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  • Jewels of the Med

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  • Mykonos, Greece

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  • Acropolis, Athens

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  • NCL 'Norwegian Spirit'

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  • Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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  • Ephesus, Turkey

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  • Rhodes, Greece

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  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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  • Santorini, Greece

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  • Kusadasi, Turkey

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  • Santorini, Greece

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  • Haifa, Israel

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  • Port Limassol, Cyprus

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  • Jewels of the Med

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  • Mykonos, Greece

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  • Acropolis, Athens

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • NCL 'Norwegian Spirit'

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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  • Ephesus, Turkey

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  • Rhodes, Greece

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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  • Santorini, Greece

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  • Kusadasi, Turkey

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  • Santorini, Greece

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  • Haifa, Israel

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  • Port Limassol, Cyprus

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  • Columns of the ancient Lindos, Rhodes

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12 Day Jewels of the Med

  • Explore the glittering waters of the Mediterranean
  • Cruise the Greek Islands aboard a 4-star plus ship
Includes Return International Flights

The Mediterranean is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring destinations. From sapphire seas to volcanic islands dotted with white-washed villages, it’s a bucket list destination every traveller needs to experience at least once. This 12 day package is your chance to witness the glittering Jewels of the Mediterranean, from Athens to Santorini, Kusadasi and beyond.

Choose from two different cruise itineraries: one taking in spectacular Istanbul in Turkey, together with vibrant Mykonos and the walled medieval city of Rhodes. Or, venture to colourful Limassol in Cyprus, together with Ashdod and beautiful Haifa in Israel - gateway to the cultural melting pot of Jerusalem. Whichever option you take, you’re in for a truly incredible journey.

This once-in-a-lifetime trip includes return international flights, two nights in 4-star hotel accommodation, a seven night NCL cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit ship - and more!

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Athens, Greece! Fly with full-service airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Please note: Due to flight availability and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart on Day 2. Affected customers will still arrive on Day 2. Flight schedules will be confirmed in your final documentation received 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.


Meals included: In-Flight

On arrival, please make your own way to the hotel.

Overnight: President Hotel Athens or similar, Athens
Meals included: None

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure. Early this afternoon make your own way to Athens cruise port, Piraeus, to embark on your wondrous seven night Greek Isles and Turkey cruise aboard the 4+ star ‘Norwegian Spirit’ ship. The cruise departs at 7:00pm this evening.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This Greek island just off the coast of Turkey exudes beauty and history. Historically the most important of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is surrounded by beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. The fortified enclave now known as the Old Town was created by the Knights Hospitaller - commonly referred to as the Order of Saint John - in the fourteenth century. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savour the charm of this remarkable walled town.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Kusadasi in Turkey is the gateway to one of the most legendary cities of the ancient world: Ephesus. St. Paul preached in its Great Theater, while the facade of the Celsus Library survives as a testament to the city’s role as a centre of learning and culture. Not far from Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis (also known as the Temple of Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, once stood, drawing pilgrims from around the Mediterranean. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

There's a new aura of excitement in Istanbul these days, as this centre of the Ottoman empire has become one the world's focal points for art, fashion, haute cuisine and nightlife. Of course there's always an abundance of ancient monuments and grand mosques with stunning frescoes to see here, like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Head to any park and you'll see why tulips have long been the symbol of this city.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Volos is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. The wealth of the region and its long history have left their mark on the city’s architecture, which exudes confidence and grandeur. Situated at the foot of Mount Pelion overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Thessaly. In addition to its ancient history and legends, Volos was an important center for the Greek Christianity during the Byzantine Empire. Atop Meteora's cliffs, 24 monasteries were built to protect monks from the Ottoman invaders. Close to the city are the ancient cities Demetrias and Pagasae.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. You may like to explore the island on a 4x4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos (optional shore excursions).

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, disembark and make your own way to the hotel. You may take the remainder of the day at leisure in the world's ancient capital.

Overnight: President Hotel Athens or similar, Athens
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, at the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Please note: If your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Athens, Greece! Fly with full-service airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Please note: Due to flight availability and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart on Day 2. Affected customers will still arrive on Day 2. Flight schedules will be confirmed in your final documentation received 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.


Meals included: In-Flight

On arrival, please make your own way to the hotel.

Overnight: President Hotel Athens or similar, Athens
Meals included: None

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure. Early this afternoon make your own way to Athens cruise port, Piraeus, to embark on your wondrous seven night Greek Isles, Israel and Cyprus cruise aboard the 4+ star ‘Norwegian Spirit’ ship. The cruise departs at 5:00pm this evening.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Kusadasi in Turkey is the gateway to one of the most legendary cities of the ancient world: Ephesus. St. Paul preached in its Great Theater, while the facade of the Celsus Library survives as a testament to the city’s role as a centre of learning and culture. Not far from Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis (also known as the Temple of Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, once stood, drawing pilgrims from around the Mediterranean. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites.

