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TRAVEL: 14 OCTOBER 2014

Cosmopolitan Singapore ... starting point for a romantic Valentine’s Day cruise.

Celebrate next Valentine’s Day on Cruise1st’s fly-stay-cruise package to South-East Asia.

Pay from $2499 per person twin-share ex Sydney [$2549 ex Melbourne or Gold Coast, $2749 ex Canberra, $2799 ex Adelaide, $2399 ex Perth], including return flights to Singapore, one-night accommodation there and a 14-night cruise aboard Holland America’s five-star Volendam around Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Travellers will be able to see pristine white beaches in Phuket, gold temples and end-of-century colonial architecture in Rangoon, cosmopolitan shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and sample classic Malaysia cuisine in Penang.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.

The old marketplace in Bruges ... a highlight of any European tour.

Worldwide Cruise Centres is offering a month-long fly-cruise package next April centred on a trans-Atlantic ocean voyage from the USA to Britain and around Europe, including Scandinavia and the Baltic, on Brilliance of the Seas.

‘Blackjack to Baltic’ includes hotel stays in Las Vegas and London – plus return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide to Tampa, Florida, via Las Vegas and back to Australia from London.

Prices are from $6669 per person twin-share.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

Novotel Sydney Olympic Park ... base for some watery fun.

Get some wildly wet fun this summer with a stay at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

Pay from $249 for a room plus two tickets to Wet ’n’ Wild Sydney and return transfers from the hotel to the water park

Replenish yourself at Boulevard Brasserie and Bar just out front of the hotel.

Valid to April 19.

Phone 02 8762 1111 or visit www.novotel.com.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort ... thought to have Australia’s longest pool.

Get hot summer rates at Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, Port Stephens.

Pay from $109 per night for a hotel room or $139 per night for a one-bedroom apartment, with a minimum two-night stay.

Splash around in what is thought to be Australia’s longest pool, which measures at 500 metres, has just been completely refurbished and provides direct access to all of the resort’s facilities.

Valid until March 31.

Visit www.oakshotelsresorts.com.

Lisbon’s old quarter ... on Travelmarvel’s ‘Portugal and Colourful Spain’ itinerary.

Save $500 per person on Travelmarvel’s 2015 range of European land journeys.

Pay, for instance, from $5195 per person twin-share for the 13-day ‘Portugal and Colourful Spain’ itinerary, travelling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Price includes two nights in each of Lisbon, Madrid, Seville, Valencia and Barcelona, and one night in Porto and Granada.

Includes a chance to sample some of Portugal’s finest Port wines at a special tasting, and a cooking demonstration followed by a Spanish paella lunch.

Book by October 31.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit travelmarvel.com.au.

‘Best of the Camino’ ... on track for the famous cathedral at Santiago.

Get earlybird specials on UTracks’ 13-day ‘Best of the Camino’ guided walking packages departing the Spanish city of Bilbao.

Pay from $3321 per person twin share, including 12 breakfasts and dinners, 12 nights in two-to-three star hotels, a guide, a support vehicle and luggage transfers.

Includes natural and gastronomic highlights of the trail to the famous cathedral at Santiago, including the pilgrimage cities of Leon and Pamplona.

Book by October 31 for 2015 departures.

Phone 1300 303 368 or visit utracks.com.

Peninsula Bangkok Spa ... special wellness packages.

The Peninsula Bangkok Spa has introduced two new wellness packages aimed at combining its spa treatments with a range of specialised health services.

The four-day ‘Rest, Relax and Rejuvenation Program’, for instance, offers a menu of pampering treatments such as a body scrub, holistic massage, facial, water therapy and aquatic exercises.

Cost is from THB88,880 for couples, including accommodation for a Deluxe Riverview room, airport transfers in a BMW limousine, daily buffet breakfasts at the River Cafe, a healthy selection of lunch and dinner menus, consultations with health specialists and a range of tailored treatments including massages, exercises and facials.

Visit www.peninsula.com.

A far cry from the original Anzac Day ... passengers on board Louis Cristal.

Horizons Cruise and Tours is offering a fully escorted 14-day Anzac centenary cruise/tour to Gallipoli Cove and the Somme battlefield in France, departing Sydney April 15 next year.

Prices start at $6097 per person twin-share, including an eight-night cruise from Athens into the Anzac Cove area aboard the Louis Cristal to watch the Centenary Dawn Service screened live to the ship’s poolside and theatre.

Passengers will then fly from Istanbul to Paris for a tour of the Somme battlefield.

Visit www.horizonscruisetours.com.au.

Azamara Quest ... luxurious cruising along the Atlantic seaboard.

A 32-night voyage from Montreal to New Orleans aboard the luxurious Azamara Quest in September 2016 will showcase the historic charms of the Atlantic seaboard in Canada and the USA.

Highlights of the voyage, available through Cruise Express, include French-flavoured Quebec City, glamorous Rhode Island, New York, Port Canaveral, the historic cities of Boston and Charleston, the brilliant autumn colours of the New England region and New Orleans.

Earlybird Fares for the 32-night cruise start at $10,400 per person twin-share, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

Cruising the Mekong ... watch life along one of the world’s great rivers.

Gateway Travel’s new range of cruises includes a seven-night Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary aboard the Mekong Navigator.

Highlights include visits to Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey, Tonle Sap River, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Sa Dec, Cai Be and My Tho.

Prices start at $1752 per person twin-share.

Phone 02 9745 3333 or visit www.russian-gateway.com.au.

National Geographic Orion ... adventurous itineraries for those with a taste for luxury.

Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic has announced six new itineraries for passengers looking for shorter stints of expedition travel aboard the 102-berth National Geographic Orion.

A 16-day itinerary from Palau to the Solomon Islands, for instance, with highlights including snorkelling and diving among manta rays, reefs and famous shipwrecks, departs October 1 next year and is priced from $19,320 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 361 012 or visit www.expeditions.com.

Bathurst Harbour ... waters as pristine as anything in the world.

The south-western Tasmanian waters of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour are among the most pristine in the world.

Roaring 40s Kayaking presents the challenge of exploring them on three- and seven-day sea-kayaking expeditions, priced from $2150 per person, including scenic flights to Melaleuca, all meals, with an emphasis on fresh Tasmanian produce, and two nights accommodation at the Forest Lagoon standing camp.

Phone 0455 949 777 or visit www.roaring40skayaking.com.au.

*Based on information supplied by the companies concerned or their representatives.