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Cairns Has Welcomed Australia’s Latest Cruise Ship With P&O Cruises' Pacific Aria Making Her Maiden Call To The City Today.

Heralded as a game-changer for the Australian cruise industry, the 55,820-tonne Pacific Aria docked at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal in the heart of the city this morning for a two-day visit.

Pacific Aria will return to Cairns on two further occasions this year (Dec 20-21 and Dec 30-31), while her sister ship Pacific Eden will make her maiden call to the city on December 22, in advance of her first season of cruises from Cairns in late 2016.

Pacific Aria maiden call to Cairns

Pacific Eden will be the first cruise ship to ever be based in Cairns when she sails from the city on a series of nine cruises between September and November 2016, including new seven-night cruises to Papua New Guinea. The ship will return to Cairns in 2017 for a second season of sailing, offering 10 cruises from Cairns from August to November 2017, including the first ever international sea break, a four-night cruise from Cairns to Papua New Guinea.

Today’s maiden call follows the cruise line’s inaugural visit to Hamilton Island yesterday.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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State Of The Cruise Industry Outlook: Continued Evolution Of Cruise Travel Drives Industry Growth.

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the 2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, revealing worldwide cruise travel is continuing to grow and evolve at a record pace. 

The industry shows no signs of slowing down, with nearly 24 million passengers expected to sail in 2016, a dramatic increase from 15 million just 10 years prior (2006) and 1.4 million when CLIA began tracking passengers in 1980. The report highlights Australia’s continued record growth among the notable industry trends, commenting on the six-fold surge in local passenger numbers over the past decade.

The report also reveals member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2016 for a total investment of more than $6.5 billion in new ocean vessels alone. 

Travel agents are also experiencing a higher demand for cruise travel with eight out of ten US-based CLIA member travel agents stating they are expecting an increase in cruise sales in 2016 over last year.

“In an effort to make cruising the best overall holiday experience available, the industry is continuing to evolve to ensure there truly is a cruise for every travel style and budget,” CLIA’s Acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust said. “By creating unique ships, new experiences and access to destinations around the world, the evolution, appeal and value of cruise travel continues to drive the overall growth of the industry.” 

Cruising also generates a substantial positive economic impact globally. Cruise industry expenditures generated $119.9 billion in total output worldwide, supporting 939,232 full-time equivalent employees who earned $39.3 billion in income in 2014.

The CLIA report identifies 13 Cruise Industry Trends which showcase how the cruise industry has transformed to meet today’s travellers’ styles and preferences:

Rise of the River Cruise – River cruises are growing in popularity, introducing the value and unique travel experience to new cruise travellers. CLIA cruise line members currently deploy 170 river cruise ships with 18 new river cruise ships on order for 2016, an increase of more than 10 per cent. 

More Ships, More Options – In 2015, there are a total of 471 cruise ships* with an additional 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships scheduled to debut in 2016.

On the Map – Five years ago, cruise travel was almost unheard of in Asia. Today, the region is the fastest growing in the cruise industry. Between 2012 and 2014, passenger volume grew from 775,000 to nearly 1.4 million passengers, a 34 per cent compound annual growth rate. 

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G’Day for a Cruise – While Asia continues to grow rapidly, Australia also continues to experience record growth. In fact, Australia’s cruise industry surpassed a major milestone in 2014, exceeding more than one million passengers in a calendar year. In ten years, Australia’s cruise passengers have grown more than six-fold, from a base of 158,000 in 2004.

Cruise Specialists – The cruise industry continues to leverage the expertise of cruise specialists to help guide travel decisions. Today, there are more than 30,000 CLIA-member travel agents globally compared to 12,000 travel agents in 2010.

Connectivity and Cruising – The cruise industry has made consumers’ desire to stay connected while travelling a priority. Most of today’s cruises offer myriad Wi-Fi, onboard texting and data options.

A Love for Luxe – The desire for luxury travel continues to rise. Specialty cruise lines are responding with yachting experiences, concierge services, exclusive tours, gourmet dining and personal butler service.

Brands at Sea – Cruise lines are leveraging the cross-promotional appeal of brands to appeal to new cruise travelers. From family-friendly household names like LEGO and Dr. Seuss, to upscale luxury brands like Hermes and Veuve Clicquot Champagne, brands are increasingly setting sail on cruise lines. 

Ships Are the Destination – While cruise ships were once considered a mode of transportation to get to a desired destination, today a cruise ship offers the experience of a destination. Latest ships offer unprecedented onboard experiences and amenities for travellers, from Broadway productions and designer shops to zip-lining and bumper cars. 

Stay the Night – Many cruise lines are offering overnight stays at designated ports of call to give cruisers an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the experiences available at the destination. 

Grand(parent) Travel Experiences – Intergenerational cruising has become a popular selection for family reunions or the family vacation of a lifetime.  With cruise amenities designed to satisfy every age from toddlers to seniors, cruises provide the togetherness (and the independence) that makes intergenerational family travel a success. 

Cruise Voluntourism – More “voluntourism” cruises are available in 2016 with several ships including excursions to help areas of need around the world.  These service-oriented cruises offer a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the communities cruise ships visit and a rare experience to embrace and impact local culture.

Culturally Customised – Cruise lines are continuing to customise cruise ships based upon passenger cultures. From shopping and dining preferences, vessels are being outfitted to serve guests as well as pay homage to their ports of call.

