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.
Sydney to Brisbane by heritage rail and return by sea
Low solo supplement
Media Release, 14 May 2019
A unique, six-day rail and sea adventure just launched for this September will see slow travel lovers enjoy a three-day, heritage train trip from Sydney to Brisbane and a return journey aboard a cruise ship.
Released and hosted by Cruise Express, the new ‘Border Loop’ rail and sail tour will tap into increasing demand for nostalgic, long-distance travel aboard historic trains.
Ideal as a spring short break, the ‘Loop’ begins on 12 September 2019, when the restored, privately chartered rail motor 621/721 leaves Sydney for a leisurely, three-day journey north to Brisbane. Built in 1962 to serve the Hunter region of NSW, the rail motor offers windows that open for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside.
The train will stop at the Rail Motor Society yard at Paterson in the Hunter Valley where there will be time to view the other rail motors in the collection. Overnight hotel accommodation and dinner are included in both Port Macquarie and Grafton en route to Brisbane, with the final day seeing the train travel through the Border Ranges and the Border Loop, where the line spirals up around a mountain and back over itself into Queensland.
After a half day and night in Brisbane, guests will board the 19-deck Majestic Princess for a two-night cruise back south to Sydney. There’s time to enjoy the ship’s 13 dining venues, four pools, six jacuzzis, spectacular stage shows, open decks and a glass-bottomed walkway extending over the edge of the ship before passengers arrive back in Sydney
Including 13 meals, the five-night ‘Border Loop’ cruise tour from Sydney is available from $1,790 per person, twin-share, and just $2,290 for solo travellers.
Complimentary cabin upgrade with Silversea Cruises, saving up to $2000 per couple – Book by June 2019
Media Release, 7 May 2019
A complimentary cabin upgrade valued at up to $2000 per couple is available for a new luxury, escorted cruise tour in 2020 designed to showcase ancient lands from Turkey and Greece to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Hosted by Cruise Express, the exclusive, 35-night ‘Voyage of Antiquities’ holiday also includes a dawn landing on the shores of Gallipoli for a special commemoration service and a spectacular hot air balloon ride in Turkey over the whimsical, other-worldly landscape of Cappadocia, where churches and houses are hewn from rock.
Departing Australia on October 18, 2020, the tour begins with a 17-night exploration overland through Turkey and Greece.
The itinerary takes in the elaborate mosques and buzzing bazaars of Istanbul, the legends of Troy and its Trojan Horse and the ethereal ruins of temples built millennia ago. On October 29, 2020, guests will land at dawn by boat on the storied sands of Anzac Cove at Gallipoli for a special commemoration service at Lone Pine hosted by Cruise Express. In Greece, more stunning sights await including the monasteries clinging to the cliffs of Meteroa, the ancient, outdoor theatres of Delphi and the mighty Acropolis standing guard over Athens.
The tour then takes to sea for a 16-night cruise from Athens to Dubai aboard the luxurious ship, Silver Spirit, which offers every guest a butler in an ocean-view suite as well as complimentary, premium wines and spirits all day long. From ports in Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Oman, guests can visit iconic places like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings and the ancient ‘Rose City’ of Petra – one of the wonders of the ancient world – hidden in a narrow canyon and carved from pink, sandstone cliffs.
At the end of the cruise in Dubai, a farewell night is spent in the futuristic, skyscraper city of Dubai before the flight home to Australia.
Including return flights from Australia, the 35-night escorted ‘Voyages of Antiquities’ cruise tour is available from $14,990 per person, twin-share, in a Vista Suite, with a complimentary upgrade to a Panorama Suite – worth – $1000 per person – available for bookings made by June 7, 2019.Conditions apply.
Complimentary cabin upgrade – Book by 31 May 2019 Media Release, 1 May 2019
A complimentary cabin upgrade is on offer for a new circle-Japan cruise tour in 2020 timed to coincide with the spring-time spectacle of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms.
Hosted by Cruise Express, the 18-night ‘Blossoms of Japan’ itinerary is designed to immerse Australians in the country’s rich traditions and customs, with guests joining tea ceremonies, donning kimonos, learning to make sushi and watching a sumo wrestling display. Shinkansen Bullet Train rides, the neon-lit shopping frenzy of Ginza and iconic Mt Fuji are also featured in the exclusive, escorted cruise tour.
