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

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AdventureSmith Explorations Helps Guide Return of Small Ship Adventure Cruising to Alaska’s Inside Passage

 

Two Newly Refurbished Ships and Never Before Offered Activities
All Set for the 2011 Season Where the Concept of Active Cruising Began
 
Tahoe City, CA, Sept. 1, 2010 – AdventureSmith Explorations, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships returns to the Alaskan wilderness in the summer of 2011 with two newly renovated ships and a variety of unprecedented off-ship activities.
 
The redesigned vessels now in place for next summer are the same pioneering small ships that AdventureSmith Explorations founder and president, Todd Smith, helped design and direct during their first deployment to Alaska in the 1990s. They were the first cruises of their kind to offer enough kayaks and gear to accommodate every passenger during off-vessel wilderness activities which evolved to become the primary focus of today’s adventure cruise.
 
“When these ships (the M/V Wilderness Adventurer and M/V Wilderness Discoverer) were pulled in 2005 there was a void in adventure cruising in this region,” said Smith. “It’s beyond exciting for me to be involved in their re-launch with InnerSea Discoveries and to help design and expand off-ship programs to include never-before offered activities.”
 
For the first time, guests will be able to pick and choose from traditional included activities such 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.
 
The new program has several advantages over the original adventure cruises. The ships which used to carry up to 88 passengers will operate with a maximum of only 49 passengers. This will provide more space on board and allow for more time to engage in off-vessel activities. The ships are now being completely refurbished with new amenities such as an on board sauna and hot tub with a view, exercise equipment, on-deck yoga classes, massage services (additional charge) and TVs with DVD players. Guests with flip and video cameras are encouraged to film daily activities, later to be shared via video monitors in the main salon or streamed into cabin TVs during social hour before dinner or afterwards.
 
Also included in the re-fit will be bow-mounted underwater cameras to pipe in images from below the waves into the main salon’s flat screen TVs and into cabins via designated channels.
 
Two 7-night/8-day itineraries planned for the 2011 season will actively explore the Eastern and Western Coves of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. The independent itineraries can be combined for a longer cruise. Singly or together they provide a comprehensive overview of this state’s primal wilderness that can only be accessed by small vessels. This means that discerning guests will be far removed from large cruise ship crowds.
 
Smith has been intimately involved in the relaunch, consulting with InnerSea Discoveries (owner of vessels) on the cruise itineraries and on-board and off-ship adventure programs that take the original concept of active cruising to the next level.
 
The upcoming programs start at $1,795 per person for a 7-night/8-day cruise. There are also three dedicated family departures on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 13. Families with children 12 and under save 25 percent on all departures and 30 percent on these dedicated family trips.
 
For a detailed itinerary, departure dates and ship descriptions please see:
Eastern Coves Tour:
Western Coves Tour:
Wilderness Adventurer:
Wilderness Discoverer:
 
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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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Small Ship Expedition Cruise to Spotlight Splendor of Baja Gray Whale Migration in March

 

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau and AdventureSmith Explorations
 Team Up To Host Aug. 2nd Event
To Raise Whaling Awareness and Showcase Fund Raising Cruise
On Behalf of Origami Whales Project
 
Santa Barbara, CA, July 20, 2010 -- An AdventureSmith Explorations cruise on Baja’s Sea of Cortez March 19-26, 2011, will showcase the splendor and drama of migrating gray whales that are still prized as bounty even though commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission. The sheer number of gray whales present makes Baja the site of one of the largest migrations of any mammal, many covering over 10,000 miles each year.
 
The trip, Baja: Among the Great Whales, is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Travel Bureau http://www.sbtravel.com/specials.html on behalf of the Origami Whales Project http://www.peggy-oki.com/cu_origami.html headquartered in Carpinteria, CA that since 2004 has worked to raise awareness of threats to dolphins and whales through its large-scale public art project, “Curtain of 34,000 Origami Whales.” This visual statement memorializes whales in the thousands slaughtered by Japan, Norway, and Iceland after the 1986 global ban.
 
The director of the Origami Whales Project, Peggy Oki, will be joining the cruise. A portion of the cruise proceeds will assist this project. As an incentive, guests booking by Aug. 15 receive a $250 per person early booking discount off of per person rates from $4,990, double occupancy.
 
