Cruise aboard Seabourn 18-Day Australia & New Zealand

March 21, 2013

Spend the Christmas holidays this year aboard one of the luxury yachts of Seabourn sailing between Austalia and New Zealand.  Experience life on the award winning ship Seabourn Odyssey complete with stellar service, amenities and the finest shore excursions.

Be sure to arrive in Sydney at least 4 nights prior to your cruise so you have time to explore the Sydney Opera House (perhaps take in a play or symphony), dare to climb the Sydney Bridge & explore one of the 30 bays surrounding Sydney.  Board your yacht on Dec. 23rd and cruise under the Sydney Harbor Bridge while indulging in French chamapgne - Bon Voyage!

If you too would would like to get on onboard - Call the Travel Gal today for fabulous

Virtuoso pricing as well as added amenities at 800-644-6659 or email

Day Date Port Arrive Depart
0 23 Dec 2013 Sydney, Australia
1 24 Dec 2013 Sydney, Australia 02:00 PM
2 25 Dec 2013 At Sea
3 26 Dec 2013 Melbourne, Australia 08:00 AM 08:00 PM
4 27 Dec 2013 At Sea
5 28 Dec 2013 Hobart, Australia 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
6 29 Dec 2013 At Sea
7 30 Dec 2013 At Sea
8 31 Dec 2013 Milford Sound, New Zealand 08:00 AM 09:00 AM
8 31 Dec 2013 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park
9 01 Jan 2014 Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
10 02 Jan 2014 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), NZ 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
11 03 Jan 2014 Timaru, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
12 04 Jan 2014 Akaroa (Christchurch, NZ) 07:00 AM 07:00 PM
13 05 Jan 2014 Wellington, New Zealand 10:00 AM 11:00 PM
14 06 Jan 2014 Picton, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
14 06 Jan 2014 Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound
15 07 Jan 2014 Kaikoura, New Zealand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
16 08 Jan 2014 At Sea
17 09 Jan 2014 Tauranga (Rotorua) New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
18 10 Jan 2014 Auckland, New Zealand 07:00 AM

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Explore the Hawaiian Islands onboard a Small Luxury Yacht

December 12, 2012

During the months of November and May there is a fabulous small ship that sails between the islands on a weekly voyage - their tagline is “luxury in the pursuit of adventure“.  The Safari Explorer is a 36 passenger yacht, based in Seattle WA and owned by Innersea Discoveries & American Safari Cruises. Onboard guests will enjoy a weekly cruise around the islands, the trip is affectionately named the Hawaiian Seascapes.  This luxury adventure will focus on the abundant wildlife of the Hawaiian waters.

Safari Explorer itinerary:

Day 1 - Lana’I - Embarkation - Today you will be met with a warm aloha where the Captain and crew greet you with champagne as you board your awaiting yacht, the Safari Explorer.   Watch for marine life as you enjoy your first sunset prior to dropping anchor for the evening.

Day 2 - Lana’I - Gear up for a day of exploration and fun!  Your activities will include snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, skiffing; and a stroll along Shipwreck Beach to the ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary-located between Lana’i, Moloka’i, and Maui-provides front-row seats as you cruise through these productive marine breeding grounds.

Day 3 - Olowalu/West Maui - Today you will cruise 9 miles to the island of Maui. Today you will explore amazing coral gardens teaming with sea life.  Later you’ll enjoy a sail aboard an authentic hand carved outrigger canoe.

Day 4 - Moloka’I - Explore the charming paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Kaunakakai.  Visit a plumeria farm and relax at one of the longest beaches in Hawaii.  Stop by a macadamia nut farm and stop for coffee at a plantation.

Day 5 - Moloka’i - Halawa Valley - Hands-on activities await you in the picture book Halawa Valley. “Talk story” with locals and experience their land and traditions as few visitors ever do.

Day 6 - Kailua Kona, Hawaii - Your adventure today begins aboard a skiff to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook was slain in 1779. A guided walking tour unveils this historic town.  Tonight you’ll anchor at an offshore location for a night of snorkeling with Giant Pacific Manta rays!

Day 7 - Honomalino Bay/Opihihali - Fringed by coconut palms, the bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges and tropical fish.

Day 8 - Hawaii, the Big Island - Disembark - As the Safari Explorer docks at Kawaihae Harbor, you’ll be transferred to the Kona Airport or to your extended Un-Cruise hotel stay.

