AdventureSmith Explorations

 
ASE_logo_blk_ver.gifBased in Lake Tahoe, California, AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, expeditionary cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith pioneered the concept of wilderness cruising - combining the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking and exploring ashore in remote wilderness areas. Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations carefully matches its guests with the top names in expedition cruising as well as smaller, boutique ships that don't make the radar of most travelers.
 
Dedicated to small footprint, sustainable travel AdventureSmith Explorations orchestrates connections with the world's most exotic natural environments and vibrant native cultures through small ship cruising. Voyages combine intimate cruising with rewarding and exciting activities such as sea kayaking, hiking, and rafting in places usually not found on more mainstream itineraries. The company specializes in extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Alaska, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Guatemala, the Arctic, Antarctica and New Zealand.
 
Commitment to Sustainable Travel
The nature of modern travel inherently emits harmful carbon emissions through the burning of fossil fuels. Planes, ships, cars and lodges are all sources of additional carbon in our atmosphere and contribute to global warming. AdventureSmith Explorations has calculated the amount of carbon emitted by their small ship cruise passengers each year. Through the company’s Carbon Free Cruising campaign they have completely neutralized those emissions and hope to educate travelers about how to fight global warming by reducing their own carbon footprint. See http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/aboutcarbonfreecruising.php for more information.
 
In addition to its ground breaking Carbon Free Cruising initiative, the company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/aboutconservation.php for more information.
 
Destinations
 
NORTH AMERICA
 
Bears and wolves, whales and sea otters reward intrepid travelers who explore off the beaten path in Alaska. Cruise it by small ship or yacht and explore the backcountry in style from luxury eco lodges. view alaska adventures
 
British Columbia small ship and yacht cruises travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Experience mist-shrouded fjords, coastal wilderness, and unique ports of call. view british columbia adventures
 
Explore the majestic Columbia and Snake rivers in the path of Lewis and Clark. Cruise aboard a small ship or yacht, visit Washington's wine country and enjoy the epicurean delights provided by the fertile lands of the Pacific Northwest. view columbia river adventures
 
Baja California and Mexico's Sea of Cortez reveal a land of contrasts. Beautifully harsh, cactus covered desert landscapes and islands give way to rich waters home to whales, dolphins and countless sea creatures. view baja california adventures
 
Soaring volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, lush rain forests, vast coffee farms and golden sand beaches beckon the visitor to Hawaii. Explore the remote coves, bays and shoreline by kayak, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch. view hawaii adventures
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
 
Verdant rain and cloud forests, an astounding diversity of tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Explore from upscale wilderness lodges or aboard a Costa Rica cruise by small ship. view costa rica adventures
 
Panama has it all... mountains, jungles, beaches, bird life and an astounding biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cruise up close aboard small ships exploring both coasts and the Panama Canal. view panama adventures
 
Explore ancient Maya cities cloaked in pristine rain forest home to abundant tropical birds and wildlife. Enjoy activity and relaxing on beautiful Caribbean beaches and a world-class barrier reef. view belize adventures
 
Adventures that highlight the rich cultural traditions of today's living Maya as well as ancient cities and temples with an abundance of active volcanoes, pristine rain and cloud forests, wild rivers and sacred caves. view guatemala adventures
SOUTH AMERICA
 
Quite simply a Galapagos Island cruise is the vacation of a lifetime. Our small ships and yachts are the finest available staffed with expert local naturalist guides to interpret the unique environment and wildlife of the islands. view galapagos adventures
 
The highlight of travel to Peru is South America's premier ruins, Machu Picchu or an Amazon Cruise aboard a small ship. Enjoy guided explorations of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest. view peru adventures
POLAR REGIONS
 
Explore Antarctica - one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth and a continent of superlatives. Expedition cruises utilize long days to experience the world's greatest concentration of wildlife. view antarctica adventures
 
One of the most remote and fascinating regions of the world, recently accessible only to the privileged few. Spectacular fjords, towering mountains and glaciers; walrus and polar bear; and historic sites of polar exploration. view arctic adventures
ASIA / PACIFIC
 
With the unique experience of the harsh outback contrasted by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, this place is truly unforgettable. Small ship cruise in style and luxury aboard the Orion while preparing for amazing land expeditions ahead. view australia adventures
 
The adventure capital of the world boasting diversity from alpine mountains and glaciers to sub tropical forest and beaches. Swim with dolphins, soak in hot springs, kayak archipelagos, hike glaciers and trek famous alpine routes. view new zealand adventures
 
Cruise through pristine cobalt blue waters and explore the great variety of dramatic volcanic and coral islands and atolls and meet the locals whose rich cultural heritage is evident in the fascinating archaeological ruins dotting the countryside. view south pacific adventures
 
Japan is a nation with history, culture, and beauty unlike any other. Each of the places you'll explore present new insights into a realm that has fascinated travelers for millennia. view asia adventures
 

Contact Information

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A Personal Message from Todd Smith, Founder and President of AdventureSmith Explorations

Dear Friends,

All the adages about time ring true for AdventureSmith Explorations. Time has indeed flown while we’ve been having fun, growing and building awareness of small ship expeditions. But where in the world did 15 years – and our company – go?

