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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Dawn departed Airlie Beach yesterday at 5.30pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell us your stories, leave your comments below.

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Pacific Dawns Features Really Are #LikeNoPlaceOnEarth !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos Credit: http://morgan-photo.com/ The James Morgan Photographic Consultancy – Australia and UK

 

Australians Finally Get Access To Carnivals Fun Shops Program !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the full range of gifts on offer please visit http://www.carnival.com.au/fun-shops

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

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

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

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

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au

 

 

Fleetwide Stateroom Catergorisation To Happen On All Royal Caribbean Ships !

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

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

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

So what’s going to happen??

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

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

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

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

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Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

 Welcome to P&O Cruises UK Aurora, Where You Get A Taste For All Things British!

P&O Cruises originates from 1822, with the formation of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which began life as a partnership between Brodie McGhie Willcox, a London ship broker, and Arthur Anderson, a sailor from the Shetland Isles. The company first operated a shipping line with routes between England and the Iberian Peninsula, adopting the name Peninsular Steam Navigation Company.

In 1837, the company won a contract to deliver mail to the Peninsula, with its first mail ship, RMS Don Juan, departing from London on 1 September 1837. The ship collected mail from Falmouth four days later, however it hit rocks on the homeward bound leg of the trip. The company’s reputation survived only because all objects including mail were rescued.

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P&O first introduced passenger services in 1844, advertising sea tours to destinations such as Gibraltar, Malta and Athens, sailing from Southampton. The forerunner of modern cruise holidays, these voyages were the first of their kind, and have led to P&O Cruises being recognised as the world's oldest cruise line.

Aurora is one of the oldest ships in the P&O Cruises UK fleet, Aurora was built in the year 2000 while sister ship Oriana was built in 1995. Aurora certainly has a lot to offer to anyone who decides to take a cruising vacation on her. P&O Cruises UK Aurora offers lots of cruising options including her world cruise which stopped in Sydney, Australia overnight on the 02nd and 03rd of March 2017.

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P&O Cruises UK are steeped in tradition and that is why you may see so many British, Australians and International guests travelling with such a well know and established brand. For many it’s like a home away from home. You get all the creature comforts and a whole lot more all for quite a reasonable price.

Ms Aurora certainly creates a striking figure at sea with her well designed four deck tiered stern, which can be first noticed on sister ship Oriana. Also her long bow and sleek funnel are a couple of other standout features all designed with World Cruises in mind. Aurora is best known for her world cruises and has everything a cruiser could want, including world class dining, spa, salon, cinema and theatre.

Aurora is impressive and so is her four-deck atrium with a stunning 35ft sculpture of two figures veiled in water.

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Great for adults.

Once you step on board Aurora you'll find everything that you need for your much anticipated journey. This includes superb dining options from the many restaurants on board some of those which will include a small surcharge to the two main restaurants which are included in your cruise fare. There are also four pools on board Aurora for your use and relaxation there’s nothing like a day at sea spent by the pool. There is also the luxurious and very well equipped spa and salon, this is where you and your loved one can spend many of your days of your voyage pampering each other.

Then there are the many cosy and stylish bars that are situated around the ship, you'll certainly never go thirsty on board Aurora. Oh and did I mention about the shopping on board, whether you need a new outfit for the formal night or just wanting to buy someone that special souvenir, there is something for everyone!

Shopping on board Aurora.

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•Mayfair - offers elegant clothing for ladies and gentlemen, as well as jewellery, including our range of Pandora Jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics, souvenirs and accessories from many different designers.

Piccadilly - offers clothing, accessories, souvenirs, gifts, games and toys.

•Emporium - has everything you may need whilst on holiday from sweets and snacks to souvenirs and toiletries and other holiday essentials such as batteries and sun lotion.

Family friendly.

