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 https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/carbon-free-cruising 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: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/conservation 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 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
 
NORTHERN EUROPE
 
Northern Europe is an unrivaled place filled with dramatic landscapes, timeless towns and intriguing historical places and cultural interactions. Visitors venturing out on a Northern Europe cruise are rewarded with intimate nature-based experiences and intriguing cultural interactions that are not experienced on the well-trodden paths by the average traveler.  view northern europe adventures
 

MEDITERRANEAN 

The rich history and culture of the Mediterranean Sea is perfect for small ship cruising. Our itineraries take you from Greece's Santorini to Montenegro's Bar, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and Turkey's Istanbul aboard exclusive yachts and sailing vessels small enough for secluded bays and intimate harbors. See the most popular tourist destination in the world as few do.  view mediterranean 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
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 pacific island 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 southeast asia adventures

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Todd Smith Garners 6th Accolade from Condé Nast Traveler for Expertise on Small Ship Adventure Cruises

TRUCKEE, CA, April 4, 2019 – The man who helped pioneer what has evolved to become the fastest-growing segment of the cruise industry – using small ships for active, expedition cruising – was named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for 2019.

This year marks the sixth time that Todd Smith has been singled out for this recognition. This annual list spotlights 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.

Todd Smith, Founder and President of AdventureSmith Explorations (www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) has promoted the concept of using small ships for active vacations for more than 20 years. His vision allows travelers to explore remote wilderness shorelines harboring abundant wildlife that are often inaccessible to ships with deep drafts. He and his team are constantly researching potential new cruise destinations as well as expanding and enhancing an inventory of small ships designed for between six and 200 passengers.

After extensive worldwide travel and vetting expedition vessels over the past year, AdventureSmith has added new ships and trips in the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, the Arctic, Antarctica, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Baja California, Indonesia, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.

“The only way to ensure you’re pairing a traveler with the perfect experience that fits their travel style, interests, activity level and budget is to truly know that experience yourself, inside and out,” Smith says. He and his staff have personally sailed on or inspected nearly every ship the company has as part of its offerings. “Each company we've chosen to work with offers an alternative to traditional cruising by taking guests up-close to wildlife and wilderness, to secluded coves and small ports that larger ships cannot access.”

Smith has a hand in every aspect of AdventureSmith’s operations. Along with his role in positioning AdventureSmith as the leading resource for finding and booking small ship cruises and wilderness adventures, he is involved in sales, marketing, product development and customer service. He also spends up to 12 weeks annually traveling to diverse destinations, going on new trips and inspecting new ships as well as wilderness lodges and hotels (for cruise trip extensions) to ensure they align with AdventureSmith’s activity-based itineraries and values: conservation, sustainability and small-footprint travel.

AdventureSmith Explorations also participates in the concerns of a number of non-profit organizations that include the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, Alaska Geographic and Rainforest Alliance. The company also introduced the industry’s first Carbon-Free Cruising program to offset carbon created as a result of each cruise passenger.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free orvisit the company website.

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 first 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 Goes Deep into Australia with Remote Coastal Access by Small Ship

TRUCKEE, CA, March 26, 2019 – The leader in small ship, adventure cruises prefers going deep into a region as vast as Australia by exploring it in depth -- instead of trying to cover too much ground in a limited number of days.

This touring strategy is evident in a new portfolio of cruise offerings in Australia. AdventureSmith Explorations focuses on the most sought-after destinations along Australia’s largely uninhabited, 16,000-mile coastline where small ships with shallow drafts have exclusive access. These regions include, for example, remote areas of the Kimberley outback, the Great Barrier Reef and the beaches of Tasmania.

“Don’t shortchange this great destination by trying to do too much,” advises Todd Smith, visionary founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations (www.adventuresmithexplorations.com). “We pair our cruises with knowledgeable guides, local insight and comfortable small ships that utilize the vast coastline for unique access where we can go deeper into the backcountry.”

Following are cruise itineraries that heed Smith’s philosophy…

The Kimberley- Cruising to the Australian Outback over 11 days opens up a world that is to Australians as Alaska is to Americans. Australians consider Kimberley in Australia’s northern territory their last frontier. This is the least densely populated part of Australia, which in turn is one of the least densely populated places in the world.

Here guests witness a coastal topography showered by tides that rise and fall sometimes 33 feet, view aboriginal cave art of indigenous populations and enjoy world-class birding on an island that harbors 18,000 breeding pairs of brown boobies as well as Roseate terns and is a significant breeding area for green sea turtles.

