Seabourn is offering savings of up to 50 per cent on published prices in its Signature Savings Event. The sale includes value-added extras on a selection of 2013 and 2014 voyages. Signature Savings covers cruises of between seven and 21 days on all six Seabourn ships in regions including the Mediterranean, northern Europe, India, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. Cruise departure dates are from April to March 2014. A seven-day Mediterranean sailing departing from Rome on April 28 is priced from $2549 a person, twin share; a seven-day northern European cruise sailing from Stockholm on June 25 is from $3506 a person. A 16-day cruise on Seabourn Odyssey sailing from Bali to Sydney on December 7 is priced from $6158 a person. Seabourn also offers savings of up to 15 per cent on bookings combining two or more cruises, as well as some complimentary upgrades. Penthouse or premium-category suites come with an additional shipboard credit of $1000 a suite. See seabourn.com.
A touch of Thailand
Pay for five nights, stay for seven at destination spa Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, via a Travel the World deal. It includes three meals and one massage a day, a physical analysis and skin consultation, and unlimited daily fitness and leisure activities, as well as use of water therapy suites. The deal starts from $2512 a person, twin share, not including taxes and service charges. Valid for bookings to April 30. See traveltheworld.com.au.
APT is offering a $500-a-person airfare credit to those who book a 22-day Great Game Parks tour before March 31. The tour includes eight nights in South Africa, two at Victoria Falls and 11 nights in Kenya and Tanzania (featuring three nights in the Serengeti and Masai Mara national parks). The tour includes 16 game drives in custom-built four-wheel-drives with a guide and tracker, accommodation, meals and tips, and is priced from $16,195 a person, twin share, based on a May 26 departure date. Flights must be booked by APT flying with South African Airways and are applicable from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide. See aptouring.com.au.
Cook up the savings
Book any return flight with Air New Zealand to the Cook Islands (Rarotonga) before January 31 to receive $200 off the price of a return economy- or business-class fare. The deal applies to travel undertaken to April 5, then between April 27 and June 28, then July 13 to September 20. Flights are direct from Sydney on the weekly Saturday service, or via Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Coolangatta, Adelaide and Perth. Book the deal for travel before June 3 and receive a Westpac Visa Debit Card with $NZ100 ($80) to spend in the Cook Islands. (cookislands.travel /auscookscash). See airnewzealand.com.au. The code is RAR200.
Toulouse-Lautrec is the Mantra
Canberra hotel Mantra on Northbourne has created a Toulouse-Lautrec package for stays during the Centenary long weekend on March 8-12. The deal starts from $219 a room a night (Friday and Saturday nights), and includes buffet breakfast for two and two adult tickets to the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and the Moulin Rouge exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. See mantra.com.au.
Pearls of Persia
Byroads Travel says: "Travellers who take the plunge and visit Iran will discover fabulous mosques, authentic bazaars and wonderful ancient cities, along with curious and very friendly people." Byroads has discounted its 13-day Treasures of Persia tour to Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd, Kashan and Tehran. Three days are also spent in Isfahan. The tour starts in Shiraz on October 6 and costs $3100 a person, twin share. A single supplement is $600 ($400 off the original price). Land only. See byroads.com.au.
Bonus treat for Bali
The Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali at Tuban is including a suite of add-ons for stays until December 31. Included in all room rates is full daily breakfast (two adults and two children a room), one dinner for two at Envy Restaurant (food only) and a 60-minute massage for two at Tea Tree Spa. Internet access is also free. The package starts at about $245 a night. See bali.holidayinn.com.