South Africa on International Cruise Lines’ Radar

October 31, 2014 on 10:16 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cruise Boats, South Africa | Comments Off

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s status as a cruise destination is gaining momentum as 2015 sees an unprecedented number of world-class international cruise lines visit South African shores as part of their cruise itineraries.

Cruising has become one of the fastest-growing holiday choices around the world, with over 21 million people cruising each year on over 400 ships from the luxury Silversea explorer carrying 132 passengers to explore Antarctica to Royal Caribbean’s entertaining 5,400 passengers in the Mediterranean.

In 2015, South Africa will see ships from Cunard, MSC, Costa, Seabourn, Crystal, Oceania, Holland America and Silversea visit its most popular ports, including Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth and East London.

Cruise lines are responding to the increasing demand from international cruise travellers for South African destinations, says Imagine Cruising MD Robin Deller. “Cunard for example has led the way with its famous Queen Mary 2 with Cape Town acting as a key staging post. Cruises from Cape Town to London, Cape Town to Dubai and Cape Town to Sydney have proven increasingly popular among South Africans in recent years.”

According to Deller, a cruise holiday often costs far less than a business class airfare and is an exceptional way of starting or finishing a longer holiday in Australia, Dubai or Europe. “Our 17-night Cape Town to Southampton voyage in April 2015 for instance is advertised from R34,999 including the return flight and taxes from London, a two-night hotel stay and a range of luxurious amenities on board Cunard’s regal Queen Mary 2.”

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Deller says the value and all-inclusive nature of cruising today makes it a fantastic holiday experience representing terrific value-for-money. “It’s an exciting time for cruising in South Africa and Imagine are well placed to support the growth that’s coming our way.”

This especially in the light of this week’s launch of a second travel concession store within well-known luxury retail group, Stuttafords.

Stuttafords and Imagine, have signed a pioneering concession deal giving travel shoppers in-store access to a range of sensational cruise destinations and holiday hotspots, incredible cruise and holiday deals and expert knowledge to craft the best leisure breaks.

The second Imagine travel store launches in Canal Walk on 4 September, the first having opened in Sandton on 8 August with rave reviews.

Stuttafords is a luxury brand offering an elegant, aspirational shopping experience to discerning customers seeking exclusive, quality ranges. This perfectly matches the product and experience offered by Imagine, says Deller. “By aligning our brand with Stuttafords, Imagine benefits from a captive audience of loyal shoppers who are the right target market for its cruising and holiday packages, while Stuttafords offers its existing customers and prospective customers an additional, convenient, and classy travel consultation service in-store, combining its successful formula of unbeatable travel deals, exclusive product and quick turnaround.”

Shoppers visiting Imagine’s in-store travel concessions can expect a modern, relaxing environment with a wide range of holiday and cruise options and engaging, knowledgeable travel experts helping to guide their holiday decisions.

For more information about Imagine, please visit or  or contact Natalia Rosa at  or 083 449 4334.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Prices on Once-in-a-Lifetime Antarctica Adventures – Save up to $7,820 per person with Hurtigruten

October 31, 2014 on 8:04 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats | Comments Off

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Hurtigruten Announces Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventure At Once-In-A-Lifetime Pricing

Offers Savings As Much As $7,820 Per Person On Sailings of 10 To 19 Days

Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing amidst the Pristine Antarctica Environment and Thousands of Penguins

Due to a last-minute release of prime cabins on several 2014-2015 season Antarctica itineraries, Hurtigruten is announcing prices never before offered – and unlikely to be repeated in the future. Savings of up to $7,820 are available with new fares running as low as $6,081 per person, double. The 10-day “Land of the Penguins” voyage is available from $6,081, departing Jan. 4 & 16, 2015; the 19-day “In the Realm of the Great Explorers,” departs on Nov. 1, 2014 and is priced from $8,680; and the 15-day “Polar Circle Expedition” has special fares starting at $7,764 for Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2015 sailings.

Ever since the age of the Vikings, few people have been more experienced in the traditions of exploring extreme waters then the people of Norway.

