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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