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This week sees the announcement of the Luxury Travel Magazine's "Gold List Awards 2012", as voted by its readers. We are delighted to announce that Clean Cruising was Australia's ONLY cruise specialist agency to be named a Finalist for "Best Luxury Travel Agency". We thank everyone who voted for us, and hope we can continue delivering and improving on the services we offer our fantastic customers.

We also want to congratulate our cruiseline partners who won their respective cruise categories. Well done to Queen Mary 2 for Best (large) Luxury Cruise Ship, Silver Whisper for Best (small) Luxury Cruise Ship, Silversea for Best Luxury Cruise Line and Orion for Best Australian Luxury Travel Experience. We are proud to work with these companies and look forward to sending more clients onboard their vessels.

 
Highlights from this edition...
 

Alaska from $100/day

Our two Princess Cruises feature BONUS land stays pre-cruise, while Holland America Line delivers its trademark itineraries, with a one way cruise to Seward, or a return cruise in and out of Vancouver. With cruising from $100/day, don't delay booking your Alaska cruise! Call
1800 121 187 to book today!
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Celebrity in the Mediterranean

Celebrity Cruises continues to showcase the best of the Med with 4 different cruises from $116/day. Cruise from Rome to the Eastern Med, or enjoy a classic itinerary from Barcelona or a 14 night cruise from Southampton. There's no more affordable way to visit the Mediterranean, so speak with a Celebrity Cruise Expert now!
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Save on USA cruises!

We have 4 different cruises to help you take advantage of our strong Aussie Dollar this year. Visit Hawaii on Pride of America, the Mexican Riviera from $95/day, a stunning Fall Cruise of New England onboard Crystal Symphony, or Celebrity Century visiting Hawaii from San Diego. Call 1800 121 187 now to book!
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Alaska on Sale!
9 SEP 2012
ex Vancouver
7
NIGHTS
Glacier Discovery Northbound
Statendam
from $1,149
($164/day)
Up to $50 OBC
Cruse Details
23 JUN 2012
ex Anchorage (Whittier)
7
NIGHTS
Voyages of Glaciers
Sapphire Princess
from $1,003
($100/day)
Up to $50 OBC
+ 3 night Land Tour
Cruse Details
21 JUL 2012
ex Vancouver
7
NIGHTS
Voyage of the
Glaciers Cruise
Diamond Princess
from $1,227
($111/day)
+ 4 night Land Tour
Cruse Details
8 AUG 2012
ex Vancouver
7
NIGHTS
Alaska Inside
Passage Cruise
Volendam
from $1,549
($221/day)
Up to $50 OBC
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Celebrity in the Mediterranean!
 
3 AUG 2012
ex Rome (Civitavecchia)
10
NIGHTS
Eastern Mediterranean
Celebrity Equinox
From $1,159
($116/day)
Cruse Details
11 JUN 2012
ex Rome (Civitavecchia)
11
NIGHTS
Eastern Mediterranean
Celebrity Equinox
From $1,280
($116/day)
Cruse Details
15 AUG 2012
ex Barcelona
12
NIGHTS
Mediterranean Cruise
Celebrity Solstice
From $1,405
($117/day)
Cruse Details
1 SEP 2012
ex Southampton
14
NIGHTS
Mediterranean Cruise
Celebrity Eclipse
From $2,018
($144/day)
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Save on USA Cruises!
 
28 OCT 2012
ex Los Angeles
7
NIGHTS
Mexican Riviera Cruise
Carnival Splendor
From $667
($95/day)
Cruse Details
29 SEP 2012
ex Honolulu
7
NIGHTS
Hawaii Cruise
Pride of America
From $1,585
($226/day)
Cruse Details
19 SEP 2012
ex New York
11
NIGHTS
New World Discoveries
Crystal Symphony
From $4,703
($428/day)
Cruse Details
5 OCT 2012
ex San Diego
15
NIGHTS
Hawaii Cruise
Celebrity Century
From $1,521
($101/day)
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Featured Region - Alaska
 

Alaska & Canadian Cruising

Alaska is regarded as one of the most scenic cruising regions on earth, and with good reason. With towering mountain ranges, crystalline glaciers and abundant wildlife you'll fill up your camera memory in no time! Touring before or after your Alaskan cruise provides the opportunity to take in the Denali National Park, visit Victoria and the stunning Butchart Gardens, or explore the Rockies. The California coast as far south as Ensenada (Mexico) is also popular.

