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Australian Cruise Industry Celebrates A Memorable Night, At The Sophisticated   CLIA Annual Awards Night !

More than 500 industry members from across Australia and New Zealand joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia in celebrating a massive year of cruising at the 15th Annual Cruise Industry Awards at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Saturday.

The sell-out gala featured a show-stopping performance by one of Australia’s leading performers, Tina Arena, on a night which saw a total of 19 winners announced across nine categories.

Leading the pack was Western Australia’s Bicton Travel which won the Gold Agency of the Year award for the fifth time. 

In accepting the agency’s fifth top gong in six years, Bicton founder Carole Smethurst thanked the agency’s cruise line partners for their “fantastic support” as well as her team of 24 staff.

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“It’s an absolute honour to win this, but to win it five times is absolutely incredible,” Ms Smethurst said.

Travelrite International took out the Silver Award while King William Travel won Bronze. 

Clean Cruising received the Online Agency of the Year award, while MTA’s Tracey Flower was recognised as Australia’s Mobile Agent of the Year.

Meanwhile Scenic Founder Glen Moroney was welcomed into the CLIA Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in the rapidly growing river cruise sector. Accepting the award on Mr Moroney’s behalf, Scenic General Manager of Product Aleisha Fittler said Mr Moroney was known for his innovation.

“He is constantly driven to create the next big thing,” Ms Fittler said.

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CLIA Australasia Chairman Gavin Smith said the 2015 awards dinner had been the best yet, with finalists and winners being recognised from right around Australia and New Zealand. 

“Every year cruising in the Australasian region continues to evolve and it’s due to the tireless efforts of many in the industry. These awards are all about celebrating and applauding the hard work, passion and dedication of some of the most important players in the cruise industry – the travel agents who sell our cruises,” Mr Smith said.

The annual cruising night of nights was hosted again by Channel 7 sportscaster and host of AFL Game Day Hamish McLachlan.

For a full list of winners please see the following page. For more information visit: www.cruising.org.au

Information supplied by: Cruise Lines International Association Of Australasia. [ CLIA ].

Australia Your NEW Ship Is Almost Ready ! She's Now Floating On Water !

Ovation of the Seas is a step closer to completion, emerging from the dry dock and floating on water !

Ovation of the Seas, the third largest cruise ship in the world and the biggest, newest and most technologically advanced ship ever to call Australia home, has been floated out of the construction hall and into water at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. 

This major milestone signifies the ship has reached the final stages of construction – marking less than two months to completion and only 10 months until she arrives in Australia.  The 168,666-GRT megaliner has taken just 18 months of construction to reach this point.

Overnight, the shipyard’s sluice gates were opened and the dry dock commenced filling with water to float Ovation of the Seas out into the River Ems: a slow and careful process that takes up to 8 hours. Then during the day, tugboats maneuverer the ship to the shipyard’s outdoor berth where she will undergo further construction, including attaching masts and funnels and the installation of many of the furnishings.  A final dry-dock visit will see her propulsion parts installed.

“Today marks a truly momentous milestone in the Australian cruise industry: our first ever newbuild now floats on water for the very first time. In just 10 months she will call Sydney home and proudly claim the title of the newest, largest and most technologically advanced cruise ship to ever sail in our waters,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director, Royal Caribbean.

“This is a significant day for both Royal Caribbean and for Australia, as we celebrate the birth of our new $1 billion baby. Ovation of the Seas has been purpose-built for the Asia-Pacific region and continues Royal Caribbean’s unique strategy of bringing the very best cruise ships to Australia. We’re extremely excited that she is now in the water and look forward to welcoming her to Sydney Harbour.”

When she debuts in April, Ovation of the Seas will claim the title of equal third largest cruise ship in the world – eclipsed only by Royal Caribbean’s twin ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.  She is the third ship in the ground-breaking Quantum Class and introduces a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences to Australia including the Ripcord by iFLY, a heart-pounding skydiving experience; North Star, a thrilling adventure that will transport guests as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge; cutting-edge transformative venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, a circus school and more; and the robotic Bionic Bar. 

Ovation has also reimagined dining onboard with the introduction of “Dynamic Dining” where guests can choose from 18 unique restaurant concepts, including Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub, the enchanting Wonderland and Royal Caribbean favourites including Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi Japanese. 

Technology has also been amped up on Ovation of the Seas with high speed internet offering more bandwidth so guests can connect and stream as quickly as they would onshore, while the Royal iQ app makes keeping track of your onboard schedule simple with all bookings and cruise details stored and updated automatically.

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Ovation of the Seas will sail from Southampton in April before repositioning from Europe via Dubai and Singapore to arrive in Beijing (Tianjin) for her inaugural China season commencing 24 June 2016. On 30 November 2016, she will set sail on a 15-night Singapore to Sydney voyage via Fremantle, repositioning to her new home down under where she will offer three Australia and New Zealand cruises as well as a repositioning sailing on her return to Singapore, departing Sydney 23 January 2017.

For further information or to make a booking, visit www.ovationoftheseas.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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Royal Caribbean International Celebrates Today With 200,000 Facebook fans.

Royal Caribbean is marking a significant milestone today, reaching 200,000 Facebook fans of the official Royal Caribbean International Australia & NZ page, and to celebrate the cruise line is giving Facebook fans an exclusive AUD$200 discount per stateroom, which they can use on local 2016/17 sailings of five nights or longer when booked before 26 February 2016.

In the last six months alone, the number of fans has doubled, demonstrating the growing popularity of Royal Caribbean’s international style of cruising as the line’s local fleet has expanded to four megaliners, including two new ships in Explorer of the Seas and Legend of the Seas.

“This milestone is all about you: our Facebook friends and fans. You’re the true champions of our brand, and we couldn’t be where we are today without your support”, said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Royal Caribbean International Australia. 

“In return, we want to thank you wholeheartedly by offering you a AUD$200 discount on your next cruise. You’ve helped guide our journey so far, and we hope you’ll be part of the next chapter for Royal Caribbean in Australia,” he continued.

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“Plus: if you look closely, you might just spot your profile photo in our specially created graphic, that honours many of our Aussie and Kiwi fans,” he concluded.

Launched in just 2012, the Royal Caribbean International Australia & NZ Facebook page has been one of the first touchpoints with the cruise line for many cruising fans. Royal’s Facebook fans are among the first to receive details of cruising news, promotions, updates and are regularly rewarded with competitions and exclusive offers. 

