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Sunday, 26 March 2017

New Monarto Zoo tour on Murray Princess Cruise


Captain Cook Cruises has added an exciting new on shore tour to their Murray Princess three-night Discovery Cruise and seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise with guests able to visit Monarto Zoo on a Wildlife Tour from April 1, 2017.

Monarto Zoo is the largest open-range zoo in the world, spanning more than 1,500 hectares and home to more than 500 animals and 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.

Murray Princess guests will be transferred from Murray Bridge to Monarto Zoo by coach where they will be led by a guide through the zoo to see many of the zoos inhabitants including Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lions, Hyena and Wild Dogs as part of the Wildlife Tour.

The Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour is priced at $60 per person and is available every Saturday morning on the three and seven night Murray Princess cruises.

Other three and seven-night cruise activities include visiting Murray Bridge township and Mannum Dock Museum, a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat, a river and birdlife tour on board the 'Dragon-Fly' Flat Bottomed Boat, local food and wine tastings, music quizzes, bocce on the riverbank and even fishing off the ship.

Additional seven-night cruise activities include visiting the sacred Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park, Sunnydale native wildlife shelter, Burk Salter Boutique Winery, Swan Reach, passing through lock 1 at Blanchetown and seeing the Sunnydale woolshed and towering sandstone cliffs at Big Bend. Optional tours available at additional cost include a Nocturnal Tour and a Bush Tucker Breakfast.

The three-night Discovery Cruise departs Mannum every Friday at 4.30pm with Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares starting from AU$787.00 per person, twin share.

The seven night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise departs Mannum every Friday and Monday at 4.30pm with EBS prices starting from AU$1605.00 per person, twin share including a complimentary Barossa Valley tour.

Prices include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard WiFi, the Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship's facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers from and to Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum and post cruise coach transfer to Adelaide airport.

Private car transfers for up to four people are also available from and to Adelaide CBD to Mannum and return to Adelaide Airport for $143 per person each way, based on two people travelling.

For further information visit www.murrayprincess.com.au or contact your local travel agent.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Aranui Offers Discounts on Tahiti Trip of a Lifetime



Aranui Cruises is offering discounted cruises in 2018 with savings of up to $900 on four select voyages.

The Tahitian adventure cruise line is providing a 10 per cent discount across all cabin categories on Aranui 5's January 13, March 29 and June 12 departures, with seniors also able to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on the October 2 voyage.

Discounted premium suites are priced from $7830* per person twin share, a saving of $840. While a royal suite is available from $8557* per person twin share on the discounted voyages, a saving of $920.

www.aranui.com

Photo credit: James Morgan.



Travelmarvel Preview Offers for Canada & Alaska 2018

Preview deals for select 2018 Canada & Alaska cruises and tours are now available from Travelmarvel.

For a limited time, guests who book one of four popular Travelmarvel Canada & Alaska tours for 2018 will receive both '2 for 1' international return airfares and exclusive 2018 preview pricing.

Tours carrying these deals include the 21 day Reflections of the Rockies & Alaska Cruise, now priced from $8,695 per person twin share, including Travelmarvel's Early Payment Discount for bookings paid in full 10 months prior to travel.

This tour commences in picturesque Victoria on Vancouver Island and makes its way across British Columbia to Whistler and Blue River, before crossing into Alberta bound for Jasper, Lake Louise - where guests stay in the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - and Banff. Guests then ride the iconic Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver, from where their seven day Inside Passage cruise to Alaska departs.

For those looking to explore Canada's eastern provinces, bookings are also open for the 28 day Highlights of Eastern & Western Canada with Alaska Cruise, which also includes Toronto and Niagara Falls, the city of Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal in addition to Western Canada and the Inside Passage cruise.

Travelmarvel's Canada & Alaska preview offers are strictly limited, subject to terms and conditions and available until sold out.

For more information, or to request a brochure, call 1300 196 420, see travelmarvel.com.au/2018canada or your local travel agent.

Helen Wong's Tours Vietnam Package


Vietnam Airlines' decision to begin direct flights between Sydney and Hanoi has resulted in Helen Wong's Tours creating a special air-inclusive package to the Vietnam capital – at a bargain price.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations in 2017, the Asia tour holiday specialist has unveiled a four-night Hanoi package which includes return air fares from Sydney, four-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts, a guided half-day tour and tickets to the world renowned Water Puppet Show.

The Discover Hanoi package is priced from $1150 per person, twin share, inclusive of taxes.

For those planning to stay longer, Helen Wong's Tours is offering a two-day Hanoi-to-Halong Bay extension which includes a deluxe junk boat-like cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful bay and its array of limestone islands with Tonkin Cruises.

This package includes onboard overnight stay, meals and sightseeing, and is priced from $340 per person, twin share.

Details: Phone Helen Wong's Tours, (+612) 9267 7833 or www.helenwongstours.com

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Seabourn Returns to Alaska: Two Week Sale


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.


