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What a fantastic Expo! Our thanks to all Exhibitors and Attendees for a great night – and for those that are looking to cruise, now is your chance to take advantage of all that there was to offer!
From the 15 suppliers, and dozens of cruise lines available for inspection of the night we have put together a brochure with over 50 pages of specials, deals and cruise packages that are on sale through My Travel Expo until the end of this week (Thursday 24th March) – many of which are exclusive to My Travel Expert!
From Asian River Cruising with Wendy Wu, to enjoying the rugged adventure of a sailing ship with Star Clippers, or the luxury of a Scenic Cruise we have a fantastic array of specials available now for you to take advantage of!
Just call us on (02) 4421 5577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With our Cruise Expo TODAY we have one last supplier to give you a preview for and it is the one that ties a lot of the others together. If you book any cruise tonight or in the next few weeks with us then there is a good chance that this supplier with be the one helping us to ensure you get away. This “Cruise Consolidator”is one of our biggest partners and with whom we are one of their select premium preferred agents ..
The Cruise Team has an incredible array of Cruise Lines it works with and combined with their ties to Qantas Holidays, Viva Holidays and Rail Tickets they can help make an incredible all round package when needed from flights to pre and post tour accommodation and touring to Cruising.
At this stage the cruise lines they handle include: American Cruise Lines, APT Cruising, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Australia, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Coral Expeditions, Costa Cruises, CroisiEurope, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag Lloyd, Heritage Expeditions, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, Island Escape, Katarina Line, MSC Cruises, North Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Australia, P&O World Cruising, Pandaw River Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Ponant, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Sea Cloud Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clippers, Star Cruises, Swan Hellenic, Un-Cruise Adventures, Uniworld River Cruises, Variety Cruises, Viking River Cruises, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages To Antiquity, VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY SHIP, MV Aegean Odyssey, Windstar Cruises
That is quite a roll-call! For those that plan to attend tonight to speak with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity , MSC or Cunard then make this your stop!
Over the past few weeks we have spoken about al sorts of cruise lines for River Cruising and Ocean Cruising and of all those that the Cruise Team Handle there is one that we would like to highlight for its differences, for its “Stand Out”performance .. Disney Cruise Lines
With Live Shows nightly, Character experiences with everyone from Darth Vader and Captain America to Mickey and Goofy, Deck Parties, Super Slides, youth Clubs, Night Clubs, Pools, Spa and Wellness Centres, fitness centres, a huge range of dining options and a vast array of fantastic destinations visited from the Caribbean to the Inside Passage, Disney Cruise Lines is one of the most incredible Cruise Lines out there for Families. From shooting through Pool Slides to Royal Tea with a Disney Princess, from a late night Drink to a well deserved massage – there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy on one of these cruises. (Please note that Star Wars Day at Sea sailings end April 2016 as the below video states, but will be returning for January to April 2017)
So if you are thinking of Cruising then come down and speak with the experts tonight at My Cruise Expo between 5pm and 8pm at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm!
We have two exhibitors today – or rather one with two unique products that we need to get a preview of. One is a boutique ocean cruise line and the other is a Tour and River Cruise operator that many often overlook here in Australia.
Tauck is a company that originated in American that has expanded over the years and has now been a growing presence in the Australian market for over 15 years. Tauck specialise in unforgettable experiences whether on tour or cruising, and pride themselves on incredible service and experiences for reasonable prices.
With Tauck’s river cruises, you can expect to see the sights a bit differently than you would with anyone else. The custom-designed riverboats of Tauck’s Destination Fleet are spacious and comfortable, welcoming you to an onboard experience characterized by the Tauck Difference – all-inclusive river cruises featuring personalised cruising enhanced by those “little Tauck touches;” such as private events like dinner and a performance at the Imperial Palace in Vienna or a private tour of Prague’s Baroque Libraries at Strahov Monastery. The intimate, club-like atmosphere onboard, and the uncommon access to exclusive cultural experiences on our included excursions ashore, ensure experiences as memorable as the places you visit.
