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 Advises Families and Groups Thinking of Galapagos Charters in 2015 to Book Now

TAHOE CITY, CA, August 4, 2014 – In this season when thyme creeps, so does time. Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com suggests that families and groups planning a 2015 charter in the Galapagos will find the best small expedition ship “fit” by booking now. He also advises that charters spanning the Holidays be booked two years out.

Todd Smith, owner/founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, explains that a charter cruise secures an entire ship for one group. While group bookings offering savings for groups of 10 or more are also available (group bookings don’t offer the exclusive privacy or customization that a charter can offer).

“Consider a charter if your group is large enough and you want the intimacy of a private cruise. Consider a group booking if you prefer a larger ship and your group size is not enough for a full boat charter, but you still want per person savings,” he advises.  A charter cruise can save up to 30 percent off regular per-person cruise rates on a selection of yachts, sailboats and small ships.  Group bookings can see up to a 20 percent savings over individual bookings.

His company’s private Galapagos charters are designed for families and groups of 12 to 100 travelers. Charters are popular with extended and multiple families and friends, special occasion celebrations, corporate meetings, affinity groups (gay, lesbian, religious, photography, other), special needs and study groups, travel clubs and others.

In addition to securing the best vessel option for a specific group by booking a year or more out, the company also has time to arrange private outings and events for the party. .For example, Smith’s team can arrange tours of the Fausto Lorena Breeding Center led by students from at Ecology Project International.

“Our kids enjoyed listening to their peers more than the shipboard guides and they peppered the EPI students with questions about their research and what it is like to live in the islands,” recalls Smith who recently participated in a family Galapagos charter.

In partnership with Children of the Galapagos, a non profit working to improve the lives of children and families in the Galapagos, arrangements can be made to meet the kids of Canon Point Club that engages youth in adventure sports (surfing, skateboarding and mountain biking) so these kids can grow up to be the next generation of local guides.

Guests can add such activities as SCUBA diving, surfing and stand up paddleboarding to their charter trips, bring along a private chef (or nanny) and even a masseuse if the budget allows.

The Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, precludes the large cruise ships from accessing the islands.  Smith’s company also works with mega-ship companies to secure charters for their passengers wanting to see the Galapagos up-close and personal when they cruise through the region.

Passionate about preserving this endangered destination, Smith this summer was elected to the board of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), a nonprofit association of travel companies, conservation organizations and other groups that are dedicated to the complete and lasting protection of the Galapagos. Their mission is to preserve the Galapagos Islands as a unique and priceless world heritage that will provide enjoyment, education, adventure and inspiration to present and future generations of travelers.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014-2015 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Promotes Chris Harter to Director of Sales and Operations

Two Additional Staff Members Hired in Response to Strong Uptick in Business

TAHOE CITY, CA, June 26, 2014– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com is expanding its team to keep up with what Todd Smith, president and founder, calls “tremendous growth over this past year.”

Longtime AdventureSmith crew member Chris Harter has been promoted to the management team as Director of Sales and Operations.  As AdventureSmith’s first employee nearly a decade ago, Chris is intimately familiar with the company’s destinations, operations and travel philosophy. During his tenure with the company he has traveled to Alaska, Baja, Ecuador, Svalbard, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Australia, Antarctica, Hawaii and Indonesia just to name a few of the company’s featured destinations. In his new role he will be in charge of a growing team of Adventure Sales Specialists and streamlining operations to make existing systems more efficient while also taking customer service to an all new level. He will also assist in the development of new and enticing destinations and itineraries.

“Working at AdventureSmith has provided me with an incredible opportunity for personal growth and adventure” says Harter. “Living and working in Lake Tahoe we are surrounded by folks pursuing their dream professions; river guides, professional skiers, outdoor photographers and the like, but people always seems to comment about my work letting me know that I have the perfect job. And you know what, they’re right! I get to spread my passion for travel to our clientele, and better yet I can get out there and make sure our trips are the best they can be. Being able to watch our company grow over the years has been incredibly rewarding, and getting the opportunity to advance my career with a company I love in the process is icing on the cake.”

On Harter’s immediate plans, “I recently returned from Patagonia and I am excited about adding new South America offerings to provide more choices to our alumni clients and to increase our options for Antarctica extensions. Operationally I plan to update our incentive program for new and repeat clients with referral discounts, and group incentives for families, schools, corporate reward trips.”

