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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

A Little bit of Luxury

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If you have ever fancied a special luxury adventure cruise, then why not consider adding a True North Cruise to your bespoke Australia itinerary.  A number of exciting itineraries are offered – below are just three of these:

 

The Southern Safari (8 Nights) Adelaide – Ceduna / Adelaide

The is a real safari of the sea and a real adventure for those who like plenty of activities with a touch of luxury.  On this cruise you will stop for a scrumptious lunch at Maggie Beer’s farm, visit the famed Kangaroo Island and beautiful Coffin Bay where you can wash down oysters with champagne.  Then why not get up and close with the Great White Sharks in a cage dive and also take part in some of Australia’s most reliable fishing action, this is  safari with a difference!

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WEST COAST EXPLORER (10 NIGHTS) Perth – Dampier

Relish in vibrant contrast – the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean lap the red sands of the ‘north’ as the West Coast Explorer winds its way north from Fremantle to Dampier. The Abrolhos are steeped in history; Ningaloo boasts world-acclaimed marine life and the Montes offer fishing paradise – the ‘West Coaster’ is a sojourn that tames Australia’s still-wild western shores! A must for snorkelers and divers, fishing enthusiasts, and for the adventurous at heart!

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CORAL ATOLL CRUISE (5 NIGHTS) Broome – Rowley Shoals – Broome

The Rowley Shoals feature exaggerated corals, mind-blowing fish life and stunning underwater clarity; but perhaps more important than anything else – even today they are visited by only a fortunate few! Guided by a marine biologist and a team of underwater naturalists; divers and snorkelers alike will revel in a diverse wonderland of coral habitats including maze-like lagoons, surging tidal canyons and breath-taking walls. And the keen anglers will match wits with big blue-water pelagics such as black marlin, sailfish, wahoo and yellow-fin tuna. Wander the enticing shores of Bedwell Island, see the rookeries of the red-tailed tropicbird and indulge in a True North favourite – sunset drinks on the beach – 300 kilometres from the shore! The Rowley Shoals are Western Australia’s premiere coral playground!

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For more of our favourite cruises click here or if you would like more information on the amazing True North Cruises then please contact us

Cruise to West Papua and Papua New Guinea

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Kimberley – Picture courtesy of North Star Cruises and the TRUE NORTH

North Star Cruises, the company that takes you to adventurous and exciting destinations and in style, have refined the above cruise to ensure that you experience of the highest quality.
This is a wonderful opportunity to cruise on their True North Cruise for between 5 and 13 nights to diverse destinations and daily changing adventures. The cruise takes you in to parts of the world that are untouched by modern life and you will receive a very warm welcome from the Melanesians where ever you go.
Depending on your interest, you could be swimming with whale sharks, flying over an active volcanoe in the helicopter that is part of the cruise experience, exploring rain forests and the advantage of having an expert on board to explain what you are seeing and doing.
Add in all those tropical island and coral reefs to be explored and snorkelled over and you will wish that you had booked a longer trip.
True North have cruises around Australia that take you to the wild and scenic places that are difficult to get and all with the luxury of their onboard life. Explore the Kimberley Wilderness, sail north from Perth on the Montes Cruise or take the Southern Safari as an add to your trip to Australia.
It truly is a different, exciting and unique way to see Australia, West Papua and Papua New Guinea.

Visit our Cruising page on our website for more ideas or contact us direct for more details or to book on Tel: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

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Star Clippers – Discover the Hidden Wonders of Thailand

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Star Clippers who offer a different sailing experience with the character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises, are offering an adventurous cruise around the hidden parts of Thailand and Malaysia.

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These sailings explore some of the most iconic and beautiful parts known as the “Pearl of the Orient” with un spoilt beaches and islands that form part of the

National Marine Park here. The people are friendly, the water beautifully clear and the marine life amazing.

 

Nor do you have to bring your own snorkel and flippers, they are provided. If you need other activities as you sale around the islands and along the coast, you can try sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking – all complimentary.

 

 

 

For 7 nights cruising, 2 nights pre cruise in the Sala Hotel in Phuket and flights the cost is from £2179 per person and always subject to availability.

Please call us for more information on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Destinations Show, Olympia

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Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

Good News For Locals!

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Picture courtesy of Cathy Pacific Airways Ltd

Good News – Cathay Pacific has announced that they will be launching a new service offering direct flights from Gatwick to Hong Kong four times a week. This is in addition to their longstanding routes between Heathrow and Hong Kong, and between Manchester and Hong Kong.

This new route is great news for those living in the South East wishing to visit Australia and New Zealand, as there will be connections through to key hubs in both countries from Hong Kong.

The new service is due to commence in September 2016 with Cathay Pacific’s new Airbus A350-900 with refreshed Business Class cabin and new Premium Economy Class seats.

