Thursday 31 May 2012


Grand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters, Accor's up-scale apartment brand on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has a 30 night deal that will make escaping the winter chills very hard to resist.

From just $3,499 travellers can enjoy a month long stay in a spacious two bedroom apartment or to upgrade to a three bedroom apartment for 30 nights the rate is $3,999.  

Valid until September 20 including the June July school holidays the deal includes weekly servicing so whichever way you look at it it's outstanding value for a month long stay, especially if you're sharing with another couple or you have visitors dropping in for a night or two. 

Shorter stays are also available from $149 per night.

The Grand Mercure self-contained apartments feature generous outdoor entertaining areas, gourmet kitchens, laundry, secure parking and contemporary furnishings.  There are three swimming pools, BBQ areas, bicycle and walking paths and expansive lawn and beach areas.

Bookings are subject to availability and can be made directly with the property. For further information or to make a reservation call: 61 (07) 5450 6129, toll free 1800 665 476 or email

Novotel Twin Waters Resort is also making it easy for families to escape for a weekend or week with winter rates starting at just $114 per night.

Until 31 August, guests staying at the 4.5 star resort on the dining offer will also receive a $50 food and beverage credit for every night of stay for use in the Nouveau Restaurant or Aqua Lounge and Bar.

The resort is the ideal environment for families with the Novotel & Family brand policy offering free accommodation and breakfast for up to two children (aged 0 to 15) when sharing the same room with their parents.  Children also receive a free toy on arrival, 20 minutes free internet access and there's a Kapla play area in the lobby and Nickelodeon TV. 

Over 40 free activities for kids and access to the resort's lagoon and water sport facilities including windsurfers, catamarans, kayaks, water trampoline, beach volleyball, putt-putt golf, cricket sets and more make it heaven for kids and peaceful for parents.

Paid activities include Kids Club and babysitting services, Cirque Espace trampoline and trapeze classes, bicycles and Lagoon Day Spa and golf at the nearby 18 hole Twin Waters championship course.

To book or for more information on Novotel Twin Waters Resort call 1800 072 277 or visit

With easy access just an hour's drive north of Brisbane and five minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport, there's no excuse for the winter blues this year.

The horn of Africa - revisiting the history books

4000 year old cave paintings, the Mursi tribe of the Omo Valley, the 'hyena man' of Harar, the Royal Necropolis of MeroĆ«, former British, French & Italian colonial cities and towns – some thriving, others now crumbling – plus a salt-lake 153m below sea level and a Rift Valley volcano are some of the many highlights of "The Horn of Africa" tour by Far Horizons, departing January 24 next year.

The 32-day journey by road, boat, rail and air through Ethiopia, the province of Somaliland, Djibouti, northern Sudan and Eritrea includes places out of the history books such as Addis Ababa, Harar, Hargeisa, Djibouti, Khartoum and Asmara with visits to the Ethiopian house of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud and family home of former President Haile Selassie, Berbera's Ottoman architecture, Somaliland's Hargeisa memorial, and the pyramids and ruins of the Kushitic Kingdom of Meroƫ.

Along the way are archaeological sites, museums, gold markets, uniquely colourful village communities, national parks, natural springs, an underground rock-hewn church, a visit to desert nomads followed by a picnic in the desert, a boat ride to the confluence of the White and Blue Nile, a British colonial hilltop retreat, the famed Rift Valley, ancient tombs, a steam train ride, and 2,400 year old hilltop pyramids.

Accommodation ranges from the luxury Addis Ababa Sheraton and Djibouti Palace Kempinski to a permanent desert tented camp and a small Nubian-style hotel; prices start from $23,950pp twin-share including return air from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, best available accommodation, all meals, sightseeing, private transport, a Far Horizons escort, local guides, gratuities and taxes. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: In Djibouti there's a visit to the Khalifa's house with its small museum to the charismatic Mahdi who defeated the British in 1885, the Presidential Palace where Britain's General Gordon was beheaded the same year, and the house of Lord Kitchener during his campaign against the Mahdi.

