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All Things BANGKOK – 22nd Sept

Bangkok, Capital City of Thailand – once called ‘Siam’.  Many countries and cities around the world have changed their name (recently Swaziland changed their name to iSwatini), so what a great idea to have a show with music from artists that have changed their names.  Who knows…is “Captain Nige” my real name???

For today’s Cruise Deal of the Week, we have a cruise that visit Bangkok…and its on a ship that changed its name!

Princess Cruises built two identical ships, originally titled the Sapphire and Diamond Princess, but due to a delay in construction of the Diamond Princess in Japan, and Princess Cruises desire for the first of the completed ships to be called the Diamond Princess, they swapped the names over.  Diamond became Sapphire, Sapphire became Diamond!

Sapphire Princess is a jewel on the high seas – filled with innovative features and luxurious amenities. Swim in one of four sparkling pools, shop the boutiques or get a massage in the Lotus Spa. Dine casually on pizza and burgers or more elegantly in one of the many formal dining rooms and specialty restaurants.

On the 3rd January you will fly from Brisbane to Shanghai.  On arrival, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel to enjoy 2 nights in this amazing city.  As a bonus, you are staying less that 48 hours in China – so no visa needed for Australian Passport Holders.

Transferring to the Sapphire Princess, you will enjoy a wonderful 14 night cruise down the South China Sea.  First up is Nagasaki – birthplace of the Sapphire Princess.  Nagasaki is an attractively situated port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. As one of Japan’s closest port cities to the Asian mainland, Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan

Back across the Sea of Japan and to the southern tip of South Korea, you arrive in Busan.  Busan is Korea’s second largest city and the number one trading port. Shopping in this port city has also become quite popular. The summer months offer an array of festivals on almost every beach, while in the fall, the Jagalchi Fish market holds a cultural festival for foreign tourists.

A city of great contrasts, Hong Kong presents a vivid and vibrant feast for the senses. You will find mirrored skyscrapers, luxurious shopping malls and colourful markets vying for your attention. Take a cruise in a Chinese junk for a unique insight into this city’s lifeblood – its bustling harbour. Head to Victoria Peak for unforgettable views of the city. Visit Aberdeen Fishing Village to learn more about one of Hong Kong’s thriving communities, its boat people. Admire elaborate temples and stroll serene Chinese-style gardens. Or simply indulge in some serious retail therapy!

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The port of Phu My is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  Over a quarter of a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The port city of Vung Tau is a seaside beach resort located about two hours east of Ho Chi Minh City, with shopping, discos and a range of eateries. As the closest beach in the vicinity, Vung Tau is a daytrip from Ho Chi Minh City offering a retreat from the city heat.

The port of Laem Chabang is the gateway to the many exotic destinations in the Gulf of Siam including today’s feature destination – Bangkok. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and palaces, the colourful floating market, great shopping, fabulous cuisine and cultural shows.  Don’t forget to visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha.

After the madness of the big cities of Bangkok and Saigon you need to relax.  Featuring beautiful beaches and endless activities, Koh Samui is the ultimate island paradise. A small island that can be circumnavigated in just a few hours by car or bike, it’s located just off the east coast of Thailand. A must-see destination for it’s natural beauty, local cuisine, and a taste of the traditional culture.

Koh Samui Beach

 

Finally you arrive in Singapore, where you wave farewell to Sapphire Princess and enjoy two nights in your downtown hotel.  Singapore is a prosperous, ultra-modern city-state that stills holds many surprises, sporting diverse cultures, world class hotels, street eateries and duty free. Explore cultural enclaves like Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. Visit such attractions as the Jurong Bird Park and Sentosa Island. Or Simply head to Orchard Road for world-class shopping.

Singapore

Finally you fly back home to tell your friends about your amazing cruise holiday!

A wonderful 18 night fly, cruise and stay cruise holiday, and one that is at a fantastic package price right now.  Unbelievably this holiday starts from an extremely low fare of just $4,199pp!

