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  • CARIBBEAN INCLUDING ST. MAARTEN - HOT EXCLUSIVE | House of Travel
    glorious beaches make Miami popular with all ages attracting a broad spectrum of tourists Tourist attractions include Miami s Miracle Mile one of Miami s major shopping regions the Miami Freedom Tower Miami Metrozoo one of the finest wild animal parks in America and the Miami Seaquarium a 38 acre complex of huge saltwater pools Miami has a range of communities and districts amongst them is Downtown Miami a vibrant and diverse area of Miami filled with clothes and jewelry shops restaurants cafés and fast food stands Miami South Beach Area SoBe is one of Miami s most exciting areas and is full of art galleries stylish diners Art Deco buildings glorious beaches and many of Miami s top nightclubs Philipsburg St Maarten is one of the most rewarding stops for a cruise ship passenger The island is divided between French St Martin in the north and Dutch St Maarten in the south Each side manages to retain its own distinct flavor The Dutch side Sint Maarten is a lively destination of white sand beaches casinos historical sites shopping venues and lot of nightlife Most ships dock in Philipsburg the capital of Dutch St Maarten Philipsburg fills a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond Two main roads cut across the length of Philipsburg Front Street and Back Street Front Street the main thoroughfare is lined with duty free shops offering everything from Italian leather goods and Japanese cameras to native crafts Narrow alleyways lead in either direction to arcades and courtyards filled with flowers Visitors will also find examples of traditional West Indian architecture including characteristic pastel colored houses with second story verandas looking out over the street Front Street s most prominent landmark is the Courthouse built in 1793 A grand white wooden structure topped with a cupola it now serves as St Maarten s courthouse Also on Front Street is the Simartin Museum which gives visitors an excellent introduction to local history San Juan San Juan is a major port and tourist resort of the West Indies and is the oldest city under the U S flag The metropolitan area known as San Juan has 3 distinct areas Old San Juan the New San Juan and other outlying communities the most important Río Piedras Hato Rey Puerta de Tierra and Santurce The old part of San Juan was founded in 1521 and is now officially declared a National Historic Zone Many 16th and 17th century buildings have been restored and refurbished in the original Spanish style This part of the city boasts many shops restaurants art galleries and museums New San Juan is connected to the old town by a narrow neck of land and modern architecture has flourished in recent years In the sophisticated areas of Condado and Isla Verde are glittering hotels flashy Las Vegas style shows casinos and discos The Botanical Gardens are worth visiting A bay cruise is also available which offers excellent views of the city El

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  • BEAUTIFUL BERMUDA | House of Travel
    reached the absolute pinnacle of premium cruising Large in size yet intimately elegant in ambience Summit boasts all of the services and amenities that have made Celebrity the preferred choice of avid cruisers around the world Come aboard and scale the heights of luxury on Summit Immerse yourself in the stunning architectural detail and impeccable decor of the Celebrity Summit Museum quality works of art engage the imagination and inspire the spirit The gourmet cuisine of Master Chef Michel Roux is artfully presented in innovative new venues Decompress yourself in Notes a digital music library Breathe in the scents of orange lavender and cinnamon in a relaxing aromatherapy session at the AquaSpa At the Cosmopolitan Restaurant you ll be served on fine china with white linen and fresh flowers as a quartet plays softly in the background It s all part of Celebrity s attentive yet unobtrusive service a reminder that grace and civility are not entirely of the past Bermuda More than pink sand beaches and bright blue seas Celebrity s Bermuda is refined dining bountiful shopping and relaxing golf outings Take in a cricket match or sip afternoon tea in true British style Stroll cobblestone streets against the backdrop of pastel painted cottages Tee up on one of Bermuda s eight championship golf courses and marvel at the island s spectacular vistas When you return to your ship enjoy a cool sorbet and fresh cold towels served poolside From the historic architecture of the capital city of Hamilton to the postcard come to life appeal of St George delight in the natural wonder culture and history of this remarkable island paradise At Celebrity Cruises we believe in developing a deeper understanding of each destination And we ll continually find new