Sunday 28 December 2014

Wreckage found? - or not - in QZ8501


Bergen to Barcelona aboard VIKING STAR

Sail on the world's newest and most unique all balcony ship!

An epic 15 day journey of contrasts on the world's newest ship that includes select excursions, beverages and port lectures.  You will feel very much like an explorer, not just a tourist.  Let the voyage commence!

Departs: 5 August 2015
Includes: Return flights, 2 nights stay Bergen, 14 night cruise, 3 night stay Barcelona
Ports of call: Bergen, Haugesund, Southampton, Le Havre (Paris), Cherbourg, A Coruña, Porto, Lisbon, Cádiz (Seville), Malaga (Grenada), Barcelona (overnight).
Package from: $10,199 pp twin share

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ms Astor Tilbury to Sydney

Join this unique and exciting voyage on the lovely ms Astor as you sail all the way from London to Sydney!

Extensively refurbished in 2010, Astor is fully stabilised and air-conditioned with accommodation for just 600 privileged guests. The unique size of Astor offers an intimate country house style allowing you to enjoy the camaraderie that comes from being among a select number of guests and to be pampered by the very attentive crew.
  • Inclusive:  Your package includes your flight to London, hotel stay and voyage to Australia
  • Discover:  The man made wonder of the Panama Canal
  • Explore:  Three delightful ports in the Caribbean including St Lucia with its famous 'pitons'.

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Wednesday 24 December 2014

Emirates New Year’s Global Sale

Emirates Airline customers who are looking for new adventures in 2015 can now fulfil their New Year’s resolutions with some very appealing fares in both Business and Economy Class.

Economy Class return fares from Australia begin at $362 to New Zealand, $719 to Asia, $1,098 to India, $1,575 to Europe, $1,680 to South Africa, $1,761 to the UK, $1,883 to Dubai and $1,974 to North America.

Business Class return fares from Australia start at $1,242 to New Zealand, $2,978 to Asia, $6,029 to India, $7,019 to South Africa, $7,673 to Dubai, $7,738 to Europe, $7,980 to the UK and $8,875 to North America.

New destinations have been added to the Emirates network since the beginning of 2014, including Chicago, Oslo, and Brussels, which adds to the roster of 147 destinations in 84 countries.

Emirates also continues to add the latest aircraft to its fleet which now has 55 A380s, one third of all A380s currently in the skies. The airline has launched nine new A380 destinations in the past 12 months, including Mumbai, Frankfurt, Dallas and Kuwait. Perth will also welcome the A380 in 2015.

Bookings to all destinations across Emirates’ network should be made before 13 January 2015, for travel between 16 January and 30 November 2015.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, contact your travel agent or visit

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Cathay Pacific Christmas Sale

Cathay Pacific unwraps Asia with its Christmas sale

Choose from 63 destinations in Asia from just $686*

It’s the season to be jolly and in the spirit of giving, Cathay Pacific is offering you the chance to spoil your loved ones with a trip to Asia – with 63 destinations on sale in China, Japan and Taiwan.

The special return Economy Class airfares are available for travel between 26 January and 30 November 2015 and start from just $683 to Hong Kong, $765 to Shanghai, $762 to Taiwan and $776 to Tokyo. If you wanted to treat yourself, Premium Economy Class fares to Hong Kong start from $1,630 and $1,815 to Taipei and are available for travel from 21 April 2015.

Flights must be booked by midnight 31 December 2014; further terms and conditions apply.

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Monday 22 December 2014

Backyard Travel Launch Eat, Learn, Love Cambodia Travel Writing and Photography Tour

Backyard Travel, the online boutique travel agency specialising in unique, insider tours throughout Asia, today unveiled an exclusive culinary writing tour through Cambodia.

With just the one departure date on Friday 22nd May 2015, the eight day 'Eat, Learn, Love Cambodia Tour' has been carefully put together in collaboration with travel writer Lara Dunston, contributor to The Guardian, The Independent, and National Geographic Traveler, amongst other international publications.

Phare Circus, Siem Reap

Created with the foodie traveler in mind, the insider's tour offers a uniquely immersive and intimate experience of Cambodia, with space for just 12 people on the small group departure.

Over the course of the trip, travelers will visit some of the country's most iconic locations, as well as lesser seen sites, deconstructing Khmer cuisine, delving into history and, with host Lara's guidance, developing their passion for culinary writing. Professional photographer Terrence Dunstan will also join the tour, offering tips on travel and food photography.

To provide insight into the roots of Cambodian cuisine, the tour includes guided visits to key cultural landmarks such as Angkor Wat, the ex-colonial outpost Battambang, and historic temples like Banteay Chhmar Wat. Along the way, travelers will scour local village markets for fresh produce, discover the region's vineyards, tasting its wine, and sample the most authentic flavors in the country, from street-side vendors to top-billed restaurants and everything in between. There are excursions to pineapple and coconut plantations to trace the cuisine back to its source, as well as side-trips that focus on other aspects of Cambodian culture: its arts, its religion and its colonial history.

