Monday, 30 September 2013

Escape The City With An Enchanting Stay At Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

To take a break from the daily grind, a romantic holiday on the picturesque islandof Koh Samui is available at the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. 

From now until 15th December 2013, couples looking to get away can take advantage of this special weekend package, whether to celebrate a special occasion or simply to enjoy the serenity of the resort’s idyllic surroundings and impeccable service for unadulterated relaxation and pampering.

‘Romantic Getaway’ package includes luxury accommodation in the resort’s Beachfront Pool Villa, a 60 minute treatment for two at Baan Thai Spa, image004located atop a cliff with views over Taling Ngam Bay, as well as a romantic candlelight dinner on the pristine shoreline of the resort’s private beach with white sand beaches meeting the clear blue water.

With 12 stunning Beachfront Pool Villas, the luxurious villas are located just steps from the shoreline with well-equipped living areas, expansive bathrooms and their own private sundeck and swimming pool.

Package Includes:
·          Stay in a Beachfront Pool Villas
·          Complimentary breakfast served in-room
·          Complimentary roundtrip airport transfer
·          A 60 minute spa treatment for 2 guests at Baan Thai Spa (once per stay)image003
·          A Romantic set dinner for 2 guests (once per stay)
·          Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Resort

For a truly awe-inspiring experience, guests can also chose be whisked away by the resort’s very own James Bond-style speedboat for an additional THB5,000 per person.

Rates start from THB 18,166+++ per night in a Beachfront Pool Villas.  Terms and conditions apply - for more details visit for this and other packages available at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort.

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Looking for a good reason to visit the Kimberley? How about ten?

Experience the difference – ten reasons to choose National Geographic Orion to explore the Kimberley in 2014

  • With nearly 50 years experience travel with Lindblad Expeditions, the multi-award winning company that originated expedition cruising
  • National Geographic Orion re-equipped with new tools for exploration including an underwater camera, hydrophone and video microscope
  • 12 Zodiacs provide the perfect expedition craft for this region, being rugged, reliable and comfortable
  • Expanded expedition team – up to 9 Kimberley region and veteran naturalists  interact with guests to reveal the fascinating geology, marine biology, ancient art and modern and ancient histories.
  • A top National Geographic Photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board for all sailings to assist and guide in taking better photographs
  • Highest staff to guest ratio of any expedition ship in the Kimberley
  • Includes complimentary flightseeing of the Bungle Bungle ranges
  • Indigenous caretakers of Wandjina rock art at Raft Point share stories of the dreamtime with Orion’s guests
  • EC3 Green Globe eco-certified ship and operations
  • Fares start from AU$7,965 per person based on twin share - 15% less than our 2013 season brochure fare.
Recognised and awarded for environmental responsibility, National Geographic Orion provides the highest standards of onboard comfort, service and King George Riverexpedition experiences.  For 2014, adding additional expedition tools provides an even wider range of exploratory options for guests.

More members for the expedition team, 9 for the Kimberley, mean every Zodiac excursion will have a team Zodiac Safarimember on board to explain the highlights of the day, plus a National Geographic Photographer and Lindblad–National Geographic Certified photo instructor to assist guests with important aspects of capturing and enhancing the photos guests return home with.

Adding a hydrophone and video microscope provides other opportunities for scientific exploration and discovery, exciting ways to see and hear the world around us.

A voyage on National Geographic Orion continues to include a complimentary Bungle Bungles scenic flight as part of the expedition experience, yet despite maintaining the high standards onboard and enhanced expedition experiences Kimberley fares for 2014 have been reduced by around 15% compared with 2013.

With just 9 expeditions planned for the 2014 Kimberley season voyages will fill quickly, so book sooner rather than run the risk of disappointment later.

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Etihad Airways’ 10th Birthday Sale

Etihad Airways, the World’s Leading Airline*, is celebrating its 10th birthday with fantastic airfares to 10 of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.

Fly from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane - with seamless connections in Abu Dhabi - to Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich and Paris.
Return Coral Economy Class fares start from an all-inclusive price of $1,209. Be quick: the 10th birthday sale runs until October 4, 2013 for travel from October 1 to November 30, 2013.

