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Epic at sea: the Norwegian Epic has been winning awards since its launch in 2010, and with
its recent refurbishment completed, this magnificent ship has retained its exceptionally high
WITH early bird flights and significant
savings on escorted tours, car hire and
cruising, now is the time to make your Eu-
ropean dream holiday become a reality.
Jill Carmody from Leongatha travel and
Cruise believes the 2017 summer season is going
to be popular with Australians wanting to travel,
especially with the significant savings available
for those who book early.
“We have already had a strong start to the
2017 season with clients booking the many great
deals available,” Jill said.
Jill with her wide range of travel experience,
understands why combining Coach and Cruis-
ing travel, has become a very popular method of
travel for the discerning traveller. It is enjoying
the relaxation, the discovery and the security of
One such package has been put together by
The 12 day European Spotlight Itinerary has
all of those inclusions that make for an absolutely
enjoyable travel experience.
The itinerary begins with guests departing
London via the white Cliffs of Dover arriving
at iconic Paris, where they will see all the major
sights, have the option to go to the Moulin Rouge,
and have free time to get out and explore on their
Then travel on through France’s Burgundy
wine region through to Geneva, Switzerland. This
beautiful city is the home of the UN, Red Cross,
and some of the most fabulous chocolate in the
world. The famous Cote D’Azure, France is the
next destination to explore, with accommodation
in Nice for the next two nights.
Leaving France sees the itinerary taking its
participants to the Principality of Monaco, prior
to travelling on to Tuscany, Italy to see the fa-
mous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is then on to the
heart of the Renaissance, Florence, followed by
two days in Venice exploring the famous canals,
squares, and islands. The tour draws to a close in
beautiful Rome where can be found most popu-
lar tourist destinations in the Vatican, Colosseum,
Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain.
Additional nights in Rome would allow
members of the group to take a trip to Orvieto
and Assisi, learn the secrets of pasta making in a
cooking class, or simply explore the many hidden
laneways, piazza’s and ruins of Rome.
Then it is on to the Cruise, boarding the ship at
Civitavecchia, and the Norwegian Epic becoming
the home base for the next seven nights.
Beautiful Rome: where you can find the most popular tourist destinations in the Vatican,
Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain (pictured).
Europe is calling!
The Norwegian Epic has been winning
awards since its launch in 2010, and with its re-
cent refurbishment completed, this magnificent
ship has retained its exceptionally high standards
After winning the best on-board entertainment
award last year, nights on board The Epic are nev-
er boring with acrobatic style Cirque shows, the
Broadway sensation, Pricilla Queen of the Desert,
or experiencing the legendary Liverpool venue
where the Beatles performed, the Cavern Club.
While on board, passengers experience world
class service and accommodation. During the
cruise passengers visit the Mediterranean ports of
Livorno (Tuscany), Cannes, Palma Majorca, Bar-
celona and Naples. The really magical thing about
cruising is that you only unpack and pack once.
Jill points out that “as the flights are with Ca-
thay Pacific, there is the opportunity to add in a
stopover in either direction in Hong Kong”.
Also for a solo traveller or travelling with a
friend but like your own room, then single sup-
plement rates are available.
Jill said people wishing to maximise their trip
to Europe may select to ‘add on’ one or two op-
tions. One option may be to arrive in London
early and explore the sights of England and
Wales, or perhaps after The Epic returns to Rome
discover Southern Italy or visit the magnificent
To enquire about this or any one of the land
and sea packages available through Creative
Cruising, call Jill and the team on 5662 3601 to
make an appointment.
THE plight of refugees in detention was
raised at a rally in Wonthaggi on Satur-
South Gippsland Rural Australians for
Refugees, with the support of the Philip Island
Rural Australians for Refugees, held a rally and
walk through Wonthaggi to show they support a
compassionate, generous, welcoming Australia
where everyone can live together in harmony.
The groups joined thousands of people in
simultaneous rallies throughout Australia.
Reverend Ross Stanford from the Uniting
Church gave a poignant speech expressing his
pride in being Australian with the country’s
history of a fair go and helping neighbours.
“Our policies and actions attract criticism from
the international community. Our border policy
of locking up and punishing innocent people is
unjust and abhorrent.”
Rev Stanford said politicians have turned the
asylum seeker issue into political point scoring
and he was lucky that his forbearers came by
boat in the 1800s, because if they came now they
would be called ‘illegal’ refugees and locked up
on Nauru or Manus islands or sent home.
The theme of unity, compassion and generosity
are the core values of Christianity Rev Stanford
Australia needs to promote.
Several other speeches followed, as well
as henna body painting by Gomathy Savasi, an
asylum seeker, the singing of freedom songs by
Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan before a walk of
unity through Wonthaggi.
All are welcome to join the Wonthaggi based
South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees
group by contacting Felicia Di Stefano via email
Spreading word: 30 people gathered in Wonthaggi on Saturday to raise awareness of the
challenges faced by refugees.
Rally for refugees
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