Sunday, 21 April 2013

Melanesian Discovery: 9 nights in July 2014

This cruise amongst the islands of Melanesia from Brisbane is full of port stops in beautiful, tropical destinations. With 4 days in port and 4 days at sea, it is a perfect mix of relaxation and acitvity!

The first port visited is Lifou, which is one of the Loyalty Islands off the coast of New Caledonia. This gorgeous island is best known for its snorkelling and diving opportunities due to spectacular and diverse landscapes both above and below the water.

by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons

The ship then moves to the nation of Vanuatu, to call in to the capital, Port Vila. The town overlooks a busy harbour which is home to many local fishing boats. The second port in Vanuatu is the tiny and uninhabited Mystery Island, a true South Seas paradise. There is nothing to do here but chill on the beach and be entertained by locals who come over from nearby islands.

The final port of call is the Isle of Pines, back in New Caledonia.The island's Kato Bay is a white-sand beauty where the ocean meets the sand meets the pine trees! Spend a while on the beach before the trip back to Brisbane.

Operator: P&O
Vessel: Pacific Dawn
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Lifou, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Saturday, July 5th 2014- Monday, July 14th 2014.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 9 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Sat 5 Jul 14:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Lifou, Tues 8 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Port Vila,  Wed 9 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Mystery Island, Thurs 10 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Isle of Pines, Fri 11 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 8-9: At sea
Day 10: Brisbane, arriving Mon 14 Jul 06:00

About the Pacific Dawn

The Pacific Dawn is based out of Brisbane, running itineraries to the South Pacific and Papua New Guinea in 2014. A pretty ship designed by Renzo Piano, a stint in the dry dock in 20120 has left her refreshed and in line with fleetmates the Pearl and the Jewel. Dining takes place in the Waterfront Restaurant, at the buffet or casually by the pool, and the Salt Grill is the specialty option, with a menu designed by celebrity chef Luke Mangan. During the day, passengers can enjoy the spa, gym, pool, duty free shops, sun loungers and the wide range of organised activities, from cooking lessons to dance classes and bingo. Evening fun includes a number of bars and lounges where there is often live music, the Show Lounge with Broadway-style productions, the big outdoor LED screens with movies and sports matches, and the Dome nightclub after 10:30pm.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Japan and Korea: 12 nights in July 2013

Experience the delights of Asia in this great 12-night cruise. It leaves from Kobe and returns to Tokyo, visiting many ports in Japan and one in South Korea along the way. July means summer in Japan, so you can enjoy a break from southern hemisphere rain and cold and experience oriental sunshine!

This cruise allows for more than one day in two of the cities- Kobe and Hiroshima. This takes away the rushed feeling that many cruises can have, and allows more in-depth exploration of these places. Several days in Kobe means a chance to explore the parks, restaurants, shops and everything else this city has to offer, and to see the beautiful lights of Kobe by night!

The first stop after leaving Kobe is Hiroshima, of atomic bomb fame. Now, the city is testament to human will at overcoming such a disaster. Visitors can visit the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, as well as see some of the ruins left by the bomb.Nearby Myajima island is also a beautiful spot to visit. The only Vietnamese port of call comes next, Busan, which is a fascinating cities where old mixes with new.

Ruins at Hiroshima
by xiquinhosilva Flickr Creative Commons

 Back in Japan, the ship calls in at Sakaiminato, Maizuru and Kanazawa along the country's western coast. Over these three days you will come across beaches, history and phenomenal shopping at Kanazawa, a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. Aomori in northern Japan comes next, a beautiful place of apple orchards and cherry blossoms with a troubled past, being destroyed twice, once by fire and once by war. The final port is Muroran, and after a day spent there the ship disembarks in the bustling city of Tokyo.

Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Ports of Call: Kobe, Hiroshima, Busan, Sakaiminato, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Aomori, Muroran, Tokyo
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 2nd July 2013- Sunday 14th July 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 12 nights

Day 1: Kobe, Tues 2 Jul 0:00
Day 2: Kobe, Wed 3 Jul
Day 3: Kobe, departing Thurs 4 Jul 04:00
Day 3: Hiroshima, arriving Thurs 4 Jul 20:00
Day 4: Hiroshima, departing Fri 5 Jul 16:00
Day 5: Busan, Sat 6 Jul 07:00- 17:00
Day 6: Sakaiminato, Sun 7 Jul 06:00- 18:00
Day 7: Maizuru, Mon 8 Jul 07:00- 20:00
Day 8: Kanazawa, Tues 9 Jul 07:00- 23:00
Day 9: At sea
Day 10: Aomori, Thurs 11 Jul 07:00- 18:00
Day 11: Muroran, Fri 12 Jul 07:00- 18:00
Day 12: At sea
Day 13: Tokyo, arriving Sun 14 Jul 07:00

About the Sun Princess

Sun Princess
by Suzumiya Haruke Flickr Creative Commons

The Sun Princess is one of Princess Cruise's Australia-based ships, recently updated to include the Adults-Only Sanctuary and the Movies Under the Stars feature. There is traditional a la carte dining in the Regency Dining Room, the Horizon Court buffet, a grill, pizzeria, patisserie and more included in your cruise fare, and the Sterling Steakhouse for specialty dining. Evening entertainment includes the theatres, bars, aforementioned Movies Under the Stars, lounges and the casino. During the day, you have the option of chilling out on a lounger at the pool or in the Oasis, or keeping active with the gym, sports courts and shuffleboard. Enrich your mind with classes and lectures in the Scholarsip@Sea program, shop, read in the library or find out what organised activities are taking place that day!

See here for a great deal on the Japan and Korea cruise in July 2013!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Week Magique: 7 nights in July 2013

The Week Magique in July 2013 is a simple week-long cruise with 2 port stops in the beautiful South Pacific country of New Caledonia.The Pacific Pearl leaves from Sydney and calls in at the gorgeous Isle of Pines after a few sea days. This small island off the New Caledonian coast is a paradise of white sand, turquoise waters and pine trees, with friendly inhabitants. The next day is spent in Noumea, the capital city. Here french language and culture mixes with the native Kanak ways, making an interesting and fun tropical city. Take the Petit Train to get acquainted with the city and see some amazing views, or visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre to experience native customs and history. The ship then returns to Sydney over a few more relaxing days at sea.

Isle of Pines
by Mickael T. Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Noumea
Sailing Dates: Monday 1st July 2013- Monday 8th July 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Mon 1 Jul 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Thurs 4 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Noumea, Fri 5 Jul 08:00- 17:30
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Sydney, arriving Mon 8 Jul 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl arrived Down Under in 2010. It is a mid-sized ship, but contains all you will need for entertainment or relaxation, with pools, a casino, a theatre, multiple bars which are also used as venues for live music and daytime activities, a gym and spa. The Waterfront restaurant is the main dining venue where you can eat at fixed times or go for 'Your Choice' dining. There is also the buffet, a grillby the pool, and Luke Mangan's Salt Grill, where the menu is designed by the celebrity chef. This restaurant incurs a cover charge. The Pearl has an adults-only area for blissful sunbathing and cocktail-sipping, and a great Kid's Club to keep the kids busy- even a baby-sitting service with a very small charge in the evenings!

See here for great deals on the Week Magique cruise in July 2013!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

South Pacific Cruise: 11 Nights in July 2013

This cruise on the Carnival Spirit takes you to the tried-and-true South Pacific ports and also to some more off the beaten track. Relax and enjoy some sunshine, scenery and the tropics with Carnival!

The ship leaves from Sydney and spends two days at sea during which passengers relax and get into the cruise mood. The first stop is the beautiful Isle of Pines off the coast of New Caledonia, where pine trees fringe white beaches and clear waters. The tiny Mystery Island comes after that, even smaller than Isle of Pines and uninhabited for extra tropical seclusion! The next port of call is Wala, Vanuatu. This is a serene island free of electricity, phones and roads! Santo comes next- Espiritu-Santo is Vanuatu's biggest island and is considered the prettiest in the South Pacific! There are many things to do here if you are sick of lying on the beach- the Millenium Caves, exploring the famous Blue Holes and cultural experiences in Vil Vil Village. It is also home to a great dive wreck, the SS President Coolidge. Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital, is the final destination before the cruise heads back to Sydney.