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Princess's Seven Day Sale - We've cruise everywhere... Yeah! Princess 7 Day Sale
Hi Cruisers,

There's never been a better time to book that Tropical Escape! For a limited time Princess Cruises are offering huge discounts plus a Bonus $100 Onboard Credit per Stateroom on a selected range of cruises throughout the Pacific.

This sale will only last seven days, so if you are looking to escape the winter chill at an affordable price, then this is the deal for you!

Sale features:

- Sale opens for booking Wednesday 30 May 2012 and ends Tuesday 5 June 2012.
- Huge savings

- $100 Bonus onboard credit per stateroom.

BOOK NOW! Free Call 1300 369 848

Keep Cruising,

Brett & the ecruising team

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Tuesday 29 May 2012

Seabourn One Week Sale - We've cruise everywhere... Yeah!
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Hi Cruisers,

We are pleased to announce that Seabourn is going to have 'One Week Veranda Sale' from 29 May to 5 June, 2012.

Join Seabourn and explore the world in a completely unique way.

Seabourn shares with its guests a genuine passion for exploring the world’s most exceptional destinations.

And with savings of 50% or more, there has never been a better time to travel the world aboard the World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line.

Book by 5th of June for Seabourn's best deals.

BOOK NOW! Free Call 1300 369 848

Keep Cruising,

Brett & the ecruising Team

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CRUISE Specialist Holidays has an unbeatable 65% savings aboard the world's highest rated boutique passenger vessel, SeaDream II as she sails 7-nights from Nice to Barcelona on October 20 this year – and including 27-hours in Monte Carlo to visit the world's most-famous casino, St Tropez on the French Riviera where more than 40 movies have been made including the 1950s sensual classic And God Created Woman starring Brigitte Bardot, and spectacularly beautiful Roses on the Spanish Costa Brava.

Cruise Specialist Holidays has reduced prices to start from just $3699pp twin-share, inclusive of all onboard 5-star dining, wines with lunches and dinners, drinks from the no-charge bars, nightly pre-dinner cocktail gatherings, power and sail watersports (in ports where permitted,) onboard gratuities, and port charges and taxes to make this a great addition to an already-planned holiday in Europe.

Or they can arrange air and pre- and post-sailing accommodation for a very special stand-alone 7-night super-luxury European escape.

The 56 ocean-view-stateroom, 112-guest SeaDream II will sail from Nice at 6pm on October 20 this year, arrive in Monte Carlo just an hour later and not depart until 10pm the next night for a day each in San Remo (Italy,) St Tropez, Sete and Collioure in France, Roses on the Costa Brava, and Barcelona where there is a night aboard ship before disembarking after breakfast next morning.

For full details contact Cruise Specialist Holidays, toll-free 1300 79 49 59; available at this very special price until 22 June 2012 unless sold out earlier.

SeaDream II and twin-sister SeaDream I that each carry a maximum 112-guests served by 95-crew have been consistently rated world's best for dining, service and value by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, while Frommer's Guide to Cruises and Ports of Call has given the mega-motor-cruisers #1 billing in its Notable Ships category. For information about SeaDream I and II go to

Half Price Accommodation at Toberua Island Resort, Fiji

Toberua Island Resort Fiji is offering an unthinkable deal, offering 50% off all accommodation. Prices start from only *AUD$850 per family (2 Adults, 2 children), with a minimum 5 night stay. This deal is available for travel until 31st March 2013.

Toberua Island Resort is a unique privately owned island resort offering guests an unforgettable Fijian holiday experience. At Toberua guests can relax, soak up the sunny tranquil atmosphere, enjoy the crystal clear tropical waters or dance barefoot under the stars. 

Located in the Lomaiviti Group off the eastern side of Fiji's main island Viti Levu, this stunning island includes four sandy acres of lush tropical gardens.

