A WORLD AWAY

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

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.

PH 138 747, VIKINGRIVERCRUISES.COM.AU

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.

PH 1300 255 200, NCL.COM

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.

PH 1300 813 391, WWW.DITRAVEL.COM.AU

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.

PH 1300 369 848, ECRUISING.TRAVEL

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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PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

SEA PRINCESS It’s just days un­til fares for Sea Princess’s 2019 world cruise go on sale.

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED, ADAM TAY­LOR

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.

VIK­ING LONGSHIP

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