A particular highlight of the Eat Learn Love tour is the hand-picked accommodation the Backyard Travel team have selected. Designed to give travelers a truly unforgettable experience, travelers stay at the stunning Sala Lodges in Siem Reap which offers a unique blend of rustic luxury, and alsoBanteay Chhmar, a charming homestay in rural Cambodia, offering a true taste of Cambodian warmth and hospitality.

“This insiders tour of Cambodia is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for travelers to come together over a shared passion for food, photography and Southeast Asian culture,” said Backyard Travel's General Manager Maeve Nolan. “We're especially proud to be working alongside Lara and Terrence Dunston to offer not only an immersive, insider exploration into Cambodian cuisine, but provide valuable skills travelers can take with them wherever their future journeys lead them.”

The unique tour has just one departure date on Friday 22nd May 2015. It is priced at $1899 per person, which is based on four people travelling, sharing a double/twin room, including daily breakfast, five lunches and seven dinners. All excursions are fully guided, tours and transfers are by private air-conditioned vehicle (unless stated) and all entrance fees mentioned in the visits are included.

About Backyard Travel

Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specialising in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan and China.

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Savings of $3600 Now Available for Mediterranean Cruise on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas

SAVINGS of more than $3600 per person are now available on a 16-night cruise taking in some of the Mediterranean's most exciting cities if you book with before February 14.

The Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas is part of a 22-night fly/cruise/stay package which is now available for $6939 per person twin share, discounted from $10,509.

The voyage provides the opportunity to explore seven of Europe's most exciting cities, plus historic Sardinia and the awesome Rock of Gibraltar. Port calls are made at Barcelona, Cannes, Rome, Florence, Malaga, Seville and Lisbon.

There's a full day ashore to enjoy the main cities and several hours to see Gibraltar and Sardinia, with six days at sea to enjoy the wonderful facilities aboard Explorer of the Seas.

The deal includes return air fares with Emirates from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (small surcharge from other cities), three stopover nights with breakfast and dinner daily at Fairmont The Palm in Dubai and three nights with breakfast in a Superior Queen room at London's renowned Savoy hotel.

Explorer of the Seas departs from Southampton on September 2 and returns on September 18. London and Dubai city sightseeing passes and all transfers are also included.

More details available from on 1300 369 848 or visit

Best Vantage Points for Sydney Fireworks

Sydney has long been on the list for travellers across the world as the place to be to bring in the New Year and with good reason. With the world's most spectacular fireworks display on offer and a range of exciting experiences to be a part of, there's no better place to start off the year.

The action also doesn't stop when the sun rises with a host of activities and events across a range of iconic Sydney venues on New Year's Day offering plenty more fun up for grabs.

New Year's Eve – Vantage points

The beauty of Sydney is that you can catch a great view of the fireworks from plenty of spots around the Harbour.

Here are just a few of the best vantage points – but get there early before they fill up! For a full list visit

Mrs Macquaries Point

1 Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Opening times:10.00am 31 December to 12.30am 1 January

Mrs Macquaries Point is one of the more popular viewing spots for New Year's Eve as it provides fantastic views of the New Year's Eve Fireworks Display. This vantage point also offers catering and bar services available for purchase.

North Head

North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park

Opening times: 5.00pm 31 Dec to 12.30am 1 Jan

While this site might not have an up close view of the fireworks, North Head, situated in Manly on the northern most edge of Sydney Harbour, has the advantage of being set away from the city crowds, offering a spectacular panorama of the Harbour and Sydney skyline.

Pirrama Park

Harris St, Pyrmont

Opening times: 2.00pm 31 Dec to 1.00am 1 Jan

This family friendly vantage point offers great views of the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour and features fully licensed bars and temporary food vending operators in operation from midday until 1.00am.

Tarpeian Precinct (Macquarie Street Lawns)

Located off Macquarie Street, Sydney

Opening times: 10.00am 31 Dec to 12.30am 1 Jan

Tarpeian Precinct, adjacent to the Sydney Opera House, has wonderful views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, offering a fine vantage point for viewing the New Year's Eve fireworks display.

Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

Alfred Street, North Sydney

Opening times: 12.00pm 31 Dec to 12.15am 1 Jan

Bradfield Park is a popular site for families, which offers views from the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's one of the best views looking onto impressive scenes of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Campbell's Cove

Hickson Rd, Sydney

Opening times: 8.00am 31 Dec to 2.00am 1 Jan

Campbell's Cove is located east of The Rocks and north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and offers good views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Crowds arrive early as the area usually closes to new arrivals at around 4.00pm.

Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Circular Quay

Opening times: 7.30am 31 Dec to 2.00am 1 Jan

To nab a spot at this iconic spot it's best to arrive as early as possible as the Sydney Opera House reaches capacity early in the day. Food and drinks are available for purchase onsite.

Blues Point Reserve, McMahons Point

Blues Point Road, McMahons Point

Opening times: 12.00pm 31 Dec to 1.00am 1 Jan

Blues Point Reserve is a fantastic and popular location to catch all the New Year's Eve action. Making an afternoon of it is a must. See the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skies above light up!

