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Special Package Pricing Offers US$480 Savings on a 7-Day Sailing, Including Unlimited Wi-Fi, Laundry Service, Gratuities, Wine, Beer, Cocktails & Mini-bar   

Windstar Cruises - the leader in small ship cruising is making the convenience of a cruise even more appealing and effortless by offering a new inclusive onboard package with exceptional value on everything needed for the perfect vacation.

Guests who purchase Windstar’s new “All-In Package” receive unlimited Wi-Fi access, unlimited laundry service, hotel and beverage gratuities, and the top shelf Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package featuring all wines by the glass, all beer selections, all mini-bar beverages, and a broad assortment of cocktails — all for US$89 per person, per day.

The “All-In Package” is available to purchase now on more than 550 cruises (ranging from 7- to 56-days) sailing to destinations around the globe into 2021 including Tahiti and the South Pacific, Alaska, Europe, Transatlantic, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Even after guests board the ship, the special package price of US$89 per person may be purchased up through day two of the cruise.

Guests will save an estimated US$35 per person, per day when booking the “All-In Package” versus separately paying for the various services and amenities. Unbundled, these additional amenities total approximately US$124 per guest, per day including the beverage package typically priced at US$59 per guest, per day.

The US$89 “All-In Package” proved overwhelmingly popular with Windstar guests when recently available on select sailings.

Unlimited Wi-Fi allows guests to keep in touch with loved ones and share their vacation escapades while globe-trotting through Windstar’s signature small ports of call. Laundry Service is a practical perk that allows guests to streamline packing, save on luggage expenses, and is especially beneficial for guests sailing on water and beach-focused itineraries such as Tahiti or Costa Rica; as well as for guests who participate in adventurous explorations off the ship such as hiking, bike-riding, kayaking, and zip-lining.

The Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package is the boutique line’s ultimate beverage package that includes all domestic and imported beer and 33 varieties of wine or sparkling wine by the glass plus cordials, liqueurs, aperitifs, cocktails, and mini-bar items. Cocktails are based on house and select brands, and guests may choose from more than 40 liquors such as Grey Goose, Hendricks, Johnny Walker Black, Ketel One, Glenfiddich, Hennessy, and more (brands rotate and are subject to availability.)

In addition, all guests always enjoy the following complimentary amenities on every Windstar cruise: all meals in all venues including featured menu selections from dozens of James Beard Foundation chefs who have sailed with Windstar as part of an exclusive partnership; 24 hour room service; all non-alcoholic beverages including specialty coffees and teas; complimentary water sports from the ship's Watersports Platform in featured tropical ports; local cultural performances in select ports such as flamenco dancers in Almeria, Spain; special events such as Windstar’s Signature Sail Away and Signature Deck Party, and Signature Beach Party on select sailings; onboard activities including culinary and mixology classes, and enrichment lectures on numerous itineraries such as the Signature Expeditions program found on all Alaska cruises featuring in-depth talks from a team of marine biologists, glaciologists, and more, who sail alongside cruise guests.

For two guests purchasing the “All-In Package” sharing a suite or stateroom, the total savings amounts to US$240 per guest or US$480 total per couple, based on a 7-day cruise.

To add an “All-In Package” to a Windstar cruise booking, learn more about authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, or to book a cruise, please contact one of our Mondo Travel Specialists on 0800 110 108.

Source: Francis Travel Marketing & Windstar Cruises

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Onsens are a great way to unwind after a busy day on the slopes. However, they are a little bit different to anything you have used to at home!

What is an Onsen?

An Onsen is a Japanese thermal hot spring where the waters are said to have healing properties and after hitting the slopes what could be better for your tired muscles.

Some things to remember when visiting the Onsen:

Yes, you read that right. Typically, Onsens are separated for men and women (however there are some communal options). Don’t worry, you are given a modesty towel (usually the size of a face cloth or hand towel).

Once you are in the Onsen, you will store your belongings in the locker room and have a shower before entering the bath – the Onsen is for soaking only (not washing).

There is no eating/drinking allowed in the Onsen or photography. Respect those around you by following the rules set out for the Onsen and be courteous to others.

In some of the smaller resorts, tattoos can still be considered offensive,  so if you have tattoos, try and cover these if you can or check with the operator whether it is okay for you to use the Onsen.

Remember, Onsens are a place for reflection, relaxation and contemplation so take advantage of the peace and quiet, help your aches and pains and enjoy your Onsen experience.

To book a beyond ordinary ski/board experience to Japan including flights, transfers, accommodation, lift passes and activities call a Mondo Travel Specialist on NZ Toll-Free: 0800 110 108.

Source: travel&co


submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Air Chathams will start a weekly service from Auckland to Norfolk Island beginning Friday 6 September. Introductory fares expected to start at $199 (exclusive of taxes) will be available in limited numbers for scheduled flights.

Tickets will go on sale mid to late April. Promotion will begin in May and potential passengers are advised to look out for special fares for the service’s launch in September.

The new route will be serviced by the Convair 580 aircraft which is configured for 50 passengers with an estimated flight time of just over two hours. The Friday service will depart Auckland at 9am and return same day from Norfolk Island.

Mondo will be offering package holidays to Norfolk Island shortly.

Source: Travel Memo - 08Apr19

submitted by -- Tony Terrill