Voyages of adventure
LUXURY cruise line Seabourn has announced its schedule of cruises for its 2016-17 season, which it says will feature the newest and most modern luxury fleet at sea following the debut of Seabourn Encore.
The new program offers 28 itineraries and 104 departures of seven to 89 days visiting all seven continents, including popular destinations and exotic locales in South America, Antarctica, India, Arabia, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England, the Caribbean and Asia as well as Seabourn Encore’s maiden season of cruising in Australia and New Zealand.
The program also features a series of maiden visits and a return to some old favourites including ports in Japan, China and Korea, in addition to a series of new Caribbean itineraries from Barbados.
The new Seabourn Encore joins award-winning sister ships Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest.
Carrying 458 guests and a staff-guest ration of almost oneto-one, the ships are firmly aimed at the top end of the market willing to pay for personalised service, with touches ranging from a focus on gourmet food to complimentary neck massages by the pool.
Cruises include a 21-day Antarctica voyage from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso departing November 28, 2016, on Seabourn Quest, priced from $19,500 a person. Ph 13 24 02 or see seabourn.com AVALON Waterways has released a bargain airfare deal to combine with its discounted 2016 season of river cruises, offering flights to Europe from $799 a person.
The offer is available with any of Avalon’s 2016 European river cruises, now on sale with savings of up to 15 per cent off French itineraries and up to 10 per cent off all other European river cruises.
The $799 airfare deal is on sale until June 30, 2015, for travel between March and May or September and November, 2016. Fares are also available from $999 for travel between June and August, 2016. The flights are available from Brisbane to a range of European gateways, travelling with airlines including Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Cathay Pacific.
Cruise deals to link with the air deal include the Magnificent Europe trip – 15 days between Amsterdam and Budapest, priced from $5538 a person, twin share, plus return flights from $799.
Avalon’s 2016 season of river cruises features 28 itineraries on the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Seine and Rhone rivers. For the first time in 2016, Avalon will also offer cruises on the Meuse River in Belgium. Ph 1300 230 234 or see avalonwaterways.com.au GO shopping then cruise home on a deal with Cruise1st. Fly from Sydney to Singapore and stay two nights with plenty of time for shopping and sightseeing, then cruise back to Sydney aboard the Voyager of the Seas with its array of facilities, which even includes an ice-skating rink.
The 14-night cruise calls at Port Klang, Darwin, Airlie Beach, Brisbane and Sydney. The 16-night package departing on October 20, 2015, is priced from $1499 a person, twin share. Ph 1800 596 345 or see cruise1st.com.au GET well off the beaten track with a 15-night luxury expedition cruise through the Kuril Peninsula in Russia’s Far East aboard Ponant’s ship Le Soleal. The voyage departs Petropavlovsk on September 21, 2015, and calls at Atlasova, Shumshu, Paramushir, Onekotan, Shiashikotani, Matua, Yanchicha, Chirpoy, Tulenyi, Korsakov, Otaru and Kanazawa. En route see volcanoes, black sand beaches, alpine landscapes, a wide variety of wildlife and encounters with the local Chukchi people. A package of balcony stateroom, one night in Tokyo, chartered flight Tokyo/Petropavlovsk and $2400 a person towards international flights is now available priced from $11,410 a person, twin share. Ph 1300 737 178 or see ponant.com A 17-night package departing Sydney on November 7 starts with an overnight trip on the Indian Pacific to Adelaide, then a three-night stay including a full day tour with River Murray riverboat cruise. Transfer to the cruise terminal for a 13-night cruise on Diamond Princess calling at Melbourne, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington and finishing in Sydney. Priced from $3669 a person, twin share (pensioner rate). Ph (08) 8311 1196 or see holidaysofaustralia.com.au HAVE a taste of South America with a fly, cruise and stay package. The deal is priced from $4679 a person, twin share, including airfares to Buenos Aires and returning from Santiago flying Qantas, two night pre-cruise at the Park Royal Buenos Aires Hotel, 14-night cruise with Holland America on board Zaandam, one night post-cruise at Gran Hotel Gervasoni, Valparaiso (Santiago), all meals, on-board entertainment, government fees and airline and port taxes. There is also a bonus of up to $US75 on-board credit a stateroom. Valid until May 30, 2015, for departure on March 18, 2016. Ph 1300 362 599 or see creativecruising.com.au
DECKS APLENTY: Surf’s up aboard Voyager of the Seas; and enjoy an Antarctica voyage (below).