GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

Ice maid­ens: Se­abourn has an­nounced de­tails of land­ing sites, in­clud­ing meet­ings with Chilean re­search teams, on its four in­au­gu­ral Ul­ti­mate Antarc­tica & Patag­o­nia voy­ages aboard the 225-suite Se­abourn Quest later this year. Fea­tured in the mix is Half Moon Is­land in the South Shet­lands, home to chin­strap pen­guins, blue-eyed cor­morants, kelp gulls, snowy sheath­bills, terns and skua. Spe­cial fares for the 21-day voy­age, de­part­ing Novem­ber 20 from Buenos Aires to end in Val­paraiso, Chile, start at $10,999 a per­son twin-share with ve­randa suite up­grade and ship­board credit of $US1000 ($1120) a suite. More: 132 402; se­abourn.com. Share and save: Cruise and share with a part­ner or friend and there are sav­ings of 50 per cent off for the sec­ond pas­sen­ger on Royal Caribbean’s Aus­tralian, New Zealand and South Pa­cific voy­ages from Oc­to­ber to March. The deal ap­plies to Voy­ager of the Seas, Ra­di­ance of the Seas and Rhap­sody of the Seas; a seven-night sail­ing aboard Rhap­sody to Melbourne and Ho­bart de­parts De­cem­ber 12 from Syd­ney re­turn and starts at $1099 for the first pas­sen­ger ($549 for the twin-share sec­ond). A nine-night South Pa­cific cruise from Fe­bru­ary 1, also on Rhap­sody, is priced from $1699 ($ 849). More: 1800 754 500; roy­al­caribbean.com.au. Cargo cult: French Poly­ne­si­abased freighter cruise line Aranui has a se­ries of 17 round-trip 14-day de­par­tures from Papeete next year on itin­er­ar­ies that in­clude artist Paul Gau­guin’s fi­nal rest­ing place in the north­ern­most Mar­que­sas. The mixed pas­sen­ger and cargo ves­sel Aranui 3 de­liv­ers sup­plies to far-flung ports while pas­sen­gers ex­plore the is­lands on guided ex­cur­sions. Ul­ti­mate Cruis­ing has pack­ages from $8299 a per­son twin- share, in­clud­ing tour­ing, meals with se­lected wines, re­turn econ­omy air­fares from Syd­ney, Bris­bane or Melbourne, plus trans­fers and pre and post-cruise ho­tels in Papeete. More: 1300 485 846; ul­ti­mate­cruis­ing.com.au. Alaska alert: Travel on a fournight tour aboard the Rocky Moun­taineer train through the Cana­dian Rock­ies and then cruise Alaska’s In­side Pas­sage and coast­line on an ocean liner for seven nights on a new Cruise1st fly, tour and cruise pack­age de­part­ing May 12. In­cluded are in­ter­na­tional flights and credit of $125 for Rocky Moun­taineer op­tional ex­cur­sions. De­par­tures ex Syd­ney, $4499 a per­son twin-share; Melbourne and Bris­bane, $4699; Ade­laide, $ 4999; Perth, $ 5199; and Can­berra, $5099. The deal also cov­ers a full-day tour of Banff, heli ride over the Rock­ies and ho­tels. More: 1300 596 345; cruise1st.com.au.

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