GREAT CRUISE ESCAPES
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.