These great deals include:
  • Sydney to: Amsterdam from $1,260; Frankfurt from $1,335; Istanbul from $1,224; London from $1,454; Milan from $1,255; Munich from $1,316; and Paris from $1,293.
  • Melbourne to: Amsterdam from $1,245; Geneva from $1,218; Istanbul from $1,209; London from $1,439; Manchester from $1,394; and Paris from $1,278.
  • Brisbane to: Amsterdam from $1,281; Brussels from $1,285; Geneva from $1,255; Istanbul from $1,252; London from $1,476; Milan from $1,277; and Paris from $1,315.
As an additional bonus, members of the airline’s award-winning Etihad Guest loyalty program will earn double miles when they purchase a 10th birthday sale fare and register at
Etihad Airways’ Coral Economy Class fares from Australia include a choice of complimentary inflight meals and beverages including the airline’s unique Café Service; more than 670 hours of on-demand inflight entertainment; amenity kits; pillows; blankets; and a free checked baggage allowance of 30kg per guest.

Prices are in Australian dollars and include taxes and surcharges which are correct as of September 25, 2013.  Prices are subject to change without notice. Some conditions apply.

For more information or to make a booking, contact a travel agent, visit or call 1300 532 215.
*Voted World’s Leading Airline at World Travel Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Discover Benihana’s All You Can Eat Sushi Weekday Lunch Special

Transforming weekday lunchtimes into an irresistible eastern dining experience, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa’s Japanese steakhouse Benihana invites families, friends and colleagues to enjoy an All You Can Eat Sushi Lunch Special.  

Available between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm from Monday to Friday from now onwards, the special menu offers unlimited servings of select sushi and signature rolls for just THB 699++ per person.

The tantalising menu showcases Japan’s finest sushi creations of salmon, tuna, tako, ebi, kani and tamago, as well as signature specialties of Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, Salmon Skin Roll, Futomaki, Salmon & Avocado Roll and Tempura Roll, all served with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce.

Savour a stylish weekday lunch of Japanese delicacies in Benihana’s strikingly designed dining room, along with Anantara’s impeccable service.

Prices are per person and subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.

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For more information and reservations, please call 02 476 0022 Ext. 1416, e-mail, or visit

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Qantas Early Bird Sale ON NOW – EX SYDNEY

When Qantas has a sale, Qantas has a sale! Right now, Australia’s iconic airline has released fantastic Early Bird fares to lots of international destinations, departing from cities right across Australia.

Here is just a taste of what’s on offer, available to purchase now at Travelscene American Express Member agencies.

Return economy class airfares, ex SYDNEY to:
  • Barcelona from $1552* per person
  • Amsterdam from $1563* per person
  • Rome from $1566* per person
  • Paris from $1596* per person
  • Frankfurt from $1638* per person
  • London from $1763* per person
These airfares are available for sale until 15th November 2013 (unless sold out prior) and valid for travel from 1 March 2014 to 29 May 2014 and 29th September 2014 to 31 October 2014.

There are also lots more destinations to choose from. Ask your Travelscene American Express Agent about these great deals. Find your closest Member by calling 13 13 98 or visit

*Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Conditions apply. 

Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. 

Contact your nearest Travelscene American Express Member for more information.  

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Garuda Indonesia Celebrates Summer With Bali Bonus Campaign

Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia, has joined with Bali Tours to offer special package deals to the popular holiday destination.

All packages include flights, accommodation and return airport transfers in Bali plus a range of bonus holiday extras such as massages, free meals, resort discounts and room upgrades.

Bagus Y. Siregar, Vice President Australia/SWP Garuda Indonesia commented: “The Australian summer period is a fantastic time to visit Bali, and we are thrilled to offer our passengers these special bonus
holiday packages to take advantage of and experience all that Bali has to offer.”

The seven night packages include return Economy Class airfares on Garuda Indonesia from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane including a VIP fast track airport ‘Meet & Greet’ service*, as well as two free nights’ accommodation, return private airport transfers in Bali and special inclusions such as daily breakfasts, spa treatments or resort discounts.

