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Only One Week To Go Until Norwegian Jewel Bookings Open In Australia For 2017/18 Season !

 

Well Here It Is Australia, One Week to go before you can start booking The NEWEST cruise line to call Australia home !

 

That’s right Norwegian Cruise Line one of the BIG three is coming right to your doorstep.

 

Offering amazing itineraries the finest in local Australian produce on-board and award winning entertainment.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line also has the White Hot Party.

Ice ice baby. Don your white attire and get to the pool deck for the most invigorating, black light glowing, electrifying party beneath the stars. Dance with our white-winged angels and be sure to purchase a souvenir t-shirt.

 

Stardust Theatre.

The home grown, that’s right from Australia, ballroom spectacular Burn The Floor has been confirmed as one of the spectacular shows that Norwegian Jewel will have for her On board entertainment.

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Fyzz Caberet Lounge and Bar.

 

All this offers Australians the NCL “Freestyle flexible options” that Norwegian Cruise Line are renowned for. This means the freedom of its Freestyle dining options, so On board there is no set dining times nor is there pre assigned seating. You can just go with the flow and dine with whoever you want, whenever you want instead of being on a schedule.

So why dont you start cruising like a Norwegian !

 

The Open Air Buffet, called The Great Outdoors.

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Le Bistro https://youtu.be/m-jbjaTLGRE

 

Cagney’s Steak House https://youtu.be/FPVOCv5MsBw

Cagney's Steak House

 

Samba Brazilian Steak House https://youtu.be/AOIwg5l0YMY

 

Teppanyaki https://youtu.be/syDzbxbhSeY

 

For more on Specialty dining watch this video: https://youtu.be/QuQ91Zp7rts

 

Treats.

Indulge your sweet tooth with decadent treats available à la carte, such as French macaroons, chocolate pralines, and cupcakes.

 

Bars and Lounges.

The Atrium Bar and Cafe.

 

Magnum's Champaine and Wine Bar.

 

Maltings Beer and Whisky Bar.

 

Sake Bar.

 

Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar.

 

Spinnaker Lounge.

 

The Sugarcane Mojito Bar.

 

Topsiders Bar.

 

Activities.

The Underground Teen Club.

Club Underground

 

Hot Tubs.

 

The Sapphire Pool on Deck 12.

Pool Deck

 

Basketball/Tennis Court.

 

Body Waves Fitness Centre.

 

Mandara Spa.

 

The Galleria Shops.

 

The Libary.

 

Internet Cafe.

 

Video Arcade.

Then there are the accomodation options on Norwegian Jewel, which consist of :

 

1. Insides cabins.                                                                  

 

                                                                                                   

 

 

2. Ocean View cabins.

3. Balcony.

4. Mini Suites.

5. The Haven.

The "HAVEN COURTYARD".

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6. Suites and Penthouses.

 

Photos and videos supplied by: Norwegian Cruise Line.

Information supplied by: Cruise The Seas Travel And Media, Cruising Australia The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

P&O Cruises Takes Running Man Challenge On, With Entire Crew Of Pacific Pearl.

P&O Cruises has taken the Running Man dance challenge to sea with the entire crew of Pacific Pearl taking part in the latest social media dance craze.

Originally started by New Zealand Police, who laid down the challenge to their international counterparts, the Running Man has since gone viral and been embraced by the likes of celebrities and sports stars across the globe.

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 The video, posted on the cruise line’s Facebook page today, sees Pacific Pearl’s 700-strong crew - from her Captain to her chefs - unite to perform the 1980s dance move.

In line with the nature of the challenge, the crew of Pacific Pearl has now passed the baton to their colleagues onboard P&O’s four other ships in what’s sure to spark a Running Man extravaganza at sea.

The full video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/z8vIWqdl2H8  

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Dawn Princess Makes History As The BIGGEST Cruise Ship To Visit Cairns Cruise Terminal.

Princess Cruises has sailed into history in Cairns today, with its superliner Dawn Princess becoming the biggest ship in its fleet to navigate the city’s channel to berth at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. The arrival of the 260-metre long, 77,000-tonne ship at the terminal is a milestone moment for the city of Cairns, marking the start of a new era which will see Princess dock its Australian-based “Sun Class” ships – Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess – in the heart of the city.

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The move will boost the economic benefit of the cruise ships’ regular visits to the Cairns region, with tens of thousands of Princess passengers now having immediate access to the city from the cruise terminal, instead of spending time transferring by tender boats from ships anchored at Yorkeys Knob, north of the city.

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The three 2000-guest ships are now scheduled to make a further 18 visits to the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal over the next two years, delivering almost 40,000 guests to the city’s doorstep. The change in berthing location follows more extensive simulator exercises which map the ships’ passage through Cairns harbour and Trinity Inlet to demonstrate they could dock at the terminal.

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The simulations were conducted with Cairns’ Harbour Master, Ports North Marine Pilots, Princess Cruises marine department and a captain of Princess’ three Sun class vessels. Today, local officials joined with Princess representatives and Dawn Princess crew to celebrate the achievement onboard Dawn Princess with a plaque exchange – a traditional maritime ceremony conducted each time a ship makes a new port of call.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said access to the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal would increase the economic value of the upcoming 18 Princess calls, which were already expected to inject close to $9 million to the local Cairns economy, through passenger and crew shopping, dining, touring and port charges. “This is a win-win for our guests and the people of Cairns, as it will allow our passengers to spend more time on the ground in port exploring all the delights of the city and its surrounds, while further boosting the local economy.” “Cairns has always been a popular port with our guests and now we think it will be even more of a favourite.”

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Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess offer Australians a premium cruising option from a range of homeports including Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle. Each ship features a high number of staterooms with private balconies, along with  multiple dining options, including the new Curtis Stone restaurant SHARE on Sun Princess, and signature Princess innovations such as the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theatre and The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat. 

