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    Christie Gowan

    Christie Gowan

    Personal Travel Manager

    based-in Based in Paddington, QLD

    T: 0407 626 480

    E: christie.gowan@travelmanagers.com.au

    Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 10am to 5pm | Friday 10am to 2pm

    I'm Christie. I think planning your holiday should be half the fun!

    I do the hard work – you get to countdown to your escape to an amazing destination (or two). With  17 years’ experience (the last five in cruising), let’s plan your holiday together today.

    About Me

    I was bitten by the travel bug early & would be off exploring the world all year if I could. Instead, I travel vicariously through my clients, putting together fabulous itineraries that I would love to experience myself.

    From a short getaway to the challenge of an extensive itinerary anywhere in the world, I would love to help!

     

    Having spent the last five years specialising in cruising, I’ve been lucky enough to get on a wide range of ships – either for an inspection when ships visit Brisbane or Sydney, or on personal cruises when I travel. I try to add a cruise every time I get away & try get on as many ships, on as many different cruiselines as possible, as this helps me to help you find the ideal cabin on the perfect cruise!

    • Regal Princess – Baltic (August 2017)
    • Pacific Dawn – inspection (June 2017)
    • Majestic Princess – China (June 2017)
    • Azamara Journey – inspection (March 2017)
    • Queen Mary 2 – inspection (March 2017)
    • Ovation of the Seas – inspection (February 2017)
    • Seven Seas Voyager – inspection (January 2017)
    • Caribbean Princess – New England & Canadian Maritimes (October 2016)
    • Scenic Spirit – Vietnam & Cambodia (May 2016)
    • Golden Princess – inspection (April 2016)
    • Arcadia – Sydney to Brisbane (March 2016)
    • Sea Princess – inspection (February 2016)
    • Crystal Serenity – inspection (February 2016)
    • Azamara Quest – inspection (January 2016)
    • Superstar Virgo – inspection (December 2015)
    • Legend of the Seas – inspection (December 2015)
    • Pacific Aria – inspection (November 2015)
    • Voldendam – Sydney to Brisbane (October 2015)
    • Carnival Spirit – inspection (September 2015)
    • Pacific Dawn – inspection (July 2015)
    • Dawn Princess – inspection (June 2015)
    • Avalon Tapestry II – Paris to Normandy (April 2015)
    • MSC Orchestra – inspection (March 2015)
    • Oceania Marina – inspection (February 2015)
    • Voyager of the Seas – inspection (December 2014)
    • Crown Princess – Mexico (November 2014)
    • Quantum of the Seas – Transatlantic (November 2014)
    • Carnival Legend – inspection (September 2014)
    • Queen Elizabeth – inspection (March 2014)
    • Pacific Jewel – Sydney to Brisbane (February 2014)
    • Queen Mary 2 – Sydney to Brisbane (February 2014)
    • Sun Princess – inspection (November 2013)
    • Dawn Princess – inspection (October 2013)
    • Island Princess – Alaska (June 2013)
    • Celebrity Century – inspection (June 2013)
    • Volendam – inspection (June 2013)
    • Pacific Dawn – Food & Wine cruise (April 2013)
    • Sea Princess – inspection (April 2013)
    • Queen Mary 2 – inspection (March 2013)
    • Seabourn Quest – inspection (February 2013)
    • Silver Shadow – inspection (January 2013)
    • Celebrity Solstice – Xmas party (December 2012)
    • Voyager of the Seas – New Zealand (November 2012)
    • Orion – inspection (November 2012)
    • Carnival Spirit – South Pacific (October 2012)
    • Radiance of the Seas – inspection (October 2012)
    • Pacific Pearl – inspection (August 2012)
    • Monarch of the Seas – Mexican Riveria (May 2004)

    Where I've Travelled

    Close to home: Australia (I’ve lived in both Perth & Brisbane – and have been to almost every state & territory – sorry Tassie!), New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji & the Cook Islands

    Asia: Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Taiwan & Thailand

    Europe: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia & Russia

    Middle East: Dubai

    Africa: South Africa (I was born here), Namibia, Swaziland & Egypt

    North America: USA (45 states), Canada (6 provinces) & Mexico

    South America: Chile, Argentina & Brazil

    Other: Scenic flight over Antarctica – an Antarctic cruise is definitely on my Bucket List! What’s on yours?