 

* CLIA cruise line member cruise ships ** Studies, reports and methodology available at www.cruising.org 

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

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AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST TWINS MEET FOR FIRST TIME ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

Over 10,000 people celebrated, surfed and partied in style tonight as Royal Caribbean International’s newest Australian cruise ship welcomed by twin sister.

History was made this evening as the two biggest cruise ships based in the southern hemisphere met in Sydney Harbour for the first time. Royal Caribbean International’s newest Australian cruise ship, Explorer of the Seas, was welcomed to her new Aussie home by twin sister Voyager of the Seas, with the two ships bringing almost 10,400 passengers and crew and almost $1.6 million into the Sydney economy in passenger spend on this one day alone.

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With over 10,000 people on board the two ships, it’s the equivalent of having the entire population of Byron Bay out on the harbour at one time,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Royal Caribbean International.

Explorer of the Seas arrived in Sydney, concluding a 16-night epic Australia and New Zealand voyage from Fremantle, with guests from more than 30 countries onboard eager to witness the new ship’s maiden Sydney arrival. While Voyager of the Seas departs Sydney on a seven-night Tasmania sailing bound for her first port, Melbourne, on Monday.

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“It really was double the fun on the harbour with guests on both ships surfing Sydney Harbour as the ships passed Fort Denison thanks to our unique FlowRider surf simulators on the top deck of each ship,” Adam continued.

“We’ve invested US$160 million in makeovers on both ships in recent years and the result is two spectacular cruise ships offering the biggest choice of incredible Australian-first features including ice skating rinks, exceptional dining options, Broadway-style shows, 3D cinemas, completely refreshed public spaces and staterooms, rock climbing walls, full size sports courts and the Royal Promenade - an indoor street running the length of the ship with shops, a cafe and bars.”

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At a whopping 138,194 gross tons, 311 metres long and 38 metres wide, Explorer of the Seas takes the crown of Australia’s largest cruise ship from twin sister ship Voyager of the Seas.

During her five month season Explorer of the Seas will inject almost $44 million into the Australian economy including almost $41 million in Sydney in passenger spend alone.

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Explorer of the Seas joins already revitalised sister ships Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Legend of the Seas making the Royal Caribbean fleet the newest and most feature packed ships sailing in the region – a total investment of more than US$280 million.

For further information or to follow Explorer of the Seas’ maiden Australian voyage, visit www.exploreroftheseas.com.au.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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P&O Cruises Makes History On Sydney Harbour With Spectacular Five Ship Parade And Social Media Naming Ceremony.

Australia’s leading cruise line P&O Cruises has made history in Sydney today, staging an unprecedented five-ship spectacular on the harbour to celebrate the arrival of its two latest cruise ships.

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In a world first, the cruise line marked the debut of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden with a social media naming ceremony, which saw popular Australian singer Jessica Mauboy and actress Kate Ritchie simultaneously christen the ships via Twitter as the two vessels sailed either side of Fort Denison.

Reflecting Australians’ love of social media and cruising, the ships’ godmothers both tweeted a short message declaring the ships named, while Jessica Mauboy also sang the national anthem. 

You can watch the naming ceremony on this link : https://vimeo.com/146848161

In a nod to maritime tradition, a bottle of Champagne was smashed on the bow of each ship as they reached Fort Denison, with all five ships sounding their whistles to mark the nation’s first dual cruise ship christening.  

The history-making gathering of five cruise ships from one fleet on the Harbour was watched by thousands of Sydneysiders on the foreshore and on small boats, while more than 12,000 guests and crew onboard the P&O fleet joined in the celebrations.

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The five ships will remain on Sydney Harbour all day, with guests onboard set to enjoy a series of live concerts from more than 25 music acts during the afternoon and evening, including performances by Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Justice Crew, Samantha Jade and Stan Walker.

You can watch the 5 ship concert and fireworks video on this link : https://vimeo.com/146893966

The celebration will conclude with a special fireworks display above the harbour at 8.45pm.

Unprecedented in its scale, today’s event brings together a record number of cruise ships from one fleet on Sydney Harbour.

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Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia which operates P&O Cruises, said the event marked a new era for P&O, Australia’s only homegrown cruise line, which has increased its fleet to five ships in response to increasing demand for cruise holidays.

“P&O Cruises has been sailing from Australia for more than 80 years so we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the expansion of our fleet with so many Sydneysiders today,” Ms Sherry said.

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“The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden represents a 50 per cent expansion in our guest capacity and heralds a new look and feel for our cruise line, inspired by modern Australia.”

Designed to be game changers for the Australian cruise industry, both ships offer a relaxed vibe in a contemporary and stylish setting unlike any other ship operating in Australian waters.

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The Fort Denison naming ceremony was attended by key cruise industry members and two special guests – Sydney sisters 8-year-old Aria and 3-year-old Eden Mulligan, invited by P&O to perform the role of “junior godmothers” for the sister ships which coincidentally share their names.  

Information supplied by : P&O Cruises Australia.

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White Bay Cruise Terminal To City Ferry To Commence 27th November 2015

Captain Cook Cruises White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry will begin operation on 27 November, 2015.

The long awaited ferry service will operate between White Bay, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour every 20 minutes from 7.30am until 2.30pm.  The ferry will operate on all days that cruise ships arrive and depart from White Bay Cruise Terminal.

Ferries will operate between White Bay and Circular Quay in the morning and between White Bay and Darling Harbour in the afternoon. Ferry transfers operate between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour for those wishing to connect to the White Bay service. 

The new direct ferry service will provide a quick and efficient transfer to and from the city for all cruise ship passengers and crew.