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

Photos credit : Brian Gaskin of Cruise The Seas Travel And Media.

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 NCL's Norwegian Jewel Set To Shake Up Cruising In Australia In 2017/18 Summer Season.

Norwegian Cruise Line will homeport the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel in Australia for the 2017/2018 summer season, the line confirmed today. The announcement is in line with record local growth for the brand, which opened an office in Sydney last year ahead of the arrival of Norwegian Star to local waters for an ever-so-brief cameo appearance.

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Jewel will make its Australian debut in November 2017, staying until February 2018, with its maiden season comprising a full summer of round-trip itineraries from five to forty nights to Asia, New Zealand, Southern Australia and the South Pacific. The vessel will also sail two one-way voyages between Sydney and Auckland during this time.

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The 2005 built Norwegian Jewel, complete with its hallmark decorated hull artwork, is sure to make a splash by introducing concepts into the Australian market such as its dedicated “The Haven” area for suite guests and its own unique dining options such as Cagney’s Steakhouse, Italian outlet La Cucina and French cuisine at Le Bistro. Popular Broadway show “Burn The Floor” will return to Australia onboard the vessel, albeit making its debut at sea, with the show already featured on Norwegian Epicand Norwegian Escape.

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Australian cruisers may already be familiar with Norwegian Jewel, with the ship having previously served on the West Coast of the United States, sailing in Alaska and Mexico.

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Jewel will arrive in Australia after a 39-night Trans-Pacific voyage from Vancouver, Canada which will also see guests able to join the ship in Honolulu and Papeete for shorter segments of 29 and 17 days respectively. The voyage will encompass a significant portion of the South Pacific including multiple ports in Hawaii and French Polynesia.

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After a grand maiden entrance into Sydney Harbour on November 12th 2017, Norwegian Jewel will kick off its tenure in Australia with a five-night ‘Tasmanian Taster’ voyage to introduce the ship to the local market. This voyage will be the line’s shortest during the season and as such is expected to be one of its most popular.

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The ship’s program will then see it continue on a series of 13 and 14-night New Zealand voyages, each calling in five Kiwi ports. The Tasman crossings will be preceded by calls to the regional New South Wales port of Eden and Geelong in Victoria – a strong indication Norwegian Cruise Line is eager to show itself off to as many different Australian communities as possible during its first extended stay in Australia in, by that point, over 16 years.

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The exclusive ‘Ship within a Ship’ concept, The Haven, will make its Australian debut aboard Norwegian Jewel.

Southern Australia itineraries will offer guests with an opportunity to experience the vessel without a passport and will feature calls to ports in four states. The first “Southern Australia” itinerary will provide guests with a chance to drive the Great Ocean Road when the ship becomes the largest passenger vessel to call upon Geelong, while calls to Kangaroo Island & Burnie provide off the beaten track opportunities to discover South Australia and Tasmania.

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At the conclusion of her inaugural Australian season,Norwegian Jewel will embark guests for a 40-day Grand Asian adventure which is actually three voyages built into one. Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin will greet the vessel as it makes its way to Indonesia on an 18-day itinerary, with guests able to disembark in Singapore or continue on for an additional 11-nights to Hong Kong, via Thailand and Vietnam. From there, the option to keep going all the way to Tokyo will take the journey to its 40-day crescendo, arriving in Japan in time for Cherry Blossom season.

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All of Norwegian Jewel’s Australian itineraries go on sale on June 29th 2016.

The Norwegian Jewel is the First of four JEWEL Class ships to be built by Norwegian Cruise Line. Other ships in the JEWEL Class that were to be built were Norwegian Jade  in 2006 [ Formally Pride Of Hawaii ].

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Then came along Norwegian Pearl and then in 2007 Norwegian Gem.   Norwegian Jewel enetered service on 4 August 2005. Each ship has its own unique amenities, but has a similar exterior and interior designs.

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Norwegian Jewel was constructed at the same shipyard as the Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn. The shipyard being Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

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On November 3, 2005 at official ceremony at the Port of Miami. Her godmother is Melania Trump, spouse of Donald Trump.

Norwegian Jewel was built after the successful introduction of two Libra-class ships; Norwegian Star, which entered service in 2001, and Norwegian Dawn, which entered service in 2002. Norwegian Star was name after the successful partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and Star Cruises.

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 Hence the name Norwegian Star.

The Libra-class ships Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn  have nearly the same exterior appearance to the Jewel class, but their interior and amenity differences are totally differnt. This in turn makes the Jewel class designation a difference.

With Norwegian Cruise Line just remember:

I'm FREE to do what ever I want and have a GOOD TIME ! https://youtu.be/WqqBLgfEdvs

Information supplied by: Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Legend Of The Seas To Leave Royal Caribbean Fleet.

Royal Caribbean has entered into an agreement to sell its ship Legend of the Seas to the UK cruise line, Thomson Cruises, in March 2017. This follows a similar sale of sister ship Splendour of the Seas in 2015.

Regrettably, the sale of Legend of the Seas will result in the cancellation of five of her roundtrip Brisbane cruises in February and March 2017. A sixth cruise on 9 April will also be rescheduled, bringing forward her repositioning from Brisbane to Asia to 20 February 2017.  This new 11-night sailing to Singapore will mark the ship's final Australian sailing as Legend of the Seas repositions to Europe for delivery to her new owner. 

All onward itineraries in Asia and Europe on Legend of the Seas will also be affected.  Two additional new sailings will be offered from Singapore to Dubai (3 March 2017, 10 nights) and Dubai to Barcelona (13 March 2017, 13 nights).  Rhapsody of the Seas will then replace all of Legend of the Seas’ scheduled cruises in the Mediterranean from June to October 2017, with identical itineraries and departure dates, sailing from Venice, Italy. Rhapsody of the Seas’ published cruises over this period, sailing from Cape Liberty, New York have been cancelled.  

