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Monday, 11 December 2017

Cunard Luxury Alaska Cruise Aboard Queen Elizabeth


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Cunard are announcing they will be sailing to Alaska for the first time in 2019. Discover signature Alaskan sights aboard Cunard's luxury liner Queen Elizabeth, plus enjoy a Luxury Rocky Mountain coach tour on this 17-night Fly/Stay/Tour & Cruise package with Cruise1st.

Departing Australia, you will fly to Calgary, Alberta's major city and gateway to the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. After a night in Calgary your 5-night tour will take in the picturesque alpine town of Banff and its National Park; Jasper National Park along the Icefield Parkway; Lake Louise; Sun Peaks, the famous Swiss-style alpine village of British Columbia; Whistler; and on to Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver.

Your accommodation will include some of the best hotels in North America including Fairmont Hotels.

In Vancouver you will board Queen Elizabeth for a 10-night cruise of Alaska and the Inside Passage. Port stops and highlights include Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway and Sitka, Alaska's capital Juneau, and the 'Salmon Capital of the World' Ketchikan before returning to Vancouver. See tranquil fishing villages; wildlife including brown bears, eagles, mooses and humpback whales; dramatic glaciers, icebergs and spring wildflowers.

Sailing on the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth is an unforgettable experience with an unrivalled sense of glamour and romance. Features include a gaming deck; a spa; shopping arcade; casino, library, film club, restaurants and lounges. All port fees, taxes and entertainment on board Queen Elizabeth are included.

There are two departures ex-Sydney on 16th and 26th May, 2019, priced from $5,999* per person twin share in an inside cabin. International flights, hotel stays and coach tour are included.

For more information call 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.


*Terms, exclusions & conditions apply. Subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Prices are per person, twin share based on an inside stateroom. Prices subject to change at any time.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

MSC SEASIDE New flagship prepares to set sail to become the new star of Miami

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MSC Seaside will be officially named in Miami on December 21st

Today (Italy time) in the port of Trieste, MSC Cruises celebrated the coming into service of MSC Seaside, the new flagship for MSC Cruises, as she prepares to welcome the first guests and cross the Atlantic for her new home in Miami. MSC Seaside is the Company's 14th addition to the MSC Cruises fleet and the second MSC Cruises ship to come into service in 2017 under the Company's industry-unprecedented investment plan.

MSC Seaside is a brand new prototype, designed specifically for sun lovers and to bring MSC Cruises guests closer to the ocean than ever before. The ship boasts generous outdoor public spaces so that guests can make the most of the sunshine but the design also brings guests closer to the navigational moments, which are the highlights of a cruise holiday. This is now the fifth new prototype from MSC Cruises and each and every new ship is designed to further enhance the cruise experience, bringing something unique and different every time.

Quite unlike anything else at sea, MSC Seaside will be the new star of Miami, truly recognisable and with a distinctive design inspired by a Miami beach condo. But it is not just the design of this ship that sets her apart but also the onboard experience that distinguishes an MSC Cruises holiday. MSC Seaside will offer world-class entertainment, a whole host of new international dining concepts, outstanding facilities for families, the MSC Yacht Club, which has become MSC Cruises' signature luxury offering and much more. It is this that will differentiate the MSC Cruises brand and cruise experience in the North American market and provide yet another reason for international guests to opt for a fly & cruise holiday in the Caribbean. Some of the main highlights of MSC Seaside include:

Unique design features - Inspired by the beach condos that have made Miami famous, MSC Seaside has a number of distinctive and innovative design features unlike any other ship. Two unique glass-floored catwalks and a 40m high 'Bridge of Sighs' give guests a view of the ocean like never before. A waterfront boardwalk, the widest on any ship ever built, wraps around the ship, while panoramic lifts connect everything together.

A connected cruise experience -MSC for Me is the digital innovation program that uses the latest cutting-edge technology to connect holidaymakers seamlessly with the experiences that matter to them, whether at sea or on land.

Variety of accommodation -Developed to offer the perfect accommodation for every type of guest, the ship offers flexible modular cabins for groups of up to ten guests, exclusive aft corner suites with stunning sea views, terraced balcony cabins with extended private terraces overlooking the waterfront boardwalk and luxurious suites with their own outdoor whirlpool bath.

Rich and varied entertainment -  MSC Seaside doesn't just feature a full-sized bowling alley, XD cinema and the longest zip line at sea, but also the most interactive aqua park at sea with five water attractions: the first cruise ship Slideboarding™ attraction, 160 metre long duelling body slides and two spray areas for kids. There is never a dull moment on board!

Extensive dining options -MSC Seaside will offer an extensive choice of indoor and outdoor dining venues with a tempting range of international restaurants. One of the highlights is Asian Market Kitchen from renowned Pan-Asian chef Roy Yamaguchi. Other highlights include a luxury seafood restaurant, Ocean Cay, an authentic American-style steakhouse, the Butcher's Cut and a new French bistro, La Bohème.

Outstanding facilities and services for families and kids of all ages -MSC Seaside features brand new entertainment on top of everything families have already come to expect from MSC Cruises. As well as all-day kids' entertainment and six dedicated areas for babies and kids of all ages, guests can also take part in the brand new DOREMI Family Cinema and a new exciting buzzer game.

MSC Seaside will depart Trieste on December 1st, making a 21 day trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving in Port Miami, her new home on December 21st. That evening, the new MSC Cruises flagship will be officially named in a glittering ceremony and no MSC Cruises naming ceremony would be complete without the Godmother, Sophia Loren, who has played the leading role in this time honoured tradition since 2003.

MSC Seaside will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean offering 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries starting December 23rd 2017.

Website: www.msccruises.com.au
Discover the MSC Voyagers Club: www.mscvoyagersclub.com.au

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

MSC Magnifica world cruise 2020




Sail aboard MSC Magnifica on a brand-new 116-night world cruise calling at a whole host of far-flung destinations including Peru, Papua New Guinea, Bali and India

MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world's largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, has announced the opening of sales of its second world cruise, setting sail in 2020. Sales open today, October 25, for MSC Voyagers Club members and everyone else on November 23.
 
The 2020 MSC World Cruise boasts a new itinerary that includes more exotic and aspirational destinations than ever before, with more than 40 destinations and 23 countries. Not only will guests be able to realise their dreams of travelling the world without ever needing to leave the comfort of their cabin, but whilst on board MSC Magnifica they will be able to do so with the style and comfort that comes only from MSC Cruises.
 
MSC Cruises' Chief Executive Officer Gianni Onorato commented: "Following on from the highly successful launch of our first MSC World Cruise last year due to set to sail in January 2019, we are now delighted to open sales for a new world cruise for 2020 developed to offer guests experiences and destinations that they will never forget. In addition, the experience onboard MSC Magnifica – one of the jewels of our fleet - has been designed to reflect the cultures and cuisines of the countries that the ship visits, giving guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a true around the world voyage of discovery both on board and on shore."
 
Guests embarking from Civitavecchia/Rome, Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona on 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th January 2020 respectively will cross five continents on a three-month voyage of discovery to some of the world's most talked-about destinations. To maximise exploration opportunities, eight destinations include an overnight stay in port, giving guests up to two days to experience local attractions, cuisine and unique atmosphere.
 
Among the 43 destinations of the 2020 MSC World Cruise are a whole host of brand new and exotic destinations including, among many others:

  • Ushuaia, Argentina – the most southern city in the world, this Argentinian fishing village offers stunning water scenery with often snow-topped mountains
  • Rapa Nui – Easter Island – famed globally for its unique collection of carved-stone figurines dating back to the 13th century
  • Darwin, Australia – located at the northern tip of the country, the region allows guest to experience the true Australia – beaches, lagoons, sports and local wildlife can all be experienced within close proximity
  • Valparaiso, Chile – famed for its small coloured houses on its coastal hills, guests can get a spectacular view out into the Pacific or explore the city, searching for its photo-worthy walls of art
  • Mumbai/Bombay, India – bustling city Mumbai (previously called Bombay) offers smells, tastes and sights around every corner
  • Salalah, Oman – multiple waterfalls, exotic lush flora and unusual animals make this stop hard to forget.

