Monday 15 April 2024

Abercrombie & Kent Launches Peru Riverboat

Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group today announces the launch of its new Peruvian riverboat. Set to embark on its maiden voyage in April 2025, the boat is the company's first riverboat in South America, offering guests an extraordinary journey onboard an elegantly designed vessel into the region's most secluded wonders. The name of this special vessel will be announced shortly.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Swan Hellenic Cruise Guests Among First to Experience 2024 Total Solar Eclipse


Guests aboard Swan Hellenic's boutique expedition cruise ship SH Diana were among the first in the world to witness the 2024 total eclipse of the sun. Grouped in the comfort of spacious decks, they enjoyed an immersive private experience with open views across the Gulf of California.

Yesterday at just past 11 o'clock PDT, as the Swan Hellenic boutique expedition cruise ship SH Diana was sailing down the Gulf of California, it's lucky guests were immersed in one of the longest total solar eclipses in recent years. At approximately 4 minutes and 25 seconds, today's total eclipse was almost double that of The Great American Eclipse of 21 August 2017, and the last visible from the USA until 2044. What's more, SH Diana's guests were quite possibly the first people in the world to see it.

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Aurora Expeditions adds third small ship, Douglas Mawson

Aurora Expeditions, the award-winning Australian-owned expedition travel company, is excited to announce that it will soon welcome its third purpose-built small expedition ship, Douglas Mawson to its family of pioneering vessels.

Tuesday 2 April 2024

New Small-Ship Cruise Itineraries and Charters in Alaska

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New Small-Ship Cruise Itineraries and Charters Offer Extraordinary Exploration Opportunities in Alaska

AdventureSmith Explorations is offering new experiences in rarely visited areas for travelers to have diverse wildlife encounters and view dramatic scenery

Monday 1 April 2024

From On Board Reef Prince: Water, Water Everywhere

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To the sound of a dozen jet engines on full throttle, I look up almost 100 metres vertically to see thousands of tonnes of water crashing down onto the rocks almost at my feet. The water hits the bottom with such force, it generates a wind tunnel of supercharged mist blasting out across the surface of the King George River, creating its own micro-climate within the ancient sandstone amphitheatre.

Sunday 31 March 2024

From On Board Reef Prince: The Way of the Wandjina

The Kimberley is full of surprises, mysteries, tragedies and more than a few controversies.  

One of the persistent debates is that which concerns the abundant rock art that proliferates throughout Australia's North West. Is it the oldest rock art in the world? Is it all of the same origin? What art was produced by which ethnic groups? The arguments continue.

Friday 29 March 2024

From On Board Reef Prince: Under a watchful gaze

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(c) Silvia Furtwangler

Like a stealthy submarine running at periscope depth, he eyes us suspiciously. All we see from the front of the tender are two yellow baubles and a slender trail of spiny scales receding into the murky water. Then, just as surreptitiously, he slides silently below the surface and is gone. Gone, to our gaze at least.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

From On Board Reef Prince: Atlantis Rises

Montgomery Reef (c) Paul Hogger

As the enormous tide falls, the structure appears to rise like the lost Atlantis. Water cascades down channels formed in the coral substrate over millennia creating a sight not repeated anywhere else on the planet.

Turtles, sharks, rays and predatory fish congregate in the gutters while wading birds gorge themselves on the sealife momentarily left stranded by the receding ocean.

Montgomery Reef is truly one of the wonders of any Kimberley cruise and regardless of who you choose to cruise with, this amazing disappearing reef will be a feature of that itinerary.

Our expedition leader aboard Reef Prince, Paul Hogger, has chosen a dawn exploration of the reef due to the rare coincidence of a full moon to complement the rising sun, creating a superb pastel hue on the facing escarpment.

Montgomery Reef was named by that hero of Australia's Northwest, Philip Parker King, in honour of his ship's surgeon, Dr Andrew Montgomery, who was speared in the shoulder during an interaction with the Worora people. Despite his grave wounds, Montgomery survived.


"Montgomery Reef is the largest inshore reef in the southern hemisphere," Paul tells us, "Sixty kilometres by forty kilometres with a total area of 550 square kilometres. That's at low tide. But at high tide, it's just 40 square kilometres."

This phenomenon occurs because way back when sea levels were much lower, the reef was actually a flat top mesa. When sea levels rose, the level perfectly aligned with the top of the mesa.

By the way, an enigmatic tribe of about 300 individuals once lived on the small islands within the reef complex itself. Known as the Yawijibaya, they were genetically distinct from mainland Aboriginals and adults of the tribe were known to be more than seven feet tall. Contact was first established in the 1920s, but within the decade they had vanished leaving behind their implements and dwellings. A mystery that persists to this day.

