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Swan Hellenic Launches 2024 Schedule with 20% Savings

Posted by Andrew Castles on July 04, 2023


For 70 years, the name Swan Hellenic has been synonymous with small ship discovery cruises, and their long and storied history continues in 2024 with a range of expedition cruises around the world aboard their state-of-the-art expedition ships. And, for a limited time, you can save 20% on a selection of expeditions when you book and deposit your 2024 cruise with Expedition Cruise Specialists before 31 July 2023.


See the full 2024 Swan Hellenic Cruise Calendar


The newly-minted 2024 schedule features an exciting range of culturally-rich and wildlife-focussed itineraries from eight to 21 days in duration to all corners of the globe. A highlight of the year-round schedule is the addition of two new cruise destinations for Swan Hellenic, with new expeditions scheduled for both Cuba and West Africa’s Bijagós Islands. Of course there’s polar expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic on offer, making use of the ships’ highly-rated Polar Code classifications, and an incredible range of ‘Rest of the World’ cruises exploring exclusive exploration opportunities in areas such as Brazil, Africa, Madagascar and the Mediterranean


Featured Itineraries


NEW Cuba Discovery Itinerary - departs 30 April 2024

Set sail on this 10-day Cuba Discovery cruise aboard the new SH Diana and explore the unique heritage of Cuba.


NEW West Africa’s Bijagós Islands - departs 30 April 2024

Explore the remote beauty of West Africa's Bijagós Islands on a captivating 9-day expedition aboard the new SH Vega.


Secrets of Sicily - departs 20 August 2024

Discover history at the heart of the Mediterranean on this fascinating 9-day Sicily Highlights with Malta & Lipari cruise on board the new SH Diana.


From Magna Graecia to Greece - departs 28 August 2024

Imagine sailing through the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, discovering ancient cities, charming islands, and stunning landscapes aboard a new luxury ship.


Extraordinary South Africa - departs 06 November 2024

Explore the best of South Africa abroad the 5-star expedition ship SH Diana on this 8-day South Africa Discovery cruise.




Swan Hellenic Cruises operates a fleet of three modern expedition ships, all launched in the past two years. Sister-ships SH Vega & SH Minerva accommodate just 152 expeditioners in a range of suites and cabins, will the slightly larger SH Diana maxes out at 192 travellers. All three of these boutique ships feature the same distinctive comfort and Scandi-design interiors, extensive deck space and dedicated expedition facilities, including a dedicated presentation and lecture theatre, and an expedition mud room. 

All three ships feature three dining venues from which to choose – the Swan Restaurant, Club Lounge and Pool Bar & Grill, and there’s also a state-of-the-art gym, spa, panoramic sauna, club room and swimming pool.


See a Swan Hellenic Sample Dinner Menu



Over recent years, there has been what you might call an arms race in the design of new expedition ships, where the focus is seemingly on ‘more and more of everything’. More restaurants to choose from, more entertainment options, more gadgets and more travellers. While this change has made the concept of expedition cruising more (there’s that word again) accessible to more travellers it can result in the expedition experience being diluted and the destination becoming less important than the ship itself. Gladly, I don’t see Swan Hellenic falling into this trap.

Speaking to Swan Hellenic’s Australia & New Zealand General Manager Brigita Devries recently, it was evident to me that while Swan Hellenic’s ships have all the bells and whistles travellers desire in 2023, it’s still the love of exploration and true expedition cruising that drives the company. Brigita assured me that the focus would always be about maximising the expedition experience, if lunch had to be delayed for a wildlife viewing experience, or a day’s itinerary changed to take advantage of a local festival, the expedition experience will always take precedence.


To find out more about Swan Hellenic’s 2024 cruise schedule, and how you can save up to 20% off brochure fares when you book by 31 July 2023, contact the knowledgeable team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80.



Descendant of legendary Kimberley explorer follows in his footsteps

Posted by Andrew Castles on June 02, 2023


Wendy King, great-great-great granddaughter of legendary navigator Phillip Parker King, joined Reef Prince in May 2023 to trace the Kimberley coast from Darwin down to Broome, visiting many of the locations first mapped by her famous ancestor.

King is regarded as one of Australia‘s most famous navigators, and was a brilliant cartographer, conducting four expeditions on the Australian Coast between 1817 and 1822 aboard his cutter, HMS Mermaid. He is perhaps most well-known for his 1820 voyage, which produced the first real maps of the Kimberley Coast, and many locations that still bear King’s name today. It was also on this voyage that the Mermaid was careened, in a location now known as Careening Bay, famous today for its Mermaid Boab Tree.