We are able to extend your fabulous vacation at one of the premier hotels in Hawaii.  I suggest the Four Seasons Hualalai for a few more days of relaxation.

For more information, call me, the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email

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Fiji Island Weddings - Just bring the Groom and a Dress!

May 28, 2012

Are you looking to run away with your true love and be married barefoot on the sand, just the two of you at sunset in an exotic location or private island?  Fiji has long been a favorite destination for weddings, honeymooners or the re-affirming of vows.

*** Weddings in Fiji are recognized as legal worldwide ***

It’s very simple and cost effective to arrange a wedding in Fiji, and we can do all the legwork for you. We work with the resorts in offering assistance with a wedding coordinator who will arrange everything including all legal requirements in advance.  We are able to customize your wedding so it will be your perfect day!

You will need to bring with you:

The couple must provide the following personal documents to the registrar for verification purposes at least two weeks before the wedding.

1.    Original Birth Certificate

2.    Valid Passports

3.    Divorce Papers, if applicable

4.    Death certificate if previous spouse is deceased.
A certificate of Single Status or certificate of no Legal Impediment must be produced ONLY IF:

1.    Marriage between a Fiji citizen and a foreign citizen.

2.    Marriage by former citizens of Fiji

3.    Marriage between foreign citizens residing in Fiji

5.    Marriage licenses can also be obtained from disctrict offices in main towns;

6.    Registration offices are open between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday through Friday. Registration formalities take about 20 minutes and should be completed at least 36 hours prior to the wedding date.

7.    The fee is approximately FJD$20.00 and the license is valid for 21 days.

8.    All ministers in Fiji belong to a certain church there are no nondenominational ministers. For Catholic weddings the requirements include a letter of Freedom sent well in advance, approximately 2-3 months out, to the Fijian Priest along with the Baptism Certificate. Your normal pre-wedding studies must be completed with a letter from your priest.

Marriage Fees

The current marriage fees are shown here below in Fijian currency. Payment should be made in cash or postal money order made payable to the Registrar General.

Application for special license F$20.25

Marriage officiated in the Registry (including normal standard marriage certificate) F$22.50

Marriage officiated by the Registrar or District Registrar after official working hours F$30.68

Working hours are from 8.00am to 3.00pm Mondays to Friday and closed on weekends and public holidays.

Traditional Fijian design Marriage certificate F$15.34

Standard Certificate F$5.63

(Inclusive of Fiji Government taxes and subject to change. Rates are valid as at 1st January 2010)

* Please note some of these fees and costs above may already included in the wedding package you select.

Legal Age

The Legal age of consent to marry is 18 years for both male and female.

Marriage Officers both religious and civil marriage celebrant are available. Arrangements may be undertaken for couples to bring their own celebrant to participate in the vows and the blessing of the ring but the local celebrant will solemnize the marriage and sign the marriage certificate.

All registered marriage certificate will be forwarded to the Foreign Affairs office to obtain an Apostille seal to authenticate that the marriage is legal and be recognized in foreign countries.

Travel Gal Note: I have been assisting couples in planning their weddings in Fiji since 1999, contact me at 800 644-6659 or email

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American Safari Yacht Cruises - The Ultimate Authentic Hawaiian Experience

May 26, 2012

American Safari Cruises (also known as InnerSea Discovery) the Un-cruise cruise experience is built on the fact nature is not set to a time clock and the animals don’t wear watches.  This flexibility allows the Guests onboard the yacht to experience an active adventure while cruising in luxury style not available on large cruise ships. See and experience the islands from a different perspective. Explore remote coves, bays and shoreline by foot, kayak, sailboat, paddle board, snorkel, and skiff.

The company’s signature cruising style is built on flexibility, which allows the yachts to follow whales and dolphins or dodge unpleasant weather. “We’ve built our reputation on spontaneity,” says Captain Dan Blanchard, who has explored the islands extensively by private boat. “Our style makes it possible to explore Hawaii without having to be at a specific port at a specific time. We can gunkhole, stop in out-of-the-way bays and coves, and be ready for whatever experiences may come along.”

The interisland trips include the islands of Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Below is a sample itinerary, call for more details as well as special pricing:

Lana’i - Embarkation
Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to our hospitality suite on Lana’i for a warm aloha. Later, the Captain and crew greet you with smiles and champagne as you board the awaiting Safari Explorer. Search for marine life during a sunset cruise before dropping anchor for the evening.

