GREAT CRUISE ESCAPES
On cloud nine: Sea Cloud Cruises has a special deal for solo sailors, with savings of $1700 a person for a guaranteed single cabin. The deal applies to an eight-day circle of the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud, a restored luxury windjammer that accommodates 64 passengers. The round trip from Bridgetown, Barbados, departs March 28 and starts at $3780 a person. Sea Cloud Cruises’ fares cover all meals and drinks, including selected wines and beers. More: 1300 583 572; seacloud.com. Tere Moana sets sail: Paul Gauguin Cruises, which operates cruises around French Polynesia and the South Pacific, has just christened its m/v Tere Moana ahead of a seven-night Caribbean voyage to the French West Indies, British Virgin Islands and St Kitts and Nevis. This month and next month, Tere Moana is operating Panama Canal cruises and from April to November will offer a selection of seven-night European voyages. The luxe vessel features 45 staterooms (eight with private balconies) and a crew of 60. More: 1800 251 174. Asia escapade: Book by February 28 for Cruise1st’s airand-sea package to ports in China, Japan and South Korea aboard Royal Caribbean’s megaliner Voyager of the Seas (see Page 8). There’s a two-night pre-cruise stay in Beijing before boarding the ship for a 12-night voyage; the holiday, which departs a variety of Australian capitals on September 4 or 5, includes return flights. From $2099 twin-share (ex Sydney), $2299 (ex Brisbane), $2399 (ex Canberra) or $2799 (ex Adelaide and Perth). More: 1300 596 345; cruise1st.com.au. Route canals: Boating holiday specialist Outdoor Travel is offering 15 per cent off bookings for its 2013 European program but you need to sign up by January 31. Fully equipped self-skippered boats accommodate from two to 12. More: 1800 331 582; outdoortravel.com.au. Along the Thames: Two weeks crossing the Atlantic from San Juan in the Caribbean to London via Ponta Delgada in the Azores aboard the all- inclusive 56-stateroom SeaDream I in April next year will culminate in sailing up the River Thames past famous London landmarks and under Tower Bridge. From $US3429 ($3252) a person twin-share (15 days), departing San Juan on April 26, 2014. More: seadream.com. Sail in style: Until March 2014, Pandaw Cruises has a batch of new shorter voyages between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh or Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for three or four nights. The popular Mekong Pandaw river cruiser is being refitted this year and Pandaw Cruises will also be operating four river cruisers in Myanmar. More: 1300 302 068; pandaw.com. Fly me to the river: APT is including return KLM business-class fares to Europe for $3995, including taxes, to join a Russia river cruise in May or June. Book by February 28 in a category C (or above) river boat suite and link with departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide. More: 1300 278 278; aptouring.com.au.
Grand finale on the Thames after a SeaDream cruise