- What’s Included in the price?
Our prices include transfers between your accommodation and Broome/ Kununurra airport to the vessel and in reverse, all small aircraft / helicopter transfers on fly / cruise or cruise / fly itineraries, all travel onboard MV Great Escape, All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, morning & afternoon tea, tea, coffee and soft drink, accommodation onboard, sightseeing activities, park fees, linen, towels, hairdryers, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, insect repellent and services of our professional crew. Tanks, air refills and weight belts are provided on all dive cruises to the Rowley Shoals. Fishing gear is included on all trips.
Optional Extras: Satellite WiFi, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Alochol.
Please note alcohol is all BYO – we have a simple process to assist you with purchasing all alohol 6-8 weeks prior to your embarkation.
- Are there any luggage restrictions?
- I have booked to cruise in March / April, is there still the risk of cyclones then?
The risk is very slight. Great Escape puts safety of passengers and crew above all else.
- I suffer from sea sickness? How rough will get it get on my cruise?
We advise you bring your own sea sickness medication if you suffer. You will be best suited to a Horizon View cabin on the lower deck. Please bear in mind the majority of your cruise will be in river estuaries not in the open sea.
- I have a car and caravan to be stored when cruising can you cater for this?
The Great Escape Charter Company have a lock up yard where you can store cars & caravans.
- It’s just me travelling solo, do you cater for this?
Yes we do, the single supplement fee charged is twinshare cabin rate less 20%
- When should I arrive and depart from Broome / Kununurra pre / post cruising?
We highly recommend you arrive a minimum of 1-2 days prior to your cruise departure date and likewise upon embarkation. We highly suggest you do not book flights for the same day as your cruise departs or returns.
- Can you give me suggestions for Accommodation and Things to do in Kununurra and Broome?
Since you are travelling all the way to the Kimberley for an adventure of a lifetime, we highly recommend arriving at least a day or more pre cruise and staying a day or more post cruise to really experience all the region has to offer. This also allows you time for last minute purchases or to try on dive gear and finalise prior to boarding MV Great Escape. (For Rowley Shoals Trips only)
We have compiled a HOT LIST with suggestions on where to Stay, Eat, Shop, What to Do and See.
- Can I drink the water aboard the boat?
All water on board is desalinated and safe to drink. Although we produce our own water on board it is still our most precious commodity and we ask all guests to be mindful of this.
- Do I require travel insurance?
Due to the adventurous nature of the cruises offered by The Great Escape Charter Company we strongly recommend you take comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for MEDIVAC. Please bring sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine you are taking. We have essential medication and carry emergency oxygen and a defibrillator. All crew are trained in senior first aid.
- What footwear do you recommend?
As you will be moving from tenders via water to land, we highly recommend a reef shoe you are able to get wet with good grip for walking on rocks such as “Keen” footwear http://www.keenfootwear.com.au/ this type of footwear is more practical than hiking boots or sneakers.
- What is the dress code aboard MV Great Escape?
The dress standard onboard is informal and we suggest barefoot when onboard the vessel. We encourage a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Sporty, light weight, cotton clothing is a good basis for your cruise wardrobe. There is an iron provided on board if you wish to use it.
In tropical conditions, shorts and lightweight shirts are most comfortable and loose long sleeved shirts and long pants in a natural, lightweight fabric, such as cotton, offer protection against the sun. At times the weather can be humid so clothing in a ‘breathable’ fabric is recommended. Fishing shirts are also a great option as they are light and have UV protection as well. The average daily temperature is 28ºC – 33ºC.
In July & August the minimum temperatures can fall to between 12ºC – 15ºC so you may want to consider a light jumper or jacket for an early morning excursion and your helicopter transfer, if you feel it is necessary.
- Can I download and share photographs on board?
Be prepared for some excellent photographic opportunities. You will take so many more photos than you can possibly imagine, and you will want to bring back many memories of your adventure.
Video and digital camera batteries can be recharged onboard using 240 volts be sure to have a converter and adaptor plugs if you need them. There are facilities onboard for viewing the day’s adventures and downloading images. It is advisable to bring your own plugs/cables to connect your particular camera to the vessel’s entertainment unit.
Bring plenty of film (if you have a film camera) or have a completely free (digital) memory card; you will most certainly use more than you anticipate. We suggest a minimum 1GB card. It is also a good idea to bring extra batteries and/or battery charger for your camera and flash. Bring along the cable to download images from your camera to our computer just in case you do run out of space on your memory stick.
- Are there board games and books available for use on the vessel?
Video, DVD and CD players are located on board, plus an extensive library of reference books and board games is available to all guests. You are more than welcome to bring your own movies, books, iPods etc.
