BLISS IN THE BIG TOP 10
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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