Aurora even offers something for the little kids and the big ones, it’s bringing the opportunity to enjoy quality time together as a family as well as being able to spend some time alone separately. From being able to do what you want to being on a schedule it’s your choice to do whatever you please. On board Aurora kids are well cited for their kids clubs on board cater from the age of 2 right up until the age of 17. P&O Cruises UK have qualified reef rangers on board to keep the kids entertained from morning to night, there is even a night nursery which age ranges from 6 months to four year olds, mind you this is also a free service.

Age groups are:

Splashers 2-4 year olds - Qualified youth staff provide a full programme of age-specific activities.

Surfers 5-8 year olds - Qualified Reef Rangers provide activities, adventure, games and sport coaching sessions.

Scubas 9-12 year olds - Children this age can either join in the organised games with the specialist Reef Rangers or simply hang out with friends in the chill out areas.

H20 13-17 year olds - Children have their own room to chill out, watch movies, play games or participate in coaching sessions, talent shows and parties.

Relaxation On Board Aurora.

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Did I mention about the spa omg, luxurious spaces to relax in, salon treatments and the aroma of scented oils. You can enjoy a warming and cleansing visit to the sauna and steam rooms. Or opt for the very latest in facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy or massages, in one of the luxurious treatment rooms, each with a fantastic ocean view.

Some of Aurora's spa features.

Oasis spa & salon - Get ready for the evening ahead and indulge in pedicures or a manicure. Also offering hair dressing - the Spa Salon is the place to come before a glamorous night out on board Aurora.

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Spa treatment rooms - Book yourself into one of the Oasis Spa treatment rooms on Aqua deck for some well-earned relaxation. Some of the treatments on offer are:

Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy - On Aurora they use heated stones to melt away your tension. Therapeutic heat is slowly released into the belly of the muscle for a completely new body experience.

Elemis pro-collagen quartz lift facial - An exceptional anti-wrinkle facial which has been independently tested with phenomenal results.

Oasis Salon

Situated midships on Lido Deck, between the Crystal and Riviera Pools, is the Oasis Health and Beauty Salon. The theme of Oasis is botanical and the aim is refreshment, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Visit the hair salon to have your hair styled for the evening, to try a new colour or even a totally new look. The Oasis Salon is all about pampering and indulging yourself.

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Treatments at the salon include:

Lash and brow tinting for the lady’s or gentlemen if so desired.

A range of manicures and pedicures

Bliss waxing (brows, lip/chin, half arm, underarm, half or full leg, bikini, Brazilian, back/chest)

Hair styles and treatments including colouring and highlights

Gym and Fitness Where You Can Work Out To Your Hearts Content.

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For those who may think a cruise might be boring or there might not be enough to do it’s quite easy to keep active on a ship such as Aurora. You can work out in the gym, take a spinning class, or a nice walk around deck.

On board Aurora there is the offer of a range of different fitness classes such as indoor cycling, Pilates, yoga, body sculpt boot camp and push 'n' lift which are assisted by a fitness instructor.

The gym

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The gym is typically open from 8am - 8pm every day and use of the on-board gym equipment is complimentary. Equipment on board includes:

Bikes

Treadmills

Cross-trainers

Steppers

Rowing machines

Free weights

Sports Activities On Board Aurora Head to Sun deck for some sporting action.

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Whether you enjoy the friendly competition of an organized tournament or prefer to play casually with your own party, short tennis, football, cricket and basketball are just some of the options available in Aurora's Sports Court. Securely enclosed in netting, you can perfect your swing as you sail on to the next course with Golf nets. Clubs and balls are provided, or you can use your own.

Aurora's entertainment options means that there is always something to do and see.

There’s never a dull moment on board Aurora, when it comes to entertainment and things to do there’s something for everyone.

See below some examples of the kind of entertainment you'll find included in the price of your holiday.

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Dazzling West End style performances in theatre

Comedy shows

Cabaret

Live music, piano recitals and tribute bands

Night clubs

Dance classes

Pub quizzes

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Sea day activities

With a range of activities taking place throughout the day, you’ll struggle to fit everything in. Take a look below for some examples of activities you could enjoy on board.

