Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Deluxe Discovery Yachting
Scenic Eclipse
27.09.2021
16.10.2021
19
North America, Caribbean, Latin America, Ultimate America Discovery
Fare from € 15.900
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Travelroute
Day 1

Boston, United States of America

Arriving in one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded in 1630 and rich with history and culture, learn about the stories and historic sites of the American Revolution on the Freedom Trail, before embarking Scenic Eclipse in the early afternoon.

Day 2

Martha’s Vineyard

According to the locals, once you have been ‘on island’, you will never want to leave. Martha’s Vineyard is a charming and beautiful place, surrounded by pristine sandy beaches and brightly painted cottages.

Day 3

New York

The city that never sleeps will leave you with endless memories

Day 4

At sea

Relaxation beckons and with so many choices on board you will wonder how time passes so quickly. Choose one of the daily activities, an entertaining discussion in the Theatre or make time for your own fitness regime.

Day 5

Norfolk

The historic port of Norfolk lies at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay and is home to the Norfolk Naval Base. This quaint town has a thriving arts community and a welcoming nature, perfect for a day of exploring.

Day 6

At sea

After busy days exploring, relax on board. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the therapy lounges in the Senses Spa. Tempt your palate from one of the exceptional dining venues or try a wine tasting.

Day 7

Charleston

Founded in 1670 in honour of King Charles II of England, Charleston played an important role in the American Civil War and Afro American history, with nearly half of the Africans brought to America arriving via this historic port.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 8

At sea

Cruise south towards the Caribbean paradise of the Bahamas. Try a game of bridge or canasta in the Observatory or test your knowledge with some trivia in the lounge. Whatever you choose there is ample time for more relaxation on the horizon.

Day 9

Nassau, Bahamas

Welcome to Nassau where you have a full day to discover this fascinating city at your leisure.

Day 10

At sea

Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort, perhaps take a dip in the Scandinavian inspired plunge pools or sooth your muscles and mind in the relaxation lounge.

Day 11

Great Inagua Island

The southernmost islands of the Bahamas chain, the Inagua are home to over 140 species of native and migratory birds including 80,000 flaming reddish-pink West Indian flamingo. It is the perfect place to take a birdwatching tour.

Day 12

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Your luxurious vessel will arrive at the picturesque Port Antonio on the north coast of Jamaica, a quiet haven known as a gateway to the surrounding lush jungle regions and for its laid-back attitude making it the perfect getaway.

Day 13

Port Royal

Previously home to the ‘real pirates of the Caribbean’, Port Royal is a now small fishing community.

Day 14

At sea

Relax on board and make use of the Senses Spa or take a yoga class in the studio. There’ll be insightful lectures and presentations from the Discovery Team in the theatre or perhaps learn some new cooking techniques in Scenic Epicure.

Day 15

Isla de Providencia, Colombia

Visit the remote island of Providencia, surrounded by turquoise-blue sea. Enjoy the secluded beaches and lush green mountains.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 16

Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, Puerto Limón is a pristine and lush region of Costa Rica. With white sandy beaches and towering mountains, this truly is a tropical paradise.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 17

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Experience the pristine blue waters of some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean.

Day 18

Colon

Day 19

San Blas Archipelago

Spend the day relaxing in this beautiful archipelago, home to the Kuna people, surrounded by pristine sandy beaches dotted with coconut palms, crystal-clear waters and coral reefs swarming with marine life.

Day 20

Cartagena, Colombia

Marvel at the first glimpses of this charming city as you cruise into port this morning. Bid farewell to the crew as you disembark after breakfast taking away memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

Overview

Ultimate America Discovery

Delights of the USA and the Caribbean
Tracing down the graceful eastern coast of the USA and into the shimmering Caribbean, this voyage is perfect for those who enjoy stunning coastal scenery and alluring architecture.
Our expert local guides will bring the rich and complex history of the quaint colonial towns and vibrant cities to life for you, before Island hopping around the on board Scenic Eclipse. Explore pristine and remote destinations including Colombia’s Isla de Providencia and Panamas San Blas archipelago.

Please Note: More Scenic Eclipse Discovery Voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Scenic Eclipse

Vessel Type: Luxurious Discovery Yacht

Length: 168 meters

Passenger Capacity: 228

Crew Capacity: 176 (192 in Polar regions)

Year Built: 2019

Scenic Eclipse is the World's First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Sail in 6-star luxury through The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords.

Scenic Eclipse comes with a unique design concept that incorporates the personalised luxury and attention to detail of a yacht with the stunning facilities and impressive blend of indoor and outdoor spaces found on a regular cruise ship. With a chic design employing soft, sweeping edges and rich wood coupled with every amenity you could possibly wish for, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with guests in mind. Intimate and luxurious, the World’s First Discovery Yacht is built to dock in isolated ports that larger ships can’t reach, including the white expanse of the Arctic. Scenic Eclipse comes with the highest Polar Class rating (Polar Class 6), ensuring safe navigation in polar waters and allowing the ship to reach even more remote ports.

On board inclusions:
Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation • Personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio •
Butler service for every guest • All-inclusive dining and beverages • Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and pilates studio
Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools • Expert Discovery Leaders & education program on selected cruises • Daily entertainment • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Return airport transfers
Onshore inclusions:
Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions • Active discovery excursions
Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences • Scenic Freechoice activities • Expert Discovery Team and local guides •
All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore

Luxury Suites

Every one of the 114 spacious and beautifully designed suites features a private verandah, a separate lounge area and Butler Service. Akin to the finest hotels in the world, staying in a Scenic Eclipse suite is one of the greatest luxury experiences you’ll ever have.

Indulgent Spaces

Designed with an abundance of public spaces, there is plenty of room for you to roam. From the ultimate Spa Sanctuary, to the gym, yoga studio, eight spacious lounges and bars, four outdoor terraces and multiple pool areas, you will never want to leave.

Dining

With up to ten all-inclusive dining experiences, the variety of cuisine and diversity of venues will astound you. From fine dining to relaxed café-style plus in-suite dining, there is something to cater for everyone’s taste.

Beverages

Savour your favourite cocktail or mocktail, choose from an extensive range of fine wine and beers and top-shelf spirits such as a rich Macallan 12-year-old scotch, a glass of France’s finest Champagne or a selection of sake – the choice is yours, all day every day.

Contact
Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Coral Adventurer
27.09.2021
07.10.2021
10
Australia and NZ, Ancient Lands of the Kimberley
Fare from € 6.850
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Travelroute
Day 1

Depart Broome

Board your Coral Expeditions ship at 4.00pm where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as we cruise northwards towards Cape Leveque.

As dusk falls meet your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2

Lacepede Islands

The Lacepede Islands are a protected class-A nature reserve and are significant as a seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

If weather and tide conditions are suitable, we will explore the lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels.

Day 3

Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

he Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 11m tides the Kimberley is renowned for. Naturalist David Attenborough described the Horizontal Falls as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.’

The Horizontal Falls are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on our Zodiac inflatable tenders is one of the highlights of our Kimberley expedition cruises.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, you will see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

Day 4

Doubtful Bay and Raft Point

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbours significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries, considered some of the finest in the Kimberley. If a Traditional Owner guide is available to accompany us, we will be able to visit the galleries.

Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone.

Other sites we aim to visit in Doubtful Bay include the mighty Sale River, Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek.

Day 5

Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 400sq km and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 11m tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rockpools and rivulets.

As the reef emerges, we get up close in our Xplorer and Zodiac inflatable tenders to witness the spectacle as our Expedition Team share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife. Opportunistic birds take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools. Turtles and dolphins too are also attracted to feeding opportunities as the ocean recedes.

The ocean is awash in a swirl of eddies and whirlpools as the moon’s gravitational force takes hold. Then, a few hours later the entire water-borne drama is reversed as the tide comes in and Montgomery Reef disappears below sea level.

Day 6

Prince Regent River and Careening Bay

King Cascade is a classically beautiful terraced waterfall and is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Kimberley. Falling from a considerable height and around 50m across, water tumbles down a staggered terrace of Kimberley sandstone. Layer upon layer of the ochre-hued and blackened rock sprouts grasses, mosses and ferns in a sort of lushly vegetated hanging garden.

We reach King Cascade after cruising in our Xplorer tender vessels down the Prince Regent River which is a remarkable anomaly as the river runs dead straight along a fault line.

Lt. Phillip Parker King named nearby Careening Bay after he beached his leaking vessel HMC Mermaid to effect repairs. While stranded on this remote coastline for 17 days the ship’s carpenter carved HMC Mermaid 1820 into the bottle-shaped trunk of a boab tree near the beach. 200 years later, the Mermaid Boab Tree has since split into two trunks and sports a mammoth girth of 12m. Significantly, the bulbous tree is listed on the National Register of Big Trees and the carpenter’s careful inscription now stands almost as tall as a person.

Day 7

Prince Frederick Harbour and Biggie Island

Prince Frederick Harbour is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular locations at the southern end of York Sound. The harbour is dotted with islands lined with mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of ochre-hued escarpment.

