Oceania Cruises Summer Collection

Oceania Event is ending March 31, 2015! Highlights are …

2 for 1 Cruise Fares with FREE Airfare from Victoria
Early Booking Savings up to $5000 per stateroom
$250 Shipboard Credit per stateroom (can be higher
Prepaid Gratuities on select sailings
Reduced deposit – $250 per person

Look over what is being offer for 2016 here – https://www.oceaniacruises.com/special-offers/summer-collection/?int=ta&t=emint&d=030215&cid=summer2016

And a few sailings left for 2015 – https://www.oceaniacruises.com/special-offers/ywos/

If you are a “foodie”, love small ships, going to many ports, no crowds or lineups, then this is for you!! Call me ASAP to get you deposit in for these incredible cruises. The offer ends on the 18th of March.

If you would like to meet with me at the center to discuss this further just give me a call /or email me at the information listed below!

Trafalgar Talks

Your Invited to join me at one of the free Travel talk events across Canada that Trafagar is presenting. Alongside delicious refreshments,

Your will…
Discover Europe and Britain 2015
Have the chance to meet our team
Hear trip highlights from our experts
Enter into a draw to WIN a Britain trip^
Win a trip for two to Ireland!

RSVP is essential as spaces are limited. Click on the link to register at the Travel Talk being held here in Victoria … https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9wtd5187e78f420&oseq=&c=&ch=

I went to the last Trafagar event and it was very informative and fun!!

Learn About Viking Cruises!

Expedia Cruiseshipcenters – Victoria is hosting an afternoon presentation with representation – Kim Lucy from Viking River Cruises. It is my view that any presentation such as this to talk about river cruising and destinations, is a great opportunity to talk travel!!

I would like to extend the invitation to all of you. There is no charge, however you do need to register with me in advance. Presentation is at 3:30 with doors opening at 3pm. If you are bringing a friend or guest, please let me know that as well. I hope to see some of you out for this.

The presentation is being held at Gorge Vale Golf Club January 27th.

I find river cruises incredibly fascinating as they go through France and also Asia and so many other destinations on the rivers …. Viking is the place to start this travelers life list adventure..



Polynesians have been greeting visitors for centuries with open arms, broad smiles, generous souls, and an infectious lyrical mirth. At
Paul Gauguin Cruises, we carry this Polynesian spirit of welcome, warmth, and geniality into the wider world. Our small ships specialize in
warm-weather destinations, with an emphasis on delivering unique itineraries that larger ships simply cannot offer and exploring hidden
destinations, all at 50% savings

Enjoy all-inclusive value on all itineraries of both of our vessels:
• Beverages, including soft drinks, beer, and an excellent selection of wine & spirits
• Watersports that include kayaking and paddleboarding
• Gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
• All meals in all venues
• Complimentary room service

m/s Paul Gauguin DISTINCTIONS
Designed specifically to sail the lagoons of French Polynesia, The Gauguin visits small ports that larger vessels can’t reach, effortlessly
blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.
• 5+-star rated
• 217-member crew serving just 332
• Consistently recognized as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” by readers of
Condé Nast Traveler, every year since 1998
• Les Gauguines, our onboard Polynesian troupe of hostess/entertainers
• Airfare from Los Angeles offered on all itineraries of The Gauguin
• Use of our exclusive, private beach in Bora Bora and our private motu off the coast of Taha’a
• Windsurfing and optional SCUBA diving also available aboard The Gauguin
• Live onboard entertainment
• Onboard casino

The newest ship in our fleet, The Moana set sail under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner in December 2012, following a
multi-faceted renovation. Sleek and sophisticated, this intimate ship welcomes you aboard with the ultimate in luxury,
top-notch service, and an ambiance that caters to your spirit of adventure.
• 62-member crew serving just 88 guests
• Yacht-like, intimate feel
• Luxurious spa
• Pool, whirlpool, and Balinese beds
• Onboard piano bar and karaoke

