Prospective polar adventurers wanting to be among the 200 passengers on a Scenic Eclipse 2020 voyage along the Northwest Passage can pre-register to secure a place onboard the yet-tolaunch luxury vessels.
Departing Kangerlussuaq in Greenland in late 2020, the 21-day luxury expedition sails to Nome in Alaska. The full brochure and prices are released next month.
Scenic Eclipse sets out on its maiden voyage on August 31, with a sister “discovery yacht”, Scenic Eclipse II, scheduled to launch in 2020. With its on-board helicopters, submarine, Zodiacs and kayaks, Scenic Eclipse features many opportunities for travellers to immerse themselves in this spectacular destination while tracing the historic routes of early Arctic explorers through the archipelago of Canada’s High Arctic and visiting remote villages such as in Baffin Bay. SCENIC.COM.AU, PH 138 128
Cruise through Europe’s heartland on a 14-night Budapest to Amsterdam cruise priced from $6990 a person twin share including return airfares.
The trip on Emerald Waterways’ 182-guest Emerald Sky has departures on June 14 and August 9, 2019, and the package includes all onboard meals with beverages while exploring 15 cities, towns and villages with a tour guide, complimentary Wi-Fi and gratuities. The deal also includes one night pre-cruise accommodation in a deluxe Budapest hotel and one night post-cruise accommodation in a deluxe Amsterdam hotel. MYCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 1300 69 2784
FOR EARLY BIRDS
Evergreen Cruises & Tours 2019 preview has early-bird deals on six of the most popular cruise tours in its Canada & Alaska program, valid until May 31, exploring sights ranging from the Inside Passage to the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies.
Deals include the 18-day Rockies Explorer tour with Alaskan Inside Passage cruise priced from $6440 a person twin share including transfers and gratuities.
This trip visits Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper plus a seven-night Inside Passage cruise with Holland America Line.
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TV cook and author Lyndey Milan will lead Travelrite International’s 18day food-themed cruise aboard
Celebrity Solstice in January 2019. The tour starts with three nights in Auckland and visits to several vineyards before boarding the ship to visit the Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park, and cruising across the Tasman to visit Hobart before arriving in Sydney.
Group members will enjoy gourmet tours, tastings, exclusive lunches, private visits to awardwinning vineyards and meeting local food industry professionals.
The deal is priced from $6500 a person, twin share, beginning 14, 2019. Airfares to Auckland not included.
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You’ve got a luxury ship but want a bigger one. Rather than build a new one, Silversea has lengthened its
Silver Spirit by cutting it in two and inserting a 15m pre-built segment.
The engineering feat at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy, will create more space in public areas and enhance Silver Spirit’s facilities in line with new flagship
Silver Muse, according to the line, including a larger pool deck, new restaurants and new spa. The dissection of the 36,009 ton ship, as well as the manoeuvring of the vast new midsection into place, is a rare feat of maritime architecture. Silver
Spirit will restart her service with a 7day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona, departing on May 6, 2018, priced from $9100 a person, twin share in a veranda suite.
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SEE SEA COWS
Renowned conservationist JeanMichel Cousteau will lead cruises in the Amazon rainforest this October.
The trips on Aria Amazon will seek out the diverse array of birds, animals, trees and plants of the forest with twice-daily excursions deep into the jungle while Jean-Michel will give evening talks. There will be the chance to see the Manatee Rescue Centre in Iquitos, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned Amazon manatees. There are three tour options – a three-night cruise priced from $US4350 (about $5575) a person, four nights from $US5600 and seven nights from $US9950.
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Fly free to Europe to join Viking’s 15January day Grand European Tour, from Amsterdam to Budapest or vice versa.
Admire the castles of the Rhine Valley and sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley on a journey taking in the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. The itinerary is now priced from $6395 a person, including free return flights to Europe if booked by April 30, 2018, for selected sailings from March to November 2019.
Viking’s inclusions cover a choice of 10 dining venues at no extra cost, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, a free shore excursion in every port and unlimited Wi-Fi.
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Baffin Bay, Northwest Passage, on a Scenic Eclipse cruise.
Explore Athabasca Glacier on Evergreen Cruises’ Ice Explorer, and Silversea’s Silver Spirit gets a new mid-section.