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According to Anthony Haworth, General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises, “We are very excited to commence ferry services between White Bay and the City on Friday, 27 November 2015 and I’d like to thank the State Government and Balmain locals for their on-going support.”

The ferry service has been made possible by the construction of Sydney’s first mobile passenger wharf by Captain Cook Cruises. The White Bay Captain Cook Wharf will be located directly adjacent to the White Bay Cruise Terminal.

“The cruise ship market has been crying out for this ferry service for a long time.  The service will make transport to and from White Bay Cruise Terminal both more pleasurable and more accessible for interstate, international and local passengers.” added Anthony Haworth

The White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry is priced at $9 one way, per person.Ferries will operate between White Bay and Circular Quay in the morning and between White Bay and Darling Harbour in the afternoon.

Tickets are available for purchase online from www.captaincook.com.au

in person at Captain Cook Cruises ticket offices at Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and White Bay cruise terminal and through participating cruise lines.

 

Information supplied by: Captain Cook Cruises, Sydney.

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The Latest Addition To P&O Cruises’ Fleet, Pacific Eden Made Her First Call To Kangaroo Island On Saturday – One Of A Series Of Maiden Visits On Her Inaugural Voyage.

The 55,820-tonne ship anchored off the coast of Kangaroo Island with her guests transferring to the island for a day of sightseeing and tours. Among the highlights on offer to guests exploring the island’s natural beauty and wildlife were visits to Cape Willoughby and the local sea lion colony at Seal Bay.

Pacific Eden Kangaroo Island maiden call

Sailing on her inaugural 10-night cruise from Fremantle to Sydney, the 1500-guest Pacific Eden arrived in Melbourne today for her first visit to the Victorian capital.

She will debut in Sydney on Wednesday for P&O Cruises’ Five Ship Spectacular and her official naming by godmother Kate Ritchie.

PO Cruises Pacific Eden maiden call to Kangaroo Island

For more on P&O Cruises Australia 5 ship Spectacular go to :www.pocruises.com.au/5ships

Information supplied by : P&O Cruises Australia.

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Melbourne Has Welcomed Australia’s Latest Cruise Ship P&O Cruises' Pacific Eden On Its Maiden Visit To The City, Ahead Of Its Debut Victorian Season Next Year.

Heralded as a game changer for the Australian cruise industry, the 55,820-tonne Pacific Eden will return to Melbourne in February next year as part of P&O Cruises’ biggest season of cruising from the city.

Testament to the growing popularity of cruising in Victoria, Pacific Eden and Pacific Jewel will offer 18 cruises from Melbourne from December 2015 to March 2016, carrying an estimated 30,000 guests and delivering more than $15 million into the local economy.

According to industry figures, Victoria is one of the fastest growing cruise states in Australia with 175,570 Victorians cruising in 2014, an increase of 24 per cent on the previous year.

Pacific Eden’s visit today is part of its inaugural Australian cruise, a 10-night itinerary which departed Fremantle on Sunday November 15. The next call is Sydney where it will be officially named with sister ship Pacific Aria as part of P&O's five ship spectacular on Wednesday November 25.

Sture Myrmell on Pacific Eden during her maiden Melbourne call

Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria take local cruising to the next level with a stunning design which reflects the contemporary style of modern Australia, while capturing the relaxed and sometimes cheeky spirit Australians are known for.  Pacific Eden features 15 dining options including a plush private dining room and Luke Mangan’s Salt grill, luxe new bars, a resort-style pool deck, P&O’s first penthouse cruise suites and a child-free Oasis with private cabanas.

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said the addition of Pacific Eden and sister ship Pacific Aria had increased the cruise line’s fleet to five ships, enabling P&O to base a second ship in Victoria for the first time.

“Victoria is really coming into its own both as a cruise destination and a homeport, so we’re thrilled to have the capacity to be able to base one of our latest ships in Melbourne next summer. With her modern Australian design and quirky touches, Pacific Eden is sure to become a fast favourite among Victorians as she offers an exciting line up of cruises from the state,” Mr Myrmell said.

Mr Myrmell said Pacific Eden’s 2016 deployment would form part of a record four month season in Melbourne, with Pacific Jewel kicking off the cruise line’s first summer deployment in the state next month.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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P&O Cruise Australia's Latest Cruise Ship Pacific Eden Shines With New Look.

P&O Cruises has released images of Australia's latest cruise ship, P&O Cruises' Pacific Eden, which is en route to Sydney after departing on its maiden voyage from Fremantle on the weekend.

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The photos reveal the stunning look of the ship’s restaurants, bars and Lido pool area as well as its penthouse, all designed to reflect the contemporary style of modern Australia.

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Pacific Eden will make her maiden visit to Adelaide on Friday (Nov 20) followed by Kangaroo Island (Saturday Nov 21) and Melbourne (Monday Nov 23) as she sails to Sydney.

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Pacific Eden will be christened by actress Kate Ritchie in a dual naming ceremony on Sydney Harbour on Wednesday November 25 with sister ship Pacific Aria, which will be named by singer Jessica Mauboy. The ceremony will be a key part of P&O Cruises' Five Ship Spectacular which will see its entire five-ship fleet meet in Sydney for the first time for a day of celebrations.

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Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Princess Cruises Creates New Video Series With Chef Curtis Stone

Princess Cruises has created a new video series with renowned, award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone, sharing his vision behind SHARE, the new specialty restaurant set to arrive in Australia next year on Sun Princess. 

