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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. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!


P&O Cruises' Pacific Explorer, Preety Much Got "Something For Everyone"

P&O Cruises has revealed Pacific Explorer’s hottest on-board activities in a new campaign featuring Much-loved Australian comedian Dave Hughes. The popular larrikin appears in a surprising twist at the end of P&O’s new television commercial which features cruise holiday-goers sampling the ship’s many features.

The commercial gives viewers a glimpse of Pacific Explorer’s traditional Neapolitan pizzeria 400 Gradi, signature P&OEdge Adventure Park, stand-out burlesque show Love Riot and the longest and wildest waterslides at sea.

Australian comedian and radio personality Dave Hughes said he was a big fan of cruise holidays after Performing stand-up comedy on a P&O cruise ship last year.

“I had a fantastic experience performing on a P&O Comedy Cruise in December and brought my family On-board for the occasion. It was probably the easiest holiday we’ve ever had,” Mr Hughes said “Family holidays can require a lot of effort and planning but on a cruise holiday the hard work is all done for you. You get to pick the destination then just unpack once and relax. All you need to worry about is what activities and tours you might like to try that day.”

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P&O Cruises’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Taibel said the new marketing campaign Showed Pacific Explorer’s wide range of on-board activities in a fun and fresh way.

“Pacific Explorer is the latest ship in the P&O fleet and the only ship to be homeported in Sydney all year round. We know Australians are interested in booking a cruise holiday on the latest product so we decided to build on that interest with a fun and engaging campaign,” Mr Taibel said.

“We wanted to show our audience a sample of Pacific Explorer’s 60 on-board activities to show that the ship really does have something for everyone.

“Dave Hughes is a class act who also loves cruise holidays and makes for a humorous finishing touch to the commercial. We’re sure he’ll get people talking,” Mr Taibel said.

Pacific Explorer’s cruises include a 3-night Food and Wine cruise departing Sydney on November 10, 2017. Fares start from $399* per person quad share. For more information visit, call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel agent.

*subject to availability, conditions apply.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!


Cunard’s Famous Ocean Liner Queen Mary 2 Brings Glamour To Cunard’s Transatlantic Fashion Week 2017.

Today Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 set sail on her transatlantic fashion week voyage.

It’s the second year in a row the famous ocean liner has held Transatlantic Fashion Week on board Queen Mary 2. Transatlantic fashion week will bring together some of the most reputable names within the fashion industry to host seven days of runway shows, inspiring talks, glamorous dinners and exclusive unveilings.

The voyage will leave Southampton today, 31st August arriving in to New York on the 7th September the very same day as New York Fashion Week 2017 begins.

British Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald OBE, who is known for dressing some of the world’s best-known style icons including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Kim Kardashian in his signature red carpet gowns, will showcase some of his most iconic pieces. Over the course of Transatlantic Fashion Week, the celebrated fashion designer will put on two runway shows and take part in a Q&A about his inspirational fashion career.

Julien Macdonald OBE commented: “Cunard’s Transatlantic Fashion Week is such an exciting concept that celebrates the world of fashion in an iconic and timeless venue, the Queen Mary 2. I’m looking forward to having a week on board and bringing some fun and glamour to Cunard’s guests.”

Other fashion greats on board include the highly respected fashion historian and style commentator Colin McDowell MBE who will provide a series of fashion illustration workshops and an inspirational talk during the voyage. In addition Karl Dunkley, the founder and CEO of Royal Warrant holder Grosvenor Shirts, Jermyn Street, will reveal the craftsmanship behind a classic tailored shirt.

Guests on board will attend exclusive first look runway shows featuring collections from the one of the world’s most revered fashion colleges, Parsons School of Design graduates.

New to the Transatlantic Fashion Week and Cunard in the form of a pop-up store will be A-List favourite, luxury swimwear designer Melissa Odabash. Melissa’s designs, worn by Eva Longoria, Gwynth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, will be available for guests to buy on board Queen Mary 2 during the week.

Award winning British fashion designer Julien Macdonald OBE headlines this year's Transatlantic Fashion Week on board the luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2. Models wear pieces from Macdonald's signature red carpet collection.

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Melissa Odabash remains one of the world’s leading brands in luxury resort wear having won multiple awards including ‘Designer of the Year’ at the prestigious trade show Mode City in Paris.

As a designer, Melissa takes her inspiration from places she visits, people she meets and the cultures she experiences. With her exquisite prints and fabrics, the collections epitomise the glamour and sophistication associated with exclusive world travel.

Also new to Cunard and a first for cruise is the introduction of Mulberry. Mulberry is launching its autumn/ winter 2017 range. As a first at sea, and an exclusive to Queen Mary 2, the range will include iconic styles such as the Bayswater as well as both core and seasonal colours.

In another first for Cunard, there will also be a pop-up store featuring a range of Lucy Choi’s designer shoes. Niece of the legendary Jimmy Choo, Lucy Choi worked in the shoe industry for 10 years before launching her own brand. In just five years, Lucy has opened a flagship store, ‘Lucy Choi London’ and her shoes are now sold internationally.

Cunard will also bring together fashion and art on the high seas. Ahead of the fashion illustration show opening in New York on September 5 for New York Fashion Week, UK dealership Gray MCA will provide guests on board with an exclusive preview of Drawing on Style: Three Masters of Elegance.

The preview has been organised in association with Clarendon Fine Art and features historic and current fashion illustrators. Kenneth Paul Block (1924 - 2009) worked in the late 20th century with Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and others. Bil Donovan, a contemporary American illustrator, has worked with Vogue, Dior and The New York Times. Jason Brooks is British and studied at Central St Martins. He counts Elle and Chanel among his clients and has published two books.

Angus Struthers, Vice President, Cunard said: “Although Transatlantic Fashion Week is only in its second year, it is already building quite a reputation as a must attend event attracting some of the world’s foremost fashion designers and commentators.

He added: “Queen Mary 2, the most iconic and glamorous ocean liner in the world, provides the perfect backdrop for what promise to be some amazing shows, headlined by Julien Macdonald OBE. Combined with the opportunity for guests to meet and dine with all featured guests, this unique crossing is sure to delight all on board.

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About Julien Macdonald OBE

Julien Macdonald OBE studied fashion knitwear at the University of Brighton and received his MA at the Royal College of Art in London. Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show in 1996, his talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfield at Chanel and he was appointed head designer of knitwear at Chanel as well as for the iconic designers Eponymous label Lagerfield from 1996 to 1998.

Macdonald launched his own label in 1998 with ‘Mermaids’ a static presentation of his designs styled by Isabella Blow and there began his reputation as a leading British fashion designer whose high octane and glamorous designs were soon to be coveted by international stars such as Kate Beckinsale, Beyonce, Kristen Stewart, Madonna, Liv Tyler, Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian to name a few.

Information supplied by: Cunard Line.

Photos supplied by: Cunard Line. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Sea Princess To Emerge From Refurbishment "Reimagined"And Guests To "Come Back Completely New" !