Luxe New Year's Eve

For those that want a luxe experience, here are just a few ideas:

Luxe New Year's Eve

For a 'ferry good view' of the fireworks, hop on an iconic Sydney Harbour Ferry for a front row seat of all the firework action. Launched for the first time this year, guests can sit back and relax as they cruise around Sydney Harbour before catching the 9am and midnight fireworks from the middle of Sydney Harbour, off Bradley's Head. Ferries depart from Manly, Meadowbank, Circular Quay or Rose Bay wharves and guests can pack a picnic to enjoy on-board.

Tickets: From $125 and kids under 3 are free

New Year's Eve Under the Stars

This year sees the launch of the inaugural New Year's Eve Under the Stars at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Ticket holders enjoy a prime vantage point on the lawn adjacent to Bennelong, Tarpiean Way with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Tickets include a premium all-inclusive food and beverage package from 7pm until midnight by renowned Sydney catering company, Trippas White Group.

Tickets: $395 per person.

For more information:

Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Fine dining and great views will go hand in hand at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, which is offering an indulgent 7-course degustation including champagne on arrival, whilst taking in both the 9pm and midnight fireworks on a harbour-front lawn. A live band will keep the party and dance floor going from 7pm – 1am.

Tickets: at $500 per person (adults only)

For bookings phone 02 9241 2419

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Shangri-La Sydney

There are a few options to welcome the New Year in prime position, 36 levels above the famous fireworks display in Sydney Harbour. For the family, why not indulge in a midnight fireworks buffet, including a diverse selection of global delights, succulent seafood, desserts, premium sparkling and still wines and beers.

Tickets: $325 per adult and $125 per child

For more information:

New Year's Day

Post New Year's Eve, there's plenty to love about Sydney's dining and bar scene on New Year's Day. For something a little extra special here's a few tips:

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay

Welcome the New Year on the beachfront at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel as you listen to summer sounds by Mr Glass, Matt Sav and Yolanda. Complimentary cocktail on arrival and beverages from 12pm – 3pm plus an array of mouth-watering canapés will be on offer on the Top Deck of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

Tickets: $195.00

For more information visit:

Field Day, The Domain Sydney

Set on the first day of the year at The Domain, Field Day is the city's most popular boutique music festival, mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic music artists from around the world. For young Sydneysiders, Field Day is the ultimate party to welcome in the New Year.

Tickets: $138.00

For more information visit:

Daniel San, Manly

Spend a recovery session by the beach on the rooftop at Daniel San and enjoy the best views in Manly listening to the beats from Yolanda by Cool along with some of Sydney's hottest DJ's and talent.

Tickets: $40.00

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Sunday 21 December 2014

Exotic, Exciting Morocco in 2015 with Carol Prior

Day to Day Life Tour

28 April - 14 May 2015

Exciting News: due to popular demand, Carol Prior will lead her own tour of Morocco. Travel with her and meet the people she has been friends with for over 30 years. Discover the hidden secrets of Marrakech, Fez and Tanger. Join her for a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert. Discover the real Morocco with Carol. This is a very small and exclusive tour with only 10 people.

Contact by Prior ArrangementFor booking and further information please contact
Carol Prior on
and on SKYPE carolprior37
or mobile in Australia - + 61-2 (0)415 637 985

Friday 19 December 2014 deal of the week: DoubleTree by Hilton, Queenstown


DoubleTree by Hilton, Queenstown
Save 30% on your stay

Visit for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎                                          

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown 4.5*

Save 30% on your stay

Book by: 11 February 2015

Stay by: 11 February 2015

Prices from: AU $159 per night

Nestled on the shores of Queenstown's magnificent Lake Wakatipu, the DoubleTree by Hilton boasts breathtaking views of one of New Zealand's most beautiful destinations. With just a short 15 minute drive to the centre of town, you're in the perfect spot to explore Queenstown's natural beauty. Take a peaceful stroll around the lake, soak up the outstanding views from the hotel or test your bravery with a bungy jump. Equipped with a cinema, grill and a wine bar with a view to kill, never has there been a better place to explore this unique corner of the world.

^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 19 December, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit for full terms and conditions.

Silversea cruise to St Petersburg and Europe



Catch glimpses of history on Silversea's 12 day voyage aboard Silver Cloud.  Sailing from Copenhagen to London, guests will uncover the hidden secrets of charming European cities and Russia's St. Petersburg.


Departing Copenhagen on 7 July 2015, Silver Cloud sails to Estonia, stopping in Tallinn, a charming Old Town filled with romantic bell towers, cobblestone streets and incredible galleries.  Silver Cloud then visits St. Petersburg in Russia, docking right outside the famous Hermitage museum. Guests will spend two nights exploring the beautiful city's golden spires, gilded domes, pastel palaces and candlelit cathedrals. 

Cruising to Finland, Silver Cloud docks in Helsinki, a sea-town built along a series of peninsulas and islands, where winter brings perpetual darkness and summer brings everlasting light.  Silver Cloud's next port of call is Warnemünde in Germany, a resort located on the Baltic Sea, at the estuary of the river Warnow, before she sails the Kiel Canal, one of the world's busiest artificial waterways. 

