Top 14 Luxury Voyages To Asia Pacific For 2019 and 2020

  MIAMI (Apr. 2, 2019) –Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands are known for their inspiring beauty, immersive experiences and ancient culture. Luxury travelers are increasingly sailing to Exotic locales visiting multiple destinations in one voyage, and: Exploring a new island paradise every day in the South Pacific, with stunning beaches, shimmering azure seas, and lush forests brimming with tropical flowers; Admiring the magnificent Blue Mountains outside Sydney, feeding stingrays near Gisborne, and posing …

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A rugged cruise to an active volcano in the South Pacific

White Island, a cruise ship shore excursion to an active volcano off the north coast of New Zealand, is not a trip for the queasy or careful. At least one American expert on volcanic activity says that White Island is highly dangerous. Maybe that’s why some cruise passengers choose a flying tour offered by several ships, including those of Crystal Cruises and Seabourn, and excursion broker Viator.com. This is not a recommendation to fly or boat from …

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Grazing New Zealand at SKYCITY Auckland – Restaurants & Menus

At precisely 1076 feet and 1.38 inches (328 m), the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and serves as one of Auckland’s signature attractions. The Sky Tower also marked the location of SKYCITY Auckland, a casino-hotel complex with 25 cafes, restaurants and bars. This visual menu is from the SKYCITY Grand Hotel’s restaurant called “dine by Peter Gordon.” The word dine certainly deserves to be in all caps at this award-winning restaurant featuring …

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Grazing in New Zealand – Kiwi Food Terms

New Zealand (NZ) has some wonderful cuisine, but don’t feel embarrassed to ask for clarification about what you’re ordering.  Kiwi food terms may refer to very different items than someone from North American would expect. For instance, what American ordering in a 4 + star hotel would expect their hamburger to be made up of small chunks of tender steak, ham slices, beets, lettuce and tomato slices and a fried egg?  Yet still lacking the essential and  …

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Cruising New Zealand, slipping through Milford Sound

After two days and three nights at sea from Tasmania on the southern tip of Australia, Celebrity Century plunged into Milford Sound at sunrise. You would not want to sleep-in on the day that your cruise ship slips through the three sounds on New Zealand’s southwest coast, not if you want to see Milford, anyway. Our tour from the sea to the end of the Milford fjord was only two hours, so we were back out to …

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Traveling in New Zealand one day at a time

I am in New Zealand a week already and still don’t know what day it is. Every day I need help to find the answer. The local paper indicates today is Wednesday, but my computer, which is on New York time, says today is Tuesday, election day. If today is Wednesday, how come I don’t know who won the elections? Worse is the realization that Tuesday, Nov. 2, is gone for good. I lost it, having never …

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After some rough seas, we visit an exotic mansion on Kawau Island

November 17, 2011 Reluctantly, Capt. Vince heads us out of Smokehouse Bay west for Kawau and the Victorian fantasy world of Sir George Grey. Twice governor of New Zealand, Grey took over the home of a mining executive in the 1860s, plowing in a fortune to take it to 30 lavish rooms and transform the gardens into his private Eden He brought in Chinese pheasants, New Guinea tree kangaroos and South African monkeys. Zebras pulled his carriage. …

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We learn how they make Barrier Gold balms and oils

November 16, 2011 Day two in our perfect little harbor off Great Barrier Island, but suddenly the sun and warmth are gone. We bundle up for the short jaunt over to shore and the quirky homestead of Trish and Sven Stellin. For more than 18 years, they’ve been making Barrier Gold balms and oils from the manuka and kanuka plants, better known in the States as tea trees. The plants, once reviled as weeds, now are the …

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A visit to the Glendern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island

November 15, 2011 The sun and warmth of a real spring day help carry us over to Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island, heart of an inspiring conservation tale. I’ve been to Kapiti Island off Wellington, which is a predator-free haven for New Zealand’s endangered native birds. This bit of land jutting into the Hauraki Gulf is now the Kotuku Peninsula Sanctuary, which is also trying to give native birds one last chance. The late Tony Bouzaid …

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SATW president begins her New Zealand cruise aboard the Island Passage

November 13, 2011 After a week in Wellington, New Zealand, it’s time to hop the hour flight back to Auckland and link up with the Island Passage. I find the low-slung catamaran at her little berth along Princes Wharf, just a few blocks from the Victorian Ferry Building that is the icon of Auckland Harbour. Auckland Harbour I’m too early to board, but don’t fancy carrying all my gear around Auckland. Who should appear to save the …

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