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Earlybird offer and new ship for new Bravo performing arts music cruise to the South Pacific
First 100 bookings save 10 percent
Media Release 16 July 2019
A cruise ship new to Australia will be the highlight of the tenth, annual season of music cruises from Australia in 2020, with Cruise Express offering a 10 percent earlybird saving on the just-announced ‘Bravo Cruise of Performing Arts’ to the South Pacific next year.
Royal Caribbean International will base the 2500-passenger Serenade of the Seas in Australia for the first time from October 2020, and her second sailing from our shores will be a seven-night ‘Bravo’ performing arts cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia on 13 October 2020.
2020 marks the tenth anniversary of music cruises from Australia, with tens of thousands of Australians enjoying a variety of annual, week-long concerts at sea since 2010.
One of Australia’s top sellers of music cruises, Cruise Express, is offering a 10 per cent earlybird saving for the first 100 bookings made on the 2020 ‘Bravo’ cruise.
The seven-night ‘Bravo’ cruise departs from Sydney on 13 October 2020, and will feature more than 45 artists performing music from a variety of genres including opera, musical theatre, cabaret and jazz at seven venues aboard Serenade of the Seas. Artists include the iconic Australian musical theatre star and opera singer, Anthony Warlow, Ruthie Henshall, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Peter Coleman-Wright.
Christened by Hollywood star, Whoopi Goldberg, in 2001, Serenade of the Seas will take music lovers to Noumea and Isles of Pines.
The round-trip cruise from Sydney is available from $2492 per person, twin-share, which includes a 10 percent saving for the first 100 bookings.
The cruise will include artist signings, music workshops and dance lessons, with concerts day and night across the ship. Serenade of the Seas boasts three pools, a rock-climbing wall, nine-hole mini golf course, a cinema and sports court as well as 18 dining venues, bars and lounges.
Fares are subject to availability.
Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au
Cruise Express and UK based The Steam Dreams Rail Co announced today that they have signed a GSA agreement for Cruise Express to exclusively represent Steam Dreams in Australia and New Zealand from July 2019.
Apart from a long history of selling cruise holidays, Cruise Express, based in Australia, now also offers a range of rail and ‘rail & sail’ products. They will promote Steam Dreams‘ ‘Holidays by Steam’ packages and the company’s other international tours.
“This partnership has great synergy for us as we have developed a range of successful Australian heritage rail products over the past three years. Steam Dreams has a strong presence in the UK heritage rail market and we share similar values of customer service and care,” said Cruise Express Director, Clive Heath.
Initial product offerings to Cruise Express’ Australian and New Zealand clients will include tours to Ireland in 2019, around the UK in 2020, and New Zealand in 2021.
For further details or enquiries please contact Cruise Express on 1300 766 537.
Onboard Ponant’s new Le Laperouse
Book by 31 August 2019
Media Release, 27 June 2019
The raw beauty of the Kimberley can be experienced in refined luxury aboard a Ponant expedition cruise and to make this remote region even more accessible, Cruise Express is offering free flights and three nights’ complimentary accommodation for bookings on six 2020 sailings made by 31 August 2019. A complimentary wilderness adventure is also available on three of the cruises that visit the Kimberley town of Wyndham.
The six 10-night cruises from Broome to Darwin – or vice versa – depart between May and August, 2020, aboard Ponant’s sleek, 184-guest expedition ship, Le Laperouse. Launched last year and named after an 18th Century French explorer, the ship features a unique, underwater, multi-sensory lounge where whale-shaped windows, hydrophones and video cameras enable guests to experience life underwater without getting wet. Le Laperouse also boasts two restaurants, two lounges, a theatre, pool, spa sanctuary, gourmet cuisine, personalised service and intimate ambience.
Each of the cruises will be led by an expert expedition team headed by award winning photographer and adventurer, Mick Fogg, a veteran of over 125 Kimberley expeditions. He will be joined by a group of 10 experienced geologists, historians, cultural experts, marine biologists, naturalists and conservationists.
Twice the size of Victoria, the ancient and pristine Kimberley wilderness encompasses magnificent waterfalls, remote coves, indigenous rock art, abundant wildlife and majestic coastal cliffs that glow red at sunset.
Cruise highlights include majestic King George Falls, Montgomery Reef, mangrove crocodile habitats and 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.
