New Zealand is just across the ditch from Australia and
Princess Cruises’ latest ship to start cruising regularly in Australasia, Golden Princess, is making the most of sailing
from its summer homeport of Melbourne to all ports NZ.
Ships are built to
last but they need regular maintenance and upgrades. The Sea Princess, which has been sailing around the world since 1998
and is one of Princess Cruises’ three Australia-based ships, has had plenty of
attention over the years. The adults-only Sanctuary area was added in a
previous refurbishment and it has just undergone a multi-million-dollar
makeover in Singapore.
cruise to the South Pacific is all about relaxation. While those water views
provide plenty of opportunities for R&R while out on the open ocean, you
also get to see what lies beneath the surface when you stop off at one of the
pretty ports of call. After just a few days at sea, you will feel like you’re
in a far-off place as you hear the exotic French and Melanesian accents. While
island hopping, set your clock to “unhurried” and take the time to mooch around
a market, squeak some white sand underfoot, or simply find a glorious bit of
beach where you can snorkel while the sun warms your back. Here are a few
aquamarine-hued itineraries guaranteed to seduce you to the charms of the South
Carnival Spirit’s red,
whale-tail funnel has become a familiar sight in Australian waters since the
“fun ship” moved to Sydney in 2012 to offer casual cruising with “Aussified”
style. In August 2015 the ship was refurbished again, emerging with a lineup of
new features including a Mexican style BlueIguana Cantina and Tequila Bar, a
Guy’s Burger Joint, a Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Rum Bar and a Bonsai Sushi. So
what’s our pick of the five great itineraries for 2016?
For the past three summers Celebrity Solstice has ventured to Australia for a long season of
cruising. She’s undoubtedly an eye-catching vessel, as well as a marvel of shipbuilding.
Celebrity Cruises made headlines when it announced that it was sending her to
Australia in late 2012, and since her Down Under debut, many cruise fans have
enjoyed her stylish accommodations and unusual features never before seen at
It could be argued that New Zealand was made to
explore by ship. A country of two islands surrounded by water, it’s famous for
mystical landscapes, from soaring snow-capped mountain peaks and ethereal
fjords, to grape-laden wine country and the beautiful valleys as seen in the Lord of the Rings movies. In recent
years there’s been a sharp increase in the number of cruise lines crossing the
Tasman from Australia to explore our neighbour, dubbed the Land of the Long
White Cloud, and for good reason. What’s on offer for cruise fans is an
opportunity to enjoy many of New Zealand’s natural gems such as the southern
fiords, and experience its quaint coastal communities and fascinating Maori
Love the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas? Hold onto your suitcases because cruise giant Royal Caribbean has just ordered its fifth Quantum-class ship.
The ship will be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany – the same company behind the lauded P&O Aurora, Norwegian Escape, SuperStar Virgo, as well as Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum-class ships. But don’t start packing yet – the ship won’t be ready until mid-2020!
Meet the flagship of the Star Cruises fleet, Superstar Virgo. There are 13 decks packed full of entertainment, dining and activities to discover. And what better way to see what’s in store than with our Superstar Virgo infographic?
Brisbane has always been a major shipping port, but has only relatively recently become a leisure cruise port as well. Since 2009, P&O Australia have used Brisbane as homeport for Pacific Dawn and will expand capacity when the latest mid-sized ship carrying 1500 passengers, Pacific Aria, arrives for both summer and winter seasons in 2015-16. Cruisers will have the choice of long or short cruises from Brisbane to satisfy their urge to holiday at sea on modern, fun ships. Here are a selection of short cruises from Brisbane to whet your appetite for Australia’s fastest-growing holiday choice.
A record number of cruise ships are sailing to Australia over the coming months, including a flotilla of newcomers that have been dispatched to our shores.
The latest statistics released by peak cruise industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in May 2015 show that 38 ships from its member cruise lines will sail the oceans into Australian waters this summer, with an unprecedented eight ships making their maiden visit Down Under.