From Leif Erickson to Fridtjof Nansen to Otto Sverdup to Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorers have always led the way into new places and new adventures. As one of the oldest cruise lines in the world, Hurtigruten draws from those roots when it heads out to explore the remote and dramatic lands of Antarctica. Using the deluxe expedition ship, MS Fram – named after the original Norwegian ship that took Nansen to the North Pole and Amundsen to the South Pole, Hurtigruten guests take in many of the same sites as those seen by the explorers. Added to this is the simple fact that Hurtigruten trains the Pilots who are required to escort vessels in sensitive polar waters, and that the MS Fram is the only ship, along with its captains and crew, to offer an unmatchable level of experience by operating 100% of the year on Polar itineraries. Winter ClearanceCamping overnight ashore, hiking with snowshoes, kayaking the ice-laden waters and enjoying small boat excursions offers Hurtigruten guests experiences that yield lifelong memories, stories to share with family and friends, and a greater understanding and attachment to this pristine environment.

Combining these adventure excursions with the numerous landings, thousands of penguin hosts, lectures from experts, and the stunning scenery of the White Continent, makes any of the Antarctica itineraries a trip-of-a-lifetime.

Perhaps the most remote of Hurtigruten’s offerings is the “Polar Circle Expedition.” This 15-day voyage sets out to cross into the Polar Circle – 66° 33′ and make landings in some of the rarely visited area of the Antarctica Peninsula.

Possible highlights include the former research Station W on Detaille Island; the relatively unaltered and completely equipped British scientific research station from the 50s, known as Station Y Horseshoe Island; as well as several other more established sites. Special pricing ranges from $7,764 to $13,163 per person, double.

“In the Realm of the Great Explorers” is a 19-day voyage and follows a similar route as the early 20th-century explorers, focusing on the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Highlights include learning of the trials and tribulations of the early explorers, seeing the largest King penguin colonies in the world, observing dozens of different wildlife species, visiting the grave of Shackleton, and of course, numerous landings on the White Continent. Special fares are $8,680 to $12,598.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineThe 14-day “Land of the Penguins” is the shortest itinerary but still spends seven days in the White Continent mixing landings and penguin visits with lectures on history, the environment and the wildlife. Reduced pricing is from $6,081 to $10,416.

Just as important as the focus on the experience, is Hurtigruten’s focus on safety and safeguarding these remote destinations seriously giving the company a true leadership position in the world of sustainable travel. Hurtigruten belongs to numerous environmental organizations including AECO, IAATO and Clean Up Svalbard, all of which demand that members maintain responsible travel safeguards for future generations.

Hurtigruten sails to the most remote of destinations as well as year-round along Norway’s coast and in Europe. The company’s fleet of intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.

Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten’s visitor-friendly website, above or ; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145. To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835. COUPON 10% OFF all orders

LEGO and MSC Cruises Partner to Create LEGO Experience at Sea‏

October 30, 2014 on 8:48 am | In Cruise Boats, Florida, Miami, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

New, Unique Shipboard LEGO® Playrooms and LEGO® Competitions and Games

Available for Free to MSC Cruises’ Guests

MSC Cruises and the LEGO Group have joined forces to bring children and families the ultimate LEGO Experience at sea, including LEGO® designed playrooms and entertainment options.

Description: Description: Description: C:\Users\njammes\Desktop\logo_LEGO_pos.jpgAs part of the partnership, MSC Cruises is implementing a special program across its fleet in which children, as well as adults, will have the chance to compete in LEGO® themed competitions and games on a designated day during a sailing. Children who participate in the LEGO® Experience Day will receive an official LEGO® Junior Master Builder diploma. In addition, all guests will have the chance to meet and greet Sailor Walkabout – the LEGO Sailor Mascot – who will be available during cruises for photos and entertainment.

The LEGO Group is also working to design completely new play areas on the MSC Armonia, the first ship in MSC Cruises’ Lirica class of ships undergoing the Renaissance Program.* Currently in dry dock, the newly enhanced MSC Armonia will re-enter service on Nov. 19, with an inaugural cruise departing from Genoa, Italy and stopping in France, Spain, and Gibraltar, before arriving at its final destination in Portugal. MSC Armonia’s dedicated offerings of LEGO® play materials when she begins sailing again will include:

· LEGO® DUPLO® for children under three, including fun games and challenges;

· Classic LEGO® bricks and Vertical Play Wall for 7-11 year olds; and

· “Building Happening” for 6-11 year olds – themed builds with limited bricks.

