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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

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