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N.S.W. Government Foils Plans To Use Garden Island As A Cruise Ship Terminal, What A Dismal Failure!

While it is disappointing to learn today that Garden Island will not be used as a cruise ship terminal, it certainly was not a surprise to those in the Australian cruising industry.

The reason why Garden Island won’t be used as a cruise ship terminal is down to the following reason.

"A future terminal at Garden Island will not be considered following advice from the Commonwealth Government, Melinda Pavey who is the New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight said citing significant challenges in sharing berth space alongside the navy.

Minister Pavey had this morning released the state government's long-awaited Cruise Development Plan, saying the move would "provide a blueprint for growing the cruise industry in NSW".

Please see the Cruising Development Plan here: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/cruise

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The state's Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said the measures would "help keep the cruise industry powering along...it is vital we take the steps necessary to propel the industry's future growth".

The plan builds on the NSW Government’s significant investments in the state’s cruise industry. The CDP details ten actions to support the industry both in Sydney and in regional NSW, with options to address short, medium and long-term capacity constraints.

This will ensure that NSW remains a world-class cruise destination and continues to capitalise on economic benefits this industry brings to our state

CLIA Australia chair Sture Myrmell welcomed the plan, saying the industry would work constructively with the NSW government.

“Our industry has been advocating for a solution to Sydney’s infrastructure constraints for some years and having a clear plan of action with the NSW Government is a step forward to achieve greater certainty and a platform for growth,” Myrmell said.

Information supplied by: N.S.W. Department Of Industry And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photo supplied by: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au

It's On Like Donkey Kong, And The Coundown Is On ! There Are Only 50 Days Until The Maiden Arrival Of Majestic Princess In Australia.

The Majestic Princess crew marked their 100th voyage milestone in spectacular fashion this week aboard Princess Cruises’ flagship in Shanghai, China. Over 300 crew took to the top deck to celebrate ahead of the ship’s roundtrip voyage to Japan.

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Today marks 50 days until Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in the Princess fleet, arrives in Australia. Carrying 3,560 guests, the 143,000-tonne mega-liner will be the largest Princess ship ever to homeport in Australian waters.

The 330 metre long flagship will arrive in Sydney on Saturday, 15 September 2018, commencing the 2018/2019 summer cruise season in spectacular fashion.

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“The celebrations have officially begun! Today marks 50 days until we welcome our newest flagship, Majestic Princess, to our shores” said Senior Vice President Princess Cruises Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison.

“The anticipation and excitement for Majestic’s maiden season speaks to the momentous growth of our market. Incredibly, we have already announced her second season return before she’s arrived, to spearhead our largest Australian deployment in 2019, alongside Ruby Princess.”

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During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

The ultimate in premium cruising, Majestic Princess Features 13 dining options including two restaurants with menus designed by Michelin star chefs – Harmony by Chef Richard Chen and La Mer by Chef Emmanuel Renaut.

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Majestic Princess will also be home to the largest retail shopping space at sea, with more than 1000 square metres of luxury brands including Bvlgari, Burberry, Cartier, Fendi and many more. The ship will also have the cruise line’s largest ever thermal suite and a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway, the SeaWalk.

Guests can choose from a wide range of high-end accommodation including suites, Club Class mini-suites, and new deluxe balcony rooms, with more than 80 per cent of the ship's 1780 staterooms offering private balconies.

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During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

With Grinchmas In July, Sydneysiders caught Glimpses Of The Grinch Attempting To Steal All The Christmas Fun From Carnival Spirit!

As Aussies across the country celebrate Christmas in July, Carnival Cruise Line today marked the official eve of the mid-winter season (24 July), Grinchmas Eve, with a thrilling spectacle across Sydney Harbour.

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In an unexpected sight for Sydneysiders and cruisers, The Grinch dramatically winched himself from a helicopter above Sydney Harbour, in an attempt to steal the Christmas fun from Carnival Spirit.

After his fearless drop from the helicopter, Carnival cruisers then caught sight of The Grinch this morning causing chaos onboard the ship; pinching the Captain’s hat, hiding the turkey and stealing lollipops from the Cherry on Top sweet shop.

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Today’s visit was an unexpected secret mission, but The Grinch will return for surprise appearances throughout Carnival’s Christmas cruises.

With over 45 activities to enjoy onboard each day, the fastest and steepest waterslide at sea – Green Thunder – and multiple live entertainment venues, in the end even the The Grinch couldn’t resist turning his frown upside down, dancing along to all of the fun he was witnessing onboard.

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The Grinch has now made his way on-board Carnival Spirit, making amends with the Captain after stealing his hat and causing mischief.

The two have enjoyed a lovely Grinchmas Eve feast – they told jokes, shared Christmas stories and had FUN soaking up Sydney’s sunshine.

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos by: James Morgan of http://morgan-photo.com/

Want To Get The Low Down On The Sophisticated And Glamourous P&O Cruises Australia Gatsby Night?

Well Here Is A Sexy Little Tease Of What You Can Expect!

It doesnt matter which P&O Cruises Australia ship you are on, but on cruises of 3 nights and over you can still enjoy one of the most sophisticated and spectacular evenings on-board with P&O Cruises Australia’s Gatsby Night.

Inspired by the roaring twenties, P&O Cruises Australia’s Gatsby Night recreates an evening of fascinating style, sparkling drinks, jazz music and opulence.

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The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.

The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.

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Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

The P&O Cruises Australia Gatsby Party promises a night of seductive glamour, so leave your inhibitions at the door and give in to the extravagance of the era.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Want To Know Who P&O Cruises Australia Are?? Well Here Is An Inspiring Video That Does Just That!

P&O Cruises Australia has been sailing the Australasian region and making holiday dreams come true for 85 years.

With seven home ports in Australia and New Zealand plus destinations all over the Pacific, P&O Cruises gives you the opportunity to explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

When you embark on a holiday with P&O Cruises Australia you enter another world. A world inspired by the freedom of the open sea. A world where ‘normal’ is what you make it.

