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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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

AdventureSmith Explorations Recommends Easy-to-Access Pacific Northwest and British Columbia For Fall 2013 Week-Long Cruises

Tahoe City, CA, Aug. 22, 2013 – The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), suggests close-to-home cruises this fall in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.
 
Many of these trips are also scheduled to operate in April and May of 2014.
 
Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey is a seven-day adventure cruise with many excuses for enjoying local wines and craft beer along with vibrant food thanks to an affiliation with Food Alliance that ensures that the vast majority of on-board fare is locally and sustainably produced.  Off-ship, guests hike, bike, kayak and drift in Zodiacs for up-close perspectives of a vibrant land and its early peoples. The journey begins in Portland and ends in Lewiston, ID, or Spokane, WA. The per person double rate is from $4,390 aboard one of two twin expedition ships,  National Geographic Sea Lion and Sea Bird, each accommodating 62 guests. Departures are from mid September through mid October. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/columbia-and-snake-rivers-journey
 
Historian and Lewis and Clark expert Stephenie Ambroise Tubbs will be on the Sept. 13 departure; an acclaimed chef known for innovation and sustainability, Barton Seaver, joins on Oct. 14; and Rich Reid conducts a Fall Foliage Photo Expedition on Oct. 2 & 8.
 
Legacy of Discovery is an eight-day, 1,000 mile journey through the Columbia River Gorge, transiting through the lock systems of eight mammoth dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers aboard the 88-guest Safari Legacy that replicates a Victorian-style steamer. This trip that begins and ends in Portland, OR, is conducted September through November and again from March through May. Washington’s premier viticulture areas (think private wine tastings), the history of Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail pioneers and Native Americans enhance this richly textured tour. The per person double rate is from $3,195.  See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/legacy-of-discovery
 
Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands is an eight-day expedition on the 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer exploring coastal Washington that begins by circumnavigating Seattle. There are opportunities to hike, kayak, paddleboard and utilize a skiff for up-close wildlife viewing. Iconic Orcas Island and Friday Harbor are popular stops on this tour that highlights fresh and regional cuisine and wines. The per person double rate is from $1,595. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/san-juan-islands-cruise
 
British Columbia's Yachter's Paradise is an eight-day journey to and from Seattle on the luxury 22-guest yacht, Safari Quest, conducted from mid September through late November and again from mid April through late May.  In the famed Northwest Passage, orca whales move silently through the water in search of salmon. Seals and sea lions lounge on rocky islets, and black bears and deer flourish in evergreen forests. Victoria, BC’s Butchart Gardens, Washington’s Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, hiking, kayaking and bird watching are among the highlights. The per person double rate is from $3,695.  See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/british-columbias-yachters-paradise
 
Northwest Island Reflections focuses on the San Juan Island as the 12-guest Pacific Catalyst heads south down the San Juan Channel home to spotted harbor seals, Steller sea lions and the seabirds of numerous wildlife refuges. Guests may marvel at one of the three resident pods of Orca whales feeding on salmon in these plankton-rich waters. Activities include a kayak orientation and shoreline paddle and basking in the alpenglow of 10,107-foot Mount Baker. Home port is Friday harbor. The per person double rate is from $2,150. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/northwest-island-reflections
 
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 2013-2014 reservations; Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

 
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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Roster of Holiday 2013 Small Ship Cruises With All-Inclusive Multi-Activity Land Excursions

Tahoe City, CA, July 29, 2013– The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, flags the 2013 Holiday Season with active cruises from the Antarctic Peninsula to Panama. While festivities aboard vessel will differ, guests will enjoy special seasonal events and celebrations aboard intimate ships ranging in capacity from 36 to 189 people. 

“While our small-ship destinations in and of themselves are reason enough for celebration, guests will doubtless toast the season while sharing the day’s snorkeling thrills or on-ice escapades,” says Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations founder / owner. He noted that trips just before and right after the holiday season come with “terrific discounts” and better availability (Smith recommends making your holiday season cruise bookings now). 