The company’s rapid growth has led to other positions being created and/or filled. One new team member who will assist with sales as the company continues to expand is Tiffany Corbell who joins AdventureSmith Explorations as an Adventure Specialist.

“Tiffany’s resume reads like a seasoned AdventureSmith crew member/traveler with work and travel experience in many of our top destinations including Alaska, Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, Easter Island and Antarctica.  Her extensive travel industry experience combined with her vivacious personality and commitment to customer service ensures that our clients are in good hands,” notes Smith.

She says she is most excited “to assist fellow adventure enthusiasts with creating trips of a lifetime.”

Lis Korb, Office & Content Manager who recently assisted with the launch of a new website and customer database and who provided stability during a critical time of growth, is leaving the company. Replacing her is Audrey Vaughan who brings administrative and technical expertise to the post.

“She will manage the demands of our very detailed website,” says Smith. “We are confident that with her leadership our website content will continue to set the standard in the travel industry.”

Vaughan, who has lived and traveled abroad including New Zealand, Central America, Southeast Asia, Australia, Fiji and Alaska, said she is “excited to join a fun and professional team, who share my passion and love of travel.”

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Reports Sales of Amazon Cruises Have Doubled over Two Years

New Enhanced Website Section on Amazon Offerings Created to Accommodate Growing Interest 

TAHOE CITY, CA, May 29, 2014 – Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations reports that sales of its Amazon programs have doubled since 2012. In response it has added to www.adventuresmithexplorations.com a dedicated Amazon trips section that showcases its cruise and lodge options in the rainforests of Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. 

The company has also expanded its inventory of itineraries utilizing purpose-built, small expedition boats in this region. 

“Because our experts travel to the Amazon frequently, we have the most up-to-date information so that we can match our clients with the best Amazon cruise for their interests, ability and budget,” notes Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations president/founder. 

Following are thumbnail sketches of Amazon riverboats and itineraries. All rates quoted are per person, double occupancy inclusive of all land excursions with professional guides, meals and use of on-vessel facilities. These river cruises access remote tributaries often free of lodges and signs of human life, providing minute-by-minute immersion into the flora and fauna and wildlife of the region. 

Ecuador: The 40-guest Anakonda with wood-paneled and glass exterior is crafted in timeless riverboat style but with the space and comforts sought by modern adventurers. Built in 2013, it is the only luxury ship in this region. It offers three spacious decks with ample room in the lounge, outdoor patio, forward salons and a huge observation deck. Well-appointed staterooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a large bathroom with massage shower. The suites are even larger with a balcony and Jacuzzi tub. Itineraries of four, five and eight days are from $1,600. Among the highlights is a village-hosted lunch deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. 

Peru: AdventureSmith Expeditions’ cruises in Peru begin and end in Iquitos. Last year the 31-guest Amatista was refurbished and now offers more affordable four and six-day cruises from $1,550. The cruise begins near the border with Brazil and Columbia in Iquitos, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the gateway to one of world’s most remote and extraordinary tropical environments. Two thirds of the world’s plants and animal species make their home in this region, as well as many more that are yet to be discovered. This cruise accesses the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of the last accessible tropical rainforests in the world. The Reserve has an area of 2.08 million hectares, which represents a 1.5 percent of the total land area of the country and is the largest of Peru’s protected natural areas.

Renovated in 2014, the 14-suite Delfin II is one of the most sought-after cruise vessels in Peru, frequently chartered by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic for a unique 10 day expedition Exploring Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria Reserve that brings their unique style of intellectual exploration with on-board experts from National Geographic. Other four and five-day cruises from $2,300 are year-round. Throughout the ship is artwork from Peru's leading contemporary artists. (Art may be purchased and shipped home.)  A massage room and exercise room both offer wall-to-wall windows for enjoying ever-changing landscapes. Some of the spacious suites can be interconnected to accommodate families.

Luxurious all-suite, 32-guest Aria built in 2011 with Jacuzzi and exercise room offers year-round itineraries of four, five and eight days from $3,315 for the journey into the region defined by three powerful Amazon tributaries: the Marañón, the Ucayali and the Puinahua. Aria’s ambiance is that of a first-class jungle lodge, with oversized staterooms that accommodate linen-swathed twin beds converting to California king beds. Guests dine on fine china. Executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Lima’s culinary stars, has created a menu that draws on both Peruvian and European influence. Wine is included with meals, providing the opportunity to experience a range of the finest South American vintages.