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It is a world you enter the moment the ship leaves Earth and launches off on your adventure. A world where you are free to have your holiday any way that you choose.

P&O Cruises Australia are thrilled to share an inspiring video that showcases who they believe they are.

A P&O Cruises Australia story that shares the true Aussie values & experiences that we work hard to provide, when you holiday with us. Here's to you the everyday Aussie battlers, the larrikins, the dreamers, the MasterChef’s, the adventurers and everything in between.

Here's to each and every one of us!

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photo credit: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au

What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance When Cruising!

With the ever increasing rise of cruising in the Australian market, SureSave is passionate about ensuring all agents are well equipped to inform customers on the best travel insurance options to meet their needs.

Recently Australian Cruising News were able to sit down with Matt Endycott, Head Of Agency Sales At Suresave and ask him some of the questions that need to be answered when it comes to travel insurance and cruising.

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Matt Endycott, Head of Agency Sales at SureSave, says,

“An increasing number of Australian travellers are either regular cruisers, or are considering a cruise for their next holiday. Travellers look to their agent for all sorts of cruising options, from booking the right type of cruise for them, through to the most suitable travel insurance policy. It’s essential that agents explain the importance of travel insurance, and its benefits in real-life cruise scenarios, to ensure customers are adequately protected against the unexpected.”

The majority of SureSave’s cruise claims (78.4%) relate to medical expenses. These claims range from relatively minor and common cases, including motion sickness and minor slips, to more serious conditions requiring further medical treatment. Luggage claims account for 13.4% of cruise claims, usually relating to lost property such as sunglasses and prescription glasses, and for damaged goods such as phones and cameras. In addition, the remaining claims consist of 6.7% for cancellation and 1.5% for delayed or missed transport.

Understanding travel insurance for domestic cruises.

“It’s important for travellers to choose a policy that provides an appropriate level of cover. One of the most common causes for confusion is medical cover on a cruise between Australian ports,” says Endycott.

While a domestic policy can provide cover for a range of other, non-medical expenses, an international policy can additionally offer cover for medical expenses incurred on board a cruise ship outside of Australian waters or overseas.

Although travellers might be cruising in Australian waters, once off-shore, they may not be covered by Medicare, leaving them to foot the bill if they’re uninsured. This is also true regardless of whether the cruise provider is an Australian company, or a foreign company.

This is because cruise ships often employ international doctors who may not be registered to practice in Australia, so any on-board treatment provided by them doesn’t meet the criteria for Medicare cover. To be sure, it’s worth contacting the cruise provider to confirm whether Medicare covers treatment on board their ship.

Medical treatment costs when cruising can quickly run into the thousands.

Whilst the average cruise claim is around $800, expenses can run into the thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the level of treatment required. One of the most expensive cruise claims we’ve seen came to over $270,000 which included transport from the cruise ship to a hospital at the nearest port, two months of hospitalisation and medical expenses for treatment overseas, then repatriation home with medical escorts.

Getting to a hospital from the middle of the ocean is a challenge.

If a traveller needs urgent medical treatment that can’t be provided on board the ship, it can be tricky to get them to the nearest medical facility from the middle of the ocean. Emergency helicopter evacuations and treatment at a foreign hospital tends to be very expensive and can put travellers out of pocket quickly if they don’t have travel insurance.

Cancellation cover: timing is everything.

Purchasing travel insurance at the same time as booking a cruise could protect travellers should they need to cancel a cruise prior to their departure, or should they need to cut their trip short.

“If travellers have to cancel their cruise at any time in the lead up to their holiday, there’s a chance they could be out of pocket for part or all of their pre-paid booking if they’re not insured. Cruises can be expensive holidays, so it’s worth taking the time to organise cover early,” added Endycott.

However, cancellation claims don’t just happen pre-trip. If a traveller has to cut their trip short, potentially missing out on pre-paid tours or shore excursions, then travel insurance could help recover some of these losses too.

“We had one cruise traveller fall ill during the early days of a back-to-back cruise holiday. He received medical advice not to travel for at least a month, meaning that he and his companion had to cut their trip short. Thankfully, we were able to cover his medical expenses on the ship, as well as the $19,000 in costs to cancel the rest of the trip.”

Additional benefits.

SureSave’s international policy can also cover a broad range of events that apply to cruising including:

•             Flight delays and getting to your cruise on time;

•             A cruise line becomes Insolvent;

•             A cruise is delayed from leaving due to mechanical problems;

•             Formal wear is lost, stolen or damaged;

•             Policy holder is made redundant prior to embarking on a cruise;

•             Missing a shore excursion due to a cruise delay; and

•             Medical evacuation from a ship.

“The value of travel insurance is not only financial; it’s about the reassurance of having a support team on hand at all times. Our Sydney-based emergency assistance team, WE Assist, has been involved in multiple cruising claims, liaising with on the ground services, navigating language barriers, coordinating transport and ensuring treatment facilities meet our standards of care,” said Endycott.

This is a brief summary of cover only and does not include full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions. For more information on SureSave, please visit https://www.suresave.com.au/.

Information supplied by: Suresave and www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Want To Know How To Choose The Best Cabin For You Or Your Family On Pacific Aria And Pacific Eden??

Choosing a cabin for your special time away as a couple or even the hard earned money you have saved up to go on your family holiday can be very confusing and cause many of you some angst.

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Getting the right cabin for those who want to cruise has become a major factor with many cruise lines.

Many questions are certainly asked about cabins, these range from.

If I get sea sick which the best cabin is for me.

Do ships have interconnecting cabins? Can I get a cabin with four berths?

How are certain cabin categories set up? Is an Inside, Ocean view, Balcony or Suite Better?

What cabin would you recommend for doing a shorter or longer cruise? Why are there so many different cabin categories?

