Monday 30 April 2018

Lindblad Expeditions Announces Basecamp Channel Islands


5-Day Wildness & Wellness Getaways in Partnership with exhale Spa

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Basecamp Channel Islands, a wildness and wellness adventure in partnership with exhale Spa that will explore the seldom seen Channel Islands National Park. Part safari, part adult camp, the 5-day voyage will be set aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and will explore the alluring remoteness that has motivated people to protect these landscapes and surrounding ocean.

In keeping with Lindblad's wellbeing programming launched in December 2017 in Baja, the active adventure is designed to blend the best of exploration, transformation, and restoration in extraordinary, revitalizing places.   And with acres of trails to walk or hike, sea caves to explore by kayak or paddleboard, undersea realms to enter, and landscapes and bird colonies to observe, the Channel Islands National Park is a spirit-lifting place to be.

Miles of ocean separate it from the Southern California mainland, and half of the park sits underwater. So being able to get there effortlessly, to move freely around the Islands leisurely and in genuine comfort - and to explore the land and undersea - is what makes this Channel Islands cruise unique. Of the 2,000 species of plants and animals within the vast National Park, one hundred forty-five exist nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, and many naturalists call them the 'Galápagos' of North America.

Basecamp Channel Islands will depart from the Port of Los Angeles and explore East Anacapa Island, home to Anacapa Lighthouse, the last major light station to be built on the west coast in 1912. Explore Santa Cruz, the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds – and more than 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Visit Rosa Island with Torrey Pines, considered one of the world's rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world; and San Miguel Island with over 30,000 pinnipeds and up to five different species. On Santa Catalina Island, guests may spot the elusive Santa Cruz Island Fox found only on Catalina, or the impressive sight of the island's largest, and definitely not endemic mammals—bison, with a free ranching afternoon to grab a bike and explore downtown Avalon, the island's only incorporated city.

Woven throughout the Basecamp Channel Islands adventure will be the transformative wellbeing experiences exhale is famous for. Guests can indulge in healthy activities led by an exhale fitness teacher, spa therapist or an exhale-trained Lindblad Wellness specialist including exhale Barre + Cardio, Beach Boot Camp, and Power Yoga classes on deck, as well as stand up paddleboard yoga, transformational mindfulness hikes, and assisted stretching. Neck and shoulder massages will be offered prior to evening cocktails, and Chill Yoga classes offered in the evening, alongside group guided meditation.

There are many trails covering the islands offering the opportunity for leisurely walking, birding, or working with your certified photo instructor to capture the natural beauty, or for a strenuous hike for a real workout.  Grab a kayak to explore the shoreline, participate in talks, wildlife sightings, drawing or plein-air painting, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more.

Guests will also benefit from exhale's nutritionally savvy snacks, juices, and menu options, and from Lindblad Expedition's longstanding commitment to locally and sustainably-caught seafood, locally-sourced produce—and food that rewards.

Rates begin at $2,490 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin for the 4-night voyages. Departures are October 17 & 24, 2018.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.

Sunday 29 April 2018

Win a luxury PONANT expedition to Antarctica

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Win a luxury PONANT expedition to Antarctica via Argentina, valued at $47,000. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Antarctica in ultimate luxury, including an 11-day small ship expedition cruise with French-inspired cuisine accompanied by exceptional wines, and regular Zodiac® land outings. This incredible prize package from PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions will even have you dining in one of the world’s top 50 restaurants in Argentina.

Friday 27 April 2018

Bring a friend to Fiji for half price with Captain Cook Cruises


CCC Fiji - 'Friend & Family Fare 50% Off Sail'

Bring friends or family for half the price but have double the fun on all three, four, seven and eleven-night cruises with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji's, 'Friend & Family Fare 50% Off Sail'. Every second person cruises for half price and solo travellers receive a 25% discount.  The sale is valid for travel from 1 May 2018 and on sale until 30 June 2018.

All cruises are aboard the 130-passenger, fully accommodated and newly refurbished small ship, MV Reef Endeavour, equipped with a hydraulic platform to make getting on and off the ship easy.

Offering a truly heart-warming cultural experience, visit remote Fijian villages and schools, interact and play with local children, experience a Fijian church service and a traditional village Sevusevu ceremony, Meke and Lovo feast.

As well as being immersed in Fijian culture there is plenty of time for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling over coral reefs, relaxing on white sandy beaches, swimming in crystal clear waters, and learning about marine life on a glass bottom boat ride.

Have the extra thrill of experiencing this spectacular underwater world with mind blowing scuba diving operated by Viti Water Sports, a PADI5 Star Dive Centre Dive onboard Reef Endeavour. Two or three dives are offered most days and always in different locations.