Find out more about the Mermaid Boab Tree



It was a thrill for the Reef Prince crew, and in particular Cruise Director Paul Hogger, to welcome Wendy aboard and show her the places her ancestor visited, and the trials and tribulations he faced along the way.

Cruise Director Paul also enjoyed the opportunity to learn a lot from Wendy about the more modern history of King family, and other unpublished stories about Phillip Parker King’s adventures.

The team at Expedition Cruise Specialists was thrilled to assist Wendy to discover more about her family history through taking part in this incredible voyage.



The stylish, 36-passenger Reef Prince operates ten-night cruises from Broome to Darwin and vice versa, taking in all of the highlights of Western Australia’s magnificent Kimberley Coast. There’s still a handful of cabins left to secure your place for 2023, or now’s the time to reserve your place to cruise the Kimberley in 2024 to discover all these iconic spots, including Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef, King Cascades and King George Falls for yourself.

To find out more about cruising the Kimberley Coast aboard Reef Prince, contact our expert team today on 1800 90 20 80.


See Reef Prince's 2024 Kimberley Cruise schedules & prices



Is this the ultimate Antarctic Cruise Expedition?

Posted by Andrew Castles on March 21, 2023


The ‘White Continent’ of Antarctica remains at the top of the bucket-list for many expeditioners, but with so many itineraries on offer it can be hard to work out which one is best for you.

Generally, when considering an Antarctic expedition, the first question you might ask yourself is whether you will cruise from the bottom of South America, with just a two-day crossing of the legendary Drake Passage to the Antarctica Peninsula, or from Australia / New Zealand, which has longer crossings but allows access to the Ross Sea region and the sub-Antarctic islands.

If you elect to cruise from South America, you then need to consider whether you go for a shorter cruise down to the Antarctic Peninsula from Ushuaia (9 or 10 days), maybe push into the icy Weddell Sea or across the Antarctic Circle, which can add a few days, or even a three-week Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands expedition.

The number of options that are available can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed!


An Epic Expedition Across Antarctica


Or, you could join an epic 33-day expedition from Ushuaia all the way through to Dunedin in New Zealand aboard a brand-new, state-of-the-art expedition ship that will have you exploring the icy waters and southern-most islands where only an elite group of adventurers, explorers and scientists have ventured before.

Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina on 16 February 2024, the state-of-the-art SH Minerva will undertake a semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica, along the Peninsula, through the Weddell, Bellingshausen, Amundsen and Ross seas, through McMurdo Sound and Terra Nova Bay and via the Sub-Antarctic Islands of Macquarie, Campbell and Enderby. This is truly an incredible adventure. 

Along the way, SH Minerva’s 152 lucky expeditioners will be treated to outstanding wildlife experiences, zodiac excursions amongst the icebergs, and the opportunity to set foot on the ‘7th Continent’.  They will be led by an outstanding expedition team who will maximise the expedition experience by planning each day’s adventures around weather, sea and ice conditions.



Explore in Style aboard SH Minerva


Launched in 2021, the new, 5-star SH Minerva features elegant Scandinavian design and is an intimate setting from which to immerse yourself in all the sights and scenery throughout your expedition. Accommodating no more than 152 guests for a truly boutique experience, and you will be exceptionally well looked after by an international crew of up to 120. 

SH Minerva is an expedition ship in the truest sense of the words and is built to the highest of international standards. She is designed to journey to 'off the beaten path' destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort, having achieved a PC5 rating for her ice-strengthened hull, which combined with extra-large stabilisers makes your journey as smooth as possible.





Onboard, the 70 staterooms and six suites have all the modern amenities you will need to feel comfortable including dressing gowns, hairdryers, personal safes and minibars. You’re able to choose from two different types of spacious Suite (between 44 and 49 square metres in size), or five styles of Stateroom, all offering spacious surrounds (between 19 and 28 square metres) and panoramic views. Your home away from home also features a dressing area and comfy seating. En suite bathrooms all feature glass-enclosed rain showers.



Discerning travellers will enjoy a choice of restaurants, several bars, and comfortable lounges with panoramic views. To keep active during your expedition, make use of the pool, jacuzzi, spa and fitness gym.

Expedition amenities include a basecamp for storage of gear, lecture lounge, an Expedition Laboratory where guests can take part in scientific research, a reference library and of course a fleet of excursion tenders that will ensure you're never far from the action!



Fares for this once-in-a-lifetime 33-day Antarctic adventure start at AUD $40,101 per person, twin share in an Oceanview Stateroom, up to AUD $73,334 per person, twin share for the uber-luxurious Premium Suite. 


