GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

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

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