Monday, 29 September 2008

Free air to join Antarctic cruise

Weekly travel briefs/tips w/c Mon Sept 29 2008


New era of cruise ships

Visit the glam ports of the Mediterranean and take in the wondrous sites Rome, Venice, Dubrovnik, Spain and Cannes, plus a few more in between. Cruise aboard the brand new Carnival Queen in any of the three departures from September 19 to November 6 2009. Priced from $1,249 per person twin share. That includes 12 nights aboard Carnival Dream or Carnival Liberty, meals, entertainment and activities whilst cruising. Taxes and fuel surcharges are additional. Airfares are not included. To book or for more details visit

Masters at the ready

More than 10,000 masters will gather on the Gold Coast for the over-30’s November 1 – 9 event. To access special accommodation deals take a look at when Mantra Broadbeach offers a special rate for bookings made before October 31, for travel right through December 24. Guests booking three nights in a one bedroom apartment pay from $210 per room per night and only pay for two nights. Telephone 13 15 17.

Man bowls a boon

The newly refurbished Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is just about the best place to spend a night or two. New bedding and beds are so stylish,.. even ‘man bowls’. So close to everything which is the Barossa. Rates from $169 per night for a studio room, are valid until January 31 2009. This is the most delightful way to be introduced to the glorious Barossa Valley. But, what are ‘man bowls’ ? Check that out when booking. Ring (08) 8524 0000, or visit

Canada is the new Europe

I was in Canada not so long ago and what a surprise, - Australians everywhere. They are attracted by the magnificence of the Rockies, the beauty of Butchart Gardens and the hospitality of Canadians. Add these highlights to the flavours if Christmas and it’s a real hoot. Depart Vancouver on December 18 and hit the Canadian slopes. Christmas Day in the Rocky Mountains, take a sleigh ride around beautiful Chateau Lake Louise.

This fully escorted tour is priced from $3,799 per person, twin share and that includes ten nights first class accommodation, all transport in a luxury coach, breakfasts daily, nine dinners, there lunches. Telephone 1300 799 783 or visit

Free air to join Antarctic cruise

The 100 passenger boutique ship Orion is home in the Antarctic during a 16 night expedition. Free return air and a night’s accommodation at Invercargill in New Zealand is offered o those who join this remarkable cruise. There are two cruises on offer from CruiseMart. A 20-night return package on January 12 2009 is priced from $22,905 per person twin share, or a 16-night December package from $18,325. All on board meals, entertainment and educational programs are included. Get all the details by calling 1300 305 920 or visit

Or cruise Tahiti

A boutique cruiser which carries just twelve couples in waters of the most romantic location in the world, offers you a six-night package including return air and taxes from Sydney. All transfers within Tahiti, two nights at the Radisson Plaza Tahiti in Papeete, four nights aboard Haumana, all meals and complimentary wines with lunches and dinners and also nightly entertainment. The Coral Sera’s package starts from $6119 per person twin share and is valid for travel until March 31 2009. Some seasonal block-outdates and surcharges may apply. Visit

A touch of Tassie

There’s a 14 nights Spring holiday on offer from TasVillas priced from $980 with a bonus offer included. Bonus specials feature a Bicheno penguin tour for two, a Cascade Brewery tour for two, a Port Arthur site entry for two (Bronze pass), a Tassie dining card, a Tamar River luncheon cruise for two and a National Parks pass. Mention the Hot Deals flyer to check whether you may be eligible for a Waverley Woollen Mills merino travel rug. The package is available through until December 23 2008. For enquiries make a free call to 1800 030 111. Visit

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability.

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