White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide, expansive mudflats reveal large populations of mudskippers and mangrove crabs. We will take our Xplorer tender vessels on a cruise up Porosus Creek to view some striking rock formations.

Day 8

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay

Tumbling down the Mitchell Plateau in a series of tiered waterfalls and emerald green rock pools, the Mitchell Falls are the photogenic poster child for the Mitchell River National Park. Take a scenic heli flight (additional cost) to multi-tiered Mitchell Falls where emerald-hued rock pools cascade down the escarpment.

Mitchell River National Park is inhabited by significant numbers of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bird species which are lured by a year-round water source. Sandstone terraces beside tiered rock pools make a terrific viewing platform from which to savour the serenity of this ancient landscape.

An alternative option to Mitchell Falls is exploring the sandstone caves of Hathway’s Hideaway. This mass of weathered tunnels, arches and columns form a labyrinth-like maze and was once an Aboriginal midden. Another option while anchored at Winyalkan Bay is a visit to a series Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries at Swift Bay.

In the evening we will enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean while indulging in a gourmet BBQ.

Day 9

Vansittart Bay

Vansittart Bay is home to many cultural and historically significant sites like the remarkable Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal rock art galleries estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. Jar Island is so-named after the pot shards found here, brought to the island by Macassan fisherman harvesting sea cucumbers (also known as trepang).

Nearby, on the Anjo Peninsula lays the well-preserved wreckage of a US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper aircraft, the result of a pilot losing his bearings flying from Perth to Broome in 1942 and putting down on a salt pan near present-day Truscott Airbase.

Day 10

King George River and Falls

Fed by the King George River draining across the Gardner Plateau, 80m tall King George Falls are the most impressive Kimberley waterfalls and the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Before reaching the mist-like spray rising from the base of King George Falls, we cruise through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago.

Early in the waterfall season, we may cruise around the base of impressive King George Falls while in later months we take the opportunity to view the honeycomb erosion patterns of sandstone cliffs up close.

As our incredible Kimberley adventure draws to a close, on our last evening aboard we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks amongst new-found friends.

Day 11

Arrive in Darwin

Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Darwin this morning at 8:30am. Bid farewell to new-found friends and the Captain and crew. Post cruise transfers to CBD hotels or the airport are included.

If you’re not transferring directly to the airport why not spend the day enjoying the tropical city of Darwin with its landscaped waterfront and harbourside Wave Pool.

Overview

Ancient Lands of the Kimberley

Perfected over three decades, our 10-night Kimberley cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey from Broome to Darwin. Expert guides interpret 40,000-year-old rock art and retrace the history of Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline 200 years ago. Later in the season, witness Humpback Whales on their migration north to breeding grounds along the Kimberley coast.

Board a Zodiac and touch the spray from the magnificent King George River and its towering 80-metre twin falls. Join an expert guide to learn about the history of the ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings. Witness waterfalls cascading off Montgomery Reef as it rises out of the ocean on the ebbing tide, whilst discovering the reef’s diverse marine life.

Highlights

Experience the thrill of riding the tidal rapids through Horizontal Falls aboard a Zodiac • Marvel at King George River and get in close to the soaring 80m high King George Falls • Visit Indigenous rock art galleries and learn about ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion art • Spot crocodiles, tawny nurse sharks, sea turtles, humpback whales, and rock wallabies • Get up close to Montgomery Reef as it emerges from the sea and discover the tidal reef’s diverse marine life • Visit the Important Bird Area of the Lacepede Islands, and spot numerous bird species throughout your voyage, including Eastern Ospreys and White-breasted Sea Eagles • Follow in the wake of Phillip Parker King on a cruise up the Prince Regent River to King Cascade waterfall • View the Kimberley landscape from the air on an optional scenic helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls (additional cost) • Enjoy sunset canapes and drinks on the beach as dusk settles over the Kimberley

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Ship information
Coral Adventurer
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship
Length: 93.4 meters
Passenger Capacity: 120
Crew Capacity: 42
Built: 2019
Designed and built to be the most modern tropical expedition ship afloat, Coral Adventurer debuted in April 2019. She features comfortable Australian interiors, Xplorer tender mechanism, intimate guest experience, and personalized service.
Bigger is not better
At a time when cruise ships get larger and glitzier, we remain stubbornly compact and intimate. Our ships are designed to take you to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships.  We want you to have the luxury of space, dine with whom you please, or find your quiet corner on deck.  So we have limited the Coral Adventurer to 60 spacious Staterooms and Suites.  This preserves the intimate atmosphere we are known for without sacrificing the stability and comfort of a true ocean going vessel.
Built for discovery
The Coral Adventurer features our trademark dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders cradled on a hydraulic platform slung off the back of the ship, enabling our guests to go ashore in comfort and ease.  The shallow draft of the ship enables us to go closer to shore than larger ships. Together with our renowned expedition team, our new ship will offer the most advanced expedition capabilities of any small ship afloat.
Built for comfort
With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship.  She features promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe our chefs whip up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients.
Built for personal service
The Coral Adventurer will continue our proud tradition of Australian flagged vessels with friendly and professional Australian crew.  Our onboard atmosphere remains refreshingly informal and intimate.  Take your seat at our bridge lounge, chat with the captain at your leisure or accompany our chefs on a market tour.
Food and wine features
Single seating dining area with communal ‘wine table’ finished with Australian stone; serving buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners • Showcase galley visible to guests for fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian produce • Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks with 180 degree views • Curated wine cellar featuring modestly priced boutique wines for daily drinking and exceptional vintage Australian reds.
Guest comfort
All outside-facing Staterooms and Suites with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony • Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion • Gym equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills • Passenger elevator • Wi-Fi available in all guest areas
Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition
Coral Discoverer
29.09.2021
06.10.2021
7
Australia and NZ, Great Barrier Reef Adventure
Fare from € 2.850
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Travelroute
Day 1

Depart Cairns

Board Coral Discoverer at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as we cruise northwards from Cairns toward Cooktown. At days end join fellow explorers and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2

Cooktown

Come ashore in historic Cooktown and experience a traditional welcome to country ceremony. Share a spiritual connection through storytelling and the traditional smoking ceremony with the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770. Wander through the rare flora collection at the Botanic Gardens and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artifacts are on display. Later, we cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset drinks at Turtle Beach. After dinner, look for giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during a fish feeding exhibition off the aft deck.

Day 3

Lizard Island

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady she oak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson. There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 4

Osprey Reef

Osprey Reef is the summit of an undersea 2,000m mountain located beyond the continental shelf with no landmass visible. Enjoy amazing underwater visibility here, and observe magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish in the crystalline waters. Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough. Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.

Day 5

Ribbon Reef #9 & Hope Island

The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf. Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles. In the late afternoon we stretch our legs on remote Hope Island before joining fellow explorers and crew for sunset drinks on the beach as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Day 6

Daintree River & Ribbon Reef #3

Explore the 127km-long Daintree River which cuts through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. With an expert guide onboard we look for the region’s famed wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, rare and endangered cassowaries and the prolific bird species that inhabit the forest and mangrove-lined river banks. We step ashore at a Daintree wilderness centre on the banks of the river and walk on forest trails overhung with lush vegetation. Immersed in the rainforest, we learn more about the diverse Wet Tropics ecosystem which contains the largest habitat of flora and fauna in the world. Cruising southwards along the Ribbon Reefs, there are more spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities at Ribbon Reef #3 where we look for iconic species as well as the vibrantly coloured coral gardens the Ribbon Reefs are renowned for.

Day 7

Fitzroy Island & Sudbury Cay

At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges. Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and lend a hand to the volunteers as we learn about the turtles at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild. Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilisation, we slip off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lap gently against the shoreline. Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon, enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Drinks at sunset on our own private sand island.

Day 8

Arrive Cairns

Our Great Barrier Reef adventure concludes in Cairns this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am.

