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2021 Solar Eclipse Cruises in Antarctica

Posted by Andrew Castles on December 20, 2019

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If you’ve got your eye on an expedition cruise to Antarctica in the next few years, you might just want to clear your calendar for November / December 2021. A total solar eclipse will occur over Antarctica on 4 December 2021, so don’t miss your chance to see one of Earth’s most wondrous cosmic events in one of Earth’s most magnificent locations. 

Though total solar eclipses occur somewhere in the world once every 18 months or so, they can only be seen along a very narrow path, so you need to ensure you're positioned right on the centre-line of the eclipse to experience full totality (total darkness during the day). And that’s exactly what you will get when you join a luxury small ship cruise down to Antarctica for this eclipse. You’ll enjoy a prime viewing position to see the moon transition in front of the sun, with 1 minute and 54 seconds of total darkness expected.

 

 

Of course, while the eclipse is without doubt a major highlight of this expedition, you will also enjoy all that Antarctica otherwise has to offer.  Three of the ships making this voyage will be the ice-strengthened Plancius (116 passengers), Ortelius (116 passengers - SOLD OUT) and the world's first Polar Class 6 expedition ship, the soon-to-be-launched 174 passenger Hondius. The full voyage takes 20 days and will visit the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctica Peninsula. 

On the morning of the eclipse, each of these ships will be positioned on the centre-line of the moon’s shadow, at the edge of the sea ice in the Weddell Sea, between the South Orkneys and South Georgia.

Here's an overview of what's on offer:

 

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new Janssonius solar eclipse cruise

 

Antarctic Peninsula - SOLAR ECLIPSE - South Georgia - Falkland Islands

Launching in 2021, the 174 passenger Janssonius is a sister-ship to the Hondius. Technologically-advanced with excellent eco-tourism credentials, the Janssonius offers a premium expedition cruising experience. 

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Date: 25 November - 14 December 2021, 19 nights / 20 days 
Embarkation & disembarkation: Ushuaia

Prices per person, twin share in US Dollars:

· Quadruple Porthole: $16,400

· Triple Porthole: $17,900

· Twin Porthole: $19,800

· Twin Window: $20,600

· Twin Deluxe: $22,100

· Superior: $23,700

· Junior Suite: $25,400

· Grand Suite with private balcony: $29,150

 

Aboard Hondius  - Limited Cabins Remaining!

 

Hondius Solar Eclipse Curise

 

Antarctic Peninsula - SOLAR ECLIPSE - South Georgia - Falkland Islands

Launching in 2019, the 174 passenger Hondius is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship. Technologically-advanced with excellent eco-tourism credentials, the Hondius sets a new standard in polar cruising.

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Date: 26 November - 15 December 2021, 19 nights / 20 days 
Embarkation & disembarkation: Ushuaia
 

LAST CABINS SELLING FAST!

Prices per person, twin share in US Dollars:

· Quadruple Porthole: WAITLIST

· Triple Porthole: WAITLIST

· Twin Porthole: WAITLIST

· Twin Window: WAITLIST

· Twin Deluxe: WAITLIST

· Superior: WAITLIST

· Junior Suite: $25,400

· Grand Suite with private balcony: $29,150

 

 

 

Aboard Ortelius - SOLD OUT!

 

Ortelius Antarctica eclipse cruise

 

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - SOLAR ECLIPSE - Antarctic Peninsula

Launched in 1989 as Marina Svetaeva for the Russian Academy of Science, Ortelius caters to just 116 guests and is ice-rated to the highest levels (equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate the ice packs of the Polar regions.

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Date: 24 November - 13 December 2021, 19 nights / 20 days
Embarkation & disembarkation: Ushuaia

Prices per person, twin share in US Dollars:

· Quadruple Porthole: $16,400 - SOLD OUT

· Triple Porthole: $17,900 - SOLD OUT

· Twin Porthole: $19,800 - SOLD OUT

· Twin Window: $20,600 - SOLD OUT

· Twin Deluxe: $22,100 - SOLD OUT

· Superior: $23,700 - SOLD OUT

 

 

Aboard Plancius - SOLD OUT!