The second of the cruise lines I would like to introduce you to today is Windstar Cruises. Windstar are some of the best small ship cruises available on the market with 3 classic cruise ships that house under 300 passengers and 3 sail yachts that are the image of Windstar. Windstar Cruises’ small ships are exactly the right size — large enough to pamper and entertain you in the comfort you desire and expect while cruising, yet small enough to visit the tiny harbours and hidden coves that others can’t reach. With only 148 to 310 guests cruising with you, the intimate experience that Windstar provides makes the cruise feel all about you.
Windstar Cruises offers voyages along the Italian Coastline, throughout the Mediterranean including the Greek Island and Turkey, they journey through the waters of Northern Europe, Tahiti, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and into the Caribbean. With Windstar additional package services you can opt to include all your drinks, or for regular laundry service if you wish to pack light. Windstar Cruises are truly an intimate and incredible small ship experience.
So if a quality river cruise at affordable prices, or a unique ad intimate small ship experience sounds like the way to sail then why not stop by and speak with the Tauck and Windstar Expert at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm!
Today I would like to talk about two of our Exhibitors that will offer you not just the classic river cruises you know and love, but a selection of truly unique cruising opportunities. So lets start with one of what you may call our “Cruise Consolidators”a single company representing many cruise lines
Cruise Traveller has a variety of cruises with ships run by companies like Adventure Canada, American Cruise Lines, Aqua Cruises, Atmosphere, Azamara, Celestyal, Hebridean, Island Escape Cruises, Kararina Line, Locaboat Holidays, Natural Habitat Adventures, One Ocean Expeditions, Pearl Seas Cruises, Ponant, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, Sea Cloud Cruises, Star Clippers, True North, Variety Cruises, Voyages of Discovery, Amazon Nature Tours, Antarctica XXI, Assam Bengal Navigation, Australis, Back-Roads Barging, European Waterwaysm Hapag-Lloyd, Jayavarman & Jahan, Linbald-National Geographic, Mahanaahu, Noble Caledonia, Pandaw, Polar Latitudes, Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, Seabourn, Silversea, Swan Hellenic, Uncruise, Voyages to Antiquity and Zegrahm Expeditions.
I would love to talk about all of these incredible cruising options but alas space is limited – so if you really want the information then I suggest coming along to the expo and speaking with the expert in person! I will though talk about one of the cruising options because it is a little different to anything we have previewed before today, or will preview before the expo. So let us talk about Locaboat.
Lakes, rivers, canals, beautiful landscapes, small villages and magnificent but often unknown monuments… Boating holidays with Locaboat provides the opportunity to discover the most beautiful regions of France and Europe during enchanting excursions along the waterways. These are not your typical European River Cruise though as you board and conduct our own voyage on one of Locaboats amazing river boats and barges that journey along not just the major but the minor waterways of France and Europe. Locaboaty offers you a cruising option that lets you travel exactly at your own pace and discover a lot of off the beaten track destinations.
Our other Supplier for today is a stark change, a single operator, who like Locaboat does specialise in Europe but in an entirely different manner …
Avalon Waterways is an incredible, affordable cruising option for Europe and Asia. While it might not include the signature experiences of some of the five star lines, or all your drinks, the cruises operated by Avalon truly cover what most people desire of a river cruise – a fantastic comfortable well appointed ship that people can enjoy the amenities of, a delicious on-board menu of meals for the duration of your travel, incredible sightseeing options for every port of call, and great on-board entertainment options. So if you have had the urge to cruise the Danube, Moselle, Rhine, Rhone, Saone, Seine, Irrawaddy & the Mekong then Avalon gives you a fantastic and affordable alternative.