Departing Australia on 2 April 2020, the tour begins in Osaka with a nine-day overland tour of Japan that first heads to the ancient, cultural capital of Kyoto with its 1,600 ornate shrines and temples. Experiences in Kyoto include a traditional tea ceremony, the spectacular Arashiyama Bamboo Paths, the striking Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Giant Buddha Temple, Nara Deer Park and the majestic, lakeside temple of the Golden Pavilion, framed by fluffy cherry blossoms in spring.
A 320km/h Bullet Train then takes the group to Hiroshima, once destroyed in World War 2 but now a city devoted to peace. Another Bullet Train is taken to Hakone for a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway and a cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi, backdropped by Mt Fuji – Japan’s spiritual epicenter.
In Tokyo, the capital’s many shrines and temples are visited, with guests also joining a sushi-making class, watching sumo wrestlers tussle and joining the crowds at the busy, neon-lit shopping district of Ginza.
In Yokohama, guests then board Princess Cruises’ Japanese-built Diamond Princess for an eight-night, round-trip cruise circling the main island of Honshu. Boasting a large sushi bar and the largest Japanese bathhouse at sea, the 2670-passenger ship will call at five Japanese ports including the cherry blossom gardens of Niigata, the
ancient temples of Tsuruga, the preserved geisha houses of Kanazawa, the sacred mountains of Sakata and the city of Sakaiminato, famous for the 100 bronze statues of supernatural characters spread across the city centre. The cruise also visits the South Korean city of Busan known for its beaches and where drinking tea is treated as a form of calming meditation.
After disembarking back in Yokohama, a day tour will reveal the city’s cultural attractions before flying home.
Including return flights from Australia, the 18-night escorted ‘Blossoms of Japan’ cruise tour is available from $9990 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin, with a complimentary upgrade to an Obstructed Oceanview Cabin available for bookings made by 31 May 2019.Conditions apply.
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A new heritage train journey to the NSW Riverina this October will allow food and wine lovers to meet the farmers, wine-makers, chefs, gardeners, artisans and producers that make this region one of Australia’s leading culinary destinations.
Created and hosted by Cruise Express, the exclusive ‘Taste Riverina Food and Wine Adventure’ aims to showcase the Riverina’s fine wines and abundant produce and also the joys of slow travel aboard a privately chartered heritage train.
The unique getaway begins in Sydney on Friday, 11 October 2019, with the heritage rail motor, 621/721, taking guests on a leisurely and nostalgic journey to Griffith, with lunch in Junee and afternoon tea in Narrandera along the way.The rail motor, built in 1962, features windows that open, allowing passengers to freely connect with the changing scenery, including vast expanses of bright yellow canola fields in bloom. During the trip, guests can also visit the driver’s cab to see how the train operates.
After checking into three-nights’ accommodation in Griffith, guests will enjoy a two-day celebration of the Riverina’spassion for food and wine, underscored by the waves of Italian migrants to the area over the decades. Experiences will include:
* A visit to Randall Organic Rice Farm where the group will tour the tall, picturesque rice paddocks and enjoy lunch prepared by chefs from Hungry Fox Bistro and tastings of local produce
* A visit to Southern Cotton Gin to gain an exclusive insight into how cotton is processed
* A private, wine-paired dinner at the iconic McWilliams Winery, hosted by the chief winemaker
* A morning tea tour of the ornate gardens at Rosewood Park on Stokes
* Tastings with the wine-maker at De Bortoli Winery
* A tour of the orange orchard at Piccolo Farm, followed by a cooking demonstration and Italian lunch hosted by the Piccolo family
* A sumptuous dinner at Zecca Handmade Italian featuring authentic cuisine, local produce and wine
* An opportunity on the Saturday morning to join hundreds of local festival goers at a BBQ breakfast to create orange sculptures in the main street
The final day of the tour will see guests rejoin the heritage train for the day trip back to Sydney, with a stop at Temora to visit Koorambi Winez, for a barbecue in the vineyard, hosted by local growers, Mimosa Valley Lamb.A dinner stop will also be made in Goulburn before the gourmet tour ends mid-evening back in Sydney.
Including eight meals and daily sightseeing, the four-day ‘Taste Riverina Food and Wine Adventure’ is available from $1,990 per person, twin-share and only $2,190 for solo travellers.