GREAT CRUISE ESCAPES
ISLES AHOY: The ultra-luxe motor cruiser Sea Dream II, which carries just 112 passengers, will be roving around the Greek Isles on a 19-day round-trip from Athens departing July 25; the itinerary includes the islands of Sifnos, Skopelos, Skiathos (where Mama Mia! was filmed), Patmos, Paros, Santorini and Hydra, and the mainland ports of Kusadasi in Turkey and Nafplion in Greece. From $US7109 ($8620) a person twin-share, including port charges, and all those coveted five-star extras. More: seadream.com.
PASSAGE THROUGH INDIA: Book now for savings of $3000 a person on the first sailing of Cruiseco’s 27-night Authentic Asia India package. The land and cruise adventure departs Mumbai on February 27 and the itinerary includes 10 nights aboard RV Ganges Voyager from Patna to Kolkata. Discounted fare from $14,449 a person twin-share, including return airfares from Australia, cruise and five-star hotels, most meals, touring, transfers and gratuities. More: cruising.com.au.
EASTER ESCAPADES: Carnival Cruise Lines has released a range of April school holiday voyages, from $599 a person twin-share for a four-night round-trip from Sydney on Carnival Legend, departing April 16. Carnival Legend will also operate an 11-night round-trip from Sydney to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, from $1100 a person twin-share, departing on Easter Sunday, April 5. More: 133 194; carnival.com.au.
BULA BARGAINS: Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is staging a summer sale of seven nights for the price of four on its Yasawa Islands or Northern Discovery cruises, with fares $1695 a person; the sale, including various itinerary options and selected departure dates, ends February 28, for travel from April 1 through to March 31 next year. More: (02) 9126 8160; captaincook.com.fj. TWICE AS NICE: Cruise specialist Ecruising.travel is offering savings of up to $5000 a person on a 33-night cruise and land accommodation package featuring two voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line (10 nights aboard Norwegian Jewel and 17 nights on Norwegian Pearl) to ports in the US (including Alaska), South America and along the Panama Canal; bookings must be made by February 28 for sale price with return airfares from $7609 (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane); $7869 (Adelaide) or $8169 (Perth). More: 1300 369 848; ecruising.travel.
SEA WORTHY: Seabourn has unveiled its 2016 Europe cruise season with more than 60 departures to 100 destinations aboard its three boutique liners, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest; voyages range from seven to 22 days and cover the French, Spanish and Italian Riviera coasts, Greek Isles and Norwegian fjords. A new 12-day itinerary
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The 112-passenger SeaDream II off Hydra, Greece