PO­LAR ECLIPSE

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

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

BU­DAPEST DEAL

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.

EVERGREENTOURS.COM.AU, PH 1300 383 747

GOURMET TOURS

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.

TRAV­EL­RITE.COM.AU, PH 1800 630 343

GREAT LENGTHS

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.

SIL­VERSEA.COM, PH (02) 9255 0600

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.

AQUAEXPEDITIONS.COM.AU, 1300 124 204

FREE FLIGHTS

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.

VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 13 87 47

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

Baf­fin Bay, North­west Pas­sage, on a Scenic Eclipse cruise.

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED

Ex­plore Athabasca Glacier on Ev­er­green Cruises’ Ice Ex­plorer, and Sil­versea’s Sil­ver Spirit gets a new mid-sec­tion.

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