What to pack for your Cruise!

Packing your case can be a daunting prospect.  How do you know how much, or how little, to take on your cruise?

The image which runs through my head before any trip is of Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous.  Arms flying about, running around, yelling, “TICKETS, MONEY, PASSPORT, TICKETS, MONEY, PASSPORT!”  If you have these bare essentials you are pretty much set.  But if you like to be slightly more organised we have put together a simple list to get you through you cruise.

Some cruise lines are more casual than others; make sure you check the cruise line’s website for dress code, formal evenings and/or any theme nights.  A great place to start is to access your booking using your cruise line confirmation number.  Each cruise line has a personaliser with information specifically for your voyage.

Next and most importantly, check the forecast for your destination before you go!

Carry On:

Your check-in luggage may take a bit of time being delivered to your cabin, so it’s good to have these items with you when you board.

  • Passport/Visas (or driver’s license for Australian domestic cruises)
  • Travel documents – boarding pass, itinerary, insurance documents, baggage labels
  • Credit/Debit card & cash – You’ll need to set up your on-board expense  account at the start of your cruise
  • A small amount of local currency for shore days
  • Swimwear – So you can take a dip straight away!
  • Any prescription medication
  • Sunglasses
  • Mobile, tablet and/or camera and chargers
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Your holiday reading – Book/magazine etc.

Check In:

  • Underwear/Socks
    My Nan would recommend at least two pairs for each day.
  • Comfortable and versatile clothes for during the day
    Try to avoid overloading your suitcase by choosing items that can be layered or mix-and-matched.
  • Shoes
    Thongs are fine for sitting by the pool but don’t forget to pack a pair of more formal shoes for dinner/formal nights.  Pack a pair of good walking shoes for shore tours and if you’re planning on visiting the gym, a good pair of sneakers.
  • Formal clothing to wear to dinner
    The level of formality will depend on the individual cruise line.  Long pants and a collared shirt for men, either a dress or pants/skirt with an evening blouse for women.

Swimwear, shorts, jeans, tank tops and thongs are generally not allowed to be worn in the restaurants.

  • A light rain jacket or cardigan
    Regardless of the temperature outside you might need something warmer inside if the air-conditioning is cooler than you would have it at home.
  • Sleepwear

  • Toiletries
    Take up a lot of space and weight.  Try using smaller containers.
  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Shaving supplies
  • Deodorant
  • Hair/skin care products (shampoo, conditioner, hair brush, hair gel, moisturiser etc.)
  • Hair styling appliances
  • Make-Up, perfume, aftershave
  • Personal products
  • Anything else you think you might need

The cruise line will provide soap and shampoo in your bathroom.  However, if you prefer certain brands it’s better to bring your own.

  • Accessories
    If you are planning on glamming up for the evening remember your jewellery.  If you have sentimental items you would hate to lose, leave them at home and take the genuine fake instead!
  • Travel adapter
    Not all ships are fitted with Australian sockets.
  • Music Speakers
    It is great listening to your favourite tunes on holiday.  But remember you are travelling with other guests who may not share your taste in music; this is best kept inside the cabin.
  • Small bag/backpack
  • Travel guides
  • Your travel journal and pen

 

If we’ve left something off the list you think is essential please let us know!

 

Taking Drinks on to your Cruise

Thinking that drinks on board the ship are too expensive and you want to save some money by taking your own drinks on board.  We have compiled a list of what you are able to take on board your cruise.

Let’s face it the cruise lines do not want you to take alcohol on board as it will limit their profits.  Most do however allow you to take a bottle of two when embarking for the first time on your cruise.

Here is a list of the amount of Alcohol allowed to be taken on board the cruise lines:

1 x Bottle of Wine or Champagne per person (max. 2 bottles per cabin)

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America Cruise Lines and Cunard Cruise Lines.

Liquor, Beer or Wine for Private Consumption

  • Azamara Cruise Lines

1 x Litre of Alcohol per person can be taken on board upon embarkation

  • P&O World Voyages

No Alcohol taken on board

  • P&O Australia Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and MSC Cruise Lines

These drinks can be consumed in your room, on your balcony, or on a deck outside of the bars and restaurants.  However, if you choose to consume the alcohol in a restaurant, or bar on board, a corkage fee will be charged.  The fee is approximately $10 to $25 per bottle.

