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My Travel Expo – Coming 22 September

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On the 22nd September 2016, at the Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club at Worrigee you can, from 4pm til 7pm visit My Travel Expo! For three hours we will have over 20 industry partners representing dozens of products available for you to meet and talk with about the possible trips you may like to take in the future. There will also be plenty of specials and deals available with the suppliers to take advantage of, and even booking stations available on the day.

This September we will have (to date) APT, Adventureworld, Insight Vacations, Sunlover Holidays, Trafalgar, Uniworld, AAT Kings, G-Adventures, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Qantas Holidays, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Globus, South America Tourism Office, Sundowners Overland, Peregrine Tours, Beyond Travel, Back-Roads Touring Co, The Africa Safari Co, Wendy Wu Tours, Princess Cruises, Covermore and all their associated products and programmes.

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Over the next month as we lead up to the Travel Expo we will have a number of quick exposés on the suppliers coming down. Some are here for the first time and having an idea of what they have on offer may be a good reason to come and speak with them in person – such as G Adventures or Beyond Travel. Some are regular Expo attendees and will have fantastic expo only specials – like APT & Scenic – that will make our letting you know what they have on offer a way to sort out what you may want to talk with them about during the Expo.

Finally, because we do in general have hundreds of people visit the Expo when they are on we have an option available for you to streamline your entry to the event, rather than queuing up and filling in forms as you enter the fastest way is to simply click on the below registration link, sign up , get an entry ticket and whisk through entry by simply having your name checked off a list.

Register Here For Quick Entry!

My Travel Expo. 4pm til 7pm, 22 September, at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club Worrigree.

Call (02) 4421 5577 for more information

Encounter Singapore – Limited Spaces Left!

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Spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Government of Singapore to transform Singapore from a “Garden City”to a “City in a Garden”. A Mixture of Classic Gardens, artificial Environment and Artistic Gardens the Gardens by the Bay are fast becoming one of the more incredible sights for travellers to see whilst visiting Singapore – with the Supertrees, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome being some of the more popular highlights.

The Gardens By The Bay is just one of the many highlights our special departure to Singapore this October will cover. Led by Leonie this tour will start by giving you a look at the modern highlights of Singapore, the mixture of Buddhist and Hindi traditions and a Visit to Little India. We retrace the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles and his influence on the island nation, ending a bust day with a Singapore Sling at the renowned Raffles Hotel. We explore the Conservation Parks that Singapore has become renowned for – Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, The Night Safari and the new River Safari. We also take time out to visit some of the cities thriving and bustling nightspots from Suntec City to Bugis Street, and enjoy all the cultural and commercial highlights of a night out in China Town. We also visit the Singapore Fly – the local take on London’s Eye – and the popular Alive Museum.

Its not all a rush though, and we combine in balance the time we spend sightseeing with the time we leave for you to do some self exploring – whether its enjoying retail therapy on Orchard Road, visiting the Heritage Walks of Fort Canning Park, taking a pilgrimage to Changi Chapel or enjoying the some time in the pool or at the spa.

Available from AU$2899 per person in share twin, this one off departure leaves from Sydney on the 12th of October and flies off to Singapore where you will be set up in a fantastic centrally located four star property for the trips duration before returning back home to Sydney where the programme ends on the 20th October.

So if you have a desire to really see Singapore rather than just transiting, or want to travel in some excellent company – then call us today for further details or to Reserve your Place aboard our Singapore Experience.

My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
Tel: (02) 4421 5577 Email: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

 

 

A Documentary Showing WHY Travel Insurance Is Important!

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Everyone who books through My Travel Expert and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters has heard us ask “Would you like us to help organise your Travel Insurance?”and would have heard the stories on why we – along with the Australian Government and the Travel Industry in General – truly believe that everyone should have travel insurance whenever they travel.

A little while ago, the statement “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel”started to become a standard in the Travel Industry here in Australia, and while a bit crass in its delivery its message is sound. Travel Insurance Policy – more importantly a comprehensive coverage, will be there when you need it should you lose your luggage, fall ill whilst cruising, damage a rental car or more! A small investment in a travel insurance policy at the start of your booking arrangements can help save you a lot in the long run should something go wrong.

One of the suppliers whom we are able to issue policies with, Cover-More, go beyond the standard service, not only providing travellers with a fantastic policy and world-wide assistance, but simcards for telephones and an amazing emergency assistance team.

When the earthquakes devastated Nepal, Cover-More pulled out all the stops and did what no-one else thought to do, and now, in a documentary highlighting those actions you can see for yourself why obtaining a travel insurance policy when travelling is so important.

Top let you know what the documentary is about here are a few words from Covermore ..

