Cruising news: New European river ships on the way for Travelmarvel

THREE'S COMPANY

Travelmarvel has ordered three new 91-cabin European river ships in a new class of vessel for the company, Contemporary Class. The first ship will sail between Amsterdam and Budapest (or the reverse) on a European Gems itinerary and make its maiden voyage in April 2020, while its two sister ships will follow in April 2021. The new ships will feature a sun deck with rooftop bar, terrace garden and heated whirlpool, a main restaurant and – unique to this class of ship – a casual dining area called McGeary's Bar. Vista Lounge will feature floor-to-ceiling, panoramic bi-fold windows that open out to a verandah.

Phone 1300 205 408. See travelmarvel.com.au

TRANSATLANTIC TRIP

Ecruising has announced a 27-night journey that takes guests from Europe to the Caribbean at the end of this year. It starts with two nights in Rome before guests embark on Celebrity Edge for a 23-night cruise that visits Livorna (gateway to Tuscany), the French Riviera, Mallorca and Tenerife before crossing the Atlantic and arriving at Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The subsequent Caribbean cruise visits the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba before finishing in Fort Lauderdale with two hotel nights. The Mediterranean Transatlantic & the Southern Caribbean Journey departs on October 29, 2019.

Phone 1300 369 848. See ecruising.travel

SEPIK SAILING

Latitude 33 is offering an exclusive, fully-hosted, 13-night Sepik Warriors journey to Papua New Guinea that starts on November 10, 2019 with two nights in a luxury Port Douglas resort before a private charter flight to Alotau in PNG for a 10-day cruise on the luxury expedition ship True North. Daily activities include snorkelling, diving, fishing, hiking, picnics, cultural encounters and scenic flights in the ship's helicopter. The cruise visits such destinations as Fergusson Island, Tufi village, Long Island (known for its active volcano) and the Sepik River, before finishing with an overnight in Cairns.

Phone 1300 636 848. See latitude33.travel

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SPICE IT UP

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a spectacular itinerary on Explorer that departs Barcelona on  November 6, 2020 and finishes in Auckland 76 days later. The Grand Spice Route Quest has 205 complimentary shore excursions in destinations such as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Indonesia, as well as along Australia's east coast and in New Zealand. Some ports such as Jerusalem, Luxor and Mumbai feature overnight stays. The cruise is part of a series of Grand Voyages whose itineraries run from 52 to 91 nights.

Phone 1300 455 200. See rssc.com.au

BUDGET ANTARCTICA

Latin American and polar cruise specialist Chimu Adventures has announced it aims to make cruises to expensive destination Antarctica more affordable, at a price of just over $7000. The company's 11-day Discover Antarctica itinerary on Ocean Endeavour has departures over the 2020-21 season and is priced from $7090 a person for a berth in a triple cabin. The price includes all accommodation, food, activities and polar jacket and boots. Additional activities will include kayaking, photography, yoga, snowshoeing, hiking and camping. A combined 19-day Falkland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula journey costs $13,647 a person in a triple cabin.

Phone 1300 720 564. See chimuadventures.com

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