New Caledonia & Australia

E x p l o r i n g New Caledonia & Australia Aboard the Award-Winning, 128-Passenger Clipper Odyssey November 1–17, 2005 Sail aboard the Cli...
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New Caledonia & Australia Aboard the Award-Winning, 128-Passenger Clipper Odyssey

November 1–17, 2005

Sail aboard the Clipp

Great Barrier Reef

NEW CALEDONIA Lady Elliot Island

Nouméa •

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Fraser Island Rainbow Beach • ➤

Byron Bay •

AUSTRALIA Sydney •

CORAL SEA

Jervis Bay



Melbourne •



Port Stephens •

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Île des Pins



per Odyssey through majestic Sydney Harbor.

Experience French-governed New Caledonia — nicknamed the “island closest to Paradise” — as you begin this voyage of discovery among the islands of the South Pacific. High mountains ringed by hills covered with dense tropical forest run the length of New Caledonia, providing a stunning backdrop for the capital city of Nouméa. Marvel at the natural vistas of Australia’s bays and inlets, using the Odyssey’s fleet of Zodiac landing craft for excursions ashore. At Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island, ride fourwheel-drive coaches on expeditions through a magnificent landscape of diverse flora and striking blue lakes. Spend two full days in cosmopolitan Sydney, acquainting yourself with the city’s many fascinating sights on a hosted tour, and enjoying ample time at leisure for personal exploration. Conclude your exploration of the South Pacific among the pristine waters and white-sand beaches of Jervis Bay, and the impressive wilderness of Wilsons Promontory National Park before disembarking in Melbourne. Aboard the intimate Clipper Odyssey, experience the advantages for which Clipper is recognized — exceptional, personalized service; superior comfort levels; fresh, made-to-order food prepared by master chefs; and a friendly and obliging hospitality staff.

EXPLORING NEW CALEDONIA & AUSTRALIA November 1–17, 2005

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY November 1–2

Depart the U.S.A./Cross the International Date Line

November 3

Nouméa, New Caledonia

November 4

Nouméa (Embark)

November 5

Île des Pins, New Caledonia

November 6–7

Expedition Cruising in the Coral Sea

November 8

Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia

November 9

Fraser Island National Park, Australia

November 10

Rainbow Beach, Australia

November 11

Byron Bay, Australia/Cruising the Coral Sea

November 12

Port Stephens, Australia

November 13

Sydney, Australia

November 14

Sydney

November 15

Jervis Bay, Australia

November 16

Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia

November 17

Melbourne, Australia (Disembark)/Return to the U.S.A.

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New Caledonia & Au TUESDAY–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1–2 Depart the U.S.A./Cross the International Date Line THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Nouméa, New Caledonia Arrive in Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, a French territory known as the Grand Terre located in the southwestern Pacific. Transfer to Le Meridien Hotel — the only deluxe resort in Nouméa — and savor its unique blend of French sophistication and Pacific-island ambience. Located on a beachfront overlooking scenic Anse Vata cove, the resort is only a short distance from the city center. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Nouméa (Embark) Enjoy a relaxing morning at the resort, or explore this island city on your own. Long strolls among the fabulous flame trees on the Place des Coctiers are a distinct pleasure in Nouméa, as is a visit to the city’s monumental fountain, chic boutiques, and marinas crowded with colourful yachts. This afternoon, join a city tour that includes a visit to the Cultural Center — a harmonious blend of traditional and modern architecture housing a unique collection of Kana and Pacific cultural artifacts. Following the tour, embark the Clipper Odyssey.

the bright sunshine and crystal-clear waters from the decks of the ship, or join fellow travelers and expedition team members in informal discussions about what lies ahead. Conditions permitting, we’ll attempt to explore the uninhabited atolls located at the heart of the Coral Sea, swimming and snorkeling in these unspoiled waters. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia Anchor off the remarkable coral reef of 103-acre Lady Elliot Island, a cay located amid the Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living organism — and renowned for its wonderful snorkeling. Ride Zodiacs ashore and view the numerous noddy terns and bridal terns nesting on every available beach. Snorkel amid colorful coral, graceful eagle rays, and dazzling parrotfish. Accompany naturalists on a nature walk to experience the island’s bird life and learn about its history.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Île des Pins, New Caledonia Arrive at Île des Pins this morning and enjoy a relaxing day amid the island’s impressive setting — walk along the marvelous beachObserve local artists crafting unique objects in New Caledonia. es adjacent to the Baie de Kuto, snorkel in the clear waters, join WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Fraser Island a nature walk accompanied by our National Park, Australia The world’s largest onboard naturalists, or simply relax on shore. sand island, Fraser Island is a vista of eucalyptus SUNDAY–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6–7 woodlands, soaring sand dunes, crystal-clear Expedition Cruising in the Coral Sea Relax creeks, ancient rain forest, brilliant blue lakes, and aboard the Clipper Odyssey as you cruise through 75 miles of stunning shoreline. Go ashore with our the magnificent scenery of the Coral Sea. Enjoy naturalists in Zodiacs and board four-wheel-drive

