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EXPEDITION CRUISING<br />

KIMBERLEY<br />

TOP FIVE HIGHLIGHTS<br />

• Watching the Montgomery Reef rise out of the water.<br />

It’s an illusion of course. What’s really happening<br />

is the tide is falling. Zodiacs get close to the water<br />

cascading off it and green turtles hugging the base.<br />

• A helicopter ride to the Mitchell Falls, where water<br />

tumbles over four tiers some 80 metres high.<br />

• A fast boat ride over the Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay.<br />

The phenomenon is created by a break in the cliffs<br />

through which millions of gallons of sea powers in and<br />

out as the tide ebbs and flows.<br />

• A boat ride down the Hunter River on the look out for<br />

fearsome ‘salties’ – the Australian nickname for the<br />

saltwater crocodiles that lurk in the mangroves.<br />

• Discovering Aboriginal rock art depicting human<br />

figures that is believed to be 50,000 years old.<br />

DISCOVER:<br />

THE KIMBERLEY<br />

The Kimberley is a remote area in Northern Australia that’s the size of<br />

England but with a population of just over 40,000 people and a couple of<br />

roads that become almost impassable in the wet, between November and<br />

April, when up to 50 inches of rain falls.<br />

WHO GOES WHERE<br />

CRUISE LINE<br />

Antarctica<br />

South Georgia<br />

Falkland Islands<br />

Spitsbergen<br />

Greenland<br />

Northwest Passage<br />

Northeast Passage<br />

Galapagos<br />

Kimberley<br />

Russian Far East<br />

Mergui Archipelago<br />

WEBSITE<br />

Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ auroraexpeditions.com.au<br />

Celebrity <strong>Cruise</strong>s ✔ celebritycruises.co.uk<br />

Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ crystalcruises.co.uk<br />

G Adventures ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ gadventures.co.uk<br />

SELLING TIPS<br />

• Read up on the cruise itineraries so you<br />

can paint such an exciting picture of what<br />

awaits that clients can’t resist booking.<br />

• Don’t just offer this to your cruise<br />

customers. A Kimberley cruise is perfect<br />

for everyone seeking a holiday packed<br />

with excitement and adventure.<br />

• Australia is a long way to go for 10 nights<br />

so package the cruise around a longer<br />

stay. Some beach time in Broome, a few<br />

days in Cairns to visit the Great Barrier<br />

Reef and a couple of nights in Sydney<br />

would be great additions.<br />

• Break the price into a daily cost to show<br />

what great value it is for such a once-ina-lifetime<br />

experience.<br />

Only a handful of cruise lines sail here, which is<br />

a shame because it is a thrilling holiday offering<br />

different and unique experiences every day that<br />

travellers with a sense of adventure will love.<br />

Many are a result of the region’s huge tidal<br />

range (up to 12 metres, one of the largest on<br />

the planet), which creates gushing rapids and<br />

the bizarre phenomenon of a coral reef rising<br />

out of the water. The aggressive saltwater<br />

crocodiles that lurk beneath the waves, curtailing<br />

swimming and meaning trips ashore are limited,<br />

add to the excitement.<br />

And then there is the fact that ships have<br />

to anchor quite a way out from land in several<br />

spots because much of the coast is still not fully<br />

charted. The Kimberley is remote indeed, even by<br />

Australian standards.<br />

Over the course of a week your clients will take<br />

Zodiac cruises through a stunning sandstone gorge<br />

that leads to the tumbling twin King George Falls,<br />

see ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a fast<br />

boat over the Horizontal Falls. A couple of lines<br />

include flights over the Bungle Bungles - a range of<br />

beehive-shaped sandstone structures some 250<br />

metres high in the Purnululu National Park, a vast<br />

wilderness almost the size of Luxembourg.<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong>s operate between Broome in Western<br />

Australia, a town built up on the pearling industry<br />

but these days most famous for its long sandy<br />

Cable Beach, and the city of Darwin, which was<br />

named after the British evolutionist although he<br />

never actually went there.<br />

Clients with time in the city at the start or end<br />

of their cruise can visit the Kakadu National Park,<br />

dive into the local street culture at Mindil Beach<br />

Sunset Market (Thursday and Sunday evenings)<br />

or visit an exhibition at the Museum and Art<br />

Gallery of the Northern Territory that recreates the<br />

night of Christmas Eve 1974 when the city was hit<br />

by a devastating cyclone.<br />

Hapag-Lloyd <strong>Cruise</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ hl-cruises.com<br />

Pandaw ✔ fredrivercruises.co.uk<br />

Ponant ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ponant.com<br />

Scenic ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ scenic.co.uk<br />

Seabourn ✔ ✔ ✔ seabourn.com<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ silversea.com<br />

WHO GOES THERE<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Discoverer – 5,218 tons, 116 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Ten-day cruises between Broome and<br />

Darwin or vice-versa from April to June 2019 include a<br />

flight over the Bungle Bungles and a Zodiac cruise to<br />

the King George Falls.<br />

Sample: From £7,600 per person for a 10-night cruise<br />

from Darwin to Broome departing June 4 2019.<br />

Excludes flights.<br />

Ponant<br />

Ships: Le Lapérouse – 9,900 tons, 184 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Eleven-day cruises between Darwin and<br />

Broome that visit the Lacepede Islands, home to colonies<br />

of brown boobies, Australian penguins and countless<br />

other birdlife, and Collier Bay to see the Montgomery Reef.<br />

Sample: From €8,440 per person for a 10-night Iconic<br />

Kimberley cruise from Darwin to Broome departing May 8<br />

2020. Excludes flights.<br />

Aurora <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ships: Coral <strong>Expedition</strong>s I – 730 tons, 42 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Eleven-day voyages between Broome<br />

and Darwin that include treks through the bush, a<br />

Zodiac cruise through the Horizontal Falls and seek out<br />

crocodiles in Prince Regent Nature Reserve.<br />

Sample: From Aus$8,690 per person for an 11-day<br />

Broome to Darwin cruise departing June 10 2019.<br />

Excludes flights.<br />

12 | <strong>Expedition</strong> <strong>Cruise</strong> <strong>Diary</strong> | March 2019<br />

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