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All Things LUCKNOW – 18th November

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE FANTASTIC SMALL GROUP TOUR TO LUCKNOW AND NORTHERN INDIA, CLICK HERE TO BE SWEPT OFF TO A DEDICATED PAGE FOR THE TOUR!!

Lucknow is a fantastic city, and Travel Masters have a wonderful small group tour departing in March that will show you the very best of Northern India – click the link above for more details.  However if touring is not your “Cup of Chai” then here is an amazing Cruise Deal of the Week – possibly one of the best we have seen on the Cruise & Travel Show!…

P&O UK are the world’s oldest, and arguably the most famous cruise company in the world.  Founded back in 1837 by Wilcox & Anderson they pioneered the early days of cruise travel.  One of their earliest ships was the SS Arcadia which was launched in 1888.  She was designed for the UK to Australia route, and although it did make its way to Sydney a few times, it spent most of its days sailing between the UK and India.  Fast forward 130 years and the 4th incarnation of the Arcadia will be making its way Down Under on its annual 3 month World Cruise.  Today’s cruise deal takes just a snippet of the world cruise, the section from Brisbane to Hong Kong…

On the 26th February, P&O’s ”Adults-Only” Arcadia will sail out of Brisbane on a leisurely 16 night cruise.  Plenty of sea days to relax and enjoy the British style of traditional cruise hospitality, dotted in between ports of call to explore.

You’ll have a few Australian ports first, with a call into Airlie Beach, and a stop at Yorkey’s Knob for Cairns, before you sail up through the Torres Strait and continue northbound to Manila, Philippines.

Whitehaven Beach, Near Airlie Beach

Truly the city that never sleeps, the Philippine capital and cruise port of Manila promises a real buzz of an experience from the moment you see (and hear!) the first multi-coloured Jeepney wiz by.  These former US military jeeps are individually customised as the world’s most distinctive taxis with all sorts of logos, bells, whistles and horns to add an extra splash of colour and noise to the city’s already teeming streets.  Split into business, hotel, residential, shopping and entertainment districts, this sprawling city has a lot to see. The Manila cruise excursions take in fascinating museums (the Ayala Historical and the National are the pick) and cultural centres, bars, clubs and restaurants of its vibrant nightlife district.  For good beaches, you need to travel outside the city where one of the most exciting experiences is ‘shooting the rapids’ at the fabulous Pasgsanjan Falls.

One of Manila’s famous Jeepneys

After a few more sea days it the dazzling city of Shanghai next.  Once known as the Paris of the East, Shanghai now calls itself the Pearl of the Orient. It is China’s largest and most cosmopolitan city and no other city can better capture the urgency and excitement of China’s economic reform.  A port city, lying at the mouth of Asias longest and most important river, the Yangtze, Shanghai’s spectacular architecture is catching the worlds attention. Charming old houses are making way for new museums, theatres and shiny new high-rises. But there is a comfortable blend of modern and traditional.  You can admire the exquisite Yu Garden with its Teahouse and Bridge of Nine Turnings or the Temple of the Jade Buddha. At the Shanghai Museum, you can peruse its works of art, which simultaneously draw you through the pages of Chinese history. But today in Shanghai, you can also enjoy the fast-paced lives of China’s most glamorous, cosmopolitan and open people.

Shanghai, China

Finally you finish your cruise in the bustling city of Hong Kong and fly back to Australia, or why not extend your stay?  Hong Kong may boast some 236 islands but most of the five million inhabitants of this former British Crown Colony are concentrated on just one, Hong Kong Island, and one city, Kowloon, on the facing peninsula. It is known as one of the most crowded and vibrant places in the world, making Hong King cruises a must see.  Be energised just walking down its teeming streets where you can buy anything from a handmade suit, fancy jewellery and the latest duty-free electronic gizmos to Asian antiques.  The journey between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island with Star Ferry, must be enjoyed, giving you the experience of the world’s busiest crossings.  Or for one of the steepest journeys, try the tram which travels to the top of Victoria Peak, 1,300ft above the harbour. And for the ultimate taste sensation on your Hong Kong cruise, head for Aberdeen’s floating restaurants featuring every kind of Asian cuisine.

Hong Kong

A wonderful journey on the Arcadia, and a wonderful price to go with it.  Firstly, Greg and Gary have twisted my arm, and I am going to upgrade everyone that books on this cruise FROM AN INSIDE CABIN TO A BALCONY CABIN!

Then, I’m going to set a ridiculously low price for this package.  The cruise (in a BALCONY CABIN) plus the airfare back to Australia (Brisbane) for an unbelievably low fare of just $2,999 per person!!!

I only have a handful of cabins and this crazy fare, so give the crew at Travel Masters a call on 1800 672 988 and grab that cabin…