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We are truly sorry to disrupt our guests' holidays and sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. We will be contacting every affected guest, either directly or through their travel agent, to assist them in securing an alternative Royal Caribbean cruise as well as discussing hotel and flight arrangements. Alternatively, Royal Caribbean will provide a full refund of any deposits paid for those who choose not to cruise.

Royal Caribbean has not taken this decision lightly. We did however want to make everyone aware of these changes as soon as possible.

If any guest has not received notification of the changes to their cruise by 5pm AEST, 3 June 2016, and they booked via a travel agent, we ask that they please contact their agent, who will have received the detail of available compensation options ready to discuss. Unfortunately, we are unable to contact guests directly if they booked via a travel agent.

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It's with great sadness that we bid a fond farewell to Legend of the Seas from Australian waters in February 2017, however Royal Caribbean will continue to cruise to Queensland.  Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will all make multiple calls to Brisbane, Cairns and the Whitsundays this season, plus Australia’s very first new-build and the newest cruise ship to be added to the Royal Caribbean locally-based fleet, Ovation of the Seas, will debut down under in December 2016, marking her maiden Queensland call in February 2017.

Legend of the Seas debuted in 1995, and home ported at Portside Wharf, Hamilton in Queensland for the 2015/16 summer season, with a second season to follow from November 2016. Her final Australian sailing will depart Brisbane on 20 February 2017.

For more information, please contact us on1800 754 500 (Australia) or 0800 102 123 (New Zealand).

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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Thousands Of Supporters Of The Queensland Maroons Invade NSW, As First Origin Cruise Sails Into Sydney.

In a colourful sea invasion from the north, a ship load of rugby league fans and ex-players sailed into Sydney this morning on the first ever Holden State of Origin cruise from Brisbane.

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn arrived in Sydney about 630am, cruising past the Opera House and docking at White Bay for a special overnight visit, with all guests receiving entry and transfers to the Origin opener as part of the cruise fare. 

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With 2000 predominantly Queensland guests onboard, the ship has carried a significant number of the Maroons fans expected at ANZ Stadium tonight.

The seven-night roundtrip cruise departed Brisbane on Saturday, calling at Moreton Island on Sunday where past players including Queenslanders Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva and Blues legends Steve Menzies, Paul Harragon, Steve Roach and Paul Sironen went head to head with guests in a game of beach touch football. The ship also called at Newcastle yesterday.

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During the cruise, fans have enjoyed a range of league-themed activities from Origin trivia hosted by Foxtel presenter Steve Hart plus photo opportunities and Q&A sessions with the former players. 

When the ship sails home to Brisbane tomorrow, there will be a Holden State of Origin post game wrap-up featuring Steve Roach, Paul Sironen, Petero Civoniceva and Steve Price which will be broadcast live on Facebook. 

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P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line’s expansion to a five-ship fleet had allowed it to bolster its event offering to include one of the biggest fixtures on the local sporting calendar, with the cruise proving to be a sell-out.

“Whether or not the Maroons take home the Origin trophy in 2016, this cruise is a big win for Queensland footy fans. As well as transport, accommodation, food and entertainment, guests on the inaugural State of Origin cruise are getting some of the hottest tickets in town included as part of their cruise fare - it’s seriously great value,” Mr Myrmell said.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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“Magic to Do: The Story Behind The Magic” Film Debuts On Princess Cruises.

Princess has celebrated its partnership with award-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz with the launch of a special documentary, Magic to Do: The Story Behind the Magic.

The 25-minute documentary chronicles the journey of Schwartz’s first musical revue with Princess,  Magic to Do. 

Magic to Do premiered to rave reviews late last year and will debut in Australian waters in November this year, when Emerald Princess arrives for her maiden season Down Under.

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The documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the show came together through the direction and creative talent of Schwartz, as well as a cadre of Broadway and Hollywood talent, cast members and the Princess Cruises entertainment department. 

The documentary is available on the cruise line’s YouTube Channel (link to video) and will also air regularly on Movies Under the Stars outdoor theatres and stateroom televisions across the line’s fleet, as well as on princess.com.  Magic to Do, Schwartz’s first production for a cruise line, celebrates his lifelong fascination with magic and combines thrilling illusions with some of his most famous songs, such as Magic to Do from Pippin and Defying Gravity from Wicked. The show also includes a brand new song written exclusively for Princess called A Little Magic. 

“Our partnership with Stephen Schwartz has been an incredible, collaborative opportunity for everyone involved so we wanted to chronicle the entire journey of the making of his first musical at sea with The Story Behind the Magic,” Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said.

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Princess’ partnership with Schwartz will see the creative development of a total of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next few years.

During his 40-year entertainment career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for Pocahontas and “Best Song” for The Prince of Egypt and received the Isabelle Stevenson special Tony Award. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1900 performances.  The documentary and images can be found here. Additional information about Princess’ partnership with Stephen Schwartz can be found at http://www.princess.com/schwartz.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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Cunard"s World’s Finest Wine Cellar At Sea, Its A First For Its Sophisticated Guests.

Guests onboard Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will now be able to indulge in a unique collection of 450 fine wines, including the highly sought after California Screaming Eagle – retailing for US$4500 per bottle – which is to be served by the glass for the very first time.

Cunard has also assembled a unique collection of vintage port wines, the only assortment of its kind in the world, to join the enhanced wine cellar. The 46 different vintage ports, each produced in a key year of Cunard's 176-year history, will form part of a specially commissioned permanent display in the new Carinthia Lounge created as part of the ship's major 25-day refit taking place between May 27 and June 21, 2016. 

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To enhance guests’ enjoyment of the elegant wines without compromising the quality, the cruise line has introduced a new Coravin™ wine pouring system, which uses a needle to extract the desired quantity of wine required from a bottle. 