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These are just some of the questions raised and I’m quite sure your cruise consultant that your about to book through can give you all of the answers to your questions.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au recommends you book through an accredited CLIA cruise consultant which we can refer you to, or you can find through this link provided.

CLIA accredited cruise consultants can be found via this link: https://www.cruising.org.au/Find-a-Cruise-Agent/Cruise-Agent-Search

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Well at last we have been able to solve many of your questions with this great video from P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. This video will certainly help you out!

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos supplied by: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au

Royal Caribbean Internationals New Vice President and Managing Director, Susan Bonner Set To Make Her Make In Australia.

Susan is responsible for the business operations of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises in the region, reporting to Gavin Smith, Senior Vice President International.

“With the highest market penetration for cruising of any country, I’m looking forward to continuing the incredible momentum our brands are experiencing in this region,” said Susan, “We truly believe there is a cruise out there for everyone, and our three distinctive lines offer award-winning cruise experiences to put us top of mind when Aussies consider their next holiday.”

With the 2018/19 Australian cruising season to be the biggest on offer with the three brands associated with Royal Caribbean International, thier might be other exciting announcements to come, but all will be revealled in good time Bonner said".

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Susan comes to Sydney from Royal Caribbean’s Miami office, where she served as Vice President of Celebrity Cruises’ Revenue Management and On-board Revenue, and was integral in launching the line’s luxury Solstice Class ships. Prior to that, she led the Revenue Management and On-board Revenue performance of Royal Caribbean International during the line’s historic introduction of the Quantum Class megaships.

Susan is a passionate advocate of gender equality, women in leadership and workplace diversity, part of an empowering female line-up at RCL which includes the first female CEO of a publicly traded cruise company, Celebrity Cruises’ Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, and an Australian office in which two thirds of the management team are women.

Bonner pursued her higher education by studying marketing at the prestigious Tulane University in New Orleans. As well as holding a passion for travel and cruising, Susan is a hot yoga enthusiast and the proud mother of a 19-year old son who attends military school back in the US.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

CMV Australia's Astor Set To Leave CMV Fleet In 2019 And Sail Off Into The Sunset!

After six years of cruising from Fremantle and Adelaide and carrying more than 115,000 guests, Astor will sail Australian shores with Cruise & Maritime Voyages for the last time in March 2019.

Travellers can take advantage of CMV’s ‘Extend your Escape’ (back-to-back) offers to experience the boutique ship between December 2018 and March 2019 with destinations including Kangaroo Island, Bali, Hobart, Busselton (in the Margaret River region) and Geographe Bay.

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Back-to-back cruises are popular with CMV’s clientele and one particularly loyal passenger has booked nine consecutive voyages on Astor this season according to Dean Brazier, Managing Director of CMV Australia.

“We believe our guests keep returning because of the intimate atmosphere and personalised service on our ships, and our new offer provides the ideal opportunity to see more of Australia for less.

“In the upcoming season a guest could sail from Fremantle to Adelaide via Esperance for five nights before heading off on a three-night cruise sampling the delights of Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. They could then sail around Tasmania to experience its natural wonders, history, and culinary attractions for an additional seven nights.

“Summer is arguably the best time to cruise these destinations with plenty of opportunities to cool off at some of Australia’s most pristine beaches,” said Mr Brazier.

Guests booking any back-to-back voyages for Astor’s 2018/19 Australian season until 31 August 2018 will receive a bonus 20% off already reduced fares (for new bookings – example further below). Three-night cruises start from just $679 per person twin-share with the second guest traveling for half price.

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Astor – fun facts and figures (based on conclusion of 2018/19 season on 10 March 2019)

•Number of guests sailed: 115,343

•Number of consecutive voyages one guest has cruised: 9

•Number of nights sailed aboard Astor by one guest: 497

•Nautical miles sailed in Australian waters: 129,036

•Number of afternoon teas served: 2,867

•Number of birthdays and anniversaries celebrated on board: 482

•Amount of prawns served on board: over 13,000 kg

CMV’s new ship Vasco da Gama will join the fleet from April 2019 and will begin its first Australian season in December 2019.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is Australia’s leading independent cruise line, offering a traditional, boutique cruise experience and exceptional value. Next year marks the company’s 10th anniversary and over the past decade the cruise line has become known for its relaxed, convivial
ambience, exacting standards and high levels of attentive personal service aboard each of the five small to mid-sized ships. This is reinforced by a customer satisfaction rating of 95 per cent.

CMV has been operating for six years in Australia with its charming Astor winning the hearts of cruise lovers around the region and its new ship Vasco da Gama to launch in 2019.

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Nosing into smaller harbours off-limits to many others, CMV offers a range of exciting itineraries around Australia out of Adelaide and Fremantle, as well as through Asia, South America, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe, visiting Iceland, Greenland, the Baltics, Norwegian Fjords, Northern Lights, British Isles and more.

CMV’s global fleet comprises Astor, Astoria, Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, and from April 2019, Vasco da Gama.

Information supplied by: CMV Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Want A Job A Sea?? Well Carnival Australia is Certainly Playing It's Part In Gender Balance In Seafaring Careers At Sea!

When the Nautical Institute conducted a Women in Maritime event onboard P&O Cruises’ Australia's Pacific Explorer this week, the organisation came face to face with the future it seeks to achieve in which more women have opportunities to become career seafarers. 

The Institute and its guests were welcomed by six third officers who are currently taking part in a special mentoring program on Pacific Explorer on their path to becoming senior deck officers on Carnival Australia-brand cruise ships. 

The six, pictured here with Pacific Explorer Hotel Director Melissa Yates (centre), are (left to right) Hilary Cassano, Laura Abbruzetti, Rachel Davies, Lauren Brunton, Bryony Rodger and Emma Forbes-Gearey. 

