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to ‘Rock the Boat’ on Anniversary Music Cruise in 2020
Media Release: April 4, 2019
Rock legends Suzi Quatro, Jon Stevens, Russell Morris and Ross Wilson, and are among a legion of stars announced as the headline acts of a special, new ‘Rock the Boat’ cruise from Brisbane next year to mark the tenth anniversary of music cruises from Australia.
The cruise is expected to sell out quickly, with express bookings available now through Cruise Express, one of Australia’s top sellers of music cruises.
The 2500-passenger ship, Radiance of the Seas, will be based in Brisbane for the first time from November 2020. One of its first sailings from the city’s new International Cruise Terminal will be the seven-night ‘Rock the Boat’ cruise to New Caledonia on November 24, 2020.
The sailing 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.
The ‘Rock the Boat’ cruise will boast performances from an array of evergreen, rock’n’roll icons such as Suzi Quatro, Noiseworks singer, Jon Stevens, Russell Morris and Ross Wilson – famous as the frontman for Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock.
Radiance of the Seas will take ‘rockers’ to Noumea and the Isle of Pines. The cruise is available from $2,799 per person, twin-share.
The cruise will offer artist signings, music workshops and dance lessons with concerts day and night across the ship. Radiance 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.
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Featuring a historic meeting of the Queens in Sydney Harbour
PLUS – Up to US$630 onboard credit per stateroom
Media Release – March 28, 2019
Australians can sail into Sydney Harbour on one Cunard liner and out on another as part of a record, four-month Australian season for the prestigious cruise company in the summer of 2020/21 which will see a first-time rendezvous in Sydney of two of the company’s luxury ships.
Twin sisters, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, will meet in the harbour twice on March 1, 2021 – early in the morning and again in the evening -with Queen Elizabeth sailing to and from her berth at Circular Quay past Queen Victoria anchored off Bradleys Head.
Cruise Express has used the historic meeting to create a luxury 31-night package that will see guests sailing from San Francisco to Sydney on one of the liners and then cruising to Tasmania on the other, with up to US$630 in bonus, onboard spending available per stateroom.
The exclusive ‘Royal Rendezvous’ package begins with a flight from Australia to San Francisco on February 4, 2021, followed by two nights at the Sheraton Fishermans Wharf, close to the iconic harbourside wharf with its famous amusements, eateries and colony of seals. Guests then sail under the even more famous Golden Gate Bridge aboard the stylish Cunard liner, Queen Victoria, on a 21-night voyage to Sydney via Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand.
Arriving in Sydney on February 28, 2021, guests disembark for a night at the Intercontinental Sydney, waking the next day, March 1, to find sister liner, Queen Elizabeth, docked at Circular Quay. Later that day, Cruise Express guests will board Queen Elizabeth and sail past Queen Victoria out of the harbour on a seven-night return cruise to Hobart and Melbourne.
During both cruises, passengers will be able to enjoy the elegant black-tie balls, chandeliers, sweeping staircases, gourmet cuisine, afternoon teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service that have made Cunard famous.
Including the one-way flight from Australia to San Francisco, both cruises, hotel stays and private car transfers in San Francisco, the 31-night ‘Royal Rendezvous’ package is available in Interior Cabins from A$9899 per person, twin-share, from Sydney, A$9949 from Melbourne and Brisbane and A$10,039 from Adelaide and Perth. A bonus onboard spending credit of up to US$390 is available with an Interior Cabin booking.
In Balcony Cabins, the package is available from A$12,999 per person, twin-share, from Sydney, $13,049 from Melbourne and Brisbane and A$13,139 from Adelaide and Perth. A bonus onboard spending credit of up to US$630 is available with a Balcony Cabin booking.
The onboard stateroom credit offer has no booking deadline and is available until sold out. Fares do not include domestic flights home from Sydney after the second cruise.
Join Ponant in 2020 for 14 days visiting places you can’t see any other way
Media Release – March 19, 2019
French cruise line, Ponant, has partnered with National Geographic Expeditions to offer a special, in-depth exploration of the Kimberley, with the one-off cruise taking in remote and rarely visited islands and reefs.
Cruise Express has released special fares that include a 30 per cent saving for the luxury, 13-night expedition voyage, which sails from Broome to Darwin on August 26, 2020. The cruise will feature an expert team of geologists, historians, cultural experts, marine biologists, naturalists, conservationists and photographers aboard Ponant’s sleek, 184-guest expedition ship, Le Laperouse, and is available through Cruise Express.
