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aranuiTahiti’s freighter cruise line Aranui has added Bora Bora in the Society Islands to its 2015 program.

Every 14-day Aranui round-trip cruise from Papeete will call at Bora Bora as well as French Polynesia’s mysterious Marquesas Islands and the pristine Tuamotu atolls.

Next year also marks the last chance for Australians to cruise on the popular Aranui 3 which is due to retire after 12 years cruising the region. The 256-passenger Aranui 5 is scheduled to commence service in late 2015.

Visit www.aranui.combella

Combine traditional land-based touring in Venice with a six-night cruise across the Venetian Lagoon, past colourful islands and through the Po Valley, aboard the stylish 20-passenger La Bella Vita.

There are tours of Chioggia, Ferrara and the Renaissance gem of Mantua along the way and fares starting from  €2690 per person twin-share include meals, wines and an open bar.

iguanaPhone European Waterways on1800 828 050 or visit: www.gobarging.com.

Chile, Peru and a private charter on a first-class motor yacht through the Galapagos are all included in ecruising.travel’s 21-night ‘Incan Intrigue & Darwin’s Discoveries’ adventure.

Highlights include exclusive tours of Matetic Vineyard in San Antonio Valley, Sacred Valley, Macchu Pichu, Lost City of Incas, Hiram Bingham deluxe train and, of course, Galapagos.

The Galapagos cruise includes daily guided excursions, the chance to kayak or snorkel, numerous wildlife observation areas and locally prepared cuisine.

Priced from $13,999 per person twin-share, this fully escorted tour is limited to 20 guests and is available with return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Phone1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.

Ocean jetboating has returned to the Sunshine Coast with the launch of the Mooloolaba Jet Boat, one of just three ocean-going jet boats in the country.jetboat

The fully covered boat offers extreme fun in one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal settings.

The Mooloolaba Jet Boat offers regular 60-minute adventure trips at 11am and 1pm, departing from Mooloolaba, as well as offering specialty tours and services for groups up to 12.

A one-hour experiences costs $80 per person.

Phone 0402 625 825 or visit www.mooloolabajetboat.com.

namibiaOnguma Tamboti is a new campsite on Namibia’s Onguma Game Reserve, which covers 34,000 hectares of a private wildlife area bordering the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.

A restaurant overlooks an active waterhole while a supply store ensures self-catering campers are well fed.

Each campsite has a shower room, a washing-up area and a separate toilet.

Rates are just under $A20 per person per night.

Visit www.onguma.compearl

P&O Cruises will make its inaugural visit to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula next March during a four-night P&OSeaBreak cruise out of Sydney (priced from $549 per person quad-share).

The line is gradually increasing the diversity of Australian ports on its schedule —including Eden on the NSW south coast, Portland on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the Sunshine Coast port of Mooloolaba, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln in South Australia, and Burnie and Port Arthur in Tasmania.

Phone 13 24 94 or visit pocruises.com.au.

shwedagonSpend 47 nights early next year touring Asia — including Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Myanmar — on a new Cruise1st fly-stay-and-cruise holiday based on the luxurious Celebrity Century.

Prices start at $4899 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($4999 ex Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide; $5099 ex Perth; and $5199 ex Adelaide), including airfares and two nights in Singapore.

Optional excursions include a tour of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda — a 2500-year-old golden stupa encrusted with jewels and home to Buddhist relics.

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

Helen Wong’s Tours is offering a $400-per-couple discount on its group tours to China and Vietnam.

Book before the end of August, for travel to China until the end of June 2015, to Vietnam until the end of Marchwong 2015.

The latest offer means a12-day China Discovery tour has a starting price of $3930 per person twin-share, including return airfare.

Phone 1300 788328 or visit www.helenwongstours.com.

Serving and former Australian defence personnel, as well as widows and widowers of defence personnel, are anzac_rhapsodybeing offered a $250 onboard spending credit per cabin on Cruise Express’s new tour which culminates in a visit to Anzac Cove next year.

Pay from $9990 per person twin-share for the 50-day cruise/tour on board Rhapsody of the Seas, including flights home with Singapore Airlines.

Sail to Istanbul via 21 ports in Australia, Asia, Arabia, the Holy Land and the Greek islands. Tour will conclude with a private and crowd-free commemoration and full-day tour of Anzac Cove on June 1.

Book by May 30 for departure from Sydney April 17, 2015.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

Enjoy a free breakfast at participating Best Western properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.best

Choose the ‘FREE Breakfast’ rate when booking.

Offer is available at more than 160 hotels.

Book by June 15 this year for stays until April 30 next year.

Underwater shot of Sea Turtle.Visit www.bestwestern.com.au/breakfast.

Save on a range Creative Holidays’ tropical school-holiday packages in Bali, Fiji, Thailand and Hawaii.

Pay, for instance, from $659 per person for a five-night break at the three-star Plantation Island Resort.

Includes complimentary Fijian cooking lesson, complimentary water park access and return airport transfers.

Book by June 30 for travel between June 15 and October 14.

Phone 1300 301 711 or visit www.creativeholidays.comsantorini

WHAT & WHERE: Luxuriate in the Greek islands at the five-star Notos Therme and Spa, located at Santorini’s Vlychada Beach.

Pay from $148 per night per couple.

Deal includes a private veranda and views of the marina and Aegean Sea, plus breakfast.

Until June 30.

Phone 1300 88 7979 or visit www.wotif.com/hotelW131555.

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