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Eco Abrolhos – 2023 Kimberley Cruises Still Available!

Posted by Andrew Castles on January 24, 2023

 

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SPECIAL OFFER - BOOK NOW

Book one of the last remaining 2023 Bunk Cabins (Lower Deck or King Single cabin categories) and receive $1,000 per person in Flight Credits to get you to the Kimberley & back! Ask us for more details today.

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With record rain fall right through the Kimberley in recent weeks, 2023 is shaping up to offer ‘prime time viewing’ of the region's big waterfalls over coming months. For expeditioners keen to make the most of seeing these falls at their magnificent best, we’ve still got a number of cabins available aboard a handful of ships, including Coral Expedition’s stylish fleet of three small ships, the 30 passenger Eco Abrolhos and the intimate Reef Prince.

 

 

 

For a more active Kimberley cruising experience, a 14-day cruise aboard the classic 35-metre catamaran Eco Abrolhos might be everything you’re looking for. This itinerary is designed to maximise your adventure and see as much as possible. Now don’t get us wrong, you don’t have to be young and super fit, or a marathon runner to take part in this cruise, but the Eco Abrolhos will aim to provide as much time as possible for excursions including swimming in secluded waterholes, exploring beach and bush trails, not to mention the opportunity for fishing and Aboriginal rock art viewing.

While Kimberley cruising is proving more popular than ever given ‘post-Covid’ pent-up demand, it’s actually not too late to secure your 2023 Eco Abrolhos Kimberley cruise. We have a handful of cabins left available across the season for those who are ready to book now.

 

 

The Eco Abrolhos - A Classic Catamaran

 

At just 35-metres in length, Eco Abrolhos takes her name from Western Australia’s spectacular Abrolhos Islands off Geraldton, the company’s home base and first cruising waters. She accommodates no more than 30 travellers, what we like to call a true small-group experience. The atmosphere onboard is attentive, yet laidback and uniquely Australian, you’ll experience all that the Kimberley has to offer without having to worry about what you’re going to be dressing up in for dinner that night!

Aboard Eco Abrolhos there’s four grades of accommodation to choose from, depending on your budget and whether you’re travelling alone or as part of a couple. From the spacious, top-of-the-range King Bed Deluxe Staterooms through Double Staterooms and the Bunk-bedded King and Lower Deck cabins, there’s an option to suit everyone. All cabins feature a private en suite and air-conditioning, with all but a couple of cabins offering external views. While the accommodations may lack some of the latest amenities on offer on the most modern larger ships plying the waters of the Kimberley (such as in-cabin TVs and marble bathrooms), they are comfortable, and after all, you’re here to experience the best of the Kimberley, not sit in your cabin all day!

 

 

The Eco Abrolhos Kimberley itinerary is 13-nights in duration, between Broome and Wyndham (Kununurra) and vice versa. You’ll experience all of the Kimberley’s iconic sights, such as Horizontal Falls, King Cascades, Montgomery Reef, King George Falls and many more, and will also have time to flick a lure in search of a barra and take a dip in a cooling billabong. Being 13-nights in duration, there’s plenty of time to linger if travellers are enjoying a particular location or there’s some wildlife viewing on offer, this itinerary never feels rushed. Given the early season rainfalls the Kimberley has been experiencing over recent weeks, you can expect the Kimberley’s big falls – such as King George and Mitchell – to be at their absolute best, particularly in the early season departures during May and June.

 

When it’s time to head ashore to explore, Eco Abrolhos’s four custom-built expedition tenders deliver you into the heart of the action. Featuring powerful 140Hp engines, forward facing central seating and high sides, these excursion boats offer the perfect viewing and photo platforms as the crew guide you up tidal rivers and amongst the mangroves. Dropdown front stairs on the tenders makes boarding comfortable and easy and the full walk-around sides make fishing a breeze. Multiple tenders allows the team aboard Eco Abrolhos to cater to the various desires of guests. Perhaps some expeditioners might wish to climb to the top of a waterfall while others would prefer to glide down creeks spotting wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles. That’s no problem aboard the Eco Abrolhos.

 

 

Throughout your cruise you will be able to take part in a range of activities each day. Hikes, treks, bushwalks; call them what you will but they are popular during these cruises and the rewards are well worth the effort. In addition to hikes to the Aboriginal rock art sites, there are multiple walks to freshwater swimming holes, hikes exploring side tributaries with small waterfalls and rock faces, walks into areas to see stunning birds and wildlife and even a walk over a salt flat to an intact C53 plane wreck in Vansittart Bay.

 

2023 Availability – Eco Abrolhos Kimberley Cruises 

 

See the Broome to Wyndham Itinerary

 

See the Wyndham to Broome Itinerary

 

Find out more about Eco Abrolhos, including room grade photos

 

 

As of today (24 January 2023) the following availability remains for Eco Abrolhos 2023 Kimberley Cruises. Keep in mind though that cabins are filling fast so it’s best to call the Expedition Cruise Specialists team on 1800 90 20 80 for the most up-to-date availability.

