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cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads

Cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads

Norwegian Cruise Lines, one of the world’s Big 3 cruise lines, has put public health ahead of immediate profit and suspended all cruises by its 28 ships until April 11 as the coronavirus pandemic...
cruising into the future

Cruising into the future

As tourism deals with a severe case of the flu, no sector is showing more symptoms than cruising. On the upside, at least one major cruise line is prescribing a beneficial remedy – Norwegian...
smart air travel

Smart air travel

What is a night’s sleep worth? Even just a fitfull, semi-snooze during an international flight? As economy class travellers (which, let’s face it, is the vast majority), is a more expensive airfare worth the...
eden’s gem

Eden’s Gem

The first cruise ship has docked at Eden port since the region’s bushfires catastrophe – an encouraging early sign of tourism recovery. The Norwegian Jewel brings 2000 passengers for on-shore tours and activities, which will...
open letter to uk travellers

Open letter to UK travellers

Dear UK travellers, Please visit Australia. We are a friendly bunch, with a continent full of unique wonders, and you get an embarrassingly fabulous exchange rate on your money. Contrary to our Govt’s silly marketing, most...

A waspish visitor for breakfast

What it is I do not know. Nor do I want to find out, right now. Wildlife is best left alone, methinks. Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019 The post A waspish visitor for breakfast appeared first...
why does ‘good’ often taste so bad?

Why does ‘good’ often taste so bad?

The lovely ladies here reckon I need something healthier than iced coffee, BBQ scallops and Tiger beer. Hence: rau má, AKA pennywort or Centella asiatica. I gave it a go: ever imagined what the water would...
fare’s fair: travel smart

Fare’s fair: travel smart

#TravelSmart: why give that extra money to Qantas if the flight is Jetstar anyway? If needed, buy a Jetstar fare with extra baggage allowance. Always check the better offerings from Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore...
virgin air’s bali bargain

Virgin Air’s Bali bargain

Anyone for Bali? Virgin Australia has fares $299 one way and $499 return Melbourne to Bali to mark the launch of the airline’s new route. It includes 23kg of baggage – that’s a great price....
sold on the performance

Sold on the performance

Olivier, Gielgud, Jacobi, This Old Duck: the great performances of our time. The weathered, forlorn face and the old, crooked body … irresistible to the successful young couples in Vung Tau on their weekend...