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.

by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons

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!