GREAT OCEAN ESCAPES
Med for less: Book by January 31 for two Mediterranean cruises discounted by 35 per cent on Royal Clipper, the world’s largest five-masted square-rigged sailing ship. Choose from a seven-day sailing departing Marseilles for Rome on May 18 or 12 nights from Rome to Lisbon on October 26. More: 1300 362 599. Plane sailing: Airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth to Bangkok, and return from Singapore, plus a two-night hotel stay are included with a 12-night cruise departing the Thai capital on February 6 aboard 370-passenger Aegean Odyssey; also covered are selected excursions in each port. From $4995 a person twin-share for a standard inside cabin. More: cruising.com.au. Holiday on ice: Scenic Tours has chartered the 106-cabin Le Boreal for a 10-night Antarctica sailing from Ushuaia in 2014. Le Boreal is classified five-star and billed as ‘‘the first all-veranda and suite ship sailing the southern waters of Antarctica’’. More: 1300 723 642. Royal passage: Dawn Princess’s 2013 Grand Europe World Cruise program offers voyages from 21 days, all with Rome as the departure or end port. A 37-day cruise from Rome to Sydney includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Jordan and Malta and the option of an overland excursion to the Taj Mahal at Agra. Departs Rome on September 4; from $5999 a person twin-share. Onboard prices are in Australian dollars and the ship is geared towards passengers from our market. More: 132 488; princess.com. Full sale ahead: Royal Caribbean’s Flagship Sale offers savings of up to $1700, onboard credits, reduced fares for second twin-share passengers and 50 per cent discounts off deposits for selected Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific sailings from January to April aboard Voyager of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas. Valid for bookings made between November 25 and December 1. More: royalcaribbean.com.au.