY: Alaska Bound (Australian) LINE: Cruise West VESSELS: 9 CRUISE TYPE: Small ship adventures PASSENGERS: Between 78-138 max MONTHS OF OPERATION: Alaska season May-September ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: Inflatable excursion craft, kayaking, shore excursion included at every port, onboard naturalist presentations by exploration leaders, flexible itineraries for wildlife viewing. SUITABLE FOR: All ages BOOKING DETAILS: Call your preferred agent or Alaska Bound 1300 650 481 Preferred agents VIC Ashmore & James Travel Associates 03 9830 5066 QLD Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888 NSW St Ives Travel 02 9983 1699 www.alaskabound.com.au BROCHURE & DVD: To order email alaskabound3@bigpond.com OTHER DESTINATIONS: British Columbia, Mexico, South Pacific, Japan, Grand Asia, Costa Rica & Panama, Ring of Fire, Americas, Snake Rivers BOOK NOW: for $100 Ship Board Credit HISTORY & CULTURE

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AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISES American Safari Cruises offers a new standard in small ship cruising to Alaska, combining luxury with the pursuit of adventure. Elegant yacht cruising on vessels with only 12, 22 or 36 guests offers endless activities through Alaska’s hidden glaciers and fjords where the focus is on learning and relaxation in a casual atmosphere of excellent service and cuisine. Anchoring in quiet coves at night, American Safari Cruises are unlike any other small ship experience. Flexible itineraries allow for exceptional wildlife

viewing with a friendly and professional crew. Experience the ultimate Glacier Bay with exclusive hiking excursions. Charters are also available as the perfect getaway for an extended family holiday. Other destinations include Pacific Northwest, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, Hawaiian Islands and Columbia and Snake Rivers.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Alaska Bound LINE: American Safari Cruises VESSELS: 4 (charters available) CRUISE TYPE: Luxury adventure cruises PASSENGERS: Only 12, 22 or 36 guests MONTHS OF OPERATION: Alaska season May-September ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: Inflatable excursion craft, kayaking, all shore excursions included, onboard naturalist presentations. SUITABLE FOR: All ages (special ‘Kids in Nature’ departures) BOOKING DETAILS: Call your preferred agent or Alaska Bound 1300 650 481 Preferred agents VIC Ashmore & James Travel Associates 03 9830 5066 QLD Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888 NSW Cruiseabout 1800 288 266 www.alaskabound.com.au BROCHURE & DVD: To order, email alaskabound3@bigpond.com OTHER DESTINATIONS: Mexico Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest Hawaiian Islands (new 2008) Columbia and Snake Rivers. Explore the Alaskan ice on shore excursions HISTORY & CULTURE

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AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISES American Safari Cruises provides a new standard in small ship cruising combining luxury with the pursuit of adventure. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, American Safari Cruises begins cruising the Hawaiian Islands this year as the first to offer flexible itineraries for discovering ‘the real Hawaii’, its rich traditions and natural wonders. Aboard the 36-passenger Safari Explorer, discover Maui and Big Island, while watching for whales. Take a helicopter over Volcanoes National Park, go scuba diving, kayaking and visit historic villages, with a focus on learning and relaxation in a casual atmosphere. Safari Explorer also boasts a spa and fitness area with sauna and a private massage space

offering complimentary massage treatments. Expert naturalists act as expedition leaders and help passengers explore remote coves, bays and shorelines by kayak, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch. Anchoring in quiet coves at night, American Safari Cruises offers flexible itineraries that allow for exceptional marine and wildlife viewing. Charters are also available as the perfect getaway for an extended family holiday. Other destinations include the Pacific Northwest, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, Alaska’s Inside Passage and Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Exploring by launch

Amazing marine views

FACT FILE COMPANY: Alaska Bound LINE: American Safari Cruises VESSELS: 4 (charters available) CRUISE TYPE: Luxury adventure cruises PASSENGERS: Only 12, 22 or 36 guests MONTHS OF OPERATION: Hawaii DecMay (year-round, other destinations) ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: Inflatable excursion craft, kayaking, all shore excursions included, onboard naturalist presentations. SUITABLE FOR: All ages (special 'Kids in Nature' departures) BOOKING DETAILS: Call your preferred agent or Alaska Bound 1300 650 481. Preferred agents VIC Ashmore & James Travel Associates 03 9830 5066; QLD Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888; NSW; Cruiseabout 1800 288 266. BROCHURE & DVD: To order email alaskabound3@bigpond.com OTHER DESTINATIONS: Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest Alaska, Columbia and Snake Rivers. GETTING THERE: Hawaiian Airlines offers scheduled services to honolulu with complimentary meals beverages and entertainment. 1300 669 106 www.hawaiianair.com

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ARANUI 3 Aranui 3 is a unique passenger/freighter that provides the only real lifeline between the Marquesas Archipelago and the outside world. Aranui 3, which was purpose built in 2002, is uniquely designed for its dual role as a freighter/ passenger ship. She carries 2000 tons of cargo and 200 passengers, some 1500 kms north east of Tahiti to some of the most remote and beautiful places in the world. As for the Marquesas Archipelago, it can only be described as a visual paradise of lush, jagged volcanic islands. The unspoiled landscape of the islands is simply breathtaking. Many only have small sparsely populated villages which time has seemingly passed by. Often you, the ship’s passengers, are their only visitors. Remember, this is not a cruise ship. Yet, you will be pleasantly surprised by the amenities onboard.

The accommodation comprises 86 fully airconditioned, serviced cabins; ranging from the top-of-the-range Suites with balconies, to Deluxe cabins and twin bedded Standard A cabins. There are two lounges, a bar, library, swimming pool, sundeck and an elegantly appointed dining room that holds 150 people. Dining is very casual and there is no allocated seating. Another unique aspect of a 13-night voyage on Aranui 3 is that all the land-based excursions are included in the price of the cabin, and free wine is served with both lunch and dinner whilst onboard. The land-based excursions, undertaken in 4WD vehicles, driven by locals, take place while the ship loads and unloads at each destination.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Ultimate Cruising LINE: Compagne Polynesienne Transport VESSEL: Aranui 3 STAR RATING: 3.5 star TONNAGE: 3800 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 200 TOTAL CREW: 60 ENTERED SERVICE: 2003 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Lounges, bar, library, gym, sun-deck, pool SUITABLE FOR: All ages with a reasonable degree of fitness REGIONS OPERATE IN: Tuamotu & Marquesas Archipelagos GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti Nui CONTACT: Ultimate Cruising 1300 662 943 www.ultimatecruising.com.au

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AURORA EXPEDITIONS The remote areas around Commonwealth Bay, across the wild Southern Ocean beneath Australia, are explored by just a tiny percentage of Antarctic travellers. from the Ross Ice Shelf in the east to beyond Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica. Aurora Expeditions has more than 18 years’ experience cruising the environmentally sensitive Antarctic waters. Departing on December 12, 2008, Aurora’s ‘Icebergs and Emperors’ voyage pushes west to Mawson’s Hut and beyond, where the polar plateau sweeps down to the sea. Emperor penguins roam the ice floes and one of the world’s least-visited coastlines beckons. Beneath huge floating tongues of the Ninnis and Mertz Glaciers, krill breeding grounds attract a variety of whale species. Nearby, the French scientific station, Dumont d’Urville, is set among penguin-rich islands and sculpted icebergs.