In November 2017, in a move to keep the Princess cruises brand ahead of the rest Sea Princess will have new luxurious bedding, stunning entertainment and sumptuous dining options.

Sea Princess is scheduled for an October refurbishment in Singapore, the most anticipated Additions will include the Princess Luxury Bed fitted into every cabin on board the ship.

The Princess Luxury Bed. A bed with white linens, beige bed runner and three green decorative pillows

Developed exclusively for Princess by US sleep expert Dr Michael Breus, the mattress, featuring individually wrapped Coils and two-inch pillow topper, has been designed specifically to deliver the most Comfortable and rejuvenating sleep at sea.

The on-board entertainment is about to take the next step in enhancements, Sea Princess will emerge from her stunning makeover with a bigger and better new Movies under the Stars Screen. Guests will be treated to premium picture, with extreme wide-angel and advanced outdoor light sensors delivering double the image quality of the previous system.

In the show lounge on board Sea Princess the spellbinding and new musical Encore will make its Sea stage debut, enticing a sophisticated evening of music and glamour. Directed and choreographed by world-renown creative director Danny Teeson, Encore celebrates the traditions of pop, opera, and musical Theatre with fresh songs, elaborate costumes and stunning sets.

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In another first for Princess cruises and Sea Princess, The Voice of the Ocean will offer an unprecedented interactive in show experience. Inspired by the highest-ranked TV show in the world, the show features live performances, professional mentors, blind auditions, charismatic judges and the iconic rotating Chairs.

For Sea Princess’ younger cruisers, Sea Princess will boast three reimagined youth centres. In partnership with Discovery Channel, the centres are designed specifically for kids and teens as part Princess’ Discovery at Sea program.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison said “As part of Our Come Back New promise, we are reimagining Sea Princess with impressive upgrades in Dining, entertainment and bedding. We’ve also invested in delivering this promise to our youngest cruisers and their families by adding to youth and kids clubs.”

Sea Princess’ enhancement also sees a transformation of the Café’ Corniche menu to reflect Classic Italian flavours. In addition, The Wheelhouse Bar will sport a revised décor and Menu, inspired by the romance of the Victorian and Prohibition eras.

Sea Princess will sail from Brisbane to Sydney in early-November.

For more information, see a licensed travel agent; call 13 24 88 or visit

Photos supplied by: Princess Cruises.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!



Get Ready For The Spectacular Return Of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity And Azamara Club Cruises To Australia.

Here Is Everything You Need To Know About The Up And Coming Season In Australia.

The countdown is on to the start of the Australian cruise season, and making a welcome return is Royal Caribbean renowned for the biggest, newest and most modern ships in Australia.

Radiance of the Seas, arriving in Sydney on Sunday 8 October 2017, marks not only the first of the company’s cruise ships to return to our shores, but also Royal Caribbean’s tenth season based in Australia.

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With six stunning Australia-based ships, RCL Cruises - comprising Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises - will offer an incredible selection of 97 cruises available throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia during the 2017/18 summer season, delivering an injection of AUD$198 million to the Australian economy in passenger spend alone.

Joining Radiance of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s ground-breaking Ovation of the Seas, returning for her second and longest #SuperCruising season yet, as well as family-favourites Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas, known as the South Pacific Sisters.

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Celebrity Solstice voted Australia’s favourite ship by Aussie travel agents will celebrate her sixth season in Australia, arriving in Sydney on 20 October 2017 for her first sampler cruise in three seasons.

Meanwhile boutique cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises returns for her 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.

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“You know summer’s in the air when the cruise ships return, and as this is our 10th season since the mighty Rhapsody of the Seas first sailed from Sydney, it is particularly special for us at Royal Caribbean – and more importantly, our travel partners and guests, past and present,” says RCL Cruises managing director, Adam Armstrong.

“The arrival of Rhapsody of the Seas 10 years ago marked a new era in cruising for Australia. Nobody had ever experienced a level of imagination quite like Royal Caribbean’s in local waters before, and guests were blown away by features which, once upon a time, could only be found on Royal, like the rock-climbing wall.”

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“Ten years ago, our philosophy was to bring the world’s most cutting-edge cruise product to Australia’s doorstep. Today, we continue this proud tradition of delivering Australians with the world’s best holidays at sea – most recently with the all-new Ovation of the Seas. And today, we make a commitment to Australians that they can expect continued excellence in cruising, and even bigger, better, bolder and more modern ships from Royal Caribbean for the next 10 years.”

“To mark our 10 year milestone Royal Caribbean International will be announcing some very special birthday surprises for guests and agents throughout the season - so watch this space.”

Royal has plenty in store for guests this summer, including the return of Ovation of the Seas for a significantly longer season. Together Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will offer 76 sailings ranging from two to 23 nights, calling on 46 ports during the 2017/18 season. Royal Caribbean retains the title of the largest cruise line in Sydney over the summer season – with bigger ships and more capacity than any other cruise line.

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This 2017/18 season will also see a number of new cruise ports for Azamara Club Cruises, with Azamara Journey making maiden calls to Perth (Fremantle), Exmouth, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance in Western Australia, plus Adelaide and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

This will be Azamara’s third and biggest season yet in Australia. Not only will both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest visit Australia’s shores in one calendar year, the season will also herald the very first of Azamara's country intensive voyages – brand new itineraries which focus on a single country. 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.

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Meanwhile modern luxury line Celebrity Cruises will offer 17 sailings ranging from two to 18 nights, calling at 32 ports during the season. The highlight of the season is the return of Celebrity Solstice’s two-night weekend sampler cruise back by popular demand after a three-season hiatus. The sampler, departing Sydney on Friday 20 October, is the perfect chance for Australians to trial Australia’s favourite cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice.

Plus, Celebrity Cruises will offer guests even more opportunity to explore destinations at night, with overnight calls to Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne.

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Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!




Experience The Ultimate Foodie Foray With Celebrity Cruises' Chef's Market Discoveries.

 Flavours can evoke the soul of a destination, like Limoncello in Sorrento, caviar in St Petersburg and fragrant lemongrass in Thailand; and there’s no better way to truly discover the heart of a destination than alongside an expert master chef with Celebrity Cruises’ Chef’s Market Discoveries.

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Celebrity Cruises, the modern luxury cruise line renowned for its award-winning onboard dining, has created a unique culinary shore excursion concept in its ‘Chef’s Market Discoveries’; offering exclusive on-shore adventures designed with food-lovers and budding chefs in mind. 

Guests are led on an exclusive hands-on tasting tour by a Celebrity Cruises’ chef, who teaches the secrets of sourcing and cooking fresh ingredients from the region. After a day of discovery, the journey continues back onboard the ship with a galley tour – a private glimpse at Celebrity Cruises’ talented chefs at work – followed by an intimate, specially prepared dinner using the local flavours discovered that very day.