On board be pampered at the ship's Senikai Day Spa, also featuring a KIDZPA menu, laze by the pool  or jacuzzi, play a board game or watch a movie in the lounge, or simply relax on the open top deck and watch the breathtaking scenery go by.

A Complimentary Captain's Kid's Club is available for children 5-9 years and operates between 9.00am and 12noon, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

Dining is another vital ingredient of these amazing cruises. Whether it is an alfresco luncheon, a casual barbecue or table d'hote dinner, all food is prepared on board from fresh local and imported produce and a full kids menu is available.

Captain Cook Cruises offers a range of accommodation from Tabua Suites and Ocean Staterooms to family Porthole cabins that sleep four to inter-connecting Ocean family staterooms.

'Friend or Family Fare 50% Off Sail' rates start from AUD$1535 per person, twin share for the first adult and AUD$767.50 per person, twin share for the second adult and for families children start from AUD$480 per child, for the first child sharing with an adult and AUD$240 per child for the second child sharing with an adult in a Porthole Cabin on a three-night Mamanuca and Southern Yasawa Islands cruise.

All fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, on board entertainment, kids club (5-9 yrs), onboard Wi-Fi at anchor, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship's facilities including a swimming pool, spa, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.

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Silversea Galapagos Savings

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Roundtrip Economy Air and Multi-generational Promotions Combine to Offer Incomparable Value

(c) Steve McCurry

Now is the perfect time for travellers to discover the timeless treasures of the Galápagos Islands aboard Silversea's award-wining Silver Galapagos luxury expedition ship. For travellers who book by 31 May, 2018 a special economy air roundtrip offer is available for AUD$999, departing from Australia, on voyages departing between 7 July and 15 December, 2018. Additionally, for Galápagos sailings departing between 7 July and 29 September 2018, an incredible saving of AUD$650 per person will apply to travellers under the age of 18 when booking before 30 October 2018.

These exclusive promotions enhance an already value-rich proposition, as the all-inclusive package fares for the Galápagos voyages include virtually everything, such as roundtrip airfares between Ecuador and the Galápagos, pre- and post-cruise hotels, transfers and all park and porterage fees.

"The Galápagos Islands are a nature lover's dream, and we are pleased to offer these special incentives to help make this dream a reality for travellers during a year that is very special for us, as 2018 marks our 10th anniversary providing luxury expedition cruises," said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea's chief marketing officer.

Silver Galapagos

The refined, 100-guest Silver Galapagos operates two distinct seven-day itineraries. Departing on Saturdays from either Baltra or San Cristóbal, each voyage reveals the Galápagos' outstanding value as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the archipelago's rich marine ecosystem and pristine landscape, dotted with ongoing volcanic activity, to the amazing animal life, such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas, Darwin's famous finches, and much more.

The Western and North Central itineraries offer adventurous travellers a unique opportunity to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. Highlights of the voyages include; a circumnavigation of Roca León Dormido (Kicker Rock); beautiful landscapes including Pinnacle Rock; Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre and Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz and a circumnavigation of Isla Daphne Grande (Daphne Major).

(c) Steve McCurry

As part of a global creative partnership with Silversea, renowned photographer Steve McCurry travelled to this astonishing destination. Click here to see the experience through his lens.

Aboard the all-suite Silver Galapagos, guests will enjoy all-inclusive amenities such as seamless shore excursions, quality lectures and multiple Zodiac® landings. In addition, guests can expect excellent dining, attentive butler service, complimentary wines and spirits served throughout the ship (including a stocked in-suite mini-bar), complimentary in-suite dining and room service, and unlimited free Wi-Fi.

Refurbished in September 2017 with stylish updates to the restaurant, main bar and suites, Silver Galapagos recently garnered top awards in the 8th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards, taking the top spot in three award areas in the small ship category: Best Overall Ship, Best Shore Excursions, and Best Value.

View Silversea’s itineraries in the Galápagos Islands:

For Terms and Conditions on Galapagos inclusions and offers, please check the Silversea website,

Thursday 26 April 2018

EYOS single cabin departures aboard luxury 'Legend'

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EYOS Expeditions, the world’s leader in private superyacht expeditions, is marking its tenth anniversary by introducing yet another world’s first travel experience. Beginning in 2019, EYOS will offer a limited number of scheduled departures where travelers will be able to book an individual cabin rather than chartering a full yacht. The first of these experiences is a one-week Antarctic expedition onboard the 77m yacht Legend from January 6th to 13th.