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Cruising with Aurora Expeditions means you can be one of the fewer than three per cent of people who cross the wild Southern Ocean beneath Australia to reach the most remote areas around Commonwealth Bay. Departing from Hobart, the ice-strengthened ship Marina Svetaeva will be the only helicopterequipped vessel departing from Australia in 2008. Passengers visit massive penguin colonies, the huts of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1911 Australasian Antarctic Expedition and – using helicopters and inflatable Zodiacs – explore remote offshore islands, coastal ranges and the formidable ice cap that stretches down from the polar plateau. Deep Antarctica, the most historic and southerly region accessible by ship, stretches

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LINE: Aurora Expeditions VESSEL: Marina Svetaeva STAR RATING: 3 star TONNAGE: 4575 tons MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 100 TOTAL CREW: 41 ENTERED SERVICE: 1989 MONTHS OF OPERATION: December–August OTHER FACILITIES: Marina features comfortable and spacious private and shared cabins and is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs and two helicopters to help explore Antarctica in-depth SUITABLE FOR: Anyone with a spirit of adventure who is mobile enough to get up and down a flight of stairs REGIONS OPERATE IN: Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, Russian Far East, High Arctic PRICE: The starting price for these 27-day voyages is US$12,290 CONTACT: Aurora Expeditions +61 2 9252 1033 (1800 637 688 free call within Australia) auroraex@auroraexpeditions.com.au www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

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BAREBOAT YACHTS & AIR TAHITI NUI Charter a ‘bareboat’ or take a skipper and wake up to something different every day – turquoise Tahiti is sailboat heaven! Tahiti and her islands are best known for their magical over-water bungalows, but why confine yourself to one view of paradise when you can wake up to something different every day? Balmy temperatures, gentle breezes, turquoise reefs rimming bluer-than-blue lagoons and dramatic volcanic islands with plunging ocean cliffs make Tahiti a sailing mecca. Island hop on the trade winds, explore hidden bays, dive on fluorescent reefs, catch the perfect surf break or simply enjoy the intoxicating scents and culture of the world’s most romantic islands. Tahiti offers more than 20 boat charter operations focused on the magical Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora in the Leeward Island Group or on

the romantic island of Tahiti and her stunning sister island Moorea in the Windwards. Charter a sleek Beneteau 50 or a spacious catamaran with or without a skipper, and set your sails for a holiday of a lifetime.

Air Tahiti TahitiNui Nui Air Air Tahiti Nui, the international airline of Tahiti and her sister islands, offers twice-weekly non-stop flights from Sydney to Papeete, with three-class Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Flights take just seven hours, departing Australia mid morning, crossing the international dateline, and arriving in Papeete the previous evening – relaxed and ready for cruising.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Ultimate Cruising LINE: Bareboat Yachts SUITABLE FOR: Private or group charter, with or without a skipper REGIONS OPERATE IN: French Polynesia GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti Nui CONTACT: Ultimate Cruising 1300 662 943 www.ultimatecruising.com.au

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BLUE LAGOON CRUISES A cruise to the far reaches of Fiji is also a journey to ancient times where villagers have preserved their culture and customs for hundreds of years. Fiji’s boutique-style Blue Lagoon Cruises has the perfect solution for travellers looking to broaden their horizons with a visit to somewhere uniquely different – the far-flung Yasawa Islands. Blue Lagoon Cruises has been plying the northern fringe of the Fijian archipelago – home to remote villages, deserted islands and an ancient culture dating back to when the first Melanesians set foot in the South Pacific in 500BC – for more than 58 years. Three of the cruise specialist’s fleet of four luxury vessels operate three-, four- and sevenday Club and Gold Club cruises that have equal

appeal to independent travellers, honeymooners or groups of friends and family. Passengers choose from three- and fourday informal Club cruises on board the elegant timber 49-metre MV Nanuya Princess or luxury four- and seven-day Gold Club itineraries on the 56-metre MV Mystique Princess or flagship, the 60-metre catamaran, MV Fiji Princess. Two special-interest programs also operate each year. A seven-day historical and cultural dateline tour visits Fiji’s remote north-eastern tip and a ‘Cruise in Luxury – Dive in Paradise’ scuba itinerary offers a rare chance to dive the Yasawa Islands’ world-class dive locations.

The welcome is warm at Fiji’s Yasawa Islands

Snorkel in clear waters

FACT FILE LINE: Blue Lagoon Cruises VESSELS: Fiji Princess, Mystique Princess,

Nanuya Princess and Lycianda STAR RATING: 3 star Club Cruising and

4 star Gold Cruising PASSENGERS: 72 CREW: 26 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year-round, 3-, 4- and 7-day itineraries ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: Air-conditioned deluxe staterooms, dining saloon, upper deck lounge bar, sun-deck, bar, boutique, Lagoon Spa, swimming pool SUITABLE FOR: Couples, families, singles, groups, baby boomers REGIONS OPERATE IN: Yasawa Islands, Fiji CONTACT: 1800 148 235 reservations@blc.com.fj www.bluelagooncruises.com

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Heading for remote Fiji islands

Ashore in pristine waters

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BORA BORA CRUISES For a unique and indulgent experience, Bora Bora Cruises’ luxury yachts set a new standard for cruising in the Leeward Islands – Tahiti. The 20-cabin, 68-metre yachts, Tu Moana and Ti’a Moana, feature a sophisticated mix of contemporary design and original Polynesian art throughout, staterooms with the finest furnishings and mouth-watering French cuisine infused with the freshest of Polynesian flavours. The luxurious staterooms have plasmascreen television, CD/DVD players, individually controlled air conditioning and mini-bar. For your relaxation and pleasure, the cruise yachts’ jacuzzis, gym, library and expansive sun decks offer hours of enjoyment. Embark on your seven-day cruise in Bora Bora on Monday morning and sail to Taha’a, Raiatea and Huahine before returning to Bora Bora to disembark on Sunday morning. The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and

informal, with many whimsical and unusual activities. These include an evening movie screening on a deserted Motu and breakfast in a lagoon, where guests sit ankle deep, in warm turquoise water enjoying a delicious spread with French champagne. The yachts’ shallow draft design allows for anchorage in the stunning crystal lagoons for lazy hours spent snorkelling, kayaking, swimming and lazing on pristine white sand beaches. Guests are offered every convenience expected of a five-star resort. For families, a special cabin has been established, dedicated to children, with Nintendo, a PlayStation and other child-friendly features. With a maximum of 40 guests and 41 staff, guests are assured of exceptional attention and service.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Ultimate Cruising LINE: Bora Bora Cruises VESSELS: Tu Moana & Ti’a Moana STAR RATING: 5 star TONNAGE: 2667 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 40 TOTAL CREW: 41 ENTERED SERVICE: 2003 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Restaurant, bar, lounge, sun-deck, jacuzzi, spa, gym, library SUITABLE FOR: All ages REGIONS OPERATE IN: Leeward Islands – Tahiti GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti Nui CONTACT: Ultimate Cruising 1300 662 943 www.ultimatecruising.com.au

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BROOME & THE KIMBERLEY WILDERNESS CRUISES A cruise to Australia’s northern wilderness offers unforgettable scenic views and unmatched, luxurious adventure. Pristine and remote, the spectacular coastline of Australia’s north is only accessible aboard a cruise boat that takes the journey along this untamed panorama. In the Kimberley, dramatic mountain ranges, stunning gorges, majestic waterfalls and crystal clear rock pools await your discovery. The thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, amazing natural phenomena of the Horizontal Waterfalls and the natural beauty of Kings Cascades are all yours to explore.