 

Plancius eclipse 2021

 

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - SOLAR ECLIPSE - Antarctic Peninsula

The ice-strengthened 116 passenger vessel Plancius is an excellent vessel for polar expedition cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Date: 23 November - 12 December 2021, 19 nights / 20 days
Embarkation & disembarkation: Ushuaia
 

Prices per person, twin share in US Dollars:

· Quadruple Porthole: SOLD OUT

· Triple Porthole: SOLD OUT

· Twin Porthole: SOLD OUT

· Twin Window: SOLD OUT

· Twin Deluxe: SOLD OUT

· Superior: SOLD OUT

 

Single travellers are accommodated on each ship upon payment of a single supplement of between 70% and 100%.

 

Antarctica eclipse cruise hondius

 

The goal on this itinerary is of course to experience the total eclipse, but please keep in mind the polar regions are known for their unpredictability. There’s always the chance overcast skies may hinder visibility and that adverse conditions may alter certain details of the pre-planned route. Plancius and Ortelius are scheduled to make the trip clockwise, while Hondius will make it counter-clockwise.

These once-in-a-lifetime voyages combining the best of Antarctica with a total solar eclipse are sure to sell fast. Secure your place today by calling the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists on 1800 90 20 80 or email [email protected]

 

All availability accurate as at 17 May 2019 and is subject to change.

Kimberley Cruising by Private Charter - an Exclusive Experience

Posted by Andrew Castles on December 17, 2019

If you’ve ever sat around the dinner table with a group of friends dreaming about cruising Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast together, a private charter of the 12-passenger Kimberley Pearl can make those dreams become a reality at an affordable price.

Imagine the thrill of having a beautifully-appointed small ship exclusively yours for an intimate group of your nearest and dearest; a ship that feels more akin to a private yacht that normally only the rich and famous can enjoy. Then imagine being able to tailor the itinerary to your own likes and even help devise the menu. Imagine sitting on deck with a glass of champagne with just a few of your closest friends for company as the sun sets over the Kimberley coast.

 

Priuvate Charter Kimberley Pearl Cruise

 

The 12 passenger Kimberley Pearl allows all this and more. Originally built as a pearling lugger for famed Broome Paspaley Pearls in 1979, this stylish vessel has recently undergone a thorough refurbishment and has six air-conditioned cabins, all with private en suite, accommodating up to just 12 guests in style on Kimberley cruises.

When you step aboard the Kimberley Pearl you will soon feel right at home. Like most homes, the kitchen is very much at the heart, and you can gather around as the ship’s professional chef prepares the day’s fresh catch of barramundi, mangrove jack, queenie or GT right in front of you. In addition to the airy saloon / kitchen, there’s plenty of deck space to enjoy, complete with a BBQ at the stern and a cosy spot infront of the bridge at the bow.

 

Kimberley Pearl cabin

 

Excursions are a breeze aboard the Kimberley Pearl, she comes equipped with a fleet of three aluminium tenders, allowing several different activities to be offered at the same time depending on your mood. Perhaps you want to go out fishing while others go in search of Aboriginal art along the cliffs? Or maybe some friends want to head ashore to a hidden swimming hole? It’s all possible when you cruise aboard the Kimberley Pearl.


Throughout your charter you will also enjoy outstanding service from an affable and expert Australian crew of five. The Captain will be on hand to help plan your daily adventure program, while the chef will be busy keeping your mouth watering with the culinary delights he creates day after day. Three further crew operate as general hands, driving the tenders, explaining what you’re seeing and also keeping the ship in great shape! 

 

Dining aboard Kimberley Pearl

 

One of many advantages of a private charter is the ability to tailor the itinerary to suit your own group. In fact, our client Gwen from Sydney, along with her husband and a group of their best friends, returned from a 13-night charter earlier this year and couldn’t believe the flexibility they had each day. Gwen mentioned that if the group was particularly enjoying a swimming hole the Captain was happy to let them linger for as long as possible – no fixed schedule to keep as you might find on a trip where there’s many passengers with differing interests.

 

Shore excursion Kimberley Pearl


Best of all though, private charters aboard the Kimberley Pearl are incredibly cost effective. Up to 12 guests can share a charter of the ship for $69,300 for seven nights – that’s just $5,775 per person – exceptional value for such an intimate experience.

You can also choose between two different itineraries. The 13-day Ultimate Pearl cruises from Broome to Wyndham (Kununurra) or vice versa, and is the ideal option for those who want the complete Kimberley experience. Alternatively, for those who are short on time the 7-night Southern Pearls program cruises north from Broome to discover highlights including Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef.