Monday, 20 March 2017

#TitanicTheExhibition Sails Into Sydney


The world's most famous ill-fated ship comes alive with artefacts and interactive recreations

From Saturday 8 April
Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Tickets on Sale Friday 24 March

"The largest and undoubtedly the most comprehensive Titanic Exhibitio in the world" – Perth Now

"An exhibition of titanic proportions" – Perth Sunday Times

Titanic The Exhibition unravels the mystery of the unforgettable tale of RMS Titanic's first and final deadly voyage in a thrilling self-guided tour sailing into the Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park from Saturday 8 April.

For a limited time only families and fans can re-live the opulence and tragedy of the world's most famous ill-fated voyage through dramatic room recreations, 100-year-old artefacts and hands-on activities.

Titanic The Exhibition features over 375 artefacts taken directly from the pre-sinking Titanic and her nearly identical sister ship Olympic, providing a rare opportunity to view the grand Titanic as she was before falling to her watery grave. Rare artefacts were removed from Titanic before she sailed to New York, and a lucky few pieces survived the disaster secured in the coat pockets of those rescued. Original props and set pieces from James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster film Titanic are also on display, including a recreation of the famous "Heart of the Ocean" diamond necklace.

This all-sensory exhibition experience transports visitors back to 1912 to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of opulent and excessive luxury steamship travel. Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship of its time, and visitors will learn of the ships' place in history from her conception and construction to that unforgettable day of disaster.

Each entry to the exhibition is completely unique, as every visitor will receive a Boarding Pass that contains the personal information of an actual First, Second or Third Class passenger. Visitors are encouraged to feel connected to the passengers' journey by learning about their background and life onboard. The experience culminates in the Memorial Gallery, where visitors learn of their chosen passenger's fate on the cold early morning of 15 April, 1912.

"Everyone can relate to someone on Titanic and the story of her voyage still resonates all over the world," said Tom Zaller, President/CEO of Imagine Exhibitions Pte. Ltd. "This particular exhibition, that will appeal to all ages, immerses the visitor in the moving tale of Titanic's voyage at every part of her journey - allowing visitors to experience the sights, sounds and stories as if they were on the ship."

Titanic The Exhibition has fittingly found its home in one of Australia's oldest and most beautiful exhibition buildings, The Byron Kennedy Hall, located within The Entertainment Quarter. From the stunning central dome supported by six ornate pillars to its distinctive bell tower, The Byron Kennedy Hall is itself an artefact of 1920's charm and style, precisely complimenting that of Titanic's 1920s England.

An education kit for Titanic The Exhibition will be available to download from www.titanictheexhibition.com.au.

History is alive again in the stunning, informative and heartbreaking Titanic The Exhibition, opening Saturday 8 April at The Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

www.titanictheexhibition.com.au

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Family fun at Melbourne's Eureka Skydeck for Easter holidays


These Easter school holidays, Eureka Skydeck is once again teaming up with Crayola to invite kids to take part in FREE Easter-themed activities, every day between 11am – 3.30pm.

From 1 April until 17 April, Eureka Skydeck will have a Crayola Kids Zone filled with fun craft and drawing activities, including bunny-ear making and the opportunity to scribble on windows.

Eureka Skydeck's much-loved mascot, Deckstar, will be stopping by each day to keep everyone entertained during the first school break of the year.

The Eureka VERTIGO green screen installation will also be in action for parents and kids to enjoy. This specially constructed set allows guests to have their photo taken with the illusion they're falling through the glass floor of the Edge and holding on for dear life, 285 metres above Melbourne's cityscape.

People taking part in Eureka VERTIGO will receive a 9" x 6" printed photo and a digital copy for upload to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Eureka VERTIGO experience will cost patrons $15.00 per photo.

Eureka Skydeck is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the observation deck provides patrons with 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne and beyond. During the school holidays guests will also be able to take full advantage of:

· The Edge - The world's only Edge experience is an awe inspiring a 3m by 3m transparent glass cube, which slides out from the building on Level 88, suspending guests above the Melbourne skyline. Patrons can purchase their official photo taken while out on the Edge, ready for upload to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

· The Outdoor Terrace - Enclosed by a wire grid, the Outdoor Terrace exposes guests to the elements on Level 88. The Terrace is right next to the Edge, so family and friends can view those inside.

For further information about Eureka Skydeck, visit www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne or call 03 9693 8888.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

New rail and sail tour from Brisbane to Sydney and return


New heritage rail and sail tour from Brisbane relives the golden era of travel

Six-day short break to Sydney and back by ship and historic train in June 2017

A cruise from Brisbane to Sydney, two nights in the harbour city and a two-day rail trip back to Brisbane form part of a unique, new rail and sail tour this June released by Cruise Express.

Ideal for train and cruise fans from across Australia, the six-day 'Tin Hare Express' tour features three, privately chartered CPH rail motors built in the 1920s. Affectionaly known as 'Tin Hares', the restored rail motors once served regional NSW and offer windows that can be opened for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside. The June trip will be the first time all three of the rail motors have journeyed to Brisbane.

