AdventureSmith Explorations

 
ASE_logo_blk_ver.gifBased in Lake Tahoe, California, AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, expeditionary cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith pioneered the concept of wilderness cruising - combining the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking and exploring ashore in remote wilderness areas. Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations carefully matches its guests with the top names in expedition cruising as well as smaller, boutique ships that don't make the radar of most travelers.
 
Dedicated to small footprint, sustainable travel AdventureSmith Explorations orchestrates connections with the world's most exotic natural environments and vibrant native cultures through small ship cruising. Voyages combine intimate cruising with rewarding and exciting activities such as sea kayaking, hiking, and rafting in places usually not found on more mainstream itineraries. The company specializes in extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Alaska, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Guatemala, the Arctic, Antarctica and New Zealand.
 
Commitment to Sustainable Travel
The nature of modern travel inherently emits harmful carbon emissions through the burning of fossil fuels. Planes, ships, cars and lodges are all sources of additional carbon in our atmosphere and contribute to global warming. AdventureSmith Explorations has calculated the amount of carbon emitted by their small ship cruise passengers each year. Through the company’s Carbon Free Cruising campaign they have completely neutralized those emissions and hope to educate travelers about how to fight global warming by reducing their own carbon footprint. See https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/carbon-free-cruising for more information.
 
In addition to its ground breaking Carbon Free Cruising initiative, the company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/conservation for more information.
 
Destinations
 
NORTH AMERICA
 
Bears and wolves, whales and sea otters reward intrepid travelers who explore off the beaten path in Alaska. Cruise it by small ship or yacht and explore the backcountry in style from luxury eco lodges. view alaska adventures
 
British Columbia small ship and yacht cruises travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Experience mist-shrouded fjords, coastal wilderness, and unique ports of call. view british columbia adventures
 
Explore the majestic Columbia and Snake rivers in the path of Lewis and Clark. Cruise aboard a small ship or yacht, visit Washington's wine country and enjoy the epicurean delights provided by the fertile lands of the Pacific Northwest. view columbia river adventures
 
Baja California and Mexico's Sea of Cortez reveal a land of contrasts. Beautifully harsh, cactus covered desert landscapes and islands give way to rich waters home to whales, dolphins and countless sea creatures. view baja adventures
 
Soaring volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, lush rain forests, vast coffee farms and golden sand beaches beckon the visitor to Hawaii. Explore the remote coves, bays and shoreline by kayak, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch. view hawaii adventures
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
 
Verdant rain and cloud forests, an astounding diversity of tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Explore from upscale wilderness lodges or aboard a Costa Rica cruise by small ship. view costa rica adventures
 
Panama has it all... mountains, jungles, beaches, bird life and an astounding biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cruise up close aboard small ships exploring both coasts and the Panama Canal. view panama adventures
 
Explore ancient Maya cities cloaked in pristine rain forest home to abundant tropical birds and wildlife. Enjoy activity and relaxing on beautiful Caribbean beaches and a world-class barrier reef. view belize adventures
 
Adventures that highlight the rich cultural traditions of today's living Maya as well as ancient cities and temples with an abundance of active volcanoes, pristine rain and cloud forests, wild rivers and sacred caves. view guatemala adventures
SOUTH AMERICA
 
Quite simply a Galapagos Island cruise is the vacation of a lifetime. Our small ships and yachts are the finest available staffed with expert local naturalist guides to interpret the unique environment and wildlife of the islands. view galapagos adventures
 
The highlight of travel to Peru is South America's premier ruins, Machu Picchu or an Amazon Cruise aboard a small ship. Enjoy guided explorations of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest. view peru adventures
 
NORTHERN EUROPE
 
Northern Europe is an unrivaled place filled with dramatic landscapes, timeless towns and intriguing historical places and cultural interactions. Visitors venturing out on a Northern Europe cruise are rewarded with intimate nature-based experiences and intriguing cultural interactions that are not experienced on the well-trodden paths by the average traveler.  view northern europe adventures
 

MEDITERRANEAN 

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

POLAR REGIONS
 
Explore Antarctica - one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth and a continent of superlatives. Expedition cruises utilize long days to experience the world's greatest concentration of wildlife. view antarctica adventures
 
One of the most remote and fascinating regions of the world, recently accessible only to the privileged few. Spectacular fjords, towering mountains and glaciers; walrus and polar bear; and historic sites of polar exploration. view arctic adventures
PACIFIC
 
With the unique experience of the harsh outback contrasted by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, this place is truly unforgettable. Small ship cruise in style and luxury aboard the Orion while preparing for amazing land expeditions ahead. view australia adventures
 
The adventure capital of the world boasting diversity from alpine mountains and glaciers to sub tropical forest and beaches. Swim with dolphins, soak in hot springs, kayak archipelagos, hike glaciers and trek famous alpine routes. view new zealand adventures
 
Cruise through pristine cobalt blue waters and explore the great variety of dramatic volcanic and coral islands and atolls and meet the locals whose rich cultural heritage is evident in the fascinating archaeological ruins dotting the countryside. view pacific island adventures
 
Japan is a nation with history, culture, and beauty unlike any other. Each of the places you'll explore present new insights into a realm that has fascinated travelers for millennia. view southeast asia adventures

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AdventureSmith Explorations’ Todd Smith Earns Highest Industry Accolade From Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Tahoe City Company Specializing in Small Ship Cruising Reports Unprecedented 20 Percent Growth, New Product Expansion and Staff Appointments

TAHOE CITY, CA, Jan. 5, 2017 – A company with a worldwide presence that is headquartered in Tahoe City earlier this month received one of the travel industry’s highest accolades.