Keep in mind that it is always best to plan your charter as far in advance as possible to ensure the pick of the best cruise dates. Why not get your friends together and start planning a private Kimberley Pearl adventure cruise in 2021?

 

2021 Kimberley Pearl dates available for charter:

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03 April 2021 – Broome to Kununurra

18 April 2021 – Kununurra to Broome

03 May 2021 – Broome to Kununurra

18 May 2021 – Kununurra to Broome

02 June 2021 – Broome to Kununurra

17 June 2021 – Kununurra to Broome

18 July 2021 – Kununurra to Broome

 

7 Night Southern Kimberley Pearls - See the Itinerary

14 September 2021 – Broome to Broome

22 September 2021 – Broome to Broome

30 September 2021 – Broome to Broome

08 October 2021 – Broome to Broome

 

For more information or to book your private charter of the Kimberley Pearl call the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80 or visit www.expeditioncruisespecialists.com

 

Kimberley Pearl tender charter

 

Swimming hole Kimberley Pearl Cruise

 

Kimberley Pearl drinks

 

Kimberley Pearl food platter

 

Kimberley Pearl sunset drinks

Coral Expeditions Earlybird Sale On Now!

Posted by Andrew Castles on November 29, 2019

Australia’s luxury expedition cruise line Coral Expeditions is offering 10% off regular prices on a range of 2021 expedition cruises when you book and deposit by 01 April 2020.

Founded in 1983, Coral Expeditions is the pioneer of small ship expedition cruising in Australia and the South Pacific, and for a limited time we’re making earlybird savings available on some of their most popular cruise itineraries, including Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land and Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.

There’s no doubt that 2021 is shaping up as another big year for Coral Expeditions. Their fleet renewal schedule continues with the inaugural Kimberley sailings for their latest expedition ship, to be christened Coral Geographer. Currently under construction, Coral Geographer is a sister-ship to 2019’s Coral Adventurer and will join the Adventurer and former flagship Coral Discoverer exploring the Kimberley coast between Darwin and Broome over 11 days in 2021.

As one of the true pioneers of Kimberley cruising, when you take to the seas on one of Coral Expeditions’ cruises you are guaranteed an adventure to remember. From the Horizontal Falls to Montgomery Reef, King George Falls and King Cascades to the world’s oldest Aboriginal rock art, this itinerary is packed full of the Kimberley’s must-see icons. And, on top of that,  you will travel with some of the best expert guides in the business and an experienced expedition team.
 

 

Kimberley Cruises map 2021 coral

 


Coral Expeditions’ two new expedition vessels Coral Geographer and Coral Adventurer have been designed to welcome travellers with varying budgets. At the top end, spacious and luxurious Bridge Deck Suites and Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms tick all the boxes for the most discerning travellers, while the more budget-based cruiser will be impressed by the comfortable surrounds of Coral Deck and Promenade Deck Staterooms. A new pricing model for 2021 also means there’s off-peak pricing on selected Kimberley cruises, resulting in earlybird fares from as little as $6,885 per person on waterfall and whalewatching season departures. This is some of the best Kimberley cruise pricing we’ve come across in a number of years, so make sure you get in early to secure the best prices.

Travelling in the peak May, June and July period also offers some great earlybird prices, with 10% off regular fares when you book before 01 April 2020. By booking early not only can you access the savings, you can also select the most appealing date, and you’re more likely to secure your first-choice stateroom type. Often, this means that you need to book your Kimberley cruise 12 to 18 months in advance to be sure you don’t miss out.
 
Although 2021 might seem a long way off, and you might think you have plenty of time to book your cruise, the incredible popularity of Kimberley cruising means that many of the peak season dates will be quickly snapped up.
 
Here's an overview of the 2021 Kimberley cruise season for each of Coral Expeditions’ three state-of-the-art small ships:

 

Coral Adventurer 2021 Kimberley Cruises - Earlybird Pricing

 

Coral Adventurer Kimberley cruising

 

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Ten nights Darwin to Broome
Departs
23 April 2021 – Off Peak Pricing
14 May 2021
4 June 2021
25 June 2021
16 July 2021
6 August 2021 – Off Peak Pricing
27 August 2021 – Off Peak Pricing
 
Ten nights Broome to Darwin
Departs
3 May 2021
24 May 2021
14 June 2021
5 July 2021
26 July 2021
16 August 2021 - Off Peak Pricing
6 September 2021 - Off Peak Pricing
 