MSC Cruises is known for providing authentic experiences through its wide range of shore excursions that allow guests to get closer to the action, discover new cultures and visit unique locations. The 2020 MSC World Cruise is no different and to help guests make the most of their voyage, 15 shore excursions are included in the cost of the booking and of course other excursions can be booked both in advance or during the cruise. Some of the highlights include:

  • In Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, visit 'Turtle Bay' where it will be easy to understand the reason for the name: jump in to swim up-close and personal with two different breeds of turtle as well as possibly being joined by other marine life such as stingrays, manta rays, sharks and dolphins
  • In Aqaba, Petra, explore the ancient city of Petra in the middle of the Jordanian desert and traverse the narrow cut-through ravine revealing the famous rose-red rock carved temple
  • In Port Kelang, Kuala Lumpur, reach the peak of one of the world's most famous (and tallest) skyscrapers as you reach the top of the Kuala Lumpur Tower: from the top, take in the breath-taking city views from above and capture the perfect holiday photos.
 
Guests on the World Cruise will also benefit from:
  • Complimentary Mealtime Restaurant Drinks Package and a 30% reduction on all laundry services
  • More than 90 shows performed in the ship's Royal Theatre, including 30 Broadway-style shows and a wide range of live music incorporating acts inspired by the itinerary
  • A comprehensive activity schedule with theme evenings, language classes, cultural guest speakers and much more

Guests will travel in real style and comfort aboard MSC Magnifica, featuring an award-winning Balinese spa, one of the highest ratios of balcony cabins at sea and fresh and authentic dining options that are a key feature of a MSC Cruises holiday.
 
Booking Information:
During the exclusive one-month booking window for MSC Voyagers Club members, loyal MSC Cruises' guests will be able to choose their ideal cabin before they sell out. Not only this, but the Company will also credit triple membership points at the time of booking, allowing MSC Voyagers Club members to enjoy all the added benefits right away – this is on top of 15 complimentary shore excursions and mealtime drinks package.
 
To learn more about MSC Magnifica and further details of the World Cruise itinerary, please visit: www.msccruises.com.au/en-au/Cruise-Destinations/MSC-World-Cruise-2020.aspx
 
For more information contact marketing@msccruises.com.au


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Royal Caribbean's New Features On Worlds Largest Cruise Ship: Symphony Of The Seas

Royal Caribbean International has announced the incredible new features debuting on Symphony of the Seas, the cruise ship taking the title of world's biggest when it launches in March 2018.

The new features will join the line-up of Royal Caribbean' exclusives – such as robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar; the iconic AquaTheater showcasing high-flying, high diving performances; and the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea - all set in the unique seven-neighborhood concept of the award-winning Oasis-class ships.



New additions include:

Ultimate Family Suite – this two-level interactive suite will debut eye-popping features, including an exclusive slide from the kid's only bedroom down to the living room below, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, an air-hockey table and hidden nooks for chilling.  There's also a separate 3D movie theatre-style TV room, complete with popcorn machine and a library of video games across multiple gaming systems. A 212 square foot wrap-around balcony touts a bumper pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool. The Ultimate Family Suite spans 125 square metres accommodating a family of up to eight in two bedrooms. Guests in the Ultimate Family Suite will also have their own personal Genie to take care of their every need while enjoying all the services and premium amenities of the Royal Suite Class. The suite joins the wide variety of contemporary suite accommodations available throughout the ship, from the Loft Suites to the multi-room Owner's Suites.

The world's largest laser tag arena - for thrilling live action adventure at sea, guests can gear up for an epic glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience like no other. State-of-the-art technology and special effects will transform Studio B into the world's largest and ultimate laser tag arena as family, friends and foes battle over the fate of the last planet in the galaxy.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade – spanning the length of the ship's Boardwalk, this vibrant sports bar and arcade will be the place to watch the "big game" from around the world across 30 big-screen TVs. It's also set to be a hot spot for families to enjoy wings, burgers and craft beer on draft, as well as friendly competitions of Ms. Pacman, Star Wars Battle Pod, Ice Skeeball and other popular games

Sugar Beach candy and ice-cream shop with colourful candy-packed walls and tempting ice cream and toppings galore will also offer family-friendly activities for aspirational bakers.

Hooked, Royal Caribbean's first New England-style seafood restaurant, featuring fresh seafood and a robust raw bar complete with oysters shucked to order will be located at the front of the ship in the Solarium. The new restaurant will be added to an already diverse lineup of more than 20 specialty and complimentary restaurants across the ship's seven neighborhoods.




El Loco Fresh will offer mouth-watering made-to-order tacos, burritos and other popular Mexican fare. The open-air restaurant will seat more than 100 guests in the Sports Zone. The cruise line's signature culinary favourites, including Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, 150 Central Park with its American seasonal menu, Park Café and Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, also will introduce refreshed designs and new menu specialties on Symphony, offering guests the widest choice and variety of dining options.

"Flight" – a historical satire on the evolution of air travel that ends with homage to the famed Wright Brothers will join headliner and Royal Caribbean favourite, "Hairspray" in the Royal Theatre.

"HiRo" – will debut in the iconic AquaTheater open-air amphitheatre, offering serious wow factor with high-flying diving and acrobatics.

"1977" - high-tech ice-skating show in Studio B will bring guests to London on the eve of the Queen's Silver Jubilee when her Crown Jewels are stolen in the heist of the century.

Puzzle Break – located in the Youth Zone, this new experience will see teams race against the clock, learning to work together towards a common goal to escape the submarine-themed room before time runs out.

Redesigned check-in experience - eliminates lines and bypasses the counter. The new process will leverage a combination of facial recognition, bar codes and beacons to make boarding fast and frictionless.  Guests will check-in via the brand's new mobile app and seamlessly upload their security "selfie" to create their onboard account from the comfort of home. Upon arrival, guests will go through a security screening and then head straight to their stateroom where their key will be ready and waiting. In addition to mobile check-in, Symphony will feature all of the pioneering and award-winning guest technology the brand is known for, including VOOM – the fastest internet at sea, state-of-the-art wayfinding and virtual balconies.

Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts in April 2018 for her inaugural season in Europe. The architectural marvel will accommodate more balcony staterooms overlooking the open ocean and legendary Boardwalk and Central Park neighbourhoods than her popular sister ship Harmony of the Seas.

"We're excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a vacation that adventurers of all ages can enjoy together," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "We set out to create a new level of vacation adventure and deliver the ultimate escape for families of all shapes and sizes. Symphony will introduce the most cutting-edge, customizable, and digitally-enhanced experiences in the Royal Caribbean fleet."

The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet, Symphony of the Seas will set sail in April 2018 kicking off a summer season in the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. Beginning 24 November 2018, the adventure-packed ship will make Miami, FL her year-round home, sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from the state-of-the-art new Terminal A at Port Miami. Symphony of the Seas will span 16 guest decks, encompass more than 230,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,500 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,774 staterooms.

For more information about Symphony of the Seas, visit RoyalCaribbean.com/SymphonyoftheSeas.

MSC updated Caribbean itineraries




MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world's largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, has announced updated Caribbean itineraries. These updates have come due to the recent tragic weather events that have affected populations as well as individual destinations across the region, including Philipsburg (St Maarten), Road Town (British Virgin Islands), and Roseau (Dominica).

MSC Cruises remains committed to the Caribbean as a destination, with the continued operation of four ships over the next months, and the introduction of a fifth ship, MSC Seaside, from December. MSC Cruises has been working closely with officials, governments and other entities in the affected areas of the Caribbean in order to make an appropriate assessment about both existing destinations and those being introduced. Additionally, it will continue to work hand-in-hand with relevant parties to monitor and assess on an ongoing basis the availability of destinations that are not currently accessible.

In the meantime, guests sailing in the Caribbean aboard MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia and MSC Seaside will experience an updated array of alternative Caribbean destinations for their cruise holiday. Highlights of updated itineraries, by ship, are as follows:

MSC Divina

MSC Divina, on the three Eastern Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami on 30 September, 14 October and 28 October and that formerly included Philipsburg (St Maarten) and San Juan (Puerto Rico), will now cruise the following West Caribbean itinerary:

·        Miami/Florida (USA)
·        At sea
·        Montego Bay (Jamaica)
·        George Town (Cayman Islands)
·        Costa Maya (Mexico)
·        At sea
·        Nassau (Bahamas)
·        Miami/Florida (USA)

Starting with the itinerary departing from Miami on November 11, on 7-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries, MSC Divina will now call at St John (Antigua and Barbuda), instead of at Philipsburg (St Maarten).

