Sights of Sin­ga­pore

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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

Clas­sic Mekong

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

Ship-to-shore spe­cial

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.

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