JP CruiseandTravelMagazine 8 April 2016


5 Star Polar Exploration on Ponant.  PONANT, world leader in Polar cruising for more than 15 years, has no less than three luxury expedition ships in Antarctic this 2016-2017 southern summer season, offering a range of itineraries aboard Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial; environmentally responsible French-flag expedition ships that form part of the youngest fleet in the world.

Between November 2016 and February 2017, PONANT is offering 4 outstanding Antarctic itineraries – including a new one – across 16 departure dates to experience a genuine polar safari to observe the region’s unique wildlife in its natural habitat.

Guests gain access to protected sites only accessible to small capacity ships, limited in this region to 200 passengers, while exploring the world’s extreme regions in Five-Star comfort – a unique concept created by PONANT that has become its hallmark. These life-changing voyages include Zodiac outings designed to get adventurous guests as close as possible to nature, with time to linger over the region’s most significant sites.

Flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising and at any moment the Captain may alter the ship’s course to admire the acrobatics of a humpback whale or land passengers on a beach to meet a particularly impressive penguin colony.

Each voyage is a unique experience made all the more interesting by a specialist expedition team, renowned polar specialists who are delighted to share their views and passion for these southern ice lands which they have been exploring for years.

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000. Further information available on the website:

QM2 from rear.jpgQueen in Local Waters. Cunard’s magnificent Queen Mary 2 will spend more than a month in local waters in 2018, with her cruise offerings including a stunning 13-night circumnavigation of New Zealand as well as a four-night cruise to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.

Announcing details of its new 2018 World Voyages program, which goes on sale on April 13, Cunard said overwhelming demand for Queen Mary 2’s shorter cruises from local ports in 2017 had prompted it to schedule more roundtrip cruises from Australia in 2018 as part of the liner’s world cruise itinerary. In all, Australian ports will enjoy 14 calls from Queen Mary 2 and her younger sister Queen Elizabeth during the ships’ 2018 world voyages.

The Retreat on Seabourn Encore.jpgSerene Space on Encore.  Seabourn has unveiled design details and imagery of The Retreat, the ultimate serene space that will make its debut on the ultra-luxury cruise line’s newest vessel, Seabourn Encore, this December.

Located on Deck 12, The Retreat will be a tranquil setting housed in a distinctive flower-shaped canopy that will shield guests from the elements. It will be ringed with 15 private cabanas designed as individual luxury living rooms that will each feature a large HD flat screen television and a refrigerator stocked with a personalised selection of beverages. An additional Spa Treatment Cabana will also be available for guests to enjoy bespoke spa services.

4 Seasons Prague .jpgNew Spa for Four Seasons Prague. Four Seasons Hotel Prague announces the coming of a new spa concept combining local traditions with the latest in luxury pampering.

Set in an historic Neo-Classical building overlooking Prague Castle, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Prague is being designed in synergy with the Hotel’s décor and will offer authentic local spa and wellbeing experiences. Unique in Prague, facial and body treatments will be infused with beauty secrets indigenous to Old World Europe. Based on water and mineral rich products, treatments are enhanced with state-of-the-art thermal baths and a vitality pool.

Only here, clients will find an authentic Central European spa experience. Exclusive facial and body treatments with moor muds and a relaxing and healing thermal bath menu. The new Spa will feature five treatments rooms, including a couple’s suite, two spa baths and a vitality pool in addition to separate steam and sauna rooms and a lounge area.

The Spa’s design took inspiration from the Hotel’s décor and will feature natural materials, including wood, glass and stone; and characteristic ceiling arches, tiling and stencilling. The carefully implemented design and bespoke furnishings reflect the quality of the architecture native to the building, while the design approach has been adapted to emphasise a relaxing and revitalising experience for Spa guests.Prague Luxury Hotels | #2025FE8

Food - Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.jpgFood is a Great Joy. Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its partnership with chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri – the food personality behind Carnival Spirit’s popular Guy’s Burger  Joint – with  a new authentic smokehouse and barbecue venue onboard Carnival Magic. The new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse has been unveiled following the US-based Carnival Magic’s dry dock and features a traditional wood smoker – a rarity on a cruise ship.

The Grill by Thomas Keller - Seabourn Encore.jpgFine Dining on Seabourn. Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has revealed renderings of its new signature fine-dining restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller, which will debut in May 2016 onboard Seabourn Quest.

With a menu and ambiance inspired by the classic American chophouse, The Grill is a collaboration between three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller and designer Adam D. Tihany, exclusively for Seabourn. “We are delighted Chef Keller has partnered with us to produce such a standout dining experience for guests to enjoy as they travel the world with Seabourn,” Seabourn President Richard Meadows said. “Wrapped in a fresh design from Adam D. Tihany, The Grill by Thomas Keller will take our already award-winning cuisine to new heights.”

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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