Cruises : Traveller Tips

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Tripologist: Hip-pocket help for hire-car country hopping

Tripologist If you return your hire car in another country from the one you hired it in, your operator is going to crunch you with a one-way fee.

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Summer on the Mediterranean

Tripologist My parents are interested in taking a Mediterranean cruise in September. I am trying to find upmarket, smaller ships.

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Best to do Norway your way

Tripologist We're taking an 11-day Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Cruise. Could you advise which shore excursions are not to be missed, as price is a major factor?

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Alaska cruising minus the crowds

Tripologist We are planning an Alaskan Inside Passage cruise. Could you suggest reputable operators and any must-see destinations?

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Cargo-class cruising to ports less travelled

Tripologist I dream of booking a passage on a cargo ship to exotic ports unknown, not necessarily embarking in Sydney. Are you able to provide details of prospective agents?

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Cruisy prices for stand-by deals

Tripologist We are seeking websites that display last-minute standby offers for cruises. Do you know of places we could register or enquire?

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Years go up, price goes down

Tourists couple Portugal beach

You don't have to act your age on holiday but, as Jane E. Fraser explains, admitting it can bring benefits.

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Your questions

My father is keen to go to Antarctica for his 80th birthday in October. When is a good time to go?

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Dollar floats a new trend

Value ... the Seabourn Spirit cruises the Mediterranean.

Luxury cruising is now more affordable for Australians, writes Ben Hall.

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Buy high, spend low: overseas trips cheaper than ever

Statue of Liberty

The strong Aussie dollar and falling fares make heading overseas cheaper than ever, writes Jane E. Fraser.

The Canny Traveller

Cruising the Nile on the cheap

Exploring the Nile in downtown Cairo comes with volume control, writes Belinda Jackson.

Cruising

Sails talk

Formal or casual? Budget or blow-out? Jane Archer offers tips on how to find the ship that’s right for you.

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Are early-bird deals worth it, or has the worm turned?

All aboard ... only the cruise sector continues to enjoy strong early-bird demand.

Many early-bird deals won't catch the interest of travellers, writes Jane E. Fraser

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Your questions

Can you recommend the must-see countries in Europe and a suitable homeward-bound cruise?

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Travel bargains in the downturn: from gloom to boom

What crisis? ... Hawaii is among the destinations attracting more visitors.

Savvy travellers are finding destinations and holiday options that offer great value for tight budgets.

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Your questions

How formal are 'formal' evenings on cruise ships?

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Your questions

Cruising has become very popular and it can become confusing because there are so many price options.