Get Cruising!

Sunday 30 June 2013

Free Prague Extension with Avalon Waterways Cruises

The Prague extension is normally valued at $2000 per couple and is offered free with select departures of Avalon's 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest during September and October, 2013. 

On sale for a limited time, it includes three nights' accommodation, breakfasts, sightseeing and transport to or from Budapest.

The Magnificent Europe itinerary cruises the Rhine and Danube rivers aboard Avalon's award-winning Suite Ships and includes a special music-themed departure in October with expert guides, onboard presentations, a Strauss Concert in Vienna and an excursion to Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg.

Applicable departures are priced from $4883* per person twin share. The offer is on sale until August 31, 2013, or until sold out.

For full details and bookings see licensed travel agents, visit or phone 1300 230 234.

*Prices and special offer subject to availability and conditions.

Saturday 29 June 2013

20% OFF on Star Clippers cruises departing Sep13-Mar14

Cruise Alert - June 2013

Hi there cruise lovers
We have some awesome Last Minute Europe & Caribbean Cruise deals that might be of interest to you. 
Limited space is available at 20% OFF on all our cruises departing in the period September 2013 - March 2014 in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Cuba. The special is also applicable to the festive Christmas and New Year's cruises. 
Soak up the autumn colours, history and culture of the Western Mediterranean. Sail the turquoise waters of the Caribbean away from big commercial ports and into charming secluded coves. Join us in a rare adventure of nature unbounded in Costa Rica's national parks and marine reserves, or discover Cuba for the first time ever! 
There are multiple itineraries to chose from and the prices start at only $2745 per person in an outside standard cabin (category 4, including all meals, entertainment and taxes) economy season. Please note YOU MUST CALL to get your 20% OFF as this deal is available only through your travel agent or by calling 1300 362 599. Availability and conditions apply.
click-here Watch a short video to get an idea of what is it like to sail with us. Take a peak inside our mega-yachts -see a virtual tour of our ships here. 
Reservations: 1300 362 599 P: 02 8913 0797 F: 02 9669 6588 E: Sales and Marketing: P: 0423 331 797 
All prices are in AUD, per person, twin share, 20% OFF promo is applicable to all cabin grades and all sailings departing in the period Sep 13 - Mar 14, subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Valid for bookings by 31 Jul 13. Discounts do not apply to single & triple rates. Further conditions apply. 

Mediterranean Yachting at incredible value to book now

Please contact your travel professional or SeaDREAM YACHT CLUB

Valid for new bookings only made between July 1-30, 2013. Call for Single Rates. Limited space available, Capacity controlled. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Certain restrictions apply. Prices subject to change without notice. Not combinable with any other offers.
*GTY (guarantee) rates: These special rates include the condition that you do not select your stateroom at time of booking. We guarantee that you will be on the voyage however your actual stateroom assignment will be confirmed at the discretion of SeaDream Yacht Club within 1 week of sailing. Yacht's Registry: Bahamas.

Don't Miss Windstar's Biggest Sale of the Year

Inline images 1

1776 is more than just a date.

It's the best price of the year — and your last chance for exceptional savings on 2013 sailings! Enjoy the yachting vacation of your dreams for as low as $1,776 per person on more than 25 of the grandest voyages we offer, such as our popular Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras, Splendors of Southern Spain, and tropical delights in the Caribbean. But it doesn't stop there — you'll also enjoy spectacular savings in other popular destinations, which include fares from $976 pp on relaxing Ocean Crossings and only $1,576 pp on the beautiful Islands of the West Med. Hurry — one week only!
Book by July 8, 2013

All fares mentioned are per person, in US dollars, cruise only, based on double occupancy in Category B and include non-discountable amounts. Government fees and taxes are additional ($30-$135 per person). Offer is valid on new bookings only for select departures made between 6/28/13 and 7/8/13, and is subject to availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or discount. Bookings are non-transferable; no name changes can be made nor can this offer be applied retroactively. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn or modified at Windstar's discretion at any time. Cancellation penalties may apply, please see brochure for details. Certain restrictions apply. Fuel surcharges may be imposed or increased over time. Offer expires July 8, 2013. Ships' registry: Bahamas

Micky Arison leaving Carnival

Carnival Corporation has announced its plan to split the roles of chairman and chief executive officer.

Present incumbent Micky Arison will continue to serve as chairman of the company, while Arnold Donald, a highly experienced and respected business leader, who has served on the company’s board for the past 12 years, will assume the chief executive role from July 3rd.