Activities may include hiking, scenic helicopter flights (added cost), kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, wildlife observation, cultural and village visits and participating in conservation efforts. Cruises depart either Darwin or Broome from March through October on any of three small adventure ships for 46 to 120 passengers. The per person double rate is from $6,240.

Pristine Tasmania is an eight-day cruise on the 72-guest Coral Discoverer  that has set a benchmark for luxury small ship cruising around Australia and in the South Pacific. This is an authentic expedition voyage with a flexible itinerary that enables the captain to respond to weather forecasts to ensure access to the best parts of Tasmania in the best possible conditions. For example, if conditions allow, guests spend two days exploring the untouched Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Normally only accessible by a seven-day hike or by light aircraft, this region is among the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on Earth. In the spirit of adventure, guests are advised the day prior where their next adventure lies -- perhaps an oyster farm, an undiscovered track or even a seal colony basking in the warmth of the sun.

In Tasmania, national parks are the star, some featuring gorges with nearly 1,000-foot-high-cliffs. Seals, dolphins and albatross make exciting guest appearances throughout the cruise. Guests hike with an expert expedition team and a guest Parks and Wildlife Ranger, kayak and cruise in an inflatable skiff, on a glass-bottom boat and on the ship's special Xplorer tender. Departures roundtrip from Hobart (accessed from gateway cities in Australia) in January, February and March. The per person double rate is from $3,930.

Just added to AdventureSmith’s trip offerings is a 15-day circumnavigation of the entire island of Tasmania (alternative itinerary within Pristine Tasmania), with added stops along northern and western shores and on nearby islands.

Great Barrier Reef Cruises are four-, five- and eight-day year-round cruises on two small adventure ships for 42 or 46 guests. These cruises reveal an underwater world hidden just beneath the water’s surface that transmits magic to the eyes as a symphony does to the ears. The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, parallels much of Australia’s eastern coast.

Guests on AdventureSmith Explorations’ cruises see past the world of day-boat visitors. These cruises travel farther, allowing for more time to explore healthy, thriving and complex reef structures without competing for space with all the other snorkel and dive boats. The longer eight-day tour beginning in Cairns visits Cooktown where the famous explorer, Captain James Cook in 1770 claimed Australia as a British colony. Guests are introduced to indigenous culture at a cultural park and in botanic gardens and may glimpse the antics of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies.

Slowly moving down Australia’s eastern coast, the reefs become the centers of attention. The Great Barrier Reef is actually a series of thousands of individual coral cays. Guests board glass-bottomed boats at the first stop. A marine biologist introduces sea turtles, giant clams, rays, over 200 species of native birds and at some cays over 1,500 species of fish that inhabit this World Heritage-listed site. Marine life in one region thrives in a mangrove eco-system: crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs all feeding on plentiful sea grasses. On Dunk Island a rainforest walk reveals the blue-winged Ulysses butterfly, yellow-bellied sunbird, emerald dove and orange-footed scrub fowl; on the same day view as many as 400 different species of coral at Nathan Reef.

Activities include guided scuba diving (extra cost), sunning on the beach, swimming, snorkeling and hiking. The gateway city is Cairns. The per person double rate for eight days is from $2,655.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free orvisit the company website.

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 first 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 Announces $1,200 Savings on a Selection of 2019 Alaska Small Ship Cruises

TRUCKEE, CA, March 5, 2019 – The small ship cruise expert, AdventureSmith Explorations, announces last-minute savings of up to $1,200 (per couple or $600 per person) on select departures of 2019 cruise vacations in Alaska.

“An expanded inventory of small ships, more itineraries and a longer season all benefit our clients who are interested in Alaska this year,” says Todd Smith, founder/president. “‘It’s very rare to see special offers this great so late in the Alaska booking season.”

To take advantage of specials that apply to specific departures and cabin categories, reservations must be made by April 19, 2019.

Savings up to $1,200 per couple come with select 2019 departures of the following itineraries:

Alaska’s Glacier Country is an eight-day cruise navigating some of Alaska’s most impressive glaciers and wildlife viewing. Savings come with departures aboard the 90-guest S.S. Legacy April 26; May 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2 and 9; and aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavor Sept. 1 and 8; and a special fitness and yoga-themed departure aboard the S.S. Legacy May 3.

Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales is an eight-day cruise from aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavour. Savings are applied to May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18 departures. Suites on this ship include balconies; activities options include stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

 Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers is a diverse eight-day cruise exploring the many inlets and wildlife of Alaska aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavor with savings on June 2, 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25 departures.

Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise spends 15 days along the iconic passage between Seattle and Juneau, visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavor, with applicable savings on May 12 and Sept. 15; and aboard the 90-guest S.S. Legacy on Aug. 16.

The following eight-day itineraries are aboard one of three Wilderness small ships that carry from 60 to 76 guests depending on the vessel. A $600 per-couple savings comes with specific 2019 departures of:

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay that explores backcountry wilderness between Sitka and Juneau on the Wilderness Discoverer with savings applicable on May 4 and 18 and on Wilderness Explorer Apr. 27 and July 20.

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers that discovers glaciers, fjord cliffs, deep valleys and whales, the Tlingit culture and Tongass National Forest, with savings on the Wilderness Adventurer April 6, on Wilderness Discoverer June 29 and July 6, and Explorer July 6 and 13.

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise that brings guests to tidewater glaciers, whales, puffins and old-growth forest is aboard the Wilderness Adventurer with savings on April 27 and June 8 departures.

Because of the high demand for Alaska cruises, the company is already taking reservations for 2020 programs.To help clients select small ships and/or itineraries that best fits their interests, Smith’s team have prepared 6 Insider Tips to Travel Alaska in the Best Way.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit the company website.

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 first 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 Invites Guests to Cruise by Footsteps of 21st Century Antarctica Explorer

TRUCKEE, CA, Feb. 26, 2019 – Colin O’Brady, a 21st century American explorer and endurance athlete, elevated himself and the White Continent to celebrity status in December 2018 by completing the first solo unassisted trek across Antarctica.

As a result of O’Brady’s expedition, demand is up to visit this most southerly point on the planet. Thesmall ship cruise expert, AdventureSmith Explorations, has assembled for the 2019-2020 season cruise-driven itineraries from eight to 35 days that expand opportunities for guests to cross-country ski, camp on frozen terrain and to become mountaineers themselves – in the spirit of O’Brady.

Todd Smith, AdventureSmith’s founder and president, reassures guests that they won’t be pushed to their limits as O’Brady was. On O'Brady's first solo unassisted trek across Antarctica he skied across 932 snow and ice-covered miles in 54 days (sleeping in a tent). He paid a price, eating basically only freeze-dried meals and specialized nutrition bars and still losing a large percent of his body weight while pulling a 375-pound sled.

“Our guests already have a sense of adventure if they’ve decided to cruise to Antarctica. However, they don’t have to be endurance athletes to participate in one of our epic adventures,” Smith said. These include, among others,

  • The 12-day Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise aboard either the 116-guest Plancius or the 116-guest Ortelius. Rates are from $9,650 per person double. The itinerary is packed with daily activities conducted by expert guides. Activities included in the rate for this active adventure are mountain climbing, hiking, camping at shore base camps, kayaking and shoreline explorations by skiff.
  • Antarctic Peninsulais a 10-day program aboard one of three research vessels: the 116-guest Plancius, the 116-guest Ortelius or the brand new174-guest Hondius. Guests can save up to $1,400 on rates that start at $7,050 per person double, and they can arrange for complimentary camping and kayaking by booking the Nov. 20, 2019 departure.
  • Antarctic Exploreris an 11-day itinerary with rates from $9,995 per person for a double cabin aboard a choice of four ships: the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond, the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour and the new 176-passenger World Explorer. Guests can save 25 percent on rates by booking a cruise by April 30, 2019. Eachdeparture includes up-close explorations on guided hikes, shore walks and small-craft excursions. Optional activities include kayaking, a one-time paddling excursion, camping, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and stand-up paddle boarding.
  • A 35-day National Geographic Epic Antarctica voyage carries guests from South America along Antarctica to New Zealand or reverse. This trip follows earlier explorers: Scott, Ross, Amundsen and Shackleton. The per person double rate is from $48,800 aboard the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. Unique to this polar experience is the opportunity to explore the strictly regulated and highly protected sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, considered by ornithologists as “bird central.” Skiff and kayak shoreline explorations reveal colonies of Adelie and emperor penguins, seals and whales. Macquarie Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Guests witness the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest. The captain and expedition leader are on the lookout for places where guests can enjoy ice walks, cross country skiing and snowshoe hikes.
  • National Geographic Antarctica/South Georgia/Falklandsis a 24-day adventure with rates from $25,220 per person double. Complimentary roundtrip air from Miami is included if bookings are made by July 31, 2019. Three ships conduct this itinerary: the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer that offers 81 outside cabins; National Geographic Orion for 102 guests; and the new 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. The wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia segue into onboard comforts and conversations with cruise companions while crossing the Drake Passage and on to the boundless wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula where guests can walk wild beaches inhabited by thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins.
  • On an Air Cruise the itinerary skips the Drake Passage, thus saving up to four days at sea. Two itineraries, Antarctica Air Cruise (eight days from $12,995 per person double) andPolar Circle Air Cruise (10 days from $17,995per person double) offer flexible air and sea programs aboard the 72-guest Ocean Nova, 71-guest Hebridean Sky XXI and 69-guest Magellan Explorer.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free orvisit the company website.