Wilderness expeditions traverse the Kimberley coastline from Broome to Darwin with a range of boats offering small ship, expedition-style cruising. Broome & The Kimberley Holidays, the specialist cruise operator based in Broome, offers a range of boats catering for all tastes and budgets. From the five-star luxury of Orion, the purpose-built expedition experience of Coral Princess Cruises, to a range of smaller boats designed for just 12 passengers – you will experience one of life’s great adventures on a Kimberley cruise.

FACT FILE LINE: Broome & The Kimberley Wilderness Cruises VESSELS: Represent a diverse range of boats of all standards that specialise in small ship expedition cruising. MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 12 through to 100 pax MONTHS OF OPERATION: April-October REGIONS OPERATE IN: Kimberley coast from Broome through to Darwin CONTACT: 1300 245 565, reservations@broomekimberley.com www.broomekimberley.com There’s simply no other way to see the spectacular waterfalls of the Kimberley up close. HISTORY & CULTURE

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CORAL PRINCESS CRUISES With almost 25 years’ experience, Coral Princess Cruises proves that small ship cruising can deliver big itineraries and stylish travel. Having pioneered the concept of luxury small ship cruising on the Great Barrier Reef and along Western Australia’s spectacular Kimberley Coast, multi-award-winning Coral Princess Cruises continues to deliver innovative itineraries to adventurous passengers. Exotic South Pacific destinations include Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Vanuatu and New Zealand. After commencing operations on the Great Barrier Reef with a converted Fairmile Class vessel in 1984, this Australian family-owned company has since forged a reputation as one of the world’s leading small ship cruise lines. Coral Princess Cruises operate a fleet of three state-of-the-art small ships, Coral Princess, Coral Princess II and the newly launched, 63-metre flagship, Oceanic Discoverer. Each is designed with all the comfort and facilities of larger cruise ships, yet they are small enough to enable access to reef and island sites out of the reach of larger vessels. Cruising with a purpose-built excursion vessel, a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs and a glass-bottomed

boat, guests can intimately explore the scenery. Expert guides interpret the natural, cultural and historical highlights of the region. In true expedition style, itineraries may vary to take maximum advantage of opportunities to visit local villages and attractions. Coral Princess Cruises sail to emerging destinations such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. They also offer a unique perspective on destinations such as Vanuatu and New Caledonia. New Zealand’s stunning northern coastline and Bay of Islands feature in a summer cruising schedule between December and March each year. Closer to home, the company’s popular Kimberley Coast itineraries introduce guests to the rugged scenery and ancient landscapes of Australia’s Top End. Back where it all began, year-round three, four and seven-night cruises introduce the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands in total comfort and unmatched style.

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Cabins are spacious and bright

FACT FILE VESSELS: Oceanic Discoverer, Coral Princess, Coral Princess II TONNAGE: Oceanic Discoverer, 1800 tonnes; Coral Princess / Coral Princess II, 730 tonnes MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: Oceanic Discoverer, 72; Coral Princess , 50; Coral Princess II, 44 TOTAL CREW: Oceanic Discoverer – Up to 20; Coral Princess / Coral Princess II, 12 ENTERED SERVICE: Oceanic Discoverer, 2005; Coral Princess, 1988; Coral Princess II, 1996 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year-round OTHER FACILITIES: On board naturalists and guest lecturers. Unique ‘Xplorer’ boats for shore excursions - accommodating all guests - with awning and toilet. Glassbottomed boat on relevant cruises. Fleet of Zodiacs. Dive Master on relevant cruises. All Australian and New Zealand crew VESSEL FACILITIES: Open bridge policy, sun decks with Jacuzzi, reference library SUITABLE FOR: All REGIONS OPERATE IN: Great Barrier Reef, Kimberley, Across the Top of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Vanuatu, New Zealand PRICES: Vary depending on destination CONTACT: Free Call 1800 079 545 cruise@coralprincess.com.au www.coralprincess.com.au

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CANNON CHARTERS Leave civilisation behind and join the Cannon Charters team on a thrilling fishing adventure of a lifetime. The award-winning Cannon Charters specialises in extended mothership fishing adventures around the spectacular coast of Australia’s Top End. Trips to Bathurst Island, Melville Island, the West Coast and the Kimberley Region combine fantastic fishing opportunities with great scenery and the very best of luxury travel on the eightberth, purpose-built MV Cannon. The vessel’s air-conditioned cabins have en-suites and there is a crew of six on board. Other facilities include barbecue, walk-in coolroom and entertaining deck. Spend your days casting for an impressive

array of species, including barramundi, thread finn and blue salmon, jewfish, trevally, golden snapper, mangrove jack, queen fish, fingermark and more. The fishing equipment supplied includes four 4.65m Quintrex sport fishing boats, GPS, colour depth sounders, plotters and Shimano and Loomis gear. Few people get the chance to experience these remote locations as most are only accessible by boat. Return to the mothership for lunch and dinner to be served a fine range of meals prepared by a chef extraordinaire.

Remote-water fishing in luxury

Catch of the day

The Barramundi that didn’t get away

Heading back from a day of scenic fishing

FACT FILE VESSELS: MV Cannon MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 8 TOTAL CREW: 6 (captain, chef & 4 professional guides) ENTERED SERVICE: 2003 MONTHS OF OPERATION: March through to December SUITABLE FOR: Corporate clientele/fishing & adventure lovers REGIONS OPERATE IN: Northern Territory & Western Australian waters CONTACT: Toll Free 1300 661 216 tanya@cannoncharters.com.au after hours 0417 457 135 www.cannoncharters.com.au

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HAUMANA CRUISES Less than an hour from Tahiti, lies the beautiful atoll of Rangiroa, “Immense Sky” in Polynesian language, the home of Haumana. Nestled in the Tuamotu Archipelago, this chain of emerald islets, secluded pink and white sand beaches and turquoise lagoon is the base to the ‘Haumana’. In this pristine environment, Haumana Cruises offers a unique style of cruising, off-thebeaten paths, in a true and authentic Polynesian atmosphere, and the comfort and intimacy of a 12-cabin catamaran. With Haumana Cruises, enjoy life at your own pace, leave behind the hustle and bustle of your daily life and dive into a world of peace and tranquility, surrounded by the paradise colours of Rangiroa, simply the ‘Polynesian art de vivre’…

Become acquainted with the local population, learn more about their culture and traditions and all that makes Tahiti and her islands so special, so unique, so mythical. The Haumana offers the perfect way to discover the hidden paradises of Rangiroa, so famous for its beautiful lagoon and incredible marine fauna, but yet so untouched and wellpreserved. The Haumana experience is ideal for beach and nature lovers, snorkelling fans, fishing enthusiasts, and those wanting to celebrate a special moment, in a paradise setting.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Ultimate Cruising LINE: Haumana Cruises VESSEL: Haumana STAR RATING: 4 star MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 24 TOTAL CREW: 16 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Restaurant, lounge, bar, sun-deck, jacuzzi, library SUITABLE FOR: All ages REGIONS OPERATE IN: Rangiroa Atoll GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti Nui CONTACT: Ultimate Cruising 1300 662 943 www.ultimatecruising.com.au