Description: Description: Description: C:\Users\njammes\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\MSC Armonia Mascot_01.pngAll the LEGO features will be available free of charge to guests, and will be replicated on the two new ships** of the MSC fleet, scheduled to be delivered in 2017.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGuests who want to take the LEGO® experience home with them will be able to visit the LEGO® corner found in shops on board. In addition, the companies are currently working to design a LEGO® MSC Cruise Ship toy, which will be available on MSC Cruises’ fleet in the future.

MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said: “The LEGO Group and MSC Cruises are both family businesses – built on strong values – that are recognized worldwide, so our two companies are a great match. The LEGO Group bricks and toys are close to the hearts of millions of people who grew up playing with them, and with this partnership we hope to give our younger guests some magical memories that they’ll treasure forever. We’re proud to be able to make The LEGO Group a contributor to the MSC Cruises’ concept, and I know our younger guests are going to love this exciting new addition.”

MSC Cruises’ partnership with LEGO comes as the line seeks to optimize the overall onboard experience for guests and families by partnering with top global brands that are emblems of excellence in their fields. While MSC Cruises’ has long made the LEGO® toys available on all 12 ships in its’ fleet, this partnership enhances the offering, bringing MSC guests more dedicated products and areas for younger travelers.

Other enhancements for families being made to MSC’s fleet include: ships undergoing the Renaissance Program will feature separate clubs and facilities for five age groups – specifically Baby (under 3s); Mini (3-6); Junior (7-11); Young (12-14) and Teen (15-17); and a new partnership with Chicco, announced in July 2014, which will provide families with childcare equipment, a dedicated family guide and custom built children areas on select MSC ships.

*About the Renaissance Program

In December 2013, MSC Cruises unveiled the $273 million Renaissance Program, an ambitious two-year operation to take its four Lirica class ships back to the shipyard and back to the drawing board. Under Renaissance, the Lirica class ships will be lengthened by around 24 meters, and an array of key spaces, such as restaurants and bars, sundecks and entertainment areas will be overhauled and enhanced. This enormous feat of engineering, which we have entrusted to world-class Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri, will leave MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera resized and revitalized.

**About the New Builds

On March 20, 2014 MSC Cruises signed a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of two new cruise ships, with an option for two more. The two vessels are due for delivery in 2017 and 2019.

On May 22, 2014 MSC Cruises signed a contract with Fincantieri, in Italy, for the construction of two new cruise ships, with an option for one more. The two new ships will be delivered in November 2017 and May 2018.

About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the Caribbean, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South America, South Africa, The United Arab Emirates and the Red Sea. For more information, visit

All information believed to be accurate as of the date of issuance. It is the reader’s responsibility to verify its continued accuracy, as all information is subject to change.

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City Breaks & Christmas Market Escapes With P&O Cruises

October 30, 2014 on 7:59 am | In Cruise Boats | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFor an alternative girls weekend away, Christmas shopping escape or foodie break, P&O Cruises offers a range of two, three and four night cruises to destinations such as Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges, Cherbourg, Guernsey and Le Havre from only £129 per person.

With Christmas approaching, visit the best Christmas markets in Europe to purchase handmade artisan gifts or simply enjoy the mulled wine, gingerbread and waffles.

All the cruises are round-trip from Southampton meaning there are no restrictions on luggage. Passengers can bring back sacks full of shopping – whether it be a case full of the finest chocolates from Belgium to a bicycle from Holland.

The mini breaks feature the same range of dining options and entertainment that are found on P&O Cruises longer holidays. Passengers can explore the cities by day and enjoy top class shows, formal nights, fine dining and spa treatments back on board.

City breaks and Christmas market cruises include:

A two night cruise to Bruges on Oriana departing October 7, 2014 starts from £129 per person. Link:

A four night cruise to Amsterdam & Bruges on Oceana departing December 13, 2014 to see the Christmas markets starts from £279 per person. Link:

Prices include full board meals, daily afternoon tea and entertainment on board. To book, visit , call 0843 373 0111, or call your local travel agent.

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Fuel Your Sense Of Adventure With An Extreme Cruise Experience

October 29, 2014 on 11:23 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFor those new to cruise, the exciting and extreme experiences found on a cruise holiday are likely to come as a surprise. No matter what age, there’s an amazing choice of activities both onboard and ashore so holidaymakers can fuel their sense of adventure and experience the unexpected.

CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) has compiled a list of extreme adventures that you can find on a cruise. Activities ashore include glacier hiking in Norway, camping out in the Arctic, river tubing, getting up close and person with alligators, swimming with stingrays and Ben Fogle’s series of exclusive ‘Great Adventures’. While onboard, experiences include surfing, ‘funnel’ climbing, rope courses, ice skating, circus-training and bungee trampolining.

A selection of extreme cruise experiences can be seen below:

Ben Fogle’s Great Adventures

Explorer, writer and broadcaster Ben Fogle has developed a series of exclusive shore excursion programmes for Celebrity Cruises, continuing his role as the brand’s own ‘Destination Expert’. Experience Croatia on land and sea with a triathlon-themed tour that includes biking, boat rides, swimming and sea kayaking. Or experience a fantastic nature-themed excursion including tours of the Stockholm archipelago by kayak and RIB boat.

Camping in the Arctic

Grab a taste of real Arctic exploration and join members of the Hurtigruten expedition team for a night camping ashore in Spitsbergen. This cruise excursion offers passengers the chance to be part of a Polar Bear watch, help set up camp and listen to tales of daring experiences by the expedition team members. Participants will be assigned a one hour Polar Bear watch during the night.

Deluxe Stingray Tour

Enjoy the opportunity to visit Stingray City, a world-class snorkeling site with superb visibility, numerous friendly stingrays and tropical fish. This excursion is available upon the Cayman Explorer from Carnival Cruises.

Alligators by night

Holland America Cruises offers thrill seekers the opportunity to cross the Rio Negro by riverboat into Lake January and canoe through the dark and exciting jungle at night. Watch the shadows and listen to the mysterious sounds, as the guide will bravely tackle an alligator for an opportunity for passengers to get up close and personal with the reptiles. This trip is available on the Amazon Explorer cruise.


The sky’s the limit when it comes to activities with Carnival Cruise’s innovative outdoor recreation area, SkyCourse, available on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sunshine. Composed of eight sections which hang above the deck, each segment is divided into two ‘bridges’ of varying degrees of difficulty, and each about 15 feet off the ground. This experience is a lot more challenging than it looks, and all while travelling at 24 knots.

Surf machine

One of the most unique onboard activities is surfing at the FlowRider surf park, which is featured on several of Royal Caribbean’s ships. This surf simulator is perfect for surfing first-timers and professionals and will provide hours of entertainment for all ages. With 60,000 gallons of water rushing by every minute, the FlowRider is a spectacular feat of engineering to keep cruisers active and entertained on holiday. Just to add to the pressure, surfers are broadcasted on the flat-screen TVs around the deck, for all to watch.

Climbing Wall

While it’s not exactly scaling a cliff in the Grand Canyon, rock-climbing walls are featured on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Not only does this activity offer passengers the thrill of scaling 200ft above sea level, made even more extreme by a rocking ship, but also the exhilarating views out at sea. The Norwegian Epic has the biggest rock wall of any Norwegian ship and also features a 24-foot-tall enclosed climbing cage called the Spider Web.

Bungee trampolining

Onboard P&O Cruises’ Ventura, passengers of all ages have the opportunity to join the circus with the Cirque Ventura circus-training school. Passengers can bounce around on trampolines on the ship’s top deck and take classes in tight-rope walking, clowning, break-dancing, juggling, stilt-walking and the flying trapeze.

River Tubing and Waterfalls

As part of a Princess Cruises’ trip to Dominica, experience river tubing, starting from Hibiscus Eco Village. The 90-minute river adventure is an exhilarating, yet stunning voyage in the heart of unspoiled nature. Passengers will see the lush flora and fauna of Concord Valley as they thrill through a mix of fast mini-rapids and lazy slow-flowing pools.

Ice Skating

Royal Caribbean debuted the first permanent ice rink at sea and passengers can now practice triple-axels on several of the cruise line’s ships. The rinks are typically open to passengers during the day and are used to host ice shows featuring experienced skaters at night.