2003 was particularly auspicious as it was the year I founded AdventureSmith Explorations. As a naturalist guide in Alaska, I saw the power of wilderness-focused adventure to transform travelers into advocates for the environment. I envisioned small ships as floating base camps accessing the wild in a leave-no-trace manner while providing all the comforts of the finest off-the-grid hotel.

Fast forward. Fifteen years later, the word is out that the experiences small ship cruises provide differ greatly from those on larger vessels. People are hungry for the more intimate shipboard hospitality, off-ship activities and closer-to-nature opportunities yachts and expedition ships offer. These are not passive “sightseeing” trips but active, transformational travel experiences: think kayaking in Antarctica, visiting remote sea-accessed villages in Alaska and providing opportunities for students in the Galapagos to become conservation leaders. An expanding audience of conscientious travelers has responded by showing more interest than ever before in our unique style of exploration.

This demand has nudged us into purchasing a much larger office in Truckee, California. We departed our location in Tahoe City and doubled our square footage in gorgeous Martis Valley, which sits between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe at a 5,900-foot elevation.Fittingly, Truckee’s town motto is “Base camp for a big life.” Here our growing, 15-member team of expedition cruise and wilderness adventure specialists use an ever-expanding portfolio of domestic and international small-ship and land-based itineraries to craft the perfect trip. We match the travel styles, interests, activity levels and budgets of our clients with unique itineraries worldwide.

To help celebrate our success, show off our new digs and give thanks to those instrumental in our growth, we invite all past clients, neighbors, future travelers, local travel agents and the travel media to join us for an Open House. Please RSVP on our Facebook invite or through email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details…

When: Friday, June 1, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm

Where: 40169 Truckee Airport Road, Suite #201, Truckee, CA 96161

Please come view our new office, meet our crew and learn more about our unique style of adventure travel. Refreshments and beverages will be served. Please see our Blog Post for more details.

While AdventureSmith Explorations has flown the world over in search of the most alluring small ship experiences, it has also helped fly me into some equally exciting realms, including onto the board of IGTOA (The International Galapagos Tour Operators Association) and onto Condé Nast Traveler's Annual Top Travel Specialists list. I’m also thrilled that our efforts have reached Sunset magazine in an April 2018 article (now on the stands) on travel industry change-makers in the fight against climate change.

Sustainability is in our company DNA. In 2005, I introduced the industry’s first Carbon-Free Cruising program to offset carbon emissions created as a result of being an AdventureSmith cruise passenger. Through the past and into the future we continue our ongoing environmental commitment by providing our travelers opportunities to have a meaningful connection with each place visited and its people and cultures. We also link them to a network of grassroots and non-profit partners. Nearly 90 percent of our passengers opt to make meaningful contributions, conveniently while booking through AdventureSmith Explorations. Through our careful choice of partners and operators, we favor small ships, yachts and lodges that…

  • are rooted in a region’s environment
  • contribute to the positive development of the local community
  • maintain strict leave-no-trace and sustainable operating practices

As the staff and I settle into AdventureSmith Explorations’ new home, we’re all mindful that setting the environmental awareness bar ever higher has become even more important to our vision. Time will continue to fly. We will, through our shared commitment, continue to provide rewarding and meaningful travel experiences that celebrate and preserve the natural beauty of our planet.

Hope to see you in Truckee!

Sincerely,

Todd

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Todd Smith & the AdventureSmith Explorations Team

 

40169 Truckee Airport Road, Suite 201

Truckee, CA 96161

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Coveted Alaska Small Ship Cruises in 2018 Still Available Through AdventureSmith Explorations

TRUCKEE, CA, March 15, 2018– Bookings have been brisk but highly coveted cabins for small ship cruises in Alaska for the 2018 season are still available on a handful of departures, reports AdventureSmith Explorations, the world’s leading purveyor of small and expedition ship cruises.

By expanding its Alaska inventory of vessels and pushing the season to include departures as early as mid-March, the company is meeting supply and demand challenges that resulted in 2017 Alaska cruise bookings being nearly 50 percent ahead of 2016 totals.

“We’re on track to see exponential growth again for the 2018 sailing season in Alaska,” said Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations (https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/). “And getting the earliest jump ever on a future season, we now have 75% of our Alaska cruises updated on our website with set schedules, dates and rates for 2019.”

Smith said the reasons people choose to cruise the Alaska coastline haven’t changed since he first worked on small ships here in the late 1990s. The magnets are still glaciers, bears and whales. But guests increasingly want to engage actively on the landscape they’re visiting. And that’s where the demand for small expedition ships comes in.

“Alaska’s fjords, coastlines and coves simply beg to be explored intimately and actively,” said Smith. “The whole point of small expedition ships is their ability to access these pristine natural worlds. Then it’s up to guests to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel, hike, fish, mountain bike and river raft, all ways to experience the wilderness, but with the crew of their small ship waiting to welcome them back on board.”

Although historically June to August cruises often sell out nine months in advance, some departures are extending the season with itineraries in March and early April. And there are some vacancies on late summer/early fall itineraries for this year.

Subject to change, here are AdventureSmith’s top picks with space still for 2018.

March 17 is the earliest seasonal start ever. The 10-guest Misty Fjord’s Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers 6-day cruise signals one of the most dynamic times of the year. As the Pacific herring concentrate in Sitka Sound, humpback whales, eagles and humans alike congregate to enjoy the seasonal wonder of the migration. Many locals prefer this season over any other time of year, with its crisp mornings, lengthening daylight hours and flora and fauna springing to life. The per person double rate is from $3,290.

