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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - MARTINIS LONDON -

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 hol­lan­damer­

Botan­i­cal jour­ney

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 botan­

Vene­tian voy­age

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 har­vey­

Out­back fun

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 cruis­ and ori­on­ex­pe­di­

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

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