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Princess Cruises Scoops The Pool In This Years Cruise Passenger Awards.

Princess Cruises has topped this year’s Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards, winning four awards - including the leading category of Best Ocean Cruise Line Overall for the second year running.

The cruise line has also won the title of Best Premium Cruise Line for the third year in a row, while taking out the awards for Best Entertainment and Best Spa for the second consecutive year.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said he was proud that Princess had won so many categories across the field, including the top gong.

"To win all these awards over consecutive years is a real honour,” Mr Allison said.  

“We’ve been cruising from Australia for almost 15 years, and over that time we’ve continued to develop and evolve our holiday offering, so these awards are fantastic recognition from the cruise passenger community -- we’re delighted to know so many travellers enjoy our cruises,” Mr Allison said.

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“The past 12 months have been huge for us – we’ve launched new SHARE by Curtis Stone restaurants and enhanced our entertainment offering with the introduction of new shows like Magic to Do by award-winning Broadway producer Stephen Schwartz and the popular Voice of the Ocean competition. 

“We’ve even brought two other ships – Emerald Princess and Golden Princess – Down Under for the first time, so these awards are a great endorsement of all that we are doing in the local market.”

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Mr Allison said Australia was a key market for Princess Cruises, with five ships based Down Under over the 2016-17 cruise season.  Princess carries two-thirds of Australians cruising to New Zealand and is the only cruise line to offer roundtrip world cruises from local shores.

“We pride ourselves on being the destination experts, taking Australians to more places than any other cruise line.  Our holidays are designed to enrich our guests and deliver a truly memorable experience, so we’re thrilled to see that we are continuing to hit the mark with Australian cruisers.”

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Launched in 1996, Cruise Passenger magazine is a quarterly independent magazine published by Big Splash Media.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

Photos Credit: Brian Gaskin Of Cruise The Seas Media.

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P&O Cruises Australia Voted As Best Family Cruise Line In Australia.

Well to say it's been a BIG year for P&O Cruises Australia would be an understatement ! With the introduction of two newly referbished ships in Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden growing the homegrown fleet to five ships. The cruise line has again been finished the year on a high with the news that P&O Cruises Australia has been named Best Family Cruise Line in Cruise Passenger’s annual Readers' Choice Awards, which are voted by the cruise passengers themselves.

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The nod from Australia’s only dedicated consumer cruise magazine follows another ‘Best Family Cruise Line’ award earlier in the year from the readers of leading family publication - Out & About with Kids.

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With shiploads of family friendly innovations on the horizon and family groups making up almost one third of guests, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was thrilled with the award. 

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“As the nation’s homegrown cruise line, we’ve been helping Australian families holiday at sea for more than 80 years so it’s really wonderful to hear that we’ve been named as the best family cruise line by Cruise Passenger readers, topping off a big year of family accolades,” Mr Myrmell said.

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“Cruising is only going to get more exciting for families in the New Year with the arrival of our first top deck waterparks on our Brisbane-based superliner Pacific Dawn and latest ship Pacific Explorer, which will sail from Sydney from June 2017, as well as Australia’s first virtual reality experience at sea as part of an exclusive partnership with Sony.”

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P&O’s five-ship fleet caters to families of all types and sizes with triple, quad and interconnecting cabins; the P&O Edge adventure park at sea offering adrenaline-inducing activities such as rock climbing and zip-lining; kids’ clubs catering to children from the age of two to 17; late-night babysitting and exciting onboard activities from movie-making to Lego. 

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

Photos Credit: Brian Gaskin Of Cruise The Seas Media.

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Royal Caribbean International LIVES LIFE BIG WITH NEW TV Commercial.

Keep an eye out for Royal Caribbean’s brand new 60 second television commercial, which premiering last night during Nine News Sunday.

Featuring all the big features Australians have come to know and love from Royal Caribbean, like big adventure, big fun and the biggest ships with the space to do it all or nothing at all, the TVC brings to life the Royal cruise experience across the fleet.

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Created in both a 60 second version and two 30 second versions, the TVCs will air on Channel Seven and Nine in a variety of programs in coming months.

To view the new TVC online or for further information, head to www.royalcaribbean.com.au/royallife or https://www.youtube.com/user/rciaustraliaandnz.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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Luke Mangan's Culinary Experiance Officer May PAN OUT As Luke Mangan CEO.

Two talented home cooks shortlisted as finalists for Luke Mangan's Culinary Experience Officer, and will have dishes included across five Salt grill restaurants on P&O Cruises’ ships

Accomplished Australian restaurateur Luke Mangan has hand-picked two talented home cooks and foodies Sammy Jakubiak and Sofia Levin as short-listed finalists in his Search for a CEO (Culinary Experience Officer) campaign, launched in March. The campaign marks Mangan’s milestone of becoming the first restaurateur in the world with dishes served on land, sea, air and rail following a recent partnership with Eastern & Oriental Express. 

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Mangan called on foodies across the country to enter for the chance to be short-listed in one of the following categories: The Drinks Connoisseur, The Artisan Supplier and The Talented Home Cook, for which Sammy and Sofia were selected. The final crowned ‘CEO’ will be awarded with a smorgasbord of tasting and travel experiences at Luke’s international restaurants, across P&O Cruises’ ships, Virgin Australia and Eastern & Oriental brand partnerships in October. 

Of the five dishes created for the occasion, Sammy’s was a beautiful creation of orange and amaretto cheesecake while Sofia’s was a delightful beetroot cured kingfish. Chosen by a panel of judges including Luke Mangan and P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell and a popular vote on the day, the two winners will now create a dish each to be available in all Salt grill restaurants onboard all five P&O Cruises’ ships. 

Luke opened his first restaurant at sea onboard a P&O ship in 2009 and now has a Salt grill onboard each of the cruise line’s five ships. His next Salt grill will launch in June 2017 when P&O’s latest ship Pacific Explorer debuts in Sydney.

