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Sunday 30 March 2014

Seven Princess Cruises Ships Sail Alaska in 2015

Seven Princess Cruises' ships will sail Alaska's spectacular waters in 2015 as part of a diverse program offering Australians the opportunity to explore the best of the 49th state by land and sea.

Priced from $919*, Princess Cruises' 2015 Alaskan offerings include 125 departures calling at more than 14 ports on 10 itineraries ranging from seven-night Voyage of the Glacier cruises through to 10-night roundtrip Inside Passage voyages from San Francisco.

The 2015 program sees the 113,000-tonne Ruby Princess make her Alaska debut, joining sister ship Crown Princess to offer cruises from Seattle. Meanwhile the boutique 670-passenger Pacific Princess will sail on the line's signature Voyage of the Glaciers itineraries for the first time, offering an intimate cruise experience to complement the area's dramatic scenery. The ship joins Grand Princess, Star Princess and Coral Princess on this popular itinerary, which includes two glacier experiences. Rounding out the program, Golden Princess will take over Inside Passage sailings from San Francisco.

Seven-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruises all include a visit to the spectacular Glacier Bay and start from $919* per person twin share.

Monday 3 March 2014

SeaDream your way into Monte Carlo's jetset

IF Monte Carlo conjures up images of multi-million dollar yachts and the rich and famous who indulge such playthings – and dabble at the legendary local Casino on the side –put yourself amongst it all aboard the mega motor-cruiser SeaDream II that sails from here for 7-nights to Rome's port of Civitavecchia on September 27 this year.

After boarding SeaDream early afternoon to a complimentary Champagne Welcome and checking into your stateroom – one of just 56 guest rooms aboard SeaDream II that carries a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew – take-in your movie-setting surrounds from SeaDream's Top of the Yacht Bar or one of the many other onboard vantage points, before sailing that evening to a string of the dreamiest Mediterranean destinations.

You'll have whole days to explore ports and not leave until late evening from legendary St Tropez on the French Riviera, Calvi on Corsica which boasts some of the Mediterranean's finest beaches (and where Britain's Admiral Nelson lost his eye in battle,) and Portovenere in the heart of the fabled Cinque Terre… the "Five Lands" of Italy where spectacular villages cling perilously to the rugged coast on this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are also days at Portoferraio on idyllic Elba, picturesque Bastia on Corsica and colourful little Porto Santo Stefano in Italy.

This dream-like holiday is priced from US$5026pp twin-share – including all SeaDream II's celebrated 5-star dining, wines with lunch and dinner, drinks from the open bars, sail and power water-sports in ports where permitted, gratuities and port charges and taxes… so you'll have virtually little-need for wallet or purse for the whole week.

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