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Each week Gary and Greg send you around the globe, featuring some of the most fascinating destinations and global experiences.  To compliment the show, music related to the theme of the day is carefully selected for your enjoyment, as you sit back and dream of being whisked away to a different corner of the globe.

An addition to the music and insights, Captain Nige from Travel Masters provides a weekly cruise or travel deal to tempt you.  It could be a cruise, luxury rail, escorted tour or even a unique hotel to enjoy.

So tune in, sit back and let the show take you on a journey across the (radio) waves!…

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!!

 

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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!

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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!!!

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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…

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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!!!

 

 

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Cartagena de Indias (to give it is full name) is walled by an stunning 16th Century Spanish fort and contains an abundance of monasteries, churches, plazas and palaces that are scattered throughout the city, creating a wonderful place to explore part of Colombia’s colonial past.  The multicoloured colonial buildings of the old town are perfect for an afternoon stroll, and don’t get us started on the Coffee!  After a day exploring the history and culture of this magnificent city, the beaches and warm Caribbean waters are not far from Cartagena and will provide you with crystal clear waters and magnificent reefs, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving alike.

This weeks Cruise Deal gives you a wonderful opportunity to combine this mesmorising city with a chance to tick off a couple of bucket list destinations in one go…

Downtown Santiago, Chile

You begin with a flight to another colonial city, Santiago in Chile on the 14th March 2019.  You’ll be met and transferred to your downtown hotel for a 2 night stay, complete with breakfast.  You’ll also enjoy a complimentary evening tour of Santiago with dinner.  A transfer through the Chilean countryside takes you to the coastal city of San Antonio and up the gangway of the Norwegian Sun ready for a very unique voyage up the coast of South America.

Your first port of call is Coquimbo, the port and gateway to La Serena.  If you’re looking to steal a few tranquil moments, what better place than La Serena, The Serene One. Its nearby pristine beaches come with powdery white sand and warm water. And Chile’s second-oldest city also offers quite a collection of cultural delights. Be sure to take in the stunning colonial architecture around the Plaza de Armas, go stargazing at the Mamalluca Observatory, and sample the region’s mouth-watering seafood.

Norwegian Sun

You’ll enjoy your first relaxing day at sea to enjoy the Norwegian Sun‘s facilities and you won’t have to worry about what to do or where to go, as there are 14 dining options, 10 bars and lounges, the relaxing Body Waves Spa and the always-exciting Sun Club Casino.

In the midst of the World’s driest desert, the Atacama, is a seaside oasis called Arica, Chile. Just outside of town in the Azapa Valley you’ll find giant figures of animals and geometric forms left behind by ancient civilizations. In Arica, visit the Pacific Museum and San Marco Cathedral for sights well worth seeing.

The Atacama Desert

After another day at sea you arrive in Peru, and the port of Callao, which is located on the fringe of Peru’s fascinating capital, Lima. The city features many fine landmarks, not least of which is the Plaza de Armas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll appreciate its mix of colonial mansions, Moorish balconies, palaces and churches. Don’t miss a visit to the Gold Museum, brimming with resplendent Inca exhibits.  Norwegian Cruise Lines also offer an opportunity to leave the ship for a few days and enjoy an overland tour to the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

Chan Chan

For those staying with the ship you will continue up the coast to Salaverry. This is our gateway to the city of Trujillo and the treasures of northern Peru. Named after the Spanish city where conquistador Francisco Pizarro was born, Trujillo’s stately mansions and decorated balconies date back as far as 1534. This is the Moche Valley, home to the extraordinary adobe citadels built a thousand years earlier by the Chimus and Mochicas. Most remarkable of all is Chan-Chan – Capital of the Kingdom of the Great Chimu and the largest city in South America to be built of mud, it once covered an area of over 12 square miles.

