Media ReleasesUnforgettable holidays by Cruise Express
Media Release – July 24, 2018
18-night fly, stay and cruise tour
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the rooms of Buckingham Palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, a luxury country manor and a hotel where Winston Churchill once drank are among the highlights of a new cruise tour from Cruise Express which circumnavigates the British Isles.
To mark the release of the 18-night ‘Crown and Country’ cruise tour, departing Australia on August 15, 2019, Cruise Express is offering a $300 discount per person, twin-share, if booked before August 31, 2018.
Hosted by Cruise Express, the tour begins with one nights’ accommodation in Tynley Hall, a Victorian-era mansion surrounded by lush parklands. Guests then board Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess, for a 12-night cruise circumnavigating the British Isles. Destinations during the cruise include Guernsey, Cork and Dublin in Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and the Scottish ports of Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh as well as a visit to the French port of Le Havre near Paris.
* A cruise on Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Great Britain.
* A tour of the Royal Family’s former Royal Yacht Britannia, moored near Edinburgh.
* The world-famous spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which features a 1000-strong cast of massed pipers, dancers and artists performing in a floodlit, outdoor arena at night in the grounds of historic Edinburgh Castle.
After disembarking in Southampton, England, guests will travel to nearby Sussex for a ride across the meadows on the Bluebell Railway steam train. A three-night stay at the historic Royal Horseguards Hotel in London follows. The hotel once encompassed the National Liberal club where historical figures such as Winston Churchill would drink and smoke cigars. During the stay, a half-day sightseeing tour of London will showcase the city’s iconic sights.
A memorable afternoon tour inside Buckingham Palace – one of London’s most famous landmarks – is also included in the package. Dating back to 1703, the palace has been the monarch’s official residence since 1837. Surrounded by he largest private garden in London, the sprawling palace boasts 775 rooms including 52 principal bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices and 19 state rooms.
Including return flights from Australia, the 18-night, guided, ‘Crown and Country’ package is available from $8690 per person, twin-share.
Media Release – July 2, 2018
Unique new cruise tour launched
From country music to rock’n’roll, the blues, jazz and salsa, a new, music-themed cruise tour to the USA and Cuba will jive across the genres, celebrating the history and diversity of iconic music destinations including Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and Havana.
Launched by Cruise Express, the exclusive, 18-day ‘Cuba & All that Jazz’ cruise tour will depart Australia on September 20, 2019, and start with an eight-day, pre-cruise land tour through the music capitals of southern USA. Beginning in the country music centre of Nashville, guests will visit the most famous stage in America, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, famous recording studios and taste a nip at a local whiskey distillery.
The focus then moves to Memphis – the official home of blues music – where guests will wander along iconic Beale Street, lined with clubs and juke joints celebrating the sounds of legends like BB King. No visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of the king of rock’n’roll, Elvis.
The tempo rises as guests travel to the home of jazz -‘The Big Easy’ – New Orleans, for a three-night stay, with a choice of a walking tour through the streets of the French Quarter or a tour of the area’s magnificent mansions and oak trees. The nights will be filled with music and dancing, including a visit to the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club.
The tone changes again as guests head to the art deco glamour and Latino culture of Miami, where guests will board Oceania Cruises’ luxurious ship, Insignia, for a seven-night Caribbean cruise to three ports in Cuba – the capital, Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos. Four complimentary shore tours are included.
Cuba’s infectious salsa music, cocktails, classic cars, giant cigars and colonial history will be showcased from each port as guests see the island that inspired acclaimed author, Ernest Hemingway, emerge from the shadows of time.
Including return flights from Australia, the ‘Cuba & All That Jazz’ cruise tour is available from $9990 per person, twin share.
To book, call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au
Media Release – June 14, 2018
Fares from six Australian capitals
Up to $2,200 onboard spending money per couple on new, value-plus line voyage to Australia
An onboard spending credit of up to A$2,200 per couple is available on a new, 53-night line voyage from England to Australia in October, 2019, aboard the new-look Vasco da Gama, which was previously based in Australia as Pacific Eden.
The 1,220-passenger ship will sail as Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ latest vessel for her first season in Australia as the newly-named and revamped Vasco da Gama, after the 16th Century Portuguese explorer. The mid-sized ship, which offers two pools, six restaurants, six bars, wide decks and a traditional, country club ambience.
Embracing the ship’s voyage to Australia, a new 55-night fly/stay/cruise package is now available through Cruise Express. The package includes a Singapore Airlines flight from one of six Australian cities to London and two nights’, pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast from October 7, 2019, at the deluxe, mansion-style hotel, Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, in fashionable South Kensington. Airport-hotel transfers are also included.
On October 9, 2019, guests will be transferred to the port of Tilbury to board Vasco da Gama for the 53-night voyage to Sydney via 14 ports, including many accessible only by smaller ships. Destinations include Morocco, the Canary and Verde islands, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Nicaragua, Tahiti, Tonga and the Cook Islands. A total of 35 days are spent at sea – ideal for cruisers who love relaxed days on the ocean.
The 55-night fly/stay/cruise package is priced from $8,995 per person, twin-share, from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, $9,265 from Adelaide and $9,636 from Perth. An onboard spending credit of between A$350 and A$1,100 per person is also available, depending on the cabin booked. And as a value-plus bonus for Australian cruisers, the currency aboard Vasco da Gama is Australian dollars.
The onboard credit offer is available until sold out and conditions apply. Flights from Sydney to other cities after the cruise are additional.
Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au
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