GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - MICHELLE ROWE

Dis­counts, free up­grades and bonus of­fers from dozens of in­ter­na­tional cruise lines will be avail­able dur­ing National Cruise Week from Septem­ber 2-9. The deals will be avail­able ex­clu­sively from Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­trala­sia travel agents across the coun­try. More: na­tion­al­cruise­week.com.au.

Avalon Water­ways is of­fer­ing free in­ter­na­tional flights with its 14-day Fas­ci­nat­ing Viet­nam, Cam­bo­dia & The Mekong River itin­er­ary on se­lect Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber de­par­tures, rep­re­sent­ing sav­ings of up to $2580 a cou­ple. From $3962 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing seven nights on­board 16-cabin Avalon Angkor, three nights in Ho Chi Minh City, two nights in Siem Reap and a night in Bangkok. More: 1300 230 234; aval­on­wa­ter­ways.com.au.

Cap­tain Cook Cruises has a Take a Mate for Half Price deal on any three, four or seven-night Ya­sawa Is­lands and North­ern Fiji cruise booked by Septem­ber 30. A three-night South­ern Ya­sawa Cruise is from $746.25 a per­son twin-share with this deal, valid for travel be­tween Novem­ber 1 and March 31. More: 1300 863 454; cap­tain­cook.com.fj.

Learn cheese and yo­ghurt mak­ing and in­dulge in wine tast­ings and cook­ing demos on a seven-night Orion Ex­pe­di­tion Cruises’ Tas­man Dis­cov­erer food and wine voy­age. De­part­ing Bris­bane, Orion will call at Nor­folk Is­land and New Zealand’s Bay of Is­lands be­fore dock­ing in Auck­land. Chef and author Do­minique Rizzo, wine­maker Tony Bish and cheese­maker Markus Bucher will be on board. Save up to 40 per cent on the brochure fare on the De­cem­ber 13 de­par­ture; from $3735 a per­son for an ocean-view state­room. More: ori­on­ex­pe­di­tion.com.

Get in quick to se­cure a dis­count on a 13-night USA and Mex­ico cruise hol­i­day, in­clud­ing a seven-night Mex­i­can Riviera cruise on Car­ni­val Mir­a­cle, four nights in Vegas and two nights in LA. Re­turn econ­omy air­fares in­cluded. From $3199 a per­son twin-share (de­part­ing Melbourne); $3209 (Syd­ney); $3229 (Bris­bane); $3459 (Ade­laide) and $3599 (Perth). More: 131 398; trav­elscene.net.au.

In­dulge your­self with a 21-night fly, cruise and stay pack­age from Copen­hagen to New York. The 17-night Royal Princess cruise de­parts the Dan­ish cap­i­tal on Septem­ber 10 and calls at Kris­tiansand, Nor­way; Re­jk­javik, Glas­gow, Belfast, Cork, St John’s and Hal­i­fax in Canada, and New York. Deal in­cludes two nights pre-cruise in Copen­hagen and two nights post-cruise in New York. From $6585 a per­son twin­share, in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares. More: cruis­ing.com.au.

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