“To have five Salt grill restaurants at sea speaks volumes about P&O’s innovative approach to cruise cuisine as well as Australians’ love of good food, and I’m thrilled they’ve been a partner in my search for a CEO,” Luke said. 

 

IMG 1789Sammy commented on her shortlisting and opportunity to create a dish with Luke: “I’m excited for the chance to create a dish with one of Australia’s biggest foodie personalities. I can learn so much from Luke!” 

Sofia said of her selection: “Cooking kingfish for Luke, the crown prince of kingfish, was a gamble – evidently one that paid off! I’m honoured to be through to the finals and keen to see what I can create for P&O.”

Sammy and Sofia join Luke Ashton who won the Tourism Australia cocktail phase and the yet to be decided Artisan Supplier.

Mangan commented on the pair’s selection: “The standard of home cooks here in Australia is exceptional; a product of the passion and produce this nation has on tap. So much so we couldn’t pick just one!”

“The huge pool of outstanding Australian expertise in the food and beverage industry has really shone through during my search for a CEO, with a huge amount of applications showing amazing talent from

across the country. The aim of the campaign is to showcase what Australia has to offer to an international audience, via my network of restaurants and brand partnerships.”

The final three candidates will be assessed in September by Mangan and the President of P&O Cruises Sture Myrmell, Tourism Australia, Virgin Australia and Hilton Hotels before the CEO winner is announced.

The crowned ‘CEO’ will land the role of a lifetime and a money-can’t-buy smorgasbord of travel and tasting experiences in October, including a four-night P&O cruise to Hamilton Island onboard the Pacific Aria and joining Mangan for his restaurant’s inaugural journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express between Singapore and Bangkok. They will create content for report on Mangan’s extensive portfolio, including a taste of Virgin Australia’s Business Class, as well as dinners at his restaurants in Asia and the Maldives. 

Applicants were required to submit an application to become Luke Mangan’s CEO, applicants must visit lukemangan.com.au/CEO and explain in 50 words or less why they’d be a great addition to Luke’s team. Supporting materials such as recipes, food photography, blog posts, published articles or video could also be provided as supplementary information.

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Below are the Biographies of each finalist.

Sammy Jakubiak made the change to cooking in 2011 after working in marketing and fashion for many years, winning season 2 of My Kitchen Rules with her sister Bella. Since then, they’ve successfully opened a boutique catering business, Sammy and Bella Catering, opened a pop-up burger bar at Bondi Farmers market and also started their own sauce range, The Saucy Sisters.

Sofia Levin, a freelance foodie journalist by trade, established a content marketing company in 2012 – Word Salad – which specializes in copywriting, editorial and social media. Currently writing for a number of publications including Fairfax’s good food supplement, Sofia is also the owner of virally famous Instagram dog, Jinkee.

Images of each winner are available for download here. 

Short videos of each of the five Home Cook phase finalists outlining their motivation behind entering Search for a CEO and why they love cooking at home can be found at the following URLs:

* Michelle Walsh: https://youtu.be/v2R7vFllvmI  * Sammy Jakubiak: https://youtu.be/Dwq1Zvs9aYg * Sofia Levin: https://youtu.be/E8QG-uLfxWU * Tristan Lutze: https://youtu.be/aQ7g4tHpVnM * Laura Blanot: https://youtu.be/YOxnW9rCgUI

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The CEO Trip Of A Lifetime.

On Shore:

Australia: Dinner in Sydney at MOJO by Luke Mangan / glass

Asia: Dinner in Salt Tokyo, Salt grill Jakarta, Salt grill Singapore, Salt Tapas Singapore

Maldives: To stay at Amilla Resort – 5 star resort in the Maldives and dinner at Lonu by Luke Mangan (depending on availability)

At Sea: 

P&O Cruise to Hamilton Island that includes dinner at Salt grill by Luke Mangan

On Rail:

To join the inaugural journey on board Asia’s most luxurious train, the Eastern & Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok

In the Air:

To experience Virgin Australia Business Class 

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About Luke Mangan & Company.

 

1990 - Luke moves to London to work at Waterside Inn with Michel Roux

1999 - First restaurant, Salt in Darlinghurst Sydney

2003 - Approached by Sir Richard Branson to consult for Virgin Atlantic & Virgin America First Class

2005 - Founded the Appetite for Excellence Program | glass brasserie, Hilton Hotel Sydney

2006 - Salt restaurant, Tokyo

2009 - Salt grill opened on P&O Cruises Pacific Jewel | Launched Luke Mangan Providores range

2010 - Salt grill opened on P&O Cruises Pacific Dawn & Pacific Pearl | Consulting chef for Virgin Australia Business Class | Salt grill & Sky bar, Singapore

2011 - Salt grill, Hilton Hotel Surfers Paradise

2012 - Salt tapas & bar, Singapore

2013 - Salt grill, Jakarta | MOJO by Luke Mangan, Sydney

2014 - Amilla, Maldives

2015 - Salt grill restaurants opened on P&O Cruises Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden – totaling five restaurants on five P&O ships

2016 - Partners with Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia’s most luxurious train service running between Singapore and Bangkok

 

For more information on Luke Mangan & Company please visit http://www.lukemangan.com.

Information supplied by: Luke Mangan Company.

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Carnival Spirit Heads To Asia With A Voyage To Singapore Offering A Taste Of The Orient.

Carnival Cruise Line has announced a special voyage to Singapore for Carnival Spirit, giving Australian holidaymakers a rare chance to enjoy an adventure through Asia combined with the fun of a Carnival cruise.  

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On sale now, Carnival Spirit’s 19-night cruise sails from Sydney on May 3, 2018 and will include five fabulous ports, including Airlie Beach and Darwin in Australia, Bali in Indonesia, as well as the ship’s maiden calls to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for an overnight stay, and beautiful Ko Samui in Thailand. Carnival Spirit will reach the South East Asia hub of Singapore on May 22. 

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The Singapore voyage will feature the cruise line’s new Carnival Journeys enrichment program, designed to offer guests a deeper, richer connection with destinations visited as well as a fun and fully engaged experience onboard. 