Arison became chief executive in 1979.

At that time the company was privately held and operated three cruise ships under one brand, generating $44 million in revenues and carrying approximately 160,000 passengers a year.

By 1987, Carnival Cruise Lines had become the world’s largest cruise operator and Arison took the company public.

Working in partnership with current vice chairman and chief operating officer Howard Frank, Arison led the company through an aggressive expansion that included the acquisition of several iconic cruise brands, including Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard and Seabourn.

In 2003, a merger between Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess Cruises plc – comprised of Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK), P&O Cruises (Australia), and German cruise brand AIDA – was completed, creating the first global cruise operator and one of the largest leisure travel companies in the world.

In addition, the company undertook an ambitious schedule of new ship introductions. Under Arison’s leadership, Carnival Corporation & plc has grown to more than 100 ships, carrying ten million passengers a year and generating more than $15 billion in annual revenues.

In his role as chairman, Arison will continue to provide board level oversight for the company and will remain the company’s largest shareholder.

Donald will lead the executive team, initially focusing on achieving the company’s long-term strategic goals while working directly with the operating brand executives.

Frank will continue to serve in his current role as vice chairman and chief operating officer of the company, supporting Donald in working with the corporate level executive team.

The move has received unanimous approval from the company’s nominating and governance committee as well as the full board of directors.

“I have been discussing this with the board for some time now and feel the timing is right to align our company with corporate governance best practices and turn over the reins after 34 years as chief executive,” said Arison.

“Arnold is an exceptional professional with extensive experience in organizational leadership who will bring a fresh perspective to the company.

“I have come to value and rely on his judgment and insight during the 12 years he has served on the company’s board and I am very confident in his ability to move the organization forward,” Arison added.

“As chairman, I will still be working closely with Arnold to ensure a great future for all our stakeholders.”

Thursday 27 June 2013

Seven metre giant red nose sails into Sydney


Carnival Spirit, the newest and largest ship to be home ported in Australia, sailed into Sydney this morning proudly sporting the largest-ever red nose on a cruise ship, to mark today's 26th annual Red Nose Day.

Spanning seven meters in diameter and illuminated from within, the giant red nose celebrates Carnival Cruise Lines' partnership with national charity SIDS and Kids, as they encourage all Aussies to get silly for a serious cause today and don their own red noses.

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families. Red Nose Day is the charity's major fundraising event held annually on the last Friday of June, raising money for vital research, as well as education and bereavement support services for Australian families.

Over the last 26 years SIDS and Kids has helped save thousands of babies' lives through education and community awareness programs, and has contributed $16 million to research.

Jennifer Vandekreeke, Director Carnival Cruise Lines Australia and New Zealand is thrilled to mark Carnival Cruise Lines' ongoing partnership with SIDS and Kids on Red Nose Day: "By supporting SIDS and Kids we hope to give back to Australian families. In addition to Carnival Spirit getting into the Red Nose Day spirit with her own red nose, we are giving away a cruise for two onboard Carnival Spirit for the person who has the most fun creating an image on"

Guests and crew sailing on Carnival Spirit will show their support for SIDS and Kids by participating in kids colouring in competitions, Red Nose find-a-word games, Red Nose desserts served onboard by the Captain, and fundraising walks around Spirit's outer decks.

Carnival Spirit guests, crew and passers-by will enjoy the carnival atmosphere at the Overseas Passenger Terminal today with Red Nose Day celebrations including clowns, face painters, a fire eater, unicyclist and more.

"Since Carnival Spirit made her debut in this market just eight months ago, she has proved a huge hit with Aussie families. Therefore it's only fitting that we support this great Australian charity. The mantra of Red Nose Day - 'get silly for a serious cause' - resonates strongly with Carnival Cruise Lines because we are serious about providing playful (and sometimes even silly) experiences for our guests" said Ms Vandekreeke.

SIDS and Kids CEO, Leanne Raven, is delighted with the Carnival Cruise Lines partnership: "Red Nose Day is all about being silly for a serious cause and the enormous red nose on Carnival Spirit certainly does that! We hope this gave people a giggle whilst encouraging them to show their own support for SIDS and Kids on Red Nose Day."