See all Accommodation grades and fares for this expedition


Find out more about SH Minerva


See the full itinerary


Cruise fares include the following:

·      One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard 

·      All meals onboard 

·      24-hour room service 

·      Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day

·      Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers

·      Standard WiFi

·      Onboard gratuities and port taxes

·      One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)

·      Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions


To find out more about this incredible expedition, or to secure your place, contact the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80 or email us.


See other Antarctic expeditions aboard SH Minerva:


10 Day Antarctica Peninsula Discovery


12 Day Weddell Sea Discovery


18 Day In Shackleton’s Footsteps




Prices are subject to change and individual stateroom grades are subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars and are accurate as at 20 March 2023.

Coral Discoverer Refurb + SAVE on 2023 Kimberley

Posted by Andrew Castles on February 10, 2023




With the 2023 Kimberley Cruising season set to commence in April, recent heavy rains across the region are sure to result in a bumper waterfall season for those lucky enough to cruise in the first half of the season.

One of our favourite expedition ships, the 72-passenger Coral Discoverer, commences her 2023 Kimberley schedule on 04 April, and guests boarding her in Darwin can look forward to several cosmetic enhancements and upgrades that were put in place during the ship’s recent maintenance period during December 2022. 

As is the case with entire Coral Expeditions fleet, Coral Discoverer undergoes regular refurbishment, and this year’s out-of-water maintenance allowed for the following works to be completed, ensuring the ship is looking completely revitalised for guests lucky enough to be joining her in the Kimberley in 2023:


·      New panoramic windows adorning the dining room and bridge deck lounge

·      New upholstery including dining room chairs and a reupholstered lounge in the bridge

·      New outdoor furnishings, including sun lounge cushions

·      The commencement of replacing bathroom fittings in all staterooms (ongoing).





Anyone who has travelled with Coral Expeditions in the past will appreciate their unique Xplorer excursion tenders, which allow expeditioners to access hard-to-reach locations normally only accessible to the smallest of ships. So, during these most recent works, the expedition team aboard Coral Discoverer were excited to receive a brand new Xplorer, which is slightly wider and longer than the previous model, allowing for an even more comfortable expedition experience. Updated features aboard the new Xplorer include a ‘shore connection’ that allows the tender’s batteries to be recharged while she is stowed on the hydraulic platform, and state-of-the-art 300 horse powered outboard engines providing even greater performance and reliability.








With heavy rains throughout the Kimberley over recent weeks, 2023 is shaping up as an unforgettable time to experience the big waterfalls of the Kimberley for yourself. And, as you’ll be cruising with Coral Expeditions you won’t have to deal with any road closures due to the floods as you make your way up the coast!

There’s still a number of cabins available for you to explore the Kimberley Coast across the 2023 season aboard Coral Expeditions’ fleet of small ships, the intimate 72-passenger Coral Discoverer and state-of-the-art sister ships Coral Adventurer and Geographer.






And, for new 2023 Kimberley bookings made between 10 February and 30 June 2023 only (or until sold out), you can take advantage of saving of $500 per person off regular cruise fares, plus receive complimentary onboard internet access (up to 4GB) to allow you to keep in contact with friends and family at home while you cruise.

The special offer is available on both 10- and 12-night Kimberley cruises departing in 2023 aboard all three Coral Expeditions small ships.


See more about the Coral Expeditions fleet:


Coral Discoverer – intimate small ship cruising (72 expeditioners)


Coral Adventurer – A state-of-the-art small ship (120 expeditioners)


Coral Geographer – Sister-ship to Coral Adventurer (120 expeditioners)


Contact the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80 to secure your 2023 Kimberley Cruise or email [email protected].





This special offer is valid for new bookings only made between 10 February and 30 June 2023, or until sold out. The offer is not combinable with any other promotion or discount.

Eco Abrolhos – 2023 Kimberley Cruises Still Available!

Posted by Andrew Castles on January 24, 2023




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. Applies to new bookings only made after 01 March 2023.



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 (01 March 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)

1 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)

3 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)

1 X Lower Deck Bunk Cabin (porthole)

Wyndham to Broome – 23 July to 05 August 2023

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 Queen Stateroom (internal)

2 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 PLUS receive $1,000 per person Air Credit Bonus!

Lower Deck Cabin (single traveller) – $15,740 per person PLUS receive $1,000 per person Air Credit Bonus!

King Bunk Cabin – $14,165 per person, twin share PLUS receive $1,000 per person Air Credit Bonus!

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.