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Join our 8th Silver Sectional Tournament at Sea
Sponsored by the Louisiana Bridge Association
This is a 7 Day Tournament at Sea - $168 for 14 sessions. ACBL SANCTION #1504077
Inside From: $1,206 pp
Outside From: $1,361 pp
Balcony From: $1,798 pp
Serenade of the Seas
April 11 to April 24, 2015
Sailing from New Orleans, LA to Boston, MA
Air available upon request
Date Port Arrive Depart
SAT, New Orleans, LA (5:00 PM)
TUE, George Town, Grand Cayman (7:00 AM) (4:00 PM)
THU, Oranjestan, Aruba (12:00 PM) (9:00 PM)
FRI, Kralendijk, Bonaire (8:00 AM) (5:00 PM)
SUN, Phillipsburg, St. Maarten (8:00 AM) (5:00 PM)
MON, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (8:00 AM) (5:00 PM)
SUN, Boston, Massachusetts (6:00 AM)
We customize land tours to Australia. For a 14 day first trip down under you can comfortably include Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. At a fast pace, a couple of days in Melbourne, Adelaide or Darwin with the crocs at Kakadu can be included.
The following suggested itinerary has been put together in conjunction with Swain Australia Tours and can easily be modified to suite your requirements:
Low Season - $3,999 per person, twin share, Shoulder Season - Add $300 per person, High Season - Add $600 per person. Single rates on application.
FLY TO MELBOURNE
Depart Los Angeles: 9.30pm (Qantas 100) / Economy Class
via Auckland / Arrive Melbourne: 8.35am (28 July)
*** WELCOME TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA ***
Transfer: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO HOTEL
As you exit customs, turn right and head for the meeting point. Please look for your Swain Chauffeur in this meeting area, he will be holding a Swain sign.
The capital of Victoria and Australia's second-largest metropolis is known around the world for the Melbourne Cup horserace - but it offers much more - a city of style, of Victorian architecture, of trams, of fashion, food, theatres, art galleries, and leafy gardens.
Known as the Arts and Culture capital of Australia and also for it's restaurants, great dining-out spots include St Kilda, South Yarra, and Lygon Street in Carlton for the best Italian cuisine; Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, for its offbeat cafe culture; and Southgate where you can dine overlooking the Yarra River.
Accommodation : 3 Nights
THE GRAND HOTEL-1 BEDROOM APARTMENT
The Grand Hotel is one of Melbourne's most historic buildings and a precious reminder of a by-gone era. Every aspect of this hotel represents the grandeur and style of this period. You are centrally located in Spencer Street - a tram ride away from the city's main attractions.
Within the impressive exterior you will pleasantly discover all of the trimmings of modern luxury. The deluxe apartments offer television, radio, kitchen facilities, dining area, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and individual air-conditioning.
Tour : COLONIAL TRAM CAR DINNER
Please call the Tramcar Restaurant on 9696 4000 upon your arrival into Melbourne to reconfirm your booking. The tram leaves from Tram Stop 125 - Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street and adjacent to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. There are no hotel pick-ups provided with tonights excursion, we suggest you take a taxi from your hotel.
Tonight you will dine in style aboard the unique Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy fine Australian cuisine and wines as you travel around the city area aboard this specially renovated Melbourne Tramcar.
The tracks take you all over the Melbourne area past the city centre and into the more exclusive suburbs Melbourne is known for.
Tour : DELUXE FAIRY PENGUINS
Depart from your hotel and travel along picturesque St. Kilda Road to Melbourne's closest beach. Follow the Beach Road with it's varied architectural styles around Port Philip Bay until we turn off and head to Western Port Bay.
We travel through leafy suburbs to the city of Dandenong, then on to Phillip Island for the Fairy Penguins. We stop briefly at Maru Craft and then over the causeway on to Phillip Island Wildlife Park to meet some Koalas and friendly Kangaroos before a three course dinner at Taylor's restaurant in Cowes..
The penguins come ashore at dusk and we are there to witness them make their way among the sand dunes to their burrows (numbers vary throughout the year). We then head back to Melbourne via the South Gippsland Highway & South Eastern Freeway.
Dress warm - especially during winter (April-August), but even in summer the night may be cold and a sweater or jacket is recommended.
Tour : DELUXE DANDENONGS & WINERY
You leave the city and travel along picturesque St. Kilda Road and through Toorak and Melbourne's leafy Eastern suburbs to Ferntree Gully. We follow a scenic road through the Dandenong Ranges and stop at Mt. Dandenong observatory with views over Melbourne and surroundings.