Accommodation is in one of fifteen recently refurbished traditional bures, decorated in true authentic Fijian style with comfortable contemporary furnishings. The Premium and Deluxe ocean front bures are nestled into the water's edge and dotted around the island and with soaring 27 feet ceilings these 'Island Homes' are fan cooled and come with private indoor/outdoor bathrooms, a covered deck, hammock, beach chairs, refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities.

Guests will never be short of things to do at Toberua Island Resort. With a low tide golf course, path putting, fishing, sailing, superb snorkelling and scuba diving, windsurfing, volleyball or lazing under a palm tree by the pool, guests can be as energetic or as relaxed as they like.

Toberua also offers a selection of trips and tours. Step back in time to discover some local history. Visit a nearby village. Snorkel and picnic at a deserted island and for the eco friendly a visit to Bird Island and the Nasamila Mangrove Forest are a must.

Dive addicts will love Toberua, with the resort being in minutes from more than 20 varied dive sites from Coral heads to 60 foot walls and crevasses. Toberua has its own resident PADI dive instructor and offers a full range of courses from introductory dives to dive master qualification.

A tropical Island wouldn't be complete without a Spa and Toberua has recently refurbished its Spa Bure and it now offers an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments. Therapists use the locally renowned Pure Fiji products to enhance the Fijian Massage experience.

Toberua is the perfect place to get married. Peaceful, romantic and private - Toberua sets the scene for a long and happy life together.  Guests can celebrate their love with an intimate ceremony on the beach, by the pool, among the gardens or at the open bure. The entire island can be hired for only the happy couple and their family and friends.

A five night stay at Toberua starts from *AUD$850 per family (2 Adults, 2 children). Rates include free use of snorkel gear, kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, maid and evening turn down service. Travel black out periods include 28 June – 6 August 2012, 21 September – 14 October 2012, 22 December 2012 – 5 January 2013

For further information visit or contact

*Rates are based on currency exchange rate as of 18/4/12 and are subject to change. Prices are inclusive of taxes but DO NOT include domestic airfares or transfers to the island.

For booking and enquiries please contact: Tess Willcox on P: 07 5524 5222 Email:

Monday 28 May 2012

Royal Caribbean Flagship Sale

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Hi Cruisers,

Don't miss out on Royal Caribbean's Flagship sale which is offering up to US$200 onboard credit and half price deposits. Hurry though, as the sale runs for one week only and finishes on Saturday 2 June 2012. Cruise around Australia, New Zealand or to the South Pacific on one of these three 'Flagships' -

- Australia's first megaliner, Voyager of the Seas
- Australian favourite, Rhapsody of the Seas
- Australia's first 21st Century superliner, Radiance of the Seas

Sale features include:

- On sale from Sunday 27 May until Saturday 2 June 2012
- Offer consists of an Onboard Credit & 50% reduced deposit
- Available for Royal Caribbean International Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific cruises departing between September 2012 and April 2013
- Offer is strictly for new individual bookings only made within the sale period

Your cruise fare includes all accommodation, meals including room service (excluding specialty dining) & entertainment.

BOOK NOW! Free Call 1300 369 848

Keep Cruising,

Lynden & the ecruising Team


CRUISE specialists have just released a 36-night cruise/land package departing on December 2, that includes visiting Los Angeles and Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro at either end of a 31 night cruise through exotic South America aboard the Golden Princess.

Highlights include visiting all the hot spots of South America such as Cabo San Lucas in  Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Santiago, Coquimbo and Punta Arenas in Chile, Ushuaia and Buenos Aires in Argentina, Falkland Islands and Uruguay before arriving at your final destination - Brazil.

This is a great opportunity to visit many of the lesser known parts of Central and South America that are often not included in itineraries through the region.

