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Explore the world of cruising Panoramic backdrops of the most beautiful sights in the world drift by as you indulge in fine dining, exceptional service and hotel-style accommodation. It’s easy to understand why more people than ever are discovering their sea legs and embarking on a cruise. Whether you have a young family, a thirst for adventure or are unashamedly craving some luxury, there are cruises to tempt everyone. Once aboard, it’s all taken care of – from the best itineraries and excursions to superb locally-inspired cuisines in grand dining rooms. The challenge is which cruise to choose. Inspire is here to help, bringing you the best cruises from around the world. House of Travel is a cruise specialist, so call into one of our stores for help deciphering the range of irresistible cruises on offer, and make your dream cruise become a reality.

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A cruise is one of those experiences you have at the back of your mind that you’d love to do one day which evokes images of relaxation, indulgence, romance and luxury. Yet there’s so much more to life on the high seas, than sipping on cocktails and lounging on sun decks.

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ruise holidays attract a diverse passenger base and contrary to popular belief, it’s not only for retirees. The good news is you don’t

have to wait until your golden years to fully enjoy the experiences available at sea with a range of cruise styles to suit everyone. Couples, both young and old, can indulge in a romantic getaway aboard a luxury cruise offering five-star dining, sumptuous suites with private veranda and an impressive menu of spa and massage treatments. For families seeking a welldeserved holiday, there’s a choice of family-friendly cruise lines equipped with facilities and activities to entertain the tots right through to grandparents. Adventure-seekers can get their travel fix on an expedition-style voyage, with journeys to remote and exotic destinations, and in many instances travelling to places inaccessible by land. River cruising is also fast becoming a very popular option for many travellers as they allow you to explore the cities, towns and villages along the great rivers of the world, providing a fascinating glimpse into a country’s history and culture.

From resort-style ships with rock climbing walls, outdoor movie theatres and multiple swimming pools, to intimate luxury ships catered to smaller groups, you are spoilt for choice in your options, not just in the style of cruise, but also the destinations around the globe where you can board a vessel to explore the region from the water. Small ship experiences are typically very destination focused, allowing you to visit places where the big ships simply cannot go. Conversely, the largest ships in the world, which can accommodate up to as many as 5,400 holiday seekers, travel to well-known destinations and provide an amazing array of unique onboard activities, giving you the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world. There’s also a variety of vessels in-between, from minimalist sailing ships, premium and luxurious six-star cruises, to ice strengthened expedition ships which travel throughout the world. Like ship size, onboard accommodations also come in a range of shapes and sizes, from the standard inside and ocean-view staterooms to the more expansive suites, duplexes and lofts. Balconies can also vary from small intimate decks to large wraparound styles with outdoor dining table and hot tub. And, depending on the cruise line, familystyle accommodation as well as solo travellers are also well catered for. However, keep in mind the size and location of your stateroom will be a determining factor in your cruise fare. Speaking of fares, a cruise holiday offers great value for every dollar. Fares include travel to amazing destinations, your accommodation and main meals while cruising. Many ships also offer a wide range of entertainment and activities including sports, live music, production shows, movie screenings and supervised children’s programmes. Compare your fare to that of a similar land-based holiday and you’ll be amazed at the great value of cruising! Plus, you’ll also have the added convenience of only having to unpack once as you sit back and relax while you’re travelling from port to port. Today’s cruise ships are designed to keep everyone happy with a multitude of different ways to relax, have fun, pamper yourself

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or even improve your fitness in well-equipped gyms while onboard. You may choose to go to an educational lecture, a wine tasting, a computer class or dance workshop; paint pottery, play bridge, learn a language or do yoga; dine at a casual buffet, a sushi bar, a fine-dining restaurant or a steakhouse; watch a movie, a comedy routine, a live performance or a Broadway-style show. The options are endless. And, if all you want to do is nothing at all whilst the ship sails from port to port, you have that option too. Whether you’re new to cruise holidays or a seasoned traveller; young or in your wiser years; single, a couple or family; or wild adventurer at heart, there’s an amazing range of cruise options on offer.

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CRUISE Destinations

1. EUROPE -THE MEdITERRANEAN Fall in love with this beautiful region overflowing with history and rich in culture, architecture and amazing food. With a broad range of itineraries including the Greek Islands, Spain’s Costa del Sol, Italy’s Ligurian Coast and the French Riviera, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

3. NORTHERN EUROPE Visit a smorgasbord of European cities, from Scandinavia (Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn), to St Petersburg in Russia, northern ports in Poland and Germany. Plus, some itineraries also feature the UK and Ireland, and the Arctic. Immerse yourself in the diversity and natural wonders that are truly awesome.

2. EUROPEAN RIVERS Discover the stunning scenery, architecture, art and culture along the popular waterways of Europe. Cruise the Rhine, Moselle & Danube Rivers through central Europe; the Saône and Rhône in France; the Douro in Portugal & Spain; the Po in Italy; and the rivers and lakes between Moscow & St Petersburg.

4. HAwAI‘I A cruise is a unique way to visit the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, as well as experience the indigenous culture. With irresistible views from both the ship and on the islands, ranging from beaches to farmlands, this year-round cruise will offer something for everyone.

5. ALASkA Quietly sail by glaciers, fjords and snow-capped peaks with stops at several ports in one of the world’s great true frontiers. With an abundance of sea and birdlife you’ll be exposed to nature at its best. Itineraries are available from May to September with the summer months (June to August) the warmest.

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TiTle 6. SOUTH PACIFIC, AUSTRALIA & NEw ZEALANd With departures from Auckland as well as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, cruises in the South Pacific are a popular close to home option. Wander along the pristine beaches of Fiji, Noumea, Vanuatu, Tahiti and more or discover the contrast of the Australian and/or New Zealand coastline.

7. ASIA A cruise makes exploring these fascinating countries effortless. From Burma and Thailand in the west, to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Japan, there will be an ocean voyage or river cruise to fascinate and delight. Whether you cruise the region or select a single destination there’s something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

8. ANTARCTICA Gaze in awe at the dramatic mountains, glaciers, icebergs, many varieties of penguins and seals as well as a huge number of bird species that await your visit to this region. Most ships carry wildlife experts who provide informative commentary on this amazing part of the world and with cruises only available during the short summer season (midDecember to late February), you’ll have to be quick to reserve your spot.

9. SOUTH AMERICA Discover some of the world’s most dramatically diverse destinations on a cruise to South America. Visit glittering cities, idyllic islands and ancient ruins. Explore the legendary wonders of Rio de Janeiro, the historic waters of the Strait of Magellan, the remote Falkland Islands and scenic cruising around Cape Horn – a true feast for the senses.

10. CARIBBEAN From charming colonial towns and coral reefs of the east, to Mayan ruins and natural wonders of the west, breathtaking national parks and world renowned beaches in the south, this region is everything a tropical paradise should be.

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RESORT STYLE CRUISING

Fun, footloose and fancy free For the ultimate value-packed cruise holiday where the emphasis is on choice and casual ambience, you can’t go wrong with a resort-style cruise. It’s the perfect option for a fun-filled holiday for travellers of all ages.

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ith ships ranging from mid-size to the very large mega-ships, and itineraries to amazing scenic destinations like Alaska and the Caribbean, and culture rich spots in South America, the Mediterranean and more, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide on which cruise to take. Your options don’t stop there. Once onboard, you’ll be delighted at the endless ways you can pass your time as you sail from port to port. By day, relax and make use of the extensive facilities including numerous swimming pools, health clubs and spas, and by night try your luck at the casino, get your dancing shoes on, enjoy a Broadway or Las Vegas

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style show, or just relax in one of the many lounges. As for dining, you’ll have the freedom to dine whenever and wherever you prefer. If you’d like to break out your glad rags, there are opportunities to dress more formally on select evenings and some cruise lines still offer traditional dining for those wanting a more formal experience. Children aren’t left out either, with dedicated children’s centres and plenty of activities to keep them occupied and entertained. Although there are many similarities across resort-

style cruise lines, each has distinctive aspects making them very unique. MSC Cruises prides itself on its Mediterranean and Northern European flavours; Norwegian Cruise Lines offers an array of choice; Star Cruises specialises in all things oriental; and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is all about the ‘Royal Treatment’. Roll all your holiday expectations into one on a resort-style cruise with everything you need from accommodation, entertainment, dining and activities on a floating hotel. Amazing destinations, brilliant attractions and something for everyone is guaranteed!


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Choice, variety and adventure, on board and ashore!