Aria’s sister ship is 24-guest Aqua, a luxury floating hotel, offers four, five and eight-day cruises year round from $3,165. This riverboat accesses via small launches remote estuaries in the Peruvian rainforest and the Reserve.

Brazil: In 2014 AdventureSmith Explorations added the 18-guest Tucano, a motor yacht operating out of Manaus, Brazil. This is the only vessel that explores far into the world’s largest Amazon reserve and the only expedition cruise in a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the Central Amazon Conservation Complex. Five- and eight-day cruises are from $1,800. Venturing far up the Rio Negro immerses guests in abundant wildlife.  At Encontra das Aguas guests witness the meeting of the waters of the world’s two largest rivers: the light-colored Amazon River and the dark Rio Negro, waters that don’t readily mix but flow side by side for many miles. 

For more information, cabin descriptions, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013.

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AdventureSmith Explorations in Concert with Coral Princess Cruises Offers Distinctive Australia/South Pacific Programs

TAHOE CITY, CA, May 7, 2014 – Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com announces that its clients may now request to sail the fragile eco-system of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in one of two cruising vessels purpose-built for this destination. 

Through a new booking/promotional relationship with Coral Princess Cruises, these Australian owned, registered and Aussie- and New Zealand-staffed small ships bring the spirit of “Down Under” onto open waters. 

Coral Princess and Coral Princess II are 35-meter, twin-hulled catamarans accommodating 50 and 46 guests respectively, built with strict environmental regulations for cruising the Great Barrier Reef. They can anchor directly over the edge of the Reef, thus allowing snorkeling to take place directly from the ship’s snorkel deck. (On bigger ships guests use tenders to transport guests to the snorkelling area as the ships must anchor away from the Reef.) 

A sister ship, the 72-guest Oceanic Discovereris the most recently launched ship of its type operating in Australian waters today, purpose-built for this part of the world. Its shallow draft of just three meters means it can go into waters larger ships cannot access. (In Papua, New Guinea, for example this ship can go some 60 nautical miles up the Sepik River to the remote villages of Bien and Angoram. Other ships draw significantly more water and are not able to access the mouth of the river, meaning their exploration on zodiacs is limited.) Guests in this region are often drawn to witness the underwater world through a special glass-bottom tender that can be employed from this vessel. 

On Australian itineraries, as Australian owned, flagged and operated ships, this fleet does not need, as do foreign vessels, to visit an international port as part of a voyage. This translates to more time exploring home territory. 

Barrier Reef cruises operate January to December and Northern Australia / Kimberly cruises go from May to October. AdventureSmith Explorations announces the following small ship cruise programs with some departures offering special booking discounts: 

Coral Princess will ply Australia’s coastal waters in October 2014 under the care of a 12-member crew. Cape York & Arnhem Land is a 12-day exploration combining “the Top End” of Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula. The per-person double rate is from $7,390. From May through October, The Kimberley - Cruising to the Australian Outback is an 11-day experience exploring the heartland of Australia’s northernmost unspoiled outback. The per person double rate is from $7,390.

Coral Princess II operates year-round on the Great Barrier Reef. Departures are from $1,596 per person double for four days. On four-, five- and eight-day Great Barrier Reef Cruises the second traveler can save 50 percent on the most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef itinerary available if booked during the month of May 2014.

Oceanic Discoverer in October explores Cape York & Arnhem Land for 12 days starting at $8,990 per person double.

This ship conducts two additional itineraries: 11- and 13-day Papua New Guinea explorations from $8,990 per person double for 11 days in November. Also in November is a 14-day Islands of the South Pacific cruise from $11,390 per person double. On these two itineraries guests save 25 percent and there is no single supplement if booked by May 31, 2014.

A January New Zealand - Aotearoa - The Natural Elements 9- or 13-day cruise can be obtained at a 25 percent savings or no single supplement if booked by May 31, 2014. The per person double rate is from $5,990. The cruise explores the east coast of both the North and South Islands aboard Oceanic Discoverer.

