This is our most exciting cruise ship itinerary in Australia that our team have ever created. Departing Darwin, a circumnavigation of Australia on a 60 day cruise for only 120 guests on our newly built cruise ship that will be your home for this extraordinary voyage. Depart Darwin 30 October 2021 re
With accommodation for only 120 guests in 60 staterooms, her relaxed and intimate onboard atmosphere is a trademark of our small ship expedition cruises.
Our Master, Captain Wilson has designed a voyage that will be a celebration of the history, culture and nature and of Australian Maritime history.
Share the experience of navigation with the Captain with a visit to our open bridge or share stories with new friends at the statement wine-tasting table in the Dining Room.
Spacious bar and lounge areas provide relaxation and time to connect, and all Explorer Deck and Bridge Deck staterooms and suites offer private balconies.
Our brand new cruise ship is purpose-built for comfortable ocean voyages and for exploring remote areas inaccessible to larger commercial cruise ships.
She is outfitted with dual Xplorer tenders and eight zodiacs, and our unique hydraulic platform enables easy walk-on boarding for shore excursions.
She is Australian flagged and crewed, so you can expect the highest standard of service, environmental responsibility, and the intimate and personal experience of boutique smallship cruising.
Welcome to our 35th Anniversary Circumnavigation Expedition of Australia.
Sailing aboard our historic voyage will commence from Darwin on the 30th October 2021 and undertake a full circumnavigation of the Australian Coastline over 60 days (59 nights) returning on 28th December 2021.
This is a once in a lifetime and never to be repeated expedition of discovery and we would love for you to join us.
With only 60 staterooms available for this voyage, this is an intimate and personal journey of discovery.
With our unique Xplorer tenders, explore hard-to-reach locations of historic significance or natural beauty.
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35th Anniversary Cruise Ship Circumnavigation of Australia
With excitement buzzing in the sea breeze, we will embark on our circumnavigation voyage in the afternoon of Saturday 30th October 2021 from Darwin port as the sun sets.
We begin and end our epic Australian Circumnavigation in the northern port city of Darwin, which has been a launching point of our Cruising Expeditions for over 25 years on our Kimberley, Cape York, Spice Islands and Papua New Guinea voyages.
This tropical city is a gateway to some of Australia's most significant natural and cultural wonders and has centuries-old connections with cultures and people to the north of Australia.
Your Voyage Experiences
Visit famous places and share stories of historic maritime events that shaped our nation from ancient times to early explorers and more modern wartime.
Be immersed in the arts and cultures of the people and communities of Australia on your travels.
Whether it be coastal walks, snorkelling the reef, sharing amazing wildlife encounters or just taking in the scenery, you will enjoy a unique perspective of the greatest coastline in the world.
Our experienced Expedition Team, along with guest lecturers and special guests, accompany and guide our voyage.
Their commentary and skill at story telling will immerse you in the culture, history and nature of the Australian coastline.
Cruise Ship Circumnavigation of Australia - SPECIAL EVENTS
Included in your circumnavigation cruise are three special events.
1.) Winemaker’s Dinner at Leeuwin Estate winery, Margaret River, Western Australia
Enjoy a walk in the vines and hosted tours in the cellar and gallery of this award-winning winery before settling in to enjoy a 4-course degustation dinner with paired wines presented by the winemaker and chef.
2.) Sail on the historic square rigger James Craig on Sydney Harbour
Spend an afternoon aboard the historic square rigger, the James Craig as we sail Sydney Harbour with guest lecturers and historians to share their stories
3.) Christmas Dinner under the stars at Uluru – with private jet transfers
A very special day awaits with an outback Christmas celebration at Uluru. Enjoy champagne and carols on our flight to Uluru, an afternoon cultural tour, sunset drinks on the dunes overlooking Kata Tjuta followed by a Christmas Dinner at the famed “Sounds of Silence” experience.
Overnight City Ports
DARWIN is the host city for our expedition with departure on Saturday, 30th October 2021 and returning on Tuesday, 28th December 2021.
FREMANTLE: Explore the foreshores, historic sights, marketplaces and fabulous restaurants.
