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Adventure guide

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Adventure guide

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AutuMN 2009 Spirit of Oceanus Vietnam Cruise West Small Ship Adventure Company p. 56 Editor, Cruise Passenger Sally Macmillan sally.macmillan@edgecustom.com.au Contributing Editor, Writer and Photographer Roderick Eime Publisher Fergus Stoddart Designers Young-Sun Hwang, Kate tennant Sub-editors Renata Ficek, Sanchia Pegley Advertising Chris Waite Phone: +612 8962 2602 chris.waite@edgecustom.com.au Advertising Coordinator Rebecca Villis Phone: +612 8962 2607 rebecca.villis@edgecustom.com.au Subscriptions Reply Paid 506, QVB NSW 1229 Phone: 1300 668 905 www.subscribenow.com.au/cruise Printed by Greenloch Print Essentials Distributed nationally by Gordon and Gotch

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Welcome to the second edition of Cruise Passenger magazine’s Adventure Cruise Guide.

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his year, more than ever, expedition cruising will be for the hardy and determined. With cash-strapped American travellers dwindling from the ranks of adventure cruisers, many operators will find the going tough and we may even see the demise of a few cruise lines. the flip side for committed adventurers is that small-ship and expedition cruise companies are, just like their big-ship counterparts, offering exciting incentives for both early-bird and last-minute bookings. expect to see such inducements as free airfares, companion offers (such as 2-for-1) and deep discounts as companies trade off profits against occupancy rates to stay liquid. if you’ve been contemplating an adventure cruise this year, it may be the best time to strike. Australian-based companies offering fares in Australian dollars may be the best bet and a good excuse to see some of our stunning coastline, which American and european cruisers travel around the world to see. these same companies are pushing out from our own shorelines to nearby destinations such as new Zealand, Papua new guinea, Fiji, tahiti, vanuatu and the mysterious solomon islands – countries often visited by the big ships, but being rediscovered by niche vessels able to penetrate the narrow waterways and inlets. even cruises on our own doorstep, to places such as tasmania, are growing in popularity. the Kimberley has grown to become one of Australia’s most popular cruising destinations. the region’s remoteness and unspoilt scenery attract visitors from all over the country and the world. spectacular waterfalls such as the King george Falls and curious phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls are only a small part of the lure of the area. the region is resplendent in not only wildlife and birdlife but also in thousands of years of Aboriginal tradition and culture. For those wanting reconnect with nature learn about their own history, there are some fascinating destinations. some highlights include the galapagos islands, the great Barrier reef and the Amazon. the spirit of true discovery is still alive and well with more companies attempting ground-breaking expeditions to the two extremes of the world – the Arctic and the Antarctic – as well as other cool places such as Alaska and the russian Far east. While most of the world seems beset with financial woes, conflict and concerns for climate change, experiencing the delicate and endangered environments and cultures of our fragile planet has never been more urgent. Adventure and expedition cruising aboard low-impact vessels remains one of the most responsible and sustainable means for doing so. We hope you will find inspiration and ideas for your next journey in these pages.

roderick eime Contributing editor


Adventure Cruising: contents

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It’s not all ice and thermal underwear – adventure travel is only as tough as you want to make it.

We take a look at what some cruise companies are doing to lessen their load on the Earth.

Going for the soft touch

responsible cruising

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Five of the most popular and rewarding excursions available on the world’s expedition fleet.

Meet two early pioneers of travel photography and film, Frank Hurley and Hubert Wilkins.

a shore bet

footsteps

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A hallmark of expedition cruising is learning, discovery and enrichment.

A quick checklist of things to consider when you’ve never taken an adventure cruise before.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

first-timers

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15 directory Adventure World.......................................................16 Alaska Bound..............................................................18 Aurora Expeditions...................................................20 Blue Lagoon Cruises.................................................22 Cannon Charters........................................................24 Captain Cook Cruises...............................................25 Coral Princess Cruises..............................................26 The Great Escape Charter Company....................29 G.A.P Adventures.......................................................30 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises................................................32 Helen Wong’s Tours..................................................34 Heritage Expeditions................................................36 Island Escape Cruises...............................................38

Kimberley Cruise Centre..........................................39 K2O Kimberley to Ocean..........................................40 Matrix Cruises............................................................42 MyPlanet: Hurtigruten............................................43 Nordic Travel..............................................................44 North Star Cruises Australia..................................45 One Tide Charters......................................................46 Opal Shell Yacht Charters.......................................48 Orion Expedition Cruises.........................................50 Peregrine Adventures...............................................52 Ponant Cruises...........................................................54 The Small Ship Adventure Company...................56 Star Clippers...............................................................58 Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising........................60 Tempo Holidays.......................................................... 61 Tucan Travel................................................................62 Tui Tai Expeditions Fiji Islands...............................64 Windstar Cruises.......................................................66 Adventure cruise guide 2009 www.cruises.com.au 03

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French Polynesia

Going for the soft touch

MV Orion: all the luxuries of big ships

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

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Adventure Cruising: soft touch Enjoy a soothing massage, Fiji style

Easter Island’s largest stand of Moai, Ahu Tongariki

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True North passengers do it tough

New Ireland visitors with Oceanic Discoverer passengers

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

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Adventure Cruising: destinations

50 Years of Victory

a shore bet Adventure cruising gives you the chance to get close to the action in some of the world’s most remote and pristine spots. Here are five of the most rewarding expeditions available on the world’s expedition fleet. Papua New Guinea 06 Adventure cruise guide 2009 www.cruises.com.au

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Adventure Cruising: going ashore Iguana in the Galapagos

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Mawson’s Hut

etting off your expedition ship can often be more exciting than getting on. Shore excursions to some of the world’s most isolated and fascinating locations are what attract passengers with a welldeveloped sense of adventurew. Often, your vessel is simply the means to experience the world. Among the different excursions, there are the ‘must-do’s’ and the aspirational adventures that gain maximum dinner party points. Here are just five of the most popular and rewarding excursions available on the world’s expedition fleet.

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3. Extreme South

1. Top of the World

4. The Origin of Species

One hundred years ago, during the so-called heroic age of exploration, men endured unimaginable privations in order to explore Antarctica. Many died, including the famous Robert Falcon Scott on his return voyage from the South Pole. Now it’s possible to visit some of these carefully preserved and restored timber huts. Those of Mawson, Shackleton and Scott are all packed with equipment and history that require careful attention to keep them from disappearing forever. Quark, Aurora and Orion all have itineraries that include visits to these ‘shrines’.

Ninety degrees north is about as far as you can go. The North Pole has to be the pinnacle in adventure cruising and it is available on the world’s most powerful icebreaker, the brand new, nuclear-powered Russian vessel 50 Let Pobedy (meaning 50 years since victory). At the top, enjoy a barbecue on the ice and an obligatory dance around the pole. Adventure Associates and Peregrine Adventure Tours can get you there.

The enchanted islands of the Galapagos have long held our imagination and been the subject of countless documentaries and television specials. To walk the volcanic shores of these islands is to truly visit another world. The ghastly iguanas, the majestic albatross and lumbering giant tortoises all conspire to create a scene from The Land That Time Forgot. Adventure Associates and Peregrine can help you.

2. Secret Ceremonies

5. Beneath the Waves

Papua New Guinea is a land of magic and sorcery. Much of this is kept away from prying eyes, but the islands of the Kula trading ring in the Solomon Sea occasionally burst into colourful celebration, particularly during the yam harvest. The dancing and ceremonies are eye-popping as the most beautiful and eligible young men and women dance in a vivacious routine. Orion, Aurora, North Star Cruises and Coral Princess Cruises all have PNG itineraries.

Not every excursion involves a beach, a jungle hike or an iceberg. Below the surface is a fascinating world full of wild and colourful life. All vessels offer snorkelling and several carry fully qualified PADI divemasters to guide you into Neptune’s realm. The Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu all offer exceptional diving opportunities that include not only the fascinating marine environment, but also wrecks and artifacts from World War II. Coral Princess Cruises, North Star Cruises and Captain Cook all offer onboard divemasters.

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Expand your horizons Expedition cruising is as much about activities for the mind as well as the body.

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

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Swim with the mighty whale shark; Mick Fogg; Nancy Sullivan; Bob Headland. OPPOSITE:

Icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov.

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Responsible Cruising The Cruise Passenger Adventure Cruise Guide looks at what some cruise companies are doing to lessen their load on the Earth and preserve what’s left.

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Coral Princess ashore on the Great Barrier Reef

Giving back to remote villages in PNG

Inuit villagers in traditional costume, Chukotka Province, Siberia

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mall-ship, adventure and expedition cruise lines pride themselves on environmental and social responsibility, but ethical travel goes far beyond planting trees and writing cheques.

Giving Back An activity almost all adventure cruise operators embark on is delivering much-needed supplies to the remote communities they visit. Unfortunately, some island and isolated villages are beyond the end of the supply chain when it comes to educational, medical and staple supplies. In Papua New Guinea, for example, school and first-aid supplies are often exhausted long before they reach their intended destination. Cruise lines play an important role in delivering books, stationery and simple medicines directly to these outlying communities. To circumvent bureaucracy, passengers are asked to bring donations in their spare luggage. These are then pooled and delivered at pre-arranged locations during the cruise. It is often a source of great satisfaction for passengers to see their donations go to teachers and students who often have to share pencils and textbooks as part of their daily routine. At first-aid posts, simple items such as paracetamol, disinfectant and fresh bandages are gratefully received. On a larger scale, Orion Expedition Cruises’ corporate and passenger support is helping to rebuild a Sepik village schoolhouse destroyed during a storm. Ask your cruise company about its aid projects and make sure you have stocks to contribute.

