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
 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Pairs Small Ship Cruises in Galapagos with Forays into Cloud Forest, Amazon Jungle

TRUCKEE, CA, July 11, 2018– Avid travelers with many worlds to see probably visit a far-flung region only once in a lifetime.

A case in point is The Galapagos. After a cruise around this mecca of wild creatures, people may dream of returning to imbibe more of Ecuador. Most won’t.

“We encourage clients to add a few days before or after their Galapagos cruise to experience the tropical cloud forests of the Andes, the wildlife of the Amazon Basin and even Machu Picchu in nearby Peru. These are all in striking distance of The Galapagos Islands,” said Todd Smith. He is the founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, specializing in small ship cruises in this region since 2003.

The following Galapagos cruises paired with Ecuadorian options by land and sea come with offers that can save up to $1,000 per person on a new reservation for 2018 trip. These AdventureSmith-curated combinations are within a short flight or several-hours’ drive from Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and are aboard small ships (from 16 to 90 guests) with land-based explorations from wilderness eco-lodges.

Galapagos Sea + Andean Cloud Forest Land: People who book a trip by Sept. 15, 2018, for travel by Dec. 31, 2018, can save 15 percent (up to $1,000 per person) on a Santa Cruz II Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise combined with a Mashpi Rainforest Tour. A former Galapagos National Park guide designed this Galapagos itinerary to maximize wildlife sightings. The cruise is paired with an award-laden eco-lodge (one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”) in a cloud forest that guests can float over in an open-air gondola and sky bike.

Galapagos Sea + Ecuadorian Amazon Land: Select sailings with a choice of sustainable cruise vessels (Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruises, Petrel Galapagos Cruises or Camila Galapagos Cruises) come with $500 to $1,000 per person savings plus one complimentary overnight at the Red Mangrove Lodge in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, when paired with the eco-friendly La Selva Amazon Lodge. This pre/post-cruise active jungle experience in the Ecuadorian rainforest posits guests in thatched suites overlooking a lagoonin the heart of the Amazon Basin, accessed by the Napo River. This package must be booked by Sept. 15, 2018, for travel by Dec. 31, 2018.

Galapagos Sea + Ecuadorian Amazon Land: Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruises and Sea Star Journey Galapagos Cruises offer up to $1,000 savings per person and free roundtrip flights from Quito or Guayaquil on select sailings in July, August and September 2018, when combined with the 4- or 5-day Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Napo Wildlife Center. This offer is valid for new bookings made by Sept. 15, 2018, for travel by Sept. 30, 2018.  While the Ecuador Amazon Adventure is offered at a selection of eco-lodges in the region, AdventureSmith Explorations’ pairing for these boutique 16-guest luxury yachts is the 16-cabana Napo Wildlife Center, part of an ecotourism project that includes the conservation of over 82 square miles of the most pristine Amazon rainforest within Yasunì National Park. Guests enjoy visits with the Kichwa community of Añangu. A 118-foot canopy tower on the Napo River reveals flocks of colorful tanagers passing right through the trees and spider monkeys searching for nearby fruit. Programs include accommodations, flights to Coca (to access the Napo River into the Basin), water transportation and such guided activities as hiking on a 5,000-acre private ecological reserve and canoeing down the Napo River to Lake Pilchcocha.

Galapagos Land + Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise: This combo positionsguests at Galapagos Safari Camp (a tented camp with a main lodge on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Archipelago) from which daily guided tours (including some boating and snorkeling) are conducted. Before or after the camp experience, guests join Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise, which introduces secrets of life on the Ecuadorian Amazon River. If this combo is booked by Sept. 15, 2018, for travel by Dec. 31, 2018, guests receive complimentary airfare (for the Amazon portion) from Quito to Coca plus complimentary Galapagos National Park Entry Fee and Tourist Transit Control Card.

The Amazon Basin is known for its high biodiversity (species being highly varied within a geographic area). Activities in jungle locations vary but may include night walks to understand the nocturnal nature of the rainforest, fishing for piranha, visiting a parrot clay lick to see hundreds of birds gathering for their daily dose of minerals, climbing the observational tower for an overhead view of the jungle, or kayaking up Napo River’s tributaries to silently view wildlife.

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 Adds Five New Purpose-Built Expedition Ships for Upcoming Antarctica Cruise Seasons

TRUCKEE, CA, June 19, 2018– A baby boom of new polar cruise vessels anticipates a growing interest in exploring Antarctica for many years to come. For the upcoming 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, AdventureSmith Explorations, the world’s leading purveyor of small and expedition ship cruises, has added to its portfolio five new purpose-built vessels that will cruise Antarctica.

“With your travel options in Antarctica increasing, it’s even more important to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip exactly the style and experience you want,” says Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations (https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/). “Your trip to Antarctica should be a true journey, and turn you into an ambassador for the region, not just a passer-through.” How to achieve this? Smith suggests staying small and sustainable, on a ship carrying less than 200 guests.

Antarctica, unlike warm-weather destinations, remains a rarely visited, pristine world. In the 2017-18 cruise season (October-March), just 42,576 visitors set foot on the continent, less than half the number of spectators at the Super Bowl. But there are still many options to consider.

As the “go-to resource” for the also-expanding population of small ship cruise enthusiasts, Smith underscores how important it is that travelers understand the nuances of cruising polar regions. These nuances will determine which ship and itinerary a client selects.

For example, does a traveler have enough vacation time to cruise through the Drake Passage? Or will time constraints mandate a fly-over option? If your route of choice includes more remote locales like Weddell Sea or South Georgia, “suites will be more comfortable than cabins when there are several days at sea with no leg-stretching land excursions,” notes Smith. Other considerations include ship size, activity options (some with added costs), seasonality for specific wildlife interests and focus, like wellness-themed ships and itineraries with guest host photographers. He advises booking now for the 2019-2020 season so his staff can make the best match between traveler and ship.

