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Head to Sun Peaks Resort for the 2019/2020 winter season and experience a true winter wonderland in a European-style, ski-through village filled with quaint shops, cafés, and eateries. 

Sun Peaks was named in National Geographic's Best Winter Trips of 2019 article, a testament to Sun Peaks' terrain and conditions, and overall village vibe and amenities. 

  • 3 mountains with 4,270 acres of skiable terrain
  • 13 lifts and 137 trails with 17 gladed areas
  • 37 km groomed and track set Nordic trails
  • Winter activities: Hotpools to dog sledding
  • Fantastic winter events 
  • Great dining and après ski options 

Sun Peaks | The best time to visit

Our friends at Sun Peaks have the inside word on this topic. While they love all the months during winter - if you have to pick a time to visit, this Sun Peaks' guide is sure to help. 

Christmas/New Year: Book early. Yes, this time of year is popular and you can understand why. A white Christmas experience with all the trimmings: fireworks, Santa on the slopes and festive activities - everything that makes December a very jolly time to visit.  

January: The best time for snow. January has a reputation for delivering the best snow in Sun Peaks with an average of just under 100cm of new snow and cooler mountain temps to keep it light. 

February: The local's favourite time. The snow base has already built up and the temperatures rise above the average -6.1 C for winter. Longer days also mean that the Sundance, Morrisey and Orient chairlifts stay open until 4:00pm, so there is even more time to get those turns in.

March/early April: Spring skiing: We know you are looking forward to next season's skiing and don't want to think about the end of the season but this time is a great option to hit the slopes in Sun Peaks. More bluebird days, warmer weather, fewer crowds and the end of season party. Plus, you'll get great deals at this time of year too. 

Sun Peaks Highlights

  • Three mountains - one ski resort
  • Uncrowded slopes
  • Cat trax groomer rides
  • Alpine Fondue & Starlight Descent 
  • Dog sled tours
  • First Tracks 
  • Guided ice fishing
  • Skibike & Snowlimo tours
  • Complimentary sun host mountain tours
  • Tube park

Call your local Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108 for detail on Sun Peaks and all other Ski Packages.

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THEY DRIBBLE; THEY DANCE; THEY SHOOT; THEY SCORE!

 

Carnival Cruise Line announced today an exclusive partnership with the world-famous basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, serving as the group’s official cruise line sponsor worldwide. 

Combining the Harlem Globetrotters’ high-flying athleticism, theatrical stunts and comedic acts with Carnival’s role as the family cruise leader, the two ambassadors of fun will bring a new level of excitement to more than 150 of the team’s shows across the country. 

The Harlem Globetrotters’ always entertaining exhibition games will be enhanced by Carnival’s signature brand of fun through in-game integrations, giveaways and joint marketing efforts such as a designated Choose Fun Zone seating area with branded signage, playful décor, special player interactions and more. This partnership will also provide Carnival with traditional marketing assets to support their charitable partners’ initiatives.

A video shot on board Carnival Horizon featuring Harlem Globetrotters stars Hammer Harrison and Dragon Taylor showcases the dynamic duo’s impressive skills as they make shots from high above Carnival’s SkyRide aerial attraction and Lido Deck. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Ke36j-QUMto.

“For more than nine decades, we’ve used basketball as a means to bring laughter, joy and fun to our fans worldwide,” said Howard Smith, Harlem Globetrotters president. “When we heard about the opportunity to partner with cruise industry leader Carnival, we couldn’t wait to use our combined love of entertaining audiences to make our games more fun and memorable than ever.”

“The Harlem Globetrotters are synonymous with fun, helping families create wonderful memories – and our brands align so well together,” said Scott Becher, vice president, head of partnerships for Carnival Cruise Line. “We look forward to seeing how everyone will ‘Choose Fun’ Globetrotters-style.”

Inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and known for their incredible dribbling, shooting and dunking skills as well as their crowd interaction, the Harlem Globetrotters have performed for more than 148 million fans in 124 countries since their inception in 1926. Now performing 400 shows each year, the team has become a worldwide icon and pioneer in the sports industry showcasing some of the best basketball players in the world.

