John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine 19 Aug 2016

Insider J.jpgThe Inside Scoop on Indochina  Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys have revealed that sales to Indochina destinations have grown year on year, with Laos small group journey sales up a significant 23% and Cambodia up 9%.

Managing Director Paul Hole attributes this growth to Australian travellers better understanding the depth of experience and beauty within Indochina.

“Indochina has so much to offer, with stunning scenery, fascinating culture, historic relics and ruins, and a renowned cuisine,” explains Hole.

“Our travellers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for new experiences. In response, we’ve increased our travel options and the destinations we cover across Indochina to provide continually more engaging experiences for our passengers. We’re introducing Vietnam.jpgmore options to visit lesser known places like Cambodia’s newest ‘in destinations’ – Kratie, Kampot and Battambang. “Travellers are also starting to see Indochina as offering premiere beach options, especially in the resort locations near Danang and Hoi An in Vietnam, and Sihanoukville in Cambodia. “We’ve seen increasing interest in touring and cruising in the Mekong Delta as small boat river cruising offers a unique opportunity to gain greater access and deeper insights into a traditional way of life along Asia’s most iconic waterways, witnessing a way of life that has remained relatively unchanged.”

 Insider Journeys is offer 15% off any Small Group Journey to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos booked by 31 September, for travel prior to 31 December 2016.Visit:

Celebrity Millennium.jpgCELEBRITY CRUISES OFFERS MORE FOR LESS  Throughout the month of August, modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises is giving travellers even more reasons to experience amazing Asia. Oceanview stateroom reservations and above on sailings departing from November 2016 through to June 2017, will receive a free Classic beverage package and US$300 onboard credit per stateroom.

Celebrity Millennium offers a range of sailings from Singapore and Hong Kong to some of Asia’s most incredible destinations, and after her recent US$8 million refurbishment she feels brand new. The 2,000-passenger ship now features a new roof top terrace which hosts the new Taste of Film program – where guests are treated to movies under the stars paired with matching food inspired by the exotic destination the film is set in. Celebrity Millennium now also features the brand’s signature Italian steakhouse, Tuscan Grille, plus the Solarium and all of her Suites have been refreshed with new fittings and soft furnishings, making her a modern and elegant vessel to explore Asia. Fares start from AU$1849 visit, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

Silversea waiter.jpg SILVERSEA $170 MILLION FLEET REFURBISHMENT  Silversea, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line, is delighted to announce the biggest fleet-wide refurbishment plan in its history, worth US$170 Million.  This investment is not aimed at simply maintaining Silversea’s self-imposed high levels of excellence. “We are thrilled to be moving ahead with these major refurbishments and look forward to welcoming guests aboard and sharing our unique vision of ultra-luxury cruising, both in terms of service and physical environment”, said Manfredi Lefebvre, Chairman of Silversea. “We pride ourselves on being the reference when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising and this investment reflects our long-term commitment in this regard toward our ships, our guests and our crew”.

Silverseas -Silver-Whisper.jpgSilver Whisper, host to the iconic World Cruise, will undergo a refurbishment that will take place by the end of 2016, and has been largely influenced by feedback from World Cruisers, proving that Silversea guests truly are at the heart of the company operations.  This also ensures that 2017 World Cruisers will get to experience a top coat of luxury, and be the first guests to help massage the fresh feel into the understated glamour that the brand has become synonymous with. Silver Whisper’s communications hub is set for a major overhaul with the addition of two satellite antennas, vastly improving Internet speeds on board and enabling guests to take full advantage of the new, interactive TVs and on demand movies available in every suite.

The refurbishment programme extends to Silver Wind during her dry dock scheduled for October 2016. Once again, refurbishment of furniture and furnishings, technology upgrades that include interactive TVs and on demand movies complete the contemporary, yet understated levels of luxury in every suite. Visit or contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand).

Amber Wilson Silversea.jpgNEW SILVERSEA BOSS IN Asia-Pacific  Silversea Cruises announced that Amber Wilson is the cruise line’s General Manager for Asia Pacific.  Based in the Sydney office, Wilson will be responsible for the Asia Pacific markets, revenue and the direction of sales and marketing management with the Sydney and Singapore teams reporting directly to her.
“I am thrilled to be joining a company widely acknowledged as being the pioneer of ultra-luxury cruising,” said Wilson. “It is a privilege to have this opportunity to drive the Silversea brand forward and build upon the reputation of luxury and unrivalled service, while strengthening relationships with industry partners in the region.”

With over 17 years’ experience in the travel and cruise industries and a strong commercial background, Wilson has worked across a range of senior management roles in Australia and the UK. Most recently, Wilson held the position of General Manager, Sales & Marketing at Cruiseco.

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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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