ustralia coaches for a natural heritage tour across open woodlands through a variety of vegetation. Marvel at the tall forests of Pile Valley, the clear waters of Wanggoolba Creek, and the pure white sands and startling blue waters of Lake McKenzie. Enjoy a Bush Tucker presentation while sampling native Australian foods. Spend the afternoon at leisure amidst the pristine environment of this lovely island. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Rainbow Beach, Australia The name of this beautiful beach springs from the towering sand cliffs that surround it and are part of AboSnorkel amid the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. riginal legend. Board a four-wheel-drive coach for a ride along the beach to DouSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Sydney, Australia ble Island Point, a basalt headland dating back 65 Sydney’s centerpiece is its majestic natural harbor million years, where you will have the opportunity to with its two instantly recognizable landmarks — the view dolphins, turtles, and manta rays and delight in perfect arch of the Harbor Bridge (nicknamed the the excellent views that this vantage point provides. “Coathanger”) and the billowing rooftop of the Continue to the Cherry Venture, a cargo vessel from Opera House. Sail through this breathtakingly beautiSingapore grounded in 1975 by gale-force winds; ful harbor this morning, then disembark for a city tour Coloured Sands, where spectacular sand cliffs exhibthat begins in the historic Rocks district — the delightit 72 different shades of color; and Carlo Sand ful village where Sydney’s first inhabitants disemBlow, named by Captain Cook for his deckhand barked after their journey from England. Here, see and affording exciting views of the Bay. the convict-built Argyle cut, Holy Trinity Anglican FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Byron Bay, Australia Church, and Cadman’s Cottage — Sydney’s oldest Arrive in Byron Bay this morning, located near Cape surviving building. At Bennelong Point, marvel at the Byron — the most easterly point on Australia’s mainunique proportions of the Opera House. The remainland. Witness the dramatic cliffs, protected beaches, der of the afternoon and evening is at leisure for perand sheltered rain forests of this scenic area. Birds sonal exploration. are especially abundant, including fairy wrens and MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Sydney You have ospreys. Stroll across the sands and swim in pristine a full day at leisure to explore Sydney on your own, coves during your visit. aided by Clipper’s hospitality staff for suggestions SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Port Stephens, and arrangements. The harbor area near our dockAustralia Choose from a wide array of activities ing site is a vibrant center of entertainment, featuring today in Port Stephens, a picturesque beach commushoreside restaurants, numerous beaches, coves, and nity that is a haven for bottlenose dolphins. Join waterside parks. nature hikes that will enhance your understanding of TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Jervis Bay, Australia Australia’s Aboriginal culture as you learn about the Delight in the pristine waters and white-sand beaches community’s history and predominant spiritual beliefs. at Jervis Bay, one of the most beautiful and unspoiled

Your Clipper Adventure Includes • One precruise night at the deluxe Le Meridien Hotel in Nouméa, including breakfast and all taxes and service charges • Thirteen nights aboard the Clipper Odyssey in fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with lower beds, individual temperature controls, and private bathroom facilities • All meals during the cruise, beginning with dinner on Friday, November 4, and ending with breakfast on Thursday, November 17, served at single leisurely seatings and prepared to order by chefs trained at some of the most prestigious culinary institutes in America • All sightseeing and shore excursions • All onboard gratuities places in Australia. Board Zodiacs and join an expedition ashore to explore secluded bays and the lush, rugged landscape that forms a backdrop to the beaches. Dolphins and whales frequent the clear waters of Jervis Bay and add to its considerable appeal. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia Located at the southernmost point of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory is a nature-lover’s dream. Wildlife abounds, with wombats, emus, kangaroos, wallabies, deer, and a myriad variety of birds complementing stunning scenery that ranges from rugged mountains to gold and white beaches, tall rain forest to ever-moving sand dunes. Go ashore by Zodiac to swim and snorkel in unspoiled waters and walk along miles of deserted beaches and through the rain forest. Thursday, November 17 Melbourne, Australia (Disembark)/Return to the U.S.A. Following breakfast, disembark the Clipper Odyssey and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.A. RESPONSIBILITY: Clipper Cruise Line, Inc., and/or their agents assume no liability for failure to provide the services and accommodations referred to in this brochure to the extent that such services and accommodations cannot be supplied due to delays or other causes beyond the control of Clipper Cruise Line, Inc. In the absence of negligence on the part of Clipper Cruise Line, Inc., the cruise participant agrees that Clipper Cruise Line, Inc., has no responsibility or liability of any nature whatsoever for damage to or loss of property, or injury to or death of persons due to any act, omission or negligence of any carrier, hotel, restaurant, bus carrier, tender service, sightseeing company, or any other

