SEA IF YOU LIKE IT

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

Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th sea­son cruis­ing in Aus­tralia – and the start of the sum­mer cruise sea­son – by of­fer­ing sav­ings of up to 40 per cent. If you are new to cruis­ing, try a sam­pler “voy­age to nowhere” three-night cruise from Syd­ney on the huge Voy­ager of the Seas, de­part­ing on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2018.

The price was $709, but is now from $449 a per­son, twin share in­clud­ing meals, ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment, plus kids travel from $69 a day.

The of­fer will be valid un­til Oc­to­ber 31, 2017. PH 1800 754 500, ROY­AL­CARIBBEAN.COM.AU

FOURTH AMONG QUEENS

Lux­ury cruise line Cu­nard will add a fourth ship to its fleet, with the 3000guest ship ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice in 2022. The as-yet un­named ship will join Cu­nard’s “Three Queens” – Queen Mary 2, Queen Vic­to­ria and Queen Elizabeth – as the line’s first new ship since the Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2010.

The line cel­e­brated its 175th an­niver­sary in 2015 and the new ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cu­nard flag.

The big ques­tion now is the name – will Cu­nard opt for a fourth Queen? CU­NARD.COM

NEW TWO SHOW HOS­PI­TAL­ITY

Hol­land Amer­ica Line wel­comes ships Maas­dam and No­or­dam to Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 21 and 22 re­spec­tively as the 2017-18 cruise sea­son gets un­der way.

The ships will make calls at some 48 ports this sea­son, in­clud­ing 33 in Aus­tralia alone, and in a first for the line lo­cally will of­fer two shorter sail­ings of four and five days for peo­ple keen to sam­ple HAL hos­pi­tal­ity.

VOY­AGER OF THE SEAS

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED, ISTOCK

Sam­ple a ‘voy­age to nowhere’ (main pic­ture); the bay calls at Tau­ranga; and be in awe of the ro­bust beauty of the Geiranger fjord land­scape.

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