In addition, Queen Mary 2’s guests can also now experience The Cunard Wine Academy, an all sensory experience of food and wine pairings, tastings and producer master classes, which will offer guests another exclusive and enriching experience during their Cunard voyage.

“Our sommeliers together with our suppliers have searched the world for exciting new additions to Cunard's famous wine list,” said Cunard’s Head of Fine Wines Anthony Habert. “We’re proud that we can offer a wine to compliment every palate and occasion.”

A video explaining the new offerings can be found here :https://youtu.be/L59crxH44gE

Information supplied by: Cunard Line.

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 Australian Cruise Passenger Numbers Skyrocket To A New High, Thanks To Domestic Cruising !

A surge in domestic cruises has helped drive Australian ocean cruise passenger numbers to a new high, according to an industry report released today.

The report shows that the total number of Australians taking an ocean cruise worldwide swelled by almost 15 per cent in 2015 to reach a record 1,058,781 passengers, with a 42 per cent hike in domestic cruise passenger numbers contributing significantly to the result. 

The growth in cruising in Australian waters saw local passenger numbers rise by more than 80,000 to 269,915 – a result which means one in four Australian cruise passengers took a domestic ocean cruise last year.

Meanwhile the number of Australians taking an ocean cruise in Asia jumped 71.5 per cent from 55,000 in 2014 to 95,000 in 2015.

Released in Sydney today, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 2015 Australian Cruise Industry Source Market report reveals that Australia once again leads the global cruise industry in terms of market penetration, with the equivalent of 4.5 per cent of the Australian population taking a cruise last year.

The industry’s 14.6 per cent annual growth rate was the second highest recorded by an international cruise region last year, with only the emerging market of China reporting stronger growth (40.3 per cent).

The annual report, which is now focussed solely on ocean cruising in line with international CLIA reporting, shows that Australian ocean cruise passenger numbers have increased by an impressive annual average of 19.2 per cent since 2006. 

The study also found that 135,000 more Australians took a cruise last year than in 2014 - one of the biggest increases on record in real terms. 

Commenting on the report’s findings, CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell said Australians were responding to the increasing array of cruises on offer.

“In 2015 we saw a range of new shorter coastal cruises sailing from Australian homeports and these have clearly captured the imagination of Australians, who see them as a new way to explore their nation,” Mr Odell said. 

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“What’s more, many of these cruises are calling at regional ports around the coastline, creating a lot of chatter and enticing more Australians to try a holiday at sea, while also injecting valuable dollars into local economies.”

Mr Odell said the expanding range of cruise options in Asia was also tempting Australians, with new itineraries available from China, Japan and Singapore in 2015.

“Whether they are on a four-day cruise to a Queensland island or a 14-day voyage exploring the exotic ports of Asia, clearly more Australians are discovering that cruising is an easy, relaxing and great value way to holiday.”

Other key findings of the 2015 Australian Cruise Industry Source Market report include:

* The South Pacific maintained its position as Australians’ favourite cruise destination attracting more than one-third of ocean cruise passengers (383,889). Australia was the second favourite destination.

* Europe remained the leading long-haul destination and Australians’ third most popular destination overall, attracting 9.5 per cent of passengers (101,419)

* The number of Australians cruising to New Zealand rose by 13.5 per cent to break through the 100,000 mark for the first time

* Short break cruises of four days or less leapt in popularity, growing by 25 per cent in 2015, while cruises of 15-21 days rose by more than 50 per cent

* Close to 90 per cent of all Australians cruising in 2014 took a cruise of 14 days or less

* At a State level, NSW was the biggest source of cruisers (421,950) while Queensland recorded the strongest growth with cruise numbers from the State rising by almost 30 per cent compared to 2014, giving the state a record population penetration rate of 5.9 per cent.

*  Australians spent an estimated 10.4 million days at sea in 2015, with an average ocean cruise length of 9.8 days

* Australia was the fourth largest source market in the world in 2015, accounting for 4.6 per cent of global cruise passengers

The annual source market report is based on data received from CLIA’s cruise line members, which account for more than 95 per cent of the world’s cruise passengers.  

For the full report please click here: AU-CLIA-Annual-Report-2015.pdf

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

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Australians Continue To Cruise And So Do The Economic Benifits To A BOOMING Cruise Industry !

Another record increase in Australian cruise passenger numbers – the thirteenth consecutive year of double digit industry growth – has confirmed Australia-wide momentum in the expansion of cruise generated economic benefits.

Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry said the latest industry figures also highlighted the growing maturity of the Australian cruise market and the abundance of choice Australians enjoy in brands, ships, itineraries and destinations.

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“We often refer to the multiplier effect of cruise tourism and now see more evidence of its national momentum as more ports and regional destinations become cruise hubs in their own right,” Ms Sherry said. “The benefits of cruising are no longer limited to one or two major cities.”

The new Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA) Australasia figures show a 42 per cent leap in the number of Australians cruising on domestic cruises which helped drive strong growth in the total number of Australians taking an ocean cruise worldwide last year.   

“With its seven distinctive cruise brands, Carnival Australia is delighted to have contributed significantly to the latest surge in passenger numbers and the dramatic geographic expansion of cruising across Australia.

“In recent years, we have opened 14 new destinations to cruise ship visits while home porting ships in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne and, later this year, in Cairns, our first regional port to have a ship home ported.

“In the light of the latest figures, in which passenger numbers increased by nearly 15 per cent to a record 1,058,781 in 2015, nearly two million Australians cruising by 2020 is possible.”