The upside of travelling with Avalon Waterways is that it is part of the Globus family which means that the river cruises are combinable with pre and post city stays with Monograms, a fantastic provider of short stay independent programmes, or longer tours with Globus or Cosmos who can help you get around to see some of the sights you may have missed while cruising
Also by combining multiple tours and cruises with the Globus family you can also get the added benefit of multiple programme discounts which means should (for example) you wish to combine a Danube Cruise with a Rhine/Rhone Cruise then you can do so and receive a generous discount off the second programme.
So if a cruise that is markedly different or a fantastic affordable river cruise, if either sound appealing why not come and speak with the experts from the Cruise Traveller and Avalon Waterways at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm!
So today we have a couple of exhibitors to introduce to you! With just three days to go before our Expo we have plenty to still tempt you into coming down! Today I want to let you know about one of our fantastic River Cruise operators and one of our more popular Ocean Cruise Providers.
Here in Australia one of the more popular tour operators headed into Asia is Wendy Wu Tours, and people love their journeys through China and India and beyond. What many do not realise is that Wendy Wu Tours also offer a fantastic range of Cruise and Tour Combinations that will allow you to explore the waterways of Asia.
Along the Mekong you can cruise the lower Mekong between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City – possibly the most popular area of the river for tourists. You can also take cruising options along the upper mekong starting at Kampong Cham in Thailand and cruising varying sections up until the island and waterfalls that will eventually flow down to tonle Sap! If we stay within the Indo-China region you can also explore the Red River in northern Vietnam
In China you can have the options of the standard 4 day short cruise along the Yangtze or a longer 8 day sailing. either are combinable with tours that can take in the waterways of the South around Guilin and beyond. In Myanmar you can journey the Irrawaddy (or Ayeryaddy as some call it) between Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake visiting some of the highlights of the country .. or you can take an off the beaten path trip and cruise the Chinidwan or Saleen Rivers.
If that isn’t enough then Wendy Wu can also take you on some of the most relaxing boat trips in India either on a group tour or a solo adventure as you discover the backwaters of Kerala, the peaceful lake life in Srinigar or maybe even a cruise along the Ganges or Brahmaputra. As you can see if Cruising the waterways of Europe is dominated by a small number of Cruise lines, Wendy Wu Tours has access to the best range of cruising options throught the Asian Region.
If river cruising though does not sound like the right choice at the moment, or you have a family with you that doesn’t necessarily enjoy sightseeing then the option remains to check-aboard with todays other Exhibitor – Carnival Cruises!
While the name is now becoming familiar to Australian travellers with the new Carnival Legend arriving in 2015 and the Carnival Spirit a few years earlier, the Carnival Cruise Line has been around for some time and firmly established their place within the worlds cruise industry.
From Austrlian waters you will find cruises on Carnival that will take you out to discover Tasmania, New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Singapore, Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand. Internationally they have cruises that cover the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Mexico, Bermuda, Panama, Alaska, Canada and New England, Hawaii and Europe. A list of fantastic destinations though is not the only draw card that Carnival have up their sleeve.
Carnival Ships are often referred to as “Funships”and for good reason. Built as the ultimate floating resort they have giant slides, rock climbing, golfing, swimming and more to keep the kids and healthier adults active. There are kid clubs with special themes and shows, regular trivia and other events daily for the adults, and the nights are filled with dances, parties and shows. You can catch a movie at their in-house theatre, or for the adults you can retreat to an adults only R&R area to avoid the swarms of kids and families. With a range of dining options from burger joints to fine dining, from seafood to a kids breakfast with Dr Seuss there is something for everyone to enjoy whilst aboard one of Carnivals Funships.
So If exploring Asia on a river Cruise or taking the family out of a floating resort sounds like the way to spend your next Vacation then why not come down and speak with the experts from Wendy Wu Tours and Carnival Cruises at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm!
The name may summon up images of long-ships and harsh weather, but the truth is that the cruise line known as Viking Cruises is a touch of elegance and decadence within a price range for most travellers, and we are proud to have them joining us as an exhibitor at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March 2015 at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans club from 5pm.
