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Wonderful Ventura cruise begins and ends in Venice

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“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” That was how best-selling American author Truman Capote described his visit there. 

Worldwide Cruise Centres ( is selling a new fly-cruise holiday that gives you two chances to find out whether Capote was right. The holiday includes a 14-night Mediterranean cruise aboard P&O Cruises Ventura that begins and ends in Venice, letting you visit it twice. The holiday also includes a night in Venice, staying at the Santa Marina Hotel Venice, built on the walls of an old convent in quiet Santa Marina Square.venice_gondola_purch

The Mediterranean cruise is superb, the ship is excellent and the price is right too – particularly if you act fast to secure an early-booking bargain. The 19-day Ventura cruise holiday costs from A$4199 twin-share per person, including return airfares from Sydney or Brisbane to Venice. It departs Australia on 11 August 2014.

If you book this week – between 9am Monday 11 November 2013 and 5pm Friday 15 November 2013 (Sydney time) – you will receive an onboard credit bonus of 70 pounds sterling per twin cabin, for use aboard ship. You will also be eligible for half-price cruise deposit.

Also, while it lasts, if you choose an outside cabin (LC category; A$4369 twin share per person) you may be eligible for a free upgrade to a twin balcony cabin at no extra cost. Inquire at time of booking.

And what a cruise!  Soak up the atmosphere of Corfu, one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful Greek islands, with narrow alleyways, silvery olive trees and vivid blooms set against a sapphire sea. The cruise visits famed attractions such as incomparable Rome, and Naples, set on a sparkling bay, along with lesser-known gems like Kotor in Montenegro, one of the best preserved medieval towns on the Adriatic coast. Kotor is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Other ports of call include Livorno, Italy’s gateway to Florence and Pisa, and  Ajaccio, Napoleon’s birthplace on the west coast of Corsica. Ajaccio’s many squares and plazas pay homage to the conqueror who never returned home. Napoleon’s ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, still stands.

You’ll call at the Italian port of Savona, with its 14th-century tower La Torretta, and, most memorably, the cruise will take you to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. World Heritage listed, Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts encircle a maze of narrow streets of cream-coloured stone.

In between shore excursions, Ventura provides everything you need, from bars, restaurants and a sports court, to spa and theatre. All main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are included in the price. Choose between Club Dining (the same table at the same time each evening) and Freedom Dining (no fixed seating or dining times).

Also aboard Ventura: two lounges for cabaret, tributes, comedy and dancing;  Metropolis, an amazing bar with a panoramic video wall; a well-equipped gym  and a large sports court and four pools (one with a retractable roof). Plus an alfresco spa terrace offering treatments under airy cabanas and beneath moonlit skies.

The great maritime city of Venice is the start and finish of your cruise. Perhaps toast it with an Amaretto cocktail, or a chocolate liqueur, before flying back to Australia.

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