EARLY BIRD EX­TRAS

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

Scenic has re­leased its brochure for the Scenic Eclipse lux­ury ex­pe­di­tion fleet for 2019-20. Early­bird deals in­clude the op­tion to book any Ul­ti­mate voy­age now and save up to 10 per cent, plus re­ceive a 20-minute he­li­copter or sub­ma­rine ex­cur­sion.

Trav­ellers who book an Antarc­tica, South Ge­or­gia and Falk­land Is­lands cruise will re­ceive an air credit of $4000 a cou­ple, plus one night pre­cruise ac­com­mo­da­tion in Buenos Aires, while solo cruis­ers can save up to 50 per cent off the sin­gle sup­ple­ment on se­lected cruises.

Trav­ellers who book now and pay in full by Oc­to­ber 31, 2018, will also se­cure an ad­di­tional dis­count of $1000 a cou­ple for cruises of 10 days or longer, and $500 a cou­ple for cruises of less than 10 days. Arc­tic itin­er­ar­ies in­clude the Rus­sian and Cana­dian Arc­tic and the North­west Pas­sage as well as Euro­pean Arc­tic, and there are cruises to Cuba, Baltic itin­er­ar­ies and the US east coast.

Scenic this year an­nounced a sec­ond Dis­cov­ery Yacht for its fleet – both have 114 suites with on-board he­li­copter, sub­ma­rine, Zo­di­acs and kayaks, nine din­ing op­tions, but­ler ser­vice, com­pli­men­tary bev­er­ages and in­door and out­door pools. SCENIC.COM.AU, PH 138 128

AC­TIVE AD­VEN­TURES

Avalon Wa­ter­ways de­bunks the myth that river cruises are about sit­ting around watch­ing the world drift by. The com­pany has com­piled seven ad­ven­tures in their Ac­tive Dis­cov­ery tours in­clud­ing th­ese on a new tour on the Rhone in France for 2019: guided hikes through the vine­yards sur­round­ing the twin ci­ties of Tournon and Tain-l’Her­mitage; paint­ing work­shops in the style and tech­niques of Vin­cent van Gogh; ca­noe tours nav­i­gat­ing the canyons of Gorges de l’Ardèche; un­der­ground wine tast­ings at the cel­lars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape; and cy­cling ex­cur­sions around the serene Ca­mar­gue Nat­u­ral Park in Port Saint Louis. The eight-day Ac­tive Dis­cov­ery Rhone cruise de­part­ing Ar­les and ter­mi­nat­ing in Lyon start­ing May 14, 2019, is priced from $5141 a per­son twin share – save an­other $500 a per­son if you book by April 24. AVALONWATERWAYS.COM.AU, PH 1300 059 261

FUN IN THE SUN

Soak up some win­ter warmth on an Aussie cruise sail­ing seven days from Syd­ney to Queens­land re­turn. The pack­age de­part­ing on July 16, 2018, sail­ing on Pa­cific Eden, is priced from $794 a per­son quad share and vis­its Mooloolaba, Glad­stone and More­ton Is­land, where you can hand­feed wild dol­phins and try para­sail­ing. POCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 13 24 94

ASIAN GEMS

Have an Asian break sail­ing 10 nights round-trip from Sin­ga­pore next year on the four-star Di­a­mond Princess.

The voy­age de­part­ing Jan­uary 9 calls at Kota Kin­a­balu, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Bangkok (Laem Cha­bang) and the is­land par­adise of Ko Sa­mui. Cruiseco’s 12night fly, cruise and stay hol­i­day is priced from $3685 a per­son, twin share and in­cludes re­turn air­fares, two-night pre-cruise stay at the Fair­mont Sin­ga­pore Ho­tel with break­fast, trans­fers and port charges and air taxes. There is also a bonus $US85 (about $110) on­board credit per state­room for all new book­ings that are made by April 30. CRUIS­ING.COM.AU

UN­LIM­ITED WI-FI

Lux­ury cruise line Sil­versea will give all guests free, un­lim­ited Wi-Fi on voy­ages from this month, af­ter guests have en­joyed at least one hour of free Wi-Fi a day since Jan­uary 2016.

Sil­versea now has spe­cials avail­able on sev­eral north­ern Euro­pean cruises in­clud­ing a sev­en­day voy­age on Sil­ver Spirit de­part­ing Copen­hagen on June 20, 2018, and call­ing at Helsinki, Tallinn, St Peters­burg and end­ing in Stock­holm, priced from $10,900 a per­son twin share in a Panorama Suite.

Book by April 30 for a 10 per cent dis­count, and book by May 31 for free round trip air­fares. SIL­VERSEA.COM, PH 1300 306 872

PIC­TURE: ISTOCK

Scenic is of­fer­ing early­bird deals in­clud­ing air credit for trav­ellers to Antarc­tica, South Ge­or­gia and Falk­land Is­lands.

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