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