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Re-positioning Cruises – a cheaper alternative

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A repositioning cruise is one that travels from one region to another when the season changes. An example is the Royal Caribbean ships that cruise between Alaska and Australia so they can cruise in the summer months in both regions. Generally you will find repositioning cruises occur in September/October and the reverse cruise in April/May. Cruise […]

Best Cruise Buffet Tips

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

When it comes to cruising the 24 hour buffet is a great way to have a quick meal instead of having to dress up for the formal dining rooms. Buffet’s offer plenty of choice and is a great option for families or if you are tired after a long day of sightseeing. When it comes […]

The World’s largest cruise ships

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Passenger ships have been increasing in size for many years. A hundred years ago, Hamburg – America Line’s SS Imperator was the world’s largest passenger ship at 51,500 tons. Today many cruise ships are two or three times that size. 1. Allure of the Seas and two other ships of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis Class […]

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 […]

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. […]