Starting from $1,207 per person per person, the offers are available for travel between 5 October to 7 December 2013, and 15 January to 31 March 2014.

Special Business Class upgrade fares are also available, starting from just $753* one way per person for the outbound flight.

Sample packages include 
 Ex Brisbane: 7 night holiday including airfares, private transfers and accommodation 
  • Accommodation at  The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa, Seminyak, in a Superior Room with American Buffet Breakfast daily, 60-minute massage, 10% discount on food & beverage at Chez Gado Gado Restaurant and a welcome drink on arrival from just $1,207* per person including taxes 
Ex Melbourne: 7 night holiday including airfares, private transfers and accommodation 
  • Accommodation at  The Conrad Bali in a Deluxe Garden View Room with American Buffet Breakfast daily, 1 bonus set dinner and welcome drink on arrival from $1,676* per person including taxes 
Ex Sydney: 7 night holiday including airfares, private transfers and accommodation 
  • Accommodation at  Anatara Resort & Spa, Seminyak, with an upgrade to an Ocean View Suite including American Buffet Breakfast daily, 1 bonus set dinner, free daily sunset ‘Teatails’, 10% discount on food, beverage and spa treatments plus a welcome drink on arrival from just $2,320* per person including taxes 
Flying with Asia’s Leading Service Quality Airline, passengers will be able to enjoy the Garuda Indonesia Experience with an in-flight menu designed by award winning chefs, warm Indonesian hospitality – reflected in the service, on-board décor and its staff – and a Video on Demand (VOD) entertainment system offering 25 feature films and 250 audio tracks.

Other holiday packages from Bali Tours can be viewed here. For more information and to book, please contact Bali Tours on 03 9820 9288 or email 

For further information about Garuda Indonesia, please call 1300 365 330 or visit

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Nominate & Win a $7000 Luxury Stay for Two at Saffire Freycinet

Every year Australian Traveller magazine calls out to the nation to help uncover and reward Austraila's favourite travel experiences, accomodation and destinations.

The Australian Traveller 2013 Readers' Choice Awards nominations are open and Australian Traveller is giving away the chance to win a $7000 luxury escape for two to Tasmania's exclusive Saffire Freycinet to one lucky winner who nominates this year. To enter simply go here

Winners will be announced at an exclusive industry Awards lunch in Sydney and featured in our Special edition "Readers' Choice" (December/January issue) which will be on-sale 5 Dec

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Get Lost For Your Own Good: Introducing The Wellness Issue

Trailblazing travel magazine get lost has turned wellness guru with a special section to get readers shipshape and supercharged in time for summer.

Our health and wellness special section will challenge what you know about what’s good for you as we take readers on a journey across the globe to get fit, feel fabulous and find their inner Zen.

From Mexico to Malaysia and Majorca and everywhere in between, get lost uncovers the best of the best when it comes to building brawn, harnessing brainpower and bodily bliss.

Go firewalking in Budapest, join a boot camp in Tulum, train with a kung fu master in China or submit to an ayurvedic healing in Sri Lanka.

“We’ve outdone ourselves this time, bringing readers the most original and inspirational wellness travel experiences from across the world,” get lost publisher Justin Jamieson said.

“There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a yogi who wants to strike a pose on a surfboard, a wannabe Buddhist seeking an audience with the Dalai Lama or a spa worshipper looking for a pummelling.”

This issue of get lost also takes readers on an adventure to India’s Little Andaman island, chasing the northern lights in Sweden, on a bear mission in Borneo and through Morocco’s ancient streets of Fez.

There’s a scary encounter with demons in Austria, tango in Buenos Aires and a number of top prizes up for grabs, including a 14-day adventure for two through Colombia.

So grab your passport, dust off the winter cobwebs and let get lost take you on an extraordinary journey into the unknown.

Issue # 38 is on sale October 3.

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Norwegian Offers Savings On Award-Winning Cruises In Europe

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time sales event, offering incredible savings on the line’s award-winning cruises throughout Europe. Guests who book a Europe cruise between September 25 and September 27, 2013, can receive up to $200** to spend on board.