The eight-part SHARE video series will roll out over the next two months as Princess Cruises prepares for the launch of the exclusive-to-Princess Cruises restaurant in December onboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess. SHARE will then make its Australian debut onboard Sun Princess in April 2016 when the ship returns from dry dock.

The new SHARE video series offers a close look at Curtis’ inspiration and will help viewers get to know the accomplished chef behind the cruise line’s newest specialty restaurant. It will also offer a few fun surprises, including Curtis’ favourite ingredient, a special recipe, his personal culinary journey and his love of travel. The series can be found here: http://www.princess.com/curtisstoneshares

Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said there had been a lot of interest in the new culinary venture in Australia and predicted SHARE would be a huge success with Princess’ local guests.

“Curtis is very popular in Australia and the recent launch of his Crafted by Curtis menu items on Golden Princess has been very successful with local cruisers – his pork belly in particular has been a real hit!” Mr Allison said. 

Chef Curtis Stone and SHARE

“We’re confident SHARE will be embraced in a similar way and we’re delighted to offer cruisers a behind the scenes peek into the inspiration behind this exciting culinary experience via the new video series.”

The cruise line’s partnership with Curtis is the perfect pairing because of the mutual belief that when good food brings people closer together, much like travel, guests experience the world in a whole new way, creating happiness around the table and lifelong memories.

“SHARE is really the central philosophy of everything that I strive for and am passionate about when it comes to food – bringing people together, communicating in a different way and sharing beautiful dishes with the special people in your life,” Curtis said. “I’m excited for cruisers to get to know me better through the SHARE video series and I hope the series inspires people to create lasting memories through food and conversation, both on Princess Cruises’ ships and in their everyday life.” 

The SHARE cruise dining experience onboard Princess Cruises encourages joining with family, friends and other cruisers by offering intriguing dishes served family style. Designed by Curtis, the menu features dishes such as an enticing charcuterie starter course, composed salads, handmade pastas, premium quality meats, an array of decadent desserts and more. 

This partnership with Curtis adds to the line's "come back new" brand promise, designed to elevate the onboard guest experience by introducing new culinary offerings dedicated to fresh, flavourful cuisine aboard all ships. In addition to SHARE, the "Crafted by Curtis" menu items offered in the main dining rooms will roll out fleet-wide through early 2016. The Chef's Table experience by Curtis Stone will debut in early 2016.

For more information about the partnership, visit www.princess.com/curtis-stone

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry, To Start November 24th 2015.

Inclusions

  • One way ferry between White Bay and Circular Quay or Darling Harbour
  • Ticket can be used once in either direction on the date selected

Need to know

  • $9 per person one way
  • Infants 0-3 years free of charge
  • Commencing 24th November 2015
  • Operating on cruise ship arrival & departure days
  • Book online & skip the ticket queue
  • See timetable for departure details
  • Opal cards and Transport NSW tickets are not accepted
  • See More Info for details of where to buy tickets in person
  • Download flyer

 

Ferries depart approx every 20 minutes. Duration approx 15 minutes.

Travelling to White Bay

  • Morning Departures from Circular Quay 
    • Direct ferries depart Circular Quay, Wharf 6, from 8.15am to 11.20am
    • Bus, train and ferry transport interchanges are located at Circular Quay
  • Afternoon Departures from Darling Harbour
    • Direct ferries depart Darling Harbour from 11:45am to 3:00pm
    • Darling Harbour is only a short walk downhill from Town Hall bus and train transport interchanges
    • Please check-in at the Captain Cook Cruises office at Pier 26, Darling Harbour, located between SEA LIFE Aquarium and the Pyrmont Bridge 

Travelling from White Bay

  • Morning Departures to Circular Quay
    • Direct ferries depart White Bay for Circular Quay from 7:30am to 10:55am
    • Bus, train and ferry transport interchanges are located at Circular Quay 
  • Afternoon Departures to Darling Harbour
    • Direct ferries depart White Bay for Darling Harbour from 11.25am to 3.20pm

Download departure details

Transfers between Circular Quay to Darling Harbour

  • Ferry transfers operate between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour for those wishing to connect to the White Bay service
  • Bookings not available for specific departures  - view the sample timetable
  • Note services depart from a Step Wharf with up to 10 steps

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Captain Cook Cruises White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry will begin operation on 20 November, 2015.

The long awaited ferry service will operate between White Bay, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour every 20 minutes from 7.30am until 3.00pm. The ferry will operate on all days that cruise ships arrive and depart from White Bay Cruise Terminal. Ferries will operate between White Bay and Circular Quay in the morning and between White Bay and Darling Harbour in the afternoon. Ferry transfers operate between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour for those wishing to connect to the White Bay service. 

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New White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry 

  • Commencing 24th November 2015
  • A new ferry service operating on Cruise Ship arrival & departure days

Captain Cook Cruises White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry will begin operation on 20 November, 2015.

The long awaited ferry service will operate between White Bay, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour every 20 minutes from 7.30am until 3.00pm. The ferry will operate on all days that cruise ships arrive and depart from White Bay Cruise Terminal.

Ferries will operate between White Bay and Circular Quay in the morning and between White Bay and Darling Harbour in the afternoon. Ferry transfers operate between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour for those wishing to connect to the White Bay service. 

The new direct ferry service will provide a quick and efficient transfer to and from the city for all cruise ship passengers and crew. 

The ferry service has been made possible by the construction of Sydney’s first mobile passenger wharf by Captain Cook Cruises. The White Bay Captain Cook Wharf will be located directly adjacent to the White Bay Cruise Terminal.

