As the 2019 Kimberley cruise season gears up, we’re thrilled to advise that we’ve added the stylish Reef Prince to our portfolio of Kimberley small ships, and to share the first photos following the multi-million dollar ‘rebirth’ she has undergone over recent months.
I was talking to Sonia at Reef Prince recently and she ran me through the myriad improvements made to the vessel, which effectively amounted to completely stripping back the interiors and starting again from scratch. It’s simply amazing to see the transformation that has taken place.
The first change we noticed was the incredible revitalisation of the dining and lounge areas. Gone are the drab colours and cafeteria-style seating and flooring, replaced by a spacious, light-filled room with modern furnishings, panoramic views and polished floorings. Have a look at the before (left) and after (below) photos below to see for yourself the dramatic changes that have been made!
Moving on the accommodations, the 18 spacious cabins are divided into four classes. One of the bugbears of the past was that some cabins utilised shared bathrooms, whereas others had private en suites. This has now been rectified, with all cabins featuring a private en suite, and brand new contemporary linens are consistent across the entire ship, rather than the miss-matched decor travellers may have experienced previously.
But the great news is that the new look hasn’t pushed the pricing out of reach for most travellers. Reef Prince still offers some great value Kimberley cruising, those on a restricted-budget can select a Class 4 inside cabin, which is spacious and has its own en suite, but lacks external views. Or, if your budget allows, the ‘top of the range’ State Class offers a very sizeable cabin with panoramic views and a queen-size bed.
There’s also a great Aussie crew on board to attend to your every need, and the comfortable excursion tender ‘Regent’ allows access to even the most hard-to-reach locations along the Kimberley coast. We also love that Reef Prince offers the opportunity to try your hand at landing one of the region’s mighty Barras as well – a thrill for keen fisherman and amateurs alike.
Reef Prince’s 11 day itinerary between Darwin and Broome (and vice versa) takes in all the ‘must see’ icons of the region. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to see:
· Jar Island - Gwion Gwion art and Vansittart Bay DC3 crash-site
· King George Falls - These iconic twin falls tower over 80 metres in height
· Hunter River - One of the Kimberley’s most scenic ‘big rivers’
· Montgomery Reef - See the reef appear as the tide ebbs and the marine life of Turtle Gully
· King Cascades – And the beautiful Prince Regent River
· Raft Point – Some of the best Aboriginal rock art galleries in the Kimberley
· Talbot Bay - Ancient geology, mangrove creeks and the spectacular Horizontal Water Falls
· Bigge Island – Another great spot to see rock art, including the famous Bradshaws (Gwion Gwion).
· Silica Beach nestled within the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, a great location for a safe swim
2019 Reef Prince Availability - Kimberley Cruises
It’s not too late to book your 2019 Kimberley cruise aboard the newly-refurbished Reef Prince. There’s still cabins available on most departures, so call our expert team today on 1800 90 20 80 to secure your cabin on one of the following departure dates:
BROOME TO DARWIN – 10 NIGHTS
22nd March to 1st April
3rd May to 13th May
5th June to 15th June
8th July to 18th July
1st August to 11th August
3rd September to 13th September
DARWN TO BROOME – 10 NIGHTS
21st April to 1st May
24th May to 3rd June
26th June to 6th July
20th July to 30th July
22nd August to 1st September
24th September to 4th October