WE KNOW: Jaunting Around Japan

Patricia Saric, Cruise & Travel Specialist at The Cruise & Travel Authority Terrigal has recently returned from a fabulous journey around Japan.

Traipsing around this intriguing country independently, utilising local transport services like buses and trains, Patricia visited Tokyo, Nikko in the mountains north of Tokyo, traditional Takayama, Hakone to Tokyo’s west, then farther afield to Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Patricia found Japan’s rail network incredibly efficient, and travelled on a range of trains including the iconic Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains that tear around the country at nearly 300km/h.

“A Japan Rail Pass is absolutely the way to go!”, says Patricia.

This was Patricia’s first visit to Japan and she has returned with a number of useful tips:

  • Pack light if you are travelling on public transport.
  • Research Japanese culture before you go to better understand their way of life.
  • Be sure to visit the ‘teamLab’ art collective in Tokyo – an interdisciplinary group of ‘ultratechnologists’ at the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world.
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Bay.
  • Visit Gion—Kyoto’s geisha district—at night time.

Tokyo’s remarkable teamLab space.

And her favourite personal experiences?

Playing in the snow under the cherry blossoms, and exploring the stunning Fushimi Inari shrine from Kyoto.

Sounds divine, doesn’t it?

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WE KNOW: Ponant’s Le Lapérouse

Claire Winnel, Manager of The Cruise & Travel Authority in Terrigal, and her CLIA Cruise Accredited Senior Travel Consultant colleague, Patricia Saric, were recently invited to inspect Ponant’s renowned Le Lapérouse whilst berthed in Newcastle.

Le Laperouse in Newcastle before sailing for the Kimberley region.

Le Lapérouse is the lead ship of the Ponant Explorers-class of cruise ships operated by Ponant.

“She is an incredible vessel with just 92 staterooms and suites, and an unmistakable sense of French chic and refinement with a relaxed vibe” said Claire.

Deluxe Stateroom, Le Lapérouse.

Le Lapérouse’s spacious suites and staterooms feature large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside. Cabin categories include:

  • Deluxe Staterooms
    Area: 19 m²
  • Deluxe Suite
    Area: 27 m²
  • Grand Deluxe Suite
    Area: 45 m²
  • Prestige Stateroom
    Area: 19 m²
  • Prestige Suite
    Area: 32 m²
    apacity: Up to 3 passengers per cabin
  • Owner’s Suite
    Area: 45 m²

Claire and Patricia spent time aboard with the Ponant crew, assessing the ship’s facilities, and enjoying some suitably French champagne and nibbles to get a sense of the Ponant experience.

Claire’s pics of venues aboard Le Lapérouse.

“The facilities on this ship are stunning. It was unlike any other ship I had seen before”, advised Patricia.

“The ship’s ‘Blue Eye’ underwater lounge is remarkable. Blue Eye is the world’s first underwater ship lounge, and it’s equipped with an innovative sound system that captures the acoustics of the sea up to five kilometres away”, added Patricia.

The Blue Eye lounge aboard Le Lapérouse.

Le Lapérouse will soon set sail, spending the winter cruise season in Western Australia’s stunning Kimberley region.

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