GREAT CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT -

LOOK AHEAD: SeaDream Yacht Club has an­nounced a se­lec­tion of sail­ings, from seven to 11 days, aboard its twin 112-pas­sen­ger cruis­ers SeaDream I and SeaDream II around the Mediter­ranean be­tween April and Oc­to­ber, 2018. Fares be­gin at $US3504 ($4686) a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing wine with meals, open bars, wa­ter­sports, use of moun­tain bikes for shore ex­pe­di­tions, gra­tu­ities, port charges and taxes. Ports of de­par­ture in­clud­ing Civ­i­tavec­chia (Rome), Pi­raeus (Athens,) Barcelona, Nice, Monte Carlo, Lis­bon, Dubrovnik, Malaga, and Las Pal­mas in the Ca­nary Is­lands off the north­west coast of Africa. More: seadream.com.

ALL ABOUT YOU: Princess Cruises will be the first Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion brand to fea­ture Ocean Medal­lion, a wear­able de­vice for pas­sen­gers that is pow­ered by an in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy plat­form; the sys­tem will de­but on Re­gal Princess from Novem­ber and Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in early 2018. The Ocean Medal­lion can be worn as a pen­dant, on a wrist­band as a clip or in a pocket, and em­braces func­tions such as cabin door ac­cess, nav­i­ga­tion around the ship, room and deck-ser­vice or­ders, in­for­ma­tion on ports of call and a book­ing fa­cil­ity for, say, the on­board spa or spe­cialty restau­rants. Check YouTube for a de­tailed demon­stra­tion. More: princess.com.

STAY AND SPRAY: Celebrity Cruises is adding more overnight stays at 41 ports on its 2018 sail­ings and ex­pand­ing itin­er­ar­ies in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, In­dia, South­east Asia, South Amer­ica and the Caribbean. There are also two-night port stays in seven des­ti­na­tions to al­low pas­sen­gers more in-depth time ashore and to at­tend key events, in­clud­ing the an­nual Car­ni­val in Rio de Janeiro. Celebrity Eclipse’s South

WELL COM­POSED:

SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I, left, and SeaDream II

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