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Travel Amenity Program 2014

Amenity Sailings onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin:
Feb 5 10 Society Islands & Tuamotus $100pp Shipboard Credit
Mar 22 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Apr 26 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Jun 14 11 Fiji-Australia $100pp Shipboard Credit
Aug 30 12 Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Sept 27 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Oct 25 14 Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Nov 8 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Nov 22 11 Cook Islands & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Dec 20 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit

Amenity Sailings onboard the m/v Tere Moana:
May 3 7 Rome, Italy-Venice, Italy $100pp Shipboard Credit
May 31 7 Athens, Greece-Istanbul, Turkey $100pp Shipboard Credit
Jun 28 7 Rome, Italy-Nice, France $100pp Shipboard Credit
Aug 2 7 Venice, Italy-Rome, Italy $100pp Shipboard Credit
Sept 13 7 Roundtrip Rome, Italy $100pp Shipboard Credit
Dec 20 7 Roundtrip Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica $100pp Shipboard Credit




Check off those bucket list cruise destinations like Tahiti, South America and Asia during this Princess Cruises sale! For a limited time only, you’ll get up to $200 FREE onboard spending money^ plus get FREE pre-paid gratuities when you book a balcony, mini-suite, or suite stateroom!† Hurry, this cruise deal won’t last long!

“The Bucket List Extravaganza Sale from Princess Cruises gives guests the chance to visit the exotic destinations of their dreams!” – YourTravelInsider.com

Call me ASAP for this incredible promotion that Princess is having!!

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers – Local Living Sorrento

Call an Italian agriturismo outside of Sorrento home for the week, hike the famous “Walk of the Gods”, learn about the fate of Pompeii from an expert local guide, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients, stroll the streets of picturesque Capri.

Get a taste for Italian life on this one-week Local Living trip to Sorrento, located just around the corner from the Amalfi Coast. Replete with gorgeous scenery and all the fantastic food and drink you’d expect, you’ll unwind on a lemon farm where a local family will be your hosts, giving you an in-depth look at what life at an Italian agriturismo is like. And of course, there will be food demonstrations including limoncello- and pizza-making as well as a walk along the stunning coastline, a visit to the elite island of Capri and a stop at Pompeii. Don’t be a tourist in Italy—live the dream.

September 21, 2014 – Day 1 Naples

Welcome to Naples, home to the best pizza of the world. As your fellow travellers are arriving throughout the day, there are no planned activities until your Group Meeting at 6pm this evening, so check-in to the hotel (check-in time is approx 3pm) and enjoy the city.

Please make every effort to arrive in time for this important meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform the hotel or us directly- contact numbers are provided in these notes. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up.

Why not join your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) after the welcome meeting at an optional group dinner to eat the dish Naples is famous for—pizza!

Overnight at Hotel Correra.

September 22, 2014 – Day 2 Pompeii/Sorrento (1B,1D)

Today we head off by private transport to our accommodation, an agriturismo just outside of Furore. Enroute we will visit the famed site of Pompeii, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, near Naples. One of Italy’s best-known sites, this unique visit is truly an amazing experience. After our guided tour with an expert local guide, there will be some free time to explore on your own before heading to our accommodation.

For the duration of our trip we stay at the same agriturismo. Located about a 15-minute walk uphill from Sorrento, our accommodation is at a working lemon farm that has opened its doors to tourism. The ‘agriturismo’ is surrounded by open terraces and groves of lemon trees protected by wooden pergolas made with chestnut. Enjoy your meals in an open-air dining area that overlooks the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Estimated Travel Time: 1hr to Pompei and 1hr Pompei to Sorrento

September 23, 2014 – Day 3 Sorrento (1B,1L,1D)

Today’s focus is on food. Start off with a tour of the agriturismo to learn the history of the property and to learn more about lemon cultivation. At lunchtime, learn to make one of the area specialties – pizza! You will eat the fruits of your labour for lunch.

