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10 December 2019 – Seven nights overland, six at sea
One of the world’s most spectacular voyages, rail journeys and celestial light shows are among the highlights of a winter cruise tour to Norway in 2020.
Cruise Express’ exclusive, 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ tour features a Hurtigruten voyage along the wild, fjord-studded Norwegian coast, billed as one of the world’s most beautiful sea journeys. The picturesque Flam Railway train ride is another highpoint while the ‘star’ of the itinerary is the chance each night to witness Norway’s famous Northern Lights – the Aurora Borealis – which swirl across the skies.
The journey begins on January 25, 2020, with a flight from Australia to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay including a welcome dinner on Australia Day. After a tour showcasing Oslo’s Viking heritage, guests board a train bound for Norway’s famed fjord country, with overnight stays in Voss and Bergen. The pictureque Flam Railway train will take passengers through a winter wonderland of snow-capped peaks, iced waterfalls, wild rivers and brooding pine forests. A half-day cruise through two spectacular fjords – Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – is also included along with a walking tour along Bergen’s colourful waterfront.
Guests then board Hurtigruten’s coastal ship, ms Kong Harald, for a six-night voyage north from Bergen and across the Arctic Circle. Named after the king of Norway, the ship serves as a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns along the coast. From the decks of the ship, passengers can take in huge glaciers, snow-clad mountains and picture-postcard villages clinging to the coast.
After rounding North Cape, the voyage ends in the remote town of Kirkenes near the Russian border where guests will stay in a hotel made of snow, see reindeer, join a husky sled ride and scour the heavens for the Northern Lights. The tour ends with a flight back to Oslo for a night before flying back to Australia.
Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, the 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ package is available from $8590 per person, twin-share, or from $10,490 for solo travellers.
Media Release – October 30, 2018
Explore two of the hottest destinations right now in 2020
Save $1,000 per couple or $500 for solo travellers – seven nights on land, six at sea
Norway and Iceland, two of the most popular destinations for Australians right now, are showcased in a new 2020 winter cruise tour combination package released by Cruise Express.
The 23-night combo tour, which includes 15 nights on land and six at sea, features Norway’s spectacular Northern Lights, a husky sleigh ride, a hotel made of ice, stunning fjords and snow-shrouded villages as well as the volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers and whales that have made Iceland a leading destination for nature lovers.
The journey begins with the 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ cruise tour which will see Australians fly on 25 January 2020, to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay and tour showcasing the city’s Viking heritage. Guests depart Oslo by train to the renowned fjord country for overnight stays in Voss and Bergen. A tour highlight is a journey on the panoramic Flam Railway – one of the world’s steepest and most picturesque train rides. Rising over 860m, the track traverses a winter wonderland of snowy peaks, icy waterfalls, mighty rivers and whispering pine forests. In contrast, a breathtaking cruise through two spectacular fjords –Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – provides a perspective of this stunning region from sea level.
The tour includes a guided walking tour along the colourful harbourfront of Bergen from where the itinerary moves to sea for a six-night voyage aboard Hurtigruten’s 690-passenger ship, ms Kong Harald. Named after the king of Norway, the ship serves as a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns along the coast. Magnificent fjords, mighty glaciers and snow-clad mountains are just some of the picture-postcard spectacles on show during the voyage. Quaint towns like Trondheim and Alesund offer a chance to experience a different way of life high above the Arctic Circle.
After rounding the most northerly point in Europe, the North Cape, the voyage ends in the remote town of Kirkenes where guest can stay in accommodation made of snow, see reindeer, join a thrilling husky sled ride and scour the dark, night skies for the swirling colours of the Northern Lights. The Norway tour ends with a flight back to Oslo for a night before flying back to Australia.
Guests can add on Cruise Express’ eight-night adventure holiday in Iceland which includes return flights from Oslo to Reykjavik, accommodation and extensive touring taking in Iceland’s dramatic landscape of geysers, lava fields, fjords, thundering waterfalls and abundance of humpback and minke whales.
Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, the 23-night Norway and Iceland combo package is available from $11,980 per person, twin-share, or from $14,780 for solo travellers, including a $500 per person saving if booked by 30 November 2018.
The 15-night Norway cruise tour is also available separately from $7,990 per person, twin-share, or from $9,990 for solo travellers, if booked by 30 November 2018.
Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-list/northen-lights-of-norway/
Media Release – October 22, 2018
Unique new heritage rail and sail tour from Melbourne to Sydney and back
featuring the famous Spirit of Progress
Travellers who value the journey as much as the destination can join a new cruise and heritage rail tour from Melbourne to Sydney and back featuring Australia’s famous, former express train, the Spirit of Progress, and also the 621/721 rail motor.
Ideal for rail and cruise lovers, this unique, six-day ‘Capitol Limited’ tour in April 2019, will see guests travel aboard the two restored trains from Melbourne to Sydney and return by cruise ship.
Hosted by Cruise Express, the short break begins in Melbourne on 5 April 2019, with a relaxing, three-night cruise to Sydney aboard Princess Cruises’ 17-deck Golden Princess. The 2,600-passenger ship boasts nine restaurants and cafes, four pools, nine jacuzzis, a 750-seat theatre and a lounge and nightclub suspended spectacularly above the stern of the ship. Golden Princess also offers Broadway-style stage shows, poolside movies, a huge spa sanctuary and wrap-around Promenade Deck that allows passengers to walk to the tip of the bow.
