From the top of New York’s Empire State Building to grand views across London and the Thames from London Eye, here’s a truly superlative double-cruise-and-stay holiday.
Named ‘Fall Colours, Big Apple and Big Ben’, it’s departing this September with airfares to and from Australia included.
‘Fall Colours, Big Apple and Big Ben’ is on offer exclusively from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au). It features seven-night cruises aboard Regal Princess and Queen Mary 2, plus stays in New York and London.
Visits to Rhode Island, Boston and Maine in the US New England region, and St John and Halifax in Canada, let you visit a scenic part of America that few Australians get to see.
‘Fall Colours, Big Apple and Big Ben’ lasts 22 days ( 20 nights) and costs from A$6999 twin-share per person, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to New York and return from London.
It’s valid at that rate until 30 June unless sold out beforehand.
For extra value, consider Worldwide Cruise Centres’ special combo of balcony cabin for the first cruise (a seven-night Canada and New England cruise aboard Regal Princess) and outside cabin for the second cruise (a seven-night Transatlantic Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2 from New York to Southampton). That combination is priced from A$7599 per person.
Bonus onboard credit offers apply on both ships. On Regal Princess, the amount is US$50 per twin cabin. Aboard Queen Mary 2, the amount is US$100 per inside or outside cabin; US$200 per balcony or suite twin cabin.
‘Fall Colours, Big Apple and Big Ben’ begins on 30 September 2016 with a flight to New York, where you’ll spend the first of four nights in the Big Apple. The other three nights come after the cruise.
Embarking on Regal Princess, set sail for Rhode Island, America’s smallest state. Regal Princess, launched in 2014, boasts Princess Cruises’ largest top-deck pool, with a water and light show, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen and the new top-deck glass-bottomed over-the-water SeaWalk, with views 39-metres straight down.
All shipboard main meals are included. The cruise takes you to Newport, stylish seaside city in Rhode Island, famous for mansions and scenery. Next day, visit Boston, America’s first great city, the 19th century’s “Athens of America”.
The cruise takes in the picturesque little seaside town of Bar Harbor, Maine, surrounded by Acadia National Park; then the city of St John on the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the Saint John River, known for the highest tides in the world. You’ll spend a morning in Halifax, waterfront capital of Nova Scotia, once the main British military bastion in North America.
Disembarking back in New York, you’ve three nights in a four-star hotel to see the city, stroll trendy SoHo and Greenwich Village, explore Little Italy, the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park. A big included highlight is the Empire State Building Observatory. The Empire State Building soars almost half a kilometre (443 metres) into the sky above the heart of Manhattan.
It’s now time to embark on your next cruise! Queen Mary 2, your home for the next seven nights, is the ultimate in leisurely, opulent transatlantic travel. You’ll have plenty of uninterrupted time to enjoy the many attractions of this fabulous ship.
Queen Mary 2 (QM2 to her friends) is the only ship to host a planetarium. The ship’s Canyon Ranch Spa Club claims to offer the most distinctive spa experience afloat and the Queens Room is the largest ballroom at sea. Don’t miss an award-winning production in classically elegant surroundings in QM2’s Royal Court Theatre. All shipboard main meals are covered.
Arriving in southern England’s great port city of Southampton, home of Cunard, farewell QM2 and prepare for the grand finale, two nights in a four-star London hotel. Perhaps have a pint in a Hampstead pub, stroll across the Thames on the Millennium Bridge and see the Tate.
An included highlight is a ride on the famous London Eye, world’s largest cantilever observation wheel. Rides are called ‘flights’ (because that’s how they feel) and the Eye is now officially titled the Coca-Cola London Eye. London’s streets, churches, palaces and monuments spread out below in a panoramic scene – a fresh perspective on a great city. On a clear day, you can see Windsor Castle, 40 kilometres away.
Time now to farewell London and jet home to Australia.
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