Portuscale Cruises’ has released details of its first Australian itineraries as part of its 2015 Southern Hemisphere Collection brochure.
The Portuguese line will send its recently renovated M/V Funchal to Australia from February next year to sail regional itineraries out of Geelong and Newcastle.
During her two-month visit, she will sail seven itineraries ranging from four to eight days.
Among the cruises is a four-day Taster trip departing Newcastle on 17 February. In addition to experiencing the 20-year-old ship’s $22 million refit, cruisers will also visit Eden before arriving in Geelong.
Itineraries also include a six-day Island Escape roundtrip from Geelong departing on 20 February with a visit to Penneshaw; a four-day Beautiful Bass Strait roundtrip from Geelong with calls in Burnie and Portland; an eight-day Tassie Explorer leaving Geelong on 28 February with visits to Burnie, Hobart and Port Arthur; and a four-day Northern Nostalgia roundtrip departing 7 March with a stop in Eden and Newcastle.
Cruisers can also leave Australia aboard the ship on a 57-day Battlefields and Gallipoli cruise, which departs Newcastle on 10 March and visits Lae, Wewak, Sandakan, Pelabuhan Bintulu, Singapore, George Town, Colombo, Salalah, Sharm el-Sheikh, Alexandria, Iraklion, Çanakkale, Istanbul, Myrina, Piraeus/Athens, Valletta, Gibraltar, Porto and Portsmouth.
Itineraries are now on sale, with an early booking saving of up to 15 percent when booked by 31 July 2014.