Category Archives: Experience

Exhibitor Intro: Windstar Cruises & Tauck

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Register Your Attendance Today!

 

 

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!

Register Your Attendance Today!

 

Discover Cruising @ My Cruise Expo

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When it comes to Cruising there is a world of possibilities out there! Dining Cruises on Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises. Antarctic Voyages in high style with Silverseas. Family Adventures around the Pacific Islands with P&O Cruises. Watching history drift by as you cruise the Mekong with Victoria Cruises. Sailing the coast of Thailand with Star Clippers.

When in comes to Cruising there is something out there for everyone! Which is why for the first time we are hosting a dedicated Cruise Expo. (Please note if the below Video does not appear please visit our blog to watch it live in this post!)

 

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The Largest Cruise Expo Expo on the South Coast!

Join us for an evening to learn about the best way to traverse the Oceans, Seas, Rivers and Canals of the World!

On the 17th March 2016, from 5pm til 8pm at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Sports Club, we will be hosting the largest Cruise Expo to hit the South Coast!

We have 17 Experts attending who will be able to talk about Pacific Island , New Zealand , Asian , African , Mediterranean , Baltic , Scandinavian , Trans-Atlantic , Trans-Pacific, Caribbean, Antarctic, and Round World Ocean Cruises.

Our visiting Experts can tell you about River Cruises including the Zambezi, the Nile, the Danube, the Rhine, the Rhone, the Moselle, the Seine, the Volga, the Mekong, the Yangtze, the Irrawaddy, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Colorado, the Mississippi, the Amazon and many more !

Our Expo will go beyond the standard Ocean and River Cruises and you will be able to learn about Small Ships, Exploratory Vessels, Yachts, Sailing Ships, Ocean Liners and Luxury Ships, Canal Boat Hire, Gulets, Yachts, Small Ships and Expedition Cruises

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We have 17 Cruise Experts coming down that will be able to speak with you about cruising and specials with Adventureworld, American Cruise Lines, APT Cruising, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Captain Cook 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, Scenic Tours, Sea Cloud Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clippers, Star Cruises, Swan Hellenic, The Cruise Team, Un-Cruise Adventures, Uniworld River Cruises, Variety Cruises, Viking River Cruises, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages To Antiquity, Wendy Wu Tours and more!

There will be exclusive specials, door prizes and give aways, including a prize for those that pre-register their attendance!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE TODAY!

Added Benefits Cruising With Princess

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If you have ever wanted to get away on a cruise then this is the day and age to do so, with more cruise lines coming and going from Sydney and other Australian Ports than any time in the past. With cruises to suit all manner of people Princess stands out as a cruise line for a more discerning market.

Up until the 29th February 2015  there is a fantastic sale aboard a select number of Princess Cruise voyages and Sailing that will (dependent on the trips duration, destination and category) give up additional inclusions beyond the normal for a Princess sailing including up to $600 on board credit, up to $500 of Shore Excursion Credit, and Specialty Dining Credit for two.

That is a fantastic amount of savings with Princess Cruises and well worth the investment of booking aboard their cruises which tend to to be aboard an incredible arrange of mid-size cruise ships that have something aboard for almost everyone!

So why not book aboard a Princess Cruise today and explore the world with added Extras!

If a cruise with Princess Cruises though does not appeal there are a slew of other specials available that are currently in process with lines like P&O, , Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean , Carnival and more.

Terms and conditions apply see in store for more details.
My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
(02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

 

Seeking Dubai ..

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In the last few decades Dubai has become more than a stopover port on the way to other European or Middle Eastern Destinations. Dubai and the surrounding UAE including Abu Dhabi has become a thriving tourist destination in its own right with an incredible mixture of modern marvels and ancient sights, a destination of culture, history, shopping, sports and recreation –  a destination for travellers of all ages.

Which brings me to the point of todays short post. Hot off the press of our classifieds section, we have notice that we are seeking a female traveller to join one of our members on a trip to Dubai in February 2016. Our young traveller is heading out from Sydney and looking to spend some time in some quality company (which we hope one of you can provide) while exploring the fascinating sights, sounds and tastes of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai in particular.

So if a trip to the gateway to the Middle East sounds of interest, then why not contact us today and see if you may be a suitable companion for our Dubai bound traveller.

 

My South America Expedition!

It is finally here! My South America Expedition!