Over the years, Royal Caribbean has given away multiple sailings to Facebook fans, including hosting 100 fans onboard Voyager of the Seas in 2014 for the world’s first Facebook Party at Sea with pop sensation Nathaniel. Last year, to celebrate Royal Caribbean’s partnership with My Kitchen Rules, 10 friends were exclusively hosted to a special curated meal and cocktail party with the MKR winners onboard Royal’s first Queensland based ship, Legend of the Seas. And more recently, this month Royal Caribbean gave away a cruise for two on the biggest, newest and most incredible cruise ship to ever be deployed to Australia, Ovation of the Seas. 

Become a fan today to be the first to hear Royal Caribbean news and updates, and claim your $200 discount voucher; applicable per stateroom the voucher can be used on local 2016/17 sailings of five nights or longer when booked before 26 February 2016. Visit www.Facebook.com/RCIAustraliaAndNZ

Information supplied by : Royal Caribbean International.

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Sydney Celebrates in Style, With A Sophisticated Cruising Saturday !

Four Of The World’s Most Luxurious Ships Visit Sydney, As Two Berth At The Same Terminal For The First Time.

Sydney enjoyed an extra touch of class, on Saturday, with four of the world’s most luxurious ships, from four of the worlds most luxurious cruise lines berthed in the city’s stunning harbour.

Carrying 200 guests, Le Soleal is one of the youngest ships in the world and was making her maiden visit to Sydney on Saturday, docking at the OPT alongside the 686-guest Azamara Quest which was making her second call to the city as part of her inaugural season in Australia.

Meanwhile the ultra-luxury 458-guest Seabourn Odyssey and Silversea Cruises’ intimate 382-guest Silver Whisper were berthed at White Bay Cruise Terminal.

Between them the four boutique ships brought close to 3000 visitors to the city and injected more than $2 million into the economy.

The February 13 visit marked the first time in history that two modern cruise ships have shared the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at the Quay for the day, an event made possible by the boutique size of the vessels, the 142-metre long PONANT Le Soleal and 180-metre long Azamara Quest. The Idea behind it all was Ponant's very own Sarnia Bratton, along with working with Sydney Ports.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine said the visit by four luxury ships was testament to Sydney’s popularity as a world class cruise destination.

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“When it comes to cruising, Sydney is in hot demand, as Saturday demonstrated. To have four of the world’s most elegant ships visiting on one day is an extraordinary event - and great news for the local economy,” Mr Jardine said.

With many guests disembarking in Sydney and others embarking on Saturday, Mr Jardine said the four ships had brought more than 2800 visitors to the city.

“Most of the ships’ guests were international tourists so they were busy spending their time shopping and enjoying the sights of Sydney, while many had booked a few nights’ pre or post-cruise accommodation in the city,” he said.  

“CLIA studies show international passengers cruising from Sydney spend an average $762 a day in the city, while transiting guests spend more than $200 a day, so between guest and crew expenditure, ship provedoring and port charges, we estimate these ships’ visits would have injected more than $2 million into the economy in just one day.”

The visits come during Sydney’s busiest ever cruise month, with 27 different ships making an extraordinary 45 calls to Sydney during February.  The wave of activity will continue into March, when 17 ships will make 33 calls to the harbour city in just 30 days.

Mr Jardine said the historic dual berthing at the Overseas Passenger Terminal followed the recent upgrade of cruise facilities at Circular Quay by the Port Authority of NSW including the refurbishment of the terminal and the installation of a new mooring dolphin at the northern end of the wharf.  

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Le Soleal’s visit came at the end of a five-day cruise from Auckland. She departed Sydney on Saturday evening on a nine-night sell-out cruise to Cairns from Sydney, with Azamara Quest leaving shortly afterwards on a 17-night East Coast Australia and Bali cruise.

Mr Jardine said more than one million Australians now take a cruise every year, making the nation the fourth largest passenger source market in the world.  In total, 38 ships from CLIA member cruise lines will sail in Australian waters this summer, the biggest summer season for the nation yet. 

Cruising contributes around $3.5 billion to the national economy, including more than $2.3 billion in New South Wales.

All four cruise lines visiting on Saturday confirmed that Sydney was one of their most popular ports of call.

PONANT Chairman Asia Pacific Sarina Bratton said Le Soleal’s maiden visit demonstrated the appeal of Australia on the global cruise stage. 

“Ponant continues to make significant investment in Australia and is committed to growing the region as both an important source market as well as a significant destination for our global base of guests, as seen by by the introduction of our Kimberley voyages in 2017,” Ms Bratton said.

Azamara Regional Commercial Director Adam Armstrong said the cruise line was all about the destinations it sailed to. 

“There's no port that rates higher amongst our guests than Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal. To berth here, side by side with Ponant, demonstrates not only the excellent improvements to infrastructure in Sydney, but also the growth and demand for this luxury style of cruising,” Mr Armstrong said.

Seabourn Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Sales John Delaney said a visit to Sydney was a key attraction on the ultra-luxury cruise line’s itineraries every summer.

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“Sydney is such an iconic and popular port with our guests and Australians have shown such a strong affinity with Seabourn that we purposely decided to bring our newest ship, the beautiful Seabourn Encore down to Sydney next February for her maiden season, just weeks after her inaugural ceremony in Singapore,” Mr Delaney said.

Silversea General Manager Australasia Karen Christensen said Silver Whisper’s visit was representative of the enduring appeal of Sydney. 

“Silversea has been visiting not only Sydney but many Australian ports since the company started in 1994, with its luxury presence contributing to the local economy on each call,” Ms Christensen said.

Information supplied by : Cruise Lines Intewrnational Association Of Australasia. [ CLIA ].

Photo's Credit : Brian Gaskin Of Cruise The Seas Travel And Media.

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Princess Cruises Set To Unveil A Magical New Show To WOW Australian Audiences At Sea.

Magic will be in the air for Australian cruisers when Emerald Princess arrives Down Under for its maiden season of cruises in November, carrying a brand new musical from three-time Oscar winner and composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell Stephen Schwartz.

Schwartz’s first production for a cruise line, Magic to Do celebrates his lifelong fascination with magic and combines thrilling illusions with some of his most famous songs, such as Magic to Do from Pippin and Defying Gravity from Wicked. The show also includes a brand new song written exclusively for Princess called A Little Magic. 

