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Scenic Eclipse launches 6star discovery

Scenic Eclipse This Magnificent LifeScenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, has been years in the planning. The launch heralds a new direction for the award-winning luxury travel operator.

Sail the seas in luxury fit for royalty
The 6-star ultra-luxury mega yacht for only 228 guests – 200 in the Arctic and Antarctica –launches in the Mediterranean on 31 August 2018. Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable. Scenic Eclipse’s intimate size means you’ll dock in unique locations and smaller ports that larger ships simply cannot reach.

Sleep in the most luxurious suites
Scenic Eclips This Magnificent Life
Scenic sets the benchmark for the standard of ocean-cruising suites. Every one of the 114 spacious and beautifully designed suites features a private verandah and lounge area. Akin to the finest hotels in the world, ranging in size from the generous 32 square metre Verandah Suites to the 247 square metre two-bedroom Penthouse Suite, a Scenic Eclipse suite is one of the greatest luxuries you’ll have.

Fine dining and drinks for every tastebud
Nine dining venues are available, from the laid-back Azure Bar & Café to Lumière French fine dining, plus 24-hour in-suite dining. Menus feature the finest fare, including regional specialities sourced from local suppliers. Not to mention unlimited complimentary beverages, including an in-suite minibar.

All-inclusive, opulent extras
Scenic has thought of everything so guests don’t have to lift a finger (or wallet): personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio; butler service for every guest; Spa Sanctuary and plunge pools; expert Discovery Leaders an all cruises; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; all tipping and gratuities, and much, much more.

All-inclusive shore excursions

From exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences to expert-led Scenic Freechoice activities and discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak, e-bike, snorkelling and more, guests will have myriad activities to choose from – without paying anything extra.

Innovative design
Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and designed to glide through ocean currents with ease, Scenic Eclipse is built to the highest international safety standards, utilising state-of-the-art technology and GPS dynamic positioning, plus a host of safety features including stabiliser fins. A rating of Ice Class 1A^ (Polar Class 6), the highest of any luxury vessel, enables the safest navigation through Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Beyond adventure
Scenic Eclipse will take you to places previously thought inaccessible, thanks to on board helicopters and a submarine. For an additional fee, guests can explore a whole new dimension of wonder, from above and below. Scuba experiences are also available.

Discovery Voyages
From the bright beauty of Croatia to the crystalline waters of Cuba and South America’s coastline, guests can choose from myriad options in Europe and the Americas. Scenic has also combined some of their most popular land itineraries so guests can cherry-pick their dream cruise and go seamlessly from Scenic Eclipse to an escorted land journey.

Polar Voyages

Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands; visit the fjords of Norway and Chile, Svalbard in the High Arctic or follow the Viking trail across Scotland, Iceland and Greenland to Atlantic Canada. Guests can also combine their voyage with a land adventure.

Rediscovery Voyages
For those who like to spend more time on the high seas to rediscover their passions, or want a
6-star experience at a lower price, our cruises traversing the Atlantic and along the coastlines of South America are the perfect choice.

Scenic Founder and Managing Director, Glen Moroney, said: “We're extremely proud to present the full range of experiences and on board facilities that make Scenic Eclipse the World's First Discovery Yacht. Over the last 12 months our team of experts have honed the concept to fine tune each area to ensure our guests experience the ultimate in luxury and discovery with the utmost safety.”

For more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit http://scenic.com.au/eclipse

 

Star Clippers announce new yoga cruises for 2017

Yoga is back on board in 2017 on Star Clippers cruises to exotic destinations including the Western Mediterranean, Grenadine Islands, Winward Islands, Thailand and Indonesia.
Star Clippers offer the perfect setting for relaxation of the mind, body and soul with yoga classes held twice daily whilst lolling above the waves. Picture yourself under billowing sails, the sun is going down in the distance, and the smell and taste of salt in the fresh sea air .
Star Clippers This Magnificent LifeQualified yoga teachers offer insights into the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.  The classes, in tandem with the stunning surroundings of Patong Bay or Martinique Beach will help you transition from mountain pose to downward dog.
The Ashantga Yoga or “power yoga” classes feature an array of breathing and movement techniques guaranteed to revitalize your mind, body and soul with a focus on controlled breathing, posture, concentration and meditation.
Wake up every day feeling refreshed for your daily dosage of mindfulness as you soak up the sun and sea as you glide to your next destination.
Continue your yoga practice at home and feel the benefits of increased flexibility, muscle strength and posture, lower blood pressure, improved sleep and a happier, healthier lifestyle. In 2017, the yoga, fitness and pilates sailings are:
 ROYAL CLIPPER
May 6, 2017 – Western Mediterranean (Cannes roundtrip)
May 13, 2017-  Western Mediterranean (Cannes roundtrip)
October 21, 2017 – Western Mediterranean (Cannes- Lisbon)
December 9, 2017 – Grenadine Islands
December 16, 2017 – Winward islands
 STAR CLIPPER
April 8, 2017-  Thailand (Phuket roundtrip)
July 1, 8 , August 19, 26 and September 2 2017- Indonesia (Bali roundtrip)
 STAR FLYER
October 31, 2017 – Western Mediterranean