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Guests on the cruise will have the chance to join Carnival’s new Academy of Fun knowledge-building sessions, and discover more about each destination with local entertainment classes featuring music and dancing. The 1980’s themed Throwback Sea Days will provide the perfect excuse to channel Madonna on the dance floor and enjoy a midnight buffet, and there’ll also be time to get to know the ship’s crew with special Q&A sessions, ship tours and even a crew talent show. 

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Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke said Carnival Spirit’s Singapore cruise would open up a world of opportunities for holidaymakers, enabling them to discover exotic destinations in Asia while having more fun than ever onboard the popular superliner. 

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“We’re excited to be taking our guests on such a special cruise, with Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever visits to Ho Chi Minh City and Ko Samui and a fun-filled itinerary packed with new experiences both on and off the ship,” Ms Vandekreeke said. 

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Carnival Spirit will enter dry dock when she reaches Singapore in May 2018. She will then sail on a series of voyages around Asia from Shanghai during the local summer season before returning home to Australia in late 2018.

Carnival Spirit’s 19-night cruise sailing from Sydney to Singapore on May 3, 2018 is now on sale. Fares start at $2449 per person twin share.

For more information and bookings call 13 31 94, see a travel agent or visit www.carnival.com.au

*Subject to availability, conditions apply.

 

Photo supplied by: Brian Gaskin Of Cruise The Seas Media.

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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  THREE OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE’S LARGEST SHIPS  CRUISE FROM SINGAPORE IN BIGGEST CRUISE SEASON.

200,000 Guests Expected On 55 Cruises Over Eight Months 

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest cruise ships Ovation of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will be back sailing from Singapore from this October to May 2017 to offer Royal Caribbean International’s longest-ever Singapore season, which will run for eight months totalling 55 cruises and expected to bring an estimated 200,000 guests to ports in Southeast Asia. 

The deployment of the three ships will increase Royal Caribbean’s capacity in 2017 in Southeast Asia by 30 per cent. 

Kicking off the season is Mariner of the Seas from October 2016, with 39 sailings through to March next year. Mariner will offer sailings ranging from three to seven nights to popular destinations including Penang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Phuket, Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My). New itineraries for the season include a three-night Penang Weekend Cruise which will feature night touring and a four-night Phuket cruise. 

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Other highlights for Mariner of the Seas include her festive cruises for Christmas and New Year in December and Chinese New Year in January 2017 which offer guests special entertainment, decorations and feasts onboard. A range of special theme cruises will also feature during the season including a Salsa Cruise this December featuring renowned international salsa dancers and the second Cosfest Sea Cruise next February where guests can look forward to a cosplay themed parade, anime party and treasure hunt. 

Ovation of the Seas

The largest and newest ship sailing in the Southern Hemisphere, Ovation of the Seas which made her debut in Singapore in June introducing a whole new way to holiday – supercruising - will be back sailing in the region from March to April 2017 after her maiden Australian season. The US$1 billion vessel will offer a total of 10 new sailings, comprising of three to five nights to Penang, Phuket, Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and a 12-night one-way cruise to Tianjin with an overnight call at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), as well as calls to Hue/Danang (Chan May), Hong Kong and Seoul (Incheon). Ovation of the Seas alone is expected to add some 42,000 additional guests to the Singapore cruising scene, and deliver millions through in-port spend. 

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Voyager of the Seas will again return to Singapore in May 2017 after her Australian season, to offer six Southeast Asian sailings, ranging from three to five nights to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang, Phuket and an eight-night one-way cruise to Hong Kong, with an overnight call to Bangkok (Laem Chabang), and calls to Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Nha Trang. 

Next-Generation Cruise Amenities

Royal Caribbean’s unmatched innovations in onboard attractions introduced onboard Ovation of the Seas include the North Star, a glass viewing capsule that takes guests more than 90 metres above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views. For guests seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience there is the thrilling RipCord by iFly skydiving experience, and the FlowRider surfing simulator, where guests can surf on the high seas. 

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By day a lounge with incredible 270 degree views of the ocean at the aft of the ship, Two70 transforms into a multifunctional entertainment venue at night with a troupe of dancing Roboscreens. The young at heart will love SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, offering basketball, roller skating, bumper cars, a trapeze school and more.

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There are 18 restaurants onboard Ovation with a variety of international cuisines to choose from, including Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub, the enchanting Wonderland and Royal Caribbean favourites like Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi Japanese. 

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Well-appointed accommodations include the unique Loft Suites which offer the most luxurious accommodations at sea, while Virtual Balcony staterooms mean all accommodations, including interior staterooms have a view thanks to large digital screens displaying real-time views of the destinations the ship visits.

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The 15-deck, 3,800-guest Voyager Class ships Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas are also packed with entertainment and activities for guests of all ages, such as the Royal Promenade, ice skating rink, full-sized sports court and DreamWorks Entertainment. In addition, Voyager of the Seas also features Royal Caribbean’s signature FlowRider surf simulator.

For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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National Geographic Travel Team Cruises To PNG With P&O Cruises Australia.

P&O’s cruises to Papua New Guinea are in the international spotlight, with the prestigious National Geographic Travel team joining a Pacific Aria voyage to the islands earlier this month.

The trip marked the first time that National Geographic Travel has worked with a cruise line in Australia, as well as its first visit to the remote Papua New Guinea Islands of Alotau, Kitava and Kiriwina and the city of Rabaul.

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US-based Associate Photo Producer Jess Mandia and Associate Producer Becky Davis travelled to Brisbane to join the memorable 10-night voyage, which saw them learning about the history of Papua New Guinea, visiting special sites such as the skull caves of Alotau and Rabaul’s live volcano and enjoying beautiful snorkelling in the waters off Kitava and Kiriwina.

During their trip the duo produced daily Snapchat pieces and posted several images on the NatGeoTravel Instagram and Twitter accounts, attracting more than half a million likes. A story will appear on the National Geographic Travel website next month.

