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 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/.

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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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/.

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, owner Todd Smith is a member of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions.

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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/.

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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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

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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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/.

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M/V Expedition Is Favorite for Antarctica Cruises: Rare Cabin Space Still Available for 2016-2017 Reports AdventureSmith Explorations

TAHOE CITY, CA, March 24, 2016– A favorite vessel among expedition small ship cruisers is the 132-guest M/V Expedition that plies southern polar waters. Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations reports rare remaining cabin space (including for double, triple and quadruple occupancy) for Antarctica cruises in the 2016-2017 season, including the favorite months of December through March.

Guests favor this vessel because it’s the fastest ship in polar waters since receiving a $10 million engine overhaul. Logging in at 17 knots means less time crossing Drake Passage and more time exploring Antarctica. They also appreciate a large, dedicated mudroom that keeps their outdoor gear organized and dry, including the high-quality waterproof expedition parkas provided on every sailing. Also M/VExpedition cabins are among the most spacious in the industry, starting at 160 square feet. A Category 5 cabin provides a luxurious 320 square feet and steam showers. All these factors add up to an incredible value aboard the Expedition, especially with a current special offer saving up to 10% on all three Antarctica itineraries aboard the Expedition for the 2016-17 season, if booked by March 31, 2016.

Aboard the Expedition, guests are encouraged to get out on hiking and zodiac expeditions that are included in the rate and to get into the spirit of kayaking ($999) and camping ($349) add-ons. This vessel offers a 10-1 passenger-to-guide ratio aboard zodiacs, and its guides are titled CEOs, Chief Experience Officers. This means their knowledge and interaction with passengers are at the forefront of the company ethos.

Following are the Antarctic programs aboard M/V Expedition that AdventureSmith has rare cabin space available on high-demand departures, but cabins are selling fast. On all these routes passengers will witnesssome of the planet's most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Colonies of gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins; Weddell, crab eater and leopard seals; and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters are key players in this theater.

Antarctic Peninsula Aboard Expedition (also known as Antarctica Classic) is an 11-day journey from $5,699 per person, double. This and a 13-day Antarctica Extended Expedition Cruise focus on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Departures in 2016 are Nov. 12-24, Dec. 12-22, and in 2017 Jan. 2-12, Jan. 30-Feb. 9, Mar. 4-14 and Mar. 13-23.

Quest for the Antarctic Circle is a 14-day journey from $9,799 per person double. This itinerary sets off southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins while attempting to cross the polar circle. 2016 departure is Dec. 21-Jan. 3 and in 2017 Feb. 8-21, and Feb. 20-Mar. 5.  

Spirit of Shackleton aboard Expedition is an incredible 21-day journey from $11,899 to the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, often called “the Galapagos of the poles.” A true wildlife adventure in the world's most remote wilderness! 2016 departure is Nov. 23-Dec. 13 and in 2017 Jan. 11-31.

Why book now? Smaller ships are slowly being replaced by larger expedition vessels in Antarctica. As ship sizes increase it becomes harder to provide as intimate an experience with meaningful time ashore for all guests, said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), who has positioned his team as the international experts in cruising Antarctic waters by small ship.

“Antarctica has been ‘discovered’ by mainstream travelers and is on many ‘must-do’ vacation lists,” said Smith. “The short season matched with limited departures aboard small ships mean most cruises sail at full capacity. We suggest that travelers book nine to 12 months in advance for the best selection of cruises, cabins and activities. This also helps ensure the best price.”

In addition to its trademark personalized customer service, AdventureSmith has reissued its in-depth Antarctica Cruise Guide to help travelers decide what kind of polar experience and style of ship to book. Also on the AdventureSmith blog are primers on the differences between Antarctic and Arctic polar expeditions and how to best choose an Antarctic cruise operator.

