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round a canopied whirlpool, each decorated as a luxury living room with large-screen television and refrigerator with customised beverages. Expect movie-star treatment with a spa service, premium champagne and caviar, and specially designed menu. If you’re seeking company, mosey over to a small bar for cocktails or fruit juice. Glamour and privacy at The Retreat come at a price — $US249 ($312) a cabana on a port day and $US349 on a sea day — and the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore is such a classy vessel (more like a luxury yacht), it seems like a peaceful “retreat” from the harsh world in its own right. Still, who doesn’t want to channel their inner Garbo or Gable in a cabana? The ship, which made its first voyage to Australia in January, returns in December for sailings through to February, 2018. More: seabourn.com.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Of the 17 ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, only one boasts a Japanese bath experience. Diamond Princess, which splits its year between cruising around Japan and its neighbours, and Australasia, converted part of a children’s activity centre into Izumi, an onsen-like facility. Passengers keen to experience the popular Japanese pastime of communal bathing can shed inhibitions, along with bathing suits, to soak in the indoor hot pools of the tranquil aquatic haven. Izumi is split into gender-specific sides that alternate daily so everyone can enjoy their individual features. One side, for instance, has natural stone, an elegant lattice ceiling and utaseyu, seated waterfalls where cascades of hot water pummel the neck and back. On the other side there’s a cypress bath paired with an aromatic steam room. Explore further to find saunas along with dramatic