 Blue Hole
by Sarah Stewart Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Carnival
Vessel: Carnival Spirit
Ports of Call: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Wala, Santo, Port Vila
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 16 July 2013- Saturday 27 July 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 11 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Tues 16 Jul 18:30
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Fri 19 Jul 08:00- 16:30
Day 5: Mystery Island, Sat 20 Jul 07:00- 16:00
Day 6: Wala, Sun 21 Jul 09:00- 17:00
Day 7: Santo, Mon 22 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 8: Port Vila, Tues 23 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 9-11: At sea
Day 12: Sydney, arriving Sat 27 Jul 06:30

About the Carnival Spirit

The Carnival Spirit has recently been aussified- she will soon be based in Sydney and has had several new additions for the Australasian market. These include a thrill slide and an outdoor BBQ. The ship also has legendary nightlife, with 12 lounges and bars of which many have live music. The bars are all differently decorated, with names such as the 'Shanghai Bar,' 'Pharoah's Palace,' 'Champions Sports Bar' and more. There is an extensive spa and gym, 3 pools, a fun WaterWorks area with two slides and a drencher bucket. The Serenity Space is an Adults-Only retreat with a hot tub and luxurious sun loungers. Main dining is in the two-deck Empire dining room in all its Napoleonic splendour, and La Playa Grill is a buffet casual option for breakfast and lunch, and in a reduced capacity for dinner. Hamburgers and hot dogs are available by the pool, and there is also a pizzeria. Nouveau Supper Club is a specialty option.

See here for great deals on the South Pacific Cruise in July 2013!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Summer Sessions; 10 Nights in July 2012

The Summer Sessions cruise is a new itinerary in P&O's repertoire, taking passengers to 4 beautiful french Polynesian destinations over an incredibly relaxing 10 nights. Leaving from Sydney, the cruise takes two days to get to the first stop of Noumea, during which time passengers can unwind and get into the cruise groove. Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia, where french chic meets the laid-back melanesian lifestyle. take a ride on 'Le Petit Train' to see the sights of the city. The next stop on the itinerary is Lifou, the largest of the outlying Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. The beach here is golden, and for those feeling adventurous, at the northern end of the island is a tiny white building that is a base for snorkelling in some of the most amazing underwater vistas in Melanesia. From there, the cruise moves on to Port Vila in Vanuatu, where the locals are friendly and the markets are just waiting to be perused. get amongst it! The last stop before returning to Sydney will knock everyone's socks off- the idyllic Champagne Bay. This beautiful spot is well-known amongst cruisers for it's sweep of white sand, freshwater spring (which produces the 'champagne' bubbles) and beach sports that P&O regularly puts on here. Sydney is 3 sea days away, which gives passengers a chance to truly chill and and do as much or as little as they like before arriving back in Sydney.

Cruise Operator: P&O
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila, Champagne Bay.
Sailing dates: Departing Sunday July 1st 2012, returning Wednesday July 11th 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of cruise: 10 nights

Day 1: departing Sydney 1 Jul 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Wed Jul 4 08:00-17:30
Day 5: Lifou, Thu Jul 5 08:00-17:00
Day 6 : Port Vila,  Fri Jul 6 08:00-18:00
Day 7: Champagne Bay, Sat Jul 7 2012 07:00-17:00
Day 8-10: At sea
Day 11: Sydney, arriving 11 Jul 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl debuted in the South Pacific in late 2010. This mid-sized ship contains all you will need for entertainment or relaxation, with pools, a casino, a theatre, multiple bars which are also used as venues for live music and daytime activities, a gym and spa. Dining is a treat in The Waterfront, the main dining venue where you can eat at fixed times or go for 'Your Choice' dining. There is also the buffet, and take-away style food by the pool, or the several specialty restaurants, including Luke Mangan's Salt Grill. The Pearl has an adults-only area for blissful sunbathing and cocktail-sipping, and a great Kid's Club to keep the youngins busy- even a baby-sitting service with a very small charge in the evenings! Learn more about the Pearl here.

