Deals of the week: It ain't half hot


Royal Caribbean is offering a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal on eight cruises to destinations including the South Pacific, Tasmania, Asia and New Zealand.

One of these is the Reposition Cruise, as Voyager of the Seas returns to Australia for her second season. Departing Singapore on October 24, the 14-night cruise goes via Kuala Lumpur to Sydney. The ship will make maiden calls in Darwin and Brisbane.

The cost is from $1899 for the first passenger and from $949 for the second in an interior stateroom. See


Accor Hotels is offering up to 30 per cent off stays in some Queensland properties for a period that includes the September school holidays in its "wind up winter" sale.

The choices are across the Accor brands: Ibis, Mercure, Novotel, Grand Mercure, Sebel, Pullman, Quay West Suites, the M Gallery collection and Sofitel. One of the deals is for the Mercure Capricorn Resort Yeppoon.

Located about 40 kilometres from Rockhampton Airport, the beachfront resort looks out onto the Great Barrier Reef. It has two international golf courses, water sports, horse riding, and wetlands and rainforest tours.

The sale price is from $149 a room a night. Family rooms that can sleep four cost from $179.

Accor's "wind up winter" offers are valid for bookings and stays until October 8.

Phone 1300 656 565. See


Spacifica Travel has two Norfolk Island spring specials on the go.

The Bounty Lodge spring special includes return economy airfares to Norfolk Island on Air New Zealand, transfers, seven nights in a one-bedroom self-contained apartment at Bounty Lodge, seven days' car hire, a suite of meals and tours and a Bounty Pass booklet.

The deal is priced $1389 ex-Brisbane and $1419 ex-Sydney a person, twin share.

The Christian's of Bucks Point spring special has similar inclusions, except accommodation is for seven nights in a three-bedroom cottage. There is also a private three-course meal and a bottle of sparkling wine.

The deal is priced $1649 ex-Brisbane and $1679 ex-Sydney per person quad share. The offers are valid for sale until September 30, for travel October1-November 30.

Phone 1800 800 722. See


Save up to 50 per cent on a 20-night Seabourn Odyssey Holiday fly/cruise package from Sydney to Auckland over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Ecruising is also offering free upgrades from an oceanview suite to a verandah suite, and up to $US500 ($560) on-board credit.

Departing Sydney on December23, the cruise goes to Melbourne and Hobart, then to New Zealand including Milford Sound, Oban, Dunedin, Wellington, and Rotorua before guests spend two nights in Auckland at the Hilton.

Includes 18 nights on-board with daily meals, air and government taxes, and port charges. The cost is from $8679 (was $16,069) a person, twin share, including one-way economy airfares from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

The upgrade and credit offer applies to bookings made by September 30. Phone 1300 369 848. See


To mark its $10 million renovation and relaunch, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa is offering sparkling wine on arrival as well as a $50 dining credit for Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita. Discounted rates start from $299 a night. The offer is valid for stays to March 31.

Phone (07) 5449 4888. See