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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.

 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Business Class Air Package on Regent Seven Seas Cruises

To further consolidate its reputation as the most inclusive luxury experience™ , Regent Seven Seas Cruises is now offering optional Business Class Air Packages in conjunction with all voyages  departing from April 2017 onwards.




The new Business Class Air Package fares will include: an all-inclusive luxury cruise, return business class flights from all major Australian gateways with preferred airline partners Emirates, Qantas or Singapore Airlines, one night pre-cruise hotel accommodation and transfers between the airport, hotel and their chosen Regent Seven Seas cruise ship.

"Our new Business Class Air Packages are tailored specifically for Regent Seven Seas Cruises' discerning and well-travelled guests. We know the overwhelming majority of our guests fly Business Class and often require hotel accommodation the day prior to their cruise. Now they needn't worry about organising a thing. This is the ultimate way to extend the indulgent Regent experience, ensuring an elite end-to-end experience with personalised attention," said Mr Steve Odell, SVP & Managing Director Asia Pacific at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.




Once on board, RSSC's newly upgraded, opulent vessels, all guests enjoy luxurious, elegant public space and suites, as well as the industry's leading all-inclusive experience, which includes:

·         FREE unlimited shore excursions
·         FREE unlimited WIFI
·         FREE unlimited beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits)
·         FREE fine dining at specialty restaurants
·         FREE pre-paid gratuities
·         FREE open bars and lounges and in-suite mini bar replenished daily

"We pride ourselves on delivering the most luxurious all-inclusive journeys at sea, so extending this takes care of the finer details of our guests' pre and post-cruise travel as a logical step to guarantee an effortless, relaxing holiday Regent-style. Now our guests will enjoy even more value on the most luxurious cruises in the world," he added.

Business Class Air Package supplements start from AU$4,440 for Asia voyages and from AU$6,590 to Europe.

Upgrades to First Class flight are also available. 'Cruise only' options for Australian travellers who prefer to make their own travel arrangements continue to be offered.

For more specific itinerary details or for general information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises, visit www.RSSC.com, email res.apac@rssc.com , call Australia: 1300 455 200, New Zealand: 0800 625 692, or contact a professional travel agent.

 
 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cross the Atlantic with SeaDream



IF you like the idea of thirteen days to laze around the pool aboard the world's Number 1 boutique mega motor-cruiser, read some good books, indulge in a spa treatment of two, wine and dine 5-star without the need to dress-up, and to be feted but not fawned-over by almost as many staff as there are guests, then you can now go ahead and do so.

Because SeaDream Yacht Club's luxury SeaDream II will be doing those thirteen days from San Juan in the Caribbean across the Atlantic to Malaga in Spain on the 15th of April this year, with the price from a very tempting US$3445pp twin-share.

This includes exceptional dining recognised by the 2017 Berlitz Guide as Best Ship for Food, wines with lunches and dinners, premium drinks from the open bars, a free onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, a library with over 1,200 books, port charges and taxes, and even gratuities for the attentive 95 staff and crew for just 112 guests.

And despite being 5-star, SeaDream does not require jackets or ties at dinner – smart casual is the order of the day.

SeaDream II will make only one stop on this thirteen day journey, Funchal on the island of Madeira, where there is an optional excursion taking-in local sights, or the yacht has free mountain bikes for guests who may like to do their own exploration.

There are also power and sail water-sports facilities aboard too, should the captain decide on a dead calm day somewhere on the Atlantic to stop for guests to enjoy a bit of water-sports play.

For full details see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com  

 

[] SEADREAM Yacht Club does not require jackets and ties at dinner – smart casual is the order of the day.

 
 

Celebrate - Celebrity offers fans an exclusive deal




$100 OBC for staterooms* booked on Solstice in the next 100 hours to celebrate 100K Facebook fans

The clock is ticking… To celebrate reaching 100,000 Australian Facebook Fans, Celebrity Cruises is giving away USD$100 onboard credit per stateroom for new Celebrity Solstice bookings made between 5pm [AEDT] Wednesday 1 February 2017 to 9pm [AEDT] Sunday 5 February 2017.*

The offer is valid for all new Oceanview, Balcony, Concierge or Aqua Class bookings on Celebrity Solstice sailings departing between 22 October 2017 and 30 March 2018.  

Fans have just 100 hours to act on the Facebook-exclusive deal, using a special promo code accessed via the Celebrity Cruises Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CelebrityCruisesAUSNZ

For further information or to make a booking, visit www.celebritycruises.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

*Term and conditions: Offer excludes group bookings and bookings in Interior staterooms and Suites, Transpacific sailings and sailings of less than four nights. New bookings only. Further terms and conditions apply, visit www.celebritycruises.com.au for more details.

