GREAT SMALL SHIP ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

While on the Nile: Af­ter its re­cent re­sump­tion of Nile trips from Cairo to Luxor af­ter a 15-year gov­ern­ment ban, Aber­crom­bie & Kent’s 36-pas­sen­ger Sanc­tu­ary Sun Boat III has won a cruise award from Egypt’s Min­istry of Tourism. On shore ex­cur­sions from the lux­ury boat, an Egyp­tol­o­gist con­ducts tours in groups of no more than 15, avoid­ing site vis­its at busy times. A&K’s 15-day Egyp­tian Odyssey pro­gram in­cludes a 10-night cruise; check for 25 per cent off se­lected sea­sonal de­par­tures. More: 1300 851 800; aber­crom­biekent.com.au. Book a cook: Adam D’Sylva, chefowner of Mel­bourne’s Coda, will ac­com­pany pas­sen­gers aboard a pri­vate eight-night cruise char­ter on Ha­long Bay in Viet­nam that forms the cen­tre­piece of a 17-night itin­er­ary from Hanoi to Siem Reap in Cam­bo­dia; D’Sylva will also con­duct cook­ing classes and pre­pare spe­cial menus, and the pro­gram in­cludes a stay at the award-win­ning Amansara in Siem Reap. From $7939 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares from Sydney (de­part­ing Septem­ber 14), nine nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion with daily break­fasts and se­lected meals, full board on the cruise and trans­fers. More: 1300 369 848; ecruis­ing.travel. Shiny and new: Sil­versea has re­leased de­tails of its 2013 and 2014 Gala­pa­gos pro­grams, which cover seven-day voy­ages aboard its newly ac­quired 100-pas­sen­ger ex­pe­di­tionary ves­sel Sil­ver Gala­pa­gos (for­merly sail­ing as Gala­pa­gos Ex­plorer II) with all ac­com­mo­da­tion in ocean-view suites; de­par­tures from Septem­ber. More: 1300 306 872; sil­versea.com. Free and breezy: Cap­tain Cook Cruises Fiji has a deal for mi­nors five to 17 years to cruise and dine for free, when ac­com­pa­nied by a pay­ing adult, on all its cruises of three, four or seven nights un­til March 31 aboard the 120-pas­sen­ger MVReef En­deav­our. Book by De­cem­ber 31. More: 1300 863 454; cap­tain­cook.com.fj. It pays to plan: Europe river cruise op­er­a­tor Avalon Wa­ter­ways has an­nounced a range of early­bird deals for next year, in­clud­ing a round-theworld air­fare-in­clu­sive pack­age with sav­ings of up to $3236 a cou­ple. Or book a 2013 cruise of 11 days or more by De­cem­ber 15 and save $300 a cou­ple. More: 1300 230 234; aval­on­wa­ter­ways.com.au. Loch and loll: Scot­tish cruise com­pany The Ma­jes­tic Line has re­cently scored a lo­cal tourism award for its trips along the coast­lines of Ar­gyll and the in­ner He­brides; its two ves­sels are con­verted wooden fish­ing trawlers car­ry­ing just 11 pas­sen­gers on three or sixnight cruises. Book ahead for next sea­son — there’s a 10 per cent dis­count on cruises in April, with the prom­ise of good wildlife view­ing. More: the­ma­jes­ti­cline.co.uk.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.