Please Note: tours of the Lizard Island Research Station are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed due to operational considerations. This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Journey beyond the known and to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to discover abundant marine life, ancient cultures, seabirds and solitude.
Covering an area of over 2600 km and encompassing over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride of place as one of the 7 natural worlds wonders of the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area.
Coral Expeditions pioneered extended expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef 34 years ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise in that time.
In 2021, a new era of reef exploration will begin with the introduction of the yacht-like expedition vessel Coral Discoverer to the reef commencing immersive 7-day adventures to the remote and untouched Northern reef precinct. Operating from June to December annually, we will take a maximum of 72 guests to explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape.
Meet charismatic marine species including the sea turtles surfing the ocean currents, find Nemo nestled amongst the coral gardens and marvel at the magnificent humpback whale migration in the deep blue of the Coral Sea. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey, Escape and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. Enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes and the setting sun at deserted Sudbury Cay.
Onboard, you will be accompanied by expert guides and our purpose designed small ships are custom built for expedition cruising. With refined steering capabilities, shallow draught and nimble explorer tenders we will bring you closer to remote sites and natural habitats. You will enjoy freshly prepared small-batch cuisine featuring the best local ingredients and relax and enjoy quality local beers and wines. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home and make new connections with new friends.
Highlights

Immerse yourself in one of the world’s great seascapes with the Great Barrier Reef experts • Make a connection with indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown • Swim, snorkel, dive or simply view the iconic marine species of the Great Barrier Reef • Observe the vibrant underwater world of the untouched outer Great Barrier Reef • Enjoy solitude and seven magical Queensland sunsets • Sip sundowners and feel the sand beneath your feet on isolated sand cays and uninhabited islands • Visit a turtle rehabilitation centre and participate in efforts to conserve the Great Barrier Reef

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Ship information

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 meters

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Crew Capacity: 24

Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from French windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sq. (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

Facilities on board

Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating • Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck • Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished • Forward lounge • Reference library • Gift shop • Open bridge • Workout Area • Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer • Limited laundry facilities available • SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

Contact
Booking
Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Aqua Mekong
01.10.2021
08.10.2021
7
Asia, Mekong River - Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 6.650
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Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap

Gather at our Siem Reap meeting point then board our air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace or daybed.

Day 2

Prek Toal - Moat Khla

Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

Day 3

Chhnok Tru - Kampong Chhnang

Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. We continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

Day 4

Koh Chen - Koh Oknha Tey

This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, we set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow us to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.

Day 5

Phnom Penh

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

Day 6

Ka ́om Samnor-vinh Xuong Border Crossing – Chau Doc - My An Hung

Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while we cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where we take the local rickshaw called xe loi for a trip around town or pedal 18 kilometers on the peaceful island of Long Khanh. In the afternoon, we visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local's home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers, followed by a unique Unicorn dance. Biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.

Day 7

Binh Thanh/sa Dec - Cai Be

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. We continue downstream for Cai Be, zigzagging in our sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, our skiffs moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cai Be, walk or bike ride among high-roofed open courtyard houses, some dating back more than 100 years, and currently inhabited by gracious locals who will invite us to glimpse their property.

Day 8

My Tho - Ho Chi Minh

Disembarkation. En route to Ho Chi Minh, we stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural style and see three large buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.

Overview

Mekong River – Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise

Joining our full 7-night Mekong Expedition Cruise allows us to share with you all the mysteries and wonders we have discovered between the Mekong River, Tonle Sap Lake and among the diverse cultures thriving in our midst.

During the period from December to August, our program includes much more time on the Cambodia stretch of the Mekong and along the Tonle Sap River, a more rural and scenic area of Cambodia, untouched by tourists. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore, from daily biking options (10 – 15km), kayaking, to relaxing excursions on shaded tuk-tuk and experience the authentic life of people around the river.

Passengers who travel with us from August to November experience the full history of Mekong life, meeting Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks and our entrepreneurial friends in Vietnam’s wet markets along the way. Travel leisurely back in time across this legendary landscape and visit the Tonle Sap Lake, a spectacular freshwater lake that that is inhabited by more than three million people living around its bank.

River cruises on the Mekong and Amazon with Aqua Expeditions can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days. Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days.

Highlights

Start the day with a guided meditation on a sundeck overlooking the emerald greenery around the river • Travel in luxury amidst captivating landscapes along the Mekong river, from the Silver Pagoda and Art Deco of the Cambodian capital to the fascinating, modern Vietnam • Sail into the agrarian heartlands of the Khmer and Vietnamese people, little touched by the modern world, making indelible memories as you cycle and kayak far, far off the beaten path

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Aqua Mekong

Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition

Length: 62.4 meters

Passenger Capacity: 40

Crew Capacity: 40

Year Built: 2014

Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging and dining areas and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests plus crew. Modern navigation technologies and the highest cruise ship standards as well as our experienced river pilot and crew ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.
The Aqua Mekong has 20 air conditioned Design Suites, each one a generous 30 square meters, eight with balconies and all created entirely of local materials with the relaxed sophistication and contemporary comforts of a five star resort. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows allow guests to gaze upon the Mekong from the pillow top California king size bed that can be converted upon request into two full twin beds. More captivating views await on the plush, roomy daybed placed by the window wall or for our eight balcony accommodations, outside along with a romantic table for two. Those who wish to keep up on the world beyond these enthralling riverbanks will appreciate the flat screen television and complementary high speed wireless internet.
Sunlit indoors and out, the top level Observation Deck aboard the Aqua Mekong has been designed to seamlessly connect guests with the constantly shifting landscape of floating Vietnamese villages, French colonial church spires and gilded Buddhist stupas along this mighty river, always in the utmost comfort. Whether one chooses to relax in the air conditioned Indoor Lounge, go horizontal under the sun outside at the ship’s Outdoor Lounge area or cool off with a plunge in the shimmering pool at the bow side, the Observation Deck ensures that the river always remains in full view.
Guests gravitate to the Indoor Lounge in the mornings for cà phê đá, Vietnamese coffee poured over ice with sweet condensed milk, between excursions to swap travellers’ tales and for daily lectures from the expert local guides.

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Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Aqua Blu
02.10.2021
14.10.2021
12
Asia, Indonesia, Flores to Spice Islands
Fare from € 10.950
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Travelroute
Day 1

Labuan Bajo

Arrive at Labuan Bajo to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gili Lawa Daut as the sun sets.

Day 2

Ropa, Kelimutu Volcano Lake Excursion

Coloured lakes inside the three calderas of a long dormant volcano are on impressive display at the Kelimutu volcano, an otherworldly series of geologic cauldrons. The twisting road to the summit winds through incredible forests and crisscrosses mountain streams.

Day 3

North Lembata

Snorkel the extensive reef complex of Bacatan or dive at the western end of the end for its spectacular deep drop-off. Trek or bike along a country lane between two villages in Lewoto. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner onboard before departing North Lembata for an overnight crossing to Alor.

Day 4

Pantar & Alor

Arrival in Alor, home to many picturesque fishing villages and surrounded by clear water over vibrant coral reefs that are a diver's and snorkeler's favorite. Centuries-old tradition comes to live in the traditional dance performances by the friendly Abui Tribe. Sail overnight to Wetar.

Day 5

Wetar (The Forgotten Islands)

There is plenty to do and see along this rarely visited rugged coastline of Wetar, which features impressive wall dives to meet sharks, schools of pelagic fishes, majestic manta and mobular rays. Other activities includes fishing and trekking. On this largest island of the Forgotten Islands, experience local life with traditions unchanged for decades.

Day 6

Romang, Nyata, Telang (The Forgotten Islands)

Dive around Nyata island in search of hammerhead sharks and rays. Romang and Nyata are not part of a National Park, therefore it is possible to fish here, both on the water and under the surface. Cruise south towards Telang for snorkeling and kayaking adventures. Spot rare silver-tip sharks here.

Day 7

Damar

The ship arrives in Damar by day break. Trek the active volcanos of Damar or kayak on a lagoon at Terbang Seletan when tides are favourable. Swim or snorkel next to the dazzling white sandy shore fringed by shallow coral reef at Nusleur.The ship arrives in Damar by day break. Trek the active volcanos of Damar or kayak on a lagoon at Terbang Seletan when tides are favourable. Swim or snorkel next to the dazzling white sandy shore fringed by shallow coral reef at Nusleur.

Day 8

Dawera & Daweloor

Diving around both islands are great and fairly easy, featuring gentle currents, spectular walls and flat reefs. Bike through islands and elevated settlements on Daweloor. Spend a leisurely evening on the islands' white sand beaches bordered by beautiful coral reefs.

Day 9

Serua Island

A playground for snorkelers and divers alike, Serua Island showcases an impressive array of reefs, walls and incredible soft coral spots. Big fish and schools of fish thrive around her and there is always to chance of seeing schooling hammerheads.

Day 10

Manuk

Savour a sunrise breakfast on board against the backdrop of 300-metre tall cliffs of Pulau Manuk, a volcanic island rising 3 kilometres from the seabed. This is a haven for fish-hunting birds, as well as sea snakes and reef sharks flocking to enjoy the area’s underwater thermal springs. After sundown, cruise northwards to Pulau Run, a historic island traded by the British for Manhattan in 1667.

Day 11

Banda Islands & Banda Neira

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.

Day 12

Pulau Run

Arrive at Pulau Run, the westernmost of the Banda Islands, at sunrise. Swim, fish, snorkel and dive in the crystal-clear waters, or go on village tours, trekking and birding. After finding the ruins of an old British fort, arrive at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits.

Day 13

Ambon

Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark after a sumptuous breakfast for your outbound flight.

Overview

Indonesia, Flores to Spice Islands

With vast seas studded with islands of unique character, Indonesia is the perfect setting for unforgettable coastal cruise expeditions.

Straddling three time zones and two mighty oceans, Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world. With open sea making up three-quarters of the country’s area and 18,000 tropical islands stretching over 3,100 miles (5,000 km) longitudinally from East to West and 1,050 miles (1,700 km) latitudinally from North to South, Indonesia is a prime location for cruise adventures.

