See the sights of South-East Asia

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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

Med high­lights

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

Hawaii bonuses

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.

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