For further information or to book your next cruise visit

Cruiseco Uniworld European river luxury

Inline images 1

Explore Europe in luxury and save up to 75% off the second passenger

Cruiseco is offering guests incredible savings of up to 75% off the second passenger when making new bookings to travel onboard selected Uniworld European river cruises*.  The unbeatable special offer is available exclusively on two cruises: Uniworld's Venice and Po River cruise, departing on 6 October; and Uniworld's Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley, departing on 20 October 2013.
Amber Wilson, Cruiseco's National Marketing Manager, explains that Uniworld's river cruises are widely regarded as one of the best ways to discover Europe.
"Uniworld's river cruises travel into the heart of European cities, giving guests easy access to the best of what Europe has to offer.  They can admire the views from the luxury of their room, explore the cities and countryside, sample a variety of local wines from village vineyards and feast on traditional dishes prepared using the finest ingredients."

"For guests who have always dreamt of a European getaway, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a great saving before cabins sell out," says Wilson.

This seven night cruise onboard a luxury Uniworld river cruise includes: all meals onboard; fine wines, beer and soft drink with lunch and dinner; selected tours in each port; captivating local entertainment; and onboard gratuities.  Book now to receive this special offer.

*The special offer applies to the below Uniworld cruises.  Terms and conditions apply.  This offer is subject to availability.

Venice and the Po River: 6 October 2013
Cruise Venice and the Po River for seven nights aboard the River Countess.
First passenger from $4,280 and second passenger from $1,070* based on per person twin share, cruise only.

Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley: 20 October 2013
Visit Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley for seven nights aboard the Queen Isabel.  First passenger from $4,095 and second passenger from $1,025* based on per person twin share, cruise only.

To book whilst cabins are still available, or to find out details of your local Cruiseco agent, please visit or call (02) 9492 8520.  *See full terms and conditions.
  • Cruiseco is a unique travel organisation, offering a wide range of worldwide cruise holidays from over 50 different cruise line products, offering breadth of product and a wide selection of exotic destinations. 
  • The company provides a benchmark of excellence in professional knowledge on cruising holidays, offering unique and exclusive options to exotic and exciting destinations. 
  • There are 216 specialist Cruiseco agents in travel agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand.  These agents have been selected for their expert and first-hand knowledge of the cruise industry.  As Cruiseco agents, they receive extensive training.
  • Cruiseco is the only company in the industry to offer Qantas Frequent Flyer Points on every cruise purchased.

Great deals from

Inline images 1

Hi Cruisers,

What a week, can you believe what happened yesterday in Canberra, one good thing to come out of it, The Australian dollar has risen today!

Mekong Magic has sold like hot cakes in the last week and we now only have one Superior cabin left! Better get in quick if you want it - call Ian on 1300 369 848 or click here for details.

Coast to Coast has also sold well with only a few cabins left, it's a great holiday and an amazing price, $181.00 a day for just about everything, I'd say never to be repeated in fact! Click here for details.

Have you got plans for September yet? If not - join Dawn Princess from Rome to Sydney on this 39 night package. Sailing 4 September 2013, you'll begin with a 2 night stay at the Sofitel Rome before joining Dawn Princess on a 37 night voyage as she returns to Australia. You'll cruise to Livorno in Italy followed by Cannes, Barcelona, Marseille & Malta before leaving Europe and transiting the Suez Canal.

You'll then spend a day in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt and then Aqaba (Petra) in Jordan. Salalah in Oman is next as you leave the Middle East on the way to Asia. Calling in on the Sub-Continent, you'll visit Mumbai in India as well as Colombo in Sri Lanka. Closer to home, you'll stop at Kuala Lumpur and finally Darwin before disembarking in Sydney. Lots of great ports and plenty of sea days as well! All from $5,699.00 for an inside or $8,049.00 for an oceanview! Click here for details

The ultra exclusive SeaDream II will be in Asia this year and they've announced plans for a very special excursion to visit the ancient temples of Bagan in Myanmar (Burma). This 18 night package sails from Phuket 8 Dec 2013, but first you'll have a 3 night stay at the amazing Banyan Tree before boarding your 'Yacht' for 13 nights of luxury and adventure.

Being a small ship (just 4,260grt and 100 passengers) you'll visit some unique ports such as Lanta Yai & Racha Yai Islands in Thailand and Pila Kyun Island in the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar before you arrive in Yangon (Rangoon) for a 3 day call. After breakfast on the second day, you'll be taken to the airport for a short flight to Bagan.

Bagan was one of the first capitals of an ancient Burmese empire and today is one of the world's major
heritage sites. With thousands of pagodas and temples dating back more than 1,500 years, ancient Bagan
rivals the temples of Angkor and is one of Southeast Asia's most memorable sights.

