Monday, 21 June 2010

Avalon Panorama Suite Ship


John Crook 

Fjord country now at half price

Share the majestic country of Norway  and pay just half the price on a special offer, with stunning mountain scenery, charming locals and keeping the travel budget under control.  For example, take to the 12-day voyage from Bergen to Bergen via Kirkenes and pay from only $5072 for two people, which means an overall saving of $1690 per cabin.

Conditions apply and prices are subject to change and availability, - so the best advice I can offer is to make contact with the operators as soon as you can.  Telephone 1800 221 712 and to catch up on the fine print go visit   Go dog sledding, exploring Viking homes, and participate in wildlife watching.  Nothing quite like it !

Speaking of wildlife

How about this one ?  Here's a chance to track the elusive Bengal tiger, in India's Ranthambore National Park.   It's a six-day small group escorted tour, with three days spent in the park hopefully spotting and photographing these magnificent creatures.   Included in the packages is the accommodation, most meals and guided sightseeing activities.  There are seven departures  between October and April 2011.  At both ends of the tour there's time to explore the old and new parts of Delhi.  Cost is from $1093 per person share accommodation. Seasonal changes to prices apply  For more info and conditions get in touch by calling  1300 414 151 or go visit 

Chocolates, cheeses and raspberries

All within a half hour's drive, or thereabouts. It's destination Bass Highway in northern Tassie. 

Take your choice when departing the Spirit of Tasmania at Devonport. It's a foodies paradise with three must visits on this highway.  The House of Anvers for chocolates, Ashgrove Cheese spotlighting Tasmanian cheeses, and Christmas Hills and Raspberry Farm.  These three iconic fine food outlets offer you their tastes of heaven.  For more info I suggest you contact prior to arrival.

Bike and barge cruising on offer

Here's a way to combine two popular options when exploring Europe.

With these tours you unpack just the once and return 'home' each evening to a first class meal and a comfortable cabin with your own bathroom.  There are discounted departures still available on selected routes in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium.   For example there's an eight-day Seine River Valley cycling cruise in France, from Montargis to Paris and that departs  July 17.  It is  priced from  $1380 per person twin share, when the usual cost is $1680 per person.   Get a detailed itinerary on this or other tours by calling toll free 1800 331 582 or visit   

Europe's first river  'suite ship'

The Avalon Panorama (pictured) debuts in May 2011 with the suites 30 per cent larger than the industry average.  There's a 14-night cruise  along the Danube and Rhine rivers – postcard country. The package includes a hotel pre-cruise in Amsterdam and another post-cruise in Budapest, along with guided sightseeing in ports of call. Terrific dining comes with regional wines at dinner each night. 

Prices start from $6089 per person twin share for a standard cabin with window.  

Book and deposit before August 31 this year and ecruising travel will give you free return air (including taxes) from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. Telephone 1300 369 848 or visit  

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.   Need a holiday ?  We're archived on