GREAT CRUISING ESCAPES
SEVEN nights on P & O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn starts at $675 a person, including taxes, in Harvey World Travel’s Countdown Sale. Choose from three trips departing Sydney in early 2008, exploring New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Loyalty Islands. Pacific Dawn has separate child and teen-minding programs that run from 9am to 10pm daily. Upgrade to an outside cabin for a low $5 a day; cruise must be booked by June 17. More: 132 757; www.harveyworld.com.au. Inside Arnhem: Explore rugged Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory from the comfort of the expeditionary ship Orion, which carries a maximum of 106 passengers. The ship’s 10-night expedition, leaving Darwin on September 6, includes a number of specialists on Arnhem Land, including a lecturer in indigenous affairs and a collector of indigenous art. From $7200 a person, including meals, tours and lectures. More: 1300 361 012; www.orioncruises.com.au. World view: Sun Princess, the largest cruise ship to be based in Australia year round, will sail from Sydney on its world cruise on July 14, visiting a swag of destinations including Tahiti, Hawaii, Vietnam, Alaska, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, before returning in late September. Free return flights to Sydney from any Australian state capital are being offered. Until August 31, fares for the 75-night cruise start at $13,495 a person with an onboard credit of $750. The 77,000-tonne Sun Princess, which carries 1950 passengers, features a choice of formal or casual dining, three pools, spa and a casino. More: 132 488; www.sunprincess.com.au. Rivers by demand: Avalon Waterways has launched a selection of European river cruises combined with city stays and coach tours. The mix-and-match holidays are a response to growing demand for river cruises among Australians keen to explore the continent from the water, according to the company. TV personality Steve Liebmann will host the 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise on September 7, which travels from Hungary through Slovakia, Austria, Germany and The Netherlands on the Avalon Imagery. All trips include an English-speaking cruise director, meals and wine with dinner. From $4033 a person but there are discounts of up to $900 on bookings made before the end of July. More: www.avalonwaterways.com.au. Rhine host: Watch the vineyards and castles float by with Cruiseabout’s four-day trip along Germany’s romantic Rhine Valley. The cruise to and from Strasbourg starts at $1090 a person, including a castle tour in Heidelberg. More: 1800 007 131; www.cruiseabout.com.au.
Arnhem adventure: Cruising on Orion