The Expeditioner Blog
If you’re seeking a small ship Kimberley cruise experience at a great price, it’s hard to go past the 20-passenger Odyssey. Since beginning operations in 1998 as one of the very first companies offering discovery voyages along this remote coast, Odyssey Expeditions has built a formidable reputation based on providing great value Kimberley cruises, while never forgetting their heritage as a local family-run business.
Having launched in 2006, the current 24-metre Odyssey boasts comfort and practicality and is a custom built exploration vessel designed specifically for the for the Kimberley coast.
Odyssey’s advanced catamaran design ensures very quiet operation and excellent stability, along with a very spacious interior. Catering to just 20 guests, there’s six Deluxe Double cabins and four twin-bedded Classic cabins; all well equipped with personalised air-conditioning, storage units, bar fridges and 240v power outlets. The larger Deluxe Double cabins also feature built-in desks, a vanity and hairdryers. Whilst none of the cabins aboard Odyssey are equipped with private en suites, there are four spacious toilet and shower facilities located very close to all cabins.
Still inside the ship, the Dining Room can seat all travellers comfortably for meals and informative presentations with the expedition team. Moving outside on to the Upper Deck, guests can be seated under shade for delightful al fresco meals and there’s also three other comfortable outdoor viewing decks. When you are cruising aboard Odyssey you can rest assured that you will never feel cramped – there’s always a quiet place to escape to should the mood take you.
Aboard Odyssey you will cruise by day, meaning that you enjoy the many spectacular sights of the Kimberley coast while anchoring in calm, sheltered waters at night so you enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Perfect for sneaking into secluded shallow bays, Odyssey draws just 1.8 metres, meaning that she can get you right up close to the action.
When it’s time to go ashore for a closer look, Odyssey is accompanied by three tender vessels, ‘Homer’, ‘Shearwater’ and ‘Calypso’. Homer, the primary tender vessel provides easy access boarding, seats all guests with ease, has comfortable cushioned seating, on-board toilet and wash basin and most importantly lots of shade cover to protect you from the Kimberley sun. The smaller aluminium tenders Calypso and Shearwater are used for a variety of activities such as fishing and mud crabbing.
The Odyssey offers two main Kimberley itineraries, a 14-day Waterfall Safari between Broome and Wyndham (and v.v.) and a 9-day Kimberley Odyssey between Broome and the Mitchell Plateau, with a scenic flight returning to Broome at the conclusion of the voyage.
Whilst Odyssey’s 2019 Kimberley cruise schedule is now open for bookings (so get in early if you’re looking for next year!), if you can’t wait that long we still have a few cabins left on this upcoming season’s voyages. Here’s an overview of what’s currently available:
14-day Waterfall Safari
Broome to Wyndham departing 05 March 2018 – Classic cabin available
Wyndham to Broome departing 18 April 2018 – Classic cabin available
Classic cabins are available for $9,900 per person, twin share on the 14-day voyage.
9-day Kimberley Odyssey
Broome to Broome departing 03 June 2018 – Classic cabin available
Broome to Broome departing 01 July 2018 – Deluxe & Classic cabins available
Broome to Broome departing 13 July 2018 – Deluxe cabin available
Broome to Broome departing 10 August 2018 – Deluxe cabin available
Broome to Broome departing 30 August 2018 – Deluxe cabin available
Broome to Broome departing 11 September 2018 – Deluxe & Classic cabins available
Broome to Broome departing 19 September 2018 – Deluxe & Classic cabins available
Deluxe cabins are available at $9,450 per person, twin share while Classic cabins are priced at $7,590 per person, twin share on the 9-day voyage.
If you would like to discover the Kimberley coast aboard the stylish Odyssey give the expert team at Kimberley Cruise Specialists a call today on freecall 1800 90 20 80 or visit www.kimberleycruisespecialists.com.au.
Availability is current at 20 January 2018 and is subject to change without notice. Call for the most up-to-date availability.