Cruises’ Pacific Dawn has emerged from a major multimillion-dollar refit with an exciting new look including a new state-of-the-art waterpark with two exhilarating waterslides and an interactive kids-only play area. In other new features, guests can now dine at The Pantry, an international marketplace of fresh food outlets that replaces the traditional ship’s buffet. In addition to tried-and-tested outlets in Pacific Dawn’s Pantry is a new Mediterraneaninspired offering called Nic and Toni’s. Also on offer is the extremely popular Poolside Grill, providing casual dining options.

Several of Pacific Dawn’s public spaces have been redesigned to mirror the striking contemporary look that has become a trademark of the P&O fleet, including the Atrium, Charlie’s, The Orient and the Promenade Bar, which will be styled with similar décor to sister ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.


Captain Cook Cruises is excited to announce a new cruise on the Murray River: the 7-night Upper Murraylands Cruise on board the paddle wheeler, PS Murray Princess.

The cruise will explore the northern area of the Murray River from Mannum to Morgan before returning to Mannum, and has a fantastic itinerary that explores Australia’s outback history with visits to historic towns including picturesque Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach where guests will be taken on fascinating guided walks and visits to historic museums. At Blanchetown, guests will be enthralled with the experience of going through Lock No. 1 (one of thirteen locks along the river).

Wine lovers can indulge with lunch and wine tastings at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, and a vineyard tour and cellar door tastings at Burk Salter Boutique Winery. Guests can also visit the cellar door at Caudo Winery and tour its beautiful gardens and orchards.

If you love wildlife you will spot an abundance of nocturnal wildlife on the riverbanks including kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises and many other species. Birdwatchers can get up close to the river birds including pelicans, wrens and swans on board Dragon-Fly flat-bottomed boat scenic boat rides. The Upper Murraylands Cruise departs once a month starting Friday 21 April 2017.


Silversea Cruises has announced new Culinary Expedition Voyages for 2017 along the West Coast of South America. Designed for the adventurous traveller who is also a culinary explorer at heart, these theme-focused expedition cruises aboard the all-suite, 132-guest Silver Explorer offer an array of complimentary culinary and wine events on board and ashore in addition to exploring the natural, cultural, and historic landmarks visited along the way.

An Epicurean Adventure Along the Humboldt Current, a 14-day expedition showcasing the natural and cultural wonders of Peru and Chile, sets sail on 25 October 2017 from Guayaquil and concludes in Valparaiso. The experiences of the region’s outstanding food and wine heritage include the chance to savour a pisco sour cocktail and dinner at one of Lima’s best restaurants set amid the ancient ruins of an adobe pyramid; enjoying a threecourse meal in the dining hall of a 16th-century monastery in Peru; sipping cocktails while observing an indigenous ritual in Chile’s Atacama Desert, and sampling great vintages at a winery in Chile’s Limarí Valley.

Highlighting the on-board experience are culinary workshops and discussions about the gastronomic specialties of the region hosted by Rudi Scholdis, Silversea’s culinary director, and invited guest chefs from the region such as Antonio Perez, executive chef of Guayaquil’s Hotel Oro Verde. A Chilean wine expert will also be available to share insights and lead wine tastings.


Cruises’ Emerald Princess made her maiden visit to New Zealand this summer and at an impressive 290 metres she is the biggest Princess Cruises ship to visit this cruising season.

One of the highlights of dining on board Emerald Princess is the speciality restaurant SHARE by award-winning chef, Curtis Stone. SHARE presents Curtis’s world-class dining exclusively for Princess Cruises as a deliciously distinctive six-course meal that is unlike anything ashore. You’ll begin with an appetiser followed by salad and handmade pasta, enjoy main course choices from sea and land, and finish with a decadent dessert. A vegetarian menu is also available.

The dining options continue at the ship’s new Salty Dog pub which serves up the Ernesto Burger – rated the best burger at sea – and gourmet small dishes developed with renowned US chef Ernesto Uchimura, combined with whisky flights.

On the entertainment front, guests can enjoy the much-anticipated onboard musical, Magic to Do from Oscar and Tony award-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz. Guests can also watch the Voice of the Ocean competition, exclusive to Princess Cruises, which brings the spectacle of TV’s wildly popular international singing competition to the high seas.

Emerald Princess proudly stocks New Zealand produce on board, including an estimated 9000 bottles of wine from the Marlborough region that are consumed each month.

Also on board are eight showrooms and lounges, two nightclubs and four swimming pools as well as signature Princess offerings such as the child-free Sanctuary, poolside Movies Under the Stars and the luxurious Lotus Spa. Guests can enjoy fantastic shopping with options including a stunning Effy jewellery outlet, a first in the local market.

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