Royal Caribbean celebrates its tenth season based in Australia starting with the return of Radiance of the Seas on October 8 for the coming cruise season. This season the group will have six Australian-based ships offering 97 cruises throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia, injecting an estimated $198 million into the Australian economy in passengers’ spend alone.
As well as Radiance, the group will have Ovation of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, and Explorer of the Seas, plus Celebrity Solstice and Azamara Journey in local waters.
RCL Cruises managing director Adam Armstrong said: “To mark our 10-year milestone we’ll be announcing some special birthday surprises for guests throughout the season – so watch this space.”
Among a wide range of itineraries, Celebrity Solstice will have a two-night “weekend sampler” round trip from Sydney departing on Friday, October 20, 2017, priced from $599 a person, twin share for a balcony stateroom, for people keen to try life aboard the premium ship.
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PASSAGE TO ASIA
Join Viking River Cruises on a month-long Asian sojourn en route to Sydney departing November 18, 2018, aboard the 930-guest, allveranda Viking Spirit.
The 28-night voyage begins with an overnight on board ship in Laem Chabang (outside Bangkok) then sails via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore,
Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Bali (Benoa), Lombok, Komodo, Darwin, Thursday Island, Cairns, Townsville, Whitsunday Islands, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney.
Book by September 30, 2017, for a package which includes a oneway airfare, two nights’ pre-cruise stay in Bangkok, transfers and gratuities on board which start from $15,875 a person twin share with a bonus $1000 per couple onboard credit.
FUR A ROUTE LESS TRAVELLED
Retrace the route of the RussianAmerican fur trade while islandhopping along the Aleutian archipelago en route from Alaska to Japan on a cruise departing on September 10, 2018.
Windstar Cruises’ 212-guest, allsuite Star Legend will cross the Pacific Ocean on a route lesstravelled, sailing from Seward (Anchorage) and calling at Homer, Kodiak, Sand Point, Dutch Harbour, Kushiro, Miyako and finishing in Tokyo.
The 16-day voyage is priced from $3275 a person twin share.
SAILING THE DREAM
Have a relaxing Asian escape sailing on Dream Cruises’ ship,
Genting Dream, on a round-trip from Singapore.
The voyage visits Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket and has multiple departure dates such as January 14, 2018.
Prices start from $1090 a person, twin share for an ocean view cabin.
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HOP STOPS TO HAWAII
Island-hop to Hawaii on a 19-night package sailing from Sydney to Honolulu, departing April 3, 2018.
The cruise aboard Carnival
Legend calls at New Caledonia, Fiji and Tahiti before finishing in Hawaii, with a post-cruise night in Waikiki at the five-star beachfront Moana Surfrider. A package including transfers in Hawaii and airfare back to Sydney is available from $2890 a person twin share from Sydney, $3290 from Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, and $3690 Perth, valid for bookings made by September 28, 2016.
Add on a seven-night Hawaiian Islands cruise aboard Pride of
America from $2499 a person twin share with two added extra resort nights at the Moana Surfrider.
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SINGLES CATCH A WAIVE
Uniworld has waived single supplements on a range of 2018 departures, such as a river cruise from Paris to the Normandy beaches return. The seven-night cruise on the Seine River in a riverview stateroom, on-board the luxurious S.S. Joie de Vivre has highlights including Giverny, Rouen, Normandy beaches and Versailles. The package is priced from $6999 a person including all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, and hosted excursions.
The price listed is for the May 6, 2018 departure.
PH 1300 780 231, UNIWORLD.COM
Royal Caribbean is in party mode featuring Radiance of the Seas as one of six Australian-based ships offering cruises throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia. RADIANCE OF THE SEAS