On all three ships, modern Australian dining is a standout feature of the Coral Princess experience, with talented chefs making use of only the freshest of locally sourced produce in their sumptuous menus.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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Two Beauties Ply Indonesian Waters on AdventureSmith Explorations’ Seven-day Bali-Komodo-Flores Cruise

TAHOE CITY, CA, April 7, 2014– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com has engaged two ocean-going beauties for its new Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise.

From now through mid September, the nearly weekly departures of this seven-day cruise alternate between Katharina, a 14-guest, traditional Indonesian “Phinisi”, an elegant and speedy yacht built in 1995 of iron wood, and the 28-guest Ombak Putih, a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from Iron wood by Buginese ship builders . Her keel was laid in Batulicin Kalimantan in 1995, and she became operational in 1997.

Katharina’s overall length is 40 meters. All cabins offer necessary amenities including private bathrooms, individually controlled AC and storage space including a safe. This vessel is manned by an all-Indonesian crew of 12 and a captain.

The Ombak Putih at 42 meters long offers 12 comfortable cabins. With approximately 400 square meters of public space divided over two main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space in abundance, allowing for privacy and serene relaxing. The cabins offer private bathroom, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning and ample storage space including safety deposit box. Fourteen dedicated crew members coming from all regions of the archipelago assist the captain.

Included in the per person (double occupancy) seven day rate from $2,380 are accommodations, all meals aboard the ship, transfers in Flores, non-alcoholic beverages, limited laundry service, guided shore excursions, and use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes.

Although cruises aboard these vessels aren’t recommended for under age four, the ships are child friendly. The side railings are adjusted to a higher level than normal for traditional Buginese schooners. Children under 12 years are charged just 25 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with their parents. Children above 12 will be charged 50 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin.

Optional but always-inclusive activities include trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming and nature exploration. Other activities may include beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board). Although scuba diving is not offered on board, with advance notice arrangement can be made through local dive shops.

Few areas in Asia can match the cultural and natural diversity found in the Lesser Sunda Islands: towering active volcanoes, jungle-clad mountain ranges and dry savannah lowlands, all teeming with wildlife. The itinerary visits quiet coastal villages, megalithic cultures, colorful markets and a world of kaleidoscopic beauty underwater. Guests over seven days will possibly spot the famous Komodo dragon, snorkel in a pristine coral reef, make a wish at the stunning salt-water lake in Satonda and explore some of Indonesia's most beautiful deserted beaches.

Indonesia's Eastern islands are a tourism frontier with over 17,000 islands in the middle of the coral triangle where 70 percent of all marine species in the world are inhabitants.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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Leader in Alaska Small Ship Cruising Caters to Parents and Kids - Suggests Lineup of Top Family-Designed Departures

Tahoe City, CA, March 10, 2014 – Alaska, the most popular destination for small ship cruises, wraps its heart around families who choose to join a growing number of small ship family departures.

AdventureSmith Explorations www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships and land-based lodges, offers six distinct family itineraries that clients can match with the small ship of their choice. Cruise prices include most all land excursions so there are no hidden costs to a family. 

“An Alaska family vacation can be a transformative adventure while sharing experiences like kayaking in front of a tidewater glacier, walking in an ancient temperate rainforest or watching whales at water level from a small skiff,” says Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations founder/owner. “The greatest benefit is traveling with like-minded families and kids of similar ages.” Professional guides are family-oriented, meals are child-friendly and flexible activities offer multi-generational options. 

AdventureSmith Explorations offers this lineup of distinctive family cruises for 2014: 

Eastern Coves Family Adventure Cruise and Western Coves Family Adventure Cruise, among the most active cruise options, are suited to ages eight and up. Children will get the most out of their adventure by participating in off-vessel activities such as hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The 8-day Eastern Coves cruise travels from Juneau to Ketchikan; the 8-day Western Coves travels from Ketchikan to Juneau. The two cruises may be combined.

Kids in Nature departures are further geared toward entertaining and educating all ages. Children 12 and younger receive 25 percent off the adult fare. Eastern Coves utilizes the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer on aJuly 19, 2014, departure and the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer on aJune 27, 2015, departure. Western Coves utilizes Wilderness Adventurer on July 26 and Aug. 9, 2014, departures and Wilderness Discoverer on July 4 and Aug. 1, 2015, departures. 

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness is an 8-day cruise aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Birdor Sea Lion, among the finest small ship expedition cruises in Alaska. National Geographic expedition leaders are professional experts in their field. Special programming for kids on all departures includes photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming, and child-friendly menu options with a special pizza and movie night. Travelers ages 17 years and under save $500 at double occupancy.

