Monday, 22 June 2009

Crafts at scarf festival


By John Crook 

The Bahamas' call

Pristine white sand at some of the best beaches in the world and now there's a great Caribbean accommodation package which includes a dinner cruise and a city/country tour.  Prices start from $1930 per person twin share and includes seven nights at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.  Heaps of optional water sports. The package is available for sale until November 30 2009 and for travel January 29 2010 to April 8 2010.  Check it out by calling 1800 044 066.  Prices may vary and are subject to availability.  International airfares are not included. 

So does China await

There are savings of up to $2000 per couple on a selection of Viking river cruises in China, - that is if you book and pay by July 31.   There are three cruises that sail the Yangtze River with more than 30 departures from which to choose.  Now priced from $2569 per person travelling in July or August and that includes five nights 5-star hotel accommodation, an 11-day cruise in a balcony cabin, all meals, comprehensive sightseeing and return airport transfers.  Best to check conditions and availabilities by visiting or telephone 1300 363 554. 

Crafts at scarf festival

Craft and scarf enthusiasts will make for the National Wool Museum in Geelong through until July 19 2009. This is one of the biggest craft events scheduled for the year.  Obviously amongst the awards will be one to celebrate the 1509th anniversary of the Geelong Football Club. The National Wool Museum, along with some of the scarves are pictured.    For more information email  

Avalon awaits

Aussie travellers can make savings of up to $500 per person on selected European river cruises next year. Pay a deposit before the end of August and pay the remainder three months before the departure.   
I am impressed with the deal from Avalon on any of the 26 Magnificent Europe cruises sailing along the legendary Rhine and Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest  from April 25 until October 17, 2010 by booking before August 31 2009.   Cruise fares include all meals on board, complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner,- and gratuities.  Conditions apply.   Take a look at  

Save on Kenya experience

Savings of between $700 and $1100 apply to an eight-day safari now costing $2995 and a 14-day package now priced at $5450 with departures between July 5 and October 25 2009.  Air travel is not included.  The tours include wildlife viewing, game walks, all accommodation, a professional guide and most meals.   A key feature is that the safaris are available for two to seven people travelling in a specially-designed safari vehicle.   Contact Bench International on 1800 221 451. 

Don't go hungry

You certainly will not go hungry on a South Pacific cruise which takes in New Caledonia. Fiji and Vanuatu.  It is a 13-night cruise aboard Dawn Princess and if booking through there's a bonus of up to $150 per cabin in onboard spending credits with selected cabin categories.  Prices for this 13-night cruise start fro ma low $2199  per person twin-share.  Dawn Princess offers –anytime dining with dishes created by some of the top chefs at sea. Check out all the facts by visiting 

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.    Need a holiday ?  We're archived on