Cruising and grooving on the Murray, plus two-for-one and earlybird deals

If you have a taste for nostalgia, you can get in the 60s, 70s and 80s groove with Captain Cook Cruises’ inaugural three night Murray River Music cruise departing August 5 onboard paddle-wheeler PS Murray Princess with Adelaide radio presenter Dom Rinaldo.

Each evening is themed, including food and cocktails, to one of these eras with guests encouraged to dress in their favourite 70’s costumeS on Saturday evening.

The three night cruise itinerary includes a guided tour of Mannum and Murray Bridge, a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat a Riverland food and wine tasting and a wildlife tour on a flat-bottom boat.

It departs Mannum at 4.30pm on Friday, August 5. Early Booking Saver fares start from $787 per person twin share.

Ph: 1300 729 938. Email: [email protected]

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Travelmarvel is offering earlybird deals across all of its European river cruise, ocean, rail and land journeys for 2017.

A ‘Fly Free’ deal is available on all river cruise dates, across all cabins, all 2017 itineraries will be offered at 2016 prices and solo supplements have been waived on select cruises. See

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Aurora Expeditions is encouraging travellers to beat the declining Australian dollar with a fixed exchange rate offer.

This allows passengers to book and deposit on a selection of US dollar-priced expeditions in Australian dollars at a fixed exchange rate of $US0.75 cents.

Travellers choose their expedition such as a Spirit of Antarctica voyage in a triple cabin priced at US$8,500 per person.

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They deposit 50 per cent of the trip cost upfront, converted into Australian dollars at the fixed exchange rate of US$0.75.

They then pay their outstanding balance at the exchange rate of the day (full payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure).

Ph: 1300 061 490 or visit



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Evergreen Tours has added France and Portugal to its river cruising portfolio in 2017 to be served by two new custom-built river cruisers.

The Emerald Liberté will sail France’s Rhône and Saône Rivers while the Emerald Radiance will cruise on Portugal’s Douro River.

A 15-day Douro & Southern France River Cruise starts at $7,985pp twin share including return flights to Europe.

An eight day Sensations of Southern France river cruise or Secrets of the Douro river cruise start from $3,695pp twin share. Four day city extensions are available in Lisbon for the Portugal river cruise and Nice and/or Paris for the France river cruise.

Offers are for bookings made before April 30, 2016.

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Tempo Holidays is offering a 2 for 1 deal on a range of luxury European cruises for bookings made before February 29.

Tempo’s Across Europe river cruise starts at $4817, departing from Budapest and concluding in Amsterdam. The Classical Rhine cruise starts at $2511 and departs from Basel, with the option of reversing your route and departing from Amsterdam.

Visit Ph 1300 558 987.

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A 27-day complete cruise package involving two Royal Caribbean ships costing from $3999 per person twin share is now available through

The itinerary begins in Shanghai on October 5 for a city stay before boarding Mariner of the Seas for the first voyage to Singapore stopping in Japan and Vietnam. Voyager makes port calls in Darwin and along the east coast to Port Douglas, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Brisbane before reaching Sydney

The price includes the double cruise with accommodation and all meals, a flight from Australia to Shanghai, two nights in the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, a day and night tour of Shanghai, and one night at the Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay in Singapore between your cruises including a city sightseeing pass, and port transfers.

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Three port calls in Scandinavia, plus Glasgow, Belfast and along America’s north coast are highlights of this 26-day transatlantic repositioning cruise package which includes 21 nights aboard Regal Princess.

Sail out of Copenhagen on September 8 and cross the Atlantic from Cork in southern Ireland Regal Princess stops in New York for two days, Boston, Saint John at the renowned Bay of Fundy, Newport Rhode Island the home of sailing’s famous Americas Cup, Bar Harbor and Halifax Nova Scotia.

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The “Fjords, Big Apple & Fall Colours” package from also includes a two-night stopover at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, two nights’ accommodation pre-cruise in Copenhagen and a three night stay at the Westin Grand Central in New York after the voyage.

Prices start at $8,479 per person twin share and include return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Ph: 1300-369 848 or visit

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