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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Justin Massoni Named Director of Sales & Operations For Leading Small Ship Cruise Expert, AdventureSmith Explorations

TAHOE CITY, CA, Jan. 21, 2016– Justin Massoni was recently named Director of Sales & Operations for small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com).

He will be in charge of all aspects of customer sales/service and destination product operations while managing the company’s team of Adventure Specialists from company headquarters in Tahoe City, CA.

“Over 20 years ago Justin and I began our Alaska careers working at a remote lodge near Glacier Bay National Park,” explains AdventureSmith’s founder and President Todd Smith. “His small ship and wilderness lodge operations experience lends itself perfectly to our unique style of travel. Justin has traveled the world over and will put that knowledge to work developing exciting new programs. His skill set and demeanor are a perfect fit to lead our team of Adventure Specialists and I am thrilled to work with him once again, after all these years.”

Before joining AdventureSmith Explorations Massoni spent the past 20 years living and working in Alaska. From the fjords of the Southeast and the verdant islands of the Gulf to the Arctic Interior and the High Alaska Range, he has developed a love for the varied landscapes of the Great Land. Working as a remote projects manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Denali National Park, he led natural resource management projects in some of Alaska’s wildest country.

Justin also gained valuable tourism experience as an operations manager for a small ship expedition cruise company. He was instrumental in developing and managing land operations in both Southeast Alaska and the Sea of Cortez.

His lifelong love of adventure travel has taken him to many corners of the globe. Whether it’s communing with mountain gorillas in Uganda, getting “stranded” on remote Belizean atolls, exploring the rivers and diving the reefs of Borneo, wandering the wild landscapes of New Zealand, skijoring across the Arctic Circle or trekking the deserts of Jordan, Justin has a passion for adventure and an insatiable appetite for learning through exploration.

For more information on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2016-2017 reservations, Phone: 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.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Introduces Small Ship Cruising Through Paradise of Tahiti Aboard 24-Guest Super Yacht, Island Passage

More Intimate, Luxurious Tahitian Option Comes with Special Travel Package Promotion If Booked by March 31, 2016

TAHOE CITY, CA, Jan. 13, 2016– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) has added the truly unique, 24-guest luxury yacht Island Passage to its portfolio. From May through October it will conduct eight- and eleven-day roundtrip cruises on this yacht through one of the world’s most romantic stretches of water.

“Traditionally cruises on these waters are aboard much larger vessels accommodating from 120 guests and up,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations’ visionary founder and president. “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.”

The per person rate, from $4,540 for an 8-day cruise, includes on-board accommodation, meals, all non-alcoholic drinks during cruise, wine with dinner, shore-excursions as per the itinerary, use of kayaks, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment carried onboard, and an airport ferry transfer. An alternate 11-day itinerary is also offered starting at $5,845 per person, double.

To celebrate the introduction of this new Tahitian cruise option, AdventureSmith Explorations is offering a special booking promotion; guests can reserve Tahitian Affair cruise by March 31, 2016 and receive a complimentary travel package that covers airport transfers, domestic flights and hotel accommodation in Papeete. The package includes arrival transfer to airport hotel, one night at Intercontinental Resort Papeete (or similar), transfer to airport (or pier for 11-day cruise), and return domestic flights to and from Bora Bora (or from Bora Bora to Papeete for 11-day) for cruise. This offer is valid on new bookings only and is subject to availability.

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 a recent blog post about more new offerings in AdventureSmith’s upcoming 2016 season please go to: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/small-ship-cruises-new-2016-tahiti-cuba-new-zealand-costa-rica-amazon-croatia.

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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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces New Line-up of Small Ship Cruises for 2016

Creative Itineraries Bring Guests into Landscapes and Cultures In Tahiti, Cuba, Croatia and Beyond 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Dec. 8, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) has just revealed its list of new trip offerings for next year. These small ship cruises include regions recently opened for cruising, along with new routes and the introduction of state-of-the-art, newly built vessels. 