Dance classes - take place on all cruises with 7 or more days at sea and are hosted by coupled dance instructors. A variety of complimentary dance lessons are available with the main type of dance offered being ballroom and Latin. It may be possible to arrange 1 to 1 tuition; any charges generated from this would be at the instructor's discretion. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

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Guest speakers - will be on board cruises of 7 nights or more (if over 20 night duration - 2 speakers share the cruise).

Deck quoits

Shuffleboard

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Watercolour art - classes take place on all cruises with 6 or more days at sea. Art materials can be purchased on board or you may bring your own art materials to participate in the classes.

Bridge - classes hosted by an instructor will take place on all cruises with 7 or more days at sea.

Language classes - a language instructor teaching Spanish will feature on Round the World Cruises only. However the language and times are subject to change. Full information, including any associated costs, times and locations will be available on-board.

Poolside snacks, Where You Can Snack to Your Hearts Content, its where swimming and lounging around on the pool deck can be hard work there’s plenty of options to choose from.

Lido grill – Unlike P&O Cruises Australia everything available at the lido grill on Aurora is free and included in your cruise fare.

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Sidewalk Café – Help yourself and enjoy light snacks from the ‘Grab and Go' counter this is also included in your cruise fare.

Poolside Ice Cream – From Jude’s ice cream bar on board Aurora where there is a multitude of flavours to choose from. There is a nominal fee involved.

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Specialty Restaurants On Board Aurora, Where You Can Eat Some Of The Best Food Going Round For A Nominal Fee.

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Atul's restaurant, Sindhu, will showcase an elegant fusion of Indian and British cuisine featuring sublime flavours.

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Enjoy a menu inspired by Atul Kochhar. His Soft Shell Crab and Squid Salad in particular is sure to be a favorite. Guests will also be able to order from a lighter menu for a more informal bite to eat, or sample one of Atul's exotic cocktails from the equally chic bar.

The Beach House.

Fun and informal, The Beach House is a great option for families.

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Located in the buffet restaurant during the evening, The Beach House offers great ocean views to go along with a casual menu of grills and seafood. When the sun is shining, there’s also the opportunity to sit outside on the terrace.

The Glass House

If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal you'll want to visit The Glass House.

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On the venue's signature menu every course comes with the option of a different glass of wine, matched by our expert, Olly Smith. With a handsomely stocked wine cellar and mouth-watering daytime and evening menus, The Glass House is a relaxed, informal haven of good food and fine wine. What's more, selected bottles are available by the glass, so there's no need to order the whole bottle to sample a particular vintage.

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Afternoon Tea The Tradition Continues!

On Board Aurora every single day you are able to sample traditional cruising at its best. With the Classic English Afternoon tea it’s something never to be missed!

For a once in a life time experience you can spoil yourself to a classic English afternoon tea, served daily in the two main restaurants. You can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and of course the all-important scone topped with clotted cream and jam, all served alongside a pot of tea or coffee.

This is certainly an experience of a life time, with many Australians who have decided to take a P&O Cruises UK cruise, just so that they can sample this and see what all the fuss is all about because know body does it better than the British !

Main dinning Where You Can Enjoy Some of the Finest Dinning At Sea.

Freedom Dining at the Medina Restaurant. Similar to [Anytime Dinning].

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Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then you’ll love the flexibility of Freedom Dining. Opt for an early dinner one night and a late supper the next; you can shape each day as you please.

With Freedom Dining you'll still enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of a main dining room, with a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). The difference from Club Dining is that this option allows you the flexibility to turn up at selected restaurants anytime you choose between 6pm and 9.30pm, with whom you like, and every effort will be made to accommodate you. Freedom Dining is included in your fare when you book a Select Price. Just opt for it when making your Select Price booking.

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Alexandria Restaurant.

Club Dining at the Alexandria Restaurant. Similar to [Traditional Dinning].

Choose a particular Club Dining seating and you’ll dine at the same time and table each night and enjoy the same company. It’s the way many a friendship has been made on board.

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With Club Dining you'll enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of the main dining room, and a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). This style of dining is a wonderful way to share your holiday experiences and meet new friends.