The small ship cruise expert received word that the prestigious publication, Condé Nast Traveler, reconfirmed Todd Smith’s inclusion in its List of Top Travel Specialists. Smith is AdventureSmith Explorations’ visionary founder and president.

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

Todd Smith was first named to this list in 2012. His hand-picked staff in Tahoe City helps him secure the reputation that, “Todd Smith can get you just about anywhere, from Antarctica to the Amazon,” according to the editors at CondéNast Traveler. The magazine calls this list of experts “Experience Makerswhowill transform any vacation into a bona fide trip of a lifetime. For more details please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/adventuresmith-todd-smith-conde-nast-top-travel-specialist

Smith said that his company continues to maintain exceptional growth, citing an unprecedented sales increase of 20+ percent over 2015. Two new travel consultants were recently hired to keep up with the demand, and Justin Massoni earlier this year was appointed Director of Sales and Operations. The new sales staff are Arielle Figueroa and Leslie Camacho, adventure experts and world travelers in their own right.

In order to better serve both old and new clients, the company constantly refreshes and expands its itineraries and this year added new cruises and tours in Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, Galapagos, Chile, Tahiti, New Zealand and the Polar Regions.

AdventureSmith Explorations also recently concluded its 3rd Annual Travel Journal Cruise Giveaway competition, with two lucky travelers winning a trip to Antarctica.

“These giveaways reflect our high level of client satisfaction along with the strong relationship we have with our operators/partners. It is just another benefit we bring to our valued clients,” said Smith. For details on the contest please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/antarctica-cruise-giveaway-2016-winner

For information on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

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

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AdventureSmith Explorations Advises to Book Now For Stunning Tour and Cruise Discounts On Select Early 2017 Warm Weather Destinations

TAHOE CITY, CA, Dec. 13, 2016 – AdventureSmith Explorations offers the winter relief of journeys to sunny and warm destinations – with bargains for anyone who can act now.

Benefits of booking these warm-weather escapes before the deadline include credits of up to $700 off scheduled rates. Although most often known as the small ship cruise expert, AdventureSmith Explorations also shares land-based opportunities.

Here’s a list of specials with booking deadlines noted:

In Chile, a lodge-based adventure embraces the recently renovated Explora Atacama. This luxury lodge is in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, 8,202 feet above sea level in Chile’s Atacama Desert. From this 50-room, comfort-driven resort guests may combine thermal bath soaks with hiking, bicycling and horseback riding while engaging in their choices of over 40 explorations that are led by bilingual guides. Year-round, day-time highs are in the mid 70s. The first night is free for bookings made by March 30, 2017 for stays through April 30, 2017 (minimum three-night stay). A four-day stay starts at $2,184 per person double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/explora-atacama-desert-travel-hiking-biking-horseback-riding-chile

Latin America offers up other discounts as well.

The Panama Canal springs to life on an eight-day itinerary encompassing Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Guests who choose a Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruise departing on select 2017 dates and book by December 31, 2016, can select from; free round-trip airfare between Miami and Costa Rica/Panama City, plus a free overnight Panama City tour extension, which includes a private dinner at the Miraflores Locks, a city tour and a visit to the Frank Gehry-designed Bio Museum; or a $500 air credit if they cannot stay the extra day.

This classic route aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion transports guests through the Panama Canal to explore Costa Rica and Panama’s famed national parks and wildlife reserves. Highlights are snorkeling at Isla Coiba, exploring shorelines in kayaks and learning from National Geographic guides and experts. The rate is from $6,390 per person, double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/costa-rica-panama-canal-barro-colorado-cruise-national-geographic-guides

From Iquitos, Peru, guests aboard Amatista Amazon Cruise can experience 20 percent savings if they book this nine-day adventure by Jan. 31, 2017. Enroute is an exploration of one of the last accessible tropical rainforests in the world, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, during its high water season (typically December through May) when rivers are up to 23 feet higher. This means closer viewing of monkeys and birdlife in the jungle canopy as the ship can go deeper into isolated corners of the reserve. The regular rate is from $2,499 per person double. This riverboat accommodates 30 guests. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/amatista-amazon-cruise

In the Galapagos select January and February departures ofsister 16-guest catamarans come with savings of $500 if booked before Dec. 31, 2016. The luxury Petrel dates to 2015 and Cormorant to 2011; each serves as home base for a comprehensive Galapagos Islands cruise. Spectacular year-round, this famed archipelago is especially fun at the start of each year as water temperatures are on the rise making it the ideal time for snorkeling. The regular rate for this four-day program is from $3,090 (Cormorant), or $3245 (Petrel) per person double.

Petrel: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/petrel-galapagos-cruises

Cormorant: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/cormorant-galapagos-cruises

Paradise of Tahiti: Receive a $700 savings on the Tahitian Affair Cruise if booked by Jan. 31, 2017. With departures that begin in late April, this cusp-o-winter tropical escape sails through French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands, including visits to Bora Bora, Tahaa, Huahine, Motu Iriru and Raiatea.  A bonus is a scenic helicopter flight for embarkation on the luxurious 24-guest Island Passage. Kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding add to the fun. The regular rate for this eight-day cruise is from $4,270- per person double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/tahitian-affair-tahiti-small-ship-cruise-island-passage-bora-bora-french-polynesia

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

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

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Six New-for-2017 Cruise Itineraries Encompass AdventureSmith Explorations’ Creativity Regarding Routes, Destinations, Pricing and More

TAHOE CITY, CA, Nov. 16, 2016– Creativity is a hallmark of small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations as it applies to cruise routes, ports of call and destinations, choice of cruise vessel, off-ship activities and pricing. The company has just announced six new cruises that encompass these creative elements.