For those who don’t drink alcohol and want to take drinks on board, each cruise line is different.  Generally you can bring:

  • 12 x 600ml bottles or cans of soft drink/water. These must be loose and in your luggage and sealed cans or bottles.

As the rules differ from cruise line to cruise line it is best to check with us before you go.  There is no real need to take water on board the ship, water stations can be found inside and out on deck.

If you want to take water on shore with you, we recommend packing your own water bottle and filling it on board.  This is a far better solution for the environment, who wants more than 2000 plastic water bottles left behind on land around the world each day.

Are we there yet? Cruising with Kids

Family holidays are no longer driving long distances with kids in the back of the car infuriatingly asking, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” This is only during a domestic road trip, imagine travelling further afield, to Europe or the US for instance, the complaining will be even worse. Not only do you have to keep them quiet for 24 hours on a plane there and back; they need constant entertainment the entire time you are away.

Cruise ships have come to the party! Kids clubs make a family holiday enjoyable for kids and parents alike. Each day of the cruise your children will be occupied and having a blast for little or no cost depending on the age of your child. Instead of, “are we there yet?” it is, “I’m not leaving, we have not finished making our movie”, or “the dance party has not finished!”

Most cruise ships offer a Kids Club and age appropriate activities for all children to enjoy. Kids clubs are not just for the little ones, there are teen areas for the older kids to hang, without feeling like being in childcare. Kids clubs have been described as an incredibly fun and totally edu-taining adventure. Careful you may not see the kids for the whole holiday.

We are going to look at three of the most common cruise lines that offer family holidays. The three are P&O Australia, Carnival Australia and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. These all offer kids clubs but there are some differences that you should know before booking the cruise. These three cruise lines inform us that all their staff are trained and experience child care professionals. This is to ensure the safety of your children as well as enjoying their time in the clubs.

All cruise lines require the kids to be toilet trained and nappy free to attend the club. All clubs are broken into age groups so all age groups do not feel overwhelmed by older or younger children.

Royal Caribbean’s – Adventure Ocean Kids Club

The four ships in Australia from Royal Caribbean are; Ovation, Explorer, Voyager and Radiance of the Seas.

  • All four have the Adventure Ocean kids club for ages 3-17yrs old
  • Only Ovation and Radiance of the Seas also have a dedicated nursery for those from 6-36 months. The cost is $6USd per hour during the day and $8USD per hour at night.
  • You can also pre-order huggies nappies, baby wipes and cream, along with Gerber organic baby food.
  • Babysitting available in cabin for an hourly rate for children 1 yrs and above.

The four age groups for Royal Caribbean are:

  • Aquanauts (3-5 yrs) – The highlight activity is the pirate party parade for the kids. Parents can have the comfort of a pager to be alerted if the little one is upset.
  • Explorers (6-8 yrs) – This age groups highlight activity is the dance and ice cream party, both at the same time, and adventure theatre.
  • Voyagers (9-11 yrs) – These guys do some awesome things such as the hilarious talent show and the very competitive sports tournament.
  • Teens (12 – 14 yrs) –There is a range of organised team activities for this age group. Most popular are the scavenger hunts, arcade challenges and rock climbing competitions. They also have time in the evening for the moonlight cinema and pool parties.
  • Teens (15 – 17 yrs) – This is more like a chill zone than organised activities. Those that want it can attend the teen spa, pool party and teen dinners.

Don’t forget for the whole family is Family time dining. The whole family go to dinner together, kids are served first so they don’t miss out on any of the fun! Parents are left to enjoy the rest of their dinner at leisure, DATE NIGHT! On Ovation of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas make sure you check out one of the Dreamworks shows. Have your photo taken with Shrek, dance with Melman the Giraffe, or share some ninja moves with Po the Kung Fu Panda.

 

Carnival Cruise Lines – Camp Ocean Kids Club

The three ships in Australian waters are the Carnival Spirit, Legend and Splendour has a minimum age of 2 years.

