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CB2242062KC CCruise Express has combined voyages in the Mediterranean and north to Iceland and Norway in a 37-day European itinerary leaving Australia next June.

Its ‘European Sojourn’ is priced from $11,990 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide or Brisbane, including a 12-night Mediterranean cruise on board Celebrity Constellation, three nights in each of Rome and London, a three-day coach tour of the Italian Lakes District and Tuscany, and a 14-night voyage to Iceland and Norway on board Celebrity Eclipse.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au. cruise1st

Cruise1st is offering a cruise package around Malaysia and Thailand next January on board Royal Caribbean’s four-star Mariner of the Seas.

Prices start at $1349 ex Sydney ($1249 ex Perth and Adelaide; $1299 ex Gold Coast; $1449 ex Melbourne and Canberra), including seven-night cruise and a night in Singapore.

Ports of call include Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Phuket.

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

You’ll need to be quick to grab this Vietnam super-deal, which includes two nights at the five-star Hotel Equatorial in Ho Chi Minh City and six nights at Pullman Danang Beach Resort.

Pay $1399 instead of $3799 for two adults and up to two kids aged under 11.

Includes daily buffet breakfasts, airport transfers, eight spa treatments, three multi-course dinners, an exotic cooking class and free wifi.

Book August 30 to September 6 for travel until December 31.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com. mekong

Book one of Scenic Tours’ four 2015 itineraries to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Scenic Tours and receive an earlybird discount and free return flights to Asia.

All itineraries include a seven-day Mekong cruise on board the 34-suite Mekong Navigator, which was launched earlier this year.

The 22-day ‘Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong River Cruise’, which travels from Hanoi to Siem Reap, is priced from $8995 per person twin-share ex Australia.

originPhone 1300 723 642 or visit www.scenictours.com.au.

Ecoventura, which specialises in small-ship cruising in the Galapagos Islands, is taking bookings for the inaugural cruise on January 3, 2016, on its latest vessel MV Origin.

Rates start from $6500 per person for an eight-day cruise on the 20-person vessel, including open bar, Captain’s welcome and farewell parties, guided shore excursions, services of a concierge, use of wet suits, snorkelling equipment, stand-up paddle boards and sea kayaks, and transfers in the islands between the airport and dock.

Visit www.ecoventura.com. Ruby Princess

The pace and glitter of Las Vegas gives way to a leisurely cruise on Ruby Princess through the Caribbean and right around South America — with a stop in Rio de Janeiro to catch the climax of the city’s Mardi Gras carnival.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 56-day ‘Carnivale, Casinos & California’ fly-cruise-stay holiday departs January 27 and is priced from $7479 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, including three nights in Las Vegas and a 49-night circumnavigation of South America aboard Ruby Princess.

tigerVisit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

Bengal tigers, elephants, leopards, deer and hummingbirds are just some of the native Indian animals that could be spotted by travellers on Active Travel’s new 12-day ‘India Wildlife Safari’, departing Delhi in March.

The safari includes visits to the rugged Satpura National Park and also the lush Kanha National Park, which was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Also included are two days exploring Delhi’s historic buildings, colourful bazaars and gardens.

Prices start at $5667 per person twin-share.tulips

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.

If you’re planning a trip to Tasmania this spring, make sure to set aside some time in the north-west coastal town of Wynyard and nearby Table Cape for the three-week celebration of ‘bloomin’ colour’, which starts on September 22 and culminates on October 11 with the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival.

The festival features live music, carousel rides, a tulip-throwing competition, flower-shaped stilt walkers and a fireworks display over the Inglis River.

amadeusVisit www.bloomintulips.com.au.

Get $800 in travel credits per couple on the new MS Amadeus Silver II when it is added to Beyond Travel’s European river-cruise fleet next year.

Pay from $5440 per person twin-share for a 15-day itinerary between Amsterdam and Budapest.

Includes accommodation in a river-view cabin, all on-board meals with complimentary wine with dinner, complementary tea and coffee, daily sightseeing excursions with a guide, and port charges and local taxes.

Book by October 30.antarctic

Phone 1300 363 998 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

Save more than US$1500 on a selection of this season’s Antarctic voyages with Aurora Expeditions on board the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer.

Pay, for instance, from US$7395 per person triple-share for the 12-day ‘Spirit of Antarctica’ expedition.

Includes guided shore excursions using Zodiac craft and an in-depth education program with expert commentary.

mercureAbove expedition departs December 6.

hone 1800 637 688 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.

Take a two-night weekend break at a range of Mercure properties around Australia and receive full complimentary buffet breakfast, late check-out and a $50 food-and-beverage voucher.

Pay, for instance, from $159 per night at Mercure Welcome Melbourne.

Above property is located in the heart of the city on Little Bourke Street, close to major theatres, galleries and other attractions.

Available until further notice.

Visit www.mercure.commode

Get discounted rates at Mode Sathorn, one of Bangkok’s newest and trendiest hotels.

Pay from $42 per night per person twin-share, including breakfast.

Hotel is within walking distance of Bangkok’s prime entertainment, embassy, shopping and business district.

Valid until December 31.

Visit www.modesathorn.com for hotel information. Rate is available through all Flight Centre agencies.

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