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Thursday 7 May 2015

Luxury Alaska Cruises with Silvesea

Uncover the wonders of Alaska with Silversea

Experience the wild wonders of Alaska, as you sail past sapphire-blue glaciers and vast evergreen forests on a 7-day cruise aboard the ultra-luxurious Silver Shadow.

Beginning the Alaska voyage in Vancouver, Canada, on 27 August 2015, guests will disembark in Seward (Anchorage) on 3 September 2015.  

Alaska is the wild wonder of the American north. On this cruise, wind your way through its Misty Fjords and intriguing inlets, and sail through the Inside Passage and breathtaking Hubbard Glacier. Perhaps see Iditarod dogs on land or watch a whale breach in the Gulf of Alaska. In a land that clearly calls out to be explored, you can kayak, hike, fish, snorkel and enjoy a vast array of other discovery activities.

Guests that begin or end their voyage in Seward will receive complimentary transfers to/from the Anchorage Airport Train Station via chartered rail service. The 4.5-hour scenic train ride along the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula is said to be the most scenic in all of Alaska.

Prices are per person starting from AU$4,550 in a Vista Suite double occupancy. Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

Book this voyage by June 30 2015 and select a two-category suite upgrade, 50% savings on a second suite or US$1,000 onboard credit per suite to use for shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty restaurants and more.

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


Sunday 3 May 2015

Royal Caribbean International ‘buy one, get one up to fifty per cent off’


Throughout the month of May, Royal Caribbean International guests are invited to take advantage of a special 'buy one, get one up to fifty per cent off' offer, applicable to most local and international itineraries and ships.

Plus, eligible bookings made on 2016 and 2017 departures will also receive a discount of up to 50 per cent off the cruise fare for third and fourth guests in the same booking, excluding taxes, fees, port expenses and gratuities.

This unbeatable offer is available to book from 1 – 31 May 2015 and is applicable on eligible itineraries departing from 1 June 2015 onwards of five-nights or longer.

Enjoy an eight-night South Pacific Bliss itinerary departing Brisbane onboard Legend of the Seas on 18 February 2016 from just $1,099 for the first person and $549.50 for the second. From Brisbane, where Legend of the Seas will call home, the roundtrip sailing explores the tropical paradise of Noumea in New Caledonia and Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu.

Experience South East Asia on a 10-night sailing from Singapore to Perth departing 3 November 2015 onboard Explorer of the Seas, priced from just $1,099 for the first passenger and $549.50 for the second. From Singapore, the cruise calls at Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in Malaysia and Phuket in Thailand, before travelling down the coast of Western Australia to arrive in Fremantle.

Explore Australia's Top End over 16-nights onboard Radiance of the Seas from $2,799 for the first passenger and $1,399.50 for the second. Departing Perth 17 November 2015, the sailing travels up the coast of Western Australia to Bali before calling at Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane and arriving in Sydney.

Or sample New Zealand in summer on an 11-night roundtrip cruise from Sydney onboard Voyager of the Seas departing 18 December 2015, priced from $2,599 for the first person and $1,299.50 for the second. The sailing calls at Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington and Picton.

For more information about Royal Caribbean International or to book a cruise, visit, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

Terms and conditions for the offer: Valid for new individual bookings only. Offer excludes Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, transatlantic voyages and all sailings departing from China. Price quoted is per person based on lowest available interior cabin and prices are subject to change. Sale is not combinable with any other offer or promotion and will expire on 31 May 2015 unless sold out prior. For full terms and conditions, visit:

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Silversea's pick of the world's luxury and adventure destinations


Take your journey to the next level by exploring the world's most breathtaking and enticing destinations with Silversea Cruises, the leader in ultra-luxury cruising.  Karen Christensen, General Manager and Director Sales/Marketing, Australasia, shares her insights on this year's must-see cruising destinations.

"Silversea's voyages boast enviable, tailor-made itineraries visiting some of the most stunning corners of the world.  Our guests rely on us to provide them with journeys which showcase distinct, beautiful and dramatic landscapes, rich history and culture, and exotic cuisine, all while travelling in utmost luxury.