2021 Coral Adventurer Kimberley Earlybird Cruise Fares
Bridge Deck Suite - $18,801 per person, twin share
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom - $14,031 per person, twin share
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom - $13,761 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck Stateroom - $9,801 per person, twin share
Coral Deck Stateroom - $8,415 per person, twin share
 
Off Peak Earlybird Pricing – available on highlighted ‘Off Peak’ departure dates
Bridge Deck Suite - $15,471 per person, twin share
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom - $11,511 per person, twin share
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom - $11,241 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck Stateroom - $8,091 per person, twin share
Coral Deck Stateroom - $6,885 per person, twin share

 

Coral Geographer 2021 Kimberley Cruises - Earlybird Pricing

 

corla geographer Kimberley Cruises 2021

Find our more about Coral Geographer

 

Ten nights Darwin to Broome
Departs
30 April 2021 - Off Peak Pricing
21 May 2021
11 June 2021
2 July 2021
23 July 2021
 
Ten nights Broome to Darwin
Departs
10 May 2021
31 May 2021
21 June 2021
12 July 2021
2 August 2021 - Off Peak Pricing
 
2021 Coral Geographer Kimberley Earlybird Cruise Fares
Bridge Deck Suite - $18,801 per person, twin share
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom - $13,761 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck Stateroom - $9,801 per person, twin share
Coral Deck Stateroom - $8,415 per person, twin share
 
Off Peak Earlybird Pricing – available on highlighted ‘Off Peak’ departure dates
Bridge Deck Suite - $15,471 per person, twin share
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom - $11,241 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck Stateroom - $8,091 per person, twin share
Coral Deck Stateroom - $6,885 per person, twin share

 

Coral Discoverer 2021 Kimberley Cruises - Earlybird Pricing

 

coral discoverer kimberley cruising 2021

 

Find out more about Coral Discoverer

 

Ten nights Darwin to Broome
Departs
16 April 2021 – Off Peak Pricing
7 May 2021
 
Ten nights Broome to Darwin
Departs
26 April 2021 – Off Peak Pricing
 
2021 Coral Discoverer Kimberley Earlybird Cruise Fares
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom - $15,021 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck (category A) Stateroom - $12,861 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck (category B) Stateroom - $11,835 per person, twin share
Main Deck (category A) Stateroom - $11,295 per person, twin share
Main Deck (category B) Stateroom - $10,791 Per person, twin share
 
Off Peak Earlybird Pricing – available on highlighted ‘Off Peak’ departure dates
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom - $13,671 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck (category A) Stateroom - $11,691 per person, twin share
Promenade Deck (category B) Stateroom - $10,746 per person, twin share
Main Deck (category A) Stateroom - $10,251 per person, twin share
Main Deck (category B) Stateroom - $9,801 per person, twin share

 

For bookings and more information speak to the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80 or email us.

 

Mitchell Falls Kimberley c cruises

 

* Earlybird prices are applicable when you book and deposit your 2021 Kimberley cruise no later than 01 April 2020. Subject to availability and not combinable with other offers other than Xplorers Club Savings.

Maldives Cruise Makeover

Posted by Andrew Castles on November 15, 2019

Choosing where to stay when planning a trip to the holiday islands of the Maldives can be such a hard decision to make - there’s so many picture-perfect archipelagos and luxurious resorts to choose from. So, instead of having to select just one location, why not see and experience as much as possible by joining a seven or fourteen-night small ship cruise.

Departing weekly from the sea-walled capital of Male, your cruise aboard the intimate Yasawa Princess promises plenty of time to experience the best of the Maldives. Choose from a range of activities including swimming and snorkelling in turquoise blue lagoons, SCUBA dives over some of the area’s best coral reefs, strolls on magnificent sandy beaches (on both resort and uninhabited islands) and even the opportunity to try your hand at landing a big game fish. And when the adrenaline isn’t racing, you’ll also love sitting back with a cool drink in hand while you take in the views from the expansive decks or your comfortable air-conditioned cabin.

 

Yasawa Princess Maldives Cruise

 

There’s a choice of three itineraries on offer, with seven-night cruises from Male to Maamagili (and vice versa - one way domestic flight Maamagili included) departing every Monday (year round), both easily combined to form the ultimate 14 night Maldives experience. The itineraries explore the Central Atolls, made up of South Male, Vaavu and Ari. The program is designed for both snorkellers and divers alike and highlights include an Alimathaa night snorkelling experience with nurse shark, sting ray and giant travally and a whaleshark excursion on the southern edge of Ari atoll. During the cruise there will also be multiple excursions to sand banks and deserted islands for picnics and to meet the locals. 