Unlike most larger mega ships that often charge extra for shore excursions, guests on small expedition ships enjoy multi-activity programs on land at no extra charge. 

Following is a list of Holiday departures: 

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. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The World’s Leading Online Resource For Small Ship Cruising Just Got Better

AdventureSmith Explorations Enhances Website With New Trip Planning, Research, Reservation Features

Tahoe City, CA, July 18, 2013– The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, announces a newly re-launched and enhanced website that makes researching and booking destinations, departures and types of cruises and land programs both quicker and easier. 

AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) currently represents over 80 percent of the expedition ships (carrying between 12 and 100 guests) in Alaska and its percentages are growing in Central and South America, Asia/Pacific, North America, polar regions and the Mediterranean.

“Visitors to our new website are noticing how easy it is to navigate through the pages and have commented on how accurate and detailed the information we provide is, often much more complete than even the ship’s own website,” noted Todd Smith, founder/director.

For example, for trip planning purposes, each trip has an arrival/departure note with advice on when and where to arrive so travelers can begin to plan flights.  There’s a staff review of each ship from an AdventureSmith Explorations team member who has personally inspected or cruised aboard (in addition to the standard ship information with cabin descriptions, deck plans, photo images, etc.).

“Our new website provides the same level of trip and ship detail in a more digestible format (using tabs) so users are not overwhelmed by the amount of information available,” explained Smith. “The site is fully integrated into a new reservation system that will allow our experts to provide even more accurate and timely service and information to our clients.”

Other website enhancements include:

  • Larger images and videos (when available) to bring each trip and ship to life.
  • Route maps explaining the course and itinerary.
  • Detailed pricing and cabin category descriptions for each departure date.
  • Suggested tips directing users to other trips similar to the one they are looking at.
  • Trip extension options for pre- or post-cruise add-ons.
  • Easy to find accommodation descriptions.
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  • Research Tools -- Adventure Cruise News Blog, Travel Journals from staff and travelers and Trip Reviews and Ratings, all connecting to trips, ships and other content to provide even more insight to users researching small ship cruises.
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  • Travel Planner – A section of the website dedicated to helping travelers research and prepare for all aspects of their journey including flights, travel insurance, health information, packing lists, passports and documents. 

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 that was repeated again in 2013. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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World’s Best Birding Cruises

AdventureSmith Explorations Recommends Five Small-Ship Cruises for Amateur Ornithologists

Tahoe City, CA, July 8, 2013– The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations - http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ outlines its top five small ship cruise locations for bird watchers.

“Small ship cruises are able to access remote locations where larger vessels can’t go,  safely and comfortably.  As such they are the perfect platform for bird enthusiasts to view species that may otherwise be difficult to reach,” notes AdventureSmith Explorations director and founder Todd Smith, himself an avid birder.

For best viewing, he suggests, cruise when the birds are most prolific. In Alaska bird watching is best in spring (May 15-June 15) and after Aug. 15 to see migrations. Hundreds of bird species migrate to Alaska’s arctic each summer, crossing over Alaska’s inside passage. Glacier Bay National Park is a hotbed for birders with cute puffins and the rare Kittlitz’s Murrelet.  Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise spends several days inside Glacier Bay and guests can get off the ship. 

While guests on any Galapagos Islands Cruise will view many species, bird enthusiasts will appreciate the experts from National Geographic aboard the Endeavour and Islander.  There are 56 native bird species in the Galapagos, with 80 percent found only here.  Thirteen species of Darwin’s Finches are notoriously hard to identify but can be found throughout the archipelago.  Choose an itinerary with Espanola Island during the breeding season of May-November to view the Waved Albatross with its seven-foot wingspan. 

Delfin Amazon Cruises brings guests to minimally 100 birds. Colorful Macaws and Toucans get the most attention but serious birders delight in finding local species such as Antbirds and Hoatzin’s during excursions into small tributaries and lakes that increase chances of viewing a variety of species.  Travel during the high water season of December-May for the best chance to see a variety of birds. 

Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula reveals many species of penguin, such as Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo. For a greater diversity of penguins,  including King penguins, and the chance to witness huge colonies of up to a million birds, select an Antarctic cruise that includes South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.  The Antarctic cruise season is short and penguins mate, nest and rear their young from November to February.  Travel in the early season of November and December to view courtship behavior, nesting and eggs.  January and February are best to view newly hatched chicks and adolescents entering the water.  

Papua New Guinea is one of the most exotic locations for viewing birds aboard a small ship. The diversity of species rivals anywhere on earth and bird watching is combined with authentic cultural interaction and incredible snorkeling.  The region is particularly famous for endemic species such as the Raggiana and Blue Birds of Paradise and rare find including the Fire Maned Bowerbird.  Most trips are scheduled during the dry season in October and November. 

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 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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AdventureSmith Explorations Names Top Eight Luxury Small Ship Cruises, Offers Insider Tips on Best Cabins

 

Tahoe City, CA, May 15, 2013 – What constitutes luxury when it comes to small ship cruising? 

The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, says luxury can mean accommodation, service and dining as well as the flexibility to shape an itinerary into a customized experience. 

When catering to more upmarket clientele, AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) director and founder Todd Smith begins with a handpicked selection of eight of his company’s small ship cruises that fall into the luxury category. Indicative of the service his company provides, Smith goes behind the scene to offer these insider’s tips on the best cabins or suite accommodations on each vessel to maximize one’s time and enjoyment on the water: 

An Alaska cruise, Discoverers Glacier Country aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest, offers upscale intimacy and gourmet dining along with the flexible itinerary of a private yacht charter. Insider’s Tip - The Captain Staterooms A1-A4 have a floor to ceiling sliding glass door opening to a small balcony (rare aboard small ships and yachts).  Smith says to book early and choose A4 or A2 for the quietest cabins on board. 

Costa Rica, Panama Canal & Colombia aboard the 72-guest Variety Voyager resembles a millionaire’s mega yacht. Insiders Tip - While the Owners Suite and P Category suites are obvious choices for travelers seeking the finest cabins, the B Category cabins, especially on the Riviera Deck, offer a very nice cabin with view windows at a considerable value.  Advice is to book early to secure one of two Riviera Deck B cabins that are located away from the forward stairways. 

An Amazon River Cruise aboard the 24-guest Aqua means enjoying the highest standards of modern-day luxury cruising on the Amazon. “Oversized suites are the largest I have ever experienced aboard a ship of this capacity, with a sitting area, king beds and a full walk in bathroom with shower.  Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Lima’s culinary stars, has created a menu that draws on both Peruvian and European influence,” says Smith. Insider’s Tip - Master Suites on the Main Deck are larger and can be adjoined which is a perfect option for families.  Because they are raised from the water level, suites on the Second Deck offer more expansive views into the surrounding rain forest.    

A Galapagos Cruise aboard the 16-guest Athala II offers spaciousness, stability and speed. A crew of 10 plus a bilingual naturalist guide offers a very high crew to guest ratio. Insider’s Tip – The main deck cabins are the obvious choice for luxury travelers because they are larger and they have balconies.  The cabins on the Upper Deck are smaller but they still offer a small sitting area, they open directly to the observation deck, they are very quiet and they can interconnect which makes them a great choice for families with kids.  

In Antarctica The White Continent is a cruise aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. “Luxury in Antarctica must be balanced with access; among ships with ice-strengthened hulls that offer daily shore excursions in Antarctica, the National Geographic Explorer is the finest,” says Smith. A partnership with National Geographic means traveling with the most experienced ice team available, including authors, professors, researchers and photographers. Insider’s Tip – Only a handful of cabins aboard the National Geographic Explorer can be considered luxurious and they sell out early, sometimes up to a year in advance.  Focus on Categories 5, 6, and 7 as these cabins offer balconies or verandas and all are located on the Upper Deck. 

