See the sights of South-East Asia
TAKE a 29-night Asia cruise visiting Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and China, departing Singapore on November 22, 2015 aboard Celebrity Millennium. The cruise visits Bali for three days, Komodo, Phuket, Penang, Port Klang, Singapore for two days, Bangkok for two days, Ho Chi Minh, Hue/Danang, Hanoi for two days and Hong Kong with an overnight stay in port. The package is priced from $3099 a person, twin share, including flight from Sydney to Singapore and return from Hong Kong, and all taxes. Ph 1300 857 345 or see cruise1st.com.au
P&O adds Papua
A TRIBAL Christmas in Papua New Guinea and rocking musicthemed short breaks are among highlights of P&O Cruises’ program between October 2016 and July 2017. The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden to the existing three-ship fleet will allow 191 departures and 38 itineraries. On sale from April 22, highlights include:
Four music-themed short breaks including a three-night Blues cruise from Sydney from $549;
A 10-night Papua New Guinea Christmas cruise on Pacific Eden from Brisbane from $1849;
Pacific Aria’s first Sydney season featuring a new 15-night Papua New Guinea cruise calling at Alotau, Madang, Rabaul, Kiriwina Island, Kitava, Doini Island and scenic cruising in the Vitu Islands, Kawanasausau Strait and Milne Bay from $1899;
Pacific Eden will join Pacific Dawn cruising year-round from Brisbane including its inaugural 14-night New Zealand itinerary with fares from $1599;
Pacific Aria will offer a season of short breaks from Adelaide including three-night weekend getaways from $599 and fournight options visiting Port Lincoln or Melbourne from $649;
Pacific Jewel’s new 13-night Pacific Islands Christmas cruise from Melbourne from $1949 and a four-night short break to Eden from $599. See pocruises.com.au or travel agents.
Avoid the rough
FLY from Chile over the notorious Drake Passage on new cruise options to Antarctica. Guests can dodge the risk of high seas in the passage and join their ship in the Falkland Islands or South Shetland Islands on itineraries from 11 to 15 days. Discounted deals including complimentary wet weather gear are available for bookings made by April 30 on eight cruises between October 2015 and March 2016. These new itineraries include an 11-day “Antarctic Peninsula Explorer and the Falklands” tour, offering a flight from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley in the Falklands, followed by a 10-night cruise aboard the ice-strengthened expedition ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov, along the Antarctic Peninsula and then a two-hour flight from the South Shetland Islands back to Punta Arenas. The package is priced from $US9795 ($A12,890) triple share and $US11,795 twin share. Departures from Punta Arenas are on December 19, 2015, and January 9, February 13 and March 7 in 2016. Bookings made by April 30 will also receive a $750 international flight credit. Ph 1300 783 188 or see activetravel.com.au
MEANDER through some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful ports in Italy, Greece and Turkey while it is cold back home with Celebrity Cruises on the Celebrity Reflection. Priced from $5190 a person, twin share, this package includes return airfare with Emirates, 10-night cruise, three nights’ accommodation in Rome at the Hotel Caprice, private transfers in Rome, all meals, on-board activities and entertainment while cruising and all government fees and port taxes. Departs Australia July 29, 2015. Ph 1300 362 599 or see creativecruising.com.au
BOOK a Norwegian Cruise Line Hawaii cruise in April and get your choice of a bonus on-board credit, free dining package or shore excursion credit. The promotion is available on a range of Hawaii cruises including an eight-night package that includes return airfares with Qantas, a sevennight cruise on Pride of America, all main meals and entertainment and a night’s post-cruise accommodation at the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki Hotel in Hololulu. The cruise explores Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kauai on the round trip from Honolulu. The package is priced from $2885 a person, twin share for departure from Melbourne, for travel November 28, 2015. Ph 1300 450 133 or see cruiseabout.com.au
TROPICAL TREAT: around Hawaii on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America.