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

Contact Information

Ph: 1-877-620-2875 / 530-583-1775

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Special Pricing on Small Yacht Expedition Cruises in Asia / Australia

Couples Get 25 Percent Off, Singles Enjoy No Single Supplement Charge 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Aug. 8,2011AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) announces what Todd Smith, founder and director, calls “unprecedented, very deep discounts” on a selection of September through December 2011 Expedition Cruises around Asia and Australia aboard the Orion and Orion II. 

On a double booking, couples receive 25 percent off per person or, if traveling solo, the single supplement is waived.  

“Savings are substantial on cruises that cost $3,150 and up,” Smith said, noting that although custom made for small ship expedition cruising, Orion, “more like a mega-yacht, is the epitome of 5-star elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and caliber of on board recreational facilities are nothing short of top shelf.”  The ship carries 50 couples in 50 suites who are attended by a crew of 75. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/accommprofile.php/d/australia/accid/328  

Discounted cruises aboard the Orion are:

Kimberley Expedition departing Sept. 3  http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/246;

Great Barrier Reef departing Sept. 21  http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/336;

Adventures of Lord Howe & Aotearoa departing Sept. 26 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/257;

Exploration of the Antipodes departing Oct. 24 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/317;

Tasmania Food & Wine departing Nov. 7 and 26 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/271

New Zealand& sub-Antarctic Wildlife Adventure departing Dec. 20 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/275  

A sister ship, Orion II, operated for a number of years in Antarctica as Celia II and was relaunched this year following an extensive technical refit. She accommodates 100 pampered guests in 50 suites with a staff of 68.  See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/accommprofile.php/d/australia/accid/352  

Discounted cruises aboard the Orion II are:

Gulf of Siam Explorer departing Oct. 10 and 22 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/294;

Vietnam Explorer departing Nov. 18, 27 and Dec. 6 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/293

Thailand, Temples & Mekong departing Dec. 15  http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/296; 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Asia, Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”  

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the north shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Two-for-One Galapagos Cruises Late Summer / Early Fall on 32-Passenger Galapagos Evolution

Tahoe City, CA, July 21, 2011– Leading small ship cruise company AdventureSmith Explorations, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of expedition ships, announces a two-for-one special (cruise rate only in shared cabin) for four late summer / early fall departures in the Galapagos on the classic motor yacht Galapagos Evolution. 

The Aug. 25-Sept. 4, Sept. 8-18, Sept. 15-25 and Sept. 22-Oct.1 packages which begin and end in colonial Quito, Ecuador, include an 8 day / 7 night Galapagos cruise, pre and post cruise Quito hotel accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands and a half day tour of the Quito's old town, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. 

Departures (guaranteed when 16 guests have signed up for the program) start at $5,895 for the first traveler with the companion paying only $1,100 for extras (in-country air tickets, transit control card and park entrance fees) exclusive of the cruise rate. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/58 

For this same trip, guests may add a complimentary 4 night / 5 day Amazon adventure extension plus free extras valued at $600 per person if they forego the two-for-one offer and pay full price for the cruise. Bookings must be made by July 30. 

“Special offers like this are increasingly rare in the Galapagos, especially during the popular months of August and September when temperatures are most pleasant for hiking and wildlife viewing,” said Todd Smith, company owner and founder. He noted that the Galapagos Evolution is a unique adventure ship that has all the modern amenities "in the spirit of bygone oceangoing luxury" yet retains the adventurous atmosphere of a smaller expedition vessel. 

This motor yacht is designed to give travelers the sensation of stepping back into the Roaring Twenties aboard a cruise ship dedicated to guest luxury and style. It has 14 cabins and two suites for 32 passengers. A crew of 18 plus two naturalist guides and a cruise director accompany each sailing. 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorationsis the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. 

The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” In June of 2011, Andrew Browning, a vacation sales consultant with AdventureSmith Explorations received TravelAge West’sWave Award in the category of Trendsetters - Upward Bound, RockStar Agent Under 40. 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces New Basecamp Option On Activities-Packed Shore Programs While Cruising Antarctica

TAHOE CITY, CA, July 13, 2011– The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), announces a new, one-of-a-kind sea/land program that engages active travelers in off-vessel activities including optional tenting while cruising Antarctica. 

The program, entitled Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise offers two departures in 2012 and one in 2013: Feb.27-Mar. 9, 2012, Nov. 22-Dec. 3, 2012, and Feb. 25-Mar. 9, 2013. Per person double rates are from $8,350 in 2012 and $8,790 in 2013. 

