GREAT OCEAN ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

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.

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