What are you waiting for – Call the crew at Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to GRAB THAT CABIN!

All Things LIQUID – 11th August

The Shard, London

Today’s Cruise & Travel Show took you around the world of liquid refreshments, a whirlwind tour of the best beverages to sample.  The most common liquid in the world is of course Water, and you will ‘sea’ plenty of it with this week’s Cruise Deal – a romantic 53 night voyage from London all the way back Down Under…

And so it begins…on the 6th October 2019 you fly to London, UK.  On arrival you have a private transfer awaiting you, ready to whisk you off to your downtown hotel.   Located near The British Museum, Shaftesbury Theatre and the Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, this 4* hotel is the perfect base for exploring this historic city.  We’ll even include a pass to take you to the top of The Shard for an amazing panoramic view of London.  In total, its 3 nights in London, complete with daily breakfast.

Westminster, London

Your transfer will take you from the heart of London out to the port of Tilbury, where the Vasco da Gama is waiting to welcome you on board.  In her previous life she was named Statendam (Holland America Lines) and Pacific Eden (P&O Australia), but now finds herself with the British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages.  Carrying only 1,250 passengers she is smaller and more intimate than most large ships, but retains all the creature comforts you expect from a modern cruise ship.  Multiple dining options, a wide array of lounges and bars, spacious cabins and a wonderful aft deck and pool that stretches out to the horizon!

Over the next 53 nights you will sail the world, travelling though Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Panama Canal, Central America and the South Pacific Islands.  You will enjoy lazy days on board while crossing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.  You will traverse both the Equator and the International Date Line.  You’ll enjoy an overnight stay in magical Barbados, and have a day in the relatively unexplored Marquesas Island.  You’ll go ‘Loco in Acapulco‘, ‘Play it Again’ in Casablanca and sing ‘Bali Ha’i’ on the beaches of Bora Bora.

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca – Barbados Beach
The Locks at the Panama Canal – Cliff Divers in Acapulco

When you finally arrive in Sydney it will be the first time the Vasco da Gama has sailed under the Harbour Bridge in its current guise, so expect a little pomp and circumstance!  Unfortunately, that is where the cruise ends, and you reluctantly disembark your home for the last 2 months.

This really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t miss out on this cruise.  The full package includes flights to London, 3 nights hotel stay with Breakfast (and the tickets to The Shard), all transfers in London and the spectacular 53 night cruise on board the Vasco da Gama….all priced at $9,250 per person!  We’ll even throw in $700 per cabin on board credit.  We have Ocean View Cabins and Balcony Cabins also available, and the higher up you go, the more on board credit we include!  If you want to fly to the UK earlier for more sightseeing or visiting family – that can also be easily arranged….

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CRUISE, INCLUDING A FULL ITINERARY

Don’t miss out – GRAB THAT CABIN TODAY!!

 

All Things DEADWOOD – 4th August

Just when you think you’ve seen everything a Cruise Ship can offer, a new ship is launched that changes your mind and make you think – whatever next!  Le Lapérouse of Ponant Cruises is one of them.  You won’t find water slides or go carts on the Le Laperouse, but you will enjoy the worlds first Underwater Lounge on a Cruise Ship!

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.  As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

The highlight to this new yacht is most certainly the Blue Eye, a multi-censorial underwater lounge located in the hull below sea level, designed in collaboration with Jacques Rougerie, an architect and member of the prestigious Académie Française.  In this exceptional space, through the two portholes made in the shape of a cetacean eye, to allow underwater viewing. With integrated digital screens projecting the live images captured by three underwater cameras, entirely non-intrusive underwater projectors allowing the observation of the sea world without any risk for the ocean life, the Blue Eye also offers a unique sound experience. Captured by hydrophones, the natural symphony of the oceanic world is piped into the lounge and can be felt through the “Body Listening” sofas that vibrates discreetly by corporal resonance.

