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2014 marks the 100th anniversary
of the Panama Canal, the
77‐kilometre shipping canal
connecting the Atlantic and
The canal was an incredible
engineering feat that changed
international trade forever. Ships
travelling through the canal go
through a series of locks, which
raise and lower them to various
levels so they are able to continue
along the canal’s waterways.
The passage through the locks
takes approximately three hours.
A US Navy hydrofoil Pegasus
completed the fastest transit of the
Canal at two hours and 41 minutes.
Among the highest tolls for a
transit through the canal was
US$330,000, paid by a Disney
cruise ship. The lowest toll
was US$0.36, paid by Richard
Halliburton who swam across the
canal in 1928.
To mark the 100th anniversary
of the official opening of the
canal various cruise lines will be
conducting anniversary cruises,
including Princess Cruises, Holland
America and Celebrity Cruises.
If you’d like to be part of one of
these historic cruises, contact
your nearest RAC Travel centre.
Call us on 1300 655 179 or visit
100th anniversary of
the Panama Canal
RAC group tour to India
The Taj Mahal is arguably the world’s greatest monument
to love and its beauty has held visitors spellbound
for centuries. It’s just one of the many wonders you’ll
experience on RAC’s India group tour.
Travelling with other RAC members, you’ll visit some of
India’s most breathtaking sites including the Amber Fort
in the Pink City of Jaipur, Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert,
the Mehrangarh Fort in the Blue City of Jodhpur and
Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes, where you’ll stay in
the magnificent Leela Palace.
The RAC group tour to India departs February 2015
and includes bonus excursions for RAC members.
Find out more at our free information night at RAC Travel
Carousel, Thursday 1 July, 6pm. Register your interest on
9365 4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAC Travel’s GottaGoWA campaign gave locals and
visitors an opportunity to upload a photo of a fun, free
or affordable WA activity or destination. Weekly prizes
were also awarded to participants over the three‐month
campaign. The results proved that Western Australians
are keen to explore
a wide range of
their state, including
Pilbara, Mid West
and Wheatbelt, and
Peel regions. The
campaign was a
great opportunity for
to use the power of social media to “Talk Up WA” and
encourage others to see places they might not have
thought to visit.
Browse over the huge variety of experiences,
destinations and activities at rac.com.au/ffa.
And don’t forget to keep sharing via #GottaGoWA.
Alaska in 2015
Start planning your Canada and Alaska
adventure now and take advantage of
some of the best early-bird offers.
There are many options for visiting this stunning region: Visit Canada’s
stunning mountains and vibrant cities and explore Alaska’s Inside Passage
and Glacier Bay on an ocean cruise. An APT tour of North America can
also take you to some of the USA’s best natural and cultural wonders.
Early‐birds can enjoy a ‘Fly Free to Canada’ offer, including taxes and
guaranteed exclusive upgrades.
To find out more call 1300 655 179 or visit rac.com.au/travel.
Free, fun, affordable
Brand new cruise
website has set sail
To book your next cruise holiday visit cruiseclub.rac.com.au or call 1300 655 898
Find your cruise using
the easy search tool
Be kept up to date with the
latest offers and cruise packages
Join our RAC Cruise Club
and be rewarded with
great benefits such as:
» Exclusive invitations to
on board ship events
» Exclusive offers and
» Cruise sale weeks offering
reduced fares, deposits
and on board credits
» Regular newsletters on the
latest special offers
» Local cruise experts
» Access to a dedicated
Cruise Club team
The new RAC Cruise Club website
has the ability to connect with an
array of cruise lines, providing up
to date pricing, availability and a
feature which allows you to choose
and confirm your own cabin.
You can even tailor make your own
cruise holiday by combining flights
and pre and post accommodation.
Over 760,000 Australian passengers
departed on a cruise in 2013
and figures are set to pass one
million by 2016. Australia has the
fastest growing cruise market
outside North America.
Fremantle alone is experiencing the
biggest cruise season since the early
1970’s with popular cruise ships
such as mv Astor, Queen Mary 2,
Celebrity Solstice, Seaborn Sojourn,
Diamond Princess plus many others
that are yet to make their way into
Fremantle Port for 2014 and 2015.
For more information about cruises
departing Fremantle visit our
We are proud to announce our brand new cruise
website that will help the discerning traveller to research,
plan and book a cruise holiday online.
RAC Cruise Club
Read up on the
latest cruise news
and special events
Search by cruise
lines or destinations
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