Pictured in the attached image are (L-R): Jess Mandia – National Geographic Associate Photo Producer, Pacific Aria Captain Anthony Herriott and Associate Producer Becky Davis.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Record Number Of Australian Cruisers Fill In Census Forms At Sea.

More than 5000 P&O guests will be filling in their Census forms at sea tomorrow night, with three of the cruise line’s ships sailing domestic waters on August 9th when the next Census is conducted. Census staff were busy handing out individual Census packs to guests boarding Pacific Jewel in Sydney on the weekend, giving travellers the option to complete the Census form online during their cruise or fill in the paper form, which will be collected when the ship returns on August 12th.

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Working in liaison with P&O, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will also have a team of staff supplying Census forms to passengers sailing on Pacific Aria from the Brisbane Cruise Terminal today August 8th as well as guests leaving Sydney on Pacific Pearl on the evening of August 9th. The three P&O ships will be sailing on domestic cruise itineraries on August 9, which means that while passengers will be offshore, they will not have cleared customs but they must be included in the Census count. While cruise ships have been counted in previous Census operations, three cruise ships sets a new record. Australia’s largest peacetime operation, the Census aims to count everyone who is in Australia on Census night, collecting valuable data which helps inform planning and Government funding decisions for services and infrastructure.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Pacific Eden Makes History Cruising From Singapore, As Asian Itenaries Become Popular !

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Eden is making history in Asia this month, chalking up seven maiden calls for the Australian cruise line as part of her inaugural Singapore season.

The 1500-guest ship departed on her first cruise from Singapore on Saturday, marking the start of a month-long deployment in the region which will see her offer four roundtrip seven-night cruises visiting a range of stunning ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia.

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Pacific Eden’s itineraries feature a series of maiden visits for P&O, commencing with the cruise line’s first call to Langkawi in Malaysia today. Tomorrow (August 2) she will make P&O’s maiden visit to Krabi in Thailand, followed by the cruise line’s first calls to Phuket on Wednesday (August 3) and Sabang in Indonesia on Thursday (August 4).

After returning to Singapore on Saturday, Pacific Eden will sail on her second roundtrip cruise from the city which will include P&O’s inaugural visits to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville (August 8), and Thailand’s beautiful Ko Chang (August 9) as well as the island of Koh Samui (August 11).

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Her final cruise from Singapore will be a 14-night sailing to Cairns, where she will be homeported for two months, becoming the first ship to be based in the northern Queensland city.

The Singapore season follows the expansion of P&O’s fleet with the addition of Pacific Eden and her sister ship Pacific Aria last November, opening the way for P&O to establish new homeports and extend its itineraries.

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P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was excited to be offering so many new Asian ports to its guests.

“The seven-day itineraries mean guests can discover a fantastic collection of stunning ports throughout Asia, while enjoying all the comforts of our stylish Pacific Eden, so they really are quite special,” Mr Myrmell said.

“These cruises underline one of the great benefits of cruising - the ability to easily access a range of remote destinations in one holiday, something which would be quite difficult to achieve by land or air.” 

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Mr Myrmell said many Pacific Eden guests had combined the ship’s eastern and western Asia itineraries to create a longer 14-day holiday at sea, visiting eight ports across four countries.

Pacific Eden will return to Singapore in July next year offering two seven-night roundtrip cruises priced from $899 per person quad share.

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

 

Photo supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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P&O Cruises Australia Named As Australia’s Most Trusted Cruise Line !

P&O Cruises has continued its winning streak, retaining its position as one of Australia’s most trusted brands for the fourth consecutive year.

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The cruise line has been named as Australia’s most trusted cruise line in the Reader’s Digest 2016 survey of Australia’s Most Trusted Brands announced this week.

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P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said he was thrilled that P&O Cruises had claimed the title yet again.

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“The past twelve months have been huge for us. We’ve introduced our two latest ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, announced the very first new-build ship exclusively for the Australian market and revealed details of the next addition to our fleet, Pacific Explorer,” Mr Myrmell said.

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“Throughout that time, we’ve worked hard to offer a quality, contemporary product that speaks to Australian cruisers and our continued recognition in these awards is a wonderful vote of confidence in our brand”.

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The annual survey has been operating for 16 years as an independent survey of the Australian public. This year, 65 categories from biscuits to banks were featured in the largest survey to date, with more than 2400 people surveyed. For more information visit www.pocruises.com.au

Photos Credit: Brian Gaskin Of Cruise The Seas Media.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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 Emerald Princess’ Australian Debut Coundown Is On !

The countdown is now on for the maiden arrival of the biggest Princess Cruises’ ship to be based Down Under this summer – the spectacular 3082-guest Emerald Princess, which will sail into Sydney Harbour on November 15.

One of the largest ships in the Princess fleet, the superliner will introduce a range of exciting new dining, shopping and entertainment offerings to Australian waters.

Emerald Princess will make her Australian debut in Fremantle on November 8, before visiting Busselton, south of Perth, on November 9 and Melbourne on November 13. 

She will arrive in the Emerald City two days later to begin her inaugural five-month season of cruises from Sydney, sailing on 13 roundtrip cruises to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and around Australia.   Fares start from $1199* per person twin share for an 11-night South Pacific cruise departing Sydney on January 21, 2017 and visiting five beautiful ports in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

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Australian travellers can get a taste of cruising on Emerald ahead of her arrival following the release of a new video from Princess as part of its #EmeraldCountdown campaign.  

Stretching 290 metres, Emerald Princess’ highlights include SHARE by Curtis Stone, a stunning 125-seat restaurant overlooking the aft decks and featuring delicious offerings from the award-winning internationally known chef.  The restaurant is one of more than a dozen dining options on the superliner, which also features Princess’ new Salty Dog pub, serving up gourmet small dishes developed with renowned US chef Ernesto Uchimura, and whiskey flights.