Fine French food and wine, exceptional service and your own private balcony, allowing you to put the world behind you for a few days – and that exactly what the the Cruise Deal of the Week is going to give you, along with a chance to enjoy the amazing Blue Eye Lounge yourself.

Its a simple mission – embark in Sydney on the 9th February…….then relax!  You’ve 5 days at sea to loose yourself in the 5 star service and the all inclusive cruising of the Le Lapérouse before you arrive in Auckland on the 14th February.  No ports of call, no shore excursions, no crowds, no bar bill…..no worries!

This escape is priced at just $2,160 per person for a Deluxe Balcony Stateroom.

There are not many staterooms available at this price, so grab a cabin now by contacting Travel Masters on 1800 672 988!

All Things SINGAPORE – 28th July

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore is much more than just another Asian city of numerous attractions.  Singapore is constantly evolving, reinventing, and reimagining itself.  It’s where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet, and new experiences are created every day.  You can visit Singapore every few months, yet every time it has something new and exciting to offer.

For this weeks Cruise Deal we include Singapore as the embarkation port, giving you two full days to explore this island nation and immerse yourself in everything Singapore has to offer.

Flying from Brisbane to Singapore on the 5th March, make your way to your downtown hotel for a 2 night stay.  Plenty of time to visit the new Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay, have fun on Sentosa Island, dine at one of the many Hawker Centres or to ‘shop till you drop’ at any of the numerous malls.

Then, its all aboard – your Holland America cruise awaits.

Maasdam is the fifth Holland America Line ship to be named for the Netherland’s Maas River, Maasdam pays homage to the past, while embracing modern amenities. During your cruise you can hone your skills with on board cooking shows and hands-on workshops from America’s Test Kitchen, or explore the world with the BBC Earth Experiences. You could choose to relax with a refreshing spa treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon or dine at your choice of specialty restaurants.  And with only 1,250 passengers on board, you wont be queuing!

After sailing from Singapore and enjoying your first day at sea you will arrive at Bintulu, Sarawak on the island of Borneo in Malaysia.  Visit local villages such as Kampung Jepak, where locals still stick to traditional fisherman life, or learn about the nearby Tue Pek Kong Temple, that dates back to 1890.

Kota Kinabalu welcomes you next, giving you the chance to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village, or Lok Kawi National Park, home to an amazing array of wildlife including the illusive Orangutans.

7107 islands make up the Philippines, and yours to explore for the day is Palawan and the port of Puerto Princesa.  There is one must-see attraction that has to be on your list, and this one has been included in the new ‘7 Wonders of the Natural World” – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River…the longest underground river in the world!

Entrance to the Underground River

After two days relaxing on board the Maasdam at sea you call into Ujung Pandang in Sulawasi, Indonesia, home to the pretty Bantimurung Waterfall.  Ujung Pandang is also known as Makassar, and is the largest city in Sulawesi—an exotic orchid-shaped island to the east in the Indonesian archipelago. Despite having a population of over 1.5 million, Indonesia’s fifth-largest city has a certain mellow feel to it, especially closer to Ujung Pandang’s waterfront.

The tiny nation of East Timor only gained independence in 2002, and is today still a region with strong Portuguese culture, mixed with an Austronesian flavour.  During your visit you can learn about the struggle for independance from Indonesia, Portugal and even Japan.

Familiar surroundings greet you in Cairns – and the popular attractions await those that have never visited them, so off you go to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Railway or just to relax at the Esplanade.

Despite arriving in Australia, the Maasdam turns back north and its the pristine waters of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea for the 3 fascinating ports.  First up is the historic town of Alotau – the home of the Australian War Memorial commemorating the Battle of Milne Bay.  The Culture Centre is a great attraction to see the colours, music and dancing of the indiginous Papuans.

No shore excursions are available on the island of Kitava, this is place for the locals to offer an insight into true village life.  Walk around observing life as it has been for hundreds of years on this very pretty island.

