It’s official – summer cruise season has started in Australia!
The first of the international ships has arrived in Australia to begin what is looking to be a record-breaking cruise season.
Radiance of the Sea, Royal Caribbean’s recently renovated ship, docked in Sydney at 6am on 12th October after a 17 day cruise from Hawaii to launch the “wave season” in Australia. Six months of glorious sunshine gives cruisers the chance to try the very best in the largest, newest, most luxurious ships available.
Four of Royal Caribbean’s ships will carry more than 200,000 guests between them. Celebrity Solstice and Voyager of the Seas, two of the largest ships to call Australia home will take more than their fair share. A quick passing visit by Celebrity Millennium will also help to satisfy the increasing popularity for cruising.
“Voyager and Solstice will revolutionize the cruising landscape as we introduce a size and calibre of superliners previously only experienced overseas” said Adam Armstrong, RCCL’s Australia and New Zealand Commercial Director.
Carnival Australia will have over 325,000 guests on their 19 ships in Australia this season. Itineraries allow for over 310 calls into Australian ports, with 14 of the ships calling Australia home for the season and the other 5 visiting on the way around the world. Carnival Spirit will be making its debut, with first visits by Holland America’s Oosterdam and Seabourn Quest. The style and charm of Queen Mary 2 will be experienced too as it visits on its first circumnavigation of New Zealand.
Advanced bookings are looking very good and Ann Sherry, Carnival Australia’s CEO has said passenger numbers were raised by at least 5% on last year. “In all, this cruise season we’ll carry more than triple the number of passengers who cruised with us eight years ago when Carnival Australia was first formed” she said “we’ll be visiting more Australian ports than ever before, with 27 different towns and cities set to welcome our ships over the coming months”.
Spotlight on Short Cruises:
Not cruised before? We love the idea of these short cruises being offered from Australia to give everyone a chance to try cruising. Starting at just 3 days, it gives you the chance to get on board a ship, find out how the whole cruising experience works without committing to weeks at sea – just in case of the very unlikely event that you don’t enjoy it (warning – highly unlikely!!) Prices work out very reasonable, with costs being comparable with a hotel break – but how much more you get for your money! In addition to your comfortable accommodation, you have access to the spa facilities, pools, jogging track, mini-golf, entertainment and fitness facilities. Provisions for children, mean that you can relax knowing they are being entertained whilst you enjoy some ‘me’ time. When it comes to food, on-board ship has to be a gastronome’s dream – bars and lounges offering snacks, themed and specialized restaurants, outdoor BBQs, in fact you might well need the gym after sampling everything. Take the opportunity to enjoy a short cruise, but be warned it can be addictive!