Carbon Offsets Emission offset programs are sometimes contentious and have come under criticism for ‘being seen to be green’ rather than delivering tangible results. Cruise companies, large and small, are contributing to these offset programs, which usually involve reforestation, alternative energy programs and carbon capture. More visible activities include installation of solar panels and wind turbine generators, which Galapagos operator, Ecoventura, has embarked upon.

Tourism and the Preservation of Culture In a world increasingly driven by market economies and materialistic ideals, responsible tourism can help preserve endangered cultures. We can all recall the paternalistic traits of last century: quaint, ‘island’ carvings from the Pacific and tourist trap trinkets stamped ‘Made in China’, all at the expense of the original cultures they portray. Today, travellers are more discerning and critical of bogus souvenirs and fake artifacts. Fussy travellers are demanding genuine items, crafted by authentic artisans using traditional materials and methods. This intolerance for cheap copies is having a healthy impact on local industries that are producing valuable items such as paintings, sculptures and jewellery. Dances and performances by native troupes are much sought after in adventure cruise travel. Authenticity is expected and in many places around the world indigenous peoples are reviving and maintaining waning practices thanks to the demand from small-ship travellers. Examples include the marginalised Inuit cultures of Siberia, America’s First Nation people, the Pacific Islanders and the many cultures throughout South-East Asia. Tips: Some Australian flag-bearers with programs in place include: Coral Princess Cruises, Aurora Expeditions, Orion Expedition Cruises and Captain Cook Cruises (Fiji).

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Never give money to beggars. It encourages reliance on handouts and creates serious social disturbance in poorer communities. Don’t reward people who have performing animals and don’t buy objects made from endangered species. See www.environment.gov.au for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Adventure cruise guide 2009 www.cruises.com.au 11

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Zodiac adventurers in Antarctica

Following in their footsteps Two Australian pioneers of travel photography and film continue to inspire artists and travellers today with their adventures and exploration of previously un-documented territories.

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howman Captain Frank Hurley and modest Sir Hubert Wilkins both shared a dream of documenting life in difficult and sometimes lifethreatening situations. The two men lived almost parallel lives and today continue to be a source of inspiration for people’s own travels.

Captain ‘Frank’ Hurley OBE James Francis (Frank) Hurley was born in Glebe, Sydney on October 15, 1885 and showed an early interest in photography, joining a local postcard company in 1905, a trade he would later fall back on. Hurley joined the 1911 Australasian Antarctic Expedition of Douglas Mawson as photographer and upon his return in 1914 set out again with Ernest Shackleton on his now-legendary Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition that became marooned in the ice of the Weddel Sea. When the survivors finally abandoned ship, Hurley fought with Shackleton to retain his precious glass plate negatives, arguing that they would be needed to tell the story – should they survive or not. His famous documentary film South is the result. Hurley was a showman who made full use of the available technology and travelled widely to exhibit his films. Some of his methods were controversial, but nevertheless, he received critical acclaim and commercial success for his adventurous exploits, including the sensational Pearls and

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Adventure Cruising pioneers

Savages filmed during his two extensive trips into Papua New Guinea in primitive floatplanes between 1920 and 1923. Hurley clashed with the new wave of daring filmmakers who saw him as old-fashioned and eccentric, but he continued to produce everything from government documentaries to landscapes. A self-styled loner, he retained the title of Captain to enhance his profile until he died in Sydney in 1962.

Sir George Hubert Wilkins MC (and Bar) Born near Adelaide in 1888, George Hubert Wilkins was the youngest of a large pioneering rural family and, disheartened by the harsh farm life, set out for Sydney, then England, to find his fortune. By 1912, he was on the front line, filming the Balkan War. From that moment on, Wilkins’ life was one of almost non-stop adventure, exploration and discovery. After returning from a controversial arctic expedition, he worked under Hurley in the trenches of World War I, often photographing forward of enemy lines and having many narrow escapes. Australian Commander General Sir John Monash described him as the bravest man he had ever seen. Wilkins was awarded the Military Cross and Bar. Wilkins returned to exploration and aviation, making numerous daring and groundbreaking flights at both ends of the earth. He also spent many months living with un-contacted tribes of Aborigines while under assignment from the British Museum. For this and his other work, he was knighted by King George V in 1928. His collaboration with media magnate Randolph Hearst led him to travel around the world on the German airship Graf Zeppelin, attempt to take an old US submarine under the ice to the North Pole and make yet more trips to the Antarctic with his friend and benefactor, Lincoln Ellsworth. A man of enormous integrity and honour, Wilkins’ lack of fame was described by one contemporary as a result of “his aggressive modesty”. He died quietly and suddenly of heart failure in his hotel room in 1958 and his ashes were scattered at the North Pole by US submariners as a mark of respect.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Frank Hurley’s famous photo of Ernest Shackleton setting out from Elephant Island; the man himself; Frank Hurley; a Wilkins’ photograph.

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AdVEnTUrE CrUiSing: first-tiMers

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My first adventure Going on your first expedition cruise need not be a daunting affair. Here’s a quick checklist of things to consider.

n A small-ship adventure or expedition cruise is not a regular cruise. Schedules can and often do change from day to day depending on weather and opportunities. You need to be a ‘go with the flow’ sort of person with a natural curiosity about the world. n The standard advice is to choose a destination first, then select a ship that suits your taste and budget. Are you used to the finer things like hotel-style cabins and silver service? Or are you happy as long as the bed is comfortable and clean and there’s plenty of food? Ask your travel agent lots of questions. n Once you’ve made your choice, pay attention to the suggested packing list. This has been refined after a lot of experience. For example, are gumboots and parka supplied? Take lots of UV protection, especially for the tropics: wide-brim hat, sunscreen, long sleeves and deck shoes. n Choose camera equipment and accessories carefully. The new wave of compact digital cameras are very versatile, but often fragile and moisture sensitive. Even if you don’t intend to dive or snorkel, a waterproof housing or splash-resistant camera is sensible. n Small-ship travellers are often passionate or even expert about their destinations. Swot up on your destination’s history, ecology and culture so you can join the lively conversation and ask plenty of informed questions. Tip: Check with your doctor for any immunisations you might need before your trip or any medication you can take to help with potential tummy bugs and infections.

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

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Adventure Cruising

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

Cruising opens up a world of possibilities, beyond the traditional big ship ocean liners. if the casual nature of small-ship cruising to adventurous destinations appeals to you then let Adventure World open your eyes to a range of unique cruising options:

South America 1. discover the Amazon river onboard Mv desafio. this three-masted sailing ship offers a fascinating cruise through the world’s last unexplored frontiers and evens allows you time for some piranha fishing. 2. the galapagos islands offer dramatic landscapes and ancient wildlife, located off the coast of ecuador. Mv santa Cruise is a must-do in south America; with naturalist guides on board you will gain an in-depth knowledge to these historic islands. 3. gaze at massive icebergs around the Antarctic Peninsula with g.A.P Adventures, offering over 10 great value Antarctic expeditions varying from 11 to 27 days on board the recently refurbished Ms expedition.

Montenegrin shoreline with its historical coastal towns, idyllic islands and stunning natural beauty.

Meet the inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands

Asia 8. China’s Yangtze river is a must-see. the world’s third-largest river has a wealth of cultural relics and ancient temples best viewed from the comfort of a cruise ship. 9. Journey through the heart of indochina from saigon to siem reap with one of our seven-night luxury Pandaw ships. these replica colonial river steamers are small enough to access the most remotes areas of the Mekong. A true adventure with extraordinary levels of service. 10. step aboard a Kettuvallam houseboat as it meanders through the backwaters of Kerala in southern india. it is like stepping back in history as these boats have been plying the inland waterways for centuries.

Alaska 4. see the real Alaska, cruising by small ship. Alaska, as it should be seen, is cruising through fjords, sailing so close to glaciers you can almost touch them. Cruise West has more than 60 years’ experience in providing the intimate, casual and personal experience. Mediterranean and Egypt 5. Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie as you cruise along the nile river in luxury on board Oberoi Philae. this deluxe cruise offers comfort with the turn-of-the-century charm and is an idyllic way to discover the nile’s rich history. 6. greece offers a wonderful balance between conventional cruising and private yachting. Adventure World has a complete range to suit any style and budget. 7. explore the crystal-blue seas of the Adriatic sea by taking a relaxing vintage sailing ship along the dramatic Croatian and HISTORY & CULTURE

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An unforgettable journey through Alaska’s Inside Passage

Contact Adventure World on: 1300 363 055 www.adventureworld.com.au WILDLIFE SCIENTIFIC/EXPEDITIONARY SCUBA/SNORKELLING

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ALAsKA BOund Unlock your cruise dreams in the last frontier and experience Alaska on an intimate, small ship cruise. Alaska Bound invites you on an up-close adventure into Alaska’s hidden waterways and wilderness only accessible on small ship cruises. in the company of like-minded travellers, you will experience unique insights into the environment and wildlife with trained naturalists. this is a cruise where flexibility allows the captain to stop and let you view a pod of breaching whales just off the bow, unconstrained by schedule, bringing your lifetime dream of Alaska’s inside Passage to life. Choose from two small ship cruise experiences. Cruise West’s fleet of 10 smaller ships carry only between 78 to 138 guests and have a relaxed style on board encouraging an easy interaction between guests and crew. travel away from crowds to the grandness of hidden fjords, secret coves, native villages and enchanting ports. the experience is designed to personally enrich with onboard naturalists and special local guests. An extensive range of Alaska itineraries is available to suit the

most discerning guest. Most vessels have inflatable landing boats for up-close exploration of remote areas and shore landings. American Safari Cruises offer a new small ship yacht cruising experience in Alaska. Combining elegant luxury yacht cruising in the pursuit of adventure on vessels with only 12 or 36 passengers. superior staterooms, and exceptional service and cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere where experiencing Alaska’s true culture, wilderness and wildlife are a top priority. Charters are available for the perfect getaway for an extended family holiday. American safari Cruises’ all inclusive journey is a handcrafted cruise experience, where your next stop is determined not by schedule but by wildlife and engaging opportunities with locals in small port communities. Luxury, onboard features include an on-deck hot tub and exercise equipment, first-class dining and wine, library, and an onboard masseuse to help you relax.