Established: 1968 Vessels in fleet: 22 Star rating: Tonnage: 69,130 - 225,282 Passengers: 1,804 - 5,400

Get the ‘royAl’ treAtment Treat yourself to a royal experience on a trip of a lifetime aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. This cruise line is home to the most innovative and exciting ships in the industry, including the world’s largest, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas. These mega-ships are very much like a ‘floating city’ with seven distinct neighbourhoods, encompassing an ice-skating rink, surf simulators, 10 whirlpools, a kid’s water park, an AquaTheater with live diving shows and so much more! Royal Caribbean caters to a wide range of cruisers including couples, singles, families and groups. More than 5000 guests can climb aboard

their biggest ships, and the new Quantum Class, scheduled to be launched in 2014, will feature new activities such as first-at-sea skydiving simulator, bumper cars and a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises over 91m above sea-level offering exhilarating 360-degree views over the sides of the ship. With a fleet simply packed with action and adventure, the active traveller will simply love the range of activities available. Rock walls are fixtures across the fleet, as well as fitness centres, and on selected ships, you’ll find brilliant ice-shows, a boxing ring and inline skating,

not to mention amazing Broadway shows. Travel to over 230 amazing locations worldwide including the Panama Canal, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, South Pacific, Hawai'i, South America and the Bahamas. Plus, discover gems right here in New Zealand and Australia. Royal Caribbean is renowned for its innovative accommodation options, ranging from standard inside and oceanview staterooms to massive Royal Suites equipped with a bar and grand piano. On some ships there are also unique interior staterooms that overlook Royal Promenade, giving a fantastic birds-eye view of a virtual indoor street.

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read the ship’s Daily Bulletin – large cruise ships deliver two regular publications to your cabin. one is an abbreviated newspaper flyer with world news and the other is a newsletter advising meals times, show descriptions, the evening dress code and relevant information on the day’s activities.

A touch of orientAl chArm Explore Asia on a unique journey with Star Cruises, a cruise line that offers impeccable service in true Oriental style. The Freestyle Cruising fleet welcomes all types of travellers, with ships sailing to must-see Asian ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Brunei, Singapore and Vietnam. Star Cruises innovative way of cruising lets you take the lead. Dress as you like and eat where you desire. Join in activities at your leisure – it’s all up to you. The comprehensive range of suites and staterooms suit all tastes and budgets. Whichever

accommodation you choose, you’ll spend the night in well-appointed surroundings. Eat, drink and be merry with more than 10 styles of restaurants and all day dining options. Whether you have an adventurous palate or more specific tastes, we’re sure you’ll be spoilt for choice.

and exclusive pool area plus a video arcade and computer world. Raise the fun factor when you catch a show in the theatre show room or party the night away or sing your heart out karaoke style. To compliment your onboard experience, take a shore excursion and discover island paradises, shop

From the moment you step onboard you’ll realise that there is something for everyone; golf driving nets and an enviable range of sports and fitness facilities; get pampered in the day spa or simply laze on the deck with your favourite book! The kids will also be kept entertained in the kids club

and dine at cosmopolitan cities or soak up the culture at historical sites. Star Cruises’ journeys across the sea are unforgettable, enriched with their warm Asian hospitality, returning you home revived and full of happy memories.

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cAll the shots on your cruise In the past, cruising was typically quite traditional and known for regimented dining times and strictly-scheduled activities. With the introduction of ‘Freestyle Cruising’ you have more freedom to enjoy your holiday as you wish. Norwegian Cruise Line is part of this innovative change, allowing you to choose when and where you dine. With up to 20 dining options on Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships, you can choose from casual eateries to five-star dining with French gourmet, steakhouse meals, Asian cuisine and classic Italian dishes on the menu. It’s not only in the food arena that you enjoy more flexibility, but also in onboard attire – the ‘resort casual’ dress style means you can leave the gowns and black tie at home. With a young modern fleet, purpose-built for ‘Freestyle Cruising’, you can take your pick from the widest choice of accommodation afloat. Treat yourself to a balcony stateroom with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private veranda or a contemporary décor stateroom equipped with a private studio lounge. Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple, solo traveller or group, you’ll find there’s comfortable accommodation for everyone. There’s also a variety of destinations to choose from including a tropical adventure to the Bahamas, a siesta along the Mexican Riviera or an eye-opening trip to Scandinavia. You’ll never fall short of entertainment with the Second Man comedy troupe to keep you laughing and the award-winning Blue Man Group with a unique performance of flying paint, techno-music and non-stop action.

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Experience Italian style, flavour and tradition at its best on an incredible journey with MSC Cruises. As one of the market leaders and specialists in Mediterranean and Northern Europe ocean cruising, you’ll be treated to destination options ranging from the exotic like Turkey and Greece, to the stylish cool of Sweden. Not to be outdone, MSC Cruises also have itineraries that take in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, South America, South Africa, Canary Islands and Arabian Peninsula.

MSC CRUISES

See the world in a relaxed and fun way!

Established: 1995 Vessels in fleet: 12 Star rating: Tonnage: 58,600 - 139,400 Passengers: 2,065 - 3,959

MSC Cruises also boasts one of the most modern fleets in the world, incorporating elegant décor, contemporary design and exceptional comfort. As for your daily onboard routine, it can be as relaxed or as structured and busy as you’d like it to be. You can spend a full day relaxing with swimming, reading, sunbathing, dining and a show, or you may want an action packed itinerary of activities and shore excursions…the choice is yours.

Customise your holiday and see the world on your terms with the abundance of choice offered by Norwegian Cruise Line.

For those keen to make the holiday a family affair, there is a strong family culture with children under 18 years able to cruise free when sharing a cabin with two paying adults. All you’ll need to pay is the required port charges. Dedicated kids clubs, covering toddlers to teenagers, provide activities such as mini-Olympics and arts and crafts which will keep the children entertained while you enjoy a wealth of other activities and experiences onboard. With main meals, entertainment, port charges, gala dinners, Captain’s cocktail party and Children’s Club included in your fare, a cruise with MSC Cruises is ideal for those seeking style and true Italian hospitality at a great value price.

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PREMIUM STYLE CRUISING

Perfecting the balance of

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Combine the abundance of activities, range of dining options and selection of prime accommodation offered on larger, resort-style ships, with stylish living, impeccable service, ultimate comfort and all-encompassing sophistication and you’re set to enjoy a premium cruise experience.

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hips in this premium category range from small (200-600 guests), mid-size (600-1600 guests) and large ships (up to 3000 guests) but the common theme across all is the high levels of service and elegant touches in every detail. Dining is a special experience, with table settings made up of premium linen, china and tablewares, and many premium cruise lines also offer specialty fine-dining venues overseen by celebrity chefs. You’ll also have a choice of accommodation ranging from standard cabins with panoramic windows or balconies, to suites that may offer brand name toiletries, the latest plasma TVs and, in some cases, a butler service. Other hallmarks of premium cruising include: top-quality onboard entertainment, enrichment programmes and lectures, stylish ship interiors and often, more portintensive itineraries, providing a unique blend of facilities and activities to suit everyone from families to singles and couples. Here’s a taste of some of the experiences you can look forward to on a selection of premium cruise lines.

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Princess cruises®: the consummAte host If there’s one TV show that helped make the concept of cruising popular more than any other programme, it was the iconic seventies sitcom The Love Boat which was filmed on Pacific Princess®, a ship from the Princess Cruises fleet. Although the ship was decommissioned some years ago, Princess Cruises still continues to help many holidaymakers realise their dreams and desires thanks to their larger and more amenity-filled ships.

Travellers of all ages will find a journey with Princess Cruises to suit their travel style. The smaller ships in their fleet, Pacific Princess® and Ocean Princess®, cater to around 680 guests and are great for the more mature holidaymaker as they offer longer, less hurried cruise experiences. The 111-day World Cruise scheduled in 2015, travels to places such as Los Angeles, Malaysia, Dubai and Spain and is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves with a diverse range of destinations and cultures.

Princess Cruises visits all seven continents and call into more than 300 ports. From exotic locations in Asia including Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam; to tropical destinations such as the South Pacific, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which part of the world to explore. Princess Cruises also offers itineraries and a wide-array of in-port excursions to popular spots such as Alaska, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera.

Princess Cruises successfully balances cruise traditions with innovations. From offering set dining times as well as the more flexible Anytime Dining to the unique Movies Under the Stars, expansive spas and fitness centres, kids clubs for 3-17 year olds, and entertainment venues like casinos, discos and nightclubs, Princess Cruises provides you with the flexibility to create your own personal cruise experience.

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PRINCESS CRUISES®

Wherever you want to go, Princess Cruises takes you there!

Established: 1965 Vessels: 18 (in 2014) Star rating: Tonnage: 30,277 - 141, 000 Passengers: 680 - 3,600

hollAnD AmericA line: tAke your love of Art to the seAs Holland America Line has a great taste of all things creative and innovative, providing a luxury experience for passengers for more than 140 years. Explore a wide range of destinations including Alaska, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Panama Canal aboard this fleet of arty, colourful ships. Each ship offers extensive art-collections, creating an onboard ambience that sets it apart from any other cruise line. You can enjoy a self-guided walking tour which can be downloaded to your media player, highlighting an eclectic collection valued at tens of millions of dollars.