For MSC Divina long-cruises departing from Miami in January and February 2018:

·        Departing 03 January 2018: the ship will call at Oranjestad (Aruba) and Willemstad (Curaçao) instead of at Road Town/Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis)
·        Departing 25 January 2018: San Juan (Puerto Rico) will replace Philipsburg (St Maarten)
·        Departing 15 February 2018: the ship will call at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Bridgetown (Barbados) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) instead of at Philipsburg (St Maarten), Road Town/Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and St John (Antigua and Barbuda)

MSC Fantasia: 25 November – 31 March 2018

On the 7-night itineraries from Forte de France (Martinique) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), MSC Fantasia will now call at La Romana (Dominican Republic), instead of at Road Town/Tortola (British Virgin Islands), and at Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), instead of at Roseau (Dominica), while spending an additional day at sea instead of calling at Philipsburg (St Maarten).

MSC Seaside: 23 December – 17 March 2018

On her Eastern Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami, MSC Seaside will now call at St John (Antigua and Barbuda), instead of at Philipsburg (St Maarten).

Furthermore, the itineraries of MSC Opera and MSC Armonia, serving the Caribbean from Havana (Cuba) remain unchanged and will continue to call at attractive destinations including Montego Bay, Georgetown and Cozumel.


www.msccruises.com.au


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

30-Day Countdown to Norwegian Jewel’s Inaugural Australian Season

Norwegian Cruise Line is set to begin its inaugural Australian season from Sydney in just 30 days, as Norwegian Jewel sails into Sydney Harbour for the first time on November 12 before embarking on a five-day 'Taste of Tasmania' cruise departing the same evening.




During her November 2017 to February 2018 local season, Norwegian Jewel will undertake nine exciting sailings visiting iconic ports around Australia and New Zealand, before making her way to Singapore.  Norwegian Jewel's local Australian season will also include seven Sydney round-trip itineraries.

Other highlight itineraries include a nine-day voyage taking in regional gems such as Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania's Burnie, departing 14 December 2017, and a series of ten to 16-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries departing between November 2017 and February 2018 – taking in breathtaking destinations like Milford Sound and Bay of Islands.

Hosting up to 2,376 guests with personalised attention from 1,069 crew, Norwegian Jewel has an array of on board activities for all ages, including seven specialty dining venues, nine complimentary restaurants, and 15 bars and lounges, as well as a poolside bar for afternoon cocktails at sea.

On board guests will be treated to Norwegian Jewel's award-winning entertainment at sea, including Australia's own dance production Burn the Floor. Outdoor activities will get the heart pumping, while those looking to dial down the pace can enjoy pampering treatments to feel relaxed and rejuvenated at the Mandara Spa and Spa Thermal Suite.

For an indulgent accommodation experience, Norwegian Jewel's ultra-exclusive 'The Haven by Norwegian' is home to the line's most luxurious, well-appointed suites and villas, spas and pools, as well as dedicated concierge services.

From interconnecting rooms for families, balcony suites and villas offering spectacular coastal views, guests still have the opportunity to book and be part of the first local season aboard one of the biggest and best names in international cruising.

For last minute bookings and enquiries, call Norwegian's local hotline, Australia: 1300 255 200, New Zealand: 0800 969 283, email: resoffice@ncl.com or visit www.ncl.com.au.

 
 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Carnival Cruise Line sails to Melbourne Cup


Race-goers looking to kick off the fun of Melbourne Cup early and turn the iconic day into a fun-filled holiday can set sail on Carnival Spirit Sunday 5 November 2017 and travel from Sydney to Melbourne and back in style.
 
For 6 nights, passengers will experience a range of racing activities, including tips from racing experts, a fashion parade, sweepstakes and General Admission tickets to Flemington Racecourse, to help make the event more memorable.
 
A number of extra special guests will also sail to Melbourne, please see an overview below:

Television presenter, Erica Davis, will provide expert fashion tips onboard alongside Melbourne based stylist and boutique owner Trish G.
Queensland Racing Hall of Fame and Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Larry Olsen, as well as legendary race caller, John Tapp, will be onboard sharing their love of the sport and provide tips and tricks for a successful Melbourne Cup.

Larry Olsen, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1987 on a horse called Kensei says, "I'm very excited to cruise with Carnival to the Melbourne Cup this year.  It'll be fantastic to feel the energy onboard ahead of the day, see guests making new friends and bonding over the sport, and share tips with the top Melbourne Cup fans."
 
For those who've missed the opportunity to sail this year, you can snap up tickets for the 2018 Melbourne Cup Cruise here: https://www.carnival.com.au/find-a-cruise?g=M&drf=2018-01
 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cruise Month Sets Sail Down Under with an Ocean of Deals



The world’s largest cruise promotion has begun and with the latest research showing that Australians love to cruise and they love a deal, the nation is bracing for a holiday booking frenzy.

All over the world October is Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) annual Plan a Cruise Month promotion and in its second year, the month-long industry-wide promotion is set to be bigger and better with local and international cruise lines offering a range of promotions to encourage holidaymakers to make their next holiday a cruise.

A recent poll by the world’s largest cruise site, Cruise Critic, found that finding a deal was the next biggest deciding factor for Australians and New Zealanders when booking a cruise, once the destination was decided. Some 40 per cent of respondents in the local poll looked for a deal, nearly 30 per cent focussed on convenient dates, 27 per cent turned to positive reviews and the remaining five per cent listened to family and friends’ recommendations.

“Price is a big deal for Aussies and Kiwis, especially first-time cruisers who aren’t ready to invest in a style of travel they’ve never tried before. But the most important thing is value – remember, a cruise fare includes your onboard accommodation and most of your food, activities and entertainment. Travel agents often have access to special deals so it pays to talk to someone who specialises in cruising and to research cruise websites,” Australia Editor Cruise Critic Louise Goldsbury said.

One of the fastest growing industries down under, the local ocean cruise market has experienced double digit growth over the past decade with nearly 1.3 million Australians taking a cruise each year, according to the latest figures from regional cruise industry body, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

With CLIA industry research also finding that more than eight out of ten travellers use a travel agent to plan and book a cruise holiday, CLIA Australasia & Asia Managing Director Joel Katz said using a CLIA accredited travel agent during Plan a Cruise Month was the best way to plan and book a cruise.

“Our latest research shows that one in 19 Australians are taking a holiday at sea each year, highlighting that ocean cruising is increasingly becoming the nation’s holiday of choice and Plan a Cruise Month is a great time to find out what all the excitement is about. Cruising is an easy, fun and great value way to travel, with guests only unpacking once while the world comes to them and even the cheapest cruises including main meals, accommodation, entertainment and transport in the fare. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a solo sojourn or an all-in family holiday, there is a ship and an itinerary to suit and a CLIA accredited agent is in the best position to match holidaymakers with the right cruise holiday,” Mr Katz said.

For anyone considering their first cruise or keen to book their next, Mr Katz said October was the best time to plan a cruise with great value available across a range of ocean cruises.

From discounts to onboard credit, special cruise deals this October include:

  • Royal Caribbean is offering savings of up to 40 per cent and up to US$100 onboard credit during Plan a Cruise Month
  • Princess Cruises is offering savings of up to $2100 per stateroom on select cruises across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Japan, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a range of add ons for anyone who books a cruise of three nights or longer including a free beverage package, free specialty dining package, shore excursion credit, free wifi and a reduced rate for friends and family
  • Celebrity Cruises is offering a free Classic Beverage Package for two plus US$300 onboard credit per stateroom
  • MSC is offering 50 per cent off for the second passenger on select departures in the Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and repositioning cruises.
  • Plan a Cruise Month takes place each October with CLIA offices around the world working with CLIA accredited agents and CLIA member cruise lines to promote cruise holidays.