New for 2017 from AdventureSmith Explorations:

Iceland: An example of exceptional value and pricing, an eight-day cruise, Iceland: Journeys in the Land of Ice & Fire, offers rates from $2,650 per person double. Guests may customize this itinerary by purchasing optional off-ship tours to further expand their knowledge of the Vikings, folk lore, volcanoes and landscape. Highlights of this new route aboard the 34-guest Callisto motor yacht include a southern excursion to Heimaey Island, known as the Pompeii of the North due to its volcanically active history and famed for its puffin population, visiting the breathtaking Myvatn Lake region and hiking to waterfalls such as Godafoss and Dynjandi. This cruise that begins and ends in Rejkjavik sails mostly at night, thus providing more time in intimate ports of call for walking, birding and meeting with the locals.

Cuba: Cuba by Land & Sea: Cultural Heritage & Natural Wonders is an 11-day, newly revised itinerary showcasing a world most Americans have yet to visit. Instead of taking predictable tourist routes, guests make Hotel Nacional de Cuba home base over three days in Havana before boarding the 44-guest Panorama II in Cienfuegos on Cuba’s south coast. They are bound for Jardines de Reina National Park, a protected marine area of over 850 square miles. Snorkeling and optional scuba diving on Cayo Largo are part of the adventure. “Es complicado" is the mantra of the current Cuba travel climate, and this makes for a true adventure as guides may tweak the itinerary and hour-to-hour plans enroute. The trip from $9,500 per person double begins in December 2016 and continues through March 2017. This Cuba cruise, led by National Geographic naturalists, guides and guest hosts, offers an authentic people-to-people interaction with opportunities for meaningful exchanges with locals. Guests visit the Bay of Pigs that lies along the Zapata Peninsula and the Zapata Swamp National Park; Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site and meticulously preserved colonial city; and Jardines de la Reina, a place of transcendent importance to the marine ecology of Cuba and the world.

Mediterranean: The new Glories of Spain & Portugal Cruise explores the coastline between Malaga, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal. Over 8 days guests will experience a variety of historic ports, gateways to ancient cultural treasures. The vessel is the state-of-the-art sail cruiser Panorama II. The per person rate, double is from $2,290. While some travelers will enjoy basking in Mediterranean sunshine and exploring the port of the day such as Motril, Puerto Banús on the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar (Spain) and Portimao (Portugal), those first-timers to, for example, Seville, Ronda and Granada may purchase optional group excursions to these and other historic centers.  An unexpected bonus of this itinerary is exceptional birding along the Strait of Gibraltar.

Panama: A response to requests for more active cruise vacations is Pure Panama: Cultures, Coast & Canal that true to its name spends its entire 9-day route in the canals and along the shoreline of Panama. Guests explore everything from the tropical Pearl Islands of the Pacific and the famed Darién Jungle to the historic Panama Canal and the some 360 Caribbean islands of the Guna Yala region, home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas. The62-guest Safari Voyager accesses coves where guests may utilize an onboard complement of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling equipment. The per person rate is from $3,795. Guests travel by motorized dugout canoe to meet the local Emberá people and discover the indigenous culture of the Guna Indians, hike the magnificent Darién Jungle in search of wildlife, kayak along the Chagres River looking for toucans and monkeys, marvel at the history along the 48-mile-long Panama Canal, explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Fort San Lorenzo and kayak, stand-up paddleboard and snorkel among the breathtaking beauty of the sun-swept Las Perlas and Guna Yala Islands.

Alaska: The new year introduces a brand-new ship: the purpose-built 100-guest expedition ship National Geographic Quest, set to sail in Alaska's Inside Passage after launching from a Seattle shipyard in June 2017. Her Seattle-to-Sitka itinerary explores the coast of British Columbia and into Alaska’s Inside Passage over 15 days at a per person double rate from $9,390.The ship then spends the summer exploring the coves and fjords between Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau and Petersburg on the Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness route, an eight-day adventure also sailed by the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, with rates starting at $5,890 per person double

This opens up the 62-guest sister ship National Geographic Sea Bird to sail some new creative routes such as the six-day Wild Alaska Escape, which may well be the most active small ship cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage with mountain biking and river rafting adventure options in addition to various levels of hiking and kayaking. Cruises start at$4,290 per person, double. Up in Prince William Sound, AdventureSmith has partnered with a new family-run vessel to further expand reach in this popular destination. Accommodating just 12-guests, Dream Catcher explores round-trip from Whittier, just a short drive away from Anchorage, a popular gateway to Denali, Katmai and Kenai National Parks. The seven-day Prince William Sound Dream Catcher cruise is from $5,775 per person double.

Belize: New for 2018 is the 9-day Belize to Tikal Cruise: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya World on National Geographic Quest that repositions to the Belize Barrier Reef after summering in Alaska. This is Adventure Smith Exploration’s reintroduction of cruises in Belize. Guests can anticipate top-notch information and guiding from onboard experts from National Geographic. Part of the fun comes with opportunities to snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and dive in the Northern Hemisphere's largest reef system. Included is a visit to Guatemala's famed Tikal National Park. The per person double rate is from $5,490.

