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with JOHN ROZENTALS

TRAVEL: 12 NOVEMBER 2014

Mush ... a marathon performance from elite athletes.

On February 7, the famed Yukon Quest trail will awaken to the howls of hundreds of sled dogs as they begin their momentous 1600-kilometre two-week race from Whitehorse in Yukon Territory to Fairbanks, Alaska.

These dogs are elite marathon athletes and the mushers play coach, cook, cheerleader and companion to their dogs.

It’s apparently a great spectacle that draws visitors from around the world.

Visit www.yukonquest.com or www.travelyukon.com.

Legendary cruising sister ships ... Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend.

Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend have returned to where it all began more than 20 years ago — the Caribbean — for their last season under the line’s banner.

The final voyages will incorporate the signature ‘Caviar in the Surf’ beach barbecue, where uniformed staff members plunge into the water and invite guests to wade in and receive iced champagne and caviar at a surfboard bar.

Seabourn Spirit, for instance, will offer 18 seven-day cruises alternating between St Maarten and Barbados including a February 21departure priced from $3399 per person twin-share. The ship’s final voyage under the Seabourn banner will be a 13-day transatlantic voyage from St Maarten to Barcelona on March 21.

Phone 132 402 or visit www.seabourn.com.

The Gold Coast ... always spectacular and always something happening.

There’s certainly plenty happening on the Gold Coast over the next six months or so: the Australian PGA Championship (December 11-14), The Silver Spur Bullride Rodeo Series (December 13), Jeep Magic Millions racing carnival (January) and Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival May 21-24).

There’s also a new show — ‘High Country Legends’ — being presented by R.M. Williams at Australia Outback Spectacular, on the Pacific Motorway at Oxenford.

Visit www.visitgoldcoast.com.

Harbour Grand Kowloon ... sounds pricey but a pretty good deal in an expensive city.

Grab a deal on a four-night package in Hong Kong.

Pay from $399 per person twin-share at the Harbour Plaza North Point on Hong Kong Island or from $599 per person twin-share at the five-star Harbour Grand Kowloon.

Includes airport transfers, a half-day tour of Hong Kong and high tea for two.

Available elected periods throughout 2015 and heading into 2016.

Phone Amazing Vacation on 1300 651 or visit www.amazingvacations.com.au.

Frederic Brohez, General Manager of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, with his team.

Sydney has its only five-star hotel outside the CBD with the total refurbishment and reopening of the legendary Ritz Carlton Double Bay as the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

The renovations are characterised by a blend of contemporary design and reinstated features, including original Italian white marble and grey-green marble fireplaces.

The hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge offers spectacular vistas and features private cabanas.

The hotel is also home to Sydney’s only fully separate kosher kitchen.

Visit www.intercontinental.com/doublebay.

Kakadu Tourism’s Yellow Water Cruises ... see wildlife galore.

Enjoy the Top End’s ‘green season’ with these special deals at Kakadu National Park.

Pay from $209 and $199 respectively per room per night at Kakadu Tourism’s Cooinda Lodge Kakadu and the Mercure Crocodile Hotel.

Includes a choice of main course for dinner, and buffet breakfast for two.

Valid to March 31.

Phone 1800 500 401 or visit www.kakadutourism.com.

Dancing up a storm ... the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge.

It’s nearly time for ladies to get out their flapper gear and for gents to polish their spats.

The Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism Roaring 20s Festival and all that Jazz will be held throughout the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region from February 7 to 22, again kicking off with the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge, this time in the magnificently restored Hydro Majestic Hotel rather than in the main street of Leura.

I can assure you that it’s great fun and I’ll have more details over coming weeks.

Visit roaring20s.com.au.

See the rugby ... and tour the British countryside.

DriveAway Holidays is offering self-drive motorhome deals, through Just Go, to tie in with match dates for next year’s Rugby World Cup tournament in England and Wales.

Its exclusive RWC2015 deal on rentals of 21 days or more includes free return transfers from all London airports to a collection point near Luton, free GPS rental, picnic set including a table and six chairs, plus a pre-match party set including 12 pies and a five-litre keg of Heineken.

Phone 1300 363 500 or visit www.driveaway.com.au.

The New Hill ... great festive-season rates.

Get a 15 per cent festive-season discount at The New Hill, a recently opened four-star property in the Cambodian beachside resort city of Sihanoukville.

Pay from US$65 per room per night.

Includes breakfast and free wifi.

Valid to January 7.

Book through central.booking@asiainitiativecorp.com. Further information: www.newhillresort.com.

Patong Merlin Hotel ... opposite Phuket’s main beach.

Pay half price and escape next year to the Patong Merlin Hotel, opposite Phuket’s main beach.

Pay from $395 per person twin-share for eight nights accommodation.

Includes buffet breakfast daily, free wifi, return private airport transfers and your choice of two-hour Thai massage for two or a four-hour Phuket tour for two.

Book by February 28 for travel from April 15 to October 31.

Visit www.travelonline.com.

Ireland’s south-east ,,, simply packed with history.

Spend three days exploring the ancient forts, golden beaches, picturesque villages, winding rivers and magical mountains of Ireland’s south-east on a small-group tour with Tempo Holidays.

Pay from $495 per person twin-share ex Dublin, including B&B or hotel accommodation, breakfast and services of a driver/guide.

Book by December 31 and get 10 per cent discount.

Phone 1300 558 987 or visit www.tempoholidays.com.

*Based on information supplied by the companies concerned or their representatives.