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All have previous experience on cargo ships, bulk carriers or offshore rigs and are now participating in a program to ensure more women have opportunities to take their place as professional mariners. They are being supported onboard Pacific Explorer by accomplished Hotel Director, Melissa Yates, the daughter of a recently retired ship captain, who worked her way through the hotel operations ranks to her current senior position.  

“There are many women working on cruise ships and, during my years at sea, I have always been and felt accepted as part of the team,” Melissa said. “But it is distressing when I hear women tell me that their experience was quite different in other areas of shipping. It makes me realise how fortunate I have been.” 

With women comprising only two per cent of the world’s seafarers, according to the Nautical Institute, the organisation is trying to raise awareness of the need to achieve greater gender balance by addressing barriers that can discourage women from seeking careers at sea.

Information Supplied by: Carnival Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Silversea Cruises Names Adam Armstrong As The New Managing Director For Australia And New Zealand.

Adam Armstrong will join Silversea Cruises as Managing Director Australia & New Zealand. Currently Associate Vice President & Managing Director Australia & New Zealand for Royal Caribbean, Adam joins Silversea at an exciting time of growth and a period of significant investment in Australia and New Zealand for the ultra-luxury cruise line.  This announcement follows the resignation of Amber Wilson, Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, from Silversea to pursue other opportunities. 

Adam first started his career with the Carnival UK group as a Market planning analyst, before moving to Carnival Australia in 2004 and becoming the senior market analyst and spending two years in this role Adam then spent the next two years as a Marketing Planning manager at Carnival Australia. With that said Adam has made a big impact in the cruising industry here in Australia and New Zealand, especially the last decade promoting the growth and success of the Industry but also with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands right here in Australia and New Zealand.

Having known Adam on a professional basis I have no doubt that Adam is the right person to lead the future growth and development of Silversea here in Australia and New Zealand. 

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Roberto Martinoli, CEO Silversea comments: “Adam is a terrific addition to Silversea. His experience and achievements in the Australian and New Zealand cruise markets will support our ambitious plans for growth and develop closer relationships with our travel agent partners.  On behalf of Silversea, I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Amber Wilson for her great contribution to our cruise line over the past two years and wish her well in the future.”

Australia and New Zealand is now Silversea’s third largest market and continues to lead the way as the fastest growing cruise market in the world.  Silversea has ambitious growth plans, with its new flagship Silver Muse to sail to Australian and New Zealand waters for the first time in early 2019.  Additionally, an unprecedented deployment of 10 cruises has just been announced between November 2019 until March 2020, featuring Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.     

Adam Armstrong comments: “I am delighted to be joining Silversea at such an exciting time in its long history as a leading luxury brand.  I look forward to working with the local team and our valued agent partners to grow the business and take Silversea to the next level.”

Adam will join Silversea on Monday 13 August 2018, based in the Sydney office and reporting directly to Roberto Martinoli.

Peter Shanks, Managing Director United Kingdom, Ireland, Middle East & Africa will oversee the Silversea team in Sydney on an interim basis until Adam joins the Silversea organisation on the 13th of August 2018.

Information supplied by: Silversea Cruises And  www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

 

Princess Cruises Announces That It Has Formed An Exciting New Partnership With The Good Food & Wine Show.

 

In celebration of the partnership, Princess Cruises’ luxury cruise liner, Sea Princess, welcomed aboard three renowned Chefs in Manu Feildel, Alastair Mcleod and Colin Fassnidge to experience and sample some of the award-winning culinary offerings available onboard.

 

Taking place in Melbourne on 1 – 3 June, Sydney on 22 – 24 June, Perth on 24 – 26 August and Brisbane 26 – 28 October, Good Food & Wine Show will see celebrated chefs take the stage in the Princess Cruises Theatre, presented by ILVE. In the Princess Cruises Theatre the chefs will be partnered with someone they love to cook with, showcasing their joint passion for food and world-class culinary skills to thousands of attendees around Australia.

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“The Princess Cruises Theatre, presented by ILVE, is an amazing addition to the Good Food & Wine Show. We’re thrilled to partner with such a prestigious brand and look forward to seeing the theatre come to life throughout each show”, said Good Food & Wine Show, Event Director, Claire Back.

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We’re delighted to have partnered with the Good Food & Wine Show this year and officially sponsor the Princess Cruises Theatre. This partnership will appeal to Princess Guests around Australia and most certainly to those who love good food!

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We take tremendous pride in preparing and serving our guests freshly made quality dishes every day across our fleet. It was a pleasure to welcome acclaimed and innovative chefs Manu Feildel, Alastair Mcleod and Colin Fassnidge onboard Sea Princess in Sydney and introduce them to Princess Cruises’ expansive and enticing food offerings onboard”, said Director of Sales and Marketing Princess Cruises, Nick Ferguson.

 

For more information on Princess Cruises, see a licensed travel agent; call 13 24 88 or visit www.princess.com

 

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

 

P&O Cruises Australia Commemorates Anzac Day On Board Their Ships With Humility And Grace.

ANZAC day 2018 saw all guests and staff and crew on-board all five ships in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet pay their respects to the past, present men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation in the Australian Defence Force.

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It’s been more than 100 years since that horrific landing on the shores at Gallipoli, and the legacy of ANZAC day needs to be preserved now and into the future.

It’s where it remains a challenge for us all to make sure that the ‘Spirit’ of the ANZAC is now passed onto our children and their children in generations to come to honour the fallen and those whom are still serving and the great sacrifice they are making in serving this wonderful country of ours.

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P&O Cruises Australia have now been conducting Dawn services across their five ship fleet for many years now, The Dawn Services will begin a day devoted to the Anzac legacy with special Australian and New Zealand displays with an Anzac theme, Anzac biscuits available on board throughout the day and two-up in a salute to the larrikin spirit of the original Diggers.

