Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Luxury European cruise aboard Azamara Quest


Cruiseco is offering guests the last chance to book cabins on the incredible European Enchantment.  The cruise spends 37 days sailing through Europe, visiting 13 countries, with nine overnight port stays onboard the luxurious Azamara Quest.

Departing Nice, France on 28 May 2015, guests will experience the charming sights of Europe's prominent capitals, breathtaking golden coastlines and historical surrounds, before disembarking in Southampton, England on 4 July 2015.

Cruiseco's International Marketing Manager, Amber Wilson, says, "At Cruiseco, we pride ourselves on our ability to show our guests something new and uncover hidden gems that provide travellers with stories and experiences that they will remember for years to come."

"Onboard European Enchantment, guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.  This is a great opportunity to see the best of Europe, all from the convenience, luxury and comfort of their cabin onboard this well-appointed cruise."

Highlights of this voyage include visiting Portugal's capital, Lisbon, where guests can enjoy the lively festive culture. Bordeaux, filled with remnants of its neoclassical past, preserved in the towering architecture and St Petersburg, with its lavish greenery and majestic fountains.  Ports of call also include areas of France, Spain, the Channel Islands, England, Ireland, Scotland and six Baltic countries.

With Club Interior Staterooms already sold out, book now before you miss out.  Prices per person, based on twin share start from $12,900 for a Club Oceanview Stateroom.

Your European Enchantment cruise includes: a 37 night cruise aboard the luxurious Azamara       Quest; all meals, plus gratuities; house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner; bottled mineral water throughout your cruise; full on board programme of entertainment, enhancement and port lectures; plus transfers to and from the airport on days of embarkation and disembarkation.

To book whilst cabins are available, or for more information, visit, call (02) 9492 8520 or visit your local Cruiseco agent.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Discover Chile, Peru, Machu Picchu, Ecuador and Galapagos with 'Incan Intrigue and Darwin's Discoveries' 2016 Cruise Tour

Chile, Peru and a private charter on the brand new Ecoventura MV Origin, the most luxurious motor yacht to sail Galapagos, are all included in the exclusive cruise tour called “Incan Intrigue & Darwin's Discoveries” released by

Discover the fascinating mystique of South American history through this fully escorted small group (20 guests) 19-night package expertly designed to show case the highlights of the region with intimate experiences, local encounters and luxury accommodation.

Departing Australia on August 17, 2016, the tour begins in Santiago with extensive sightseeing over 12-days travelling through Chile, Peru, Machu Picchu and Quito in Ecuador. Highlights include exclusive tours of Matetic Vineyard in San Antonio Valley, Sacred Valley, Macchu Pichu, Lost City of Incas, Hiram Bingham deluxe train and of course Galapagos but to name a few.

Fly to San Cristobel to join your privately chartered Super Yacht for a seven night cruise through the amazing Galapagos Islands. This wonderland of marine, reptilian and ornithological life is truly one of the world's most complete introductions to wildlife. There are daily guided excursions, the chance to kayak or snorkel, numerous wildlife observation areas, fantastic locally prepared cuisine and much more on board.

Priced from $18,229 per person twin share, this fully escorted tour is limited to just 20 guests and is available with return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (prices are slightly higher for passengers from Adelaide and Perth).

For a full list of inclusions and reservations, contact on 1300-369-848 or visit Deal of the Week: Punthill Brisbane, Spring Hill

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Punthill Brisbane, Spring Hill, Brisbane 4.5*

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Prices from: AU $139 per night

What better way to spend this Valentine’s Day than with your loved one on a romantic city escape? Just a short stroll away from the CBD, Queen Street Market and Brisbane finest bars and restaurants, the Punthill Brisbane is perfect for a romantic vacation. You can soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city with a cruise along the river, a romantic glass of wine on a rooftop bar or explore the city’s renowned galleries and museums. Boasting a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and bar, a relaxing and romantic weekend is a promise at the Punhill Brisbane.

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Love, Lust & Liaisons: Mr & Mrs Smith's Top Valentine's Day Hotels From Around the World

Fresh for Valentine's Day 2015, boutique hotel expert Mr & Mrs Smith has hand-picked a hotlist of hotels from around the world with a story to tell.

Standard High Line, NYC

Each hotel has witnessed fan-fluttering adorations, sheet-rumpling dalliances and more fairytale weddings than Dame Barbara Cartland's back catalogue. Go to for the full list.

