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All Things HOT – 25th November




This weeks show was a HOT ONE!  Yellowstone Park is a geological marvel that must be visited if you are planning a trip to the US National Parks.  Travel Masters recently took a small group of luck travellers to Yellowstone National Park, in a addition to visiting Zion NP and Bryce Canyon.  We know that area very well, and are always happy to help you plan a trip to this amazing part of the United States.

In the meantime I have a Cruise Deal on a cruise ship that is HOT off the production line!  The brand new 143,000 ton MAJESTIC PRINCESS is the newest addition to the fleet and is a sister to the Royal and Regal Princesses.  The new ship will be based in China year-round and will be home-ported in Shanghai, carrying 3,560 guests for cruises to Japan and Korea, and will offer many of the special features that have made Royal Princess and Regal Princess so popular and distinctive.  These include a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship; the unique over-the-ocean SeaWalk – a glass-floor walkway extending 8 meters (28 feet) beyond the edge of the ship; special Chef’s Table Lumiere – a private dining experience that surrounds guests in a curtain of light, as well as new venues and innovative features.

Majestic Princess

On the 9th March you will fly up to Singapore and enjoy 2 nights at the Swissotel Merchant Court, a fantastic hotel located in Clarke Quay.  This gives you ample time to explore the sights of this exciting city – don’t miss out on the Gardens by the Bay attraction, a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir or why not hop over to Sentosa Island and visit the Singapore Zoo for their famous Night Safari.  All transfers are included between the airport, hotel and port.

You then embark the Majestic Princess for a wonderful 14 night cruise through the China Sea, bound for Shanghai.  First up is the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand, the gateway to the many exotic destinations in the Gulf of Siam including Bangkok. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and palaces, the colourful floating market, great shopping, fabulous cuisine and cultural shows.  Then, on to Ho Chi Minh City (from the port of Phu My) in Vietnam – 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 centre 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.

Thai Dancer in Bangkok

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!

Next up is a call into South Korea, and a day in Busan.  Situated on the most southeastern portion of the Korean peninsula, 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.

Haedong Yonggung Temple, a Buddhist temple in Gijang-gun, Busan

Your final port of call takes you Japan, and the city of Nagasaki.  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.

Finally you arrive in Shanghai, once referred to as “The Paris of the East”.  Its new skyscrapers seem to go up almost overnight, especially in the Pudong District, Shanghai’s commercial centre. And the air’s electric with a sense of confidence and purpose.  Even the best museum, the Shanghai Museum, is but a decade old and already owns a collection of bronze that may well be the finest in the world. Still, there are a few more ancient sites worth your attention such as the pastoral, 16th century Yu Garden, an extraordinary maze of Ming Dynasty pavilions and bridges, encircled by an undulating dragon wall.

Locals enjoying Cherry Blossom Season in Shanghai

You’ll disembark the Majestic Princess and will be provided with a private transfer to the Radisson Blu New World Hotel for 2 night, just a few minutes walk away from the famous Nanjing Road.  The hotel boasts a revolving restaurant on the 46th floor which will provide you with spectacular views over the city

As your holiday draws to the end we once again provide a private transfer to escort you to Shanghai Airport for your flight back to Australia.  If you would like to stay longer in Singapore or Shanghai it can of course be arranged easily

2 nights in Singapore, 14 nights on the Majestic Princess and 2 nights in Shanghai, rounded off with return flights from Australia.  What a HOT package and I have a HOT price to accompany it.  Inside Cabins are priced at just $3,995 per person.  Balcony Cabins a littel higher at $4,575 per person (don’t look for Ocean View Cabins – the Majestic Princess doesn’t have any!)

This offer is only available until 30th November, so don’t miss the boat – call the crew at Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 and grab that cabin!