For a number of years Viking have been for many a more affordable way of Cruising the rivers of Europe like the Danube, the Rhine, the Rhone and the Volga. Like many of their luxury counterparts they have well appointed vessels, full meal service, daily touring – they just cut back on some of the unnecessary luxuries like unlimited alcohol, or personal butlers. Today Viking continue to offer the same fantastic service at reasonable prices and have extended their cruise range beyond Europe to Asia where their vessels now ply the Mekong, the Yangtze and the Irrawaddy.
One of the reasons that river cruising is so popular is that as a form of touring it is the perfect way to relax, while being able to get about and see a lot of different sites, not have to worry about meals, and enjoy being able to unpack once and not need to worry over the repacking for bus trips every night or two.
Viking Cruises have been doing this on the rivers of the world for some time but in 2015 took the entire concept one step further and introduced their own Ocean Cruise Vessels and Cruising range – ocean cruises that in many way mirror river cruises. They take you from one incredible destination to the next (such as Stockholm to St Petersburg), they include all your meals, they include not only all your touring but onboard talks and lectures by the experts in the sights and places you can see and the history surrounding them, plus like a river cruise you unpack once and enjoy the journey!
Viking Ocean Cruises have a number of fantastic sailings around the Baltic, North Atlantic and Mediterranean regions of Europe that will leave you desiring more. From short week-long cruises to their epic 50 day Istanbul to Stockholm Sailing they have something for everyone.
So does a Viking Cruise sound like something to get the blood pumping and the gears going? Come down and speak with the experts from Viking Cruises at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm!
For those receiving these by e-mail, or via Facebook please bear with us as you will undoubtedly receive a number of these Exhibitor Introductions over the next few days as we ramp up to our Cruise Expo which is only a week away! So this is our last chance to tell you about those that are coming , what they offer and to give you a preview of the experts you will have access to on the 17th March including today’s Exhibitor .. Star Cruises!
For those of us here in Australia, Star Cruises is not a name we see every day .. we do see it when the ships occasionally come down into our waters for varying reasons, or when some huge special appears but for the most part it is a cruise line that doesn’t get a lot of attention locally here – but it should!
Star Cruises has a fantastic array of sailings, with its major ports of call through Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and China. For a family looking to give their kids a first glimpse of a different culture their cruises are a fantastic way to do so.
Outside of their fantastic destinations the onboard facilities – from gaming rooms, to bars and casinos, from health spas to restaurants are plenty to keep you occupied whilst at sea. The onboard entertainment is always remarkable and the kids club is sure to amuse the younger travellers.
So if a taste of Asia for the family sounds like something you want to consider then come down and speak with the experts at Star Cruises at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!
While this exhibitor may be known for its ability to organise trips for individuals with day tours, hotels, transfers and short tours throughout Europe and the Middle East, Tempo Holidays has a fantastic array of Cruising options available and we are proud to say they will be attending My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm til 8pm.
One of the fantastic destinations Tempo has on offer is cruising along the Nile with a range of vessels where you can hop on and do the 4 day Luxor-Aswan Cruise (or visa versa) or spend an extended 8 days cruising in both directions. They also have a range of Lake Nasser Cruises operating between the incredible Abu Simbel and Aswan.
Tempo also has a range of European Cruises starting with River Cruising aboard the incredible Amadeus Ships – a veritable 5 star floating hotel. They also offer an array of voyages around the Greek Islands and Turkish Coastlines by Cruise, Gulet and event Island Hopper passes where you travel by Ferry and sleep overnight in hotels. They offer a wide range of cruises in the Mediterranean with regular trips around Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, France and Egypt.
On a different track Tempo also have a stunning range of tours that take in some of the worlds most unique natural locations with a range of 4 to 8 day cruises that will take in the Galapagos Islands where one can experience a truly unique landscape and set of flora and fauna. They also offer Amazon River Cruises with departures in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
They also have access to some of the most incredible voyages around the Patagonia and Cape Horn with visits to Punta Arenas, Ushuia and more with a range of fantastic expedition vessels including the always popular Steller Australis.