Ensuring October is officially becoming known as ‘cruise month’ down under, the month also marks the start of the cruise season in Australia with the first international ships arriving for the summer. This season Australia will see around 60 ships cruising local waters.

For more information about Cruise Month or to find a CLIA accredited agent please visit www.cruising.org.au


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Azamara Club Cruises Announces Expansion Of Boutique Fleet



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Boutique cruise line Azamara Club Cruises has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase a sister ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with delivery taking place in March 2018.

"We are pleased to expand our portfolio by 50%, allowing us to visit even more regions of the world through the acquisition of this sister ship," said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. "Our loyal guests and travel partners have asked for this expansion for a long time; we are very pleased to deliver this to them."

The new addition, Azamara Pursuit, is comparable in size to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. As such, it will also allow visits to unique ports that larger ships are unable to reach. Together, the three ships will support the brand's commitment to enrich destination immersion around the world, by staying longer in port to allow guests to experience more.

The ship's décor will be updated to match the brand's upmarket position. These updates will be similar to the renovations recently introduced on the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, bringing guests the experience of a boutique hotel at sea.

Information about deployment and itineraries for Azamara Pursuit will be available in October. For additional information please visit www.azamara.com/pursuit.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Cunard to add fourth ship to fleet



This investment is part of the company's ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally.

Carnival Corporation - the world's largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand - has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri, Italy, to build a new ship that will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

The as yet unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.

The iconic cruise brand is going from strength to strength, having seen crowds of more than one million people gather in 2015 to celebrate the company's 175th anniversary.

Cunard has subsequently invested over £120 million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Alongside an array of exciting new itineraries featuring new destinations and special event voyages for 2018 and 2019, Cunard has also continued to evolve the guest experience to meet the needs of the luxury consumer by introducing new bar and dining signatures, entertainment offerings and brand partners across the fleet.

Simon Palethorpe, senior vice president, Cunard, said: "We have only recently marked the 50th anniversary of one of Cunard's much loved ocean liners, the legendary QE2.

"What better way to celebrate her important role in Cunard's past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard's future with the commissioning of a new ship.

"Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean experiences and the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets."

Cunard will be revealing exciting details about the new ship during the course of 2018 and through to the ship's launch.

Cunard is a luxury British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998.

It has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, celebrating 175 years of operation in 2015.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Thomas Keneally to sail with Silversea on world cruise


Silversea Cruises, the world's leading luxury and expedition cruise line, is pleased to announce acclaimed Australian author Thomas Keneally as its newest guest enrichment lecturer, featuring aboard Silver Whisper as part of the incredible World Cruise 2018.

Joining for 13 days from Sydney to Bali as part of the magnificent World Cruise 2018, Keneally will deliver a range of thought-provoking enrichment lectures.  Guests will hear Keneally's unique insights into his personal stories and profound experiences, all while travelling through a variety of incredible destinations in all-inclusive, intimate luxury.

Keneally is a critically acclaimed Australian novelist, playwright, and essayist and has published more than 30 novels and screenplays during his career.  Keneally's novel, Schindler's Ark won the 1982 Man Booker Prize, and was later adapted into the Academy Award winning Spielberg classic, Schindler's List.

Amber Wilson, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises said:

"We are delighted to welcome one of Australia's most distinguished novelists aboard Silver Whisper in February 2018.  Guests will have the opportunity to attend fascinating and stimulating discussions with the highly regarded author and will be thrilled with his array of riveting stories and insightful lectures."

Designed to spark the imagination of avid travellers, Silversea's World Cruise 2018 is an epic 121-day voyage from Los Angeles to Civitavecchia, Rome, on board the elegant, all-suite Silver Whisper.  This extraordinary one-of-a-kind voyage will encompass 60 unique ports in 21 countries across 5 continents.  Including numerous late-night and overnight stays, guests have ample time to take in all the amazing sights, sounds, and flavours of the beautiful cities, great wine regions, and architectural spectacles of this incredible journey.

In addition to Keneally, a stimulating program of eminent lecturers, wine experts and renowned chefs will also be on offer to engage guests for the duration of World Cruise 2018 along with certified ACBL instructors, and the ever-popular L'École des Chefs by Relais & Châteaux®.

Featured voyages:

V4804 - Departing Sydney on 20 February 2018 on this 13-day voyage to Bali, Keneally will join guests on boardSilver Whisper as they journey up the beautiful coastline, experiencing the indigo waters of the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Northern Territory's spectacular wildlife and searing sunsets before arriving into Bali on 5 March.  Fares start at AU$12,200* per person based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

World Cruise 2018 - Departing Los Angeles on 6 January 2018, an exclusive 121-day voyage aboard Silver Whisper, will venture to 60 ports across 21 countries.  This ultimate cruise showcases: the blue lagoons of Polynesia, the mesmerising landscapes of New Zealand, ancient wonders including Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal, Sydney's Opera House, the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur, and the soaring skylines of Singapore and Hong Kong; and much more.  Fares start at AU$96,245* per person, based on double occupancy in a Veranda Suite.

Silversea's cruise fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary on board wines, Champagne and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest or unlimited WiFi for select suite categories, and all gratuities.

*These voyages are subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

MSC Cruises Caribbean combo- making it easy.



MSC Cruises offers an incredible cruising experience aboard their luxury fleet, and makes combining cruises a seamless experience for a truly immersive holiday.   As the leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises offers a range of wide and varied itineraries in this beautiful region, all year-round.  MSC Cruises' popular Grand Mediterranean cruise combines east and west Mediterranean itineraries to discover Italy, France, Spain, Malta, the Greek Islands, Greece and Crete.

With a choice of four Mediterranean itinerary combinations departing every Saturday and two combinations departing every Sunday, from Genoa or Venice, you can enjoy 14 or 21 nights.  MSC Cruises will also look after your transfers from Genoa to Venice (or vice versa) complimentary for two adults and $100pp for additional persons travelling together.  Your luggage will also be transferred direct to your ship, allowing you to explore Genoa for the day before setting sail in the evening!  

Northern Europe with MSC Cruises is sure to tick off your bucket list experiences.  With weekly departures, you can combine Baltic capitals, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itineraries to explore spectacular glaciers, historical architecture, meet locals in Reykjavik, or simply take in the beauty of the midnight sun at the North Cape.  With a range of flexible embarkations to choose to commence your cruise, MSC Cruises are really good at making it really easy for you at a really great price.  Depart every Saturday from Kiel (Germany) or Copenhagen or every Sunday from Copenhagen or Warnemunde (Berlin).

But, it is not just in the Mediterranean or Northern Europe that affords you this flexibility.  Why not join West and East Caribbean itineraries.  MSC Cruises will have you dancing the tango, exploring cobbled streets and lush rainforests or simply soaking up one of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations in the world over 14 or 21 nights.

Take advantage of MSC Cruises Caribbean combination cruise with 50% off the second passenger.  Departing Miami January 25, 2018 sail the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Martinique for some French flair.  You will then savour the sights of Jamaica, Colombia and Costa Rica in the south of the Caribbean.  Priced from $3,112 for the first passenger and $1725 for the second passenger.

To book your 21 night Caribbean combination special today, call 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or your local travel agent.  

 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Aussies tops in cruising




David Ellis

AUSSIES it seems just can't get enough of ocean cruising, with 1.28-million of us spending 12-million days at sea in 2016, and our ocean cruising industry growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.

And while that 1.28-million ocean cruise-goers was a staggering 21.4% more than in 2015, or one in 19 of us taking an ocean cruise holiday in 2016,  it did not include the many thousands more who took local river, lake or estuary cruise holidays.

An actual increase of a whopping 220,000 on Australian ocean cruise-goers in 2015, the figure was the largest ever for a single year as Aussie cruise holidaymakers streamed aboard the vessels of some nine lines operating here either permanently or seasonally, joined others visiting as part of Asian or world cruises, or flew off overseas to join yet other ocean-goers at international cruise ports.

And according to the Cruise Lines International Association of Australasia (CLIA), an amazing 76.7 per cent of Australian ocean cruise-goers actually stayed local, choosing to cruise into the South Pacific (the majority,) to New Zealand, or sticking purely to Australian waters.