The White Bay Cruise Terminal City Ferry is priced at $9 one way, per person. 

Buy tickets online from www.captaincook.com.au, in person at Captain Cook Cruises ticket offices at Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and White Bay and through participating cruise lines.

Price as at 11 November 2015 & subject to change

  • $9 per person one way
  • Infants 0-3 years free of charge

Where to Buy Tickets

  • Book online and skip the ticket queue
  • In person at Captain Cook Cruises ticket offices at Circular Quay (Wharf 6), Darling Harbour (Pier 26) and White Bay (Captain Cook Wharf)
  • Please note Opal Cards & Transport NSW tickets are not accepted 
  • Tickets are only valid on Captain Cook Cruises vessels

Luggage

  • There are no luggage storage facilities - luggage must be accompanied at all times

Special or limited timetables may operate on selected special events.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy 

Information supplied by: Captain Cook Cruises.

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Western Australian Debut For Australia’s Latest Ship Pacific Eden


Western Australians will be the first to experience Australia’s latest ship, when P&O Cruises' Pacific Eden cruises from Fremantle on her maiden voyage this Sunday.

Heralded as a game changer for the Australian cruise industry, the 55,820-tonne Pacific Eden is berthed in Fremantle this week, with final touches being made to the ship’s striking features ahead of her inaugural 10-night cruise.

About 1500 guests will join Pacific Eden’s historic first itinerary which will see her call at Esperance (Nov 17), Adelaide (Nov 20), Kangaroo Island (Nov 21) and Melbourne (Nov 23) en route to Sydney.

Pacific Eden will be christened by actress Kate Ritchie in a dual naming ceremony on Sydney Harbour on November 25 with sister ship Pacific Aria, which will be named by singer Jessica Mauboy. The ceremony will be a key part of P&O Cruises’ Five Ship Spectacular which will see its entire five-ship fleet meet in Sydney for the first time for a day of celebrations.

The highly anticipated Australian debut of Pacific Eden follows a dramatic transformation of the ship during a two week dry dock in Singapore. Along with Pacific Aria, Pacific Eden will take modern Australian cruising to the next level with stunning new features including 15 dining options, a plush private dining room, a spectacular spa, luxe new bars, a resort-style pool deck, a child-free Oasis with private cabanas and some of the most spacious rooms across the fleet.

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Pacific Eden is set to become a familiar figure in the west, with the boutique ship cruising from Fremantle for a season in 2016 and again in 2017. After sailing from Fremantle this Sunday Pacific Eden will return in April 2016 to offer her first season of 16 cruises, which will include short breaks to Margaret River and Esperance and longer itineraries to Indonesia. The ship will be homeported in Fremantle again from April to June 2017, offering 10 cruises including a new nine-night itinerary featuring P&O Cruises’ first foray into scenic cruising along the Kimberley coastline.

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said the addition of Pacific Eden and sister ship Pacific Aria had increased the cruise line’s fleet to five ships, enabling P&O to base a ship in Western Australia for longer periods of time.

“Western Australia is really coming into its own both as a cruise destination and a homeport, so we’re thrilled to have the capacity to be able to base one of our latest ships in Fremantle for the next two summers. Pacific Eden is sure to become a fast favourite among Western Australians as she offers an exciting line up of cruises from the state, giving local tourism a boost and bringing a wealth of economic opportunities to port towns up and down the coast,” Mr Myrmell said.

Fares start from $499* per person for a three-night food and wine cruise departing Fremantle on April 22, 2016.

*Price is per person quad share. Subject to availability, conditions apply

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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TODAY TAKES TO THE SEAS.

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TODAY TAKES TO THE SEAS

The TODAY Show will host a ground-breaking television event on Wednesday, November 25, bringing viewers one of Sydney Harbour’s biggest ever maritime events – the live P&O Cruises Five Ship Spectacular.

With celebrations beginning at 5.30am and continuing throughout the morning, viewers will see history in the making when five P&O ships come together for the first time in Sydney Harbour, celebrating the arrival of the Australian cruise line’s latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden 

Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Sylvia Jeffreys, Tim Gilbert and Ross Greenwood will be positioned on Pacific Aria. Across the water at Fort Denison, Richard Wilkins will host all the entertainment action, joined by the “godmothers” of the two ships – singer Jessica Mauboy and actress Kate Ritchie – who will officially name Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden in a stunning dual christening ceremony during the broadcast. 

Stevie Jacobs will be at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, hosting a big barbecue for those down at the foreshore to watch the Five Ship Spectacular. Those celebrating the morning with Stevie will also have a chance to win some amazing prizes, including a nine-night P&O cruise to the beautiful Pacific Islands.  

Lisa Wilkinson says: “Sydney Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Watching the sun come up as this magnificent fleet moves into formation off Sydney Heads and then enters the Harbour one by one will be breathtaking.”  Karl Stefanovic says: “Everyone loves a big boat – so five ships in Sydney Harbour will be massive. We’ll have cameras in exclusive vantage points all over Sydney as the ships come in, as well as right in the middle of the action when Jess and Kate name the ships and we see those big champagne bottles smash.”  

P&O Cruises Senior VicePresidentSture Myrmell said the cruise line was excited to partner with TODAY for the historic broadcast. “This is going to be a day like no other on Sydney Harbour, so we’re thrilled that all of Australia will be able to be part of the action with the TODAY Show onboard.”  

