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Friday, 31 May 2013

True North's Stellar Award Year Continues




On Tuesday night the TRUE NORTH was announced as the Best Expedition or Adventure Cruising ship at the prestigious 2013 Australian Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards.

This further success follows our outstanding performance at the recent Luxury Travel Gold List Awards where the TRUE NORTH won Best Luxury Adventure Travel Experience, Best Luxury Cruise Company and, Best Luxury Cruise Ship (small) – the first time an entrant has won 3 Gold List awards in a single year! The ship was also an earlier winner of Cruise Passenger Magazine’s Best Soft Adventure Cruise Ship.


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Hurtigruten unveils Explorer Voyages Brochure for 2014-15 - offering new and tantalizing experiences

No trend is more apparent in travel these days than experiential travel - the desire of guests to experience more local and unique interactions and take home knowledge and a greater understanding of where they have been.  Hurtigruten, a leader in exploration voyages to remote regions, makes this a primary mission of each of its unique Explorer itineraries.  Whether it is meeting with local Inuit in Greenland; enjoying the genuine Russian atmosphere of Spitsbergen's historic Barentsburg settlement; camping overnight with expert guides on the frozen expanse of Antarctica; viewing the rich birding sites along Iceland's diverse coast; or exploring numerous UNESCO sites along the islands of Southern Europe with lectures on the cultures and history.

    Hurtigruten's new 2014/2015 Explorer Voyages brochure details these amazing places and experiences within its 92 pages and is available both in download form and by mail at www.hurtigruten.us.  Equally impressive are the many pages filled with images taken by Hurtigruten's past guests – stellar shots that are sure to entice.

    Just as important as the focus on the experience, is Hurtigruten's focus on safety and safeguarding these remote destinations seriously giving the company a true leadership position in the world of sustainable travel.  Hurtigruten belongs to numerous environmental organizations including AECO, IAATO and Clean Up Svalbard, all of which demand that members maintain responsible travel safeguards for future generations.

    A series of new excursions bring guests closer to the local feel and flavor of the remote regions visited by Hurtigruten's fleet of 12 ships.
  • Guests on Hurtigruten's Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Falkland Islands and Greenland voyages now have the opportunity to pitch tents and camp overnight on these remote frozen landscapes.  Using top-of-the-line equipment and developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, this once-in-a-lifetime experience includes small walks, expert guides and true bragging rights.  For those preferring to remain on board, Hurtigruten offers a sunbed and sleeping bag to enjoy a night out on deck, watching icebergs in the night's soft light and enjoying hot chocolate.
  • Fish with the officers and crew of the MS Fram while in Greenland.  Guests can choose to spend about three hours fishing for dinner as at least one officer and some members of the crew make their way out in a small fishing boat to favored fishing sites.  All equipment is supplied and the chef is happy to prepare your catch for dinner.
  • Kayaking between the icebergs and ice floes of Antarctica's waters offers guests a true sense of the tranquility of such a remote region of the world.  No sounds except the occasional splash of the oar or the cracking of nearby ice reaches the kayaker.  Looking at the White Continent from water level provides a unique experience to be shared with friends for years to come.  The sea kayaks, dry suits, snacks and lunch as well as expert guides are all included.
    Six Greenland itineraries, three in Spitsbergen (along with four land-based options), five in Antarctica, one in Iceland and seven in Europe (including two transatlantic crossings) show off the variety of Hurtigruten Explorer product.  Highlights include:
  • The Vikings ruled the waters of the North Atlantic and Hurtigruten takes guests to many of their ancient landmarks, from Scotland's Edinburgh and Aberdeen to Iceland's Westman Islands.  Highlights include Edinburgh's medieval Old Town (a UNESCO site); PolarCirkel boat landings on the Isle of Skye; the islands of the Inner Hebrides; the original Viking settlement of Stornoway; the small 10th-century capital city of Tórshavn; and the 15 spectacular islands of Iceland's The Vestmannaeyjar.  The 13-day sailing of The Viking Route departs May 13, 2014.
  • Disko Bay & The Southern Fjords is an in-depth exploration of the epicenter of the world's climate change conversation – Greenland.  Guests on the 13-day adventure learn from experts about the world's largest island, its people and culture.  Experiences include visiting traditional Inuit settlements such as Qeqertarsuaq and Qassiarsuk, watching jewelry and art craftsman at work in Susumiut, and hiking to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut.  Departs May 5, 2014.
  • Celebrate a traditional Christmas with white scenery and little fellas in tuxes to greet you when coming ashore in Antarctica.  Hurtigruten explores the White Continent with years of experience and experts to guide the guests.  The 17-day Christmas Expedition makes numerous landings in Antarctica and spends time in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Orkneys as well.
    Proudly transporting both freight and passengers for 120 years, Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition voyages, sailing to such remote destinations as Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic's Spitsbergen, as well as year round along Norway's coast and Europe in the spring and fall. The company's fleet of 12 intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere. Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten's visitor-friendly website, www.hurtigruten.us; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145. To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Melanesia, paradise in the Pacific

Imagine a place where you can find the world’s most diverse coral reefs, an abundant array of island endemic bird species and a myriad of fascinating ancient cultures.

The islands of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are just such a place and we look forward to sharing them with you on our upcoming Melanesia Discoverer and Secrets of Melanesia expeditions. And, while the wildlife encounters are out of this world, so are the destinations you will visit - some so wild and remote you’ll have trouble finding them in a guidebook.

Highlights include:
  • Spending eight full days exploring Papua New Guinea, a photographer’s dream with the stunning volcanoes of Rabaul, lush tropical rainforests, and plenty of wildlife to capture both above and below the water, including sharks, anemone fish, kingfishers, and fruit doves.
  • Search for over 300 bird species of which at least 138 are found nowhere else on earth.
  • Enjoying daily snorkel outings with up close encounters of turtles, sharks and literally hundreds of unique fish species.
  • Discovering the unique cultures of the region, with their fascinating heritage, beautiful dances and intricate works of art.
  • Join our optional specialist activities to better explore and enjoy what you are passionate about – be it kayaking, birding or diving (full details available on request).
Plus, you’ll be traveling aboard our intimate, 50-passenger Spirit of Enderby. Designed with expedition cruising in mind, large open decks provide great viewing opportunities and easy access to zodiacs.

