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From Black Sea to Tasman Sea, A world of cruise experience in 80 nights

September 4, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

London, Lisbon, Barcelona, Boston, New York, Lima, the Panama Canal and Caribbean – the big names keep rolling on this grand 80-night cruise holiday featuring two great ships: Fred Olsen’s Balmoral and Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess.

Worldwide Cruise Centres is offering this memorable 80-night double-cruise special under the title ‘Black Sea to Tasman Sea’.

Apart from capitals and landmarks, the holiday visits a host of equally fascinating destinations: Spain’s Malaga (one of the world’s oldest cities, where Picasso was born); World Heritage-listed Valletta in Malta; Odessa and Sevastopol in Ukraine; Istanbul; Bulgaria; Antigua and Barbuda; remote Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific, with its mysterious and inscrutable stone faces. Whether by postcard or Facebook, this cruise delivers plenty to tell friends.

A night’s accommodation in London and two nights in Dubai are included as well.princess_couple_deck

‘Black Sea to Tasman Sea’ costs from A$15,889 twin share per person. Special bonus credit offers of between 150 and 350 pounds sterling (depending on cabin category booked) apply aboard Balmoral.

The holiday starts with a flight from Sydney to London via Dubai on multi-award-winning Emirates airline, departing on 11 June 2014.

First stop is Dubai, for two nights at the four-star Traders Hotel Dubai, including daily breakfast. Part of the upmarket Shangri-La group, Traders is located in Dubai’s heritage-rich district of Deira.

Jetting on to London, you’ll stay a night in a four-star hotel before travelling to Southampton to board Fred Olsen’s Balmoral for a  28-night Black Sea and Mediterranean round-trip cruise.

Balmoral is a classic, upmarket vessel very popular with Australians, offering fine new furnishings and amenities, world-class cuisine and diverse onboard activities. The atmosphere aboard Balmoral is quiet and pleasant. There are never more than two public announcements a day, always in English.

There’s plenty aboard Balmoral to keep everyone entertained. Diversions include swimming pools, a card room, a superbly equipped fitness centre (yoga and pilates classes cater for all levels of experience), a boutique and library.

You can lie back in a jacuzzi and enjoy a casual lunch al-fresco before relaxing again in the sun. An onboard pub offers evening entertainment as an alternative to the main cabarets and dancing in the Neptune or Lido Lounges.

The itinerary is amazing. It takes in the seaside resort of Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and Ukrainian highlights, including Odessa and Sevastpol in Crimea. In Turkey’s Izmir on the Aegean, perhaps sip Turkish coffee at a café on historic Pasaport Quay, built in 1877. You’ll visit the Greek Island of Santorini, Cagliari in Sardinia, the historic Spanish port of Cartagena, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, with its bustling Rossio Square and Manueline architecture.

Returning to Southampton, it’s time to transfer from one ship to another as you board Dawn Princess. This spectacular ship has a wrap-around promenade deck and more than 400 balcony staterooms on two spacious decks. Attractions aboard include two show lounges with nightly entertainment and plenty of elegant and casual dining options from gourmet pizza to grilled steaks.

Your Dawn Princess journey visits Dublin, founded by Vikings, as first port of call. Then Cork, followed on the other side of the Atlantic by Boston, Massachusetts, an American city with a strong Irish connection. Your next stop is New York, America’s greatest city.

Then New London, Connecticut (compare it with the original London) and the Caribbean, where tropical delights in aquamarine seas include Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia and dreamy Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. Transit the Panama Canal and spend a day in Quito, Ecuador, before sailing south of the equator to Lima, Peru, a fascinating city with great restaurants, parks and colonial history.

You’ll visit Easter Island, a Chilean possession and one of the world’s remotest landfalls, famed for its great stone moai faces. Now to Tahiti for an overnight in the capital, Papeete, before visiting serenely beautiful Moorea. Other highlights:

Pago Pago in American Samoa and Auckland, New Zealand, before cruising across the Tasman on the final leg of your voyage to dock in Sydney.

Your 80 days of travel ends back in Sydney, one of the world’s most beautiful ports to enter in the morning. It’s worth being on deck!

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to:

www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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