Hello Tahiti: Bucket list travel x2!

Leading eco-travel company Majestic Whale Encounters has announced a final release of places for its Tahiti adventures. Due to popular demand, three trips to Tahiti have formed part of the travel company’s 2019 calendar, with final places closing at the end of May.

Combining two of many people’s bucket list adventures, Majestic’s Tahiti tours will take intrepid travelers to one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet – Moorea – before embarking on a luxury yacht voyage through the turquoise waters to swim with one of the world’s biggest animals, humpback whales.

An unforgettable experience, swimming with whales is at the core of Majestic’s mission to raise awareness of the need to travel responsibly and respect our natural environment.

Majestic Whale Encounters’ Founder Carmen Ellis said of their Tahiti trips, “Swimming with humpback whales in Tahiti is without a doubt one of the most magical experiences you can have. Our goal is to provide an unforgettable travel experience that educates as well as inspires, and leaves a minimal eco-footprint.”

The Tahiti tours take place throughout September when whale numbers are at their peak. Packages include accommodation aboard a luxury catamaran, all meals, and activities. Full trip details can be found here: https://www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au/tahiti

Source: Majestic Whale Encounters

Windstar Cruises Announce New "All-In Package"

Windstar Cruises, the leader in small ship cruising is making the convenience of a cruise even more appealing and effortless by offering a new inclusive onboard package with exceptional value on everything needed for the perfect vacation.

Guests who purchase Windstar’s new “All-In Package” receive unlimited Wi-Fi access, unlimited laundry service, hotel and beverage gratuities, and the top shelf Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package featuring all wines by the glass, all beer selections, all mini-bar beverages, and a broad assortment of cocktails — all for AU$131 per person, per day.

The “All-In Package” is available to purchase now on more than 550 cruises (ranging from 7- to 56-days) sailing to destinations around the globe into 2021 including Tahiti and the South Pacific, Alaska, Europe, Transatlantic, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Even after guests board the ship, the special package price of AU$131 per person may be purchased up through day two of the cruise.

Guests will save an estimated AU$39 per person, per day when booking the “All-In Package” versus separately paying for the various services and amenities. Unbundled, these additional amenities total approximately AU$170 per guest, per day including the beverage package typically priced at AU$86.80 per guest, per day.

The AU$131 “All-In Package” proved overwhelmingly popular with Windstar guests when recently available on select sailings.

Unlimited Wi-Fi allows guests to keep in touch with loved ones and share their vacation escapades while globe-trotting through Windstar’s signature small ports of call. Laundry Service is a practical perk that allows guests to streamline packing, save on luggage expenses, and is especially beneficial for guests sailing on water and beach-focused itineraries such as Tahiti or Costa Rica; as well as for guests who participate in adventurous explorations off the ship such as hiking, bike-riding, kayaking, and zip-lining.

The Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package is the boutique line’s ultimate beverage package that includes all domestic and imported beer and 33 varieties of wine or sparkling wine by the glass plus cordials, liqueurs, aperitifs, cocktails, and mini-bar items. Cocktails are based on house and select brands, and guests may choose from more than 40 liquors such as Grey Goose, Hendricks, Johnny Walker Black, Ketel One, Glenfiddich, Hennessy, and more (brands rotate and are subject to availability.)

In addition, all guests always enjoy the following complimentary amenities on every Windstar cruise: all meals in all venues including featured menu selections from dozens of James Beard Foundation chefs who have sailed with Windstar as part of an exclusive partnership; 24 hour room service; all non-alcoholic beverages including specialty coffees and teas; complimentary water sports from the ship’s Watersports Platform in featured tropical ports; local cultural performances in select ports such as flamenco dancers in Almeria, Spain; special events such as Windstar’s Signature Sail Away and Signature Deck Party, and Signature Beach Party on select sailings; onboard activities including culinary and mixology classes, and enrichment lectures on numerous itineraries such as the Signature Expeditions program found on all Alaska cruises featuring in-depth talks from a team of marine biologists, glaciologists, and more, who sail alongside cruise guests.

For two guests purchasing the “All-In Package” sharing a suite or stateroom, the total savings amounts to AU$273 per guest or AU$546 total per couple, based on a 7-day cruise.

Source: Windstar

Aqua Expeditions Announce New Fleet Additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.

Aqua Blu is Aqua Expeditions’ first ever coastal ship, and the first ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago with year-round departures.

Partnering with internationally-renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover, the completely refurbished Aqua Blu is endowed with a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle.

To begin service on 16 November 2019, Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on 7-night coastal cruise itineraries:

  • Raja Ampat (Round-trip; December through to February; 10 departures/year)
  • Bali-Komodo National Park (Bi-directional; April to September; 23 departures/year)
  • Ambon & Spice Islands (Round-trip; October to November; 7 departures/year)

Opening up the opportunity of exploring multiple destinations in East Indonesia on a single itinerary and discovering exotic locales such as The Forgotten Islands, Aqua Blu will also offer highly-limited 12-night journeys.

Called Limited Cross-Destination Voyages, there will be a maximum of four departures a year, each sailing a different route. Rates for 7- and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries range from USD7,525 to USD16,475 per person in double occupancy.

Aqua Nera, a new-build river cruise boat, features a high-concept interior by renowned architect Noor Design. Designed and constructed in Vietnam, the vessel will sail to the Peruvian Amazon, where it will begin operations on 1 August 2020.

Aqua Nera will offer 3-, 4- and 7-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from USD4,125 to USD10,325 per person in double occupancy.

As Aqua Expeditions vessels, both Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera feature world-class cuisine experiences by renowned consulting chefs and will be open for booking from 7 May 2019.

