Monday, 18 February 2013

Pacific Island Hopper- 7 nights in October 2013

Have a stunning week onboard the Pacific Dawn with this Pacific Island Hopper cruise out of Brisbane. The itinerary includes tried and true South Pacific favourites, with two stops in New Caledonia and one in Vanuatu.

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The first port of call after a relaxing sea day is Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia. This city is full of french heritage as well as native Kanak culture, making it a fascinating place to explore, eat and shop. The next stop is Lifou, one of New Caledonia's beautiful Loyalty Islands. If you want to get in the water, here is the place to do it as the landscapes are just as breathtaking underwater as above. The final stop before the return to Brisbane is Port Vila in Vanuatu, a gorgeous town surrounding a natural harbour. There are great handicraft markets here.

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Dawn
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila
Sailing Dates: Saturday 5th October 2012- Saturday 12th October 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Sat 5 Oct 14:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Noumea, Mon 7 Oct 15:00- 23:00
Day 4: Lifou, Tues 8 Oct 09:00- 17:00
Day 5: Port Vila, Wed 9 Oct 08:00- 17:00
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Brisbane, returning Sat 12 Oct 06:00

About the Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn was built by Fincantieri in Trieste, Italy in 1991 as Regal Princess. Her distinctive curved profile—often referred to as 'dolphin-like'—was designed by Renzo Piano, She had a major refurbishment in 2000 and in September 2007 in Singapore. Like all of the well-loved P&O Australia ships, the Dawn is chock full of activities and great dining venues to keep all passengers occupied and well fed! 

See here for great deals on the Pacific Island Hopper in October 2013

Monday, 3 September 2012

South Pacific: 10 nights in October 2013

Enjoy 10 nights aboard the Carnival Spirit with this cruise around the islands of the South Pacific. The ship leaves from Sydney and the first port of call is Port Vila, the capital town of Vanuatu. Based around a natural harbour, it is busy with fishing boats coming and going. Visit the local markets for handicrafts and produce! The next stop is Mystery Island, also in Vanuatu but a much different destination than Vila. It is small and completely uninhabited, making it an unspoilt paradise. Two calls at New Caledonian ports come next- first is Lifou, an island of varied and beautiful landscapes and scenery both above and below the gorgeous clear water. Snorkeling and diving are popular here! The final stop is at Noumea, a city of French-Melanesian fusion and the capital of New Caledonia. Here there are beaches, cafes, restaurants and more to be explored whilst the ship is in port, before returning to Sydney over 2 days at sea.

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Operator: Carnival
Vessel: Carnival Spirit
Ports of Call: Sydney, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Lifou, Noumea
Sailing Dates: Monday 7th October 2013- Thursday 17th October 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 10 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Mon 7 Oct 18:30
Day 2-4: At sea
Day 5: Port Vila, Fri 11 Oct  08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Mystery Island, Sat 12 Oct 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Lifou, Sun 13 Oct 08:00- 17:00
Day 8: Noumea, Mon 14 Oct 08:00- 17:00
Day 9-10: At sea
Day 11: Sydney, arriving Thurs 17 Oct 06:30

About the Carnival Spirit

The Spirit is to be the first of Carnival's ships to be based in Australia, and has had a few additions to make it more appealing to the Aussie and Kiwi market. These include the thrilling Green Thunder waterslide, an outdoor BBQ area and serenity deck. There are many dining options, with the ususal main a la carte restaurant and casual buffet, and a late-night bistro. The Nouveau Supper Club is the ship's top-notch specialty restaurant option. with a cover charge. For the evenings, there are 12 lounges and bars and a real party atmosphere, as well as the casino. During the day the focus is fun in the sun with pools, mini golf, the waterslides and more.