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“We know that fine food and wine is an incredibly important part of any premium holiday experience, and that’s what our team has in mind when they create these bespoke experiences. Our Chef’s Market Discoveries are the ultimate experience for foodies seeking an authentic culinary adventure,” says Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand.

“Celebrity Cruises’ chefs are constantly travelling to new ports and discovering new flavours which they use to inspire their dishes, so they’re perfectly placed to provide unique insights into the tastes of destinations like Thailand, Italy, Greece, Spain and Russia as well as Australia’s own culinary capital – Melbourne,” Armstrong concluded.

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Celebrity Cruises’ renowned food and beverage program is overseen by Associate Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations, Cornelius Gallagher – an internationally-acclaimed Michelin star chef himself. Under his guidance, expert chefs from all over the world serve up dynamic menus onboard, not only as part of the Chef’s Market Discoveries, but also in restaurants like Qsine, offering unexpected twists on familiar favourites; Murano, serving classic French fare; and Tuscan Grille, an Italian steakhouse with flair.

Chef’s Market Discoveries are available on nine Celebrity ships, including Celebrity Millennium, sailing Asia itineraries throughout summer, and Australia’s highest-rated cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, sailing New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries from October to April.

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2017 Chef’s Market Discoveries are priced from USD$199 per person and include locations throughout the world:


Melbourne - Queen Victoria Market and Private Dinner

Discover Melbourne’s local culture and fresh flavours on this Celebrity Chef-led adventure to the famous Queen Victoria Market. Learn about the market’s fascinating history while exploring with the chef, who’ll take you to stalls overflowing with sweetbreads, snake beans, buffalo milk mozzarella, fresh-shucked Coffin Bay Oysters, grilled peppered kangaroo and pickled octopus. This unique hunter and gatherer experience will immerse you in the lively culture of Melbourne. Back onboard, embark on a galley tour followed by an intimate chef-hosted dinner featuring the flavours of Melbourne.

Port: Melbourne, Australia Cruise:14-night New Zealand Cruise on Celebrity Solstice departing Sydney, 11 November 2017. Fares start from AU$2149/NZ$2359 for an Interior Stateroom, twin share.

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Bangkok - Thai Culinary Arts School and Private Dinner

Accompanied by our Celebrity Chef, you’ll source and learn about Thai ingredients during a stroll through a local Thai fresh market, before travelling to the Nah Pah Thai Culinary Arts School. There, you’ll meet an award-winning local chef who will prepare four different Thai dishes and show how to master the art of Thai cuisine. Following a visit to Pattaya’s Big Buddha Temple, your journey continues on board with a galley tour and chef-hosted dinner, where you’ll taste the Modern Luxury version of the day’s culinary adventure.

Port: Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand Cruise: 14 Southeast Asia Immersion Cruise on Celebrity Millennium departing Singapore, 10 December 2017.  Fares start from AUD$2,029/ NZ$2,219 per person for an Interior Stateroom, twin share

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Naples - Sorrento Gastronomy Discovery and Private Dinner

Learn how Limoncello, olive oil and mozzarella cheese are made, while travelling from Naples to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, Italy. Stroll through a local market in Sorrento where Celebrity’s Chef will introduce guests to greengrocers and learn about the legendary “Femminello” lemon and the production of Limoncello. Visit a family farm producing mozzarella cheese and olive oil and discover an antique wine cantina before indulging in a delicious lunch featuring the region’s own pasta, fresh tomato, mozzarella, caciotta cheese, and caciocavallo. Explore Positano’s bougainvillea-laced streets and finish the day back on the ship with an intimate chef-hosted dinner of Italian fare.

Port: Naples, Italy

Cruise: 10 Nights Italy & Greek Isles Cruise on Celebrity Reflection departing Rome, September 29 2017. Fares from AU$2,629/NZ$2,749 per person for an Interior stateroom, twin share.

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Crete - Culinary Secrets of Chania and Private Dinner

Escape to the Botanical Park of Askordalos in Chania, Crete - a plant lover’s paradise - and learn about medicinal plants, herbs, and fruit trees from around the world. Guests will stroll through Chania’s Agora market to source fresh fish, meat, and local products and be shown how to cook a traditional Cretan dish, and sample Boureki (a local pie) and Gemista (Greek stuffed vegetables). Back on board, a tour of the ship’s galley will conclude with a special meal inspired by the day’s flavours.

Port: Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece

Cruise: 12 night Israel & Mediterranean Cruise on Celebrity Constellation departing Athens, 31 October 2017. Fares start from AU$1959/NZ$2139 per person for an Interior stateroom.

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About Cornelius Gallagher

Fortunate enough to have discovered his passion at age 12, and after more than two decades in New York City’s cutting-edge and highly respected culinary arena, Cornelius Gallagher now oversees modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises’ food and beverage operations. As Associate Vice President, Chef Gallagher leads more than 7,000 food and beverage professionals, and is responsible for all menu development and implementation as well as all aspects of culinary, service and beverage operations across the line’s 12 ships. 

Prior to his time in the cruise industry, Gallagher was Corporate Chef for the Bohlsen Group, where he oversaw six of the most well-known dining establishments on Long Island, NY. He also notably served as Executive Chef for Michelin-starred restaurant “Oceana” in Midtown Manhattan, where he earned a number of awards and accolades, including being named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs” and “Best Chef” by New York Magazine in 2003. 

For further information or to make a booking, visit or phone 1800 754 500.

Information supplied by: Celebrity Cruises. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos supplied by: Celebrity Cruises.


Cunard Line, P&O Cruises UK And Princess Cruises Take Bookings For Same Sex Marriages On Board Thier Ships !

In an announcement by Carnival Corporation in the United States who owns 10 of the most influential cruising brands in the world has taken the opportunity to announce that they will offer same-sex marriages following a recent ruling by the Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriages in Bermuda.

Cunard Line, P&O Cruises UK and Princess Cruises are all now taking bookings for same sex-marriages at sea on board their Bermuda-registered cruise ships. It is also worth noting that Princess Cruises are in the process of putting together packages and amenities that will meet the needs of same-sex couple ceremonies.

Princess Cruises will be releasing full details shortly.

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​Seven of the eight ships that are in the P&O Cruises UK fleet, with the exception of the flagship Britannia, are registered in Bermuda. Cunard Line’s three ships are all registered in Bermuda. All 13 ships in the Princess Cruises fleet are also registered in Bermuda.

The ceremonies will be able to be performed by the ship’s Captain or Deputy Captain, with marriage licenses issued by the Bermudan Government.

P&O Cruise’s UK first same-sex ceremony is due to take place on board Azura in January 2018. The cruise line’s Weddings at Sea packages start from £1,200.

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Paul Ludlow, Senior Vice President, P&O Cruises, said: "I am delighted that following this much anticipated change in the legalities we are now the first British cruise line to be able to arrange same sex weddings on-board. Weddings at sea are very romantic and getting married by the Captain (or deputy captain) in the middle of the ocean is an unforgettable experience."

Cunard Line’s Weddings at Sea packages start from $2,800 on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and $3,400 on board the world famous ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.

Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President, Cunard Line, said: "This is very welcome news for us and I am delighted that we have become one of the first British cruise lines to take a booking for a same-sex wedding. We look forward to welcoming this couple and many other couples too."

Australian Cruising News will be seeking comment from Cunard Line, P&O Cruises UK and Princess Cruises representatives here in Australia to find out when ceremonies will be able to be conducted in Australian Waters.

Information supplied by: The HOME Of Australian Cruising!


Pacific Eden To Return From Refurbishment With Some Stunning Entertainment Venues!

P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Eden will have some of her public areas refurbished along with two newly refurbished entertainment venues.

Currently Pacific Eden is in Singapore undergoing a 12-day refurbishment ahead of the start of her much anticipated Cairns cruise season.

Pacific Eden’s two-storey Marquee Show Lounge is being given a stylish new look and feel with a dramatic black, white and emerald-green colour scheme, custom wallpaper and unique artworks.

Popular late night hot spot, The Dome, will be updated to take on a contemporary nautical theme with dark navy blue and white hues, drapes and soft lighting.

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Only selected mini-suites and balcony cabins will receive new carpets and outdoor furniture whilst the cinema, spa, gym and HQ and HQ Plus will also be revitalised. In total, 11,000 square metres of new carpet will be fitted on the 1500-guest ship.

Both Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden were introduced to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet on November 25th 2015 after an extensive refurbishment in Singapore.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the latest refurbishment was part of the cruise lines

Commitment to continually evolve and enhance the design of the fleet.

Mr Myrmell said since Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden underwent their extensive transformation in 2015, we’ve strived to build a reputation as a modern Australian cruise line that provides memorable holidays in a unique setting.

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A key part of that process is to deliver a stylish, modern look and feel across the ship’s public spaces and produce venues that would be more at home in a high-end resort than on a cruise ship.

“The Marquee Show Lounge and The Dome are two of Pacific Eden’s most popular venues and theNew upgrades will continue to push the boundaries on our designs and what passengers can continue to expect from our fleet,” Mr Myrmell said.

Pacific Eden is scheduled to emerge from dry dock on August 10 ahead of a 9-night sailing from Cairns to the Conflict Islands on August 24.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia. The Home Of Australian Cruising!




P&O Cruises Australia Will Officially Name Pacific Explorer In Naming Ceremony Tomorrow In Sydney.

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One of the world's most loved adventurers, Dora the Explorer, is exploring new territory as the first Nickelodeon character to be crowned Godmother of a cruise ship, P&O's Pacific Explorer.

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Pacific Explorer is set to have the 'slime of her life' when Dora christens the ship at a naming ceremony at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal tomorrow Sunday July 2nd.

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The popular character will be joined by her closest Nickelodeon friends including SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skye from PAW Patrol at a Welcome Party to celebrate the fifth ship in P&O's fleet.

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Pacific Explorer is fitted a range of new activities including the longest and wildest waterslides at sea, an interactive water park, P&OEdge Adventure Park - with activities such as zip lining and rock climbing, an outdoor Big Screen, and barefoot lawn bowls.

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"In keeping with the ship's family appeal, it felt only fitting to invite a much loved household name like Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to be Godmother. She's a family favourite, enjoys adventure and trying new activities, and is a perfect fit to help showcase all that our ship has to offer", said P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell.

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Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer was the next stage in the evolution of P&O's very popular modern Australian holiday offering and has something on-board for everyone.

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"We've taken the winning features of our existing ships and added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides and the bowling green and the elegant new small bar The Bonded Store, featuring a cocktail list created in partnership with Sydney-based award-winning Archie Rose Distilling Co, as well as whisky and gin-making classes".

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Continuing P&O Cruises' ongoing food evolution, Pacific Explorer's features new dining choices from fast-casual dining at Luke's, a new poolside grill by Australian chef and restauranteur Luke Mangan to a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria called 400 Gradi, by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny Di Francesco.

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Pacific Explorer arrived into Sydney on Monday 19th of June it’s where Pacific Explorer will be home-ported year round. The ship departed on its maiden voyage a 10-night cruise to the Pacific Islands Friday the 22nd of June. Pacific Explorer arrives back into Sydney tomorrow for her naming ceremony.

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General Manager of Nickelodeon Australia Ben Cox is thrilled to help host the festivities at P&O's Nautical Nonsense with Nickelodeon Welcome Party.

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"We're excited for Dora to take on her new role as Godmother of Pacific Explorer. Nickelodeon is synonymous with family entertainment and we can't wait to bring our characters on-board this fantastic ship to host the best family party yet," said Cox.

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Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

Photos credit: P&O Cruises Australia.



The Wait Is Almost Over Pacific Explorer Arrives At Her New Homeport In Sydney, Australia Tomorrow !

In less than 24 hours’ time, P&O Cruises will welcome its latest ship to the fleet when Pacific Explorer arrives in Sydney following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

Tomorrow the 19th of June 2017, Pacific Explorer will sail in to Sydney for the first time after spending 12-days in dry dock in Singapore.


While Pacific Explorer does arrive in Sydnery tomorrow the ship will do a one night media and travel agent shakedown cruise on Wednesday the 21st of June before her official first cruise on Thursday the 22nd of june 2017.

Pacific Explorer was transformed into an iconic P&O cruise ship with the help of more than 1,000 contractors who spent over 200,000 hours fitting 25,000 square metres of new carpet and painting 10,000 square metres of walls before installing over 3,000 items of new furniture and 1,200 pieces of artwork.

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Similar to sister-ship Pacific Dawn, Pacific Explorer will be fitted with the longest and wildest waterslides at sea and an interactive water park. One slide is transparent so that spectators can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns, while the other slide is multi-coloured, with music pumping through it to give guests a high-impact ride to the bottom.

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Pacific Explorer will also wear the signature Southern Cross livery emblazoned on her hull, which was also debuted by Pacific Dawn in March this year.


New and exclusive to Pacific Explorer are two new 'fast-casual' dining options:

Luke's, a poolside grill by Australian chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan and 400 Gradi, a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny Di Francesco.

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Relaxation and good times will also be on the menu in Pacific Explorer's elegant new small bar, The Bonded Store, featuring a cocktail list created in partnership with Sydney-based award-winning Archie Rose Distilling Co, as well as whisky and gin-making classes.


Guests can also enjoy a cocktail or two on the upper deck playing outdoor lawn bowls – an Australian cruise ship first.

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Offering something for everyone on board, guests will also be able to dine in the ship's Waterfront Restaurant, try a taste of la dolce vita in its Italian restaurant Angelo's, relax in the sultry atmosphere of the pan-Asian restaurant Dragon Lady or be spoilt for choice in The Pantry, an international marketplace of nine fresh food outlets already popular across the P&O Cruises' Australia fleet.

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P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer would be a fitting new addition to the fleet.