More information visit www.starclippers.com or call 1300 295 161
 

Aurora Expeditions Launch Antarctica 2018/2019 Early Bird Savings

Leading expedition cruising specialists Aurora Expeditions have launched their 2018/2019 Antarctic program with an exclusive Early Bird Offer, giving travellers the chance to save up to 15 per cent across all newly-released itineraries when booked before 30 June 2017. The first 40 passengers to book will also receive a $100 onboard credit to enjoy during their expedition.
The new Antarctic program continues to cater for adventure-seekers and nature lovers, offering a range of 11- to 18-day voyages across various destinations including the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, the wildlife oasis of South Georgia, the wild Weddell Sea and the historic Falkland Islands.
Aurora Expeditions This Magnificent LifeThe program features 11 small-group expeditions aboard the 54-passenger vessel Polar Pioneer, all departing between November 2018 and March 2019.
After the success of the inaugural Sub-Antarctic Safari, the expedition returns to explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Passengers will revel in close encounters with the region’s incredible wildlife including some of the world’s largest king penguin colony, elephant and fur seals as well as diverse birdlife. Also featuring complimentary photography workshops, the 15-day expedition is the ultimate sub-Antarctic exploration. The expedition departs 17 November 2018 and starts from US$11,100 per person.
For adventurers seeking the ultimate end-of-year celebrations, the 12-day Christmas in Antarctica is the chance to experience a white Christmas amongst spectacular landscapes and fascinating wildlife. Travellers also have the chance to ring in the New Year on the white continent surrounded by penguins with the 11-day New Year in Antarctica. Trips depart 18 December 2018 and 29 December 2018 respectively and start from US$9,100 per person.
Time-conscious travellers will make the most of their Antarctic adventure with the Fly & Sail Antarctic Explorer. Including a one-way flight directly into Antarctica, passengers enjoy more time exploring both sides of the Antarctic Peninsula and less time at sea. The 11-day itinerary departs 2 March 2018 and starts from US$9,700 per person.
Now open for bookings, all of Aurora Expeditions’ 2018/19 Antarctic voyages include accommodation aboard ice-strengthened 54-passenger Polar Pioneer including meals and daily cabin service, daily Zodiac excursions and shore landings, educative talks and lectures from expert naturalists, historians and geologists. Passengers will also have the choice to join optional ship-based adventure activities such as sea kayaking, polar snorkelling and diving, and mountaineering (surcharge apply), as well as polar photography. All passengers will also receive a complimentary 2-in-1 waterproof polar jacket to keep, as well as a professionally-produced printed photo book of their voyage after their trip.
Travellers looking at planning their Antarctic adventure can download a FREE Antarctic Expedition Guide at www.auroraexpeditions.com.au
EXCLUSIVE OFFER - Early Bird Savings + $100 Onboard Credit
Save up to US$3,255 per person when booking on Aurora Expeditions’ 2018/19 Antarctic voyages with their Early Bird Offers of up to 15% off. Plus, be one of the first 40 passengers to book and you’ll receive a complimentary $100 onboard credit to use during your expedition. Conditions apply.
For more information on Aurora Expeditions’ 2018/19 Antarctic Program visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au , email info@auroraexpeditions.com.au or call 1300 061 490.

Avalon Waterways Expands Asian Offering in new 2018 Program

Avalon Waterways has revealed it will boost its presence in Asia next year, introducing a new ship as well as a range of new itineraries in Vietnam and Myanmar.
In a move which will double its capacity in Vietnam, the cruise line will launch the 36-passenger Avalon Saigon in September 2018. The new ship will join sister ship Avalon Siem Reap on the Mekong River, offering weekly departures and a variety of cruises including two new 18 and 21-day sailings.
As well as the two new Mekong itineraries, Avalon is also introducing a new 16-day itinerary on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River.
The new cruises are included in Avalon Waterways’ new 2018 program which also features an expansion of the cruise line’s popular Active Discovery cruises in Europe to include sailings on the Rhine.
The new eight-day cruises depart alternately from Frankfurt and Amsterdam and feature a variety of engaging excursions, from a hike along Germany’s Rheinstag to a bike tour along the Rhine and a running tour of Amsterdam.
To mark the launch of the 2018 program, Avalon Waterways is offering holiday credit of up to $2600* per couple on a range of departures in Asia and $2400* per couple in Europe.For full details and bookings see licensed travel agents, visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au or phone 1300 230 234

Seabourn Returns

Seabourn is celebrating its return to Alaska for the first time in 15 years by offering onboard spending money and air credits as well as complimentary upgrades as part of a two week sale.