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 first 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 Increases Number of Arctic Adventures on Purpose-Built Expedition Ships

Offers Tips and Opportunities to Observe the Big Arctic Eight Animals

TRUCKEE, CA, Jan. 29, 2019– Small cruise ships purpose-built to ply the planet’s polar regions also transport guests on floating Arctic wildlife safaris.

AdventureSmith Explorations, the small ship cruising experts, invite guests on an increasing number of Arctic cruise options that observe, among other things, a variety of indigenous wildlife. Some, if not all, of the Big Arctic Eight, marine- and land-based creatures are often spotted on these expedition cruises.

“Just to know that these creatures are out there is part of the excitement of venturing north,” says Todd Smith, AdventureSmith’s Founder and President. “These are creatures straight out of children’s fairytales. What’s also amazing is to learn how they’re so physically adapted to their frozen world.” 

He notes that demand is up to explore the Arctic among clients who have already cruised Antarctica, as well as travelers new to the polar regions. “The core of what AdventureSmith strives for is delivering the most incredible explorations of the natural world to our clients who are a special group of likeminded explorers. Alongside our observation of more cruise itineraries opening up in the Arctic, we’ve seen more purpose-built expedition ships being built with a focus to educate travelers on how to be ambassadors for the Arctic’s wild places and animals. The trips we offer are designed to be small (under 200 guests) and focused on sustainable exploration.”

The company has created a blog post with tips on spotting some of Earth’s most interesting animals.

AdventureSmith Explorations names the Big Arctic Eight:

  • Polar Bear, the largest living land carnivore, can measure up to eight feet long and weigh 1,500 pounds. Some 26,000 Polar bears areestimated to be roaming the Arctic and regions of Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Russia and Norway.
  • Walrus live in the Arctic areas of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. These creatures are often viewed lounging in large herds on shorelines or icebergs. Their powerful tusks that sometimes reach three feet are tools to lift their heavy bodies onto the ice.
  • Reindeer (caribou) live on the tundra and in boreal forests and are known to migrate up to 3,000 miles a year. Males grow antlers for sexual attraction and mating standoffs. Females grow antlers to defend their food from other females. Come spring, herds number in the thousands.
  • Arctic Foxes possess incredible hearing that allows them to locate prey under the snow. Their thick, long fur that sustains them at -58 degrees Fahrenheit is an example of camouflage – in winter white or blue-gray, in summer brown-gray.
  • Narwhals are some of Earth’s most unusual creatures. The narwhal tusk is actually a spiral tooth that can grow as long as 10 feet. This is a specialized sensory organ that spots changes in the environment, aiding in locating food and mates.
  • Puffins, the cute white-and-black birds with orange beaks, can fly up to 55 mph. In spring and summer, they return to a land colony that numbers in the thousands to mate (usually with the same partner each year).
  • Beluga Whales, stark white creatures with a unique neck, can turn their heads almost completely sideways to create a right angle. This allows for special maneuverability for swimming backwards and for harvesting food. Their sonar skills echolocate their prey while working together to force fish into favorable situations. Highly vocal, they make a variety of sounds for communication in their social pods which can number up to 100 individuals.
  • Musk Ox are one of the few hooved animals, along with reindeer, that survived the Ice Age. Their long, shaggy hair can grow to two feet long and an undercoat provides insulation that is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool. In winter herds numbering up to 24 forage for roots, moss and lichen, which they harvest with their hooves.

New state-of-the-art polar exploration vessels for fewer than 200 guests now can offer itineraries as compact as seven days.Debuting in the Arctic spring of 2019 is the 174-guest Hondius and in spring 2020the 176-guest World Explorer and the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. Theycruise in the north for the boreal summer and position south in the autumn for the Antarctic sailing season.