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Emerald Princess’ arrival will also set the stage for the debut of some great new entertainment offerings in Australia including the much-anticipated onboard musical Magic to Do from Oscar and Tony award-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz.  Guests can also enjoy the spectacular new Voice of the Ocean competition, exclusive to Princess, which brings the spectacle of TV's wildly popular international singing competition to the high seas.

Emerald Princess features more than 1500 guest rooms – including nearly 900 balcony staterooms. Every room offers the cruise line's new Princess Luxury Bed, developed in collaboration with US sleep specialist Dr Michael Breus and Canadian HGTV interior designer Candice Olsen, and designed to deliver the ultimate night of sleep at sea. 

Also on board are eight showrooms and lounges, two nightclubs and four swimming pools as well as signature Princess offerings such as the child-free Sanctuary, poolside Movies Under the Stars and the luxurious Lotus Spa.  Guests can enjoy fantastic shopping, with options including a stunning EFFY jewellery outlet, a first in the Australian market.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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P&O Cruises Australia Sets The Standard, Being Voted Australia's Favourite Family Cruise Line.

P&O Cruises has been voted Australia’s Best Family Cruise Line by the well-travelled readers of one of Australia’s leading family publications - Out & About with Kids.

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The cruise line has taken out the top cruise gong in the magazine’s annual Best of Family Travel Readers Choice Awards.

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P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the award was a welcome win at a time of expansion for P&O, which is the largest cruise line in Australia, offering five ships sailing from eight different homeports year round. 

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“We pride ourselves on offering great value, fun and memorable family holidays and to be voted Australians’ favourite family cruise line is a real honour. With the recent announcements of our new waterparks for Pacific Dawn and our latest ship Pacific Explorer, family cruising with P&O is about to get even more exciting,” Mr Myrmell said.

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P&O caters to families of all types and sizes with triple, quad and interconnecting cabins, the biggest adventure park at sea – P&O Edge, kids clubs, late-night babysitting and fun onboard activities from movie-making to Lego. 

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The 2016 awards feature 18 categories across a variety of Australian and international travel products and are voted for by the magazine’s well-travelled readers. For information on the awards see the latest issue of Out and About with Kids or visit http://www.outandaboutwithkids.com.au/winners-of-the-best-of-family-travel-awards-2016/

Photos credit : Brian Gaskin Of Cruise The Seas Media.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Cunard Creates Cocktails For It's Commodore Club Onboard QM2, Inspired by Knighted Commodores.

Cunard has revealed a new menu for its popular Commodore Club, featuring a blend of signature cocktails created in honour of each of the cruise line’s seven knighted commodores. 

The menu shares the fascinating stories of the knighted Cunard Commodores and features special illustrations in a modern menu design, infusing the cocktail experience onboard Cunard’s three Queens with rich maritime history. 

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With the Commodore Club enjoying a prime location on each of the Cunard Queens, the transformed menu is one of a number of new food and beverage concepts being launched across the fleet.

The seven newly designed cocktails include ‘Over the Top’ inspired by Commodore Sir James Charles (1865-1928). Known for doing things on a grand scale, this Commodore’s dinner parties aboard Aquitania were renowned as opulently social affairs, and this aromatic and refreshing sharing cocktail is extravagantly presented, just the way Sir James would expect. 

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Another cocktail on the menu is the ‘Punch Romain à la Carpathia’, believed to be the last libation served onboard the Titanic. This intriguing cocktail is inspired by Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron (1869–1940), who led the safe rescue of passengers on the Titanic, and features Advocaat as the signature ingredient.

Cunard worked with illustrator Lauren Crowe who created intricate pencil illustrations of each of the knighted Commodores as part of the new menu design.  

Cunard Director Angus Struthers said commemorating Cunard’s seven most decorated Commodores was testament to their prestige and rich history. 

“Inspired by this history, each character is reflected in an artful and carefully crafted way, and we hope our guests enjoy this new series of cocktails celebrating the Commodores’ remarkable stories,” Mr Struthers said.

Images by : Cunard Line.

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S SOUTH PACIFIC SISTERS ARE BIG ON FUN IN THE SUN !

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This summer cruise season, Australians can expect big fun in the South Pacific on Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas - Royal Caribbean’s twin sister ships that are dedicated to sailing Pacific itineraries all summer long.

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Both are newly revitalized from bow to stern to the tune of US$180 million, and with itineraries that lend themselves perfectly to families and amenities to match, Royal Caribbean is positioning the South Pacific Sisters as the go-to summer cruise holiday for families of all ages and sizes.

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2016/17 summer cruise itineraries will whisk guests away to idyllic destinations like Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu, and Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou (Loyalty Islands) in New Caledonia.

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Plus, the South Pacific Sisters will make more calls than ever before to perennial island favourite, Fiji. The megaliners will more than double the amount of Fiji calls year on year, with 34 visits across the season to two destinations, Suva and Lautoka. There will even be two Fiji overnight calls, when Explorer of the Seas stays the night in Suva during her repositioning voyages between Australia and Seattle.

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The megaliners are amongst the region’s largest – second only to Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas – and boast an array of features that can only be found on Royal, like the twin FlowRiders that feature on their top decks, ice skating rinks where the young and young at heart can test their skills and virtual balconies for real time ocean views in interior staterooms.

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Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class pioneered the interior promenade in cruise ship design, allowing interior staterooms to look down on to an indoor street lined by cafes, shops and bars, where colourful characters from much loved movies like Shrek and Madagascar light up the night with family parades and shows^.

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Royal Caribbean is known as an innovator, and for good reason, says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director for Royal Caribbean International in Australia and New Zealand.

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“Since we arrived in Australia some eight years ago, we’ve been delivering Australians with the style of cruising they had previously been travelling overseas for. With two Voyager Class megaliners now sailing from Sydney, there’s double the opportunity to cruise on Australia’s most feature-packed ships, and double the fun,” Armstrong concluded.

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Because they have the size and space to offer something for everyone, the South Pacific Sisters are perfect for families of all shapes, ages and sizes, including the growing trend for inter-generational family holidays.