Reflecting the Australia-wide reach of cruising, new cruise destinations have opened up (many by Australia’s home brand P&O Cruises) in a number of states including:

* Queensland – Hamilton Island, Gladstone, Fraser Island, Mooloolaba and Moreton Island

* NSW – Eden

* South Australia -- Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island and Robe

* Victoria – Mornington and Portland

* Western Australia – Esperance and Busselton (Margaret River District)

Ms Sherry said the cruise industry -- the most successful sector of Australian tourism -- was already generating $3.6 billion in total economic activity nationally and supporting 15,000 full-time jobs, 

However, the industry report has again highlighted the need for investment in port facilities particularly in Sydney as Australia’s cruise gateway. Carnival Australia continues to seek the certainty of long term access to berths east of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Carnival Australia accounts for seven iconic cruise brands – P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises World Cruising and Seabourn. 

Information supplied by: Carnival Australia.

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P&O Cruises Australia To Become Game Day Sponsor For Rabbitohs Clash In Cairns.

As P&O Cruises prepares to base its first ship in Cairns, the cruise line has announced it will get behind the city’s honorary footy team – the South Sydney Rabbitohs – during their annual home game in the Far North. 

The cruise line will be the official game day sponsor when the Rabbitohs take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Barlow Park in Cairns on Sunday July 3, with punters set to be treated to a cruisey half-time show which will include the chance to win a holiday at sea with P&O.

The move is the first time the cruise line has sponsored a league fixture and further broadens P&O’s partnership with the NRL. The cruise line was the first to screen live games at sea and this year offered cruises to the NRL Auckland Nines and the State of Origin.

P&O’s inaugural Cairns season follows the cruise line’s expansion to a five-ship fleet last year, which has enabled it to increase its homeport offerings and introduce Cairns as its first regional port.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was looking forward to its game day sponsorship.

“Just as the Rabbitohs have embraced their tropical home, we’re thrilled to be getting involved with the Cairns community before our first local cruise season kicks off in September,” Mr Myrmell said.

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Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly said the team was looking forward to heading to Cairns for the round 17 fixture against the Cowboys.

“As a Club we look forward to heading north to Cairns each season and we want to thank P&O for coming on board with us to make this game day that much more special,” Mr Solly said.

“We always enjoy great support in Cairns, and I’m sure the Cowboys will have a lot of supporters in Far North Queensland as well, so it’s shaping as a wonderful game day experience. With P&O jumping on board for this game, we can partner with them to provide our members and supporters with a fantastic prize as part of our half time entertainment, and we can highlight the fact that P&O will be offering from Cairns.”

The 1500-guest Pacific Eden will offer nine cruises from Cairns between September and December to destinations including Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and the Whitsundays. Her inaugural Cairns season will inject more than $8 million into the local economy in passenger and crew spending, supplies and port charges. Pacific Eden will return to Cairns in 2017, offering a further 10 cruises.

Forging a new direction for the cruise industry, 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 and a child-free Oasis with private cabanas. 

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Carnival Legend Makes Move To Bring The FUN By Homeporting In Melbourne From 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line is taking the good times south, announcing plans to base its superliner Carnival Legend in Melbourne for a record season of cruises in early 2018.

Known for its fun holiday offerings – including its top-deck splash park and jaw-dropping Green Thunder waterslide – the 2680-guest Carnival Legend will sail on six roundtrip cruises from Melbourne during February and March 2018, offering Victorians a new way to holiday at sea.

Cruises will range from three-night short cruises enabling holidaymakers to enjoy a short break at sea, to an 11-night voyage around New Zealand, with a four-night itinerary to Tasmania and a 10-night cruise to the South Pacific also available.

Carnival Legend’s maiden Melbourne season will mark the first time Carnival has cruised from Victoria since 2013, when Carnival Legend’s Australian-based sister ship Carnival Spirit offered two roundtrip cruises from Melbourne.

Fares on a Carnival Legend three-night cruise start from $549* per person twin share for the March 16, 2018 departure, while fares on Carnival Legend’s 11-night New Zealand cruise, which visits the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga and Napier, start from $1499* per person twin share.

 A second 10-night New Zealand cruise will take in the sights of the South Island, as well as Wellington, with fares from $1249* for the February 21, 2018 departure.  Meanwhile the four-night cruise to Tasmania, departing February 17, 2018 will be priced from $699*.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the cruise line was excited to head south, particularly given the growing number of Victorian guests sailing on Carnival’s cruises from Sydney.

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“Homeporting from Melbourne allows us to expand our offering to include more of our popular New Zealand cruises and short breaks, and also gives Victorians the chance to take a Carnival cruise direct from their doorstep, enjoying all the fun features that have made Carnival Legend such a hit north of the border,” Ms Vandekreeke said.

Spanning 12 decks, the 293-metre long Carnival Legend features more than 20 restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as its popular Green Thunder – the fastest and steepest waterslide at sea – and entertainment offerings unique to Carnival including  Hasbro, The Game Show and  the whimsical Seuss at Sea program.

A regular summer visitor to Australia since 2014, the 88,500-tonne superliner also offers a sports court, jogging track and two-deck fitness centre.

Announcing the record Melbourne season, Ms Vandekreeke said Carnival was also preparing to launch a range of entertainment initiatives, including new onboard parties, a dedicated arts and craft area and interactive games, with more details to be unveiled over the coming months.

For more information and bookings call 13 31 94 or visit www.carnival.com.au

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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Curtis Stone’s Restaurant "SHARE" Arrives In Australia, On board Sun Princess !

Australians can finally enjoy a taste of Chef Curtis Stone’s cuisine close to home with his first local restaurant arriving down under on Princess Cruises’ superliner Sun Princess.

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While Australians are very familiar with the Melbourne-born chef, SHARE by Curtis Stone is the first opportunity to taste his cuisine locally. Curtis opened his first restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills in 2014 and is also in the midst of opening his second restaurant Gwen in Hollywood. 

