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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.



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


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.



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.

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