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

Nor­we­gian Cruise Line has taken de­liv­ery of the 168,028-gross-tonne

Nor­we­gian Bliss, from Meyer Werft dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Bre­mer­haven, Ger­many, with plans for a grand chris­ten­ing cer­e­mony and sail­ing from her first home­port in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, on May 30.

Fol­low­ing a three-day in­au­gu­ral voy­age with a call into the port of Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, she will re­turn on June 2 and will then em­bark on her first seven-day voy­age to Alaska.

The huge ship, one of the 10 big­gest cruise ships ever built, has fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a two-level elec­tric-car race­track at the top of deck 19, an open-air laser tag course and mul­ti­storey wa­ter­slides, one of which ex­tends over the edge of the ship and loops down to the deck be­low. The ship has mul­ti­ple din­ing op­tions, en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing the Tony Award-win­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal

Jersey Boys, and The Cav­ern Club with a Bea­tles cover band.

The ship will largely fo­cus on Alaskan and Caribbean cruises.

NCL.COM, PH 1300 255 200

KIM­BER­LEY CALLS

Trav­el­mar­vel has launched the 2019 Kim­ber­ley Coast Cruis­ing brochure with a dis­count flight deal in­cluded on the 12-day cruise from Dar­win to Broome, priced from $9995 a per­son, twin share sail­ing in the 44-guest Co­ral Ex­pe­di­tions I.

All Kim­ber­ley Coast Cruis­ing hol­i­days are el­i­gi­ble for a two-for-one flight deal, with sav­ings of up to

$1000 a cou­ple, avail­able un­til Septem­ber 30, 2019.

Glide through spec­tac­u­lar gorges to ar­rive at re­mote bays and coves, take Zo­diac ves­sels to view nat­u­ral won­ders in­clud­ing Montgomery Reef, King Ge­orge Falls and Hor­i­zon­tal Falls, and dis­cover an­cient indige­nous rock art gal­leries.

New for 2019 is an 18-day hol­i­day that in­cludes four nights in Dar­win with a visit to Kakadu Na­tional Park and three days in Broome.

There are also 15-day vari­a­tions avail­able, as well as the 21-day Top End and Kim­ber­ley Coast Cruise and the 29-day West Coast Dis­cov­ery and Kim­ber­ley Coast Cruise.

TRAV­EL­MAR­VEL.COM.AU, PH 1300 196 420

AIR OF­FER

Fly free to Europe when book­ing a Uni­world 2019 Euro­pean river cruise de­part­ing be­fore Novem­ber 15, 2019, if booked by June 30, 2018.

Guests can also up­grade to pre­mium econ­omy for $1299 and busi­ness class at $3999.

The air of­fer is avail­able with the 16-day Euro­pean Jew­els itinerary sail­ing the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers be­tween Amsterdam and Bu­dapest, on July 28 and Au­gust 26, 2019. The voy­age is priced from $10,699 a per­son twin-share (in­clud­ing air­fare), with 16 days of es­corted ex­cur­sions, ser­vices of an ex­pe­ri­enced tour man­ager and more, sail­ing on the River Duchess.

UNI­WORLD.COM, PH 1300 780 231

FOL­LOW VIK­INGS

Vik­ing’s 15-day Into the Mid­night Sun ocean cruise from Lon­don to Ber­gen or vice versa, is now priced from $9195 a per­son on se­lected sail­ings in June-July 2019 and 2020, valid to July 31, 2018. On this jour­ney guests will cruise deep-cut fjords along the Nor­we­gian coast and sail across the Arc­tic Cir­cle where the mid­night sun shines 24 hours a day. They will fol­low the path of Vik­ings from the re­mote beauty of North Cape to the windswept Shet­land and Orkney is­lands of Scot­land.

Shore ex­cur­sions in­clude the op­por­tu­nity to catch king crabs and re­treat to a tra­di­tional Sami tent to pre­pare and feast on the catch.

VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 138 747

NEW DES­TI­NA­TIONS

Ev­er­green Cruises & Tours has launched its 2019 Europe River Cruis­ing brochure, fea­tur­ing clas­sic Euro­pean river cruises and new cruise com­bi­na­tions and des­ti­na­tions. Its 19-day Im­pe­rial Charms of Rus­sia and Danube Ex­plorer River Cruise com­bines two cruises vis­it­ing Rus­sia and Eastern Europe on a tour from St Peters­burg to Bu­dapest. The 10-day Rus­sian river cruise goes from St Peters­burg to Moscow, with guided tours of St Peters­burg and Moscow. Guests then join a nine-day lower Danube cruise with tours in­clud­ing Vi­enna and Bu­dapest, on a pack­age from $7950 a per­son twin share in­clud­ing trans­fers and gra­tu­ities, valid to May 31.

EVERGREENTOURS.COM.AU, PH 1300 383 747

EX­OTIC EGYPT

Im­merse your­self in Egypt on a tour in­clud­ing two nights in Cairo and a seven-night Nile cruise, priced from $1199 a per­son twin share, valid to June 30, 2018. The trip de­part­ing Septem­ber 30, 2018, and May 1 and May 31, 2019, starts with tours in­clud­ing the Pyra­mids, the Sphinx and the Egyp­tian Mu­seum.

The cruise then takes in Luxor in­clud­ing the Kar­nak Tem­ple, The Val­ley of the Kings, the Colossi of Mem­non, Edfu Tem­ple, Kom Ombo, Aswan Dam and Phi­lae Tem­ple.

DITRAVEL.COM.AU, PH 1300 813 391

NOR­WE­GIAN BLISS

PIC­TURES: NCL, SUP­PLIED, IS­TOCK

KING GE­ORGE FALLS New cruise liner Nor­we­gian Bliss (pre­vi­ous page) has all the fun of a fair; see King Ge­orge Falls with Trav­el­mar­vel Kim­ber­ley Coast, and be awed in Egypt on a cruise with DI Travel.

TEM­PLE OF KAR­NAK

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