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Caledonian Sky: Kununurra – Broome or vv

Caledonian Sky: Kununurra – Broome or vv

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Featuring just 57 suites, the MS Caledonian Sky is perfectly suited to small group expeditions, while personalised attention is assured thanks to our crew of 75. When not off exploring nature’s onshore marvels or cruising on a Zodiac safari, APT guests are treated to an onboard lifestyle that is as relaxing as it is stimulating. It’s easy to get to know your fellow guests in a comfortable, informal and relaxed atmosphere.

The MS Caledonian Sky represents the most stylish way to explore the rugged Kimberley coastline. The atmosphere is warm and peaceful, akin to that of a fine country club. A little music in the main lounge or bar after dinner, and enthralling guest speakers all contribute to make your voyage a memorable experience. Exquisite dining options in a choice of restaurants with included beverages all day. Our experienced expedition crew are always on hand to make your trip extra special.

The MS Caledonian Sky is fully outfitted to journey to remote shores in safety and comfort. It is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications apparatus, as well as Zodiacs for exploring onshore.

Special Offer – Option 1

Save $2,000 per couple & receive one hotel night for FREE when you book by 15 December 2020.

Special Offer – Option 2

Both offers based on twin cabin share bookings. Please enquire for sole traveller. Broome accommodation rrp up to $300 per night.

Both offers based on twin cabin share bookings. Please enquire for sole traveller. Broome accommodation rrp up to $300 per night.

Day 1: Arrive in Kununurra

Today we meet you on arrival in Kununurra and transfer you to your hotel. Stay: Kununurra Country Club

Day 2 – Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Catherdral Gorge

Head south on the Great Northern Highway, bound for Purnululu National Park. Catch your first glimpse of the Bungle Bungle Range before venturing to the southern end of the park to explore Piccaninny Creek. Continue to The Window and then to Cathedral Gorge. Stay: Two Nights, APT’s Exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Day 3 – Purnululu National Park, Osmand Lookout, Echinda Chasm

Another full day has been put aside for your Purnululu National Park discovery, starting with a short walk to Osmand Lookout. Pause to take in the views over the Osmand Range and surrounding landscape. Another highlight is sure to be Echidna Chasm.

Day 4 – Purnululu National Park, Kununurra

Today, visit a local Indigenous community and gain an insight into their culture (when available) before continuing to Kununurra. Stay: Kununurra Country Club

Departs 19 May 2020, 1 June 2020, 6 June 2020, 2 July 2020, 14 July 2020, 15 July 2020, 28 July 2020, 1 Aug 2020, 10 Aug 2020, 14 Aug 2020, 15 Aug 2020, 19 Aug 2020

PRICES
10 DAY CRUISE ONLY 2020
14 DAY BUNGLES + CRUISE 2020
TWIN
SOLO FROM
TWIN
SOLO FROM
Porthole Suite $11,195 pp $16,045 pp $12,690 pp $17,940 pp
Window Suite $12,595 pp $18,145 pp $14,090 pp $20,040 pp
Balcony Suite $14,695 pp $21,295 pp $16,190 pp $23,190 pp
Owner’s Balcony Suite $15,595 pp $24,845 pp $17,090 pp $26,740 pp
Island Balcony Suite $17,195 pp $28,045 pp $18,690 pp $29,950 pp

*The Island Balcony Suite is only available on the MS Island Sky.

Cruise Overview

Join us on a visit to the Kimberley, the real ‘Outback’ and an area the Australian’s refer to as “The Land of Wait A While”. It was the last great empty section of Australia to be explored, with European settlers arriving only just over a hundred years ago. Ignored by the early explorers, the Kimberley today is one of the richest areas of Australia. Record gold and diamond rushes, great cattle drives and hauls of pearl shells have put the Kimberley on the economic map, yet for all its latterly discovered wealth it still remains one of the most untouched areas in the world today. Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometres, the region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on earth and is truly one of the world’s last great wilderness areas with a complex landscape which encompasses spectacular gorges and waterfalls, fascinating cave systems and an incredibly diverse variety of wildlife.