For information on all AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries,availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

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

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AdventureSmith Explorations Reveals What’s New In Alaska Small Ship Cruising for 2017

Company Announces Programs with New 100-Passenger National Geographic Quest Launching in June 2017 in Time for Alaska Cruise Season 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Oct. 18, 2016– Alaska continues to be one of the world’s hottest destinations for small ship cruising. Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations has seen the growth firsthand and now recommends that plans need to be secured by early December 2016 to get the best choice of ships, cabins and itineraries for summer 2017.

“Last year the most popular high-season trips were sold out earlier than we had ever experienced. By January more than half of the summer departures were fully booked or had very limited availability,” said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/).

This booking strategy should give early birds certain advantages while securing a cabin on a brand-new, 100-passenger expedition ship being introduced to Alaska next summer. This is Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Quest, set to launch June 26, 2017, on a Seattle-to-Sitka itinerary exploring the coast of British Columbia and into Alaska’s Inside Passage. The nature-intensive 15-day cruise starts at $9,390 per person double.

National Geographic Quest will then spend the summer exploring the coves and fjords between Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau and Petersburg on Lindblad’s classic Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness route, an eight-day adventure also sailed by the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, with rates starting at $5,890 per person double.

National Geographic Quest will be the most modern and spacious expedition vessel cruising Alaskan waters. The ship features roomy (135 to 185-square feet), outside-facing cabins, 22 with small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. Eight cabins can be configured into four adjoining cabins for families. Some cabins can accommodate a third guest. The ship will be outfitted with a fleet of 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment and Zodiacs, all of which are geared to get guests out and into the wild, remote places being explored. Also aboard is state-of-the-art expedition technology, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), video microscope, and a hydrophone and bow-cam designed for immediate deployment to hear and film, for instance, humpback whale vocalizations and to view bow-riding dolphins.   

Following the Alaska season, the ship will remain in the Pacific Northwest for a series of new voyages between Seattle and Vancouver, with stops in the San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alert Bay and more far-reaching stops in British Columbia’s channels and fjords. Beginning in December 2017, National Geographic Quest will reposition and operate voyages in Costa Rica and Panama before kicking off a series of new voyages in Belize and Guatemala starting in February 2018.

With the introduction of National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Bird will fly away to two new itineraries. Wild Alaska Escape is a six-day cruise designed to pair with a land trip that includes river rafting and biking options unique to a cruise program. The action takes place in wild, pristine Alaska for those with limited time but with an unlimited sense of adventure. Included are iconic wildlife, epic landscapes and the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan. In Haines, “Adventure Capital of Alaska,” guests have a three-hour bicycling trip around a stunning glacial lake, half-day hikes up a few of the region’s most dramatic mountains or, for the most fit, a trek up Mt. Riley. Others may choose to float down the Chilkat River through an area rich with native tradition and sporting the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world. In more remote stretches of the voyage come guided, point-to-point kayak trips with the ship as moving basecamp. Or, in expedition landing craft, guests may zip around sculpted icebergs or land on remote beaches for hikes in dense and dramatic Tongass National Forest. Rates begin at $4,290 per person, double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/wild-alaska-escape-cruise-national-geographic-sea-bird.

Big Picture Alaska, an 11-day program crafted by National Geographic photographers, targets camera buffs. The trip spans the full north-south expanse of Alaska’s Inside Passage. The immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition takes Lindblad’s wildly popular week-long expedition and expands it, adding in the striking Misty Fiords at the lowest reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage and Haines, in the northernmost corner. It’s the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Guests raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, explore Glacier Bay National Park, search for humpback whales with time in a popular feeding area called Clarence Strait, kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage while shooting with the expertise of an industry-leading expedition photography team of Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors and National Geographic photographers. Rates begin at $8,990 per person, double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/big-picture-alaska-cruise-photography-national-geographic.

AdventureSmith Explorations also notes new offerings in Prince William Sound thanks to the 12-guest Dream Catcher. The seven-day Prince William Sound Dream Catcher cruise is from $5,775 per person double. Getting up close and personal with icebergs and sea otters is just the beginning of the fun. There are set departures in addition to possibilities to charter this small ship. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/prince-william-sound-dream-catcher.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

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

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Splendid Color, Wine Harvests, Oysters and Curated Food Vendors Embellish Autumn’s Small Ship Cruises in Pacific Northwest

TAHOE CITY, CA, Sept. 12, 2016– Splendid color, wine harvests, rare oysters and curated food vendors are bonuses while traveling this fall on Pacific Northwest waterways with small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/).

All of the cruises are accessed through gateway cities in the Pacific Northwest. Two cruises expound on the lore and meanderings of four remarkable rivers, while another cruise explores the beauty of the San Juan Islands and the Olympic rainforest.

“Autumn is a bustling time in the Pacific Northwest, especially along the paths of small ship cruises, which take into account changing colors and local harvests. It’s a special time when travelers can actually experience and taste the bounty on board,” shares Todd Smith, Founder and President of AdventureSmith Explorations. Here are three recommended small ship cruises:

Rivers of Wine - roundtrip from Portland, OR: Washington and Oregon vineyards saw their first picks of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot gris grapes in mid-August. But here the wine harvest lingers into November, which means that Rivers of Wine cruise departures through the Columbia River Gorge can showcase the behind-the-scenes drama of vine to bottle. Vineyard tours and tastings over eight days are paired with four rivers -- Columbia, Snake, Willamette and Palouse – on this wine-focused itinerary aboard the 88-guest replica steamer S.S. Legacy. All wine, premium spirit and microbrew tastings, and the insights of a guest wine expert, are included in the cruise cost. This region is a hot spot for vintners. In Washington alone there are more than 850 wineries; the Walla Walla appellation boasts nearly 3,000 acres of these planted vineyards. Passengers disembark here on day 3 of the cruise to tour numerous wineries, including the unique Dunham Cellars located in a remodeled World War II era airplane hangar. Sailing from Portland, guests witness the city’s famed crimson-red ornamental maples. Portland’s Japanese Garden is a riot of color this time of year and a recommended pre- or post-cruise stop. The per person double rate is from $3,695.  The last trip this season departs Oct. 29. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/rivers-wine-history-cruise-columbia-snake-river

Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey – sails between Portland, OR & Clarkston, WA: This 7-day cruise operated by the renowned Lindblad Expeditions features National Geographic guides and experts on board and comes with a culinary focus: each meal is harvested from farms along the rivers and through the company’s Food Alliance affiliation. Lindblad Expeditions says they are the only Food Alliance Supply Chain Ally in the travel industry, ensuring that the food they serve is produced by well-treated workers; that meat products come from humanely raised animals; and that the regional soil, water and wildlife habitats are protected and enhanced. Some of the region’s providers supported on this itinerary include Country Natural Beef, a cooperative of 120 family ranches; Tillamook Cheese, made up of 110 dairy farms committed to animal welfare and dating back to 1909; and Draper Valley Farms, the pioneer of Washington- and Oregon-raised fresh chicken since 1935. Guests will also be able to visit a Hood River family farm where they can sample fresh fruit and see the orchard outfitted with fall colors. Guests also enjoy the spectacle of huckleberry plants painting the hillsides gold, scarlet and orange.

Pairing with the cuisine are local wines representing the various growing areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers as well as regionally brewed beers. Among the many craft brewers, guests will discover two of the region's most notable: Full Sail Brewing and Deschutes Brewery, both committed to socially responsible practices. Wine and craft beer tastings are complimentary during each evening's guide recap and dinner. Additional pours and alcoholic drinks are available at additional cost. The per person double rate is from $4,750. The last trip this season departs Oct. 25. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/columbia-and-snake-rivers-journey

Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands - roundtrip from Seattle, WA: This active (paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking) 8-day cruise aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer explores the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands while celebrating harvest season with a particular taste of the sea. On many departures, guests get to visit with the five generation family-run Hama Hama Oyster Farm as it enters its peak September through April season. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, Hama Hama’s oyster beds sit at the mouth of one of the shortest, coldest and least developed rivers in Washington, yielding a clean, crisp flavor. Guests sample the farm’s classic, beach-grown Hama Hamas and tumble-farmed Blue Pools.

“I think our oysters are a special local treat,” says Hama Hama’s Lissa James Monberg. “Because our company has been here a long time, we strive to be excellent stewards of the environment and great employers, and we really care about producing a quality product.” Lissa or one of her coworkers joins the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer to explain how they farm, discuss oyster flavor with tastings and demonstrate how to shuck like a connoisseur.

In this region ornamental maples and quaking aspens display their fall foliage, but a detour into the Cascade Mountains reveals the gold of big-leaf maples and larch that transforms its needles from green to bright yellow in October. The per person rate is from $1,895. The last trip this season departs Nov. 19. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/san-juan-islands-cruise

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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Coveted Space on Small-Ship Sailings over Holidays Still Available, Some with Special Offers, Reports AdventureSmith Explorations

TAHOE CITY, CA, Aug. 23, 2016 -- Cruises to warm-weather destinations are especially popular over the year-end holidays. Smallship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world, reports that cabin space, some with special booking offers, is still available over this period.  And several of this company’s holiday-flagged destinations are near mainland America, cutting down on flying time and jet lag.   

Baja and the Sea of Cortez, for example, are easy to access and are family friendly with a range of itineraries on small 8-to-84-guest ships, some with early booking special offers including savings on air. Baja cruises in late December and early January are marked by the beginning of peak gray whale viewing season and spectacular snorkeling with sea lions. Excellent holiday availability exists on a range of cruise options:

- Baja's Bounty is an eight-day itinerary aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour with rates from $2,995 per person double which does not include a $300 savings per couple if booked before Oct. 28, 2016. Baja, a rich archipelago, is an important bird refuge and migration corridor. It is a place author John Steinbeck found “ferocious with life” and it was once described by Jacques Cousteau as “the aquarium of the world.” As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve, it is one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on earth. Holiday departures: Dec. 17, 24, and 31.

- Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird offers a $750 per person air credit and invites families with children to take 50 percent off the cabin rate for every child under age 18. The per person double rate is from $5,990 for eight days. Guests experience coming ashore on expedition landing craft; they kayak, snorkel, hike and beachcomb, always with an eye out for humpback whales, brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and blue-footed boobies that thrive in this protected marine environment, some of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Holiday departures: Dec. 17, 24, and 31.

- Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez aboard the historic and intimate eight-guest yacht, Westward, is a 12-day journey from $5,750 per person double. Guests snorkel with whale sharks, view cave paintings of ancient people and say hello to sea lions and whales while passing by. Holiday departures: Dec. 16 and 29.

Galapagos Islands accommodate sailings year-round,but December’s great weather and green landscapes make it an especially popular time of year. Giant tortoise eggs start to hatch and green sea turtles begin egg laying in January. Water temperatures are on the rise, so it's also an ideal time for snorkeling. Availability is already limited on most of the holiday programs to Darwin’s magical archipelago except for Tip Top II and on a land-based Galapagos Island Hopper. The 16-guest, first-class Galapagos Islands yacht Tip Top II operates two unique eight-day Galapagos cruise itineraries which can be shortened into four- or five-day cruises or combined into more comprehensive 11- or 15-day cruises. For example, a four-day program is from $1,843 per person double. Galapagos Island Hopper is a five- to six-day, land-based program from $2,099 per person double. Guests discover miracles abounding on the top two Galapagos volcanic islands: Santa Cruz and Isabela, and their splendid places where the wildlife is unafraid of human visitors. Guests also explore by boat other islands during the day and return to their three distinct lodges by night.