The Santa Barbara Travel Bureau welcomes the public to a special evening co-hosted by Peggy Oki and Todd Smith, founder of AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/). Smith will give a trip briefing and Oki will help raise awareness of the threat facing whales worldwide. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Santa Barbara Travel Bureau office at 1028 State Street in Santa Barbara (Phone: 805. 966.3116).
 
“As a naturalist and guide in Baja for many years I know that seeing whales up close in their natural habitat can be a life changing experience,” said Smith. “The fundraising Baja Among the Great Whales cruise will offer travelers a wonderfully rare chance to have an intimate encounter with a Gray Whale.”
 
Smith noted the National Geographic Sea Bird has been chosen for their active small ship exploration of the Sea of Cortez, one of the richest marine feeding grounds in the world. The vessel accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. A fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks allows intimate encounters with the whales and other marine life.
 
Trip details can be found online at:
 
Details about the ship can be found at:
 
About Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau is the premier travel management company in the Santa Barbara area, specializing in corporate and leisure travel as well as meeting, group and event coordination. In business since 1947, the company is privately owned by Charles and David de L'Arbre. Its strength comes from a solid, experienced agent team and a dedication to long-term client partnerships. Its philosophy of flexibility, continuous improvement, agent education and dedication to customer service results in an industry-high client satisfaction rate.
 
About Peggy Oki
Peggy Oki is a California-based fine artist, painter, environmentalist, coordinator of the Origami Whales Project, and former member of the famous Zephyr skateboard team featured in "Dogtown & Z-Boys" (a 2001 documentary about the history of skateboarding). She is also Cove Captain, liaison for Save Japan Dolphins through screenings of the Academy Award winning feature documentary "The Cove". For more information on the Origami Whales Project email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go online at: http://www.peggy-oki.com/cu_origami.html
 
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, 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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Expedition Small Ship Cruising Company AdventureSmith Explorations Announces New Antarctica Program Aboard Renovated M/S Expedition

 

Offering Special Per-Person Introductory Rates from $2,795 for 11 Day Cruise
 
Tahoe City, CA, July 6, 2010 – AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships announces an unprecedented introductory rate starting at just $2,795 per person for an eleven-day itinerary on its new Antarctic cruises aboard the 124-passenger M/S Expedition.
 
Said AdventureSmith’s owner and founder Todd Smith, “We feel this is the best value in Antarctica at this time. She is one of the nicest ships, with a top notch crew and guides. Recently there have been great offers up to 50 percent off Antarctica but these have been on $20,000 cruises. We have never seen an introductory price in this region with as much value and as low as this.”
 
M/S Expedition was thoroughly overhauled only two years ago for her operation in Antarctica. She operates two comprehensive itineraries, one the 11-day “Antarctic Peninsula” http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/77 and a 20-day “Spirit of Shackleton” cruise that includes the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Islands and Falkland Islands http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/311. The season runs November 2010 through February 2011 with multiple monthly departures.
 
Smith said this polar expedition ship’s spacious decks provide excellent viewing and its newly renovated cabins are some of the largest in the industry, all with ocean-facing window or porthole and private en-suite facilities.
 
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, 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.” AdventureSmith Explorations was Lonely Planet’s Top Pick for Alaska Small Ship Cruises in 2009.
 
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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Expedition Small Ship Cruising Brings Nature and Culture to Holidays, Allows Families to Share Sun-splashed Adventures

 

Tahoe City, CA, June 28, 2010 – The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships suggests giving a holiday gift of a cruise that combine wildlife observation and culture with sunshine and traditional end-of-the-year celebrations.
 
“The only thing you’ll miss on one of our holiday cruises is shoveling snow,” said Todd Smith, founder and the “Smith” in AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) that is actively taking reservations for small ship cruises to South and Central American destinations, Mexico, New Zealand/Australia and Antarctica for the popular December/January holidays.
 
Smith added that on almost all cruises Holiday and New Year on-board celebrations are the norm.
 
“Staff on our family-flagged cruises, whether it’s the holidays or not, go out of their way to assure that children and parents are experiencing new worlds as they learn and play together,” said Smith, adding that he’s seen a 40 percent increase in the family market from 2006 to 2010.
 