2019 Islands, Whales & Glaciers departures have already been posted on the AdventureSmith website with a special Early Bird Booking Discount on select cruise dates. Guests can save up to $300 per person in 2019 if booked by April 1, 2018.

Select May departures offer $550 per person savings and there’s still availability in July and August aboard the 12-guest Sea Wolf’s 6-day Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure. The per person double rate is from $4,550.

The Glacier Bay & Island Adventure aboard the 58-guest Admiralty Dream or 74-guest Chichagof Dream is an 8-day itinerary from $3,590 per person double that has space on a range of departures spanning the 2018 season, except in July when the ships are mostly sold out.

On these cruises, the single supplement is waived on select 2018 and 2019 departures (call AdventureSmith for details). Plus, there is an Early Booking Discount of up to $300 per person on select 2019 cruises if booked by April 1, 2018.

July and August departures are available for Inside Passage Catalyst aboard the 12-guest Pacific Catalyst II at per person double rates from $4,250.

A number of ships are offering special deals and promotions for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Click HERE for more information.

For details on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, day-to-day itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations -Think Outside the Boat!

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Truckee, CA, near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious world’s Top Travel Specialists list as the leading expert on small ship expeditions.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Details Responsible Ways to Visit the Galapagos That Protect Fragile Ecosystems

TRUCKEE, CA, Feb. 21, 2018– Growing each year in popularity, the Galapagos Islands are a highly sought-after vacation destination. It is also one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems.

The appeal of this archipelago off of Ecuador’s coast can be likened to the goose that lays the golden egg. Becoming too popular, said Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations (https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), means risking uncontrolled growth in tourism and infrastructure for this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“This could lead to eroding the very ecosystems that support the bird life, flora and fauna that people travel here to experience,” he said.

As an international leader in small ship cruising, Smith seeks to position his company and clients to be part of the solution, keeping the region’s best ecological interests in mind – and not adding to the problem of over saturation.

“We want to help make a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Galapagos the best trip possible when it comes to fulfilling travel dreams and to securing the future health of the islands,” he added.

Following are AdventureSmith Explorations’ guidelines on how to do the Galapagos right.

Go by small ship (12 to 100 guests). Small ships are at the heart of a Galapagos Islands vacation. Witnessing bird and wildlife in their unchallenged island environments is best accessed by small ship. Why? Covering more than 3,000 square miles with 13 major islands, the Galapagos archipelago is larger than you think, and many visitor sites are only accessible by water. Sleeping aboard a ship each night allows a broader range of exploration as you don’t have to travel back to a land-based accommodation each evening after day trips by boat.

The International Galápagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) reports that 100 percent of the growth in Galapagos tourism in the last decade came from land-based tourism at a time when ship-based tourism declined.

“Ship-based travel in the Galapagos is highly regulated to maximize guest experience and minimize impact on the islands,” said Smith, who also serves on the IGTOA board. Land tourism is currently less regulated, and it is a goal of IGTOA, UNESCO and other conservation groups to approach on-islands growth as carefully as ship-based tourism has been.

Stay as long as you can. By allowing yourself more time in the archipelago you are going to encounter the most wildlife possible and see a wider range of islands. Allotting more time to understand the subtle ecological differences among the islands enhances the experience and assists conservation with fewer airline flights in and out. Air traffic along with increased cargo shipments are two of the concerns identified by UNESCO in its 2016 State of Conservation Report on the Galapagos Islands as these are primary vectors for the arrival of new invasive species.

Longer stays also help support the local community with more opportunities for meaningful interaction. “We recommend at least a 7-night/8-day cruise,” Smith said. See more recommendations on How to Choose Your Galapagos Cruise.

Make conservation a priority. In advance of a Galapagos trip, Smith encourages people to learn about conservation organizations and community needs and to donate time or money to them. AdventureSmith Explorations supports conservation partners and offers an optional opportunity for its travelers to donate to the Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund right on booking invoices. Plus, every AdventureSmith traveler in the Galapagos is sailing carbon neutral; AdventureSmith launched the industry’s first carbon-free cruising campaign in 2005 and pays to offset each of its passengers’ cruise carbon footprint via MyClimate.

Plan ahead, do it right once. Travel to a place as fragile as the Galapagos should ideally be done once, so make the selection process fun for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. “Shop for the best experience and seek advice from an expert who has traveled to the Galapagos Islands,” Smith advised. Booking early provides more date and ship choices, plus special offers like early-bird discounts. Two deals travelers can take advantage of right now are 10% off on Origin Galapagos Cruises August-December departures and 2018 rates for 2019 departures aboard National Geographic Islander Galapagos Cruises or National Geographic Endeavour Galapagos Cruises.

Snorkel! “If you don’t get in the water, you are missing half of the wildlife in Galapagos,” exclaimed Smith. “There is no shortage of colorful fish, but encounters with charismatic megafauna (playful sea lions, sharks, rays, turtles), prehistoric-looking marine iguanas and the only penguin that lives north of the equator are what really sets Galapagos snorkeling apart.” Snorkeling options range from deep-water to beginner-friendly shoreline snorkels. For those who really don’t want to snorkel, you may opt for a ship with a glass-bottom boat. “Interacting with the Galapagos wildlife and seeing them in such close proximity fosters a conservation mind as you bond with the fearless animals,” Smith added.

