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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

ECLIPS­ING ALL OTH­ERS: Book­ings have opened for 18 itin­er­ar­ies aboard the much-an­tic­i­pated 228-pas­sen­ger Scenic Eclipse, which is billed as “six stars” and “the world’s first dis­cov­ery yacht”; all ac­com­mo­da­tion will be in spa­cious veranda suites and the ul­tra-glam ves­sel will carry two he­li­copters and a seven-seat sub­ma­rine. Its maiden voy­age sets off on Au­gust 31, 2018 from Istanbul to Venice and fur­ther sail­ings in­clude the coast­line of Cuba and the Chilean fjords and three Antarc­tic routes. More: 138 128; scenic.com.au/eclipse.

WEE DRAMS: Euro­pean Wa­ter­ways’ ho­tel barge Scot­tish High­lander has a themed six-night itin­er­ary that in­cor­po­rates whisky-tast­ing ex­cur­sions to pop­u­lar high­lands dis­til­leries; the ex­clu­sive eight-pas­sen­ger ves­sel cruises the Cale­do­nian Canal be­tween Fort Wil­liam and In­ver­ness and there are two spe­cial de­par­tures for whisky lovers, June 5 and Oc­to­ber 2, from about $4810 a per­son all-in­clu­sive. More: go­b­arg­ing.com.

TAKE THE MICKEY: Dis­ney Cruise Line has an­nounced two ships due to launch 2021 and 2023; as yet un­named, and ex­pected to fea­ture 1250 cab­ins apiece, the fam­i­lyfriendly lin­ers will be larger than the com­pany’s new­est fleet mem­bers Dis­ney Dream and Dis­ney Fan­tasy and ju­nior sailors can ex­pect a swag of Dis­ney-themed at­trac­tions on board. More: dis­n­ey­cruise.com.

INTO THE DEEP: Sil­versea has in­tro­duced a Scuba Div­ing Ex­pe­di­tion Voy­ages col­lec­tion of 20 de­par­tures for 2016-17; the sail­ings, aboard the 120-pas­sen­ger al­lsuite ex­pe­di­tionary ship Sil­ver Dis­cov­erer, fea­ture an on-board dive mas­ter and cover des­ti­na­tions such as The Mal­dives, the Great Bar­rier Reef and the An­daman Is­lands. More: 1300 306 872; sil­versea.com. IT’S A SMALL WORLD: SeaDream Yacht Club has opened book­ings and an­nounced new ports across 80 itin­er­ary op­tions in the Mediter­ranean and Caribbean for its 2017 sea­son. In the mix are the Balearic Is­lands, the Adri­atic and the coast of Croa­tia plus stops in Puerto Rico, St Barts, Bar­ba­dos and the French West Indies; the 112-pas­sen­ger SeaDream I and SeaDream 11 are each served by 95 crew and con­sis­tently rated as the world’s best bou­tique ves­sels. More: seadream.com.

HOL­I­DAYS ON ICE: Scan­di­na­vian spe­cial­ist Ben­tours has 10 per cent off a se­lec­tion of Hur­tigruten’s Nor­we­gian coastal hops, Arc­tic voy­ages and Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tions for book­ings made by March 31 on cruises with a 12-month travel va­lid­ity; the Great Antarc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion, with a de­par­ture in Novem­ber, is dis­counted by up to $5000 a cou­ple. More: 1800 221 712; ben­tours.com.au

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