Welcome to Ecuador, and the city of Manta.  A commercial centre – the second largest port after Guayaquil – and a thriving holiday centre, Manta and its people are drawn to the shore and its curving Malecón, the promenade that lines the bay. All of life is here – restaurants, bars and their music spill out, with revellers splitting their time between these and favourite beaches like El Murciélago. Don’t miss the chance to learn about the many talents of the locals and their ancestors – not least of which is the Panama hat that originated in nearby Montecristi.

Panama Hats…..NOT from Panama!
Gold Macaw, Costa Rica

You have now left South America and arrive in Central America – welcome to Costa Rica.  The port town of Puntarenas was once one of the most important Costa Rican ports and is an important docking location for cruise ships and their passengers.  The open air cafes that line the beach front serve excellent fresh seafood, outstanding fruit smoothies and ice cream. The side walks are also lined with street venders selling their treasures which make for excellent souvenirs.  Costa Rica’s topography is one of the world’s most diverse, so don’t miss out on a chance to drive through the nearby rolling hills, high mountains, plains, valleys, and riverbeds is just part of the gorgeous landscape that will make you think of paradise.  Look out for scarlet macaws, blue and gold macaws and cockatoos and a host of other spectacular birdlife, many unique to the area.

After another day at sea comes a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a full transit of the famous Panama Canal.  On paper its a canal that runs for 81km through the Panamanian countryside and the Continental Divide, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but dig deeper into its history and you’ll discover what an amazing history this canal has.  From the initial idea back in 1534 when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain first proposed the idea, to the first attempt at constructing the canal by the French in 1881 and the eventual success by the United States in the 20th Century, albeit with a great loss of life.  The Panama Canal remains one of the great engineering triumphs.  You’ll spend the day traversing the Canal, sailing through the Culebra Cut and the Gatun Lake and enjoy the experience of your 78,000 tonne cruise ship being lifted purely by the power of water as you squeeze through the 3 sets of locks with just inches spare on either side.

The locks of the Panama Canal
Cartagena, Colombia

Today’s highlighted destination is up next – Cartagena, Columbia.  Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and squares inside the walled city. Stop at Plaza de Bolivar which features a statue of its namesake. Across the street is the Inquisition Palace, the Inquisition was established in Cartagena in the year 1610 to punish any crimes against the Catholic faith.  You could visit the Gold Museum where you’ll see beautiful displays of valuable pre-Colombian gold artifacts and some of the old ceramics in the Americas.  Before returning to your ship, take home some souvenirs from the Pierino Gallo shopping center or enjoy panoramic sightseeing through Bocagrande, the modern part of the city.

2 final days at sea to relax and reminisce about the amazing experiences you have enjoyed over the last 2 weeks as your prepare for your disembarkation in Miami, Florida.  But dont go to the airport yet, as you have 2 nights in Miami Beach to soak up the Art Deco style and maybe a cocktail or two.

Art Deco and Modern Architecture in Miami

A truly wonderful 20 day fly, cruise and stay in a fascinating part of the world.  All flights from Australia, 2 nights in Santiago (with daily breakfast and an evening tour with dinner), 16 night cruise onboard Norwegian Sun (gratuities included), 2 nights in Miami Beach (with American Breakfast) plus all transfers between the airports, hotels and ship including in one package.  Ocean view cabins start from as low as $7,279 per person. 

And there are bonuses thrown in also.  The Ultimate Beverage Package includes a variety of spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, soft drinks and juices, and is valued at $89USD ($120AUD)…..and that is thrown in to your cruise for FREE.  And there is more – $50USD towards your shore excursions IN EVERY PORT (and there are 7 of them).  This represents a total value of over $4800 per couple in bonus inclusions!!

Call Travel Masters or The Travel Studio on 1800 672 988 to GRAB THAT CABIN!

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Lord Howe Island was the destination for this weeks Cruise & Travel Show, and what a fascinating little island Lord Howe is!