Silver Cloud then journeys to Amsterdam, where guests can visit Anne Frank's house, meander Brewers' Canal and explore the famed Rembrandt House Museum.  Silver Cloud concludes her journey with an overnight stay in London.  Travelling under Tower Bridge, Silver Cloud will cruise the River Thames, while guests witness London's famous landmarks including Big Ben, the Tower of London and the London Eye.  After exploring London, guests disembark on 19 July 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$7,650 in a Vista 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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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Discover Australia With Oaks Hotels & Resorts' Last-Minute Summer Escapes

Our scorching Aussie summer is in full swing, signalling the beginning of the highly anticipated school holidays and for some, a Christmas and New Year's break, but for those yet to plan their summer escape, leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts is encouraging holidaymakers to take advantage of last-minute holiday deals around Australia, staying in a spacious apartment or contemporary hotel room in a new or favourite destination.

Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Hunter Valley NSW


Oaks Oasis, Caloundra

Just steps from the award-winning Golden Beach and sitting amongst 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, the newly refurbished Oaks Oasis is the must-visit family fun destination this summer, boasting all the holiday essentials including an onsite water play park, tropical pool with spa, children's playground, Reflections Restaurant & Bar, and tennis and volleyball court. Retreat to an Executive Family room, sleeping up to four guests, from $164* per night from Sunday-Thursday or $179* per night on Fridays/Saturdays and enjoy a bonus 11.00am late check-out.

To book, call 1300 031 963

Minimum two-night stay. Book before 31 January 2015 and travel between 16 December 2014 and 31 May 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.


Oaks Lure, Port Stephens

Round up the family and escape to the blue water paradise of Port Stephens this summer and enjoy all that Oaks Lure has to offer. Splash about in the outdoor swimming pool and adjoining children's wading pool, enjoy a lunchtime or sunset BBQ with family and friends, or set out to explore the coastal township – from surfing at popular beach breaks, fishing in the bay or four-wheel driving down the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. Rates for a hotel room start from $114* per night from Sunday-Thursday and $139* per night on Friday/Saturday, while fully self-contained two bedroom apartments are available from $219* per night Sunday-Thursday, or $269* per night on Friday/Saturday. Guests are also entitled to a bonus late check out of 11.00am.

To book, call 1300 669 480

Minimum two-night stay. Book before 31 January 2015 and travel between 16 December 2014 and 31 May 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.

Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Hunter Valley

There's so much to experience in the Hunter Valley this summer at Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts. Tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course, enjoy a meal and evening drinks at the onsite restaurant and bar, take a dip in one of the three swimming pools, work out in the gymnasium or take a day trip to the nearby Hunter Valley Zoo or famous wineries. Spread out in a fully self-contained one bedroom villa from only $199* per night and receive a bonus 11.00am late checkout.

To book, call 1300 886 091

Minimum two-night stay. Book before 31 January 2015 and travel between 16 December 2014 and 31 May 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.


Oaks on Collins, Melbourne

Experience a summer of food, wine, shopping, culture and first class entertainment in Melbourne, with Oaks on Collins as your central city base. Enjoy contemporary studio accommodation from $119* per night midweek or $139* per night on weekends, plus receive complimentary Wi-Fi and access to hotel leisure facilities, including a plunge pool, gymnasium, sauna and onsite restaurant and bar.

To book, call 1300 786 603

Minimum two-night stay. Travel between 6 December 2014 and 15 January 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.


Oaks Liberty Towers, Glenelg

Summer in Glenelg can mean only one thing: sun, sand and sea. Oaks Liberty Towers has your accommodation needs covered, with spacious and self-contained one bedroom apartments starting from $119* per night midweek or $139* per night on weekends, including free Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay. Relish the spectacular views over Glenelg Beach and Holdfast Marina, enjoy premier onsite leisure facilities and get involved in the many water-based adventures Glenelg has to offer, from sailing to scuba diving and dolphin cruises.

To book, call 1300 721 801

Minimum two night stay. Travel between 6 December 2014 and 15 January 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out periods may apply.

For more information, visit

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply. Prices based on per room per night. Surcharges may apply on certain dates.

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Cruise from Venice to Istanbul on Celebrity Constellation

DISCOUNTS of between $6500 and $11,000 are available for a cruise on Celebrity Constellation, the newest of the company's Millennium-class ships, for those that book early on the “Great Ancient Adventure” package from

The cruise is part of a 38-night fly/cruise/hotel package which departs on August 28, 2016, and includes two nights stopover at the Raffles in Dubai with a Dubai city sightseeing pass, three nights in Venice, with a walking tour, gondola ride and private water taxi transfers staying at the Hilton Molino Stucky before joining the ship. After the cruise there are two nights at the new Raffles in Istanbul.

Cruising from Venice to Istanbul over 31 nights, the itinerary has a combination of well-known port destinations and many interesting and more unusual port visits to nine countries.