AdventureSmith Explorations offers several itineraries exploring the “classic” destinations of Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland. For 2019, cabin availability can still be found on:

The company also offers trips to lesser-known areas such as the Russian High Arctic: Franz Josef Land, which yield excellent opportunities to view polar bears, marine mammals and seabird rookeries.

For details on all AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, day-to-day itineraries, availability and reservations, phone: 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit their company website.

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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Small Ship Cruise Specialist Shares Insider’s Knowledge of Alaska with Prospective Travelers and Clients

TRUCKEE, CA, Jan. 10, 2019 – The small ship cruise expert, AdventureSmith Explorations, boasts a knowledge base second to none when it comes to discovering the real Alaska, both by land and by sea.

Todd Smith, Adventure Smith Explorations’ visionary founder and president, in his early life was a guide in Alaska. Seeing a void in what was being offered to cruise guests, he worked with operators to add more and better off-ship activities to best capture the real essence of the Alaskan experience. In doing so, he helped to pioneer “adventure cruising” in the region. Today he works closely with his team of specialists on how best to avoid over-touristed places and routes in order, as he says, “to experience Alaska right.”

“We can confidently say we have more small ship cruise options in Alaska than anybody else,” Smith adds. “These along with our land programs translate to countless outstanding opportunities to get off the beaten path and into remote coves and wilderness regions that large ships can’t access. It truly is the best way to see wild Alaska.”

In summer of 2017, cruise guests accounted for 57 percent of the state’s nearly 2 million visitors. Fewer than 10 percent sailed on the kinds of small ships that Smith’s company offers in Alaska and around the globe, proving that small ships are a way to get off the beaten path.

Because of an extensive inventory in Alaska, the company is reporting that plenty of options are still available for 2019 cruises, including on the new 100-guest National Geographic Venture sailing its first Alaska season in May 2019. Other itineraries still open for 2019 include:

  • Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness is an eight-day cruise through Southeast Alaska on National Geographic Venture or on sister ship National Geographic Quest.For families with two adults traveling with children under age 21, the rate is 50 percent for the first child and free for the second child. Complimentary round-trip airfare is offered between Seattle and Alaska on select departures.
  • Alaska’s Glacier Country is a new eight-day itinerary for 2019 with especially good space aboard the SS Legacy. On select departures look for a $600 per couple air credit; grandparents traveling with grandchildren can save $500.
  • Northern Passages & Glacier Bay over eight days explores backcountry wilderness between Juneau and Sitka on any of three Wilderness ships (between 60 to 76 guests, depending on the vessel).
  • Last Frontier Adventure is a new itinerary for 2019 aboard the 58-guest Admiralty Dream or 49-passenger Baranof Dream. The eight-day journey begins in Sitka and ends in Juneau.

To help clients select small ships and/or itineraries that best fit their interests, Smith’s team has prepared 6 Insider Tips to Travel Alaska in the Best Way as follows:

  1. Explore by Small Ship -- Alaska is a place you must experience by sea. Some of the state’s most iconic features (glaciers, whales, and fjords) are best accessed by ship; many towns are only accessible by ship. Visitors can short change their Alaska experience by choosing a ship and/or itinerary that in the end don’t suit their interests. For instance, big ships sometimes cruise some 700 nautical miles in one day; small ships take a week on such a stretch. Not to mention the disparate travel experiences: “Most travelers do not go to Alaska for midnight buffets and crowded port towns filled with tchotchkes; they go to be immersed in the environment,” underscores Smith.
  2. Know How Small You Want to Go -- Small ships (12 to 100 passengers) vary greatly in size and feel, ranging from owner-captained yachts to larger expedition vessels with onboard hot tubs and cabins with balconies. Fitting ships to clients is AdventureSmith’s mission, with every Adventure Specialist spending time exploring Alaska via small ship to learn the differences of each vessel before passing on those insights to passengers.  
  3. Think Outside the Boat -- It’s a given on a small ship that guests spend a lot of time off the boat exploring the wonders of land and sea: daily hikes, Zodiac rides, guided kayak tours, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling (with a thick wetsuit provided).
  4. Take a Moment to Enjoy the Solitude -- Something many travelers crave but can’t always pinpoint is their need for remoteness and solitude. “Alaska is the perfect destination for unplugging,” says Smith who, when an expedition leader in Alaska, would always guide his guests to sit in silence for a few minutes when out hiking on a trail. “At the end of the trip many remarked this time experiencing the vast Alaskan solitude was one of the most powerful experiences of the whole trip.”
  5. Relax, You Will See Wildlife -- Travelers bring wildlife bucket lists with them to Alaska. “Let go of your expectations and be prepared to be taken aback by what you see on both land and water,” suggests Smith. Anchoring in dark coves and staying at a wilderness lodge deep in the mountains offer up-close interaction with both the landscape and wildlife.
  6. Don’t Keep the Great Land to Yourself -- Alaska is a place to make lifetime memories that become even better when shared with friends and family. Travelers can greatly benefit from reduced rates generated by a group. Some ships offer savings for a certain number of travelers booking together. “Groups can save significantly by chartering the ship to design your own experience. Learn more about Alaska for Kids and Alaska Charters to bring the whole gang!” Smith says.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019 and 2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free orvisit the company website.