And CLIA says the way we're going, it looks like two million of us will be enjoying either a local or international ocean cruise holiday annually by 2020.

 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

New flagship for Silversea christened in Monaco


 
Silver Muse christened by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio's daughter, Costanza Lefebvre, in Monaco

The ninth ship in the Silversea fleet offers the highest expression of excellence at sea

Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea, welcomed VIPs and other distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco yesterday, including: His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; His Excellency Minister of State of the Principality, Serge Telle; His Excellency Archbishop of Monaco Barsi; Mr. Peter Greenberg (CBS-TV Anchor and News Travel Editor, Master of  Ceremony); Mr. Geoffrey Kent (Abercrombie & Kent Founder) and Mr. Gerald Lawless (Chairman of WTCC), for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to the fleet, Silver Muse. 

The historic celebration, hosted by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, was honoured with incredible performances by the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome and renowned violinist Charlie Siem, both of whom enriched the ceremony with sublimely moving musical renditions.

Silver Muse, the ninth ship in the Silversea fleet, caters to the most discerning passengers at sea, offering the highest expression of elegance and comfort while aiming to redefine the ultra-luxury cruising experience.

Over the past two weeks, guests from around the world were invited to preview the new flagship on a number of exclusive voyages in the Mediterranean. Initial feedback from media, as well as trade and industry representatives has been overwhelmingly positive, with the quality of the finished Fincantieri vessel and Silversea's level of service by the Silver Muse crew exceeding guests' expectations.  

Accommodating 596 passengers, the ship boasts an unrivalled selection of dining options on board, including three restaurants new to the Silversea fleet: Atlantide, a seafood and grill concept representing the ultimate in culinary excellence and creativity by using the finest ingredients sourced from around the world; the Asian-accented Indochine; and an Italian-themed poolside restaurant, Spaccanapoli, which serves homemade Italian pizzas throughout the day. With the addition of these new culinary venues, Silver Muse guests have a choice of eight onboard restaurants and the freedom to dine on "anything, anywhere, at any time" on the ship.

Silver Muse is also home to the unique Zàgara Beauty Spa, which offers a relaxing sanctuary while transporting guests on a journey of the five senses tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

Monaco is not merely the base of Silversea's operations, it is also the home of the company's proud Monegasque history. Silversea shares the culture, traditions and values of the Principality with the world, with its nine ships visiting more than 900 different ports of call each year.

Attending the christening ceremony, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco said: "On behalf of the Principality of Monaco, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Silver Muse, its crew and passengers. She represents the next generation of cruise ships with respect to both fuel efficiency and energy saving technology. We share with Silversea common values and principles surrounding responsible environmental practices, and the development of sustainable business activities. The preservation of the oceans is a crucial priority for future generations."

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea Chairman, said: "The close ties between Silversea and the Principality of Monaco reflect not only our commitment to this beautiful region but also to the history and values to which we adhere. Silversea is an Italian, family-owned business, yet our heart will always be shared with the Principality as we continue to move forward. As the home of Silversea, Monaco was always the natural choice for the christening of our new flagship, Silver Muse, and it is with great pleasure that we can share this milestone with both the residents and guests of the Principality."

Roberto Martinoli, CEO of Silversea Cruises
Roberto Martinoli, CEO of Silversea Cruises, added: "Silversea is associated with exceptional quality and voyages that leave long-lasting memories of discovery and wonder. As we continue to invest in our entire fleet, Silver Muse offers guests a taste of what is to come. Silver Muse represents an evolution of the Silversea hallmarks that set the company apart from the competition. With eight dining options, offering 28 varieties of culinary delights, Silver Muse has redefined the art of gastronomy at sea. With more open-air spaces and state-of-the-art facilities on board, we are positive that both new and returning guests will enjoy unforgettable memories."

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Renewed Norwegian Jade resumes service



Norwegian Cruise Line's Jewel-class ship returns to service with upgraded dining options, newly designed spaces and clean modernisations across the entire ship just in time for her summer season in Europe.

 


Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade sailed into her seasonal homeport of Tampa as an essentially new vessel this morning, following a three week dry dock where she received enhancements to every part of the onboard experience, from two brand new restaurants and two new bars and lounges, updated design and décor in many public spaces, and a refurbishment of all staterooms. Norwegian Jade's extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™, an investment program that sets a high standard of excellence encompassing the entire guest experience across Norwegian's fleet. Norwegian Jade's extensive enhancements come just in time for her highly anticipated summer season, the brand's first ever complete season sailing from Hamburg, Germany to the Norwegian Fjords, with embarkation also available in the UK.

"We're thrilled to welcome Norwegian Jade back into the fleet with her new stylish finishes and modernised onboard atmosphere," said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer. "It is our sincere goal to deliver a fantastic holiday experience across our entire fleet, and this update to Norwegian Jade is an opportunity for us to enhance the ship's hardware to match the fantastic guest experience our hardworking crew delivers to our guests every day."

Norwegian Jade guests can now enjoy two new restaurants, as well as redesigned spaces in many of the ship's existing restaurants. Norwegian's 24-hour neighbourhood pub-style restaurant, O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill, has been added to deck eight. Serving up cold brews and snack-time favourites in a relaxed atmosphere, the new venue features modern flooring, refurbished front and back bars and new banquet seating. The Pit Stop, a newly installed concept for Norwegian Jade, will serve up poolside fun and fare in a 1950s-style American diner atmosphere, clad with vintage licence plates, gas station signage and classic car elements.

Moderno Churrascaria received a new home on deck 13 and features a new upscale glass door entrance, floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for stunning panoramic views of the ocean enhanced by new flooring, wall coverings and upgraded furniture. Now, even more Norwegian Jade guests can enjoy Cagney's Steakhouse, as the ever-popular restaurant has added additional seating to the completely refurbished space, which offers a new color scheme befitting of a classic steakhouse, upgraded flooring, new wall linings and an intimate new virtual fireplace. La Cucina, Norwegian's signature Italian specialty restaurant, received an elegant modernisation with several new features including updated décor and furniture, flooring, a new decorative bar and an impressive wine display wall. Teppanyaki, Norwegian's Japanese hibachi grill restaurant, was enhanced with updated furnishings and fittings while complimentary favourites Jasmine Garden and the Garden Café also received extensive enhancements including newly designed spaces with upgrades to furniture, new flooring and much more.

Those looking to dance the night away aboard Norwegian Jade can now do so in the chic new Bliss Ultra Lounge on deck seven, which has the feel of an upscale Miami nightclub and features a cool colour palette of silvers, greys and black. Guests who wish to indulge in  an exotic cocktail can enjoy their favourite mojito, or opt for a flight and try them all, at the new Sugarcane Mojito Bar on deck 13 adjacent to Moderno Churrascaria, a Norwegian fan favourite since the concept debuted on Norwegian Getaway in 2014.  Sugarcane features, new granite bar fronts, as well as new furnishings and finishes. Norwegian Jade's Spinnaker Lounge also received a complete redesign of the entire space to include new flooring and window treatments, decorative chandeliers, reupholstered seating and refurbished bars with contemporary mosaic tiling and LED lighting.

Every stateroom on the ship was enhanced during this renovation, with all receiving new carpets, furniture, flat screen TVs, new larger headboards with USB charging outlets and more than 2000 new pieces of artwork. Guests sailing in The Haven®, Norwegian's ship-within-a-ship luxury suite concept, will now enjoy a more modern chic atmosphere in all suites and villas, as they now feature new finishes to walls and ceilings, new flooring throughout the suites and balconies, plus new soft goods and drapery. Norwegian Jade's villas and suites also received more than 250 new pieces of artwork alone. Luxury has been taken to the next level aboard Norwegian Jade with a complete refurbishment of the ship's Haven Courtyard. Guests of the ship's top villas and suites can soak up the sun in style one of the Haven's four new plush cabanas nestled at the top of the ship or take a dip in the newly refinished pool surrounded by modern furnishings and new artwork.