In Sydney, guests will spend a night at Sydney’s historic, art deco-styled Grace Hotel that dates back to 1930 when it was the headquarters for the department store chain, Grace Brothers.
It’s then all aboard the heritage rail motor, 621/721, for a leisurely and nostalgic journey from Sydney to Albury, with lunch and dinner stops along the way. The rail motor, built in 1962, features windows that open, allowing you to take in the everchanging scenery. During the trip, guests can visit the driver’s cab to see how the train operates.
After a night in the new-look and uber-modern Atura Hotel in Albury, passengers will ride the iconic Spirit of Progress train for the final leg back to Melbourne. The former express train served the Melbourne-Sydney route from 1937 to 1986. Heritage locomotives will haul the original carriages including the compartment, kiosk and parlor cars, with morning tea served onboard.
Exclusive to Cruise Express, the five-night Capitol Limited tour from Melbourne is available from $2,190 per person, twin-share.
Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au
Direct link to package: www.cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-list/capitol-limited
Media Release – October 4, 2019
Early bird savings of up to $7,340 per couple on luxury Kimberley expeditions
plus bonus flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungles
See the natural wonder of Australia’s Kimberley region with Cruise Express on one of six luxury Kimberley cruises in 2020, with a free, scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle Ranges available on three of the voyages.
Cruise Express is offering earlybird savings of up to $7,340 per couple if booked by November 30, 2018. The six 10-night sailings are aboard Ponant’s five-star, French mega-yacht, Le Laperouse, one-way from Darwin to Broome or vice versa from May to August, 2020.
Twice the size of Victoria, the vast and pristine Kimberley wilderness boasts magnificent waterfalls, remote coves, indigenous rock art, abundant wildlife and majestic coastal cliffs that glow red at sunset. Expeditions offer the best way to experience the inaccessible areas of the Kimberley, with the 184-guest Le Laperouse taking guests to the majestic King George Falls, Mitchell Falls and Montgomery Reef. The itinerary also features the world-famous Horizontal Falls where seawater thunders horizontally at high tide through a narrow break in the cliffs, forming huge rapids – a phenomenon described by David Attenborough as one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.
Each cruise includes shore excursions and Zodiac expeditions ashore. Onboard drinks and a complimentary minibar are also included. A specialist expedition team, led by award-winning photographer and adventurer Mick Fogg, will be aboard Le Laperouse offering lectures on history, botany, marine biology and photography. The experts will also help guide shore trips during the cruise.
Additionally, Cruise Express is offering guests the choice of one bonus excursion on the three sailings from Darwin to Broome. Guests will be able to choose one of the following complimentary tours:
* A scenic flight over the East Kimberley including the striking, beehive-shaped Bungle Bungle Ranges
* A remarkable wildlife cruise along Ord River on the lookout for freshwater crocodiles
* A day exploring El Questro station including Emma Gorge and Zebedee Springs.
The luxurious Le Laperouse features two restaurants, two lounges, a theatre, pool, spa sanctuary, gourmet cuisine, personalised service and intimate ambience.
Each of the six 10-night sailings between Darwin and Broome from May to August 2020 are available from $9,990 per person, twin-share in a Deluxe Suite – a saving of $1,260 per person. A Prestige Suite is available from $10,990 per person, twin-share – a saving of $3,670 per person. The savings are for bookings made by November 30, 2018. The bonus excursion is only available on the Darwin to Broome expeditions.
The discounted fares are available until sold out and conditions apply. Connecting flights are additional.
Media Release – October 4, 2019
Save up to $1,500 on a unique, luxury cruise tracing the
75th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – December 2019
Special, all-inclusive journey with Ponant
In stark contrast to the tough conditions aboard the boats racing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, passengers aboard a special, luxury cruise will be able to accompany the 75th anniversary race in 2019 while enjoying champagne and fine, French cuisine.
Cruise Express has a special allocation of cabins on the seven-night Ponant cruise from Sydney to Hobart in December 2019, with savings of up to $1,500 per couple or solo passenger available for bookings made by November 30, 2018.
The unique opportunity to shadow the fleet begins with an early embarkation on Boxing Day, 2019, aboard Ponant’s new, five-star expedition ship, Le Laperouse. Launched in June 2018, this boutique, the 180-guest ship offers fine cuisine, complimentary beverages and Zodiac excursions, an infinity pool and a world-first, multi-sensory, underwater lounge with special windows offering views of life below the waves.
After watching the start of the 75th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from Sydney Harbour on December 26, 2019, passengers can relax as Le Laperouse takes them along the NSW South Coast to the beautiful and rarely visited destination of Flinders Island in the Bass Strait. Wineglass Bay in Tasmania is next on the itinerary where complimentary adventures ashore will be offered. Expert commentary aboard the ship will keep passengers updated on the race.
The chic, French-styled ship will dock for a three-night stay in Hobart on December 30 in time to see yachts crossing the finish line on the Derwent River. Passengers can also join in the festivities surrounding the race presentations on the waterfront and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Guests will disembark on 2 January 2020.
Including onboard beverages and Zodiac excursions, the cruise is priced from $5,490 per person, twin-share, which is a saving of $750 per person if booked by November 30, 2018, or until sold out. Fares for solo passengers start at $9,990, which represents a $1,500 saving if booked by the same date. Connecting flights are extra.
Click here to find out more: https://cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-list/sydney-hobart-yacht-race-2019/
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