Guests can use their on board credit towards a variety of shore excursions in Europe, pampering 
treatments in the ships’ award-winning Mandara spa, dinner in any of the ships’ specialty restaurants, and much more. Air credits of up to $1,000, military and AARP discounts are also available on select sailings.

Named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” six years in a row by the World Travel Awards, Norwegian offers an array of Europe itineraries that give guests the ease, value and convenience of exploring Europe’s most popular ports of call.

Norwegian Epic, named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic, sails seven-day Western Mediterranean itineraries through October 13, 2013 and fromFebruary 2 through April 20, 2014 from Barcelona, Spain. 

Ports of call include Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Provence (Marseille), France; and Palma, Majorca, Spain, with fares starting at $799*.

Norwegian Jade also offers a variety of exciting European adventures including 10-day Eastern Mediterranean and 11-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Rome, (Civitavecchia). Norwegian Jade’s 10-day itinerary visits ports of call including Olympia (Katakolon), Greece; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey and Istanbul, Turkey, with fares starting at $469*. On Norwegian Jade’s 11-day itinerary, guests will have the opportunity to explore some of the most sought-after Western Mediterranean ports of call, including Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Provence (Toulon), France; Barcelona, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Cagliari, Sardinia; Carthage, Tunisia; Palermo, Sicily and Naples, Italy, with fares starting at $549*

Vacationers who have time to explore Italy before or after their cruise can choose to add on a convenient Europe Cruise Tour package, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the incredible cuisine, history and culture of Italy. For a limited time, those who book a Cruise Tour will receive an additional $100 to spend on board during their cruise.

Whether guests are embarking on a family vacation, romantic escape or a solo getaway, Norwegian offers a variety of flexible accommodations ranging from Studio staterooms specially designed for solo travelers, to balcony staterooms and opulent suites in The Haven, the ultimate in luxury accommodations.

To book a cruise through Europe on “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line,” contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

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Discover the World from Brisbane on Princess Cruises in 2014

Princess Cruises will establish its biggest ever presence in Queensland next year with a raft of new cruise itineraries set to launch Brisbane as a gateway to the world.

The cruise line has announced a series of new Princess Cruises’ options to sail roundtrip from Brisbane to destinations from the South Pacific to South America making a cruise holiday even more accessible to 
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Queensland holidaymakers.

Combined with Princess Cruises’ existing offerings from Brisbane, the new options will mean that Queenslanders can sail roundtrip from their doorstep on cruises ranging from 7 to 104 nights.

The new roundtrip voyages for 2014 from Brisbane now on sale are:
  • Australia and New Zealand 35-night cruise on Dawn Princess sailing April 15, priced from $4499* and with shore tour highlights including Yarra Valley wine tasting and Maori cultural performances in Auckland
  • Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific 41-night cruise on Sea Princess departing April 7, priced from $5799* and includes visits to the reefs of Bora Bora and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • 104-night World Cruise on Dawn Princess departing May 20, priced from $18,999* visiting a range of ports in South America as well as favourite cities like New York, Rome, Singapore and Athens.
The new cruises join a range of shorter Brisbane roundtrip itineraries on Sea Princess including:
  • Fijian Jewels 11-night itinerary sailing January 22, priced from $1099* with visits to New Caledonia, Fiji and Vila
  • New Zealand 14-night voyage departing February 2, priced from $1399* with calls to picturesque Akaroa, and vibrant cities including Wellington and Auckland
  • Queensland and Great Barrier Reef 7-night cruise departing May 18 priced from $999* with visits to the Whitsunday Islands and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Princess Cruises Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Jan Swartz said the new itineraries from Brisbane opened up a whole new world for the cruise line’s Queensland passengers.

“With a growing number of Queenslanders choosing to holiday at sea, Princess Cruises’ Brisbane sailings are the perfect way to see the world,” Ms Swartz said.

*Fares are per person, twin share, subject to availability. 

For more information, visit a licensed travel agent, call 13 24 88 or visit

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Tourism New Zealand Partners with Thai Travel Agents on Spring Themed Tours

Orchard in Spring, Cromwell, Central Otago, South Island, New ZealandTourism New Zealand, in collaboration with five Thai travel agents, is offering group and independent tours to picturesque New Zealand during the colourful spring season.