    Destinations I'm Passionate About

    USA & Canada: Having travelled to 45 states US states & 6 Canadian provinces on various holidays, these are two countries that I love! From wandering the different neighbourhoods of New York & sampling the different food on every corner, to cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage & wondering at the ancient glaciers; from cruising to see the fall colours & lighthouses of New England, to riding a bike around Stanley park for amazing views of Vancouver; exploring the National Parks (Yosemite & Arches NP being two of my favourites), to being a kid again in DisneyLand; there’s something different in every city & region to discover!

    South Africa: Growing up just outside of Johannesburg, I was spoiled with regular family holidays to Kruger National Park, the beaches of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) & to the beautiful city of Cape Town. A lot has changed since we moved to Australia 30 years ago, but the natural beauty & friendly people remain.

    Europe: I’ve experienced Europe by with a backpack on my back, and more recently in five star luxury. I’ve travelled by bus, train & ship – with a flight thrown in occasionally. Cruising is by far my favourite way to explore now – by sea or on the rivers. Unpacking once & experiencing a different city or town every day or two allows you to see more than just train stations or freeways, & hotel lobbies!

    South America: Buenos Aires has to be one of my favourite cities in the world! San Telmo markets on the weekends, wandering through Recoleta cemetery, a Tango lesson & show, and maybe even a football match (I spotted Maradona on my way to a World Cup qualifying match – what an experience – and I don’t even like soccer!). I’ve also explored a bit of Chile, a little more of Argentina & a taste of Brazil. Peru, Ecuador, the Galapagos & a cruise to Antarctica are still on the Bucket List.

     

    I’ve never “met a country I didn’t like“… so picking favourites from the 50 countries that I have visited changes on a daily basis.

    Services I Provide

    Cruising has become my speciality over the last 5 years or so; however, my 17 years experience in the travel industry mean that I also love to book extensive itineraries to all corners of the world.

    Ask me today about how I can help you to create…

    • Your ideal cruise – the itinerary that ticks all the boxes, the best ship for you & a cabin perfectly suited to your needs
    • Your Round the World travel experience – tick off a few bucket list items in one holiday!
    • Your personalised holiday plans – whether you want to “flop & drop” or you’d like to explore a new destination
    • Your perfect specialised tour  – experience a country or region with experts to guide you all the way
    • Your self-drive holiday – hit the open road & see where it take you
    • Your once in a lifetime experience – is there an event or festival you’ve always wanted to experience?
    • Your unique itinerary – flights, hotels, travel insurance & so much more!

    Let’s start planning today

    My Brochures

    Princess Cruises - World Cruise 2019

    Princess Cruises - World Cruise 2019

    Join this 106-day itinerary, visiting 32 countries with 39 ports of call, including a maiden call to Portland (England), for access to Stonehenge.

    Choose your cruise today!
    Princess Cruises - Alaska & the Americas 2018-19

    Princess Cruises - Alaska & the Americas 2018-19

    I have been lucky enough to cruise Alaska, Mexico and New England & the Canadian Maritimes with Princess Cruises.

    I love to book extensive itineraries in this region for my clients.

    Call or email me today, so that we can plan your own once in a lifetime trip!

    Choose your cruise today!
    Princess Cruises - Europe 2018

    Princess Cruises - Europe 2018

    Explore history & culture, or eat & drink your way around Europe - or both! Choose from the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, the stunning Norwegian Fjords or the British Isles.

    From Princess Cruises' smallest ship (Pacific) to two of her largest (Royal & Regal), there's something for everyone.

    Choose your cruise today!
    Celebrity Cruises - Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific 2017-19

    Celebrity Cruises - Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific 2017-19

    Celebrity Solstice is still my favourite ship of all time! We're very lucky to have her cruising to Australia, and spending every summer here.

    Ask me about her biggest ever local season in 2019/20 season (details have only just released).

    Choose your cruise today!
    Royal Caribbean - Asia, Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific 2017-19

    Royal Caribbean - Asia, Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific 2017-19

    Royal Caribbean has another big season ahead, with Explorer, Radiance & Ovation of the Seas back Australian waters this year & again in 2018-19.

    The 2019-20 season details to be released in Mar/Apr 2019.

    COME SEEK today!

    Choose your cruise today!
    Azamara Club Cruises - 2018-19

    Azamara Club Cruises - 2018-19

    The Azamara Quest & Journey are both looking fabulous, and We're all excited for their sister ship, Azamara Pursuit to join the family very soon!