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His debut closer to home follows an exclusive partnership with Princess Cruises which features “Crafted by Curtis” menu items in the main dining rooms across the entire 18-ship fleet, the introduction of the signature SHARE restaurant to three ships and also a special Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience. 

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By the end of this year, two of Curtis’ restaurants will operate in local waters with SHARE also featuring on Emerald Princess, which arrives in Sydney in November for its first Australian season.

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SHARE offers an exclusive specialty dining experience for guests with a menu of fresh and seasonal signature dishes in an environment designed for conversing and creating memories.  

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Curtis has crafted the SHARE menu for Sun Princess specifically for Australian tastes including a charcuterie board, bread and butter pudding and freshly composed salads including a spin on the classic marriage of tomato and burrata, as well as lightly poached shrimp with lemon gel, turnip, citrus salt and brioche.

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A fresh truffle potato gratin and turbot bake beautifully in a deck oven, installed especially on Sun Princess to create a unique roasted flavour to appeal to Australian palettes.

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Curtis’ favourite dish is the roasted king crab leg which is baked with lemongrass and paired with a chicharron powder (crispy pig skin crumble) along with a fermented soybean aioli, while the roast chicken with a bacon slab and onion slaw has become the fast favourite among guests.

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In a nod to Australian wine and produce, the wine list features 22 local wines, Curtis uses Murray River salt in his cooking and Australian beef is used in the beef cheek pie.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison said it was a thrill to have someone of Curtis Stone’s calibre creating memorable culinary experiences for guests. 

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“Curtis has created a beautiful menu for SHARE on Sun Princess. Over a shared meal and a glass of Australian wine, we know our guests will feel right at home dining in SHARE, just as we hope they always feel on a Princess cruise,” Mr Allison said.

Curtis said he was thrilled to be able to share his cuisine with Australians close to home.

“I’m really proud of SHARE and hope that it becomes a special part of Australians’ holiday memories and their experience at sea with Princess. Sharing is at the core of my food philosophy so it was only natural that the restaurant be named SHARE. Connecting with friends and family over conversation and cuisine is what a speciality dining experience is all about,” Curtis said.

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World-renowned hospitality designer Jeffrey Beers International designed the restaurant space to reflect Curtis’ creative vision, a space with a comfortable, homely atmosphere that stems from his own memorable mealtime experiences. A signature feature of SHARE is a communal table designed for sharing, while words that encompass the experience, like family, travel and togetherness, have been etched into hand blown glass pendants. Elements not often seen in a cruise ship restaurant add to the friendly atmosphere, with decorative curios from Curtis’ own collection including his first recipe as well as photographs and travel souvenirs.

For more information visit www.princess.com/curtis-stone

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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Australians Head to Sea to Escape the Winter Blues, on Sea Princess.  

Hundreds of dedicated cruisers sailed from Sydney yesterday on an epic 104-night world voyage, enhancing Australians’ reputation as one of the world leaders in cruising.

The dedicated cruisers will escape Australia’s winter by heading north on Sea Princess on a journey which will visit 39 destinations in 27 countries and cover more than 28,000 nautical miles around the globe before returning to Sydney in late August.

Despite their international travels, the guests are also escaping the fluctuation of Australia’s exchange rate, with the cost of the cruise, on-board spending and shore tours in international ports charged in Australian dollars. Priced from $200 a day per person, the cruise also enables travellers to see the world without the expense of international airfares.

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Since it pioneered the first roundtrip annual world voyage from Sydney in 2008, Princess Cruises has carried more than 30,000 Australians on 10 global odysseys. With two world cruises operating in both 2012 and 2013, this year’s world cruise is the 11th the cruise line has undertaken from Australia.

Highlights of the cruise include overnight visits to Dubai, St Petersburg, New York and Lima as well as transits of the Suez and Panama canals, and calls to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, including the remote Easter Island.

Princess Cruises is the only cruise line to offer a roundtrip world cruise from the southern hemisphere.

The popularity of the cruises reflects Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia figures that show the number of Australians cruising has grown by an average of 20 per cent a year for the past decade, with more than 12,000 Australians taking a world voyage in 2014 according to the latest data.

Close to 3200 guests will travel on part or all of the world voyage over the next 104 nights. Almost 1300 are doing the full world cruise, including around 1100 Australians.

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Ensuring guests will still have a taste of Australia while they travel the world, about 200 tonnes of food and beverage items were loaded onto the ship in Sydney. World cruise guests consume about 400kg of beef, 240 dozen eggs, 150kg of shell fish, 1700kg of fresh vegetables and more than 50kg of chocolate a day.

The 77,000-tonne Sea Princess offers a premium cruising option from a range of Australian homeports. It features a high number of staterooms with private balconies, along with multiple dining options, including the cruise line’s new Curtis Stone menu items, and signature Princess innovations such as the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theatre and The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat.

Next year Princess will offer three world cruise options for Australasian travellers: a 104-night round world cruise on Sea Princess, a 75-night Circle Pacific cruise on Golden Princess as well as an 84-night Circle South America cruise on Sea Princess. Fares start from $13,299* per person twin share for the 75-night Circle Pacific voyage.

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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Carnival Cruise Line Ups The Ante With New Wifi Plans For Social Media.

Carnival Cruise Line’s guests will be well-connected following the launch of cheaper and faster internet and social media packages on the cruise line’s Australia-based ships this month.

In a move which sets a new course for local cruisers, Carnival’s enhanced internet access offers significantly increased bandwidth and speed, while its new social media package provides unlimited access to popular sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat from just $15 a day.  Additional discounted plans are also available for the entire cruise duration.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the cruise line wanted to make it easier for its guests to share their holiday with friends, given the role social media now plays in people’s lives, particularly when travelling.