On sale until April 3, 2017, the sale includes onboard spending money of up to US$1000 per suite and air credit to the value of A$500 per person on select sailings departing between June 1 and September 21, 2017.
Guests who book during the sale period will also receive complimentary upgrades from ocean view suites to verandas, with upgrades also available up to three veranda suite categories higher depending on availability and fare paid. In its highly-anticipated return season, Seabourn will offer a series of 11-, 12- and 14-day itineraries from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Anchorage (Seward), Alaska, on Seabourn Sojourn. Fares start from $6299* per person twin share for an 11-day cruise departing Vancouver on June 1, 2017.Combining the State’s most popular ports with rarely visited hidden gems of the Inside Passage including the vast icy wilderness of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay, Seabourn Sojourn’s intimate size and nimble maneuverability offers a privileged view of The Last Frontier.During Seabourn’s Alaska voyages, guests will also experience thrilling up-close explorations with a variety of new shore excursions on offer, including guided kayak and Zodiac tours available through the line’s Ventures by Seabourn program. Award-winning photographers will also be onboard to offer digital photography coaching, providing helpful tips for guests to capture beautiful images of Alaska, while enrichment lectures will include topics ranging from whale identification to the region’s brown and black bears, as well as its history and tribal culture, giving guests a deeper understanding of the extraordinary environment.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. For more information see a licensed travel agent, call 13 24 02 or visit www.seabourn.com

 

Discover the Amalfi Coast by Sea.

Italy, Deriya-Deniz,

Australian travellers can explore Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast by yacht this spring, with archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels offering two new sailings in September. Escorted by archaeologist Dr Sophy Downes and art historian Francesca del Vecchio, the eight-day Cruising the Amalfi Coast tour offers a unique perspective on one of the world’s most famous coastlines, with holidaymakers enjoying the comforts of a traditional Turkish gulet boat which has been stylishly refitted in Italy. The tour visits some of the best known destinations in the area including the isle of Capri, the ruins of Pompeii and breathtaking Amalfi, as well as lesser known sites such as the ancient underwater city at Baia and the outstanding Roman frescoes of the Villa Oplontis. In addition to sailing the island of Ischia and visiting the colourful port of Positano, guests will have plenty of time to taste local wines and indulge in delicious Neapolitan pizzas. The intimate cruise for up to 10 guests departs from Naples on September 2 and September 9, 2017, and costs from £3,975 per person twin share (approx A$6400) including airport transfers, seven nights aboard the gulet, all entrance fees, expert guided excursions and WiFi when coverage permits. Price excludes flights. Specialising in small-group expeditions, Peter Sommer Travels offers more than 20 different expert-led tours and gulet cruises among the ancient sites of Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK.  For full details and bookings contact Peter Sommer Travels in the UK on 0011 44 1600 888 220, email info@petersommer.com or visit www.petersommer.com.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. For more information see a licensed travel agent

 

Cunard Announces Details of Queen Victoria Refit

Cunard is continuing its commitment to offering guests unparalleled travel experiences with the announcement of a $54 million refurbishment for Queen Victoria this May.

Queen Victoria will enter dry dock in Palermo, Italy on May 5, 2017 for the one month bow to stern makeover, which will see the addition of 43 brand new Britannia Club category staterooms with their own dedicated restaurant, a redesign of the liner’s Grand Suites and Deck 8 aft Penthouse Suites, as well as a new Chart Room bar. The elegance, history and nostalgia of Queen Victoria’s art deco past will remain, while refurbishments will usher the ship into a new, updated chapter. Cunard Senior Vice President Simon Palethorpe said the investment in Queen Victoria demonstrated Cunard’s passion for delivering an experience that exceeded guests’ expectations in luxury travel by sea.

“For the first time on Queen Victoria, guests can enjoy an elevated experience with large, well-appointed balcony staterooms in prime locations and the new Britannia Club Restaurant will be the perfect setting for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience in one of the finest restaurants at sea,” Mr Palethorpe said.

Queen Victoria’s refurbishment will see the debut of Britannia Club Dining onboard the liner following the addition of an intimate restaurant and 43 spacious Britannia Club staterooms in a prime mid-ship location on Decks 7 and 8. Meanwhile, the Cunard Grand Suites will be reconfigured to maximise space, offering enhanced comfort and entertainment options. The Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia Suites will have similar square meterage to those on Queen Elizabeth at approximately 133 square metres. Refreshed designs will include a new colour scheme that takes its inspiration from the line’s history with its signature Cunard purple. The suites will also include floor-to-ceiling windows and doors; a separate service entrance and hospitality preparation area; separate snug room with TV; beautifully-appointed lounge; master bathroom with sea view; second bathroom with guest access; bedroom TV that folds down from the ceiling; walk-in wardrobe with additional storage units; and a generous dual aspect balcony. Cunard guests will be able to enjoy five new Penthouse Suites on Deck 8 aft which will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, defined living and sleeping spaces and bathrooms with natural light. New colour schemes will reflect Cunard’s signature jewel tones of deep red and captivating geometric patterns. Additionally, Cunard is pleased to announce a new Chart Room concept which will debut on Queen Victoria as part of the refit. The new Chart Room will be located on Deck 2 off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located. The Chart Room will feature illy coffee, Godiva chocolate treats and light bites by day and stellar cocktails by night. Cunard will also introduce a “gin and fizz” themed menu to the Midships Lounge, including a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas and Champagne alongside premium spirits, all blended to create fresh and inspiring cocktails with a modern twist. More details on Queen Victoria’s refurbishment will follow over the coming months. For more information about Cunard see a travel agent, visit www.cunard.com or call 132441.