“Where there’s curiosity and desire to experience some place new and where we’re seeing our established destinations explored in a new way are two of the major themes in our 2016 new trip line-up,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder and director. 

The Top New Cruises for 2016 Include: 

Tahiti

The 24-guest Island Passage sails May through October in Tahiti before returning to New Zealand for the austral summer. The new cruise, Tahitian Affair, sails over eight days round-trip from Bora Bora, also visiting the islands of Tahaá, Raiatea and Huahine. This is an active cruise with kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding spliced in with visits to a vanilla plantation, local markets and the Maeva Marae archaeological site. Time will also be spent listening to a local choir and learning how to crack coconuts.

Cuba

The US embargo against Cuba, in place since 1960, once prevented ordinary Americans from traveling to Cuba, but now with a special visa under the provision of a “people-to-people exchange”, US citizens can visit on properly licensed tours. The new Cuba People to People Cruise aboard the 49-guest Panorama sail cruiser focuses on bringing travelers into contact with Cuban people, culture and their communities. Departures start in late December and run through April 2016 for the cruise’s inaugural season. Panorama and Panorama II, with their white sails and masts, provide a romantic yet modern home base.

Peru

According to AdventureSmith, the Amazon River and its tributaries represent a hot destination with travelers right now, with high- and low-water seasons providing a varied travel experience year-round. One new itinerary and vessel recently introduced is the newly built 44-guest Amazon Discovery, an all-suite riverboat that sails round-trip from Iquitos and includes a visit to a private reserve on Monkey Island, home to seven different species. The Amazon Discovery Cruise offers seven-day departures year-round, with the inaugural voyage sailing in December 2015.

Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast Cruise utilizes, among other sister ships, a 2015-built vessel, the 38-guest Infinity,on explorations of the Adriatic Sea coastline between Split and Dubrovnik over eight days. These port towns are featured in the popular Game of Thrones HBO series. The show’s fictional city of King’s Landing is filmed in Dubrovnik, with Split also appearing in scenes. Sailings start at $1,425 per person and start in May 2016.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The 90-guest Santa Cruz II made its maiden voyage last October and is the star in AdventureSmith’s Santa Cruz Galapagos Cruise, the top pick for what’s new and exciting in the Galapagos for 2016. The completely refurbished vessel has been refitted for the Galapagos Islands’ style of cruising, and it represents a 58 percent increase in passenger space and a 31 percent reduction in fuel consumption over its predecessor. See: 6 New Ways to Cruise the Galapagos

New Zealand

Voted by Lonely Planetas its fifth top region to travel to in 2016, New Zealand’s Waiheke Island is making many travelers’ lists for 2016. The Bay of Islands Explorer cruise aboard the 24-guest Island Passage visits this 36-square-mile island just north of Auckland before sailing farther north to the Bay of Islands region. Highlights of the eight-day itinerary include wine tasting on Waiheke, dolphin watching, dining on the region’s famed green-lipped mussels, a scenic helicopter ride in the Bay of Islands and visiting the wild and enchanting Great Barrier Island, home to the beautiful Fitzroy Harbour.

Costa Rica

A new ship and itinerary to Costa Rica, Uncharted Isthmus: Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves aboard the 64-guest Safari Voyager, is an eight-day cruise offering guests twice-daily options by skiff, hike, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel and kayak. Itinerary highlights include transiting the 48-mile-long Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, visiting Costa Rica's largest park, Corcovado National Park, and snorkeling the crystalline waters at Panama's Granito de Oro.

Alaska

New to the company’s wilderness cruise program is the Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers itinerary, featuring eight days between Sitka and Juneau aboard the intimate 10-guest yacht Misty Fjord. Native culture and off-the-beaten path explorations along with sea kayaking, hiking and zodiac adventures engage guests in the pleasures of exploring Southeast Alaska. A hover flight at Taku Glacier offers a ride on an amphibious vehicle designed to travel over ice, water, sandbars and grasslands.

For a recent blog post about the new season please go to: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/small-ship-cruises-new-2016-tahiti-cuba-new-zealand-costa-rica-amazon-croatia.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2016 reservations, Phone: 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.