“Access to flexible and affordable internet is really important for many of our guests. We know that they want to keep in touch with their friends and families and they also want to keep them posted on how much fun they’re having at sea,” Ms Vandekreeke said.

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“With this in mind we’ve tailored our packages to focus on the social media sites and apps that our guests use most and ramped up our bandwidth to give our guests unprecedented internet access at sea, which means they can now upload as many selfies as they like and easily check in to all the fantastic ports they visit during their cruise,” she said.

The new offerings include a value plan with unlimited access to the web for checking email, sports scores, weather updates and a wide range of extra apps, and a premium package that provides the fastest available connection speed and also supports video calls on Skype.

The new internet packages follow the launch of Carnival’s Selfies at Sea app last year. Available for download free of charge at the Apple and Android stores, the Selfies at Sea app collates a series of onboard photos into a mini-movie which can be shared on social media channels. 

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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 CLIA Australasia Appoints New Chairman, Steve Odell.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific Steve Odell has been appointed as the new chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

Mr Odell replaces Gavin Smith, who is relocating to the UK following his recent appointment to Senior Vice President International for Royal Caribbean.

Following its Annual General Meeting in Sydney today, CLIA has also welcomed three new members to its executive committee: Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison, Royal Caribbean Managing Director Australia & New Zealand Adam Armstrong and Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke.  

With the executive committee now expanded to eight cruise line representatives, the new members join four existing committee members: Ponant Chairman Asia Pacific Sarina Bratton, Silversea Cruises General Manager Australasia Karen Christensen, MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Lynne Clarke and Travel the World’s Managing Director Andrew Millmore (GSA for Tauck).

Welcoming the new committee, CLIA Australasia Managing Director Neil Linwood thanked the outgoing members, Gavin Smith and Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry, for their efforts and paid tribute to Mr Smith for the time and dedication he had given to CLIA over five years, since he was first appointed chairman in 2011.

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“Gavin has been very generous with his support and guidance for CLIA during a time of rapid industry growth and we thank him for all his hard work on the industry’s behalf,” Mr Linwood said.

“We look forward to continuing to raise the cruise industry’s profile with Steve now at the helm of our committee.” 

A former chairman of International Cruise Council Australasia (now CLIA Australasia) from 2005 to 2006, Mr Odell has more than 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry and has held senior management roles for a number of international contemporary and luxury cruise lines, including most recently Silversea Cruises. In October last year, he joined Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings which encompasses Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. 

Mr Odell said he regarded his appointment as CLIA Australasia Chairman as an immense honour.

“I welcome the opportunity to work in collaboration with the Board, providing a voice for the industry at such an exciting time for the sector,” Mr Odell said. 

“Globally, the cruise industry has never had a brighter outlook, and within this Australia’s cruise sector is particularly robust. With annual Australian cruise passenger numbers increasing more than sixfold over the past decade to now exceed one million, and with more ships than ever cruising our waters and homeporting in our region, now is the time to lay the foundations for sustained growth into the future.” 

One behalf of everyone associated with the Australian Cruising Industry, I would like to welcome Steve to his new role and we wish you all the best.

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

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Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates Maiden Call To Morton Island With Fun Police !

Carnival Cruise Line ensured the focus was firmly on fun in the sun during Carnival Spirit’s maiden call to Moreton Island last Thursday (May 5), with the fun police joining in activities on the island.

Roving the Tangalooma Resort precinct across the day, the resident fun policeman was responsible for ensuring guests had a great day during the ship’s inaugural visit, encouraging them to try new experiences and unleashing ‘random acts of fun’.

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Image 1: The fun police (man) prepares to greet visitors during Carnival Spirit’s inaugural call to Moreton Island.

Dressed as an English bobby, the local copper kept the fun vibes alive amongst guests issuing rewards, as well as fun fines – in the form of popcorn and fairy floss vouchers – to those in need of a hand to reach their fun-tential.

During the inaugural visit, Carnival’s guests also became the first cruisers to try two new activities – sand sculpting and plaster painting – as well as the many adventure activities the resort is well-known for, including a snorkelling tour among local wrecks, parasailing and a wild dolphin feeding experience.

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Image 2: Pictured following the official plaque handover to mark Carnival Spirit’s maiden call to Moreton Island is Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort Director David James (left) and Carnival Spirit’s Captain Adriano Binacchi.

Carnival has done back-to-back Moreton Island cruises with a second four-night cruise departing Sydney last Saturday (May 7). A further two Carnival Spirit cruises will depart Sydney for Moreton Island on September 9 and 13, 2016.

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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Princess Cruises Offers The Ultimate In Luxury, With Club Class Mini Suites.

Princess Cruises is set to offer guests a new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining with the introduction of its Club Class Mini-Suite in December.

The elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options, as well as priority embarkation and disembarkation. Club Class guests will also be among the first to sleep on the new Princess Luxury Bed. 

Club Class will debut in Australia in December 2016 on Emerald Princess and roll out across the rest of the Australian-based fleet during 2017.

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Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the new staterooms would provide Princess guests with an enhanced accommodation experience during their cruise.

“The VIP perks, including the new Club Class Dining, offers a premium and memorable onboard experience so our guests can completely relax, unwind and immerse themselves in worldwide destinations and ultimately ‘come back new’,” Mr Allison said.

Offering guests more convenience, Club Class Dining will be open every evening for dinner, as well as for breakfast and lunch on sea days. Featuring exclusive menu options with daily chef’s special and table-side preparations, the dedicated seating area also includes dedicated wait staff and uniquely-styled table décor.