Discoverers’ Glacier Country is an 8-day upscale family cruise exploring Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska's Inside Passage and Admiralty Island. Guests hike, kayak and whale-watch. Select Kids in Nature departures offer a savings of 25 percent in select cabin categories for children 12 years and younger. Departures aboard the 86-guest Safari Endeavour are July 20, 2014, or in 2015 June 21 and July 19. Departures aboard 22-guest Safari Quest are June 20 and July 18, 2014.

True Alaska Family Cruise is a 9-day cruise departing July 19, 2014, aboard the 49-guest Baranof Dream. The custom itinerary moves at a slower pace exploring Alaska’s nature and Native American culture, visiting Sitka, Petersburg, Juneau and Hoonah. Activities include kayaking, Zego personal skiff rides and rough-terrain vehicle explorations in scenic Hobart Bay. Native crafts, scrapbooking, geology, scavenger hunts, game night, geo caching, a quick dip in the water (“Killer Whale Dip”), baking, knot tying, plant and animal identification and other special programs are available. Triple and quad accommodations are priced from $1,999 for children.

Alaska Island Spirit Family Cruise is aboard the 32-guest Island Spirit scheduled for a July 20-28, 2014, exploration of Alaska’s towns and wilderness. The ship anchors in quiet coves so guests can enjoy the Alaskan solitude or kayak and walk the shore. A unique battery system allows for a complete shutdown of engines and generators at night, creating near-total peace and quiet. Kids travel two for one on the dedicated family cruise on July 20, 2014.

Throughout the season charter cruises provide options for family vacations, reunions and other occasions. Smaller charter yachts include the Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise aboard the 12-guest Sea Wolf, Active Inside Passage aboard the 12-guest Pacific Catalyst II and Active Prince William Sound Discovery aboard the 12-guest Discovery. When considering a charter, guests should plan ahead at least nine to 12 months or more in advance.

“We help clients compare itineraries and small ships, then we handle such details as traveling to the embarkation city, recommendations for packing, hotels, transfers, flights and tours, all at no extra cost to the client,” Smith says.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Early in his career, company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness small ship cruising in Alaska that incorporates the comforts of a floating base camp. In 2012, Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, call 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com

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AdventureSmith Explorations Launches Small Ship Cruise and Land Itineraries Focused on Panama Canal Centennial

Tahoe City, CA, Feb 5, 2014– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ announces a year of expedition cruising and land-based touring focused on the 48-mile engineering feat called the Panama Canal that celebrates its centennial in 2014.

On a variety of itineraries guests will learn the history of overcoming hardships endured from 1881 when work on the canal first began, only to be aborted and started again when the United States in 1904 put its resources behind this engineering miracle that began changing the course of commerce – and world history -- in 1914, the same year that World War I began. Today some 14,000 ships pass annually through the canal.

Following are five ways to experience with AdventureSmith Explorations the Panama Canal by sea and by land in 2014.

Panama Adventure Cruise aboard the 24-guest Discovery catamaran is the region’s only all-Panama small ship cruise and it offers a guaranteed daytime transit of the Panama Canal.  The per person double rate, inclusive of land excursions, is from $3,850 for seven days.  Guests are introduced to tropical rainforests, isolated beaches and remote native villages as well as the Panama Canal. Expert naturalist guides lead nature hikes; there are kayaking and snorkeling excursions among unspoiled reef.

Costa Rica & The Panama Canal aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion is a two-day canal transit with a visit to Barro Colorado and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute with experts from National Geographic. The per person double rate is from $5,690 for eight days. Guests explore exuberant, colorful and diverse nature in national parks, wildlife reserves and a privately owned tropical garden. In addition to abundant wildlife, guests swim and snorkel Panama’s famed Isla Coiba, kayak along remote coastlines and horseback ride on the beach.

Costa Rica, Panama Canal and Colombia Cruise aboard the 72-guest Variety Voyager showcases Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline. Guests enjoy one of the most upscale small ships in the region at a per person double rate from $2,590 for eight days. This is also an experience in private yachting as guests unravel the Pacific Ocean coastline of Costa Rica, enroute accessing the nature reserves and national parks of Isla Coiba, Corcovado and Manuel Antonio, and witnessing life in the San Blas Islands while crossing the Panama Canal.

