GREAT CRUISING ESCAPES
Model cruise: Silversea — the luxe Italian line that boasts Isabella Rossellini as its ambassador— has just launched its Voyage Atlas for July 2007 to December 2008 sailings. Included in the mix for later this year are Christmas and New Year sailings sure to appeal to Australian passengers. Silver Whisper sails from Singapore on December 20 bound for Darwin via Kura Kura and Semarang in Indonesia; the seven-day cruise is all-inclusive (drinks, too) and starts at $6058 a person twin-share. Or a 10-day Silver Whisper voyage from Darwin to Sydney, departing December 27, visits Thursday Island, Cairns, Fitzalan (the Whitsundays) and Brisbane; a gala New Year’s Eve will be spent at sea in Great Barrier Reef waters. From $7780 a person twin-share. Or combine the two cruises, from $11,065. More: (02) 9222 2708; www.silversea.com. Look north: True North’s seven-night Southern Safari (maximum 36 passengers) ex Adelaide on January 12 includes wine tasting in McLaren Vale, cage diving with great white sharks, oyster tasting in Coffin Bay and visits to remote islands. A ‘‘ tuna rodeo’’ in Port Lincoln is also promised. More: (08) 9192 1829; www.northstarcruises.com.au. Love boat: Spend Valentine’s Day 2008 cruising from Shanghai to Sydney on P & O’s Oriana. From $3888 a person ex Sydney, $3939 ex Brisbane, $3924 ex Melbourne, $3950 ex Adelaide and $3938 ex Perth for the 14-night cruise, Qantas flight to Shanghai, two nights in a hotel, port charges and taxes. Departs on February 14. More: 1800 007 131; www.cruiseabout.com.au. Slow boat to NZ: Save up to $2000 on a 12-night cruise to New Zealand on Sapphire Princess. Fares have been slashed on selected sailings from Sydney in February and March next year, bringing the starting price to $1899 a person, including return flights (air taxes extra). Departing from Sydney on February 2, 26 and March 21, the itinerary takes in Melbourne, Hobart, NZ’s Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and Auckland. More: 1300 137 445; www.CruiseCentre.com.au. Book in: Cruiseaway is offering seven-night Hawaiian fly-cruise packages on Pride of America from $2098 a person ex Sydney (plus taxes). The ship sails from Honolulu on November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1. The price includes flights, one night’s accommodation in Honolulu and transfers. More: 1300 887 590; www.cruiseaway.com.au. Dawn date: Worldwide Cruise Centre has a fly-cruise deal on Dawn Princess’s month-long Pacific cruise in 2008. Departing from San Francisco on September 24 next year, the 31-night cruise includes Honolulu and Kona, Christmas Island, Tahiti, French Polynesia, American Samoa, Fiji and NZ. From $6698 a person with air fares from Sydney and overnight accommodation in the US. More: 1300 137 445; www.CruiseCentre.com.au. Come fly: Creative Cruising has flycruise packages for Costa Allegra’s 14-night return voyages out of Singapore visiting Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. From $3479 a person ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide, $3249 ex Perth, including taxes. Cruises start in November. More: 1300 362 599; www.creativecruising.com.au.
Role model: Isabella Rossellini acts as Silversea’s ambassador