HISTORIC ROMANCE: Hotels that have inflamed passions for generations…

Villa Cora, Florence

Built at the end of the1860s by Baron Gustave Oppenheim in honour of his young bride, Villa Cora hotel is opulent but not over-blinged. Flawless service, ornate frescoes and abundant rose motifs show that the Baron's love of embellishment almost equalled that for his spouse. Unfortunately, he later attempted to set fire to the Villa when he suspected his wife was unfaithful, but hey, let's not dwell…

Rooms from $442 a night

Les Dames du Panthéon, Paris

Free thinkers and strident dames such as writers Marguerite Duras and George Sand are the ladies that light up the colourful interiors of this boutique bolt-hole in the Latin quarter. Each floor of Les Dames du Panthéon pays tribute to its muse with hints of heroines' colourful dalliances: vintage boxing gloves hang in one of the Edith Piaf rooms, a bittersweet tribute to boxer Marcel Cerdan, the great love of her life.

Rooms from $244 a night

SCANDALOUS STAYS: Hotels that have set tongues wagging…

Cliveden, Berkshire

For some historic sauce head to Cliveden, Berkshire, where political scandal theProfumo affair played out in the 1960s. The fateful meeting of politico John Profumo and 19-year-old model Christine Keeler changed the course of British politics, and that secret-garden-set outdoor pool still tempts us to go skinny-dipping.

Rooms from $925 a night

The Standard, High Line, New York City

While the hottest hotels tout discretion as a given, it's not always easy to keep the paparazzi at bay. The humble elevator in supercool André Balazs hotel The Standard High Line, gathered column inches galore when it hosted a ruckus between Solange Knowles, Jay Z and Beyoncé. We don't recommend a full-on, in-between-floor fight, but there's always the chance that a playful spat will spice up a stay, particularly in a hotel room that boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls suited to extreme exhibitionists...

Rooms from $370 a night

A-LIST TRYSTS: Hotels that have set the paparazzi snapping


Robbie Williams, Outkast and the Scissor Sisters have danced, drunk and slept at this achingly hip destination in the heart of Sydney, one of the world's sexiest cities.

You can drink, dine, dance and sleep under one roof, so once you're in there's really no need to leave the venue. Of course, you can also do all these things in the privacy of your suite…

Establishment Hotel's back alley entrance on Bridge Lane allows celebs and other pseudo-Smith couples conducting secret affairs the perfect cover from prying eyes.

Rooms from $309 a night

The Portobello Hotel, London

The genteel façade of The Portobello Hotel – which sits in a quiet Notting Hill street – gives it a 'butter wouldn't melt' look, but behind the rooms' locked doors there's been many a rock and roll antic. It was here that Johnny Depp and Kate Moss filled Room 16's bath tub with champagne, only for the cleaning lady to pull the plug, and even after its refined revamp, there's still the chance for a little debauchery.

Rooms from $309 a night

For more Smith-inspired love stories or to search local hotels with Valentine's Day availability head to

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Deal: Serenade of the Seas - Stockholm to Copenhagen fr. $5399

Depart Australia: 23 July 2015 - 17 night package

The historic cultural charms of northern Europe will enchant you as you sail on this destination-rich journey though the Baltic on the beautiful Serande of the Seas. With your flights, transfer, hotel stay and cruise included, all you have to do is look forward to one thrilling destination after the other!

Ports of Call: Stockholm (overnight), Helsinki, St. Petersburg (2 nights), Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Warnemunde (Berlin), Fredericia, Copenhagen (overnight).
from: $5,399 pp twin share or $7,599 solo fare.

Get more details from Cruise Express

Deal: Pacific Jewel - Singapore to Brisbane - fr. $2499


Begin your journey by exploring the historic Buddhist monument of Borobudur before getting up close to the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon. Move on to the small city with a big heart, Dili in Timor L’este, and further to the natural and historic offerings of Papua New Guinea. This is your chance to join in on a journey of absolute discovery.

Departs Australia: 3 June 2015

Your package includes flights, 2 nights in Singapore and cruise. Fares from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne!

From: $2,499 pp twin share or $5,099 solo fare

Full details from Cruise Express

Friday, 23 January 2015

Coast Australia DVD giveaway

After almost a decade of exploring the coastline of Britain and Europe, COAST has hit our hallowed shores for its biggest expedition ever.

