GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

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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

BERLIN FROM THE WA­TER:

WILD AND WON­DER­FUL:

The 112-pas­sen­ger SeaD­ream II off Hy­dra, Greece

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