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ULTIMATE NEW ZEALAND TOUR 30 OCTOBER 2018

Travel in a small group aboard the Ultimate Coach, featuring 20 luxury leather seats, panoramic viewing and an unparalleled level of comfort.

ALL INCLUSIVE Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, premium accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Please Click Below for Full Brochure!!
https://issuu.com/grand-pacific-tours/docs/gpt.cathie_rice_travel_-_17_day_ult?e=2077825/57184056

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Princess 2019 World Cruise and World Cruise Sector

Experience the holiday of a lifetime – a world cruise with Princess!
Step onboard Sea Princess Ex. Auckland, Sydney or Brisbane for the full World Cruise or enjoy a shorter sector from a port of your choice

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Full World Cruise
106 nights departing 14 May 2019
Sydney to Sydney
Ports Visited: Sydney, Brisbane, Komodo Island, Singapore, Colombo, Muscat, Dubai, Aqaba, Suez Canal, Valletta, Barcelona, Seville, Amsterdam, Berlin, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Cork, Reykjavik, St john’s, New York, Charleston, Willemstad, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Quito, Salaverry, Lima, Easter Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney

Fares from $22,999pp** twin share

Alternative Segments available:
Sydney to New York – 14 May – 68 nights
Sydney to London (Dover) – 14 May – 56 nights
Sydney to Dubai – 14 May – 22 nights
Brisbane to London (Dover) – 16 May – 54 nights
Auckland to London (Dover) – 10 May – 60 nights
Dubai to London (Dover) -5 June – 34 nights
London (Dover) to Brisbane – 9 July – 52 nights
London (Dover) to Sydney – 9 July – 50 nights
London (Dover) to Auckland – 9 July – 46 nights
London (Dover) to New York – 9 July – 12 nights
New York to Sydney – 21 July – 38 nights

Contact Cathie Rice Travel for full details on pricing for these sectors!!

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Early Booking Benefits!
Guests booking before 30 April 2018 will receive:

Onboard Credit
Full World Cruise – $1,000 per person

World Cruise Segments 45-70 nights – $400 per person
World Cruise Segments 12-38 nights – $100 per person

Complimentary Mini-Bar Set Up
Once off setup on embarkation day, valid for Suites only on all voyage lengths

Captain’s Circle Benefits
Princess Captain Circle members are eligible for special launch savings:

Full 106 night World Cruise – $1,000pp
World Cruise Segments 45-70 nights – $500pp
World Cruise Segments 34-38 nights – $200pp
World Cruise Segments 12-22 nights – $100pp

Whichever sector you choose, you will expand your horizons and come back new with Princess Cruises

Please note: All Early Booking Benefits expire 30 April 2018. Subject to availability. Capacity Controlled. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice.
**Pricing is subject to change at anytime based on availability at the time of booking and until paid in full

Authentic Asia: Vietnam & Cambodia and Majestic Princess Cruises

Not sure if your next Asian adventure should be an Ocean or River cruise? Then why not do both! Introducing an exclusive double cruise offer that gives you the opportunity to voyage through Asia by ocean and river on board Majestic Princess & Cruiseco Adventurer.

From as little as $8,875pp** this incredible 30 Night Fly, Stay & Cruise package offers unbeatable value; that’s less than $300 per day, flights and accommodation inclusive! But there is just one catch, and that’s the expiry date on this offer… This Friday, 10 November.

A luxury adventure cruising on the Mekong. Emperors and artists, warriors and monks…surely nowhere boasts a more captivating array of culture, rituals and ruins than Vietnam and Cambodia. From tiny villages to great cities, every turn promises to reveal a triumph or tragedy. Let’s not forget the incredible voyage from Singapore to Shanghai with so much to see, experience and discover this voyage will leave you with unforgettable memories!

  • Economy Class airfare from Australia to Ho Chi Minh City + Siem Reap to Singapore + Shanghai to Australia
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Caravelle Hotel Saigon
  • 7 night cruise aboard the Cruiseco Adventurer from Saigon to Siem Reap
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at the Raffles Hotel D’Angkor
  • 2 night stay at the Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore
  • 14 night cruise from Singapore to Shanghai aboard Majestic Princess
  • 2 night post-cruise stay at the Radisson Blu Shanghai New World Hotel

Package starts from only $8,875pp** (twin share)

Contact Cathie Rice Travel for more information

**Pricing is subject to change at anytime based on availability at the time of booking and until paid in full

Customer Review from the Oceania Nautica

Stephen and Maria recently returned from their cruise on board Oceania Nautica and thouroughly enjoyed themselves, see below their feedback.