Hong Kong makes a great stopover location, as well as a holiday destination in its own right. For more information on this, and how these flights could work well for your future holiday plans, give us a call on 01323 446550, or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

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Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Top Tips for Japan

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If you are planning a visit to the land of the rising sun, whether it is independent travel, private tour or as part of an escorted group, here are some top tips to note before you travel:

 

–          The best times to take a trip to Japan are either late March/April when the cherry                        blossoms are out or the end of September/October for the autumn colours.

–          A visit to Japan would not be complete without a trip on the bullet train, either as a one               off journey or multiple journeys using a Japan Rail Pass.

–          Stay in a traditional Ryokan (Japanese Inn) and enjoy a Japanese Spa

–          Visit the Snow Monkeys and see them bathing in the hot springs.

–          Japan is a great destination for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

–          Hiroshima – take a trip to see the AtomicBombMuseum and the MemorialGardens

–          There are two Imperial Palaces for you to visit, one in Tokyo and the other in Kyoto.

–          Japan is largely a cash based society, so most places do not accept credit cards.                             Change your money to Yen before you travel as not all ATMs accept international cards.

 

If you’d like us to help plan your bespoke, tailor made holiday to Japan then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk and we would be happy to discuss your personalised itinerary.

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Summer Cruises in a Tall Ship

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If you are still wondering about what to do for a holiday this summer and you fancy a cruise with a difference, then consider one of the following adventures with Star Clippers.

They offer cruises in the Adriatic, around Italy and explore the islands of Greece. With the length of cruise varying from 4 to 12 nights there is plenty to tempt you. Perhaps consider one of the shorter trips if you have never cruised before or link it with a special event such as the Monaco Grand Prix. Prices include flights and transfers abroad – all you have to do is to enjoy being under sail, providing the wind blows, and visiting wonderful destinations. And you only have to unpack once.

 To discuss the options available then please get in touch:  tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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The Great Barrier Reef – The ‘Great Eight’

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Africa has the ‘Big Five’…The Great Barrier Reef has the ‘Great Eight’

Here you will find eight iconic residents of this fantastic underwater eco-system which until you have seen them all, really means you haven’t seen the Great Barrier Reef at all.

Whales, Manta Rays, Clown Fish, Turtles, Potato Cod, Giant Clams, Maori Wrasse and of course Sharks.

The largest coral reef system in the world is their home. Some might migrate here, some might travel along its length and some stay in exactly the same place all of their lives.

They range in size from 18cms long right up to 18 metres long and are the ‘heroes’ of the reef.

To put it in perspective how wonderful diving the reef is you can spend about an hour in the water on an average snorkel or dive. That dive site changes with the tides, during daytime and night and throughout the seasons so what you see in one half of the day can be totally different in the other.

You could visit exactly the same site every day for a year and always see different things there….so if you think you’ve seen ALL OF the Great Barrier Reef…think again.

So, if you would love to dive off into another world to find the reefs great eight then let us help you make it part of your very own bespoke, tailor made holiday to Australia all you have to do is contact us on 01323 446550 email info@experienceholidays.co.uk or click on the contact us link on our home page.

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Picture Credit Tourism & Events Queensland

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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The most inclusive luxury cruise experience at sea

Regent Seven Seas are having a celebration and would love for you to join them! Next year, they will celebrate their 25th anniversary. To launch the beginning of a year-long celebration, there’s a stunning collection of 25 sailings with savings of up to 25%. 

From the romantic city of Venice, sailing the beautiful Greek Islands aboard our newly refurbished Seven Seas Navigator® to exploring the Baltic Gems with not just one, but two overnight stays in St Petersburg! So, if you’ve a special milestone that you want to celebrate in luxurious style, why not treat yourself. At these prices, now is the time to start celebrating!  Get in touch by calling us 01323 446550 or e-mail us on info@experienceholidays.co.uk to start planning your Regent Seven Seas cruise.

Highly-personalised all-inclusive travel describes the very essence of cruising with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. The award-winning fleet comprises of three all-suite, six-star ships carrying from 490 – 700 pampered guests to ports across all seven continents of the world. 

Imagine you are one of only a few hundred guests, with no queues or crowds. Public areas are resplendent with rich fabrics, textures and furnishings.  Suites, among the most spacious at sea, measure from 301 to 2,002 square feet, each with private balcony*, hosting a king-sized bed, marble bathrooms with L’Occitane® or Hermès bath products, walk-in closet, flat-screen TV and fully stocked bar.  Choose from up to four, open-seating gourmet restaurants, including two speciality restaurants with no additional cover charge: ‘Prime 7’ – a superb, new steakhouse/grill and ‘Signatures’ – dedicated to French cuisine.