The expedition will include multiple, guided excursions on Zodiacs and informative lectures onboard, and to help toast the magnificent scenery, drinks will be complimentary, including your own stateroom mini bar.
Cruise Express has released special 14-day packages that, if booked by August 31, 2019, include the 10-night cruise from Broome or Darwin, a free night’s accommodation in Broome, two free nights in Darwin and complimentary, return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth. Sailings from Darwin to Broome also include one of three wilderness experiences from Wyndham including a flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle Ranges and a day exploring the rugged gorges and swimming holes of El Questro Station, where the film ‘Australia’ was filmed in 2008 with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
The package is available from $13,099 per person, twin-share. Click here for more information.
Aboard Australia’s newest expedition ship, Coral Adventurer
No solo supplement – Book by August 31, 2019
Media Release 14 June 2019
Australia’s newest expedition ship, Coral Adventurer, will take modern-day explorers on a rare, cultural immersion voyage this October to remote destinations in Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands just north of Australia.
A new, all-inclusive, 24-night ‘Customs and Craftsmen Expedition’ package has been released by Cruise Express for the inaugural itinerary, with solo travellers able to join the special voyage without a single supplement if booked by August 31, subject to availability.
Purpose-made for expedition cruising from Australia, the 120-passenger, state-of-the-art Coral Adventurer was launched in April this year for Coral Expeditions and offers a wrap-around Promenade Deck, an open guest lounge on the bridge, restaurant, lounge, deck bar, gym and hi-tech tenders and Zodiacs to take guests ashore.
Coral Expeditions’ first-ever art and culture expedition begins in Darwin on October 7, 2019, where Cruise Express has included a night’s stay before guests board Coral Adventurer for a 22-night journey to Cairns via rarely visited destinations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Visiting far-flung islands and villages, the unique itinerary aims to help guests interact with local craftsmen and artists, with villagers also performing colourful dances for passengers. New Guinea tribal art expert, Richard Aldridge, will also join the cruise as an art guide and lecturer.
The itinerary includes visits to 18 pristine destinations in Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands – places unfamiliar to most Australians but rich in exotic culture and abundant coral reefs. Adventures ashore include a high tea at the Sultan’s Palace in Ternate overlooking the islands of the Molucca Sea and a traditional dinner under the stars at Fort Belgica in Banda while guests can also help search for giant whale sharks a Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua.
The voyage ends in Cairns with Cruise Express including a night’s stay before the flight home.
Including flights from and back to Sydney and beverages with lunch and dinner onboard, the 24-night package is available from $20,269 per person, twin-share. Fares from other Australian cities are also available. Solo travellers can join the voyage without paying a single supplement for the cruise – subject to availability – with solo fares from $20,540.
Special offer – free onboard beverages in Balcony stateroom or above
Media Release, 28 May 2019
Ship and train lovers will all be happy on an exclusive, new, rail and sail cruise tour to New Zealand this October.
Cruise Express has released the fully hosted ‘New Zealand Rail and Sail’ itinerary, offering complimentary, onboard drinks for bookings made in Balcony staterooms or above. The offer is available until sold out.
The 16-night package features a 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice from Sydney to Auckland and a four-night North Island tour including a two-day ride aboard a historic train between Auckland and Wellington.
Sailing from Sydney on 27 October 2019, the cruise will visit Hobart, Fjordland, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Tauranga and the Bay of Islands before the cruise ends in Auckland.
A four-night land tour follows including a night in Auckland and a two-day trip to Wellington aboard the historic, privately chartered RM31 railcar, ‘Tokomaru’. Built in 1938 and named after a Maori canoe, the railmotor was used for North Island passenger rail services for more than 30 years until the early 1970s and still retains her traditional, art deco charm.
Half-way through the journey, guests will stay at the grand, 90-year-old Chateau Tongariro hotel on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. The tour ends with two nights in Wellington with a lunch visit to the wineries of the famous Martinborough wine region – famous for pinot noir.
Including a flight home to Australia, the 16-night New Zealand Rail and Sail cruise tour is available from $4,790 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin. In Balcony Cabins and above (from $5,690 per person twin-share), passengers will receive a bonus Classic Beverage Package for drinks onboard Celebrity Solstice. The offer is available until sold out.
The cruise tour will be hosted by a Cruise Express Tour Manager.
For more information on this tour click here.
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