- Is there a laundry facility aboard?
A small washing machine and dryer are located onboard and available for guest use on request. Simply place your washing in the bags provided and inform the stewardess who will take care of all your laundry for you.
- What sort of food can I expect onboard?
We have an onboard chef whose culinary skills are consistently praised by all. All meals are exquisitely gourmet and only fresh wholesome produce is used. Special dietary needs are easily accommodated when stated on reservation form. Our chef and crew are always happy to arrange a special cake or food for a celebration if required. This is not a good time to start a diet…
- Can I dive or Snorkel on my Kimberley cruise?
There is no diving or snorkeling activities available on a Kimberley adventure cruise.
If you are booked on a Rowley Shoals Diving / Snorkelling underwater adventure, all divers must show relevant dive certification prior to departure.
- Can I smoke aboard MV Great Escape?
Smoking is permitted in one specific area. There is a non smoking policy throughout the interior of the vessel. All butts must remain on board and we ask please the smokers be considerate to others. Please ask your stewardess where you can smoke.
- How much Fishing is involved in my trip?
Part of your adventure with The Great Escape Charter Company, if you choose to participate, will include numerous fishing excursions in many remote river tributaries. You will find yourself hunting the elusive Barramundi, catching a few bottom fish such as Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Bream, Queenfish, Salmon and maybe a few Mackerel. We provide good quality equipment (rods, reels, hooks, lures) for those guests who are either first time or infrequent anglers. We supply all tackle on a replace if lost basis. If you are super keen on your fishing, you are more than welcome to bring your own equipment. Ask the office for specific guidelines.
- Can I receive email and make phone calls aboard MV Great Escape?
We have promised you a journey of discovery and an escape from the ordinary with days filled with adventure. However, we do realise that you may wish to stay in touch with family and tell friends what a great time you are having! We have therefore sought the best possible remote communication system.
MV Great Escape is equipped with state-of-the-art satellite communications. There is email, wireless internet and real time television available. For emergencies we have a satellite phone. Please be aware this is not a Telstra or Optus connection it’s all via satellite so you will not be able to make & receive calls on your own phone. We recommend downloading Apps such as Messenger, Viber or Whats App to communicate. Despite being at the forefront of satellite technology, please bear in mind it comes with its own limitations. Being a satellite connection it can, from time to time, become unavailable when we least expect it, and we ask you to take the remote nature of this connection into consideration.
Your skipper will enter a password on your device to allow unlimited satellite communication access. You can purchase either by cash or credit card. Please ask your skipper onboard for more information.
- Can I bring my children?
We do not carry children under the age of 16 unless the vessel is booked on an exclusive basis or where we have arranged a special “family” cruise for children and their parents.
- Will I have access to the Bridge?
MV Great Escape has an open bridge policy onboard. Guests are welcome to visit the bridge at anytime, unless otherwise advised by the crew.
- Does Great Escape have excursion vessels for onboard excursions?
MV Great Escape is equipped with 3 custom designed 5 metre aluminium tenders that comply with Western Australian safety survey regulations. These are used for extensive exploration into remote rivers, tributaries, waterholes and land excursions. They are ideal for fishing, mud crabbing and all exploration activities. Each tender has a raised floor enabling more comfort and safety.
- How fit do I need to be?
Good health and a fair range of mobility are required to fully enjoy your wilderness adventure cruise and the onshore adventures. Cruises are designed so that you can do as much or as little as you choose. Our crew are always there to lend a supportive hand for those needing assistance. You will be boarding and disembarking tenders, bushwalking, swimming and climbing. We highly recommend you notify us if you have any disabilities prior to departure so we can arrange suitable alternatives.
- Can I purchase alcohol aboard?
MV Great Escape is BYO; we do not operate an onboard bar service. You are welcome to organise your own alcohol which must be delivered to the Great Escape office 6 weeks prior to your departure. Alternatively we have a local Broome bottle shop who you can liase with and pre order your alcohol.
- What’s not Included in the price?
Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, internet, alcohol, travel insurance, airfares to and from home and any additional helicopter scenic flights. Diving and snorkelling equipment are not provided however we can arrange for these to be hired if required. Alcohol is not included.
- How do I make a Reservation?
You can make your reservation by calling, faxing, emailing our reservation team in Broome. We will hold a tentative reservation for you for 7 days pending receipt of a 20% non-refundable deposit and completed reservation form.
The payment of deposit secures your place and the signed reservation form is acknowledgement that you have read understood and agree to the booking conditions available with the The Great Escape Charter Company. We will confirm your reservation to you in writing on receipt of your deposit payment.
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