The promotion features independent tours starting from THB16,970 and all-in This is part of the ‘100% Pure New Zealand Spring Colour's campaign celebrating the country’s most vibrant season, as both Kiwis and visitors head outdoors and the events calendar is packed with experiences from food and wine festivals to jet-boating and even spring skiing.

The Thai travel agents partnering Tourism New Zealand are Holiday Tours & Travel, First World Tour, Always Vacation, Global Link and Reliance Holidays.

Group tours include a full board eight day/six night discovery of ‘New Zealand North and South Islands’, priced THB85,900 – exploring the length and breadth of the country from Auckland and Christchurch to popular adventure and sport capital of Queenstown, and the world famous geo-thermal hot springs of Organised by Global Link and Reliance Holidays, the tours are from 19-26 October 2013 and 16-23 November 2013, price inclusive of return international air ticket with Qantas Airways, domestic air ticket, all tax and fuel surcharges.

Among independent tour promotions, First World Tour offers self-drive North/South Island holidays of five days/ nights with motel accommodation and rental car from THB29,900 per couple, available until 30 April 2014.

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Always Vacation features five day/night self-drive North/South Island tours from THB16,970 per person, with motel studio room accommodation and rental car (1.6-1.8L), available throughout October 2013.

Holiday Tours & Travel offers five day/night self-drive North Island tours from THB11,900 per person, with motel accommodation and Hertz rental car, The “Discover 100% Pure New Zealand Colours” campaign is also supported by Thai Airways, offering special roundtrip fares to Auckland starting at THB 29,580* (economy) and THB 87,745* (business class) until 30 November.

New Zealand’s events-filled spring calendar includes numerous garden festivals such as the Taranaki Garden Spectacular and traditional blossom festivals in the fruit-bowl regions of Hastings and Alexandra.
L457_MASTER_reDescribed as 'Mardi Gras meets haute couture', New Zealand's World of Wearable Art (WOW) is a unique creative event at end of September has become a global phenomenon. New Zealand's largest and most dynamic art event in Wellington attracts entries and an audience from all over the world as more than 300 designers, and a cast and crew in excess of 400, join forces in a spectacular performance where fashion and art collide.
For seafood lovers, the Kaikoura Seafest on October 5, 2013 takes place on the South Island’s eastern coast, showcases the region's amazing bounty. Wine lovers are not forgotten, with the acclaimed Toast Martinborough event bringing together top local wineries just outside of the capital for a celebration of this year’s vintage.

Wildlife and walking experiences are ‘must-do’ activities, and in springtime, natural waterways are at their best for hurtling downstream in a jet boat and white water rafting. Skiing in New Zealand also lasts into spring extending the season for the seriously keen, and providing breath taking colour contrasts for photographers.

Wow factor venues like the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch are also welcoming visitors alongside other iconic tourist attractions, with the Gondola recently reopening, and both the heritage Tramway and Arts Centre Market Square scheduled for an October return.

New Zealand Cup and Show Week, the country’s largest spring festival, features nine days of racing, rural fun and style in November. A feast of creative events include the Christchurch Arts Festival and SCAPE Biennial public art installations, the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA), and the Body Festival, an annual festival of performance and dance.

“New Zealand is a quality, attractive holiday destination for Thai travellers and springtime is without question the most pleasant and exciting time of the year to visit,” said Mischa Mannix-Opie, TNZ Regional Manager for South and Southeast Asia. “From popular festivals and breath taking vistas to thrilling adventures, there is definitely something for everyone.”

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Deal: Take a Luxury Cruise Around Italy For Less With APT


 Images L to R: M/Y Variety Voyager; Sundeck Bar on the Variety Voyager; and Venice.



Take a Luxury Cruise Around Italy For Less With APT

Book APT's 11-day Bella Italia Luxury Small Ship cruise aboard the M/Y Variety Voyager and pay $6,495 per person, twin share, a saving of $1,000 per couple. The cruise sails from Rome, around the coast of Italy, taking in the Lipari Islands and Sicily, to Venice.

