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SEPTEMBER 2014

BLISSFUL RELAXATION

in the South Pacific

GOING WITH THE FLOW

on Europe's rivers and oceans

UNCOVER NEW HORIZONS

in Asia's exotic waters

TANTALISING MARVELS

in awe-inspiring Alaska + more!

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Let’s not beat around the boat; who wouldn’t wish life to be a bit more… cruisey? These floating hotels can take you anywhere, allow you see anything and meet people from all walks of life – all the while hardly lifting a finger. We invite you to take a glimpse inside what this cruising ‘fuss’ is all about and why cruise is becoming the fastest growing holiday choice. Every ship has its own style and flair, providing a range of scrumptious onboard experiences; from five star hospitality, delicious cooking classes and lavish entertainment to world class spas, leisure activities and even a surf stimulator! You name it, they’ve got it. Combine all this with no wasted hours at airports, rushed transfers and constant unpacking and you've got yourself the perfect holiday. Still deciding what destination floats your boat? Let us inspire you with our favourite cruise destinations and what you can expect in each. If you’re a craving a truly unique experience, try unlocking the secrets of Asia’s thriving cities and majestic temples; or plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean where you'll be greeted by isle upon isle of gorgeous green forest. Architecture or history buffs will adore ambling down the cobbled lanes of charming European towns and discovering ancient wonders. And for those adventurous souls, ignite that fire in your belly with an invigorating expedition through the spectacular Alaska.

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Temples in Thailand. Geishas in Japan. Peking Duck in China.

U NC OV ER NEW H OR I Z ON S C R U I S ING TH R O U G H A S I A

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FROM TRANQUIL TEMPLES AND TWINKLING SKYLINES, TO BUSTLING MARKETS AND EXOTIC FLAVOURS THAT WILL GIVE YOUR TASTE BUDS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY. SEE AND DO IT ALL, IN A PLACE THAT WILL IGNITE ALL OF YOUR SENSES AT ONCE.

he continent of Asia is vast, offering up

grandeur of the Forbidden City and Beijing

a melting pot of cultures, landscapes,

is officially yours.

history and more – not to mention it’s a gastronomic paradise! Each destination

In Vietnam, Halong Bay captures the imagination with its colossal rock formations that

is utterly unique, with something special to uncover

erupt from and loom over the tranquil emerald

around every corner. And what better way to unlock

waters. Cruising through these waters really lets

the hidden treasures than being dropped at the

you capture a glimpse of Vietnam that can only

back doorstep of some of Asia’s most loved ports?

be seen from the sea.

A cruise around Asia allows you a unique and

Wandering around Tokyo's sprawling Metropolis

far-reaching holiday. By day, disembark and explore

you'll feel like you've been teleported into the future.

everything from ancient cities and religious shrines

The electronic stores resemble theme parks and

to Southeast Asian beaches, home to some of the

the immaculately presented, intensely flavoured

world's most pristine and unspoilt shores. Learn

food options are never ending. Visit a cat café,

about the region's captivating history, and see for

chat with the lovely locals, watch a sumo match,

yourself why people have been intoxicated by the

stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens...

sensory wonders of Asia for centuries.

magical Tokyo has something for everyone.

Not only will you experience the colourful

Hong Kong is also full of enthralling attractions,

array of treats in Asia, you'll be wined and dined,

including the gorgeous Victoria Harbour and the

entertained and kept in comfort on board your

mammoth Tian Tan Buddha "Giant Buddha". Be sure

stylish ship. Ahhhh... feel that weight being lifted

to travel up the escalator and tram to The Peak, the

off your shoulders! No need to worry about where

highest point of Hong Kong boasting stunning views

to stay, how to get there, transfers and so on

of the cityscape and lush natural surrounds.

– once you’re onboard, the rest is history.

CALLIN G AL L E XOT I C P O R T S Shanghai is an exhilarating, enchanting city that has to be explored by any Asia traveller. Stroll down the Bund alongside Neoclassical buildings still standing from colonial times, then in total contrast on the other side of the river, gaze at incredible skyscrapers and ultra-modern feats of architecture that reach for the skies. Take a tour to Zhouzhuang, a compelling water village known as the "Venice of the East," with many charming homes dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. A stop in Beijing is on most agendas, so now’s the time to introduce yourself to the city’s World Heritage Sites. Stroll over sections of the iconic Great Wall of China that stretches across from east to west, then all you need to do is experience the 6

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Finally, you can't help but fall under the spell of Singapore's Orchard Road, the city's shopping and entertainment hub, humming with thousands of brands at your fingertips. Nature lovers can visit Jurong Bird Park, the largest of its kind in the world, with more than 5,000 birds across 400 different species. See all of this and more on a cruise through Asia, where you’ll leave with broadened horizons and memories of friendly local faces. It’s time to experience something new and unique, and we’re pretty confident in saying you’ll be dreaming up your next exotic Asia cruise before you know it.

There are plenty more cruises in the sea! For further tasty Asian adventures, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come instore.


ASIA

Mythical Asia

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TOKYO TO BANGKOK ONBOARD NAUTICA

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5780

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SINGAPORE TO BEIJING ONBOARD SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

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2468*

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Sensational Sydney to Singapore

ONBOARD CELEBRITY CENTURY

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1649

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Š Vanuatu Tourism Office

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SPRINKLED THROUGH THE HEART OF THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC OCEAN ARE TINY TOKENS OF PARADISE WAITING TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY DREAMS COME TRUE.

hether you want to sink into blissful

You can experience the ports of multiple lush

relaxation, explore new cultures

island nations and go so much further with your

or are channelling James Cook

dollar than you could with a land-based holiday.

and have a thirst for adventure,

Perfect for a short escape or a longer, languid

ships that travel through this region, relax and let the high calibre staff take care of your journey.

BECOMING A LOCAL ON L AND

the answer lies in a South Pacific cruise. Imagine

holiday, there's an itinerary to suit everyone, from

Nothing can prepare you for the striking beauty

floating leisurely by these colourful shores, taking

foodies and adventurers to those interested in

of the South Pacific's emerald isles, where you'll find

in the scenery and stopping off at vibrant ports,

culture and getting back to nature.

breathtaking views in every direction, discover a

all the while enjoying the delights onboard a cruise‌ dreaming yet? Snorkelling the depths in Rarotonga, shopping

in a bustling Vanuatu market or chilling in low-key Tonga? Enjoy thrilling cultural encounters in Samoa

Take your pick of elegant cruises that grace the waters of alluring islands such as Vanuatu, the Loyalty Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Western and American Samoa, the Cook Islands and Tahiti. From towering green mountain peaks and valleys,

whole host of cultural wonders and explore some captivating natural attractions. Some of your options include visiting an island from Fiji's Port Denarau, where you can plunge below the surface of crystal-clear water and snorkel

or the blissful solitude of Niue? It can be tough

ethereal waterfalls and gorgeous lagoons to song

amongst the colourful marine life. Witness inspiring

choosing just one Pacific Island to holiday in,

and dance, and even daring displays of fire dancing,

displays of cultural performances from the locals

so why should you? A cruise offers a delectable

there is a whole new world for you to delight in and

and settle into the relaxed island way of life.

sampling of Pacific splendour.

discover. Take that first step onboard one of the many

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Or get your adrenalin pumping with a visit


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South Pacific - Explore New Caledonia

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SYDNEY ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD CELEBRITY CENTURY

1229

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from

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nights

in an Inside Stateroom

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• N ou m ea • L i fou • Isle of P i n es

DEPARTS: 03 Jan 15

INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, taxes, fees & port expenses and pre-paid gratuities

S o u t h Pa c i fi c & F i j i

SYDNEY ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD VOYAGER OF THE SEAS

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PLUS: Book by 15 Sep 14 & SAVE 50% on the second passenger!*

DEPARTS: 05 Mar 15

passage known as Land Diving. This involves them climbing a perilously high

INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, taxes, fees & port expenses and pre-paid gratuities

Today's modern bungy jumping was inspired by this act.

nights

• N ou m ea • L a u t oka • Su va

to Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, where young men partake in a daring rite of tower and jumping from the top attached only to a thin vine – scary stuff!