On Lana’i, steep rock faces line the coves and ancient volcanic plugs sit both above and below the water surface. Gear up for a day of play. Morning activities include snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and skiffing; and in the afternoon, explore town or stroll through an orchid garden and along an island trail. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary-located between Lana’i, Moloka’i, and Maui-provides front-row seats as you cruise through these productive marine breeding grounds.


Enjoy leisure time in the charming paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Kaunakakai and live as the locals do today-learn to make lei’s at a plumeria farm, treat your taste buds with a stop for coffee at a plantation, and visit an organic macadamia nut farm. Get some sand between your toes on one of Hawaii’s longest beaches. And at a local museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening pa’ina (feast), complete with a home-style Hawaiian “jam” session.

Moloka’i - Halawa Valley

Hands-on activities await you in the picture book Halawa Valley. “Talk story” with locals and experience their land and traditions as few visitors ever do. Take in a cultural lesson in taro patches, poi making, and legends and lore or a hike to a towering waterfall in Halawa’s cathedral valley-one of the island’s most historic areas.

Olowalu / West Maui

In ancient times, Olowalu was considered a place of refuge. Today, it delivers a treat of snorkeling among black rock and coral gardens teaming with underwater life. Later you’ll be underway in an authentic hand-carved voyaging canoe sailing as the early Polynesian warriors did.


Head to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook perished in 1779, for some of the island’s best snorkeling. At Kailua-Kona, rendezvous for a guided walking tour of the historic town of Kailua. This evening you’ll anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Great Pacific Manta rays.

Honomalino Bay / Opihihali

Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers a morning of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges, and tropical fishes. Lava tubes, kayaking, and skiff tours fill out your last day of ultimate adventure in Opihihali-an area known to be favored by marine mammals.

Hawaii, the Big Island - Disembark
As the Safari Explorer docks at Kawaihae Harbor, we’ll transfer you to the Kona Airport or to your American Safari Cruises hotel to begin your post-cruise extension.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

If you too would like to cruise Hawaii in a unique and memorable way
Call Me at 1-800-644-6659
Your See the South Pacific Specialist at Luxury Hideaways

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New Zealand - Cruise Aboard Oceanic Discoverer

May 20, 2012

Discover New Zeland on a Expedition Small Ship Cruise

  • All meals included
  • Excursion, zodiacs & glass bottom boats
  • Guest lectures cultural & eco tourism
  • Amazing on shore sightseeing
  • Cultural experiences
  • Resort style accommodations
  • Much more…
New Zealand Cruise on Small Ship Oceanic Discoverer

Oceanic Discoverer Cruise New Zealand

On your expedition cruise through NZ your’ll see and experience pristine landscapes and stunning natural features of the Land of the Long White Cloud. Get ready to be amazed by the spouting geysers, bubbling thermal pools, fiords, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, rivers and sweeping stretches of white sandy beaches enshrine the country’s natural heritage; forever protected in 14 national parks. New Zealand is a land of spectacular landscapes,amazing wildlife, lush forests, and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. [Read more]

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Tui Tai Adventure Cruise & Dive Boat

April 22, 2012

For the trip of a lifetime, join Tui Tai Adventure Cruises and;

  • Visit remote beaches
  • Snorkel incredible reefs
  • Kayak to local villages
  • Flexibility in cruise experience
  • Catering to your every wish
  • Luxury appointments
  • Much more…..
Tui Tai Fij Cruise

Fiji’s only Luxury Adventure Class Cruise Vessel - Yacht Cruising At It’s Best.

Tui Tai, brings you the premier adventure cruise experience in the South Pacific. Designed for active travelers looking for the ultimate active style of Fiji Vacation, the Tuitai will take you sea kayaking through remote island atolls, whitewater rafting amidst lush rainforest canyons, snorkeling pristine reefs and immersing yourself in Fiji’s island culture.

How does the Tui Tai define adventure? [Read more]

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Sea the Great Barrier Reef Australia Cruise Adventure - Coral Princess Cruises

June 20, 2011

Australia Cruise Experience Up Close & Personal

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Glass bottom boats
  • Luxurious spa treatments & therapies
  • Delicious Cuisine
  • Only 35 guests on board
  • On board guest lecturers & specialists
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Coral Princess Cruises In Australia

Discover a paradise of remote and uninhabited islands on your Australia Small Ship Cruise - become a lazy beachcomber or an inquisitive adventurer on one of our 3, 4 or 7 night cruises between Cairns and Townsville. [Read more]

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All-Inclusive Safari Explorer Yacht arriving in the Hawaiian Islands soon!