Carnival also has their own take on the kids club:

  • Penguin Colony (2-5 yrs) – They have activities like an ocean themed take on musical chairs with musical icebergs.
  • Stingrays (6-8 yrs) – These kids attend the pirate game night in their favourite pirate outfit and feed their artistic side with sea salt art.
  • Sharks (9-11 yrs) – They create a giant ocean mural and play a very competitive game of ocean soccer and ocean volleyball.
  • Nightowl (2-11 yrs) – For a small fee the kids can have a late night play with friends while you have some parent time.
  • Circle C (12 – 14 yrs) – They are still at an age where the dance parties are fun and inclusive, there is also outdoor movies for the kids.
  • Club O2 (15 – 17 yrs) – These guys have their own non-alcoholic bar. Dance floor and laze about area. Some ships and destinations have teen shore excursions as well.

For the family there is the Dr Seuss Character parade.

Photo from carnival

P&O Australia – Kids Club

P&O does not have a specific name for their kids club but all the ships in Australia have the club on board. The minimum age on the Pacific Dawn, Explorer, Aria, Eden and Jewel have a minimum age for the kids club of 2 yrs.

  • P&O do not have a pre-booked baby food or nappy service. They can store formula and baby food for you.
  • There is no in room child minding service or one on one supervision available on board.
  • There is group child minding for ages 2 – 12 yrs in Turtle Cove from 10.30pm to 1 am.
  • Kids club is not guaranteed but is first come first served.

P&O Kids Club

  • Turtle Cove (2-6 yrs) – The little ones can play with the Duplo play centre, create arts and crafts and theme nights.
  • Shark Shack (7-10 yrs) – The kids will make you a keepsake jewellery item, search for gold in the scavenger hunt and build on their dance skills with the dance lessons.
  • HQ (11 – 14 yrs) – Budding filmmakers and actors will enjoy the club learning how to make films and the talent show.
  • HQ+ (15-17 yrs) – This amazing zone is very private from the stresses of little brothers and sisters or those worrisome parents. This is a hangout place with movie making and other activities for the older teen.

For the family there is the Nickelodeon movie nights in the youth centre or zap the kids at laser tag.

If the kids are being entertained this allows the parents to have a holiday as well. Many parents will say my kids will not go to the kids club, give a try if it is not for them it has cost you nothing.

 

Let’s talk Gratuities

The idea of paying someone for the service we expect is foreign to Australians. This practice is very common and expected in most parts of the world. Cruises are no exception; crew members expect a gratuity payment for their service. The reason for this expectation is they are paid a minimal monthly wage from the cruise line. Some crew work more than 10hours each day of your cruise to ensure that it is an extraordinary experience for you.

As someone who has worked on a cruise line I would not have survived, or even worked, without a gratuity income. My wage from the cruise line was $500 per month for working 6 days a week and up to 12hours a day. Don’t get me wrong it was a wonderful experience, but I would not work for 72 hours a week for a weekly pay of $125 (which is about $1.75 an hour.) How many of us would?

So why should we as Australians pay gratuities on a cruise?

Most cruise lines in Australia incorporate the gratuities within the fare. They do this for two main reasons:

  1. This is to ensure the crew members are financially rewarded for the amazing cruise experience they provide. If no one paid gratuities, the cruise line would find it difficult to entice the best crew members to work on ships visiting Australia. Crew members will take contracts on ships where they can receive an income based on the service they provide.
    Lack of quality crew members became an issue for the cruise lines prior to gratuities being incorporated in the cruise fare.
  2. To keep cruising an affordable holiday option for most Australians. Without this affordability the cruise market in Australia would reduce, and Australians would not have the choice of cruise line and ships that currently visit our waters. A thriving market has meant that the Australian cruising public are enjoying new ships visiting our waters, ships such as the Majestic Princess, Ovation of the Seas and the Viking Sun.

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, Silverseas, Seabourn, Carnival Australia and P&O Australia are just a few cruise lines who include gratuities in your fare. Everyone is a winner! The crew are happy, which filters to a better experience for you, the guest. It also ensures you do not have to worry about tipping. Let’s be honest, it is not in our culture and we can find it daunting.

Princess Cruise Lines has the gratuities included in the fare if the cruise starts and ends in Australian ports.

When you ask your cabin steward to deliver breakfast to your cabin, or bring you a second helping of your favourite desert, think to yourself, would I do that for $1.75 an hour?