By choosing Club Dining you’re opting for the cruising tradition of set sitting times. The same table will be reserved for you and your table companions every night for first or second sitting, at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. You can request your preferred sitting when you book a Select Price and P&O Cruises UK inform you of your table number and sitting with a card in your cabin when we welcome you on board.

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Welcome To Your Home Away From Home With Stunning Accommodation Options On Board Aurora.

Aurora caters to everyone’s likes and tastes, especially if you’re from Brittan and looking for that slice of home that we all crave for when on a vacation or cruise. Aurora has inside cabins, balcony cabins and spacious and luxurious suites.

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Whether you’re on a world cruise or just doing a sector of a world cruise, Aurora has a cabin to cater to anyone’s needs.

All the cabins on Aurora are air-conditioned and well thought-out and designed, it’s to give you as much space as possible and to help you unwind and relax for the long journey ahead.

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All of the balcony cabins have a sitting area so you and your loved one can enjoy the fresh sea air and take in the spectacular views offered while cruising.

All cabins on board Aurora feature Egyptian cotton sheets, free tea & coffee making facilities, refrigerator, hairdryer, safe, in-cabin television and good sized en-suite bathrooms with toiletries pack.

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As standard practice with many other cruise lines you will also have a personalized room steward who will be able to help you with anything you may require once you’re on board the ship.

There is no cost for this, as funny as it seems you will be surprised on how many people ask if there is a fee or not involved for their services.

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This Review was written by: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

Photos credit: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What You Need to Do -

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

Hotel & Transport Arrangements -

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

Itinerary Update -

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

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

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

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

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

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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A True Queen Of The Seas Set To Homeport In Australia In 2019 !

Cunard Line has just announced that Queen Elizabeth will homport in Australia in 2019, the stunning vessel will spend two months plying Australian waters in 2019, this will be by far the longest deployment in Australia by any of the current ships in the Cunard Line fleet.

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Queen Elizabeth will offer seven different cruises from Sydney and Melbourne, including two trans-Tasman voyages, three to Tasmania and two stopping by South Australia.

Cunard Lines Australian itineraries will be part of Queen Elizabeths 2019 world voyage program, which will be advertised from the 14th of March 2017, they will go on sale from the 30th of March 2017.

Cunard's vice president of international development David Rousham said Queen Elizabeth's local 2019 season would offer a total of 27 combination itineraries.

"This will be the first time that Cunard has featured so many voyages to and from Melbourne in addition to Sydney, and will give Australians a much greater number of options to experience Cunard than ever before," Rousham said.

Information supplied by: Cunard Line.

Photo supplied by: Cunard Line.

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Wedded Bliss Goes Off With Out A Hitch !

What a happy ending for a Port Macquarie couple, Christine Drennan and her husband to be Matthew Moore, they are currently sailing on P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Jewel and had planned a beautiful beach wedding at Mooloolaba which is on the Sunshine Coast Wednesday this week.

Unfortunately their wedding celebrant Gail Evans was at the beach in Moolooaba waiting for them, but due to strong winds and a rough swell this prevented the tender boats from taking passengers ashore including the bride and groom. The wedding was off, or so it thought!

But wait a minute, Pacific Jewel Hotel Director Melissa Yates who Australian Cruising News .com.au has got to know over many cruises on Pacific Jewel had other ideas.

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She had arranged for a special commitment service to be held on-board Pacific Jewel and while Captain Otty Ghoshroy couldn’t legally marry the couple, the rest of the day went ahead as planned with champagne, a wedding cake and a reception dinner in the ship’s main dining room. The bride even wore her beautiful wedding dress.

To ensure the couple still officially became man and wife, P&O arranged for Ms Evans to fly to Gladstone to conduct the wedding yesterday. The ceremony was held in The Dome at the front of the ship, with stunning views of the Queensland coast.

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Matthew Moore and Christine Drennan were officially married on Pacific Jewel in Gladstone on Thursday this week. .

Cupid's arrow might have hit a day later than planned but love and romance got there in the end.

