Explore two of the hottest destinations right now in 2020
Save $1,000 per couple or $500 for solo travellers – seven nights on land, six at sea
Norway and Iceland, two of the most popular destinations for Australians right now, are showcased in a new 2020 winter cruise tour combination package released by Cruise Express.
The 23-night combo tour, which includes 15 nights on land and six at sea, features Norway’s spectacular Northern Lights, a husky sleigh ride, a hotel made of ice, stunning fjords and snow-shrouded villages as well as the volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers and whales that have made Iceland a leading destination for nature lovers.
The journey begins with the 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ cruise tour which will see Australians fly on 25 January 2020, to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay and tour showcasing the city’s Viking heritage. Guests depart Oslo by train to the renowned fjord country for overnight stays in Voss and Bergen. A tour highlight is a journey on the panoramic Flam Railway – one of the world’s steepest and most picturesque train rides. Rising over 860m, the track traverses a winter wonderland of snowy peaks, icy waterfalls, mighty rivers and whispering pine forests. In contrast, a breathtaking cruise through two spectacular fjords –Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – provides a perspective of this stunning region from sea level.
The tour includes a guided walking tour along the colourful harbourfront of Bergen from where the itinerary moves to sea for a six-night voyage aboard Hurtigruten’s 690-passenger ship, ms Kong Harald. Named after the king of Norway, the ship serves as a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns along the coast. Magnificent fjords, mighty glaciers and snow-clad mountains are just some of the picture-postcard spectacles on show during the voyage. Quaint towns like Trondheim and Alesund offer a chance to experience a different way of life high above the Arctic Circle.
After rounding the most northerly point in Europe, the North Cape, the voyage ends in the remote town of Kirkenes where guest can stay in accommodation made of snow, see reindeer, join a thrilling husky sled ride and scour the dark, night skies for the swirling colours of the Northern Lights. The Norway tour ends with a flight back to Oslo for a night before flying back to Australia.
Guests can add on Cruise Express’ eight-night adventure holiday in Iceland which includes return flights from Oslo to Reykjavik, accommodation and extensive touring taking in Iceland’s dramatic landscape of geysers, lava fields, fjords, thundering waterfalls and abundance of humpback and minke whales.
Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, the 23-night Norway and Iceland combo package is available from $11,980 per person, twin-share, or from $14,780 for solo travellers, including a $500 per person saving if booked by 30 November 2018.
The 15-night Norway cruise tour is also available separately from $7,990 per person, twin-share, or from $9,990 for solo travellers, if booked by 30 November 2018.
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.
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/
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.
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.