You'll see numerous temples & pagodas, visit a local village and even enjoy a short ride by local horse & cart at sunset to see the Sunset Temple! You'll spend the night at Aureum Palace Hotel before returning to Yangon & SeaDream II. You'll then cruise to Thahtay Kyu, the Similan Islands, Phi Phi Don Island, Langkawi & Pangkor Island before disembarking in Singapore for a 2 night stay at the iconic Raffles Hotel. Oceanview from $12,459.00. Remember - 'It's Yachting not Cruising'! Click here for details

Cruising onboard True North is another unforgettable experience and a great way to get a taste of the True North style is with this 8 night cruise from Adelaide departing 15 January 2014. After being collected from your accommodation, you'll be driven to the famed McLaren Valley wine region where you'll spend the morning visiting art galleries & local farmers markets and of course wine-tasting followed by a gourmet lunch. Then you will have a scenic drive to meet the ship for welcome cocktails as you cruise to Kangaroo Island and beyond.

Your cruise will take you to some amazing places both on and off shore. You can dive with Great White Sharks (optional!), explore the Gambier Islands, swim with giant southern blue-fin tuna, visit Port Lincoln's commercial fishing industry, eat the famous Coffin Bay oysters (in Coffin Bay of course) plus any number of included activities along the way. After disembarking in Ceduna, you'll be flown back to Adelaide by light aircraft for the conclusion of your adventure. A truly unforgettable experience from $6,999.00! Click here for details

Variety Cruises offers a range of unique cruises around Europe on board their fleet of small vessels. Experience it for yourself with this 10 night Classical Greece package departing from Athens 25 April 2014. As well as a 3 night stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel, you'll enjoy a 7 night cruise on the 55 metre long, 46 passenger Motor Yacht Harmony V.

You'll cruise to Kea, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Kythira, Monemvasia, Nafplion & Hydra before disembarking back in Athens. Given the intimate nature of the ship and the fact that there is such a small number of people on board, you get to experience the local cultures in a way that you never would with a floating resort ship! Package including flights with Emirates from $5,779.00! Click here for details

Seabourn is bringing Legend to Asia later this year and here's a great way to take advantage of the repositioning cruise savings! This 22 night package departs Athens 20 October 2013 and begins with 2 nights at the Royal Olympic before you join Seabourn Legend on an 18 night cruise to Dubai.

After Transiting the Suez Canal, you'll visit Hurghada in Egypt and Aqaba in Jordan. Next you'll spend 2 days in Safaga so you can visit Luxor and the Valley the Kings. Next, you'll spend some time at sea on your way to Salalah & Khsab in Oman before you arrive in Dubai for a 2 night stay at Raffles before your flight home. True indulgence from $6,999.00 for an oceanview suite or $7,799.00 for a balcony suite! Click here for details

Holland America's ms Prinsendam is heading for the Black Sea & the Aegean in October and this looks to be one not to be missed! This 28 night package onboard the former Seabourn Sun & Royal Viking Sun begins in Athens with 2 nights accommodation before you head off to Volos in Greece then through the Bosphorus into the Back Sea to Sinop in Turkey, Sochi in Russia, Sevastopol in the Ukraine, Constanta in Romania & Nessebur in Bulgaria.

Next you'll have an overnight call in Istanbul, back to Athens and on to Dubrovnik in Croatia. Then you're off to Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini & Rhodes in Greece as well as Kusadasi in Turkey. A visit to Mykonos is followed by a further stop in Istanbul and Lesbos culminating in 2 nights alongside in Athens before your flight home. Oceanview from $6,729.00, Deluxe veranda from $9,559.00! Click here for details

We've got more great seniors specials on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. This particular 33 night Sydney roundtrip departs 24 October 2013 and showcases the best of cruising Australia and New Zealand. You'll head north to Brisbane, Airlie Beach & Darwin before making a stop in Bali. Sailing south, you'll stop at Port Headland, Geraldton & Fremantle.

Eastbound and you'll cruise to Esperance, Adelaide & Melbourne before crossing the Tasman to Milford, Dusky & Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin, Akaroa Wellington and finally Picton before returning to Sydney. A comprehensive month or so from just $3,689.00 for an inside, $4,449.00 for an oceanview or $6,789.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

For a different 'Down Under' perspective, join Celebrity Solstice & the Indian Pacific on this 25 night package departing 3 February 2014. You'll fly to Auckland where you'll have 2 nights at the Stamford Plaza before joining Solstice for an 18 night cruise to Fremantle. After calling in at the Bay of Islands, you'll also stop at Akaroa, Dunedin & cruise Fjordland National Park.