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*Conditions apply

Satisfy your sweet tooth exploring the smörgåsbord of flavours on offer in Noumea, New Caledonia, which offers up all of your favourite sweet French pastries and treats along with traditional tropical fare. Peruse the markets and soak in the seaside views. Then there is Lifou, the largest coral atoll in the Loyalty Islands archipelago, part of New Caledonia. Here, you can visit Jinek Bay, a thriving, bright and colourful reef, or explore mysterious limestone caves, picturesque beaches and lush forest life. Tonga is renowned for its rugged beauty and incredible wildlife spotting, including some truly unparalleled whale watching opportunities. The northern island group of Vava'u is ideal for spotting these gentle giants, and also getting the chance to swim with them! You could also explore the teeming underwater world with a leisurely snorkel or adventurous dive.

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Pacific Island Hopper

AUCKLAND ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD PACIFIC PEARL

1499*

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"...towering green mountain peaks and valleys, ethereal waterfalls and gorgeous lagoons"

• M ys tery Is land • Vila • Lifou • Noumea

DEPARTS: 29 Apr, 18 May 15

INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, children's programmes 3-17 years of age, government fees and port charges *Price based on 18 May 15 sailing

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BRISBANE ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD SEA PRINCESS

1539

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• V i la • Port D enarau • Isle of Pines

DEPARTS: 10 Feb 15

INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, children's programmes 3-17 years of age, government fees and port charges

If you’re after something with a remarkably local and untouched flavour, exploring French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands is truly a unique experience. Be taken on a voyage from Tahiti onboard a working cargo ship, dipping in between the breathtaking beauty of untouched islands, including Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa and more. Your ship is the lifeline to the outside world for the inhabitants of these remote islands. Observe the exchange of copra, dried coconut and fruit, then be whisked away by local guides to meet traditional local artists, take you on hikes to hidden jungle ruins, whizz over mountains on a Jeep safari, visit sacred ritual sites and other extraordinary excursions. What's more, this is just a small fraction of what is available to explore on a cruise through the South Pacific. There are plenty of other destinations peppered throughout the idyllic region that will leave you utterly enchanted. Whether you want to make the most of your time seeing as many of the sights as possible, or would rather relax beachside with a tropical cocktail in hand, you have all the freedom to decide how to spend your time at these lush locales.

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Explore French Polynesia & the Marquesas PAPEETE ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD ARANUI III

3900

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Other room types are available

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DEPARTS: 2 set departures per month INCLUDES: Planned shore excursions to remote villages, archaeological sites with lecturers, dance shows, hiking picnics, 4X4 sightseeing tours, 3 meals per day onboard and a complimentary glass of wine for scheduled onboard lunches & dinners.

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WHEN TO PACK U P A N D S HI P O FF Whether it's the whole family or a couple looking for romance at sea, the South Pacific is waiting with open arms to accommodate. It’s a delight any time of the year thanks to a temperate climate, however the most ideal time to take the leap, very timely for us Kiwis, is between May and October (YAY to a winter escape!). This is the dry season, so it offers up the clearest waters for the keen snorkeller or diver in you. One thing's for sure − no matter what the time of year, the South Pacific is full of alluring destinations you're sure to fall in love with. Floating between exotic destinations, you'll be treated to your ship's expansive facilities and atmosphere as you travel in ultimate comfort. Experience the holiday you've always dreamed of and do it in style in the sumptuous region of the South Pacific.

There are plenty more cruises in the sea! To find out more about cruising with a vitamin D fix, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come instore.

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THE SIGHTS & SEAS

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of the land down under

ICONIC LANDMARKS, BUCKET LIST WORTHY EVENTS AND A STUNNING SELECTION OF SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WONDERS: PHENOMENAL POSSIBILITIES AWAIT JUST A QUICK CRUISE OVER THE DITCH.

ustralia’s smörgåsbord of adventures

UNLO C K A N A RRAY O F AUSSI E TREATS

are waiting. Blissfully meander the

There's so much to explore when you arrive

caves and wander along the dramatically beautiful

nation’s coastal waters while relaxing in

at Australia's charming port cities. Uncover the

luxurious facilities and indulging in fine

coastline, or sip upon a coffee at a beachside café.

wonder of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as

dining as you float from one incredible experience

Tasmania's Port Arthur, Fraser Island, the Great

to the next. Best of all, as Kiwis, we’re perfectly

Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains, or take a

positioned to get amongst it.

camel ride along Broome's bewitching Cable

Faced with the impossible task of choosing which

cities and landmarks to leave out, the advantage of

Beach at sunset. From Newcastle, discover the gourmet delights

At Margaret River, explore intriguing limestone

WHEN TO PUT THE SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE You can cruise around this beautiful nation year round, though you'll have the greatest choice of ships, departure dates and itineraries between the peak months of November and April.

cruising is that it allows for a wide range of experiences

of the Hunter Valley, brimming with lush vineyards.

on one journey. Visit the major port cities of Sydney,

Then a couple of hours from Adelaide is Kangaroo

Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and see all the iconic

Island, another foodie's paradise, with locally made

Kimberley region, the winter months of June

attractions, while also venturing further inland and

honey, cheese, olive oil and freshly caught crayfish.

to August are often ideal with more moderate

exploring highlights such as wineries and lush national

Here, you can also gaze upon the wonder of sea

temperatures.

parks. Or delve into the stunning marine park, the

lion colonies and penguins waddling from the sea

Great Barrier Reef. A single, skilfully crafted itinerary

to their shoreside burrows come nightfall.

can offer you the best of a number of destinations

The coastal port of Cairns provides easy

while you enjoy the attentive service and all-round

access for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef,

indulgence that cruises are renowned for.

while Port Douglas is regarded as the base from

There are opportunities for long or short cruises, themed sampler cruises and even some tailored for events such as the Melbourne Cup, Australian

which to explore the northern areas of the reef and rainforest of Daintree. Cruise itineraries circumnavigating the continent

For the Great Barrier Reef or Western Australia's

No matter what your travelling style, or who you are holidaying with, you can explore your dream Australian destination with a cruise to suit. Treat yourself to this special experience and explore our neighbour’s lands and seas like never before.