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for your email welcoming us home.

Both Maria and I agree that this was our best trip ever.

We could not have been more impressed with the ship and the whole cruise experience onboard Nautica.

We found the food, decor, service standards, entertainment and cleanliness to be outstanding.The size and location of the cabin was also good.

Before we left you told us about the Oceania reputation for culinary excellence so we were expecting the food to be good.

It was sensational! I’m sure we have returned to Bunbury several kilos heavier.

Who would believe being offered a printed menu of ten olive oils and four balsamic vinegars to chose from at the Italian speciality restaurant?!The opportunity to indulge in whole fresh lobster and prawns on consecutive nights certainly beats eating Maria’s pasta in front of the TV. The hardest choice was deciding where to dine each night. We were lucky enough to obtain a total of five reservations in the speciality restaurant, Toscana and Polo Grill.

We enjoyed the opportunity to visit so many really interesting cities in a short period of time. Sometimes it was quite frustrating to have to leave such beautiful cities as Riga and Tallin after such a short visit.

The average age group onboard was generally around our own age and we met many very interesting people whom we hope to stay in touch with.The size of the ship (638 passengers) was perfect for us ……big enough to offer plenty of amenities but small enough to retain a more intimate atmosphere.

The crew were extremely friendly and well trained .They were very well drilled in maintaining hygiene standards in that no passenger was able to touch the food behind the service counter. It was always presented to us by the staff by means of serving tongs or white gloves.

We are not aware of anyone getting sick.

All in all….we would very highly recommend this cruise and this cruise company.

It was a truly memorable experience.

Thanks again for your efforts in helping organise it for us, Stephen.

With best regards,

Stephen and Maria Craddock

P.S The ultimate highlight for me was in Stockholm.They had their “Kulturfest” on and we spent 90 minutes in the square alongside the Opera House enjoying a free concert of excerpts from the Swedish State Opera’s forthcoming season. Amazing.

ANDREA’S “NORWAY & THE HIGH ARCTIC CRUISE TOUR”

DEPARTING 10 JUNE 2018

In June 2015, Crandon and I escorted a small group of 20 travellers to Norway and Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, located above the Arctic Circle. This was such an exciting treat for me … back in the 80’s I backpacked through Scandinavia and absolutely fell in love with Norway. To be able to return to this breathtakingly beautiful part of the world with such a wonderful group of people was an incredible experience.

I will be returning to Norway and Spitsbergen with a small group of 12 guests in June 2018, and I invite you to join me.

A visit to the High Arctic is a visit to one of Earth’s last wilderness areas. June is early summer, and the arctic tundra is bursting with a rich collection of amazing wildlife and diverse flora. The northern sea ice is still thick, offering the local polar bears a rich hunting ground, and giving us the best chance of spotting one of these majestic creatures. 24 hours of continuous daylight offers endless opportunities to look for the little Svalbard reindeer, Arctic fox, walrus, seals, whales and many varieties of sea and land birds.

Our cruise will be aboard the small ship ‘MS Expedition’, taking up to 134 guests. This Ice Class 1B vessel is a comfortable and spacious expedition ship. All cabins have an ocean-facing window or porthole and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the region’s spectacular landscapes.

During the day we’ll go Zodiac cruising in small groups for exciting encounters with nature, then go ashore to take tundra walks or optional hikes. The onshore activities have several options based on your level of fitness, so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Arctic.
Back on the ship, guests can listen to educational presentations about the region’s wildlife, geology and history, and at the end of each day, meet for fine food in the dining room and lively conversation in the lounge, recapping the day’s events.

This tour includes flights with Emirates and Scandinavian Airlines, breakfast daily in the hotels, a group dinner and all meals on the cruise. All your cruise excursions are included as well as waterproof boots to keep your feet dry onshore. You’ll also receive a high-performance expedition parka to keep you warm, yours to take home at the end of the cruise. 

Pre-cruise we’ll have 2 nights in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s capital, with the option of taking a dog sledding/carting excursion on the free day.
Post-cruise we have 3 nights in Oslo, including a morning city tour with entry to the Viking Ship Museum. We have a free day and I am happy to assist with other sightseeing options. Some of our guests have decided to extend their holiday in Norway after our tour, and I am able to help with flights, accommodation and other tours if desired.

My tour is starting to fill, with only 3 cabins remaining. This is a fantastic adventure for travellers of all ages, so if you are looking for a unique travel experience, why not come join me.

For information on pricing please click on our Escorted Tour Tab for the full brochure.