A cruise-industry first, the creation of Magic to Do is part of a multi-year agreement, which will see Schwartz oversee the creative development of four musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years. Magic to Do debuted on Crown Princess in October last year.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said Princess was known for introducing product innovations and was thrilled to embark on this extraordinary new live-show entertainment – unlike anything any cruise line has ever before offered.

“Stephen is one of the most talented and accomplished Broadway composers of all time and Princess couldn’t be more honoured to partner with him to create memorable entertainment experiences for our guests. We’re sure the production will be a huge hit when it debuts in Australia later this year,” Mr Allison said.

Schwartz said he was excited about using the enormous resources available with Princess to create new and innovative theatrical entertainment.

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“Their onboard theatres are Broadway-calibre venues with state-of-the-art technical capability, and coupled with their access to first-rate performers, I see it as an extraordinary and almost irresistible opportunity. I have received overwhelming and enthusiastic interest from talented colleagues – writers, directors, and designers to whom I have spoken – and I hope together we will create new kinds of cruise ship shows to entertain and inspire Princess guests unlike any other productions at sea,” he said.

Schwartz will bring together a cadre of Broadway talent to support the four Princess productions through direction and design. 

During his 40-year career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for Pocahontas and “Best Song” for The Prince of Egypt and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history to ever have three shows run more than 1900 performances. 

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Emerald Princess will based in Sydney from November 2016 to April 2017, with fares starting from $1599* per person twin share for an 11-night New Zealand cruise roundtrip from Sydney, departing January 10, 2017.

Additional information about Princess’ partnership with Stephen Schwartz can be found at http://www.princess.com/schwartz. 

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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Le Soleal Inaugural Visit To Sydney.

On Saturday 13 February, Sydney-siders will be able to see the arrival of one of the world’s youngest fleet of luxury expedition ships - French flagged PONANT ship, Le Soleal.

Looking like a super yacht fresh from Monaco, Le Soleal makes her inaugural arrival in Sydney, arriving from Auckland with 200 passengers.

At just 142 metres in length she represents the epitome of luxurious expedition cruising. Compact - dwarfed by the mega thousand passenger cruise ships that frequent the harbour - she appears more private yacht than cruise ship.

Berthing at around 10.00am, Le Soleal will provide a touch of French glamour to Circular Quay, the perfect venue for observers to take in her modern designer lines.

Le Soleal represents the latest in nautical design, a step forward and away from the traditional brass and glass of older ships, her swooping exterior hides innovative stylish interiors created by French designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

More than a pretty face, Le Soleal, launched in June 2013, has an ice rated hull and is regularly seen in both the Arctic and Antarctic carrying her 200 or so guests to rarely seen and extraordinary destinations. One month ago she was exploring the Sub Antarctic Islands, including Australia’s own World Heritage rated Macquarie Island. Equally at home in tropical climes, from Australia she heads north to the tropical islands of Indonesia and then on to Asia.

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Created in 1988, PONANT specialises in luxury cruising aboard its fleet of intimate yacht-style vessels (32 to 122 staterooms) embodying a lifestyle “à la française.”

These elegant, small-capacity ships offer chic luxury and expedition cruising without the crowds, being small enough to reach ports that are inaccessible to bigger ships with destinations in Antarctica, Alaska & the Arctic, the Caribbean, Central & South America, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe & the Baltic, West Africa, Asia, Melanesia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive five-star service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, gourmet cuisine and expert expedition crew on expedition voyages promise voyages that are unique and full of emotionally moving experiences.

Le Soleal: modern casual chic. Just 142 metres in length Le Soleal has 132 staterooms and suites / 140 crew. 95% of all cabins have a balcony. Inclusive Open Bar; 24 hour room service.

French style - the only cruise company flying the French flag. French brands - beauty firm SOTHYSTM, Pierre FREY fabrics, home fragrances by FRAGONARD, L’OCCITANE for beauty products, boutique selection from LACOSTE, FAÇONNABLE…

Environmental responsibility: Sister ships Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial have obtained the international “CLEANSHIP” (Bureau Veritas) label for innovative green equipment.

Information supplied by ; Ponant Yacht Cruises And Expeditions.

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Princees Cruises Set To Debut Hull ArtWork On All Their Ships Starting From 2017.

Princess Cruises will begin adding hull art to their fleet of ships starting with their currently under construction Majestic Princess which was floated out of the Fincantieri shipyard yesterday. The ship is scheduled for delivery in 2017.

The hull of Majestic Princess will be the first Princess ship in the 50 year history of the cruise line to feature the new hull livery with the Princess Seawitch design.

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Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, gave the following statement:

“For nearly half a century our Princess logo has represented the adventure of cruise travel around the globe. Now our ships sail to more than 360 ports of call worldwide and will be instantly recognized from afar. As the very first cruise ship built for China, at 143,00gt and with a guest capacity of 3,560 we take great pride that Majestic Princess is our first ship to proudly display our new livery design.”

After the debut of Majestic Princess in 2017, the Princess Seawitch design will be rolled out to the rest of the 18 ships in their fleet throughout the next few years. Other cruise lines that display hull art on their ships include Norwegian Cruise Line with AIDA Cruises and P&O UK (also owned by Carnival Corp.).

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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 Sydney To Make History As Two Cruise Ships Dock At Circular Quay At The Same Time.

Sydney is the gateway to cruising to some of the world’s most popular destinations. You can be a part of a World cruise from this wonderful city of ours. It still goes to show that it is voted as the number one port for visitors and even crew on board the cruise ships and Ocean Liners that visit our stunning harbour with the harbour bridge and the Opera house as the background.

It is history in the making to have two ships berthed at Circular Quay at the same time, the Azamara Quest at 180 metres long and Ponant’s Le Soleal at 142 metres long. Both of these ships will be berthed bow to stern while at the pier. Then there is one more to be berthed at White Bay 4 Seabourn Odessey and one at White Bay cruise terminal Silver Whisper.

While some calling it a historic moment, there are others who say that it shows the peak – season down fall of Sydney harbour. To me having these four boutique cruise ships from four different cruise lines represents the major growth of the Australian Cruise Industry and its popularity which is here to stay.

Sydney’s great harbour will be on display, but Sydney in general as a popular destination will be on full display.