“We are creating an experience that was, up until now, available only to private yacht Owners or those who chartered an entire yacht. We firmly believe the smaller the number of guests on an expedition, the better the experience, and with a private yacht-sized group, the experience will be intimate and bespoke. Guests can linger on shore with charismatic penguins, jump into a Zodiac at a moment’s notice when a pod of whales surface nearby or choose to head ashore later in the day after a morning massage. The experience will be theirs to define,” says CEO Ben Lyons.

EYOS pioneered fly in/ fly out superyacht expeditions to Antarctica, and guests on this expedition will enjoy the same convenience of flying over the notorious Drake Passage. With seven full days on the Peninsula, guests will have ample time to explore and experience the Antarctic while still limiting time away from home.

Owner Jan Verkerk of Legend says, “We look forward to working exclusively with EYOS to develop this new expedition experience. There is simply nothing like it on the market now, and the combination of this uniquely capable yacht and their experienced expedition guides is unsurpassed.”

Prices for the one-week departure in January begin at 25,000 Euros per person and include pre and post hotel nights in Punta Arenas, flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica, and all drinks and activities onboard. Three EYOS guides will be onboard with expertise in photography and the natural history of Antarctica. Reservations will open on March 26th, but interested guests can be put on a wait list now by emailing

Later this year, EYOS will introduce other scheduled expeditions onboard superyachts in the South Pacific and the Maldives, as well as future polar expeditions on board Legend.

Aurora Expeditions extends Greg Mortimer launch offers


Following the overwhelming response and popular demand for their new world-class expedition ship, Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions has announced the final extension of their launch offers for 2019/2020 voyages.

Clients will continue to save up to US$5,500pp* on select voyages and select cabin categories until 30 April 2018.

With voyages selling out, to avoid disappointment we recommend not waiting until the end of the month to secure these offers! Waitlist only voyages now include South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey (New Year's in Antarctica) departing on 28 December 2019 and the new Franz Josef Land Explorer departing on 12 July 2020.

The final sales extension coincides with the highly anticipated results from their trade sales incentive which ran from 23 January – 31 March 2018.  Joseph Alam, Consultant at Our Vacation Centre has been named as the lucky winner of an expedition for two on board the Greg Mortimer during its inaugural 2019/2020 polar season (valued at $23,015 USD).

During the 21-day Arctic Discovery voyage, Joseph will experience an Arctic trifecta - exploring Svalbard, Greenland and Norway. He will also be one of the few people in the world to visit the remote and active Jan Mayen volcanic Island.

Some of the sights he may encounter include but are not limited to: Scoresby Sund (the world's largest fjord system), polar bears, and arctic foxes. In addition to these magnificent findings, he will have the opportunity to participate in sea kayaking, and complimentary professional photography workshops.

"On behalf of Aurora Expeditions, we would like to take this occasion to thank Joseph as well as all the other consultants who have shown us tremendous support in spreading the word and sharing our life-changing voyages with their clients over the past three months" stated Dianna Schinella, Aurora Expeditions Industry Sales and Marketing Manager.

The prize giveaway highlights once again the organisation's ongoing commitment to and appreciation for their trade partners. "I just wanted to thank you and everyone at Aurora for this amazing opportunity!" said Joseph.

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Crystal Reveals Details for Guest Suites on Crystal Endeavor


Industry's largest, most spacious accommodations set for Crystal's luxury expedition yacht

Crystal has unveiled the latest design details for its upcoming luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises. Aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal's president and CEO, Tom Wolber, shared the first glimpse of the luxury accommodations on the yacht during Crystal's 27th Annual Sales Gala celebrating the company's top producers.

At 19,800 GRT, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest, most spacious purpose-built polar class expedition yacht in the world, accommodating just 200 guests and boasting all the luxurious amenities and special touches for which Crystal is known. The yacht will feature generous public spaces, a full-service spa and salon, six restaurants including Nobu Matsuhisa's Umi Uma, expedition rooms and elegant suites that contrast beautifully with the rugged adventures beyond the vessel.

"Crystal Endeavor's suites are an important part of the overall experience that is rooted in luxury and comfort, even while in the midst of extreme adventure," Tom Wolber says. "These suites will be private havens of relaxation and personal service welcoming travellers as they embark on journeys to the far corners of the world."

Crystal Endeavor's accommodations will be industry game-changers, as the largest, most spacious suites in expedition cruising, featuring private verandahs and butler service for every suite. Luxury touches include king-sized beds; walk-in closets; heated storage for drying parkas; spa-like bathrooms with adjustable heated floors, dual vanities, anti-fog mirrors and rain-showerheads.