Due to its wild and undeveloped nature, the Kimberley is a wonderful place for the genuine traveller to explore and it is perfect for expedition style cruising. There are so many highlights, it is difficult to know where to begin when extolling its virtues. From the King George River and Falls to the tidal phenomena at the Montgomery Reef, from the fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities of Bigge Island to the horizontal waterfalls near Talbot Bay and the hundreds of islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago. The whole vast area offers a cornucopia of natural world…

Reverse Destination Option Available

Accommodation

Your onboard accommodation provides the sophisticated elegance, spacious comfort and state-of-the-art amenities of a first-class hotel. Each suite is individually named, and all are at least 225 square feet – almost twice the size of suites on some other cruise ships her size. Across four decks, each suite enjoys ocean views, so you will never miss a moment of the stunning surrounds. All suites feature elegant ensuites with a shower and/or bathtub with Molton Brown toiletries for that extra special touch of luxury. Enjoy modern conveniences of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water, as well as a sitting area, flat-screen television, telephone, wardrobe, safe and dressing table.

Sophisticated Public Areas

Take advantage of al fresco dining on the Lido Deck, offering impressive views to complement the exquisite cuisine on offer. The Sun Deck provides the perfect place to unwind, whilst the Panorama Lounge features a bar and floor-to-ceiling windows to absorb the stunning scenery, or relax with a book from the library. You will even find a small gym and hair salon with appointments available on request.

Standard Suite – Castle Deck
  • 244 square feet / 22.7 square metres
  • Standard Suites feature multiple port holes, an en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.
Superior Suite – Caledonian Deck
  • 232 square feet / 21.6 square metres
  • Superior Suites feature a large window, an en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Premium Suites – Promenade Deck

Deluxe Balcony Suites – Bridge Deck

  • 260 square feet / 24.2 square metres
  • Deluxe Balcony Suites feature a private balcony,  en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious walk-in wardrobe.

Premium Balcony Suites –  Promenade Deck

  • 277 square feet / 25.7 square metres
  • Premium Balcony Suites feature a private balcony, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious walk-in wardrobe.

Owners’s Balcony Suites – Promenade Deck

  • 303 square feet / 28.2 square metres
  • Owner’s Corner Suites are spacious suites that feature a large private balcony, two portholes, ensuite bathroom with a shower and spacious wardrobes.

Cuisine

It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our Sky vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions. With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well-stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapés take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido Deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

 

In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like-minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

 

The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

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  • Destination
  • Departure
    Wyndham
  • Dress Code
    Casual
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Meals
    Non-alcoholic beverages
    Services of staff
    Shore excursions by tender boat
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic beverages
    Coffee & tea
    Flights to/from your cruise
    National park fees
    Optional extra helicopter flights
    Souvenirs on board

Tour Plan

1

Arrive in Kununurra, Embark ship in Wyndham

From Kununurra transfer to Wyndham, where you will be welcomed on board your ship. A relaxed dinner this evening allows you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and sets the tone for the next nine nights on board.
2

Koolama, King George River & Falls

Wake this morning as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Hear how this harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it’s on to King George River. Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river’s gorge system, passing hidden mangrove-fringed coves and soaring red cliffs. It is here you’ll experience your first Signature Experience. Anticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a towering sandstone cliff. Edge closer to this epic cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.
3

Vansittart Bay, Jar Island

An intriguing exploration of Vansittart Bay awaits today. Join your expedition team and set out across the bay’s vast salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 that crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, step ashore at Jar Island and see examples of mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings.
4

Bigge Island

Discover Bigge Island today, known for its Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century.
5

Price Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls

Your expedition ship arrives at Prince Frederick Harbour today, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, the harbour is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles and mudskippers. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for kingfishers, egrets, herons and white-bellied sea eagles. It’s time to jump aboard your Zodiac vessels for an exploration of the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. As your day of discovery draws to a close, you might choose to set out on a helicopter flight and view the natural spectacle of Mitchell Falls from above (own expense).
6

Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George Basin

Reach Careening Bay today, home to the historic Mermaid Boab Tree. It was here in 1820 that Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid. During this time, King’s carpenter carved the ship’s name into a boab tree that overlooks the bay. Continue on to Prince Regent Nature Reserve, only accessible by boat. Explore this protected area and see why it is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Next, it’s on to the untouched coastal area of Hanover Bay. While you’re here, you might like to hop aboard your Zodiac for an enthralling visit to St George’s Basin. If the tide allows, perhaps catch a glimpse of a saltwater crocodile, among other marine life.
7

Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point

Excitement builds this morning as you join your expedition team for an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. Witness the reef rise out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly into the surrounding channels. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time. Then, cruise through Doubtful Bay, a hotspot for whale watching during the season. Later, step ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site. When available, you’ll be joined by a local Indigenous guide.
8

Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay

Today your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for its epic 12-metre tides that create an astonishing natural spectacle, the Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, set out on a thrilling ride through the falls aboard a high-powered fast boat. Hold on tight as your boat skims across Talbot Bay to the mouth of the falls before making its way through the churning waters. The adventure continues as you jump aboard your Zodiac vessel for an exploration of Cyclone Creek. See dramatic folding in the rock formations as you navigate through the creek, accompanied by your expedition team member.
9

Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island

There’s promise of yet more turquoise waters today as your ship arrives in the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and join your expedition team member for an exploration of this remote coastal area by Zodiac. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef, teeming with an array of coral and marine life, including reef sharks and stingrays. Back on board, toast the end of an epic adventure during a farewell dinner. Then, take in the amber glow of a Kimberley sunset for the last time as your ship sets sail towards Broome.
10

Disembark Ship, Depart Broome

Arriving into Broome this morning means it’s time to say goodbye to your ship. You’ll set out on a fleeting exploration of this historic pearling town before being transferred to the airport later this afternoon.

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Special Offer - Option 1

Save $2,000 per couple & receive one hotel night for FREE when you book by 15 December 2020

Special Offer - Option 2

Both offers based on twin cabin share bookings. Please enquire for sole traveller. Broome accommodation rrp up to $300 per night.

Both offers based on twin cabin share bookings. Please enquire for sole traveller. Broome accommodation rrp up to $300 per night.

Day 1: Arrive in Kununurra

Today we meet you on arrival in Kununurra and transfer you to your hotel. Stay: Kununurra Country Club

Day 2 - Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Catherdral Gorge

Head south on the Great Northern Highway, bound for Purnululu National Park. Catch your first glimpse of the Bungle Bungle Range before venturing to the southern end of the park to explore Piccaninny Creek. Continue to The Window and then to Cathedral Gorge. Stay: Two Nights, APT’s Exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Day 3 - Purnululu National Park, Osmand Lookout, Echinda Chasm

Another full day has been put aside for your Purnululu National Park discovery, starting with a short walk to Osmand Lookout. Pause to take in the views over the Osmand Range and surrounding landscape. Another highlight is sure to be Echidna Chasm.

Day 4 - Purnululu National Park, Kununurra

Today, visit a local Indigenous community and gain an insight into their culture (when available) before continuing to Kununurra. Stay: Kununurra Country Club

Departs 19 May 2020, 1 June 2020, 6 June 2020, 2 July 2020, 14 July 2020, 15 July 2020, 28 July 2020, 1 Aug 2020, 10 Aug 2020, 14 Aug 2020, 15 Aug 2020, 19 Aug 2020

PRICES
10 DAY CRUISE ONLY 2020
14 DAY BUNGLES + CRUISE 2020
TWIN
SOLO FROM
TWIN
SOLO FROM
Porthole Suite $11,195 pp $16,045 pp $12,690 pp $17,940 pp
Window Suite $12,595 pp $18,145 pp $14,090 pp $20,040 pp
Balcony Suite $14,695 pp $21,295 pp $16,190 pp $23,190 pp
Owner’s Balcony Suite $15,595 pp $24,845 pp $17,090 pp $26,740 pp
Island Balcony Suite $17,195 pp $28,045 pp $18,690 pp $29,950 pp

*The Island Balcony Suite is only available on the MS Island Sky.

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