Aaron Russ is our expedition leader aboard these exciting new voyages and he has just returned from exploring through the islands of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. View more details on these new itineraries, including image galleries here. Contact us to request more information on these departures.


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Silversea Galapagos 2013




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Silversea Expeditions is offering travellers the opportunity to take advantage of special cruise and land packages for its 2013 Galápagos program.

Seven new shorter Silver Galapagos voyages of just 3 and 4 days have been combined with pre- and post-cruise South America land adventures to create a collection of enticing holiday packages of 8, 10 or 11 days.

"These new cruise and land packages are convenient options for the luxury traveller who wants to experience a Galápagos cruise adventure and also explore some of the most intriguing regions of South America -- but who may not have time for a lengthy holiday," said Karen Christensen, Silversea’s General Manager and Director Sales and Marketing Australasia. 

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Silver Galapagos
NEW 2013 GALÁPAGOS EXPEDITION CRUISES
The new 4-day, Baltra-to-San Cristóbal expedition voyages, encompassing the islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, and Seymour Norte, are:
8301A: 28 September – 2 October
8307A: 9 - 13 November
8309A: 23 - 27 November
8311A: 7 – 11 December
The new 3-day, San Cristóbal-to-Baltra voyages, tracing a route through the islands of Española, Santa Cruz, and Plazas Sur, are:
8307B: 13 – 16 November
8309B: 27 – 30 November
8311B: 11 – 14 December
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Machu Picchu
Silver Galapagos expedition cruises offer adventurous travellers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea's guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colourful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches.

The cruise and land packages include an expedition voyage aboard the luxurious, all-suite Silver Galapagos, Silversea's Galápagos air package (between Quito or Guayaquil and Galápagos), the Galápagos National Park entrance fee, plus pre- or post-cruise South America land extensions. The land programs include deluxe hotel accommodation, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.

GALÁPAGOS CRUISE & LAND PACKAGES
Below is a selection of the new Galápagos cruise and land package options (prices are per person, based on double occupancy):

8-Day Machu Picchu & Galápagos Package
Guests will enjoy 2 days surrounded by the history and culture of Ecuador's vibrant capital on the "Quito Discovery" land extension before embarking on their 3-day Galápagos expedition cruise. After witnessing the natural treasures of the Galápagos Islands from their base of luxury aboard Silver Galapagos, guests will then journey to Peru to spend 3 days exploring the glorious Lost City of the Incas on an exciting "Machu Picchu Explorer" land adventure, highlighted by a scenic journey in Peru's Vistadome train. This 8-day package is priced from AU$6,833.

10-Day Puno, Lake Titicaca & Galápagos Package
The magnificent Andes and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, are the setting for an exciting 4-day "Puno & Lake Titicaca" pre-cruise adventure. Highlights include a visit to the Sillustani tombs, a cruise to the floating reed islands of the Uros people with their centuries-old way of life, and a visit to Taquile Island to admire ancient weaving traditions. Guests then embark Silver Galapagos for an unforgettable 4-day expedition voyage through the Galápagos Islands, followed by 2 days absorbing the fascinating sights and attractions of Ecuador's capital on the "Quito Discovery" post-cruise land extension. This 10-day package is priced from AU$7,703.

11-Day Amazon Explorer & Galápagos PackageGuests enjoy 2 days taking in the artistic, cultural and historic attractions of Ecuador's capital on the "Quito Discovery" land extension before embarking on their 3-day expedition voyage aboard the elegant Silver Galapagos. Following the Galápagos program is a unique 6-day journey to Peru's Amazon basin where it is possible to witness pygmy marmosets, howler monkeys, colourful toucans and other exotic wildlife that inhabit the region's lowland forests. Participants will cruise the Amazon in all-suite luxury aboard m/v Aqua, dining on perhaps the finest Amazonian-Peruvian gourmet cuisine on the river. Expert naturalists will be on hand to share insights about this amazing and fragile ecosystem. This 11-day package is priced from AU$9,559.

For more details on the new Galápagos cruise and land packages, visit www.silversea.com/expeditions. 

For more information and a brochure contact your preferred Travel Professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

Tui Tai Aussies School Holidays Special, Half-Price for Kids


Tui Tai Expeditions is happy to present a massive discount to Australian families over the upcoming 2013 school holidays. The deal includes 50% off for kids (under 18) travelling with their parents, on Tui Tai trips during Australian school holidays.

Deal: 50% off for kids during 2013 school holidays

Valid for the following trip dates:
June 24-July 1
July 1-8
July 8-15
July 15-22
Sept 23-30
Sept 30-Oct 7
Oct 7-14

Tui Tai: the family adventure trip of a lifetime
Tui Tai's expeditions are an amazing experience for a family. Activities that are fun for all ages, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, fishing and more

Family Expeditions, age guidelines
For the trips listed above: all ages are welcome aboard. Per company policy, for kids under age 14, parents are required to provide assurance that kids are well behaved and reasonably mature. Tui Tai is an active trip experience, and all passengers are expected to be mature and respectful of staff and fellow passengers.

Family of 4 Aussie School Holidays Package
Booking Code: TTAU7EC
7-night Tui Tai Expedition Cruise
2x Expedition Cabins
Includes: all meals, snacks, coffee/tea/water/juice, all activities, ground transfers to/from ship
Does not include: bar, spa, scuba diving, airfare
Rack: AUD $7485 plus tax
Nett: AUD $5988 plus tax

Family of 4 Aussie School Holidays Package
Booking Code: TTAU5EC
5-night Tui Tai Expedition Cruise
2x Expedition Cabins
Includes: all meals, snacks, coffee/tea/water/juice, all activities, ground transfers to/from ship
Does not include: bar, spa, scuba diving, airfare
Rack: AUD $5985 plus tax
Nett: AUD $4788 plus tax

For bookings, enquiries, questions, please contact

Tui Tai Expeditions
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"World Class Escape" -- National Geographic
"Trip of a Lifetime" -- Outside
www.TuiTai.com

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Phone: +679.885.3032
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Monday, 27 May 2013

Bentours new cruising brochure



Bentours, Australia’s leading Scandinavian specialist, is delighted to announce the release of its 2014 cruising brochure.

