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Itinerary Name: Australian Food & Wine Experience
Ports of Call: Cairns, Lizard Island, Willis Island, Hardy Reef, Percy Island, Lady Musgrave Island, Brisbane, Sydney
Ship: Le Lapérouse
Departure Date: 28 January 2019
Highlights: Visit Lizard Island, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and Hardy Reef with its unique marine biodiversity.
Why We Like It: The single supplement is waived for certain cabin categories on this cruise.
The Catch: Australians may have already visited many of the destinations on this itinerary.
Price: Starting at $6,270 per person twin share for Deluxe Stateroom
Itinerary Name: 8 Night Alaska Round Trip
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Icy Strait, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Haines, Ketchikan, Vancouver
Departure Date: 12 May 2018
Highlights: Take in the breathtaking beauty of Glacier Bay National Park and the Misty Fjords National Monument wilderness.
Why We Like It: An Explore4 promotion applies to every category stateroom and includes a Signature Beverage Package valued at US$1,400 per stateroom (based on a 14-day cruise), dinner at Pinnacle Grill for two, reduced cruise fares for friends and kids in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits. This deal is available for select itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line’s global destinations.
The Catch: Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments are excluded.
Price: Starting at $1,599 per person twin share for an inside stateroom.
Itinerary Name: Delightful Danube
Ports of Call: Budapest, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremburg, Prague
Ship: River Beatrice
Departure Date: May to November 2018
Highlights: Cycle along the Danube on a tour that ends in Passau’s Old Town, stopping en route at a traditional German beer garden.
Why We Like It: Book before 30 September 2017 and fly economy to Europe for free.
The Catch: Prices vary significantly depending on the departure date.
Price: From $5,599 per person for a Category 5 stateroom.
Itinerary Name: Spanish Moors and Epic Shores
Ports of Call: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma, Barcelona
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Departure Date: 5 May 2018
Highlights: Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you’ll learn how to produce.
Why We Like It: Book before 31 August 2017 and receive a free beverage package onboard the cruise.
The Catch: Airfares from Australia aren’t included in the cost of this deal.
Price: Priced from $3,849 per person twin share for an inside stateroom.
Itinerary Name: Polynesian Explorer
Ports of Call: Auckland, Suva, Port Denarau, Dravuni Island, Savusavu, Vava'u, Nuku'alofa, Isle Of Pines, Auckland
Ship: Pacific Jewel
Departure Date: 4 September 2017
Highlights: Experience the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Savusavu which charms visitors with its coconut plantations, volcanic scenery and lush rainforest.
Why We Like It: This South Pacific cruise includes lesser known ports such as Savusavu, Vava’u and Nuku’alofa.
The Catch: This cruise is best suited to New Zealand cruisers due to the Auckland departure.
Price: Starting at $1,799 per person twin share for an oceanview stateroom.
Itinerary Name: Southern Yasawa Island Cruise
Ports of Call: Port Denarau, Monuriki, Waya Islands, Port Denarau
Ship: Reef Endeavour
Departure Date: November 2017 to March 2018
Highlights: Participate in a traditional gift giving ceremony before going off to explore the encompassed lagoons at Sacred Island.
Why We Like It: Kids eat, play and cruise for free on three, four, seven or eleven-night Yasawa Island and discovery cruises plus early bookings save an extra 20%.
The Catch: One child sails free with each adult which means this deal isn’t suitable for single parents with two or more children.
Price: Starting at $2,392 for three nights for two adults and two children.
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.
By Tiana Templeman, Cruise Critic contributor