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EX­PLORE Alaska’s dra­matic glaciers and cruise to fron­tier towns on a week-long In­side Pas­sage jour­ney. The seven­night itin­er­ary sails round trip from Van­cou­ver aboard Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Volen­dam through the Tracy Arm Fjord to visit Juneau, Sk­ag­way, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan. The cruise is priced from $1599 a per­son, twin share, in an in­side cabin and $1699 a per­son, twin share, in an out­side cabin, in­clu­sive of all main meals and en­ter­tain­ment on the cruise and a bonus $US50 on-board credit. Valid for sale un­til April 30, 2015, for travel com­menc­ing on June 3, 2015. Ph 1300 450 133 or see cruiseabout.com.au HEAD north this win­ter with a fly, cruise and stay deal and en­joy a free bev­er­age pack­age and pre-paid gra­tu­ities. De­part Syd­ney on June 11, 2015, and cruise to Sin­ga­pore with Royal Caribbean via Air­lie Beach, Cairns, Dar­win and Benoa in Bali. Priced from $2869 a per­son, twin share, the deal in­cludes 14 nights on Leg­end of the Seas, two nights post-ac­com­mo­da­tion in Sin­ga­pore in­clud­ing break­fast, flight from Sin­ga­pore to Australia, Sin­ga­pore by night tour, trans­fers, all meals while cruis­ing, on-board ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment. Valid for sale un­til April 11, 2015. Ph 1300 362 599 or see cre­ative­cruis­ing.com.au PAY homage to the bat­tle­fields of the West­ern Front in France on An­zac Day, 2016, as part of a Euro­pean cruise tour. De­part­ing Australia on April 21, 2016, the hosted tour in­cludes a five-night tour of France and Bel­gium with an An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tion at the French town of Viller­sBre­ton­neux, which Aus­tralian Dig­gers fa­mously saved from Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion in World War I. Guests then board a luxury Scenic Tours river ship for a 14-night cruise from Am­s­ter­dam to Bu­dapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers through Ger­many, Aus­tria, the Czech Repub­lic, Slo­vakia and Hun­gary with free land ex­cur­sions at each of the 14 stops along the route. The pack­age, in­clud­ing re­turn flights, is avail­able from $11,490 a per­son, twin share, or $15,990 for solo pas­sen­gers for bookings made by April 30, 2015. Ph 1300 764 509 or see cruise­ex­press.com.au SEE a good chunk of the world on a 35-night pack­age start­ing with a flight to Hawaii for three nights, flight to New York for two nights, then a flight to Or­lando to com­mence a 26-night cruise on the Nor­we­gian Spirit. The cruise crosses the At­lantic to the Mediter­ranean vis­it­ing St Thomas, St Maarten, Fun­chal, Barcelona, Toulon, Florence, Rome, Naples, Mykonos, Istanbul, Ku­sadasi and Athens be­fore ar­riv­ing in Venice. Spend two nights in Venice, then fly to Dubai for two nights be­fore fly­ing back to Australia. The pack­age is priced from $8999 a per­son, twin share, and de­parts April 17, 2016. Ph 1300 305 920 or see cruiseholidays.com.au SALUTE the Six­ties on the rock’n’roll-themed Rock the Boat 6 trip de­part­ing from Bris­bane aboard Leg­end of the Seas on Novem­ber 6, 2016. Re­live the mem­o­ries of the era with clas­sics from orig­i­nal artists such as Peter Noone, Gary Puck­ett and The Union Gap, The For­tunes, The Troggs and many more. Com­pan­ion Cruis­ing can match solo trav­ellers with like-minded, same gen­der guests will­ing to share a quad cabin and save costs. Solo trav­ellers will­ing to share a cabin who book by May 31, 2015, pay from $1684 a per­son. The seven-night mu­sic cruise vis­its the Isle of Pines and Li­fou in the South Pa­cific. Ph 0468 964 996 or see com­pan­ion­cruis­ing.com.au SAIL across the Pa­cific Ocean in style on a pack­age which in­cludes a flight to Seat­tle and overnight ho­tel stay be­fore em­bark­ing on Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Volen­dam for a 24-night South Pa­cific cross­ing de­part­ing Septem­ber 24, 2015. The cruise calls at Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Van­u­atu and New Cale­do­nia en route to Syd­ney. The 25-night pack­age is priced from $4335 a per­son, twin share, in­clud­ing air­fare from Ade­laide to Seat­tle. Gra­tu­ities not in­cluded and payable on board. See cruis­ing.com.au

HIS­TORIC: A Scenic Tours river ship will take a 14-night cruise al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to pay homage to the bat­tle­fields of the West­ern Front.

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