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Itinerary: Papua New Guinea by Small Ship
Ports of Call: Cairns, Port Moresby, Bonarua, Alotau, Tufi, Lababia, Madang, Tabi Islands, Trobriand Islands, D’Entrecasteaux Islands, Samarai, Cairns.
Ship: Caledonian Sky
Departure Date: 2 October 2018
Highlights: Discover smouldering volcanoes to cascading waterfalls and pristine coral reefs.
Why We Like It: With a 10-person Expedition Team onboard, private chartered flights between Cairns and Port Moresby and transport to and from the ship, this expedition should be smooth sailing from start to finish.
The Catch: There is only one departure date to choose from.
Price: Starting at $8,995 per person twin share for standard suite.
Ports of Call: Dunedin, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Snares Island, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands, Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, Antipodes Islands, Bounty Islands, Dunedin.
Ship: Le Laperouse
Departure Date: 23 February 2019
Highlights: Strict restrictions on annual visitor numbers to the Sub Antarctic Islands create a protected realm where wildlife abounds.
Why We Like It: Every fiord and island visited on this trip is UNESCO World Heritage classified.
The Catch: Landings depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea, all of which can force a change of plans at any time.
Price: Starting at $17,340 per person twin share.
Itinerary: Italy Opera Cruise
Ports of Call: Venice, Verona, San Pietro, Taglio di Po, Zelo, Governolo, Mantua, Venice.
Ship: La Bella Vita
Departure Date: 25 August 2018
Highlights: Enjoy a full day of sight-seeing in Venice and premium seats at a performance of ‘Carmen’ at Arena di Verona.
Why We Like It: Watching ‘Carmen’ sets the stage for a cultural and gastronomic adventure that celebrates Italy’s famous regional cuisine and timeless beauty.
The Catch: You will need to keep your fingers crossed for good weather as Arena di Verona has no roof.
Price: Starting at $6,400 per person twin share.
Itinerary: Kangaroo Island
Ports of Call: Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne.
Ship: Pacific Jewel
Departure Date: 8 January 2018
Highlights: See endangered Australian sea lions, watch kangaroos feed at dusk or catch a glimpse of a platypus.
Why We Like It: Kangaroo Island offers regular cruisers something a little different.
The Catch: This deal is best suited to Victorians as the cruise departs from Melbourne.
Price: From $583 per person twin share for an inside stateroom.
Itinerary Name: Highlights of Eastern Europe
Ports of Call: Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Golubac, Vidin, Rousse, Bucharest.
Ship: River Beatrice
Departure Date: April to October 2018
Highlights: Tour Belgrade by bicycle, marvel at the massive People’s Palace in Bucharest or see Vlad the Impaler’s tomb in the Romanian countryside.
Why We Like It: Save up to 40% off the price of this cruise for bookings made prior to the end of 2017.
The Catch: This deal is not combinable with any other promotional offer or program, except River Heritage Club savings/benefits.
Price: Discounted fares start at $3,719 per person twin share.
Ports of Call: Sydney, Melbourne, Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Port Arthur, Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Burnie, Port Arthur, Hobart, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Napier, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland.
Departure Date: 20 January 2018
Highlights: Experience the beauty of some of Australia and New Zealand’s most picturesque and historic ports.
Why We Like It: This itinerary repeats popular ports such as Hobart and Port Arthur which is handy if the weather isn’t on your side first time around.
The Catch: Some capital city ports may hold limited appeal for regular cruisers who have been there before.
Price: Priced from $4,649 per person twin share for an inside stateroom.
Fine Print: These offers include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.