Spirit of Columbia in Glacier Bay HISTORY & CULTURE

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Crossing the Gulf of Alaska

FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Cruise West & American Safari Cruises (ASC) VESSELS: 10 Cruise West vessels & ASC Safari Explorer, Safari Spirit MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: Cruise West vessels 78-138 & Safari Explorer: 36; Safari Spirit: 12; TOTAL CREW: Safari Explorer: 16; Safari Spirit: 6 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Alaska season: May to September SUITABLE FOR: All ages OTHER ACTIVITIES: Both lines: Inflatable craft, kayaks, all shore excursions included, naturalist guides. OTHER FACILITIES: American Safari Cruises have all stateroom cabins with private luxury facilities including TV/DVD, on-deck hot tub, fitness facilities, wine library, fine dining. CONTACT: Cruise West & American Safari Cruise preferred agents VIC: Adventure Travel Company 1800 238 368 NSW: Cruiseabout Turramurra 1800 288 266 QLD: Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888 Alaska Bound 1300 650 481 www.alaskabound.com.au

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Kayaking in Icy Straits

Up-close wildlife viewing

Whale watching like no other

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AurOrA eXPeditiOns explore the world’s wildest and most remote destinations with Australia’s original expedition cruise company. Aurora expeditions is one of the world’s most experienced expedition cruising companies. Aurora aims to take adventurous souls to regions that inspire them and create lifelong ambassadors for the preservation and protection of these places. under the guidance of experienced leaders who have a great respect for natural and cultural environments, Aurora expeditions continues to approach expedition travel as a catalyst for making a difference in one’s life, and in the world. Aurora limits the number of voyages and travellers it takes to the world’s remote destinations and believes that the lasting impact should be on the traveller – not the environment. russian Far east: taking in the unexplored realms of the Kuril islands, Kamchatka, the Bering strait and Wrangel island, these expeditions reveal a land of fire-spitting volcanoes cloaked in ice, valleys full of ancient reindeer herders and brown bears, and coastlines alive with sea lions, otters and birds.

High Arctic: see first-hand the iconic symbols of the Arctic – polar bears, musk oxen, inuit villages, explorers’ camps, spectacular fjords and so much more aboard the 54-passenger, expedition ship Polar Pioneer. Antarctica: Boasting 19 years’ experience taking people to Antarctica, Aurora expeditions encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and rekindle an excitement for life. small groups allow you the maximum time ashore and with plans to make two to three landings per day. Papua new guinea: under the guidance of experienced leaders who have a great respect and knowledge of the natural and cultural environments, these voyages showcase the country’s natural diversity. Kimberley Coast: departing from Broome, you have the opportunity to explore an intricate maze of coral reefs, rocky islands and mangrove-fringed rivers in one of the most exotic wilderness areas.

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FACt FiLe LINE: Aurora expeditions VESSELS: Marina svetaeva, Polar Pioneer STAR RATING: 3 star TONNAGE: Marina svetaeva: 4,575; Polar Pioneer: 2,140 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: Marina svetaeva: 100; Polar Pioneer: 54 TOTAL CREW: Marina svetaeva: 41; Polar Pioneer: 22 ENTERED SERVICE: Marina svetaeva – 1989, Polar Pioneer – 1985 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Comfortable and spacious private and shared cabins, large viewing deck and an open bridge – vessels are equipped with Zodiacs and, in some destinations, helicopters SUITABLE FOR: Anyone with a sense of adventure who is mobile enough to get up and down a set of stairs REGIONS OPERATE IN: russian Far east, Papua new guinea, Kimberley Coast, High Arctic and Antarctica CONTACT: 1800 637 688 free call within Australia, email auroraex@ auroraexpeditions.com.au or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

Surreal kayaking among Antarctic ice and wildlife

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

Walking below Fussa volcano in the Kuril Islands, Russian Far East

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A warm Papua New Guinean welcome

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BLue LAgOOn Cruises Discover a little more culture and history in Fiji with Blue Lagoon Cruises. Historical and cultural dateline cruises are a fascinating way to experience the diversity of the Pacific. departing the Fijian cruise company’s home port of Lautoka on May 18, August 17 and november 9, the cruises offer a unique opportunity to see the largely uncharted and seldom-visited reaches comprising Fiji’s remote north-eastern tip. Blue Lagoon Cruises’ 60-metre flagship Mv Fiji Princess is in fact one of the very few commercial vessels to have visited the region in recent years. the seven-day itinerary includes Kioa island, home to some 300 Polynesian elice islanders who migrated into the region in the 1940s. the cruise will also visit the 4,000 Micronesian Banabans who have inhabited rabi island since 1946. A highlight of the cruise is a greeting by Kioa islanders, resplendent in traditional war dress, paddling out to Mv Fiji Princess in

outrigger canoes to ferry passengers ashore for a traditional welcome. the cruise also includes a walking tour of Levuka and a guided tour of taveuni, including the Bouma eco Park and waterfall. Blue Lagoon Cruises will again offer ‘early bird’ rates on the three remaining Historical & Cultural dateline Cruises it has scheduled for 2009. Prices for the cruises start from Aud3089 per person twin share. However, all bookings for any of the three departures received prior to May 17, 2009 will qualify for the 30 per cent discount – a saving of $927 per person. For more information please visit www.bluelagooncruises.com

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

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CANNON CHARTERS Leave civilisation behind and join the Cannon Charters team on a thrilling fishing adventure of a lifetime. Award-winning Cannon Charters specialises in extended mothership fishing adventures around the spectacular coast of Australia’s Top End and has won the Northern Territory Brolga Award for Excellence in 2007 and 2008. Trips to Bathurst Island, the West Coast and the Kimberley Region combine fantastic fishing opportunities with amazing scenery few people get to experience, as these remote locations are mostly only accessible by boat. MV Cannon was purpose built with ensuite cabins, air-conditioning and a fantastic deck for relaxing at the end of the day and watching the spectacular

sunsets. A maximum of eight guests with a crew of six ensures your every need is catered to. All meals on board are included and prepared by our chef. You will spend your days casting for an impressive array of species, including barramundi, threadfin, blue salmon, jewfish, trevally, golden snapper, mangrove jack, queenfish, fingermark and more. The native flora and fauna is abundant making for wonderful photo opportunities. The fishing equipment supplied includes four 4.65-metre Quintrex sportfishing boats, GPS, colour depth sounders, plotters, and Shimano and Loomis fishing tackle.

Heading back from a day of scenic fishing

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

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SAILING SAFARIS Experience the spirit of a sailing safari in Fiji on board Captain Cook Cruises. Rediscover adventure while discovering the beauty of Fiji’s Mamanuca and Southern Yasawa Islands with Captain Cook Cruises’ three- and four-night Sailing Safaris onboard Spirit of the Pacific, a 108foot topsail schooner. Experience a new adventure every day – swim, snorkel, trek overland, visit islands and traditional villages, go fishing, laze on deck or gain a few tips on tall-ship sailing. Each evening guests return to the tropical base camp, Barefoot Lodge, on the beautiful and secluded Drawaqa Island, for an authentic Fijian overnight stay. The lodge has a low-impact policy so, where possible, its aim is to preserve the natural

environment and maintain an authentic Fijian experience. The island itself offers guests their own slice of private paradise – sunset swims, snorkelling over stunning coral gardens off the beach, swimming with the local manta rays, nightfishing tours, kayaking around the island or lazing between the hammock and lagoon. Nightly Fijian ‘lovo’ feasts and entertainment are also part of the island fun. Accommodation features twin-share waterfront bures built and thatched in traditional style by local villagers. Sailing Safaris depart from Denarau Marina Nadi at 9am on Monday (three-day/two-night) and Thursday (four-day/three-night).