The Atrium, the heart of the action on Norwegian Jade, has been enhanced with a refreshed look and décor brought to life with an eye-catching, custom-designed marquee chandelier, as well as new modern finishes in modern calming grey tones, updated flooring, enhanced reception and shore excursion areas, a new large TV screen and relaxed banquette seating so guests can relax in a contemporary lounge atmosphere while enjoying all of the ship's excitement. Norwegian Jade will also now offers guests easier ways to view and purchase mementos of their cruise vacation with an upgraded "Photo Gallery" featuring new individual digital monitors  and larger photo display panels, along with sleek furniture and tile flooring. The ship's main pool deck was also touched by this extensive refurbishment, with the addition of glistening new lighting fixtures as well as new flooring and tiling around the pool and whirlpools.

Norwegian Jade now offers fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to work up a sweat with all-new TechnoGym fitness equipment and new rubber flooring, ideal for weightlifting and plyometric workouts. Junior cruisers aboard Norwegian Jade can now enjoy playtime with new floorings in Splash Academy that include new noise reducing mats so kids are free to play into the evening hours. The ship's elevator landings were also all refurbished with updated interior finishes and flooring, new wall coverings, new carpet and updated light fixtures.

Norwegian Jade is currently sailing the final part of her winter season, cruising from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. On April 30, she will journey across the Atlantic to her summer homeports of Southampton and Hamburg, where she'll sail the Norwegian Fjords as well as Norway & North Cape itineraries.

To book a cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line or for general information, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian's local hotline, Australia: 1300 255 200, New Zealand: 0800 969 283, email resoffice@ncl.com or visit www.ncl.com.au.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Brand new Majestic Princess to Sail from Sydney


Princess Cruises Announces Majestic Princess to Sail from Sydney over 2018-19 Summer

Majestic Princess

In a major development for the local cruise industry, Princess Cruises has announced that its latest ship, the spectacular Majestic Princess, will be based in Sydney over the 2018-19 summer season.

Carrying 3560 guests, the 143,000-tonne Majestic Princess will be the largest Princess ship ever to sail in Australian waters, with her deployment confirming the cruise line’s popularity amongst Australian and New Zealand cruisers.

The luxurious flagship of Princess Cruises’ 18-ship fleet, the newly-launched Majestic Princess sailed on her maiden voyage in Italy last week (April 4). She will offer cruises in Europe and China before heading south to Sydney where she will be homeported from September 2018 through to March 2019, when she will return to China.

During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong. Fares start from $1499* per person twin share for a balcony room on a six-night roundtrip cruise to Tasmania departing November 18, 2018.

The ultimate in premium cruising, Majestic Princess features 13 dining options including two restaurants with menus designed by Michelin star chefs – Harmony by Chef Richard Chen and La Mer by Chef Emmanuel Renaut – as well as more than 1000 square metres of designer shopping, the cruise line’s largest ever thermal suite and a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway, the SeaWalk.

Deluxe Balcony Room
Guests can enjoy a wide range of high-end accommodation including suites, Club Class mini-suites and new deluxe balcony rooms, with more than 80 per cent of the ship’s 1780 staterooms offering private balconies.

Majestic Princess’ deployment is a highlight of Princess Cruises’ new 2018-19 Australia and New Zealand program which will go on sale at 9am on Thursday April 27, 2017. The program features four Princess ships – Majestic Princess, Golden Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess – which will together offer almost 100 cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle and Auckland over a seven-month period.

Unveiling the program, Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the deployment of Majestic Princess was testament to Australians’ love of cruising and the popularity of Princess Cruises in the region.

La Mer Restaurant
“From her gourmet restaurants to her stunning onboard features, Majestic Princess is nothing short of magnificent. We’re thrilled to be welcoming our newest, most stylish and most luxurious flagship to our shores – having just experienced her preview voyage I know Australian cruisers will love all that she has to offer,” Mr Allison said.

Majestic Princess has already attracted enthusiastic reviews from media and travel agents. Cruise Critic Editor in Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown said: “It's as if Majestic has pulled together the best of cruise worlds, old and new.” Meanwhile Australian travel agent Janette Wall from Cruiseabout said: “Majestic Princess has certainly raised the bar for the 21st century cruiser.”

Princess’ latest program also reinforces the cruise line’s role as the destination experts, revealing two new ports of call for the cruise line – the stunning and remote Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea and Queensland’s exciting Moreton Island, famous for its great marine life and fun adventure activities. In total the program covers cruises to 72 different ports in 18 countries.

Meanwhile, the 2018-19 summer will see Princess deliver its biggest ever New Zealand season, with a record 39 cruises to Australia’s transTasman neighbour. Majestic Princess alone will sail on 14 New Zealand cruises, including six one-way cruises between Sydney and Auckland.

Cruises available in the new program include:

Majestic Princess’ first roundtrip cruise from Sydney – a 12-night cruise to Fiji and New Caledonia departing September 15, 2018 priced from $1899* per person twin share for an inside cabin and $2699* per person twin share for a balcony room.

A 13-night roundtrip cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand’s North and South Islands on Golden Princess, departing Melbourne on November 8, 2018 with fares from $2199* per person twin share

An 18-night roundtrip cruise to New Zealand and southern Australia from Adelaide on Golden Princess, departing January 7, 2019 and priced from $3299* per person twin share

A four-night roundtrip Sun Princess cruise from Sydney on January 5, 2019, making the cruise line’s maiden call to Moreton Island. Fares start from $679* per person twin share

An 11-night roundtrip cruise from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea on Sea Princess, making the cruise line’s first call to the Conflict Islands. Fares start from $2199* per person twin share for the cruise departing December 16, 2018.

For more information visit www.princess.com, call 13 24 88 or see a licensed travel agent.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply.




Sunday, 9 April 2017

Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers US$500 shipboard credits



 
Regent Seven Seas Cruises takes guests to some of the world's most exciting and compelling destinations aboard the world's most-luxurious ships with all-suite, all-balcony accommodation. Beginning April 1, 2017, Australian and New Zealand travellers can take advantage of a limited-time Book Now Reward offer and receive up to US$500 shipboard credit, per suite, for all new bookings on any unforgettable 2017 Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage.

"Regent Seven Seas Cruises delivers the most-inclusive and luxurious travel experiences that showcase more than 425 destinations worldwide," said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.  "Australian and New Zealand travellers should take advantage of the Book Now Reward to select an unforgettable experience in a part of the world they have always wanted to visit, or visit again."

With the new Book Now Reward offer, travellers will receive US$500 shipboard credit, per suite, for any new bookings made between April 1 and May 31, 2017 on a 2017 Mediterranean voyage, and US$250 shipboard credit per suite on all other 2017 voyages.

While Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the most-inclusive, luxurious experience, guests can apply their shipboard credit to make their voyage extra memorable, such as choosing an indulgent and rejuvenating treatment in the ships Canyon Ranch SpaClub, or by spoiling themselves in our on board boutiques.

Guests also can choose extra special Regent Choice excursions, such as a Tuscan cooking class and lunch in an exclusive Lucca restaurant when calling at Livorno, Italy; or a new Seven Seas Wellness experience at Provence (Marseilles), France, which combines a very intimate Tai Chi class in the garden courtyard of the Pharo Palace, with a signature Canyon Ranch SpaClub service to create an individualised wellness program.

For more specific itinerary details or for general information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises, visit www.RSSC.com, email res.apac@rssc.com , call Australia: 1300 455 200, New Zealand: 0800 625 692, or contact your preferred travel agent.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Silversea reveals Silver Muse’s Balsorano Owner’s Suite

 
The new flagship's premier suite has been designed in conjunction with Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio

 

Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea, has revealed details of Silver Muse's Balsorano Owner's Suite, a unique space which reflects the taste and Italian tradition of Silversea chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio.

Named Balsorano, the suite draws inspiration from the chairman's full name, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. Balsorano is also a castle in Italy.

At more than 1000 square feet in size, the Balsorano Suite contains a specially curated selection of Mr Lefebvre's personal items including books, sculptures, works of art and family photographs. Among the items chosen are a chesterfield chair and ottoman, an additional chair from Mr. Lefebvre's former family residence in Rome, and photos of Mr. Antonio Lefebvre, Mr. Lefebvre's father and mentor.