Travel Masters have a range of package holidays for Lord Howe, including flights, transfers, hotels and sightseeing – so if you are looking to explore Lord Howe give them us call and let us help you plan your trip!

The one thing you cant do Howe-ever, is take an Ocean Cruise to Lord Howe.  Only the smaller yachts and cruisers are able to venture to Lord Howe, so for the Cruise Deal of the Week, we’re going to have to look at something further away….and you wont below ‘Howe’ we are able to offer this cruise with such ridiculously good value!

We begin by flying you from Australia up to Singapore.  2 nights at a downtown hotel gives you the time to explore the many sights of the City of Lions.  Don’t miss the Gardens by the Bay, or the view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel!

Singapore
Grand Lobby, Celebrity Millennium

Then its all aboard the 5* Celebrity Millennium for a 7 night Vietnam cruise.   A favourite of many, Celebrity Millennium was “Solsticized” in May 2012 and emerged with many award-winning  Solstice Class features.  She’s been revitalised with spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites.  We can’t think of a better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia than on board Celebrity Millennium.  Luxurious accommodations and intuitive service consistently place Celebrity Millennium at the top of the rankings among large cruise ships. its all aboard the 5* Celebrity Millennium for a 7 night Vietnam cruise.

 

You’ll need a day at sea to familiarise yourself with one of many lounges, bars and restaurants on board, so there is your first full day taken care of!  Then you arrive in Vietnam, and the port of Phu My.  From Phu My Celebrity Cruises will offer shore excursions to Ho Chi Minh City.  Located on the edge of the Mekong Delta, this dynamic metropolis also features the ageless beauty of an ancient culture. French colonial architecture mixes with modern Asian influences, providing a diverse backdrop for the many motorbikes, scooters, pagodas, and street markets. Stroll the wide boulevards of this city, formerly known as Saigon, and visit The History Museum, which houses artifacts from two thousand years of Vietnamese history.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The next day you find yourself in Nha Trang, and another chance to absorb Vietnamese culture.  Nha Trang has a split personality. One takes the form of a smaller Danang – a bustling Vietnamese city humming with commerce but blessed with access to a beautiful beach. The other is a Western resort town encompassing several blocks of hotels, tourist shops, bars and international restaurants. The city is indisputably beautiful, bordered by mountains, with the beach tracing an impressive long swoop along a bay dotted with islands. Topiary and modern sculpture punctuate the immaculately manicured foreshore. Nha Trang offers plenty to keep you dazzled – from island-hopping boat trips and scuba diving, to mud baths and historic sites.

Sailing the South China Sea for a day gives you another chance to enjoy Celebrity Millennium before you arrive in your third and final Vietnamese port – Chan May….and the city of Hue  The Nguyen Dynasty founded this former capital in the 17th century on the banks of the Perfume River. Today it sits as a massive open-air museum of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs. Explore the Imperial Citadel, then take a river cruise for a view of the Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda.

The Imperial Citadel of Hue City

On final day at sea before you arrive in one of the world’s greatest cities – Hong Kong.  Wave goodbye to the Celebrity Millennium as you disembark to enjoy another 2 night hotel stay in this vibrant city, and finally your flight back to Australia.

The dazzling lights of Hong Kong

I really nice 11 night Fly, Cruise & Stay package giving you a glimpse of Vietnam, balanced by a number of relaxing sea days and coupled with hotel stays in both Singapore and Hong Kong, all combined together with your flights.   And here is the fanfared package price that is unbelievably low.  All this starting from just $2,699 per person!!!!  Add an additional $100pp and you can move up to an Ocean View cabin!

This deal will not last long, so give the guys at Travel Masters a call on 1800 672 988 and GRAB THAT CABIN!

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FROM THE ITALIAN RIVIERA TO MIAMI BEACH!

This weeks cruise deal takes us from the Italian Riviera to Miami Beach in one amazing Transatlantic Voyage.  When you arrive in Miami, you are just a few hours drive along the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys and on to Key West.  Historic buildings, national landmarks, stunning coral reefs, amazing dining and a spectacular coral reef all awaits you in the ‘Conch Republic”.