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How to Honor America’s National Parks Centennial?

AdventureSmith Explorations Suggests - Cruise a Park 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Nov. 10, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) in the spirit of 2016’s National Park Centennial Celebration offers the most unique way to experience our National Parks: cruise a park.

While Alaska has the whale’s share of cruises in National Parks, and thus choices of ship size and amenities, the San Juan Islands and Oregon’s Columbia River are key players as well.

ALASKA

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. This means that the small vessels that AdventureSmith Explorations employs access many of the coves and landings around hundreds of miles. Examples of itineraries here are three eight-day programs: Exploring Muir’s Wilderness on the 84-guest Safari Endeavor; Northern Passages & Glacier Bay on the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer or 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer; and Discoverers Glacier Country on the 22-guest Safari Quest, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 84-guest Safari Endeavour. Itineraries have themed departures the week of Aug. 25, 2016 celebrating the Centennial, with commemoration gifts, guest speakers, evening onboard presentations focused on the history of the National Parks, surprise birthday celebrations and special presentations by Park Rangers on board while in Glacier Bay.

For those that want to see as much of Glacier Bay National Park as possible on a cruise, the six-day Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise is the only Inside Passage small ship cruise that spends most of its itinerary inside the park. The itinerary travels from waterfall-laden Geike Inlet to the barren mountain faces of the East and West arms of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here for kayaking, hiking and small ship cruising. The base of exploration is the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V Sea Wolf, owned and operated by Alaskans.

Kenai Fjords National Park, on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, covers an area of nearly 670,000 acres, 51 percent of which is ice. A number of lodge-based itineraries allow guests to spend ample time on the water boating through Kenai Fjords. To access most of these remote lodges, guests embark by boat from Seward on a five-hour wildlife and tidewater glacier journey. Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer over seven days reveals by raft and boat and on shore the many of the activities and animals on the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. The eight-day Ultimate Alaska Adventure pairs backcountry adventure and wild Alaska by sea kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, a helicopter landing onto a glacial snowpack, a floatplane journey to a remote mountain lake and more.

LOWER 48

Olympic National Park, at nearly 1 million acres along Washington’s coast, is famed for its diversity of ecosystems and rich cultural history. Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands is an eight-day-expedition along this coastlinefrom the comfort of the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Kayaks and paddleboards sail aboard, allowing guests to actively explore the park’s coves and canals.  

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon, is a hub focusing on the lore of early explorers. Two small ship itineraries visiting here herald the legacy of two great western rivers: the Columbia and the Snake.Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey over seven days embraces culture and history with food and wine bounties of the Pacific Northwest. This trip recently acquired Food Alliance affiliation ensuring that local and sustainable are prominent in in every culinary presentation. Guests will be on board either 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird or 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion. Over eight days on Legacy of Discovery guests aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy that emulates a turn-of-century steamer traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of history on the Columbia River Gorge.

ARRIVE BY TRAIN OR PLANE

Some of AdventureSmith Explorations’ itineraries define remote to its core, with guests going beyond the boat, being transported to a National Park by small plane or train. There are fly-to itineraries accessing Katmai National Park including Brown Bears of Katmai, a five-day program recommended as a cruise extension. On Denali Backcountry Explorer guests explore the wilderness from a lodge deep in Denali National Park and Preserve with access that may include a bus or train from Anchorage.

Alaska Coast to Denali is a cruise-a-park highlight, visiting two national parks over seven days via boat and train. The itinerary starts with a small boat cruise into a Kenai Fjords National Park lodge, travels overland to Denali National Park and Preserve and then concludes with a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage.

See this blog post for a comprehensive list of 18 ways to “Cruise a Park”:

http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/cruise-a-park-national-centennial-small-ship. Learn more unique ways to travel our National Parks by following AdventureSmith’s #cruiseapark hashtag.

For current cruise specials and early-booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 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.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Predicts Alaska to be Hottest Selling Destination for Small Ship Cruising in 2016

Company Reports 30 Percent Increase in Alaska Cruising, Adds New Itineraries and Ships to Fill Rising Demand 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Oct. 28, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) specializes in cruises that probe Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife on both sea and land. 

