John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine 12 Aug 2016

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KNOW YOUR CRUISE LINES   There are a great number of cruise lines, but unfortunately, many Australian cruisers are not aware of the subtle, and not so subtle differences. Those who cruise often usually look not only for good value, but more upmarket features. Often the more expensive option offers greater value, with more inclusions – you decide.

NCL -nclBrkwyWaterfrontBoardwalk.jpgNorwegian Cruise Line   Awarded ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ eight consecutive years in a row by the World Travel Awards, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 14 purpose-built vessels are am   the youngest, most contemporary afloat catering for 1,936 to 4,248 passengers. Norwegian Cruise Line offers unparalleled freedom, flexibility and choice with accommodations ranging from studio cabins specially priced for solo travellers to family suites and luxury accommodation in The Haven, and the greatest variety of restaurants and entertainment at sea – with up to 29 dining options on each ship. Worldwide, the line offers 190 sailings travelling to 65 ports of call in 24 countries – and in 2017, five ships will cruise Europe offering 60 different itineraries.

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“Norwegian Cruise Line’s most popular Europe itinerary among Australians is Norwegian Spirit’s 11-day Rome

ncl SHOWROA7hires.jpg (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona sailing – however with Norwegian Spirit, Epic, Star, Jade and Getaway cruising Europe in 2017, travellers will have even greater choice.”  Highlight itineraries for 2017:

Norwegian Star will sail 15 different European itineraries ranging from 7 to 14 days visiting Spain,

Monaco, France, Italy, the Canary Islands, Morocco, Greece, Croatia and more, with fares starting from AU$656 pp for a 7 day cruise.

From April to October, Norwegian Epic will offer weekly departures from Barcelona sailing a 7 night Western Mediterranean itinerary, starting from AU$659 pp   visit , phone (AU) 1300 255 200

Oceania Cruises NAUTICA_001.jpgOceania Cruises   Acclaimed for delivering the finest cuisine at sea™, Oceania Cruises’ specialty on-board restaurants include classic steak and seafood at Polo Grill, incredible Italian at Toscana, high-end Parisian fare at Jacques, Asian fusion at Red Ginger, al fresco dining at the Terrace Café, casual seafood and BBQ at Waves Grill, daily high tea at Horizons and wine seminars, dinners and tastings at La Reserve. The line also offers exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours™, immersive shore excursions that allow guests to delve deep into each regions’ culinary heritage. Oceania’s six-strong fleet visits over 330 destinations, with 32 cruises across Mediterranean, UK, Scandinavian and Nordic itineraries on offer over the European 2017 Summer – and multiple cusp-season sailings available.

Oceania Cruises’ special offer for early bookings invites guests to enjoy free unlimited WiFi, plus choose from either four free shore excursions, a free house beverage package or shipboard credit. Some of their many cruises include:

10 day Glamorous Riviera Rome roundtrip aboard Oceania Riviera departs 4 June 2017 from AU$3,420 pp Visiting ports including Florence, Portofino, Amalfi/Positano, Monte Carlo, Ibiza and Barcelona, Oceania Riviera’s on-board hands-on cooking school, The Culinary Centre (available on board Oceania Marina and Riviera), provides the opportunity to learn local cooking techniques and recipes, guided by Master Chefs and including classes inspired by the French and Italian destinations visited.

20 day Trail of the Vikings London roundtrip aboard Oceania Nautica departs 15 July 2017 from AU$10,750 pp

Visiting ports including the lands of the midnight sun, the icy caps and rolling hills of Denmark and Iceland and the famous hospitality of the Scottish and Irish in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin, the recently refurbished Oceania Nautica features four open seating restaurants, eight lounges and bars, a world class fitness centre and spa, a casino, lavish suites and luxurious staterooms – nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. visit Phone: (AU) 1300 355 200, (NZ) 0800 625 691

Regent Seven Seas Voyager.jpgRegent Seven Seas Cruises   Renowned for setting new benchmarks in all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruising, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ includes free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call, unlimited free WiFi, complimentary fine dining, fine wines and spirits, prepaid gratuities, ground transfers and complimentary deluxe pre or post-cruise hotel stays and Land Programs. The line’s four-vessel fleet includes the highly anticipated Seven Seas Explorer – the Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built, debuted on 20 July 2016.

For most 2017 European Summer cruises departing London, a complimentary three-night pre-cruise ‘Legendary London’ land program, including airport transfer and an optional West End theatre package, is available. Highlight cruises include:

      11 night Discover the Isles ex-London aboard Seven Seas Explorer departs 3 June 2017 from AU$10,730 pp

An incredible exploration of the United Kingdom and its Isles, destinations include Newcastle, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork and Holyhead with up to 43 free land excursions taking in incredible castles, mighty fortresses, historic churches and cosy villages.      12 night Baltic Odyssey ex-London aboard Seven Seas Explorer departs 14 June 2017 from AU$10,190 pp

Toscana3.jpgVisiting destinations including Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia with up to 56 free shore excursions, such as chocolate making, touring the KGB, sea kayaking, the Russian Ballet and Scandinavian canals – this is truly the Northern European cruise of a lifetime.visit  Phone: (AU) 1300 455 200, (NZ) 0800 625 692

About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd    NCLH operates a combined 24 ships with approximately 45,000 lower berths visiting more than 520 destinations worldwide. Six new ships are planned across the brands from 2016 to 2020, alongside a range of new itineraries including within the Australasian region.

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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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