Clipper slates two sailings to Thailand and Indonesia

ST. LOUIS -- Clipper Cruise Line, the small-ship adventure operator, rolled out two itineraries in Southeast Asia aboard the 128-passenger Clipper Odyssey in July and August.

"We've planned myriad shore excursions throughout these voyages," said Ian Coghlan, Clipper's chief executive officer. "For instance, we'll view the famous 'dragons' on Komodo Island; visit Buddhist and Hindu temples; explore small villages, and, in contrast, visit some of the area's larger cities, such as Bangkok and Singapore."

Clipper's 18-day itinerary will depart the West Coast on July 23.

Clipper's summer itinerary will include a stop in Bali, where passengers will be treated to traditional Balinese dance. The first stop in this program is Bangkok, where participants will have three days to explore the city while staying at the upscale Shangri-La Hotel.

Clients will then fly to Singapore for a half-day city tour before boarding the Clipper Odyssey for an 11-night voyage that visits the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali and others.

The ship will traverse the Java and South China seas to Krakatau Island, where Zodiac landings on the lunar-like caldera are planned.

The voyage will continue to the island of Java, where passengers will visit the Ujong Kulong National Park, a World Heritage site, and Semarang, home to the Borobudur Temple, often referred to as one of the forgotten wonders of the ancient world.

After visiting Java, the ship will call at the islands of Sumbawa, Satonda and Sumba for visits to small villages, and then on to Komodo Island for an up-close view of the island's giant monitor lizards.

Continuing to Bali, passengers will explore the picturesque village of Padangbai and the Gunung Batar volcano, before disembarking in Benoa and transferring to the airport for departures.

The trip costs from $6,590 per person, double, and includes roundtrip air fare from San Francisco and air fare from Bangkok to Singapore; 11 nights aboard ship; hotel accommodations, and all planned shore excursions and sightseeing.

The other itinerary is a 15-day program that explores Southeast Asia from Bali to the Spice Islands and ends in Thailand.

This itinerary departs from the West Coast on Aug. 4 and 11.

The tour begins in Bali in the tow of Denpasar, at which passengers will spend two nights at the Bali Inter-Continental Hotel, using the hotel as a base for exploring nearby small villages and the Mount Batur volcano before boarding the ship.

The ship will first cruise to Komodo Island and then to Flores Island, one of the largest and most scenic islands in the region where options will include an excursion to the Keli Mutu volcano and its three crater lakes.

Subsequent stops include Sulawesi Island for a drive up to the Tanatoraja highlands; Kabaena Island, where Zodiacs will be used to take passengers ashore for swimming and snorkeling, and the Sabalana Islands, a group of seldom-visited islands that encompass uninhabited atolls, small villages and sandy cays.

Passengers will disembark in Bali and board a flight to Bangkok, where they will spend three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel.

This trip costs $5,050 per person, double, including roundtrip air fare between Los Angeles and Bangkok, all internal air fare, hotel accommodations, seven nights aboard the ship and all excursions and sightseeing.

All Clipper voyages include the services of on-board naturalists or historians.

Clipper Cruise Line
Phone: (800) 325-0010 or (314) 727-2929

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