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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 and the widening of the Yangtze through its rising water level has added another dimension to the Yangtze River cruise experience. It’s estimated that flooding will reach its maximum in 2009 with the resulting higher waters allowing vessels to reach previously inaccessible parts of the river system for exciting new sightseeing opportunities. Meanwhile, the sheer height of the mountain peaks and cliffs – from several hundred to 1000 metres – through the Three Gorges of Qutang, Wu and Xiling continues to provide travellers with an unforgettable cruise along one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Helen Wong’s Tours have developed a number of exciting and varied itineraries based around this mighty river. All schedules include cruising aboard Victoria Cruises which offers multilingual Western cruise directors and trained local staff. Outside cabins have picture windows, lower berths and private bathrooms. Dining includes fine Chinese cuisine with Western selections. There are onboard lectures focusing on the local

history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, painting, calligraphy sessions and demonstrations and a full range of facilities including a business centre, bar, fitness centre and health clinic as well as live entertainment. Passengers can choose from a nine-day ‘Yangtze Downstream’ cruise that includes sightseeing excursions ashore, strolling the streets of quaint rural towns, browsing village shops, exploring ancient temples and experiencing up close the many points of cultural, historical and commercial interest unique to the Yangtze Regions. The ‘Shanghai to Shangri-la’ 22-day itinerary includes an extended cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing, with the opportunity to see some of China’s premier sites, cities and towering scenery in relaxing comfort. ‘Splendid Yangtze’ is a 25-day tour that starts with cosmopolitan flair. A kaleidoscope of beautiful gardens, waterways and scenic beauty follows as guests meet the minority nationalities of Yunnan and learn the historical significance of Xian and Beijing.

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FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Victoria Cruises VESSELS: 7 STAR RATING: 5 TONNAGE: Between 2428-6200 MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: Between 130-308 TOTAL CREW: Between 110-138 ENTERED SERVICE: From 1994-2006 MONTHS OF OPERATION: March to November OTHER FACILITIES: Multi-lingual cruise directors, private balconies (most ships), full baths and private sitting rooms in all cabins, fully A/C business centre with internet access, reading room, fitness area, gift shop and beauty salon. SUITABLE FOR: All ages REGIONS OPERATE IN: Yangtze River, China CONTACT: Helen Wong’s Tours for Yangtze River Tours and China Packages 1300 788 328 www.helenwongstours.com

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ADVENTURE CRUISING The magnificent Yangtze

Victoria Cruises’ Prince

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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 chartering the Russian-registered vessel Prof Khromov (Spirit of Enderby) was integral to helping Heritage Expeditions obtain all the necessary permits to plan a unique series of cruises through the waters around the Kuril Islands, Kamchatka, the Koryiak and Chukhotka Regions. Despite the fact that this region dominates the North Pacific, very few people in a tourist capacity have had the opportunity to do more than visit its major cities. Because of the area’s strategic importance during the Cold War, it was declared a ‘closed area’ to Westerners for decades. Even today, some restrictions remain in place with special permits required for particular places. The expeditions offered by Heritage are only possible by ship. All of the itineraries combine a rich mixture of the abundant local culture. Superlatives such as ‘amazing’, ‘spectacular’

and ‘unique’ are woefully inadequate when describing the experiences that are enjoyed on these journeys. A maximum of 48 passengers and a choice of realistic itineraries ensure guests will spend quality time ashore in environments of the best available natural and cultural history. There are a number of destinations and departure dates to choose from. New Zealand or Russian-based staff can prepare all your travel arrangements including flights, accommodation and any pre- and post-tours. Invitation letters and expert advice on visas are also available. Heritage Expeditions is Australasia’s leading Expedition Travel organiser, with annual expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Macquarie Island, East Antarctica – including Mawson’s Hut – the Ross Sea and 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: 2183 MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 48 ENTERED SERVICE: 1984 (refurbished in 2004) MONTHS OF OPERATION: NovemberSeptember 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 up 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 Island Escape Cruises have launched a new luxury cruising series that offers guests an extensive range of optional onshore activities. Island Escape Cruises welcomes you to a luxury getaway aboard the 42 metre (140 feet) Island Passage. During the months of September through to April our main cruising ground is within the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with a maximum of only 20 guests. Guests will get to know the Hauraki Gulf on first class excursions with expert guides who reveal the mysteries of the region’s wildlife. Trekking or kayaking expeditions and panoramic

helicopter flights are part of the range of activities available. Or guests can relax with a good book in the ship’s library or laze on a steamer deck chair in the sun. The 10 spacious en-suite cabins are the largest in a ship of this type. They feature rich timber panelling and handmade kauri furniture. All are fitted with DVD, stereo, television and individual air-conditioning. Most have doors opening on to the ship’s teak deck.

FACT FILE LINE: Island Escape Cruises VESSELS: Island Passage TONNAGE: 497 GRT MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 24 overnight; 200 day trips TOTAL CREW: 8 ENTERED SERVICE: February 2006 PASSENGER DECKS: 3 REGIONS OPERATE IN: Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand FACILITIES: 10 cabins, facilities for disabled passengers, dining room, library, alfresco and saloon bars, wide-screen plasma TVs in main recreational areas, BBQ area, helicopter, sports fishing boats, passenger transport boat, fishing and snorkelling equipment and kayaks. PRICES: Starting from NZ$2000 per person CONTACT: Island Escape Cruises Limited, +64 9 358 1717 info@islandescape.co.nz www.islandescape.co.nz

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ADVENTURE CRUISING: GEAR

GEAR If you are about to start your big trip, then it is only appropriate you have the right gear for the conditions. Below is the top adventure stuff going around…

EYE EYE CAPTAIN Cancer Council Sunglasses

FLIPPA FUN Adapt A Cap Flippa UPF50+ You’ll look like the authentic adventurer in one of these. An essential for the harsh tropical sun, the awardwinning Adapt A Cap Flippa affords comprehensive sun protection. Designed and made in Australia, the Flippa is essential outdoor headwear and provides a high-level of protection from the sun and environment. Available in a wide range of colours and fabrics. RRP $30 from Cancer Council shops and www.sunprotection.com.au.

Leave your Gucci shades at home and pack a pair of robust and practical Cancer Council polarised sunglasses. All conform to Australian Standard AS1067-2003 and carry an Eye Protection Factor rating of 10 (maximum protection). Polarising filters eliminate 100 per cent of horizontally reflected glare, providing maximum comfort and clarity. Multi-layer lenses are shatter proof, protecting your eyes from accidental damage. From RRP $34.95 in various styles from Cancer Council SunSmart stores or www.cancercouncil.com.au.

THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND Sentinel Windstopper Jacket Light, comfortable and très chic, the Sentinel el range of Windstoppers is made from patented Gortex fabric, designed for the worst conditions and are both waterproof and breathable. But relax, you’ll look great and feel cool even if the weather’s fine. RRP $399.95 from North Face.

KNICKERS TO YOU Icebreaker Merino Next-to-skin garments

WET SET

Each year Icebreaker procures the best merino wool in the world, directly from the best growers in the world – up high in the pure Southern Alps of New Zealand. If the fibre didn’t work, the animals would die every time it snowed. But it does, and they don’t. They’re not cheap, but they keep your bum toasty warm. From RRP $99 from Trek’n’Travel stores or www.icebreaker.com.

