John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine 5 Aug 2016

NCLJo artFI_07-15-16-2.jpgNCL’s FIRST-EVER SHIP FOR CHINA FEATURE CUSTOM ARTWORK BY TAN PING    World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line Commissions a Renowned Chinese Artist to Paint the Hull of its New Breakaway-Plus Class Vessel for China, Norwegian Joy the artwork to be featured on the hull of its soon to-be-unveiled Breakaway-Plus class vessel Norwegian Joy. Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, with home porting in Shanghai and Beijing, Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship that is purpose-built for the Chinese market.

NCLJoy_FI_07-15-16.jpgA painter, printmaker, and educator, Tan Ping straddles the worlds of both art and design. His abstract paintings and copper plate etchings are in the collections of such renowned museums as The National Art Museum of China; Portland Art Museum, USA; Ludwig Museum, Germany; and The Shanghai Art Museum. Tan Ping also enjoys the distinction of having led and directed a team of designers from Central Academy of Fine Arts to complete the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Image and Landscape Design Project. His subject for Norwegian Joy is the phoenix, an iconic mythical bird believed to reign supreme over all birds of the world.

Australia to America via Paradise with Air Tahiti Nui’s Pacific Loo   Air Tahiti Nui has released a new combination fare offering Australian travellers the ultimate way to travel to the United States with a stopover in Tahiti one way and a seamless non-stop flight home.

Air Tahiti Nui aircraft exterior.jpgThe exciting new Pacific Loop allows guests to make a stopover in Papeete en route to Los Angeles with the convenience and value of one airfare. The return journey is a swift non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney with American Airlines. The journey can also be reversed. For the ultimate Pacific exploration, guests can also take advantage of a stopover in Auckland to combine three countries for the price of one. The Pacific Loop from Sydney to Los Angeles via Auckland and Papeete is priced from $1599* in economy class and from $7999* in business class. Air Tahiti Nui General Manager Australia New Zealand Alan Roman said the combination fare was a great way for Australians to explore the region. visit

PONANT BROCHURE   PONANT has released a comprehensive brochure featuring an extensive range of itineraries exploring the Asia and Pacific regions during 2017 – 2018.

Ponant Broch .JPEG7 cruises onboard the modern luxury expedition ship L’Austral will reveal the highlights of Asia, featuring 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Itineraries include Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Sabah and Papua, plus inaugural voyages to and from Myanmar. In the Pacific region, a further 7 voyages on L’Austral and sister-ship Le Boréal explore from Hawaii to French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands, mysterious Easter Island, the Solomon Islands and Noumea, as well as the fiords and sub Antarctic islands of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia. A range of itineraries that feature no less than 14 World Heritage sites. Easily accessible departure and arrival points such as Cairns, Bali, Manila and Wellington belie the many rarely-visited remote destinations included in this range of enticing voyages. 5 voyages are designated ‘Expeditions’, appealing to adventurous travellers who enjoy exploring in absolute luxury

Once-in-a-lifetime itinerary options range from exploring the remote islands of the Sub Antarctic to viewing the archaeological enigma of Easter Island’s giant stone Moais and the thousand year old petroglyphs of Fatu Hiva. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands meet members of the John Frum Cargo Cult, climb an active volcano and snorkel in waters renowned for Second World War wrecks; while Borneo provides the opportunity to see the ‘man of the forest’, our cousin the orang-utan, in his natural habitat.

Be one of few to visit the remote Asmat region of Papua, snorkel in the pristine bio-diverse marine area of Raja Ampat, photograph giant dragons in Komodo, or sail in the wake of famed mariner Captain Bligh when you visit Pitcairn Island and the islands of Tahiti.

Japanese itineraries provide ample opportunity to experience their culture and customs. Monique Ponfoort, Vice President, PONANT Australasia, commented “we encourage you to book as early as possible in order to secure the best possible fares and accommodation options onboard.” For solo travellers, we offer single supplement fares across many voyages, including some cruises which currently have NO single supplement, while others are offered from just 15%.

FLY DIRECT FROM ADELAIDE to CHINA   In celebration of the proposed launch of direct flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou with China Southern Airlines from December this year, Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys have prepared a list of the top reasons for Adelaideans to visit China

China image006 (1).jpgFew places offer travellers the variety of natural experiences that China does. Spectacular landscapes with sweeping views have inspired a multitude of traditional Chinese paintings and even the epic sci-fi movie, Avatar, and continue to transfix travellers. The country’s landscape includes the snow-capped peaks of Tibet, the karst lime formations of Yangshuo and Guilin, dramatic mountainous areas in remote Yunnan and sweeping sand dunes across the Silk Road en route to the ancient city of Kashgar

image005.jpgEating can be a 24/7 endeavour and nowhere more so than China with so much to try. Outside of the often quoted eight styles of Chinese cuisine, which include the numbing and spicy Sichuan cuisine, the sweeter and lighter seafood dishes of Guangdong (Cantonese), and varieties from Hunan, Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangsu, Shandong Anhui, there are also Beijing, Dongbei (northeastern) and Uighur styles to sample. The modern metropolises of Shanghai and Beijing, with their perennial hustle and bustle are a huge contrast to the ancient artefacts and towns waiting to be discovered across the country. The remarkable Army of Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the historic Lijiang in the southwest and ‘Chinese Venice’ Suzhou in the east, the Forbidden City and the hidden hutongs in Beijing are just some of the gems worth exploring. Insider Journeys offers a range of small group journeys and private travel options to China. For details, call 1300 138 755 or visit

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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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