BE FAST FOR FLIGHTS
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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Visit the medieval town of Avignon on a trip with Scenic that includes free airfares to Europe.