Open or Australia Day. So whether you’re wanting

will include a visit to the country’s tropical capital of

There are plenty more cruises in the sea!

to relax and unwind, unleash your inner adrenaline

the Northern Territory, Darwin as well as the Western

To find out more about making a splash in

junkie or satisfy your Aussie event fix, all the options

Australia port of Geraldton, the hub of the mid-west

Australia, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call

are yours to choose from.

region and world-renowned for its host of water sports.

on 0800 838 747 or come and say G’day instore.

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B a r rier Reef Discovery

1957*

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SYDNEY ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD PACIFIC PEARL

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• A i rl i e B eac h • Yorkeys Knob • Port D ouglas • W i l l is Island

DEPARTS: 10 Jun, 07 Sep 15

INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, children's programme 3-17 years of age, government fees and port charges *Price based on 07 Sep 15 sailing

C i r cumn avigation Top End

3646

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in an Inside Stateroom

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SYDNEY TO PERTH ONBOARD RADIANCE OF THE SEAS

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nights

• A i rl i e B eac h • Darwin • B enoa (B al i ) • Geraldton

DEPARTS: 26 Feb 15

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An ocean of opportunities

HISTORY, CULTURE, STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION – EUROPE OOZES EVERY SINGLE ONE. EXPERIENCE THIS PHENOMENON WITH FRESH EYES, FROM ITS ALMIGHTY WATERS, TREATING YOU TO THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A NUMBER OF REGIONS.

hy worry about navigating Europe's

You’ll gaze upon the continent's world-

We’ve compiled some of our most loved ports

roads, railway stations and airports

renowned art, historical sites and magnificent

of call, to give you a taster of what to expect and

when you can glide effortlessly from

natural features, all while being treated to delicious

the spots to visit once you've set foot on shore,

port to port on a luxurious floating

food, drink and wonderful entertainment on and

as you meander Europe's pavements and cobble

resort? Both first-time visitors to the continent, as well

offboard. Seeing so many sites all in one go, with

stone alleyways.

as seasoned European travellers, will be charmed

all-inclusive accommodation, food and activities,

by an alluring holiday journey across Europe's seas.

makes cruising Europe a particularly cost-effective

THE DELECTABLES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

way of exploring the gorgeous array of sites.

Picture perfect Venice has enchanted many a

Most of Europe's major, and incredibly

bewitching cities are on or close to the water,

Being such a popular destination, there are

traveller for centuries with its gorgeous canals and

along with many other famous sites just a short

a number of cruise lines to choose from that offer

impressive feats of architecture. Visit St Mark's Square

journey inland, so you're never far from another

journeys through the Mediterranean, the Baltic,

and step inside St Mark's Basilica, gazing upon its

enthralling destination.

the North Sea and other coastal regions of Europe.

glittering golden mosaics. Then there's the Doge's

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Fro m S a v o i r- v i v r e t o La Do l c e V i t a BARCELONA TO ROME ONBOARD MS EUROPA 2

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BARCELONA TO ROME ONBOARD RIVIERA

5420

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Palace, which dates back to the 14th century, full of opulent art and design along with poignant features such as the Bridge of Sighs. Also be sure to feast your eyes upon the Torre dell'Orologio, a clock tower from the late 1400's. Visit the colourful and vibrant city of Barcelona and see the modernist architecture by Antoni Gaudi, particularly the Sagrada Familia. Or discover the flair of Istanbul, and haggle for bargains at the intoxicating Grand Bazaar – sure to invigorate the senses! Stop by the Sultan Ahmed, or Blue Mosque, for its dizzying feats of engineering, or head to the Topkapi Palace where you

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can see unique sights such as the sultan's harem. The Greek Isles are utterly unmissable, with Santorini and its quaint cliffside residences and sapphire waters sure to enchant you. Walk to the top of the township or opt to ascend on a mule!

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Experience holiday hotspot Croatia with a stop at walled city Dubrovnik, perfect for spending an afternoon wandering its cobbled alleys and lanes. Take a stroll to higher ground to gaze down upon the gorgeous peach-

Best of the East & West Mediterranean

coloured rooftops. And that's not all the Med has to offer. The port city of Piraeus provides

1788*

$

per person share twin

access to the intriguing city of Athens, where you can visit ancient attractions

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such as the Acropolis which stands watch over the city, amongst other

in an Inside Stateroom

remnants of life from days gone by. Then, head downtown or to the suburbs for a taste of contemporary Greek life. Rome is another celebrated destination teeming with history, with famous sights such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and much, much more. Spend your time exploring these marvels while also enjoying the city's culinary finesse, with cafés, restaurants, gelaterias and other mouth-watering edibles. More Italian delights abound in Florence, where you can easily walk around the town taking in attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia, definitely one for art lovers. Enter the city's cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, and be blown away by its sheer scale. You can even climb to the top of its extravagant dome for splendid views across the rooftops of Florence! Be sure to stroll alongside the Arno River and cross the charming, Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Florence's shops and dining options are exquisite, and if you want to venture further afield you can take a day trip to charming rural towns. For an insight into a life of luxury, experience the French Riviera, thriving with a glamorous nightlife, beautiful beaches and quaint architecture. Soak up the razzledazzle of Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez and destinations such as Monte Carlo, where high fashion, casinos and gourmet wining and dining are all in a day's work.

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VENICE TO GENOA OR VICE VERSA

Children under 18 cruise from $420 per child DEPARTS: Every Sunday between May-Nov 15

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INCLUDES: 7 night cruise ex Venice roundtrip onboard MSC Musica, Venice to Genoa transfer, 7 night cruise onboard MSC Fantasia, main meals & entertainment onboard and port charges *Price based on 01 Nov 15 ex Venice & 08 Nov 15 ex Genoa

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Gems of the Aegean & Adriatic Seas

BARCELONA TO VENICE ONBOARD ISLAND PRINCESS

2474*

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DEPARTS: 03 & 27 Jun, 21 Jul, 14 Aug, 07 Sep, 01 Oct 15 INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, children’s programmes 3-17 years of age, government fees and port charges *Price based on 03 Jun 15 sailing

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• Toulon (for Provence) • Naples (for Capri & Pompeii) • Mykonos • Istanbul • Kusadasi (for Ephesus) • Athens

2830

$

from

per person share twin

in an Inside Stateroom

nights

DEPARTS: 06 Oct 15

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• A t h en s • a n ci en t Oly m p i a • Kot or Bay • U N E SC O-li st ed ci t y of Bu t r i n t i n A lb a n i a • Ven i ce • D u b r ovn i k Old Tow n

INCLUDES: All meals while cruising, onboard entertainment, guest speaker programme featuring historians, explorers & diplomats, gratuities, service charges, port charges and government fees

Flights for all cruises are additional. Terms and conditions apply.

