Alaska

Silverseas – Prince Albert and the Silver Spirit

What do travel agents do in the evening? Well many work way past closing time putting together itineraries for clients and wouldbe-clients – most are working harder at the moment than ever before – some go home – and some go to events like last night’s promotion by Silverseas for travel agents, held at Sydney’s classy Establishment.
These are events where suppliers sell to travel agents, so they can sell to you – the customer. Last night Silverseas treated us all to champagne and canapes while they informed about the Prince Albert‘s (pictured) upcoming season in the Arctic – and her successes in the Antarctic – and their new ship, Silver Spirit which will make her first voyage in December from Barcelona to Lisbon. There are no plans for the Silver Spirit to come to Australasia – she will divide her trips between the Mediterranean and the Americas. Those who love Silverseas will no doubt want to experience the new beauty while she is new.
Meanwhile the Prince Albert has become very popular with those who want to see Antarctica in style. She departs from Ushuaia in our summer months then moves to Norway and the north for the northern summer.
Currently Silverseas are offering discounts on Alaskan cruises aboard Silver Shadow.
Silverseas cruises include all meals, all drinks and gratuities and prices on theese 10 day cruises start at $4497pp twin-share. These cruises start on August 1 – departing until September. This beautiful picture of an Arctic fox is here because I think it’s a beautiful creature … what a treat to catch a glimpse of such an animal!
Contact us – travel@travelchoice.com.au if you’d like more info

Looking for ice and polar bears – or a Pacific experience


At this time of year I know many Aussie cruisers are looking to Alaska! From May to September ships cruise the icy waters of North America – Canada and Alaska. One of the most interesting itineraries for the adventurous is offered by Cruise West who take their passengers deep into the Inside Passage, sailing around the Glacier Bay National Park and Perserve (if you need to know where this is use Google maps!). These cruises offer passengers a chance to learn from a National Park ranger and passengers will discover the flora and culture of the area, watch for wildlife and the crack of the glaciers as they calve into the ocean.
Cruise West sailings are on 18 May, 24 July, 29 July, 26 August and 2 September – and they are currently offering big savings – so send us an email if you would like to find out more.

If travelling the South Pacific is more your thing Holland America’s Amsterdam is sailing from Los Angeles to Sydney visiting Tahiti, Cook Islands and Vanuatu. It’s a 33-night voyage and the package departs from Sydney on 29 September, 2009 for Los Angeles. So you have the pleasure of cruising back to your home port and arriving truly relaxed, after your South Pacific sojourn.
I’ve added a photo from my trip to Tahiti in 2007, just to whet your appetite.
We’re here to tell you more so just email us travel@travelchoice.com.au for more information.

7 night Alaskan Cruise for $1,325

Have you promised yourself you would take yourself to the Arctic one day? Have you always wanted to see a polar bear in the wild? The latest offer from Carnival Cruises may be just what you have been waiting for. The northbound 7-day cruise onboard Carnival Spirit departs Vancouver, British Columbia and cruises the inside passage to Ketchikan, Juneau and Skegway. Then she visits Sitka, cruises Prince William Sound and the College Fjord before arriving at Anchorage.
There are 6 departure dates between 10 June and 19 August.
The southbound cruise, taking in the same itinerary as above in reverse departs from Anchorage on 6 dates from 3 June to 26 August.
There is also an 8-day Glacier Bay Cruise departing 2 and 9 September starting at $1,742.
These cruises includes all meals and entertainment and taxes and gratuities. Carnival offers Total Choice Dining allowing you to choose the times and meals that suit you.
This offer won’t last for long – call us – Martin or Biba on 02 9968 1600 – or email us at travel@travelchoice.com.au.