In Asia Sailing the Mekong River: Cambodia, Vietnam, Angkor, Saigon is aboard the 48-guest Jahan that offers a step back in time into a distinctive British-Indian colonial themed boutique hotel.  Built in 2011 and specifically designed for Mekong River Cruises, she is, says Smith, “without question the finest ship on the river.”  Meals aboard Jahan are part of the exploration and offer a window in to the region with fresh, local ingredients highlighting outstanding Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines.  Insider’s Tip – Limited departures mean this cruise sells out quickly.  The two Suites and two Category 3 Cabins sell out first because they are the largest at a whopping 376 and 549 square feet respectively.  

Australia’s Kimberly Expedition aboard the 100-guest Orion is, says Smith, “more mega-yacht than cruise ship. No expense has been spared.” Insider’s Tip – Luxury travelers will want to focus on the Owners Suites or the Balcony Suites on Deck 5.  These cabins are the most spacious on board with a sitting area and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto a private French balcony (except Owners Suite 509 which does not have a balcony and is located near the stairway).  

Sailing the Greek Isles aboard the 58-guest Sea Cloud combines tall-ship sailing with a highly appealing destination. Built in 1931 by E.F. Hutton for his wife Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Sea Cloud is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Insider’s Tip – The Owner’s Suites (Category A) and Original Deluxe Cabins (Category B) feature Carrara marble, golden bath fixtures, polished teak, antique furniture, fireplaces and walk-in closets. The spacious original cabins (Category B) include artifacts collected by the Huttons from their travels. These wood-paneled rooms feature various armchairs, marble fireplaces, and antique furnishings. The remaining cabins (Category 1-4 are a mix of converted original officers cabins and additions made in the modern era.  

About AdventureSmith Explorations

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 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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AdventureSmith Explorations Suggests Cruising Greenland and Iceland in September To Witness 11-Year Peak of Aurora Borealis

Tahoe City, CA, April 4, 2013– The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, offers four journeys this fall to witness the Aurora Borealis which is experiencing the peak of an 11-year solar cycle. 

“The sun has a heartbeat and every 11 years or so it beats the strongest, increasing the amount of solar radiation released into space,” explains AdventureSmith Explorations director and founder Todd Smith.  “When this energy reaches earth it manifests itself in the form of spectacular aurora displays, also known as the northern lights, that can best be seen in northern locations such as the Arctic and Alaska.”  

Here are four cruise programs that will feature prime Aurora Borealis viewing: 

Greenland Aurora Borealis Cruise is 8 or 15 days aboard the 32-passenger, three-mast schooner S/V Rembrandt van Rijn sailing south along Greenland’s west coast. This voyage starts in Aasiaat and ends in Nuuk (8-day itinerary) or Narsarsuaq (15-day itinerary). Highlights beyond viewing the incredible Northern Lights will be spotting musk oxen, sailing by the enormous icebergs of the Jakobshavn Glacier, visiting old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture (dating from the 11th century) and bathing in a large hot spring surrounded by icebergs. The per person double rate for the shorter trip is from $2,400 and for the 15-day program from $3,640. 2013 departures are Sept. 9, 19 and 26. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/479 

Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis Cruise is seven days departing Sept. 6 after a scenic bus tour from Reykjavik, Iceland, across northern Iceland to the port of embarkation in Akureyri. Guests board the 114-guest Plancius then cruise across the Arctic Circle to Scoresby Sund, East Greenland, the longest fjord in the world where conditions will be optimal to experience the Northern Lights.Time at sea is perfect for witnessing the Aurora Borealis; shore and zodiac excursions focus on wildlife, culture and icebergs. Greenland and its surrounding waters are home to an impressive array of wildlife. There are about 50 bird species on the island such as gyrfalcon, snowy owl, and barnacle and pink-footed goose. The per person double rate is from $5,300. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/475

