The Road Ahead : August September 2007
AUG/SEP 07 41 Tassie travel Members planning a trip to Tasmania are invited to RACQ's 'Look before you book' presentations in September. RACQ and Tasmania's Temptations Holidays will set the scene with the latest information on air fare options, fly-drive packages and the TT-Line ships crossing the Bass Strait. We'll talk about accommodation, covering a range of options including lodges, cabins, B&Bs, cottages, motels, apar tments and guesthouses. Those preferring a coach tour will not be left out, as RACQ will have all the latest AAT Kings tour programs and member prices. Panama Canal WITH MARY STEPTOE RACQ TRAVEL WITH RACQ TRAVEL Guam and Saipan, before calling into Naha and Nagasaki in Japan. Members can take a 29-night fly-cruise package with flights from Brisbane to Auckland, pre and post-cruise accommodation, the cruise to Osaka with sightseeing and return flight to Brisbane. Prices star t from $7276 per person twin share ($7430 from Cairns). Call RACQ's cruise consultants on 1300 888 449 for details. Heading south If you're looking for a shor t tour over Christmas, RACQ is offering a six-day trip depar ting Brisbane on December 23. First stop is Por t Macquarie, then it's the Hunter Valley for three nights. Enjoy an excellent Christmas buffet lunch, a dolphin watch cruise at Por t Stephens and wine tasting at a quality winer y. Return to Brisbane through Armidale, Glenn Innes and Tenterfield. And don't forget RACQ's 10-day Canberra Floriade tour or the 18- day Southern Explorer tour featuring Melbourne, the Great Ocean Rd and SA's wine regions. Both depar t in September. Call Lesley on 1300 888 773 for details. towards the Pacific via the narrow Gaillard Cut then descends to sea level through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks. Many Panama Canal cruises offer the oppor tunity to see Costa Rica, perhaps a Caribbean island and Mexican Riviera resor ts such as Acapulco or Cabo San Lucas. Although we were on a six-star ship, there was no obligation to dress formally for dinner. On the formal nights like 'Cocktails with the Captain', a dark suit or jacket and tie for men was acceptable. The ship appealed to us because of its 'all inclusive' price, which meant drinks and staff gratuities were covered in the cruise fare. Seven Seas Mariner will sail to Sydney from Singapore via Bali, Dar win, Cooktown, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef depar ting on November 4, 2007. RACQ Travel is planning a Panama Canal escor ted tour in May 2008. Call me on 1300 888 773 to register your interest. TRAVEL TIPS We'll be talking Tassie at nor thside and southside Brisbane venues on August 28, in Toowoomba on August 29 and at a Brisbane central venue on the same night (29th). We have a show at Hervey Bay on September 3 and a presentation in Ipswich the same night. On September 4, you can catch the Tassie show in Bundaberg and at Robina (Gold Coast). Members in Redlands and Maroochydore can get the good oil on Tassie on September 5. The star ting time for these presentations is 6pm. However, our Cairns presentation on September 14 star ts at 2.30pm, and there's a 10am kick-off in Townsville on September 15. Please call 1300 888 449 for venue details and to reser ve your places. Battle site cruise In March 2008, Holland America Lines' Statendam sails from Auckland to Osaka, in Japan, visiting a number of World War II battle sites in the South Pacific and other interesting por ts of call. The 25-night trip takes in Noumea, Guadalcanal, Rabaul, the Yap Islands, TRAVEL DIARY Irecently sailed from For t Lauderdale, Florida to San Francisco via the Panama Canal on Seven Seas Mariner. Panama cruises operate from September to May, but in the latter par t of the year, expect heavy rain. We entered the canal from the Atlantic and soon encountered the first of three locks that raised the ship 26 m from sea level to the Gatun Lake, the widest par t of the canal. Most cruise ships take around eight to nine hours to transit the canal, but it could take longer if the ship stops at the town of Gatun Lake to allow passengers time to explore. From Gatun Lake, the ship heads "...soon encountered the first of three locks that raised the ship 26 m..." Wineglass Bay, G. Lea ©Tourism Tasmania.
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