The bookshelf in the Balsorano Suite is adorned with Mr. Lefebvre's favourite titles, including: The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century by Jules Verne; The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia; and After the Victorians: The World Our Parents Knew by A.N. Wilson.

The Balsorano Suite will also be stocked with vintage port, each variety having been specially selected by Mr. Lefebvre himself.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea Chairman, said: "I am incredibly proud to present the Balsorano Suite, a space which superbly encapsulates my family's Italian heritage and taste. I hope that guests will, like me, find the Balsorano Suite a spectacular home away from home aboard Silver Muse."

Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer at Silversea Cruises, said: "Owned and operated by one family – the Lefebvres of Rome – Italian tradition is firmly ingrained in the Silversea brand. As is reflected across the entire ship, much passion and pride has gone into the creation of the Balsorano Suite, the most luxurious suite on Silver Muse."

Calling at 34 countries and 130 ports in 2017 alone, Silver Muse will redefine ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy with spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The addition of Silver Muse, will expand Silversea's fleet to nine ships and will once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market.

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com


Cruise special deal Carnival Spirit





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Departs 09 May 2017 – 08 Nights New Caledonia

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Departs 17 May 2017 – 08 Nights New Caledonia

Interior Category $899.00 per person twin share with AUD50 dollars per person on board credit

Oceanview Category $1099.00 per person twin share with AUD50 dollars per person on board credit

Balcony Category $1399.00 per person twin share with AUD100 dollars per person on board credit

Carnival Cruises New Mobile App


Carnival Cruise Line has launched its free mobile app, Carnival Hub, on its Australia–based ships, giving guests instant access to all the fun onboard.

Guests will be able to use the Carnival Hub to maximise their fun throughout their cruise, with the app featuring the cruise line's Fun Times daily activities schedule as well as a 'favourites' function allowing guests to bookmark the day's best events. Other features include a reminder to attend chosen events, searchable deck plans with attractions highlighted, itinerary details including port visits and a real-time shipboard account balance.

For a one-off fee per cruise of AU$9, the app also offers a 'chat' function, making it easy to connect with family and friends onboard. The function automatically adds guests travelling together to a contact list, making it easy to arrange to catch up with friends and family while unique identification number allows guests to add new friends to their chat contacts.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Whales, Waves and Wilderness with CruiseAway


Sail to the spectacular fjords and pristine wilderness of Alaska on board Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. This exclusive cruise package has been specially created by CruiseAway.com.au experts.

Set sail from Sydney and meander your way through the exquisite pacific island destinations New Caledonia, Fiji, and Hawaii before disembarking for a 4 night interlude exploring Seattle. Then time to head back onboard to cruise through the charming townships of Alaska where you will explore the wondrous Alaskan scenery in all its glory. The highlight of the cruise is the staggering Tracy Arm Fjord, with dramatic glaciers and native wildlife you will truly experience the beauty of Alaska.

Prices start from an incredible $5899 per person and this package includes one way flights from Seattle to Sydney, total of 29 nights on board Explorer of the Seas, 4-night accommodation in a 4-star hotel while in Seattle, Premium Seattle city tour, Boeing Factory tour and private transfers throughout.

Conditions apply. Offer is valid until sold out.

Link to offer: https://www.cruiseaway.com.au/cruise/waves-whales-and-wilderness-583538

Contact www.cruiseaway.com.au / Phone: 1300 306 134


Monday, 27 March 2017

Silversea Silver Cloud new designs revealed


The ship's multi-million dollar refurbishment to set new standards in luxury expedition cruising

Silversea has released a selection of renderings showcasing the beautifully crafted Silver Cloud interiors ahead of her conversion into an ice-class expedition ship, which will take place between August and October this year. Silver Cloud, which launched the Silversea fleet in 1994, will offer the ultra-luxury distinctions of a classic Silversea ship combined with the strength and maneuverability required for expedition cruising.

The new renderings highlight the luxurious design of Silver Cloud's public spaces including La Terrazza, The Restaurant, Observation Lounge, Panorama Lounge, and Venetian Lounge. The extensive refurbishment will include the creation of the Observation lounge, new teak flooring, upholstery and lighting in La Terrazza and new carpet and upholstery in The Restaurant. Silver Cloud will also feature a new gym with Technogym equipment.

In addition to interior updates, the multi-million dollar refurbishment will strengthen Silver Cloud's hull enabling her to explore polar waters. Silver Cloud's transition to an ice-class vessel will bring expedition guests the luxury, style and comfort synonymous with Silversea's classic ships. A guest capacity of 260 in non-polar regions and just 200 in polar regions means that guests will enjoy the highest levels of personalised and attentive service on board. The limited capacity in polar regions also means that all guests can disembark at the same time to explore each region.

"As the first ship in our fleet, Silver Cloud has a special place in Silversea's history, and we're delighted to reveal further details of her refurbishment. We look forward to welcoming guests aboard to experienceSilver Cloud's luxurious interiors as well as her incredible itineraries later this year," said Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer at Silversea Cruises.

When Silver Cloud was launched in 1994 by Antonio Lefebvre, it set a new standard in luxury cruising. His son, Manfredi Lefebvre became chairman of Silversea in 2001 and has since expanded the fleet from four to eight vessels with a ninth currently under construction. The expansion has included the introduction of expedition cruising with the launch of Silver Explorer in 2008.

Silver Cloud will also have a team of up to 19 dedicated experts on hand to ensure guests leave with the best experiences from their voyages, whether they are the sights, the sounds, the history or the stories. Daily presentations and lectures by experts in the state-of-the-art theatre will also be streamed live to all suites.

For a copy of the Silver Cloud brochure or for more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com

Sunday, 19 March 2017

New Look Pacific Dawn Delivers Top Deck Thrills at Sea


P&O Cruises' guests can now slip and slide their way to the Pacific onboard Pacific Dawn, which features the wildest and longest waterslides on an Australian cruise ship.

The two new slides, both around 80 metres long, form the centrepiece of a massive refurbishment of the Brisbane-based superliner which has taken place over two weeks in Singapore.

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.

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

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.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

New rail and sail tour from Brisbane to Sydney and return


New heritage rail and sail tour from Brisbane relives the golden era of travel

Six-day short break to Sydney and back by ship and historic train in June 2017

A cruise from Brisbane to Sydney, two nights in the harbour city and a two-day rail trip back to Brisbane form part of a unique, new rail and sail tour this June released by Cruise Express.

Ideal for train and cruise fans from across Australia, the six-day 'Tin Hare Express' tour features three, privately chartered CPH rail motors built in the 1920s. Affectionaly known as 'Tin Hares', the restored rail motors once served regional NSW and offer windows that can be opened for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside. The June trip will be the first time all three of the rail motors have journeyed to Brisbane.

Perfect as a short break and hosted by Cruise Express, the tour starts in Brisbane on Saturday, June 3, 2017, with a relaxing, two-night cruise to Sydney aboard the 2000-passenger Sun Princess which now boasts the specialty restaurant, 'Share', curated by celebrity chef Curtis Stone. A welcome-aboard cocktail party is included for Cruise Express guests.

After sailing into Sydney Harbour, guests will stay two nights with daily breakfast at the historic Grace Hotel in the heart of the city. On the second night in Sydney, the package includes a three-course gourmet dinner in the 'O Bar & Dining' revolving restaurant on the 47th floor of the Australia Square building which boasts spectacular views of the city lights.

On the fifth day, guests will board the CPH rail motors at Sydney's Central Station for a two-day journey back to the Queensland capital, with train staff sharing the history of the rail motors, their restoration and return to heritage service. The rail trip will make several stops including the Rail Motor Society's home at Paterson in the Hunter Valley for morning tea, Taree for lunch and Grafton for dinner at the riverside Crown Hotel and overnight accommodation at the nearby Quality Inn.

The final day will see guests reboard the train for the final run to Brisbane with a morning tea stop in Casino in far northern NSW.