With its immense size, Indonesia also boasts an astounding cultural diversity, with 1,300 ethnic groups and 652 documented languages, of which 11 have disappeared and 19 on the verge of becoming extinct. Beyond the Southeast Asian country’s characteristic volcanic landscapes and colorful wildlife, a cultural treasure trove of age-old traditions and well-preserved colonial-era relics await your discovery.

Highlights

Sail across the Banda Sea back in time with a journey into a fabled spice trading hub and one-of-a-kind cruise excursions to mythical locales in Eastern Indonesia
Please Note: More Aqua Expeditions voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days. River cruises on the Mekong and Amazon can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.

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Aqua Blu
Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht
Length: 60 meters
Passenger Capacity: 30
Crew Capacity: 25
Built/Converted/Refurbished: 1968/2006/2019
Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago.

Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.
Where modern luxury meets naval heritage.
With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Guests can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship.
Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.
Unlocking access to the Earth’s most intriguing destinations.
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect vessel to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.
Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and shoulders above that of its peers in East Indonesia. Able to cover vast distances in a short span of time — and in any sea condition — the vessel enables explorers on board to experience the most varied, enjoyable and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and stunningly beautiful region of the world.
On Board Living and Social Areas:
Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue • Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Exercise Zone • Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area • Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room • Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room

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Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
03.10.2021
10.10.2021
7
Latin America, The Toquilla Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 6.000
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Travelroute
Day 1

Manta Welcome Dinner – Bahía de Caráquez

• Pick up from hotel and transfer to M/Y Kontiki Wayra
• Check-in and sunset cocktail
• Welcome dinner
• Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 2

Bahía de Caráquez – Mompiche

• Visit Isla Corazon mangroves
• Transfer and visit to Ruta del Cacao
• On site farm to table lunch (tasting menu)
• Visit to Humedal la Segua – birdwatching
• Dinner and overnight sailing to Mompiche

Day 3

Mompiche – Manta

• Visit to Mompiche – artisan fishing interpretation
• Visit to Portete mangrove and shellfish collection
• Return to yacht for lunch
• Expedition to private natural reserve and Jupiter Island
• Dinner and overnight sailing to Manta

Day 4

Manta – Isla de la Plata

• Visit to Pacoche refuge and natural reserve
• Land transfer to the community of Pile
• On site lunch in Pile with executive chef
• Visit to Montecristi’s toquilla hat shops
• Ancestral cuisine dinner onboard
• Overnight sailing to Salango

Day 5

Isla de la Plata – Machalilla National Park & Beaches

• Water activities and guided snorkeling in Salango
• Return to yacht for lunch
• Visit to Agua Blanca museum and reserve
• Visit to Los Frailes Beach
• Dinner and overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 6

Machalilla National Park & Beaches/Ayangue – Puerto Bolívar

• Visit to Isla de la Plata – land exploration
• Guided water activities in Isla de la Plata
• Return to yacht for lunch
• Guided snorkeling expedition – whale watching
• Teppanyaki sunset onboard
• Dinner and overnight sailing to Puerto Bolivar

Day 7

Puerto Bolívar/Zaruma – Guayaquil

• Visit to Buenaventura reserve
• Land transfer to Mina El Sexmo for guided visit
• On site lunch in Zaruma’s old town
• Transfer to Puerto Bolivar and yacht
• Farewell dinner and overnight sailing to Guayaquil

Day 8

Guayaquil

• Breakfast and check-out
• Visit to Guayaquil’s old town Las Peñas
• Visit to historic park and lunch y Casa Julian
• Visit to Cathedral and Centenario Park
• Transfer to hotel or airport

Overview

The Toquilla Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Toquilla Route, or the northern route, starts in Manta every Sunday afternoon. Toquilla takes its name from the traditional toquilla straw hats made in Ecuador since the 1600’s. Mompiche, Bahía de Caráquez, Manta, Isla de la Plata, Machalilla and Zaruma are some of locations that we will explore during our sea adventure.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

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Booking
Luxury Expedition
Hebridean Sky
04.10.2021
13.10.2021
9
The Mediterranean, Africa, Passage to Morocco
Fare from € 5,150
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Travelroute
Day 1

London to Valletta, Malta

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky and enjoy welcome drinks and dinner as we sail this evening.

Day 2

Agrigento & Valley of the Temples, Sicily

Although handsome in its own right and awash with Medieval atmosphere, Agrigento is not our main reason for calling at this southern coast port. Close by is the Valle dei Templi, a series of Doric temples and the most captivating of Sicilian Greek remains, and a grouping unique outside Greece. Surrounded in the greenery of olive and almond trees, admire the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concord, the Dioscuri Temple, the Temple of Olympic Jove and the Temple of Hercules. After lunch on board the afternoon is free to explore Agrigento and shuttles will run from the port to the town and the excellent archaeological museum where you can explore at leisure.

Day 3

Trapani

Trapani was the landing point for Peter of Aragon in 1282 to start the Spanish occupation of Sicily and is our base for the day. From the port choose to either travel to the nearby town of Erice, famed in antiquity for its temple dedicated to the goddess of love, the Phoenician Astarte, Greek Aphrodite or Roman Venus. A tour will take us to this stunning site high above the sea and to the beautifully preserved Medieval town characterised by its winding cobblestone streets and beautiful courtyards. Alternatively, travel inland to explore Segesta, one of the grandest Doric monuments to survive. See the unfinished temple dating from 424 BC as well as the theatre from which you can enjoy excellent views of the countryside and distant coastline. Both tour options will end at an 18th century family run olive oil farm where we will learn about the production process and also enjoy a lunch of locally sourced dishes and wines. After lunch there will be time to explore Trapani at your leisure or return to the ship before we sail later this evening.

Day 4

Cagliari, Sardinia

Arrive over breakfast in the Sardinian capital of Cagliari, an ancient city which dates back to the Phoenicians and Romans. During our walking tour we will stroll around the old town with its narrow streets running along a steep hillside. See the terraced Piazza del Palazzo and the 14th century Cathedral of St Mary. Alternatively, drive along the southwestern coast to reach Nora which was founded by the Phoenicians but also has Carthaginian and Roman ruins. After a period of Roman prosperity, there was a decline and in the 3rd century AD the city was engulfed by the sea. Still visible today are the remains of Carthaginian warehouses and various Roman buildings including the baths with splendid mosaics and the theatre. Return to the ship for lunch as we sail this afternoon towards the North African coast.

Day 5

Bejaia, Algeria

Bejaia is built on a beautiful bay protected by mountains which give the city a splendid backdrop. A minor port in Roman times it was named Saldae having been founded by the Roman Emperor Vespasian and is our base for a choice of excursions today. Maybe choose a full day tour to Djemila, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 due to its unique adaptation of Roman architecture to a mountain environment. In a remarkable setting the ruins are some of the finest preserved in North Africa. We will drive along a very scenic route and traverse spectacular scenery as we climb from little Kabilya towards the high plateau of Setif where the Roman ruins are located. View the Arch of Caracalla, the Forum, the Basilica and the Temples before seeing the mosaics which are displayed in the museum, representing the best collection in Algeria. This is a long but rewarding excursion. Alternatively, there is the option to drive through the valley of the Soumman, the legendary meeting place of the leaders of the Freedom Fighters. It was here that they launched the revolution of the 1st November 1954 which lasted for seven years until they gained independence for Algeria on the 5th July 1962. Afterwards visit a Berber village in Kabylia where we see a typical house and various workshops where things are still made in the oldfashioned unhurried way. Enjoy a “dégustation” of Berber olive oil whilst tasting the different types of bread and other local produce as we gain an insight into Berber culture and history.

Day 6

Algiers

Depart this morning for the ancient city of Tipaza which was probably founded by the Phoenicians but really came into being under the Romans. The city was extended by Emperor Claudius and grew wealthy on Mediterranean trade. It was built on three small hills which overlooked the sea. There are ruins of three Basilicas, two cemeteries, the baths, the theatre, the Nymphaeum and the unusual oval shaped Amphitheatre. After visiting the city we will enjoy a typical Algerian lunch before continuing to the mysterious Mausoleum of Mauretania, which lies in the hills above the sea about 18 kilometres away from Tipaza. It is one of the most breathtaking sights in Algeria. The vast pyramid-like structure is named the Tomb of the Christian on account of the large crosses that decorate the tomb which predates Jesus Christ. We return to the ship via the Martyrs‘ Monument which offers spectacular views over the city.

Day 7

At Sea

Spend the day at sea, maybe join a lecture or find a spot on deck to relax.

Day 8

Ghazaouet for Tlemcen

This morning we reach the western side of Algeria and the port of Ghazaouet located close to the border with Morocco. From here we drive approximately 50 miles inland to Tlemcen, an interesting and cultured city. Our visit will include the 11th century Great Mosque and the deconsecrated Sidi Bel Hassan Mosque which was transformed into a museum in 1901 and houses a selection of mosaics, carvings and pottery. After a local lunch we will continue to El Mansourah to see the remains of an old minaret and El Mechouar, which was built as a citadel in 1145 before it became the royal residence of the Zianide dynasty in the 13th century.

