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Tuesday 29 January 2019

CLIA reveals Cruise Industry Awards finalists

Overall winners to be named at industry night of nights in Sydney next month.

Cruise Lines International Association has just released details of the 71 finalists in the 18th annual Cruise Industry Awards.

This year the awards are being conducted under a revamped judging process, with more than 500 submissions considered in the 12 categories open for nomination.

CLIA Australasia Managing Director, Joel Katz, said the standard of entries this year had been particularly high, adding: "the one thing that has become clear from submissions this year is that travel agents are more engaged and dedicated than ever before".

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Celebrity Edge Mediterranean Transatlantic & the Southern Caribbean Journey

In November 2019, surround yourself with the picturesque coastlines of Italy, France and Spain, followed by the unforgettable colour and landscapes that make up the Southern Caribbean on Ecruising’s 27-night Mediterranean Transatlantic & the Southern Caribbean Journey.

This unique itinerary invites you on board the recently launched Celebrity Edge, a revolutionary new ship that is poised to change the way you experience cruising. Across 23- nights indulge in world-class restaurants, a state-of-the-art wellness centre and visit the world’s first cantilevered floating platform – reaching heights of 13 stories above sea level, so you can soar over the open ocean, literally.

Arriving in Rome on 30 October, you’ll spend your first two nights at the sensational five star Rome Times Hotel, with a chance to explore the cobblestone streets, beautiful boutiques, cafes and restaurants of the Eternal City.

On 1 November, prepare to embark on the next stage of your journey for a 23-night cruise of a lifetime on board Celebrity Edge. Cruise highlights include stopovers at the Italian seaport of Livorno, the gateway to Florence, Pisa and Tuscany’s vast wine country; Provence in the celebrated French Riviera; the chic island enclave of Palma de Mallorca off the coast of Spain; and Tenerife in the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic.

On 15 November, you’ll arrive in the Caribbean where you will spend the next 10 days cruising the pristine waters including stops at Fort Lauderdale in Florida, upscale George Town in the Cayman Islands, Willemstad in Curacao (home of the eponymous liqueur), Kralendijk in Bonaire and Oranjestad in Aruba, before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale on 24 November.

Celebrity Edge pool deck at night

While on board, take time to relax in your luxurious Stateroom where you can enjoy all the comforts of a first class hotel and more, including your very own Infinite Veranda. Other features include a rooftop garden, resort-style pool deck with private cabana retreats, an adults-only indoor Solarium pool and two-story martini hot tubs, not to mention an array of speciality restaurants and the popular Martini Bar.

Spend the final two nights at the five star Westin Fort Lauderdale, the perfect base to explore one of Florida’s most popular tourist destinations. Take time to visit its myriad attractions including the Flamingo Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary Park, or hop on an airboat on the Intracoastal Waterway and Port Everglades, before flying home to Australia on 26 November.

Ecruising’s 27-night Mediterranean Transatlantic & the Southern Caribbean Journey departs on 29 October. Priced from $7,259 per person twin share, including return economy airfares from Australia, all accommodation, tours and transfers and all main meals on board Celebrity Edge.

*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information about this itinerary or Ecruising please visit: or telephone 1300 369 848.

Tuesday 8 January 2019

MSC Grandiosa floats out in Saint-Nazaire

MSC Cruises' third Meraviglia generation ship to set sail in November 2019

MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world's largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America, South Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and Chantiers de l'Atlantique have celebrated the float out of MSC Grandiosa at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, where the ship is being built. She has now been moved to a wet dock, where work on the ship will continue until her delivery in October 2019.

Sunday 6 January 2019

'The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built' to Sail Australia and New Zealand

  • 'The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built' Set to Sail Local Waters for the First Time in 2020/21 as Part of Her Inaugural Australian and New Zealand Season
  • Nine brand-new, all-inclusive Asia Pacific sailings aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Explorer now on sale
Leading luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is excited to announce that 'The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™, Seven Seas Explorer, will cruise Australian and New Zealand waters as part of her 2020/21 season for the first time since debuting in 2016.