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Sunday, 19 March 2017

New Look Pacific Dawn Delivers Top Deck Thrills at Sea


P&O Cruises' guests can now slip and slide their way to the Pacific onboard Pacific Dawn, which features the wildest and longest waterslides on an Australian cruise ship.

The two new slides, both around 80 metres long, form the centrepiece of a massive refurbishment of the Brisbane-based superliner which has taken place over two weeks in Singapore.

One slide is transparent so that spectators can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns, while the other slide is multi-coloured, with music pumping through it to give guests a high impact ride to the bottom.

Other additions include a waterpark and P&O's first virtual reality activity at sea from Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia.

As part of the refurbishment, the 2000-guest Pacific Dawn has also become the first in the fleet to wear the cruise line's striking new livery featuring the Southern Cross, a national symbol in both Australia and New Zealand.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

New rail and sail tour from Brisbane to Sydney and return


New heritage rail and sail tour from Brisbane relives the golden era of travel

Six-day short break to Sydney and back by ship and historic train in June 2017

A cruise from Brisbane to Sydney, two nights in the harbour city and a two-day rail trip back to Brisbane form part of a unique, new rail and sail tour this June released by Cruise Express.

Ideal for train and cruise fans from across Australia, the six-day 'Tin Hare Express' tour features three, privately chartered CPH rail motors built in the 1920s. Affectionaly known as 'Tin Hares', the restored rail motors once served regional NSW and offer windows that can be opened for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside. The June trip will be the first time all three of the rail motors have journeyed to Brisbane.

Perfect as a short break and hosted by Cruise Express, the tour starts in Brisbane on Saturday, June 3, 2017, with a relaxing, two-night cruise to Sydney aboard the 2000-passenger Sun Princess which now boasts the specialty restaurant, 'Share', curated by celebrity chef Curtis Stone. A welcome-aboard cocktail party is included for Cruise Express guests.

After sailing into Sydney Harbour, guests will stay two nights with daily breakfast at the historic Grace Hotel in the heart of the city. On the second night in Sydney, the package includes a three-course gourmet dinner in the 'O Bar & Dining' revolving restaurant on the 47th floor of the Australia Square building which boasts spectacular views of the city lights.

On the fifth day, guests will board the CPH rail motors at Sydney's Central Station for a two-day journey back to the Queensland capital, with train staff sharing the history of the rail motors, their restoration and return to heritage service. The rail trip will make several stops including the Rail Motor Society's home at Paterson in the Hunter Valley for morning tea, Taree for lunch and Grafton for dinner at the riverside Crown Hotel and overnight accommodation at the nearby Quality Inn.

The final day will see guests reboard the train for the final run to Brisbane with a morning tea stop in Casino in far northern NSW.

Including 12 meals, two morning teas and the services of Cruise Express Tour Managers, the six-day 'Tin Hare Express' rail and sail tour is available from $1890 per person, twin-share, or from $2490 for solo travellers. Flights to and from Brisbane, if required, are additional. Visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au

Silversea Silver Wind cruise Northern Europe & the British Isles

 
Silver Wind is set to depart London, England on 24 August 2017, on a 16-day voyage to Hamburg, Germany, taking in the beautiful sights of Northern Europe & the British Isles. Prices start from $12,645 per person in a Vista Suite, based on double occupancy and includes an Early Booking Bonus, if paying in full before 02 May 2017. In addition, Silversea now features free roundtrip economy class air or a business class upgrade to Northern Europe, on select voyages.

A key highlight of this exploration of Northern Europe & the British Isles is setting sail from the heart of London, along the River Thames, and through historic Tower Bridge (pictured). Tower Bridge was built over 120 years ago, with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships. It is, to this day, considered an engineering marvel and one of London's favourite icons. This provides our guests with the opportunity to view the ancient city of London's famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, and see the tall, red, double-decker buses, all from the comfort of a Silversea cruise.

Guests can also visit St Petersburg, a beautiful city known as one of the most alluring Capitals in Europe. Filled with golden spires and gilded domes, of candlelit cathedrals and breathtaking palaces, St Petersburg is full of splendid gems.

