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9 March 2017

New Heritage rail and sail tour from Brisbane relives the golden era of travel 

Six-day short break to Sydney and back by ship and historic train June 2017


A cruise from Brisbane to Sydney, two nights in the harbour city and a two-day rail trip back to Brisbane form part of a unique, new rail and sail tour this June released by Cruise Express.


Ideal for train and cruise fans from across Australia, the six-day ‘Tin Hare Express’ tour features three, privately chartered CPH rail motors built in the 1920s. Affectionaly known as ‘Tin Hares’, the restored rail motors once served regional NSW and offer windows that can be opened for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside. The June trip will be the first time all three of the rail motors have journeyed to Brisbane.



8 March 2017

New 2018 Elvis music cruise from Australia 

Reduced fares for bookings made by March 31, 2017


The world’s best Elvis impersonators will have passengers ‘All Shook Up’ on a new 2018 music cruise from Australia, with Cruise Express offering earlybird fares on the special sailing.

The seven-night ‘Cruise’n’Groove - Elvis Meets the Legends’ cruise will depart Sydney on November 6, 2018, with the 2100-passenger Radiance of the Seas taking guests and their ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ to Noumea and the tropical island of Mare in New Caledonia before returning to Sydney.



24 February 2017

New Cape Town to Cairo tour including week-long River Nile cruise 

September 1, 2017


One of the most extensive cruise tours ever offered by Cruise Express will take Australian travellers on a 7300km adventure from Cape Town at the foot of Africa to Cairo at the top, including a week-long cruise along the River Nile.


Hosted by Cruise Express, the exclusive, 28-night ‘Cape to Cairo’ tour this September features Africa’s top icons and experiences including Table Mountain and Cape Horn, Earth’s biggest waterfall, Victoria Falls, wildlife safaris and lodges, one of the world’s most luxurious trains, Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, the Egyptian pyramids and ancient temples lining the Nile.



10 February 2017

Couples and solos can save up to $3000
New circle-Japan cruise tour 

Book by February 28, 2017


The 17-night ‘Autumn in Japan’ itinerary departs Australia on October 14, 2017, and begins with two nights in Tokyo with sightseeing that takes in the Imperial Palace, the neon-lights of the Ginza shopping district, a sushi-making class and a trip to the observation platform on top of the 634m-high Tokyo Sky Tree – the world’s second tallest structure.



19 January 2017

New summer cruise tour to Scotland, Iceland and Norway

Includes exclusive shore tours, luxurious stay in a palace and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
August 2017


The geysers, glaciers and waterfalls of Iceland, the fjords of Norway and the castles of Scotland and The Netherlands combine as part of a new cruise tour to be hosted by Cruise Express this August.


The 19-night ‘Voyage of the Kings’ fly, cruise and tour itinerary includes exclusive shore tours during a two-week cruise from The Netherlands to Scotland, Iceland and Norway aboard the new 2650-passenger Holland America Line ship, ms Koningsdam, launched in 2016.



19 January 2017

Journey to the Northern Lights
Single supplement only 17% 

15-night winter wonderland tour including 6-night coastal voyage to the top of Norway


The new, 15-night ‘Journey to the Northern Lights’ fly, cruise and tour itinerary traces the fjord-studded coastline of Norway north above the Arctic Circle all the way to the Russian border. The cruise tour offers Australians a rare opportunity to witness the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis – magical, multi- coloured swirls of light that illuminate Norway’s crisp, night sky in winter. 



28 November 2016

Cruise Express launches new Australian rail and sail tour featuring Australia’s finest heritage trains 

Cruise Melbourne to Sydney and ride two historic trains back in April, 2017 – Aboard the ‘Melbourne Limited’ and the famous ‘Spirit of Progress’

The growing popularity of rail and sail tours in Australia has laid the tracks for the launch of a never-before-offered trip featuring a historic train with the best preserved heritage locomotive and carriages in Australia.



17 November 2016

Drink in the wonders of Tasmania on a new, 'no passport', wine-themed cruise

From $2590 in a balcony cabin including shore tours and dining in Curtis Stone's new onboard restaurant SHARE

The premium wines of Tasmania will be showcased on an exclusive, new, wine-themed cruise that Cruise Express will host to the Apple Isle in November, 2017, aboard Sun Princess. Boasting 230 vineyards and 90 cellar doors, Tasmania enjoys a global reputation as a leading producer of premium, cool climate wines.



31 October 2016

Towns from Seymour to Sydney to witness longest mainline rail journey for heritage rail motor

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

A 54-year-old heritage train once used in the Illawarra and Hunter regions of NSW will make its longest-ever journey on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, when it carries 90 rail and sail passengers on a 800km trip from the Victorian town of Seymour to Sydney.



6 October 2016 

Unique new cruise tour adventure to Cape York and the remote islands of Papua New Guinea and the Solomons

Exclusive 22-night package in September, 2017

Australian cruise specialist, Cruise Express, has combined a four-wheel-drive wilderness tour from Cairns to the tip of Cape York with an ocean cruise from Cairns to islands in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to create a unique, 22-night, far-north adventure in September, 2017.



26 September 2016 

Sail all 3 Cunard Queens in one European cruise holiday

Book this 37-night fly/cruise package by November 14, 2016 for a DOUBLE UPGRADE to a balcony stateroom

Australians can sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless cruise holiday from New York to Europe next May as part of a unique, new, fly/cruise package released by Cruise Express. 