 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Regent Seven Seas Cruises - New 2018-19 Cruises




Set forth on a luxurious journey of a lifetime with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The world's most inclusive luxury cruise line today announced its April 2018 through to April 2019 voyage collection, comprising 113 alluring itineraries aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, and the newly launched Seven Seas Explorer. These four ships will call at some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, among which are 28 maiden ports and 23 breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guests will immerse themselves in cultures, cuisines and traditions with the line's free unlimited shore excursions on all voyages and through included three-night, pre- or post-cruise land programmes on Asia and Africa sailings. Throughout, each staff and crew member delivers exceptional, personalised service to every guest, for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises is world renowned.

World's Most Luxurious Ship Returns to Europe and Inaugurates Africa Voyages

Launched in July 2016 and recognised as the most luxurious ship ever built™, Seven Seas Explorer returns to Europe for a second consecutive summer season in May 2018. The ship will sail throughout the Mediterranean, North and Baltic Seas on 7- to 12-night voyages and make maiden calls at Portimao, Portugal; Lysekil, Sweden; and Bodo and Haugesund, Norway.

Seven Seas Explorer then commences its maiden Africa season on two epic voyages that showcase the continent's west coast, a 24-night, Lisbon (Portugal)-to-Cape Town (South Africa) itinerary, followed by a 15-night, round-trip New Year's voyage. The ship then heads west to South America for its vibrant rhythms, colours and cultures as it rounds the horn to Los Angeles via the western coast.

Chic Mediterranean and Authentic Caribbean

Seven Seas Voyager will also sail the Mediterranean in summer 2018, with many 7-night itineraries that include calls at some of the region's most chic destinations, as well as maiden calls at Korcula and Hvar, Croatia; Saint-Raphael, France; Lipari, Sicily, Italy. The ship will winter in the Caribbean, alternating 7- to 12-night, Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, which travellers can combine to immerse themselves in the region. New Caribbean ports-of-call for the line are picturesque Port Antonio, Jamaica, as well as Charlestown, Nevis, the birthplace of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Remote Wonders of the Pacific and Australia

Seven Seas Mariner will offer a variety of adventures throughout the Pacific, starting with Alaska in summer 2018. The ship then charts the South Pacific to Asia and Australia, presenting the grand cities and historic, cultural landmarks of the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia, and calling at Broome, and Oarai, Japan, for the first time. From Sydney, travellers can join Seven Seas Mariner on the Grand Aussie Adventure, a new 36-night circumnavigation of the continent, sailing Dec. 15, 2018.

Grand Arctic, Canada and New England, and the World

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' most intimate ship, Seven Seas Navigator, will offer three very distinct programmes, starting with an 89-night, Grand Arctic Splendour voyage that begins and ends in New York. The Grand Artic Splendour voyage is comprised of six sailings that call at 63 non-repeating destinations in Canada and New England, Greenland and Iceland, North and Baltic Seas, as well as into the Arctic Circle to reach the White Sea. On this adventure, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Archangel, Russia, will be maiden ports.

The ship will then sail a range of unforgettable Canada and New England cruises between New York and Montréal to showcase the autumn foliage and exciting cities of Quebec and the Northeast U.S.

To kick off 2019, Seven Seas Navigator will embark on Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 13th World Cruise, an epic 131-night adventure that calls at 62 unique ports across the Hawaii Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, Asia and the Mediterranean. Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 2019 World Cruise is comprised of seven distinct itineraries, calling at 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and making maiden calls at Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Australia; Makassar (Sulawesi), Indonesia; and Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world's most inclusive luxury cruise line with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 425 destinations around the globe. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is currently undergoing a US$125 million fleet wide enhancement programme that will elevate the level of elegance found throughout the fleet to the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer, which entered service on July 20, 2016, and has since been recognised as the most luxurious ship ever built™. A leader in luxury cruising, the line's fares include all-suite accommodation, free unlimited shore excursions, free unlimited WIFI, highly personalised service, free unlimited beverages including fine wine and premium spirits, free specialty restaurants,  free pre-paid gratuities and a 1-night pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' new 2018/19 voyages are now open for reservations. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or specific itineraries, please contact a professional travel agent; visit www.rssc.com; or call 1300 455 200 (Australia) or 0800 625 692 (New Zealand).

 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Circumnavigate Australia with Ponant



Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is delighted to offer guests an incredible voyage around our Island Continent, aboard Ponant's luxurious vessel, L'Austral.  Exclusively designed by Cruiseco and Ponant, this 40-night circumnavigation of Australia departs the spectacular Sydney Harbour on 25th January 2018, visiting some of the country's most breathtaking ports, beautiful natural wonders, scenic highlights and tourist attractions along the way.

