Cruise from Sydney to Tokyo plus other amazing sailing routes and deals

Cruise from Sydney to Tokyo on a 36-night cruise package on Diamond Princess from $5,839 per person twin share and receive on board credits of up to $600.

Diamond Princess departs Sydney on March 23, 2016 and visits Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle before sailing to Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and Japan.

On sale until March 21, 2016, the package includes a one way airfare from Tokyo to Sydney with to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth at a slightly higher price, 33 nights cruise accommodation with all main meals on board, three nights accommodation at The Shangri-La Tokyo, transfers in Japan and port and government taxes.

Contact on 1300-369-848 or visit

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One of the most remote island groups in the world, the privately-owned Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea, will become part of a P&O Cruises itinerary next year.

In June, Pacific Jewel will become the first cruise ship to call at the Conflict Islands as part of P&O’s Papua New Guinea itineraries.

The Conflict Islands are 21 islands surrounding a lagoon that is home to one of the world’s most bio-diverse reef systems.

For more information visit

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Royal Caribbean International is offering a BOGOHO (buy one, get one half off) sale with the impending arrival of its Explorer of the Seas in Sydney.

The deal includes all new worldwide bookings apart from China confirmed by December 5.

In addition, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, trans-Pacific and Asia repositioning voyages will see guests who book an ocean view stateroom during the sale period on any voyage departing between January 1- April 23, 2016 receive a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom.

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Contact: 1800 754 500.



CroisiEurope has a 41-night combination river cruise next year

that will depart Seville, Spain in May and cruise along the Guadalquivir, the Guadiana, the Gironde, the Loire, the Seine, the Rhine, the Danube and the Black Sea visiting Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.

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Four CroisiEurope ships are involved in the journey – MS La Belle de Cadix, MS Cyrano de Bergerac, MS Botticelli and MS Gérard Schmitter.

Cost is from $17,339 per person twin share for a main deck cabin, until the end of January, 2016 or until sold out.




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Stay at a luxury hotel in Luang Prabang in Laos and travel for a couple of days by day river cruiser to Chiang Saen before embarking on a seven night Pandaw cruise to China or vice versa.

The cruise follows the Mekong River through Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and China with an optional tour of China’s Yunnan Province available before or after the river journey.

Departures operate upstream or downstream from February 26 to April 18, 2016.


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Island Escape Cruises has released its 2016 Tahitian Affair brochure featuring seven and ten night cruises departing from Papeete and Bora Bora between May and October next year. The cruises carry a maximum of 24 passengers in 12 cabins.

Brochure launch specials include $2000 savings per couple for bookings made and paid in full or $1000 per couple for bookings with a 25 per cent deposit with a December 16 deadline.

Phone: 1800 584 869.


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A six-night Canadian Rockies coach and Rocky Mountaineer rail tour followed by an 18 night Alaskan and trans-Pacific cruise aboard Silversea’s luxury Silver Shadow and a stay in a five-star Tokyo hotel are features of a fly-cruise-and-stay holiday from Cruise Traveller

The tour is for 30 nights and costs from $17,699 per person twin share including flights from Sydney to Calgary and back from Tokyo. It departs on September 5, 2016.

Phone: 1800 507 777 or visit


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