Well done to P&O Cruises Australia and Melissa Yates and to all those involved.

We also wish the happy couple [husband and wife] a lifetime time of happiness together.

So do you have a similar story to tell??

Leave us your comments below and tell us your story.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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The Dawn Of A New Era In Cruising Starts Now Pacific Dawn!

As brought to you Exclusively by Australian Cruising News .com.au on the 18th of July 2016, please see original story and photos on our website under cruising news.

Pacific Dawn which is now the second oldest ship in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet is now in Singapore and having a total refurbishment both inside and out!

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Pacific Dawn has just begun her multi-million dollar renewal, this will include the installation of two spectacular waterslides on her top decks.

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Over the coming days, the ship will be fitted with a range of new features including a state-of-the-art waterpark [minus one pool] and the addition of The Pantry which is on all of the P&O Cruises Australia ships apart from Pacific Dawn, an international market place of fresh food outlets which will replace the traditional ship buffet. Among its features will be a new Mediterranean-inspired offering called Nic and Toni’s and a new seafood restaurant, Shell & Bones.

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Many of Pacific Dawn’s public spaces – including the Atrium, Charlie’s Cafe, The Orient and the Promenade Bar – will also be modernised to fall into line with the startling contemporary look which has become an underlining feature on both Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.

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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 this year, up from 98 cruises in 2016.

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Pacific Dawn will depart from Singapore on the 02nd of March and will arrive back into Brisbane her homeport with her additional new features on the 16th of March.

For more information contact your local travel agent or visit pocruises.com.au, call 13 24 94.

Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia.

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Queen Mary 2 To Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary Visit To Sydney,Australia.

While All The Attention Recently Has Been On Ovation Of The Seas, Celebrity Solstice, And The South Pacific twins Explorer And Voyager Of The Seas plus the local contingent of Australian homeported cruise ships, don’t you think it’s now time to bring in the BIG guns !

On Saturday the 25th of February 2017 Sydney, Australia will all geared up for the 10th anniversary visit of Queen Mary 2, the worlds most famous ocean liner has already been making many exciting visits to many ports in Australia already.

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The newly remastered Cunard flagship was anchored off Kangaroo Island on Monday, QM2 is 345-metres long making it become the largest ship ever to visit the South Australian Island.

During the inaugural call, the ship’s 2700 guests enjoyed a day of sightseeing including tours to Seal Bay Conservation Park, Vivonne Bay, Cape Willoughby, Flinders Chase National Park and the ‘Remarkable Rocks’, as well as the opportunity to taste local produce.

The Kangaroo Island call was part of Queen Mary 2’s first short roundtrip cruise from Melbourne and is one of four maiden Australian visits for the liner this year, with visits to Busselton in Western Australia, and Port Arthur and Hobart in Tasmania also on her itinerary.

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Queen Mary 2 is set to mark ten years since her memorable first visit to Australia in 2007 with a spectacular rendezvous with sister ship Queen Elizabeth in Sydney Harbour on Saturday.

Australian Cruising News.com.au will be out and about on Sydney harbour to capture all the action for you.

Photos Credit:  ship’s chief photographer Mike Crompton.

Information supplied by: Cunard Line.

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You Want It, Ovation Of The Seas Has Got It!

Ovation of the Seas has made Australia her own while on debut on the 15th December 2016. While it was a very overcast day she arrived into Sydney, Australia with much fan-fare. Royal Caribbean International had always promised Australian’s that it was going to introduce a new style of holiday, hence the hash tag #SuperCruising was born!

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The magnitude of spectacular and exhilarating experiences found only on a Royal Caribbean International ship, including sky diving and surfing experiences, the North Star viewing capsule, bumper cars, the robotic Bionic Bar and 18 different dining options and spell-binding entertainment is unbelievable ! It has to be seen to be believed. 

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“What a spectacular few months! Ovation of the Seas has wowed more than 40,000 guests with her incredible features and service. We are thrilled with the success of her maiden season and cannot wait to welcome her back again in November,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia & NZ.