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You can delight in Holland America Line’s awardwinning service, with one crew member to every two guests. Every stateroom also comes with ‘signature touches’ which include spacious, elegant rooms, luxurious beds and premium linens, TVs with DVD players, lighting magnified

mirrors and massage showerheads. Your special treatment doesn’t end there, you’ll also have access to 24-hour in-room dining, nightly turndown service and complimentary shoe shine. Wind down and relax with a visit to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon where you can slip into the therapeutic hydrotherapy pool, treat yourself to the latest exotic body, hair, nail and skin treatments or roll out the yoga mat for some rejuvenating exercise. The spectacular arts and culture experience offered will keep you entertained through your voyage with wine tastings, cooking classes, live shows from some of the world’s leading culinary experts and workshops on digital photography, video editing and web skills all on offer. On Holland America Line you can turn your brilliant holiday into a well-informed learning experience too.

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Magnificent holidays, endless possibilities.... Discover the world!

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cunArD: toAstinG the ‘GolDen AGe’ of cruisinG Rewind back to the golden days of cruising with exquisite dining, glamorous gala balls and ultimate grandeur in a classic cruise with Cunard. Dating back 170 years, Cunard has a strong tradition of luxury so expect nothing but refined service and elegance. Everything about Cunard is royal, from the chandelier-laden Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea, to the old worldly feel of the wood-paneled library. Cunard has three ships in its fleet, the aptly named Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. These cross the Atlantic and also offer voyages in the Mediterranean, the British Isles and North West Europe, and the Far East among others. While Cunard caters to the more mature travellers who take pleasure in the traditional style of cruising, they are also well-equipped to meet the needs of

families. Queen Mary 2, Cunard’s flagship, offers a variety of kid-friendly facilities such as ‘The Zone’ which provides a range of activities including

celeBrity cruises: exPerience moDern luxury Welcome to a unique holiday at sea that is luxurious, unexpected and unforgettable. Experience award winning dining, exceptional entertainment and activities, world-class spa and fitness facilities and truly extraordinary accommodation. Where else at sea would you find an ice-topped Martini Bar? Or a half-acre of real manicured grass on the top deck? Step aboard a cruise line that overturns all preconceptions and delivers the perfect holiday. Celebrity Cruises believes that every moment of your holiday should be measured by just how far it takes you from the ordinary. Prepare to be recognised, celebrated and indulged on your journey where you’ll savour, discover and renew your life as never before. On a Celebrity cruise, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to indulge your interests and excite your senses. Take a cooking or language class, marvel at world class entertainment or browse the on board boutiques. Try your luck in the casino, take in a show or enjoy the variety of restaurants, nightclubs and lounges. Or simply relax in spacious and beautifully appointed staterooms. And with nearly one member of staff for every two guests, expect attention to detail and intuitive personal service. Discover for yourself why Celebrity Cruises is the highest rated cruise line in Australia based on the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2013

sports competitions, game consoles and arts and crafts, for kids aged 1-17 years old. They also have a 3D cinema, planetarium, computer centre, wine programme and art gallery, keeping cruisers of all ages entertained. After a day packed with activities and entertainment, you can rest your head for the night in one of the comfortable staterooms or luxurious suites. Additional amenities such as 24-hour room service, interactive TV, bathrobe and slippers, nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates and a daily shipboard newspaper are also supplied, ensuring you’re well looked after during your voyage on one of Cunard’s ‘Queens’.

oceAniA cruises: see the WorlD in A neW liGht Be inspired by the splendid cuisine, opulent accommodation and exceptional personalised service that make a voyage with Oceania Cruises one you’ll always remember. Featuring a fleet of intimate and elegant mid-sized ships, Oceania Cruises offers destination focused cruises with overnight and multi-day stays, giving you time to immerse yourself in the culture and history of some of the world’s most alluring ports. Sailing to more than 350 ports around the world, you can plan trips to cruise highlights such as the Greek Isles, Scandinavia, South America, Tahiti and Africa. Don’t forget to also organise your plans to explore ashore, with an assortment of top land experiences including a visit to the ancient ruins of Greece, a tour of England’s famous castles and a discovery of the Big Apple’s icons such as the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. The dress code is country-club casual and you’re encouraged to dress comfortably, with suits, tuxedos and gowns never required. This means you can

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enjoy the ultimate comforts available to you without the added headache of what formal dress to wear. If you’re a foodie, you’ll absolutely love the experiences available as each Oceania Cruise offers the flexibility of open-seating dining in their unique restaurants, and all specialty restaurants are complimentary. Regarded as offering some of the finest cuisine-at-sea and crafted by worldrenowned master-chef and TV personality Jacques Pépin, you can be sure to experience flavoursome menus featuring a mix of French, Italian, Asian and Spanish cuisine. You can also practice your cooking talents at the hands-on Bon Appetit Culinary Centre, expanding your knowledge and appreciation of food. Cuisine, Comfort, Service and Outstanding Value are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises’ five-star product, and has positioned the line as the cruise company of choice for travellers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.

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v SOUTH

PACIFIC

x

SydNEy ROUNdTRIP ABOARd CELEBRITy SOLSTICE from

1599*

$

- 8 NIGHTS

pp share twin in an Inside Cabin Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: #26 Oct 14, +03 & ^18 Jan 15, #14 Mar 15 *Price based on 26 Oct 14 departure, #ports of call may vary, +a similar cruise operates on celebrity century, ^a similar 9 night cruise operates IncluDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, all port taxes, fees and onboard gratuities HIGHLIGHTS Sydney • Lifou • Isle of Pines • Noumea

v MEdITERRANEAN

x ATHENS TO ROME ABOARd QUEEN ELIZABETH - 7 NIGHTS

1799*

$

from

MOMENTS

pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom Airfares are additional

v PLUS x Receive an upgrade to Balcony when you book an Oceanview (from 27 Sep 13)*

DEPARTS: 11 Jul, 15 Aug, 19 Sep 14 *Price based on 19 Sep 14 departure IncluDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, children’s centres (3-17 years), government and port taxes. HIGHLIGHTS Athens (Piraeus) • Bodrum • Santorini • Katakolon • Naples Rome (Civitavecchia)

v SCANdINAVIA

& RUSSIA

x

COPENHAGEN ROUNdTRIP ABOARd ROyAL PRINCESS®

2345*

$

from

- 11 NIGHTS

pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: 12 May, 03 & 25 Jun, 17 Jul, 08 & 30 Aug 14 *Price based on 12 May 14 departure IncluDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, children’s centres (3-17 years), government and port taxes HIGHLIGHTS Copenhagen • Oslo • Gothenburg • Berlin (Warnemunde) • Tallinn 2 day St Petersburg experience • Helsinki • Stockholm (Nynashamn)

v MEdITERRANEAN ROMANCE x v TAHITIAN PEARLS x VENICE TO BARCELONA ABOARd MS NIEUw AMSTERdAM PAPEETE ROUNdTRIP ABOARd MARINA 12 NIGHTS - 14 NIGHTS from

2999

$

pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: 05 Jun 14 IncluDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, port charges and government fees. HIGHLIGHTS Venice • Dubrovnik • Kotor • Kerkira • Naples • Rome • Florence/Pisa • Monte Carlo • Barcelona (overnight)

v PLUS x

US$50 onboard credit per stateroom, FREE Signature beverage package valued at US$100 a day per stateroom, FREE specialty restaurant dinner, REDUCED price for 3rd/4th guests and 50% reduced deposit

from

4,295

$

pp share twin in an Inside Stateroom Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: 05 Apr 14 IncluDES: All meals and entertainment onboard, port charges, fees & gratuities, specialty restaurants, unlimited soft drinks & bottled water, specialty coffees, tea & juices, 24-hour room service

v PLUS x US$500 shipboard credit & free internet package onboard

HIGHLIGHTS Papeete • Moorea • Rarotonga (overnight) Bora Bora (overnight) • Nuku Hiva • Hiva Ova Rangiroa • Huahine Terms and conditions apply to all offers. See page 29 for more details.

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LUXURY CRUISING

Uncharted Blissful Travel In an industry that prides itself on fine opulence and exceptional customer service, luxury style cruising offers yet another way to push the envelope of how blissful travel can be.

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ontemporary cruises often refer to their vessels as luxury ships, and with their majestic size, lavish dining rooms and grand bars, it’s hard to disagree. However, one night aboard a truly luxury liner and you’ll understand the difference. Whether it’s the fine dining, reduced queue time or 5-star or higher ships, passengers who sail on a luxury-style cruise struggle to ever go back to cruising any other way. A luxury cruise ship will usually be smaller than regular cruise ships and there are typically three sizes: ‘boutique’ (50–100 passengers), ‘small’ (200–600 passengers) and ‘mid-size’ (600–1100 passengers). Compare these numbers to that of resort-style cruise ships that carry up to 5000 guests!