With Regent it’s all included: free return flights on every cruise (or free Business Class flights on all Mediterranean & Northern Europe sailings in suites C-MS), free excursions in every port, transfers, all fine dining including speciality restaurants, all drinks and beverages including fine wines, selected Champagnes and one-night pre-cruise hotel stay for guests staying in Concierge Suites and higher.

FREE Unlimited Exploration…

Waking up in a different port or country almost every day with such ease, is a luxury.  And with every port and destination having its own assortment of ‘must-see’ sights and attractions, you want to make the most of that luxury, ashore. With Regent, the opportunity to delve into the highlights and truly enhance your time ashore couldn’t be easier. There is an unlimited choice of adventure on every cruise, with many individual cruises offering over 40 free excursions in the Mediterranean. Our free excursions will enlighten your cruise in ways you never imagined!

 *Seven Seas Navigator, 90% with private balcony. All ocean view.

Introducing Seven Seas Explorer®

THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT™

Debuting in summer 2016, Seven Seas Explorer®, will set a new standard for ultra luxury, all-inclusive cruising.  Billed as THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT™ she will re-define the concept of ultra-luxury cruising. The maiden voyage for Seven Seas Explorer® will be a 14-night sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice on 20 July 2016. The ship will remain in Europe for its inaugural season, sailing 11 voyages that crisscross the Mediterranean and visit sought-after destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza, St. Tropez, Venice, Istanbul, Alexandria (Egypt) and Jerusalem.

Luxury Suites: Seven Seas Explorer®, the world’s most luxurious ship, will introduce a new category of luxury suite. Named the ‘Regent Suite’, this plush one-of-a-kind two-bedroom, 3,875 sq ft suite comes complete with an in-suite spa retreat, a first at sea, as well as a glass-enclosed outdoor Vista Garden with 270-degree views to the horizon. Each suite category features its own unique layout and design elements complemented by the largest verandas in the cruise industry with a remarkable 93% of verandas extending beyond 83 sq ft. providing guests ample space to enjoy the ocean breezes.

Lavish gourmet restaurants: Seven Seas Explorer will feature an unrivalled collection of speciality, casual and main dining options from the flagship restaurant, Compass Rose, which will receive a new, contemporary look with a beautiful cascading aqua-blue chandelier conveying a whimsical grotto feel. She will also offer three distinct speciality restaurants including our fleet-side signature steakhouse Prime 7.  Details of our two new dining venues will be announced soon. Guests can also enjoy casual indoor and al fresco dining in the effortlessly chic Italian inspired ‘La Veranda’ with incredible ocean views. La Veranda offers a delectable buffet for breakfast and lunch, and transforms into an elegant fine dining restaurant, Sette Mari at La Veranda, each evening for dinner.

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Explorer, Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 EXPLORER SUMMARY

  • The most luxurious all-suite, all-balcony ship ever built
  • 56,000 tonnes but accommodating just 750 guests
  • Amongst highest space ratios and staff to guest ratios in the industry
  • 375 suites ranging from 307 sq ft – 3,875 sq ft
  • Over 90% of Suites have an 83 sq ft balcony or larger
  • Over 80% of suites have inside space of 332 sq ft or larger
  • Five open-seating gourmet restaurants for guests to enjoy, all included
  • Spacious spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre operated by world renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub®

 

With everything included in our fares, such as return flights, unlimited excursions and all-inclusive onboard, together with our dedication to offer port intensive itineraries, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® offers the ultimate way to discover the world.

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Seven Seas Navigator in                          Alaska.                       Courtesy Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven Seas Voyager pool deck. Courtesy Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 

 

 

Cruising

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Cruising is a very special holiday, but in our book, it is not the huge ships, but the smaller niche vessels – something with a character of its own, something with fewer passengers, a ship that can creep into the smaller ports, seek out exciting destinations, exploring rivers and fjords, offering something more than the glitz and glamour their larger counterparts.

Your tailor made cruise may well be part of a larger itinerary, it may be your very own barefoot yacht or crewed small vessel sailing the waters of the Whitsundays in Australia – mooring overnight to enjoy a barbeque on a tiny sand cay, or ready to jump into the clear blue waters to explore the Barrier Reef as only you will see it. It may be a small ship cruising the fjords of Alaska, or a voyage of discovery through the Inside Passage or Prince William Sound. It could be you standing on the bow so close to the glacier that you can almost touch it, so quiet that you can hear it creaking and groaning under the pressure of thousands of years. It could be you boarding the helicopter to explore from the sky theextraordinary rock formations of northwestern corner of the Australian continent.

The list goes on …
Click on the links for more information about some of our favourite cruise companies.        

Regent Seven Seas

Un-Cruise Adventures

Star Clippers

Oceania

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