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“As well as offering guests a new way to holiday down under, the #SuperCruising vessel also had a huge impact on the Australian economy, injecting more than $35 million in passenger spend alone,” he said.

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Well dont worry Australian Royal Caribbean International fans, because The biggest, newest and most modern cruise ship to ever be based in Australia will return next summer, joining sister ships Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas sailing from the region’s home of cruising, Sydney.

Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney at 6.30pm today for her 14-night repositioning voyage to Singapore.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

Photos credit: Brian Gaskin of Australian cruising News.com.au

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Shannan Ponton To Feature On Channel Ten's "The Living Room"

Popular TV host and leading fitness trainer Shannan Ponton has jumped back on-board Carnival Cruise Line for a special appearance as a guest presenter on TEN’s award-winning lifestyle program, The Living Room.

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A regular on Carnival's Australian-based ships, Shannan has filmed two special pieces on-board Carnival Legend.

The first story, to air at 7.30pm this Friday, February 17, on TEN, features Shannan showing just what it takes to keep shipshape at sea, including easy on-board fitness tips like taking the stairs, joining the gym and jogging the top deck track. Shannan then surprises his fellow passengers by hosting a Biggest Bootcamp at Sea workout.

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In the second story, to air on Friday February 24, Shannan spends an action-packed day on New Caledonia's island of Lifou enjoying Carnival's amazing shore excursions. Shannan starts his day off with a visit to the Devil’s Cave to explore local legends and culture before making his way to the Secret Grotto, an enchanting cave with a natural swimming hole inside. Finally, Shannan heads to the famous Jinek Bay to see Lifou’s incredible marine life in crystal clear waters.

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia.

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Cruising 2017 And Beyond, What Does All This Mean For You.

Late December 2016 saw the release of the annual Cruise Industry Outlook Report from CLIA which analyses statistics and trends that are likely to emerge over the course of the next cruising year.

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As in most years previously, the report was particularly optimistic. It showed a range of positive trends from more itineraries on offer to local industry growth and further investment worldwide into better infrastructure to meet the growing demand for diversity in cruise markets.

But what does this all mean for you?

To take the grunt work out of trying to understand the figures, we have broken down the trimmings of the report into 5 key benefits Aussie cruisers will see as..

1. More options, more buying power

2. Increase in uptake from Asia means more itineraries for Australians

3. Adventure cruising to become more accessible

4. Overnight stays and longer shore excursions

5. Smooth booking experience with more travel agents to work with

1. More options, more buying power

Australia has long been a destination for cruising, both domestically and for tourism. As this trend continues to grow (almost 1,000,000 Australians – approximately 4% of the population will take to the seas this year) so will the itineraries on offer along with better pricing and overall buying power of the everyday cruiser.

We have seen this already from the investment in new cruise terminals in Queensland, as well as dedicated regional vessels from Carnival and P&O Cruise Lines. Royal Caribbean have begun to operate more in the South Pacific as well with more sailings from Celebrity and Azamara brands and the first taste of super cruising with the world’s premier mega-liner; The Ovation of the Seas.

2. Increase in uptake from Asia means more itineraries for Australians

Asia has been flagged as the fastest emerging market in the cruise industry with the demand for more itineraries seeing regularly scheduled European and Alaskan voyages being repositioned to meet growing demand.

The numbers are staggering (close to a 26% growth per year for the last 4 years) and with our close proximity to the region an inevitable range of amazing new ports and untouched itineraries in the orient will begin to emerge, offering Aussie cruisers the chance to experience cruising like never before.

As an added benefit to this, off season cruising and the presence of more specialized vessels in the region will mean more select and unique itineraries begin to emerge in Australian waters as well.  

3. Adventure cruising to become more accessible.

The trend for adventure cruises has been on the rise steadily over the past 10 years with more people seeking unique experiences and itineraries outside of traditional holiday destinations.

The big ticket items in this category are destinations such as Antarctica, The Northern Territory and even private island experiences that are starting to be offered by some companies.