Teva Proton 3 Water Bootie When the trip notes say ‘wet landing’ you can laugh, safe in the knowledge you are slip-proofed. Low-profile design, neoprene upper and a super sticky Spider Rubber® outsole combine to create a water-sock like no other. The Proton 3 will give you added protection and comfort whether you are in the water, on the beach or strolling the deck. RRP $89.95 available from www.teva.com/au/index.asp. ADVENTURE CRUISE GUIDE 2008 35

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MATRIX OCEAN ADVENTURES Explore the attractions of the Kimberley coast on an intimate six- or 12-day cruise on the luxury of the Matrix with no more than 11 companions. Matrix is a large and luxurious catamaran designed and constructed for a high level of comfort and luxury while cruising WA’s Kimberley Coast. At 24-metres long and 8.5-metres wide, its maximum of 12 passengers have ample room for privacy. Two of the six cabins are positioned over the top wheelhouse deck; two are on the main deck and there is one in each of the hulls. Each has private en-suite facilities and a queen-sized bed. The vessel has its own chef and is fully licensed. 12- and six-day cruises depart from the ports of Broome or Wyndham. Each cruise offers a range of attractions including getting up close

to waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal art, photographic opportunities and tours of areas of historical significance. Fishing and hiking are among the activities available and trained guides will ensure your Kimberley experience is informative and unforgettable. After enjoying the ruggedness of one of the last great wilderness areas of the world by day, passengers can relax in the evening in the comfort of an intimate and luxurious floating hotel. The limited capacity of Matrix enables groups of friends to book a completely private cruise, while individuals or couples can enjoy the intimate company of like-minded travellers.

Plenty of opportunities to fish

Getting up close to the waterfalls

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LINE: Matrix Ocean Adventures VESSEL: Matrix TONNAGE: 65 tonne MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 12 TOTAL CREW: 5 ENTERED SERVICE: 2004 MONTHS OF OPERATION: 7 OTHER FACILITIES: Spa SUITABLE FOR: Over 18s REGIONS OPERATE IN: North Western Australia CONTACT: (08) 9437 1777 email: info@matrixcruises.com www.matrixcruises.com

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Fresh cuisine

Friends enjoy the unique experiences

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NORTH STAR CRUISES AUSTRALIA Take the Kimberley adventure of a lifetime aboard True North, with one of Australia’s most awarded cruise companies. North Star Cruises Australia is the winner of numerous awards for excellence and offers adventure-cruise options all around the Australian coastline as well as in the stunning waters of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Sea. As an undisputed market leader, North Star offers itineraries especially designed for the most discerning adventurer. The magnificent True North features the ultimate in comfort and style, the finest in fine dining and an Australian crew.

Multiple expedition boats (not Zodiacs) take passengers away in small groups to experience wilderness ‘up close’ and True North also carries a full fishing licence. To add another dimension to the adventure element, True North sails with her very own helicopter. North Star Cruises Australia offers six and twelve day itineraries to cruise the wild and rugged Kimberley coast. A passenger limit of 36 and a crew of 20 ensure attention to detail and excellence in service.

King George Falls

True North crew

FACT FILE COMPANY: North Star Cruises Australia LINE: North Star Cruises VESSELS: True North STAR RATING: 4 star TONNAGE: 750 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 36 TOTAL CREW: 20 ENTERED SERVICE: 2005 MONTHS OF OPERATION: All year OTHER FACILITIES: Bell 407 helicopter,

6 expedition vessels, activity-based itineraries, Australian crew, all cabins with en-suite, fine modern Australian cuisine. SUITABLE FOR: All types of adventure cruising especially shallow water environs REGIONS OPERATE IN: All Australian mainland states & PNG. CONTACT: +61 8 9192 1829 www.northstarcruises.com.au

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GADGETS Every aspiring James Bond needs a host of toys for his/her big adventure. Below are just some of the best ways to feel the part…

FIND YOURSELF Suunto X9i It had to happen. Straight out of Q’s 007 catalogue is the X9i, a wristwatch GPS with compass, altimeter, barometer with weather graph, logbook and multiple time, date and alarm functions. Great for logging wildlife sightings, fishing spots or just keeping your eye on the captain. RRP $999 (inc GST) from Paddy Pallin.

PLUG IN Korjo 240V adaptor set

SPRAY AWAY

You can’t travel without power adaptors and this Korjo triple pack will ensure you’re powered up in most countries. This set combines the USA, UK and European plugs for almost global coverage and all ships. RRP $27.95 from airports and luggage stores.

Lowepro Mini Trekker (AW) The ant’s pants of camera bags, Lowepro’s backpack bags are just the ticket for active photographers. Each item in the All Weather er (AW) range has a retractable spray cover that at will protect your valuable kit from splashes and spray. It’s lightweight, compact and holds a surprising amount of gear. Includes an integrated quick-release tripod holder, attachment loops for optional SlipLock™ accessories, compression straps and lots of pockets. RRP $219.00 from Ted’s Cameras and leading camera stores.

LOG IT Globetrotter’s LogBook Keep track of your journeys and travels in this superbly presented notebook. Includes space for: flags, key figures and souvenirs for the world’s current 193 independent countries and their 58 dependencies and territories; detailed vaccination and flight register; notebook; maps; conversion tables; interesting travel websites per country. The ultimate brag book and a perfect gift for the inveterate traveller. RRP 12.95 from www.globetrotterslogbook.com.

SPLASH OUT Digital Diver Underwater Cameras and Housings Never be afraid of getting your camera wet again. Digital Diver has a range of cameras and housings to get those elusive underwater shots. Waterproof, shock resistant, compact and easy to operate, you can take them hiking, camping, biking, kayaking, skiing or even surfing. From snorkelling snappers to high-res deep divers, there’s a camera or housing to suit. Cameras and housings from RRP $199.00 from www.underwatercameras.com.au.

CHILL OUT Bose QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones Want some quiet time out? Great for that long-haul flight or just to shut out the noise for a while, the super-comfortable Bose QC-3s rest on your ears rather than surrounding them and are superb for noisy environments or just about anywhere you want to do some personal listening. Supplied with airline plug adaptor. RRP $599.99 from quality audio stores.

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ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES Orion Expedition Cruises is Australia’s Luxury Expedition Cruise Line. Orion is a purpose-built expeditionary vessel. Orion is modern and comfortable, practical and luxurious, from its expert guides to the chilled champagne onboard. Staterooms and suites all offer ocean views, TV/DVD, sitting areas and marble en-suite bathrooms. She boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Heavy-duty Zodiacs enable guests to be whisked away to experience an array of Shoreside Expeditions. The Kimberley: Orion’s voyages showcase the wild and remote Kimberley coastline. Departing from Darwin or Broome, Orion’s specialist expedition team will lead your exploration of pristine beaches, rugged waterfalls, gorges abundant with wildlife and rock art.

Papua New Guinea: Departing Cairns or Rabaul, you’ll be enchanted by the culture and friendliness of these exotic islands – from unique handicrafts and stunning beaches to diving, active volcanoes, tropical fjords and the iconic Sepik river. Antarctica: Extraordinary wildlife, towering glaciers and snow-shrouded mountains abound. These expeditions follow in the footsteps of Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson who, in 1911, led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Asia (new to 2009): Orion’s new Voyages of Discovery will visit Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Sub-Antarctic Islands (new to 2009): With a plethora of wildlife thriving on the World Heritage-listed islands, these voyages have been designed to provide extreme wildlife experiences.