This first trip of its kind in Antarctica is modeled after successful basecamp adventure cruises in Alaska. The recently refurbished, 110-passenger motor vessel M/V Plancius will anchor for two or three days each at diverse locations to serve as a comfortable hub that allows more time than usual for such off-vessel activities as hiking, snowshoeing, glacier walking/light mountaineering, kayaking, zodiac excursions, overnight camping at tented  base camps, photography workshops and even scuba diving (extra fee). See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/170. 

“The all-inclusive cruise with land activities and optional shore camping,” explains Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations ’ founder, “responds to clients who have said they wanted more shore time on their Antarctic cruise.” 

“Simply put, this trip keeps sea days as short as possible in order to spend more time ashore,” he said. A strict “leave no trace” ethic will be the mantra for both basecamp and on-board programs. 

The M/V Plancius plies the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, a 500-mile-long mountain chain with peaks rising to over 9,000 feet, and numerous off-lying islands. 

“Visitors are easily overcome by sensory overload by the huge number of icebergs, glaciers, high mountains and the abundant and easily observable wildlife,” Smith said. 

The adventure begins in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. While crossing the Drake Passage varieties of albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, and petrels are observed. Following the first sightings of icebergs, a protected island becomes the first multi-activity base camp. In this alpine environment there opportunities to scout the region on foot, zodiac and kayak, weather conditions permitting, and visit a British research station and post office. The cruise then follows the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Islands to witness Adelie Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags and possibly Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. 

Hikers, mountaineers and photographers (there will be photography classes also included) will have the option to traverse other landscapes encompassing scientific stations with modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent and a crew at the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station. When cruising to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, zodiacs and kayaks are available. 

Camping, including tented and open air, is optional, as some guests may prefer to remain on board. For those braving the elements, provided gear and field equipment include tents or wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). Guests are outfitted with mattresses and polar sleeping bags.  

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-scaytid="11">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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New Galapagos National Park Regulations in Effect January 2012 - AdventureSmith Explorations Underscores Importance of Advance Planning with Experts

TAHOE CITY, CA, June 27 ,2011 – Come January 2012, Galapagos National Park regulations go into effect to decrease traffic to over-populated (by boat) sites in the Galapagos and to better distribute visitor largess around this fragile ecosystem. Itinerary changes will affect how, where and for what duration travelers experience specific islands by boat.  

Small ship expedition cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) represents 80 percent of the small ships that ply these waters, so staying on top of changes is a priority for Todd Smith, founder and president. His staff visit the islands frequently and know first-hand the boats and landing sites. This knowledge assists in matching clients to a cruise of their choice.  

“Changes are already in place for about half of the boats in the Galapagos. Feb 1, 2012 is when the last vessels will implement the new itineraries,” says Smith, adding that the company’s website is updating information and itineraries on an ongoing basis.  

He reports that the length of a cruise varies now from four to 15 days, whereas before cruises were from four to eight days.  

“To optimize potentials of experiencing the variety of bird, mammal and marine life here, travelers who can afford the time and money for 10 or 11 day programs will have a more in-depth experience. For cruises of shorter duration, our island experts will help travelers choose the itinerary that reaches as many of the top sites as their time permits,” says Smith, noting that not everyone can afford the time and budget for longer cruises. “Because of the new regulations travelers, need an expert to help them choose the right cruise.”  

While the changes will protect over-exposed sites, Smith notes that because many budgets won’t accommodate the longer, let’s-see-everything programs, some guests will forego experiences that were typical in the past.  

“But, to make sure there’s space on the style and price point of a ship that’s available when clients want to travel is going to be an issue of supply and demand,” says Smith,  who underscores trying to avoid last-minute reservations.  

“Visitation to Galapagos is limited, vessels are small and spaces fill up fast.  Many Galapagos cruises are often sold out 6-9 months in advance with holidays booked more than 12 months in advance,” he says. His company places clients on small yachts and sailboats for 8 to 32 passengers; mid-size ships of 40-60 passengers and larger ships with 80-100 passengers. 

Because this is such a popular destination for small ships and passengers alike, Smith maintains a team of Galapagos experts to provide advice on itineraries, interests, abilities (snorkeling and diving) and budgets.  

Matt Kareus, Executive Director, International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, of which AdvetnureSmith Explorations is an active member, said: “The measure should cut visitation at 15 heavily used sites, give equal access to all boats at sites, increase the use of underused sites, enhance the visitor experience, reduce accidents and reduce the total number of visitors by cutting out shorter itineraries. We see all of these as positive outcomes for tour operators, for visitors, and for the Park.”  