ways to showcase and share our discoveries with you Welcome to Celebrity s Bermuda Cruises Highlights of this cruise Cape Liberty Bayonne N J This is the first new cruise port in New Jersey in 40 years It offers guests outstanding views of New York Harbor the Verrazano Narrows Bridge the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan Kings Wharf Bermuda Nestled at the tip of Bermuda s West End King s Wharf is home to the impressive Royal Navy Dockyard and the Crafts Market where you can shop for great pieces handmade by island artists Nearby Somerset Village boasts the world s smallest drawbridge opening a mere 22 inches just wide enough to accommodate a sailboat s mast Click title to display Special Conditions Prices valid at 22 May 16 Valid for new bookings until further notice Prices shown are per person share twin in lead in Oceanview category subject to availability at time of booking GoBetter Promotion provides the first 2 guests in an Oceanview Stateroom or higher categories a choice of two of these options a Classic Beverage package Unlimited Internet Package US 150 per stateroom onboard credit or Prepaid Gratuities Classic Beverage Package includes beer up to US 6 per serving spirits cocktails and frozen

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  • NEW CALEDONIA, FIJI & TONGA - SUMMER CRUISE SALE | House of Travel
    suited l île la plus proche du paradis or the closest island to paradise Visit this speck of an island on the southern tip of the New Caledonia archipelago and you ll undoubtedly find yourself spellbound by its beauty and carefree charm Lifou Loyalty Island Lifou is the capital of the Loyalty Islands a far flung archipelago located off the French island New Caledonia which is east of Australia Known for its friendly inhabitants and its physical beauty Lifou is truly an island paradise The islanders are of mixed Melanesian and Polynesian heritage with a small European minority European whalers were the first visitors to the Loyalty Islands and contemporary visitors can still enjoy the islands timeless beauty Suva Fiji The tropical paradise Suva lies on a beautiful peninsula on the Island of Viti Levu pronounced Vee tee Lay vu the largest island and the hub of the entire archipelago of Fiji A city rich with colour life and exuberant energy Suva is Fiji s most concentrated confluence of ethnicities and cultures mixing Indian European Chinese and South Pacific Islands The city centre is a jigsaw of colonial buildings modern shopping plazas abundant eateries and a breezy esplanade Retaining a charm of its own there are plenty of things to do in Suva to keep you busy during your visit Lautoka Fiji The city of Lautoka is situated on the northwest coast of the island of Viti Levu The second largest city of Fiji Lautoka serves an important sugar cane growing district and is the country s leading sugar export port As a place with a vibrant population and a colourful life the cultural lifestyle of the people here is worth exploring The natural wonders of Lautoka Fiji are just as outstanding The dancing waves of the sea the sandy beaches and the waving trees all are there to offer you a refreshing and memorable visit Auckland New Zealand With a population of 1 3 million people including immigrants from all over the world and a heavy concentration of Polynesian people Auckland is far and away New Zealand s largest and most cosmopolitan city Called the City of the Sails because of its beautiful location between two harbours and great weather Auckland is a big fish on a small island and an opulent city in a rural country Click title to display Special Conditions Prices shown are per person in New Zealand Dollars based on twin occupancy and inclusive of all taxes and fees which are subject to change and onboard gratuities Pricing is correct as of 27 Apr 16 Savings Offer applies to new bookings made by 28 May 16 on all Royal Caribbean International voyages departing after 1 May 16 Offer excludes sailings departing from China Eligible bookings will receive a discount of up to 30 off the total fare Offer is applicable to all passengers in the booking Balcony Upgrade offer is applicable to new bookings made on all Royal Caribbean Australia New Zealand South Pacific Trans

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  • HAWAII - PRIDE OF AMERICA | House of Travel
