John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine HAL 16 Sept 16

$999 FLIGHTS TO EUROPE WITH HOLLAND AMERICA  Back again for 2017, Holland America Line is offering its guests $999 return airfares to Europe when booking a Verandah or above in conjunction with select sailings across the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Baltic. Valid on select 2017 sailings booked between 1 September and 18 November 2016, the airfare offer is also combinable with with Holland America Line’s current Explore4 offer which includes a complimentary Signature Beverage Package, Pinnacle Grill dinner and a 50% reduced deposit. “It’s definitely not every day Australian’s can fly return to Europe in peak season for less than $1000!” said Tony Archbold, Holland America Line Director of Sales in Australia and New Zealand.

HAL Koningsdam2.jpg2017 eligible sailing highlights. 29-day Adriatic Treasures and European Splendour Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will be sailing four eligible itineraries. ms Koningsdam represents a new class of ship for Holland America Line offering guests an array of new dining, entertainment and enrichment experiences. A highlight will be the 29-day Adriatic Treasures and European Splendour sailing departing 15 April from. 14-day Celtic Explorer. Departing 3 June from Amsterdam on ms Prinsendam, this sailing offers an extensive exploration of Ireland with five port calls including Dublin and Galway. In addition, Prinsendam will make calls in Guernsey, Wales and Antwerp before returning to the Netherlands.

HAL Fine Dining .JPG12-day Mediterranean Rivieras. Sailing from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) on ms Westerdam, this sailing takes in some of the most iconic coastline of the Mediterranean. Mallorca, Corsica and Monaco to name a few.

24-day Fjords & Highlands and Baltic Adventures. This 24-day roundtrip Copenhagen sailing on ms Zuiderdam will take cruisers on a journey spanning eight countries, with highlights including Estonia, Russia, Sweden and Norway. From $7,899 pp in Verandah.  Airfare offer is available on select flights and gateways and booked through Holland America Line’s Flight Ease or by calling their travel professional. or call 1300 987 322.

 Princess Cruises Unveils Majestic Princess    Princess Cruises has unveiled the design and key features of Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in its global fleet. Majestic Princess will offer its guests a variety of enticing features and experiences, including two new specialty restaurants: Harmony, created in partnership with Chef Richard Chen formerly of Wynn Las Vegas “Wing Lei” (the first Chinese restaurant in North America awarded a Michelin star) this restaurant will feature haute Chinese cuisine, serving Chef Chen’s interpretation of classic Cantonese dishes.

Other dining includes Le Bistrot, located in the lively atrium, will offer casual French home-style dining with a modern twist. Reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, guests will enjoy traditional escargot casseroles, braised ox tongue and mushroom ragout, along with baguettes, tarts and pastries. Other dining includes The exclusive Chef’s Table, Lumiere, Alfredo’s, then to top it off with a wide selection of all-day gastronomy in the World Fresh Marketplace, where guests can taste flavours from diverse food stations around the world ranging from Mediterranean dishes to colourful farmer’s market salads and a new “East Meets West” street food specialty counter. Fares start from $3459* for a voyage from Barcelona to Athens, departing April 16, 2017 and visiting 13 ports including a host of destinations in Spain, France, Greece and Malta. visit, call 13 24 88 *subject to availability, conditions apply.

Golden Princess.jpgCruise Sydney to Melbourne – Return on Two Historic Trains   From just $1690 for 5 days including most meals. Two historic trains, a heritage tram and a 21st century ship form part of a never-before-offered rail and sail tour from Sydney to Melbourne and back. Celebrating the golden age of rail travel, the unique, escorted trip from Cruise Express this November will appeal to both rail and cruise lovers, with journeys aboard a rail motor, the famous Spirit of Progress train, Melbourne’s stylish tramcar restaurant and the 2600-passenger cruise ship, Golden Princess.

The historic, five-day ‘Intercapital Daylight’ adventure begins at Sydney’s Circular Quay on November 11, 2016, with a three-night cruise to Melbourne aboard Princess Cruises’ 17-deck Golden Princess.

In Melbourne guests will stay one night stay at the Vibe Savoy Hotel, including breakfast, with free time to enjoy the city’s famous shopping, arcades, laneways, gardens and cafes. Also included is a roaming dinner aboard Melbourne’s historic and elegant Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

Rail motor.jpgOn day five, guests will begin their rail adventure back to Sydney by boarding the blue and gold carriages of the famous Spirit of Progress at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. The train connected Sydney and Melbourne for almost half a century from 1937 to 1986.

Breakfast aboard the Spirit of Progress on the way to Seymour, where guests will transfer to a waiting, heritage 621/721 rail motor. The rail motor will take guests from Seymour to Sydney, with an included lunch stop at the 138-year-old Junee Railway Station. Morning and afternoon tea will be served on the train, with additional stops made at Albury and Goulburn before reaching Sydney’s Central Station.

Including 12 meals and the services of a Cruise Express Tour Manager, the ‘Intercapital Daylight’ rail and sail tour is available from $1690 per person, twin-share, or from $2190 for solo travellers. Flights to Sydney are additional.

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Holland America ms Koningsdam

Tony Archbold, Holland America Line Director of Sales Australia/New Zealand

Majestic Princess Bistro

Spirit of Progress




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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