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Club Class Mini-Suite guests will also enjoy the following additional VIP perks:

* The Princess Luxury Bed – Club Class guests will be among the first to experience the “Ultimate Sleep at Sea,” in the new bed designed in collaboration with board certified sleep expert Dr Michael Breus and renowned HGTV Designer Candice Olson

* Priority check-in and boarding at the beginning of the cruise and priority disembarkation at the end of the cruise

* One-time complimentary wine set-up on embarkation day (1/2 bottle of red and white)

* Evening canapés (upon request)

* Luxurious terry shawl bathrobes

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In addition to Club Class Dining and upgraded amenities and services, Club Class Mini-Suites include all of the standard mini-suite benefits, such as spacious staterooms of up to 30 square metres with balcony, separate seating area with sofa bed and coffee table, bathroom with combination tub and shower and a welcome glass of champagne.

Full Suite guests will also enjoy all the benefits of Club Class Mini-Suites including Club Class Dining – and be among the first to experience the new Princess Luxury Bed – in addition to the many other amenities offered with a Full Suite. 

The new Club Class Mini-Suites add to the cruise line’s previously announced “Come Back New Promise,” a multi-year, multi-million-dollar program introducing new product innovations that offer guests enriching holiday experiences. The “Come Back New Promise” includes a partnership with award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone, bringing guests fresh culinary creations, which debuted in Australian waters on Sun Princess in April this year.

Club Class Mini-Suites are available for booking now. More information, including the ship rollout schedule, is available at www.princess.com/clubclass

Information supplied by: Princess Cruises.

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The Fastest, High Speed Internet At Sea Is Here Introducing VOOM !

It's EXCLUSIVE to Royal Caribbean International.

Beginning today, Royal Caribbean International is making VOOM, its exclusive, high-speed internet service – the fastest at sea – available fleetwide on its 24 innovative ships sailing worldwide. VOOM, first introduced on the Quantum class of ships, including the US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas which is soon to call Australia home, allows guests holidaying with Royal Caribbean to always stay connected and to stream their favourite music, movies and TV shows to stay up to date on the latest happenings. Whether they are posting envy-inducing holiday photos on Instagram or Snapchat, or video-chatting with loved ones back home using FaceTime or Skype, travellers can share their adventures in real-time with family and friends. Guests can even relax or chill poolside while catching up on their favourite TV show or the newest movie. 

“VOOM is revolutionising the onboard experience for our guests as well as for our crew and it is truly a game-changer for the industry,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Everything our guests and crew can do online at home, they will now be able to do from onboard all of our ships around the world.” 

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Known for the most innovative ships at sea, the cruise line has made a significant investment to enhance guests’ internet connectivity experience outfitting its newest smart ships with the latest and most advanced in technology and continually upgrading its existing fleet. Through a combination of Wi-Fi service providers, Royal Caribbean is able to deliver more overall bandwidth fleetwide than any other cruise line. The enhancements will provide speeds at least twice as fast as before and also have enabled the cruise line to provide service at prices that are less expensive than ever before – comparable to most land-based resorts.

Travelers sailing on all Royal Caribbean ships can enjoy the fastest internet at sea at a flat price with guests choosing from two packages: 

* Surf, which provides guests the opportunity to surf the web, stay in touch via email, and share their holiday photos on social media. Surf packages start at US$12.99 per device per day with additional devices added at a discounted cost. Family packages – 5 devices or more – start as low as US$8.99 per device per day. 

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* Surf and Stream, which is ideal for guests looking to do more than connect via email or social channels, but also want the capability to stream movies and music from Netflix or Spotify, and to connect using video chat apps such as Skype. This package is available for US$17.99 per device per day. Additional devices can be connected at a discount and family packages – 5 devices or more – start as low as US$11.99 per device per day.  

This pricing is a significant improvement from the standard programs currently offered throughout the industry, many of which charge on a per-minute basis. 

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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Navy’s Young Navigators Navigating By The Stars On Pacific Pearl.

The ancient art of celestial navigation was revived on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl recently, with the cruise line hosting Royal New Zealand Navy trainees during a cruise to Fiji from Auckland.  In a high-tech world dominated by GPS and satellite navigation, navy personnel are still required to learn how to guide a vessel by the stars when out of sight of land in much the same way as early sea explorers. 

While the training is usually completed onboard a Navy patrol vessel, the New Zealand Defence Force's ongoing commitment to the relief mission in Fiji following Cyclone Winston meant that the navigation students needed another ‘floating platform’ for their training.  Navy Commander David Hedgley, who has 40 years’ naval experience and runs the training, approached P&O Cruises with a request to conduct the course on Pacific Pearl, which is currently homeported in Auckland for a five-month deployment. 

Commander Hedgley said Pacific Pearl’s voyage to Fiji earlier this month was the ideal setting for 11 Navy sailors to undertake the five-day astro-navigation training course.  "This training is part of 25-week course towards an advanced Officer of the Watch qualification," Commander Hedgley said. "Even in this age of satellite navigation, being able to navigate by the stars while out of sight of land is a crucial requirement of the Royal New Zealand Navy. 

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“Pacific Pearl's voyage from Auckland was perfect to give us the four to five days needed for this part of the course, and we are incredibly grateful to P&O Cruises for accommodating us, and thank them for their support and hospitality."  P&O Cruises Director of Marine Operations Captain Mike Drake said there was no hesitation in enabling the Navy contingent to carry out their training on board Pacific Pearl.  “As modern seafarers, we have the utmost respect for the explorers who navigated the world and discovered new lands with little more than a sextant and celestial observation to take them into uncharted parts of the world,” Captain Drake said.

“Celestial navigation might have been overtaken by modern navigation technology but it is still an essential skill for up and coming navigators. It is wonderful to know that it is still mandatory for Royal New Zealand Navy navigators. Our guests were fascinated to see the Navy trainees at work and they in turn were a great credit to the naval service.”  The officers worked closely with seasoned Pacific Pearl Captain Salvatore Lupo and First Officer Tapan Raina and held a special talk to explain their activity to P&O’s guests, who were fascinated to see the students using sextants to navigate by the stars. 

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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