The growth in popularity (as well as proximity of Australians) to many of these destinations means once again greater affordability and means of access to these locations, backed by a combined industry total investment of $6.8 Billion in specialty ships to meet the growing need and requirements for voyages of this type.

4. Overnight stays and longer shore excursions.

Overnight stays on port calls are officially on the rise as cruise lines begin to integrate more excursions and experiential activities into itineraries abroad.

This change in tact has seen a rise in popularity reported from various leading liners and is sure to excite many cruisers and travel enthusiasts alike as more unique itineraries that could only be experienced from cruising begin to emerge.  

Cruise passengers can now make the most of their stay in ports of call. This especially benefits Aussies who prefer traveling for a longer period.

5. Smooth booking experience with more travel agents to work with.

The CLIA membership community has 15,000 travel agencies and over 25,000 travel agent members worldwide.

Australians that are sailing away for the holidays will find it easier to book the perfect cruise with the matchmaking expertise of cruise travel specialists. Eight out of 10 CLIA-certified travel agents are also confident they’ll see an increase in bookings from last year.

First-time Australian cruisers can enjoy a hassle-free vacation by working with travel agents. The rise in cruise travel agents can attract even travel enthusiasts that usually plan their trips on their own to let someone take care of their bookings.

Cruise Vacations, after all, should be a time for relaxation, reflection their just a great way to holiday.

 

Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! And www.dccruising.com.au 

 

Brisbanes Proposed Cruise Ship Terminal Receives 80% Of The Required Approval For Construction.

The market-led proposal to build Brisbane’s new cruise terminal has reached its next crucial benchmark having now received 80 per cent of the required approvals for construction. The final hurdle for the much anticipated terminal will be the approval of State Cabinet, which if successful will see construction begin as early as October 2017, with a view for completion before the end of 2019.

Luggage Point is the proposed location for the new facility for its ability to cater to ‘mega vessels’. The site is in close proximity to the Brisbane Airport and has access to deep water, making for reduced dredging requirements. Any main cargo-related activities are done in a separate area.

Brisbane to be able to accommodate mega cruise ships Currently, Brisbane’s cruise terminal located in Hamilton can only accommodate ships of up to 270 metres in length. Once the cruise terminal project materializes, mega cruise ships with lengths exceeding 270 metres will be able to berth in Brisbane.

Today’s largest cruise ships are over 300 metres in length. This includes marvels such as Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas that measures 362 metres, with a passenger capacity of 6296, and Anthem of the Seas, measuring 348 metres and can carry 4095 passengers.

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According to the Port of Brisbane, 62% of cruise vessels are expected to be over 270 metres in length come 2020.

Government funding is not required

The proposed cruise ship terminal project is privately-funded.

Taxpayers will not have to shoulder the construction cost. Two of the world’s largest cruise companies - Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Corporation - will spearhead the building of the terminal.

The cruise terminal project has the full support of the cruise industry, with Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises partnering with the Port of Brisbane to make this $100 million international mega ship cruise facility a reality.

Once operational, the facility will be able to accommodate more vessel calls.

The Cruise industry is a major player in Australia’s economy According to Business Queensland, Queensland remains Australia’s second-largest cruise holiday market. In 2014, 23.6% percent of the total number of cruise passengers were from Queensland.

 

Cruising also plays a significant role in Australia’s tourism industry. Cruise markets in Australia saw 20% per annum average growth for the past decade. With the new cruise terminal project, this market share is expected to grow even more.

There will be a dedicated facility to support the influx of cruise passengers, both domestic and international.

Brisbane and Queensland will benefit from the cruise facility

PBPL estimates a $1 billion annual gross injection into the Queensland economy once the project becomes operational.

This tourism infrastructure is poised to potentially triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry over the next 20 years.

Brisbane will be utilised as a base port. This means more passengers will be able to start and finish their cruise trips in Brisbane. The project will not only see Brisbane as a major cruise destination, it can also draw increased traffic to tourist destinations in the city and neighbouring regions.

The cruise industry is optimistic about the progress the new cruise terminal project will bring.

