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TRAVELLERS’ GOOD BUYS Compiled by JOHN ROZENTALS

November 16, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

anacondaAnaconda Mobile claims its new international roaming SIM card will save travellers to Thailand — the fourth most popular destination for Australians — up to 96 per cent on rates offered by rival cards.

Customers can make direct calls from Thailand for 57 cents per minute and texts for 45 cents. Data-roaming rates are 49 cents per MB.

Anaconda SIM cards are priced from $50, including $40 worth of airtime and free delivery.

Phone 1300 792 231 or visit www.anacondamobile.com.

Ecruising.travel has combined Alaska, Vancouver and Hawaii in a 24-night holiday that which includes two separate cruises, one on Celebrity Solstice and a second on Radiance of the Seas.

The journey begins on April 23, with flights from Australia to spend five nights at the Waikiki Hilton before joining the Celebrity Solstice to visit the beautiful Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Maui and the volcanic “Big Island”.

The cruise finishes in Vancouver in Canada where you spend a night exploring the city from the Shangri La Hotel.

Then board your second ship to Alaska’s Icy Strait Point and Tracy Arm Fjord before making stops at the historic Alaskan towns of Juneau and Ketchikan.

Prices start from $5139 per person twin-share, including return airfares from Australia.crackenback

Book by December 31. Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, in the NSW Snowy Mountains, has upgraded its spa facilities to include an array of alternative therapies and wellness treatments.

A three-night spa-indulgence package starts from $899 per couple, including accommodation in a mountain-view studio apartment, daily hot breakfast, two specialised spa treatments, a spa-and-wellness pamper gift, free use of croatiaresort facilities, and a 10 per cent discount on activities and rentals.

Set on 150 acres, the resort offers a wide range of onsite leisure facilities and activities including a nine-hole golf course, tennis, stand-up paddle boards, canoes and kayaks, archery, scenic walking trails, mountain bike skills course, fitness centre, heated swimming pool and waterfront dining.

Phone 1800 020 524 or visit www.lakecrackenback.com.au.

Beyond Travel has added six new upmarket vessels to its fleet for cruising Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and islands next year.

The new MB Krilo Pride, for instance will operate eight-day round trips from Dubrovnik from $1985 per person, visiting Mljet, Korcula, Hvar and Split.

Generally, the ships carry 35 to 40 passengers, offering a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with stops daily in small historic ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships.

All Croatian cruises include on board accommodation, half-board, sightseeing tours, arrival and departure transfers, port fees and taxes.

Phone1300 363 554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au.  lights

Watch the Northern Lights from a glass igloo and explore breathtaking Arctic landscapes aboard a husky sled or snow mobile.

Bentours is offering a 13-day Scandinavian tour next February, incorporating seven nights hotel accommodation, a five-night Hurtigruten coastal voyage and first-class rail travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.

Prices start at $5500 per person twin-share.

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

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is offering deals on three-night romantic getaways at five of its properties, valid from February 10 to July 31 (some exclusion periods may apply) — Rasa Ria Resort (Sabah, Malaysia), Fijian Resort & Spa (Yanuca Island, Fiji), Villingili Resort & Spa (Maldives) and Mactan Resort & Spa and Boracay Resort & Spa in the Philippines.

All the packages include a candlelit dinner in a private cabana or gazebo overlooking the sea, and a resort-specific experience. At Rasa Ria Resort, for example, the possibilities include a horse-riding session on the beach or a bicycle ride around the resort.

Visit www.shangri-la.com.

The annual turtle nesting season is set to begin on Queensland’s Heron and Wilson Islands, with an abundance of green and loggerhead turtles coming turtlesashore to nest on these two Great Barrier Reef coral cays.

With careful guidelines for viewing, guests can observe this wonder of nature on a casual walk on the beach or on guided walks.

Heron Island is offering three-night Turtle Season Escape packages priced from $597 per person twin-share, including all meals, snorkel hire, boat transfers from Gladstone and $50 resort credit per day.

The offer is on sale until December 31 and valid for travel until March 31.

Phone 1300 863 248 or visit www.heronisland.com.

Get complimentary cabin upgrades on Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ 11-night Fremantle-Bali-Fremantle journey on board the Astor.

Pay, for instance, $1669 per person twin-share for a Category 3 cabin and save $1040 with an upgrade to a Category 7 cabin. Fremantle-Bali and Bali-Fremantle sectors also available.

The recently refurbished Astor has seven passenger decks and is a premium, fully stabilised and air-conditioned cruise liner with a maximum capacity of 620 guests.

Book by November 30 for departure January 2.

Visit www.cmvaustralia.com.

Save $750 per couple on Globus 2014 holidays featuring Avalon Waterways river cruises.globus

Pay for instance, from $4954 per person twin-share for the 15-day Romantic Heart of Europe itinerary, which visits St Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Interlaken and Lucerne in the Swiss Alps, and includes a cruise down the Rhine through Germany to Amsterdam.

Modern air-conditioned coaches, free on-board wi-fi, premium hotels, expert tour directors and local guides, guided sightseeing, admission to attractions, breakfasts daily and many other meals (including all meals aboard cruise), intra-tour flights and internal transfers.

Book by December 31 this year for 2014 departures.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit www.globus.com.au.

Bradman Experience packages in the legend’s old home town of Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands.peppers

Pay from $219 per couple per night at Peppers Craigieburn, and from $239 at Peppers Manor House.

Includes breakfast and tickets to the International Cricket Hall of Fame, incorporating the Bradman Gallery, valid for two consecutive days.

Until 30 April.

Phone (02) 4862 8000 (Peppers Craigieburn) or (02) 4860 3111 (Peppers Manor House) or visit www.peppers.com.au.

uniworldSave nearly 50 per cent ($2750 per person) on selected departures of Uniworld’s 15-day Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong itinerary.

Pay from $2892 per person twin-share.

Includes seven-night Mekong cruise on the French colonial River Orchid, seven nights in deluxe hotels, all transportation throughout the trip, many meals, complimentary wine and beer with all dinners throughout the cruise, 12 days of fully escorted excursions.

Book by December 31 for departures August 6, 20 and 24.

Phone 1300 780 231 or visit www.uniworldcruises.com.au.

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