Snorkelling off Drawaqa Island

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

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COrAL PrinCess Cruises Visit Australia and the South Pacific with the Australian-owned pioneers of luxury small-ship cruising. Having pioneered the concept of luxury smallship 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 in Australia and the south Pacific’s most exotic cruising destinations. After commencing operations on the great Barrier reef this proudly Australian, family-owned company has forged a reputation as one of the world’s leading small-ship cruise lines. Coral Princess Cruises operates a fleet of three ecotourism-accredited, state-of-the-art small ships, Coral Princess, Coral Princess ii and the 63-metre flagship Oceanic discoverer. each ship is designed to provide all the comfort and facilities of larger cruise ships, yet small enough to enable access to reef and island sites inaccessible to other vessels. Cruising with a unique, purpose-built excursion vessel Xplorer – providing unrivalled comfort on expedition excursions – a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat, guests can intimately explore the regions, guided by

naturalists and experts who 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 is currently sailing to emerging destinations such as Papua new guinea and the Melanesian archipelagos of the solomon islands, vanuatu and new Caledonia. new Zealand’s stunning northern coastline and Bay of islands feature in a summer cruising schedule each year. Closer to home, the company is the pioneer and acknowledged leader in Kimberley cruising, introducing guests to the rugged scenery and ancient landscapes of Australia’s last great frontier. An unforgettable 11-night ‘Across the top of Australia’ itinerary takes in the tiwi islands, Arnhem Land, Cape York and the great Barrier reef. 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. Coral Princess at one of our exclusive Great Barrier Reef moorings

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

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Oceanic Discoverer and Xplorer at a remote beach in Papua New Guinea Meeting the locals in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea

Coral Princess II at Coral Princess Cruises’ very own Great Barrier Reef island, Pelorus

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THE GREAT ESCAPE Experience your luxury wilderness adventure in the Kimberley with The Great Escape Charter Company. A little over two thousand kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia, lies the largely undiscovered, ancient Kimberley coast and pristine Rowley Shoals. As one of the original Kimberley cruise operators, The Great Escape Charter Company explores both of these remote, isolated and truly awesome destinations in Australia’s North West, guaranteed to quench the thirst of the most discerning adventurer. MV Great Escape was custom-built to explore the Kimberley waters, offering a diverse range of four-, seven- or 13-night itineraries for a privileged 14 passengers. Referred to as a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, these cruises not only present guests

with a choice of eco-based expeditions such as bush walking, fishing, mud crabbing and viewing magnificent waterfalls but they also indulge passengers with five-star cuisine using fresh Kimberley flavours. The underwater jewel of the Kimberley is the Rowley Shoals. Divers and snorkellers can swim in pristine tropical waters amongst giant clams, huge potato cod, shy hammerheads and sail fish. All seven executive staterooms feature wellappointed ensuites and the foredeck spa takes the heat out of the day. New for 2009, MV Great Escape now boasts an onboard chopper to give guests the option of thrilling scenic heli-flights.

Great Escape

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

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g.A.P Adventures Antarctica, the Arctic, galapagos islands – experience these amazing destinations and many more with g.A.P Adventures. g.A.P Adventures invites you to experience some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations aboard two brand new vessels – Ms expedition and g.A.P Adventurer vi. Antarctica: Aboard g.A.P Adventures’ thoroughly refitted vessel, Ms expedition, travellers will enjoy outstanding facilities while exploring the world’s last great wilderness. Antarctica has some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery, which travellers will encounter during twice-daily Zodiac excursions (weather permitting). Keep an eye out for gentoo, chinstrap and adelie penguins, leopard seals and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. travellers’ experiences will also be enhanced by g.A.P’s 10-member expedition team, which includes experts in marine and avian biology, history and geology. g.A.P Adventures’ 20-day ‘spirit of shackleton’ journey also visits south georgia and the Falkland islands, major highlights of which include king penguins and the history of shackleton’s remarkable journey. Arctic: From May to september, Ms expedition

travels north to the Arctic – the realm of the polar bear. Highlights include ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and spending time searching for polar bears, seals and reindeer. Galapagos Islands: Cruise the galapagos in style aboard g.A.P Adventurer vi, the newest and most comfortable in g.A.P Adventures’ fleet of six galapagos vessels. Amenities such as hydromassage spa, dining room, bar, and private ensuite facilities, offer a superior level of comfort and a little added luxury for those travelling to this fascinating region. shore excursions allow travellers to search for marine iguanas, masked and blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and, of course, giant land tortoises. impact on the environment is minimised by a maximum group size of 16 travellers. to enhance wildlife experiences, all trips are accompanied by a Level iii bilingual naturalist guide certified by the galapagos national Park Authority. Other interesting g.A.P marine adventures include Brazil tall ship sailing, Amazon adventure cruising and Maldives dhoni sailing.

Get up close to icebergs and wildlife on Zodiacs

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Balconies on Superior Galapagos vessel

FACt FiLe LINE: g.A.P Adventures VESSELS: Ms expedition, g.A.P Adventurer vi MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: Ms expedition: 120; g.A.P Adventurer vi: 16 ENTERED SERVICE: MS Expedition: fully refurbished 2008/09; G.A.P Adventurer VI: 2008 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Ms expedition: november to March in the Antarctic, June to september in the Arctic; g.A.P Adventurer vi: year round OTHER FACILITIES: Ms expedition: 360° observation deck, fitness centre/sauna, expedition lounge, library, pub, medical clinic, gift shop, large aft deck with BBQ, Zodiacs, 10-person expedition team; g.A.P Adventurer VI : hydro-massage spa, spacious outside decks for relaxing, dining room, bar, Level iii bilingual naturalist guide, Cruise director SUITABLE FOR: Adventure travellers REGIONS OPERATE IN: Ms expedition: Antarctic, Arctic, uK; g.A.P Adventurer vi : galapagos islands CONTACT: 1300 796 618 or www.gapadventures.com

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King penguins, South Georgia

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HAPAg-LLOYd Go far off the beaten track – in complete comfort. encounter exotic, fascinating worlds where you can ask a thousand questions but silently stand in awe. Welcome to our world. travelling to remote regions does not mean that you have to compromise. Compare capabilities, comfort and costs and you may be surprised. Our two ships carry the highest ice ratings for passenger ships and are equipped with highly effective stabilisers. All cabins afford an outside view with a minimum of 18 square metres and private facilities. Add gourmet food, excellent service, world-class lecturers and guides plus enough Zodiacs for all passengers at the same time and you see why Hapag-Lloyd has been setting the standards for other cruise lines since 1849. the Berlitz Complete guide to Cruising and Cruise ships 2009 gives Ms Bremen a four-star

rating. Ms Hanseatic is the only expedition ship awarded five stars. Both ships have alternatively been sailing the entire north West Passage from greenland to Alaska every year since the mid-1990s and will attempt a double crossing in August 2009. retrace the paths of the great explorers on semi-circumnavigations of Antarctica, by sailing 4,900 kilometres on the Amazon from Bélem to iquitos or by cruising the gambia river. explore exciting destinations like Kamchatka, spitsbergen, Aleutians, greenland, Canadian Arctic, Micronesia, indian Ocean, Africa, the south Pacific and (almost) anywhere in between. We make you feel right at home in strange places so you can experience unique, fascinating journeys packed with great moments – and always in comfort. Welcome on board. Antarctica

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

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Adventure Cruising MS Hanseatic in her element

Close encounters with a piranha

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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 1,000 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 has 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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The Lesser Three Gorges off the Yangtze River

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

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HeritAge expeditions After four years of careful planning, Heritage Expeditions ran its first and very successful series of Russian Far East cruises in 2007. A long association with the russian Far east and chartering the russian-registered vessel prof Khromov (spirit of enderby nderby) 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 sub-Antarctic 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: 2,183 max. passenger CapaCity: 50 entered serViCe: 1984 (refurbished in 2004) months of operation: November to September other faCiLities: Ice-strengthened ship capable of speeds up to 12 knots. Zodiacs and two specially designed hovercraft suitabLe for: All adults/ages (not recommended for children under 6) regions operate in: Russian Far East, Southern Ocean, Pacific Ocean ContaCt: Toll-free Australia: 1800 143 585, +64 3 365 3500 www.heritage-expeditions.com

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isLAnd esCAPe Cruises Escape to the islands of Vanuatu, and experience the region’s picturepostcard scenery, traditions and wildlife in the lap of luxury. vanuatu is a group of some 83 islands scattered over a beautiful corner of the south Pacific Ocean. Land-diving on Pentecost, the mystique of Ambryn, santo’s glorious beaches, shipwrecks, jungle, traditional villages … the magical islands of vanuatu have it all. island escape Cruises offers first-class excursions led by expert guides who travel with you to uncover the mysteries of the region’s wildlife with guided walks, kayaking, fishing, small-boat exploration and island tours. Or you may choose to relax with a good book from the library or laze on a steamer chair in the sun. You decide... island escape Cruises includes luxury

accommodation, all onboard chef-prepared meals, wine with dinner, juices, water, exclusive shore excursions, snorkel equipment, kayaks and small-boat exploration, onboard expedition leader, fishing equipment and guides. A full bar service is available onboard. the island sland Passage has accommodation for just 22 guests. the 10 spacious ensuite cabins are fitted with dvd, audio, tv and air-conditioning and most open to the outer deck. We operate in the dry season, from early May through to early October. daily temperatures average about 25ºC–28ºC (77ºF-82ºF. We offer two individual five-night cruises that can be combined into a 10-night cruise.

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

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KIMBERLEY CRUISE CENTRE Discover the magnificent Kimberley coast with the area’s cruise specialists. The Kimberley Cruise Centre is the place to book your Kimberley cruise in north-western Australia. Family owned and operated for more than 10 years, we are the leading provider of Kimberley cruises and will ensure that you are presented with the best available cruise options to suit your budget and needs. Adventure into the heart of WA’s Kimberley region – the set for outback scenes in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia movie. You too can experience the rugged beauty of the Kimberley coastline. Explore 1,000 islands, magnificent gorges, amazing wildlife, huge waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art. Most vessels have shallow drafts for accessing rivers and inlets. Each is equipped with expedition tenders for shore

excursions. Find yourself calm-water cruising through bays and tributaries and showering underneath waterfalls such as King Cascade or the King George Falls. This is adventure cruising at its best. Everyday in the Kimberley presents new opportunities as the area has one of the world’s largest tidal ranges (up to 11 metres). No two cruises are exactly the same and all are fully inclusive. You will be cared for by knowledgeable crew and a chef who is sure to tempt with a succulent feast of the day’s catch. Cruise vessels include: Kimberley Quest II, MV Great Escape, True North, MV Orion, Coral Princess, Oceanic Discoverer, Matrix and many more. Have you seen the Kimberley?