 

P&O Cruises Floats Out New Partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Co.

P&O Cruises is adding an exciting new taste to cruising, announcing a special partnership with the award-winning Archie Rose Distilling Co. on its latest ship Pacific Explorer, which launches in June. Guests on the 77,000-tonne superliner will be able to enjoy a tantalising list of cocktails in its premium cocktail bar, The Bonded Store, with every drink featuring Archie Rose’s handcrafted spirits. In a first for an Australian-based ship, the popular craft distiller will also host special gin making and whisky master classes onboard Pacific Explorer cruises. P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the partnership with the Sydney-based Archie Rose was part of the ongoing evolution of P&O’s product, designed to capture the relaxed but stylish spirit of modern Australia.

“The small and hidden bar scene is incredibly popular on land so we’re taking the concept to sea with The Bonded Store which will feature a stylish and somewhat quirky décor in an intimate setting, as well as fantastic Archie Rose cocktails,” Mr Myrmell said.

“It’s another highlight for Pacific Explorer which really represents the next step in the evolution of P&O’s fleet. “From lawn bowls on the deck to a delicious Negroni in The Bonded Store, Pacific Explorer will have some wonderful new experiences to offer which we think will be a huge hit with our guests.” Mr Myrmell said the pairing with Archie Rose was P&O’s first cocktail bar partnership. “As Australia’s only home grown cruise line, we’re very proud to be stocking another premium Australian product on our ships. “We put a lot of thought into The Bonded Store concept and we felt that Archie Rose had just the right flavour for the new bar, with spirits which are sophisticated, on-trend and delicious. The result is a classy venue, which will take people back to another cocktail era but still have some fun design elements – as well as a cocktail list which captures some fabulous flavours,” Mr Myrmell said. Archie Rose Distilling Co. founder Will Edwards described the partnership with P&O as “a real privilege”. “We can’t wait to deliver a new craft spirits experience for P&O’s guests and to showcase the innovation and quality of local Australian spirits,” Mr Edwards said. The Archie Rose partnership is the latest development in a string of new offerings onboard Pacific Explorer. Other new features for the ship include a waterpark and two spectacular waterslides shooting over the side of the ship as well as a relaxed barefoot lawn bowls area. Guests will also be able to enjoy an array of dining options including the sultry Asian dining venue, Dragon Lady, and the classic Italian restaurant Angelo’s, which have both proved a hit on Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. Presently sailing as Dawn Princess with sister line Princess Cruises, the Pacific Explorer will be refitted in May and June, sailing on her first cruise from Sydney on June 22. She will join P&O ships Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel as well as P&O’s latest additions, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, which debuted in late 2015.

Fares on Pacific Explorer start from $399* per person quad share for a three night SeaBreak cruise departing Sydney on August 4, 2017. For more information visit pocruises.com.au, call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel agent. 

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. For more information see a licensed travel agent

 

Princess Cruises Announces Island Princess the Fourth Ship to Debut Medallion Class Ocean Vacations  

Princess Cruises has announced that Island Princess will be the fourth cruise ship in its fleet to feature the exciting new Ocean Medallion™, debuting on the ship in Alaska in May 2018. The wearable device enables a new level of personalisation and delivers an enhanced guest experience not previously available in the global travel industry. Princess Cruises is the first Carnival Corporation brand to debut this ground breaking innovation, which was unveiled by Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald last month. Island Princess joins three other cruise ships scheduled to debut Medallion Class Ocean Vacations: Regal Princess on November 13, 2017, followed by Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in early 2018.

Starting from May 16, 2018, the Medallion Class Alaska cruise will sail on the Voyage of the Glaciers seven-day itinerary between Vancouver and Anchorage (Whittier), with a trip to the state’s most extraordinary glacial waters including Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said it was fitting that the fourth ship to feature Medallion Class Ocean Vacations would be Island Princess given the cruise line’s leading role in Alaska.

“Sailing on our popular Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, our guests will enjoy the best Alaska has to offer and experience a new type of cruise holiday, connecting with each other and this extraordinary destination in a more memorable way,” Mr Allison said.

