Orion’s Golfing Dream
Orion is offering a dream trip for keen golfers – the chance to sail to some of New Zealand’s most well-known and spectacular golf courses.
In February 2013, Orion’s South Pacific Golf Expedition eight-night cruise will be wending its way to three luxury golf resorts around New Zealand, the Royal Wellington, Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers.
But even if you don’t play golf, the resorts offer more than just the chance to try out your handicap, with the opportunity to chill out in the spa facilities, eat beautiful food and stroll around the peaceful surroundings. Local excursions are also on offer, including trips to award-winning local wineries and the nearby stunning Cape Kidnappers local gannet colony.
Fares include green fees for two to five rounds at the three courses, cart hire and golf club transportation to and from the ship for each golf course visited.
The ship departs from Lyttleton and ends in Auckland, and its itinerary includes Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Napier and Whangaroa.
Serenity on Carnival Spirit
If you’re on the look-out for a cruise which offers something for everyone, then Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit could be the cruise ship for you.
But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just for families, because although it has a reputation for being a family friendly cruise ship, it also offers adult-only chill-out areas, bars and restaurants, far from the hustle and bustle of busy family areas.
It’s also worth knowing that the ship is booked up with families mainly in the school holidays for predominantly short sailings, so longer sailings and term-times are much quieter.
Carnival Cruise Lines’ vice president, Jennifer Vanderkreeke, told Cruise Weekly that “couples and empty-nesters” can enjoy great entertainment on board the Carnival Spirit including a comedy bar, live music and a show lounge. But when they’ve had enough of that and fancy some peace and quiet, the ship’s adult-only Serenity area offers hammocks, lounges, pods, a pool and a bar, as well as a day-spa.
Vanderkreeke told Cruise Weekly it was a place where you could have a great family holiday or perfect couple time.
“The reality is during the day if you are on the ship and you’re a couple you are going to be in Serenity, you’re going to be in the day spa, you’re going to be going to the restaurants, you’re not going to see the kids because the kids are in the splash park, they’re in the kids club or they’re on the mini-golf course.”
“There is an absolute separation of where adults and couples are going to be,” she added.
SeaDream visits Panama Canal
In November 2013, luxury megayacht, SeaDream I, will make her first-ever transit of the Panama Canal, to then spend several weeks sailing a series of voyages along the Costa Rica coast.
The 112-passenger SeaDream I will sail nine nights from Barbados on 9 November 2013, calling on St George’s in Granada, Isla de Margarita and the Los Roques islands, Curacao, Cartagena in Columbia, San Blas in Panama, and then transit the Panama Canal to Balboa.
From Panama, there will be a five-night sail to Caldera in the Costa Rica, which will serve as a homeport for six consecutive seven-night voyages around Costa Rica, accompanied by a naturalist.
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