JEWEL ADDS SPARKLE TO LO­CAL FLEET

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

Nor­we­gian Jewel is due to ar­rive in Syd­ney today to be­gin its in­au­gu­ral sea­son sail­ing in lo­cal waters, as Nor­we­gian Cruise Line ex­pands its pres­ence in the boom­ing lo­cal mar­ket with its first long-stay ship.

Nor­we­gian Jewel’s first trip is a five­day Taste of Tassie re­turn voy­age. The ship can carry up to 2376 guests and in­cludes 15 bars and lounges, 16 din­ing op­tions from tep­pa­nyaki to a Brazil­ian steak house, two pools and six hot tubs, a sep­a­rate chil­dren’s pool, spa, gym and sports com­plex.

Guests can choose from a Free at Sea of­fer, in­clud­ing a bev­er­age pack­age, din­ing pack­age, Wi-Fi pack­age, shore ex­cur­sion cred­its or ex­tra guests sail­ing at re­duced rates de­pend­ing on the state­room cat­e­gory booked, on voy­ages such as a 13-day South Pa­cific trip de­part­ing on Jan­uary 5, 2019, priced from $2489 a per­son twin share.

PH 1300 255 200, NCL.COM

CHILD-FREE POL­ICY

Vir­gin Group founder Sir Richard Bran­son has hosted a “Ship Tease”, re­veal­ing key de­tails about the new adults-only Vir­gin Voy­ages ven­ture.

Three ships are on or­der and the first, which will ac­com­mo­date 2700 pas­sen­gers (or “sailors”, to use the com­pany’s term), will be launched in 2020. While many cruise lines mar­ket them­selves to fam­i­lies – with wa­ter slides, rides and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties a key part of the on-board of­fer­ing – Vir­gin is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent tack, pitch­ing its ship as “adult by de­sign”. It fol­lows the lead of an­other rel­a­tive new­comer to ocean cruis­ing, Vik­ing, which has al­ready launched two adults-only ships and has plans for more.

Vir­gin says the de­ci­sion to ban chil­dren was based on feed­back from trav­ellers who are “look­ing for a more el­e­vated and pre­mium ex­pe­ri­ence, with a few Vir­gin style sur­prises”.

The ship will fea­ture dis­tinct liv­ery, a sleek grey hull with smoked glass and dis­tinc­tive touches of red, and a mer­maid de­sign adorn­ing the bow.

The as-yet un­named first ship will be launched in Mi­ami and sail Caribbean itin­er­ar­ies. The com­pany is ac­cept­ing re­fund­able de­posits for access to a pre-sale be­fore gen­eral sales open.

VIRGINVOYAGES.COM

DREAM­ING OF ASIA

Save up to 50 per cent on a seven­night Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and Thai­land cruise pack­age if booked by Novem­ber 30, 2017.

The cruise on Gent­ing Dream sails round-trip from Sin­ga­pore with calls at Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Pe­nang and Phuket.

The deal in­cludes re­turn air­fares to Sin­ga­pore, two-night pre-cruise ac­com­mo­da­tion, a five-night cruise on Gent­ing Dream, main meals and en­ter­tain­ment on-board and trans­fers in Sin­ga­pore.

Priced from $1929 a per­son twin

share in­clud­ing dis­count for a March 25, 2018, de­par­ture.

PH 1300 362 599, CREATIVECRUISING.COM.AU

RAIL-SAIL DE­TAILS

A 25-night rail-sail pack­age de­part­ing Aus­tralia on May 16, 2018, in­cludes a re­turn trip to Scot­land on a train pulled in part by the fa­mous Fly­ing Scots­man lo­co­mo­tive.

The itin­er­ary be­gins with a twonight stay at the Wal­dorf Hil­ton in Lon­don fol­lowed by a day­long rail jour­ney north to Ed­in­burgh for three nights at the Bal­moral Ho­tel.

Guests re­turn to Lon­don by rail for four nights then are trans­ferred to Southamp­ton for a 14-night round trip cruise on Celebrity Sil­hou­ette call­ing at Stock­holm, Tallinn, Helsinki, Warne­mu­nde near Ber­lin and overnight vis­its to St Peters­burg and Copen­hagen. The pack­age in­clud­ing re­turn flights and trans­fers is from $9499 a per­son, twin-share, in an In­side State­room; book­ings made in an Ocean­view State­room from $10,099 a per­son, twin-share, will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary up­grade to a Ve­ran­dah State­room.

PH 1300 766 537, CRUISE­EX­PRESS.COM.AU

PUR­SUIT OF UP­GRADE

Get a dou­ble up­grade to a Ve­ran­dah State­room when book­ing an in­te­rior room on Aza­mara Club Cruises pack­ages in 2018 if booked by Novem­ber 30, 2017, in­clud­ing on their new­est ship, Aza­mara Pur­suit, be­ing launched next year.

Ecruis­ing.travel has a 12-night cruise hol­i­day pack­age in­clud­ing an eight-night cruise on board the new ves­sel around the Mediter­ranean.

De­part­ing Aus­tralia on Oc­to­ber 20, 2018, spend two nights pre-cruise at the Ho­tel Grande Bre­tagne in Athens be­fore the cruise de­parts for Crete and on­wards to visit Malta, Si­cily, and four ports in Italy be­fore fin­ish­ing in Rome.

All Aza­mara cruise itin­er­ar­ies are de­signed so all port vis­its are a min­i­mum of 12 hours and up to 78 hours to en­sure guests have ad­e­quate time on­shore to ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cal cul­tures and his­tory.

The pack­age is priced from $7099 a per­son twin share in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares and trans­fers.

PH 1300 369 848, ECRUIS­ING.TRAVEL

OPERA BUFFS RE­JOICE

Be en­ter­tained by opera sen­sa­tions, mezzo so­prano Kather­ine Jenk­ins and tenor Al­fie Boe, on a 19-night dou­ble cruise pack­age in Europe in May next year. The pack­age in­cludes re­turn air­fares, two nights in Lon­don then a seven-night cruise on Celebrity

Sil­hou­ette sail­ing from Southamp­ton re­turn, call­ing at Cher­bourg, Vigo and Bil­bao while be­ing en­ter­tained by the opera stars.

Then take pri­vate trans­fers and train across the Chan­nel for two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in Paris be­fore join­ing a seven-night Rhone River cruise through the heart of France aboard Riviera Travel’s MS

Swiss Carona sail­ing from Lyon to Avi­gnon, with a night’s post-cruise ho­tel stay in Avi­gnon.

The pack­age is avail­able from $9695 a per­son twin share.

CRUIS­ING.COM.AU

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