Day 9

Tangier, Morocco

Having passed the Straits of Gibraltar this morning we arrive in Tangier at lunchtime. Since Tangier was founded in the 4th century BC, Carthaginians, Romans, Phoenicians, Vandals, Arabs, Spaniards, Portuguese and the English have jealously fought for the right to control it. On an afternoon walking tour we will explore the Medina, see the views from the Kasbah situated at the highest point of Tangier, visit the museum and then wander through the Grand Souk. Alternatively, drive across the beautiful Rif Mountains to Tetouan. Visit the unique School of Art Dar Sanaa which is situated in a former palace and teaches the most traditional of Moroccan crafts to its students. We continue to the ancient Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of narrow alleys and streets with vendors selling local handicrafts, foods and spices. Our tour will end at the old Royal Palace, a 17th century building which is itself a reflection of the Hispano-Moresque architecture, and the nearby Hassan II square. Stop to savour the Moroccan tea and fresh pastries at a local Riad in the heart of the Medina before returning to Tangier.

Day 10

Casablanca to London

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Overview

Passage to Morocco

Located in Sicily and on the North African coast, between the desert and the sea are some of Ancient Rome’s most magnificent sites which we will discover during this fascinating voyage from Malta to Casablanca. Our cruise begins with two days of exploration in Sicily, an endlessly fascinating island which lends itself beautifully to discovery by small ship as most points of interest are close to the sea. We will visit the magnificently sited Doric temples of Agrigento and Segesta, one of the grandest Doric monuments to survive.
Highlights
Like Sicily, North Africa’s Barbary Coast is best explored by sea and after a morning in the Sardinian capital of Cagliari we will sail south to Algeria where the favourable desert influenced climate has been remarkably kind to the historic sites. During our two days in Algeria we will visit Bejaia from where you can discover the Roman ruins of Djemila, some of the finest preserved in North Africa. We also spend a morning exploring the ancient city of Tipaza which was probably founded by the Phoenicians but really came into being under the Romans and Medieval Tlemcen, one of the country’s finest cities • For those who enjoy exploring the ancient world, this itinerary has it all. The magnificent sites provide an unparalleled experience of life in classical times which, with the help of our knowledgeable Guest Speaker and local guides, will be brought vividly back to life

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MS Hebridean Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 91 meters
Passenger Capacity: 118
Crew Capacity: 70
Built / Refurbished: 1992 / 2016
The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.
Your Suite On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a minifridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Refillable water bottles, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds. The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additional benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry.
Your Space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms on board the MS Hebridean Sky include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. In addition to the Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library which is well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads. A collection of games and devices to access the internet via the ship’s satellite can also be found in the library. Access to the ship’s satellite Wi-Fi via your own device is complimentary on board (signal strength varies depending on location and demand). The Dining Room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board. Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Whilst heaters and blankets make dining al fresco comfortable in cooler climates. Further to this, on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. You will also find a clinic and Doctor on board and a lift that serves all decks. Additionally there is a small hairdressers with appointments made on request.
Your Dining It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our Sky vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions. With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well-stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapés take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido Deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice. In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like-minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose. The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.
For Your Comfort The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.
Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition
Island Sky
04.10.2021
20.10.2021
16
Asia, Autumn Colours of Northern Japan
Fare from € 9,350
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Travelroute
Day 1

London to Tokyo, Japan

Fly by scheduled flight.

Day 2

Tokyo

Arrive today and transfer to our hotel for a two night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure before we meet for dinner this evening.

Day 3

Tokyo

After breakfast in the hotel we will make our way to the Meiji Shrine which is dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Surrounded by over 100,000 trees, Meiji is an oasis of serenity and spirituality in a city that never sleeps. We will continue to the Nezu Museum which exhibits an excellent collection of Japanese and East Asian art. Hidden away in its spacious forest-like garden you will find ponds, stone lanterns and several tea houses. The afternoon and evening are free to relax in the hotel or explore independently.

Day 4

Tokyo to Otaru

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Sapporo. On arrival transfer to the port of Otaru where we will embark the MS Island Sky. Tonight enjoy welcome dinner and drinks as we sail.

Day 5

Rishiri Island

Sail this morning into to the Rishiri-Rebun- Sarobetsu National Park and berth at Rishiri Island where the skyline is dominated by the dormant volcano of Mount Rishiri, which climbs to 1721 metres. An island drive will include the beautiful scenery at Himenuma Pond and Kutsugata Cape Park whilst we hope to see black woodpecker during a walk at the Forest Park. There will also be free time to explore the town or visit the hot springs. Sail in the early evening to Wakkanai where we will clear immigration formalities this evening.

Day 6

Korsakov, Russia

Arrive this morning at Korsakov where we will clear into Russia. Once the formalities are concluded we will explore part of this city which was founded in 1853 as Sakhalin’s first Russian military post. From here we drive to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital of the island with a population of just over 160,000. Founded as a small Russian settlement in the 1880s, the city became a Japanese prefect capital when the southern half of Sakhalin was declared a Japanese colony in 1905; after World War II it was returned to Russia. Highlights include a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church and the Regional Museum housed in an impressive former Japanese mansion. Return to the ship this afternoon as we return to Japanese waters.

Day 7

Abashiri & Shiretoko National Park, Japan

We arrive in Hokkaido this morning at the port of Abashiri where we will spend a day and a half. There will be a full day excursion to the Shiretoko National Park which covers the majority of the Shiretoko Peninsula and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diversity of its ecosystems. This remote and untouched park combines rivers, forests, mountains and waterfalls and is home to an array of wildlife including brown bears, Yezo sika deer and red fox. If weather permits, we will take the Shiretoko Pass offering stunning views of the autumn leaves on Mount Rausu. Continue to the Shiretoko Nature Centre where we can learn about the wildlife of the park. Here there will be a choice of either a long or short walk through the wilderness on the lookout for wildlife, the autumnal colours and views of the lakes. Return to the ship via the Oshin Koshin Waterfall and remain moored overnight in Abashiri.

Day 8

Abashiri

Spend a leisurely morning in Abashiri and learn more about the Ainu culture, clothing, legends and crafts at the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples which also provides an insight into the cultures and traditions of the peoples inhabiting the sub-Arctic regions of the globe including Inuit and Sami. Afterwards we travel the short distance to the Okhotski Sea Ice Museum which offers insight into the sea ice that surrounds the city during the winter. Return to the MS Island Sky for lunch and spend the afternoon on deck as we sail around the Shiretoko Peninsula and into the Nemuro Channel where we will keep an eye out for wildlife on land and in the water.

Day 9

Kushiro

Today we will visit the Kushiro Marshlands, Japan’s largest wetland and marsh habitat and home to the only known population of Japan’s sacred redcrowned cranes. The cranes were thought to have been made extinct due to overhunting and habitat destruction. However, in 1926 a group of 20 birds were discovered in this area and with conservation efforts now number more than 1000. We will visit the Kushiro Onnenai Visitor Centre with displays of the fauna and fauna of the region and views over the marshlands before taking the walking trails where we hope to see the cranes and birds in their natural habitat. Continue to the Kushiro Crane Reserve, which was created 60 years ago to protect and preserve the crane population and continues to rescue injured birds whilst also breeding and releasing young birds into the wild. Return to the ship via the Washo Market where you may wish to eat like a local by creating your own “rice-bowls” with the market’s sushi and sashimi. Alternatively enjoy lunch on board the MS Island Sky followed by an afternoon at leisure. We remain in Kushiro overnight for anyone wishing to go ashore this evening.

Day 10

Lake Akan

This morning we will drive inland to see one of the most scenic lakes of Hokkaido. Arriving at Lake Akan we will board one of the local boats for a cruise, providing the perfect vantage point to the colourful forests lining the banks with views up to the surrounding volcanos of Me-Akan and O-Akan. The lake is also famous for marimo, an aggregation of algae which forms into balls which is unique to this lake. During our cruise we will pass by Takiguchi, one of Lake Akan’s most beautiful spots, and also visit the observation centre on Churui Island. Enjoy lunch before we walk to Akanko Ainu Kotan, where we will be able to see the traditional crafts and dance and learn about the culture of the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido before returning to the MS Island Sky later this afternoon.

Day 11

Tomakomai & Sapporo

After a leisurely morning at sea we will arrive into Tomakomai over lunch. From our berth we visit Hokkaido’s capital city of Sapporo where we enjoy a tour of the famous brewery. Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan and it has been brewed in Sapporo since 1877. Our tour of the museum will introduce the history of the industry and includes a tasting. We will also visit Takino Suzaran, a huge park on the outskirts of the city and a must visit location in autumn. We will take walks along the trails through the woodlands, one of which will take you to the lovely Ashiribetsu Waterfall.