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"Pacific Explorer is the next stage in the evolution of P&O, building on our very popular modern Australian holiday offering with some exciting new features. We've taken the winning features of our existing ships and added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides and the bowling green and The Bonded Store, which we're sure will put a smile on our guests' faces. It really will be a ship that offers something for everyone and we can't wait to show her off to our guests"

“The past two years have seen the evolution of our cruise product with all our ships now offer great food and wine options and a contemporary look and feel,” Mr Myrmell said.


“We’re very excited to be taking the next step on Pacific Explorer with our new burger and pizza offerings, which reflects the trend towards casual gourmet dining on land.

“Australians love Salt grill by Luke Mangan on our existing ships, so we’re looking forward to giving them a new way to enjoy Luke’s talent, with al fresco dining at Luke’s on Pacific Explorer. It’s going to offer a modern, relaxed setting, providing a great backdrop for some seriously delicious gourmet burgers – including Luke’s Chicken Confidential burger which is making waves in Sydney at the moment,” he said.  


Mr Myrmell said Pacific Explorer guests keen to enjoy the Salt grill experience, would be able to book a special ‘Taste of Salt’ dinner at the ship’s Chef’s Table, with a seven-course degustation meal including some of Luke’s most famous dishes as well as matching wines.


Pacific Explorer will also be home to a new pizzeria, 400 Gradi, overseen by famed Melbourne pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco. The first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana VPN rules, Johnny was the winner of the Best Pizza in the World award in 2014.

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On-board Pacific Explorer, 400 Gradi will be serving up more than a dozen types of traditional Italian Neapolitan pizzas along with charcuteries boards, olives, cheeses and salads.


The casual dining outlets will join a range of other exciting new offerings on Pacific Explorer including a partnership with Sydney distillery Archie Rose Distilling Co in the ship’s premium cocktail bar, The Bonded Store, which will feature a tantalising list of cocktails made with Archie Rose’s handcrafted spirits.

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Other new features for the ship include a waterpark and two spectacular waterslides shooting over the side of the ship as well as a relaxed barefoot lawn bowls area.

Information supplied by : P&O Cruises Australia.

Photos supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.


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Where Is Pacific Pearl Now !

On the 3 March 2016, P&O Cruises Australia announced that the Pacific Pearl would be transferring out of the fleet in March 2017. Having completed 294 cruises for P&O, the Pacific Pearl has carried more than half a million passengers over five years. On March 7, 2016, it was announced that the ship will be transferred to Cruise & Maritime Voyages as the Columbus becoming their new flagship.

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The farewell voyage of the ship commenced in Auckland on March 27 2017, spanning 16 days and docking at six ports before finally ending in Singapore on April 12 2017.On April 12 2017 Pacific Pearl arrived in Singapore and underwent dry dock to become Columbus. The Pacific Jewel will be replacing her out of New Zealand.

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Pacific Pearl joined the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in December 2010 and was launched in New Zealand. Her latest refurbishment happened in August 2015 and this brought her more into line with the two new refurbished ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden which have been refurbished to more contemporary upmarket look for the Australian cruise market.

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Pacific Pearls godmother is the New Zealand triple Olympic medal winner, Barbara Kendall.

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In becoming a much loved passenger favourite, Pacific Pearl made a huge contribution to building the cruise category in the region particularly in New Zealand, introducing thousands of holidaymakers to the joys of cruising,” said P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell.

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In addition to a contribution to the growth of cruise in Australia, Pacific Pearl played a big part in growing the New Zealand season by more than 20 per cent over the past four years.”

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Mr Myrmell said Pacific Pearl’s departure was part of the ongoing evolution of the P&O Cruises’ brand.

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Farewelling Pacific Pearl is a natural progression in which we are increasing the size of the fleet while redefining modern cruising in this part of the world. This is a very exciting time for P&O Cruises and our guests and is part of our long-term commitment to grow the cruise market.”

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Pacific Pearl has certainly served the P&O Cruises fleet with class and elegance giving Australian and New Zealanders a touch of classic cruising!

At 63,786grt, with a draft of 8.20 metres and overall length of nearly 250 metres, Columbus was purpose built for deep sea ocean cruising and we believe is ideally suited to the type of exciting scenic cruise programme we operate. She underwent an extensive refit in August 2015 and will be upgraded further in April 2017 before the start of her maiden CMV season. 

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Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 64 de luxe balcony cabins and junior suites which will please many of our customers who have been asking for more balcony accommodation.  Following the successful trial on board Magellan, and recognising the needs of single travellers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos.

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Photos supplied by: Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

The Journey Begins In The Next Chapter Of Australian Cruising For P&O Cruises Australia's Pacific Explorer !

Formally Dawn Princess of Princess Cruises she has arrived into Singapore for a 12 day multi million dollar make over, and will bring many new and exciting features back to Australia for Australian cruisers to enjoy !

When Pacific Explorer sets sail from Sydney on her first cruise on June 22, Pacific Explorer will be sporting the two longest and wildest waterslides on any Australian-based ship.

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Pacific Explorer will also continue the theme of the stylish modern decor that has featured on the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in recent years since the introduction of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer was the perfect addition to P&O’s existing four-ship fleet. 

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'Pacific Explorer is the next stage in the evolution of P&O, building on our very popular modern Australian holiday offering with some exciting new features.  We can’t wait to show her off to our guests,” Mr Myrmell said.

Pacific Explorer will set sail from Singapore on June 9th back to her home port of Sydney, Australia.

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Royal Caribbean Celebrates The End To It's BIGGEST Ever Australian Season In Style !

WOW what a spectacular #endofseason party it was for Royal Caribbean International in the heart of Sydney last night!

It was the night to celebrate the BIGGEST ever cruise season by Royal Caribbean International at the Hacienda Bar in Circular Quay.

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The venue was stunning with relaxed soft furnishings with a luxurious vibe! This was followed by champagne that was flowing with exuberance, great conversation was to be had and the stories of how Royal Caribbean’s BIGGEST season ever started to unfold.

Guests who attended the event by invite were asked to come in their finest tropical outfits, and it was great to see the effort made by those who attended.

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The superb food and drink was coming thick and fast! Pina coladas greeted us on arrival. There was a buzz in the room and in the air with a DJ playing and everyone’s much anticipated departure of Explorer Of The Seas from the Overseas Passenger Terminal bound for Seattle.

In what was a wonderful evening with a large representation from the Royal Caribbean International team in Australia, travel agents and media partners which Cruise The Seas Media [ ] are proud to be a part of.

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There were also the public relations and creative departments associated with Royal Caribbean International, who play a big part in organising events like these to help promote the three brands associated with Royal Caribbean International.

Royal Caribbean Internationals three associated brands consisting of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises which had a total of seven ships in Australia for the 2016/17 Australian cruising season carried a total of 302,000 passengers which saw an increase of 6,000 passengers.

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Explorer of the Seas is the second largest cruise ship to be homeported in Sydney, only surpassed by the BIGGER [Ovation Of The Seas] sailed off on her repositioning cruise to Seattle via Hawaii with mixture of 3,500 Australians and New Zealanders heading for Alaska where she will be based before heading back to Australia.

