Holidays Away : Winter 2009
www .holida y s a w a y .net P&Os new Hunter Food and Wine Cruises P The Hunter Valley’s famous food and wine is the centrepiece of a new series of three-night cruises onboard superliner Pacifi c Dawn. &O Cruises has developed the novel idea of weekend food and wine “sampler cruises”, which allowed the company to showcase the fi ne food and wine of the region to a growing cruise audience. “The Hunter Valley is famous for Above Left to right: The Pacifi c Dawn; Herb crusted rack of lamb; Trilogy of mousses. fresh produce, innovative menus and the amazing local wines, which are so popular onboard our ships,” said Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises. “These themed cruises will give people the unique opportunity to dip their toes into cruising while also learning a bit more about Australian food and wine,” Ms Sherry said. The Hunter Valley’s only two- hat chef, Andrew Clarke of Pokolbin’s Rock Restaurant, said he was looking forward to getting onboard the two cruises to prepare a special six-course degustation dinner. “Preparing a six-course meal for 2000 passengers presents amazing challenges but this is a great opportunity to bring the unique fl avours of the Hunter to a new travelling public,” he said. Departing Sydney on July 31 and August 14, guests will spend three nights cruising the Pacifi c Ocean while enjoying a weekend of unforgettable wine and food experiences. Highlights of the cruise include: • Wine tastings, appreciation classes and lectures with Bruce Tyrell (Tyrell’s Winery) and Duane Roy, co-owner of Glandore Estate • Cheese tastings from the Hunter Valley Cheese Company • Coffee appreciation classes with our trained onboard baristas • A six-course degustation dinner prepared by Andrew Clarke of Rock Restaurant. Ms Sherry said the cruises had proved so popular that additional sampler cruises had been scheduled across the fl eet in 2010. For more information about P&O Cruises call 13 24 69 or visit www.pocruises.com.au “We are encouraged by the public reaction to these cruises, and very proud that the renowned chefs, cheese and winemakers of the Hunter region jumped at the chance to sail with P&O Cruises and contribute to these special cruises,” Ms Sherry concluded. Passengers can tantalise their taste buds even further onboard Pacifi c Dawn with a range of new features including new bar and all-Australasian wine menus, martini menus and a-lacarte restaurant menus. Fares on the food and wine festival cruises start from $629* per person twin share for an inside cabin or $649* per person twin share for an outside cabin. Beautiful Cradle Mountain Carved out of the landscape by hundreds of thousands of years of glacial movement, the unique edifi ce of Cradle Mountain dominates an area of craggy peaks, mountain lakes, temperate rainforests and button grass plains. Above Left: The beautiful Cradle Mountain Chateau Above Right: Relax in the Calm Day Spa 2 choose, from a leisurely walk by Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain towering above, to the six-day trek on the iconic Overland Track. With the Cradle Mountain- C Lake St Clair National Park at your doorstep, Cradle Mountain Chateau is HOLID A YS AWAY • WINTER 2009 radle Mountain-Lake St Clair is one of the world’s best walking environments, where the challenge is yours to the perfect place from which to base your Tasmanian alpine experience. Take in the views across the glacial-carved landscape from the summit of Cradle Mountain, or sip fine Tasmanian wine and taste our freshest produce by the open fires at the Chateau. There is a range of accommodation styles, providing a luxurious end to your day exploring the area’s unique wilderness. Set within the Chateau’s grounds, The Wilderness Gallery is the largest privately owned photographic gallery in Australia. Rarely do you see the vast landscapes, spectacular coastal vistas and dense rainforests displayed so elegantly and quietly, leaving you free to explore the secrets of the gallery walls in one of the State’s most picturesque locations. Our gallery hosts are welleducated in the locations and methods used to capture these images, and are happy to assist with any inquiries. Guided tours of the Gallery are available, as well as Tasmanian wine, cheese and honey tastings Australia’s first gallery of wilderness and landscape photography, The Wilderness Gallery is free to visit if staying at the Chateau. Calm Day Spa is the perfect way to relax after a day’s outdoor activities. Calm features body treatments, massage, facials, beauty treatments, a hot tub, steam room and private bath. For the ultimate alpine experience, try the outdoor hot tub overlooking the alpine bushland surrounding the Chateau. Calm features Tasmanian and French pure certified organic products from companies such as Harmony Harvest and House of Herbs. It provides the perfect couples’ retreat, with double massage and treatments available. For great holiday deals visit www.puretasmania.com.au or phone 1800 624 920.