Costa Rica is friendly, tropical and easy to access, plus it’s a great holiday destination, one famed for being family friendly. Verdant rain and cloud forests offer an astounding diversity of tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Plus, the new Uncharted Isthmus cruise brings a whole new level of activity (with the addition of stand-up paddle boarding as well as hiking and kayaking). Here's a look at holiday dates with current availability on these departures:

- Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves – Dec. 17 ($350 savings available), Dec. 23, Dec. 30.

- Costa Rica & the Panama Canal – Dec. 17, Dec. 24, Dec. 31.

- Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal – Dec. 21 and Dec. 30.

- Quest for Pura Vida– Dec. 20.

Hawaii cruises aboard the all-inclusive 36-guest Safari Explorer pair the tropical allure of the islands with active inclusions like stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. These are the only unstructured inter-island yacht cruises in the Hawaiian Islands, where the next port may not be a port at all. Instead it may be watching whales, or a secluded sandy beach or a quite cove for exploring surroundings on the shore or in the water. An eight day Hawaiian Seascapes cruise is from $3,795 per person double. Holiday departures: Dec. 17, 24, and 31.

For more information on cruising over the holidays in these and other international destinations please see http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/holiday-travel-2016-small-ship-cruises-christmas-new-years.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2016-2017 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Expands Portfolio – Adds Small Ship Safari Voyager for Adventurers Seeking Active, Intimate Central America Cruise Vacations

Book a Cruise by August 30 and Enjoy Exclusive Savings on Two Itineraries As Well as Land Extensions in Costa Rica and Panama

TAHOE CITY, CA, July 20, 2016– AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world, recently announced the addition of the newly renovated Safari Voyager to its collection of the world’s premier small ships. To accompany the launch, guests will enjoy an exclusive discount on select 2016 and 2017 cruise departures in Costa Rica and Panama.

For bookings now through August 30, 2016 cruise guests will save $350 per cabin aboard the Safari Voyager on AdventureSmith’s Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves cruise itinerary on scheduled departures set for Dec. 17, 2016; Jan. 7, 14, 21, Feb. 4, March 4, 18, and April 1, 15, 22, 2017. The eight-day adventures start at $2,995 per person, double before the discount.

On AdventureSmith’s Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal participants will also save $350 per cabin through August 30, 2016 on all 2017 departures from April through September. Pre-discount rates start at $3,795 per person, double for the nine-day cruise.

In addition to cruise savings, travelers who let AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) plan a trip extension ashore in Costa Rica or Panama before or after the Pure Panama or Uncharted Isthmus cruises can save an additional $250 per person ($500 per cabin/couple).

Both itineraries take place aboard the luxurious Safari Voyager, a 62-passenger, 174-foot yacht that AdventureSmith Explorations is introducing following the completion of the ship’s $4 million restoration this fall.

“These new cruises in Costa Rica and Panama will add a much needed option to the current selection of small ship cruises suitable for active travelers seeking to explore off the ship with more opportunities to kayak, paddle board and snorkel,” explains Todd Smith,AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder and president. “Costa Rica has long been a mecca for adventure travelers and now there is an adventure cruising style worthy of this reputation.”

Uncharted Isthmus is an eight-day voyage that explores the shorelines of Costa Rica and Panama by skiff, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking. The route covers the entire Pacific coastline of Panama — and most of Costa Rica's as well — making this itinerary one of the most comprehensive ways to cruise the region. Highlights include transiting the 48-mile-long Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean; visiting Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park; snorkeling the crystalline waters at Panama's Granito de Oro; and spotting wildlife like sloths, monkeys and macaws along the way.

Pure Panama is another upscale small ship cruise that focuses on actively exploring Panama over nine days. From home base on Safari Voyager, guests travel by motorized dugout canoe to meet the local Emberá people; hike the magnificent Darién Jungle in search of wildlife; kayak along the Chagres River looking for toucans and monkeys; marvel at its history while transiting the 48-mile-long Panamá Canal; explore the historic UNESCO site Fort San Lorenzo; and kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkel among the rare beauty of Las Perlas and Guna Yala Islands.

According to Smith, “these two itineraries are the most active cruise options now available to these Central American countries.”

If a traveler were to combine these coastal explorations with any Costa Rica or Panama land trip, they can enjoy additional savings. “A top pick is our Tropical Volcano & Cloud Forest cruise extension, a fully guided six-day trip to Arenal National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest,” Smith added.

Aboard Safari Voyager

Guests enjoy views from four public decks and a window-lined lounge offering an uncompromised 270-degree view with comfortable seating for all 62 guests and a full-service bar and deck seating. Other features include an elegant dining room and a new library on the Cabin Deck with eight floor-to-ceiling windows, plush furniture and nautical decor. The Sun Deck features a new al fresco public space with fitness equipment and lounge chairs. Two massage rooms are being added in her current renovation. 

An aft EZ Dock launch platform provides convenient access into and from the water for adventure activities. The vessel is outfitted with kayaks, stand up paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, snorkel gear, wet suits, and hiking poles. Guests can also take advantage of the onboard wellness program with fitness equipment, yoga mats and a complimentary massage.

