BE FAST FOR FLIGHTS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - CRUISE NEWS - BRAD CROUCH

Move quickly to take ad­van­tage of air­fare deals with cruise trips for next year that ex­pire at the end of this month. For in­stance, take ad­van­tage of Scenic’s “fly free to Europe” of­fer be­fore Septem­ber 30 to sail through the south of France with de­par­tures in 2018. The 13-day river cruise along the Saone and Rhone rivers cov­ers vil­lages, vine­yards and towns such as Avignon, fly­ing in to Lyon and leav­ing from Mar­seilles. The pack­age is priced from $7495 a per­son, twin share, with all in­clu­sions such as trans­fers, gra­tu­ities and drinks.

PH 13 81 28, SCENIC.COM.AU

AIR­FARE DEALS WITH VIK­ING

Vik­ing also has var­i­ous air­fare deals un­til the end of the month on trips such as the 15-day, eight-coun­try Vik­ing Home­lands jour­ney from Stock­holm to Ber­gen or re­verse. This trip now of­fers a $1000 air­fare credit a cou­ple. The cruise has de­par­tures from April-Septem­ber 2018 and in­cludes two nights in Stock­holm and St Peters­burg, with calls at Helsinki, Tallinn, Gdansk, Ber­lin, Copen­hagen, Al­borg, Sta­vanger, Eid­fjord and Ber­gen. The voy­age is priced from $9199 a per­son, twin share, based on a May 1, 2018, de­par­ture on Vik­ing Sea and in­cludes com­pli­men­tary shore tours, Wi-Fi and drinks with din­ner. The line ad­ver­tises “no kids, no casi­nos”.

PH 13 87 47, VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU

EX­PLORE THE PA­CIFIC

Take an easy es­cape to the South Pa­cific aboard Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional’s Ex­plorer of the Seas. The seven-night Pa­cific Is­land Get­away round trip from Syd­ney de­part­ing March 5, 2018, calls at Li­fou and Noumea. Fares are avail­able from $799 a per­son, twin share, for an in­te­rior state­room, if booked be­fore Septem­ber 14, 2017, as part of RCI’s “The Pa­cific Awaits” sale.

PH 1800 754 500, ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM.AU

FRENCH DE­LIGHTS

Dis­cover the food and wine of the Aquitaine re­gion of France on an eight-day Bordeaux-re­turn trip aboard Uni­world’s River Royale. The trip with com­pli­men­tary shore ex­cur­sions, trans­fers and bev­er­ages, vis­its fa­mous winer­ies and towns such as Saint Emil­ion, Me­doc and Berg­erac while sail­ing on the Garonne and Dor­dogne rivers, and the Gironde es­tu­ary. The trip is priced from $4589 a per­son, twin share, for de­par­tures on May 6 and Oc­to­ber 14, 2018.

PH 13 14 15, HEL­LOWORLD.COM.AU

SHORT TRIPS ON QM2

Sam­ple the ro­mance, lux­ury and style of Cu­nard flag­ship Queen Mary 2 on a se­ries of short voy­ages when the ship vis­its Aus­tralian wa­ters next year. Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March 2018, ecruis­ing is of­fer­ing a choice of five cruises of two to six nights aboard QM2 be­gin­ning with a four-night itin­er­ary from Fre­man­tle to Ade­laide on Fe­bru­ary 12 for $1209 a per­son, twin share. Other sched­uled voy­ages in­clude Ade­laide to Mel­bourne, two nights, from $629 on Fe­bru­ary 16; Mel­bourne to Syd­ney, two nights, from $519 on Fe­bru­ary 22; and Syd­ney to Bris­bane, two nights, from $719 on March 9. There is also a 12night Fre­man­tle to Mel­bourne voy­age on Fe­bru­ary 12 from $1979 to en­joy fa­cil­i­ties rang­ing from 13 bars and lounges and 10 restau­rants to the only plan­e­tar­ium at sea.

PH 1300 369 848, ECRUIS­ING.TRAVEL

PIC­TURE: ISTOCK

Visit the me­dieval town of Avignon on a trip with Scenic that in­cludes free air­fares to Europe.

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