Including 12 meals, two morning teas and the services of Cruise Express Tour Managers, the six-day 'Tin Hare Express' rail and sail tour is available from $1890 per person, twin-share, or from $2490 for solo travellers. Flights to and from Brisbane, if required, are additional. Visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au

Silversea Silver Wind cruise Northern Europe & the British Isles

 
Silver Wind is set to depart London, England on 24 August 2017, on a 16-day voyage to Hamburg, Germany, taking in the beautiful sights of Northern Europe & the British Isles. Prices start from $12,645 per person in a Vista Suite, based on double occupancy and includes an Early Booking Bonus, if paying in full before 02 May 2017. In addition, Silversea now features free roundtrip economy class air or a business class upgrade to Northern Europe, on select voyages.

A key highlight of this exploration of Northern Europe & the British Isles is setting sail from the heart of London, along the River Thames, and through historic Tower Bridge (pictured). Tower Bridge was built over 120 years ago, with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships. It is, to this day, considered an engineering marvel and one of London's favourite icons. This provides our guests with the opportunity to view the ancient city of London's famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, and see the tall, red, double-decker buses, all from the comfort of a Silversea cruise.

Guests can also visit St Petersburg, a beautiful city known as one of the most alluring Capitals in Europe. Filled with golden spires and gilded domes, of candlelit cathedrals and breathtaking palaces, St Petersburg is full of splendid gems.

For the last three days of this incredible voyage, guests also have the unique opportunity to participate in 'The Hamburg Cruise Days 2017'. This is a day and night event during which, the quays of the Port of Hamburg are transformed into themed areas that bring cruises onto dry land – with maritime markets, cultural highlights, live music and dance, culinary specialties, recreation and sports, as well as fun and games for children. Guests will disembark the voyage in Hamburg, Germany, on 09 September 2017.

Aboard Silver Wind's voyage, guests will enjoy a vast array of overnights stays, offering them the opportunity to have an in-depth exploration into some of the most spectacular destinations that this part of the world is renowned for. Guests will experience the stunning architecture, history and natural beauty of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Visby (Gotland), Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, Warnemunde (Rostock) and the Kiel Canal.

Silversea cruise fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary onboard champagne, wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest and unlimited WiFi for the ship's top suites (Medallion and higher categories) and all gratuities.

FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS

Fly Free to the Northern Europe: FREE ROUNDTRIP ECONOMY CLASS AIR or a BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE for only AU$4,998 per person on select Northern European voyages. Book by 02 May 2017.

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*This voyage is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. 

 For more information, contact you travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Around the world in 180 days with Oceania


OCEANIA CRUISES ANNOUNCES AROUND THE WORLD IN 180 DAYS VOYAGE FOR 2019


Global Journey Offers Convenient Departures from New York, Miami and Los Angeles

World travellers wanting to experience more travel milestones during a single journey than many do in an entire lifetime can achieve their dreams with Oceania Cruises’ announcement of another awe-inspiring 180-day world cruise for 2019. With the unveiling of this global odyssey, the line is offering guests the flexibility of embarking the full world cruise in New York, Miami or Los Angeles.

“Our exciting 2019 Around the World journey offers guests an expertly crafted route spanning the four corners of the globe, touching on nearly 100 captivating destinations and dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s truly the journey of a lifetime,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “The added convenience of three departures, new for 2019, brings guests greater flexibility and can help simplify their travel plans.”

Aboard the elegant and intimate 684-guest Insignia, the Around the World voyage brings travellers the journey of a lifetime, sailing more than 45,000 nautical miles across two oceans and 16 seas while visiting 90 fascinating destinations in 36 countries. Departing New York on January 11, 2019; Miami on January 14, 2019; or Los Angeles on January 30, 2019, this epic five-continent expedition invites seasoned travellers to explore the far corners of the world in luxury and style.

Silversea’s Exclusively Yours -- Enriched Voyages’ Collection



From opera to the culinary arts, Silversea is offering the perfect blend of culture and travel with a range of specialty voyages featuring a complimentary onboard programme of exceptional enrichment activities, as well as free roundtrip economy airfares on select sailings.

The 'Exclusively Yours -- Enriched Voyages' Collection provide a unique opportunity for Silversea's privileged guests to indulge their personal interests and passions with special programmes designed to deepen their knowledge and make their cruise experience even more rewarding.

Featured voyages:

V5716: Departing Lisbon, Portugal, on 14 June 2017, this extraordinary 11-day Champagne voyage aboard Silver Spirit includes: Champagne tasting with Pommery cellar masters; Champagne classes; meet the legendary Vranken Pommery family; and an opportunity to explore the Domaine Pommery.  This Mediterranean voyage visits iconic ports of Spain and the romantic and diverse cities of France. Cruise package fares including free return flights start from AU$7,950 per person.

V5717:  For opera enthusiasts, Silversea will host three exceptional opera themed cruises during 2017 where guests will be serenaded by four soloists from the Accademia Teatro alla Scalla.  With over 200 years of leadership in the arts, the Accademia's soloists will perform the enigmatic, evocative and beautiful librettos from the world's most magical operas on each voyage.  Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to discussions and lectures with Opera experts on the music and lyrics of the recital programme.

The first operatic adventure departs from Rouen, France, on 25 June 2017 on a 12 day sojourn aboard Silver Spirit with highlights including Bordeaux, Mont St. Michel and the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao before arriving into Lisbon, Portugal.

Silversea cruise package fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary onboard champagne, wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest and unlimited WiFi for the ship's top suites (Medallion and higher categories) and all gratuities.

FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS:

Fly Free to the Mediterranean: FREE ROUNDTRIP ECONOMY CLASS AIR or a BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE for only AU$4,998 per person on select Mediterranean voyages. Book by 02 May 2017.  

Silver Select: Book by 02 May 2017 and choose a two category upgrade, 50% saving on a second suite or US$1,000* on board credit.

*This voyage is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact you travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Fly Land Cruise Deals for the maiden 2019 MSC World Cruise

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MSC Cruises is now offering fly cruise packages from Melbourne to Genoa and Melbourne to Southampton. Australian and New Zealand travellers are now able to plan a very accessible stunning journey and be part of history aboard this maiden MSC World Cruise.
 
Both fly/land/cruise packages include valuable offers for guests' enjoyment. The cruise fare includes 5 free shore excursions, to better experience these worldwide destinations. Meal-time drinks are included, so guests can relax with their gourmet dining on board. 30% laundry allows for ease during cruising. A cocktail party and gala dinners will be splendid events, where guests can enjoy the option of dressing up and feeling glamorous.
 
A Melbourne to Genoa fly package will involve 44 nights of international travel, departing on 22nd March 2019. This leg of the MSC World Cruise will feature amazing destinations. Guests will see beautiful locations of Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket (Thailand), Sri Lanka, the Maldives, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, then Messina and Civitavecchia in Italy before landing in the beautiful port city of Genoa Italy.  
 
This 44-night fly-land-cruise package is a great value option at a minimal cost, being a portion of the MSC World Cruise. Prices start at only $AUD9,349 ($NZ14,699)* per person, less than half the price of the full world cruise.
 
Guests can take their holidays even further, by extending the cruise to Southampton for 51 nights. This international journey is not to be missed. This package involves all the stunning destinations of the first 44 nights above, plus additional visits in Marseille (France) and Lisbon (Portugal). Guests will also see the Spanish locations of Barcelona, Cadiz and Vigo. This cruise will conclude at Southampton, in the United Kingdom.
 
The 51-night fly-land-cruise package will bring enthusiastic travellers to more of Europe, for a minimal additional cost. Prices of this deal will start at only $10,649* ($NZ11,999) per person. For just that bit extra, opportunities will abound when experiencing even more delightful European sights.
 
With both options, cruisers can choose to either return after their maiden voyage or stay longer in either Europe or the UK - and discover more themselves.
 
These exciting fly-cruise holidays, during the MSC World Cruise, will be on the MSC Magnifica. Days of cruising will be comfortable and entertaining on this ship. Dining and beverage options involve 5 gourmet restaurants and 12 bars. The MSC Aurea Spa will be an opportunity to get pampered aboard the ship, with massages and beauty treatments. On-board fun and excitement will continue with sports facilities, an indoor pool and a 1200 seat theatre. Days at sea will be as fascinating as discoveries at shore.
 
Bookings are now open for these once-in-a-lifetime fly cruise deals. Contact MSC Cruises to make a booking, at 1300 028 502 in Australia or 0508 4278 473 in New Zealand.