Book the Summer Sessions cruise for August 2012 here!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Bermuda Cruise: 7 - nights in July 2012.

Be an adventurer on the Seas to Bermuda. Spend three days on the high seas to Kings Wharf, Bermuda. Nestled at the tip of Bermuda's West End, King's Wharf is home to the impressive Royal Navy Dockyard and the Crafts Market, where you can shop for great pieces handmade by island artists. Nearby Somerset Village boasts the world's smallest drawbridge, opening a mere 22 inches - just wide enough to accommodate a sailboat's mast. Spend two nights surrounded by the sparkling waters, white sands and warm breezes. Return to New York refreshed and rejuvenated.

Cruise Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Vessel: Celebrity Summit
Ports of Call: Cape Liberty New York, Kings Wharf, Kings Wharf, Kings Wharf, Cape Liberty New York.
Sailing Dates: Departs: Sun, Jul 1 2012 - Arrives: Sun, Jul 8 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of Cruise: 7- nights

American  Itinerary
Days / Ports of Call / Arrivals and Departures

Day 1- Cape Liberty New York - Sun, Jul 1 2012 16:00
Day 4-6 - Kings Wharf - Wed, Jul 4 2012 08:30 - Fri, Jul 6 2012 16:30
Day 8 - Cape Liberty New York - Sun, Jul 8 2012 07:00

About the Celebrity Summit

Appropriately named, Summit will leave you feeling as if you've reached the absolute pinnacle of premium cruising. Large in size yet intimately elegant in ambience, Summit boasts all of the services and amenities that have made Celebrity the preferred choice of avid cruisers around the world. Come aboard and scale the heights of luxury on Summit. Read more about the Celebrity Summit here!

American Cruise: 5 - nights in July 2012

Spend a luxurious week aboard the Queen Mary 2 sailing part of the American Coast. Set sail from New York to Halifax where The star-shaped fortress stands guard to this fascinating city. Stand beside Sir Samuel Cunard himself, our visionary Nova Scotia founder has been immortalised in bronze and again presides over his elegant, hometown waterfront. Visit Halifax gardens – a tranquil tapestry of manicured lawns, winding paths and iron railings – crowned by an ornate Victorian bandstand. Next up is Boston. Boston is the largest city of Massachusetts and New England located in a natural harbour showcasing significant historic sites such as The Freedom Trail. Discover the birth of a nation at the Boston Tea Party ship or for more contemporary pleasures, get shopping for bargains. You can always drop in where everybody knows your name – TV’s famous Cheers bar. Finish your cruise back in the Big Apple.

Cruise Operator: Cunard
Vessel: Queen Mary 2
Ports of Call: New York, Halifax, Boston, Boston, New York.
Sailing Dates: Departs: Sun, Jul 1 2012. Arrives: Fri, Jul 6 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of Cruise: 5-nights.

American  Itinerary
Days / Ports of Call / Arrivals and Departures

Day 1 - New York - Sun, Jul 1 2012 17:00
Day 3 - Halifax - Tue, Jul 3 2012 07:00 - Tue, Jul 3 2012 16:00
Day 4 - Boston - Wed, Jul 4 2012 11:00 - Wed, Jul 4 2012 00:00
Day 5 - Boston - Thu, Jul 5 2012 00:00 - Thu, Jul 5 2012 01:00
Day 6 - New York - Fri, Jul 6 2012 06:30

About the Queen Mary 2

Welcome to Queen Mary 2 - the grandest, most magnificent ocean liner ever built. She's a true heir to the timeless elegance, legacy and inspiration of the great Cunard liners of legend. You'll notice it the moment you walk through her doors into her soaring Grand Lobby, and be awed from the first instance you experience the famous Cunard White Star ServiceSM. Yet this sophisticated monarch also boasts the most modern luxuries and amenities - from the pampering services of the only Canyon Ranch SpaClub on the seas to the fascinating Oxford DiscoverySM enrichment programme led by professors from the University of Oxford and other prestigious experts. Read more about the Queen Mary 2 here!