Some of the world’s best cruise ships now call Fremantle home, so there’s never been a better time to book your family cruise from Fremantle.
But if you can’t wait until 2016 for your family holiday (and frankly, we can’t blame you!), here are five fantastic family cruises from Fremantle in 2015.
We might already be more than halfway through the year, but there’s still time to head off on a cruise holiday in 2015. In fact, now is the perfect time to book a fantastic family-friendly cruise deals from Sydney.
It’s high summer and everyone wants a holiday in the sun. But a beach house in January is an expensive option and who wants to pay big bucks for a trip just to hear kids chanting, “I’m bored.” Cruising is the ultimate solution and mums take note, there is absolutely no cooking on the agenda. Carnival Cruise Lines redefined fun at sea when Carnival Spirit sailed into Sydney Harbour three years ago. Now, with sibling Carnival Legend by its side, Sydneysiders have double the fun. Teens will scream as they ride the Green Thunder waterslide and little ones will happily play on purple mini-slides in the SplashZone. Parents can relax in the child-free Serenity Retreat and unwind with a massage in the spa. And everyone’s happy watching a big-screen movie and munching on popcorn. Now fresh from a multi-million dollar facelift, Carnival Spirit has even more to offer with new bars and casual eateries featuring a “south of the border” twist. The kids aren’t left out either – on the last day at sea they can enjoy decadent pancakes at the Dr Seuss Breakfast at Sea extravaganza.
Australians love January. It’s shorthand for holidays in the sun. And a holiday where you can do as little or as much as you like is what Royal Caribbean International does best. The cruise line has always been the big innovator. Passengers are amazed at the onboard facilities, asking, “What will they think of next?” Want rock climbing? They have it. Ice-skating? Check. A surfing machine where you can hang 10 and get wiped out? No problem. Street parades with cartoon characters like Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda? Sure thing. Plus there are restaurants galore, from hamburger joints to three-tiered glamorous dining rooms. Royal Caribbean has a fleet of 23 ships, and four of them are sailing in Australian waters this summer. Legend of the Seas is cruising from Brisbane, so with departures from two capital cities, here are the best Royal Caribbean cruises in January 2016!
With the arrival of home-porting cruise ships in key Australian cities, holidaymakers can enjoy fantastic benefits almost door-to-door. You avoid the airport dash, the long-haul flights – or if you live near Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane – no flights at all. All very appealing, especially with the festive season fast approaching. Just board the ship, unpack once, and wave goodbye to the heat of the kitchen as you enjoy one of P&O’s best Christmas cruises.
SuperStar Virgo makes a welcome return Down Under this summer, as part of an epic 48-day voyage across the Southern Hemisphere. She will visit five Australian states and more than 20 ports in South-East Asia, Indonesia and Australia on the bucket-list cruise of a lifetime. But what if you don’t have the time to do it all? Here’s our pick for five best Star Cruises itineraries in Australia.
Princess Cruises has a loyal following of dedicated Australians who have travelled on the locally based mid-sized ships and the superliners that come Down Under in summertime. Now there’s even more choice with the arrival of Golden Princess to cater to Princess’s Melbourne fan club, and with cruises operating from four Australian capital cities, there’s no reason not to get on board. Warm balmy January nights are ideal for reclining on a deckchair, watching a movie under the stars with popcorn and drink in hand. All Princess ships have a big outdoor screen and an adults-only retreat called The Sanctuary. Lovers of Japanese culture will be clamouring to book the Diamond Princess to try its authentic bathhouse and excellent sushi restaurant. Every ship is individually styled and each delivers a classic holiday experience, but these are the best Princess cruises in January 2016.
It’s a rare opportunity for Melbourne folk to cruise from their doorstep to the South Pacific. However, this summer three ships will ply these waters on a handful of cruises from Melbourne: P&O’s Pacific Jewel and its sibling, the newly rechristened Pacific Eden, along with Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess.
A luxury cruise line with lots of experience sailing in Australian and South Pacific waters, Princess Cruises have amenities and features above the ordinary. Choose from departures aboard any the five ships: Golden Princess, Diamond Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess out of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle with year-round cruises to New Zealand and the South Pacific, as well as around Australia. Naturally Princess Cruises, considered by many in the business as a destination specialist, will have exceptional shore excursions to choose from. Here is just a selection.
When it comes to cruises from Sydney, the South Pacific is our backyard. While Australian-based cruise ships have been exploring the waters for decades, the islands are far from built-up and much of the region retains its authentic “sleepy” feel, with friendly locals turning on a South Seas welcome with song and dance. There are tiny uninhabited islands you can walk around in 30 minutes, others teeming with brightly coloured fish and marine life, and busier ports with great duty-free shopping and good restaurants. As the nearest port of Noumea takes two days to reach from Sydney, each cruise has four to five leisurely days at sea.