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No fly holiday from Australia uses two superb ships and lasts five and half months

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Two classic ocean voyages, one from Australia to England and the other back again, combine to create a relaxing new cruise holiday distinguished by having no flights in it.

The whole holiday lasts five and a half months, beginning and ending in Sydney. Between the two cruises, a nine-week break lets you enjoy Europe as you please.Princesscruises_peopleondeck

‘The No Fly European Adventure’, as the holiday is called, starts with a 56-night voyage from Australia to Southampton aboard Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2, the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. The 49-night return voyage to Australia is aboard the stylish Dawn Princess, a large ship with small-ship intimacy. Perfect for connoisseurs with a love of cruising and good living, ‘The No Fly European Adventure’ is available from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au).

Each of the two ships follows its own distinct itinerary. The combination takes travellers to Asia, the Orient, Arabia, the Caribbean, South America, French Polynesia – even little-known gems like Easter Island – as well as visiting great cities: Rome, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Boston, Dublin, qm2_veuve_clicquot_champagne_barLima, Lisbon and New York.

The absence of flights on this holiday means you can forget airline baggage restrictions and shop as much as you like. And you don’t have to pack and repack.

Prices begin at A$17,499 per person twin-share for this adventure of a lifetime, valid until booked out. Aboard both ships, all shipboard main meals and most entertainment is included.

In between the cruises, nine glorious weeks at leisure in Europe give plenty of time to explore Britain or the Continent during the northern hemisphere’s spring and summer. The break in Europe between voyages covers most of May, all of June and about half of July 2014.

You can use this time to visit family and friends, take a river cruise, add a Mediterranean cruise (or two) to your travels. Perhaps pick-up an escorted land tour  or hire a rental car and stay at bed-and-breakfasts. Possibilities are limitless and Worldwide Cruise Centres travel agents can help.

‘The No Fly European Adventure’ begins on 14 March 2014 when Queen Mary 2 sails from Sydney. It ends on 1 September 2014 when Dawn Princess docks in Sydney at the end of a voyage from Southampton.

Queen Mary 2 has many distinctions, including being the only ship to host a planetarium. The ship’s Canyon Ranch Spa Club offers a superlative spa experience afloat and the Queens Room is the largest ballroom at sea. For award-winning productions in classically elegant surroundings, don’t miss the Royal Court Theatre.

The Queen Mary 2 itinerary heads from Sydney to Brisbane, then to Cairns and on to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. Next stop Shanghai, China’s 21st-century super metropolis. Compare that with Hong Kong, your next stop. Other highlights include Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (still called Saigon by locals), Bangkok and Singapore.

Other highlights: Langkawi in the Andaman Sea, Colombo on the coast of Sri Lanka, Dubai, a transit of the Suez Canal with stops at two points in Egypt. You’ll visit Rome and Lisbon before docking in Cunard’s southern English home port of Southampton to begin your leisure time in Europe.

The return leg of ‘The No Fly European Adventure’ is aboard Dawn Princess, where activities are available to educate, entertain, inspire or sweat, depending on your tastes. Or just take it easy – there’s a lot to see ashore on an itinerary ranging from Ireland’s Cork to Lima, Peru.

Dublin, founded by Vikings, is your first port of call. Then Cork, followed on the other side of the Atlantic by Boston, Massachusetts, an American city with a strong Irish connection. Your next stop is New York, America’s greatest city.

Then head to the Caribbean, where tropical delights in aquamarine seas include Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia and dreamy Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. Transit the Panama Canal on the way to Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador means equator in Spanish and the equator passes right through here. South of the equator takes you to Lima, Peru, a fascinating city with great restaurants, parks and colonial history.

You’ll visit Easter Island, a Chilean possession and one of the world’s remotest landfalls, famed for its great stone moai faces. Now to Tahiti for an overnight in the capital, Papeete, before visiting serenely beautiful Moorea. Other highlights:

Pago Pago in American Samoa and Auckland, New Zealand, before cruising across the Tasman on the final leg of your voyage to dock in Sydney.

When you return home, it may seem as though you’ve been away for months and travelled most of the world. That’s because you will have done just that!

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to: 

www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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