"Each year, our team of experts research and handpick the finest destinations to ensure that our itineraries are second to none.  We pride ourselves on continuing to be one step ahead, offering our guests the chance to discover destinations they may never have considered travelling to before," says Christensen.  


1.    French Polynesia (South Pacific) and the Marquesas Islands

Explore the stunning lagoons of the Tuamotu Archipelago, and encounter the diverse wildlife of the Marquesas Islands, aboard this 10 day voyage through the peaks and atolls of French Polynesia. As one of Silversea Expeditions' specialist diving voyages, guests aboard will have the opportunity to snorkel and discover colourful marine life such as  sea turtles and rays, while qualified divers will encounter sharks, barracuda, manta rays and eagle rays. Visit the French painter Paul Gaugin's grave at Hiva Oa and marvel at the spectacular peaks of the Marquesas Islands. This voyage is the perfect adventure for the snorkelling enthusiast, keen diver or passionate explorer.

9522 Silver Discoverer, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia roundtrip, 10 days, departs 25 October 2015. Silver Privilege fares from AU$10,750pp.

2.    Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Discover Ecuador's pristine paradise, a natural laboratory of evolution.  Experience up close encounters with marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue and red-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches - guests have the opportunity to witness wildlife species found nowhere else on earth.  Silver Galapagos, Silversea's newly refurbished expedition ship, travels along the scenic coastlines with Zodiac exploration, snorkelling and walks across spectacular lava fields – experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.  

Silver Galapagos offers year-round 7-day roundtrip expeditions from Baltra. Fully-inclusive Galápagos voyages now include roundtrip economy air between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, all transfers, National Park entrance  fees and more . Silver privilege fares from AU$8,150pp.

3.    Istanbul, Turkey

Witness the captivating remnants of ancient civilisations whilst sailing through the Aegean Sea, from Istanbul to the picturesque Greek Islands.  Guests can discover Istanbul's historic treasures during a scenic orientation of the city, including a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest covered market, a tour of the Topkapi Palace Museum, which housed the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries, and the Rustem Pasa Mosque, a small and exquisite mosque built in the 16th century.  

2530 Silver Wind, Istanbul, Turkey roundtrip, 9-days, departs 12 October 2015. Guests on this journey benefit from shore excursions and complimentary Wi-Fi; now included on every 2015 Mediterranean voyage. Silver Privilege fares from AU$5,750.

4.    Alaska, North America

One of the most pristine coastlines in the world, Alaska is home to national parks the size of nations, exquisite glaciers and incredible wildlife. Experience Alaska sailing along an insider's path through the Inside Passage. See diamond–blue icebergs and spot a plethora of wildlife including brown bears, bald eagles and humpback whales.  Guests will have the opportunity to fly over the world famous Mendenhall Glacier on an optional heli-flight, set foot on the 'river of ice', and take part in a private Catamaran cruise through Sitka Sound.

3524 Silver Shadow, Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage), AK, USA, 7-days, departs 27 August 2015. Includes complimentary scenic rail transfer along the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula. Silver Privilege fares from AU$4,550pp.

5. The Malay Archipelago

Explore the Malay Archipelago, an undiscovered and untouched part of the world.  Anchored off the Alor-Pantar Strait, guests will view traditional villages built halfway up the mountains of Alor Island and explore mangrove forests on the uninhabited island of Kakaban, Borneo.  On this Silversea Expeditions voyage, guests will discover abundant wildlife, on land and sea, from Borneo proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, rare birdlife and the orangutans of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC), to sea turtles, stingless Papuan jellyfish and other exotic marine life. The beauty of this region continues to radiate as guests uncover its rich history and culture, experiencing traditional village customs and ceremonies and visiting the towering menhir stones of Bori – "The Stonehenge of Indonesia".

9513 Silver Discoverer, Darwin, Australia to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 14-days, departs 29 May 2015.  Silver Privilege fares from AU$14,450pp.

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit