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Disney Cruise Line’s Newest Ship, Disney Fantasy, Sweeps the Boards

Cruise Critic, the leading cruise reviews site and largest online cruise community, has released its 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards—the cruise awards based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers.

Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, DISNEY FANTASY, swept the boards in the large ship class, taking five top places including best in class.  DISNEY FANTASY, which debuted in March 2012, was named Best Large Ship, and took first place in five other categories: Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms, and Best Service. Its sister ship, DISNEY DREAM, won Best Shore Excursions.

Holland America’s NOORDAM ship was named Best Mid-Sized Ship, and AZAMARA QUEST won Best Small Ship—along with Best for Fitness and Best Service in the Small Ship category.

The Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based on reviews submitted by cruisers for cruises taken during 2012. They are awarded in three ship classes, according to passenger capacity—small (1,199 passengers or fewer), mid-sized (1,200 to 1,999) and large (2,000+). The top 10 ships in each class are named in the following categories:  Overall, Cabins, Dining, Embarkation, Entertainment, Fitness, Public Rooms, Service, Shore Excursions and Value for Money.  Awards are also given to the top-ranked ships in popular cruise regions; Alaska, Bahamas, Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

This year’s winners include:

Best Large Ships
DISNEY FANTASY: Best Overall Large Ship, Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms, Best Service
DISNEY DREAM: Best Shore Excursions
CELEBRITY REFLECTION: Best Dining
ALLURE of the SEAS (Royal Caribbean): Best for Fitness, Best for Embarkation
CELEBRITY ECLIPSE: Best Value for Money

Best Mid-Sized Ships
NOORDAM (Holland America): Best Overall Mid-Sized Ship
MARINA (Oceania): Best Cabins, Best Dining, Best Public Rooms
THOMSON DREAM: Best Entertainment, Best Service
WESTERDAM (Holland America): Best for Fitness, Best Shore Excursions
NORWEGIAN SPIRIT: Best Value for Money
CELEBRITY SUMMIT: Best for Embarkation

Best Small Ships
AZAMARA QUEST: Best Overall Small Ship, Best for Fitness, Best for Service
AZAMARA JOURNEY: Best Value for Money
CRYSTAL SERENITY: Best Dining, Best Entertainment
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY: Best Public Rooms
SEABOURN ODYSSEY: Best Cabins
SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR (Regent): Best Shore Excursions
WIND SURF (Windstar): Best for Embarkation

Best for Families (all ship sizes)DISNEY FANTASY

Best Destination Cruises
Best Cruise to Alaska: VOLENDAM (Holland America)
Best Cruise to the Bahamas: DISNEY DREAM
Best Cruise to the Caribbean: DISNEY FANTASY
Best Cruise to the Mediterranean: RIVIERA (Oceania)
Best from Florida: DISNEY FANTASY
Best from the Northeast: NORWEGIAN STAR
Best from the West Coast: WESTERDAM (Holland America)

“These awards are based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers, so offer a terrific insight into what consumers think of the ships they have sailed on,” explained Carolyn Spencer Brown , editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “It’s interesting to note that eight out of 10 awards in the Large Ship category went to ships launched within the past two years, so it seems that cruisers are enthusiastic about many of the emerging trends in dining, entertainment and onboard experiences.”

Cruise Critic boasts the largest online cruise community in the world with more than 100,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 400 of the most popular cruise ships. Awards are based on reviews and ratings submitted to the site for cruises taken in 2012. Visit Cruise Critic for the complete list of 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards winners.

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NOORDAM Mediterranean Magic

Australia

15 Days Fly, Cruise & Stay from $3,299*pp
Cruise departs 5 October 2012

Fly/Cruise/Stay Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth to Rome
  • 1 night Rome^ stay in a 4 star hotel including breakfast
  • 10 night ms NOORDAM cruise by Holland America Line round trip from Rome visiting the Islands of Greece, Turkey & Croatia
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All shipboard entertainment
  • Port/government taxes
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $3299.00
Outside from $3299.00
Balcony from $3699.00
Suites from $4099.00

Offer ends 31 August 2012 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale.