 

Eco Abrolhos 2023 Kimberley Schedule & Fares

13 Nights Broome to Wyndham and vice versa

 

Broome to Wyndham – 09 May to 22 May 2023

2 X Queen Stateroom (1 internal)

2 X King Single Bunk Cabin (internal)

2 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)


Wyndham to Broome – 24 May to 06 June 2023

1 X Queen Stateroom (internal)

2 X King Single Bunk Cabin (1 internal)

2 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)

 

Broome to Wyndham – 08 June to 21 June 2023

1 X Queen Stateroom (internal)

3 X King Single Bunk Cabin (1 internal)

4 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)


Wyndham to Broome – 23 June to 06 July 2023

2 X King Single Bunk Cabin (1 internal)

2 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)

 

 

Broome to Wyndham – 08 July to 21 July 2023

1 X King Single Bunk Cabin (internal)

2 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)


Wyndham to Broome – 23 July to 05 August 2023

2 X King Bed Deluxe (window)

1 X Queen Stateroom (internal)

1 X King Single Bunk Cabin (internal)

2 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)

 

Broome to Wyndham – 07 August to 20 August 2023

1 X King Bed Deluxe (window)

1 X Queen Stateroom (internal)

2 X King Single Bunk Cabin (1 internal)

4 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)


Wyndham to Broome – 22 August to 04 September 2023

1 X King Bed Deluxe (window)

1 X Double Bed Stateroom (window)

1 X Queen Stateroom (internal)

3 X King Single Bunk Cabin (1 internal)

4 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)

 

2023 Cruise Fares 

Lower Deck Cabin – $13,115 per person, twin share

Lower Deck Cabin (single traveller) – $15,740 per person

King Bunk Cabin – $14,165 per person, twin share

Double / Queen Bed Stateroom – $16,265 per person, twin share

King Bed Deluxe Stateroom – $17,840 per person, twin share

Traditional Landowner Visitor Pass fees are additional and will be added to your invoice, enquire for details.

 

So, if you’re after a Kimberley cruise experience that offers much more than just taking in the views from the deck of your ship, give the team at Expedition Cruise Specialists a call today on 1800 90 20 80 to discuss your 2023 or 2024 Kimberley Cruise aboard the ‘active’ Eco Abrolhos.

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR SPECIAL: Save 30% when you cruise Fiji!

Posted by Andrew Castles on January 01, 2023

Reef Endeavour Fiji Cultural

 

Just a four-hour flight from Australia’s East Coast, Fiji is the perfect South Pacific destination for families, romantics and adventurers! And there’s no better way to discover the islands of this tropical paradise than on a small ship expedition cruise aboard the stylish Reef Endeavour with Captain Cook Cruises. Best of all, for a limited time you can SAVE 30% off normal fares when you book your 2023/24 cruise before 31 March 2023!

With over 25 years experience cruising the waters of Fiji, when you set sail on a 3, 4 or 7 small ship expedition with Captain Cook Cruises you will be immersed in the essence of Fiji. From Captain Cook’s private island Tivua, the volcanic Yasawa Islands, to the remote Northern Islands, you will experience some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world.

 

Snorkel Fiji



You’ll visit places rarely seen by tourists, away from the hustle and bustle so you can truly relax and enjoy what Fiji has to offer. You’ll take part in cultural activities and immerse yourself in the traditional Fijian way of life, be part of our marine biology and sustainability journey, then return to the comfort and elegance of the uniquely suited Reef Endeavour.

MV Reef Endeavour is a small cruise ship accommodating no more than 130 travellers over four accommodation levels. The ship’s small size allows her to negotiate remote islands, reefs and shallow bays where bigger ships are unable to go, showcasing the real Fiji and giving travellers a true cultural experience.

 

Fiji Island Mike

 

Best of all, to celebrate the new year we’ve got a fantastic special offer available to guests on cruises departing between 01 April 2023 and 31 March 2024. Simply book your Captain Cook Fiji Cruise before 31 March 2023 and you will SAVE 30% off normal cruise prices – that’s a fabulous deal.

Here’s a sample of what’s on offer:

 

Our recommended cruise itinerary

7 Night Fiji's Yasawa Islands Complete

Combines the Mamanuca & Yasawa Islands

Click here to see the itinerary

Click here to see Reef Endeavour Ship Information & Room Grades

 

Cruise Fares (Australian Dollars, per person, twin share)

Tabua Suite - $4,081.00

Ocean Stateroom - $3,398.00

Stateroom - $3,083.00

Porthole Cabin - $2,607.00

 

Captain Cook Tabua Suite

 

4 Night North Yasawa Islands Cruise

Click here to see the itinerary

Click here to see Reef Endeavour Ship Information & Room Grades

 

Cruise Fares (Australian Dollars, per person, twin share)

Tabua Suite - $2,454.00

Ocean Stateroom - $2,044.00

Stateroom - $1,851.00

Porthole Cabin - $1,564.00

Enquire for special single traveller and triple share fares. 

 

Reef Endeavour Fiji

 

Cruise Prices include:

·      Accommodation onboard Reef Endeavour in selected room grade

·      All meals plus 24hr tea and coffee

·      Use of onboard facilities including mini gym and the freshwater swimming pool

·      Use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, glass bottom boat tours, village and island visits, cultural activities, meke and lovo feast and guided island walks

·      Transfer from the ship to Nadi / Denarau hotels post cruise

·      Group child minding is provided for children aged between five and nine years at set times each day.

 

Cruise Prices exclude:

·      Airfares to/from Fiji

·      Pre- and post-cruise accommodation

·      Visa and passport fees

·      Drinks, personal purchases, any optional tours and optional onboard massages.

 

Reef Endeavour departs Port Denarau (Nadi) on Tuesdays and Saturdays every week of the year, so whenever you’re planning on heading to Fiji there’s sure to be a cruise departure on offer. 

 

To take advantage of this great special offer, contact the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80 ( +61 7 4041 2101 if calling from outside of Australia) or email us here.

 

See what other guests have to say about this expedition

 

 

 

Fiji Cultural Dance