Glacier hike

For those with an explorer spirit, experience an intense hike with Hurtigruten. Take a PolarCirkel boat and venture onto the glacier as part of a rope team, using crampons and a lot of team work for 1-2 hours. Participants will also be lectured on Glaciology in order to better understand the surrounding nature.

New experiences with Quantum of the Seas

And finally, the launch of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas in November this year will see the introduction of numerous innovative and extreme experiences onboard. The ship debuts with a bumper car ride of 30 cars, the first sky-diving simulator at sea, and North Star which is a jewel-shaped capsule that will be hoisted 300 feet into the air for a 15-minute panorama.

Visit for further information and to find your local accredited CLIA travel agent.

Book A Place In History On Britannia

October 29, 2014 on 11:20 am | In Cruise Boats, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowP&O Cruises is offering added benefits on selected cruises for summer 2015 on Select Price bookings made before October 31, 2014.

The promotion includes holidays on the brand new ship Britannia, which launches next spring, giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to cruise during its maiden year.

Book a Select Price on a range of Britannia cruises by October 31, 2014 to receive additional on board spending money to use against drinks or treats such as a class with James Martin or Marco Pierre White in the new Cookery Club, a luxurious spa treatment in the Oasis Spa or Champagne afternoon tea by master pâtissier Eric Lanlard.

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “Nothing beats the feeling of stepping on board a new ship for the first time. If you want to experience a new kind of contemporary holiday, your time on our new cruise ship, Britannia, designed by world-leading interior designers, is sure to be truly memorable.”

Cruises available when booked before October 31, 2014 include:

A seven night round trip cruise on Britannia to France, Spain & Guernsey starts from £699 per person for a Select Price with £130 on board spending money per cabin. Cruise departs September 5, 2015.


An 11 night Food Heroes themed cruise with James Martin on Britannia to Spain, Portugal & Gibraltarstarts from £1,049 per person for a Select Price with £170 on board spending money per cabin. Cruise departs September 14, 2015.


A 14 night Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise on Britannia to Spain and Portugal starts from £1,599 per person for a Select Price with £220 on board spending money per cabin. Cruise departs July 25, 2015.


For more information or to book with P&O Cruises visit, call 0843 374 0111 or visit your local travel agent.

About Britannia Britannia is the biggest ship built for the British cruise market, and will offer a sophisticated, contemporary holiday experience across health and beauty, shopping and entertainment with a strong focus on dining. Special features include The Cookery Club, a 24 person state-of-the-art cookery school developed in association with James Martin; a three-tier feature atrium with Eric Lanlard patisserie, a charcuterie and gelateria as well as spectacular Star Burst sculpture; Sindhu restaurant by Atul Kochhar and Olly Smith’s The Glass House; gala menus created by Marco Pierre White; plus The Limelight Club, a combined entertainment and dining venue in the great tradition of the supper club

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Crime Writer Ruth Rendell On Saga Sapphire Cruise

October 29, 2014 on 10:27 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCrime writer Ruth Rendell on Saga Sapphire cruise

Saga fast becoming No.1 choice for literary cruising

Baroness Rendell of Babergh will be headlining Saga’s Meet-the-Author series on Saga Sapphire’s Baltic Treasures cruise in May 2015.

Lady Rendell, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of crime writing career, will take part in a Q & A session with passengers who will each receive a copy of her new novel The Girl Next Door.

The best-selling novelist travels the world but has chosen Saga for her first luxury cruise. She said: “I never usually take holidays but this one looked rather nice.

“I have been to most of the destinations, particularly Sweden and Denmark, many, many times but I like going to places I know.”

Lady Rendell has family links to Scandinavia; her mother came from Sundbyberg, near Stockholm, and lived there until she was three. She moved from Sweden to Denmark and at 14, when her parents brought her to England.

Sailing through the Stockholm archipelago is widely regarded as one of cruising’s ‘must-do’ experiences and this will be another first for the author. She said: “I have been all over Sweden and I know the islands well but I have never arrived by sea. I am looking forward to that.”

Lady Rendell, 84, admits she does not have sea legs. “Get me onto the open sea, on any vessel, and I am seasick. I will happily take one of those tablets to help me!”

About 20 years ago, the author sailed on an expedition ship to Alaska and has not stepped foot on a ship since. She said: “It was a bit primitive. The cabin was cold and uncomfortable, although it did have a shower but that more or less flooded every time.