Greenland Explorer takes cruise passengers aboard the 112-guest Sea Spirit to the home of the world’s greatest fjords and most active glaciers outside of Antarctica. From the Fjord of Eternity to the Arctic ghost town of Skoldungen, Greenland rewards with sights and experiences unlike any other place on Earth. Dog sledding settlements and cultural shows offer a connection to the people who live here, while whale-watching, tundra hiking and exploring one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers get visitors close to nature. Greenland remains largely untouched by humans, a rare treat - ideally suited for expedition travel. Late summer cruises may offer excellent views of the Aurora Borealis. A special offer allows savings up to 20 percent.  See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/136

Eastern Greenland - The autumn and winter skies above Greenland’s eastern coast are renowned for putting on some of the best Aurora displays in the world. Ideal for more active travelers, this cruise aboard the Sea Spirit provides lengthy shore excursions, walking and hiking across the pristine wilderness of Greenland. A special promotion offers up to 20 percent off. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/460

Smith suggests that friends traveling together consider the price savings of booking triple and quad rooms. Also he suggests to always ask for an upgrade when checking in.

“Often managers will provide upgrades to unsold cabins that were restricted during the booking process,” Smith says. “You just need to ask.”

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 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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From Alaska to Australia, Small Ship Cruise Specialist AdventureSmith Explorations Offers Special Pricing for Multigenerational Groups

 

Tahoe City, CA, March 21, 2013– The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, suggests five summer cruise options from Alaska to Australia that are ideal for traditional as well as multigenerational families. 

“We’ve seen a 30 percent growth in multigenerational groups over the past three years,” says Todd Smith, small ship cruise expert and AdventureSmith Explorations founder. He emphasizes that booking early helps families get the trips they’re interested in, plus there are savings that come with early season bookings. 

Ecuador - Galapagos Cruise aboard the Eric/Letty/Flamingo: The 20-passenger, eco-certified Eric, Letty, and Flamingo are sister ships offering talented naturalist guides, easy nature hikes and snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands on eight-day cruises. Each naturalist takes small groups (10 max) on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the Galapagos Islands' diverse wildlife and natural history. On select summer departures, savings can be 15% for adults and 15-25% for children. 

Alaska Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: This eight-day trip from Juneau to Ketchikan explores the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage by kayak, skiff, foot and small ship or yacht. Families with children under age 12 should consider the designated "Kids in Nature" cruises. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family meet and interact with local families such as oyster farmers or commercial fishermen who live a remote, isolated lifestyle. Ages 12 years and younger receive a 25% savings on designated Kids in Nature departures. 

Greece - Classical Greece aboard the Harmony V: This eight-day cruise combines conventional cruising with private yachting while unraveling the wonders of Classical Greece. This adventure includes classic ancient Greek ruins and sites. On some departures kids cruise for free and some offer 25% off adult rates. Some restrictions apply and bookings must be made by March 31. 

Peru - Amazon River Cruise aboard the Delfin I: The Delfin I combines luxury with the wilderness of the Amazon in the most unique and personalized vessel ever to cruise the Amazon River system. This classic river vessel carries only eight passengers in four spacious deluxe suites, each with private terraces and two with private whirlpool baths. Activities include night safaris, wildlife watching, kayaking, swimming in the river, interacting with local children, fishing for piranhas and exploring the rain forest. Two rooms can be interconnected for families. Children receive 20% off the standard rate. 

Australia - Great Barrier Reef aboard the Coral Princess II: This cruise combines the numerous exclusive reef sites on the most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef itinerary available. The cruise can be for, five or eight days hopping among islands. Kids cruise free on select summer departures. 

Smith suggests that families considering a small ship cruise ask for details on cabin locations and bed configurations. He also recommends arriving at the embarkation destination the day before cruise departure to make the beginning of the cruise relaxing for everyone.  Also he suggests to always ask for an upgrade when checking in. 

“Often managers will provide upgrades to unsold cabins that were restricted during the booking process,” Smith says. “You just need to ask.” 

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 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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