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Great cruise escapes.

Tulip time: Amras Cruises will celebrate the launch of Amadeus Silver 111 with an eight-day Tulip Serenade round-cruise from Amsterdam, departing April 30, and with fares from $3595 a person twin-share; the new vessel has 72 cabins, most with full-length windows in a French balcony configuration, and all the expected luxuries, such as rooftop sun deck, fitness studio and spa services, and even a golf-putting green and walking track. More: amrascruises.com.au.

Stop and drop: The 112-passenger all-inclusive Sea­Dream 1 has five seven-night sailings in October and November with itineraries that include ports in France and Italy off-limits to bigger ships; stops include Capri and Villefranche-sur-Mer plus overnight stays in Monte Carlo, Bonifacio (Corsica) and St Tropez. More: seadream.com.

River of gold: Book an APT 14-day trip that includes a seven-night Douro Delights cruise along Portugal’s fabled river aboard MS AmaVida and receive free international flights with Singapore Airlines, taxes included. The offer applies for departures from May to September in Category D and E cabins and features three-night stays and sightseeing in Lisbon and Madrid. More: 1300 196 420; aptouring.com.au/grandsale.

The more, the merrier: Cruise Express has family offers aboard Ovations of the Seas on the its maiden voyage to Australia for the 2016-17 summer season; the cruise departs Singapore on November 30 and fares range from a six-night itinerary to Fremantle to a full 15-night journey to Sydney. Intermediate stops are Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne, and best-value deals are for a family of four (two adults and two children under 15) sharing an outside cabin. More: 1300 764 509; cruiseexpress.com.au.

The Nile in style: The Oberoi Group is taking a punt on the Nile with its latest cruiser, Oberoi Philae, which features 22 cabins and suites and operates sailings of four or six nights between Aswan and Luxor; valid to March 6, the British-based office of Cox & Kings is offering discounts for packages that include accommodation in Cairo and flights from London. The deals must be booked by February 29. More: coxandkings.co.uk.

Classic adventures: Pandaw has acquired a classic motor yacht to operate Southeast Asia sailings; the freshly named 61m-long MY Andaman Explorer was built as MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a coastguard vessel and acquired by an Italian marble mogul in 1998 who refitted the vessel in lavish style, including Carrara-tiled floors and 11 roomy suites. The vessel has also been used privately in Dubai; Pandaw plans voyages out of Bali around Indonesian isles and ports, including Lombok and Komodo, from June to September, and from October to early 2017, sailings on the coast of Myanmar from Yangon. More: pandaw.com.

Be an early bird: It pays to plan ahead in the competitive world of sea travel and Celebrity Cruises has announced its 2017-18 season with deals for early bookers; Celebrity Solstice will return to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, with 17 cruises to 34 ports, including new destinations, in eight countries. Itineraries range from two-night samplers to 18-night voyages with savings of up to $1000 a person for bookings made by July 31. Departure points are Sydney, Auckland and Honolulu. More: 1800 754 500; celebritycruises.com.au.

One-stop shop: Australian-based Wendy Wu Tours has introduced a dedicated Asian river cruise brochure covering departures in 2016-17; destinations covered are China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and India, with sailings on waterways such as the coastal lakes and channels of Kerala, Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. More: 1300 727 998; wendywutours.com.au.

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