Visit William Ricketts Sanctuary to see his unique sculptures of the aboriginal way of life. On through Lilydale and into the Yarra Valley. Surrounded by hills the vineyards produce cool climate grapes and award winning wines - which we will sample!
We lunch at Fergussons Winery and finish our tour of the valley at Domaine Chandon with a guided tour of the winery and a glass of Australian sparking wine made in the French style. A scenic route brings us back to the city and your hotel.
Transfer: MELBOURNE HOTEL TO AIRPORT
Please wait for your Swain Chauffeur in the hotel lobby area for your transfer to the airport.
FLY MELBOURNE TO ALICE SPRINGS
Depart Melbourne: 7.401am (Qantas 493) / Economy Class via Adelaide / Arrive Alice Springs: 11.35am
Transfer: ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Please meet the Swain Australia Tours representative in the baggage claim area. He will transfer you to your hotel.
Central Australia is the real Outback, raw, with monumental landscapes and open spaces. The heart of the region is Alice Springs - home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the region as a whole boasts a variety of attractions for the visitor.
Accommodation : 1 Night
RYDGES PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS-RUN OF HOUSE
The Rydges Plaza Alice Springs is located within a mile from the town centre and adjacent to an International Golf Course. Rooms are air-conditioned, attractively decorated and feature a balcony from which you can enjoy the view over the MacDonnell Ranges. Other facilities include colour TV with in-house videos, mini-bar, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
The hotel offers a range of exciting activities including swimming tennis, golf and star-gazing. There is also a fully equipped health club, spa and sauna.
Tour : TAKE A CAMEL TO DINNER
A truly unique way to go to dinner! This afternoon you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the Mecca Date Garden where you will meet your camels under the shady palms. You will have a one hour camel safari along the Todd River to the Frontier Camel Farm. Here you will met by the locals which include young kangaroos and a herpatologist who will introduce you to his collection of Arid Australian reptiles.
You will have dinner at the Frontier Camel Farm and enjoy a baked fillet of Northern Territory Fish or Prime Beef, salads, homemade beer bread, a delicious dessert, a glass of beer, wine or a soft drink, tea and coffee. After dinner you will be returned to your hotel by coach.
Return time 8.30pm (APR-OCT) & 9.30pm (NOV-MAR)
Tour : COACH ALICE SPRINGS TO AYERS ROCK
You depart from the hotel early this morning bound for Ayers Rock. (Please call AAT Kings the evening before for exact pick up times). This coach ride takes about four and a half hours and truly gives you a great appreciation of the Australian Outback. You arrive in Ayers Rock in the early afternoon and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation : 2 Nights
DESERT GARDENS HOTEL-STANDARD ROOM
Just a short drive from Ayers rock, and only 3 miles from Connellan Airport, the Desert Gardens Hotel provides holiday makers with superb resort-style facilities and accommodation.
This four star property has 100 air conditioned guest rooms with all the comforts you would expect; en suite bathroom, colour TV, mini bar and tea/ coffee making facilities in each room.
The hotel boasts plenty of outdoor activities including a swimming pool, half size tennis court and verandahs with magnificent views of Ayers Rock.
Tour : SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER
Tonight is an outback dining experience to remember, with Desert Oaks framing the view, the sounds of the didgeridoo, the taste of outback cuisine, the 'sounds of silence' and the Milky Way.
Depart from your hotel around 45 minutes prior to sunset (reconfirm tour with your hotel for accurate time). Journey into the desert and see the brilliant outback sunset over Kata Tjutu (The Olgas). Enjoy a three course meal prepared before we dim the lanterns and listen to the sounds of the great outback. Look up to see the brilliant southern skies, the Milky Way gleaming amongst stars and constellations.
Group size is limited to a maximum of 50 in order to preserve the fragile outdoor sites. Excursion includes transfers, pre-dinner drinks (local beer, wine & soft drinks), Canapes, BBQ Buffet, Dessert, tea, coffee & port.
Tour : SPIRIT OF ULURU
This is a vehicle based tour around Ayers Rock which allows you to enjoy the beauty of sunrise on the Rock. Short guided walks take you to areas of special interest at the base of Uluru to view Aboriginal art and the culture and creation time stories are explained. Visit the Maruka art and crafts centre where the work of Aboriginal artists is displayed.
Breakfast included - morning tour duration approx 4 hours! Please reconfirm hotel pick-up as time may vary throughout the year.
Tour : OLGA'S & DUNES TOUR
This popular tour allows you to richly enjoy the Majestic domes of Kata Tjuta. Travelling through the great dune formations will allow you to discover the secrets of plant and animal survival in the desert. As the sun begins to dip, you will stroll into the grand recesses of Olgas Gorge and appreciate why Aboriginal people found this place so important. Later relax with champagne in the company of your small group and enjoy the sunset bathing the Olgas in changing hues of red!
