Fi­nal call to sail through Europe

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MOVE quick for a last-minute Cruise Week deal from Avalon Wa­ter­ways with early-book­ing dis­counts of up to 15 per cent across its 2016 sea­son of Euro­pean river cruises.

Book­ings for the cruises on Avalon Lu­mi­nary and Avalon Felic­ity must be made by close of busi­ness on Septem­ber 15, 2015. Avalon is also of­fer­ing up to 10 per cent off all other 2016 Euro­pean river cruises.

Pop­u­lar itin­er­ar­ies in­clude Ro­man­tic Rhine – eight days be­tween Zurich and Am­s­ter­dam, priced from $2582 a per­son, twin share (in­clud­ing 10 per cent dis­count); Bur­gundy and Provence – 11 days be­tween Paris and the Cote D’Azur, priced from $3761 a per­son, twin share (in­clud­ing 15 per cent dis­count), and Mag­nif­i­cent Europe – 15 days be­tween Bu­dapest and Am­s­ter­dam, priced from $5056 a per­son, twin share (in­clud­ing 10 per cent dis­count).

Avalon’s 2016 sea­son will of­fer more des­ti­na­tions than ever be­fore, with a choice of 48 itin­er­ar­ies on the great wa­ter­ways of Europe in­clud­ing the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Seine, Rhone and Meuse rivers. MIX warm sun­shine with cool glaciers on a Hawaii and Alaska pack­age de­part­ing May 10, 2016. The 15-night trip in­cludes flights to Honolulu for four nights then on to An­chor­age for a fournight land-tour tak­ing in De­nali Na­tional Park. Then guests join the lux­u­ri­ous all-suite ship Sil­ver Shadow for a seven-night all-in­clu­sive cruise from Se­ward to Van­cou­ver, with touches in­clud­ing but­ler ser­vice. The flight back from Van­cou­ver rounds out the trip, priced from $10,379 a per­son, twin share, valid un­til Septem­ber 30. A 21-day pack­age of re­turn air­fares, three nights in Paris, 14-night river cruise from Am­s­ter­dam to Bu­dapest and three nights in Prague in 2016 nor­mally priced at $9499 a per­son, twin share, is dis­counted to $6999 un­til Septem­ber 18. The cruise on river ship Sound of Mu­sic is for de­par­tures on Oc­to­ber 3 or 31, 2016. Or travel on July 25, Au­gust 8, Septem­ber 5 or 19, 2016, for $7499 a per­son, twin share. GET spa dis­counts, ex­press lug­gage de­liv­ery and ac­cess to a ded­i­cated check-in area on a seven-night Hawai­ian is­lands cruise aboard Pride of Amer­ica, which sails round trip from Honolulu to visit Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kauai. The cruise is priced from $1755 a per­son, twin share, in an in­side cabin and from $2599 a per­son in a bal­cony cabin, in­clu­sive of the ex­tras, all meals and en­ter­tain­ment. Valid for sale un­til Septem­ber 30, 2015, for travel on Novem­ber 28, 2015. DIS­COUNTS of $500 a per­son are avail­able on an Am­ras Cruises’ 15-day Bu­dapest to Am­s­ter­dam river cruise, de­part­ing on Oc­to­ber 1, 2015. Sail the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers on board the Amadeus Sil­ver II with 14 land tours, all meals in­cluded, drinks with din­ner on board and com­pli­men­tary wi-fi. Prices start from $6490. SAVE up to $2800 a per­son on a 16-night voy­age on the Aza­mara Quest from Syd­ney to Auck­land on Jan­uary 15, 2016. High­lights in­clude full-day vis­its to Mel­bourne, Port Arthur and Ho­bart, Dunedin, Akaroa, Pic­ton and Napier.

Spe­cial fly/cruise pack­age prices in­clud­ing all sav­ings start from $7945 a per­son, twin share, and in­clude flight back from Auck­land; meals and on­board gra­tu­ities; se­lec­tion of bev­er­ages in­clud­ing wine and beer; on-board pro­gram of en­ter­tain­ment, port lec­tures, port charges and taxes.

A bonus $US200 on-board credit is avail­able for new book­ings.

RO­MANCE OF RIVERS: Sev­eral cruise lines in­clude itin­er­ar­ies to the pic­turesque Rhine Val­ley in Ger­many.

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