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THE cruise industry is booming in Aus-
tralia and every year there are more and
more passengers embarking on their
floating hotels to explore exotic parts
of the South Pacific, New Zealand and
Cruising has become the hassle free way to
travel with an ‘unpack once’ mentality and with
all your major costs such as meals, transport and
on-board entertainment included, it’s near impos-
sible to find a better value for money holiday.
The introduction of beverage packages and
pre paid gratuities on cruises departing Australia,
as well as the ability to pre-book your shore ex-
cursions, means passengers can pay the vast ma-
jority of their holiday before they depart.
What may be surprising to many is that P&O
has been cruising in Australia for more than 80
years, but with new ships, new destinations and
eight home ports, P&O is determined to remain
Australia’s much loved ‘home-brand’ cruise line.
The 2015-2016 season saw the beginning of
P&O’s very exciting re-invention with the launch
of its two boutique cruise ships, the Pacific Aria
and Pacific Eden, which underwent multimillion
dollar refurbishments prior to joining the fleet.
These mid-size ships each have a capacity of
1500 and passengers enjoy an atmoshpere more
akin to a floating boutique hotel than an interna-
tional cruise ship.
“The Eden and the Aria are a new and exciting
product for the Australian market,” Vanessa Rob-
erts from Leongatha Travel and Cruise said.
“These smaller more boutique ships have a
feel of modern elegance which along with their
variety of dining spaces and a multitude of enter-
tainment options give passengers a cruise experi-
ence Like No Place On Earth.”
Continuing on its reinvention, P&O has an-
nounced it is expecting the newly renovated Pa-
cific Explorer to join its fleet in June 2017.
This spectacular ship will boast stylish cafés
and intimate bars, on-board waterslides and mul-
tiple dining options, including Luke Mangan’s
As your local P&O specialist, Leongatha
Travel and Cruise will be holding its Cruise Sale
Week from August 1 to 8.
Book any P&O cruise during this week and
receive not only the best available rate, but addi-
tional on-board credit and half price deposits.
The Cruise Week also coincides with P&O’s
launch of the 2017-2018 season, which sees dis-
counted cruises offering a $1 deposit, free up-
grades and additional on-board credit on depar-
ures to New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific
throughout the 2017-2018 season.
While there are multiple offers in the market,
all of these are subject to availability at time of
Hence the need for one of our friendly and
professional travel consultants to check live
availability of all options to assist you in making
your final decision about your cruise holiday.
Either call ahead or come in and see the team
and let the friendly staff help you find the best
value cruise holiday and discover for yourself
P&O Cruises Like No Place On Earth.
MEMBERS of the Friends of Agnes
Falls held a successful open day, on Sat-
urday, July 16.
A steady stream of visitors viewed the falls
throughout the day.
The friends sold souvenir merchandise and re-
freshments, in readiness for the visit by members
of the Classic Motorcycle Club of Victoria later
in the afternoon, and other visitors coming and
going throughout the day.
The motorcycle club members arrived around
3pm. They had been on their Penguin Run mid-
winter ride, staying at the Wilsons Promontory
Motel in Foster, and enjoying lunch at Yarram
and Port Albert before arriving at the falls.
A ride to Wilsons Promontory was planned for
the following day.
After stretching their legs with a walk through
the picturesque grounds, and viewing the falls, the
members ordered their cuppas, with many mem-
bers tempted to purchase souvenirs of their visit.
Items bought included postcards, greeting cards,
fridge magnets, pens, mugs, T-shirts, tote bags,
and even jigsaw puzzles.
Friends secretary Kathy Whelan spoke about
the friends group, the shelter, toilets and new pic-
nic tables, how the reserve was being looked af-
ter, future plans and current visitor numbers.
The Parks Victoria Pedestrian Counter has
shown more than 30,000 visitors have been to see
the falls over the past year.
If you belong to a group and would like an
outing to the Agnes Falls, contact Ms Whelan on
5688 1400 or email email@example.com
Welcome party: members of the Friends of Agnes Falls catered for a visit by the Classic
Motorcycle Club of Victoria recently.
Motorcyclists ride into falls
Dive in with
Stunning vessel: sailing P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria is a wonderful way to enjoy a holiday.
Time out: meander along the beaches of Mystery Island, Vanuatu during a visit as part of
your P&O Cruise.
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