Traveller deals

Wherever the wind blows

Sea Cloud Cruises has waived the single supplement on the Sea Cloud windjammer's eight-day Mediterranean sailing on May 1-8.

The windjammer will cruise with no fixed route from Malta to Piraeus, relying on the winds to determine its stops. The ship is small enough to call into ports such as Koroni, Monemvasia, Milos, Hydra and Lavrion.

Rates for an outside cabin start at $3678 a person (double or single occupancy).

Sea Cloud Cruises fares include all meals, including four-course dinners and wines and beers, plus a bottle of champagne in each cabin.

Phone 1300 583 572; see

Watch the Lions get mauled

Travelscene American Express has a package deal for the sold-out final Test between the British and Irish Lions and Australia at ANZ Stadium, Sydney. It includes one "gold match ticket" to the July 6 game and three nights' accommodation at the Travelodge Wynyard in a guest room. It is priced from $916 a person, twin share, and is valid for sale until May 4 unless sold out before. Valid for travel on July 5-8.

Phone 13 87 28; see

Danube saving

Travel Associates is offering a saving of $400 on a 14-night package that combines a three-night stay in Istanbul at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with an 11-night luxury Danube River cruise through Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary to Vienna on the River Princess.

The package also includes a tour of Budapest and visits to World Heritage-listed castles, as well as food and wine experiences.

It is now priced from $5545 a person, twin share, and includes most meals, complimentary wine and beer during lunch and dinner, a "captain's welcome gala and farewell dinner", one economy flight from Istanbul to Bucharest, 13 shore excursions and transfers.

The offer is valid for sale until April 30 unless sold out before, for travel April 18, June 25 and October 3. Phone 1800 044 066; see

Get active in Alaska

G Adventures has discounted its small-group Alaska Active Escape six-day tour by $374, a saving of 15 per cent.

The tour departs Anchorage on June 23 (and returns there) and includes national and state park entrance fees, hiking, kayaking and rafting excursions, a visit to an Alaskan sea life centre and a cruise in Kachemak Bay State Park, five breakfasts, six lunches, two dinners and transport in a private van. It is now priced at $2125 a person.


One for the girls

Karma Kandara resort in Bali has a Girls' Island Spa Escape package on offer that features a swag of pampering options.

The package, priced from $US760 ($790) a night for two people in a two-bedroom villa, includes return transfers, daily breakfast at the resort's restaurant, daily access to the resort's saunas and Himalayan salt pool, a daily 75-minute full-body massage, one rejuvenate oxygen facial, "Martini and manicure night" and yoga or Pilates class. There is also complimentary use of the gym, internet access, entry to the nearby Nammos Beach Club and free use of kayaking, snorkelling and bodyboarding facilities. Minimum stay is three nights. Not available in the high season.


Refreshing change

The BreakFree French Quarter on Hastings Street in Noosa has been rebranded as the Mantra French Quarter Noosa, following a $5 million refurbishment.

To mark the launch, it is offering a two-night Relax & Refresh package that includes free in-house movies, popcorn and a cheese platter on arrival, plus a free 30-minute facial when visitors buy a one-hour massage at the Endota Day Spa.

The deal is priced from $187 a night in a one-bedroom apartment, or from $229 a night in a two-bedroom apartment. The offer is valid for booking until May 20 for travel until December 24. Block-out dates apply. See

Something for all the family has put together a Samoan holiday package for families.

Fly with Virgin Samoa to Apia and stay five nights for the price of four at Aggie Grey's Resort in a deluxe ocean-view room, with children aged three to 12 staying and eating for free (two a room). There is also a 100 tala ($40) resort credit a room a stay, one free spa treatment, a 15-minute massage a room, free access to the kids' club for children aged three to 12 and a return seat on airport transfers.

Prices for this air and accommodation package start from $1799 an adult and $699 a child. The offer is based on two adults and two children sharing a room. Valid for travel April 5 to June 28 and July 15 to September 20.

Valid for sale until May 31 or until sold out. Phone 1300 130 485; see