A RECORD, RUBY YEAR

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

The 2019-2020 Aus­tralian cruise sea­son will be a record one for Princess Cruises. Five ships, in­clud­ing the re­turn of flag­ship Ma­jes­tic

Princess, will sail more than 125 de­par­tures of­fer­ing itin­er­ar­ies to more than 100 des­ti­na­tions de­part­ing from Syd­ney, Fre­man­tle, Ade­laide, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Auck­land.

It will in­clude the maiden ar­rival of the 3080-guest Ruby Princess,a record three round-trip in­ter­na­tional voy­ages from Ade­laide, a record num­ber of days (141) de­ployed from Fre­man­tle, Sea Princess sail­ing from Bris­bane and Golden Princess sail­ing from Mel­bourne.

Book­ings for Princess’s largest Aus­tralian and New Zealand sea­son open at 9am, April 18, 2018, for Elite Princess guests and the fol­low­ing day for the gen­eral pub­lic.

PRINCESS.COM, PH 132488

UN­EARTH FAM­ILY HIS­TORY

Trace your fam­ily tree while sail­ing across the At­lantic on Cu­nard flag­ship the Queen Mary 2.

Cu­nard has col­lab­o­rated with An­ces­try.com, the on­line fam­ily his­tory re­source cen­tre, to of­fer guests the op­por­tu­nity to trace their fam­ily his­tory on a seven-night transat­lantic cross­ing. The voy­age over Novem­ber 4-11, 2018, will fea­ture four ge­neal­o­gists from An­ces­try to as­sist guests in learn­ing who they are and where they come from.

Be­tween high tea and danc­ing in the ball­room, guests can ask these ex­perts to help show them where their fam­ily orig­i­nated, how to sift through cen­sus and mil­i­tary records, and de­ter­mine their eth­nic mix.

The seven-night cruise is priced from $1699 a per­son twin share in a Bal­cony State­room.

CU­NARD.COM, PH 132 494

PO­LAR EX­PE­DI­TION

French-flagged Po­nant has re­leased de­tails of the de­ploy­ment of its four sis­ter-ships to the Antarc­tic for the 2019-2020 sea­son, in­clud­ing a new itin­er­ary vis­it­ing the South Orkney Is­lands. Be­tween Novem­ber 2019 and March 2020, Po­nant will have 22 cruises aboard L’Aus­tral, Le

Bo­real, Le Lyr­ial and Le Soleal, each car­ry­ing 200 guests.

The Antarc­tic odyssey voy­age from Mon­te­v­ideo to Ushuaia call­ing at the Falk­land Is­lands, South Ge­or­gia, South Orkney Is­lands and the Antarc­tic Penin­sula over 21 days from Novem­ber 19, 2019, is priced from $19,410 a per­son twin share.

Other op­tions in­clude the Em­blem­atic Antarc­tica voy­age sail­ing roundtrip from Ushuaia over 11 days, with 12 de­par­tures start­ing from Novem­ber 24, 2019, priced at $13,150 a per­son twin share.

AU.PO­NANT.COM, 1300 737178

TIME TO CHILL

Fly free to join a Canada-Alaska ad­ven­ture when two peo­ple book Trav­el­mar­vel’s new High­lights of the Rock­ies & Alaska Cruise.

The 17-day jour­ney calls at Van­cou­ver be­fore an eight-day land tour with high­lights such as Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Mo­raine Lake, Lake Louise, the Ice­fields Park­way, Athabasca Glacier and Griz­zly Bear Val­ley.

Then head to Seat­tle to board Hol­land Amer­ica Line ship

Oos­ter­dam for a seven-night In­side Pas­sage cruise tak­ing in Juneau, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay Na­tional Park.

The pack­age, priced from $6595 a per­son twin share which in­cludes an early pay­ment dis­count, de­parts on April 26, 2019.

TRAV­EL­MAR­VEL.COM.AU, PH 1300 196 420

DIS­COVER AN UP­GRADE

Book a lux­ury cruise with Sil­versea on

Sil­ver Dis­cov­erer by May 15 and re­ceive a cat­e­gory up­grade and $US1000 (about $1300) on-board spend­ing money per suite.

The cruise de­part­ing Port Vila, Van­u­atu, on June 7, 2018, is a 15-day voy­age to Cairns with high­lights in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal bungey jumpers – the men of Pen­te­cost Is­land div­ing head first from a plat­form to­wards the bare earth in cel­e­bra­tion of the yam har­vest in Van­u­atu. The trip fea­tures eight stops in Van­u­atu, two in New Cale­do­nia and seven in Queens­land – some days have two stops and in­clude reef out­ings such as swim­ming from a co­ral plat­form in Van­u­atu. Fares start from $18,100 a per­son twin share in an Ex­plorer Suite in­clud­ing drinks and gra­tu­ities.

SIL­VERSEA.COM, PH 1300 306 872

GLO­RI­OUS WILDLIFE

A 19-night “Wild In­dia” pack­age links ex­plo­ration of some of In­dia’s best wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies with a seven­night cruise on the Brahma­pu­tra River in As­sam.

Be­gin­ning on April 1, 2019, the pack­age starts with a night in Delhi be­fore set­ting off for wildlife spot­ting with three-night stays each at Band­hav­garh Na­tional Park, Kanha Na­tional Park and Pench Na­tional Park.

Guests then board the 46-guest river ship, MV Ma­habaahu, for a seven-night jour­ney on the Brahma­pu­tra from Nea­mati Ghat to Guwa­hati in the foothills of the Hi­malayas, fea­tur­ing com­pli­men­tary ex­cur­sions and morn­ing yoga as well as vis­its to re­mote tribal vil­lages, monas­ter­ies, tea plan­ta­tions and palaces. The pack­age is dis­counted to $11,775 a per­son twin share if booked by April 30, 2018, in­clud­ing re­turn flights and do­mes­tic flights in In­dia.

CRUISETRAVELLER.COM.AU/MA­HABAAHU PH 1800 507 777

PIC­TURE: TOURISM WA/ GARRY NORRIS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Princess Cruises’ 2019-2020 sea­son has a record num­ber of days de­ployed from Fre­man­tle.

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED, CU­NARD

Po­nant pas­sen­gers have a whale of a time on an Antarc­tic ex­plo­ration, and dis­cover your an­ces­try aboard the Queen Mary 2.

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