Aqua Blu cruises in the heart of the Coral Triangle and traverses the fabled global spice trade route. Itineraries will cover tropical islands where wildlife, culture and age-old traditions reside in addition to the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites. Featuring technologically-advanced stabilizers for ultimate guest comfort while navigating or at res, the high-performance vessel is also RINA- and SOLAS-certified.

With 15 individually-designed sea-facing suites in 3 cabin categories, Aqua Blu will welcome guests with on-board certified dive guides and a range of best-in-class cruise amenities including a sun deck, indoor lounge and bar, outdoor jacuzzi, spa and top-of-the-line non-motorised watersports equipment such as diving and snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Aqua Blu is also equipped with two high-powered tenders for sea excursions. Multiple excursions on land and water are planned to run concurrently on the Aqua Blu. Water-based excursions will cater to both certified divers as well as leisure snorkelers.

Designed and built to become the most state-of-the-art river boat to sail the Amazon, Aqua Nera will present guests with a luxuriously-appointed interior inspired by her surroundings: the blackwater lagoons and tributaries of the Amazon river and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The design also incorporates intricate accents from the rubber boom era and the colourful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru.

Using dark-hued, sustainably-sourced wood as the key interior material, Aqua Nera’s 20 spacious, river-facing suites will convey a welcoming and stylish sense of Amazonian tranquillity. The design philosophy manifests across the vessel’s social spaces including the restaurant, lounge and spa. Aqua Nera will also feature a river-facing plunge pool and gym. On Aqua Nera, Aqua Expeditions’ partnership with award-winning Peruvian culinarian Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will continue. Known for using Amazonian ingredients in his Modern Peruvian cuisine, Chef Schiaffino’s menu will reaffirm the cruise line’s steadfast commitment to sustainability and supporting local producers and conservation.

Bookings for Aqua Expeditions cruises are available through your travel agent or Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or reservations@aquaexpeditions.com.au or www.aquaexpeditions.com

Source: Aqua Expeditions

Trip.com are offering family dream job to ‘test run Fiji resort’

Online travel agency Trip.com, who launched last month in Australia, are advertising a dream job, announcing they will pay $1,000 to an Australian family to test run family-friendly activities on a paid trip to Fiji in a deal that includes flights, accommodation and activities.

The only criteria is that the lucky Australian family must be no more than four members, and they are willing to be followed around by a documentary crew on the trip.

Trip.com are on a mission to change the way we think about overseas travel,  that it is not only possible for families, young and old, but a necessity.

“We believe travel is the most important thing in the world. Experiencing other cultures and ways of life is a great way to help develop an open-mind,” said Trip.com Head of Marketing Joanne Heggie.

“We believe every Australian family should have the opportunity to experience a culture other than our own, and to do it together. By documenting this epic adventure, we hope we can convince other families to step outside their comfort zone and consider a holiday overseas,” she added.

To apply, families need to explain why they’re the best choice for the job via the task listing on Airtasker  https://www.airtasker.com/tasks/family-needed-to-test-fiji-resort-15050407/. Applications close midnight 12th May. The winning family of four will need to be available to commence their journey on 27th May, 2019 (refer to full T&C’s via the link on Airtasker.)

“To be paid $1,000 to go on a family trip overseas in an effort to see if the destination is truly family-friendly is one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen on Airtasker. With over 2.5 million people in the Airtasker community, I’m sure there is the perfect family waiting to apply,” Airtasker rep Alexandra Tully added.

Source: Trip.com

British Airways Launches Autumn Sale

For those looking for a mid-year getaway, British Airways has announced a series of Autumn flight deals to over 110 destinations including hot spots Singapore, London and Rome across all cabins.

On sale now until June 7, 2019, customers can book to fly in World Traveller (economy) to Singapore from just AUD$752, London from AUD$1,211 and Rome (via London) from AUD$1,187. The sale is valid for travel from May 01, 2019 until March 24, 2020.

British Airways operates a daily flight from Sydney to London, with a brief stop at the award-winning Singapore Changi Airport en route. Customers will also experience a seamless transfer experience via British Airways’ world-renowned terminal 5 at London Heathrow for connecting flights within the UK and Europe.

These flight deals offer travellers a chance to explore the cosmopolitan city of Singapore, visiting the famous Gardens by the Bay before making the onward journey to the UK or Europe. Travellers can get close-up to Buckingham Palace and see the bright lights of Piccadilly Square in London or say ciao to good times and gelato while exploring Italy’s capital, Rome.

Nicole Backo, British Airways’ Regional Commercial Manager South West Pacific, said: “We’re launching our autumn sale for Aussies to take the leap with an extended break to explore London, Rome and beyond. We know the cooler Australian months bring wanderlust, so this is the perfect opportunity for travellers to grab an unbeatable deal and take a trip to new destinations, return to much-loved holiday spots or visit distant friends and family.”


Travellers can book now on all flights including to the following key destinations:

  • Singapore – The special fares for flights to Singapore are valid for travel from April 30, 2019 until March 24, 2020. The fares start from AUD$752 in the World Traveller Economy class, AUD$1,832 in the World Traveller Plus Premium Economy class, AUD$3,232 in the Club World Business class, and AUD$4,232 in First.
  • London – The special fares for the flights to London are valid for travel from April 30, 2019 until March 24, 2020.The fares start from AUD$1,211 in the World Traveller Economy class, AUD$3,538 in the World Traveller Plus Premium Economy class, AUS$6,492 in the Club World Business class, and AUD$9,992 in First.
  • Rome – The special fares for the flights to Rome are valid for travel from April 30, 2019 until March 24, 2020.The fares start from AUD$1,187 in the World Traveller Economy class, AUD$3,358 in the World Traveller Plus Premium Economy class, AUS$6,278 in the Club World Business class, and AUD$9,778 in First.

For more information and bookings visit https://www.britishairways.com/en-au/offers/sale.

Source: British Airways