“Our international itineraries are already very popular with our Australian and New Zealand guests and the debut of the Ocean Medallion in destinations including Alaska will provide another great reason to enjoy a Princess fly-cruise holiday.” Medallion Class makes cruising more personal, immersive, simple and seamless than previously considered possible. At the heart of this personalised experience is the Ocean Medallion, which is powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform within the One Cruise Experience Access Network™ (O·C·E·A·N™). The Ocean Medallion has no discernible technology – no on-off switch, no charging, and no menu to navigate – and can be worn as a pendant, on a wristband, in a clip or simply placed in a pocket to reveal enhanced services and personalised experiences without guests having to push a button or take any action. Pre-cruise engagement will allow guests to provide preferences that detail their wants, needs and desires so that their onboard experience can be personalised in advance.   Pairing with the Ocean Medallion is the Ocean Compass™, a digital concierge accessible by all guests using interactive displays throughout the ship, on stateroom TVs, via guests’ own smart devices, or through a crew member. For example, guests can find their way to venues around the ship, make reservations at the Lotus Spa, specialty dining restaurants and shore excursions, arrange celebrations, view photographs, learn about the destinations they will visit and activities at each port of call. The Ocean Compass will invite guests to experiences based on their individual needs, wants and desires. Some of the initial service innovations include:

  • Ocean Ready™: Expedites embarkation as information is added to the guest profile in advance
  • Stateroom Access: The Ocean Medallion will unlock a guest’s stateroom, replacing the key card
  • HERE & NOW™: Guests can place food and beverage orders to be delivered to select locations
  • THERE & THEN™: Guests can place select food and beverage orders and have it delivered to where they plan to be at a designated time
  • Ocean Navigate: Accessed through the Ocean Compass, guests can learn the whereabouts of their family as they enjoy activities throughout the ship and navigate their way around the ship. Friends and family will also be able to easily communicate with each other through a messaging service.

For more information visit www.ocean.com or www.princess.com

 

Havana, Cuba to Feature on Select Carnival Paradise Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Havana, Cuba will be added to select Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa beginning in June 2017. The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 four and five-day cruises onboard Carnival Paradise departing from the Port of Tampa starting June 29, 2017, providing holidaymakers with a rare and exciting opportunity to explore this fascinating and previously off-limits destination. Four-day cruises will depart June 29, July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19, 2017 as well as May 3, 2018 and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana. Five-day voyages will depart August 14 and 28, September 25 and October 9, 2017, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West. Carnival Paradise guests will be able to choose from a range of exciting shore excursion experiences that showcase Cuba’s vibrant culture and majestic beauty, along with the island’s warm and friendly people and centuries-old architectural landmarks. Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said Cuba was an island jewel, unique from anywhere else in the Caribbean, adding that the cruise line was thrilled to have this rare opportunity to take its guests to this fascinating destination.

“The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience,” Ms Duffy said.

Onboard Carnival Paradise, guests can enjoy an array of amenities and a full schedule of daytime activities and night-time entertainment. A variety of dining options include two full-service main dining rooms and expansive poolside choices. The ship also features a 1115 square metre Spa Carnival health and wellness facility and an exclusive Serenity adults-only retreat. Popular family-friendly programming includes Seuss at Sea in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and featuring the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and fun, supervised activities for kids in three age groups. Four swimming pools and a 35 metre long water slide are additional features.

Fares for a four-day cruise to Cuba on Carnival Paradise, departing September 21, 2017 start from $717* per person twin share. For more information and bookings call 13 31 94 or visit www.carnival.com.au 

*Fare in AUD, correct as at February 16, 2017. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply

 

Princess Cruises Takes Australian History to Sea

Princess Cruises has created history with a new on-board exhibition showcasing major moments from Australia’s past.

The exhibition, titled Defining Moments in Australian History has been developed in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and will feature onboard the cruise line’s record fleet of five Australian-based ships until 2021. Through public discussion, online resources and community events, the initial program at the Museum in Canberra identified 100 key defining moments in Australian history, including the opening of the Sydney Opera House, evidence of Indigenous Australians on this continent over 50,000 years ago and the formation of the children’s entertainment group The Wiggles.  Using existing content and images, the Museum then designed and produced 20 panels that provide an introduction to Australia and its people, for display on Princess’ ships. These panels form part of the onboard exhibit, giving an overview of key events that define Australian history, along with several artifacts, exclusive to the Princess exhibition, which are on show for guests to view.  These include convict leg irons, a Dead Man’s Penny (memorial plaque) and Aboriginal stone tools. Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the response from guests had been extremely positive.

“We’ve had a great reaction from our guests. On exhibition days the atrium is packed with people who are curious to see what moments have made the top 100, they love it,” Mr Allison said. National Museum Deputy Director – Collections and Content, Janda Gooding said the National Museum was delighted to partner with Princess Cruises to bring its Defining Moments in Australian History project to an even wider audience.

“The National Museum is committed to sharing high quality Australian-history storytelling with as many people as possible and travelling exhibitions like this one allow even more people to enjoy our programs,” Dr Gooding said.

“We’ve also been very pleased to be able to operate a special program on Emerald Princess throughout the summer season, with a National Museum curator onboard to present the Defining Moments project and engage with guests,” she said. The success of the program is the level of public involvement, so the Museum is inviting Princess guests to join the debate about the nation’s past during their cruise, and to suggest a defining moment of their own. A short video, featuring interviews on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne and with author Tom Keneally and historian Michelle Arrow, has also been produced for the exhibit and will be shown on Princess’ ships several times during each cruise that features the exhibition.

