Scenic sets sail on mighty Asian rivers

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

SCENIC has launched its first South- East Asia river-cruis­ing brochure fea­tur­ing Mekong and Ir­rawaddy cruises. The 2016-17 pro­gram sig­nals the inau­gu­ral sail­ing sea­son for Scenic Spirit, which will launch on the Mekong in Jan­uary trav­el­ling over eight days be­tween Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, and Scenic Aura launch­ing in Septem­ber next year on the Ir­rawaddy and trav­el­ling over 11 days be­tween Man­dalay and Pyay. Both ves­sels fea­ture all bal­cony suites with sep­a­rate bed­room and liv­ing room.

Book any jour­ney to Indo-China for 13 days or longer and 14 days or longer to Myan­mar by Jan­uary 31 and fly free to South-East Asia in­clud­ing taxes – a sav­ing of up to $3070 a cou­ple. For ex­am­ple, the 13-day Trea­sures of the Mekong prices start from $5345 a per­son, twin share, for seven nights on Scenic Spirit plus three nights in Siem Reap and two nights in Ho Chi Minh City. For the 14-day Mys­ti­cal Ir­rawaddy, prices start from $8195 a per­son, twin share. Cruise over 10 nights be­tween Man­dalay and Pyay plus two nights in Yan­gon and one night in Man­dalay. Princess for a seven-night cruise call­ing at Cagliari in Sar­dinia, Tu­nis, Livorno for Florence and Pisa, Monte Carlo, Toulon and fin­ish­ing in Barcelona for an overnight flight home. DO some good while see­ing the world with new cruise brand fathom, be­ing mar­keted as a so­cial im­pact line where guests have the op­por­tu­nity to help lo­cals im­prove their qual­ity of lives rather than just see­ing the sights.

The first sea­son of fathom’s cruises aboard the Ado­nia will be­gin on April 10, 2016, with seven­night, round-trip sail­ings from Mi­ami to the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic ev­ery week un­til April 24 and then fort­nightly un­til Septem­ber 25, 2016. Seven­night, round-trip cruises from Mi­ami to Cuba aboard Ado­nia are planned fort­nightly from May 1 to Oc­to­ber 2, 2016. The Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic cruises avail­able from $US1174 ($A1674) a per­son, twin share, the Cuban cruises from $US2300 a per­son, twin share, flights not in­cluded.

River cruise ship (be­low) will jour­ney along the Ir­rawaddy River in Myan­mar. Pic­ture:

TRAN­QUIL JOUR­NEY: Scenic Aura iS­tock

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