LAND AND SEA UNITED

Tours add to the cruise ex­pe­ri­ence

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - LINER NOTES - AN­DREA BLACK

Con­sid­er­ing a cruise but keen to spend some qual­ity time ex­plor­ing a des­ti­na­tion as well? A cruise tour might be the an­swer. Hel­loworld Travel has iden­ti­fied this form of travel by land and sea as a grow­ing trend for 2019.

“Many cruise lines now of­fer Cruise Tours, which is when pas­sen­gers add a land tour ei­ther be­fore or af­ter their cruise,” Hel­loworld mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive Dan­nielle Brown says. “This al­lows peo­ple to truly ex­pe­ri­ence the des­ti­na­tion as they are able to have a more en­riched ex­pe­ri­ence and dis­cover more about each city.”

Dan­nielle says cruise pas­sen­gers are look­ing for a more im­mer­sive, outof-the-or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence. A num­ber of cruise lines now com­bine ex­tended tour­ing op­tions in con­junc­tion with their cruises, such as com­bin­ing an Alaskan cruise with a rail jour­ney on the Rocky Moun­taineer through Canada. Here are some cruise lines of­fer­ing in­ter­est­ing itin­er­ar­ies.

SILVERSEA LAND PRO­GRAMS

Silversea of­fers a se­ries of im­mer­sive pre- or post- cruise land pro­grams. In Myan­mar, for ex­am­ple, Silversea pro­grams in­clude a three- and fournight trip to Inle Lake to dis­cover the cul­ture of the tiny stilt vil­lages, and float­ing gar­dens and mar­kets. Al­ter­na­tively, a four-night land tour takes guests to three for­mer cap­i­tal cities: Yan­gon, Man­dalay and Ba­gan.

Silversea also of­fers a Cou­ture Col­lec­tion – pre- and post-cruise ex­ten­sions, cus­tom-cu­rated for elite trav­ellers. Ex­clu­sive ameni­ties in­clude a pri­vate he­li­copter ser­vice and ac­com­mo­da­tion in bou­tique ho­tels, lodges and pri­vate tents.

“We know guests aren’t in­ter­ested in sim­ply vis­it­ing a des­ti­na­tion, they want to im­merse them­selves fully,” says Adam Arm­strong, manag­ing di­rec­tor Aus­tralia and New Zealand, Silversea Cruises. SILVERSEA.COM

AZAMARA CITY STAYS

Promis­ing a truly im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, Azamara Club Cruises has led the way in high­light­ing the al­lure of lin­ger­ing in port. Its City Stays deals of­fer cu­rated travel ex­pe­ri­ences. You might un­cover the se­cret to mak­ing pil­lowy gnoc­chi out­side Rome or dis­cover the lost art of cigar rolling in Mi­ami’s Lit­tle Ha­vana.

On its nine-night Cuba sail­ing you can book into a three-night Mi­ami Stay pre-cruise. Ex­plore Lit­tle Ha­vana with a cul­tural an­thro­pol­o­gist, and go on a graf­fiti art tour of the Wyn­wood Arts Dis­trict be­fore mak­ing your own work of art. Take an ex­clu­sive tour of Mi­ami’s Art Deco scene be­fore lunch in one of the city’s hippest din­ers.

The Mi­ami stay in­cludes three nights’ lodg­ings, select meals, trans­porta­tion from the air­port to the ho­tel, and to the port of Mi­ami ready to em­bark the ship. AZAMARACLUBCRUISES.COM

SEE CROA­TIA BY SEA AND COACH

Af­ter a jour­ney on one of Croa­t­ian small ship cruise com­pany Kata­rina’s 60 ships, ex­pe­ri­ence Croa­tia by land. Its nine-day Croa­tia Rhap­sody coach tour from Za­greb to Dubrovnik takes in five UN­ESCO sites and of­fers wine tast­ings and gourmet ex­pe­ri­ences.

A fea­ture is a trip to Pl­itvice Lakes. Jour­ney by boat across emer­ald-green Koz­jak Lake, and take a train back to the main en­trance. Visit a win­ery near Ston to sam­ple fa­mous Plavac Mali wine. You’ll stay in four-star ho­tels. KATA­RINA-LINE.COM, HEL­LOWORLD.COM.AU

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