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Welcome back to another fantastic year of cruising! We are very excited about what 2012 has to offer, with 28 ships coming down to visit us in Australia, joining the 11 ships based here. There really will be a ship to suit your needs, and even more exotic ports are being visited.

We are happy to welcome back Terri Bettany from maternity leave, taking up her new role as Customer Relations Manager, to help us improve our services to you. Terri can also help organise exclusive ship inspections for our frequent cruisers so be sure to get in touch with her.

January has already gotten off to a quick start with many cruiselines beginning their annual sales. Don't wait for last minute deals later this year - we've been told by the local cruiselines the best prices are coming out early this year, and we'd hate for you to miss out! Have a look at 12 of the best below.
 
Highlights from this edition...
 

Carnival Spirit - More savings!

Carnival Spirit offers even more for families, with incredible savings of up to 35%, PLUS up to $400/cabin spending money. Cruises kick off towards the end of 2012, from Melbourne or Sydney to New Zealand, or enjoy the South Pacific next Summer. Don't delay though as family interconnecting cabins always sell fast!
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Last Minute Journeys

Experience these ships as they spend a few weeks in Australian waters, before they head back to Europe and America. With cruising from $87/day on Diamond Princess to Beijing, HAL Amsterdam to Singapore from Sydney, or Sea Princess through Japan and China, now is the best time to cruise for some great savings!
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Antarctica Highlights

With limited numbers of tourists allowed to set foot in Antarctica now, these featured departures sell out fast. Orion offers 2 different itineraries from NZ, or Silversea has 2 departures of the same itinerary from Ushuaia, with Celebrity Infinity sailing a scaled back itinerary from Buenos Aires. Call now to reserve your cabin!
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Carnival Spirit with $400 spending money!
28 OCT 2012
ex Sydney
11
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,629
($148/day)
Up to $400 OBC
Cruse Details
16 DEC 2012
ex Sydney
11
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands & Fiji Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,829
($166/day)
Up to $400 OBC
Cruse Details
31 JAN 2013
ex Sydney
13
NIGHTS
New Zealand
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,799
($138/day)
Up to $300 OBC
Cruse Details
16 FEB 2013
ex Melbourne
13
NIGHTS
New Zealand
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,799
($138/day)
Up to $400 OBC
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Local last minute journeys from $86/day
 
17 FEB 2012
ex Fremantle
18
NIGHTS
Australia Top End
Cruise
Celebrity Century
From $1,976
($110/day)
 
Cruse Details
26 FEB 2012
ex Sydney
22
NIGHTS
World Voyage 2012 Sector Cruise
Amsterdam
From $3,498
($159/day)
 
Cruse Details
4 FEB 2012
ex Sydney
23
NIGHTS
Australia and China Cruise
Diamond Princess
From $1,999
($87/day)
Up to $300 OBC
Cruse Details
4 MAR 2012
ex Sydney
42
NIGHTS
Cherry Blossom 2012 Cruise
Sea Princess
From $4,999
($119/day)
Up to $400 OBC
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Antartic Live Webcam
 
13 DEC 2012
ex Ushuaia
10
NIGHTS
Antarctica
Voyage
Silver Explorer
From $9,020
($902/day)
Selling Fast!
Cruse Details
3 FEB 2013
ex Buenos Aires
14
NIGHTS
Antarctica
Cruise
Celebrity Infinity
From $2,313
($165/day)
Airfares from $2299pp
Cruse Details
20 DEC 2012
ex Dunedin
18
NIGHTS
Mawsons Antarctica Cruise
Orion
From $16,460
($914/day)
Layby from $340/week
Cruse Details
25 JAN 2013
ex Hobart
20
NIGHTS
Scott & Shackletons Antarctica Cruise
Orion
From $18,290
($915/day)
Layby from $324/week
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Featured Cruise Region - Antarctica
 
Featured Cruise Region - Antarctica

Featured Destination: Antarctica

The last-frontier ice desert of Antarctica attracts 45,000 visitors a year to view its windswept, treeless, frozen wasteland. Wildlife on show includes penguins, seals, birds, dolphins and orcas. Since most of the wildlife in Antarctica is found on the ice-free narrow ridges of coastline around the islands and mainland, cruise passengers don't have to miss out on any of the interesting sea, land or air creatures of this exciting continent.

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, and includes numerous islands and connecting ice sheets which reach to within 1600 km of the southernmost tips of Chile and Argentina. Due to its relatively mild climate, and the revealed effects of climate change in the area, it has the highest concentration of research stations on the continent. Cruises that depart from South America tend to visit the Antarctic Peninsular and Drake Passage.

Drake Passage is the body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. Named after the sixteenth century English explorer Sir Francis Drake, although he never actually sailed the passage, it connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is the shortest crossing from Antarctica to the rest of the world's land.

Commonwealth Bay is visited by Orion Expeditions, and is an open bay about 48 km wide at the entrance between Point Alden and Cape Gray in Antarctica. It was discovered by the Australian Antarctic Expedition under Douglas Mawson in 1912. The main base of the expedition was established at Cape Denison at the head of the bay.

Mawson's huts historic site, with its timber buildings (living quarters and workshop) of national and international importance, eerie grave sites, and lonely, yet beautiful scenery, makes it an unusual, but fascinating place to visit.

It is important to note that due to changes to Antarctic Treaty, a number of ships travel through the Antarctica waters but do not allow for landfall. Check with your consultant whether the cruise you're interested in allows you to visit the Antarctic mainland, or just cruises alongside it.

Travel to Antarctica is from late November to early March. Ships with Zodiacs are Silver Explorer (formerly Prince Albert II) (to Antarctic Peninsula out of Ushuaia in Argentina) and Orion (to Commonwealth Bay out of Bluff, New Zealand). Our consultants can also arrange your flights and touring to complement your Antarctic Cruise.

Orion Expeditions is currently sailing through Commonwealth Bay, with amazing images on its webcam, seen only a few days each year. This is updated constantly so check back regularly for an icy experience.

Silver Explorer offers five voyages out of Ushuaia in early 2012, and 4 at the end of 2012, with more planned for 2013.

Celebrity Infinity sails two 14-night return trips out of Buenos Aires in February 2013. These vessels spend three or four nights at the Antarctic Peninsula.

More cruiselines are also announcing their Antarctica itineraries for 2013 over the coming weeks, so call 1800 121 187 for more details.

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