“It’s just over 12 months since the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal and just over 12 months since one of our proudest moments in Cover-More’s 30 year history.

Cover-More was the only travel insurance company in the world to send an assistance team and an aircraft into Kathmandu to bring customers home.

Now the observational documentary we made about the crisis and Cover-More’s response will be shown in prime time on Foxtel’s National Geographic Channel Shortly, in Australia and New Zealand.

Our Story will go to air at 6.30pm AEST on Monday 16 May 2016 and repeats will follow during the subsequent 7 days.

Our commitment to the safety and protection of our clients is stronger than ever – and the effort you witnessed with our response in Nepal is what we offer to our clients, every day from every single part of our business.”

Take A Quick Preview By Clicking Here!

So we would encourage you all to take a few moments and watch this documentary when it goes to air – screening times are as follows:

Monday 16 May 2016, 6.30pm
Thursday 19 May 2016, 11.30am
Sunday 22 May 2016, 8.30am
Friday 27 May 2016, 2.30pm
Saturday 28 May 2016, 7.30am

If you are planning to travel don’t forget to ask us about Travel Insurance, with Cover-More or the other providers we are able to sell. For information on Travel Insurance please feel free to contact us any time on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

 

Exhibitor Intro: Wendy Wu & Carnival Cruises

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Register Your Attendance Today!

 

Exhibitor Intro: Star Cruises

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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!

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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.

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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!

Register Your Attendance Today!

 

Exhibitor Intro: Tempo Holidays

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Exhibitor Intro: Princess Cruises

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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.

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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.

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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!

Register Your Attendance Today!

Exhibitor Intro: Captain Cook Cruises

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We have spoken a fair bit so far on a lot of the larger cruise lines, and river cruises and small ship cruises, but today I thought I would introduce to you a local company who specialises in a little different. Today I would like to let you know about one of our favourite local cruise companies who will be joining us at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans from 5pm.  Today I would like to talk about Captain Cook Cruises & Sealink.

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Captain Cook Cruises has a select but incredible array of cruising options to choose from – and those options don’t necessarily mean having to spend days away from home either.

The most accessible cruises Captain Cook Cruises have to offer for those living on the South Coast are day Cruises from Sydney Harbour, with regular sightseeing cruises, breakfast and high tea cruises, dinner cruises and sunset cruises operating almost daily. They also run regular themed night cruises for those wanting to get out and celebrate, as well as cruises operating to take advantage of some of Sydney premier events like the upcoming “Vivid Sydney”in May and June.

They also offer regular Ferry and Charter services around Sydney and for those that do love the long pacific island cruises, Captain Cook Cruises now have a ferry service on port days that will help get you to White Bay Cruise terminal and back from Circular Quay .. so just as handy and as a taxi from Central but much more scenic and a perfect way to start your cruise holiday.

Captain Cook Cruises also run the fantastic Murray Princess, a traditional paddlewheel steamer that operates in South Australia from Mannum that cruises the Murray River, travellinga s far as 360km as it takes you through areas filled with scenic highlights such as the towering sandstone cliffs at Big Bend, or historical and cultural sights such as the Ngaut Ngau Aboriginal Reserve. The Murray Princes is the perfect way to explore the scenery, wildlife, heritage and culture of Australia in a relaxing and comfortable environment.

With its home base so close to Adelaide it is also a great opportunity to hop aboard a Sealink Ferry and visit Kangaroo Island for a day or an extended tour. Sealink also run ferry and Tour Services in Queensland at Magnetic and Palm Islands and in the Northern Territory at Mandorah and Tiwi Islands, expanding the range of regional cruising in Australia that is on offer via Captain Cook Cruises and Sealink.

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Fiji is a popular destination for Austrailan Tourists, and many go there and spend a week or so at the coral coast, others will drop by Fiji on a Pacific Island Cruise, but few really get to see the smaller islands, local communities and hard to get to places like Captain Cook Cruises do.

Captain Cook Cruises run several 4, 4 and 7 day night programmes to the Yasawa Islands, and well as a 7 day Cruise programme to the more remote northern Islands and an incredible 11 day Lau and Kadavu programme that will take you to the smaller islands and communities of Fijis far east before bring you back to Nadi.

Captain Cook Cruises in Fiji offer the perfect chance to combine a tropical getaway filled with snorkelling and reef activities with a cultural and sightseeing programme that will have you seeing more of Fiji then you ever imagined. So if a day cruise in Sydney, a Murray River Experience, or a new way to see Fiji sounds interesting then why not come and see the Expert from Captain Cook Cruises at  at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!

