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Alaskan glaciers lead to China’s Great Wall on month-long holiday from $A5929

March 11, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

Here’s a wide-ranging cruise holiday full of variety: a flight from Australia to Anchorage in Alaska for a seven-night cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage, then a separate 15-night cruise from Vancouver to Russia and Japan, ending with an exploration of Chinese highlights from Beijing.

The whole fly-cruise holiday takes a month (30 days) and uses the same ship throughout, Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Millennium. All shipboard main meals, most onboard entertainment and ship’s tips (gratuities) are covered in the price. After leaving the ship, you’ll spend four nights in Beijing, touring the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.

The holiday from Worldwide Cruise Centres (www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au) is called ‘Walls of Ice to Great Wall’. It costs from A$5929 twin-share per person from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne; A$6129 from Adelaide and $A6379 from Perth. As a bonus, there’s an onboard free credit offer of US$100 per twin cabin to spend aboard ship. The holiday is valid for booking until the end of March 2014.

‘Walls of Ice to Great Wall’ starts with a flight from Sydney or Brisbane to Anchorage on 4 September 2014. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to a four-star hotel in this famed Alaskan city, giving time to refresh before heading to the port of Seward and boarding Celebrity Millennium for a seven-night voyage along Alaska’s Inside Passage, with its dramatic fjords and forested islands, unnamed (4)all the way to Vancouver.

Bald eagles, sea lions, porpoise and whales frequent this region because of its mild, maritime climate. For human visitors, highlights include the historic town of Juneau, the Klondike gold-rush settlement of Skagway, the totem poles and friendly folk of Ketchikan and phenomenal Hubbard Glacier, largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent.

Sailing south into Canadian seas, you’ll visit the spectacular city of Vancouver, with a day to look around before Celebrity Millennium sets sail again.

A full week at sea gives time to explore the ship, 294 metres long and filled with fun and wonders – from world-class restaurants to Broadway-style shows and amenities that rival the grandest hotels on land. The AquaSpa, one of the largest, most luxurious spas afloat, offers treatments designed to take guests to a higher level of relaxation. Other touches include an ice-topped Martini Bar, Café al Bacio & Gelateria, a Cellar Masters Wine Bar, and plenty of fine dining choices every evening.

After crossing the international dateline, first port of call is Petropavlovsk, capital of Russia’s isolated Kamchatka, a 1250-kilometre-long peninsula separating the Pacific from the Sea of Okhotsk. Petropavlovsk is the second-largest city in the world that’s  unreachable by road. The region, rich in wildlife, is known for its extraordinary Valley of the Geysers.

Sailing further south, Celebrity Mercury enters Japanese seas and docks in Otaru, facing Ishikari Bay and renowned over the past 100 years as “the sea entrance of Hokkaido”. A great canal, built in 1923 and lined with gaslight street lamps and a stone-paved promenade, runs through the city.

Next, Hakodate, a fine city known for its Blue Moon cruise, a wonderful bay exploration. Finally, the most famous Japanese port city of them all, Yokohama on Tokyo Bay, the second biggest city in Japan after Tokyo itself. Awesome Tokyo is within easy reach.

Disembarking at the end of a great cruise, your holiday is far from over. Jet now from Tokyo to Beijing and the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel, where your four-night stay in China’s capital, based in this hotel (complete with daily breakfast), includes two days touring to Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. There’s a fantastic Chinese Acrobatic Show as well.

At the end of a month’s fabulous holiday, its time to fly refreshed back to Australia.

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to: 

www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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