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The First Fathom Cruise in the Dominican Republic

The first Fathom cruise has arrived in the Dominican Republic, pioneering social impact travel.  Part of the Carnival Corporation family, Fathom will offer separate roundtrip voyages from Miami to two of the Caribbean’s most desired destinations: the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Sailing aboard the 704-guest Adonia, redeployed from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will mobilise, educate and equip travellers on every trip, allowing for thousands of impact activity days per week and providing unprecedented scale for impact.

Reduced Single Suppliments

Scenic is offering a reduced single supplement on selected cruises on board the World’s First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Solo travellers can enjoy a reduced single supplement on the luxurious 38m2 Deluxe Verandah Suites and also the 32m2 Verandah Suites on a number of cruises in 2018 and 2019.

Some of these include: 12 Day Ultimate Antarctica with six departures, now priced from $21,095: 11 Day Ultimate Arctic departing on 20 and 30 July 2019, now priced from $19,795.

21/22 Day Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands departing on 16 December 2018 and 1 March 2019, now priced from $39,195. Subject to availability and strictly limited. Call 138 128 or visit

Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Scenic Eclipse, Antarctica

Seabourn Ventures

The world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn is enhancing its Ventures by Seabourn expedition program in northern Europe this summer, giving guests onboard Seabourn Quest new opportunities to experience the region’s picturesque destinations.

Designed for small groups, Ventures by Seabourn excursions enable guests to explore stunning waterways and fjords, secluded inlets and scenic islands via Zodiac inflatable boats or double sea kayaks launched from the unique fold-out water sports marina onboard all Seabourn vessels. The optional excursions are led by an expert team of scientists, scholars and naturalists with a guide- to-guest ratio of 1:14 maximum.

Cunard Offers New European Special Event Cruises in 2017

From seven-night transatlantic crossings to 21-night sojourns in the waters of the Mediterranean, the program, just launched, encompasses 161 sailings on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth visiting 93 destinations in 32 countries.

Included in the offering are four new ports for the fleet – Souda Bay (for tours to Chania) in Greece; Sibenik in Croatia; Brindisi in Italy and Praia da Vitoria in Portugal. The new ports will feature in Queen Victoria’s popular Mediterranean itineraries, which depart from Rome, Venice, Athens or Barcelona between July and November. A favourite with Australians, the cruises offer a relaxed way to travel through the region, with 29 destinations on offer on itineraries ranging from seven to 21 nights. Fares start from $1649* per person double occupancy for a seven-night voyage from Venice to Athens, departing July 8, 2017.

Fares on Queen Elizabeth’s short cruise start from $539* per person double occupancy, while fares on Queen Victoria’s short cruise start from $899* per person double occupancy. See a travel agent, or visit or call 132441.


Grand Hyatt Macau was crowned ‘Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Macau’ at the 9th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2016 announced in Shanghai on 7 April 2016. The prestigious awards honor the best and brightest in the Greater China travel trade industry as voted by travel industry professionals and guests.

Home to one of the largest event spaces in Macau, spanning almost 8,000 square meters (86,111 sq ft), Grand Hyatt Macau offers event planners a wide choice of memorable venues. The hotel features two pillar-free ballrooms, including the unique Salão do Teatro with an open kitchen concept, plus eight multi-functional meeting Salons.

Grand Hyatt Macau capitalizes on its renowned restaurants by offering organizers a greater degree of flexibility and memorable culinary-led experiences – from a customized meal in one of the Grand Club private dining rooms to a walk-in dessert extravaganza in Salão do Teatro’s show kitchen.

GHyatt Macau
Grand Hyatt, Macau

Verona, Venice and an Italian Opera Cruise

Luxury hotel barge cruise company, European Waterways, has availability remaining on La Bella Vita for its magical opera cruise departing on August 20.

Before the cruise from Venice to Mantua begins, guests will be taken from the Hotel Due Torri in Verona to visit the fascinating Arena Museo Opera Museum, followed by dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant. Guests will then get to experience front stall seats in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, to watch a magical performance of one of the best-known and loved operas, Bizet's Carmen.

During the 6-night cruise, there are visits to some wonderful baroque theatres: Gran Teatro La Fenice, where the premieres of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed, and the intimate Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, with its bell-shaped interior that opened with a concert by a 13-year- old Mozart in 1770.

Guests will cruise across the Venetian Lagoon past its colourful islands and on through the Po Valley visiting the famous fish market in Chioggia, the Schifanoia Palace in Ferrara and the stunning Ducal Palace in Mantua. The opera cruise itinerary is for 7 nights and includes: a one-night, pre-cruise stay in a 4-star hotel in Verona; the evening in Verona at the opera; all gourmet meals prepared by the chef on-board; fine wines, an open bar, the daily escorted excursions, admissions and local transfers.

Seven-night itinerary, from €3,475 (AU$5,145) per person. Check the website or call 1800 828 050

European Waterways La Bella Vita - Cruising in Venice low res

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