Best of Panama explores the canal, volcanic highlands and the Caribbean Coast, enroute meeting some of Panama’s indigenous people.  From coast to coast and past to present, guests on a private guided tour of the locks and on a jungle boat adventure in the canal glean the history and workings of the canal and the original Panama railway. Guests visit a thriving indigenous village and Spanish colonial forts and enjoy moderate daily hikes to, among others, the tropical cloud forest rich in flora and fauna. There are opportunities for zip lining, paddling a dugout canoe and touring a coffee plantation. The per person double occupancy rate is from $2295 for 10 days.

Panama Family Adventure embraces nature, culture and wildlife at a per person double rate of $2,600 (adults), $950 (child age 3-5), $1,250 (child age 6-11) for nine days. Guests experience the Pacific coast and the Panama Canal before venturing to the western highlands of the Caribbean coast to white water raft the Chagres River, go canopy zip-lining in the Chiriqui highlands, snorkeling in the Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro. Touring historic Panama City is also included.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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Leader in Alaska Small Ship Cruises Announces New-for-2014 Tour of Popular Ports and Alaskan History

Tahoe City, CA, Dec. 12, 2013– AdventureSmith Explorations www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships and land-based lodges, reports that 27 unique cruise and land packages, including its new Gold Rush Legacy and Alaska’s Golden History tours, are being readied for the 2014 season in its most popular destination, Alaska. 

Two new programs aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy focus on popular ports and Alaskan history, filling a much needed niche for travelers interested in a more traditional Alaskan cruise aboard a small ship. Alaska’s Golden History is an eight-day cruise traveling Alaska’s Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Juneau or reverse while Gold Rush Legacy follows a route from Seattle to Juneau or reverse. 

The fully refurbished S.S. Legacy has the feel of an historic steamer that perfectly matches the turn-of-century feel of the Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway and Haines. Costumed crew will bring history to life on board while included complimentary shore excursions immerse guests in Alaskan culture and history.  Alaska’s natural wonders are showcased in Glacier Bay National Park, whale watching in Icy Strait and wildlife of Frederick Sound. These cruises are perfect for guests seeking a softer alternative to Alaska adventure cruises.

Offering three full days in Glacier Bay National Park and daily off- vessel activities, Smith says its most popular Alaska small ship cruise continues to be the Northern Passages and Glacier Bay aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer.

Guests seeking an affordable option that includes Glacier Bay should consider, he says, the Glacier Bay & Island Adventure with numerous departures aboard the 58-guest Admiralty Dream, 49-guest Baranof Dream or 40-guest Alaskan Dream. Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise spends a full six days actively exploring aboard the 12-guest Sea Wolf.

An Alaskan cruise can also be combined with, for example, the company’s land-based adventure, the Denali Backcountry Explorer.  

Despite travel industry trends showing increasing numbers of 11th hour bookings for long-haul vacations, this company sees a different pattern emerging for its small expedition ship cruises in Alaska where 2013 saw a 20 percent growth over the previous year.

“If booking trends are any indication, a small ship cruise in Alaska is moving into the pantheon of must-dos, because we are seeing guests book earlier over the past few years,” says Todd Smith, founder and director.

From 2010 to 2011 bookings on average were four months in advance of departure; in 2012, five and a half months and in 2013, over six months. As of mid December 2013 Smith reports his company’s highest advanced sales ever at this point in the booking season (five months in advance of May, the start of the season).

“It’s a given that guests will find the best price, choice of dates, ship and cabin category by booking early,” he adds, noting that cabins will always be available at the last minute and that even well into the Alaska season his company continues to help guests find space.

He suggests that if a 2015 cruise is in the picture that guests book early because of the rush he anticipates around Glacier Bay’s 90th Anniversary.

“We are the recognized leader in Alaska small ship cruising (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/alaska),” he adds. “We offer more selection and more first-hand knowledge than anyone, including most of the reservation staffs of the cruise companies themselves.” The sheer volume of Alaska product requires objective analysis. This coupled with being a leader in sales means that AdventureSmith Explorations can offer the most competitive prices.