Designated as “Holy Island” as well as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Patmos is an ideal destination for history, nature and foodie lovers alike. In almost every beach you will find traditional seaside tavernas where fresh fish and other local tasty dishes are served. Some of island’s the top attractions include the Monasteries of St John, the Apocalypse and Zoodohos Pigi.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Dating back to 17th-century BC, Ashdod is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It's almost hard to believe when looking at today's modern port with its wide boulevards and meticulous planning. Don't miss the Ashdod Art Museum, Corinne Maman Museum, Beit Guvrin National Park and the pastoral setting of Tel Lachish.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Considered one of the Middle East’s most picturesque cities, Haifa offers incredible sights everywhere you turn. It is also close to holy sites – travel to Galilee, Nazareth or Jerusalem. The views from Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel, the largest hanging gardens in the world, are incredible, and make for a superb picture spot. Peruse the boutiques on Massada Street or go to the artists’ village of Ein Hod for hand-blown glass and crafts.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Blessed with the beauty of nature’s best palette, the scenery of Cyprus unfolds across glittering coasts, rolling mountains, fragrant forests and rugged headlands. From the warm shores of the mainland to the unspoiled and cool oasis of the Troodos mountain range, nature lovers, artists, photographers and explorers will all delight in meeting shy creatures, and discovering rare plants that peep out amidst waterfalls, coves, woodland, winding trails and secluded sandy beaches. As the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus is a birdwatchers dream, with flocks of flamingos frequenting the salt lakes, and many other significant species passing through or nesting.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as to the location of the lost city of Atlantis.

Overnight: NCL - Norwegian Spirit ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, disembark and make your own way to the hotel. You may take the remainder of the day at leisure in the world's ancient capital.

Overnight: President Hotel Athens or similar, Athens
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, at the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Please note: If your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the best of Greece and the Greek Islands
  • Cruise the azure waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Savour the charm of the remarkable walled town in Rhodes, Greece
  • Sail to the sun-kissed Kusadasi, gateway to Ephesus
  • Visit Istanbul, a grand capital straddling 2 continents
  • Visit stunning Volos at the foot of Mount Pelion
  • Feel like a Hollywood movie star in vibrant Mykonos
  • Fall in love with the whitewashed beauty of Santorini
  • Uncover the sights of Athens on a day at leisure
  • Experience the best of Greece and the Greek Islands
  • Cruise the azure waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Sail to the sun-kissed Kusadasi, gateway to Ephesus
  • Visit the Holy Island Patmos in the Aegean Sea
  • Sail to Israel’s largest port in Ashdod
  • Discover the wonders of Haifa, the gateway to Jerusalem
  • Dock in Limassol, the colourful port city of Cyprus
  • Fall in love with the whitewashed beauty of Santorini
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 7 Night NCL Cruise through the Mediterranean
  • Sail aboard the spectacular 4 plus star rated NCL ‘Norwegian Spirit’ ship
  • 2 Nights 4-star accommodation on tour
  • 22 Meals including all meals while cruising
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 6th November 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
Inside Cabin: $1730
Oceanview Cabin: $2000
Balcony Cabin: $2250
 
Departure Dates (2020)
Itinerary 1
May: *15
October: *2 
 
Itinerary 2
October: 23, 30
November: 6
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $250 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM, Oman Air, British Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Royal Brunei, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability)

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Athens, Greece
$100 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
28th March 2020 - 27th April 2020 
20th June 2020 - 19th July 2020 
17th September 2020 - 11th October 2020
 
Stay behind in Athens, Greece
$100 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
20th June 2020 - 19th July 2020 
17th September 2020 - 11th October 2020
10th December 2020 - 20th January 2021
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available
- Business Class (International sectors Only): *Please contact TripADeal for a quote 
Please note: 
- Please contact TripADeal to obtain a quote 
*Quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

Athens, Greece: President Hotel or similar 

 

Cruise
4+ Star (self-rated)
Norweigan Cruise Lines: Norweigan Spirit ship 
 
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
- Athens, Greece (Pre Tour): $205 per person including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 2.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability)


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 Days if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Recommended cruise gratuities/tipping: $15 USD per person, per day, payable onboard at the end of the cruise.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader:  
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Mediterranean:
The Mediterranean has a very pleasant climate with warm, dry summers and cool, mild winters. May to June or fall temperatures are comfortably warm, the sun is bright, and the crowds are far, far fewer than in July and August. During the spring months, the flowers are blooming and the landscape is verdant, while autumn days are mild and clear before the winter rains.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
22 Meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. Norweigan Cruise Lines is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at $15 USD per person per day. If you have any questions in regards to the gratuities on your cruise please speak to the guest services staff onboard the ship.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


Greece
A tourist visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport.
 
Turkey
A tourist visa for Turkey is not required for transit visits if entering and exiting via cruise ship.
 
Israel
A tourist visa is not required for Israel if entering and exiting via cruise ship.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.