Your final port of call in PNG is the significantly titled Conflict Island.  Part of the Panawal Group, this privately owned island was the scene for and named after the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Now, completely at peace, the island offers many activities and opportunities to relax on the beach, enjoy snorkeling or kayaking or a gentle stroll around this tiny island.

Conflict Island, Papua New Guinea

2 days at sea to chat to your fellow passengers about this amazing cruise, and you arrive into Brisbane to wave a fond farewell to the Maasdam.

This is a truely unique holiday, and comes complete with flights from Brisbane, 2 nights in Singapore and the 21 nights onboard Maasdam – and a truly amazing package price to go with it.  Just $4,395 per person!!!

Higher grades of cabin are available, along with other options and extensions in Singapore, so give the guys at Travel Masters a a call on 1800 672 988 to GRAB THAT CABIN!!!

All Things GIBRALTAR – 21st July

This weeks show took us to Gibraltar……the Rock, the Monkeys and the Britishness!

The Cruise Deal of the Week is so special that it has its very own page, giving you more details of the amazing Royal Clipper and the Travel Masters and The Travel Studio Hosted Cruise.  Click on the button to be whisked over to this special page…

All Things CITY SONGS – 14th July

LOOKING FOR THE HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEYS TOUR – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

So many cities and so many songs about them!  Another fantastic show today on 94.1FM.  One city that does have many songs written about it, but not necessarily songs that were the big hits like New York New York or One Night in Bangkok, is our very own Sydney.

So if Sydney doesn’t have a big hit, we can make it feel better with a big cruise on a big ship….today’s Cruise Deal of the Week…

Sailing out of Sydney on the 27th October on board the amazing Explorer of the Seas for an 11 night South Pacific cruise.  Enjoy one-of-a-kind features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall.  The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Explorer of the Seas offers more space for every guest – plus enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. This cruise ship is so high-tech, it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab!

After two days at sea (which you will need to be able to explore the Explorer!) you have 5 wonderful South Pacific ports to enjoy.  First up is Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.  The waters off the Isle of Pines must really ‘wash whitest’ because the sands of the Isle’s Kato Bay will impress any visitor with its white, white, talcum-like beach.  The tall narrow pine trees are a feature of this 17km long island.

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s lush beauty has earned it many names, including “The Island Closest to Paradise” and “The St. Tropez of the Pacific.” The poincianas, or flame trees, will color the island with their bright red umbrellas when you visit Noumea.

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

A small, uninhabited island that is one of the most southern of the Vanuatu group. Mystery Island was used as a World War II landing strip for the allied forces. There is now absolutely no tourism development except for the occasional visit by cruise ship. There are no roads, no shops and no stress! 

Lifou is the largest coral atoll in the Loyalty archipelago, Vanuatu. Lifou has the wonderful charm of an island that has managed to preserve its own traditional Kanak culture. You’ll stand there awestruck in front of all of its breathtakingly beautiful views. Lifou is special in that it has a number of diversified landscapes; the northern coast of the island is made up of high, steep cliffs, whilst the southern side has pristine white sand beaches with stunning turquoise waters.

Back into New Caledonia and the port of Maré, where you can let go on the shores of the idyllic and beautifully hued beaches of this peaceful South Pacific getaway. Surround yourself with lagoons teeming with marine life, hike along fossilized coral rock and discover secret grottoes in the mystical island of Maré.

Two more days at sea to enjoy your spectacular floating hotel, and you arrive back into Sydney.

Sydney, Australia

Wonderful cruise, spectacular ports and an unbeatable price to go with it.  We have some very special prices one this cruise that cannot be beaten….Cabins from just $1,270pp for the 11 nights.  That price includes includes all meals, entertainment and even your onboard tips!  Unbelievable!

You can give Travel Masters a call on 1800 672 988 to grab that cabin, or you can book this cruise on our website.  Just click the button below and you will be confirmed in just a few minutes.  Happy cruising!!!