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.
A specially curated itinerary designed for this cruise by Ponant and National Geographic Expeditions will take guests to rarely visited places such as Browse Island – a lonely nesting site for green turtles – the stunning coral reefs at Rowley Shoals, the bird and dugong sanctuary of Ashmore Reef in the middle of the Timor Sea and the indigenous rock art of Jar Island where some of the oldest, detailed descriptions of human figures in the world can be found.
The cruise will also take in majestic King George Falls, Mitchell 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.
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.
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.
Sailing from Broome on August 26, 2020, the 13-night cruise is available from $13,990 per person, twin-share, including a 30 percent saving off normal fares.
with bonus onboard spending money of up to US$1075
Media Release – March 11, 2019
Be on Regal Princess ship when she arrives into Sydney for her maiden season
Up to US$1075 per stateroom in onboard spending money is available on a voyage half way around the world aboard Regal Princess on her first journey to Australia for her maiden season here in the summer of 2020/21.
Excitement is building in Australia for the arrival of Regal Princess as the latest, large, state-of-the-art ship Princess Cruises has deployed in our waters.
The 56-night line voyage departs Southampton in the UK on October 7, 2020, with guests able to enjoy the last of summer in Europe as she makes her way to Australia. The 3560-passenger ship will visit 23 destinations in 13 countries enroute to Sydney, arriving December 2, 2020, ready for her maiden summer season in Australia as one of the largest ships to ever homeport here.
Launched in 2014 and spanning 19 decks, the 142,714-ton Regal Princess offers four pools, six jacuzzis, 13 dining venues, deluxe lounges, bars and theatres, unique, poolside light and sound shows and a spectacular, glass-bottomed walkway extending over the edge of the ship 40m above the sea.
Countries featured in the itinerary include Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
The cruise is available from A$9129 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin, with US$475 in onboard spending money, per stateroom, offered as a bonus. Balcony Cabins are available from A$13,589 per person, twin-share, with US$1075 in onboard spending money available, per stateroom.
One of Australia’s biggest-ever heritage rail trips
Media Release – February 18, 2019
New for 2019!
Australia’s love affair with heritage rail travel continues with the launch of one of the biggest vintage rail trips ever offered in Australia – a five-day journey this July from Sydney to Melbourne and back using 10 different historic steam and diesel locomotives dating back to 1915.
Cruise Express, together with six train preservation societies, have joined together to create one of the largest movements of heritage railway stock in Australian history.
Designed for the growing number of Australians who love authentic train travel, the unique, new ‘Rail Spectacular’ trip is a four-night heritage rail tour organised by Cruise Express, which runs regular heritage rail and sail tours around Australia and overseas. The exclusive journey features a total of 10 locomotives, more than 30 heritage carriages and 12 different rail sectors.
The never-before-offered itinerary will feature special guest Bernie Baker – a colourful loco driver who appeared in Foxtel’s popular Railroad Australia TV show. Regarded as a ‘loco legend’, after more than three decades behind the controls, Bernie has had the 1952-built B61 Streamliner locomotive named after him. Bernie will share with guests stories from his life on the rails.
Departing Sydney on July 18, 2019, passengers will travel by diesel locomotive to Albury for overnight accommodation. The next morning, passengers will travel aboard the former express train, The Spirit of Progress, to Seymour where they will change to another historic train to Melbourne for a two-night stay. A full day’s excursion is offered in Melbourne, starting with a trip to Geelong hauled by the restored 104-year-old A2986 steam locomotive. Guests will enjoy a return journey from Drysdale to Queenscliff aboard the historic Bellarine Railway before rejoining their train at Geelong and heading to the gold-mining city of Ballarat and back to Melbourne under steam – the first time an A2-class locomotive has hauled by itself on the route via Bacchus Marsh in 56 years.
On day four, the R707 steam engine, built in 1951, will take guests to the Newport Heritage Rail Yard – where they can view historic trains up close on a private visit – before venturing north in heritage carriages, including two original cars from the ‘Overland’ service, to see more vintage rolling stock at the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. Diesel locomotives will complete the journey back to Sydney, with an overnight stay again in Albury on the way.
Including four nights’ accommodation, 10 meals and excursions, the five-day Rail Spectacular will be hosted by Cruise Express and is available from $2590 per person, twin-share, and only $2990 for solo travellers.
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