FOR­EVER YOUNG

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

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.

PH 1300 730 010, UBYUNIWORLD.COM

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.

PH 1300 369 848, LATITUDE33.TRAVEL

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.

CRUISE-CROA­TIA.COM.AU/SPE­CIALS/

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.

PH 138 747, VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU

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.

SEE CRUIS­ING.COM.AU/GRAND-DANUBE, RIVIERATRAVEL.COM.AU

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.

PH 1300 369 848, ECRUISING. TRAVEL

U BY UNI­WORLD

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