With a higher ratio of space per passenger, luxury cruise ships generally have a better layout and design, and you won’t see any dark ‘inside cabins’. Instead you’ll find ritzy suites complete with stateof-the-art equipment, premium linens and toiletries, and luxurious bathrooms. This all sounds grand but yes, there is the small matter of price. Whilst a luxury cruise does come with a heftier price tag compared to a regular cruise, you need to keep in mind you’re not comparing apples with apples. For the most part, there’s more included in the up-front price of a luxury cruise, such as beverages, selected shore excursions, wines with dinner and gratuities. Plus, there’s all the finer details including superb food

exceptionally presented, incredible personalised service and stately quarters. The focus will be firmly fixed on providing you with a memorable experience worthy of being called luxury. Your on-ship experience won’t be the only highlight of your journey. Travel-lovers will be pleased to learn itineraries are more destination focused. Luxury cruises will usually spend more time in ports than their counterparts and the smaller ships can get into the niche ports that bigger ships can’t. There are a number of luxury cruise lines to choose from, each offering their own spin on this truly exceptional way to travel. Here’s three of the best.

culturAl enliGhtenment on silverseA cruises If you want to do more than just scratch the surface when you travel, Silversea Cruises offers the opportunity for unparalleled cultural enlightenment. Lecturers travel on almost every cruise, offering insights into the lives and cultures of the people and destinations on the itinerary. With a staff-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one, you’ll find every detail will be taken care of from the moment you step onboard. Silversea‘s fleet consists of eight ships, from the intimate and roomy 296-guest Silver Cloud and Silver Wind to the four-year-old, 540-guest Silver Spirit. Whichever the vessel, Silversea ships come in one class: all-suite, all-inclusive, all-frills, all-thetime and are all equipped with a well-stocked library and a fine spa and fitness centre. The Silversea fleet also has ships that combine luxury and bold adventure, such as the Silver Explorer, which has all the amenities of a luxury ship but also an ice-rated hull and carries eight zodiac vessels for up-close explorations.

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LUXURY CRUISING

SPOTLIGHT ON...

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES Of all the pleasures of cruising, enriching the mind can be among the most fulfilling!

Established: 2007 Vessels in fleet: 3 Star rating: Tonnage: 28,550 - 48,075 Passengers: 490 - 700

Shanghai Sojourn

Hong Kong to Beijing aboard Seven Seas Voyager – 15 nights from

9,585

$

pp share twin in a Deluxe Suite Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: 06 Mar 14 IncluDES: FREE unlimited shore excursions, FREE one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel package, FREE pre-paid gratuities, all main meals in your choice of restaurant, all inclusive beverage programme including soft drinks, hot beverages, fine wines & premium spirits served throughout the ship, FREE open bars and lounges plus in-suite mini bar replenished daily, FREE specialty restaurants. HIGHLIGHTS Hong Kong • Taipei • Okinawa • Shanghai (overnight) • Hiroshima • Kyoto Seoul (Incheon) • Dalian • Beijing (overnight)

Venice to Istanbul

Venice to Istanbul aboard Silver Spirit – 17 nights from

US$

8,074

pp share twin in a Vista Suite Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: 11 Jul 14 IncluDES: Main meals with open-seating restaurant with menu selections by Relais & châteaux, butler service for every suite, every guest, complimentary wine, champagne & spirits, in-suite bar with your beverage preferences, port expenses & gratuities HIGHLIGHTS Venice • Ravenna • Hvar • Kotor • Corfu • Katakolon Santorini • Kusadasi • Chios • Istanbul (2 nights in port) Yalta • Sevastopol • Odessa • Constanta • Nessebur Istanbul

Mediterranean Marvels

Barcelona to Monte Carlo aboard Seabourn Sojourn – 20 nights from

11,593

US$

pp share twin in an Oceanview Suite Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: 12 Jul 14

IncluDES: Gourmet dining with open-seating restaurants, open bars throughout the ship, fine wines at lunch & dinner, complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, spacious allsuite accommodation, onboard entertainment, gratuities. HIGHLIGHTS Barcelona • Palamos • St Tropez • Ajaccio • Civitavecchia (Rome) • Sorrento • Messina • Mykonos • Platis Gialos Nisos Sifnos • Piraeus (Athens) • Kusadasi (Ephesus) Symi • Santorini • Catania • Lipari • Ponza Livorno (Florence/Pisa) • Portovenere • Monte Carlo

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v BONUS x US$100 shipboard credit per stateroom


All inclusive inDulGence With reGent seven seAs cruises A significant benefit of luxury cruising is the opportunity to leave the credit card and room key in your pocket, knowing almost everything is already paid for. Even by luxury cruise standards, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is uniquely inclusive, offering not only fine dining, gratuities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, but also hotel stays, selected shore excursions and onboard entertainment with Broadway-style performances. It’s a relaxed luxury experience and despite having a specified dress code, guests typically dress elegantly for dinner.

Regent Seven Seas fine dining

Accommodation on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet consists exclusively of suites featuring wireless capabilities, down comforters, Egyptian cotton

linens, flat screen TVs and DVD players. Higher end suites have iPod music systems and free-toborrow iPads. Plus, two of the three Regent Seven Seas ships even feature private balconies to all their suites. If you like to keep on top of your fitness while you’re on holiday, take advantage of the gym facilities, or indulge in some pampering at the onboard spa - both operated by the renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Demographics on Regent Seven Seas Cruises differ depending on the type of sailing, with shorter itineraries attracting a younger audience. However, in general the age range encompasses couples from the mid-30s to 80s but primarily professional and retired couples aged 60-plus.

SPOTLIGHT ON...

SEABOURN

Exceptional Seabourn moments that delight guests and create fine travel experiences.

Established : 1986 Vessels: 6

seABourn eleGAnt ADventure For adventurous travellers craving an enticing mix of exploration and luxury, Seabourn may be the cruise line for you. Discover legendary landmarks and hidden gems as you explore ports rarely visited by larger ships without having to forgo the luxury. Elegant, but with an unpretentious atmosphere, Seabourn is at the top of the luxury cruise game with intuitive service, superb cuisine and inclusive extras such as open bars throughout the ship, coffees, cocktails and no charge for specialty dining or fitness classes.

450 passenger ships, Seabourn Odyssey, Quest and

Seabourn operates three 208 passenger vessels, Seabourn Legend, Pride and Spirit as well as three

it’s generally a firm favourite amongst the 40-plus

Feeling inspired?

Soujourn, which feature all-suite accommodation and are well equipped with all the latest and

Star rating: Tonnage: 10,000 - 32,000 Passengers: 208 - 450

greatest amenities, even a bottle of champagne to welcome you onboard. Private balconies and expansive suites are plentiful. Outside your quarters you’ll find numerous contemporary facilities including a vast spa, open deck, sunning and pool areas and a variety of restaurants. Although Seabourn attracts a broad mix of ages, audience who are well-travelled.

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RIvER CRUISING

RIVER

Cruising

A Panoramic Perspective through the Countryside

S

ome countries, particularly in Europe, are

Steamboat Company’s refurbished American

squeeze under bridges and through narrow canal

tailor-made for river cruising. Imagine the

Queen. Russia’s Volga is another popular option,

locks as opposed to battling the elements on the

unforgettable sights available cruising along

particularly voyages between Moscow and St

seven seas. Typically the ships carry between 100

Petersburg.

to 200 passengers and the onboard experience is

the Rhine, Danube, Seine, Moselle, Elbe, Po and Douro Rivers. However, river cruising isn’t limited

more laid back than seagoing voyages.

to Europe; in the USA, the Mississippi River and

Compared to their ocean-going counterparts, river

its connecting tributaries are experiencing a

cruise ships are more akin to floating hotels. They

The newer river cruise ships are incorporating more

renaissance with the launch of American Queen

are built long, sleek and low-slung to be able to

contemporary features, such as spacious two-room

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The desire to see more of a country’s heartland doesn’t necessarily mean foregoing the lavish hotel-style accommodation, the impeccable service or the exquisite dining that cruise-lovers have become accustomed to. As they blissfully meander from port to port, river cruise passengers get treated to astounding angles of beautiful waterside cities and non-stop landscape views. You’d be loath to go below deck in case you miss anything.

suites, cabins with full balconies, WiFi, alternative

a day or two to reach your next destination,

There are a number of river cruise options

eateries, gyms, spas, swimming pools and museum-

river cruises visit a new port, or even two, every

available, such as the established European

worthy art collections.

day. While itineraries may include major cities as

family-owned institutions CroisiEurope and Lüftner,

There is also a shift in focus when comparing

cornerstones, the experience will usually focus

envelope-pushing Avalon Waterways, Uniworld

ocean and river cruises. On a river cruise, more

on smaller towns and villages. River cruises often

boutique luxury, the Australian owned Scenic

intense emphasis is placed on the destinations

include shore excursions, typically guided walking

‘Space Ships’ or a steamboat experience with

visited. Unlike an ocean cruise, where it can take

tours, in the overall cruise fare.

American Queen Steamboat Company.

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SPOTLIGHT ON...

