{ GREAT ES­CAPES AFLOAT }

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

Beau­ti­ful Baltic: Book a 14-night Grand North­ern Euro­pean round-trip com­bi­na­tion with MSC Cruises, first port of call Copen­hagen, to dis­cover the Nor­we­gian fjords and Baltic cap­i­tals; from $2218 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing two seven-night cruises, all meals, and chil­dren un­der 18 free when shar­ing with two adults, plus $100 dis­count a per­son. Nu­mer­ous de­par­tures from May to Septem­ber 2012. Flights ex­tra. More: hol­i­daystoeu­rope.com.au/ spe­cials. Europe’s rolling rivers: Book be­fore Oc­to­ber 31 for a $1400 dis­count a per­son on Cruiseco’s 2012 river cruises, in­clud­ing a seven-night fly-cruise Bur­gundy and Provence pack­age de­part­ing Ar­les April 29 (from $5250 a per­son twin-share) or a 16-night Brus­sels to Prague tour de­part­ing Septem­ber 9 (from $7895), in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares from Syd­ney. More: cruis­ing.com.au. Best of Brazil: Visit Rio de Janeiro dur­ing Car­ni­val 2012 on board Crys­tal Cruises’ Crys­tal Sym­phony. Book be­fore Oc­to­ber 31 and two peo­ple cruise for the price of one on voy­ages in­clud­ing the 14-day Copaca­bana & Car­ni­val Mi­ami to Rio de­part­ing on Fe­bru­ary 6 (from $US3930 a per­son twin-share) or the 12-day Samba Ser­e­nade Rio to Buenos Aires cruise de­part­ing on Fe­bru­ary 20 (from $US4690 a per­son twin-share), both with $US1000 a cou­ple ship­board credit. More: 1800 251 174. Amer­ica at­trac­tions: Book be­fore Oc­to­ber 19 to save on a 29-day fly-cruise hol­i­day tak­ing in New York, Panama Canal, Mex­ico, Gu­atemala, Vancouver and Alaska; from $6699 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing all meals on Hol­land Amer­ica’s Amsterdam and Volen­dam, plus a one-way flight from Aus­tralia. The tour leaves Syd­ney, Mel­bourne or Bris­bane on April 24 with a flight to New York, and fin­ishes in Vancouver. More: 1300 887 590; cruisea­way.com.au.

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