 

Yes, the reason why it is possible due to the much smaller sizes of the two ships compared to many which dock there, but I still believe that it is a great way to showcase Sydney. Both ships will be bringing a combined total of just over 1,000 people onshore for the day.

Le Soleal is one of the youngest ships in the world and will be making her maiden visit to Sydney, her maiden voyage was on the 1st of July 2013 making her 2 years 7 months old. While the 180-metre long Azamara Quest is making her second call to the city as part of her inaugural season in Australia.  

Cruise Lines International Association Commercial Director Brett Jardine said the visit by four luxury ships on the one day was a first for Sydney and reflected Australia’s growing popularity as a cruise destination.

“Between them these four beautiful ships will bring thousands of high-end visitors to our city – visitors who will be busy exploring Sydney and enjoying plenty of shopping and touring as they take in the sights, which is great news for the local economy,” Mr Jardine said.

The visits come during Sydney’s busiest ever cruise month, with 27 different ships making an extraordinary 45 calls to Sydney during February. The wave of activity will continue into March, when 17 ships will make 33 calls to the harbour city in just 30 days.

Mr Jardine said the historic dual berthing at the Overseas Passenger Terminal followed the recent upgrade of cruise facilities at Circular Quay by the Port Authority of NSW including the refurbishment of the terminal and the installation of a new mooring dolphin at the northern end of the wharf

Sydneysiders will be able to watch Le Soleal berth beside Azamara Quest on Saturday morning (Feb 13), with the boutique ship scheduled to arrive into the Harbour about 9.30am, docking at the OPT by 10am.

Le Soleal’s visit comes at the end of a five-day cruise from Auckland. Most of the 200 guests onboard will disembark in the morning, making way for new guests who will board during the day to sail on a nine-night sell-out cruise to Cairns from Sydney.

Meanwhile Azamara Quest will berth at the OPT at 8pm on Friday, the final night of her 13-night New Zealand cruise from Auckland. She will overnight at the terminal, before departing at 5.30pm on Saturday on a 17-night East Coast Australia and Bali cruise.

Mr Jardine said more than one million Australians now take a cruise every year, making the nation the fourth largest passenger source market in the world. In total, 38 ships from CLIA member cruise lines will sail in Australian waters this summer, the biggest summer season for the nation yet.

Information supplied by: Cruise Lines International Association Of Australasia. [ CLIA ]

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Carnival Cruise Lines Australia , Giving Guests Giving Guests The Vacation Of A Lifetime.

Paying her first visit to Australia this week since taking over as head of the world’s largest cruise line, Carnival Cruise Line.

Ms Duffy boarded Carnival Spirit in Sydney on Wednesday and will visit Carnival Legend at Circular Quay on Saturday.

Carnival Cruise Lines [ CCL ] is committed to “making cruising affordable for everyone” as it continues to have a strong presence in the Australian cruising market.Speaking to local media in Sydney yesterday, chief executive Christine Duffy said that the brand is firmly focused on the interactions with its guests.

We also like to think that we have some unique on board experience’s that hold a special place in our guests hearts, such as Guys burger joint and the Green Thunder waterslide, Red frog rum bar plus to many others to add. This offers a great experience for all.

“The belief that everyone deserves to take a great vacation resonates just as much now as it did when Carnival was first founded,” she explained.

“Other brands may be more about the ships but with Carnival it’s more about the interactions and on board experience’s , she said.

The idea of “participating in fun activities” is a major part of the cruise line’s identity, with Duffy describing it as the “secret ingredient”.

“We put a lot of new innovations onboard that we think our guests will love but it’s more about how our guests feel on a vacation,” she said.

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Its offer of “great value” is one of its main selling points and, as a result, its clientele is one of the more diverse in the industry, according to Duffy, who pointed to the high number of families and children that sail with it – “more than any other cruise line”.

Meanwhile, the homeporting of Carnival Legend in Sydney alongside Carnival Spirit has significantly boosted the cruise line’s local capacity. She described Carnival Spirit’s full-time presence in Sydney and Carnival Legend’s extended seasonal deployment Down Under as a “good measure” for the brand in the Australian market.

And while CCL vice president and general manager Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said there were no plans to bring another vessel Down Under, Brisbane remains of interest.

“Hypothetically if could get into Brisbane and make it work, then we’d be highly interested in doing so,” she admitted. Although Jennifer had also said high level discussions would also need to take place at Carnival Australia, with a number of other brands also interested in the port of Brisbane.

Authorities are currently considering a proposal for a new $100 million cruise terminal at the mouth of Brisbane River which would be easier to get to from Brisbane Airport.

In the meantime, Australian cruisers who are keen to try something a little different are now being urged to try one of CCL’s international ships and different itineraries.

Since January 1, travel agents have had a central sales team, phone number and website for all of the cruise line’s local and international cruise queries and bookings as the cruise line ended its arrangement with international general sales agent Travel the World.

Although Vandekreeke stressed it was still early days, she revealed international bookings are already above the same time last year.

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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Royal Caribbean International Not To Convert From USD To Aud While Ships Are Based In Australia.

For all the Loyal Royal Caribbean fans out there, In fact for anyone who loves to cruise and is thinking about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise in the future from an Australian departure point.

The below would be worth considering for any future cruises.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner, so the ongoing slowdown hobbling the Asian giant could spell trouble for the Australian currency, which is struggling to stay above the symbolic 0.70 cents level.

With the Australian dollar falling and the USD on the rise according to research from Market Pulse the AUD could and is expected to fall to as low as 0.65 cents.

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There has been a lot of speculation and rumour through different Facebook and media sites that relate to one of the Biggest cruise lines in Australia, that Royal Caribbean International are converting from USD to AUD while their ships are based in Australia.

Well I can end the speculation and rumour right now with the following statement by Adam Armstrong, regional Commercial Director for Royal Caribbean International .

In the following statement issued Adam clearly says’

"Royal Caribbean is an international cruise line sailing in all parts of the world. We strive to offer our guests the same high standard and international style of cruising wherever in the world we are, therefore onboard costs are priced in US dollars for a consistent experience."

Information supplied by: Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director For Royal Caribbean International.

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Royal Caribbean Supports Australia's Got Talent Show, To Showcase Australia's Unque Talent.

Nine Network and RCI announce Australia’s Got Talent partnership.

