Carnival Cruise Line will base its 2680-guest Carnival Legend in Melbourne during February and March 2018, offering a series of six round-trip cruises from the southern capital.
Cruises will range from three-night short cruises enabling holidaymakers to enjoy a short break at sea, to an 11-night voyage around New Zealand, with a four-night itinerary to Tasmania and a 10-night cruise to the South Pacific also available.
Fares start from $549 per person twin-share for a three-night cruise, while the 11-night New Zealand cruise, which visits the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga and Napier, is priced from $1499 per person twin-share.
Phone 133 194 or visit www.carnival.com.au.
Star Clipper … 16 billowing sails and the most modern of amenities
A four-masted barquentine and remote, jewel-blue lagoons in Thailand, made famous by the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, come together in a 12-night tour from Cruise Express next April.
‘South East Asia Adventure’ includes a week-long cruise through Thailand’s pristine, tropical islands in the Andaman Sea aboard the 170-passenger schooner Star Clipper, which boasts 16 billowing sails and masts up to 69 metres high.
Prices are from $4990 per person twin-share ex Australia, including two nights in each of Phuket and Singapore.
Also included in the cruise are the remote, jungle-clad and coral-ringed islands of Ko Adang, inhabited only by national park rangers but with passengers able to venture ashore to explore deserted coves, palm-lined beaches and hidden lagoons.
Star Clipper will also call into the colonial ports of Penang and Malacca in Malaysia.
Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.
The five-star Datai Langkawi … surrounded by ancient rainforest and private beaches.
Pay from $875 per person twin-share — a saving of more than 35 per cent — for a four-day stay at the five-star Datai Langkawi, set on Malaysia’s Datai Bay, surrounded by ancient rainforest and private beaches with views of the Andaman Sea.
The deal includes breakfast daily, free wifi, free mini-bar, nature walk, free fruit basket, use of health club, saunas, swimming pools and private beach, free scheduled yoga classes and return airport transfers by private vehicle.
This advance purchase rate must be booked more than 60 days prior to travel and is valid for sale until October 23 and for select travel dates up to December 23.
The Datai Langkawi is located just minutes from the Langkawi Crocodile Farm and the Seven Wells Waterfall and enjoys easy access to a range of popular activities and tourist attractions.
Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.
A Tokyo highlight … blossom-time at the Imperial Palace.
New elite travel company Latitude 33 has released its inaugural 26-night ‘Cherry Blossoms and Chopsticks’ cruise-tour, which is designed especially for discerning travellers to enjoy the highest level of travel experiences across all aspects of an immersive journey.
Prices are from $29,999 per person twin-share ex Australia, including a six-night land tour in Japan and an 18-night cruise aboard the intimate Seabourn Sojourn from Kobe to Hong Kong, before two nights at The Peninsula Hotel in the former British colony.
Book before June 17 to receive a complimentary upgrade from an ocean-view suite to a veranda suite on the Seabourn Sojourn.
Phone 1300 636 848 or visit www.latitude33.travel.
Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa … ocean-front adults-only luxury.
Book by June 30 and save $630 per person on a five-night stay at the adults-only Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Resort Maldives.
Pay from $1745 per person twin-share for an ocean-front beach villa, including an all-inclusive meal plan, all beverages, open bar service with selected cocktails and return transfers.
The special offer is valid for travel before October 31.
Phone 1300 853 019 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.
Machu Piccu … Peru’s most iconic destination.
From the chiselled peaks of the Andes and the country’s colonial architecture to its ancient Inca ruins and incredible gastronomic heritage, there are few places in the world that can boast the spectacular beauty and diversity of Peru.
Book by June 30 and save $500 per person twin-share on A&K’s nine-day ‘Glimpse of Peru’ journey, which includes two nights in Lima, two nights in Peru’s Sacred Valley, one night in Machu Picchu and three nights in Cusco.
Private sightseeing highlights include the major attractions of Lima, a market visit and cooking experience, a personalised experience in an Andean highland community, exploration of Machu Picchu and the colonial highlights of Cusco.
Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.
Ragusa … the Sicilian city can trace its origins back to the second millenium BC.
Peter Sommer Travels is about to embark on a culinary adventure in Sicily in September, sampling the island’s superb restaurants, fine local produce and seductive lifestyle during an eight-day small-group tour.
Departing September 24, the tour is limited to 10 guests and will also explore the island’s rich remarkable ancient history and magnificent scenery.
Between culinary adventures, guests will be able to explore sites such as the world’s largest arrays of Roman mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale, the fascinating rock-cut tombs of the Pantalica Valley, and the famous Greek theatre and ruins of the Syracuse Archaeological Park.
Prices are from about $5810 per person twin-share, including all breakfasts, six lunches, three dinners, all accommodation, all activities and excursions with expert guides, cooking class and demonstrations, ground transport and airport transfers.
Wintery European enchantment … Christmas time in Vienna.
Enjoy open fires and snowy scenery across Europe — and save $500 per couple on a selection of Globus winter tours.
The offer lets travellers enjoy some of Europe’s best-known destinations at perhaps the most atmospheric times of year, long after the summer crowds have departed and just in time to see the Christmas decorations emerge.
The deal is available for bookings until June 30 and applies to 12 European itineraries departing between November 1 and December 31.
An eight-day itinerary taking in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna is priced from $2259 per person twin-share, focusing on the mountains, lakes and cities of Bavaria and Austria, and including a day cruise on the Danube.
Phone 1300 230 234 or visit www.globus.com.au.