Join the TODAY Show to watch maritime history in the making: live from 5.30am Wednesday, November 25

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For more details of P&O’s Five Ship Spectacular visit www.pocruises.com.au/5ships Twitter @pocruises Instagram@pocruises #5Ships and #pocruises

 

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Information suppiled by: Channel Nine And P&O Cruises Australia.

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Australian Workers Suffer From FOTAL: Fear Of Taking Annual Leave

A new survey has found that most Australian workers struggle to completely unwind while on holiday, with eight out of ten workers admitting they feel guilty when they relax - and a third confessing that even the thought of relaxing stresses them out.

According to the survey, two-thirds of Australian workers use their annual holidays to handle personal obligations such as family emergencies, attending medical and dental appointments and running errands.

And while Australia has one of the world’s highest levels of annual leave, with a minimum of four weeks’ holidays a year for full-time workers, the majority of workers (58 per cent) say work commitments have prevented them taking their full entitlements. 

Conducted among 1250 Australian workers, the first Princess Cruises National Relaxation Survey found that almost two-thirds of workers suffered from FOTAL – a Fear of Taking Annual Leave – and would take more time off work if they knew there wouldn’t be negative repercussions.

And while 78 per cent of workers feel bad about relaxing, Gen Y workers suffered the worst, with 86 per cent of workers aged 18 to 34 saying they felt guilty about relaxing. Eighty per cent of Gen X workers felt the same way, with both age groups carrying far more guilt than Baby Boomers (67 per cent).

As many as 67 per cent – or the equivalent of close to seven million workers – say they complete at least one work task while on holidays, with the most common jobs including answering emails (52 per cent) and responding to business calls (31 per cent).

Clinical & Coaching Psychology and Founder of The Positivity Institute Dr Suzy Green said the findings showed that workers needed to ensure they separate their work life from their leisure time.

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“It’s concerning that workplace pressures such as increased demands, longer hours and budget constraints all impact negatively on stress levels and cause hesitation to take leave due to the anticipated consequences of a return from holiday. These results highlight the need for Australians to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing by scheduling in annual holidays and seasonal mini-breaks to avoid FOTAL and provide a source of anticipation to buffer against stress and guilt,” Dr Green said.

“Workers need to try to create a ‘holiday gameplan’ to help enhance their time off, which could include things like setting boundaries around email and phone usage and ensuring there is dedicated time slots for physical and mental relaxation.  Research on mindfulness meditation shows that even brief periods of practice can reduce stress and increase wellbeing.”

Asked about their relaxation, 69 per cent of workers say they feel as though they need a holiday from their holiday at some point. The most common areas of dissatisfaction included spending too much time in airports, driving or travelling (37 per cent) and coming back as tired as they went away (36 per cent). Eighty per cent of workers say they found planning a holiday can be stressful, with more than half identifying the need to stay within budget as a particular area of tension. 

A massive 81 per cent of Australians prefer holidays that are relaxing, quiet experiences away from the hustle and bustle, while 70 per cent agree that taking a cruise holiday would be the best way to get life experience and relaxation time in the one holiday.

Other key findings from the study include:

* Gen Y (62 per cent) and Gen X (64 per cent) workers are more likely than Baby Boomers (46 per cent) to say work commitments have prevented them from taking their full annual leave.

* A quarter of workers say they find requesting leave more stressful than asking for a pay rise 

* Twenty-nine per cent  of workers would take more leave if they knew their boss wouldn’t hold it against them

* 27 per cent say they’d opt for more holidays if they knew they wouldn’t have to work longer hours before or right after their leave 

* Parents are the most discontent, with 85 per cent dissatisfied with some element of a holiday compared to 75 per cent of non-parents

* Thirty-nine per cent of parents say that planning a holiday is stressful because they need to find a place everyone can enjoy (compared to 22 per cent for non-parents).

About the survey – The Princess Cruises National Relaxation Survey was conducted by Galaxy Research with 1250 respondents interviewed nationally in September.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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STYLISH CARINTHIA LOUNGE FOR QUEEN MARY 2.

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Stylish Carinthia Lounge For Queen Mary 2

Cunard has unveiled plans to transform Queen Mary 2’s Winter Garden into an elegant, airy and versatile new venue – the Carinthia Lounge – during her refurbishment next year. 

Named after Cunard’s much loved Carinthia ships, the new Carinthia Lounge will take shape during Queen Mary 2’s multimillion pound refit from May 27 to June 21, 2016.

Designed to be one of the most stylish and talked-about spaces on the Cunard flagship, the Carinthia Lounge will transition seamlessly throughout the day from a serene and cheery lounge serving light breakfast and lunch dishes to an elegant evening destination. It will become the perfect spot to sit and relax, the place to catch up with friends or the venue to enjoy a good book. Its location is perfect for unwinding after a treatment at the Canyon Ranch Spa next door or to relax after a stroll on the widest promenade at sea.

Featuring a fresh colour palette of powder blue, cream and gold, the lounge will include versatile seating layouts including dining chairs and tables near the new patisserie and chic curved lounge seating under decorative lights. The spacious venue will also feature a wine wall, vertical metal Art Deco-inspired screens and a dark walnut timber dance floor.

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The Carinthia Lounge will feature a dedicated patisserie and an afternoon tea service, with the option of a special Veuve Cliquot Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. When the sun sets, the lounge will become an inviting evening spot with premium wine, small plates and relaxed entertainment. 

Cunard Director Angus Struthers said in the roaring twenties Carinthia embodied the spirit of travel which saw the rise in popularity of world cruises and winter voyages – a concept Cunard can proudly claim to have introduced among its many innovations and firsts over the last 175 years. 