Royal Caribbean International has announced a new partnership with one of Australia’s most popular TV programs, Australia’s Got Talent. The program returns to Channel Nine this year and celebrates the unique and brilliant talents of Australians from all walks of life, premiering on Monday 1 February 2016.  

“Royal Caribbean is incredibly proud of its world-class onboard entertainment so we’re thrilled to partner with one of Australia’s favourite television programs and showcase the very best of Aussie talent,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Royal Caribbean International.

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Royal Caribbean International is the major sponsor of Australia’s Got Talent’s “Wildcard” entries. Contestants who are not taken through to the semi-final by the celebrity judges can be voted back into the finals by viewers as Wildcards. 

The winning Wildcard entrant will receive a cruise on Explorer of the Seas – Australia’s biggest, newest and most technologically advanced megaliner – plus Royal Caribbean will also offer one lucky Wildcard voter playing from home the chance to win a cruise for two on the same voyage: an 11-night cruise to New Zealand in April 2016, sailing roundtrip from Sydney and including return economy airfares. 

“We can’t wait to support Australia’s best talent. Explorer of the Seas is Australia’s newest and biggest cruise ship, packed with entertainment for all the family, so it’s a fitting prize for such an incredible competition,” he continued.

“Royal Caribbean is known the world over for its fantastic entertainment: from Broadway style shows and ice-skating spectaculars to incredible aerial displays, we set the cruise industry standard for entertainment. And if you keep a close ear out, you’re likely to hear many an Australian accent amongst our talented team of singers, dancers and musicians.  What’s more, all of this entertainment is included in your cruise fare, for no extra charge,” Adam concluded.

At 138,194 tons, 311 metres long and 38 metres wide, Explorer of the Seas is the largest and most feature packed cruise ship sailing down under. Thanks to her multi-million make over in April last year, Explorer of the Seas is virtually a brand new ship and offers the same signature features found onboard twin sister Voyager of the Seas.  Guests can now test their surfing skills on the new FlowRider surf simulator; watch a film come to life in the 3-D Movie theatre or on the poolside movie screen; and experience three new delectable dining options including fresh sushi at Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Royal Caribbean’s signature Chops Grille steakhouse and family-style Italian trattoria Giovanni’s Table. 

Explorer of the Seas also offers popular guest favourite amenities such as the iconic and only-on-Royal Caribbean ice-skating rink, Broadway style shows in a 1,350-seat theatre, outdoor rock climbing wall, a full sized basketball and sports court, world class dining and the Royal Promenade – an interior boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship flanked by restaurants, bars, lounges and boutiques, and the place where evening dance parties are held.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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“The Come Back New" Promise From Princess Cruises Ultimately Allowing Us To Declare To Our Guests,  That A Cruise Isn’t Good Enough Unless You "Come Back New"

Princess Cruises has announced The Come Back New Promise, a $450 million multi-year product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the campaign would result in more transformative moments, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to enjoy and share.  “The Come Back New Promise differentiates our approach to cruising and offers our guests enriching holiday experiences by connecting them with each other, nature and different cultures in a new way,” Mr Allison said.

Our promise is to provide guests transformative moments designed to inspire them to discover the world and themselves, ultimately allowing us to declare that a cruise isn’t good enough unless you ‘come back new’.”  The campaign demonstrates a commitment by Princess Cruises to exceed guest expectations while continuously improving upon and delivering a high value cruise experience that inspires guests to return and introduce cruising to their family and friends.    Initiatives inspired to deliver The Come Back New Promise include:  * Chef Curtis Stone – a partnership with award-winning Australian chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone brings guests fresh, new culinary creations. All Princess ships will feature “Crafted by Curtis” menu items in the main dining room. Following its refurbishment in April, locally-based ship Sun Princess will offer “SHARE” a brand new specialty restaurant which will include a new Chef’s Table experience designed by Stone. The restaurant has also been added to Emerald Princess, which will cruise from Australia later this year.

SHARE by Curtis Stone on Ruby Princess

 

* The Princess Luxury Bed – featuring a new specially designed bed to deliver the ultimate night of sleep at sea the Princess Luxury Bed was developed in collaboration with experts in both the science and beauty of sleep -- Dr. Michael Breus, “The Sleep Doctor,” and highly acclaimed designer, Candice Olson. By 2018, Princess will have installed more than 44,000 new beds to every stateroom across the fleet. * Chocolate Journeys - An immersive chocolate experience designed by Master Chocolatier Norman Love, exclusive to Princess, was launched offering delectable desserts, wine and chocolate pairings and specialty chocolate cocktails. New chocolate offerings allow guests to indulge in even more custom-crafted signature desserts in new venues throughout the ship, as well as chocolate pairings with tea and more.    * Discovery at Sea - A partnership with Discovery Communications, which brings new, innovative activities and shore excursions to the Princess-guest experience through hit shows like Deadliest Catch and Shark Week.   

* World of Whisky  – locally-based ships including Dawn Princess and Sea Princess feature dedicated whisky bars offering a menu of more than 60 different whiskies from around the globe to provide a diverse tasting experience for all palates.

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* Live Sporting Action – following the roll out of Prime Australia, a live 24 hour broadcast of Australian news, sports and television shows, guests can watch full season coverage of the Australian Football League and A League games from the comfort of their stateroom. The dedicated Australian channel is in addition to the existing Sports 24 channel which broadcasts the National Rugby League, rugby union, tennis and cricket matches in public spaces and onboard bars including the new Legends bar on Sea Princess. 

* New Original Musical Productions – Magic to Do, the first of four musical production shows created in collaboration with Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer and songwriter of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, combines exhilarating magic with some of Schwartz’s most famous songs.  Plus, the show features a brand new song written exclusively for Princess. Magic to Do debuted to critical acclaim and is currently running aboard Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. 

* Craft Beer Series – Through partnerships with regional breweries that specialise in local flavour, Princess started the series with an award-winning West Coast IPA from Strike Brewing Company in California., followed it with a special 50th Anniversary blend and have since added the Alaska Denali Red Ale, East Coast Blonde Lager and the Australian Gold Ale. 

* The Salty Dog Gastropub – another new dining option which highlights a variety of small bites inspired by pub favorites, adapted for an upscale culinary experience. Developed in collaboration with Ernesto Uchimura, a founding chef of the original Umami Burger, guests will also enjoy a variety of beer, whiskey and cocktail selections.  Currently available on select ships. 