Always a popular destination for adventure travelers, Alaska is seeing “off the charts” interest according to local tourism officials and AdventureSmith Explorations travel consultants. “Demand for our small ship cruises and land packages in Alaska increased an unprecedented 30 percent in 2015 over the previous year,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith founder and president. “And the trend continues with advanced bookings for 2016 cruises the strongest they’ve ever been at this point in the preseason!” 

To fulfill the public’s desire for wilderness cruising in Alaska, Smith’s company announces an expanded portfolio of new itineraries and new small ships and yachts available in Alaska waters for 2016:

-Exploring Muir’s Wilderness aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavor over eight days visits sights that inspired John Muir including some of the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska, Icy Strait. Guests venture into Glacier Bay National Park and Port Houghton, synonymous with the ultimate in Alaskan wilderness where sightings of blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers or black bear are the norm. The per person, double rate is from $4,695. Home base is Juneau. 

-Yachter’s Alaskan Frontier focuses on active luxury with upscale yacht accommodations and services. Guests spend eight days aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest getting nose to nose with iceberg-rich Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, in addition to kayaking and hiking in the remote, rugged cove of Port Houghton, whale watching in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait and hiking through the lush and immense terrain of the Tongass National Forest. Home port is Juneau. The per person double rate is from $7,195. Minimum age is 14.

-Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers features eight days aboard the intimate 10-guest yacht Misty Fjord that in 2016 is new to AdventureSmith Explorations. Guests cruise between Sitka and Juneau or enjoy an alternative route from Petersburg or Ketchikan. Native culture and off the beaten path explorations along with sea kayaking, hiking and zodiac adventures highlight this trip, getting guests off ship and exploring Southeast Alaska as much as possible. A hover flight at Taku Glacier brings guests onto an amphibious hovercraft vehicle designed to travel over ice, water, sandbars and grasslands. Home ports are Sitka and Juneau. The per person double rate is from $5,450.

-Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise is aboard the eight-guest MV Sikumi, the smallest vessel now in AdventureSmith’s Alaska line-up. A popular highlight is the exceptional fishing that is offered on board. The ship goes out for cruises of seven days without the confines of a rigid schedule. Daily excursions include kayaking, hiking, fishing, whale viewing, visits to sea lion rookeries, a day at the glaciers (unforgettable) and other exciting stops. Common sights are whales, bears (brown and black), seals, sea lions, Dall porpoises and bald eagles. The per person double rate is from $5,950. The cruise begins in Petersburg and concludes in Juneau.

-Glacier Bay & Island Adventure offers a choice of vessels including the newly upgraded and renovated Chichagof Dream, added to the route for 2016. This 74-guest expedition ship adds significant cabin space as it replaces the 40-guest Alaskan Dream, now sailing other itineraries. Operated by members of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan, the Glacier Bay and Island Adventure has a focus on Alaska's nature, history and First Nations culture. This is an eight-day trip from $3,379 per person double. This program begins in Sitka and disembarks in Juneau.

What Sets Wilderness Cruising Apart

Wilderness cruising, as offered by AdventureSmith Explorations, differs from a typical big ship cruise that traditionally travels from one port to another on a predefined schedule. Wilderness cruises typically leave the port and spend the entire time away from civilization, exploring nature and wildlife on a flexible schedule that takes into account weather and wildlife when deciding where to go.

A flexible schedule means guests can linger longer when wildlife is spotted. For instance, a wilderness cruise may stop the ship and stay for an hour or two when whales are sighted or hang around the face of a particularly active glacier. A hallmark of wilderness cruising is also the ability to get off the ship away from port. Specially outfitted ships use small inflatable boats to explore away from the ship or to ferry guests ashore for wilderness hiking. Many are also outfitted with kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling or other equipment allowing travelers to explore an area up close, away from tourist crowds. Wilderness cruises are inherently best aboard small ships that have the ability to cruise close to shore where wildlife is found and to reach quite coves where off-vessel activities can take place. A wilderness cruise is perfect for nature-oriented travelers seeking to actively explore wild lands up close without sacrificing the comfort and convenience offered by small ships.  