Generously sized staterooms include one owner's suite, four suites and two single staterooms. All Safari Voyager cabins feature wide panoramic view windows above the waterline; individually controlled air conditioning; generous storage and closet space; desk and chair; iPod/MP3/4 docking stations; TV/DVD player; and private bath with shower. Depending on the stateroom category, singles, doubles, or triples can be accommodated.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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Clients of AdventureSmith Explorations Can Now Stand Up Paddle Board on Cruises in Galapagos And in Regions from Antarctica to Alaska

TAHOE CITY, CA, June 2, 2016– The small ship cruise company that brings seagoing adventurers into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world wholeheartedly embraces the fastest growing watersport – stand up paddle boarding (SUP).

Thanks to a recent green light from the Galapagos National Park Service, SUP is now an approved activity in these UNESCO World Heritage Site waters as well.

AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), purveyor of small expedition ship experiences around the world, books passage in the Galapagos on 20-guest sister yachts Eric & Letty as well as the new luxury 20-passenger Origin. Each of these small vessels was recently supplied with SUP equipment in anticipation of the park’s final approval granted in late April 2016. This makes them the first SUP-equipped cruises in the region. Guests can pursue paddle boarding along with kayaking in Gardner Bay on Floreana Island, Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island, Tagus Cove on Isabela Island and Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island.

“Stand up paddle boarding is a great way for visitors to survey the waters for marine life and to exercise skill and balance,” says Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder and president. “The sport’s popularity has exploded in the past 10 years, and we’re seeing this translate into the world of small ship cruising with paddle boards coming aboard small ships in a number of destinations where the calm waters of secluded harbors and their marine life are especially enticing.”

Smith explains that SUP provides a different perspective on the water than does kayaking.

“From the standing position you actually look down into the water and with better visibility than from a kayak,” he says. “This is an easy sport to acquire, but we suggest that the learning curve be conducted in warm waters where the expected nose dives aren’t a shock to the body. But we also offer the sport in Alaska and Antarctica with the proper gear.”

Following are destinations in addition to the Galapagos where AdventureSmith partner ships offer this optional activity, included in the cruise rate except where noted:

SUP Antarctica on Ocean Endeavour: Currently in Antarctica, only one vessel, the 199-guest Ocean Endeavour, offers SUP as an add-on adventure option among the ice and icebergs in a calm bay with penguins swimming by. A one-time session atop southern polar waters is $150 (2016-17 season), with all gear including a dry suit provided.

"The stillness and absence of noise are the best parts of SUP. You can hear the ice popping and cracking all around you,” comments AdventureSmith Explorations Adventure Specialist Nick Mitchell.

SUP Alaska, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Baja & the Pacific Northwest with Un-Cruise Adventures’ Fleet: AdventureSmith’s partner Un-Cruise Adventures offers the most SUP cruise options in its fleet, and has been doing so since it added paddle boards in 2011. Itineraries include Baja California, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Panama and the Pacific Northwest region. Paddle boards can be launched right from the ship, or on the shore from beaches.

"We added SUPs because they are a great way to experience Alaska in a safe and active manner," says Un-Cruise Senior Program Manager Tim Ratcliffe. "Many of our guests have never SUP’d before. This becomes their first experience. We have found that we reach our guests by either being the introduction to the sport and/or by allowing the sport to happen in an environment that is incredibly beautiful and breathtaking.”

To see all the Un-Cruise SUP cruise options, browse the following ship's itineraries: 84-guest Safari Endeavour, 36-guest Safari Explorer, 22-guest Safari Quest, 62-guest Safari Voyager, 76-guest Wilderness Explorer, 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer.

SUP Baja & Costa Rica on National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion: In Costa Rica aboard Sea Lion guests can circumnavigate a tiny island, explore mangroves or paddle along an idyllic beach; Sea Bird brings the option to Baja California's Sea of Cortez.

SUP the Amazon on Delfin Riverboats: Because of the calm, still waters of the Peruvian Amazon's Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, SUP can be enjoyed by all ages. The luxury 8-guest Delfin I carries four paddleboards, and the 28-guest Delfin II carries two.

"To be surrounded by local wildlife such as playful monkeys, graceful egrets and, with luck, curious pink river dolphins is a thrilling experience," says Delfin's Sales Director Ines Orihuela. “"Paddle boarding in the rain forest is a mix of zen and wild type of experience. Tranquil waters and isolation from the modern world will really let you connect with yourself and your loved one.”

SUP New Zealand & Tahiti: The 24-guest Island Passage sailing in New Zealand's Fiordland and Bay of Islands regions as well as Tahiti carries two paddleboards for more intimate exploration of tropical waters, remote motus and misty fiords. Another bonus to this ship? There's a heli pad on deck for flightseeing.

Today several magazines are devoted to this paddle sport; in 2008 the US Coast Guard classified SUP boards as vessels like canoes and kayaks. By 2009 it became the fastest growing part of “paddle sports” in North America. By 2012 World Series championship races were created and by 2013 SUP enjoyed the most first-time participants of any sport in the United States.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide, itineraries, availability and reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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Small Ship Cruises Span the Mediterranean from the Adriatic to the Aegean

TAHOE CITY, CA, May 17, 2016– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) offers a variety of cruises throughout the Mediterranean region. When asked to pick three that best showcase the diversity of routes, vessels and cost, the resulting recommendations cover hotspots such as Croatia's Dubrovnik and Santorini in the Cyclades island group as well as off the beaten track ports and isles from the Adriatic to the Aegean Seas.

One selection from the experts even shows that a Mediterranean cruise doesn’t have to mean deep pockets. And it can mean immersing one’s self in sights directly from the Game of Thrones.