RIvER CRUISING innovAtive exPeriences on AvAlon WAterWAys

AVALON WATERWAYS

A young fleet of river ships ensures every Avalon

a choice of sightseeing pace -‘traditional’ for

A cruise that includes the most exceptional places..and just about everything else!

cruise employs the most modern technologies,

the great on-shore sightseeing Avalon has always

Established: 2004

inspired designs and highly desirable features and

been known for; ‘leisurely’, which takes it slow

services. The one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites are

Vessels: 13

but takes it all in and ‘essential’ if you want to see

Ship build year: 2008 - 2014

only the most important sights plus have time for

Passengers: 138 - 166

30% larger than the industry standard and provide a balcony experience without compromising space in the suite. Not only inventive in their ship features and onboard services, Avalon is innovative with its

shopping or exploring on your own. Ships feature a state of the art fitness centre and a choice of dining venues. Avalon Waterways have

itineraries and off-board offerings. Special interest

all inclusive pricing from the cruise fare, meals,

cruises are available, such as art and impressionist

sightseeing and entertainment, to sparkling wines

cruises, culinary cruises, music cruises, a beer

with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every

tasting cruise and many more. Excursions feature

onboard dinner and unlimited specialty coffees.

All-inclusive luxury exPeriences on scenic ‘sPAce shiPs’ Scenic strives to offer you unforgettable experiences and all-inclusive luxury onboard one of the newest and most consistent fleets on European rivers. It doesn’t call its vessels ‘Space Ships’ for nothing – all ships have undergone an extensive rebuild in 2012 and all offer out-of-this-world cruising experiences. The Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ have infotainment TV system-equipped luxury staterooms, many with private outdoor balconies or exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounges’. Enjoy fine dining experiences with a choice of venues, complimentary beverages from regional wines and boutique beers to cocktails and barista coffee, with tipping and gratuities included. Still not convinced? How about the butler service that is included for all guests! A Scenic river cruise offers exclusive village cultural experiences and a range of sightseeing choices so you can choose how you want to enjoy key destinations, whether it is at an active or a relaxed pace. You even have access to complimentary electronicallyassisted bicycles and Scenic tailor-made GPS guided tour systems. Scenic Enrich experiences are exclusive arrangements at amazing venues, such as a private evening concert in Vienna. However, with all of Scenic’s onboard offerings, you may need to be pried away from the ship with a crowbar.

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leisurely euroPe on lüftner cruises Lüftner Cruises is a family business with more than

hair salon and massage treatment facilities.

30 years experience offering generous Austrian

programme. There’s a wide range of options and land tours offer cable-free audio system ensuring

hospitality. Many of the spacious cabins and suites

Europe can be a very busy place for modern

onboard feature either panoramic windows or

tourists, but Lüftner prides itself on giving you the

French balconies so you can take full advantage

opportunity to wind down and enjoy Europe as it

As well as generous hospitality, Lüftner also strives

of the scenery. Gourmet meals with regional

was intended. Bask in its beautiful waterways and

for sustainable protection of the environment;

wines are served with dinner and shipboard

at a leisurely pace set by the river itself.

its fleet has earned the ‘Green Globe’ seal of

you don’t miss local guide’s commentary.

approval, so their way of travelling protects the

entertainment includes regional folklore shows, musicians and dancing. And why not indulge your

On shore, you’re assured of memorable

environment as they take you on an exploration

mind body and soul with the ship’s fitness studio,

experiences thanks to the varied shore excursion

of Europe’s cultural heritage.

v THE LEGENdARy dANUBE x

v FRENCH SAVOIR VIVRE x

PRAGUE TO BUdAPEST OR VICE VERSA

LyON ROUNdTRIP ABOARd AMAdEUS SyMPHONy 7 NIGHTS

-

2049

$

from

pp share twin in a Riverview Stateroom Airfares are additional

from v BONUS x

DEPARTS: 27 Mar 14

IncluDES: Main meals and entertainment onboard, complimentary wine with dinner, port charges and government fees HIGHLIGHTS Lyon • Mâcon • Chalon Sur Saône • Tournus • Avignon (overnight) • Arles • Viviers • Le Pouzin

€50 onboard credit per cabin

4,607

$

- 10 NIGHTS

share twin in a Riverview Stateroom * ppAirfares are additional

DEPARTS: Set departures Apr-Oct 14 *Price based on 05 Oct 14 departure, category E. Ask about current earlybird offers IncluDES: 3 night hotel stay in Prague, 7 night deluxe river cruise from nuremburg to Budapest, spacious Riverview Staterooms, captain’s welcome and farewell receptions, all meals onboard, complimentary sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines with dinner onboard, unlimited specialty coffees, sightseeing with local guides, special onboard experiences and entertainment, WiFi access HIGHLIGHTS Prague • Nuremburg • Regensburg • Passau • Linz Melk • Vienna • Budapest

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TiTle CRUISING RIvER

BoutiQue luxury With uniWorlD Uniworld prides itself in offering unparalleled and intuitive service on its 5-star luxury boutique river ships. These intimate floating sanctuaries exude an inspiring design and, with an average passenger capacity of only 135, you won’t be encumbered by crowds as you enjoy the onboard fitness centre, library and boutique.

or French balcony that comes with suites and most category one cabins.

Relax in elegantly appointed and award winning staterooms and admire the view from the balcony

Unique excursions are also available, with a choice of active or gentle programmes. State-

There is a choice of dining venues onboard, offering sumptuous meals paired with fine wines for lunch and dinner. Plus, enjoy enriching demonstrations and lectures reflecting the history and culture of each destination.

of-the-art Quietvox audio headsets are provided for commentary on the land tours as well as complimentary bikes and Nordic walking sticks for venturing out to the countryside. Included in the price of a Uniworld cruise is all accommodation, onboard meals and unlimited beverages onboard including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea and bottle water. WiFi is also available onboard.

A royAl exPerience With the AmericAn Queen steAmBoAt comPAny Aptly described as a perfectly American experience, there’s surely no better way to discover America’s rich heartland than a luxurious steamboat cruise down the Mississippi. The American Queen is the largest riverboat in the world and the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. By day, engage in the rich heritage of the region with daily lectures by the onboard historian. At night enjoy swing dancing and professional showboat-style entertainment, and then retire to lavish, spacious accommodation, from inside cabins to elegantly furnished suites with a veranda. Single travellers are also catered to with inside and outside cabin options. Dining includes the acclaimed cuisine of famed America chef Regina Charboneau, partnered with complimentary wine and beer at dinner, and the dress code is elegant casual attire, with no formal wear required. Along the way, complimentary shore excursions to fascinating rivers and towns provide an in-depth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America’s heartland. The American Queen Steamboat Company also operates a number of intriguing theme cruises such as Mardi Gras, Southern Culture, Gardens of the River and Fall Foliage.

croisieuroPe: settinG the BenchmArk for river cruisinG An early pioneer, CroisiEurope, has gone on to become an institution on rivers around the world, in particular Europe, where it has been setting the benchmark. CroisiEurope is the longest established river company in Europe and now offers a diverse choice of river cruise itineraries on no less than 15 different rivers, ranging from 4 to 15 days in duration. As a French owned and operated family company, it has superb French cuisine and the best in French

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wines at lunch and dinner. As it approaches its 40th

very large windows. Onboard entertainment

year on European rivers, passengers who choose

includes a panoramic lounge and piano bar

CroisiEurope can rest assured they have selected

with a dance floor, and many cruises include

an industry leader in river cruising.

a destination-inspired cultural or folk evening.

The vessels are designed to offer optimal space

CroisiEurope prices include accommodation, all

and lighting and, depending on your deck,

meals, complimentary beverages, prepaid English

your cabin will either have floor-to-ceiling sliding

sightseeing package, entertainment, port taxes

glass doors opening to a French balcony or

and government fees.


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v HOLLANd & THE RHINE VALLEy x AMSTERdAM TO STRASBOURG ABOARd A CROISIEUROPE RIVER SHIP 6 NIGHTS from

2099

$

-

pp share twin in a Riverview Stateroom Airfares are additional

v MISSISSIPPI CRUISE x

NEw ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS ABOARd AMERICAN QUEEN® 8 NIGHTS from

3250

$

-

pp share twin in an Inside Cabin Airfares are additional

IncluDES: Buffet breakfast, table service lunch & dinner, selection of French & regional wines or beer with lunch & dinner, open bar including spirits, daily sightseeing with English or French/ English commentary, entrance fees with included sightseeing, cruise Director

DEPARTS: 20 Dec 13 IncluDES: One night pre-cruise hotel stay in new Orleans with breakfast, taxes, porterage & transfers to the ship, 7 night cruise with complimentary wine & beer with dinner, complimentary specialty coffee, bottled water & soft drinks

HIGHLIGHTS:

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS: 16, 19, 21, 25, 26, 27 Apr; 03, 26 May; 21 Jun; 17, 30 Sep 14

Amsterdam • Nijmegen • Krefeld • Cologne • Konigswinter • Rüdesheim Mannheim • Strasbourg

v LEGENdARy RHINE & MOSELLE x AMSTERdAM TO BASEL OR VICE VERSA ABOARd RIVER QUEEN 12 NIGHTS from

-

6925*

$

pp share twin in a Riverview Stateroom Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: Set departures May-Oct 14 *Price based on 31 Oct 14 departure - port taxes are additional. IncluDES: Airport transfers on arrival and departure days, all meals while cruising, tips and gratuities, captain’s welcome and farewell receptions & gala dinners, unlimited beverages onboard including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea and bottled water, 17 excursions including “choice is Yours” options all fully hosted by English speaking local experts, use of bicycles and nordic walking sticks, exclusive epicurean Adventurer Program HIGHLIGHTS Amsterdam • Cologne • Koblenz • Cochem Trier/Konz (Luxembourg) • Bernkastel • Boppard Speyer • Strasbourg • Breisach (Colmar or Riquewhir) • Basel

Feeling inspired?