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 first 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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Condé Nast Traveler Reconfirms Todd Smith’s Standing As Top Specialist for Small Ship Cruising

TRUCKEE, CA, Dec. 11, 2018 – Condé Nast Traveler once again in 2018 includes Todd Smith, Founder and President of small ship cruise experts AdventureSmith Explorations, in its annual list of Top Travel Specialists. The magazine has singled out Smith for this highest professional recognition since 2012.

Authorities like Smith, representing diverse travel arenas, are chosen based on their combination of specialized knowledge, first-hand travel experience, local connections, customer service and the value they bring to vacation planning. 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.

Smith credits his staff’s contribution as well for this tribute. “We spend a lot of time training and sending staff on trips and sharing knowledge with one another to ensure we’re true experts in the field. We work only with quality-focused operators and sell programs that we’ve experienced first-hand. Many of our cruise partners have been with us since inception in 2003.”

AdventureSmith Explorations’ travelers all benefit from this well-traveled staff that in 2018 alone conducted research in The Amazon, Australia, Alaska, Baja, Galapagos, Panama, Patagonia, the Polar Circle, Antarctica and Indonesia. Smith and his family spent a month this year on an Australia adventure that included a Great Barrier Reef Cruise. Family travel is an AdventureSmith Explorations’ hallmark, with Smith setting off with his wife and children whenever school breaks allow to gain experiences that are passed on to clients.

“The AdventureSmith team itself is like family in that we treat each other with respect, learn from each other and take care of each other. So many companies are laser-focused only at the client level; we strive to ingrain the same type of relationship and respect we treat our clients with internally as well,” Smith underscores. Like a growing family, the team has doubled in the past five years.

“As our small ship cruising niche continues to grow and become mainstream, we want to continue to grow with it,” Smith says. He predicts that this will include some relationships with larger operators (but staying within the small ship category) to maintain the company’s position in the marketplace. “But it’s still the smaller operators and trips that distinguish us as the leader in boutique small ship travel.”

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free orvisit the company website.

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 first 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 Outlines Benefits of Visiting Hawaiian Islands In Privacy on 36-Guest Yacht

TRUCKEE, CA, Nov. 28, 2018– The experts in small-ship expedition cruising have a few tips up their sleeves when it comes to experiencing the diverse cultures, landscapes and ecosystems that are the Hawaiian Islands.

Instead of flying from island to island, AdventureSmith Explorations suggests a multi-day cruise that allows visitors to:

  • Explore four islands by accessing secluded anchorages via the water instead of flying into one airport after another, a process that devours precious vacation time waiting in lines at airport counters, gates and baggage claim
  • Escape the ever-present throngs of land-based visitors          
  • Unpack just once for the entire week
  • Visit coveted, remote beaches with far-fewer sun-worshipers present
  • View coastlines inaccessible by land
  • Witness epic sunsets from the water every night (maybe even the “green flash”?)
  • Enjoy the leisurely pace that a yacht allows, keeping with Hawaii’s true laid-back nature

The cruise that AdventureSmith Explorations highly recommends is the 8-day Hawaiian Seascapes itinerary aboard the 36-guest motor yacht, Safari Explorer. And to reward travelers for new reservations made by Jan. 31, 2019, on departures from now through April 2019, guests will enjoy $100 off the beginning rate of $3,995 per person double. Through April 2019 this includes complimentary premium beer and spirits (and the privilege of enjoying an on-board wine library and piano bar), plus a massage. Right on the yacht is all of the gear needed to enjoy watersports and guided activities: hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, yoga and snorkeling (including a night snorkel excursion to look for giant Pacific manta rays). Guests areserved by an attentive 15-member crew.

