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Valentine’s package at Song Saa, Royal Carribean’s CNY competition and more

Royal Caribbean International is offering 88 Singapore Monkey Year residents the chance to win a cruise aboard the Mariner of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean International is offering 88 Singapore Monkey Year residents the chance to win a cruise aboard the Mariner of the Seas. PHOTO: ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL

BEST TIMES TO FLY

Global travel search engine Skyscanner has crunched three years of data to uncover the best time for Singaporean travellers to book flights to their 10 mostsearched destinations, including Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

Skyscanner found that the fourth week of February is the cheapest time to travel, while the second week of the same month is the most expensive. September is the cheapest month for travel and December is the most expensive.

The company recommends booking tickets five months in advance to score the best deals and up to15 per cent off standard ticket prices.

It uncovered the cheapest month for Singaporeans to travel to their favourite destinations, such as Australia in May, Hong Kong in January and Vietnam in October.

For daily notifications on price changes and optimum times to book, travellers can sign up for mobile and desktop Price Alerts.

For more information, go to www.skyscanner.com.sg.

MONKEY CRUISE

Born in the Year of the Monkey? You may sail for free on Royal Caribbean International, which is offering 88 Singapore Monkey Year residents the chance to win a sevennight cruise to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City with a friend.

The cruise, which starts on Jan 29, is aboard Mariner of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in South-east Asia, with top-end amenities including an ice-skating rink, rockclimbing wall, full-sized sports court and outdoor movie screen.

To enter the competition, go to the Royal Caribbean Facebook page, like the #88RoyalMonkeys post and in a comment below say which onboard activity you would enjoy most, with the #88RoyalMonkeys hashtag.

Winners will be chosen based on their creativity and originality. The contest closes at noon tomorrow.

To enter, go to www.facebook. com/RoyalCaribbeanAsia.

TRAVEL DEAL

Trafalgar has partnered Singapore Airlines to offer land tour and airfare bundles to destinations such as Cinque Terre in Italy, the green fields of Ireland or the wine region of Northern California, starting from $11,995 a person.

Seats are subject to availability. The promotion ends on Jan 29.

For more information, go to www.trafalgar.com or call 6922-5965.

NEW SIA ROUTE

Singapore Airlines will launch a new route called the Capital Express - the flight is from Singapore to Canberra and continues on to Wellington.

When the four-times weekly route starts on Sept 20, the airline will be the first to operate flights between the Australian and New Zealand capital cities, and the first regularly scheduled international service to and from Canberra.

Flights will be available for booking via the airline's website, call centres and travel agents in the coming weeks.

For more information, go to singaporeair.com.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 24, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - LVCON24'. Print Edition | Subscribe