New Orleans • Oak Valley • St Francisville • Natchez • Vicksburg Helena • Memphis

v TREASURES OF EUROPE’S wATERwAyS x BUdAPEST TO AMSTERdAM ABOARd A SCENIC ‘SPACE SHIP’ 17 NIGHTS from

11,370

$

-

pp share twin in a Riverview Stateroom Airfares are included

DEPARTS: 17 Apr 14 IncluDES: FREE return flights, pre-cruise night in Budapest, 17 night river cruise Budapest to Amsterdam with unlimited complimentary beverages, all meals while cruising, private butler service, all excursions, events & entertainment, WiFi, airport transfers, all tipping and gratuities. HIGHLIGHTS

v PLUS x FREE precruise hotel stay in Budapest and Fly Free including taxes

Budapest • Bratislava • Vienna • Dürnstein • Passau Regensburg • Nuremberg • Bamberg • Würzburg Wertheim • Rüdesheim • Koblenz • Düsseldorf Hoorn • Volendam • Amsterdam

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EXPEDITIONS AND SMALL SHIPS

dISCOVER

your inner

James Cook

wITH EXPEdITION & SMALL SHIP-STyLE CRUISING

Deep in uncharted waters with a mandate to explore the furthest corners of the globe, a small eight-person craft prepares to head to the rocky shore on a quest for knowledge and adventure. It sounds like something out of the diary of a 17th century buccaneer, but it’s a reality for adventurous travellers on expedition and small shipstyle cruises.

Expedition and small ship-style cruising is perfect for travellers who are willing to forego some of the razzmatazz and splendour of conventional cruising for the chance to channel their inner James Cook. The ships are smaller, ensuring passage into the deepest crevices of the world and anchoring at ports that bigger cruises can only dream of. While it might mean forgoing a few extra dining room options or the odd big production show, it’s a small price to pay for hearty swashbucklers. Mainstream locations such as Alaska, the Kimberley and the Great Barrier Reef are still visited frequently, but guests will get the opportunity to experience more remote ports that the larger ships cannot access. The itineraries and onboard activities are also more destination-focused and educational than on a regular cruise. The choice between a small ship and an expedition cruise will depend on the region you want to explore or how intrepid you want your experience to be. Hurtigruten utilises vessels built to serve the Norwegian coast and combine the role of both a coastal voyager

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and a means of transport for people and cargo. Small ship cruises such as Voyages to Antiquity and Alaskan Dream are ships specially adapted for island or coastal cruising, and suit people who want to learn about destinations, enjoy the company of fellow travellers and prefer natural beauty to nightlife. The ships may be smaller, usually carrying less than 200 guests, but the experiences are big. Generally, small ship cruising will require less energetic participation than a pure expedition cruise, like on the National Geographic Orion. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages are guided by a qualified team of expert expedition leaders, consisting of marine biologists, naturalists and historians who ensure your experiences wouldn’t look out of place in a travel magazine. Whichever option you choose, whether it’s an intimate and educational small ship cruise, or a roll-your-sleevesup and get amongst the action expedition cruise, you certainly won’t be roughing it and you’ll get unimaginable access to parts of the world you’ve only dreamed of.


nAtionAl GeoGrAPhic orion: An exPeDition strAiGht from the PAGes of A trAvel mAGAzine From spectacular waterfalls and awe-inspiring gorges, to ancient cultural history and indigenous rock formations, Orion’s Expedition team lead a breathtaking journey around the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The best of the Kimberley is only accessible from the sea, and guests of this expedition enjoy exploration of secluded beaches and river inlets famous for their abundance of wildlife. Highlights include flight-seeing over the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range in Pumululu National Park, watching the majestic Montgomery Reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean and the 12km journey up the King George River that reveals spectacular scenery and a wealth of bird species. While the cruise provides access to remote and intriguing areas, guests also enjoy an unexpected range of onboard facilities. The Orion is rated as 5-star and exudes an intimate and subtly elegant ambience. All suites and staterooms offer ocean

views with marble bathrooms and a dedicated crew deliver the best possible onboard experience of quality, safety and service. Life aboard is distinctly relaxed and you’ll be travelling with only 70 to 100 like-minded travellers: inquisitive, adventurous in spirit and young of mind. Dress on board is smart casual with no fixed table assignments. There’s a range of light entertainment available in the evening while expedition leaders provide informative and entertaining presentations during the day. Scheduling and destinations are more fluid than on conventional ships, allowing flexibility to change course to take advantage of weather, sea conditions and wildlife sightings. There’s a range of included and optional shoreside expeditions, with itineraries led by experts in the field, whether it be marine biologists, naturalists or historians. The cruise is armed with the latest in expedition equipment and multiple 10-passenger Zodiacs, although you will require more agility in getting on.

frontier fAntAsy With AlAskAn DreAm cruises Yacht-like vessels with shallow draft and nimble manoeuvrability provide close-up glacier viewing and the best opportunities to interact with and photograph wildlife. It’s fair to say that Alaskan Dream Cruises are not your everyday cruise line experience. Owned and operated by Alaskans, it’s a casual atmosphere with warm frontier hospitality. Itineraries masterfully weave renowned natural wonders with unexpected treasures off the beaten track. The knowledgeable onboard staff and one, sometimes two, complimentary shore excursions in each port of call showcase true Alaskan adventure and colourful native heritage. Back on board, a nightly social hour and recap before dinner features cocktails and freshly prepared hors d’oeuvres in the forward viewing lounge, while an expedition leader re-caps activities of the day and previews the next day. Then for dinner, guests get treated to locally caught Alaskan seafood, a specialty of Alaskan Dream Cruises, and other fresh, organic and locally produced food, all prepared by professionally trained chefs. The menus change daily and offer several selections including a meat or seafood main accompanied by complimentary beer and wine.

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Visiting breathtaking archaeological treasures, basking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world or experiencing the fine food and wine of the Mediterranean, Voyages to Antiquity strives to reveal the origins and genius of Western civilisation. It is a cruise experience for both the budding and professional historian, or people who just want to understand the history, art, myths and architecture of the ancient world. The ship, Aegean Odyssey, visits smaller, less crowded harbours and sails closer to the coast, making frequent and overnight stays in port that allows for passengers to go ashore after dinner. All voyages are meticulously planned in conjunction with noted historians and include a top lecturer and guest speaker programme, ensuring unparalleled cultural insight into the destinations visited. The Aegean Odyssey carries around 350 people who enjoy open seating restaurants so they can dine when and where they wish. Excursions out to famous sites and hidden gems, wine with dinner and onboard gratuities are all included in the price.

exPlore norWAy’s uniQue coAstline With hurtiGruten Often described as the world’s most beautiful voyages, these unique journeys cover over 2400km of Norway’s magnificent coastline. Hurtigruten vessels are purpose-built to serve the Norwegian coast, and have been doing so for over a hundred years. As well as sailing breathtakingly close to year-round beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife, Hurtigruten guests will be part of a vital link between the 34 ports carrying local freight and passengers. The smaller hamlets rely on the ships to deliver essential groceries and supplies or take them to the nearest town for shopping. Guests can visit fjords, waterways and ports that larger ships cannot access, as well as experience Norway’s diversity with an exciting menu of

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excursions. In fact, there are over 50 excursions and extensions available on the 12-day Classic Voyage. Or simply explore on foot, hire a bike or stay onboard to guard the supplies. Hurtigruten utilises a number of ships, all with a different style and something unique to offer. Onboard, guests enjoy an informal atmosphere, comfortable lounges, ample deck space and a wide choice of cabins, not to mention cuisine inspired by the regions, ports and season. Passengers can opt to spend more time in Kirkenes by taking the northbound journey from Bergen to Kirkenes, and then catch a later ship on the southbound return leg back to Bergen.

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VOYAGES TO ANTIqUITY Perfect for those wanting to explore the history, art, myths and culture of the ancient world.

