The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

The newly launched 3560-pas­sen­ger Ma­jes­tic Princess is to be based in Syd­ney for the 2018-19 sum­mer sea­son; the Princess Cruises flag­ship will of­fer 16 cruises to destinations in­clud­ing Fiji and Tasmania plus two Asia voy­ages; from $1499 a per­son twin-share for a bal­cony cabin on a six-night round-trip to Tasmania de­part­ing Novem­ber 18 next year • Sur­vival ex­pert and au­thor Bob Cooper has launched an emer­gency blan­ket de­signed to sum­mon as­sis­tance in re­mote con­di­tions; priced at $19.99, the ul­tra-light bright yel­low blan­ket is em­bla­zoned with the word HELP and folds to pocket size • Mel­bourne Zoo will host the Na­tional Geo­graphic Photo Ark Ex­hi­bi­tion from July 1Oc­to­ber 1 show­ing im­ages by Joel Sar­tore whose global project aims to pho­to­graph up to 12,000 of the world’s most at-risk species • Twelve in­de­pen­dently owned na­ture-based tourism op­er­a­tors have been gath­ered into the Aus­tralian Wildlife Col­lec­tion un­der Tourism Aus­tralia’s “best of” ban­ner; in­cluded in the line-up are Ark­aba Wildlife Con­ser­vancy and Echidna Walk­a­bout Na­ture Tours.

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