Afterwards, learn all about limoncello production (and tasting!). Southern Italy is known specifically for the giant lemons they use to make limoncello. The lemons can easily grow to be larger than one’s head.

Enjoy some free time to relax and get to know your home for the week. Before dinner, our local hosts will show us how to make a delicious specialty to traditional regional recipes, using local produce. This will last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on what is for dinner.

September 24, 2014 – Day 4 Positano/Sorrento (1B, 1D)

Probably the most famous walk of the Amalfi region, the ancient ‘Walk of the Gods’ trail climbs along ridges high above the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano, once the only road connecting these two villages. The path can be rough underfoot and a little exposed but well worth it for the spectacular scenery and the chance to be so close to nature and “the Gods”. The outstanding beauty of the Amalfi Coast can only be fully appreciated on foot.

Transfer to the starting point in the small town of Bomerano, perched in the hills high above the sparkling sea. From there, we walk approximately 8km to the village of Montepertuso and eventually to Positano along sometimes narrow path with sensational views down to the sea far below. Follow ancient paths and trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches and monasteries. Most of the walking offers amazing views to the rugged coastline below with wonderful vistas from village to village. Walk past abandoned farmhouses and lemon groves, across high mountain pastures and through woodland, and finally down to hilltop villages and steeply down to the coast again. The last part of the path is on the main road and then down approximately 1300 stairs. This last part can also be done by public bus to save knees and ankles.

The walk finishes in Positano where you will have time if you wish to explore the bustling resort. We’ll then take a scenic public boat ride back to Sorrento and transfer back to the agriturismo.

Estimated Walking Time: 5-6 hours

September 25, 2014 – Day 5 Sorrento (1B, 1D)

Today is a free day to do as you please. Opt to visit local villages, explore Sorrento, sign up for a full-day cooking class or to spend some time on the beach.

In the evening, enjoy another cooking demonstration at your agriturismo with the group before a delicious home-cooked meal.

September 26, 2014 – Day 6 Capri/Sorrento (1B, 1D)

Board a ferry to Capri. Hop on board the ‘funicolare’ to explore Capri Town’s piazza. The Caprese salad is named after this town, and or course there is also locally produced limoncello made with the island’s lemons. Walk the along trails on the island, go swimming or brush shoulders with the more well-off island inhabitants at fancy shops.

September 27, 2014 – Day 7 Naples (1B)

Morning transfer to the train station where the tour ends upon arrival at 11am.

Making your stay seamless
One of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will be on hand to make your trip the best it can be, occasionally tagging along to show you the best spots and keep you company on optional daytime pursuits. Well-versed in the inner workings of the region and on-hand to help you with any questions you might encounter, your CEO wears many hats, covering everything from getting something translated to organizing day trips to finding a good spot to grab a meal or go out at night.
Optional Activities
While most days are full with inclusions, any day trips can be skipped in favour of relaxation and independent exploration. In your free time, visit local villages, spend time at the beach or explore Sorrento.

• Guided tour of Pompeii. “Walk of the Gods” hike. Island of Capri visit. Five home-cooked dinners using local organic produce. Scenic boat ride from Positano to Sorrento. Limoncello- and pizza-making demonstrations. One evening cooking demonstration. Orientation walks in Naples and Sorrento. Transport between destinations and included activities.
• 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners. (Allow EUR100-150 for meals not included.)
• Hotel (1 nt), small locally-owned guesthouse/agriturismo (5 nts).
• Minibus, boat, walking.
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide.
• Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 8.
• Entrance fees not listed
• International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
• Applicable tourist visas
• Incidentals
• Insurance
• Airport taxes
• Tips or gratuities
• Beverages
• Meals not mentioned above
• Optional tours or optional admissions

Contact Details
Pamela MacDonald
Expedia Cruise Ship Centers