When it comes to pure, out-and-out adventure cruising with loads of the ‘something different' factor, it is hard to beat the epic style, scope and exotic experiences afforded by two distinct destinations that set out from mainland Australia.
The island of Papua New Guinea remains wrapped in mystery and intrigue for many, a remote, tropical hideaway that still embraces magic and tribal diversity despite the best efforts of missionaries for hundreds of years.
More importantly, it represents a fascinating chance to explore and marvel at a part of the world that exhibits extraordinary beauty, from the pristine white-sand beaches to stunning volcanic fjords and the kaleidoscopic wildlife that seemingly awaits round every corner.
Or, to take the other extreme to the south, head for Tasmania , and a complete contrast in wilderness attractions. Forget any preconceived notions of outback Australia and instead revel in a land of rich forests, rugged mountains and sparkling highland lakes. The unique architecture and style of Port Arthur alone is worth the journey.
This vast, largely uninhabited island is a playground of immense proportions, boasting World Heritage areas, untouched landscapes and its own range of enchanting wildlife. You can hike at Wineglass Bay, explore convict history on Maria Island or sample the local oysters at Coles Bay. There's something different everywhere you go.
Sampling the best of all this calls for a special kind of operator, and Orion Expedition Cruises fit the bill perfectly here. Founded in 2004, their purpose-built vessel takes just 106 guests in genuine five-star luxury.
From the cuisine to the service to the sumptuous staterooms, this is an experience like no other, especially as it includes a range of shore excursions and adventure trips which provide guests with the ideal view of the territory they travel.
Orion comes complete with its own Zodiac landing craft for up-close encounters with Tasmania's magnificent coastline and Papua New Guinea's isolated beaches. It also provides the kind of insider knowledge and guidance that sets the seal on the thinking person's supreme travel adventure.
If you would like more information on Australia cruises or Orion Expedition cruises, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.