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We have been talking for a while about the South America Tour that we want to do , and we have been tossing up what we should or should not include, and in the end we have settled on the best compromise we could come to. We discarded the areas that some people may or may not want to see and settled down to a solid 20 day itinerary that takes in the very Best of South America, covering the Capital City of Peru (Lima) then time in the Sacred Valley of Cusco and Machu Picchu, a visit to Lake Titicaca, time at the astounding Iguasu Falls (pictured above) a visit to Rio de Janiero, and time in Buenos Aires were we take a small ranch stay and visit a local Estancia to get a feel for life on the Pampas!

Book now to take full advantage of all our earlybird and early payment deals including a companion fly free special that when you look at two travellers means you will only end up paying AU$10,746 per person at the moment (if you book within the next 2 weeks we will even include our Film Night Discounts!). You can review the itinerary and basic details here!

Now while we have said we “Cut” the areas that many do not want to see this does not mean they are unable to be added to the trip.

There are an amazing array of pre and post tour options we can look to include on this South American Voyage. if you are looking at something to do Pre-Tour there are Galapagos and Amazon Cruises, Jungle Lodge Stays, the Devils Snout Railway in Ecuador which winds round the small hill villages and volcanoes,  there is Chiclayo and Trulijio the home of the Lord of Saipan – the King Tut of South America, or you can head into Southern Peru and visit Arequipa and the Nazca lines, just as a few examples.

Post tour there are just as many amazing extension options from a Cape Horn Cuise to a visit to Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, maybe visit the Colonial Mining town of Salta and the marshlands, or stay in a luxury desert encampment in the Atacama, take an opportunity to move up the Tigre River and spend a few days in the Uruguayan Capital of Montevideo, visit Santiago and the surrounding areas of Vina Del Mar and Valparasio, or take a break and experience the wonder of Easter Island.

So if you have ever wanted to journey to South America now is your change, book aboard our 2nd March 2017 departure and experience the best of South America in some Exceptional Company!

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For further details please contact My Travel Expert on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

My Travel Experiences – 2016

With most of our 2015 programmes filled, its time for us to let people know again what we are doing in 2016. We have a fantastic array of programmes which are available to all travellers, and if you are a single traveller as always we can look at matching you up! In any event here are our fantastic Group departures for 2016, all of which will run with a minimum of 2 travellers, and which will be fully escorted with a minimum of 10 – for any questions, queries or to book aboard do not hesitate to Contact My Travel Expert

IMG_2897In January 2016 we have an incredible tour headed to Egypt – put together by our Middle East expert who has been handling groups into Egypt and the surrounding region for over 15 years, and knows all the little unique things that truly make a voyage here come together. Departing 6th January 2016, and covering Cairo (including the Giza Plateau), Alexandria (including El Alamein), the Nile (including Luxor, Aswan, Kom Ombo and Edfu) and Abu Simbel over a 14 day period. This tour is currently available at AU$6031 per person including airfares- call us now to Book aboard My Egypt Experience.

singapore2_1In February 2016 we are running one of our “Introduction” tours to Singapore. These programmes are fantastic for the first time traveller or those that are looking to combine some free time with some scheduled services.  Departing on the 6th  February 2016 this 9 Day programme combines a perfect balance of visiting the highlights of Singapore, with free time available to getting out and seeing your own highlights, whether they be the shopping malls, the ww2 memorials or otherwise. This tour is currently available at AU$2888 per person share twin including airfares – call us now to book aboard My Singapore Encounter

cn_image.size_.american-queen-river-cruise-boat-0812In May 2016 we are setting out for a truly unique trip as we encounter the “Sounds Of The South”, visiting the country Music Capital, then onto Memphis – home of legendary Rockstar Elvis, plus music legends like BB King, Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake. In Memphis the highlight of our trip starts as we board the American Queen and take a stately steamboat cruise down to New Orleans in traditional southern style, enjoying the robust history of the South and the sounds of Rhythm, Blues, Dixie and Soul. This tour starts in Atlanta on the 18th May 2016 and is available from AU$10095 per person twin share plus airfare – call us now to book aboard My Mississippi Experience.

photo (21)We voyage to the Dark Continent in June 2016, setting out on a tailored programme to capture the best of Kenya and Tanzania, visiting the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Ngorongoro, the Salt Lakes and more. Combining lodges with Hotels, Tented Camps and Farmstays this trip will be a truly unique way to visit Africa. Departong the 4th June 2016, this programme runs 10 Days Sydney to Sydney from AU$9630 per person share twin including airfares – to book aboard My African Experience call us today!

