GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

FRANCE CALL­ING: APT has launched its 2016 France River Cruis­ing brochure with an of­fer of free in­ter­na­tional flights for ad­vance book­ings on nom­i­nated Seine, Rhine and Rhone voy­ages; there are also five new itin­er­ar­ies on the Bordeaux River, shorter cruises and spe­cial event sail­ings such as wine-themed voy­ages. Early pay­ment dis­counts ap­ply of $800 a cou­ple on cruises booked and paid for 10 months be­fore de­par­ture. More: 1300 196 420; ap­tour­ing.com.au. IN­CLU­SIONS GA­LORE: Asia cruises aboard Sil­versea’s Sil­ver Shadow in 2016 will in­clude a pre-voy­age stay for two nights at a five-star ho­tel, em­barka­tion trans­fer, and com­pli­men­tary Sil­ver Se­lect shore ex­cur­sions; a seven-day round-trip from Sin­ga­pore on Fe­bru­ary 6 to ports in In­done­sia, Thai­land and Malaysia starts at $3950 a per­son twin-share. The Ital­ianowned line has also in­tro­duced free Wi-Fi on all its ocean and ex­pe­di­tionary ships from 2016, cov­er­ing one hour a day for pas­sen­gers in most suite cat­e­gories or un­lim­ited pe­ri­ods in top-tier ac­com­mo­da­tion. More: sil­versea.com.

TAHITI LOOKS NICE: The 332-pas­sen­ger Tahitibased lux­ury cruiser Paul Gau­guin has a range of pack­ages that in­clude a Poly­ne­sian bless­ing cer­e­mony and ro­man­tic ex­tras; the ship sails on seven and 13-night itin­er­ar­ies from Papeete and fares in­clude all meals and bev­er­ages, wa­ter­sports from a re­tractable ma­rina and stops at pri­vate beaches and islets. Sail­ings on Septem­ber 12, 19 or 26 start at $US4254 ($5548) a per­son twin-share and fly/cruise op­tions are avail­able. More: 1800 251 174; wil­trans.com.au.

HOME BASE: Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Vista-class ship No­or­dam ar­rives in Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 25 and will op­er­ate nine Aus­tralian, New Zealand and South Pa­cific round-trip and one-way cruises through to April. More: 1300 987 322; hol­lan­damer­ica.com.au.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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