Highlights include the chance to visit Sorrento and Capri, cruise the Amalfi coast, explore ancient Italian villages and sample the country's gourmet cuisine and outstanding local wines.

Included are 29 meals, local guides, shore excursions, onboard lectures, beer, wine and soft drinks with lunches and dinners and all port charges, and tipping.

The offer is subject to availability and bookings must be made by 30 November 2013. Terms and conditions apply.

To book call 1300 278 278 or visit or see your travel agent.


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Crystal Cruises Launches Custom Celebration Services Around The World

An elegant wedding in the hills of Tuscany.  A birthday blowout on a beach inBali.  A retirement roast at one of Cape Town's top wineries.  A renewal of vows "on top of the world" at sea.

With Crystal Cruises' new Crystal Celebrations soiree service, almost anything is possible just about anywhere Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sail.  Already known for an uber-personalized approach to unforgettable travel experiences, Crystal has teamed with premier global event company Imagine VIP to create a first-of-its-kind bespoke event-planning service – only available with Crystal's worldwide cruises.

CRYSTAL CRUISES CRYSTAL SERENITYWhat makes Crystal's program distinctive?
  • Not just for weddings, the comprehensive event program can be created to celebrate any event -- from graduation parties to golden wedding anniversaries, and all important milestones in between.
  • Celebrations can be organized on board or ashore throughout the world.
  • Decor packages are exceptionally elegant, chic and upscale.
  • Events are completely customizable.
The process starts before the cruise embarks.  Via Imagine VIP, a Crystal Celebrations consultant works with guests to select the perfect location on the ship or an extraordinary venue in or near a port of call.  Party elements can be arranged on an a la carte basis or as part of a more elaborate package, as needed, including a personalized website, save-the-date cards, invitations, ceremony, legal documentation, catering, specialty cakes, flowers, photography packages, live music or DJ, and themed event decor options.  On board, a Crystal host works with guests to arrange final details and ensure all runs smoothly.  Special note: At this time, legal onboard wedding ceremonies can only be held in port; symbolic ceremonies can be arranged at sea.

"Many of our guests sail with us to celebrate special occasions and create 'bucket list' travel memories with family and friends.  With our new program, we not only make planning destination weddings and other extra-special events easier and more flexible for the traveler, we're redefining the cruise experience and offerings within our industry," says Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, operations. "With our Six-Star service, applauding life's special moments with loved ones is now elevated to even greater heights."

A range of different, pre-planned Crystal Celebrations packages can be previewed, starting at $2,095 for a Crystal Vow Renewal Celebration and $3,795 for a Crystal Celebration Ashore, in addition to cruise fares.

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MSC Cruises "Cruise of the week" - MSC Splendida ex Barcelona - January 2014

Let’s start the new year right on-board MSC Splendida Mediterranean Cruise!

Visit Barcelona, Rome, Tunis, Sicily, France and more at only AUD 375pp / NZD 495pp for a 7 night cruise!

With 5 meals included, accommodation on-board, music and entertainment!
Grab your passport and explore the Western Mediterranean……and 2nd person pays only $1 and port charges!

Cruise of the Week – 2nd Person pays $1 plus port charges 

Sale Period: Only valid for bookings 3pm AEDST Tuesday – 10am AEDST Thursday

Departure date/Ship: 7 Night Mediterranean cruise – MSC Splendida – 20/01/2014

Price: Lead in Inside Cabin from AUD $ 750 per cabin,  AU $ 375 per person (twin share)

Price: Lead in Inside Cabin from NZD $ 990 per cabin, NZ $ 495 per person (twin share)

Itinerary: Your Mediterranean Cruise January 2014 destinations include  Barcelona, La Goulette (Tunis), Palermo (Sicily), Rome (Civitavecchia), Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona

T&C: 2nd person $1 is available only during the sale period, and is not applicable to single cabin. New cruise every week!

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AYANA Resort and Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran Open Their Christmas Packages

Villa lobby (1)_lr‘Twas months before Christmas when all through the cliff-top estate in Jimbaran Bali, wheels were turning in the collective minds of management at AYANA Resort and Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran to come up with the most attractive Christmas packages for 2013.