“Anzac Day is always a very special day on our P&O ships and our Australian and New Zealand guests look forward to participating in the poignant Dawn Services remembering the service and sacrifice of so many who gave their lives in the defence of freedom,” said P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell.

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“It is always a particular honour to invite the veterans and currently serving members of the armed forces among our guests to play a central role during the on board commemoration of Anzac Day.

“The day makes the transition to a celebration of all things Australian and New Zealand that in its own way salutes those who have served to protect the freedom we enjoy.”

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In an historic note, around two thirds of the then P&O fleet was called to war service during World War One with the loss of 85 ships belonging to P&O and its subsidiary companies.

During World War Two, the P&O group lost 156 ships including some of its then iconic line ships, Viceroy of India, Cathay, Oronsay and Orcades.

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In the Falklands War, Canberra had a pivotal role carrying the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Marines on the 17,000km voyage to the Falklands before making a triumphant return to Southampton.

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! And P&O Cruises Australia.

Photos supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

 

 

What Really Happened Onboard P&O Cruises Australia's Pacific Dawn, Separating Fact From Fiction!

On Thursday the 12th of April 2018 at approximately 16.30pm an unfortunate incident happened on board P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Dawn while on her way back to Brisbane approximately 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia, during a week-long cruise in the Pacific.

There was a man overboard situation that happened, and for many who are seasoned cruisers such as myself who have been on both Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel on numerous occasions and as they are sister ships meaning that they are [identical on the outside] we were quite perplexed to understand the reason why this incident had occurred.

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The ship railings on both Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel meet the minimum requirements set out in Maritime law that is enforced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority [ AMSA].

The following should be taken into consideration is:

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority known as [ AMSA] who plays apart in regulating the Maritime industry will make sure that any cruise ship that is based, homeported or visits Australian ports or ports that are in the reach of Australia’s maritime zone comply with all Maritime requirements that it deems necessary to operate safely at sea.

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Natasha Schofield has been identified as the woman who went overboard.

P&O Cruises Australia have issued the following statements below.

“P&O Cruises confirmed that Pacific Dawn turned around after an adult female guest was seen to go over the side of the ship while it was at sea approximately 150 nautical miles from New Caledonia. A crew member notified the bridge straight away and the ‘man overboard’ incident response was activated immediately.

In line with this response, Pacific Dawn turned around to follow the course it was on at the time of the incident. Pacific Dawn is currently on a seven night cruise from Brisbane to the South Pacific with scheduled calls to Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila completed.

The ship departed from Brisbane last Saturday for the week long cruise. Relevant maritime search and rescue authorities were notified. Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and her family at this time.”

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An announcement was made by Pacific Dawn's Captain this morning. My deepest condolences to the family of the woman.

“Good morning everyone this is the captain speaking from the bridge.

I have an update for our search and rescue mission over night for one of our guests who fell over the side yesterday afternoon.

It is with a very heavy heart that I need to let you know that we have been unable to locate our guest

We are still in the area of the incident, and the weather conditions with the swell three to four metres high, as you can see outside - the strong wind and choppy seas - made our search extremely challenging.

And sadly despite our continued search through the night we have been unable to find her.

As a result we have now made the extremely difficult decision to continue our journey towards Brisbane.

We have made this decision after seeking advice from the marine investigative authorities of New Caledonia and Australia.

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April 13th

Updated statement from P&O Cruises Australia

"With the deepest sadness, P&O Cruises has confirmed the suspension of Pacific Dawn’s search for the female guest who was seen to go overboard from the ship late yesterday afternoon approximately 150 nautical miles from New Caledonia.

The difficult decision to suspend the search was made only after expert advice that survival after this length of time in difficult sea conditions and after a full night at sea was not considered possible.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest’s family at this distressing time. Pacific Dawn had searched throughout the night and into the morning after first light without success. The search, which began immediately after a crew member reported a guest had been seen to go over the side of the ship, was suspended in consultation with maritime rescue authorities.

Pacific Dawn has now resumed her course for Brisbane where preparations are being made for a late arrival on completion of the current seven night crew to the South Pacific. Guests currently onboard Pacific Dawn have been advised of a likely late arrival and guests due to embark on the ship’s next cruise will be updated on boarding arrangements.

P&O Cruises has thanked the media for their sensitivity in reporting the incident."

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“Pacific Dawn returned to Brisbane this morning and, prior to arrival at the Portside Cruise Terminal, the Captain thanked disembarking guests for their sensitivity and support for the family who suffered such a devastating loss during the cruise.

The family has been supported on board by senior crew members since the incident and Care-trained staff met the ship on arrival this morning. We have done everything possible to respect and protect the privacy of the family. Counselling by a professional Counsellor who was also on hand today has been offered to guests and crew wanting access to this support.

P&O Cruises is assisting Queensland Police in their inquiries into the incident as the lead authority acting on behalf of the State Coroner. As anticipated, police went on board Pacific Dawn on arrival this morning to begin their inquiries. Allowing the police to determine what happened in this tragic incident is the appropriate course.

We remain concerned that much of the speculation and versions of events given in recent days are not supported by the facts. The police inquiries on behalf of the Coroner will help put the speculation to rest.

With Pacific Dawn’s arrival, we will be able to give police CCTV footage providing an unobstructed view of what happened and portraying an obviously devoted and loving couple. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and hope that they will find comfort in their grief.”

Passengers greet family and friends after disembarking from the Pacific Dawnin Brisbane on Sunday morning. Picture: AAP / John Gass.

The facts of the matter are:

1. There was no freak wave that hit the ship so violently that the woman now identified as Natasha Schofeild accidently fell overboard.

2. The reporting by alleged passengers on board saying that Natasha was sea sick and vomiting over the side of the ship was ill founded.

3. The comments made by some Facebook users in different cruise groups and blogs saying that the husband should be investigated is absolutely appalling and disrespectful to the family involved. For legal reasons I am unable to say which groups or blogs these came from.

