P&O continues to expand its rollcall of ports throughout the region. In June 2016, Pacific Jewel will become the first cruise ship to call at Conflict Islands as part of P&O’s Papua New Guinea itineraries. The group of 21 islands surrounds a lagoon that’s home to one of the world’s most biodiverse reef systems. P&O negotiated with eccentric entrepreneur and conservationist Ian Gowrie-Smith to bring ships to his islands – one of the few parcels of freehold-owned land in PNG.
Do you want take a cruise holiday but don’t think you can afford it? Cruising is one of the most cost-effective ways to escape since the fare includes your accommodation, food, entertainment and transportation, so even if your budget is tight there are plenty of options to consider. Here are five great examples.
It’s the stroke of midnight on the last day of the
year. You’re on the top deck of a cruise ship in the middle of the South
Pacific with the wind roaring through your hair as the ship’s captain counts
down to the New Year. There’s no doubt about it – it’s a romantic notion.
Instead of slaving over a hot turkey – or keeping the peace between distant relatives – you could be eating Christmas dinner prepared by a top chef while gazing out to sea. But more than just escaping the hard work and stress that December 25 can bring, taking a cruise at Christmas means you truly get into the spirit of the season. With the ship festooned with wreaths, holly and mistletoe from bow to stern, eggnog handed out poolside and choirs singing carols on the decks, even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn’t help but feel festive.
most of history, circling the world by ship was unimaginable. A Spanish
expedition finally succeeded in 1522, but its Portuguese leader Ferdinand
Magellan was killed in the attempt. Even in the early days of leisure cruising,
passengers hopped from one ship to another in Suez or Singapore in order to
traverse the globe. But in 1922, Cunard’s Laconia
set off on the first-ever round-the-world cruise and a great dream of travel
was finally realised.
Buying a beverage
package, whether it’s for soft or alcoholic drinks, can save you money and also
allow you to know exactly what you’ll spend at the bar. It’s worth working out
how many drinks you’re likely to consume to see if you will save money – check
if there’s a service charge for the package, too. Here’s a rundown of beverage
packages offered on board the major cruise lines that operate in Australia,
either year-round (Carnival Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises) or on ships that
visit during the summer season (October to April).
These days, most
overseas cruise lines charge passengers a daily compulsory gratuity fee, money
that is shared among crew members (room stewards, restaurant staff,
housekeeping and other behind-the-scenes crew) to boost their low wages. This
fee is on top of your cruise fare – things have changed from the days when you
left some cash in an envelope for your room steward for his or her hard work
and slipped the maître d’ at the main dining room a few extra dollars for
exemplary service every evening (because back in the day, you only dined in one
restaurant for the duration of the cruise).
Yes, yes. We should unplug while on holiday. But many passengers like (or need) to stay connected with the rest of the world while on the high seas. The downside is that cruise-ship internet fees can be brutal (and those precious minutes you’re paying for can be whittled away by the speed of internet via satellite). If you want internet access during a cruise, it’s worth seeking out lines that have adopted a more passenger-friendly internet policy.
In glossy holiday brochures
advertising cruises, you see men, women and children looking effortlessly chic,
all perfect hair and teeth. While the passing fashion parade might not be quite
so glam, there are definitely some passengers who take the act of being
sartorially splendid very seriously.
Christmas is a popular time to get away for a break, but even though it’s a combination of peak travel season and high summer, it’s not too late to book if you fancy a cruise. You’ll still enjoy all the festivities you would at home while getting away from it all: carolling, Christmas trees and decorations, festive food, special activities for kids and a visit from Santa. Here are four options if you’re in Brisbane and fancy heading out on high seas for the Christmas holidays.