Perfect as a short break and hosted by Cruise Express, the tour starts in Brisbane on Saturday, June 3, 2017, with a relaxing, two-night cruise to Sydney aboard the 2000-passenger Sun Princess which now boasts the specialty restaurant, 'Share', curated by celebrity chef Curtis Stone. A welcome-aboard cocktail party is included for Cruise Express guests.

After sailing into Sydney Harbour, guests will stay two nights with daily breakfast at the historic Grace Hotel in the heart of the city. On the second night in Sydney, the package includes a three-course gourmet dinner in the 'O Bar & Dining' revolving restaurant on the 47th floor of the Australia Square building which boasts spectacular views of the city lights.

On the fifth day, guests will board the CPH rail motors at Sydney's Central Station for a two-day journey back to the Queensland capital, with train staff sharing the history of the rail motors, their restoration and return to heritage service. The rail trip will make several stops including the Rail Motor Society's home at Paterson in the Hunter Valley for morning tea, Taree for lunch and Grafton for dinner at the riverside Crown Hotel and overnight accommodation at the nearby Quality Inn.

The final day will see guests reboard the train for the final run to Brisbane with a morning tea stop in Casino in far northern NSW.

Including 12 meals, two morning teas and the services of Cruise Express Tour Managers, the six-day 'Tin Hare Express' rail and sail tour is available from $1890 per person, twin-share, or from $2490 for solo travellers. Flights to and from Brisbane, if required, are additional. Visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au

Thursday, 9 March 2017

I love Paris, on a bike… in the springtime


Paris Bike and Barge deal

Springtime is an ideal time to experience Paris by bike; the flowers are in full bloom, the days are longer and warmer, the markets are brimming with fresh produce and the cafes buzzing.

And with Mother's Day coming up on May 14, why not treat the number one mum in your household and surprise her with an unforgettable UTracks Bike and Barge to Paris trip.

UTracks Bike & Barge to Paris trip highlights include:

· Cycle along quiet roads that follow the course of the Seine and Oise rivers and travel by both bike and barge through the forests and beautiful villages that inspired artists like Van Gogh and Sisley.

· Arrive into Paris through the canals to witness some of her most famous landmarks from the comfort of the barge. And spend a whole day exploring the sights of Paris including the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

· Cruise and cycle through picturesque landscapes, visit Auvers-sur-Oise and Moret-sur-Loing and the castle of Fontainebleau (where Napoleon famously abdicated the first time).

Book in March on an eight day, guided "Bike & Barge to Paris" trip departing on either 13 or 27 May 2017 and you can save $120 per person (twin share).

Offer price is $1470 per person, twin share (departing Paris) - includes all meals and accommodation aboard the barge, bike hire and detailed information packs.

Conditions apply.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Discover Sydney's Hidden Rooftop Gem at No. 1 William


Sydney's relaxed rooftop dining destination, No. 1 William, is the perfect spot to soak up the last of the summer sun whilst enjoying breathtaking 180-degree views across Hyde Park, Sydney Harbour and William Street.

Perched on Level 4 of the iconic Australian Museum, the 180-seater venue boasts floor to ceiling glass doors opening up onto an outdoor terrace where diners can enjoy a drink, a bite to eat and some of the best views in the city.

Accessible to everyone, not just visitors to the Museum, No. 1 William is open from 10am to 4.30pm daily and offers a delicious range of simple, classic and affordable Australian-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, as well as a wide selection of Australian wines and beers.

The menu has been created by Group Executive Chef Keith Jones, formerly Executive Sous Chef at the Hilton Hotel Sydney and Head Pastry Chef at the Park Hyatt and Aqua Dining. He explains: "Our aim here was to create a stunning rooftop dining destination in the middle of the city with great food and great wine that's affordable to everyone. The simple, fresh menu is all about local produce and real flavours that can be enjoyed by everyone from locals and business people looking for somewhere different for lunch to tourists and Museum visitors."

Served until 11.30am, breakfast offers a range of tasty treats from the classic No.1 Bacon & Egg Roll or William's Eggs Benedict to the more health-conscious Coconut, Chia and Quinoa Granola with Greek Yoghurt. Coffee is courtesy of local Sydney roaster The Little Marionette.

In addition to daily sandwich specials, there's a wide selection of dishes for lunch from the lighter Roast Heirloom Beets Salad to the heartier 200g Grain Fed Rib Eye Steak with Hand Cut Rosemary Chunky Chips. If there's any room left after that, a mouthwatering Chocolate Molten Lava Cake or Australian Museum Pavlova with Fossilized Fruits should do the trick. There's also the option of Let's Lunch – two courses and a glass of wine for $40, perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon.

The kids will be all right with specially designed children's breakfast and lunch menus, all for under $10, and a range of delicious milkshakes to tantalise tiny taste buds.

Such an iconic venue also makes the perfect space for functions and events for up to 200 people cocktail style or 150 seated. A wide selection of food and beverage packages is available to cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner, meeting breaks, conferences and weddings. Event organisers looking for something a bit special can also request a specially created martini or oyster and champagne bar to add sparkle to any event.

For further information or to make a booking, email no1william@createconsultants.com.au or call 02 9320 6321.

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