4. To those of you from differnt cruise groups and blogs on facebook that speculated and commented on Mrs Schofeild's mental condition and frame of mind, how dare you!  Your comments leave alot to be desired by doing this without knowing the full facts! and her state of mind. it's so disrespectful to Mrs Schofeild and her family and friends, some of the comments have been so disgraceful and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I only wish i could name those who have put up such comments.

4. The speculation that was made by some of the Facebook cruise groups and blogs leaves a lot to be desired. Try gathering the facts first before speculating because everybody is watching what you say, because once you send it you can’t take it back. For legal reasons i am unable to say which groups or blogs these came from.

5. The disrespectful media outlets who tried to interview passengers who were disembarking Pacific Dawn after a harrowing 48 hours that they had just endured due to the incident on board. You should be ashamed of yourselves for calling yourself a media outlet.

6. The fact of the matter and what really happened was that “[Mrs Schofield] did take intentional actions and deliberately propell herself overboard the ship,” said Inspector Graham of Queensland police.

The entire incident was captured on security cameras. Inspector Graham had also told reporters he had viewed the footage.

“What I saw was a couple of loving people on the top deck of a cruise ship,” he said.

“I saw them leaning on the rails and I saw the intentional actions of the missing person take two steps back and then propel herself over the railing.

“Her husband tried in vain to grab her when she went over grabbing onto her leg she was too far gone and subsequently she fell.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au has also learnt that Natasha Schofield had many life changing hypnotherapy session’s weeks before boarding Pacific Dawn.

Please read the following article supplied by: https://www.mouthsofmums.com.au/mum-who-jumped-from-cruise-ship-was-hypnotised-in-recent-weeks/#hkuDSHJVYz2uTkAf.97

*Readers who are in need of support and information can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia and www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

What Happens When You Get A ‘TOP 10 CHEF IN THE WORLD’ Who Is A ‘MASTER CHEF OF FRANCE’ That SETS COURSE FOR AUSTRALIA ??

You Get The Chefs OF MAJESTIC PRINCESS GAINING ACCOLADES AHEAD OF Their AUSTRALIAN ARRIVAL!

Princess Cruises’ Director of Guest Culinary Experience, Chef Pierre-Marie Leprince, has been honoured with the distinction of Master Chef of France by the prestigious culinary organisation, the Association of the Master Chefs of France (L ’Association des Maîtres Cuisiniers de France).

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Also newly named to the association is three-Michelin-starred Chef Emmanuel Renaut, the culinary mastermind behind Majestic Princess’ La-Mer restaurant.

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Recently awarded Top 10 Best Chef in the World for the third running by French magazine La Chef, as voted by two and three-starred Michelin chefs from around the world, Renaut developed specialty French restaurant La Mer in partnership with Leprince exclusively for Princess’ newest ship, Majestic Princess.

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“The prestige and expertise of Chef Leprince and Chef Renaut takes the dining experience at sea to a whole new level.” said Stuart Allison, Senior Vice President Princess Cruises Asia Pacific.

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 “For a $39 cover charge and without the month-long wait that synonymous with this calibre of cuisine, Australian and New Zealand guests will be among the first to experience La Mer when Majestic Princess arrives for her maiden Australian season in September this year.”

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 The Biggest, newest and most luxurious ship in the Princess fleet, Majestic Princess will be the largest ever Princess ship to homeport in Australian waters when she arrives in Sydney on Saturday, 15 September 2018.

 

During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

 

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos supplied by: Princess Cruises.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au Provides A Unique Insight Into The Australian Cruising Industry.

Are you aware that Australia has its very own website dedicated to the Australian cruising industry, that’s right www.australiancruisingnews.com.au is the only dedicated website that focuses on the cruise ships that are based and homeported in Australian waters, every Australian cruising season?

How it all started, it started with my own personal cruising experiences, as I have done over 50 cruises worldwide and been on variety of different ships to many stunning destinations.

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Then came the time for surfing the web about cruising and seeing if there was a website that just focuses on the cruise ships that are based and homeported in Australian waters, every Australian cruising season.

To my astonishment there was not a website out there offering this as a service to the Australian cruising community hence the website name www.australiancruisingnews.com.au was born!

Our point of difference is to provide you with fresh local content and we are constantly updating our website to bring you the latest information from the cruise lines direct.

We offer the latest in cruising news, cruise line and cruise ship information, unbiased cruise ship reviews when we get invited on board, as we do not work for any of the cruise lines or work on any of the cruise ships that we do reviews on.

We also offer helpful hints and tips whether your a first time cruiser or someone that is experienced, coming soon we will also have Australian destination information so that you will be able to read up on your favorite ports before you leave for your cruise, so you will have some idea of what to expect.

Our views are solely our own and we are not paid in anyway shape or form.

Australian Cruising News.com.au Achievements:

1. We are Australia’s only dedicated cruising website to promoting the cruise ships that are based and homeported in Australian waters, every Australian cruising season.

2. Invited on board Carnival Spirits Inaugural sailing out of Sydney, Australia on the 19th of October 2012 to promote the world’s number one social media app for cruising www.shipmateapp.com

3. Interviewed David Jones the Cooperate communications manager of Carnival Australia in regards to the 5 Sydney based ships in a salute the Royal Australian Navy : https://youtu.be/mlKQrEy5vp8

4. Interviewed Ann Sherry in regards to the P&OEdge and John Sharpe the creator of the P&OEdge : https://youtu.be/GPy4qHD

5. Interviewed Meg Koffel, Princess Cruises Public Relations Manager in relation to what makes Princess cruises stand out from the rest. : https://youtu.be/SY7YW-eWBKQ This video was put onto the www.WLCL.com.au website as a training tool for agents.

6. We were involved as the official photographer for the Inaugural Jelly Bean Cruise on board Celebrity Solstice on the 23rd of October 2014 supporting the Danii Meads-Barlow Foundation.

