May 20, 2013

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Tasman Discoverer: 7 nights departing Brisbane

As if Orions regular onboard cuisine created by Bathers Pavilion maestro chef Serge Dansereau wasnt enough, in December 2013 Orion Expedition Cruises has scheduled a 7 night Tasman Discoverer themed food and wine voyage, adding an acclaimed wine maker and cheese makers to compliment the onboard chefs gourmet offerings.

Enjoy food workshops, wine tastings with Tony Bish, Senior Winemaker at Sacred Hill winery and special cheese tastings with cheese makers Sara and Markus Bucher, along with Orions fine dining while wending your way from Brisbane to New Zealand via Norfolk Island.

Whet the palette and build your appetite exploring historic Norfolk Island and the beautiful north island of New Zealand secure in the company of the specialist Expedition Team. Selected for their knowledge and practical experience in fields that include botany, marine biology, anthropology and history, the Expedition Team members are there to guide and assist while ashore exploring.

This voyage is designed to stimulate all the senses, with the catch cry Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet.

Cruise the great ocean blue to the colonial attractions of Norfolk Island, of HMS Bounty fame, and on to New Zealands magnificent Bay of Islands including the historic town of Russell. Every day the menus will offer tantalizing surprises including fresh seafood, succulent New Zealand lamb and mouth-watering desserts. Enjoy inclusive and informative presentations on cheese and yogurt making, European and Australian cheese types and tastings, discussions (and tastings!) on the rise and rise of the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and the emerging super premium wine growing region of the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawkes Bay, described by Decanter magazine as one of the worlds six most exciting new terroirs.

Comparative tastings of fine Gimblett Gravels red wines (Syrah, Merlot Cabernets, and Cabernet Merlot blends) will have you casting aside any terror of wine tasting and focussing on the terroir of fine wine.

Book now & save up to 40%* 24|7|365
Fares from $3,216 per person twin share*
Plus Complimentary onboard Wine Package^ – ‘Hotel Manager’s Selection’

Guest Lecturers:

Markus has working knowledge of the Swiss and Australian dairy industry from the perspective of a dairy farmer, processor and retailer. Markus and Sara have extensive dairy industry experience in Greekstyle and Swiss-style yogurt making as well as hand-crafted cheeses such as white mould cheese (Brie and Camembert styles), fetta and club cheddar.

With 31 vintages under his belt, Tony still enjoys the promise of what the next vintage holds. Tony believes that great grapes make great wine. Its critical to preserve the integrity of the fruit that is yielded. The craft is in developing layers to create wines where smell, taste and mouth feel combine for complete enjoyment.
Its a philosophy that has served Tony and his team well with 15 gold medals so far this year alone. For the last 20 years, he has been Senior Winemaker at Sacred Hill Wines Ltd, a medium sized premium New Zealand winery business.



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February 10, 2011

#FriendsTravel Orion Expedition Cruises Up Close and Personal JESS Kalinowsky

Orion is a purpose built vessel designed to access the inaccessible, all in 5-star luxury. 

The ship combines the best and the latest in design with maritime and environmental technology, comfort and casual elegance.

From the ice-strengthened hull to the chilled champagne and superb cuisine, this is expedition cruising at its finest.

Discover Orion’s path less travelled. 24/7/365


Australia’s wild and remote.
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Tropical paradise is only a dive away
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The diverse culture of Asia.
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Pacific Culture and natural grandeur
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The Last Frontier

Click on any of the pictures to learn more about these wonderful up close and personal expedition cruises.

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January 11, 2011

#FriendsTravel Windstar Cruise Honeymoon JESS Kalinowsky

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Don’t miss out on these great prices! Our last-minute deals offer deeply discounted rates on popular Windstar luxury cruises departing in the near future. Availability is often less than 10 days and many deals sell out within 24 hours of posting. The following weekly deals are offered for a limited time and are guaranteed to be the lowest rates available.

Intimate Islands of the Caribbean
Barbados – Barbados 7-days
Suites from $2,299, Savings up to 58%
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011 on the Wind Surf

Embrace the Call of Costa Rica
Puerto Caldera – Puerto Caldera 7-days
Category B staterooms from $1,299*, Savings up to 64%
Dates: February 5*, 12*, March 5, 12, 2011 on the Wind Star

Throughout the years, Windstar has been bestowed with many awards and accolades from prestigious publications like Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Porthole Magazine. In fact, the latter has, again, just awarded Windstar the title of “Most Romantic Cruise Line” for the 6th year in a row. If that doesn’t convince you of our sailing prowess, nothing will.

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January 8, 2011

#FriendsTravel Legends of the Caribbean JESS Kalinowsky

Depart – March 21, 2011
Legends of the Caribbean
10 Nights from $ 954. pp/do



FARES FROM $1,429 pp (PACKAGE – includes Air*)

This cruise includes 1 shipboard overnight in Bridgetown



A potpourri of Caribbean paradises, each idyllic, each exotic, yet each unique. Barbados is the Caribbean’s own “Little England”, while Martinique is distinctly French.

Dramatic landscapes and a wealth of flora draw you to St Vincent while Guadeloupe’s hidden beauty is a magical underwater world. No Caribbean connoisseur should be without Montserrat’s green shamrock in his or her passport. Tortola boasts the quintessential Caribbean spirit and Santo Domingo is where it all began. Jamaica has the Caribbean experience distilled to its essence.

Day Port Arrive Depart
21 Mar 11 Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrive; Transfer to mv DISCOVERY
22 Mar 11 Bridgetown, Barbados 11:00 pm
23 Mar 11 St. Vincent, Grenadines 8:00 am 11:00 pm
24 Mar 11 Martinique, Martinique 7:00 am 6:00 pm
25 Mar 11 Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe 8:00 am midnight
26 Mar 11 Montserrat 7:00 am 5:00 pm
27 Mar 11 Tortola, British Virgin Islands 8:00 am 11:00 pm
28 Mar 11 At Sea
29 Mar 11 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 7:00 am 5:00 pm
30 Mar 11 At Sea
31 Mar 11 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 7:00 am RESERVATIONS:

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