Back over to Australia and you'll visit Melbourne, Adelaide & Esperance before disembarking in Fremantle where you'll have 2 nights at the Esplanade Hotel. Making your way to Perth railway station, you'll then board the famous Indian Pacific for a 3 night journey across the country to Sydney travelling in the newly upgraded Gold Class which now includes all beverages as well as en-route 'Off Train Excursions' at Kalgoorlie, Adelaide & Broken Hill on the way to Sydney. Insides from $4,469.00 or verandas from $5,279.00 Click here for details

Sun Princess will be cruising to Asia from Fremantle in September and we've got some great last minute fares on this 26 night cruise departing 3 September 2013. You'l head up to Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Phuket, Singapore, Saigon, Sihanoukville (Angkor Wat, Cambodia), Bangkok, Koh Samui & Lombok before returning to Fremantle. A great way to warm up after winter! Insides from $3,269.00, oceanview from $3,959.00 or balconies from $5,439.00! Click here for details

Brett & the ecruising team

Sunday 23 June 2013

Cruise deal: Spain to Vegas with

SAVINGS of up to $5000 per person are now available through on a 33-night fly/cruise/stay package, which includes a cruise on board Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas from Spain to Florida.

The itinerary begins in Barcelona with three night's pre-cruise accommodation at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel before boarding Liberty of the Seas on October 19 for a 25- night cruise to Florida.

The cruise visits various cities in France, Italy, Spain and The Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to the U.S. and onwards to Belize City, Belize and Cozumel in Mexico before reaching your final destination of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

The package also includes two nights' accommodation at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and a three night stopover at the Las Vegas Hotel before heading back to Australia.

As an added bonus book by August 30 and receive a free night time helicopter flight over Las Vegas.

Now priced from $5999 per person twin share the offer also includes return economy airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and or Brisbane, a Barcelona City Sightseeing pass, 25 nights cruise accommodation with all meals and entertainment, plus use of the swimming pools, spas and sauna. Other facilities on Liberty of the Seas include the Casino Royale, a rock climbing wall, nine-hole miniature golf course, a full sized boxing ring, sports court and an ice skating rink.

Transfers, air taxes and port charges are also included in the price. Prices start from $6299 per person from Adelaide and $6399 per person from Perth.

More information from on 1300 369 848 or check-out

Friday 21 June 2013

Silversea World Cruise 2015


Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has opened the books on its World Cruise 2015.

This grandest of travel adventures will commence on 5 January 2015, when the elegant, all-suite Silver Whisper is set to embark on a 115-day epic voyage, encircling the world and embracing the cultures of five continents, 30 countries and 50 unique destinations.

Departing Los Angeles with no more than 382 guests on board, Silver Whisper will sail the warm waters of the South Pacific to explore the idyllic isles of French Polynesia, then head west to Australia, and north to the South China Sea. From there, the journey continues to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and across the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles. Silver Whisper then traces a course to some of Africa's most intriguing destinations, including Mombasa, Zanzibar, Cape Town, Walvis Bay and Dakar. The voyage concludes with a leisurely Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, highlighted by stopovers in the sunny Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, St. Bart's and Puerto Rico.

World Cruise 2015 offers travellers the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in local culture with late-night departures in eight ports, plus overnight calls in Papeete, Sydney, Fremantle, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore, Mombasa, and Cape Town.

"This exceptional voyage has been crafted to appeal to luxury travel's most discerning clientele," said Karen Christensen, Silversea's General Manager and Director Sales and Marketing Australasia. "Our World Cruise guests will visit the most exotic places and fascinating cultures on Earth -- all while enjoying the pampering luxury of Silver Whisper."

Silversea is offering guests the option to extend their World Cruise by adding a pre-cruise Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles (17 days), or continue on board from Fort Lauderdale to New York (3 days) or Southampton (15 days).

A Host of Added-Value Amenities
Full World Cruise guests will enjoy a variety of special amenities, including a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight stay at a luxury hotel, baggage valet service, transfers (between home, airport, and Silver Whisper), a US$4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite), complimentary laundry service, Internet package and commemorative gifts.

For guests sailing the full 115 days, there will also be two complimentary Silversea Experiences, including one in Walvis Bay, offering the rare opportunity to dine under the stars in the Namib Desert, plus three exclusive complimentary World Cruise shoreside events. These include an elegant cocktail reception and evening performance at Sydney Opera House, and a scenic journey by vintage train in Sri Lanka to explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, renowned for its conservancy work. Plus, guests will be treated to a tour of Cape Town's magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, followed by a visit to the historic Résidence de France for a sumptuous lunch set in its beautiful garden, with Table Mountain providing a stunning backdrop.