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EUROPE – ocean SMO OTH SA I LI NG TH RO UGH T HE BALT IC SEA The Baltic is home to gorgeous port destinations such as Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Copenhagen. These are some of Europe's real hidden gems, and you will feel like you're uncovering captivating secrets as you travel throughout the region. Experience sailing into Stockholm's stunning archipelago with gorgeous emerald isles, before exploring the city's delightful streets and bold-coloured facades. Tallinn is Estonia's best kept secret, and is said to be the most preserved medieval old town in Europe. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997, you'll feel like you've stepped into a fairytale. With a mixture of traditional restaurants and on-trend cafés, there's something for everyone in Tallinn ... and don't leave without trying the Elk soup! Then there’s the incomparable grandeur of St Petersburg. The Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Tsars and the site of revolution in the early 1900s, is now home to the Hermitage Museum. Nestled in front of the Neva River, the Baroque treasure features exquisite halls and rooms host millions of pieces of art. Gaze at work by artist legends such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and more. Copenhagen is another enchanting port. Take a boat tour through the colourful canals and be totally captivated by the city's glorious castles, gardens and art, then take a stroll through the wonderful shopping streets to add some weight to your suitcases!

NAVI GATI NG A RO UND TH E NORT H SEA The North Sea is a smaller part of the ocean encompassing a number of destinations between Great Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, granting access to a wonderful and diverse set of ports.

T h e C la s s i c Ro u nd Vo ya g e

S t Petersburg & Scandinavi a

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STOCKHOLM TO COPENHAGEN ONBOARD SEABOURN QUEST

17,229

$ from

per person share twin in an Oceanview Suite

nights

DEPARTS: 06 Jun & 04 Jul 15 INCLUDES: 21 night cruise, complimentary welcome champagne & in-suite stocked bar, open bars throughout the ship and fine wines with lunch & dinner, a choice of complimentary dining venues, 2 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Stockholm, 2 nights post-cruise accommodation in Copenhagen, all airport & port transfers, port handling and government taxes on cruise

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BERGEN ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD MS LOFOTEN

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• Stockholm • Tallinn • St Petersburg • Helsinki • Copenhagen • Bergen • Flam • Alesund • Svolvaer • Tromso • Honningsvag • Olden • Stavanger

2465

$ from

*per person

share twin in an Inside Stateroom

P LUS

nights

Book early and save up to 25%

DEPARTS: Daily year round INCLUDES: All main meals while cruising, English speaking tour leader onboard and entrance fee to the Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarknes *Price based on travel between 1-30 Apr & 1-30 Oct 15 and includes earlybird discount

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Covering over 2400km of Norway’s magnificent coastline, be a part of the vital link between the 34 ports carrying local freight & passengers and visit fjords, waterways & ports that larger ships cannot access.


EUROPE – ocean

Begin by making your way to Norway and exploring the stylish and relaxed city of Oslo. It’s a great place for shopping, visiting museums, galleries and parks, and also has wonderful natural features to explore such as Bleikoya Island and Huk. A short skip from Oslo is Bergen, where you can take a journey that is often described as ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’, cruising over 2400km of Norway’s stunning coastline. This incredible experience will not only see you sail breathtakingly close to beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife, but you can also visit fjords, waterways and small port towns and hamlets, truly showcasing Norway’s diversity – with an exciting menu of excursions to match! Explore Amsterdam’s charming canals by boat and visit the outstanding Rijksmuseum, with its amazing collections of over 1 million objects of art and

A Fle m i s h & Fre nc h M a s t er p i e c e

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PORTSMOUTH ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD MINERVA

5099

$ from

per person share twin in an Inside Stateroom

history including masterpieces from Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer.

nights

France’s most westerly point, the Pointe de Pern, takes you to the picturesque port of La Rochelle. Stroll around the city admiring the beautiful architecture, or explore the marshy natural park known as Green Venice on a

DEPARTS: 07 Jul 15

punt boat ride. In the south of France, a visit to Bordeaux allows access to the

INCLUDES: Tailor made shore excursion programme, renowned guest speaker programme, porterage & all meals while cruising, port taxes, government fees and all gratuities onboard & ashore on tour

stunning town of St Emilion, brimmed with landscapes devoted to wine-growing. While from the port of Lorient you can explore the hidden gem of Pont Aven,

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• Partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society enjoy a choice of garden excursions • Amsterdam • Bruges • Bastille Day in Bordeaux • Belle Ile & Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny

best known for inspiring artist Paul Gauguin. Honfleur is one of the most charming old fishing ports in France. Wander the narrow streets in the footsteps of artists or explore the colourful and composed Monet’s garden in Giverny. The vast number of attractions and experiences Europe has on offer can seem overwhelming, but a cruise can help you get a taste of some of the region's very best. Indulge in this stylish way of seeing Europe's most-loved areas and return home fulfilled from your travels, with a wealth of stories to share.

There are plenty more cruises in the sea! To push the boat out on a European extravaganza, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come instore.

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Go with the flow R IV E R C R U I S I N G E U ROPE

IMAGINE FLOATING DOWN EUROPE'S GRANDEST RIVERS, AMBLING BETWEEN GORGEOUS LITTLE VILLAGES AND DISCOVERING PICTURESQUE SCENERY ALONG THE WAY.

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IT'D BE HARD NOT TO FALL IN LOVE.

river cruise through Europe presents a chance to glide peacefully along calm waters exploring quaint and charming inland destinations, places that could

be missed by a coastal traveller. With a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, you can get to know some of the region's most loved destinations in a truly authentic way. It's not often you get such a genuine look at

the rural and small-town life of so many countries in one journey, not to mention doing so in comfort as you travel with your floating hotel wherever you go. Peace, serenity and utter tranquillity are just some of the hallmarks of a river cruise through Europe, making it an idyllic escape from reality.

A SLEEKER LOOK AT EUROPE’S WATERWAYS River cruising is a compelling alternative to ocean cruising. While both have their advantages, an experience along Europe's rivers allows you even better access to cities and towns along the way. With rivers running right through town and city centres, you're often docked right amongst the action, offering up unparalleled access to the attractions, sights and sounds of your destination. When it comes to the kind of vibe you can expect on board, river cruising ships are warm, inviting and intimate, usually catering for anywhere between 100 and 200 passengers.That means you can rest assured you'll get personalised and attentive service, with knowledgeable staff always willing to impart their local knowledge and experience, and go the extra mile to put a smile on your face. You'll enjoy the ship's sumptuous design too, with the vessels built long, sleek and low-slung so you can glide under bridges and navigate the gorgeous canals. And because you're safely nestled inland, you don't have to worry about choppy seas or rough conditions – pure bliss! Since gliding through rivers isn’t about crossing the seven seas, you’ll visit at least one new port every day. Imagine how much of Europe you can see in a couple of weeks! While you'll definitely get opportunities to visit and explore large, glittering cities; river cruises place a special emphasis on small towns and villages where you can really get to know a 20

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"...the Seine takes an unforgettable journey past some of the most visually stunning and storied places in Northern France" place's genuine culture and hidden treasures.

including the likes of a Michelin-starred lunch

Parliament Building, Buda Castle Hill and Andrássy

On your illuminating riverside journey unlock the

or castle banquet – YUM!

