Cruis­ing for hol­i­day value

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SPRING ADVENTURE -

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.

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