A Sampling of Family-Focused 2010 Holiday Departures Include:
 
- Voyage Through The Sea of Cortez - Dec 19-26, Dec 26-Jan 2 http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/143
Bird Watching, Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Natural History Interpretation and Photography
 
- Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa Rica – Dec 18-25, Dec 25-Jan 1 & Jan 1-8
Transit the legendary Panama Canal, Explore national parks and wildlife reserves
 
- Panama Family Adventure (Land Based) – Dec 24-Jan 1
New for 2010 with special child pricing
 
- Antarctic Peninsula aboard the Expedition – Dec 22-Jan 1
New trip and new ship for 2010. Bird watching, natural history interpretation, photography, and wildlife viewing
 
Smith explained the primary differences in experiences between small ship (150 or fewer passengers) and those ships that carry between 250 to 5,000 passengers. The small ships focus on experience away from the vessel, as in glaciers, whales, birds and land mammals; the large ships focus on dining venues, port of call shopping and ship-board entertainment.
 
Small ship cruising is directed outward, with a focus on firsthand experience in the destination. We visit smaller ports that better represent a region’s authentic culture. A flexible schedule allows time to cruise close to shore in search of whales and wildlife. Some cruises explore off the ship by small craft, on guided shore hikes and sea kayaking,” said Smith.
 
“This up close and casual cruising emphasizes an appreciation of nature, history and culture in a relaxed atmosphere for those seeking a meaningful connection to the region and like-minded travelers.”  Service onboard, he added, is very personalized with higher staff to guest ratios than found on larger ships. Depending upon the destination and itinerary, a typical cruise staff may include marine naturalists, historians, authors, research scientists and other onboard experts. Most shore excursions are included in the small ship rate because the concept of the cruise is to interface directly with the destination.
 
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, 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 Announces 2-for-1 and Run-of-Boat Specials For Explorations of Galapagos

 

Tahoe City, CA, May 25, 2010 – The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships announces two better-bang-for-bucks offers in the Galapagos. The first is a two-for-the-price-of-one in a shared cabin; and the second is a run-of-boat special at a reduced rate when the client selects a departure date but agrees that the vessel assignment can be made on the basis of available cabins at time of boarding.
 
“People embarking on a search for a small ship adventure cruise that fits their pocketbooks, touring interests and on-board requirements may be best served by securing a cruise vacation through an unbiased resource such as a booking agent, rather than direct through a cruise company itself,” said Todd Smith, founder and the “Smith” in AdventureSmith Explorations that is running these two promotions (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/).
 
The two-for-one Galapagos Evolution Cruise applies for the Dec. 2-12, 2010 departure in specified cabins and the Dec. 9-19, 2010 departure for all cabins. This program that waives the second fare can save between $4,395 and $5,695. For details please see:
 
The two-for-one Galapagos Grace Cruise applies for the Aug. 19-29, 2010 departure in specified cabins, the Sept. 2-12 departure for all cabins, the Sept. 23-Oct 3 departure in specified cabins and the Dec. 2-12, 2010 departure for specified cabins. This program that waives the second fare can save between $5,195 and $5,945. For details please see:
 
The Galapagos Run of the Boat Special aboard the Grace or Evolution can save between $1,250 and $2,950 per person, depending on cabin category. For details please see:
 
To book, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call AdventureSmith Explorations at 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775.
 
About AdventureSmith 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, 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.. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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Booking Agents Often Most Knowledgeable About Small Ship Cruising, Offer Best Itinerary and Ship Selections, Can Save Client Money

 

Tahoe City, CA, May 11, 2010 – People embarking on a search for a small ship adventure cruise that fits their pocketbooks, touring interests and on-board requirements may be best served by securing a cruise vacation through an unbiased resource such as a booking agent, rather than direct through a cruise company itself.
 