 

Maldives cruise map

 

Prices for the 7-night cruise from Male to Maamagili start from US$ 1,825 per person, twin share (including the one way domestic flight) while the 14-night Best of the Maldives cruise is priced from US$ 3,108 per person, twin share. There’s also an option to upgrade to an ‘all-inclusive’ fare which includes alcoholic beverages while onboard.

Fully refurbished in October 2019, Yasawa Princess’s 28 cabins are set across three decks and accommodate just 56 travellers. The air-conditioned cabins feature a charming, tropical décor and are replete with a range of luxuries and amenities to ensure your stay exceeds your expectations. There’s also a spacious and breezy sun deck with ample sun loungers, and an open-plan restaurant and lounge area.

We think they have done a fabulous job on the refurbishment, check out the first photos of her new look below. 

For more information about Yasawa Princess Maldives cruises call the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80.

 

Yasawa Princess Dining Room

 

Yasawa Princess Dining Room

 

Yasawa Princess al fresco

 

Yasawa Princess cabin Maldives cruise

 

sun deck Yasawa princess Maldives

 

Yasawa Princess Maldives beach

Aurora Expeditions’ new Polar expedition ship Greg Mortimer sets sail

Posted by Andrew Castles on November 01, 2019

Greg Mortimer cruises in Antarctica

 

This week has seen a major milestone for Australia’s own Aurora Expeditions, with the official launch and inaugural cruise for their brand-new, state-of-the art expedition ship Greg Mortimer.

At a glittering ceremony in Ushuaia, Argentina, ahead of her inaugural voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, the Greg Mortimer was officially christened by her godmother, co-founder of Aurora Expeditions Margaret Mortimer. Rather than the traditional breaking of a bottle of champagne against the hull, the ship was christened by the smashing of a piece of Antarctic ice. Also in attendance was Greg Mortimer himself, famous explorer (the first Australian to scale Mt Everest!) and expedition travel pioneer.

 

Elephant Bar aboard Greg Mortimer

 

Speaking of her role as Godmother of the ship, Margaret Mortimer said: “It never crossed my mind that I would one day be Godmother to a ship named after my husband. I am so proud to be launching his namesake and pay tribute to all those hard-working people who have made this ship a reality. For future expeditioners, I hope you enjoy many hours of life changing moments on board the Greg Mortimer.”

The new Greg Mortimer is the first expedition ship to launch using the patented Ulstein X-BOW® technology, an inverted bow design that allows the ship to pierce waves with much more stability than the traditional bows we’re accustomed to. This game-changing technology is said to transform the experience and comfort on some of the world’s most legendary open-sea routes, including the Drake Passage which separates the Antarctic Peninsula from South America. 

 

Greg Mortimer Dining Room

 

A further advantage of the Greg Mortimer is that she has been built to adhere to the latest polar expedition cruising guidelines; Polar Class 6. 

The Greg Mortimer is built to accommodate up to 160 expeditioners, although she will typically travel with fewer in Antarctica to allow maximum exploration for her guests ashore. After a busy day of exploration on the ice, travellers will savour outstanding onboard facilities, akin to what you would expect to find on a much larger ship. In addition to a spacious dining room offering panoramic views, there’s also a well-appointed library, lecture room equipped the latest in AV technology, an observation lounge and an open-bridge affording spectacular views, surely one of the most popular spots to take a seat and admire the breathtaking scenery. There’s also a well-equipped gymnasium (to work off those sumptuous meals) and even a sauna, sure to be a popular spot to warm up after a day on the ice.

 

Greg Mortimer Bridge

 

The Greg Mortimer’s year-round schedule takes in both the Antarctic and Arctic regions (southern and northern summers respectively), linked by some fascinating expedition voyages through Central America and Europe. If you would like to find out more information about the Greg Mortimer or register your interest ahead of the upcoming launch of her 2021/22 schedule please call one of our expert team today on 1800 90 20 80 to find out more about this wonderful new expedition ship.

 

Click here to see more photos of the new Greg Mortimer

 

Greg Mortimer expedition cruise in Antarctica