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7.  Awarded to be in the TOP 50 cruise websites and blogs worldwide by https://blog.feedspot.com/cruise_blogs/

Not only does www.australiancruisingnews.com.au have a successful website following of over 158,000 followers and over 10,000 readers a week we also have our social media outlets below:

1. http://www.instagram.com/australiancruisingnews.com.au

2. http://www.twitter.com/AusCruisingNews

http://www.facebook.com/AustralianCruisingNews.com.au on average 40,000 readers per week alone through its face book site. We have a very loyal group of followers to whom we would like to acknowledge each and every one of them!

Once again we offer a very unique insight to the Australian Cruising Industry, as we are focused on the ships that are based and home ported in Australian waters, every Australian season, this is OUR point of difference!

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Brisbane's New Cruise Ship Terminal To Be Ready By Late 2019 !

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland is set to welcome its first dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal with construction set to commence on the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd’s (PBPL) $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River.

The Premier said the Cruise Terminal would support 245 jobs each year through construction and was the second Market-Led Proposal to advance to the delivery phase, following in the footsteps of the $512 million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project currently under construction.

“Cruising is one of tourism’s great growth stories, for both international and domestic markets,” the Premier said.

“A dedicated, purpose-built cruise ship terminal will boost our international reputation as a global tourism destination of choice.

“It will serve as a catalyst to supercharge growth in our tourism sector and related industries and generate jobs now and into the future.”

Site preparation works will start in November, with construction of the wharf to begin mid-next year, and construction of the terminal to begin in around 12 months.

The terminal building itself will be around 9,300 square metres set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships.

There will also be public open spaces, parking for cars and buses plus extensive landscaping across the site.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the progression of the Port of Brisbane’s cruise terminal Market Led Proposal and said it’s a great example of private sector innovation in action to deliver much needed cruise shipping infrastructure.

It’s very encouraging to see modelling by the Port of Brisbane which indicates the terminal could inject up to $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy over the next two decades.

Latest artists impressions of Brisbane's $150 million new cruise ship terminal

“The new cruise terminal is also a jobs generator and is set to support an average of 245 jobs a year over its two-year construction period and will deliver many more jobs through increased economic activity,” Mr Pitt said.

“Once the terminal is operational it is expected the additional cruise ships stopping in Brisbane could continue their journey up the coast to destinations like Cairns and give visitors the opportunity to visit other iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef.    

“The economic investment will bring broader benefits to the state economy through increased opportunities for tourism operators and other sectors like agriculture and our services industry."

“To date, eight proposals have been approved or have moved to Stage 2, the preparation of detailed proposals stage and the MLPs approved or in the detailed assessment stage are worth just more than $1 billion and are estimated to generate around 1,800 jobs.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said an international cruise terminal would serve as an important piece of transport infrastructure not just for South East Queensland but for the whole state.

“It will bring an increased number of cruise ships and more tourists to the state,” Ms Jones said.

“It will also safeguard the existing 1,250 jobs related to the cruise industry in Brisbane and add 49 operational jobs on average each year over the next 20 years as the industry grows.

PBPL CEO, Roy Cummins said should the project receive ACCC approval, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal would prove to be a defining piece of the State’s tourism infrastructure network.

“This new cruise terminal will secure the future of cruise tourism in South-east Queensland and help bring the world’s biggest cruise ships to Brisbane,” Mr Cummins said.

“We have worked with the State Government, through its Market-led Proposal process, and other partners including Brisbane City Council and the cruise operators, to make this happen, and we thank all parties for their support and their commitment to our project.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Pazlaszczuk, Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Tourism Minister Kate Jones announce Brisbane's new cruise ship terminal will go ahead.

“Port of Brisbane is investing $158 million to deliver a world-class facility for our world-class city.

“Our focus has been to develop a proposal that supports the cruise industry and delivers a great passenger experience, and we are now going to get on with the hard work of building it.

“It means jobs during construction and jobs for the broader tourism sector for decades to come.

“Port of Brisbane is committed to delivering the best possible economic and tourism outcomes for the cruise industry and Queensland.

“It is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to working with all project partners as we now move into this next phase.”

Information supplied by: Brisbane Ports.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

They're  Back ! Royal Caribbean International Arrives Back In Australia For It's 10th Season In Australia.

 

Tomorrow October 08th 2017 Royal Caribbean International arrives back in Australia for the 2017/18 Australian cruising season while also celebrating their 10th year in Australia, with Radiance Of The Seas a much loved ship with Australians.

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“We’re back – Australia’s beloved Radiance of the Seas pulls into port this weekend, marking the start of an epic 10th birthday season ahead for Royal Caribbean,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director for RCL Cruises in Australia and New Zealand.

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Radiance is just one of six of RCL Cruise’s exceptional Australia-based ships offering an incredible selection of 97 cruise holidays throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia this summer, and delivering an injection of AUD$198 million to the Australian economy in passenger spend alone.

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Joining Radiance of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s ground-breaking Ovation of the Seas, returning for her second and longest #SuperCruising season yet. The South Pacific sisters Voyager and Explorer Of The Seas return while also know for many of their family orientated features.

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On the Celebrity Cruises side of things we have the highest rated ship in Australia, Celebrity Solstice offering Australians a sophisticated way of cruising!

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Back for her sixth season in Australia, when she arrives in Sydney on 20 October 2017 for her first sampler cruise in three seasons. Celebrity Cruises will also offer guests even more opportunity to explore destinations at night, with overnight calls to Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne.

Then we have from boutique Azamara Club Cruises both Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey both offering Immersive destination cruising with longer stays in ports and stunning Azamazing evenings!

Azamara Club Cruises returns for its third and biggest season down under yet, when Azamara Journey arrives via Australia’s west coast in January, making maiden calls to Adelaide and Perth, as well as a number of regional destinations. Plus Azamara Journey will end her 2017/18 season with the line’s inaugural World Journey, a 102-night extravaganza from Sydney to London, calling at 60 ports in 29 countries along the way.

