By Melanie Gretchen
March 4, 2011
Cruise broker AdventureSmith Explorations has expanded its Australian cruise itineraries via three expedition ships tailored for an intimate group of passengers exploring intimate spaces throughout Down Under's landscape. With Coral Princess accommodating 46, Coral Princess II, 50, and Oceanic Discover, 72, AdventureSmith, pairing adventure travelers with small ship cruises, counts the Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley, Tasmania and Spice Island, among its top destinations.
On four to 17-day cruises, itineraries also include Eastern Arnhem Land, Papau New Guinea, Melanesia, and West Papua and Maluku and feature "Explorer," an awning-draped aluminum excursion vessel used for landings and extensive exploration of King George Falls and secluded rivers. We like the Tasmania Food & Wine itinerary, departing from Sydney Harbor to cruise the New South Wales coastline. You'll visit the historic whaling town of Eden before calling at Flinders Island; there, consider taking out a Zodiac to explore the area, go on a hike to get a good view of Wineglass Bay or, our favorite, enjoy the area's Coles Bay oysters.