The new expedition ships designed for active polar explorations consider, among other factors,

  • allowing guests to move twice daily off the ship to access Zodiac, kayak and on-land adventures. Former expedition ship options, including retrofitted research vessels, may not be set up as well for the active exploration that travelers seek today.
  •  the number of passengers. Expedition ships for under 200 guests are the core of what AdventureSmith Explorations is all about. Ships, especially in Antarctica, need to be of a certain size for a bespoke, intimate and active experience. To sustain a quality experience in this region, only 100 guests are allowed ashore at one time. Larger vessels may find it hard to facilitate getting guests ashore twice daily.

Following are the new builds in AdventureSmith Explorations’ polar-directed itineraries:

World Explorer for 176 guests first sails Dec.16, 2018, on the Explorers & Kings itinerary; in January 2019 it moves to the Antarctic Explorer 11-day itinerary that crosses Drake Passage. This 1B ice-class vessel boasts private balconies for each cabin, a glass-domed lounge for unimpeded ocean viewing, a gym, outdoor heated pool and running track. Days are packed with multiple landings, Zodiac cruises and such optional activities as kayaking, camping and stand-up paddle boarding (additional charge). On days at sea, the expedition team presents lectures and workshops. Rates on this ship are from $12,695 per person double for 11 days.

Hondius for 174 guests sails first in the Arctic (see North Spitsbergen) in June 2019 before repositioning for its first Antarctica sailing Nov 3, 2019, on the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica itinerary. South Georgia, famous for its explorer history (Shackleton), is a haven for endemic wildlife. Smith encourages guests who can add a few extra days to a voyage to include this island (See: Why Include South Georgia with Antarctica and AdventureSmith’s recommended expeditions that include South Georgia below).

The ship—the world’s first registered polar class 6 expedition cruise vessel—boasts an exploratory educational travel program: interactive workshops on astronomy, navigation and botany with as much time off ship as possible. Guests can leave their shipboard base camp to hike, kayak, scuba dive and camp overnight (added cost). Choose from four different Antarctica itineraries aboard the Hondius; rates on this ship are from $7950 per person double for 10 days.

Magellan Explorer for 69 guests sails the Antarctica Air Cruise itinerary, with an air flight over the Drake Passage. The first sailing is Nov. 28, 2019, with itinerary options ranging from 6 to 16 days. The ship's capacity is for 100; however, guests are treated to the ultimate small ship polar air cruise experience with the vessel featuring only as many passengers as a single flight can accommodate. “The Magellan Explorer’s dedication to keeping it small fits perfectly with AdventureSmith Explorations’ philosophy of small, sustainable cruises,” Smith says. She offers a variety of comfortable accommodations (many with private balconies) and includes the elusive dedicated single cabin. Zodiac cruises lead to a variety of polar activities, including kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing (at additional cost). The per person double rate is from $5,995 for 11 days on the ship’s inaugural voyage, with most regularly scheduled Antarctic Peninsula sailings starting at $13,995 per person double for 8 days.

National Geographic Endurance for 126 guests launches in the first quarter of 2020, with Antarctica sailings slated for the 2020-2021 season. This educational polar vessel has a specifically designed hull to break through the tough pack ice, increasing the ability to explore hard-to-reach destinations and making new expeditions possible. Her ability to venture deeper into pack ice and unexplored reaches, paired with state-of-the-art educational equipment, helicopter landing platform and highly qualified guides, create an in-depth intellectual and exploratory experience. Also notable: out of the ship’s 69 cabins, 75% have private balconies and 12 are designed for solo travelers. Further details will be forthcoming.

Set for 2020 Launch – Quark Polar Vessel (Name to be Announced) Another recently announced 200-passenger polar ship is currently being built for safety and far-off exploration. The new vessel boasts twin helicopters and helipads for heli-skiing, flightseeing and exploration of otherwise inaccessible places as well as an innovative, internal hanger with four embarkation points for a fleet of 20 Zodiacs. These exploration tools; the ship’s specialized, cutting-edge safety features; and special provisioning and waste handling systems (enabling a 40-day operational range) all ensure the ability to go farther into the polar regions safer and more easily than before; look for future routes into the Ross Sea and the remote western Antarctic “Phantom Coast.” This ship is set to be launched in 2020, sailing the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Other itineraries that include Smith’s recommended South Georgia stopover are:

Explorers & Kings aboard World Explorer’s inaugural voyage Dec. 16, 2018, which includes stops at South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. The per person double rate for this 20-day expedition is from $23,595.

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica is a classic option ranging from 19 to 23 days aboard one of three different expedition ships for the 2019-20 season. A notable new 23-day option on Feb 24, 2020, aboard the Hondius includes Elephant Island of Endurance (Shackleton) fame and the Polar Circle. The per person double rate on this 23-day route is from $18,500.

Antarctic Wildlife Adventure on the all-suite Sea Spirit comes with thousands of dollars in savings for those who book early on select 2019-20 season departures by October 31, 2018. The per person double rate varies by trip length but starts at $13,295 for 20 days.  

Antarctica Air Cruise in 2020 is rolling out a new 16-day special itinerary on March 1, 2020. Guests fly to Antarctica then sail back by way of Elephant Island and South Georgia aboard the new Magellan Explorer. The per person double rate on this 16-day departure is from $15,395.

A number of ships are offering special deals and promotions for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Some extend specials into the 2019-2020 season, with notable early-booking discounts. 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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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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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/.

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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/.

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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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