Luxury river cruise operator Uniworld’s ambitious plan to tap into the 21- to 45-year-old market with its U by Uniworld brand is going full steam ahead. Sailings start in April, offering nine European itineraries on the Seine, Rhine, Main and Danube rivers aboard two ships carrying a maximum of 120 passengers.
The black ships will be christened The A and The B in their bid to carve a cool new niche in a passenger market dominated by Baby Boomers and retirees. Uniworld says it is “reinventing” travel with the brand, visiting festivals along the way, staying late in ports for clubbing, and including active adventures such as bike excursions, kayak trips, bridge jumping, rock climbing and whitewater rafting.
On-board, life will include mixology as well as cooking classes, painting classes, sipping wine on the sundeck, yoga and “silent disco” where everyone is dancing with headphones on but can take them off to talk to their friends.
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SKATE INTO SINGAPORE
Meander north to Singapore on the huge Voyager of the Seas with facilities ranging from a surf simulator to an ice-skating rink then fly home on a 15-night package priced from $1879 a person twin share including transfers in Singapore.
The 14-night cruise departing Sydney on April 16 next year calls at Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin en route to Singapore with
plenty of sea days to enjoy the ship.
Spend a night at the Hotel Jen by Shangri-La, Singapore, with time for shopping, dining and sightseeing before flying back to Sydney.
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ADRIATIC PORT HOPPING
Island-hop along the Dalmatian Coast on small ship cruises in 2018 now selling at discount prices. Save up to $600 per couple on the deluxe eightday Adriatic Classic cruise between Zadar and Dubrovnik calling at Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Bol, Split, Trogir, Sibenik and Sali, now priced from $2470 a person twin share.
The 12-day Adriatic Classic: Croatia & Italy cruise-tour has been discounted by up to $800 per couple and is now from $3540 a person twin share. It includes an eight-day cruise from Dubrovnik visiting eight ports before disembarking in Zadar and spending two nights at Opatija to explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, then travel through Slovenia with two nights to explore the romantic canal city of Venice.
SAIL MIAMI TO LONDON
Viking Cruises has announced Viking Sun will make a second world voyage, sailing from Miami to London departing January 3, 2019, covering 128 days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports, with 10 port overnights. Guests will receive a complimentary shore excursion in each port and free Wi-Fi, and guests who take the full World Cruise will receive Business Class airfares, gratuities, service fees, transfers, visas and beverage deal.
Ports range from Rio de Janeiro and Easter Island to Maputo and Dakar. Prices for the full cruise start at $75,995 a person twin share, book by Sept 30, 2017, for $2000 ship credit.
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DANUBE TO THE BLACK SEA
Sail the blue Danube to the Black Sea on a 22-night, fly-cruise package departing Australia Sept 28, 2018, and priced from $10,895 a person, twinshare including airfares.
The “Danube to the Black Sea” package combines two, back-to-back sailings on the Danube from Budapest, Hungary, aboard Riviera Travel’s 167-guest river ship, Thomas
Hardy, launched earlier this year. The trip begins with a night in Budapest, then a 14-night cruise on the Danube east to the Black Sea and back, followed by a seven-night return, sailing west from Budapest to Linz in Austria. Sixteen guided tours are included in the first cruise through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria to the mouth of the Danube on the Black Sea, and seven excursions on the second trip.
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IGUAZU FALLS ON ITINERARY
Take a South America-Antarctic cruise package in 2019 which includes a trip to spectacular Iguazu Falls.
Book by September 30 for a free upgrade from oceanview to balcony cabin and three-night extension to see the falls, on a 20-night package priced from $8299 a person twin share including return airfares. The 14night cruise on Celebrity Eclipse roundtrip from Buenos Aires departing on February 3, 2019, visits Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Falkland Islands and three stops in Antarctica. It includes a pre-cruise night in Buenos Aires and two nights post-cruise before flying to Iguazu.
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