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* Princess@Sea Messenger - Guests have the opportunity to connect with their fellow cruisers using mobile messenger, an instant message feature offering an easy way to make plans, confirm a meeting location while onboard the ship. The Princess@Sea Messenger is integrated in the complimentary Princess@Sea mobile app, accessed via a smartphone or tablet browser.

More announcements about ship renovations, entertainment and accommodations, in association with The Come Back New Promise campaign, will be announced in the coming months.

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New P&O Show Twice Upon A Time Set To Make A Startling Performance At Sea !

P&O Cruises has upped the ante on cruise performances with its first contemporary dance show – Twice Upon a Time.

A lyrical dance piece that takes a dramatic journey through a post-apocalyptic world to a time of re-generation and splendour, Twice Upon a Time features a captivating original score and evocative choreography. With no dialogue, the story is told through movement and music, with elements of the soundtrack recorded in a fictitious language.

P&O Cruises Head of Entertainment Brett Annable said Twice Upon a Time marked a turning point in P&O’s entertainment.

A climactic end to the performance sees characters rejoice in newfound happiness.

“We’re taking a big leap into uncharted territory with Twice Upon a Time. Unlike anything Australian cruise guests will have seen at sea, it’s packed with raw emotion and the musical score and contemporary choreography is so powerful, it takes the audience to another place,” Mr Annable said.

The show is all part of the cruise line’s revamped onboard entertainment program, which also includes a fresh line up of talented Australian musicians performing in onboard venues, and new parties including P&O’s Bianco party and Gatsby cocktail evening.

In line with the new look and feel of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria, Twice Upon a Time will only be performed on P&O’s latest ships and plans are currently underway to develop innovative show concepts for the rest of the P&O fleet.

Two main characters from Twice Upon A Time

Twice Upon a Time https://youtu.be/96RrteX5gEg joins other recent P&O stage shows which also feature a more contemporary approach including Grammys-style pop concert Off The Charts https://youtu.be/mB-7gn8Mepw and Sideshow Alley https://youtu.be/nTzdaytGscY, a musical about the characters from a travelling sideshow.

The Velvet Rope https://youtu.be/frjIKyTVxpA , thought-provoking production Disconnected and contemporary show Life As We Know It, will also feature in the entertainment line up ensuring there is something for every taste, Mr Annable said.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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P&O Cruises' Australia Pacific Aria Makes Her Maiden Visit to Newcastle, As City Makes A Success Story From Cruising Boom.

P&O Cruises’ latest ship, Pacific Aria, has made her maiden visit to Newcastle today, signaling the growing popularity of the port city as a cruise destination.

The 55,820-tonne Pacific Aria docked at Channel Berth about 8am allowing its 1500 guests to spend the day exploring the city and surrounding areas including Stockton’s sand dunes, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens and food and wine tasting tours of the Hunter Valley.

The visit is part of Pacific Aria’s first Australia Day cruise – a five-night roundtrip cruise from Brisbane which also included a day in Sydney Harbour on January 26 – and is expected to inject close to $300,000 into the local economy.

CEO Port of Newcastle Geoff Crowe and Pacific Aria Capt Colm Ryan plaque exchange in Newcastle

P&O accounts for almost half of the cruise calls to Newcastle this season, with three of its five-ship fleet visiting the port city on five separate occasions between November 2015 and May 2016 - a significant increase on the cruise line’s single visit during the 2014-15 summer cruise season. This season’s five calls are expected to deliver a combined financial contribution of about $1.5 million to the local economy. 

Pacific Aria will leave at 6pm this evening and will return on March 2, 2016, as part of a dedicated four-night Newcastle cruise from Brisbane.

P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said Newcastle was an increasingly popular call for P&O following the expansion of its fleet last year, which had opened up new itinerary opportunities.

Pacific Aria Captain Colm Ryan fires Fort Scratchley canon

“Newcastle has a lot to offer our guests, from its beautiful beaches to the nearby Hunter Valley wine region. Its location between Melbourne and Brisbane makes it an ideal destination for our increasingly popular short breaks, providing a great way for holidaymakers from Victoria and Queensland to enjoy a long weekend indulging in some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer both onboard our ships and in the Hunter region,” Mr Myrmell said.

Featuring a relaxed, stylish design which reflects modern Australia, Pacific Aria and sister ship Pacific Eden host a range of new features including the cruise line’s first Cellar Door which offers a taste of the Hunter Valley at sea with an exclusive Glandore Estate wine tasting experience.

Glandore is one of four Hunter Valley wineries featured on P&O ships, with wines from Margan, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Tyrell's also offered onboard.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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 P&O Celebrates Australia Day In Style, With A Record Of Four Ships In The Harbour And FireWorks For Australia Day.

Sydneysiders have enjoyed the spectacle of four cruise ships on Sydney Harbour tonight as well as stunning fireworks in the evening, with the nation’s largest cruise line P&O Cruises joining in Australia Day celebrations in the city.

The P&O Cruises Fireworks display has lit up the skies over the city, following a day which saw more than 6500 guests onboard Pacific Aria, Pacific Eden, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel joining in festivities in the city.

This was the first time P&O, a major sponsor of Australia Day in NSW, has had four ships on the harbour for the occasion.

The P&O Cruises Fireworks display had lit up the skies over the city at 9.30pm, with the five-minute display happening east of Fort Denison.

Four P&O ships – Pacific Aria, Pacific Eden, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel – will spend the day on the Harbour with more than 6500 guests onboard the ships enjoying a day of festivities in the city. 

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Meanwhile Channel 7’s Sunrise show has broadcast live from Pacific Eden this morning giving all of Australia the opportunity to enjoy a front row seat on the Harbour.

Today will be the first time P&O has had four ships on the harbour for Australia Day, and follows the expansion of the cruise line’s fleet to five ships last November with the addition of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria.

A major sponsor of Australia Day in NSW, P&O is also bringing a ship to land, giving Sydneysiders the chance to build a giant LEGO® ship in the city.

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The cruise line has joined forces with the Museum of Sydney to invite LEGO fans to help LEGO certified professional Ryan McNaught as he builds a model of P&O’s Pacific Eden in the forecourt of the museum between 9am and 3pm today.  A model of Pacific Eden’s sister ship, Pacific Aria, is already on display inside the museum as part of its stunning Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks exhibition.

