Sights of Singapore
TAKE in the sights from Singapore to Dubai on a 16-night cruise priced from $3465 a person, twin share, from Sydney.
The offer includes economy airfares to Singapore flying Singapore Airlines and return from Dubai, one night pre-cruise accommodation at the Park Hotel Clarke Quay in Singapore, a 16-night cruise aboard Costa Classica (including all onboard meals, entertainment and gratuities), transfers, taxes and port charges. Valid for sale until May 31, for a November 7 departure. Details: Ph 132 757 or see www.harveyworld.com.au
CRUISECO has a series of exclusive charters of replica colonial riverboat Indochina Pandaw on the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor. These cruises on selected dates between October this year and September next year will take guests from the bustle and vibrancy of Vietnam into the jungle serenity of ancient Cambodia, with highlights along the way including towns abounding with French colonial architecture, an eco-village, floating markets, rice fields, a silk-weaving village, visits to a rural school and orphanage, the temples of Angkor Wat, and the solemnity of the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh. Cruiseco has packaged these seven-night cruises with return airfares and taxes from mainland capitals, two nights at the Deluxe Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and two in the deluxe Raffles HotelD’Angkor in Siem Reap, all transfers, and extensive daily sightseeing with local guides including aboard local ferries, river motorboats and even a trishaw. Prices start from $4369 for the first passenger and $2999 for the second passenger sharing a cabin.
Details: See www.cruising.com.au
Sail to Japan
NEXT year, Classic International Cruises’ boutique-sized liner Athena will offer the line’s first ever voyage from Perth to Japan and back. The 38-night return Cherry Blossom voyage, departing on March 7 next year, will visit 11 ports in Japan, The Philippines, Malaysia, China and Indonesia, priced from $5995 a person, twin share.
Another CIC ship, the Funchal, will be based in Asia next summer, offering nine cruises from nine to 33 nights from January to April. The program includes two nine-night, round-trip cruises from Singapore, four 10 to 11-night, one-way voyages between Singapore and Hong Kong, two 14 to 15-night round-trip cruises from Hong Kong and a 33-night itinerary from Singapore to the UK. Fares start at $1195 a person, twin share for a nine-night cruise from Singapore. Details: See travel agents or visit www.classicintcruises.com
SHORE tours in every port, three nights in a 5-star hotel, a 16-day luxury cruise and return flights are included in a new 21-day hosted cruise tour in Asia this year launched by Cruise Express. The allinclusive Pearls of the Orient trip departs Australia on October 7 and offers three nights with sightseeing in Beijing ahead of a 16-night voyage aboard Diamond Princess from Beijing to Singapore via seven ports – Busan in South Korea, Nagasaki in Japan, Shanghai in China, Hong Kong, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and Bangkok in Thailand – with shore tours in each city included in the package. A day’s sightseeing in Singapore concludes the trip before the flight home. The fully escorted trip includes transfers and return flights to Asia from Brisbane, priced from $6490 a person, twin share. Details: Ph 1300 766 537 or see www.cruiseexpress.com.au
PLENTY TO SEE: Take in the pearls of the Orient on a Diamond Princess cruise.