Remember you’re in South America. Don’t rush the journey and miss out on exploring a bit of what else Ecuador or other nearby regions, like Machu Picchu, Peru, have to offer. Smith cautions against trying to combine Galapagos and Peru in one week, thereby shortchanging two of the world’s most spectacular destinations.

“Machu Picchu is our most popular extension,” Smith pointed out. “Our team offers an array of ways to experience this world-renowned Incan site, from lodge-to-lodge treks to boutique lodges in the Sacred Valley. In Ecuador, our crew can recommend unique lodges in the cloud forest, complementary small ship cruises down the Amazon River or haciendas in the highlands to horseback ride and seek out the Andean condor.”

Even if pressed for time, you have to include a stopover. To access the Galapagos Islands some 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador, you must fly. “As there are no direct international flightsto thearchipelago, you must route through either Quito in the Andean foothills or Guayaquil along the coast,” said Smith. AdventureSmith’s Galapagos Cruise Package takes care of the essentials of getting to the Galapagos and lets travelers explore these gateways efficiently with a knowledgeable guide.

For more information on AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2018 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Truckee, CA, near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious world’s Top Travel Specialists list as the leading expert on small ship expeditions.

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AdventureSmith Explorations to Showcase Polar Bears and Northern Lights on Arctic 2018 Itineraries by Land and Sea

TAHOE CITY, CA, Jan. 22, 2018 – Polar bears and Northern Lights are two of many reasons travelers dream of exploring the Arctic. There’s also the fascination of skyscraper-high glaciers, cavorting whales and following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers.

The Arctic that begins on many bucket lists becomes reality with AdventureSmith Explorations’ new and expanded 2018 menu of small-ship voyages and overland journeys into the frozen north.

Polar Bears: First up are ways by both land and sea to witness polar bears in their natural habitat.

Tundra Lodge Adventure is a 6- or 7-day all-land itinerary based out of Churchill, Canada, the polar bear capital of the world. Men’s Journal hailed this trip as one of the best safaris to support sustainable tourism. Guests sleep in the Tundra Lodge, a custom-designed rolling hotel that offers unparalleled seclusion and proximity to polar bears. Day excursions in all-terrain Polar Rovers allow for even more intimate encounters in the wild. Departures in 2018 are from mid October to mid November when Hudson Bay polar bears migrate. A 6-day program is from $8,295 per person double inclusive of round-trip flights to and from Winnipeg and Churchill; accommodations; all meals; beverages; dog sledding excursion; use of cold-weather gear; services of professional expedition leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/tundra-lodge-adventure-hudson-bay-churchill-polar-bear-migration-buggy

Arctic for Explorers aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit is a 15-day journey into Franz Joseph Land, the world’s northernmost high Arctic archipelago. Just 600 miles from the North Pole, concentrations of polar bears roam the ice in the Russian Arctic National Park where flowering tundra and tidewater glaciers abound, fostering colonies of nesting seabirds. With 24-hour daylight captain and crew maximize every opportunity for viewing polar bears, walruses and endangered bowhead whales in this unique polar ecosystem. The gateway is Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard. Five 2018 departures offer this classic route, as well as shorter variations—notably a 9-day Searching for Polar Bears itinerary, mid-June through mid-September. The per person double rate is from $9,495. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/arctic-explorers-svalbard-iceland-polar-bear-small-ship-expedition

Northern Lights: To focus on Northern Lights, AdventureSmith Explorations has increased the number of itineraries and September departures in Scoresby Sund.

The 10-day Arctic Express: Greenland’s Northern Lights aboard the 78-guest Ocean Nova (ice strengthened) promises tundra hikes, Arctic wildlife including herds of musk ox and visiting an Inuit settlement. The gateway is Reykjavik, Iceland. There are four September 2018 departures. The per person double rate is from $6,395 (book by Jan. 31, 2018, and save up to $1,500 per person). See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/arctic-express-greenlands-northern-lights

On the main 12-day Home of Vikings & Icebergs journey aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit guests embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and disembark in Reykjavik after exploring sea and landscapes of Disko Bay and West Greenland. The islands and fjords of the High Arctic closely guard some of the world’s most unique and magical sea kayaking opportunities – available at an extra cost. Photographic instructions, lectures and opportunities from expert photographers and guides are included on all four departures, ranging from 8 to 12 days in length: May 22, May 30, June 6 and Sept. 13, 2018. The per person double rate is from $4,195 for the shortest 8-day route option. On the June departure guests receive free airfare from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuag to meet the ship – or a one-day complimentary tour of to the Greenland Ice Cap. Also on this tour they can save up to 10 percent on all cabin categories.  See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/home-of-vikings-greenland-iceland-arctic-small-ship-expedition

The 8-day Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis cruise is aboard the 114-guest Plancius (custom-built for polar cruises). Guests transfer from Reykjavik by bus through North Iceland before sailing north to cross the Arctic Circle in the wake of the Vikings. Stops include introductions to sled dogs and the Thule culture. On the water glaciers vie for attention with sea birds, as does the aurora borealis.There is one Sept. 18-25, 2018, departure. The gateway city is Reykjavik. The per person double rate is from $3,900. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/scoresby-sund-aurora-borealis

AdventureSmith Explorations suggests researching programs in its free, on-line guide: How to Choose an Arctic Cruise. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide including itineraries, availability and reservations, please call 1-877-620-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations -Think Outside the Boat!

