Cruise Chat

Published on December 15th, 2012 | by Ann Rickard

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Cruise Chat – Adventure Aboard

The cruise industry continues its remarkable boom with more and more Aussies walking up the gangway to sail off, if not always into the sunset, at least to some Port near or far. Cruise options come big and small, high-end and budget friendly. And it’s not just ocean-cruising that’s calling us. River cruising gains in popularity each day with some of the world’s most beautiful water ways now accessible to us.

We’ll bring you news of just some of the good deals that come our way each week.

Nile in style: Spend seven nights cruising on the ss Hadeel, a traditional Egyptian dahabiyya with lcon Holidays’ 12-day Nile Heritage Cruise. With only eight double cabins, each with ensuite, the Hadeel offers an intimate journey. Though traditional in design, the ship has a dining room, lounge, spa and open air viewing area. Cruise between Luxor and Aswan and visit the country’s majestic temples and sites.

Start at Cairo’s Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the old caPital of Memphis. After the cruise, visit Abu Simbel to see the temples of Ramses ll and Queen Nefertari.

Prices range from $3361 to $5016, twin share and include hotel in Cairo, the cruise, two local flights, Abu Simbel excursion by air with private tour guide, 26 meals and all entrancefees. Bookings made on CRUISE CHAT any Egypt itinerary between December and May (book before December 31)will receive half price for second Person.

More on 1 300 853 953 or iconjourneys.com

More in the Med: Silversea Cruises has 59 Med sailings in 2013 on board SilverWind and Silver Cloud through France, Romania, Italy, Morocco, Greece, the Ukraine and lsrael. Four Grand voyages are available combining two or more voyages with savings of 5%.  Fares start from $2,450 for a 9 day cruise aboard Silver Wind departing March 11 from Lisbon to Citavecchia (Rome).

A 39-day Silver Wind voyage from Las Palmas to lstanbul via Morocco, the Greek lslands and Egypt departs on March 2 with fares from $10,884.  A 14-day round-trip from Barcelona aboard Silver Cloud takes in the French Riviera and ancient Italian cities departs on May 9 with fares from $5,984.

A 24-day Monte Carlo to lstanbul Silver Spirit cruise visiting ports in the Ligurian, Adriatic and Btack Seas departs on June 9 with fares from $11,921.

A 23-day Silver Wind voyage departs Barcelona for Venice on August 2 visiting historic ports in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic with fares from $9,926. Fares include all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals, complimentary wines, champagne and spirits, and all gratuities.

More: 1300 306872 or silversea.com

Do it in style : APT is offering return Business Class flights for $3995 when booking a twin balcony, category P suite or above on the 1S-day Magnificent Europe cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest when booked before December 31 for cruises departing April to December 2013. Flights are with Malaysia Airlines. Price includes taxes. Twin balcony suites feature a three-side conservatory-style sun lounge, and outside balcony.

The 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise in a P Suite is priced from $9190 twin share, which includes luxury cruising on an APT ship, 41 meals (soft drink, beer and wine included during lunch and dinner on board), freedom of choice touring and dining, guided excursions, transfers, port charges and tipping.

More:1300 229 804 or aptouring.com.au

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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