Visit the popular ports of Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Athens, Dubrovnik, Naples, Santorini and more. And explore the lesser visited places such as Koper in Slovenia, Kotor in Montenegro, Valletta in Malta, Burgas in Bulgaria and Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta in Ukraine before arriving at your final destination, Istanbul.

The package includes international return economy airfares from Australia, seven nights hotel accommodation, 31 nights cruise accommodation with all meals and entertainment aboard the ship, port charges and government taxes and is now priced from $10,619 per person twin share for an inside stateroom; previously it was $17,409.

More details from on 1300 369 848 or visit

Guaranteed Adventure on the Fraser Coast This Summer

Take the plunge from an aeroplane, hang out in a boom net on a scenic cruise or tour the world's largest sand island in a luxury Hummer – the adventure capital of the Fraser Coast has plenty of experiences to ramp up the excitement this summer.

From the cool ancient rainforests and stunning coloured sands of Fraser Island, to the aquatic paradise of the Great Sandy Strait, the Fraser Coast provides the perfect backdrop to get adventurous.

Here's just a small sample of some of the great packages on offer this summer, guaranteed to bring out your adventurous side.

Take the plunge with a thrilling sky diving experience. Sky Dive Hervey Bay's Beach Bum package includes 12,000ft tandem sky dive with up to 45 seconds of freefall and a five minute canopy ride, breathtaking views of Fraser Island and Hervey Bay and local beach landing from $325* per person.

Splash out on a Saturday adventure cruise with The Boat Club Adventure Cruises Hervey Bay. Travelling aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel equipped with a purpose built, secure and safe boom net, this is a unique way to stay cool, have fun with friends and see the sights on a warm summer's day. The three hour cruises start from $40* for adults and $30* for children with family and other concessions available.

See the world's largest sand island in style on an award-winning full-day Fraser Island Hummer Tour taking in Central Station Rainforest, Lake McKenzie, 75 mile beach, Eli Creek, the Coloured Sands and the Maheno Shipwreck. Priced from $252* for adults and $212* for children the luxury package includes pick up and drop off from accommodation, park fees and transfers, guaranteed small group size, all meals and beverages including gourmet hampers, champagne, strawberries and chocolate truffles.

For bookings or further information about these packages or the exciting range of other Guaranteed Summer offers focussing on the region's adventure, charm, flavour, nature, memory-making and bucket-list opportunities visit

*conditions apply, prices subject to change and availability

Tigerair Pre Christmas $24* Fares on Sale for 24 Hours

Tigerair is today putting over two thousand seats on sale from just $24* each way on four popular domestic routes across Australia for travel period extending from 21 July to 16 September 2015.

The $24* fares are on sale on four popular domestic routes providing fantastic travel bargains to fly either way between Adelaide and Melbourne or Sydney; Melbourne and Hobart and either way between Sydney and Gold Coast.

The 24 hour sale is on from midday (AEDT) today until midday Wednesday 17 December 2014, or when the limited number of fares are sold out.

Tigerair is all about rewarding those who plan ahead and book early and that's the key to securing the best value deals with Tigerair, said Vanessa Regan, Head of Communications.

“The $24* fares on sale for 24 hours are expected to be snapped up quick so jump online at midday today to avoid disappointment,” she says.

TIGERAIR'S 24 HOUR $24* AIRFARE SALE - On from midday AEDT today!

Route (either way) Travel Period 2015 Price Point
Adelaide – Melbourne 28 July – 16 September $24.00*
Adelaide – Sydney 21 July – 16 September $24.00*
Melbourne – Hobart 28 July – 16 September $24.00*
Sydney – Gold Coast 21 July – 16 September $24.00*

Fares are quoted per adult in AUD and include GST and all fees except the booking and service fee of $8.50 which is charged per person per flight for payment by credit card and debit card. This fee does not apply to an Australian issued MasterCard debit card. Additional charges apply for optional extras such as checked in baggage, travel insurance and reserved seat allocation. Other conditions apply. See website for details.

Travel periods vary by route. Sale on from midday 16 December until midday 17 December (AEDT) or until seats sell out.

Friday 28 November 2014

TFE Hotels' Deal of the Week: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

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Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Deal: Romance Package includes overnight accommodation with complimentary upgrade to the next available room type, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates dipped strawberries on arrival, full buffet breakfast for two and late check-out to 11am.

Stay by: 27th November 2014 – 31 December 2014
Book by: 30th December 2014
Price: From $194 per night
Conditions: Package is subject to availability and based on two adults. Wine and strawberries is one per stay/on arrival and buffet breakfast is daily.

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As the end of another busy year draws near, why not take time out to spoil that special someone and indulge with a romantic weekend away at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane. Enjoy overnight accommodation, sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, buffet breakfast and late check-out.  The hotel offers spectacular vistas of the city skyline, Brisbane River and its famous Story Bridge - especially beautiful at night. The CBD is a 10minute stroll along the riverside boardwalk and close to art galleries, live theatre and an array of restaurants and cafes. Then return to your hotel for a swim or spa overlooking the Brisbane River.

