Celebrated as the bona fide name in all things food, wine and leisure related, Australian Gourmet Traveller is one of the nation’s most popular glossies. Now, the magazine has introduced readers to a brand new concept, focussing exclusively on the cruise industry.
Debuted in response to Australia’s flourishing cruise market, the Cruising Special offered readers exciting new insight into current trends, future predictions, stellar itineraries, high performing lines, new innovations and more!
“We introduced a cruise news column 10 months ago to reflect our readers’ interest in the topic and this special further demonstrates our commitment to reporting on this buoyant and diverse market,” commented Australian Gourmet Traveller Editor-in-Chief, Anthea Loucas Bosha.
Diving into Australia’s love affair with cruising
Spanning 68 pages, the special edition magazine explores the kaleidoscope of experiences, adventures and itineraries currently on offer within the Down Under cruise sector. Tailored to an Australian audience, journalists shine the spotlight on everything from circumnavigations of the Great Southern Land, mesmerising voyages through New Zealand’s Milford Sound and exotic Asian escapades to European river cruises, Mediterranean getaways and Caribbean sailings.
“There’s no doubting Australians’ appetite for cruising. According to the latest figures from the Cruise Lines International Association, more than one million Australians took a cruise in 2014 and annual growth sits at 20 per cent,” said Loucas Bosha. “And according to Ann Sherry, the executive chair of Carnival Australia, more than two million Australians will take a cruise by 2020.”
Big predictions for a big island of cruise lovers
Sherry’s prediction is bold, but according to Loucas Bosha she’s “called it.” Australia is head over heels with cruising, and growth is only set to continue as leading lines start to expand their Australian presence. Plus, the nation has an intrinsic connection with the ocean, which according to Sherry, plays a central role in Australia’s love for cruising.
“I think part of the reason for cruising’s growth is that we’re a coastal nation, and Australians have a great affinity with the sea,” said Sherry.
Cruise connoisseurs chime in
The issue featured the crème de la crème of Australia’s travel journalists, including Brian Johnston with commentary on the fine dining trend, Louise Goldsbury with a curated countdown of her top 30 cruises and Susan Kurosawa with a quiz on all things cruising.
For the best deals on a huge range of cruises mentioned in the Cruising Special April issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller, get in touch with our cruise experts on 1300-857-345 today!
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