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Royal Caribbean has ex­tended Ova­tion of the Seas’ third sea­son in lo­cal wa­ters fol­low­ing strong de­mand. Two new lo­cal sail­ings in March and April next year will make 2018-19 the big­gest sea­son yet for Aus­tralia’s largest and new­est me­ga­liner, which has 18 restau­rants, a sky­div­ing sim­u­la­tor, roller skat­ing rink and bumper cars. These in­clude a 10night New Zealand roundtrip depart­ing Syd­ney on March 30, 2019, call­ing at Dunedin, Welling­ton, Napier and Pic­ton, with a day of scenic cruis­ing through Mil­ford, Doubt­ful and Dusky sounds, priced from $1729 a per­son, twin share.

There is also an eight-night South Pa­cific roundtrip depart­ing Syd­ney on April 9, 2019, and vis­it­ing Noumea in New Cale­do­nia, and Mys­tery Is­land in Van­u­atu, priced from $1679 a per­son, twin share. PH 1800 754 500, ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM.AU


Pack some big hair and big shoul­der pads for the Back to the 80s Cruise 2018 sail­ing from Southamp­ton on May 6, 2018, on a seven-night roundtrip voy­age aboard Nav­i­ga­tor of the Seas. Guest artists in­clud­ing Tony Hadley (Span­dau Bal­let), ABC, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Go West and more than 20 other per­form­ers will en­ter­tain on a trip call­ing at Bil­bao, Vigo and Lis­bon.

Pack­age fares start from $2999 a per­son twin share for an Ocean­view Suite, which in­cludes re­turn air­fares, seven-night cruise with com­pli­men­tary deluxe drinks’ pack­age and gra­tu­ities. PH (02) 9492 8520, CRUIS­ING.COM.AU


Sam­ple life on Cu­nard’s 2080-guest Queen Eliz­a­beth dur­ing her twom­onth de­ploy­ment in lo­cal wa­ters next year, with cruises rang­ing from two to 18 nights on of­fer. Fares start from $649 a per­son twin share in a Bal­cony State­room for a two-night voy­age from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney, depart­ing March 30, 2019.

Trav­ellers with more time can en­joy an 18-night round trip cruise from Mel­bourne ex­plor­ing New Zealand and Tas­ma­nia, with fares for a Bal­cony State­room priced from $5099 a per­son twin share.

Depart­ing Mel­bourne on March 12, 2019, Queen Eliz­a­beth will visit his­toric Ho­bart and Port Arthur be­fore sail­ing across the Tas­man for calls to Pic­ton, Dunedin and Akaroa as well as an overnight stay in Welling­ton and scenic cruis­ing through Marlborough Sound and Fiord­land. PH 132 494, CU­NARD.COM


Have a taste of Rus­sia on a 13-day trip dis­counted to $6319 a per­son twin share if booked by March 31 for a June 28, 2018 de­par­ture.

Uni­world’s Im­pe­rial Wa­ter­ways of Rus­sia pack­age in­cludes 12 nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion on the River Vic­to­ria with trans­fers and gra­tu­ities while sail­ing be­tween Moscow and St Peters­burg.

The trip in­cludes daily ex­cur­sions at calls such as Uglich and Yaroslavl as well as on-board meals. PH 1300 780 231, UNI­WORLD.COM


Move quickly for a last-minute spe­cial with Wind­star Cruises to the Monaco

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