New Zealand cruises are the perfect way to travel, and New Zealand is the perfect cruise destination. The two main islands are easily circumnavigated during a two-week jaunt, plus the many sights vary from dramatic fiords to vineyards, Maori culture and big city life.
Carnival Australia has announced changes to its fleet, designed to meet popular demand for cruise holidays in local waters.
P&O Cruises’ Five-Ship Spectacular is set to make a grand entrance in Sydney Harbour on November 25 this year. P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell reveals Sydney has never hosted five cruise ships on the harbour on the same day.
“Sydney has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world to cruise into, so to have our five P&O Cruise ships sailing through the heads on November 25 is going to be extraordinary,” he says. “Throughout the day, the entire P&O fleet will be moored in the Harbour – something that has never been done before.”
Australia’s love affair with cruising continues, with more than a million travellers taking a cruise in 2014. We spent 10 million days at sea that year – almost 40 per cent of them in the South Pacific – and every day someone new discovers the joys of a cruising holiday. But there are a few things every would-be cruiser should know before they take to the high seas.
New Zealand has always been a popular summer destination. The great attractions of beaches, bays, wineries, Maori culture and geothermal parks are always better when the sun is shining.
When it comes to New Zealand cruises that pass the South Island, make sure your itinerary includes Port Chalmers, the gateway to the great southern city of Dunedin. Originally settled by hardy Scots and founded on gold mining and hard graft, today the city is famous for its impressive beaches, historic buildings and university culture. A mere 20 minutes (13km) by bus or train from port to the centre of town, the Otago Museum is perfect for getting your historical bearings. Open 365 days a year, it tells the stories of early Maori and colonial settlers, from gold miners to Chinese market gardeners, farmers to mariners.
For some travellers, shore excursions are an important part of their Carnival Cruises experience. For others, it’s no big deal and they are even happy to stay aboard ship while in port. For those Aussies who prefer to check out the landward side of things, here are some of the options available in the most popular South Pacific cruise ports. Whether you’re looking for value shore excursions, or perhaps are prepared to splurge on a bit of luxury, here are the best options.
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.
Time it just right and you could grab a great deal on your next cruise. Fabulous deals pop up all year round but the start of the “wave season” – September in Australia – is a brilliant time to look for the value-packed deals that cruise lines offer to fill their upcoming summer schedule.
Royal Caribbean is launching another first in the hospitality industry with complimentary on-demand TV access to exclusive content from The Autism Channel starting from late October 2015.
The initiative extends the cruise line's industry-leading Autism Friendly Program, which is specially designed to provide inclusive cruise vacation experiences for families living with autism and other developmental disabilities.