Explorer Of The Seas is one of Australia’s much loved favourites, and she carried a record 71,000 guests while completing her second Australian cruising season.


“It has been our biggest season to date,” said Adam Armstrong, Royal Caribbean’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

During the course of Royal Caribbean’s Australian cruising season the cruise line completed 94 cruises and “we are heading towards the magical 100 mark”, said Mr Armstrong.

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It is also worth noting that Royal Caribbean International has contributed $200 million towards the Australian economy.” Which is an outstanding result.

There were two new ships that joined the Royal Caribbean fleet this year, we had the stunning Azamara Journey which is a smaller more intimate ship and has the capacity to cater to 600 guests, we also had the larger Ovation of the Seas, the Newest and the Biggest cruise ship to cater to 6000 guests to be homeported Australia and is next year coming back for an even longer season.

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The cruise lines itineraries and what’s new for 2018-19 is about to be published.

Mr Armstrong said the growth of the Australian cruise market made it easier to fill the ships that are in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

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Both Explorer and Voyager Of The Seas arrive into Sydney with 3000- 3500 guests then load up with 3000-3500 more and just take off again it all seems so effortless. When we first brought Voyager and Explorer Of The Seas to Sydney we were wondering if we could fill them!

There are new ships being built at the moment for both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises the first new Celebrity ship in 10 years to have the build name Celebrity Edge, she might come to Sydney one day, there will be NO announcements on that tonight Mr Armstrong joking said.

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When Cruise The Seas Media [ ] approached Adam Armstrong last night and asked the question on everyone’s lips, will there be a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship homeported in Sydney all year round, he said that there were no plans at all for Royal Caribbean to homeport a ship during the winter season sighting that ships can be sent to Alaska and China for a higher yield.

Mr Armstrong was quoted as saying that the per day cost in Australia during the winter season is as low as $50 AUD per day per passenger by P&O Cruises Australia and Carnival Cruise Line thus why sending ships to Alaska and China makes better sense in monitory terms.

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Cruise The Seas Media [ ] would like to thank Adam Armstrong and his team, special mention to [Anna Bathgate] and all those involved including the wonderful team at The D'Arcy Partnership special mention to [Harriet Gilmore] for inviting my partner and I to this wonderful event.

Information supplied by: The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Pacific Dawn’s Stunning And Emotional Return To Airlie Beach After Cyclone Debbie !

Pacific Dawn made her much anticipated return to Airlie Beach from Brisbane yesterday morning. Much of the devastation caused by Cyclone Debbie is not noticeable because the locals and many of the volunteers have done such a wonderful job making Airlie Beach cruise ship visitor ready again.

Two weeks ago a cyclone ripped through this close knit community, but you would have barely noticed it yesterday when Pacific Dawn arrived in the glowing sun. The whole community has rallied to get things done big time!

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Airlie Beach yesterday awoke to a stunning morning with the sun shining brightly and the beautiful Pacific Dawn anchored off the gateway to the Whitsundays. Australian flags were flying high and local and international tourists are returning giving the local economy the boost that it has needed.

It's time for Australians and international visitors to come back to Queensland to spend some time holidaying in this beautiful region of our country. Yesterday also saw the local cruise ambassadors out in force.

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Carnival Australia spoke to coordinator Brian Richardson. They also spoke to Jackie and Jeni at the market off the Main Street at Airlie, who were delighted to see the cruise ships back. Plus a few words with tuk tuk captain Tania Lewis. They also met Mel, Jessi, Siona and Lauren first Pacific Dawn guests in town.

It was certainly an honour for Pacific Dawn to be the first cruise ship back to Airlie Beach the beautiful gateway to the Whitsundays since Cyclone Debbie. Al Grundy from Tourism Whitsundays was delighted to receive a $10,000 cheque from the P&O Pacific Partnership to assist the cyclone recovery. Entertainment Director Willie Lee had also told a Carnival Australia spokesperson that Pacific Dawn's 2000 guests were here to support the local community.

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In a stunning declaration that Queensland tourism is back in business after Cyclone Debbie’s rampage, P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn had yesterday become the first cruise ship to return to Airlie Beach. Proud Queenslander Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, said Pacific Dawn’s return to Airlie Beach, along with two other calls later this month, was a sign that Queensland had bounced back in the most emphatic fashion!

Ms Sherry said it was fitting that the Brisbane-based Pacific Dawn was the first cruise ship to return after Airlie Beach authorities and tourism leaders signalled the gateway to the Whitsundays was again ready to welcome cruise visitors.

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“Cyclone Debbie did its best but you can’t knock Queensland down for long and these communities have been quick to get back on their feet,” Ms Sherry said.

“While the return to Airlie Beach will be an emotional moment for the local community and our guests, P&O is pleased to play a role in reviving the visitor economy, which is vital to so many communities in Queensland.”

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Ms Sherry said P&O was also backing Queensland Tourism’s #thisisqueensland campaign, encouraging Australians and international visitors to put Queensland back on their holiday radar.

“We are delighted that Pacific Dawn is helping to lead the fight-back in a state that already has the distinction of having more cruise destinations than any other state in Australia.

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“Irrespective of their travel choice, Australians need to support the people of northern Queensland by going back there on holiday to pump lifeblood into the tourism sector.”

This month, 6000 P&O guests will arrive at Airlie Beach as a result of Pacific Dawn’s three scheduled calls on April 13, 17 and 27.   P&O is currently awaiting the all-clear for its calls to Hamilton Island to resume, following the damage caused to the resort island by Cyclone Debbie. In the meantime, substitute calls are being made to Townsville and Airlie Beach.

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In total, P&O is expected to make more than 30 calls to Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island this year, carrying an estimated 60,000 tourists to the townships.  

Pacific Dawn departed Airlie Beach yesterday at 5.30pm.

Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry today pledged that cruising would play a significant part in Queensland’s economic recovery from Cyclone Debbie's onslaught.

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Ms Sherry’s comments followed an inspection of cyclone affected areas of the State with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and State Tourism Minister Kate Jones as well as Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo.

Pacific Dawn’s visit will be the first of three P&O calls to the Whitsunday coast this month. A total of 34 ships from across Carnival Australia’s cruise brands are scheduled to visit the region this year -- eight more than in 2016 -- while 48 visits are scheduled next year.

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“As a proud Queenslander, I am delighted that our cruise lines such as P&O Cruises can play a part in Queensland’s economic recovery following Cyclone Debbie,” Ms Sherry said.

“Coastal areas are heavily dependent on tourism for jobs and the visitor economy generally so the communities need visitors to return to help them rebuild.

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“The sight of cruise ships returning to cyclone affected destinations is a signal to people around Australia and internationally that tourism is bouncing back and that they should consider holidaying in Queensland.