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

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Kimberley to oCeAn Cruises Cruise into a land that time forgot. Dive into the pristine blue of an ancient aquatic wonderland… Welcome to Kimberley to ocean, your luxury Kimberley cruise specialist. located along the far north coast of Western Australia lies a wilderness of extraordinary rugged beauty and adventure ready to be explored in comfort and style. A new generation of discerning travellers is finding that luxury small boat cruising delivers a style of experience that is unparalleled. With mv K2o’s experienced crew of five and a maximum of only 12 guests, they invite you on an intimate Kimberley cruise of a lifetime on board the well appointed 22-metre K2o. itineraries range from eight-, 10- or 14-day Kimberley expeditions, fishing safaris, rowley shoals dive discovery adventures and include destinations known only to our team. Feel the power of the Kimberley tides at the Horizontal Falls in one of our three expedition tenders, cruise up the mirror-still berkeley river,

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experience the scenery of the King george and the Hunter rivers, bathe in one of the many freshwater swimming holes while allowing the cascading waterfalls to ease those muscles or try your luck at catching one the Kimberley’s prized barramundi. As a PAdi dive boat operator, K2o can guarantee an unforgettable experience at the rowley shoals, which is widely becoming one of the top dive locations in the world. located 200 nautical miles off the coast of broome, this pristine marine park is simply breathtaking. there are many kinds of dives from drift, to caves, to 100-metre walls. you will also have the opportunity to explore the shoals by torchlight in search of the illusive mandarin fish, which has recently been spotted at one of our secret locations inside one of the lagoons. Whether you are an experienced diver or just looking for a relaxing break close to nature, the rowley shoals is an experience not to be missed.

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

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INTIMATE CRUISING Be pampered while you adventure along the Kimberley coast. Matrix was designed and constructed to guarantee the comfort and convenience of Kimberley adventurers who enjoy a little pampering with their adventures. This intimate catamaran was built to not only ensure your absolute comfort but also to give you the full benefit of your exceptional surroundings. Six- and 12-day cruises depart from Broome and Wyndham and wind up and down this oneof-a-kind coastline. Daily activities such as hiking, fishing, admiring natural wonders and visiting areas of historical significance will leave you happily exhausted and grateful to be able to come back

to a vessel that is well-equipped and elegantly appointed with all that you need. The chef prepares a personalised range of mouth-watering meals, even the catch of the day. Meanwhile, the stewardess will always be ready with your favourite cocktail (or have her create one especially for you) or the best selection of Australian wines for you to enjoy at the bar – or in the spa. Book Matrix for yourself and your partner to enjoy the company of new, like-minded couples, or book the entire vessel for you and your friends to experience the adventure of a lifetime in the ruggedness of the Kimberley.

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

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MYPLANET: HURTIGRUTEN From spectacular fjord cruising to the Antarctic Peninsula, Hurtigurten will take you there. in the world, with its breathtaking scenery of coastal fjords. This cruise departs daily from Bergen travelling to far north Kirkenes and back south to Bergen for an 11-night voyage with a range of sailing vessels to choose from. The voyage takes in the spectacular scenery and visits tiny settlements along the way – passengers enjoy a slow-paced voyage accompanied by an array of stimulating cultural experiences. Hurtigruten’s Antarctic vessel, MS Fram, provides a mid-range superior level of Antarctic expedition cruising departing from Argentina. Crossing the Drake Passage and meandering through the channels of the Antarctic Peninsula, the voyages showcase the icy wilderness and a plethora of marine and bird life along the way.

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MyPlanet Australia is celebrating 30 years of excellence in specialised cruising. Covering all styles and preferences for ship-based travel, we offer cruising on vessels from small boutique river boats, to expedition polar vessels. Our cruise destinations for the Northern Hemisphere include spectacular Norway, charming Sweden, evocative Russia, Baltic and Eastern Europe, icebound Greenland, and the Arctic. In the south, our cruises include expeditions to the Antarctic, South Georgia and Falkland Islands with a range of South American land-touring options and sea adventures from Australia and New Zealand to the sub Antarctic and Antarctic mainland. The Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage is our signature cruise as the most beautiful voyage

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

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NORDIC TRAVEL Cruise to the top of the world on a North Pole expedition cruise aboard one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful ships. stations. Tiny Arctic flowers and mosses contrast with mighty mountains and glaciers. The icebreaker 50 Years of Victory is one of the most powerful and sophisticated ships in the World. Designed as a working ship for ploughing Russia’s northern sea routes, it can crash through the thickest and heaviest ice, combining its advanced technology while still providing comfortable passenger accommodation. For almost 30 years, Nordic Travel has been dedicated to showing guests the beauty, nature, culture and history of Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Russia and the High Arctic. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime.

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The world has no four corners here. The south is all around you and any wind is southern. The stars and sun never rise or set, instead they move around you with the Earth’s rotation. Enjoy a barbecue at the top of the world and, for those who dare, take a Polar plunge as part of the celebrations. En route to the geographic North Pole, you’ll come across walrus, seals and bird rookeries. Curious polar bears may approach the ship to examine it closely, standing on their rear paws, for a better look at you. It’s a vice versa zoo, with animals studying humans. Experience sightseeing and shore landings by helicopter to explore abandoned scientific research

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COMPANY: Nordic Travel VESSELS: 50 Years of Victory STAR RATING: Ice class LL1 TONNAGE: 25,000 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 128 guests in 64 outside cabins TOTAL CREW: 140 crew and 13 expedition staff ENTERED SERVICE: 2007/2008 MONTHS OF OPERATION: June to August OTHER FACILITIES: Working icebreaker with heated salt water pool, sauna, gym, elevator, observation areas, helicopter for sightseeing and ice navigation – bridge is open to guests at all times during voyage SUITABLE FOR: Guests wanting soft adventure to a unique destination, those passionate about Polar regions and exploration, nature enthusiasts REGIONS OPERATE IN: North Pole, Russian High Arctic CONTACT: +61 2 9968 1783 Email info@nordictravel.com.au

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GO WILD IN STYLE! Explore your country and its closest neighbours with North Star Cruises. Multi-award-winning North Star Cruises Australia conducts adventure cruises all around the Australian coastline and in the stunning waters of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Sea. All cruises are activity based and specifically designed for the most discerning adventurer. Our guests consistently remark, “That’s the best holiday I have ever had.” Cruise options include: • ‘Coral Atoll’ cruises to the Rowley Shoals – the world’s last great underwater wilderness; • The ‘Kimberley Wilderness Cruise’ – a 6- or 13-night panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls; • The ‘Adventures in Paradise’ cruise – an opportunity to explore untamed Papua New Guinea in absolute comfort.

All cruises are designed to allow passengers the opportunity to ‘experience the destination’ – daily activities include scenic walks, helicopter flights, fishing, snorkelling, culture, picnics, nature, diving, exploring and much more. True North features the ultimate in comfort and style. Cabins are spacious and feature modern décor, large ensuites, satellite telephones and in-cabin entertainment. Fine dining is also featured on board True North. Passenger numbers are limited and a young and enthusiastic Australian crew provides personalised service. Multiple expedition vessels take guests away in small groups to experience wilderness up close and the luxury of numerous tenders also means that everybody on board gets to do what they want, when they want. To add yet another dimension to adventure, True North features an onboard helicopter.

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

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One tide CHArters An experience that will touch your soul and awaken your senses Join One tide Charters on a unique beach-camping eco-adventure visiting remote wilderness areas of the Kimberley’s Buccaneer Archipelago. Cruises are an authentic Australian wilderness experience with an emphasis on physically exploring the Buccaneer Archipelago’s vast and rugged coastline Your vessel, Kimberley explorer, is a new, 15-metre aluminium catamaran that has been purpose built for adventure cruising around the Kimberley coast. With a cruising speed of 20 knots and long-range fuel tanks, time spent exploring the coastline is maximised, ensuring passengers get the most out of their time. the vessel features an air-conditioned galley; male and female showers and toilets; well appointed kitchen facilities; 1,100 litres of fresh water and desalinator, large shaded deck areas, ample room on the fore and aft decks as well as the flybridge – beach camping while cruising the Kimberley coast has just become a whole lot more appealing.

By day, you will spend your time cruising the islands and coastline, stopping off to explore, swim, fish or just gaze in wonder. At night you will sleep under a million stars on either a secluded beach with a roaring fire or you can roll out your swag on board Kimberley explorer – the choice is yours. All camping gear is provided and cruises are fully catered. Highlights can include the Prince regent river, sale river, Montgomery reef and the Horizontal Waterfalls, as well as ample time to incorporate land excursions, and time to relax on secluded beaches. Activities can include: fishing; swimming; sightseeing and exploring; mud crabbing; oystering; beach walking; bathing in fresh water rock pools; bush and reef walking; and observing the amazing birdlife, wildlife and marine life of the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago. Beach camping cruises range from five to 12 days. the Buccaneer Archipelago is one of those magical places that will stay with you forever.

