Voy­ages of adventure

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

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).

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