    S flagged cruise ship in nearly 50 years this vibrant Americana themed ship is full of choices to occupy your time aboard your Freestyle Cruise Void of schedules you ll have ample opportunities to venture about scoping out the décor spacious staterooms and regional dishes served in 11 restaurants or whatever else you feel like doing Plus we ve got a warm and friendly American crew ready to assist you on your Hawaiian island adventure and make sure your cruise is just that yours Hawaii It goes without saying that Hawaii is full of amazing places to explore Take your pick Active volcanoes deep lush canyons endless beaches And that s all before the Lu au begins Freestyle Cruising lets you be the Big Kahuna on this cruise Choose what you want to do in ports of call and onboard ship Plan now or later It s up to you Highlights of this cruise Honolulu Hawaii s state capital and only major city is a wealth of historic and cultural delights Take in the view at Pali Lookout and the North Shore Visit the spiritual home of surfing Waikiki Beach then go to Iolani Palace Maui Kahului C mon over to the other side of the island The drive to Hana is a lot of fun Golf swim snorkel windsurf or just relax under a swaying palm Optional tours to Lanai available Hilo See the spectacular Akaka Falls a cascading waterfall of 422 feet The Big Island s most tropical town is nestled between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Visit Volcano National Park to see Mount Kilauea an active volcano Kona Explore beautiful tidal pools by foot or with snorkel The sun always seems to shine on this part of the west side of the Big Island Visit the Captain Cook Monument and the sacred Pu uhonua o Honaunau Nawiliwili Kauai Named after the Wiliwili trees which once lined its picturesque harbor this lovely port of Kauai is your gateway to what many believe to be Hawaii s most beautiful island On The Garden Island nature is truly the star from the dramatic mountains of Kokee to the cool rain forests of Haena And the tradition of the luau adds lively entertainment unique to Hawaii Click title to display Special Conditions Valid for new bookings until 26 Nov 16 or until sold out Prices correct as at 27 Jan 16 Prices are per person in NZ dollars based on twin occupancy and inclusive of all taxes fees port charges which are subject to change and onboard gratuities Prices include all applicable discounts Onboard Credit amount if applicable is in US dollars has no cash value is not redeemable for cash is not transferable and will expire if not used by 10pm on the last evening of the cruise A limited number of staterooms are available at the prices shown and prices may increase or be withdrawn once these cabins are sold out Passengers are bound by the full terms and

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  • AUSTRALIA TOP END AND BALI - SUMMER CRUISE SALE | House of Travel
    without the big city airs Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills this urban oasis sure is easy on the eyes Whether you re headed uptown downtown or out of town you ll be sure to encounter your fair share of first ever experiences Scale the legendary Story Bridge take a sandboarding tour on North Stradbroke Island Or if you d like to connect with your inner Aussie try your hand at sheep shearing at the Australian Woolshed Darwin Located midway along Australia s northern coast Darwin is a youthful city known for its optimism and its melting pot culture Named after famous evolutionist Charles Darwin the city is the capital of the Northern Territory and the gateway to several Southeast Asian countries Strongly rooted in history Darwin is also on the cutting edge culturally which makes for interesting exploring Meander the compact downtown go for a bike ride along the harbor or venture into one of the many bustling open air markets Geraldton Located north of Perth Geraldton has its own unique charm in part due to the city s incredible variety of architectural styles Beautiful windswept beaches infamous leaning trees and a friendly holiday atmosphere add to the charisma of the Sunshine City Whether you re eager to strap on a surf board or simply relax amidst white sands and turquoise shallows it s easy to relax in this friendly city Perth Fremantle is the port for Perth capital of Western Australia Fremantle is a major tourist attraction for travellers from all parts of the world and attracts large numbers of residents and visitors on a daily basis The city offers a unique blend of a lively multicultural yet relaxed lifestyle and is a 7 day city Within easy walking and cycling distance visitors can experience contemporary circus fine crafts original music and theatre exciting galleries museums and bookshops Along with maritime history and extensive architectural conservation the Arts have become a central part of Fremantle life where visitors can discover the past and present Click title to display Special Conditions Prices shown are per person in New Zealand Dollars based on twin occupancy and inclusive of all taxes and fees which are subject to change and onboard gratuities Pricing is correct as of 27 Apr 16 Savings Offer applies to new bookings made by 28 May 16 on all Royal Caribbean International voyages departing after 1 May 16 Offer excludes sailings departing from China Eligible bookings will receive a discount of up to 30 off the total fare Offer is applicable to all passengers in the booking Balcony Upgrade offer is applicable to new bookings made on all Royal Caribbean Australia New Zealand South Pacific Trans Pacific and Asia Repositioning voyages 5 nights or longer departing between 20 Sep 16 and 19 Apr 17 inclusive voyage must start or end in Australia Upgrade offer excludes Ovation of the Seas Eligible bookings will be able to book a Balcony category X at