From now through October just 38 privileged guests per sailing enjoy royal treatment for eight days for under $180 a day aboard the 161-foot small ship Infinity. This small ship, new as of 2015, explores Croatia alongthe Dalmatian Coast, beginning and ending in Dubrovnik or Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (think Game of Thrones).

This Dalmatian Coast Cruise bypasses major European ports in deference to Roman ruins, lavender fields, the medieval towns of Korcula and Hvar, the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park, indulging on oysters in a once fortified small village and swimming at the famous beach Zlatni Rat. Onboard expedition leaders and local guides reveal thousands of years of stories at these sites of ancient stone. On-own explorations can be conducted by renting kayaks, bicycles and scooters, depending on the destination. Among the inclusions in the per person rate, double, starting at $1,425 aredaily buffet breakfast and three-course lunch, drinks with meals, Dubrovnik sightseeing and scenic cable car ride, half day excursion of Ston with oyster farm visit and tasting, wine tasting at a traditional winery in Vis, Mljet National Park entrance fee, visitors' taxes and port fees, transfers from and to Split/Dubrovnik airports, daily cabin service, and Wi-Fi onboard. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/dalmatian-coast-cruise

Also May through October the 34-guest Callisto brings guests on an Aegean Odyssey, an eight-day cruise from $2,790 per person, double. While on this classic motor yacht the wonders of the Aegean Islands and the coast of Turkey unfold. Included are world-famous sunsets from Oja village in Santorini, brilliant white dwellings of Mykonos, archaeological ruins of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delos, medieval sites in Chora and the St. John monastery in Patmos, the markets of Kusadasi and one of the world’s great archaeological sites, Ephesus. This cruise begins and ends in Athens. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/aegean-odyssey-mediterranean-cruise-callisto-oia-santorini-mykonos-patmos-turkey-delos-ephesus

For those with time and money seeking wind in their sails, the 12-day May through September Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast is an immersion in acres of canvas aboard the 58-guest Sea Cloud. The itinerary hugs the coastlines of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, including a sail around most of the Peloponnese Peninsula. This National Geographic trip is from $12,210 per person, double. Sites well known to Homer and others known later to medieval worlds come to life in five-star luxury as historians and naturalists open windows on this classical world. The adventure begins or ends in Athens and Dubrovnik. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/under-sail-greece-to-the-dalmatian-coast

For more details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ 2016 cruises in the Mediterranean and on the Adriatic, as well as 2017 options, please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/mediterranean-small-ship-cruises-to-turkey-greece-istanbul-cyclades-croatia-montenegro-dalmation-coast-corfu

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Flash Sale on Luxury Tahiti Yacht Cruise

Select Departures of Tahitian Affair Cruise Discounted $1,350 When Booked by April 29, 2016 Through AdventureSmith Explorations 

TAHOE CITY, CA, April 7, 2016– While January’s announcement that small ship expert AdventureSmith Explorations has added a new eight-day cruise aboard the 24-guest luxury yacht Island Passage through French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands created quite a buzz, a number of early season departures still have prime space availability. In answer to this, prospective travelers can take advantage of an unprecedented limited time offer.

Select May and June 2016 departures across of the world’s most romantic stretches of water on the new, all-inclusive Tahitian Affair cruise are discounted $1,350 per person when booked by April 29, 2016. This promotion is available on the May 22-29, May 29-June 5, June 5-12, June 26-July 3 departures, subject to availability.

The per person rate, (before the discount) starting at $3,875 for an eight-day cruise, includes on-board accommodation, meals, all non-alcoholic and most alcoholic beverages during the cruise, shore-excursions as per the itinerary, use of kayaks, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment carried onboard, and an airport ferry transfer.

“Traditionally cruises on these waters are aboard much larger vessels accommodating from 120 guests and up,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder and president (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/). “In stark contrast, the new Tahitian Affair that begins and ends in Bora Bora offers unparalleled intimacy in a relaxing, lagoon-cruising style highly suited to this environment.” See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/tahitian-affair-small-ship-cruise-island-passage-bora-bora-french-polynesia

Island Passage cruises only three to four hours daily on average before laying anchor each evening. This translates to an unhurried pace and ample opportunity for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding at will from the motus or small reef islands that only a small vessel can access. Guests may also opt to swim with sting rays and sharks, or to embark on a fishing excursion. The Island Passage’s 7.2-meter aluminum fishing boat is equipped with rods, tackle and gear for line (rod/pole) or deep sea angling. The talented chef is always happy to prepare the fish that guests catch.

For additional fees, guests who are scuba-certified can arrange to dive off a dive boat that will pull up alongside Island Passage; and they can sightsee by helicopter as the vessel has a helipad for a six-seat helicopter.

When they can pull themselves out of the turquoise water, guests can tour village life on the islands of Tahaá, Raiatea and Huahine, visit a vanilla plantation, local markets and the Maeva Marae archaeological site. They may also enjoy being the audience for a local choir and learning how to crack coconuts.

While on board they mingle in the generously spaced dining and salon area and on the expansive aft deck. Oversize 175-square-foot staterooms and 195-square-foot and 235-square-foot suites all have ocean views and are appointed with fine linens, French soaps and toiletries, and fresh flowers.

Menus include local seafood and the best New Zealand organic lamb and Santo beef, fresh produce selected from local farmer's markets and award-winning cheeses, all presented with a strong European flair. The onboard wine cellar brims with award-winning wines and is frequently updated with new releases plus the Island Passage's revolving collection that is personally selected from the crew's favorite boutique vineyards.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside the Boat!

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

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