With extraordinary tours to tempt and new trips to explore, the 2014 brochure features a selection of river and coastal cruises taking in the unique culture and spectacular scenery of Scandinavia, Russia, Ukraine and the Polar regions. Exciting new additions to Bentours’ 2014 cruise portfolio include the Volga Explorer trip in Russia and Norway’s Arctic Wonders.

Bentours’ new Volga Explorer itinerary traverses one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers and explores the rich history of Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as Russia’s villages and ancient towns. Guests will sail in style and comfort discovering palaces, monasteries, museums and countryside. 10-day tours departing St Petersburg start from AU$1,544 per person, twin-share. 11-day tours depart Moscow and include a stop in Yaroslav, one of Russia’s oldest provincial cities, with prices starting from AU$1,715 per person, twin-share.

The Arctic Wonders tour, a new eight-day voyage along Norway’s stunning coastline, takes guests to Tromso, one of the greatest places in Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights. This striking cruise expedition ends with a night at the unique Snowhotel in Kirkenes made of ice from the neighboring frozen lake. Prices start from AU$2,082 per person, twin-share.

The Bentours 2014 Cruising Brochure is available to view online at:
https://printools.com.au/flipit/flipbook/230905btcruisebrox/


For bookings or further information, please contact Bentours on 1800 221 712,res@bentours.com.au or visit bentours.com.au.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

National Geographic Magazine features wildlife images from Far East Russia


(c) Sergey Gorshkov
Spending months at a time in remote Far East Russia, award-winning photographer Sergey Gorshkov captures the raw beauty of the region's wildlife - often waiting for hours in extreme conditions for the moment to press the shutter.

Wrangel Island is the setting of some of Sergey's most spectacular photos. Tucked into the far reaches of Far East Russia, above the Arctic Circle, the Island is a haven for some of the world's most incredible wildlife. National Geographic Magazine is showcasing his work from Wrangel Island over 22 pages in their May 2013 issue featuring arctic foxes, muskoxen, walrus, polar bears, amongst other species. Sergey travels with Heritage Expeditions to Wrangel Island and often spends long stretches of time living on the island observing and capturing the images he is renowned for. Wrangel Island is one of the highlights on the Across the Top of the World voyage.

Click here to see Sergey Gorshkov's Wrangel Island images on the National Geographic website.

Kamchatka in Far East Russia is rated by Sergey as the ultimate location for photography and wildlife. Visiting this region early in his photography career he was captivated by the Kamchatka Brown Bears that inhabit the Peninsula. Other wildlife such as mighty Steller's Sea Eagles and hardy Arctic Foxes also feature in his work. It was this experience that motivated him to begin to capture the beauty of the landscape, flora and fauna for others to see - this is the heart of his passion.

Only recently open to outside visitors this area of the world remains one of the last frontiers for true expedition travel. Heritage Expeditions is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable companies in the region and leads voyages into Kamchatka and other Far East Russia destinations, providing access for passengers into remote locations where wildlife flourishes and photography opportunities are plentiful. Every voyage on offer is unique and showcases adventure travel at its very best.

Heritage Expeditions Far East Russia Voyages include:
(Images used kindly supplied by Sergey Gorshkov - copyright applies)




Hapag-Lloyd Cruises appoints new ceo



Karl J. Pojer, ceo of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Karl J. Pojer, ceo of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Karl J. Pojer has been appointed the new ceo of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the German luxury and expedition cruise operator and a wholly-owned subsidiary of TUI AG.

With immediate effect, 58-year old Pojer is taking charge of the cruise line's business development, operations, marketing, sales and distribution, product management, tourism as well as corporate communications.

Dr Wolfgang Flägel, who took over the management of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises when long standing md Sebastian Ahrens left last June, remains in charge of finances, HR and IT.

The new ceo has been working with TUI since 1996, initially as md of wholly-owned subsidiary Robinson Club GmbH. In 2003, he took charge of the TUI Hotels & Resorts division, which manages the World of TUI hotel subsidiaries throughout the world. Currently with 248 hotels and 157,000 beds, TUI Hotels & Resorts is the biggest holiday hotelier in Europe. Prior to joining TUI, Pojer worked for various hotel companies including Kempinski Hotels, Sheraton Hotels as well as Pestana Hotels, Resorts & Casinos.

‘Karl J. Pojer is one of the most experienced operations experts in the vacation industry. He will continue the reorientation which has already started at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises,’ commented Friedrich Joussen, ceo of TUI AG.

Pojer described Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as ‘a strong brand full of tradition that we want to further develop in a careful way but in keeping with the times’. The brand currently charters five ships: Bremen, Columbus 2, Europa, Europa 2 and Hanseatic. Columbus 2 (ex Insignia) will be returned to Oceania Cruises next year.
 

Big Sailing Program in the Med



Star Clippers fleet of three luxury clipper ships will offer a record 85 European itineraries in 2014, sailing to many exotic ports in the Mediterranean untouched by large passengers liners.

The wide-ranging cruise program will include Portugal, Spain and the Balearic Islands, Morocco, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, the Greek Islands and Tunisia.

The 134 m 227-passenger flagship Royal Clipper, the only five-masted full-rigged (42 sails) passenger sailing ship in the world, will start its 2014 European summer season on April 28 with a five-night cruise from Malaga to Rome.
Royal Clipper

It will then offer mostly seven-night cruises (some 10 and 11 nights) covering the Amalfi Coast and Sicily; Italy, Montenegro and Croatia, and a season-ending 12-night sailing from Rome to Lisbon via Spain and Morocco on October 25.

