Summary : Sail along the Great Barrier Reef before visiting the legendary Cape York, at Australia’s northernmost point. Continue on and visit the small villages of thatched houses in the Asmat region, one of the most isolated and mysterious regions in the world. With deeply-rooted traditions and ancestor worship that is still very much alive, some of the tribes living here have still had no contact with the outside world. Sail into the heart of Triton Bay. This ancient coral reef raised by tectonic forces shelters a multitude of species of fish. A highlight of the cruise will be sailing in the Maluku Islands, also known as the “Spice Islands”—it was here that European settlers came in the 16th century to get cloves and nutmeg that were much sought-after at the time. Discover the Kei Islands and their stunning beaches, and learn about the history of the Dutch and Portuguese influence in Banda Neira.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Embark the vessel in the afternoon.
Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located at the tip of North Eastern Australia. The region has been described as the largest unspoiled wilderness in Australia. The relatively undisturbed eucalyptus wooded savannahs, tropical rainforests and other types of habitat are now recognized for their global environmental significance.
From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green junge—the attractions of the remote Banda archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.
Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
Meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); port and safety taxes; crew gratuities; 24-hour room service; butler service for guests staying in Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Lorraine Turci, © Nathalie Michel, © Ponant