The multi award-winning AYANA will welcome many return visitors who will have experienced the festive celebrations at the 77-hectare resort in the past. 

Spa pampering and unforgettable food will be essential ingredients.

New sister hotel, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, will be celebrating the occasion for the first time, having formally opened the month before, and will focus on providing a festive forest atmosphere and fabulous food.

Both properties expect a drop-in visit from the “right jolly old elf” himself as he collects last-minute wish lists and makes a special delivery for guests. And, with the packages they have produced, guests are sure to have visions of more than “sugar plum fairies” dancing in their heads.

Artist Rendering RIMBA Pool AreaAdorned with Christmas trees, decorations, lights and holiday cheer, AYANA Resort and Spa will offer a “Christmas in Bali” package from US$461++/room/night between 23 and 28 December 2013, for minimum 4 night stays. The package will include luxurious accommodation, daily breakfast, Christmas Eve dinner and a thalasso spa treatment in the world’s largest Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool for two people.

Meanwhile, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali will offer an “Under the Christmas Tree” package in a tranquil forest setting, surrounded by a canopy of trees adorned with Christmas decorations. This minimum four night package is also for stays between 23 and 28 December 2013 and will start from US$397++/room/night , including accommodation, daily buffet breakfast for two at To’ge restaurant, a 3-course Christmas Eve dinner for two at To’ge restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi internet. As with AYANA guests, RIMBA guests enjoy the exclusive privilege of priority access to the famous Rock Bar, located on natural rocks amongst the ocean at the base of AYANA’s cliff-face.

Aquatonic Pool (2)While RIMBA offers modern, stylish rooms and suites, AYANA’s accommodation options include private pool villas and Club-level rooms and suites that come with extra benefits. Breakfast for Villa guests will be a la carte at Dava restaurant, while Club-level guests will enjoy a buffet at Club Lounge and Hotel guests will savor an international buffet at Padi restaurant. Christmas Eve dinner will also vary with Villa guests enjoying a 5-course degustation menu at the Miele Guide-listed Dava, including pre-dinner cocktails, while hotel guests may choose from either a 4-course dinner at Sami Sami Italian restaurant above the Indian Ocean, or an elaborate buffet at Padi Asian Spice Restaurant.

AYANA’s Club, suite and villa guests will also enjoy access to an 18-hole golf putting course and tennis pavilion and villa guest will receive free WiFi internet. To enjoy “Christmas in Bali” with AYANA, you can book online via or email
To take advantage of the “Under the Christmas Tree” offer at RIMBA, book online at or email
Refer to individual websites for full details of both packages. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 11% government tax.

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Julie Goodwin Second Murray River Cooking Cruise

Julie Goodwin Masters the Murray and is back with a Second Cooking Cruise


'MasterChef' winner and resident cook on Channel Nine's Today Show, Julie Goodwin, is back cooking on her second Captain Cook Cruises four nights Murray River Cooking Cruise, departing Monday, 10 March 2014 on-board the PS Murray Princess. 


Not only will Julie be holding three on-board cooking demonstrations, but for the first time, she will also be hosting a dinner for passengers, with a three course menu selected by Julie and prepared by the Captain Cook Cruises kitchen.


Julie first partnered with Captain Cook Cruises on the Murray Princess in June 2013 and with the cooking cruise such a success it was an easy decision to invite Julie back for a second.


"We are delighted to welcome Julie back for her second cooking cruise on the Murray River in March 2014. Julie's first cooking cruise was a huge success and from the feedback we received passenger's just loved watching Julie cook and then tasting her food, and they also really enjoyed having the opportunity to chat informally with Julie throughout the cruise." Says Richard Doyle, Head of Sales and Marketing, Captain Cook Cruises.


Julie agrees that the decision to return for a second cruise was an easy one.

"I had such a great time cooking on the paddle wheeler, PS Murray Princess, this year and when I was asked to do a second cooking cruise I immediately said yes.  I'm looking forward to meeting even more passengers on this cruise and having a lot of fun cooking in the kitchen with them. I also can't wait to return to the beautiful Murray River." Says Julie Goodwin.