The slightly smaller sister ships Star Flyer and Star Clipper (115m and 170 guests) will sail to scores of destinations from embarkation ports including Lisbon, Malaga, Monte Carlo, Palma (Majorca), Cannes, Malta, Athens, Istanbul and Venice.

Some early bookings (made by January 31, 2014)offer discounts up to 35%. Seven-night cruises cost around $2885 including port taxes, all meals and entertainment on board.

Currently, Royal Clipper and Star Clipper are sailing in the Mediterranean and Star Flyer is in the Baltic and Scandinavia. Later this year all three ships will make Transatlantic crossings for a season in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and Cuba, returning to Europe in April 2014.

The clippers offer a blend of soft-adventure traditional sailing with the ambience and personal service of a high-tech luxury private yacht .

For reservations contact your travel agent or Star Clippers on 1300 362 599 or email: <mailto:starclippers@creativecruising.com.au>

www.starclippers.com

Windstar Cruises Introduces New Yacht and Voyage Collection

 
Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht-style cruising, has announced the debut of its new all-suite yacht, Star Pride, and the 2014 Pride Voyage Collection. The new voyages are now open for sale and feature four new itineraries exclusive to the all-suite yacht, including Windstar's new itinerary through the Black Sea. Star Pride's nine distinctive voyages highlight small-ship ports throughout the Mediterranean seas and French Riviera, tucking into tiny harbours and hidden coves that others cannot reach. The collection features voyages from May 5 to October 21, 2014.

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We are thrilled to welcome Star Pride to our fleet in Spring 2014, enabling Windstar to cruise a global set of itineraries to new destinations including our new Black Sea Tapestry voyage," said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises' chief executive officer. "With a maximum of 212 guests on board, Star Pride delivers our promise of the private yacht experience in a casually elegant setting, all while exploring some of the world's most legendary destinations and hidden harbours."

The four exclusive Star Pride 2014 European voyages include:

Black Sea Tapestry

For the first time, Windstar offers the enigmatic, once hidden, wonders of Europe's Black Sea in signature Windstar yachting style. This seven-day, roundtrip voyage from Istanbul, Turkey departs June 13, 20; and September 8, 2014, and visits five new ports including Yalta, Sevastopol, and Odessa, Ukraine; Constanta (Bucharest), Romania; and Nessebar, Bulgaria. Highlights include: Istanbul's elegant Blue Mosque; Swallow's Nest Castle in Yalta; the intriguing Potemkin Steps in Odessa; Sevastopol's beautiful beaches; and medieval Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its impressive collection of historic churches.

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Pride of the Aegean

Explore the breadth of the Aegean Sea, from the southernmost azure tip of Crete to the soaring spires of Istanbul, in one comprehensive nine-day sailing departing from Athens, Greece or Istanbul, Turkey on June 4, and 27; August 30; September 15 and 24; and October 3, 12, and 21, 2014. Star Pride visits Monemvasia, Chania, Santorini, and Rhodes, Greece; and Bodrum, Kusadasi, and Cesme, Turkey. Highlights include: Chania's beautiful Venetian mansions and churches; the whitewashed buildings and blue domes of Santorini; the ancient Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes; Cesme's 14th century Genoese castle, as well as the marble, myths, and magic of Athens and Istanbul's world-famous Grand Bazaar.

Riviera Enchantment

Discover the glamour, the enchantment, the excitement, and the exquisite élan of the world's most famous yachting playgrounds on this seven-day voyage roundtrip from Rome, Italy departing May 21; and August 6, 2014. Rome sets the stage for this exciting cruise which visits some of the world's most glamorous ports along the French Riviera including Cannes, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Portoferraio, Portofino, and Portovenere, Italy. For an added thrill, guests sailing on the May 21 departure can add Windstar's Grand Prix Cruise Package and experience the perfect combination of luxury cruising and Formula One racing.

Venetian Passageways

Uncover the wonders of Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, as Windstar overnights in this magical city on this nine-day voyage along the ancient trade routes through the narrow Corinth Canal, to the ancient oracle of Delphi, and into the majestic fjords of Montenegro. Star Pride departs July 6; and August 21, 2014 from Athens, Greece or Venice, Italy visiting Hydra, Corinth Canal, Delphi/Itea, and Zakynthos, Greece; Butrint, Albania; Kotor, Montenegro; and Dubrovnik and Hvar, Croatia.

Also new for 2014, is Windstar's Sicilian Splendors voyage. Sail around the Isle of Sicily and discover wonders from the ruins of Pompeii and Capri's Blue Grotto to Baroque marvels and the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast with this 10-day sailing roundtrip from Rome, Italy departing May 11, 2014. This new 2014 voyage visits five new ports including Catania, Porto Empedocle, and Trapani, Italy; and Valletta and Gozo, Malta; as well as Lipari (Sicily), Sorrento, and Capri, Italy, and also spends one romantic night at sea. Highlights include: the ancient city of Syracuse in Catania; historic tapestries and armor in Valletta's Palazzo Parisio; and some of the world's best-preserved Greek ruins at the Valley of the Temples in Porto Empedocle.

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In addition, Star Pride will offer many Windstar favourites including:

·         Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast: Discover the magic of Venice, the grandeur of Rome and the captivating island of Capri before cruising the privileged waters of the Ionian Sea with visits to the breathtaking fjords of Montenegro and the sundrenched shores of Croatia on this eight-day cruise departing from Rome or Venice on July 15 and August 13, 2014.

·         Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras: From the sparkling cities of Marseille and Portofino to the chic style of Monaco and Cannes, Star Pride explores the legendary ports of the world's most privileged yachts on this seven-day voyage departing from Rome or Barcelona on July 23 and 30, 2014.

·         Enchanting Greece & the Amalfi Coast: This seven-day cruise departing May 28, 2014, explores the idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, and intriguing history of the heart of the Mediterranean.

·         Star Pride, with a guest capacity of 212 in 106 suites, will undergo several upgrades and changes in styling and décor to align with Windstar's brand. Star Pride will showcase many signature Windstar experiences, including the line's famous Sail Away party, Yacht Deck Barbecue gala and Open Bridge policy.