Ruby Falls (RE)

The balance of the morning was spent exploring the idyllic Ruby Falls, a favourite freshwater swimming hole and photo opportunity accessed via a spirited tender ride along Red Cone Creek.

I'm aboard the 36-passenger Reef Prince, the sole vessel of Kimberley Expeditions, for their 12-day Broome to Darwin itinerary.

For more details on cruising in the Kimberley, contact Kimberley Expeditions

Main Pic: Paul Hogger / Kimberley Expeditions

Sunday 24 March 2024

From On Board Reef Prince: Fish On!

"I'm on!" comes the cry from Polly, as the tip of the fishing rod bends violently towards the water. It's a big fish and Polly, all 63 kilograms of him, strains at the reel as the prize catch tries to pull him into the turbid waters.

Saturday 23 March 2024

From On Board Reef Prince in the Kimberley

Followers of this blog will know I have travelled with several of the best-known small ship operators in the Kimberley and even worked as an expedition guide for part of the 2022 season.

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Win a Wendy Wu Mekong Cruise

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Picture yourself indulging in breathtaking riverscapes as you cruise down one of Asia's most vibrant waterways.

Monday 18 March 2024

The ecological crisis no one is talking about

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Unless you’ve you been tuning in to some of the more erudite media channels, you probably have no idea about the crisis unfolding in polar and sub-polar regions. The cruise companies certainly are not talking about it.

Hurtigruten goes all-inclusive


HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions), announced plans to further enhance their onboard guest offering. As part of a phased approach, starting with Antarctica and Galápagos expeditions in October 2024, they will be introducing an 'all-inclusive' offering as standard across the whole fleet from November 2024, covering all destinations.

Journey with one of the world’s smallest cruise lines through the wild isles, lochs and canals of Scotland

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One of the world’s smallest cruise lines, Lord of the Glens, which operates an elegant, boutique vessel of the same name inspired by the Royal Yacht Britannia, offers lovers of ‘slow travel’ an intimate journey through the wild and far-flung isles, lochs, canals and highlands of Scotland. And to help more Australians get onboard the classic, 52-guest Lord of the Glens, for the unique experience, Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, is offering a saving of £200 British pounds per person for bookings made by September 6, 2024.

Friday 15 March 2024

Albatros Expeditions to christen Ocean Albatros

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Albatros Expeditions, a leading name in polar exploration and adventure travel, proudly announced the christening ceremony of their latest state-of-the-art vessel, the Ocean Albatros. The event is taking place on 7 May 2024 at Nordre Tolbod, in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Swan Hellenic Announces Deep Arctic Northern Lights Specials

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Swan Hellenic continues to entice adventurous, curious minds with its expert-curated, cultural expedition cruises, this time announcing details of four exceptional “Northern Lights Voyages” across the Arctic aboard its luxurious ice-class vessel SH Vega.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Offers Early Bird Savings on Unforgettable Expeditions to Tonga and Samoa

Expedition cruise specialists of the Pacific Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has launched limited time early bird savings on its highly sought after voyages to Tonga and Samoa onboard small ship MS Caledonian Sky set to depart in August 2024 and March 2025. 

Monday 11 March 2024

AdventureSmith's New Indonesian Sailing Route

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A new sailing route in Indonesia offered by AdventureSmith Explorations, the leader in small-ship adventure cruising, is giving expedition travelers more opportunities to explore and immerse themselves in Indonesian culture and its distinct wildlife experiences. Aboard either the 24-guest Ombak Putih or 12-guest Katharina traditional Indonesian sailing vessels, the 9-day trip sets sail from and returns to Flores Island between April and August. The perfect introduction to Indonesia, the compact yet robust itinerary gets active travelers up close and personal with Komodo dragons, whale sharks and volcanic islands, while also connecting them with the people living and working in local villages.

Saturday 24 February 2024

Cruising the Mekong with Jayavarman

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The Mekong has nourished Southeast Asian civilisations for millennia. Roderick Eime traces the course of history.

Considered by many early explorers to be among the wildest rivers on the planet, the 4350km Mekong (Mother of Water) is the 12th longest river in the world and the seventh longest in Asia. Its daunting rapids and narrow, raging gorges thwarted the colonial French as much as the turbulent politics that festered along its banks.

Friday 23 February 2024

APT and Seabourn enter new charter agreement

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APT and Seabourn have signed a 'multi-year' expedition cruising partnership (TTG Media)

Seabourn and APT will enter into a "multi-year partnership" and will charter two ships next year saying they will expand focus on expedition cruising.

Thursday 15 February 2024

New vessel annouced for Antarctica21

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Antarctic expedition cruise line, Antarctica21, will construct a new vessel to be called, Magellan Discoverer, and will join its fleet for the 2026-27 Antarctic season.