The package is priced from $8169 per person twin share, which includes $85 onboard credit for some cabin categories. It also includes return economy air fares from Sydney, two nights at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, 31 nights cruise accommodation with meals on board the Golden Princess, three nights at the Copacabana Palace, plus a half day Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) tour, a full day Sugarloaf Mountain tour, transfers and port charges and government taxes.

For more details contact on 1300 369 848 or check-out

Saturday 26 May 2012


(with a luxury Singapore hotel stay as well)

CRUISECO has extraordinary value fly, cruise and stay deals between Australia and Singapore on three of the world's largest and most amazingly equipped ships in November this year and March 2013. From just $2,270pp twin share for 14 nights on the huge Voyager of the Seas from Fremantle, with 2 nights post cruise in Singapore in the luxury Fairmont Hotel with breakfast daily, one way airfare back to Perth, on board gratuities and all taxes and port charges.

The 138,000 tonne Voyager of the Seas, that can carry 3,100 guests, will sail from Fremantle on March 9 2013 for Port Hedland, Laem Chabang (overnight to visit Bangkok,) Phu My for Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.

Cruiseco also has 17 nights on Celebrity Cruises' 91,000 tonne Millennium on November 22 this year from Sydney to Newcastle, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Yorkey's Knob (for an overnight visit to Cairns), Darwin, Benoa (Bali) and Singapore, 2 nights post-cruise at the Fairmont Hotel with breakfast daily, one way air back to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, or Adelaide (deduct $75pp ex Perth), shipboard gratuities and all taxes and port charges, is priced from $2,795pp twin share.

Sixteen nights on Celebrity's 122,000 tonne Solstice from Singapore to Sydney departs November 23 this year for Benoa (Bali), Darwin, Yorkey's Knob (Cairns), Brisbane and Sydney, is priced from $3,065pp twin share including one way airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide (deduct $85pp ex Perth) to Singapore, two nights pre-cruise stay at the Fairmont Hotel Singapore with breakfast daily, shipboard gratuities and all taxes and port charges.

Conditions apply; for full details and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise specialist travel agent from

Friday 25 May 2012

Silver Spirit in the Mediterranean with Butler


WOULD you believe that from US$4,399pp twin share can put you aboard the ultra luxury Silver Spirit in the Mediterranean this September or October, including 7 nights enjoying ocean views in a Silver Suite with separate dining and living areas, generous-sized verandah, complimentary wines, Champagnes and spirits, an in-suite bar with your preference in beverages, menu selections by Relais & Chateaux, on board gratuities… and even a Butler service.

Book and pay before 15 June with and you will receive three Qantas Frequent Flyer points for every $1.50 spent on these holidays – TRIPLE the offer of one Qantas Frequent Flyer point awarded for every $1.50 spent on other Cruiseco holidays – (points are not awarded on port charges, government fees and air taxes).

PLUS when booked with a Cruiseco travel agency, you will receive complimentary first-time membership to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program valued at $82.50.

The newest ship in the Silver Sea fleet, Silver Spirit sails from Venice this September 24 for 7 nights to Piraeus (Athens) via six ports in Italy, Croatia and Greece, and 7 nights from Piraeus to Civitavecchia (Rome) on October 15 visiting five ports in Greece, Malta, Sicily and Italy, and a relaxing full day at sea, both priced from US$4,399pp twin share.

Conditions apply and offer is subject to availability; for details and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent go to

CRUISECO also have 7 nights on October 1 this year from Piraeus to Istanbul aboard Silver Spirit via six ports, and 7 nights on October 22 from Civitavecchia to Barcelona via six ports in Silver Suite accommodation also starts from just US$4,399pp twin share for each cruise.

Two 9 nights sailings, Barcelona on October 29 this year to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands via six ports and with two days at sea, and on November 7 Las Palmas Return via seven ports in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and Spain and a day at sea, are each priced from US$5,499pp twin-share.

Thursday 24 May 2012


For the very first time, Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Hard Rock Cafe Sydney and AirAsia are collaborating to show Sydney-siders how and where they can holiday as rock stars, via an interactive competition at the Cafe in Darling Harbour.