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. Offer correct as at 20 July 2012 and subject to availability at time of booking. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale. ^Rome Accommodation Tax applies from 1 January 2011 at €EUR 3.00 per person per night for 4/5 Star Hotels for the first 10 consecutive nights. This tax is payable by cash by the guest at the hotel directly and cannot be paid in advance by our agency. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. All airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change penalties apply once paid. Holland America Line reserves the right to introduce a fuel levy even after payment is made in full should the price of crude oil rise above $USD70 per barrell. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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NOORDAM Mediterranean Adventure

Australia

23 Day Fly, Cruise & Stay from $4,539*pp
Cruise Departs 25 September 2012

Fly/Cruise/Stay Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth to Rome
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel, Rome^ including breakfast
  • 20 night ms NOORDAM Mediterranean cruise round trip from Rome
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All port/government charges
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $4539.00
Outside from $5639.00
Balcony from $5939.00
Suites from $6849.00

Special is valid until 7 August 2012

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. ^Italian city hotels must charge a local government tax directly to guests upon checkout which cannot be included in the package price. Offer correct as at 9 July 2012 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. Some prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Air taxes of $221 are included (ex SYD) Airfare valid ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth however airline schedule is based ex Sydney & extra nights may be required for other departure cities. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare/taxes payment within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level—please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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See previous offer: NOORDAM Mediterranean Adventure

 

This fall, Holland America Line is offering an extensive selection of cruises that explore ports of call that span from Turkey to the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic. Setting sail after the bustling summer months, these idyllic itineraries showcase the best of the region at a beautiful time of year.

Ranging from a 7-night Mediterranean cruise to a grand 42-night trans-Atlantic journey, the fall favorites feature port-intensive itineraries, overnight calls and plenty of time to explore on one of Holland America Line’s exciting shore excursions.

“Fall is a wonderful time of year to visit Europe because the temperatures are cooler and the summer crowds have diminished,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. “It is also an opportunity to enjoy an extended European holiday at a great value.”

Sailing roundtrip from Barcelona, Spain, ms RYNDAM embarks on three 11-day cruises to jewels in the Mediterranean. The Cultural Mosaic cruise visits ports in Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro, while the Ancient Discoveries itinerary calls at ports in Spain, Italy, Tunisia, Malta and Monaco. The Canary Island Explorer itinerary sails west, calling at ports in Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and Morocco.

Fares for RYNDAM’s 11-day cruises roundtrip Barcelona begin at $899 per person, double occupancy.

NOORDAM will follow two alternating 10-day roundtrip Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, itineraries. Roman Empires visits the eastern Mediterranean with calls at ports in Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Italy, and Mediterranean Enchantment sails the western Mediterranean and includes Monaco, Spain, Italy and North Africa.

Fares for NOORDAM’s 10-day cruises roundtrip Civitavecchia begin at $999 per person, double occupancy.

Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms NIEUW AMSTERDAM, sails alternating 12-night cruises between Barcelona and Venice, Italy. Both the Mediterranean Romance and Mediterranean Tapestry itineraries call at differing ports in Italy, Croatia and Greece, with both featuring an overnight call at Venice.

Fares for NIEUW AMSTERDAM’s 12-day cruises between Venice and Barcelona begin at $1,199 per person, double occupancy.

Three of ms ROTTERDAM’s itineraries are showcased this fall, all sailing roundtrip Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 14-night Spain and Portugal Explorer itinerary calls at several ports throughout the two countries, with an added stop at Gibraltar. The 17-night Moorish Empire cruise sails all the way to Civitavecchia (Rome) and back, with calls along the way in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Gibraltar. Guests looking to explore western Europe and the shores of Africa can set sail on the 17-night Canary Island Adventure that calls at ports in Portugal, Spain, the Canary Islands and Morocco.

Fares for the Spain and Portugal Explorer cruise begin at $1,199 per person, double occupancy; starting rates for the Moorish Empire and Canary Island Adventure cruises begin at $1,499 per person, double occupancy.

Guests who truly love the thrill of sailing across the Atlantic and enjoy leisurely sea days will have the opportunity to take an ocean crossing on several of Holland America Line ships this fall. Whether repositioning back to warmer waters for the winter season or making an epic roundtrip journey across the ocean and back, the crossings range from 13- to 42-nights and combine exciting ports of call and days at sea ready to be filled with all of the on-board enrichment activities showcased by Holland America Line.