Have a look here for a great deal on the South Pacific cruise in October 2013!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Tahiti and Society Islands Cruise: 7 nights in October 2012

Paul Gauguin is a luxury small-ship cruise line, and this amazing week-long cruise will show you some of French Polynesia in-depth and in style! It begins and ends in Papeete, the capital of the amazing island nation of Tahiti. The first port of call is Raiatea, once a significant spot amongst the islands of Polynesia. It is archaeologically important, with old temples and maraes, and was once a social and political centre of the Polynesian islands. The next port of call is Motu Mahana, a veritable south seas paradise. The natural beauty of this island will be topped off with entertainment and a BBQ lunch for Paul Gauguin guests. The cruise moves overnight to Bora Bora, recognisable by Mount Otemanu rising above the waters. There are 2 days to spend here, and lots of shore excursions to choose from- including glass-bottom boat tours and 4WD tours. The ship sets sail before dinner to arrive the next day in Moorea, an island of lagoons, flowers and spectacular mountain peaks. You also have 2 days here to try some incredible fresh fruit that the island is famous for, do a great shore excursion like dolphin-watching, trek the island or swim on the lagoon. The ship moves in the evening to Papeete, where the cruise disembarks the next morning.

 Bora Bora
by Alquiler de Coches Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Paul Gauguin Cruises
Vessel: Paul Gauguin
Ports of Call: Papeete, Raiatea, Motu Mahana, Bora Bora, Moorea.
Sailing Dates: Saturday 6 October 2012- Saturday 13 October 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Papeete, departing Sat 6 Oct 22:00
Day 2: Raiatea, Sun 7 Oct 11:00- 18:00
Day 3: Motu Mahana, Mon 8 Oct 09:00- 17:00
Day 4-5: Bora Bora, Tues 9 Oct 08:00- Wed 10 Oct 18:00
Day 6: Moorea, Thurs 11 Oct 08:00- Fri 12 Oct 17:00
Day 7: Papeete, arriving Fri Oct 12 19:30 (Disembarkation happens Sat 13)

About the Paul Gauguin

This ship is intimate and luxurious. With a capacity of 332 passengers, she is designed with a shallow draft to get up close and personal with the beautiful islands of French Polynesia. One of her star features is the onboard watersports marina where guests can try windsurfing, kayaking and paddleboarding directly from the ship. There are three open-seating dining venues, and 5-star service including 24-hour room service. All beverages are included in the cruise fare, and the fridge in each luxury stateroom is kept stocked with water, juice and beer. Entertain yourself during the day with the spa and fitness centre, bars and lounges and of course the beautiful beaches at your destinations, as the Paul Gauguin itineraries do not have many sea days. The staff, known as 'Gauguines,' entertain and inform. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment and presentations by experts and special guests. The service and surroundings of the Paul Gauguin will add up to an amazing and memorable cruise!

Paul Gauguin with Watersports Marina
by Michael R Perry Flickr Creative Commons

Get a great deal here on the Tahiti and Society Islands cruise in October 2012!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Transatlantic Cruise: 7 nights in October 2012

 by Max Froumentin Flickr Creative Commons

Get a taste of turn-of-the-century glamour on this Transatlantic Crossing aboard the stately Queen Mary 2. The cruise departs from the Big Apple, the incredible city of New York. Take a while to have a look around before disembarking. The sights need little introduction- the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, Grand Central.. the list goes on. This cruise has no port stops, so the ship steals the show- Cunard is a line steeped in tradition and the details of decor and service add glamour and luxury to your cruise experience. Sail away with a glass of champagne, experience afternoon tea in the Queen's Room and revel in Cunard's signature White Star Service. 7 days of relaxation will bring you across the wide Atlantic to dock at Southampton, a city with a proud maritime history and tradition.

Operator: Cunard Line
Vessel: Queen Mary 2
Ports of Call: New York, Southampton
Sailing Dates: Tuesday October 2 2012- Tuesday October 9 2012

Cruise Itinerary:

Total length: 7 nights

Day 1: Depart New York Tues 2 Oct 17:00
Day 2-7: At sea
Day 8: Arrive Southampton Tues 9 Oct 06:30

About the Queen Mary 2

 This Queen is the flagship of the fleet, and is full of amazing features- a planetarium at sea, extravagant dining and public areas, spa, gym, bars theatres and pools. There is an extensive enrichment programme on board, with speakers, professors, book clubs, classes and more. Dining is in the main dining rooms or at several alternative venues:  a boardwalk cafe, pub favourites, a buffet and more.