Norwegian Offers Special Black Friday Savings

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time offer in celebration of the biggest shopping days of the year.


When booking a new cruise vacation from Wednesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 2, 2014, holiday shoppers dreaming of their next cruise vacation will receive up to $250* to spend on board and enjoy reduced deposits. In the spirit of giving, onboard credits can be used to indulge in nearly anything the heart desires on board from decadent spa treatments and delicious specialty restaurants to delightful shore excursions and more.

Gift-givers looking for the shiniest and newest Norwegian cruise gift this season may consider Norwegian Getaway. The line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway is outfitted as Miami’s Ultimate ship, featuring ship-wide influences from the Magic City including stunning hull-artwork designed by Miami’s own David “LEBO” Le Batard. The contemporary mega-ship features 28 dining options, two Broadway Shows, the largest Aqua Park at sea with five thrilling slides, Nickelodeon and Splash Academy for families and much more. She sails seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries to tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Fares start at $509**.

Cruisers can heat up their holidays by taking advantage of incredible savings on cruise vacations to the Caribbean. This winter guests have the opportunity to experience Norwegian Epic sailing from Miami for her final season in the Caribbean, before she sets sail in April to Europe, where she will now cruise year-round. This final season from Miami offers guests an opportunity to experience the Caribbean aboard this one-of-a-kind ship that changed the face of cruising entertainment with the introduction of innovative firsts at sea like Cirque Dreams & Dinner and the SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $379**.

The newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel is sure to delight with fresh enhancements and additions such as Norwegian’s popular signature Sugarcane Mojito Bar, treats by TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker at Carlo’s Bake Shop and O’Sheehan’s, Norwegian’s Irish pub casual eatery. Guests can enjoy all of Norwegian Jewel’s new features sailing from Houston, between now and April 18, 2015, to tropical Western Caribbean destinations including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras with fares beginning at $399**.

Gulf coast cruise guests can also experience the Western Caribbean for seven-day sailings aboard Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Sun, sailing from now through April 12, 2015, from their homeports of New Orleans and Tampa respectively. Fares for Norwegian Dawn start at $509**, while fares for Norwegian Sun start at $429**.

To book a cruise with Norwegian during the biggest shopping event of the year, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

Thursday 27 November 2014

Crystal Cruises Features Spectacular Holiday Sailings for 2014 & 2015

We're inviting our nicest guests — and even the naughty ones — to fulfill both their bucket lists and their holiday wish lists with unforgettable luxury cruise experiences for the Christmas and New Year's holidays this year and next.

While experiencing the magic of the season through the eyes of locals in AsiaSouth America and the Caribbean, you can create your own memories in the luxury we have perfected over the last 25 years.

Sailing round-trip from Singapore starting December 21, the itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony berthed at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The prime positioning allows for a comfortably luxurious "front row" view of the fireworks countdown celebration, specially-illuminated skyscrapers, musical pyrotechnics, and the Symphony of Lights.
Crystal Symphony takes travelers to the heart of two of the world's most dramatic New Year's celebrations with two very different 15-day voyages:

2014, ChinaVietnamCambodia and Singapore
Sailing round-trip from Singapore on December 21, the "China Sea Holiday Spectacular" offers ample opportunity to immerse yourself in these storied destinations, with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City (including Christmas day/night), two nights in Hong Kong (includingNew Year's Eve), and calls in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, from whence travelers can explore Angkor Wat; and Nha Trang, Vietnam, a prime spot for scuba diving and seaside leisure. The itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony situated in the proverbial front row of Victoria Harbour, as fireworks flash across Hong Kong's skyline, allowing guests to enjoy the elaborate show from the ship.

2015, BrazilPuerto Rico and surrounding islands
Travelers seeking hot sunshine and even hotter cultural highlights will find both aboard the December 19 "Brazilian Holiday" itinerary, marking our first embarkation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sailing to Rio de Janeiro, the cruise focuses on Brazil's colorful cities, pristine beaches, coral reefs and famous nightlife. An overnight New Year's Eve stay in Rio allows guests to revel in the fireworks and indulge in flowing champagne at Copacabana Beach for the annual New Year celebration. Afterward, they can spend a day of leisure in Buzios before returning to Rio for the after party on a second overnight call. The voyage also calls in Scarborough (maiden visit), Trinidad and Tobago; Devil's Island, Iles du Salut, French Guiana; and FortalezaRecife and Salvador da BahiaBrazil.

Crystal Serenity's holiday options focus on the warmth of the season, with two round-trip itineraries from Miami:
2014, Caribbean Islands
Think sand castles, not snow angels. Those who are averse to snow and ice will appreciate the warm festivities of the Caribbean saints — St. Lucia, St. Barts and St. Maarten — plus BarbadosCuracao, Turks & Caicos and Tortola, on the December 21 "Caribbean Holiday Escape." Each port boasts historical sites and remnants of its distinct multicultural past, yet all offer guests a taste of the islands' idyllic, relaxed pace of life. Spend New Year's Eve meandering the waterfront promenades of Curacao before returning to the ship for a Six-Star celebration.