“We almost ran out of food, too. I can remember the smell of the fruit rotting.”

“Sailing on Saga Sapphire will be quite a contrast.”

Lady Rendell will be in for a pleasant surprise when she steps on to the chic and contemporary Saga Sapphire. The 700-passenger ship has earned a reputation for fine dining, professional service and comfortable accommodation. The public areas are roomy and there is a sense of fun with a British 60s seaside theme at the poolside, where passenger can tuck in to ice cream, fish ‘n’ chips and an old-fashioned sweet shop.

Saga Travel PR Manager, Louis Myers said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Ruth Rendell on board, particularly during the 50th anniversary of her incredible career. We are sure Saga passengers will enjoy meeting one of the UK’s most respected authors and hearing about her amazing career.

“Saga is fast becoming the No. 1 cruise choice for book lovers. Jonathan Coe (The Rotters’ Club and Expo 58) has just returned from a Meet-the-Author cruise on Saga Pearl II and he went down a treat!”

The Saga Sapphire Baltic Treasures cruise sails from Southampton for 16 nights on May 6, 2015,
price from £2879. Ports of call include Ronne, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland;
St Petersburg overnight stay; Tallin and Saaremaa, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Warnermunde, Germany; Ijmuiden, Holland. The ship will sail through the Kiel Canal on the outward and return journey.

Price includes VIP chauffeur service all meals and entertainment, free wifi, daily afternoon tea,
24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited quality tea and coffee, all gratuities, porterage, shuttle bus to town centres from port of call and travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit

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Amazing Submarine Adventure Vacations – War Wrecks in the Pacific & Far East

October 29, 2014 on 8:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Australia, Cruise Boats, Pacific Islands | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThis truly is a unique opportunity to explore historic, wartime sunken wrecks combined with amazing wildlife!

The War in the Pacific and Far East was fought by ships at sea and by armies that were carried to war aboard ships.

Across the entire theatre, from Pearl Harbor to Burma, Japan to the Coral Sea and as far south as New Zealand, evidence of these bitterly fought battles lies undisturbed on the ocean floor.

Using airborne drones, unmanned underwater vehicles and incredible deep sea midget submarines, all equipped with the world’s most advanced imaging technologies, we will search, discover, film and record mighty ships, aircraft and the machinery of war.

During these explorations and in between filming, we are offering our members and partners, an unequalled chance to see first hand what devastation lies beneath the waves.


Diving will be available from October in various locations including Java Sea (Battle of the Java Sea), Sunda Straits, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atol.

Japanese forces gathered to invade at Java on 27 February 1942. An American-British-Dutch-Australian Command naval force sailed to intercept them. This included the heavy cruisers HMS Exeter and USS Houston, three light cruisers HNLMS De Ruyter, HNLMS Java, HMAS Perth and nine destroyers (How many ships sunk there)? 5

What you will see!

In various locations you will see WW2 mighty warships (HMS Repulse, HMS Prince of Wales, USS Saratoga, HMAS Perth, to name but a few), and in Truk Lagoon in Micronesia, you will have the opportunity to explore the best war-time sunken wreck site in the world. Littered on the sea-bed are aircraft, tanks, cars, personal items and of course ships. Clear, warm water makes for excellent diving conditions.

Dive opportunities will be exclusive and very limited in these waters from October for a period of 12 months.

Our clients will also have the opportunity to observe the wonderful marine life in these waters, which now lives in harmony with the wrecks.

Selective dates will be offered on a first come basis and only confirmed with a deposit.

For more information on dates and dive locations as above, please email

Save 15% on This Season’s Antarctic Adventures

October 29, 2014 on 7:34 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats | Comments Off Winter ClearanceExpedition cruise company, Aurora Expeditions, are offering savings of over US$1,500 on a selection of this season’s Antarctic voyages. Passengers will save a massive 15% off the price of their cabin as well as receive bonus inclusions such as a stylish 2-in-1 polar expedition jacket and a printed keepsake Photo Book.

