{ GREAT ES­CAPES AFLOAT }

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

Club to­gether: Aza­mara Club Cruises is of­fer­ing dis­count air­fares to Europe start­ing from $499 when book­ing se­lected cruises on board Aza­mara Jour­ney and Aza­mara Quest be­fore March 31. Op­tions in­clude the 11-night western Euro­pean voy­age from Paris to Amsterdam de­part­ing May 6; from $3179 a per­son twin-share with re­turn air­fares to Paris. Re­turn flights depart Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane, Perth or Ade­laide. More: 1300 754 500; aza­ma­r­a­clubcruises.com. Sail to Sin­ga­pore: Ex­plore the Aus­tralian east coast on a 17-night fly-cruise pack­age de­part­ing Syd­ney on Novem­ber 22. The cruise, on board Celebrity Mil­len­nium, will visit Air­lie Beach, Cairns, White­haven Beach and the Great Bar­rier Reef be­fore Dar­win, Bali and Sin­ga­pore; from $2745 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing one-way air­fare from Sin­ga­pore to Syd­ney with Garuda Air­lines. More: 1300 450 133; cruiseabout.com.au. Lo­cal wa­ters: Move quickly to book an Aus­tralia and New Zealand Cruise1st pack­age de­part­ing March 6, vis­it­ing Al­bany, Esper­ance, Ade­laide, Mel­bourne and Ho­bart be­fore tour­ing New Zealand. The 18-night Bot­tom End jour­ney on Ra­di­ance of the Seas de­parts Perth; from $2029 a per­son twin­share (booked by Jan­uary 29), in­clud­ing flights from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane or Ade­laide. More: 1800 331 506; cruise1st.com.au. Fea­tures of the fall: Get a big dis­count on a 36-night Canada and New Eng­land fly-cruise north­ern au­tumn tour de­part­ing Septem­ber 15. Fly from Aus­tralia for pre and post-cruise coach tours tak­ing in Las Ve­gas, New York, Maine and Chicago, plus a 14-night round-trip coastal cruise on Celebrity Sum­mit from New York to Que­bec; from $9575 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing V Aus­tralia fares from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne or Bris­bane, 19 nights’ fully es­corted tour­ing in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, and all meals on the ship. More: 1300 369 848; ecruis­ing.travel.

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