There are many cruises that visit Key West, but to really enjoy Key West, you need longer than just the one day.  So lets look at a cruise that gets you close enough to Key West that you can stay for a few days and soak up the atmosphere at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or Sloppy Joe’s, the one time favourite bar of Ernest Hemmingway!

We begin thousands of miles away from Key West, with a flight from Australia to the stylish Italian city of Milan on the 6th October 2018.  On arrival you will be transferred to a downtown 4* hotel for an overnight stay, breakfast included.  The following day is very pleasant journey through Northern Italy to the port city of Genoa and up the gangway to board the MSC Divina

Inspired by Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings you all the elegance and glamour of the golden age of cruise lines in an ecological new way.  On board you’ll find every modern comfort, a variety of sports, leisure facilities and world-class entertainment, including Kids and Teen Clubs to ensure everyone’s happy.   With style, luxury and attention to detail, the MSC Divina boasts a real stone piazza, a Casino Veneziano and Broadway-size Pantheon Theatre. From the elegant Swarovski crystal staircases to the Infinity Pool extending seamlessly out to sea, the MSC Divina is undeniably glamorous.

You have a busy first few days of your cruise now, with the first port of call being Civitavecchia, the port for “The Eternal City”.  Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display.  Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

On to France, and the Provence region of France welcomes you to Marseilles.  Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. The cafés around the port are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life.  Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. For the best view of the Vieux Port visit the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, where, up until the last war, tiny streets, steep steps Mediterranean introduction and houses of every era formed a vieille ville typical of the Côte.

Marseilles Old Port

Onwards to Spain, and its Gaudi’s city of Barcelona for you next.   Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy.  Exploring the city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sites that are high up on any European bucket list.  Your visit to Barcelona could start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA.

The Sagrada Familia looming over Barcelona

A day at sea is a welcome break to allow you to explore your new floating home, before another day in a Spanish port awaits.  Cádiz is among the oldest settlements in Spain and one of the country’s principal ports.   You can visit its old town, built on a peninsula-island, and remaining much as it must have looked in those days, with grand, open squares, sailors’ alleyways and high, turreted houses.   Other options from Cadiz is to explore the local region of Andalusia and its many while villages, you could visit Jerez, the home of Spanish Sherry, or take the drive up to the regional capital of Seville to visit the Cathedral – the final resting place of Christopher Colombus.

Strung out over a series of hills facing the glistening waters of the broad estuary of the Tejo, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most handsome cities.  Although its modern suburbs are ungainly, the historic centre is relatively compact and easy to explore in just a day.   The oldest part of the city, the warren of streets that make up the Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto or upper town, famed for its bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The valley between these hills makes up the Baixa, or lower town.

Praça do Comércio

Two days at sea to relax – you’ve earned it!  And you’ll need it, as the next destination is something really special – The Azores.  Try and find them on the map – there they are, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Nine stunning volcanic Portuguese islands, steeped in their own history and tradition.  An overnight stay in the city of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel along with MSC Cruises wide range of shore excursions enable you to explore this intimate location.  It could be a Jeep Safari, Whale Watching off the coast, or drive to the summit of Pico da Barrosa Mountain, where you will see fine views of the Fire Lake, said to be one of the most beautiful of the island’s lake.  Exploring the quaint town will be one of the highlights of your cruise.

Azores, Portugal

The crossing of the Atlantic Ocean is something every true cruise fan must do once in their life.  A chance relive the glory days of the ocean-liner crossings of yesteryear as the nautical miles are clocked up as you sail westbound onboard the MSC Divina.  3 exciting days for you to enjoy the seven restaurants, 20 bars and lounges, four swimming pools, a bowling alley, a gymnasium, a spa and the sports area onboard!