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for their intimate yacht-style experience and unique voyages to the world's best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In February 2013, Windstar entered into an agreement to purchase three all-suite motorized yachts with a capacity of 212 passengers each. Under the project name Global Windstar, the expansion will double the size of Windstar's fleet, making the company the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths.

For bookings please contact Travel the World on 1300 950 622 or www.traveltheworld.com.au

   
 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The American Queen Steamboat Company Announces Westward Expansion as American Empress Joins Fleet



The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the U.S-flagged American Queen, announces the purchase of the Empress of the North from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) for an undisclosed amount.

To be renamed the American Empress, the vessel is scheduled to resume sailings on the great rivers of the Pacific Northwest April 2014 calling her homeport Portland, Ore. The American Empress will deliver riverboat opulence on a grand scale, following in the pedigree of the line’s namesake American Queen, and proudly serve as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River.

American Empress to sail from Portland, Ore.
“The American Queen has ushered in a rebirth of U.S. river cruising, welcoming thousands to discover the heartland of the United States and its iconic port cities,” shares Ted Sykes, president and COO of the American Queen Steamboat Company. “Now the American Empress will continue that tradition as an ambassador to the Pacific Northwest, a region equally rich in American and natural history.”

A U.S.-flagged riverboat, the American Empress measures 360 ft. with five towering decks and accommodates 223 guests in seven stateroom categories. The American Empress will sail the Columbia River and Snake River, offering seven-day voyages between Portland, Ore. and Clarkston, Wash. Ports of call include Astoria, Ore.; Stevenson, Wash.; The Dalles, Ore.; Umatilla, Ore.; and Richland, Wash.

The American Empress was built in 2002. Just as the American Queen brought luxury and grandeur to river cruising America’s heartland, the American Empress will do the same for the Pacific Northwest.

For additional information and to make reservations, contact Cruise Office in Sydney on (02) 9959-1300 or at info@americanqueensteamboatcompany.com.au.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Captain Cook Fiji renames popular cultural cruise




Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has today announced that the company has changed the name of its two popular seven nights Northern Discovery Cruises on-board the small ship, MV Reef Endeavour.

The Discovery Cultural Cruise will now be called the Four Cultures Discovery cruise and the Discovery Heritage Cruise is now named the Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise.

“We decided to change the names of these cruises so they better reflect the actual experience offered on each cruise. For example passengers discover and experience four different cultures on the Discovery Cultural Cruise, so to rename the cruise The Four Cultures Discovery cruise just made perfect sense”. Explains Jackie Charlton, General Manager, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.

The Four Cultures Discovery cruise circumnavigates Fiji’s second largest island Vanua Levu and gives passengers the ultimate chance to experience the cultures of the Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians.

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Children at Taveuni mock charge
Passengers are taken on a historical cultural journey of song and dance on both Kioa Island the home of the Polynesian’s (Ellice Islanders) and Rabi Island the home of the Banabans people. A colourful morning is spent discovering Fijian Indians at Labasa Town and the true Fijian culture is enjoyed at Druadrua Island with a school visit and show.

The warm blue waters of the South Pacific haven’t been forgotten with unforgettable snorkelling, diving, glass bottom boating and swimming available on the itinerary everyday at idyllic locations such as the picturesque island of Manava Cay to the world’s third longest barrier reef, Kia Island.

The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise departs on 02 July, 03 September and 05 November 2013 and 2014 scheduled departures include 07 January and 04 March.

The seven nights Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of standing’ on the International Dateline.

Day trips include the historic island of Ovalau which still features 19th Century colonial architecture and waterfront promenades from colonial rule, the Bouma Waterfall lagoon on Taveuni Island, the extinct volcanic crater, hot springs and thriving markets on Savusavu, a special children’s choral church service at Waiyevo and of course the 180th Meridian – the arbitrary Dateline between today and tomorrow on Taveuni Island.

There is plenty of swimming, snorkelling and diving off picturesque islands including Tivua, Nanuyakoto, Savusavu Bay, Nananu-I-ra and Sali Sali Island.

Remaining 2013 departure dates for The Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise include 04 June, 06 August, 01 October and 03 December. Scheduled 2014 departs include 04 February.

Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares start from just AUD$1676.00 per person twin share for both cruises and include all meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions, snorkelling, on board entertainment and use of the ship's facilities including swimming pool, spa, pool bar, sun deck, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and library.


For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises toll free from Australia on 1800 804 843; Int +61-2-9206 1111, Email: fiji@captaincook.com.fj or visit www.captaincook.com.fj

Aurora Expeditions Freezes the Aussie Dollar

Expedition cruise company, Aurora Expeditions, has put a freeze on exchange rates for all of their upcoming voyages to Antarctica this 2013/14 season. Those that book their Antarctic cruise before 14 June 2013, Aurora Expeditions will lock in an exchange rate of AUD1:USD1 across all departures.

With the Australian-dollar reaching an 11-month low last week, some experts are forecasting a further strong downward movement in the coming weeks. Aurora Expeditions are encouraging passengers to book their US dollar cruises now to avoid increased costs.

As a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most travellers, a trip to Antarctica is considered a high-end holiday. Those looking to fulfil their Antarctic dream can rest easy knowing that the retreating Australian dollar will not increase the cost of their trip of a lifetime.

Travellers will have the option to book on a range of expeditions highlighting the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea, the Antarctic Circle, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Itineraries also include 'Fly & Sail' options, excluding one sea crossing and allowing more time for landings and exploration in Antarctica.

Adventure activities are also available and include sea kayaking, camping, photography, the South Georgia Crossing, and polar scuba diving. Some surcharges apply.

Availability is limited. Contact Aurora Expeditions for available dates and cabin categories.  For more information call +61 2 9252 1033 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.

The full itineraries can be viewed online at http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/expeditions/category/antarctica-cruises

 


Tall Ship Journey aboard Lord Nelson



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Australians rarely get the opportunity to recreate the journeys of early sailing pioneers who followed in the wake of Captain James Cook to these shore.