Avenue. Don't forget to stop and sample a buffet of

secrets of destinations and unveil wonders you never knew existed. What's more, shore excursions, such as guided walking tours of a port destination, are often included in your overall cruise fare. With a more informal atmosphere than most

G LI DI NG TH RO UG H Q UA I NT TOWNS, VI LLAG ES A ND G LI TTERI NG C I TI ES. Iconic rivers such as the Rhine, Seine and the Danube ensure a buffet of magnificent European

flavours as you explore. Hungary's dining is exquisite, with spicy traditional dishes and rich flavours at every turn and the creamy aromas of coffees and cakes from local cafés wafting deliciously through the air. Hungary’s Danubian neighbour, Austria, hosts

ocean cruises, river cruising allows a more casual

river cruise options, granting access to a sumptuous

a bounty of incredible destinations. Walk the

dress code and is perfect for those who appreciate

range of countries such as Germany, Austria, the

vibrant riverside streets of Linz, and then head

a focus on learning about cultures, quaint towns

Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia,

to the enchanting and beautiful city of Salzburg.

and general discovery with fellow passengers.

Bulgaria, Romania and more. Or select a river from

Famously the location for the classic musical,

enchanting countries like France, Portugal and Spain,

The Sound of Music, Salzburg is also the birthplace

and dreamily drift from one romantic town to the next.

of Mozart. In summer, kick back and relax in the

Also be sure to keep an eye out for additional features that some river cruises offer. The use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks are great extras

To the East, the intoxicating atmosphere and

for exploring the ports, or for couples you may

attractions of Hungary's Budapest make it a much-

treat yourselves to a private butler service. Or if that

anticipated cruise stop along the Danube. Must-visit

doesn’t cut it, there are exclusive shore excursions

architectural wonders include the Budapest Opera,

blooming gardens, or enjoy ice skating on the dramatic lake come wintertime. Vienna is another spectacular Austrian locale. The majestic imperial capital offers a change

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EUROPE – river of pace from the quaint, smaller towns and villages. You'll be immediately struck by this city's grand scale, full of opulent historical attractions like the incomparable Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Wander the grounds, take in the stunning gardens and soak in the regal atmosphere around you – it's not hard to imagine how royalty lived here once upon a time. France plates up a delightful wealth of rivers, including the Seine, Rhône, Saône, Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne. While gliding through France, stop and say 'bonjour’ to one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris. Stroll the banks of the Seine River and be exposed to the French gothic architecture of the Notre Dame, or sip a coffee or aperitif in a café in the Latin Quarter while being

Landscapes & Castles of the Loire Valley

entertained by street musicians. From Paris to the Normandy Coast, the Seine takes an unforgettable journey past some of the most visually stunning and storied places in Northern France. You’ll see landscapes immortalised by many great artists. From the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny to walking in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, you will be charmed and fascinated by

NANTES ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD LOIRE PRINCESS

2964

$ from

7

per person share twin

in a Riverview Stateroom

nights

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the richness of history and art.

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V i s i t the castles of the Loire Val l e y including the R enaissance c hât eau of Azay-le-R ideau, the gard e ns of the castle at Villandry and Ussé Castle in R igny-Issé.

DEPARTS: Set departures between Apr-Oct 15 INCLUDES: Sightseeing package, elegant gourmet meals in the classic tradition of French cuisine, open bar including local wine, beer, spirits & soft drinks and port taxes

Jewels of Europe

AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST ONBOARD SCENIC SPACE SHIP

7595*

$

from

per person share twin

in a Standard Stateroom

P L US

FLY FREE to Europe return including taxes^

14 nights

DEPARTS: Set departures Mar-Oct 15 *Price based on 02 Mar 15 sailing category E INCLUDES: Free return flights, all meals & unlimited complimentary beverages onboard, private butler service, all excursions, events & entertainment, WiFi, airport transfers and all tipping & gratuities

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• W i ne tasting in Prince Bishop’s Re sidenz Palace cellars • Priv ate concert at Palais Li ec h tenstein and mediev al banquet in Marksburg Castle • D i s c ov er R üdesheim on board t he “W inzerexpress” mini-train.

Located in the middle stretch of the Loire River is where you’ll discover Loire Valley, a region committed to the legacy of its heritage and united by the royal river. Enjoy the authentic beauty in an area full of diversity, offering a rich palette of colours in the landscapes seen along the water. Be treated to a sumptuous display of culinary delights and unique heritage in Southwest France, cruising the Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne rivers. Journey from Pauillac, the gateway to the Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, where you can visit wine cellars in the Saint-Émilion region.


EUROPE – river A picturesque journey through Burgundy and Provence in the south of France on the Rhône and Saône rivers will stimulate all your senses. The Saône guides you through the vineyard lined banks of France’s famed Burgundy wine region, before meeting the Rhône River at Lyon. Lyon is France’s lively capital of gastronomy. Stroll through its world-famous food market like a local, taking in the 59 elaborate food stalls, bars and restaurants, or you can visit the city’s old Quartier St. Jean as you follow in the steps of the great silk weavers. Nestled among famous vineyards, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are divine destinations for wine connoisseurs. Visit the Hermitage vineyards to get a taste of one of the older wine growing areas in the world, and then put your walking shoes on and see the cities from above with a walking tour through the lovely garden of Le Jardin d’Eden for spectacular views. Soak up the alluring UNESCO World Heritage site of Avignon, brimming with history, culture, art and life, all to be discovered on a walking tour of this fortified city. The light and vivid colours of Provence inspired Van Gogh to produce 300 paintings and drawings in just 15 months, and you’ll be just as entranced on this exquisite journey. There are a number of ways to delve into the stunning rivers that shape Europe. Whatever experience you choose, you’ll explore Europe’s treasures along it in a unique and unforgettable way.

Daydreaming about Europe’s mesmerizing rivers? To find out more about these enchanting waterways, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come instore.

R h i n e & R h ô n e R ev ea l e d CÔTE D’AZUR TO AMSTERDAM

7312*

$

from

per person share twin

in a Standard Stateroom

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up to $650^ per couple

15

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• Visit the Palace of the Popes in Avignon • Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, home to Van der Weyden’s painting of The Last Judgement • Guided City Walk or Jewish Heritage Walk in Cologne • Amsterdam Canal cruise

DEPARTS: Set departures Mar-Oct15 * Price based on 23 Oct 15 departure, category E INCLUDES: 1 night superior accommodation in Côte d’Azur, 14 night deluxe cruise from Arles to Chalon-sur-Saône and from Basel to Amsterdam (or v.v.), all meals onboard while cruising, complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner, local guided sightseeing, professional cruise director, onboard gratuities, port charges and WiFi

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PARIS TO LYON

11 050*

$ ,

from

per person share twin

in a Riverview Stateroom

S AVE

up to $7812^ pp

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DEPARTS: 15 & 29 Mar 15 *Price based on 15 Mar 15 departure, category 2

INCLUDES: Airport transfers on arrival & departure days, all meals while cruising, Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and gala dinners, unlimited beverages onboard including fine wine, beer & spirits, 18 days of excursions including “Choice is Yours” options hosted by English speaking local experts, use of onboard equipment including bicycles, first-class TGV train between Paris & Bordeaux, tips & gratuities and port charges

• Paris city tour or Ile de la Cité & Latin Quarter walking tour • Exclusive wine-pairing lunch in Bordeaux • Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage Village Day with wine tasting or Hermitage vineyards walking tour with wine tasting • Lyon’s Les Halles food market