    Check out my Facebook page for photos of the Quest (before upgrade) & the Journey since her most recent refit.

    Let me know where you'd like to cruise & we can start planning.

    Choose your cruise today!
    Azamara Club Cruises - Alaska 2019

    Azamara Club Cruises - Alaska 2019

    Azamara Quest will be sailing her inaugural season in Alaska in 2019.

    Let me know if you'd like to be one of the first to experience this incredible destination on the Quest.

    Choose your cruise today!
    Norwegian Cruise Lines - Australia and New Zealand 2017-18

    Norwegian Cruise Lines - Australia and New Zealand 2017-18

    The Norwegian Jewel is currently sailing her inaugural Australian season.

    She will be back again in 2018-19, so look out for the updated brochure soon!

    Choose your cruise today!
    Norwegian Cruise Lines - Pride of America 2018-19

    Norwegian Cruise Lines - Pride of America 2018-19

    The Pride of America sails the Hawaiian Islands year round. Cruise 4 islands in 7 days!

    Unpack once while experiencing "Freestyle" cruising around Hawaii.

    Choose your cruise today!
    P&O Cruises - cruise itineraries 2018-19

    P&O Cruises - cruise itineraries 2018-19

    P&O has just released their latest brochure! I've copied the itinerary pages for you, so that you can easily find a cruise to suit you.

    Book now to take advantage of the OH SHIP! sale, with $1 deposits & so much more!

    Choose your cruise today!

    My latest deals

    "Buy 1 Get 1 up to 50% off" - Azamara Club Cruises

    "Buy 1 Get 1 up to 50% off" - Azamara Club Cruises

    + Free Internet (Oceanview & Above)

    THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF DISCOVERY
    It’s the reason we choose to travel and why our many guests choose to join us for the adventure. It’s why our boutique hotels at sea sail to either ends of the globe, stopping in both landmark locales and places you may know little about prior, but will never forget. And it’s why we were the first in the industry to pioneer longer stays and overnights in port, allowing you to fully immerse in your destinations at all hours. Home is sweet, but we were not meant to stay home. We were made to explore.

    Book a select voyage by 28 February 2018, and receive up to 50% off^ the cruise fare of the second guest and free internet~ when you stay in a Club Oceanview or higher stateroom.

    Book before 28th February 2018 on selected voyages (blackout dates apply). ^ Qualifying bookings will be entitled to a discount of up to 50% off the cruise fare of the second guest booked in the same stateroom as a first guest who books at full fare. ~ Qualifying bookings created in Oceanview and above will be entitled to free unlimited internet for use on one device.
    "Signature Savings Event" - Seabourn

    "Signature Savings Event" - Seabourn

    Book by 13 March 2018 to take advantage of our Signature Savings Event

    With their unmatched sense of style, elegance and grace, Seabourn ships beckon you to travel beyond the bounds of the imagination. Aboard On board Seabourn, every desire is met promptly and with a welcoming smile. Whether it’s a warm blanket and a cup of gourmet hot chocolate as you drift along the Norwegian Fjords or a relaxing neck massage poolside, you’ll feel that you’re a member of a very exclusive club.

    Don’t miss these limited-time deals on our intriguing destinations. Special offers may include extraordinary savings or complimentary veranda upgrades on select sailings.

    Special offers may include:

    • Complimentary Three Veranda Suite Category Upgrade*
    • Complimentary Veranda for Ocean View Suite Category Upgrade*
    • Up to $500USD Shipboard Credit per suite*
    • Up to $600AUD Air Credit per person*
    • 50% Reduced Deposit*
    • Up to 15% savings on Combination Cruises*

    Book Penthouse and Premium Suites and receive:

    • $1,000USD Shipboard Credit per suite*

    * On select voyages in Asia, Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, South America & beyond