“It is only fitting to remember the legacy of Carinthia and bestow this name onto our new lounge. We believe this space will truly elevate the Queen Mary 2 experience, adding new innovative culinary options as well as another level of refined relaxation and entertainment for our guests,” Mr Struthers said.

Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth feature the popular Carinthia Cafes.

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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P&O Pioneers More Of PNG In Unprecedented Regional Program

One of the most remote island groups in the world – the privately-owned Conflict Islands – is set to be the latest tourism hot spot for Australian holidaymakers with P&O Cruises announcing it will make the first cruise ship calls to the picturesque Papua New Guinea atoll next year.

With its expanded fleet cruising from eight homeports between 2016 and 2018, the cruise line has released details of its latest itineraries which will see P&O continuing to pioneer new cruise destinations including the uninhabited Conflict Islands and Queensland’s Fraser Island.

In June 2016, Pacific Jewel will become the first cruise ship to call at the untouched Conflict Islands as part of P&O’s Papua New Guinea itineraries. A picturesque group of 21 islands surrounding a blue lagoon that is home to one of the world’s most biodiverse reef systems, the name of the archipelago is in stark contrast to the reality, with the Conflict Islands considered one of the most peaceful places on the planet. In a landmark partnership for the region, P&O Cruises has worked with eccentric entrepreneur and passionate conservationist Ian Gowrie-Smith to bring cruise ships to his islands – one of only a few parcels of land owned freehold in Papua New Guinea.

Further bridging the gap with Australia’s exotic neighbour, P&O Cruises will offer its first international sea break in 2017 with Pacific Eden's second Cairns season including four-night roundtrip itineraries to Alotau in Papua New Guinea with scenic cruising through Kawanasausau Strait and Milne Bay.

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said P&O was thrilled to be bringing the wonders of Papua New Guinea within reach of more Australian holidaymakers.

“We have been pioneering cruising in the Pacific for eight decades and are still discovering fantastic cruise destinations for our guests. Papua New Guinea is one of the most extraordinary places on earth and even though it’s our neighbour, its picturesque islands are relatively untravelled – until now,” Mr Myrmell said.

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“With the expansion of our fleet between 2015 and 2017, the destination and itinerary possibilities are endless. We’re taking modern Australian cruise holidays to the next level in the coming years – it’s a very exciting time for local cruising.”

The latest program, which goes on sale on November 17, also includes the first cruise calls to Fraser Island, with Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden set to offer short breaks to the pristine Queensland island from Brisbane and Sydney.

Ensuring Queenslanders get a taste of both P&O Cruises’ latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will have stints joining Pacific Dawn cruising from Brisbane between July 2017 and March 2018. Among the unprecedented line up of 30 short break departures, the ships will cruise to Aussie favourites including Hamilton Island, the Whitsundays and Newcastle (for the Hunter).

Satisfying Australians’ increasing desire to recharge with short breaks, Mr Myrmell said cruises of two to four nights were a standout feature of the new program with a record 85 on offer from five home ports.

The latest program is the first to include the expanded fleet, with Pacific Explorer set to join the P&O family in 2017, offering a range of Pacific Island, Sea Break, Australia and Main Event itineraries from Sydney. Three ships (Pacific Dawn from Brisbane and Pacific Explorer and Pacific Jewel from Sydney) will cruise to the 2017 Melbourne Cup while in 2018, Pacific Explorer will make her Australia Day debut in Sydney Harbour alongside Pacific Aria and the cruise line will make its fifth appearance at the Australian Open.

In a coup for Western Australia, Pacific Eden will return for an encore Fremantle season from April to June 2017, offering a series of 10 cruises including a new nine-night itinerary featuring P&O Cruises’ first scenic cruising along the stunning Kimberley coastline as well as the return of popular Indonesian cruises and short breaks to Esperance and Margaret River.

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With the largest local fleet opening up a plethora of program possibilities, the cruise line will also offer its longest summer season in Melbourne. Pacific Jewel will call Victoria home for 109 days from November 2017 until March 2018, offering 18 cruises including a new 12-night New Zealand itinerary which features Stewart Island and Fiordland National Park, a New Year’s cruise to the popular Pacific Islands and Sea Breaks to Eden in New South Wales and Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Guests can also combine a six-night Southern Getaway to South Australia and five-night Taste of Tasmania cruise to get the most of the southern coastline.  

Asia cruising is also set to heat up in winter 2017 with Pacific Eden returning to Singapore to offer two week-long itineraries around Thailand and the Andaman Islands including calls to Ko Chang and Krabi in Thailand and Sabang in Indonesia. The week-long itineraries can be combined into a 14-night Asia extravaganza. 

Meanwhile festive holidaymakers can avoid expensive flights and have a fuss free Christmas and New Year with friends and family on one of 12 cruises departing from three Australian ports over the height of the holiday period in 2017.

The first 100 cabins booked on a new program itinerary will receive special extras including priority check-in and tenders, welcome gift packs and onboard credit.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Have You ever Wondered What It Is Like To Cruise To The Melbourne Cup ??
 
Have a look at this ! Have YOU ever wondered what it is like to be on a Cruise to The Melbourne Cup ?? Well here is a sneak peek at what YOU can expect !
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It sure looks like lots of FUN !
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So will YOU be cruising to The Melbourne Cup in the future ?? And what ship would YOU like to cruise to The Cup on ??
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You can watch this video clip : https://youtu.be/6wv9X1teesE
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For more please go to:
 
 
Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.
 