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of wonders

EX P E RIE NCE UN PA R A LLE LE D LA N D S CAP E S T E E M I N G W I T H AW E - I N S P I R I N G GLACIERS, MOUNTAINS AND FASCINATING WILDLIFE. IT’S TIME TO UNCOVER ALASKA’S ICY WONDERS.

laska is one of the world's most

At certain times of the year, usually at the

spectacular destinations, featuring an

beginning and end of the cruising season, you

array of stunning natural treasures you

can even take a repositioning cruise, which can

have to see to believe. The scenery

combine your Alaskan experience with an ocean

is truly unbelievable, featuring thriving and lush

crossing to destinations such as Hawai'i, the South

forests, snow-topped mountains and charming,

Pacific, West Coast USA or the Panama Canal.

tranquil waterfront towns. Given this state's unique geography, a cruise is one of the most comfortable

A REMA RKA BLE PA SSAG E

ways to experience it’s kaleidoscope of sites. Glide

Alaska's Inside Passage cruises usually start and

past dramatic glaciers and icy vistas taking in the

end in Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco, giving

breathtaking panoramas from your ship's decks,

you access to Alaskan ports such as Juneau,

making memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Ketchikan, Sitka and Skagway. Sailing through the

There are so many options for cruises, with

Inside Passage, you can expect calm, serene and

specialty operators offering more intimate small-

protected waters, with smooth cruising conditions

ship experiences that get you even closer to the

enhancing the tranquillity of your back-to-nature

renowned scenery of the region. They also tend to

experience.

feature on-board experts who can illuminate your

The port of Juneau is a wonderful stop for

experience with more information on the wildlife

animal lovers, with humpback whale watching,

and landscape as you travel.

seals and sea lions being just some of the animals

On the other hand, larger cruise ships can

you can expect to see. Visit the impressive Pack

cover more ground and visit more ports, so you

Creek Brown Bear viewing area where you can

can catch a glimpse of more of this state's diverse

spy these magnificent and fearsome creatures

landscape, culture and history.

up close.

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"Head out on a dog sledding adventure over the icy hills , take a flight over and land upon jaw-droppingly beautiful glaciers" Voya g e o f t he G l a c i ers VANCOUVER TO ANCHORAGE ONBOARD GRAND PRINCESS

988*

$

from

per person share twin

in an Inside Stateroom

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7

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• Ket ch i ka n • J u n ea u • Ska g w ay • Gla ci er Bay

DEPARTS: 23 May, 06 & 20 Jun, 04 & 18 Jul, 01, 15 & 29 Aug 15 INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, children's programme 3-17 years of age, government fees and port charges *Price based on 06 Jun 15 sailing Flights are additional. Terms and conditions apply. I NSPI RE // HOU SE OF TRAVE L

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ALASKA

Then there is Ketchikan, an adventurer's

When you return from your day trips and port

but be prepared for cooler temperatures.

paradise. Some popular activities include ziplining

excursions, you will be warmly welcomed back by

over the rainforest canopy, hiking through the verdant

your ship's attentive service, extensive facilities and

unique destination that will blow you away with

forest and even taking a trip down the lake on

proximity to nature. Get cosy with a hot chocolate

its sheer scale, beauty and diversity.

native American-style canoes.

or unwind with a glass of red wine as you soak in

There's nowhere else quite like this wild paradise,

even more scenery from the ship's viewing areas.

with its bears, whales, glaciers and endless unspoilt

Skagway is famous for its White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, where you can cast yourself back

views. See it for yourself and take a journey you

WH EN TO C RUI SE A LA SKA

in time and take a journey over historic tracks.

will never forget.

The cruise season runs from May to September,

Anchorage is teeming with fun and thrilling snow-based activities. Head out on a dog sledding

and July and August are particularly popular

adventure over the icy hills, take a flight over and

featuring the warmest conditions. Spring and

land upon jaw-droppingly beautiful glaciers.

autumn offer good value when it comes to price,

Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

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SITKA ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD ALASKAN DREAM/BARANOF DREAM

3489*

$

from

per person share twin

in a Outside Stateroom Port taxes an additional $185pp

nights

DEPARTS: Set departures between May-Sep 15

INCLUDES: All main meals while cruising, all shore excursions, complimentary glass of wine/beer with dinner, return transfers to ship

No matter the time of year, Alaska is a truly

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• Gla cier Bay National Park • Jun eau • Tracy Arm Fjord • H o bart Bay • Petersburg

That’s just the tip of the iceberg! To explore more icy Alaskan voyages, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come instore.

A m a z i n g A la s ka

7

VANCOUVER ROUNDTRIP ONBOARD SILVER SHADOW

4695

$

from

in a Vista Suite

DEPARTS: 09 Jul 15

per person share twin

nights

INCLUDES: All meals and menu selections by Relais & Châteaux, butler service for every suite, complimentary wine, champagne & spirits, in-suite bar with your beverage preferences, port charges and gratuities

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• Va n cou ver • I n si de P a ssa g e • Ket ch i ka n • J u n ea u • Si t ka • Nanaimo

*Price based on 11 May 15 sailing

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CHECKLIST

24/7 GLOBAL ASSISTANCE IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A PICKLE WE’RE INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED CRUISE COUNCIL ACCREDITED (IT MEANS WE KNOW OUR STUFF) ONE-STOP-SHOP: LEAVE THE FUSS TO US! ONLY THE BEST TRAVEL PARTNERS & CRUISE OPERATORS AWARD WINNING EXPERT ADVICE

Tech

savvy

Travel SIM

8 APPS EVERY CRUISER NEEDS BEFORE SETTING SAIL

Label any prescription medicines

on the go, share photos and more!

Cash passport

WeatherPro: 2 million locations worldwide, high resolution radar

Comfortable walking shoes – a must!

XE Currency Converter: Calculate live currency and foreign

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Multi adaptor T oiletries (don’t assume your favourite shampoo will be provided) G oing to Asia? You may need vaccinations or Malaria medication

House of Travel App: Access your itinerary, guides and deals

maps, water temperatures and UV Index.

exchange rates. Tip: Store your rates on your phone before you leave to save data.

ShipMate: Deck plans of all large cruise ships, arrival/departure times, port recommendations, deck cams. Bonus: It can also be used offline!

Free WiFi Finder: Why pay for WiFi when there might be a free WiFi spot near you? Use this app to point you in the right direction.

SeaSickness: Creates a virtual horizon, which helps cure sickness. Google Translate: Translate words and sentences into over 80

languages with high quality voice playback. No more embarrassment!

Anti Mosquito: Uses a high-frequency pitch that mozzies can’t stand but isn't audible to us humans... WIN WIN!

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on a Grand Voyage Oh , the places you'll go...

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LIKE THE BUCCANEERING ADVENTURERS COLUMBUS AND COOK BEFORE YOU, EMBARK ON AN EPIC VOYAGE ACROSS THE SEVEN SEAS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NATURAL WONDERS, INTRIGUING CULTURES AND YOUR OWN SLICE OF PARADISE.

nfused with luxury, a world cruise or grand

world. Wander through ancient and astonishing

voyage will take you on an enthralling journey,

UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites one day and

traversing the high seas, exploring the marvels

make cultural discoveries at remote and authentic

of the natural world and visiting new, intoxicating

villages the next.

destinations along the way. A colossal cruise around the world is more than just your average cruise, it's a whole odyssey that will have you venturing to awe-inspiring corners of the globe.

