10 Day Special Departure
Departing Bunbury 18th May 2019
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10 Day Special Departure
Departing Bunbury 18th May 2019
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Please see below a review from our clients Des and Suzie Duplex who loved thier time on the “Wind Surf”
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Stephen and Maria recently returned from their cruise on board Oceania Nautica and thouroughly enjoyed themselves, see below their feedback.
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.
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As you may or may not already be aware it has been a very tough and sad two weeks here at Cathie Rice Travel,
Our valued consultant Holly passed away suddenly on the 2nd July,
Holly’s funeral will be held this Friday 14 July’17 at the Bunbury Crematorium at 1pm and as you can understand all of the Cathie Rice Travel team will be attending.
Please be advised that our Bunbury store will be closed from 11am, our office will be open on Saturday 9am – midday.
Our Collie store will be closed from 11am, and will be open again on Monday 17 July at 9am.
Holly came to work for us in April 2013, after completing her diploma of tourism at the Bunbury Tafe… Holly was a very valued member of our team – she always had time for her clients bookings regardless of the nature or size of the booking.
Holly had a passion for travel and this was the reason that Holly was so good at her job – she enjoyed planning other people’s holidays as if it was her own.
She was a pleasure to have in the office and we will miss her dearly.
For those DIY travellers we are excited to announce that our Cruise booking engine on our website is now live for the following cruise lines – Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, MSC, Viking and Norwegian cruise lines.
You can search your cruise, select your cabin and confirm your booking in the comfort of your own home – of course if you would like assistance you can always contact our office and we will be more than happy to assist.
In the months to follow we will be going live with Princess cruise lines and APT… other cruise lines will continued to be added.
Check it out now on our website – www.cathiericetravel.com.au
You did good!
Everything went smooth no hiccups at all everything as scheduled
Hotels were great probably best was the James at Chicago
Highlight of the trip was the train
Was absolutely fantastic and a great experience 7 states in 3 days very scenic and the service and food on board was really good
All bookings everywhere went smooth as did the flights
The itinerary was spot on
We were all really happy with everything
All the Hotels were great locations
Favourite City for all of us was Chicago but I also loved San Francisco and Buffalo was great as well
Alcatraz tour was worth doing and enjoyed Niagara too!
Big big thank you was perfect in every way
Mathew has just returned from a trip to the tropical island of Christmas Island. Christmas Island is a beautiful Island off the coast of Indonesia and is only a 3 and a half hour flight from Perth, Western Australia.
The best time is the dry season where temperatures hover from around 25 – 30 degrees during the day and 27 – 21 at night .
While on the Island we stayed at the Sunset Hotel for the duration of our stay. The Sunset Hotel is a stone’s throw from the ocean. The hotel is a short walk to everything in town including Taverns, Cafe’s, the supermarket and the island’s main shopping district. The Sunset has a nice pool you can relax and unwind in at any time during you stay.
All rooms have an ensuite, air-conditioning, ceiling fan complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and Coffee Facilities, microwave, TV, Toaster and a Mini Bar.
The island is home to 600 species of Fish, 180 different species of land and water crabs including the Red Crab which is exclusively found on the island and 23 bird species of which 7 are endemic to Christmas Island. This amazing island is has an abundance of natural beauty and is an untouched paradise home to only 1500 residents.
Highlights of the trip was seeing the abundance of Red Crabs that can be seen all over the island, even under foot when walking through the jungle. The hiking on Christmas Island is amazing and can be classified as soft adventure. We were fortunate enough to participate in a boat tour of the island providing a different perspective of what the island has to offer.
While on the boat tour we did some snorkelling, in which we were very lucky to have a pod of dolphins swim around with us. One of my favourite parts was getting to experience the outdoor movie theatre.
If you would like to enquire about Christmas Island please call or stop in to see Mathew.
Cathie Rice Travel would like to thank Brendan for filming and creating this video from his recent Contiki trip to Europe.
If you like what you see come and book you Contiki tour at Cathie Rice Travel today.
Cathie Rice Travel has just been awarded the Top Agency in Australia for Insight Vacations and Cathie was awarded Top Consultant Nationally!!!
Holly has just returned from 4 nights in beautiful sunny Broome where she stayed at the fantastic Oaks Broome, Oaks Cable Beach as well as the luxurious Cable Beach Resort and unforgettable Ramada Eco Beach Resort. Some of the trip highlights include the magical staircase to the moon, the fascinating history of China town and the historical Sun Pictures open air cinema, learning all about the pearling industry with a tour of Willie Creek Pearl farm including a breathtaking helicopter flight over Willie Creek and relaxing in a hammock on the beach at the beautiful secluded Ramada Eco Beach Resort. Call or come in and see Holly today to book your next Broome holiday!
This Friday 27th March we bid farewell to one of our longstanding senior consultants and very valued team member Senay Yakar
Senay and her husband are starting their own marble stone business here in Bunbury called “Castle Marble” which means they can supply marble stones for kitchens, bathrooms, floors and walls in new and existing homes and commercial indoor/outdoor buildings.
Once their business is up and running Senay will work externally as a consultant for Cathie Rice Travel which is great news for us and her loyal clients.Her current contact email address will remain in place.
Senay would like to thank all her past and existing clients over the years.
We are sure you will join us in wishing Senay all the very best on her new business venture!
Cathie and Brittany at the “Gatsby” Gala award night to wind up the Magellan travel conference…BIG congratulations to Brit on winning the national award for top consultant for highest Trafalgar tours sales!
To all our very valued clients,
Just to give you an update on what’s happening at Cathie Rice Travel (CRT).
We are still working 5 days a week on cancellations and amendments – these are being handled by email or phone in date of departure order or for bookings departing within the next 30 days.
Our staff are working remotely and our office is not opening on a regular basis until travel and border restrictions ease further. We are, however, available for face to face consultations by appointment for new booking enquiries only – Appointments for new booking enquiries must be made by email or phone.
Don’t forget we still have some places available on our Kimberley tour for July 2021, CRT can also assist with intrastate travel and going forward when restrictions ease Interstate travel and New Zealand.
See below a handy link which explains the current position for Travel agents in regards to supplier refunds etc.
Going forward we are excited to announce that we will be offering a more flexible service to our clients – these will include our private onsite consultations plus a new mobile option… We can come to you (your house or meet at a café for a cuppa) – Ask us for a schedule of our booking and advisory services.
Be aware that waivers and policies from all suppliers are continually changing.
Where payments have been made for travel services and those services have been cancelled by the supplier. Cathie Rice Travel will facilitate future travel credits or refunds (if applicable) on behalf of our clients.
Any cancellation of travel where itineraries remain in place will attract normal cancellation fees.
Due to the enormity and scale of cancellation and amendments nationwide, refunds from suppliers could take up to 10 – 15 weeks.
Crandon, Cathie and the CRT Team