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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET KIMBERLEY CRUISES - CE­LESTE MITCHELL

If you don’t want to miss the boat for a Kim­ber­ley cruise this year, or even next, ex­perts are urg­ing trav­ellers to book well ahead.

“Every year we think it’s im­pos­si­ble for Kim­ber­ley cruis­ing to be­come any more pop­u­lar, and every year we’re sur­prised when it does,” says Kim­ber­ley Cruise Spe­cial­ists gen­eral man­ager An­drew Cas­tles. “There are still a few rooms on the most pop­u­lar ships avail­able ear­lier and later in the sea­son but the peak is booked.”

In re­sponse to con­ti­n­ung pop­u­lar­ity, Co­ral Expeditions’ new ship, Co­ral Ad­ven­turer, will join the Kim­ber­ley fleet mid-2019. “Po­nant is also launch­ing brand new ex­pe­di­tion ships next year and putting in a ship called Le

Lapérouse,” Cas­tles says. “It’s a bit smaller than L’Aus­tral (about 190 pas­sen­gers) and has an un­der­wa­ter bar with a big port­hole.”

If you’re itch­ing to dis­cover this un­spoilt cor­ner of Aus­tralia, Cas­tles says, “Smaller ships are cer­tainly the best way of see­ing it. “The thing with the Kim­ber­ley is there are 14m tides – ba­si­cally a four or five-storey build­ing dif­fer­ence. If you’re in a smaller ship you can get up rivers the big­ger ships can’t reach.”

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