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

Two cruise lines are cel­e­brat­ing ma­jor mile­stones this month, salut­ing the past with am­bi­tious plans for the fu­ture. Hol­land Amer­ica Line marks its 145th an­niver­sary, start­ing in April 1873 and grow­ing to an award­win­ning pre­mium cruise line with 14 ships sail­ing to more than 400 ports in seven con­ti­nents.

In De­cem­ber, HAL will wel­come Nieuw Sta­ten­dam to the fleet, the line’s sec­ond Pin­na­cle Class ship af­ter flag­ship Kon­ings­dam which launched in April 2016. A third Pin­na­cle Class ship will set sail in 2021.

French-flagged Po­nant marks 30 years since April 1988 when a group of 14 en­thu­si­as­tic French mer­chant sea­men es­tab­lished the line with orig­i­nal yacht Le Po­nant – it is now in the process of dou­bling its fleet.

By 2021 the luxury expedition line will have a fleet of 12 ships sail­ing the globe with 460 depar­tures span­ning the Antarc­tic to the Arc­tic in­clud­ing Alaska, the Ama­zon, the Kim­ber­ley, Pa­pua New Guinea and more. HOLLANDAMERICA.COM, AU.PO­NANT.COM


A 14-night cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Sol­stice, depart­ing Auck­land for Syd­ney on March 29 next year, in­cludes full-day visits in Tau­ranga, Welling­ton, Akaroa, Dunedin, Ho­bart and Mel­bourne.

The 15-night pack­age is priced from $3095 twin-share per per­son which in­cludes air­fare to Auck­land, one night pre-cruise stay at Pull­man Auck­land with break­fast, 14-night voy­age, all on-board meals, en­ter­tain­ment and gra­tu­ities plus $US50 (about $65) on-board credit, per cou­ple.

When book­ing an Ocean­view cabin or higher by May 2, 2018, guests can choose two perks for free, from a choice of: a clas­sic bev­er­age pack­age for two in­clud­ing se­lected spirits, cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks; an un­lim­ited in­ter­net pack­age; or a ship­board credit of $US150 per per­son, twin share.



Vik­ing has an­nounced a new voy­age for 2019, pro­vid­ing guests the op­por­tu­nity to sail from San­ti­ago to Syd­ney on Vik­ing Sun. A spe­cial of­fer of one-way flights for $795 a per­son is avail­able on the 32-day Is­lands of the South Pa­cific itin­er­ary, depart­ing on Fe­bru­ary 12, 2019, from San­ti­ago.

From San­ti­ago, the voy­age calls at Easter Is­land to wit­ness the mys­te­ri­ous stone fig­ures, then the azure wa­ters around Tahiti and Bora Bora, while New Zealand des­ti­na­tions in­clude the Bay of Is­lands, the cap­i­tal Welling­ton and Mil­ford and Doubt­ful sounds.

Overnight stays in Auck­land and Syd­ney are in­cluded on a pack­age priced from $13,995 a per­son twin share in­clud­ing eight guided tours, valid un­til July 31, 2018.



See the wilds of the bot­tom end of South Amer­ica from the com­fort of

the new 210-guest Ven­tus Aus­tralis which of­fers four-night cruises from Punta Are­nas in Chile to Ushuaia in Ar­gentina or re­turn. The voy­age in Patag­o­nia through the nar­row fjords of Tierra del Fuego of­fers the chance to go ashore on Cape Horn and take in the snow-capped moun­tains of this re­mote re­gion. The sea­son starts this month and runs to Septem­ber. Aus­tralis has cab­ins from $US1440 (about $1880) a per­son twin share.



Tour the British Isles, Scan­di­navia and Rus­sia on a 26-night pack­age priced from $7490 a per­son twin share in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares and two nights in Am­s­ter­dam af­ter a 24night cruise on Celebrity Re­flec­tion.

The pack­age com­bines back-to­back cruises, first sail­ing Au­gust 13, 2019, from Am­s­ter­dam and call­ing at Ed­in­burgh, In­ver­ness, Glas­gow, Belfast, Liver­pool, Dublin, Cork, St Peter Port in the Chan­nel Is­lands and back to Am­s­ter­dam. Then sail for Warne­mu­nde (for Ber­lin), Helsinki, St Peters­burg, Tallinn, Stockholm, Copen­hagen and back to Am­s­ter­dam.

MYCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 1300 69 2784


Savour some Burmese days on a com­bined river-sea cruise in Myan­mar with stops in­clud­ing a town where famed writer Ge­orge Or­well served as a po­lice­man – and was in­spired to write Burmese Days.

Asia cruise pioneer Pan­daw has an­nounced a one-off, 18-night voy­age sail­ing on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019, priced from $US6095 (about $7950) a per­son twin share in­clud­ing do­mes­tic flight from Yan­gon to Kawthaung, trans­fers, ex­cur­sions, meals, gra­tu­ities, kayaks and snorkelling equip­ment.

The pack­age has eight nights on river ship Katha Pan­daw sail­ing the Ir­rawaddy delta call­ing at towns such as Pyapon, Bo­gale, Myaungmya where Ge­orge Or­well once served, Bas­sein, Wakema and Maubin.

Guests then have 10 nights on the mo­tor yacht An­daman Ex­plorer, sail­ing the Mer­gui Ar­chi­pel­ago from the south­ern tip of Burma to Yan­gon with calls such as Cox­combe Is­land, Phi Lar Is­land, Tann Shey Is­land, Bai­ley Is­land, Lun Lun Is­land, Mer­gui, Tavoy, Kaikkame and Moul­mein.



Pin­na­cle Class ship Kon­ings­dam will be part of the cel­e­bra­tions for Hol­land Amer­ica’s 145-year an­niver­sary.


See what in­spired writer Ge­orge Or­well in Myan­mar; and ex­plore Patag­o­nia in com­fort.

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