Afternoon Tour with a duration of approx 4 hours - please reconfirm hotel pick-up as time varies throughout the year.
COURTESY TRANSFER AYERS ROCK RESORT TO AIRPORT
11:10am FLY AYERS ROCK TO CAIRNS
Depart Ayers Rock: 11.10am (Qantas 922) / Economy Class Arrive Cairns: 2.25pm
Transfer: CAIRNS TO THE RADISSON REEF RESORT
You will be transferred to the Resort by the Radisson coach service.
Accommodation : 3 Nights
RYDGES REEF RESORT-HOTEL ROOM
The Rydges Reef Resort is only 90 minutes north of Cairns airport at Port Douglas. There is a 'village by the sea' ambience where nothing is built higher than a coconut tree. Still just a small village with its many fishing boats, Port Douglas also offers superb restaurant and quaint shops along the tree lined streets.
The Reef Resort is surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens inviting swimming pools. Embracing the essence of tropical Queensland, The Resort provides an ideal base from which to experience the region's natural treasures of reef, rainforest and outback.
The Resort offers well appointed fully serviced room with balconies. Television, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-bar tea/coffee making facilities telephones and hair-dryers are offered in all rooms.
Tour : QUICKSILVER OUTER REEF CRUISE
You will board the Quicksilver this morning for a fabulous full day tour out to the Agincourt Reef, part of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Agincourt is the most southerly link in the chain of ribbon- like outer reefs on the extreme edge of continental Australia. Here you will view some of the most beautiful reef life in Australia.
Your luxury, air-conditioned 30m Quicksilver cruises at 27 knots, reaching Agincourt in just 90 minutes. Once here, you have the opportunity to snorkel, swim or scuba dive (extra expense) among the reef. You may also view the reef from glass-bottom boats & semi-submersible subs - a fantastic experience.
A smorgasbord luncheon is served on board. Return to Port Douglas mid- afternoon.
Tour : BLOOMFIELD RAINFOREST SAFARI
An unforgettable journey deep into World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, one of Australia's most prized natural habitats. We begin our journey north crossing the majestic Daintree River by Cable Ferry. Continuing as the road changes from sealed highway to dirt road, shaded by the forest canopy of giant trees entwined with natural flora.
We stop at the lookout atop Alexandra Range at Throntons Beach, to walk into the virgin rainforest with a guide who will point out the things of interest to you. Bring your swimsuit as there is time to swim in a private lagoon.
After lunch we head to the reef fringed beach at Cape Tribulation to board the boat for an exclusive cruise up Cooper Creek inlet between the fungi fringed banks and mangrove forests. Wildlife is abundant with the many varieties of birds, butterflies and possibly crocodiles. You have the option to canoe the secluded waters of the Blue Lagoon. Relax over afternoon tea before re crossing the Daintree and returning to our hotel.
Transfer: RADISSON REEF RESORT TO CAIRNS
Please reconfirm your departure time with the concierge. Transfer by hotel coach service.
2:55pm FLY CAIRNS TO SYDNEY
Depart Cairns: 2.55pm (Qantas 569) / Economy Class Arrive Sydney: 5.55pm
Transfer: SYDNEY DOMESTIC AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Please look for your Swain Australia chauffeur who will be holding a Swain sign up in the baggage area. He will transfer you to your hotel.
Sydney, a dazzling, vibrant city built around one of the world's most beautiful harbours, with scores of sparkling beaches within easy reach of its cosmopolitan heart - that's Sydney, capital of New South Wales, Australia's largest and oldest city, where the first settlers landed in 1788.
Situated on Sydney harbour, adjacent to Circular Quay, The Rocks is the site of Australia's first European settlement. Colourful streetscapes and elegantly restored buildings house a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment venues and specialty shops.
Accommodation : 3 Nights
THE WENTWORTH HOTEL-RUN OF HOUSE
Situated in one of the best locations of any major hotel in Sydney, The Wentworth is close to the most famous tourist attractions such as the harbour, the opera house, the rocks, and is also alongside Sydney's business and shopping districts.
The hotel has recently been refurbished and now has a new and elegant look to accompany its outstanding hospitality and service.
Tour : AN AFTERNOON IN SYDNEY
Sydney truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its spectacular harbour setting, fascinating convict history, bustling downtown area and an exciting blend of architecture, ranging from convict built early colonial style reflecting our heritage, through to the world famous Sydney Opera House.