From May to September larger vessels (1400 to 2400 passengers) from Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Line have 22 vessels cruising this coastline. Two luxury smaller vessels (around 400 passengers) visiting Alaska are Silver Shadow and Seven Seas Navigator. Most cruises are of 7 nights, but range up to 14 nights. Choose a round-trip cruise (from Vancouver/ Seattle/ San Francisco), or one way (either northbound or southbound, with the northern port Anchorage or Seward). Sapphire Princess offers 7-night cruises along the coast of California between Los Angeles and Ensenada (Mexico).

On-shore excursions for all cruise lines use the same tour providers, so the advantage of a luxury ship is the onboard ambiance, fewer guests, and more-travelled age group. The scenery is the same for all – magnificent. New Holland's Amsterdam offers a port-intensive 14-night round trip from Seattle with far point Kodiak. In selecting a cruise, consider pre-and post-tour options from your ports of embarkation and disembarkation. In May and September Princess ships transfers between China and Vancouver via Alaska. Dawn Princess circles the Pacific ex Sydney to include Alaska in July 2012, and Sun Princess crosses from San Francisco to Sydney in April 2013.

Inside Passage
Alaska's Inside Passage offers spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, vivid Native cultures, astounding history and exceptional hospitality are hallmarks of our region. With its mild, maritime climate, this area is prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoisees and whales. Glacier Bay National park has 16 active tidewater glaciers and Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan has 3,000-foot cliffs rising directly from pristine ocean channels.

Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska's 'first city,' sits atop steep hills and is supported on wooden pilings, with numerous boardwalks, staircases and totem poles. Dozens of canneries have made it the "salmon capital of the world."

There are many amazing tours to choose from, zip lining over bears or lumber jacks strutting their stuff but a favourite is the Bering Sea King Crab Fishing Tour straight from the TV Show “Worlds Deadliest Catch”. Also for those with a sweet tooth just one block back in town is the most essential stop “Ketchicandies” complete with chocolate covered Orio’s.  Keep walking and you will make it to infamous Dolly’s House of ill repute on Creek Street!

 

Inside Passage
Alaska's Inside Passage offers spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, vivid Native cultures, astounding history and exceptional hospitality are hallmarks of our region. Carved by glaciers and blanketed with majestic hemlock and spruce, Alaska's Inside Passage is a region of pristine water, snow capped mountains, deep fjords and forested islands. With its mild, maritime climate, this area is prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoisees and whales. Glacier Bay National park has 16 active tidewater glaciers and Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan has 3,000-foot cliffs rising directly from pristine ocean channels.

Juneau
Can you imagine a glacier just at the back of your local supermarket? Well Juneau has all that and more.  One of the best places to see Whales of every description and of course Mendenhall Glacier, where you can kayak, white water raft or chopper in depending on the way you decide to explore her close up.  Top Eating tip here: Tracy’s King Crab Shack on the waterfront and the name says it all.

Juneau is a marvel - an unexpected blend of fishermen and teachers, legislators and artists, homemakers and lawyers, union workers and frontier entrepreneurs, students and Native elders, all sharing an active port city within an inspiring wilderness setting. Glacier Bay is 50 air miles to the west.

Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay, situated in SE Alaska, USA, was originally a large single glacier of solid ice until early in the 18th century. Since it started retreating, it has left about 50 glaciers in its trail and become the largest protected water area park in the world. While its many branches, inlets, lagoons, islands, and channels provide prospects for scientific exploration, it is primarily an amazing visual spectacle. Glaciers descending from high snow-capped mountains into the bay create spectacular displays of ice and iceberg formations. Cruise ships typically spend a full day (9-10 hours) in Glacier Bay including a stop at a major tidewater glacier.

Skagway
The sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway come winter, so you can only imagine the frightful conditions endured by the gold propectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, with a mandatory ton of supplies to be hauled with them over the steep and treacherous Trail of '98. 21st-century summertime visits to Skagway require nothing of the sort, but you can still ride the antique White Pass and Yukon narrow-gauge railway up through silvery-purple rock faces, past Deadhorse Gulch, to see what it was like back then. Biking, rock- climbing and flightseeing adventures are also available from Skagway.

Call us to book one of these amazing Alaska & Pacific Coast cruises on 1800 121 187.
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