Check out and book the Transatlantic Crossing at great prices here!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bounty Adventure Cruise: 16 nights in October 2012

Pacific Jewel
by Lee Gilbert Flickr Creative Commons

This amazing and lengthy Bounty Adventure cruise will have you well and truly acquainted with the South Pacific. The Pacific Jewel will take you to some amazing destinations while you relax and enjoy what the ship has to offer! Leaving from Sydney, first on the agenda are a few sea days so you can get into the swing of cruising. Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia is the first stop, and this tropical city will wow you with the blend of French and Melanesian food and culture. Fiji is the next stop, with a call in at Port Denarau. Have a look around the local markets whilst there, before heading to the capital city, Suva. Experience the multicultural flavour of this city with a wander around the city centre and waterfront area. Dravuni island is the next port of call, a small island with around 200 inhabitants who will make you their guest and show you what island style is all about! You can hike up the highest peak on the island if you are feeling adventurous, or just chill on the beach and enjoy the near-perfect weather that Dravuni gets. The next part of the cruise is scenic cruising- you will pass the island that the crew landed the day before the infamous mutiny occured, and also the island where the loyalists and Captain Bligh landed afterwards. Learn all about the event with a guest lecturer and special activities onboard! Nuku'alofa in Tonga is the next stop, and it will fulfill your dreams of a palm tree-and-white sand paradise, before you move onto the Vava'u group of islands. The great visibility in the water around these unspoiled islands makes for great diving and snorkelling. See the pines on Norfolk Island before returning to Sydney.

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Jewel
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Port Denarau, Suva, Dravuni Island, Mutiny on the Bounty (Scenic Cruising), Nuku'alofa, Vava'u, Norfolk Island
Sailing Dates: Departs Sun 7 Oct 2012, arrives Tues 23 Oct 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 16 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Sun Oct 7 17:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Wed Oct 10 08:00-16:00
Day 5: At sea
Day 6: Denarau, Fri Oct 12 09:00-19:00
Day 7: Suva, Sat Oct 13 07:00-18:00
Day 8: Dravuni Island, Sun Oct 14 07:00-17:00
Day 9: Scenic Cruising (Mutiny on the Bounty)
Day 10: Nuku'alofa, Tues Oct 16 08:00-18:00
Day 11: Vava'u, Wed Oct 17 07:00-17:00
Day 12-13: At sea
Day 14: Norfolk Island, Sat Oct 20 08:00-18:00
Day 15-16: At sea
Day 17: Sydney, arriving Tues Oct 23 07:00

About the Pacific Jewel:

A jewel in P&O Australia's fleet, the Pacific Jewel has everything that P&O is nown and loved for- a great spa, a theatre with high-wire arena, music venues and bars, Luke Mangan's Salt Grill and other dining options, pools, Kids Club and much, much more! Cruising on a P&O Australia is relaxed and laid-back with Your Choice Dining and plenty of opportunities to lie in the sun, but also offers plentiful; entertainment for both young and old.

Get a great deal on the Bounty Adventure Cruise in October 2012 here!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Canary Islands Cruise: 7 - nights in October 2012.

Adventure awaits in the Canary Islands with stops in Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The island of Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 370 miles off the coast of Morocco. Enjoy its rugged volcanic peaks, beautiful tropical coastline and a climate that's never too hot or cold. Madeira lace and Madeira wine are both still produced here in the Old World tradition. Many hidden valleys, peaks and botanical gardens are just waiting to be explored. The largest of the Canary Archipelago, the island of Tenerife consists of many different regions - each with its own characteristics. There are mountains, lush valleys, a gigantic crater (which is now a national park) and, of course, fabulous beaches. If the beautiful landscapes don't bring a smile to your face, the weather certainly will. You'll find the local culture in Gran Canaria a unique blend of Spanish, African, Latin American and Northern European communities. But the diversity doesn't end there. Gran Canaria also has three distinct climates and landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, gorgeous beaches and tropical forests with lush vegetation. With its landscapes filled with beaches and more than 300 volcanoes, plus perfect weather all year round, you'll quickly see why Lanzarote is an award-winning tourist destination.