Kareus says his organization’s 40 members “tend to be ahead of the curve when it comes to issues of sustainability so I think, generally speaking, most of our members understand and appreciate the reasons behind the change.”  

About Adventure Smith Explorations   

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”  

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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AdventureSmith Explorations’ Andrew Browning Named “RockStar Agent Under 40” by TravelAge West at 6th Annual Wave Awards

TAHOE CITY, CA, June 9, 2011 – Andrew Browning, a vacation sales consultant with expedition small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), received TravelAge West’sWave Award for 2011 in the category of Trendsetters - Upward Bound, RockStar Agent Under 40 and the grand prize of a six night trip for two to London. The grand prize was donated by one of the award sponsors, Globus family of brands.  

“Although I think everyone on our team is a star, anyone who gets me to put on a suit for an awards ceremony gets extra kudos,” says AdventureSmith founder and director Todd Smith who was on hand for the June 2ndevent where Browning attended in black tie. The gala was held at the The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, CA. See: http://www.travelagewest.com/Wave-Awards/ 

Browning, with AdventureSmith Explorations since 2007, specializes in assisting clients with all aspects of a small ship cruise vacation. He is a certified expert on Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Alaska. 

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as a trendsetter by TravelAge West,” stated Browning. “I work hard every day to offer exceptional customer service and to grow our sales. Being recognized for my efforts has been both humbling and wonderful!” 

TravelAge West is theleading travel industry trade publication in the western United States. In making its selections, the publication’s team looked at product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research. 

About Adventure Smith Explorations  

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Cites Trend of Combining Land-Based Extensions With Small Ship Cruising In Such Places as Patagonia, Alaska and Australia

TAHOE CITY, CA, May 13, 2011 – Combining surf and turf vacations is a growing trend, says Todd Smith, small ship cruise expert and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of expedition ships. 

“The trend makes sense,” says Smith. “You’ve cruised through a region and seen it from that perspective but you also realize that you may never get there again, so you also plan to maximize the possibilities ashore for cultural and natural explorations while you have the chance. We’ve seen our sea and land bookings increase two-fold in the past three years.” 

To encourage the coupling of land and sea, AdventureSmith Explorations will offer a $100 discount to each client booking a cruise with an added land extension. This incentive, says Smith, does two things: it saves the client money and assures them smooth logistics and a precise pre-set itinerary from ship to lodge and beyond. 

“By making these arrangements guests turn over to our staff a multitude of logistical puzzle pieces. It’s to the traveler’s advantage to make arrangements with a company that can deftly package a cruise and a cultural / nature adventure vacation before or after. Assigning one tour operator to be responsible for the entire itinerary can save time, money and anxiety,” says Smith, adding that a company should be able to arrange details in traveling to/from an embarkation city, arrange hotels, transfers, flights and tours, plus make recommendations for packing, all at no extra cost to the traveler. 

Chile, Galapagos and Alaska illustrate how Smith’s company marries adventure cruises to land/lodge-based trip extensions. A newly introduced Patagonia Extension to four and five day cruises accommodates a lodge-based adventure to Torres Del Paine National Park http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/adventures.php/d/chile.  An extension on any of the company’s 25 different Galapagos cruises or their Peruvian Amazon cruise can easily combine an exploration of Peru’s lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu  http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/73. 

“At least 25 percent of our Galapagos travelers choose this combination.  We make the trips seamless by planning all flights, hotels and transfers between Ecuador and Peru.  For instance most travelers will conclude their Galapagos cruise and return to mainland Ecuador before proceeding to Peru.  But we can save our clients time and money by getting them directly from the Galapagos to Peru on the same day,” says Smith. 

In Alaska any of more than 15 unique adventure cruises that begin and end in different locations can combine with the company’s most popular Alaska land trip the Denali Backcountry Explorer featuring wilderness lodge accommodations 90 miles inside the park http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/75 

Other popular cruise destinations where clients seek land extensions are New Zealand and Australia, he notes. 