For current cruise specials and early-booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Thinks Outside The Boat with Costa Rica – By Land, Air and Sea

Booking Incentives and New 2016 Cruise Option Make Company Small-Ship Leader in Region 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Oct. 13, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com has Costa Rica on its mind.

Booking incentives with significant savings are available immediately for travelers wanting to experience this exotic destination and in October 2016 a new cruise adventure joins AdventureSmith’s Costa Rica portfolio, the largest selection of small ship cruises in the region, with an option for every style and budget. Plus, company founder Todd Smith has custom-created a new coast-to-coast exploration that flies guests from eco-lodges on the Caribbean to accommodations on the Pacific.

Guests booking the eight-day Costa Rica & the Panama Canal by Nov. 30, 2015, receive a $500 per person or $1,000 per cabin air credit on Nov. 28 or Dec. 12, 2015 departures. Also, on select 2015 and 2016 departures guests also receive a complimentary one-night pre or post Panama City extension and a complimentary hotel night in Panama City at the end of the voyage. Before booking incentives the rate is from $5,990 per person, double. The small ship is the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion.

Those booking the eight-day Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal enjoy 25 percent discounts on all cruise fares and free land excursions on select cruises from December 2015 through March 2016. This cruise still has availability during the holiday season on Dec. 20-27 and Dec. 27-Jan. 3 departures and throughout the December-March season.  Before booking incentives, the rate is from $3,190 per person, double. The small ship is the 36-cabin mega yacht Variety Voyager, a state-of-the-art vessel launched in 2012.

The nine-day on-land Costa Rica Explorer actively explores environments with adventure activities including river rafting, hanging bridges, zip lines, guided hikes and a visit to local hot springs. This trip can be combined with a cruise from November 2015 through March 2016 at a $250 per person savings. The per person double rate is from $2,120.

Launching in October 2016 is a new eight-day cruise, Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys and Mangroves, aboard the newly refurbished 64-guest Safari Voyager. This adventure is designed to actively explore away from the ship by skiff, hike, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel and kayak. The per person double rate is from $2,995.

The nine-day Costa Rica Coast to Coast land adventure explores wildlife-rich rainforest in Tortuguero and the Osa Peninsula from the vantage of award-winning eco-lodges that guests access through a coast-to-coast flight included in the rate. Handcrafted by AdventureSmith Founder and President Todd Smith, this trip is perfect for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in rainforest wilderness. Read his expert review. The per person double rate is from $3,995.

Travelers may also consider extending their small ship cruise with affordable pre/post trip land extensions such as the six-day Tropical Volcano & Cloud Forest or the eight-day Tropical Rainforests & Manuel Antonio, both from $1,895 per person double.

Families are encouraged to join many programs. Please see Top 10 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica, Kids in the Rainforest: 8 Tips for Family Travel and the affordable Costa Rica Family Adventure with kids rates as lows as $595.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Expands Antarctica Cruise Program: Encourages Travel to This Fragile Region – Now!

Unprecedented Promotion - Buy One Get One Free Antarctica Sale One Week Only – Book Between September 21 to 25, 2015.

TAHOE CITY, CA, Sept. 21, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com), now with an expanded Antarctica cruise program, suggests moving one’s trip-of-a-lifetime higher up on the bucket list, before fuel and airline consolidations become rate deterrents and effects of climate change impact and alter the natural experience. A rare promotion just released may help make that dream a reality.

Buy One Get One Free Antarctica Sale (One Week Only)

There has never been a better deal on Antarctica cruises than AdventureSmith’s limited “Buy One Get One Free” promotion. But interested travelers need to move fast! The one-week sale begins Sept. 21, 2015 and ends Sept. 25, 2015. For a full list of ships, cruise dates and particulars see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/buy-one-get-one-free-antarctica-sale-one-week-only

Why go now? Smaller ships plying this region’s waters are slowly being replaced by larger expedition vessels. 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, 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. 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,” Smith said.

