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VIET­NAM AND CAM­BO­DIA 13-DAY RIVER CRUISE PACK­AGE $7495

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours’ new 2019-20 South­east Asia brochure fea­tures cruis­ing through Viet­nam and Cam­bo­dia on board luxury, all­bal­cony-suite ship Scenic Spirit.

Early book­ing of­fers avail­able un­til Oc­to­ber 31, 2018, in­clude a fly free deal when book­ing any Mekong jour­ney of 13 days or longer, a dis­count of $200 a per­son and an up­grade when book­ing any Sap­phire Deck suite. The 13-day Trea­sures of the Mekong be­tween Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap is priced from $7495 a per­son twin share.

SCENIC.COM.AU, PH 138 128

SOLOMON IS­LANDS 12-DAY OUTER IS­LANDS EX­PE­DI­TION $US5495 (ABOUT $7553)

Cruise way off the beaten course with an ex­pe­di­tion voy­age to the outer Solomon Is­lands in­clud­ing the Duff Is­lands, es­corted by sci­en­tist and con­ser­va­tion­ist Pro­fes­sor Tim Flan­nery. Sail­ing from Solomons cap­i­tal Ho­niara on board the 50-guest

Spirit of En­derby, the trip vis­its Santa Is­abel, the Duff Is­lands, Makira and Malaita, where tra­di­tional cur­rency made of shells is still used for dowries and worn as a sta­tus sym­bol. The 12-day Se­crets of Me­lane­sia de­parts on Oc­to­ber 18, 2018, and is priced from $US5495 (about $7553) a per­son twin share in­clud­ing all meals on cruise, one-night ho­tel and 10-night ship ac­com­mo­da­tion, shore ex­cur­sions and on-board ac­tiv­i­ties.

WORLDEXPEDITIONS.COM, 1300 720 000

WA COAST FIVE-NIGHT WAR HIS­TORY TRIP $1029

A short-break cruise along the West Aus­tralian coast in Jan­uary, 2019, will hon­our AN­ZAC troops who sailed from Aus­tralia to the bat­tle­fields of Europe dur­ing WWI. The five-night cruise aboard Cruise and Mar­itime Voy­ages’ As­tor will sail roundtrip from Perth on Jan­uary 6, 2019, bound for Esper­ance and Al­bany. The for­mer whal­ing town of Al­bany was the last sight of Aus­tralia for 41,000 troops who sailed in con­voys of ships to the trenches of Europe from 1914-18. To­day it has the Na­tional AN­ZAC Cen­tre and a new “Field of Light – Av­enue of Hon­our” out­door light in­stal­la­tion open from Oc­to­ber, 2018, to AN­ZAC Day, April, 2019. The cruise is priced from $1029 for the first per­son twin share, with the fare for a sec­ond per­son half-price at $514.

CRUISEEXPRESS.COM.AU, PH 1300 766 537

SIN­GA­PORE TO SYD­NEY 23-NIGHT SAIL-RAIL COMBO $7999

Rail and sail from Sin­ga­pore to Syd­ney on a 23-night ad­ven­ture tak­ing in sights from Saigon to the Nullar­bor Plain. The jour­ney starts with a flight to Sin­ga­pore and two nights’ ho­tel stay be­fore board­ing Sun Princess on Novem­ber 13, 2019, for a 14-night cruise call­ing at Ho Chi Minh City in Viet­nam, Si­hanoukville in Cam­bo­dia, Bangkok and Koh Sa­mui in Thai­land, Benoa in Bali then Fre­man­tle. Guests will spend three nights in Fre­man­tle at Cape Lodge with tours in­clud­ing pri­vate wine tast­ings in Mar­garet River, a night in Perth then board the

In­dian Pa­cific for three nights’ travers­ing the con­ti­nent call­ing at Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der, Cook, Ade­laide, Bro­ken Hill, Blue Moun­tains and Syd­ney. The deal in­clud­ing flight to Sin­ga­pore is priced from $7999 a per­son twin share.

ECRUISING. TRAVEL, PH 1300 369 848

POR­TU­GAL AND SPAIN DOURO RIVER/BARCELONA $5499

Savour the land­scapes, his­tory and cui­sine of Por­tu­gal’s Douro Val­ley on a river cruise vis­it­ing four World Her­itage-listed sites. A pack­age priced from $5499 a per­son twin share in­cludes re­turn flights, two nights in Lis­bon, train from Lis­bon to Porto and a night in a ho­tel pre-cruise, seven­night Douro River cruise, flight to Barcelona and a two-night ho­tel stay be­fore flight home. City tours are also in­cluded in Lis­bon and Barcelona. The pack­age is valid to Au­gust 31, 2018, for de­par­tures on April 19 and Oc­to­ber 21, 2019. Other de­par­tures at var­i­ous prices avail­able from March to Oc­to­ber 2019 on a va­ri­ety of ships.

DITRAVEL.COM.AU, PH 1300 813 391

TRANSPA­CIFIC 21-DAY SEAT­TLE TO SYD­NEY $3199

Sail from Seat­tle to Syd­ney aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ex­plorer of the Seas from Oc­to­ber 4, 2018, call­ing at ports in Hawaii, Fiji, Van­u­atu and New Cale­do­nia. Prices start from $3199 a per­son twin share in­clud­ing flight from Syd­ney to Seat­tle, 21-day cruise as well as a pre-cruise ho­tel stay in Seat­tle and air­port to ho­tel trans­fers. There are op­tions to up­grade to an Ocean­view cabin for less than $13 a per­son a day or a bal­cony cabin for less than $35 a per­son a day.

CRUISEAWAY.COM.AU, PH 1300 887 590

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