You may be able to find a low price for your cruise by purchasing through a non-Australian website; however you will be charged gratuities on board the ship. The standard gratuity is from US$13.00pp per day. You will need to factor this in when looking for that extra low price on a foreign cruise website. Are you really getting a good deal from these websites?

When you are comparing price, also check your vulnerability. Are you covered for insolvency when booking on a foreign website?  If they are not an AFTA or ATAS Australian Accredited Agent, how safe is your money?

Let’s talk Drink Packages!

At Cruise Offers we are often asked about drink packages aboard the ships. The questions are:

1. Which cruise lines have drinks packages?
2. And, are these drinks packages really worth the money?

When we talk drink packages we are talking here about the alcohol packages, because what is a cruise for, if not sitting back and enjoying a cocktail or two as the world sails by. Here we are going to discuss the four most common cruise lines in Australia; P&O, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines.

Buy a Drinks Package – Yes or No? The approximate cost of the package for each cruise line is below. The price is per person for each day of your cruise. The package allows for unlimited (*Subject to the responsible service of alcohol) drinks for any drink of $14 or less including gratuities. This means you would need to drink at a minimum of 5 drinks per day for each day of the cruise. Most cruises include days ashore in port.

So you need to ask am I going to drink about 5 drinks each day including port days?

Below is a list of the cruise lines and their drinks packages:

P&O Australia – Included in the Value Plus Fare or for sale via Cruise Personaliser on cruises 7 nights or longer. The drinks package is approximately $69 per person per day.

Carnival Cruise Lines – No drinks packages available for purchase.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – Purchased via Cruise Personaliser prior to cruise in Australian dollars or on board in US dollars. The costs is somewhere between $60AUD-$90AUD per person per day approximately.

Princess Cruise Lines – In the process of changing their process. They can be purchased via the Cruise Personaliser for $87AUD per person per day on cruises of 7 nights duration or longer.

Each cruise line has their own set of rules and offers around drink packages, hopefully this has helped clear some of the confusion.

Top 10 Cruising Innovations for 2016

From the bionic bartenders to bumper cars at sea, cruise ship innovations have reached new heights. These are our favourites that will be making waves in 2016.

The SeaWalk on Regal Princess

At 60 feet long and hovering 128 feet above the ocean, the Princess SeaWalk offers an exciting experience for both kids and adults. Featuring a dramatic glass-bottomed walkway, the SeaWalk provides passengers with unparalleled views of the sea below.

The SeaWalk on Regal Princess

iFLY Skydiving on Ovation of the Seas

RipCord by iFLY is the first ever skydiving simulator at sea. Discover the thrill of skydiving in a completely safe and controlled environment without ever leaving the deck.

iFLY Skydiving on Ovation of the Seas

Robotic bartenders on Ovation of the Seas

These robots can muddle, stir, shake, and strain a drink to perfection. The cocktail combinations are endless with 30 different spirits and 20 different mixers. The robots can mix up to two cocktails a minute with laser precision and thirst-quenching results. Also available on Quantum of the Seas

Robotic bartenders on Ovation of the Seas

Chef’s Table on P&O’s Pacific Eden

An exclusive and private dining experience hosted by the ship’s Executive Chef. Includes a welcome reception with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés, a seven course degustation menu with matching wines, a tour of the ships galley, and professional photograph of the evening. Also available on Pacific Aria, Jewel, Dawn and Pearl

Chef’s Table on P&O’s Pacific Eden

Virtual Balcony on Ovation of the Seas

Ocean views are now available to every interior stateroom with the cutting-edge technology of virtual balconies. A Virtual Balcony is an 80-inch high-definition screen inside interior staterooms that spans nearly floor to ceiling. They offer digital real-time views of the ocean and destinations visible from the ship’s exterior. Also available on Voyager, Explorer, Quantum and Harmony of the Seas

Virtual Balcony on Ovation of the Seas

Wraparound Promenade on Norwegian Escape

An industry-first, quarter-mile wraparound oceanfront promenade featuring the Waterfront, a wine and dining experience connecting you with the ocean while enjoying some of Norwegian’s signature dining venues, Restaurants, bars and stunning views

Wraparound Promenade on Norwegian Escape

Qsine iPad menus on Celebrity Silhouette

iPad menus create a new dining experience that’s fun and interactive. Expect to find some twists on familiar favourites, including sushi lollipops, lobster escargot, popcorn fish and chips, and much more. Also available on Celebrity Eclipse, Millennium, Summit and Infinity

Qsine iPad menus on Celebrity Silhouette

North Star on Ovation of the Seas

A jewel-like observation capsule the offers guests the ability to see the world from a breathtaking 90 metres above sea-level. This innovation will provide unprecedented 360-degree breathtaking views never before seen at sea.