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Voyager and Explorer of the Seas boast a range of accommodation options, such as interconnecting staterooms and luxurious, multi-room suites, as well as the new panoramic family staterooms that offer all the benefits of an apartment, including floor-to-ceiling windows and a separate bunk room for the kids.

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When parents and grandparents are looking for some downtime, the award-winning kids club program, Adventure Ocean, offers a range of age appropriate activities and spaces that kids can call their very own. Included in the fare, Adventure Ocean groups range from Aquanauts (aged three to five years old), Explorers (six to eight) and Voyagers (nine to eleven). Tweens and teens have their own spaces too, including a dedicated night club. Babies aged 6-18 months can attend the Royal Babies and Tots playrooms, where trained youth staff, together with parents, oversee learning and play sessions. In-room babysitting services are available for a small fee.

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There’s no better time to start planning a family getaway in the sunshine than with Royal Caribbean's Island Time Sale, with savings across the South Pacific Sisters’ itineraries. Fares for a seven night roundtrip sailing on Voyager of the Seas start from AUD$1,009 for the first guest and AUD$549.50 for the second, when booked before 30 July 2016. The cruise departs Sydney 1 November 2016 and includes calls to Noumea and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia*.

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For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

 

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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Pacific Dawn To Add New And Exciting Fetures In A Boost For Queensland Cruising !

 

As "Breaking News" By Cruise The Seas Media On The 17th Of jULY 2016.

P&O Cruises has underlined its commitment to the Queensland cruise market, announcing a major multi-million dollar refit for its Brisbane-based ship Pacific Dawn which will include a new state-of-the-art waterpark. 

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The 2000-guest ship will be refurbished in February 2017, emerging from its drydock with a stylish new look and a host of new features never before seen on a Queensland-based ship including a waterpark with two exhilarating waterslides and an interactive kids-only play area. 

The Waterpark At Sea Kids Only Area.

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The refit comes as P&O prepares for its biggest year of Queensland cruising, with two ships sailing from Brisbane year round. Between them, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will offer a record 108 cruises to holidaymakers in 2017 – up from 98 cruises this year.

Maintaining the cruise line’s reputation for innovation, the Brisbane-based superliner will emerge from its revamp with The Pantry, an international market place of fresh food outlets which will replace the traditional ship buffet. In addition to the tried and tested outlets that have made the dining concept hugely popular, Pacific Dawn’s Pantry will include a new Mediterranean-inspired offering called Nic and Toni’s. Also on offer will be the extremely popular poolside Grill, offering casual dining options.  

The Pantry.

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Several of Pacific Dawn’s public spaces will be redesigned to mirror the striking contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet including the atrium, Charlie’s, The Orient and the Promenade Bar, which will be styled with similar décor to sister ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. 

The Orient.

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The Dome nightclub will be completely revamped and will offer more live music than ever before, as well as a sophisticated new design. The Orient will take on a new summer pub vibe and the Promenade Bar will be transformed into the perfect venue to enjoy a delicious cocktail with friends while listening to live music.

The Dome.

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

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

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

The Blue Room.

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P&O’s increased presence in Queensland follows the impressive growth in the number of passengers cruising from Brisbane since P&O became the first cruise line to base a ship in the city in 2004. Latest industry statistics show that Queensland leads Australia in terms of cruising growth with the State’s passenger numbers rising almost 30 per cent to 282,000 in 2015.

Holidaymakers will be able to enjoy Pacific Dawn’s new features from March 2017. Cruises include a seven-night South Pacific itinerary departing Brisbane on May 13, 2017, priced from $849* per person quad share.

*subject to availability, conditions apply

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

 

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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 “Love Boat” Captain Gavin MacLeod Celebrates 30 Years Serving As Global Ambassador For

 Princess Cruises !

Princess Cruises has celebrated its 30-year partnership with its global ambassador Gavin MacLeod, the beloved award-winning actor who played Captain Merrill Stubing on the iconic “Love Boat” TV show.

The city of Santa Clarita, California, home of the world headquarters of Princess Cruises, honoured Mr MacLeod by proclaiming July 6 “Gavin MacLeod Princess Cruises Ambassador Day” during a special ceremony hosted by Captain Stubing’s TV daughter Jill Whelan, aka “Vicki Stubing,” which was attended by hundreds of Princess employees and fans.

Mr MacLeod has now served as the cruise line’s celebrity ambassador for three decades, exclusively promoting the premium cruise line to millions of consumers through thousands of media interviews, public appearances, travel industry conferences and onboard the Princess Cruises’ fleet, proudly sharing the joys of cruising.

During the festivities it was revealed that Mr MacLeod will continue his ambassador duties for Princess with an upcoming role as celebrity judge on the newest onboard entertainment offering, “The Voice of the Ocean.”  The show is based on the excitement and spectacle of TV’s wildly popular international singing competition and is brought to life throughout the cruise with auditions, mentor rehearsal sessions, the iconic “I Want You” chairs, three charismatic team coaches and ultimately a live finale performance where guests choose the winner.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said Gavin was a well-known and much-loved identity throughout the world, including in Australia where his appearances have always proved popular.

Princess is proud to honour Gavin MacLeod as our beloved global ambassador and we treasure the impact he’s had on not only Princess Cruises but the entire industry over the last 30 years,” Mr Allison said. “In this role, Gavin has truly touched millions of people and we were thrilled to have him here celebrating with our guests during some very special wedding renewal ceremonies in Sydney and Auckland on his Love Tour during Valentine's Week.” 

From 1977-1986, Mr MacLeod won the hearts of millions of viewers playing everyone’s favourite cruise ship captain on “The Love Boat,” as Princess Cruises served as the backdrop for what became one of the highest-rated primetime television shows in history. The show has been widely credited with introducing millions of viewers to contemporary cruise holidays sparking a dramatic expansion of the industry.