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Truckee, CA, near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious world’s Top Travel Specialists list as the leading expert on small ship expeditions.

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Two Cruise for the Price of One on Select Departures of Amazon Basin River Cruises Booked by Jan. 31, 2018, thru AdventureSmith

TRUCKEE, CA, Jan. 16, 2018– Two people for the price of one can enjoy Amazon Basin cruises on select departures if bookings are made by Jan. 31, 2018, through AdventureSmith Explorations, the small ship cruise experts.

Three deluxe riverboats engaged in this early 2018 program offer luxury suite accommodation for three and four night cruises from now through the end of April: the 8-guest Delfin I, 28-guest Delfin II and 43-guest Delfin III. A rate for one person that allows a companion to travel for freestarts as low as $2,400 for four days.

The period of this promotion is the Amazon Basin’s high water season. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on high water and low water seasons. High water season is November to May and allows for more extensive exploration and access via water routes. These months are ideal for travelers who prefer to duck into otherwise isolated corners of the reserve aboard motorized boats, and to see riparian plants, fruits and flowers.Low water season is June through October and allows for more trail walks; these months are ideal for travelers who prefer to walk through the rainforest and discover its flora and fauna. All listed activities depend on water levels, weather and season. Travelers equipped with a sense of adventure and curiosity tend to enjoy their experience in the Amazon jungle regardless of the season.

Experienced guides explain the region’s biodiversity. Voyages include visits to native villages, kayaking, swimming in waters frequented by pink river dolphins, fishing, daytime hiking, and night safaris. On board, guests can enjoy exquisite Amazonian cuisine in an authentic, intimate setting with the right amount of elegance and comfort. The ships are varied in their size, but all feature extra-large or panoramic floor-to-ceiling view windows. The 8-guest Delfin I is the most intimate and romantic, with its luxury suites all featuring their own terraces, two with private cold-water whirlpool baths.

Specific departures offering this two-for-one special are:

January

·                     Delfin III (3 Night) – Jan. 27

February:

·                     Delfin III (4 Night) – Feb. 6

·                     Delfin I (4 Night) – Feb. 8

·                     Delfin I (3 Night) – Feb. 12

·                     Delfin III (3 Night) – Feb. 17

·                     Delfin II (3 Night) – Feb. 18

·                     Delfin II (4 Night) – Feb. 21

·                     Delfin I (3 Night) – Feb. 26

March

·                     Delfin III (3 Night) - March 3

·                     Delfin I (3 Night) - March 12

·                     Delfin I (4 Night) - March 15

·                     Delfin III (4 Night) - March 20

·                     Delfin III (3 Night) - March 31

April

·                     Delfin III (4 Night) - April 3

·                     Delfin II (4 Night) - April 25

·                     Delfin III (3 Night) - April 28

For more information please visit https://www.adventuresmithexplorations[.com/amazon-cruises. Current specials and discount promotions for a variety of AdventureSmith Explorations sea and land programs can be found at: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers

For more information on all of AdventureSmith’s programs, trip availability, and reservations, please call 1-877-620-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Embraces Far-Flung Horizons On New-for-2018 Small Ship Expeditions

TAHOE CITY, CA, Dec. 6, 2017 – The world’s leading purveyor of expedition cruising is expanding the frontiers of small ship adventure travel with new-for-2018 itineraries that transport guests beyond the blue horizon.

AdventureSmith Explorations’ off-the-beaten-path programs stretching to faraway lands include an Indonesian archipelago, Tasmania, frozen landscapes in Patagonia and Canada’s High Arctic, and a three-state/three-river adventure in the Pacific Northwest.

Sailing Indonesia: Jewels of Raja Ampat is a 10-day cruise venturing farther off of AdentureSmith’s map to the West Papua, Indonesia, province of Raja Ampat. Also known as the Four Kings, this Indonesian archipelago comprises over 1,500 small islands and is famed for its beaches and coral reef. Expedition cruises here are aboard the traditional sailing vessels 24-guest Ombak Putih and 14-guest Katharina. Scheduled departures from Sorong, Indonesia, are in December 2017 and January 2018 as well as December 2018 and January 2019. The per person double rates is from $4,950.

Pristine Tasmania is an 8-day itinerary exploring the southern shorelines of the Australian island of Tasmania, a first for AdventureSmith. On route for the 72-guest Coral Discoverer are Tasman National Park and Maria Island National Park, and if conditions allow, two days spent exploring the untouched Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey. This region, normally only accessible by week-long hike or light aircraft, is one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on Earth. Departures from Hobart, Tasmania, are scheduled January, February and March of 2018 and 2019. The per person double rate is from $3,950.

Patagonian Explorer over five days sails AdventureSmith’s newcruise route from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Punta Arenas, Chile, that offers some of the planet’s most remote icescapes and wildlife. A highlight is visiting the huge and rarely visited Cóndor Glacier in Agostini Sound. The brand-new vessel 210-guest Ventus Australis will be the only ship in the world visiting the Cóndor Glacier regularly, with sailings on this newly devised route beginning Jan. 6, 2018. Her sister ship Stella Australis joins to sail the route in October 2018. Departures are in January, February, March, September, October, November and December of 2018 and January, February, March and April of 2019. The per person double rate is from $1,440.

