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Friday, 27 March 2015

Silver Discoverer sets sail to Indonesia



Discover the enchanting allure of Indonesia and Malaysia on a 14 day cruise aboard Silversea Expeditions' Silver Discoverer. The wonders of this region unfold as guests sail from the mountains to the mangroves, venturing into the heart of the wilderness to uncover the hidden beauties of local cultures and exotic creatures.

Departing from Darwin on 29 May 2015, Silver Discoverer sets sail to Indonesia, stopping at Savu, Lomblem Island, Alor and Sulawesi, where guests are surrounded by the captivating atmosphere of traditional village customs, ancient stone relics and smouldering volcanos that meet tranquil crystal waters. From here, Silver Discoverer journeys to Kakaban Island, an underwater paradise that's home to sea turtles, stingless Papuan jellyfish, butterfly fish and other marine life, before docking in the wondrous island of Tarakan, home to the endangered proboscis monkey.

Continuing her journey into Malaysia, Silver Discoverer visits Sandakan for an overnight stay where guests have the opportunity to visit the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to witness orangutans feeding in their natural habitat.

Travelling west to Pulau Tiga, guests will be awed by the beautiful beach havens   and have the opportunity to hike through the stunning rainforests. Silver Discoverer concludes her voyage in Kota Kinabalu, with guest disembarking on 12 June 2015.

As part of Silversea Expeditions' themed diving voyages, advanced divers sailing on this voyage will have the opportunity to explore these remote destinations, both on land and underwater.

Prices are per person starting from AU$14,450 in an Explorer Suite based on double occupancy.  Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Inspiration for expedition cruisers - Ultimate Record Breaking Destinations


Expedition cruisers of today are the equivalent of yesteryear's intrepid explorers, seeking the most unusual and remote locations on the planet. There was always the challenge of who could reach the poles first, climb the highest mountains, or sail the farthest.

This 300-page volume clearly identifies all of these extreme locations and firmly throws down the gauntlet to you and your adventure-prone cohort.

Dive right in.
Since tweeted-coated, leather-booted intrepid explorers of yesteryear first embarked on journeys into the true unknown, world exploration has driven a passion within us.

In a world bursting with incredible and alluring destinations, visiting the largest, oldest, highest or most extreme places – those that are truly and factually unsurpassed – provides us with a wonderful sense of achievement and helps us make sense of our place in this big old world.

Take a journey of discovery to 100 of Earth’s record breaking places, from swimming in the deepest lake to stepping foot on the largest sand island or spending a night in the largest ice hotel. Find out exactly where the lowest point on dry land, the furthest point from the sea or the oldest restaurant is and uncover astounding world facts that will both ignite your wanderlust and give you the ultimate bucket list.

Samantha Wilson is a long- time travel writer and author whose journeys have taken her from the northern lights of the arctic to the wilds of Patagonia and the remote islands of Palau. She has inter-railed through Europe, canoed the Swedish lakes and camel-trekked the North African deserts. When she’s not researching her next book she lives in the British countryside with her husband and far too many pets.

ISBN 9781742576817
RRP: $29.99

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

SeaDream Yacht Club's lowest fare ever includes Gallipoli


ITS no mistake, SeaDream Yacht Club in May of this year has a 5-night sailing from Athens to Istanbul aboard the world's most highly rated boutique motor-vessel, SeaDream I at a never-before (and most likely never-again) price that starts from just US$2,104pp twin-share price.

It includes two of the most popular Greek Islands, Mykonos and Patmos, Kusadasi for a visit to spectacularly ancient Ephesus or Kusadasi's magnificent Grand Bazaar, and Kepez for the opportunity to visit Gallipoli and the Anzac battlefields and cemeteries during this 100th ANZAC anniversary year.

Originally planned for a private company that's had to reluctantly cancel for corporate reasons, this just-now available sailing includes accommodation in an ocean view stateroom, wines with lunch and dinner, open bars with select premium brands, gratuities, use of power and sail water-sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore explorations, a golf simulator, and all port charges and taxes.

The 5-star mega motor-cruiser SeaDream I will sail this unique 5-nights on May 16th for a maximum of just 112 guests served by 95 crew – ideal for anyone visiting Europe at that time to enjoy SeaDream's "world's best boutique experience" at an unheard-of price.

For more details, call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit
For bookings and further details, see SeaDream specialist Cruise Express


Monday, 23 March 2015

Win a 17-day Expedition Cruise for two with APT


Imagine immersing yourself in the open seas?

The Australian National Maritime Museum and APT could make all your oceanic dreams come true with a 17-day cruise for two aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, a prize valued at over $31,000.

Relax and drink in the ocean’s delights in your spacious suite as you set sail from Manila to Darwin departing 21 May 2015 including flights, shore excursions, meals and transfers.

Does this sound like your kind of sea odyssey?


HURRY - competition closes on 27th March

Sunday, 22 March 2015

An expedition in the Hebrides aboard the Majestic Line


Just one of 10 passengers on a small cruise ship sailing around Scotland’s Southern Hebrides, Tricia Welsh is almost as impressed as 19th-century German composer Felix Mendelssohn by the natural scenic beauty untouched by time.
The Majestic Line mini cruise ship
The Glen Massan is one of two traditional vessels of the Majestic Line

‘Aye, thar’s your wee boatie!’’ exclaims my fellow traveller as we alight the Glasgow-Oban train and look across the town’s tiny harbour to a small moored wooden vessel dwarfed by North Pier.    During the three-hour scenic rail journey – surely one of the prettiest in Scotland –  I’d been telling my new acquaintance about my upcoming cruise on the Majestic Line’s little Glen Massan.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Vietnam & Cambodia river cruise package from $5499pp


Hanoi, Halong Bay, Saigon, Siem Reap and Saigon. A plethora of discovery awaits you as each new day passes. Wondrous waterways, iconic temples, bustling cities... you'll be treated to a kaleidoscope of these two great and ancient nations. Like you, your fellow passengers are eager to meet with local people and learn of lives foreign to their own. Join Cruiseco Adventurer on the lower Mekong and be assured of a more intimate, authentic experience.

Includes: Return flights from Australia, 2 nights Hanoi, 2 night Halong Bay cruise, 3 nights Siem Reap, 7 night Mekong cruise, 2 nights Saigon, sightseeing, transfers, gratuities and many meals.
Departures June to September 2015
from: $5,499* pp twin 
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Thursday, 19 March 2015

WIN a $40,000 Lindblad South Pacific Expedition for Two Aboard the National Geographic Orion


Valued at over $40,000, this 18-day voyage from Tahiti to the mysterious Easter Island, will see you relaxing on secluded beaches, snorkelling pristine reefs and visting the virtually inaccessible, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Henderson Island. To make the experience even more memorable, the voyage will be accompanied by a National Geographic photographer. Prize is courtesy of National Geographic Channel and Lindblad Expeditions.

For your chance to win:

There's a new code word every week, so you have 3 chances to enter to win this exclusive prize with Foxtel Acess - getting you closer to the experiences you love.

PSSST! Last week's code word was RAFT