Day 12

Muroran

We will spend our morning around the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, named after the two caldera lakes which offer wonderful scenery and excellent hiking and walking opportunities. This is still an active area and a geological wonder with the volcano Showa Shin-zan only created in the 1940s. Our day will be flexible around the weather and if it is a clear day we may take the cable car to the top of Mount Usu for the wonderful views to Lake Toya or visit Jigokudani, “Hell Valley”, a steaming lunar like valley of steam vents and sulphurous streams formed over 10,000 years ago. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure in Muroran, maybe visit the scenic cape and lighthouse or you may wish to walk up Mount Sokuryo offering views to the city below.

Day 13

Hakodate

Our final day in Hokkaido will be at the southern port of Hakodate. We will make our way to Onuma Park, on the outskirts of the city and known for its picturesque, island-dotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. We have the option to take a series of walks around the lake’s peninsulas and islands, several of which are connected with each other by small bridges and surrounded by coulourful birch and maple forests. Return to the MS Island Sky for lunch and this afternoon either relax on board or join a city tour which will include the 19th century Fort Goryokaku, built as a citadel but now a public park. We will remain in Hakodate until late for anyone who wishes to take an after-dinner stroll or perhaps even the cable car up Mount Hakodate for the spectacular night views.

Day 14

Hirosaki

This morning we arrive in Aomori, on the northern coast of Honshu. Here we can immerse ourselves in Japanese history and culture as we visit the former Feudal town of Hirosaki which was the political capital of the region in the Edo Period. On a tour of the city we will see the small three storey castle, which was the focal point of the old city and the base of the powerful Tsugaru Clan. Surrounding the castle was the samurai and merchant district where we can visit the preserved houses and the Fujita Kinen Teien, a Japanese landscape garden built in 1919. After a local lunch, we spend the afternoon visiting Neputu Mura Museum showcasing the crafts of the area and dedicated to the annual Neputa festival held in August. We will remain moored overnight in Aomori allowing for an after dinner stroll or dinner ashore.

Day 15

Aomori & Oirase Gorge

Today we will head inland to the spectacular Towada Hachimantai National Park which involves a scenic drive through the Kayano plateau, Hakkoda mountains to the scenic Oirase Valley and Lake Towada, a magnificent ancient caldera lake surrounded by deciduous forests. The scenery is stunning, especially as the hillsides change to red and orange. We will wander the trails at the Tsuta Nana-numa Ponds, a collection of seven lakes which are surrounded by a forest of Japanese beech trees before continuing to Oirase Gorge. The gorge runs for 14 kilometres from Lake Towada to Yakeyama and we will walk alongside the crystal clear Oirase stream seeing the beautiful scenery, autumnal foliage and waterfalls. After lunch return to the ship in Aomori or alternatively, enjoy some free time in the city, visit the market or view the crafts and local produce at the A-Factory market.

Day 16

Aomori to Tokyo

Disembark this morning and transfer to the train station to board our Shinkansen service to Tokyo. A lunch box will be provided on the train before we arrive in the early afternoon. Transfer to our hotel for some free time before we meet for dinner this evening.

Day 17

Tokyo to London

After breakfast in the hotel we will transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Please note: The autumn colours are a natural phenomenon and sightings are not guaranteed. We have timed our journey to meet the traditional times for the changing colours in Hokkaido and Aomori but will be too early to see the colours in Tokyo.

Overview

Autumn Colours of Northern Japan

Following on from many successful spring seasons in Japan, we are delighted to be returning to the country for autumn 2021, a magical time of year when the landscapes burst into colour with the arrival of the autumn leaves. Our unique voyage aboard the all-suite MS Island Sky focuses on the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost and least developed island which is often considered by the Japanese to be the country’s last frontier and is a world away from the traditional view of Japan. Only colonised by Japan in the past 150 years, we won’t find a land of ancient temples and shrines or developed cities with skyscrapers but instead large swathes of wild, open spaces, primeval forests, crystal clear lakes, beautiful alpine flowers, active volcanoes and bubbling hot springs. We will also spend time on Honshu visiting the former Feudal town of Hirosaki, the spectacular Towada Hachimantai National Park and Oirase Gorge.
During our time cruising around the remarkable island of Hokkaido, we will explore nature trails, watch for wildlife in the national parks, learn more of the indigenous Ainu people and hopefully see landscapes burst into colour with the arrival of the autumn leaves that should coincide with our visit. More than two million acres on Hokkaido are dedicated to national parkland and we will visit some of the most remarkable including the Shiretoko National Park located on the north eastern tip of the island and which in Ainu means ‘end of the world’. UNESCO has called it one of the richest integrated ecosystems in the world and in 2005 designated it as a World Heritage Site. We will have a full day to explore the national park, home to brown bears, Yezo sika deer and red fox whilst birders can keep an eye out for Steller sea eagles, Blakiston fish owl and white-tailed eagles. We also visit the Kushiro Marshlands, home of Hokkaido’s resident red-crowned cranes, Japan’s iconic bird known as the bird of happiness and the lakes of central Hokkaido including beautiful Lake Akan.
Helping us understand all we will see and experience, and travelling with us throughout the voyage, will be our expert naturalist, our knowledgeable Guest Speaker and three Japanese guides, all adding immeasurably to your enjoyment and understanding of this fascinating country.

Including return flight from London!

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Ship information

Island Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 91 meters
Passenger Capacity: 118
Crew Capacity: 70
Built / Refurbished: 1992 / 2017
The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.
Your Suite On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a minifridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Refillable water bottles, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds. The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additional benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry.
Your Space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms on board the MS Hebridean Sky include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. In addition to the Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library which is well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads. A collection of games and devices to access the internet via the ship’s satellite can also be found in the library. Access to the ship’s satellite Wi-Fi via your own device is complimentary on board (signal strength varies depending on location and demand). The Dining Room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board. Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Whilst heaters and blankets make dining al fresco comfortable in cooler climates. Further to this, on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. You will also find a clinic and Doctor on board and a lift that serves all decks. Additionally there is a small hairdressers with appointments made on request.
Your Dining It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our Sky vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions. With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well-stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapés take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido Deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice. In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like-minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose. The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.
For Your Comfort The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.
Life Onboard If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels. When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship. The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.
Contact
Booking
Deluxe Discovery Yachting
Scenic Eclipse
05.10.2021
16.10.2021
11
Caribbean, Latin America, Caribbean Delights
Fare from € 9.150
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nassau, Bahamas

Fly into Nassau, the heart of the Caribbean, and board Scenic Eclipse to begin the journey of a lifetime in 6-star luxury. Please book your flight to arrive prior to 1pm.

Day 2

At sea

Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort, perhaps take a dip in the Scandinavian inspired plunge pools or sooth your muscles and mind in the relaxation lounge.

Day 3

Great Inagua Island

The southernmost islands of the Bahamas chain, the Inagua are home to over 140 species of native and migratory birds including 80,000 flaming reddish-pink West Indian flamingo. It is the perfect place to take a birdwatching tour.

Day 4

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Your luxurious vessel will arrive at the picturesque Port Antonio on the north coast of Jamaica, a quiet haven known as a gateway to the surrounding lush jungle regions and for its laid-back attitude making it the perfect getaway.

Day 5

Port Royal

Previously home to the ‘real pirates of the Caribbean’, Port Royal is a now small fishing community.

Day 6

At sea

Relax on board and make use of the Senses Spa or take a yoga class in the studio. There’ll be insightful lectures and presentations from the Discovery Team in the theatre or perhaps learn some new cooking techniques in Scenic Epicure.

Day 7

Isla de Providencia, Colombia

Visit the remote island of Providencia, surrounded by turquoise-blue sea. Enjoy the secluded beaches and lush green mountains.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 8

Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, Puerto Limón is a pristine and lush region of Costa Rica. With white sandy beaches and towering mountains, this truly is a tropical paradise.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 9

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Experience the pristine blue waters of some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean.

Day 10

Colon

Day 11

San Blas Archipelago

Spend the day relaxing in this beautiful archipelago, home to the Kuna people, surrounded by pristine sandy beaches dotted with coconut palms, crystal-clear waters and coral reefs swarming with marine life..

Day 12

Cartagena, Colombia

Marvel at the first glimpses of this charming city as you cruise into port this morning. Bid farewell to the crew as you disembark after breakfast taking away memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

Overview

Caribbean Delights

Caribbean playground
Island hopping around the Caribbean is the essence of this itinerary as you spend 12 days on board Scenic Eclipse living out your luxurious island fantasies and discovering the wonders of this spectacular region.
The voyage from Nassau to Colombia via Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama is a journey to some of Central America’s most picturesque and enthralling destinations. The remote islands and atolls off the coast of Central America and the coastline of Costa Rica are perfectly suited for exploring in ultra-luxury on the World’s First Discovery Yacht™.

