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!