Royal Caribbean has opened bookings for its 2019-20 Australian season which will see the line bring three megaliners back, starting with Radiance of the Seas on October 9, 2019, followed by
Ovation of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.
The three ships will offer 61 sailings ranging from two to 19 nights sailing to New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Singapore, Indonesia, the USA and Vanuatu as well as Australian itineraries. The 4800-guest Ovation of the Seas will return for her fourth and longest season with a range of South Pacific, Australian and New Zealand itineraries, including five New Zealand and South Pacific hybrid sailings. Voyager of the Seas will return fresh from a multimillion-dollar revitalisation in late 2019, in place of sister ship Explorer of the Seas, with a range of two to 14-night sailings while
Radiance of the Seas returns for her ninth season with a New Zealand and South Pacific program. ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM.AU, PH 1800 754 500
Author and historian Peter FitzSimons will host a river cruise on the Seine for Scenic, departing on June 27, 2018. The cruise on Scenic
Gem will include discussion of the war history of northern France and
visits to some of the country’s most renowned war history sites — the Somme battlefields, Villers-Bretonneux and the Normandy beaches, site of the D-Day landings.
During the cruise, guests will participate in two included excursions to the Somme battlefields, as well as calling at ports such as Les Andelys, Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux, Vernon and Conflans. The Somme excursions include visits to the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum, a visit to Le Hamel and the Peronne Museum and a walk through preserved trench lines used by soldiers during World War I. Fares are priced from $7895 a person twin share including return flights to France.
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WWII ISLAND SITES
Expedition cruise line Coral Expeditions has a new Islands of the South Pacific 16-night voyage aboard
Coral Coral Discoverer Discoverer departing from Cairns on December 3, 2018, visiting some of the most significant sites of the Pacific theatre of World War II.
The voyage will call at New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, with opportunities for snorkelling and diving while visiting villages and historic sites including passing Kennedy Island, named for John F. Kennedy, who swam ashore there with his crew after a Japanese destroyer sunk his PT boat during
GRAND RIVER CRUISE
World War II. The 16-day journey will end at Tanna Island with a visit to the lower reaches of Mt Yasur’s active volcano. The trip on the 72-guest ship is from $13,190 a person twin share.
CORALEXPEDITIONS.COM, PH 1800 079 545 Fly free to Europe to take the grand river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest if booked by April 30. The 15-day trip includes 12 land tours in four countries while cruising the famous Rhine-Main-Danube system. The Viking Cruises trip is priced from $5995 a person twin share based on a November 14, 2019, departure and includes complimentary drinks with meals, unlimited Wi-Fi and gratuities.
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Have a 23-night Mediterranean holiday from $6199 a person twin share departing on May 18, 2019. Package includes 21 nights aboard
Emerald Princess with facilities including five pools, two nights in Barcelona, return flights and transfers. The round-trip cruise from Barcelona calls at Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Salerno, Kotor, Corfu, Chania, Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus), Santorini, Kotor, Messina, Naples and back to Barcelona. ECRUISING.TRAVEL, PH 1300 369 848
An 18-night river cruise package sailing from Budapest to Cologne on Riviera Travel’s 170-guest Emily
Bronte departs on October 29, 2019, has highlights such as Austria’s imperial city of Vienna, the majestic Melk Abbey, a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bamberg, Wurzburg’s incredible Baroque palace, the medieval village of Miltenberg and historic Koblenz.
The package costs from $6590 a person twin-share including return airfares, two nights’ pre-cruise stay at the five-star Boscolo Hotel Budapest with breakfast, and two nights post-cruise stay at the five-star Pullman Cologne with breakfast.
The 14-night cruise includes all onboard meals, entertainment and tour guide services plus transfers in Budapest and Cologne. CRUISING.COM.AU
Ovation of the Seas cruises into Sydney Harbour; and war history buffs will enjoy Coral Expeditions’ visits to Pacific Island WWII sites and Scenic’s tours of northern France.