Azamara Club Cruises has announced it will make Australia one of its homes in 2018 with Azamara Journey arriving here in January of that year for the brand’s third local season.
The ship will offer three local sailings, including a 14-night Tasmania and New Zealand voyage from Sydney to Auckland departing 8 February 2018, plus an epic 102-day ‘World Journey’ from Sydney to London on its way back to the Northern Hemisphere.
The latter departs Sydney in March 2018, visits 61 ports in 29 countries, and is priced from $39,599 per person twin-share.
Phone 1800 754 500 or visit cruisingpower.com.
Small-ship cruising at its best with APT.
APT’s new 12-day ‘Timeless Japan’ cruise involves a circumnavigation of the country from Osaka to Tokyo.
Highlights include the chance to explore the 28 acres of the famous Koraku-en Gardens and participate in a tea ceremony, tour the Nagasaki Peace Park and embark on a full-day excursion to the World-Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju in South Korea. Guests can also participate in some of Japan’s great hikes, all of which are escorted by the APT Expedition team.
Two departures are offered on 28 May and 8 June 2017. This cruise is priced from $14,295 per person, twin share.
Phone 1300 196 420 or visit aptouring.com.au.
Canberra’s summer of festival includes cinema under the stars in the city’s botanic gardens.
Canberra is offering a season of festivals over the next few months.
Among them are the National Gallery’s exhibition of more than 130 works by renowned Australian artist Tom Roberts and the IMB Sunset Cinema in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, which includes a fantastic range of films under the stars on the Eucalypt Lawn.
Renowned chef Frank Camorra … in charge of the kitchen on a 15-day Western Front cruise.
Luxury travel operator Captain’s Choice is waiving the solo supplement on five cruise departures next year.
That means paying from $12,850 per person as a lone traveller on the company’s 15-day ‘Springtime on the Western Front’ river cruise aboard the MS AmaPrima, sailing the lesser known waterways of The Netherlands, Belgium and France — a saving of up to $2420.
The cruise departs April 18 and will feature renowned chef Frank Camorra.
Phone 1300 176 681 or visit captainschoice.com.au for further details.
Pacific Eden … inaugural Asia season specials.
Ecruising.travel has partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board and P&O Cruises to launch a range of complete holiday packages aboard Pacific Eden during its inaugural Asia season in 2016.
Pay, for instance, from $1899 per person twin-share ex Australia for a 10-night package departing July 30 next year.
Included are port visits to Phuket, Krabi, Bangkok, Ko Samui and Ko Chang in Thailand.
Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel/eden.
Hi-5 … Hunter Valley special this summer.
Parents looking for a fun way to entertain the littlies over the summer holidays should consider this Crowne Valley Hunter Valley deal for the Hi-5 Summer Songfest on January 10.
The resort is offering a family package for two adults and one child, including overnight accommodation, a buffet breakfast and three show tickets from $279.
Phone 02 4991 0000 or visit www.crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au.
The resort offers plenty of family-friendly activities, including a magical carousel, colourful toy train, 25-metre swimming pool, extensive grounds with children’s activities, and a fully supervised Kids Club.
MSC Armonia … doubling the line’s presence in Cuba.
MSC Cruises will double its presence in Cuba for the 2016-2017 season by basing a second vessel in Havana.
MSC Armonia will offer two culturally diverse seven-night itineraries out of the Cuban capital.
One will take guests from Havana to the white sand beaches, pristine bays and spectacular coral reefs of Isla de Roatan (Honduras), before heading for the colonial charm of Belize City (Belize). It is then on to Costa Maya (Mexico) and finally Isla de la Juventud (Cuba), for an exclusive Caribbean beach experience, before returning to Havana.
The second itinerary will start with two and half days and two nights in Havana, then set sail for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula visiting Montego Bay (Jamaica), Georgetown (Cayman Islands) and Cozumel, before circling back to Havana.
Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 23-night ‘The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna’ package combines two classic American destinations — New England and Hawaii — through cruises aboard Norwegian Gem and Pride of America.
Prices start at $7199 per person twin-share ex Australia, including five nights New York City, a seven-night Canada and New England cruise aboard Norwegian Gem, four nights accommodation in Honolulu’s celebrated Waikiki Beach area, and a seven-night cruise exploration of the Hawaiian Islands aboard Pride of America.