Despite the Spanish first discovering it in the 15th Century, Bermuda was first inhabited when the English vessel Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, USA was separated from its accompanying flotilla and was purposely driven into the coral reef when it began taking on water, thus saving 150 passengers (and 1 dog!).  An so began the colonization by the British, and Bermuda remains a British Overseas Territory to this day.  You will have 2 nights in Bermuda – ample time to see the island known for its pink-sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay and its massive Royal Naval Dockyard complex which combines modern attractions like the interactive Dolphin Quest with maritime history at the National Museum of Bermuda. The island has a distinctive blend of British and American culture for you to enjoy.

Bermuda

Another day at sea before you sail into the ‘Big Apple’….the city so good they named it twice…New York, New York!   Wandering through the patchwork of neighbourhoods is as great a thrill as any single sight. Frantic Chinatown edges stylish Soho, which is but a stone’s throw from the quiet, angled lanes of the once-bohemian West Village . A perfect espresso in a shabby-chic Williamsburg café, a rooftop view from Chelsea’s High Line or a ride on the “A” to Far Rockaway is worth much more than an “I Love New York” handbag. Cheaper, too, and the memory will last longer.   New York City officially comprises the central island of Manhattan and four outer boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. For many, Manhattan simply is New York – and you’ll probably spend most of your time here.  Two full days to explore New York, and make sure you are on top deck as you sail out of Manhattan and pass by the iconic Statue of Liberty.

New York City

Two further sea days allows you to find the parts of the MSC Divina that you have missed, or have the last cocktail in the menu that you haven’t tried yet, as you cruise then comes to an end in Miami, Florida.  From here you have plenty of choices….

You can hire a car, and drive down to the Florida Keys.  Enjoy a few days in Key West, Key Largo or one of the smaller Cays.  Add on a few days in Fort Lauderdale to explore the Everglades also

…..or you could stay onboard the MSC for the following cruise – an 11 night cruise around the Caribbean Sea, calling at Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Mexico and The Bahamas, or pop over to Los Angeles and cruise the Mexican Riviera

….or you could explore another region of North America, California is fantastic, and so is Las Vegas

….or after 26 nights away…perhaps you’re simply ready to make the journey home to Australia!

This is a wonderful Transatlantic voyage with spectacular ports of call.  And we have a spectacular package price to top it all off…

Return Flights from Australia + 1 night in a 4* Miami hotel, including Breakfast + All transfers between airport, hotel and ship + 22 night cruise on board MSC Divina…

ALL FOR JUST $5,199 PER PERSON!!!

This is a cruise you simply don’t want to miss – so call the crew at Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to GRAB THAT CABIN!

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It was all about Girl’s names on this weeks Cruise & Travel Show, and with a focus on ALICE Springs as the featured destination.  But considering the nearest beach is 1,500km from Alice Springs, the chances of seeing a cruise ship is pretty slim!

But keeping with the theme of the show we have a cruise deal of the week that features a port of call with a girls name – and its one of the most beautiful cities in the world…..Florence!

On the 3rd November you will fly to Nice.  On arrival you will be met and transferred the short distance from Nice to Monte Carlo.  Awaiting you is 2 nights at the Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo.  The Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel is located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco in between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino.  Breakfast is included for your stay and you have time to explore one of the most fashionable cities in the world.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

After your stay at the Fairmont Hotel you are again provided with a transfer to take you to your luxurious 6 star floating home for the next 7 days – the Regent Seven Seas Voyager.   The 700-guest Seven Seas Voyager is an all-suite, all-balcony ship and the second to feature a restaurant operated by Le Cordon Bleu of Paris. There are four main dining venues, surprising for a ship of her size. The Voyager also features some of the highest space and service ratios at sea, and her suites are the largest “lead-in” suites in the industry.   Not only is the Regent Seven Seas Voyager all suite and all balcony, but it is all inclusive also – so you will receive FREE WIFI, FREE 24 HOUR ROOM SERVICE, FREE GRATUITIES, FREE OPEN BAR, FREE IN SUITE MINI BAR (replenished daily), FREE SPECIALITY DINING…….AND FREE UNLIMITED SHORE EXCURSIONS!  It really is the most all-inclusive experience!

