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auroraBrrr! Aurora Expeditions will give its cruise passengers the chance to snorkel in Antarctica next February and March, allowing them to experience first hand the breakneck speed of penguins in the water, the beauty of icebergs below the waterline and the charm of sharing the water with whales and seals.

The optional activity will be led by expert polar diving guides using state-of-the-art equipment, including specially designed Waterproof© Snorkel-Drysuits, gloves, hood, weight belt, fins, mask, and snorkel. Passengers will be provided with all of the training and equipment they need.

Phone 02 9252 1033 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.

Baseball will take over the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22 when the LA Dodgers and the baseballArizona Diamondbacks kick off America’s 2014 Major League Baseball Opening Series — the first Major League baseball match to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere.

Travelscene is offering packages combining a night’s accommodation at Travelodge Sydney with tickets to the game. Prices start at $184 per person twin-share, with the offer valid to November 10.

Phone 13 13 98 or visit www.travelscene.net.au.

cookIsland Discoveries has launched three new Cook Islands tours based on the ancient art of celestial navigation.

Two of the tours utilise Marumara Atua, a traditional carved ocean voyaging canoe, or vaka — a three-hour cruise around the main visitor island of Rarotonga (NZ$95) and a four-day return sailing from Rarotonga to the even more spectacular island of Aitutaki (NZ$899).

The other is a land-based journey beginning with a beach dinner as the sun sets, followed by a walk around the island guided by the stars ($120).

Email bookings@islanddiscoveries.co.ck.

Cruise from Tokyo to Vancouver on the five-star Celebrity Millennium in luxury and ride the Rockycruise Mountaineer through the majestic Canadian Rockies on Cruise1st’s 22-night package departing May 9.

Prices start at $5299 per person twin-share ex Sydney and Brisbane ($4899 ex Melbourne), including a night in Tokyo pre-cruise two nights post-cruise in Vancouver.

Ports of call include Aomori and Sapporo in Japan, and Petropavlovsk, one of Russia’s oldest towns.

mercure_portseaPhone 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.

Born in October 1973 or married during that month? Then you’re entitled to a 40 per cent discount at more than Mercure hotels around Australia during this October as the chain celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Rooms offer complimentary wifi, bottled water, a Nespresso coffee machine, gourmet slices, bathrobes, slippers, magazines and newspapers.

Properties participating include the recently refurbished Mercure Sydney, Mercure Brisbane and Mercure Portsea Golf Club & Resort on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Visit www.mercure.comnelson

Port Stephens’ Nelson Resort, recently voted the best deluxe hotel at the North Coast Tourism Awards, offers a two-night adventure package priced from $390 per couple and valid to December 20.

That includes breakfast daily at the resort’s Little Nel Cafe, a dolphin cruise for two with Imagine Cruises, bike hire for two hours to explore the beach-lined foreshore and a choice of either a guided kayak eco tour for 90 minutes, one-hour on a stand-up paddleboard or sandboarding rides down the biggest sand dunes in Australia behind Stockton Beach. A post-adventure drink in Mavericks Bar at the Nelson Bay marina is also included.

Phone 02 4916 4600 or visit www.nelsonresort.com.au.

Polynesians will descend on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) from February 1 to 15 for the annual Tapati Festival, competing in more than 40 ancient sporting and cultural events such as the Vaka Tuai, intapati which each team makes a reed canoe to race against others, and the Haka Pei, in which competitors throw banana tree trunks downhill at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour.

Tourists are invited to join the many activities and South American adventure-travel specialist Explora is offering three-to-eight-night packages priced from $2385 per person twin-share, including accommodation, full board, daily explorations with guides and return airport transfers.

Explora’s 30-room Posada de Mike Rapu lodge incorporates a pool, jacuzzi, sauna and massage room. Its cuisine incorporates typical Rapa Nui ingredients and is rich in fish and other types of seafood.

Visit www.explora.com.

tempo_machuTempo Holidays’ new 27-day Ultimate South America package explores Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Prices start at $16,995 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including internal South American flights.

Highlights include a four-day cruise through the wildlife-rich Galapagos, the Sacred Valley in Cuzco, a scenic train journey to the lost city of Machu Picchu and accommodation at Sanctuary Lodge within easy walking distance to the ruins, a ride on the luxury Andean Explorer train to Puno, Lake Titicaca, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro.

tahitiPhone 1300 558 987 or visit www.tempoholidays.com.

Combine Tahiti and Los Angeles with Air Tahiti Nui’s early-bird offer.

Pay from $1930 Pay from $1930 ex Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to LA, with a stopover in Papeete.

Return flights to Papeete also available from $1330.

Book by October 14 for travel in the first half of next year.

Phone 1300 657 190 or visit www.airtahitinui.com.au.

Take advantage of China’s main-city 72-hour visa-free status with a short break on the way to 4seasons_pudongEurope at Four Seasons’ hotels in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Save up to 25 per cent on normal rates.

Knowledgeable, easy-to-communicate with staff will help guests to quickly discover the best of each city.

Deal is ongoing, but must be booked in advance.

Visit www.fourseasons.com/china.

siaGet early-bird discounted air fares to Europe with full-service Singapore Airlines.

Pay from $1525 ex Sydney.

Fares available from 34 Australian cities to more than 150 destinations in Europe; $1 Singapore stopovers; optional side-trip fares to all of Singapore Airlines and SilkAir’s destinations across South East Asia.

Book by November 15 for travel between March 1 and October 31 next year.

Phone 13 10 11 or visit www.singaporeair.comreef

Enjoy a romantic getaway at The Reef House, in the tropical north Queensland village of Palm Cove.

Pay from $549 per couple for two nights, including daily continental breakfast and two-course dinner for two on one of the nights.

Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, free wifi, use of DVD player and DVD library; two $25 day spa vouchers.

Valid until March 31.

Phone 07 4080 2600 or visit www.reefhouse.com.au.

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