Northwest Passage is a 17-day, one-of-a-kind journey in Canada’s High Arctic, marking AdventureSmith’s first foray into this region by small ship. Its other Arctic itineraries visit Kangerlussuaq (also on this itinerary) or otherwise hug Greenland’s eastern and western shorelines, but Northwest Passage extends its reach as far as Resolute in Nunavut, Canada. The actual Northwest Passage is an historic sea route that has become accessible to passenger ships in recent years as Earth’s climate and ice pack have shifted. Aboard the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, guests will hike and Zodiac through spectacular landscapes that played an important role in the passage’s discovery. Ottawa, Canada, is the gateway city. Departures in 2018 are Aug. 26-Sept. 11 and Sept. 9-Sept. 25. The per person double rate is from $9,695.

Rivers of Adventure spends nine days in the close-to-home Pacific Northwest, embarking from either Portland, OR, or Lewiston, ID, on the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a ship equipped for adventures (paddle boards, kayaks and skiffs) along its route on the Columbia River for a play date with Class II and III rapids on the Deschutes River. Guests catch their breath during wine tastings at Washington vineyards before slipping onto Idaho’s Snake River for introductions to Hells Canyon and the legacies of Lewis & Clark, the Nez Perce and early pioneers. Guests boarding in Portland disembark in Lewiston, ID, for a charter flight back to Portland (guests who board in Lewiston also receive a charter flight from Portland at the start). Departures are scheduled in August, September and October, 2018 and in September, October and November 2019. The per person double rate is from $4,995.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide including itineraries, availability and reservations, please call 1-877-620-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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AdventureSmith Explorations’ Todd Smith Re-Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist List

TAHOE CITY, CA, Nov. 28, 2017 – Since it’s inception in 2012, Todd Smith, Founder and President of small ship cruise specialists AdventureSmith Explorations’ has been honored by his inclusion in Condé Nast Traveler’s exclusive List of Top Travel Specialists. The 2017 list has just been announced and Smith has again been named to this prestigious group of travel professionals.

This annual list (see: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/travel-specialists-we-trust) recognizes the world’s leading experts and travel companies. Specialists are chosen based on their combination of specialized knowledge, firsthand travel experience, local connections, customer service and value. Every year the Condé Nast Traveler team evaluates hundreds of applicants. Each applicant undergoes a rigorous screening process that includes a detailed application with sample itineraries, client references and phone interviews.

In describing Smith’s unique expertise, the Condé Nast editors had this to say, “A former expedition leader aboard small ships in Alaska and Mexico, Smith arranges adventure cruising on 150-passenger (or fewer) vessels in nature-rich locations (think Alaska or Central America). He can spell out your range of options—including boats you’ve never heard of where the emphasis is on exploring far from overbuilt ports and busloads of tourists. Your days will be active—think hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding—and there’s no formal dining or nighttime entertainment, but that doesn’t mean giving up all creature comforts: You might still get hot chocolate and warm cookies delivered to your kayak in Antarctica.”

This vision and years of hands-on experience led to Smith’s recognition as the small ship and expedition cruise expert being initially named to this prestigious list in 2012. His hand-picked staff in Tahoe City, CA, help him secure the reputation that, “Todd Smith can get you just about anywhere, from Antarctica to the Amazon,” according to the editors at Condé Nast Traveler.

In order to better serve both old and new clients, the company constantly refreshes and expands its itineraries. For details on all of AdventureSmith Expeditions’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2018 reservations, please call 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces New 18-Day Alaska Tour That Explores Three National Parks by Land and Sea

TAHOE CITY, CA, Nov. 14, 2017 – Visiting one national park in Alaska is a privilege. Now arrangements are in place for exploring three national parks -- Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali on one seamless 18-day expedition journey by small ship, rail car, small boat and safari bus.

The leader in smallship expedition cruising in Alaska and the world,AdventureSmith Explorations (https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) in 2018 will launchits premier program,Great National Parks of Alaska. It begins with an adventure cruise embarking in Juneau, climaxing 18 days later in Anchorage. The first of 13 departures is scheduled for May 26, 2018, and the season’s final embarks Aug. 18, 2018. The per person, double rate is from $9,695. Per person savings of up to $200 come with the May 26 departure.

This land-sea journey via multiple modes of transportation, embraces much of the best Alaska has to offer. Participants travel for eight days aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer taking multiple days to visit Glacier Bay National Park, then transfer to Anchorage (flight not included) for a ride on the Alaskan Railroad along the coast from Anchorage to Seward. The next leg is a half-day marine wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only accommodation located within the park. 

After returning to Anchorage by boat and rail, a narrated road trip delivers guests deep into Denali National Park for three intense days of sightseeing and wildlife viewing. Accommodations are deep within the park, at the end of the 92-mile park road on family-owned land, providing exclusive access into the wilderness core of the park.

Returning by bus to the park entrance, travelers then board the historic Alaskan Railroad for the return trip to Anchorage, crossing over Alaska's highest bridge at Hurricane Gulch. Hotel accommodations await followed by airport transfers the next day.

