MARVELS OF EGYPT
Travelmarvel has released its new journeys to Egypt, Israel and Jordan, among them a 15-day tour of Egypt that includes a four-night river cruise on the Nile on the recently refurbished ship Royal Lily. Highlights of the Treasures of Egypt & the Nile with Hidden Jordan tour include a traditional felucca sailboat ride around Kitchener Island, a 4×4 tour across the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, and a hands-on dining experience at Petra Kitchen. The tour also visits Cairo, Luxor, Amman, Aqaba and Petra. Book before December 21 for early-bird and fly-free offers.
Phone 1300 196 420. See travelmarvel.com.au
Oceania Cruises has opened its new collection of 2020 cruises in Europe and North America for bookings, with an inviting array of more than 400 ports, many featuring overnight stays. Its six ships will sail to the Mediterranean, Europe’s west-coast wine country, the Baltic Sea, and the British Isles and Norway, as well as explore Iceland, Greenland, the Canadian Maritime provinces and Alaska. Among the highlights are 10 voyages to Turkey, three to the Holy Land, more Alaskan cruises, and two new voyages for Insignia from New York to Reykjavik, and Reykjavik to London.
Phone 1300 355 200. See oceaniacruises.com
OUT OF AFRICA
Evergreen Cruises & Tours is offering a three-day cruise on the Chobe River aboard the five-cabin Chobe Princess as part of its 20-day South Africa & Victoria Falls tour. The ship is smaller than most vessels on the Chobe River and can navigate through smaller passages and shallow areas to get close to wildlife in a region notable for a large population of elephants and hippos, as well as predators such as lions and hyenas. Fishing, birding and guided walks are among the activities. Tours depart between April and September 2019.
Phone 1300 383 747. See evergreentours.com.au
NEW POLAR SHIP
Lindblad Expeditions is launching one of the world’s most advanced polar expedition ships in early 2020. The 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance will be fully stabilised and have the highest ice-class rating of any purpose-built passenger vessel for unprecedented access to polar environments, including opening up previously unexplored areas. Endurance will have a distinctive profile and patented X-Bow for greater fuel efficiency. It will have a fleet of Zodiacs, as well as kayaks, snowshoes and cross-country skis.
Phone 1300 361 012. See expeditions.com
Chimu Adventures is offering a February 2020 cruise to Antarctica with special guest, three-time Paralympic gold medallist and wheelchair marathoner Kurt Fearnley. The Antarctica Empowered itinerary departs from Ushuaia and will sail the Antarctic Peninsula for 11 days of viewing glaciers, icebergs, whales, penguins and sea birds. Fearnley will accompany guests on shore excursions and give on-board talks about his life and fundraising events, with a portion of the berth sales donated to Chimu’s MAD project, which raises funds for education programs for people with disabilities living in marginalised areas.
Phone 1300 720 564. See chimuadventures.com