EXTRAS FOR EARLY BIRDS
Scenic has released its brochure for the Scenic Eclipse luxury expedition fleet for 2019-20.
Earlybird deals include the option to book any Ultimate voyage now and save up to 10 per cent, plus receive a 20-minute helicopter or submarine excursion.
Travellers who book an Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands cruise will receive an air credit of $4000 a couple, plus one night precruise accommodation in Buenos Aires, while solo cruisers can save up to 50 per cent off the single supplement on selected cruises.
Travellers who book now and pay in full by October 31, 2018, will also secure an additional discount of $1000 a couple for cruises of 10 days or longer, and $500 a couple for cruises of less than 10 days.
Arctic itineraries include the Russian and Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage as well as European Arctic, and there are cruises to Cuba, Baltic itineraries and the United States’ east coast.
Scenic this year announced a second Discovery Yacht for its fleet – both have 114 suites with on-board helicopters, submarine, Zodiacs and kayaks, nine dining options, butler service, complimentary beverages and indoor and outdoor pools.
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Avalon Waterways has moved to debunk the myth that river cruises are about sitting around watching the world drift by. The company has compiled seven active adventures in
their Active Discovery tours including these on a new tour on the Rhone in France for 2019: guided hikes through the vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage; painting workshops in the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh; canoe tours navigating the canyons of Gorges de l’Ardèche; underground wine tastings at the cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape; meet and greet with a local bull fighter in Arles for an insight into the controversial tradition; cooking classes to learn how to prepare Lyonnaise specialties; and cycling excursions around the serene Camargue Natural Park in Port Saint Louis.
The eight-day Active Discovery Rhone cruise departing from Arles and terminating in Lyon beginning on May 14, 2019, is priced from $5141 a person twin share – save another $500 a person if you book by April 24.
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FUN IN THE SUN
Soak up some winter warmth on an Aussie cruise sailing seven days from Sydney to Queensland return.
The package departing on July 16, 2018, sailing on Pacific Eden, is priced from $794 a person quad share and visits Mooloolaba, Gladstone and Moreton Island, where you can handfeed wild dolphins and try parasailing.
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Have an Asian break sailing 10 nights round-trip from Singapore next year on the four-star Diamond Princess.
The voyage departing January 9 calls at Kota Kinabalu, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and the island paradise of Ko Samui.
Cruiseco’s 12-night fly, cruise and stay holiday is priced from $3685 a person, twin share and includes return airfares, two-night pre-cruise stay at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel with breakfast, transfers and port charges and air taxes. There is also a bonus $US85 (about $110) onboard credit per stateroom for all new bookings that are made by April 30.
Paul Gauguin Cruises debuts a seven-night Society Islands & Tahiti Iti itinerary along with new shore and scuba diving excursions this year. The round trip from Papeete visits Huahine, Motu Mahana, Bora Bora (overnight), Moorea and Vairao, departing June 30, August 25, October 6 and November 3, 2018.
Cruise fares start from $US4684 (about $6100) a person twin share for the voyage departing on June 30, 2018, aboard the 332-guest Paul
Gauguin which includes all onboard meals with complimentary beverages and gratuities.
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Luxury cruise line Silversea will give all guests free unlimited Wi-Fi on voyages from this month, after guests have enjoyed at least one hour of free Wi-Fi a day since January 2016.
Silversea now has specials available on several northern European cruises including a sevenday voyage on Silver Spirit departing Copenhagen on June 20, 2018, and calling at Helsinki, Tallinn, St Petersburg and ending in Stockholm, priced from $10,900 a person twin share in a Panorama Suite.
Book by April 30 for a 10 per cent discount, and book by May 31 for free round trip airfares.
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Scenic is offering an air credit with South Georgia bookings; Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery tours include cycling, and Paul Gauguin Cruises has shore excursions to Bora Bora.