PORT ADELAIDE: A chance for guests to visit the museums, gardens and old-world charm of the city, and a special visit to the historic clipper City of Adelaide.
HOBART: Sail through the D’Entrecasteaux Channel at sunrise. Have the day at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
SYDNEY: Experience a tall ship sailing on the majestic waters of Sydney Harbour in the afternoon and then time to explore in the evening.
OVERNIGHT CITY PORTS CAIRNS: Our home port of Cairns Expeditions will welcome us on Christmas Day for a morning brunch and then flights by private jet for dinner under the stars at Uluru.
DEPARTS DARWIN SATURDAY, 30th October 2021
DAY 2 KOOLAMA BAY
DAY 3 CAREENING BAY
DAY 4 CYGNET BAY
DAY 5 AT SEA
DAY 6 DEPUCH ISLAND
DAY 7 TRYAL ROCKS & MONTEBELLO ISLANDS
DAY 8 AT SEA
DAY 9 DIRK HARTOG ISLAND
DAY 10 DENHAM
DAY 11 HMAS SYDNEY & HSK KORMORAN SITES
DAY 12 HOUTMAN ABROLHOS
DAY 13 HOUTMAN ABROLHOS
DAY 14 FREMANTLE
DAY 15 FREMANTLE & BUSSELTON
DAY 16 AUGUSTA - CAPE LEEUWIN WINERY
DAY 17 ALBANY
DAY 18 ARCHIPELAGO OF THE RECHERCHE
DAY 19 ARCHIPELAGO OF THE RECHERCHE
DAY 20 AT SEA
DAY 21 AT SEA & HEAD OF BIGHT
DAY 22 AT SEA
DAY 23 WHYALLA
DAY 24 PORT ADELAIDE
DAY 25 PORT ADELAIDE & PENNESHAW, KANGAROO ISLAND
DAY 26 PENNESHAW, KANGAROO ISLAND & ENCOUNTER BAY
DAY 27 PORT FAIRY
DAY 28 PORT FAIRY, 12 APOSTLES, & HALF MOON BAY
DAY 29 HALF MOON BAY
DAY 30 KING ISLAND
DAY 31 AT SEA
DAY 32 HOBART
DAY 33 HOBART & NORTH BAY
DAY 34 SHOAL BAY & DARLINGTON, MARIA ISLAND
DAY 35 GEORGETOWN
DAY 36 PRESERVATION ISLAND
DAY 37 BOYDTOWN, TWOFOLD BAY
DAY 38 EDEN, TWOFOLD BAY
DAY 39 BOTANY BAY & PORT HACKING
DAY 40 SYDNEY
DAY 41 SYDNEY & BROKEN BAY
DAY 42 AT SEA
DAY 43 TANGALOOMA
DAY 44 HERVEY BAY / FRASER ISLAND
DAY 45 SEVENTEEN-SEVENTY (1770)
DAY 46 PERCY ISLANDS
DAY 47 GREAT BARRIER REEF & ISLANDS
DAY 48 GREAT BARRIER REEF & ISLANDS
DAY 49 CAIRNS - ULURU
DAY 50 CAIRNS & ENDEAVOUR REEF
DAY 51 COOKTOWN
DAY 52 RESTORATION ISLAND
DAY 53 THURSDAY ISLAND & CAPE YORK
DAY 54 POSSESSION ISLAND & BOOBY ISLAND
DAY 55 CULLEN POINT & PENNEFATHER RIVER
DAY 56 CAPE KEERWEER
DAY 57 CAPE ARNHEM
DAY 58 WESSEL ISLANDS
DAY 59 AT SEA
ARRIVES DARWIN TUESDAY, 28th December 2021
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Departs Darwin at Sunset - Time to be confirmed on booking
Departs from the port of Darwin
January - December
59 Nights & 60 Days
Personal items suitable for cruising on a luxury ship and for participating in land tours
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Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
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It is recommended that all passengers purchase appropriate travel insurance upon making their reservation and prior to their departure. We operate in remote areas and whilst our crew are trained in remote area first aid, we do not employ doctors on board our cruises.