    Find your perfect Seabourn Cruise today in their 2017/2018 Cruise Collection

    * Signature Savings offers expire 13 March 2018. Offers are available for new bookings only, are not combinable with any other discounts and are not transferable or refundable. Offers are applicable on select 2018 & 2019 departures. Complimentary veranda for ocean view on select sailings and complimentary three veranda suite category upgrade on select sailings are subject to availability at time of booking. Upgrade will be reflected in fare paid for selected suite category. Combination Cruise Savings of up to 15% apply when combining consecutive cruises on the same ship and are subject to availability. Reduced deposit offer is valid for new bookings only, on select voyages departing between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019; excluding Ovation Inaugural Voyage. Signature Savings shipboard credit offer is offered in the following amounts on select voyages departing after 1 February 2018: Alaska cruises receive $200USD per suite ($100USD/person); Canada and Caribbean cruises receive $300USD per suite ($150 USD/person); Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Arabia and Africa cruises receive $400USD per suite ($200USD/person); South America cruises receive $500USD per suite ($250USD/person). Premium Suite shipboard credit offer of $1,000USD per suite ($500USD/person) on select voyages available only in PH, PS, OW, SS, WG and GR suite categories only. All shipboard credit offers are in U.S. dollars and are non-refundable, non-transferable, not for cash value, expires at the end of the cruise, may not be used in the casino and are not combinable with any other shipboard credit offer. Air credit available on new bookings only made between 21 December 2017 and 13 March 2018, for round-trip flights booked by 13 March 2018 through Seabourn’s Flight Ease® program based on promo RX. Offer is available to guests 1 & 2 sharing a suite, is non-transferable, and is not combinable with any other fares. Certain restrictions may apply. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Fares include one complimentary checked bag, additional fees for baggage and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airports; please refer to the applicable airline website for further information. Air credit not combinable with any other shipboard credit (except Premium Suite SBC or Signature Savings SBC, but not both) or air offer, and may vary by sailing date. Offers are capacity controlled, and may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply.
    "3 for FREE" - Princess Cruises

    "3 for FREE" - Princess Cruises

    All good things happen in threes when you take advantage of Princess Cruises’ 3 for Free offer. Cruise on over 500 of our selected voyages and you can enjoy the following.

    FREE stateroom location upgrade^. It’s important to be in the right place. Make sure your stateroom is located in a preferred spot at no additional cost. This offer doesn’t apply to Suites, Mini-Suites and selected balcony categories.
    * FREE onboard spending money#. Freedom is yours. Spend your money on specialty dining, shore excursions, or gifts in The Shops of Princess.
    * FREE Wine and Dine package‡. To truly immerse yourself in the Princess experience, we expect you to taste our specialty dining when cruising for 7 nights or longer.

    From Europe to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, to Asia, Alaska and the Americas, and with itineraries ranging from two to 106 nights, enjoy the feeling of having Princess Cruises® deliver the world to you.

    Campaign ends 28th February 2018. Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer or fare types. #Stateroom location upgrade is valid on interior, oceanview and selected balcony stateroom bookings only and upgrades are allocated at ship’s discretion. Some Oceanview staterooms have obstructed views. ^Onboard spending money is per stateroom on selected itineraries and is applied to the first 2 passengers in a stateroom. Where applicable, onboard spending money varies by stateroom type and voyage length as follows: up to AUD$30pp (max. AUD$60 per stateroom) for cruises between 4 and 6 nights; up to AUD$50pp (max. AUD$100 per stateroom) for cruises between 7 and 14 nights; up to AUD$70pp (max. AUD$140 per stateroom) for cruises 15-28 nights and up to AUD$100pp (max. AUD$200 per stateroom) for cruises 29+ nights. Spending money is not transferable, non-refundable, not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at the medical centre or casino. ‡Wine and Dine offer allocated one per stateroom for selected cruises of 7+ nights. Where applicable, guests receive a complimentary dinner for two in one of our onboard specialty restaurants, such as Sabatini’s, Crown Grill, Bayou Cafe, or Sterling Steakhouse and a bottle of wine up to a $30 value per stateroom for guests 18 and over. A wine voucher will be delivered to your stateroom and is redeemable with the Maitre d’ at time of dining. Brand and availability of wine are based on the ship’s inventory and will be allocated at the Maitre d’s discretion. Non-alcoholic beverages may be substituted for wine voucher upon request. Wine voucher must be redeemed by 5pm on the last night of the cruise. Restaurants vary by ship. Restaurant and reservation time will be assigned by Princess Cruises. Dining component of the Wine and Dine offer does not apply to special dining events or packages that take place in specialty restaurants. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included in Dine offer, and are available at an additional cost. Dining gratuities are included in Dining offer. It will be at the guest’s discretion as to which guests in the booking redeem the offers. Wine and Dine non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash. Princess reserves the right to substitute Wine and / or Dine offer for onboard spending money of equal value which will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the cruise.
    "Hawaii Free at Sea" - Norwegian Cruise Lines

    "Hawaii Free at Sea" - Norwegian Cruise Lines

    7 day Hawaii cruise

    For all Pride of America until April 2019, pick one of up to five free offers below for Studio, Inside, Oceanview, and Balcony staterooms. Can’t decide which to choose? Book a Suite and receive all available offers!