Please Note: More Scenic Eclipse Discovery Voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Scenic Eclipse

Vessel Type: Luxurious Discovery Yacht

Length: 168 meters

Passenger Capacity: 228

Crew Capacity: 176 (192 in Polar regions)

Year Built: 2019

Scenic Eclipse is the World's First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Sail in 6-star luxury through The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords.

Scenic Eclipse comes with a unique design concept that incorporates the personalised luxury and attention to detail of a yacht with the stunning facilities and impressive blend of indoor and outdoor spaces found on a regular cruise ship. With a chic design employing soft, sweeping edges and rich wood coupled with every amenity you could possibly wish for, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with guests in mind. Intimate and luxurious, the World’s First Discovery Yacht is built to dock in isolated ports that larger ships can’t reach, including the white expanse of the Arctic. Scenic Eclipse comes with the highest Polar Class rating (Polar Class 6), ensuring safe navigation in polar waters and allowing the ship to reach even more remote ports.

On board inclusions:
Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation • Personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio •
Butler service for every guest • All-inclusive dining and beverages • Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and pilates studio
Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools • Expert Discovery Leaders & education program on selected cruises • Daily entertainment • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Return airport transfers
Onshore inclusions:
Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions • Active discovery excursions
Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences • Scenic Freechoice activities • Expert Discovery Team and local guides •
All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore

Luxury Suites

Every one of the 114 spacious and beautifully designed suites features a private verandah, a separate lounge area and Butler Service. Akin to the finest hotels in the world, staying in a Scenic Eclipse suite is one of the greatest luxury experiences you’ll ever have.

Indulgent Spaces

Designed with an abundance of public spaces, there is plenty of room for you to roam. From the ultimate Spa Sanctuary, to the gym, yoga studio, eight spacious lounges and bars, four outdoor terraces and multiple pool areas, you will never want to leave.

Dining

With up to ten all-inclusive dining experiences, the variety of cuisine and diversity of venues will astound you. From fine dining to relaxed café-style plus in-suite dining, there is something to cater for everyone’s taste.

Beverages

Savour your favourite cocktail or mocktail, choose from an extensive range of fine wine and beers and top-shelf spirits such as a rich Macallan 12-year-old scotch, a glass of France’s finest Champagne or a selection of sake – the choice is yours, all day every day.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition
Coral Discoverer
06.10.2021
13.10.2021
7
Australia and NZ, Great Barrier Reef Adventure
Fare from € 2.850
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Travelroute
Day 1

Depart Cairns

Board Coral Discoverer at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as we cruise northwards from Cairns toward Cooktown. At days end join fellow explorers and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2

Cooktown

Come ashore in historic Cooktown and experience a traditional welcome to country ceremony. Share a spiritual connection through storytelling and the traditional smoking ceremony with the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770. Wander through the rare flora collection at the Botanic Gardens and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artifacts are on display. Later, we cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset drinks at Turtle Beach. After dinner, look for giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during a fish feeding exhibition off the aft deck.

Day 3

Lizard Island

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady she oak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson. There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 4

Osprey Reef

Osprey Reef is the summit of an undersea 2,000m mountain located beyond the continental shelf with no landmass visible. Enjoy amazing underwater visibility here, and observe magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish in the crystalline waters. Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough. Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.

Day 5

Ribbon Reef #9 & Hope Island

The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf. Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles. In the late afternoon we stretch our legs on remote Hope Island before joining fellow explorers and crew for sunset drinks on the beach as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Day 6

Daintree River & Ribbon Reef #3

Explore the 127km-long Daintree River which cuts through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. With an expert guide onboard we look for the region’s famed wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, rare and endangered cassowaries and the prolific bird species that inhabit the forest and mangrove-lined river banks. We step ashore at a Daintree wilderness centre on the banks of the river and walk on forest trails overhung with lush vegetation. Immersed in the rainforest, we learn more about the diverse Wet Tropics ecosystem which contains the largest habitat of flora and fauna in the world. Cruising southwards along the Ribbon Reefs, there are more spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities at Ribbon Reef #3 where we look for iconic species as well as the vibrantly coloured coral gardens the Ribbon Reefs are renowned for.

Day 7

Fitzroy Island & Sudbury Cay

At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges. Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and lend a hand to the volunteers as we learn about the turtles at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild. Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilisation, we slip off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lap gently against the shoreline. Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon, enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Drinks at sunset on our own private sand island.

Day 8

Arrive Cairns

Our Great Barrier Reef adventure concludes in Cairns this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am.

Please Note: tours of the Lizard Island Research Station are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed due to operational considerations. This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Journey beyond the known and to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to discover abundant marine life, ancient cultures, seabirds and solitude.
Covering an area of over 2600 km and encompassing over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride of place as one of the 7 natural worlds wonders of the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area.
Coral Expeditions pioneered extended expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef 34 years ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise in that time.
In 2021, a new era of reef exploration will begin with the introduction of the yacht-like expedition vessel Coral Discoverer to the reef commencing immersive 7-day adventures to the remote and untouched Northern reef precinct. Operating from June to December annually, we will take a maximum of 72 guests to explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape.
Meet charismatic marine species including the sea turtles surfing the ocean currents, find Nemo nestled amongst the coral gardens and marvel at the magnificent humpback whale migration in the deep blue of the Coral Sea. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey, Escape and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. Enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes and the setting sun at deserted Sudbury Cay.
Onboard, you will be accompanied by expert guides and our purpose designed small ships are custom built for expedition cruising. With refined steering capabilities, shallow draught and nimble explorer tenders we will bring you closer to remote sites and natural habitats. You will enjoy freshly prepared small-batch cuisine featuring the best local ingredients and relax and enjoy quality local beers and wines. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home and make new connections with new friends.
Highlights

Immerse yourself in one of the world’s great seascapes with the Great Barrier Reef experts • Make a connection with indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown • Swim, snorkel, dive or simply view the iconic marine species of the Great Barrier Reef • Observe the vibrant underwater world of the untouched outer Great Barrier Reef • Enjoy solitude and seven magical Queensland sunsets • Sip sundowners and feel the sand beneath your feet on isolated sand cays and uninhabited islands • Visit a turtle rehabilitation centre and participate in efforts to conserve the Great Barrier Reef

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Ship information

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 meters

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Crew Capacity: 24

Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from French windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sq. (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

Facilities on board

Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating • Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck • Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished • Forward lounge • Reference library • Gift shop • Open bridge • Workout Area • Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer • Limited laundry facilities available • SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

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Safari Cruise
Zambezi Queen
08.10.2021
11.10.2021
3
Africa, African Chobe River Safari
Fare from € 1.725
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Travelroute
Day 1

Kasane

PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Make sure that you get your passport stamped at the airport when you enter Botswana.
You’ll then be met by a representative at the airport who will help with your luggage and transfer you to the Kasane Immigration Office (KIO) in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Once you arrive at KIO, a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member will meet you and help with formalities at passport control as you exit Botswana.
You’ll then be transferred by a smaller tender boat with a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member to the Namibian Immigration Office.
You then need to get your passport stamped at the Namibian Immigration Office. Please wear comfortable shoes, as there is a short walk to the immigration office.
If you arrive with the 13:00 and 14:00 transfers, you’ll be served lunch, while if you’re transferred at 15:00 or 16:00 you’ll be served a snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, after a safety breathing and if the weather permits, we’ll go in search of some big game by tender boat. This is the perfect time of day to make the most of that golden glow of the African sunset by getting some iconic shots of the animals as they gravitate towards the river before night falls.

Return back to the Zambezi Queen and freshen up before meeting your host on the upper deck with a welcome drink. After taking in the spectacular scenery, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delectable three-course dinner along with an excellent choice of paired wines. Finish off with an espresso or nightcap at the bar before retiring to the night sounds of Africa in the distance.

Day 2

Chobe River

We know that some guests like to watch the sunrise as they sip on their coffee while others like to take a more leisurely approach. That’s why we let you choose your morning activities, depending on the type of holiday you’re searching for. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river?

Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the luxurious Zambezi Queen glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.

After your morning activities, enjoy lunch on board while using your unique vantage point to spot wild animals and drink in the expansive views. Join our guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on a tender boat where you can get up close to an array of wildlife, including some of the 120 000 elephants for which the Chobe is well known. After a delicious dinner, settle down for a restful and tranquil night in your luxurious suite.

Day 3

Chobe River

After a hearty breakfast, head off to experience those activities you didn’t manage to fit in yesterday: enjoy a water-based river safari by tender boat, go bird watching or go fishing for tiger or bream. Return for lunch on board and some relaxation time before the afternoon activities start. Again, you have the choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching. In the evening, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy our traditional African dinner, served with festive African singing and dancing. You can even join in the festivities if you feel like it!

Day 4

Kasane

Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures. Bid our crew a reluctant farewell and then make your way via boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via boat to the Kasane Immigration Office where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana.