“We help clients compare itineraries and small ships that carry from 12 to 86 guests; then we handle such details as traveling to the embarkation city, recommendations for packing, hotels, transfers, flights and tours, all at no extra cost to the client,” Smith says.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Early in his career, company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness small ship cruising in Alaska that incorporates the comforts of a floating base camp. In 2012, Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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New for 2014 from AdventureSmith Explorations: Visionary Founder Explains Why These Small Ship Cruise Itineraries Stand Out

Tahoe City, CA, Dec. 5, 2013– Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ announces its favorite new-for-2014 itineraries from Bali and the Mekong River to Baja and Alaska.

Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations director and visionary founder, explains why these nine small-ship cruises are high on his list. He also underscores that all-inclusive rates include land excursions.

Indonesia Bali Cruise

Why we like it: The islands of Bali and Southern Indonesia are tailor made for small ship cruising. Think calm waters, postcard perfect beaches, stunning coral reef, abundant wildlife, fascinating history and authentic cultural interactions. Heretofore Bali has been included in longer and inevitably quite expensive itineraries. Now two distinctive small (17 to 26 guests) sailing ships will conduct year-round weekly departures, at a fraction of the cost of other Bali cruises, exploring Bali, Lombok, Komodo and lesser known islands with an experienced multinational team of experienced professionals. Rates are from $2,380 per person, double.https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/indonesia-bali-cruise

Aqua Mekong River Cruise

Why we like it: Launching in September 2014 the Aqua Mekong follows in the footsteps of Aqua Amazon Cruises, offering luxury small ship cruises exploring Cambodia and Vietnam. We expect the Aqua Mekong to be the finest small ship in this region with spacious accommodations, distinct cuisine, top guides and a unique itinerary. While the Mekong has no shortage of luxury small ships, none offers the flexible 4, 5 or 8-day itineraries and intimacy of this 40-guest ship whose small size allows close up experiences when visiting a remote fishing village, flooded forest or Buddhist monastery. Rates are from $3,000 per person double.https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/aqua-mekong-river-cruise

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Why we like it: This itinerary begins in Herradura, Costa Rica, skirting the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Panama before including a Panama Canal transit (2014 is the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal). The ship visits Panama’s San Blas Islands before concluding in the colonial city of Cartagena, Colombia. The 72-guest Variety Voyagers is a sleek, brand-new mega yacht with modern furnishings, large cabins and plenty of deck space.  This trip starts at only $2,590 per person, double making it the best value in Central America small ship cruises. https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/costa-rica-panama-canal-colombia-cruise

Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Why we like it: The new 40-guest Anakonda is the only luxury small ship cruising Ecuador’s Amazon region, heretofore explored from popular jungle lodges. The Anakonda offers numerous advantages including air conditioning, upscale accommodations, delicious cuisine and the ability to transit hundreds of miles exploring a variety of habitats and reserves. This experience can be easily combined with a Galapagos cruise. Rates are from $1,600 per person double. https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/anakonda-amazon-cruise

Alaska’s Golden History

Why we like it: Offering a softer alternative to Alaska adventure cruises, the itinerary focuses on popular ports and Alaskan history, filling a much needed niche for travelers interested in a more traditional Alaskan cruise aboard a small ship. The fully refurbished S.S. Legacy has the feel of an historic steamer and segues guests into the turn-of-century ambiance of Juneau, Skagway and Haines. Costumed crew bring history to life on board while included shore excursions immerse guests in culture and history. Glacier Bay National Park’s natural wonders, whale watching in Icy Strait and the wildlife of Frederick Sound combine with urban adventures.  Rates are from $5,195 per person double. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/alaska-history-cruise

Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

Why we like it: The Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands cruise offers wilderness adventure cruising accessible from Seattle, with hiking, kayaking whale watching and wildlife viewing with top guides in Olympic National Park and the San Juan Islands. This 8-day cruise is from $1595 per person.  https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/san-juan-islands-cruise

Milargros Maritimos, Baja California

Why we like it: Many years have passed since a small ship visited the northern reaches of John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez known as the Galapagos of Mexico for its abundant wildlife and numerous endemic species on individual islands. Guests walk among thousands of nesting birds, visit Whales Channel in search of numerous species, snorkel with sea lions and hike beautiful desert landscapes. Rates are from $2,495 per person double. https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/milagros-maritimos-de-baja-california