The urgency to travel here now is underscored by environmental threats in addition to global warming: overfishing, invasive species, pollution, exploitation of minerals, oil and gas and even threats from too much tourism.

“People hear reports of declining penguin populations and icebergs the size of Rhode Island breaking off and feel a sense of urgency to see Antarctica now, before it becomes spoiled. It is our hope that industry and humanity will come together to address these issues and Antarctic conservation will take hold to prevent further degradation of the polar environment,” he continued. “It is our hope that by responsibly sending travelers to experience Antarctica in person we will create an army of advocates for its protection and the larger environmental issues that affect Antarctica and the entire planet.”

AdventureSmith Explorations’ recently added Antarctic ships and cruises for the 2015-2016 season fall in line with this responsible travel. Below is a summary of the additions:

Ushuaia

The 88-guest Ushuaia at 278 feet is among the smallest ships operating in Antarctica. Because of its size, it can bring guests closer to land. The ice-strengthened, well-appointed polar vessel offers ample deck space and an open bridge policy that invites guests to observe the navigational operations of the ship. A full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures landings twice daily to access by foot wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible Antarctic coastline. Evenings after dinner, an Expedition Leader helps guests digest what they’ve seen and discusses the excitement ahead. Each trip aboard Ushuaia plans to visit at least one of the scientific stations to get an inside look into the research taking place in Antarctica. Classic Antarctica is an 11-day expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. The per-person double rate is from $5,500. Departures are from mid-November 2015 through early April 2016.

Sea Explorer

The 112-passenger, 297-foot Sea Explorer is a small luxury expedition ship offering sea kayaking and trekking expeditions on Antarctic Peninsula Aboard Sea Explorer, a 12-day Antarctic Peninsula expedition. The per-person double rate is from $6,795. Departures are November into February. Before embarkation, the Expedition Team meets guests in Ushuaia, home of Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Aboard Sea Explorer is a 20-day expedition from $11,595 per person double. There are two departures: Oct. 29, 2015 and Jan. 30, 2016.

Sea Spirit

This 197-foot luxury ship offers all suites for 116 guests. The Sea Spirit features the amenities of a fine hotel while travelling through and experiencing Antarctica in grand style. Last Discovered Continent is a classic Antarctica itinerary that boasts one of the best staff-to-passenger ratios in the business. This is a 12-day expedition with rates from $5,995 per person double. There are four departures between mid-December and mid-January. Audience with "Kings", also on Sea Spirit, is 21 days from $10,995 per person double. King penguins are one of the highlights of this itinerary.

Hebridean Sky

For the 2016-2017 season, Sea Explorer is being refurbished and rechristened as the 114-guest Hebridean Skyand will follow the same itinerary as Sea Explorer. The refurbished cruise ships will offer all-suite, 220-square-foot cabins. Reservations for October 2016 and into 2017 are available for the itinerary Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Aboard Sea Explorer (in October 2016 rechristened the Hebridean Sky). The rates for this 20-day voyage are from $13,995 per person double.

In addition to the new small ships, routes and itineraries, 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, Founder Todd Smith has detailed how to best choose an Antarctic cruise operator, covering things to consider like ship ice class, Antarctic Treaty compliance, experience of guides, operator conservation efforts and trip inclusions, which can vary greatly in this destination.

For the most comprehensive selection of Antarctica small ship cruises available, please see: Antarctica Cruises .For current cruise specials and early booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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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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AdventureSmith Explorations Offers $250 per Person Savings On Nine-Day Peruvian Amazon Cruise Now Thru July 2016

Receive an Additional $250 per Person in Savings If Combined with Machu Picchu Land Tour 

TAHOE CITY, CA, Sept. 3, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com offers a $250 per person savings on its most affordable Peruvian Amazon cruise plus an additional $250 off if combined with a Machu Picchu land tour.