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

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OPAL sHeLL YACHt CHArters Have a real Kimberley Adventure on an intimate yacht. An Opal shell Kimberley coast cruise is all about you and your special holiday. tell us where and when you want to discover the magic and mysteries of the Kimberley by choosing from our selection of cruises or creating your own private charter. Opal shell cruises are designed for a relaxing ‘great outdoors’ holiday where you can become a part of this ancient land and absorb all its beauty. Activities are tailored for all ages and levels of fitness and guests are encouraged to participate in dinghy excursions and bush walks. All cruises are professionally crewed so sailing or boating experience is not required. Opal shell is a 62-foot ketch-rigged motor sailing yacht, which is fully equipped for wilderness cruising, very stable and comfortably appointed. the interior of mahogany, polished brass, plush upholstery and red carpet throughout complement her classic lines and give a rich old-world charm.

the modern amenities provide for your safety, comfort and enjoyment. Low guest numbers ensures personalised service and a very exclusive experience in this magnificent wilderness – only eight people or less to share the natural swimming pools, rock art sites, beaches and Opal shell’s own special fishing places. On an Opal shell cruise you will spend quality time exploring deep into the heart of the Kimberley. Your hosts, ron and Barbara Chester, are both pioneers of the coast and passionate about ‘their’ Kimberley. Knowledgeable in local and maritime history, flora, fauna and great rock art enthusiasts, they will ensure that your cruise is informative as well as fun and adventurous, and strive to make every cruise the best holiday you could wish for. Opal shell has operated within the natural boundaries of the Kimberley wilderness since 1982 – the original eco-tour.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Opal Shell Yacht Charters LINE: Private VESSEL: Opal Shell STAR RATING: not rated TONNAGE: 40 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 4 to 6 TOTAL CREW: 2 ENTERED SERVICE: 1982 MONTHS OF OPERATION: May to September, Kimberley OTHER FACILITIES: Opal Shell is a fully licensed fishing and eco-tour operator, two expedition dinghies with fast outboards, expert fishing and bushwalking guides, quality fishing equipment, satellite communications, extensive reference library and entertainment centre, fully catered with fabulous fresh food SUITABLE FOR: Wilderness cruises REGIONS OPERATE IN: Kimberley, Arnhem Land, Far North Queensland CONTACT: Ron and Barbara Chester 0412 701 111 www.kimberleycoastcruises.com opalshell@opalshell.com.au

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OriOn eXPeditiOn Cruises Explore the rugged Antarctic terrain from the comfort of a five-star, luxury cruise ship. these days it’s getting harder and harder to find true adventure. But drop into conversation that you’re heading to Antarctica and you’re likely to be met with a barrage of excited questions. visiting Antarctica remains a journey of epic proportions that is truly the experience of a lifetime. Orion is a five-star expedition cruise ship that offers sublime luxury and a sense of privilege. With 106 guests cared for by 75 experienced crew, there’s quite simply no better way to take to the southern Ocean. Her size, ice-strengthened hull and retractable stabilisers all provide for optimal comfort and allow for manoeuvring close to shore; a necessity for scenic Zodiac cruising. You’ll have the chance to explore the World Heritage-listed, sub-Antarctic islands as well as crossing the Antarctic Circle to venture beyond 60 degrees south into the Commonwealth Bay and ross sea region. For many, the highlight of a Commonwealth Bay expedition is a visit to Cape denison: sir douglas Mawson’s historic 1911

expedition base. this is one of the most exclusive places on earth – more people have stood atop Mt everest than walked inside the historic huts. Orion’s Antarctic expedition leaders, don and Margie Mcintyre form part of a select number of people authorised to conduct visits inside Mawson’s huts. they are assisted by a group of international Antarctic specialists who are only too willing to share their knowledge. Orion is now offering two unique voyages to the sub-Antarctic islands. the cruises feature a chance to see extraordinary wildlife found on World Heritage Macquarie, Campbell, Auckland and snares islands and the wilderness new Zealand’s fjordlands. spectacular scenery combined with abundant bird and marine life creates island adventures for nature lovers and photographers alike. Orion’s Antarctica and new Zealand & subAntarctic islands departures are in dec 2009/Jan 2010. For more information call 1300 361 012, visit www.orionexpeditions.com or see your travel agent.

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LINE: Orion Expedition Cruises VESSELS: MV Orion STAR RATING: 5 star TONNAGE: 4,000 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 106 TOTAL CREW: 75 ENTERED SERVICE: 2003 MONTHS OF OPERATION: 48 OTHER FACILITIES: Lecture theatre, library, spa, sauna, hair and beauty salon, boutique, gymnasium, outdoor café, constellation restaurant, observation lounge SUITABLE FOR: Travellers who prefer their journey to be one of discovery and enrichment – most guests can best be described as inquisitive, adventurous in spirit and young of mind REGIONS OPERATE IN: The Kimberley, Papua New Guinea, South-East Asia, New Zealand & sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctica CONTACT: Call 1300 361 012, visit www.orionexpeditions.com or see your travel agent for more details HISTORY & CULTURE

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Peregrine Adventures Discover the wilderness and wildlife of Antarctica, the High Arctic and the Galapagos Islands with the leaders in small group adventure travel. The Galapagos discover your spirit of adventure on a seven- or 10-day galapagos expedition voyage. explore one of the world’s greatest marine reserves in a small group of 16 or fewer like-minded travellers, and with an expert english-speaking naturalist. using the eight-cabin Peregrine endeavour as your base, spend as much time as possible cruising the wildlife-rich waterways by Zodiac inflatable boat, and exploring the enchanted isles on foot. see animal species in their natural habitats, including giant galapagos tortoises, blue-footed and masked boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, whales, dolphins and sea turtles. You can also combine a voyage with a small group tour on mainland Latin America such as the 13-day ‘ecuador and galapagos explorer’, which will also take you to the lush equatorial jungles of the Amazon Basin, or 15-day ‘galapagos with Cusco & the sacred valley’ to experience the sacred valley and Machu Picchu in Peru. Antarctica and the High Arctic Peregrine is the polar experts because of its stateof-the-art working research vessels – the Peregrine

Mariner and Peregrine voyager, which are fast, quiet, stable and manoeuvrable. they carry small groups of no more than 110 passengers and expert leaders with hundreds of polar voyages between them. go on frequent shore and Zodiac inflatable boat excursions, enjoy an onboard education program and open bridge access. Antarctica is a magical world of giant icebergs, glimmering mountains and icy plains. in the Falklands black-browed albatross raise their chicks and in south georgia king penguins and elephant seals line the shores. discover wildlife populations in their natural sanctuaries while learning about the fascinating history of the region. Among Peregrine’s Canadian and scandinavian High Arctic adventures is the 10- or 11-night spitsbergen explorer, which ventures north of 80 degrees, high above the Arctic Circle, as far as the ice and weather permit, encountering polar bears along the way. sea kayaking, hiking, camping in Antarctica, visiting the remote communities of the Arctic and photography are just some of the other activities on these once-in-a-lifetime voyages.

FACT FILE ANTARCTICA & THE HIGH ARCTIC VESSELS: Peregrine Mariner & Peregrine Voyager, working Russian ice-strengthened research vessels. STAR RATING: N/A TONNAGE: 6,450 MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 110 TOTAL CREW: 53 ENTERED SERVICE: 1989 MONTHS OF OPERATION: November to March in the Antarctic and June to September in the High Arctic. OTHER FACILITIES: Sundeck, sauna, plunge pool, gymnasium, library, bar and lounge, gift shop, physician, open bridge access, presentation theatre. CABINS: All cabins have an outside view and are comfortable with shared, semi-private and private facilities on different decks GALAPAGOS VESSELS: Peregrine Endeavour STAR RATING: First Class (Ecuador/ Galapagos Rating) TONNAGE: N/A MAX PASSENGER CAPACITY: 16 TOTAL CREW: 9 ENTERED SERVICE: 2003 MONTHS OF OPERATION: All OTHER FACILITIES: Comfortable lounge, dining area, sundeck and 2 motor boats. CABINS: 8 well-appointed air-conditioned cabins (no bunk beds). CONTACT: 1300 352 625 www.peregrineadventures.com

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POnAnt Cruises Experience the joy and luxury of cruising on board one of Ponant Cruises’ stunning ships. defined by nautical tradition and elegance, Ponant Cruises was founded in 1988 to offer guests an intimate and extremely comfortable cruising experience on its fleet of three diverse vessels. Ponant Cruises’ flagship, Le Ponant, is an 88-metre, three-masted luxury sailing yacht offering 32 external cabins that are fully equipped with flat screen televisions. With only 64 passengers, Le Ponant provides an intimate atmosphere onboard each cruise. the elegant, 100-metre Le Levant delivers a private yacht experience unlike any other. All 45 outside cabins have ocean views while everything on board is devoted to the personal wellbeing of its guests – from direct ocean access to sun-drenched decks and pristine pools. the biggest of all three ships is the 8,282 tonne Le diamant, which was built with exploration and comfort in mind. As one of the few ships still able to conduct shore excursions in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters, Le diamant features 113

air-conditioned cabins with full ocean views. A limited number of passengers, comfortable cabins, beautifully decorated and convivial public areas create a warm ambience where you will live some magical moments. With panoramic sea views, all cabins boast a mixture of luxurious fittings and a gentle harmony of colours. in each restaurant, it is a point of honour with Ponant to offer a refined and varied menu. For the length of your voyage, an experienced and attentive crew watch over your wellbeing discover exceptional sites, inaccessible to large ships, and enjoy, in private, a privileged show. Combining originality and splendour, the most beautiful coastlines and countryside become your secret home. On board, lecturers and naturalists passionate about their subjects give a further dimension to the sights you will enjoy. Ponant Cruises currently offers itineraries to such exotic destinations as the red sea, Persian gulf, indian Ocean, Antarctica, Caribbean and south America. The luxuriously appointed Le Ponant

