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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.

Itinerary: Macquarie and the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Expedition

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.

Itinerary: South Australia and New Zealand Discovery Collector

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.

Ship: Noordam

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.