Todd Smith, founder and the “Smith” in AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, shares seven reasons why the client might be better served reserving their vacation through a booking agent:
 
1)            Selection – Clients have a selection of pre-vetted adventure cruises to choose from, many of which may not be on the client’s radar because the companies are so small.
2)            Style – The hallmark of an adventure cruise is the ability to explore off the ship, in small groups, in the company of trained expedition leaders.  There exists a wide variety of specially outfitted small ships and yachts that can actively explore regions that would otherwise be inaccessible to most travelers, all without sacrificing comfort and safety -- or the environment. Choosing the style that’s right is key.
3)            Value – Clients usually do not pay more and may often pay less through a booking agent because of the agent’s buying power. The agent is also always on top of what’s out there in the marketplace as regards to special offers, early booking discounts and on-board credits that may not be available by booking direct.
4)            Knowledge – A booking agent that serves its clients professionally very often has more hands-on experience and knowledge of a ship and its itinerary than the ship’s own phone reservationists.
5)            Service – Instead of calling into a ship’s reservation center and possibly being shuffled to various voices, a good agent provides one contact throughout for unbiased information and service in selection, booking, preparation, travel and the post-cruise experience including transportation, extensions and accommodations.
6)            Relationships – Ongoing, mutually successful relationships begin with travel partners and employees and are then shared with the client to his or her benefit.
7)            Sustainable Travel – A booking agent can offer a portfolio of small ship adventure cruises that meet the sustainable travel expectations of its clients. This can mean favoring locally owned boats, accommodations, guides and operations; conservation projects and, most important, communicating between the values of the client and the meanings inherent in the destination.
 
Smith relayed experiences when he was an adventure guide. In two instances bookings were made through an individual cruise company, without taking the client’s complete needs into consideration. A honeymoon couple was booked onto a small ship that offered only bunk beds – and they were never informed of the cabin configuration. In a scenario of mixed physical abilities amongst a group of friends and family, he has seen some passengers push themselves beyond their physical abilities just to keep up with everyone else, or sit back twiddling their thumbs because they couldn’t or didn’t want to participate in a particular activity.
 
In other cases, he said, “You find travelers who arrive on board a small ship expecting an active program of hiking and kayaking every day, when in fact the ship does not offer any off-vessel activities.  Many small ship companies promote their products as adventure experiences when they are really just wilderness cruising.  Similarly you will find travelers arriving on board a small yacht unaware that they have to share a bathroom.  Obviously this can create frustration at the beginning of a trip which may fester throughout. We present all the options and ensure our clients know exactly what to expect when they book a trip and when they arrive at their destination.” 
 
About AdventureSmith 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, 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.. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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Guaranteed Departures, Guided Land Adventures Make Expedition Small Ship Cruising Popular Choice for Family Vacations

 

Tahoe City, CA, April 22, 2010 – Consider guaranteed departures of floating base camps that steer families into natural spectacles, unpacking once for daily guided paddling and land adventures with the pleasure of returning aboard for meals and sleep. These are a few of many reasons why families choose small, expedition ships that ply global sanctuaries for vacations that secure diverse experiences with minimal hassle.
 
Todd Smith, president and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations (ASE - http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) that manages an extensive portfolio of these vessels, offers tips for families – small, large and multigenerational – considering this increasingly popular family vacation concept.
 
  • Minimize flying time and jet lag. Choose destinations close to North America. The five top family destinations are Costa Rica (December-August), Galapagos (year-round), Alaska (May-September), Baja (November-April), and Hawaii (November-April).
 
  • Match climates and size of boat to ages of children. Think larger boats (48-148 passengers) in warm weather destinations (Baja, Costa Rica, Panama, Galapagos, Hawaii) affording beach and water play pleasures for younger children (ideal minimum age 6) and first time cruisers; shift focus to smaller expedition vessels (12 to 40 passengers) and larger ships going to hardier climes (Alaska, British Columbia, Arctic, Antarctica) for older offspring whose curiosities require more active programs and shore excursions. Consider exotic Asian destinations as families mature.
 
  • Seek “family exclusive” cruises with kid-friendly pricing. Dedicated family departures during summer and spring break feature specialized itineraries, on-board programs, activities and sometimes menus adapted to keep youngsters active and engaged. In general the rate for children under age 12 is one half of the adult rate, and for ages 12-18 between 20 and 30 percent of the adult rate. As most cabins are for maximum two people, ask for adjoining cabins.
 
  • Consider activities and “style” of cruise. Vessels can vary widely from luxury yachts with culinary school-trained chefs and hot tubs to small expedition ships with shared bathrooms.  Activity levels may range from challenging treks to easy nature walks with options for everyone in between. Private charters for as few as 12 people are also an option for large families, families traveling together and extended clan reunions. 
  •  Analyze the “togetherness” quotient. Some family-exclusive cruises provide separate meals and game time for children so parents can have a much-needed breather.
 