From 9-17 June 2012, one lucky Sydney-sider will stand the chance to win a luxurious four day / three night tropical escape for two to the island of Penang in Malaysia, where they’ll soak up some sun, indulge their senses and head-bang to rock anthems every single night. Being treated like a rock star would only be the beginning!

Patrons at the Hard Rock Cafe Sydney over the course of the 10 short days are encouraged to show off their knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll icons and put their creative thinking caps to work in order to rock away to Penang.

For more information:

Hard Rock Hotel Penang is Malaysia’s trendiest hotel according to TripAdvisor and is popular among families, couples and corporates.

Hard Rock Cafe Sydney is Sydney’s hottest newest joint featuring live music every night and some of Sydney’s best cocktails and views. Opening hours are from 12 noon till late from Mon-Fri and from 11.30 till late from Sat-Sun.

AirAsia has been voted the world's best low cost carrier three years running at the prestigious Skytrax Awards, and operates routes to more than 78 destinations throughout Asia.

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Monday 14 May 2012

All new Wind Star renovation complete

There's a fresh new breeze at sea, the all new Wind Star renovation is complete. The graceful four-masted sailing yacht, Wind Star, is now completely renovated and under sail, the first of Windstar’s three sailing yachts to complete what will be an $18 million full renovation of the fleet.

This landmark renovation brings Windstar's fleet to the pinnacle of luxurious contemporary style, just what you would expect from the world's best private yachts, and perfectly suited to provide a unique cruise holiday experience of elegance.

The sailing begins with the Islands of the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome to experience an entirely new level of Windstar Style. Soft, seascape tones provide a beautifully soothing colour palette. All new teak decking and brilliant white canvas sails create a relaxed sanctuary on the water. From furnishings to finishes, from headboards to hand rails: everything is new and ready to welcome you onboard.

Additionally, Wind Spirit has recently joined Wind Surf in the completion of its stateroom and corridor renovations; both will be fully renovated in December 2012. The debut voyages will be 01 December 2012 for Wind Surf and 22 December 2012 for Wind Spirit.

For cruise information for Windstar, please contact Travel the World on 1300 950 622.

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Friday 11 May 2012

This Week's Cruise Deals from

Free Double Upgrade from an Inside to Veranda on Celebrity Europe- Book a selected Mediterranean package on Silhouette, Equinox or Solstice from now until 20 May 2012 for various departures between June & November and you'll get a Veranda for the price of an Inside! Amazing value is this 12 night late season package with Celebrity Equinox. Departing Rome 16 November this year, head for Messina on the Island of Sicily before heading to The Aegean. You'll visit Athens, Ephesus (Kusadasi) in Turkey as well as the picture perfect Greek islands of Rhodes, Santorini & Mykonos. Then head back to Italy with a final stop at Naples before returning to Rome. We've included return airfares as well as 2 nights accommodation at the Crowne Plaza St Peters, Rome. Grab yourself a FREE upgrade to a Veranda from an amazingly low $2,629.00!! Or How about a Concierge Class Veranda from only $2,759.00! Click here for details

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Why not spend this Christmas on board Diamond Princess with this great Mothers Day Special? This 14 night cruise departs Sydney 14 December 2012 and cruise south to Hobart and then onto Melbourne before crossing the Tasman to New Zealand. Spend a day cruising spectacular Fjordland National Park before stopping at Dunedin, Christchurch & Wellington, followed by a spot of scenic cruising around the Marlborough Sounds. You'll then head up to Tauranga before disembarking in Auckland. We haven't included flights as you may want to extend your stay, visit friends or relatives for the holidays or use frequent flyer points, however we can certainly organise flights for you. Be quick, because this special Mothers Day deal finishes 14 May - Great value Christmas cruising from only $1,749.00! Click here for details

