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The only large bodies of water surrounding us are the massive puddles of water from all the rain. Oh, and this morning we stepped in one.

Discover the wonders of Papua New Guinea with Latitude 33’s exclusive private charter

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Among the highlights of this exclusive 13-night Sepik Warriors itinerary will be the opportunity to view Papua New Guinea’s infamous crocodile initiation ceremony and the stilt houses on Lake Kambaraumba, while soaking up the incredible vistas above and below the waters of this island nation.

Guests can get in the holiday mood with a two-night stay in a one bedroom Balinese-inspired villa with private plunge pool at Niramaya Villas & Spa in Port Douglas, before transferring to Cairns for the charter flight to Alotau where they will join True North, one of the finest adventure cruise ships in the world and private charter by Latitude 33.

The next 10 days will be a veritable feast for the senses as the ship traverses some of the country’s most spectacular destinations, from jungle-clad Fergusson Island and Tufi, a haven for scuba divers, to the Trobriand Islands, Lusancay Islands, beautiful Jacquinot Bay and Long Island, followed by two days exploring the mysterious Sepik River. The tour will conclude in Cairns with a night at the Shangri-La with flights and transfer home.

Oceania Cruises launches new ‘agent bring client’ event series

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary and destination-focused cruise line today announced its next ‘Explore the World 2019 Cruise Events’ series – to be hosted in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July.

Steve McLaughlin, vice president of sales for Oceania Cruises said these events are specifically structured to showcase Oceania Cruises’ unique style of casual, upper-premium cruising, intimate ships and The Finest Cuisine at Sea™.

He added that the presentation will feature a collection of 2019 itineraries right across the fleet, visiting over 460 destinations spanning Europe, Alaska, Asia, the South Pacific and beyond, with particular highlight on boutique ports that are inaccessible to larger vehicles.

McLaughlin will host the events in each city and share stories from his over 30 years in the luxury cruising sector. Depending on what suits their clients best, travel agent partners can choose from 2pm or 6pm event start times at each location.

Carnival Cruise Line announces largest selection of cruises ever from Australia

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Carnival Cruise Line has launched its 2020 program, boasting a record number of 77 sailings from Australia to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, offering more fun at sea than ever before. On sale July 2018, Carnival’s 2020 program includes the first full year of sailings for Carnival Splendor, Australia’s newest and largest ship home ported year-round in Australia, sailing from Sydney.

Following the news that Carnival Spirit will become the brand’s first-ever ship to home port in Brisbane, Queenslanders will benefit from unique itineraries including a seven-day cruise to the tropical wonderlands of Espiritu Santo, Mystery Island and Noumea.

And in another first for the brand, the new program also boasts a record number of 28 short cruises, giving Aussies and Kiwis the chance to sample all of the fun that Carnival has to offer, in five days or less. Aussie holidaymakers also have the opportunity to sail on the popular repositioning cruise across the transpacific to Honolulu, with Carnival Spirit in 2020.

Oceania Cruises launches Pre-Cruise Savings Programme

Oceania Cruises has launched a new PreCruise Savings Programme allowing guests who are already booked on an upcoming cruise, access to benefits and savings up to 30 days prior to their embarkation date. This means they no longer need to wait until they are onboard to take advantage of Oceania Cruises’ onboard savings offer.

Guests will receive savings of up to $1,900 per stateroom, reduced deposits as low as $350 per person, plus a US$100 shipboard credit per booking to enjoy on their upcoming cruise. Agents will be given full credit and commission for clients making a booking either during this 30-day pre-sailing period or onboard, delivering travel partners incredible earning potential.

Oceania Cruises will notify guests via email prior to embarkation date, in order to support travel partners in letting clients know about the PreCruise Savings Programme. The Oceania Cruises marketing portal contains assets that travel agents can utilise to promote this unique offering to their booked clients.

Azamara Club Cruises ends first world journey in London

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Azamara Club Cruises’ 690-guest boutique cruise liner, Azamara Journey, sailed through the Thames Barrier on Saturday 16 June 2018 (UK Time), marking the end of its 102-day World Journey. The 34,792 kilometre voyage began in Sydney on 7 March and ended in Greenwich, London after visiting 28 countries and encountering 60 individual destinations.

A total of 53 guests sailed the entire world journey, with thousands of others joining for segments of the voyage. This once-in-a-lifetime trip saw the ship sail through three continents and cross the equator, stopping at a selection of beloved cruising destinations such as Italy, France and Thailand, as well as lesser frequented destinations such as Myanmar, Brunei and Israel.

Underscoring the brand’s hallmark immersive programming, Azamara’s world journey included 18 late night departures, 13 overnight stays and exposed guests to around 20 different languages. Highlights included visits to the Sydney Opera House; the iconic Wat Arun temple in Bangkok; The Dead Sea in Jordan and Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

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