This journey represents the love that AdventureSmith Explorations’ Founder/President Todd Smith has for America’s ‘Last Frontier’ where he spent his early days as a professional guide helping to pioneer adventure cruising in Alaska. Today AdventureSmith Explorations wears the mantle of being the leading small ship expedition cruise expert for both Alaska and destinations worldwide.

AdventureSmith Director of Sales & Operations Justin Massoni also has deep roots in Alaska. Together with staff who have traveled extensively there, Smith and Massoni created this itinerary representing what Smith calls “the ultimate Alaska land-and-sea experience.” This trip, while covering the highlights of Alaska, also avoids busy ports and mass tourism crowds. Smith said the 18-day itinerary reflects a growing demand from clients to stay longer in Alaska. The company has long serviced these requests by arranging pre- and post-cruise extensions.

Included in the trip price are double-occupancy accommodations in a selected cabin aboard Wilderness Adventurer and a standard double-occupancy room at hotels and lodges as indicated in the itinerary; meals where indicated; non-alcoholic beverages, premium spirits, wine and beer aboard the ship; all transfers and baggage handling throughout itinerary; Alaska Railroad passage in Luxury Dome Car (round-trip Anchorage-Seward and one-way Denali-Anchorage); entry fees to national parks/preserves; naturalist-guided activities from the ship or lodge; and all activity-related equipment.

For information, descriptive itinerary, departure dates and more please see: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/glacier-bay-kenai-fjords-denali-alaska-national-parks-cruise-land-trip. For details on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2018 reservations, please call 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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AdventureSmith Announces What’s New in Small Ship Cruising in Alaska for 2018 - Including the Longest Season and Most Capacity Ever

TAHOE CITY, CA, Oct. 17, 2017 – There’s a lot of exciting news coming out of Alaska for the upcoming 2018 small ship cruise season. The experts at AdventureSmith Explorations have just announced the following. The 2018 expedition cruise season in Alaska will begin earlier than ever, an increased number of vessels will now be navigating Alaskan waters, there will be increased opportunities for exploring Glacier Bay National Park and more multi-sport options for active cruise adventures will be offered.

“Instead of waiting until Memorial Day to enjoy the experience of a small ship adventure in Alaska, guests will be excited to learn that they can sail as early as mid-April of 2018. This longer season adds a full month to take advantage of traditional early season savings,” noted Todd Smith, Founder/President of AdventureSmith Explorations.

Longer Season & Savings

Historically small expedition vessels begin plying cruise routes in Alaska in mid-May; however next year the first Alaska sailing of the season is set for April 14, 2018, aboard Wilderness Adventurer’s new Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise route. (Note: for real early birds, some positioning cruises from Seattle will sail as early as April 7, 2018.) A major benefit of cruising in April will be opportunities to see more wildlife. Sightings usually differ from spring into summer as do cruise rates. In the spring, moose, wolves and bears with cubs are active along with these 2018 savings:

  • Select April and May cruises aboard the Wilderness & Safari small ship fleet are $400 off per couple when booked by Dec. 15, 2017.
  • Select May sailings of Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness offer free airfare when booked by Dec. 30, 2017.
  • Select April and May Treasures of the Inside Passage departures sailing from Seattle to Alaska offer free one-way airfare when booked by Dec 31, 2017.
  • Select May and June land-based trips on the Kenai Peninsula and/or exploring Denali National Park offer a per person savings of up to $650.

Expanded Small Ship Inventory

Helping to expand the overall Alaska small ship passenger capacity is the returning 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer which features a dance floor, full bar and a new complement of adventure equipment for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. There will also be more charter options with the addition of the 8-guest Golden Eagle and its Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise to the Alaska Charters inventory. These small ships join the popular 100-guest National Geographic Quest whose inaugural 2017 Alaska voyages sold out. Her sister ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Venture, is under construction and currently scheduled to sail Alaskan waters in 2018. AdventureSmith Explorations will release further news on the Venture as her cabins become available for booking.

More Ways to Explore Glacier Bay

New Glacier Bay National Park permit allocations opened the door for AdventureSmith Explorations and its partners to create for 2018 more itineraries exploring the park.

  • The new 8-day Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer spends three days exploring the park.
  • A new 15-day Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise between Seattle and Juneau (northbound in spring, southbound in fall) allocates one full day inside Glacier Bay. The selection of small ships for this cruise ranges from 36 to 88 guests.
  • The 8-guest Westward spends four days in the park on a special 10-day alternative itinerary round-trip from Juneau on May 19, 2018.
  • A new 11-day Alaska's Frontier & Wilderness Quest itinerary aboard the 74-guest Chichagof Dream on June 3 and June 13, 2018, extends the classic Glacier Bay & Island Adventure journey to include two days in Glacier Bay and includes excursions north up the Lynn Canal to Skagway and down the Inside Passage south to Wrangell.
  • A new 18-day Great National Parks of Alaska journey by sea and land explores Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali national parks via the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and wilderness lodges. The first of the 13 departures is set for May 26, 2018, and the season’s final is Aug. 18, 2018.

