Cruise deals on 2013-2014 Cruises
Cruise deals on 2013-2014 Cruises
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15 May 2013
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Best Cruise Deals 2013-2014 Cruises
 
River Cruising has become an increasingly popular way to discover the magical waterways and cities of Europe. This week we have selected 4 of Scenic Tours' popular Europe and Alaska itineraries with a range of amazing 2014 Earlybird deals, including FREE flights to Europe. Don't miss out on these strictly limited cabins. Call our Scenic specialists today on 1800 121 187 or view the full Earlybird brochures here.

We're also excited to bring you our Carnival Spirit Exclusive 7 Day Sale. Secure a cabin on a local departure, 7 days or longer and receive 50% reduced deposits plus EXTRA onboard spending money! Take advantage of these amazing bonuses to book your next family holiday. Call today on 1800 121 187.
 
Highlights of cruise deals from this edition...
 

Carnival Spirit Layby fr $16wk

All local Carnival Spirit cruises 7 days or longer are part of our HUGE Sale Week. To make holding in a cabin & planning your next getaway even easier we're offering deposits from only $200 p/p PLUS onboard spending money of up to $200. Plan early & layby your cruise from only $16/week. Hurry - On sale for 7 days only!
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Scenic Tours Early Birds

On a great range of Scenic River Cruises & Tours you can fly FREE incl. taxes with Singapore Airlines. Book and deposit a 2014 Europe Luxury River Cruise now to take advantage of the best Earlybird savings. Or experience Alaska at 2013 prices! Don't miss out - Strictly limited cabins available! Call our Scenic experts - 1800 121 187.
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Unbeatable Newsletter Deals

Back again by popular demand! These extraordinary deals are a great chance to getaway this winter at an amazing price. This week experience Asia on board Princess or the Sth Pacific with P&O. But you'll have to be quick as there are only limited cabins available at these amazing prices. PHONE ONLY BOOKINGS - Call our team on 1800 121 187!
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Carnival Spirit Early Birds - 50% Deposits + Bonus OBC
12 APR 2014
ex Sydney
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Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,169
($146/day)
Up to $150 OBC
Layby from $23/week
50% Deposit
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16 SEP 2014
ex Sydney
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Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,234
($137/day)
Up to $100 OBC
Layby from $16/week
50% Deposit
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9 JAN 2014
ex Sydney
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Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,592
($177/day)
Up to $200 OBC
Layby from $59/week
50% Deposit
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18 JAN 2014
ex Sydney
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Pacific Islands & Fiji Cruise
Carnival Spirit
from $1,894
($158/day)
Up to $200 OBC
Layby from $65/week
50% Deposit
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*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Scenic Tours - Earlybirds
8 MAY 2014
ex Vancouver
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The Canadian Rockies &
Alaskan Cruise
Grand Princess
From $9,695
($538/day)
FLY FREE
Cruise/Tour
Earlybird Pre-Release
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16 JUN 2013
ex Istanbul
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Treasures of Turkey & Jewels of Europe Cruise
Scenic Crystal
From $13,245
($456/day)
FLY FREE TO EUROPE
Cruise/Tour
2014 Earlybird
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16 Apr 2014
ex Amsterdam
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Jewels of Europe River Cruise
Scenic Gem
From $7,095
($473/day)
Partner Fly FREE
Cruise
2014 Earlybird
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22 Sep 2014
ex Amsterdam
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Romantic Rhine, Moselle & Seine River
Scenic 'Space Ship'
From $12,930
($538/day)
FLY FREE TO EUROPE
NEW - Cruise/Tour
2014 Earlybird
Best Cruise Deals 2013-2014 Cruises
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Newsletter Exclusives
17 AUG 2013
ex Brisbane
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Pacific Island Hopper Cruise
Pacific Dawn
From $920
($131/day)
Up to $50 OBC
Exclusive- 1 Cabin
Phone Only!
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13 JUL 2013
ex Brisbane
Cruise deals on 2013-2014 Cruises 7
NIGHTS
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Pacific Island Hopper Cruise
Pacific Dawn
From $1,100
($157/day)
Up to $50 OBC
Exclusive- 1 Cabin
Phone Only!
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7 AUG 2013
ex Sydney
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NIGHTS
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Retreat to Isle of Pines Cruise
Pacific Pearl
From $749
($83/day)
ONLY $83/Day!
Exclusive- 1 Cabin
Phone Only!
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23 JUL 2013
ex Yokohama
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NIGHTS
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Southeast Asia & Japan Cruise
Sun Princess
From $1,574
($112/day)
Up to $85 OBC
Exclusive- 1 Cabin
Phone Only!
Best Cruise Deals 2013-2014 Cruises
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Do's & Don't's for Your First Day Onboard a Cruise Ship
 
