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Explorer of the Seas coming to Australia

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Royal Caribbean International has announced the addition of Explorer of the Seas to its Australian-based fleet. The Explorer of the Seas is the second of five in the Voyager-class series that started with Voyager of the Seas in 1999. The Explorer of the Seas will boast a wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment and put [...]

When is the best time to book a cruise?

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s a question that I often get asked, when is the best time to book a cruise? There are several factors to consider before you lock yourself in. 1) Do I care where my cabin is located? – The best cabins get booked first, so if you really want that cabin that is mid-ship and [...]

Holland America Oosterdam in Melbourne

| November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Holland America Oosterdam has arrived in Australia for its summer season. I was lucky enough to walk around the ship while it was in Melbourne. Each of the Holland America ships are themed, the Oosterdam honors Explorers of the 19th and 20th century. Upon boarding the ship we viewed a few cabins and the [...]

Expedition Cruising – A Journey to the Kimberley

| September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

After having traveled on several of the bigger cruise ships, most recently on the Oasis of the Seas, a 225,282 tonne, 5,400-passenger floating island, it was a nice change of pace to be on the Orion – a smaller 100 passenger ship. I boarded the Orion in Broome for a 10 night luxury expedition cruise [...]

A comedy cruise on the P&O Pacific Pearl

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

P&O Cruises offers a range of short cruises with different themes such as comedy and food & wine, which is perfect for the first time cruiser. I decided that comedy would be a good distraction for three nights while the ship sails up the Australian coast to nowhere. My first impression of the P&O Pacific [...]

Royal Caribbean’s ship Quantum of the Seas

| April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Royal Caribbean cruise line dazzled cruise aficionados with details of its forthcoming Quantum of the Seas ship, which will be the first at sea to offer attractions like bumper cars, simulated skydiving and an observation capsule called The North Star, with a bird’s eye view 300 feet (91 meters) above the water. “Without a doubt, [...]

Queen Mary 2 in Melbourne

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

While the Queen Mary 2 was in Melbourne I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch and a walk around on this lovely ship. The first impression is the size of the ship. At 151,400 tons and  nearly four football fields in length it is an imposing ship. When walking onboard it is like stepping back in [...]

Carnival Spirit Arrives in Australia

| October 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

When the Carnival Spirit cruise ship sails into Sydney Heads today, winding up a 16-night voyage from Hawaii, its contingent of Australian passengers will be visible. Many will be on the vessel’s top decks, drinks raised, leading a welcome-to- Australia party. “The Aussies are ready,” says the senior vice-president of guest operations for Carnival, Mark [...]

Rhapsody of the Seas gets a new look

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

After five summer seasons in Australian waters, Rhapsody of the Seas has enjoyed a month long refurbishment in March 2012. All of the cabins have been redecorated from floor to ceiling and has raised the vessel to a more sophisticated level to appeal to passengers who wanted affordable cruising but were propared to pay a [...]

What are the highest rated ships?

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Each year Berlitz releases their comprehensive annual ranking of cruise ships. This year Hapag Lloyd’s Europa retained its number one spot for the 13th consecutive year. The reviews are compiled by British cruise critic and author Douglas Ward, who has been reviewing cruise ships for 28 years and has spent over 6000 days at sea. [...]