Guests will also have the chance to meet and mingle with distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialties will provide further immersion in each global destination.

Fares for World Cruise 2015 start at AU$56,950 per person, based on double occupancy. 

Click here to view the complete itinerary or visit

For more information contact your preferred Travel Professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

About Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos (debuting late 2013), Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to both polar regions and over 500 fascinating destinations in between.

In Asia Pacific, Silversea has been voted "Best Luxury Small Ship Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine every consecutive year from 2006 to 2012 and Silver Whisper or Silver Shadow have also won the Gold Award as Best Small Cruise Ship in each of those years. Silversea has won similar awards from readers of Australia's Cruise Passenger Magazine. In the US, Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded "Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by Luxury Travel Advisor (2011).

Follow Silversea on Twitter, Facebook and the Silversea Blog.

Sunday 16 June 2013

Royal Caribbean cruise deals - Exciting Asia sailings, all for under $1,500!


Exploring Asia's exotic shores has never been more affordable.  Royal Caribbean has three hot Asia sailings on offer, including itineraries to Japan, Singapore and a special repositioning cruise from Singapore to Sydney onboard Australia's largest ship, Voyager of the Seas.  Please see below for full details and lead fares.




1)      What:  12-night All Japan Explorer Cruise calling at Toyama, Japan; Sapporo, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan and Busan, Republic of Korea onboard Voyager of the Seas

When: Departing roundtrip from Tianjin, China on 7 September 2013

Lead fare: Fares from $1,139 per person for an interior stateroom


2)      What: 5-night Exotic Asia Cruise calling at Hong Kong, China; Ho Chi Minh , Vietnam; and Singapore onboard Mariner of the Seas.

When: Departing Hong Kong, 5 November 2013

Lead fare: Fares from $569 per person for an interior stateroom


3)      What: 14-night Asia Repositioning Cruise calling at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Darwin, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; and Sydney, Australia onboard Voyager of the Seas.

When: Departing Singapore on 24 October 2013

Lead fare: Fares from $1,499 per person for an interior stateroom

Special Offer: Splash out on an Oceanview cabin on Voyager of the Seas' repositioning cruise from Singapore to Sydney and get a free upgrade to Balcony cabin.  Fares start from $1,999 per person.



All quoted fares are per person and include taxes and gratuities. 


BOOKING: or visit your local travel agent.


Thursday 13 June 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge Names Royal Princess

In a spectacular ceremony in Southampton yesterday, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge named the new ship Royal Princess when she released a bottle of champagne that smashed against its hull.

Standing on the naming platform with the ship's Captain Tony Draper, The Duchess pronounced, "I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her." She then cut the rope that sent a giant Nebuchadnezzar-size bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne toward the ship, officially welcoming Royal Princess into the fleet of Princess Cruises, one of the world's largest international cruise lines.

"We can think of no more fitting godmother for our magnificent new Royal Princess," Princess Cruises President and CEO Alan Buckelew said.

"Her Royal Highness is an inspiring ambassador for Britain - with whom Princess Cruises shares strong ties – and she is admired around the world for her style and grace. We're so honoured she accepted our invitation to become godmother to our new ship."

Inaugural berthing of Mariner of the Seas at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong received Royal Caribbean International's cruise liner Mariner of the Seas last night (12 June), marking the maiden call to Hong Kong by the cruise ship. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) organised a ceremony featuring lion and dragon dances, and drum performances to welcome the more than 3,000 passengers.

Attending the welcome ceremony were Mr Philip Yung, Commissioner for Tourism of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Ms Daisy Lui, HKTB Deputy Executive Director; Mr Barry D Nassberg, Chairman of Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT); and Mr Chan Kam Foo, General Manager of shipping agent Wallem Shipping (HK) Ltd. A plaque and key ceremony was also held for the guests and captain of Mariner of the Seas.

Ms Daisy Lui also presented souvenirs to the first batch of the cruise ship's passengers to show them the hospitable culture of Hong Kong and to encourage them to fully experience Hong Kong, Asia's World City, during their stay. 

Riding on the opportunities brought by the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the HKTB has been promoting Hong Kong's world-class cruise facilities and appeal as a cruise destination through different channels, with a view to strengthening the city's image as Asia's Cruise Hub and attracting international cruise companies to feature Hong Kong in their itineraries. In addition, the HKTB is working closely with the travel trade to develop new onshore excursions to enrich the experience of cruise passengers while they are in Hong Kong.