Although the dates of small ship adventure cruises are fixed, he said, “Any of our land extensions can be customized to suit the interests, physical abilities, calendar and budgets of our travelers. Seamless integration between a cruise and land package maximizes travel time and budget; plus the land package compliments the cruise package without being repetitive.“ 

Smith added that his company’s land packages “cost considerably less than packaged tours offered by many cruise operators. For instance our Machu Picchu Explorer costs $1,895 per person double while the same tour if booked with Lindblad Expeditions costs $3,990 per person double.” 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Significant Savings On Two Expedition Cruises in Summer 2011

$1000 Airline Voucher Comes with Alaska Cruise; 25 Percent Discount Offered on Polar Expedition  

Tahoe City, CA, April 5, 2011– Airline vouchers valued at up to $1000 per guest mean virtually free air travel to access one Alaska cruise this summer. A 25 percent discount on a polar expedition cruise program signifies savings of up to $1,925 per person (double occupancy).  

These two offers are available exclusively through AdventureSmith Explorations, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships.  

The air voucher applies to bookings on the 32-passenger vessel Island Spirit that has received among the highest percentage of positive traveler comments for any Alaska small ship cruise, said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations founder and owner. The cruise itinerary explores the rugged shorelines and remote coves and bays Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. 

Island Spirit is the only US Coast Guard-licensed small ship to power both guest and public areas by batteries at night which means there’s no noise from engines or generators while anchored in Alaskan bays. Its nine-day cruise stops at authentic Alaskan villages including Tenakee Springs, Baranof Springs and Petersburg. The per person, double occupancy rate is $4,495. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/56  

“This is Alaska’s best small ship value,” said Smith, adding that the cruise plies the summer feeding ground of humpback whales. Departures begin May 1 and end late August.  

Sailing farther north this summer, there are 25 percent savings on eight-day weekly (July only) departures of Realm of the Polar Bear Arctic cruises aboard the 124-passenger M/S Expedition, also represented by AdventureSmith Explorations. A per person (double) rate is from $3,999 for an adventure cruise above the Arctic Circle to the remote island of Spitsbergen (within the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago) and into icy landscapes frequented by the world's largest land carnivore - the polar bear. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for further details: 1-877-620-2875 or visit: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/322  

About Adventure Smith Explorations 

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.  

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.  

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”  

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Romantic Getaways Aboard the M/Y Grace Commemorating Grace Kelly’s 55th Wedding Anniversary

Four Special Eight Day Cruises for April 2011 Will Ply the Waters of the Galapagos in a Style Befitting Royalty 

Tahoe City, CA, March 28, 2011 – Active cruise specialist AdventureSmith Explorations, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/  the travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, announces a series of celebrity commemorative cruises in the Galapagos this April.  

Four themed expeditions aboard M/Y Grace honor the occasion of the April 19, 1955, wedding of Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly to Monaco’s Prince Rainier. They then honeymooned on this 146-foot luxury yacht that was gifted to them by Aristotle Onassis.  

Guests will be welcomed with champagne and Ecuadorian chocolates along with conservation lectures by scientists of the Darwin Foundation. Each guest will receive a photo book of the expedition covering the history of the vessel and details of the royal couple’s honeymoon. 

“The M/Y Grace is widely considered one of the most romantic ships to cruise in the Galapagos,” claims Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations. “We have always recommended this ship to couples on honeymoon or celebrating a special anniversary. These special departures will make the experience even more special.” 

M/Y Grace offers nine spacious staterooms of up to 200 square feet to accommodate 16 guests. All staterooms feature private bathrooms, individual climate controls, safe boxes, telephones and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/accommprofile.php/d/galapagos/accid/295 

The dates set aside for this special cruise are: April 2 - 9, April 9 - 16, April 16 - 23, and April 23 - 30, 2011. Per person, double rates begin at $6,795 for this luxury experience. AdventureSmith is currently offering $500 off per cabin on these special departures. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/199  

The Grace cruise packages begin and end in colonial Quito, Ecuador and include Quito hotel accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands and a half day tour of the Quito's old town, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.  

About the M/Y Grace

Although M/Y Grace looks as young and chic today as the princess who honeymooned aboard her in the 1950's, she is nonetheless what the French call "une femme d'un certain age" born in 1928, just before The Crash silenced the Roaring Twenties. She has surrendered none of her youth’s glamour to the scars and wrinkles of a gallant life, including a stint chasing submarines during World War II. Combat aged on her, but benefactors like Aristotle Onassis, John Issa, and Prince Rainier ensured she was kept in the style to which she was accustomed. Now, as the M/Y Grace, she plies the waters of the Galapagos Islands, once again the elegant hostess to carefree, adventurous, perfect parties. 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Expands Australian Cruise Itineraries Thanks to Fleet of Three Small Expedition Vessels

Tahoe City, CA, March 3, 2011– Cruise broker AdventureSmith Explorations, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, announces re-configured Australia cruise itineraries made possible by a fleet of three small ships carrying only 46 (Coral Princess), 50 (Coral Princess II) and 72 (Oceanic Discover) passengers. Their sizes mean that the ships can maneuver hard-to-reach points of interest such as the Great Barrier Reef that larger vessels can’t. 

