One of Australia’s first TV medicos, Dr John D’Arcy, will co-host a special, two-week cruise tour to the Orient this November with Cruise Express, with the voyage including a visit to Vietnam where he practised until the fall of Saigon in 1975.
The 13-night escorted cruise tour will take guests to the site of the Battle of Long Tan near Ho Chi Minh City – a legendary Vietnam War clash in which just over 100 young ‘diggers’ emerged victorious against a 2500-strong Viet Cong. The exclusive visit will come just three months after the 50th anniversary of the 1966 battle.
Better known as ‘Dr John’, Dr D’Arcy became a trusted, household name in the 1980s and 90s as a host of popular science show, ‘Beyond 2000’. As the first medical practitioner ever appointed to an Australian newsroom, Dr John D’Arcy led the way in medical and health care information on Australian television. He was also passionate about improving healthcare in developing regions, practising in the PNG Highlands and also in a Vietnam hospital during the war until the fall of Saigon when he and his wife were evacuated back to Australia.
Practising as a private doctor in Sydney, Dr John D’Arcy is heard around Australia every weekday through his syndicated radio programme, ‘Health Check’ and via his regular magazine columns. During the cruise tour this November, Dr John will host special wellness seminars for Cruise Express guests aboard Azamara Journey and will also recount his dramatic days in Vietnam during the war.
The exclusive tour – ‘An Oriental Journey’ – begins on 28 November 2016, with a flight from Australia to Singapore for a two-night stay, including an evening sound and light tour and welcome dinner. Guests then board the 690-passenger Azamara Journey for a 10-night cruise to Hong Kong via the palm-fringed beaches of Ko Samui and Bangkok where tickets are included to see one of the world’s largest cultural shows, Siam Niramit. The ship will dock overnight in the Thai capital and also Ho Chi Minh City where guests will be guided to the site of the famous Battle of Long Tan – one of the most savage and decisive engagements in Australian military history. Guests will also be treated to a complimentary ‘AzAmazing Evening’ cultural experience organised by Azamara Cruises ashore in Ho Chi Minh City.
Disembarking in Hong Kong, guests will take a tour of the city and a sampan cruise on the harbour before joining a farewell feast in the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant and a flight home to Australia.
Including return flights from Australia, sightseeing in Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong and on board drinks and Dr John D’Arcy’s wellness seminars, the 13-night ‘Oriental Journey’ package is available from $4990 per person, twin-share. An extended stay in Hong Kong at the end of the itinerary is also available.