Golden Princess - Voyage to the Vineyards March 2018

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Our latest Voyage to the Vineyards is our most expansive, wine-themed cruise tour yet. Together, we’ll span our great continent from east to west, savouring some of Australia’s most prized wines in three states. The gleaming blue and gold carriages of the famous train, Spirit of Progress, will take us from Melbourne to Seymour and the vineyard-filled Goulburn Valley for a special luncheon and wine tasting event. We then board the mighty Golden Princess for a week-long cruise west to Adelaide where we’ll head to the famous Barossa Valley for fine wine tastings at Penfolds - one of Australia’s most celebrated wineries. You'll also have time to shop at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop.


Our voyage then takes us to the fishing port of Port Lincoln - be sure to try the luscious, local oysters - while onboard Golden Princess, you’ll enjoy an exclusive wine-paired luncheon of mouth-watering cuisine. Further west, take a day trip to the famed vineyards of the Margaret River region, including Cullen Wines where another wine tasing awaits. And even though our cruise ends in Perth, our search for gastronomic flavours continues with a tour of the Swan Valley, with tastings and lunch at Houghton Winery. A farewell dinner in Perth ends our journey on a high note - one of no less than 27 meals included on this special, escorted tour.


Life is too short to drink bad wine. And they also say the best wines are those you share with friends so gather yours together and make new friends on this celebration of the finer things in life on land and at sea.




  2 nights accommodation at the Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne (or similar) including breakfast daily

 Welcome cocktail reception

 Full day tour aboard the heritage ‘Spirit of Progress’ train, including wine tastings and lunch in Seymour

  7 night cruise aboard Golden Princess including all main meals, entertainment and onboard gratuities

 Exclusive onboard wine pairing lunch

 Full day Barossa Valley tour with wine tastings and lunch

 Full day Margaret River region tour with wine tastings and lunch

 Half day Swan Valley region tour with wine tastings and light lunch

 1 night accommodation at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel Perth (or similar) including breakfast

 Farewell dinner

 Select group transfers

 The services of a Cruise Express Tour Manager












  Obstructed Oceanview
 Approximately 13.6 m2 to 19.1 m
View will be either semi or fully obstructed

: $3,790* per person twin share
from: $4,990* per person sole occupancy
  Balcony Cabin - Sold Out
 Approximately 20.6 m2 with 3.8 m2 balcony

: $3,990* per person twin share
from: $5,990* per person sole occupancy


Premium Balcony Cabin - Sold Out
 Approximately 20.6 m2 with 3.8 m2 balcony

: $4,390* per person twin share
from: $6,490* per person sole occupancy


 Approximately 26.6 m2 with 3.8 m2 balcony

from: $4,390* per person twin share
from: $6,490* per person sole occupancy

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Spirit of Progress


The Spirit of Progress ushered in a standard of passenger train speed and comfort not previously seen in Australia on its introduction in November 1937. When introduced, the train featured many innovations new to Australian railways, such as full air-conditioning and all-steel carriage construction. Its interior fittings used materials such as stainless steel and native Australian blackwood veneers.

From its introduction in November 1937 until April 1962 the train service ran on the broad gauge line from Melbourne's Spencer Street station to Albury, where passengers changed to a New South Wales Government Railways ‘Melbourne Limited Express’. Following the completion of the standard gauge line between Melbourne and Albury in April 1962 the Spirit of Progress was extended to Sydney. With declining passenger numbers it was decided to combine the Spirit of Progress and Southern Aurora into one train, the unimaginatively named Sydney/Melbourne Express. The Spirit of Progress ran for the last time on 2 August 1986.

Much of the original Spirit of Progress rolling stock remained in use on regular long distance intrastate service for VR and its successor VLine, and for a period of time the private rail operator West Coast Railway. It is perhaps a measure of the high standard of the Spirit of Progress rolling stock that the last of the "BS" class of compartment cars was only retired by VLine in July 2006, almost 69 years after its introduction.

B class locomotive
Built: 1952   
Builder: Clyde Engineering, Rosewater     Model: Electro Motive Disel ML2    Entered Service: 1953

UIC class: Co-Co    Fuel type: Diesel    Prime mover: Electro-motive 16-567BC V16 

Locomotive Length: 18.7m    Maximum speed: 133 km/h    Track Gauge: Broad

Spirit of Progress carriages
'Dining' Car, 'Parlor' Car, VAM Sleeper, Compartment seating cars 3AS, 4AS, 
1BS, 2BS, 1CS baggage car - all cars built in 1937 at Newport, Victoria

'Mitta Mitta' car built in 1955 at Newport, Victoria

Golden Princess

Escape completely onboard Golden Princess. Pamper yourself with a calming massage in the Lotus Spa® or de-stress as Serenity stewards offer you refreshing beverages and light snacks in The Sanctuary®.  Providing you with a wide array of restful venues onboard, including the Piazza and Movies Under the Stars®, Golden Princess is truly a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat at sea.

Registry: London - United Kingdom 
United Kingdom     Built: 2001     Builder: Fincantieri, Italy     Gross tonnage: 108,865 grt

Passengers: 2,600    Crew: 1,100    Length: 290m    Beam: 26m    Speed: 22.5 knots



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