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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise as it was to a unique and remote location with stunning landscapes. We departed from Broome for an 11 day sail to Darwin. Before hand we had done an APT land tour with 18 ppl who all embarked on the cruise as well. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was to a unique and remote location with stunning landscapes. We departed from Broome for an 11 day sail to Darwin. Before hand we had done an APT land tour with 18 ppl who all embarked on the cruise as well. The ship was a perfect size with 100 guests. We ate all our meals outdoors on the Lido deck as the weather was perfect every day. The food was a good quality and served quickly after ordering. Most alcoholic beverages were included with a good selection of Australian wines. The expedition staff were amazing and experts in their fields, whether it be whales, crocodiles, birds, marine or geography, we all ended up with tremendous knowledge of all subjects. Everyday had a different stunning view with a zodiac trip ashore. My favourite expeditions were Horizontal Falls by helicopter , zodiac and then by fast boat. The volume of water in unbelievable. Another outstanding tour was leaving at 6.30am for a zodiac trip up King George river and gorge, with a hard hike up to the top of King George Falls. The views very impressive. All the staff were friendly and Captain Mike was good fun and we enjoyed him singing a few numbers on party night on deck. He was regularly seen around the ship and ready for a chat. I would definitely recommend this trip if you are looking for breathtaking landscapes and want to go to places that are rarely visited. A reasonable level of fitness is required for most of the walks. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We sailed out of Broome in the north of Western Australia, This was the last cruise of the season before the temperatures became too excessive and the wet arrives. What a delight this small ship is! For those who remember - she was ... Read More
We sailed out of Broome in the north of Western Australia, This was the last cruise of the season before the temperatures became too excessive and the wet arrives. What a delight this small ship is! For those who remember - she was originally a Renaissance Ship - not the big ones - but a smaller version. A hundred passengers all made welcome. All drinks, excursions are included. Our first morning at sea gave us a fabulous display of breaching whales. The captain kindly slowed the engines and circled the pod for upwards of 2 hours. We loaded the zodiacs everyday to places many have never heard of much less travelled to - Lacepede Islands for turtles and boobies, Montgomery reef - a unique natural wonder, Talbot Bay and the Horizontal Waterfall, the Hunter River to crocodile spot, Raft point for ancient Gwion Gwion rock art, Vansittart Bay to cross the salt flats to see the remains of US Air Force DC3 (WWII)- still in remarkable condition, the King George Falls, and a flight from Wyndam to the Argyle Diamond Mine - no folks they did not give samples. Our cabin was HUGE, the service faultless- the impression given by the crew was of a large happy family- and that transmitted to the passengers. On borad entertainment was terrific - Thanks Fran and Gus (Amazon Blue) There were no children on Board and to my knowledge no facilities for them. This was advertised as an Adventure Cruise and does not cater for restricted movement of passengers. All activities require a resonable level of mobility. It was GREAT. Thanks to all on board. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We booked a Melanesian Odyssey with Noble Caledonia believing from friends that it was a luxury company and really good. Compared to Peregrine Quark they were terrible. Expedition crew were rubbish except for one or two. No names. ... Read More
We booked a Melanesian Odyssey with Noble Caledonia believing from friends that it was a luxury company and really good. Compared to Peregrine Quark they were terrible. Expedition crew were rubbish except for one or two. No names. Unfortunately the seas were very rough which was no ones fault and the hotel staff were good and did help when possible. However the expedition staff were not helpful and the leader was very muddled. No clear directions as as to terrain ,walks etc were given and it looked like the pre cruise research had not been done correctly. One passenger was quite badly injured getting off a Zodiac, another spent most of his time in bed as he couldn't stand up , others slept in the lounge, cabin too bouncy, others were ill. it was most disappointing. The flight from up in the highlands of New Guinea (pre cruise trip) to Port Moresby went missing, we were late to the ship and missed lunch and a tour, the coaches were hired in as the lodge coach was being used by others and not suitable for the age and passengers. We had to change rooms as the allocated lodging was so far away from the main building my husband would never have walked it. It was not a luxury lodge, flight to Singapore and hotel in Singapore were excellent. Then it all started to go wrong. We wanted business class to Port Moresby from Singapore but were told by Noble Caledonian there was no such thing with Air Nuiguini but there was. A mistruth. So we sat up all night in economy. We would never go with this company again but have had good trips from other companies.A very expensive and disappointing cruise and so far no comment from Noble Caledonian. We have left it in the hands of Trailfinders which we highly recommend. Read Less
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