Laura Clarke, Manager Special Projects & Group Sales, Cruiseco said,

"Cruiseco and Ponant have worked together to design an itinerary that will offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime voyage and exclusive holiday aboard L'Austral, a superb mega-yacht.  This voyage offers a travel concept that is luxurious and authentic, however is also intimate, with only 123 cabins and suites available.  Discerning travellers will have the ability to explore more secluded ports and locations of Australia, which are off the beaten track and more difficult to reach, whilst enjoying stunning scenery, incredible locally produced food and wine and the chance to experience local wildlife in its natural surroundings."

Highlights of the voyage include exploring:
·         Wineglass Bay (Freycinet), Beauty Point (Tamar Valley) and King Island in Tasmania;
·         Port Campbell (12 Apostles) in Victoria;
·         Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln in South Australia; 
·         Esperance, Albany, Busselton, Fremantle, Geraldton, Turquoise Bay (Ningaloo Reef), overnight in Broome, Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls) and Wyndham in Western Australia;
·         Darwin and Yirrkala Aboriginal Settlement in the Northern Territory; and
·         Thursday Island, Cape York (the Tip), Lizard Island, Cooktown, Port Douglas, Hamilton Island and Fraser Island in Queensland.

Aboard the majestic L'Austral, guests will be accompanied by a specialist expedition crew which shares information on the history of the ports visited and provides insights into the heritage, flora, fauna and landscape of the country.  The cruise itinerary is also designed for Cruiseco to offer a range of overnight excursions away from the ship, where passengers re-join L'Austral in the next port of call or after visiting a major tourist highlight such as Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest. 

"At Cruiseco we want guests to immerse themselves in the true Australia, by discovering the breathtaking landscapes of the local regions, indulging in food and wine, and learning about the rich history and culture of our country.  Complimentary zodiac tours allow guests to glimpse spectacular parts of the country only seen by a select few.  Many of the ports on the itinerary are only available to smaller ships and some can only be accessed by ships carrying zodiacs.  For those ports that do not have berths alongside, the smaller vessel of L'Austral enables a quick and regular tendering in order to maximise time ashore for guests.  Offering only 123 cabins across nine different categories, many are sure to disappear quickly, so we urge any travellers who would like to cruise with us to secure their places soon," added Clarke.

Each bespoke tour has been custom designed exclusively for this type of expedition, refined and personalised holiday.  Guests aboard L'Austral can expect to experience a luxurious, chic and elegant ambience.  All 123 cabins and suites include controlled air-conditioning, king size bed, minibar, flat screen TV, iPod players, French bath products and plush bathrobes, and complimentary 24-hour room service.

Prices to travel aboard L'Austral on a 40-night circumnavigation of Australia, departing Sydney on 25th January 2018, start from AU$29,000* per person, based on twin share in a Superior Stateroom.
Fares include: all meals onboard, including 24-hour room service; beverages – house wines, beers, sparkling wine, non-premium spirits; and a specialist expedition crew, including experts in the field of botany, marine biology, history and photography and zodiac tours.

For additional itinerary options or to book whilst cabins are still available, visit www.cruising.com.au or call (02) 9492 8520.

*Prices are subject to availability and subject to change.  Terms and conditions apply.

Monday, 16 January 2017

New 2018 cruise package including all three #Cunard liners

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Sail all Three Cunard liners in one holiday spanning two continents

A unique Cruise Express exclusive

Bonus onboard credit of up to US$1270 per cabin




A new, luxury fly/cruise package from Cruise Express allows cruise-loving Australians to sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless holiday across two continents in 2018.

The 37-night 'Three Queens' package features a trio of back-to-back cruises aboard Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 in Europe, including a voyage across the Atlantic to New York, recreating an iconic route forged by Cunard's pre-jet age ships in the early 1900s.

The liner-hopping adventure in the northern spring begins on May 7, 2018, with a flight from Australia to London for a two-night stay. After free time to explore the city, guests will be transferred by private car to Southampton to board Queen Elizabeth for a 14-night, round-trip cruise to seven ports in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and also Russia where the ocean liner will dock overnight to allow passengers to explore the famous, treasure-filled palaces and castles of St Petersburg.

After a one-night stay ashore in Southampton, Cruise Express guests will return to the docks to board Queen Victoria for a seven-night, round-trip cruise to four ports in Norway, including sailings through Norway's most spectacular fjords such as World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord, which is lined by sheer, snow-topped peaks and thundering waterfalls.

Guests will stay two nights back in Southampton before boarding the third Cunard liner and the flagship of the fleet, Queen Mary 2, for a seven-night crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to New York - the world's most famous sea route. Aboard, passengers can indulge in the signature experiences common to all three ships – grand ballrooms, dazzling chandeliers, sweeping staircases, fine cuisine, high teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service.

A three-night stay in New York follows before a flight back to Australia on June 13, 2018.

The 'Three Queens' package is available from $10,999 per person, twin-share. Fares include return economy class flights, the three voyages and eight nights' accommodation in London, Southampton and New York. Each booking also attracts an onboard spending credit of up to US$1270 per cabin.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au