CLAP YOUR HANDS
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
BACK TO THE EIGHTIES
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
TEST THE WATERS
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
SAILS ARE UP
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