A WORLD AWAY
See the world in 2019 on an epic 106-day Sydney-to-Sydney global cruise calling at 39 destinations across 32 countries with the elegant comfort of Princess Cruises. Sea Princess will embark on the world voyage through the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Panama Canal and Pacific Ocean, with access to visit more than 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Stonehenge.
Princess Cruises’ Australia and New Zealand vice-president Stuart Allison said the line’s 2018 World Cruise from Australia is already at capacity, reflecting the demand by Australians for cruise holidays to explore the globe.
“For World Cruise 2019, we’re inviting guests to make the most of each port destination with three overnight stays in Dubai, St Petersburg and New York,” he said. “We’re also encouraging more immersive experiences with 13 More Ashore calls in popular destinations including Barcelona, London (Dover), Cobh where guests can join in the port’s World Cruise Australia Day celebrations, Charleston, Lima (Callao), and Papeete.”
Fares for Sea Princess’s 2019 world cruise go on sale on Thursday at 9am EST, with fares for the full 106-day roundtrip voyage departing Sydney on May 14, 2019, priced from $22,999 a person twin share.
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FLEET KEEPS GROWING
Viking Cruises continues to expand with an order for seven new river ships to debut in 2019.
Six award-winning Viking
longships will sail on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, while one vessel will be specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro River. With the addition of the new river ships, Viking will operate a fleet of 69 river vessels around the world in 2019 as well as six ocean ships. Viking’s 15-day Grand European Tour along the RhineMain-Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest is priced from $6745 with free flights to Europe for a March 16 or 18, 2018, departure.
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SPARKLE IN THE AIR
Norwegian Jewel arrives this month for its inaugural season sailing local waters and has just opened sales for its second season. Itineraries will take in destinations such as Melbourne, Cairns, Hobart, Milford Sound, Wellington and Tauranga, plus trips to the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and a transpacific voyage from Vancouver to Tokyo (Yokohama).
Highlights for the 2018/19 season include a 19-day journey from Vancouver to Tokyo via Alaska and Russia; a 19-day voyage to Australia from Singapore with stops in Bali and Komodo Island; a new 13-day South Pacific itinerary and a series of sailings in and around Australia and New Zealand. Norwegian Jewel has up to 16 dining options including seven specialty dining venues and eight complimentary restaurants, specialty bars including champagne, sake, mojito and whiskey as well as a poolside bar, plus sports court, aqua park, gym, spa, kids’ club and a range of evening entertainment.
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VIENNA TO BUCHAREST
Explore the Lower Danube sailing from Vienna to Bucharest calling at ports in Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with departures from April to October 2018. The trip includes return airfares, sightseeing tours, onboard lectures, free Wi-Fi and drinks with lunch and dinner sailing aboard River Discovery II.
The 14-day cruise is priced from $6999 a person twin share, valid to December 31, 2017, including a final night hotel stay in Bucharest with breakfast.
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BLUE CHIP ADVENTURE
See the glitz of Las Vegas, the glaciers of Alaska and Japan’s Mt Fuji on a diverse 27-night cruise tour priced from $5599 a person twin share including return airfares.
Departing Australia September 3, 2018, spend three nights in Vegas taking in the vibrancy of the city before heading to Seward in Alaska to begin the cruise on Celebrity
Millennium. Cruise past Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier, stop at the historic Alaskan towns of Juneau and Ketchikan before cruising the Inside Passage and Icy Strait Point then a Dutch Harbour port visit.
Relax for a few days at sea before arriving into Otaru and Hakodate in Japan, have a day at Mount Fuji and then onwards to Tokyo for an overnight stay.
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SAIL FIRST, FLY FOR $99
Royal Caribbean International is offering guests a $99 economy flight deal home from Asia on a choice of two Sydney to Singapore repositioning sailings that are scheduled to depart on March 26 and April 16, 2018.
Post-cruise, guests can fly from $99 from Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, any time within two weeks after the final day of the cruise.
Ovation of the Seas will depart Sydney on March 26, 2018, on a 14night Sydney to Singapore cruise, calling at Brisbane, Darwin and Kuala Lumpur, priced from $2149 a person, twin share.
Or sail on Voyager of the Seas, departing Sydney on April 16, 2018, for a 14-night cruise calling at Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin, priced from $1849 a person, twin share.
Offer applicable to new bookings made before November 30, 2017.
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SEA PRINCESS It’s just days until fares for Sea Princess’s 2019 world cruise go on sale.
FLYING HIGH Cruise activities are as sedate or as active as you want, whether it’s dining on deck on a Viking Cruise or skydiving on Ovation of the Seas with Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop.