GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

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

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