Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - BRAD CROUCH

Nor­we­gian Cruise Line’s com­mit­ment to the lo­cal mar­ket will be on show this month when ships from its three brands grace Syd­ney Har­bour. The 2300-guest Nor­we­gian Jewel is now based out of Syd­ney for her in­au­gu­ral sea­son in lo­cal wa­ters and will be back again next sea­son, her brightly painted bow be­com­ing a fa­mil­iar sight at the Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal.

On Wed­nes­day, NCL’s premium brand Ocea­nia Cruises’ 684-guest Re­gatta is in town for Valen­tine’s Day, berthed at the White Bay Ter­mi­nal. The Ocea­nia flag­ship has an em­pha­sis on fine cui­sine and has just had a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re­fur­bish­ment. The fol­low­ing day, NCL’s ul­tra-lux­ury brand, Re­gent Seven Seas Cruises, will have the 490guest Seven Seas Nav­i­ga­tor berthed at White Bay. The all-suite, all-in­clu­sive ship has had a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment to bring it up to the stan­dard of younger sis­ter ship Seven Seas Ex­plorer, which au­da­ciously trade­marked the ti­tle of The Most Lux­u­ri­ous Ship Ever Built.

NCL of­fi­cials say the three brands cover all de­mo­graph­ics look­ing for a cruise hol­i­day, and the line’s grow­ing fo­cus on Aus­tralia re­flects both the boom in de­mand from Aussies for cruises and the de­mand by over­seas vis­i­tors for a cruise hol­i­day here. PH 1300 255 200, NCL.COM.AU


APT’s 2019 Europe pre­re­lease brochure of­fers dis­counts for early book­ings, valid un­til April 30, 2018.

The flag­ship 15-day Mag­nif­i­cent Europe river cruise between Am­s­ter­dam and Budapest is priced at $6995 a per­son, twin share, and APT is of­fer­ing a Fly Free of­fer of re­turn air­fares in­clud­ing taxes of up to $250 fly­ing out of Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane, Ade­laide or Perth.

For 2019, APT is of­fer­ing a new


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