Light up a trip

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - DELIGHTFUL SONEVA KIRI -

THE sen­sa­tion of all-night day­light will greet pas­sen­gers on a spe­cial Voy­age of the Mid­night Sun lux­ury cruise to Nor­way dur­ing the sum­mer solstice in June next year.

A 17-day fly, stay and cruise pack­age in­cludes a 14-night re­turn voy­age from Dover in Eng­land to Nor­way, sail­ing inside the Arc­tic Circle dur­ing the sum­mer solstice on June 21 – the long­est day of the year – when the sun is still in the sky at mid­night.

The cruise aboard Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Ryn­dam sails from Dover on June 15, tak­ing pas­sen­gers to the Norwegian ports of Hon­ningsvag – the world’s most north­ern town, 1900km from the North Pole – as well as Sta­vanger, Flam, Geiranger, Tromso, Ham­mer­fest, Ber­gen, Ale­sund and Trond­heim. The ship also will take pas­sen­gers on scenic cruises along the Sogne­fjord, the largest fjord in Nor­way and the sec­ond long­est in the world, as well as Trond­heims­fjord, Nor­way’s third-long­est fjord.

The pack­age costs from $5999 a per­son, twin share, in an inside cabin, with a free up­grade to an ocean-view cabin while avail­able, and in­cludes re­turn flights to Lon­don, three nights in Lon­don be­fore the cruise and trans­fers be­tween Lon­don and Dover. Ph 1300 764509 or see cruise­ex­press.com.au

Taste the Pa­cific

CRUISE the Pa­cific on a 20-night trip from Sydney to Honolulu vis­it­ing New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa.

The cruise on Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Am­s­ter­dam de­parts Novem­ber 11, stop­ping at the his­toric NSW whal­ing town of Eden; Wai­tangi and Auck­land in New Zealand; Lau­toka in Fiji; and Apia in the Samoa Is­lands; be­fore fin­ish­ing in Honolulu.

The pack­age in­cludes two nights post-cruise at the Aqua Aloha Surf, as well as a flight home from Honolulu. De­par­tures from Sydney are from $2349 a per­son, twin share. Ph 1300 596 345 or see cruise1st.com.au

Take in rare sight

P&O Cruises is of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers the chance to view a rare to­tal so­lar eclipse in Novem­ber dur­ing cruises on Pa­cific Dawn and Pa­cific Jewel. Pa­cific Dawn will be off the north­east cor­ner of Aus­tralia and Pa­cific Jewel will be in the South Pa­cific, both in prime po­si­tion to watch the Novem­ber 14 event.

The cruise line will have doc­u­men­taries on pool­side screens and lec­tures from ex­perts. And it will pro­vide eclipse shades to al­low pas­sen­gers to view the event safely.

Pas­sen­gers on­board Pa­cific Dawn will be able to watch the eclipse from Port Dou­glas as part of a seven-night cruise de­part­ing Bris­bane on Novem­ber 10 from $799 a per­son, quad share. Pa­cific Jewel will also of­fer a good van­tage point dur­ing a 10-night Pa­cific Is­lands cruise de­part­ing Sydney on Novem­ber 12, priced from $799 a per­son, quad share.

The last to­tal eclipse viewed from Aus­tralia oc­curred in 2002, and the next will not oc­cur un­til 2028. Ph 13 24 94 or see pocruises.com.au

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