Regent Seven Seas Voyager

After sailing from Monte Carlo your first port of all is Livorno in Italy.  Located in the center of Tuscany, Livorno is the gateway to the glory of Renaissance Florence and Pisa. From the 13th to 16th centuries, this era of creative freedom encouraged the genius of Dante, Donatello, Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Machiavelli to create some of the world’s most noted masterpieces. Elegant Florence offers the Galleria dell’Accademia, with its iconic masterpiece, Michelangelo’s David. The Uffizi is home to the most renowned art gallery in Italy, with representative works by the titan’s of Renaissance art.  Nearby Siena captures the spirit of Medieval Italy and Lucca offers you the memorable chance to bicycle through the fragrant Tuscan countryside.

Florence, Italy
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Arriving into the coastal port of Civitavecchia, Regent Seven Seas Voyages opens up the opportunity to visit ”The Eternal City”” of Rome.  Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, you are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame.

One last Italian experience as you walk down the gangway an into Naples.  Spend a day exploring the fabulous ruins of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum with their stunning temples, frescoes and mosaics. Or you may choose to explore fascinating Naples and its famed museums, visit charming Sorrento or take a boat trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri – all included in your free shore excursions.

Pompeii and Sorrento

After a relaxing day at seas you’ll be waving ”Ciao” to Italy, and “Salut” to France as you arrive in Marseilles, the gateway to Provence.  Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colourful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.  In addition to Marseilles, Regent Seven Seas offers many opportunities to explore the local Provencal towns and villages such as Castellet, St Remy de Provence, Avignon and Arles.

The remainder of the cruise has a Spanish taste to it, arriving firstly in the Balearic Islands, and a day in Palma de Mallorca.   Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is a wind-swept island with steep jagged cliffs and olive groves more than a thousand years old. Mallorca is an island of contrasts. To the south is a busy tourist area with hotels, bars, restaurants, shopping and dazzling night life. To the north are rocky valleys, sleepy villages shrouded in bougainvillea, and breathtaking views. Palma is dominated by the breathtaking Gothic Cathedral, located high above the waterfront on the site of a former mosque.

Mallorca, Spain

Finally the cruise comes to a conclusion in the stunning city of Barcelona.  One of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, Barcelona balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter with the grace and distinction of the wide boulevards in the Moderniste Eixample. It was the home of architect Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell and Casa Milà are the most profound statements of Modernisme. View the splendid works at the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, or discover Barcelona’s passionate ambiance at a flamenco show.  You will disembark the Regent Seven Seas Voyager and once again a transfer awaits to whisk you off to the stunning Grand Hotel Central, located in the heart of the famous Gothic Quarter.  A two night stay inclusive of breakfast will give you ample time to enjoy the Catalan Capital before you make your way home to Australia.

As usual, we are able to tailor-make your travel around the cruise, so if you would like to stay longer, visit another part of Europe or arrange a stopover during your journey we can help you make those arrangements.

2 nights hotel stay in Monte Carlo with Breakfast + 7 nights All Inclusive Cruising in a Balcony Suite on board the 6* Regent Seven Seas Voyager with all meals, drinks, tips, WiFi, 24 hour room service and your choice of up to 35 FREE SHORE EXCURSIONS + 2 nights hotel stay in Barcelona with Breakfast + all transfers between airport, port and ship….a perfect, all inclusive Mediterranean holiday.  But, it sounds expensive doesn’t it?

…..It’s not……

This amazing package is priced at just $5,695 per person!

Tell us that your a listener of 94.1FM and we’ll throw in USD$200 shipboard credit per suite also!

Don’t delay – call Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to grab your cabin SUITE!

 

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