Galapagos aboard Ocean Spray

Why we like it: As the foremost Galapagos small ship cruise experts we have seen a number of new catamarans entering the Galapagos cruise market recently. The 16-guest Ocean Spray is one of the newest ships here and stands out as the only catamaran to offer private balconies in all her cabins that are considerably larger than other ships of her size with an option for a king size bed. Two 8 day/7 night itineraries are offered weekly year round. From $5,880 per person. https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ocean-spray-galapagos-cruises

Idyllic Islands & Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro

Why we like it: Of all the small ship cruises in the Adriatic, this cruise offers the most comprehensive exploration of history and culture. On-board experts, included shore excursions and off-vessel activities make this more like a private cruise than a group tour. This stretch of the Dalmatian Coast has escaped the mass tourism common in other parts of the Mediterranean and yet the medieval towns, monuments and promenades are among the most beautiful in all of Europe. The 100-guest Corinthian explores well established highlights but also visits the hidden jewels off the radar of most other cruises. Rates are from $4,890 per person double.  https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/the-idyllic-islands-majestic-shores-of-croatia-montenegro

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as a world’s top specialist on small ship expeditions, a distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations; Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

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New for 2014 from AdventureSmith Explorations - Week-Long Cruises Along Unspoiled Dalmatian Coast Aboard 50-Suite Corinthian from May through October

Tahoe City, CA, Oct. 4, 2013– Aficionados of small ship cruising can now partake without excursion fee add-ons the culture and landscape of a coastline that has escaped the machinery of mass tourism -- the Dalmatian coast embracing Croatia and Montenegro. 

Expedition small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) announces 8-day/7-night cruises in 2014 on the luxurious 50-suite Corinthian beginning May 1 and continuing weekly through end October from Venice to Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik to Venice. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/the-idyllic-islands-majestic-shores-of-croatia-montenegro 

“We choose to respect the regions we visit. This stunning coastline is best appreciated when accessed from the sea. But it matters a lot upon which ship you cruise. This is not an area for today’s mega-sized cruise ships. The small islands and ancient villages just can’t accommodate large crowds of tourists,” underscores Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations director and visionary founder. Conservation and sustainable travel are important tenets to this award-winning company. 

The rate is from $4,890 per person double (single and triple occupancy rates are available as well as share options). This includes suite accommodation (all suites face outside providing views of sea and  landscape); on-board meals including house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner; welcome and farewell cocktail receptions; all tours and excursions; enrichment program of lectures and private classical music concerts on some departures; comprehensive pre-departure materials; transfers and baggage handling abroad on designated arrival and departure dates; gratuities to porters, guides and drivers; and the services of a professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff. 

Feeling more like a private yacht than a cruise ship, Corinthian offers expansive open deck areas, a gym, spa, library (with Internet access), beauty salon, two lodges, a sun deck with Jacuzzi and outdoor café. An elegant dining area accommodates all guests in open, unassigned seating. An elevator serves all decks. A resident physician attends a well-equipped infirmary. Sixty-five seasoned officers and crew attend to details.  The ship is equipped with retractable fin stabilizers and a fleet of Zodiac inflatable crafts for forays ashore. 

Examples of 12th century architecture, the Palace of Diocletian built in AD 295-305 in Split, stately homes along the palm-lined harbor of Vis Town in the Hvar and Vis Islands, the old Turkish houses of Mostar, the home of Marco Polo in Korcula, and the port town of Kotor, one of the most striking and best-preserved towns along the Adriatic coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of several visited on this journey), are visited between Venice and Dubrovnik. Optional extensions at additional fees include Venice, Dubrovnik, and Sarajevo. 

In addition to guided in-depth excursions included in the cruise rate, the yacht remains in many of the ports until late evening, offering opportunities to explore narrow lanes, sample native fare and libations, meet the locals and shop. At no additional cost guests may pedal and paddle thanks to the ship’s own fleet of bikes and kayaks, and swimming takes place from the swimming platform on the ship’s stern. 

Every cruise will have an expert on board to explore this region. These include professors from, among others, Dartmouth College and Purdue University, a former diplomat who speaks Serbo-Croatian and a principal with Heritage Consulting Services. Their lectures will be woven into themed cruises on specified departures: Photography, Gastronomy, Gardens & Botany, Classical Chamber Music, Arts & Architecture and Contemporary Events & History. 

AdventureSmith Explorations also offers small ship cruising to other enticing destinations in the Mediterranean including Greece and its islands, Turkey, Italy, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/mediterranean

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com