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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Small Ship Cruising with Families - Eight Reasons Why It’s the Perfect All-Ages Vacation

TAHOE CITY, CA, March 15, 2015– Taking the children on a small ship expedition cruise to an exotic destination is a no brainer when it comes to a one-size-fits-all family vacation. So explains cruise expert Todd Smith, founder of AdventureSmith Explorations and speaker at the upcoming TMS Family Travel Summit in South Walton, FL.

“Our emphasis on small ship expedition cruises and land-based wilderness adventures aims to bring families of all ages together while experiencing the world’s most spectacular regions in security and comfort. We use the firsthand experience of traveling with our own children, parents and grandparents to help clients choose the right itinerary and ship for today’s family,” Smith explains.

Smith points out that different vessels (ranging in average size from 12 to 100 passengers) and off-ship focus can shape the overall cruise experience. It is important to know what amenities are offered, what daily activity options there are, what the cabins are like and if kid-friendly meals are served…just for starters. That’s where the sage advice and insider’s expertise of a helpful consultant comes into play.

As to why a small ship cruise? Smith and his team of cruise experts came up with these eight reasons why families and small ship cruising are a perfect match:

1. Safety. Small ships offer a contained, controlled environment, allowing families to travel to remote wilderness locations and into new cultures comfortably and safely. Small ships allow guests to paddle in front of a glacier, walk a remote beach with no other footsteps, encounter wildlife and visit isolated villages—experiences that can prove difficult for families to achieve on their own—in a secure, efficient and child-friendly way.

2. Action. Off-vessel activities such as hiking, kayaking and snorkeling offer a chance to get away from the ship to experience nature and culture up close. Soft adventure options allow the whole family to experience the wilderness together on excursions like guided paddle trips through mangrove swamps and skiff tours looking for wildlife.  It’s important to note that off-ship activities are usually included in the cruise tariff.

3. Choice. One of the best features of a small ship cruise is the ability for each guest to choose adventures based on ability levels. For example, on a recent cruise in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, an AdventureSmith traveler was able to snorkel with her brother at a sea lion rookery, while her father took a guided skiff tour in the same area, photographing and waving to her while she was in in the water. Hikes are often offered at varying distances and terrain difficulties, and there’s always a choice for quiet time on board.

4. Education. Naturalist guides are trained to work with younger travelers and keep kids excited, engaged and learning about wildlife, conservation and sustainability. Shared family experiences on board and off instill a lifelong love of nature and travel, while creating memories that will last families a lifetime. 

5. Connection—and Disconnection! Televisions, movies and video games take a backseat to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. On most small ships, a family usually disconnects from devices and reconnects with each other and nature. Think no cable TV (DVDs are often available for movie-watching in cabins), and often no cell service and WiFi due to cruising in remote wilderness regions.

6. Camaraderie. While every day is a new adventure on a small ship cruise, the crew and guides are constants who encourage conversations with them and other passengers. The result? Everyone comes away with new friends.

7. Consistency. As accommodations are the same each day and night, children will rest well without the hassles of packing and unpacking. Meals are intimate and many diets and preferences can be accommodated with prior notice. Because kids have special tastes, menus are often arranged to satisfy their appetites and meal times.

8. Custom. Think about the fun when traveling with other families. Some small ship cruises have family-designated departures. This means that likeminded families with children of similar ages enjoy such added-value programs as crafts, pizza and movie nights and more. Or large families may customize their own cruise by chartering an entire ship. AdventureSmith offers charter options with as few as eight guests.

AdventureSmith’s Todd Smith is a testament to all these points, as he has traveled extensively with his wife and two young boys around the world, and chartered a Galapagos yacht specifically for family travel. Read about his Galapagos family charter and how/why he chose the yacht he did, and more details about family travel with AdventureSmith.

As for suggested family cruises, Smith and his team have these to consider:

-Ecuador: Eclipse Galapagos Cruises – with designated family departure dates.

-Pacific Northwest: Northern Passages and Glacier Bay – an active wilderness cruise with multisport activities that offer a variety of levels and options for entire family.