“I am deeply humbled by this occasion marking my 30th year serving as global ambassador for Princess Cruises,” Mr MacLeod said. “Promoting Princess has truly been one of the highlights of my life. People still come up to me and tell me that ‘The Love Boat’ gave them something to dream about and now all these years later, cruising is a reality for millions and the growth of the industry just proves that dreams really do come true.” 

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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P&O Cruises Australia Ups The Ante With Pacific Explorers NEW Features On Show During Unveiling !

P&O Cruises will take holidaymakers on a voyage of discovery on its latest ship, Pacific Explorer, which will debut next year with exciting new features including two spectacular waterslides, a chilled barefoot bowls green and an elegant supper club for evening entertainment.

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With Pacific Explorer’s inaugural cruise from Sydney now less than one year away, P&O has unveiled details of the ship’s multi-million dollar refurbishment.

The Oasis.

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The NEW Pool Deck.

Maintaining the cruise line’s reputation for innovation, Pacific Explorer will be packed with surprises, including P&O’s first ever waterpark at sea, as well as its most extensive range of dining options, delivered in a stylish, contemporary setting.

The fun starts on the top decks with two breathtaking waterslide experiences – the first offering LED lights and sound effects and the second featuring heart-racing twists and turns.

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Waterpark At Sea.

Guests of all ages will be able to enjoy the waterpark, with a shaded area for kids featuring a dumping bucket and oversized water toys.

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Meanwhile, the popular P&O Edge Adventure Park will feature activities including a flying fox, while those seeking a more relaxed pace will be able to head to the back deck for a cruisey game of barefoot bowls.

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The Black Circus Supper Club.

Continuing P&O’s food revolution, Pacific Explorer will offer some tantalising new dining concepts, including The Black Circus, a supper club venue offering delicious food served with a side of cabaret-style entertainment.

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The New Pizza Eatery.

Cruisers will also be able to enjoy a slice of Italy, with a new pizza restaurant offering gourmet pizzas and share platters, while the cruise line’s popular international food market place, The Pantry, will be extended to include a ninth outlet, Nic and Toni’s, serving Mediterranean cuisine. Also on offer will be a poolside Lobster & Burger bar, serving delicious lobster and seafood rolls as well as premium beef and pulled pork burgers.

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Angelos.

The new dining options are in addition to the cruise line’s popular Waterfront restaurant, which will feature on Pacific Explorer along with two other restaurants which debuted on Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden last year: Angelo’s, serving contemporary Italian cuisine.

Angelo’s is a contemporary dining space with a relaxed vibe that is casual enough to be comfortable but with a touch of sophistication that feels luxurious and indulgent. In line with the rest of the ships, the design was inspired by modern Australia.

While there is a move away from the traditional trattoria style menus, the menu has enough choice to suit everyone’s taste. To some it may seem limited but to others there was enough variety. I found the menu in Angelo’s to be a mix of classic Italian dishes plus there were a few that were quite rustic dishes which I loved.

Angelo’s has a very modern take that incorporates the latest trends in Italian dining. Traditional favourites like Linguini Pasta Vongole and Eight-hour Veal Ossobucco Gremolata which was quite a rustic dish.

This was offered alongside modern specialities like Sicilian-style Fremantle Sardines using fine Australian produce, as a main on the menu.

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The sultry Asian dining venue.

With a sultry mix of dark timbers and midnight blue tones, it boasts an intimate and mysterious setting. Be seduced by the exotic scents and spices of a menu inspired by Australians’ passion for Asian cuisine.

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The Waterfront Restaurant.

With over 40 different menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Waterfront Restaurant which is based on a modern Australia serves up a sophisticated selection of both classic dishes and cutting edge cuisine.

There is even something to keep the kids happy with their mini menu. The Waterfront Restaurant offers a huge choice of menu options that are both healthy, and full of flavour to keep everyone happy. The kids specials menu changes daily, so even those who find it hard to make up their mind on what to eat will find something they’ll love.

It also should be noted that for those who have different diatary requirements should approach the Matra'D so that they can talk about what their requirements are. This information then will be passed on to the Head Chef who then will be able to cater to your needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner or what ever you require.

The Waterfront restaurant is available on all P&O ships and is open for breakfast and dinner every day and lunch most days.

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Salt Grill.

Another P&O favourite, Salt grill by Luke Mangan will also be onboard, enjoying a sparkling location overlooking the main pool area, while a range of new bars, including a stylish hidden bar, will provide the perfect location for relaxing pre and post dinner drinks.

From the Tapas menu which has garlic and herb flat bread, bruschetta or the grilled arrow squid. To Oysters which can be done three ways at a surcharge of $2.00 AUD, there are certainly plenty of options on the menu. Then there are the meats from the grill, and for my personal choice the scotch fillet- bone in is always a winner. There is also for those who choose not to have red meat options on the menu, such as the Barramundi, snapper or the lobster tails which come out beautifully presented on the plate. 

Then comes that time for desert, well what can I say with six deserts to choose from the floating island with fresh berrys and fruit to the famous liquorice parfait which is Lukes signature desert. Maybe you could alsways choose the decadent strawberry cheescake or tiramisu. Which ever way you decide to choose you'll be in for one unforgettable evening !

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Announcing details of the refurbishment, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer’s décor would reflect modern Australia, combining elegance with relaxed comfort to create the striking contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet.  

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Mr Myrmell said the P&O team had a lot of fun designing Pacific Explorer.

 

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“We’ve taken the winning features of our existing ships, then added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides as well as new concepts like the bowling green and a stunning hidden bar, which we think will put a smile on our guests’ faces,” Mr Myrmell said.

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“It really will be a ship that offers something for everyone.”

Presently sailing as Dawn Princess with sister line Princess Cruises, the 77,000-tonne Pacific Explorer will be refitted in May and June next year, sailing on her first cruise from Sydney on June 22. She will join P&O ships Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel as well as P&O’s latest additions, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, which debuted last year.