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Leaving Paris on the 21st of August we have a fantastic combination Cruise that will journey along the Rhine and Rhone Rivers, starting in Paris and travelling south to Switzerland, where we change ships and then cruise down to Nice. This progeamme covers an incredible array of historic, cultural, natural and culinary sights and is the perfect way for someone to explore Southern France. Available from AU$11095 per person share twin plus air we recommend that you call us today for more information on My Rhine and Rhone Experience

Hassan-Ii-Mosque-Casablanca-MoroccoThere are few countries out there with such an incredible blend of cultures and histories as can be found in Morocco. Departing on the 10th September 2016 we head out to visit the Imperial Cities of Morocco – Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, Erfound, Ouzzazarte, combined with a desert experience and a look at some of the counties most unique sights and locations. At 18 Days Sydney to Sydney this programme is available from AU$6010 per person share twin including air, to book aboard My Morrocan Experience please contact us.

Most people these days have heard of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and some have even been lucky enough to experience these cities. Few though have considered the country beyond these cities – which is exactly what this tour encompasses. Combining the two major cities this tour takes you out along the old Spice route, enjoying Al Ain, the Musandaum Mountains, Hatta and the Desert. Starting at AU$6875 per person share twin including air, this programme is a truly fantastic way to visit the United Arab Emirates and get a taste of more than just the Modern Metropoli. To book aboard or for more information on My UAE Encounter please contact us!

HUE-CITADELWhile not in 2016, our first set tour for 2017 will be a journey through Vietnam, ending up in Saigon over TET (Vietnamese New Year) when the streets are filled with flower displays and festivities, and will be followed by a voyage on the Mekong up to Cambodia ending in Siem Reap – the home of the ancient city of Angkor Wat.  Departing Hanoi on February 3rd, this programme is available from AU$6495 per person share twin plus air – for more details on My Vietnam and Mekong Experience please contact My Travel Expert!

Down the Mighty Mississippi!

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The presale and the wait is finally over! We have dates, and prices for our 2016 Mississippi Cruise Departure. We will be departing from Atlanta on the 18th May 2016, journeying to Nashville and Memphis where we then board our Mississippi Steamboat where we will all have (at the least) outside cabins, as we cruise down the mighty Mississippi to New Orleans.

From AU$11285 per person share twin (land only) for 14 Days Atlanta to New Orleans. Airfare options available from My Travel Expert.

For a preview of our tour you can take a look at our promo clip on youtube! , or read the daily itinerary here on our site. Please note we hold limited guaranteed spaces – so if you wanted to come now is the time to book aboard My Mississippi Encounter!

My Travel Expert
T : (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

 

 

 

 

Kangaroo Island Escape – Book Now!

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South Australia is one of Australia’s premier regions for fresh produce, good wine and fantastic scenery. Which is why we are visiting stopping there on our trip in October. A lot of people have asked though, what exactly is there to see and do on Kangaroo Island. Well Kangaroo Island is the size of Bali and a fantastic nature preserve , farming community and sightseeing attraction .. but rather than explaining it myself here is a short snippit from Kangaroo Island Tourism ..

(If you are seeing this by e-mail I encourage you to head up to our website where you can clearly see the above inserted youtube clip.)

As you can see Kangaroo Island is incredible, which is why we are combining it with Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and the Indian Pacific for our South Australian Escape.  Running from the 10th to the 17th October 2015 this tour will take us from Sydney to Sydney and experience some of the best of the south from only AU$2781 per person twin share.

Please look at the groups departures on our site for the itinerary or contact us for full details

Preview, Plan & Prepare …

For your upcoming 2015, 2016 and 2017 Voyages with
My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters!

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Join us on the 22nd April 2015 at the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club for a fantastic film night and Travel Exposé  as we cover destinations across the world. From South Australia and Kangaroo Island, to Tasmania and West Australia here within our own great country. From Kenya and Tanzania to Egypt and Morocco. From the Rhine and Rhone to the Mekong and the Mississippi. Discover fascinating cities from Singapore to Bangkok and Dubai. A plethora of travel destinations and more ..

With Guest Speakers from several companies including the Africa Safari Co, Evergreen Tours and Travelmarvel this is your perfect opportunity to get some in-depth information on some of the best  travel experiences out there!

Let Us Show You The World!

When: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm Start
Where: Shoalhaven Ex Servicemans Club, 157 Junction Street Nowra

RSVP: NOW!
My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
T: (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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