Established: 2010

THE CLASSIC ROUNd VOyAGE

Bergen roundtrip aboard a Hurtigruten ship – 11 nights

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DEPARTS: Daily Mar-Oct 14, selected departures nov 13-Feb 14 *Price based on travelling between 01 Jan-31 Mar 14 & includes earlybird discount IncluDES: Main meals while cruising, English speaking tour leader onboard, entrance fee to the Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarknes

Vessels: 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Star rating:

Bergen • FlorØ • MålØy • Torvik • Ålesund • Molde • Kristiansund • Trondheim RØ rvik • BrØ nnØysund • SandnesjØ en • Nesna • Ørnes • BodØ • Stamsund Svolvær • Stokmarknes • Sortland • Ris Øyhamn • Harstad • Finnsnes • TromsØ • SkjervØy • Øksfjord • Hammerfest • HavØysund • Honningsvåg • KjØ llefjord Mehamn • Berlevåg • Båtsfjord • VardØ • Vadsø • Kirkenes

Tonnage: 11,563 Passengers: 386

v PLUS x Book early and save up to 25%*

ALASkA’S GLACIER BAy & ISLANd AdVENTURE

Sitka roundtrip aboard Admiralty Dream – 7 nights from

2800

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DEPARTS: Weekly departures on Saturday May-Sep 14 IncluDES: Main meals while cruising, government & port taxes, selected complimentary shore excursions

v BONUS x Complimentary hotel in Sitka pre-cruise

HIGHLIGHTS Sitka • Frederick Sound • Kake • Petersburg • Hobart Bay • Tracy Arm Juneau • Glacier Bay National Park

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Darwin to Broome or vice versa aboard National Geographic Orion – 10 nights

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v HO Tx dON’T T IP FORGET... ! take your camera along to make the most of the photographic opportunities. Whether you’re snapping the stunning scenery of the norwegian fjords, classic historical sites or a majestic whale tail, you’ll have a portfolio of memorable shots when you return home.

pp share twin in an Oceanview Stateroom Airfares are additional

DEPARTS: ex Darwin 12 May, 01 & 21 Jun, 11 & 31 Jul 14 ex Broome 22 May, 11 Jun, 01 & 21 Jul 14 IncluDES: All meals while cruising, non alcoholic beverages, zodiac safaris, education programme, expert expedition team, national Geographic photographer, hydrophone, flightseeing over the Bungle Bungle ranges, underwater camera, video microscope and more

v PLUS x AU$250 onboard credit per booking

HIGHLIGHTS Darwin • Com • Kununurra (included Bungle Bungle flight) • King George River & Falls • Vansittart Bay • Hunter River • Montgomery Reef/Raft Point Talbot Bay/Horizontal Falls • Crocodile Creek • Nares Point • Broome

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Venice to Istanbul aboard Aegean Odyssey – 24 nights

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DEPARTS: 27 June 14 IncluDES: FREE economy airfare from Auckland or christchurch to Venice and return from Istanbul, 22 night cruise aboard Aegean Odyssey, 2 night post cruise stay in Istanbul, all meals and selected wines with dinner onboard, complimentary shore excursions, transfers between airport, hotel & ship

v PLUS x FLY FREE

HIGHLIGHTS Venice (overnight) • Zadar • Split • Korcula • Dubrovnik (overnight) Corfu • Preveza • Ithaca • Katakolon • Nauplie • Athens • Syros Santorini • Kos • Rhodes (overnight) • Antayla • Fethiye • Bodrum Izmir (overnight) • Canakkale • Istanbul (overnight)

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amily cruising is the miracle tonic that parents who thought they’d have to wait a couple of decades to have another romantic dream holiday, have been waiting for. Families, from small family units to multigenerational groups, are the fastest growing segment of the cruise market, with around 1.5 million children taking to the seas each year. It’s easy to see why. Family cruising can offer hard to beat pricing once accommodation, meals and activities are taken into account. Cruise companies have been quick to adapt to this competitive market, offering creative kid’s programmes and family-friendly amenities on everything from mega-ships to luxurious ocean liners. Parents can sneak away to enjoy some alone time, guilt-free in the knowledge that their children are not only having a blast, but are being well taken care of. Most cruise lines have specialised youth staff with professional childcare experience or are former nurses or nannies. Video games, scavenger hunts, waterslides, outdoor movies, story-time and craft projects have become stock standard on most cruises. However, some companies have taken it to the next level by partnering with the biggest names in children’s entertainment. For instance, Norwegian Cruise Line has teamed up with Nickelodeon and Royal Caribbean has partnered with DreamWorks, the creators of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Your kids will be begging you to go back to relaxing by the pool and leave them alone! Many cruise lines offer a boatload of amenities geared to different age groups, whether it’s

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toddlers, tweens or teens, and each group usually gets different facilities and supervised programmes. Some cruise lines are better than others at catering for different ages, so that may be a decisive factor as to which cruise is the best fit for each family. For example, some lines offer more activity and learning programmes, while others may have a higher mix of movie-watching and video games. When booking a family cruise, check what room sizes and options are available, like rooms that sleep five, or adjoining cabins, and even a family suite with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. If babysitting is a consideration for your family group, check if private in-cabin services or group babysitting in the kid’s club area is available. On small and luxury cruise lines, children’s play spaces are relatively small and activities limited during certain seasons. Holiday sailings are often the best option on these lines when children’s activities are in full swing. While many adults crave the opportunity to spend multiple days out at sea, lounging by the pool, and long, intimate, three course dinners, the same can’t necessarily be said for children. Therefore, it might pay to consider an itinerary that breaks up the journey with a mix of days in port and at sea. Also, if children are unlikely to be able to cope with a long dining room experience, look for cruise lines that offer more family friendly dining venues. While there are a few things to consider when choosing a family cruise holiday, the great thing about it is that once the decision made, everything else is taken care of for you.