Included in the island-hopping itinerary are Moloka’iand Lana’i, islands that most visitors to the region never see. The adventure begins over a champagne toast in Moloka’i where there are no stop lights nor high rises but just the new-found harmony of hiking to a towering waterfall in Halawa’s cathedral valley, one of the island’s most historic places, and celebrating a life far removed from the maddening crowd over a pa’ina (feast), complete with a home-style Hawaiian jam session.

Ship-goers will be on the lookout for humpback whales off Maui enroute to the next stop at the “private island” of Lana’i where 1,000-foot sea cliffs plunge into the Pacific that once surrounded an ancient princess and her sugarcane fields. Here guests snorkel among coral gardens near a sea turtle habitat. The Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary adjacent to Lana’i, Moloka’i and Mauiprovides front-row seats through marine breeding grounds while searching for dolphins, whales and other marine life.

Then it’s on to the Big Island of Hawaii where a morning on coconut palm-fringed Honomalino Bay offers snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking surrounded by colorful corals, sponges and tropical fish. Guests explore tunnels known as lava tubes, and on the water go by kayak and skiff to pay calls on marine animals and to sail into Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook fell to the hands of the natives in 1779. Later guests stroll through the historic town of Kailua-Kona.

For details on all AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, day-to-day itineraries, availability and reservations, phone: 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit the company website.

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 Offers 20% Savings and Air Credit On Select Antarctic Cruises Booked by Dec. 31

TRUCKEE, CA, Nov. 14, 2018– Cruising Antarctica just became more affordable. AdventureSmith Explorations, the small ship expedition cruise specialist, offers $750 per person air credit plus 20 percent off select itineraries booked by Dec. 31, 2018.

Antarctic Latitudes: Crossing the Antarctic Circle over 15 days from Feb. 26 to March 12, 2019, will aim to sail farther south than most voyages in this region. The ship is the 114-guest, all-suite Hebridean Sky. This elegant vessel feels like a private yacht, with roomy cabins, some with sliding glass doors and private balconies. A staff of 75 attend to passengers who enjoy complimentary cocktail parties every evening before dinner. This round-trip voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina, explores from the Beagle Channel to the Drake Passage, with guests and crew always on the lookout for icebergs, seabirds and whales along the way to the South Shetland Islands, and for penguin rookeries, seal wallows and whale feeding areas along with sites of historic and scientific interest. An onboard Citizen Science program assists research projects in five major disciplines: Oceanography, Glaciology, Ornithology, Marine Biology and Meteorology. The data collected contributes to a better understanding of climate change and how it’s affecting the world’s fifth largest continent, Antarctica. The per person double rate with 20 percent savings is from $11,836 plus a $750 air credit.

Antarctic Latitudes: Whale Science Voyage is a 14-day voyage from March 2 to March 15, 2019. The ship is the 112-guest Island Sky, also a luxury vessel with spacious, well-appointed suites. Joining this cruise roundtrip from Ushuaia will be Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists Daniel Zitterbart, Kylie Owen, Alessandro Bocconcelli and Joseph Warren who are researching the feeding habits of Baleen whales. (For nearly a century this institution has focused on the science and exploration of the world’s oceans.) Also on board will be a British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) film crew who will be gathering footage for their Big Blue Live series. Last year Big Blue Live won the coveted BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for best live event. Guests may also participate in an onboard Citizen Science program. The per person double rate with 20 percent savings is from $9996 plus a $750 air credit.

Both itineraries will focus on whales that will be frequenting known feeding grounds. The whales are stocking up in this season on plankton blooms in preparation for the migration north. Guests may also sight the Aurora Australis as they revel in the blanket of stars that forms the southern constellations.

For more seasonal tips on planning your trip to Antarctica, consult AdventureSmith Explorations’ Antarctica by Month: The Best Time to Go.

For details on all AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, day-to-day itineraries, availability and reservations, phone: 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit their company website.

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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Goodbye Winter and Hello Baja With New Land and Sea Itineraries From AdventureSmith Explorations

TRUCKEE, CA, Oct. 31, 2018 – AdventureSmith Explorations will help banish snow and ice with three new close-to-home itineraries, two by land and one by sea. All deliver guests this winter into the sunshine of Baja where the wonders of a North American version of the Galapagos await.