This is a very special small-group tour designed to give you a feel for this great city by showing you more than just the normal must-see 'tourist sites' Because we only use small luxury mini-vans, we will get behind the scenes to some fascinating city and suburban areas. Your driver is a very experienced private guide able to answer questions and discuss things of interest, with the knowledge and flexibility to cater for most interests.
You will be collected from your hotel by 12noon for a special feature of the tour, a 2 course seafood lunch at the world famous 'Doyles on the Beach' restaurant at Watsons Bay (seafood chowder followed by 'fish & chips').
At the completion of the city tour, board a luxury sailing catamaran to enjoy a leisurely cruise of magnificent Sydney Harbour. Your cruise ends at Circular Quay by 5pm, from where you make your own way to your hotel.
Tour : BLUE MOUNTAINS ADVENTURE TREK
Get set for a day of discovery as we head out of Sydney to travel parts of the forgotten North West passage across the Blue Mountains wilderness. A vast panorama of the Sydney area is the backdrop for morning tea, before our 'off the beaten track' 4WD adventure takes us deep into the folds of the mountains along breathtaking convict built roads and fire trails. Often we see wildlife as we explore this region of towering Eucalypts & the peace- ful settlement of Mountain Lagoon is often filled with colourful bird life.
We join the spectacular Bells Line ridgetop road to circle the Grand Central Canyon of the Blue Mountains and visit vantage points with once in a life- time views. A delicious picnic lunch is followed by more superb scenery that takes in the Great Dividing Range and the Megalong & Jamieson Valleys. Time is allowed to ride the Scenic Railway if you dare (optional extra) with the crowning glory of the Three Sisters rock formation in the afternoon sun. Finally, close encounters with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats & much more await us when we visit Australia's greenest wildlife park - Featherdale.
As we head back to Sydney, you'll remember this day of adventure, unique photos and stunning views for a long time to come. Maximum 12 people.
Transfer: SYDNEY HOTEL TO AIRPORT
Please wait for your Swain Chauffeur in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport.
5:00pm FLY SYDNEY TO LOS ANGELES
Depart Sydney: 5.00pm (Qantas 007) / Economy Class Arrive Los Angeles: 1.30pm
8 day Ski Switzerland, France or Austria
We can customise Air Inclusive Packages to any European Ski Destination. Below are samples of rates, land only, including transfers from Zurich or Geneva airports to your resort.
7 nights accommodation with breakfast daily.
Innsbruck from $1090
Jungfrau Area from $1016
Zermatt from $1492
Chamonix from $1184
Skiing in the Alps is fun and the scenery is breathtaking. If you have 2 weeks we highly recommend a week in Zermatt, followed by a scenic ride on the famous Glacier Express to St Moritz, for a week's stay at this very international resort. Or combine two countries.
Contact Chris for information on other ski resorts in the Alps and recommendations. She has skied many of the resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria.
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AUSTRALIA - Hop Around Australia for $1099 including 3 flights within Australia, air from Los Angeles - add ons from other US cities available. Call Chris for further details.
12-Day SAILING NEW ORLEANS to BOSTON
Norwegian Spirit 11 April 2010 to 23 April 2010
With NCL's Freestyle Cruising there are no fixed times for dinner. You don't have to dress up if you don't want to. This is a new and relaxing way to travel. Sail on the Norwegian Spirit from New Orleans and play in our 5th ACBL Bridge Tournament at Sea.
Sunday: New Orleans -- dep 530 pm
Monday: at sea
Tuesday: Costa Maya 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala 8am-6pm
Thursday: at sea
Friday: at sea
Saturday: Oranjestad, Aruba 8am - 5pm
Sunday: Willemstad, Curacao 8am - 5pm
Monday: at sea
Tuesday: at sea
Wednesday: Hamilton, Bermuda 8am - 5pm
Thursday: at sea
Friday: Boston 8am
Special rates from :
$1,047 inside cabins, $1,197 outside cabins, $1,447 balcony cabins. Port charges and taxes are included - return air will be additional. Cruise rates quoted are based on 2 in a cabin.
A fully rated silver sectional bridge tournament will be held during the first 5 days at sea. John Smalley from Beaumont will direct the tournament. Cost per person is $100 for 10 sessions.
Take a leisurely cruise, play bridge and enjoy these wonderful Caribbean ports
CHINA AND THE YANGTZE RIVER - 18 Days
Yangtze River Cruise plus Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong
For $6,000 plus taxes you can visit 3 Continents in the Northern Hemisphere in Business Class. Rates are for flights originating in the U.S.A. and vary subject to originating country. Coach and First class fares also exist, as is an add-on for the South Pacific. 7 days advance purchase required - ticket valid for one year.
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