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CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only until sold out unless otherwise specified • Refer individual cruise line conditions below for further booking restrictions • Prices are valid as at 20 August 13 but may vary depending on exchange rates. • Airfares are not included unless stated otherwise and are an additional cost. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for the best option to suit your needs • Some surcharges and closeouts apply • Prices are per person share twin on selected stateroom categories and travel dates as specified, in nZ dollars, unless otherwise specified, based on payment by cash or cheque • Payments made by credit card may incur a surcharge • Special conditions and availability restrictions apply • All fares and taxes are subject to change without notice until full payment is received • Deposit and full payment conditions apply as per the guidelines of each cruise line • Relevant conditions will be advised at time of booking • Amendment and cancellation fees apply • Offers may be withdrawn without prior notice • We strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance be taken at the time of paying a deposit • To be read in conjunction with the relevant cruise line terms & conditions which passengers will be bound by. AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY: Sales are valid to 31 Oct 13 • Prices based on select inside cabin categories, double occupancy and include port charges and all savings • Gratuities are additional • Promotional fares and amenities are capacity controlled, may vary by sailing and category of accommodations and may be withdrawn without notice • Any air or land transportation is not included • Additional terms & conditions apply • For complete terms and conditions visit www.AmericanQueenSteamboatcompany.com AVALON WATERWAYS: Prices include gratuities and port charges • All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing, this is dependent upon cruise and cabin availability, price will be confirmed at time of reservation •All special offers exclude Avalon/Royal Suites • Deposit of $500pp per cruise required within 14 days to secure reservation • Valid for sale until sold out • For full terms and conditions see the 2014 Avalon Waterways Brochure or visit www.avalonwaterways.co.nz CELEBRITY CRUISES: Price is based on 26 Oct 14 sailing and is inclusive of all taxes, fees and onboard gratuities (tips) • Price shown is for the lowest interior stateroom available at time of going to print • Savings amount shown represents the current maximum savings available per person from the inclusive price published in the celebrity Australia, new Zealand, South Pacific 2013–2015 brochure • A limited number of cabins are available at the prices shown above and prices may increase or be withdrawn once these cabins are sold out • Prices and exact cruise itineraries are subject to change without notice • Passengers are bound by the terms and conditions in the celebrity cruises Australia, new Zealand & South Pacific 2013-2015 brochure • For full terms and conditions please visit www.celebritycruises.co.nz CROISIEUROPE: River cruise only from Amsterdam, airfares are additional • Prices are based on departure dates listed, seasonal surcharges apply for other dates • Keukenhof Gardens are open 21 March - 21 May only • Open bar does not include champagne and premium spirits • A minimum 20% non-refundable deposit will be required within 7 days of confirmation • Other conditions apply as per the terms and conditions of croisiEurope and their nZ GSA Innovative Travel • For cancellation policies please refer to the nZ edition of the croisiEurope brochure • Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations & changes to the price of aviation fuel may result in price variations • capacity is limited & will not be available on all departures CUNARD: Inclusive of all discounts, charges and taxes (which are subject to change) • not combinable with any other offer • Offer ends 31 Oct 13, unless sold out prior • Fare based on specific departure date only • *upgrade to Balcony when you book an Oceanview Stateroom available for sale from 27 Sep 13 and based on lead in categories • Higher fares may apply to other departure dates listed • Once this offer ends, fares may revert to a higher fare but also may be further discounted • Supplements apply for other room categories • Some oceanview staterooms have obstructed views • To be read in conjunction with the booking and passage conditions on www.cunardline.com.au which passengers will be bound by. HOLLAND AMERICA LINE: Prices include port taxes & government fees (correct as at 4 Sep 13) and all applicable discounts • Gratuities are additional • not combinable with any other offers or promotions • Free Signature Beverage Package valued at uS$50pp per day in uS dollars. Signature Beverage Package has daily limit of 15 beverages priced uS$7 or lower & includes a 15% service charge. Signature Beverage Package excludes beverages priced over uS$7 & purchases made in Signature Shops, Mini Bar & In Room Dining • Free Specialty Restaurant dinner: Inside stateroom will receive 1 complimentary canaletto dinner pp; Ocean-view Obstructed category staterooms & above receive 1 complimentary Pinnacle Grill dinner pp. Reservations & dining time assigned & confirmation card for Specialty Restaurant dining placed in stateroom on embarkation day. Offer excludes any Specialty Dining Events in Pinnacle Grill • Third/fourth offer based on sharing stateroom with 1st & 2nd guests • Offer may not be combinable with any other promotional offer or discount • Offers are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time • Sales to 15 Oct13 or until sold out HURTIGRUTEN: Book by 31 Oct 13 • Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking. Hurtigruten voyage fares operate on a dynamic pricing system whereby the earlier you book the greater the saving on your voyage fare. LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Fares are based on twin occupancy category B in Australian dollars. Book by 31 Oct 13 and receive AuD250 per booking onboard credit. not combinable with any other offer. Offer valid to 31 Oct 13 unless withdrawn earlier. Applies to new bookings only. For full terms and conditions refer to the Orion Expeditions 2014 brochure LÜFTNER CRUISES: Price is based on category c4 cabin on Haydn Deck, includes port taxes & government fees (correct as at 4 Sep 13) and all applicable discounts • Offers are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time • *€50 Onboard credit is valid per cabin for new bookings only and cannot be redeemed for cash if not used • not combinable with any other promotional offer or discount • Offer may not be combinable with any other promotional offer or discount • Sales until 15 Oct 13 or until sold out MSC CRUISES: Prices are based on lead in inside cabin category 1 for departure date shown based on Early booking prices correct as at 4 Sep 13 and must be booked and deposited by 30 nov 13 • Free transfer is only on Day 8 of cruise for full paying passengers, fee of $150pp applies for children and 3rd or 4th adult • children under 18 cruise free when sharing one cabin with two full paying passengers however port charges of $420 per child apply and coach transfer price applies at time of booking • Surcharges apply for other departure dates on Early booking prices. Please check at time of booking • Early bird prices are combinable with loyalty discounts however are not combinable with any other offers or savings or promotional deals • All prices, inclusions, itinerary, details and maps are correct as at 4 Sep 13 and are subject to change or withdrawal without prior notice. NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE: Sales are subject to availability at the time of booking • Price based on oceanview cabin category OX (obstructed view), includes port taxes, gratuities and all applicable discounts (correct as of 30 Aug 13) OCEANIA CRUISES: Offers expire 31 Dec 13. Fares are based on double occupancy, include cruise related surcharges, gratuities and Government Fees and Taxes, may not be combinable with other offers or loyalty programme benefits, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without prior notice or remain in effect after the expiration date. Single rate and rate for 3rd and 4th guests are available upon request; ask you House of Travel agent for details. Shipboard credit is per stateroom (not per person), is not redeemable for cash or further discounts off the cruise fare. It may only be used for on board services. cruise Ship Fuel Surcharge may apply and, if applicable, is additional revenue to Oceania cruises. Oceania cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Additional Terms and conditions may apply. complete Terms and conditions may be found at Oceaniacruises.com or in the Guest Ticket contract. PRINCESS CRUISES®: Inclusive of all discounts, charges and taxes (which are subject to change) • not combinable with any other offer • Offer ends 31 Oct 13, unless sold out prior • ˆFare based on specific departure date only • Higher fares may apply to other departure dates listed • Once this offer ends, fares may revert to a higher fare but also may be further discounted • Supplements apply for other room categories • Some oceanview staterooms have obstructed views • To be read in conjunction with the booking and passage conditions on www.princess.com which passengers will be bound by REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES: Based on double occupancy on the lowest available lead in fare • All fares listed include all inclusive cruise, port taxes, gratuities and government fees • Spa, casino laundry & telephone not included in inclusive fare • Fares may not be used in conjunction with any other Regent offer or promotions. FREE unlimited Shore Excursion reservations are accepted on a first come, first-served basis and number of shore excursions are subject to availability. Restrictions apply and cancellations received 36 hours prior to shore excursion date may incur penalties• All fares, offers and excursions are subject to change and may be withdrawn or changed at any time • Regent Seven Seas cruises® reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares or promotion offers at any time• complete terms and conditions may be found at www.RSSc.com ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL: Price is based on 27 Jan 14 and inclusive of all taxes, fees and onboard gratuities (tips) • Price shown is for the lowest interior cabin available as at 5 Sep 13 • Free oceanview upgrade Offer is valid for new individual bookings on Radiance of the Seas only. Offer is valid for bookings made in a Oceanview cabin only (lead Interior cabin – category M is equal to lead Oceanview category H) • A limited number of cabins are available at the prices shown above and prices may increase or be withdrawn once these cabins are sold out • Prices and exact cruise itineraries are subject to change without notice • Passengers are bound by the terms and conditions in the Royal caribbean International South Pacific, Australian and new Zealand 2013-2015 brochure • For full terms & conditions please visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au SCENIC TOURS: not available in conjunction with any other offer • $3900pp non-refundable deposit due within 7 days of booking • Taxes are subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of flight reservation • Flights must be purchased with Scenic Tours • Scenic Tours reserve the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit • Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees as established by the applicable airline • Flights are subject to availability of appropriate airlines class and once sold out surcharges may apply • Fly Free Including Taxes is based on Emirates in K class exiting AKl/cHc in nZ and includes taxes up to $400pp • Any maps or other route depictions are an indication only and are subject to change • Book and deposit by 15 Oct 13 • Prices based on 17 Apr 14 departure in an E category cabin (no balcony) • Price correct as of 4 Sep 13 • ˆHouse of Travel offer: Must be requested at time of booking, are strictly limited and subject to availability. Offer is restricted to 17 Apr 14 departure only. Should appropriate hotels not be available for any reason, Scenic Tours reserves the right to substitute another hotel. Additional nights may be added at guests own expense. Available until 15 Oct 13 unless sold out prior • For full terms and conditions refer to Europe River cruises & Tours 2014/2015 brochure and Earlybird flyer SEABOURN: From fares are uSD per person, share twin/double, based on category A1 Oceanview Suite • Fares are Seabourn Value fares which are promotional and can be changed or removed without notice and subject to availability at the time of booking • 25% deposit is required within 3 days of booking and balance due 90 days prior to departure • Other conditions apply per the conditions of carriage as outlined in the Seabourn 2013-2014 brochure SILVERSEA: All Silver Privilege fares are cruise-only, available in Australian and in uS dollars, per guest, based on double-occupancy • Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice • Availability of all suite categories cannot be guaranteed • Fares for single guests are available upon request • Additional restrictions may apply • For full terms and conditions refer to www.silversea.com STAR CRUISES: All prices are cruise only and are capacity controlled • Single passengers must pay a single supplement • Prices based on following categories Inside = DA • not applicable on peak sailing dates 22 Dec 13 – 01 Jan 14 • Price is correct as at 5 Sep 13 and can be withdrawn at any time without notice • Price includes port charges, fuel surcharges and all applicable discounts • ˆMeals included in selected restaurants • Strict cancellation fees apply • Balcony class F&B credit is per cabin & only applicable when you book a balcony • 5 x night F&B credit = SGD$400 per cabin, valid for new bookings made before 30 nov 13 UNIWORLD: Based on 31 Oct 14 departure • Port taxes nZ$333pp • Airport transfers on commencement and completion dates of cruise • Pay in Full savings on cats 1,2 and suites is nZ$1250 pp. On cats 3,4,5 nZ$700 pp. To get Pay in Full savings, full payment must be made within 7 days of booking and before 29 nov 13 • Early Booking Saving of $350pp available for all categories for booking and deposit of $300pp per cruise before 31 Jan 2014 • Pricing based on category 5 stateroom. Other stateroom categories available at supplement cost. limited single rooms available at supplement • normal deposit, booking conditions and cancellation policies apply • Refer to the uniworld website uniworldcruises.co.nz for full itinerary details and conditions. VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY: Fares are based on double occupancy as at 5 Sep 13 • A deposit of 10% of your total cruise fare is payable to secure your cruise reservation • Fly free offers may require additional funds be paid to ensure air ticketing conditions are met. Airfares to/from Auckland and christchurch only. Domestic connections additional. Airfare is economy class including known airfare tax as at Aug 2013, and based on specific airlines and routings. Surcharge may apply if increase in airfare tax occurs, introduction of fuel surcharge, or if different airlines, routing or dates of travel are required • Please check with your travel agent at time of booking for additional deposit and conditions • For full terms and conditions please refer to the Voyages to Antiquity brochure • 15% Single Supplement are applicable to dedicated single cabins, once single cabins are sold, a limited number of double cabins are available, please enquire at time of booking • Offer is valid to 31 Oct 13 unless withdrawn earlier • Transfers offered on dates specified on itinerary only • Our Special Offers and discounts are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, and may be withdrawn at any time WILD EARTH TRAVEL: Bookings confirmed before 18 Oct 13 receive a complimentary night’s accommodation in Sitka pre-cruise • Price based on 17 May 14 sailing category c • For full terms & conditions see the Wild Earth Travel Small Ship cruises Worldwide 2013 brochure or visit wildearth-travel.com

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