One itinerary places people nose-to-nose with land and marine life teeming inone of the world’s most nutrient-rich marine environments-- the Sea of Cortez, home to 39 percent of the world’s total marine mammal species, a third of the world’s marine cetacean species and 891 fish species. This abundance of marine life also draws many species of birds. Another itinerary posits guests up close and personal with the color, culture, landscape and people on the Pacific Ocean side of Baja California Sur (south) where sunny days and white sand beaches traditionally draw culture mavens and their followers to an abundance of art, music and regional fare.

“On or off the water, our Baja itineraries are immersive and active. The new programs we’re presenting this winter address requests for quick getaways as well as week-long vacations, all in a region with the same kind of appeal as the Galapagos,” says Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations Founder and President. “We can usually accommodate last-minute requests for land-based and cruise itineraries in this affordable, easy-to-navigate region.”

Three days at Camp Cecil on the desert island of Isla Espiritu Santo comes with naturalist guides ready to indulge whims for birdwatching, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, snorkeling and swimming just off the coast of Baja California. A three-day rate is from $750 per person double, with departures any day, November through April. Included are roundtrip transfers from La Paz and Todos Santos to this electricity-free island; snorkel gear and wet suit; all adventures and related equipment; all meals and happy hours; walk-in luxury tent accommodations; panga (dinghy) support; bilingual naturalist guide/certified Wilderness First-Aid Responder; and National Park Conservation fee. The luxury camp (real linens on the beds and daily housekeeping service) is located within a National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site offering protected wildlife and landscapes rife for exploration. The waters harbor whale sharks, dolphins, sea lions, and over a dozen species of whales (including Blue whales). Guests search for blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate bird colonies. The island is one of the 900 islands in the Espiritu Santo Archipelago. 

Baja Intimate Insider is a seven-day itinerary that can be customized. The rate is from $3,500 per person double, with departures any day, year-round. Hand-curated local guides introduce guests to their favorite artists, rancheros and chefs. The rate includes boutique accommodations selected for character and size (intimate); meals; daily activities and excursions; local guides/experts and airport transfers to and from San Jose del Cabo airport. Adventures can include hikes, horseback rides, birdwatching, ranch tours and cooking classes. Opportunities for guests may include:

  • visit the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve, one of Baja's most beautiful but least-explored areas and home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life, boasting one of the highest rates of plant endemism of any place in the world;
  • surf with Mario, a veteran surf instructor, who guarantees that guests will stand up on their boards during the first hour of instruction - at least for a few moments;
  • stargaze with Sergio, the owner of Los Colibris Casitas, who will explore Aztec and Mayan mythology through the stars;
  • explore ranching in the mountains with Doña Ramona and learn how to make traditional tortillas; marvel at the artistry of potters who share the landscape riddled with dry arroyos;
  • dine on creative farm-to-table presentations and home-style Mexican cuisine;
  • imbibe the secrets of Iker Algorri, chef/author of Cooking Adventures in Baja California Sur;
  • walk the bluffs over the Pacific coastline where sea lions cavort;
  • check out some of the over 430 bird species spotted in this region while riding horses with Kaia, an avid birder and naturalist;
  • drink wine with local artist Jill Logan.

The brand-new 100-guest National Geographic Venture launches this winter with spacious accommodations and equipment to suit the most active of travelers over five days on Base Camp Baja, awellness-focused cruise in the Sea of Cortez. This cruise is active and relaxing with award-winning wellness programs. Guests pursue yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, stretching in the onboard fitness center, meditating and massages as well as body and natural facial, hand and foot treatments. This new ship is kicking off its first-ever sailing season in Baja before heading north to Alaska. The per person double rate is from $2,650. Departure dates in 2018 are Dec. 22-26, Dec. 26-30 and Dec. 30-Jan. 3, 2019; 2019 departures are Jan. 3-7, Jan. 7-11, Dec. 23-27, Dec. 29-Jan. 2, 2020; 2020 departure dates are Jan. 2-6 and Jan. 6-10.

A bonus for vacationing in this region is the possibility of swimming with whale sharks. Although whale sharks are found swimming all over the world, La Paz, Baja (a commonly used port for AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises), is one of the easiest and closest opportunities to swim alongside them for North Americans. These fish (the largest fish in the world) have made a winter home in the sandy shallows just outside the La Paz harbor where snorkelers can test their swimming speed (and nerve) by trying to keep up with these massive creatures. (Whale sharks swim like a shark but feed on plankton and other small sea life, offering no threat to swimmers.) Swimming with these majestic creatures is an experience not easily forgotten.

For details on all AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, day-to-day itineraries, availability and reservations, phone: 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit their company website.

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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