Amid the excitement of Christmas and New Year, it can be all too easy to underestimate just how quickly January will come around. In the proverbial blink of an eye, you’ll be plucking the decorations from the tree, binning the leftover turkey and kitting the kids out with new stationary ready for the new school term — much to their disdain.
But before you start dreading those January Blues, we’re here to let you know about six exciting new cruise sailings set to take place in 2016 — from P&O’s Papua New Guinea itineraries, to the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas.
P&O Plans Debut Sailings to Papua New Guinea
Given they operate one of Australia’s largest cruise fleets, it’s small wonder P&O Australia are at the forefront of offering unique cruises to an array of exotic, far-flung destinations. Earlier this month, the cruise line announced it will offer cruises direct from Australia to Papua New Guinea for the first time in 2016 — prompting much excitement from P&O fans keen to sample the serene natural wonders of one of the world’s most remote islands.
Oh, and Fraser Island
If scheduling new cruise itineraries to one untouched destination wasn’t enough, P&O also announced cruises to Fraser Island during the 2016/17-cruise season earlier this year. Despite being just off the coast of Queensland, Fraser Island has remained relatively undiscovered — something which has led to the island being granted World Heritage status. P&O’s new ship, Pacific Aria, will visit Fraser Island on 3rd April.
Ovation of the Seas Sails Down Under
Currently hidden away in the belly of the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany; Ovation of the Seas will make its debut sailing Down Under during the 2016/17 cruise season. As the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s celebrated Quantum class, Ovation of the Seas has caused quite a stir in the Australian cruise market — it being the biggest, most high-tech vessel to ever grace our shores. If you’re interested in sailing aboard Ovation during one of its first sailings, be sure to get your booking in soon as places are extremely limited.
Bounty Adventure Aboard Pacific Eden
P&O Australia have been rather busy this year, not only planning brilliant new itineraries like the ones highlighted above, but also launching two new ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. Providing a more intimate cruise experience than the remaining members of the P&O fleet; Aria & Eden are each offering a selection of exciting itineraries in 2016, including the Bounty Adventure — a 14-night cruise from Brisbane to the beautiful islands of the South Pacific.
Cruise the South Pacific Aboard Explorer of the Seas
Not ones to be outdone by P&O’s fleet growth, Royal Caribbean are sending in the big guns during the 2015/16-cruise season — more specifically their much loved, 138,000 ton mega-ship, Explorer of the Seas. Sailing from Sydney, Explorer is offering unforgettable 9 or 10 night sailings to the South Pacific — stopping at Mystery Island, Noumea and the Isle of Pines along the way.
Unforgettable Melbourne to Los Angeles Cruise
For a 2016 cruise break to remember, why not book a place aboard Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess as it makes its way from Melbourne to Los Angeles during a 33-night voyage. Departing on 17th April 2016, Golden Princess will cruise across the Pacific en-route to the LA — giving guests ample opportunity to soak up the atmosphere aboard the ship before exploring the bright lights of La La Land.
To book your 2016 cruise break, visit the Cruise1st Australia website now, or call our team on 1300 857 345.
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