BIRTH­DAY SUR­PRISES

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - CRUISE NEWS - BRAD CROUCH

Royal Caribbean cel­e­brates its tenth sea­son based in Aus­tralia start­ing with the re­turn of Ra­di­ance of the Seas on Oc­to­ber 8 for the com­ing cruise sea­son. This sea­son, the group will have six Aus­tralian-based ships of­fer­ing 97 cruises through­out Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the South Pa­cific and Asia, in­ject­ing an es­ti­mated $198 mil­lion into the Aus­tralian econ­omy in pas­sen­ger spend alone.

As well as Ra­di­ance, the group will have Ova­tion of the Seas, Voy­ager of the Seas, and Ex­plorer of the Seas, plus Celebrity Sol­stice and Aza­mara Jour­ney in lo­cal wa­ters.

Among a wide range of itin­er­ar­ies, Celebrity Sol­stice will have a two-night “week­end sampler” round trip from Syd­ney de­part­ing on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20, 2017, priced from $599 a per­son, twin share for a bal­cony state­room, for peo­ple keen to try life aboard. PH 1800 754 500, ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM.AU

PAS­SAGE TO ASIA

Join Vik­ing River Cruises on a month-long Asian so­journ en route to Syd­ney de­part­ing Novem­ber 18, 2018, aboard the 930-guest al­lveranda Vik­ing Spirit.

The 28-night voy­age be­gins with an overnight on board ship in Laem Cha­bang (out­side Bangkok) then sails via Kuala Lumpur, Sin­ga­pore, Jakarta, Se­marang, Surabaya, Bali (Benoa), Lom­bok, Ko­modo, Dar­win, Thurs­day Is­land, Cairns, Townsville, Whit­sun­day Is­lands, Bris­bane, New­cas­tle and Syd­ney.

Book by Septem­ber 30, 2017, for a pack­age which in­cludes a one-way air­fare, two nights’ pre-cruise stay in Bangkok, trans­fers and gra­tu­ities on board which start from $15,875 a per­son twin share with a bonus $1000 per cou­ple on­board credit. SEE CRUIS­ING.COM.AU

FUR A ROUTE LESS TRAV­ELLED

Re­trace the route of the Rus­sianAmer­i­can fur trade while is­land­hop­ping along the Aleu­tian ar­chi­pel­ago en route from Alaska to Ja­pan on a cruise de­part­ing on Septem­ber 10, 2018.

Wind­star Cruises’ 212-guest, all­suite Star Leg­end will cross the Pa­cific Ocean on a route lesstrav­elled, sail­ing from Se­ward (Anchorage) and call­ing at Homer, Ko­diak, Sand Point, Dutch Har­bour, Kushiro, Miyako and fin­ish­ing in Tokyo. The 16-day voy­age is priced from $3275 a per­son twin share. SEE WINDSTARCRUISES.COM

SAIL­ING THE DREAM

Have a re­lax­ing Asian es­cape sail­ing on Dream Cruises’ ship, Gent­ing Dream, on a round trip from Sin­ga­pore. The voy­age vis­its Kuala Lumpur, Pe­nang and Phuket and has mul­ti­ple depar­ture dates such as Jan­uary 14, 2018.

Prices start from $1090 a per­son, twin share for an ocean view cabin. PH 1800 030 501, EX­PE­DIA.COM.AU

HOP STOPS TO HAWAII

Is­land-hop to Hawaii on a 19-night pack­age sail­ing from Syd­ney to Honolulu, de­part­ing April 3, 2018.

The cruise aboard Car­ni­val Leg­end calls at New Cale­do­nia, Fiji and Tahiti be­fore fin­ish­ing in Hawaii, with a post-cruise night in Waikiki at the five-star beach­front Moana Surfrider. A pack­age in­clud­ing trans­fers in Hawaii and air­fare back to Syd­ney is from $2890 a per­son twin share from Syd­ney, $3290 from Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Ade­laide, and $3690 from Perth, valid for book­ings made by Septem­ber 28, 2016. If one night in Hawaii is not enough, add on a seven-night Hawai­ian Is­lands cruise aboard Pride of Amer­ica from $2499 a per­son twin share with two added ex­tra re­sort nights at the Moana Surfrider. PH 1300 69 2784, MYCRUISES.COM.AU

SIN­GLES CATCH A WAIVE

Uni­world has waived sin­gle sup­ple­ments on a range of 2018 de­par­tures, such as a river cruise from Paris to the Nor­mandy beaches re­turn. The seven-night cruise down the Seine River in a river-view state­room on-board the lux­u­ri­ous S.S. Joie de Vivre has high­lights that in­clude Giverny, Rouen, the Nor­mandy beaches and Ver­sailles.

The pack­age is priced from $6999 a per­son, in­clud­ing all meals and un­lim­ited bev­er­ages on-board, and hosted ex­cur­sions. A va­ri­ety of depar­ture dates are avail­able.

The price listed is for the May 6, 2018 depar­ture. PH 1300 780 231, UNI­WORLD.COM

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Let Dream Cruises’ take you on a re­lax­ing voy­age sail­ing around Asia.

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