Cruise Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Vessel: Adventure Of The Seas
Ports of Call: Malaga, Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga.
Sailing Dates: Departs: Sat, Oct 6 2012. Arrives: Sat, Oct 13 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of Cruise: 7-nights.

Days / Ports of Call / Arrivals and Departures

Canary Islands ItineraryDay 1 - Malaga - Sat, Oct 6 2012 17:00
Day 3 - Madeira - Mon, Oct 8 2012 07:00 - Mon, Oct 8 2012 16:00
Day 4 - Tenerife - Tue, Oct 9 2012 09:00 - Tue, Oct 9 2012 18:00
Day 5 - Gran Canaria - Wed, Oct 10 2012 07:00 - Wed, Oct 10 2012 17:00
Day 6 - Lanzarote - Thu, Oct 11 2012 07:00 - Thu, Oct 11 2012 16:00
Day 8 - Malaga - Sat, Oct 13 2012 06:00

About the Adventure Of The Seas

Royal Caribbean International cruise ships are some of the most innovative in the industry - they're bigger and brighter, with a lot more open spaces and private balconies. On board and shoreside activities appeal to everyone from the rock climber, to the sun worshiper.
Onboard features include an ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, the Royal Promenade (open 24 hours), a 9-hole miniature-golf course, golf simulators, Casino RoyaleSM, ShipShape Fitness Center, two centrums, theme bars and restaurants. Read more about the Adventure Of The Seas here!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Eastern Caribbean Cruise: 7 - nights in October 2012.

Begin an idyllic cruise in the Caribbean aboard the Oasis of the Seas. The first port, Fort Lauderdale's warm tropical weather attracts many people throughout the year. For sun-worshippers, the city has six miles of beaches. There are also many recreational waterways with extensive boating facilities, access to every conceivable watersport, a variety of fascinating museums and trendy restaurants, and an array of entertainment venues. Nassau, a city known for its warming sun and balmy breezes, was once home to notorious pirates and it was burned to the ground by the Spanish three different times. It's now a favourite destination of many. Charlotte Amalie a world-renowned Caribbean island is home to amazing beaches, gorgeous sea and landscapes and unbelievable duty-free shopping. Immerse yourself Philipsburg, St. Maarten, where a mix of French and Dutch cultures will greet you. Philipsburg displays its Dutch heritage in its architecture and landscaping. The island offers endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping.

Cruise Operator: Royal Caribbean International.
Vessel: Oasis Of The Seas
Ports of Call: Fort Lauderdale, Nassau, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg, Fort Lauderdale.
Sailing Dates: Departs: Sat, Oct 6 2012. Arrives: Sat, Oct 13 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of Cruise: 7-nights.

Eastern Caribbean Itinerary
Day / Ports of Call / Arrivals and Departures

Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale - Sat, Oct 6 2012 17:00
Day 2 - Nassau - Sun, Oct 7 2012 07:00 - Sun, Oct 7 2012 15:00
Day 4 - Charlotte Amalie - Tue, Oct 9 2012 09:00 - Tue, Oct 9 2012 18:00
Day 5 - Philipsburg - Wed, Oct 10 2012 08:00 - Wed, Oct 10 2012 17:00
Day 8 - Fort Lauderdale - Sat, Oct 13 2012 07:00

About the Oasis Of The Seas

Experience the most innovative and imaginative ship yet, Oasis of the Seas - where, for the first time ever, entertainment areas have become neighborhoods at sea. Find a revolutionary public space combining nature with nautical in Oasis Central Park neighborhood, or old-world charm with a modern twist in the entertaining Boardwalk neighborhood. Visit the Pool and Sports Zone to explore an entire deck of pools, rock-climbing walls, basketball courts and more. And don't forget the Youth Zone - where kids can be kids and parents can be worry-free. With a total of seven distinct onboard neighborhoods, everyone can discover a place for unique experiences. Read more about the Oasis of the Seas here!