Rock around the world with these specialty cruises… and Elvis!

Dec 20, 2015

Elvis Presley may not immediately appear to be synonymous with cruising the Mekong River in Vietnam but if you can make this metal leap, then the ‘Rockin’ the Mekong’ September 2016 cruise is for you.

One of Australia’s leading tribute artists, Damian Mullin, has teamed up with The Cruise Gallery aboard the RV La Marguerite on a cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia as part of a 13-day tour.

The all-inclusive tour is priced from $4,995 per person, twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and includes return airfares, seven-night Mekong cruise and five nights’ pre and post-accommodation.


State against state, mate against mate – next year P&O Cruises will offer a State of Origin cruise for the first time.

Priced from $799 per person, the inaugural Origin cruise will depart Brisbane on May 28, 2016, and will feature an overnight stay in Sydney for the series opener on June 1 as well as calls to Moreton Island and Newcastle.

The seven-night Pacific Dawn cruise includes a bronze State of Origin ticket for each guest plus transfers to and from ANZ Stadium, with the option to upgrade seats for a nominal fee.

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Three port calls in Scandinavia plus Glasgow, Belfast and other ports along America’s north coast are highlights of a 26-day trans-Atlantic 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 then stops in New York for two days, Boston, Saint John, Newport Rhode Island, Bar Harbor and Halifax Nova Scotia.

The package from also includes two nights at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, two nights’ pre-cruise in Copenhagen and three nights at the Westin Grand Central in New York.

Prices start at $8,479 per person twin share and include return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (with a surcharge from other cities).

See or call 1300-369 848.


A guided 25-night escorted Cradles of Civilisation tour of the Easter Mediterranean includes a cruise with Celebrity Cruises as well as a shore tour in every port.

For bookings in ocean-view cabins or above, a Classic Beverage package covering selected beers, wines, spirits and cocktails is also included.

The tour departs Australia on October 11, 2016 and begins with an eight-night land tour through Turkey including Cappadocia, the Gallipoli Peninsula and Istanbul.

From Istanbul, Celebrity Constellation sails on a 12 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise to Rome with six shore tours included in the package.

Including flights from Australia, the tour is available from $9989 per person, twin-share, in an inside cabin. Ocean-view cabin or above are from $10,989 per person.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit


River cruising specialist Beyond Travel has released a premium European river cruise-tour aboard the new MS Monarch Empress, specifically built for the 2016 cruising season.

The boutique vessel features 72 cabins with river views, with all middle and upper deck cabins featuring panoramic French-balconies.

The 12-day itinerary begins in Paris for two nights before travelling through the Champagne region for a night in Nancy. It then crosses to Germany for a night in Karlsruhe before boarding the MS Monarch Empress for a seven night cruise along the Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Prices are from $5,480 per person twin share.

Call Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit

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