For the last three days of this incredible voyage, guests also have the unique opportunity to participate in 'The Hamburg Cruise Days 2017'. This is a day and night event during which, the quays of the Port of Hamburg are transformed into themed areas that bring cruises onto dry land – with maritime markets, cultural highlights, live music and dance, culinary specialties, recreation and sports, as well as fun and games for children. Guests will disembark the voyage in Hamburg, Germany, on 09 September 2017.

Aboard Silver Wind's voyage, guests will enjoy a vast array of overnights stays, offering them the opportunity to have an in-depth exploration into some of the most spectacular destinations that this part of the world is renowned for. Guests will experience the stunning architecture, history and natural beauty of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Visby (Gotland), Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, Warnemunde (Rostock) and the Kiel Canal.

Silversea cruise fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary onboard champagne, wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest and unlimited WiFi for the ship's top suites (Medallion and higher categories) and all gratuities.

FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS

Fly Free to the Northern Europe: FREE ROUNDTRIP ECONOMY CLASS AIR or a BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE for only AU$4,998 per person on select Northern European voyages. Book by 02 May 2017.

Click here for all Silversea Exclusive offers

*This voyage is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. 

 For more information, contact you travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Around the world in 180 days with Oceania


OCEANIA CRUISES ANNOUNCES AROUND THE WORLD IN 180 DAYS VOYAGE FOR 2019


Global Journey Offers Convenient Departures from New York, Miami and Los Angeles

World travellers wanting to experience more travel milestones during a single journey than many do in an entire lifetime can achieve their dreams with Oceania Cruises’ announcement of another awe-inspiring 180-day world cruise for 2019. With the unveiling of this global odyssey, the line is offering guests the flexibility of embarking the full world cruise in New York, Miami or Los Angeles.

“Our exciting 2019 Around the World journey offers guests an expertly crafted route spanning the four corners of the globe, touching on nearly 100 captivating destinations and dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s truly the journey of a lifetime,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “The added convenience of three departures, new for 2019, brings guests greater flexibility and can help simplify their travel plans.”

Aboard the elegant and intimate 684-guest Insignia, the Around the World voyage brings travellers the journey of a lifetime, sailing more than 45,000 nautical miles across two oceans and 16 seas while visiting 90 fascinating destinations in 36 countries. Departing New York on January 11, 2019; Miami on January 14, 2019; or Los Angeles on January 30, 2019, this epic five-continent expedition invites seasoned travellers to explore the far corners of the world in luxury and style.

Silversea’s Exclusively Yours -- Enriched Voyages’ Collection



From opera to the culinary arts, Silversea is offering the perfect blend of culture and travel with a range of specialty voyages featuring a complimentary onboard programme of exceptional enrichment activities, as well as free roundtrip economy airfares on select sailings.

The 'Exclusively Yours -- Enriched Voyages' Collection provide a unique opportunity for Silversea's privileged guests to indulge their personal interests and passions with special programmes designed to deepen their knowledge and make their cruise experience even more rewarding.

Featured voyages:

V5716: Departing Lisbon, Portugal, on 14 June 2017, this extraordinary 11-day Champagne voyage aboard Silver Spirit includes: Champagne tasting with Pommery cellar masters; Champagne classes; meet the legendary Vranken Pommery family; and an opportunity to explore the Domaine Pommery.  This Mediterranean voyage visits iconic ports of Spain and the romantic and diverse cities of France. Cruise package fares including free return flights start from AU$7,950 per person.

V5717:  For opera enthusiasts, Silversea will host three exceptional opera themed cruises during 2017 where guests will be serenaded by four soloists from the Accademia Teatro alla Scalla.  With over 200 years of leadership in the arts, the Accademia's soloists will perform the enigmatic, evocative and beautiful librettos from the world's most magical operas on each voyage.  Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to discussions and lectures with Opera experts on the music and lyrics of the recital programme.

The first operatic adventure departs from Rouen, France, on 25 June 2017 on a 12 day sojourn aboard Silver Spirit with highlights including Bordeaux, Mont St. Michel and the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao before arriving into Lisbon, Portugal.

Silversea cruise package fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary onboard champagne, wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest and unlimited WiFi for the ship's top suites (Medallion and higher categories) and all gratuities.

FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS:

Fly Free to the Mediterranean: FREE ROUNDTRIP ECONOMY CLASS AIR or a BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE for only AU$4,998 per person on select Mediterranean voyages. Book by 02 May 2017.  

Silver Select: Book by 02 May 2017 and choose a two category upgrade, 50% saving on a second suite or US$1,000* on board credit.

*This voyage is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact you travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Fly Land Cruise Deals for the maiden 2019 MSC World Cruise

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MSC Cruises is now offering fly cruise packages from Melbourne to Genoa and Melbourne to Southampton. Australian and New Zealand travellers are now able to plan a very accessible stunning journey and be part of history aboard this maiden MSC World Cruise.
 
Both fly/land/cruise packages include valuable offers for guests' enjoyment. The cruise fare includes 5 free shore excursions, to better experience these worldwide destinations. Meal-time drinks are included, so guests can relax with their gourmet dining on board. 30% laundry allows for ease during cruising. A cocktail party and gala dinners will be splendid events, where guests can enjoy the option of dressing up and feeling glamorous.
 
A Melbourne to Genoa fly package will involve 44 nights of international travel, departing on 22nd March 2019. This leg of the MSC World Cruise will feature amazing destinations. Guests will see beautiful locations of Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket (Thailand), Sri Lanka, the Maldives, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, then Messina and Civitavecchia in Italy before landing in the beautiful port city of Genoa Italy.  
 
This 44-night fly-land-cruise package is a great value option at a minimal cost, being a portion of the MSC World Cruise. Prices start at only $AUD9,349 ($NZ14,699)* per person, less than half the price of the full world cruise.
 
Guests can take their holidays even further, by extending the cruise to Southampton for 51 nights. This international journey is not to be missed. This package involves all the stunning destinations of the first 44 nights above, plus additional visits in Marseille (France) and Lisbon (Portugal). Guests will also see the Spanish locations of Barcelona, Cadiz and Vigo. This cruise will conclude at Southampton, in the United Kingdom.
 
The 51-night fly-land-cruise package will bring enthusiastic travellers to more of Europe, for a minimal additional cost. Prices of this deal will start at only $10,649* ($NZ11,999) per person. For just that bit extra, opportunities will abound when experiencing even more delightful European sights.
 
With both options, cruisers can choose to either return after their maiden voyage or stay longer in either Europe or the UK - and discover more themselves.
 
These exciting fly-cruise holidays, during the MSC World Cruise, will be on the MSC Magnifica. Days of cruising will be comfortable and entertaining on this ship. Dining and beverage options involve 5 gourmet restaurants and 12 bars. The MSC Aurea Spa will be an opportunity to get pampered aboard the ship, with massages and beauty treatments. On-board fun and excitement will continue with sports facilities, an indoor pool and a 1200 seat theatre. Days at sea will be as fascinating as discoveries at shore.
 
Bookings are now open for these once-in-a-lifetime fly cruise deals. Contact MSC Cruises to make a booking, at 1300 028 502 in Australia or 0508 4278 473 in New Zealand.
 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

P&O Cruises | This Week's Top Deals




P&O Cruises has some terrific short cruises of between three to six nights on offer as part of this week's best deals.
 
The top three picks for deals on P&O Cruises this week are:
 
*Make a gourmet getaway onboard Pacific Jewel when she sails from Sydney on a three-night food and wine cruise on March 31, 2017.  Fares for the roundtrip cruise start at $349* per person quad share, representing a delicious saving of more than 50 per cent on the brochure fare.
 
*Laughing has never been so easy with savings of more than 70 per cent available on Pacific Eden's three-night comedy cruise, sailing roundtrip from Adelaide. Departing on March 17, 2017, fares on the cruise start at $329* per person twin share.  
 
*P&O Cruises will set sail on its first-ever cruise to Tasmania's Dark Mofo festival in June. Sailing roundtrip from Sydney on Pacific Jewel on June 13, 2017, and spending two nights in Hobart, the cruise incudes priority passes to Dark Mofo as well as entry to the famous Museum of Old and New Art. Fares on the six-night cruise start at $448* per person quad share, a saving of 40 per cent on the brochure fare.
 
*Subject to availability, conditions apply. Fare includes accommodation, main meals onboard, entertainment and most onboard activities.

For bookings or more information visit pocruises.com.au, call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel agent.