Fares on Pacific Explorer start from $1249* per person quad share for the ship’s 10-night inaugural cruise to the Pacific Islands, departing Sydney on June 22, 2017. For more information visit www.pocruises.com.au, or call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel agent.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Norwegian Cruise Line, Up And Running In Australia.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) this week celebrated the launch of its new Australian website, which has been transitioned to the brand’s new global platform.

The easy-to-navigate site has been tailored for Australian audiences – displaying all fares in Australian dollars – and is designed to deliver an enhanced user experience and centralise global product management, ensuring up-to-the-minute product information on berth availabilities and special offers.

The mobile-optimised design allows for on-the-go researching, and new features such as the quick and easy ‘Find a Holiday’ search tool makes planning the perfect trip possible with just a few simple clicks by selecting destination, dates, number of days, port of departure and/or ship. An ‘Advanced Search’ option allows holiday-planners to drill down to stateroom type, number of guests and average price per person. Bundled travel including cruise, hotel and airfares can also be quickly searched. For those looking to combine itineraries, NCL’s local, Sydney-based Contact Centre can easily assist with this. 

Itineraries, pricing and bookings for NCL’s 2016/2017 worldwide itineraries are available via the website now, with pricing and bookings for Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australasian season also avalible to view and book.

Together with the United States and Brazil, Australia is one of the first markets to transition to NCL’s new, globalised web platform.

The new website can be viewed and accessed now at www.ncl.com.au

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The new Australian website is supported by NCL’s dedicated agent portal, Norwegian Central, which can be accessed at www.norwegiancentral.com

Part of NCL's Partners First initiative, the new portal offers a single sign-on for travel agents providing access to all the tools you need to learn, promote and book Norwegian, including:

·         Find templates and customise marketing materials, including Flyers, Advertisements, Digital Assets, Videos and Emails to distribute to clients;

·         Learn about the fleet, on-board activities and dining, shore excursions and more in a fun and interactive way via the online NCL University;

·         Save your place and participate in regular Webinars;

·         View, download and order brochures;

·         Quickly and simply review weekly promotions and pricing information, book new reservations and manage existing reservations;

·         Connect with the NCL Business Development Manager in your local area.

To book a cruise aboard NCL, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian’s local hotline, Australia: 1300 255 200, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.ncl.com.au

 

Information supplied by : Norwegian Cruise Line.

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P&O Cruises Australia Makes History By Visiting The Conflict Islands In PNG.

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel made history last week becoming the first cruise ship to call at one of the most remote island groups in the world - the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea.

The uninhabited islands became P&O’s latest cruise destination – and eighth port in Papua New Guinea – when the 2000-guest ship anchored off Panasesa Island last Tuesday.

The historic call was part of a landmark partnership for the region, with the cruise line working closely with 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.

A picturesque group of 21 islands surrounding a bright blue lagoon, the Conflict Islands are home to one of the world’s most biodiverse reef systems. During their visit, guests made the most of the island paradise taking part in kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding as well as glass bottom boat and outrigger canoe tours.

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The only cruise line offering calls to the untouched Conflict Islands, P&O has added the destination to 11 of its Papua New Guinea itineraries in 2016.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said P&O was excited to be bringing undiscovered paradises like the Conflict Islands within reach of more Australian holidaymakers.

“Even though they are close to Australia, many of Papua New Guinea’s picturesque islands are rarely visited because they are difficult to access. Cruising really is the easiest way to see this stunning corner of the world so we’re thrilled to add the beautiful Conflict Islands to our great list of destinations,” Mr Myrmell said.

 

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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 Ovation Of The Seas Officially Named In China, After A Spectacular Naming Ceremony.

Royal Caribbean International’s all-new Ovation of the Seas has officially been named at a ceremony over the weekend at the port city of Tianjin in northeast China. The historic milestone was presided over by Ovation of the Seas’ Godmother, world famous actress Fan Bingbing, and witnessed by 100 Australian travel agents, culminated with the maritime tradition of the breaking of a champagne bottle on the hull of the ship to wish good fortune to the ship and all who sail on her.

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The US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas is the first brand new ship to make Australia its homeport and introduces a whole new holiday category to the region - supercruising. As one of the largest cruise ships ever built, accommodating 4,180 guests at double occupancy and 1,500 international crew members, Ovation of the Seas boasts an array of stunning features and experiences; many of which have never before been seen at sea or can be found only on Royal Caribbean. 

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Adam Armstrong, managing director for Royal Caribbean International Australia & New Zealand, said “We’re counting down til we bring the newest and most technologically advanced ship to Australian shores. This ship truly redefines cruise holidays for Australian travellers and her arrival this December will usher in a revolutionary new era of travel, unlike anything ever seen here before.”  

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Royal Caribbean’s unmatched innovations in onboard attractions include the North Star, a glass viewing capsule that takes guests more than 90 metres above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views. For guests seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience there is the thrilling RipCord by iFly skydiving experience, and the FlowRider surfing simulator, where guests can surf on the high seas. 

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By day a lounge with incredible 270 degree views of the ocean at the aft of the ship, Two70 transforms into a multifunctional entertainment venue at night with a troupe of dancing Roboscreens. The young at heart will love SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, offering basketball, roller skating, bumper cars, a trapeze school and more.

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There are 18 restaurants onboard Ovation with a variety of international cuisines to choose from, including Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub, the enchanting Wonderland and Royal Caribbean favourites like Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi Japanese. 

Well-appointed accommodations include the unique Loft Suites which offer the most luxurious accommodations at sea, while Virtual Balcony staterooms mean all accommodations, including interior staterooms have a view thanks to large digital screens displaying real-time views of the destinations the ship visits.

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With the debut of Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International has once again set a new standard for Australian travellers. Unprecedented innovations in ship design, thrilling activities, game-changing technology, multidimensional entertainment, and robust dining opportunities, come together to create the ultimate, contemporary holiday experience, supercruising – only found on Royal Caribbean.

Ovation of the Seas will be based in Tianjin (Beijing) until November, before arriving to her new Sydney home on 15 December 2016 for her maiden Australian season. 

For further information, 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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