Karon Ng gives a glimpse of the interesting trips and special bargains at Natas Holidays 2007
Sail away with your partner on Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo but pay for only one of you. Prices start from $470 for two persons for a two-night Malacca/ Kuala Lumpur cruise. There is also a two-night weekend cruise and a threenight Penang/Phuket cruise. And in celebration of its 14th anniversary, there will be themed parties, fun-filled games for the family and Mr Bean cartoon screenings. What's more, Kids Central hosts will be onboard the ship to talent scout for their next 'big star'.
Travelling with stars
Want to be a movie star for a day? Get on location with Five Stars Tours' DV Tours to China and act out a script together with the stars on a film set of the Hengdian World Studios. This will be recorded on VCD and presented to you as a keepsake.
There are two tours to choose from, both led by Mediacorp artistes, with Kym Ng to Mt Huangshan or with Quan Yi Feng to Shanghai. The trips are priced from $1,038 and limited to 50 persons per trip.
From $1,388, Chan Brothers Travel has the eight-day Beijing and Xian/Shanghai/Hong Kong Family Educational Tour with Capital 95.8FM DJ Wong Lee Jeng. Highlights include a hot spring bath, the opportunity to try Shaolin martial arts at a famous Beijing martial arts school, make dumplings and play with snow and set off firecrackers at the Nanshan ski resort.
Take off early
Getting up early has its benefits. Get on board ANA morning flights, to Tokyo from $425 or to the United States from $888.
ASA Holidays is offering a 10-day Switzerland & Paris Winter Rendezvous from $2,768. Learn skiing techniques from a ski instructor on the Swiss Alps (equipment included), taste the world-famous glacier wine found only in Grimentz, and soak the fatigue away in a Swiss thermal bath in winter at Lavey-les-Bains.
Middle Eastern adventure
Those flying via Dubai on Emirates can take up a special Dubai stopover package with the airline for as little as US$69 (S$105) per night per person for a two-night, twinshare stay. The package comes with attractive discounts on car hire, golf, local tours, safaris and in selected stores in Dubai. Emirates is also offering special prices on flights, such as to Jakarta for $170 onwards, and to Melbourne and Brisbane, both for $710 onwards, inclusive of fuel surcharges.
Royal Caribbean International's Rhapsody of the Seas is sailing into town with packages going at a discount. Prices start from $399 per person for a cruise to Kuala Lumpur and Penang, with a $200 discount per cabin. Fly-cruise packages start from $1,488 per person with discounts of up to $800 per cabin. The featurepacked ship has a day spa for relaxation, a gymnasium for the athletic, a rock-climbing wall, a solarium for the sun-worshipers, as well as kids' and teen activities.
Bangkok delights DBS or POSB credit card members take note: SA Tours is offering a 2-for-$280 deal to Bangkok, Phuket or Chiangmai, which includes airport transfer and a complimentary half-day city tour. Limited to the first 28 bookings each day for each destination.
On the other hand, Hong Thai Travel has a 5D Bangkok/ Pattaya Special Holidays package going for $199 for the first person and $299 for the second person. The offer includes a free 60-minute Thai massage and is limited to the first 30 persons for each tour.
Hong Thai Travel also has other deals that you may want to check out, including a 6D Colourful Yunnan (Kunming, Dali, Lijiang) package going for $499 per person.
Visit Brunei for a song
Fly to Brunei for a two-day, onenight visit on the Royal Brunei Airlines for as low as $375. A minimum of two adults must travel together on this package, which includes airport transfers and breakfast.
>A vacation and more
Commonwealth Travel Service is launching a lifestyle Vacation Plus product range. One example is the sixday Lifestyle in Kerala (Yoga Package) for two persons from $1,888, which includes a two-hour yoga lesson every morning at a Kochi 5-star hotel and two half-day city tours.