GREAT RIVER CRUISE ESCAPES
LIVING LARGE: Sanctuary Retreats has picked up a gong for best river cruise line cabins in the recent Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Pick Awards; aboard the 124-passenger Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in China, guests in the balconied Celestial and Imperial Suites, touted as “the biggest on the river”, even have direct access from their accommodation to the ship’s theatre. More: sanctuaryretreats.com.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Book by December 31 for sailings next year across Europe with Beyond Travel and receive $200-$1000 a couple in flexible Discover More vouchers valid for 12 months and applicable to selected accommodation, rail passes and tours. A cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg aboard the revamped MS Chekhov starts at $1710 a person twin-share and includes a $300 voucher. More: beyondtravel.com.au.
SINGULAR SUCCESS: Pandaw has wiped single cabin supplements on board its fleet in Myanmar and on the Mekong for selected departures until March 2017; be quick for 20 per cent off a range of options and destinations if booked by October 31. More: pandaw.com.
LA BELLE FRANCE: APT’s France River Cruising brochure features Bordeaux region voyages next year with a choice of five itineraries; an 11-day cruise aboard the 74-suite AmaDolce, with a three-night Paris stay and sightseeing, covers the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and starts at $7645 a person twin-share. Combination holidays are also available, including land-based programs and complementary cruises, featuring shorter seven-day itineraries along, say, the River Seine. Check for early-bird discounts. More: 1300 196 420; aptouring.com.au.
THEN THERE WERE NINE: Tauck, celebrating its 90th birthday this year, has 10-day French Waterways holidays, including a seven-night luxury cruise; the operator will launch MS Joy and MS Grace next year, bringing its river fleet to nine. More: traveltheworld.com.au.