The stylish design is matched by state-of-the-art technological amenities that will enhance the experience with fine details, like ambient lighting, interactive streaming TVs and bedside iPads in every suite that offer voyage information and numerous international daily newspapers.

The 100 suites will include two Crystal Penthouse Suites (985 sq. ft. to 1,130 sq. ft.), eight Penthouse Suites (457 sq. ft.) and 90 Deluxe Suites (304 sq. ft.). The larger of the two Crystal Penthouse Suites features a two-bedroom layout, while the other one-bedroom plan connects to an adjacent Deluxe Suite through an adjoining entry, ideal for families and friends travelling together. Both offer dedicated dining areas and butler's prep space for in-suite dining from any of Crystal Endeavor's Michelin-inspired eateries. The Penthouse Suites and Deluxe Suites offer separated sleeping and sitting areas, private verandahs and desk vanity areas.

Crystal marked the steel cutting milestone for the 100-suite Crystal Endeavor in January this year, and shared initial design plans for the yacht's public spaces in March. She is set to debut in 2020. Details of the vessel's itineraries and on-sale date will be announced at a later date.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact your travel professional, or Crystal's Sydney office on:
1300 059 260 (Local Call Australia) 0800 600 108 (Toll Free New Zealand)

Or visit Crystal's website:

Former Fiji favourites to sail no more

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Just back from an exploration of the Fiji Islands with Captain Cook Cruises and I was sad to learn that three of my favourite vessels from the islands will (most likely) never sail again - at least in a commercial capacity.

Former Mystique Princess of Blue Lagoon Cruises in happier days (RE)

Blue Lagoon Cruises have all but given up on poor Mystique Princess (IMO 9131395). She languishes sadly in the harbour at Lautoka, apparently stripped of all her fittings and waiting for ... who knows what.

The cute all-wooden Tui Tai (RE)

Recent cyclones, especially the devastating Winston took its toll on maritime operations in Fiji and one casualty was the delightful schooner, Tui Tai (IMO 7910644). I hear she's still afloat, but too badly damaged to resume commercial operations.

MV Reef Escape as I saw her in 2008 (RE)

Captain Cook Cruises' Reef Escape (IMO 8512475) was sold to the 'colourful' resort owner, Albert Bertini, for use at his on-again, off-again project, Vautele Island. Last I heard it was beached there after a storm blew it on shore.

Haumana Cruises back in business in Tahiti

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Pleased to learn that Haumana Cruises are back in operation after a hiatus of a couple years.

The one-vessel company Haumana ran cruises in Tahiti until 2011 when it closed, citing a 30 per cent decline in visitors to the country linked to the global recession.

Haumana (which means "Spirit of Peace") Cruises relaunched in June 2017. The revitalized vessel offers 12 cabins, including one suite, with a maximum capacity of 27 passengers. Experiences include a three-day, three-night cruise to Bora Bora, Tahaa and Raiatea, with the main focus on experiencing Polynesian traditions, local crafts and visits to vanilla plantations.

Fine food is served on board, paired with a selection of wines. Additional dining options include a private beach meal, a Polynesian dinner-show ashore and a waterside breakfast. Haumana will also have a panoramic lounge and oversized outdoor deck, a platform for nautical activities, and a sundeck.

Haumana – Tahiti Cruises
US toll free number : 1-866-783-5452
Tahiti number : +689 40 50 57 55

One Ocean Expeditions Expands Canadian and Arctic 2019 Voyages

Over the past year, expedition cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), has expanded its fleet, housing three vessels exclusively under its banner, to become one of the world's leading small-ship cruise operators. Following the launch of their brand-new programme in Central America and the Islands of the North Atlantic, OOE has now announced the release of their spectacular summer 2019 Canada's East Coast, Canadian Arctic & Greenland and Spitsbergen voyages.

Summer 2019 will see OOE's new vessel, RCGS Resolute, embark on its inaugural northern voyages, taking guests to Canada's East Coast and the Canadian Arctic & Greenland in style. The superior level of comfort and capability offered by RCGS Resolute means that guests will not only experience the highest standard of on board programming and expedition style cruising that OOE is best known for, but they can do so whilst enjoying exceedingly comfortable cabins on a vessel purpose built for passenger travel.

Beginning in July 2019 in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, RCGS Resolute will carry guests through Canada's magnificent East Coast on OOE's popular Fins & Fiddles voyages, to explore the colourful fishing ports, lively music, rich history and incredible wildlife of this spectacular region. Whilst on board, guests will have the opportunity to zodiac cruise, sea kayak, SUP, hike and cycle, whilst experiencing OOE's 1:4 staff-to-guest ratio and unparalleled personalised attention.