North Star on Ovation of the Seas

Bumper Cars on Ovation of of the Seas

An innovation for adults and children alike, the Royal Caribbean bumper cars are the first at sea. They are part of the largest indoor active space at sea, with 30 bumper cars, a roller rink, full-size basketball court, a circus school, floating DJ booth and a resident food truck. Also available on Harmony of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas

Bumper Cars on Ovation of of the Seas

10 Story Slide on Harmony of the Seas

At 10 stories high, Harmony of the Seas’ Ultimate Abyss is not only the tallest slide at sea but also an amazing engineering feat. The new mega ship will be arriving in Europe in May 2016.

10 Story Slide on Harmony of the Seas

And for 2017?

A two-level floating race track on new Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. Its next luxury ship will include the world’s first two-level floating race track. The ship will travel a China-based route that sails from Beijing and Shanghai. launching in 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Lines  Racetrack

Carnival Spirit Arrives in Australia

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 Tamis. “They’re going to bring the ship in for us.”. Carnival, the world’s biggest cruise company, has spent $US7 million ($6.9 million) stripping the vessel of American apparel to fit with the needs of Australian passengers, including installing Australian power points and switching the on-board currency to our dollar. The changes extend to the drinks menu. VB, New and Carlton Draught is on tap, bottles of Pure Blonde and Crownies are in fridges. The “sav blanc” is from Marlborough, the “cab sav” from McLaren Vale. Advertisement Fat Jimmy’s, a barbecue on the ship’s highest deck, is tipped to be the hot spot on board this summer. Here, passengers can order slow-cooked pulled pork, smoky chicken breast or Black Angus beef sausages, with salads, jacket potatoes and onion rings. A few steps up – literally and gastronomically – is the Spirit’s Nouveau Steakhouse, the only restaurant on board that attracts a surcharge ($35 for four courses). The steakhouse is worth every cent: prime cuts are wheeled to your table prior to cooking, seafood options include lobster tail and ahi tuna tartare, and service is excellent. Another change is the launch of theme nights. Beyond the usual fancy dress parties that are held on cruises, Spirit staff start the fun at dinner. Meals and drinks match the theme, and waiters break into choreographed dance moves. Then the party moves to the pool deck, with live music, themed cocktails, games and giveaways. Breakfast aboard Carnival Spirit. Interestingly, when Carnival asked its Australian Facebook fans to vote on favourite themes, locals expressed the same preferences as American passengers: Mexican fiesta and Caribbean beach party. Pack your sombrero and practise your reggae moves; these party styles are set to be held on every cruise. Spirit’s most advertised attraction, Green Thunder, is billed as the world’s steepest waterslide at sea. It lives up to the hype. The almost vertical drop induces shock and awe in equal measure.

Best spots on board

Head for the ship’s Serenity adults-only retreat before everyone else works out where it is. Just before sunset is another ideal time to curl up on a cabana or have a spa at Serenity. Plus, Serenity’s outdoor bar is open later than most (until 3am or 4am, if people are still buying). At breakfast, fresh omelets are also available at La Playa Grille buffet’s back counter – where the queue is shorter. For lunch, be pampered by waiters in the Empire Restaurant (12-1.30pm). At dinner, choose “any time” seating or help yourself at La Playa Grille. The Green Thunder waterslide is busy between 11am-3pm, or try it on port days, when most people are on land.

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Countdown to the Pacific Dawn

1 week of fun & relaxation, here I come!

I am counting down the days to my cruise on the Pacific Dawn this weekend!

My tickets are in my travel wallet, my shore excursions are booked and my skin is ready for a tan (spf 30+ will be involved).

Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill is on my list of things to experience, hello juicy steak.  After a night burning up the dance floor in the Dome you will most likely find me chilling out in Oasis.

When back from my wonderful week I will give you an update on the ship and all the great facilities and activities.

Bon Voyage!

Alicia

Cruise Offers
Cruise Specialist

Celebrity Millennium to cruise in Australia and Asia in 2012

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has just announced the 2012 deployment of Celebrity Millennium, which will operate a series of Asian itineraries, visiting Australia on her way to Singapore during the previously announced down under deployment of Celebrity Solstice.

The 2158-passenger Millennium, which has previously spent several seasons cruising in Australia, will offer repositioning cruises from Hawaii to Sydney and from Sydney to Singapore, with the vessel fresh from an “extensive refurbishment” scheduled for April 2012 which will see the addition of 107 new AquaClass staterooms.

The Hawaii-Sydney sector will coincide with the November 2012 solar eclipse, while the vessel’s newly announced Asian season includes eight 14-night cruises from Singapore and Hong Kong, with ports of call including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Halong Bay.

Millennium’s new 2012/13 Asia itineraries will open for sale on Saturday 09 April.

For all prices and itineraries visit www.cruiseoffers.com.au

Art Festival Cruise on the Sun Princess to New Zealand

Fifty two painters, led by artists Greg Allen, Amanda Hyatt and John Lovett have now returned to Australia after a wonderful two weeks aboard the “Sun Princess” as it cruised to New Zealand.

The tour commenced in Sydney and in the two day trans Tasman crossing the painters settled down to work under the expert tuition and guidance of their selected artist.

Each day at sea began with a painting demo in the Shooting Stars Nightclub which the group had reserved especially for them on their days at sea. After their respective workshops, individual painters were free to continue their painting or, as many did, explore the ship or participate in many of the activities on board.

Day three and the “Sun Princess” had arrived at the Bay of Islands in the north island of New Zealand This was our first land based painting day. A quick trip by ferry to Russell and the three workshops then commenced with each artist selecting a location along the beautiful seashore of this historic town. After lunch the group then enjoyed a brief visit to Waitangi Treaty House before rejoining the ship once again. After all this painting and sightseeing, everyone had worked up quite an appetite for dinner which was admirably attended to in the Regency or Marquis dining rooms.

For the next seven days, the painting group visited towns and cities along the eastern seaboard, including Auckland – a wonderful painting location was selected by the artists at Devonport across the harbour affording magnificent views of the City of Sails, as Auckland is known – Tauranga and a visit to Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland at Rotorua and the art deco town of Napier. The capital of New Zealand, Wellington, completed our last city on the north island before we crossed the strait, which separates the north and south islands.

Our first port of call in the south island was idyllic Christchurch, where the groups set up their painting easels alongside the beautiful Avon River and its historic bridges. In the afternoon a couple of the groups continued their painting in Cathedral Square, the scene of much devastation with the terrible earthquake only a short few days after our visit. Our last port of call in the south island was Dunedin with its Scottish heritage. The day culminated in a visit to historic Olverston House which was widely acclaimed by all

After all of the excitement of painting and visiting in such wonderful surroundings many of the group certainly would have liked more painting time on land. However, these thoughts soon disappeared as the ship sailed through Fiordland in the south west corner of New Zealand. This magnificent scenery was made all the more brilliant under a bright blue sky.

During the next couple of days the group settled once more into their final on board painting workshops, buoyed by the critiques of their paintings by the artists and the wonderful displays of their favourite works of art, for all to see.

A highlight of this time was the group painting by Greg, Amanda and John as they painted a large three sheet painting of the “Sun Princess” as it toured Milford Sound. One of our group kindly donated this to the ship and this was gratefully accepted by the Captain – we hope that this work of art will be on display for all future travellers on the “Sun Princess” to see.

This was first painting workshop / cruise conducted in this part of the world by The International Artist Magazine and Travelrite International and was judged by all as being a great success – a great way to combine their love of painting under the watchful eye of internationally acclaimed artists whilst enjoying the sightseeing of our wonderful neighbouring country.

The 2012 Art Festival Cruise to Queensland is now on sale visit the following link for details.

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