ASE offers this sampling of upcoming family trips and specials for the 2010 season:
 
 
About AdventureSmith 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, 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.. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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Celebrate Earth Month with AdventureSmith Explorations: 100 Trees Planted per Guest Booking

 

Tahoe City, CA, April 13, 2010 – The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure-trove of small, expedition ships pledges to plant 100 trees for every new traveler booked on an AdventureSmith Explorations journey during Earth Month April 15-May 15, 2010.
 
“Part of our mission is to give something back to the individuals, communities and environments encountered on each and every AdventureSmith Explorations journey. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day our goal is to plant more than 40,000 trees. Plus we will offer travelers a 5 percent discount on any 2010 adventure cruise or land adventure booked during this promotion,” said Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations
 
Following Earth Month, Smith pledges to continue to plant 10 trees for each traveler booked on any land-based program. The company will partner with Maryland-based nonprofit Trees for the Future http://plant-trees.org/ for this program.
 
This campaign augments the company’s ground-breaking Carbon Free Cruising initiative that since 2006 has offset 692.49 metric tons of CO2 or the equivalent of taking 121 passenger cars off the road or the electricity use of 77 homes for one year.  
 
“We are proud to have set the bar and championed the cruise industry efforts to reduce and offset emissions. It’s gratifying to see more ships, even the mega cruise ships, take this issue more seriously,” added Smith.
 
In addition to its carbon offsetting and tree planting efforts, through a network of local and global conservation partners, AdventureSmith Explorations provides a means for travelers to make personal conservation contributions while at the same time enhancing their own travel experience through education and outreach.
 
 
Named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” AdventureSmith Explorations partners with award-winning, small capacity, specialty-oriented ships in operation throughout the world.
 
About AdventureSmith 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, 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 the 2007 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.. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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Expedition Small Ship Cruising in Pacific Northwest Samples Vineyards, Wildlife and History

 

Tahoe City, CA, March 25, 2010 – The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships announces its Pacific Northwest 2010 spring and summer programs.
 
AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) partners with small capacity, specialty-oriented ships around the world with an emphasis on such domestic North American regions as Alaska, British Columbia and Oregon & Washington’s Columbia River.
 
Founded 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is a global leader in small ship, expeditionary cruise vacations, with interest options ranging from photography, cuisine and wine tasting to natural history and family programs.
 
Beginning in late April, a celebrity cast of photographers and guest speakers from the annals of wilderness, wildlife and travel photography and natural history will conduct onboard workshops and special field events. Hands-on photography instruction will include, image composition and digital image management and tips on how to be in the “right place at the right time”.
 
Specialty Small Ship Cruise Departures for 2010 Include:
 
Photography Cruises – Pacific Northwest
Departing April 27 and Sept. 5 - Alaska, British Columbia and San Juan Islands cruise with National Geographic photographers.
 
May 3 - Active Prince William Sound Discovery spring wildlife photo adventure.
 
June 6 and Aug. 18 - Alaska’s Inside Passage photo cruises.
 
June 15 - Alaska - Island Spirit Cruise photo tours.
 
June 29 - Glacier Bay Highlights photo cruise.
 
July 4 and 11 and Aug. 6, 12, 22 and 29 - Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness with National Geographic photographers.
 
Aug. 9 - Glaciers of Prince William Sound photo adventure.
 
Cuisine and Wine “Rivers of the West” Cruises – Washington & Oregon
Oct. 2 and 9 and Nov. 6 - Wilderness exploration by yacht, private wine tours and tastings, kayaking, history and culture plus j deep canyon jet boat excursions.
 
Northwest Passage History - West to East – Starts in Anchorage / Ends in Ottawa
A July 18 departure bound for the Northwest Passage is aboard Kapitan Khelbnikov on its final voyage. Naval historian and best-selling author Andrew Lambert conducted some of his research aboard this ice cutter and he will be back on board to talk about his book, The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin’s Tragic Quest for the Northwest Passage.  
 
Kids in Nature Cruise - Alaska's Inside Passage
June 25 and July 16 - Active Safari Yacht Cruise for families.
 
About AdventureSmith 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, 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..  Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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