The liner-hopping ‘Three Queens’ package features the world’s most famous sea voyage – the transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton – aboard the world’s most famous liner, Queen Mary 2, as well as cruises to the Canary Islands and fjords of Norway aboard sister ships, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. 



20 September 2016 

New Grand Journeys of India 

Luxury cruises and apalce hotels - 24 to 43 nights

Stays at some of India’s most opulent palace hotels including the Taj Lake Palace of James Bond fame are included in a new program of luxury cruise tours centred on the sub-continent in April, 2017. 

‘Grand Journeys of India’ offers three options to combine a deluxe, ocean voyage with Azamara Club Cruises with a guided, overland tour of India featuring the colourful forts and cities of Rajasthan and the iconic, white-marbled monument to love, the Taj Mahal. 



6 September 2016 

Save $1000 per couple on new European Springtime cruise holiday 

With add-on France tour including 99th anniversary of Somme battles

Cruise Express is offering a $1000 per couple saving on a new 14-night, European cruise tour package for bookings made by October 31, 2016. The discount means the package, including two nights in Rome with sightseeing, a luxury, 10-night Mediterranean cruise and return flights from Australia, is now available from $5,490 per pseron, twin share.



30 August 2016 

First trip of its type - Unique, new heritage rail and sail tour 

Cruise Sydney to Melbourne and ride two historic trains back

Celebrating the golden age of rail travel, the unique, escorted trip from Cruise Express this November will appeal to both rail and cruise lovers, with journeys aboard a rail motor, the famous Spirit of Progress train, Melbourne’s stylish tramcar restaurant and the 2600-passenger cruise ship, Golden Princess.



22 August 2016 

Stay in 3 French Chateaux as part of luxury new cruise tour 

Book by September 15 and save up to $2000 per couple

Cruise Express has released two ‘Connoisseur France’ packages – a 19-night itinerary including a Seine River cruise to the English Channel and a 25-night tour featuring a river cruise through the heart of Europe from Luxembourg to Hungary. Bookings for either tour made before September 15, 2016, will receive discounts of up to $1000 per person. 



5 August 2016

Romantic Italy in spring - by land and sea
Aboard the world's 'most luxurious cruise ship'

Cruise tour featuring the new, all-inclusive
Seven Seas Explorer

Cruise Express has released a new cruise tour in Italy and the Adriatic including a week aboard the new, five-star Seven Seas Explorer, billed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built.



3 August 2016

Fly to Europe for $499 return and cruise in Viking luxury

Book any 2017 Viking Ocean Cruise in Europe by August 31, 2016


Book any Viking Ocean Cruise in Europe in 2017 with Cruise Express by August 31, 2016, and you can fly to Europe for just $499 return. A range of destination-focused cruises from eight to 50 days is available across the Mediterranean and Northern Europe aboard Viking Star, launched in 2015, Viking Sea, christened in May this year, and Viking Sky, which will make her first journey in February, 2017.



18 July 2016

Revealing a Very Royal Affair 

Exclusive, new, luxe cruise tour to England and Scotland featuring The Ritz, royal palaces, private dining and luxurious cruise and rail journeys

Private tours of English royal palaces, an exclusive dinner in Scotland’s finest medieval castle, a stay at the London Ritz and journeys aboard the opulent Belmond Royal Scotsman train and the boutique Scottish ship, Hebridean Princess, are highlights of an exclusive new 2017 cruise tour released by Cruise Express. 


7 July 2016

The Greens of the British Isles - New Golf Cruise on Par with Luxury

Tea off at famous courses includes Gleneagles
Plus entry to the 2017 British Open Golf Championship

Keen Australian golfers can play on some of the world’s most famous courses including Gleneagles and attend the finale of the British Open Golf Championship as part of a new luxury cruise tour in the British Isles in July, 2017. 

‘Luxury Journey to the British Open’ is an upscale, 17-night fly/cruise package offered by Cruise Express in partnership with Azamara Cruises and renowned golf travel experts, PerryGolf. 




24 June 2016

Earlybird saving of $1000 per couple or $500 for solo sailors on new spring cruise tour in Japan featuring cheery blossom festivals

In the wake of growing demand in Australia for holidays to Japan, the exclusive ‘Springtime in Japan’ cruise tour showcases the many faces of Japan. Guests will have the opportunity to explore ancient castles and temples, ornate gardens, the neon-lit streets of Tokyo’s Ginza district and ride the high-speed Bullet Trains that sprint past Japan’s spiritual symbol, Mt Fuji. The tour has been timed to provide Australians with the best chance of seeing Japan’s famous cherry blossoms in all their glory.




17 June 2016

Solo sailors save up to $1000 with free cabin upgrades on Escorted Eastern Mediterranean cruise

Includes shore tours and onboard drinks
Book by 12 August, 2016

Until August 12, 2016, single travellers will receive free cabin upgrades worth up to $1000 on an eastern Mediterranean fly-cruise package this October that also offers complimentary onboard drinks and 10 tours, including the most fabled landmarks of the Holy Land.




10 June 2016

TV's Dr John D'Arcy to take
cruisers back to Vietnam

Features 50th anniversary visit to the site
of the Battle of Long Tan

One of Australia’s first TV medicos, Dr John D’Arcy, will co-host a special, two-week cruise tour to the Orient this November with Cruise Express, with the voyage including a visit to Vietnam where he practised until the fall of Saigon in 1975.






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