“We know it is going to be an emotional moment on Thursday when Pacific Dawn arrives at Airlie Beach for the first time since Cyclone Debbie and the first passengers start coming ashore from the ship’s tender vessels.”

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Cruising’s role in post cyclone recovery comes at a time when Queensland has recorded massive growth as a cruise market.

In 2015-16, cruising contributed $976 million to the Queensland economy -- a stunning increase of 53 per cent on 2014-15.

Nearly 300,000 Queenslanders took a cruise holiday in 2015 -- around a third of the more than one million Australians who cruised that year.

Ms Sherry said Brisbane was also emerging as a major cruise hub with three ships in Carnival Australia’s fleets -- Pacific Dawn, Pacific Aria and Sun Princess -- currently homeported in the city.

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Ship turnarounds from Carnival Australia brands in Brisbane would increase from 124 this year to 142 in 2018.

“Record cruising growth in Queensland is perfectly timed for cruise tourism to play a significant role in the post cyclone resurgence of local tourism,” Ms Sherry said. “We are proud to be part of it.”

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!


Today P&O Cruises Australia Bids Farewell To Pacific Pearl!

Today we say farewell to the Pacific Pearl from the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, today she departs on her final 16-night Auckland to Singapore cruise.

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Pacific Pearl joined the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in December 2010 and was launched in New Zealand. Her latest refurbishment happened in August 2015 and this brought her more into line with the two new refurbished ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden which have been refurbished to more contemporary upmarket look for the Australian cruise market.

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Pacific Pearls godmother is the New Zealand triple Olympic medal winner, Barbara Kendall.

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Pacific Pearl has completed 295 cruises while cruising for P&O Cruises Australia, she has also carried more than half a million passengers over a period of more than six years of service.

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“In becoming a much loved passenger favorite, Pacific Pearl made a huge contribution to building the cruise category in the region particularly in New Zealand, introducing thousands of holidaymakers to the joys of cruising,” said P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell.

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“In addition to a contribution to the growth of cruise in Australia, Pacific Pearl played a big part in growing the New Zealand season by more than 20 per cent over the past four years.”

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Mr Myrmell said Pacific Pearl’s departure was part of the ongoing evolution of the P&O Cruises’ brand.

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“Farewelling Pacific Pearl is a natural progression in which we are increasing the size of the fleet while redefining modern cruising in this part of the world. This is a very exciting time for P&O Cruises and our guests and is part of our long-term commitment to grow the cruise market.”

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Pacific Pearl has certainly served the P&O Cruises fleet with class and elegance giving Australian and New Zealanders a touch of classic cruising !

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Having you cruised on Pacific Pearl?? If so what are your favorite memories while being on board??

Tell us your stories, leave your comments below.

Information supplied by: The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Pacific Dawns Features Really Are #LikeNoPlaceOnEarth !

Pacific Dawn one of Australia’s much loved cruise ships returned back to Brisbane after a two week extensive refurbishment in Singapore, what was refurbished well Australian Cruising News can confirm that nearly all the public areas on board have been.

A guest on board has also told Australian Cruising that none of the cabin areas had been touched.

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This means that the two new slides, both around 80 metres long, form the centrepiece of the extensive refurbishment. Pacific Dawn now has the wildest and longest waterslides on any Australian cruise ship!

One slide is transparent so that spectators can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns, while the other slide is multi-coloured, with music pumping through it to give guests a high impact ride to the bottom.

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Other additions include a waterpark and P&O’s first virtual reality activity at sea from Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia.


As part of the refurbishment, the 2000-guest Pacific Dawn has also become the first in the fleet to wear the cruise line’s striking new livery featuring the Southern Cross, a national symbol in both Australia and New Zealand.

A team of 700 contractors spent more than 100,000 hours transforming the ship during its refurbishment with work including the installation of more than 18,000 square metres of carpet – almost enough to carpet all four exhibition halls at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Additions to the 70,000-tonne ship include more than 3000 pieces of new and reupholstered furniture, more than 1500 pieces of art and accessories and more than 500 new pieces of signage.

The two waterslides took almost 40 days to build offsite and on-board the ship, with final installation and testing occurring as Pacific Dawn returned to Australia.


In the teenage clubs, HQ and HQ+, the entertainment has gone to a whole new level with the cruise line’s new virtual reality experience, featuring a range of popular Sony PS4 titles including Tearaway Unfolded, Gravity Rush 2 and Ratchet & Clank as part of the exclusive partnership with Sony.

Pacific Dawn’s guests can now also enjoy a range of other new features on the ship including The Pantry, which was first introduced on board Pacific Jewel back in 2015. Pacific Dawn. The Pantry is an international market place of nine fresh food outlets which replaces the traditional ship buffet. Among its offerings are the Mediterranean-inspired Nic and Toni’s and seafood restaurant, Shell & Bones.


Many of the ship’s key public spaces – including the atrium, Charlie’s cafe, The Orient and the Promenade Bar – have been redesigned, they also have the contemporary Australia look which is one of the key features of both Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.

Its great see that P&O Cruises Australia have all of their ships in the fleet except one [Pacific Jewel} featuring the same look and features. Now they just need to bring Pacific Jewel into line with the rest of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet.


P&O President Sture Myrmell said the refurbished Pacific Dawn was the next step in the evolution of P&O’s modern Australian holiday offering, designed to deliver good times in a stylish yet relaxed setting.

“Pacific Dawn not only features the new look and feel which has been so popular on our latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, she also provides a taste of what’s to come on our next ship Pacific Explorer, which debuts in June. We think she’ll be a real winner and we can’t wait to welcome guests on-board,” Mr Myrmell said.


The refit comes at the start of P&O’s biggest year of Queensland cruising, with two ships sailing from Brisbane year round. Between them, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will offer a record 108 cruises to holidaymakers this year, up from 98 cruises in 2016.

According to the latest statistics, Queensland is the second biggest source market for Australian cruisers with more than 280,000 Queenslanders cruising in 2015, up almost 30 per cent on the previous year.


During the 2015-16 financial year, cruising contributed an estimated $976 million to the State’s economy.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos Credit: The James Morgan Photographic Consultancy – Australia and UK


Australians Finally Get Access To Carnivals Fun Shops Program !

While there has been some excitement from Australian cruisers that Carnival Cruise Line, Australia has added the easy access tool of the ever so popular Fun Shop program, to its Australian website it’s about time I say and it should have been done a long time ago!

Pretty much every cruise line that has ships cruising from Australia throughout the cruising season, Australians have access to their pre purchased gift program apart from P&O Cruises Australia who don’t have one! Why not! You’re meant to be Australia’s home-grown cruise line.

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It’s now taken an American cruise line that has only be homeporting in Australia since October 2012 to now provide this service that should be standard!

Mind you Carnival Cruise Line, Australia its still a watered down version of what is avalible on your American webite, why is that ?

Fun Shops lets guests – or their friends and family – pre-purchase gifts before their cruise departs, allowing them to surprise loved ones who are booked on Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend cruises from Australia.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said with many guests booking a cruise to celebrate a milestone occasion, Fun Shops provided the perfect opportunity to make the experience even more memorable.