To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, please contact us on 0800 110 108 / E: info@mondotravel.co.nz

 

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Windstar Cruise's embarks on its second consecutive Alaska cruise season, running May 22 through September 12 and featuring the award-winning Signature Expeditions programme. Windstar does Alaska differently, sailing to smaller ports on longer voyages that bring cruisers closer to calving glaciers and elusive wildlife, delivering authentic Alaskan experiences. Windstar also offers in-depth Cruise Tours for the comprehensive Alaska experience combining coastal cruises with in-depth overland explorations to Denali, Fairbanks, and now the Canadian Rockies.

Next year for the 2020 Alaska season, Windstar announces Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound, a brand-new itinerary with first time visits to tiny ports like Valdez and quaint Petersburg, as well as new scenic cruising to the massive Hubbard Glacier and spectacular College Fjord in northern Prince William Sound that features five tide-water glaciers where the ice meets the sea.

Windstar’s newly enhanced Star Breeze, the first Windstar ship to emerge from the $250m Star Plus Initiative, will sail Alaska next summer offering 22 different journeys beginning May 16, 2020. The 312-passenger ship will showcase 50 new suites including a 1,374 sq. ft. Grand Owner’s Suite, new restaurants, enhanced spa and fitness center, elevated pool, and even more enhancements, as well as new, more environmentally-friendly engines.  

Beyond the new ship and port offerings, however, Windstar is continually focused on providing the best shore excursions in the region with their innovative Signature Expeditions program and expert team.

“We are honored to have our Alaska itinerary recognized on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Hot List that noted, ‘As far as Alaskan expeditions go, this itinerary gives passengers more access to so many aspects of the state’s culture than any competitor…’  It’s true, our Alaska destination delivery stands out from all others – our elegant small ship visiting out of the way, small ports, and launching Signature Expeditions right from the ship, to explore nature with expert guides – cruising Alaska doesn’t get any better,” said Windstar Cruises President John Delaney.

Expert Instruction from a Team of Scientists Sets Signature Expeditions Programme Apart

Six Signature Expedition experts – naturalists, glaciologists, marine biologists, photographers, historians, and others – are on board throughout every Alaska voyage. The Expedition Team shares the history of the region, cultural tales, scientific discoveries, insider knowledge and local tips. Guests will attend scheduled lectures and enjoy expert narration while scenic cruising, as the team points out wildlife and explains the natural surroundings. Windstar’s guests can ask questions and really learn from the Expedition Team at daily talks, and even while socializing over dinner or a cup of coffee.

The excitement peaks when the lessons and on-ship enrichment take to the waters on optional, adventurous Signature Expeditions in spectacular remote waterways like Kenai Fjords and Endicott Arm. The Expedition Team of scientists and naturalists lead kayak and Zodiac excursions directly from the ship giving guests more time for extreme close-up views at sea level. The tours offer breathtaking perspectives on the icebergs, calving glaciers, gorgeous natural habitats, and experience the active wildlife of Alaska first-hand while cruising by rafts of sea otters, spotting sea birds overhead or sea lions lounging on mini-icebergs, all while keeping an eye on shore to spot bears and more.

The Expedition Team are made up of experts like Hannah Hindley, a naturalist who focuses on understanding Alaskan glacier communities on the forefront of climate change; and Alberto Montaudon, a photography teacher and underwater videographer who has guided tours in Arctic Norway, Greenland, Galápagos, and more. The Expedition Leader, Captain Simon Hook, grew up entranced by ocean wildlife in northern California. His love of nature led him to Sitka, Alaska, where his maritime career began as a deckhand on passenger vessels, he has called Sitka home for over a decade now. 

The Signatures Expeditions Team has a robust schedule featuring nearly 20 locally-inspired lectures:

·       Knee Deep in Herring – A look at the historical and cultural significance of Alaska's Pacific herring, as well as the current issues and controversy involving the Sitka Sound commercial harvest.

·       Chokers, High Riggers, and Whistle Punks – A history of logging in the Tongass National Forest and the Pacific Northwest. 

·       Killer Whale Culture – A peek at the social relationships, unique dialects, and coordinated foraging strategies used by groups of killer whales (also known as orca).

·       Video Editing 101 – A workshop that’s part trivia, part hands-on learning, and part sharing, which will 100 percent come in handy to show friends highlights of the trip back at home. 

With this range of experiences bringing Alaska to life, there is no better way to access one of the world’s most incredible wild destinations than on the most highly-awarded small ship cruise line in Alaska. 

To learn more about authentic cruising with Windstar, please contact one of our Travel Specialists on 0800 110 108.F

Source: Francis Travel Marketing 

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