Do's & Don't's for Your First Day Onboard a Cruise Ship*
Long-time cruisers often have an embarkation day routine. Some make a beeline for the atrium or poolside bar, while others head to the buffet. Some like to explore the ship, posting photos online to make Facebook and Twitter friends jealous. Others meticulously spray down their cabins with Lysol, start popping seasickness medicines and unpack all their belongings into their proper places.

If you're a first-timer or haven't settled into a familiar cruise routine, here's some embarkation day do's and don't's, culled from long-time cruisers.

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DO start your vacation off with a tropical drink in a colourful glass with umbrellas and plastic monkeys a-plenty. Just don't assume that drink offered by a waiter is free ... or that you can't get it cheaper by opting for a regular, non-souvenir glass.

DO tour the ship, get your bearings, and identify which bars and eateries you want to hit first. We recommend starting at the top and working your way down ... unless you want to get in a workout by climbing all the stairs.

DON'T
head straight to the buffet - it's one of the most crowded places onboard on embarkation day because everyone comes hungry for lunch. Instead, check out your dining options. Sometimes other venues are open for a first-day lunch, and they aren't such madhouses.

DO make specialty dining reservations if you haven't done so online before your trip. Choice dining times can book out.


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DO take photos - lots of them. Get that first "Hooray, I'm on holiday" shot of your family by the ship's rail; snap a pic of your cabin in pristine condition before it's wrecked with daily schedules, towel animals and your assorted laundry; capture interesting spots onboard before they're overrun with passengers; and do feel free to post them online to make your friends drool.

DO unpack your suitcases, and get that task (and your luggage) out of the way early. Decorate your cabin and door if you like to personalize your home for the holiday.

DO meet your cabin steward and make any requests you have. Some travelers like to tip their cabin stewards on day one to ensure good service throughout the cruise (but this isn't necessary).

DON'T automatically eat dinner in the main dining room. Embarkation day can be a great night to dine out in the specialty restaurants, as they're often less crowded and, on some lines, carry a reduced cover charge.

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DON'T take the elevator if you don't need to. The lifts are super-slow on embarkation day and crowded with passengers and crew ferrying luggage between decks. Take the stairs. Then have no guilt when you tuck into dessert at dinner.

DO arrange your spa and salon appointments, as the most popular treatment times book up quickly. Not sure what you want? Take a spa tour. You might get to sample a massage or win a free treatment in the first-day raffle.

DON'T spend the day in your winter, workday or travel clothes. Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on so you don't have to wait for your luggage to arrive for you to slip into sandals, shorts or swimsuits.


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DO take a dip in the pool or hot tub. They're often uncrowded on the first day because many people haven't followed the advice above and brought a change of clothes. But why wait to begin your vacation? The pool is open!

DON'T forget to check in at the kids club and sign up your little ones for the onboard activities. There's often an introductory session for kids and parents to meet the counsellors and get acquainted with the facilities. Better to sign up on day one, even if you're not sure your kids will want to go; there's no requirement to attend..

DO book shore tours, and ask the tour desk any questions you might have. Some tours have limited space and sell out, so book early (if you haven't pre-booked).

DO reserve space on any fee-extra sun decks (such as Princess' Sanctuary) or cabanas, especially if you want to book them for a sea day. Space is limited and can book out.


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DO make your last phone calls, texts and tweets while your phone can access land-based cell towers and you're not paying sky-high satellite Internet and roaming fees.

DO decide on how you would like to pay your gratuities, if they are not already pre-paid. You can request to have all charges removed from your onboard account and pay your waiters and cabin attendant in cash. However the removal will need to be done on the first day, at the purser's desk.

DO head up on deck for sailaway. It's festive, with live music and flowing drinks, and it's a fun way to kick off your cruise.

DO watch the sun set over the ocean, go to the welcome show, hit the casino, sing karaoke and shake your booty at the disco -- your cruise starts tonight!

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* Silverstein, E (2013). 22 Do's and Don't's for Your First Day Onboard a Cruise Ship. Cruise Critic
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