Here is that chance as the 55-metre tall ship The Lord Nelson is sailing around the world arriving in Australian waters in August 2013.

Join a tall ship voyage from Fremantle to Perth to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Auckland, Wellington and Nelson on an all-inclusive sailing holiday crossing the Great Australian Bight, Bass Strait, the Tasman Sea, Bay of Islands and Cook Strait.

Imagine being at the wheel of a tall ship, under the night sky, your fellow crew keeping look-out around you, others sleeping below. Imagine the ship is surging over the waves, only the wind in the sails pushing you along. Imagine helping to set the sails, navigating by the sun and stars, crossing an ocean.

Change your life forever by exploring our world from the deck of a tall ship and discover what you can do and what others can do, regardless of age or profession, experience or ability.

No-one is just a passenger everyone is encouraged to be 'voyage crew' supported by a professional sailing team. Life on board is about joining in, getting involved regardless of your physical ability.
There is no upper age restriction and no previous sailing or tall ship experience necessary.

Voyages start from AU$1770 for eight days from Adelaide to Melbourne departing on 17th August 2013.

AU$4390 for the 20 days from Sydney to Auckland (which includes participation in a cross Tasman Tall Ship Race with other ships from Europe) departing 8th October 2013.

A 20% discount applies for any second and subsequent voyages. Berths are limited, early booking is essential

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Chimu Adventures celebrates Shackleton centenary with exclusive cruise to Antarctica


Clipper Adventurer, now renamed Sea Adventurer
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Leading Antarctica specialists Chimu Adventures is offering the chance for budding adventurers to retrace the steps of one of history's greatest explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to cross the continent of Antarctica from sea to sea. Unfortunately, en-route to the continent his ship, Endurance, became frozen in an ice floe stranding Shackleton and his crew.

What followed was one of history's greatest survival stories, which saw Shackleton and his men cross the world's roughest seas in open life boats and traverse the most inhospitable of terrains. Incredibly not one crew member was lost, many owing their lives to Shackleton's leadership and survival instinct.

To celebrate the epic journey, Chimu Adventures has launched an exclusive Antarctica cruise on-board the Sea Adventurer, departing Ushuaia in southern Argentina on the 24 February 2014.

The 16-day cruise will retrace the path of Shackleton's expedition visiting the island of South Georgia, Shackleton's final resting place, the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The ship's zodiacs will also attempt a landing on the famous Elephant Island, the starting point of Shackleton's 800 nautical mile journey in an open life boat to South Georgia.

On-board the Sea Adventurer, passengers  will be entertained by a few special guests - Australian TV presenter and Golden Logie nominee Andrew Denton and award winning artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis.

Commenting on the upcoming voyage Andrew Denton said: "I am a self-professed Antarctica enthusiast. So far I have visited the white continent four times, and I can't wait to go again. Antarctica is a true wilderness: beautiful, hostile, fragile. I'm always amazed at how many colours there are in the white."

Artist Wendy Sharpe said: "Seeing Antarctic was without doubt one the most incredible experience I have ever had. The colours of the ice, sea and sky are unimaginable. I can't wait to go back, especially as on this trip we will see more penguins and seals. Every photo I have seen is astonishing and I'm very much looking forward to painting it."

Artist Bernard Ollis said: "Antarctica still feels like the final frontier for an artist. The amount of paintings or drawings actually made there can still be counted by hand. I feel this voyage will be powerful on many levels and challenge my pre-conceived perceptions. I am looking forward to producing an exciting body of new work."

Funds raised by the cruise will be donated to the Mawson's Huts Foundation, which helps conserve the historic huts used by Australian Explorer Douglas Mawson in Cape Denison.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Jewels of Halong Bay Recounts High-Adventure in Colonial Vietnam





Nearly 10 years after its launch as one of Southeast Asia’s most transporting cruises, Emeraude Classic Cruises has produced a 112-page narrative history that details the remarkable adventure of a colonial French family, an historic paddle steamship and its contemporary namesake.

The book - The Jewels of Halong Bay: A Tale of Adventure in French Indochina and a Curious History of the Emeraude — recounts the story of three French brothers who sought and made a fortune in colonial Indochina.

Its pictures include vintage shots of life and landscapes in the former French possession, maps, and images of the original Emeraude, which cruised Halong Bay from 1906 to 1937. The story concludes with the resurrection and relaunch of the Emeraude in December 2003.

“This story has captivated me since I first saw a postcard of the old Emeraude in the St. Ouen flea market in Paris in 1999,” said Eric Merlin, who built the latter-day vessel and whose research informs The Jewels of Halong Bay.

“The story gripped me then, and it’s never let go. Because we’ve heard the same thing from so many passengers, this book became inevitable.”

At its core, the book tells the story of the Roque Brothers, who set sail from Bordeaux in early 1858 and whose entrepreneurial skills and daring fueled their fortune. The Roques provisioned the French military during its campaign to establish a foothold in Vietnam. They built businesses in timber and sugar, and finally hit their stride with the development of a shipping company in the 1870s.

At the same Jewels tells the Roques’ story, it’s also telling the story of France’s deepening involvement in Vietnam, from its beachhead in Tourane (Danang) in the 1860s, through the rise of Saigon in the 1870s, and its move to Hanoi in the 1880s.

The Roques expand into greater Vietnam as France does, eventually bequeathing the foundation of their business to the next generation’s Paul Roque. It is Paul Roque who builds the first Emeraude, and three sister ships all named for gems — the jewels of Halong Bay — and who eventually brings his family’s time in Vietnam to a close in the 1920s.

Published by Nha Xuat Ban Lao Dong, with production by Duong Huynh Advertising, The Jewels of Halong Bay is available for sale at $15 at Emeraude Classic Cruise Sales Office and the Press Club in Hanoi, at the Emeraude Cafe on Halong Bay, on the Emeraude itself and at La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue.