Starting rates for the trans-Atlantic crossings begin at just $699 per person, double occupancy.

For more information on Holland America Line’s fall Europe cruises, consult a professional travel seller; call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425); or visit www.hollandamerica.com or the Plan a Cruise tab at www.Facebook.com/HALcruises.

Find Holland America Line on Twitter, Facebook and the Holland America Blog.  Access all social media outlets via the Online Communities quick link on the home page at www.hollandamerica.com.

Rates in US Dollars ($USD).

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NOORDAM Roman Empire

Australia

17 Days Fly, Cruise & Stay from $3,999*pp
Cruise departs 5 October 2012

Fly/Cruise/Stay Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Rome
  • 4 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel, Rome^ including breakfast
  • 10 night ms NOORDAM Mediterranean cruise round trip from Rome
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All port/government charges
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $3999.00
Outside from $4199.00
Balcony from $4499.00
Suites from $5299.00

Special is valid until 5 September 2012

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. ^Italian city hotels must charge a local government tax directly to guests upon checkout which cannot be included in the package price. Offer correct as at 9 July 2012 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. Some prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Air taxes of $832 are included (ex SYD) Airfare valid ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne however airline schedule is based ex Sydney & extra nights may be required for other departure cities. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare/taxes payment within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level—please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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NOORDAM Riviera Romance

Australia

13 Days Fly, Cruise & Stay from $3,299*pp
Cruise departs 15 October 2012

Fly/Cruise/Stay Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Rome
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel, Rome^ including breakfast
  • 7 night ms NOORDAM Mediterranean cruise round trip from Rome
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All port/government charges
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $3299.00
Outside from $3419.00
Balcony from $3619.00
Suites from $4219.00

Special is valid until 1 September 2012

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. ^Italian city hotels must charge a local government tax directly to guests upon checkout which cannot be included in the package price. Offer correct as at 9 July 2012 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. Some prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Air taxes of $832 are included (ex SYD) Airfare valid ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne however airline schedule is based ex Sydney & extra nights may be required for other departure cities. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare/taxes payment within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level—please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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NOORDAM Mediterranean Adventure

Australia

23 Day Fly, Cruise & Stay from $4,789*pp
Cruise Departs 25 September 2012

Fly/Cruise/Stay Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth to Rome
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel, Rome^ including breakfast
  • 20 night ms NOORDAM Mediterranean cruise round trip from Rome
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All port/government charges
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $4789.00
Outside from $5889.00
Balcony from $6189.00
Suites from $7099.00

Special is valid until 1 September 2012

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. ^Italian city hotels must charge a local government tax directly to guests upon checkout which cannot be included in the package price. Offer correct as at 9 July 2012 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. Some prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Air taxes of $221 are included (ex SYD) Airfare valid ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth however airline schedule is based ex Sydney & extra nights may be required for other departure cities. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare/taxes payment within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level—please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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NOORDAM Adriatic & Ancient Explorer

Australia

25 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay from $6,395*pp
Cruise departs 25 April 2013

Package Includes:

  • Return economy-class airfare with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin to Rome, returning from Istanbul
  • 2 Nights pre-cruise stay at the Empire Palace Hotel Rome, including breakfast (Checkin Date: 23 April 2013 – Checkout Date: 25 April 2013)
  • 22 night cruise from Civitavecchia return aboard ms NOORDAM
  • 1 night post-cruise stay at Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul, including breakfast (Checkin Date: 17 May 2013 – Checkout Date: 18 May 2013)
  • Port charges, government fees and air taxes

Stateroom type, rate pp twin share
Inside Stateroom from $6395
Outside Stateroom from $6850
Verandah Stateroom from $7295

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

* All prices quoted are per person in Australian Dollars ($AUD). Gratuities not included. Please pay on board.

