GREAT CRUISE ESCAPES
DELTA DAWNS: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta will reopen in November following a rebuild that includes 12 luxury “tented rooms” with plunge pools; water-based safaris will be available, including motorboat sorties, barge cruises and outings by mokoro canoes. An opening deal from November 1 to December 23 offers four nights for the price of three at any combo of Belmond’s three Botswana properties plus a complimentary 35-minute helicopter safari from Eagle Island Lodge. More: 1800 217 568; belmond.com.
SHIPS TO SHORES: From October, Silversea is offering 20 per cent off cruise fares aboard its expeditionary ships Silver Galapagos and Silver Explorer when paired with a choice of five connecting Grand Expeditions shore adventures, ranging from 18 to 34 days. Combinations feature top-and-tail Galapagos voyages and journeys by land in South or Central America or the Antarctic. More: 1300 306 872; silversea.com. CARIBBEAN CALLING: Seadream Yacht Club will broaden its Caribbean program in 2016 by including ports in the region’s less-visited southern islands, including Marigot on Saint Martin and the private isle of Mustique. Sailings aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream I include a six-day return trip from Bridgetown, Barbados, on January 3; from $US3535
Aboard a mokoro at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge on Botswana’s Okavango Delta