Other Sailing Dates: 24 & 31 October, 7, 14 & 21 November 2020.
Bringing a nearly forgotten chapter of world history back to life, the Ambon & Spice Islands 7-night cruise expedition across the Banda Sea is a enthralling adventure embracing culture, nature and wildlife. Setting sail from the rustic Indonesian port city of Ambon, Aqua Blu cruises south across the Banda Sea to the Spice Islands, a destination steeped in historical significance and endowed with both unspoilt nature and culture. As the origin of the nutmeg, a spice that was worth more than gold in terms of weight, the Spice Islands (also called the Banda Islands) were the Holy Grail for famous Old World explorers including Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan, who sought but never managed to find it. Eventually, the Spice Islands were discovered and the Dutch established and exercised control over them — with a monopoly on the nutmeg trade — from 1607 up until the late 18th century. In that time, the Dutch built up numerous colonial-styled architecture and extensive fortifications. Surrounded by the local town and the oldest nutmeg plantations on Earth, these structures remain mostly well-preserved. Today, setting foot on the Spice Islands is like entering a spectacular living museum on Earth, where time appears to have stood still for decades and centuries-old relics, such as Fort Belgica, exist alongside rich Indonesian local traditions such as nutmeg cultivation and kora-kora war canoe racing.
7-night luxury cruise onboard superyacht, Aqua Blu
World-class dining on board including select premium Wines, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks
Excursions with knowledgeable local guides
Snorkelling equipment, wet suits, kayaks and paddleboards
Laundry service & Internet connection (may be intermittent)
Group transfers between vessel and airport on recommended flights
|1||21/11||Ambon Island, Indonesia|
|3||23/11||Banda Islands, Maluka Islands, Indonesia|
|4||24/11||Banda Islands, Maluka Islands, Indonesia|
|4||24/11||Gunung Api, Indonesia|
|5||25/11||Maluku Islands, Indonesia|
|6||26/11||Pulau Ai, Indonesia|
|7||27/11||Nusa Laut, Indonesia|
|8||28/11||Ambon Island, Indonesia|
Fares are cruise only, per person in NZD, twin share, based on Category III Suite, Lower Deck. Prices include port charges, government taxes and all applicable discounts (correct as at 18/10/19). Gratuities are additional. Subject to availability. All fares and taxes are subject to change until full payment is received. Itineraries are subject to change. A surcharge will apply for credit card payments. Cancellation penalties may apply. Additional conditions may apply.
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