RCGS Resolute will continue north during August and September 2019 to offer some of OOE's most iconic itineraries including Labrador and Torngat Mountains National Park, followed by Canadian Arctic voyages to Baffin Island, Greenland and through the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay. With stability and style, RCGS Resolute offers guests the chance to experience the magic of these regions, along with unsurpassed access to its rugged coastline throughout these 10 and 12-night voyages.

Brand new for 2019, OOE is proud to announce the South Baffin Explorer – Art, Wildlife and Culture voyage. Sailing from Iqaluit on the 30 July 2019, this 10-night expedition not only offers the chance to explore the spectacular land and seascapes of the Canadian Arctic and encounter the outstanding bird and marine life of the region, it also takes the time to visit many of the indigenous art galleries which showcase the talents of these remote peoples, whose rich output is a major focus of this highly unique and engaging voyage.

Akademik Ioffe will join RCGS Resolute in Canada for early season voyages through the East Coast on the much-loved Fins & Fiddles and Labrador & Torngat Explorer voyages. Following this, the Akademik Ioffe will head north to the Canadian Arctic where passengers experience the vastness of this remote region on some of OOE's most popular voyages: Baffin Island – Jewel of the Arctic and High Arctic Explorer. Moving into August, adventures of early explorers are brought to life on board historically significant expeditions such as Pathways to Franklin and the Classic Northwest Passage.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov will spend the summer of 2019 operating in Spitsbergen, where four voyages will travel the west and northern coastlines of this wild archipelago. Through June and July, the ever-popular 9-night Spitsbergen Encounter voyages, one of which includes a Photography Symposium, will provide passengers with bird and wildlife encounters, as well as fascinating lessons in glaciology. Guests eager to experience even more of the breath-taking wilderness of Spitsbergen's mysterious islands can enjoy a choice of two in-depth 11-night expeditions which voyage deep inside the Arctic Circle.

Prices on the three vessels in these destinations range from US$3,395.00 – US$12,695.00 for a triple and US$4,595.00 – US$15,695.00 for a twin private.

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Monday 16 April 2018

Lindblad Expeditions new Antarctic Brochure

Lindblad Expeditions has launched its 2018-20 Antarctica brochure; inviting guests to explore Antarctica during the Year of the Bird.

The dedicated brochure details three in-depth diverse itineraries discovering the regions of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.

Guests aboard the 23 October 2018 South Georgia and the Falklands expedition, will enjoy a birding experience of a lifetime – sharing the adventure with renowned international bird expert, David Sibley. While other 2018 select Antarctic departures will also be enriched by the presence of the Year of the Bird, with veteran naturalists who will illuminate experiences with Lindblad guests

Explorations in the Antarctic are onboard genuine expedition ships, the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion – uniquely equipped to facilitate unparalleled bases for discovery whilst providing state of the art features for an excellent experience.

With 50 years of experience, guests can explore the world's last great wilderness in the company of top naturalists whilst exploring on Lindblad Expeditions' 12-day Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent itinerary or the 22-day Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands voyage to have the opportunity to trace the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton fateful journey aboard Endurance.

Agents can call the dedicated team on 1300 363 055 or order brochures at

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Monday 9 April 2018

Fiji: Cyclone Keni update

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Tropical Cyclone Keni update for all Captain Cook Cruises departures.

Tivua Island Day, Lazy Lunch and Sunset Dinner Cruises

We have cancelled all Tivua Island Day, Lazy Lunch and Sunset Dinner cruises for today and tomorrow - 9 and 10 April 2018.

We are offering a full refund or cancellation fee free amendments for all passengers booked for these two dates and, if further cancellations are required, will also offer the same conditions.

Reef Endeavour Discovery Cruises

Reef Endeavour is currently in safe anchorage off the south coast of Vanua Levu on an extended Colonial Discovery itinerary. All passengers and crew are safe aboard and it is likely her return to Port Denarau will be delayed until Wednesday 11 April or, possibly, the morning of 12 April.

All passengers due to board on 10 April are being offered a full refund or fee free amendments to a future cruise date. The Northern Yasawa cruise, due to depart on 10 April, is rescheduled to 12 April on a revised, shortened itinerary.

Fiji office is likely to be closed from midday today but our Sydney office is fully operational should you require further information.

Our thoughts are with the residents of the Western division who are likely to experience more flooding in the coming days.

Thanks for your support.

Jackie Haworth-Charlton

Executive Director

Captain Cook Cruises