All four P&O ships will berth in the Harbour between 4am and 9am. Pacific Pearl and Pacific Eden will enjoy their day anchored at Point Piper and Athol Buoy respectively as part of their three-night roundtrip Australia Day cruises from Sydney.  Meanwhile, Pacific Jewel will be at White Bay Cruise Terminal as part of a four-night roundtrip cruise from Melbourne, alongside Pacific Aria which is on a five-night roundtrip cruise from Brisbane.  

Both Pacific Jewel and Pacific Aria will anchor east of the bridge near Bradleys Head and Neutral Bay in the evening to enable their guests to enjoy the fireworks.  

The four ships will sail from the Harbour after the fireworks display, with Pacific Aria the last to leave at about 11pm.

Photos credit : James Morgan.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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 Only One Week Left For You To Win A BIG Adventure On Ovation Of The Seas 

Royal Caribbean Wants to Know Your Big List For A Chance To Sail On Australia’s Newest And Biggest Ever Cruise Ship.

Royal Caribbean is counting down the days until one lucky winner will have the chance to win one of the biggest experiences in cruising: a cruise for two on the newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship to ever be deployed to Australia – Ovation of the Seas. 

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To be in the running, Royal Caribbean wants to know what’s on your “Big List” – whether it’s as adventurous as paragliding or as heartfelt as spending more time with your loved ones. But hurry, entries close on 29 January 2016.

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“At Royal Caribbean, we believe in living life big, so we’re counting down the days until our 5,000-guest, US$1 billion megaliner Ovation of the Seas arrives on Australian shores in December 2016,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director, Royal Caribbean.

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“To celebrate the arrival of Australia’s first ever brand new cruise ship, we want people to think big for their chance to be one of the first to experience this truly incredible megaliner”, he concluded.

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Currently under construction in Germany, Ovation of the Seas is the third ship in the ground-breaking Quantum Class and likely to tick a few things off anyone’s Big List.  She will introduce a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences to Australia, including robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar; a heart-pounding skydiving experience, Ripcord by iFLY; North Star, a thrilling adventure that will transport guests as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge; cutting-edge venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, a circus school and more.

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Ovation of the Seas has also reimagined cruise ship dining with the introduction of “Dynamic Dining” where guests can choose from 18 unique restaurant concepts, including Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub, the enchanting Wonderland and Royal Caribbean favourites including Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi Japanese. 

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The ship will also feature the unique Quantum Class’ transformative space, Two70 – an expansive lounge boasting 270 degree ocean views by day which becomes a multimedia entertainment spectacular at night, fusing technology with entertainment using robotic video-screens, dramatic digital projection and high-flying aerialists and performers to thrill and excite guests. 

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Technology has been amped up on Ovation of the Seas with high speed internet offering more bandwidth than all other cruise ships combined so guests can stream, video call and surf as fast as they would onshore. New radio frequency smart bands also mean you can get into your stateroom and make onboard purchases without the need for the cruise card. While the Royal iQ app makes keeping track of your onboard schedule simple with all bookings and cruise details stored and updated automatically.

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Competition Details Create your Big List at www.mybiglist.com.au for your chance to win a 15-night cruise for two in an Oceanview stateroom on Ovation of the Seas, where you can start ticking off your list with Royal Caribbean and Live Life Big!

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The 15-night New Zealand cruise departs Sydney on 15 December 2016, and includes calls at Hobart, Dunedin, Wellington, Picton, Tauranga and Auckland as well as scenic cruising through Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. The competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents over 18 years, and closes 12.59pm Friday 29 January 2016. Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality, so choose wisely, and think big.

Full terms & conditions can be accessed here : http://www.royalcaribbean.com.au/contentPage.do?pagename=my_big_list_terms

Information supplied by : Royal Caribbean International.

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P&O Cruises Celebrates Australia Day In Style, By Putting Ships On Land And At Sea.

P&O Cruises will be celebrating Australia Day at sea and on land next week, with the cruise line berthing a record four ships in Sydney Harbour – and giving Sydneysiders the chance to build a giant LEGO® ship in the city.

The cruise line has joined forces with the Museum of Sydney to invite LEGO fans to help LEGO certified professional Ryan McNaught as he builds a model of P&O’s Pacific Eden in the forecourt of the museum between 9am and 3pm on January 26.

A model of Pacific Eden’s sister ship, Pacific Aria, is already on display inside the museum as part of its stunning Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks exhibition.

Meanwhile, the real Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria will be on Sydney Harbour next Tuesday, alongside Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel, with more than 6500 guests onboard to enjoy the day of celebrations.  

This will be the first time P&O has had four ships on the harbour for Australia Day, and follows the expansion of its fleet to five ships last November with the addition of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria.

PO President Sture Myrmell and Lego Certified Professional Ryan McNaught

 

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was pleased to be once again sponsoring Australia Day activities and positioning its ships on Sydney Harbour, while also working with LEGO in such a special way on the day.

“As part of our partnership with LEGO, the kids’ clubs on all our ships feature a range of fantastic LEGO activities which our guests love, so it’s very exciting to be able to bring the action to land for Australia Day with this special chance to make an amazing ship model with Ryan,” Mr Myrmell said. 

“We’re also delighted that P&O’s Pacific Aria is part of the Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO Bricks exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.  Sydney remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for cruise ships and it’s great to see cruising recognised as part of the action and beauty of our harbour in this stunning exhibition.”

The Pacific Aria model took Ryan McNaught 353 hours to build and is made of more than 163,000 bricks.  Weighing in at more than 80kgs, the ship features a range of LEGO miniature figures including celebrities such as chef Luke Mangan, whose restaurant Salt Grill stars on all P&O ships, chasing a pig and David Hoff (formerly Hasselhoff) on the dance floor.  Observant visitors to the exhibition will even find a figure of Ryan in the Shark Shack club on the top deck playing LEGO with some kids.

The Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks exhibition is on display at the Museum of Sydney until July 31, 2016.  For more information visit http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/museum-of-sydney 

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Game, Set, Match: Sydneysiders Score With Australian Open Cruise

A shipload of Sydneysiders are taking their Grand Slam spectating from the couch to centre court this week, with P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl offering an ace way to travel to the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Pacific Pearl departs Sydney today with its 1800 guests set to flock to Melbourne Park for two days of tennis action on Thursday and Friday after enjoying a leisurely journey down to Melbourne.