2015, CaribbeanSouth America and Mexican Coast
The laid-back island life of Turks & Caicos and Curacao, blended with the spice and heritage of HondurasColombia and Mexico, create an ideal holiday for those whose New Year's resolutions include things like exploring Mayan ruins, mingling with wildlife in a coastal Colombian national park, and snorkeling and scuba diving along the world's largest network of coral reefs. It's all about balance. The December 22 "Haute Caribbean Holidays" allows for exploration of the past in centuries-old cities like Santa Marta andCartagenaColombia, and Roatan Island, Honduras, then welcomes the unknown of the coming year while decking Crystal Serenity's luxurious halls.

Visit Crystal Cruises' blog to learn more about the holiday voyages and festive celebrations scheduled on board:
Crystal Cruises is the world's leading luxury cruise provider, having earned more "World's Best" awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Aboard the all-inclusive, ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, superior quality and extensive choices. Crystal sails to all seven continents, providing worldwide vacations of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea.

Until January 2, all-inclusive, value-priced "Book Now" fares start at just $1,730/person.

For more information on Crystal Cruises, call 800-446-6620, or visit

Likuliku is offering a very special package – Stay 5 Nights & Receive The 6th Night Free

Between 31 March 2015 stay 5 nights and receive the 6th night on us - FREE! 

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This great deal is available over the Christmas and New Year festive season too.

For the festive program and menus please review via the link below.

Conditions Apply: Available on all room categories - not available on split categories.  Available over Christmas and New Year.  Available on Stay 7 Pay 6, Stay 8 Pay 7, etc up to Stay 12 Pay 10. BOOKING CODE: S6P5
From AUD$2700pp* for 6 nights including all meals, exclusive amenities, free WiFi and non-motorised watersports. 

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a multi award-winning, unique haven of relaxed refinement and is Fiji’s only resort with over-water accommodation.  It has won the “Best Overseas Resort” award five years running in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List and the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Luxury or Unique Accommodation three times.  It was also the only Fiji resort named one of the world’s Top 20 Greatest Escapes by the USA’s prestigious “Islands” magazine in 2012.

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Since opening in 2007, Likuliku has welcomed tens of thousands of guests from all over the world and has also welcomed back over 3500 return guests with some couples on their 14th stay.

Situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji west, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located 25km/16miles from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter, seaplane, private speedboat, or fast catamaran transfer.

There are 45 bures, all air conditioned and offering mesmerising views of the coral lagoon and ocean, with the over-water bures suspended over the magnificent Lagoon’s reef edge. The beating heart of the resort is the Central Facility housing the magnificent Fijian canoe house designed reception, signature restaurant, guest lounge, boutique and main bar. Guests can relax in the horizon-edge pool, rejuvenate in the gym or spa or watch the sun set at Masima Island Bar in the middle of the Lagoon in a very special piece of paradise.

*approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates. Conditions apply.

Whatever the season, Honeymooners staying a minimum of five nights will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival and a one hour Couples Massage.

Other current specials include free return helicopter, seaplane or private speedboat transfers on 7 night stays+ or for a short break, stay just 3 nights and receive a free 1hr couples massage+.

Conditions apply.

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Cosmos Offers $200* Saving With 2015 Asia Tours

Cosmos is offering earlybird savings of $200* per couple across its entire range of 2015 Asian holidays, from the elaborate temples of India to the futuristic cityscapes of Japan.

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The 2015 Cosmos Asia brochure features 11 exotic holidays in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, India and Sri Lanka, priced from as little as $114 per day.

Each tour has been designed to offer a rich cultural immersion, taking travellers into the authentic Asia while at the same time enjoying the best possible hotels, guides and expertly arranged activities.

From now until December 31, 2014, Cosmos is offering $200* per couple off any 2015 Asia tour. Plus, travellers can save an additional $100 per couple when they book a second tour, and receive a 2.5 per cent discount for early payments (four months or more before departure).
CosmosAsia2015Tours on offer in 2015 include: 
  • NEW Tale of Two Cities – an eight-day journey in Japan, contrasting the modern pace of Tokyo with the ancient tradition of Kyoto and travelling between the two cities by bullet train. From $3162* per person twin share, including earlybird discount. 
  • Thailand Experience – a 13-day itinerary through Thailand, starting in bustling Bangkok before travelling to the River Kwai and then north to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Mai.  From $1387* per person twin share, including earlybird discount.
  • Captivating China – a 14-day adventure among the great landmarks of China, travelling from Beijing to Xi’an, Chengdu and Shanghai with a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River. From $3826* per person twin share, including earlybird discount.
Ranging from seven to 20 days, each tour promises the same value and care that Cosmos has offered in Europe and North America for more than 50 years.  They combine the ease and convenience of guided travel with all the colour and vibrancy of Asia.

For full details and travel agent bookings visit or contact the Globus Family of Brands travel agent support team on 1300 130 134.

*Prices per person, twin share, and subject to availability and conditions. Earlybird saving of $200 per couple available to December 31, 2014, or until sold out.