For example, an 8-day Great Barrier Reef small ship cruise aboard Coral Princess is the “most popular and most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef cruise available in Australia,” combining the lore of discoverer Captain Cook with the intrigue of the reef itself. Guests rub elbows with marine biologists and snorkel and dive nearly at whim. Rates are from AUD$2,883 per person double, representing “one of the best values in cruise vacations to be found anywhere in the world,” according to AdventureSmith Explorations. Departures from Townsville and Cairns are weekly year-round. For details please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/324 

“Smaller boats mean more activity for guests,” said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations. “It is a lot easier to get 46 snorkeling-bound passengers onto the reef than it is to get 100 there. Plus Coral Princess has more experience as a dive/snorkel operator, having pioneered reef cruising in the region.” 

Small ship cruising in Australia is up according to Smith and 2011 is promising to be a banner year. 

“According to Tourism Australia, it continues to be one of the hottest destinations in the world with 2010 visitors increasing by 6% over 2009. One of the hottest trends seen, Australia small ship cruise business has increased an impressive 30% each year for the past two years. Tourism Australia anticipates an even larger increase in 2011,” said Smith. 

Smith said that the fleet makes available “Explorer,” an awning-draped aluminum excursion vessel used for landings and extensive exploration of King George Falls and secluded rivers. 

Another cruise adventure accesses the Kimberley, a region on the northwest side of Australia bordering the Indian Ocean. An 11-day cruise is from AUD$6,950 per person double. The cruise aboard Coral Princess II or Oceanic Discoverer begins from the frontier towns of either Darwin or Broome and makes extensive use of “Explorer” on forays along the Outback. For details please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/337 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com

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He Who Hesitates May Not Make Cut for Alaska Small Ship Cruise This Season; Increased Demand, Diminished Inventory Cited as Factors

Tahoe City, CA, Feb. 9, 2011 – Considering an Alaska cruise vacation this year? Then best be an early bird, advises small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of expedition ships. 

Todd Smith, founder and president, said a number of forces converging on this year’s Alaska cruise season mandate booking early. Travel is rebounding and with the State of Alaska doing more marketing, demand is up. Alaska sales are up over 30 percent from last year for Smith’s company alone that is poised to see its biggest-ever Alaska year. Plus Cruise West that once controlled 30 percent of the Alaska cruise inventory is no longer in business. 

“Because of more demand at a time of less inventory, we’re suggesting that people make their travel commitments earlier than usual in order to assure themselves space on a small expedition ship of their choice,” Smith said. 

He suggested that folks looking for a Cruise West alternative consider Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/60 aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion. The industry’s top on-board naturalists and expedition leaders have been slated for this program.  

Another option is the Alaska Island Spirit Cruise aboard the Island Spirit, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/56  offering exceptional value and a combination of nature, wilderness and authentic port stops. 

New to the scene are two redesigned vessels being introduced this season that are expected to fill up quickly because they offer a high level of land-based adventure activity, said Smith. These are InnerSea Discoveries’ Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/38 and Western Coves Adventure Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/54 aboard either the 156-foot, 49 passenger Wilderness Adventurer or the 169-foot, 49 passenger MV Wilderness Discoverer. 

For the first time in the history of Alaska cruising, guests aboard these two state-of-the-art ships will be able to pick and choose from such traditional activities as in-depth wilderness explorations by Zodiac, kayak or naturalist guided walks, to new, ground-breaking optional activities such as overnight wilderness kayaking, hiking and camping, expert fishing charters from the ship (local guides/boats rendezvous with the vessel to take clients fishing for the day) and flight-seeing. There will be some new activities included in the programming as well such as paddle boarding, caving and snorkeling. 

Smith said that as many of the bigger expedition vessels are beginning to fill up, more travelers are considering AdventureSmith Explorations’ selection of adventure yachts. 

“From luxury to floating base camps we have an active Alaskan yacht cruise for every ability and budget,” he said. For example, Smith points out:

Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/160;

Alaskan Safari Yacht Cruises http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/19;

Active Inside Passage http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/128, and Active Prince William Sound Discovery Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/127  

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

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. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.  

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