Event video can be downloaded via below link:

Photo captions:
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal 1:
Mr Philip Yung, Commissioner for Tourism of the Hong Kong SAR Government (third left), Ms Daisy Lui, HKTB Deputy Executive Director (third right), Mr Barry D Nassberg, WCT Chairman (second left), Mr Chan Kam Foo, General Manager of cruise agent Wallem Shipping (HK) Ltd (second right), and Dr Zinan Liu, Regional Vice President, Asia and Managing Director, China, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (far left) pose for a group photo with the first batch of passengers of Mariner of the Seas.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal 2:
Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas is the first cruise liner to officially berth at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.  The HKTB arranged dragon and lion dances, and drum performances to welcome the passengers.

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Norfolk Island $13m cruising boost

A significant infrastructure investment will see Norfolk Island planted firmly on the radar for cruise firms globally. FEDERAL Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories Catherine King has joined with Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann on Norfolk Island, off Australia’s East Coast to unveil a $13m funding package for the development of new facilities to encourage cruise operators to visit. Two jetties on the island will benefit from the funding package, with Cascade Jetty and Kingston Jetty upgraded to accommodate a mobile crane for efficient passenger transfers, ...

The above snippet is the first part of an article sent to subscribers in Cruise Weekly's issue from 11 Jun 13

CLICK HERE to download Cruise Weekly from 11 Jun 13

Monday 10 June 2013

Ita Buttrose to host Tauck's French waterways river cruise

Travel the World and Tauck are very excited to announce that Tauck's Australian Ambassador, Ita Buttrose, will be hosting a French Waterways River Cruise from Paris to Lyon in May 2014.

In addition to rubbing shoulders with Ita, guests joining Tauck's French Waterways River Cruise will travel along the Rhône through spectacular French vineyard country, stay at the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe in Paris, ride the high-speed TGV through the French country side and experience Tauck's newly refurbished ms Swiss Emerald.

Ita will host a fabulous cocktail party for Tauck guests onboard ms Swiss Emerald during the ten day cruise. Guests will also get to experience a private wine tasting in Beaujolais and Châteaneuf-du-Pape, explore Lyon's historic indoor food market, and enjoy an exquisite dinner overlooking the Pont du Gard.

For all earlybird bookings made prior to 31st August 2013, Tauck offers one complimentary night at one of its premium hotels, the day before or after the river cruise.

Ita says, "Ask any Tauck guest and they will tell you that Tauck is their river cruise operator of choice because Tauck takes care of every detail every day – allowing you to relax and enjoy your adventure. Virtually every travel expense is included in one up-front price with no hidden costs."

Ita Buttrose is an Australian icon and was named 2013 Australian of the Year. She is a journalist, author and businesswoman who is greatly admired for her stellar career, her wit and charm and her tireless efforts for charities such as Alzheimer's Australia, of which she is the National President.

Ita is proud to be Tauck's Australian ambassador. "Travel is one of my great passions and it's been a joy getting to know fellow Australians who are long-time 'Tauckers'. These fellow intrepid travellers are equally passionate about exploring the world and their loyalty to Tauck is indeed rare in the highly competitive travel industry. There are good reasons they trust Tauck with their travel dreams...they know through first-hand experience that Tauck not only delivers great value, but superior quality, personal service and insider access on over 100 tours and cruises worldwide."

About Tauck

Established in 1925, Tauck is a world-leader in upscale, escorted travel. Family-owned and operated, Tauck offers guided all-inclusive land journeys, cruises and family travel adventures in 65 countries.  The company showcases the "must-see" attractions in each destination, enhancing guests' experience with in-depth commentary and insights that add perspective and understanding.  Tauck complements visits to must-see sites with insider access to "off-the-beaten-path" locations that deliver authentic cultural experiences and are either unavailable or unknown to most travellers. Tauck travellers can be assured that virtually everything is included in their upfront prices, with no hidden fees or surprise add-ons. Tauck works closely with worldwide partners to ensure that travellers receive the best value deals in the upfront prices offered.

Tauck and Travel the World have been working together for over 25 years to provide Australians with wonderful travel experiences. For further information on Tauck and Travel the World, please visit

Friday 7 June 2013

ASTOR ready for first season

Save hours on your travel research. Get brochures delivered to your door for free. Digital option too.