 

Seabourn's New Ultra Luxury Vessel unveiled!

The world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn has unveiled the first images of its newest all-suite vessel, Seabourn Encore, which launched in Marghera, Italy, earlier this month.

Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, the 40,350-GRT vessel features modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance.

The ship’s 600 guests, who reside in 300 elegantly appointed suites each with a private verandah, are treated to the line’s extraordinary levels of personalised service, with a high staff to guest ratio.Seabourn Encore will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017, before sailing to Australia where she will spend almost two months cruising local waters.

When Seabourn Encore arrives down under on January 22, it will be the youngest ultra-luxury ship to visit Australia. Seabourn Encore will return to Europe in April 2017 to spend the northern summer cruising the Mediterranean.

A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES 2018/2019 CARIBBEAN, ALASKA AND NORTHEAST ITINERARIES

Thrilling Adventures Abound with 19 Ships Sailing from North America

16 March 2017 – Royal Caribbean has unveiled its strongest lineup yet of North American itineraries in 2018/19, with the addition of a fourth Oasis Class ship, named Symphony of the Seas, a brand new terminal at PortMiami, and a diverse array of adventure-packed ships sailing from South Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest. Guests of all ages can experience the exotic islands of the Caribbean, breathtaking Alaskan expeditions, and picturesque coastal treasures of Canada and New England.  Royal Caribbean’s Alaska itineraries are available to book starting 16 March 2017, while year-round Caribbean & Bahamas will be open for bookings on March 17 and continue to open on a rolling basis, shortly followed by seasonal Caribbean and Northeast itineraries beginning on March 30. All itineraries are available to book one day in advance for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members.

Symphony of the Seas brings new sounds of Adventure to the Caribbean
Now available to book
·         After spending her inaugural summer season sailing to the historic cities of the Mediterranean, Symphony of the Seas will unite with her three Oasis-Class sisters stateside, arriving to Royal Caribbean’s brand new Terminal A at PortMiami.  Beginning 17 November 2018, she will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, adding Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis to other marquee Oasis-Class ports of call.

Alaskan Expeditions
Available to book 16 March 2017
·         Explorer of the Seas will continue to sail to the new frontier with seven-night itineraries departing from Seattle, Washington with ports of call in Victoria, British Columbia, Juneau, Alaska and the Inside Passage, showcasing its jaw-dropping scenery and diverse wildlife.
·         Radiance of the Seas will sail seven- and nine-night open-jaw itineraries between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia, uncovering the myriad of Alaskan adventures.

South Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico Offer Year-Round Caribbean Adventures
Select ships open for bookings 17 March 2017
·         Allure of the Seas will reposition from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale to PortMiami for the northern winter season, where she will continue to offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
·         Harmony of the Seas will continue to sail year-round seven-night Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades Cruise Port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, switching from Saturday to Sunday departures for the northern winter.
·         Oasis of the Seas will continue year-round seven-night itineraries from Port Canaveral, east of Orlando, Florida to the Caribbean, while Majesty of the Seas will offer three- and four-night getaways to The Bahamas.
·         Liberty of the Seas will continue her year-round deployment from the Port of Galveston in Texas, offering seven-night Mexico and Western Caribbean itineraries.
·         Enchantment of the Seas will sail three- and four-night getaways to The Bahamas, year-round from Port Miami.

Northeast U.S. and Seasonal Caribbean Escapes
Available to book 30 March 2017
·         Quantum-Class Anthem of the Seas will continue year-round itineraries from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey sailing a diverse series of five- to 12-night itineraries to Bermuda and the Caribbean and seven-night itineraries to The Bahamas. For the northern autumn season, Anthem of the Seas will offer nine-night itineraries to Canada and New England.
·         The newly revitalized Adventure of the Seas will call the Northeast “home” for the first time since her debut, sailing a variety of seven-night itineraries from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey to The Bahamas and New England & Canada throughout the northern summer season.  In the northern autumn of 2018, the ship will feature three open-jaw 10- and 11-night Fall Foliage sailings to Quebec, Canada. Adventure of the Seas will reposition to Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale for the northern winter season, offering six- and eight-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
·         Grandeur of the Seas will continue to offer a variety of destinations and experiences for guests sailing from Baltimore, including nine-night itineraries to The Bahamas and 12-night itineraries to the Southern Caribbean in the northern winter; and nine-night journeys to Canada and New England and five-night getaways to Bermuda’s pink sand beaches in the northern summer.
·         Vision of the Seas will join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Texas for the northern winter season offering shorter four- and five-night Western Caribbean getaways.
·         Rhapsody of the Seas will sail round-trip seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries out of Tampa, Florida during the northern winter season.
·         Jewel of the Seas will make San Juan, Puerto Rico her homeport for the northern winter season, sailing seven-night Southern Caribbean itineraries.
·         Brilliance of the Seas will sail from Tampa in the northern winter, alternating four- and five-night itineraries to the Western Caribbean.
·         Serenade of the Seas will homeport in Boston for September and October, offering seven-night itineraries to Canada and New England and seven-night itineraries to Bermuda.  She will then reposition to Ft. Lauderdale for longer northern winter, sailing the majestic waters of the Southern and Eastern Caribbean on 10- and 11-night itineraries.
·         Navigator of the Seas will sail five- and nine-night Southern and Western Caribbean itineraries from PortMiamithroughout the northern winter season.
·         Independence of the Seas will make her way to Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida offering four - and five-night itineraries to the Western Caribbean throughout the northern winter.