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  • EMIRATES TO PETRA - HOT EXCLUSIVE RATES | House of Travel
    desert tours and tea at the elegant Al Bustan Palace Hotel Salalah is a lush green oasis with a frankincense tree park dramatic coastline and colorful bazaars Relax at sea and don t miss two awe inspiring experiences from Aqaba rose colored ancient Petra and breathtaking Wadi Rum A Suez Canal transit brings you to Haifa for optional Holy Land tours to Jerusalem and Nazareth Highlights of this cruise Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai can already be mistaken for a movie set featuring a futuristic metropolis and there are big plans still in the works In the middle of the desert where almost nothing existed 20 years ago there are so many building projects that foreign construction crews vastly outnumber citizens Everything is the biggest tallest and the first of its kind including manmade islands shaped like palm trees and the world s first underwater hotel It s a striking collection of styles including modern interpretations of Islamic architecture If the planet s largest shopping mall doesn t appeal traditional souks do still exist including a gold souk housing over 200 retail shops Muscat Oman An important trading port between East and West since the first century Muscat s influence once extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar While much of the city s construction is new it all displays traditional Arabic stylistic elements creating a handsome and cohesive whole that incorporates a rich history Two seemingly invincible mountainside forts from the 1500s flank the palace of the sultan though today they are both museums A major highlight is the Muttrah Souq Muscat s oldest market Colorful and bustling it is a fascinating place to browse as well as to bargain for exotic spices traditional handicrafts or gold and frankincense Haifa Nazareth Israel Haifa is a modern city and seaport on the slopes of Mount Carmel Along with the mix of religions that make up the fabric of Israel as a whole Haifa is administrative and spiritual home to the Bahai faith which preaches the unity of all mankind and whose golden domed world center crowns handsome hillside garden terraces Haifa is an excellent base for visiting biblical and archaeological sites Within easy reach are the Galilee Nazareth the River Jordan as well as Safed a holy mountaintop city steeped in the mysticism of Kaballah Today it is also immersed in the arts and studios and galleries abound Piraeus Athens Greece Athens has quite a reputation to live up to Named for Athena Goddess of Wisdom the city is credited with being the cradle of European civilization and birthplace of democracy Ruins and relics of its glory days are scattered throughout the modern city popping up where you least expect them Its crowning glory is the Acropolis perched atop a hillside and covered in carved and columned temples of varying degrees of antiquity Not quite so old is the Plaka an appealing neighborhood for a stroll down cobblestone streets past old mansions and a plethora of outdoor tavernas ideal

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  • CIRCLE PACIFIC - SAN FRANCISCO TO AUCKLAND | House of Travel
    war on Mexico and within two years the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo was signed creating the current borders between Mexico and the United States The city continues to prosper with a population exceeding one million World renowned attractions such as the San Diego Zoo the Salk Institute Sea World La Jolla and the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge have created a strong tourism industry for the area But undoubtedly what attracts visitors from around the world is the city s breathtaking natural beauty superb coastline and near perfect weather Honolulu Home to nearly half a million people Honolulu is Hawaii s state capital and only major city The city of Honolulu and the island of Oahu offer a wealth of historic cultural and scenic attractions Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are two of the city s enduring symbols Pearl Harbor site of the USS Arizona Memorial and the Punchbowl are haunting reminders of the tragic events of December 7 1941 when the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor forced America into World War II Honolulu is also home to the historic Iolani Palace the official residence of Hawaii s last royals Beyond the city lie tropical rain forests the Pali