The story is based on research by Eric Merlin, and the text was prepared by Pam Scott, a longtime Hanoi resident. www.balconymediagroup.com

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Explore the Wilderness of Far East Russia

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FREE FLIGHTS: Explore the Wilderness of Far East Russia

Combine the flexibility of expedition travel with this brand new itinerary to create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  A journey of culture and natural history, this 12-day expedition ship voyage takes in a range of experiences unique to the Chukotka region. Potential wildlife sightings include Bears, Arctic Foxes, Walrus, Wolverines, and Polar Bears with an opportunity to sight one of the world's rarest bird species.  Visits to villages to meet the indigenous people reveal rich ancestral traditions and their ever-present connection to the sea.  Heritage Expeditions are offering FREE RETURN FLIGHTS worth USD $2,000 from Alaska to Anadyr (voyage start-point) for the next seven bookings – last day for booking is 31 May 2013 - be quick!  
Chukotka: Where Russia's Day Begins departs Anadyr on 11 July 2013 with cabins from USD $7,600.


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Top Eight Luxury Small Ship Cruises


What constitutes luxury when it comes to small ship cruising?

The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, says luxury can mean accommodation, service and dining as well as the flexibility to shape an itinerary into a customized experience.

When catering to more upmarket clientele, AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) director and founder Todd Smith begins with a handpicked selection of eight of his company’s small ship cruises that fall into the luxury category. Indicative of the service his company provides, Smith goes behind the scene to offer these insider’s tips on the best cabins or suite accommodations on each vessel to maximize one’s time and enjoyment on the water:

An Alaska cruise, Discoverers Glacier Country aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest, offers upscale intimacy and gourmet dining along with the flexible itinerary of a private yacht charter. Insider’s Tip - The Captain Staterooms A1-A4 have a floor to ceiling sliding glass door opening to a small balcony (rare aboard small ships and yachts).  Smith says to book early and choose A4 or A2 for the quietest cabins on board.

Costa Rica, Panama Canal & Colombia aboard the 72-guest Variety Voyager resembles a millionaire’s mega yacht. Insiders Tip - While the Owners Suite and P Category suites are obvious choices for travelers seeking the finest cabins, the B Category cabins, especially on the Riviera Deck, offer a very nice cabin with view windows at a considerable value.  Advice is to book early to secure one of two Riviera Deck B cabins that are located away from the forward stairways.

An Amazon River Cruise aboard the 24-guest Aqua means enjoying the highest standards of modern-day luxury cruising on the Amazon. “Oversized suites are the largest I have ever experienced aboard a ship of this capacity, with a sitting area, king beds and a full walk in bathroom with shower.  Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Lima’s culinary stars, has created a menu that draws on both Peruvian and European influence,” says Smith. Insider’s Tip - Master Suites on the Main Deck are larger and can be adjoined which is a perfect option for families.  Because they are raised from the water level, suites on the Second Deck offer more expansive views into the surrounding rain forest.  

A Galapagos Cruise aboard the 16-guest Athala II offers spaciousness, stability and speed. A crew of 10 plus a bilingual naturalist guide offers a very high crew to guest ratio. Insider’s Tip – The main deck cabins are the obvious choice for luxury travelers because they are larger and they have balconies.  The cabins on the Upper Deck are smaller but they still offer a small sitting area, they open directly to the observation deck, they are very quiet and they can interconnect which makes them a great choice for families with kids.

In Antarctica The White Continent is a cruise aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. “Luxury in Antarctica must be balanced with access; among ships with ice-strengthened hulls that offer daily shore excursions in Antarctica, the National Geographic Explorer is the finest,” says Smith. A partnership with National Geographic means traveling with the most experienced ice team available, including authors, professors, researchers and photographers. Insider’s Tip – Only a handful of cabins aboard the National Geographic Explorer can be considered luxurious and they sell out early, sometimes up to a year in advance.  Focus on Categories 5, 6, and 7 as these cabins offer balconies or verandas and all are located on the Upper Deck.

In Asia Sailing the Mekong River: Cambodia, Vietnam, Angkor, Saigon is aboard the 48-guest Jahan that offers a step back in time into a distinctive British-Indian colonial themed boutique hotel.  Built in 2011 and specifically designed for Mekong River Cruises, she is, says Smith, “without question the finest ship on the river.”  Meals aboard Jahan are part of the exploration and offer a window in to the region with fresh, local ingredients highlighting outstanding Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines.  Insider’s Tip – Limited departures mean this cruise sells out quickly.  The two Suites and two Category 3 Cabins sell out first because they are the largest at a whopping 376 and 549 square feet respectively.

Australia’s Kimberly Expedition aboard the 100-guest Orion is, says Smith, “more mega-yacht than cruise ship. No expense has been spared.” Insider’s Tip – Luxury travelers will want to focus on the Owners Suites or the Balcony Suites on Deck 5.  These cabins are the most spacious on board with a sitting area and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto a private French balcony (except Owners Suite 509 which does not have a balcony and is located near the stairway).

Sailing the Greek Isles aboard the 58-guest Sea Cloud combines tall-ship sailing with a highly appealing destination. Built in 1931 by E.F. Hutton for his wife Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Sea Cloud is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Insider’s Tip – The Owner’s Suites (Category A) and Original Deluxe Cabins (Category B) feature Carrara marble, golden bath fixtures, polished teak, antique furniture, fireplaces and walk-in closets. The spacious original cabins (Category B) include artifacts collected by the Huttons from their travels. These wood-paneled rooms feature various armchairs, marble fireplaces, and antique furnishings. The remaining cabins (Category 1-4 are a mix of converted original officers cabins and additions made in the modern era.

About AdventureSmith Explorations
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 13th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. For information, availability and 2013 reservations Phone:  800-728-2875  toll-free, visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com or Email: travel@AdventureSmithExplorations.com
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Friday, 10 May 2013

Papua New Guinea aboard True North

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2013 cabins selling fast, five-night sailings from just $7,995pp

Home to more than 600 islands and the largest area of rainforest outside the Amazon, Papua New Guinea is one of the world's last frontiers. Discovering the 'Land that Time Forgot' on-board a True North adventure-cruise is one of the very best ways to discover the wonders of this mysterious paradise.