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NOORDAM Mediterranean Must-Sees

Australia

22 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay from $3,599*pp
Cruise departs 16 August 2012

Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney to Rome
  • 1 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel, Rome including breakfast
  • 20 night ms NOORDAM Mediterranean cruise round trip from Rome
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All port/government charges
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
NN – Inside Stateroom from $3,599.00
HH – Large Outside Stateroom from $3,899.00
SZ – Superior Verandah Suite from $5,499.00
SC – Deluxe Verandah Suite from $6,999.00

Special is valid until 15 July 2012

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. Outside category HH cabins have an obstructed views. Offer correct as at 26 June 2012 subject to live twin share availability at time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin (unless stated as quad, single or triple) based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. Holland America Line reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Due to the last minute nature of this package, the entire payment is due within 24 hours of reservation and is non-refundable/transerrable or changeable once paid. Travel insurance is highly recommended but not included in package cost. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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NOORDAM 21 Night Mediterranean Delight

Australia

21 night Fly-Cruise-Stay from $4799*pp
Cruise departs 17 July 2012

Fly-Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth to Rome
  • One way transfer by shuttle bus from Rome Airport to Hotel
  • 1 nights accommodation in the Termini area of Rome^ including breakfast
  • 20 night ms NOORDAM Mediterranean cruise round trip from Rome
  • Cruise itinerary: Civitavecchia (Rome), Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Kusadasi, Piraeus (Athens), Messina, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Mallorca, La Goulette, Trapani, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome)
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All port/government charges
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $4799.00
Outside from $4999.00
Balcony from $5599.00
Suites from: from $6799.00

** Itinerary may vary by sailing date

Offer ends 30 June 2012 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale.

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. ^Italian city hotels must charge a local government tax directly to guests upon checkout—this tax cannot be collected in advance by our agency. Offer correct as at 29 May 2012 and subject to twin share live availability at time of booking. Outside prices may reflect obstructed view categories. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. Air taxes of $AUD218pp based ex Sydney are included in package cost subject to change until paid in full. All schedules and availability for package based on ex Sydney flights—other cities may vary. Some prices are subject to currency fluctuations. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare/taxes payment within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

 

NOORDAM Greek Gods & Flying Carpets

Australia
16 Days Fly, Cruise & Stay from $3,989*pp
Cruise departs 26 August 2012 on NOORDAM

Fly/Cruise/Stay Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Adelaide^ to Rome and returning via Dubai on the way home with quality air carrier Emirates
  • One way shuttle transfer from Airport to Hotel, Rome
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Aphrodite Hotel in a standard room including breakfast, Rome#
  • 10 night ms NOORDAM cruise by Holland America Line round trip from Rome visiting the Islands of Greece, Turkey & Croatia
  • Cruise itinerary: Civitavecchia (Rome), Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Kusadasi, Piraeus (Athens), Messina, Civitavecchia (Rome)
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • All shipboard entertainment
  • Port/government taxes
  • BONUS $USD50 per twin cabin FREE ONBOARD CREDIT
  • BONUS one Free 10 x 7 photo per cabin
  • Return Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers, Dubai
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel in the Deira Area of Dubai including daily breakfast
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $3989.00
Outside from $4189.00
Balcony from $4489.00
Suites from $5339.00

Offer ends 30 June 2012 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale.

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in the agent’s booking system. Offer correct as at 10 April 2012 and subject to availability at time of booking. ^Note: ex Adelaide flight goes via Melbourne on Qantas then onto Emirates for international leg ex Melbourne. Air taxes of $153pp based ex Adelaide are included in package price subject to change until paid in full. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. All prices based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry. #Italian hotels must charge a local government tax to guests upon checkout—this tax is not included in package cost.

Enquire with your cruise/travel agent for more details and for airfares from other Australian gateways.

 

Kevin Sbraga, Denise Vivaldo, Sonia Hunt, Angelo Sosa, and Jonathon Sawyer share their culinary expertise with cruise guests

During Holland America Line’s summer cruise season, the Culinary Arts Center program presented by Food & Wine magazine will host five of the world’s most celebrated chefs who will showcase their expertise and share tips with guests. Chef Kevin Sbraga, Food Stylist Denise Vivaldo, Entrepreneur Sonia Hunt, Chef Angelo Sosa, and Chef Jonathon Sawyer will be aboard five of the line’s premium ships in July and August as part of the line’s robust Culinary Arts program that offers culinary enrichment opportunities for guests on more than 500 cruises annually.