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Zodiacs explore off Indian Head in the Kimberley

LINE: Orion Expedition Cruises VESSELS: Orion STAR RATING: 5 star TONNAGE: 4000 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 106 TOTAL CREW: 76 ENTERED SERVICE: 2005 MONTHS OF OPERATION: 36 OTHER FACILITIES: Spa, sauna, hairdresser, massage and gym SUITABLE FOR: Luxury expeditions, ‘soft’ adventure REGIONS OPERATE IN: The Kimberley, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Antarctica. New to 2009: Sub-Antarctic Islands; Asia PRICES: Starting from $8,430 for 10or 11-night Kimberley Departures; from $8,600 for 11-night Papua New Guinea departures PLEASE NOTE: Scuba diving/snorkelling, kayaking and fishing (in some places) can be done on Orion, but these are not the focus CONTACT: Orion Expedition Cruises 1300 361 012 www.orionexpeditions.com.au

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Sunset in Antarctica

Orion in Rabaul Harbour, PNG

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PEARL SEA COASTAL CRUISES What better way to explore the wild and remote Kimberley coastline than in an intimate, purpose-built vessel? Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises is the expert in this area. Today the 1800-million-year-old Kimberley region remains one of the world’s last unique wilderness areas, featuring rugged escarpments, dramatic ranges, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls. Days are filled with a myriad of activities that will ensure your exploration of this wilderness is comprehensive. Wonder at the massive tidal movements, rock formations and natural history of this ancient land. There are plenty of opportunities for you to participate in excursions exploring the rivers and estuaries aboard our excursion tenders, and shore excursions to gorges, glorious freshwater swimming holes and ancient rock art sites including the mystical tasselled figures of the Bradshaw paintings. Multi-award-winning Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises operates its West Australian itinerary on the Kimberley Quest II between the months of March through to October, and cruises the Northwest Coast of WA along spectacular wilderness areas of the Kimberley. Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises specialises

in seven or 13 day scenic cruises and nature-based ecological expeditions. The Kimberley Quest II is dedicated to offering a unique opportunity to experience the splendid isolation of the Kimberley in comfortable surrounds. Custom-built for the remote Kimberley region, Kimberley Quest II allows easy access to many inaccessible and untouched places. The 25-metre fully air-conditioned cruise expedition craft carries just 18 passengers and offers a range of wellappointed en-suited cabins. Our friendly, experienced crew are happy to share their extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of this ancient land. Allow us to convey our enthusiasm and passion for the area, forging the sights and sounds of the Kimberley into your memory forever. Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises is committed to maximising customer service, providing the best leaders and focusing on the environment and indigenous culture of this unique land.

King George Falls

FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises VESSEL: Kimberley Quest II MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 18 TOTAL CREW: 6 ENTERED SERVICE: 2004 MONTHS OF OPERATION: March-October OTHER FACILITIES: Custom-built to explore the Kimberley, fully air- conditioned, helipad. Twin, double, superior and flybridge cabins, all equipped with ensuites SUITABLE FOR: All adults REGIONS OPERATE IN: North West coast of Western Australia CONTACT: +61 8 91936131 reservations@kimberleyquest.com.au www.kimberleyquest.com.au

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Horizontal Falls

Kimberley Quest II at anchor in the Hunter River

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PEREGRINE ADVENTURES Discover the amazing Galapagos Islands or journey to the ends of the Earth with the leaders in small group adventure travel. Peregrine Adventures invites travellers to embrace their spirit of adventure and head ‘off the beaten track’ on a Galapagos Islands expedition voyage. Here, you’ll discover one of the world’s best marine reserves in a small group and with an expert English-speaking naturalist. Guests of the Peregrine Endeavour spend as much time as possible on shore excursions, with impact on the environment minimised by the group size of no more than 16 like-minded travellers. You’ll see animal species in their natural habitats, including giant Galapagos tortoises, blue footed and masked boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions, whales and sea turtles. Because of their intimate knowledge of their homeland, the sights, culture and language, Peregrine’s Ecuadorian crew are also a highlight of this spectacular journey. You’ll learn so much more about your destination. Expedition voyages may also be combined with trips to mainland South America where the focus is on culture and history as well as trekking. Peregrine’s voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, the Canadian

and Spitsbergen High Arctic are the ultimate in wilderness experiences. Antarctica is a magical world of giant icebergs, glimmering mountains and icy plains; and with expert guides, passengers discover wildlife populations in natural sanctuaries set amid magnificent scenery, while learning about the fascinating history of the region. Peregrine also journey to the Falklands, where black-browed albatross raise their chicks and to South Georgia where the king penguins and elephant seals line the shores. Among the High Arctic adventures, the Peregrine Mariner and Peregrine Voyager make their bid to traverse one of the world’s most elusive sea routes – the Northwest Passage – encountering polar bears along the way and, conditions permitting, hiking on the tundra to visit a remote community. Much of the time is spent off the ship exploring by Zodiac boats or through shore excursionsconditions permitting twice-daily. Sea kayaking, hiking and photography are other activities on these once-in-a-lifetime Polar voyages.

Wildlife-watching in the Galapagos

FACT FILE ANTARCTICA & ARCTIC VESSELS: Peregrine Mariner & Peregrine Voyager, working Russian ice-strengthened research vessels. STAR RATING: N/A TONNAGE: 6450 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 110 TOTAL CREW: 53 ENTERED SERVICE: 1989 MONTHS OF OPERATION: DecemberMarch in the Antarctic and JuneSeptember in the High Arctic. OTHER FACILITIES: Sun-deck, 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, sun-deck, 2 motor boats. CABINS: 8 well-appointed air-conditioned cabins (no bunk beds). CONTACT: 1300 854 445 www.peregrineadventures.com

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Polar bears

King penguins, South Georgia

PHOTO BY JAMES FRANKHAM

Exploring by Zodiac

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PAUL GAUGUIN The Paul Gauguin is the only luxury cruise ship specifically designed to cruise the South Pacific. Voyages sail year round to the four most enchanting jewels in the Society Islands. Paul Gauguin visits Raiatea, the “Cradle of Polynesian Civilization”, Motu Mahana, our own private paradise, and Bora Bora. Hard to imagine anything more heavenly than this Bali Hai – until you sail to Moorea – inarguably the most beautiful island of them all. Just as the islands offer everything you could imagine, so does your voyage aboard Paul Gauguin. On board in your all-inclusive environment where all beverages (including select wines and spirits) are served complimentary throughout the ship,

and all shipboard gratuities are included, you may indulge your every whim with award-winning fine dining, colourful entertainment, spa services by renowned Carita of Paris, a watersports platform with all manner of marine activities, and luxury accommodation. Here, in this arc of heavenly islands you will enjoy complete cultural immersion through more personalised experiences. Come take a wave runner around an island, enjoy a snorkelling tour or hop aboard a Zodiac for some diving – right from Paul Gauguin’s own watersports platform – and discover paradise, both above and below the sea.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Ultimate Cruising LINE: Regent Seven Seas Cruises VESSEL: Paul Gauguin STAR RATING: 6 star TONNAGE: 19200 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 330 TOTAL CREW: 215 ENTERED SERVICE: 1998 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year Round OTHER FACILITIES: Spa, fitness centre, boutique shop, casino, disco, restaurant, piano bar, Zodiac SUITABLE FOR: All ages REGIONS OPERATE IN: Society Islands GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti Nui CONTACT: Ultimate Cruising 1300 662 943 www.ultimatecruising.com.au

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PONANT CRUISES Ponant Cruises is the premier French-flagged adventure cruise line. Marseilles-based La Compagnie des Iles du Ponant (Ponant Cruises) was founded in 1988 and is the premier French-flagged cruise line operating three vessels of remarkably different configuration. The flagship, Le Ponant, is an intimate and modern three-masted luxury sailing yacht. The sleek and futuristic Le Levant could be James Bond’s newest plaything, while the grande dame, Le Diamant, is a classic expedition vessel built for both comfort and the rigours of Arctic service.

