Aqua Expeditions - Set To Enter Coastal Cruise Market In 2019

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions is set to diversify its business operations and enter the coastal cruises market in the fourth quarter of 2019, after operating as a river cruise line for the past 12 years.

The announcement follows the successful funding in November 2018 of its growth strategy. Four months later, in March 2019, the company finalized the purchase of a long-range explorer yacht, which is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment to assume the role of a modern luxury expedition vessel catering primarily to affluent explorers.

“Even as we grow, as an owner I remain deeply involved in every aspect of the new vessels from the design details to the itineraries — the same way we started out in 2007,” said Aqua Expeditions CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro.

“As with all Aqua Expeditions vessels, we will be partnering with a renowned designer and also a critically acclaimed chef to deliver a world-class dining experience.”

Scheduled to begin full operations from November 2019, the explorer class vessel will serve three new destinations with year-round departures. The full announcement on vessel name, facts, destinations and itinerary details will be released globally on 8 May 2019.

To give a sneak preview of the three new destinations and a glimpse of the new vessel, Aqua Expeditions produced a cinematic 1½-minute sneak preview video. The video is part of a month-long worldwide campaign featuring ‘Guess the New Destination’ sweepstakes to promote the upcoming destinations. Entrants stand to win a 7-Night cruise for two worth US$15,050 aboard Aqua Expedition’s first explorer yacht.

The 8 May 2019 global announcement will also unveil a state-of-the-art, new-build luxury river cruise vessel to consolidate Aqua Expeditions’ position as one of the leaders in the river cruise market. With this and the recently-purchased expedition vessel in operation, the cruise line will double its fleet — from two to four vessels — by mid-2020.

The move by Aqua Expeditions to expand coincides with luxury travel advisor Virtuoso naming ‘River Cruises’ as one of the 10 biggest travel trends in its 2019 Luxe Report, along with ‘Luxury Cruises’. “As travellers increasingly regard river cruises as an attractive way to travel in luxury, our move to increase our river cruising capacity takes advantage of the trend,” said Mr Galli Zugaro.

The fleet expansion and new destinations strengthens the company’s multi-dimensional brand proposition of delivering highly personalized luxury travel experiences centered around:

  • Immersive excursions into wildlife and culture of each region
  • World-class cuisine and dining experiences by renowned chefs
  • Highly tailored guest service and itineraries
  • Designer ships with elegant and contemporary aesthetics
  • A commitment to community, sustainability and preservation

Bookings for Aqua Expeditions cruises are available through your travel agent or Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or or

Source: Aqua Expeditions



THE ADDAMS FAMILY Trailer - loved them then, I’m sure to love them again!

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about this creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again.

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll with Bette Midler and Allison Janney.

Director: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
Producers:  Gail Berman, Alex Schwartz
Executive Producers: Andrew Mittman

Witchery and the OCRF are proud to announce the eleventh annual White Shirt Campaign

Witchery and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) have announced the launch of the eleventh annual White Shirt Campaign.

For every white shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of gross proceeds to the OCRF. The collection of eight white shirts will be available to shop online via and in-store throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The Witchery White Shirt Campaign hinges on the power and importance of vital research needed to ensure that women everywhere, are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. The research endeavours to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer that is as readily available and as accessible as a pap smear (for cervical cancer) or mammogram (for breast cancer).

Early stages of ovarian cancer have no obvious symptoms, resulting in most women being diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease. Over 70% of women diagnosed, are already in the late stages with the cancer cells already spreading to other parts of the body. Of these women, 75-80% will not survive more than five years.

To date, the Witchery White Shirt campaign has raised over $12.1 million but there is still work to be done.

Bringing their support to Australia’s incredible philanthropic fashion cause and representing the 2019 White Shirt campaign is an incredible line-up of inspiring Australian women including politician The Hon Julie Bishop MP, actress Jessica McNamee, media personality Anna Heinrich, TODAY Show host Brooke Boney, entrepreneurial wellness duo Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, OCRF ambassador and patient Leane Flynn and OCRF research fellow Dr Maree Bilandzic.