Proving to be one of the most popular fixtures in the cruise line’s calendar,  the five-night round trip cruise is P&O’s third dedicated Australian Open cruise and offers a value-packed and stress-free way of attending one of Australia’s biggest sporting events.

General admission to the Australian Open and transfers to and from the grounds are included in the cruise fare, with guests purchasing more than 1700 upgrades to Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena for the two-day stay in Melbourne, which will take in the second and third round matches.

Peter Byrne Carli Merritt and Terry Oakes from Nowra get ready to head to Aus Open

The cruise fans represent one of the biggest single groups to attend the Open and will inject more than $250,000 into the tournament in one serve.

P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said the tennis-themed cruise was always a huge hit with guests.

“Australians love their sport and while they are often prepared to spend big travelling to their favourite events, cruising offers an easier and more affordable way for sports tourists to attend world-class tournaments like the Australian Open. Where flights and accommodation can book up months in advance and cost a small fortune, cruising is an all-inclusive option which takes the stress out of planning while providing a fun and relaxing experience either side of the action,” Mr Myrmell said.

The Australian Open is part of P&O Cruises’ ‘main event’ line up, which also includes cruises to the Melbourne Cup, Australia Day, State of Origin and the Auckland Nines.

Pacific Pearl in Melbourne for the Aus Open

During the cruise to Melbourne, guests will be able to keep score of the early round action with the Australian Open screened live on the ship’s giant poolside screen. Fans will also be able to warm up for their day at the Open with tennis-themed trivia, table tennis competitions and Wii tennis tournaments setting the scene, plus they’ll be able to have their photo taken with an Australian Open trophy onboard.

Tennis fans wanting to catch the action next year can join Pacific Pearl’s Australian Open cruise, departing Sydney on January 19, 2017. The five-night cruise is priced from $699* per person quad share and includes transfers to and from the grounds, general admission tickets plus the opportunity to upgrade to Rod Laver Arena from just $100 per person. This offer ends February 25, 2016.

For more information visit www.pocruises.com.au, or see a licensed travel agent.

Information supplied by : P&O Cruises Australia.

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P&O’s Pacific Eden Completes Australian Maiden Visit Trifecta In Portland, Victoria.

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Eden cruised into Portland early yesterday morning, completing a trifecta of maiden visits to regional ports along the Australian coast this week. 

Featuring a relaxed, stylish design which reflects modern Australia, the 55,820-tonne Pacific Eden docked in Portland’s harbour yesterday allowing its 1500 guests to spend the day exploring the picturesque Victoria town, famous for its rich seafaring heritage. 

Pacific Eden’s passengers had the chance to discover the town’s many attractions, including special markets selling local produce, the serene Botanic Gardens and the popular Portland Maritime Discovery Centre. 

PO Cruises Pacific Eden maiden call to Kangaroo Island

Pacific Eden’s Portland call was her third maiden port visit on an eight-night roundtrip cruise from Sydney visiting only regional towns, with earlier inaugural calls including Eden (Sunday) and Mornington Peninsula (Tuesday). Pacific Eden will visit South Australia’s gourmet food hub, Kangaroo Island today before returning to Sydney.

P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was excited to have one of its latest ships visit Portland. 

“Portland is an ideal port for P&O’s cruise passengers as its harbourside berth offers easy access to the town’s many attractions,” Mr Myrmell said.

Pacific Edens Maiden Call to Historic Portland

P&O Cruises’ ships will make three visits in total to Portland in 2016, injecting more than half a million dollars into the local economy. Pacific Jewel called to Portland on January 7, while Pacific Eden will return on February 6, 2016.

Pacific Eden’s Portland call is her third maiden port visit on an eight-night roundtrip Sydney itinerary which visits only regional towns. After maiden visits to Eden, Mornington Peninsula and Portland, Pacific Eden will visit South Australia’s gourmet food hub Kangaroo Island before returning to Sydney.

For more information call 13 24 94, visit www.pocruises.com.au, or see a licensed travel agent.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Age of Discovery: A Cocktail Collaboration From Cunard, The Savoy And Jack Daniel’s.

Cocktails on the deck will take on a new meaning onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 during her current Age of Discovery World Voyage which will see the flagship visit Australia in March. 

The liner will be carrying a 300-litre barrel of a specially created cocktail on its open decks, following a collaboration between three of the world’s most highly acclaimed brands: Cunard, The Savoy Hotel and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.  

The Age of Discovery cocktail was created by the team at the world-famous Savoy Beaufort Bar and influenced by the tastes and aromas of the continents that Queen Mary 2 will visit on her voyage, from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.

Queen Mary 2 Takes Delivery of a 300 litre Jack Daniels Barrel 

It features a blend of Savoy Select Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 and Bacardi 8, with Spice Trail Madeira, Dubonnet, Martini Riserva Rubino and Earl Grey and cocoa nib bitters.

The cocktail will mature in a hand-chosen Jack Daniel’s first fill American oak Single Barrel which was hoisted by crane onto Queen Mary 2 last weekend (January 10) in Southampton and installed on her decks for the 41,000 nautical mile, four-month voyage.

As Queen Mary 2 visits 39 ports in 27 countries, the barrel will be exposed to varied elements and climates that will influence the final result. Prevailing temperatures, humidity and sunlight, as well as more inclement conditions, will combine to produce this truly unique barrel-aged cocktail.

The progress of Age of Discovery will be charted via social media throughout its passage across the oceans, and will appear in the world’s most iconic ports and cities. The barrel will have its own log book.

The Savoys Beaufort Bartender Neil Donachie and Queen Mary 2 Captain Wells Inspect the Latest Cargo

When Queen Mary 2 returns to Southampton on May 10, 2016, the barrel will be ceremoniously unloaded and will travel to the specially-commissioned Houston Bottling & Co Pack plant in West Dunbartonshire.

It is estimated that the unique barrel will yield a minimum of 250 litres of Age of Discovery, which will become the latest in The Savoy Collection; one of the world's most prestigious and unique collections of one-of-a-kind spirits and liquids. 

Meanwhile guests onboard Queen Mary 2’s world voyage will be able to sample a non-aged version of the cocktail.

A video on the creation of the cocktail is available here: https://youtu.be/PjyY9BCRJzw

For more details on Cunard visit www.cunard.com phone 132 441 or see a licensed travel agent.

Information supplied by: Cunard Line.

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