Overview

African Chobe River Safari

The Zambezi Queen is a floating boutique hotel offering game viewing in 5-star opulence along the banks of the Chobe National Park, boasting one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. The Zambezi Queen departs and returns to the same point, navigating roughly 25km of the Chobe River weather permitting.
Experience the thrill of an African safari from your own private suite aboard a luxurious 45m boat on Botswana and Namibia’s great Chobe River. There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as this stretch of untamed waters. The Chobe River divides Botswana’s Chobe National Park from Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent.
This National Park is teeming with life and sprawls across some 11,000km² of lush African bush. It is home to the largest population of elephants in the world, currently estimated at about 120,000. Along with the elephants, prides of lion, leopard, huge herds of buffalo and numerous species of antelope can be seen on the river banks, with hippos and crocodiles in the waters alongside. It is on this great expanse of water that an adventure unlike any other awaits.
Zambezi Queen is unlike any other houseboat on this stretch of water, providing a sophisticated, elegant experience that has retained the essence of all that is uniquely African. Close your eyes and imagine a burning orange sun melting into the horizon. The wind is in your hair and the last rays of sun are on your face. On the river’s edge a family of elephants playfully shower each other with water and dust. The call of a fish eagle breaks the solitude. Whether dining on the top level while watching the wildlife gather at the waters at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, Zambezi Queen’s professional team will be on hand to meet your every need.
The three sisterships: Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. With only a small number of guests per boat you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water.

Experience Impalila Island’s Tented Camp

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers the ideal location to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefit of being on the Namibian side of the river. Quieter, more secluded and personalised the lodge is ideal for families, couples or groups.The lounge, bar and open air-dining room set above the flowing waters of the Chobe River provide the ultimate in comfort allowing you to completely unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of a true African river safari experience.

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Ship information

Zambezi Queen

Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition
Length: 42 meters
Passenger Capacity: 28
Crew Capacity: 22
Built: 2009 / renovated 2015
Designed specifically for wildlife viewing, the intimate 28-passenger Zambezi Queen made her debut in one of the world’s most captivating places, Africa’s legendary Chobe River. As she drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat, affording you with once-in-a-lifetime up-close game experiences. Additionally, to ensure no harm to the environment, the eco-friendly Zambezi Queen uses a water jet propulsion system, fuel-efficient and low-emission generators, and a solar heating system. An enclosed, air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar grace the top deck, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with plunge pool. Suites feature private balconies where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape. Throughout the day, be treated to complimentary South African wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. And on one special night, enjoy an African-themed dinner with traditional dishes and entertainment.
Suites - Uniquely African
-Our standard suite come with en-suite bathrooms (shower only) and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun. Hairdryers, toiletries, gowns and slippers are provided for your comfort, while electronic safes in each room are ideal for storing your valuables. All suites accommodate two adults, and two of the larger standard suites can take a maximum of three adults.
-Our master suites let you relax and unwind in a luxurious setting as they are slightly bigger, and have larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table for your viewing pleasure. King size bed with an en-suite bathroom (shower only). The master suites feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings. Each suite was designed with the warm climate in mind equipped with air-conditioning and room fans to ensure you keep cool.
A Culinary Experience

From a creamy bowl of warming porridge in the morning to a helping of decadent white chocolate parfait at night, dining on Zambezi Queen is an indulgent treat, all on its own. Using seasonal ingredients sourced from local markets, meals on board our luxury houseboat consist of a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch and a choice of two plated menu options for dinner. Every mouthwatering dish is prepared by our locally trained Namibian kitchen staff, who combine authentic local flavours with their passion for creating sophisticated meals suited to discerning palates.

The Dining Room
Take a seat at your own private table and enjoy panoramic views of the wildlife during breakfast and lunch. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Unfortunately this also means that we’re not able to cater for Halaal and Kosher guests.
The Bar
The bar on the upper deck is open until 10pm and stocks a selection of local and imported spirits, wine and beers. Included in your accommodation rates are all locally sourced wines, beers, soft drinks and water, while spirits, sparkling wine and dessert wine are for your own account.
The Lounge
On the upper deck of Zambezi Queen you’ll find our dining room, bar and a comfortable lounge with unobstructed views of the unique African landscape that surrounds you.
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Booking
Luxury Amazon River Cruise
Aqua Nera
09.10.2021
16.10.2021
7
Latin America, Nera Amazon Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 6.650
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nauta / Embarkation / Marañon River

Arriving on a morning flight, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew. Board our private transfer to our exclusive Nauta Lounge for a welcome lunch before embarkation.
Settle into your generously-sized suite aboard the Aqua Nera as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro
Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Amaz, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Day 2

Yanayacu Pucate River / Lisboa River

Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River. Later, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River and look out for Amazon’s legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit an Amazonian village, where you can interact with native riberenos (people of the river) and visit local schoolchildren.

Day 3

Samiria River / Nauta Caño

Awake to a lush jungle sunrise and birdwatching along the Samiria River, enjoying breakfast in the middle of the lush jungle. Swimming and kayaking are some of the recommended activities at this part of the Reserve. In the evening, embark on a wildlife excursion on the black waters of Nauta Caño, and end the night with extraordinary stargazing.

Day 4

Nauta Town / Village Visit / Birthplace of the amazon

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, you will meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River.

Day 5

Ucayali River / Yanallpa River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Boarding our skiffs, we start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali and Yanallpa River. As farmers and fishermen go about their business, we search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters.

In the afternoon, explore a fascinating black water stream aboard skiffs, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will regale you with tales and insights about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, keep your eyes peeled for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.

Day 6

Puinahua River – Pacaya Samiria National River

This morning we will embark on a full-day excursion along the Pacaya tributary within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. Sail among a wide variety of wildlife, birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks, and many species of primates like the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys.

After a picnic lunch, visit some of the most beautiful lakes in Pacaya Samiria and meet local guardians of the Reserve’s natural resources. On our return, behold the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest of its kind in the Amazon.

Day 7

Ucayali River / Village Visit / Clavero Lake

Choose among jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming excursions on the black waters Yarapa or Clavero River. In the evening, before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working behind the scenes to ensure a memorable experience aboard the Aqua Nera.

Day 8

San Jose Paranapura Town / Arrive In Nauta

Visit the quaint riverside town of San Jose de Paranapura en route to Nauta. Before saying goodbye, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a sanctuary for orphaned Amazonian manatees to rehabilitate before their release back into the wild.

Note: Our itineraries may be subject to changes according to local weather and water conditions.

Overview

Nera Amazon Expedition Cruise

Our acclaimed 7-night Amazon Expedition Cruise lets guests experience the most luxurious and complete of Amazon journeys among the two tributaries, Marañon and Ucayali, that give the Amazon river its life. This all-encompassing itinerary lets explorers discover the best that Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve has to offer, including its hidden lakes and lagoons, as well as amazing jungle trails.
Kayak, canoe and swim in the most pristine Amazon upriver waters, with several opportunities to spot the Amazon’s famous pink river dolphins. Learn about life in an Amazon village, and then fish for piranhas like a local. Become a bona fide naturalist by the end of your 7-night trip, absorbing the in-depth knowledge our experienced guides impart on every excursion and jungle walk.
No two days of adventure is ever the same, except for the luxurious yet understated presence of the Aqua Nera. Return to your five-star home on the Amazon every day to the inspiring Peruvian Amazon cuisine of chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and the luxurious comforts of your suite and many amenities. You won’t want this trip to be over.
• Low Water Season (June through October) vs. High Water Season (November through May)
If seeing glorious Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then December to May might be your best choice.
If jungle hikes and spotting exotic migratory birds perched on trees between flights across Amazonia appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys, kinkajou, and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season.
River cruises on the Amazon and Mekong with Aqua Expeditions can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.
Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days.
Highlights
Experience the world’s most biodiverse land ecosystem in the most intriguing and rewarding way alongside top naturalist guides. An intimate experience with wildlife, nature and culture is made possible by our small-group excursions of no larger than 8, which limit our footprint on the environment and transforms an Amazon cruise adventure into a deeply personal experience • Led by our naturalist guides, venture into the world’s richest land ecosystem with a wealth of knowledge • Closest to its source, the mighty Andes mountains, the Amazon river is as pristine as Amazon’s waters get. This makes it perfect for a wide range of water activities and excursions • The Peruvian Amazon is home to about 200 communities, each offering a fascinating glimpse into a way of life in harmony with the river and rainforest
Please Note: More Aqua Nera Amazon Expedition Cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information
Aqua Nera
Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition
Length: 62.4 meters
Passenger Capacity: 40
Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2020
Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for.
Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru.
Aqua Nera operates alongside the Aria Amazon, taking guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs who is celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.
On Board Living and Social Areas
Sun Decks • Indoor and outdoor bars • Indoor dining room and outdoor private dining • Screening room with theater-style seating • Outdoor cinema under the stars • Games room with pool table • Outside shaded lounge with single and double day beds • Antique and artisanal boutique • Lobby lounge • Observation deck with outdoor sunbeds • Top deck gym overlooking the river • Infirmary with onboard medical staff • Outdoor top deck plunge pool with private cabanas • Two spa treatment rooms, one single and one double
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