Lookout and the North Shore known for its surfing beaches A draw card to visitors of all ages from all corners of the globe Honolulu s appeal ranges from it s magnificent beaches countless well stocked shops tempting restaurants and a multitude of historic cultural and scenic attractions Hilo Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii a paradise of black sand beaches tropical rainforest and volcanic mountains Mauna Loa the largest mountain on the planet soars above the bleak lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park In the heart of the Big Island s lush rainforest lies the remote and stunning Wai po Valley Valley of the Kings Hawaii s history matches its incomparable landscape it is a saga of mighty Polynesian kings sugar barons war and treachery The landscape of the Big Island ranges from black sand beaches to tropical rain forest to the alpine terrain of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea At 13 796 feet above sea level the summit of Mauna Kea is the highest point in the entire Pacific basin Papeete Tahiti is not just an island Tahiti has always been a state of mind The bustling capital of Tahiti and her islands Papeete is the chief port and trading center as well as a provocative temptress luring people to her shores Immortalized in the novel Mutiny on the Bounty who could blame the men of HMS Bounty for abandoning their ship in favor of basking in paradise And what would Modern Art be without Tahiti s influence on Gauguin and Matisse Today the island is a charming blend of Polynesian joie de vivre and Gallic sophistication But venture out from Papeete and you find a landscape of rugged mountains lush rainforests cascading waterfalls and deserted beaches Contrasting with other French Polynesian ports Papeete s coastline

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  • EUROPEAN JEWELS - HOT EXCLUSIVE RATES | House of Travel
    s gardens at Giverny or the seaside resort of Deauville In Guernsey you ll love the bucolic countryside and fine duty free shopping Highlights of this cruise Nice France Nice Queen of the Riviera is imbued with the joie de vivre that epitomizes this fabled coastline Perhaps it is that famous light and color that has long attracted artists that makes one feel so alive makes a stroll down the wide seaside Promenade des Anglais so exhilarating The old town is a warren of meandering lanes edged by tall houses and small alluring shops A treasure trove of archaeological and fine art museums is not to be ignored nor is the famous flower market awash in the heady scent and glowing hues of blossoms and amazing displays of produce Barcelona Spain Dynamic Barcelona is all about architecture from the magnificent medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist movement typified by the work of Antoni Gaudi Though his materials were stone and metal his forms were organic awash in curves swirls and colors His masterpiece is the amazing Church of the Sagrada Familia colossal and as yet unfinished though construction began in 1882 A contemporary contribution to the scene is Ricardo Bofill s post modernist National Theater of Catalonia an imaginative combination of classical and modern design with a greenhouse like lobby Seville Spain The passionate nature of Sevillanos is evident in their devotion to bullfighting flamenco and fiesta Food too it appears as Seville is credited with the invention of tapas Join in with the locals as they graze from bar to bar making an entire meal out of the experience The city also has a rich history evident in its old quarters and landmarks The great cathedral is immense lavishly ornamented with painting and sculpture and copious quantities of gold The Alcazar the main palace is exquisitely decorated in Moorish style with themed gardens laid out in terraces All in all an abundance of riches for all those who come to call Honfleur France Honfleur is a lively town and a bustling port where fishermen can be seen hauling in the daily catch The maritime influence is everywhere evident even the handsome church of Sainte Catherine has an oak ceiling that resembles the hull of an overturned ship The charming square surrounding the church gives way to narrow cobbled lanes of half timbered houses elegant manors and tall narrow town houses The quality of light has long attracted artists including a particularly illustrious group among them Monet Corot Turner Courbet Millet Seurat all of whom stayed at a little thatched inn called the Saint Siméon now Honfleur s most luxurious hotel Southampton England Muse on voyages past as you sail in or out of Southampton long a maritime center its yards turning out warships for king and country from the Hundred Years War in the 14 15th centuries to two world wars in the 20th It was the departure point for the Mayflower in 1620 and for

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