A BAN Q U E T O F M A RV E LS A world cruise is the perfect option for those seeking an unforgettable adventure around the ocean exploring exotic destinations. Enjoy perspective-altering encounters with diverse cultures on a vast journey that can span countries, continents or even hemispheres. All the major cruise lines offer grand voyages that venture across the high seas for anywhere

On your days at sea, there are plenty of entertainment and relaxation options to make sure every moment of your getaway is something to savour. World cruises tend to operate annually between October and April, following the sun around the globe. You'll be chasing the summer weather as you traverse the twinkling ocean, so you can expect a sun-drenched holiday with balmy temperatures. This gives you perfect weather for lounging by the pool and on your ship's decks as you make your way between ports. The perfect blend of seamlessly crafted

between 80 and 100 days. Experience the whole

itineraries, matched with decadent cruise ships

epic journey or purchase a segment fare, allowing

and attentive expert staff, a world cruise is

you to join the ship in your preferred part of the

something that can be truly life enriching.

world. So where exactly can you travel? The options

So we welcome you onboard and invite you

are endless! Cruise around the United States,

to embark on the journey of a life time.

discover the mysteries of Asia, safari in Africa and uncover the hidden gems of the Pacific. You've got the whole world at your fingertips. You'll be treated to a total range of sights and experiences as you make your way around the 28

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GRAND VOYAGES

Battlefields & Gallipoli

56 v H I G H L I G H T S x

NEWCASTLE TO PORTSMOUTH ONBOARD M/V FUNCHAL

14,650

$

from in an Inside Stateroom

E X CL US I V E

nights

Commemorate a once-in-a-lifetime anniversary through South East Asia, the Middle East & Southern Europe. On Anzac Day observe the Anzac Cove dawn service from the comfort of the ship’s lounge as the vessel takes a live television feed of proceedings onshore.

first passenger share twin

Second Passenger ONLY $1125^

DEPARTS: 10 Mar 15 INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, port charges, taxes & fees and standard onboard gratuities

World Cruise Sector SYDNEY TO SOUTHAMPTON ONBOARD SEA PRINCESS

10,999

$

from

51 v H I G H L I G H T S x

nights

Stopping at 20 ports including: • Melbourne • Sri Lanka • Oman • Dubai • Suez Canal • Athens • Istanbul • Santorini • Venice • Dubrovnik • Rome • Florence/Pisa • Cannes • Barcelona • Lisbon • Paris/Normandy • London

per person

share twin in an Inside Stateroom DEPARTS: 22 May 15 INCLUDES: All main meals & entertainment onboard, children's programmes 3-17 years of age and government fees & port charges

Continental Conquest LONDON TO MONTE CARLO ONBOARD SILVER CLOUD

27,430

$ from

per person share twin

in a Vista Suite

DEPARTS: 18 Aug 15 INCLUDES: All meals onboard with open-seating restaurant and menu selections by Relais & Châteaux, butler service for every suite, complimentary wine, champagne & spirits, in-suite bar with your beverage preferences, port charges and gratuities

45 v H I G H L I G H T S x nights

Comprehensive coverage of England, Scotland & Ireland sailing from under London’s Tower Bridge, port-hopping through the Mediterranean including Barcelona, St Tropez and more, then onto the ultra-glamorous Monaco.

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UNDERSTANDING o u r f e a t u re d C R U I S E

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P re m i u m s t y l e c r u i s in g 128 – 166 guests

W o r k in g s t y l e c r u i s in g 400 – 1000 guests

S m a l l s h ip s t y l e c r u i s in g 500 guests

•EXCLUSIVE LOCAL FAVOURITES• •PANORAMA SUITES• •NEWEST FLEET•

•AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE• •CRUISES YEAR ROUND• •LOCAL KNOWLEDGE•

•DESTINATION SPECIFIC ITINERARIES• •SPECIAL GUEST LECTURERS• •CLASSIC SHIP•

P re m i u m s t y l e c r u i s in g 1800 – 3046 guests

R e s o r t s t y l e c r u i s in g 2065 – 3959 guests

R e s o r t s t y l e c r u i s in g 2065 – 3959 guests

•REAL GRASS LAWN ON TOP DECK• •ICE-TOPPED MARTINI BAR•

•FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED• •BEST CHILDREN'S DEALS• •ITALIAN HOSPITALITY•

•HIGHLY RATED ITINERARIES• •EXCLUSIVE AMENITIES• •INNOVATIVE SHIPS•

P re m i u m s t y l e c r u i s in g 100 – 180 guests

P re m i u m s t y l e c r u i s in g 684 - 1250 guests

R e s o r t s t y l e c r u i s in g 1800 – 5400 guests

•FRENCH & STYLING• STYLING• •FRENCH CUISINE CUISINE & •ECO-FRIENDLY• •ECO-FRIENDLY• •FAMILY •FAMILY OWNED• OWNED•

•WORLD RENOWNED DINING• •MORE TIME IN PORTS• • CULINARY CENTRE•

•ROCK CLIMBING WALL• •ICE-SKATING RINK• •SURF SIMULATOR•

L u x u r y s t y l e c r u i s in g 4 0 0 –- 5 0 0 g u e s t s

R e s o r t s t y l e c r u i s in g 1856 – 2050 guests

L u x u r y s t y l e c r u i s in g 1 1 2 – 1 69 g u e s t s

•VOTED FINEST SHIPS• SHIPS• •VOTED WORLD’S WORLD'S FINEST •LARGEST GUEST• •LARGEST SPACE PER GUEST• •LESS PORTS• •LESS VISITED PORTS•

•SPECIAL EVENT CRUISES• •OUTDOOR CIRCUS• •ADVENTURE PARK•

•TAILOR-MADE EXCURSIONS• •PRIVATE BUTLER SERVICE• •UNIQUE ‘SPACE-SHIPS’•

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L u x u r y s t y l e c r u i s in g 208- 450 guests

S m a l l s h ip s t y l e c r u i s in g 540 guests

•SIGNATURE DELIGHTS PROGRAMME• •ALL SUITE ROOMS• •OPEN BAR•

•DESTINATION FOCUSED ITINERARIES• •RENOWNED GUEST SPEAKERS• •MORE TIME IN PORTS•

L u x u r y s t y l e c r u i s in g 296 – 540 guests

S m a l l s h ip s t y l e c r u i s in g 42 – 200 guests

•CUSTOMISED SHORE EXCURSIONS• •BUTLER FOR EVERY SUITE• • ALL SUITE ROOMS•

•UNIQUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES •SPECIALISTS IN EXPEDITION & SMALL SHIP CRUISING •

S m a l l s h ip s t y l e c r u i s in g 350 guests

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•TAILORMADE SHORE EXCURSIONS• •RENOWNED GUEST SPEAKERS• •INSPIRING DESTINATIONS•

L u x u r y s t y l e c r u i s in g 116 – 159 guests •UNRIVALLED HOSPITALITY• •UNLIMITED BEVERAGES• •BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE•