The good people from Rocky Mountaineer are offering you up to CAD$1000 to spend on holiday add-ons this season! You can use this credit to extend your stay, travel to Whistler and back on the Whistler Sea to Sky train, enjoy city tours, go whale watching, hire a car, take a flightseeing tour, purchase a meal plan as well as a number of other enhancements (ask one of our consultants for details).Click here for 2012 Rocky Mountaineer Star Cruises are offering 2 for 1 savings for departures on Virgo & Libra for Aug 2012- Mar 2013. Take advantage of this offer with this 5 night package departing Singapore 19 August. You get a 3 night cruise visiting the resorts of Penang & Phuket, return airfares & 2 nights accommodation at Swissotel the Stamford - The Complete package from only $1,339.00!! Click here for details
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Thursday 10 May 2012

Chase the Sun to the South Pacific and Hawaii

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Have you been dreaming of a sunny, relaxing, tropical getaway to one of the most beautiful regions on earth? There's no better time than now - Travelscene American Express is offering an exclusive and unbeatable range of accommodation deals to some breathtaking destinations in the South Pacific and Hawaii starting at just $169* per person!

These inclusive packages to Fiji, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Hawaii feature unbelievable savings with bonus free offers including FREE nights, FREE room upgrades, reduced prices on airport/hotel transfers, breakfast daily plus many more deal-specific inclusions.

Travelscene American Express is also offering incredible specials on return economy airfares to these favourite island destinations in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, Air Pacific, Virgin Australia and Air Vanuatu. But don't delay - these offers won't last long! Check out some of the many deals now on offer:
  • Denarau & Nadi, Fiji – Stay 6 nights at Club Fiji in a Garden Court Bure from just $169* per person, twin share. Price includes 2 FREE nights, continental breakfast daily and exclusive FREE return airport transfers.
  • Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Stay 6 nights at Club Raro in a Standard Room from just $329* per person, twin share. Price includes 2 FREE nights, tropical breakfast daily, introductory scuba dive in resort pool and exclusive bottle of wine upon arrival.
  • Port Villa, Vanuatu – Stay 7 nights at Coconut Palms Resort (pic above) in a Superior Orchid Room from just $355* per person, twin share. Price includes 3 FREE nights, breakfast daily, AU$100 food and beverage credit per room per stay, exclusive 1 FREE bottle of house wine per room with every evening meal at the resort restaurant throughout your stay.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii – Stay 5 nights at Miramar at Waikiki in a City View Room from just $393* per person, twin share. Price includes a guaranteed room upgrade to a partial Ocean View Room, 1 FREE night and stay a 6th night FREE! 

And it doesn't end there! Your nearest Travelscene American Express has a huge range of package deals available, and can individually tailor your next holiday to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Find your local Travelscene American Express Member on 13 TRAVEL (13 8728) or visit for more information.

Monday 7 May 2012


THE dream many avid cruisers have of sailing on one of Cunard's magnificent "Queen" vessels can become reality by cruising on not one but two of the famous ships.

You can spend 15 days sailing around the Baltic on the spectacular Queen Elizabeth and then join sister ship Queen Victoria for a 16-day voyage through the Mediterranean.

Australia's leading on-line cruise operator has put together a unique 36-night package on the two ships, including return air fares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, two nights' accommodation at the Ritz hotel in London, and a three night stopover in Dubai at the Raffles hotel for just $7369. The first cruise departs on May 1.

Queen Elizabeth does a 14-night roundtrip from Southampton which visits Norway, Denmark, Berlin, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden whilst the Queen Victoria 17-night voyage also departing from Southampton, sails to the ports of Venice, Palermo and Messina in Italy and Sicily, Valencia in Spain, plus the islands of Croatia and Greece and Spain, with plenty of time at sea to experience the quality Cunard service and the ships' renowned facilities.

The price also includes on-board credit up to US$220 per stateroom, airport transfers, all taxes and port charges, plus all meals and entertainment on both ships.

More details from on 1300 369 848 or check-out

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