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2017 Mediterranean Cruise Holidays
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As a young couple wanting an adventurous holiday Richard has been fantastic in organising our trip and taking away the hassle of our now fully booked climb to Base Camp, Mt Everest. He managed to get us great airfares on reliable airlines that suited our timetable perfectly. We now like to book our trips through Richard Fletcher from Fine Travel.
I’m home and everything went like clockwork. Wendy and I want to thank you for service above and beyond the call of duty over the weekend of 6th March when our daughter was admitted to hospital in Doha with her new baby. It was a huge relief to the family to have Wendy there with them. Changing bookings that had been in place for almost six months can’t have been easy.
Thanks again and kind regards
Pleased to report a very enjoyable trip, and we were happy with the China Southern flights.
The flights to Europe were very comfortable, not quite up to AirNZ standard but we would certainly recommend CS to anyone wanting business class at a good price.
The return flight from Paris to Guangzhou was outstanding. Most comfortable business class seats we’ve had on any airline (including AirNZ) and excellent food and service. The plane was a very recent Boeing 777. Guangzhou to Auckland was the same as Auckland to Guangzhou.
Hope this information is useful, and many thanks again for your work on our bookings.
Richard was very friendly to deal with and super organised, made travelling to Europe with our one year old feel like a breeze.
All prices quoted in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified
Fine Travel Consultant Kylie Bryers recently enjoyed her first river cruise with a two week European river cruise with luxury cruise line Scenic Tours. She reports back with her experience.
With China Airlines offering competitive Business Class airfares from New Zealand to Europe via Taiwan, Fine Travel Consultant Irene Field took the opportunity to experience China Airlines' Business Class and Economy Class to Taiwan.
In our blog post about how we expected the 2017 Earlybird Business Class and Premium Economy Specials to Europe to unfold, we explained that the start of the Earlybird season generally marks a reset of discounts to the lowest levels. From there, we predicted that as the specials expired we would see a gradual increase in prices as we got closer to peak travel times. This has played out as expected with prices increasing - and there have been interesting developments along the way.
When holiday time is precious, retracing your steps to connect with a flight home can feel a waste of valuable time. For many Fine Travel clients who take advantage of Business Class Specials to fly from New Zealand to Europe to spend time with family, a return flight from Heathrow makes good sense. But often European travel becomes much more than this.
The Cunard Line trans-Atlantic cruise is one of the quintessential cruise holidays. Crossing the Atlantic from Southampton to New York (or the reverse) is a bucket list experience.
One of the most common responses travel agents hear when recommending travel insurance is: "That's ok, I have free travel insurance with my credit card". Even though the cost of the travel insurance premium may be built into the annual card fee or interest rate, the true cost of credit card travel insurance can be much higher if it doesn't cover you when it comes to claim time. Here are three of the common traps we encounter with credit card travel insurance.
Cruise holidays are now almost mainstream for New Zealand travellers, but many are looking to join a cruise for the first time. Cruises from Auckland are a popular foray into cruising as the itineraries are close to home, can reduce wasted travel time in airports and there are many exceptional itineraries. In this blog we share 5 tips for choosing your first cruise from Auckland.
Given the distance we have to travel from New Zealand to Europe, it is often tempting to think "I just want to get there" and as a travel agency we hear that from many of our clients. However, for 2017 travel to Europe we are seeing greater interest in stopover packages - and for good reason.
One of the most common reasons our clients give for looking at Business Class airfares to Europe is that they want / need the extra space on such a long flight (and a lie flat seat). The Emirates mixed Business Class / Economy Class airfare makes this a more affordable option on a premium airline.
“It’s yachting, not cruising” the SeaDream Yacht Club proudly states – and on closer investigation, their meaning is clear. At a time when “mega ships” make headlines and seemingly squeeze an impressive number of passengers into a floating theme park / shopping mall, SeaDream presents an alternative that has more in common with owning a private yacht.