At 8000 tonnes she carries 226 passengers to the far corners of the globe, including the Arctic, Antarctic, South America, British Isles and the Mediterranean. She will become one of the largest, most comfortable ships still able to conduct shore excursions in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters. Despite her French-flag status, she is well able to cater for English-speaking guests. Ponant currently has two new luxury expedition vessels under construction, due to enter service in 2010.

Expedition cruising with Ponant

Travel in small ship luxury

FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Ponant Cruises VESSEL: Le Diamant TONNAGE: 8282 tons MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 226 TOTAL CREW: 140 ENTERED SERVICE: 1974 (refurb 2003) FACILITIES: 5 passenger decks. Main lounge for entertaining and lectures. Library, smaller lounges and Observation Lounge with panoramic views. Fitness room, pool, massage room and hairdresser are available. CABINS: 113 spacious air-conditioned cabins, some with private balcony and others with panoramic sea view. Suites range from 17 to 37 square metres. All have sea view, 10 have private balconies, and each has double or twin beds, private bathroom with bathtub or shower, bathrobes, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV, radio with music channels, DVD player and telephone DESTINATIONS: Northern Europe and Greenland (Arctic), Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea, Iberian Peninsula, Red Sea and Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South and Central America and Antarctica CONTACT: +1300 369 848 www.ecruising.travel HISTORY & CULTURE

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SCENIC TOURS Escape the ‘everyday’ and get close to nature on a tour of South America or the Antarctic on the Ultimate Touring Experience. Join Scenic Tours on the Ultimate Touring Experience of Antarctica where you can leave the modern world behind and be close to the most natural places on earth. Cruise on board Minerva, purpose-built for expedition sailings to Antarctica, with guest quarters amongst the most spacious and comfortable available, all with outside views. On board, the glow of the burnished wood, polished brass and striking artworks create an atmosphere that is graceful and elegant. Our journeys to Antarctica are a soft adventure

experience with unique opportunities for face-toface wildlife encounters. On most days, you will make two landings on the South Shetland Islands, havens for wildlife. See vast penguin rookeries, Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals and many more. Be guided by a professional expedition team, in expeditionary Zodiacs, who will lead you through inlets and unexplored territory for what will be a truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tours range from a 31-day South America and Antarctic cruise and a 38-day Antarctica and The Falkland Islands cruise.

Southern elephant seal

FACT FILE COMPANY: Scenic Tours LINE: Swan Hellenic VESSELS: Minerva STAR RATING: Luxury TONNAGE: 12,500 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 350 TOTAL CREW: 160 ENTERED SERVICE: 1996 MONTHS OF OPERATION: November-February REGIONS OPERATE IN: Antarctica SUITABLE FOR: 55 plus CONTACT 1300 136 001 www.scenictours.com

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STAR FLYER Alluring Tahiti – nothing quite conjures up the spirit of romance like a cruise on the magnificent luxury sailing ship Star Flyer. The elegant clipper Star Flyer, with the ambience and facilities of a private yacht, is now based in Papeete year-round offering seven-, 10- and 11-night sailings to the most spectacular islands in French Polynesia, cruising through the Society Islands and the remote Tuamotus. Magical Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Raiatea and Huahine – explorers Captain James Cook and Samuel Wallis – writers and artists Somerset Maugham, James Michener and Paul Gauguin – these are all part of the exotic, colour-saturated canvas of French Polynesia. The best way to see and experience it all is on a leisurely cruise on Star Flyer, a classically intimate ship of 115-metres long carrying a maximum of only 170 passengers and able to anchor in hidden

bays and coves inaccessible to larger traditional cruise ships. From the deck of the Star Flyer with a glass of champagne in hand as the giant sails unfold, the breathtaking colours of Tahiti’s lagoons, mist-shrouded mountains and pristine beaches offer an unique experience. Star Flyer is a true clipper ship with its theme of polished brass, teakwood and gleaming mahogany rails, combining the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships with the latest in high-tech navigation and passenger pampering. There’s a five-star dining room (smart casual dress and open seating), dishes created by a famous French chef, two swimming pools, a cocktail lounge, a library and tropical bar on deck.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Ultimate Cruising LINE: Star Clippers VESSEL: Star Flyer STAR RATING: 4 star TONNAGE: 3500 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 170 TOTAL CREW: 70 ENTERED SERVICE: 1990 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Open seating restaurant, bars, library, lounge, pool and boutique shop. SUITABLE FOR: All ages REGIONS OPERATE IN: French Polynesia GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti Nui CONTACT: Ultimate Cruising 1300 662 943 www.ultimatecruising.com.au

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STAR CLIPPERS Adventure cruising is in a class of its own aboard Star Clippers’ three luxury clipper ships. Year-round, the fleet’s 134-metre flagship Royal Clipper and 115-metre sister ships Star Flyer and Star Clipper carry adventure enthusiasts in style around the Caribbean, the French and Italian Rivieras, the Greek Isles, Croatian ports from Venice to Rome, and from Phuket to pristine islands in the Andaman Sea and Malaysian waters. The Star Flyer cruises the islands of French Polynesia. The replica clippers represent a dream come true for the owner, Swedish yachtsman Mikael Krafft, as they blend the romance and traditions of sailing with the luxury and space-age cruising technologies of a private yacht.

Passengers are pampered in an intimate, casual atmosphere with meals designed by a French Michelin chef. There is a cocktail lounge, tropical bar and a quiet retreat in the timber-lined library. Luxurious cabins feature marble-lined bathrooms, television, in-house video and directdial telephone. On deck, with a backdrop of billowing sails, there are two swimming pools and more space per passenger than on conventional super-liners. Passengers can haul ropes to set the sails and climb a mast to the crow’s nest to enjoy a bottle of champagne.

The Star Clipper under sail

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Traditional, romantic cruising is spacious and luxurious on the Star Clippers fleet

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LINE: Star Clippers VESSELS: Royal Clipper, Star Clipper & Star Flyer STAR RATING: 4+ TONNAGE: Star Flyer, 3035; Royal Clipper, 5000 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 & Indian & Atlantic Ocean crossings SUITABLE FOR: Adventurers of all ages CONTACT: Toll-free 1300 362 599 sales@creativecruising.com.au www.starclippers.com

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The Royal Clipper’s lavish dining room

Heading to shore

Climb to the crow’s nest for champagne with a view

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VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY From the Mediterranean to the ports of Africa, from Rio to Antarctica, Voyages of Discovery offer value-for-money soft adventure cruising. Cruise in classic comfort aboard Mv Discovery with around 660 fellow passengers and a team of highly acclaimed port lecturers and guest speakers who will add a rare insight into the places you visit. Built for global cruising, Discovery is large enough to sail the world’s great oceans, yet small enough to reach the places others leave aside. Behind her classic lines, the emphasis is on space, service and understated elegance with friendly, experienced British captains, European officers and an attentive Filipino crew. Discovery begins her European season in May, cruising to Norway, Iceland and the Faroes, and the Northern capitals where the Baltic cruises include at least two full days in St Petersburg. In September Discovery heads to the Mediterranean, to explore the Italian coast, Greece, the Black and Red Seas and some fascinating ports of North Africa including Alexandria, Valetta and Al Khums, Tripoli and Benghazi in Libya.