Ocean cruise

River cruise

Expedition cruise

Family friendly

Good for couples

Shore excursions included

Discovery & learning

Lavish entertainment

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only until sold out or otherwise specified • Refer individual cruise line information below for further booking conditions • Prices are valid as at 28 Aug 14 but may vary depending on exchange rates. Final prices will be adjusted at time of booking and payment of deposit to relevant rate of exchange at the time • 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 final payment is received • Deposit and full payment conditions apply as per the guidelines of each cruise line • Relevant conditions will be advised at the 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 deposit • To be read in conjunction with the relevant cruise line terms and conditions which passengers will be bound by. AVALON WATERWAYS: Offer valid for sale to 30 Sep 14 unless sold out prior • ^Save $650 per couple valid on any 2015 Avalon European river cruise • Prices include discount, cruise, port charges & gratuities, is subject to availability and will be confirmed at the time of booking • Offer not applicable to Avalon/ Royal Suites (Jnr Suites) • Valid for singles – single supplement applies • Offer may not be combined except with Early Payment, Second Tour and Repeat Traveller discounts (must present Journey’s Club number at time of booking and before deposit is paid to receive 5% repeat traveller discount on the core cruise/package, twin share category E, not including upgrades, extra night accommodation, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements/reductions) • Non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit of $500pp per cruise required within 7 days of booking • Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time • Additional restrictions may apply. CELEBRITY CRUISES: Price is based on interior twin accommodation, inclusive of taxes, fees, port expenses and pre-paid gratuities • Sydney to Singapore & South Pacific – price based on Inside Stateroom category Z • South Pacific – Explore New Caledonia cruise is for sales until 15 Sept 14. CROISIEUROPE: Book by 30 Sep 14 or until sold out • Price is valid for all sailings in an outside cabin on Main deck and includes an earlybird discount of $300pp. HAPAG-LLOYD: Price is based on special fares in a guaranteed ocean suite • Suite number may not be allocated before time of documentation • Gratuities are at the client’s discretion • Deposit is required within 5 days of booking • Balance is due 90 days prior to departure. HURTIGRUTEN: Book by 30 Sep 14 or until sold out • Price based on twin share category I Inside cabin, including the earlybird saving of up to 25% off brochure fare • Voyage, cabin grade and price type are subject to availability at time of booking, are all capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without notice • Price based on a conversion from GBP to NZD at currency exchange rate effective 10 Aug 14. MSC: Prices are per person twin share in an inside Bella cabin and include port charges • Valid for sales to 30 Sep 14 and are subject to availability • Free transfer is one way coach transfer between Genoa or Venice on Day 8 of cruise combination • Children under 18 cruise for $420 per child when sharing one cabin with two paying adults, maximum numbers apply. OCEANIA CRUISES: Sales to 30 Sep 14 unless sold out prior • Includes gratuities and port taxes (correct as at 30 Jul 14) and all applicable discounts • May not be combinable with other offers or loyalty programme benefits and are capacity controlled • Special conditions, currency fluctuations and availability restrictions apply • Cosmopolitan Retreats – price based on Veranda Stateroom category B3 • Mythical Asia – price based on Inside Stateroom category F. P&O CRUISES: Price is based on complete interior twin accommodation, inclusive of taxes, fees and port expenses (which are subject to change) • Offers are based on space availability, are capacity controlled and apply to the sailing dates and stateroom categories shown • Fares may remain at this discounted level after this promotion, or may revert to a higher fare • Barrier Reef Discovery & Pacific Island Hopper– price based on Inside Stateroom category IF • Supplements apply for other cabin categories •To be read in conjunction with the P&O Cruises Australia Booking and Passage Conditions available at www.pocruises.co.nz which guests will be bound by. PORTUSCALE CRUISES: Sales to 30 Sep 14 unless sold out prior • Price is based on category 1 inside cabin and includes onboard gratuities, full port charges and all government fees • ^Second person price based on share twin with first guest • Price based on a conversion from AUD to NZD at currency exchange rate effective 10 Aug 14. PRINCESS CRUISES: Price is based on complete interior twin accommodation, inclusive of taxes, fees and port expenses (which are subject to change) • Offer is based on space availability, is capacity controlled and applies to the sailing dates and stateroom categories shown • Fares may remain at this discounted level after this promotion, or may revert to a higher fare • All prices based on Inside Stateroom category IF. Supplements apply for other cabin categories • To be read in conjunction with the Princess Cruises Booking and Passage Conditions available at www.princess.com which guests will be bound by. ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL: Price is based on interior twin accommodation, inclusive of taxes, fees, port expenses and pre-paid gratuities • Circumnavigation Top End & South Pacific, Fiji – price based on Inside Stateroom category Q • Saving of 50% off total gross fare for 2nd passenger is based on category Z, subject to availability and valid for bookings made by 15 Sept 14. SCENIC TOURS: Book and deposit by 15 Oct 14 • Prices correct as at 20 Aug 14 • Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer • A non-refundable deposit of $1200 due within 7 days of booking, 2nd deposit of $2700 must be paid by the date specified on the booking advice • Price based on departure ex AKL/WLG and are strictly limited, available on set departures until sold out and may be withdrawn at any time • ^Airfares on Emirates Airlines economy K class, airline taxes are included up to $500pp on STC (Jewels of Europe). If booking class not available, surcharges apply. Should Emirates not be available, Scenic Tours reserves the right to substitute another airline. Flights must be purchased with Scenic Tours who 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 • Price is based on 2 Mar 15 sailing Category E cabin. SEABOURN: Cruise and land package based on promotional fares which can be changed or removed at any time • Price based on Oceanview Suite category A and is made up of individual components of land/cruise which are subject to availability at the time of booking, foreign currency fluctuations at time of payment and individual cancellation penalties. SILVERSEA CRUISES: Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time without notice • Prices based on a conversion from USD to NZD at currency exchange rate effective 10 Aug 14 • Alaska and continental Conquest Grand Voyage prices are based on Vista Suite, subject to availability at the time of booking. SWAN HELLENIC: Price is based on inside cabin category and subject to availability at the time of booking. Price based on a conversion from AUD to NZD at currency exchange rate effective 10 Aug 14. UNIWORLD: Valid for sale to 30 Sep 14 unless sold out prior • Deposit of $500 per person payable within 7 days of booking and must be paid in full by 31 Oct 14 •*From price is per person cruise only on twin-share based on 15 Mar 15 departure, category 2, including port taxes of $618 per person and special saving offer • ^Saving of $7812 per person is based on 50% of twin-share lead in cabin category on 29 Mar 15 departure • Pricing and savings amount varies on other specified dates • Cabin upgrades are subject to availability at a supplement per brochure price • Offer is not combinable with any other special offer or single occupancy. VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY: Price is based on inside cabin category and subject to availability at the time of booking • Price based on a conversion from AUD to NZD at currency exchange rate effective 10 Aug 14. WILD EARTH TRAVEL: Prices are based on a conversion from USD to NZD at a currency exchange rate effective 10 Aug 14 • Alaska price is based on Outside Stateroom category A. French Polynesia & Marquesas price is based on dormitory style accommodation and valid for all sailings through to Dec 15 although subject to change • Upgrades to share twin cabins available.

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