ALL inside cabins for two of ASTOR’s highly anticipated celebration cruises in her inaugural Australian season have been completely sold out.

However, there are still suites andoutside cabins available for both theNew Year and the Australia Daycruises. But considering the great interest shown for both itineraries in just nine weeks since going on sale, these are not expected to last long either.

The New Year cruise departs Fremantle on Monday, December 30 (7pm) and sails for three nights at sea before returning on Thursday, January 2 (7am – in time for guests to get to work).

There is likely to be a terrific party atmosphere aboard ASTOR as she sees in 2014, with groups of varying ages having already booked. Fares start from $609 per person.

The Australia Day cruise departs Fremantle on Saturday, January 25 (6pm) and also sails for three nights at sea before returning on Tuesday, January 28 (again nice and early, at 7am).

The Australian flag will fly high above ASTOR and a traditional barbecue will be held pool side as a part of the celebrations. Fares start from $409 per person.

ASTOR is expected to welcome close to the 620-passenger maximum on both cruises, promising a fantastic atmosphere on both voyages aboard this premium ship.

Plus all of the regular features of ASTOR can be enjoyed during the days and nights at sea. Highlights of ASTOR include (but are not limited to):
  • A sports deck, with facilities for volleyball, tennis, jogging, golf, chess and yoga.
  • 247 cabins, 39 suites and three premium suites.
  • The traditional Waldorf Restaurant; Ubersee (Overseas) Club buffet restaurant; Restaurant Toscana and Romantic Dinner (speciality restaurant).
  • Three bars and lounges
  • Fitness Centre and spa
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Beauty salon and hairdressing salon
  • Boutique shops
  • Library and games room

SAVER FARES EXTENDED to JUNE 30: ** Due to the release of a new ASTOR European brochure, Australians have a longer chance to secure great discounts. Saver Fares offer discounts of up to 25% on full published fares, applicable to a limited number of twin cabin bookings made prior to June 30, 2013.

NOTE: This discount is not applicable to the New Year’s Eve celebration cruise. 

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Sail Coast to Coast aboard Norwegian Jewel with

Inline images 1

Cruise specialist has a new 37-night cruise itinerary for 2013 which takes in Alaska, North America and the Panama Canal on the Norwegian Jewel from Seattle to New Orleans, with discounted prices of up to 50 per cent for last minute bookings before 30 June 2013.

Departing on September 12, you will have a two-day stay in Seattle at the Fairmont Olympic hotel before boarding  the Norwegian Jewel  for a 29-night cruise through Alaska, Canada, California, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama Canal and Colombia with the final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana, for three nights at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The itinerary finishes with three nights in Las Vegas to try your hand at the tables or take in a show before flying back to Australia.

Now priced from $6169 (was $14,469) per person twin share, from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Adelaide from $6419 and Perth from $6669 , the package includes return economy airfares, 29 nights cruise accommodation with all meals, entertainment, on board gratuities, two nights hotel accommodation at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, three nights hotel accommodation at each the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel and the Las Vegas Hotel and transfers.

For a full list of inclusions and reservations, visit   or call 1300 369 848

Quantum of the Seas on sale now

Quantum of the SeasSM on sale now

Quantum of the Seas is a true leap forward – with North StarSM, RipCordSM by iFly®, as well as the most sophisticated cabins in our fleet. Find out more about our groundbreaking new ship below.
Sail a range of itineraries throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas, including our very own private beach paradises of Ladadee® and CocoCay®.
Book Quantum of the Seas now
RipCord by iFly
That’s right: Fly! This skydiving simulator lets you experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying. RipCord by iFly’s air machine will keep you afloat in a safe, controlled environment. So you can feel the wind in your hair, the utter WOW of flying, all without ever having to leave the ship.

North Star
The exclusive North Star promises to elevate you both physically and emotionally, revealling 360-degree views! Simply step into the intimate, jewel-shaped capsule and gently ascend over 300 feet above sea level, where you can take in breathtaking views of the ocean, the ship and destinations.

SeaPlex is the largest and most groundbreaking indoor active space at sea. By day, you can experience a circus school and flying trapeze, as well as a regulation basketball court. By night, it hosts the first-ever bumper cars and roller skating at sea, with a DJ that hovers above the activity.

Find yourself immersed in spellbinding performance art, mind-blowing light shows, and dazzling digital scenery. During the day, the space is a modern, open area living room with magnificent 270 degree panoramic views. By night, Two70° transforms as the lights go down and the music comes up.

Watch our full Quantum of the Seas video.