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Bucket List cruises in Asia and NZ/Australia

I don’t know how you’ve been this winter, but two doses of the flu has left me totally over it! And I’m talking bed-ridden, body-aching flu. Antibiotics and all. So here’s what sensible kiwis are doing at the moment: planning next year’s holidays (or even some last minute deals this side of Christmas) and getting out of dodge!

Here are the hottest deals around from cruise specialists Francis Travel Marketing for this year and right into next summer…

Cruise around New Zealand/Australia with Holland America Line

Sydney opera house
This stunning pic of the Sydney Opera House is by Sinead Friel/Flickr

November 10, 2013 – 14 nights around Australia and New Zealand starting in Auckland and calling at Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound then across the Tasman to Hobart, Melbourne and ending in Sydney (for a few days shopping if you wish) before flying home.

Spaces are still available at the time of writing and the price starts at $2199 pp. That works out to $159 per day for your accommodation, all meals, onboard activities and entertainment plus they are currently adding a $100 credit (to use at the bar if you wish!) for those who book staterooms and they’ll also throw in dinner for two at the exclusive Pinnacle Grill, which passengers usually pay extra for.

Milford Sound Holland America
Breathtaking Milford Sound. Pic by Ben Wiseley/Flickr

Or how about 28 nights on the fabulous Oosterdam from Holland America taking in the above itinerary then going on from Sydney to New Caledonia, Samoa and Fiji, returning to Sydney. You’ll also get the $100 credit and dinner for two as above.

If you’re thinking about next year already, you can also book these itineraries in February 2014.

Click here for more info on these itineraries, dates and costs: Cruising Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific >>>


Cruise the mighty rivers of Asia

Boutique cruise company, Luftner Cruises, is building brand new, five-star luxury river boats to cruise along the mighty rivers of Asia Mekong, Ganges and Irrawaddy rivers. All the suites will have balconies and you’ll enjoy regional and international cuisine prepared by the chef. The shore excursions will also visit the most inspiring landmarks and fantastic opportunities to meet locals.

Luftner cruises Amadeus
Explore the Mekong River on Amadeus

8 days

Cruise along the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia from Kampong-Cham to Wat Hanchey, Kampong-Cham, Phnom Penh, Kampong-Chhnang, Phnom Penh, Border Crossing, Chau Doc, Sa Dec and Cai Be to My Tho from September 2014.

Amadeus suite Mekong
Your suite on the Amadeus. Not too shabby!

10 days

Known as the Road to Mandalay, cruise along the Irrawaddy in this new ship with only 28 spacious suites in Myanmar from Prome to Thayet Myo, Magwe, Salay, Tan Kyi, Bagan, Shwe Pyi Thar, Yandabo, Myin Mu and Mingun to Mandalay.

Irrawaddy suite
Or try this twin or double suite as you cruise along the Irrawaddy

Click here for more info on these itineraries, dates and costs: Cruising Asia >>>


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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!