During their cruises, the experts will perform complimentary cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Center, the line’s state-of-the-art show kitchens aboard each ship. The interactive sessions include recipe handouts, food tastings and the opportunity for questions and answers and photos with the culinary celebrities.

Chef Sbraga is scheduled to sail aboard ms NOORDAM’s 10-day Roman Empire cruise departing July 17. He opened his first restaurant, Sbraga, in 2011 on Philadelphia’s iconic Avenue of the Arts. In September 2010, Sbraga became the first African-American “Top Chef” after winning season seven of the Bravo hit series. He attended Johnson & Wales’ College of Culinary Arts in Providence, R.I., where he studied abroad in Brussels and earned an esteemed apprenticeship with Chef Dominique Michou. He later served as executive chef of Rat’s Restaurant in New Jersey where he created a contemporary French menu inspired by the Provencal region.

Vivaldo is scheduled to sail aboard ms WESTERDAM’s July 21 seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruise. She graduated Chef de Cuisine from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. In 1988, she founded Food Fanatics, a catering, recipe-development and food styling firm based in Los Angeles. Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and styled food for various television shows including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Inside Dish with Rachel Ray.” Vivaldo is the author of several best-selling culinary books including “How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business,” “The Entertaining Encyclopedia: Essential Tips for Hosting the Perfect Party,” and “The Food Stylist’s Handbook.”

Hunt is scheduled to sail aboard ms OOSTERDAM’s seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruise departing July 22. She is the President of Noie Media, LLC a multimedia production company, and creator and host of “Stirring It Up!”—a lifestyle entertainment show. She has been a healthy living expert on the “Art of Living” celebrity radio show and continues to host and perform cooking demos in celebrity food and wine events around the country. Hunt focuses on helping people with food issues and food allergies, like herself, to “Stay Safe, Live Healthy and Eat Well.” Hunt also is a digital media technology entrepreneur where she creates and builds products and services for global brands in the food and wine, entertainment, technology and consumer electronics industries.

Chef Sosa is scheduled to sail aboard ms PRINSENDAM’s 14-day Norway and British Isles voyage departing August 8. His most recent project is Social Eatz where he works as executive chef and owner, designing a menu that blends New York City staples with flavors from across Asia. In 2010, he was a contestant on season seven of Bravo’s hit reality show, “Top Chef.” He was then invited to compete on “Top Chef All Stars.” Sosa, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, opened SmithHouse in 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2009, Sosa was awarded the StarChefs.com New York’s Rising Star award for Best New Restaurant Concept for his restaurant Xie Xie, which opened that same year.

Chef Sawyer is scheduled to sail aboard ms ZAANDAM’s seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise departing Aug. 19. He is executive chef at The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio. The eatery was Ohio’s first “green” restaurant and was named one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the U.S by Bon Appetit magazine and best new restaurant by Cleveland Magazine. In July 2011, Sawyer opened his second certified green restaurant, Noodlecat. In February 2012, he was named one of 20 semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category. Sawyer has appeared on the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Iron Chef America,” and was recently honored by Food & Wine magazine as one of America’s best new chefs.

Holland America Line’s Culinary Arts Center Holland America Line’s industry trend-setting Culinary Arts Centers are featured on each of the line’s 15 ships. A “world-class show kitchen at sea,” the Culinary Arts Centers presented by Food & Wine magazine resemble the elaborate kitchens of celebrity chefs on television cooking programs. The venues feature a rotating schedule of activities daily including cooking shows, wine tastings, mixology demonstrations, hands-on themed cooking classes for both adults and kids, and other entertainment presentations. All events are taught by celebrity guest chefs or highly skilled culinary and beverage staff during every Holland America Line voyage.

The Culinary Arts Center is part of Holland America Line’s innovative and industry-leading culinary initiatives, which also include a partnership with Le Cirque to present “An Evening at Le Cirque in the Pinnacle Grill” and a Culinary Council comprised of renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Torres, Charlie Trotter and the line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.

For a full schedule of Holland America Line’s culinary guest program, visit http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Activities.action?tabName=Culinary +Arts+Center&contentMenu=Guest+Chef+Schedule.

For more information on Holland America Line’s cruises and cruisetours, consult a professional travel seller; call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425); or visit www.hollandamerica.com .

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