Wave Season 2015 is upon us, and this year looks set to be a bumper one, with a record 41 vessels rocking up on our shores over the coming weeks. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘Wave Season’, that’s the name given to Australia’s cruise holiday season, which runs from October to April each year.
To celebrate the arrival of some of the world’s most treasured ocean liners, here are 7 amazing facts about Australia’s Wave Season cruise fleet.
41 Ships in Total
As touched on above, a grand total of 41 ships will travel to Australia during the 2015/16 cruise season — a huge deployment increase compared with previous years. The majority of the world’s leading cruise lines are sending at least one or two vessels to serve in Aussie waters during this year’s cruise season, plus there will also be many local tour operators offering excursions throughout the summer.
Australia Now the 4th Largest Region in the World for Cruise Ship Deployment
This year’s bumper Wave Season has had a huge impact on Australia’s cruise industry — cementing it as the fourth largest cruise market in the world after North America, China and the UK. Every year, Australia’s cruise market injects millions into the economy, and provides thousands of jobs both on land and at sea.
Largest Cruise Lines Have a Passenger Capacity of Around 40,000
The largest cruise lines sending ships to Australia — Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean —have a combined passenger capacity of around 40,000.
17 Carnival Corporation Vessels Set Sail in Local Waters
With a total of 17 ships due to set sail from Australia this season, Carnival Corporation has by far the largest coverage of any cruise operator. Of course, not all of these ships will sail under the Carnival Australia livery — with a whole host of Carnival-owned ships offering sailings throughout the cruise season.
250 Itineraries offered by P&O Australia Alone
P&O Australia will offer upwards of 250 unique itineraries during Wave Season 2015/16. As well as extended sailings to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific, P&O is also offering a range of short, taster cruises that are perfect for an impromptu weekend break.
Royal Caribbean’s Local Capacity Increased by 50%
Royal Caribbean is on the brink of its biggest ever season Down Under, with four of its ships visiting our shores — increasing its capacity by 50% compared to 2014. Explorer of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will sail from Sydney throughout the cruise season, whilst Legend of the Seas will depart from Brisbane. These ships will be joined by new Quantum-Class ship, Ovation of the Seas, from December.
70 Different Itineraries Offered by Royal Caribbean
If you’re not content with P&O Australia’s selection of 250 unique sailings, Royal Caribbean will also be offering its fair share of itineraries — around 70 to be exact. With both short and long cruises sailing to a varied mix of destinations, passengers can easily cherry pick the itinerary that’s right for them.
It might seem late in the day to book a cruise break departing during the 2015/16 cruise season, but visit Cruise1st Australia, and you’ll find a range of last minute cruises that are ideal for a spontaneous, spur of the moment getaway. To browse our complete range of upcoming Wave Season cruise breaks, visit the Cruise1st Australia website or call us on 1300 857 345.
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