The already value-driven nine-day Amatista Amazon Cruise from $2,499 per person, double, has been enhanced this year by lengthening the trip to nine days and offering more departures and a better streamlined experience. This longer, more in-depth itinerary spends more time in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and adds value with included flights and accommodation in Lima.

This cruise program can easily be combined with the five-day Machu Picchu Explorer from $1,395 per person, double, for additional savings. This dual $250-off promotion applies to any departure from Sept. 15, 2015, through July 31, 2016. Trips must be booked by Dec. 15, 2015.

Lima is the gathering place for both tours. Cruise-bound guests take a private transfer to Iquitos to a visit a nearby Amazonian Manatee Rescue Center before boarding the 30-guest Amatista in Nauta to explore the Amazon and some of its tributaries. An Amazon Reserve naturalist guide leads daily excursions by motorized skiff along the rainforest shore where, with luck, sloths, toucans and pink dolphins lurk.

Two days are spent in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, one of the last accessible tropical rainforest in the world. Some 200 bird and 10 primate species have been spotted here. Two thirds of the world’s plants and animal species make their home on the reserve’s 2.08 million hectares, representing 1.5 percent of Peru’s total land and its largest protected natural area. The vessel,built with traditional riverboat lines, offers the comforts of air conditioning and private bathrooms. Guests on one excursion dine with an Indian family and on another they ride in a dugout canoe. Before the cruise ends, guests pay a visit to the jungle town of Nauta where the Ucayali and the Marañon — the major headstreams of the Amazon — join together. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/amatista-amazon-cruise

A privately guided, independent land tour extension begins in Cusco where guests explore the Sacred Urubamba Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo before proceeding by rail to the citadel of Machu Picchu for a full-day guided tour here and an overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Inn. This Peru tour can be customized to include other regions such as Lake Titicaca and the Inca Trail Trek. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/machu-picchu-explorer

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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Small Ship Adventure Cruise Company AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Contest to Win Amazon Cruise

LAKE TAHOE, CA, June 24, 2015 – Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com is launching a contest where one lucky person will win an Amazon Cruise for two.

Participants in the contest will enter to win a three-night Amazon Cruise that will journey along Peru’s upper Amazon rainforest: the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.  Guests fly to Iquitos, Peru, and are transferred from the airport to the embarkation port in Nauta, before entering the protected area where they will explore small villages, secluded rivers and lakes, and be greeted with an abundance of wildlife, all the while kayaking, fishing and hiking through the Amazon. The cruise itinerary will differ depending on the height of the water.  High waters are typically prevalent November through May while low waters prevail from June through October.

The cruise takes place on the 28-passenger Delfin II, a small luxury riverboat that stands out because of her locally sourced architecture and construction. Guests are served fresh, local cuisine and can expect an upscale and luxurious cruise experience while surrounded by rugged jungle and wildlife.

AdventureSmith Explorations’Delfin II Amazon River Cruise (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/delfin-ii-amazon-river-cruise) departs weekly throughout the year. The per person double rate in 2015 is from $2,950. This includes accommodation, meals, guides and land excursions.

Entrants must submit a creative travel journal of a past cruise they have taken with AdventureSmith Explorations. The journal should be a minimum of 500 words and include at least 10 photos that were taken on their trip. Applications are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2016.  Contestants can view previous travel journals for inspiration of how to compose a journal worthy of a win. Last year’s winning travel journal about a cruise in Alaska was written by AdventureSmith guest Marjorie Kirsch. Her journal won her a free cruise to the Galapagos Islands.

From now until the January 31, 2016 deadline contestants may submit applications on line to: www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/travel-journal.

The contest will be judged by Todd Smith, the Founder and Director of AdventureSmith Explorations; Audrey Vaughan, Contest Manager, Dave Wiggins, AdventureSmith Exploration’s Media Director; and Ines Orihuela of Delfin Amazon Cruises.

