GREAT CRUISE ESCAPES
Fiord escort: Silversea has a seven-day voyage from Vancouver to Alaska on Silver Shadow, departing May 22; cruise the fiords of the Inside Passage and stop at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka prior to disembarkation at Seward for a scenic train journey to Anchorage. Departures are available on other dates in May and through to August; from $3750 a person twin-share, allinclusive. More: 1300 306 872; silversea.com. Fiesta at sea: Mexico, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala are on the agenda in a flycruise holiday from Cruise1st that includes 30 nights aboard Holland America Line’s MS Statendam; the package departs March 14 ex Perth (from $4549 a person twin-share); or on March 15, ex Sydney and Melbourne (from $4499); Brisbane and Adelaide (from $4549); and Canberra ($4699). More: 1300 596 345; cruise1st.com.au. C’est si bon: French luxury cruise and expedition line Compagnie du Ponant has released its 2014-15 program featuring sister ships Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Soleal, each with 132 staterooms and suites; voyages range from six to 17 nights and introductory offers for Australian passengers include 30 per cent earlybird discounts and specials for singles; a 15-night Indonesian archipelago itinerary from Bali to Cairns departs December 12 and starts at $5260 a person twin-share (based on earlybird bonus). More: 1300 737 178; ponant.com. Passage to Lau: Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has announced departure dates for its 11-night Lau Islands Discovery Cruise; the next cruises sail on April 22 and November 4 with 2015 departures on April 28, August 4 and November 3. Earlybird fares start at $3208 a person twin-share, including comprehensive cultural excursions. More: captaincook.com.fj. Islands fling: Royal Caribbean International has deals around the Caribbean from $1209 a person twinshare; it is also offering free balcony upgrades and up to $US150 onboard credits on selected sailings. Allure of the Seas departs fortnightly from Fort Lauderdale for Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico; Oasis of the Seas departs fortnightly from Fort Lauderdale for St Maarten, St Thomas and the Bahamas, while Freedom of the Seas departs fortnightly from Port Canaveral for St Maarten, St Thomas and a selection of ports in the Bahamas. More: 1800 754 500; royalcaribbean.com.au. Spree and breezy: Claim a $1000 onboard spending credit per cabin or a stateroom upgrade on a 30-night Europe package that includes a 24-night cruise on Azamara Journey; book by February 28 for an August 20 departure. More: ecruising.com.au.