More Multisport Options

Small ships have always been base camps for adventure, but AdventureSmith Explorations is reporting even more adventure options on board, and ashore, for the coming 2018 cruise season. A new 8-day Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers itinerary aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour or the 88-guest replica steamer S.S. Legacy includes river rafting and biking in Haines. The S.S. Legacy has been newly outfitted with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and skiffs. A new 9-day Alaska Yacht: Bears, Bergs & Bushwhacking aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest offers guests the included activities of flightseeing or charter fishing in Petersburg before they embark the ship.

For a full listing of all the various adventure options in Alaska, by sea and by land, see: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/alaska. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide including itineraries, availability and reservations, please call 1-877-620-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

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Winter Holiday Bookings Still Available on AdventureSmith’s Small Ship Cruises; May Include Air Transfers and $800 Cabin Discounts

TAHOE CITY, CA, Aug. 21, 2017 – Cabin space is still available for the winter 2017 holiday season on small-ship cruises to such coveted destinations asAntarctica, Baja California, Costa Rica, the Galapagos and Cuba, reports AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world.

Antarctica

Travelers who want to maximize opportunities for wildlife encounters on land and sea can still book passage on one of three Antarctica programs inclusive of air transfers across Drake Passage. This segment of a cruise normally consumes several days of at-sea-only travel both coming and going. Popular air cruises fly guests over the often-turbulent Drake Passage, turning a two-day crossing into two hours. Following are air cruise departures with space available as of mid August. For more information and specifics on all the various itineraries offered by AdventureSmith Explorations please see Antarctica cruises.

  • If booked before Aug. 31, 2017, clients receive a 20 percent discount on a mid-December departure Dec. 15-22 of Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake. Also available are Dec. 16-23 and Dec. 20-30 departures. This eight-day itinerary is from $9,495 per person double on the 132-passenger Ocean Adventurer or the 108-passenger Island Sky.
  • Antarctica Air Cruise offers three holiday departures still with availability: Dec. 16-23, Dec. 21-28 and Dec. 22-29. This cruise is eight days from $10,995 per person double on the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 71-guest Hebridean Sky XXI.
  • Polar Circle Air Cruise picks up the holiday slack with its Jan. 1-10, 2018, departure for 10 days from $14,495 per person double aboard the 72-guest Ocean Nova.
  • There is still ample space on a non-air cruise, the 11-day Antarctic Explorer expedition, an 11-day journey from $5,995 per person double, exclusive of the air cruise benefit. Four ships carrying from 132 to 199 passengers conduct this cruise.

Baja California and Costa Rica

Two very popular, close-to-home small ship cruise destinations as of late summer have good holiday cabin availability to accommodate families and groups. Some programs include special offers. Baja cruises in late December and early January coincide with the beginning of the peak season for viewing gray whales and for snorkeling with sea lions.

  • Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez has holiday availability on Dec. 14-22 and Dec. 22-Jan. 2 departures. This is a 12-day adventure from $5,250 per person double aboard the eight-guest yacht Westward.
  • Baja's Bounty accommodates the holidays with departures Dec. 16-23, Dec. 23-30, Dec. 30-Jan. 6 and Jan. 6-13 The Dec. 16 and Jan. 6 programs come with a bonus of $800 off on cabins booked by Sept. 30, 2017. This cruise is over eight days from $2,995 per person double aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavor.

Friendly, tropical and easy-to-access, Costa Rica is a holiday destination primed for families. Small ships provide easy, inclusive access to rain and cloud forests, tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, waterfalls and beaches. Whale watching ramps up this time of year, with the season for humpback whales running January through March. Holiday cruise options include $800 off the cabin rate and free round trip from Miami on some trips if booked by Sept. 30, 2017.

  • Unveiled Wonders: Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec. 15-23 ($800 off cabin rate), Dec. 22-30, Dec. 29-Jan. 6 and Jan. 5-13. This is a nine-day program from $4,395 per person double aboard the 62-guest Safari Voyager.
  • Costa Rica & the Panama Canal holiday departures are Dec.16-23, Dec.23-30, Dec. 30-Jan 6 and Jan. 6-13, all with free round-trip airfare from Miami. For eight days from $5,990 per person double guests enjoy the hospitality of the brand-new 100-guest National Geographic Quest.

In addition, numerous Costa Rica lodge-based trips have availability. Please see AdventureSmith's Costa Rica page for more trips.

Galapagos Islands

Although the Galapagos Islands offer sailings year-round, warmer water temperatures make the region highly sought-after come December for snorkeling and swimming. As AdventureSmith’s most popular holiday destination, it’s the first to sell out. However there’s still availability on the 16-guest Seaman Journey and Sea Star Journey sister ships for four days from $2,529 per person double; on the 90-guest Santa Cruz for five days from $3,388 per person double; on the 40-guest Isabela II for five days from $3,268 and on the 48-guest La Pinta for five days from $4,136 per person double.

Cuba

The Cuba by Land & Sea Cruise aboard the 46-guest mega yacht Harmony V comes with the expert team at Lindblad-National Geographic. The 11-day trip is from $9,500 per person double.

Active vacationers might also want to consider a Peru trekking adventure that pairs day hikes with nights in remote lodges. Amazon cruises are also a warm-weather option for winter travel. While they sail year-round, December and January departures come with high water season, which typically runs from November through May. During this time rivers, creeks and lakes are more navigable, as the waters are some 23 feet higher. This brings passengers closer to the canopy and wildlife.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2017-2018 reservations, please call 900-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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