HOLLAND America Line is offering savings on a range of 2013 cruises and cruise-tours for guests who book well in advance of departure.
The deals feature free upgrades on selected sailings, as well as savings of up to 50 per cent by combining two cruise itineraries on selected trips in Europe.
A 14-day Australia/New Zealand cruise starts at $1999 for an inside stateroom and $2299 for an ocean-view stateroom for the first and second guests, with reduced fares for the third and fourth starting at $599. Guests on Australia/New Zealand cruises can also receive a free upgrade from an ocean-view stateroom to a veranda category where available.
Popular seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruises from Seattle in Washington or Vancouver in British Columbia start at $1249 for inside staterooms or $1899 for verandas. Ph 1300 987 322 or see hollandamerica.com.au
RECEIVE a free suite upgrade on the new MS AmaLotus on Botanica’s eight-day Tropical Plants and Culture Cruise on the Mekong River, departing on February 4 from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and cruising to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Botanical guides and lecturers include Brisbane Botanic Gardens curator Ross McKinnon and botanical artist Jenny Phillips.
The holiday costs from $3695 a person, twin share, including 21 meals, excursions and sightseeing, airport transfers, tipping, port charges, soft drink, local beer and wine on board, and Freedom of Choice Touring with botanical options at Phnom Penh. Valid until September 30. Ph 1300 305 202 or see botanica.travel
SET sail from Venice and explore the cathedrals, islands and heritage of Europe as you stop at Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Olympia (Katakolon) before returning to Venice.
The nine-night Mediterranean cruise includes return economy airfares to Venice, two nights at the Rialto Hotel Venice, including breakfast, a seven-night cruise on Norwegian Jade, all meals and entertainment on the ship, port charges, government fees, onboard gratuities and air taxes.
Prices per person, twin share, start at $3769 ex-Brisbane, valid until August 31, for departures on September 8 and 22, and October 6. Ph 13 27 57 or see harveyworld.com.au
CRUISECO has a 10-night cruise to the Kimberley region of outback Western Australia, departing Broome on June 27 next year aboard the luxury expedition ship Orion.
The trip will explore secluded islands, remote rivers, waterfalls and freshwater swimming pools, while offering an insight into the indigenous history of the land.
Discounted prices start at $7970 a person, twin share, including a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles. The discounts are available on bookings made by September 30 this year.
Meanwhile, Orion Expedition Cruises has launched its 2013 brochure and will hold a seminar tomorrow in Brisbane. See cruising.com.au and orionexpeditions.com
True blue trip
CRUISEABOUT has a 15-night
true blue’’ cruise aboard Holland America Line’s Volendam from $1799 a person, twin share, sailing from Perth and visiting Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne, Burnie, Hobart and finishing in Sydney.
Upgrades are available, with an outside cabin from $1999 a person, twin share; or a veranda suite from $4299. On sale until August 15, for travel on November 9. Ph 1300 450 133 or see cruiseabout.com.au