    Free Pre-Cruise Hotel: Get a free night before your cruise at the Waikiki Marriott Hotel with a view of Honolulu, when booking 30 days in advance
    Free Speciality Dining: Get three free specialty dining meals for the first two stateroom guests.
    Free Pre-Paid Service Charges: Let us take care of the stateroom service charges for the first two stateroom guests. That’s a $189USD value for the stateroom.
    Shore Excursion Credits: Each stateroom receives a $50USD per port Shore Excursion credit.
    Friends & Family: On select sailings, your stateroom’s 3rd and 4th guest sails for a reduced rate.

    Pride of America sails every Saturday, so pick a date to suit you & we can discuss the best cabin for you to experience the Hawaiian islands.

    Ask me about other cruises with Norwegian Cruise Lines!

    * Pride of America sailings through to 27th April 2019. Bookings made by 31st January 2018.
    "View & Verandah" sale - Holland America

    "View & Verandah" sale - Holland America

    Move up, get more - upgrade event

    A new world view starts with a room with a view. It’s the View & Verandah sale from Holland America Line. Book now to get amazing extras!

    Book select 2018-2019 Cruises or Land+Sea Journeys and receive these valuable offers:

    • Stateroom upgrades
    • Up to us$500 onboard spending money per stateroom
    • Up to 10% off select EXC Tours™ (shore excursions) when booked before 15 March 2018
    • PLUS, book a suite and receive prepaid gratuities (hotel service charges)!

    Let me know where you’d like to cruise with Holland America Line, and we can start planning your holiday today!

    Offers are applicable on select 2018 & 2019 departures. Stateroom upgrades are available in select stateroom categories and are subject to availability of the staterooms in the higher category. Onboard spending money is offered in the following amounts: cruises 7-9 days: interior and ocean-view staterooms receive US$50 per person (US$100 per stateroom); lanai and verandah staterooms receive US$100 per person (US$200 per stateroom), and suites receive US$150 per person (US$300 per stateroom); cruises 10-14 days: interior and ocean-view staterooms receive US$75 per person (US$150 per stateroom); lanai and verandah staterooms receive US$150 per person (US$300 per stateroom), and suites receive US$200 per person (US$400 per stateroom); cruises 15 plus days: interior and ocean-view staterooms receive US$100 per person (US$200 per stateroom); lanai and verandah staterooms receive US$200 per person (US$400 per stateroom), and suites receive US$250 per person (US$500 per stateroom.) Onboard spending money is in U.S. dollars and is non-refundable, non-transferable, not for cash value, expires at the end of that cruise, and may not be used in the casino. Shore exursion offer applies only to select shore excursions on select sailings, purchased in advance of embarkation, prior to 15 March 2018. If a shore excursion is canceled once on board, refund will be the amount paid. Suite offer: Prepaid Gratuities (Hotel Service Charges) - Holland America Line pre-pays room gratuities on behalf of guests. Gratuities for bar, dining room wine accounts, or spa/salon services are not included.
    "Sail Beyond Event" - Celebrity Cruises

    "Sail Beyond Event" - Celebrity Cruises

    OVER 660 CRUISES ON SALE

    Celebrity Cruises believe, that’s it’s only when we go beyond, and discover our world, that we can truly open ourselves up to it. The Sail Beyond Event is on now until 28 February 2018, offering up to 4 perks on over 660 sailings worldwide. T&Cs apply.

    PERKS PER STATEROOM
    Interior: Save up $100*
    Oceanview & Balcony: Save $200 + Free Drinks + US$300 Onboard Credit*
    Concierge & AquaClass: Save $300 + Free Drinks + US$300 Onboard Credit*
    Suite: Save $400 + Free Drinks + US$600 Onboard Credit + Free WiFi*

    Plus up to 50% off Guests 3 & 4

    Let me know when & where you’d like to cruise, and we can get you away on this fabulous sail.

    * Applicable only to sailings of 4 nights or longer departing between February 1st 2018 – April 30th 2019. Bookings must be made on/before 28th February 2018. Offer excludes all Galapagos, Repositioning, Transatlantic and Transpacific sailings

    Inspired Magazine

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