Prime spot for eclipse gaz­ing

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - CELEBRITY ESCAPE -

HOL­LAND Amer­ica Line’s el­e­gant Oos­ter­dam (pic­tured) has joined Volen­dam for its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in the Aus­tralasian re­gion, the first time one of HAL’s Vista-class ships has been based here for the en­tire south­ern cruis­ing sea­son.

A range of 10 to 28-day voy­ages is avail­able, in­clud­ing a 14-day So­lar Eclipse cruise de­part­ing Sydney on Novem­ber 7 and sail­ing to­wards the Great Bar­rier Reef, be­fore cross­ing the Co­ral Sea to New Cale­do­nia and Noumea, and re­turn­ing to Sydney. The to­tal so­lar eclipse oc­curs on Novem­ber 14 in the Cairns re­gion.

The voy­age costs from $1299 a per­son, twin share. Ph 1300 987 322 or see hol­lan­damer­ica.com.au

Vik­ing odyssey

SAIL re­turn from Lon­don to Ij­muiden, Flaam, Sta­vanger and Oslo and dis­cover the mag­nif­i­cent fjords, breath­tak­ing coast­line and quaint coastal towns of this spec­tac­u­lar re­gion.

A pack­age of seven nights on­board MSC Opera in an inside cabin, in­clud­ing main meals and en­ter­tain­ment, starts at $819 a per­son, twin share. Valid to Wed­nes­day, for travel in May and June next year. Ph 13 27 57 or see har­vey­world.com.au

Laid-back Caribbean

CRUISE from one sunny trop­i­cal isle to an­other in the Western Caribbean for less than $100 a day.

A Carnival cruise to the Western Caribbean of­fers idyl­lic days of swim­ming, snorkelling and strolling sandy beaches, as well as ro­man­tic nights. A seven-night Miami roundtrip cruise starts at $682 a per­son, twin share on Carnival Glory. Ph 1300 857 437 or see trav­elthe­world.com.au

Free Europe flights

UN­TIL Novem­ber 30, Scenic Tours is of­fer­ing free re­turn flights to Europe on se­lected 2013 Europe river cruises and tours.

Prices on the 15-day Ro­man­tic Rhine and Mosel River Cruise start at $7095 a per­son, twin share, in­clud­ing flights with taxes and the 15-day cruise. All Europe river cruises in­clude on­board meals and bev­er­ages, on­board en­ter­tain­ment, all shore ex­cur­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties, air­port trans­fers and all tips. Ph 1300 723 642 or see scenic­tours.com.au EN­JOY a free cabin up­grade worth up to $2400 a cou­ple on a new 20-day Elvis and the Mis­sis­sippi coach and pad­dlesteamer tour in the US next May, if booked by Novem­ber 30.

De­part­ing Aus­tralia on May 16 next year, the trip starts with a 10-night coach tour from Nashville be­fore mov­ing through the South to Mem­phis, where guests will visit Elvis Pres­ley’s Grace­land. The seven-night cruise be­gins in New Orleans aboard the Amer­i­can Queen, in­clud­ing shore tours, and a steam coach tour to Civil War sites in Arkansas. The 20-day tour, in­clud­ing air­fares, costs from $7990 a per­son, twin share. Ph 1300 764 509 or see cruise­ex­press.com.au

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