“We all enjoy a surprise every now and then, and there is no better way to start a holiday than arriving at your cabin to find an unexpected bottle of bubbles or a beautiful bouquet,” Ms Vandekreeke said.

“Fun Shops is an ideal way to make sure a fun holiday becomes even more fabulous!”

Perfect for celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or just as a pick-me-up, the gifts include flowers, balloons and decorations, sparkling wine, cheese platters, fruit hampers, chocolate cake and chocolate-covered strawberries.

For more information about the full range of gifts on offer please visit

Australians expect much more from cruise lines now we have been cruising long enough now to know what is acceptable and what is not! We want better ships with world class amenities, accommodation, entertainment and food.

The majority of Australians don’t like having their gratuities included in their fares either, if we feel that its warranted to tip staff for great service, we are more likely to do it at the end of the cruise and give the appropriate person.

We also expect more in the way of social media connectivity at sea, with better internet coverage and speeds at competitive prices.

We want to be taken to amazing destinations for the cruising holiday of a lifetime, after all we have paid for it!

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Fleetwide Stateroom Catergorisation To Happen On All Royal Caribbean Ships !

Royal Caribbean International have decided to make changes to the way they categorise their staterooms on board their ships, in a fleet wide first.

Whether you’re a travel agent or just a future or returning guest of Royal Caribbean International reading the stateroom categories on a Royal Caribbean ship is set to get a whole lot easier!

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The new stateroom categorisations are going to be effective for all future deployments for sailings from April 2018 onwards, on all Royal Caribbean ships.

So what’s going to happen??

1. Royal Caribbean International are going to be changing the way they talk about staterooms, to simplify our naming conventions and make it easier for everyone, so that you can choose your stateroom with ease.

2. Their new system is going to be based on the four most important elements that Royal Caribbean guests look for when choosing a stateroom – Those are as follows :

Deck, size, occupancy and location - making it easier than ever for you to find your ideal Stateroom accommodation.

Below is a Pdf file from Royal Caribbean International setting out on how this all should work out.


Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!


Pacific Dawn Departure Delayed From Singapore Due To Propulsion Maintenance Issues.

According to a P&O Cruises Australia spokeperson, Pacific Dawn will be delayed from her Singapore departure a day later that expected due to a technical issue associated with Pacific Dawns referbishment that has taken longer than expected.

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The delayed departure will mean that the call into Dili will no longer take place, while the rest of the itinerary remains in place.

P&O Cruises Australia have also said that they will be doing everything possible to make guests comfortable in Singapore to minimise any incoveniance.

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While if this is the case, why did P&O Cruises Australia decide not to make Pacific Dawns dry dock longer so that any minor issues could be ironed out !

You would have thought P&O Cruises Australia would have learnt by the previous issues that they had with the the ex Holland America ships Ms Statendam know as [ Pacific Aria ] and Ms Ryndam known as  [ Pacific Eden ].

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These two ships have had many issues that were not ironed out, when they both came out of their extensive referbishments in November last year, causing many guests to complain.

Australian Cruising News have since learnt via the P&O Cruises Australia facebook site that the following statement has been issued.

Hi Everyone. Following our update yesterday, and as you look forward to your Indonesia Explorer cruise, we want to confirm that Pacific Dawn will depart from Singapore a day later than scheduled.

Pacific Dawn has been undergoing an exciting refurbishment during a scheduled dry dock in Singapore. In addition to the refurbishment, routine mechanical inspections have also been carried out, and some additional unexpected maintenance to the ship’s propulsion system has been necessary. This additional technical work has taken longer than expected, and as a result Pacific Dawn will leave dry dock later than planned.

Your Pacific Dawn cruise will now depart on Friday 3rd March, but please be assured we are making arrangements for your overnight accommodation and comfort in Singapore.

What You Need to Do -

Please make your way to the Singapore Cruise Centre tomorrow (Thursday March 2) at your original check-in time.

Hotel & Transport Arrangements -

Once you arrive at the Singapore Cruise Centre, you will be directed to shuttle buses to take you to hotel accommodation that has been arranged for you by P&O. On Friday, you will then be transferred from your hotel to the Marina Bay Sands Cruise Terminal to embark Pacific Dawn. Full details on transfer and embarkation times will be provided at your hotel.

Itinerary Update -

Due to the later departure from Singapore, the itinerary will be revised slightly, and Pacific Dawn will call to Benoa & Komodo Island one day later than scheduled. In addition, we will no longer be calling to Dili. The rest of the itinerary remains as scheduled.

In recognition of the delay, we are in the process of arranging a refund of one day of you cruise fare. If you booked via a travel agent, this will processed back to your agent. If you booked directly with P&O, your refund will be processed back to your credit/debit card, or via cheque if you paid through BPAY. Please allow approximately 4 weeks to receive you refund.

In addition, we will also cover any reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of this delay, such as for main meals. Please keep a hold of any receipts and a form will be provided to you onboard to complete.

P&O Cruises sincerely apologises for the delay in the start of your much anticipated cruise on board Pacific Dawn.

If you need to get in contact with us regarding this delay, please call our dedicated team on +61 2 9432 8543.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia. The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Pacific Dawns Waterslides Are going To Be A Whole Lot Of Fun In The Sun!

Debuting on Pacific Dawn in March 2017 with some of the most exhilarating features, here is your first look at the new waterslides going on Pacific Dawn!

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The two new waterslides will create a whole new level of family fun, for the young and for the adults. The waterslides will be down the back [ aft ] on Pacific Dawn and they will feature lots of twists and turns, that will be enough to even excite the most adventurist thrill seeker.

The two waterslides will snake their way off the ships funnel and they will also feature LED disco lights with a thumping sound system to boot !

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The 1546-guest ship is turning 27 this year, having being built in 1990 and entered service as Regal Princess for Princess Cruises in 1991. Pacific Dawns last extensive refurbishment was in 2010 and had new activities such as The Edge added in 2014 along with the refurbishment of the Waterfront restaurant.

In a statement from P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the refurbishment would kick off a big year for the cruise line in Queensland.

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“With the new waterpark, dining options and a refreshed interior design, we’re creating a great new look for Pacific Dawn which will combine some fun innovations with the winning features of our existing ships,” Mr Myrmell said.

“There’s no question that Queenslanders love holidaying at sea, so we’re very excited that our Brisbane guests will soon be able to enjoy a stylish new Pacific Dawn as part of their cruise holiday experience, alongside one of our latest ships, Pacific Aria.”

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Pacific Dawn is one of Australia’s much loved cruise ships, and Queenslanders have certainly taken to her like a duck to water.

Pacific Dawn is going to look absolutely stunning when she returns from her refurbishment which is happening right now in Singapore as we speak, she reurns to her homeport of Brisbane on the 16th of March 2017.

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Photos supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

Information supplied by: The Home Of Australian Cruising!

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