Each year, during the months of October, November and December, the adventure-cruise ship True North offers several refined and uniquely different adventures to only the most pristine areas of West Papua and Papua New Guinea – featuring village life that has remained largely unchanged midst the ravages of the modern world and, some of the world's most remarkable scenery.

Time spent on-board ranges from five to twelve nights, however regardless of which itinerary is preferred – the end result is always days heavily laden with both cultural and natural history.

Australia's premier luxury adventure-cruise ship, the True North is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting untouched areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to only the highest quality experiences courtesy of True North's on-board naturalists and marine biologists, a ship's helicopter, six dedicated expedition boats and, a knowledgeable crew of 20 who tend to the every-need of just 36 guests.

Peter Trembath, GM at North Star Cruises says: "Both West Papua and Papua New Guinea are equally adventurous destinations but being on-board the True North allows for exploration in complete style! Every day is action packed – we use our own charter jet to fly our guests to the ship and from the minute they set foot on-board – the activities begin! Of course, guests need only involve themselves to their own preferred level of involvement and everything on-board is very relaxed – but the adventurous atmosphere is contagious and, most guests do try to cram in as much off-ship activity as they can. Getting to know the young Australian crew is also a treat – unlike the norm on bigger ships, our crew are encouraged to interact with the guests – they act more like chaperones than guides and this rather Aussie way of doing things is a big difference when comparing life on-board the True North – regardless of whether you are whizzing off into the sky on a heli-flight or heading off for a snorkel – our attentive crew members will be right by your side. And, after each adventure, guests return to the comfort and security of the True North."

And there is no shortage of raw material to work with - such is the diversity and natural richness of these lands - every shore-party encounters a new adventure; the underwater spectaculars of the Raja Ampats, the towering jungle volcanoes at Bagabag Island, the dawn display of the red bird of paradise at Gam Island or swimming with manta rays at Losai Island - guests are constantly mesmerised by vistas of emerald islands, impenetrable jungles and seemingly endless corals.

Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a True North experience. The ship's modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar and an observation lounge.

The True North repertoire in West Papua and Papua New Guinea offers life changing experiences for all - from the well-travelled aficionado, to the first-time cruiser eager to experience something different. Daily activities include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship's helicopter.  North Star is takings bookings now for adventure in the later part of this year:

The twelve-night West Papua Discoverer (7-9 October 2013) including the revered Raja Ampat Islands - starts from $21,995pp. Includes return charter flights from Darwin
  • The eleven-night Sepik Soiree (12- 23 November 2013) and the ten- night Bismarck Bonanza (23 Nov - 3 Dec 2013) featuring the mighty Sepik River, the turquoise blues of Hermit Atoll and the volcanoes of Bagabag Island – starts from $14,995pp. Includes return charter flights from Cairns
  •  The nine-night New Adventures in Paradise (3-12 December 2013) cruise sailing across the Bismarck Sea and including the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago - starts from $13,595pp. Includes return charter flights from Cairns
  • The five-night Archipelago Adventure (12-17 December 2013) discovers the Louisiades and starts from just $7,995pp. Includes return charter flights from Cairns.
 Bookings: Contact North Star Cruises on  08 9192 1829  or email cruise@northstarcruises.com.au

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Escape Australia's winter in luxurious cruising style with Travel Indochina


Australia's leading Asia travel specialist, Travel Indochina, is offering romantic winter escapes with great Mekong River Cruise specials for travel in July and August 2013.
Escape Australia's winter in style aboard a Mekong River Cruise on The Jahan from Saigon to Angkor, and enjoy special extras including spa treatments and city touring. Offering the ultimate in luxurious cruising, The Jahan has just 26 spacious cabins, all with large private balcony, and features the highest staff to passenger ratio on the Mekong River.
Valid for June 27, July 11 and July 25 departures, the 11 night package starts from just $3096* per person twin share, for a saving of $815 per person, and includes:
  • ­   2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation with touring in Saigon
  • ­   7 nights on board The Jahan in a Superior Cabin (free upgrade to Deluxe cabin subject to availability)
  • ­   2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation with touring in Siem Reap
  • ­   US$100 spa voucher per cabin
  • ­   Breakfast and dinner daily, all lunches while on board
  • ­   Arrival and departure transfers
  • ­   Tips and porterage
  • ­   10% discount on bar bill
For those wishing to travel in August, Travel Indochina is offering a saving of $530 per person for cruises on The Jahan's sister ship, The Jayavarman.
Valid for cruises departing 1st, 15th and 29th August 2013 from Saigon, 11 nights starts from $3245^ per person twin share, and includes:
  • ­   2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation with touring in Saigon
  • ­   7 nights on board The Jayavarman in a Superior Cabin (free upgrade to Deluxe cabin subject to availability)
  • ­   2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation with touring in Siem Reap
  • ­   US$100 spa voucher per cabin
  • ­   Breakfast and dinner daily, all lunches while on board
  • ­   Arrival and departure transfers
  • ­   Tips and porterage
  • ­   10% discount on bar bill
Discounts are also available on the 8 and 19 day cruise options.
*    From price valid for June 27th, 11th Jul, 25th Jul 2013 departures from Saigon. The itinerary is available in reverse; contact us for dates and pricing. Offer ends 31 May 2013, unless sold out prior. The advertised from price includes the discount amount and is based on a Superior Cabin on a twin-share basis and the saving is calculated per couple twin share. Contact us for other dates.
^   From price valid for 1st, 15th, 29th Aug 2013 departures from Saigon. The itinerary is available in reverse; contact us for dates and pricing. Offer ends 31 May 2013, unless sold out prior. The advertised from price includes the discount amount and is based on a Superior Cabin on a twin-share basis and the saving is calculated per couple twin share. Contact us for other dates.

For more information and bookings, Travel Indochina's Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 365 355 or online at www.travelindochina.com.au