For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

Celebrity Cruises Reveals Celebrity Edge - A ship Designed to Transform Expectations

 

Celebrity Cruises delivers a first look at the transformational Celebrity Edge, whose dramatically expanded staterooms, ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform and stunning suites set a new standard for ship design.

Designed completely in 3-D, and featuring the work of A-list global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge aims to make discerning global travellers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a holiday can be.

Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative and transformational ships I have ever been involved with," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The new features and refined design will establish a new baseline for ships from here on out."

“Our guests don't want to just skim the world like a magazine – they want to feel a human connection with it," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "Every element of Celebrity Edge is meant to make that connection intense and unforgettable. Our new class of ship will allow guests to experience their journeys with the uniqueness and sophistication that marks the rest of their lives.”

Transformational Design

A-List Global Designers Bring Their Best to Celebrity Guests

Celebrity made the most of its first new ship class in 10 years, bringing in a design and architectural dream team from around the globe to push the boundaries of ship design and to evolve luxury travel at sea, including internationally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE of Kelly Hoppen Interiors and visionary architect Tom Wright of WKK. American designer Nate Berkus serves as Celebrity Edge's design ambassador. Together with other designers whose work will be revealed later, the team arrived at designs that are fresh, exciting, current and comfortable – the essence of Celebrity's Modern Luxury style.

Transformational Accommodations

Design Breakthrough Enables Larger Rooms to Reach the Water’s Edge

Revolutionary staterooms erase the boundaries between the traditional ship stateroom and its veranda, creating a closer connection to the ocean. The new Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda turns guest quarters into a seamless space, from the room's door all the way to the water’s edge. The simple touch of a button gives guests open-air access to the sea, bringing the outside in and the inside out. With the touch of another button, guests can take complete control of their stateroom and personalise everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service – even choosing a setting to tuck them in or gently wake them.

The design adds 23 percent more square metres and 10 percent larger bathrooms than Celebrity’s Solstice Class.

“The Retreat” Offers Spectacular New Experiences and Suite Categories

The ultimate sanctuary for world travellers will be the new private utopia called The Retreat, featuring a private pool on The Retreat Sundeck. Also part of this special space is The Retreat Lounge, which brings heightened levels of style and sophistication to Celebrity Edge and boasts around-the-clock personal butler service, and the exclusive Suite Class restaurant Luminae @ The Retreat.

With Celebrity Edge, Celebrity has more than doubled the number of available suites, adding two spectacular new categories. At the top of the line are two new Iconic Suites situated above the ship’s bridge. These near 792 sq. m., two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites feature mind-blowing views thanks to panoramic windows enveloping the dining room, living room and bedrooms. The 213 sq. m. veranda offers a 270-degree view of the ocean. Another new Suite Class comprises six split-level Edge Villas, which offer stunning views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck. Hoppen also designed the two two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse Suites with large soaking tubs on the veranda, large dual walk-through showers, and expansive walk-in closets, and the 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites. All suites and double occupancy Edge Staterooms are fitted with exclusively designed plush king-size cashmere mattresses – an industry first – and offer personal butler services and access to The Retreat.

 Transformational Destination Experience

An Unexpected Playscape that Engages All the Senses The Rooftop Garden is one of many spaces aboard Celebrity Edge that will lure guests out to relax and play. Imagined by celebrated architect Tom Wright, the Rooftop Garden, tended daily by a resident horticulturist, is the perfect place for guests to enjoy games and activities through the day. At night, it is home to live music and the outdoor movie-and-meal pairing of "A Taste of Film.”

The World’s First Magic Carpet: Where It Is, Where It's At

Cantilevered from the side of the ship, the Magic Carpet makes Celebrity Edge’s distinctive profile recognisable from miles away. The size of a tennis court, this incredible engineering feat scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, positioning at four of the ship’s decks, transforming into a new and exciting experience at each one.

