Cruising for holiday value
THE diversity of cruise packages available to Southern Ocean ports has increased for the 2011-12 season as cruise lines jostle for a bigger slice of the buoyant Australian market.
Travellers looking for the best holiday value are increasingly turning to cruising because it offers travel, food, accommodation and entertainment in one package.
In a bid to capture more market share, the cruising industry in Australia will be basing a flotilla of cruise ships in Australian waters, growing to a fleet of up to 16 ships by the 2012-13 season.
Cruising options leaving Adelaide include packages from short cruises to itineraries lasting five to 17 days at competitive prices. Rail travel is included in many packages.
Holidays of Australia is offering cruises aboard the Classic International Cruises’ 550-passenger ship Athena, between Fremantle and Adelaide during the 2011-12 season.
The Portuguese-flavoured Athena offers classic boutique cruising with a range of cruises in January/February, 2012. The eight-day Australia Day Cruise leaving January 21 ex-Sydney costs from $1890 each, twin share.
It includes a night aboard the Indian Pacific travelling Gold Class from Sydney to Adelaide, a three-night stay at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and an Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf day tour.
Then you enjoy three nights aboard the Athena cruising from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln and return flights to Sydney.
A nine-day Indian Pacific and Athena itinerary ex-Perth is priced from $2469 a person, twin share, including two nights aboard the Indian Pacific and five nights cruising from Fremantle to Esperance and Adelaide. An 11-day alternative, exAdelaide, is priced from $2698 a person, twin share, including two nights aboard the Indian Pacific, three nights at the Miss Maud Swedish Hotel including breakfasts and five nights on the Athena cruising from Fremantle to Adelaide. You can spend Australia Day on a three-night cruise leaving Adelaide on January 25 that circumnavigates Kangaroo Island, calling in to Kingscote and Port Lincoln before returning to Adelaide, priced from $655, twin share. An eight-night Adelaide-to-Adelaide cruise departing on January 28, is priced from $1520 a person, twin share, calling into Melbourne, Eden (NSW) and Sydney.
If you are looking for a new cruising experience, you’ll find it aboard Royal Caribbean International’s 90,000-tonne, 2500-passenger Radiance of the Seas. Refitted, it arrives in Sydney in mid-October to begin her southern cruise season. There are themed, six-night cruises from Adelaide, priced from $1798 a person, twin share, with departures in November and April, June and July, 2012. Details: Holidays of Australia and the World on 1300 854 897 or visit www.holidaysofaustralia.com.au
VALUE DEAL: Cruising on The Athena or, inset, Radiance of the Seas offers travel, food, accommodation and entertainment.