Cruise to the Melbourne Cup this year on a six-night trip on P&O Cruises’ latest and biggest ever Australian ship, Pacific Explorer, which is due to debut from Sydney on June 22. The round-trip sailing priced from $3990 a person, twin share, departs Sydney on November 4, 2017, and features two nights docked in Melbourne where Cruise Express guests will receive free transfers, entry to Flemington Racecourse and a fully-inclusive, VIP Winning Post package for the Melbourne Cup on November 7.
Guests will sail to Melbourne and back aboard the 2000-passenger
Pacific Explorer, which has four pools, two waterslides, barefoot bowling, zip line and a rock-climbing wall. Dining options include three restaurants, nine eateries in The Pantry food court, a gourmet burger cafe, the 400 Gradi pizzeria designed by famed Melbourne pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco and a new Black Circus Supper Club offering a dinner and show package. PH 1300 764 509, CRUISEEXPRESS.COM.AU
EXPEDITION TO NORWAY
Head to where polar bears outnumber humans on a 12-night luxury voyage around the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard over July 16-28, 2018, when the midnight sun does not set and polar bear viewing is at its prime.
The voyage sails round-trip from Longyearbyen in the Arctic Circle aboard the Ponant ship Le Boreal.
Priced from $14,250 a person, twin share, in a balcony stateroom – although discounts decrease as space is sold – the package includes ParisLongyearbyen-Paris flights, open bar, expedition parka, boot hire, outings in Zodiacs with the expedition team
and on-board presentations. The voyage will explore the wild east coast of the island of Spitsbergen before reaching the green valleys of Bellsund fjord, followed by a visit to Ny-Alesund, the former mining town and the most northerly post office in the world, and the blue-tinged Monaco glacier. PH 1300 737 178, PONANT.COM
MAGIC OF MYANMAR
Explore fascinating Myanmar in style on a package that includes a complimentary two-night stopover in Singapore at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and six-night overland trip before flying to Bagan to board the five-star Sanctuary Ananda.
Set sail for seven nights along the Irrawaddy and take in the stunning countryside views with daily excursions, all meals with beverages and local wine at lunch and dinner and prepaid gratuities.
The 15-night package departing on September 19, 2017, has been reduced to $6999 a person, twin share, including return airfares from Australia, domestic airfares in Myanmar and transfers, a savings of more than $2000 a person if booked before July 31. PH 1300 636 848, LATITUDE33.TRAVEL
VIKING STYLE IN EGYPT
See the glory of the pharaohs in Scandinavian style aboard Viking River Cruises’ new ship Viking Ra to sail a new Egypt itinerary from March 2018.
The all-suite Viking Ra (named in honour of the ancient Egyptian sun god) will have 24 suites for 48 guests, reflecting Viking’s Scandinavian design with features such as a spa, two whirlpools and outdoor pool.
The 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary starts with a three-night stay in Cairo visiting sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Citadel of Saladin and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Guests will then fly to Luxor to board Viking Ra for a seven-day roundtrip sailing on the Nile River to Aswan, featuring excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple complex in Qena and a visit to a Nubian village before a flight back to Cairo for a final night.
Book by June 30, 2017, for the May 18, 2018, departure and save $2000 a couple, plus fly free to Egypt, on a package priced from $6895 a person, twin share. PH 13 87 47, VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU
SAIGON TO SIEM REAP
Explore sights between Saigon and Siem Reap such as floating markets, Buddhist monasteries and the grandeur of Angkor Wat while sailing on the 60-guest Cruiseco Explorer.
An 11-night package cruising in either direction is priced from $4099 a person, twin share, or $6299 a person for sole occupancy, including return airfares, gratuities, drinks with meals and luxury accommodation in the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon and Raffles Hotel D’Angkor in Siem Reap.
There is a variety of departures available this year and in 2018. PH (02) 9492 8520, CRUISING.COM.AU
ASIA ON A GRAND SCALE
Princess Cruises has announced two new 14-day Grand Asia voyages sailing between Shanghai and Singapore on its newest ship, Majestic
Princess, launched in April. The sailings will visit Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand and offer more time ashore with a late night call in Hong Kong.
The first voyage departs Shanghai on February 25, 2018, with the second departing Singapore on March 11, 2018, fares start from $2519 a person, twin share. Majestic Princess will be based out of Sydney for a season of local cruising from September 2018 to March 2019. PH 13 24 88, PRINCESS.COM
Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining on the Pacific Explorer (main); and view polar bears on a Ponant excursion to Norway (above).