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Antarctic Savings

Quark Expeditions is offering savings of up to 25% on premium cabins and up to 15% on non-premium cabins aboard Antarctic Explorer cruise departures from November 1 to December 31, 2014 when booked and deposited before September 15, 2014.

The offer is valid on voyage only rates, does not apply to optional adventure activities, hotels etc, and excludes the November 17, 2014 Sea Spirit departure and triple cabins. Contact World Journeys for details 0800 117311 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Silversea unveils world cruise 2016

Silversea Cruises has released details of its World Cruise 2016, a 115-day sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, departing January 5, 2016.

This far-reaching cultural exploration will be hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, travlling across six continents, visiting 51 destinations in 31 countries, and 13 multi-day port calls along the way.

The Venetian World Odyssey 2016 follows a westward path from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific. Guests will explore Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora before sailing to New Zealand and Australia. Silver Whisper will then travel to Asia, visiting Hong Kong and Singapore,  Bali and Phuket, and Myanmar. The odyssey will continue to India, Arabia, and Mediterranean hideaways before concluding with two nights in Venice.

Guests will enjoy an onboard enrichment programme featuring distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialties will provide further immersion in each global destination.

Guests sailing the complete World Cruise will enjoy a variety of special amenities, including a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner, and overnight stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami; transfers from hotel to ship and ship to airport; complimentary baggage valet service; a US$4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite); complimentary laundry service; Internet package; and commemorative gifts.

Additionally, for guests sailing the full 115 days, there will be three complimentary exclusive World Cruise events. These include a masked ball in Venice, an elegant lunch on a private island in Sydney Harbour, and a chartered jet flight to the Taj Mahal for a tour followed by lunch and a return flight to Silver Whisper. This voyage also includes three complimentary Silversea Experiences to Easter Island, Halong Bay, and the Royal Opera House of Muscat.

Fares for World Cruise 2016 start at US$56,950 per person, based on double occupancy. To view the complete itinerary, visit

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New super rocket launched in SYD

SeaLink Travel Group has added a third state of the art A$2.6 million catamaran to its Captain Cook Cruises fleet in Sydney.

The super rocket 'Annabelle Rankin' was launched by Destination New South Wales, chief executive officer, Sandra Chipchase, in the traditional maritime way, breaking a champagne bottle across the bow. The two-level catamaran is fuel efficient, eco-friendly, and equipped with the latest technologies to reduce her carbon footprint.

SeaLink has commissioned a fourth catamaran due to arrive in Sydney Harbour in December 2014.

The super rocket 'Annabelle Rankin'

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Google on the high seas

The biggest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is the first cruise ship to be added to Google’s Street View programme so visitors can take a virtual tour of the ship.

The peek onto the ship via any web browser walks the visitor through key areas, taking them as close to actually being onboard. Over 20,000 images were shot over eight days and available for inspection are three cabin categories, some of the 15 pools, various play areas and the ship’s activities like FlowRider surf simulator, the ice rink, rock-wall and zip line. Take the tour here.

On board Allure of the Seas

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New West Africa journey

World Journeys has released details of a new small group escorted journey to West Africa, based around a Silversea cruise and with early booking savings of $1000 per person.

Departing November 16, 2015 the 25 day West African Discovery itinerary includes a six day exploration of Ghana with its ancient cultures, colourful markets and intricate handicrafts, before boarding Silversea’s Silver Cloud for a cruise down the west coast of Africa, from Lome and Cotonou to the remote islands of Sao Tome and Principe, and Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. The Journey ends with two nights in Cape Town and visits Robben Island and Table Mountain.

Priced from $14,825 pp share twin (based on Vista Suite), and includes airfares ex AKL/CHC, transfers and touring in air-conditioned vehicles, 4-star hotels (or ‘best available’), sightseeing in Ghana and Cape Town including entrance fees, and a 13-night Silversea cruise with all onboard meals and selected beverages, port taxes and onboard gratuities. Airline taxes of $470 per person, and any shore excursions booked, are additional costs.

An early booking saving of $1000 per person if booked and deposited by 16 June 2014 is available. Contact World Journeys on 0800 117311.

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Avalon launches latest suite ship

Avalon Waterways has launched its newest river cruise ship Avalon Illumination in classical Viennese style at a ceremony on the banks of the Danube.

Christened by Avalon brand ambassador Deborah Hutton in Vienna early June, Illumination is the third addition to Avalon’s European fleet this year.

The 83-cabin Illumination is the eighth vessel introduced by Avalon since its Suite Ship concept made its debut three years ago with the launch of Avalon Panorama.

Designed with Australasian travellers in mind, the Suite Ships form part of the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe and offer 30 per cent more cabin space than the average competitor

Each has two decks of all-suite accommodation and wall-to-wall panoramic windows that slide back to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony.

Next year Avalon will introduce another two Suite Ships – Avalon Tapestry II and Avalon Tranquility II – giving it a total of 10 Suite Ships in an overall European fleet of 15 vessels

Globus Australasia MD Stewart Williams with godmother Deborah Hutton and Avalon Waterways MD Patrick Clark

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Starwood joins CLIA

In a nod to the growing value of cruising to the hotel sector, Starwood Hotels and Resorts has signed on as an executive partner of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

A long term member of CLIA USA, the Sydney-based Starwood branch decided to join the Australasian association after attending the inaugural regional Cruise3sixty in February.

The agreement aims to provide an accommodation solution pre and post cruise at Starwood properties and strengthen the group’s association with the cruise industry.

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Space on Gallipoli 2015 cruise

Innovative Travel has space available on the commemorative Gallipoli 2015 cruise on Azamara Journey from Athens to Istanbul. The 11 day cruise is priced from $11,395pp twin and will be led by historians and authors providing a complete picture of the Gallipoli campaign from every side of the conflict. Those with ballot tickets will be tendered ashore of the commemorations and those remaining on-board will take part in a special commemorative service featuring Soprano Dame Malvina Major. Contact Innovative Travel on 0508 100 111 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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