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FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Ponant Cruises VESSEL: Le Ponant, Le Levant, Le Diamant STAR RATING: 5 Star TONNAGE: Le Ponant: 1,443; Le Levant: 3,504; Le Diamant: 8,282 MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: Le Ponant: 64; Le Levant: 90; Le Diamant: 226 TOTAL CREW: Le Ponant: 32; Le Levant: 55; Le Diamant: 120 ENTERED SERVICE: Le Ponant: 1991; Le Levant: 1998 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Le Ponant: March – December; Le Levant: March, April, July, August, October; Le Diamant: January – September, December OTHER FACILITIES: Le Ponant: panoramic restaurant, gastronomic restaurant, main lounge, terrace lounge Le Levant: panoramic restaurant, gastronomic restaurant, main lounge, library, hairdresser, sauna, sports room, pool, shop Le Diamant: restaurant l’Escapade and Le Grill and Le Club lounges, library, sundeck with pool, promenade around observation deck, fitness room, hairdresser, massage room SUITABLE FOR: All ages REGIONS OPERATE IN: Northern Europe and Greenland, Iberian Peninsula, South and Central America, Antarctica, Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, Red Sea and Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean CONTACT: 1300 857 437 ttwmail@traveltheworld.com.au www.traveltheworld.com.au

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Adventure Cruising A colourful bay in Malta

The spectacular wildlife of Antartica

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Adventure Cruising

sMALL sHiP Adventure COMPAnY The way a true adventure cruise experience should be, up-close and personal. the small ship Adventure Company, the small-ship cruise specialists, is passionate about the unique cruise experience only offered by such cruises. At the small ship Adventure Company, we believe that smaller is better because it means up-close and isn’t that what your adventure cruise experience should be? With expert crew and flexible itineraries allowing for maximum wildlife viewing, you can forget about everything except a relaxed cruise experience with like-minded travellers. Cruise West has been the world leader in small ship cruising for 30 years. Join a Cruise West cruise and discover special ecological and culturally protected areas with a small number fellow passengers. eliminate the hassles of touring by land in destinations such as Asia and europe and see secret coves and secluded villages inaccessible to most travellers whilst still experiencing all the excitement of big cities.

Choose from an extensive range of international destinations including grand Asia, Japan and vietnam, the enchanted islands of the galapagos, Mexico’s remarkable sea of Cortes with its abundant plant and marine life, the history of europe’s danube river from vienna to Bucharest or new in 2010 cruise the vast, icy waters of Antarctica. Cruise West’s 20-day Antarctica cruise itinerary gives you time to fully explore this region, from the Falkland islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. Cruise on board the elegant 114-guest Corinthian ii, one of the finest expedition cruise ships in Antarctica. Worldwide destinations include: Asia (Japan – vietnam), the galapagos, european rivers, Antarctica, Mexico sea of Cortes, Panama Canal and Costa rica, Columbia and snake rivers, California Wine Country, British Columbia and Alaska. early booking incentives are available for all destinations. Cruise West Flagship Spirit of Oceanus

Walking with Giant Tortoises in the Galapagos

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PHOTOGRAPHY: JULIE SMITH/CRUISE WEST

CRUISE LINE: Cruise West VESSEL: 12 vessels DESTINATIONS: Asia, Europe, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, Antarctica, Panama Canal & Costa Rica, Galapagos, Columbia & Snake Rivers, British Columbia & Alaska MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 78–148 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Inflatable landing craft, shore excursion at every port, private cabin facilities, expert crew and naturalist presentations. SUITABLE FOR: All ages BOOKINGS: Early booking savings available on all cruises. CONTACT: Call Cruise West preferred agent VIC: Adventure Travel Company 1800 238 368 NSW: Cruiseabout Turramurra 1800 288 266 QLD: Zeppelin Travel 1300 786 888 Small Ship Adventure Company 1300 650 481

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Adventure Cruising The Corinthian II in Antarctica

Kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes

The Galapagos’ distinctive blue-footed booby

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Adventure Cruising

CLAssY CLiPPers Adventure cruising is in a class of its own aboard Star Clippers’ three luxury clipper ships as they follow the sun to some of the most exotic ports in the world. Year-round, the fleet’s 134-metre flagship royal Clipper and sister ships star Flyer and star Clipper carry adventure enthusiasts in style to stunning destinations. some of these include cruises around the Caribbean, the French and italian rivieras, the greek isles, a string of historic Croatian ports from venice to rome, and from Phuket to pristine islands in the Andaman sea and Malaysian waters. since moving to a permanent base in tahiti a few months ago, star Flyer operates seven-, 10- and 11-night cruises around the fabled islands of French Polynesia. in the 1900s, sailors on the legendary clipper ships lived a tough, spartan existence as these greyhounds of the seas raced around the globe with their precious cargos, often emerging from storms with their sails in tatters and crew clinging to the rigging. today, the three magnificent replica clippers – a dream come true for star Clippers’ owner and famed swedish yachtsman Mikael Krafft – manage

to blend the true romance and traditions of the age of sail with the luxury, personal service and space-age cruising technologies of a private yacht. in each of the three ships, passengers are pampered in an intimate, yet casual atmosphere, offering meals designed by a leading French Michelin chef, a cocktail lounge and tinkling piano, a tropical bar on deck, and a quiet escape in the timber-lined edwardian-style library. Cabins feature a marble-lined bathroom, television with in-house video, direct-dial telephone and beds that can be converted from singles to queen-size. On deck, amid a wondrous backdrop of billowing sails, stays, lines and ropes there are two swimming pools – and more space per passenger than in conventional superliners. Passengers are offered the chance to haul on ropes to set the sail in the traditional manner and climb a mast to the crow’s nest where a bottle of champagne awaits. Of course.

A climbing mast to the Crows Nest

Star Flyer in full flight

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

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Adventure Cruising

Marine platform – Royal Clipper

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Dining room – Royal Clipper

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ADVENTURE CRUISING

SWAN HELLENIC DISCOVERY CRUISING Enjoy intimate cruising to destinations around the world on the well-appointed Minerva. In 1954, WK and RK Swan organised a cruise to Greece; four eminent classicists and archaeologists accompanied the cruise as guest speakers and, with a program of excursions ashore, the concept of cultural cruising was born. Swan Hellenic Cruises now offers discovery cruises all around the world, from Antarctica to Zanzibar. Our ship, Minerva, is small enough to transit the Kiel and Corinth canals, and berth in small, out-of-theway ports to access special sites of historic or cultural interest. Each cruise itinerary is a unique travel experience offering a program of inclusive, tailor-made shore excursions and is accompanied by experienced Swan Hellenic staff, including those who have planned your cruise. Traditionally, three or four guest speakers travel on each cruise. Hand-picked for their knowledge and passion relative to the itinerary, their talks and

the informal conversations that follow them, bring each destination to life before passengers even disembark for their exciting excursions. The country-house styled interior of the ship – upgraded in 2008 – includes panelled rooms, deep, buttoned leather sofas, subtle lighting and carefully chosen fabrics. Although Minerva is a small ship, there are two dining venues each offering open seating dining, a large and comprehensive onboard library, two elegant bars, a lounge, cinema, swimming pool, beauty salon, gym and card room. A spacious teak Promenade Deck invites you to stroll under the stars, while generous deck space around the pool offers you the opportunity to dine alfresco. Generations of loyal Swan Hellenic passengers return year after year to enjoy our unique brand of award-winning discovery cruising.

Minerva taken from a Zodiac

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

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ADVENTURE CRUISING

TEMPO HOLIDAYS Sit back and relax on the sundeck of a gulet and cruise Greece and Turkey’s southern coastal waters where ancient harbours, small coves, deserted beaches and idyllic bays await. Charter a cabin on a gulet and choose between seven-night itineraries in the Gulf of Fethiye, or the Greek Islands Experience visiting islands such as Kos, Symi and Rhodes. Your companions will be small groups of travellers from around the world. Your crew will include a professional captain, deckhand and chef. For the independent traveller, charter your own vessel and take some friends on a voyage of discovery. Gulets are Turkish wooden sailing vessels built to traditional designs favoured by fishermen for centuries. These days, most are also motorised for greater flexibility. Vessels follow set itineraries – anchoring in one bay for lunch, swimming and

snorkelling, before moving on to another bay or harbour for the night. Capacities range from eight to 16 passengers in double cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Bed linen and towels are supplied, however passengers should bring their own beach towels. Expansive decks covered by sun awnings are ideal for sun baking or dining alfresco. Drinks are purchased at bar prices, and snorkelling gear and sun mattresses are provided. Because the cruise groups are small and personal, you are able to explore the stunning bays and beaches, and visit local villages and towns to experience the local way of life, as well as enjoy snorkelling and swimming in peaceful coves.

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

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Adventure Cruising

tuCAn trAveL Travel to far away places and experience exotic wildlife with Tucan Travel expedition cruises. tucan travel has been the specialist in Antarctic and Latin American travel for 23 years. Our expedition cruises are perfect for adventure travellers of all ages who are looking for a way to experience remote areas of the world in comfort and style. they offer you the chance to delve deep into rainforests or extreme polar environments. if you’re interested in walking across diverse and fascinating landscapes, witnessing amazing wildlife, lectures by knowledgeable naturalist guides and meeting local people, tucan’s expedition cruises are for you. Combine your cruise with our range of touring options to make your journey even more of an adventure.

the galapagos Few regions on earth offer such intimate experiences with wildlife as the galapagos islands. swim with sea lions, forage with marine iguanas and spread your wings with the birdlife while guided by our ecuadorian naturalists.

Patagonia Cruise the waterways that have created glacier Alley, carved out the mountain ranges and

provided habitat for the various wildlife colonies in this spectacular region of Chile and Argentina.