Two expeditions, ‘Photographers: South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula’ and ‘Spirit of Antarctica’, also include free Canon-accredited photography workshops that are designed and delivered by resident award-winning Polar Photography Guide, Joshua Holko. The exclusive and complimentary onboard photography program is open to all levels of photographer, and includes informal talks and image reviews, opportunities for one-on-one instruction and informal side-by-side shooting from the ship deck, in Zodiacs and during shore landings.

There are also opportunities for would-be adventurers to paddle the wildlife-rich waters in sea kayaks, climb Antarctica’s icy slopes, or even camp out overnight like a true Antarctic explorer. All expeditioners will have the chance to revel in daily shore landings, attempt a Polar Plunge, and enjoy unlimited wildlife observation from the ship’s 24 hour Open Bridge. COUPON 10% OFF all ordersAurora Expeditions’ experienced, enthusiastic expedition team accompany passengers every step of the way, along with a selection of certified naturalists, historians, and geologists who are all equally committed to delivering an educationally-rich and life-changing experience.

Each expedition is operated on the 54-passenger, ice-strengthen vessel, Polar Pioneer – one of the smallest ships to sail Antarctic waters. Each expedition is unique due to their flexibility and expeditionary-style, which allows for Zodiac cruises and landings at least twice a day.

The 20-day ‘Photographers: South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula’ expedition departs 3 November 2014 and price starts from US$11,600 per person, triple share (including discount). Photographers will capture perfect light as the days grow longer, watching king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup and fur seal males battle for mating rights.

The 12-day ‘Spirit of Antarctica’ expedition departs 6 December 2014 and price starts from US$7,395 per person, triple share (including discount). This Antarctic adventure involves dramatic icescapes and wildlife spectaculars. On shore you are free to roam amongst prying penguins and sleeping seals, whilst in Zodiacs you’ll enjoy magical rides past icebergs and glaciers.

All expeditions include onboard accommodation, meals, guided shore excursions, and an in-depth education program with expert commentary and talks by Aurora’s team of naturalists, historians, geologists, expedition team and special guest lecturers.

There is no better time to take the trip of a lifetime! If you’re ready to take the plunge call Aurora Expeditions on 1800 637 688 or +61 (0) 2 9252 1033 or visit

With over 20 years’ experience, Aurora Expeditions brings you a truly intimate and personal Antarctic adventure. Our small group voyages push the boundaries with flexible and innovative itineraries, daily shore landings, a 24-hour ‘open bridge’ policy, and fascinating lectures from our passionate and knowledgeable expedition team. You’ll share your adventure with like-minded souls in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while making the most of every opportunity for exploration and discovery. We are deeply committed to education and preservation of the environment, respectfully visiting these wilderness areas, creating lifelong ambassadors for their protection.

Legendary Miami Bar Finds New Home on Cruise Ship

October 28, 2014 on 8:36 am | In Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTobacco Road, Miami’s oldest bar and one of its most storied, is closing its original location to make way for a new development — but now comes word that it will be replicated on Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship.

The legendary spot at 626 S. Miami Ave. was issued the very first liquor license in Miami over a century ago and has hosted countless musical performances over the years. At times, it also operated as a strip club and gambling hangout for Al Capone.

But, in recent weeks as redevelopment plans moved forward, the bar announced plans to close its doors for good in the wee hours of Oct. 26 (after a sure-to-be-memorable farewell bash scheduled to last until 5 a.m.).

A Kickstarter campaign was launched on Oct. 18 by employees and patrons to raise money to move furnishings and memorabilia to a new location, which the fund-raising plea pinpointed as 69 SW 7th St. in Brickell, a few blocks away. The campaign seeks to raise $50,000 in donations by Dec. 2, and had received pledges of $1,862 from 31 backers in the first four days.

On Oct. 22, however, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Tobacco Road will be reborn on the Norwegian Escape, the 4,200-passenger ship that will be based year-round in Miami starting in November 2015.

The bar will incorporate elements of the original Tobacco Road, including the iconic neon sign, memorabilia and photographs. It also will feature cocktails created by Tobacco Road’s resident mixologist, Leo Holtzman, including the Chili Mule, featuring ginger puree, Cointreau and vodka topped with a sliced serrano pepper, and the Gateway, a rum-based drink with yuzu juice, elderflower syrup and Prosecco.

It won’t be the same as the history-soaked walls of the original, but it’s a way to preserve a piece of the legendary institution at risk of disappearing.

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