• All port charges • All transfers between airports, hotel, and ship for Clipper air-ticketed passengers traveling on scheduled dates of departure and return • Experienced onboard staff of distinguished experts to enhance your enjoyment of the natural and cultural history of the places visited • Captain’s welcome aboard and farewell receptions and dinners • Services of Clipper’s friendly hospitality staff, including cruise director and hotel manager on board; travel director at hotel • Physician on board throughout the voyage CONM05 11969 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63146-3220

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The Award-Winning, 128-Passenger Clipper Odyssey The Clipper Odyssey offers amenities you would expect to find aboard a luxury yacht. All-outside staterooms average a generous 186 square feet in size; each features a sitting area, lower twin or queen-size beds, shower/tub in bathroom, refrigerator, television, and telephone. Superb, prepared-to-order cuisine is served at single open seatings Category 5/Deluxe in the elegant dining room. Two lounges, a cozy library, small gym, and beauty salon contribute to your comfort, and an elevator provides access to all passenger cabin decks. Outside, you’ll find a small pool and jogging track. Clipper maintains a no-smoking policy in the interior passenger areas of the ship. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks. The Clipper Odyssey is classified for passenger service by the NKK Register, and carries a Passenger Ship Safety Certificate issued under the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The ship is registered in the Bahamas. For detailed information about our Clipper Odyssey, please visit us on the web at www.clippercruise.com/odyssey

CRUISE RATES PER PERSON are in U.S. dollars and based on double occupancy. Airfare is not included. 4 2

1

A-Deck

2

5

Category

3

3

Lido Deck

4

Bridge Deck

5

Rate

1

A-Deck, portholes

$6,680

2

Main Deck, window

$7,190

3

Lido Deck, window

$7,800

4*

1

Main Deck

Deck(s)

Sun Deck

Bridge Deck, window

$8,400

5/Deluxe

Bridge Deck, private veranda

$9,190

Suite

Bridge Deck, private veranda

$9,690

Single Occupancy (Based on Category 2)

$10,405

Third Person in Stateroom (Includes children sharing stateroom with two full-fare paying adults)

$3,840

Port Charges•

Included

• Port

charges of $290 are included in the cruise rates above; government taxes and fees are additional and will be advised at the time of booking.

Reservations: A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm reservations. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Optional Cancel-for-Any-Reason protection plan and insurance coverage for baggage, accident, and trip cancellation/interruption are available. * Some cabins may have a partially obstructed view. Clipper Cruise Line offers a comprehensive air program. Below are sample round-trip economy airfares to Nouméa, returning from Melbourne. Business/first-class upgrades and fares from other cities are provided upon request. Chicago $2,195 Dallas $2,150 Los Angeles $1,990 New York $2,230

or shore excursion at any time for any reason whatsoever without prior notice. In the event of such an omission or substitution, no liability will be granted by Clipper Cruise Line, Inc. All itineraries subject to change. Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations, for any reason, must be received in writing and will be subject to a $100 per-person administrative fee. The administrative fee may be applied toward a future Clipper trip within three years from date of issue. Cancellations from 89 days to 60 days prior to departure are subject to a ten percent (10%) of total trip cost cancellation fee per tour participant; cancellations occurring within 59 days of departure or nonappearance will

result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. No refunds will be made in the event of “no shows” or cancellations made on the day of sailing. Photography on Tour: Clipper Cruise Line reserves the right to take photographs during the operation of any tour or part thereof, and to use the resulting images for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Clipper, tour members agree to allow their image to be used for such purposes; tour members who prefer that their image not be used must identify themselves to their tour escort at the commencement of their tour. © 2004 Clipper Cruise Line, Inc.

experts who accompany you throughout your voyage.

with informal talks provided by a distinguished group of

appreciation of the people encountered and places seen

door deck space, and enhance your understanding and

vessel. Enjoy well-appointed staterooms and spacious out-

ous cruise liner with the intimacy of a small expedition

per Odyssey, which combines the amenities of a luxuri-

fellow adventurers aboard the comfortably elegant Clip-

ning coastline. Sail with fewer than 130

stretch for miles along the open and stun-

islands featuring pristine beaches that

Australia. Discover secluded bays and

nations of French New Caledonia and

the tranquil scenery and attractive desti-

Join a voyage of great diversity through

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