Captain Cook Cruises is confident the cooking cruise will sell out quickly.


"There are only 120 places available on the cruise, food and wine lovers wishing to combine their passion with a visit to the Murray River , and the opportunity to meet Julie Goodwin," Says Mr Doyle.


The four nights Murray River cruise allows passengers to discover the beauty of the Murray River and secrets of Australian history and culture between the historic riverport of Mannum to Blanchetown.

Each day features exciting day trips to historic ports, Aboriginal archaeological sites, a working sheep station and woolshed, a native wildlife shelter and vineyard and cellar door tasting.


The scenery is picturesque as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, through picturesque gorges and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests.


The four night Julie Goodwin Cooking Cruise departs from Mannum on Monday, 10 March 2014 at 4.30pm, returning to Mannum on Friday, 14 March at 9.00am. Prices start from AU$1079.00 per person, twin share.


Passengers also have the option to extend to a seven night cruise and visit the region between Walkers Flat and Murray Bridge, including a tour to the Barossa Valley and its wineries. The seven night cruise prices from $1799 per person


Prices include all meals, accommodation, three cooking demonstrations by Julie Goodwin, a hosted dinner with Julie, Captain's dinner, most tours, scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or onsite car parking and all on-board facilities including the use of spa, sauna, gym, sun deck, two bars, two lounges, single sitting dining saloon and entertainment.



For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises on

T: +61-2-9206 1111 or visit


About Julie Goodwin

In July 2009, Julie Goodwin, wife and mother of three boys, took out the title as Australia's first ever 'Masterchef'. Since then Julie's life has been a whirlwind. Julie wrote her first cookbook, 'Our family table' which went immediately to No 1 where it stayed for over 10 weeks and is one of Australia's largest selling cook books ever. Julie also became a regular columnist for the Australian's Women's Weekly, and resident cook on Channel Nine's Today Show. She also fronted her own cooking show Home Cooked! and became a celebrity cook on-board Captain Cook Cruises Murray Princess.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Bentours offers 2 for 1 deal on popular cruises

Bentours, Australia's specialist in travel to Scandinavia, is offering travellers to Norway the chance to bring a friend for free on its Northbound & Southbound Voyages as well as Norwegian Coastal Voyage if packages are booked by September 30, 2013. 

Treat a friend to a holiday this November or December and explore Norway’s impressive rugged coastline, medieval towns and remote Arctic communities on Bentours’ spectacular six day Classic Voyage South from Kirkenes to Bergen.

These voyages offer the ideal way to discover the beauty of Scandinavia and the Arctic. Bentours’ special 2 for 1 itinerary highlights include sailing through the incredible Lofoten Islands, crossing the Article Circle and exploring the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters.

Travellers can also choose an optional Saltraumen Safari to witness the churning whirlpools of the world’s strongest tidal current and if the conditions are favourable, passengers may be able to view the incredible phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

Optional onshore excursions available include; husky sledging, snowmobiling, city tours and trip to the rugged North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe.

Classic Voyage South packages start from AU$1,394 and if booked by September 30 guests can bring a friend for free.  This special 2 for 1 offer is valid for selected dates in November and December and includes twin share cabin accommodation and meals as per itinerary.

For bookings or further information, please contact Bentours on 1800 221 712, or visit

*Offer terms and conditions:

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices based on two people sharing a twin cabin and are subject to availability. Classic Voyage South 2 for 1 offer is valid for sale until 30 Sep 13 and travel until 31 Dec 13. The advertised price is based on a Category D Outside/Inside Cabin twin for departures from 01 Nov to 31 Dec 13. Other cabin grades and itineraries also qualify for the special offer at the applicable costs. Discount does not apply to optional excursions or safaris. Prices quoted are accurate as at 19 Sep 13. Offer is valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offers. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel. All airfares are excluded. Prices are subject to availability and may change due to currency fluctuations. Tempo Holidays trading as Bentours International A.B.N. 51007331213 VIC License 31341

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