Discovery’s world season explores a wealth of diverse, faraway lands from Rio to one of the earth’s most unspoilt, yet fragile worlds – Antarctica. Guests make landings on the Antarctic Peninsula in the company of expert guides to learn about the whales and winged creatures that take shelter there. After exploring the Falkland Islands and the Chilean Fjords, Discovery continues to South Africa and the beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean including Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maldives. From India it’s on to the Red Sea, where Discovery sails to the ports of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean before heading back to the UK. Passengers may extend their voyage by adding optional tours. Alternatively, Voyages of Discovery’s Grand Voyages allow passengers to link up consecutive itineraries, meaning the further you travel, the more you save.

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FACT FILE COMPANY: Discovery Cruises LINE: Voyages of Discovery VESSELS: Mv Discovery STAR RATING: 4 star TONNAGE: 20,216 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 674 (500 in Antarctica) TOTAL CREW: 305 ENTERED SERVICE: 2003 for Voyages of Discovery MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: 5 Zodiacs SUITABLE FOR: All age groups except young children REGIONS OPERATE IN: Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia, South Africa & Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean, North Africa, Baltic, Norwegian Fjords CONTACT: +61 2 9959 1380 www.voyagesofdiscovery.net.au

HISTORY & CULTURE

SCENIC

PHOTOGRAPHY

WILDLIFE

SCIENTIFIC/EXPEDITIONARY

SCUBA/SNORKELLING

HIKING

KAYAKING

FISHING

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Whale-watching from Mv Discovery

Wildlife at Gold Harbour, South Georgia

Zodiac explorers at Paradise Bay, Antarctica

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ADVENTURE CRUISING

WINDSTAR CRUISES Double your European cruising options on board Windstar’s romantic motor yachts, with their new back-to-back itineraries. The Connoisseurs’ Collection lets passengers double their fun and adventure by indulging in more tours, blissful pampering and exquisite cuisine. Imagine a 14-night cruise on the romantic five-masted msy Wind Surf combining two sevennight itineraries to seductive and secluded bays, dropping anchor at a dozen ports right in the heart of intriguing, ancient European towns. At nearly three times the size of her sister ships, the Wind Surf carries 312 pampered guests in 154 staterooms. There are 31 ocean view suites, two bridge suites and 123 deluxe oceanview staterooms. On board, there are full days at sea for unwinding while sampling spa treatments. Several types of massage therapy and other luxury treatments are offered, as well as a range of fitness and wellness programs available with the guidance of professional instructors. Kayaking and waterskiing from the ship’s sports platform satisfy

the more adventurous. Guests tour glamorous Riviera ports by day, while every night there’s a new menu to sample in the elegant restaurant or bistro, with plenty of entertainment and surprises to follow. Art and history lovers will appreciate the exotic blend of Moorish culture on the Rome-BarcelonaLisbon cruise during October when passengers will explore the sun-drenched Spanish islands of Minorca and Mallorca. Ibiza is serenely beautiful at this time of year, after the summer party crowds have left this cosmopolitan island. Take time in Barcelona to stroll along its elegant boulevards, enjoy the shopping or to marvel at the artworks of Picasso, Gaudí and Miró. At Malaga there are castles and forts to visit plus day trips to Granada or Cordoba. Exotic Tangier, once the haunt of writers and artists, is next. After a few leisurely days spent cruising the Algarve coast, you will arrive revitalised in Lisbon. The port of Amalfi in Italy

FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Windstar Cruises VESSEL: Wind Surf (formerly Club Med I) STAR RATING: 4+ TONNAGE: 14,745 tons MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 308 TOTAL CREW: 163 ENTERED SERVICE: Feb 1990/May 1998 MONTHS OF OPERATION: May to October from Nice; November to March, from Barbados OTHER FACILITIES: Large hydraulic water sports platform, 12 windsurfers, 3 sailboats, 2 water-ski boats, 20 single scuba tanks, snorkels, 4 Zodiacs, 2 small saltwater swimming pools, business centre with internet access and meeting room, main lounge and integrated casino, dance floor SUITABLE FOR: Young-minded couples or singles; relaxed dress code, chic setting REGIONS OPERATE IN: Europe; Caribbean CONTACT: 1300 857 437 ttwmail@traveltheworld.com.au www.traveltheworld.com.au

HISTORY & CULTURE

SCENIC

PHOTOGRAPHY

WILDLIFE

SCIENTIFIC/EXPEDITIONARY

SCUBA/SNORKELLING

HIKING

KAYAKING

FISHING

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The breathtaking AmalямБ coast, Italy

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The ancient town of Lisbon in Portugal

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INDEX

WHERE TO GO, WHO CAN TAKE YOU THERE AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Alaska and Canada

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Alaska Bound (Cruise West and America Safari)........................................................................16, 17, 18 Peregrine Adventures .................................................................. 44, 45 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47

Blue Lagoon Cruises .................................................................... 22, 23 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47

Antarctica Adventure Associates ........................................................................ 14 Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20 Heritage Expeditions ................................................................... 32, 33 Orion Expedition Cruises ............................................................ 40, 41 Peregrine Adventures .................................................................. 44, 45 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47 Scenic Tours ........................................................................................... 48 Voyages of Discovery ................................................................. 52, 53

Arctic Adventure Associates ..........................................................................14 Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20 Peregrine Adventures ................................................................. 44, 45

Australia, Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays Coral Princess Cruises ................................................................ 26, 27 Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................................... 40, 41 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47

Hawaiian Islands Alaska Bound (American Safari) ..................................................... 18

Southeast Asia Adventure Associates ..........................................................................14 Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................................... 40, 41 Star Clippers ................................................................................... 50, 51

New Zealand Island Escape Cruises .......................................................................... 34 Coral Princess Cruises ................................................................. 26, 27

Papua New Guinea and Melanesia Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20 Blue Lagoon Cruises .................................................................... 22, 23 Coral Princess Cruises ................................................................. 26, 27 Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................................... 40, 41 Ponant Cruises ....................................................................................... 47

Russian Far East Aurora Expeditions .............................................................................. 20 Heritage Expeditions ................................................................... 32, 33

Australia, Broome and Kimberley region Broome and Kimberley Holidays ................................................... 25 Cannon Charters .................................................................................. 28 Coral Princess Cruises ................................................................. 26, 27 Matrix Ocean Adventures .......................................................... 36, 37 North Star Cruises ............................................................................... 38 Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................................... 40, 41 Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises .......................................................... 42, 43 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47

South America, Patagonia and Galapagos Islands Peregrine Adventures .................................................................. 44, 45 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47

Sub-Antarctic Islands Heritage Expeditions ................................................................... 32, 33 Orion Expedition Cruises ........................................................... 40, 41

China and Tibet Helen Wongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tours ..................................................................... 30, 31

Europe and Mediterranean

Aranui ....................................................................................................... 19 Bareboat Cruises .................................................................................. 21 Bora Bora Cruises ................................................................................ 24 Paul Gauguin ......................................................................................... 46 Haumana Cruises.................................................................................. 29 Star Clippers ................................................................................... 50, 51 Star Flyer ................................................................................................. 49

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Adventure Associates ......................................................................... 14 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 47 Star Clippers ................................................................................... 50, 51 Voyages of Discovery .................................................................. 52, 53 Windstar Cruises ........................................................................... 54, 55

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