So if cruising with a bit more freedom to choose what you want to do around it sounds like the way to go, then why not come and speak with the experts from Tempo Holidays and My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club from 5pm!
Today I would like to take a few minutes to introduce one of our Luxury and Mid-Range Experts that will be Exhibiting at our Upcoming Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Club. I am talking about a touring company who have become a well recognised brand in Australia over the course of three generations – APT, and their sister company Travelmarvel.
APT first appeared on the Australian market in the 1920’s and spent decades evolving into the company that it is today. Today they run tours and cruises across the globes, with programmes and packages to suit all sorts of travellers from Rail Aficionados to 4wd Adventurers, from Wilderness Lodges to Botanical Tours, from Touring to Cruising – and cruising is what we are going to talk about today!
APT have a fantastic arrange of cruising options – their most popular, both with the 5 star APT product and the cheaper Travelmarvel alternatives, are river cruises. Between vessels of their own and charted vessels APT can help you set sail on the Danube, the Rhine, the Rhone, the Seine, the Duoro, the Chobe, the Amazon, the Mississippi, the Irrawaddy, the Mekong and the Yangtze.
APT specialises is providing fantastic river cruises, incredible day tours, culinary delights and the ability to unpack once, sit back and enjoy yourself as your floating hotel literally drifts from location to location.
APT also has an incredible array of small ship cruises to take the traveller to the world’s most adventurous destinations and offer some of the most personalised service in exploration whilst ensuring comfort at every turn. Their small ship cruises operate through the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords, the Japanese Isles, the South East Asian Coast and beyond – a small ship cruise with APT guarantees a unique experience you are not likely to forget. With partners like Holland America Lines and Princess Cruises APT also offers a fantastic selection of Inside Passage journeys.
So if a luxury cruise where they really do look after you sounds like the way to spend a few weeks why not speak to the Experts from APT at at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!
One of the Cruise Lines that many people seem to know the name of for Cruises in and around Australia, as well as for the Inside passage is Princess Cruises – though their sailings cover more than those areas! We are excited to announce that Princess Cruises will be one of the Exhibitors that will be at My Travel Expo on the 17th March 2016 at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Sports Club from 5pm.
Princess Cruises offer a fantastic array of voyages from Australia to New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, around Australia up into South East Asia and beyond. They have regular cruises operating in Alaska and Canada journeying up the Inside passage, they have ships stationed in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and throughout the world at any given moment. Princess Cruises also annually offer the traveller an opportunity to Cruise The World – leaving and departing from Sydney on a voyage of over a hundred days.
While Princess Cruises run smaller ships than the mega-liners that are starting to come to Australia, the level of indulgence, facilities and on-board activities rival them making room for a more intimate and less crowded cruising option, and while children are welcomed aboard and have a fantastic kids club available, Princess do limit the number of children on each sailing making it the perfect cruise for the elderly couple, young honeymooners or those seeking a break away from their families. Princess Cruises combines casual elegance with day to day comfort in an appealing blend that will have you appreciating the small things that make your cruise more enjoyable.
Which in a way is what Princess Cruises is all about, a great voyage, fantastic sights and an experience to remember. Whether it is dining on a recipe developed by their celebrity chef Curtis Stone, or relaxing to a hot rock massage in their Spa Facilities, or simply enjoying the pool-deck and a cool drink, with Princess the Voyage is as important as the destination.
Princess Cruises also regularly work in tandem with tour suppliers like APT, Scenic and AAT Kings so that you can combine a Princess Cruise with incredible land tours. Combining Top end and Queensland Cruises with the Red Centre and Ghan Tour Programmes, or combining Inside Passage Cruises with Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys.
Princess Cruises are an incredible way to discover destinations, or voyage between them in style, comfort and good company!
So if an experience with Princess Cruises sounds like something to consider then why not come and see the Expert from Princess Cruises at at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!