John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine • 2 Sept 2016

CEL_Constellation.jpgCELEBRITY CRUISES to sail from ABU DHABI   Celebrity Cruises is offering sailings out of Abu Dhabi for the first time ever this year, giving travellers the chance to blend modern luxury with timeless tradition on a range of cruises onboard Celebrity Constellation.

The premium cruise ship will make the Emirate’s newest cruise terminal her home from November 2016 to January 2017, the ideal season to visit this part of the world, offering cruises that range from 9 to 14 nights and calling at the exotic ports of the United Arab Emirates and India, around the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea.

Celebrity Constellation Rooftop Terrace_Constellation.jpgThe opulence of the modern cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are contrasted with the ancient traditions of Muscat, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin and New Mangalore, cities that pulse with age-old culture and fascinating history.

Enjoy camel-riding in Abu Dhabi’s sprawling desert sands, a visit to Dubai’s spice and gold souks and a day of indulgence on one of Goa’s famed, golden-sand beaches. The sailing departs  Abu Dhabi on 28 November 2016 and will take guests to Dubai for an overnight call, as well as New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai and Khasab in India. As well, the cruise includes five days at sea, where guests have plenty of opportunity to try out the luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa Club, eat at specialty restaurants such as Tuscan Grille, and keep in touch with family and friends with high speed internet, “Xcelerate”, onboard one of the cruise line’s best-loved ships, Celebrity Constellation.

Fares start at AUD$1559/NZD$1689 for an Oceanview stateroom on the nine-night, Arabian Coast Immersion cruise, a round-trip which begins in Abu Dhabi on 10 December 2016 and includes calls to the enthralling ports of Dubai where the ship spends two nights in a row, Muscat for a night, as well as a call to Khasab on the journey, before returning to Abu Dhabi for an additional overnight stay. 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent. Silver Explorer ..jpgDiscover Antarctica on Silver Explorer   Discover the ice-covered wonderland continent of Antarctica, on a 10-day voyage aboard Silver Explorer.  Departing Ushuaia, Argentina, on 26 February 2017, Silver Explorer journeys toward the Antarctic Peninsula, where guests will marvel at the incredible array of wildlife against the stunning backdrop of spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers.

Silver Explorer.jpgSilver Explorer discovers the Aitcho and South Shetland Islands. Silver Explorer journeys its way through other regions of the Antarctic Peninsula, where guests are able to view the 745-meter-high ice-caped mountain of the Tabarin Peninsula, the penguin colony on Paulet Island, and the collapsed volcano of Whalers Bay. Silver Explorer­ concludes her journey, returning via Drake Passage, disembarking in Ushuaia, Argentina, 08 March 2017. Fares include: all shore and Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship; an outstanding expedition team of expert guides and lecturers; complimentary WiFi and all gratuities. Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

Prague Four Seasons Spa    Four Seasons Hotel Prague has opened its new AVA Spa dedicated to local traditions and luxurious pampering with breathtaking views of Prague Castle. Historically, “ava” is the Celtic word for water. To this day, ava remains part of the names of many Czech rivers, including the Vltava River that runs right by Four Seasons Hotel Prague. Water and historical Czech spa traditions are central to the theme of the new AVA Spa concept.

FourSeasons PRG_648_aspect16x9.jpgAVA Spa has named its five treatment rooms after five nearby rivers including the Vltava, Morava, Otava, Litava and Svitava. The Vltava is a large couples´ suite with rhassoul and a bath that offers stunning views of Prague’s most beautiful sights, such as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. In addition to the spa suites, guests are invited to enjoy the sauna, steam bath and vitality pool with a waterfall, massage jets and hydrotherapy surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs and a fireplace for a truly relax atmosphere. Swiss Perfection and Sodashi cosmetics and treatments not found anywhere else in Czech Republic, the AVA Spa offers guests the opportunity to sample traditional Czech-inspired baths, exclusive facials and signature spa rituals. The Spa is open for both Hotel and outside guests.

“What makes AVA Spa unique to Prague is their select line of cosmetics and signature treatments,” says Claudia Santos, Spa Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Prague. “We are especially proud of our spa rituals, which include purifying baths, detoxifying massages and age-defying facials.”

The Karlovy Vary Inspiration uses bath water infused with healing compounds to detoxify and purify the body. For a more intense detoxification, the Signature Detox begins with a rhassoul steam bath and includes both a Sodashi Marine Mineral Body Scrub and contouring pink clay mask. A full body massage and special scalp and feet pampering complete the purifying process.

PRG_645_aspect16x9.jpgSenses will be soothed and a full body glow achieved following the Golden Ritual. This luxury Omorovicza treatment combines a full-body scrub to revitalise the skin; a soothing Bath Retreat; a relaxing Gold Body Massage and finally a divine anti-ageing Gold Lifting Facial. The Cellular Exclusive Lift Concept is a five-step Swiss Perfection lifting treatment that naturally lifts the skin and brings long term benefits. For guests who simply need to be revitalised, the La Bohéme Massage is inspired by the Czech national tree and uses detoxifying and regenerating linden blossom oil.

Before your next River Cruise spoil yourself (+420) 221 427 830, email:

Not responsible for errors or omissions, prices subject to availability, changes of terms and conditions may apply. MORE:


Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Upper Deck

Silverseas Silver Explorer

Four Seasons Prague Spa

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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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