Source: White Shirt Campaign

Wellington Presents Highball, NZ’s First Spirits and Cocktail Festival

From the team that brings you Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana, the Wellington Culinary Events Trust has announced the launch of New Zealand’s first dedicated spirits and cocktail festival, Highball.

Held over two days on 11-12 May 2019 at Wellington’s historic Embassy Theatre, Highball is an immersive celebration of cocktails and spirits, where people can explore fine distills, rare exports and other libations, presented by local and international distilleries, as well as the best of Wellington’s cocktail bars and talent.

Highball is partnering with Liquorland to showcase 16 regional and international distilleries, including House of Angostura, Glenfiddich and Johnnie Walker, as well as Kiwi craft spirits producers, like Reid & Reid, Denzien Urban Gin Distillery, Thomson Whisky and Sacred Spring.

Festival goers can learn directly from 14 local and international cocktail and spirits experts at the Highball Seminar Series on topics such as the history of cocktails, Tiki culture and the many different ways spirits can be used as ingredients to enhance your beverage of choice.

In true Wellington style there will gastronomic delights from some of Wellington’s best restaurants and local live musical acts for all to enjoy.

Sarah Meikle, Wellington Culinary Trust Chief Executive, says Wellington is the perfect home to New Zealand’s first cocktail festival. “What better city to host New Zealand’s first cocktail and spirits festival than Wellington? We’re gaining an international reputation as one of the world’s great culinary cities and established two very successful annual food and beer festivals,” she says.

“We thought it was high time we added cocktails and spirits to this line-up. It’s the perfect way to recognise and celebrate the cocktail and spirits industry, the talent within it, and also offer something new and exciting for the public to get behind.”

The festival launches with the inaugural New Zealand Spirits Awards on the Friday of Highball weekend (10 May) and is followed by the first annual Wellington Cocktail Week, showcasing the capital’s rich and colourful cocktail scene with a series of events, special menus and masterclasses in restaurants, bars and cafes.

Robert Brewer, Chief Executive of industry body and Highball supporting partner, Spirits New Zealand, says Highball is a wonderful opportunity to bring the best of New Zealand’s spirit producers and talent together with its international counterparts to consumers.

“We’re also pleased to see there is a strong component of spirits education; using spirits as an ingredient in an informed way and enjoying spirits in a socially responsible manner.”

Tickets for Highball go on sale on 25 March at

Source: Highball

Steph Claire Smith and Jadé Tuncdoruk faces of new Bras N Things Easter campaign

Be snug as a bunny with Bras N Things’ cozy Easter collection featuring super soft fleece sleepwear and sexy satin sets.

Steph Claire Smith and Jadé Tuncdorukare the faces of the Easter campaign, which depicts the fun of long weekend getaway and was shot at The Pink Hotel in Coolangatta.

Welcome crisp autumn mornings and relaxing weekends in comfort with Bras N Things’ new sleepwear range.

Mix and match your favourite pieces, choosing from cute bunny prints, waffle or fleece fabrics, and fun applique details.

Complete your look with an adorable fleece robe with fun bunny ears feature on the hoodie, or add a cute bunny fleece eye mask for a sound sleep.

Keep your toes toasty this season with Bras N Things’ new range of slippers, booties, socks and slides available in grey and pink.

Also available in time for Easter are new bra sets in blue, black and pink. The fresh new designs feature the popular longline-style bra with deep plunging neckline, two-tone eyelash lace and soft satin binding. Pair with V-string or Brazilian to complete the set.

Bras N Things GM of Product Francesca Anderson said: “The Easter collection is always about comfort and embracing the cooler mornings of Autumn. We have included a range of fabrics that our customers love – from the lighter weight waffle fabrication through to the super soft fleece for extra warmth – all in complementary blush and grey tones which make this sleepwear collection ideal for mixing and matching styles. This year our designs have incorporated some new fun elements like fluffy bunny applique, prints and even ears on the fleece robe – perfect for the Easter break.”

Source: Bras N Things