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Exhibitor Intro: Scenic

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Whilst we were enjoying the thrill of our win the other week at the CLIA Awards, we were not the only ones that were enjoying the limelight.  One of the others honoured was Glen Moroney, the founder of Scenic – one of the Luxury Cruise and Tour companies we have exhibiting at My Cruise Expo on the 17th March 2016.

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Scenic started life in 1986 as an Australian Touring company and grew to include tours in New Zealand, South Africa and more, and in 2008 it launched its first all-inclusive European River Cruise. These days Scenic operate over 500 tours annually visiting up to 66 counties across the globe, and they are one of our most highly recommended partners for all-inclusive and luxury travel.

All Scenic tours are All-Inclusive, and will cover everything from your day to day touring, accommodation in Luxury Hotels and Cruises, all of your meals, all drinks whilst aboard their vessels, optional touring, butler services, and more.

Scenic operate Luxury River Cruises in Europe down the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Moselle, Seine, Volga and most recently to Duoro in Portugal. In Asia Scenic can take you cruising the Irrawaddy, the Yangtze and the Mekong, and in the Americas can take you down the Mississippi and the Mekong.

If you want to branch out a bit and encounter the oceans in combination with some touring Scenic also offers cruises that brave the wilds of the Galapagos Islands, the ice of the Inside Passage, the historical sights of the Black Sea or the clash of cultures in the Caribbean.

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Like any great company though Scenic is not content to rest on its laurels and has recently commissioned a brand new Luxury Expedition Ship that will explore all corners of earth oceans from the Mediterranean to the Antarctic.

The Scenic Eclipse, a luxury discovery Yacht will be decked out with suites, the finest dining, some of the most revolutionary engineering to provide as smooth a sailing as possible, combined with fantastic day tours and discovery expeditions to some of the most incredible ports and locations around the globe!

Coming in 2018 the Scenic Eclipse looks set to revolutionise the way we see and experience small ship and expedition cruising!

So if a luxury break with everything included sounds good, or you want to sign up on one of the inaugural Eclipse Cruises then  come and see the Expert at  at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!

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Exhibitor Intro: P&O Cruises

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Over this weekend just past we were the winner of the “Agency Promotion Of The Year” at the Annual CLIA Awards (Cruise Lines International Association), which for an agency like ours based in rural Australia is a huge win! Our thanks and our appreciation go out to our cruise Partner who made this possible – one of the Exhibitors at our upcoming Cruise Expo on the 17th of March – P&O Cruises!

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For many of those here in Australia, P&O is a well recognised name, and it should be! P&O is a cruise line founded in Britain, but which pioneered cruising from Australia with its first cruise (a Brisbane to Norfolk Island Return Trip for 1100 people) in 1932 selling out in a single day!  From these early pleasure cruises to the transport of migrants following World War II to the modern cruise age, P&O have been a presence in Australia for over 70 years!

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For Australian travellers, P&O has been the first cruise line of choice for many of those years, and while in the last few decades a lot of competition has arisen for cruising ex-Australian ports there are still a hot of reasons why P&O is still amongst the most popular.

Year Round! Of all the cruise lines operating out of Australian Water P&O offer the most cruises departing year round from their major cruise ports – so when a lot of other ships depart for different waters, this cruise line is still here serving the Australian Community

Varied Departures! P&O Cruises offer a fantastic array of cruises from Australia, short cruises from Capitals to varying areas, three day cruises to no-where, themed cruises, cruises along the Australian Coast, cruises up to Indonesia and South East Asia, cruises to New Zealand, cruises to the Pacific Island and most recently cruises to Papua New Guinea. The variety of destinations and durations leave a huge range of offers for all sorts of travellers from those looking for a weekend break to those looking for a longer voyage.

Good Value! Say what you will about any cruise line, P&O Cruises offers a Good Value cruise product that is within reach of most Australians, for relatively low prices you can get away from 3 to 35 odd days with all accommodation, meals and entertainment included. P&O Cruises also offer a range of well priced land tours on all their cruises, and for those that enjoy a drink or two have recently introduced “Drinks Packages”on their voyages of 7 days or longer.

Forward Looking! Most importantly, no matter the ships age or status, P&O is always refitting and updating their ships to keep up to date with the needs and desires of its travellers – much of which is accomplished through passenger feedback, such as the conversion from the standard Buffet to the new “Pantry”

P&O Cruises is a fantastic Cruise Line for the first time cruiser to get a taste of Cruising, or for a family looking for an affordable getaway, for honeymooners  looking for a holiday where they won’t need to worry about looking after anything. So if a good break ex-your favoured Australian Port and P&O sounds good, come and see the Expert at  at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!

Register Your Attendance Today!

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As you can see, even we enjoy what P&O Cruises has to offer!