April 9, 2011

palmtreeWe are getting so excited!!! Countdown has begun for our newest (and most fabulous) weeklong yachting experience to set sail for our shores here in Hawaii!  The American Safari Explorer is due to arrive October, 2011 - don’t miss the boat!  She caters to only 36 lucky Guests at a time.

Right now the only weekly cruiseline we have is NCL which is a large cruiseship and its my opinion its not the best way to see the islands and learn about the local culture.

The Safari Explorer will be cruising inter-island with a flexible itinerary that will not be based on a “set timetable”. Instead, it will feature a cruise thru the islands at a slower pace, allowing the guests to enjoy extra time snorkeling in a quiet cove or kayaking to a secluded beach. Guests will be able to explore the islands by foot, kayak, sailboat and motor launch.

Along the way, the Guests will experience traditional Hawaiian culture with opportunities to meet the locals on their land and in their homes. Each evening, the yacht sets anchor in a different sheltered harbor or inlet.
While onboard the Explorer, guests enjoy an “all inclusive” experience and will be pampered with excellent local seafood dishes, just-baked breads, hearty soups, fresh fruit salads, exquisite entrees, sinfully delicious desserts, as well as fine wines and spirits. Everyone is served at one seating, family-style; dress is always casual.  Of course, they will be happy to plan for any special dietary needs, and if there’s something you’ve got a craving for, let them know. Milestone events are celebrated in great style onboard.

With the exception of a gratuity for the crew - which is a personal decision - everything is included on the cruise:

• Gourmet meals
• Premium wine, beer and spirits
• Kayaking and shore boat exploring
• Snorkel gear
• Exclusive shore excursions
• Onboard Expedition Leader/Naturalist or wine expert
• Airport transfers
• Port Charges, taxes, fees
• Massages
• Visits with local residents - “talk story”

Stay tuned as the Explorer charts its course for the Hawaiian Islands.

Me ke aloha pumehana,
(With warmest aloha)

Teresa Nelle
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

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Paul Gauguin now combines Fiji Islands, Cook Islands & Islands of Tahiti all within 2 weeks

September 1, 2009

Paul Gauguin South Pacific Cruise MapThe luxury small cruise ship Paul Gauguin has expanded South Pacific itineraries where it is now possible to cruise from the Fiji Islands, thru the Cook Islands and end in the islands of Tahiti all within 2 weeks!

There is no other ship offering the extensive menu of 38 extraordinary itineraries ranging from 7 to 15 nights, highlighting such exquisite destinations as Tahiti, the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand - spectacular cruises that cater to the tastes of discerning travelers seeking a legendary small ship experience.

Highlights of the 2010 sailing season include:
• Sixteen classic 7-night departures featuring Tahiti and Society Islands;
• Six 10-night and two 9-night voyages of Tuamotus and Society Islands;
• Five 11-night Cook Islands adventures;
• Four 14-night sailings featuring the Marquesas Islands;
• In-depth 13- and 15-night discoveries of Fiji, Tonga and the Cook and Society Islands;
• Two exclusive 14-night cruises featuring New Zealand, Tonga, the Cook and Society Islands;

Since the Paul Gauguin carries a maximum of 332 Guests onboard and is offering outstanding savings, including free airfare on some of the departures, these sailing are a sure bet to sell out. Call us at 800 644-6659 for more details.

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The Star Flyer Tall Ship is sailing to the Mediterranean in 2010

May 17, 2009

Star Clipper Western Med CruiseStar Clippers Tall Ships - Discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are combined with the modern comforts and amenities of the present.

Perfect for cruising in casual elegance, the Star Flyer will be leaving Tahiti and sailing for the Mediterranean, the exotic Far East and the Caribbean.

You are invited to join the Star Flyer crew on a trip of a lifetime. You’ll be able to jump on board along the way or just take the month off and sail half way around the world with them!

As the Star Flyer makes its way back to the Mediterranean from Tahiti, the itinerary includes a 34-night voyage from Papeete, Tahiti, to Balboa, Panama.
The ship will make maiden calls at Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands before heading east across the Pacific.

If you would like to cruise the world aboard a ship carrying only 128 passengers, Call Me at 1-800-644-6659
Your ‘Cruise Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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