Historian and archaeologist, Neil Oliver, leads a team of local presenters in discovering Australia’s phenomenal coastlines, from the Kimberley, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, to Victoria, Tasmania and the coral coast of Western Australia. It’s an epic journey across the harsh and beautiful landscape that is Australia.

For your chance to win one of five copies of COAST Australia on DVD, simply email us at with your full name, postal address and the answer to the question below.

Q. What is the name of the lead presenter of COAST Australia?

Competition closes 30 January.

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Silversea cruises in Melanesia. 14-day Voyage

Escape to Melanesia with Silversea, exploring exquisite beaches, stunning waterfalls and underwater paradises. This 14 day voyage travels from Australia to Fiji, stopping at beautiful ports and bays along the way.

Setting sail from Melbourne on 23 February 2015, guests travel south on Silversea's 540-guest, Silver Spirit, towards Australia's island state of Tasmania for the beautiful city of Burnie, overlooking the spectacular Emu Bay. While in Tasmania, Silver Spirit also visits Hobart, a picturesque haven of heritage and contemporary art, preserved architecture and incredible landscapes.

Silver Spirit continues to Sydney for an overnight stay. Here, guest can explore the historic surrounds, wander through the Botanical Gardens or scale new heights with an exhilarating experience climbing the iconic Harbour Bridge.

From Brisbane, guests will cross the Coral Sea to Noumea and Lifou in New Caledonia, a sanctuary of exotic marine life, crystal blue water and vibrantlagoons. Silver Spirit's port call in Port Vila, Vanuatu, allows  guests the opportunity to visit the glorious Mele Cascade Waterfalls, swim in the natural pools and take in the spectacular surrounds of this tropical paradise. Continuing her journey to Lautoka, Fiji, guests disembark on 9 March 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$8,850 in a Veranda 1 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.

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

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Celebrating 4 Million Guests! Scoot celebrates with $0 fare home



Scoot's 4 millionth guest, Ms Esther Hoon (fourth from left) with other prize winners


  Celebrating 4 Million Guests!

Many happy returns to Australia!

Scoot's 4 millionth guest, Ms Esther Hoon (fourth from left) with other prize winners

Scoot, Asia/Pacific's Best Low Cost Airline[1], today celebrated Ms Esther Hoon as our 4,000,000th guest.

Coming just 6 months after Scoot carried its 3 millionth guest, the 4 million milestone occurred on flight TZ302 from Singapore to Don Mueang, Bangkok's 'downtown airport'.

To celebrate this milestone, Scoot presented Esther with a pair of ScootBiz tickets to fly anywhere on our network. Other guests on TZ302 were also rewarded with a pair of Economy airfare and travel vouchers worth S$50 and S$100.

"We love hitting milestones as it's a great excuse to celebrate and give away stuff!" said Campbell Wilson, Scoot's CEO.  "Carrying our 4 millionth guest, so soon after the last milestone, is testament to the support from our loyal guests and for which we're very thankful.

The milestones will keep coming through 2015 as Scoot's growth accelerates.  The airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will arrive in Singapore in just over two weeks time, sporting in flight internet, streaming movies and all of the choices Scoot already offers.  In addition to allowing Scoot to operate an all-787 fleet by August, the new aircraft mean that more exciting new destinations will be announced soon on top of the recent announcement of flights to Melbourne – giving you more reason, and more opportunity, to get outta here!

To access these and other promotional fares, visit To take part in Scoot's future promotions and get advance notice of special fares, "Like" Scoot on Facebook at or sign up to the mailing list at

[1] Scoot was voted 2015 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by

Promotional Fare

Just purchase a regular fare out of Australia, and to celebrate, Scoot is offering the return leg of a economy fare for $0 to fly back to Australian ports of Sydney, Gold Coast or Perth from Singapore, or enjoy Scootbiz for $100 (from Singapore) and $150 (from HKG) - but you still have to pay the fuel surcharges and taxes of approximately AU$82-$120.

The sale starts at 3pm on 15th Jan and ends Monday 18th Jan at 0259 hrs (AEST).  Fares are valid for travel by 24th October 2015, are one-way and exclude taxes and surcharges. Some blackout periods apply.

These fares are on sale for the following period only:



1200hrs 15 Jan 2015 (Thu) – 2359hrs 17 Jan 2015 (Sat)



1400hrs 15 Jan 2015 (Thu) – 0159hrs 18 Jan 2015 (Mon)



1500hrs 15 Jan 2015 (Thu) – 0259hrs 18 Jan 2015 (Mon)




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