Tempo Tempts Travellers With 10% of Turkey Tours

Tempo Holidays has 10% off per person on a range of Turkey tours if booked by 31 Dec 2014. Tempo's small group tours have a maximum of 18 passengers and guaranteed departures.

No chain hotels – accommodation ranges from authentic and historically restored buildings to unique cave hotels.

You'll see a 1001 Colours of Turkey on this 10 day small group tour departing from exotic Istanbul. You'll visit the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Roman ruins of Ephesus, be amazed by Cappadocia's fairy chimney landscape and the magical 'white cotton castle' of Pamukkale. From $1,576* per person twin share the tour includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 9 nights' accommodation, 9 breakfasts,
8 lunches and 5 hotel dinners, an English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and internal flight from Kayseri-Istanbul and all taxes and service charges.

Explore Turkey's captivating history, on the Legends of Turkey 14 day tour. Discover iconic landscapes and Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast on this comprehensive small group tour. Enjoy the stunning fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia and its superb byzantine churches. Visit the ancient city of Troy and stand in awe on the Gallipoli peninsula. From $2,006* per person twin share, includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 13 nights' accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 6 hotel dinners, an English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums, an internal flight from  Kayseri-Istanbul and all taxes and service charges.

Tempo's Classic Turkey is an 8 day tour that explores Turkey's captivating history and iconic sites. This compact and fulfilling small group tour departs from Istanbul and finishes in Kusadasi, making it the perfect option for joining a cruise or island hopping through Greece. From $1,146* per person twin share this tour also includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 7 night's accommodation,
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 hotel dinners, English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and all taxes and service charges.

See Turkey & the Turquoise Coast for 12 days and enjoy Western Turkey's highlights on this comprehensive tour. You'll cruise the Turquoise Coast also known as the Turkish Riviera on a traditional gulet seeing the many hidden coves, islets and stunning coastal mountains of this picturesque country. From $1,891* per person twin share, includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 7 night's accommodation in superior and boutique hotels, 4 night cruise on a traditional Turkish gulet, 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners, English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and all taxes and service charges.

Book now to secure places by contacting your travel agent or Tempo Holidays at 1300 558 987 or  but be quick – sale finishes on 31 Dec 2014.

Turkey is an exciting destination full of history, culture and amazing sites just waiting to be discovered. You'll be totally absorbed by these unique destinations ensuring unforgettable memories.

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*Conditions apply. Prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. Prices are accurate as at 20 Nov 14 and subject to change without notice. Offers valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offers. All international airfares are excluded. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.  A non-refundable deposit of $150 per person is required within 7 days of making a booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure ex Australia or New Zealand. Deals and offers are subject to availability and are not combinable with any other offer. 1001 Colours of Turkey (10D/9N) – 10% discount: is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 and travel from 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount and valid for departures Tuesday only 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15 (except 21 Apr 15). Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount. Legends of Turkey (14D/13N) – 10% discount: is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 and travel on 16 Jun; 07 & 21 Jul; 01 & 18 Aug; & 01 Sep 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount. Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount. Classic Turkey (8D/97) – 10% discount: is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 and travel from 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount and valid for departures Tuesday only 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15 (except 21 Apr 15). Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount. Turkey & the Turquoise Coast (12D/11N) – 10% discount is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 & travel on 16 Jun; 07 & 21 Jul; 04 & 18 Aug; 01 Sep 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount. Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount.

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Tell your friends to ‘take a hike’ and get together for the popular Twelve Apostle Lodge Walk

image (1)Leading Victorian-based walking operator, Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, is offering a special discount for bookings of four or more friends who take their walks between January and May 2015. 

If bookings are made by December 25, 2014 each group of four walkers will only be charged for three – a saving of around $500 per person.

By day, you and your friends can enjoy exploring one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines and the unique wildlife along the tracks.  By night, you can relax in Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk’s chic purposed built walking lodge and enjoy gourmet food prepared by an on-site chef as well as luxurious foot spas, hot showers, comfortable beds and hot showers.  For larger groups, the lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests.

The ever popular four-day, three night walk runs along Victoria’s South West Coast.  The 56 kilometre track starts from Castle Cove through to Johanna Beach, to Milanesia and Moonlight Head and culminates at the iconic Twelve Apostles with an inclusive scenic helicopter flight over the coast.

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk caters for all levels of fitness so if there is a member of your group that would rather take it easy, the walk will be tailored to a leisurely pace while for those wanting to stretch themselves, there are some additional tracks to enjoy.

image (2)The price per person for the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is normally between $1995 and $2195 per person, depending on the time of walk.  This special group offer includes all the same special Twelve Apostle Lodge Walk inclusions such as:
  • Accommodation and all gourmet meals including morning and afternoon teas
  • Return Melbourne transfers to the lodge
  • Walking gear
  • Scenic helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles
  • There is no supplement for single travellers in a single room
When booking online for this special group offer please use the promotion code 124FOR3.
Conditions apply. See on-line for details

For further information on Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, or to make a booking, visit phone 1300 767 416

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