Monday 12 February 2024

Heritage Line to pause operations on Upper Mekong

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Heritage Line’s much anticipated Upper Mekong itineraries aboard the brand new luxury vessel, Anouvong, launched in August, have been interrupted due to “demanding conditions”.

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Travel Advisors: Win a FAM Place to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

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Quark Expeditions, the Leader in Polar Adventures, is taking 10 dedicated Travel Advisors on an all-encompassing Antarctic FAM trip as part of its Great Polar Sweepstakes, which runs February 1 to May 31, 2024. Winners of the points-based incentive will join the 11-day Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent voyage in November 2024.

Tuesday 6 February 2024

PASPALEY PEARL by PONANT open for business

The newly announced collaboration between PONANT and PASPALEY have announced their dedicated website and booking centre are officially open for their 2025 inaugural year of sailing.

Thursday 1 February 2024

Expedition Cruising News from Atlas Ocean Voyages

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Atlas Ocean Voyages
, the leader in yacht expedition cruising, is excited to highlight the 2024 Arctic Season featuring two yachts in the region for the first time. World Traveller and World Navigator will sail 11 expeditions ranging from 7 to 12 nights, exploring the captivating Arctic region with departures from Tromso, Oslo , Longyearbyen, Reykjavik , and Kangerlussuaq. Enjoy the convenience of inclusive charter jet air service from either New York John F. Kennedy International Airport or Oslo Gardermoen Airport on select expeditions.

Swan Hellenic unveils 2025 worldwide expedition cruises

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New itineraries bring rich cultural and wild ecosystem discovery opportunities across West Africa, the Mediterranean and Latin America, as well as the Arctic and Antarctic.

Tick off your Bucket List with Aurora

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Aurora Expeditions is excited to share the 2024 'Go Wild With Your Bucket List' e-book, created to inspire travellers to seek out new and exciting experiences as they plan their upcoming adventures.

National Geographic Orion Returns to the Mediterranean in 2025

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic says National Geographic Orion will return to the Mediterranean in 2025 with four brand-new expeditions that explore this storied region like never before. Aboard this elegant, 53-cabin ship, travelers will discover familiar destinations like Turkey, Greece, and Croatia from a new perspective as they visit historic islands and lesser-known ports of call alongside a renowned team of naturalists, historians, and photographers. Learn more about these vibrant voyages that strike the ideal balance between iconic sights and quieter coastal gems.

Wednesday 31 January 2024

New for 2024 are these Ultra-luxe, seven-night Kimberley expedition cruises

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Book by the cabin or charter the whole yacht

Launch savings of 15 per cent – book by February 29, 2021

Australian superyacht specialist, YOTSPACE, has announced the debut this year of the first catamaran to cruise in the Kimberley – a brand new, ultra-luxe vessel carrying just eight guests that can be booked by the cabin or as a private charter.

Explore The Coast of West Africa

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Photo credit: Jan Hvizdal

Anyone who has done some travel throughout the African continent knows well how difficult visiting multiple countries can be. Unlike the Americas or Europe, intercontinental travel in Africa is typically not only much more costly but also ill-fated by inconvenient and lengthy flight options. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I discovered a unique, new way to add a few African countries to the ‘done’ list with the HX Hurtigruten Expeditions West Africa Archipelago Cruise.

Tuesday 23 January 2024

100 Years of #ExpeditionCruising for One Remarkable Small Ship


Spectacular slow cruise voyages to Baja California and Alaska with AdventureSmith Explorations offer unmatched experiences and a chance to be part of 'Westward's' history

Friday 12 January 2024

Bookings to open for overnight cruises on Australia's first five star riverboat

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Bookings to open early February for the launch in 2025 of Australia’s first five-star overnight river cruises

Savings and bonuses for earlybird bookings made by February 29, 2024

PODCAST: #ExpeditionCruising on ABC Radio

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Expedition Cruising editor, Roderick Eime, is back on air talking about his favourite subject with guest presenter, Dominic Knight on the nationally broadcast program, Nightlife. Tune in now:

Thursday 11 January 2024

PONANT opens Kimberley 2025 season with 18 departures from May to September

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PONANT, a world leader in luxury expeditions, has launched their 2025 Kimberley season with 18 departures available to book between May and September 2025. PONANT promises an added layer of enrichment with Le Jacques-Cartier returning to the region in 2025 for the second year after her inaugural season in the Kimberley in 2024, alongside renowned sistership Le Soléal sailing 10-night ‘Australia’s Iconic Kimberley’ itineraries between Broome and Darwin.

Thursday 4 January 2024

Monday 1 January 2024