Uniworld’s newest luxury ship completes first cruises in France’s Bordeaux region

HAVE A NICE TRIP

Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, Bon Voyage, has just completed its first cruises in France’s Bordeaux wine region. The ship features four food and drink venues and a spectacular upper deck with an infinity pool and Café du Soleil, which offers light local fare and chef-led cooking classes. Other dining venues are La Brasserie serving traditional bistro fare, the main restaurant Le Grand Fromage, and La Cave des Vins, an intimate space for private wine pairing dinners. The luxury river vessel sails on three Uniworld itineraries in France, the eight-day Brilliant Bordeaux, the 15-day Portrait de France and the 22-day Ultimate France.

Telephone 1300 780 231. See uniworld.com

DEBUT IN ALASKA

Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, is about to begin an inaugural season in Alaska. The ship will offer 14 voyages between May and September of this year, ranging from seven to 21 days, either between Seward and Vancouver or round trip from Vancouver. Activities will include kayaking, scenic hikes, fly fishing for salmon, a float plane tour and a guided bear-watching hike. Silver Muse will return to Australia and New Zealand towards the end of 2019, staying until the end of March 2020. It will return to Alaska again in 2020, when it will offer 16 trips between May and September.

Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com

BURMESE DAYS

Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River has been a destination for adventurous river cruisers for a decade, but in August Sanctuary Retreats ventures along its less-visited and scenic tributary, the Chindwin River. Stopovers include Monywa, best known for its Thanboddhay Pagoda covered in over 500,000 Buddha images, and villages such as Kalewa with its pretty hillside pagoda and Sitthaung, surrounded by emerald green rice fields. A highlight is the Po Win Taung cave pagodas. The 10-day Sanctuary Ananda cruise between Mandalay and Bagan via the Chindwin River departs on August 14, 2019.

Phone 03 9536 1831. See sanctuaryretreats.com

CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA

Captain Cook Cruises celebrates the New Year with festive dinner and entertainment on a seven-night cruise aboard the Murray Princess paddle steamer on the Murray River. The cruise departs Mannum on December 27, 2019 and ends in Renmark on January 3, 2020. The ship sails 420 kilometers of the Murray, visiting historic towns such as Kingston-on-Murray, Waikerie, Swan Reach and Loxton, where over 45 Recreated buildings and exhibits along the riverbank tell the story of the area’s early settlers. Aboriginal history is also showcased at the Ngaut Nguat Aboriginal Reserve.

Phone 1300 729 938. See murrayprincess.com.au

DISCOVER EUROPE

Evergreen Cruises & Tours has released its 2020 Europe river cruise schedule, with itineraries ranging from eight to 15 days taking passengers through France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Portugal. Among the cruises, an eight-day Sensations of Lyon and Provence itinerary on the Rhône and Saône which visits French cities such as Arles, Viviers, Tournon, Avignon and Beaune, and an eight-day Les Secrets du Douro cruise with daily guided tours. in six destinations, including a Portuguese winery, Porto and the beautiful old Spanish town of Salamanca.

Phone 1300 383 747. See evergreentours.com.au

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