Active Travel is offering a 20 per cent discount on its 18-day ‘In Shackleton’s Footsteps’ Antarctic expedition, which will commemorate 100 years since the British adventurer concluded his famous trans-Antarctic journey.
The discount – which can save couples about $9060 – applies to bookings made by November 30 for the unique voyage next March.
Sir Ernest Shackleton aimed to cross Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. His ship was trapped in ice but the crew managed to escape on lifeboats to Elephant Island, undertaking a perilous journey of more than 500 kilometres.
Highlights of the tour include exploring fossil-rich islands and historic huts, seeing vast tabular icebergs and spotting polar wildlife such as fur seal pups, wandering albatross and king penguins.
Including on-board lectures, meals and zodiac excursions, the 17-night package is priced from about $18,125 per person twin-share ex Ushuaia, Argentina. Flights from Australia are extra and can be booked through Active Travel.
Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.
Ski untouched slopes in the Antarctic.
And talking of the Antarctic, Chimu Adventures has launched a new sail-and-ski expedition to the icy continent.
Exploring virgin summits and skiing untouched slopes, the adventure is aimed at thrill-seeking and highly skilled skiers.
Guests will have the chance to witness dazzling landscapes and unique wildlife from skis, kayaks and the deck of the expedition yacht, Icebird.
The 28-day tour, on board a centrally heated, high-tech expedition yacht, departs from Ushuaia, Argentina, in November next year.
The epic adventure is priced at $35,205, including training, safety gear, use of satellite phones and email, accommodation in Ushuaia, skis, kayaks, sleds, mountaineering equipment and meals.
Phone 1300 873 981 or visit http://www.chimuadventures.com.
A Carnival bartender gets into the Halloween spirit.
From pumpkins to palm trees and witches to white sandy beaches, Carnival Cruise Line is serving up a South Pacific spooktacular in 2017 with both of its local ships offering a Halloween cruise to New Caledonia.
Carnival Spirit will spend Halloween at Mare in the Loyalty Islands, while sister ship Carnival Legend will call at Isle of Pines on October 31.
Both cruises will feature a fun line-up of scariness at sea, with costume parties, themed movies, trick or treating and a menu to die for, including a witches’ brew bubbling at the bar, spider snacks and scary cheesecake for a death-defying dessert.
Prices for Carnival Spirit’s eight-night cruise to New Caledonia are from $999 per person twin-share ex Sydney, while Carnival Legend’s eight-night offer is priced from $949 per person twin-share.
Phone 133 194 or visit www.carnival.com.au. Riding a Seabob at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.
The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has a special, mostly free, festive program of beach activities for Christmas and New Year.
Kids can enjoy activities such as sand sculptures on the beach, island treasure hunt, aqua gym, open air movies, banana boat rides, secret garden picnics, making super-hero capes, dance lessons and meeting Santa in his grotto.
Adults can participate in things such as complimentary yoga, guided snorkelling trips, morning meditation, fishing trips, beach barbecues, water polo, sushi making, a South-East Asia culinary night, kayak racing, dolphin trips, snorkelling with a marine biologist and open-air movies.
There’s also a category of activities classified as ‘Out-of the-Ordinary-Stuff’, which includes renewing vows on the beach, crossing the equator, being cast away on your own island for the day, dining on the beach at a sunken table, and learning to cook Maldivian, Indian, Sri Lankan or Japanese cuisine.
Prices start from about $1000 per night for a beach villa with private pool, accommodation for two adults and two children, daily gourmet breakfast and daily three-course dinner.
Tasmania’s Overland Track … providing one of the world’s great walks. Image: Gary Hayes.
World Expeditions is offering a $200 discount on its six-day Overland Track walk in the Cradle Mountain Lake–St Clair National Park for bookings made this November.
With its dramatic mountains, glacial lakes, spectacular waterfalls and rainforests, the Overland Track holds legendary status as one of the world’s finest and most beautiful walks.
The five-night camping adventure is priced from $1890 per person, with the inclusion of food drops and modern lightweight equipment ensuring that backpacks are as light as possible.
Phone 1300 720 000 or visit www.worldexpeditions.com.
Rock legend Ross Wilson … heading the line-up a three-day P&O cruise
P&O Cruises has released details of the line-up for its November rock-themed cruise.
Leading the pack on the three-day cruise from Brisbane will be Australian singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, the former front man for Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock.
Ross will perform in two dedicated concerts, while a Q&A session hosted by radio presenter Rosie Beaton will give guests an insight into an Aussie rock legend.
Also included in the line-up will be performances by Rugby League legend Eric Grothe and his band The Gurus, and Danny Black.
Pacific Dawn’s rock ’n’ roll round-trip cruise sails from Brisbane on November 26, with fares from $379 per person quad-share and on-aboard credit of up to $300 per room.
Phone 132 494 or visit https://www.pocruises.com.au.
The Glasshouse Mountains … a Sunshine Coast highlight.
Sunlover Holidays has launched its ‘Sunshine Coast on Sale’ promotion, offering special accommodation and touring packages valid for bookings made by 18 November and for travel until 31 March.
The three-night ‘Sunshine Coast Short Break’, for instance, is priced from $395 per person twin-share, including accommodation at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, four days car hire with Avis, and Australia Zoo admission.
Another example is the five-night ‘Noosa Short Break’ at the Mantra French Quarter, which also includes six days car hire with Avis and is priced from $739 per person twin-share.
Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures … stunning views
North Wollongong Beach will host the MTV Beats & Eats festival on Saturday 26 November, showing off the city’s vibrant food and cultural scene, and also presenting an excuse to explore the area’s adventure activities and natural beauty.
Throughout the day, local and international musicians, including Grammy nominated superstar Steve Aoki, will dish out the hits, while visitors enjoy sampling from a tempting line-up of boutique food outlets.
Visitors should also find their zen at Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, and take in the activities at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, which offers treetop walks and zipline experiences with stunning panoramic views ranging from the rainforest canopy to coastal towns and the Pacific Ocean.