EX­TRAS FOR EARLY BIRDS

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

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.

SCENIC.COM.AU, PH 138 128

AC­TIVE AD­VEN­TURES

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.

AVALONWATERWAYS.COM.AU, PH 1300 059 261

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.

POCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 13 24 94

ASIAN GEMS

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.

CRUIS­ING.COM.AU

IS­LAND LIFE

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.

WILTRANS.COM.AU, PH 1800 251 174

UN­LIM­ITED WI-FI

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.

SIL­VERSEA.COM, PH 1300 306 872

SOUTH GE­OR­GIA

PIC­TURES: ISTOCK, SUP­PLIED

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.

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