At the summit of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes the ultimate specialty restaurant offering a special “Dinner on the Edge” for 90 guests. Alongside Deck 14, Magic Carpet becomes an open-air expansion of the main pool area. On Deck 5, Magic Carpet extends one of the ship’s specialty restaurants into the most amazing al fresco seating imaginable, and at its lowest position on Deck 2, Magic Carpet is a key component to the Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek Edge Launches.SM

Booking a Transformational Holiday

Celebrity Edge will home-port in Fort Lauderdale, FL., making her first sailing December 16, 2018. Bookings are now open at www.celebritycruises.com/edge, or through a travel agent, for the ship’s two seven-night itineraries. An eastern Caribbean cruise visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The western Caribbean calls on Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. Travellers will also have the option to book back-to-back sailings for a 14-night journey. Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

 

EMBARK ON THE VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME WITH AZAMARA’S WORLD JOURNEY

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity onboard the 890-guest Azamara Journey begins on 7 March 2018 with a late night departure from Sydney’s famous harbour, and concludes in London on 17 June 2018. The voyage will call in 29 countries along the way, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, The Netherlands and more.

102 days, 60 ports, 29 countries, 18 late nights, 14 overnights and eight AzAmazing Evenings - all without repeating a port.

The Azamara Wold Journey truly is a trip of a lifetime, filled with limitless authentic cultural opportunities from one side of the world to the other. And we couldn’t be more thrilled it’s kicking off right here in Australia,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director, Azamara Club Cruises Australia and New Zealand.

With smaller ships that are able to go to places other cruise ships can’t, Azamara differentiates itself - and gains loyal fans - by making destinations the star of the show. Its signature programs encourage guests to take in the sights, sounds and flavours of local cultures in every port. Wherever adventure presents itself, Azamara’s unique Land Discoveries programs, including Insider Access, Nights and Cool Places and Cruise Global Eat Local, set the brand apart by inspiring guests to think outside the ship by offering special access to museums, iconic and exclusive attractions, hidden gems, tours, intimate meals and more. Azamara’s signature AzAmazing Evening events bring guests a unique cultural experience complimentary on all voyages seven nights or longer.

The remarkable cruise lets travellers explore half the world from the comfort of a newly revitalised cruise ship, following a multi-million dollar revitalisation earlier this year that left no public space untouched, and all staterooms completely re-worked with a fresh and modern colour palette and brand new furnishings.

Azamara’s World Journey will let travellers discover some of the most intriguing and spectacular destinations, including:

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Guests will have two full days and an overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. Also known as Saigon, Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city offers exotic food mixed with incredible French colonial architecture, war history sites and a buzzing nightlife. Pop into one of the many fine old tea-houses to catch live music performances of both Vietnamese and international artists. The best way of all to see Ho Chi Minh City is on foot - on foot you’ll also have the chance to try the incredible street food or spot the stately old houses transformed into trendy restaurants serving up fine Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Yangon, Myanmar: With three days docked in Yangon, guests will have ample time to see many of the wonders this mystical city has to offer. Its downtown skyline is dominated by the 'winking wonder' of Shwedagon Paya, a dazzling Buddhist temple that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. The city also has an eclectic range of museums, art galleries and markets, in which you can take in Myanmar culture and haggle to your heart’s content. The diversity which makes Yangon so architecturally intriguing is also reflected in its restaurants and food, which have plenty of native cuisine but are also heavily influenced by some of the countries that surround Myanmar including Thailand, China and India.
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Travellers will have two days and an overnight docked in the city of gold. Considered to be one of the wealthiest cities in the world, there’s luxurious shopping, ultramodern architecture, and even a gold market - Gold Souq - the largest in Arabia.
  • Barcelona, Spain: It’s all about the architecture, art and food. Spend a few hours wandering the streets and soaking up the incredible architecture, from the magnificent medieval buildings in the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist movement typified by the work of Antoni Gaudi and his spectacular Sagrada Familia. The Picasso Museum is a must, with the most extensive collection of one of the world’s most famous artists on show, many of which were donated by Picasso himself and his family.
  • Lisbon, Portugal: Portugal’s hilly capital is a coastal city known for its cafe culture and soulful Fado music. Top attractions include the imposing São Jorge Castle which offers incredible views which encompasses the old city’s pastel-coloured buildings; Tagus Estuary for the best bird watching in Europe; and the unbelievable Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. For beach lovers, just outside Lisbon you can find a string of Atlantic picturesque beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands: With canal lined streets considered more beautiful than Venice, Amsterdam is awash with gorgeous things to see and do. Visit the Van Gough Museum and see some of his most famous works including Sunflowers and his Self Portrait. Cycling is also a way of life in Amsterdam, so hiring a bike and cycling the lovely canals is a must.

It wouldn’t be a world journey without making a couple of high profile appearances. This voyage includes the opportunity to attend both the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix:

  • Cannes Film Festival: After taking in the sites of Rome and Florence, guests will head to Cannes. Film enthusiasts will be able to stroll along Le Promenade de la Croisette (the place to see and be seen in Cannes) or choose to sit back and people watch with a glass of rosé at a chic waterfront café.
  • Monaco Grand Prix: Speed seekers will enjoy thrills at every turn while in the famous Monte Carlo for Grand Prix. The race brings luxury yachts, buzzing helicopters and of course the rich and famous to witness the race.

To make a booking or for further information visit www.azamaraclubcruises.com, phone 1800 754 500 or contact your local travel agent.

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