Please see below the standout dates in the Royal Caribbean Internationals 10th season in Australia.

Sun 8 Oct 2017 Radiance of the Seas: Arrival into Sydney – official start of the Australian international cruising season and marks RCI’s 10th season down under

Fri 20 Oct 2017 Celebrity Solstice: Arrival into Sydney to kick off her sixth season. She commences with a two night sampler cruise

Sat 28 Oct 2017 Voyager of the Seas: Arrival into Sydney and commences her 14-night Australia and New Zealand Cruise

Sun 29 Oct 2017 Explorer of the Seas: Arrival into Sydney and commences her 14-night Australia and New Zealand Cruise

November Celebrity Solstice: Celebrates her 8th birthday

Thurs 7 Dec 2017 Ovation of the Seas: Arrival into Sydney and commences her 10-night New Zealand Cruise

Sun 21 Jan 2018 Azamara Journey arrives into Sydney, for Azamara’s third Australian season

Wed 7 Mar 2018 Azamara Journey departs Australia for an 18 night Australia and Asia cruise, which kicks off her epic 102-night World Voyage from Sydney to London

Mon 26 Mar 2018 Ovation of the Seas wraps up her Australian season, departing Sydney on a 14 night Asia Repositioning cruise

Mon 16 Apr 2018 Voyager of the Seas: ends 2017-18 Australian season, departing Sydney on a 14 night Asia Repositioning cruise

Wed 11 Apr 2018 Celebrity Solstice: Ends her season, sailing from Sydney to New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii on an 18-night cruise

Tues 17 April 2018

Radiance of the Seas: End of season, departing Sydney on a 17-night cruise to Hawaii

Sun 22 Apr 2018

Explorer of the Seas: ends 2017-18 Australian season, departing to Sydney to commence a 22-night cruise to Seattle via Hawaii.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

Photos credit: Brian Gaskin Of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au

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Want To See A Show That Has It All?? Well Now You Can With Love Riot Exclusive To Pacific Explorer !

The Explosive New Show on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer Internationally acclaimed Australian director Scott Maidment, the creative mastermind behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour and the sell-out Sydney Opera House circus spectacle Blanc de Blanc,has launched his latest production on-board P&O Cruises Pacific Explorer.

The new Love Riot show is an explosive adventure featuring world-class dance, comedy, circus andacrobatics with choreography by LA’s Kevin Maher and set and costume design by James Browne.

The 90-minute performance typically found in a spiegeltent rather than a cruise ship features an impressive world-class line up of elite artists and contortionists that dangle from silk sheets and Trapezes, unicycle through the audience and perform awe-inspiring acts.

Love Riot is exclusive to Pacific Explorer’s glamorous new cabaret entertainment venue Black Circus, where guests receive a cocktail and souvenir glass on arrival. The VIP Love Riot package includes a Five-course degustation dinner.

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Brisbane-born Scott Maidment, who founded Strut & Fret Production House, said he wanted tocombine the best international talent into one great spectacle, Love Riot.

“I’ve directed shows in Budapest, London, Bogota and Singapore but never before for a cruise ship. My latest venture was about giving the P&O audience an experience they wouldn’t expect and remember long after their holiday.

“The formula for Love Riot takes the best internationally recognised artists from the US, Canada,Europe and Australia and puts a modern spin on their skills.

“Love Riot is not a passive experience - we want the audience to be involved. It’s about the talentbeing present and engaging with passengers every night and that’s the secret to the show,” MrMaidment said.

P&O Cruises’ Director of Entertainment Brett Annable said the latest production aimed to shake up the traditional cruise entertainment offering and bring more choice to the market.

“Love Riot is like no other entertainment at sea and is more in keeping with the spectacular aerial Circus artistry found at major festivals around the world.

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“We wanted to challenge the conventional production shows found on cruise ships and offer our guests a hilarious, high-energy, premium experience that would really get people talking!

“In addition to Love Riot, guests on Pacific Explorer can also enjoy five other production shows that are all inclusive in the cruise fare including the brand-new Rock stage show.

“We also host three themed parties such as the opulent Gatsby-themed production and Bianco white party and late-night comedy and game-shows at our two entertainment venues, the Black Circus and Marquee Show Lounge. There really is something for everyone to enjoy every evening,” Mr Annable said.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

The Countdown is on for Majestic Princess' Maiden Arrival into Sydney, Australia, There is only one year to go!

Today officially marks one year until Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in the Princess fleet, arrives in Australia. Carrying 3,560 guests, the 143,000-tonne mega-liner will be the largest Princess ship ever to sail in Australian waters.

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The 330 metre long flagship will arrive in Sydney on Saturday, 15 September 2018, commencing the 2018/2019 summer cruise season in spectacular fashion.

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"Majestic Princess is nothing short of magnificent and her arrival highlights Princess' perpetual popularity with Australian and New Zealand cruisers." said Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand, Stuart Allison.

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"Today the countdown officially begins, in just twelve months we'll be welcoming our newest, most stylish and most luxurious flagship to our shores."

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Once in Australia for her first inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.  

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The ultimate in premium cruising, Majestic Princess Features 13 dining options including two restaurants with menus designed by Michelin star chefs – Harmony by Chef Richard Chen and La Mer by Chef Emmanuel Renaut – as well as more than 1000 square metres of designer shopping, the cruise line's largest ever thermal suite and a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway, the SeaWalk.

royal class suite 1600Guests can choose from a wide range of high-end accommodation including suites, Club Class mini-suites, and new deluxe balcony rooms, with more than 80 per cent of the ship's 1780 staterooms offering private balconies.

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So get ready Australia the new breed in Princess Cruise’s ships is certainly going to make her mark on cruising with Princess Cruises in Australia!

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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