Amazon What better way to visit this region than on the waterways that created it? Join MY tucano cruising west from Manaus deep into the rainforest. visit remote communities, walk the riverbank and savour the sounds of the river. Ushuaia, Antarctica

Antarctic and Arctic Choosing vessels selected to suit each particular region visited in our Polar program, we offer a fleet of ice-strengthened expedition vessels servicing 21 journeys. in Antarctica, we offer itineraries as diverse as travelling to the Weddell sea in search of the emperor penguins, a 10-day classic adventure to the tip of the Antarctic peninsular with its abundant wildlife and ice formations and an 18-day adventure to the 100,000-strong colony of king penguins on south georgia. in the Arctic, our emphasis is on the cultures of the peoples we visit and walking among the spectacular scenery that abounds in greenland, spitsbergen and iceland.

FACT FILE COMPANY: Tucan Travel VESSEL: MY Tucano, Australis, MV Antarctic Dream, ice-strengthened expedition vessels, fleet of Galapagos motorboats MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: 13–112 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round REGIONS OPERATE IN: Amazon, Galapagos, Patagonia, Antarctica, Arctic CONTACT: 1300 769 249 or www.tucantravel.com

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Adventure Cruising Close encounters in the Galapagos

Playful penguins, Antarctica

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Adventure Cruising

tui tAi eXPeditiOns Experience Fiji with the premier cruise ship in the South Pacific. tui tai is the only luxury-adventure ship operating in the Pacific cultural triangle. it provides guests with a remarkable look at three distinct cultures that history and circumstance have put together within a nearby triangle of islands. in addition to visiting islands where indigenous Fijians live, tui tai sails to islands where Polynesians and Micronesians were relocated after World War ii, and where the villagers live in their historically natural ways. Only the Pacific Cultural triangle offers adventurers a chance to experience such strikingly different cultures and histories during a one-week visit. this trip of a lifetime is an event-filled pleasure ride through a tropical paradise. With so much to see, it is a must to savour the talented work of the onboard professional photographers, who will accompany you on land and beneath the waves on all your activities, capturing your memories before they have even formed.

voted one of the Best travel Companies on earth by national geographic, tui tai expeditions now offers a truly all-inclusive service. every mixed drink, glass of wine or beer, every meal, all scuba diving (even dive courses, for beginners and advanced courses), snorkelling, kayaking, waterfall visits, mountain biking, yoga, guided hikes, fishing, village visits with traditional ceremonies and authentic song and dances, onboard talks about Fijian history and marine biology, spa treatments, laundry – everything. it’s all included with no additional cost. starting in natewa Bay (the largest bay in the south Pacific) on Fiji’s vanua Levu island, tui tai then sails to the islands of Kioa, rabi, taveuni, the ringgold Atolls and also stopping in many beautiful bays and choice relaxation points. Five- and seven-night stays are available, and each offers many remarkable and noteworthy experiences.

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

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Adventure Cruising

WindstAr Cruises Intimacy and casual cruising are the marks of a cruise with Windstar Cruises. the privileged feeling of sailing on your own private yacht; the romance of being at sea under sail; the exclusivity of visiting rarely accessed ports of call; the unobtrusive graciousness of a friendly staff: it all adds up to a casually elegant, award-winning vacation that is truly 180 degrees from ordinary. A leader in defining the small ship luxury cruise experience for the last 20 years, Windstar Cruises has won the allegiance of a new generation of contemporary travellers who appreciate the line’s casual attire, alternative dining venues, rich mix of shore excursions, complimentary water sports program, progressive spa facilities, and luxurious accommodations. Windstar pioneered the concept of ‘casual elegance’ in luxury cruising with a classic resort environment. guests appreciate the understated attitude and relaxed feeling found on board Windstar’s luxury ships. ships have wide-open, teak

decks – quite unusual for small ships. With more than 10,000 square feet of open deck space on Wind star and Wind spirit, and more than 22,000 square feet on Wind surf, guests will find plenty of hidden nooks for private moments, giving them a feeling of being on their own private verandah. Windstar is well known for travelling off the beaten path on itineraries from the Mediterranean, Amalfi Coast and greek isles to the Aegean sea, the Caribbean and Costa rica. the upscale line sails into the exotic locales and hidden harbours that larger ships simply cannot access – magical and mysterious places such as Capri, italy; Portimão, Portugal; or Bequia, grenadines. every day aboard Windstar brings the promise of new cultures and horizons to explore. in 2009/10, Windstar ships will sail itineraries throughout the Mediterranean, greek isles, Caribbean, Costa rica, and the Panama Canal. Monte Carlo by night

FACT FILE CRUISE LINE: Windstar Cruises VESSELS: Wind Surf, Wind Spirit and Wind Star STAR RATING: 5 Star TONNAGE: Wind Surf: 14,745; Wind Spirit and Wind Star: 5,350 MAX. PASSENGER CAPACITY: Wind Surf: 312 guests; Wind Spirit and Wind Star: 148 guests TOTAL CREW: Wind Surf: 190; Wind Spirit and Wind Star: 90 ENTERED SERVICE: Wind Spirit: 1988; Wind Star: 1986; Wind Surf: built in 1990 as Club Med I, acquired in 1998 MONTHS OF OPERATION: Year round OTHER FACILITIES: Wind Surf: Wind Surf Lounge, casino, the Yacht Club, Compass Rose Bar, Pool Bar, Terrace Bar, water sports platform (aft), two saltwater Pools, 2 hot tubs, WindSpa, fitness centre, open bridge, Nautilus Centre meeting room, Degrees, the Restaurant, reception, Signature shop and photo gallery. Wind Spirit and Wind Star: Skylight Main Lounge, the Restaurant, piano/pool bar, DVD/CD and book library, water sports platform (aft), saltwater pool, hot tub, fitness centre and sauna, casino, verandah café, reception and a bridge visitors policy Water Sports: Complimentary water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, ski-tubing and snorkel gear. Scuba diving is available for a fee SUITABLE FOR: Young-minded couples or singles, relaxed dress code, chic setting REGIONS OPERATE IN: Caribbean, Europe, Greek Isles, Transatlantic, Costa Rica, Panama Canal CONTACT: 1300 857 437 ttwmail@traveltheworld.com.au www.traveltheworld.com.au

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Index

Where to go, who can take you there and where to find them Alaska and Canada

Adventure World ...................................................................................16 Alaska Bound ..........................................................................................18 Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56

Antarctica

Adventure World ...................................................................................16 Aurora Expeditions ..............................................................................20 G.A.P Adventures ..................................................................................30 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ...........................................................................32 Heritage Expeditions ...........................................................................36 MyPlanet: Hurtigruten .......................................................................43 Orion Expedition Cruises ...................................................................50 Peregrine Adventures ..........................................................................52 Ponant Cruises .......................................................................................54 Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56 Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising .................................................60 Tucan ..........................................................................................................62

Arctic

Aurora Expeditions ...............................................................................20 G.A.P Adventures ..................................................................................30 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ...........................................................................32 MyPlanet: Hurtigruten .......................................................................43 Nordic Travel ...........................................................................................44 Peregrine Adventures ..........................................................................52 Tucan ........................................................................................................62

Australia, Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays

Coral Princess Cruises .........................................................................26 Opal Shell Yacht Charters ..................................................................48

Australia, Broome and Kimberley region

Aurora Expeditions ...............................................................................20 Cannon Charters ...................................................................................24 Coral Princess Cruises .........................................................................26 The Great Escape Charter Company .............................................29 Kimberley Cruise Centre ....................................................................39 K2O Kimberley to Ocean ....................................................................40 Matrix Cruises ........................................................................................42 Opal Shell Yacht Charters ..................................................................48 One Tide Charters .................................................................................46 North Star Cruises ................................................................................45 Orion Expedition Cruises ...................................................................50

Caribbean and Mexico

Ponant Cruises .......................................................................................54 Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56 Star Clippers ............................................................................................58 Windstar Cruises ...................................................................................66

China and Tibet

Adventure World ...................................................................................16 G.A.P Adventures ..................................................................................30 Ponant Cruises ...................................................................................... 54 Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56 Star Clippers ............................................................................................58 Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising .................................................60 Tempo Holidays .....................................................................................61 Windstar Cruises ...................................................................................66

Fiji

Blue Lagoon Cruises ............................................................................22 Captain Cook Cruises ..........................................................................25 Tui Tai Expeditions Fiji Islands .........................................................64

New Zealand

Coral Princess Cruises .........................................................................26 Island Escape Cruises ..........................................................................38 Orion Expedition Cruises ...................................................................50

Papua New Guinea and Melanesia

Aurora Expeditions ..............................................................................20 Coral Princess Cruises .........................................................................26 North Star Cruises ................................................................................45 Orion Expedition Cruises ...................................................................50

Russian Far East

Aurora Expeditions ..............................................................................20 Heritage Expeditions ...........................................................................36

South America, Patagonia and Galapagos Islands

Tucan ..........................................................................................................62 G.A.P Adventures ..................................................................................30 Peregrine Adventures ..........................................................................52 Ponant Cruises .......................................................................................54 Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56 Windstar Cruises ..................................................................................66

Southeast Asia

Adventure World ...................................................................................16 Orion Expedition Cruises ...................................................................50 Small Ship Adventure Company .....................................................56

Tahiti and French Polynesia

Star Clippers ............................................................................................58

Transatlantic

Windstar Cruises ...................................................................................66

Vanuatu

Coral Princess Cruises .........................................................................26 Island Escape Cruises ......................................................................... 38

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Adventure World ...................................................................................16 Helen Wong’s Tours .............................................................................34

Europe, Egypt and Mediterranean

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