About AdventureSmith Explorations

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. For information, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Now Offers Cuba - Announces 8-Day Small Ship Cruises Beginning December 2015

Itinerary Maximizes Opportunities for People-to-People Interactions From Various Ports of Call along Cuban Coast 

TAHOE CITY, CA, April 30, 2015– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com is venturing into new waters. The company has engaged a three-masted schooner, Panorama, to cruise the Caribbean carrying American travelers who for the first time in over 50 years can now visit the island nation of Cuba and meet its people.

Launching in December 2015 and scheduled into April 2016 will be a series of eight-day adventures called the Cuba People to People Cruise aboard a recently refurbished 49-passenger sailing vessel. The program begins and ends in Miami with round trip flights to Havana included in the fare. The ship stops in five ports along Cuba’s western and southern shore.

The per person, double cabin rate is from $4,999. Guests use the ship as a floating hotel as they enjoy daily shore excursions.  Included in the rate are round-trip air fare from Miami, all meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on departure day, cabin accommodations, Cuban visa, mandatory Cuban medical insurance and transportation. The Cuba People to People cruise has obtained all the required licenses for American citizens traveling from the US, which are included in the price of the trip.

“A strategic advantage AdventureSmith Explorations brings to the excitement of a newly engaged Cuba is the fact that we are traveling only in small ships. This offers the flexibility and access to enter ports along Cuba’s coast that may not yet be available to larger vessels,” said Todd Smith, founder/owner. The itinerary includes stops in Havana, Maria LaGorda, Cayo Largo, Trinidad and Cienfuego. Most of the sailing occurs at night as guests sleep. Come morning, the ship is in a new harbor where guests on escorted tours discover this island and meet its people.

“A socialist republic since the 1959 revolution when Fidel Castro seized power, Cuba was once the last stronghold of Spanish power in the region. Now one of the last remaining vestiges of state socialism, Cuba offers authentic interactions with real people in one of the most isolated places in the world,” Smith added.

The program’s goal is to help facilitate an unscripted, honest exchange between people of two nations whose leaders for the past 50 years were at odds with one another.  Guests will be introduced to Cuba’s rich artistic heritage: pre-Columbian cultures, the splendors of Spanish colonialism and internationally acclaimed contemporary art. 

“This is a country of great natural beauty: magnificent mountain ranges and fertile plains of sugar cane and tobacco and some of the best beaches in the world,” Smith added. 

Old Havana, harboring five percent of Cuba’s 11 million people, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and said to be the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. Here and throughout the week visitors will meet an easy-going, multi-racial population whose greatest enthusiasm is reserved for music. It is the home of the modern rumba, actually of African origin, the mamba, the cha-cha-cha and the salsa and Cuban jazz. While most meals are taken on the ship, local cuisines are enjoyed on scheduled stops at restaurants and paladors (in-home businesses). 

Guests visit a community cooperative to hear about the challenges locals face while relying less on government and trying to generate income by being more entrepreneurial. Cultural exchanges include an evening with the Buena Vista Social Club and a visit with the Community Cultural Project of Quisicuaba that delves into the folk culture of the free blacks who came from the Angolan Basin in the 16th century. On a nature preserve guests relax on a beach and visit a beekeeping and honey production center. The National Park at Guanahacabibes reveals 140 archaeological sites. On Cayo Largo, a limestone island of mangroves and salt pans, guests move from discussions with Cuban sports, culture and mass communications experts and local doctors to a sea turtle breeding center and an afternoon of snorkeling. Trinidad is a meticulously well preserved Spanish colonial town known as the Pearl of the South with its cluster of Neoclassical structures.

The 178-foot Panorama, built in 1993, was renovated in 2009. She cruises at 11 knots and has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings; she has also sailed from the Syechelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis. Aboard the ship guests can mingle in the outdoor areas or in the two lounges or library. An on-board pianist plays as guests relax over drinks. Off of a swimming platform guests can dip into the sea when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

AdventureSmith Explorations notes that travel to Cuba is still restricted for Americans and a special travel visa is required. Read their Cuba Cruise FAQ to learn more about how Americans can travel to Cuba and the included licenses aboard this Cuba cruise.

For information, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

About AdventureSmith Explorations - Think Outside The Boat!

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