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.
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.
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.
Australians love to cruise – more than a million Aussies took one last year. If you’re not yet among the converts, consider these seven reasons a cruise is the best kind of holiday.
When cruise lines advertise themselves as “all-inclusive” it pays to take a close look at what actually is included in the fare, as there is a world of difference between what is covered by budget, premium and ultra-luxury lines. What does “all-inclusive” mean? Let’s find out.
Certainly, all cruises include meals, snacks, accommodation, entertainment and lots of onboard activities. However, some first-time cruisers who have been seduced by super-cheap fares are unpleasantly surprised by all the extras that you pay for at the end of the cruise, with “compulsory gratuities” topping the list of complaints.
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.
Whether it’s your first cruise, you’re going solo or taking the whole extended family, you don’t want to spoil a fabulous holiday by overspending. And while cruises offer excellent value, there are some hidden costs that you can avoid. Before you book, check out our tips for cruising on a budget.
Celebrity Solstice has been visiting Australia every summer since 2012 and has proved to be enormously popular with local cruisers. Launched in 2008 as the first of five Solstice-class ships (the others are Celebrity Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection), Celebrity Solstice carries 2,850 passengers who are looked after by 1,250 crew. Here’s all you need to know about Celebrity Solstice.
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.
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!