Media ReleasesUnforgettable holidays by Cruise Express
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/
Media Release – September 19, 2018
Includes exclusive shore tours and private wine events aboard Celebrity Solstice
Special offer – free onboard beverages in Balcony stateroom or above
Wine buffs or just lovers of a good drop can join an exclusive new wine-themed cruise to Tasmania and New Zealand in 2019.
Cruise Express has released the special ‘Voyage to the Vineyards’ packages offering complimentary, onboard drinks for bookings made in Balcony staterooms or above. The offer is available until sold out.
The 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice will be accompanied by wine experts from New Zealand and Australia who will host special gourmet food and wine events for Cruise Express passengers onboard the ship. Experts from Torbreck in the Barossa Valley and Escarpment Winery in Martinborough will conduct wine seminars and tastings during the cruise and guide Cruise Express guests through two, private, wine-pairing luncheons onboard.
The package includes four shore excursions that include a winery near Hobart, an albatross colony near Dunedin, the famous Marlborough wine region near Picton and the geysers, thermal pools and Maori culture of Rotorua. A cocktail reception hosted by Cruise Express and a behind-the-scenes tour of Celebrity Solstice’s 1800-bottle wine glass tower form part of the package.
Sailing from Sydney on October 27, 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 extension is available including a day trip to boutique wineries on Waiheke Island near Auckland, a night in Auckland and a two-day trip to Wellington on the historic, privately chartered RM31 railcar, ‘Tokomaru’, named after a Maori canoe. The add-on trip also includes a night with dinner at the grand, 90-year-old Chateau Tongariro hotel on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, two nights in Wellington with a local tour and a visit with lunch to the wineries of the famous Martinborough wine region.
Including a flight home to Australia, the 12-night Voyage to the Vineyards cruise is available from $3990 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin. In Balcony Cabins and above (from $4690 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 four-night extension tour to Wellington is available from $1990 per person, twin-share.
The wine cruise and overland tour will be hosted by a Cruise Express Tour Manager.
Click here for more information: https://cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-list/voyage-to-the-vineyards-2019/
Media Release – August 28, 2018
Cruise Express is offering a new, round-the-world fly/cruise holiday featuring voyages aboard all three Cunard liners.
The seamless 43-night package includes an Alaskan cruise aboard Queen Elizabeth during Cunard’s first season in Alaska in 22 years, followed by an iconic Atlantic crossing abaord the last purpose-built transatlantic liner, Queen Mary 2, and a voyage through northern Europe aboard the third Cunard liner, Queen Victoria – all interspersed with luxury hotel stays, private car transfers and connecting flights.
The 34-night journey aboard Cunard’s famed trio of regal Queens offers guests a sumptuous array of experiences including Cunard’s signature ballrooms, chandeliers, sweeping staircases, gourmet cuisine, afternoon teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service.
Commencing on June 18, 2019, the journey begins with a flight from Australia to Vancouver for a two-night stay before guests board Queen Elizabeth for a 13-night Alaskan voyage to the glaciers and frontier towns of Alaska, before sailing south to San Francisco. A flight to New York and a two-night stay in Manhattan follows, with Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, then taking travellers on the world’s most famous sea passage – the classic, seven-night voyage across the Atlantic from New York to Southampton, including leisurely sea days to promenade the teak decks and indulge in high teas on the high seas.
In Southampton, Queen Victoria awaits for a 14-night, round-trip Baltic cruise through northern Europe, taking in destinations in Russia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia and Sweden. A two-night stay back in London will allow guests regain their sea legs and decide which of the Cunad ‘royals’ was their favourite. A flight from London back to Australia ends the experience.
Including flights, the three cruises, accommodation and transfers, fares for the 43-night package are available from $14,990 per person, twin-share in an Inside Cabin.
Media Release – August 16, 2018
Starring the famous Bernina Express and Glacier Express trains in Switzerland
A new cruise tour launched by Cruise Express will take Australians on a luxury Mediterranean cruise and across the roof of Europe by train to the Swiss Alps and the world’s most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn, in June, 2019.
The exclusive, 20-night ‘Mediterranean to Matterhorn’ package includes a nine-night cruise from Barcelona to Venice and a seven-night overland tour by coach and rail to Zurich.
Departing Australia on June 16, 2019, the itinerary begins with two nights in Barcelona including a classic, Spanish tapas dinner and a visit to Antoni Gaudi’s mammoth, multi-spired basilica, which is still under construction after 136 years, with completion expected in 2026 – 100 years since the death of the famous architect.
Guests then board Celebrity Constellation for a nine-night cruise to Toulon on the French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa/Florence, Rome, Naples, the fjord-lined, medieval port of Kotor in Montenegro and Split on Croatia’s sun-drenched Dalmatian coast before disembarking in Venice.
The journey then heads inland by coach to Verona where guests will have tickets to a spectacular opera in a huge, open-air amphitheatre built in the first century. Two nights in the Italian Lakes district follow with a cruise on sparkling Lake Maggiore before guests board the renowned Bernina Express train – the highest railway journey in the Alps – for a spectacular ride over 196 bridges and through 55 tunnels from Tirano in Italy to the cosmopolitan ski resort of St Moritz.
After a night in St Moritz, the adventure continues aboard the world-famous Glacier Express train, also known as one of the world’s slowest ‘express’ trains, with the spectacular 7.5 hour journey to the car-free town of Zermatt averaging just 29km/h. The winding journey over the Swiss Alps, past glaciers and through verdant, cow-filled valleys, traverses 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, with lunch served along the way.
Two nights are spent in Zermatt at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, reportedly the world’s most photographed mountain. The itinerary includes an awe-inspiring ride up Europe’s highest cable car, reaching a breathtaking vista point of 3800m, or 1600m higher than Mt Kosciuszko. A night is also spent in Zurich before the flight home.
Including return flights from Australia, the 20-night Mediterranean to Matterhorn package is available from $10,990 per person, twin-share.
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