-Central America: Costa Rica & the Panama Canal - explore the region with top guides, special rates for children. The season is wintertime; November through March.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2016-2017 reservations, telephone 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit 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.

Media Note: Todd Smith is a guest speaker on small ship cruising at the TMS Family Travel Summit in Florida on April 17-19. The summit combines an invited 35 travel editors, publishers and social media marketers with executives from various facets of the travel industry, to hear and discuss the latest travel research. In his panel, Smith plans to address the trend of how Millennials are continuing to travel once they have kids, and how their immersive travel style is changing the way families travel today.

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Polar Bears and Northern Lights Are Tip of Iceberg on Arctic Circle Cruises, Explains AdventureSmith Explorations

TAHOE CITY, CA, Feb. 17, 2016– The Arctic is on many bucket lists thanks to polar bears and Northern Lights. But what else may travelers anticipate on a cruise in the Arctic Circle? And what questions should they ask when booking a cruise on the Arctic Ocean, the world’s smallest and shallowest ocean that is fringed by eight countries?

Todd Smith, small ship cruise expert and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) discusses the variables of itineraries and small ships plying this region, home to four million people living in the shadow of Viking conquests and explorers. His sage advice, “How to Choose Your Arctic Cruise”, shares what he calls “an incredible range of conditions” in the May through September Arctic summer. These conditions help to determine itineraries and therefore passenger experiences.

For example, early season (late May through early July) polar bears on ice floes are prevalent. In July and August ice is more disbursed, allowing land access and explorations of nutrient-rich waters favored by whales. September nights bring the magnificent aurora borealis.

The experiences guests seek may also determine the ship they choose. AdventureSmith Explorations' fleet of expedition ships cruising to the Arctic carry 78 to 148 guests and are specially outfitted to travel in polar waters. They are all fairly similar in terms of ice class and amenities. For more intimate explorations, this company also recommends a fleet of vessels carrying just 16 to 20 guests that offer the same close-up exploration as larger expedition ships but also provide access to shallow harbors and small islands.

The length of a cruise and the price also come into play, said Smith. Following is a handful of specials for 2016 Arctic cruises.

The 11-day Home of Vikings cruise is aboard the 116-guest Sea Spirit. The per person double rate is from $4,995; however for bookings on a May 20, 2016, departure two guests sharing the same cabin may travel for the price of one. This specific tour through fjords in the High Arctic begins in Iceland and explores South and West Greenland in search of whales and other arctic wildlife. Guests explore the town of Nanortalik at the mouth of beautiful Tasermiut Fjord surrounded by steep mountains that flank an intricate fjord system. They soak in geothermal waters watching the icebergs pass by in Uunartoq. And they visit the enchanting West Greenlandic tiny settlements of Qaqortoq, Hvalsey Qassiarsuk. Paamiut, Nuuk, Itteliq and Sisimiut to discover Viking history and witness urban arctic living amongst the colorful homes. Sea kayaking along this rugged coastline is a favorite pastime on this adventure.See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/home-of-vikings-greenland-iceland-arctic-small-ship-expedition

Polar guests will save up to 25 percent with an Early Booking Discount for designated Arctic cruises in 2016; up to 25 percent on premium cabins and 15 percent on non-premium cabins aboard select Sea Adventurer and Ocean Nova 2016 departures booked by April 15, 2016. Triple and Quad cabins are excluded. This discount cannot be combined with other offers and is subject to availability. Excluded are the following departures: June 12 Spitsbergen Explorer, July 4 Spitsbergen Circumnavigation and August 15 Three Arctic Islands. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers?dest=1187

Guests save 15 percent on AdventureSmith’s Realm of the Polar Bear on departures between June 13 and Aug. 10, 2016 if booked by March 1, 2016. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/realm-of-the-polar-bear

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/.

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, owner Todd Smith is a member of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions.

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