New cruisy travel deals

EXPLORE New York then bask in the tropical idyll of cruisy Bermuda with a 12-night fly-stay-cruise deal from Cruise1st. The package departs 7 September and includes 7 nights cruising aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, a 2-night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in New York and return flights with Delta Air Lines. Prices start from $A2799 per person twin share from Sydney; $A2999 from Brisbane and Melbourne; $A3499 from Adelaide and $A3699 from Perth based on an inside cabin. Upgrades to an ocean view cabin are from $A150 extra per person. The cruise starts and ends in New York visiting the island paradise of Bermuda for three glorious days.   www.cruise1st.com.au

SAVE up to $A4800 per couple on a last minute Mediterranean cruise package when booking through Cruise1st by May 6. The 16-night package departs May 26 and includes a 10-night cruise on Holland America’s 5-star MS Noordam, a one night pre-cruise and two night post-cruise hotel stay in Rome and return flights to Rome from your home city. The cruise starts and ends in Rome visiting Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Tunis, Sicily and Naples. Prices start from $A3299 per person twin share from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; $A3599 from Canberra; $A3699 from Adelaide and $A4099 from Perth based on a stay in an inside cabin. Cruise1st can also arrange flights from any airport in Australia. www.cruise1st.com.au

DAYDREAM Island Resort and Spa is the ideal place to escape the Australian winter.  Daydream has released a Winter Warmer’s package to enjoy three nights in a tropical island winter paradise in Queensland’s iconic Whitsundays from just $A350 per person twin share when booked by June 30 2012. The deal includes three nights in a luxurious Garden Balcony room, a  full buffet breakfast daily and over 20 free guest activities including kayaking, an open air cinema, stingray and shark feeding shows, a gym, rainforest walk, catamarans and more. Free WI-FI is available 24 hours a day in the Atrium. Children also stay and eat breakfast free, making Daydream the ideal family holiday destination. The package is valid for travel between May 1 – and August 31 2012. Room upgrades are available. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island Resort and Spa is the ultimate tropical getaway boasting turquoise waters, lush rainforest and an unspoilt fringing coral reef. The award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a Rejuvenation Spa offering world class treatments and therapies and the Living Reef – one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons. Here, guests can feed de-barbed stingrays and cute baby sharks, walk among curious baby stingrays, hold a sea star and learn about the marine eco-system from Daydream’s resident marine biologists. www.daydreamisland.com/winter 

MSC Cruises Australia has launched its 2012 Signature Series of European packages. The Signature Series includes four fully inclusive packages. The 14 night Tuscany Discovery that includes 4 nights land accommodation, a visit to Pisa, dinner with a family in a Tuscan village, return flights, transfers and 7 night cruise for $A4848. There is also the Celtic Kingdoms and Norwegian Fjords 21 night package from $A5860, the Mediterranean and Black Sea Odyssey 27 night package from $A5170, and the Treasures of the Mediterranean 22 night package from $A5185 per person. The series also includes an option for those who wish to arrange their own land product. The 28 night fly/cruise Baltic and Mediterranean Medley starts from $6190 per person. www.msccruises.com.au 

AS part of the Helen Wong’s Tours ongoing 25th Anniversary celebrations, the leading Asian specialist has unwrapped four hotly-priced deals for travel to China and Vietnam – some discounted to match 2005 prices. For those who book early, before May 31, 2012, a further $A250 per person will be slashed off the price of two of the money-saving deals.

The four packaged itineraries in the aptly billed “Helen’s Crazy Birthday Sale” promotion are as follow (prices include return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth):

  • Seven-day Beijing Bonanza, priced from $A1590 pp, twin share (Brisbane and Perth passengers have extra day at no additional cost);
  • Seven-day Shanghai Surprise, priced from $A1590 pp, twin share;
  • 4-day 25th Anniversary Tour of China, priced from $A2950 pp, twin share;
  • 13-day 25th Anniversary Tour of Vietnam, priced from $A2950 pp, twin share (from $A3280 pp, twin share from Brisbane and Perth)

Book and pay a deposit on either of the 14-day 25th Anniversary Tours to China or the 13- day 25th Anniversary Tour to Vietnam before May 31, 2012, and the price will discounted by a further $A250 per passenger.

All travel deals are quoted in Australian dollars, but all travel companies are worldwide and will quote in the currency of your choice.

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