Are you looking forward to see the project come to life too?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Ovation Of The Seas' Own Wonderland Restaurant Mixes Up Some Imaginative Cocktails !

 

For the Royal Caribbeans master mixologists behind the bar at the Wonderland restaurant onboard Australia’s very own Ovation of the Seas, sister ships Allure of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas as well as the largest ship in the world Harmony of the Seas

Wonderland, cocktails are more than just drinks – they are masterpieces. These artists use innovative flavors and artisanal ingredients to create cocktails that are almost too stunning to drink!

Below are just some of the Imaginative cocktails that you could experiance at Wonderlands' restaurant bar on board our very own Ovation Of The Seas !

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 Speciality Cocktails

 

CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

Bitter cocoa powder and mascarpone cheese are churned together with dark crème de cocoa and vanilla vodka made super indulgent with the addition of a Guinness float and a rim of Synsepalum dulcificum.

GIANT LEAP

Mango purée and fresh cilantro pair up nicely with Bombay Sapphire gin in a grown-up trip down memory lane, and a sweet finish is delivered via a fleur du sel garnish.

RUTH’S BABY

Peanut vodka has a field day with team mates such as nougat cream liquour, white crème de cocoa and caramel syrup.

SALT WATER TAFFY MANHATTAN

Maker’s Mark bourbon, sweet vermouth and salt water taffy simple syrup deliver a different kind of grown-up trip down memory lane. A sweet finish arrives via a crown of fleur du sel.

Information supplied by: Royal Caribbean International.

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Carnival Cruise Line, Australia Finally Introduces The Carnival Hub App To Australians!

Carnival Hub a free mobile app by Carnival Cruise Line, has finally been introduced on its Australia based ships, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.

It’s helping guests get instant access to all the fun on-board., and it’s about time I say.

Those who are cruising on both Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend will be able to use the Carnival Hub App once on board.

So what are some of the features of the Carnival Hub app??

The following features are available at the touch of your fingertips, for your entire cruise while on board your Carnival ship.

What's Happening: A day-by-day schedule of hundreds of on-board events, available for the full cruise as soon as you embark! Includes a “favourites” feature that also allows guests to see which events their sailing companions will attend.

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Food & Drinks: A comprehensive list of delicious dining options and dining-related events, enticing refreshment venues and beverage-related events.

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Deck Plans: Searchable deck plans with key areas highlighted, providing a comprehensive layout of the ship’s various on-board offerings.

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Account Balance: Real-time information on guests’ current Sail & Sign shipboard account balance.

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On-board Chat Access: The opportunity to chat with family & friends on board all cruise long from the comfort of your deck chair is for a one-off fee per cruise of AU$9, per person per voyage.

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The Carnival Hub App is now available on Carnival Spirit and will become available on Carnival Legend as of the 23rd of February 2017. You can download the app for free from the ITunes store for apple iPhone users, and for android users it’s available on the google play store.

For those guests who are cruising on-board Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend you are able to download the Carnival Hub app before you start your cruise, you are able to set up a profile and enter the cruise that you are going on. You can also enter the next cruise departure date to start the countdown and share with family and friends.

Carnival Hub app can also be downloaded for free on-board by using a special internet package.  

Carnival Cruise Lines New Hub App

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke said the Carnival Hub app would change the way guests enjoyed their cruise holidays.

The Carnival Hub app really puts guests in control of their cruise holiday, so they never miss any of the fun on-board, and can easily plan their day from beside the pool, hop from a live show to a gym class, arrange to meet friends and family and even catch up with new friends,” Ms Vandekreeke said.

 New functions, like the ability to make spa and restaurant bookings were expected to come online throughout the year, she said.  

It is also interesting to note that the ‘Fun Ships’ Fun Times daily newsletter will also be available in a reduced-size paper format, along with the Carnival Hub app.

This certainly shows on Carnivals behalf that they are committed to being environmentally friendly. This will see the paper used to print the newsletter on-board be reduced by 50 percent.

Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line , Australia.

www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!

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