Ooh la la, it’s Xmas in Paris
COMBINE the magic of the Parisian festive season with a seven-night luxury cruise to Normandy’s medieval townships. Timed to coincide with the colourful Paris Christmas markets, the 11-night package – priced from $3384 a person, twin share – includes the cruise on the 110-passenger River Baroness with guided shore excursions, transfers, four nights for the price of three at Victoria Palace Hotel with daily breakfast, a five-day Metro Pass, a two-day Paris Museum pass and a Moulin Rouge dinner show. The package is available for three December departures. Ph 1300 858 304 or see www.frenchtravel.com.au
Save on Canada
SAVE more than 35 per cent on a 2012 cruise-tour of Canada and Alaska, which includes a seven-night cruise on the Norwegian Pearl and two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, if booked by September 11. The 18-night package, priced from $6729, departs from Brisbane on April 26 and includes land touring in Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise before boarding the train in Jasper to travel to Kamloops and Vancouver. Board your ship in Vancouver and cruise the Inside Passage, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan in Alaska before disembarking in Washington for the flight back to Australia. Ph 1300 369 848or see ecruising.travel
AUSTRALIA will welcome the largest P&O Cruises’ world cruising ship to our shores in 2013 when the 3100-passenger Azura sails Down Under. The 290m-long Azura, one of the largest ships to visit Australia, is too tall to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Launched in the UK last year, Azura’s world voyage includes a 13-night sector priced from $1949 a person, sailing from Singapore to Melbourne, departing February 10, 2013. The sector is part of Azura’s 110-night Grand Odyssey, which sails from Southampton on January 7, 2013, and visits the Middle East, India, Australia and South Africa.
Ph 132 428 or see pocruises.com
Around the nation
CIRCUMNAVIGATE Australia on two different ships with an extended stopover in Singapore. A 35-night package priced from $5399 a person, twin share, will see passengers board the Arcadia in Sydney on March 9 next year, bound for Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Bali and Singapore. Six nights at the Traders Hotel in Singapore allows plenty of time to explore, then guests will enjoy the return leg on Rhapsody of the Seas – fresh from a scheduled makeover – via Bali, Darwin, Cairns, the Whitsundays, Brisbane and Sydney. A similar 44-night trip departs Sydney on February 29, next year aboard the Queen Elizabeth, with calls at Brisbane, Port Douglas, Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Singapore for a five-night stop, before the return leg on Rhapsody of the Seas. This version costs from $6999 a person, twin share. Ph 1300 766 537 or see cruiseexpress.com.au