CRUISE DEALS OF THE WEEK
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.
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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