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P&O Cruises' Australia's NEW Ships Pacific Aria And Pacific Eden Meet For The First Time Spending The Weekend Together In An Historic Double Dry Dock In Singapore.

P&O Cruises’ latest ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden have met for the first time, spending the weekend together in an historic double dry dock in Singapore.

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden meet in dry dock

In the first look at the sister ships, which are set to become game changers for the Australian cruise industry, images from the dry dock provide a sneak peak at striking design elements including stunning trompe l’oeil visuals creating an optical illusion in Pacific Eden’s lifts.

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The extensive transformation of both ships will see more than 900 contractors from 43 different nationalities spend about 250,000 man hours laying an estimated 20,000sqm of carpet and adding 2500sqm of wall covering, more than 300 pieces of art, 2500 pieces of furniture and 2500 signs, as well as 500 litres of paint.

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Pacific Eden has left dry dock and is expected to arrive in Fremantle on Tuesday November 10, the same day sister ship Pacific Aria finishes her dry dock at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard.

The ships will meet again in Sydney Harbour for their dual naming ceremony on November 25.

Please see the attached images of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden in dry dock in Singapore.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn Has Made History As The Largest Cruise Ship To Sail Under Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge.

Carrying 2000 guests, the 47.6 metre high Pacific Dawn passed under the West Gate Bridge, which has a clearance of 50.1 metres, before berthing at Victoria Dock, next to Melbourne’s Docklands early this morning. The central location will give Pacific Dawn’s 2000 guests unprecedented cruise ship access to the city during their two-day stay for the Melbourne Cup. 

Pacific Dawn Sails Under the West Gate Bridge Photo James Morgan

The 70,285-tonne superliner is one of a record four cruise ships visiting Melbourne for the Cup. P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel are both docked at Station Pier along with Carnival Spirit, from P&O’s sister cruise line Carnival Cruise Line.

Pacific Dawn Sails Under the West Gate Bridge Photo James Morgan

Between them, the ships’ 8000 guests will represent around 8 per cent of total attendees at the Melbourne Cup. The four-ship visit is expected to inject more than $7 million into the economy in passenger and crew spending as well as port charges and fees, with the ships spending a combined 12 days in Melbourne.

Pacific Dawn Sails up the Yarra for Melbourne Cup Photo James Morgan

Please see the attached images of Pacific Dawn sailing under the West Gate Bridge and berthing at Victoria Dock in Melbourne today. Photos by James Morgan.

Also here is a short video clip of Pacific Dawn coming under the Westgate bridge :

COMING IN HOT! Happy Melbourne Cup Day from the P&O Family. Pacific Dawn as the largest ship arriving under Melbourne's West Gate Bridge! https://youtu.be/p4SfIqDk05g

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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P&O Cruises Australia NEW Ships In Singapore Geting Referbished For There New HOME In Australia.

It's ALL HANDS ON DECK during P&O Cruises Australia double ship dry dock as we transform Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden, the newest members of our family! Check out the highlights from dry dock so far in this video.

Australia YOUR NEW ships are getting ready !

https://youtu.be/9ZKe5Uy_5Mk

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Giant Spider Creeps Into Sydney As Carnival Kicks Off Halloween 

With a new survey finding that Halloween is increasing in popularity down under, Carnival Cruise Line has kicked off this year’s celebrations in a truly Aussie way.

On the eve of Halloween, the cruise line’s Australian-based superliner Carnival Spirit has crept into Sydney with a giant spider on its bow.

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But this morning’s spooky visitor is no ordinary spider – to add an Australian bite to the US tradition, it’s a massive Redback that’s two-storeys high (6m) and 10 metres wide.

A recent Halloween survey by Carnival Cruise Line found that half the nation is afraid of spiders, with creepy crawlies topping the list of things that most scare them – well ahead of public speaking, heights and the dark.

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The survey of more than 1000 Australians also revealed that a fifth of respondents believe October 31 is about scaring people, with more than a third saying they get dressed up as something scary like a witch or a ghost.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said when they realised Australian-based superliner Carnival Spirit would be in Sydney on the eve of Halloween, they couldn’t resist getting in on the act.

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“As an American cruise line, we could be accused of going a bit OTT with Halloween. It’s a big event across our 24-ship fleet - including our Australian-based superliners Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend - and we wanted to share some of that frightful fun with Sydneysiders by doing something big that screamed Aussie Halloween,” Ms Vandekreeke said.

Carnival’s Halloween survey found that 71 per cent of Aussies feel Halloween has become more popular in recent years, while a fifth would like to see October 31 become a public holiday.

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Other key findings include:

* About a third (31 per cent) of respondents get dressed up and go trick or treating on Halloween

* 42 per cent of respondents believe Halloween is a chance for kids and adults to have fun together

* Almost 40 per cent of respondents celebrate on October 31 by throwing or attending a themed party

* 61 per cent of Aussies have lollies at the ready for trick-or-treaters 

* Almost 60 per cent feel trick or treating is best left to kids aged 13 or younger, although 28 per cent say you’re never too old to get involved

Carnival Cruise Line will also be ‘treating’ one lucky winner and three of their friends to a free cruise, in a one-day-only ‘Name the Spider’ competition run via their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Sydneysiders are invited to come down to Circular Quay between 9am and 3pm to take a photo of the giant spider and give it a name via Instagram using the hashtag #CarnivalHalloween. They can also enter on the CarnivalOz Facebook page by submitting a spooktacular name in a comment on the competition post.

For tips on how to make the most of Halloween, visit www.cruisetips.carnival.com.au

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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