Ooh la la, it’s Xmas in Paris

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - CRUISE DEALS -

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

Grand visit

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

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